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Elder Gordon Wheeler, 70 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Elder Gordon Wheeler, age 70 of the Russell Hill Community in Macon County, TN passed away Tuesday morning, July 2, 2013 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage, TN. Funeral Services for Elder Gordon Wheeler were conducted Friday afternoon, July 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Elder Terry Austin, Brother Greg West and Brother Shawn Shepherd officiating. Interment followed in the Patterson Cemetery.  Honorary Pallbearers were Elder Jerry Tuttle, Elder Billy Joe Shoulders, Elder J.E. Shoulders, Elder Daniel Cook, Brother Frankie Downs, Dr. Richard Rutherford, James Browning, Paul Swann and Billy Beasley.  Active Pallbearers were Joey Woodard, Ronnie Morgan, Bobby Morgan, Brian Langford, Mark Wakefield, Ronnie Cook, Jerry Cook and Terry Cook. Elder Gordon was born Sunday, August 23, 1942 in Macon County, Tennessee, one of four siblings born to the late Ernest and Bertha Carnahan Wheeler. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Roger Wheeler. On January 23, 1965, he married the former Lois Goad, who survives. He was a member of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church and an electrician. On September 1, 1973, Gordon was ordained as a Missionary Baptist Minister. He served as the pastor of many churches and was a great servant to the Lord. Survivors besides his wife, Lois of 48 years include: daughters & son-in-law, Sherry Vance, Carthage, Tina & Barry Jenkins, grandson, Isaiah Jenkins, all of the Russell Hill Community, sister, Vivian Woodard, brother & sister-in-law, Billy & Betty Wheeler, all of Red Boiling Springs.

 
Vinola Bell Sewell, 81 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vinola Bell Sewell was born in Macon County, TN on July 7, 1931 to the late Eutra King Woodcock, and Tina Howard Woodcock. She was one of five siblings.  
As a young lady, Bell was married to Charles Allen Sewell sharing forty-six years together and raising two daughters, Nancy and Susan.  Bell and Charles had a wonderful life together, they enjoyed their home and loved being with their children. On December 21, 1998 the Lord called Charles home.
Besides Charles and her parents; one brother, Hollis Woodcock also preceded her in death.
Bell worked for a time as a banker, but most of her life was spent as housewife and mother. Bell had an unconditional love for her husband, children, and great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed sewing and working in her flowers, when time permitted. Bell had a great liking for antiques and enjoyed collecting them.
She was a dedicated member of White Oak Church of Christ and loved her church family.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the Lord called Bell to her new home. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Funeral services for Vinola Bell Sewell were conducted Saturday, June 29th at 1 pm from the White Oak Church of Christ with Edward Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens.
Vinola Bell is survived by; Daughters, Nancy (Wally) Kirby of Pikeville, TN, Susan (Mike) Rogers of Lafayette, TN, Sister, Hilda Dycus of Red Boiling Springs, TN, Brother, Donald Woodcock, Sr. of Lebanon, TN, H.N. (Sue) Reid of Lafayette, TN, Grandchildren, Andy (Ginger) Kirby of Medina, TN, John (Amy) Kirby of Lebanon, TN, Jeremy (Ambre) Kirby of Cookeville, TN, Nathan Rogers of Murfreesboro, TN,
Sister-in-law, Ercie Sisco of Lafayette, TN, Margie Sewell of Colbert, GA, and four great-grandchildren also survive.

 
Fletcher “Keith” Adkinson, 69 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nashville, TN – Fletcher “Keith” Adkinson, a dedicated ambassador to the country music community, serving on multiple boards of directors, acting a legal liaison for celebrity friends and the ultimate client the Estate of Hank Williams, passed away at the age of 69. Mr. Adkinson was actively engaged in the practice of law for over 40 years. He was admitted to practice in Virginia, West Virginia, California, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. He was also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Additionally, was admitted pro hac vice in numerous other states to participate in cases of his selection before that state’s judiciary. Mr. Adkinson received his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 1966 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University in 1969. He started practicing law in Beverly Hills, CA with the firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel, and later in their Washington, DC office until 1974. His areas of concentration were litigation, corporate securities, entertainment and legislative counselling. His clients ranged from Kirk Kerkorian to MGM to Frank Sinatra, along with a host of major corporations and entertainment personalities. From 1974 until 1979, Mr. Adkinson was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations [The “Rackets Committee”]. In that capacity, he spearheaded investigations into organized criminal activity, labor racketeering, fraud, misfeasance, malfeasance, collusion, mismanagement, incompetence, corruption or unethical practices in all branches of government and all other aspects of crime and lawlessness within the United States. From 1979 until 1982, Mr. Adkinson was Of Counsel to the Chicago based management labor law firm Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, working out of its Washington, DC office. While with the firm, he concentrated on legislative counselling and developed an active Washington presence for the firm. During the 1980 Reagan/Bush Presidential Campaign, Mr. Adkinson was tapped by Campaign Chairman Bill Casey to be the National Director of Democrats for Reagan/Bush. He enlisted the commitment of Leon Jaworski, Watergate Special Prosecutor and Houston, TX legal Brahmin, to be the Chairman of this component of the election campaign. After the victorious campaign, Mr. Adkinson was selected to serve on the Department of Justice Presidential Transition Team, with general responsibility for the various components of the Department and specific responsibility for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Bureau of Prison, among others. Subsequent to these responsibilities, Mr. Adkinson was appointed by President Reagan to two terms as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations. In July, 1982, Mr. Adkinson established his own law practice in Washington, DC providing specialized legal and consulting services primarily in the areas of legislative counselling, white collar criminal defense, general corporate, small business formation and development, securities registration, venture capital, entertainment and international trade. His clients ranged from administration officials, congressmen and senators to major corporations and major alleged white collar criminals. In 1984, while Mr. Adkinson was litigating a major real estate matter in lower Alabama, he was invited by his client to meet with a young lady then known as Cathy Deupree Mayer. That meeting changed both of their lives. He undertook the case, proved that she was the daughter of Hank Williams, sued in Alabama to re-open the estate [making her an heir, 40 years after Hank’s death], sued in New York for her proportionate share of the copyright renewals of her dad’s songs – they won and changed multiple laws in the process. He married his client in September, 1986. Mr. Adkinson has spearheaded numerous related intellectual property cases growing out of and related to his representation of his father-in-law’s estate and his representation of Jett Williams. His current practice was restricted to his and Jett’s Grand Ole Opry performing buddies (Jeanne Pruett, Leroy Van Dyke, Moe Bandy, David Frizzell, Jim Ed Brown, among others) and cases of significant legal merit, from his point of view, and those that caught his interest. On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the age of 69, Fletcher “Keith” Adkinson was called home by the Master. He was a man of great knowledge and an inspiration to all.  He will be sorely missed by his family and his multitude of friends and colleagues. Funeral services for Keith Adkinson will be conducted Monday, June 24 at 1 pm from the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Lafayette, Tennessee with Reverend Sid Leak officiating. Serving as Active Pallbearers will be LeRoy Van Dyke, Larry Finks, Lee Gillick, Jason Moore, Jeremy Parsons, Jeanne Pruett, and T.G. Shepperd. Honorary Pallbearers are; Razzy Bailey, Kathie Baillie, Moe Bandy, Emy Joe Bilbery, Keith Bilbrey, Bobby Bradley, Ty Brannon, Michael Bonagura, Jim Ed Brown, Jay Chugg, Helen Cornelius, Christi Dalton, Jamey Davis, Cliff Dinnen, Jim Dooley, Jimmy Fortune, David Frizzell, Eddie Fulton,  Guy Gilchrist, Danny Joe, Kelly Lang, Hank Adam Locklin, David McCormick, Sam Moore, Collin Raye, Tom Roland, Carolyn Tate, Big Wayne, Kirt Webster, Jeremy Westby, Bob Whittaker, Hilary Williams, Holly Williams, and Leona Williams. A Private Interment will follow in the Adkinson - Williams Cemetery. Visitation will begin Sunday evening at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel from 4 pm to 7 pm with Masonic Rights starting at 7 pm by the Lafayette Masonic Lodge F& M #543.  Visitation will continue Monday morning from 11 am to 1 pm service time. Keith is survived by; Wife, Jett Adkinson Williams of Hartsville, TN, Son, Frederick Keith Adkinson of Montana, and one grandson.

 
Lexie Bean Carver, 89 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lexie Bean Carver age 89 of Red Boiling Springs, TN passed away Friday morning, June 14, 2013 at the The Palace in Red Boiling Springs, TN. Funeral Services for Lexie Bean Carver were conducted Sunday afternoon, June 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN with E.C. Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park in Lafayette, TN. Edward Bean, Justin Bean, Howard Koon, Jonathon Roark, Hewey Bean, Gary Davis, Chuck Jordan & Mark White served as pallbearers. Lexie was born June 9, 1924 in Clay County, Tennessee, one of two siblings born to the late William Brade and Jewel (Davis) Bean. On October 4, 1944, she married William Edward Carver, who preceded her in death on August 31, 1994. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Faye Bean. She was a retired factory worker and retired from Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs. Lexie was a member of the Red Boiling Church of Christ. Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law, Margie & Roger Roark; grandson, Jeff (Kim) Roark; Great Grandson, Jonathon Roark all of Red Boiling Spring, TN., brother, Reed Bean of Hartsville, Ohio.

 
Ruby Wakefield Clark, 93 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ruby Wakefield Clark was born on April 2, 1920 in Macon County, TN, one of six siblings, to the late Floyd and Betty Jenkins Wakefield. She departed this life on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the age of 93 years, 2 months and 18 days.  Funeral services for Ruby Wakefield Clark were conducted at the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd with Jerry Mercer and E.C. Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.  Honorary pallbearers were Lee Hogin, Matthew Finn, Seth Blankenship, Zack Blankenship, Eldon Clark and Donald Clark.  Pallbearers were Jeff Brockette, Greg Brockette, Ben Clark, Chris Clark, Alex Clark and Adam Clark. On October 30, 1936, Ruby married Paul H. Clark, spending 43 years together until his death on May 21, 1980.  To this union was born three children ˆ Paul Lowell, Larry and Linda. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lafayette Church of Christ.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Paul Lowell Clark; brothers, Lovell Wakefield and Manson Wakefield; and a sister, Lorain Barton. Ruby is survived by: son, Larry Clark of Lafayette; daughter Linda Brockette of Lebanon; sisters and brother-in-law, Edna and E.C. Meadows of Red Boiling Springs, and Edith Cook of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Jeff (Lisa) Brockette, Greg Brockette, all of Lebanon, Tara Brockette of College Park, Maryland, Nikki (Lee) Hogin of Lafayette, Ben (Kylie) Clark of Red Boiling Springs, Ginger (Matthew) Finn of Cookeville, Chris Clark of Murfreesboro, Alex (Lindsay) Clark of Gallatin, Adam Clark, Zack Blankenship, both of Nashville, and Seth (Brittany) Blankenship of Lafayette; 16 great-grandchildren.

 
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