Miss. Mary Washington Gray

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January 26, 1913 – February 14, 2017

Services

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

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December 1, 1944 – Saturday, February 4, 2017

Service

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

Interment
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

Services

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.

 

Mrs. Annie Marie Smith

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October 23, 1935 – February 24, 2016

Service

Friday, March 4, 2016
Lie In State: 10:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Olive Branch Church
1115 Minerva Drive
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Minister Annie Smith was born to the late Toiley Gabe and Nettie Lou Smith on October 23, 1935. She went home to be with the Lord, departing this life on February 24, 2016. She professed hope in Christ at an early age, becoming a member of Brandon View Baptist Church, now God’s House of Restoration. She later became a member of Barfield Baptist Church. Annie was educated in the Rutherford County School System.  Ms. Smith was a dedicated employee of Avco Industries/Triumph, proudly serving 30+ years before retiring. She was united in union to the late Charlie Lee Crockett.

Minister Annie Smith was preceded in death by her son, Freddie Smith and her sister, Mildred Williams-Bey.

Minister Annie Smith leaves to cherish her memories her loving children, Bonita Smith, Charlie (Norma) Crockett, Candace Pettus, Elmer Ray (Ora) Crockett,  Jerry Crockett of Kentucky, Teresa King, Darryl Crockett, Carolyn Crockett, Terrell Crockett, La’Tresia Crockett, and Tasha (Jeremy) Thomas; siblings, Elmer ( Bernice) Smith of Spring Lake, North Carolina, Wilma Batey, Darryl Smith, Barbara (Sonny) Butler, and Martha Knox; devoted grandchildren, Kherman (Angela) Howse and   Dr. Natalyn (Cleveland) Gibbs; devoted great grandchildren, Keanu Howse, Daniel Crockett, Michael Thomas, Jr., and Elise Ellis; twenty-five grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, and  devoted friends, Mildred Banks, Irene Puckett, Ruby Brown, Estella Johnson, Emma & Jessie Vaughter, Lillie McCrary, and Jerry Gooch. Momma & Granny was lovingly cared for by Bonita Smith, Charlie & Norma Crockett and Tasha King.

Mrs. Nora May Peebles

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December 21, 1917 – February 21, 2016

Services

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Lie In State: 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St., Murfreesboro

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Family Visitation: 5:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 6:00 P.M.

Living Truth Christian Center
102 Ridley Street
Smyrna, TN

Nora Mai (Dillard) Peebles was the oldest living resident of Smyrna, Tennessee.  Mrs. Peebles was born on December 21, 1917 and went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Christian Care Center of Rutherford County.  She was born to the late Lem & Hattie Dillard.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William H. “Alex” Peebles, Sr., two siblings, Albert (Emma) Dillard, and Lucile (Jimmie) Miles, and two sons, Lem G. (Bernice) Peebles and Larry C. Peebles and stepson, Sammie L. Wilson.  She was educated in the Rutherford County school system.  She professed her faith in Christ at a young age at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Smyrna, TN.  She was an active member of the church (choir, Building Fund Treasurer, Church Secretary, Dorcas Circle, & Mother Board).  She was also an active community leader (Rosenwald PTA, Mid-Cumberland Community Action Committee, etc.).   She was a domestic and care giver to several Smyrna families- the Ridleys, Culbertsons, Brandons, Colemans, and a number of other families.  Her passion was cooking and sewing.  She was famous for her homemade rolls and cakes.

She united in holy matrimony with Alex Peebles and from this union was born five children, nurtured and loved.  She leaves to cherish her loving memories three loving children, William H. Peebles, Jr., Patricia A. Peebles both of Smyrna, TN and Angela L. “Neice” Peebles of Nashville, TN; one daughter-in-law, Carolyn Peebles of Smyrna,TN;  14 grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; devoted granddaughters Leatrice Peebles and Racquel Peebles; devoted adopted children Billy Ridley, Pamela Whitmore, and Bill (Lisa) Culbertson, Jr.; devoted friend and traveling buddy Thea Appleton, devoted friends, Eddie Appleton, Dorothy Smith, Kitty King, Lois Long, Den Capehart, and Andrew Taylor; devoted neighbors, the Gregorys, McCroskeys and Neals; devoted roommate Millie Davis; and a host of relatives and friends.

Deacon James Price Sanders, Sr.

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June 18, 1925 – February 18, 2016

Services

Friday, February 26, 2016
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Lie In State: 9:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
762 Holly Grove Road
Lascassas, TN

Interment
Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, TN

Deacon James Price Sanders, Sr. affectionately known as “Daddy” was born on June 18, 1925 to the late Robert L Sanders and Neola Norris Sanders in Walter Hill, TN.  On February 18, 2016 he departed this life at his home in Smyrna, TN. He was the last living child of Robert and Neola Sanders.  He was preceded in death by grandchild, Ricky Osborne, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Deacon Sanders professed his faith in Christ under the leadership of Rev. Charles Evans at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  He loved to sing and was part of the Gospel Harmonizers quartet and Senior Choir.  He also loved to sing hymns during the devotional part of worship service.  He took and active role in church and was Chairman of Deacon Board. He was a faithful member at Bethel until his health began to fail.

 On March 1, 1947 he married Margie (Malone) Sanders who preceded him in death. From this union five children were born. 

He leaves to remember his life: four devoted daughters, Evelyn (Victory) Cantrell Jr., Mary (Anderson) King, Emma (James) Osborne, Margie Ann Goff, and devoted son, James Sanders, Jr.; 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Evelyn Walton; good friend James Collier and special niece and nephew Walter and Viola Owens; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Mrs. Mildred Williams-Bey

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August 3, 1937 – February 15, 2016

Service
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Lie In State: 10:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Olive Branch Church
1115 Minerva Drive
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mildred Elizabeth Smith Williams-Bey was born on August 3, 1937, to the late Gabe Tollie Smith and the late Nettie Lou Smith. She went home to be with the Lord February 15, 2016. She professed hope in Christ at an early age, becoming a life-long member of Brandon View Baptist Church, now God’s House of Restoration. She was educated in the Rutherford County School system. Mildred was united in holy matrimony to Marshall Williams-Bey and to this union was born six children.

Mildred leaves to cherish her memories, six children, Yvette (Thomas) Ramey, Felicia (Larry) McCollum, Darryl Williams-Bey, Avis Hambright, Pamela (David) Strong, and Terrence Williams-Bey; siblings, Annie Marie Smith, Elmer Smith, Wilma Batey, and Darryl Smith; grandchildren, Nakisha Williams-Bey, Jovan (Robert) Johnson, Oddonis Williams-Bey, Darryl (Antoinette) Johnson, Brittany and Bryan Hambright, De’Lauren Pratt, and Robert McCollum; great-grandchildren, Roshod Carter, Terrence and Tamia Swan; devoted niece, Nita Smith; devoted friends Derbie Fincher of Philadelphia, PA,  Delores Robinson of Beckley, West Virginia, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends.