• Bonnie McCrary Jernigan

    Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Bonnie McCrary Jernigan, 88, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Woodbury Health and Rehab.
    She is survived by her children, Janice & Jerry Higgins and Stephen & Wanda Jernigan all of Bradyville; grandchildren, Becky & Matt Barber, Rachel & Zach Brooker all of Murfreesboro; great grandchildren, Riley Brooker, Bennett Barber and Emma Barber; siblings, Kenneth & Joyce McCrary of Murfreesboro, Nancy & Larry Carter of Christiana.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Suebelle Harney McCrary; husband, James B. Jernigan.
    Ms. Jernigan was a member of the Amity Baptist Church and was retired after 30 years from G.E.  She enjoyed working in her flower garden, sewing, crocheting, painting and ceramics.
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Friday, July 13, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Leonard Herman officiating.  Interment will follow in the Thyatira Cemetery.  Pallbearers include Matt Barber, Zach Brooker, Martin Daniel, Dwight Carter, Curtis Carter, Joey McCrary, Stephen Broyles, and Tim Jernigan. Visitation with the family will be from 2 pm to 8 pm Thursday, July 12, 2018.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311,

  • Austin Peay Jennings

    Saturday, 7 July 2018

    Austin Peay Jennings passed away peacefully at his home on July 7, 2018.
    He was born September 18, 1926, in Woodbury, TN to Selmer Mason and Lena Williams Jennings. Austin grew up in his large, loving family on the square in Woodbury. As a youngster, he spent his free time at the Cannon Courier office where his first job was folding the weekly newspaper. He learned all aspects of the newspaper and printing business under the guidance of editor and publisher Hayden Smith. 
    After graduating from Woodbury Central High School in 1944, Austin joined the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. Before leaving for basic training, Austin married his high school sweetheart, Carmine Scott, on February 23, 1945. They were a match made in heaven as Carmine’s calm gentleness balanced well with Austin’s ambitious drive.
    Upon returning home after the war, Austin was rehired at the Cannon Courier. He became editor and publisher and, in 1951, the owner. 
    After selling the Cannon Courier, Austin purchased the local jewelry store from Roy Fuston in 1952. With no prior training or experience in the retail jewelry trade, he quickly honed his natural talents in marketing, eventually acquiring or starting five additional jewelry stores in Middle Tennessee. He played a leading role in founding and organizing the Tennessee Jewelers Association. Austin ran a photography business in the back of Jennings Jewelers store in Woodbury. In addition to thousands of portraits, weddings, and senior class pictures, he photographed many important events in and around Cannon County.
    Austin’s love of the newspaper business never ceased, and he bought the Livingston (TN) Enterprise with a managing partner in 1960. He acquired two additional weekly newspapers also managed by partners. He continued in a long and valued partnership with Betty and Bill Bowden, publisher and editor of the Fentress Courier, Jamestown, TN.
    Austin formed a partnership to license and operate Woodbury’s first commercial AM radio station, WBFJ (later WBRY) in 1964. He served on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Commerce over twenty years.
    Austin’s father, Selmer, was a founding member of the Woodbury Lions Club. Austin joined the club in 1949 and served in many club offices. His role in Lionism grew to include Zone Chairman and District Governor. Fellow Woodbury native Dr. Walter Campbell urged Austin to seek greater participation in Lionism on a global scale. He was elected to the office of International Director 1976-78 and as International President of Lions Clubs in 1988-89. Austin was instrumental in establishing the Lions SightFirst program which has helped restore sight to thirty million people around the world. He was a vocal proponent of Lions Kid Sight, a national program that annually screens over a million preschool and school-aged children for vision problems. Austin has been a major supporter and fundraiser for the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Eye Institute, the regional center for pediatric ophthalmology services, and served on the Board of Directors for the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
    Austin and Carmine served their community in many capacities. Austin organized the founding of the Adams Memorial Library in 1964 to honor his mentor and friend, Dr. J. F. and Laura Adams. He was president of the board of directors of the Adams Memorial Association for over fifty years and headed two major capital fundraising campaigns to support and expand the library. 
    Austin helped organize and lead the Cannon County Historical Society which is dedicated to the preservation of his home county’s heritage and documentation of its notable citizens. With Carmine, he compiled and edited Cannon County, Tennessee, A Pictorial History and contributed significantly to many other publications of the Society. 
    After retiring from business, Austin and Carmine enjoyed spending most winters at their condo in Florida. They continued to travel extensively for Lions activities and to visit their many friends around the globe. 
    One of Austin and Carmine’s favorite pastimes was their work to create a Jennings Family History book for which they researched and added ancestral pictorial and personal stories and histories for many years.
    When asked, “Have you lived in Woodbury all your life?” Austin’s favorite quip was, “Not yet!” He was a leader on a world stage, but he never forgot his roots and the family and friends who supported his quests.
    Austin was a member and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Woodbury. 
    Austin was preceded in death by his beloved wife Carmine, his parents, Selmer and Lena Jennings, and brothers Marvin, James, Carl, and Bob. He is survived by his sister Thelma Owen, his children Barbara Jennings Tenpenny (Josh) and son Michael (Marilyn); grandchildren Pamela Jennings Howard, Denise Tenpenny Stone, Scott Austin Jennings, Marlene Tenpenny Cowan, and Lyle Tenpenny; 11 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Gladys Scott Moore, Irene Sykes Jennings, and Jane McCrary Jennings, numerous nieces, nephews, and relatives; and scores of friends around the world.
    At Austin’s requests, a simple graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery Saturday July 14 at 6 PM. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The public is invited. His life will be celebrated 3 - 7 pm Saturday August 25 at Madden Hall, First Baptist Church, Woodbury. The family invites friends and community to come reminisce and honor his remarkable legacy. 
    As Austin wished, in lieu of flowers, gifts and donations can be given in his memory to:
    Lions Club International Foundation ( Adams Memorial Association ( Arts Center of Cannon County (
    The family is grateful for the team of dedicated caregivers who have been with Austin these past two years: Yvonne Curtis, Rachel Melton, Kelly Dodson, Amy Taylor, Angela Emberton, Ashley Emberton, Audrey Lockwood, Kyla Lance, Katelyn Kilgore, and Miranda Stacey; and the nurses and aids at Adoration Health and Caris Healthcare. A special thank you goes to Joann Tate, owner of Jennings Jewelers and invaluable friend who has helped him for 40 years. Our gratitude also goes to the many other friends and family who have been supportive and helpful in this time of sorrow.
    Smith Funeral Home 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190 (615) 563-5337 

  • Gail Mary Galvin

    Saturday, 7 July 2018

    Mrs. Gail Mary Galvin, 74, of Bradyville passed away on July 7, 2018.  She was born on June 26, 1944 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar N. Bergman, Jr., and Audrey K. Ingleking Bergman, and by a son, Jeremy Galvin.
    She is survived by her husband, Don Galvin; sons, Grady (Elizabeth) Galvin of Tucson, AZ and Garrett Galvin of Titusville, FL; a daughter, Jennifer (Danny) Vandiver of Murfreesboro; sisters, Linda Jordan of Coos Bay, OR and Kathleen (Lee) Deal of Titusville, FL; 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, special friend, Jayna Council; as well as many other family members and close friends.
    Mrs. Galvin lead an interesting life.  She met her husband while living abroad in Africa.  He was stationed at a U.S. Embassy and they met on the beach.  They married in Africa and had recently celebrated 51 years of marriage.  The adventures continued while Don was in the military.  They traveled and lived in many different places, including, Okinawa, Japan, Asia, Europe, Hong Kong, and many others.  She enjoyed all their adventures especially with their children.  She was a loving and devoted wife and mother.  When the kids were growing up she took care of all the work at home and got involved coaching softball.  She was always happy to have her family together.  Her church family at The Experience Church were also an important part of her life.  The church provided a great strength, comfort, and sanctuary for her after the loss of her son. 
    A celebration of her life will be held at The Experience Church, 209 Murfreesboro Rd., Woodbury, TN on Sunday, July 8, 2018 beginning at 2 pm.  A time to visit with the family will follow the celebration.  Joe Brown will officiate.  In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Montana Conservation Corp, a non-profit who works with teenagers to provide outdoor experiences and living skills. 
    Contact Smith Funeral Home for additional details or to donate.  Share memories and condolences with the family at  Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN   615-563-5337

  • James Nile Reed, Jr.

    Monday, 2 July 2018

    James Nile Reed, Jr., 65, passed away Sun., July 01, 2018 at his home in Readyville. He was a native of Cannon Co., Tn.

    He is survived by his wife of 46 years whom he married on Dec. 31, 1971, Judy Fay Roberts Reed of Readyville; Sons, Jim Reed and Jamie (Stephanie) Reed all of Murfreesboro and Jerry (Taylor) Reed of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Cody, Raquel, Maya, Dylan, Aspen, Mason, Chandler & Greyson; great grandchildren, Brayden & River; half brother, Ronnie Gilley of Woodbury; aunt, Kay (G.L.) Peeler of Woodbury; uncles, Gary Don (Judy) Pitts of Murfreesboro and Bobby (Nelda) Pitts of Woodbury.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, James Nile Reed, Sr. and Fanetta Peggy Pitts.

    Mr. Reed was retired from maintenance at Nissan and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

    Graveside Services will be 10 am Friday, July 06, 2018 at Riverside Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Nichols officiating.
    Visitation with the family will be from 2 pm to 8 pm Thursday, July 05, 2018. 

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

  • Evander B. Osborne

    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Evander B. Osborne Chattanooga - 78, passed away Tuesday June 26, 2018 at NHC Health Care – Chattanooga.
    He was preceded in death by parents; Charlie B. and Rosie Lee Osborne and wife of 37 years, Mildred Ruth.
    He was a United States Army Veteran and TVA retiree.
    Besides his companion and caretaker, Sharon Wilson he is survived by his devoted daughter, Melony (Randy) Stover; Sisters Laura Christmon; Margaret (Joe) Benford; Jeannette (Tom) Dillard; Ethel (Robert) Benford; and Bettye Osborne.  One granddaughter; Angie Haygood and two great-grandchildren Ruth and Elijah; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
    The funeral will be Friday, July 6, 2018. Visitation 11 am Service 12 noon at the Lane Street Church of Christ – Manchester, TN.

  • Brian Keith Batey

    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Brian Keith Batey, 47, passed away June 26 2018 at Vanderbilt hospital.  He was a native of Nashville and resided in the Woodland Community. 
    He is survived by his father, Roger Batey of Bradyville; aunts, Vicki Gilchrist of Blues Hill and Peggy (Ray) Barton of Readyville.  Several cousins also survive.
    He was preceded in death by his mother Cherie Batey.
    Brian was a special person who enjoyed music, TV game shows, western channel, his dogs and cats. He was a member of Simmons Chapel Methodist Church.
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Monday, July 2, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro Bobby Wheeler officiating.  Interment will follow in the Batey Family Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 2 pm until 8 pm, Sunday, July 1, 2018. 
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for his family please visit 

  • Jimmy Joe Duncan

    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Jimmy Joe Duncan, 60, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 at his home in Woodbury. He was a native of Henderson, KY.

    He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kim Ford Duncan of Woodbury; daughter, Brittany Duncan of Woodbury; grandchildren,  Layla & Brooklyn; siblings,   Pam Lokey of Centertown, Linda McChesney and Mike Duncan both of KY, Nancy Gibson of Spencer, Loretta Pittard, Johnny Duncan, Kevin Duncan and Jr. McVay all of Woodbury and Keith Duncan of Murfreesboro.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel Duncan and Joy Adams Murphy; siblings, Cheryl Duncan, Diane Gibson and Jack Duncan.

    Jimmy was a member of the Pentecostal Church and he was a retired Tree Surgeon.

    Funeral Services will be Sunday, June 24, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Amity Cemetery. Pallbearers include Billy Gene Lokey, Jonathan & Jesse Stone, Dustin Rublee and Ronnie Jernigan, Jr.  Visitation with the family will be from 3 pm until 9 pm Saturday, June 23, 2018.

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  • Paul Jerome Grizzle

    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Paul Jerome Grizzle, 52, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 following a sudden illness.  He was a native of Cannon Co.

    He is survived by his mother, Betty Mayo Grizzle of Woodbury; his children, Jennifer (Steve) Grizzle Martin of Woodbury, Paul Tyler Grizle of Shelbyville, Case Grizzle of Shelbyville and Dustin St. John of Woodbury; grandchildren,  Heavanne, Charlie, Dayvanie and Bentley; siblings, Renee Arnold, Larry Grizzle, Stevie Grizzle and Vanessa Grizzle all of Woodbury

    A member of the Church of Christ, He was a brick mason.  Jerome didn’t know a stranger and was always friendly with everyone.  He also loved to fish. 

    Funeral Services will be 4 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sugar Tree Knob cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm to 8 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018. 

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

  • Nellie Mabel Mayo Mooneyham

    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Nellie Mabel Mayo Mooneyham, age 85, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital.  She was a native of Cannon Co.
    Survivors include her children, Ronnie Mooneyham, Linda McNeese, Pat (Terry) Reed & Joey Mooneyham, all of Woodbury, Sharon "Ann" Johnson of Waverly, & Pam (Terry) York of Christiana; Siblings, David Mayo, Bob (Marcia) Mayo, both of Woodbury, Teddy (Barbara) Mayo of Murfreesboro, Roy Mayo of Lebanon, & Dave Mayo, Jr. of Smithville.  13 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, & 6 Great Great Grandchildren also survive.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Mooneyham; Parents, Dave Mayo & Annie Mae Ferrell Mayo; Siblings, Howard Mayo, George Mayo, & Jean Bilbrey; and Grandson, Jeffery McNeese.
    Ms. Mooneyham was a member of the Iconium Church of Christ and was retired from Colonial Shirt Factory.  She was a sports enthusiast and loved the Tennessee Vols and the Tennessee Titans.
    Funeral Services will be 2 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Norman Pelham officiating. Interment will follow at Prater Cemetery.   Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 9 PM Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Woodbury Funeral Home.
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  • Mernell Hutchins Alexander

    Sunday, 17 June 2018

    Mernell Hutchins Alexander was born February 14, 1946 to the late Robert Milton and Mattie Lee Prater Hutchins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bobby Hutchins and J.C. Hutchins and sisters, Marie Bivens and Sharon Hollandsworth.
    She is survived by her sister, Linda Hutchins Bivens; her husband, Terry Gayle Alexander; her daughters, Sherry Alexander (Darren) Minor and Tiftonia Alexander (Randy) Hart; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Daniel, Michael, Joshua and Madeline; six great grandchildren, Jordan, Aly, Mia, Belen, Luke and Liam whom she all loved dearly.
    She adored her family and made it her mission to make them happy.  She was a member of the Sanders Fork Baptist church and a devout Christian who served her Lord and Master everywhere she went.  Nell was a seamstress in the garment industry.
    Funeral services will be 2 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Elder Roger Rhoter and Elder Randy Hart officiating.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be after 11 am Monday.
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