Miscellaneous Sumner County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Oather Graves
Services for Reverend Oather Graves, age 84, of Westmoreland, are 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, (today) 2001, from Lakeside Church, Westmoreland, with Brother Leon Grave officiating.
Burial is in Roberts Tabernacle Cemetery.
Mr. Graves was born in Sumner County August 29, 1916, and died June 25, 2001 in Sumner Regional Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Newt and Cora Graves, his wife, Novella Graves and a daughter, Willovene Spears.
Mr. Grave was a minister of the Church of God of Prophecy, and a carpenter. He was a member of Lakeside Church.
He is survived by a brother, Leon (Faye) Graves of Westmoreland; a daughter, Brenda (John) Goolsby, of Westmoreland; grandson, Terry Spears; granddaughters, Teresa McPherson and Donna Barber; great-grandson, Jeremy McPherson; half-sister, Levie Calvert.

Silas Barnard
Services for Silas M. Barnard, 74, of Hendersonville, are 2 p.m., Wednesday (today), June 27, 2001 from Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home with Michael Barnard officiating. Burial is in Old Brush Cemetery.
Mr. Barnard died Sunday, June 24, at Sumner Regional Medical Center. He was a retired Fleet Manager for UPS in Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by a wife, Betty Jane Barnard; his parents, Marvin and Tallie Mai Barnard and a brother, Raydene Barnard.
Survivors include his wife, Elsada Barnard of Atlanta; two sons, Michael (Meg) Barnard of Harrodsburg, Ky., and Leland Ray (Janice) Barnard of Winter Garden, Fla.; a sister, Jean DeVasher of Portland; three grandchildren, Shannon L., Jonathan M. and Jason Barnard; two great- grandchildren, Joshua C. and Breyenna Barnard.

Miriam Byrum
Services for Sara Miriam Moore Byrum, age 69, of White House, are 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2001 at White House First Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Brown and Rev. Fred Harper officiating. Burial is in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mrs. Byrum died Monday, June 25, 2001 She was born in Sparta, Miss., Nov. 23, 1931 to the late Thomas Alexander and Aline Ball Moore. A guidance counselor for the Sumner County Board of Education, she was a member of the White House First United Methodist Church. Two daughters, Ellen and Emily Byrum and a brother, Thomas Alexander Moore, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Ernest Byrum; one daughter, Susan Byrum Frost and son-in-law Chris of Goodlettsville; one brother and sister-in-law, Arnold Bruce and Betty Moore of Nashville; one sister-in-law, Gail Moore of Columbus, Miss.; two grandchildren, Logan Christopher Frost and Spencer Brian Frost, both of Goodlettsville.
Memorials may be made to the White House First United Methodist Church Youth or Children’s Fund, 3403 Highway 31W, White House, Tenn. 37188.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Warren
Services for Johnnie Mildred Judkins Warren, born Nov. 23, 1932, near Lancaster, Tenn. in DeKalb County, and went home to be with Jesus, June 26, 2001, are 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28, from Alexander Funeral Home. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Liberty, Tenn. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m, Wednesday (today), June 27, and 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday.
Mrs. Warren is survived by three children, Sandra Gale (Frank) Ginac, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; James T. (Gwen) Warren, Gallatin; John A. (Lesa) Warren, Hendersonville; grandchildren, Eric and Ryan Ginac, Brittaney, Katie, Matthew, and Rachel Warren; a sister, Faye Elrod of Dowelltown, Tenn., a niece, Lisa Vandergriff, two nephews, Bobby and Bradley Vickers of Texas, and many friends.
Johnnie gave her heart and life to Christ in February, 1946 when she was 13 years old. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Clarksville Highway, where she taught children for many years. She moved to Hendersonville in 1984 and had been a member of College Heights Baptist Church since April 1985. Her favorite bible verses were Psalms 23 and Romans 8:28.

Gary L. Jackson
Services for Gary L. Jackson, 34, of Gallatin were Tuesday, July 3, 2001. Brother Jerry Burchett officiated and Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Interment is in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Mr. Jackson died July 1, 2001.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles Barnes and Andrew Jackson.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his parents, Fran and Sam Jackson of Gallatin; grandmothers, Frances Barnes of Madison and Thelma Jackson of Nashville; one brother, Keith (Kendra) Jackson; one sister: Missy (Rich) Goodard of Gallatin; and niece and nephew, Kaitlyn Jackson and Tyler Goddard.

Stanley McKee
Services for Stanley Grant McKee, 54, of White House were 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2001, from the First United Methodist Church in White House, with Rev. Steven Lee, Rev. Randy Brown and Rev. Don Terry officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens. He died Sunday, July 1, 2001 at his home.
Mr. McKee was born in Cortland, N.Y., June 16, 1947 to the late Delbert and Helen Pudney McKee. He was an underwriter for Indiana Insurance Co. and a member of White House United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He served on the White House Leisure Services Board, White House Youth Soccer Program and was a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Mr. McKee is survived by his wife, Donna M. McKee of White House; son, Michael D. McKee of Murfreesboro; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Joseph Remo of Cottontown; brother, Richard McKee of Willington, Conn.; four grandchildren; Chelsey Rivers, Samantha Remo, Seth Remo and Noah Remo, all of Cottontown. Austin and Bell Funeral Home, White House, was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Flynn
Funeral services for Mildred Bullard Flynn, 79, of Gallatin are 10 a.m., Thursday, July 5 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Father David Choby, officiating. Interment is at Crestview Memorial Park. Mrs. Flynn died July 2, 2001.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday (today), July 4, at Alexander Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by parents, Marshall H. Bullard and Annie E. Taylor Bullard.
Mrs. Flynn is survived by her husband, Joseph Elmer Flynn of Gallatin; sons: Joseph Lawery Flynn and William B. Flynn, both of Gallatin; daughter, Mary Ann Minchey of Dalton, Ga.; brothers: Edgar Bullard, Francis Bullard, both of Tyler, Texas, and Ray Bullard of Castalian Springs; sisters: Ruby Kaplan of Norris, Tenn., and Helen Daniel and Gladys Swan, both of Gallatin; grandchildren: Angie Allen, Candace Minchey, Matthew Flynn, Wesley Flynn, Gabrielle Flynn, Kathryn Flynn, and Andrew Coons.

John Rush
Services for John William Rush, 76, of Portland are 3 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2001 from Portland Funeral Chapel with Brother Don Readhimer officiating. Burial is in Old Brush Cemetery.
Mr. Rush died Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at his home.
A native of Gainesboro in Jackson County, he was born May 12, 1925, the son of Tom Rush and Lottie Hamlett Rush. He was retired from Washington Manufacturing Company and a carpenter. He was also a member of Portland Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Mattie Allen Rush of Portland; a son, Det. Sgt. Bill (Darlene) Rush of Portland; brothers, Joe Rush of Portland and Charles Skimmiehorn of Baxter, Tenn.; two grandsons, Dustin and Blake Rush of Portland.

Chasitiy Birdwell
Services for Chasitiy Michelle Birdwell, 13, of Cottontown, are 2 p.m. Wednesday (today), July 11, 2001, at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House with Rev. Jimmie Vaughn officiating. Burial is at Halltown Cemetery in Cottontown.
Pallbearers are Larry Paul, Bobby Paul, James Paul, Mike Kerr, Jim Bo Hall and Artie Hall.
Miss Birdwell died Sunday, July 8, 2001. She is survived by her father, Jerry Birdwell and step-mother, Lisa Birdwell, also of Cottontown, brother Bryson Birdwell; step-sister, Danielle Caswell, and grandparents Dean and Cassie Birdwell of Cottontown.

Jason Birdwell
Services for Jason Kyle Birdwell, 15, of Cottontown are 2 p.m. Wednesday (today), July 11, 2001, at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House with Rev. Jimmie Vaughn officiating. Burial is at Halltown Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Christopher Hall, J.C. Hall, Paul Scruggs, Damion Birdwell, Mike Birdwell, and Frankie Birdwell.
Mr. Birdwell died Sunday, July 8, 2001. He is survived by his father, Jerry Birdwell and step-mother, Lisa Birdwell, also of Cottontown; brother, Bryson Birdwell; step-sister Danielle Caswell, and grandparents, Dean and Cassie Birdwell of Cottontown.

J.D. Johnson
Graveside services for James Davis Johnson, 82, of Portland, are at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 12, 2001, at Portland Memorial Gardens with Brother Don Readhimer officiating. Visitation is today from 4 - 9 p.m. at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnson died Monday, July 9, at his residence.
Pallbearers are Larry Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, David Barnes, Michael Johnson, Frederick Michael Johnson, and Louis Johnson.
A native of Portland, he was the son of the late Martin Luther and Lela Smart Johnson. He served in the United States Navy in World War II and was a sheet metal worker by trade and retired from the Tennessee Valley Association. He was a member of Portland Church of Christ and Masonic Lodge #326.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marie Durrett Johnson; a daughter, Janice (David) Barnes of Winter Haven, Fla.; a son, Michael (Freeda) Johnson of Jackson; a sister, Winnie (Kenneth) Lane of Louisville; sister-in-law Mildred Johnson of Portland; grandchildren, Frederick Michael (Kristie) Johnson of Jackson, Jayme Barnes of Orlando, Fla., Jourdan Barnes of Ft. Myers, Fla., and many neices and nephews.

Lucy Rutledge
Services for Lucy W. Rutledge, age 88, of Gallatin, were Saturday, July 14, 2001 at First Baptist Church with burial in Gallatin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wendy Pregel, Arthur Rutledge, Elliott Rutledge, David Rutledge, Perry McArther, Lee Raines, and David Brown Parrish.
Mrs. Rutledge was born in Franklin, Ky., March 6, 1913, daughter of the late Carey E. Witt and Mary Roberts Witt. She died Thursday, July 12, 2001.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Arthur Rutledge and a grandson, Charles Rutledge Elsbernd. She is survived by sons, Vernon K. Rutledge and Carey Rutledge, both of Gallatin; daughter, Mrs. Steve (Mary Ellen) Elsbernd of Ft. Mitchell, Ky.; grandchildren, Arthur Rutledge, Elliott Rutledge, David Rutledge and Matthew Elsbernd.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for 50 years, was active in WMU for many years and received the Good Samaritan Award in 1991. Mrs. Rutledge taught school at Gallatin High School for 23 years.
Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Fund through the First Baptist Church. Newby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances Gregory
Mary Frances Jackson Gregory, 83, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died July 10, 2001 at Lynn Shores Nursing Home in Virginia Beach, Va., following a long illness. Interment was in Buffalo, W.Va. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Ms. Gregory is survived by her son, Robert E. Gregory and two grandchildren, all of Virginia Beach, Va., and niece, Traci Mitchell of Gallatin. Information was provided by Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home in Charleston W.Va.

Marjorie Thompson
Services for Marjorie Thompson, 67, of Castalian Springs are 3 p.m. Wednesday (today), July 18, 2001. Interment is at Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Thompson died July 16, 2001. Alexander Funeral Home is in charge.
She was preceded in death by parents, Dewey B. Wright and Mattie Edwards Wright, and husband, David L. Thompson.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by sons, David Thompson, and Larry Thompson, both of Castalian Springs, and Jeffrey Thompson of Kansas; daughters, Gennie Rumble of Castalian Springs, and Connie Amons of Cottontown; sister, Sue Burrow of Bethpage; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

James A. “Pete” Porter
Funeral services for Elder James A. “Pete” Porter, 73, of Gallatin, are 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2001 (today), at Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Frankie Downs, Elder Hilman Duncan, Elder C.L. (Dee) Russell and Elder Floyd Ferguson officiating. Burial is in Crestview Memorial Park.
Brother Porter died July 15, 2001, at his home. Pallbearers are Steve Smith, Chuck Robertson, Joe Porter, Reible Dickens, Hubert Rodgers and Herschel Bradley.
He was a well-known Missionary Baptist minister and the current pastor of Old Beech Bottom Missionary Baptist Church in Macon County, Tenn. He was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Gallatin for 52 years.
Brother Porter began his ministry in 1959 and pastored the following Missionary Baptist churches: Buffalo Springs, Westmoreland; Drakes Creek, Franklin, Ky.; Defeated Creek, Smith County; Russell Hill, Long Fork, Rocky Mound, all in Macon County; Salem, Gallatin; Beautiful Home, Monroe County, Ky.; and Beech Bottom, Macon County. Brother Porter was proud to serve his Lord, but wanted to be remembered most of all that he was an old fashioned Baptist. He was also the founder of Porter Tire in Gallatin.
Brother Porter was born Nov. 8, 1927, the son of the late Lee Spurgeon Porter and Clara Belle Gregory Porter. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Lannie, Marvin Ray, Harold M., and Robert L. Porter; sister, Lucille Daughtry; and great-granddaughter, Ann Marie Fulcher.
Survivors include wife, Jonnie Graham Porter of Gallatin; son, Richard (Peggy) Porter of Gallatin; daughter, Vickie (Terry) Thompson of Danville, Ky.; three brothers, Joe Porter of Gallatin, Vernie Porter of Mathasville, Mo., and Clarence Porter of Hendersonville; five sisters, Paulette (Eugene) Carter, Chattanooga, Linda (Tommy) Latimer, Portland, Wilma Dean (Howard) Broyles, Fox, Ark., Mary Alice (Brownie) Brown, Indianapolis, and May (Joe) Williams, Gallatin; step-mother, Annie Porter, Gallatin; five grandchildren, Paula (Andrew) Fulcher of Hendersonville, Melissa (Craig) Beasley, Bryan Thompson, Jamie Porter, Stacie Thompson, all of Gallatin; and seven great-grandchildren.

John Rufus Staten
Services for Brother John Rufus Staten, 80, of Gallatin, are 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2001 (today) at West Eastland Church of Christ. Family visitation is from noon to 1 p.m. Interment is at Crestview Cemetery, Johnson and Coleman Funeral Home officiating.
Mr. Staten died July 14, 2001. He ministered at several churches in Sumner County and other areas.
Mr. Staten was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Annie Louise Staten.
Survivors include sisters Lillie B. Jackson, Gallatin, and Washie Jones of Madison; brothers, Joseph (Marie) Staten of St. Louis, Bobby Staten of Gallatin; Richard Owen Staten, Gallatin, and Charles (Isabell) Staten of Nashville; one sister-in-law, Lula Mai Staten; one brother-in-law, Jimmie L. McMurry; a special niece, Jereline Smith, and a host of nieces and nephews and other family members.

Robert West
Graveside services for Robert L. West, 78, of Portland are 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001 at Restlawn Memorial Gardens with Thomas Brown officiating. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 (today) at Portland Funeral Chapel.
Mr. West died Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at Highland Manor Nursing Home.
He was born July 30, 1922, the son of James E. West and Ora B. Dawson West. He was a master carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lila Reed Dickens West.
Survivors include three brothers, Melvin West, Cecil West and Vernon West, all of Portland, and several nieces and nephews.
Audrey Bransford
Services for Audrey Bransford, 74, of Gallatin, are 1 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001 at Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Fitch officiating. Burial is in Sumner Memorial Gardens. The family will serve as pallbearers.
She died July 17, 2001. Mrs. Bransford is the daughter of Andrea Harris of Akron, Ohio, and the late Charles Harris.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Ted D. Bransford Sr., of Gallatin; sons, William D. (Rhonda) Bransford, T. Allen (Deborah) Bransford and Dallas Bransford, all of Gallatin; daughter, Linda Sue Bransford (Jerry Crowder) of Gallatin; brothers, Raymond Harris of Akron, Ohio, Charles Harris and Clarence Harris, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Jack Harris of Ravena, Ohio; sister, Donna Radcliff, of Cleveland, Ohio, 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 and 11 a.m until time of service on Thursday.

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