Obituaries for Jan. 30
Howard Wayne Andrews, 75, of Tullahoma, died Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Grady L. Andrews and Lela Mae Howard Andrews. Mr. Andrews was a graduate of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich., and was employed by Fisher Body GM Plant in Livonia, Mich., as a supervisor for several years. He was an Air Force Veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict as 1st Lt. in SAC, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, a Kiwanis Past President and Kiwanian of the Year, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the OES. Mr. Andrews was a coin collector and enjoyed fishing and hunting. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by one nephew, Joseph Andrews, and uncles, O.H. Howard, Jr., and Walter Howard. He is survived by his loving wife, Elsa Louise Andrews of Tullahoma; sons, Gregory (Dolly) Andrews of Lascassas and David Lee Andrews of Johnson City; one brother, Harold (Sherry) Andrews of St. Helen, Mich.; grandchildren, Nathan Lee Andrews, Stephanie (Brandon) Hall, Jennifer (Dwajuan) Howse; great-grandchildren, Ciana Atkins, Kayla Alcorn, Ethan and Drew Hall; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Ashley officiating. Burial, with military honors, followed in Lincoln Cemetery in Fayetteville. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.tullahomafuneralhome.com. Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Martha Nichols Anglea, 75, of Hendersonville died Wednesday (Jan. 16, 2013) after a long illness. She retired from the Tennessee Department of Human Services after 43 years. She was the daughter of the late Virgil Glyn Nichols and Clara Scott Nichols of Petersburg. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, W.R. Anglea of Hendersonville; sisters, Gail Reed of Hermitage, Edwina Dollar of Flintville; nephews, Dale Bartlett, Eddie Reed, Scott and Hugh Nichols; seven great-nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Nichols, and nephew, Steven Bartlett. Graveside services were held Jan. 19 at Petersburg’s Old Orchard Cemetery. Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia Fay Stark Bagley, 101, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) at her home in Dallas, Texas. Born in Monmouth, Ill., on Aug. 8, 1911, she spent her early years in Dubuque, Iowa, and Detroit, Mich. She always said that she wanted to live to be 100 years old, which can now be added to her list of accomplishments. She was a 1935 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in art and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She did post-graduate studies at Wayne State University and was three credit hours short of her master’s degree when she married Samuel Stevens Bagley and moved to Fayetteville in 1941. A born and bread “Yankee”, she fell in love with Tennessee and the people there. Sam and Cynthia spent most of their 50 years in Fayetteville on the family farm that is now the site of the Motlow State Community College on Winchester Highway. Mrs. Bagley was an active member of the Fayetteville community as a teacher and civic participant. She was Lincoln County’s first Home Bound Teacher from 1952-1962. She worked tirelessly helping the homebound children she taught stay socially active and involved with other children in addition to making sure they kept up with their classmates in school. She later taught English and Art at the old Central High School. In 1991, she and her husband, Sam, moved to Dallas, Texas, to be near their daughter, Frances. An exceptional artist, she stayed active with her art throughout her life. She enjoyed painting and creating small sculptures, some of which are in significant art collections. One of her passions was writing letters to the editor in a variety of newspapers. She was adept in expressing her opinions often using humorous anecdotes to elaborate a point. In 2000, The Dallas Morning News included Cynthia Bagley in an article about people with exceptional ability to remember. Until her very last months of life she could recite countless poems from great literature. The ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote in national elections, made a strong impression on Cynthia at the age of nine-years-old. Consequently, she was proud of the fact that she never missed voting in a national election from the time she was of age through the presidential election of 2012. Mrs. Bagley was the daughter of Claude Stark and Frances Hay Stark of Detroit, Mich. Her husband, Samuel Stevens Bagley, preceded her in death in 1993. Cynthia was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always setting high standards and expectations, she adored her family above all else. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances Bagley and Tom Orr; her son and daughter-in-law, James and Ann Bagley; two grandsons and their wives, Matthew and Sharon Bagley and Steven and Lisa Bagley; and four great-grandchildren, David, Arabella, Paul and Daniel Bagley. She has been buried privately in Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville. Her life will be celebrated with a memorial service, which will be announced at a later date. Remembrances may be made to the Humane Society or the SPCA. Higgins Funeral assisted the family.
Edward A. Becker, 75, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) in Huntsville Hospital. A native of Leavenworth, Kan., he was the son of the late Edward P. and Gertrude Doman Becker. Mr. Becker was a retired engineer from Amana Refrigeration and was a member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus and was the former Grand Knight. Mr. Becker is survived by his wife, Barbara Becker of Fayetteville. He is also survived by two daughters, Cheryl Scott and husband, Harold, of Fairfax, Iowa, and Lori Kervin and husband, Jeff, of Hoover, Ala., and two sons, Edward Becker and wife, Laura, of Stewartville, Minn., and Greg Becker and wife, Karen, of Lake Forrest, Ill. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Becker was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Becker Threefoot. On Aug. 29, 1959, Edward married the love of his life, Barbara J. Montgomery, who would stay by his side for the next 53 years. Edward A. Becker graduated from Kansas State University in 1960 with a BS in mechanical engineering. He and Barbara began their life together in St. Charles, Mo., and in 1960, became a threesome by adding their daughter, Cheryl. Three more children were to follow, along with moves to Ferguson, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and finally, Fayetteville. Throughout his life, Edward made his church, his family and his work his priorities. Faithfully going above and beyond, when possible, becoming an important part of each parish they joined. His family benefited from his desire to keep them a close-knit unit. When they were young, it began with camping on weekends, evolving to most summer weekends spent together boating on the nearby lake. He continued this resolve until the last of the four moved away. Still, visiting mom and dad usually meant a trip to the lake! He worked for Amana Refrigeration in Amana, Iowa, from 1972 until 1993, when he transferred to their location in Fayetteville. He retired from Amana in 1996. After retiring, he and Barbara began a new stage of their life, participating and leading activities at their church, St. Anthony’s. They also began traveling extensively and enjoyed visiting their children. Ed also used this time to concentrate on his woodworking, a hobby that was to benefit his entire family with pieces of furniture “made by Dad.” His woodwork was a fine example of how he led his life — orderly, carefully measured and treated tenderly with love. His family will miss him so very much. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Joswin Thundathil, CMI, officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or CCFA (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America). Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jack Burkett, 84, of Flintville, died Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. He was born on March 21, 1928 in Young County, Texas, to the late Albert and Maggie Worsham Burkett. Mr. Burkett was a maintenance supervisor at Hexcel Corporation in Graham, Texas, was a veteran of the United States Army and was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Graham. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Wesley Burkett, and sister, Frances Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Burkett of Flintville; three sons, James and Judy Burkett of Flintville, Bob Burkett of Fort Worth, Texas, Jonathan and Stacey Burkett of Springhill; sister, Joy Kelly of Wichita, Texas; brothers, Robert Burkett of Olney, Texas, Jay and Martha Burkett of Graham; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Lon Ostryzcki officiating. Burial followed in Flintville Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Bennett W. Caughran, M.D., died Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) with his family by his bedside. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Phyillis Wyrick Caughran; his parents, Ira and Clarence Caughran, Sr.; and his brothers, Clarence, Jr., and Edward Caughran. He was born and raised in Fayetteville, served as a yeoman in the Navy at Ford Island in Hawaii in 1945 and during WWII. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Medical School in 1953. He specialized in orthopedic surgery with his practice in Chattanooga until 2000 when he retired. Dr. Caughran loved practicing medicine and teaching the many residents at Erlanger Hospital, serving on various boards. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his daughter, Becky Gaynor of Chattanooga; his son, Philip (Denise) Caughran of Burbank, Calif.; his son, Fred (Yvonne) Caughran of Cosby; his grandchildren, Chelsea and Kirstie Caughran of Burbank, Mallory, Morgan and Dallas Gaynor of Chattanooga; his #1 son-in-law, Mark Gaynor; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services were held Saturday afternoon at Chattanooga Funeral Home North with the Rev. Charles Burton officiating. Your prayers during this time are welcomed and thoughts or memories may also be shared at www.mem.com or www.ChattanoogaNorthChapel.com. Arrangements by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, Hixson.
Jessie Lee Cowan, 82, of Taft, died Sunday (Jan. 20, 2013) at Harton Regional Medical Center. She was born on July 16, 1930 in Lincoln County to the late James Thomas and Elizabeth Smith Sisk. Mrs. Cowan was a housewife and was a member of Coldwater United Methodist Church. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Wilson Cowan. She is survived by a son, Johnny and Bonnie Cowan of Fayetteville; three sisters, Jeannie Cowan, Minnie Pearl Williams and Dorothy Franklin, all of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, John Paul Cowan, Matthew and Amanda Cowan and Angel and Jonathan Thompson; one great-grandchild, Addi Thompson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon in Prosperity Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Fern Gibson, 66, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 21, 2013). She was preceded in death by her daughter, April; her mother, Carma Hakes; and sister, Jean. She is survived by her son, Tony; a brother, Les; three sisters, Betty Jo, Gail and Anita; her former husband of 25 years, William; one grandson, Aaron; two great-granddaughters, Haley and Brook; close friend, Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Magetti Gavin Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial was in Willowview Cemetery. Magetti Gavin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Elmer D. Harper, 60, departed this life on Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital. He was the son of the late L C Harper and the late Lela Henderson Harper and was a member of Mary’s Chapel AME Church. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, where he served for eight years, and a former employee of the City of Fayetteville and later Goodman Industries. He has served in the Tennessee National Guard. Mr. Harper served as a funeral assistant at Howard and Sledge Funeral Homes, Fayetteville, and later at The Rose of Sharon Funeral Service, Pulaski. The family received friends on Sunday at Mary’s Chapel AME Church, Fayetteville, from 4 until 6 p.m., and Tributes from 6 until 7 p.m. The family visitation period took place on Monday at St Paul AME Church, Fayetteville, from 11 a.m. until 12:00 noon with the funeral service following. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery. He is survived by his children, Lacessa Hickerson, Nashville, Kelenm Harper, Kimberly Parks, Shawn Harper and Nathaniel Jordan, all of Fayetteville, and Ryan Edmiston of Murfreesboro; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Jewell Harper; and one brother, Robert C. Harper and wife, Carolyn, all of Fayetteville; and a host of other relatives and friends. The Rose of Sharon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Lorene Hodges, 94, of Pulaski, died Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bros. Ronnie Holt and David Harwell officiating. Burial was in Hodges Cemetery, Pettusville, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Paul H. Honea, 65, of Steger, Ill., native of Lincoln County, died Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2013). Survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” (nee Savino). Loving dad to Paul “Gabe” (Gloria) Honea, Christine “Chrissy” (John) Roberts and the late Laura Honea. Cherished grandfather to Shelby and Meadow. Fond son to Eleanor and the late J.D. Honea, Sr. Dear brother to Joe, Leslie, J.D. Jr., Wanda Faye (late Bill) Caldwell, Peggy (James) Garrett, the late George and the late Robert Honea. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Paul was a member of the Local #150 Labor’s Union, Past Commander and member of Steger V.F.W. Post 8283, served in the US Army Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, past member of Steger Fire Department and a huge NASCAR fan. Donations to be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation in Paul’s memory. Funeral services were held Friday at the Crete Funeral Home in Crete, Ill. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Steger. Crete Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Billy Gyn Letson, 79, of Fayetteville, formerly of Decatur, Ala., died Monday evening (Jan. 21, 2013) at his residence. A native of Courtland, Ala., he was the son of the late Gurley and Ivey Grissom Letson. Mr. Letson was a retired truck driver and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Betty Benson Letson of Fayetteville; children, Billy Dewayne Letson of Huntsville, Ala., Donald Gene Letson of Fayetteville, Ellis O’Neal Letson of Fayetteville, Judy Faye Travis of Hazel Green, Ala., Randy Letson of Decatur and Shelby Dean Letson of Hillsboro; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four brothers, Stanley Letson of Hazel Green, Ala., Charles Letson of Meridianville, Ala., Jimmy Letson of Huntsville and Gene Letson of New Market, Ala. He was preceded in death by children, Elizabeth Pearl Letson Stafford and James Edward Letson, and two brothers, Melvin and Ovdie Letson. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Chapel at New Bethel Cemetery in Courtland, Ala., with the Rev. Bud Ham officiating. Burial was in the New Bethel Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Lewter, 89, of Ardmore, died Saturday (Jan. 26, 2013) at Ardmore on Main in Ardmore. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with the Revs. Mickey Buford and Don Hillis officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Annie R. (Patterson) Lindsey, 76, of Fayetteville, died Saturday (Jan. 26, 2013) in Donalson Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow and Alma Patterson. She was a homemaker and long time member of Brogan Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include daughters, Darlene Freeman, Diane Medley, both of Fayetteville, Denise (Rickey) Smith of Ardmore, Ala.; sons, George “Danny” Lindsey, David (Tracy) Lindsey of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) Lindsey, Chris (Angela) Pollard, all of Fayetteville, Shawn (Jessie) Medley of Flintville, Stephen Lindsey of Fayetteville, Nicholas Lindsey, Adam Lindsey, Marcus Lindsey, all of Taft, Casey Graves of Shelbyville, Ella Medley of Lawrenceburg; great-grandchildren, Hailey (Koty) Luke, Jarrod Medley, all of Lawrenceburg, Shawna Medley, Kyle Medley, Logan Medley, all of Flintville, Gracie Pollard, Addalynn Pollard, Natalie Grace Lindsey, all of Fayetteville; great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Mae Luke of Lawrenceburg; sisters, Debbie Linville of Fayetteville, Wanda (Bobby) Dollar of Taft, Brenda (Billy) Howard of Lewisburg, Cindy (Clint) Cotnam of Fayetteville; brothers, Leon (Rachel) Patterson of Dellrose, Ray (Martha) Patterson of Athens, Ala., Jimmy (Carolyn) Patterson of Ardmore; sisters-in-law, Reba Patterson of Dellrose, Marie Patterson of New Market, Ala.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, George “Lightning” Lindsey; sisters, Carlene Patterson, Katie Patterson McConnell; brother, Richard Lee Patterson; grandsons, Michael Cassidy Lindsey, Michael Medley; son-in-law, Jimmy Medley. Graveside services were conducted Sunday afternoon in Gatlin Cemetery with the Rev. James Barnes officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Edith Crumrine Mitchell, 94, died Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. She and her husband, Robert E. Crumrine, owned and operated R.E. Crumrine Grocery at Hazel Green, Ala., for many years. She was a resident of Madison County since 1946 and a member of the Church of Christ faith. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Crumrine, and her late husband, J.B. Mitchell; her parents, Aubrey E. (Dick) Shelton and Lillian Sullivan Shelton; brothers, Cleveland Shelton, Bill Shelton and Levoid Shelton; and sisters, Nell Shelton and Janie Shelton West. Mrs. Mitchell is survived by a son, Joe D. Brown (Joyce); daughters, Bobbie Crumrine Ikard (Wayne), Ann Crumrine Bankston (Bob), Margie Mitchell Dorning (Wallace); sister, Mable Shelton Woodward; grandchildren, Jeff Brown (Wendy), Lisa Brown Edwards (Mark), Angela D. Seymour, Brad Bankston (Christine), Blake Dorning (Jan), Mitchell Dorning, Cindy Dorning Shields (Kevin); 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Berryhill Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Rosenblum officiating. Interment was in Plainview Cemetery at Hazel Green. Berryhill Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Rickie Painter, 60, of Flintville, died Saturday (Jan. 26, 2013) at Fayetteville Care & Rehab. Mr. Painter was a native of Lincoln County and a carpenter. Funeral services were conducted Monday in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Jones officiating. Burial followed in Flintville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Multi County Cancer Support, 110 East Lauderdale Street, Tullahoma, TN, 37388. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Leon Carmine Pierro, 57, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. Mr. Pierro was a native of Jersey City, N.J., and an accountant. Memorial services were conducted Thursday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Brazelton Ramsey, 95, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Dock G. and Lena Shaw Brazelton. Mrs. Ramsey was secretary at the Lincoln County Farm Bureau for 32 years and was a member of the Washington Street Church of Christ. Survivors include her daughter, Ann Hopkins, and husband, Jerry, of Huntsville; granddaughters, Lynn Ann Marsh of Huntsville and Jill Wilson of Madison; four great-grandchildren; brother, Jimmy Brazelton of Lake Elisonore, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by parents, Dock G. and Lena Shaw Brazelton; husband, James Woodrow Ramsey; and three sisters, Nancy Rozar, Marie Marshall and Jeanette Phillips. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Black officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Cemetery beside her husband, James Woodrow Ramsey. Memorial donations may be made to Washington Street Church of Christ or Tennessee Children’s Home. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ray Rice, Sr., 92, died Saturday (Jan. 19, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center in Fayetteville. Mr. Rice was born in Ripley to the late Jesse Clinton Rice and Viola Hancock Rice and was a resident of Murfreesboro before moving to Fayetteville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army, a member of Beechgrove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, attended Gum Springs Baptist Church in Flintville and was past superintendent with Stewart Air Base. Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie F. Rice; granddaughters, Melissa Ashby and Leslie Rice; great-grandsons, Treet Ashby and Tyler Allen Short. He is survived by son, Ray Rice, Jr., of Murfreesboro; daughter, Linda Sue (Randy) May of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Amy (Barry) Carlton of Estill Springs, Melody (Dave) Wilson of Murfreesboro, James T. May of Flintville; Miranda (Jason) Bolden of Athens, Ala.; great-grandchildren, Corey Womack of Tullahoma, Tucker Carlton and Tanner Carlton of Estill Springs, David Randall Wilson of Murfreesboro, Benjamin, Grace, Elijah and Madelyn Bolden of Athens; and great-great-grandson, Ethan Short of Manchester. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 22) at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with Pastor Winfred Stayton and John Vile officiating. Burial followed at Beechgrove Cemetery. Those wishing may send condolences online at www.murfreesborofuneralhome.com. Murfreesboro Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Bobby Fred Shelton, 78, of Kelso, died Sunday (Jan. 27, 2013). A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late James Homer and Mary Annie Ruth Reynolds Shelton. Mr. Shelton was a retired railroad worker and farmer. Survivors include his granddaughter, Alannah Lively and husband, Josh, of Huntsville, Ala.; sister, Mildred Franklin and husband, Bob; aunt, Lyda Williams; and nephews, Randy Waller, Barry May and wife, Tonya, and their children, Alyssa and Kaylee May and Charles and Andrew Brown, all of Kelso; close friend, Mike McNeal. Mr. Shelton was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Shelton, and stepdaughter, Wendy Wilson. Visitation with the family will be Thursday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Parks officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.