Audrey Faye Lee Waggoner-Alford, 71, of Dyersburg, formerly of Charleston, Ill., died on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Alford was a published writer and co-authored an auto-biographical book with her sisters titled Ten Sisters: A True Story. Her story was featured in Family Circle magazine and a PBS documentary was produced featuring the collective stories of Mrs. Alford and her sisters. She co-authored a children's book titled Ten Little Sisters. She also had a love for writing poetry, some of which can be found in the Library of Congress. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend; her heart was always open to everyone. Mrs. Alford's life was patterned after Matthew 25:35-36 which states, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me." In the spirit of these verses she chose to donate her body to the scientific study of Emphysema, Tuberculosis, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the hope of finding cures.
Above all else, family was her greatest gift and joy.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Dale Alford; six sisters, Jenny Rackley of Onarga, Ill.; Irma Allen of Park Forest, Ill.; Rhita Brniak of Park Forest, Ill.; Vera Barber of Park Forest, Ill.; Paulene Ariel of Park Forest, Ill.; Doris Wenzel of Mahomet, Ill.; and her eight children: Steve Richardson (Linda) of Dyersburg; DeeAnna Crist (Russ) of Schererville, Ind.; Rhonda Stephens (Randy) of Dyersburg; John Breece (Donna) of Dyersburg; Mark Breece (Vicky) of Dyersburg; James Bobo of Dyersburg; Marion Pingle (Matt) of Lawrence, Mich.; and Carla Gammons Fair of Dyersburg. She is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a multitude of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen Waggoner and Olive Ruth Golden; three sisters, Deloris Hart, Mary Margaret Hickmott, Phyllis Ann Ferguson; and two brothers, Carl Waggoner and Jesse Waggoner.
The visitation will be held at Dyersburg Funeral Home on Saturday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m. and memorial service at 1 p.m. at Dyersburg Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cunningham Children's Home -- 1301 North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802 -- www.cunninghamhome.org
Martha Frances Craig Tickle, beloved mother, died Monday, January 18, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. She had just recently celebrated her 97th birthday with twenty-three family members. She was born November 26, 1912 to Martha Ann Smith Craig and William "Hal" Craig in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
She retired from Dyersburg Fabrics in 1979 and thoroughly enjoyed her retirement. Her family was her life and she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, reading and playing bridge with her friends.
Her faith was very important to her and she faithfully took her girls to Sunday School and church services at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she was a lifetime member.
She is survived by three daughters: Jennie Craig Tucker and husband Dr. Bill Tucker of Ripley, TN; Frances Corinne Leggett and husband Dr. Bob Leggett of Knoxville, TN; and Martha Lynn Templeton and husband Joe Templeton of Perdido Key, FL; eight grandchildren, William Craig Tucker, John Stephen Tucker and wife Sonja; Jeremy Smith Tucker and wife Christy; Dr. Leslie Leggett Baker and husband John, Will Leggett and wife Ida, Tot Templeton & wife Cindy, Tracey Koenning & husband Vic, Scott Templeton & wife Kim, ten great-grandchildren and one nephew, Louis G. Norville, III.
Preceding her in death were her parents, William Hall "Hal" & Martha Ann Smith Craig; two sisters, Jennie White Craig Watters and Estelle Craig Norvell and one brother William H. "Bill" Craig.
Visitation will be held at Curry Funeral Home in Dyersburg, TN, Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 11:30 am -- 12:30 pm with graveside services to follow at 1:00 pm at Fairview Cemetery where she will be interred. Associate Pastor Annetta Camp will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2280 Parr Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024.
Pallbearers will be John Tucker, Jeremy Tucker, Will Leggett, Albert Fowlkes, Jorge Cruxent, Louis G. Norville, II, and John Baker.
"Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing you have received ... but only what you have given; a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage." (Quote from St. Frances)
On line condolences can be made at: www.curryfuneral.com.