Mrs. Lorine E. Shepard


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.

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.

Mrs. Cornelia Moorehead

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March 27, 1926 – September 1, 2018


Saturday, September 15, 2018
Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
1404 South Georgia Street
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Cornelia “Connie” Price Moorehead was born on March 27, 1926 in El Dorado, AR.  Named after her father, she was the oldest child of Roxie Ann Taylor Price and Cornelius Price.  She was joined by three brothers (deceased) and one sister:  Timothy Price, Raymond Price, James Price and Delora Mae Price Brewer.  To her siblings, she was “Sister.”  At an early age, she accepted Christ and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in El Dorado, AR where her parents faithfully worshipped into their elder years.

Cornelia moved to Pine Bluff, AR to attend college at the Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N) where she received a Bachelor of Science in 1948, majoring in Home Economics with additional study in Elementary Education.  She remained an enthusiastic and loyal member of the Class of 1948 and attended her 65th College Reunion in 2013.  In 1948, she married Samuel Cleophus “Cle” Moorehead (deceased in 1975). From this union, Macletus Yvette, Olivia D’vonne, and Patsy Lynette (often referenced as “the Moorehead girls”) were born.  Together, Connie and Cle raised their daughters to love God, family, and education.  They were the proud owners of Moorehead Service Station, a Phillips 66 service station on West Pullen Street.

Mrs. Moorehead joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church soon after moving to Pine Bluff and remained a faithful, active and hard-working member until she relocated to live in an assisted living community (Schrader Acres) in Nashville, TN in 2008.  While at St. Paul, Mrs. Moorehead was Secretary of the Sunday School for 48 years, a charter member of the Inspirational Singers choir, and a member of the Missionary Society Circle #7. St. Paul was her beloved church home and she ardently believed in regular attendance at Sunday School, Church Services and Baptist Training Union.  Her dedication to St. Paul was returned to her in her later years through the kindness of church members who continued to reach out to her through mailed tapes of worship services and cards, calls, and visits from St. Paul Pastors and members while she lived at Schrader Acres. These expressions of love and affection filled her heart with delight.  In addition to her church activities, Mrs. Moorehead was also an active member of the Social and Arts Club, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  After her retirement, Mrs. Moorehead was a charter member of the Travelin’ Friends and became an enthusiastic traveler.  Her many trips included a Caribbean cruise to San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten’s, Barbados and Martinique; a cruise to the Bahamas; an Amtrak trip to Seattle, WA and Victoria, British Columbia, San Francisco and Las Vegas; a trip to Los Angeles where she appeared on The Price is Right; a trip to Branson, MO during the Christmas season; a trip to Minneapolis, MN where she visited the Mall of America; and a trip to Hawaii.

Mrs. Moorehead began her professional career as a teacher in 1948, teaching for 37 years and retiring in 1985.   During her career, she taught 3rd grade in the Watson Chapel Schools, Kindergarten at AM&N, and 4th Grade in the Rison, AR schools.  In 1955, she was asked to come to Altheimer Elementary School where she became the first Black teacher at this school. She taught 3rd Grade (her favorite!) there until her retirement.

Over the years, “the Moorehead girls” became well-accustomed to her many former students reaching out to her, or stopping her around town to say they remembered her and thanking her for being their 3rd grade teacher or for teaching their child.  Needless to say, she took great pleasure in these encounters!

Though Mrs. Moorehead never taught home economics, she was an extraordinary cook, baker, seamstress, and homemaker.  She always had a home improvement or decorating project underway and had a particular love of the color green.  Her home was filled with love, laughter, delicious smells, music, and “saying grace, Bible verses, and nightly prayers.”  Believing that both ordinary and special moments were to be captured and remembered, she took many hundreds of photographs and often volunteered to create scrapbooks for a club to which she belonged.  Mrs. Moorehead loved people and had many friends, both in Pine Bluff and at a distance.  She greatly enjoyed talking to them by phone (particularly Mildred Johnson [deceased] who lived across the street from her for many years), writing letters and sending birthday cards. 

Mrs. Moorehead took great joy in being a Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  After having only daughters, she became Granny, Gran Gran, Grandma and Honey to one granddaughter (Nia), five grandsons (Christopher [deceased in 2004]), Cameron, Patrick, Khari, and Gyasi), and two great granddaughters (Camina and Baylei)!  To have her as a grandmother and great grandmother was to be showered with love, scrumptious food, good humor, stories, and unwavering encouragement, support, and prayers.  Over the years, Mrs. Moorehead also enjoyed close relationships with her sons-in-law, Dennis Slaughter (“Mother Moorehead”) and Steve Turner (“Connie B”).  Dennis was a regular source of affectionate and fun energy, and amazing musical renditions delivered in person (including for her and the residents at Schrader) as well as sent to her on CD’s.  Steve was quite simply her “rock.” Always a quiet and generous presence, it was Steve who physically lifted and carried her in her later years when she could no longer walk. 

Mrs. Moorehead gave love and kindness in abundance, and in return, she received an outpouring of love from many throughout all the years of her life. These expressions of love and kindness extended to her last days of life, where she was blessed by the staff at Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro with the most amazing and loving care we could have ever desired for her. Even as she slept deeply, those who cared for her remarked on the sweet spirit that emanated from her and expressed appreciation for the privilege of caring for her.

Cornelia Moorehead leaves to honor, celebrate and treasure her memory; her sister, Delora Brewer; daughters, Macletus Y. Smith (grandson Cameron Jon Smith and great granddaughter Camina Paris Smith) of Antioch, TN, Olivia (Dennis) Moorehead-Slaughter of Milton, MA (grandsons, Khari Adebayo M. Slaughter of Berlin, Germany and Gyasi Ayodele M. Slaughter of Milton, MA) and Patsy (Steve) Moorehead Turner of Murfreesboro, TN (grandson Steven Patrick Turner of Greenbrier, TN; granddaughter Nia Calise Turner Ikner of Antioch, TN; great granddaughter Baylei Rose Ikner of Antioch, TN); Moorehead nieces and nephews, Faye, Shirley, Bessie Kaye, Brenda, Willie Carl, Colette, Evelyn, Sandra, John and Diane; Price nieces and nephews, Jodi, Deanne, Terrence, and Alton; and beautiful great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stroble

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May 3, 1940 – August 26, 2018


Friday, August 31, 2018
Lie In State: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Silver Springs Missionary Baptist Church
129 Mill Lane
Smyrna, Tennessee

Silver Springs Cemetery
Smyrna, Tennessee

This is the story of Mary Elizabeth (Lewis) Stroble.  Mary, better known as Mae Mae, was a wonderful woman who loved the Lord.

Mary’s story starts on May 3, 1940 and ended on August 26, 2018 at St. Thomas Hospital, Murfreesboro, TN; the oldest child to the late Jesse Lewis and Rebecca (Ridley) Lewis.  Mary was born in Rutherford County where she attended public schools.  She later found the Lord at an early age where she did great works for the Lord.

Mary loved to cook and listen to gospel preaching and singing.  She loved the gospel greats, such as Dorothy Love Coates, Brooklyn Allstars and especially Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers, but this is nothing new to all that knew her.  Mary was known for her abilities to lead songs at her home church, Grace Missionary Baptist Church and she was also a member of Silver Springs M.B. Church.  She also used her harmonic contralto voice with the Smyrna Aires of Smyrna, TN.  Mary was united in holy matrimony to Robert Linwood Stroble.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Rebecca (Ridley) Lewis; daughter, Rosalind Stroble Russell; sister, Doll Sue Lewis; and brother, Steve R. Lewis.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory, three children, Jacqueline Tina Stroble, Rowland Lynn (Mechelle) Stroble and Corretta Andrea (Stroble) Bynum; son-in-law Joseph Michael Russell; twelve grandchildren, Theron Cannon, Tyrone Cannon, Valencia Johnson, Vatia Stroble, Vondrael Stroble, Vashawna Stroble, Quinton Stroble, Alexander Stroble, Victoria Stroble, Marcus Martin, Timothy Russell and Michael Joseph Russell; sister, Rachel L. Lewis; one nephew, Ashanti Law; devoted cousin, Diane (Clark) Patterson; and a host of great grandchildren, family and friends.

Jaivon Dashawn Broach

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March 10, 2000 – August 23, 2018


Friday, August 31, 2018
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

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

Private Family Burial

Jaivon Dashawn Broach, age 18, passed away. He is survived by his parents, Ona Broach and Terrance Hawkins; one sister, Delena Cooper; grandparents, Cheryl (Mark) Bedwell; along with a host of other relatives and friends.