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Obituaries for March 6 edition

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Jessie McGee Ashby, 95, of Fayetteville, died Sunday morning (March 3, 2013) in Donalson Skill Care Center. A native of Lincoln County, she resided at Gimlet Creek and was the daughter of the late Walter Frank McGee and Mamie McAfee McGee. She was a long time employee of Serbin, a homemaker and a member of the Stoney Point Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, Curtis Ashby and wife, Ruth, and late wife, Marilyn Davidson; sisters, Bernice Good of Fayetteville, Elizabeth Long of Nashville; brothers, Dan McGee of Petersburg, Kenneth McGee of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Marcia Cannon and husband, David, Matt Ashby and wife, Christy; great- grandchildren, Amy Ann McCormick, Seth Ashby, Sydney Ashby and Curt Cannon. She was preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy Byers, Helen Pounders; brothers, D.L. McGee and Edward McGee. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Waggoner officiating. Burial followed in Booneville Cemetery beside her husband, Leonard Ashby. Higgins 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.


Charlotte Anderson Beech, 89, of Fayetteville, died Friday morning (March 1, 2013) in Donalson Care Center. A native of Ringgold, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Carl Bennett and Lottie Kelly Anderson. She was a retired supervisor with Serbin Fashions and a member of the West Fayetteville Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Ronald Beech of Fayetteville and Glenn Beech and wife, Jane, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Tony Beech, Karen Kirkland and husband Joe, Emily Beech; great-grandchildren, Julie Mitchell, Kaylah Kirkland and Alleigh Kirkland. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Loran Anderson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Don Wallace officiating. Burial followed in Prosperity Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kelly Pittenger Senior Center or the charity of your choice. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Shelby Jean Chambers, 72, of Ardmore, died Saturday (March 2, 2013) at her home. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Lynn Marshall officiating. Interment was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Margie Bennett Culbreath, 73, of Hazel Green, Ala., died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2013) in Huntsville Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Hugh and Margie Bryant Bennett, was a retired deli clerk with Kroger and a member of the Lincoln Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Charles Parks of the Champ Community and Michael Culbreath of Huntsville, Ala.; four grandchildren, Ashley Parks, Courtney Culbreath, Rachel Culbreath and Haley Culbreath; two brothers, Billy Bennett of Flintville and Terrell Bennett of New Market, Ala. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter Sarah Parks. Funeral services were conducted Thursday (Feb. 21) at Gum Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Higgins Funeral Home assisted the family.

Carman H. Gibson, 80, of Fayetteville, died at his home Friday (March 1, 2013). He was the son of Cary Hilmon and Martha Coleman Gibson of Ramer. Survivors include his wife, Frances Monks Gibson of Fayetteville; daughters Cindy Langford (Billy) of Flintville, Lisa McConihay of Decatur, Ga.; son, Chris Gibson (Amy) of Fayetteville; six grandchildren, Zachary and Jordan Langford, Luke McConihay, Ben, Jake and Abe Gibson; brother, Dr. William Coleman Gibson (Marilyn) of Rainsville, Ala.; sisters, Edith Parr of Little Rock, Ark., and Helen Caruso of Fyffe, Ala. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Tim Smith and Billy Langford officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church or The Church Flower Fund. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Matthew Alexander Graham, age 11, of Monticello, Ark., passed away Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2013) at his home. He was born March 1, 2001, in Little Rock, Ark. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Christy and Michael Forrest of Monticello; his father and step-mother, Kenneth and Kelley Graham of Cabot, Ark.; one brother, Nicholas Graham of Monticello; four sisters, Kelsey Spradlin, Lesley Spradlin, Ashley Graham and Amy Graham, all of Cabot; his grandparents, Tami and Lynn Norman of Ward, Ark., William and Donnette Smith of Beebe, Ark., Julie Gude of Cabot, Joan Forrest of Monticello, and Pat and Angel Reyes of Cabot; and his great-grandparents, Margie Graham of Fayetteville, Tenn., John Amos Weeks of McRae and Patricia Forrest of Monticello. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning, March 2 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel in Monticello, with burial in Wilson Cemetery. Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook at www. stephensondearman.com.

Merle Wade Haynes, 87, of Fayetteville, died Monday night (Feb. 25, 2013) in Crestwood Medical Center. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Eugene Higgins and Josephine Taylor Wade and the wife of the late Frank Haynes. Mrs. Haynes retired from Amana Refrigeration and was a member of the Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed baking, gardening and spending time with her great-nieces and nephews. Survivors include her sisters, Glyndon Johnston of Fayetteville, Jo Lynn Taylor of Clarksville; brother, Guy Wade of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Ellis T. Wade and Walter H. Wade, and sister, Ruth W. Smith. The family requests that memorials be made to the Howell Cumberland Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at Higgins Funeral Home. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Marie Simmons Holland, 78, of Smyrna, died Saturday (March 2, 2013) at her home. Mrs. Holland was the daughter of the late Homer Simmons and Eunice Walker Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lee Wilburn Holland, Jr., and brothers, Raymond Simmons and Leland Simmons. Mrs. Holland is survived by her daughters, Penny (Joel) Boston of Mt. Juliet, Judy Malea Knowles of Murfreesboro and Vickie (Tony) Proctor of Smyrna; a son, John (Amy) Holland of Smyrna; a brother, Melvin Simmons; grandchildren, Derek Proctor, Autumn (Jeremy) Shultz, Rebecca Boston, B.J. Boston, Chris (Lacy) Holland, Hillary Knowles and Adam Knowles; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Holland was a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ in Smyrna. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Riverview Cemetery in Fayetteville with Preacher Wayne Cornwell officiating. Visitation was set for 3 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna. Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice in memory of Mrs. Holland. Online condolences can be made at www.woodfinchapel.com Woodfin Funeral Chapels, Smyrna. Woodfin Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Lynda Richey Lankford, 70, of Toney, Ala., died Friday (March 1, 2013) at her home. Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Dekalb Memorial Gardens, Geraldine, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Alan Marlyn Nistler, 50, of Harvest, Ala., died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) at Madison Hospital in Madison, Ala. Funeral services were held Friday morning at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Joey Savell officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John W. Thompson, Jr., 79, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital. He was born in Gurley, Ala., on Dec. 4, 1933 to the late John W. Thompson Sr., and Flora Elkins Thompson. He was a restaurateur and a veteran of the United States Navy. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, David Allen Thompson; stepdaughter, Sharon Payne; and brothers, Hubert, Roy, Nolan, Grady and Eddie Ray Thompson. Mr. Thompson is survived by a daughter, Lorinda Scott of Morgantown, W.Va.; sons, John W. and Melody Thompson III of Fayetteville, James M. Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif., Grady R. and Lisa Thompson of Athens, Ala., Darrel C. and Gena Rosa Thompson of Sunny Brook, Calif., and Eva Thompson of Fayetteville; step-daughters, Teresa Franklin of Franklin, Doris Holder of Fayetteville; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday morning in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ida Woodard, 83, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on July 31, 1929 to the late John Thurman and Sue Ella Buchanan Allen. She retired from Amana and was a member of the Mayberry Street Church of Christ. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Woodard; daughter, Lula Mae Whitaker; sisters, Robbie Sheffield, Minnie Hedgspeth, Larrine Allen; and brothers, Willie B. Allen, Bobby Allen and John Allen. Mrs. Woodard is survived by her sisters, Annie Lou McMullen and Gracie Gregory, both of Fayetteville, Ella Rae Wilkerson of Winchester; brother, Ardell Allen of Fayetteville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Mayberry Street Church of Christ with Cedric Davis officiating. Burial was in Browns Temple Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.