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Obituaries for March 20 edition

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

John Elmer Autrey, 79, of Ardmore, Ala., died Thursday (March 14, 2013) at his home. Funeral services were held Friday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Amos Conley officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances Burns, 80, of McBurg, died Friday (March 15, 2013). Her parents were the late Sam and Edna Emerson Hogwood. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Gerald Hogwood, and her husbands, Robert Ezell Osborne and Harvey Edward Cagle. Survivors include her husband, Wade Burns of McBurg; son, David Ezell Cagle and wife, Kathryn, of Bunker Hill; grandson, Mark Cagle and wife, Kriston, of Ardmore; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning with burial following in Wright’s Cemetery. Carr & Erwin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Florence Jennings Cochran, 88, of Kelso, died Friday (March 15, 2013) at her residence. She was born in Lincoln County on April 7, 1924 to the late George and Emma Warren Whitworth. She was a former nurse’s aide and was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Roy C. Jennings, Sr.; second husband, Grady Allen Cochran; sister, Catherine Pitcock; and brother, John “Bud” Whitworth. Mrs. Cochran is survived by her son, Roy C. and Judy Jennings, Jr., of Clarksville; step-daughter-in-law, Patricia Cummings of Ocala, Fla.; sisters, Mable Tucker of Citra, Fla., Corrine Locker of Fayetteville; brother, T.A. Whitworth of Decatur, Mich.; grandchildren, Asher and Nicholas Asher. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial was to follow in Champ Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Earl Graham, 52, of Huntsville, Ala., died Friday (March 15, 2013) at his residence. Graveside funeral services were held Monday morning in Stateline/Bostick Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John Dillard Gray, 87, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (March 17, 2013) at Baptist Hospital. He was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Lynchburg to the late Charles Dillard Gray and Mary Wanslow Gray. He was retired from ARO-AEDC, a retired major in the USAFR a life member of the VFW and past commander of the Fayetteville VFW, member of the American Legion, 3rd degree Mason-Tullahoma Lodge #0262, Air Force Association and a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church.  Survivors include his son, Bill (Peggy) Gray of Lynchburg; daughter, Susanne (Tom) Incorvia of Austin, Texas; sister, Billie (Jack) Edde of Lynchburg; two grandchildren; and special friend, Josephine Hudson of Flintville. Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon at Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with the Rev. Julie Anna Johnson officiating. Interment was in Lynchburg Cemetery with full military honors. Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Lynchburg, in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Wayne Hobbs, 74, of Ardmore, Ala., died Thursday (March 14, 2013) at Athens Rehab and Senior Center in Athens, Ala. At this time there are no public services planned. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Marlon Wayne “Bill” Mansfield, 83, of Nashville, died Tuesday morning (March 12, 2013) at Alive Hospice in Nashville. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Mansfield was the son of the late Zack Taylor and Eula McCrory Mansfield. He attended Lincoln School and Central High School where he played football and basketball. He served in the Air Force in the Korean War and was an Airman First Class. He and his family moved to Nashville in 1954 where he worked in construction while attending Barber College. He owned  the Thompson Lane Barber Shop for a number of years. Later, he was employed and retired from Purity Dairies where he worked as a mechanic. His favorite pastimes were things that he grew up doing, working on vehicles, including his lawn mower and cars. He enjoyed killing hogs and making his own sausage. He was known for the large garden he planted every year and enjoyed sharing with family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Annie Lee Thompson Mansfield; daughters, Kim Hoscheit and husband, Jon, Kathy Huggins and husband, Larry; grandchildren, Matthew Garner, Craig Huggins and wife, Lindsay; step-grandchildren, Melanie Harris and husband, Duane, Jon Hoscheit, Jr., and wife, Jennifer, James Hoscheit and wife, Arika; sisters, Onis Goode and husband, Paul, Pauline Norman; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Mr. Mansfield was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Lee Earl Mansfield, Leonard Mansfield, Louise Simmons, Ila Beavers, Mildred Steelman and Jack Mansfield. Graveside services were conducted Friday morning at Lincoln Cemetery with the Rev. Don Russell officiating. The family asks that memorial donations be made to Alive Hospice in Nashville, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203-9658. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Decie Evelyn Massey, 92, of Birmingham, Ala., died Friday (March 15, 2013) at The Oaks on Parkwood in Bessemer, Ala. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Kirkland Baptist Church with Bro. Neil Glausier officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

William Clayton McBay, 80, of Cornersville, died Wednesday morning (March 13, 2013) at Donalson Skill Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. McBay was the son of the late Ed and Gracie Lee Dollar McBay. He was a plumber and electrician. Survivors include his daughter, Christy McBay of Fayetteville; sisters, Sarah Ruth McBay Ward and husband, Billy, of Park City, Jeweldean Marie Haislip of Lewisburg; brothers, James McBay, Houston McBay and wife, Geraldine, both of Fayetteville; niece, Donna McBay Evans of Lewisburg; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Ray West officiating. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Jonnie C. Rowell, 80, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (March 12, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital. She was born in Franklin County on July 31, 1932, to the late Raymond and Nellie Smith Kennedy. She was a nurse and a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. Mrs. Rowell is survived by her husband, Leo Rowell of Fayetteville; daughter, Eva and Derrell Brown of Madison, Ala.; sons, Glen and Sherry Coggin of Maryville, John T. Coggin of Hernando, Miss.; step-sons, Ron and Karen Rowell of Pittsburg, Calif., Louie and Julie Rowell of Amarillo, Texas; sisters, Margaret K. Smith of Ardmore, Mary K. Taylor of Huntsville; brother, Bryan Kennedy of Fayetteville; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church with Father Jim Rogers and Mother Julie Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Allen Taylor, 88, of Belfast, died Tuesday (March 12, 2013) at his residence. Mr. Taylor was a native of Giles County and the son of the late Sullie and Vashti Taylor.  He was retired from Inter-City Products (Heil-Quaker Corp.) following 36 years of service and was a member of First Baptist Church of Lewisburg.  In addition to his parents, a brother, Clifford Taylor, preceded him in death. He served his country in the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Elaine Gatlin Taylor of Belfast; two daughters, Cynthia Merrick of Nashville, Debby (Chandler) Burton of Pulaski; one brother, Farris (Marjorie) Taylor of Lewisburg; one sister, Sara Clift of Lewisburg; sister-in-law, Florence Taylor of Illinois; three grandchildren, Tony (Donna) Burton, Jeffrey (Audra) Burton, both of Cornersville, John (Becca) Merrick of Millersville; four step-great-grandchildren; Marjorie’s sister, Brenda Wright; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday from the chapel of Bllls-McGaugh Funeral Home with Dr. Tom Dumser and Bro. Frank Edwards officiating. Burial followed at New Zion Cemetery in the Brick Church community of Giles County with military honors. Pallbearers were Tony & Jeffrey Burton, Jason Wright, Eddie Taylor, Rex Gatlin and John Merrick. Memorials are encouraged to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the charity of your choice. Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Emmett Towry, 90, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Friday (Feb. 22, 2013). A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Ellis E. and Elma K. Bates Towry. Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served through World War II and the Korean War for a total of 25 years of service. After taking retirement from the Navy in 1968, Charles received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees of science from Sull Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He began teaching school in Odessa and later on in Balmorhea, Texas, before retiring from the Texas School System. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Foster Towry; daughter, Kay Pace and husband, Lonnie; granddaughters, Michelle Pace of Colorado Springs and Sharon Geise of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandsons, Charles W., Steven G. and William E. Towry of Cushion, Okla.; brother, Jack Towry of Lincoln County; and five great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by a son, Charles Foster Towry, and a sister, Bettye Jean Towry Bynum. A memorial and military service was conducted at the Anchor Way Baptist Church in Colorado Springs on Saturday, March 2.