• Bettie Fuller Melton

    Sunday, 7 October 2018

    Bettie Fuller Melton, 90, of Nashville a native of Woodbury passed away on October 6, 2018 with her family at her side.  She was born on February 10, 1928.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Landon Fuller and Lydia Elizabeth Cook Fuller.  Also, by her husband, Reb Jones Melton; a brother, Robert “Bobby” Fuller; a sister, Melba Barton; and by grandchildren, Jacob Robert Melton and Amy Webb.
    She is survived by sons, Ralph J. (Carolyn) Melton of Walter Hill, Michael Landon Melton of Nashville, Mark Reb Melton of Nashville, and Reb Jay (Denise) Melton of Charlotte; daughter, Janet Webb of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Jill Marie (Carey) Frost, Matthew (Feather) Webb, Mary (Lake) Smith, Rachel (Jason) Cherry, Shyanne Melton, Savana Melton, Juliana Melton, Rebeca Melton, and Landon Melton; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    Mrs. Melton was born in Woodbury and graduated Woodbury Central High School in the Class of 1946.  She and her husband moved to Nashville from Woodbury in 1955 to be closer to his work.  They found a home near the airport in Nashville and she continued to live there until her passing.  While he worked she busied herself with the work of a loving mother and wife.  They had celebrated 47 years together prior to his passing. Taking care of raising her children and helping with grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was lovingly known by her family as Granny Go Go.
    She was a loyal and devoted Christian and a member of Vultee Church of Christ.  She attended a Tuesday Church class in addition to regular worship services.  Taking the opportunity to be with her church family when she could.  She was former member of the Woodbury Church of Christ when she still lived in Cannon County.  Mrs. Melton enjoyed traveling.  She stayed active with many different things including, being in a bowling league, quilting, cross stitching, and scrap booking.  Her home held many of the beautiful things she made over the years. 
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, October 8, 2018 from 2-8 pm.  Graveside services will be held at Melton Cemetery in the Short Mountain Community on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 12 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to Alive Hospice.  Share memories and thoughts with the family at  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337

  • William Michael James

    Thursday, 4 October 2018

    William Michael James, 55, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at St Thomas West.  He was a native of Indianapolis, Indiana.
    He is survived by his wife, Angela Kay Bogle James, stepdaughter, Jennifer (Samuel) Alford; stepson, Caleb Peck all of Woodbury; sons, Jesse James of Florida; Michael James of Woodbury; daughters, Beth Ann James, Christy James, Kala James all of Indiana, Alana James of Woodbury, and Sherry James.
    Grandchildren Braydon, Claira, Brooklyn, Jillian, Addison, Zachary and Kaylin Alford. Also surviving is his Father Michael James of Indiana and close friend Jerry Reed of Woodbury.
    Mr. James is preceded in death by his mom Sheila Stout James.
    William was a member with the Pentecostal Church of Woodbury.  He was a floor covering installer of 20 years.  He loved life and enjoyed simple things. Being with family, grilling in the back yard, eating out, playing with his grandchildren, and bringing them gifts.  He loved people and animals.  He was big hearted, generous, and he would give what he had to help someone else.  He liked relaxing and watching Andy Griffith.  He also loved homemade tacos and spaghetti. William was a loving husband, wonderful step dad, son and friend. He will be forever in our hearts, greatly loved and missed.
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Saturday, October 06, 2018 at Pentecostal Church of Woodbury with Bro. Clayton Neal officiating.  Interment will follow in the Tolbert Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 PM until 8 PM on Friday October 5, 2018 at the Pentecostal Church of Woodbury  11 AM until time of service October 6, 2018.
    In lieu of flowers donation to Woodbury Funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for his family, please visit

  • T. G. Gilliam

    Wednesday, 3 October 2018

    T.G. “Tall Shadow” Gilliam passed away from an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Frith Gilliam and father, John Gilliam, his mother, Josephine Gilliam ,his twin brother, John, his adopted father (uncle) Macon Morris and mother (aunt) Nell Frye Morris Bedford, his brother Jack Morris and sister Frankie Allen.   He is survived by his son, Joshua Gilliam and grandson, Chance Jaxson Frith Gilliam.
    Mr. Gilliam was a disabled veteran who served two tours in Vietnam in the United States Army. He worked for Showbus building custom busses for country music stars such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
    A Celebration of Life will be held on October 14 at Plainview Baptist Church in Woodbury, TN, at 2:00 p.m.  All family and friends are invited.  Bro. Jonathan Womack will be officiating the service.

  • Mary Helen Murphy

    Wednesday, 3 October 2018

    Mary Helen Murphy age 73 of Smithville and a longtime resident of Dowelltown and the Sycamore Community, passed away Monday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. 
    Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Murphy of Nashville; 3 grandsons, Jon Murphy of Nashville, Nathanyel Pedigo of Smithville and Trenton Pedigo of Dowelltown; 11 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, Billy Baker of Smithville, Glen Baker of Liberty, Jimmy Baker of Smithville; 3 sisters, Betty Scurlock of Carthage, Dorothy Leach of McMinnville and Sue Mitchell of Cookeville; several nieces and nephews also survive. 
    She was a homemaker and a retired factory worker.  Mary was a Baptist.
    Funeral services Mary Helen Murphy will be conducted 2:00 pm Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Timothy Baker officiating and burial will follow in Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 4:00pm until 8:00pm and Thursday 10:00am until the time of the service at 2:00pm. 
    DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

  • Stephan Lancin, Jr.

    Monday, 1 October 2018

    Stephen Lancin Jr, age 90, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Henderson Health and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson, TN. 
    He is survived by his siblings, June Henry of Romulus, MI, Gerald Schoen (Linda) of Boring, OR, Geraldine Patranella (Tony) of Bryan, TX; sister-in-law, Judy Schoen of Woodbury, TN; granddaughters, Melissa Bolton (Patrick) of Henderson, TN and Heather Studenberg (Daus) of Murfreesboro, TN; great grandchildren, Alex and Anna Bolton of Henderson, TN and Audrey and Cameron Studenberg of Murfreesboro, TN; nieces & nephews, Patricia Carden (LT) of Lewisberg, TN, Donna Beeler (Scott) of Bryan, TX, Kim Reid (Jason) of Austin, TX, Henry Creasap of Greenville, MI, Debbie Creasap of Ft. Myers, FL, Mary Lynn Johnson of Ft. Myers, FL, Karen Means (Bob) of Romulus, MI, Kathy Smith (Ron) of Taylor, MI, Jerry Henry (Gail) of Romulus, MI, Mike Schoen (Wanda) of Lebanon, TN, Edward Schoen of Woodbury, TN, Sherri Raethke (Dan) of Portland, OR; plus several great nieces and nephews.
    A native of Detroit, Michigan, he was the eldest son of the late Verna Johnson of Saskatchewan, Canada and Stephen Lancin, Sr. of Detroit, MI, though was raised by Verna and his step-father, the late Edward Schoen of Frankfurt, IL.  Stephen was a longtime resident of Burt Burgen Road in Woodbury, TN and later moved to Henderson, TN.  Member of the Henderson Church of Christ.  Retiree of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 48, having driven for Tennessee Carolina Transportation, Inc for 30 years. During his career driving for TCT, Inc he was awarded the Mack Million Mile Award. 
    In addition to his mother, father, and step-father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Alma Simmons Lancin, of Woodbury, TN; son, Larry Lancin (daughter-in-law Sandra Lancin) of Henderson, TN; siblings, Lenora May Schoen, Thelma Creasap (brother-in-law Jim) of Greenville, MI, and James Schoen of Woodbury, TN; brother-in-law, Charles Henry of Romulus, MI. 
    Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at Woodbury Funeral Home. Graveside service for Stephan Lancin will follow at 12 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery with Bro. Joey Ferrell officiating.
    In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Henderson Church of Christ’s youth program.  Checks can be made payable to Henderson Church of Christ, 240 White Avenue, Henderson, TN 38340 (please note: youth program in memory of Stephen Lancin).
    Woodbury Funeral Home, (615) 563-2311.  To leave online condolences, please visit

  • William Ross Prater

    Thursday, 27 September 2018

    William Ross Prater, 25, of Woodbury, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018. He was a native of Davidson County.
    He is survived by his mother, Belinda Prater Purvis and her husband, Hal Purvis of Woodbury; father, David Johnson of Woodbury;
    Sisters, Kayla Kirkpatrick of Manchester, Beth Asbury of Woodbury and Cassidy Chianese of Walter Hill; grandfather, William Prater of McMinnville; grandmother, Shirley Nelson of Woodbury; Four nieces, four nephews, several aunts and uncles also survive.
    He is preceded in death by his grandmother Debbie Prater and great grandparents Carl and Beatrice Haley, and Sport and Bell Prater.
    William loved his nieces, nephews, being outside and his dogs.  He is a member of the Baptist Church.
    Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, September 29, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Brother Ray Patrick and Brother Richard Haley officiating. Interment will follow at Prater Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 12 noon until 8 PM on Friday September 28, 2018.
    In lieu of flowers donation to Woodbury Funeral home to help the family with the funeral expenses
    Woodbury Funeral Home 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for his family please visit

  • Alice Stacey Parker

    Monday, 24 September 2018

    Alice Stacey Parker, 76, passed away Sun., Sept. 23, 2018 at her home in Murfreesboro.  She was a native of Cannon Co., Tn.


    She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Kevin) Krieb of Murfreesboro; grandson, Noah Krieb of Murfreesboro; siblings, Ruby Best of Murfreesboro, Ray Stacey of Woodbury, Viva Medders of Birmingham, AL. and Sally Cantrell of Smithville.


    She was preceded in death by her parents, Abe & Cassie Simmons Stacey; husband, Grady Parker and siblings, Eva Potter and James Stacey.


    Ms. Parker was a member of the Baptist Church and a homemaker. 


    Graveside Services will be 3 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Parker Hill Cemetery with Bro. Michael Best officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2017.


    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for her family.

  • Thomas Ray Mears, Sr.

    Sunday, 23 September 2018

    Thomas Ray Mears, Sr., 75, of McMinnville passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  He was a native of Warren Co. and preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson Mears and Ollie Durham Mears.
    He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mears of McMinnville; Son, Thomas (Ellen) Mears of McMinnville; Grandchildren, Kayla Mears, Candace (Charlie) Rockhart and Nicole Mears; great grandsons, Hayden and Carter Rockhart; siblings, Roberta Collins, Myrtle Cox, Maggie Lance, Joyce Davis, Wauline Davis, Treva Hutchins, John Mears, James Mears, George Mears and Charlie Mears. 
    Thomas was retired from Carrier Corp and was a farmer.
    Funeral services will be 12 noon Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Centertown Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018. 
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for his family, please visit 

  • John Albert Robinson

    Friday, 21 September 2018

    Mr. John Albert Robinson, 85, of Woodbury passed away with family at his side September 19, 2018.  He was born September 28, 1932 in Woodbury, TN.  He was preceded in death by his parents Richard Alex Robinson, Sr. and Lizzie Bell Davenport Robinson; son, John David Robinson; daughter, Wanda Bosarge; and by brothers, Dewey Robinson and Richard Alex “R. A.” Robinson, Jr.
    He is survived by his wife, Alice Robinson of Woodbury; daughter, Linda Dewrell of Woodbury; brothers, James (Mildred) Robinson of Toledo, OH and Raymond (Linda Sue) Robinson of Woodbury; sister, Joyce Pelham of Woodbury; grandchildren, Dusty Dewrell, Adam (Sonia) Bosarge, Amanda (Terry) Fredricks, and Shelby Robinson; great grandchildren, Ashton Skeleton and Michelle Bosarge; also, many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and a host of family and friends.
    He was born and raised in Cannon County and moved to Toledo, Ohio when he was 18 years old.  He met and married his wife Alice.  They recently celebrated 66 years of marriage.  He was drafted into the Army and shortly after they had two daughters.  They moved back to Cannon County in the late 1950’s and later had a son.  In 1966 they moved to Florida and began his studies for the ministry.  He held many pastoral positions throughout his studies.  He earned a Master of Religious Education Degree.  Over the years he raised and provided for his family with the love and support of his wife.  Over the years the ministry led him to Mississippi, New Orleans, Alabama, and back to Cannon County in 1979. 
    He started Woodland Baptist Church in 1982 with Dewey Robinson, and James Preston.  Serving as pastor until his early 80’s.  He and the members of the church often opened their hearts and doors to anyone in the community.  Including members of other churches in the county. He had a strong desire to study the Bible and share it with everyone he had an opportunity to meet.  His memory was keen throughout his life.  He had a great recollection of scripture, events, and names from his studies of the Bible.  He also worked diligently with family to develop a lumber mill along with a pallet building business which the family still operates.  He always carried a smile and a unique laugh with him wherever he went.  He enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life and turning them into friends.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 2-3 pm.  Funeral services will immediately follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel.  Ray Robinson and Tim Gentry will officiate.  Interment will be in Robinson Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations are requested to one of the following charities or one of your choice:  American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, or Alzheimer’s Research.  Show your support and love for the family by sharing a memory or thoughts at  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd., Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337

  • Rita Leigh Halfacre

    Thursday, 20 September 2018

    Mrs. Rita Leigh Halfacre, 49, of Shelbyville passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2018.  She was born in Nashville, TN on April 25, 1969.  She was preceded in death by her father, Horace Gerald Stinson and her husband, Jeff Halfacre.
    She is survived by her son, Jeffery Halfacre of Shelbyville; mother, Wilma Jo Poole of Ashland City; sisters, Tammy (Larry) Puckett of Elmwood, Jaclyn Smith of Nashville; brother, Jerry Wayne Stinson of Nashville; step-brother, Wayne Tandy of LaVergne; step-sister, Deanna Easterling of Murfreesboro; several aunt and uncles; special friends, Lisa Bierbaum and Natasha Markley.
    Mrs. Rita was a graduate of Smyrna High School.  During her early years she developed a love of reading.  Her family and friends knew her as a bookworm who would ready anything she could get her hands on.  She had a love for children and would often help watch her friend’s children.  Her son, Jeffery, was near and dear to her heart and she helped him in any way she could.  She possessed a giving spirit and a generous heart.  She was the type of person who would give you her last penny.  No matter what she was going through she would reach out to people around her.
    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11-2 pm.  Funeral services will follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel at 2 pm.  Interment will be in Amity Cemetery.  Due to her untimely passing donations are requested to assist with funeral expenses through Smith Funeral Home.  Show your support and love with thoughts and memories on the guestbook page of her obituary at   Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337