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Obituaries for May 15 edition

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Ray Thomas Bailey, age 74, passed away Monday (May 6, 2013). He is survived by his loving wife, Doris Bailey; one daughter LaRita (John) Mitchell; two sons, Quentin (Kimberly) Bailey and Chartan D. Bailey; and three grandchildren, John Eric Mitchell II, Joshua Mitchell and Kelsey Bailey. The service for Mr. Bailey was held Thursday, May 9, at Saint Paul AME Church in Fayetteville. Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery. Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements, ww.nelson andsons.net.

Ray Barhorst, 76, of Fayetteville, died Saturday (May 11, 2013) at St. Thomas Hospital. He was a native of Kingsbury, Ind., and the son of the late Bud and Martha Barhorst.  Mr. Barhorst was a highly decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. He was a retired Nuclear Weapons Technician, a member of the RV Club, Washington Street Church of Christ, Elks Lodge and was a Tennessee Squire.  He was an International Boy Scout Leader and avid golfer.  Mr. Barhorst loved his family dearly. Survivors include his children, Fred (Susan) Barhorst of Albertville, Ala., Vicki (Danny) Kranz of Huntsville, Ala., Barbara Barhorst of Huntsville, Brian (Patricia) Hunt of Gettysburg, Pa., and Jill (William) Davis of Auburn, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Jane Anderson. Visitation with the family will be Friday evening from 4 until 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 until 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Black officiating. Burial will follow in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens beside his wife, Fayetta Barhorst, who passed away in 2012.  Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Donald Leo Drake, Jr., 59, (cancer survivor) of Fayetteville died Thursday (May 9, 2013) at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Leo Drake, Sr.  Mr. Drake is survived by  his mother, Janie Marie Drake; his wife of 15 years, Pamela Diane (Gray) Drake; his sisters, Karen Kleps, Jill Cox and Susan Perrine; his children, Robert Kilty, Paul Gray, Amanda Lolley, Stacey Dowdy, Donald Leo Drake, III, Melissa Rice, Brandie Neal and B.C. Neal; 16 grandchildren; one dog, Rosco; and many close friends. Mr. Drake was born  in Lakewood, Ohio, on May 3,1954. He joined the United States Navy in October 1972. Donald served almost two years in the earning the National Defense Service Medal while onboard the USS Puget Sound (AD-38). He was released from active duty with an Honorable Discharge in July 1974. After serving with the United States Navy, Don was a professional truck driver for four years. He then apprenticed and obtained a certification as a Master Carpenter in Washington, D.C.  Don and Pam moved to Tennessee in 2003, and Don started Drake Drywall. He worked at Walmart for several years and then Goodman Mfg. until his health failed him. Mr. Drake had a passion for motorcycles and built and rode them for most of his adult life. A wake was held May 13 at his home in Fayetteville.

Ralph J. Glapion, 61, of Petersburg, died Saturday (May 11, 2013) in Huntsville Hospital. A native of New Orleans, La., Mr. Glapion was the son of the late Walter “Jamica” and Josephine Grubbs Glapion, Sr., was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an electrical engineer and an avid outdoorsman. Survivors include his wife, Jan Elders Glapion of Petersburg; daughter, Shannon M. Glapion of New Orleans; sons, Ian M. Glapion of Fayetteville, Michael (Tina) Dillen of Spanish Fort, Ala., and Sgt. Samuel Jason Konecny of Ft. Hood, Texas; one grandson, Jaylen Christopher Richard Glapion of New Orleans; sisters, Joyce Glapion Shanklin of Fayetteville, Kay (Malcolm) Bonseigneur of New Orleans; brother, Walter A. Glapion, Jr., and fiancé, Kathy Wilcox, of New Orleans; brothers-in-law, Gary Elders and Jeff (Amanda) Elders of Theodore, Ala.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. Mr. Glapion was preceded in death by a sister, Fern Glapion Brady; brother-in-law, Edward “Papa Shank” Shanklin; and sister-in-law, Brenda Sissac Glapion. Ralph never met a stranger and was an all-round cool guy. Visitation with the family will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hope Assembly of God. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Hope Assembly of God with Pastor Ben Johnson officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sandy Scott Schrimsher, age 58, of Toney, Ala., died Wednesday (May 8, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital. Born in Ardmore, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Robert Scott and the late Susie Marberry Scott. She was a lifelong resident of North Alabama. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. John Sweeney officiating. Burial followed in Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Faye Moore Simms, age 93, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday morning (May 9, 2013) at her residence. A native of Lincoln County, Mrs. Simms was the daughter of the late James Lafayette (Boss) and Mary Lou Buchanan Moore. She was a homemaker, a caregiver and a member of the Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two sons, Wayne (Shelia) Simms of Fayetteville and Lionel (Pam) Simms of Baton Rouge, La.; one daughter, Jan (Jim) Eldridge of Fayetteville, Ga.; grandchildren, Heath (Gail) Simms of Fayetteville, April (Tony) Sims Fayetteville, Jennifer (Shane) Chambers of Beaumont, Texas, Lindsay (John) Gilliam of Baton Rouge, Meghan Simms of Baton Rouge, Ben (Elizabeth) Eldridge of Decatur, Ga., and Sam Eldridge of Fayetteville, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Lydia Gilliam, Tim Sims, Joseph Sims, Brys Simms, Bryleah Simms, Braden Simms, Blake Stacey, and Lyndsay Bertram; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for were conducted Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Dr. Calvin Todd officiating. Burial followed in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Lester H. Simms, who passed away in 2009. Memorials may be made to the ARP Youth or the ARP Choir. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Nancy Jane Burnett Strong of Fayetteville died Tuesday (May 7, 2013) at age 75 due to complications of stroke suffered in October, 2010. Nancy, daughter of Mildred Evelyn Hyde Burnett and Emerson Burnett, was born in Nashville on March 1, 1938. She graduated from Marshall County High School where she was active in girls’ basketball and founded the girls club. After graduation, Nancy continued to study at University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she met her first husband, Gene Michelson, from Chattanooga. Nancy was married to Hanley Gene Michelson in 1958; they were married 19 years and had 2 children, Jeni and Mark, and lived in East Lansing, Mich., and Chattanooga. Nancy then married Joe D. Strong of Fayetteville and lived happily together for 25 years. Nancy worked as a homemaker for most of her life, raising two children and five stepchildren. In addition, she worked with several local businesses in Fayetteville, including Strong Brothers Market and the Fayetteville Country Club. Nancy enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including singing, playing golf (where she scored two holes in one), card games, cooking, gardening, hunting, fishing and flower arranging. She loved all kinds of animals, especially cats and birds. Her cat Woodsy lived with her for 29 years. She also enjoyed entertaining for friends, family and holidays. She was actively involved as a Master Certified BBQ Judge with the Kansas City Barbecue Society and had previously taught Sunday school for 10 years at Mitzvah Temple in Chattanooga. Nancy is survived by her two children, Mark (and granddaughter Michelle) and Jeni Michelson (and husband James Rowell) and other family, including sister, Marie Carter (husband Dave Carter); nephew, Colin Carter; and her first cousins, Lyle and Van Cheatham. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Burnett; aunt, Rachel Cheatham; and father, Emerson Burnett. A Celebration of Nancy’s Life Concert is being planned for Sunday, June 9, in Fayetteville at the Lincoln Care Center where she resided since her stroke. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice, Lincoln Care Activity Center or the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Animal Shelter. The family of Nancy Strong wishes to thank the staff of Lincoln Care Center for providing compassionate care for Nancy after her stroke.

Thelma McGee Thornton, age 92, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday (May 7, 2013). She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Leon Clark and Margaret Levert White McGee. Mrs. Thornton was former seamstress with Serbin Fashions and was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include her four children, Ronald Thornton and wife Bernice of Gainesville, Fla., and Norma Higgs and husband Jimmy, Roger Thornton and wife Margaret, and Eddie Thornton and wife Judy, all of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Nancy Thornton, Melissa Higgs Dorminey and husband Devin, Eddie Thornton and wife Tonya, Jennifer T. Harris and husband Greg, Allan Wade Higgs and wife Teresa, Kelli T. Wilkerson and husband Chad, Dale Thornton and wife Marcie and Jill T. Murdock and husband Patrick; great-grandchildren, Austin Harris, Caden Harris, Whitney Towry, Katie Towry, Kira Thornton, Melana Murdock, Anna Marie Thornton, Piper Higgs, A.J. Beddingfield, Ryan Kinsey, Robert Wade Dorminey, Mikhala Dorminey, Lilly Higgs, Riley Holloway and Miranda Murdock. Funeral services for Mrs. Thornton were conducted Friday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Hudgins officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery beside her husband, James A. Thornton, who passed away in 2006. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Andrew David Warren, age 78, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday (May 6, 2013) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Warren was the son of the late Dee Caroll Warren and Macie Johnson Womack and Horace Lee Womack, retired pipe fitter for A.E.D.C. and a member of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he also served as deacon. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Pursley Warren of Fayetteville; children, Janice Haas of Hammond, Ind., Wanda Brock (Scott Phelps) of Hammond, David Warren of Fayetteville, Sandra (Jerry) Raby of Mulberry, Timmy (Lynn) Warren of Fayetteville and Chase Warren of Fayetteville; grandchildren Chris, Bradley, Jeffrey, Janda, Jeremy, Rebecca, Amber, Lindsey, Alena and Olivia; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Billy Joe (Cheryl) Womack of Flintville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Warren was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Warren, grandchildren Jeremy Warren and Andrea Zimmerman, and two brothers, Johnny and Henry Womack. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bros. Willie Banks and Tim Britton officiating.  Burial followed in Gum Springs Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.