Mrs. Wordna McKnight

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April 5, 1944 – September 26, 2018


Friday, October 5, 2018
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro,  TN

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Woodbury Church of Christ
100 East Water Street
Woodbury, Tennessee

Hoover Cemetery
Woodbury, Tennessee

Mrs. Wordna McKnight was born on April 05, 1944 to the late Jim and Hattie Adams. She departed this life on September 26, 2018 at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Wiley G. Adams and Pauline Johnson; her children James W. Anderson, Sharon Douglas and William B. Anderson III; and grand-daughter, LaKisha Caruthers. 

Mrs. McKnight was an active and devoted member of the Auburn Hills Church of Christ of Woodbury, TN. She attended worship services regularly until her health began to decline. Through her illness, she remained strong in her love, faith and praise to Jesus Christ. 

Mrs. McKnight dedicated her life to caring, giving and loving all who were in her presence. Throughout the years, she touched many lives, hearts and people of those in the community. For over 20 years, Mrs. Wordna organized a community meal between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, until she was unable to do so because of her health. Despite any personal circumstances, Mrs. McKnight enjoyed helping others in any way possible. She was well known for her amazing cooking and baking skills, as well as her kind and welcoming spirit. A strong legacy remains standing in Wordna McKnight’s honor. 

She leaves to cherish her memories, her devoted husband of 40 years, Henry T. McKnight; her daughters, Cynthia (Don) Smith, Conteria (Donald) Claybrooks and Sonia Bates; her son, Shondell Frazier; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many loving friends. 

Mrs. Sharon Evette Felton

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July 10, 1965 – September 24, 2018


Friday, September 28, 2018
Lie In State: 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Rockvale Independent Original Church of God
11180 Panther Creek Road
Christiana, Tennessee

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Sharon Felton was born Sharon Fletcher on July 10, 1965 to Mildred Sue Turner and Jimmy Mitlow.  She was a loving mother, sister, daughter and wife.  In her primary years, she was raised by her grandmother Susana Mitlow, grandfather Sterling Mitlow and father Jimmy.  Later in life, she was raised by her mother, Mildred Sue Turner, along with her sister, Barbara Henry.  In 1979 and 1981, Sharon was blessed with two children, Shavon and Larry Verge Jr., respectively.  With the support of Larry Verge Sr., she raised Shavon and Larry Jr. in a loving household until she met her husband, Aundra Felton, in 1988.  Shortly after that time, her mother passed.

At the time Sharon met Aundra Felton, they fell in love almost immediately.  As a couple, they set and achieved personal and professional goals to provide a good life for her children.  After being together for several years, Aundra and Sharon became one in God’s eyes through the Holy Union of Marriage in 1994.  They had a strong love that lasted until Sharon’s passing.  While their love for each other was like an unbreakable chain, they were not blessed with any children together. 

In March of 2003, Sharon began to have chronic health issues and instances where she experienced multiple hospital stays. This, however, did not affect her love for God or her home church, Rockvale Independent Original Church of God. While she was not able to attend church often due to her health, she remained faithful to the Word of God and had a light within that illness could not dim, especially when she received visits from her church family. During her last hospital stay her body was not able to recover as it had so many times before.  She passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 and joined her mother, sister and father. 

She is survived by her eternally loving husband, Aundra Felton; mother-in-law, Dorothy (Sam) Lawless; father-in-law, Tommie (Hattie) Felton; children Shavon and Larry (Tamiko) Verge Jr.; grandchildren, Alana, Jayden, Kaelyn Verge and KeySonja Henry Carthen; sisters-in-law, Nicole, Stephanie and Jennifer Felton; and a host of other relatives.  She was the brightness that lit up the room for her family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Mr. Larry Eugene Sims

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May 25, 1958 – September 21, 2018


Thursday, September 27, 2018
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Merrell Sims Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Larry Eugene Sims, age 60, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He was born on May 25, 1958 in LaVergne, TN to the late Herman and Mildred Sims.

Mr. Sims was a longtime resident of Shelbyville, TN and attended school @ Wheel Community.  He liked to farm most of all, but he was a jack of all trades.  If someone asked him to do something, he would always say, “I’ll see about it.”  He would go to Bedford Market for his morning coffee with friends and worked from just about sunup to sundown.  When he was with family, he would always have a good time hunting and playing his guitars.

Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Mildred Sims and daughter, Margaret Marcella Hill of Shelbyville, TN.

Mr. Sims leaves to cherish his memories, one loving and devoted daughter, Eugenia Sims; three sisters, Juliet Merrell, Sara (Thomas) McCord and Shelia (Erick) Wilson; one brother, Herman Sims, Jr.; four aunts, Teenie Rucker, Christine Sims, Darlene Nelson and Juanita Nelson; one uncle, Arbra Sims; very devoted friends, Paul, Tommy, J.B. Burton and the Bowling brothers; one very special lady friend, Betty; half-sister, Jackie Benson; half-brother, Terry Sims; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. Lorine E. Shepard

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October 11, 1927 – September 18, 2018


Tuesday,  September 25, 2018
Family Visitation: 10:30 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:15 A.M.

14th Avenue M.B. Church
2501 Buchanan Street
Nashville, Tennessee

Middle TN Veterans Cemetery
Pegram, Tennessee
1:00 P.M.

On September , 1927 Lorine Shepard was born to Charles Edward Emmons and Ozella Dangerfield in Lincoln County, Tennessee.

She was educated in the Lincoln County Schools.

She accepted Christ at an early age. In 1963, she married Alonzo Willis Shepard and the two made Nashville their home. In Nashville, she was united with the Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Felton Price where for many years she sang in the Senior Choir; after the choir were reorganized she sang with the Inspiration Choir until she could no longer do so. Later in life, she served faithfully with the Mother’s Union. All that knew her, was aware of her love for her church family. At church and in the community, she had many friends and was loved by all.

For many years, her main occupation was of a domestic worker. She was known for her cooking skills and specifically being a baker. In addition, she was well known for using her sewing skills to sew for herself and many others.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo Shepard, son, Anthony Earl Shepard, parents, Charles and Ozella Shepard, six brothers and six sisters.

She is survived by (or she leaves to cherish her memories): daughter-in-law, Jackie Shepard; devoted grandchildren Kejuan, Michael, Anthony (Nicholas), Chounyieka, Nickola, and Javonka Shepard; 17 great grandchildren; host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and remaining devoted friends, Mrs. Mary Louise Watson and Mrs. Jane Davis.

Mrs. Margaret Fuller

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May 30, 1937 – September 12, 2018


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Family Visitation: 9:30 A.M
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Bethel Temple Church of God In Christ
110 West 43rd Avenue
Gary,  Indiana

Oak Hill Cemetery
Gary, Indiana

Margaret Blakemore-Fuller, daughter of the late Briggs Blakemore, Sr. and Davella Bryant-Blakemore, was born in Gary, Indiana on May 30, 1937

Margaret Blakemore-Fuller is preceded in death by her husband, Richard B. Fuller, Jr.; sister Subella Blakemore Rumph; brothers, Briggs Blakemore, Jr., James Blakemore, Sr. Jackie Blakemore and Newell Blakemore; and brothers-in-law, Elder Theodis Rumph and Leonard Scott.

Margaret Blakemore-Fuller was united in Holy Wedlock to Richard B. Fuller, Jr. on January 25, 1959.  To this union, two children were born, Richard B. Fuller, III and Joycelyn Fuller-Gray.

She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Galilee Baptist Church.  Until her death, she was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee under the leadership of Pastor James M. McCarroll.

Margaret was a retiree from the Gary Community School as a Cafeteria Manager at Kennedy-King Middle School with 28 years of service.  She also served as a School Crossing Guard for Murfreesboro, Tennessee City Schools.

To cherish her memory, she leaves a devoted and loving son, Richard B. Fuller, III of Murfreesboro, TN; devoted and loving daughter, Joycelyn D. (Lewis) Gray of Murfreesboro, TN; twin brother, Maurice (Shirley) Blakemore of Gary, IN; Mary Scott of Ypsilanti, MI; two sisters-in-law, Katie Blakemore of Gary, IN and Marie Blakemore of Gary, IN; and other loving relatives and friends.

Mrs. Mildred Clark Spann

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April 27, 1939 – September 7, 2018


Friday, September 14, 2018
Public Viewing: 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Family Visitation: 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.

Hwy 231 Church of Christ
4331 Shelbyville Hwy
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Johnson Road Cemetery
Christiana, Tennessee

Mrs. Mildred C. Freeman Spann was born on April 27, 1939 in Rutherford County to Joe and Gencie Newman. She departed this life on Friday, September 7, 2018. Mildred was educated in the Rutherford County School System and was a graduate of Holloway High School. She accepted Christ at an early age where she served the Lord tirelessly. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Goodlettsville, TN where she attended faithfully until her health failed. After countless years of working at Chromalox, she retired to continue pursuing her true passion of baking and helping people. Mildred was known for her homemade yeast rolls and caramel cake. Her unconditional love for her family will be forever missed.

Mildred was preceded in death by her father, Joe Newman Jr.; first husband, Thomas W. Freeman, Sr.; son, Joseph Freeman, Sr.; uncle, Horace Smith; Granddaughter, Jasmine Freeman; Great Granddaughters Autumn Freeman and Shyln Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her memories, husband Thomas G. Spann; mother, Gencie Mai Newman; children, Sophia (Eric) Freeman and Thomas (Cuturia) Freeman, Jr; loving and devoted aunts, Lolies (Jean) Newman and Maibell Newman; devoted cousin, Vivian (Andrew) Miller; sisters-in-law, Cornelia Cooper, Shellie North, Viola Malone and Dora Freeman; brothers-in -law, James Spann, Collier (Mary) Freeman and Jesse Freeman; devoted grandchildren, Yentl Bigsby and Joseph Freeman, Jr.; grandchildren, Jason Polk, Koneika Wimberly, Shanika Freeman, Latoria Jones, Thomas Adams, Todd Freeman, Thomas Freeman III, Jamell Freeman, Anthony Hunt, Destinae Wilson, James Wynn and Cherish Freeman; 14 great grandchildren; favorite neighbor, Jimmie Shannon; and lifelong friends, Hazel Patton, Deborah Tuma and Lizzie Summers.

Kristina Bransford

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August 6, 1991 – September 2, 2018

Graveside Service

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Visitation: 12:00 Noon – 12:45 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St, Shelbyville, TN

Graveside Service: 1:00 P.M.
Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Kristina Bransford, age 27, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018.  She is survived by her husband, Eric Bransford; one daughter, Bailey Dawn Bransford; one son, Jakoby; one brother, Kyle Kujawski; father-in-law, Ted Bransford; cousin, Robert Bransford; along with a host of other relatives and friends.