Obituaries

  • Mary Dee Ready Cates

    Friday, 4 November 2011

    Mrs. Mary Dee Ready Cates, 98, died on November 4, 2011, in the Cripple Creek Community home where she came as the bride of the late Joe V. Cates in October, 1935. She is survived by her children, Steve Cates and Ben and Juana L. Cates; her grandchildren, David and Ashley L. Cates and Shannon C. and Andy Jakes; and her great grandsons, Benjamin Cates and Bryan and Joseph Jakes.
     
    Mrs. Cates was the only child of the late Nancy Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bragg and Irvin E. Ready, of the Porterfield Community of Cannon Co. She owned two TN Century Farms, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and marked by the Association for the Preservation of TN Antiquities. The Porterfield farm, where she was raised, now occupied by her grandson and his family, was established in the 1840s by her great-grandfather, Abner Alexander; the Cripple Creek farm has been in her husband’s family for about the same period of time.
     
    Mrs. Cates was a 1931 graduate of Kittrell High School and attended MTSU. She had been a member of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, since 1947.
     
    Mrs. Cates is descended from James Ready and Absolum Davenport, both veterans of the War of 1812, and Hugh Robinson, early surveyor in the area. Her ancestors also include Christopher Cooper, Captain James Barr, George Davenport and Ezekiel Alexander, Sr., who fought in the American Revolution.
     
    Funeral services will be conducted from First Baptist Church, Woodbury, at 2 pm Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 by Dr. H. Eugene Cotey and Reverend Hunter Hay. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Woodbury. Visitation will be at the Woodbury Funeral Home from 4 until 8 pm. on Sat., Nov. 5 and at the church beginning 12:30 pm Sunday.
     
    Pallbearers will be Nick Saupe, Hank Saupe, Matt Vehr, Jim Cotey, Chris Copeland, Alvin Brandon, Jr., Jason Lamons, Charlie Wilder and John Mark Brandon.
     
    Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Cross Main youth activities, 200 E. Main St., Murfreesboro.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home Is In Charge Of The Arrangements

  • Marie Hutchens Bivens

    Thursday, 3 November 2011

    Marie Hutchins Bivens, 69, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

    A resident of Morrison and Cannon County native, Marie was a member of the Red Hill Church of Christ and a seamstress with Warner, Colonial & Val-Dor shirt factories.

    Survivors:

    Husband: Thomas Bivens of Morrison.

    Sisters: Linda Bivens of Hudson, OH. and Nell (Gayle) Alexander of Woodbury .                      

    Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:

    Faye (Billy) Cunningham, Ernestein (Charles) Cantrell, Fred (Gloria) Bivens, Deborah Womack, Sharon (Stanley) Cantrell, Karen (Jim) Hale all of McMinnville   

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Mattie Lee Hutchins; siblings, Bobby Hutchins, J.C. Hutchins and Sharon Hollandsworth; brother-in-law, L.J. Bivens.

    Funeral services will be held in the Woodbury Funeral Home at 2:00 pm Sunday., November 6 with Bro. Eddie Duke and Bro. Gayle Alexander officiating.    

    Burial will be in Leoni Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

    Pallbearers: Jerry Smithson, Jerry Lane, David George, Kenny Buchanan, Virgil Duggin, Bill Bowman

    Woodbury Funeral Home Is In Charge Of The Arrangements

  • Eva Mae Holt

    Wednesday, 2 November 2011

    Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Mae Holt, age 85 of Manchester, will be conducted Friday, November 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Mr. Mike Lewis officiating.

    Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Holt passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Manchester.

    She was born October 8, 1926 in Cannon County, TN the daughter of the late Virgil Owen and Mamie Parker Owen Yates.  In earlier years, she was employed with Snowhite Dry Cleaners in Manchester for over 19 years.  She was a well known, talented seamstress who enjoyed sewing for her customers as well as the entire Coffee County community.  

    After retiring from Snowhite Dry Cleaners, she continued to do seamstress work from her home for many years.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved and adored her children and grandchildren very much as well as being an avid animal lover.  She was a longtime member of Westwood Baptist Church.

    In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-father, J.P. Yates, her first husband, Dewey Anderson, her second husband, Clement E. Holt, a daughter-in-law, Martha Teal Holt and a half-brother, Charles Owen.

    Survivors include three children, Drenda Anderson Massey of Nashville, TN; C. Keith Holt and wife, Karen of Manchester and Michael W. Holt of Murfreesboro; five grandchildren, Rebecca Massey, Elizabeth Faulkner-Rhyne and husband, Stewart, Emma Holt, Kasen Holt and Karis Holt.  Also surviving is a brother, Virgil “John” Owen of Morrison; half- brothers and half-sisters, Janice Owen Lund of Nashville, Eddie Owen of Gallatin, Tony Owen of Hendersonville, TN and her dear friend and caregiver, Mrs. Sharon Williams also of Manchester and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and loving friends.

    Coffee County Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

  • Evalena Brazzell Muncy

    Wednesday, 2 November 2011

    Evalena Brazzell Muncy, age 93 of Woodbury, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

    Ms. Muncy was the oldest living member (1935 – 2011) of the Leoni Church of Christ.  She was the daughter of a gospel preacher and the wife of an Elder and a school teacher.  She had a love for cooking and her cupboards were never empty. She never denied anyone a meal and provided meals for the sick.   She fed many soldiers that were on maneuvers in Cannon Co. She taught Sunday School for over 30 years, made many quilts and woke every morning singing.

    A native of Sumner County, she was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Florence Vaden Brazzell; husband, Kenneth Muncy and seven siblings.

    Survivors:

    Brother: James M. Brazzell of Nashville                                                             

    Children: Billy (Joyce) Muncy, Jacky Muncy, Katie (Charles) Smith and Becky (Mark) Hayes all of Woodbury                      

     Grandchildren: Levoit Muncy, Tina Pendergrast, Monica (Barry) Jones, Sherry (Erik) Simpson, Shelia (Brian) Kelly, Timothy (Betty) Muncy, Angela Wiggins, Gail (Charles) Markum, Cindy (Mark) Barker, Kevin (Beth) Smith, Kerry (Jenny) Smith, Kory Smith, Olivia (Jared) Young and Daniel (Erin) Hayes

    Also surviving are 23 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be held at the Leoni Church of Christ at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 with Bro. Daniel Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Leoni Cemetery

    Visitation is from 5–9 pm Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday from 2–3 p.m. at Leoni Church of Christ.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

  • Waldon Tarpley

    Wednesday, 2 November 2011

    Waldon Tarpley, age 86 of Fayetteville, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
    He was a native of Cannon County., the son of the late Leaborn and Dora Duggin Tarpley and a veteran of U.S. Navy for 4 years serving during WWII. He was retired from Red Stone Arsenal after 32 years of teaching missile commands to foreign students. He was a preacher for 17 years and was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ.
    Survivors: 
    Wife: Trudy Whisenant Tarpley of Fayetteville.
    Sons: David Tarpley and his wife Dr. Kris Gowan Tarpley of Asheville, NC and Atty. Dale Tarpley of Tampa, FL. 
    Grandchildren: Camron and Lauren Tarpley.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Waldrena Tarpley and his brother, Doyle Tarpley.
    Graveside Services will be held at the Riverside Gardens at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2011.
    Burial will be in Riverside Gardens Cemetery.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, November 4.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

  • Brandon Michael Gray

    Tuesday, 1 November 2011

    Mr. Brandon Michael Gray age 23 of Smithville, TN, died Friday, October 28, 2011, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He was born June 27, 1988, in Murfreesboro, TN, and was a factory worker. Brandon was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Bob and Bernice Coats and paternal grandparents William and Dixie Gray.
    Survivors include his mother Renee’ Coats of Murfreesboro, TN, father Robert (Bob) Gray of Woodbury, TN, children Kaidynce Gray and Aidyn Eley, and a sister Kristina Gray of Woodbury, TN.  Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and family members also survive.
    The memorial service is 3 P.M. Friday, November 04, 2011, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Herb Alsup will officiate. Visitation is Friday from 12 P.M. Noon until 3 P.M. at McMinnville Funeral Home.
    McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

  • Sue Groom Crocker

    Tuesday, 1 November 2011

    A graveside service for Mrs. Sue Groom Crocker, 97, a long-time resident of Nashville and native of Cannon County, will be at 11 o’clock, Friday, November 4, 2011, at the South Woodlawn Mausoleum, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, where she will be interred with her late husband, Lloyd Sterling Crocker. 
    Mrs. Crocker died Friday evening, October 28, in Columbia, Tenn., where she had lived since March 1998. 
    Mrs. Crocker was born in Auburntown, April 4, 1914.  Her parents were the late Bertha Hancock Groom and Ras Groom. She graduated from Woodbury High School and attended Middle Tennessee State College in Murfreesboro. She then taught school for a few years before moving to Nashville.
    Initially, in Nashville, she worked for Cain-Sloan and Company. Then, for more than 25 years, she was employed by South Central Bell Telephone Company, now AT&T. She retired in 1975.
    In 1953, she married the late Lloyd Sterling “Dick” Crocker.  They were married 43 years.  Mr. Crocker, an L&N Railroad retiree, died August 1, 1996.  The Crockers were long-time members of Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville.
    In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Crocker was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers — Mrs. Hillard (Eva) Black, Milton; Mrs. Jim (Frances) Brandon, Woodbury and Murfreesboro; Mrs. B. H. (Mae) Summar, Murfreesboro; Mr. Hamilton Groom, Gallatin; Mrs. Eugene (Nelda) Keaton, Lebanon; Mrs. E. W. (Polly) Summar, Murfreesboro; Mr. James E. Groom, Long Beach, Calif.; and Mrs. Stanton (Christine) Bragg, Columbia.
    Several nieces and nephews survive.
    The family expresses special appreciation to NHC Hillview, Poplar Estates, and Caris Healthcare, all in Columbia.

  • Oscar Thomas

    Tuesday, 1 November 2011

    Oscar ‘Nig’ Thomas, 86, died Monday, October 31, 2011 at Alvin C. York Medical Center.
    He was a resident of Woodbury and a native of Cannon County.
    Survivors:
    Daughters: Linda (Russell) Helmers of Murfreesboro; Kay (Roger) Patterson & Judy (Terry) Spray both of Woodbury.
    Sister: Racine Mooneyham of Woodbury.
    5 Grandchildren: Christy (Troy) Oakley, Bridgette (Robby) Allen, Tony (Erica) Spray, Brian Spray and MaKenzie Patterson.
    4 Great Grandchildren: Colby & Graci Oakley, Kail Spray and Lilly Allen.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Bertha Thomas; wife, Nannie Walline Thomas; son, Loyd Thomas; grandson, Donald Wayne Blanton; brothers, Albert, Bud, Milford, Marvin & Jr. Thomas; sisters, Mila Fay Davenport and Margie Mooneyham.
    Mr. Thomas was a member of the Pentecostal church and was retired from the Colonial Shirt Factory.  He was a former POW and a veteran of WWII where he served in the Army. He received 2 Bronze Stars, the WWII Victory Medal, the American Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Medal.
    Funeral services will be held at the Woodbury Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 with Bro. Tony Burnett officiating. Burial will be in Prater Cemetery with Full Military Honors.
    Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.
    Pallbearers: Roger Patterson, Terry and Brian Spray; Colby and Troy Oakley, Brian Mullican and Robby Allen.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

  • Richard Jeffery Mathis

    Sunday, 30 October 2011

    Richard Jeffery Mathis, 45, died Friday, October 28, 2011 at River Park Hospital in McMinnville.

    Mr. Mathis was a member of the Church of Christ and was a sawmill worker. He resided in Woodbury and was a native of Cannon County.

    Survivors:

    Mother: Ella Bailey Mathis of Woodbury

    Sisters: Rose Mathis of Woodbury, Nellie Bently of Woodbury and Tammy Mathis of Smithville                        

    Brother: Bobby Mathis of Woodbury  

    He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Mathis; his wife, Brenda Mathis and his brothers, Jim & Wiley Mathis.

    Funeral services will be at the Mt. Aarat Church of Christ  at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2011 with Bro. Bobby Hale officiating.

    Burial will be in Mt. Aarat Cemetery.

    Visitation is from10 a.m. until  2 p.m. Monday.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in Charge Of The Arrangments

  • Floyd Thomas Rich

    Sunday, 30 October 2011

    Floyd Thomas Rich, 72, died Thursday, October 27, 2011 at his home in Marietta, GA from a long battle with cancer.

    Thomas was born in Cannon Co., and raised in Woodbury. He was a retired truck driver with Yellow Freight Systems. He loved to garden, fish and farm. Thomas was most proud of his son, T.J. and truly enjoyed the many years spent watching him play baseball.

    Survivors:

    Mother: Christine Rich of Woodbury

    Wife: Mary Jo Rich of Marietta                        

    Son: T.J. (Thomas Joseph) Rich of Marietta  

    Brothers: Donald (Ella) Rich of Smithville, Robert (Wanda) Rich of McMinnville, Jerry (Nell) Rich of Knoxville, Larry (Joan) Rich of Woodbury

    Granddaughters: Ashley (Brandon) Ross and Jessica Jenkins

    5 Great Grandchildren, and a large family of aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive

    He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. F.L. Rich and his daughter, Tammy Ann Rich.

    Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home at: 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Nov. 2, 2011.

    Burial will be in Riverside Gardens Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. 
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

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