G.D. Willis, of Counce, departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the age of 86 years, 7 months, and 15 days.
He was born in Stantonville on June 27, 1930, the son of the late Hugh (Bill) and Sally Vinson Willis. On April 16, 1956, he was united in marriage to Maureen Emily Harris, who preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 2010.
Mr. Willis enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He retired from the Air Force as a technical sergeant after 21 years, 6 months and 21 days of service. He then went to work and later retired as a public safety officer for TVA at several locations such as Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, Yellow Creek, Mississippi, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
He enjoyed hunting for arrowheads and other artifacts along the banks of the river. He also enjoyed gardening, and gaining “bragging rights” over the first ripe tomato of the season was a goal of his. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his granddaughter and great-grandchildren, who were his favorite.
Mr. Willis is survived by his daughters, Susan Willis Smith and her husband Ricky, and Linda Willis, all of Counce; grandchild, Jennifer Smith Burks and her husband Brandon; great-grandchildren, Bentley Ray Burks and Mary Susan Burks; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Earl Willis and Billy Hugh Willis; and sisters, Mary Louise Mulder and Wilma Christine Willis.
Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., at White Sulphur Cemetery in Pickwick Dam with Rick Jones officiating. Burial will follow in White Sulphur Cemetery at Pickwick Dam.
Carol Elaine Middleton, of Olive Hill, was born on June 5, 1975, the daughter of Geneva Mae Lowe Middleton and the late Jimmy Leon Middleton. She departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the age of 41 years, 8 months and 4 days.
Carol was a member of Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church. She lived in Hardin County most of her life. Carol loved her family, her cats and dogs, her grandson, and going to church.
Along with her mother, Carol is survived by her daughters, Bobbie Elaine Bratcher and her significant other Bryan Martinez of Lavergne, Tennessee and Brandie Lee Bratcher of Olive Hill; brothers, Jimmy Middleton Jr. and companion Sandra of Olive Hill and Paul Middleton and wife Tonya of Olive Hill; and a grandchild, Carter Martinez.
Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Ed Williford officiating. Burial followed in Olive Hill Cemetery at Olive Hill, Tennessee.
A memorial service will be held for Carol Middleton on Sunday, June 4, at 10 a.m., at Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church in Olive Hill, with speakers Bob and Kristy Armstrong. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Jason Ray McDonald of Savannah was born on Aug. 30, 1975. He was the son of Gale Anglin and the late Kenneth “Mushy” McDonald.
Jason departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the age of 41.
He is survived by his mother Gale Anglin and step-father Ronnie of Michie; one son, Dusty McDonald and fianceé, Faith of Morris Chapel; two brothers, Jimmy McDonald and wife Dana of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Matthew “Chub” McDonald and girlfriend Autumn of Clifton; and one sister, Kellie Denton and husband Phillip of Linden, Tennessee. He is also survived by a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Jason was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
A small memorial was held on Sunday, Feb. 12, in his honor.
Mary Ellen Ferrell Litaker, of Adamsville, was born in South Haven, Michigan, the daughter of James Darwin Ferrell and Judith Elaine Barnes Ferrell.
On Dec. 19, 1987, she was united in marriage to Carl Ray Litaker, who survives.
Mary was a caregiver in home health care. She loved her work and caring for other people. She was a member of Counce United Pentecostal Church. Mary loved her grandchildren. She was very family oriented, everything was about her family.
She departed this life on Monday, Feb. 6, in Savannah, at the age of 51 years, 9 months and 29 days.
In addition to her husband Carl of 29 years, she is survived by her children, Ashley Litaker and her fiancé Josh Baker of Adamsville, Alisha Harrington and her spouse Chris of Henderson, Tennessee and Jessie Litaker of Savannah; four grandchildren, Cayden Christopher Hunt, Emma Aleece Hunt, Nicholas Casten Blaine Harrington and Brooklyn Gibson; her mother, Judy Ferrell of Fennville, Michigan; three brothers, Robert Ferrell of South Haven, Michigan, Randy Ferrell and his spouse Tanya of Savannah and Perry Ferrell of Pioneer, Tennessee; one sister, Heather Germain and her spouse Kelly of Otsego, Michigan; her step-mother, Tammy Ferrell of Michie; and three stepbrothers, Robert Parker, Chris Parker and Greg Parker. Mary is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James D. Ferrell; one grandchild, Ariana Elaine Gibson; and her grandparents, Chester and Magdelene Ferrell and Harold and Jessie Barnes.
Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville with Glen Miller officiating. Burial followed in Adamsville Cemetery at Adamsville, Tennessee.
Ann Jennings, of Savannah, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 6, at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 14 days.
She was born in Savannah on Feb. 23, 1934, the daughter of the late Elting and Agnes Williams Wilkes. On Aug. 5, 1956, she was united in marriage to Joe Dewitt Jennings, who survives.
Ann was a homemaker and a member of Savannah Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joe Dewitt Jennings of Savannah; sons, Gary Dewitt Jennings of Clifton and Joe Keith Jennings of Adamsville; grandchildren, Justin Jennings of Savannah, Corey Jennings of Ardmore, Alabama, and Brandi Jennings of Clifton; great-granddaughter, Alivia Jennings of Savannah; and brothers, Jimmy Wilkes of Savannah and Joe Wilkes of Humboldt, Tennessee.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Thompson; and twin brother, Edwin Fay Wilkes.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., at Savannah Church of Christ in Savannah with David Baker officiating. Burial followed in New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery at Savannah.