Mr. McClain Rucker

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January 23, 1923 – March 21, 2018

Services

Friday, March 30, 2018
Public Viewing 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Sims Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

McClain Rucker was born January 23, 1923 to the late Leonard and Jessie McClain Rucker in Rutherford Co. Tennessee. He departed this life on March 21, 2018   following a lengthy illness.

Preceding in death were five brothers, Leonard, Jr., Elbert (Eb), Ralph, Ellis and Sylvester; two sisters, Marie and Isabell.

He is survived by his devoted wife Tennie Mae Sims Rucker of 69 years.  No children were added to this union.

He attended the Rutherford Co. school system and thereafter did military service in the Army stationed in Germany, fighting in World War II and received medals and certificates.

Mac as he was fondly called by neighbors and friends in the Unionville and Halls Mill community, was a farmer and enjoyed raising cattle, planting crops and just talking about his tractors.  He was employed by Jensens Inc. and by the US Rubber Mill (Uniroyal) in Shelbyville, TN

McClain obeyed the gospel by being baptized into Christ under the ministry of Bro. Anthony R. Booker at the Bird St. Church of Christ and attended regularly until failing health over took him.

In addition to his loving wife Tennie, he leaves to cherish his memory one aunt, Callie McClain; two brothers-in-law, Arbra Sims and George Hampton; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Sims, Vinnie Rucker and Christine Sims; a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins, devoted cousins Johnnie G. and Doris Smith, other devoted relatives and friends too numerous to number or name but, he loved each life that he touched in his own special way. He will be sadly missed by many.

Mr. Johnny Tharron Moss

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May 31, 1966 – March 12, 2018

Service
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Family Visitation: 2:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

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

Interment
Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mr. Johnny Tharron Moss, Sr. was born May 31, 1966 to the late William and Vivian Moss. He left this earthly life on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Johnny and Katrina were 9th grade high school sweethearts and they both graduated in 1984 from Cooley High School in Detroit, Michigan. He also, attended Wayne State University where he majored in Accounting.  He worked for over 20 years in the Retail Management arena. He enjoyed cooking, making music and dancing. During his time in high school he was known as one of the “Greatest Dancers” to participate in the talent shows. He also, created a CD in 2005 titled “Reflections”.  He was a loving Husband, father, grandfather and friend. People all around loved him for his kind, patient spirit and warm heart.

Johnny was preceded in death by his sister, Billie Sweet.

Johnny Tharron Moss, Sr. is survived by his loving wife, Katrina Moss; one daughter, Jazmyn Moss; two sons, Johnny Moss Jr., and Justin Moss; two sisters, Shannon Moss-Bennett and Jeriesha Wilkerson; one brother, Reggie Upshaw and one sister-in-law Shea Upshaw; two brother-in-law David Bennett and Anthony Enoex grandchildren, Jalen, Justin Jr., Julian and Juliana Moss; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Eddie Bee Appleton, Sr.

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 September 1, 1938 – March 9, 2018

Services

Friday, March 16, 2018
Public Viewing: 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Family Visitation 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Living Truth Christian Center
102 Ridley Street
Smyrna, Tennessee

Interment
Greenwood Cemetery
Nashville, Tennessee

Eddie Bee Appleton was born on September 1, 1938, to the late and hard-working parents Lula Bell McDonald and Edgar Appleton in a very small town called Bethel.  He was preceded in death by his son, Eddie Junior, and siblings Corine Shook, Pearline Starks, Willie “Boot” Appleton, Joe Dee Appleton, and two of the triplets, Etha Mae Coffey and Otha Gaye Appleton. 

Eddie transitioned from this life early Friday morning, March 9, 2018, at 79 years of age.

He grew up in a large family, farming and ranching in the hollows of mid-south Tennessee, just on the Tennessee/Alabama state line.  In fact, it is still unclear in just which state he was actually born.  He was educated in the Giles County, Tennessee school system.

Upon moving to Nashville, he landed a job at Bridgestone.  Due to the strong work ethics instilled in him by his parents, he worked proudly and hard at Bridgestone, mostly on the night shift.  There, he made several good friends, including Cecil Parrish.  He retired from Bridgestone after 32 years of loyal service.

It was on September 14, 2002, that Eddie and Marion literally “jumped the broom” in marriage in Smyrna, Tennessee.  She immediately became a beloved part of his extended family, enjoying drives down I-65 to spend weekends down in the country visiting his kinfolks.  With that union also came all of Marion’s family – her children, her grandchildren and her siblings – and quickly a deep, mutual love grew between Eddie and Marion’s family.  It was his great-granddaughter Grace who simply stole Eddie Bee’s heart.  He listened to Grace when no one else could get him to listen.  As a toddler, she lovingly gave him the name “Bomber.” No one really knows why, but the name just stuck.

A fun-loving man, Eddie was always the life of the party.  He was always a pleasure to talk to.  He could cut a rug on the dance floor, crack a joke to make the whole room laugh, play a mean hand of spades and enjoyed an evening of dominoes with his son, Quinton.  He could get serious, too.  Never did he allow that old stutter of his to stop him from saying what needed to be said.  Though limited in education, he was a man full of wisdom.  Many people, young and old, opened their hearts to him, turning to him for advice.  Not only generous with wisdom, he was also generous in spirit.  If you are here today and reading this, he probably touched you in some way during your lifetime, too.

He could fix nearly anything around the house, had a vast knowledge of cars and an extensive collection of tools…and baseball caps.  He also had a riding mower which really excited him.  He professed a hope in Christ and as an active member at Word of Life Family Worship Center, he really enjoyed riding around on his mower to cut the grass at the Church.  He was also a trustee and attended many business meetings at the Church.

“Bomber” never did learn to cook, so he especially loved Marion’s down-home cooking.  However, he didn’t mind having a simple bowl of “flakes” (Corn Flakes) for dinner.

Eddie enjoyed traveling, especially in his younger years.  As he became more “seasoned,” he could often be found sitting in the garage listening to the radio, feeding the cats and birds that lived in the woods nearby and visiting with dear family and friends that often stopped by just to chat.

If you happen to tune in to Judge Judy, think of our dearly departed Eddie Bee Appleton.  That was his favorite show.

He leaves to cherish his memory an adoring, doting and devoted wife, Marion Althea Appleton; children, Quinton (Trina) Crawford Sr. and Earl Crawford, Antoinette (Kevin) Norfleet and Anthony Cannon; siblings: older brother, Clifford Appleton of Prospect, Tennessee; younger sister, Audrey, the last of the triplets who was faithfully by his side during all of his surgeries and sicknesses (George) Grigsby of Houston, Texas; and baby brother, William “Lump” (Barbara) Appleton of Pulaski, Tennessee. Grandchildren: Quinton Crawford Jr., Theron Cannon, Tyrone Stroble, Donovan and Dallas Norfleet.  Sisters-in-law Sophia Clark (whom he called nearly every day) and Polly Johnson (whom he jokingly said always brought him too much food), both of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and brothers-in-law Casey Clark (Joyce) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Jackie (Mary) Hailey of Prospect, Tennessee.  Mr. Appleton also leaves the apple of his eye, his 12-year-old great-granddaughter, Tierney Grace Cannon, her grandmother, Tina Stroble; his daughter-like niece from Houston, “Denise the niece;” the long-time friend who adopted him as a second father, Cindy Shanklin; his Friday night card buddies, Andrew Taylor, Dorothy Smith, his two girlfriends, Bernice Floyd and Kitty King; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Mrs. Annie Bell Sims Hampton

Mrs. Annie Bell

November 16, 1941 – March 7, 2018

Services

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Public Viewing: 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St, Murfreesboro, TN

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Sims Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Annie Bell Sims Hampton was born November 16, 1941 to the late Sarah and Wess Sims in Bedford Co., TN.  She left this earthly life on March 7, 2018 in Shelbyville, TN.  She will be greatly missed by many.

Annie Bell was educated in the Bedford CO. school system and received her diploma from the American School at Chicago, IL in 1976.  She was baptized into Christ at South Hill Church of Christ in Nashville, TN where she served for many years. Later she relocated and became a faithful member at Old Jefferson Pike Church of Christ in Smyrna, TN until moving to Shelbyville where she placed her membership at Bird Street Church of Christ.  She served on the exhortation team, faithfully encouraging others until failing health overtook her.  While on the exhortation team her specialty was making homemade ice cream and brownies to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.  Annie Bell married her husband, George E. Hampton on April 10, 1986.  She retired from Murci Homes in 2009.  She loved music, entertaining family and friends but most of all, she loved to cook.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

Annie Bell is survived by husband George Hampton; four daughters, Arnita Watson, Carolyn (David) Beane, KaSandra Miles and Sarah Watson; two sisters, Tennie Mae (McClain) Rucker and Christine Sims; one brother, Arbra (Mildred) Sims; one sister-in-law, Nurline Hampton; two brothers-in-law, Al Star and Jimmie Hampton; three stepsons, George E. Hampton, Keith Shelton and James Watson; two step daughters, Kena Watson and Stephanie Murphy; grandchildren, Resha, Tyrek, A.J., Naya, Kiara, DeFonte, Tiara, Destiny, Dejah and Kye; one great granddaughter, Izayah; three extended sons, Kenneth Fleming, Jr., Brandon Nelson and Robert Simpson; devoted friends, Robbie Young and Ann Fleming; and a host of devoted nieces, nephew, cousins and friends.

Mr. Fred Bean, Sr.

 

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May 3, 1926 – March 30, 2017

Services

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Public Viewing: 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb Street, Shelbyville, TN

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Family Visitation: 1:30 P.M.
Funeral Service: 3:00 P.M.

Elm Street Church of Christ
44 Elm Street North
Lynchburg, Tennessee

Interment
Mulberry Cemetery
Mulberry, Tennessee

Fred Bean, Sr. was born May 3, 1926 to the late Jody and Mattie Pearl Parks Bean.  He left this earthly life on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Fred Bean, Sr. was educated in Kelso, TN.  He worked and retired from the Jack Daniels Distillery after 25 years in 1991.

He was a member of the Elm Street Church of Christ in Lynchburg, TN for over 60 years.  Fred loved his family, family gatherings, farming, cars, and his dogs.

In December of 1942, Fred married Annie G. Cannon Bean, and to this union, nine children were born.  They had a special relationship with Zeno and Wilma Early who have been friends of the family for over 50 years.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Annie G. Cannon Bean; parents, Jody and Mattie Pearl Parks Bean; two sons, Fred Bean, Jr. and Bobby Bean; daughter, Nannie Trollinger; granddaughter, Mary L. Reese; son-in-law, Tommy Reese, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Hampton Bean; two sisters, Gladys Webb and Josephine Bean; and five brothers, Robert, James, Wilfred, Joe and Thelbert Bean.

Fred leaves to cherish his memories, three daughters, Anne Bailey, Mary (Walter) Wright and Melody (Allen) Dalton; three sons, Thomas (Margaret) Bean, Jerry Bean and Stanley Bean; sister-in-law, Alice Bailey; 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Charles William Divens

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April 8, 1938 – March 28, 2017

Services

Friday,  March 31, 2017
Public Viewing: 2:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville,  TN

Saturday,  April 1, 2017
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

As of March 28, 2017, we know that Heaven is a brighter place because God has brought home one of his loyal and faithful servants.

Enjoy you Heavenly Rest Charles, it is much deserved.

Today, we have all stopped to celebrate the Life of Charles William Divens. Charles was born on April 8, 1939 in Petersburg Tennessee to the late HUB (BEAR) and ANNIE MAE DIVENS.  He departed this life on Tuesday, March, 28, 2017.

Charles received his education in his early years in the Public School System in Petersburg and Fayetteville, Tennessee, later graduating from Bedford County Training School in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Charles obeyed the Gospel, accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior under the leadership of Brother Vick Hensley at the Mulberry Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Tennessee, later placing his membership at Bird Street Church of Christ.  HE TRULY LOVED THE LORD, and always worked diligently in the Church.  He was a farmer by trade and always worked hard at any task given to him.

If you knew him or ever met him, you loved him.  He was one of the nicest and kindest person, with a warm greeting, kind deeds and willingness to aid any worthy person or cause.  He will be greatly missed

Charles was preceded in death by his God Mothers, Sarah Mae Greer, Audie Lee Porter and Rebecca Harper.  They all loved him very much and was always there for him; friends, George Greer and Carolyn Reese.

Charles will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of many.  his honorary nieces, nephews, cousins by way of the Greer, Porter and Harper families; longtime friend Joseph Greer, whom he loved very much; his Bird Street Church of Christ family; and the area wide Church of Christ families.