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Obituaries for March 13 edition

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Cularia “Kitty” Graves Adams, 79, of Mesa, Ariz., died Tuesday (March 5, 2013) at Banner Heart Hospital. She was born in Lincoln County on April 19, 1933 to the late Walter and Martha Hopkins Graves. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Adams is survived by daughters, Diane Ventress of Fayetteville, Geraldine Allen of Nashville, Elizabeth Georgousis of Mesa; son, Jackie Adams of Springfield; sister, Frances Turner of Murfreesboro; four grandchildren, Paul Ventress of Fayetteville, Tuesday Adams of Nashville, Tara Georgousis of Mesa, Charla Graham of Fayetteville; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Bernie Deffinger officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Cynthia Fay Stark Bagley, 101, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) at her home in Dallas, Texas.

She has been buried privately at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at Gunter Hollow Lodge, 149 Gunter Hollow Road, Fayetteville. Remembrances may be made to the Humane Society or the SPCA.

Born in Monmouth, Ill., on Aug. 8, 1911, Mrs. Bagley spent her early years in Dubuque, Iowa, and Detroit, Mich.

She always said that she wanted to live to be 100 years old, which can now be added to her list of accomplishments. She was a 1935 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in art and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She did post-graduate studies at Wayne State University and was three credit hours short of her master’s degree when she married Samuel Stevens Bagley and moved to Fayetteville in 1941. A born and bread “Yankee”, she fell in love with Tennessee and the people there. Sam and Cynthia spent most of their 50 years in Fayetteville on the family farm that is now the site of the Motlow State Community College on Winchester Highway.

Mrs. Bagley was an active member of the Fayetteville community as a teacher and civic participant. She was Lincoln County’s first Home Bound Teacher from 1952-1962. She worked tirelessly helping the homebound children she taught stay socially active and involved with other children in addition to making sure they kept up with their classmates in school. She later taught English and Art at the old Central High School. In 1991, she and her husband, Sam, moved to Dallas, Texas, to be near their daughter, Frances.

An exceptional artist, she stayed active with her art throughout her life. She enjoyed painting and creating small sculptures, some of which are in significant art collections. One of her passions was writing letters to the editor in a variety of newspapers.  She was adept in expressing her opinions often using humorous anecdotes to elaborate a point. In 2000, The Dallas Morning News included Cynthia Bagley in an article about people with exceptional ability to remember.  Until her very last months of life she could recite countless poems from great literature.

The ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote in national elections, made a strong impression on Cynthia at the age of nine-years-old. Consequently, she was proud of the fact that she never missed voting in a national election from the time she was of age through the presidential election of 2012.

Mrs. Bagley was the daughter of Claude Stark and Frances Hay Stark of Detroit, Mich. Her husband, Samuel Stevens Bagley, preceded her in death in 1993. Cynthia was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always setting high standards and expectations, she adored her family above all else.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances Bagley and Tom Orr; her son and daughter-in-law, James and Ann Bagley; two grandsons and their wives, Matthew and Sharon Bagley and Steven and Lisa Bagley; and four great-grandchildren, David, Arabella, Paul and Daniel Bagley. Higgins Funeral assisted the family.

Marie Carter Bennett, 81, of Murfreesboro, formerly of Fayetteville, died Monday (March 4, 2013). Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of the late William Ruban Carter and Cordia Lee Tribble Carter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Bennett, who died in 1997, and sisters, Elsie Mae Carter Bryant and Ida Lee Carter. Mrs. Bennett is survived by her son, David Bennett and his wife, Sharon, of Saudi Arabia; two grandsons, Joshua Daniel Bennett, and Joseph Carl Bennett and his wife, Rachel, all of Murfreesboro. Mrs. Bennett was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and an active member of the American Business Women’s Association. She was an accountant for Hospital Corporation of America for over 30 years. Funeral service was held Saturday in the Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Burial was at the Riverview Cemetery in Fayetteville. Online condolences can be made at www.woodfinchapel.com. Woodfin Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.

Nannie Lee Mastin Brown, 84, of Fayetteville, died Monday (March 4, 2013) at Donalson Care Center. She was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 21, 1928 to the late Robert Lee, Sr., and Rosetta Hammonds Mastin. She worked as a nursing assistant at a community hospital in Indianapolis and was a member of the Christ Church Apostolic. Mrs. Brown is survived by her sisters, Lois & Clarence Dangerfield, Shirley & Joe Dangerfield, Cherry March, Dezather Yarbrough, Gladys Simpson, all of Fayetteville; brother, Otha Lee & Mildred Mastin of Canton, Ohio; aunt, Nannie B. Hughes of Birmingham, Ala.; 14 nieces; and nine nephews. Funeral services were held Friday evening in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial was Tuesday morning in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Norris Colman Hargrove, 76, of Prospect, died Friday (March 8, 2013) at his home. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Mitchell officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Prospect. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Billie J. Janeway, 76, of Elora, died Saturday (March 9, 2013) in Life Care Center of Tullahoma. A native of Chicago, Ill., and the daughter of the late Naomi Surber and Henry Clay Janeway, she was a business office manager for National Life Insurance Company. Survivors include her sister, Dorothy Coyne of Chicago; caregiver for 20 years, Lynn Lamb of Elora; seven nieces and nephews; and 15 great-nieces and nephews. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Junior Brazier and Bro. Billy Joe George officiating. Burial will follow in Flintville Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James Melvin Patton, 80, of Huntsville, Ala., died Saturday (March 9, 2013) at his residence. He was born in Moore County on Feb. 17, 1933 to the late Curtis W. and Julia Woodard Patton. He was a retired repairman at Thiokol and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Patton is survived by his wife, Susie Marie Coleman Patton of Huntsville; daughters, Bobby Jean Hale and Joyce Coarson, both of Athens, Ala.; son, James Michael Patton of Savannah, Ga.; step-daughter, Alice Carter of Fayetteville; step-son, Alan Rodgers of Fayetteville; brother, Curtis W. Patton of Huntsville; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Lois Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sibyl Louise Reed, 98, of Ardmore, died Wednesday (March 6, 2013) at Athens-Limestone Hospital. She was born in Guntersville, Ala., on July 15, 1914 to the late Thomas and Ida Sherrill Sparks. She was a former restaurant manager and a member of Cash Point Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Reed; daughters, Nellie Ruth Gothard, Doris White, Linda Colan and Patricia Robinson; sons, Robert Gothard and James Neal Gothard; grandson, Jeffrey Gothard; and great-grandson, Jason Hamm. Mrs. Reed is survived by daughters, Irene Bunn and Betty Armstrong; sons, Bobby and Peggy Gothard, Jerry “Buddy” Gothard; twenty-four grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday morning at Cash Point Baptist Church with Bro. Derrick Moose officiating. Burial followed in Rehobeth Cemetery in Guntersville, Ala. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Helen Augline Whitt Renfroe, 89, died Wednesday (March 6, 2013). Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with the Rev. Ray Stonecypher officiating. Interment was in Hatchett Cemetery in Limestone County, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.