Rachel Murrell Steelman
February 29, 1936 -
March 13, 2013

Visitation

Service 

March 16, 2013
11 AM

Interment

Obituary

Graveside service for Rachel Murrell Steelman, age 77 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Saturday at 11 AM at Riverview Memorial Gardens with Rev. Don Russell officiating. Higgins Funeral Home will be in charge of services. Miss Steelman passed away Wednesday evening at Donalson Care Center.

She was a native of Lincoln County and the daughter of the late Naith Alexander and Josie Goosby Steelman. Miss Steelman was a former owner and operator of Rachel’s Restaurant, a cater and business owner. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include two brothers Marvin Steelman and wife Sara, Jimmy Steelman, two sisters Brenda Barnes and Betty Johnson all of Fayetteville, nieces Deborah Freeman, Cindy and J B Battle, Jeanette Jackson, Judy Stinson, nephews James and Jamie White and John and Angela Steelman, 3 grand-nieces Kenesha Howard, Brittany White and Danielle Simmons, two grand-nephews Marshall and Peyton Steelman. Miss Steelman was preceded in death by sister Martha Roland, brother Billy Bert Steelman and nephew Danny Johnson.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Kelly Pittenger Senior Center or the American Cancer Society.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to services.

Video Services

34 Comments

  1. Katie Wiseman Womack

    To the family:

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Rachel. I have known her for years. I used to eat at Rachel’s Restaurant, and she was always friendly and smiling, no matter if you saw her there or outside somewhere.

    May God put His loving arms around you and comfort you through this very difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Katie Womack

    Reply
  2. Kathy Blalack-Dengler

    My childhood was filled with wonderful memories of Miss Rachel and happy family times at her restaurant. We all adored her. She was such a great lady – both hardworking and fun. She will be greatly missed, yet her memory will continue to bring us joy. I thank God He gave us our precious Miss Rachel to enrich our lives and sweeten our memories.

    Reply
  3. Deloris Raby Smith

    I am so sorry for your loss!She was a hard working lady!Brenda,you and I were in same class at Lynchburg.I talked with Marvin and Rachel,several times,as they catered to Calsonic in Shelbyville.Won’t forget the wonderful food.
    May God bless each of you at this time and cling to the precious memories!

    Reply
  4. Amy

    Rachel was one of the first people I met in Fayetteville after Ronnie Osteen came to the Co-op over here. I ate her good cooking long before Ronnie and I were married . The Co-op directors had a party for us at her restaurant. I remember her sister referring to me as Mrs. Ronnie in 1980. It embarrassed her, but it tickled me to death! She was such a wonderful lady. May God bless you all as you go through this difficult time. Because He Lives, Amy S,. Osteen

    Reply
  5. Sharon Blalack-McClendon

    Miss Rachel was truly one-of-a-kind. We met her the very first day that my parents, Ed and Mary Blalack, moved to Fayetteville in the early 60’s. Miss Rachel loved to cook and my family loved to eat. It was a perfect match.
    One of my favorite memories was when we would bring fresh fish caught on our trip to Guntersville Lake to the restaurant. Miss Rachel would cook up an entire fish fry with french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. It was fantastic! We ate at her restaurant every single Sunday for as long as I can remember.
    Sending love to all her family. She will be dearly missed.

    Reply
  6. Missy Smith

    Cindy, James and family. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God bless you all.

    Reply
  7. Jerusha Counts

    So very sorry for your loss. Ms Rachel was a wonderful lady and a joy to be around.

    Reply
  8. Ruth McCauley

    Rachel was a friend to all that knew her, we will certainly miss her, My family ate at her restaurant over the many years she was in business and all of us loved her. She always spoiled my daughter Linda with her teacakes would have extra ones for her, they tasted just like the ones my mother made. My deepest sympathy to the family and my prayers and thoughts with each of you.

    Reply
  9. Allen Dale

    Saddened to learn of Rachel,s passing. Thanks for the fond memories. May the Lord bless and comfort the family at this time. Sorry I cannot be at memorial service.

    Reply
  10. Jacki Thompson-Pamplin

    Ms Rachel always shared her care and affection for everyone she came in contact with by her ability to always make you feel welcome and at home. As far back as I can remember, her smile and talent are a part of many good memories.
    So sorry for your loss. God bless and comfort you all.

    Reply
  11. Janice Moore May

    To Marvin and Sara and Betty , Brenda and Jimmy…..and all the rest of the family… I am deeply saddened by the loss of Rachel. She was a wonderful woman which, I think everyone in Fayetteville knew and respected… She will be missed by so many but especially by her family…My condolences go out to the ones she left behind…..Sincerely, Janice May

    Reply
  12. Myrna R. Robinson

    To Brenda and all the rest of the family,

    Rachel was a really special person to every one who knew her and loved her. She will be greatly missed.

    Reply
  13. Joanne and Riley Talley

    To the Steelman family. We will miss Rachel more than you know. She was such a sweet and loving lady. When my oldest daughter was small she loved steak. Rachel always held the small steaks back for her. When she would see us walk into the restaurant she would immediatly go to the freezer and get one out. She will always be remembered for her kindness to everyone she met.

    Reply
  14. Leah Plunkett

    Thinking of you!

    Reply
  15. Rebecca May

    BB – I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Reply
  16. Jane Wilson Henry

    Hi-Brenda
    I am so sorry about Rachel. I still remember coming to your house and watching her peel potatoes. It still
    amazing me how fast she did that!
    My hubby, Robert, and I ate at her restaurant many times whenever we came to Fayetteville.
    Again, I am so sorry. Thinking of all with much sympathy.

    Reply
  17. Freda Kinser Blair

    Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. So many memories of good times with Rachel. She was such a wonderful person. I know she will be greatly missed. Our family sends our deepest sympathy to you.

    The Thomas Kinser Family

    Reply
  18. Ruthie Jeans

    I don’t even know where to begin to say what a wonderful, loving person Rachel was. She is the last of her kind in the service business. I can remember calling at the last minute and she would say; “Just tell me what you need and I’ll have it there”, and she always did. She touched so many lives in Lincoln County and always had a smile on her face. You will be in my prayers.

    Reply
  19. Judy Short

    My deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. Rachel is in God’s care now and what better care could we ever ask for her? Now I pray for your comfort in the days ahead. God bless you and keep you in His tender care and love for all eternity.

    Rachel was a special person who used her special talents and fed many of us with her ability to “cook up some good grub” that we enjoyed.

    She will be so missed.

    Reply
  20. Jerry/Sharon Eubanks

    Marvin, Brenda, Jimmy, Betty
    So sorry to hear about Rachel. She was a special lady and will be missed by many people.
    Sharon and I lived next to Marvin and Sara for years.

    You are all special to us and you will be in our prayers for days to come.

    Jerry/ Sharon Eubanks

    Reply
  21. vanessa moore buchanan

    to the family of rachel steelman sorry for ur loss we will be prayin for u all god bless you …

    Reply
  22. Angie Rhodes

    To all family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Miss Rachel was a great person and wonderful cook, I loved her as well as I loved fussing with her, she would always put me in my place but I loved every minute of it. You will all be in my prayers.

    Reply
  23. Billy & Patsy Gray

    Rachel was a true friend and will be greatly missed.
    Will miss eating her great pies.
    To the family we express our deepest regrets.

    Reply
  24. Diana McBay

    Dusty and family
    John and family,

    My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Rachel worked hard and touched many lives in her years here on earth, may you find peace in knowing that she is now at rest in Heaven.

    Reply
  25. Lane and Delane Grissom

    To all of the family so sorry to hear about Rachel she will be greatly missed ,

    Reply
  26. sandra lancaster

    miss rachel will be greatly missed by all of fayetteville and all surronding towns she was so well known in the restaurant and catering business and such a wonderful woman to all she would help anyone she could and loved everybody well miss rachel you can take over GOD’S kitchen and i hope one day to be eating your wonderful food again

    Reply
  27. Linda Holland

    Miss Rachel was a friend to all. If I ever saw her out and about, she would always smile and say, “hey, how are you”. She was a well-known person in Fayetteville/Lincoln County and was loved by everyone. She will be missed!

    Reply
  28. Linda McCauley Westbrooks

    Miss Rachael was one of my favorite person as I was growing up. She always had a wonderful smile and hug for you. She made the best tea cakes. I loved going to her place as I was growing up and seeing her. She was truly a wonderful lady and I thought the world of her. She will be truly missed. I was so glad to see you at Christmas time. Good-bye Miss Rachel and may God be with your family as they go through this time.. Linda McCauley Westbrooks

    Reply
  29. Diane Dyer Buchanan

    Dear Jimmy and Family,

    We were so sorry to learn of Miss Rachel’s death. She was loved by all who came into contact with her.

    I will always remember her wonderful smile and caring personality, along with her great work ethic. She will truly be missed by her family and many, many friends.

    May God Bless and Comfort You.

    Reply
  30. Janice Moser

    BB and family, I am sorry for your loss of your loved one. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
    Janice Moser

    Reply
  31. Janice Moore Gregory

    I just saw Ms. Rachel March 2 and talked to her for a few minutes. I always loved her and her cooking. She will be greatly missed by everyone. God bless the family, Janice and Brent Gregory

    Reply
  32. Stephanie Sharp

    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as I know you are going to be missing a wonderful lady in your lives.She was such a sweet and kind person and I will miss her too,

    Reply
  33. Judy Stafford

    To the Family of Rachel, I am so sorry to hear about her passing.Rachel was a friend to many people in Lincoln Co.one of a kind..always had time to talk to you.
    She will be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Judy Stafford

    Reply
  34. Christi Taylor Howell

    James, Cindy, and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Ms. Rachel. She was such a wonderful lady. I have wonderful memories of Ms. Rachel as I am sure most of Lincoln County does. Praying for you all.

    Reply

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34 Comments

  1. Katie Wiseman Womack

    To the family:

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Rachel. I have known her for years. I used to eat at Rachel’s Restaurant, and she was always friendly and smiling, no matter if you saw her there or outside somewhere.

    May God put His loving arms around you and comfort you through this very difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Katie Womack

    Reply
  2. Kathy Blalack-Dengler

    My childhood was filled with wonderful memories of Miss Rachel and happy family times at her restaurant. We all adored her. She was such a great lady – both hardworking and fun. She will be greatly missed, yet her memory will continue to bring us joy. I thank God He gave us our precious Miss Rachel to enrich our lives and sweeten our memories.

    Reply
  3. Deloris Raby Smith

    I am so sorry for your loss!She was a hard working lady!Brenda,you and I were in same class at Lynchburg.I talked with Marvin and Rachel,several times,as they catered to Calsonic in Shelbyville.Won’t forget the wonderful food.
    May God bless each of you at this time and cling to the precious memories!

    Reply
  4. Amy

    Rachel was one of the first people I met in Fayetteville after Ronnie Osteen came to the Co-op over here. I ate her good cooking long before Ronnie and I were married . The Co-op directors had a party for us at her restaurant. I remember her sister referring to me as Mrs. Ronnie in 1980. It embarrassed her, but it tickled me to death! She was such a wonderful lady. May God bless you all as you go through this difficult time. Because He Lives, Amy S,. Osteen

    Reply
  5. Sharon Blalack-McClendon

    Miss Rachel was truly one-of-a-kind. We met her the very first day that my parents, Ed and Mary Blalack, moved to Fayetteville in the early 60’s. Miss Rachel loved to cook and my family loved to eat. It was a perfect match.
    One of my favorite memories was when we would bring fresh fish caught on our trip to Guntersville Lake to the restaurant. Miss Rachel would cook up an entire fish fry with french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. It was fantastic! We ate at her restaurant every single Sunday for as long as I can remember.
    Sending love to all her family. She will be dearly missed.

    Reply
  6. Missy Smith

    Cindy, James and family. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God bless you all.

    Reply
  7. Jerusha Counts

    So very sorry for your loss. Ms Rachel was a wonderful lady and a joy to be around.

    Reply
  8. Ruth McCauley

    Rachel was a friend to all that knew her, we will certainly miss her, My family ate at her restaurant over the many years she was in business and all of us loved her. She always spoiled my daughter Linda with her teacakes would have extra ones for her, they tasted just like the ones my mother made. My deepest sympathy to the family and my prayers and thoughts with each of you.

    Reply
  9. Allen Dale

    Saddened to learn of Rachel,s passing. Thanks for the fond memories. May the Lord bless and comfort the family at this time. Sorry I cannot be at memorial service.

    Reply
  10. Jacki Thompson-Pamplin

    Ms Rachel always shared her care and affection for everyone she came in contact with by her ability to always make you feel welcome and at home. As far back as I can remember, her smile and talent are a part of many good memories.
    So sorry for your loss. God bless and comfort you all.

    Reply
  11. Janice Moore May

    To Marvin and Sara and Betty , Brenda and Jimmy…..and all the rest of the family… I am deeply saddened by the loss of Rachel. She was a wonderful woman which, I think everyone in Fayetteville knew and respected… She will be missed by so many but especially by her family…My condolences go out to the ones she left behind…..Sincerely, Janice May

    Reply
  12. Myrna R. Robinson

    To Brenda and all the rest of the family,

    Rachel was a really special person to every one who knew her and loved her. She will be greatly missed.

    Reply
  13. Joanne and Riley Talley

    To the Steelman family. We will miss Rachel more than you know. She was such a sweet and loving lady. When my oldest daughter was small she loved steak. Rachel always held the small steaks back for her. When she would see us walk into the restaurant she would immediatly go to the freezer and get one out. She will always be remembered for her kindness to everyone she met.

    Reply
  14. Leah Plunkett

    Thinking of you!

    Reply
  15. Rebecca May

    BB – I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Reply
  16. Jane Wilson Henry

    Hi-Brenda
    I am so sorry about Rachel. I still remember coming to your house and watching her peel potatoes. It still
    amazing me how fast she did that!
    My hubby, Robert, and I ate at her restaurant many times whenever we came to Fayetteville.
    Again, I am so sorry. Thinking of all with much sympathy.

    Reply
  17. Freda Kinser Blair

    Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. So many memories of good times with Rachel. She was such a wonderful person. I know she will be greatly missed. Our family sends our deepest sympathy to you.

    The Thomas Kinser Family

    Reply
  18. Ruthie Jeans

    I don’t even know where to begin to say what a wonderful, loving person Rachel was. She is the last of her kind in the service business. I can remember calling at the last minute and she would say; “Just tell me what you need and I’ll have it there”, and she always did. She touched so many lives in Lincoln County and always had a smile on her face. You will be in my prayers.

    Reply
  19. Judy Short

    My deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. Rachel is in God’s care now and what better care could we ever ask for her? Now I pray for your comfort in the days ahead. God bless you and keep you in His tender care and love for all eternity.

    Rachel was a special person who used her special talents and fed many of us with her ability to “cook up some good grub” that we enjoyed.

    She will be so missed.

    Reply
  20. Jerry/Sharon Eubanks

    Marvin, Brenda, Jimmy, Betty
    So sorry to hear about Rachel. She was a special lady and will be missed by many people.
    Sharon and I lived next to Marvin and Sara for years.

    You are all special to us and you will be in our prayers for days to come.

    Jerry/ Sharon Eubanks

    Reply
  21. vanessa moore buchanan

    to the family of rachel steelman sorry for ur loss we will be prayin for u all god bless you …

    Reply
  22. Angie Rhodes

    To all family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Miss Rachel was a great person and wonderful cook, I loved her as well as I loved fussing with her, she would always put me in my place but I loved every minute of it. You will all be in my prayers.

    Reply
  23. Billy & Patsy Gray

    Rachel was a true friend and will be greatly missed.
    Will miss eating her great pies.
    To the family we express our deepest regrets.

    Reply
  24. Diana McBay

    Dusty and family
    John and family,

    My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Rachel worked hard and touched many lives in her years here on earth, may you find peace in knowing that she is now at rest in Heaven.

    Reply
  25. Lane and Delane Grissom

    To all of the family so sorry to hear about Rachel she will be greatly missed ,

    Reply
  26. sandra lancaster

    miss rachel will be greatly missed by all of fayetteville and all surronding towns she was so well known in the restaurant and catering business and such a wonderful woman to all she would help anyone she could and loved everybody well miss rachel you can take over GOD’S kitchen and i hope one day to be eating your wonderful food again

    Reply
  27. Linda Holland

    Miss Rachel was a friend to all. If I ever saw her out and about, she would always smile and say, “hey, how are you”. She was a well-known person in Fayetteville/Lincoln County and was loved by everyone. She will be missed!

    Reply
  28. Linda McCauley Westbrooks

    Miss Rachael was one of my favorite person as I was growing up. She always had a wonderful smile and hug for you. She made the best tea cakes. I loved going to her place as I was growing up and seeing her. She was truly a wonderful lady and I thought the world of her. She will be truly missed. I was so glad to see you at Christmas time. Good-bye Miss Rachel and may God be with your family as they go through this time.. Linda McCauley Westbrooks

    Reply
  29. Diane Dyer Buchanan

    Dear Jimmy and Family,

    We were so sorry to learn of Miss Rachel’s death. She was loved by all who came into contact with her.

    I will always remember her wonderful smile and caring personality, along with her great work ethic. She will truly be missed by her family and many, many friends.

    May God Bless and Comfort You.

    Reply
  30. Janice Moser

    BB and family, I am sorry for your loss of your loved one. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
    Janice Moser

    Reply
  31. Janice Moore Gregory

    I just saw Ms. Rachel March 2 and talked to her for a few minutes. I always loved her and her cooking. She will be greatly missed by everyone. God bless the family, Janice and Brent Gregory

    Reply
  32. Stephanie Sharp

    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as I know you are going to be missing a wonderful lady in your lives.She was such a sweet and kind person and I will miss her too,

    Reply
  33. Judy Stafford

    To the Family of Rachel, I am so sorry to hear about her passing.Rachel was a friend to many people in Lincoln Co.one of a kind..always had time to talk to you.
    She will be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Judy Stafford

    Reply
  34. Christi Taylor Howell

    James, Cindy, and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Ms. Rachel. She was such a wonderful lady. I have wonderful memories of Ms. Rachel as I am sure most of Lincoln County does. Praying for you all.

    Reply

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