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Obituaries for Aug. 7 edition

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Marion Kay Boles, 62, of Petersburg, died Monday (July 29, 2013) at Maury Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on June 22, 1951 to the late William Marion Welch and Frances Wells Welch, who survives. She was employed by South Central Human Resource Agency and was a member of the Petersburg Lions Club and Hannah’s Gap Baptist Church. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her son, Kevin Boles. Mrs. Boles is survived by her husband, Kenneth Boles of Petersburg; son, Kyle Boles of Petersburg; mother, Frances Welch of Petersburg; sisters, Fay Welch of Petersburg, Kathy and Stan Hill of Kelso, Sylvia and Ricky Wilburn of Lewisburg, Sherry and Andy Wright of Indianapolis, Ind.; nephews, Joseph and Kandice Hill of Kelso, Jacob Wilburn of Lewisburg; and several cousins. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bros. James Hickey and Frank Edwards officiating. Burial followed in Old Orchard Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Kay Boles Fund at First National Bank. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Doris Glenda Brown, 75, of Decatur, Ala., died Friday (Aug. 2, 2013) at Decatur General Hospital. She was born in Lincoln County on April 26, 1938 to the late Nogar and Jennie Bradley Clark. She was a former furniture salesperson and was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God in Decatur. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Carmen Delores Brown; son, Jimmy Van Brown, Jr.; sisters, Gertrude Arnold, Helen Branch, Mattie Sue Steward; and brothers, Homer Clark and Alford Clark. Mrs. Brown is survived by her daughter, Kay Cushman-Prewitt and husband, Carl Lee, of Decatur; sister, Erma Jean Fite and husband, A.P., of Fayetteville; and grandchildren, Aaron Bradley Cushman and Carl Ryan Prewitt, both of Decatur. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Willis officiating. Burial followed in Shady Grove Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Jim Cranford, 83, of Fayetteville, died Friday (Aug. 2, 2013) at his residence. Mr. Cranford was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 6, 1929 to the late Joel Franklin and Cludie Pearl Allen Cranford. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was retired from NASA and Fox Army Hospital. He was talented in repairing things and was known as “Mr. Fix-It”. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Cranford; sisters, Lorea Gilliam, Lovea Bradford, Monazell Sanders; brothers, Johnie Arno Cranford, Duel Barney Cranford, Jewett Junior Cranford, Beauman Franklin Cranford, Garland Coolidge Cranford and Olen Berney Cranford. Mr. Cranford is survived by his wife, Becky Cranford; daughters, Rosemary Cranford (Jimmy) Thompson, Rosalind Cranford (Chester) Lindsey; sister, Ruth Hall; brother, Darrell Cranford; step-children, Michelle (Jason) Cummings, James Worden, Thomas Worden, Mary (Todd) Crabtree, Carrie (D.T.) Massey; three grandchildren, Amy Thompson (Stuart) Bloodworth, Jan Thompson (Jerry) Petitpas, John (Katie) Amos; ten step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Fayetteville. Burial will follow in Flintville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Larry Eakes, 51 of Fayetteville, died Friday evening (Aug. 2, 2013) in Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Eakes was a native of Lincoln County, the son of Thelma Ruth Dennis Eakes and the late Columbus Lincoln “Gumby” Eakes. He was a construction worker and of the Church of God faith. Mr. Eakes is survived by his mother, Thelma Ruth Eakes; brothers, Leon Eakes, David Eakes, Dwight Eakes, Jeff Eakes and Danny Eakes, all of Fayetteville; sisters, Mary Jo Clark of McBurg, Jeraldine Alford of Tullahoma, Diane Sells, Tammy Williams, both of Fayetteville; step-daughters, Becky Chick, Cassandra Chick; step-son, Bobby Chick; four step-grandchildren; special friends, Bonnie Hunsuckle and Jackie. Larry had numerous friends that he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his father, Columbus Lincoln “Gumby” Eakes, and sisters, Barbara Ann Eakes and Linda Faye Bailey. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Sonny Moore officiating. Burial followed in Plainview Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Polly Stevens Fields, Ph.D, age 79, daughter of Frank and Adalaide Stevens of Fayetteville, died of natural causes recently in Reno, Nev. She had been teaching at the University of Nevada at Reno on a part-time basis during her retirement. She is survived by her two children, Matthew Thornton Fields of Nashville and Robert Gribble Fields of Huntsville, Ala., a granddaughter, Bailey Adalaide Fields, and a brother, Frank Madison Stevens of Kettering, Ohio. Dr. Fields was born and grew up in Fayetteville, attended Vanderbilt University, taught at University School in Nashville and then received a Ph.D in English from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. She had a long and distinguished teaching career as a Professor of English at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. Dr. Fields was a published author and presented her work both here in the United States and abroad.

Nancy Bryson Jones, 77, of Fayetteville, died Saturday (July 27, 2013) after a long illness. She was born in Lincoln County on April 24, 1936, the oldest child of the late Robert Lee and Fannie Lou Bryson. She worked as a custodian in the Lincoln County School System and was a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John T. Jones; brothers, Charles William and Tommy Lee Bryson; two sisters, Christine Bryson and Leolar Jennings. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Kyron Sanchey Bryson of Fayetteville; sisters, Celia Raybon, Nell Bryson, Mary Russell and Willie Lou Hawk, all of Fayetteville; brother, Robert L. Bryson, Jr. of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Charlene Bryson of Lewisburg; aunts, Christine Carter of Fayetteville and Sallie Stone of Dayton, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Olive M.B. Church with the Rev. John E. Brown officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant View Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Kellie McGuire, 23, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday evening (July 31, 2013) in Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was a native of Houston, Texas, and the daughter of Mike Campbell of Fayetteville and Lesia Campbell of Laporte, Texas, who survive. She was a loan officer and a member of the Fairmont Baptist Church in Laporte. Survivors include her father, Mike Campbell and wife, Joy, of Fayetteville; mother, Lesia Campbell of Laporte; husband, Matt McGuire, Sr., of Baltimore, Md.; son Matthew McGuire, Jr., of Fayetteville; sister, Kristen Campbell of Laporte, sister, Jennifer Howell, brother, Rusty Parks, sister, Stacy Flynt, and sister, Rebecca Parks, all of Fayetteville; grandparents, Johnny and Carleen Campbell of Shelbyville, Gary Campbell of Houston, Texas; aunt, Vicky Villareal; mother- and father-in-law, Susan and Martin McGuire; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lyndall “Lyn” Wilhelmenia McMillian, 101, of Murfreesboro, died Thursday (Aug. 1, 2013). Mrs. McMillian was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and daughter of the late M.F. and Louisa Gritman Becker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles McMillian, who died in 1997. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Mrs. McMillian was a member of First United Methodist Church and a retired educator. She was a graduate of Maryville College, George Peabody College and had graduate work at UT Knoxville. She had taught at North Carolina, Georgetown College, Ky., Belmont Collage, Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University. She was recognized nationally for membership in American Home Economics for over fifty years. She was a member of Omega Phi Sigma Sorority, the Woman’s Club, AARP, MTSU, Dames Club, AAUW and an FHA advisor. She was a member of NEA, TEA, RCRTA and American Association Family and Consumers Licenses. Funeral services were held Monday morning at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Thad Austin officiating. A graveside service followed Monday afternoon in Riverview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville. The men of First United Methodist Church served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Economics Department at MTSU in memory of Mrs. McMillan. Online condolences can be made at www.woodfinchapel.com. Woodfin Chapel in charge of arrangements.