Ms. Mary Belle Johnson

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June 29, 1942 – May 31, 2019

Service

Friday,  June 7, 2019
Public Viewing: 4:00 P.M – 6:00 P.M
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro,  TN

Saturday,  June 8, 2019
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Cherry Grove M.B. Church
4078 Yeargan Road
Murfreesboro,  Tennessee

Interment
Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana,  Tennessee

Ms. Mary Belle Johnson was born June 29, 1942 in Murfreesboro, TN to the late Frank Johnson and the late Delida Johnson. She went home to be with the Lord on May 31, 2019. It was a peaceful transition at the age of 76.

She was a graduate of Holloway High School where she ran track with Wilma Rudolph. She was employed by Academy Loose Leaf for over 20 years.

Mary was a beautiful person with a wonderful joyous heart. Being around Maybell guaranteed a good time and a lot of laughter. She was a loyal member of Stone River P.B. Church where she joined under the leadership of Pastor John C. Lee.

She was one of the founding members of the gospel group “The Wonderettes”, which performed for over 30 years in the Nashville, Murfreesboro area.

Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Cornise “Grilly” Johnson; three sisters, Stella Hailey, Regina Johnson and Brenda “Honka” Johnson; one brother, Harold “Peter” Johnson; one nephew, John “June Bug” Nance; and one grandson, Larry Gamble.

She leaves to morn her passing, one uncle, Acie Lawrence; one daughter, Kitty Johnson; two sons, Vincent (Amy) Johnson and Kelvin Johnson; one sister, Zonna Johnson; six brothers, Clifton (Darlene) Johnson, Clinton (Virginia) Johnson, Kenneth (Carolyn) Johnson, Larry (Donna) Johnson, Ronnie (Nancy) Johnson and Joe Frank (Vonda) Johnson; grandchildren, Jermillya, Shakendra and Regga-Nay Johnson, LaNay Gamble, Tiara Bailey, Justin Rucker, Aleshia Buford and Cedric Meneese; devoted friend, Judy Batten; and a host of cousins, family and friends.

 

Mrs. Rosie May Nelson

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October 22, 1948 – May 30, 2019

Service

Saturday,  June 8, 2019
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro,  TN

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Family Visitation: 4:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 5:00 P.M.

New Vision Baptist Church
1750 North Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Stones River Cemetery
Murfreesboro,  Tennessee

Rosie “May” Nelson was born October 22, 1948 to the late Rosie and Gabe Chesterfield in Barfield, Tn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Nelson, Sr.; brothers-in-law, Jerry Nelson and Johnny Nelson; sister-in-law, Judy Nelson; nephew, Andre’ Chesterfield; and great nephew, Latre Lillard.

May attended Rutherford County public schools until her senior year at Holloway High School. She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and was a member of Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church where she was choir member and later joined the Mother’s Board. May also enjoyed cooking all types of food so much that her and her sister, Gloria Gaines started a catering business, Sister to Sister. She was very involved with her children and traveled many places. Dixie Travelers, Traveling Stars, CFC, etc. May played softball and basketball but loved bowling and received many awards for winning competitions.

May leaves to cherish her lasting memories, her children, Cynthia Nelson, Richard C. (Shantavia) Nelson, Sharonica (Selwyn) Jones and Gaberial Nelson; sisters, Gloria (Frank) Gaines, Fatima Chesterfield, Thelma Chesterfield, Velma (Bruce) Mitchell and Darlene Chesterfield; brothers, Larry (Elaine) Chesterfield, Andrew Chesterfield, Jerry (Toni) Chesterfield, Jessie Chesterfield and Donald Chesterfield; grandchildren, Latreka (Terrance) Hughes, LaShonda (Robert, Jr.) Gooch, Rodriques Alexander, Richard (Maurie) Nelson, III., Solei Nelson, Steven Nelson, Savion Jones, Daryl McGee, Gaberial Nelson, Jonathan Nelson, Jamecyn Bowen and Jaaziah Bowen; eight great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Martha Tuggle, Sarah (Jerry) Holman, Marion Nelson and Jimmie Gertrude Shannon; brothers-in-law, Tommy (Betty) Nelson, George (Vanessa) Nelson, William (Marie) Nelson, Sr., Albert (Judy) Nelson, Clarence (Deborah) Nelson and Pleas (Jenee’) Nelson; along with a host of other relatives and friends

Ms. Jo Ann Webster

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March 4, 1947 – May 27, 2019

Service

Friday, June 7, 2019
Public Viewing: 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Hart Street Church of Christ
11 Hart St., Nashville, TN

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Hart Street Church of Christ
11 Hart Street
Nashville, Tennessee

Interment
Dry Creek Cemetery
Madison, Tennessee

Jo Ann, the eldest daughter of Isaiah and Hattie Webster, was born on Tuesday, March 4, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, TN.

Jo Ann received her education in the Davidson County Public School System. She obeyed the gospel and was baptized into Christ at an early age. She was a longtime member of the Hart Street Church of Christ.

Jo Ann was an exemplary employee at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for 37 years as an X-ray Technician and Manager. She performed her work with commitment and competence. She was a caring and loving person who also possessed a good sense of humor.

Jo Ann was highly regarded as the matriarch of the family. She found meaningful satisfaction in looking out for everyone in the family. She enjoyed and cherished family celebrations. Her annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfasts were eagerly anticipated!
Jo Ann was affectionately known to her family as “Nanny”. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandkids, who adored her! She also enjoyed eating out and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her devoted stepfather, Richard Williams and her sister, Doris Jean Webster.

She quietly departed this life on Memorial Day, Monday, June 27, 2019 at the Nashville General Hospital at Meharry.

She leaves to cherish her memory to her children, Terry Webster, Roshutta (Billy) Webster, Andrea Webster, Dont’ae Webster and Thomas Fennessee; sisters, Linda Webster, Vickie Webster, Gloria Webster, Diane Webster, Deborah Webster, Sadie Brown of Calumet City, IL and Dorethea Burns of Chicago, IL; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; devoted friends, Stanley Hamilton and Doretha Dowell; a host of nieces nephews, cousins and other friends; and her Hart Street Church family.

Mr. William Jeffery Allison

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February 4, 1955 – May 5, 2019

Service

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Galilee Primitive Baptist Church
809 Sevier Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

William Jeffery Allison passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5th, 2019. He was born February 4th, 1955 to the late John E. Allison and the late Jean (Allison) Daniel.

Jeffery attended Shelbyville city schools where he was a bright student. He loved baseball and was a great player. He was a kind and caring man who was beloved by many.

He attended Scotts Chapel during his childhood and later in life, became a member of Galilee Baptist in Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John L. Allison and Dwight A. Allison and infant son, Dwayne Allison.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Allison; children, William Jeffery (Lydia) Allison Jr., Nicole (Shane) Reese, Kim Braston, Tia Braston, Dashawn Braston, Constance (Lavelle) Kenney and Jason Hill; sister, Glenda (Horace) Smotherman; a host of grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Ms. Mary Bivens

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July 7, 1945 – May 7, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018
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

Mary Yvonne Bivens age 72, was born on July 7, 1945 in Wartrace, TN. She went home to be with our Lord and Savior on May 7, 2018 at St Thomas Rutherford Hospital after a short illness.

She accepted Christ at an early age. She attended East Cedar Street until they moved to Bird Street. She was a faithful member until she became ill.

She worked at Model Sportswear for 15 years and Calsonic for 22 years where she retired in 2006. She enjoyed life, family and friends. She especially loved her Lays plain potato chips, Coca-Cola and word puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Wells and Lorene Richardson; one brother, Ray Wells; and only sister, Teresa McClain.

Mary will be sadly missed by her only daughter, Ronetta (James) Wilson of Murfreesboro, TN; grandson, Terrence (Latasha) Bivens of Shelbyville, TN; four brothers, Ron (Dora) Wells of Murfreesboro, TN, Richard (Manila) Wells, Randy (Gail) Wells and Russell (Tonya) Wells all of Shelbyville, TN; one brother-in-law, Clifford McClain, Jr. of Shelbyville, TN; one great-granddaughter, Amyiah Kenney; adopted grandson, Christopher Rippy, of Shelbyville, TN; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special group of ladies, June Taylor, Martha Anderson, Sammie Johnson and Elaine Johnson.

Mr. Robert W. Biggers, Sr.

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September 8, 1941 – May 7, 2018

Service

Friday, May 11, 2018
Visitation & Masonic: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville, TN

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

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Rays Family Cemetery
Unionville, Tennessee

Robert Wendell Biggers Sr. was born on September 8, 1941 to the late Willie Lee Sr. and Myrtis Biggers in Unionville, Tn. He left this earthly life on May 7, 2018 in Shelbyville, Tn. He will be greatly missed by all.

Robert was educated at the Bedford County Training School and received his GED from Motlow State Community College. Robert worked at Sears Company as a much-loved salesman for over 20 years. He went on to work at the Shelbyville Housing Authority as a maintenance supervisor until retirement.

Robert accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He was a faithful member of Bird Street Church of Christ until his passing. He served in many capacities at the church.

Robert was a devoted member of Charity Lodge No. 82 in Central District 18. He was also a member of the Grand Lodge and served many years as the Grand Pursuivant Emeritus. In the past he held the title of Grand Master, Commander-in- Chief, Secretary to the Deputy of the Orient of Tennessee, and District 18 Treasurer. He was previously a member of the Eastern Star Rebecca 34.

In his free time Robert enjoyed fishing, yard work, hunting, repairing things, and spending time with family.

Robert was preceded in death by his sisters Katherine Biggers and Sammie Frazier, brothers-in-law Ira Taylor and John D. Harrison and sisters-in-law Rose Wiley and Vera Biggers.

“Pops” as he was affectionately known by his family, leaves to mourn his loving wife of 54 years, Chearldean Biggers; devoted son, Robert (Carolyn) Biggers Jr.; dedicated daughters, Carman Biggers and Carla (John) Kennerly; loving grandchildren, Ryan Biggers, Camille Biggers, Jared Bell, Erica Kennerly and JaVon Kennerly; a host of great grandchildren; siblings, Willie (Edith) Biggers Jr., Harold Biggers, Annie Ruth Harrison, Dorothy Jean (John) Brown, Joanne (Harold) Bryant, Larry (Naomi) Biggers, Doyle (Cynthia) Biggers and Gail (Skip) Johnson; sisters-in-law, Darlene J. Taylor and Vera Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Anthony Akins

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February 5, 1958 – May 29, 2017

Service

Friday, June 2, 2017
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interment
Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Mr. Anthony “Rat” Akins, age 59, passed away Monday, May 29th. He was born to Robert Allen Akins and the late Aliene Ross Akins on February 5, 1958.

Mr. Akins was a mechanic and loved working on cars.  He also loved racing cars and motorcycles.  You would always catch him cheering for his Dallas Cowboys.

He was preceded in death by mother, Aliene Ross Akins, brothers, Clifton and Michael Akins and nephew, Jeremy McMahon

Mr. Akins is survived by his father, Robert Allen Akins; five brothers, Daniel (Bernice) Akins, Nathan (Danielle) Akins, Alvin Vincent Akins, Carl Akins and Thomas E. (Kim) Akins; and many other relatives and friends.