Mr. Eugene Ray, Jr.

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January 9, 1937 – August 7, 2019


Saturday, August 17, 2019
Lie In State: 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Family Visitation: 11:30 – 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

Fairlane Church of Christ
101 Dow Drive
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

**At the families request, in lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to Homeless Shelters of Bedford County and The Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County**

Ray, Eugene, “A Man Who Mattered”, surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 7,2019, laid aside every earthly weight, finishing his race and stepped among that great cloud of witnesses looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith.

As a lifelong native of Bedford County, Shelbyville, TN, born on January 9, 1937, he was educated and served in the community he loved. He was married for 61 years to his high school sweetheart, Olivia Cleveland. His commitment to community and love of people catapulted him to be elected to successfully lead Bedford County as County Mayor for twelve consecutive years. This historical accomplishment was added to the many records he had set as being the first African American to achieve. He served as county commissioner for 28 years, serving as chair while simultaneously serving as County Mayor. Under his mayoral leadership Bedford County received county-wide and state recognition for its prudence as well as its progressive programs focused on the betterment of every citizen. Prior to his mayoral tenure, he was a local Real Estate Broker and retired from the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center as Supervisor of Water Treatment. He served as President of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce as well as served on numerous boards locally and statewide. He was the recipient of prestigious honors, recognitions and awards including the legacy of the Eugene Ray Little League Baseball Field. His greatest honors lie in the testimonies of so many less fortunate who credit him for making their lives better. He was a member of Bright Temple Church of God in Christ where he served as treasurer for over 40 years.

His transition follows family members: Parents, Eugene Ray, Sr., Robbie Mae Wilson; Grandfather, Will Thompson; Children, Christie Ray, Cedric Ray and Son-in-Law, H. Parks Brame. Celebrating his legacy forever are : Wife, Olivia Ray;Children, Valerie(Charles) Avent, Dr. Kertrina Brame;Grandchildren, Mary Avent, Charles Avent, Jr. ; Brothers; Carey(Anna) Ray, Dr. Bernard (Angela)Ray; Sister, Elaine (Roland)Ray- Radford; Brothers-in-Law, Joe(Evelyn) Cleveland, Donald(Denise) Cleveland; Sisters-in-Law, Joann(Lloyd)Mitchell, Martha Dysart, Era(Jerome)Twyman, Evelyn Thomas and many nephews, nieces, cousins as well as countless devoted friends and supporters.

Ms. Sam Ella James

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October 1, 1926 – August 6, 2019


Friday, August 9, 2019
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
@ Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfressboro
448 East Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
762 Holly Grove Rd
Lascassas, Tennessee

Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Ms. Sam Ella James was born October 1, 1926 on Franklin Road (also known as the Blackman Community) in Murfreesboro, TN. She was the last child born to the late Sam and Emma Clark after four girls. They were looking forward to possibly having a boy. They had decided that he was going to be named after Sam Clark, but after she was born, they named her Sam Ella. She was the baby, known from that day until the day of her homegoing as “Baby Clark.” She transitioned this life after an extended illness on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at her residence.

She was educated in the Rutherford County school system. She was retired from Chromolox. She loved her sisters and they were her best friends. She was very good and competitive at various card and board games. It didn’t matter who she was playing against, other activities she was engaged in, she never lost her competitive edge. She was always full of joy and laughter. She was a very fashionable dresser and was known for wearing nice and elegant hats!

Ms. Sam Ella James was a lifelong member of the Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. She later started attending and joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with her daughter, who was her caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Willie James; four sisters, Ada Mary Garrett, Emma Sue Roper, Mattie Laura Crouse and Bessie Lou Bowling.

Ms. Sam Ella leaves to cherish her memories three devoted children; Henry James Goodrich, Jr. (Vannessa) of Dallas, TX, Kenneth Lee Goodrich (Dr. Donna) of Huntsville, AL and Sheila Goodrich of Murfreesboro; nine grandchildren, Henry James Goodrich, III (Trae), Abdul Selah Antron Peebles, Daquita Joane’l Goodrich, Daryl K. Mitchell, Jr., William Dejuan Goodrich, Kenneth Lee Goodrich, Jr., Elijah Shaddai Goodrich, Mekelah Sherith Goodrich, A’Jhana Sabrie Johnson; ten great grandchildren; one uncle, Donald Myles of Fort Wayne, IN; very devoted cousin, Roberta Taylor, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stroble

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May 3, 1940 – August 26, 2018


Friday, August 31, 2018
Lie In State: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Silver Springs Missionary Baptist Church
129 Mill Lane
Smyrna, Tennessee

Silver Springs Cemetery
Smyrna, Tennessee

This is the story of Mary Elizabeth (Lewis) Stroble.  Mary, better known as Mae Mae, was a wonderful woman who loved the Lord.

Mary’s story starts on May 3, 1940 and ended on August 26, 2018 at St. Thomas Hospital, Murfreesboro, TN; the oldest child to the late Jesse Lewis and Rebecca (Ridley) Lewis.  Mary was born in Rutherford County where she attended public schools.  She later found the Lord at an early age where she did great works for the Lord.

Mary loved to cook and listen to gospel preaching and singing.  She loved the gospel greats, such as Dorothy Love Coates, Brooklyn Allstars and especially Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers, but this is nothing new to all that knew her.  Mary was known for her abilities to lead songs at her home church, Grace Missionary Baptist Church and she was also a member of Silver Springs M.B. Church.  She also used her harmonic contralto voice with the Smyrna Aires of Smyrna, TN.  Mary was united in holy matrimony to Robert Linwood Stroble.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Rebecca (Ridley) Lewis; daughter, Rosalind Stroble Russell; sister, Doll Sue Lewis; and brother, Steve R. Lewis.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory, three children, Jacqueline Tina Stroble, Rowland Lynn (Mechelle) Stroble and Corretta Andrea (Stroble) Bynum; son-in-law Joseph Michael Russell; twelve grandchildren, Theron Cannon, Tyrone Cannon, Valencia Johnson, Vatia Stroble, Vondrael Stroble, Vashawna Stroble, Quinton Stroble, Alexander Stroble, Victoria Stroble, Marcus Martin, Timothy Russell and Michael Joseph Russell; sister, Rachel L. Lewis; one nephew, Ashanti Law; devoted cousin, Diane (Clark) Patterson; and a host of great grandchildren, family and friends.

Jaivon Dashawn Broach

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March 10, 2000 – August 23, 2018


Friday, August 31, 2018
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

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

Private Family Burial

Jaivon Dashawn Broach, age 18, passed away. He is survived by his parents, Ona Broach and Terrance Hawkins; one sister, Delena Cooper; grandparents, Cheryl (Mark) Bedwell; along with a host of other relatives and friends. 


Lillie M. Boykin

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August 20, 1950 – August 20, 2018


Saturday, August 25, 2018
Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

Destiny Center Church
1510 Memorial Blvd.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“This is not goodbye, but see ya later. Love ya.”

Lillie M. Boykin departed this life on August 20, 2018 in Murfreesboro, TN.

Lillie M. Boykin was born August 20, 1950 to the late Will Herman and Mary Lee Talley in Westfield, Alabama. She gave her life to Christ at a very young age at Saint Paul AME Church in Fairfield, Alabama. She was active in Sunday School, Children’s Choir and Youth Usher Board. She later continued her service unto the Lord at True Victory Church, where she often shared her love and motherly wisdom.

Lillie was educated in the Westfield and Fairfield Alabama School System. She also later pursued a degree in nursing. This field of study allowed her to pursue her true passion of loving, caring and giving to others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Will Herman and Mary Lee Talley, her brother, Larry Gene Talley and son, Woodrow Boykin.

Her memory will be cherished by her children, Wendy (Jerome) Epps, Willie (Altonette) Sanders, Anthony (Octavia) Caldwell and Yvette (John) Boykin. Her legacy of loving and giving was not limited to her occupation but overflowed in her love for her grandchildren, Jertoriya (Jeremy) Fields, D’Juan (Megan) Epps, D’Marco (Ellen) Boykin, Devin Epps, Brittney Sanders, William Sanders, Isabella Holland, Antonesha Mixon, Amber House, Carek Fagin, Comoor Fagin, Chris Caldwell, Reagan Caldwell, Justice Caldwell and Roderick Caldwell; great-grandchildren Kenydee Fields, Carter Epps and Roman Epps; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and life-long friends, Joann Butler, Cheryl Stonewall-Berry and Janice Lucky.