Obituaries

  • 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
     
     

  • J C Rogers

    Saturday, 22 December 2018

    J C Rogers, 86, of Cannon County died at his home Saturday.
    Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law: Sue and Tony Manning of Smyrna.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake Rogers and Annie Bell Dabbs Rogers; wife, Whyte Whitfield Rogers; & Daughter, Becky Anne Rogers.  He enjoyed woodworking and carving and eating at the Cracker Barrel.
    Funeral Service for J C Rogers will be Monday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.
    Bro. Nickey Nichols will conduct the service. Burial in the Curlee Cemetery.    
    Visitation:  11 AM until time of service Monday.
    Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
     

  • Rex Howard LaFever

    Friday, 21 December 2018

    Rex Howard LaFever, 74, passed away Fri., Dec. 21, 2018 at Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro.  A native of White Co., he lived in Woodbury.
     
    He is survived by his wife, Linda Mayo LaFever of Woodbury; daughter, Victoria LaFever-Howell of MS; stepdaughters, Annette Merriman and Jean Sloan both of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Lindsy (Jered) Brewer of KY., Cattarena Campis of MI., Tiffany Garcia and babies of Bradyville; siblings,  James (Alberta) LaFever of Woodbury; Helen Rhodes of Rutherfordton, NC., Ben (Wilma) LaFever of Beech Grove, Danny (Nancy) Haley of Woodbury and Marie Seabaugh of Murfreesboro; furbabies,  Midnight & Star. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Eley and Pauline Cason LaFever; Brothers, Lynn, Roger, Richard and Randy LaFever; Sister, Mary LaFever and Nephew, Russell LaFever.
     
    A member of the Baptist church and Masonic Lodge, Rex was a prankster and loved to play pool, fish and hunt.
     
    Memorial Services will be 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Burnett officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 12 – 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.
     
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net to leave condolences for his family. 
     

  • Linda Fay Gann Sissom

    Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Linda Fay Gann Sissom, 65, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at St. Thomas Stones River E/R.  She was a native of Cannon Co. and lived in Bradyville.
     
    Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Lanny Sissom of Bradyville; mother, Gertrude  Gann Morris of Woodbury; sons, Slade and Shane Sissom both of Woodbury; grandchildren, Riley Sissom and Cheyenne Sissom both of Woodbury; brother,  Roy (Beth) Gann of Woodbury.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

     
    She was preceded in death by her father, Doran Gann.

     
    Linda was a member of the Parker Hill Church of Christ and an RNC at Alvin C. York Medical Center.  She loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and her dogs. She also liked to trail ride.

     
    Memorial Visitation with the family will be from 2 pm until 6 pm Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at Woodbury Funeral Home.  A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
     
     

  • Louis Wade “Sonny” Thomas

    Monday, 17 December 2018

    Louis Wade “Sonny” Thomas, 72, passed away Sun., Dec. 16, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford.
    A native of Cannon Co., he lived in Morrison. 

     

    He is survived by his siblings, Rachel (Wayne) Merriman of Woodbury, Ricky Thomas of McMinnville and Pamela (Chris) Lance of Morrison; nieces and nephew:  Sonya Lance (Micah) Reece, Raelynn (Angela) Lance, Christy Schultz, Devin (Molly) Merriman; great nieces and nephews,  George and Deona Schultz, Khalessi Reese, Colton and Reagan Merriman.

     

    He was preceded in death by his parents, George Edward and Goldie Mae Mathis Thomas; siblings, Willie Adeline Thomas and George Edward Thomas, Jr.

     

    A member of the Methodist Church, he loved to go fishing. 

     

    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Burnett officiating.  Interment will follow in the Gilley Hill Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 3 pm 9 pm Tues., Dec. 18, 2018.

     

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

  • Raymond Eugene Davy, Jr.

    Friday, 14 December 2018

    Raymond Eugene Davy, Jr., 38, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018 at his home.  A native of Davidson Co., TN., he lived in Murfreesboro.
     

    He is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Burdick of Murfreesboro; daughter, Abigal Davy and her mother, Michelle Davy both of Murfreesboro; Grandparents,   Al and Betty Davy of Murfreesboro; siblings, Steven (Kay) Davy of Murfreesboro, Billy (Mindy) Davy of Rockvale, Tina (Phillip) Butler of Texas; nieces and nephews, Gavin, Asher and Mason Davy, Kelsie, Morgan and Emily Davy, Vanessa and Ethan Butler; aunts and uncles, George (Marlyn) Burdick, Rick (Tera) Burdick, Gary Burdick, Pat (Jackie) Burdick, Carl (Cindy) Burdick, Janet (Walter) Dutton, Helen (Michael) Rogers, Les (Jill) Davy, Cindy (Jeff) Masters, Joey (Carolyn) Davy.  Also surviving are numerous cousins and close friends

     

    He was preceded in death by his Father, Raymond Davy, Sr.; his aunt, Julia Burdick; Grandparents, Richard and Rose Burdick; his cousins, Mark Burdick and Owen Brown.

     

    Raymond loved the Lord and attended World Outreach Church and Calvary Baptist Church.  On Sunday mornings, he and his mom would watch St. Edwards services on TV.  Raymond was a comedian at heart who loved spending time with his mom, his daughter and nephews.  He also loved to cook and bake.  Raymond loved football…”Roll Tide”.

     

    Funeral Services will be 6 pm Monday, December 17, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Deacon Pete Semich officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 6 pm Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.

     

    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net 

     
     

  • Rachel A. Hall Smitty

    Friday, 14 December 2018

    Mrs. Rachel A. Hall Smitty was born on Aug. 10, 1934 in Nashville, TN.  She passed away Dec. 13, 2018, surrounded by her family.  She loved them very much.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and daughter.  She gave her whole heart to each of these roles.  She was a member of the Church of Christ and encouraged her family to lean on the Lord.  She was married to Ben David Smitty and never remarried after losing him in 1987.  She loved taking care of her family and had many friends.
     
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Ownby “Obie” Hall and Sarah Emma Bowers Hall and by two brothers, Roy Hall and Howard Hall.  Survived by her children, Ben David Smitty and Judy Smitty; three grandchildren, Christina Martinez, Jessica (Dustin) Taylor, and Catherine Smitty; four great grandchildren, Dillon, Allison, Ben, and Lillian Taylor; two brothers, Fred (Maryann) Hall of Franklin and Glenn (Glenda) Hall of Cookeville; four sisters, Ruth Smitty of Murfreesboro, Carole Nellums of Memphis, Joyce McKenzie of Alabama, and Linda (Roger) Reed of Lascassas; sisters-in-law, Sue Hall of Michigan and Linda Hall of Murfreesboro; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
     
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 2-7 pm.  Funeral services will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at 1 pm in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Ralph Richardson will officiate.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to assist with expenses.  Share memories and condolences at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337
     

  • Deborah Ann Goins Brinkley

    Monday, 10 December 2018

    Deborah Ann Goins Brinkley, 66, passed away Sun., Dec. 9, 2018 at Alive Hospice.  A native of Cannon Co., she lived in Manchester. 

     

    She is survived by her mother, Frankie Reed Goins of Readyville; her husband of 34 years,   Bobby Brinkley of Manchester; children,  Toby (Brenda) Gillette of Alabama, Frankie DiAnn Gillette of Alabama, Rachel Brinkley of Manchester, Amanda (Nicky) Phillips of Summitville and Jennifer (Ferman) Aranzabal of Grundy Co.; grandchildren, Tiffany and Dustin Gillette, Logan and Lucas Gillette, Noah and Matthew Sharp, Kaitlyn and Laura Fults, Nicholas and Shawnte Phillips; special friends, Tony and Donna Reed.

     

    She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Deary Goins, her sister, Shalia White and her grandparents, L.D. and Rena Reed, Joe and Jimmie Goins.

     

    Deborah was a member of the Curlee of Christ and was a dairy farmer.  She enjoyed fishing, camping and riding her motorcycle.

     

    Graveside Services will be 2 pm Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Gilley Hill Cemetery with Bro. James Lively and Bro. Dennis Thompson. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 

     

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

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