Chief Rodney Tirrell Woods

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March 23, 1970 – July 14, 2019


Monday, July 22, 2019
Lie In State: 11:00 A.M
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

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

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Chief Commanding Officer Rodney Tirrell Woods, 49, was born on March 23, 1970 in Rutherford County, Tennessee to Barbara and John Woods Sr. He departed this life on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa Florida.

Rodney was educated in the Rutherford County School System and was a graduate of Riverdale High School. He joined the United States Navy on August 1, 1988 and proudly served his country for 24 years until his retirement on August 1, 2012. He received many medals for his outstanding service. He attended The University of Memphis for 2 years and graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration.

After his retirement, he continued his education, enjoyed spending time with family, friends, cooking and was an avid traveler.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Woods Sr., his grandparents Robert T. Woods Sr., Howard L. Woods, Anna Nora Woods and two uncles.

Rodney leaves behind to celebrate him, his loving mother Barbara A. Woods; son, Terrell Woods; sisters, Diana Woods and Deborah (Maurice) Wright; brothers, John Woods Jr. and Michael Woods; nieces, Daniele (Jerry) Ross, RaKesha King, Savannah and Sydnee Wright; nephews, Taylor Woods, Adrian and Zachery Wright; great-niece, Jayla Ross; great-nephews, Deontae Ross and Dayton David; grandmother, Elizabeth Woods; devoted friend, Marcia Frith; devoted family friend, Henry White; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Mr. Gregory Bowen

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March 13, 1959 – July 12, 2019

Memorial Service

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Memorial Service: 12:00 Noon

Oaklands Park Seventh Day Adventist Church
711 North Maney Avenue
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Gregory Randall Bowen was born March 13, 1959 in Shelbyville, Tennessee to the late Charles Evans Bowen and Vergie Wade Bowen Batten. He departed this life on July 12, 2019 at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He attended Bedford County Schools.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Evans Bowen; grandfathers, Charlie Bowen and T.D. Wade, Sr.; grandmothers, Pearl Bowen and Charlene Wade.

Greg leaves to cherish his memory, his very loving and devoted mother, Vergie Wade Bowen Batten; children, Olympia Gates of Murfreesboro, TN, Cornelius (Jennifer) Starks of Chattanooga, TN, Kisha Starks, Camille (Jeremy) Adkisson, Daisha (James) Smith of Tullahoma, TN, Patrick Chloe and Charles Bowen of Ireland; brothers, Jeffery Bowen of Nashville, TN, Randy Bowen, Virgil (Regina) Bowen Ernest Bowen of Murfreesboro, TN, Pastor Fred (Denise) Batten, Jr. of Memphis, TN and Dwayne Batten of Murfreesboro, TN; sisters, Revonda Batten of Murfreesboro, TN, Sharon Bowen and Tiara (Thardiner) Elien of Shelbyville, TN; seventeen grandchildren; one great grandchild; devoted friend, Regina Cantrell; uncles, Lee Toy Wade of Nashville, TN, T.D. Wade, Jr. of Lascassas, TN, James (Bettie) Wade of Christiana, TN; aunts, Vinnie Rucker of Bell Buckle, TN, Nancy Gross, Bobbie Wells of Shelbyville, TN and Dorothy (Wilson) Martin of Murfreesboro, TN; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Ms. Cassie Mai Vaughter

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December 18, 1939 – July 2, 2019


Friday, July 5, 2019
Public Viewing: 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Smithfork Tabernacle
2701 Halls Hill Pike
Murfreesboro , Tennessee

Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Ms. Cassie Mai (Marable) Vaughter was born on December 18, 1939 to the late George Washington Subbett and Mora Marable. She passed this earthly life on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Northside Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee surrounded by family members. Ms. Vaughter was preceded in death by her parents, daughter; Katie Mai Marable, special daughter; Mary Hathaway, son; Reverend Bruce Albert Marable, Sr., one grandson; Bruce Albert, Jr.; and two sisters, Linda Marable and Martha Sanford, three brothers; Ben and Joe Marable and Sam Brown.

She is survived by; one devoted sister Marie (William) Nelson and; three brothers, Elbert, Jimmy and Alexander Marable; one sister-in-law, Gwen; devoted daughter -in-law, Juanita Marable Alsup; two grandsons, Kerry D. Malone-Marable and Pastor Jerry D. (Courtney) Marable; two devoted nieces, Felicia Nelson and Alecia Dixon; devoted Cousin, Lewis Marable and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Ryan O’Neal Wade

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July 17, 1970 – July 30, 2018


Thursday, August 9, 2018
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Bradyville Road Church of Christ
1265 Bradyville Pike
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Middle TN Veterans Cemetery
Pegram, Tennessee

**In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Nelson & Sons for final expenses**

Ryan O’Neal Wade, age 48, passed away Monday, July 30th, 2018.  He was born on July 17, 1970 to Linda Elizabeth Wade and the late Willie Davis Wade, Sr.

Ryan attended school at Oakland High where he played football.  Shortly after graduating, he enrolled into the Navy where he served for a few years.  Ryan also attended Devry University and found a love for computer technology.  Ryan was very compassionate and enjoyed making others laugh and he loved his nieces and nephews dearly.

Ryan was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sylvester George Bryan and Mae Parchment; and paternal grandparents, Erskine Wade, Sr. and Anne Liza Harris.

He is survived by his wife, Carla Wade; son, Eric Wade; mother, Linda Elizabeth Wade; sister, Paula Mae Henderson; brothers, Donnovan Erroll (Patoria) Hyde, Willie Davis “David” Wade, Jr. and Frederick “Ricky” (Dawn) Wade; mother-in-law, June Ellen Caldwell; sister-in-law, June Anna Caldwell; aunt, Lillie McCrary; along with a host of other relatives and friends.  

Mrs. Gloria Jean Russell

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August 5, 1960 – July 10, 2018


Monday, July 16, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

Silver Springs Missionary Baptist Church
129 Mill Lane
Smyrna, Tennessee

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mrs. Gloria Jean Cheers Russell was born on August 5, 1960 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to the late Reverend James W. Cheers, Sr. and Mother Lucille Smith Cheers.

Gloria, called “Glory” by her family and friends, went home to be with God, retired from her labors here on earth on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford hospital.

Glory was educated in the Murfreesboro and Rutherford Co. School system, attending Bradley, Mitchell Neilson and Central High School.

Glory had a big kind heart of gold.  She loved giving to people and making them happy.  Every holiday or birthday, family or church, even the kids, you can look for Glory, she is coming with a gift bag.  She will be missed by her family and her church family.

She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Brandon Chapel M.B. Church under Elder Frank Brown.  She later moved her membership to Silver Springs under Pastor Moses Pope and when they ventured out to form Spring Hill M.B. Church, she joined them and remained there through the leadership of Pastor Pope and Reverend Overton, until her day God called her home, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  Glory was employed and retired from Whirlpool Corporation after many years of service.

On October 21, 1977, Gloria was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Joe Billie Russell, Sr. by Rev. Moses Pope, Pastor of Spring Hill M.B. Church.  To this union there were four children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. James and Lucille S. Cheers; siblings, John E. Smith, Mary Malone Pryor Jimmy L. Malone and Georgia McMurray.

Gloria leaves to celebrate her life, husband of 40 years, Joe Billie Russell, Sr.; one son, Joe B. Russell, Jr.; daughters, Latasha N. Russell of Nashville, TN, Chiquita (Brandon) Thomas of Pensacola, FL and Jonae (Christopher) McKinney of Murfreesboro, TN; 12 brothers & sisters, Elder James (Elder Linda) Cheers, Jerry (Elizabeth) Cheers, Sr., Johnny (Lisa) Cheers, Sr., Andre (Janice) Cheers, Larry Cheers, Rosie L. Goins, Ella B. Malone, Mattie S. Malone, Dorothy C. Owens, Rita (Jerry) King, all of Murfreesboro, TN, Ella F. Rugley of Cleveland, OH and Carolyn (Ricky) Smith, Sr. of Lebanon, TN; sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda (William) Sparkman of Arrington, TN, Patricia (Seth) Oden of Franklin, TN, John (Brenda) Russell, William (Marie) McClain, Claude McClain, all of Shelbyville, TN, Cheryl Thompson, Terri Thompson, Shirley (Carl) Patton, Jerry Thompson, all of Nashville, TN and Joe Jr (Regina) Thompson of Chapel Hill, TN; and many many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, family and the Spring Hill family.

Mrs. Annie M. Stone “Polly”

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May 26, 1926 – July 9, 2018


Saturday, July 14, 2018
Family Visitation: 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
305 Maple Street West
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Sulphur Springs Cemetery
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Annie Murtis Simpson Stone, affectionately nicknamed Polly, was born in McBurg, Tennessee on May 25, 1926 to the late Alonzo Simpson and Minnie Wright Simpson.  She was one of 11 children and all have preceded her in death except one.  She departed this life in the early hours of Monday, July 9th, 2018.

At an early age, Polly professed a hope in Christ and joined Old Haysland Missionary Baptist Church which later became the current New Haysland Missionary Baptist Church.  The evidence of her love for Christ was apparent in all she did and she served Him with her whole heart.  She served the Lord in Spirit and in Truth all the days of her life here on earth.  She was the Sunday School teacher at New Haysland for over 60 years, a member of the choir, as well as President of the Mother Board while her health allowed.  In years past, she served as corresponding secretary of the Elk River District Association for several years.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Arthur Elmore Stone on May 22, 1948.  When he went to be with the Lord in 2007, they had been married almost 59 years.  To this union three daughters were born:  Gladys, Louise, and Margaret.

During her lifetime, Polly was a hard worker who had cooked and cared for her own father and brothers after the passing of her mother during her teens.  After marrying, she was a devoted wife and loving mother to her three girls.  She worked as a domestic housekeeper, as a machine operator at Petersburg Shirt Factory, as a operator at The Shelbyville Chicken Factory, and finally as a machine operator at Cosmo lab in Lewisburg, Tennessee, from which she retired at the age of 65.  She lived a happy life and enjoyed her family, church family and friends.  Wonderful family time was had after church on Sunday’s at her home as she cooked nutritious meals for all.  She was known for her delicious fried chicken, pinto beans, and peach and blackberry cobbler.

She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Stone and daughter Louise Stone Sherrill. 

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Gladys Askins of Petersburg, TN and Margaret (Orestes) Meeks of Norcross, GA,; adopted daughter, Janice Williams (Carl) of Lorraine, OH; five grandchildren, LaTonya Askins of Murfreesboro, TN,  Mekesha Askins of Petersburg, TN,  Jodie Meeks of Johns Creek, GA/Washington, DC, Brianna Meeks of Washington, DC, and Kolby Meeks of Cary, NC; one great granddaughter, Chelsea Nobles of Murfreesboro, TN; one brother, Robert Simpson of Louisville, KY; devoted friends in Fayetteville who checked on her regularly, John Barron & sisters, Mattie Mae Edmiston, Charlotte Hawk Eddings, Sammy Hampton, Vickie Kline, Freddie McKinney, Mary Margaret Parks, Katherine Porter, her faithful Pastor and wife – Rev. Wayne Jones and his lovely wife Ann; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who cared deeply for her whether it was a visit or phone call.

Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.  -Matthew 5:4