Dr. H. John Caulfield died Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2012) at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro following a brief and intense battle with cancer. He was a native of Halletsville, Texas, and the son of the late Henry John and Mary Pendergrass Caulfield II. He was a creative physicist, known around the world for his ability to solve problems. He worked in many fields, including holography, optical signal processing, optical pattern recognition, computer design, artificial intelligence, color perception and evolutionary psychology. He loved to think and learn, and did science for the joy of it. He won many international awards, including SPIE’S Gold Medal and Dennis Gabor Award. He published 13 books, 40 book chapters and 255 papers in refereed journals. He was featured in many popular newsstand publications, including “ Byte Magazine”, “Business Week”, and the “Wall Street Journal”. He also wrote the cover article about holography for National Geographic in 1984. He founded the Center for Applied Optics at UAH. He was Chief Scientist, Alabama A&M University Research Institute and Distinguished Research Professor at Fisk University. He lived with his wife, Jane, and younger daughter at Far Out Farm in Delina. Dr. Caulfield is deeply missed by his wife, Jane, and daughters, Cindy Osborne and Kim Caulfield. There will be a memorial gathering at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the First Baptist Church of Cornersville in Cornersville. There will be a memorial scholarship fund set up through SPIE. For details, email KimCaulfield@mac.com. Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family of Dr. H. John Caulfield.
Billie Ellis Gifford, 81, of Elora, died Thursday evening (Feb. 2, 2012) at his residence. He was a native of Jackson County, Ala., and the son of the late General Forrest and Bessie Sims Gifford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and a former supervisor of Hart & Cooley in Huntsville, Ala. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Evelyn Bailey Gifford; brothers, Felix, Fred and Rayford Gifford; and stepbrother, Tiny Nichols. Survivors include four sons, Randy Gifford and wife, Debbie, of Flintville, Billie Gifford, Jr., and wife, Mae, of Elora, Jerry R. Gifford of Elora and Tim Gifford and wife, Larika, of Flintville; seven grandchildren, Bruce Gifford, Kandie Hill, Kristen Noah, Bekah Hardiman, Kendall Jones, Meghan Gifford and Forrest Gifford; and four great-grandchildren, Kyle Gifford, Devin Gifford, Sophie Hardiman and Spencer Noah. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Milton Martin officiating. Burial followed in Sisk Cemetery in Estill Fork, Ala., beside his wife. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Clarence “John” Keith, 76, of Fayetteville, died Monday (Jan. 30, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. Mr. Keith was a native of Lincoln County, the son of the late Tom and Josie Jennings Keith. He was a brick mason and a member of the Lucy Memorial AME Church. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Alexander and Virginia Wheat, and a brother, George Keith. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Stinnett Keith of Fayetteville; daughter, Jessica Louise Keith of Murfreesboro; son, J.B. Hockett of Fayetteville; sisters, Ruby Hopkins of Fayetteville, Christine Wingard of Dayton, Ohio; brother, James Keith of Fayetteville; sisters-in-law, Maple Parham of Nashville, Emma (Gean) Harney, Bessie (Alvin) Matthews, both of Pulaski; brother-in-law, Robert (Angelica) Stinnett of Germany; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon in the chapel of the Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with the Rev. Dickey Sebastian officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant View Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Betty Virginia Lee, 86, of Taft, died Monday (Jan. 30, 2012) at Donalson Care Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala. Burial was in Ready Cemetery, Toney, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Martha Lee Duncan Rollins, 83, of Decherd, died Thursday (Feb. 2, 2012) at her residence. She was a registered nurse at Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro for 20 years. Preceding her in death were her parents, James Clifton Duncan, Sr., and Geneva Orrick Duncan, and a sister, Mary Henley. She is survived by sons, Royce (Cathy) Rollins of Kelso and Reese Rollins of Fayetteville; brother, J.C. Duncan of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Jamie, Wesley, Cody and Hannah Rollins, all of Fayetteville; great-grandchild, Jaycee Rollins of Fayetteville; several nieces and nephews; special caregivers, Sandra Hill, Sadie Duncan, Cathy Rollins and Jill Crabtree. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at Moore-Cortner Chapel with the Rev. L.Z. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, www.moorecortner.com, in charge of arrangements.
Joel Ray Slayton, 82, of Petersburg, died Monday (Jan. 30, 2012) in Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala. He was a native of Lincoln County and the son of the late Everette Eugene and Ora Mae Ashworth Slayton. Mr. Slayton was retired from General Motors and was a member of the Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Kerry Slayton; half-brother, Lanny Slayton; and two brothers, Leslie and Jimmie Slayton. Survivors include his wife, Velma Fulgham Slayton; son, Dickie Ray Slayton of Wilmington, Ill.; brothers, Harry Slayton and Donald Mac Slayton of Ardmore, Ala., David Slayton of Hammond, Ind., and Chester Slayton of Fayetteville; sisters, Sherry Cloud of Clouds Cove, Ala., Vivian Crane of Madison, Ala., and Linda Gayle of Huntsville; half-brothers, Danny Slayton of Fayetteville and Ricky Slayton of Hazel Green; half-sisters, Evie Doud of Elora, Violet Summers of Fayetteville and Criss Stayton of Elora; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Chester Slayton and Bro. Sonny Moore officiating. Burial followed in Lincoln Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Richard Clay Smith, 54, of Toney, Ala., died Wednesday evening (Feb. 1, 2012) at Huntsville Hospital. He was a native of Lincoln County, the son of the late Robert Clay and Maudie Howell Smith. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army Reserves, serving in Afghanistan. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and numerous Air Medals during his time in Afghanistan. He was employed as warehouse supervisor at AdTran. Survivors include his wife, Sheri Cobbs Smith of Toney; children, Phillip Howell Smith of Owasso, Okla., and Katie Elizabeth Smith (Brent) Tipper of Fayetteville; grandson, Clayton Walker Tipper; brother, Michael Robert Smith of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister, Arden Humphrey (Con) of Fayetteville; nieces, Paityn Elizabeth and Savannah Grace Holder of Owens Cross Roads. Graveside services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla., 32256 or www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Barbara McCown Spencer, 74, of Taft, died Thursday morning (Feb. 2, 2012) in Lincoln Medical Center. She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Otis N. and Linnie McAlister McCown. Mrs. Spencer was a retired employee of Serbin Manufacturing and a member of the West Fayetteville Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Virgil Spencer of Taft; daughter, Kim Spencer and special friend, Laura Moulthroup, of Murfreesboro; brothers, Phillip McCown, Joe McCown (Jan), Larry McCown (Bonnie), all of Fayetteville, Danny McCown (Betty) of Madison, Ala.; sisters, Carol Chandler (Joe) of Huntsville, Ala., Joyce Mahal (Ron), Gail Cornelius (John), Judy McCown of Fayetteville; sisters-in-law, Ginger McCown of Fayetteville and Edna McCown of Evansville, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Darrine Roper, and brother, Newman McCown. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. David Sain officiating. Burial followed in Macedonia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Cemetery Fund, c/o Janice McCown, 65 Johnson Road, Fayetteville, Tenn., 37334 or the West Fayetteville Church of Christ. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert Leonard Warren, 85, of Petersburg, died Monday morning (Feb. 6, 2012) at his residence. He was a native of Moore County and the son of the late Estel and Eunice Bartlett Warren. Mr. Warren was a construction worker, farmer and a member of the Hope Assembly of God. Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Rutledge Warren of Petersburg; children, Martha Harris and husband, Jimmy, of Shelbyville, Mary Sue Green and husband, Jimmy, of Lewisburg, Kathy Mouyal and husband, Alain, of Huntsville, Judy Harmon and husband, Roger, of Petersburg, Rosie Rozar and husband, Gary, of Belleville, Leslie Warren and wife, Patricia, of Petersburg, Edwin Warren of Pulaski, Charlene Kuzy and husband, William, of Hazel Green, Clifton Warren and wife, Pam, of Shelbyville, Phillip Warren and wife, Linda, of Soddy Daisy, Gary Warren and wife, Shannon, of Manchester and Lannie Warren and wife, Donna, of Petersburg; two sisters, June McCool of Fayetteville and Louise Randolph of California; 40 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by sisters, Chris Winsett and Glenda Wilson; brothers, Vernon Warren and Coy Bonner; and grandson, Jerrel Jeter. Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hope Assembly of God with the Rev. Phillip Warren officiating. Mr. Warren will lie in state Wednesday at Hope Assembly of God from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Foster Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.