Obituaries for Dec. 12 edition

Thomas Larry Arnold, 66, of Huntland, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2012) at Harton Medical Center. A funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, www.moorecortner.com, in charge of arrangements.

Betty Anna Bates, 70, of Athens, Ala., died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

J.C. Bishop, 90, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. He was born in Jackson County, Ala., on Nov. 20, 1922 to Jones Henry and Evie Precise Bishop. He graduated from Hazel Green High School in 1942 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in the Pacific Islands through World War II. He worked for NASA in Huntsville, Ala., for over 50 years. Along with his parents, Mr. Bishop is preceded in death by his wife, Odell Phillips Bishop; two sisters, Neta Grooms and Freida Stewart; four brothers, Jones Howard, Roy, Aubrey and Fred Bishop. He is survived by daughters, Becky and Joe Bankston of Jackson, Linda and James Bridges of Horton, Ala.; sons, Ricky Bishop of Fayetteville, Mike Bishop of Athens, Ala.; sister, Sybil and Lee Hinman of Huntsville, Ala.; brothers, Charles and Rachael Bishop of Benita Springs, Fla., Billy and Aretta Bishop of Huntland; sister-in-law, Ann Biles; eight grandchildren, Margaret, Corey, Caroline, Tony, Ryan, Amanda, Dwain and Carmen; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday morning in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with James Bridges officiating. Burial followed in Stateline Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

     Delores Bratton, 63, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday morning (Dec. 5, 2012) in Huntsville Hospital. She was a native of Davidson County and the daughter of the late Grant Bratton and Aline Woodard Bratton Newson. Graveside services were conducted Friday afternoon at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Kingston Springs. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Frances L. Holt, 78, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 2, 1934, to the late Joseph Orville and Edna Lee Jones Key. She was a homemaker and a member of the Christian Fellowship Church. Mrs. Holt is survived her husband, George Holt of Fayetteville; daughters, Debbie Holt of Fayetteville, Judy Ann Holt and Mike Prather of Selmer; son, Wayne and Jizelle Holt of Adamsville; three grandchildren, Michael and Shannon Holt, Jeffrey Holt, Nikia and Dusty McCormick; four great-grandchildren, Josh Holt, Taylor Holt, Teagan Holt, Kynlee McCormick; four step-grandchildren, Megan, Braiden, Madison and Cash. Funeral services were held Saturday morning in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Roy Holt officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James Wilson Nix, of Tullahoma, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2012) at Harton Regional Medical Center at the age of 74. Mr. Nix was born in Kelso to the late Paul and Florene Nix. During his life, he worked as a truck driver for American Shared, and he was also a 22-year retired Army Veteran, serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Mr. Nix was a member of Unity Church, D.A.V. Post 90 of Manchester and the American Legion. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Harold Nix. Mr. Nix is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margit Nix of Tullahoma; two sons, James R. Nix and wife, Marla, Mark Nix, all of Tullahoma; two daughters, Patricia Watkins and husband, Randall, of Tullahoma, Nancy Nix of Manchester; two sisters, Sarah Dortch and husband, Ed, of Murfreesboro, Jane Davenport and husband, Alvin, of Tullahoma; three brothers, Pat Nix and wife, Betty, of Shelbyville, Glen Nix of Murfreesboro and Mike Nix and wife, Stacey, of Tullahoma; 10 grandchildren, Teresa Boswell, Cherl Boswell, Phillip Watkins, Alyssa Nix, Madison Nix, Lynsey Nix, Ryan Watkins, Mallory Nix, Mark Hayden Nix and Ethan Nix; three great-grandchildren, Preston Watkins, Raianna Gault and Damon Dotson; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Wall officiating. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery. Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John R. Phillips, 68, of Elkmont, Ala., died Wednesday (Nov. 28, 2012) at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Ala. There are no public services planned at this time. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.ardmorechapel.com. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Robert Vorhees Pitts, Sr., 77, of Huntsville, Ala., died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012). Mr. Pitts was preceded in death by his parents, George L. and Annie McKenzie Pitts, and his brothers, Billy, Lofton and Joe Pitts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of American Legion Post #176. Bob retired from Teledyne Wah Chang in 2000 after 30 years with the company. Bob was a generous man who enjoyed life and could always be counted on by family, friends and the numerous charities he supported. His humor and compassion for others will be missed by many. Mr. Pitts is survived by his children, Robert V. Pitts, Jr., and Cindy Pitts Rasch (James); his sisters, JoAnne Huffman, Marjorie Walker and Aileen Nielson (David); his brother, David Pitts (Shirley); and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold visitation on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Spry Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala., from 10 until 11 a.m., with a memorial service immediately afterward. In accordance with Bob’s wishes, his ashes will be scattered over his favorite boyhood swimming hole in his hometown of Fayetteville, Tennessee; this will be done in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bob’s name be made to the Salvation Army, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or a charity of the giver’s choice.

Richard Lawrence Short, 70, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Dec. 3, 2012). A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Short was the son of the late J.D. and Mary Elton Brown Short, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a retired guidance counselor at Moore County Elementary School and a member of the Prospect Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Judy Moyers Short of Fayetteville; children, Melissa Short Casey of Valdosta, Ga., Michael Short and wife, Erin of Smyrna, and Amanda Brown and husband, Jason, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Cian Casey, Wylo Brown and Chesley Brown; step-children, Joe Montgomery and wife, Jenny, of McMinnville, Amy Kinser and husband, Donnie, of Tullahoma; and five step-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Dr. Ronnie Gay officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Prospect Baptist Church Building Fund. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Angelia Darlene Grider Swing, 61, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday night (Dec. 5, 2012) in Huntsville Hospital. Mrs. Swing was a native of Taft and was raised primarily in Hollywood, Ala. She was the daughter of the late Aubrey and Jerusha Cooley Grider, retired from Frito Lay and was a former employee of Lee Manufacturing.  She was a member of the Kirkland Baptist Church but recently had been attending Fayetteville First Baptist. She was a member of the YY’s and the Quilter’s Guild at the Fayetteville First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Don Swing of Fayetteville; daughter, Jerusha Counts (Kenneth); son, Brad Swing (Emily); two grandchildren, Whitney Counts and Blake Swing; sisters, Bessie Banks (Ed) of Huntsville, Ala., Billie Johnson of Federal Way, Wash., Gayle Maliskey (Kim) of Huntsville, Ala., Regina Pipes (George) of Hazel Green, Ala., Rita Woosley (Bobby) of Scottsboro, Ala., Vickie Myers (Tory) of Hollywood, Ala.; brother, Michael Grider (Glenda) of Scottsboro, Ala.; sisters-in-law, Joy Hereford (David) of Pelham, Ala., and Pam Welch (Dennis) of Petersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her children and grandchildren, she had numerous children that she considered her own. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Maize Grider; brothers, Perry and Hurley Grider; brothers-in-law, Ed Banks and Kim Maliskey; and sister-in-law, Pat Grider. A celebration of life was conducted Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Billy Langford and Van Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville First Baptist Church Mission Fund. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Jean Warren, 75, of Frankewing, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital. She was born in Lincoln County on Feb. 19, 1937 to the late Obie Wilborn and Beulah Cardelia Shelton Warren. She worked as a seamstress for Lee Manufacturing and was of the Church of God faith. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by sisters, Maggie Kirk and Betty Dixon. Ms. Warren is survived by daughter, Rita Crabtree of Fayetteville; sons, Eddie Stocstill of Arab, Ala., Jerry Warren, Jimmy Stocstill, Eddie Thomas, all of Fayetteville; sisters, Hilda Steelman, Nell Norman, Susie Gatlin, all of Fayetteville, Joyce Dunivan of Petersburg, Darlene Kaplan of Alexandria, Va.; brothers, Paul Warren of Rossville, Ga., John Robert Warren of Taft; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Ray Eddy of Frankewing. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Sonny Moore officiating. Burial was in Mulberry Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Crystal Whitworth, 25, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2012) in Vanderbilt Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of Jacky McKin and the late Cathy Stevenson McKin and was a homemaker. Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Johnny Whitworth of Fayetteville; son, Jonah Wayne Whitworth of Fayetteville; daughter, Jayda Leigh Whitworth of Fayetteville; three brothers, Billy Wayne McKin, Travis Walkenton and David Walkenton; two sisters, Sabrina McKin and Chakie Nelson; grandmothers, Violet McKin and Bobby Stevenson; step-mother, Tina McKin; mother-in-law, Janice Douglas (Kenneth Wayne); aunts, Robbie McKin Gambill, Donna Decker, Judy Clark and Rita Mitchell; best friend, Tanesha; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Ennis Hyman officiating. Burial followed in Wrights Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Katie Sue Ables Williams, 91, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Dec. 9, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late James “Bud” and Mable Harbin Ables, was a homemaker and a member of the Prospect Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Phillip and Barry Williams; one daughter, Wanda Sue Taylor; six grandchildren, Kent Buckmaster, Jami Collins, Brad Buckmaster, Jeffery Buckmaster, Brandi Satterfield and Mandi Clark; six great-grandchildren, Cory Cantrell, Cody Cantrell, Natalie Satterfield, Gavin Clark, Lydia Satterfield and Lily Cate Clark; one sister, Magalene Edwards; two special nieces, Patsy Ivey and Martha Bogle; and special friend, Kathy Allred. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Williams, Jr.; one daughter, Rebecca Buckmaster; and son-in-law, Bob Taylor. Mrs. Williams’ family would like to say “thank you” to Dr. Cobb and his staff, the Lincoln Medical Center and the staff at the Fayetteville Care and Rehabilitation Center for special care provided to their loved one. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Prospect Cemetery beside her husband, Paul Williams Jr., with Dr. Ronnie Gay officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lincoln County Health System Foundation, Fayetteville-Lincoln County Humane Society or the American Heart Association. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm