Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bernard McCord Bryant

Bernard McCord Bryant, 88, of Nashville, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Bryant was a native of Spartanburg, S.C. He served in the Army during World War II and was retired from the Federal Government as a Unit Chief with the Veterans Administration. He was a member of the Bell Meade United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Bernard and Arleen Vashti McCord Bryant, and wife, Doris Ketchum Bryant.

he is survived by two sons, Bernard M. Bryant Jr. and Barry Paul Bryant, both of Nashville; and eight grandchildren, Karen Michelle Bryant of Fort Worth, Texas, Celeste Marcel Bryant, Kevin Matthew Bryant, and Caitlin Marie Bryant, all of San Antonio, Texas, Barri Megan Bryant and Kevin Michael Bryant, both of Marble Falls, Texas, and Samuel Grady Bryant and Robert Theodore Bryant, both of Nashville.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 14, from the chapel of London Funeral Home, followed by burial in Bryant Cemetery, Mooresville, with military honors.

Jessie James Morris

Jessie James Morris, 66, of Ardmore, Tenn., died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in Pulaski.

Mr. Morris was a native of Giles County.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Morris, and brother, Johnny Morris.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Roberta Graham Morris of Williamsport; wife, Connie Savage Morris of Ardmore; daughters, Linda Faye LeMay of Columbia and Tessa Morris Kelly of Ardmore; sons, Jessie James Morris Jr. of Tullahoma, James William Morris and Jessie Lee Morris, both of Elkton, and Michael Austin Morris of Ardmore; sisters, Evelyn Wise and Bobby Jean Bradford, both of Williamsport, and Ann Kelley of Columbia; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Rocky Glade Cemetery in Rutherford County.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, were in charge of arrangements.

Grady Lee Smith

Grady Lee Smith, 91, of the Laws Hill Community of Marshall County, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Mr. Smith was a native of Rutherford County. He was a farmer and was also retired from Genesco. He was a member of the Non-Denominational Christian Group Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Dorcy and Minnie Lee Collins Smith; brothers, Jim Ed, Johnny, Willie, and Leonard Smith; sister, Pauline Cunningham; and grandson, Glen Davis.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Bernice Smith of Laws Hill; sons, William (Carmen) Smith, of Houston, Texas, Hubert (Jean) Smith of Culleoka, Austin (Carol) Smith and James (Faye) Smith, all of Laws Hill, and Bobby (Shirley) Smith of Shelbyville; daughters, Betty (Paul) Gentry and Janie (Junior) Peek, all of Shelbyville, Kay (George) Quick of Tullahoma, Janice (Johnny) Fagan of Lewisburg, and Sherry (Ronnie) Burns of Columbia; brother, Charlie Smith of Woodbury; 27 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Feb. 15, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Eric Haun officiating, followed by burial in Hopper Cemetery in the Laws Hill Community.

The pallbearers were Stephen Smith, Tommy Garrett, Chris Smith, Jeff Smith, Tim Smith, Jimmy Moore, Tommy Davis, and Eugene Peek.

Vickie Gile Foreman

Vickie Gile Foreman, 56, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center.

Mrs. Forman was born in Tuttle, N.D., and was raised in Harvard, Ill. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg, and had served as secretary there since 1996. She was active in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Marshall County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Gile and Avis Seifkus Gile.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Jeff Foreman, and children, Jennifer Lynn (Mike) Atkins and Jeremy Foreman, all of Lewisburg; brothers, Michael Gile of Walworth, Wis. and Dewitt Gile of McHenry, Ill.; grandchildren, Victoria Anne and Lindsey Danielle Foreman and Andrew Michael Atkins; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 17, from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home with Jeff Eason, Claude McMillon, and Amos Wilson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life for Marshall County.

You may sign Mrs. Foreman's online registry at

Alton William Morton Jr.

Alton William "Buzz" Morton Jr., 62, of Culleoka, formerly of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

Mr. Morton was a self-employed construction worker for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton William and Evelyn Roberts Morton, and wife, June Morton.

He is survived by his sons, Gene Morton of Culleoka, Brannon (Renee) Morton of Nashville, and Billy (Sara) Morton of Lynnville; sister, Susie Morton Helm of Franklin; and granddaughter, Megan Morton.

Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Feb. 13, from the chapel of Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home with Reverend David Sawyer officiating, followed by burial in Spring Hill Memorial Park.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

The honorary pallbearers were Edward Harmon, Ronnie Morrow, and Larry Watson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Buzz Morton Memorial Fund.

Vickie Marie Owens

Vickie Marie Owens, 57, of Lawrenceburg, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.

Mrs. Owens was a native of Ethridge. She was employed by Jones Apparel Group as a quality control inspector. She was a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her father, Comer Martin, and brother, Richard Holder.

She is survived by her mother, Margaret Watkins Holder of Lewisburg; husband, Danny Owens of Lawrenceburg; daughters, Cheryl (Dobber) Green of Summertown and Dana Weaver of Ethridge; son, Kevin Matlock, and his fiancee, Jessica Martin, of Summertown; stepsons, Neil Owens of Lewisburg and Greg (Dusty) Owens of Pulaski; sisters, Connie Dickey, Teresa Robinson, and Christine Moore; brothers, Randy, Richard, Ronnie, and Michael Martin, and Jimmy Holder; four grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 12, from the chapel of Neal Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, with Steve Nave officiating, followed by burial in Brace Cemetery, Lawrence County.

Peggy Holland

Peggy Holland, 77, formerly of Cornersville, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 in Terrace at Bluegrass in Hendersonville.

Mrs. Holland was a native of Giles County and daughter of the late Robert and Birdie LaMay. She was a homemaker and member of the Cornersville First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Terry (Regina) Holland of Brentwood and one granddaughter, Rachel Holland of Birmingham, Ala.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of London Funeral Home with burial to follow in Beechwood Cemetery.

The family will be at London Funeral Home from noon until the funeral hour for visitation.

London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.