Obituaries for Nov. 7 Edition
Carrie Askins, 86, of Murfreesboro, formerly of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (Oct. 31, 2012) after a long, arduous struggle with breast cancer. She was born to the late Joe Albert and Willie Mae Lyons West, Sr., in Taft on July 28, 1926, and is preceded in death by her sister, Louise Parker; brothers, Albert West, Jr., Leonard West, Joe West, Cecil West, John West, Autie West; and grandson, Gregory Fly Askins. Mrs. Askins is survived by her husband of 68 years, Edward Clifford Askins of Murfreesboro; her daughters, Wanda and Christopher Cavaliere of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Fonda Blair of Murfreesboro; and her son, Larry and Giulia Askins of Fairfax Station, Va. In addition, she is survived by her sisters, Dorothy McBay of Louisville, Ky., and Elizabeth Turner of Franklin. She was the proud grandmother of grandchildren, Michael Angelo and Barbara Petrone, III., of Los Angeles, Calif., Carrie Virginia and Christopher Brown of Murfreesboro, Fonda Lea and Jason Glenn Baker of Fayetteville, Alessandra and Romano Rainoni of Springfield, Va., Edward Kristopher Askins of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, William Austin, Alex Landon and Christopher Caiden Brown of Murfreesboro, Gage, Gunter and Paige Petrone of Los Angeles, Calif., Brianna Evelyn, Isaiah David and Harley Jayden Baker of Fayetteville; great-great-grandchildren, Angelina and Rufio Sebastian Rainoni of Springfield, Va. Mrs. Askins was owner and operator of a licensed Smiling Faces Pre-school Daycare Center for 35 years. She won many state awards for her early childhood innovative concepts in a nurturing, educational environment and was asked to be guest speaker on many occasions at joint daycare meetings in Middle Tennessee. She was an inspiration to all of her students and was dubbed “Nanny Mama” with endearment. Many of her students throughout the years stayed in contact with her and thanked her for the contributions she made in their life. Mrs. Askins knew the importance of fun and laughter as an integral part of learning. She was a long-standing member of the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville. Mr. and Mrs. Askins recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary and their twin daughters’ birthday on Oct. 26. The family received friends Friday, Nov. 2. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in Fayetteville. At Mrs. Askins’ request, her daughter, the Rev. Fonda Blair, will officiate the service, along with the Rev. James Miller of Columbia and Elder Cecil Moses of Mulberry. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lela Baker, 92, of Toney, Ala., formerly of Spring City, died Thursday night (Nov. 1, 2012) in Donalson Care Center. A native of Spring City, she was the daughter of the late VanBuren and Bertha Porter Clark. She was a homemaker and a member of the Shiloh Church of Christ. Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Cantrell of Toney, Ala.; sons, Rick Baker of Bolivar, Earl Clark, J.C. Clark and Wilburn Clark; grandchildren, Anette Patterson, Curtis Cantrell, Deanie Blankinchip, Randy and James Baker; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Colter Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial followed in the McClendon Cemetery in Spring City beside her husband, Fred Baker. Higgins Funeral Home assisted the family.
Anita Kelley Bassham, 78, of Fayetteville, died Monday morning (Oct. 22, 2012) at her residence. She was a native of Columbia and the daughter of the late Ernest McKennon and Bessie Tennessee Ralston Kelley. Mrs. Bassham was a former inspector for Scovill Manufacturing and a member of the Liberty Church of Christ. Survivors include her children, Donald M. Bassham, Jr., of Waverly, Patricia “Patti” Schumacher and husband, Keith, of Fayetteville, Carla Marie Kimbrough and husband, Jimmy, of Fayetteville, Steven Kelley Bassham and wife, Retha, of Huntsville, Ala., Claude Brett Bassham and wife, Trina, of Fayetteville, Kimberly Dawn Hollis and husband, Rick, of Fayetteville; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted last Thursday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Rogers officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia beside her husband, Donald Bassham, who passed away in 1991. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mary Inez Hambrick Cagle, 71, of Taft, died Thursday morning (Nov. 1, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Cagle was retired from Hyperion and Lee Manufacturing. She was a member of the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Ed Cagle of Taft; children, Diane Bell and husband, Rickie, of Fayetteville, Larry Posey and wife, Lisa, of Petersburg, Kay McNeal and husband, Tracy, of Taft, Curtis Posey and wife, Tina, of Fayetteville, Kimberly Lucille Congo of Princeton, Ala., Charles Edward Cagle of Grove Hill, Ala.; grandchildren, Carrie Bell, Chris Posey, Brandon Posey, Callie McNeal, Austin McNeal, Erika Wells, Coy Wells, Sharissa Bailey, Kristen Congo and Michael Congo; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carolyn Farmer; sister-in-law, Maryland Cagle; and brother-in-law, Billy Carl Cagle. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Schuelke officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Vivian Maddox Cobb, 77, a native of Hazel Green, Ala., passed away Friday (Nov. 2, 2012) after an extended illness. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon with burial following at Concord Cemetery in New Market, Ala. Hazel Green Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Patty Dockery Cowley, 46, of Kelso, died Tuesday evening (Oct. 30, 2012) at Fayetteville Care and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Fostoria, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Ed Dockery and Donna Miller Westenbarger, who survives. She was a certified nurse’s assistant at Sunbridge and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, William Blake Cowley; daughter, Kayla Cowley and son, Blake Cowley, all of Kelso; granddaughter, Elizabeth Nicole Cowley; sister, Debbie Williams of Flintville; brother, Gary Dockery of Bowling Green, Ky.; sister, Lenora Sumaker of Finley, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Kelso Cemetery with Pastor Mike Robertson officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Sudva Gray, 81, of Elora, died Saturday (Nov. 3, 2012) at her residence. Mrs. Gray is a native of Marshall County, Ala., the daughter of the late Bob and Mary Lizzie Buchanan Sims. She was retired from Teledyne Brown and was a member of the Elora First Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Sue Wilson of Morganton, N.C.; grandchildren, Chris Aldridge and Heather Dale; and great-grandchildren, Tessa Aldridge, Meara Aldridge, Ellis Aldridge and Brayden Dale. Graveside services were conducted Sunday afternoon in Elora Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home assisted the family.
Mary Sue Hardiman, 87, of Ardmore, died Monday morning (Nov. 5, 2012) in Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of Mary Jane Ayers, was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Betty Joyce Hardiman of Ardmore, Rosa Lee Hardiman of Ardmore, Ala., and Julia Ann Atchley and husband, Myles, of Fayetteville; two sons, Dwayne H. Hardiman and wife, Patricia, of Ardmore and Bobby H. Hardiman and wife, Patty, of Fayetteville; brother, John Ayers of Fayetteville; many grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hardiman was preceded in death by two sons, James Wesley Hardiman and wife, Sandra, and Roy Hardiman, Jr., and one daughter, Linda Faye Hardiman Brooks, and husband, Carl Dwayne. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Cothren officiating. Burial will follow in New Grove Cemetery beside her husband, Roy W. Hardiman. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ola Lucille Hicklen, 92, of Ardmore, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Derrick Moose officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Auburn Lee Jennings, 19, of Fayetteville, died Thursday morning (Nov. 1, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was a native of Lincoln County and was the son of Jimmy Jennings of Taft and Lisa Mason Cobern and Todd of Fayetteville. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Katie Beth Fones and husband, Casey, of Murfreesboro; two brothers, Ethan Jennings and Garrett Cobern, both of Fayetteville; grandparents, Marybeth Jennings and Barbara Mason, both of Fayetteville, Mike Mason of Tullahoma and Jerry Cobern of Dellrose; nephew, Mason Fones; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by Auburn’s Pa, Lilburn C. Jennings, and brother, Brandon Cobern. Visitation with the family was held Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Richard Wayne Miller, 56, died Monday (Oct. 22, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. Richard was a native of Columbus Ohio, but had lived in Lincoln County for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kimberly Smith Miller. He was preceded in death by mother, Letha; father, Albert Miller (Grove City, Ohio); brother, Carlton Miller (Grove City, Ohio); sister, Barbara (Darrell) Gillespie of Grove City, Ohio; brothers, Robert (Sharon) Miller of Columbus, Ohio, Kenneth (Judy) Miller of Lewisburg, Rodney (Kay) Miller of Grove City; brothers-in-law, Fred Adams of Grove City, Paul Compton of Peebles, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters; Wilma Adams of Grove City, Ohio, Patricia (Ward) Runkle of Grove City, Sandra Compton of Peebles, Ohio; brother, David Miller of Grove City; father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Shirley Reed of Fayetteville, Charles and Linda Smith of Lawrenceburg; sisters-in-law, Christy (Jeff) Smith of West Point, Heather (Ray) McNatt of Fayetteville; brother-in-law, Robert Reed of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Oak Hill Baptist Church in the Belleville Community on Thursday afternoon with Bro. Tony Billions officiating. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
George Jeff Morris, 77, of Huntland, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was a carpenter. Preceding him in death were his wife, Betty Jean Morris; son, Jerry Morris; parents, Lewis Morris and Thelmon Holmon Morris; and sisters, Nancy Pickett and Ruby Towry. Survivors include his son, Dale Morris of Huntland; beloved companion in life, June Shields; brothers, Junior, Raybon and Ricky Morris of Huntland and Herschel Morris of Flintville; sisters, Fannie Towry of Midlothian, Ill., Dollie Lutrell of Flintville and Faye Pickett of Estill Springs; grandchildren, Chad and Phillip Morris, Jarod Hill and Amy Burrough; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, www.moorecortner.com, in charge of arrangements.
Catherine Rae Pitcock, infant daughter of Johnny Ray and Melanie Arney Pitcock, died Monday (Oct. 29, 2012). Survivors, in addition to her parents, include grandparents, Marshall and Myra Arney and Richard and Lou Pitcock, all of Fayetteville; uncle, Hugh Arney of Murfreesboro; aunt, Lori Hunter of Fayetteville; great-grandmother, Katie Ruth Arney of Fayetteville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Carter Hills Cemetery with the Revs. Bill Moede and Tim Smith officiating. Following the graveside service, a meal and a time of fellowship was held at the Coldwater Methodist Church. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Ralph Askins School Library in memory of Catherine Rae Pitcock or to the Carter Hills Cemetery, c/o Judy Fowler, 79 Hovis Bend Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert Wayne “Bobby Bird” Scott, 57, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Nov. 4, 2012) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Robert Wilson Scott and Mary Virginia Cothrum Scott, who survives. Mr. Scott was a self-employed welder, member of the Elks Lodge and the Presbyterian Church. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include brothers, Ricky Scott and wife, JoAnn, of Fayetteville, Thomas Scott and wife, Amber, of Lewisburg, David Scott and wife, Jean, of Cornersville; sister, Vicky Scott and husband, Cole, of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Unity Cemetery with the Rev. Todd Gaskill officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to the graveside service. For memorial information, please contact the family. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Phillip A. “Snuffy” Smith, 45, of Ardmore, died Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at Ardmore Chapel Funeral with Bro. Roger Bates officiating. Burial was in New Grove Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.