Obituaries

  • Alexander Smith

    Sunday, 20 December 2015

    Alexander “Buddy” Luther Smith, Jr. 83, passed away December 19, 2015 in Virginia Beach.  He was born December 11, 1932 in a small coal mining camp (Insull) in Harland County, Kentucky. He was the seventh child of twelve children born to the Reverend Alexander Luther Smith, Sr. and Myrtle Elizabeth Reed Smith.  After eating “lots of bananas” to meet the Army’s weight requirement, he hitched a ride on a coal truck and joined up, serving in the 1st Calvary Division.  He fought in the Korean War Conflict in spite of his mother’s many letters to the government trying to get him home because, after all, he was only 15. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked the DEW Line in Alaska and then for the space program in Lompoc, California and Beltsville, Maryland. He retired after 24 years as a Systems Analyst from the Fleet Combat Direction Systems Support Activity, Dam Neck.
    He was a loving husband to his wife of 63 years, Joanne Willie (Paschal) and is survived by his children, David Luther Smith of Bellingham, Washington, Claudia Suzanne Henley (Jim) of Hockessin Delaware, Cynthia Keill (David) of Richmond, Virginia; four grandchildren, Everett Smith, Michael Henley (Amanda), Eric Henley (Shelby), and Mariah Alexandra Henley; one great-granddaughter, Hayley Lynn Henley, four sisters Marjorie Asher Grout of Knoxville, Tennessee, Joy Birch of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Louise Kelly of Lexington, Kentucky, Gloria Haupt of Satsuma, Alabama and a brother David Smith of Straight Creek, Kentucky.
    He is preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Sue Locke, Marilyn Cleoda Smith and a half-sister, Jennie Ruth Smith Jewell, four brothers, Brian E., Robert Bruce, Alfred E. and Beauford R. Smith and granddaughter, Evelyn Grace Smith.
    He loved photography, making videos, cooking, carpentry, computers, electronics, tending his lawn, Irish music science. More than anything else, he loved being around his family and recording these moments with videos.  He will be remembered for his sense of humor.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, December 26, 2015 from 10-1pm.  Funeral services will follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Tim Gentry will officiate.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.  Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net   Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

  • Gladys Prater

    Friday, 18 December 2015

    Morrison, TN resident and Cannon County, TN native Gladys Young Prater, age 85, was born May 17, 1930 and died December 18, 2015 at Raintree Manor following an extended illness.
    Retired from McMinnville Garment Company and a member of Morrison Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Houston and Hester Parker Young. She was married June 27, 1949 to Bobby Lloyd Prater who preceded her in death on September 28, 2011. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by mother-in-law and father-in-law, Shelah and Maurine Prater; and sister-in-law, Jean Young.
    She is survived by daughter, Pam Grizzle (Michael Jordan) of Morrison, TN; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Roxanne Prater of Morrison, TN; grandson, Cain Prater and wife Brandi of Christiana, TN; granddaughter, Chelsey Grissom and husband Mike of McMinnville; two great-grandsons, Aiden and Asher Grissom; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; brother, Millard Young of Woodbury, TN; sister and brother-in-law, Flossie and Buell Warren of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2015 in High's Chapel with Jon Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Morrison Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Monday at High's.
    Arrangements by HIGH FUNERAL HOME, McMinnville, TN (931)473-2137.

  • Emma Pope

    Friday, 18 December 2015

    Morrison, TN resident and Warren County, TN native Emma Gladys Pope, age 90, was born November 5, 1925 and died December 17, 2015 at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville following an extended illness.
    Retired from Carrier Air Conditioning Company and a member of Grange Hall Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Bryan and Lodema Roberts Bouldin. She was married August 8, 1942 to Bernice Pope who preceded her in death on September 10, 1991. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son, Charles L. Pope; and two sisters, Pauline McCormick and Birdie Grissom.
    She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Lannie and Judy Pope of Woodbury, TN and Greg Pope of Morrison, TN; three grandchildren and spouses, Susan and Heath Nokes, Carla and Brian Parker, and Marcie Pope; four great-grandchildren, Sam, Ashlyn and Eli Nokes, and Emily Parker; two brothers and sister-in-law, J.C. and Rosie Bouldin of Morrison, TN and Wilmus Bouldin of Morrison, TN; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Rayburn Holt of Morrison, TN; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 2015 in High's Chapel with James Nelson and Titus Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Bascom Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service Sunday at High's.
    Arrangements by HIGH FUNERAL HOME, McMinnville, TN (931)473-2137.

  • Nannie Mears

    Friday, 18 December 2015

    Nannie Bell Stanley Mears, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015.  She was a native of Cannon Co., TN.
    She is survived by her children, Robert Lee Mathis and Mazel Pearl Mathis both of Woodbury; 4 Grandchildren: Johnny Darrell Mathis, Timothy Eugene Mathis, Angel Dawn Mathis Ferrell and Dustin Robert Mathis; 5 Great Grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; Half Brother: Medford Murphy and Lou Garrett both of Woodbury; Special Friends: Nellie Mathis, Betty Lou Sanders, Annie Lou Mathis and Ryan Sanders.
    Ms. Mears was preceded in death by her parents, X Stanley & Ethel Estes Stanley Murphy; husbands, Sam Vinson Mathis and John Mears; son, Charlie B. Mathis & Daughter-in-law, Lily Baylock Mathis. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a housewife.
    Funeral services will be 1 pm Saturday, December 19, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow at Centerhill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 9 pm Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

     

  • Maymie Williams

    Friday, 18 December 2015

    Name      Maymie Lee Campbell Williams                                                Age: 98
    Date Died: Thursday, December 17, 2015   Where: at her home
    Birthplace: Cannon Co., TN.
    Survivors: Daughter: Barbara Dean Higgins of Woodbury
    2 Grandchildren: Deana Douglas of Coffee County and Darla (Jesse) Cunningham of Milton.
    Great Grandchildren: Jason & Blake Douglas and Brady & Briley Cunningham
    Also survived by several nieces and nephews
    Ms. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert & Gladys Logan Campbell; husband, Earl Rayborn Williams; son, Adron Earl Williams; son-in-law, David Higgins; grandson, David “Darrell” Higgins; and siblings, William A. Campbell, Julie Esther Robinson, and Lydia Mae Taylor.
    She was a member of the Smith Grove Church of Christ and a homemaker. She loved to quilt and living on the farm, tending to her chickens. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
    Funeral services: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home    When:  11:00 PM Saturday. 12/19/15
    Minister:    Bro. John Summers                    Interment:  Midway Cemetery
    Visitation:  From 4 pm until 9 pm Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
     
    www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Mildred Friedman

    Friday, 18 December 2015

    Mildred Naomi Friedman was born on August 3, 1928 in Woodbury, Tennessee and passed away December 16, 2015 from natural causes. She was the only daughter and the youngest of four children born to Calvin and Sarah Young. Her older brothers were Houston, Dalton and Leonard who proceeded her in death.
    Naomi attended elementary and high school in Cannon County, TN. Naomi Ha a successful career with the Colonial Shirt Corporation, a national clothing manufacturer whose home factory was in Woodbury, retiring in 1976.
    Naomi married Leonard Friedman in 1976 and the pair split time between Tennessee and New York City until they relocate to Jacksonville, Florida. Tragically, Leonard and a close friend were killed in a plane crash in 1981 leaving her to cherish his memory for the remainder of her life.
    Naomi remained in the home she and Leonard cherished until 2013. She was blessed to have a faithful employee, Wimal Nathan, with her for thirty years to help watch and maintain the property. During that time, she saw the arrival of Wimal’s wife Nirmala and the birth of their daughter, Brittany.
    Naomi is survived by her son, Ron, who resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife Paz. Her daughter Rita Burgener and husband Jim retired to Jacksonville Beach, FL. Her youngest child, Barry lives in Neptune Beach, FL with his wife, Gina Cavallo. Naomi has also been blessed to see the birth of her first great-grandchild Charlotte, born to her beloved grandson Josh and his wife Lindsay in 2013. He and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee.
    The family is very thankful for the staff members at Ashford Court, Community Hospice McGraw Center and very much appreciates the great care she received from her primary care physician, Louis Akra.
    Visitation will be from 3-5pm at the Woodbury Funeral Home in Woodbury, Tennessee Sunday, December 20th. A private burial will take place on December 21st. A celebration of Naomi’s life with take place in early 2016 at the Ponte Vedra Club with details to follow.

     

  • Vera Miller

    Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Vera Pearl Haley Miller, age 88, of Woodbury, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  She was a native of Calhoun, GA.

    Survivors include her children, Dale (Mary) Arnold of Smyrna, Pam Arnold (David) Prater, Earley Rains, Sheila Rains, & Tracy Miller (David) Higgins, all of Woodbury; Sister, Dora Lee Thomas of Woodbury; 12 Grandchildren, Shirlene (Jerry) Lyles, Angela (Rodney) Young, Marlin Prater, Maranda Rains, Jesse Rains, Brandy LaFever, Hailey Rains, Ashley Morgan, and Zach, Bekah, Addison, & Hannah Higgins; 4 Step Grandchildren, Eddie, Jerry, Pam, & Martha; 7 Great Grandchildren, Bionca (Bret) Waller, Heather (Jared) Smith, Tyler (Brooke) Young, Justin Prater, Chris Warrick, Bo Barrett, & Madison Todd; 4 Great Great Grandchildren, Evyn Waller, Jaxon Smith, Addilyn Smith, & Kensley Young.  Also surviving are 6 step great grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Issac & Flora Gann Haley; Brothers, Carl Haley, William "Neb" Haley, George Haley; Sisters, Hattie Thomas, Lucille Nipper, Betty Ruth Haley; Half Brothers, Sam, Frank, & Ed Haley; 3 Husbands, Wilburn H. Arnold, Ralph Rains, & Hobert Miller; and Great Granddaughter, Paisley Todd.

    Ms. Miller was a member of the Dillon Street Baptist Church and was retired from Jefferson-Smurfit.

    Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bros. Ray Patrick, Richard Haley, & David Higgins officiating.  Interment will follow at Manus Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 4 to 10 PM at the funeral home.

    Pallbearers will be Zach Higgins, Tyler Young, Chris Warrick, Justin Prater, Jesse Rains, Chris Young, Casey Barrett, & Bret Waller.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements

  • Eric Stacey

    Sunday, 13 December 2015

    Mr. Eric Lee “Bigen” Stacey, 28, of Woodbury passed away on December 11, 2015.  He was born in Murfreesboro, TN on May 16, 1987. 
    He is survived by his father, James Stacey of Murfreesboro; mother, Karen (Marc Anthony-fiance) Alexander Stacey of Woodbury; grandmothers, Geraldine Hillis of Murfreesboro and Mary Alexander of Lebanon; brother, Brian Stacey of Dowellton, TN; girlfriend, Briana Rainey and her son, Gregory Livingston that he loved like his own son; close friends, Johnathan Whittaker, Matthew Brawner and Micah Etheridge; as well as, several other aunts and uncles and many cousins.
    Eric loved being outdoors.  There was nothing he liked better than to be fishing, hunting and riding 4-wheelers.  Once, while frog gigging he was bitten by a cotton mouth.  That didn’t keep him from spending time outdoors.  He had a good heart and would give you the shirt from his back.  He did his best to live life to the fullest.  He enjoyed spending time with Gregory doing things outside like shooting a pellet rifle.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, December 14, 2015 from 2-7 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1 pm in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  James Wade will officiate.  Interment will be in Bradley Creek Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations through the funeral home to help with expenses.  Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337
     

  • Herman Pinkerton

    Friday, 11 December 2015

    Dr. Herman H. “Pink” Pinkerton, formerly of Abingdon, VA, passed away on December 5, 2015 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh, NC.  He was born October 28, 1928 in Cookeville, TN to Herman Pinkerton, Sr. and Marguerite Fowler Pinkerton.
    Dr. Pinkerton received his BA in chemistry from Tennessee Tech University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He practiced medicine as a pediatrician and pediatric allergist in Abingdon, VA for 38 years.
    Dr. Pinkerton’s accomplishments were many. He was past president of both the Washington County Medical Society and the Southeastern Allergy Association, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia, former CEO of Johnston Memorial Clinic, and former chief of staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital.  He also served on committees of the Virginia Medical Society and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. In addition to his professional service, he was a committed member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon. Most importantly, he was a loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather.
    Dr. Pinkerton was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jane Pinkerton. He is survived by his daughters, Ellen Kruszewski (Tom), of Plantation, FL; Susan Ballagh (John), of Leesburg, VA; Sally Gates (Jim), of Raleigh, NC; Margie Fleenor (Don), of Durham, NC; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
    The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community for the loving care it provided Pink. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Pinkerton to the pediatric ward of Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA; Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA; or the Dr. Herman Pinkerton Chemistry Scholarship at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN.
    There will be a graveside service for the family at Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, TN on December 19, 2015. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Smith Funeral Home is assisting with local arrangements.  Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

  • Charles A. Donnell

    Friday, 11 December 2015

     
    Charles A. Donnell, age 68, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at his residence. Charles was lifelong resident of Rutherford County and a veteran of the United States Air Force serving in Vietnam. He retired from Alvin C. York VA Medical Center and was of the Baptist faith.
    Charles was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie Donnell. He is survived by his mother, Augusta Donnell; wife Claudia Donnell; son Charles (Bubba) Donnell; step-sons, Shane Ross and Peyton Ross; daughters, Tammy Taylor and Jenny Donnell; sisters, Shirley (Roy) Parker and Renee Swann; and also survived by six grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service for Charles will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Jennings & Ayers with Rev. Dwight Smitty officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with friends and family serving as pallbearers.
    Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at 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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