Obituaries for Jan. 9 edition
Tommy Dean Atchley, 65, of Toney, Ala., died Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012). Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Harold Boggs officiating. Burial was in Blanche Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Peggy Mills Brown, 79, of Hazel Green, Ala., died Monday morning (Dec. 31, 2012) at Lincoln Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Sheeily Joe and Ruth Winford Mills. Mrs. Brown worked at Serbin for 32 years and was a member of the Lincoln Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Witt of Hazel Green; son, William David Brown of Augusta, Ga.; three sisters, Jo Ann Moore, Dot May, Sara Cook, all of Fayetteville; brother, Jerry Mills of Nashville; granddaughters, Christy Clements and Brandie Witt, both of Hazel Green, Hillary Brown of Fayetteville; grandsons, Dustin Brown, Donald (Pete) Brown, Steven Brown, Casey Brown, Cody Brown, all of Fayetteville; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by a son, Donald Ray Brown, and two brothers, Larry Mills and Joe Paul Sullenger. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery beside her husband, William “Bill” M. Brown, who died in 2005. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Terry “Dwight” Brown, 60, of Huntsville, Ala., a retired teacher, died Friday (Jan. 4, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. A celebration of life service was held Monday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Burcham, 87, of Huntland, died Friday (Jan. 4, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bros. Dwight Gardner and Jerry Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Flintville Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Don Robert Campbell, 69, born Oct. 28, 1943, died peacefully Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012) at his home in Fayetteville. Born to Dorothy Ann and Franklin Earl Campbell in Birmingham, Ala., Don grew up knowing what a hard day’s work meant. After graduation from high school, Don married the love of his life, Peggy Ann Widner, and soon after they started their family. By the time their third child was born, they had moved to Kansas City, Mo., where Don worked for KW Dart for 20-plus years. Don later went to work for Farmland Industries in McPherson, Kan., from which he retired. Returning to his roots, Don moved back to Fayetteville and built a home on his farm. There, Don enjoyed some travel, but mostly enjoyed the laid-back lifestyle of country living. He never met a stranger and had some of the most interesting and funny stories. His storytelling will be missed most by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Peggy Ann Campbell; parents, Franklin Earl and Dorothy Ann Campbell; and brother, E. W. Campbell. Survived by his children, Rebecca Turner and husband, Richard, of Brooklyn, Iowa, Angela Parmenter and husband, Douglas, of Kansas City and Donald Campbell and partner, Bradley Shinn, of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Elizabeth Reed, Dakota Parmenter, Joshua Turner, Jesse Parmenter and Jennifer Halverson; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Peggy Wilburn; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Avalon Hospice for their dedicated and loving care of Don. Graveside services were held at White Chapel Cemetery, Gladstone, Mo., on Saturday (Jan. 5). Arrangements by McGilley Antioch Chapel, Kansas City, Mo.
Sue Cain Cooper, 85, of Decatur died Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012) at River City Health and Rehab in Decatur. Mrs. Cooper was born Nov. 8, 1927 in Madison, Ala., to Robert Earl and Annie Nance Cain. She was a graduate of Decatur High School and Marjorie Webster College in Washington, D.C. She also attended the University of Alabama. Mrs. Cooper was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Decatur. She was a volunteer for Decatur General Hospital and a former member of the Decatur Cotillion Club. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Diemer Lamb, III, in 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Susan E. Lamb of Garden Grove, Calif.; sister, Jane Cain (H. Eugene) Monroe of Huntsville; and nephew, Robert Cain (Robin) Monroe and their sons, John and William. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery with O.D. Bowling officiating. Visitation was held at Higgins Funeral Home prior to the service. The family requests that memorials be made to the Big Oak Ranch, P.O. Box 507, Springville, AL 35146 or First Presbyterian Church of Decatur. Berryhill Funeral Home assisted the family.
Cheryl Ann Crim, 60, of Flintville, died Tuesday (Jan. 1, 2013) at her residence. Mrs. Crim was a native of Marshall County. No services are planned at this time. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Eric Cross, 38, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Jan. 6, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Itawamba County, Miss., but a long-time resident of Aberdeen, Miss., Mr. Cross was the son of the late Clay Cross and Nell Guest Cross, who survives. Mr. Cross was a former employee of Pliant Plastics Manufacturing of Lewisburg and a member of the Aberdeen, Miss., Church of God. Survivors include his mother, Nell Guest Cross of Fayetteville; daughters, Destiny (Patrick) Mandujano of Fayetteville and Mary Cross of Fayetteville; two sons, Maddux and Tyler Cross, both of Fayetteville; grandson, Bradley Mandujano of Fayetteville; three sisters, Lawanna (John) Hale, Cindy (Mike) Miles and Kimberly (Kaleb) Hawkins, all of Fayetteville; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Cross was also preceded in death by his loving wife and mother of his children, Monica Cross. Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Van Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Sara Elizabeth Gault Dunman, 87, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. Mrs. Dunman was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Maggie Hughey Gault. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Survivors include one son, Billy John Dunman of Fayetteville, and special friend, Dora Barnes of Petersburg. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Gaskill officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Cemetery beside her husband, Homer Johnson Dunman. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Edward Ray Gatlin, 89, of Dellrose, died Thursday night (Jan. 3, 2013) in Lincoln Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Gatlin was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII. He was a self-employed carpenter. Survivors include two sons, Eddy Gatlin and wife, Cammy, and Benny Ray Gatlin, all of Dellrose; two sisters, Alma Birdsong of Dellrose and Doris Smith of Fayetteville. Mr. Gatlin was preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Gatlin. Graveside service was conducted Sunday afternoon at Shiloh Cemetery with the Rev. Tommy Ward officiating. Burial was beside his wife, Burnadean Birdsong Gatlin. The family requests memorials to the Lincoln Medical Center Endowment Fund, PO Box 637, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Karl Hamm, 88, of Wooley Springs Road, died Saturday (Jan. 5, 2013) at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Jerome officiating. Burial followed at Hatchett Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Thomas Wayne Harris, 72, of Toney, Ala., died Friday (Jan. 4, 2013). Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Prosperity Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home assisted the family.
Owena Kidd, 75, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Dec. 31, 2012) at Lincoln Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Kidd was the daughter of the late J.B. Kidd and Mabel Owen Kidd Hambrick. Mrs. Kidd was a retired seamstress, former employee of Marvin’s Restaurant and a member of the Lincoln Baptist Church. Survivors include her children, Cindy (Sam) Britton, Eddie Smith and Kristy D. Smith, all of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Erin (Joe) Alderman, Lindsay Britton, Josh Smith and Jordan Smith; great-grandchildren, Blake Smith, Brock and Triston Alderman; two sisters, Helen Cothren and Barbara Locker, both of Fayetteville; aunt, Emily Sowell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was conducted Thursday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Ennis Hyman officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Levonia Louise King, 72, of Ardmore, Ala., died Thursday (Jan. 3, 2012) at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Ala. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial in Malone Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gleen Eugene Lyon, 85, of Toney, Ala., died Saturday (Jan. 5, 2013) at Country Side Health Care. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Amos Conley officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Harry William Martini, 90, of Madison, Ala., died Thursday morning (Jan. 3, 2013) in Valley View Rehabilitation Center in Madison, Ala. A native of Portland, Ore., Mr. Martini was raised in a close-knit Italian community in SE Portland. His father, Henry, and mother, Hazel, owned a grocery store/gas station at 7th and Division. Harry was a Navy Veteran, serving in WW II, a retired high school math teacher and was of the Protestant faith. He was a high school All-Star in both basketball and baseball. Mr. Martini had many hobbies, especially golf, but also handball and racquetball. He was an amazing Italian cook, even owning his own restaurant in downtown Portland. Mr. Martini was also a pilot, owning his own airplane and running an airplane rental business. His whole life displayed his entrepreneurial spirit and love of making work better. He is well known for his sage investment advice. He loved to counsel others, be it cooking or property. We always kid each other how that within 10 minutes of meeting Harry he’d ask you how much you make and what you weigh. His advice to follow would be on how you should cook, especially spaghetti sauce or gnocchi, and then how to invest for the long run. His unique sense of humor often showed his intuitive understanding of others. Mr. Martini was a charismatic and inspiring champion for the Christian faith. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lucile (Archer) Martini; daughter, Susan (Rick) Scott of Portland; grandchildren, Ashley and Jordan Scott, Bridget Martini, Brooke (Justin) Barrowcliff, and Blair Martini; great-grandchild, Trevor Barrowcliff; and sister, Leota Cutshall of Portland. He was preceded in death by a son, Marc Martini. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Good News Chapel at Belle Terra. Rev. and close family friend, Curtis Silcox, officiated. Burial followed in Belle Terra Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home assisted the family.
Deborah Ann (Howard) McCoy, 53, of Brentwood, died Thursday (Jan. 3, 2013) at St. Thomas Hospital. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. McCoy was the daughter of the late George Thomas Howard and Margie Gardner Howard, who survives. Mrs. McCoy graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1977 and attended Belmont College where she participated as a cheerleader. She graduated from Memphis State with a degree in accounting and an MBA. She was a CPA and a certified cash manager. She later went on to work for Ernst and Winney, First American, Deutsche Bank and Noranda. In 2011, she started work for the Nashville Airport Authority as their assistant treasurer. Mrs. McCoy was a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed studying the Bible, photography, politics, weather, her pets and most of all spending time with friends and family. Debbie was dearly loved by all her friends and family. In addition to her mother, she is survived by husband, Tom McCoy of Brentwood; children, Brent McCoy of Norman, Okla., and Brian McCoy of Huntsville, Ala.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Ray Gardner and Joel Hassell officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Bobby Leon Sanders, 85, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Jan. 1, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. He was born Tuesday, May 10, 1927, in Fayetteville, the son of the late Luther Sanders and the late Flora Emerson Sanders. He lived most of his life in this area and was a member of Blanche United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ferguson Sanders of Fayetteville; a niece, Marie Stilwell of Hightop, Ala.; and several other nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Bill Moede officiating. Burial was in Blanche Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.ardmorechapel.com. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Peggy Smith, 77, of Fayetteville died Thursday (Dec. 27, 2012) of cancer. She was preceded in death just six weeks earlier by her husband, Bob. Also preceding her: daughter, Lisa Janet Smith; parents, Jim and Lela Cannon; sister, Joan King and brother, Jerry Cannon. She was born Peggy Lynn Cannon on July 9, 1935. Both her parents worked in the Elk Cotton Mill, and Peggy and Joan and Jerry grew up in Mill Village with the children of the other mill families. Peggy devoted her life to caring for her only child, Lisa, whose health problems never dampened her spirit but required almost constant care. She and Bob did everything they could to give Lisa the opportunity to enjoy her life through travel, swimming, movies and the companionship of their beloved dog, Katie. Peggy was determined to make sure she was around to care for Lisa her whole life, and so she battled hard to survive cancer for 12 years. Lisa died in 2008, a week shy of her 44th birthday, in the care of her loving parents. In the last few months, Peggy also took care of Bob as he died of colon cancer even while her own illness worsened. At Peggy’s request, there will be no service.
Earnest Mack Swing, 86, St. Joseph, Mo., died Sunday (Jan. 6, 2013) at a local healthcare facility. He was born Aug. 9, 1926, to James and Annie Bell (Armstrong) Swing in Petersburg. Earnest married Marguerite Smith on June 27, 1953. She preceded him in death on May 31, 1973. He served in the United States Army from 1950-1952 while stationed in Germany and was a veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Swing obtained a business degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and worked for Wire Rope Corporation of America for thirty-three years in traffic control. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and three brothers, Boyd, Linn and Ray. Survivors include four sons, David Swing (Kathryn) of St. Joseph, Markus Swing (Michelle), Jackson, Miss., Richard Swing (Dawn), St. Joseph, and Brian Swing (Karen), Kansas City, Mo.; and eight grandchildren, Kale Swing, Marguerite Swing, Matthew Swing, Michael Swing, Cody Swing, Keith Swing (Katherine), Catherine Swing and Adam Swing. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 a.m. at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
Lois Welsh, 91, of Chattanooga, died Thursday (Jan. 3, 2013). Born to the late Bernard M. Welsh and Elizabeth McCown Welsh, she grew up and attended schools in Fayetteville. Upon graduation from Erskine College in 1944, she moved to Chattanooga after accepting a job with TVA, where she worked until her retirement. For many years, she was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church. When Central closed, she became a member of Northside Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford J. M. Welsh; two sisters, Evelyn Welsh Copeland and Hazel Welsh Clark; and nephew, Dennie M. Welsh. Surviving are many much-loved nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Monday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville. Please share your condolences at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com. Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist.
Benny Daniel Wilson, 72, of Guntersville, Ala., formerly of Dellrose, died Sunday (Jan. 6, 2013) at Marshall Medical Center. He was born on Dec. 13, 1940 to the late Charles and Alice Winters Wilson. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by sons, Darren Lewayne Wilson and Terry Lane Wilson. Mr. Wilson is survived by daughters, Tina Louise Upton of Arab, Ala., Jackie Lynn and Paul Miller of Guntersville, Ala., Rebecca Lee Hogland of Huntsville, Ala.; sisters, Charlotte and Lamar Hooper of Fayetteville, Patricia Jo Wilson of Huntsville, Elizabeth Jane and Curt Wright and Connie Young, all of Guntersville; brothers, Bobby and Linda Wilson of Hazel Green, Billy Wayne Wilson of Laceys Springs, Ala., Ricky Charles and Paula Wilson of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and very special friend and nephew, Donnie Hooper. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Pastors Steve Powell and Barry Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Youngs Chapel Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Jean Winsett, 78, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Jan. 6, 2013) at St. Thomas Hospital. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Bonnie Maddox Jean and was retired administrative assistant with NASA. She was a member of the Lincoln Baptist Church. Survivors include her children, Monica (William) Waldon and Troy (Sherry) Winsett of Hazel Green, Ala.; grandchildren, Jessica Lee Adcock of Shelbyville and Molly Rhea Cobb, both of Shelbyville, Hollye Heintzelman (Chase), McKenzie Ann Winsett and Avery Kyle Winsett, all of Hazel Green; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Rhea Cobb and Wyatt Lee Cobb. Mrs. Winsett was preceded in death by husbands, Marlon Ray Winsett and Buford G. Winsett; daughter, Melanie Ann Winsett; and brother, Morton Jean. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Doug Brown and Lon Ostrzycki officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Loy Woodruff of Cornersville passed away peacefully Monday evening (Dec. 31, 2012) in the comfort of his Florida home. He was 82. After retiring from Westinghouse Corp., he worked part-time for Waste Management Services as well as tending his farm in Cornersville. He leaves behind his wife, Maria of 62 years, four daughters, Christina Woodruff, Carmen Bierman, Connie McCullough, and Roberta Edge. He also leaves behind his sister Mary Ann Sherman. Loy had seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends. Loy is preceded in death by his son, Mark Woodruff, and brother, William. A memorial service honoring Loy will be held on Jan. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Auburndale, Fla. A memorial service will be held in Lewisburg and interment will be in Cornersville at a later date to be announced.