• Cathy Whitacre

    Sunday, 26 July 2015

    Cathy Jean Whitacre was born July 21, 1950, in Norwalk, Ohio to Melvin and Irene Jackson, both now deceased. On July 21, 1968, she married Gerry Lee Whitacre. Together they have two children. Rob L.Whitacre and Christina D. Barkley and four grandchildren: Hannah and Jared Whitacre, and Mikayla and Mattie Barkley.
    She worked in several different areas including the secretary at the church of Christ Bible Chair at San Antonio College, manager for Frenzy’s, and secretary at Arlington Christian School. Her greatest work was as a helpmeet to her husband and a mother to her children. She had peace in her life knowing that her children are faithful Christians following in the footsteps of her Lord. She enjoyed her role as “Nana” to her four grandchildren. She loved to teach them how to do things. Toward the end, she even taught them how to cook. Her greatest desire was for
    them to be faithful Christians.
    Cathy’s life is surrounded by the Lord. Her father served as a preacher and elder. All of her siblings are Christians. Her husband Gerry served as an elder at the Fayetteville church of Christ, a deacon at the Northern Oaks church of Christ, a Bible class teacher, and a mission worker. Her son is a Gospel preacher for the Willette church of Christ. Her daughter is a Bible class teacher. Her son-in-law is a Bible class teacher and a preacher. Her daughter-in-law is a Bible class teacher. Three of her grandchildren are already Christians. She served the Kingdom as a Bible class teacher for over 35 years in all levels. She conducted Teacher's Workshops in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Scotland, Kentucky, and New Zealand with her daughter Christina and daughter-in-law Nicole. She spent time in the mission fields of Jamaica, Scotland, and New Zealand. Her greatest work was a as an elder’s wife, consoling, comforting, and supporting. She conducted ladies days and taught ladies Bible classes.
    She left this world far too early, but her impact is far greater than those who live much longer. Even at the end she expressed her Christ like spirit through Cathy’s Corner, a blog she wrote every day after returning from the hospital. Her words literally inspired thousands. She leaves a legacy of Christianity that now her children and grand-children can continue. She had peace at the end as did her family. We all know that her reward is great and that if we are faithful, we will see her as she was, with no cancer, no tears, and no pain in the blessed Day of the Resurrection. She will be missed by all her family and friends.
    Funeral services will be 1 pm Tuesday at New Hope Church of Christ with Bro. Joey Barkley, Matthew Gibson, Melvin Hutzler, Jr. and Greg Nash officiating. Interment will follow in the Jernigan Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 9 am until 1 pm at New Hope Church of Christ.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope Church of Christ, Readyville, Tn. or Willette, TN. Church of Christ Jamaica Mission Fund.
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  • Betty Ruth Smith

    Sunday, 26 July 2015

    Mrs. Betty Ruth Smith, 75, of Woodbury passed away at her home on July 24, 2015.  She was born in Hohenwald, TN on December 3, 1939.  Her parents were the late James Madison Clifton and Mary Jane (Plunkett) Clifton.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Clifton and sisters, Ethel Flippo, Bonnie Lewis and Nancy Clifton.
    She is survived by her husband, Carl Smith of Woodbury; son, David Anthony Smith of Woodbury; daughter, Melissa & Charles Douglas Hostetter of Readyville; brothers, James Edward Clifton of Lavergne and George & Georgia May Clifton of Linden; grandchildren, Amber & Joey Oxley, Ashley & Bobby Duncan and Samuel Hostetter; great grandchildren, Coal Oxley, Ella Oxley, Ava Duncan and Cade Duncan.
    Mrs. Smith was a devoted member of the New Hope Church of Christ.  Her love of the church lead to her desire to teach others about the Bible and the mercy and forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed many different hobbies including  flowers, gardening, bird watching, painting and classical music. 
    Visitation will be held at the New Hope Church of Christ on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 12-2 pm.  Funeral services are to follow at the church with Ralph Richardson officiating.  Interment will be in the McMahan Cemetery.  Share condolences and memories with the family on her obituary  page at  Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

  • Floyd Tilley Jr

    Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Floyd Boone Tilley, Jr., age 67, of Woodbury passed away July 16, 2015.  He was a native of Warrenton, VA. 

    Survivors include his wife, Myra J. Tilley of Woodbury; Sons, Richard (Christine) Tilley of Woodbury & Jonathan Tilley of Florida; and Daughter, Katherine Tilley of Florida. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Tilley, Sr. & Roberta Tilley. 

    Mr. Tilley was a member of the Short Mountain Methodist Church and was a disabled Army Veteran. 

    Memorial Services will be 5:00 PM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Short Mountain Methodist Church. 


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  • Teresa Higgins

    Wednesday, 22 July 2015

    Teresa Diane Higgins, 54, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at her home a brave fight with cancer.  She was a native of Cannon Co., and was preceded in death by her father, Edward “Buck” Davis and her step-father, Jimmy Rogers.    
    She is survived by her mother, Marie Davis Rogers, Daughter, Miranda Higgins Johnson; Grandson, Austin Johnson; Brother, Jr. Davis; Nephews and Niece,  Josh & Kelli Davis and Ethan Curtis all of Woodbury; Friend, Dennie Swah of McMinnville.
    Diane was a member of the Church of Christ and finished furniture that her family made in their furniture business.  Her grandson, Austin, was her world and she was his.
    Funeral Services will be 4 pm Saturday, July 25, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Norman Pelham officiating.  Visitation will be Saturday from 11 am until the time of service.
    Per Diane’s request, she will be cremated after her service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, 615-563-2311 or

  • Mark Campbell

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    Mark Edward Campbell, age 51, of Liberty passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at Vanderbilt.  He was a native of Grants, NM. 

    Survivors include his mother, Jerris Hines Campbell of Gassaway; Children, Seirra (Dallas) Seaborn & Bradley (Billie) Campbell, both of McMinnville; Siblings, Robin Gunter, Michael R. (Sharon) Campbell, & Jill Ellis (Randy) Campbell, all of Gassaway; Grandchildren, Dawson Campbell, Robert & Anna Campbell.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. 

    He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a tree trimmer. 

    Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday, July 25, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bros. David Dodd & James “Moose” Nokes officiating.  Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be Friday, July 24, 2015 from 4 to 8 PM & Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10 AM until time of service at the funeral home. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.


  • Ray Reeves

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    Ray Mac Reeves, 66, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at his home after a long illness.  Mr. reeves of Woodbury, formerly of Crossville and Mangrum, OK.  He was a veteran of Vietnam serving in the Army. Mr. Reeves is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Gordon and Sierie Mae Flint Reeves; brothers, Thomas “Tommy” Jr., Steve Reeves and Sister Carrie Reeves Sweats.
    He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Hayes Reeves of Bradyville, Daughter, Kaitlyn V. Hayes, Sisters, Cherry Reeves, Ruth (Gordon) McNutt; Brother, Gene (Linda) Reeves; Mother-in-law, Jean Mullins Hayes; Special Friend, Jim (Pop) Nelson.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Ray loved to sing and play the guitar.  He traveled across the U.S. working different jobs but was an Artist by trade. Always willing to help, Mr. Reeves made many friends during his life.  He was easy to love and be with.  He always liked a good joke.
    Memorial Service will be 7 pm Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with visitation from 6 pm until time of service.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, 615-563-2311 or

  • Hoyte Davis

    Saturday, 18 July 2015

    Hoyte Gray ‘Jake’ Davis was born in the Iconium community of Cannon County July 23, 1925, to George Washington and Angie Manus Davis. He lived his entire life in Cannon County. Early in life he was plagued with sickness and accidents which prevented him from going into the military, so he took a job with the Tullahoma project and transported fellow employees, from Cannon County to work there. Then he worked for a while with the Oak Ridge project, but after being away from home for a short time he returned home. Working with wood was in his blood; as his entire family, for generations, had been basket and chair makers. Over the years he continued to work with various companies, but he was always thinking about and planning to have his own ‘shop.’ He thoroughly enjoyed his later years of involvement in many craft fair demonstrations, participation in the White Oak country events and his work with the Arts Center. He was proud of his trade and has left remembrances in many homes with the handmade articles that he has crafted over the years. After his chair making days, he made many rolling pins and toy bats. Jake was the last of his siblings, so this ends his generation of chair makers. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday July 16, 2015.
    On March 20, 1944 he married Miss Minnie Ruth Jones and they enjoyed 71 years of married life together. As long as their health allowed, usually they were together; whether it was working in the shop, craft exhibits or camping and visiting with friends, if you saw one the other one was pretty close. They especially enjoyed their family and Church family at Leoni and all the special events hosted by the congregation.
    In addition to Mrs. Minnie Ruth Davis he is survived by three daughters: Brenda (Richard) Bowman, Cathy (Ted) Smith, and Agnes (Bruce) Jones. Surviving are also six grand-children: Brian (Marla) Bowman, Lisa Reed, Randy (Melissa) Smith, Clint Jones, Daniel (Amy) Jones and Ben (Kate) Jones. He is also survived by eight great grand-children: Zack and Alex Davenport, Samantha and Lydia Bowman, Kiersten Smith, Jackson, Elizabeth, and Luke Jones. Also surviving is a sister-in-law Lois Davis and a brother-in-law Eddie (Peggy) Tubb, and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Josie Ann (J.L.) Jones, Mary (Charles) Mooneyham, and Stella Mae (Homer) McBroom. Brothers: Thomas ‘N’ (Mary) Davis, William ‘Bill’ (Ida Pearl) Davis, and Lonnie ‘Don’ Davis, as well as half sisters Myrtle Davis, Ora Lee Thomas, Opal Davis and White Prater. Half brothers: Dewey Davis and Fred ‘Bud’ Davis and grandson-in-law David Reed.
    Visitation with the family will be Sunday July 19, 2015 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and Monday 10:00 AM until time of services at 2:00 PM at the Woodbury Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Leoni Cemetery, officiating will be Garland Robinson and Richard Bowman. In lieu of flowers, some favorite charities are: The Leoni Cemetery Fund, Disabled American Veterans or St. Judes.
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  • Leo Sissom

    Thursday, 16 July 2015

    Mr. Leo Alvin Sissom, age 82, of Bradyville, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  He was a native of Cannon County. 

    He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Carmin Sissom of Bradyville; Son, Alan Sissom of Greenwood, IN; Grandson, Noel Sissom of Greenwood, IN; and Siblings, Delia Sissom & Cleo Burks, both of Bradyville. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Tilman & Elizabeth Spry Sissom. 

    He was a sheet metal technician and was retired from United Service Equipment. 

    Graveside Services will be at 10 AM Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Gilley Hill Cemetery with Bro. Joe Sissom officiating.


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  • Ruth Sjostedt

    Thursday, 16 July 2015

    Ms. Ruth Elena Sjostedt, age 96, of Bradyville, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Community Care of Rutherford County.  She was a native of Pontiac, Rhode Island. 

    Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Marvin) Pearl of Bradville; Grandson, Kevin (Lisa) Cini of Deerfield, NH; Great Grandchildren, Hunter Cini & Brooke Cini of Deerfield, NH; Friend of 75 years, Viola Knapp of Cranston, Rhode Island. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Sandberg & Hattie Johnson Sandberg; Husband, Edwin Sjostedt; and Brother, G.L. Sandberg. 

    Ms. Sjostedt was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church, was a homemaker, and retired from the State of Rhode Island.  She enjoyed sitting on her front porch with her dog, Snickers. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friend of Concord Crew c/o Woodbury Funeral Home. 


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  • Jennifer Underwood

    Thursday, 16 July 2015

    Jennifer Rhea Grizzle Underwood, 32, died  Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  She was a native Cannon County. She was preceded in death by her mother, Debbie Grizzle.
    She is survived by her husband, Steve Underwood of Woodbury; Sons:  Titus & Andrew Underwood of Woodbury; Father:  Kenneth Grizzle of Woodbury; Grandmother:  Nonnie Shelton of Woodbury; Siblings:  Demetrius Bogle ; Mother-in-Law:  Janie Underwood of Woodbury; Special Cousins:  Tammy & Donald Ivie, Cody Davenport, Lucas Dobson, Emily Ivie; Aunts & Uncles:  Gerald & Margaret Davenport,Robert & Gladys Davenport, Wilburn Grizzle, all of Woodbury & Bobbie (Ray) Freeze of Manchester; Also surviving are numerous cousins and friends, and nieces and nephews.
    Ms. Underwood loved to scrapbook, cook & draw and spending time with her friends and family.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church.
    Funeral Services will be 1 pm Saturday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Nichols officiating.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from  1 – 8 PM Friday, July 17, 2015.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses. 
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