Obituaries for Nov. 14 Edition

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Robert Gene Connelly Sr., 85, of Fayetteville died Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville. A native of Cornersville, Mr. Connelly was the son of the late Oliver and Viola Wilkerson Connelly, was retired, and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Connelly, of Fayetteville; daughters, Sandra (Tom) Bedingfield of Lawrenceville, Ga., Donna (Doug) Clark of Winchester; sons, Robert (Bob) Gene (Kathy) Connelly Jr. of Brentwood; Kevin (Marion) Connelly of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Hunter of Braselton, Ga., Nathan (Lina) Hines of Lawrenceville, Alex (Tara) Curtis of Murfreesboro, Justin (Devin) Curtis of Decherd, Jantelle Clark of Winchester, Bryan Clark of Belvidere, Bryson Connelly of Nashville, Travis Vicary of Dyersburg, Amanda Vicary of Murfreesboro, Caleb and Jacob Connelly of Fayetteville; and great-grandchildren, Zoey Hunter and Nolan Curtis. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Mike George officiating. Burial followed in Beechwood Cemetery in Cornersville. Memorials may be made to Beechwood Cemetery Association, c/o Judy Stewart, 206 Frontview Street, Cornersville, TN 37047 or to Alive Hospice Residence Nashville, in memory of Robert Gene Connelly, Sr., 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Iona Mae Duke, 91, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Nov. 5, 2012) at the Donalson Care Center. Mrs. Duke was a native of Trenton, Ala., the daughter of the late Joe and Katie Lee Campbell Kirkpatrick. She was a bookkeeper and a member of the Park City Baptist Church. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Bonnie Kirkpatrick of Huntsville, Ala., and nephew, Tim Kirkpatrick of Hoover, Ala. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday morning in Riverview Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Don Russell and Bill Hunter officiating.  Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Fredna Mae Russell Ellis, 77, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) after an extended illness. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Ellis was the daughter of the late George Walter and Mildred Evins Russell. She retired from the Lincoln County Finance Department and was a member of the Mimosa Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Coach Jimmy Ellis of Fayetteville; three daughters, Wyanne (Dwight) King, Melodie (Britt) Dye, and Jamie (John) Cain, all of Fayetteville; grandchildren (Bonnie (Charles Caldwell) King, Kristin (Rob) Carter, Jim Dye, Kim Dye, Sara (Adam) McCormick, Bob Cain, Chris (Rebecca Franz) Cain; great-grandchildren, Bruce Carter, Sophie Carter, Eliza McCormick, Nora McCormick and Hannah Caldwell. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Russell. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bros. Chris Jones and James West officiating. Burial followed in Unity Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Fayetteville City School System’s girls’ basketball program, or to the Fayetteville City football and baseball programs. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Annie Lou Flynn, 94, of Hermitage, formerly of Fayetteville, died Tuesday night (Nov. 6, 2012) at Alive Hospice in Nashville. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Lula Sisco Bates. She was retired from Kidmia Clothing and was a member of the Kirkland Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Ray Flynn and wife, Peggy of Nashville, and Wayne Flynn and wife, Susan, of Knoxville, four grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Terrell Bain officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside her late husband, Henry Clay Flynn. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Staff Sgt. Robert Lemar Ford, (Ret.), 80, of Taft, died Wednesday morning (Nov. 7, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Doddridge County, W. Va., Mr. Ford was the son of the late Aubra Columbus and Joyce Vere Downs Ford. He was a machinist and combat engineer in the U.S. Army, retired from Nashville Metro Government and a member of the United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor R. Ford of Taft; Margaret A. Moats of Terra Alta, W. Va.; daughter, Beverly German of Taft; son, Wendell Sawers Ford of Pleasant Shade; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Bartlett of Arkansas, and Ramona Hollis of W. Va. Mr. Ford was preceded in death by daughter, Donna Sue, one grandchild, Jason Willis; four sisters and one brother. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. William Moede officiating. Burial followed in Blanche Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Auburn Lee Jennings, 19, of Fayetteville, passed away 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 Delrose; 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. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Henry Knox, 62, of Elkmont, Ala., died Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Ala. Funeral services were held Sunday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial in Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Frank C. (Hammer) Mailer, Jr., 88, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Oct. 25, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. He was a native of Lincoln County, the son of the late Frank Curtis and Maggie Knott Mailer. He was a rock mason and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by four sisters and one brother. Mr. Mailer is survived by his wife, Mary Mailer of Fayetteville; son, Tyrone Edmiston of Fayetteville; step-children, Wayne Anthony Greer of Fayetteville, James Edward Greer, Jr., Drexel Greer, Travis Greer, and Felicia Greer, all of Los Angeles, Cal.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jane (John) Jones of Detroit, Mich.; special nieces, Barbara Bell of Nashville and Debra Stevison of Lansing, Mich.; special nephew, Wiley (Vickie) Mailer of Shelbyville; special friend, Willa Porter of Fayetteville; and a host of cousins and friends who loved him very much. Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. The family will receive guests from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ann Marie McNatt, 41, of Prospect, died Monday (Nov. 5, 2012) at her home. A native of Bartow, Fla., she was the daughter of the late William Lloyd McNatt and Mary Ann Cooper McNatt. Funeral services were held Friday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Woodard officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Jeanette Mitchell Daniel Mills, 99, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Nov. 5, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. Mrs. Mills was a native of Limestone County, Ala., the daughter of the late Alphesus Lucas and Octa “Mitchell” Mitchell. She was former operator of a grocery store in the New Hope community, retired from S&M Manufacturing and, at the time of her death, was the oldest member of Prospect Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and first husband, Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by her second husband, John B. Mills and by six brothers and two sisters. Survivors include twin sister, Mildred Raby, of Harvest, Ala.,  and Evelyn McKinzie of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by caregivers/nieces Joyce Crabtree and Judy Warren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews throughout the United States. Many thanks are given for the faithful weekly visits of Larry Craig and family, Judy Jones, Margaret Kerns, Bro. Ronnie Gay and Gene Fanning. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Prospect Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Gay officiating. Burial was in Lincoln Cemetery beside her first husband, Robert. A. Daniel, who passed away in 1965.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Prospect Baptist Church Building Fund or a charity of your choice. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Justin Brett Nichols, 33, of Ardmore, died Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012) at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon with the Rev. Ray Stonecypher officiating. Burial followed in Blanche Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Auline Smith Puckett, 92, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Blanche, died Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012). Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with a 30-minute service to follow at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with burial following at Gatlin Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Jeannie Kennedy Ray, 41, of Shelbyville, died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2012) at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 22, 1971 to the late Ollie Kennedy Jr. and Shirley Ann Ashby Kennedy, who survives. She worked as a dental hygienist and was of the Baptist faith. Along with her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ollie and Lorena Kennedy, Sr., and Martha Ann Ashby. Ms. Ray is survived by her mother, Shirley Ann Kennedy of Fayetteville; daughters, Corrie Lea Sisk (D.J. Baskett) of Fayetteville and Kylee Brianne Wood of Madison, Ala.; son, Glen Earl Sisk Jr. (Felicia Lynn Sisk) of Winchester; sister, Donna Jo Vannatta of Fayetteville; grandfather, Leroy Ashby of Fayetteville; nieces, Nicki Thompson, Brylea Gulley; and nephew, Bradley Thompson. Funeral services were held Saturday in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Sonny Moore officiating. Burial followed in Lincoln Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bobby C. Smith, 79, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday night (Nov. 7, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. He was a native of Lincoln County and the son of the late Clyde Brooks and Bessie Shaw Smith. He was a retired employee of Teledyne and a member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Peggy L. Smith of Fayetteville, and brother, Billy Smith of Fayetteville.  Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Smith, who passed away in 2008. There are no services planned. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mary Katherine Ventress Spurlock and Vernon Rogers Spurlock of Fayetteville died Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) at their residence. Mrs. Spurlock, a native of Lincoln County, was the daughter of the late Cullum and Stella Pigg Ventress, and was a homemaker. Mr. and Mrs. Spurlock were members of the Kelso Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Spurlock, a native of Lincoln County, was the son of the late Fred and Allie Mills Spurlock and a self-employed mail contractor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean Conflict. Survivors include two sons, Roger Spurlock and wife, Clara, Lanny Spurlock and wife, Melissa, all of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Mary Beth Seals, Blair Spurlock, Joseph Spurlock, Evan Spurlock, Rianne Spurlock, Cullum Spurlock and Meghan Sullenger, all of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Cason Seals, Madeline Seals, Kiana Buchanan and Kyliah Simpson. Mr. Spurlock is survived by three sisters, Dot Gray and Belle Gray, both of New Market, Ala., and Wilma Bedwell of Shelbyville, and one brother, Glen Spurlock of Fayetteville. Mrs. Spurlock is survived by two brothers, Joe Ventress of Big Cove, Ala., and Larry Ventress of Fayetteville. They were preceded in death by a child, Kathe Flo Spurlock, a sister, Betty Tipps and by a brother, Paul Ventress. Funeral services were conducted Friday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Kirk Smith officiating. Burial followed in Kelso Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Martha Elaine Wright, 74, a native of Lewisburg, died Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at her Lincoln County residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert McCullum and Ruby Luttrell, step-father, Dewey, and by a sister, Betty Brooks. She is survived by her children, Bettina Gray, James Gray and wife, Kathy, Mary Dean and husband, Tommy Dean, and Perry Steele and wife, Angela; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 207 Woods Drive, Fayetteville at a later date. The Rose of Sharon Funeral Service, Pulaski, in charge of arrangements.

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