Obituaries for Oct. 10 edition

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

James Madison “J.M.” Ballard, II, 85, of Estill Springs, died Friday (Oct. 5, 2012) at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas. He was a boilermaker and farmer. Mr. Ballard was a member of the Church of Christ at Estill Springs and served in the US Navy during WWII. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Madison Ballard, I, and Willie Ann Taylor Ballard; brother-in-law, Bobby Gray; and sister-in-law, Alma Ballard. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Lee Ballard; children, James Madison “Butch” (Ann) Ballard, III, Nora (Bobby) Morris and Jay Crawford “Buck” (Brenda) Ballard; sister, Catherine Gray; brother, Raymond Ballard; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Bro. Winston Tipps and Bro. Terry Bradford officiating. Interment followed at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, www.moorecortner.com, in charge of arrangements. 

Rodney Dale Groce, 61, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3, 2012). A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late William Ethelwin and Katie Lou Rees Groce. Mr. Groce was employed by Tennessee Department of Agriculture Weights & Measures and was a farmer and livestock hauler. He was a member of the Mulberry Church of Christ where he led singing. Survivors include his wife, Betty Bradford Groce of Fayetteville; daughter, Audrey (James A.) King of Lewisburg; son, Todd (Amber) Groce of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Kyleigh, Wyatt, Austin, Jacey Lou; two brothers, Randy Groce of Fayetteville and Rees Groce of Mt. Juliet; aunt and uncle, J.C. and Evelyn Marshall of Fayetteville. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Rickey Smith officiating. Burial followed in Booneville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to AGAPE,  Attention: Tom Burton, 4555 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN, 37204-9811 or the Mulberry Church of Christ. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Robert William Herbig, 74, a resident of Cornersville, died Saturday (Sept. 8, 2012) at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia. A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday afternoon at the Briar Patch in Cornersville. A reception followed the service. Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mike McDonald, 63, of Ardmore, a veteran of the U.S. Army and owner of Southern Custom Marble since 1977, died Friday (Oct. 5, 2012) at Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. Graveside services were held Monday morning at Gatlin Cemetery with Bro. Steve Hargrove officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Mullins Moore, 92, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Oct. 2, 2012). She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Coleman F. and Iola McCown Mullins. Mrs. Moore was a homemaker who made and decorated cakes for the public for many years and was a member of the Camargo Church of Christ for over 65 years. Survivors include her daughters, Joy Moore Gammon of Stafford, Texas, June and Gary Smith of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Larry and Pam Gammon, Mark and Courtney Gammon, Gina and Steve Klein, Stephani and Dayren Gentry, Adam and Rose Smith, Britnea and Randy Boaz; great grandchildren, Tyler and Taylor Gammon, Ruby and Ethan Klein, Cole, Calee and Casyn Gentry, Cooper Smith; brother, Bobby and Mildred Mullins of Nashville; and sister, Ruth and Jack Cato of Lebanon. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by two brothers, Copeland and Horace Mullins, and son-in-law, Wendell Gammon. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Black officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery beside her husband, Everett C. Moore, who passed away in 2006. Memorials may be made to the Lincoln County Archives, 112 Main Avenue South, Room 104, Fayetteville, TN 37334 or the American Cancer Society. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John D. Parks, 87, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Oct. 2, 2012) in Texas. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Hurley and Lillie B. Marshall Parks. Mr. Parks was a former employee of Amana Refrigeration and a member of the Methodist AME Church. Survivors include his children, Beatrice Burns of Smyrna, Margaret Ward of Richardson, Texas, Valerie Parks of Dallas, Texas, Alton Parks of Lavergne and Connie Parks of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Shana Ward Murphy and Maxwell Murphy, both of Richardson, Vincent and Victor Parks, both of Nashville, and Rodrick Gathings of Lavergne; two sisters, Odell Stinnett of Springfield, Ohio, and Edna Smith of Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were held Saturday at Browns Temple Church with the Rev. George Parks officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant View Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Edwin Bruce Springthorpe, 71, of Fayetteville, died Friday (Oct. 5, 2012) in Huntsville Hospital.  A native of Danville, Va., he was the son of the late Edwin and Grace Vivian Harper Springthorpe, a veteran of the United States Navy and a professional engineer. He was a member of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church. Mr. Springthorpe is survived by his wife, Linda Tyler Springthorpe of Fayetteville; two daughters, Virginia Collins and husband, Bobby, of Fayetteville, and B.J. Barnhart of Miami, Fla.; one son, Steven Springthorpe and wife, Patricia, of Cary, N.C.; one brother, Robert David Springthorpe of Lakeland, Fla.; and grandchildren, Gracin, Gracelin, Tyler, Wesley, Elizabeth and Jackson. Mr. Springthorpe was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ronnal Wayne Towe, 73, of Athens, Ala., died Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2012) at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, with Bro. Doug Colwell officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wade Towry, 75, of Flintville, died Sunday (Sept. 30, 2012) at the VA Hospital. Mr. Towry was a native of Arkansas, the son of the late Emmett and Elizabeth Hunter Towry. He was a car salesman, a United States Navy veteran and a member of the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Towry of Flintville; daughter, Kathy Weber of Fayetteville; sons, Tim Towry of Alexander City, Ala., Brian Towry of Flintville; five grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, Justin, Jessica, Tyler; and great-grandchild, McKoy. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Jones and Tim Towry officiating. Burial was in Lincoln Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Michael Tucker, 50, of Kelso, died Saturday (Oct. 6, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Tucker was a native of Lincoln County, the son of Irene Tucker, who survives, and the late Joe Ed Tucker. He worked for the Lee Company. Survivors include daughters, Tara Lane of Kelso and Christina Lane of Flintville; son, Michael Lane of Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Aliyah Jones of Flintville; mother, Irene Tucker of the Camargo Community; sister, Judy Stovall of Kelso; brothers, Joe Tucker and Billy Tucker, both of the Camargo Community; niece, Sherry Cagle; great-niece, Donette Cagle; great-nephew, Cary Cagle; and five great-great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bill Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Prosperity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please contact Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home for donation information. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Peggy Maureen Lentz Warren, 70, of Petersburg, died Thursday (Oct. 4, 2012) in Harton Hospital. A native of Columbia, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Gladys Parish Lentz. She was office manager at the Bridlewood Stables and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include husband, Thomas “Turk” Warren of Petersburg; daughter, Lee Maureen (Terry) Hendley of Spring Hill; sister, Carol L. (Randall) Robertson of Antioch; grandchildren, Jakob, Matthew and Noah Hendley, Trevor K. Merrow; and special companions, Cassie, Pandora and Mikie. She was preceded in death by a son, Troy Merrow. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Wayne McGee officiating. Burial followed in Old Orchard Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Williams died Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3, 2012). She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband, Gerald Williams. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Havens; her daughter, Angela McGee; two granddaughters, Miranda Dobbins (Eric) and Malina McGee; two great-granddaughters; Chloe and Rhylee; two brothers; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was very active at Hazel Green United Methodist Church. She loved yard sales and was an avid bargain hunter. Brenda loved her family, especially her great-granddaughters. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Hazel Green United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Hazel Green United Methodist Church. Valhalla Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Loyd Ray Williams, 72, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Oct. 4, 2012) at his residence. Mr. Williams was a native of Lincoln County, son of the late Perry and Lena Owens Williams.  He was cattle farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include a sister, Margaret Campbell of Elora; brother, Leon Williams of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside service was held Friday afternoon at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Bro. Johnny Clardy officiating. Burial was beside his wife, Shirley Sowell Williams. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Michael Wesley Williams, 22, a resident of Ardmore, Ala., and employee of Steelcase, died Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital. Memorial services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Eric Broadway officiating. Ardmore chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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