• Billy Hayes

    Friday, 5 February 2016

    Billy Joe Hayes, age 75, of Readyville passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was a native of Cannon County. Survivors include his wife, Jewell Perry Hayes of Readyville; Children, Craig Hayes of Readyville & Sheron & John Brothers of Murfreesboro; Grandchildren, Faith Hayes of Chattanooga, Allie, & Garrison Brothers of Murfreesboro; Siblings, Buddy Hayes of Burt & Helen Davenport of Woodbury; Sister-in-law, Joyce Trail of Manchester; Brother-in-law, Charles Perry of Manchester. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Hayes & Lillian LeFevers Downing; and son, Byron Hayes. Mr. Hayes was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ and a general foreman at Samsonite for 33 years. He was most importantly a family man and also a sports enthusiast. He also loved his antique cars. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup & Bro. Daniel Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 PM to 8 PM Saturday, February 6, 2016. Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311,

  • Janis Martin

    Thursday, 4 February 2016

    Janis Marie Trail Martin, age 74, of Smyrna, TN, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. A native of Woodbury, TN, she was preceded in death by her parents, James H. and Elsie M. Burks Trail; husband, Alfred Martin; son, Michael Alfred Martin; brothers, Jim and Cecil Trail; and sister-in-law, Gerry Trail.

    Funeral Services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Brother Tony Holt will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

    Mrs. Martin is survived by her daughter, Tori Cliff and her husband Brad of Jackson, TN; sons, Rick Martin and his wife Kathie of Murfreesboro, TN and David Scott Martin of Smyrna, TN; grandchildren, Jessica O’Neill and her husband Jim, Blake Wolf, Brittney Brothers and her husband Matt, Brad Alexander Cliff II, Kalis Cliff, Amiriyah Cliff, and Zhanae’ Box; great grandchildren, Drake Churchill, Noah Churchill, Wyatt Martin Brothers, and Evelyn Jean O’Neill; sister, Debbie Cox and her husband Mike; brother, John Trail; and sister-in-law, Brenda Trail.

    Mrs. Martin was a member of North Boulevard Church of Christ and Smyrna Church of Christ. She took deep passion in crocheting and painting but her greatest pride was loving on and taking care of her grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
    Family will serve as pallbearers.

    Memorials in memory of Mrs. Martin may be made to Special Kids at 2208 E. Main Street Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

    Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

  • Margaret Preston

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016

    Margaret Inglis Preston, 91, passed away Monday, February 2, 2016 at Dekalb St. Thomas hospital.  She was a native of Cannon Co.

    She is survived by her children, Helen Preston of Smithville, Donald (Donna) Preston of Woodbury; Russell (Kay) Preston of Manchester, Regina (Wayne) Pack of Smithville, Terry Preston of Woodbury, Charles (Kathy) Preston of Woodbury, David (Jackie) Preston of Beech Grove; Sister, Sarah Crowell of Scottsville, KY; 12 Grandchildren and 24 Great Grandchildren

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Meda Melton Inglis; husband, James M. Preston; Grandson, Jimmy Preston; Granddaughter, Margaret Virginia Preston; brother, James Inglis & Lavaun Moulton.

    Ms. Preston was a member of Woodland Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress from Colonial and Valdor.  She enjoyed going to church, vegetable and flower gardening and canning.  Most of all she loved being a wife and mother.

    Funeral services will be 1 pm Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. John Robinson & Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Amity Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from  4 pm until 8 pm Wednesday, February 03, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cannon Co. Child Advocacy Center

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  • Eleanor Kerwin

    Monday, 1 February 2016

    Mrs. Eleanor “Dixie” Kerwin, 95, formerly of Clearwater, FL passed away on January 31, 2016.  She was born in Canton, OH on June 24, 1920.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Guy Donbar and Christina Sailor Donbar; her husband, John Francis Kerwin and a sister, Mary Ellen Deihl.
    She is survived by her sons, Michael (Tracey) Kerwin of Woodbury and Timmy (Rev. Lisa) Kerwin of Milford, OH; daughter, Cheryl Kerwin and her husband, Stephen Moitoso of Upper Marlboro, MD; seven grandchildren, Jason , Shannon, Melissa, Kelly, Jane, Erin and Kyle; nineteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Kerwin was a resident of Clearwater for over 41 years before moving to Woodbury.  Her husband was a Coast Guard Veteran and they lived many places through the years.  She was dedicated to her family and kept very active with her children and grandchildren’s activities.  She passed away just after the 72nd anniversary of her marriage. 
    The family will hold a memorial service on Sand Key in Clearwater at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Alive Hospice in her memory.  Share your memories and condolences with the family at   Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337

  • Clarence Gilley Sr.

    Monday, 25 January 2016

    Clarence Gilley, Sr., 92, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Woodbury Health Care Center following an extended illness.  He was a native of Coffee Co., TN.

    He is survived by his 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, Sister, Opal Rigney of Manchester;  Nieces, Nephews and cousins also survive.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse David Gilley & Elsie Pearl Bush Gilley; wife, Irene Gilley; granddaughter, Felecia Gilley; siblings, Florence Gowen, Austin, Finis, Wayne, Wanda, Cora & Ora Gilley.

    Mr. Gilley was a member of the Church of Christ, Cannon Co. Walking Horse Association, a former Cannon Co. School Board Member and a veteran of the Army.  He was retired from Alexander Chevrolet as an Auto Mechanic and was also retired from Cannon Co. Sheriff’s Dept. where he was a Deputy under five Sheriff’s. Over the years, Clarence had many hobbies including go cart racing, attending Tractor Pulls, showed Spotted Horses, trail riding and wood working.

    Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Wednesday, January 27, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Burnett and Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 9 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cannon Co. Walking Horse Assoc. or the Alzheimer's Assoc. both %Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or

  • Oscar Henderson Jr.

    Sunday, 24 January 2016

    Oscar Stoakley Henderson, Jr., age 76, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, January 23, 2016. He was a native of Cannon Co., TN. 

    He is survived by his children, Terry Henderson of Bradyville, Ricky (Brenda) Henderson of Rock Island, Jerry Henderson of McMinnville, and Rita (Ronnie) Rogers of Bradyville; Step-son, Charles Douglas Cooper of Auburntown; 2 Brothers, James Henderson of Murfreesboro and Hilton Henderson of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar S. Sr. and Madeline Brandon Henderson; step-mother, Ida Pearl Blair Henderson; his wives, Peggy Henderson and Fay Todd Henderson; grandchild, Anthony Brian Henderson; and his brother, Bill Henderson. 

    Mr. Henderson was a member of the Hollow Springs Community Church. He was retired from Genesco. 

    Funeral services will be 1 pm Wednesday January 27, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Burnett officiating.  Interment will follow at Centerhill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 9 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

  • Linda Ferrell

    Friday, 22 January 2016

    66 year old Linda Carol Ferrell of Smithville passed away Thursday at the ER of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was a homemaker and attended the Covenant Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will follow at Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, 4-9pm, Saturday, 10am-9pm & Sunday, 10am until service time at 2pm. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe & Sudie Nadene Ferrell. Sister, Jo Dean Ferrell & 2 brothers, Danny & Charlie Ferrell. Survivors include 5 sisters, Eunice Byford of Woodbury, Janet & Johnny King, Shirley & Larry Dyer, Lisa & Roy Merriman & Norma Jean & Gary Dyer all of Smithville. Brother, David Ferrell of Liberty. Several Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces & Great Nephews and her many special friends at Fiddlers Manor.

  • Bette Lines

    Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    Bette Lines, age 65  passed away Sunday January 17, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Nashville after a lengthy illness. Her inital fight began in 1967 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. She took radiation to stop the cancer, but it put her in a category of cancer survivor with "unknown long range effects of radiation."
    Bette was born June 15, 1950 at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was one of Dr. William Bryant's first deliveries as Cannon County's new doctor.
    She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jonathan W. Lines of Woodbury and son, Sean E. Lines of Brentwood.  She is also survived by sister, Janet D. (Harry) Barnes of Woodbury "the girls" (nieces), Cynthia B. (Jeremy) Judkins, Valerie B.(Michael) Bush, and Stephanie B. (Justin) Fann, beloved great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, especially John N. New.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall E. and Wauline A. Duggin, paternal grandparents, S.L. and Eppie N. Duggin and maternal grandparents, C.H. and Hattie B. Allmon.
    Bette began a thirty year teaching career in Cannon County and retired with the Warren County School System. She touched many young lives during her time in the classroom.
    She loved the beach and spent hours looking for that perfect shell on Sanibel Island. She was an excellent tatter and enjoyed reading, bird watching, and gardening.
    She was a member of the Church of Christ.
    A memorial service will be held at Leoni Church of Christ on Sunday January 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  Bros. Herb Alsup and Garland Robinson will be officiating.
    In lieu of flowers,  please contribute to the American Cancer Society, Adams Memorial Library or Seek the Old Paths at Leoni Church of Christ.

  • Bernice Fresso

    Monday, 18 January 2016

    Bernice Ann Fresso, age 86, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital.  She was a native of Chicago, IL and raised in Cannon Co. 

    Survivors include her 6 children, Elaine (Joe) O'Connell of Cedar Lake, IN, Brenda (Brian) Lane of Chattanooga, Richard Thomas, Gregory Thomas, & Sheila Thomas, all of McMinnville, and James (Deborah) Fresso of Murfreesboro; Sister, Dorothy Chlopek of Buford, GA; and 9 Grandchildren, Denene (Paul) Reppa, John (Linda) O'Connell, Luke (Lisa) O'Connell, Ara Lane, Matthew Lane, Sarah (Ronnie) Roark, Shannon (Jason) Ours, Heather (Jason) Morris, & James Anthony Fresso. 

    Also surviving are 15 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Dennis & Willie Bell "Crete" Barrett Dennis. 

    Ms. Fresso was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and was a self-employed business owner in Chicago.  After returning to Tennessee, she raised cattle.  She also opened her home for 2  years for women of domestic violence in order to obtain a grant for the shelter in Warren County.  She served a total of 79 families during the 2 years. 

    Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, January 21, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. James McDonald officiating.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM until the time of service on Thursday.


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  • Karen Ratliff

    Saturday, 16 January 2016

    Mrs. Karen Annette Ratliff, 59, of Bradyville passed away on January 14, 2016.  She was born on October 21, 1956 in Dallas, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Lavita Pearl Jones; husband, Darrell Ray Ratliff; daughter, Shandey Ratliff and a brother, Michael Jones.
    She is survived by her sons, William (Trina Black) Ratliff of Bradyville and Steven Ratliff; father, William “Bill” Jones of South Carolina; sisters, Shirley Bailey of Mississippi and Theresa Jones of South Carolina; as well as five grandchildren.
     Mrs. Ratliff was a loving mother.  She enjoyed family time, playing board games and quilting.  She loved her family and people in general.  Her dogs were special companions through thick and thin.  She was a long time employee of Quality Industries.  She worked hard to provide the best for her family.  She was a believer in Christ.   
    The family will hold a committal ceremony and lay her to rest with a private service.  Share condolences and memories with them on the guestbook page of   Smith Funeral Home (615)563-5337