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Albert Louis Beech Sr., of Flintville, entered into eternal rest Monday (July 1, 2013) at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Jean; sister, Edna Vaughn, and husband, Sonny; two sons, Albert “Al” Jr. and wife, Rayna, and Alan Wayne and wife, Amanda; three grandchildren, Melissa Anne, Mary Frances and Allison Jean. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Avis Beech; three sisters, Lorena Burns, Dorothy Ayers and Essie Baugher; and brother, Lawson Beech. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Moore-Cortner Chapel with the Rev. John Ben Neal officiating. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Van “Rip” Groce, 52, of Mulberry died Sunday (June 30, 2013) at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after a short illness. A native of Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Claude and Ruth Groce. He worked in construction in framing and concrete. Ronald loved to fish, he participated in fishing tournaments, enjoyed being around friends, and he loved life. He is survived by a brother, Randall Groce and his wife, Memory, of Fayetteville; sisters, Rita Baker of Lynchburg and Jimmie Sue Pruitt and husband, Frank, of Elora; nephews, Jamie and Jason Baker, Frankie, Doyle and Brad Pruitt, Tony and Timmy Groce; niece, Christy Cooney; and several great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Lynchburg Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Myers officiating. Burial followed in Booneville Cemetery. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Sarah Frances Hancock Jennings, 80, of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Fayetteville, died Friday morning (July 5, 2013) in Asheville. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Jennings was the daughter of the late Paul W. and Tina Mae Simms Hancock, was a retired public health nurse and a member of the Highland United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia “Patty” Ann Willis and husband, Daniel, of Asheville; son, Gary Wilson Jennings and wife, Jana, of Nashville; grandchildren, Sherry Renee Guice and husband, Adam, Jennifer Leigh Smith and husband, Justin, and Cecelia Jennings; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Jimmie Sue Hancock of Fayetteville. Mrs. Jennings was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Wilson Hancock. Graveside services were conducted Monday morning at Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens, with the Revs. Adam Guice and Justin Smith officiating. Burial was beside her husband, Samuel Thomas Jennings Jr., who passed away in 2012. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert McCrory Sr., 86, of Fayetteville, died Friday morning (July 5, 2013) in Murfreesboro at his daughter’s residence. A native of Lincoln County, he was born on Dec. 30, 1926 to the late William Thomas and Hattie Leoma Mansfield McCrory. Robert was a member for 25-plus years of the Andrew Jackson 68, the American Legion in Huntsville, Ala, the Almenah Temple, and the Fayetteville Elks Lodge 1792. He was a Navy veteran. Anyone that knew Robert knew he was kind, honest and had a huge heart. He would help anyone and never complained. Robert’s generosity and kind heart were an inspiration to his family. He lived his life with integrity and bravery. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mrs. Virginia Pack McCrory of Fayetteville; daughter, Sherry T. Price; son, Robert E. McCrory, Jr., and wife; grandchildren, Lisha Price, Bettina Mitchell and Nicole McCrory; great-grandchildren, Calvin Mitchell, Keishawn Davidson, Keimya Brooks and adopted great-granddaughter, Maria Valencia. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Claudia Diane McCrory, his parents, a sister and a younger brother. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Bush officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to MTMC, Adam’s Place and Caris of Murfreesboro. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Nancy Mae Raddler, 79, of Fayetteville, died Monday (July 1, 2013) at Fayetteville Care & Rehab. She was born in Lincoln County on May 23, 1934 to the late Tom Kelso and Ethel Short. She was an LPN and a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Raddler, sister, Kathleen Kelso, and three brothers, Neal, William Thomas (T.K.) Kelso and E.B. McKinney. She is also survived by sisters Katherine Neese, Bobbie Whitaker, Martha Fuller and Carol Conley; sister-in-law Ernestine Kelso; brothers, Freddie (Nurlene) and Harold (Vicki) McKinney; step-children Leonard Earl and Tony Raddler; several step-grand and step-great grandchildren; devoted nieces Diane Martin, Nita Kelso, Barbara Allen, Nancy Hockett, Angela Dennis and Djuana Jester; devoted nephews Richard Matthews, Elder Daniel Carmichael, Jr., Rickie Carmichael, Cortez Carmichael, David Kelso, Neal Kelso, Pastor Craig Carmichael, Frederick Carmichael, Sr.; 15 nieces and nephews; many great and great-great nieces and nephews; devoted cousins, Kelso-Short and Edmiston-Keith families; lifelong friend, Mary Francis Henderson; and caring friends, Susie Taylor, Evelyn Chandler and Iola Dandridge. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Carmichael officiating, Burial followed in Pleasant View Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Emily Owen Sowell, 95, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday morning (July 3, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. She was a native of the Hughey community in Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Carl Marcus and Carrie Lou Harris Owen. Mrs. Sowell was an employee of Wright’s Jewelry Store for over 20 years. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 67 years. Survivors include her daughter, Rosalind (Leonard) Greer of Nashville; three grandsons, Steve Jeans of Dallas, Texas, Ronnie (Carolyn) Sowell of Nashville and Kyle Sowell of Nashville; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald D. Sowell, who passed away in 2005; three sisters, Eunice, Mable and Wanda; and two brothers, Colyar and Marion. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Tim Smith and Ronnie Pittenger officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Ross Sowell, who passed away in 1990. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Richard Ray “Tooter” Steelman passed away peacefully on Saturday (June 29, 2013), two days before his 64th birthday. Beloved husband and best friend to Sandra Steelman and father to Richard Ray Steelman Jr. and wife, Amanda, and Christy Lynn Chamblee and husband, Ryan, all of Lincoln County. He will be greatly missed. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Charles “Doc” and Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Steelman of Lincoln County. Besides his wife and children, he leaves behind three grandchildren, Brittany Steelman, Matthew Steelman, and Hannah Chamblee: two step-grandchildren, Madison McCormick and Chase McCormick; four siblings, Charles Ray Steelman, Jr., Joe Lynn Steelman, Ronnie Jordan, and Carol Lowe; many proud nieces and nephews; and his loyal border collie, Shadow. He leaves behind countless friends and loved ones who were family in his heart. Richard served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, including war-time service in Vietnam and time in Saudi Arabia after the Kuwaiti conflict. He was a highly decorated officer, retiring as a Major, and a member of the Medical Service Corp. After retirement, he worked in medical administration and finally opened his own business in promotional products and sign design. Richard was a member of Parks City Baptist Church. A jack of all trades, his interests ranged from computers to hunting, but his main hobby was making people laugh. Even during his long fight with MDS/Leukemia, he never lost his wonderful sense of humor and fighting spirit. His life was a gift to everyone around him, and he will always be remembered with a smile. Richard’s memorial service will be held at Parks City Baptist Church on Saturday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.