Mrs. Wakefield was born March 5, 1933, in Pulaski. She is preceded in death by parents, Elba Lee and Alda Naomi Edwards Holt; brother Wesley E. Holt; and sister Evelene Holt Young. She attended Beech Hill High School and was a four year varsity basketball player. She was captain of the seniors team, salutatorian of her 1951 graduation class and chosen most athletic female her senior year. She was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company as an operator in 1951, and subsequently worked with South Central Bell. She worked as a receptionist with Hershey Candy Company, Mountain Bell and AT&T in Denver, Colo. She retired Feb. 22, 1986.
Family memorial services were Sept. 8 at Carr & Erwin Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to The Elese Wakefield Memorial Fund at the Bank of Frankewing, P.O. Box 636, Pulaski, TN, 38478. Funds will transfer to the Frankewing Cemetery Maintenance Account.
Survivors include husband Carl (Mon) Wakefield of Pulaski; daughter Carla Jo Wakefield of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; granddaughter Rachel McKinney of Seattle, Wash.; brother Robert C. Holt and Mary Alice of Montgomery, Ala.; and sisters, Betty Jo Hopkins and husband Meade of Pulaski and Judy Coble and husband Ray of Meridianville, Ala.