Charles Clinton Crow, of Savannah, departed this life on Thursday, March 2, at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 24 days.
He was born on Sept. 6, 1941, in Water Valley, Mississippi, the son of Price Alexander Crow Sr. and Jimmie Tubbs Crow, and was the youngest of eight children.
Charles grew up in the Mississippi Delta and graduated from West Tallahatchie High School in Webb, Mississippi in 1960. Immediately upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Pine Island Seaplane Tender and at the Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan during the Vietnam War. After discharge he attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College. During the summer of 1965 he met his love, Bettye Beckham and they were united in marriage on Feb. 19, 1966.
Charles began work with the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1979 at the Yellow Creek Nuclear Site and then moved to the Power Service Center and Nuclear Waste Facility in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he spent 30 years, retiring in 2009. He loved the outdoors, spending endless hours working and perfecting his yard and farm. He was an avid lover of animals of all kinds but he especially enjoyed raising goats. He took great pride in his home and farm and hosted many family and friend gatherings there. His love for his family and friends was apparent in every aspect of his life.
On Sept. 26, 2004, Charles was ordained a deacon at Double Springs Baptist Church. He has been a member of Hopewell Baptist Church since 2008. He was a Master Mason and member of the Savannah Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bettye Beckham Crow of Savannah; three daughters, Cindy Clayton and husband Ernie, Charla Townley and husband Tim, and Natalie Hunt; seven grandchildren, Taylor Clayton, Trey Clayton, Chase Townley, Claire Townley, Cooper Townley, Harper Hunt and Sadie Hunt, all of Savannah; one sister, Yvonne Williams and husband Johnny of Cedar Hill, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mable Gillen, Patsy Ray and Janie Bruister; and brothers, Leslie Crow, Thomas Crow and Price Alexander Crow Jr.
Charles was dearly loved by his entire family. His legacy of love, gentleness and endless devotion to his family will forever be a light to his children and grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Children or Youth Ministries, 9845 Hwy. 128, Savannah, Tenn. 38372.
Services were held on Monday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Hopewell Baptist Church in Savannah with Derek Westmoreland officiating. Burial followed in Neill Cemetery at Savannah.
Geneva Briley departed this life on Saturday, March 4, at the age of 77 years, 8 months, and 10 days.
She was born in Henderson County, Tennessee, on June 22, 1939, the daughter of the late Coy and Pearl Johnson Swafford. On March 28, 1975, she was united in marriage to L.D. Briley, who survives.
Geneva was a supervisor and sewing machine operator for Scotts Hill Leisure Wear, Decaturville Sportswear, and Garan Manufacturing. She was an excellent cook and ministered to others by making and delivering homemade cakes. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Nixon First Pentecostal Church.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, L.D. Briley of Crump; grandson, Duane Eliff and his wife Amber of Crump; great-grandchildren, Briley Eliff and Brady Eliff; children, Delbert Briley and wife Jennifer of Puyallup, Washington, Lezlie Lambert and husband William of Iuka, Mississippi, Letha Haahr and husband Steve of Puyallup, Washington, and Larae Giuseffi and husband Joe of Puyallup, Washington; grandchildren, Denver Briley, Kylie Briley, Dylan Lancaster, Lynzie McKay, Leighann Williamson, Elizabeth Haahr, Trevor Haahr, Taylor Haahr, Amber Giuseffi, Joey Giuseffi, and Alyssa Giuseffi; great-grandchildren, Addyson McKay, Aiden McKay, Rhys Briley, Cooper Mendenhall, Benson Haahr, and Olivia Whaldherr; brother, Danny Swafford and wife Kay of Reagan; and sister, Juanita Davis Gillham of Crump.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Terecia Eliff.
Services were held on March 7, at 1 p.m., at Nixon First Pentecostal Church in Savannah with Rev. John Robinson and David Eliff officiating. Burial followed in the Crump Cemetery.
Gene Autry Stricklin, 78, of Savannah, died on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
He was the son of the late Charlie Ledford and Nora Viola Stricklin. He was united in marriage to Artie Mae Scott, who survives.
Mr. Stricklin was retired from Brown Shoe Company where he was a shoemaker. He was of Baptist belief.
Along with his wife Artie, he is survived by his daughters, Pamela Kelley of Decaturville, Tennessee, Margaret McFall of Lutts, Rebecca Shands of Lutts and Daphne Elzey ArmasPerez of Lexington, Alabama; sons, Norman Stricklin of Savannah and Marty Stricklin of Savannah; sisters, Jaqueline Franks and Peggy Shubert, both of Savannah; brother, Charles Stricklin of Savannah; and six grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Shands; sisters, Charlyne Stricklin and Lula Johnson; and brothers, Billy Thomas Stricklin, Bomar Stricklin and GW Stricklin.
Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with David Highland officiating. Burial followed in White’s Creek Cemetery at Savannah.
Patty Mae Freshour Owle, 57, of Savannah, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
She is the daughter of the late Lee and Wilma Josephine Scott Freshour. She was united in marriage to Bruce Owle, who survives.
She had been employed at Food Giant and Maz’s Country Store in Burnt Church.
In addition to her husband Bruce, she is survived by her daughters, Amber Austin of Savannah and Melissa Harvin of Atlanta; her son, Harley Owle of Vero Beach, Florida; 11 granchildren; and three sisters, Mary Thayer and Shirley Lumley of Rye, Colorado, and Barb Strombeck of Pueblo, Colorado.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Robbie, Wilma and Roger Freshour.
Clara Aline “Cissy” Moore, 44, of Adamsville, died on Friday, Feb. 24, in Memphis.
She was born in Jackson, Tennessee, the daughter of the late William “Jack” Henry Williams and Barbara Aline Hanna Ferguson.
She was a member of Solitude Free Will Baptist Church in Adamsville and Leapwood Fire Department. She had worked for Mighty Auto Parts in Jackson, then for Holmes Industrial in Montezuma, Motor Parts and Bearing in Henderson, and also Jackson, and was currently at NCM Mill Works in Leapwood. She was also a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Nick Moore of Adamsville; a daughter, Amber Hanson of Selmer; a son, Sawyer Moore of Adamsville; a sister, Ginny Jaco of Selmer; and several nieces and nephews,
Services were held on Monday, Feb. 27, at Solitude Free Will Baptist Church in Adamsville with David Paseur and Tanner Garrison officiating. Burial followed in Mars Hill Cemetery at Adamsville.