Larry Lane Gunter

Larry Lane Gunter, 65, of Readyville passed away at his home Thursday, April 18, 2024. He was born in Wilson Co., the son of the late Homer and Ora Lee Campbell Gunter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving mate, Sue Wilson.

He is survived by his daughter, Nakia (Anthony) Lawson of Smithville; beloved cat, Squeaky; mother of his daughter, Ann Vinson; brothers, Gerald (JoAnn) Gunter of CT. and Charles (Linda) Gunter of Bradyville; Sue’s daughters, Wanda Wilson of Readyville, Jackie (Roland) Milligan and Melissa (Kenneth) Hedrick both of Woodbury. Also surviving are Sue’s grandchildren, several nieces, and nephews.

Larry was a produce manager at the Dollar Market and Walmart. He enjoyed yard sales and spending time with his family.

A private memorial service will be held. For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help his family with funeral expenses.

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Patricia White Reed Merritt

Patricia White Reed Merritt, age 78, of Smyrna, TN. passed from this life, April 21, 2024 after a short illness at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro.

Pat was born on October 18, 1945 in Woodbury, TN. to Gracie and Wiley Reed. A loving mother to Terri Lynn Duggin and grandmother to Lena Christine Duggin- Hodgson of Morristown, TN. She held several jobs over the years, including working at the Bank of Commerce, JC Penney, Merle Norman Cosmetics Cannon Co. High School Library and MTSU’s Phillips Bookstore. Pat spent most of her life in Woodbury but also lived in East Tennessee and for the last 16 years in Smyrna, TN.

Pat became a Christian at the age of 12, being baptized by minister D. Ellis Walker in a summer gospel meeting at Bradyville church of Christ and attended there until age 17. She later attended New Hope, Greeneville, Woodbury, North Boulevard, Smith Grove, Jefferson Pike and Smyrna churches of Christ.

Preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Mack Hodgson and brother-in-law, James Hayes, she is survived by her daughter, Terri and granddaughter, Lena of Morristown; sisters, Judy Hayes, Gina (Mitch) Burke, and Jill (Tim) Spry all of Woodbury, Fran (Jeff) Jones of Smyrna and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. at Woodbury Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Riverside Gardens at 5:00 P.M. with Bro. Tim Knox officiating. Pallbearers will be Dee Gunter, Shawn Gunter, Jeremy Gunter, Jeff Jones, Mitch Burke, Tim Spry, Jeff Estes and Jesse Burke. Honorary Pallbearers are Ronnie Nichols, Baker Cunningham, Raymond Love and Harold Bogle.

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Frank Bratten Pursell

Frank Bratten Pursell, 80, of Woodbury passed away Friday, April 12, 2024 at Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro. A native of Wilson Co., he was the son of the late Henry Franklin Pursell and Elizabeth Morris Pursell.

He is survived by his children, Kristie Bailey (Leon) Chaffin of Eagleville, Jamie (Kenny) Pewitt of Lascassas and Brad (Patti) Pursell of Auburntown; grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) Still, Erica (Ryan) Garrett, McKenzie (Spencer) Bennett, Sarah Motley (Jordan Fann) and Colton (Sarah Grace) Pursell; great grandchildren, McKinlee and Pailyn Still, Jackson Bennett, Annalynn, Neyland, Wylie Kate and Briggs Garrett; step granddaughter, Katelyn Conner; siblings, Linda (Lonnie) Smith of Woodbury, Connie Alsup of Lebanon, Doug (Cheyrel) Pursell of Auburntown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Thomas Pursell and his siblings, Erma Reagan, Pearl Hale, Robbie Dean Kent, Mary Sue Gilley and Jimmy Pursell.

A member of the Auburn Baptist church, he was retired as a heavy equipment and backhoe operator. Frank enjoyed fishing, buck dancing, his Pepsi’s and most of all spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 15, 2024 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. David Dunn officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverside Gardens.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Woodbury Funeral Home.

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Betty Jean Ferrell Duke

Mrs. Betty Jean Ferrell Duke, age 88, of the Midway community, Cannon Co., passed from this life, April 10, 2024 at NHC McMinnville after a long illness. 

She was born on September 29, 1935 in Williamson Co., TN.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Midway church of Christ.  Mrs. Duke was a devoted wife and mother.

She is survived by her daughters, Pam (Ken) Youngblood of McMinnville and Sandy (Bruce) Lewis of Hillsboro; sister, Lois (Gene) Holmes of Manchester; grandchildren, Lynesa (Jeremy) Bell and Kevin (Brittany) Youngblood;  great grandchildren, Rayton, Emeline, Meredith and Jeremiah Bell and Cason Youngblood; step great grandchildren, Jonas, Lake and Laslen Hatfield; brother-in-law, Dan Mullins of Manchester.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Ollie Ferrell and Lena Pitman Ferrell; her brothers, Roy Ferrell and Bill Ferrell, Jr.; sister, Linda Mullins.  She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 40 years, Norman L. Duke who was the love of her life.

Betty was a great cook and loved to take care of family, friends and loved ones.  Her greatest Joy was doing things for others.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Woodbury Funeral Home.  Graveside services will follow at Midway cemetery at 3:30 P.M. with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. 

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Randall Odell Nichols

Randall Odell Nichols, age 72, of Murfreesboro passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024 at his home.  He was born on November 8, 1951 to his parents, Doris Lehman “Slick” Nichols & Johnnie Belle Davenport Nichols in Cannon County. 

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Waldron Gardner of Murfreesboro; Children, Stacy (Chris) White of Murfreesboro & Allen Nichols of Murfreesboro; Stepchildren, Shane Faulk & Shannon Faulk, both of Murfreesboro; Grandchildren, Ethan Pitts, Kelly Pitts, Jessica Pitts, & Alex Faulk; and his Sister, Margarita (Steve) Watts of Murfreesboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gayle Nichols.

Randall was a member of the Church of Christ and worked at General Electric.  He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in Korea during the Vietnam War.  He enjoyed nature and spending time with family and friends.  He loved baseball, gardening, and fishing.

Funeral Services will be 1 PM Saturday, April 13, 2024 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Watts officiating.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.  The family will receive friends for the visitation from 10 AM until 1 PM Saturday at Woodbury Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Gentiva Hospice in honor of our Lil Daddy.

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Larry D. Odom

Larry D. Odom, otherwise known to his friends as “Slick,” was born September 10, 1944, on his parents’ family farm in the Joe Harris Hollow off Auburntown Road in the Witty Hollow of Cannon County, Tennessee. His mother was Betty Louise Odom, born Morris of the Marshall Creek Community, and his father was Ray Franklin Odom of the Locke’s Creek community.

When Larry’s mother was in child labor, his father walked across the hills to a neighbor’s house who had a telephone and called Dr. J.F. Adams. Dr. Adams came to the farm in his Model A Ford along with his Nurse Mrs. Mary Wiley Stone. His brother was born first, and then Dr. Adams looked at their mother and said, “Mrs. Betty, I think there might be another one!” Larry was then born about 30 minutes later.  Dr. Adams charged a fee of $25.00 because there were two babies born, not his regular fee of $15.00 for one baby’s birth.

Larry had red hair and blue eyes from the Irish ancestry of his Grandmother, Shabie Brandon Morris, who lived on Marshall Creek Road outside of Auburntown, Tennessee. His brother’s hair was black and had brown eyes from the Cherokee ancestry of his Grandfather, Pressley Pink Morris. Larry’s 3-year older sister was born with dish-water blond hair, also from the Irish ancestry of her Grandmother, Shabie Brandon Morris.

In their early years, to some folks Larry was just known as “Red” and his brother known as Blackie”. His dad used to say that when folks saw the two boys they would say “Ray, they got them mixed up in the hospital with the other babies.” His dad would just simply say “No, they were born at home on the farm.”

When he was four years old in 1948, Larry first saw TVA electricity brought to their family farm. Up until then Larry and his family lived by coal oil lamps and a woodburning stove in the living area of their two-room farm home and a woodburning cast iron cook stove his mother used in the kitchen of their farmhouse originally built as a log cabin. Larry as a small boy was charged with carrying water in buckets from a cave spring nearby, shelling corn, and feeding their chickens to raise for eggs and farm food.   In 1949 when Larry and his brother turned five they started school at the Sanders Fork School about ½ way between Woodbury and Auburntown on Highway 145 in Cannon County. Larry’s mother was one of the teachers and had started Larry’s sister in school at age four.

When Larry turned 10 years old in 1954, his family sold the farm and moved to the Town of Woodbury about five miles away in a house just across Hollis Creek Road from where the current fairgrounds are located. Before the fairgrounds were there, the field across from his family house was plowed in the Spring for planting corn. When first plowed, Larry walked in the furrows and found flint stone arrows and tomahawk heads carved by Native Americans down near where the Stones River took a bend near stone veins of that particular hardened flint rock.

Larry entered the 5th grade at the Woodbury Grammar School, attended Jr. High School across the street from the Grammar School, and then went to the Cannon County Central High School where he graduated with the Class of 1962. While in grammar and high school, Larry was involved in school bands, the local Scout Troop, the 4-H Club, and Church activities. During his high school years, Larry was a volunteer for the Woodbury Fire Department, going to neighborhood fires to extinguish the flames and save as much property and lives as possible.

After graduation, Larry worked a few different jobs, the shirt factory in Woodbury, and a sign company in Murfreesboro before obtaining a career employment job with the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation from which he retired after several years. In the interim years, Larry served as a volunteer fireman with the Moore Town Fire Department and the Cannon County Rescue Squad receiving the distinction of being a lifetime member. 

Larry served in the Tennessee National Guard for six years beginning in March of 1965, a Military Police Unit located in Smithville, Tennessee. He went to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he was a Cooks Apprentice, an inside job due to his tendency to get sunburned skin in other outside assignments.

In July of 1993, Larry married Donna Sue Davenport. Larry and Donna Sue lived on Bush Road, Bradyville, Tennessee. After Donna Sue’s death in 2002, Larry lived by himself for 16 more years before needing assistance from a nursing care facility in 2018.

Larry was a well-known member of the community. He was a “knife and gun trader.” He liked to visit yard sales and pick up items of interest to him, such as old camp stoves and lanterns, and broken Craftsman tools (that he took back to the local Sears Store to swap for new tools under the lifetime warranty). You had to be an experienced trader to even make a swap or buy a deal with Larry. And as everyone who traded or swapped with him knows, you usually could not get the best of him. And if he ever actually gave someone an item, there was a “string” attached: he might ask for it back at some future date (ask one of his nephews about a Blue Genie Bottle Larry once “gave” him).

In addition to the Town or Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department as a youth, the Moore Town Volunteer Fire Department, and the Cannon County Rescue Squad as an adult, Larry also volunteered for a few years to help in the local food “give-a-way” program at the fairgrounds each Saturday that provided food for the needy families of Cannon County. Out of his truck, he would usually hand out surplus food to others in need that couldn’t make it to the Saturday fairground distribution events.

Larry and Donna Sue were caregivers for Larry’s parents after his mother and father both retired and were dependent on others for assistance in their older ages. He took his parents to the grocery store, to their doctors, and to visits with his brother and his family in Illinois and Virginia. They were also caregivers for Donna Sue’s parents who lived nearby, helping put in a garden or other tasks needed. Donna Sue and her parents and aunts were one of the last generation of Appalachian families that grew or made just about everything they needed on their farms such as chairs and baskets made from white oak wood.

Larry was a baptized Christian at an early age, a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ beginning in the mid-1950’s. Prior to that time while living on the farm, Larry’s mother made sure she and her children attended services at the Auburntown Church of Christ on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.

To some folks he was known as Larry, the red-headed twin; to some, he was called “Big Red;” and to others, he was simply known as “Slick,” a mystery to some folks (and to his brother and sister as well) as to how he came by that nickname.

He was willing to help anyone who needed assistance, a trait spilling over from his volunteering for the local fire department and the rescue squad. At different times, he would visit a distant cousin living alone out in the country near Murfreesboro and take her to get groceries, or to sell her aluminum cans she picked up on the roadsides near where she lived.

When he became unable to drive, see, and hear well and needed help himself, several of his friends nearby and members of the rescue squad came through by checking on him at home and seeing that his meds were correct and that he went to doctors and for treatment of cataracts, hearing, dermatologist care, and when he needed purchases of shoes, clothing, and at one point a new washing machine. A local restaurant owner near where he lived called to check on him and delivered meals to him at home. As a member of the “liar’s club table” at Joe’s Place on the Square or later at Hardee’s at breakfast time, if Larry didn’t show up someone called to check on him. By the way, Hardee’s is where he met Donna Sue who he later married.

Yes, the community and his friends, church members, and retired folks will certainly miss having “Slick” after he left to go to his Lord’s place of restful peace. And as anyone who knows “Slick”, he’ll probably be volunteering for some heavenly duties up there (or maybe back down here, so keep an eye out for a red-headed Angel) as well. And who knows, maybe some “trading” on the side.

Go In Peace! Serve The Lord Larry!

Visitation will be held at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 3-7 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, April 12, 2024 at 2 pm in the Gentry-Smith Funeral Home chapel. Bro. Herb Alsup will officiate. Interment will be in Center Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Adams Memorial Library.

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Jean Mayo

Jean Mayo age 77, of the Gassaway community in Liberty, passed away at her home Sunday March 31, 2024. She was born July 14, 1946, to her parents the late Melvin and Mirlar Dodd.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Robert Mayo; daughter, Judy Mayo; great-granddaughter, Paisley Todd; sister, Juanita Grissom; brother, Clyde Dodd.

She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church and worked at Liberty Cee Bee.

She is survived by son, Robert (June) Mayo, JR. of Gassaway; grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) Still of Lascassas, Justin (Ashley) Todd of Short Mountain, and Nicole Burger of Centertown; great-grandchildren, McKinlee, Pailynn, Madison, Addi, and Laki; niece, Tammy (Robert) Smith of Alexandria; nephews, Joe (Penny) Gunter of Short Mountain, and Steve Gunter of Smithville.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 3, 2024, at 11:00AM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Richard Williams and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Riverside Gardens in Woodbury.

Visitation will be held Tuesday 3:PM till 7:PM and on Wednesday 9:AM till the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is honored to care for the Mayo family.  

Lois Witty Gilley Larimer

Lois Witty Gilley Larimer, 91, of Woodbury passed away Thursday, March 21, 2024 at St. Thomas Rutherford.  She was born in the Sugar Tree Knob community of Cannon Co on September 13, 1932 to Dibrell and Ruby Melton Witty.

She is survived by her sons, Kenny (Debbie) Gilley and Bob Gilley (Daffy Self) both of Woodbury; grandchildren, Korie Gilley (Shannon DeBerry), Rebecca (Matt) Alexander, Katie (Dylan) Miller, Nicole (Jeff) Hogg and Emily Gilley (Travis Miles)and Brad Withrow; great grandchildren, Hunter and Luke Blanton, Delaney Aycock, Hayden Smith and Anna Graden Hogg, Mason Tramel, Cam Crawford, Colt, Hattie and Walker Alexander, Briggs and Banks Miller.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.H. “Hal” Larimer; her grandsons, James Gilley and John Gilley and her brother, Carl Witty.

A member of the Woodbury church of Christ, she was retired from Cannon Co. Courthouse where she served as Clerk and Master for 25 years.  She previously worked for 10 years in General Sessions and Circuit court.

Lois had a servants heart and enjoyed volunteering her time to help others.  She volunteered at Stones River Hospital for the Ladies Auxiliary, American Cancer Society where she started Relay for Life of Cannon Co and the Cancer Basketball tournaments every year.  She also gave her time to the Cannon Co. Food Bank, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.  For many years, she was a foster mom to so many children, some of whom to this day she still considered her family.

She always had a love for her community.  Lois was currently an Alderman for the Town of Woodbury.  She was sworn in on December 2, 2008 and has held many positions in the Woodbury Lions Club where she has been a member since 1987 and was the first Woman President.  She sat as Board of Director on several boards including Cannon Co Food Bank, First National Bank, CapStar Bank and Stones River Hospital. 

Her passion was her family but her joy came from playing Rook or any type of card game.  She helped form the Cannon Co. Rook Club and looked forward to the Saturday nights she got to spend with young and old alike to play Rook in her home.  Her “Rook Girls” met every Tuesday and she would cook for them and they would play all afternoon. If you walked through her door, she considered you family and most likely she would try to feed you.  Her saying was “We will eat what we have and if that isn’t enough we will go to Hardee’s and get some chicken”

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 26, 2024 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Boggess officiating.  Interment will follow in Riverside Gardens Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include, Shane Gannon, Hunter and Luke Blanton, Mason Tramel, Cam Crawford and Colt Alexander.  Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Cannon Rook Club and Woodbury Lions Club.

Visitation with her family will be Monday, March 25, 2024 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to the Riverside Gardens Cemetery, Cannon Co. Food Bank or the Cannon Christian Academy.

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John Clarence Jones, Jr.

John Clarence Jones, Jr., 58, of Bradyville passed away Friday, March 8, 2024 at his home.  A native of Buffalo, NY., he was the late of John Clarence Jones, Sr. and Shirley Kolacki Jones.

He is survived by his daughter, Joanna Jones; grandchildren, Rebecca Jones, Joshua Jones and Dakoda Lilley; stepdaughters, Christina (Randy) Hampton and Samantha (Brian) Smith; step grandchildren, Scarlet Neufell Rogers, Wyatt Neufell Jones, Astrid Jones, Freya Hampton, Caysea Hampton, Melanie Neufell, Kyleigh Clanton; brothers, Arthur Jones, Scott Jones and Robert Jones; ex mother-in-law, Virginia Morton; ex brother-in-law, Jimmy Morton and special friends, Darryl and Roy Smith.

He was a farmer and heavy equipment operator.

Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Cherry Cemetery with Roy Smith officiating. 

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Nancy LeElla Hudgens Puckett Bell

Woodbury resident and White County, Tn native Nancy LeElla Hudgens Puckett Bell, 85, was born April 23, 1939 and died peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

She was the daughter of the late Milburn and Rebecca Fancher Hudgens of Sparta, Tn.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Dr. Larry Jackson Puckett of Smithville, and by her sister Barbara Hudgens Crouch of Cookeville, maternal grandparents Thomas and Nannie Brown Fancher of Sparta and paternal grandparents Willie Hampton Hudgens and LeElla Cummings Hudgens of Sparta.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. James Bell, of Woodbury, son David Puckett (Cheryl), Clearwater Beach, Florida, daughter, Amy Puckett Corley (Michael), McMinnville, TN, sister Mary (Sissy) Leech, Nashville, four grandchildren, Peter Corley (Kasie), Luke Corley, Nealie Puckett Miller (Justin); 4 great-grandchildren Henry Jackson Corley, Evelyn Grace Corley, Jackson Cedar Miller, and August River Miller.

Mrs. Nancy was a devoted Christian, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and housewife. She was a help and comfort to her husband, a loving mother and grandmother who spent many hours feeding, reading to, and playing with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed making a beautiful, warm, and welcoming home, cooking, painting, writing stories, growing flowers, and most of all spending time with her family, friends, and church. She was a diligent student of the Bible, which led her to treat everyone with kindness, warmth, and friendliness.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday, March 24, 2024 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Holly Cemetery, Smithville, Tennessee, next to her beloved husband, Larry.  A visitation will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodbury Church of Christ, Woodbury, Tn or Kids of the Community, McMinnville, Tn.

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