Obituaries

  • William "Bill" Smith

    Saturday, 31 October 2015

    Mr. William “Bill” Smith, 97, a lifelong resident of Woodbury passed away on October 30, 2015.  He was born on June 10, 1918 to the late George Stanton Smith and Linda Brevard Smith.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Smith; brother, George Smith; sister, Minnie Smith; son, Mike Smith and great grandson, William Robert Patterson.
    He is survived by his son, Steve Smith of Woodbury; granddaughters, Lindsay (Joe) Patterson and Blaire Smith both of Woodbury; a great grandson, Gabriel Patterson and his devoted friend and caretaker, Christine Dillon.
    Bill, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in the Edgefield community of Woodbury.  His parents owned a farm and taught him a great work ethic from childhood. They raised their own livestock and garden to support the family.  His father died when he was thirteen in the middle of the Great Depression.  It was during these difficult times that Bill’s character was formed.  He graduated from Central High School in the Class of 1937.  He was described in the yearbook as “always cheerful and plucky.” He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.  He and Dot married and began their family in his beloved Edgefield community.  She died at a young age and he carried on raising their two sons, teaching them everything he could to be good citizens and honest hard working men.  Bill had to take jobs doing many different things as a young man.  He would haul loads of coal, cut wood and whatever else he could do to earn an honest living.  He was able to find work as a truck driver and drove for many years with McBroom Freight Lines, TCT and Super Service. 
    Bill’s father had friendship with Dr. J. F. Adams before he died.  Dr. Adams took notice of Bill’s work ethic and offered him a job at the Bank of Commerce.  His time at the bank took him from being a teller all the way to being President of the bank with 55 years of service at the time of his retirement.  He earned a Banking Degree from LSU, while working at the bank.   During his time at the bank his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit came to be a great asset.  They grew from one branch in Woodbury to operating a branch at Edgefield and Auburntown.  Many of these students came to work with him at the bank and went on to college and other careers.  Some of them stayed at the bank to form a close knit core group of employees.  His most trusted friend and co-worker, Christine, worked closely with him on any project that came up.  One of those students that came to work and stayed was his son, Steve.  Bill enjoyed working with him and showing him all there was to know in the banking business.  He always took a hands on approach with customers, calling them by name and introducing them to the employees and showing them around.  Through the bank he was able to fund the construction of the pavilion at Dillon Park and donate the bank building at Auburntown which became the library.  He developed the idea for the Good Ole Days a community event that the bank sponsored for 25 years.  He also supported the county schools in any fund raising needs they had.  He loved going to basketball games and made a point to keep up and encourage players and students at every opportunity.  Bill was honored to be placed in the Banker’s Hall of Fame for Banking Excellence by the Tennessee Bankers Association a few years after retirement.
    Bill was right there to help when his son, Mike, decided to open Smith Funeral Home.  He and Christine later became co-owners in the funeral home with Mike.  They enjoyed helping and working with the families they had known for a lifetime.  It seemed Bill never tired of working.  When he wasn’t working at the bank he farmed.  He raised Hereford cattle, walking horses and mules.  He cut, baled, hauled hay, planted a small crop of corn on the family farm to feed his livestock.  Bill’s love for mules kept him busy too.  He was an active member of the Middle Tennessee Mule Skinners Assoc.  He enjoyed working and showing his mules on the farm and at events like Mule Days at Columbia and the Woodbury Mule Show.  He and several of the members of the Mule Skinners built a Twenty Mule Team hitch and drove the mules through town.

  • Virginia Banks

    Thursday, 29 October 2015

    Virginia Bailey Banks born August 05, 1925 and passed away October 29, 2015 at her home.
    She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac F. Bailey, Sr. and her mother, Thelma Robertson Bailey; Husband, William Kenneth Banks, Sr. and son, William Kenneth Banks, Jr.
    She is survived by her son, T.J. Banks of Nashville; Brother, Isaac Floyd Bailey, Jr. and his wife, Jerry of Woodbury and several nieces and nephews.
    Graveside services will be 5 pm Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Riverside Gardens.
    In lieu of flowers or contributions, Virginia has requested for family, friends and loved ones to visit and enjoy each other as a celebration of life.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

     

  • Donald Smithson

    Monday, 26 October 2015

    Donald Edgar "Donnie" Smithson, age 86, of Bradyville passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Tennessee Veteran's Home.  He is a native of Cannon County. 

    Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Vernie Gray Smithson of Bradyville; Children, Roger (Mary Ann) Gray of Waverly, Jackie (Ricky) Burger of Woodbury, Tracy (Steven) Hale of Woodbury, & Daniel (Leslie) Smithson of Bradyville; Sister, Louise Sullivan of Bradyville; Brothers, Loy & Jerry Smithson, both of Woodbury; Grandchildren, Christopher Gray, Brooke Young, Kayla Burger, Bailey & Dalton Hale, Shelby, Brett, & Bryce Smithson; Great Grandchildren, Kaylee & Kelsey Gray and Kensley Young. 

    Mr. Smithson was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ and was a retired management factory worker.  He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served in the Marines.  He was a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed working on his farm. 

    Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup officiating.  Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 PM Monday, October 26, 2015.

     

    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

     

  • Micheal Heath

    Thursday, 22 October 2015

    Micheal Leonard Heath, age 45 of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away Tuesday October 20, 2015.

    Micheal is survived by his sons, Tanner Heath and Mitch Heath both of Murfreesboro, TN; mother and step-father, Carole F. and Bob Willis of Hillsboro, TN, father and step-mother, Dale and Millie Heath of Castalian Springs, TN; sister, Wendy Heath of Murfreesboro, TN; grandmother, Imogene Hall of Murfreesboro, TN; mother of his children, Kristi Heath of Murfreesboro, TN; step-brothers, Bo Kemp of Gallatin, TN and Donald Willis of Hillsboro, TN; step-sister, Kathy Middleton of Durham, NC; and a host of family and friends

    Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

    Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Chris Haynes officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery with family and friends serving as active and honorary pallbearers.

    Micheal was a 1988 graduate of Oakland High School, and received his BS degree from MTSU in 1993. Micheal was VP/General Manager of Stones River Quarry in Woodbury, TN.

    Funeral Service

    Sunday October 25, 2015, 2:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel
    Visitation

    Saturday October 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel

  • Howard Grosch

    Wednesday, 21 October 2015

    Howard Mike Grosch, 50, of Readyville passed away at his home in Readyville from an accident on October 20, 2015.  He was a native of Coffee Co.
    He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years: Jean Ferrell Grosch of Readyville; Son:  Blake (Tamera) Grosch of Manchester; Daughters:  Sherry (Russell) Morton of Manchester and Mary (Damon) Graham of Rock Island; 5 Grandchildren:  Caleb & Jacob Morton, Ava Graham, Frank Grosch & Dillon Jett; and Sister:  Debbie (Steven) Cox of KY.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Kathryn Grosch; Grandparents, Howard Samuel and Hazel Grosch and nephew, Jimmy Grosch.
    Mike was a graduate of the Class of 1983 at Cannon Co. High School and was employed at Nissan for the past 27 years.  He was a member and Sunday school teacher at Victory in Jesus at Living Springs Church. He was active in the Rutherford Co. Sherriff’s Department Citizen’s Auxiliary and the Republican Party.  Mike was an Election Commissioner and was an avid outdoorsman.
    Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Sidney Parham officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 PM until 8 PM Thursday Oct. 22, 2015.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

     

  • Jimmy Pitts

    Tuesday, 20 October 2015

    Mr. Jimmy Pitts, 65, of Woodbury passed away on October 16, 2015 after an extended illness.  He was a native of Cannon County and was born September 12, 1950.  He was preceded in death by his parents Presley Pitts and Ruby Jones Pitts; brothers, David Pitts, Edward Pitts and Jerry Pitts; sisters, Gracie Bly, Peggy Edwards and Dorothy Sullivan.
    He is survived by his son, Daniel Pitts of Henning, TN; daughter, Amanda Barrett of Woodbury; brothers, Gary & Judy Pitts of Murfreesboro, Bobby & Nelda Pitts of Woodbury; two grandchildren, Dustin Barrett of Woodbury and Nicholas Barrett of Nashville and many nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Jimmy grew up in Auburntown in a large family.  He enjoyed watching football with family and friends.  He was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He and his brother Gary worked together for several years installing carports and RV covers until he became sick and unable to work.  He spent the last few years as a patient of NHC in Murfreesboro.
    Visitation with the family will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 11-1 pm.  Memorial services to follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Bobby Nichols will officiate.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Heart and Stroke Assoc.  Share condolences and memories with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

  • Vern Smith

    Sunday, 18 October 2015

    Vern Vina Walker Smith, 82, of Woodbury passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015 following an extended illness. She was a native of Reed, OK.
    She is survived by her children: Carol Joyce Taylor of Woodbury, Eileen Smith of Centertown, David Edward (Vicky) Smith of Woodbury, Karen J. (“Billy” ) Bass of Burns, TN., Joella Smith King of Centertown; 13 Grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. 
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Murrell Walker and Nina Pounds Klitzke; husband, Alvin Smith; son, Gary Smith; daughter, Vera Patterson; sons-in-law, Jimmy Taylor and Jeff King; 2 great grandchildren, Hannah Blanton and Jordan Smith; 2 sisters, Annette Smith and Lillian Maxwell.
    Vern was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church and was a retired property manager.  Most of all, she loved her children and being a mema to her grandchildren.
    Graveside services will be 3:30 pm Monday, October 19, 2015 at Sycamore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sycamore Baptist Church Building Fund.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Gary Phelps

    Sunday, 18 October 2015

    Gary Phillip Phelps, 67, of Auburntown passed away Sat., Oct. 17, 2015 at his home following an extended illness. 

    He is survived by his children: Teresa (John) Underwood of McMinnville, Gary (Angie) Phelps of Woodbury, Joey Phelps of Smithville; Grandchildren:  Justin and Bonita Underwood, Constance, Isabella and Landon Underwood, Leah and Patience Phelps, Damien, Spencer, Hope and Leroy Phelps; Great Grandchildren:  Lindley, Brantley and Blaine; 3 Sisters:  Kimberly Bingham of MI, Rose Mary Arledge of Woodbury, & Vickie (Ronnie) Stafford of Nashville; Brother:  Eddie Adams of MI. and girlfriend:  Teresa Rains of Woodbury.         

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Edward Phelps and Sarah Estelle Adamson; Grandparents, Ace & Frances Adamson and brother, Leonard (Leroy) Bottoms. 

    Phillip enjoyed trapping and hunting.  He was a farmer, carpenter, and a member of the Baptist Church. 

    Funeral services will be 2 pm Wed., October 21, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 PM until 9 PM Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015. 

    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Charles Insell

    Saturday, 17 October 2015

    Mr. Charles Richmond Insell, 89, of Murfreesboro passed away on October 16, 2015 after an extended illness.  He was born on April 25, 1926 in Murfreesboro, TN.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Levi Insell, Sr. and Molly Mina Gannon Insell; a son, William “Billy” Insell; brothers, Sam Insell, Jr. and Eugene Insell and a sister, Jane Cox.
    He is survived by his wife Dorothy “Dot” Insell of Murfreesboro; sons, Rick (Deb) Insell of Murfreesboro, Bob (Kaye) Insell of Gallatin; daughters, Gayle Insell of Palm Beach, FL and Kay (Wayne) Adamson of Woodbury; sister, Sarah McCaslin of Murfreesboro; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carl (Pearl) James of Murfreesboro and Yvonne Carter of Murfreesboro; and grandchildren, Tom (Sarah) Insell, Kyle (Megan) Insell, Matt Insell, Clint (Jennifer) Insell, McKenzie (Bill) Woods, Chelsee (Shawn) Stevens, Corey (Stacey) Barrett, Erin (David) Tucker, Jake Alexander, Christy Adamson and      thirteen great grandchildren.
    Mr. Insell was a veteran of the Army Air Corp serving during WWII as a member of the 325th Glider Infantry, stationed in France and Germany. After finishing his military service he and Mrs. Dot married and began raising their family.  They celebrated 67 years of marriage in January.  He was a retired employee of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.  During his years with them he did everything from setting poles, meter reading and lineman.  Mr. Insell was never one to sit around.  He loved to spend time working on his farm and cut wood to sell just to stay active.  He and Mrs. Dot spent many happy years doing things with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  When his health began to fail, Mrs. Dot stayed by his side every day.  He was a long-time member of the Woodbury First Baptist Church.  His infectious smile  would light a room on the darkest days and will never be forgotten. 
    Visitation with the family will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, October 18, 2015from 1 to 6 pm. Funeral services will be Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2 pm. in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Herb Alsub, Hunter Hay and Bobby Zumbro will officiate.  Interment will be in Coleman Cemetery.  The US Military Honor Guard will present honors at the service.  His grandsons, Clint, Tom, Kyle, Matt, Jake and Corey will serve as pallbearers.  Share your condolences and memories with the family at www.smithfuenralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

     

     

  • Curtis Fort Sr.

    Thursday, 15 October 2015

    Mr. Curtis Eugene Fort, Sr., 87, of Woodbury, formerly of Memphis, TN passed away on October 14, 2015.  He was October 30, 1927 in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  His parents were the late Joseph Fort and Willie Mae (Mason) Fort.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Davis Fort; sons, Curtis Fort, Jr. and Steve Fort; brothers, Mason Fort, James Fort, Claude Fort and Hubert Fort; sisters, Mary Lee Gross and Sarah Young.
     
    He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Pearson of Woodbury; grandchildren, Joshua Pearson and Hannah (Christopher) Goebel and five great grandchildren.
    Mr. Fort was a veteran of the U. S. Army during the Germany Occupation Force of WWII.  He was a former Memphis Police Department Patrolman for three years.  He worked for over 26 years with E.H. Crump as their Credit Manager and Vice President.  He was a member of the Masons and American Legion.  Mr. Fort was talented in woodworking and made a bed for each of his sons and a hutch for his daughter.  He was a devoted Christian and member of First Baptist Church in Woodbury and a longtime member of Central Church in Collierville, TN. 

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 4-6 pm.  The family will hold a visitation on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Central Church in Collierville, TN from 1:30-2:30 pm.  Funeral services will follow at the church.  Phil Clements and David Faulkner will officiate.  Interment will be held at Emory Cemetery in Byhalia, Mississippi.  The U. S. Military will be presenting funeral honors.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Central Church by contacting Smith Funeral Home.  Share condolences and memories with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

     

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