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Dorris Ann Robertson Sullivan, 72 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dorris Ann Robertson Sullivan was born in Hartsville, Tennessee on October 25, 1940 to the late Edgar Robertson and Christine Linville Robertson. Besides her parents; son, Howell B. Sullivan, Jr. and grandson, Jedidiah Sullivan also preceded Dorris in death. On August 10, 1957, Dorris was married to Howell B. Sullivan, Sr. They shared fifty-five beautiful years together and raised two sons, Frankie and Howell. Dorris was mainly a homemaker, but did work for a few years at Hartsville Boot Company and then Osh-Gosh B-gosh for a short time. For a time, she lived in Gallatin and cared for her ailing mother. She enjoyed spending her extra time reading a good book. Dorris also liked to write about things in her life and what she had encountered. At the age of 18, Dorris was saved at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church. On July 25, 2013, the Lord called Dorris to her new home. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother that will be missed deeply. Funeral services for Dorris Sullivan were conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Watson officiating. Eddie Sullivan, James Sullivan, David Sullivan, Timmy Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, and Jimmy Pedigo served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Green Grove Cemetery. Dorris is survived by; Husband, Howell B. Sullivan, Sr., Son, Frankie Dale Sullivan, Grandson, Jordan Dale all of the Fairview Community in Macon County, TN, and granddaughters, Ashley, Twila, Misty, and Jody also survives.

 
Roxie Mae Fishburn, 85 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Roxie Mae Fishburn was born in Macon County, Tennessee on December 11, 1927 to the late Samuel Witt Cook, and Virgie Paradyne Caruthers.  She was one of seven siblings born to this union. Roxie was saved in October of 1944 at the age of sixteen, at Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church. On October 1, 1961, she was baptized and joined New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she remains a member. Roxie was married on October 27, 1945 to Estel Fishburn for almost thirty years. They raised two sons and one daughter, Carl, Jerry, and Betty.  Roxie and Estel ran two country stores, one in the 1950’s and one in the 1960’s.  Estel passed away on May 29, 1975. Besides her husband and parents; one son, Jerry Fishburn, brothers, Cordell Cook, Carlos Cook, and Abe Cook, and sister, Lillie Cook Kinnard also preceded Roxie in death. Roxie was a homemaker, but also worked at Form-Fit Rogers and later at the 5&10 and the hospital. She was a past member of the Eastern Star. When it came to flowers, she had a green thumb and enjoyed working in them. She liked to piece Quilts and was also an excellent cook. Roxie enjoyed making meals for her family and friends. Family was Roxie’s greatest treasure and she cherished them all. On Saturday, July 13, 2013, Roxie was called to a home where the roses never fade. She is now enjoying time with the ones who had left before her. Roxie will be missed by her family here, but our loss is Heaven’s gain. Funeral services for Roxie Fishburn were conducted Tuesday, July 16th, at 1 pm from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Harold Dean Linville officiating. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Roxie is survived by; Daughter, Betty (Steve) Clayborne, and Son, Carl (Nancy) Fishburn all of Lafayette, TN, Daughter-in-law, Olene Fishburn of Jacksonville, AK, Grandchildren, Tanisha (Gary) White, and Dustin Fishburn all of Lafayette, TN, Jerry Fishburn, Jr., and Lori (Michael) Wells all of Lebanon, TN, Kelly (Brian) Swindle, and Kyle (Misty) Clayborne all of Lafayette, TN, and Chris Fishburn of Jacksonville, AK, Sisters, Hazel West of Lafayette, TN and Similee Poole of Ashland City, TN, seven Great-Grandchildren, and one Great-Great-Grandchild also survive.

 
Janie Carol Kirby, 63 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A baby girl, named Janie Carol Kirby was born in Lafayette, Tennessee on August 3, 1949 to the proud parents Bee Bernal Kirby and Pauline Frances Russell Kirby. Being raised among five brothers and Janie learned to stand her ground, when necessary. Janie was preceded in death by her parents, Bee and Pauline Kirby and brother, Gary Kirby. As a young lady, Janie was married to the love of her life Walter Buckingham, Jr. sharing forty-four wonderful years together. They started a home and raised two daughters, Lisa and Connie, which they loved dearly. Janie and Walter loved to travel. Sometimes they would take off driving, just the two of them, site seeing and enjoying each other’s company. Janie was a homemaker and loved babysitting children in her home. She liked working and piddling on their farm and mowing her yard. Janie was a member of Lafayette Church of Christ. She was a sweet and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who spent her life seeing to the needs of her family. On Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the age of 63, the Lord called Janie to her new home. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew and loved her. Funeral services for Janie Buckingham were conducted Friday at 11 am from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Jerry Mercer officiating. Rusty Kirby, Kevin Kirby, Keith Kirby, Kobee Kirby, Daniel Cook, Corey Kirby, Kent Carter, Jeffrey Gerkin, Josh Swindle, and Daniel Kelley served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Janie is survived by; Husband, Walter Buckingham, Jr. of Lafayette, TN, Daughters and Sons-in-law, Lisa Diane (Chad) Wheat of Gallatin, TN, Connie Lynn (Steven) Walker of Hartsville, TN, Step-Granddaughter, MaKayla Ryan Walker of Gallatin, TN, Grandchildren, Taylor Paige Walker of Hartsville, TN, Sean Alexander Wheat and Austin Cole Wheat both of Gallatin, TN, Brothers, Paul (Linda) Kirby, Donnie (JoLinda) Kirby, Charlie (Carol) Kirby, and Barry (Melanie) Kirby, and Sister-in-law, Laura Kirby all of Lafayette, TN, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and one great nephew, also survive.

 
Virginia Estherleen Jones Vinson, 88 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Virginia Estherleen Jones Vinson, better known as Estherleen was born in Macon County, Tennessee on October 26, 1924 to the late Jimmie T. Jones, and Mary Belle Dismon Jones.  She was one of nine siblings born to this union. As a young lady, Estherleen was married to her sweetheart Louie Edward Vinson on March 3, 1943.  One son, Dwight Vinson and three daughters, Erma Brooks and husband Tommy, Kathy Taylor, Regina Barber were born from their love for one another. On March, 20, 1984, the Lord called Louie home. Estherleen was a stay at home mom, who loved God, church, her children and grandchildren, above anything else. She was a long time member of the Lafayette Church of God serving 54 years as clerk. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening, even running a tiller, and working in her flowers. Estherleen is also survived by; Grandchildren; Robin (Tommy)Dozier, Ken Brooks, Chad Vinson, Nathan Brooks, Atlas (Ashley) Barber, Chase Vinson, and Stormey (Jerry) Cunningham, Great-Grandchildren; Corey Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Logan Dozier, Alyse Barber, and Ricky Ashton Barber, Great-Great-Grandchildren; Allie Jenkins and Colby Jenkins. On Friday, July 12, 2013 Estherleen was greeted into Heaven by her infant daughter, Robin Renee. She was also met by six siblings; Ella Reid, Lois Hood, Lynn Jones, Freddie Goodall, Eunice Jones, and Donald Jones, and sons-in-law, Donnie Taylor and Rickey Barber.   
Funeral services for Virginia Estherleen Vinson were conducted Monday, July 15, 2013 at 1 pm from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Danny Sellars officiating. Atlas Barber, Jerry Cunningham, Cory Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Logan Dozier, and Stormey Cunningham served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Roark Cemetery.

 
Carl Harwood West, 90 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Carl Harwood West was born in the Galen Community in Macon County, Tennessee on February 8, 1923 to the late Joel Houston West and Marion Elizabeth Harwood West. He served in the United States Army during World War II.  Carl had several army acquaintances and they would meet every year for a reunion. He enjoyed being with his old army buddies very much. Carl was saved before he went into the army but he never told it until, he returned home from the war. Carl joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where he remains a member. On December 22, 1951, Carl married the former Dena Mae Driver, sharing sixty-one years together. They raised two daughters; Patricia and Anita. Carl loved get-togethers, and spending time with family and friends. He was employed by the Hartsville Nuclear Plant working there until he retired, in the early 90’s. Farming ran deep in Carl’s veins, and you could find him most of the time on the farm working. Carl enjoyed raising tobacco crops, raising gardens, and cutting hay. He also had several head of cattle that he took care of. Nothing made Carl happier than to see one of his children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, sitting on his Ford tractor. Besides his parents; sisters, Mabel East Swindle, Katherine Driver, Lucille Swindle, and Jewell East, brothers, Leon East and Charles Edward West also preceded Carl in death. On July 19, 2013, at the age of 90, the Lord called this old plow boy home. Even though it is a great loss to Carl’s family and friends, it is Heaven’s gain. Funeral services for Carl West were conducted Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2 pm from the Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Dean Sircy and Elder Walter Andrews officiating.  Phillip Turner, Curtis Parrish, Michael Tucker, John Michael Tucker, Jeff Tucker, Bud Wright, Justin Gammon, Tenny Jones, and Steve Blankenship served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Galen Cemetery. Carl is survived by; Wife, Dena Mae Driver West of the Galen Community in Macon County, TN, Daughters, Patricia Thompson, and Anita (Steve) Parrish all of Lafayette, TN, Grandchildren, Brian (Carla) Thompson, Shelley Thompson, Jessica Jones, Curtis (Tina) Parrish all of Lafayette, TN, and Stephanie Matthews of Russellville, KY, Great-Grandchildren, Devon Lester, Destiny Lester, Bryson Thompson, Briley Thompson, Colton Parrish, Emma Parrish, and Hannah Matthews also survive.

 
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