James Derril Clements, 77, of Petersburg, died Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 24, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital. He was a native of Selma, Ala., and the son of the late James Thurman and Annie Bell Caddis Clements Oliver. Mr. Clements served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean-Vietnam War, was a retired electrical engineer from Boeing in Huntsville and a farmer in Boonshill community. Mr. Clements was of the Protestant faith. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie and Wayne Clements. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Bryant Clements of Boonshill; son, Glen Clements (Sallyann) of Macon, Ga.; daughters, Scarlet Watson (Jed) of Boonshill, Terri Lamon (Rick) of Boonshill, Sheilah Kerley (Katherine)_ of Delina, Vicki McMillin (Paul) of Fayetteville and Kim Davis (Chris) of Fayetteville; sister, Ann Clements Summey (Ted) of Chattanooga; and sister-in-law, Betty Brown of Sharpsburg, Ga.; grandchildren, Derick, James, Rachel, Bethany and Samuel Lamon, Savanna and Joel Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Russell officiating. Burial followed in Pigg Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Andrew “Cigar” Colvin, 68, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Jan. 22, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. Mr. Colvin was a native of Pickens County, Ala., the son of the late Perry and Janie Summerville Colvin. He was a mechanic, a member of the West End Baptist Church and was an avid hunter. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Colvin Ward of Fayetteville; daughters, Teresa Brantley, Latasha Brantley, both of Chicago, Ill.; sons, Timothy Bradley of Lima, N.Y., Andrew Colvin, Jr., of Chicago, Tyrone Colvin, Tyree Colvin, both of Freeport, Ill., Cornellius Brantley of Chicago, Kieran Ward of Shelbyville; sisters, Bennye Windham of Aliceville, Ala., Daisy Colvin of Detroit, Mich., Sarah Colvin of Carrollton, Ala., Elizabeth Degraffenreid of Aliceville; brothers, Perry Colvin, Jr., of Fayetteville, Walter Colvin, James Colvin, both of Aliceville, Herman Colvin of Bellvue, Neb.; 26 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, other family and special friends he made while living in Fayetteville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday evening in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Johnson officiating. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lester Maylon Cross, 85, of Ardmore, died Sunday (Jan. 29, 2012) at Ardmore on Main in Ardmore. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with burial in Gatlin Cemetery, also in Ardmore, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Daniel, 90, died Monday (Jan. 23, 2012) at Lincoln Care Center. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of Harry T. and Nova Pitts Parks. Mrs. Parks was born Nov. 14, 1921 in Fayetteville, the youngest of four siblings. She moved to Mulberry and later to Lynchburg, following her marriage to Joe Cooper Daniel in 1955. “Miss Ruth“ was invited to be a hostess at the Jack Daniel Visitor Center Barrel House, serving lemonade and hospitality to a legion of visitors to the Hollow. She served as secretary for the Lynchburg Historical Society and as a member of the Moore County Library board for many years. Her life was well lived, generously devoting her time and skills to her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Cooper Daniel; brother, William (Billy) Parks; sisters, Mildred Parks George and Louise Parks Rutledge; and cousin, Nell Daniel Tucker. Mrs. Daniel was an employee of Jack Daniel Distillery and a member of Lynchburg Church of Christ. She is survived by four nieces, Billie Sue Boyer, Donna Redd, Harriet Hendrix and Emily Rutledge; four nephews, Joe George, John Rutledge, James Rutledge and Russell Parks; and a large number of grandnieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the chapel of Lynchburg Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Logan officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Moore County Library. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ross Arthur Drake, 70, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Jan. 16, 2012) after a battle with cancer. A native of Naples, N.Y., he was a son of the late Wendell and Orville Knight Drake. Mr. Drake was a retired engineer with Boeing and also retired from the Coast Guard. He is survived by his daughter, Teresa Barber of Lynchburg; son, Michael Drake of Hampton, Va.; brother, Henry Drake of Rineyville, Ky.; grandchildren, Katherine Elizabethe Barber, Daniel Ross Barber, Isabelle Faith Barber, Caleb Evan Drake and Nathon Ryan Drake; several nieces and nephews; family friend, Guy Coers of Booneville; and former spouse, Audrey Drake of Lynchburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wendell Drake, Jr. Memorial services were held Wednesday afternoon at Lynchburg Funeral Home with Pastor John Osier officiating. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Connie Carter Ellett of Fayetteville died Friday (Jan. 27, 2012) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She was 61. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late James Boyd and Rebecca Ann Locker Carter. She was a member of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church and a longtime bookkeeper with CFW Construction Co., Scivally Grain Co., and H2O Construction. She was preceded in death by her brother, Mark Hayes Carter. Mrs. Ellett is survived by her husband, Charles Rhan (Ranny) Ellett, and one son, Charles Hayes Ellett, both of Fayetteville; one sister, Lucy Carter Williams and husband Ricky of Fayetteville; four brothers, Jimmy Carter and wife Mary, David Carter and wife Delora, Brent Carter and wife Margie, all of Coldwater, and Chris Carter and wife Courtney of Athens, Ala.; mother-in-law, Ruby Ellett of Huntsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Debbie McAnaly and husband Bill of Huntsville; lifelong friend Cary Bagley Sullivan of Fayetteville; and a host of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many loved cousins and friends, including her dear friends in the Monday and Wednesday night bridge clubs. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Ward officiating. Niece Mackenzie Carter of Nashville and nephew Rob Carter of Fayetteville also eulogized their Aunt Connie. Burial followed at Carter Hills Cemetery in Coldwater. Memorial donations may be made to Fayetteville First United Methodist Church or Coldwater United Methodist Church. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Nell Sullivan Jones, 79, of Decatur, Ala., died Monday (Jan. 23, 2012) at Decatur Health & Rehabilitation. She was born Oct. 15, 1932, in Equality, Ill., to Clelvas Sullivan and Opal Morris Sullivan. Having moved to Decatur 17 years ago, she lived most of her life in the Chicago area. She is survived by her loving husband, James Aaron Jones of Decatur; daughter, Vicki Lynn Jones of Hartselle, Ala.; two brothers, Don Sullivan of Drakesboro, Ky., and Fred Sullivan of Greenville, Ky.; and a grandson, Patrick James Walsh of Lombard, Ill. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Bro. Charles Maples officiating. Graveside services were held Thursday afternoon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Vanntown. Pallbearers will be family and friends. A guestbook is available at www.sheltonfuneralhome.net. Shelton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mary Etta Lackey, 78, of Fayetteville, died Sunday (Jan. 29, 2012) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late John Marion and Dillie Milliken. Mrs. Lackey was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray Lackey of Fayetteville; son, Adam Lackey of the Cyruston Community; grandson, Daniel Lee Lackey of Kentucky; great-grandchild, Cassidy Dawn Lackey of the Cyruston Community; two sisters, Ernestine McMillan of Fayetteville and Nannie Lou Crabtree of the Cyruston Community. She was preceded in death by a son, Joey Dean Lackey. Graveside services will be held Tuesday morning at Barnes Cemetery with Bro. Thomas Smith officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of services.
Ross Pitts, 89, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Jan. 26, 2012) at the Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Pitts was a native of Lincoln County, the son of the late Ollie and Deneva Pitts. He was a car salesman for many years. He was also a farmer and enjoyed flea markets. Along with his parents, he was preceded to Heaven by two sons, Larry Pitts and Stanley Pitts, and granddaughter, Shannon Pitts. Survivors include his wife, Mary Pitts; granddaughter, Kimberly Pitts Cook and husband, Thomas; sisters, Earlene Bingham and Sue Pitts; brother, Clayton Pitts. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Cleo Moon officiating. Burial followed in Flintville Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.