Miss. Mary Washington Gray

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January 26, 1913 – February 14, 2017

Services

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lie In State: 2:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb Street, Shelbyville, TN

Friday, February 17, 2017
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 A.M.

St. William of Montevergine Catholic Church
500 South Brittain Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Miss Mary Washington Gray transitioned from this earthly life to a Heavenly life on February 14th, 2017.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew E. and Lucinda J. Washington Gray, and a brother Thomas Joseph Gray.

Both of Mary’s parents were teachers and is why Mary developed a love for being a teacher.  Mary attended the Hardin County School System, where she graduated from high school and then worked there as a substitute teacher.  She later attended Tennessee A&I College and received her Bachelor of Science degree and became a teacher in the Harding County School System, the very school from which she graduated.

Mary later moved to Bedford County, after being offered a job by Sydney Harris to teach in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.  He later offered her a position to take over his wife’s music class and she accepted with pleasure, as she loved music.  She spent a few years there and was later offered a position as English teacher at Bedford County Training School (BCTS).  Later returned to school and received her Masters of Science degree in 1963.  She was the first African-American teacher to be moved during desegregation.

Mary also worked as a teacher, in education, for nearly 40 years, including Dunbar High School in Savannah, Tenn, BCTS, Harris High School, Wartrace High School from 1966 to 1972, and retiring from the Cascade High School in 1975.

A group of retired teachers threw a retirement lunch party, for Mary, at Legends of Shelbyville, on Monday, January 27th, 2014.   A person’s 100th birthday does not come around too often — once in a lifetime — so the event should be celebrated.  Her 100th birthday was on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

The staff at Wartrace, were very nice when she went to work there in 1966, Mary said.  “She was a great lady to work with,” said Hal Skelton, who was principal at the time.  Mary taught senior English and was one of two African-American teachers at the school at the time, an era that included desegregation, Hal said.  Wartrace and Bell Buckle High Schools merged in 1972 when Cascade High School opened, Hal said, and Mary transferred to the new school.  She retired from teaching in 1975.

Mary also spent decades at another venture; as a hospital volunteer.

She retired in 2008 from her volunteer role after 32 years, most of which were spent as a Bedford County Medical Center “Pink Lady.”  Mary was the hospital’s longest-serving volunteer.

Mary loved reading the newspaper from front to back and she often shared her knowledge and experiences of her travels to Chicago, Germany, Russia, and France.

Doing what she always taught, she would say, “Enjoy your mind and you will enjoy your life.”

She is survived by her cousin, Douglas Washington and goddaughter and devoted friend, Mildred Thompson.

Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher

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December 1, 1944 – Saturday, February 4, 2017

Service

Friday, February 10, 2017
Public Viewing: 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

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

Interment
Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher was born on December 1, 1944 to the late W. Clifford and Sue J. Fletcher.  At age 72, she passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017. 

Evelyn lived in Chicago at one point in her life.  She was a great seamstress, helped those she came across, fed the homeless and was liked by the young and elderly.  She was Mother Evelyn Fletcher in Christ and led all of her siblings to Christ.

Evelyn was preceded in death by Walton Womack, Sr.; parents, Sue J. Fletcher and W. Clifford Fletcher; sisters, Mildred Sue Turner and Wilma Henderson; brothers, twin Elbert Fletcher and William C. Fletcher, Jr.

She is survived by one daughter, Euris Womack; four sons, Walton, Irving, Byron and Joshua Womack; five sisters, Betty Cooper, Gloria Lane, Ruby Butler, Dorothy Foster and Barbara Benita Allen; six grandchildren, Alicia Womack, Searra Lathom, Lazzarus Womack, David Womack, Joshua Womack, Jr., and Justin Womack; one great grandchild, Aniya Crumpton; along with a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Gladys Malone

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July 22, 1944 – January 26, 2017

Services

Friday, February 3, 2017
Public Viewing: 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St, Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Hickory Grove M.B.C.
5209 West Jefferson Pike
Smyrna, Tennessee

Interment
Hickory Grove Cemetery
Smyrna,  Tennessee

Gladys Wilkerson Malone was born on July 22, 1944.  She entered peacefully into rest at St. Thomas Hospital, Murfreesboro, on January 26, 2017.

She was born the third child to the late Jim Haley and Mary Ella Malone.  She was educated in the Rutherford City School System.

Gladys professed and accepted Christ at an early age at Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Charlie Hope.  She was a Mother on the Mother Board. She retired from Mayfield Rehab Center. She loved fishing, cooking and caring for children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Lee Wilkerson; one brother, Jim Haley Malone, Jr.; and one sister, Gracie Mai Sanders.

Gladys leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Randall (Mitzi) Malone, Theo Starks and Rachie Wilkerson; four grandchildren, Randall (Stephanie) Malone, Jr., Paige (Kecee) Malone, Ra’mareia and Amarionna; six great grandchildren, Amyiah, Alayla, Kortez, Queen, Keeley and Kash; aunts, Evelyn Walton and Anna Mae Gregory; six sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; four nieces; five nephews; a devoted niece Gloria Sanders; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. A mother’s hand in the care of Tiffany McCord, E.J. Majors, Jarvis Hicks, Rickee Roper and Tamosa Wilkerson

Mr. Thomas David Fletcher McGill

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May 9, 1941 – January 9, 2017

Services

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Public Viewing: 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St, Murfreesboro, TN

Friday, January 13, 2017
Lie In State: 11:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

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

Internment
Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Mr. Thomas David McGill Fletcher, age 75, passed away Monday, January 9th at his residence. Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife, Juanita McGill; children, David Eugene Fletcher, Reginald (Carmen) Fletcher and Kimberly Elaine Fletcher; sisters, Eloise (Robert) Bishop, Harrietta Whitaker, Fannie Covington, Linda Faye Phillips, Mary Louise Fletcher, Dawn Fletcher, Debra Fletcher and Opal Mai Fletcher; brothers, Harry (Bessie) Fletcher, Jessie (Janice) Fletcher, James (Victoria) Fletcher, Charles, T. Howard (Shirley), Robert (Elizabeth) Edward and David (Latoya) Fletcher; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. George Marion Greer

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June 28, 1953 – January 1, 2017

Services

Friday, January 6, 2017
Public Viewing: 4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville, TN

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Belfast, Tennessee

George Marion Greer was born June 28, 1953 to the late R.G. and Josephine Greer.  He was also preceded in death by his brother Leo E. Long, Jr. and sister Jeanetta Moore.

George was baptized into Christ at an early age and was a member of the Bird St Church of Christ.  With a passion for singing, George was well known throughout the Churches of Christ.

George will be forever remembered when you hear the song, “Mansion, Robe and Crown,” that became his signature song.

In the early morning hours at Vanderbilt University Hospital on January 1, 2017, George went to receive his Mansion, Robe and Crown.

He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

George will be remembered in the hearts of many including nieces, Naima Teresa Major of Atlanta, GA and Stephanie Robinson of Lewisburg, TN; nephew, Ronald C. Gentry of Chicago, IL; and great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Harold “Peter” Lee Johnson

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August 13, 1939 – December 23, 2016

Service

Thursday, December 29, 2016
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

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

Interment
Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Harold Lee Johnson, commonly known as “Peter”, was born August 13, 1939 to the late Frank and Delida Johnson.  He left this earthly life Friday, December 23, 2016 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Peter was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN and worked at Samsonite for many years.

He was preceded in death by father Frank Johnson, mother Delida Johnson and sister Stella B. Hailey.

Peter leaves to cherish his memories, four sisters, devoted sister Maybell, Regina, Brenda and Zonna Johnson; six brothers, Clinton, Clifton, Ronnie, Kenneth Lee, Joe and Larry Johnson; one uncle, Acie Lawrence; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.