• James Tassey

    Wednesday, 18 September 2013

    Mr. James Lloyal Tassey, 91, a native of Readyville died September 17, 2013. He was born on August 11, 1922. His parents were the late James Ollie Tassey and Bertha (Vaught) Tassey. Also preceding him in death are his wives, Ann (Pitts) Tassey and Mildred (Jones) Tassey; two brothers, Forrest Tassey and Dudley Tassey and three sisters, Rebecca Tassey, Ada Carnahan and Monte Livingston Qualls.

    Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl & Ronnie Johnson of Readyville; brother-in-law, Walden Jones of Nashville; grandchildren, Alan Smithson, Scott & Michele Smithson, Angie & Jeff Graham; step-grandchildren, Teresa & Gary Brooks, Mike & Denise Johnson; great grandchildren, Jacob & Michelle Smithson, Brandy & Daniel Baltz, Jenna & Will Shelton, Jackson Graham, Josh Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Charlie Brooks, Erin Phillips and Phillip Mullins and two great great grandchildren.

    Mr. Tassey grew up in Readyville and spent a lot of time around the Readyville Mill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII. In early years he liked to go big game hunting in Montana. He was a retired truck driver with Super Service and Time-DC. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Local 480 in Nashville. Mr. Tassey was also a proud Democrat. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 11 AM until time of service. Graveside services will be held at Riverside Garden at 3 PM. Herb Alsup will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337

  • Donald "Don" Gannon

    Tuesday, 17 September 2013

    Mr. Donald "Don" Gannon, 76, of Woodbury died September 15, 2013. He was born on March 17, 1937 in the Rush Creek Community of Cannon County. His parents were the late John George Gannon and Willie Pearl (Young) Gannon. He was also preceded in death by his wife Mazle Gannon; brother, Virgil Gannon and sisters, Alta Mae Gannon and Eva Virginia Gannon.

    He is survived by his sons, Randy(Julie) Gannon and Ronald(Karen) Gannon both of Woodbury; daughter, Tara(Eddie) Hinson of South Carolina; sister, Elizabeth Simpson of Bradyville; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; uncles, Virgil(Grace) Young and Nile(Della) Young both of Woodbury; aunt, Mary Brown Hale of Dearborn, MI and special friend, Ruth Lefevers of Murfreesboro.

    Mr. Gannon was a member of the Elkins Church of Christ. He was a truck driver for many years, first driving for Tilford Lumber and later retiring from Service Transport. He also served as a deputy for the Cannon County Sheriff's Department, under his brother-in-law, Sheriff Robert Simpson. Dirt track racing was one of his favorite things to do. He and his son Randy spent many Saturday nights at the track. Watching stock car races on Sunday was a pastime for him too. Cannon County history and families were his passion. He spent many hours visiting and collecting photos and history of the county. He wrote and published a book called "Creek Folks" about the families of the Hollis Creek Community. Making people laugh was how many people will remember him.

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 3-9 PM. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 3 PM in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Joey Ferrell will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Elkins Church of Christ, Cannon County Historical Society or the American Heart Association. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337, Online condolences at

  • Mayme Underwood Holt

    Sunday, 15 September 2013

    Mayme Underwood Holt                                                    Age:    95
    Date Died: Saturday,  September 14, 2013  at Woodbury Nursing Center
    Birthplace: Bradyville, Tn.  
    Survivors: Special Nieces:  Caroline Hamilton of Woodbury, Judy Gannon and Joan Ferrell both of Bradyville
    Also surviving are several nieces and nephews
    She was preceded in death by her parents, James “Jim” Underwood and Della Good Underwood and her husband, Homer Holt.
    A member of the Presbyterian Church, She was retired from the Bradyville Post Office where she was an Assistant Post Master and from Colonial Corp.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home  
    When: 2:00 PM Monday, 9/16/13
    Minister:  Bro. Herb Alsup and Bro. Charles Gunter               Interment:  Riverside Gardens               
    Visitation:  1 pm until 9 pm Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

  • Beau Mitchell Manni

    Wednesday, 11 September 2013

    Name:  Beau Mitchell Manni                                                    Age:    19
    Date Died: Saturday,  September 7, 2013  from injuries from a farming accident
    Birthplace: Hanford, CA  
    Survivors: Mother & Step-Father:  Cheryl & Michael Bratcher of McMinnville     Father:  Joseph Michael Manni of Poplar Grove, IL    Brother:  Dillon Manni          Sister:  Noelle Bratcher of McMinnville
    Grandparents:  George & Gail Johnson of Coeur d’ Alene, ID and Chester Manni of Bodega, CA
    He was a member of the Bates Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a farmer. 
    Funeral Service: Bates Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Centertown                      When: 3:00 PM Thursday, 9/12/13
    Minister:  Bro. Blake Stephens               Interment:  Centertown Cemetery               
    Visitation:  1 pm until time of service Thursday at the church.
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  • Levert Mayne Melton

    Monday, 9 September 2013

    Name:  Levert Mayne Melton                                        Age:    97
    Date Died: Sun., September 8, 2013 @12:55 am                  Where: Stones River Hospital
    Birthplace: Cannon Co., TN.  
    Survivors: 4 Children:  Darris Clinton (Shirley) Melton of Woodbury, Dorothy Jo Lawson of McMinnville, Carolyn Sue (Randy) Hopkins of Houston, TX & Nell D. (Frank) Bell of Manchester
    Grandchildren:  Sherry Thomas, Angela Lawson, Tina Basham, Mark Hopkins, John Hopkins, Stephen Black & Kimberly Black
    Also surviving are 11 great grandchildren & 2 great great grandchildren.    
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas & Bertha Taylor Melton & his wife, Nona Mai Melton.
    Mr. Melton was a member of the Short Mountain Church of God, a farmer & retired from Powermatic in McMinnville.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home    When: 2:00 PM Wed., 9/011/13
    Minister:  Bro. Charlie Stanton                Interment:  Gunter Grizzle Cemetery               
    Visitation:  4 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
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  • Winona Rains

    Monday, 2 September 2013

    Winona Rhea Parker Rains                         Age:    51
    Date Died: Sat., August 31, 2013 @19:06                    Where: Stones River Hospital E/R
    Birthplace: Cannon Co., TN.  
    Survivors: husband:  Randy Rains of Woodbury
    Mother:  Dorothy Merriman Parker of Woodbury
    Children: Brian Hollis and Amanda Rhea Hollis both of Woodbury
    Grandchildren: Olivia LeFevers and Lindsey Couch both of Woodbury 
    Siblings:  Marilyn Romero, Johnny Parker, Norma Parker and Tammy Barrett all of Woodbury and Delora (Gary) Bryant of Manchester 
    Stepchildren:  Miranda Vinson of Rock Island and Zachary Barrett of Woodbury     
    She was preceded in death by her Father, Thurston Parker and brother, Ronnie Parker.
    Winona was a member of the Church of Christ, a homemaker and worked at the Shirt Factories.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home    When: 2:00 PM Wed., 9/04/13
    Minister:  Bro. Herb Alsup                Interment:  Rains Family Farm
    Visitation:  5 pm until 9 pm Tuesday, Sept. 03, 2013
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  • Landon Stanley

    Friday, 30 August 2013

    Mr. Landon Stanley, 76, of Smithville died August 29, 2013. He was born in Smithville, TN on September 3, 1936. His parents were the late Robert Loyd Stanley and Sarah (Ferrell) Stanley. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Stanley.

    He is survived by his son, Jeff & Rebecca Stanley of Castilian Springs, TN; two daughters, Crystal & Dan Kuohn of Shelbyville and Deborah K. Mathis of Manchester; brother, Orgie Lee Stanley of Sparta; sisters, Barbara Tucker of Manchester, Josephine Butcher of McMinnville, Etta Williams of Murfreesboro and Jewel Dean Stanley; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

    Mr. Stanley was a retired roofer for Joe B. Jackson in Murfreesboro. He loved to play cards and shoot dice. He always had a joke to tell and loved to walk everywhere he went. He had hitchhiked all over the country.

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 10:30-12:00 PM. Memorial services will follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Bro. Clark Criddle will officiate. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (615)563-5337

  • Amon J. Pack

    Sunday, 25 August 2013

    Amon J Pack                                                                               Age:    86
    Date Died: Sun. 8/25/2013 @ 05:50 am                    Where: St Thomas Rutherford
    Birthplace: Dekalb Co., TN.  
    Survivors: Wife of 65 years:  Barbara C. Page Pack of Woodbury
    Children: Ronny Page Pack & wife Alice of Woodbury, Kathleen P. Davenport & husband, Bobby of Woodbury, Elaine Davis & husband Mike of Liberty & Allan Francis Pack & wife Sharon of Woodbury
    2 Sisters: Georgie Brandon & Virginia Hayes & her husband Buddy all of Woodbury               
    10  Grandchildren & 8 Great Grandchildren
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Anderson J Pack & Ruby Allen Johnson Pack & his brother, Lewis Pack.
    Mr. Amon was a retired deacon of Burt Baptist Church & a veteran of WW II serving in the army.  He was a life long farmer.  
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home    When: 1:00 PM Tuesday, 8/27/13
    Minister:  Bro. David Moody                    Interment:  Mt. Holly Cemetery in Dekalb Co.
    Visitation:  4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday, 8/26/13

  • Mallie Opal Tate Taylor

    Sunday, 25 August 2013

    Name:  Mallie Opal Tate Taylor                                                            Age:    103
    Date Died: Sat. 8/24/2013 @ 14:29 pm                    Where: St Thomas Rutherford
    Birthplace: Cannon, TN.  
    Survivors: Children: Randall Taylor of Auburntown, Rachel Melton of Auburntown, Wayne (Kathy) Taylor of Woodbury and Darlene (Jack) Knowles of Baxter
    Sister: Shelby Vickers of Woodbury
    Grandchildren: Don Paul Taylor, Aubrey (Rachel) Taylor, Cody Taylor and Ethan Taylor, Misty & Melissa Melton, Dustin (Jessica) Taylor, Lacey (Chris) Buchanan
    11 Great grandchildren
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar & Izzie Patterson Tate, her husband, William C. Taylor and 10 brothers and sisters.
    She was a member of the Clear Fork Methodist Church and a homemaker.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home    When: 2:00 PM Monday, 8/26/13

    Minister: Bro. Mark Stinnett
    Interment:  Sycamore Cemetery
    Visitation:  12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, 8/25/13

  • Donald Jones

    Thursday, 22 August 2013

    Donald W. Jones, 80, died in his sleep on August 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen Brandon Jones, and their five children, Bill (Sandy) Jones of Forney, TX, Bob (Penney) Jones of Hendersonville, TN, Becky (Jim) Courson of Mechanicsville, VA, Brian Jones of Taichung, Taiwan, and Beth (Jesse) Thomas of Upper Lake, CA and by their three grandchildren, Rachel (Kyle) Swenson, Josh Courson and Matt Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

    Don was born June 24, 1933 to Ray and Gladys Jones of Delaware, Ohio. After graduation in 1951 from Willis High School in Delaware, he joined the Air Force and served from 1952 till 1956 during the Korean War. It was in Tennessee at the end of his stint in the Air Force that he went on a blind date with Belmont College student, Helen. They married December 17, 1955. After his discharge, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State College in 1959 with his BS and in 1966 with his MA. They spent time in Ohio and Texas teaching before accepting God’s call to missionary service. After a year in Louisville, KY for seminary and several months at Ridgecrest, NC for missionary orientation, on December 26, 1968 they and their five young children went to Dacca, East Pakistan. They served in East Pakistan until the Civil War of 1971 when they transferred to Taiwan. They remained in Taiwan until retirement, serving almost 30 years with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    In 1995 Don and Helen retired to Woodbury where they served the Lord through the Woodbury First Baptist Church.

    Visitation will be held at Woodbury First Baptist Church on Saturday morning from 9:00 until 10:30, with the funeral service immediately following. Rev. Bobby Zumbro and Rev. Hunter Hay will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Mission Offering or Gideon's International by contacting Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337.
    Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the virtual guestbook at