Obituaries for Aug. 22 edition
J.D. Billions, 88, of Ardmore, Ala., died Friday (Aug. 17, 2012) at his home. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial following in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gladys W. Bryson, 77, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Aug. 14, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late James Whitaker and Charlie and Martha Shearin Woodley. Mrs. Bryson was owner/operator of Woodley’s Barbecue and was a member of the West End Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a brother, Jim Whitaker of Fayetteville; granddaughter Pamela D. Bryson of Fayetteville; two great-grandchildren, Amari Bryson and Vincent Buchanan, both of Fayetteville; nieces, Kathy L. Bryson of Fayetteville, Velinda Gregory-Bush of Fayetteville, Shirley A. Bryson of Fayetteville, Ruby Wynn of Dayton, Ohio, Peggy (John) Dance of Fayetteville, Dorris (Bobby) Eddins of Fayetteville and Janice Hardin of Fayetteville; two nephews, James G. (Sheena) Bryson, Sr., of Fayetteville and Thomas Bryson of St. Louis, Mo.; favorite cousins, Alice (Eugene) Jones of Dayton, Ohio, and Betty Jo Bryson of Fayetteville; special friends, Betty Humphrey, Bobbie Roseboro, Edith Bonner, Jewell Harper and Jackie Bryson, all of Fayetteville; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Bryson of Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Bryson was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Bryson, and brothers, Donald Bryson and Nathanial Shearin. Graveside services were conducted Friday afternoon at Pleasant View Cemetery beside her husband, Joe Russell Bryson. Pastor Dezzie Fletcher officiated the service. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Henry Curtis Daniel, 71, of Huntsville, Ala., and retired employee of the City of Huntsville’s Parks and Recreation Department with 28 years of service, died Monday (Aug. 13, 2012). Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at West Huntsville Church of Christ with Lary Sanderson officiating. Burial followed in Huntsville Memory Gardens. Hazel Green Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Karen Lee Galliart, 68, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Aug. 13, 2012) in Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. A native of Wichita, Kan., Mrs. Galliart was the daughter of the late Robert and Verna Fishback Ewing. She was office manager for Boeing and member of the Faith Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband, Dennis Galliart of Fayetteville; two sons, Robert Galliart of Fayetteville and Mitchell Galliart and wife, Deborah, of Hazel Green, Ala.; two granddaughters, Mekella and Abigail Galliart; three grandsons, Corey, Jackson and Harris Galliart. Funeral services were conducted Friday morning at the Faith Lutheran Church in Tullahoma with Pastor Marty Nutter officiating. Burial followed at Stewarts Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Danny Mills Harmon, 58, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday evening (Aug. 14, 2012) at St. Thomas Hospital. He was a native of Lincoln County and the son of the late Bobby Harmon, Sr., and Mary Mills Harmon. He is survived by two sons, David Harmon and wife, Beth, of Ardmore and Justin Harmon of Taft; brothers, Roger Harmon of Lincoln County, Wayne Harmon of Georgia and Bobby Harmon, Jr., of Lincoln County; sisters, April Allen, Vicky Mitchell, Robin Sullivan and Barbara Stockstill, all of Lincoln County, and Sherry Crabtree of Pulaski; four grandchildren, Caden Marlow, Peyton Harmon, Brinley Harmon and Grayson Harmon. Graveside services were held Friday morning at Kirkland Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Charles C. Jackson, 91, of Elora, died Saturday (Aug. 18, 2012) at his residence. Mr. Jackson was a native of Bedford, Ind., the son of the late Clarence Jackson and Bessie King Jackson Covington. He was a pattern maker for General Motors for 39 years and was a WWII Army veteran who received the Purple Heart for his service in France. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Smith Jackson, and sister, Lorene Griffin. Survivors include his daughters, Connie and Edward E. Arnold of Elora, Linda and Craig Gentner of Fremont, Calif.; grandchildren, Eddie and Tonie Arnold, Chuck Arnold; step-grandchildren, Scott Gentner, Travis Gentner, Michael Gentner; great-grandchildren, Sarah Arnold, Spencer Arnold, Tyler Arnold; step-great-grandchildren, William, Matthew, Brennan, Chandler, Hanna and Talen Genter; sisters, Dorval Tincher, Viola Medlock, both of Bedford, Ind.; and brother: Kenneth Jackson of Leighton, Ala. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, Ind. Entombment will be in Cresthaven Memorial. Memorial donations may be made to the Faith Mission Church Building Fund, 1817 26th Street, Bedford, IN, 47421. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home assisted the family.
Audrey Gayle Pearson Lester, 56, of Murfreesboro, died Thursday (Aug. 16, 2012) in Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro after an extended battle with cancer. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Harvey and Ethel Mills Pearson. Mrs. Lester was a customer service representative for Verizon before her retirement and was a former employee of Bi-Lo. Survivors include her husband, Michael Lester of Murfreesboro; daughter, Dana Owens Williams (Michael) of Shelbyville; two sons, Daniel Owens (Carrie) of Lincoln County, Dustin Owens of Murfreesboro; step-daughter, Lynn Lester Warren (Timmy) of Fayetteville; two step-sons, Greg Lester (Anicia) of Fayetteville and Travis Lester of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Lucas Williams, Amber Owens, Julius Owens, Aryana Owens, Micah Owens; step-grandchildren, Lindsey, Alena and Olivia Warren, Cody, J.B. and Carson Lester; sisters, Ruby Priest of Huntsville, Ala., Marilyn Foust of Highland, Ind., Joan Lee of Fayetteville, Beverly Guest of Hazel Green, Ala.; brothers, Nolan Pearson of Columbia, Ky., Gerald Pearson of Lincoln County, Stan Pearson of Bell Buckle and Edward Pearson of Huntland. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Flynn, and brother, Loyd Pearson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Ricky Holman officiating. Burial followed in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, 3901 Central Pike, Suite 153, Hermitage, TN 37076. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jim Olson, 74, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Aug. 13, 2012) at the Lincoln Medical Center. Mr. Olson was a native of Green Bay, Wis., the son of the late Everett I. and Janet L. Kuehl Olson. He was a printer, a veteran of the United States Marines and of the Lutheran faith. Survivors include his wife, Angelia Olson of Fayetteville; daughters, Elizabeth Olson of St. Pete, Fla., Lora Hobbs of Fayetteville and Lynn Olson of St. Pete, Fla.; grandchildren, April Talley, Amy Brooks, Ashley Santillan, all of Fayetteville, Dylan, George and Jimmy Olson, all of St. Pete, Peter and Jenny Olson, both of Norfolk, Va.; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Devin Talley, Diego Santillan, all of Fayetteville, Taylor, Damon, Teresa Lynn and Raylen Olson, all of St. Pete. Visitation with the family was Thursday evening at the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Janet Mae Smith, 56, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Aug. 19, 2012) at her residence. Mrs. Smith was a native of Lincoln County, the daughter of the late Roy Lee Smith and Lona M. Painter. She was a seamstress and of the Baptist faith. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sherry Long, and stepfather, Milton Painter. Survivors include her daughter, Denise (Todd) Flynt of Hazel Green, Ala.; son, Davy Lee Cox of Fayetteville; two precious grandsons, Dylan and Weslee Flynt; brothers, Kenny Ray Smith of Fayetteville, Roger Smith of Taft, Danny Smith of Hazel Green. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Booneville Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Sheri Spencer, 65, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Aug. 14, 2012) at her residence. Mrs. Spencer was a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of the late Donald Fugate and Betty Hootman Batey. She was the supervisor over the housekeeping and laundry departments at Lincoln Medical Center for many years. Along with her father and mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin P. Spencer. Survivors include daughters, Katy and Chris Gatlin, Kristin and Chris Howell, both of Fayetteville; son, Jody and Jennifer Spencer of Columbia; step-daughter, Kammie Sliger of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; step-son, Chris Sliger of Colorado; mother, Donna Mae Fugate; grandchildren, Amanda Holt, Paul Spencer, Matthew Gatlin, Ryan Gatlin, Chase Gatlin, Jesse Spencer, Kaleigh Howell, Hannah Howell, Brylee Malone, Michael Sliger, Matthew Sliger, Dustin Sliger, Laura Campbell, Allison Campbell, Christian Martin; and sisters, Becky Strief of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Linda Sanders of Denver, Colo. Memorial services were conducted Friday morning at the Fayetteville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Van Johnson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Multi-County Cancer Support Network, 110 East Lauderdale Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388, or Hospital Home Health and Hospice, 1797 Wilson Parkway, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Edward Strickland, 85, of Elkton, died Tuesday (Aug. 14, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Graveside services were conducted Friday afternoon at Ford’s Chapel Cemetery in Harvest, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Adell Thrasher, 86, of Flintville, died Monday (Aug. 13, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Thrasher was the son of the late E.J. and Lucy Rogers Thrasher and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from U.S. Steel in Chicago and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Powell Thrasher of Flintville; daughter, Shela Krell and husband, Jim, of Chicago; son, Royce Thrasher of Flintville; sisters, Idell Theil of Chattanooga, Iva Walker of Ohio, Eva Nona of Illinois; and one brother, Henry Thrasher of Texas. Mr. Thrasher was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Suvilla Simmons, Hazel Simmons, Josie Burton, Delia Manard, Dee Thrasher, Arbie Thrasher and Gurley Thrasher. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Milton Martin and the Carlos Beddingfield officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lylburn “Buddy” White, 84, of Chattanooga, formerly of Lincoln County, died Tuesday evening (Aug. 14, 2012) at Hospice Care in Chattanooga. A native of Lawrenceburg, he was the son of the late Freemon White and Etta Lou Tripp White and was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Martha K. Eddins White, in November 2001. Before he retired in 1985, Mr. “Buddy” worked 35-plus years for South Central Bell as a repair/installation technician and served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force. Survivors include son, Ronald L. (Ann) White of Franklin; two sisters, Evelyn Meadows of Springfield, Ruth McAfee of Fayetteville; sisters-in-law, Ruth McCauley and Mabel Eddins, both of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Jeff (Ann) Allen, Amy (Brad) Carver, Jill (Brent) Hall, Meg (Ben) Fugatt; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Washington Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville with the Rev. Don Tavor officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga or any animal shelter of your choice. Doak Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.