Obituaries for April 30 edition

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Frankie Dean Turner Butler, 84, of Naples, Fla., went on to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday (April 20, 2014) in Tampa, Fla. She was born on Dec. 28, 1929 in McMinnville to the late Leo and Lucy Turner and was raised in Columbia. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In September of 1957, she married Billie Morgan Butler and in 1964 moved to Naples. There is where she resided and was a devoted Christian. She was a faithful employee with K-Mart for 17 years. She also worked at Wal-Mart and Home Depot where she made many wonderful friends over the years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billie M. Butler; sister, Janie Cisco; and brother, Charles M. Turner. She is survived by her daughters, Connie Sue Adkins (Jerry) McNabb of Lake Wells, Fla., Shelia Dean Butler (Paul T.) Osann of Kodak; sister, Rosie Lee Agent of Bronte, Texas; four grandchildren, Kristie Lynn Johnson, Craig Conley, Linda Osann Martin and Melissa Osann; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Saturday afternoon in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James Selwyn Hemphill, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday (April 23, 2014) at his residence. He was born on Sept. 24, 1936 in Petersburg to the late Herman Vance and Martha Talley Hemphill. Mr. Hemphill was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Harvest Church of Christ. He retired from the Redstone Arsenal after 38 years and helped to found the Hemphill Historical Society in 1988. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Will Bryce Hemphill; grandparents, Will and Alice Watson Hemphill; great-grandparents, Samuel Scott and Mattie Luna Hemphill; great-great-grandparents, James and Sara Gant Hemphill; and great-great-great-grandparents, Lt. James and Elsa Bratton Hemphill. Mr. Hemphill is survived by his wife, Martha Jo Crabtree Hemphill of Fayetteville; daughter, Kimberly Faye and Danny Michaels of Fayetteville; son, Levoy Vance Hemphill of Fayetteville; brother, Sam and Marlene Hemphill of Huntsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Jean Hemphill of McMinnville; grandchildren, Kathy Lynn Michaels, Kelly Ruth Michaels, Patrick Selwyn Michaels; and five nieces. Graveside services were held Friday morning in Talley Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Clifford Lee Jean, Jr., 78, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday (April 24, 2014) at his residence. He was born on Aug. 26, 1935 in Lincoln County to the late Clifford Lee, Sr., and Ara Elizabeth Bostick Jean. Mr. Jean was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Mt. Hebron Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was the principal of Lincoln Elementary School for 19 years, worked as an insurance agent for Woodman of the World and also worked as a rural mail carrier. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jean Ellis. Mr. Jean is survived by his wife, Martha Stevenson Jean; daughter, Cindy and Lonnie Ables; sons, Stefon and Cathy Jean, Steve and Kim Jean, Paul David and Kristi Jean; and nine grandchildren, Dustin and Andria Jean, Aleshia and John Mitchell, Austin Jean, Heather Ables, Kristen Ables, Kati Jean, Nick Jean, Rylan Jean and Garrett Jean. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Todd Gaskill officiating. Burial followed in Lincoln Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Robert Kenneth Poole, 60, of Fayetteville, died Friday (April 25, 2014) at Lincoln Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial following in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Danny Ralph Steelman, 64, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday (April 20, 2014) at his residence. He was born on May 9, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Perry Freeman and Mary Eddene Ready Steelman. Mr. Steelman was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. He enjoyed his career as an electronics engineer and most recently cherished time spent with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Donna, and brother, Joe. Mr. Steelman is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Kenneth Julian of Sandy Ridge, N.C., and Janna Ellis of Fayetteville; his siblings, Lynn Towry of Hermitage and Harold Steelman of Fayetteville; and his grandchildren, Ben Julian, Cole Julian, Jessica Ellis and Allie Ellis. Graveside services were held Wednesday morning in Prospect Cemetery with the Rev. 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.

Gladys Bevels Thornton, 91, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday evening (April 21, 2014) at Lincoln Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late James Baxter and Addie B. Richardson Bevels, worked for C.Y.’s Laundry for 40 years and was a member of the Fayetteville First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her daughters, Carol Templeton and husband, Ed, of Knoxville, Patricia Ann Scott of Fayetteville; sisters, Betty Strope of Fayetteville and Frances Nichols of Michigan; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Thornton was preceded in death by her husband, Oddie B. Thornton; daughter, Linda Fears; and son, Jerry Wayne Thornton. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Edd Templeton and Todd Jenkins officiating. Burial followed in Shiloh Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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