|John Hatcher Crowder
Services for John Hatcher Crowder, 91, of Portland were 1 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 30, 2002 at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Hearn
and Bro. Jerrie W. Barber officiating. Burial was in Crestview Memorial
Mr. Crowder died Thursday, Nov. 28, at Vanderbilt University Medical
Pallbearers were Chris Crowder, Greg Crowder, Charlie Groves, Bobby
White, Pat Meguiar, Bill Meguiar and Tom Meguiar.
A native of Rives, Tenn., he was born Feb. 5, 1911, the son of Warner
and Flora Crowder. He was the fourth of 11 children, of which seven survive.
He was a mail carrier from the Portland Post Office and a farmer and
was also a veteran of the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by brothers Homer Dennis Crowder and Caswell
Crowder and a sister, Catherine Scallom.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Dobbs Crowder, whom he married
on Dec. 31, 1947; a son, John Dennis (Jan) Crowder of Franklin, Tenn.;
two grandsons, John Christopher Crowder and Greg Crowder of Franklin, Tenn.;
sisters, Mary Day Highers of Nashville, Dora Gwynn of Nashville, Margaret
Cox of Gallatin, Etheleen Womack of Gallatin, Virginia Vantrease of Dayton,
Ohio, and Pat Hemby of Portland; and a brother, Charles Crowder of Gallatin.
Bernice L. Templeton
Funeral services for Bernice Templeton, 78, of Bethpage were Tuesday,
Dec. 3 from Alexander Funeral Home. Burial followed in Crestview Memorial
Mr. Templeton was preceded in death by his parents, Grover “Cleve”
Templeton and Fannie Templeton; son, Tony C.; and daughter, Jeanette R.
Mr. Templeton was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army in
Germany. He was a member of the American Legion Post 17, Gallatin. He was
a 52-year member of Bethpage Lodge #521, past master, Scottish rites of
Nashville, Al Menah Temple of Nashville, Sumner County Shrine Club, past
president, and Sumner County Shrine Club Clown Division.
He retired from Wade/Miracle Ford Co. with 39 years of service. He
spent many years volunteering with community projects, Sumner County Emergency
Management/Civil Defense, past chief of Sumner County Volunteer Fire Department,
33-year volunteer at Gallatin Fire Department and remained actively involved
in helping with constructing issues with volunteer units. He spent the
last 11 years actively involved with Templeton Backhoe Service.
He is survived by his wife, Jean B. Templeton of Bethpage; sons, Roger
(Judy), Ricky (Tina), Jimmy (Debbie), and daughter, Penny, all of Gallatin;
step-sons, William C. “Kit” Kittrell of Nashville, and John “Buddy” (Jo)
Phillips of Newport News, Va.; step-daughters Lisa (Andy) Murphy of Castalian
Springs and Teresa Deal of Gallatin; sisters, Wilma Durham of Gallatin
and Shirley Moore of Springfield; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s
Keith Brian Patton
Keith Brian Patton, 20, of Orcutt, Calif. died Nov. 28, 2002 in Pismo
Beach, Calif. A service will be held in Pismo Beach.
He is survived by his father, Mike Patton of Santa Maria; mother, Melinda
Patton of Pismo Beach; brother, Chad Patton and sister, Kandice Wood, both
of Pismo Beach; grandparents, Frank and Marsha McWhorter of Gallatin and
Ronnie and Barbara Turner of Orcutt; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements under the direction of Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory
of Arroyo Grande.
Glenn Koonce Blackburn Sr.
Glenn K. Blackburn Sr., 80, of Scottsboro, Ala. died Monday, Dec. 2,
2002 at his home.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Rudder Funeral Home
Chapel, Scottsboro, with Mr. Terry Broome of Broad Street Church and the
Rev. Reagin Brown of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial
will be in Pinehaven Memorial Gardens. Visitation was Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.
at Rudder Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Charlie D. Winchester Jr., Michael
L. Blackburn, Chip Slaten, Wesley Black, David Smith, and Jim Brown. Honorary
pallbearers are Mack Buckner, Ken Phillips, Rex Wenton, Billy Neal Haddock,
Dank Lazenby, Quinton Franklin, Robert Boleware, Max Howe and Nesbitt Sanford.
Mr. Blackburn was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel Koonce Blackburn
and Roy Turner Blackburn of Florence; and one sister, Carlyne McMurry of
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edith Broadfoot Blackburn of
Scottsboro; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Glenn K. and Joyce Blackburn Jr.
of Somerset, Ky.; daughter and son-in-law Beth B. and David Winchester
Sr. of Scottsboro; grandchildren, Leslie and Chip Slaten, Sally and Wesley
Black and Rebecca Winchester, all of Scottsboro, Charles D. Winchester
Jr. of Conyers, Ga., Michael Blackburn of Harold, Ky., and Tyler Blackburn
of Somerset, Ky; great-grandchildren, Brook Slaten, Jake Slaten and Meredith
Black, all of Scottsboro, Tyler White of Florence; and sister, Katheleen
B. Black of Florence.
Mr. Blackburn was a Navy veteran of World War II. He served in the
Philippines from 1944 to 1946. He was a chief petty officer on a P.T. Tender
during his service. He was a TVA construction superintendent and was instrumental
in the construction of Widow’s Creek Steam Plant, Gallatin Steam Plant,
Paradise Steam Plant in Greenville, Ky., Cumberland Steam Plant, Nickajack
Dam, Tim’s Ford Dam, Bellefonte Nuclear Plant and after 34 years with TVA
he retired due to health problems. He was a member of Broad Church of Christ
in Scottsboro, Ala., Florence Lodge 14 & A.M., Nashville Scottish Rite
Lodge, IBEW Local 558 in Sheffield, Ala., TVA Retirees Association and
an Honorary Kentucky Colonel, American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to ARC in Scottsboro, Ala. at 180
Mack Morris Drive, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768; The Learning Center, c/o The
Broad Street Church of Christ at 613 S. Broad Street, Scottsboro, Ala.
35768; or The Children’s Place at 1105 S. Broad Street, Scottsboro, Ala.
Tabitha Lucille James
Mrs. Tabitha James, 93, of 105 William Street, Portland, died Nov.
26, 2002 at Tennessee Christian Medical Center in Portland. Funeral services
will be held 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral
Home, Portland with Bro. Leon Graves, Bro. Gary Riley and Bro. Tony Coile
officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memory Gardens. Visitation is after
3 p.m. Wednesday. Pallbearers are Gary Hunter, Tim Hunter, Dan Hunter,
James Camplin, Michael Brummett and Matt Hunter.
Mrs. James was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Henry Street
and Katherine Hardin Street; her husband, Sammie James; son-in-law, James
Camplin; grandson, Jack Camplin; great-grandson, Jeff Hunter; and great-granddaughter,
She is survived by two daughters, Virginia (Charles) Hunter of Portland
and Sammy Nell Camplin of Cottontown; grandchildren, Elaine Sexton of Cottontown,
Kathy Turner of Westmoreland, Fredia Harrison of Bethpage, Lisa Perry of
Adolphus, Ky., Marlene Dean of Portland, James Camplin of Mitchellville,
Daniel Camplin of Portland, Gary Hunter of Gallatin, Timmy Hunter of Portland;
18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.
Annie Logan Simpson Rippy
Mrs. Annie Rippy, 97, of Bethpage died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002. Funeral
services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Newby Funeral Home
with the Rev. Mike Potts officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until
time of service. Honorary pallbearers are members of Mt. Vernon Methodist
Church. Active pallbearers are family and friends.
Mrs. Rippy was born in Sumner County on Sept. 24, 1905, daughter of
the late Ben Simpson and Lesbia Hunter Simpson. She was a lifelong member
of Mt. Vernon Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for many
years and taught public school in Sumner County for 32 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Rippy; brothers,
Thomas B. Simpson and Julius C. Simpson; and sisters, Bertha L. Kirkham
and Eunice Haynes.
Mrs. Rippy is survived by nieces and nephews, Peggy Montgomery, Helen
Arnold, Mary Ann Masters, Martha Sue Morrison, Janice Carr, Libby Sumnerlin,
Leon Kirkham, Ben Kirkham, Ben Henry Haynes, Felix Haynes Jr. and Michael
Newby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jason Michael Garrison
Mr. Jason Michael Garrison, 24, of Rabe Coates Road in Westmoreland,
died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Union Chapel General
Baptist Church with Bro. James Sadler and Bro. Glenn Creasy officiating.
Burial will be at Rippy Cemetery.
Mr. Garrison is survived by his parents, Douglas and Delors Roach Garrison
of Westmoreland; wife, Sarah Austin Garrison of Westmoreland; sons Dylan
Lane and Ethan Michael Garrison, both of Westmoreland; and brothers Scotty
and Jody Garrison, both of Westmoreland.
Frank Duane Lowe
Funeral services for Frank Duane Lowe, 38, of Portland, will be held
at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home with Charles
Holmes officiating. Burial will be at Fairfield Cemetery.
Mr. Lowe, a music producer, died Dec. 1, 2002 at Tennessee Christian
Medical Center in Portland.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Duane Lowe.
He is survived by his mother, Katherine Lowe of Portland, and a brother,
William Curtis Lowe, of Memphis.
Donna D. Cates
Donna D. Cates, 85, of Gallatin, died Dec. 6, 2002. Visitation was
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Mrs. Cates was preceded in death by her parents, Mike Choate and Elizabeth
She is survived by sons, Ray Collins of Indianapolis, Lawrence Collins
of Gallatin, Johnny L. Cole of Lafayette and James Cole of Hendersonville;
daughters, Joyce Terry of Gallatin, Becky Parker, Shirley Paul and Patsy
Whisman, all of Indianapolis; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren;
and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home.
James Lee Summer
James Summer, 43, died at Baptist Hospital Wednesday, Dec. 4 after
an extended illness. A memorial service will be held at 144 Corinth Road
in Portland on Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m., for those who would like to come
and remember his life.
James was born in Sumner County on Feb. 27, 1959, the son of L.C. and
Marie (Russell) Summer, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Michelle; three children, Daniel, James
and Brian; one sister, Mary Bundy of Green Grove; and six brothers, Raymond
and Lewis of Gallatin, Carl of Oak Grove, Lester and Joseph of Portland
and Raymond of Bethpage.
Mary Helen Letner
Mrs. Mary Letner, 58 of Dutch Creek Road, Westmoreland, died at her
residence on Dec. 8, 2002. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 13,
1 p.m., at Anderson & Woodard Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn
Cemetery, Franklin, Ky.
Mrs. Letner was born in Blanford, Ind. on July 1, 1944.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney Richard Barton and
Delores Ann Barton, and her husband, Don Sullivan.
Mrs. Letner is survived by daughters, Robin Fields and Colleen Bigler,
both of West Terre Haute, Ind., and a brother, Sidney Barton of Terre Haute.
Jo Etta Smith Kemp
Mrs. Jo Etta Kemp, 69, died Dec. 9, 2002. Funeral services will be
Thursday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. at Hendersonville First Baptist Church with
the Rev. Michael Shelby officiating. Burial will be in Hendersonville Memory
Gardens. Visitation will be at the Hendersonville chapel of Cole &
Garrett Funeral Home where the family will receive friends Wednesday from
2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Visitation will be at the church one hour
prior to service time. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Hall Fellowship Class
at First Baptist, Hendersonville, East Nashville High School Class of 1951,
Dr. Michael Kuzur and staff and Dr. Gregory Neal and staff. Active pallbearers
are Joe Reynolds, Tom Wilburn, Aubry Butler, J.W. Berry, Jim Uzzell, Bill
Hall, Kenneth Tarrents and Gene Binkley.
Mrs. Kemp graduated from East High School in 1951. She is retired from
the Clerk and Masters Office of Chancery Court, Davidson County with over
27 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John A. Smith and Dovie Phillip
Mrs. Kemp is survived by her husband of 52 years, Leslie Paul Kemp;
daughter, Cynthia (Mike) Hodge; son, Michael (Patricia) Kemp; grandson,
Brian (Shannon) Hodge; step-grandchildren, Wendy (Henry) Delones, Chase
Delones and Tim Criswell.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Kuzur and Dr. Gregory Neal
and their staff for the kindness and devotion, and also to Alive Hospice
for their caring and assistance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson
St., Nashville, TN 37203.
Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Hendersonville, in charge of arrangements.
Anna Inez Morris Douglas
Mrs. Anna Douglas, 75, of Snow Avenue, Madison, died Dec. 15, 2002
at Ridgetop Haven. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Anderson
& Woodard Funeral Home, Westmoreland, with Bro. Clinton Davenport officiating.
Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Douglas was born in Sumner County on Nov. 25, 1927. She was employed
in Food Service for Metro Government.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Ovie Morris.
Mrs. Douglas is survived by sons, Harry (Maria) Dorris of White House,
Garry (Lucy) Dorris of Cottontown, and Larry (Edna) Dorris of Warner Robins,
Ga.; daughters, Pam Dorris of Madison and Peggy (Roger) Thurman of Nesbitt,
Miss.; brothers, Aubrey Morris of Gallatin, James Morris of Paducah, Ky.,
Billy Morris of Old Hickory, Bobby Morris of Westmoreland, William Morris
of North Carolina, Phillip Morris of Westmoreland and Donnell Morris of
Paducah, Ky.; sister, Clara Carter of Westmoreland; nine grandchildren
and 18 great-grandchildren.
Anderson & Woodard Funeral Home, Inc., Westmoreland was in charge
E. Marie Borden
Services for E. Marie Borden, 81 of Gallatin were 1 p.m. Monday, Dec.
16, 2002 at Alexander Funeral Home with Bro. James Bell and Bro. David
Johnston officiating. Burial was at Crestview Memorial Park.
Mrs. Borden was preceded in death by her parents, William Andrew Dean
and Bertha Jessie Coates Dean, and brother, Chester L. Dean.
She is survived by daughters Phyllis Borden of Laurens, S.C., and Shirley
Borden of Louden, Tenn.; and a sister, Betty Cook of Charleston, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Sumner County Humane
Edward Ward Empson
Mr. Edward W. Empson, 93, of Halltown Road, Portland, died Dec. 16,
2002 at Tennessee Christian Medical Center.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday at Wilkinson-Wiseman
Funeral Home with the Rev. Gordon Meadors officiating. Burial will be in
Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 p.m. to time of
service. Pallbearers are Lindsey Dorris, Jimmy Alley, Mike Alley, Bert
Empson and Jimmy Johnson.
Mr. Empson was born on Jan. 8, 1909 in Robertson County, son of the
late James Barry Empson and Mildren Simmons Empson. He was a member of
Inglewood United Methodist Church. He retired from the State of Tennessee
as an accountant.
He is survived by sons, Frank D. (Pat) Empson of Portland and Dr. William
(Betty) Empson of Hermitage; brother, Duncan (Gussie) Empson of Madison;
six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Wilkinson-Wiseman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Michael Lyn Conyer
Mr. Michael L. Conyer, 53, of Westmoreland, died Dec. 16, 2002. Funeral
services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, at Alexander Funeral
Home in Gallatin, with the Rev. Forrest Creekmore officiating. Burial will
be in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday, Dec. 18 and 19.
Mr. Conyer was preceded in death by his father, Orville Conyer.
He is survived by his mother, Johnnie Conyer of Westmoreland; a brother,
Gary W. Conyer of Gallatin; sisters, Peggy Parker of Hartsville, Sandra
Dean of Scottsville, Ky., and Dianne Conyer of Westmoreland.
Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.