Mrs. Gloria Jean Russell

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August 5, 1960 – July 10, 2018


Monday, July 16, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

Silver Springs Missionary Baptist Church
129 Mill Lane
Smyrna, Tennessee

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mrs. Gloria Jean Cheers Russell was born on August 5, 1960 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to the late Reverend James W. Cheers, Sr. and Mother Lucille Smith Cheers.

Gloria, called “Glory” by her family and friends, went home to be with God, retired from her labors here on earth on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford hospital.

Glory was educated in the Murfreesboro and Rutherford Co. School system, attending Bradley, Mitchell Neilson and Central High School.

Glory had a big kind heart of gold.  She loved giving to people and making them happy.  Every holiday or birthday, family or church, even the kids, you can look for Glory, she is coming with a gift bag.  She will be missed by her family and her church family.

She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Brandon Chapel M.B. Church under Elder Frank Brown.  She later moved her membership to Silver Springs under Pastor Moses Pope and when they ventured out to form Spring Hill M.B. Church, she joined them and remained there through the leadership of Pastor Pope and Reverend Overton, until her day God called her home, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  Glory was employed and retired from Whirlpool Corporation after many years of service.

On October 21, 1977, Gloria was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Joe Billie Russell, Sr. by Rev. Moses Pope, Pastor of Spring Hill M.B. Church.  To this union there were four children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. James and Lucille S. Cheers; siblings, John E. Smith, Mary Malone Pryor Jimmy L. Malone and Georgia McMurray.

Gloria leaves to celebrate her life, husband of 40 years, Joe Billie Russell, Sr.; one son, Joe B. Russell, Jr.; daughters, Latasha N. Russell of Nashville, TN, Chiquita (Brandon) Thomas of Pensacola, FL and Jonae (Christopher) McKinney of Murfreesboro, TN; 12 brothers & sisters, Elder James (Elder Linda) Cheers, Jerry (Elizabeth) Cheers, Sr., Johnny (Lisa) Cheers, Sr., Andre (Janice) Cheers, Larry Cheers, Rosie L. Goins, Ella B. Malone, Mattie S. Malone, Dorothy C. Owens, Rita (Jerry) King, all of Murfreesboro, TN, Ella F. Rugley of Cleveland, OH and Carolyn (Ricky) Smith, Sr. of Lebanon, TN; sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda (William) Sparkman of Arrington, TN, Patricia (Seth) Oden of Franklin, TN, John (Brenda) Russell, William (Marie) McClain, Claude McClain, all of Shelbyville, TN, Cheryl Thompson, Terri Thompson, Shirley (Carl) Patton, Jerry Thompson, all of Nashville, TN and Joe Jr (Regina) Thompson of Chapel Hill, TN; and many many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, family and the Spring Hill family.

Mrs. Annie M. Stone “Polly”

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May 26, 1926 – July 9, 2018


Saturday, July 14, 2018
Family Visitation: 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
305 Maple Street West
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Sulphur Springs Cemetery
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Annie Murtis Simpson Stone, affectionately nicknamed Polly, was born in McBurg, Tennessee on May 25, 1926 to the late Alonzo Simpson and Minnie Wright Simpson.  She was one of 11 children and all have preceded her in death except one.  She departed this life in the early hours of Monday, July 9th, 2018.

At an early age, Polly professed a hope in Christ and joined Old Haysland Missionary Baptist Church which later became the current New Haysland Missionary Baptist Church.  The evidence of her love for Christ was apparent in all she did and she served Him with her whole heart.  She served the Lord in Spirit and in Truth all the days of her life here on earth.  She was the Sunday School teacher at New Haysland for over 60 years, a member of the choir, as well as President of the Mother Board while her health allowed.  In years past, she served as corresponding secretary of the Elk River District Association for several years.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Arthur Elmore Stone on May 22, 1948.  When he went to be with the Lord in 2007, they had been married almost 59 years.  To this union three daughters were born:  Gladys, Louise, and Margaret.

During her lifetime, Polly was a hard worker who had cooked and cared for her own father and brothers after the passing of her mother during her teens.  After marrying, she was a devoted wife and loving mother to her three girls.  She worked as a domestic housekeeper, as a machine operator at Petersburg Shirt Factory, as a operator at The Shelbyville Chicken Factory, and finally as a machine operator at Cosmo lab in Lewisburg, Tennessee, from which she retired at the age of 65.  She lived a happy life and enjoyed her family, church family and friends.  Wonderful family time was had after church on Sunday’s at her home as she cooked nutritious meals for all.  She was known for her delicious fried chicken, pinto beans, and peach and blackberry cobbler.

She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Stone and daughter Louise Stone Sherrill. 

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Gladys Askins of Petersburg, TN and Margaret (Orestes) Meeks of Norcross, GA,; adopted daughter, Janice Williams (Carl) of Lorraine, OH; five grandchildren, LaTonya Askins of Murfreesboro, TN,  Mekesha Askins of Petersburg, TN,  Jodie Meeks of Johns Creek, GA/Washington, DC, Brianna Meeks of Washington, DC, and Kolby Meeks of Cary, NC; one great granddaughter, Chelsea Nobles of Murfreesboro, TN; one brother, Robert Simpson of Louisville, KY; devoted friends in Fayetteville who checked on her regularly, John Barron & sisters, Mattie Mae Edmiston, Charlotte Hawk Eddings, Sammy Hampton, Vickie Kline, Freddie McKinney, Mary Margaret Parks, Katherine Porter, her faithful Pastor and wife – Rev. Wayne Jones and his lovely wife Ann; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who cared deeply for her whether it was a visit or phone call.

Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.  -Matthew 5:4

Mr. Nathan Eugene Caruthers, Sr.

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February 14, 1956 – June 20, 2018

*Private Family Service*

Mr. Nathan Eugene Caruthers, Sr., age 62, passed away Wednesday, June 20th. He is survived by his loving wife, Diann J. Caruthers; daughters, LaTrece S. Jones and Lakesha Jenkins; sons, Nathan E. Caruthers, Jr. and Jerome Jenkins; sisters, Patricia Matlock, Lila (Dave) Brown, Cathy and Tanya Walton; mother, Jimmie Walton; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

I cried when you passed away,
I still cry today.
Although I loved you dearly,
I couldn’t make you stay.
Your golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest,
GOD broke my heart to prove to me
He only takes the best.

Mrs. Donna Alaine Johnson Wright


November 11, 1962 – June 6, 2018

Memorial Service
Saturday, June 16, 2018
9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Barfield Park – Pavilion #5
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mrs. Donna Alaine Johnson Wright, age 55, passed away Wednesday, June 6th. She is survived by her husband, Victor Wright; children, Shermila Renee, Tamira (Justin) Smith, Vincent (Jennifer) Wright and Jared (Bridgett) Wright; brothers, John Johnson, Jr., Darryl (Rachel) Johnson, Timothy and Marty Johnson; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Ms. Mary Bivens

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July 7, 1945 – May 7, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Mary Yvonne Bivens age 72, was born on July 7, 1945 in Wartrace, TN. She went home to be with our Lord and Savior on May 7, 2018 at St Thomas Rutherford Hospital after a short illness.

She accepted Christ at an early age. She attended East Cedar Street until they moved to Bird Street. She was a faithful member until she became ill.

She worked at Model Sportswear for 15 years and Calsonic for 22 years where she retired in 2006. She enjoyed life, family and friends. She especially loved her Lays plain potato chips, Coca-Cola and word puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Wells and Lorene Richardson; one brother, Ray Wells; and only sister, Teresa McClain.

Mary will be sadly missed by her only daughter, Ronetta (James) Wilson of Murfreesboro, TN; grandson, Terrence (Latasha) Bivens of Shelbyville, TN; four brothers, Ron (Dora) Wells of Murfreesboro, TN, Richard (Manila) Wells, Randy (Gail) Wells and Russell (Tonya) Wells all of Shelbyville, TN; one brother-in-law, Clifford McClain, Jr. of Shelbyville, TN; one great-granddaughter, Amyiah Kenney; adopted grandson, Christopher Rippy, of Shelbyville, TN; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special group of ladies, June Taylor, Martha Anderson, Sammie Johnson and Elaine Johnson.

Mr. Robert W. Biggers, Sr.


September 8, 1941 – May 7, 2018


Friday, May 11, 2018
Visitation & Masonic: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville, TN

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Rays Family Cemetery
Unionville, Tennessee

Robert Wendell Biggers Sr. was born on September 8, 1941 to the late Willie Lee Sr. and Myrtis Biggers in Unionville, Tn. He left this earthly life on May 7, 2018 in Shelbyville, Tn. He will be greatly missed by all.

Robert was educated at the Bedford County Training School and received his GED from Motlow State Community College. Robert worked at Sears Company as a much-loved salesman for over 20 years. He went on to work at the Shelbyville Housing Authority as a maintenance supervisor until retirement.

Robert accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He was a faithful member of Bird Street Church of Christ until his passing. He served in many capacities at the church.

Robert was a devoted member of Charity Lodge No. 82 in Central District 18. He was also a member of the Grand Lodge and served many years as the Grand Pursuivant Emeritus. In the past he held the title of Grand Master, Commander-in- Chief, Secretary to the Deputy of the Orient of Tennessee, and District 18 Treasurer. He was previously a member of the Eastern Star Rebecca 34.

In his free time Robert enjoyed fishing, yard work, hunting, repairing things, and spending time with family.

Robert was preceded in death by his sisters Katherine Biggers and Sammie Frazier, brothers-in-law Ira Taylor and John D. Harrison and sisters-in-law Rose Wiley and Vera Biggers.

“Pops” as he was affectionately known by his family, leaves to mourn his loving wife of 54 years, Chearldean Biggers; devoted son, Robert (Carolyn) Biggers Jr.; dedicated daughters, Carman Biggers and Carla (John) Kennerly; loving grandchildren, Ryan Biggers, Camille Biggers, Jared Bell, Erica Kennerly and JaVon Kennerly; a host of great grandchildren; siblings, Willie (Edith) Biggers Jr., Harold Biggers, Annie Ruth Harrison, Dorothy Jean (John) Brown, Joanne (Harold) Bryant, Larry (Naomi) Biggers, Doyle (Cynthia) Biggers and Gail (Skip) Johnson; sisters-in-law, Darlene J. Taylor and Vera Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Herschel Greene Woods, II

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January 15, 1949 – April 20, 2018


Sunday, April 29, 2018
Lie In State: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Family Visitation: 3:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 4:00 P.M.

Oaklands Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church
711 North Maney Avenue
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Herschel Greene Woods, II, departed this earthly life on April 20, 2018, at his home, after a brave and valiant struggle with his health.  Herschel, affectionately known as “Boo,” was born on January 15, 1949, to Mattie Octavia Woods and Herschel Greene Woods, Sr., in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

Herschel’s early years of education began at Bradley Elementary School.  He attended Holloway High School for two years where he played football for the Holloway Trojans.  In his junior year, he transferred to Oakwood Academy in Huntsville, Alabama graduating in 1967. He attended Middle Tennessee State University for approximately two years.  In addition, he completed the Rutherford County Hospital Medical Technology Program.  Herschel worked as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician at Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Mid-Cumberland Medical Laboratories, and Research Solvent and Chemicals.  

After several years of working in the laboratory career field, Herschel’s interest changed. His uncanny ability for retail sales placed him as one of the top automotive salespersons in the Middle Tennessee area receiving numerous awards, accolades, and recognitions.  He demonstrated this ability working for Warren Motor Company, Quality Motors, Neil Sadler Buick, and Alexander Ford. 

In 1999, Herschel developed a liking for computer technology and completed a certification in computer repair and worked in that field until his health began to fail.

At an early age, Herschel attended Allen Chapel AME church and was later baptized into the Oaklands Park Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Herschel took great pride in his culinary skills and preparing his special dish, fried chicken.  There was nothing Herschel liked better than sharing a good story with family and friends, particularly his granddaughters, Kami and Kenya.  He could have an engaging conversation with anyone.

It goes without saying, Herschel, was well loved and cherished by those who knew him.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Woods; father, Herschel Greene Woods, Sr; stepfather, James H. Dunston, Sr; and brother in law, Jessie Robinson.

His precious memories will forever be treasured by his devoted son and daughter; Herschel Greene Woods, III, and Herneaschia Greene’ Woods both of Murfreesboro; and his loving grandchildren, Kami Karylayah Bruton, Kenya Olivia Woods, Alyssa L. Wilkerson, and Jadelyn Goff.  He is survived by his loving mother, Mattie Woods Dunston of Murfreesboro; one sister, Marilyn Woods-Robinson of Murfreesboro; two brothers, Frederick (Hope) Woods of Glenn Dale, MD and Collier L. Woods, of Murfreesboro; two aunts, Florence (Preston) Taylor of Nashville, and Barbara (Roy) Alexander of Murfreesboro;  devoted cousins, Sandra Brookes of Murfreesboro, Brenda (Gerald) Singleton, of Nashville; George (Annie) Woods, of Nashville, Deborah (Lee) Harris, of Columbia, MD, and Collier R. (Anjeli) Woods, Jr, of Tallahassee , FL; special friends, James Puckett, Jerry Newsome, Jackie Sanford, and Mary K. Newman, all of Murfreesboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he dearly loved.