Miscellaneous Sumner County, Tennessee Obituaries


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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 Park.
Mr. Crowder died Thursday, Nov. 28, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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 Park.
Mr. Templeton was preceded in death by his parents, Grover “Cleve” Templeton and Fannie Templeton; son, Tony C.; and daughter, Jeanette R. Templeton.
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 Hospital.

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 Roanoke, Ala.
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. 38768.

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, Brittney White.
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 Haynes.
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 Welch Choate.
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 Smith.
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 of arrangements.

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 Society.

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.

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