Steelman, caterer, restaurant owner, dies

Rachel Steelman

Rachel Steelman

Rachel Murrell Steelman of Fayetteville, a longtime caterer and restaurant owner here, died Wednesday evening (March 13, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. She was 77.

A native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Naith Alexander and Josie Goosby Steelman, Miss Steelman was a former owner and operator of Rachel’s Restaurant, a caterer and business owner.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Marvin Steelman and wife, Sara, and Jimmy Steelman; two sisters, Brenda Barnes and Betty Johnson, all of Fayetteville; nieces, Deborah Freeman, Cindy and J.B. Battle, Jeanette Jackson, Judy Stinson; nephews, James and Jamie White and John and Angela Steelman; three grand-nieces, Kenesha Howard, Brittany White and Danielle Simmons; two grand-nephews, Marshall and Peyton Steelman.

Miss Steelman was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Roland; brother, Billy Bert Steelman; and nephew, Danny Johnson.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday morning at Riverview Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Don Russell officiating.

The family requests memorials be made to the Kelly Pittenger Senior Center or the American Cancer Society.

Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm