Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Matthews

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November 17, 1940 – February 15, 2018


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

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


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.

Mr. Winston Eugene Cason

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July 30, 1957 – February 2, 2018


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Public Viewing: 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

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

Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Winston Eugene Cason was born on July 30, 1957 to John (Jeff) and Emma Cason in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Winston transitioned from his earthly home to his eternal home on February 2, 2018.

Winston accepted Christ at an early age and joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

He was educated in the Rutherford County Schools System.

Winston was preceded in death by his parents, John (Jeff) and Emma Cason; and brothers, Robert (Bob) and Henry L Cason.

Winston leaves to cherish his brother, Nathaniel (Rosalene) Cason; sisters-in-law Bobbie Cason and Betty Cason;; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends., and devoted cousins Jimmy Lee and Barbra Swader. 

Miss. Mary Washington Gray


January 26, 1913 – February 14, 2017


Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lie In State: 2:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb Street, Shelbyville, TN

Friday, February 17, 2017
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 A.M.

St. William of Montevergine Catholic Church
500 South Brittain Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Miss Mary Washington Gray transitioned from this earthly life to a Heavenly life on February 14th, 2017.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew E. and Lucinda J. Washington Gray, and a brother Thomas Joseph Gray.

Both of Mary’s parents were teachers and is why Mary developed a love for being a teacher.  Mary attended the Hardin County School System, where she graduated from high school and then worked there as a substitute teacher.  She later attended Tennessee A&I College and received her Bachelor of Science degree and became a teacher in the Harding County School System, the very school from which she graduated.

Mary later moved to Bedford County, after being offered a job by Sydney Harris to teach in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.  He later offered her a position to take over his wife’s music class and she accepted with pleasure, as she loved music.  She spent a few years there and was later offered a position as English teacher at Bedford County Training School (BCTS).  Later returned to school and received her Masters of Science degree in 1963.  She was the first African-American teacher to be moved during desegregation.

Mary also worked as a teacher, in education, for nearly 40 years, including Dunbar High School in Savannah, Tenn, BCTS, Harris High School, Wartrace High School from 1966 to 1972, and retiring from the Cascade High School in 1975.

A group of retired teachers threw a retirement lunch party, for Mary, at Legends of Shelbyville, on Monday, January 27th, 2014.   A person’s 100th birthday does not come around too often — once in a lifetime — so the event should be celebrated.  Her 100th birthday was on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

The staff at Wartrace, were very nice when she went to work there in 1966, Mary said.  “She was a great lady to work with,” said Hal Skelton, who was principal at the time.  Mary taught senior English and was one of two African-American teachers at the school at the time, an era that included desegregation, Hal said.  Wartrace and Bell Buckle High Schools merged in 1972 when Cascade High School opened, Hal said, and Mary transferred to the new school.  She retired from teaching in 1975.

Mary also spent decades at another venture; as a hospital volunteer.

She retired in 2008 from her volunteer role after 32 years, most of which were spent as a Bedford County Medical Center “Pink Lady.”  Mary was the hospital’s longest-serving volunteer.

Mary loved reading the newspaper from front to back and she often shared her knowledge and experiences of her travels to Chicago, Germany, Russia, and France.

Doing what she always taught, she would say, “Enjoy your mind and you will enjoy your life.”

She is survived by her cousin, Douglas Washington and goddaughter and devoted friend, Mildred Thompson.

Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher


December 1, 1944 – Saturday, February 4, 2017


Friday, February 10, 2017
Public Viewing: 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

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

Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher was born on December 1, 1944 to the late W. Clifford and Sue J. Fletcher.  At age 72, she passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017. 

Evelyn lived in Chicago at one point in her life.  She was a great seamstress, helped those she came across, fed the homeless and was liked by the young and elderly.  She was Mother Evelyn Fletcher in Christ and led all of her siblings to Christ.

Evelyn was preceded in death by Walton Womack, Sr.; parents, Sue J. Fletcher and W. Clifford Fletcher; sisters, Mildred Sue Turner and Wilma Henderson; brothers, twin Elbert Fletcher and William C. Fletcher, Jr.

She is survived by one daughter, Euris Womack; four sons, Walton, Irving, Byron and Joshua Womack; five sisters, Betty Cooper, Gloria Lane, Ruby Butler, Dorothy Foster and Barbara Benita Allen; six grandchildren, Alicia Womack, Searra Lathom, Lazzarus Womack, David Womack, Joshua Womack, Jr., and Justin Womack; one great grandchild, Aniya Crumpton; along with a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.

Quinton Jon’Terius Young

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August 15, 2005 – February 29, 2016


Sunday, March 6, 2016
Visitation: 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St, Murfreesboro, TN

Monday, March 7, 2016
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

New Hope COGIC
303 S. University Street
Murfreesboro, TN  37130

Quinton Jon’Terius Matheny Young was born August 15, 2005 with hydrocephalus. At the age of 10, he was granted his angel wings on February 29, 2016.

Quinton was a lively fourth grader, who touched and inspired everyone he met. He loved balloons, bubbles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, girls, and Walmart. Quinton also loved going to school to see his friends and teachers at Special Kids and Murfreesboro City Schools. He enjoyed laughing, running over people and flipping with his wheelchair, playing video games, giving high fives, getting his cheeks pinched, and especially not wearing pants.

 Quinton was very special to so many people, and although his time with us may seem too short, having him apart of our lives will forever be a blessing.  With Quinton’s passing we remind each other that his life is one to be celebrated.  Although, we will miss him every day, especially that laugh and scream. He will forever remain in our hearts.

Quinton was preceded in death by his cousin Aaron Singleton.

Quinton his survived by his mother Amber Matheny; sisters, Serenitee Matheny and Kahyrah Wooten; brother Ladale Matheny (Floyd); grandparents, Karen Matheny, Angela (Kherman) Howse and Danny Brown; aunts, Hollie (Chase) Pelham, Brandi (Jeremy) Johnson and Brittany Wooten; uncles, Jason Brown, Daniel Matheny, Tomias Anderson, and Darrin Brown; cousins, Chloe Parker and Braxton Pelham, Dayden Matheny, Kateria, Hunter, Trey, Keri, and Zachary and Jayden Brown; godmother, Desiree Keith; godbrother, Isaiah Turner; god sister, Nevaeh Keith; special friends, Ladale and Jaylen Floyd, Emonie and Ceana Wooten, Nicholas and Khalieya Brown, and Amgelica Olivarez.