Obituaries for Jan. 22 edition
Robert Bigham, Jr., 91, of the Delina Community, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2014) at his home. He was a native of Marshall County and was the son of the late Robert and Allie D. Bigham. He was the founder of Bigham’s Ham Company and was a member of the Delina Church of God. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Liles Bigham. Mr. Bigham is survived by his son, Keith (Meri) Bigham of the Delina Community; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning from the chapel of Cornersville Funeral Home with burial in Medium Cemetery. Cornersville Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
William “Bill” Boyd, 93, of Winchester, formerly of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Jan. 5, 2014) at his home surrounded by family. Born on Oct. 17, 1920, the late Rosa and Thomas Boyd welcomed to the world one of their four children. On Aug. 21, 1942 he joined the United States Army. He received the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Bronze Star. Following his military service, he lived in Texas for 35 years where he worked with his brother as a plumber and electrician. He had made his home in Tennessee since 2006, in Lincoln County, and later in Winchester. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a devoted Christian, a patriotic American and doting husband and a kind and generous man. Mr. Boyd is preceded in death by his parents, Rosa and Thomas Boyd, one brother and one sister. He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Martha Sue Boyd of Winchester; stepdaughter, Donna (Ben) Watson of Winchester; stepson, David Amonette of Belvidere; brother, Reedus Boyd of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was conducted Friday from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Gardner officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Watson-North Funeral Home, www.watsonnorth.com, in charge of arrangements.
Marian Frances Frazier Crabtree died Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2014) at Alive Hospice in Nashville, surrounded by her loving family. Marian was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on Aug. 2, 1933. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frances and AB Frazier, and her husband of 57 years, William H. “Bill” Crabtree, Sr. She is survived by daughter, Cynthia C. (Ed) Lowery; four sons, William Harrison (Sandra) Crabtree, Jr., of Franklin, Robert F. Crabtree, Sr. (Alice) of Cookeville, Reaves M. (Helen) Crabtree, Sr., of Birmingham, Ala., Richard D. (Allison) Crabtree of Anniston, Ala.; grandchildren, Elizabeth L. (Ryan) Saffle, J. Harrison Lowery, William H. (Sharon) Crabtree III, Levi B. (Meg) Crabtree, R. Frazier Crabtree, Jr., Lauren C. Mitchell, Lindsey C. (Jason) Morgan, Cara C. (Jeffrey) Groce, Reaves M. Crabtree, Jr., John S. Crabtree, Brianne C. (Austin) Morse, Blaire E. Crabtree, Brian R. Crabtree; 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Eunice Frazier Talbot of Shreveport, La. Marian attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Her passion for music led her to serve as drum major of the university marching band. She moved to Tennessee when she married Bill Crabtree in December 1952. She spent all of her life in service to her family and community. She was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of Franklin First United Methodist Church – The Horace Edgemond Sunday School Class, The United Daughters Of The Confederacy -Chapter One, The Order of the Eastern Star, The Harpeth Valley Garden Club, and Bible Study Fellowship Women’s Day Class Nashville. She also served on the American Cancer Association Board of Directors. The funeral service was held Thursday at Franklin First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Family and friends gathered at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville at 3 p.m. for the burial. Active pallbearers were Harrison Lowery, William Crabtree III, Levi Crabtree, Frazier Crabtree, Jr., Reaves Crabtree, Jr., John Crabtree, and Brian Crabtree. Honorary pallbearers were Nancy Teasley Rickey, The Horace Edgemond Sunday School Class, Dr. Robert Miller and staff, Dr. Vandana Abramson and staff, NHC Home Health Care Staff, and Home Helpers and Staff. The family requests memorial contributions to Franklin First United Methodist Church Building Fund, Franklin, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center for Research, Nashville, and Alive Hospice of Nashville. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, www.williamsonmemorial.com, in charge of arrangements.
Jo Anna Fleming, 78, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Ardmore, died Thursday (Jan. 16, 2014) at Windsor House Nursing Home in Huntsville. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Burt officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jerry Malcolm Gatlin, 70, of Taft, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2014) in St. Thomas Hospital. He was a native of Los Angeles, Calif., son of the late Carl E. Gatlin and Opal Faye Lowry Gatlin, who survives. He was a member of the Tennessee National Guard, owner of Gatlin Floor Company and a member of the Park City Church of Christ. In Mr. Gatlin’s earlier years, he was manager of Britling Cafeteria and Gibson’s Bar-B-Q. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include four children, Chris (Katy) Gatlin of Fayetteville, Shane (Susan) Gatlin of Taft, Crystal (Adam) Priddy of Chicago, Ill., and Jeremy Gatlin of Nashville; grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan and Chase Gatlin, Sophia and Lily Priddy; and one sister, Sharrell (Bill) Buchanan of Manchester. Mr. Gatlin was preceded in death by two sisters, Carline and Sundra Ann. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 4 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Clayton officiating. Burial will follow in Blanche Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Park City Church of Christ. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Steve Hall, 52, of Ardmore, Ala., died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2014) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn Marshall officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Phillip “Flip” Howard, 74, of Huntland, formerly of New Market, Ala., passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2014). Graveside funeral services were conducted Friday in Moore Memorial Cemetery. Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Louise Virginia Hawkins Hurford, 86, of Elora, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2014) in Huntsville Hospital. She was a native of Jackson County, Ala., and the daughter of the late Henry Hawkins and Daisy McCann Hawkins Bridges. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elora Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Innaleen Nall and Virginia Phillips (Gary), all of Hazel Green, Ala.; three grandchildren, Heather Madewell, Kelly Nall and Ashley Phillips; two sisters, Emma Labis (George) of New Market, Ala. and Jewel Inez Counts of Elora; and one niece, Myra Inez Counts. Graveside services were conducted Friday afternoon in Princeton, Ala. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Joe L. Land, 84, of Hazel Green, Ala., passed away peacefully Tuesday evening (Jan. 14, 2014) at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Land was born Aug. 7, 1929 in Lincoln County and was the son of the late George and Grace Carter Land. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War, a retired barber of 40 years and was a member of the Family Worship Center in Hazel Green, Ala. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jo Ann Harbin Land; two daughters, Nancy Vivian Fried and Karen Elizabeth Potesta; and son-in-law, Carl Fried, who was more like a son; three grandsons, Joey Fried (Marcia), Carl Fried, Jr., (Jillian) and Drew Potesta; a granddaughter, Laura Potesta; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and his best fried, a devoted dog, Chloe. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Richard and Billy Bob Land. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Eddie Lones and Ronald Land, his nephew, officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Marshall Douglas Nichols, 40, of Tullahoma died Sunday (Jan. 12, 2014) at Harton Regional Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of Wayne and Shirley Nichols. Survivors include two sons, Austin Matthew Hansard and Charles Gordon Nichols, both of Fayetteville; brothers, Steve Nichols of Fayetteville, Tony Nichols of Lewisburg and Chuck Nichols of Fayetteville; and a sister, Penny Currin of Fayetteville. Memorial services were held Thursday at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.
Stephen Owen Noble, 63, of Petersburg, died Sunday night (Jan. 19, 2014) in Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. A native of Anna, Ill., Mr. Noble was the son of the late Loyde Norman and Frances Owen Noble. He was a retired employee of Heil Quaker and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. Survivors include a son, Stephen Andrew Noble of Nashville; two daughters, Michelle Haun of Lewisburg and Hillary Sydnes of Fayetteville; two grandchildren, Anthony and Colton Haun; five brothers, Larry E. Noble of Petersburg, Terry Noble of Mexico, Phillip Ray Noble of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Walter Noble of Nashville, Danny Noble of Texas; and a nephew, Bruce Noble of Salem, Iowa. Mr. Noble was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Sue Noble, and a sister, Doris Levonne Noble. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Troy Green officiating. Burial will follow in Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephen Noble Memorial Fund at First National Bank. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Diane Clark Pruitt, 60, of Fayetteville, died Monday afternoon (Jan. 13, 2014) in the comfort of her home. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Everett Clark and Jean Parker Clark, who survives. Mrs. Pruitt was a homemaker and a member of the McBurg Church of Christ. She is survived by her mother, Jean Clark; her loving husband of 42 years, Walter Ray Pruitt; son, Ray (Mireille) Pruitt of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; daughter, Michelle (Danny) Johnson of Pulaski; and sister, Brenda (Don) Fairbanks of Decatur, Ala, six grandchildren, Brittney and Krissy Pruitt, Dylan and Leah McAfee, Nathan and Macey Johnson; along with a niece, Stephanie Westbrook; and many friends. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Russell officiating. Burial followed in Wright Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Wright Cemetery or Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center http://www.vicc.org/about/help/. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gary T. Shockley, 66, of Flintville, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2014) in St. Thomas Hospital. Mr. Shockley was a native of Lincoln County, the son of the late Ernest A. Shockley and Vera M. Hudson Sewell, who survives. He was retired from the Department of Defense as a Documentation Specialist for Configuration Management, was an Army Veteran with the 101st Airborne and a member of the Smithland Community Church. Survivors include his wife, Carroll L. Thompson Shockley of Flintville; son, Dion Shockley of Elora; daughter, Mandy Allen and husband, Joseph, of Flintville; grandchildren, Alexis and Jackson Allen of Flintville; mother, Vera M. Sewell of Midlothian, Ill.; brothers, Wayne Shockley and wife, Gail, of Hazel Green, Ala., Michael Sewell and wife, Linda, of Marion, Ind.; sister, Judy Doyle and husband, Gary, of Midlothian; two; four nephews; two great-nieces; and two great-nephews. Visitation with the family is set for Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Keller and Richard Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Louise Speck White, 69, formerly of Fayetteville, died Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014) at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was preceded in death by husband, William White of Whitehouse, and three brothers, Marvin Speck of Haines City, Fla., Melvin Paul Speck of Madison and Dale Speck of Smyrna; and her parents, William “Mack” Speck and Bessie Lou Johnson Speck of Fayetteville; and one infant grandson, Michael Holmes. She is survived by three sisters, Barbara (Vincent) Kearns of Fayetteville, Ruby Hamby of Antioch and Rachel Mann of Harriman. She is also survived by children, Jimmy Ray (Daphne) Rogers of Hendersonville, Howard Lynn (Wendy) Rogers of Hermitage and Tim (Kim) Rogers of Murfreesboro; and one daughter, Sandra (Jimmy) Beasley of Castalian Springs. She also had numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces. A private family viewing was held Monday. Cremation was handled by Eastland Funeral Home in Nashville.