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Obituaries for Oct. 17 edition

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Mrs. Louise Bullard, age 69, of Taft, died Sunday (Oct. 14, 2012) at her residence. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Chauncey Leroy and Olive Christine Duggan Smith. She was a housewife and a member of the Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jimmy D. Bullard of Taft; daughters, Christine Lanee Higginbotham of Sugarland, Texas, and Suzanne Louise Newman of Ardmore; sons, Gerald Curtis Goodwin and Clifton Leroy Goodwin, both of Hartselle, Ala., and Jimmy Delton Bullard, Jr., of Sikeston, Mo.; sister, Jaqueline Kerce of Yulee, Fla.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Rusty Lincoln officiating. Burial will follow in Golightly Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Vicky Leen McKin Cramer, 53, of Ardmore, died Monday morning (Oct. 15, 2012) at her residence.  She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of Aaron McKin and the late Frances Holt McKin Collier. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus. Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Randall Lee Cramer of Ardmore; daughter, Keisheila Cote of Nevada; grandchildren, Carryn, Deante, Justice, Chase, Charley Ann, Aubrey; sister, Diane McKin Hunt of Ardmore; brother, Stanley (Katie) McKin of Fayetteville; sister, Jeanette McKin of Fayetteville; sister, Debbie Payton of Toney, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bernice Jane Edwards, age 80, of Fayetteville, went to be with the Lord Saturday (Oct. 13, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center, surrounded by her husband of 62 years and children. Graveside services were to be conducted Monday morning in Campbell Cemetery with Richard Rogers officiating. Bernice was born June 12, 1932 in Chillicotte, Ill., the daughter of Alexander and Badia Ayoub Lakis. She married John Edwards on June 18, 1950. Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Dillon of Fayetteville; two sons, David (Donna) Edwards of Fayetteville and Victor (Pat) Edwards of Baton Rouge, La.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, George, Louis and Victor. She worked as a comptroller for many years. Bernice was a member of Liberty Church of Christ where she was active for many years before becoming disabled. Bernice enjoyed cooking and preparing Mediterranean foods for her loved ones. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mildred Shelton Gault, age 87, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday afternoon (Oct. 12, 2012) at her daughter-in-law’s home in Estill Springs. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Clarence Wilson and Maude Osborne Shelton, a retired nurse and a member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include her grandson and special caregiver for more than three years, Jason Gault of Greenville, S.C.; sisters, Louise Raby of Fayetteville and Velma Marty of Meridianville, Ala.; and brother, Eurcil Shelton of Fayetteville. She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Gault, her sister, Odell Patrick, and her brother, J. D. Shelton. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Ward officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Ira Goodrich Gault, who passed away in 1976. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Jack Eric Hall, age 86, of Fayetteville, passed away passed away Thursday night (Oct. 11, 2012) in Donalson Care Center. He was a native of San Pedro, Cal., and the son of the late Fred C. and Adelaide Cobb Hall. Mr. Hall was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during WW II. He was a former truck driver and was a speech and hearing consultant for the State of Tennessee. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Kidd Hall of Fayetteville; daughter, Margaret Ann Hall Roman and husband Brent of Santa Cruz, Cal.; granddaughter, Claire Elisabeth Roman of Santa Cruz, Cal.; brother, Fred C. Hall, Jr. of Cookeville; brother-in-law, James and Roberta Kidd; and sister-in-law Jessie McFerrin. A graveside service was conducted Saturday afternoon at Lebanon Cemetery with Dr. Calvin Todd officiating. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family of Jack Eric Hall.

Fred Allen Higgins, 63, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Oct. 9, 2012) at his residence. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Allen Edward and Jewell Higgins Higgins. He was a brick mason. Survivors include a daughter, Jazmon Higgins of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Vince and Kevin Higgins, both of Fayetteville; three sisters, Judy Tucker, Lynette Carlisle and Nancy Price, all of Fayetteville; two brothers, Bobby Joe Higgins and Calvin Edward Higgins, both of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren, Morgan, Sloan and Ally Higgins. Graveside services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Carter Hills Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to the Coldwater Methodist Church. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hilda Irene Edmison Hudson, age 91, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Kelso, passed away Sunday (Oct. 2, 2012) in Chicago. Mrs. Kelso was a native of Lincoln County, the daughter of the late Rufus and Lillie Hargrove Smith. She was a housewife. She was the loving mother of six children, Shirley Siedlecki, Fay Garrett, Freeda Mangano, Geri Ciparine, Lee Earl Edmison, Jr. and Gail Juarez; 16 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. She was formerly married to Lee Earl Edmison of Kelso. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial followed in Kelso Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Linda Gayle Privett, 60, a resident of Ardmore, Ala., died Saturday (Oct. 13, 2012) with family by her side. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with burial in Gatlin Cemetery, also in Ardmore. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Leslie Riddle Sapach, 40, of Fayetteville, died Saturday (Oct. 13, 2012) at Vanderbilt Hospital. A native of Harvey, Ill., she was the daughter of Lester Riddle (Nancy) and Brenda Worsham (the late Howard Worsham). She was an LPN at Lincoln Medical Center. Leslie was preceded in death by grandparents, Clarence and Abbie Lillian Riddle and Carl Boren and Isabelle Dye (Bill).  Survivors include a daughter, Ariel May of Huntland; sisters, Lisa Posey (Thomas) of Fayetteville, Lori Yarborough (Lee) of Fosterville and Terri Riddle of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother, Jason Riddle (Amy) of Indianapolis; special friend, Doug Humphries of Fayetteville; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is set for Tuesday (Oct. 16) at 11 a.m. at Parks City Baptist Church.

Jax Warren Scott, infant child of Zachary Scott and Tabitha Broadway Scott of Toney, Ala., died Friday (Oct. 12, 2012). Graveside services were held Sunday afternoon at Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Louis Smartt, 58, died Tuesday (Oct. 9, 2012) at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Bob was a native of Lincoln County, but had spent the past 30+ years in Lewisburg. He was the son of the late Robert Smartt and Mardell Smartt. A brother, Phillip Smartt, also preceded him in death. Bob was the owner and general manager of WAXO 1220 AM, FM, and WAXO TV in Lewisburg. He was a graduate of the Tennessee Institute of Broadcasting. He was instrumental in raising over a million dollars for various civic groups, school groups and charities over the past 20 years. The Lewisburg Elks Lodge named him “Citizen of the Year” in 2012. Bob was a devoted member of the Berean Baptist Church where he also played piano and was the church videographer. According to his daughter, Jeanne Kay, “It’s a great day in Heaven.”  Survivors include his wife, Sharrin Lusco-Smartt of Lewisburg; six children, Terri Lynn (Scott Shoemake) Berry of Huntsville, Ala., Robert Eric Smartt of Madison, Ala., Jeff Carter of Lewisburg, Jennifer “Pie” Carter, Sarah Smartt, both of LaPorte, Ind., and Jeanne Kay Smartt of Lewisburg. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Aaron Berry, Raven Smartt, Savannah Smartt, Avery Carter, Ethan Carter, Paxton Martinez, two sisters, Jackie Hamlin of Fayetteville, Connie Mayhall of Huntsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday from Lifesong Family Church with Bros. Rick Stephens, Tim Atkisson, Rocky Cunningham and James Kinslow officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville. Serving as pallbearers were Ronald “Ronnie” Robinson, Troy Cashion, Scoop Troop, Lanny Bradford, Bobby Hurt, Greg Bradley, David Orr and Norman Dalton. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Boyd Liggett, Chris Gilbert, Todd Ferguson, Hunter Ferguson, Possum Trot Bubba and all WAXO employees both past and present. Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Jeanne Kay Smartt at Bank of America or Heritage Community South Credit Union or the Bob Smartt Memorial Fund from Berean Baptist Church in care of First Commerce Bank. Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Linda Squires, age 59, of Taft, passed away Friday morning (Oct. 12, 2012) in Lincoln Care Center. Mrs. Squires was a native of Plainfield, N.J., and the daughter of the late Otto and Teresa Martinkovic Nodes.  She was employed as a sales clerk. Mrs. Squires’ funeral arrangements will be conducted in Plainfield next week. Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Bain and husband Jeff of Taft, three sons, Edward Squires and wife Sharron of Fayetteville and Thomas and Dan Squires, both of Taft. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Philip Wilson Tucker, age 78, of Fayetteville, formerly of Nashville, passed from this life Saturday (Oct. 13, 2012). Mr. Wilson was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Corders Crossroads to the parents of Earl Wilson and Pauline Phillips Tucker. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Wilson Tucker in April 1943, mother Pauline Tucker Petty in June 2004, step-father A.B. Petty December 2004 and his only brother, Robert Earl Tucker, in December 1953. He was a 23-year veteran of the United States Air Force and later retired from Orkin Pest Control of Nashville. He grew up in Nashville and at age 17 entered the military, spending 23 years touring the world before coming back to Nashville where he spent 39 more years until his illness and was moved to Fayetteville where he passed from this life. He leaves behind many cousins. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Nashville where he will placed beside his brother, mother and step-father. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Robert Gary Watson Sr., 63, of Pulaski, died Monday (Oct. 8, 2012) at his home. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Todd Sharp officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Thomas E. Pardon Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 1, Frankewing, TN 38459. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.