Dr. Paul McLin Wakefield
August 8, 1928 -
December 2, 2018

Visitation

December 8, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Service 

December 8, 2018
12:00 PM

Interment

Obituary

Funeral service for Dr. Paul McLin Wakefield, age 90, of Fayetteville, TN will be conducted at 12 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Whitney Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens.

Dr. Wakefield was born on August 8, 1928 in Giles County, Tennessee to the late Gideon Cephus and Sadie Ileen McLin Wakefield. Paul was a graduate of Martin Methodist College, Middle Tennessee State University, and earned his Doctors degree in Dentistry from the University of Tennessee Memphis. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, men’s Bible class at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, charter member of the Joseph Greer Chapter of the TN-S.A.R., TN Society War of 1812, past president of the Fayetteville Rotary Club, a Paul Harris fellow, and past president of the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Wakefield owned and operated Dr. Paul M. Wakefield, D.D.S. dental practice in Fayetteville until retirement in 1999. He passed away on December 2, 2018 at Lynchburg Nursing Center.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Nancy Ruth Clemmer Wakefield; sons, Colin Wakefield and wife Nan of Fayetteville, and John Kevin Wakefield and partner Alice Reid of White House, TN; daughter, Cynthia Hinson and husband Andrew of Athens, AL; grandchildren, Mollie Wakefield and fiance Stevenson Giles, Katie Wakefield, Bonnie Wakefield, Trevor Hinson, and Drew Hinson; brothers, Glen Wakefield and wife Carolyn of Guntersville, AL, Carl Wakefield, and Earl “Corky” Wakefield both of Pulaski, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be from 10 AM until 12 PM on Saturday at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martin Methodist College, 433 West Madison St., Pulaski, Tennessee, 38478 or the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, 200 Elk Avenue N., Fayetteville, TN 37334. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Dr. Paul McLin Wakefield.

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11 Comments

  1. bj

    My deepest condolences to the Wakefield s for your recent passing of Dr.Paul.John 3:16

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  2. Ms Allison

    Please except my condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. John 5:28, 29 gives this assurance.

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  3. Kenneth Mills

    It was great to have the opportunity in meeting and getting to know Paul while in dental school. I have many good memories of our association.

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  4. Reuben N. Pelot,III,DDS

    I value the time I knew Paul as a fellow student at UT dental school in Memphis, and treasure the moments we shared together at times following dental school. He was a very class man, and loved by all. Barbara joins me in sending sympathies to Nancy and family. Our very best to all. Reuben(NIB) and Barbara Pelot

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  5. Dennis Gardner

    Dear Family of Dr. Wakefield,
    I have practiced dentistry in Spring Hill, Tn since 1983. Shortly after I began, Dr. Wakefield had eye surgery and did not recover as fast as he had hoped. I needed something to do to supplement my very new practice. Dr. Wakefield’s misfortune became my good fortune. I came to Fayetteville one day a week for 10 weeks to complete the dentistry he had started prior to his surgery. My good fortune was getting to spend those 10 days with one of the best dentists and finest Christian men I’ve ever met. I am grateful for the extremely positive influence of a colleague who became a friend. I’m sorry I can not attend his memorial service. You have my condolences. I will hold all of you in my prayers for the coming days.

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  6. Reeves & Janice Carr

    Paul was an excellent dentist, a very good man, and a very good friend and neighbor. It was a blessing to get to spend time with both Paul and Nancy at the nursing home while I was there. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time. Reeves and Janice

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  7. Lenace Hyde Vaughn

    Dr Wakefield and Mrs Nancy are two of my favorite people. I always enjoyed getting to talk with them. Prayers to all of the family for the loss of Dr Wakefield and prayers for a swift recovery also for Mrs Nancy. Keep all your precious memories close at heart.
    Lenace Hyde Vaughn

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  8. Jim Storey

    Corky, your family is in our prayers. May the Lord ease the pain.

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  9. Jon and Christie Atkins

    Colin and Nan ~ We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May you find comfort in your sweet memories.
    Jon and Christie (Mitchell) Atkins

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  10. Bobby Joe Seales

    Prayers and heartfelt sympathy for Colin and the family at their time of loss. Precious Memories.

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  11. Reba Seals

    Dr. Wakefield was our family’s dentist for many years, until he retired. We all loved him. I felt especially blessed to be able to also worship with him and Nancy once I started to church at FUMC. Such a fine, fine man!

    Reply

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11 Comments

  1. bj

    My deepest condolences to the Wakefield s for your recent passing of Dr.Paul.John 3:16

    Reply
  2. Ms Allison

    Please except my condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. John 5:28, 29 gives this assurance.

    Reply
  3. Kenneth Mills

    It was great to have the opportunity in meeting and getting to know Paul while in dental school. I have many good memories of our association.

    Reply
  4. Reuben N. Pelot,III,DDS

    I value the time I knew Paul as a fellow student at UT dental school in Memphis, and treasure the moments we shared together at times following dental school. He was a very class man, and loved by all. Barbara joins me in sending sympathies to Nancy and family. Our very best to all. Reuben(NIB) and Barbara Pelot

    Reply
  5. Dennis Gardner

    Dear Family of Dr. Wakefield,
    I have practiced dentistry in Spring Hill, Tn since 1983. Shortly after I began, Dr. Wakefield had eye surgery and did not recover as fast as he had hoped. I needed something to do to supplement my very new practice. Dr. Wakefield’s misfortune became my good fortune. I came to Fayetteville one day a week for 10 weeks to complete the dentistry he had started prior to his surgery. My good fortune was getting to spend those 10 days with one of the best dentists and finest Christian men I’ve ever met. I am grateful for the extremely positive influence of a colleague who became a friend. I’m sorry I can not attend his memorial service. You have my condolences. I will hold all of you in my prayers for the coming days.

    Reply
  6. Reeves & Janice Carr

    Paul was an excellent dentist, a very good man, and a very good friend and neighbor. It was a blessing to get to spend time with both Paul and Nancy at the nursing home while I was there. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time. Reeves and Janice

    Reply
  7. Lenace Hyde Vaughn

    Dr Wakefield and Mrs Nancy are two of my favorite people. I always enjoyed getting to talk with them. Prayers to all of the family for the loss of Dr Wakefield and prayers for a swift recovery also for Mrs Nancy. Keep all your precious memories close at heart.
    Lenace Hyde Vaughn

    Reply
  8. Jim Storey

    Corky, your family is in our prayers. May the Lord ease the pain.

    Reply
  9. Jon and Christie Atkins

    Colin and Nan ~ We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May you find comfort in your sweet memories.
    Jon and Christie (Mitchell) Atkins

    Reply
  10. Bobby Joe Seales

    Prayers and heartfelt sympathy for Colin and the family at their time of loss. Precious Memories.

    Reply
  11. Reba Seals

    Dr. Wakefield was our family’s dentist for many years, until he retired. We all loved him. I felt especially blessed to be able to also worship with him and Nancy once I started to church at FUMC. Such a fine, fine man!

    Reply

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