Obituaries

  • Lucille Nichols

    Sunday, 13 January 2019

    Lucille Nichols, 78, passed away Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 at Woodbury Health Care.  She was a native of Warren Co., TN.

    She is survived by her son, Roger Nichols of Morrison; sister, Virginia (Jackie) Lance of McMinnville; friend,  Horace Bates of AL.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Tommy Sullivan; husband, Jr. Nichols; daughter-in-law, Jill Nichols and sister, Lourene Bates.

    A member of the Barren Fork Baptist Church, she was a seamstress with Colonial Corp for 29 years, a homemaker and she milked cows for 12 years.

    Funeral Services will be 11 am Tuesday Jan. 15, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. David Carden.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Warren Co., Tn. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm to 9 pm Monday, Jan. 16, 2018.

    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for her family, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net 
     
     

  • Michael Anthony Alexander

    Saturday, 12 January 2019

    Michael Anthony Alexander, age 53, of Woodbury passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He was a native of Dekalb Co.
     
    Survivors include his wife, Christie Lynn Alexander of Woodbury; Son, Erik (Emilee) Buckmeyer of Woodbury; Brother, Brian (Andrea) Alexander of Woodbury; Mother-in-law, Mary Moses of Alexandria; Brother-in-law, Ronnie (Kim) Moses of Cookeville; Nephews & Niece, Hugh Braxton Alexander, Andrew Michael Alexander, Keeley Moses, & Landry Moses; and Favorite Aunt, Joyce Owen of Woodbury.  Several aunts & cousins also survive.
     
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert & Margaret Alexander.
     
     
    Michael was a mail carrier for United States Postal Service for 28 years in Smithville, owner of Christie Q BBQ & Catering, and a Director of Dekalb Telephone Cooperative.  He loved living life and enjoyed every day.
     
     
    Funeral Services will be 12 PM Monday, January 14, 2019 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 12 to 8 PM, Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the funeral home.
     
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615.563.2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

  • Lillian Smith

    Thursday, 10 January 2019

    Mrs. Lillian “Ettie” Smith, 87, of Woodbury passed away on January 10, 2018 with family at her side.  She was born in Gassaway, TN on October 8, 1931.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Jake Melton and Ethel Smithson Melton and her husband, Arley Smith.
     
    She is survived by her sons, Roger Smith and Kevin (Tabitha) Smith both of Woodbury; three grandsons, Jonathan (Lacey) Smith, Zach (Macayla) Smith, and Reece Smith all of Woodbury; two granddaughters, Ryan Marie Smith and Paisley Lillian Smith of Woodbury; special extended family, Teresa Farless and Holly Rogers both of Woodbury.
     
    Mrs. Lillian grew up in Gassaway which was a close knit and interesting area back in those days.  She met and married Arley in 1952.  They loved listening to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s Christmas music all year.  They enjoyed driving around at Christmas and seeing all the lights.  One of their favorite stops was Burger King.  It was an almost daily ritual.  The workers would see their car and have the order ready before they got to the window. 
     
    She worked for the Colonial Shirt Factory for many years before she found her true love and calling for babysitting.  She cared for many children in the community over the years.  She was known far and wide for charging $5 a day.  This included 3 meals and snacks.  The children loved her special attention, loving smile, and special laugh.  When her sons were growing up, she made sure to feed their friends who visited too.  She and the family enjoyed going on trips to Florida and Georgia.  She and Arley also went on trips with some of his Army friends.  She was known by many family and friends as “Ettie”.  It was a special nickname given to her by Holly when she was babysitting her.  She was a long-time member of the Woodbury Church of Christ. 
     
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2-8 pm and on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 8-1 pm.  Funeral services will follow at 1 pm in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Herb Alsup will officiate.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.  In honor of her love for children memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to either the Woodbury Day School or Short Mountain Bible Camp.  Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337
     
     

  • Sally Olean Thomas

    Thursday, 10 January 2019

    Mrs. Sally Olean Thomas, 82, of Smithville passed away on January 8, 2019 after a brief illness.  She was born in McMinnville, TN on June 15, 1936.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew Barks and Cora Bell Clemons Barks; husband, Nelson “Ray” Thomas; and all her siblings except one.
     
    She is survived by sons, Randy Thomas of Woodbury, Wiley Daniel “Danny” Thomas of Morrison, David (Ginny) Thomas of Woodbury; Dennis “Duck” (Sherri) Thomas of Smithville; daughter, Rebecca “Sissy” (Sandro) Aguirre of McMinnville; brother, Merl Barks of McMinnville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     
    Mrs. Thomas loved her family.  Raising five children was a rewarding part of her life.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren always put a smile on her face.  She enjoyed relaxing on the couch and watching tv during her spare time.  She attended Sink Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Smithville.
     
    A memorial service will be held at Sink Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 570 Sink Creek Rd., Smithville, TN 37166, on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2 pm.  The family will visit prior to the service from 11am-2pm at the church.
     
    Due to her unexpected passing the family is requesting memorial donations to assist with the expenses.  There is a link on our website to donate at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Memories and condolences for the family may also be shared on our website.  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337
     

  • James Robert Neal

    Monday, 7 January 2019

    James Robert Neal, age 60, of Murfreesboro passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at his home.  He was a native of Davidson Co.
     
    Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Shelia Faulk Neal of Murfreesboro; Children, Marsha (John) Grimaldi of Murfreesboro, Amy Neal of Murfreesboro, Michael (Fenita) Neal of Murfreesboro, & Kadence Neal of Murfreesboro; 7 Grandchildren, Christopher Neal, Ashleigh Neal, Isaac Miller, Garrett Roberts, Tabitha Collins, Tyson Grimaldi, & Kelsie Neal; Siblings, Linda (Phillip) Wright of Nashville, Anthony (Minnie) Neal of La Vergne, Darrell (Teresa) Neal of Dickson, & Janice (Paul) Hargrove of La Vergne.  Also surviving are 8 Great Grandchildren.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion & Opal Smith Neal; Daughter, Stephanie Neal; and Sisters, Elaine Bennett & JoAnn Tate.
     
    Mr. Neal was a member of the Baptist Church and was a warehouse forklift driver.
     
    Funeral Services will be 1 PM Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Reeder officiating.  Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be after 10 AM Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the funeral home.
     
    Pallbearers will include Roger Cox, Dustin Boone, Eric Boone, Roger Faulk, Anthony Neal, Jake Neal, Garrett Roberts, & Shawn Neal.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615.563.2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

  • Nelson Gareth Milliken

    Wednesday, 2 January 2019

    Nelson Gareth “Rambo” Milliken, Sr., 74, passed away Tues., Jan. 1, 2018 at this home following an extended illness.  A native of Ironton, OH, he resided in Woodbury.
     
    He is survived by his wife, Nancy J. Milliken of Woodbury; children,  Ann (Ricky) White of Franklin, Beth (Mark) Cole of Huron, Tn., April (Chuck) Arkon of Sparta, Patty Milliken of Wellston, OH., Mary Anita Milliken of Lancaster, OH., and Nelson Milliken, Jr. of Jackson, OH.; grandchildren,  Jennifer White of Murfreesboro, Kayla and Kylia Milliken of Wellston, Dylan White of Franklin, Taylor Arken of Sparta, Zachary, Bryant and Tyler Hively of Lancaster, OH. Several great grandchildren also survive.
     
    Rambo was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Fisher Milliken.
     
    He was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge #774 and the Cannon Co. Walking Horse Assoc.  He also enjoyed riding horses and collecting guns.  Nelson was a farmer and former truck driver.
     
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Friday, Jan. 04, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Cripps officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 8 Thursday, A Masonic service will be held at 1 pm Friday.
     
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cannon Co. Walking Horse Assoc.  or the Masonic Lodge #774, Woodbury.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for his family please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     
     

  • Rex Spry

    Tuesday, 1 January 2019

    Mr. Rex Spry, 51, of Bradyville passed away on December 31, 2018 with family at his side after a battle with liver cancer.  He was born in Woodbury, TN on April 4, 1967.  He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry C. Spry; grandparents, Cecil and Pauline Spry and James and Clara Basham; and a sister, Lisa Spry.
     
    He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Sissom Spry; daughters, Amber (Will) Thomas of Commerce, GA, Andrea (Justin) Ortkiese of Bradyville, and Abbey (Jimmy) Rhea of Bradyville; son, Justin Spry of Bradyville; mother, Mary Basham Spry of Bradyville; four grandchildren, Gracie, Josiah, Weston, and Barrett; as well as many other family members, friends, and foster children who came through his home in recent years.
     
    Rex was a graduate of CCHS in the class of 1985.  He and Rhonda met while in high school, fell in love, and married right after she graduated.  They celebrated their 30th anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii last year.  Cruising was one of their favorite things to do together, and he was only one trip shy of earning VIP status. Rex and Rhonda were dedicated parents who attended as many ballgames, church functions, and other events with their kids as they could.  They were thrilled to get to see their four grandchildren born. He was a member of the Smith Grove Church of Christ.
     
    Rex was gifted with hands that could build, fix, and create practically anything.  He spent many hours and days happily working on projects for himself, family, friends, and his church.  Over the years, he enjoyed restoring various cars and farm equipment, including his grandfather’s antique tractor.  His talent was also put to good use at his job with the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro.  He worked as an industrial equipment mechanic for nearly 34 years before he retired. Rex was a man of few words, but his word meant everything. He was the epitome of a good man, and his kindness and generosity toward all he knew will never be forgotten. 
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 4-8 pm.  Funeral services will be Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11 am in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Al Bugg will officiate.  Interment will be in Gilley Hill Cemetery.
     
    Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net on the guestbook page with his obituary. Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337
     

  • Jesse Wiley Reed

    Saturday, 29 December 2018

    Jesse Wiley Reed, age 92, died Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  He was a native of Cannon County and the son of the late Hoyd Reed & Whyte Alexander Reed.  He was owner of Wiley Reed Construction Company, former Cannon County Road Commissioner and a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Army.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.  Wiley was a lifetime follower of Cannon County Basketball and Atlanta Braves.
     
       Survivors include his wife of working on 74 years, Gracie Mae Knox Reed of Woodbury; 5 Daughters, Patricia Reed Merritt of Smyrna, Judy Reed Hayes and her husband James of Woodbury, Fran Reed Jones and her husband Jeff of Smyrna, Gina Reed Burke and her husband, Mitch and Jill Wiley Reed Spry and her husband Tim, both of Woodbury.  Also surviving are 8 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild.
     
       Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bros. Tim Knox and Charlie Gunter officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverside Gardens with military honors.  Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cannon County Basketball Booster Club.
     

  • Pat Tenpenny

    Friday, 28 December 2018

    Pat Tenpenny, 73, was born in Woodbury, TN on July 21, 1945 and rode through the gates of Heaven to be with the Lord on December 13, 2018. Pat lived in St. Cloud, FL. He is preceded in death by mother, Luree McBroom Tenpenny and brother-in-law, Larry Hill.
     
    Pat is survived by wife of 5 years, Sharon Tenpenny, brother, Fred Tenpenny; sister, Nancy Hill; nieces, Renee Powell and Jenny Baldwin, nephew, Greg Hill, several aunts, many cousins, and friends.
     
    Pat proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1963-1965. He was a patriot and loved our country. Pat touched many people with his kindness, generosity, and maybe even shenanigans.  He loved to joke and share stories.  His almost constant smile and unique laugh will live on in the memories of family and friends.  He was a hard worker.  Pat lived life the cowboy way, off and on the road, whether he was driving cattle or the crews and entertainers from coast to coast and border to border. He was especially proud of his Southern heritage and he was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
     
    A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church in Woodbury, TN on Sunday, January 13, 2019. A time to fellowship with the family from 2 pm – 3 pm and service beginning at 3 pm. Services officiated by Phil Purvis.  Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Woodbury, TN, Gideons International, or Wounded Warriors.  Share memories, support, and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337
     

  • Mary Lou Melton

    Friday, 28 December 2018

    Mary Lou Melton, age 69, of Woodbury passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  She was a native of Newton, Iowa.
    Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Bill Melton of Woodbury; Father, Marion Brown of Paola, KS; Daughters, Tina Melton of Woodbury & Alona Morosava of NY; Mimi to 3 grandchildren, Stephon Harris serving in the United States Air Force, Kenan Gaines of Woodbury, & Elodie Meador of Woodbury; and Sisters, Marilyn Langston of Paola, KS & Brenda Halstrom of Paola KS.  Several nieces & nephews also survive.
    She was preceded in death by her mother, Coleen Townsend Brown.
    Mary was a member of the Woodbury First Baptist Church and was a daycare provider for over 25 years.  She enjoyed going to yard sales & auctions.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615.563.2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     
     

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