Mrs. Ruby Gregory Millner


October 7, 1924 – April 7, 2018


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Public Viewing: 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.

Forest Hill – East
2440 Whitten Road
Memphis, TN  38133

Forest Hill – Midtown
1661 S. Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN  38106

Mr. McClain Rucker

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January 23, 1923 – March 21, 2018


Friday, March 30, 2018
Public Viewing 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Sims Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

McClain Rucker was born January 23, 1923 to the late Leonard and Jessie McClain Rucker in Rutherford Co. Tennessee. He departed this life on March 21, 2018   following a lengthy illness.

Preceding in death were five brothers, Leonard, Jr., Elbert (Eb), Ralph, Ellis and Sylvester; two sisters, Marie and Isabell.

He is survived by his devoted wife Tennie Mae Sims Rucker of 69 years.  No children were added to this union.

He attended the Rutherford Co. school system and thereafter did military service in the Army stationed in Germany, fighting in World War II and received medals and certificates.

Mac as he was fondly called by neighbors and friends in the Unionville and Halls Mill community, was a farmer and enjoyed raising cattle, planting crops and just talking about his tractors.  He was employed by Jensens Inc. and by the US Rubber Mill (Uniroyal) in Shelbyville, TN

McClain obeyed the gospel by being baptized into Christ under the ministry of Bro. Anthony R. Booker at the Bird St. Church of Christ and attended regularly until failing health over took him.

In addition to his loving wife Tennie, he leaves to cherish his memory one aunt, Callie McClain; two brothers-in-law, Arbra Sims and George Hampton; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Sims, Vinnie Rucker and Christine Sims; a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins, devoted cousins Johnnie G. and Doris Smith, other devoted relatives and friends too numerous to number or name but, he loved each life that he touched in his own special way. He will be sadly missed by many.

Mr. Johnny Tharron Moss

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May 31, 1966 – March 12, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

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

Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mr. Johnny Tharron Moss, Sr. was born May 31, 1966 to the late William and Vivian Moss. He left this earthly life on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Johnny and Katrina were 9th grade high school sweethearts and they both graduated in 1984 from Cooley High School in Detroit, Michigan. He also, attended Wayne State University where he majored in Accounting.  He worked for over 20 years in the Retail Management arena. He enjoyed cooking, making music and dancing. During his time in high school he was known as one of the “Greatest Dancers” to participate in the talent shows. He also, created a CD in 2005 titled “Reflections”.  He was a loving Husband, father, grandfather and friend. People all around loved him for his kind, patient spirit and warm heart.

Johnny was preceded in death by his sister, Billie Sweet.

Johnny Tharron Moss, Sr. is survived by his loving wife, Katrina Moss; one daughter, Jazmyn Moss; two sons, Johnny Moss Jr., and Justin Moss; two sisters, Shannon Moss-Bennett and Jeriesha Wilkerson; one brother, Reggie Upshaw and one sister-in-law Shea Upshaw; two brother-in-law David Bennett and Anthony Enoex grandchildren, Jalen, Justin Jr., Julian and Juliana Moss; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Eddie Bee Appleton, Sr.

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 September 1, 1938 – March 9, 2018


Friday, March 16, 2018
Public Viewing: 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Family Visitation 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Living Truth Christian Center
102 Ridley Street
Smyrna, Tennessee

Greenwood Cemetery
Nashville, Tennessee

Eddie Bee Appleton was born on September 1, 1938, to the late and hard-working parents Lula Bell McDonald and Edgar Appleton in a very small town called Bethel.  He was preceded in death by his son, Eddie Junior, and siblings Corine Shook, Pearline Starks, Willie “Boot” Appleton, Joe Dee Appleton, and two of the triplets, Etha Mae Coffey and Otha Gaye Appleton. 

Eddie transitioned from this life early Friday morning, March 9, 2018, at 79 years of age.

He grew up in a large family, farming and ranching in the hollows of mid-south Tennessee, just on the Tennessee/Alabama state line.  In fact, it is still unclear in just which state he was actually born.  He was educated in the Giles County, Tennessee school system.

Upon moving to Nashville, he landed a job at Bridgestone.  Due to the strong work ethics instilled in him by his parents, he worked proudly and hard at Bridgestone, mostly on the night shift.  There, he made several good friends, including Cecil Parrish.  He retired from Bridgestone after 32 years of loyal service.

It was on September 14, 2002, that Eddie and Marion literally “jumped the broom” in marriage in Smyrna, Tennessee.  She immediately became a beloved part of his extended family, enjoying drives down I-65 to spend weekends down in the country visiting his kinfolks.  With that union also came all of Marion’s family – her children, her grandchildren and her siblings – and quickly a deep, mutual love grew between Eddie and Marion’s family.  It was his great-granddaughter Grace who simply stole Eddie Bee’s heart.  He listened to Grace when no one else could get him to listen.  As a toddler, she lovingly gave him the name “Bomber.” No one really knows why, but the name just stuck.

A fun-loving man, Eddie was always the life of the party.  He was always a pleasure to talk to.  He could cut a rug on the dance floor, crack a joke to make the whole room laugh, play a mean hand of spades and enjoyed an evening of dominoes with his son, Quinton.  He could get serious, too.  Never did he allow that old stutter of his to stop him from saying what needed to be said.  Though limited in education, he was a man full of wisdom.  Many people, young and old, opened their hearts to him, turning to him for advice.  Not only generous with wisdom, he was also generous in spirit.  If you are here today and reading this, he probably touched you in some way during your lifetime, too.

He could fix nearly anything around the house, had a vast knowledge of cars and an extensive collection of tools…and baseball caps.  He also had a riding mower which really excited him.  He professed a hope in Christ and as an active member at Word of Life Family Worship Center, he really enjoyed riding around on his mower to cut the grass at the Church.  He was also a trustee and attended many business meetings at the Church.

“Bomber” never did learn to cook, so he especially loved Marion’s down-home cooking.  However, he didn’t mind having a simple bowl of “flakes” (Corn Flakes) for dinner.

Eddie enjoyed traveling, especially in his younger years.  As he became more “seasoned,” he could often be found sitting in the garage listening to the radio, feeding the cats and birds that lived in the woods nearby and visiting with dear family and friends that often stopped by just to chat.

If you happen to tune in to Judge Judy, think of our dearly departed Eddie Bee Appleton.  That was his favorite show.

He leaves to cherish his memory an adoring, doting and devoted wife, Marion Althea Appleton; children, Quinton (Trina) Crawford Sr. and Earl Crawford, Antoinette (Kevin) Norfleet and Anthony Cannon; siblings: older brother, Clifford Appleton of Prospect, Tennessee; younger sister, Audrey, the last of the triplets who was faithfully by his side during all of his surgeries and sicknesses (George) Grigsby of Houston, Texas; and baby brother, William “Lump” (Barbara) Appleton of Pulaski, Tennessee. Grandchildren: Quinton Crawford Jr., Theron Cannon, Tyrone Stroble, Donovan and Dallas Norfleet.  Sisters-in-law Sophia Clark (whom he called nearly every day) and Polly Johnson (whom he jokingly said always brought him too much food), both of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and brothers-in-law Casey Clark (Joyce) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Jackie (Mary) Hailey of Prospect, Tennessee.  Mr. Appleton also leaves the apple of his eye, his 12-year-old great-granddaughter, Tierney Grace Cannon, her grandmother, Tina Stroble; his daughter-like niece from Houston, “Denise the niece;” the long-time friend who adopted him as a second father, Cindy Shanklin; his Friday night card buddies, Andrew Taylor, Dorothy Smith, his two girlfriends, Bernice Floyd and Kitty King; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.