Mr. Rodney W. Young

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September 23, 1965 – January 12, 2019


Friday, January 18, 2019
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
at Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Family Visitation: 12:30 P.M.
Funeral Mass: 1:30 P.M.

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church
1601 North Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mr. Rodney W. Young, age 53, passed away Saturday, January 12th. Mr. Young is survived by his loving wife, Victoria Young; children, Kayla McGowan, Dominique Young and Chyra Young; one grandson, Michael John Young, II; mother, Freddie Mae Harris Young; two sisters, Denise Shaw and Jacqueline Young; nieces, Brianna and Melissa Shaw; one nephew, Randy Shaw, II; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Mother Louiza Johnson

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September 22, 1925 – January 2, 2019


Saturday, January 12, 2019
Lie In State: 10:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Cherry Grove M.B. Church
4078 Yeargan Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

It all began on September 22, 1925 when Louiza Johnson was born to the late Wash and Julia Johnson. Louiza, who was affectionately called Mother by those who knew and loved her, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the age of 93. 

Mother gave her life to the Lord Jesus at an early age.  She later united with Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church where she served faithfully in many capacities including Pastor’s Aide Treasurer and Usher board member. She was a dedicated member of the Mother Board at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, under the covering of Elder B.L. Russell until her illness.  

As our matriarch, Mother bestowed unconditional love on our family in many ways, but especially through cooking delicious meals.  She was a great Southern cook and known for her delicious homemade caramel cakes.  She fostered family togetherness and hosted Monday night dinner at her home each week for family and friends. 

Mother was a talented Upholsterer and Drapery Seamstress. She was an avid collector of dolls and one of her favorite past times was yard sale shopping.

Mother’s life work was taking care of her family. She was a hard worker who lived a full meaningful life of sacrifice, giving and serving others and would extend a helping hand to those in need. She loved children and was a doting grandmother and natural caregiver who led by beautiful example and selflessly cared for her mother Julia Johnson for many years.

Although Mother had a quiet humble nature, she was strong and the rock of our family.  She worked tirelessly taking care of everyone she loved, and she can now take her well-deserved rest.

She was preceded in eternal life by her parents; sisters, Willie, Anna, Tennie, Bertha and Elmira; brothers, Desimo, George, Thomas, James, Issac and Robert Johnson; a loving daughter, Addie Miller; and devoted son-in-law, Bobby Miller.   

Mother leaves to celebrate her life, her daughters, Ruby Akridge, Mai Miller, Shirley Mack (Samuel), Linda Johnson and Edith Uzoho; her son, Ernest Johnson; and son-in-law, George Miller. She also leaves to celebrate her life, 16 grandchildren, Valerie Richardson (Gerald), Kimberly Fletcher, Kerry Fletcher, Cynthia Allen (Ronald), Tony Bass, Tiffany Akridge (Joseph), Tamica Garner (Damone), Christopher Vaughter, Kennedy Johnson, Chidy Johnson (Malay), Kamille Henry (Terry), Chanta Harlan (Damion), Yvonne Watson (Tyree), Azikiwe Uzoho, DeAndrea Mack and Jordan Johnson; 20 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; devoted nieces, Bertha Brown and Barbara Batey; beloved sisters-in-law, Maggie Johnson and Mildred Johnson; beloved family friends, Darlene Wright, Linda Wade and Rodrick Bingham; and a host of other family & friends.

Mr. Hosea James Brown

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December 21, 1947 – December 24, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Visitation: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton Street
Murfreesboro,  Tennessee

Friday, January 4, 2019
1:00 P.M.
Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery
Pegram, Tennessee

Mr. Hosea James Brown, age 71, passed away Monday, December 24th. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Melanie Brown; one son, Hosea Brown; step children, Karen (Terrance) Spivey, Tina Goforth, Chris (Alisha) Reed, Robby Jones, Joe and Twana Malone; sister, Mary Capehart; brother, Willie (Mary) Blue; along with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Ida Cleo Merriweather

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June 11, 1926 – December 12, 2018

Memorial Service
Saturday, December 22, 2018
12:00 Noon

Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church
503 Thompkins Lane
Clarksville, Tennessee

On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 Cleo Merriweather moved ever so quietly and peacefully from a temporal life to a life of eternal peace and joy.  Life began for Cleo on Friday, June 11th, 1926 in Montgomery County.  She was born to the union of the late Rufus and Cora Majors and was blessed with eight siblings. Cleo was raised and educated in Montgomery County.

She was married to the late Frank Merriweather, Sr.  Cleo was the loving and ever supportive step-mother of Frank Merriweather, Jr.  She was a retired housekeeper, homemaker and an absolute superb cook.  Her work was a reflection of her capable, caring and warmly kind spirit.

Cleo, until her health would not allow, was a faithful and most dedicated member of the Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, TN.  Cleo shall be remembered for her dedication of service to Jesus Christ and to her fellowman.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Flossie Corley, Mildred Sallee, Dorothy Davenport and Annie Nevels; and three brothers, James Perkins, Burney Perkins and Rufus Jewell Majors.

On Wednesday, she departed this life to go home to eternal life with our Lord.  She leaves to celebrate her memory, her loving and devoted family: her great niece, Sherrell A. Bryant; great great great niece, Chase A. Young; nephew, James H. (Madalene) Skinner of Detroit, MI; sister, Mary Roach of Clarksville, TN; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Sis. Mary Louise Watson

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August 8, 1919 – December 10, 2018


Thursday, December 20, 2018
Lie In State: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Family Visitation: 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Reflection Hour: 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 6:00 P.M.

Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
2501 Buchanan Street
Nashville, Tennessee

Friday, December 21, 2018
10:00 A.M.
Hermitage Memorial Gardens
Hermitage, Tennessee

On Monday December 10, 2018, the Nashville Public Schools desegre gation icon transition to her new home in glory, quietly and without fanfare, much like her life’s journey.

Mary Watson was born to the parents of Charlie C. and Blanche Partee Wisener on August 8, 1919, in Maury County, Tennessee. Mary Louise met and married Hugh W. Watson Sr. who proceeded her in death. From this union, five children were born.

She was preceded in death by parents, Charlie C. and Blanche Partee Wisener, and siblings Loretta Waggoneer, Hattie Klein, and Anderson and Charles Wisener.

Sis. Watson accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Bass Street Baptist Church. In 1957, she moved her membership to the neighborhood church, which was Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend Felton Price.

She was an active member of the Senior Choir, Sunday School Department, Baptist Training Union, Pastor’s Guild, and the #3 Usher Board. Sis. Watson served as an usher faithfully until her health failed. She was a devoted member that supported whatever was happening at her church, whether that meant just being in attendance and/or baking those wonderful Buttermilk and Coconuts pies. She was especially fond of the Annual Male Chorus program.

Though she received a limited education in the Nashville Public School System, she became a staunch advocate of education; fighting tirelessly to support the desegregation of Nashville Public Schools in 1957. She was one of the 11 of 126 eligible families that would integrate the schools.

Despite numerous threats from her own white neighbors – that her daughter would be kidnapped and that the Watson family home would be burned, Mrs. Watson was determined to provide her daughter with the best education possible.

Mrs. Watson’s contributions to Nashville’s Civil Rights Movement were chronicled in 2009 in the late John Egerton’s article called “Walking Into History: The Beginning of School Desegregation in Nashville.” She is also enshrined in the video film, “A Child Shall Lead Them,” moderated by the late John Seigenthaler. That video is housed in the Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Room. Her many honors include the Prestigious Freedom Sister Award given by the Ford Motor Company in 2010. In 1957, Mrs. Watson and her husband were honored as Nashville Pioneers Citizens. This certificate of Appreciation was award by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and signed by Harold M. Love Sr., Chairperson.

Although challenged with rearing five children and working, she was still faithful in helping her neighbors and their children, along with countless others; she would help anyone that needed her assistance. She was also a Red Cross and Mother’s March of Dime volunteer, she worked in Voter Registration Drives and the Neighborhood Watch Program, to name a few.

Her service to others truly reflected a line from one of her favorite songs, “If I Can Help Somebody As | Travel Along, then, my Living will Not be In Vain.” Sis. Watson retired from Vanderbilt Hospital (X-Ray Department.)

She leaves to cherish her memory 5 children; Leitha (Dr. Eric) Carter, Barbara Jean Watson, Hugh W. Watson Jr., Dea. Thomas (Gwen) Watson, Rev. Charles (Cathy) Watson and devoted nephew Robert (Virginia) Wisener.

Grandchildren: Terrence Smith, Richard Carter, Richard (Terressa) Rucker, Vonyetta (Greg) Watson, LaQuinta Watson, Chauncey (Brooke) Watson, Thomas (Kendra) Watson, Hugh (Erinn) Watson, Charles Jr. (Danielle) Watson, Kashif Watson.

Great-grandchildren: Devonte Brooke, Greg Brooks, Joshua Leatherwood, Ashley Leatherwood, , Kyle Carter ,Kameron Carter, Christian Carter, Malcom Swan, Christian Rucker, Amira Senter, Aniya Senter ,Tarik Smith, Jason Hunt, Trinity Rucker, Ayanna Watson, Arianna Watson, Noah Watson, Matthias Watson, Emmanuel Watson, Azari Watson, Kolby-Rose Watson, Camden Watson, and Malachi Watson.

Great-great grandchildren: G’nya Brooks, Jada Abril.

A host of nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.

She also leaves her lifelong friends Irene Smith, Lottie White, Carrie Ranson, Verlene Robinson. Mary L. Price, and Ann Bluing.




Mr. Herbert Hoover Richard Murray

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November 30, 1928 – December 7, 2018


Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville, TN

Wednesday, December 12, 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

Hurley Sidney Richard Herbert Hoover Murray affectionately called “Richard” was born November 30, 1928 to the late Eudaly and Henrietta Garrett Murray. He entered a peaceful rest on December 7, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare Hospital.

Richard was born in Williamson County Tennessee. He attended school but only had a 5th grade education. He was needed to help support his mother and siblings as his father passed away when he was 7 years old. On December 18, 1946 he married Odesser Batts and to this union seven children were born of which Melissa Dawn and Martha Jean precede him in death. He was a farmer, a hunter, and a plant laborer, and an all-around guy who enjoyed the gift of life. His favorite pastime was eating, picking, and peddling turnip greens. Many called him the “turnip green man”.

He accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Haley Church of God, Sanctified, now known as the New Haley Church of God, Sanctified Inc. Brother Murray loved people and loved good services, especially the singing. You’d know he was in the place because he clapped his hands the loudest when he enjoyed the music. When the preaching took place, he’d always say Amen to the truth unless he was sleep.

In addition to his parents & daughters, he is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sidney and Alice Garrett; sisters, Hattie Lou, Alberta, Viola Mae, Martha, and Clara; brothers, Shelley, Ben, and Sanford “Hamp”.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory, 5 loving and devoted children, Sarah (Harold) Bean, Elaine (Robert Cecil) Johnson, Richard “Bubba” Murray, Jerry (Carolyn) Murray, and Rev. Sharon (Leon) Ogilvie; 16 loving and devoted grandchildren; a host of great and great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lillie, Ella Mae, Gladys, Agather; brothers-in-law, Burnice and Melvin, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.