Mr. Hosea James Brown

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December 21, 1947 – December 24, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Visitation: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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

Friday, January 4, 2019
1:00 P.M.
Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery
Pegram, Tennessee

Mr. Hosea James Brown, age 71, passed away Monday, December 24th. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Melanie Brown; one son, Hosea Brown; step children, Karen (Terrance) Spivey, Tina Goforth, Chris (Alisha) Reed, Robby Jones, Joe and Twana Malone; sister, Mary Capehart; brother, Willie (Mary) Blue; along with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Ida Cleo Merriweather

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June 11, 1926 – December 12, 2018

Memorial Service
Saturday, December 22, 2018
12:00 Noon

Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church
503 Thompkins Lane
Clarksville, Tennessee

On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 Cleo Merriweather moved ever so quietly and peacefully from a temporal life to a life of eternal peace and joy.  Life began for Cleo on Friday, June 11th, 1926 in Montgomery County.  She was born to the union of the late Rufus and Cora Majors and was blessed with eight siblings. Cleo was raised and educated in Montgomery County.

She was married to the late Frank Merriweather, Sr.  Cleo was the loving and ever supportive step-mother of Frank Merriweather, Jr.  She was a retired housekeeper, homemaker and an absolute superb cook.  Her work was a reflection of her capable, caring and warmly kind spirit.

Cleo, until her health would not allow, was a faithful and most dedicated member of the Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, TN.  Cleo shall be remembered for her dedication of service to Jesus Christ and to her fellowman.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Flossie Corley, Mildred Sallee, Dorothy Davenport and Annie Nevels; and three brothers, James Perkins, Burney Perkins and Rufus Jewell Majors.

On Wednesday, she departed this life to go home to eternal life with our Lord.  She leaves to celebrate her memory, her loving and devoted family: her great niece, Sherrell A. Bryant; great great great niece, Chase A. Young; nephew, James H. (Madalene) Skinner of Detroit, MI; sister, Mary Roach of Clarksville, TN; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Sis. Mary Louise Watson

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August 8, 1919 – December 10, 2018


Thursday, December 20, 2018
Lie In State: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Family Visitation: 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Reflection Hour: 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 6:00 P.M.

Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
2501 Buchanan Street
Nashville, Tennessee

Friday, December 21, 2018
10:00 A.M.
Hermitage Memorial Gardens
Hermitage, Tennessee

On Monday December 10, 2018, the Nashville Public Schools desegre gation icon transition to her new home in glory, quietly and without fanfare, much like her life’s journey.

Mary Watson was born to the parents of Charlie C. and Blanche Partee Wisener on August 8, 1919, in Maury County, Tennessee. Mary Louise met and married Hugh W. Watson Sr. who proceeded her in death. From this union, five children were born.

She was preceded in death by parents, Charlie C. and Blanche Partee Wisener, and siblings Loretta Waggoneer, Hattie Klein, and Anderson and Charles Wisener.

Sis. Watson accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Bass Street Baptist Church. In 1957, she moved her membership to the neighborhood church, which was Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend Felton Price.

She was an active member of the Senior Choir, Sunday School Department, Baptist Training Union, Pastor’s Guild, and the #3 Usher Board. Sis. Watson served as an usher faithfully until her health failed. She was a devoted member that supported whatever was happening at her church, whether that meant just being in attendance and/or baking those wonderful Buttermilk and Coconuts pies. She was especially fond of the Annual Male Chorus program.

Though she received a limited education in the Nashville Public School System, she became a staunch advocate of education; fighting tirelessly to support the desegregation of Nashville Public Schools in 1957. She was one of the 11 of 126 eligible families that would integrate the schools.

Despite numerous threats from her own white neighbors – that her daughter would be kidnapped and that the Watson family home would be burned, Mrs. Watson was determined to provide her daughter with the best education possible.

Mrs. Watson’s contributions to Nashville’s Civil Rights Movement were chronicled in 2009 in the late John Egerton’s article called “Walking Into History: The Beginning of School Desegregation in Nashville.” She is also enshrined in the video film, “A Child Shall Lead Them,” moderated by the late John Seigenthaler. That video is housed in the Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Room. Her many honors include the Prestigious Freedom Sister Award given by the Ford Motor Company in 2010. In 1957, Mrs. Watson and her husband were honored as Nashville Pioneers Citizens. This certificate of Appreciation was award by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and signed by Harold M. Love Sr., Chairperson.

Although challenged with rearing five children and working, she was still faithful in helping her neighbors and their children, along with countless others; she would help anyone that needed her assistance. She was also a Red Cross and Mother’s March of Dime volunteer, she worked in Voter Registration Drives and the Neighborhood Watch Program, to name a few.

Her service to others truly reflected a line from one of her favorite songs, “If I Can Help Somebody As | Travel Along, then, my Living will Not be In Vain.” Sis. Watson retired from Vanderbilt Hospital (X-Ray Department.)

She leaves to cherish her memory 5 children; Leitha (Dr. Eric) Carter, Barbara Jean Watson, Hugh W. Watson Jr., Dea. Thomas (Gwen) Watson, Rev. Charles (Cathy) Watson and devoted nephew Robert (Virginia) Wisener.

Grandchildren: Terrence Smith, Richard Carter, Richard (Terressa) Rucker, Vonyetta (Greg) Watson, LaQuinta Watson, Chauncey (Brooke) Watson, Thomas (Kendra) Watson, Hugh (Erinn) Watson, Charles Jr. (Danielle) Watson, Kashif Watson.

Great-grandchildren: Devonte Brooke, Greg Brooks, Joshua Leatherwood, Ashley Leatherwood, , Kyle Carter ,Kameron Carter, Christian Carter, Malcom Swan, Christian Rucker, Amira Senter, Aniya Senter ,Tarik Smith, Jason Hunt, Trinity Rucker, Ayanna Watson, Arianna Watson, Noah Watson, Matthias Watson, Emmanuel Watson, Azari Watson, Kolby-Rose Watson, Camden Watson, and Malachi Watson.

Great-great grandchildren: G’nya Brooks, Jada Abril.

A host of nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.

She also leaves her lifelong friends Irene Smith, Lottie White, Carrie Ranson, Verlene Robinson. Mary L. Price, and Ann Bluing.




Mr. Herbert Hoover Richard Murray

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November 30, 1928 – December 7, 2018


Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville, TN

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville,  Tennessee

Hurley Sidney Richard Herbert Hoover Murray affectionately called “Richard” was born November 30, 1928 to the late Eudaly and Henrietta Garrett Murray. He entered a peaceful rest on December 7, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare Hospital.

Richard was born in Williamson County Tennessee. He attended school but only had a 5th grade education. He was needed to help support his mother and siblings as his father passed away when he was 7 years old. On December 18, 1946 he married Odesser Batts and to this union seven children were born of which Melissa Dawn and Martha Jean precede him in death. He was a farmer, a hunter, and a plant laborer, and an all-around guy who enjoyed the gift of life. His favorite pastime was eating, picking, and peddling turnip greens. Many called him the “turnip green man”.

He accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Haley Church of God, Sanctified, now known as the New Haley Church of God, Sanctified Inc. Brother Murray loved people and loved good services, especially the singing. You’d know he was in the place because he clapped his hands the loudest when he enjoyed the music. When the preaching took place, he’d always say Amen to the truth unless he was sleep.

In addition to his parents & daughters, he is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sidney and Alice Garrett; sisters, Hattie Lou, Alberta, Viola Mae, Martha, and Clara; brothers, Shelley, Ben, and Sanford “Hamp”.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory, 5 loving and devoted children, Sarah (Harold) Bean, Elaine (Robert Cecil) Johnson, Richard “Bubba” Murray, Jerry (Carolyn) Murray, and Rev. Sharon (Leon) Ogilvie; 16 loving and devoted grandchildren; a host of great and great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lillie, Ella Mae, Gladys, Agather; brothers-in-law, Burnice and Melvin, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Mattie L. Arnold Biggers

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March 12, 1929 – December 7, 2018


Saturday, December 15, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Hillcrest Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Sister Mattie Lousinda Arnold Biggers was born March 12, 1929, at Wheel Community in Bedford County, Tennessee to the late proud parents of Georgia Anna Leftwich Arnold and Clarence Shermon Arnold. Her father was a well-known Mason, Farmer, and a Businessman and taught Mattie (as well as her husband, Ell T.) how to lay bricks. Her mother was a homemaker. Mattie’s parents taught the family about spiritual virtues and morals. Mattie was the fifth child of six boys and five girls of which one child was stillborn at birth.

Preceding her in death: Perry & Frances Ruth (sister-in-law) Arnold, Annie Marie (Ora) Walls, Clarence Sherman (Jean) Arnold, Frances Lorine & Thomas (brother-in-law) Garrett, Charles Avery Arnold, Haile Selassie (Frances) Arnold, and twins (Delmore & Elmo (Elsie) Arnold, two step-brothers (Shermon and Jackie Arnold), and Rebecca Biggers (sister-in-law).

She leaves to cherish her memories to her very devoted husband of 68 years, Ell T. Biggers, Shelbyville, TN, one sister, Rosie Anna Ward, Shelbyville, TN, sisters-in-law: Frances Arnold, Murfreesboro, TN & Jean Arnold, Indianapolis, Ind., and a brother-in-law, Ora D. Walls, Shelbyville, TN, as well as a host of many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends of whom she dearly treasured.

Mattie was very proud to be the daughter of a farmer. She was baptized into Christ at the “Colored church of Christ” on North Main Street as it was called at that time and under the ministry of Bro. Matthews.

Mattie graduated from Farmington Elementary School and received her diploma from Bedford County Training School with perfect attendance and held the positions of the Queen Attendant and Class President. Thereafter, her life began to flourish with many more accomplishments and awards of achievement; both academic and within the workforce realm. Matt, as she was sometimes called, graduated from Connie’s Cosmetology College as a Registered Cosmetologist. She shortly became a teacher, and owner and operator of her own business, Matt’s Beauty Salon, and was the first black woman to bring special hair treatments to Shelbyville. She received an award from Helene Curtis Institute of Advanced Hair Styling. 

In addition, Matt attended Humbolt Retail School and studied Business Management and auto wheel alignment and balancing, which helped prepare her and her husband for the operation of the Biggers’ Main Street – Exxon Service Station, 76 Service Station & Auto Repair Shop, and a trucking business for many years. She received a certificate of achievement award at graduation. She, also, served as the Class Secretary.

Mattie attended many other colleges and universities. At Peabody College, she took courses in Early Childhood Education, Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Sociology, Human Services, and Social Services which equipped her into mainstreaming handicap children into the classroom settings. At the University of Tennessee, Nashville, her studies were in Educational Psychology with Red Cross training. Other colleges and universities were Western Kentucky, Tennessee A&I State, Motlow State College, U.T. Martin, and Maryville University, whereby, she received many awards of recognition for her achievements.

Colleges, universities, workshops, and training sessions prepared Mattie for Leadership Development. She was instrumental in organizing the Shelbyville Head Start Program along with 12 other counties. Mattie coordinated several summer youth camp programs. She was a proud recipient of an award from the Elk and Duck River Governing Board as well as received an honor award from Judge Dorothy Orr. 

Mattie seriously had a love for Christ. She loved the church. She wore the name Christian as a dedicated soldier on the battlefield for Christ. She worked as a Sunday School Teacher as long as she could and also was the Youth Director at East Cedar Street church of Christ. She lived a thankful, beautiful, and fulfilling life. Her life was built on a foundation of giving, loving, and caring for her fellowmen and family. She loved to care for the sick. Her devotion to caring and sharing her untold good deeds was well demonstrated during her earthly life through her gardening and flowers. She kept an array of beautiful flowers; both on the inside and outside of her home as well as beautifying the grounds at the Bird Street church of Christ.

Just as we are brought into this life through the miracle of birth, so must we be aware of the end of life’s earthly cycle and prepare ourselves for this inevitability. Most people usually do not like to entertain thoughts of death, avoiding any consideration of their own death and the death of the ones they love, but just as birth is the dawn of mans’ earthly existence, death is the night that must follow, for everything there is aseason… a time to be born, and a time to die.

Mr. Larenzo William Corleone

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January 31, 1961 – December 1, 2017


Saturday, December 16, 2017
Funeral Service: 6:00 P.M.

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

Mr. Larenzo William Corleone, age 56, resident of Tennessee, passed away Friday, December 1st in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is survived by his mother, Esther June Corcoran; children, Desire (Jason) Carden, Miranda Smith, Amanda, Elizabeth, Larria and Larenzo Corcoran; five grandchildren; sisters, Marliss Corcoran, Tanya (Ken) Carpenter and Muriel “MiMi” Corcoran; along with a host of other relatives and friends.