Mrs. Lillian Jeanette Daniel

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January 14, 1936 – February 2, 2019


Thursday, February 7, 2019
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

Bird Street Church of Christ
428 Bird Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Willow Mount Cemetery
Shelbyville, Tennessee

Lillian Jean Daniel was born on January 14, 1939 to the late Thomas and Lizzie Brame.  She graduated from Bedford County Training School.

She was a member at Highway 231 Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN.  She worked as a house keeper for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Mack; two sons, John Allison, Jr. and Dwight Allison; and two grandchildren, Dwane Allison and Tynisha Allison.

Lillian leaves behind her devoted son, Jeff (Brenda) Allison; daughters, Glenda (Horace) Smotherman and Vicky Allison; grandchildren, William Allison, Jr., Nicole Reese, Jeanette Smotherman, Travis Smotherman, Tomeka Allison, Anthony Allison, Tolandra Benson, Jason Hill, Constance Kenney, Tia Braston and Deshaun Braston; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Mr. James “Baby” William Reed, Sr.


October 19, 1948 – January 25, 2019

Memorial Service

Friday, February 1, 2019
Family Visitation: 5:00 P.M.
Memorial Service: 6:00 P.M.

First Baptist Church
738 East Castle Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

James William “Baby” Reed, Sr. transitioned peacefully in his home on Friday, January 25, 2019.  He was born October 19, 1948 to the late Winston and Amy Reed.

James professed his love in Christ at an early age.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo’Ann Reed; sister, Avery Ann Reed; and brother Michael Reed.

Baby Reed leaves to mourn his loving daughters, Klelesa Nance and Treveria Rankins; son, James William Reed, Jr.; brother, Johnny (Teresa) Reed; step-mother, Lorenn (Charlie) Richardson; very devoted friend, Dorothy Owens; a host of grandchildren, Keshley, very devoted granddaughter Ja’Nora, William (Pico), Jaimese, Darrius, Anthony Jr., Trevarius and Justice; along with his great grandchildren, Ty’Klecia, Ah’Mari and Journni; devoted friend, Rodney James; devoted cousin, Hentori Owens; devoted neighbor Mary Malone; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends whom will miss him dearly.

Mrs. Juanita Irene Albertson

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September 26, 1948 – January 25, 2019

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:00 P.M.

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

When you wanted good Southern food, the entire family agreed- look no further than Nita. Chicken and dumplings, collard greens, black eyed peas, mashed tators, mac n cheese, fried chicken, tacos, and chocolate chip pancakes! She made them all with love and never needed a recipe!

Juanita Irene (Tyre) Albertson, “Nita” celebrated her last sunset on Friday January 25th. She was born in Alma, Georgia in 1948, the daughter of a housewife and a carpenter. “Nita” was preceded in death by her parents Mack and Linnie, brothers, Bobby, Eddie, Lamar, Roger, Roy, her sister Laverne, and her daughter Tammy.

Juanita is survived by her sons, Stacy, Jason, and Mack, and her daughter (in-law) Rachel, grandchildren DC, Heather, Kyle Ann, Jeffrey, Jesse, Josh, Cody, Marissa, Katrina, and Garrett, great grandchildren Kailey, Emma, Angel, Isabella, Braxton, Joseph, Laken, Aliyah, Brinlee, Hunter, and Faith, and sisters Jo Ann, Louise, and Margie. Plus, her grand dog Madi, whom was snuck into several rehab and nursing home facilities. Additionally, there are many cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family that she loved dearly. She was a true and loyal friend to all who were blessed enough to be welcomed into her inner circle.

Her early years were spent living in Jacksonville, Florida. As a newly married wife, she moved with her husband and children to San Diego, California. Years later, after the birth of her son Mack she returned to Jacksonville, Florida. In 2009, Nita moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to be with her sons, daughter-in-law, and grandkids.

She married young and absolutely loved her career as a housewife to Terry Albertson (former spouse), stay-at-home mom, room mom, baseball mom, and you can imagine the rest of the “mom” volunteer positions she held. There wasn’t a kid in the neighborhood that hadn’t had a glass of her kool-aid or been babysat by her. All of the kids loved riding around in her van, except Jason who got carsick.

If you ever spent more than a minute talking with her, she would brag on all of her family. Nothing was more important to her than being with us. Nita enjoyed years of band concerts, plays, musicals, and grandparent lunches at the schools. If you visited her at her home, in full Southern grace, she would ask if you wanted a drink or something to eat. After you answered, it was time to hush because the game show network or her soaps were on. Some of us never even knew Steve Harvey until we got to know him on her TV.

Juanita believed in giving to others, almost to a fault or an overdraft notice from her bank. If she had $5, she would spend it all to help someone else in need.

Common “Nita-isms”:

“Don’t worry. It’s all gonna work out the way it supposed to, I reckon.” Anytime someone was sad or disappointed

“Dang it, where are all my dirty cards.” Playing Cards Against Humanity

“Did you take my 4?” and “I’m not really Sorry” To any of us while playing Sorry

“Look Sister Sue….” You never what would come next

You could never doubt her inner strength, when she said she was gonna “sweep the foot”, someone was going down!

She treasured Sunday’s. Once Nita moved to Tennessee, Sunday became our family night with dinner and games. There was nothing like an RB with mayo and tomato, fries, and frozen root beer. Sorry was her board game of choice. It seemed that no matter how the cards went, we always ended up needing the same card to win. Her fun-loving self won at dice, card games, board games, and computer slots. For her, it was about the fun of playing, not about winning the game. Unlike the rest of the family, who drove her nuts with their competitive spirit and game time shouting. In the warmer months, nothing made her happier than zipping the golf cart around the neighborhood, cranking tunes, and waving to all she passed.

Juanita had a unique awareness about the importance of a life lived with the ones you love over any material possessions.  This is the best gift she ever gave us.

When she moved into the senior apartments several years ago, Nita quickly made friends. They went with each other to doctor’s appointments, checked on each other every day, lunched together, and played card games downstairs. At her recent 70th birthday party, they all gathered to sing Happy Birthday *Ding* and wish her joy.

Although the last six months of her life were spent mostly in a nursing home or at the hospital, she still shared plenty of quality time with us. It was a reflective time for our feelings and how important family is. Nita had such a sassy spirit, all the nurses and techs loved her. When she switched rooms, they would come and visit even though that room wasn’t on their rounds (shhh, don’t tell). She battled hard until the end. In fact, the weeks before her death, she was pumping iron and building her strength, in anticipation of returning to her apartment.

Our beloved matriarch is now peeling potatoes with the ‘special’ paring knife up in heaven with her sister Vernie, her daughter Tammy, mother Linnie, and all who went before her.

“Please don’t cry because I’m gone; instead be happy that I was here.


Mr. Rodney W. Young

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September 23, 1965 – January 12, 2019


Friday, January 18, 2019
Public Viewing: 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
at Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Family Visitation: 12:30 P.M.
Funeral Mass: 1:30 P.M.

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church
1601 North Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Lovvorn Cemetery
Barfield Community
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Rodney Wyndham “Rip” Young, was born in Fairhope, AL on September 23, 1965.  He departed this life on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, TN.  Rodney was 53 years old. 

He was born to the late Ret. Msg. Johnny Young and Freddie Mae Harris Young.  He was preceded in death by a brother Michael John Young.

Rodney’s love of sports began at a very young age.  He played peewee football, basketball and ran track.  He also showed his musical side while playing in the ensemble band at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.  Rodney went on to play football and run track at Middle TN State University (MTSU), where he graduated in 1989.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Victoria M. Young of Murfreesboro, TN; daughters, Kayla McGowan, Dominique Young and Chyra Young, all of Murfreesboro, TN; grandson, Michael John Young II; mother, Freddie Mae H. Young of Daphne, AL; sisters, Denise Shaw and Jacqueline Young, both of Daphne, AL; father/mother-in-law, L.B. (Barbara) McGowan of Lynchburg, TN;  brothers-in-law, Larry (Connie) McGowan of Tullahoma, TN and Wayne (Angel) McGowan of Fairview, TN; sister-in-law, Brenda Wells of Lynchburg, TN; nieces, Stephanie McGowan of Tullahoma, TN, Brianna Shaw and Melissa Shaw, both of Daphne, AL, Alexis Fortson of Murfreesboro, TN, Kristian Eady of Lynchburg, TN and Savannah Eady of Tullahoma, TN; nephews, Geoffrey McGowan of Tullahoma, TN and Randall Shaw, II of Daphne, AL; and a host of  other relatives,  friends and co-workers.

Mother Louiza Johnson

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September 22, 1925 – January 2, 2019


Saturday, January 12, 2019
Lie In State: 10:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M
Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

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

Evergreen Cemetery
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

It all began on September 22, 1925 when Louiza Johnson was born to the late Wash and Julia Johnson. Louiza, who was affectionately called Mother by those who knew and loved her, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the age of 93. 

Mother gave her life to the Lord Jesus at an early age.  She later united with Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church where she served faithfully in many capacities including Pastor’s Aide Treasurer and Usher board member. She was a dedicated member of the Mother Board at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, under the covering of Elder B.L. Russell until her illness.  

As our matriarch, Mother bestowed unconditional love on our family in many ways, but especially through cooking delicious meals.  She was a great Southern cook and known for her delicious homemade caramel cakes.  She fostered family togetherness and hosted Monday night dinner at her home each week for family and friends. 

Mother was a talented Upholsterer and Drapery Seamstress. She was an avid collector of dolls and one of her favorite past times was yard sale shopping.

Mother’s life work was taking care of her family. She was a hard worker who lived a full meaningful life of sacrifice, giving and serving others and would extend a helping hand to those in need. She loved children and was a doting grandmother and natural caregiver who led by beautiful example and selflessly cared for her mother Julia Johnson for many years.

Although Mother had a quiet humble nature, she was strong and the rock of our family.  She worked tirelessly taking care of everyone she loved, and she can now take her well-deserved rest.

She was preceded in eternal life by her parents; sisters, Willie, Anna, Tennie, Bertha and Elmira; brothers, Desimo, George, Thomas, James, Issac and Robert Johnson; a loving daughter, Addie Miller; and devoted son-in-law, Bobby Miller.   

Mother leaves to celebrate her life, her daughters, Ruby Akridge, Mai Miller, Shirley Mack (Samuel), Linda Johnson and Edith Uzoho; her son, Ernest Johnson; and son-in-law, George Miller. She also leaves to celebrate her life, 16 grandchildren, Valerie Richardson (Gerald), Kimberly Fletcher, Kerry Fletcher, Cynthia Allen (Ronald), Tony Bass, Tiffany Akridge (Joseph), Tamica Garner (Damone), Christopher Vaughter, Kennedy Johnson, Chidy Johnson (Malay), Kamille Henry (Terry), Chanta Harlan (Damion), Yvonne Watson (Tyree), Azikiwe Uzoho, DeAndrea Mack and Jordan Johnson; 20 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; devoted nieces, Bertha Brown and Barbara Batey; beloved sisters-in-law, Maggie Johnson and Mildred Johnson; beloved family friends, Darlene Wright, Linda Wade and Rodrick Bingham; and a host of other family & friends.

Mr. Hosea James Brown

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December 21, 1947 – December 24, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Visitation: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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

Friday, January 4, 2019
1:00 P.M.
Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery
Pegram, Tennessee

Mr. Hosea James Brown, age 71, passed away Monday, December 24th. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Melanie Brown; one son, Hosea Brown; step children, Karen (Terrance) Spivey, Tina Goforth, Chris (Alisha) Reed, Robby Jones, Joe and Twana Malone; sister, Mary Capehart; brother, Willie (Mary) Blue; along with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.