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Obituaries August 2


Samuel W. Ashcraft, 76, of Millington, retired Navy veteran with 42 years of Government service, passed away July 26, 2012 at home. Services were held at July 29 at Munford Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Rosemark Cemetery. He was preceded in death by Sarah Ashcraft. Mr. Ashcraft is survived by his daughter Teri Aschraft-Day of Arlington; sons Chris Ashcraft of Yellville, Ark., Matt Ashcraft of Atoka, and James M. Ashcraft of Drummonds; sisters Mary Jo Hayes of Santa Rose, Calif., and Vivian Lowe of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brothers Holly Mac of Canton, Texas and Rayburn of Dallas; and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.



Beverly J. Frazier, 80, of Munford, retired from retail management, she was born July 10, 1932 passed at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Interment was in Northridge Woodhaven. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Volunteer for Salvation Army and Red Cross, UT Agriculture Extension Services, Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd F. Frazier. Mrs. Frazier is survived by daughter Denise Fitzwater of Lindenhurst, Ill.; sons Dale Frazier of Munford and Dean Frazier of Byhalia, Miss.; sister Ruth King of Forks, Wash.; brothers William Imhoff and Albert Fillmore of Roy, Wash.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contribution to Salvation Army.



Mary Jarratt Evans, of Millington, passed away of July 26, 2012. Service was held July 28 at the Munford Funeral Homes Chapel. She retired First Tennessee Bank, and was a member of Business Women’s Association; volunteer with Methodist Hospital; and Bartlett Senior Citizens. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by William F. Evans. She is survived by her daughter Anita Turner of Millington; son William H. Evans of Arkansas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.




Sarah Wooten Gordon “Gan”, beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt died July 21, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born in Munford Aug. 28, 1925 to the late Elbert Henry Wooten, Sr. and Mary Emma Witherington Wooten, asthe youngest of nine children. Her brothers were all farmers and businessmen  twelve or more years her senior. Sarah graduated from Munford High School and then Sullins College, in Bristol, Virginia. In 1948 she met and married the love of her life the late LCDR Erving Lawrence  (Larry) Gordon, a Naval Aviator stationed at the Millington Naval Base. Together they moved across the country several times until Larry’s final duty station returned them to Millington. In 1960, they returned to Munford, Tennessee and built a house across the street from her childhood home. Throughout her life Sarah had a strong intellectual curiosity. She was a voracious reader and collector of books, especially cookbooks, which she studied relentlessly. Two of her many passions were cooking and entertaining. She served as a substitute teacher at Munford High School, while actively participating in the Tipton Rosemark Academy Parents Association. Simultaneously she served as the bookkeeper for the Wooten Brothers Feed Mill. Later she opened and operated her own antique store. She also got her real estate license and sold real estate with Park Field Real Estate, Larry’s business. Although her family was her first priority, she had a gift for making everyone feel welcome and loved. Her sense of community was tireless. She was generous with her time, talent, and resources. Wherever she perceived a need she would contribute in any way she could. She was a lifelong member of the Munford Presbyterian Church. Sarah also loved to travel and in later years as her physical condition kept her from going great distances, she could frequently be spotted on the streets of Munford being chauffeured by one of her caregivers. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, James Wooten, Bill Wooten, June Wooten, Jack Wooten, Robert Wooten, Dan Wooten, Paul Wooten, sister, Mary Emaline husband, Larry, and grandson Austin Gordon.  She is survived by her children, Meg McGill a(Sherman) of Munford and Dr. Lance Gordon (Sandy) of Germantown, Tennessee. She is survived by her grandchildren: Dr. Katie McGill, Erin McGill, Seth McGill (Lindsay), Ethan Gordon, and Laura Gordon and a great grandson, Tate McGill She is also survived by her loving caregivers: Kathy Doss, Patricia Murphy, Barbara Wiles,  Polly Beasley, Brenda McCarley, and Judy Loper. The funeral was held July 25 at Munford Funeral Home with burial at the Helen Crigger Cemetery in Munford. Memorial donations can be made to Methodist Hospital Hospice Program, Mid-South Food Bank, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Restoration Church or a charity of your choice.



Glenda “Sue” Waits, 71, went to be with the Lord and family on July 27, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband “Rex” of 52 years. Sue is survived by her four children: Terry (wife Paula), Jeff (wife Paula), Bailey (wife Kim) and Tess (husband Danny); 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Bobby and Larry Delashmit, three sisters Janet Dix, Betty Humphreys and Debbie St. Clair. Sue was a lifelong resident of Millington and a member of First Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Shelby County Government. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The family requests any donations to be sent to the First Baptist Church building fund or The Methodist Hospice Residence. The family would like to send a special “thank you” to her caregivers, your dedication and commitment to service has been appreciated. Thank you!! The family will receive friends from 5-8 Monday, July 30 and service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 all at First Baptist Church, Millington Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel (901)873-0123


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