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Obituaries for Oct. 3 edition

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Opal Louise Balaban, 99, died Friday (Sept. 28, 2012) in Fayetteville. A graveside service was held Saturday at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Hixson. North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist in charge of arrangements.

Wilbert Bean, 62, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Sept. 27, 2012) at Lincoln Care Center. Mr. Bean was a native of Winchester, the son of the late Athen and Mamie Johnson Bean. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Winchester and a Vietnam Army veteran. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ramsey Bean; brother, Herman D. Bean; and sister, Bonnie D. Rowe. Survivors include a daughter, Celeste Bean of Midwest City, Okla.; brothers, Athen (Barbara) Bean, Jr., of Winchester, Donald (Peggy) Bean of Fayetteville, George (Brenda) Bean of Raeford, N.C., Robert (Rita) Bean of Decatur, Ga., Larry Bean of San Diego, Calif., Walter (Geri) Bean of Kansas City, Mo., Mark (Karen) Bean of Marietta, Ga.; step-children, Vernal Ramsey, Jimmie Ramsey, both of Fayetteville, Regina (Troy) Ramsey-Tate of Murfreesboro; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Edward Wayne Beard, 55, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Sept. 27, 2012) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was a general contractor in construction. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Cara Sue Brady, 65, of Tullahoma, died Thursday (Sept. 27, 2012) at General Hospital in Nashville. Mrs. Brady was a native of Lincoln County, the daughter of the late Oscar Doc and Cara Louise Mearse Brady. She was a dietary cook and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Tullahoma. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Brady, and brother, Woodrow Smith. Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Brady of Lynchburg; sons, Mark and Alice Brady of Manchester, Ray Brady of Lynchburg; sisters, Kathleen Sons of Lynchburg, Josie Phelps of Tullahoma; brother, Joe Taylor of Alabama; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. James Riddle officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Billy Elliott, 76, of Ardmore, died Monday (Sept. 24, 2012) at Ardmore on Main in Ardmore. A graveside service was held Wednesday afternoon at Hasting Cemetery with Bro. Carl Witty officiating. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Massey Polly Faulkner, 90, of Petersburg, died Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late John and Callie Whitsett Massey. Mrs. Faulkner was a former employee of Serbin Fashions and Carter’s Drug Store and was a member of the Howell First Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Janice Polly Spray and husband, Bill, of Harker Heights, Texas; grandchildren, Tanna Warren and husband, Joe, of Shelbyville, Andy Polly and John Polly, both of Culleoka, Teresa S. Helbert of Temple, Texas, Billy Spray of Harker Heights and Timothy Wayne Spray of Bellview, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Lauren Warren, J.T. Marrero, Chanae Spray, Jeremy Helert; and a very special friend, Walter Quick of Elora. Mrs. Faulkner was preceded in death by son, Johnny Polly, and second husband, J.C. Faulkner. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Arrick officiating. Burial followed in Old Orchard Cemetery beside her first husband, Clay Polly. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Ruth McCaferty Harris, 93, of Fayetteville died Tuesday morning (Sept. 25, 2012). She was a native of Petersburg, Pa., and the daughter of the late James and Minnie May Stevens McCaferty. Mrs. Harris served aboard the U.S.S. Rescue during WWII as a Navy nurse, was a nurse for Dr. Ben Marshall and after her retirement was a caregiver for more than 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Mayes and husband, Hu, of Dickson and Patty Patrick and husband, Chuck, of Fayetteville; six grandchildren, James Matthew Mayes and wife, Teresa, Patricia Mayes Terry and husband, Bill, Chad Patrick and wife, Alicia, Walt Patrick and Jennie, Ben Patrick and Whitney and Bea Patrick; 10 great-grandchildren, Kayla Mayes, Matthew Mayes, Jemmah Mayes, Harrison Terry, Andrew Terry, Taylor McCoy, Chase Patrick, Alivia Patrick, Sam Patrick, Wyatt Patrick; and brother, William McCaferty. Memorial services were conducted Saturday morning at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tommy Ward officiating. Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, The Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church or the Dickson First United Methodist Church. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Alan Lee “Toby” Hornbuckle, 38, a resident of Huntsville, Ala., and a cab dispatcher, died Sunday  (Sept. 23, 2012) at his residence. Memorial services were conducted Saturday morning in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Edward J. Kosowski, age 88, of Fayetteville, and husband of Sarah Russell, passed away at his home Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2012). A native of Chicago, Ill., he was a veteran of WW II and fought in the battle of Hurricane Forest. Following his military service, he worked in the Chicago area as a physical therapist, sheet metal fabricator and in various sales positions. Upon his retirement in 1992 he moved to Cookeville, and in 2006 he moved to Lincoln County with his wife. He attended Victory Pentecostal Church, was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a very intelligent man and as a walking encyclopedia with the correct answer to any question. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Russell of Fayetteville; daughter, Karen Kosowski of Chicago; sons, Edward J. Kosowski of Denver, Col., and Steven Kosowski of California; step-daughter, Kellei Wright of Fayetteville; step-grandchildren, Chrystal Nicole Britton, Joshua Thomas Britton, Caleb Daniel Britton and Liam Morgan Rydberg.  A memorial service was conducted Saturday at the Victory Pentecostal Church with Ron Wood and Charles Mayo officiating. Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Loretta H. McCown, 82, of Germantown, died Friday (Sept. 28, 2012) at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. McCown, Jr.  Mrs. McCown was born in Beckley, West Virginia and raised in Richmond, Va. She was married in 1953 in Richmond and then moved with her husband to Little Rock, Ark., Indianapolis, Ind., and finally to Memphis in 1974 where she worked for Burch, Porter and Johnson Law Firm.  Mrs. McCown was a member at Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova. She was a loving wife and devoted mother. Mrs. McCown leaves her daughter, Sue M. Clark, and her husband, G. Edmond Clark, of Germantown; her son, James E. McCown, III, and his wife, Lorie H. McCown, of Fredericksburg, Va.; her sister, Nancy Harris, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and grandchildren, J. Edmond Clark, G. David Clark, Anna M. Clark, Thomas J. McCown, Rachel M. McCown and Samuel G. McCown. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at Memorial Park Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Rosehill Cemetery in Fayetteville. Memorials can be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.         

Linda Gail O’Rear, 63, well-known Maury County educator, died Saturday (Sept. 29, 2012) at her residence following an extended illness. Miss O’Rear was born April 12, 1949 in Columbia to the late John (J.B.) and Louise Hines O’Rear.  She was a 1967 graduate of Columbia Central High School and earned degrees from both Columbia State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University.  She began her 35-year teaching career in 1971 at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School.  The remaining 33 years were dedicated to Highland Park Elementary School in Columbia.  She dearly loved her career and volunteered in several capacities after her retirement. Even though teaching was much of her life, she made time for family, friends, and community.  A loyal member of the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club, she worked tirelessly for many hours in the Mule Day office.  Her hobbies included camping and dancing and she was a member of the Duck River Squares and Silver Creek Cloggers. Miss O’Rear is survived by her devoted sister and caregiver, Anita (A.J.) Williams of Fayetteville, formerly of Columbia; nieces, Angie (Jim) Hatfield of Hazel Green, Ala., and Julia (Chris) Jernigan of Tullahoma; great-nieces, Amber and Addison Hatfield; uncle and aunt, Ralph and Clarice Ussery of Columbia; and several cousins.  She was preceded in death by a nephew, Danny P. Williams. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday afternoon at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Peery officiating. Tina Weatherford will also participate. Burial will follow, near the sunset hour, at Polk Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Buddy Harlan, Bobby Kilpatrick, Doug Rutherford, Jeremy Tosh, Rob Howell and Danny Fox. Honorary pallbearers will be Highland Park Elementary School co-workers, Audrey Payne, Leon Whitlach and her NACO camping friends. The family expresses their sincere gratitude to Lori Adams and Brenda Malugin of Caris Hospice; Peggy Prentice; MRH-EMS team; supportive friends and compassionate neighbors; Dr. Belinda Bart and staff at Northside Medical Professionals, Dr. Robert MacArthur; and Dr. Grant Barr and staff. The family suggests that those desiring give back in some way to family, friends, and community by volunteering your time or by sponsoring a child-in-need, c/o Highland Park Elementary School,1606 Highland Avenue, Columbia 38401 or a school of choice; Community Christmas Card, c/o THE DAILY HERALD, 1115 South Main Street, Columbia 38401, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place  Memphis, TN 38105. Notes of sympathy may be extended at oakesandnichols.com.  

Richard D. “Hunk” Shannon, 71, of Hiram, Ga., formerly of Ardmore, died Friday (Sept. 28, 2012) at Wellstar Community Hospice in Austell, Ga. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Bradford officiating. Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Peggy Wynelle Smith, 82, a resident of Toney, Ala., died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2012). A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.