Obituaries for April 17 Edition
Stephen G. Atchley, 72, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (April 10, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 7, 1940 to the late Charles D. and Lillian E. Schott Atchley. He was a retired field service engineer for LeBlond/Makino, Inc., a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of First United Methodist Church Fayetteville. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Atchley. Mr. Atchley is survived by his wife, Judy Atchley of Fayetteville; sisters, Joanne and Robert Lepple of Missouri City, Texas, Karen and Jon Stafford of The Woodlands, Texas; brothers, Ronald K. Atchley and Kent Armstrong of Midland, Ohio; and brother-in-law, Laton and Joyce Newton of Pulaski. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Ward and Ann Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Visitation was to be Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Bailey, Jr., 73, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (April 10, 2013) at his residence. He was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 2, 1939 to the late James, Sr., and Virginia Gladys Reese Bailey. He was retired from Amana Refrigeration and was a faithful member of St. Paul AME Church. Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Ann White Bailey; daughter, Cheryl R. Bailey (Roy) Mitchell; sons, James Derek Bailey, Kevin Todd Bailey; sisters, Lelia M. Bailey, Mary Ann (James) Thomas, Edith Bailey (Marvin) Shoulders; brothers, Willie Reese (Emma) Bailey, Robert L. (Ella) Bailey; grandchildren, Rodriguez D. Edmiston, Kevin T. Bailey II, Rico D. Bailey, William P. Mitchell; great-grandson, Ayden Noll; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Grizzard, Sr., officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant View Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Edward Bryan Brooks, 34, of Athens, Ala., formerly of Fayetteville, died Friday (April 5, 2013) in Athens. He was a native of Lincoln County and the son of the late Joan Yvette Caldwell Brooks and Dennis Morgan Brooks, who survives. He was a truck driver and a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church. Survivors, in addition to his father, include a sister, Brittany Brooks of Fayetteville; fiancée, Bonnie Adams of Athens; aunts, Kathy (Tom) Gilliand of Fayetteville, Mellea (Mike) Bradford of Fayetteville, Anita (Larry) Southard of Athens and Debbie (Billy) Rouse of Athens; uncles, Bobby Goodwin, Barry Craig and Chris Craig, all of Athens; nephew, Corbin Simmons of Fayetteville; cousins, Alexis, Taylor and Haley Gilliand, all of Nashville. In addition to his mother, Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by grandparents, Yvonne and Edward Caldwell and Shirley Louise Brooks. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Graham officiating. Burial followed in Stewart’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Opal L. Hames, 82, of Petersburg, died Monday (April 8, 2013) at NHC Healthcare in Lewisburg. She was born in Morgan County, Ala., on Sept. 4, 1930 to the late Cecil and Mary Rogers Mills. She worked as a seamstress for Serbin Fashions and was a member of First Baptist Church of Petersburg. Along with her parents, Mrs. Hames is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Robert Hames; sister, Nettie Foster; brother, James Gilmore Mills; and grandson, Jeff Hames. She is survived by a daughter, Gail and Charlie Davis of Petersburg; son, Larry and Wanda Hames of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Brown officiating. Burial followed in Old Orchard Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Betty Hargrave, age 81 of Collinsville, Ala., passed away Friday (April 12, 2013) at Dekalb Medical Center. Mrs. Hargrave was a native of Verbena, the daughter of the late Obediah Harlin and Verta Clyde Bankston Pruitt and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by sons, Obie (Lea) Oden of Ft. Payne, Ala., Mike (Teresa) Oden of Tennessee and Louie Allen Oden, also of Tennessee; daughter, Judy (Johnny) of Tennessee; brothers, William R. “Bill” Pruitt of Texas and Bob Pruitt of Tennessee; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden, Ala., with the Rev. Donald Guttery officiating. Family served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Little River Baptist Church. Perry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jeffrey Lynn Faulkner, 50, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (April 7, 2013) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of Barbara Barnes Wright (Joe M. Eslick) and Joe Dixon Faulkner (Debbie), who survive. Mr. Faulkner was a caregiver and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his children, Leigha Faulkner and William Kyle Faulkner, both of San Antonio, Texas, Kolton Frazier Faulkner of Meridianville, Ala., and Lauren Faulkner of Fayetteville; step-grandmother, Jo Barnes of Fayetteville; and step-brother, Thad Eatherly of Winchester. Mr. Faulkner was preceded in death by grandparents, Gordon Barnes and Sarah Massey and William Dixon and Vivian Solomon Faulkner. Funeral services were held Friday at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Ward officiating. Burial followed in Booneville Cemetery. The family requests memorials to Junior’s House. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Julaine Marie Oetken Faulkner, 38, of Fayetteville, formally of Mediapolis, Iowa, entered Heaven on Sunday (April 7, 2013). Born April 5, 1975 in Burlington, Iowa, she is the daughter of Ronald and Janet Schwerin Oetken. Julaine was a graduate of Mediapolis High School in 1993 and a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Culver-Stockton College. Julaine started her career at Price Waterhouse and then joined FTI Consulting and earned a position as a managing director in FTI Consulting’s corporate finance and restructuring practice and was based in Atlanta. Ms. Faulkner had more than 12 years of professional experience and had been involved in serving in interim management roles, such as chief financial officer and treasurer; assisting companies in the restructuring process in both in-court and out-of-court situations; implementing processes and procedures within finance and accounting organizations; development and manipulation of business plan and cash flow models; development of detailed financial analytics; performance metrics and reporting packages; cash flow management; assisting companies in the development and implementation of cost-saving initiatives; and assisting companies with debt refinancing. Lauren was the love of Julaine’s life; they did crafts together, and Julaine attended Lauren’s dance classes when possible. They spent as much time together as possible even with Julaine’s busy schedule. Survivors include her parents, Ronald and Janet Oetken of Burlington; daughter, Lauren Faulkner of Fayetteville; brother, Todd Oetken of Burlington; sister, Railynne and John Brown of Spring, Texas; and her paternal grandmother, Virginia Oetken of Burlington. She was joined in death by her brother, Ryan, and husband, Jeffrey, and preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Elmer and Lillian Schwerin, and paternal grandfather, Warren Oetken. The funeral service for Julaine will be held at Lunning Chapel, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 with the Rev. Dean Moberg officiating. Interment will be in Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis. Friends may visit from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 with family receiving friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Memorials have been established for Lauren’s college fund.
Alline Sykes Kidd, 95, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (April 11, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. A native of Dyersburg, Mrs. Kidd was the daughter of the late Marion and Alma Tedford Sykes. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gum Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Donald Kidd and wife, Doris, of Fayetteville; grandson, Mac Kidd and wife, Dawn, of Fayetteville; granddaughter, LaDonna Kidd Thrasher and husband, Scott, of Fayetteville; three great-grandchildren, Syler Kidd, Clint and Shelby Thrasher; and six stepsisters. Graveside service was conducted Sunday afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery with burial beside her husband, Woodrow Kidd. The Rev. Milton Martin officiated the service. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ida Page Maddox, 83, of Oak Ridge, formerly of Fayetteville, died Sunday (April 14, 2013) at her home. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late John Calvin and Lida Lee Bruton Goodrich. Mrs. Maddox retired from the City of Fayetteville, where she was the city court clerk for twenty years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. After leaving Fayetteville and moving to Oak Ridge to be with her family, she became a member of the Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the company of her canine companions, reading and was an avid follower and supporter of national politics. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, B.P. Maddox, who passed away in 1973; a sister, Elizabeth Farrar; and a brother, John C. “Jack” Goodrich, Jr. She is survived by a son, John Maddox and wife, Linda, of Oak Ridge; grandchildren, Leslie Helms and husband, Johnathan, of Greenville, S.C., and Ellen Petree and husband, Phil, of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Henry and Bonnie Helms, Caroline and Molly Petree; nephews, Bob Farrar of Bowie Md., and John H. Goodrich of Lynchburg; and special caregivers, Lynda Lewis, Cathy Cope and Millie Campbell. Visitation with the family will be Thursday from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, 451 East Tennessee Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Annie Mefford, 79, of Fayetteville, died Sunday night (April 14, 2013) in Crestwood Hospital. She was a native of Obion County and the daughter of the late Austin and Helon Woodard Thorpe. She was a former secretary at Redstone Arsenal and was presently employed as secretary at the Liberty Church of Christ where she was also a member. Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Brown of Fayetteville; son, Brian Mefford and wife, Cynthia, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Dustin, Pete, Stephen, Casey, Hillary and Cody Brown, Amber and Skylar Mefford; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob Thorpe and wife, Dion, of Moore County; five nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Jean Freeland. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Hills Memorial Garden with Bro. Richard Rogers officiating. Visitation with the family was Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Michael A. Mitchell, 54, of Flintville, died Tuesday (March 26, 2013) at his residence. He was born in Nashville on Dec. 16, 1953 to the late Mac and Peggy Monks Mitchell. He was a concrete layer by trade and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by a daughter, Crystal Mitchell of Camden; sisters, Penny Mitchell and husband, Bobby Ryman, of Nashville, Terri Lynne and Jeff Carter of Mt. Juliet; nephew, Taylor Mitchell of Nashville; nieces, Erica and Chelsea Sorrell of Mt. Juliet; great-nephew, Waylon Mitchell of Nashville; and a host of other family and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Shane Hessey officiating. Burial followed in Flintville Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
William Douglas Patterson of Fayetteville died Wednesday (April 10, 2013). He was the son of the late Richard and Effie Ruth Owen Patterson of Madison County. Mr. Patterson served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retired from Boeing Company in 1994. Survivors include his wife, Kathy; daughter, Stephanie Stepp (Todd) of Seffner, Fla.; son, Dr. Nathan Patterson of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; step-daughter, Jill Jordan of Fayetteville; grandsons, Brock and Eli Stepp of Seffner, Princeton Taylor and Mykil Jordan of Fayetteville; one great-granddaughter, Aubrie Taylor of Fayetteville; sisters, Dot Whitt (Buford) of Toney, Ala., Martha Campbell (Glenn) of Hazel Green, Ala., Pat Hodges of Southhampton, N.Y.; brothers, Pat Patterson of Toney and Joe Patterson (Jane) of Meridianville, Ala.; mother-in-law, Lucille Barrett; and several nieces and nephews. Following his request, the family will have a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Lea Perry died Thursday (April 11, 2013) at 2:45 p.m. at Huntsville Hospital. Mrs. Perry a native of Lincoln County and was preceded in death by her father and mother, Oscar J. Rowe and Essie (Howell) Rowe of Estill Springs; her brother, O.J. Rowe of Estill Springs; and special aunts, Beulah Howell and Virginia Howell of Lincoln County. She is survived by her husband, Carl Perry of Lincoln County; her daughter, Jan Stallings and husband, Stuart Stallings, of Morristown; her granddaughters, Stephanie Stallings of Dandridge and Rebecca Stallings of Napa, Calif.; great-granddaughter, McKenzie Stallings of Dandridge; brother, Howell Rowe and wife, Peggy, of Estill Springs; and her sister, Reva Beene of Lincoln County. Mrs. Perry was a teacher in the Rutherford and Lincoln County school systems and retired as an illustrator from Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. She was an accomplished artist and a founding member of the Fayetteville Art League, the Fayetteville Sewing Guild and the Fayetteville Garden Club. She was a longtime member of the Washington Street Church of Christ. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Russell officiating. Burial followed in the Lincoln Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Earlene J. Petty, 71, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (April 9, 2013) at Hillside Hospital in Pulaski. She was born in Frankewing on May 22, 1941 to the late Alvin and Leutisha Lemmons Jones. She worked as a Granny at South Lincoln School and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Petty. Mrs. Petty is survived daughters, Peggy and Cotton Mitchell of McBurg, Cathy Lee of Pulaski, Bobbi and Ed Walkington of Pulaski, Patricia Durham of Kelso; sons, Ricky and Kerri Petty of McBurg, Marc Petty of Pulaski; sister, Josephine and John White, and brother, Jimmy Jones, both of the Howell community; 25 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Hollingsworth and Bro. Barry Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in Wright’s Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Cole Raby, 19, of Ardmore, Ala., died Sunday (April 14, 2013). The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bros. Lynn Marshall and Tim Kennum officiating. Burial will follow in Hatchett Cemetery, Athens, Ala. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Children Fund at Concord Baptist Church. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Brian J. Rowan, 48, of Southside, Ala., died Monday (April 8, 2013) at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Ala. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bros. Tim Diggs and Larry Brooks officiating. Interment was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Maria Elisabeth Raps Schloetterlein, 89, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (April 10, 2013) at her residence. She was born Sept. 9, 1923 in Lauda, Germany, to Martin and Agnes Raps and was the wife of Karl Josef Schloetterlein. She is survived by two daughters, Luzia Elisabeth Haefelinger and husband, Helmut, and Regina Marianne King and husband, Ben; three grandchildren, Melody Turpin born King and husband, Ryan, of Lexington, Ky., Sam King and wife, Mary, of Lexington, Ky., and Sandra Haefelinger of Obereggenen, Germany; three great-granddaughters, Mahala Marie Turpin, Catherine Elizabeth Turpin and Lily Annelise King; and several nieces, nephew and many friends both here and back home in Lauda. Depending on who was talking to her, she answered to the following: Maria by her friends, Mama by her children, Oma by her grandchildren and many others, Tante by her nieces and nephews in Germany, but most recently as JaJa by her great-granddaughter. Mama came to visit us in 1993 after Papa died. She was only going to stay a few weeks. Much to everyone’s surprise, she only visited Germany a couple of times after that. Mama very quickly adopted Fayetteville as her home. She especially loved her faith family at Saint Anthony Church. She loved gardening and doing a variety of handcrafts. She did so may things well but was best known for her crocheting and knitting. We all loved her Christmas cookies. Mostly, we loved her daily presence in our lives. We will cherish a multitude of great memories as long as we live. She loved her family, and we all loved her. She is already and will forever be missed, on this earth, by those of us who loved her. Regina and I would like to thank so many of you who loved her with your expressions of concern and you prayers through these last difficult months. Her suffering is history now. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Anthony’s Church with Father George officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. We would also request that flowers not be sent – please donate to a charity or church of your choice. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Pauline Walden, 90, of Elora, died Saturday (April 13, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on May 14, 1922 to the late George and Alice Michael Woods. She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Walden; brothers, Clyde and Clifford Woods; and granddaughter, Farren Cleanne Walden. Mrs. Walden is survived by daughters, Kathleen Green of Holly Springs, Ga., Joyce and Joe Street of Kelso, Venice and Sonny Gault and Maxine and Jacky Shelton, both of Flintville; sons, Leo and Sonya Walden of Flintville, Cleo and Deleace Walden and Cecil and Linda Walden, both of Fayetteville; sisters, Lyda Smotherman of Lewisburg, Fay Colbert of Cornersville; brothers, Lester Woods of Athens, Ala., William Woods of Flintville; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Bros. Cleo Moon, Eddie Graves and Willard Medley officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.