Obituaries

  • Wilma Adams

    Saturday, 5 October 2013

    Mrs. Wilma Adams, 87, of Woodbury died on October 4, 2013 . She was born in Cannon County, TN on July 9, 1926. Her parents were the late Lytton Francis and Gertrude Hill Francis. Also preceding her in death are, step-mother, Clistie Travis Francis; husband, Frank Adams; and brothers, James Francis and Bob Francis.
    She is survived by her sisters, Gladys Hayes of Woodbury, Drunell Higgins of Woodbury and Dean (Don) Barker of Readyville; sisters-in-law, Ruth Adams Holland and Melena Adams (Enloe) Ose both of California, Agnes Adams (Audie) Adkinson of Florida; also, by several nieces, nephews and numerous cousins and friends.
    Visitation will be held at the Arts Center of Cannon County on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 2-8 PM. Visitation will be held at the Woodbury Church of Christ on Monday, October 7, 2013 from 1-2 PM funeral services to follow at the church. Herb Alsup and Daniel Hayes will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Arts Center of Cannnon County, Adams Memorial Library or Woodbury Church of Christ. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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  • Bobbie Prater

    Sunday, 29 September 2013

    Mrs. Bobbie Attress Prater, 74, of Woodbury died September 28, 2013. She was born in Cannon County on October 12, 1938. Her parents were the late Snow Bryson and Dovie Lee (Jones) Bryson. Also preceding her in death are her husband, Royce Wayne Prater and a daughter, Melissa Leayne Prater and two special friends, her dogs, Rambo and Rusty.

    She is survived by her daughter, Karen & Wade Isner of Woodbury; sons, Anthony Wayne Prater of Smithville and Royce Edward Prater of Woodbury; sister, Ida Smith of Woodbury; three grandchildren, Royce Anthony "Tony" & Amber Rose Prater, Royce Bryson Prater and Mattison Daye Prater; great granddaughter, Cali Rose Prater; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Glyn & Joan Prater of Woodbury, Jeanette Barrett of Woodbury and Wayne & Betty Lewis of Lousiville, KY; also, one special friend, her dog Rufus.

    Mrs. Prater was a member of the Church of Christ. Growing up in Woodbury she graduated Central High School in the Class of 1955. She was a retired employee of Colonial Shirt Factory. After retiring she and her husband worked together selling furniture at craft shows and flea markets. They called their business, Wayne's Oak Furniture. She enjoyed feeding and watching humming birds. She enjoyed sports, watching the Vols or Titans play. She especially loved to watch her children and grandchildren's games. Many people remember her being so excited watching the games, coaching and refereeing from the sidelines.

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 11-7 PM. Memorial services will follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Al Bugg will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337

  • Frank Mason

    Sunday, 22 September 2013

    Name:  Frank Mason                                                  Age:    83
    Date Died: Friday,  Sept. 20, 2013  at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital
    Birthplace: Cannon Co., Tn.  
    Survivors: Wife of 50 years, Emogean Gannon Mason of Woodbury
    3 Sons, Thomas (Conswayla) Mason and Michael Mason both of Woodbury and Chris (Crystal) Mason of Murfreesboro
    Grandchildren, Jackson, Bradi, Bella, McKenzie & Landry Mason
    Brother, Paul Mason of Manchester
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Marshall & Ester Maie Melton Mason; Siblings, Jimmie White Mason, Wiley Mason, Janice Mason, Louise Angle and Bessie Milligan.
    A member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, he was retired from Ford Glass after 31 years.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home   When: 1:00 PM Monday, 9/23/13
    Minister:  Bro. James McDonald   Interment will follow in the  Riverside Cemetery            
    Visitation:  2 pm until 9 pm Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

  • Funeral Arrangements For Bob Stoetzel

    Friday, 20 September 2013

    Editors Note: Apologies as the obit apparently won't fit in the entire window of space.  For other information, please refer to the other entry
    He was a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, Patriot Guard, THP Road Law and on the Cannon County Commission.
    An advocate for organ donation, Bob received the gift of life on May 10, 2006 when he was a heart transplant recipient. Because of that donation, Bob himself was an organ donor and is now helping someone else’s family in their time of need. 
    Bob enjoyed many things in life from riding his motorcycle, fly fishing, wood working, telling stories, talking about himself or hearing others talk about him.
    He loved God, his family and his country in that order.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home   When: 4:00 PM Sunday, 9/22/13
    Minister:  Bro. John Hembree   Interment will follow with honors in the  Riverside Gardens               
    Visitation:  10 am until 9 pm Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
    Pallbearers are his children, Dustin, Tracey & Candice Stoetzel, Sam, Andy & Jim Alexander, Steve Cumbie and his best friend, Doug Bodary
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodbury United Methodist Church or TN. Donor Services % Woodbury Funeral Home
    To leave online condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Mert Byford

    Friday, 20 September 2013

    Name: Mert Byford                                                    Age:    71
    Date Died: Thursday,  September 19, 2013  at Vanderbilt Medical Center
    Birthplace:  Dekalb Co., TN.  
    Survivors: Wife:  Eunice Ferrell Byford of Woodbury
    Children:  Ella (Mike) Green, Greg Byford and Shane Byford all of Woodbury and Charles Ferrell of Liberty
    Grandchildren:  Shala (Jason) Tune, Kimberly (Daniel) Morton, Myranda and Lucas Byford, Cheyenne, Hayden & Madison Byford
    2 Great Grandchildren:  Lyndsey Tune & Devin Morton
    Brother:  George H. (Geneva) Byford of Woodbury
    Special Friends:  Hilton Ferrell & Tammara Giornesto
    Several Nieces and Nephews also survive
    A member of the Baptist church, he was a farmer and a mechanic. 
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home   When: 4:00 PM Saturday, 9/21/13
    Minister:  Bro. Leonard Herman               
    Visitation:  2 pm until  9 pm Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
    To leave online condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Robert Edward "Bob" Stoetzel

    Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Name:  Robert Edward “Bob” Stoetzel                                                  Age:    63
    Date Died: Wednesday,  Sept. 18, 2013  at St. Thomas Hospital from a massive heart attack
    Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa  
    Survivors: Wife of 32 years, Teresa Scott Stoetzel of Woodbury whom he married on 12/19/82
    Children, Dustin (Taylor) Stoetzel of Short Mtn., Tracey “Kal” (Angela) Stoetzel of Woodbury, Candice Stoetzel of Woodbury and her boyfriend, Bruce Lee Payne of Bellevue
    Stepchildren,  Sam Alexander and Andy Alexander of GA, Jim (April) Alexander of Knoxville and Steve (Robin) Cumbie of Powell, TN.
    Grandchildren, Sierra, Madison, Kara & Ezra Stoetzel
    Step Grandchildren, Sidney Anne, Kevin, Kaylee and Claudia Alexander,  Keagan & Madison Cumbie
    Siblings, James (Vickie) Stoetzel of Oliver Springs, TN, David (Sara) Stoetzel of Oak Ridge, TN,  Kathy (Eric) Reynolds, Oak Ridge, TN, Marlene (J.D.) Mayton, Coalfield, TN, Dan (Dee) of Knoxville, Mary (Jeff) Brooks of Knoxville, Judi (Phil) Seeley of Jupiter, FL, Michael J. Stoetzel of Murfreesboro
    Mother-in-law, Joy Scott of Woodbury
    Brothers-in-law, Steven & Marlena Scott of Hillsboro and Mark Scott of Woodbury
    His four legged furry children, Honey, Cocoa, Princess and Rocky
    Also surviving are many nieces and nephews
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Elaine Groppe Stoetzel, his wife, Charlotte Anne Cumbie Stoetzel, his sister, Geri Stoetzel, his father-in-law, Ray Scott.
    A graduate of the Oak Ridge High School Class of 1968, Bob was a veteran of the Navy where he served from 1968 to 1972. He started his career in law enforcement as an Oliver Springs Police Officer, a retired Tn. State Trooper and was Sherriff of Cannon County from 1994 – 1998. He was a member of the law enforcement community for 29 years.
    Bob was raised Catholic but became a member of the Baptist church from 1987 until 2009.  He started attending the Woodbury United Methodist church in 2009 and he has continued worshipping there and was a member of the church choir.
    He was a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, Patriot Guard, THP Road Law and on the Cannon County Commission.
    An advocate for organ donation, Bob received the gift of life on May 10, 2006 when he was a heart transplant recipient. Because of that donation, Bob himself was an organ donor and is now helping someone else’s family in their time of need. 
    Bob enjoyed many things in life from riding his motorcycle, fly fishing, wood working, telling stories, talking about himself or hearing others talk about him.
    He loved God, his family and his country in that order.
    Funeral Service: Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home   When: 4:00 PM Sunday, 9/22/13
    Minister:  Bro. John Hembree   Interment will follow with honors in the  Riverside Gardens               
    Visitation:  10 am until 9 pm Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
    Pallbearers are his children, Dustin, Tracey & Candice Stoetzel, Sam, Andy & Jim Alexander, Steve Cumbie and his best friend, Doug Bodary
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodbury United Methodist Church or TN. Donor Services % Woodbury Funeral Home
    To leave online condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

     

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  • Robert Odom

    Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Robert Odom, began his journey through life on November 11, 1957. He was the son of the late Bratten and Polly Odom. He professed a hope in Christ at Woodbury Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret "Cricket" Weeden.
    He leaves to cherish his memories, devoted sisters, Annie Lou Mount, Mildred Robinson, Josephine (Henry) Knox, Peggy Odom, Rebecca Odom; devoted nephew Jason Odom; devoted niece, Larissa Robinson and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Special friends, Russell Davenport, Ricky Bell, Kenny Sanders and very devoted cousin Polly Mount.

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12 PM at Smith Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Donnell Cemetery in Auburntown. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (615)563-5337

  • Jewell Dean Stanley Merriman

    Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Name:  Jewell Dean Stanley Merriman                                                    Age:    62
    Date Died: Wednesday,  September 18, 2013  at Manchester Health Care
    Birthplace:  Rutherford Co., Tn.  
    Survivors: Close Friend:  Jimmy Murphy of Morrison
    Brother:  Orgy Stanley of Sparta
    Sisters:  Etta Mae Williams of Murfreesboro; Barbara Tucker of Manchester and Josephine Butcher of McMinnville
    A member of the Pentecostal church, she was a housewife.
    Funeral Service: Graveside service at Wood Cemetery
    When: 2:00 PM Friday, 9/20/13
    Minister:  Bro. Danny Freeman              
    Visitation:  10 am until time of service Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
    To leave online condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

  • 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
     

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