• Annette Estes

    Friday, 7 November 2014

    Annette Melton Estes, age 93, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at home. She was retired from teaching school after 30 years. The last 20 years, she taught at Auburn High School, Auburntown, TN. Mrs. Estes was a member of Milton Church of Christ, and was a native of Cannon County and a long- time resident of the Milton Community. Mrs. Estes was preceded in death by her parents, Edd and Lena Melton and her husband, Alvie Williams Estes.

    Mrs. Estes is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Melvin Floyd of Milton, TN; grandchildren, Mark Floyd of Rockvale, TN, and Melissa Floyd Pipkin of Milton, TN; great grandchildren, Amanda Pipkin of Rockvale, TN, Will and Keaton Pipkin of Milton, TN; sisters-in-law, Irene Frisbee of Cleveland, TN, Jean Davis of Huntsville, AL, and Sue (Raul) Santa Ana of Charleston, SC; several nieces and nephews.

    Visitation will be Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Milton Church of Christ, and Friday November 7, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon with funeral service following at 12:00 Noon at Milton Church Christ, with Teb Batey officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, TN, with nephews and friends serving as pallbearers.

    The family would like to thank the staff of Caris Healthcare, for their care and love for Mrs. Estes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Milton Church of Christ, 12155 Lascassas Pike, Milton, TN, 37118, in memory of Mrs. Estes.

    Online condolences to the family may be made at

    WOODFIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. 615-893-5151.

  • Elma Anderson

    Friday, 7 November 2014

    Elma Ann Anderson age 84 of the Short Mountain Community passed away Thursday night at Riverview Terrace in McMinnville. Elma was born May 9, 1930 to her parents, the late Frank and Elsie Ertel Hill. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Anderson, 5brothers and 3 sisters. She was a U.S. Army veteran, member of the American Legion in Missouri, worked for Sears in the Mail Order Plan and was a Methodist. She is survived by 1 sister, Clara Mai Toney of Ohio; Nieces and Nephews, Cyndi Hill, MaryAllocco, Thomas Hil, Jr., Robert Hill, Marilyn and Ed Cromer, Sharon and Jim Boor, Loraine Maynard, Ernie Hill, Jr., Dale Hill, Kathy Grooms, Verna Autenrieth, Philip Toney, Tim Toney and Tonya Toney; step-son, Jerry Wayne Anderson, Sr. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Monday, November 3, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with James Hayes officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday1:PM until 5:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

  • James Barett

    Thursday, 6 November 2014

    Name      James Leo Barett                               Age: 94
    Date Died: Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014            Where:  Woodbury Nursing Center
    Birthplace: Cannon Co., TN.
    Survivors:  Siblings: Bobby (Martha) Barrett and Sue (James) Knox all of Woodbury
    Special Nieces: Joy (Carl) Jones of Woodbury and Mettie Lou (William) Money of Murfreesboro
    Also survived by several nieces and nephews
    Leo was preceded in death by his parents, James Nathaniel & Dora Hattie Alexander Barrett; Step-mother, Rilla Borren Barrett; Wife, Lora Helen Rogers Barrett; siblings, Phemia Howeth, Nell Milligan, Rachel Graham and Bragg Barrett.
    He was a member of the Smith Grove Church of Christ and a veteran of WWII where he served in the Army.  Leo was retired from VA and was a farmer.  He also enjoyed working in his garden, both flowers and vegetables.
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home       When:  2:00 pm, Sunday, 11/9/14
    Minister: Bro. Herb Alsup                    Interment: Cherry Cemetery
    Visitation:  3 – 8 pm Saturday, November 8, 2014
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smith Grove Church of Christ or the American Heart Assoc.
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  • Charles St. John

    Saturday, 1 November 2014

    Name      Charles St. John                               Age: 71
    Date Died: Friday, Oct. 31, 2014            Where:  At his home in Old Hickory, TN
    Birthplace: Cannon Co., TN.
    Survivors:  Children: Jeff St. John of Woodbury, Lisa St. John of Lebanon, Scott St. John of Fayetteville, Ga
    Grandchildren: Jeffery Scott St. John, Charlie Dan-nell Jordan, Austin Kelly Jordan, Dakota St. John, & Nickki Lee St. John
    Great-Grandson: Jeffery Scott St. John, Jr.
    Charles was a Postal Service truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lytle and Christine Matthews St. John.
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home       When:  1:00 pm, Tuesday, 11/4/14
    Minister: Bro. Jerry Smith                   Interment: Elkins Cemetery
    Visitation:  4 – 9 pm Monday, November 3, 2014
    Active Pallbearers: Austin Jordan, Dakota St. John, Kelly Jordan, Jim Nevens, Hap Crowder, Bud McCoy
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  • Frances Bugg

    Monday, 27 October 2014

    Mrs. Frances “Fran” Bugg, 78, of Bradyville passed away on October 26, 2014 surrounded by her family.  She was born on January 1, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan.  Her parents were the late Houston Murphy and Margaret (Bryant) Murphy.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Matthew Bugg and two brothers, Arthur Murphy and Houston Murphy.
    Mrs. Bugg is survived by her husband of over 53 years, Al Bugg, Sr. of Bradyville; a son and daughter-in-law, Al, Jr. and Kathy Bugg of Bradyville; two brothers, Morley and Patrick; three sisters, Nora, Betty and Margie;  also, by eight grandchildren, Kathryn, David, Christine, Zachariah, Amanda, Nathan, Benjamin and Jonathan.
    Mrs. Bugg grew up in Michigan.  She met her future husband Al, Sr. when he moved from Woodbury to find work in Michigan.  She was a former employee of General Motors.  Mrs. Bugg later owned and operated the Child’s Circle Nursery School in Michigan for about 19 years.  She moved back to Tennessee about twenty five years ago.  Her most important work was as a wife, mother and grandmother.  Mrs. Bugg was devoted to her family and church.  She and Mr. Bugg were interested in raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.   They were members of the Smith Grove Church of Christ where her son, Al, Jr. is the minister.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 4-6 PM.  Funeral services will follow the visitation in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Al Bugg, Jr. will officiate.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the Smith Grove Church of Christ Children's Library or the Woodbury Day School.  Memories and condolences may be shared at  Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

  • Winfred Gaither

    Thursday, 23 October 2014

    Winfred Clark (Fred) Gaither, 91, died October 22, 2014, at 8:05 AM at Woodbury Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was a native of Cannon County and graduated from Auburn High School in 1941. He retired from Veterans Administration Hospital in Murfreesboro as Chief, Ward Administration, on January 8, 1982. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy with honorable discharge in December 1944. 
    Mr. Gaither is survived by his wife of 71 years, Sara Hamilton Gaither of Auburntown, TN; daughter, Winifred Donna (Eddie) Nichols of Auburntown, TN; son, Dr. Douglas H. Gaither, Davenport of Iowa; and six grandchildren , Sara Drue (Chris) Zimmer of Syracuse, NY; Milton Clark (Elizabeth) Gaither of Mechanicsburg, PA;  Chimena Paige (Bill) Kabasenche of Pullman, WA; Vanessa Kate (Matt) Hardy of Nashville, TN; Cameron Jess (Heather) Gaither of Racine, WI and Gretchen Elaine (Judson) Abernathy of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren, Andrew (Drew) and Canyon Zimmer; Rachel, Aidan, Susanna and Macrina Gaither; Elyria and Eliason Kabasenche; Lauren, Elena, and Bella Gaither; and Trane and Theo Abernathy. Additionally, he is survived by a brother, Jerry Forrest Gaither of Murfreesboro, TN, and nieces, nephews and cousins. 
    Mr. Gaither was a devout Christian and member of Auburn Baptist Church where he served many years as deacon, Sunday school teacher and song leader. Additionally, he was a founding member of Lakewood Baptist Church, Beech Grove, TN. He was recorder for the Auburntown City Counsel and member of the Auburntown Historical Society for several years.
    Visitation with the family is scheduled for Friday, October 24 from 4 to 8 PM at the Woodbury Funeral Home. Funeral service is scheduled at the chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home on Saturday, October 25 at 10 AM with Bro. Jerry Osborne officiating. Following the services, burial will take place at the Donnell Cemetery in Auburntown.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Auburn Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 66, Auburntown, TN 37016.

  • Billy Walker

    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    Dr. Billy K. Walker (Doc), 83, of Woodbury passed away on October 21, 2014 after an extended illness.  He was born on May 20, 1931 in Beechgrove, Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Rayburn “Bill” Walker and Jamie (Covington) Walker Jarman.

    He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Dan Helton of Christiana; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Ingrid Walker of Woodbury; brother, Joe Tom Walker of Beechgrove; grandchildren, Evan Gilman and Carley Gilman and step-grandson, Jim Grizzle.   

    Visitation for family and friends will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 4-9 PM.  The family will hold a private funeral service.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue.  They have been very helpful in finding good homes for many of Doc's animals.  The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the love and care provided by Francis Buse in the last few months of his life.  Memories and condolences may be shared at  Smith Funeral Home, (615)563-5337

  • Leopal Ennis

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014


    Leopal Verner Ennis, age 85, passed away Tueday, October 21, 2014 at Heritage Medical Center.  She was a native of Cannon County.

    She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Farrell of Tullahoma and Judy Dyer of Smyrna; Grandchildren, Kristopher Farrell, Kristian Short, B.J. Smith, and Matt Taylor; 8 Great Grandchildren, Olivia & Julia Farrell, Chloe Short, Madie, Peyton, & Miley Smith, and Kaitlin & Samantha Taylor; Brother, Larry Jones of Shelbyville, TN.


    She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie Bell Jones & Howard Watson; Husbands, James Verner and Bill Ennis; and Son, Joseph Thomas Verner.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting.


    Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery at 3:00 PM. Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.



  • Toy Taylor

    Monday, 20 October 2014

    Toy Ray Taylor, age 82, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at Dekalb Community Hospital E/R.  He was a native of Dekalb County.

    He is survived by The Love of His Life, Mary Hughes of Smithville; Daughter, Amy Rae (Chris) Byrd of Murfreesboro; Granddaughter, Emma Rae Byrd of Murfreesboro; Brother, George Brent (Gail) Taylor of Smithville; and Sister, Norma Malone of Indiana.  He was preceded in death by his parents, U.B. & Cora Hendrixson Taylor; and Sisters, Nellie Darse Waggoner and Sadie Tallent.  He was a retired carpenter.


    Graveside Services will be at Odom Cemetery at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 with Bro. Hunter Hay officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 to 12:30 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.



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  • Elsie Bryson

    Saturday, 18 October 2014

    Elsie Dutton Bryson, age 88, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Woodbury Health Care.  She was a native of Dekalb Co., TN.

    She is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Bobby) Francis and Debbie (Van) Cheatham of Auburntown; Sister, Betty Kent of Portland, TN; 5 Grandchildren, Greg Francis, John (Kim) Francis, Jason Francis, Ethan Bryson, and Sara Beth (Martin) Sandes; 5 Great Grandchildren, Jonathan (Amanda) Francis, Jennifer Francis, Callie Francis, Lucas & Camila Sandes; 4 Great Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, London, Allison, & Waylon Francis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest & Julie Norton Dutton; Son, Timothy Howard Bryson; Siblings, Solon, Walter, & Floyd Dutton, Lura Fey, Altie Milligan, and Wilma Cason.  She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress at the Auburntown Shirt Factory. 

    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Monday, October 20, 2014 with Bro. Rick Lee officiating.  Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 9 Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.