Mrs. Velma Chatman

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November 4, 1932 – November 25, 2018

Service

Saturday, December 2, 2018
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Visitation: 1:00 P.M.

Greater Whites Chapel
1700 Batts Boulevard
Springfield, Tennessee

Interment
Restlawn Memorial Gardens
Springfield, Tennessee

Velma Beard Chatman was born November 4, 1932 to the late Jack and Laura Beard in Whiteville, TN. She took her heavenly rest on the afternoon of Sunday, November 25, 2018.

At an early age Velma confessed faith in Jesus Christ joining Johnson Chapel C.M.E. church.  She attended Hardeman County schools and earned her BA degree from Lane College in 1955.

After graduating from Lane Velma relocated to Springfield, TN where she joined Beard’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and served on the Mother Board and taught Sunday School.  Velma later joined Greater White’s Chapel C.M.E.  where served as a member of the Stewardess Board and Missionary Society and taught Sunday School.

Velma touched many lives through the years as an elementary teacher with Robertson County Schools where she retired after teaching for over 40 years.

Velma married Melvin Chatman and to this union six children were born.  She was proceeded in death by her parents; children, Jackie, Melvin Jr, and Jeff; a daughter-n-law, Linnett; brothers, Earl, Enoch, Eroy and Frank, and sisters, Mildred, Essie, and Geneva.

Velma leaves to cherish her memory children, Carol (Robert) Merritt, Bobby Chatman of Nashville, TN and Karl (Sylvia) Chatman of Goodlettsville, TN; daughters-in-law, Dorthea Chatman of Antioch, TN and Lisa Chatman of Franklin, TN; sister, Wilma Lee of Amherst, VA, sister-in-law, Joella Beard; grandchildren, great grandchildren, godson Beachy Frazier; devoted friend, Laura Frances Hilliard; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Byrus Marquise Hughes

web picJanuary 16, 1986 – November 2, 2018

Service

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Freedom of Worship
6700 John Bragg Hwy
Murfreesboro,  Tennessee

Interment
Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Byrus Marquise Hughes was born in Murfreesboro, TN on January16, 1986 to the late Willie Hughes and Lisa Pucket.  He left this earthly life on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Byrus attended school in Murfreesboro and graduated from Siegel High School.

He was baptized at a young age and was a member of First Baptist Church. As young people do, Byrus left the church. He later rededicated his life to the Lord and was rebaptized and joined Freedom of Worship Outreach Church.

The one thing that stood out about Byrus was not his tall thin frame but that big smile that was always on his face. He had an uncanny way of changing the atmosphere of a room when he walked in with that smile.

Byrus leaves behind to cherish his memory, his grandmother, Flora Thomas; his children Monterrious Odom, Keleshana Jackson, Marquon Ellis and Jolanda Field; brothers, Darryl and William Saffo, Antonio and Alex Green; sisters, Sheila Saffo, Angel and Alexandria Knox; aunts, Mary France Batts and Linda Lillard; uncles, Charles, Michael and Freeland Lillard; niece, Dawnnitta Smith; cousins, Antwan, Devon and Chris Lillard; godmother, Wanda Malone; one special friend to the family as well; and a host of other devoted friends and family who loved him and will miss him.

Mr. Morris Ray Brown

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July 26, 1952 – November 3, 2018

Service

Friday, November 9, 2018
Pubic Viewing: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Sand Hill Church of Christ
315 Fergus Rd., La Vergne, TN

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Ramsey Street Church of Christ
810 Ramsey Street
Nashville, Tennessee

Interment
Sand Hill Cemetery
La Vergne, Tennessee

Morris Ray Wilson Brown was born on July 26, 1952 to the late Mary Ella Brown and Morris Wilson.  He departed this life November 3, 2018.

He was educated in the Rutherford County Public School System.  He graduated from Smyrna High School.  He then went to work for Williams Printing Company where he retired.

Morris was baptized at Sand Hill Church of Christ where he was a Sunday School Superintendent.  When he moved to Nashville, he attended the Ramsey Street Church of Christ.

He was not married or had any children, but he had plenty of nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

Morris was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard Brown.

Morris leaves to cherish his memory, five sisters, JoAnn Swanson, Rosa (John) Darden, Geraldine Wade, Clarice Brown and Carolyn Gaines; two brothers, James and David Brown; four nieces; four nephews; and a host of great nieces, great nephews, family and friends.

Mr. Norris Steven Booker

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February 23, 1962 – November 15, 2017

Service

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service 12:00 Noon

Carmack Boulevard Church of Christ
2111 Carmack Boulevard
Columbia, Tennessee

Interment
Pinecrest Memorial Gardens
Columbia, Tennessee

**In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the funeral home to help cover final expenses**

Mrs. Ruby Gordon Smith

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April 3, 1920 – November 12, 2017

Service

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Public Viewing: 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Mayberry Street Church of Christ

Sunday,  November 19, 2017
Family Visitation: 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 1:30 P.M.

Mayberry Street Church of Christ
412 Mayberry Street
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Interment
Pleasant View Cemetery
Fayetteville, Tennessee

Ruby G. Smith was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee to the late Robert L. and Pearl Buchanan on April 3, 1920. She was married to the late Galveston Willie Smith in 1937. To this union three children were born, Willie, Barbara and Larry.

Ruby placed her membership with the Mayberry St. Church of Christ, Fayetteville, Tennessee in 1946, along with her husband, mother in law, sister in law and children. She remained a faithful and steadfast member for the remainder of her life.

She was a retired employee of S&M Manufacturing Co., after her retirement, she enjoyed attending her monthly meetings of the FCE Club where she was actively involved with members who shared the same interests.

Ruby reached the age of 97 and continued to share words of wisdom with others regardless of age. She was known for her classy look and especially her stylish hats, her award winning fried pies and her sense of adventure. (She was always going somewhere).

Ruby is survived by three children: Willie Smith, Fayetteville, TN; Barbara Gwin, Mason, TN; James Larry (Bonnie) Smith, Temple City, CA; and Goddaughter/Caregiver, Dorothy Wells, Fayetteville, TN; five grandchildren, Pamela (Earnest) Cunningham, Marina Valley, CA, Sharon (Keith) Williams, Long Beach, CA, Sonja (Fred) Brewton, Bloomington, MN, Delicia and Devin Smith, Temple City, CA; four great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Rita S. Dunnaway

 

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January 15, 1966 – November 10, 2017

Service

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

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

Interment
Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro,  Tennessee

Rita Samantha Dunnaway, was born on January 15, 1966 to the late Hollis and Sallie Bell Dunnaway. She transitioned from this earthly life on November 10, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

She received her education in Murfreesboro City Schools of Rutherford County and she graduated from Riverdale High School in 1984.

Rita professed a hope in Christ at an early age at Bethel M.B. Church. Later, she united with Israelite Primitive Baptist Church under the pastorate leadership of Elder Buford Taylor. She often visited Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church with her siblings.

She was employed by Krystal for many years. She was a big fan of gospel quartet singing and she was a former member of True Spirit Gospel Group.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Anthony, William and Garry Dunnaway; sister, Evangelist Sherry Dunnaway; granddaughter, Ke’Zaria Henry; maternal grandparents, Paul and Elizabeth Malone; paternal grandparents, William Thomas and Myra Dunnaway; niece, LaQuinta Dunnaway; step-mother, Bessie Dunnaway.

Rita leaves to cherish her precious memories five daughters, LaKeendra, LaKeenta, LaKeiya, Stephanie and Shajuan Henry; one son, LaTavus Henry; seven grandchildren; one sister, Miranda Henry Hailey; one brother, Ricky Dunnaway; one devoted aunt, Mary Ruth Patterson; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Ocydean Richardson

 

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December 24, 1934 – November 5, 2017

Service

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Lie In State: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St, Murfreesboro, TN

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Webb Grove AME Church
3996 Barfield Crescent Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Interment
Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mrs. Ocydean Freeman Richardson was born on December 24, 1934 in Rutherford County to the late Newman and Sarah Freeman. She departed this life on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Northside Healthcare in Murfreesboro, TN.  She accepted Christ at an early age where she served the Lord tirelessly; she was a faithful member of Webb Grove AME Church.  She was preceded in death by her son, James Freeman; husband, Branard Richardson; brothers, L.C., Thomas and John Freeman; sister, Marjorie Beard.

After countless years of working at Chromalox, she retired to continue pursuing her true passion of cooking and feeding the community, as well as preparing meals for the Lions Club. Her home was always open to anyone in need of a hot meal or encouraging words with warm affection. Her unwavering love for her family and church family will be forever missed. The heart felt deeds she shared with everyone she came in contact with will be her lasting legacy. Her bright smile, sharp demeanor and stylish hats complimented her personality with poise and grace. To know Ocydean was to love her and she will be missed deeply by everyone who loved and knew her.

She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Marjorie Webb and Tracey (Timothy) Spivey; daughter in law, Freda Freeman; two brothers, Collier (Mary) Freeman and Jesse Freeman; three sisters, Shellie North, Viola Malone and Cornelia Cooper; sisters in law, Dora Freeman and Mildred Spann; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family, church members and friends; devoted friends, Mr. Leroy Wade and Ms. Anna Gregory.