Fayette County, Tennessee
Obituaries


Cassie Odell Taylor-Chambers Obituary
Daughter of James L. Taylor & Cora Sain-Taylor
Wife of Alfred Maurice Chambers
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette County Review - Fayette Co TN - March 2004
Mrs. Cassie Odell Taylor-Chambers, a resident of Somerville and native Fayette Countian, died at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 14, 2004, at the National Healthcare Center in Somerville where she has been a resident for the past nineteen months. She was 92 years of age and died following an extended illness of several years. Funeral services were conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 16th at the Peebles Funeral Chapel in Somerville with Dr. Leo Powers, Minister of the Somerville Church of Christ, officiating. He was assisted by Ministers Phil Baucom and Robert Brown. Interment was in the Somerville City Cemetery. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Chambers was born December 7, 1912 in the Macon Community of Fayette County, the daughter of the late James L. Taylor and the late Cora Sain Taylor. She was educated in the Fayette County Public School system and was married in 1932 to Alfred Maurice Chambers, former contractor and carpenter, who preceded her in death on October 4, 1981. Mrs. Chambers was a homemaker and salesperson throughout her life. She was employed for a number of years in the portrait studio of Goldsmith's Department Stores in Memphis before her retirement. She had been a resident of Fayette and Shelby Counties for most of her life and was a longtime member of the Church of Christ with memberships at the Macon Road Church of Christ in Memphis and in recent years at the Somerville Church of Christ. Her interests included traveling, sewing and flower gardening as long as health permitted. She will be remembered as a person with Christian principles with a lifelong concern and support to her family.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by two daughters, Janie Joyce Anderson and Charlotte Baucom, both of Memphis; two sons, Calvin Chambers of Memphis, Shirley Chambers of Moscow; two sisters, Opal Tapp and Janie Dilliard, both of Somerville; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Casketbearers were Jarod Anderson, Nicholas Baucom, James Chambers, Calvin Chambers, Jr., Ryan Hampton and Kevin Waller. The family request that memorials be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Church of Christ.


Kitty Vera Chambers-Chandler Obituary
Daughter of Charles W. Chambers & Emma Sue Johnson
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

The Commercial Appeal - Sep 21, 2004
SOMERVILLE - Kitty Vera Chambers-Chandler, 94, homemaker and former co-owner of Chandler Service Station in Houston, died Sunday at Gallaway Nursing Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Bethel Cemetery in Rossville. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Rossville United Methodist Church. Mrs. Chandler, the widow of William Chandler, leaves a nephew who took care of her, Stewart Y. Chambers Jr. of Rossville. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Rossville United Methodist Church or New Bethel Cemetery Association.


Cora A. Simmons-Fletcher Obituary
Wife of James Robert Fletcher
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon newspaper - Jan 27, 1944
Fletcher, Cora, 79, died Jan 20 1944. Survived by six children, Berry Fletcher, Mrs Tom Wade, Rossville, Miss Eureatha Fletcher, Moscow, Mrs Emma Bishop, Whiteville, Frank F., Memphis, Lloyd Fletcher, Lenoir city. Mrs Lula Pittman, Collierville. Buried at Bethlehem-Moscow Cemetery.


James Robert Fletcher Obituary
Son of Robert B. Fletcher & Sarah Jane Chambers
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon newspaper - Mar 26, 1936
Fletcher, J.R., 74, died at his home near Moscow, Monday afternoon after an illness of several months. Burial in Bethleham-Moscow Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Cora Fletcher & six children, Mrs. Tom Wade, Miss Eureatha Fletcher, Berry & Lloyd Fletcher of Moscow, Frank Fletcher, Memphis & Mrs. Roy Bishop, Fayette Corner.


John Wiley Fletcher Obituary
Son of Robert B. Fletcher & Sarah Jane Chambers
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon - Fayette Co TN, Oct 1933
John W. FLETCHER, native of Fayette Co. died Saturday Oct 14, 1933 at his home ten miles east of Somerville. He was a victim of pneumonia and had been ill only a short time. He was born near Somerville on Jan 31, 1855 and spent his entire life in Fayette Co. Member of Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Church and served as choir leader many years. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Hill Church with J.T. Davis officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Mrs Margaret Daugherty-Fletcher, four daughters Mrs Millard Smalley, Whiteville and Mrs J.J. Arrowood, Mrs Annie Brannon and Mrs Bessie Steele, Somerville. A son John W. Fletcher Jr., Somerville. A brother, two sisters and fourteen grandchildren.


Maggie Fletcher Obituary
Wife of Jonathan Wiley Fletcher
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon - Fayette Co TN, Feb 27, 1942
"Fletcher - Mrs. Margaret F., 83, widow of John Fletcher died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs Millard Smalley near Whiteville. She had lived in Whiteville community all her life. Member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Survived by four daughters, Mrs Smalley, Mrs Donnie Davis, Memphis. Mrs Bessie Steele and Mrs J.J. Arrowood, Somerville and two sons John Fletcher, Whiteville and Bunyan Freedman, Texas. Services at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Rev. R.E. Langhmer of Jackson officiated. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery."


Marlin Black Fletcher Obituary
Contributed by, Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon Newspaper
M.B. Fletcher b. Nov. 18 1897, d. Sept. 14 1924 age 26 years 9 months 27 days. He was a true Christian boy. Member of Primitive Baptist Church. Leaves a wife and infant son, aged parents and five sister, Mrs. Frank Barham of Mississippi, Mrs. J.W. Steele of Somerville, Mrs. J.J Arrowood of Somerville, Mrs. C.W. Jones of Jackson and two brothers J.W. Fletcher Jr. of Mississippi, and W.B. Freeman of Arkansas. He died of a dread disease of tuberculosis.


Roy Dale Fletcher Obituary
Contributed by, Sharon Smith

Unknown Newspaper - Bolivar TN - April 1994
Roy Dale Fletcher, 51, formerly of Memphis and Somerville owner-operator of R&D Heating and Air Condition Co of Somerville, died Monday of cancer at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at 3pm today at Mt Olive Baptist Church near here with burial in Mt Olive Cemetery. Pebbles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville has charge. He was a Baptist and a veteran. Mr Fletcher the husband of Glenda Gail Fletcher who also leaves one daughter Leigh Fletcher of Byhalia Miss and one son Bradley Fletcher of Bolivar; three sisters Artie England of Byhalia MS, Brenda Porter of Bolivar, Carrol Heath of Michigan; three brothers William Fletcher of Memphis, Michael Fletcher of Byhalia MS and Danny Fletcher of Houston TX; his grandmother Emma Ross Kilbreath of Piggott AR.


Wesley Blick Fletcher Obituary
Son of Wesley Black Fletcher & Emma Alice Stephens
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Bolivar Bulletin - Fayette Co TN, November 1966
Truck Driver Killed In Crash: Services for Wesley Fletcher of Hickory Valley Incomplete. A Hickory Valley truck driver was killed in a head on collision on Highway 72, one mile west of Collierville Tuesday morning. Wesley Fletcher, 43, driver for J.L. Chambers, was en route to Marks Miss with a load of cottonseed when his truck and a Corvair driven by Miss Janet Ann Fish of Memphis collided. Miss Fish, daughter of U.A. Fish was also killed in the accident. Mr Fletcher lived in Fayette county before moving to Hickory Valley six or seven years ago. He had been driving for J.L. Chambers Trucking firm for three years. He leaves his wife Mrs May Henley-Fletcher and Danny Ray Fletcher all of Hickory Valley; three daughters, Artie Fletcher, Branda Fletcher and Carrol Fletcher all of Hickory Valley; his mother Mrs W.C. Ross of Piggott AR; two half brothers David Glover of the U.S. Marines California; Junior Ross of Piggott AR; five half sisters, Mrs Mary Frances Jackson and Mrs Alice Reeves both of Indianapolis Ind; Mrs Lela Mai Dishman of Evansville Ind, Mrs Inez Hodge of Hornaby and Mrs Grace Jones of Joliet ILL. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Shackelford Funeral Home is in charge.


Mr. Hinton Holloway Obituary
Transcribed by, Marla Zwakman

Memphis Daily Avalanche (2 May 1868)
Died, at the residence of J. H. Kee, near Somerville, Tennessee, on the 27th day of April, 1868, Mr. Hinton Holloway, aged seventy years. The deceased was a native of Wake county, North Carolina, and for many years a resident of Fayette county, Tennessee and Dallas county, Arkansas, where he has numerous friends.

Samuel G. Litton Obituary
Transcribed by, Amanda Jowers

The Weekly Nashville Union, (Nashville, TN) Wednesday, April 09, 1845; Issue 45; col G
Died, at La Grange, Tenn., on the 26th March, SAM'L G., infant son of Rev. Samuel G. and Mary Litton, of that place.


John Manley Obituary
Transcribed by, Marla Zwakman

Memphis Daily Avalanche (3 July 1867)
The Fayette Falcon, printed at Somerville, says: “We learn that John Manley, an old man upward of sixty years of age, who resided near Oakland, in this county, committed suicide on the 17th instant, by shooting himself through the neck with a shot gun.”

Jesse Morgan Obituary
Transcribed by, Amanda Jowers

The Weekly Nashville Union, (Nashville, TN) [Wednesday], [April 23, 1845]; Issue 46; col G
Died, in Moscow, Fayette county, Tenn., on the 6th instant, in the 40th year of his age, JESSE MORGAN, originally from Jones county, Georgia.


Robert N. Nesbitt, Esq. Obituary
Transcribed by, Marla Zwakman

Memphis Daily Avalanche (25 Oct. 1867)
Died, in Somerville, Tennessee, on the 15th instant, after an illness of about ten days, Robert N. Nesbitt, Esq., in the forty second year of his age. He was the oldest born citizen of that place. His father, Nathan Nesbitt, was one of the first settlers of the town, and kept one of the first hotels, which was situated on the north east corner of the square, where now stands the brick hotel. The building was burned down many years ago. Robert was born on the 26th of September, 1826. His father died while he was an infant, and his mother died some years afterward, leaving him but a youth. He was a practical printer, having learned the business in the office of the Somerville Reporter, with John C. Reeves, Esq. He afterward read law, and was admitted to the bar. He filled several responsible positions of trust in the county; was for some time Chairman of the County Court. He was a man of fair order of intellect, quick perception, and possessed fine conversational powers. He had many warm friends who will regret his death. He leaves a widow and two small children, and an only sister, to mourn his loss.

Eunice Jeannette Chambers-Privette Obituary
Daughter of Robert Lee Chambers & Mollie Lou Johnson
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette County Review - Fayette Co TN, Feb 6, 2003
Mrs. Jeanette Chambers-Privette, resident of Warren Road near Somerville and native Fayette Countian, died at 11:15 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2003 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis where she had been a patient for one week. Mrs. Privette was 85 years of age and was the wife of the late J.C. Privette who died in 1984. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Privette were incomplete at press time and will be announced by the Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville.

The Commercial Appeal - Fayette Co TN, Feb 5, 2003
JEANETTE CHAMBERS-PRIVETTE, 85, of Somerville, Tenn., homemaker, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Macon (Tenn.) United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with burial in New Bethel Cemetery near Rossville, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville has charge. She was a former member of Macon Home Demonstration Club and Macon Quilting Club and a former president and treasurer of Good Springs Cemetery Association. Mrs. Privette, the widow of J.C. Privette, leaves three daughters, Patricia DeMartini of Brandywine, Md., Louise Spann of Brentwood, Tenn., and Dianne Koffman of Nashville; a brother, Harry Fleming of Southaven, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Macon United Methodist Church.


Nettie Gertrude Fletcher-Smalley Obituary
Daughter of Jonathan Wiley Fletcher & Margaret Abigail Daugherty
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon - Fayette Co TN, July 1971
Smalley, Rites at Mt. Olive - Services were held Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church for Mrs. Nettie Gertrude Smalley of Whiteville. Burial was in church cemetery under the direction of Shackelford Funeral Home. Mrs Smalley, widow of James M. Smalley, died Sunday in Baptist Hospital in Memphis. She was 81. She is survived by a brother, John West Fletcher of Somerville and two sisters Mrs Annie Revel of Senatobia, Tate Co MS and Mrs Bertie Arrowood of Portland Ore.


Bessie Blanche Fletcher-Steele Obituary
Daughter of Jonathan Wiley Fletcher & Margaret Abigail Daughtery
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon - Fayette Co TN, Feb 1942
Steele, Bessie Fletcher, 53, died Feb 12, 1942, widow of John Steele who died 1923, Commercial Appeal Agent in Somerville 17yrs. Two children preceeded her in death. Survived by three sons, Vernon Steele of Compton CA, Ercel Steele of Salome, La Paz Co AZ, Fay Steele of Gunter Field AL.


John W. Steele Obituary
Husband of Bessie Blanche Fletcher
Contributed by,
Sharon Smith

Fayette Falcon, Fayette Co TN, Feb 29, 1924
Last Friday night, John Steele and his family were awakened at their home just out of Somerville by the house being on fire and the flames had gone so far, entire house and contents were destroyed and three of the inmates lost their lives, Mr. Steele, his second son Olaf and C.P. Boothe, who with his wife and baby were guests in the Steele home. Being awakened at that hour and in the excitement it seems all of both families made it safely except Fay Steele, the youngest son who was sleeping in the upstairs room. The two families did not know who was out and who was still trapped. Mr. Boothe rushed back into the building to bring his wife and baby to safety. However they were already out. He was caught inside and burned to death. Mr. Steele rushed back inside and received such serious wounds that he died the next day. Olaf the twelve year old went to an upstairs room and rescued his brother Fay by awakening him and getting him through a window and then started out the same window and caught by the sash falling on him and holding him fast. He died a few hours later. Mr. Boothe leaves his widow and a small child. Mr. Steele leaves his widow and three boys. Mr. Steele had been for a number of years manager of Somerville Water Mill. Mr. Boothe was born and reared just east of town and only recently moved to Pinson to enter Dairy farming and relatives. Mr. Steele and his son are buried at Somerville Cemetery and Mr. Boothe at Sardis Cemetery 10 miles east of town. Mrs. Steele and children are living temporarily in Methodist Parsonage.