Mrs. Zelia Ann Webb Rucker

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September 25, 1948 – March 1, 2019

Service

Friday, March 8, 2019
Visitation: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

All Services at
Sand Hill Church of Christ
315 Fergus Road
LaVergne, Tennessee

Interment
Sand Hill Cemetery
LaVergne, Tennessee

Zelia Ann Webb Rucker (Ms. Zee) was born September 25, 1948 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Cleotis Webb, Sr. and Berthene Webb. She transitioned into her eternal resting place on March 1, 2019.

Zelia attended Holloway High School in 1962 and graduated in 1966. After high school, she worked at Genesco as a foot model. Then she went into the medical field at Meharry Hubbard Hospital from 1978-1985 as an Electrocardiograph (EKG) technician. She transitioned from Meharry to southside Medical Group to continue being an EKG technician. She also worked many years at Mary’s Barbeque Pit while maintaining her full-time job in the medical field.

She dedicated her life at an early age at St. James C.M.E. Church. She also joined the following ministries, Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Greater View Primitive Baptist Church. She will always be remembered for her kindness and laughter that she brought to others and her giving heart.

Zelia is survived by her two daughters, Ytoka (Armond) Rucker Carter and Monquinta (Robert) Rucker Williams; siblings, Cleotis Webb Jr., Barbara Benimon, Clarence Webb, Valerie Webb, Maurice Webb and Kimley Webb; grandchildren, Christopher Brown, Armond Carter Jr., Jordan Carter, Xavier Carter, Timothy Smith Jr., Joshua Jackson; three devoted nieces, Lashunda Webb, Chitoka Webb and Kia (Marcus) Smith; three devoted friends, Beatrice Watkins, Dollye Graham and Lenora Lawrence; and a host of other relatives and friends that will miss her dearly.

Mrs. Gloria Jean Lane

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June 21, 1947 – February 27, 2019

Service

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

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

Interment
Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Gloria Jean Fletcher Lane transitioned peacefully the morning of Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the age of 71.

Gloria was born June 21, 1947 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to the late William C. Fletcher, Sr. and Sue J. Fletcher. She was one of 10 children, five of which proceeded her in death; William (BT), Elbert, Evelyn, Mildred Sue and Wilma Gail.

Gloria Jean lived a lavished, well-traveled life. She was a woman of the world, she loved to get dressed up, have a cocktail, eat good food and have a good time. She loved to dance and often told stories of hanging out and dancing with the late great James Brown when he came to town.

After leaving her family home, she moved to Virginia where she received her chefs license. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the great state of New York where she worked various jobs and catered parties.

While in New York, she married the late Curtis Lane who transitioned to be with the Lord during his early adult years.

New York wasn’t big enough for Gloria’s personality, so she packed her bags and moved to the windy city, Chicago, IL where she worked as a chef for several organizations including Columbus Park Nursing Home for over 20 years and Dominick’s Finer Food for over 15 years where she later retired. Soon after, she decided to return home to Murfreesboro, TN, her final resting place.

She is survived by four sisters, Betty Lou Cooper who led her to Christ, Ruby Lee Butler, Dorothy Foster and her baby girl Barbara Allen. Although Gloria Jean did not have children of her own, she leaves to cherish her memories, her spiritually adopted children, Wanda Frierson and Veronica Allen; her spiritual grandbaby T’yanna Coleman; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Brennan Scott Harris

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April 3, 2002 – February 15, 2019

Service

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Family Visitation: 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.

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

Interment
Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Brennan Scott Harris was born on Wednesday, April 3, 2002.  On Friday, February 15, 2019, at the age of 16, Brennan transitioned from this earthly life.

Brennan was a junior in High School where he had attended both Riverdale and Oakland High Schools.  He loved to hang out with his friends at Barfield park and play basketball.  He loved fashion and had his own unique style.

Brennan leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted mother, Jacqueline Ruth Harris; father, Shane Allen Leyden;   step-father,  Derrick Hubbard; three brothers, Gabriel Harris, Landen Harris and Jacob Harris; one step-sisters, Mikayla Hubbard; half-sister, Brooklynn Hubbard; grandmother, JoAnn Harris; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Mr. Larry D. Massey

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October 1, 1955 – February 14, 2019

Service

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
307 Maple Street W.
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Interment
Pleasant View Cemetery
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Larry Massey, age 63, of Fayetteville, TN, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Southern TN Regional Hospital in Winchester, TN.  He was born October 1, 1955 to the late James Howard Massey and May Frances Dismukes Massey.

Larry’s occupation was a cement finisher for about 15 years.  He joined Saint Paul AME Church early on in life and he will be truly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Stella May Ridley Massey; brother, Robert L. Massey; and godmother, Annie Lou McMullen.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his aunt, Virginia Shelton of Kent, Washington; two brothers, Eddie Ray Massey and James Howard Massey Jr. of Fayetteville, TN; two sisters, Yolonda Massey Jefferson of Fayetteville, TN and Allison Massey of Nashville, TN; step-sisters and brothers, Bridgett (Troy) Hopkins, Elizabeth Denham, Vanessa Jumper, Roy Allen Jr., Tommy Allen, Nathanial Allen and Robert Allen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Inez Massey, Janice Reynolds, Cherry Harris, Drexell Ridley and Tanzie Ridley; devoted cousins, Anthony Bailey and Ann Bailey; 18 nieces and 8 nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Matthews

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November 17, 1940 – February 15, 2018

Services

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public Viewing: 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
762 Holly Grove Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Minister Dorothy Virginia Matthews affectionately known as Dottie, Ms. D, Mrs. Dorothy and The Corn Bread Queen was born November 17, 1940 to the late Rev. John Ira Rankins, Sr. and Izora Rankins Goodman.  She departed this life on February 15, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Rev. John Ira, Jr., Leroy, Wayne and Charles Rankins and sister Pearl Rankins.   She was also preceded by the love of her life Roosevelt Matthews.

Minister Matthews was educated in the Rutherford County School system.  Her passion was cooking, singing and preaching God’s word.  You could come to her home any time and get a good meal and she never let you leave empty handed.  She loved to sing especially with her family that she loved so very dear.

She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and as life continue on she became a willing vessel for God.  She spent her latter days as member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Freddie B. Carpenter whom she loved very dearly.

Minister Matthews was a frequent speaker and panelist for the AASCU’s American Democracy Project at MTSU, which allowed for her to share her rich history and humble hospitality with students from all over.  She also was a member of the Willing Hearts of Bethel Baptist Church and The Caring and Sharing Group.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory two devoted children Patricia (Augusta) Hathaway and Larry Major (Dora) Jordan.  Four stepchildren Felicia (Larry) Coleman, Denise, DeWayne (Robbie), and Danny Matthews, sisters Martha Smith, Louise Smith and Christine Marable, brothers Rev. J. W. (Hattie), and Rev. Dallas Rankins, sister-in laws Hattie, and Amanda Rankins and Sadie Wade, aunt Queen Woods, 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren,3 great grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousin and devoted friends.

Mr. Franklin Owens

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April 1, 1938 – February 10, 2018

Visitation

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 P.M.

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

Mr. Franklin Owens, age 79, passed away Saturday, February 10th. He is survived by one niece, Bernice A. (Kenny) Owens; four nephews, Walter L. (Dawn) Owens, Jr., Anthony W. (Andrea) Owens, Danny R. (Karen) Owens and Ollie (Charlene) Owens; two sisters in law, Ojarettia “Rita” Owens and Bobbie Owens; Johnny Hollins and family along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Majesty Joelle Boyd

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April 11, 2017 – February 5, 2018

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 10, 2018
11:00 A.M.

Sand Hill Church of Christ
315 Fergus Road
La Vergne, Tennessee

Infant Majesty Joelle Boyd, 9 months old, passed away Monday, February 5th. She is survived by her parents, Kayla Boyd and Keenon Armstrong; two brothers, Lourde Boyd and Karter Armstrong; grandparents, Doreena Boyd, Dorence Robinson and Will Armstrong; along with a host of other relatives and friends.