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Elsie E. Lyle, 90 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Elsie E. Lyle was born in Macon County, TN on July 3, 1923 to the late Joseph H. Lyle and Lillie B. Lyle. She was one of three siblings born to this union. Besides her parents, Grandparents Ransom Dillard, Martha Jane Dillard, Marshall Arron Lyle, Manerva Lyle, Brother Bethel Lyle, and Sister Lola B. Parrish also preceded Elsie in death. During her life, Elsie was mainly a homemaker, but did work a short time for Glen Donoho. Elsie was a very independent and intelligent woman who lived a simple life. She was an avid gardener, who would plant flowers anywhere she could. She was also a very committed journal writer, always keeping a journal nearby. Elsie was of the Methodist belief. On March 1, 2013 the Lord called Elsie home. She will be missed by her dear friends and loved ones. Funeral arrangements for Elsie Lyle were conducted on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Keith Sircy officiating.  Eddie Blankenship, Randy East, Keith Scruggs, Dylan Gann, Phillip Smith, and Charles Bogle served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Haysville Cemetery. Elsie is survived by; a Nephew and Cousins, and many devoted Friends

Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements.

 
Talmadge Eurlee Overton, 79 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Talmadge Eurlee Overton, of Lafayette, was born in Macon County on July 5, 1933, one of nine children, to the late James “Herley” and Myra Maybell Minick Overton. He departed this life on February 15, 2013 at the age of 79 years. Funeral services for Talmadge Overton were conducted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette with family members speaking. Interment with military honors followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.  Pallbearers were Roger Overton, Barry Hawkins, Larry Overton, Alex Irkily, James Cox and Charles Overton. Talmadge graduated from Macon County High School in 1952 and was drafted into the US Army, serving active duty from 1953 to 1955 as a Military Policeman during the Korean Conflict. After serving, he attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with a BS in Education from Middle Tennessee State University. He began his teaching career with the Macon County Board of Education in 1959 and retired in 1995. He taught Science, Biology and World Geography at High School and Elementary grades. Prior to teaching, he worked at Genesco in Gallatin, TN and International Harvester in Indianapolis, IN. Talmadge was active in the local community, serving on the Macon County Commission, as Justice of the Peace and managing the local swimming pool in summers. After his retirement, he hosted two exchange students; Frank Schoenberger from Germany and Alex Irkily from the Ukraine. Both graduated from Macon County High School. During his retirement, he taught World Geography at Volunteer State Community College. He enjoyed spending time working in his garden, researching family genealogy, spending time with his family and friends, traveling around the world and offering free advice. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Johnnie Overton, James Overton, Darrell Overton, and C.T. Overton. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Kelley and Debbie Overton, Brentwood, TN, Seth and Joye Overton, Redding, CA; sisters and brother-in-law, Viola Estes, TX, Juanita Beasley, Westmoreland, TN, Dottie and Billie Joe Hawkins, Lafayette, TN; brother, David and Pat Overton, Lafayette, TN; sisters-in-law, Hortense Overton, Lillian Overton, both of Siloam Community, Catherine Overton, Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren, Katie Overton, Kelsie Overton, Kylie Overton, Madeline Overton, Cooper Overton, Asa Overton; several nieces and nephews.

 
James Thompson Hagan, 89 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

James Thompson Hagan, 89, peacefully entered into eternal rest February 21, 2013 in his log cabin which be built when he was 82. Funeral Services for James Thompson Hagan will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, February 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Elder Terry Austin and Elder Barry Armour officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard in Cookeville, TN. Gary Vincent, Bobby Thomas, James Edgar Parkes, Elder Floyd Ferguson, Billy Wheeler, Danny Roark and Phillip Hix will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Fay Etheridge, Neil Dozier, Marty Pedigo, Teddy Bohanan, Tim Bohanan, Jeramiah Copas, Mark Hix and Randy Hagan will serve as active pallbearers. He was a wonderful husband to Emma who preceded him in death and a loving father and role model to Jean and Bill Austin of Tampa, Florida. James was born in Macon County to the late Chet and Norma Hagan and lived his whole life in Red Boiling Springs, TN. One of eight children, he is survived by Georgia Armour and his brother-in-law, Cortez Armour of Red Boiling Springs and his sister, Mildred Roark also of Red Boiling Springs. His sisters Alma Ruth Hix, Myrtle Bohanan and Gladys Vaughn along with brothers, Kenneth and Robert Hagan all preceded him in death. James served as a deacon and loyal supporter of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church for most of his life. He was a kind and giving person and believed in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. He proudly served with the U. S. Army during WWII, where he was awarded an American Theater Ribbon, A European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Service Stars, a Good conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. Many people in and around Macon County are living in homes built by James. He loved his work and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. He was loved and respected and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to share his life. Arrangements by ANDERSON & SON FUNERAL HOME, Red Boiling Springs, TN.

 
Diana Renee Dowland, 55 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Diana Renee Dowland was born in Chicago, IL on March 3, 1958 to Norma Ray Thompson Harrell and the late William Thompson.  Diana was one of two children born to this union. As a young woman, Diana was married to Georg James Franc, Sr. and together they had three sons. She later married Roy Dowland and gained a new family with Roy’s 4 children. Besides her father, Diana was also preceded in death by a son, Christopher Mathew Franc. Diana worked as a paralegal for a period of time before becoming an administrative assistant with Whitehall Jewelers. In her spare time, Diana was a huge supporter of PETA and the ASPCA. She had a love for all animals and her heart broke at the sight of abused or mistreated pets. Diana enjoyed life to the fullest. She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was of the Catholic Belief. On Friday, February 15, 2013, the Lord called Diana home. Funeral services for Diana Renee Dowland were conducted on Wednesday, February 20, at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Father Vic officiating.  Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Craig Dowland, George Franc, Sr., George Franc, Jr., Daniel Franc, Matthew Thompson, and Allen Moore served as pallbearers. Diana is survived by; husband, Roy Dowland of Lafayette, TN, sons, Georg James Franc, Jr. of Jalalabad Afghanistan and Daniel Keith (Mary Frances) Franc of Lafayette, mother, Norma Harrell of Lafayette, brother, Dennis (Linda) Thompson of Lafayette, grandchildren, Virginia Nicolle Franc, Christopher Daniel Franc, and Aron Keith Franc all of Lafayette, stepchildren, Lisa Dowland of Pensacola, FL, Christopher Dowland, Amy Dowland, and Karen Dowland all of Horn Lake, MS, Father of her children, Georg James Franc, Sr. of Westmoreland. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements.

 
Helen Huffines, 75 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Helen Huffines was born in Sumner County, Tennessee on October 12, 1938 to the late Homer and Lorene Green Wix. She was one of nine siblings born to this union. As a young woman, Helen was married and had two sons and a daughter. Besides her parents; brothers, Jessie and Ronnie Wix, sister, Janice Wix, and Grandchild, Savannah Sullivan also preceded Helen in death. Ms. Helen was a hard worker throughout her life. She always worked on the farm as hard as any man milking cows and doing whatever was needed to keep the farm going. She also worked at Fleetwood Homes for 14 years and worked as a painter for a few years as well. Ms. Helen was a very loving mother and grandmother that enjoyed life to the fullest. In her spare time, she loved going camping with her family. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She wanted nothing more than to have all of her family together and cook for her family. Most importantly, Helen was saved by God’s Grace as a young girl.  She was a member of Grace Baptist Church. In her crusade to spread the gospel, she would often fill her van with kids along the way to church on Sunday. She loved the Lord and wanted to help lead many children to him. On Saturday, February 9, 2013, the Lord called Helen home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Funeral services for Helen Huffines were conducted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend Maxie Brawner and Reverend David Simmons officiating. Interment followed in the Shrum Cemetery. Derrick Bullington, Steve Wix, Tony Wix, Daryl Hill, Bobby Huffines, and Scotty Wix served as pallbearers.  Joey Hill and Chuckie Wix served as honorary pallbearers. Helen is survived by; faithful companion, Randy Huffines of Hartsville, TN, sons, Jeffery (Karen) Sullivan of Hartsville, TN and Eric (Jennifer) Sullivan of Dixon Springs, TN, daughter, Tina (Bruce) Dyer of Lafayette, TN, step-son, Robby (Kerry) Huffines of Lafayette, TN, brothers, Robert (Julie) Wix of Lebanon, TN, Harold Wix of the New Zion Community, Jackie (Rita) Wix of the Long Creek Community, sisters, Mary Jo Bullington of the Westside Community and Nancy (David) Anderson of the Mt. Union Community in Scottsville, KY, grandchildren, Shay (Chris) Stevens, Wendy Sullivan, and A. J. (Ashley) Dyer, 7 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements.

 
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