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Elder Eugene E. Porter, 88 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Elder Eugene E. Porter was born on July 24, 1924 to the late Carsey Eugene Porter and Nannie Bridgewater Gregory Porter in Dixon Springs, Tennessee. As a young man he loved hunting and fishing. On February 15, 1945, he married the former Gaibelle Shoulders. They lived a wonderful life together, sharing 55 years together and raising three children. Gaibelle preceded him in death on July 22, 2000. Besides his wife and parents, one brother, William Lee Porter also preceded him in death. Elder Eugene lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee and was a truck driver, but after retiring he moved back to Macon County. Duck hunting and training bird dogs was his favorite past time; he was an avid sportsman. Elder Eugene loved to golf and was a member of the Macon County Country Club. He was also a self-taught historian. Elder Eugene was the editor of the “Macedonian Call” from 1995- 2009 and a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. On Monday, November 12, 2012, at the age of 88, the Lord called Elder Eugene home. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, but our loss is Heaven’s Gain. Funeral services for Elder Eugene were conducted Thursday at 11 am from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Dean Sircy and Elder Walter Andrews officiating. Nathan Dean, Sam Dean, Thomas Mark Dean, Paul McCann, Harris Porter, and Jack Renfro served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Dixon Springs Cemetery. He is survived by; Children, Larry (Jessie) Porter of Gallatin, Jeanie (Thomas) Dean of Hendersonville, Bonita (Kevin) Steele of Lafayette, Grandchildren, Heather Weldon, Paul McCann, Rachael Renfro, Sam Dean, Nathan Dean, Thomas (Topper) Dean, Great- grandchildren, Mackenzie Weldon, Payton McCann, and Thea Renfro, Brothers, Raymond (JoAnn) Porter, John Porter, Sister, Mary Frances (Ken) Taylor, Brothers, Raymond (JoAnn) Porter, and John Porter, and Sister, Mary Frances (Ken) Taylor

 
Willa Dean Pruitt Smith, 71 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Willa Dean Pruitt Smith was born in Macon County, TN, on November 30, 1941 to Della Valeer Cook Pruitt Bowlin and the late Roy Carl Pruitt. Besides Willa Dean’s father, one grandson, Nathan Smith also preceded her in death. She was previously married and has one daughter Juanita. Willa Dean was employed as an assembly line worker by Carters Automotive in Lafayette until it closed. She did a lot of gardening in the summertime, quilting and sewing in the winter months. Willa Dean loved cooking for her family and playing with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time oil painting. Willa Dean was a caring and loving person with an infectious smile. On November 12, 2012, Willa Dean saw the most beautiful canvas painting of all, Heaven.  She will be greatly missed by family and friends, but our loss is Heaven’s Gain.        
Funeral services for Willie Dean were conducted Wednesday at 1 pm from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Glen Brawner officiating.  Barry Ray, Willie Ray, Adam Ray, Michael Clark, Cody Clark, Novis Lancaster, Jerry Wooten, and Timmy Hagan served as Pallbearers.  Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Willa Dean is survived by; Daughter, Juanita (Tony) Hale, Grandson, T.J. Hale, Mother, Della (Will) Bowlin, Granddaughter at Heart, Tisha Sadler, Caregivers, Billy Meador and Penny Clark, Former Husband, Earl (Joyce) Smith, Special Friend, Mary Ann Hale, Brother-in-law, Jackie (Lillie) Smith, Sisters-in-law, Judy (Willie) Ray, Joyce Thompson all of Lafayette, TN, several Nieces and Nephews, also survive.

 
Rachel Ann Dotson, 77 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rachel Ann Dotson was born in Macon County KY, on December 1, 1935 to the late Willie Smith Austin and Pricilla Beatrice Krantz Austin. She was the second of four siblings born to this union. She was married to Sammie Ray Dotson on November 6, 1954. They made a home and cherished life together until the Lord called Sammie home on April 3, 1986. Rachel and Sammie had a farm. They worked side-by-side growing tobacco and tending livestock. Rachel worked at Form-fit Rogers for several years. Later in life, she worked in housekeeping at Knollwood Manor, until retiring. Besides her husband and parents, one brother, Arvid Austin also preceded her in death. Rachel loved her family and having her nieces and nephews around made her life complete. Rachel was saved and a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. On Wednesday, November 7, 2012 the Lord called Rachel home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, but is now resting peacefully in Heaven. Funeral services for Rachel were conducted on Friday, November 9, at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Jeff Blackwell and Elder Todd Austin officiating. Ben Cook, Byron Cook, Brandon Meador, and Terry Cook served as Honorary Pallbearers. Ricky Meador, Mikie Meador, Robbie Meador, David Austin, Chris Austin, and Greg Austin served as Active Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Galen Cemetery. Rachel is survived by; Special Niece, Rhonda Cook, Sister, Ruth (Gordon) Meador, Brother, George (Sandra) Austin, Sisters-in-law, Marie Austin, and Dean Austin all of Lafayette, TN, and several nieces and nephews, also survive.

 
Ruth Bean Grace, 91 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ruth Bean Grace, age 91, of the Mt. Vernon Community in Clay County, TN passed away Monday evening, November 5, 2012 at the Monroe Health Care & Rehab in Tompkinsville, KY. Funeral services for Ruth Bean Grace were conducted Thursday morning, November 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Jimmy Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Ruth was born Thursday, November 3, 1921, in Clay County, TN, the 12th of 14 siblings born to the late Sydney and Martha Browning Bean. On September 21, 1940, she married Dumas “Zeke” Grace, who preceded her in death on April 22, 2006. She graduated from Gamaliel High School in Gamaliel, KY. After she married Dumas they moved to Toledo, Ohio where she worked as a payroll clerk for the Acklin Stamping Company. They returned to Clay County, TN in 1948. During the late 1950’s she taught school at Oak Grove Elementary School and served as the school secretary at Hermitage Springs School. From 1959 until she retired in 1989 she worked as a secretary for the Clay County Department of Human Services. In February 2011 she moved to the Stonecrest Assisted Living in Lafayette, TN. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ. Survivors include: son & daughter-in-law, Jimmy & Elizabeth Grace, Atlanta, GA, grandsons, Stewart Grace, Atlanta, GA, John Grace & wife, Stephanie, Seattle, WA, sister & brother-in-law, Marie & Cornell Rhoton, Tompkinsville, KY, many nieces & nephews.

 
Macie Mai Linville Hickman, 98 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Macie Mai Linville Hickman was born Wednesday, July 8, 1914 in the Clampit Hollow of Macon County, Tennessee and entered her eternal rest on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Knollwood Manor at the age of 98. She was born the fifth child to Elder Herley Smith Linville and Lillian Daisy Carr Linville. Macie was married to William Paul Hickman on Friday, February 26, 1936. Paul and Macie made their residence, for most of their sixty-one years of marriage, in Madison, Tennessee. She was employed during the war efforts of World War II at Southern Manufacturing Company making uniforms for the U.S. Army and Navy. She received an award for excellence in war production. She spent most of her life as a devoted wife and homemaker. She loved her garden, flowers, housework, cooking and especially cooking for others. Macie was saved at Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. Her husband, Paul passed away on August 22, 1997 after more than 61 years of marriage. After Paul’s death, Macie moved to Joelton, Tennessee and then moved to her last home in Macon County, Tennessee. After suffering a stroke in 2007, she moved to Knollwood Manor. She is survived by her dear, loving sister, Rosie Lee Linville Sullivan of the Rocky Mound Community in Macon County, and by several nieces, nephews, and friends. Besides her husband and parents, brother, Wallace Linville, sisters, Mary Lou Flatt, Avie McWhirter, Gladys Howser, and Virgie Dobbs Burroughs, special nephews, J.D. McWhirter and Jerry Douglas Howser, also preceded her in death. Macie will be missed by all who ate at her table and enjoyed her love. Even during her last days, she brought joy to those who loved her. The staff at Knollwood Manor lovingly became her extended family.
Funeral services for Macie Hickman were conducted on Wednesday, November 7, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend Harold King officiating. Terry Howser, Jerryn Howser, Bryan Jenkins, Walter Andrews, Jackie Cline, and Tony Owen served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Rocky Mound Cemetery.

 
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