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ATWELL, WILLIE LEE
“Mrs. Willie Lee Atwell, age 74, of St. Joseph, TN passed away Feb. 24, 1982 at Crockett General Hospital after a short illness. She was a native of Wayne Co., TN and a member of St. Joseph Freewill Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late William Lee Mason & Frances Roberson Mason.. She was a housewife. Funeral services were Sat. at 1:00 p.m. at the Loretto Memorial Chapel with Rev. Charles Marable officiating. Burial was in the Odem Chapel Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Mr. Casey M. Atwell, St. Joseph, TN; 1 daughter, Mrs. Faye Winsett, St. Louis, MO.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Pauline Dooley, Florence, AL., Mrs. Vida Craft, Mrs. Madgie Mae Cowart, both of Noblesville, Ind.; 7 step daughters, Mrs. Nora Lee Keener, Iron City, TN, Mrs. Polly Durham, Mrs. Elaine Quillen, both of Loretto, TN, Mrs. Betty Gist, Mrs. Jamie Ruth Benefield, both of Greenhill, AL, Mrs. Barbara Gray, Huntington, TN, Mrs. Eunice Curtis, Nashville, TN; 8 step sons, George Atwell, Wendell Atwell, Johnny Atwell, all from Iron City, TN, James Atwell, Noblesville, Ind., J.E. White, Washington, Bruce White, Idaho, Billy White, Quinton White, both of Nashville, TN; 1 grandson and a number of step grandchildren; 2 half brothers, Louis Mason, Rogersville, Ala., Willie Mason, Florida; one half-sister, Maggie Baggett, Greenhill, Ala.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

BALENTINE, ELLEN ICIE
“Ellen Icie Balentine, Rt. 1, Lutts, Tenn., was born March 4, 1889, the daughter of Elihue and Mattie Vickery Reaves. She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn. And a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. She passed away May 23, 1969 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Verta Weeks, age 80 years, 2 months and 19 days. Survivors include 3 sons, Willard Reaves, Cloverdale, Ala., Vernice Balentine, Lutts, Tenn., Ray Balentine, Cypress Inn, Tenn., 4 daughters, Mrs. Verta Weeks and Mrs. Eunice Petty, Lutts, Tenn., Mrs. Inez King and Mrs. Imogene Tilley, Laurel, Maryland; one brother, George Reaves, Lutts, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Flora McFalls and Mrs. Roxie Reaves, Florence, Ala.; 22 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.”
Information was taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., prepared by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

BATEMAN, THOMAS MONTGOMERY
Services for Thomas Montgomery Bateman were Monday, June 23, at Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah with burial in Clifton Cemetery.
Mr. Bateman, who was 78, died Friday, June 20, at his home. He was a retired from the Navy also civillian Navy employee.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Gladys Leeper Kelley Bateman of Clifton; a step-daughter, Louise K. Davidson of Savannah; two sons, Bruce Bateman and Michael Bateman, both of San Diego, Calif.; three step-sons, Joe Kelley of Savannah, David Kelley of Selmer and Gene Kelley of Clifton; three brothers, Ernest Bateman and Maurice Bateman, both of Nashville and Bill Bateman of Jackson, seven step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
The Lexington Progress, June 25, 1997 - transcribed by AJ

BEVIS, J.W.
“J. W. Bevis, 90 Cloverdale, Rt. 1, died Tuesday at 12 noon at ECM Hospital. He was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., a retired merchant of the Threet’s Crossroads Community and a member of Hendrix Chapel Church of Christ. Services will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. from Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ by Douglas Farley and Robert Brooks. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will be at the funeral home until being placed in the church one hour prior to services. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dewey Kelsey, Tuscumbia; Mrs. Clyde Lovelace, Mrs. Thomas Vess, both of Florence; four sons, Eugene, J. W. James T. Florence; David, Cloverdale; a sister, Mrs. Burt Simon, Lutts, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe, Rt. 4, Florence; Charlie, Florence, Rt. 3, 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Clyde Bevis, Romine Bevis, Delmar Hipps, Joe Bevis, Virgil Balentine and Earnest Balentine.”
Times Daily News, Florence, AL - Note; There was no date on this obit. There is a J. William Bevis buried at Greenview that died 1969 that may be the right person. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

BEVIS, MATTHEW M.
“Matthew M. Bevis, 93, 1050 W. 12th St., Sheffield, died Saturday at 11 a.m. at Colbert County Hospital following a three-week illness. A native of Wayne County, Tennessee, he was a retired farmer. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Murphy’s Chapel with the Rev. Max Burn and the Rev. Virgil Geans officiating. Burial will Follow in the Murphy Chapel Cemetery with Morrison-Elkins of Tuscumbia directing. Survivors include one daughter, Miss Linnie P. Bevis, Sheffield; one son, Arling E. Bevis, Sheffield; one sister, Mrs. Della Gilbert, Tuscumbia; eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The body will remain at the residence until time for the service.”
Daily News, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

BURNS, REV. MACK
Rev. Mack Burns was born May 22, 1901 and died January 23, 1993. Services for him were held Tuesday, January 26, 1993, at 1:00 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Home Chapel in Collinwood, Tennessee. Ministers who conducted the funeral were Bro. Ernest Rich and Bro. Emerald Bailey. Burial was in the Railroad Cemetery.
Information was taken from the remembrance pamphlet at the funeral home. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

BUTLER, REUBEN VERNON
“Reuben Vernon Butler, age 71, Lutts, Tenn. Passed away Saturday, June 11, 1966 at Veterans Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., a native of Decatur County, Tennessee, the son of T.C. and Hulda Hay Butler. Survivors include one sister, Mr. C. K. Stricklin, Reeves, Tenn; 2 brothers, Henry Butler, Savannah, Tenn. And Hobert Butler, Pine Bluff, Ark.; 1 half brother, Wade Butler, Memphis, Tennessee.; a number of nieces and nephews.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., compiled by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

COLLINS, BERNIE JAMES
“Visitation will be Saturday January 30, 2010 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Home in Collinwood, Tennessee. Services will be held on January 31, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., with Josh Stults officiating. Burial will follow in Railroad Cemetery, Iron City, Tennessee. Mr. Collins departed this life on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at his residence in Iron City, Tennessee at the age of 66 years, 8 months, 19 days. He was born May 7, 1943 in Waynesboro, Tennessee, the son of the late John Armstrong and Louiza Atkinson Collins. Mr. Collins was a carpenter, member of the American Legion and served his country in the U.S .Marine Corps He is survived by sons: David M. Collins of Savannah, TN, Richard L. Collins of Port Deposit, MD, Keith A Collins of Raceland, LA, John Collins of Florence, AL; daughter, Michelle A. Staggs of Cypress Inn, TN; grandchildren: Joshua Allen, Felicia Young, Joseph Collins, Kisha Collins, Nathan Collins, Ashley Collins, Megan Young, Amber Collins and Heliey Collins; great grandchild: Tessa Allen; brother, Sammy Collins of Cross Plains, TN. Sisters: Linda Knotts of Harrah, OH, Beatrice Johnson of Florence, AL, nieces & nephews.”
Obit was taken from Shackelford web site. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

COOPER, NANNIE DELL,
“Mrs. Nannie Dell Cooper, 91, Rt. 12, Florence, died Monday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was a native of Clifton, Tenn., had lived in the Florence area many years, and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church at Threets Crossroads, Lauderdale County. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Virgil Gean and the Rev. William E. Poe will officiate. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home of Florence directing. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. John A. Willett, Rt. 12, Florence. Bearers will be Mack Cooper, Roy Cooper, Douglas Cooper, Terry Willett, Joe Cooper, Steve Cooper.”
Times Daily, Florence, Alabama, Date of death was June 12, 1978 - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

CREASY, MACUS MCKINLEY
“Marcus McKinley Creasy, 79 Rt. 3, Florence, died Wednesday at ECM Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a native of Lauderdale County and had resided in Wayne County, Tenn., most of his life. He was the husband of the late Mrs. Clora F. Creasy, a member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, Cypress, Inn, Tenn., and a retired farmer. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, with Rev. V.H. Gean and Ernest Roberson officiating. The body will be at Middle Tennessee funeral Home, Waynesboro, until one hour prior to services. Survivors are daughters, Mrs. Ulma Hyde, Muscle Shoals, Mrs. Ruth Needham and Mrs. Lois Carpenter of Florence; sons, James E. Creasy and Herschel F. Creasy of Florence, Vernon Creasy and Leslie Creasy of Cloverdale, Arvel M. Creasy, Huntsville; 28 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Bertha Montgomery, Lutts, Tenn. Grandsons will serve as bearers. “
Times Daily News, Florence, AL Note: Virgil Gean’s clergyman’s record shows date of death, 24 Mar 1976. The record also shows that Mr. Creasy was the son of the late John S. and Betty Arnold Creasy. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

DANIEL, JOHN ROBERT
“Mr. John Robert Daniel age 78, Savannah, Tenn., passed away Nov. 24th, 1966, at Hardin County Hospital, Savannah, Tenn. He was a native of Wayne County, Tennessee and was the son of John and Eliza Whitaker Daniel. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Warrington Daniel, Savannah, Tenn.; 4 sons, William of South Bend, Ind., Earl, Madison and Richard all of Lutts, Tenn.; 4 daughters, Mrs. Gladys Patterson, Guild, Tenn., Mrs. Juanita Combs, Mrs. Bessie Smith both of Savannah, Tenn. And Mrs. Mary Franks, Kress, Texas; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., prepared by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

DANIELS, JAMES SOL
“James Sol Daniels was born February 1, 1911 in Collinwood, Tennessee, the son of Clay Daniels and Camilla Shands Daniels. Mr. Daniels was a farmer. He lived his life in Wayne and Hardin Counties. He died November 30, 1963, at his home in the Walnut Grove Community of Hardin County at the age of 52 years, 9 months and 29 days. He is survived by five brothers, Walter Daniels, Chicago, Ill., Melvin and Bannie Daniels of Savannah, Tenn., Leonard Daniels, Tyronza, Ark., Millard Daniels, Jonesboro, Ark.; one half brother, Mr. Doug Daniels, Savannah, Tenn.; three sisters, Mrs. Roxie Barrier, Savannah, Tenn., Mrs. Willodean Lewis, Somerville, Tenn., Mrs. Gertie Wilhite, Earle, Ark.; two half sisters, Mrs. Minnie Staggs, Collinwood, Tenn., Mrs. Ella Lakey, Artesia, N. M.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

DOOLEY, PAULINE MASON WILLIAMS
“Pauline Dooley died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was 86. Mrs. Dooley was a native of Wayne County, Tenn. She had lived in Cloverdale, Ala., Nashville, Tenn., and Florence, Ala., before going to Life Care Center in Chattanooga in April 1999. She was a member of the Jacksonburg Church of Christ. Survivors are three daughters, Virginia Williams Greer, Boulder. Colo., Laverne Williams Miles, Florence, Ala. Christine Williams Thomshack, Hixon, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. The visitation will be Friday, July 7, 2000, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral will be Saturday, July 8, 2000, at 11 a.m. from Greenview Memorial Chapel in Florence with Gary Gooch officiating. Pallbearers will include Greg Miles, Chris Miles, Keith Lawson, Stan Sherrod, Mike Tomshack, David Tomshack, Don Greer. Tim Plew. Greenview Funeral Home of Florence directing.”
Note: Mrs. Dooley was the daughter of William “Willie” Lee and Frances Roberson Mason, who preceded her in death.
Times/Daily/Friday, July 7, 2000 - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

EATON, JOHNNIE VERNON
“Johnnie Vernon Eaton age 43, born October 15, 1925 at Cypress Inn, Tenn., to Bruce and Irene Eaton. He was a native of Tennessee, but was living at Houston, Texas at the time of his death, due to a stroke. He leaves to mourn his death, his mother, Mrs. Irene Jiles, five children, Jeweldene _____(not legible), Leon Shelby, Pauline, and Nancy Eaton; one brother, Roy Eaton; one half sister, Mrs. Ivol Rainey, one half brother, Charlie Holt; three stepsisters, Mrs. Gertie Bevis, Mrs. Goldie Ayers, Mrs. Esther Eaton; two step brothers, Vernie Holt and Carol Holt; a host of friends and relatives.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

FIELDER, EDNA PEARL MCFALL
“Edna Pearl McFall Fielder was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, on September 22, 1907, the daughter of the late Sim and Alice Bratton McFall. In March, 1940, she was united in marriage to Clyde Fielder, who survives. Mrs. Fielder was a homemaker and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She departed this life on December 2, 1989, at the Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, at the age of 82 years, 2 months, and 10 days. Other than her husband, Clyde, she is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Margaret Smith and Mrs. Frances Michael; one son: Edward Fielder, all of Savannah; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.”
Note; Information taken from Virgil Gean’s clergy records. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

FRANKS, MYRTLE IRENE WHITE
“Myrtle Irene White Franks was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, September 24, 1915, the daughter of the late N.D. and Minnie Williams White. On May 22, 1938, she was united in marriage to Henry Carmack Franks, who preceded her in death on September 20, 1970. Mrs. Franks departed this life April 3, 1988, at the Hardin County General Hospital, at the age of 72 years, 6 months and 10 days. She is survived by 3 daughters, Helen Martin, of Memphis, Tennessee, Barbara Robinson of Savannah and Belinda Moore of Lutts, Tennessee; 2 sons, Paul Keeton Franks, Savannah and Herman Glen Franks of Lutts, TN; one sister, Mrs. Lora White of Savannah and one half-brother, John White of Savannah; 12 grandchildren.”
Note: information was taken from the clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

GEAN, GEORGE WILEY
“George Wiley Gean, 82 Savannah, Tenn., died Monday at Hardin County General Hospital. He was a farmer in the Second Creek Community near Waterloo. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Williams Chapel Methodist Church with J.B. Harper and B.H. Southerland officiating. Burial will be in Williams Chapel Cemetery with Shackleford Funeral Home of Savannah directing. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Emma Hatch Gean; three sons, Homer and Clifford Gean, both of /Second Creek Community, Virgil Gean, Cloverdale; three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Fowler, Savannah, Mrs. Mabel Keele, Iuka, Miss., Mrs. Ruth Williams, Martin, Tenn.; 26 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren.”
From family records: Mr. Gean was born on 14, Nov. 1882, in Wayne County, Tennessee to Wiley Henderson and Nancy Whittaker Gean. He died 29 March 1965.
Times Daily News, Florence - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

GEAN, OPAL MONTGOMERY
“Opal Montgomery Gean, 74, died Tuesday, Oct 24, 2006. Visitation will be 5:30-8 p.m. today at Shackelford Funeral Home, Collinwood, Tenn. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel, with burial in Memorial Gardens. She was the wife of Aaron Gean.”
Times Daily News, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HENSON, MARY ELIZABETH
“COLLINWOOD, Tenn. -- The funeral for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Henson, 94, Route 2, will be at 11 a.m. today at Shackelford Funeral Home chapel, Collinwood. Burial will be in Centenary Cemetery in Lutts. She died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1988, at the Hardin Home in Savannah. She was a native of Tennessee, a housewife, and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include daughters, Gladys Black, Counts; Ester Melson, Collinwood, Edith McFall, Lutts; Etta Jennings and Willie Ellen Franks both of Savannah, Hazel Hardison, Florence, Ala.; son, Eloy Henson, Muscle Shoals, Ala.,; 33 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, W. L. Henson.
Times Daily News, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HENSON, WALTER LEE
“Mr. Walter Lee Henson, age 85, of Collinwood, TN passed away December 8, 1975 at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1890 to the late David and Martha E. Gean Henson. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Stribling on March 20, 1910. To this union was born eight children. Mr. Henson was a retired farmer and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Stribling Henson, Collinwood, TN; one son, Glenn Henson, South Bend, Ind.; six daughters, Mrs. Gladys Black, Counce, TN, Mrs. Esther Melson, Collinwood, TN. Mrs. Edith McFall, Lutts, TN, Mrs. Etta Holt, Savannah, TN, Mrs. Hazel Hardison, Florence, AL, Mrs. Willie Ellon Franks, Flint, Mich.; two brothers, Claude Henson, Forest City, Ark., Lester Henson, Memphis, TN; one sister, Mrs. Pearl Darnell, Forest City, Ark.; 30 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one son, W.L. Henson.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean Sr. compiled by family and Middle Tennessee Funeral Home of Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HICKMAN, CHARLES “CHARLIE”
“WAYNESBORO, Tenn. -- The funeral for Charles “Charlie” Hickman, 48, 229 W. Hollis St., will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Green River Baptist Church, Waynesboro. Burial will be in Waynesboro Memorial Gardens, Shackelford Funeral Home of Waynesboro directing. The body will be at the funeral home until one hour before the service. He died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1988, at his residence after an extended illness. A minister, he was pastor of Kelly’s Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Barbara Sue Dye Hickman, Waynesboro; daughters Melody Hickman Moore, Doylestown, Pa., Telisha Kay Hickman, Birmingham, Ala.; one granddaughter; parents, Calvin and Bertha Hickman, Madison; brothers, Winston C. Hickman Sr., Brentwood, Glenn Hickman, Nashville.”
Times Daily News, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HINTON, CLARK L.
“Clark L. Hinton was born on December 21, 1915 in Wayne County, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Whitt and Roxie McFall Hinton. He was a trucker and a farmer and a member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. Mr. Hinton departed this life on June 2, 1990 at the Blytheville Nursing Center in Blytheville, Arkansas at the age of 74 years, 5 months, and 11 days. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Clura R. Hinton of Blytheville, Ark., one daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Goff of Southhaven, Miss., four sons, Waylon Hinton and James Hinton both of Blytheville, Ark. Wayford Hinton of ‘Tulsa Oklahoma and Charles Hinton of Sturgis, Michigan; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Cora McGee and Mrs. Lois Beavers of Lutts, TN, Mrs. Ora McFall of Etheridge, TN, Mrs. Flora McFall of Savannah, TN and Mrs. Dona Morris of Waterloo, Ala.; one brother, Lawson Hinton of Lutts, TN.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., who officiated at the funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HINTON, LEE BOYCE
“Lee Boyce Hinton was born August 18, 1919 in Wayne County, Tennessee, the son of T.W. and Roxie McFall Hinton. Mr. Hinton was a member of the Pentecostal Church. He was a farmer and lived all his life in Wayne County Tennessee in the Lutts Community. Mr. Hinton departed this life December 22, 1976 at Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 57 years, 4 months and 4 days. He is survived by five sisters, Mrs. Cora McGee, Mrs. Lois Bevis both of Lutts, Mrs. Ora McFall, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Mrs. Flora McFall, Savannah, Mrs. Dona Morris, Waterloo, Alabama; four brothers, Mr. Lawson Hinton , Mr. Marvin Hinton, and Mr. R. D. Hinton all of Lutts, and Mr. Clark Hinton, Blytheville, Arkansas.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., who officiated at the funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HINTON, ROXIE MCFALL
“Roxie McFall Hinton was born April 6, 1886, in Wayne County: The daughter of Bud and Paralee Hinton McFall. She spent her life in Wayne County where she married Whitt Hinton in 1906. He preceded her in death in 1936. She was a Freewill Baptist. Mrs. Hinton passed from a long and fruitful life December 7, 1971 at the age of 85 years, 8 months, and 1 day: Leaving 5 sons: Lawson, Marvin, Boyce and R. D. Hinton of Lutts, and Clark Hinton of Blytheville, Ark.: 5 daughters: Mrs. Cora McGee and Mrs. Lois Bevis of Lutts, Mrs. Ora McFall of Etheridge, Tenn., Mrs. Flora McFall of Savannah, and Mrs. Dona Morris of Waterloo, Ala.: a half-brother, Claude McFall of Etheridge, 52 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren: and many other relatives and friends. Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tennessee directing.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., who officiated at the funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HOLT, MR. GEORGE WASHINGTON
“Mr. George Washington Holt, age 81, of Los Angeles, California passed away December 17, 1977 in Los Angeles. He was a native of Wayne County, Tennessee and a son of the late Joseph and Annie Scott Holt. Mr. Holt was a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Holt is survived by: one brother, Mr. John Holt of Alton, Illinois; several nieces and nephews.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil Gean, Sr. and was compiled by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home of Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

HORTON, MARY LYNN
“COLLINWOOD, Tenn. --The funeral for Mary Lynn Horton, 53, Route 2, will be at 3 p.m. today at Shackleford Funeral Directors, Collinwood, John E. banks and Daniel Robertson officiating. Burial will be at Cromwell Crossroads Cemetery, with the funeral home directing. She died Sunday, Dec. 3, 1990, at Humana Hospital, Florence, Ala. She was a native of Lutts, an employee of Angelica Corp., daughter of the late Ellis and Geneva Gean Strickland, and a member of the Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Archie Wendell Horton, Collinwood; stepmother, Beatrice Strickland, Savannah; brothers, Bobby Mack and Joey Strickland, both of Savannah; sisters, Vera Dodd, Killen, Ala., Wanda Robertson and Brenda Leslie, both of Florence, Ala., Joan Ford, Savannah, and June Morris, South bend, Ind.; great-grandmother, Hattie Gean, Savannah; nieces and nephews.”
Times Daily, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

JAYNES, AMANDA “MANDY” WHITAKER
“Mrs. Clayton Jaynes, aged 47, passed away Friday night at her home on the Cloverdale road, route 3, following a lengthy illness. Deceased was a native of Wayne county, Tennessee, but had made her home in Cloverdale community for 35 years. She was a member of the Stoney Point Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Granville Clayton Jaynes, four sons, Granville Clayton Jaynes, Jr., Knoxville, William Howard Jaynes, U.S. Army, somewhere in France, Hershel Gilbert and Robert Lee Jaynes, both of Florence, one daughter, Mrs. James Statom, Florence, three brothers, Luther Whittaker, Florence, and Will and Ed Whittaker, both of St. Louis, and two sisters, Mrs. O.T. Jaynes and Mrs. Mike Marks, of Florence. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Stony Point Church of Christ. Brown-Service in charge of arrangements. “
The Florence Herald, Friday, March 30, 1945 - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MASON, WOODROW WILSON
“Mr. Woodrow Wilson Mason, 57, of Waynesboro, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 1977 at Parkview Hospital in Nashville after an extended illness. He is a member of the Methodist Church and a construction worker. He is the son of the late William and Frances Mason Funeral services were held Friday, August 5, at 2:00 p.m. at Loretto Memorial Chapel with Charles Lopp officiating. Burial followed in Railroad Cemetery with Loretto Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Rooker Mason of Waynesboro; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Theodorou of Huntsville, Tennessee; two sons, Freddie Mason of Tampa, Florida, and Jimmy Lee Mason of Waynesboro; four sisters, Mrs. Willie Atwell of Iron City, Mrs. Pauline Dooley of Florence, Mrs. Vida Craft of Noblesville, Indiana, and Mrs. Madgie Cowart of Noblesville, Indiana; one brother, Floyd Mason of Manchester, Tennessee; two step-sons, Jackie Frazier of Nashville, and Donnie Frazier of Donelson; six step-daughters, Evelyn Smith of Lawrenceburg. Patricia Cobb of Lawrenceburg, Cindy Howell of Lawrenceburg, Mary Buie of Lawrenceburg, Glenda Duncan of Florence, and Tricia Pierce of Noblesville, Indiana; 24 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCCLANAHAN, JAMES CRAYTON, SR.
“Mr. James C. McClanahan Sr., 95, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at his residence. Funeral service for Mr. McClanahan will be Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at 10 a.m., at Elkins Funeral Home chapel. Officiating will be Bro. Emerald Bailey, and Bro. William Cagle. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery, Iron City, Tenn. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997, from 6-9 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home, Elkins Funeral Home directing. Mr. McClanahan was a native of Wayne County, Tenn. He had lived in the Florence area 72 years. He was a Free Will Baptist minister for 62 years, retired farmer, and carpenter. He was the son of the late Leonard McClanahan, and Leona (Lelia) McClanahan Gunter. He is survived by his wife, Ida Bailey McClanahan, Florence, for 72 years; four sons, James Crayton McClanahan Jr., and Othel R. McClanahan, Muscle Shoals, Ala., Thomas N. McClanahan, and Johnny F. McClanahan, Florence, Ala; two daughters, Martha McClanahan Bowen, Decatur, Ala., and Orpah McClanahan Cox, Florence, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Stephen Ray McClanahan, Gregory Allan McClanahan, Edward Lee Bowen, Alan Dale Bowen, Charles Sloan Cox, John Fay McClanahan Jr. Grandsons-in-law, Roger Dale Bowling, Michael Vernon Herston, Barry Layne Rinks, Walter Jackson Staples, Bobby Thomas Garrison.”
Times Daily, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCFALLS, BEULAH VINIE
“Beulah Vinie McFalls, age 77 years, 2 months and 6 days, passed away August 21, 1976. She was the daughter of the late William McFalls and Roxie McFalls McFalls. She was a native of Wayne County, Tennessee and a Baptist. She leaves to mourn her passing, several nieces and nephews and also a host of friends and other relatives.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., who conducted her funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCFALL, HASSELL TONY
“Hassell Tony McFall was born September 30, 1917 in Wayne County, son of the late Sim and Alice Bratton McFall. On December 8, 1940 he married the former Flora Jane Hinton. Mr. McFall was a retired farmer and logger. He departed from this life October 18th at the Park Rest Nursing Home at the age of 70 years and 18 days. He leaves other than his wife, Flora; five daughters, Mrs. Ellen Stricklin, Mrs. Betty Steeley, Mrs. Glenda Steeley, and Mrs. Nelda Franks, all of Savannah, Tennessee, and Miss Robbie McFall, Nashville, Tennessee; three sons, Thomas, Virgil, and Paul McFall, all of Savannah; 11 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Minister’s note: “Mr. McFall’s son, Thomas says his dad was a good father, but much more than a father, a good friend to him too.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., who conducted her funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCFALL, NANNIE ETHEL
“Nannie Ethel McFall, 81, Route 10, Florence, died Friday, June 21, 1996, from an extended illness. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Greenview Memorial chapel with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Cypress, Inn, Tenn. Officiating at the funeral will be Derrel Davis and Steve McFall. She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., and had resided in Florence for a number of years. She is survived by her husband, Raymond McFall, Florence; sons, Kenneth McFall, Florence, Donald McFall, Florence; daughter, Betty Buttrum, Florence; sister, Crystal Gillis, Collinwood, Tenn.; brother, Ray Holt, Flint, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren. Pallbaerers will include Gary McFall, Doug Phillips, Paul Rasch, David McFall, Daniel McFall and Jimmy Landsaster. She was a member of the Petersville Church of Christ.”
Times Daily, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCFALL, PARKER D.
“Parker D. McFall, 74, Route 4, Florence, died at ECM Hospital Sunday at 1:45 p.m., following a 12-day illness. Mr. McFall was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., but for the past 65 years had lived in Florence. He was a retired salesman, member of North Wood Methodist Church, charter member of American Legion Post 11, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of World War I Local Barracks 2096. Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church with Rev. Sam Graham and Rev. Dennis Mays officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Survivors include: widow, Mrs. Selma Smith McFall, Florence; two sons, Parker Fred McFall, and David Smith McFall, Florence; six daughters, Mrs. R. Chadwick Barber, Mrs. J.C. Seaton Jr., Mrs. W.T. Hale, Mrs. Raymond A. Lawson, Florence; Mrs. Edward D. McLaughlin Jr., McLean, Va.; Miss Frances McFall, Colombo, Cevlon. (with U.S. Embassy); three brothers, Pierce McFall, Waynesboro, Tenn.; John C. McFall, Knoxville, Tenn.; and James F. McFall, Florence; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Thrasher, and Mrs. Jesse Whitten, Florence; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honor bearers will be members of the American Legion.”
Times Daily, Florence, AL Note: The tomb has date of birth, 7 Jan. 1896 and death, 8 Mar. 1970. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCFALL, ROXIE LILLIAN
“Roxie Lillian McFall was born Aug. 8, 1904. She departed from this life Nov. 1, 1974 at the age of 70 years, 3 months, 7 days. She was a native of Wayne County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the late Sim and Alice Bratton McFall. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Edna Fielder of Lutts, Tenn.; two brothers Elmer McFall of Lutts, Tenn. , Hassell McFall of Savannah, Tenn., 11 nieces and 11 nephews and a host of relatives and friends.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean Sr., who conducted the funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCGEE, BILLIE ANDREW
“Billie Andrew McGee was born March 22, 1933. He passed away on Oct. 23, 1964. Survivors include his mother, Beatrice McGee, Lutts, Tennessee; sisters, Lizzie Johnson, Lutts, Tenn., Sarah Branum, Tyranza, Ark., Clotee Chimel, South Bend, Ind.; brothers, Ross McGee, Columbia, Tenn., G. C. McGee, South Bend, Ind.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean Sr., who conducted the funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MCGEE, CHARLIE ZEBLIN
“Charlie Zeblin McGee was born Feb. 19, 1880. He passed away on Sept. 9, 1963 at age 83 years, 6 months, 23 days old. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Free Will Baptist Church and had lived in Wayne County for many years. He and Beatrice Feazel McGee were married December 28th 1910. Survivors in addition to his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Feazel McGee, include 3 daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Johnson of Lutts, Mrs. Sara Brannon of Tyronza, Ark., Mrs. Clote Chimel of South Bend Ind.; four sons, late Ellie McGee, Ross McGee of Columbia Tenn. G.C. McGee of South Bend, Billie McGee of Donelson Tenn.; 28 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Nannie McGee of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mrs. Mattie Morris and Mrs. Lizbeth La Neaue both of Florence, Ala.; five brothers, Bell McGee, Sam McGee, Tommy McGee, Edgar McGee all of Florence, Ala., Andrew McGee of Birmingham; and a host of friends. The service was conducted by Virgil H. Gean, Sr., with Middle Tennessee Funeral Home directing.”
Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean Sr., who conducted the funeral. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MORRIS, MRS. BESSIE BELL
“Mrs. Bessie Bell Morris, 69 of 308 West Tennessee St., Florence, died yesterday at her home. Graveside services will be today at 2 p.m. in Centenary Cemetery at Lutts, Tenn. She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn. Bessie was born May 18, 1903, to the late W.K. and Roxie McFall McFall. (From clergy record.) Survivors are her husband, Clyde Morris; two daughters, Mrs. Wilma Jean Tidwell of Mishawaka, Ind., and Mrs. Helen Holt of South Bend, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. Lula Johnson and Miss Beulah McFall, both of Lutts, and four grandchildren. She was a member of the Baptist Church. The body is at Middle Tennessee Funeral Home in Waynesboro.”
Note: Minister’s records show date of death, 10 Jul 1972 - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MORRIS, JONAS WALTER
“Jonas Walter Morris was born April 19, 1884, in Wayne County Tennessee, the son of William Morris and Carrie Hinton Morris. H lived most all his life in the Walnut Grove and Second Creek Communities of Hardin County. He was a farmer. He married Effie Lee Steeley 51 years ago September 12, 1962, she survives. He died April 9, 1963, at his home in the Walnut Grove Community at the age of 78 years 9 months and 20 days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie S. Morris, Walnut Grove; seven sons, Mr. Johnny Morris, Marked Tree, Arkansas, Mr. Earl Morris, Second Creek, Mr. Ancil Morris, Walnut Grove, Mr. Floyd Morris, Mishawaka, Ind., Mr. Roy Morris, South Bend, Ind., Mr. Coy Morris, Walnut Grove, Mr. Boyd Morris, Walnut Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Okla Weston, Pocahontas, Ark., Mrs. Virginia Smith, Savannah, Tenn., Mrs. Willodene Sharp, Waterloo, Ala.; 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Mr. Luther Morris, Second Creek, one sister, Mrs. Mary Fielder, Second Creek and one half sister, Mrs. Bonnie Story, Collinwood, Tenn.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

PATTERSON, LUTHER ELMER
“Luther Elmer Patterson, 63, died Sunday at Wayne County General Hospital apparently of a heart attack. (The tomb shows he was born in 1905 and died 1968) A resident of Lutts, Tenn., Rt. 1 he was a farmer. Services will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. from Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. J.B. Harper. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Shackelford Funeral Home of Savannah, directing. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Zella Ayers Patterson, Lutts, Rt. 1; six sons, James Collinwood; Cecil, Florence; Wayland, Lutts; Leroy, Cypress Inn; D.E., Lutts; Sammy, Lutts; three daughters, Mrs. Velma Maddalozzo, Wilmer, Tex.; Mrs. Barbara Lafeuers, Lutts; Mrs. Ruth Bugg, Waterloo; a brother, Floyd, Painter, Mo.; 11 grandchildren“
Florence, Alabama newspaper - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

PATTERSON, ZELLA AYERS
“LUTTS, Tenn., -- The funeral for Mrs. Zella Ayers Patterson, 80, will be at 1 p.m. today at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, Cypress Inn, with J.B. Harper officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with Shackelford Funeral Home, Collinwood, directing. She died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1988, at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala. She was a housewife, a native of Tennessee and a member of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include sons, James Patterson, Collinwood, Cecil Patterson, Florence, D.E. Patterson, Savannah, Waylon Patterson, Leroy Patterson, Sammie Patterson, all of Lutts; daughters, Zelma Maddalozzo, Ferris, Texas, Barbara Lafevers, Lutts, Ruth Bugg, Waterloo, Ala.; sister, Ruby Ayers, Lutts;21 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.”
Times Daily News, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

PETTY, BILLY GENE
“LUTTS, Tenn. -- The service for Billy Gene Petty, 54, Route 1, will be at 1 p.m. today at Shackelford Funeral Home Chapel, Collinwood, with Virgil Geans and J.B. Harper officiating. Burial will be in Balentine Cemetery. He died Friday, April 21, 1989, at Waynesboro County Hospital, Waynesboro. He was a native of Tennessee and a farmer. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Clemma Petty, Lutts; brother, Haggard and Alton Petty, both of Lutts, Bunda Petty, Waynesboro; sister ? (info missing)”
Times Daily, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

QUILLEN, ANNIE JANE
“Annie Jane Quillen, age 48, Iron City, Tenn., passed away Dec. 4, 1968 at Coffee Mem. Hospital, Florence, Ala. A native of Lauderdale Co., Ala., The daughter of Jimmy Lee and Mattie Bell Peden Peden. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors are her husband, Mr. Howard Quillen, Iron City, Tenn.; two brothers, Willie Peden, Birmingham, Ala. And Sam Peden, Pulaski, Tenn.; two sisters, Miss Jessie Peden, Iron City, Tenn. And Mrs. Laura Robertson, Florence, Alabama.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., compiled by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

RICH, DAVE MONROE
“Dave M. Rich, born March 1, 1899, passed away May 23, 1970. Age 71 years, 2 months, 22 days. Native of Wayne County, son of the late Tom Rich and Sarah Daniel Rich and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Gerdie Holt Rich; four sons, Warren, Hoover, Ceman, all of Cypress Inn; Harl of Florence, Alabama; two daughters, Lorene McFall and Evelyn Vickery of Lutts; two brothers, Harrison of Lutts and Henderson of Cypress Inn. Two sisters, Mary Pigg of Cypress Inn and Susan Gillis of Collinwood; 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a host of relatives and friends.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., compiled by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

RICH, DONNIE JOE
“Donnie Joe Rich, 31, Cypress Inn, Tenn., died Wednesday at Wayne County General Hospital. He was self-employed and was a member of Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, Cypress Inn. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Shackelford Funeral Home, Collinwood, Tenn., directing. Survivors include his wife, Brenda June Rich, Cypress Inn; daughters, Ginger Rich, Jennifer Rich, Tony Rich, all of Cypress Inn; father, Raymond Rich, Cypress Inn; mother, Earline Robbins Rich. Cypress Inn; brothers, Earl Rich, Jasper Rich, both of Cypress Inn; sister, Connie Morrow, Cypress Inn.”
Times Daily, Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

ROBBINS, MARY EMMALINE
“Mrs. Mary Emmaline Robbins, 96, 517 N. Virginia Ave., Florence, died at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Saturday at 8:30 a.m. She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., had lived in Florence 40 years. She was a member of Royal Avenue Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Royal Avenue Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Doyle Wallace, Rev. Virgil Jeans, and Rev. Dalton Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in Cromwell Crossroads Cemetery, in Tennessee with Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clayburn Liles, Florence, Mrs. John Hamm, Florence; a son, Barney Robbins, Montgomery; a brother, Joe Robbins, Lutts, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews. Grandsons will serve as bearers. The body will be at the home of Clayburn Liles, 517 Virginia Ave., until the funeral hour.”
Florence, AL Note: the tomb shows date of birth, 25 Mar. 1872 and death, 17 Aug. 1968. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

ROBERSON, LEONA KELLEY
“Mrs. Leona Kelley Roberson, 96, Iron City, Tenn., died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Bailey. She was a lifelong resident of Wayne County, and was the daughter of the late Sammie and Caline Stults Kelley. She was the widow of the late Will Roberson, and was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Henry and Allen Roberson, both of Iron City; three daughters, Mrs. Joe Bailey, Iron City, Mrs. Fred Martin, Tuscumbia, Mrs. John Keeton, Muskegon, Mich.; a half-sister, Mrs. Imie Pruitt, Iron City; two half brothers, Charlie and DeWitt Kelley, all of Iron City; 24 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Railroad Methodist Church with Willie Daniels and Lidge Dickey officiating, Middle Tennessee Funeral Home of Waynesboro directing. Bearers will be Emerald Bailey, Ted Martin, James Bromely, Walter Roberson, Sterling Roberson, Leon Stults. The body will remain at the home of Joe Bailey until the funeral hour.”
Florence Times Daily - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

SCOTT, GLENN ELDRIDGE
“Glenn Eldridge Scott, 51, Rt. 3, Florence, died at ECM Hospital Monday at 4:30 a.m. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Willie Ann Strickland Scott, four sons, Thurman Eldridge Scott, Vernon Oscar Scott, Robert David Scott, Dennis Lee Scott, all of Florence; seven daughters, Mrs. James David Haithcoat, Mrs. Paul Tingle, Mrs. Gary Green, Mrs. Roger Green, all of Florence, Jewel Fay Scott, Brenda Gail Scott and Gwendolene Scott, of the residence; seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Rogers Chapel with Rev. Virgil Geans officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Beecham Funeral Home directing. The body will remain at the residence until 1:30 p.m. when it will be taken to the church to lie in state. Mr. Scott was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., a member of the Baptist Church, and was retired from Stylon Corp.”
Note: Funeral records and the tomb show date of birth 24 Jan. 1917 and death 5 Aug. 1968. Florence, AL - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

SIMS, EULA MASON
“Mrs. Eula Mason Sims, 85, Iron City, Tenn., died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at Crockett Hospital after a brief illness. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today at Loretto Memorial Chapel. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Loretto Memorial Chapel, with Carl Byrd and Lon Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Railroad Cemetery in Wayne County. She was a native of Lawrence County, Tenn. She was a member of Iron City First Baptist Church, a homemaker and retired restaurant owner. Survivors include daughter, Verline Mason Bolton, Sheffield, Ala.; three sons, Carl Mason and wife, Patsy, Iron City, Tenn., Paul Mason and wife Barbara, Summerville, Ga., Dillard Mason and wife, Stella, Collinwood, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd Mason and Lonnie Sims; parents, Emmitt and Frances Duke Wilson; daughter, Frances Florence Mason. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Mary hand and Mrs. Sims’ niece, Vernell Johnston. Loretto Memorial Chapel is in charge of all arrangements.”
Iron City, Tennessee - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

SKELTON, MRS. RUBY MAY
“Mrs. Ruby May Skelton, 62, 1113 Vine St., Florence, died Friday at ECM Hospital. She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2. P.m. at Murphy’s Chapel Church with Virgil Geans and Vernon Creasy officiating. Burial will follow in Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery, Morison-Elkins of Florence, directing. The body will remain at the funeral home until time for the service. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Marie Crosslin, Memphis, Mrs. Ruth Roberts, Florence, Mrs. Leona Guthrie, Huntsville; three grandchildren. Bearers will be Rayburn Goodman, Rayburn Goodman, Jr., Clifford Goodman, Randy Creasy, Ronald Creasy, Johnny Skelton.”
Times Daily, Florence, AL Note: Cemetery records show date of birth, 21 Aug. 1911, and date of death, 12 Oct. 1973. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

SOUTH, ADA DORA
“Ada Dora South, age 87, Waterloo, Ala., passed away August 9, 1968 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.  She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., and the daughter of John and Nancy Jane Nolan Cooper.    Survivors include two sons, Samuel South, Rt. 2, Waterloo, Ala. And Leonard South, Rt. 1, Cloverdale, Ala; one daughter, Mrs. Tazzie Stanfield, Rt. 6, Florence, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.”
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. compiled by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

 

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