Obituaries for Jan. 29 edition
Joseph Monroe Appleton, 77, of Dickson, passed away Friday (Jan. 24, 2014) at Ardmore Health & Rehabilitation Center in Ardmore. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial in Antioch Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Floy Miles Barnes, 94, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Jan. 26, 2014). Mrs. Barnes, known to her great-grandchildren as Gran Gran, was born April 17, 1919 and departed this life Jan. 26, 2014. Floy was a native of Giles County. She was a graduate of Bodenham High School where she played guard on the Middle Tennessee State Championship team. Her post high school education included degrees from Martin Methodist College and Athens State College. Her passion and career was teaching. She taught for 25 years in the Giles County Schools. She and her late husband, George W. Barnes, moved to Lincoln County upon retirement to be closer to their family. Her life in Lincoln County was full. She was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Club, and she volunteered at the hospital. In her spare time, she enjoyed antiquing, and she and Mr. Barnes had booths at several antique malls. Mrs. Barnes was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. She was active in her church as a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class and as a leader in the Senior Neighbors group. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elijah P. Miles and Beulah Wilkerson Miles, and by her husband of 55 years, George W. Barnes. Mrs. Barnes is survived by a loving and devoted daughter, Donna Gayle Barnes Cox and husband, Jimmy Cox; two grandsons, James Barnes Cox (J.B.) and wife, Nancy M. Cox, and William Lyman Cox (Lyman) and wife, Kim Cox. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Ben Cox, Julia Cox (J.B. and Nancy), Savannah Cox and Jordan Cox (Lyman and Kim), all of Lincoln County. In addition to family, Mrs. Barnes was attended by a very special caregiver, Debbie Keith, of whom she was very fond. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday night, Jan. 29, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Allen Black officiating. Burial will follow in Giles Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class, the Senior neighbors and the Alpha Kappa Club. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
William Rufus Beard, 70, of Petersburg, died Saturday (Jan. 19, 2014) at his residence. Mr. Beard was a native of Marshall County and son of the late Claude William and Mable Lorene Fullerton Beard. He was a graduate of Petersburg High School and served his country during the Vietnam Era in the U.S. Army. He retired as superintendent of Al-Tenn Steel of Franklin. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Ida Evelyn Williams Beard of Petersburg; son, William Troy Beard of Petersburg; two daughters, Tracey Wynette Mitchell and Kimberly Ann Wright, both of Lewisburg; two sisters, Kay Lynn Talley and Mary Ellen Duncan, both of Petersburg; two brothers, Thomas Larry Beard and Robert Edward Beard, both of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Beard, and sister, Brenda Duckworth. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon in New Hope Cemetery at Talley Station. London Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Virgoleen Biggerstaff, 91, of Elkmont, Ala., died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2014) at Limestone Health Facility in Athens, Ala. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bros. Everett Conn and Warren Glass officiating. Burial was in Sylone Cemetery, Elkmont, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lyndell Gail Gordon, 67, of Kelso, died Friday (Jan. 24, 2014) at her residence. Ms. Gordon was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she served as Relief Society President. She earned the Wood Badge as a Boy Scouts of America Leader and enjoyed painting, poetry, piano and cooking. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Johnney D. Johnson officiating. Burial was Monday in Brown Cemetery, Morehead, Ky. Memorial donations may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John David Harper, Jr., (Dave), died Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2014) in Fayetteville. Dave was born in Etowah in 1926. He served as a radioman in the Navy toward the end of World War II aboard the USS Enterprise. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Tennessee Tech, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. His first civilian job was at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., where he met and married Carolyn Cooper in May 1952. Dave transferred to Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala., in 1954. He worked on guidance and control electronics for the Redstone, Pershing, Jupiter and Saturn rockets. He transferred to NASA in 1960 where he contributed to the Spacelab, Apollo and Shuttle programs, including work on the “Moon Buggy” used in Apollo missions. In 1970, he transitioned to the Hubble Space and X-Ray Telescope programs. He holds two U.S. patents and received numerous accolades for his contributions to the space program. He retired from NASA in 1991 after 43 years of government service. Dave held an Advanced Class Amateur Radio License (W4NIQ) and was a member of the American Radio Relay League. He was instrumental in setting up the first two-meter radio repeater in Lincoln County. He was an active contributor and board member for Junior’s House Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville. Dave is survived by his four children, Teresa Cissell of Brentwood, Daniel Harper of Madison, Ala., John D. Harper, III, of Fayetteville, and Carolyn K. Irish; six grandchildren, Kristen Hayden, Kimberly Harper, Jonathan Harper, Audrey Harper, Earl Irish and Charles Irish; and one great-grandson, Myles Hayden. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at First Presbyterian Church at 101 Mulberry Avenue in Fayetteville. Dave and his family prefer that donations to either the American Cancer Society or Middle Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association be made in lieu of flowers.
Frances Lorinda Killian Holder, 81, of Flintville, passed away Monday (Jan. 20, 2014) at the Lynchburg Nursing Center. Mrs. Holder was the daughter of the late L. Eugene Killian and Hassel Stewart Killian Isbell. She was a homemaker and a member of Stewarts Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Willie Clayton Holder of Flintville; four daughters, Evelyn (Larry) Simmons of Flintville, Juanita (Lynn) Timbs of Murfreesboro, Paula (Mickey) Baker of Flintville and Donna (Barry) Sanders of Tullahoma; sister, Edith Hillis Caldwell; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Don Pierson officiating. Burial followed in Mulberry Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Whitt Lusk, 85, of Harvest, Ala., passed away Saturday (Jan. 25, 2014) at her home in Harvest. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Eric Fuller officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery. The family requests donations be made to the Harvest Baptist Church Building Fund. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ida Margaret Jennings Norman, 79, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday (Jan. 20, 2014) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Jefferson (Jake) Jennings and Gladys Forrester Jennings. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Norman. Mrs. Norman was a retired secretary for the district attorney and a member of the Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Fayetteville Arts League. She is survived by a sister, Wanda Preston of Fayetteville; her son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Kathryn Norman of Madison; a daughter, Carol Norman of Chattanooga; four grandchildren, Logan Spencer of Chattanooga, Jessica Norman of Murfreesboro, Jennifer Norman of Madison, Ala., and David Christian of Huntsville; two great-grandchildren, Kendal Christian and Harper Spencer; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Norman were held Thursday afternoon at the Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Wanda Ruth Logan Powell, 73, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday evening (Jan. 24, 2014) at Vanderbilt Hospital. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Paul Festus and Mary Elizabeth Logan. She was a secretary, homemaker and member of the Camargo Church of Christ. Survivors include her son, Paul Powell of Fayetteville; daughter, Kathy (Harold) Means of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Candy (Chris) Patterson of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Kyle East, Jacob Patterson, Cody Patterson; and special friend, Dean Towry. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home. Burial followed in Booneville Cemetery beside her husband, R.C. Powell. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Steve Michael Price, 55, of Huntsville, Ala., died Saturday (Jan. 25, 2014). Born in Shreveport, La., he was a son of Gerald and Helen Bobo Price of Fayetteville. He worked for Walmart as a retail cashier. Steve enjoyed playing pool and poker, reading the Bible and smiling. He was a generous and humble man. Also surviving are his sons, Michael Price of Athens, Ala., and Samuel Price of Madison, Ala.; his brother; Perry Price and his wife, Suzette, of Grayson, Ga.; best friend, Tim Williams of Huntsville; his nieces, Colette and Bridget Price, both of Grayson; an aunt, Pat Camp of Lynchburg; and several cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dena Price. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 11 a.m. at Lynchburg Funeral Home with services following at 12 noon with Bro. Dennis Kimery officiating. For online guest registry, please visit www.lynchburgfuneralhome.com. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Cecil W. Simms, 75, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2014) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Dillard and Annie Rawls Simms. Mr. Simms was retired from CFW, former employee of Palatec Manufacturing and was a member of the Kirkland Baptist Church. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge 1792 for 37 years. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Ruth Hambrick Simms of Fayetteville; son, Chris Simms and wife, Lynda, of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Cindy McDonnell and husband, John, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Dakota Simms, Ryan McDonnell, Kyle McDonnell; and sister, Estelle Brown of Fayetteville. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Don Schultz and Elks Lodge 1792 officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Rickey M. Smith, 58, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday (Jan. 20, 2014) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Fred T. and Edith June Rogers Smith. Mr. Smith was maintenance manager for Plastic Fusion Fabricators in Huntsville for 20 years. He was a member and ordained deacon at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hazel Green. He was also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and loved all aspects of cars and racing. Survivors include his wife, Shirley King Smith of Fayetteville; daughter, Jessica Helton, and husband, Randy, of Shelbyville; two brothers, Kenneth Smith and wife, Evelyn, of Fayetteville, Dennis Smith and wife, Paulette, of Fayetteville; a special granddaughter, Riley Kate Helton; and hosts of friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Chad Smith, and sister, Fredna Smith. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bros. Eddie Graves and Lon Ostrzycki officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ardmore. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Bethlehem Baptist Benevolent Fund, Fairview Fellowship Church or Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Eugene Steinquest, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday morning (Jan. 22, 2014) in Donalson Care Center. He was a native of Joliet, Ill., and the son of the late Herman and Lyda Beckman Steinquest. Dr. Steinquest was a college music professor at Tennessee Technological University and University of Louisiana Monroe. He was a flutist, an arranger, composer and teacher. He was a musician’s musician. Dr. Steinquest was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jean Naron Steinquest of Fayetteville; children, Deborah (Wesley) Ingram of Kingsport, David Eugene Steinquest of Clarksville and Benita (Wes) Remaley of Jerome, ID; grandchildren, Ethan and Benjamin Steinquest, David and Phillip Maynard; step-grandchildren, Michelle Luna, Michael Ingram and Melissa Laughman; three great-grandchildren; niece, Jennifer; and nephew, Timothy. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Meyer. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Mike Layne officiating. Burial followed in Shelton Eaton Cemetery in Murfreesboro. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Thilma Inez Watson, 84, a resident of Palm Harbor, Fla., formerly of Fayetteville, will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Mrs. Watson was born on Feb. 10, 1929 to the late Elmer and Flora Katherine Taylor of Taft. She was a former employee of Serbin Manufacturing and a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Annie and Jay Knebel of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Virgie and Alton Roland of Elora; 18 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Alene Duncan and Dorothy Jenkins; and two brothers, Kenneth and Richard Taylor. Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by six brothers and three sons. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home. Burial followed in Shady Grove Cemetery beside her husband of 46 years, Virgil Watson. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.