Gracie Lee Poe Hamner departed this life on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on November 19, 1916 in Oakman, Alabama to John Thomas Poe and Alice Carrington Poe. She is survived by her children Larry D. Hamner (Dianne), James H. (Joe)Hamner and Bob R.Hamner (Grace), all of Orlando, Florida, PatsyJ. Honea (Kenneth) and John C. Hamner of Fayetteville, Tennessee, a son-in-law Charles P. McKiness and daughter-in-law KayeTalley of Nashville and a brother Edgar Allen Poe of Florence, Alabama. She was a loving grandmother to Ken Hamner (Ginny), Neal Hamner (Michelle), Annette May (Taylor), Kristina Hamner and Nate Hamner, all of Orlando, Kyle McKiness(Ruth) of Gallatin, Alison Ramsey(Jason)of Fayetteville, Adam Honea of Harvest, AL, Smith Hamner (Amber) of Nashville, Merida Pratt (Kevin) of Franklin, TN and Nicholas Hamner of Fayetteville. She was especially proud of her seven great-grandchildren, Austin and Ashley Ramsy, of Fayetteville and Peter, Emilia, Daniel, Jessica and Alyssa McKiness of Gallatin. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her daughter Betty, her parents John and Alice Poe of Oakman, AL, her sisters Frances Thompson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Adam Poe and
Johnnie Ruth Seatrain of Oakman, AL.
Grace touched many lives in her years of work in retail management and was an avid participant in Democratic Party Causes working in many elections and also serving on the staff of U.S.Senator James Sasser. Her Christian faith was an inspiration for her family and friends. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Tennessee
participating in their senior group, Yesterday’s Youth, and teaching Sunday school. Her community volunteer work over the years included the Ladies’ Auxiliary at Lincoln Regional Medical Center, the Lincoln County Museum, and Second
Harvest Food Bank.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, February 20, 2009 at Higgins Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. Friends and family will convene at 3:00 pm at Providence Cemetery in Oakman, Alabama for her committal. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,
Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.
Higgins Funeral Home is in charge of services.