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Obituaries for Oct. 16 edition

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Lee Mack Counts, 43, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2013) in Vanderbilt Medical Center. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of Mack Counts and Lee Savanna Tyler-Vaughn and stepfather, George Randy Smith, who survive. Mr. Counts was employed by the City of Fayetteville as truck operator. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Yvonne Butler Counts of Fayetteville; two sons, Eric Abram Counts and James Zackary Mack Counts; and daughter, Kami Leeann Counts, all of Wildwood, Ga.; step-children, Eddie Motl of Michigan, Chris Motl of Fayetteville, Crystal Beddingfield of Fayetteville, Ronnie Motl of Fayetteville and Robert Godinez of Fayetteville; sister, Santana Elizabeth Counts of Fayetteville and Randi Laura Leigh Smith of Hazel Green; one niece, Bristol Leigh Elizabeth Perry of Hazel Green; step-sister, Robin Carlisle of Fayetteville; aunt and uncle, Janice and Walter Thompson of Fayetteville; six step-grandchildren; special friends, Eddie Plunkett and Karen Russell; and beloved pets, Rena and Saul. Memorial services were conducted Monday at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Langford officiating. Burial was in the Flintville Cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Angie Marie Frazier, 48, of Ardmore, Ala., died Saturday (Oct. 5, 2013) at her home in Ardmore, Ala. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Taft Full Gospel Church in Taft with Bro. Harold Boggs officiating. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Ardmore. Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Landon Harold Lewis, five-week-old son of Matthew Lewis and Katie Harbin Lewis of Elkmont, Ala., died Sunday (Oct. 6, 2013) at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Gatlin Cemetery with Bro. Tony Boyles officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Lee Reed, 82, of Fayetteville died Friday morning (Oct. 11, 2013) in Lincoln Care Center. Mrs. Reed was a native of Lewisburg and the daughter of the late Orvis and Rosa Lee Wise. She was a homemaker, former employee of Serbin Fashion and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include two daughters, Ramona Malone and husband, Dickey, Sherry Reed, and son, Jody Reed, all of Fayetteville; two sisters, Melba Morton and Delores Cole, both of Lewisburg; and a grandson, Jason Malone of Fayetteville. Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Morris Reed; sons, Jimmy and Johnny Reed. There will be no services at the funeral home. “Do not ask me to remember. Don’t try to make me understand. Let me rest and know you’re with me. Kiss my cheek and hold my hand. I’m confused beyond your concept.    I am sad and sick and lost. All I know is that I need you. To be with me at all cost. Do not lose your patience with me. Do not scold or curse or cry. I can’t help the way I’m acting. Can’t be different though I try. Just remember that I need you. That the best of me is gone. Please don’t fail to stand beside me. Love me ‘til my life is done. ~ Author unknown, “Love finds a way”. Higgins Funeral Home assisted the Reed family.

Marcia J. Sanders, 55, a resident of Ardmore, Ala., and secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Ardmore Veterans in Ardmore, died Saturday (Oct. 12, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Lynn Marshall officiating. Burial was in Hasting Cemetery in Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Shelton, 68, of Flintville, died Sunday (Oct. 6, 2013) at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on March 28, 1945 in Maury County, the late Myrtle and Mattie Bennett welcomed to the world one of their six children, Ruth Bennett.  She married the love of her life on Jan. 14, 1966, James Shelton, Jr., and they made their home in Lincoln County. Ms. Shelton was very passionate about getting up very early on Saturday mornings and going to all the yard sales she could find. Her children will remember her as the seamstress of the family. She enjoyed making clothes for her family and friends. Ms. Shelton is preceded in death by her husband, James Shelton, Jr.; parents, Myrtle and Mattie Bennett; siblings, Ollie Bennett, Billy Bennett and Ann May Boshers. She survived by her children, Andy (Michelle) Shelton of Ethridge, Martie (Joe) Burdette of Flintville, Patricia (Tyler) Moore of Fayetteville, Tonia (Chris) Walls of Ethridge, Tamarra (Jason) Tucker of Flintville; grandchildren, Derek, Danielle, Brittany, Haley, Coleman, James David, Destiny and Hunter; great-grandchildren, Grace, Lucas and Sofia; sister, Barbara (Robert) Bolton of Mt. Pleasant and Ruby Isbell of Summertown. Private family services will be conducted. On-line condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com. Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Steelman, 56, of Lynchburg, died Wednesday evening (Oct. 9, 2013) at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville after a brief illness. Mary Ann was born Dec. 13, 1956, in Huntland to Billy Thomas Neal and Glenda Josephine Fanning Neal. She was educated in Lynchburg and was a graduate of Moore County High School. She was a graduate of Motlow State College School of Nursing, receiving her associate degree. She was a registered nurse employed at Bedford County Nursing Home, Bedford County Hospital and Glen Oaks Nursing Home. At the time of her illness, she was administrator at Celebration Way Assisted Living in Shelbyville. She was an active member of County Line Church of Christ. Survivors include her devoted children, Samantha Rhea Steelman, fiancée of Robert Mathis, and Thomas Brice Steelman and his fiancée, Kelly Langford, all of Lynchburg; her parents, Bill and Jo Neal of Flat Creek Community; her two brothers, Tommy Neal, Jr., and his wife, Karen, of Tullahoma, Lance Neal and his wife, Jan, of Franklin; her precious four grandchildren, Emily Ann, Kuper Daniel, Daisy Abigail and Josephine Camille “Josie”; also surviving are her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of loving friends. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Jennings Moore-Cortner Chapel with Leo Bechard and Jimmy Jeans officiating. Interment followed in Lynchburg Cemetery, Lynchburg. Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, www.moorecortner.com, in charge of arrangements.

Robert (Bobby) L. Stevenson, 82, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Oct. 10, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was born in Lincoln County on May 8, 1931 to the late Aubon and Lela May Gatlin Stevenson and lived most of his life in Memphis. He was retired from Memphis Light, Gas and Water, a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Korean War, and a member of the Egam Community Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Rachael Abrega Stevenson; son, Robert L. (R.L.) Stevenson, Jr.; second wife, Peggy Marie Stevenson; sister and brother-in-law, Veatrice Stevenson and Paul Taylor. Mr. Stevenson is survived by his wife, Millie Jo Stevenson of Fayetteville; son, Darren Mann of Lynchburg; nieces, Brenda Taylor Ingram, Diane and Ronnie Hartley, Debra Taylor, Delores Taylor Weatherington, all of Memphis; nephews, James Taylor, Sr., Paul and Joanne Taylor, both of Memphis; and several great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Saturday in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Marine Smith officiating. Burial followed in Kirkland Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Doris Phipps Thomas, 75, of Fayetteville, died Thursday morning (Oct. 10, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Putnam County, Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of the late Frank and Treva Sparks Phipps and was a homemaker. Survivors include daughter, Sharon Thomas Faison (George) of Decatur, Ala.; son, Paul Ellis Thomas (May) of Decatur, Ala.; daughter, Andrea Thomas McCurry (Paul) of Brentwood; grandchildren, Courtney Claire Parsons, Elisa Landess Faison, Emily Andrea Faison, Eva Marie Faison, Sofia Marie Thomas, Ethan Samuel Thomas, Duncan Paul McCurry and Cullen Thomas McCurry; brother, Charles Phipps (Linda) of Fayetteville; two sisters, Wanda Harwell and Carol Padgett, both of Monterey; sister-in-law, Ruth Whitt of Hazel Green, Ala.; brother-in-law, Earl Thomas (Paula) of Murfreesboro; brother-in-law, Glenn Thomas (Joan) of Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Ellis Thomas; daughter, Pamela Thomas Parsons; sister, Velma Zornes; and brother-in-law, Ralph Whitt. Graveside services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Blanche Cemetery with the Rev. Evan Garner officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Vargo, 95, of Fayetteville died Saturday (Oct. 5, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., on March 21, 1918 to the late Boldizar and Julia Nemeti Torok. She was a food product manager for BeMo Foods, a member of the Red Hat Society and a member of Old Paths Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, her husband, Steve Vargo, precedes her in death. Mrs. Vargo is survived by her daughter, Esther and Walt Dahnke of Fayetteville; son, Stephen and Nancy Vargo of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens in Avon Park, Fla. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James Milton Warren, 81, of Janesville, Wis., passed away at his home on Monday (Sept. 23, 2013). He was born in Toney, Ala. on Sept. 29, 1931, the son of Ollie and Bertha (Daniel) Warren. He graduated from Flintville High School, received a B.S. degree, graduating summa cum laude from San Francisco State University, an M.S. degree in secondary education from the University of South California and an education specialist degree from U-W Stout. James served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 until 1968 and was discharged as a chief master sergeant. He was employed by the Colby, Wis., School District as a teacher, counselor and guidance counselor for 23 years until retiring. James married Nancy Zielsdorf in 1950. She died in 1994. He married Helen (Dampier) Kline in April 1995. He was a life member of the V.F.W., the American Legion, the National Education Association and the Wisconsin Education Association. James was a member of the Air Force Association, the Air Force Sergeants Association and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Janesville. James Warren is survived by his wife, Helen Warren; two daughters, Sandra (Richard) Janiszewski of Wausau, Wis., and Heidi Warren of Janesville; two step-children, Darla (Alex) Luby and Donald (Julie) Kline of Janesville; nine grandchildren, Angela, Kristin, Ryan, Andrew, Elena, Roxanna, Cristian, Anthony and Jason; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Jeanine) of Huntsville, Ala.; and two sisters, Carolyn Allen of Huntsville, Ala., and Ann Sanders of Muncie, Ind. In addition to his first wife, Nancy, and his parents, a brother, David, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 27, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2015 Kellogg Avenue, Janesville, with Pastor Randall Senn officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. Graveside services with military rites will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, Wis. Henke-Clarson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.