Obituaries

  • 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

  • Merrill McAllister

    Monday, 4 January 2016

    Merrill McAllister, 88, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Centennial Medical Center.  He was a native of Ashburn, GA. and lived in Auburntown, TN.
    He is survived by his children, Larry & Dianne McAllister, Connie McAllister and Robin Vance all of Woodbury; Grandchildren, Zachary, Sarah & Lance McAllister, Stephen & MSgt. Brian Blonder, USMC, Joshua, Justin & Rachael Vance; 6 Great Grandchildren: Tyler King, McCarlee & Nowlen Eubank, Lynley Gareth & Dalton Vance.
    Mr. McAllister was preceded in death by his parents, Ottis & Rosa Willis McAllister; wife, Iva Louise Smith McAllister and 8 siblings.
    He was Retired as a heavy equipment operator and a veteran of WWII where he served in the United States Marine Corp.  He served as a Deacon at Woodbury First Baptist Church and was a member of the Woodbury Lions Club.
    Funeral services will be 10 am Thursday, January 07, 2016 at Woodbury First Baptist Church with Bro. Hunter Hay officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 8 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Woodbury Funeral Home and Thursday, January 7 from 9 am until 10 am at Woodbury First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Clyde Jones

    Sunday, 3 January 2016

    Clyde Phillip Jones age 100, passed away on January 1, 2016 at his
    residence. He was a native of Dekalb County, but has lived in Murfreesboro
    since 1962. He was a Church of Christ preacher, farmer and also worked in
    the auto repair business. He was a 1934 graduate of Liberty High School. He
    was a member of the Salem Creek Church of Christ. Clyde served in the U. S.
    Army during World War II as a Sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division and
    fought in the Battle of the Buldge. While serving in the Army he received
    the following declarations: Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, European Service
    Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal with 3 Battle Stars,
    Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

    He is survived by his wife of 78 years, Opal M. (Cripps) Jones, son Larry
    (Gail) Jones of Phoenix, AZ, sons Michael and Roger Jones of Murfreesboro,
    and daughter Debbie (Jim) Fuller of Murfreesboro; 6 grandchildren, Karen
    (Frank) Soto of Edgewood, NM, Susan Jones, of Phoenix, AZ, Brian (Carole
    Ann) Jones of Las Vegas, NV, Kevin Jones of Murfreesboro, Josh (Jessica)
    Fuller of Gallatin, TN, and Victoria (Jason) Melhorn of Murfreesboro; and 9
    great grandchildren, Dalton, Hunter, Matthew, Sidney, Riley, Leah, Greysen,
    Averie, and Jaxson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. Jones
    and Hassie May (Smithson) Jones, daughter-in-law Shirley G. Jones,
    granddaughter Angela (Jones) Maraschiello and sisters Bessie (Jones) Bell
    and Jessie (Jones) Adamson.

    Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday,
    January 3, 2016 at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home. A chapel service will be
    2:00 P.M. Monday, January 4, 2016 at Jennings & Ayers with Ron Harper
    officiating. Burial will follow at Milton Cemetery with Military Honors.
    Friends and family will serve as active pallbearers. Jennings & Ayers
    Funeral Home, 820 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130.
    615-893-2422. Please online condolences for the family at www.jenningsandayers.com

  • Sam Jones

    Sunday, 3 January 2016

    Sam Jerry Jones, 69, died Friday, January 1, 2016 at his home in Murfreesboro. He was a native of Cannon Co. 

    He is survived by his children, Kelly Jones and Laura Bielaczyc of Nashville, and Steven Jones of Murfreesboro; Grandchildren, Caiden, Knox, and Ellie Cayton; Sister, Myra Sue Kastor of Statesville, NC. 

    Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Sam & Georgia Golden Higgins Jones; Siblings, Avanell George, Edwina Hamilton, Bobby Jones, and Annette Miller. 

    He was owner and operator of Century 21 Records in Murfreesboro. Mr. Jones was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Army. 

    Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. David George officiating. Interment will follow at Leoni Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 2 PM until 8 PM Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
    Woodbury Funeral Home

  • Ralph Mooneyham

    Tuesday, 29 December 2015

     

    Ralph “Buddy” Mooneyham, 75, died Monday, December 28, 2015 at Centennial Medical Center following a sudden illness.  He was a native of Cannon Co.

     

    He is survived by his siblings, Roy Mooneyham, Maude Rebecca (Charles) Davenport, Betty Jean (Ralph) Reed, Lovie George Phillips, Annie Marie Bosworth all of Woodbury; Sister-in-law: Mable Mooneyham of Woodbury; Close Friends: James & Sally Brown and Earl Dawson; Several Nieces and Nephews also survive

     

    Mr. Mooneyham was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Oscar and Maude Rebecca Moody Mooneyham; wife, Helen Marie Bain Mooneyham; Siblings, James Paul, Jessie, Mack, Charlie Bratten, Frank and John L. Mooneyham, Willie Matt Merriman, Janie Katherine Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Mooneyham.

     

    He was retired from Slatton Brothers as a machine operator. Buddy lived all of his life in the house he was raised in.  He was a happy go lucky man that loved his family and his animals. 

     

    Funeral services will be 11 am Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Haley & Bro. Ray Patrick officiating.  Interment will follow in the Prater Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 11 am until 8 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2015.

  • Winnie Braswell

    Sunday, 27 December 2015

    Winnie Braswell was born June 20, 1922 to Ruby Lee Underhill and Vester Jones at the home of her grandparents, Lonnie and Ida Jones near Mt. Ararat, TN. She passed away December 24, 2015 at Northside Health Care, Murfreesboro, TN at the age of 93.

     

    Winnie grew up in the Murfreesboro and Franklin areas. She was married to Hiram David Braswell at the Woodbury Courthouse on January 20, 1944 and moved to Franklin to make their home. Winnie's only employment was at the Hosiery Mill in Murfreesboro for a short while.

     

    She was baptized by Bro. Clyde Gleaves near Mt. Ararat Church of Christ and attending Mt. Ararat until she moved away. She worshiped at Owen's Chapel in Franklin, Windrow Church of Christ, near College Grove and Bridge Avenue Church of Christ in Murfreesboro for many years, until the passing of Hiram. Finally, she placed membership at East Main Church of Christ where she remained a faithful Christian until death.

     

    Winnie was preceded in death by her parents, Vester and Ruby Jones; husband, Hiram David; three sisters, Evelyn Taylor, Mary Douglas and Oleta Tosh; and son-in-law, Joe Woodside. She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Carolyn Woodside of Christiana and Rhonda Kay (Jeff) Tenpenny of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Rachel Blair Tenpenny and Brett Hiram Tenpenny, both of Murfreesboro; and brother, Gaius "Buddy" Jones; two great-grandsons, Carson Tenpenny and Luke Tenpenny.

     

    Throughout her life, her main goal was caring for her home and family. Her priority in life was to live a Christian life, help others find their way to Christ, and someday, make Heaven her home. In her earlier years her hobbies included tracing her family tree, sewing and quilting, working outside with her flowers and in the vegetable garden and hearing singing by her girls. She offered encouragement to all those she loved.

     

    Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Jennings & Ayers. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

     

    The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Jennings & Ayers with Wayne Lankford officiating. Burial will follow the chapel service in Evergreen Cemetery with Ray Braswell, Keith Jones, Gary Taylor, Billy Taylor, Brett Tenpenny, Jerry Scott, Van Elkins and Gary Thomas.

     

    Arrangements are under the direction of Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please leave online condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.

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