Obituaries

  • Ruby Ellen Jernigan Thompson

    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Ruby Ellen Jernigan Thompson, who would have celebrated her 99th birthday on March 8, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2012, at Stones River Medical Center.  Mrs. Thompson resided in the Gum Community from 1947 until she relocated to the Holiday House in Woodbury last January.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Yeargan Thompson, in 1968, and her parents, Luke E. Jernigan and Mary Elizabeth Robinson Jernigan of Beech Grove, TN.   She is survived by two children, Bruce Thompson, Jr., of Bell Buckle, TN, and Sybil Bowen of Woodbury, TN.  Mrs. Thompson had five grandchildren, Teresa Long, Terry Thompson, Connie Sullins, Cynthia (Terry) Brewer, and Ashley Bowen; eight great-children; and eight great-great children.  One of eight siblings, she is survived by her youngest sister, Elizabeth Burks, of Beech Grove, TN.
    Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker, going to work outside the home after the death of her husband, and retiring from White Stag Manufacturing.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
    Visitation will be with the family on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 4 pm until 8 pm.  Services will be conducted by Pastor Jimmy Jernigan and Reverend Hunter Hay on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11 am, in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home and music will be provided by Claire and Rhett Brewer, great-grandchildren of Mrs. Thompson.  Her burial will be beside her husband in Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro.
    Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews, James R. Jernigan, James Willis Jernigan, and Maurice Boyd Jernigan.  Active pallbearers will be Larry Dale Jernigan, Michael Wayne Jernigan, Zane Carroll, Patrick Carroll, Danny Smith, Michael Morjal, John O’Kain, and Hunter Taylor

  • Joe Frank Tucker

    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Name:   Joe Frank Tucker                                                Age:    73
    Date Died: Monday, December 24, 2012            Where:   Blvd. Terrace Nursing Center
    Address:  813 Naylor Dr., lot 33, Murfreesboro, Tn.  37130 
    Birthplace:  Cannon Co., Tn.      
    Survivors: Wife: Dee Tucker of Murfreesboro
    Children:  Bonita Tucker of Murfreesboro and Kelly (Lisa) Tucker of Smyrna
    Brothers:  Larry (Gladys) Tucker of McMinnville and Randall (Treva) Tucker of Leesville, SC   
    2 Grandchildren:  Heather Tucker & Samantha Tucker
    Stepchildren:  Deadrea Sanchez of Homestead, FL. and Keisha Anderton of Murfreesboro    
    A member of the Church of Christ, Mr. Tucker was a retired truck driver with Jack Cooper Commercial Carriers.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl H. Tucker, Jr. & Sammye Ozelle Swanger Tucker; Sister, Judy Vanatta; and stepson, Kevin Anderton
     
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home    When: 2:00 PM Saturday 12/29/2012
    Minister:  Bro. Joe Sissom                       Interment: Midway Cmt.
    Visitation:  2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, December 28, 2012
    Pallbearers:  Friends and Relatives

  • Keith Dewayne Pope

    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    Keith Dewayne Pope, 48, of Murfreesboro, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012 at his residence. Keith was born in Rutherford county to David and Jean Pope. He was a graduate of Smyrna High School where he was a member of the Chess Club. Keith was a longtime member of Florence Church of Christ and current member of Highland Heights Church of Christ, President of Tennessee Mechanical Association (TMC) and member of Mid-South Chevelle Club. Keith was preceded in death by his grandparents, Owen and Ruby Pope and John Carmack and Lee Isla Eakes Hunter; close friends, Anthony Thomas and Nick Saupe’. He is survived by his wife, Dora Pope; son, Brandon Pope of Murfreesboro; parents, David and Jean Pope of Smyrna; brothers, Barry (Michelle) Pope of Smyrna, Brian (Stephanie) Pope of Murfreesboro; mother in law, Mary Hirlston of Murfreesboro; nieces and nephew, Ashlyn and Madelyn Pope, Noah Pope. Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Murfreesboro Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:00 am at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Cornwell and Bro. Don Burns officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Tim Mullins, Phil Robertson, John Spivey, Richard Hunter, Joe Anderson, Tim Barnes, Danny Carter, Hank Saupe’, Tim Spivey and Mike Hunter.

  • Lloyd Wayron Campbell

    Friday, 21 December 2012

    Name:   Lloyd Wayron Campbell                                                Age:    83
    Date Died: Friday, December 21, 2012            Where:   Woodbury Health Care Center
    Address:  1534 Auburntown Rd. Woodbury, Tn.  37190 
    Birthplace:  Cannon Co., Tn.      
    Survivors: Wife of 64 years: Myrtle Owen Campbell of Woodbury
    Son:  Stanton (Kathy) Campbell of Hendersonville
    Daughter:  Brenda Campbell Royal of Nashville   
    3 Grandchildren:  Julie Royal Williams, Emily Royal & Ethan Minor
    2 Great Grandchildren:  Fischer Emmerson & Sutton Crew Williams    
    Mr. Campbell was a member of the Sanders Fork Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for over 60 years. He was the former owner of Campbell Sportswear and Liberty Industries.  He was also a Farmer and a veteran of the Korean War where he served in the Army.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Edward & Gracie Tenpenny Campbell and his brother, Virgil Campbell.
     
    Funeral Service:  Sanders Fork Baptist Church    When: 2:00 PM Sunday 12/23/2012
    Minister:  Bro. Marvin Davenport and Joe Daniel Davenport    Interment: Reed Cmt.
    Visitation:  2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, December 22, 2012 and will lie in state Sunday, Dec. 22, 2012 from 1 pm until time of services at Sanders Fork Baptist Church
    In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Genealogy Room at Adams Memorial Library or the favorite charity of your choice

  • Tyree Nokes

    Thursday, 20 December 2012

    Tyree Allen Nokes, age 32, passed away Wednesday December 19, 2012 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. He attended The Edge Worship Center and was a factory worker. Mr. Nokes was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents, Gleaves and Freda Nokes; Maternal Grandparents, Hoyte and Sarah L. Tramel; Aunts and Uncles, Sarah Tramel and Carolyn and Mike Young. He is survived by his Parents, Michael "Moose" and Becky Nokes of Dowelltown, Brother, Jake Nokes of Dowelltown; Aunts and Uncles, Eddena and Harry Hale, Dora and Ronald Lawson all of Woodbury, Cynthis and Eddie Taylor of Smithville, Kenneth Tramel, Jerry and Carolyn Tramel all of Smithville, Eddie and Debbie Tramel of Alcoa, Joyce Hendrixson of Dowelltown; Cousins, Leslie and her husband Tracy Cannon and Hunter of Dowelltown; A host of cousins and friends. Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday December 22, 2012 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel at 11:AM with Bro. BJ Thomason and Bro. Tommy Curtis officiating with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday 11:AM until 8:PM and Saturday from 9:AM until time of the service at 11:AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dowelltown Baptist Church or The Edge Worship Center.

  • Walter Lee Brown

    Sunday, 16 December 2012

     
    Name:   Walter Lee Brown                                                                  Age:    64
    Date Died:  Saturday, December 15, 2012            Where:   Alvin C. York Medical Center
    Address:  Broadmore Assisted Living, 3211  Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro, Tn. 
    Birthplace:  Lewisburg, Tn.      
    Survivors: Son: David Lane Brown of Readyville
    2 Sisters:  Betty Sullivan and Patty Poe both of Murfreesboro
    Nieces and Nephews also survive
    Mother of his son:  Janice Simmons Brown of Woodbury    
     
    A member of the Church of Christ, he was a retired disabled Veteran where he served in the Air Force.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter L. Brown, Sr. & Freida Hart Lane and his stepfather, James (Chick) Thornton
     
    Graveside Service:  Evergreen Cemetery    When: 2:00 PM Tuesday 12/18/2012
    Visitation:  3:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday

  • Bobby Lee Mathis

    Sunday, 16 December 2012

    Name:   Bobby Lee Mathis                                                                       Age:    50
    Date Died:  Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 19:35                             Where:   Vanderbilt Hospital
    Address:  728 Goodridge Rd. Woodbury, TN  37190
    Birthplace:  Cannon Co., Tn.      
    Survivors: Mother: Ella Lee Bailey Mathis of Woodbury                                                                              2 Daughters:  Kayla Mathis of Woodbury & Ella-Faye (Stanley) Smith of Morrison                     3 Sisters:  Nellie Bentley & Rita Watts both of Woodbury & Tammy Mathis of Centertown     2 Grandsons:  J.T. & A.J. Mathis    
     
    A member of the Church of Christ, he was a sawmill worker.
     
    He was preceded in death by his Father, Thomas G. Mathis; & 3 brothers:  Thomas G., Wiley & Jeff Mathis.
     
    Graveside Service:  Goodridge Cemetery    When: 2:30 PM Sunday 12/16/2012
    Interment: Goodridge Cemetery
    Visitation:  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday

  • Sammie Davenport Higgins

    Sunday, 16 December 2012

    Mrs. Sammie (Davenport) Higgins, 100, a native and lifelong resident of Cannon County died December 14, 2012. She was born on July 15, 1912. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Ida (Richards) Davenport. Also preceding her in death are her husband, Jessie Higgins; daughter, Jean Bise; granddaughter, Pamela Jenice Maxwell; siblings, Lawrence, Ray, Bertha and Elizabeth Davenport, Bessie Mingle, Effie Gribble and Ruby Bragg.
     
    Mrs. Higgins was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ, homemaker and retired food service worker for the Woodbury School System. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and loving aunt. She had a quiet strength and dignity and will be missed and never forgotten by those whose lives she touched.
     
    Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Don Alexander; daughter, Margaret Faye Ryan all of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Donna Miller, Rhonda Chandler, David Hayes and Daryl Alexander; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and sister-in-law, Lou Davis Higgins.
     
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 4-8 PM. Graveside services will be Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2 PM in Riverside Cemetery. Herb Alsup and Carl Witty will officiate. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
     
    Her family is especially grateful to the staff of Woodbury Nursing Center for their care and kindness during her residence there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice, the Short Mountain Bible Camp or a charity of your choice. Conatact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337

  • Johnny Wittemore

    Sunday, 16 December 2012

    Mr. Johnny Whittemore, 53, died December 6, 2012 after an extended illness. He was born January 19, 1959 in Cannon County. His parents were the late Eldred Whittemore and Della Louise (Gann) Whittemore. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Ronnie Whittemore and David Whittemore.
     
    He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Wendy (Youngblood) Whittemore of Woodbury; sons, Johnny Brian Whittemore of Woodbury, Kyle Whittemore and fiance, Kristina of Dayton, TN and Justin Odom of Woodbury; a daughter, Emily Whittemore and fiance Jose Mendoza of Woodbury; brothers, James Whittemore of Colorado, Eddie Whittemore of Crossville, step-brothers, Robert "Beano" Tischer, Frankie Tischer, Gary Tischer and Charles Tischer; step-sisters, Jessica Tischer and Dakota Tischer; two grandchildren Maleah Odom and Montana Davis; he was expecting his third grandchild, Drayden.
     
    Mr. Whittemore was known to be a jack of all trades and a handyman. He was a former employee of Samsonite in Murfreesboro. He told jokes to keep his family and friends laughing. He enjoyed fishing and loved being with his kids and grandkids. Teaching them how to play basketball and football.
     
    Private services were held at Smith Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to assist the family with expenses. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337.

  • William Hildreth Fugitt

    Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    Mr. William Hildreth Fugitt, 88, of Centertown died December 11, 2012. He was born in Louisa, Kentucky on December 27, 1923. His parents wer the late Geyger Fugitt and Ethel Bernice (Belcher) Fugitt. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Juanita Frances (Hall) Fugitt and a son, Jonathan Fugitt.
     
    Survivors include his two daughters, Sharon & Paul Michael of Centertown and Melinda Scott of Centertown; brothers, Babe Edward Fugitt of South Gate, MI and Kenneth Fugitt of Philadelphia, PA; one sister, Delores Hope Walters of Ceredo, WV; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren.
     
    Mr. Fugitt grew up in the Tri-State area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. He graduated high school in South Point, Ohio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the South Pacific during WWII on the U.S.S. Custer, A.P.A. 40. At an early age Mr. Fugitt dedicated his life to the Lord's service. He graduated the Detroit Bible College and was an active member of the church. He served in all levels of the church from being a minister, assistant pastor, deacon, bus driver and janitor. Mr. Fugitt wanted to serve the church in any way possible to bring glory and honor to God. He is currently a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was employed for many years at Sharpels Chemical Company in Wyandotte, Michigan. He also found time to earn his Real Estate License and worked for Century 21. Mr. Fugitt loved music and was blessed with the ability to play guitar, violin and banjo just to name a few. He was known and loved by many family and friends as a storyteller.
     
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 3-8 PM. Funeral services will be Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2 PM in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Tom Fittis will officiate. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Gideons International. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details. (615)563-5337 www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net

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