Obituaries for Jan. 2 edition
Wilma Christine Arnold, 88, of Tullahoma, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2012) at Harton Hospital in Tullahoma. In her earlier years, Mrs. Arnold worked at Genesco Shoe Factory. Funeral services were held Saturday morning in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Tim McGehee and Wallace Rowland officiating. Graveside services were held Saturday afternoon at Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore, Ala. Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Janie Romaine Bailey, 78, of Ardmore, Ala., died on Sunday (Dec. 23, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Marshall Norman officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Frank Beddingfield, 66, of Taft, died Thursday (Dec. 6, 2012) at his residence. He was born on June 5, 1946 to James Clarence and Mary Adaline Cowan Beddingfield. Mr. Beddingfield was a welder for Goodman and was a member of the Unity Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Beddingfield of Taft; daughters, Angela and Timothy Spicher of Fayetteville, Cynthia and Keith Freytag of Hillsboro, Sherrie and Anthony Gill of Boonshill community; sisters, Faye Bly of Taft, Sarah and Alton Simms of Taft; brothers, Sam Lewis and Ann Beddingfield of Fayetteville, O.G. Beddingfield of Taft; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial was in Blanche Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Willard Travis Clark, 59, of Fayetteville, died Saturday (Dec. 29, 2012) at his residence. A native of Warren County, Ky., he was the son of the late Robert Floyd and Oma Frances Hunton Clark. Mr. Clark was retired from the Army, a former employee of CFW Construction Company in Fayetteville and also was employed by Agrico Chemicals in Bowling Green, Ky. Willard was kind hearted and would give the shirt off his back to anyone he met. He was loved tremendously and will be missed tremendously. Survivors include sisters, Betty Merriman of Fayetteville, Peggy Quinn of Indianapolis, Ind., Rachel Beckart of Jeffersonville, Ind.; brothers, James E. Clark of Springfield, Mo., Ronnie E. Clark of Bowling Green; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Clark was preceded in death by Linda Sedam, Troy Clark, Ruth Cunningham Quinn, Robert E. Clark, Oma Frances Hunton and Robert Floyd Clark. There is no service planned at this time. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
J.L. Cross, 72, of Ardmore, Ala., died Friday (Dec. 28, 2012) at his home. Graveside services were held Sunday at Gatlin Cemetery with Bro. Tony Boyles officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Land George, 81, of Kelso, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. She was born on Jan. 22, 1931, to the late Will and Margaret Smith Street. Mrs. George was employed at Serbin and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by a daughter, Dena Whitfield of Fayetteville; sons, Joel Steven and Carol Land of Pulaski, Jeff and Melody Land of Fayetteville, Joe and Jackie Land of Elora; brother, Billy Joe and Ilene Street of Flintville; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. John Neal officiating. Burial followed in Campbell Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Marian Hopkins, 52, of Flintville, died Friday evening (Dec. 21, 2012) in Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Hopkins was the daughter of the late John Calvin and Marilyn Holt Goodrich, who survives. She was employed by Lee Manufacturing and Rogers Group. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, George Hopkins of Flintville; daughter, Jennifer and Lucas Hamlin of Kelso; son, George Ryan Hopkins of Madison, Ala.; grandchildren, Evan and Blair Hamlin; brother, John Goodrich; and nephew, Zachary Good. Graveside services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Ruby Elam officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Charles Claude Howard, 76, of Fayetteville, died Friday afternoon (Dec. 28, 2012) in Donalson Care Center. A native of Madison County, Ala., Mr. Howard was the son of the late William B. and Essie Parks Howard. Mr. Howard served in the Army and retired from the Department of Defense Civil Service. He was a Mason and Shriner and a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Ila Pearl Howard of Fayetteville; daughters, Sandra C. Howard of Fayetteville, Debbie Looman of Fayetteville, Donna (Steve) Ward of Fayetteville, Dixie (Charles) Robbins of Pulaski; step-son, Troy Carter of Austin, Texas; step-daughters, Kim Carter and Shan (Shane) Wells, all of Lewisburg; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Van Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Bobby Rudolph Matlock, 73, of Ardmore, died Saturday (Dec. 29, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center in Fayetteville. Born Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1939, in Waverly, he was the son of the late Ernie Rudolph Matlock and the late Annie Rambo Matlock. He was the husband of the late Malinda Jane Hargrove Matlock. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Nell Harrell and Bettye Felts. Bobby had lived most of his life in the Ardmore area and was known as the “tool Man” at Dog Days and flea markets. He loved to fish and loved his church. He was an avid Tennessee football fan and loved his dog “Molly”. He was a member of Fellowship First Baptist Church in New Market, Ala. Surviving are son, Bobby “Bubba” (Patty) Matlock of LaVergne; daughters, Cindy (Dwayne) Towry of Winchester and Barbara (Mike) Garich of Ardmore; grandchildren, Daniel (Leah) Towry of Elora, Matthew Towry of Winchester, Jessica (Aaron) Mills of Fayetteville and Amanda Fry of Ardmore; and one nephew, Greg Heard of Antioch. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bros. Ricky Clemons and Buddy Payne officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Gilmore Mills, 78, of Huntsville, Ala., died Saturday morning (Dec. 29, 2012) at Ardmore Care. A native of Harris, Ala., and a long-time resident of Petersburg, he was a truck driver and a member of the Jackson Way Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Geri” Mills of Huntsville; three sons, Jerry Dale Manley, Mike (Connie) Mills, Terry (Sam) Mills, all of Lewisburg; two daughters, Vicki (Darrell) Horton of Smyrna, Kathi (Steve) Calahan of Lewisburg; one step-son, Steve (Rita) Hogue of Huntsville; one step-daughter, Saundra (Todd) Martin of Huntsville; one sister, Opal Lee Mills Hames of Petersburg; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil “Pete” Willard and Mary Jane Rogers Mills, and sister, Nettie Elizabeth Mills Foster. Funeral services were held Monday at the Petersburg First Baptist Church with Terry Mills and Larry Hames officiating. Burial followed in Old Orchard Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Earl Price, 80, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday morning (Dec. 26, 2012) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Price was the son of the late Byrd and Lucy Squalls Price and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Price retired from Amana Refrigeration after 40 years and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his daughter, Angela P. Kimbrough and husband, Ted, of Fayetteville; grandson, Reece Ewton of Franklin; great-granddaughter, Madelyn Rae Ewton of Franklin; three sisters, Louise May and Wilma Golden, both of Fayetteville, and Birdie Dudley of Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were conducted Friday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Benny Berry officiating. Burial followed in Blanche Cemetery beside his wife, Jerlean Mullins Price. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Leonard E. Shepardson, 60, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala. A native of Topeka, Kan., Mr. Shepardson was the son of the late Ben and Esther Mylnek, a former employee of Copperweld and a member of the Pentecostal Church. Survivors include his wife, Linn Ziemer Shepardson of Fayetteville; children, Dare Ziemer of Fayetteville, Stephenie Shepardson of Fayetteville, Wally Shepardson and wife, Jessica, of Vanntown, Preston Ziemer and wife, Edie, of Fayetteville, Tieranny Shepardson, Tristian Shepardson and Timothy Patterson, all of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Brittany Sierra and Isabella Shepardson and John Patterson; two great-grandchildren, Avi-Mae Shepardson and Reagan Ziemer; three sisters, Katrina Shepardson, Leann Kroft and husband, Norman, Kelly Shepardson Cook and husband, Bill; brother, Karl Shepardson; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Shepardson was preceded in death by a sister, Allison McClure Bean. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Dan Melchior officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Carrie Taylor, 76, of Fayetteville, died Friday afternoon (Dec. 28, 2012) in St. Thomas Hospital. Carrie Mae Taylor was born on Feb. 29, 1936. After a long illness, she was called home on December 29, 2012 at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, with her family by her side. She was a life-long resident of Fayetteville-Lincoln County and was educated in the county school system. She was born the sixth child of the late Claude and Laura Bell Gaunt Clanton. She was married to the late William Ray Taylor in 1951, and to this union a son, Anthony, was born. Carrie Mae professed her love for Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of St. Paul AME Church. Carrie Mae was employed for several years with Groce Provision Co., and later with Wal-Mart as a department manager until she was forced to retire to care from her husband. Carrie Mae was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Claude, Clarence, Howard, Melvin and Forrest, and two sisters, Thelma and Helen Moorehead. She will forever be remembered by her devoted son, Anthony (Doris); treasured grandchildren, Christopher (Lori) Taylor and Toni Taylor (Chauncey) Fitzgerald; beloved great-grandchildren, Alekzanndra, Chance and Shaleshea; and great-great-granddaughter, Shamiyah; caring brother-in-law, Billy (Linda) Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was affectionately called Mama Carrie by her grandkids and was deemed by them the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She never forgot a birthday and could be counted on to faithfully send a birthday card with a little piece of money in it. Carrie Mae loved to cook and was famous in the Taylor household for her boiled custard and white coconut cake. She was also an avid reader and drove her personal physician crazy with her medical acumen and knowledge of the latest medical techniques. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at St. Paul AME Church. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St Paul AME Church. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Carl Milton Tipps, 87, of Lynchburg, formerly of Fayetteville, died Thursday night (Dec. 27, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Tipps was the son of the late Terrace and Kate Jeans Tipps. He was a retired Fayetteville businessman and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Winsett Tipps of Lynchburg; three sons, Tony Ray Tipps of Fayetteville, Carl Michael Tipps of Lynchburg and William Timothy (Mary Jo) Tipps of Chapel Hill; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Charles) Thompson, Nigel (Jennifer) Tipps, Mary Ellen Williams, Casey Tipps, T J Tipps, Travis (Miki) Tipps, Vickie (Justin) Hazel and Brody Tipps; ten great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Spurlock and Coleen Capley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Tipps Keller and Jean Tipps Eslick. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Leo Bechard officiating. Burial followed in Higgins Cedar Hill Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Leroy Allen Trulson, 80, of Hazel Green, Ala., died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2012). Mr. Trulson was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Melody Carol Trulson. Mr. Trulson is survived by his wife, Sarah L. Trulson; two sons, Leroy Trulson, Jr., and wife, Melissa, and William Trulson and wife, Cheree; brother, Laverne Trulson; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. No services are planned. Berryhill Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ruby D. Wilson, 60, of Fayetteville, died Friday (Dec. 28, 2012) in Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of Ruby Hamlin Rodgers, who survives, and the late James Rodgers. No services are planned at this time. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.