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Nell Ray Bearden Wilkes

July 28, 1929 - July 31, 2017
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Nell Ray Bearden Wilkes, 88, of Fayetteville passed away on Monday morning (July 31, 2017) at her home. Funeral service for Mrs. Wilkes will be conducted Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11 AM at Higgins Funeral Home with pastors David Arrington and Sara Weber officiating. Burial to follow in Booneville Cemetery.

She was the daughter of the late Rollie and Nannie McGee Bearden. She was retired from the Lincoln County Trustee’s Office and Tennessee Livestock Producers and was a member of the Booneville United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wilkes was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Don Wilkes, who passed away January 29, 2013, an infant son, Jerry Ray Wilkes, and a brother, J.D. Bearden.

She is survived by her children, Patsy Jo Moore and husband, John, of Winchester, Barbara Ann Groce and husband, Jerry, of Roxboro, NC, and Brenda Mai Wilkes of Fayetteville; grandson, Brent Wilkes Groce and wife, Rachel, of Roxboro, NC; and beloved family members, Faye Liddie, Nan Bearden Sims and Joann Bearden Lindsey, all of Fayetteville, and Dan Bearden of Murfreesboro.

Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5 until 7 PM at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Booneville United Methodist Church care of Bill Martin at 165 Bill Martin Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

Schedule of Services
  • Service Location
  • Higgins Funeral Home
  • Visitation
  • Date: August 1, 2017
    Time: 5:00 until 7:00 PM
  • Service
  • Date: August 2, 2017
    Time: 11:00 AM