Obituaries

  • Walden Jones

    Thursday, 19 February 2015

    Mr. Walden Claude Jones, 89, of Woodbury passed away on February 17, 2015.  He was born in Woodbury on July 19, 1925.  His parents were the late Jim Jones and Mae (Bailey) Jones.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Walter L. Jones, James H. Jones, Harry F. Jones and Larry M. Jones and sisters, Mildred Tassey, Gladys Ruby and Pauline Jones. 
     
                    He is survived by niece, Deborah & John O'Toole of Murfreesboro; nephews, Kenny Jones, Larry Jones and Jeff Jones all of Murfreesboro, Steve Jones and Mark Ruby both of Nashville; special friends and caretakers, Ronnie & Cheryl Johnson of Readyville and special little friend, Dixie, his dog.
     
                    Mr. Walden was born and raised in Woodbury.  He and twin brother, Walter, were extremely close.  During World War II and the Korean War,his four brothers served in the military.  Even though Walden could not serve, he supported his brothers with pride and patriotic spirit.  Walden was a restless soul that had to be busy all the time.  He worked hard at his jobs.  He worked at the Armour Creamery in Woodbury until it closed.  Then he worked at Alcan also in Woodbury until the family moved to Donelson in 1972.  There he retired from the Hyatt Regency in Nashville.  After retirement, he spent his spare time helping neighbors.  Walden was known in his neighborhood to be the "champion leaf raker" and spent hours raking and bagging leaves.   Mr. Walden enjoyed wood carving.  He liked watching the Price Is Right on tv while eating a ham sandwich for lunch and wrestling in the evenings.  He thought WD-40 could fix just about anything.  He was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ. 
     
                    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 1-2 pm.  Funeral services will follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Bro. Herb Alsup will officiate.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.  Share memories and condolences at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

  • Leon Ward

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    Leon Ward, age 84, a Rockvale, TN resident and Warren County, TN native died February 17, 2015 at Woodbury Health Center following an extended illness.
    He was a self employed dairy farmer, member of the Baptist Church and son of the late Mattie Edgar and Winnie Addline Jones Ward.
    He was married February 4, 1954 to Willie Louise Bettis Ward who preceded him in death November 25, 2010.
    In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Lydia Foster, Edith Taylor, Pauline Bond and brothers, Virgil, Margel and Clinton Ward.
    Mr. Ward is survived by six children, Deborah Baker of Manchester, TN, Leon R. Ward, Jr. of West Covina, CA; Malcomb Ivan (Carolyn) Bettis of Cleveland, TN, Terry L. Ward of Smyrna, TN, Sherry Lynn Jenkins of Rockvale, TN and Edgar DeLon (Bea) Ward of Woodbury, TN; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen (Billy) Basham of McMinnville and Norma Jean Davenport of Woodbury and one brother, W.L. (Bea) Ward of Westmoreland, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 in High's Chapel with Tommy Womack and Jonathan Womack to officiate. Interment will follow in the Providence Cemetery.
    Visitation will be Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. until time of service at High's.

  • Clark Elkins

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    Clark Darrell Elkins, age 75, died Monday February 16, 2015 at Alive Hospice at Skyline Medical Center following an extended illness.  He was a native of Cannon Co. 

    He is survived by his children, Jody Blair of White House, Linda Newgarden of Hartsville, and Steve McGregor of Portland; Mother, Pauline Williams Elkins of Readyville; Siblings, Pat Straton of Readyville, Don Elkins of Missouri, & Vicky Knox of Murfreesboro.  Also surviving are 8 Grandchildren & 7 Great Grandchildren. 

    He was preceded in death by his father, Clark Elkins; and Son, Clark Darrell Elkins II. 

    Mr. Elkins was a member of the Church of Christ and was a self-employed painter.  He was a member of the Beagle Club of Franklin and was a veteran, serving in the Air Force. 

    Graveside service will be 1 PM Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Thyatira Cemetery with Bro. Charlie Gunter officiating. 

     

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

     

  • Fred McClure

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015

     

    Fredrick Joseph-Xavier McClure, age 18, died Sunday February 15, 2015 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.  He was a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Cannon County High School in 2014.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a welding apprentice at Herndon & Merry.

      

    Fred is survived by his parents, Robert W. McClure, Sr. & Anne Marie McClure of Woodbury;  2 brothers, Robert W. McClure, Jr. of Baltimore and Michael David McClure of Woodbury and grandmother, Vivienne McClure of Baltimore; Fiancé:  Breanna Carr of Woodbury; Best Friends:  Michael Busey of Smyrna and Mandy Love of Woodbury.

     

    Fred was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church and a graduate of Cannon Co. High School Class of 2014.  Music was his world.  He played guitar, wrote his own music, was a member of JRB and the High School Marching Band.

     

    Funeral Services will be 7 pm Thursday, February, 19, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Crips officiating.   Visitation with the family will be from  4 pm to 7 pm Thursday, February 19, 2015. 

    For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

     

    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

     

  • AJ Atnip

    Saturday, 14 February 2015

    A.J. Atnip, 87, passed away Fri., Feb. 13, 2015 at Woodbury Nursing Center following an extended illness.  He was a native of Dekalb Co. Mr. Atnip was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel & Prudie Page Atnip and his sister, Joy Rose Atnip Bickel.
    He is survived by his wife of 58 years: Shirley Duke Atnip of Bradyville; Children: Kathleen Atnip Bean of Bradyville and Glenn (Melissa) Atnip of Mt. Juliet; Grandchildren:  Dalton, Austin & Jordan Bean, Conner & Caleb Atnip
    and Great Granddaughter:  Haven Grace Bean.
    A.J. was a member of the Woodbury First Baptist Church. He was a successful dairy and beef farmer and owned farms in Bradyville and Viola.  He also raised and showed Tennessee Walking Horses.
    Funeral Services will be 1:30 pm Sunday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Hunter Hay and Bro. Bobby Zumbro officiating. Interment will follow in the Whorton Springs Cmt.  Pallbearers:  Charles Bickel, Ralph Pickett, Dalton Bean, Austin Bean, Raymond Simmons & David Franklin.  Visitation with the family will be from 3 pm to 8 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015. 
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Connie Limbaugh

    Thursday, 12 February 2015

    Mrs. Connie Opal Limbaugh, age 85, a lifelong mother and homemaker, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at her home in rural Coffee County (on the Bradyville mail route with a DeKalb Telephone Co-op phone number).
    Mrs. Limbaugh was preceded in death by her husband TJ Limbaugh; parents: Ernest and Ethyl Taylor Byford; two sisters: Flora “Jean” Allen and Cora Parker; five brothers: Pete Byford, George “Cowboy” Byford, Cecil Byford, Maurice Byford, and one infant brother; one granddaughter, Melanie Roberts Chisolm; and one son-in-law, Larry Dean Davis.
    She is survived by two daughters; Barbara Davis of Bradyville, Tennessee, and Debbie Roberts and husband William of Panama City, Florida; three sons: Charles “Charley” Limbaugh and wife Molly of Nashville, Tennessee, Robert “Bob” Limbaugh and wife Vicki of Bridgeton, Missouri, and James “Jimmy” Limbaugh and wife Kim of Norfolk, Virginia; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren (and two more on the way this summer); eleven step-grandchildren; twenty-two step-great grandchildren; and three step-great great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Opal Limbaugh was a member of the Goose Pond United Methodist Church.
    Opal was born in November of 1929. Her parents lived in the Sixteenth Model community of Coffee County when Opal was born. The daughter of a moonshiner whose wife died when Opal was eight, Opal’s life was tough, growing up during the Great Depression. She worked hard all her life, leaving home at thirteen to work in a commercial laundry. After the war, Opal married the late TJ Limbaugh, a union that lasted sixty-three years, and, some might say, made her a little crotchety. For almost fifty years (even after TJ’s death in 2009) she faithfully attended the annual reunion of TJ’s World War II unit, the 476th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.
    When Opal got old enough to sign up for Social Security, she had to use a new name, Connie; and she found out that she had a different, new, younger birthday (by a year and 10 days). Opal’s next older sister, the late Cora Parker, came to live with Opal for a few of their last years. The constant sibling bantering between them made one or two home health nurses wonder if the two should be left alone together. However, they both dearly loved funnel cakes from the County Fair and peach cobbler from Emma’s Family Restaurant.
    The last two and a half years of her life, Opal was plagued with a broken ankle which refused to heal properly and ultimately had to be amputated. She told the staff at the nursing home that she may have been brought in on a gurney but that she would walk out, which she did with the aid of a modern-day, artificial foot.
    Funeral Services for Mrs. Opal Limbaugh will be conducted on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Cliff Seyler and Reverend Ben Day officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Cherry Cemetery, Cannon County, Tennessee.
    Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, Tennessee.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Melanie Roberts Chisolm Band Scholarship Fund, 5505 Sun Harbor Road, # 151, Panama City, FL 32401
    COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF OPAL LIMBAUGH.

  • Wiley Smithson

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    Wiley Clark Smithson, 84, who passed away Mon., Feb. 09, 2015 at Stones River Hospital following an extended illness.  He was a native of Cannon Co.
    He is survived by his wife of 57 years: Meriam Smithson of Woodbury; Son: Ken Smithson of Woodbury; Grandson:  Jake Smithson of Woodbury; Niece:  Glenda Jalowitz of Hayward, WS; Nephew:  Morris Pearsall of Ft. Payne, AL.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse & Mollie Northcutt Smithson.
    Mr. Smithson was a member of the Iconium Church of Christ and a veteran of the Army where he served in the Korean War.  Wiley was Co-Owner of Woodbury Builders Supply.
    Graveside Services will be 12:30 pm Wed., Feb. 11, 2015 at Iconium Cemetery with Bro. Bro. Bob Deason officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 9 am to 12 Noon Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Woodbury Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Iconium Cemetery
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

  • Elizabeth Vinson

    Elizabeth “Tootsie” Vinson, 90, passed away Sun., Feb. 08, 2015 at Woodbury Nursing Center following an extended illness.  She was a native Chattanooga, TN.
    She is survived by her special nephew whom she raised: Bryan Davenport, New York, NY.; sister: Vida Thompson of Pleasant View; nieces and nephews:  Teena Smithson, Anne Maskell, Blanche Davis, Ike Vinson, III, Suzanne Dixon, Janie Ivan, Martha Miller & Donald Thompson.
    Ms. Vinson was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac “Ike” & Leathie Cummings Vinson; husband, Joe Davenport; Siblings, Mazel Killough, Annie Hooper, Effie Alean Bowman, Blanche Wise and Ike “Bully” Vinson, II; Nieces and Nephews, Omijean Shope, Virginia Smotherman, Issac “Bud” Duggin, Oran Duggin, Barbara Davis, Charles Vinson, Benjamin Wise, Carol Ann Dixon, Wayne Thompson and Tommy Thompson.
    Elizabeth was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ.  She was retired from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  After returning to Woodbury, she worked with her niece and nephew, Teena and Arna Smithson at Piggly Wiggly.
    Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be 4 pm to 8 pm Thursday, February 12, 2015.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Ranny Parker

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    Mr. Ranny Parker, 70, of Woodbury passed away on February 8, 2015.  He was born in Woodbury, TN on April 30, 1944.  He was preceded in death by his father, Beecher Parker; a brother, Nicky Parker; a sister, Myrna Parker and a special friend, Donnie Sissom.
                    He is survived by his mother, Lorene Parker of San Diego, CA; sister-in-law, Joyce Parker of  Woodbury; nephews, Allen & Stephanie Parker of Centertown and Jeffery Parker of Florida; great      nephew, A. J. Parker; caretaker, friend and cousin, Jim & Renea Sabia of Woodbury; two uncles, Leo     Parker and Elvin Parker and several other cousins.
                    Ranny lived in Woodbury his whole life.  He was born with a physical disability that affected his legs. Even with the challenges in his life he always kept a smile.  His father taught him to play the        mandolin.  He was also gifted to be able to sing. He was named the Easter Seals Child in 1955. His talent for music paired with his upbeat personality allowed him the opportunity to meet many people.  In his time with Easter Seals he was able to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.  He met many country music stars including Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield.  He also met lawmakers of the time including the Governor of Tennessee, Speaker of the House, State Representative Jim Cummings and many others.  He performed “Open Your Heart And Let The Sun Shine In.”  It became his unofficial motto for life.  His attitude was to always be happy, have a smile and do the best you can with everything.  His father owned Parker’s Motors.  Ranny was known to love cars and would help sell cars at the lot.  Ranny enjoyed traveling.  He and his cousin Jim went many different places such as, Las Vegas, New York and the Grand Canyon.  He was a member of the Midway Church of Christ.
                    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 5-8 pm.  Funeral services will be Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11 am in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Bro. Bobby Wheeler will officiate.  Interment will be in Midway Cemetery.  “Open Your Heart” and share memories and condolences on the guestbook page of www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home,(615)563-5337

  • Joyce Bugg

    Saturday, 7 February 2015

    Joyce Reed Bugg, 73, passed away Fri., Feb. 06, 2015 at Vanderbilt Hospital.  She was a native of Cannon Co and was the daughter of the late Ernest & Irma Gentry Reed.
    She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jimmy Bugg of Woodbury; 2 Daughters: Cindy Haley of Woodbury and Sandra (Alan) Whitesell of Readyville; Grandchildren: Joshua (Whitney) Haley, Stephen Haley and Ryan Haley, Brandon Campbell and Kenzie Cason; Brother: Gail (Annette) Reed of Readyville; Brother-in-law:  David (Carolyn) Bugg of Dandridge, TN. Nieces and Nephews also survive.
    Joyce was a member of Sunny Slope Church of Christ for 55 years and was retired from Alvin C. York Medical Center.
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Sunday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Barker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Gardens with her grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 8 pm Saturday, February 07, 2015.  For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to the Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation at Vanderbilt Hospital %Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences online please visit  www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

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