Obituaries

  • Bette Lines

    Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    Bette Lines, age 65  passed away Sunday January 17, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Nashville after a lengthy illness. Her inital fight began in 1967 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. She took radiation to stop the cancer, but it put her in a category of cancer survivor with "unknown long range effects of radiation."
     
    Bette was born June 15, 1950 at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was one of Dr. William Bryant's first deliveries as Cannon County's new doctor.
     
    She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jonathan W. Lines of Woodbury and son, Sean E. Lines of Brentwood.  She is also survived by sister, Janet D. (Harry) Barnes of Woodbury "the girls" (nieces), Cynthia B. (Jeremy) Judkins, Valerie B.(Michael) Bush, and Stephanie B. (Justin) Fann, beloved great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, especially John N. New.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall E. and Wauline A. Duggin, paternal grandparents, S.L. and Eppie N. Duggin and maternal grandparents, C.H. and Hattie B. Allmon.
     
    Bette began a thirty year teaching career in Cannon County and retired with the Warren County School System. She touched many young lives during her time in the classroom.
    She loved the beach and spent hours looking for that perfect shell on Sanibel Island. She was an excellent tatter and enjoyed reading, bird watching, and gardening.
    She was a member of the Church of Christ.
     
    A memorial service will be held at Leoni Church of Christ on Sunday January 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  Bros. Herb Alsup and Garland Robinson will be officiating.
     
    In lieu of flowers,  please contribute to the American Cancer Society, Adams Memorial Library or Seek the Old Paths at Leoni Church of Christ.

  • Bernice Fresso

    Monday, 18 January 2016

    Bernice Ann Fresso, age 86, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital.  She was a native of Chicago, IL and raised in Cannon Co. 

    Survivors include her 6 children, Elaine (Joe) O'Connell of Cedar Lake, IN, Brenda (Brian) Lane of Chattanooga, Richard Thomas, Gregory Thomas, & Sheila Thomas, all of McMinnville, and James (Deborah) Fresso of Murfreesboro; Sister, Dorothy Chlopek of Buford, GA; and 9 Grandchildren, Denene (Paul) Reppa, John (Linda) O'Connell, Luke (Lisa) O'Connell, Ara Lane, Matthew Lane, Sarah (Ronnie) Roark, Shannon (Jason) Ours, Heather (Jason) Morris, & James Anthony Fresso. 

    Also surviving are 15 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Dennis & Willie Bell "Crete" Barrett Dennis. 

    Ms. Fresso was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and was a self-employed business owner in Chicago.  After returning to Tennessee, she raised cattle.  She also opened her home for 2  years for women of domestic violence in order to obtain a grant for the shelter in Warren County.  She served a total of 79 families during the 2 years. 

    Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, January 21, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. James McDonald officiating.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM until the time of service on Thursday.

     

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

  • Karen Ratliff

    Saturday, 16 January 2016

    Mrs. Karen Annette Ratliff, 59, of Bradyville passed away on January 14, 2016.  She was born on October 21, 1956 in Dallas, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Lavita Pearl Jones; husband, Darrell Ray Ratliff; daughter, Shandey Ratliff and a brother, Michael Jones.
    She is survived by her sons, William (Trina Black) Ratliff of Bradyville and Steven Ratliff; father, William “Bill” Jones of South Carolina; sisters, Shirley Bailey of Mississippi and Theresa Jones of South Carolina; as well as five grandchildren.
     Mrs. Ratliff was a loving mother.  She enjoyed family time, playing board games and quilting.  She loved her family and people in general.  Her dogs were special companions through thick and thin.  She was a long time employee of Quality Industries.  She worked hard to provide the best for her family.  She was a believer in Christ.   
    The family will hold a committal ceremony and lay her to rest with a private service.  Share condolences and memories with them on the guestbook page of www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

  • Sterling Pitts

    Saturday, 16 January 2016

    Mr. Sterling Pitts, 90, of Woodbury passed away on January 16, 2016 after an extended illness.  He was born on May 9, 1925 in Woodbury, TN.  His parents were the late Shelah Pitts and Jennie Justice Elkins Pitts.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Hayes Pitts, a daughter, Jan Cheryl Whittemore; brothers, David Pitts and Paul Pitts; sisters, Eva Lee Reed, Donzie Greer and Ona Prater.
    He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne (Eddie) Curtis of Woodbury; brother, Flavil Ray (Julia) Pitts of McMinnville; sister, Una Ray of Tullahoma; four granddaughters and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Mr. Pitts was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  He served in WWII his ship was damaged during some of the battles taking place around Iwo Jima.  He worked as a carpenter and painter for many years.  He also preached at some local churches of Christ in the past.  He enjoyed planting a vegetable garden.  Mr. Pitts loved to work anything mechanical and loved to go fishing any chance he had.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 10-2 pm.  Funeral services will follow in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home at 2 pm.  Interment will be in Leoni Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to assist with funeral expenses.  Contact Smith Funeral Home for details.   Share memories and condolences with the family on the guestbook page of www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

  • Steven Melton

    Saturday, 16 January 2016

    Steven Paul Melton, age 62, of Woodbury passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at Stones River Hospital E/R.  He was a native of Hopkinsville, KY. 

    Survivors include his sons, Adam & Alan Melton, both of Woodbury; Mother, Wilma Jo Mason Melton of Woodbury; Siblings, Donna (Bob) Schneider of Louisville, KY; Roy (Marcel) Melton of Woodbury; and Paula Jo (Stephen) Warren of Woodbury; Nieces & Nephews, Angie, Chloe Robin, Josh, & Taylor. 

    He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Melton; and mother of his children, Susan Elizabeth Markum Melton. 

    Mr. Melton was a member of the church of Christ and had many and various jobs around Cannon County with 10 years at Farmer's Co-Op. 

    Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, January 18, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bros. Herb Alsup & Daniel Hayes officiating.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, January 17, 2016. 

     

     

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

     

  • Joe Rogers

    Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Joe W. Rogers, 82, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at his home following an extended illness.  He was a native of Cannon Co.
    He is survived by his children, Robert (Tonya) Rogers of Manchester, Marsha (Jeff) McMahan of Murfreesboro, Elisha (Jeff) Neiswender of Dallas, GA., Tracy (Von) Moore of Manchester; Grandchildren, Hannah Rogers, Mallory Rogers, Samuel Rogers, Betsy Cooper, Andrew McMahan, Will & Jordan Neiswender and Trenton Moore; Siblings, Ovie Hollis and Jackie Rogers of Woodbury, Jean Matthews, Joyce Harris and Martha Rogers of Pensacola, FL., Lynda Strickland, Cathy Brandon and Mark Rogers all of Murfreesboro, Joan Bryson of Lebanon.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Rogers and Lois Knox Rogers; his wife, Mary Higgins Rogers and his siblings, Hazel Beck, Ray Rogers and Gail Rogers.
    Mr. Rogers was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was a Carpenter, Antique Collector and Cannon Co. Trustee from 1974 until he retired in 2002.  Joe was a family man who loved his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. 
    Funeral services will be 1 pm Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Al Bugg, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:30 am until 8 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Alvie Witty

    Sunday, 10 January 2016

    Alvie Joe Witty, 81, who passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home.  He was a native of Warren Co., TN.
    He is survived by his Son and Daughter-in-law, Brian & Dawn Witty of Morrison; Daughter-in-law, Cheryl Witty of Morrison; Grandchildren, Ashley (Keith) Brown, Jeremy (Chesney) Witty, Bailey, Malia and Zoe Witty; Great Grandchildren, Cade & Analyn Brown, Cadence, Ashton, Tucker Witty; Sisters, Margie (Wayne) Helton and Judy (Homer) Young both of Woodbury, Hazel (David) McFalls of Roanoke, VA.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Joe & Lena Mai Walker Witty; his wife, Evelyn G. Witty; his son, Michael Lynn Witty; siblings, Ruth Arledge, Lorene Byford, Beatrice Burlason, Everett Thomas Witty and Jerry Dale Witty.
    Mr. Witty was a member of the Smith Grove Church of Christ and an Industrial Sewing Machine Mechanic.  He loved to fish, ride horses and gardening but most of all he loved his family.
    Funeral services will be 1 pm Wednesday January 13, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Al Bugg, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Coffee Co. Visitation with the family will be from 3 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Irene Gilley

    Sunday, 10 January 2016

    Irene Trail Gilley, 93, of Bradyville passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016 at St. Thomas Stones River E/R following a sudden illness. She was a native of Coffee Co.
    She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Clarence Gilley, Sr. of Bradyville; her children, Linda (Wallace) King and Clarence (Dianne) Gilley both of Woodbury, Martha Jo (Rick) Matthews of Rockvale, Dewayne Gilley of Bradyville and Albert Wilson of Murfreesboro; Grandchildren, Tracy King, Jeff “Skillet” Gilley, Marvin Gilley Jennifer Stem, Jason & Coty Gilley; 17 Great Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and cousins also survive.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, John Thomas Trail & Beulah Crosslin Trail; siblings, Robert Trail, Myrten Trail ad Ardith Trail.
    Mrs. Gilley was a member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker.  She loved to sew, make quilts and crochet. 
    Funeral services will be 2 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Burnett and Bro. Greg Mitchell officating. Interment will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 9 pm Monday, January 11, 2016.

  • Dennis Whitlock

    Saturday, 9 January 2016

    Dennis Roger Whitlock, 81, Friday, January 8, 2016 at his home. He was a native of Christiansburg, VA.
    He is survived by his daughter, Denise Whitlock Duke of Bradyville; Grandchildren, Konner & Kolby Duke of Bradyville; Sisters, Nellie Jo & Fred St. Clair of Morristown, TN. and Mary Alice & Leonard Firebaugh of Roane, VA.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis Ralph Whitlock and Blake Hall Whitlock; his wife, Janet Whitlock and his sister, Evelyn Sisson.
    Mr. Whitlock owned a screen enclosure company for 28 years in Florida, drove a bus in Cannon Co. for over 20 years and also owned Hwy 53 Market.  A member of the Methodist church, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
    Funeral services will be 2 pm Sunday, January 10, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell and Bro. John Sadler officiating.  Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 8 pm Saturday, January 9, 2016 and Sunday from 11 am until time of services.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Midway Fire Dept.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

  • Jesse Keel

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016

    Mr. Jesse Lee Keel, 57, of McMinnville passed away on January 6, 2016.  He was born on October 23, 1958 in El Paso, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm Harold Keel, Sr. and Betty Sue Christopher Merritt; step-father, Rayburn Jim Merritt and a brother, James Merritt.
    He is survived by his sister, Wanda (Larry) Smith of McMinnville; brother, Malcolm (Frances Stafford) Keel of Murfreesboro and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
    Jesse grew up and spent most of his life around Woodbury.  He loved to be with his family.  They liked to pick on and aggravate each other.  He liked telling tall tales, laughing and having a good time.   He enjoyed talking to family and friends on the phone.  His dogs were his constant companions and he loved their company.  He liked watching gameshows like the Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune.  One of his favorite places to eat was Joe’s Place.  When you would see him there he would tell one of those tales.  He was a member of the Earlyville Church of Christ.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 2-6 pm.  Funeral services will be on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 1 pm in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Cherry Cemetery.  Share memories and condolences on the guestbook page at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

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