Obituaries for Feb. 19 edition

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Billy Francis Adkins Sr., 85, of Ardmore, died Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2014) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were held Saturday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Goodwin officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Linda Faye Curry, 68, of Pulaski, died Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2014) at her home. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sadie Elizabeth Compton DuBois, 97, former long-time resident of Fayetteville and in recent years, Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday (Feb. 15, 2014) at Mt. Pleasant Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Marshall County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Lee Compton and Nancy Eleanor Swinney Compton. Mrs. DuBois was a former member of Harmony Hills Church of God in Fayetteville, and while making her home in Mt. Pleasant, she was a member of First United Methodist Church. She married Robert Buford DuBois on Dec. 23, 1939. Their marriage ended with his death Aug. 22, 1966. She was also preceded in death by her son, James T. DuBois of Columbia. Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Beth Alderson DuBois of Columbia; daughter, Nancy DuBois of Decatur, Ga.; son, Robert DuBois of Columbia; grandchildren, J. Thomas DuBois, Michelle DuBois Dickens, Marci DuBois Middleton, Shannon DuBois Alley, Mark Kross, Kim Swanner, Cheri Dobbs and Alisa Lewis; seventeen great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Revs. Phillip Wright, Gary Wedgewood and Ennis Hyman officiating. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 12 p.m. to service time at the church. The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, 202 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, TN 38474. Notes of sympathy may be extended at ww.oakesandnichols.com. Active pallbearers are J. Thomas DuBois, Jr., Samuel Thomas DuBois, James Ryan DuBois, Ben Aubrey Dickens and Everett Thomas Middleton. Honorary pallbearers include staff of Mt. Pleasant Health Care and Rehabilitation Center and special friends, Gail and Don Kerce. The family especially thanks Caris Health Care for their kindness and care during her final illness. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Milbrey Eakin, 83, a life-long resident of Shelbyville, died with peace surrounded by family on Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2014) at Heritage Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 28, 1930 at Spring Hill, the family farm in Shelbyville, where she lived until moving to the Carriage House Inn five years ago. She was the youngest child of the late James Deery Eakin, Sr., and Cary Meade Allmond Eakin and was the last surviving member of her generation. Her siblings were Cary Ewing Eakin Alexander, Virginia Meade Eakin Williams, James Deery Eakin, Jr., Rowena Eakin Hart, and Evelyn Eakin Bagley. Milbrey was a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School. She began her career as the first dietitian at “the new” Bedford County General Hospital in the early 1950s. Later, she worked at Central Elementary School Cafeteria and in the dietary department at Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation. For many years, she was an assistant in the first-aid station on the show grounds during the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. She had a “servant’s heart” and found her true calling as a caregiver to all ages, most especially infants, young children and the elderly. One’s relationship to Milbrey was defined by what you called her: Milbrey, “Milt”, “M”, Mil-Mil, Miss Milbrey or Miss Eakin. Many families in Shelbyville and Fayetteville were blessed with the nurture and guidance she gave their young children or the tender care and love she provided their elderly family members. Even with her move to Carriage House Inn, she continued finding ways to bring sunshine, joy, laughter, and comfort to her new friends, their families and the staff. Milbrey loved flowers and was an accomplished gardener, taking her skills with her when she moved to Carriage House Inn. She planted and cared for flowers in the courtyard, as well as the orchids and African violets on the corridor windowsills. Milbrey is survived by 15 nephews and nieces: Cary Meade Alexander Hobgood (Chris) of Ocean Pines, Md., Helen Gaines Alexander Sexton (Jimmy) of Williamsburg, Va., Armand Banks Alexander (Mary) of The Villages, Fla., James Deery (Jim) Eakin, III, Margaret Eakin and Milbrey Lone (Missy) Eakin, all of Shelbyville, Katherine Meade Eakin of Birmingham, Ala., Susan Hart Reed (David) of Elizabethtown, Ky., William Guy Hart, Jr. (Shirley) of Frankfort, Ky., Emily Allmond Hart Smith (Jimmy) of Vine Grove, Ky., Ewing Hart (Mary Beth) and Ward Hart (Pam) of Stanford, Ky., Samuel Scott Bagley (Sandra) of Bay St. Louis, Miss., David Eakin Bagley (Cyndi) and Cary Ellen Bagley Sullivan (Dexter) of Fayetteville. She is also survived by 28 great-nephews and nieces, 25 great-great-nephews and nieces, two great-great-great-nieces, plus numerous “children” she raised. Milbrey was a life-long member of First Christian Church. Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 15. A funeral service followed at 2 p.m. The Rev. Tom Bierovic will officiate. Burial followed at the Cowan-Eakin Cemetery. A special memorial service was held for the residents and staff at the Carriage House Inn on Friday. In addition to her nephews, pallbearers included Charles Armstrong, Jason Armstrong, David Caldwell, Riley T. (Sonny) Coop and Pat Marsh. Memorials may be made in honor of Harper Eakin Bagley to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or First Christian Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 466, Shelbyville, TN 37160, or the charity of your choice. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Carriage House Inn for their love, devotion and care to Miss Milbrey and to the Critical Care Unit staff at Heritage Medical Center during her final days. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Max Gore Ervin, 85, of Lynchburg, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2014) at his residence. He was a U.S. Army Korean Veteran. He enjoyed fishing, whittling and working with the Boy Scouts. He loved the funeral business and enjoyed working with Harrison Funeral Home. He was an independent Nationwide Insurance agent who also owned and operated Ervin Men’s Store on the square in Lynchburg. Funeral services were Saturday afternoon at Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with the Revs. Ricky Lee and Jack Hice officiating. Interment was in County Line Cemetery. Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Lynchburg.

Marie Wales Gates, 85, of Ardmore, died Tuesday (Feb. 11, 20014) at her home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Douglas Eubanks officiating. Burial was in Hasting Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Faye Jenkins Isaacs, 84, of Nashville, passed away Thursday (Feb. 6, 2014) at Vanderbilt University Hospital (palliative care). She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend. Faye was a member of the Fayetteville Central High School cheerleader squad. She attended MTSU and later married Howard R. Isaacs of Nashville. She went on to serve as staff assistant to U.S. Senators Howard H. Baker, Jr. (TN) and William E. “Bill” Brock (TN), as well as for Gov. Winfield Dunn. She was a member of Hillwood Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Isaacs is preceded in death by parents, Marvin Jenkins and Vassi McGuire Jenkins; brother and sister, Wilfred Jenkins and Wilma King, all of Fayetteville; and niece, Melody Jenkins of Huntsville, Ala. She is survived by a loving husband of 60 years, Howard R. Isaacs, and three sons, Jimmy Isaacs of Nashville, H. Steven Isaacs of Pegram and Allen R. Isaacs; daughter-in-law, Keiko Kuwada Isaacs; and grandson, Taiki Allen Isaacs, all of Tokyo, Japan. A “Celebration of life” memorial will be held at a future date. Harpeth Hills Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Angela Johnson, age 44, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday evening (Feb. 14, 2014) at Crestwood Medical Center. Mrs. Johnson was a native of Huntsville, Ala., the daughter of Frank and Connie Spurlock, who survive. She was a secretary and a member of Prospect Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jamie Johnson of Fayetteville; daughter, Megan Newgent and husband, Troy Lee; son, Joshua Johnson; grandchildren, Trace and Brinlee Newgent, all of Fayetteville; brother, Frankie Spurlock, Jr., of Florida; grandparents, Ben and Wanda Dunbar of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and uncle, Ed Downing of St. Augustine, Fla. Memorial service will be conducted Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Prospect Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Gay officiating. Burial will be Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Prospect Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prospect Baptist Church Youth Fund or Children’s Fund. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Terri Renee McClain, 52, of Taft, passed away Sunday (Feb. 16, 2014) at her residence. Mrs. McClain was a native of Mineola, Texas, the daughter of Helen Faye Williams Mallatt and the late Clifford Kenneth Allen. She was a cook and a member of the Blanche First Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Rex McClain of Taft; daughters, Helen Renee Gibson and husband, Jay, of California, Stacie Sue Boyd-Harcrow and Matthew Todd of Taft, Annie Marie Howe and Duron Robinson of Ardmore, Ala., June Allison McClain and Pete Deleon, III, of Rosenburg, Texas, Alisha Jane Harcrow and Chase Parsons of Taft; grandchildren, Dylan Ray Casper, C’irea Allison Casper, Kyle Jordan Casper, Alexa Marie Lewter, Landon Gibson, Carlynn Todd and one grandchild on the way; mother and step-father, Helen and Keith Mallatt of Channelview, Texas; sister, Shannon Schreiber of Crosby, Texas; brother, Richard Allen of Rosenburg, Texas. Visitation will be conducted Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 pm at Higgins Funeral Home with a service conducted at 7 p.m. with Pastor George Turke officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mattie “Miss Polly” Howell Mills, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday (Feb. 10, 2014) at Lincoln Donalson Care Center in Fayetteville. A native of Fayetteville, she was a daughter of the late A.D. Howell and Mattie Lou Ortner Howell. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville. She was a retired waitress working 18 years at the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. After her retirement, she sat with the elderly and was a member of the Mimosa Women’s Home Demonstration Club. In younger days, she loved to roller skate. In her 20’s, she competed and won some awards. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Mills of Fayetteville; a son, Larry Mullins and his wife, Judy, of Taft; daughter, Brenda Buchanan and her husband, Terry, of Fayetteville; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one on the way. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gordon, Hurley, Kelvie, Robert and Buddy Howell, and sisters, Annie Howell Simms and Katherine Howell Steelman. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville with Bro. Van Johnson officiating. Visitation with the family begins at 2 p.m. until service time. For online guest registry, visit www.lynchburgfuneralhome.com. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Bradley D. Raby, 31, of Moore County passed away Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) at Harton Regional Medical Center. A native of Moore County, he was the son of Ronnie Raby of Moore County and Linda Beaty of Lynchburg. He was a construction worker who loved sports and music. He enjoyed writing songs. He loved his daughters and his dogs. He enjoyed being around people and having fun. “His heart was as big as Texas.” Mr. Raby is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Billy and Dorothy Burton. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Willis Aulden Raby of Moore County and Wilma Raby of Lynchburg; two daughters, Aubrey Rogers Raby of Tullahoma and Baya Marie Raby of Dresden; one brother, Zac Beaty of Lynchburg; one sister, Laura Swinford and her husband, Paul, of Lynchburg; one niece, Faithin Raby of Lynchburg; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Lynchburg Funeral Home with Rev. Ellen Hill and Bro. Jack Carney officiating. Burial followed in the Booneville Cemetery. For online guest registry, please visit www.lynchburgfuneralhome.com. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Christain ‘Chrisy’ Smith, 22, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) at Lincoln Medical Center. Graveside services were held Sunday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Donna Sue Steelman, 63, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2014) at her home. She was born on Feb. 28, 1950 in Fayetteville to the late Ben Everette and Lyda Ruth Gattis Mullins. She was happiest when with family. As a member of Prospect Baptist Church, she enjoyed worshiping with friends and family. She enjoyed a full life meeting people through her travels related to her work as an electronics engineer. She is survived by her husband, Danny Steelman of Fayetteville; two daughters, Jennifer Julian (husband Kenneth Julian) of Sandy Ridge, N.C., and Janna Ellis of Fayetteville; and four grandchildren, Ben Julian, Cole Julian, Jessica Ellis and Allie Ellis. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Lincoln County Health and Hospice for their support and tender care in her final days. The family also would like to recognize family members and close friends for their support and love over the course of her last days and passing. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday in Prospect Cemetery with Bro. Ronnie Gay officiating. The family asks for memorial donations to Prospect Baptist Church, 32 Prospect Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home assisted the family.

Dwayne Ward, 52, of Flintville, passed away Saturday (Feb. 8, 2014) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was born on March 29, 1961 in Franklin County to the late George Dale and Emma Jean Owens Ward. Mr. Ward worked as a machine operator for the Lincoln County Highway Department, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Karla Ward of Flintville; son, Dustin Eric Ward of Huntsville, Ala.; step-daughters, Niki Brannon and Jancy Brannon, both of Elora; step-son, Luke Brannon of Flintville; granddaughter, Kylie Brannon; grandson, Gavin Massey; brothers, Bradley (Donna) Ward of Elora and Jeffrey (Melissa) Ward of Skyline, Ala.; grandmother, Opal Owens of Elora; nephew, Jared Ward; and niece, Kayla Ward. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Houston officiating. Burial followed in Rowland Hills Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James Washburn, 84, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday evening (Feb. 15, 2014) in St. Thomas Hospital. Mr. Washburn was a native of Lincoln County, the son of the late John Loyd and Annie lee McMillan Washburn. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a dairyman, owner/operator of Washburn Grocery and was an avid breeder of Tennessee Walking Horses. Mr. Washburn was a member of the Park City Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Moyers Washburn of Fayetteville; daughter, Lisa Washburn; son, Curt Washburn and wife, Patti; grandsons, Jake and Luke Washburn, all of Fayetteville. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Paul Clayton officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multi County Cancer Support Network, 110 E. Lauderdale St., Tullahoma, TN 37388. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Edna Arline Barham Young, 69, of Fayetteville, died Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16, 2014) at Lincoln Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Avon Dyer and Martha Arline Barham. She was a 1962 graduate of Central High School, received her bachelor of science degree from Memphis State in 1966 and her master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She retired in 1997 as librarian of Lincoln County High School. After her retirement, Mrs. Young worked with an educational consultant firm with the State of Tennessee for schools in Middle Tennessee. Survivors include her husband, Doug Young of Fayetteville; son, Brandon Young and wife, Jessica, of Atlanta; and a granddaughter, Harper. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Will Wells officiating. Burial will follow in Old Orchard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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