Bill Griffy, 74, of Chapel Hill, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at his residence, surrounded by his family and a host of friends.
Mr. Griffy was a native of Williamson County. He served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict and was retired from the Williamson County Board of Education after 20 years as school bus garage manager. He was a member of the Holts Corner Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Ray and Mary Alice Sullivan Griffy; sisters, Hettie Hargrove and Betty Leverette; and son-in-law, Steve Lawrence.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Finley Griffy of Chapel Hill; daughters, Sheila Griffy of Franklin, and Sherry (Ricky) Batten and Shanna (Mike) McCoy, all of Chapel Hill; brother, Sewell Griffy of Unionville; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, Feb. 12, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Chatman officiating, followed by burial with military honors in Swanson Cemetery.
The active pallbearers were Jeff Griffy, Mark Griffy, David Griffy, Harry Griffy, Phillip Hargrove, Billy Gene Hargrove, Zach McCoy, and David Johns.
The honorary pallbearers were Katherine and Tom Gentry, Calvin and Ruth Smith, Melvin and Liz Boyd, Robert Ryan, Clarence Gordon, Ronnie Trout, Paul Rogers, Corey Trout, Dr. Bobby White, Harold August, Billy Johns, and Ricky Hazel.
Wesley McCoy, Seth McCoy, and Arlee Eslick served as junior pallbearers.
Memorial donations may be made to the Holts Corner Baptist Church Building Fund, 5787 Thick Road, Chapel Hill, TN 37034.
Annie Ruth Chapman
Annie Ruth Chapman, 90, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Chapman was a native of Lincoln County. She was a retired nurse from Merihil Healthcare and was a member of the Lewisburg First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Green and Annie May Ashby Askins, and sisters, Inez Brown, Evelyn Mooningham, and Mildred Egera Talley.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Willene (Nicky) Foster of Petersburg; sisters, Marjorie Hofflin of Chesapeake Bay, Va. and Glendon Shaw of Martin, Tenn.; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 12, from the chapel of London Funeral Home, followed by burial in Lone Oak Cemetery.
Sam Tennison Smithson
Sam Tennison Smithson, 81, of Lewisburg, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Maury Regional Hospital.
Mr. Smithson was a native of Marshall County. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corp. He was retired from Genesco as a maintenance supervisor and was a member of Church St. Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Claud and Annie Mary Joyce Smithson; wife, Gladys Elaine McCrory Smithson; sister, Hazel Adair; and brothers, William, Benny, and Thomas Smithson.
He is survived by his sisters, Francis Barcheers of Lewisburg and Jane Cobble of Shelbyville; brother, Albert Smithson of Shelbyville; niece/caregiver, Kay Gentry of Chapel Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 11, from the chapel of London Funeral Home, followed by burial with military honors Lone Oak Cemetery.
James T. Wilkes Sr.
James T. Wilkes Sr., died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Maury Regional Hospital.
Mr. Wilkes was a deacon and faithful member of Bellafant Tabernacle Baptist Church. He worked at S & H Honey Farm until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Pearline Wilkes; wives, Lillie Goodman-Wilkes and Ruth Armstrong-Wilkes; and brother, Edward Wilkes.
He is survived by his son, James T. Wilkes Jr. of Columbia; daughter, Kay Wilkes-Webster of Charlotte, N.C.; stepsons, Victor, Roy, and James Goodman, and Tracy and Leslie Armstrong; stepdaughters, Frankie and Jean Armstrong, Connie Johnson, Margaret Davis, Bessie Claud, Cookie Polk, and Shirley Porter; brother, Robert Wilkes; sisters, Ruth Ellis and Evelyne Wilkes; two grandchildren; 30 stepgrandchildren; three nephews and one niece; the Maury County Bee Association; and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Bellafant Tabernacle in Columbia, and Mr. Wilkes will lie in state at Bellafant Tabernacle from 11 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 14.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Bellafant Tabernacle with Elder William Claude Bellafant officiating, followed by burial in Ezell Cemetery, Cornersville.
J. B. Mayberry & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles W. Morrison
Charles W. "C.W." Morrison, 85, of Lynnville, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Morrison was a native of Orlando, Fla. He served in the Army during World War II and was the former owner of Waco Grocery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H. and Annie Newton Morrison; wife, Yvonne "Billie" Morrison; brother, Fred Morrison; and sisters, Agnes Avera and Pauline Ross.
He is survived by his daughters, Sherry (Howard) Roediger of Lewisburg, and Nancy L. Fry and Donna M. Morrison, both of Lynnville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Carr & Erwin Funeral Home, Pulaski, on Thursday, Feb. 12.
Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Greenwood Cemetery, Apopka, Fla.
Albert Lovins, 66, of Chapel Hill, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center.
Mr. Lovins was a native of Marshall County and was a former employee of Georgia Boot Co.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Audie Newcomb and Nina Pauline Lovins.
He is survived by his wife, Mary A. Lovins, and sons, Chris and Junior Lovins, all of Chapel Hill; sister, Judy Norwood of Lewisburg; and several grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Burgess officiating, followed by burial will follow in Harris Cemetery, Marshall County.