• Patricia Ann Hillis

    Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Patricia Ann Hillis of Morrison died Monday at River Park Hospital's Emergency Room.
    She was a receptionist at S&S Industries and was a member of Grace Gospel Baptist Church. She was a member of the Freedom Travelers Gospel group for many years.
    Survivors include her father and step-mother, Louie M. and Mary Elkins-Hillis of Woodbury; a son, Chris Byford of Woodbury; two brothers and  sisters-in-law: Tim (Teresa) Hillis of Warren County, TN, and Steve (Sharon) Hillis of McMinnville; two nephews, Nathan Hillis of Warren County and Michael Hillis of McMinnville; nieces, Amy Fults of McMinnville and Andrea Scheidler of Shelbyville; aunts, Margie Hillis of California and Daisy Young of California. She was prceded in death by her mother, Violet Fay Haley Hillis.
    Visitation is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. until the service 11 a.m. at High's Chapel in McMinnville.


  • Lawrence Bean

    Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Mr. Lawrence B. Bean, 83, of Liberty, TN, died January 21, 2013. He was born in Washington, DC on November 11, 1929. His parents were the late Edwin Temple Bean, Sr. and Mary (a’Becket) Bean. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Osborne.

    Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Axley) Bean of Liberty; son, Lawrence B. Bean, Jr. (“Skip”) and wife Jill of Penobscot, ME; daughters, Cynthia Lee Bailey of Rochester, NY, and Pamela (husband Christopher Panfil) of
    Angola, NY; step-son, Christopher Brunetto of Seminole, FL; step-daughter, Angeline Brunetto Sprague, M.D. and husband Timothy Sprague of Christiana, TN; brothers, Edwin Temple Bean, Jr. (wife Susan) of Buffalo, NY, and Neil Bean (wife Patricia) of Wilmington, NC. He had five grandchildren: Katherine Lee Bailey, Silas Jude Panfil, Becket Alexander Panfil, Kendall Faith Sprague and Ethan Ray Sprague.

    He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon, TN. He was involved in establishing the Carmel Center of Spirituality, a Catholic retreat center in Liberty (DeKalb County), TN. He and his wife Bonnie devoted much of their time and energy assisting the priests of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate at the Center.

    Mr. Bean grew up as a young man in East Aurora, NY. He was a veteran of the U. S. Naval ROTC program while at Clarkson College, NY, where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He was President of Conax Florida Corporation of St. Petersburg, FL, which produces life support systems for the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Mr. Bean was an avid reader and had worked as a Librarian in the Dowelltown and Liberty Library for about 15 years.

    Mr. Bean had requested that his body be cremated. Memorial Mass arrangements are incomplete. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carmel Center, P.O. Box 117, Liberty, TN 37095.
    Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

  • James Bradford Field

    Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    James Bradford Field (Jim), age 76, of Bradyville, TN., passed from this life unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. He was born on May 16, 1936 in Beloit, WI. to the late Frank and Audrey (Kerwin) Field. A private memorial service was held by his family at the Readyville Mill.
    He was proceeded in death by a brother, Gene L. Field of Fresno, CA.
    Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Lola (Laxton) Field of Bradyville, TN., daughter; Bridget (Russell) Rego of Tampa, FL., son; James (Rhonda) Field Jr. of Murfreesboro, TN., as well as two adopted children; Tammy and Darren Field. Jim was affectionately known as "Poppy" by his granddaughters; Hayley, Hannah and Hope Field of Murfreesboro, TN. and Eva and Alexandra Rego of Tampa, FL. He is survived by brothers; Frank (Shirley) of Las Vegas, NV., Jeffrey (Kathy) of San Antonio, FL., Brian (Jean) of Oldsmar, FL., and sister; Suzanne Field of Mobile, AL.
    He served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of New Hope Church of Christ for the past 25 years and of Minerva Drive Church of Christ recently.
    Jim was a hard working man of few words. Known for his strong work ethic, he was a skilled tradesman in flooring installation his entire life, who worked with his son the last 20 years. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and vintage cars. He will be greatly missed.
    A private memorial service will be held at a later date. 

  • Estes Vinson

    Monday, 21 January 2013

    Estes Vinson, age 87 of Nashville, TN passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013.  Mr. Vinson was born in Woodbury, TN on January 16, 1926 to Charley and Bessie Armstrong Vinson.  He worked as farmer and later in industrial supplies.  An avid gardener, his gardens were the envy of the neighborhood and he will be remembered for his work ethic.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cecil, Harold and Pete Vinson; and sister, Juanita Hancock. 
    He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Jo Vinson; daughter, Belinda (Nelson) Garrett; son, Doug Vinson; and grandchildren, Chad Garrett, Holly (Burger) Estes and Heather Garrett.
    A celebration of Mr. Vinson’s life will be conducted at 11 A.M., Saturday, January 26, 2013 from the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Joe Vinson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury.    The family will receive friends from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Spring Hill Funeral Home and from 9 A.M. until 11 A.M., prior to the service, Saturday at Woodbury Funeral Home.   
    In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Alive Hospice. 
    Woodbury Funeral Home 615-563-2311


  • Andrew David Mitchell

    Monday, 21 January 2013

    Mr. Andrew David Mitchell, Retired Lieutinant Colonel with the U.S. Air Force, of Bradyville died at his home following an extended illness at the age of 80. He was born in Laurens, South Carolina on April 14, 1932. His parents were the late Andrew Mitchell and Mittie (Burton) Mitchell. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Julian Mitchell, Horace Mitchell and Betty Wolfe.
    He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia (Lynch) Mitchell of Bradyville; son, Andrew David Mitchell, II of Murfreesboro; daughters, Leslie & Jim Lloyd of Woodbury and Lisha & Jimmy Moore of Hawaii; a brother, Robert Harrison "Cooter" Mitchell of Laurens, SC; four grandchildren, Kimberly & Brandon Howard, Jacqueline Moore, Christopher & Priscilla Lloyd and Jennifer Lloyd & fiance` Kevin Taylor; five great grandchildren, Hunter Lloyd, Harley Lloyd, Kallie Lloyd, Carissa Holman and Kaydence Howard.
    Mr. Mitchell was a Retired Lieutinant Colonel of the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War with 22 years service. While in the Air Force he was involved with aircraft maintenance and missle maintenance. He worked on the Titan 1 and M.A.C.E. Programs at the Vandenburg Air Force Base, Test Range. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. Mr. Mitchell had also been a real estate agent and car broker. After retiring from the military he and his family moved to Cannon County and made their home for over 35 years. Upon moving to Cannon County he became very active in coaching soccer in Murfreesboro until 1993. He was also President, board member and coach for Dixie Youth Baseball for many years.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 23 ,2013 from 7-9 PM. Memorial services will be Thursday, January 24 ,2013 at 1 PM in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. The U. S. Military Honor Guard will be in attandance for funeral honors. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Alive Hospice, Leukemia Foundation and American Heart Association. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337

  • James Ray LeFevers

    Monday, 21 January 2013

    Name:  James Ray LeFevers                                   Age:    89
    Date Died: Sunday, January 20, 2013           Where:   Stones River Hospital
    Birthplace:  Cannon Co.
    Survivors:  Wife of 66 years:  Janie Stacy LeFevers of Woodbury
    3 Daughters:  Wanda Snell of Athens, GA, Janie (Sam) Hightower of Richmond, VA, &          Carla Freeman of Winston-Salem, NC
    Grandchildren:  Christy Snell (Mark) Tucker, Lauren Hightower (Kevin) Ensley, S.J. Hightower, Jenna Freeman, Anna Freeman & Will Freeman
    Great Grandchildren:  Rossi Tucker & Lexie Tucker
    Mr. Ray was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ, where he was a faithful deacon & elder for many years.  He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the army & earning a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal & a Bronze Star.  Mr. Ray was employed with Northcutt Motors as an appliance salesman & repairman & later by the town of Woodbury & as a school bus driver for Cannon County.
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home     When: 1:00 PM Tuesday 1/22/2013  
    Minister:  Bro. Al Bugg
    Visitation: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday 1/22/2013                                                                         
     In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors or American Diabetes Assoc.
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  • Shea Makyla Hooper

    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Shea Makyla (Pebbles) Hooper                                   Age:    23 months
    Date Died: Monday, January 7, 2013           Where:   Vanderbilt Hospital
    Birthplace:  Rutherford Co.
    Survivors:  Mother:  Amanda Shea Young of Woodbury
    Father:  Thomas James (T.J.) Hooper of Murfreesboro
    2 Brothers:  Aden Karl Hooper & George Kenneth Raymond Hooper both of Woodbury
    Grandparents:  Karla & Darrell Judkins of Woodbury, Randy & Judy Hooper of Murfreesboro and Billy & Shelia Young of Eagleville
    Great Grandmothers: Anna Jo Gooch of Woodbury and Frances Young of Kitrell
    Uncles:  Levi & Anthony (Buddy) Young, Dylan Young, Kenneth Hooper
    Aunt: Lisa Hooper
    Great Aunt: Sue Knight of Woodbury
    Also surviving are several great aunts and cousins.
    She was a loving daughter & sister who got along with everyone. 
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home     When: 11:00 AM Saturday 1/19/2013  
    Minister:  Bro. Earl Black
    Visitation: 9:00 AM to 11 AM Saturday 1/19/2013

  • Colleen Marie Mundy

    Thursday, 17 January 2013

    Ms. Colleen Marie Mundy, 61, died January 16, 2013. She was born on Dec. 1, 1951 in Montclair, New Jersey. She lived all her life in New Jersey until the last few years where she resided in Readyville, TN.
    She loved riding motorcycles and going to Bike Week in Daytona, FL every year. She met a lot of friends among her rides and many nice people. Colleen enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. After moving to Readyville she enjoyed spending time with her sister Kathy.
    She was preceded in death by her father Wilbur Terence Mundy and her maternal and paternal grandparents and a nephew, Donald Adams. She is survived by her mother, Betty Marie (Smith) Mundy of Parker, CO; four sisters, Noreen McTague of Longwood, FL, Kathy Price of Readyville, TN, Nan Batchelor of Peyton, CO and Lynn Cisinross of Colorado; a brother, Patrick Mundy of Parker, CO. She also leaves behind two sons, Arthur Leidl, Jr. and Robert Leidl of New Jersey; and five grandchildren, Brenda, Ashley, Wade and Victoria Leidl and several nieces and nephews.
    She will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held by family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers she asked contributions to be made to: Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203 or contact Smith Funeral Home to make a donation. (615)563-5337

  • Paul M. Melton

    Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    Name:  Paul M. Melton                                                                                        Age:    83
    Date Died: Tues., January 15, 2013 @ 00:46           Where:   Middle TN Medical Center
    Address:  459 Tommy Parker Rd., Woodbury, TN  37190
    Birthplace:  Cannon County
    Survivors: Wife of 62 Years:  Wilma Jo Mason Melton of Woodbury
     Children:  Donna (Bob) Schneider of Louisville, KY, Steven (Susan) Melton,                             Roy West ( Marcel) Melton, Paula Jo (Stephen) Warren all of Woodbury
    Sister:    W. T. Melton of Woodbury
    Grandchildren:  Rob Schneider of Murfreesboro, Josh (Jennifer) Schneider of Tampa, FL, Adam & Alan Melton, Angie Gilley & Taylor Warren all of Woodbury
    Great Grandchild:  Chloe Adcock                                                                                                              
    Also surviving are his much loved nieces & nephews
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy & Clemmie White Markum Melton & his brother & sister-in-law, Charles & Sybil Melton.  He was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ, a farmer & heavy equipment operator. 
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home     When: 2:00 PM Saturday 1/19/2013  
    Minister:  Bro. Andy Walker
    Visitation: 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM Friday 1/18/2013
    Interment:  Riverside Cemetery
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  • Maurice Dwight Burger

    Thursday, 10 January 2013

    McMinnville resident and Cannon County, TN native Maurice Dwight Burger, age 65, was born May 11, 1947 and died January 8, 2013 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN following a two-month illness.
    The owner of Exchange Furniture Company, Inc., United States Army veteran of Vietnam and member of Covenant Fellowship Church, he was the son of the late Samuel Medford and Emma Lee Sparkman Burger. Mr. Burger was an avid golfer and owner of Burger's Custom Golf.
    He was married to Sandra Ware Burger of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Albert Prater of McMinnville; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Marcie Burger of McMinnville; eight grandchildren, Clinton Mansell, Andrew Mansell, Allie Thomas, Ethan Thomas, Julieann Thomas, Sydney Burger, Tyler Waldrop and Tyler Prater; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilma Witty and Rachel and James Hayes both of Murfreesboro, TN and Sandra and Larry Lancin of Henderson, TN and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Covenant Fellowship Church with Dean Northcutt and Kenny McNatt officiating. Burial will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery with full military honors administered by the American Legion Post 173 and VFW Post 5064. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m Friday at High's and 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Covenant Fellowship Church.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Academy Aspire or Legacy Fund c/o High's.