Mr. Steven Winthrop Johnson

December 20, 1953 – November 19, 2020

Service

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.

Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

Held at

Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel

824 Lipscomb Street

Shelbyville, Tennessee

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Interment

Willow Mount Cemetery

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Deron Andre’ Nelson

December 4, 1982 – November 19, 2020

Services

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lie In State: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Held at

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

448 East Burton Street

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Family Visitation: 10:30 A.M.

Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Held at

Hwy 231 Church of Christ

4331 Shelbyville Hwy

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

**Maximum of 100 people will be allowed in the Sanctuary, there will also be limited seating available in the Fellowship Hall**

**Funeral Service for

Deron Andre’ Nelson

will be available via Facebook Live

at 11:00 A.M.

by going to one of the following links…

(3) Sand Hill Coc | Facebook

(3) Carmack Boulevard Church | Facebook

(3) Hwy 231 South Church of Christ | Facebook

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Interment

Lovvorn Cemetery

987 Barfield Cresent Road

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Deron Andre’ Nelson possessed an incredible personality which made a lasting impact on everyone who met him. Deron was a young man with extraordinary confidence, never met a stranger and didn’t allow any situation to intimidate him. He believed in himself and his ability to accomplish his dreams, aspirations and any goal he could imagine. 

Deron loved the Lord and gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was a faithful member of the Sand Hill Church of Christ & served as a committed encourager of the Word of God. Those who spent time with him would tell you he was running from his calling to proclaim God’s Word. He would often share messages he had listened to or viewed presenting the preaching points with others who needed encouragement. As he matured in the Word he would challenge himself and others to be more committed to the work of ministry.

Deron was a graduate of Riverdale High School and a constant learner. Prior to graduating high school he began     flexing his entrepreneurial muscle by starting a business detailing and washing cars which was his passion. This passion began with washing cars while people would get their haircuts, later moved to a mobile detail until eventually evolving into both a permanent location in South Murfreesboro and a mobile unit. Deron had a gift of conversing and moving in a variety of circles creating a diverse clientele which fueled the success of the business.  

Deron loved his family and leaves to cherish his memory his loving parents, Albert & Judy Nelson, who nurtured and cared for him as he faced issues with his health. Deron would share with his parents how much he appreciated them taking him to appointments, cooking all his favorite meals and loving him unconditionally. Deron was their premature miracle baby born at 2lbs 4oz with his vital organs on the opposite side but grew into an amazing young man with gifts, talents & abilities too numerous to mention.

Deron will be missed by his three brothers Demetrius, Detrick & Brandon, their wives Shounika, Sherrill & Kim who he simply called his sisters and his niece and nephews, Andrew, Alexis, Aiden, Kaylib & Bradyn who affectionately referred to him as Uncle Ron. Deron was truly the baby brother of the family in every sense of the word. He was loved faithfully, protected from those who would do him harm, encouraged to be the best version of himself, corrected when he was wrong and covered constantly in prayer. Deron will always hold a special place in each of our lives and it is hard to imagine living without him.

Deron also leaves behind a host of aunts and uncles who loved their nephew George Miller, Kaye (Marvin) Crocker, Tony (Lynn) Miller, Anita McAdoo, Tommy (Betty) Nelson, Sarah (Jerry) Holman, George (Vanessa) Nelson, William (Marie) Nelson, Clarence (Debra) Nelson, Pleas (Jenee) Nelson & Gertrude Shannon. 

Deron had so many friends and people who loved him. Without mentioning each of you we want to say thank you for your friendship and love. If you prepared him a meal, made sure he took his medication, visited him in the hospital, made sure the doctors and nurses took excellent care of him and let them know he had family & friends who loved him, picked him up just to hang out, called him or took his phone call. Whatever acts of kindness you showed thank you for making our son, brother and uncle’s life richer.  A special thank you to Kendrick  Norman & Breiana Green for all your selfless acts of love shown to Deron each and every day.

Mr. Augusta Hathaway, Jr.

December 13, 1953 – November 19, 2020

Service

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon

Held at

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

448 East Burton Street

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Graveside Service: 1:00 P.M.

Evergreen Cemetery

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mrs. Dorothy J. Brown

September 19, 1933 – November 9, 2020

Services

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Visitation: 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Held at

Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel

823 Lipscomb Street

Shelbyville, Tennessee

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Graveside Service: 1:00 P.M.

Hillcrest Cemetery

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Born and raised in Unionville, TN on September 19, 1933 to the late Willie Lee and Myrtis Biggers.  Upon moving to Shelbyville after marrying, the family enjoyed life which bore children.

Mother Brown was married to Pastor John E. Brown, Sr. for 56 years.  During this period, she served as First Lady at Mt. Olive MBC, where Rev. Brown serves as Pastor for the last 37 years.  She has always referred to Brandon Chapel MBC as her home church.

Besides mom, the most affectionate terms of endearment she enjoyed were “Aunt Jean” and “Ms. Jean.”  While residing on East Cedar Street and employed at First Christian Day Care Center, she touched, watched and supported the lives of so many children.  To this day, many children retain numerous memories of her and the culinary skills.

Mom loved to have lots of flowers planted around the house, thanks to the efforts of Naomi and Larry.  She also loved the company of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her son, Rev. John E. Brown, Jr.; grandson, James R. Pointer; granddaughter-in-law, Lisa M. Pointer; sisters, Katherine Biggers and Sammie Frazier; brother, Robert Biggers, Sr.; mother-in-law, Priscilla Brown; sisters-in-law, Ernestine Johnson and Vera Biggers.

Dorothy leaves the following to cherish memories, devoted husband, Pastor John Brown, Sr.; loving and grateful daughters, Vivian “Vickki” (Tony, Sr.) Cornish and Janice “Jackie” (Warren) Evans; grandsons, Maxmillion (Hannah) Pointer and Isaiah Brown;  

granddaughter, Donavan Brown; step-grandchildren, Adaira & Kennedy Harrison, Charles Crockett and Emanuel Brown; great-grands, Jeremi, Mathew, Camron, Rayne and Skyy; daughter-in-law, Gracen Harrison Brown;  siblings, Anne Ruth Harrison, Willie Biggers, Harold Biggers, JoAnn (Harold) Bryant, Larry (Naomi) Biggers, Doyle (Cynthia) Biggers and Carolyn Gail (James) Johnson; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; sister-in-law, Chearldenn Biggers; devoted friend, Inez Young; goddaughter, Robin Davis; godson, Stanley High, Jr.; neighbor’s daughters, Carolyn Goodman, Joyce Dawson and Selene Banks.

Mr. Antonio Gonzalez Hernandez

April 28, 1976 – November 8, 2020

Service

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Public Viewing: 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Family Visitation: 9:30 A.M.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M.

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All Services held at

Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel

824 Lipscomb Street

Shelbyville, Tennessee

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Interment

Willow Mount Cemetery

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Renee Michelle Crenshaw

December 3, 1953 – November 2, 2020

Memorial Service

Friday, November 6, 2020

11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

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Held at

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

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In lieu of flowers, please donate to

The Bethlehem Center 200 W. 38th St.

Chattanooga, TN 37410

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Join the Zoom Meeting Link

at 1:00 P.M. to view

Renee’s Homegoing Celebration

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87914326972?pwd=UnFTREE5eWdoejZHdGg1VXRYMk1qUT09

Renee Michele Crenshaw was born in Chattanooga Tennessee on December 3, 1953.  She was more than 2 months premature, weighing under 3 pounds, and her prognosis was not good.  Her mother, Mary Crenshaw, traveled to the hospital every day for two months to visit the tiny infant.  Due to the determined attention of a particular nurse, remembered in prayer for decades by her family, little Renee finally came home to her father, Seth Crenshaw, and her grandparents, Seth and Rev. Sallie Crenshaw.

Renee thrived living next door to her grandparents and attending her grandmother’s church and public school.  At the age of 9, she moved to Detroit with her mother and younger sister, Terrie, and near her maternal grandparents, Mabel and Forest Mathis.  By this time, her musical talent had become apparent, and she started piano lessons.  Throughout her life, her ability to instantly play any music she heard, even if she only heard an out of tune hummed version, was astounding.  Her singing voice was appreciated at social events and at the Swedenborgian Church and church camp the family attended. 

After graduating from Beaubien Junior High and Mumford High, where she proudly served in the marching band, Renee attended Morris Brown College.  Never a serious student, but always a serious socializer, Renee had a wonderful experience there.  After receiving her AA degree, she enrolled at Peabody College in Nashville, where distractions abounded.  Renee found a church family and a future husband, Pastor Robert Gardner, in the Murfreesboro area, and settled down for good.

As a teacher’s assistant in the Rutherford County School District, Renee was beloved by many children and her colleagues.  When she lost her only daughter Audrey to stillbirth, it was one of the great sorrows of her life.  She went on to work for many years as a medical administrator at the VA Hospital, loving her job and the opportunity to help others.  In her part time position at Walmart, she made the acquaintance of droves of people; she remembered all of them, and it seems that all of them remembered her as well, as was apparent anytime she went out in public.  Her church families, Hey Mustard Seed Ministry, and later the True Divine Church led by Pastor Rufus Horton, enjoyed her musical talents weekly, and supported her in many substantial ways.  Her volunteer work bringing music to nursing homes is remembered by many.

Renee was a lifelong churchgoer and deeply spiritual person.  She was a gospel music enthusiast who sang beautifully and composed her own original songs, some of which have been included in hymnals of other churches.  She loved collecting cookbooks and cooking delicious meals for friends and family.  She also encouraged others through her newsletter and later blog, “The Joybringer”.  Even while bedridden, she did what she could to spread God’s Word.  In her business, ‘Renee’s Renditions’, she brought original tribute songs and poems to many a celebration.

Renee transitioned peacefully from this world on Monday, November 2, 2020 after a long illness.  She leaves to cherish her memory a loving sister, Terrie Crenshaw, two nephews, Nelson and Clark Koskela, many close sisterfriends including Kim Mobley, Toni Curtis, and Toni Syler and others, many close cousins including the Taylors, Wooldridges, Sawyers, and Youngs, and her church family at the True Divine Church.  She will also be remembered by her former colleagues at the VA hospital, Walmart, and the Rutherford County School District;  the beneficiaries of her volunteer work at AARP, NHC, and other nursing homes, the Bethlehem Center, and her former church family, Hey Mustard Seed Ministry.

Renee’s last words were a declaration that she was at peace and looking forward to being with Jesus. She wanted to let us know that we were not to grieve for her, but to rejoice.

Lasonya Kaye Armstrong

November 4, 1970 – November 2, 2020

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 7, 2020

10:00 A.M.

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Held at

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Lasonya Kaye Armstrong born November 4th, 1970. She departed this life November 2, 2020.

She was born in Columbia, Tennessee. She and her mother moved to Nashville in 1971. She was educated in the Nashville Metro School District. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1986. She attended Nashville Tech and received her license to become a Phlebotomist. She worked in that field for four years. She had a long work history and hard labor especially. Even during her illness, she continued to work. She sometimes would go to work before or after treatment. She was a very loving and kind person.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories two sons, Christopher (Nicole) Armstrong of Nashville, TN and Michael Armstrong of Atlanta, GA; mother, Addie (Carl) Parrish of Nashville, TN; father, Willie Armstrong of Columbia, TN; two brothers, Robert (Emily) Gray of Nashville, TN and Timothy Gray of Owensboro, KY; two devoted aunts, Eva Neal of Franklin, TN and Mary Gray of Nashville, TN; two very devoted friends, Rochelle Carney and Keller Thompson; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Hattie Mai Rankins

June 5, 1944 – October 29, 2020

Service

Friday, November 6, 2020

Public Viewing: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Held at

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

448 East Burton Street

Murfreesboro, TN

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Graveside Service: 1:00 P.M.

Pinecrest Memorial Gardens

2391 Nashville Hwy, Columbia, TN

Hattie Mai Rankins was born on June 5th, 1944 in Hampshire, Tennessee, to the late Elder George and Lettie Witherspoon Davis.  She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age.  She was a graduate of Clarke High School. She enjoyed cooking, singing and spending time with her family. She was a member of Bellafant Tabernacle in Columbia, TN. She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Elder John Ira Rankins.    

Hattie Mai Rankins made her transition peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lettie Frances Davis and Mary Elizabeth Dudley; two brothers, George Henry Davis and James Odis Davis; and brother-in-law, Leland Webster.  

She leaves to cherish her memory one loving sister, Annie Martha Webster of Mt. Pleasant, TN; brother-in-law, Charles Dudley of Spring Hill, TN; many children she loved as her own, Timothy Johnson, Tabitha Bass, Stephanie Monroe, Ira Rankins, Warren Dudley (devoted nephew and caregiver), Debbria (Richard) English, Catherine Chambers, Georgia (Eric) Arms, Selicia (Daryl) Dawson, Cindy (Sean) McCann, Randall (Betsey)Webster, Jeffrey Webster, Charles A. Dudley, Kathy Settles, Emma (John) North, Michelle Brown, Marilyn (Chris) Frierson, Lynn Ferguson, Christopher (LaToya) Davis, Sherry Harvell, George Davis, Jacqueline Davis, Sheila (Everette) Patton and Warren (Tena) Davis; and host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.