Obituaries for April 24 edition
Shorty Dugger, 74, of Ardmore, Ala., died Thursday (April 18, 2013) at his home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bros. Joel Logan and Ray Petitt officiating. Interment was in Hermitage Memorial Gardens in Hermitage. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Michael Fowler, 30, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (April 16, 2013). He was a native of Lincoln County and the son of Tommy Fowler and Patricia Clevenger Kelley. Mr. Fowler was employed as an equipment operator for CFW Construction Company. Survivors include his, children Austin, Deja, Dante and Alivia; mother, Patricia Clevenger Kelley; father, Tommy Fowler; sister, Tammy Fowler (I miss and love you, BRUH!!), Tommy Fowler, Ann Fowler; nephew, Javon “Nephew” Fox; grandparents, William and Nancy Clevenger; and a host of other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, the late James and Ann Fowler. Michael enjoyed coaching football, family and spending time with his children. He was a friend to all. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. W. D. Brewer officiating. Burial followed in Flintville Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Wayne Griffin (Cool Blue) died Monday (April 15, 2013). He was born on Jan. 19, 1955 to the late Sarah Eddins Griffin of Fayetteville. He is preceded in death by one brother, Randy Lee Griffin, and his mother. John retired from the National Guard Army after 20 years of service. He was employed as a manager at Kmart, a retail stocker with Costco and a technician with Computer Solution in Huntsville. In his spare time, he loved to play Bingo and take motorcycle rides. He loved motorcycle racing and attended many basketball and football games, but most of all he was a Tennessee Vols # 1 fan! John leaves to cherish his precious memories his loving and devoted fiancé, Laura Robinson Griffin; and her loving daughter, Ms. Chika Iloegbunam; their loving dog, Diamond, which John called her his (Hero); also, all his sons, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles and many other relatives and friends. A chapel funeral service was held Saturday at Valhalla Funeral Home with Minister Kevin Griffin officiating. Interment followed in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Please sign the guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com. Valhalla Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Roy Ellis Johnson, 74, of Fayetteville, died Monday (April 15, 2013) at Vanderbilt Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Johnson was the son of the late John A. Johnson and Dicie Boyd Edwards. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired from the farming and cattle business and was owner of Wood Bee Products. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Chapman Johnson of Fayetteville; son, Robert Ellis Johnson and wife, Marlana, of Harvest, Ala.; daughter, Elisa Leigh Johnson of Ardmore; son, Roy Evan Johnson of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Kali J. Taylor, Tara Lynne Johnson, Collin James Johnson, Damon Grant Johnson, Marlyssa Jeanette Johnson and Connor Dale Johnson; and one brother, Abra O. Johnson of Michigan. Graveside service was conducted Thursday afternoon at Melson Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Cole Raby, 19-month-old son of Benjamin Raby and Haley Helums Raby of Ardmore, Ala., died Sunday (April 14, 2013). The family received friends on Wednesday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala. Funeral services were Thursday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bros. Lynn Marshall and Tim Kennum officiating. Burial followed in Hatchett Cemetery, Athens, Ala. Memorial donations may be made to the Children Fund at Concord Baptist Church. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Judy Rowe, 58, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (April 16, 2013) at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was born in Pulaski on Dec. 6, 1954 to the late James Morgan and Ruby Irene Bates Puryear. She was a deputy clerk for the Lincoln County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, a member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of Heritage Baptist Church. Mrs. Rowe is survived by her husband, Robert Rowe of Fayetteville; daughters, Jennifer Leigh and Larry Harper, Amanda Renea and Jason Medley and Jamie Lynn Rowe, all of Fayetteville; son, William Joseph and Chasity Rowe of Petersburg; sisters, Patty and Harry Bevels of Fayetteville, Sarah and Randy West of Petersburg, Mary and Mike Haley of Lewisburg; brothers, Charles Puryear of Harlan, Ky., and Donnie Puryear of Alabama; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bros. Bobby Bates and Tony Billions officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Annie D. Sims, 83, of Elora, died Saturday (April 20, 2013) at her home. She was born Nov. 16, 1929 in Estillfork, Ala., the daughter of the late George and Virginia (Sisk) Henshaw. She worked as a hair stylist. A member of the family said, “My mother was a loving and caring person. She was a wonderful cook and housekeeper. She cherished her family and always loved spending time with them. She was a hair stylist for over 25 years. Mom has suffered with Parkinson’s and dementia for a number of years. Daddy never left her side and did everything to honor her wishes to stay at home as long as she could. Her body finally gave up Saturday, April 20th, with daddy at her side. The Lord has taken her to a better place. Thanks to Hospice and all the caregivers we have had. Thanks for all your prayers, calls and visits.” Surviving are husband, Johnnie Loyd Sims; daughters, Sharon (Steve) Guntherberg of Elora and Karen Sims of Elora; brothers, Paul (Margaret) Henshaw of Decherd and L.G. (LouAnna) Henshaw of Paint Rock, Ala.; sister, Carolyn Potter of Decherd; grandsons, Chad Guntherberg of Elora and Craig Guntherberg of Huntsville, Ala.; and great-grandchildren, Rilar and Callie. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow in Elora Cemetery, Elora. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, www.moorecortner.com, in charge of arrangements.
Odie David (O.D.) Smith, 90, died Wednesday (April 17, 2013). He was a native of Lincoln County and a veteran of the United States Army, serving in WWII in the 101st Airborne. He was the son of the late Lillian and David B. Smith of Lincoln County. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Lee McPherson Smith. Mr. Smith worked for the Lincoln County School System for many years as an electrician and plumber. He was a member of the Hope Assembly of God Church. Survivors include their three sons, Ronnie Smith and wife, Kaye, Michael Smith and wife, Kathy, and David Smith, all of Lincoln County; three granddaughters, Christal Smith Taylor and husband, Jason, LaCarrie Smith Means and husband, Ryan, and Gloria Smith, also of Lincoln County; one grandson, Garrett Smith of Madison County, Ala.; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Jacob Means; three sisters, Sarah Bradford and husband, Bill, and Lottie Leftwich, also of Lincoln County, Mary and Floyd Brumby of Tyler, Texas. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with Pastor Phillip Warren officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Velma Lee Tate Stewart, 32, of Flintville, died Thursday (April 18, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Stewart was the daughter of Billy and Addie Johnson Tate, who survive. She worked for McDonalds and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, Johnny Andrew Stewart of Flintville; sons, Alvin Terrell McDougal of Mississippi, Carl Leonitis Miller of Huntsville, Ala.; daughter, Jennifer Lasha Stewart of Flintville; sister, Alveta, of Mississippi; uncles, James Johnson, Eddie Johnson, both of Mississippi; mother-in-law, Linda Reed and husband, Ronnie, of Gurley, Ala.; brother-in-law, Aaron Stewart and wife, Michelle, and children of Fayetteville; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Stewart of Lynchburg. Graveside service was conducted Monday afternoon at Flintville Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Johnie Mae Hickson Tucker, 91, of Fayetteville, died Monday evening (April 15, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Tucker was the daughter of the late John Houston and Mattie Mae Kilpatrick Hickson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Judie Altmeyer of Fayetteville and Glenn Tucker, Jr., and wife, Carla, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Eddie Altmeyer and wife, Susan, of Fayetteville, Donna Davis of Flintville, Richard Altmeyer of Fayetteville, Patricia Davis and husband, Charlie, of Fayetteville, April Leslie and husband, Sean, of Taft, Joan Miller and husband, Greg, of Michigan, Mike Crider and wife, Heather, of Michigan and Travis Tucker and wife, Katherine, of Fayetteville; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Fred Hickson of Fayetteville. Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Tucker, Sr.; a daughter, Joyce Crider and her husband, Gene; granddaughter, Sandra Altmeyer; son-in-law, Ed Altmeyer; and grandson-in-law, Danny Davis. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Campbell Cemetery with Bro. Ennis Hyman officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mary Lorene Whitt, 67, of Toney, Ala., died Monday (April 15, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Tony Boyles officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.