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.

Mother Willie Margaret Johnson

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August 5, 1922 – January 15, 2016

Services
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Public Viewing: 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St, Shelbyville, TN

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Brandon Chapel Missionary Baptist Chruch
9731 Shelbyville Pike
Bell Buckle, Tennessee

Interment
Mt. Ararat Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Mother Willie Margaret Johnson was born Saturday, August 5, 1922 to the late Willie McCroskey and Jodie Frazier and she left this earthly life on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville, TN.

Mother Margaret was educated in the Bedford County School System at Guys Gap School.

She was preceded in death by two children, Haggard N. Johnson, Jr. and Brenda Kay Johnson; five brothers, Clemons, James, J.W., Donald and Samuel McCroskey; and two sisters, Allene Brown and Ethel Freeman Johnson.

Mother Margaret leaves to cherish her loving memories, one son, Charles Johnson; two daughters, Dorothy Smith and Helen Springs; two brothers, Thomas McCroskey and Howard (Sara) McCroskey; twelve grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; devoted family members, Justus, Maurice and Nicole Johnson; and many other relatives and friends.

Deacon Isaac Newton Phillips, Jr.

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September 1, 1947 – January 9, 2016

Service
Friday, January 15, 2016
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Progressive Primitive Baptist Church
6421 Baker Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Howse Cemetery
6008 Baker Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Deacon Isaac Newton Phillips Jr. was born September 1, 1947 to the late Deacon Newt and Mother Bessie Phillips in Rutherford County. He transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on January 9th, 2016.

At an early age, he united with the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN where he served as a Junior Usher. He later moved his membership to the Little Hope Mission Church (now known as Progressive Primitive Baptist Church) under the pastorship of the founder, the late Elder Johnnie E. Taylor, where he served as a deacon, trustee, assistant treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, adult Sunday School Teacher, and member of the Senior Ministry. He was elected Treasurer in 1987 and became Chairman of the Deacon Board in 1996. Deacon Phillips was a registered member of Cumberland Association of Primitive Baptist and the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA. He served faithfully until his death.

Deacon Phillips was a 1965 graduate of Holloway High School, Murfreesboro, TN and he attended Tennessee State University and Draughons Business College, Nashville, TN. He was drafted in the United States Army in 1966 and received honorable discharge in September 1968.

He was a hardworking man who was formerly employed by Chromolox; Aramark; Gordon’s Jewelers; Kay Jewelers; Golden Flakes; & Alexander Ford. At the time of his death, he was on leave from the City of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation department.

He was an avid athlete and sports fan. It was part of the norm to see Isaac at any ball park, whether playing 2nd base with an all-men team, pitching for a co-ed team, or even behind the plate as the umpire for both youth and adult teams. Baseball, bowling, golf, pool, darts, corn-hole and horseshoes were all activities he loved. He whole-heartedly supported his children and grandchildren in whatever sport they were participating in, regardless of the season. 

Deacon Phillips is survived by his devoted family, wife, Linda F. Phillips; two sons, Isaac N. (Eboni) Phillips III “Tray” & Isaiah N. Phillips; two daughters, Cynthia Wells & Constance (James) Yeargin; seven grandchildren, De’Kaleigha Wells of London, England, UK, DaKyla Wells enlisted United States Navy in Great Lakes, IL, Braden Yeargin, Xavier Phillips, Gabriella Phillips, Brielle Yeargin, & Kloey Phillips; four sisters,  Margaret Taylor, Sallie Howse, Ethel Phillips, & Ida (Rev. James “Tex”) Thomas; three aunts, Mrs. Annie M. Howse, Mrs. Katherine Ellis & Mrs. Lillian Howse; six brothers-in-law; seven sisters-in-law; a very close cousin, Robert Howse; play brother, Min. James Lane; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, too numerous to mention.

Mrs. Sarah Beatrice “Bea” Thompson

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August 8, 1944 – January 5, 2016

Services

Friday, January 8, 2016
Public Viewing: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St, Shelbyville, TN  37160

Saturday, January 9, 2016
Family Visitation: 12:30 P.M.
Funeral Service: 1:30 P.M.

Scott United Methodist Church
940 Morton Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Sarah Beatrice “Bea” Thompson was born in Shelbyville, TN, on the 8th day of August, 1944, to her late parents Cecil Douglas and Lula Jane Oates Thompson.  Bea was the 6th of six children born to this union of Cecil and Lula J. Thompson.  Bea was preceded in death by her late siblings: Mattie Lee, Idella Lou, Robert Cecil and Janie Marie.  Bea was educated at the Bedford County Training School in Shelbyville, TN, where she was Valedictorian of her high school class.   After high school she attended Tuskegee University and Governor’s State University obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Pre K and Elementary Education.  She later completed graduated studies to declare her Masters’ of Arts degree (Cum Laude) in Educational Curriculum & Supervision.   She also completed 15 additional hours to finish her graduate studies of a Master’s degree plus 15 hours.   Bea instructed grades preschool through 5th grade in Shelbyville, TN and Chicago, IL.  Bea retired in 2006 after teaching for 25 years in the Chicago Public Schools. 

Bea started her Christian walk at the Thompson Grove Baptist Church of Shelbyville, TN as a child.  Later she was added to the Martin Temple AME Church in Chicago, IL.  After retirement and returning home she attended the Scott United Methodist Church of Shelbyville, TN.

Bea was a member of the Eastern Stars Ecclestaties Group, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Chicago Teachers Union.

Bea leaves to mourn her immediate family member, daughter, Savadra M. Fields of Memphis, TN; granddaughter, Leeatrice M. Thompson of Shelbyville, TN;  one sister, Ms. Hattie Thompson Johnson of Louisville, KY; Great Aunt and Uncle, Mr. and  Mrs. Samuel Oates; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.

Mr. Bruce Clark

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November 13, 1947 – January 31, 2015
Service

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Lie In State: 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Smithfork Association Tabernacle
2701 Halls Hill Pike
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Smyrna Cemetery
Smyrna, Tennessee

Bruce Calvin Clark was born on November 13, 1947 to the late, but proud parents, James Allen Clark and Mary Samella Miles Clark. He transitioned from his earthly life on January 31, 2015. He received his education in the public school system of Rutherford County. He professed his Faith in Christ at an early age at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Smyrna, TN under the leadership of Rev. O.C. McClain.

Bruce was affectionally known as the “Horse Man” to many. He was a horse breeder, trainer and showman of many horses in Tennessee and various states and the owner of one horse. He was the first black man to show and win a trophy and blue ribbon in Putnam County.

Bruce was preceded in death by his long time companion, Annie Swader; his parents; and sisters, Marcie Clark Turner and Irma Ceola Alexander. He leaves to cherish his loving memories, six children, Sherry Brown, Shawndale Lawrence, Deanne (James) Swader, Jerry Mintolow, all of Murfreesboro, TN, Kathy (Michael) Alston and Jessica (Kevin) Cofield of Austin, TX; sisters Marion (Eddie) Appleton of Smyrna, TN, Mildred (John) Banks, Sophia Clark, Polly Johnson of Murfreesboro, TN; one brother, Casey (Joyce) Clark of Murfreesboro, TN; sister-in-law, France McKnight of Murfreesboro, TN; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; devoted friends, Elbert Marable, Brenda McFarland, Larry Smith, Robert McCullough and Randy Fann; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.