Obituaries

  • Larry Hollis

    Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Larry Nile Hollis, age 63 of Woodbury passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Select Speciality Hospital.  He was a native of Cannon County. 

    Survivors include his mother, Ovie Rogers Hollis of Woodbury; Children, Amanda Hollis, Emily Hollis, & Ricky Nile Hollis, all of Woodbury; Grandchildren, Olivia & Lindsey; Siblings, Debbie (Ronnie) Mahaffey of Woodbury & Shane (Joyce Ann) Hollis of McMinnville.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. 

    He was preceded in death by his father, Nile Hollis; and grandparents, C.D. & Lois Rogers and Comer & Gladys Hollis. 

    Mr. Hollis was a member of the church of Christ and was a factory worker at Greer and Chromalox. 

    Graveside services will be 11 AM Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Thyatira Cemetery with Bro. Herb Alsup officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday, August 14, 2015 at the funeral home. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with expenses.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Jesus Berriel

    Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Jesus C. Berriel, age 75, of Woodbury passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at Woodbury Health Care Center.  He was a native of Cuba. 

    Jesus had many close friends that were his family and his best friend was Juan Torres, of Woodbury.  He also loved his dogs like his children. 

    He was a good man and a good friend. You may have saw him with Kenny Gilley at the funeral home or at Mitch Wilson's cleaning up the hedges.  Sometimes he would be with Bill Jennings or maybe you noticed him walking to the store everyday or sitting on his porch on Main Street.  He will be greatly missed.

    Graveside services will be 10 AM Friday, August 14, 2015 at Riverside Gardens Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Nichols officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 4 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

     

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

  • Inex Carter

    Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Inez Carter, age 88 of the Hollow Springs community in Cannon County passed away August 10, 2015 at Community Care of Rutherford County.

    Mrs. Carter was married to and dearly loved by her husband of 45 years the late Stanton Carter.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, William and Dollie Lewis Parker and two sisters, Opal Duke and Louzetta Basham all of Cannon County.  She is survived by her children, Larry & Nancy Carter of Christina and Larraine & Steve Simmons of Murfreesboro; 3 Grandchildren: Dwight and Curtis Carter and Megan Davis; 5 Great Grandchildren: Mataya, Campbell and Nathaniel Carter, Houston & Carolina Davis all of Murfreesboro.

    During her life Mrs. Carter was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed gardening, quilting, crochet and listening to gospel music.  She was a member of the Simmons Chapel Free Methodist Church where she was a children’s Sunday school teacher for many years.

    Visitation will be Thursday August 13 from 4 pm to 8 pm and funeral services Friday August 14 at 2 pm in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Gilley Hill Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Wheeler, Bro. Al Buckta and Bro. John Jones will officiate.  

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gilley Hill Cemetery Trust Fund %Woodbury Funeral Home.

    The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care of the staff at CCRC and Alive Hospice.

  • Lora Cummings

    Monday, 10 August 2015

    Lora M. (Mason) Cummings, 66, of Arlington Tennessee, died August 6, 2015. Lora retired from St. Jude Research Hospital where she was a nurse.  Lora is survived by her husband, David Cummings, and a daughter, Kaye Ingram as well as three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Siblings, Burton Mason, Gene Mason, Anita Thomas, and Jacqueline Holmes.  Preceding her in death are: father Wiley Mason mother Ruth (Nichols) Mason and brother Glen Mason.  A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church Chapel in Memphis Tennessee on August 15 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Research Hospital in Lora’s name.   
     

  • Kathy Murphy

    Monday, 10 August 2015

    Kathy Jean Bailey Murphy, 63, Sunday, August 09, 2015 at her home following an extended illness.  She was a native of Cannon Co.        
    She is survived by her husband, Charles Murphy, Jr. of Woodbury; Children: Bobby Joe (Sherry) Bailey, Minnie Mayleane Davenport, Jack Augustine (Melissa) Murphy all of Woodbury, Christy Jeanne (Mark) Thomas of Readyville, Tiffany Renee Davenport and Reva Nichole (Paul) Reed all of Gassaway; Grandchildren: Ariel Bailey, Matthew & Mattea Thomas, Devon Davenport, Destiny Brannon, Charles Murphy, Paul & Winter Reed; Extra Grandchildren: Bella Conley, Bailey & Keilee Campbell, Brandon Bailey and Lilly Hayes; Siblings: Marvin (Charlotte) Bailey of Shelbyville, J.C. Bailey of Woodbury, Patricia Ann (David) Walls of Rockvale, J.W. (Patty) Bailey & Betty (Bobby) Lykins all of Woodbury.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Carmon Lawrence Bailey and Eunice Reedy Bailey. Kathy was a member of the Wilson Hill Baptist Church and a homemaker. 
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Thursday, August 13, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Chad Hale and Bro. Gayle Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in the Bradley Creek Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 11 am – 9 pm Wednesday. For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society %Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net.

  • William Mike Smith

    Monday, 10 August 2015

    Mr. William “Mike” Smith, 72, of Woodbury passed away on August 9, 2015.  He was born in Woodbury, Tennessee on July 7, 1943.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Smith. 
    He is survived by his father, William “Bill” Smith of Woodbury; one brother, Steve Smith; two nieces, Lindsay (Joe) Patterson and Blaire Smith; one great nephew, Gabriel Patterson all of Woodbury.
    Mike grew up on his family’s farm in the Edgefield Community of Woodbury.  When Mike was a child he   suffered a tragic accident.  He was hit by a car getting off the school bus.  He was in a coma for three weeks before regaining consciousness.   The following year he contracted Polio.  He spent many months in the Junior League Home in Nashville.  While he was being treated he was confined to a device called an iron lung.  He was recognized on the front page of the Palm Sunday Paper to raise money and create awareness for Easter Seals.  His father headed the sale for many years.  Despite these obstacles Mike enjoyed doing many things on the farm, riding horses, hauling hay and feeding the livestock.  
    Mike graduated from Central High School in the Class of 1962.  He always had a smile on his face and loved people.  He could and would visit and tell stories with people everywhere he went.  He never met a stranger.  His love of people led him to choose a career as a funeral director and embalmer.  He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville.  He came back to Tennessee and found a job with Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta.  He served his apprenticeship and earned his license.  During his time at Hunter’s he kept planning and dreaming about owning his own funeral home. 
    Smith Funeral Home opened for business in May of 1971.  Mike loved helping the people of Woodbury and stayed active in the community and church.  He was a 43 year member of the Lion’s Club and lifelong member of the Woodbury Church of Christ.  He helped raise money for local charities and sponsored many youth sports teams.  Mike never had any children of his own but he made a point to help any child he could.  He let many of them do odd jobs around the funeral home and made sure they had something to eat and drink.  Mike also wanted to serve his community by becoming a City Alderman.  He was elected an Alderman and earned the title of Vice Mayor.  He later went on to become Mayor of Woodbury and served for many years.
    Mike stayed active in his business and made many friends with other funeral directors through his membership with the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors.  He was a board member with the Riverside Cemetery Association.  In 1981, his business burned and with the help of family and friends he was able to rebuild in a short time.  Mike’s health was an issue he struggled with his whole life.  He became ill several different times narrowly escaping death.  His health caused him to become a patient of NHC in Murfreesboro and later Bordeaux Long Term Care in Nashville for many years.  Even through these trials, Mike kept going and tried to stay positive.  Mike found rest and peace from his struggles on August 9th.
     Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on August 12, 2015 from  4-8pm .  Funeral services will be held in the Smith Funeral Home chapel on August 13,  2015 at 10am.  Bro. Herb Alsup will officiate.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.   Share your memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

  • Chris Matteson

    Thursday, 6 August 2015

    Mr. Christopher “Chris” James Matteson, 30, of Nashville passed away on August 3, 2015.  He was born on August 10, 1984 in Middlebury, Vermont. 
    Chris is survived by his parents, Philip & Linda (Churchill) Matteson of Readyville; two brothers, Carl Matteson of  Vermont and Tim & Kristin Matteson of Maine; niece, Bailey Matteson and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends from Nashville and all over the country.
    Chris was the youngest of three boys in his family.  He was active in sports of all kinds, basketball, baseball and football.  He graduated from Fair Haven Union High School in Vermont. He loved to go camping with his family and friends.  Chris enjoyed hanging out with friends and listening to music.  He worked as a carpenter and was known to do excellent work. 
    The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral Home from 12:30-1:30 pm on Saturday, August  8, 2014.  Memorial services will follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Tim Gentry will officiate.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the American Diabetes Association or Tennessee Kidney Foundation by contacting Smith Funeral Home.  Share your memories and condolences on the guestbook at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

  • Lena Todd

    Thursday, 6 August 2015

    Lena Elizabeth Todd, age 83, of McMinnville passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  She was a native of Cannon County. 

    Survivors include her sister, Eva (Jerry) Simons of Shady Grove; Brother, Julius (Louise) Todd of McMinnville; Nephews, Richard (Linda) Harper of Morrison, Jason (April) Todd of McMinnville, Jamie (Erica) Todd of South Carolina, Greg Todd of McMinnville, William Carroll & David Harper, both of Hillsboro; Nieces, Sharon Tanner & Heather Tanner, both of McMinnville, Rachel (Doug) Carroll of Hillsboro, April Brimer of McMinville, & Marlene Todd of Smithville; Uncle, Orene Adams of McMinnville; Extended Family, Martha Fisher of McMinnville. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, James D. & Lou Adams Todd; Brothers, Doyle B. & Waldon Todd; and Sister, Josephine Harper. 

    Ms. Todd was a member of the West Riverside Church of Christ and was retired from Colonial Corporation where she was a seamstress. 

    Graveside services will be 11:30 AM Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Leoni Cemetery with Bro. Ray Weddington & Bro. Doris Hughes officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:30 to 8 PM Friday, August 7, 2015 & from 9 to 11 AM Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the funeral home.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements

  • Debbie Romans

    Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Debbie Lou Romans, age 58, of Woodbury passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1957 to William McKinley and Edith Lucille Sherfield Romans in Murfreesboro. She was a Manager with Roses Department Store and a member of the Christiana Baptist Church.
    Ms. Romans was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Alexander Romans.
    Survivors include a daughter, Felicia Romans of Woodbury, three sisters, Patricia Turley of Woodbury, Jennie (Eddie) Peel of Christiana, Kathy (Danny) Cody of Woodbury and a grandchild, Colin Romans of Woodbury.
    Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 am at Sycamore Baptist Church in Woodbury with Rev. Albert Nelson officiating.
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family.
    - See more at: http://murfreesborofuneralhome.com/tribute/details/924/Debbie_Lou_Romans...
    Debbie Lou Romans, age 58, of Woodbury passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1957 to William McKinley and Edith Lucille Sherfield Romans in Murfreesboro. She was a Manager with Roses Department Store and a member of the Christiana Baptist Church.

    Ms. Romans was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Alexander Romans.

    Survivors include a daughter, Felicia Romans of Woodbury, three sisters, Patricia Turley of Woodbury, Jennie (Eddie) Peel of Christiana, Kathy (Danny) Cody of Woodbury and a grandchild, Colin Romans of Woodbury.

    Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 am at Sycamore Baptist Church in Woodbury with Rev. Albert Nelson officiating.

    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family
    Murfreesboro Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements

  • Tom Milligan

    Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Tom Milligan, age 87, of the Gassaway Community passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  He was a native of Warren Co. 

    Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Louise Campbell Milligan of the Gassaway Community; Children, Stella Ann (G.C.) Hixson of Readyville, David (Darlene) Milligan of Mt. Juliet, & Timothy Milligan of Woodbury; Sister, Jo Justice of Chattanooga; 6 Grandchildren, Clay & Cory Hixson and Jake, Caleb, Sara, & Katie Milligan.  Also surviving are 7 Great Grandchildren. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lanus Lee Milligan & Martha Augusta Jones Milligan. 

    Mr. Milligan was a member of the Gassaway Church of Christ.  He was a master mechanic and craftsman and was in the Korean War where he served in the Army.

    Funeral service will be 2 PM Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. William Webb officiating.  Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday, July 31, 2015.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

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