Mrs. Ruby Gordon Smith

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April 3, 1920 – November 12, 2017


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

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. Ocydean Richardson


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December 24, 1934 – November 5, 2017


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

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.

Mr. Lloyd P. Wilkerson

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November 14, 1944 – October 22, 2017


Saturday, October 28, 2017
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Crystal Fountain Church
3109 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, Tennessee

Sand Hill Cemetery
La Vergne, Tennessee

Lloyd Peter Wilkerson was born November 14, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Clarence Wilkerson and Victoria “Lillie” Wilkerson. Lloyd attended Houma Public Schools and graduated from Southdown High School in 1962. After high school, Lloyd moved to Kentucky for Job Corp.

He is preceded in death by his sister ,Edna Wilkerson.

Lloyd worked for Nashville Wire as a  Machine Operator Specialist for over 40 years.

Lloyd was a complete gentleman. Lloyd was a man of a few words but you knew the love honor and respect that he had for his wife. He cherished his wife Georgia. (you can reword this but he LOVED my granny and I know he would want that stated) Always kind to everyone he met. Lloyd enjoyed fishing, swimming, and playing tennis in his free time.

Lloyd was baptized at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. He later moved his membership to Crystal Fountain Outreach Ministries in Nashville, TN and was a faithful and active member until his health begin  to fail him.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Georgia, children Cordale Wilkerson and Lerance Wilkerson ;step children, Melvin Parrish Jr, Cassandra Bentley (Michael), Michael Parrish (Mary Ann), Adrian Parrish (Latamarah), Clifford Parrish(Jackie);  two grandchildren, Colbi Wilkerson and Taylor Patterson; great grandchild Charli Patterson; sisters, Vera (Cornelius) Bolden, Barbara Ward, Joyce Wilkerson, Andrea (Zilton) Lawson , and Linda Wilkerson; brothers, Raymond Wilkerson, Newman (Audretta) Wilkerson; a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends; and devoted friends Richard Johnson and Beverly Wilkerson.

Mrs. Maria Josefa Del Rio Reyes

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March 19, 1974 – October 21, 2017


Monday, October 23, 2017
Visitation: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb St., Shelbyville, TN

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Funeral Mass: 2:00 P.M.

St. William of Montevergine Catholic Church
500 S Brittain Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Maria Josefa Del Rio Reyes, edad 43, fallecio Sabado, 21 de Octubre, ella es sobrevivida por su esposo Virgilio Ozorio Munoz; por sus hijas, Michelle, Erendida y Leslie Ozorio Del Rio, y un hijo, Virgilio Ozorio Del Rio; sus hermanas Alicia Del Rio, Maria De Los Angeles, Sonia Del Rio, Maria Elena Del Rio y Silvia Del Rio; sus hermanos Jose Del Rio, Arturo Del Rio y Gustavo Del Rio; sus sobrinas Flor Del Rio, Brenda Del Rio, Julissa Del Rio and Cindy Del Rio; sus sobrinos Arturo Del Rio, Santiago Del Rio, Cristian Del Rio y Luis Del Rio; y a lado de mas familia y amigos.

Mr. Felix Johnson

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June 5, 1929 – October 14, 2017

Memorial Service
Saturday, October 21, 2017
2:00 P.M.

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 East Burton St.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Felix Johnson was the sixth child and second born son of Henry and Cornelia Johnson. Felix was born June 5, 1929 in Murfreesboro, TN. He departed this earthly home on October 14, 2017. Felix was educated in Rutherford County, TN schools. He began work early as a horse groomer/handler with the Tennessee Walking Horses.

He later worked at Middle Tennessee State University Campus School as custodian until his retirement. He was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.

Felix had an open-door policy: if someone needed a place to stay for a few days or months he welcomed them into his home. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke it was usually sound advice and meaningful.

He was well known and loved in the Murfreesboro community in which he lived all his life. Friends and neighbors could always expect to see him sitting on the front porch with a friendly wave and smile when they walked or drove by his home.

Felix is preceded in death by daughter, Telesa; and Brothers: John Henry Johnson, Frank Johnson, James Johnson; Sisters: LaVonia Lytle, Betty “Liza” Johnson, Lucille Spy, Katie Couts, and Jennie Johnson.

He is survived by Daughters: Teresa Benford and Kennetha Batten; Sisters: Elizabeth Woods, Eleanor (Robert) Harvell, Georgia Johnson, Girldine (John) McKnight, Katherine (Eldridge “Sonny”) Bell.

He leaves to miss him dearly six grandchildren; a host of nephews and nieces three generations strong; as well as longtime friends and neighbors.

Rev. Allen Polk Ridley

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August 5, 1944 – October 2, 2017


Sunday, October 8, 2017
Family Visitation: 6:00 P.M.
Funeral Service: 7:00 P.M.

Word of Life Worship Center
555 Old Nashville Hwy
La Vergne, Tennessee

Monday, October 9, 2017
10:00 A.M.
Middle TN Veteran’s Cemetery
Pegram, Tennessee

Allen Polk Ridley was born to Mr. Dudley and Orelee Ridley in South Nashville, TN on August 5, 1944. He was the youngest of five children, and as a child, accepted Christ. Allen was baptized at Little Mt Zion in Nashville, TN.

He was united in marriage to Rev. “Prophetess” Andrea Eubanks (Ridley) on January 31, 1965. They were blessed with two children: Allen P. Ridley III and Arlesia (James) Ridley, God Daughter Deborah (Leonard) Willis.

Allen was educated in the Nashville City School System and graduated from Cameron High School in 1962. He later finished his education while serving in the United States Army for over 27 years.

During his time in the military, Allen served three separate tours of Vietnam. While being stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY, Allen was an Air Assault School Commander. He also served in Ft. Sherman, Panama as the JOTC.

Allen was also a 32° Mason and Eastern Star.

Allen rededicated his life to Christ and answered the call into ministry.  He was ordained into ministry on October 8, 2006.

Allen will be truly missed by his grandchildren: Maya Alaya Hill, James Roman Allen Hill (Samantha), Kukoyi Lockett Ridley, Ke’hinde Lockett Ridley, Leila Holland Ridley, Allen P. Ridley IV, and Endrea L. Ridley. His cherished memories will remain forever with his devoted wife, mother-in-law, Lillie Stallworth, children, grand, and great-grand children, along with nieces, nephews, devoted extended family and many wonderful friends.

Mrs. Sara H. McCroskey

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January 24, 1942 – September 11, 2017


Saturday, September 16, 2017
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Mrs. Sara McCroskey entered this life on January 24, 1942 to the late General Hardin and Gertrude (Henry) Stafford. After a long illness, she was called home on September 11, 2017. She obeyed the gospel at an early age. She was a member of the Bird Street Church of Christ in Shelbyville, TN.

Sara McCroskey was loved dearly. She was a loving wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She enjoyed cooking, shopping, spending time with her family and friends and helping others. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents General Hardin and Gertrude (Henry Stafford), sister Ethel (the late Charles) Robertson and Catherine (Gregory) Yeargins, nephew Brian Yeargins, niece Heaven Rendon, mother in law Jodie McCroskey, father in law Willie McCroskey, brothers in law James McCroskey, Clemons McCroskey, Joe Willie McCroskey and sisters in law, Margaret Johnson, Aileen McCroskey and Ethel McCroskey.

She leaves to mourn and cherish her memories, her devoted husband Howard McCroskey, her devoted son Michael (Keri) Hardin and special nephew Landon Hardin, sisters Elizabeth (the late Preston) Dalton, Mattie (Joe) Peacock and Martha Cooper, brother James Hardin, brother in law Thomas E. McCroskey, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.