Obituaries

Clyde Phillip Jones

Jan 3 2016

Clyde Phillip Jones age 100, passed away on January 1, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Dekalb County, but has lived in Murfreesboro since 1962. He was a Church of Christ preacher, farmer and also worked in the auto repair business. He was a 1934 graduate of Liberty High School. He was a member of the Salem Creek Church of Christ. Clyde served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a Sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Buldge. While serving in the Army he received the following declarations: Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, European Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal with 3 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He is survived by his wife of 78 years, Opal M. (Cripps) Jones, son Larry (Gail) Jones of Phoenix, AZ, sons Michael and Roger Jones of Murfreesboro, and daughter Debbie (Jim) Fuller of Murfreesboro; 6 grandchildren, Karen (Frank) Soto of Edgewood, NM, Susan Jones, of Phoenix, AZ, Brian (Carole Ann) Jones of Las Vegas, NV, Kevin Jones of Murfreesboro, Josh (Jessica) Fuller of Gallatin, TN, and Victoria (Jason) Melhorn of Murfreesboro; and 9 great grandchildren, Dalton, Hunter, Matthew, Sidney, Riley, Leah, Greysen, Averie, and Jaxson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. Jones and Hassie May (Smithson) Jones, daughter-in-law Shirley G. Jones, granddaughter Angela (Jones) Maraschiello and sisters Bessie (Jones) Bell and Jessie (Jones) Adamson.

Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home. A chapel service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 4, 2016 at Jennings & Ayers with Ron Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Milton Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends and family will serve as active pallbearers. Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home, 820 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please online condolences for the family at www.jenningsandayers.com

Jack "Mickey" Malone

Jan 1 2016

Jack "Mickey" Malone age 81 of Watertown died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at his residence in the Mahone Community. Born Oct. 26, 1934, he was the son of the late William Roy and Bernice Neal Malone and was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Neal Haley and brother, John Roy "Shorty" Malone. Mickey was a 1952 graduate of Watertown High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He retired from AVCO Aerostructures after 30 yrs. and was a lifelong farmer. Mickey was a member of the Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served as Secretary-Treasurer and Trustee of Hearn Hill Cemetery for 50 yrs. He is survived by his wife, Myra Parker Malone; daughters, Angie Lannom and husband, Mark and Julie Harrison and husband, Keith; grandchildren, Parker Teague, Jonathan (Bethany), Jacob and Macy Harrison, Chase Lannom all of Watertown; nieces and nephews. Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Bro. Denny Shepard officiating. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Saturday and Noon till service time Sunday. Interment at Hearn Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Hearn Hill Cemetery.

Phyllis VanDyne

Dec 28 2015

Ms. Phyllis VanDyne age 90 of Smithville passed away Saturday morning, December 26, 2015 at her daughters residence in Pegram, TN. Phyllis was born August 8, 1925 to her parents the late Emory and Ruth Corrington Sharp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth VanDyne; 1 daughter, Donna Bell; grandson, Jesse VanDyne; and 2 brothers, Jack and James Sharp. Ms. VanDyne was a homemaker. She is survived by 3 children, Sharon VanDyne of Smithville, Leann Walker of Pegram and Philip Gotro of Smithville; 13 grandchildren, Timothy VanDyne, Todd VanDyne, Danny VanDyne, Christine VanDyne, Steven VanDyne, Penny VanDyne, Teri Rowe, Kathy Carter, Brittney Bell, Jennifer Hitchcock, Taylor Walker, Kelli Bess and Scott Bess; several great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Delores Tripp of Ithaca, New York. Funeral services will be conducted 12 Noon Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 10AM until the time of the service at 12 Noon. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Jean Willoughby

Donna Jean Willoughby

Donna Jean Willoughby age 59 of Dowelltown, died Saturday evening, Dec. 26, 2015 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Born in Dekalb County, she was the daughter of Betty Jean Hall Malone and the late Billy Wayne Malone and was preceded in death by her husband, William Davis Denney. Donna was a graduate of Dekalb High School and was the former operator of Clover Leaf Restaurant in Liberty. She was a member of Lower Helton Baptist Church. Donna is survived by her sons, Johnathon Willoughby and wife, Rena of Smithville and Jessie Willoughby and wife, Jeannie of Sparta; grandchildren, Jathan and Lydia Willoughby, Payton Barlow, Jesse, Jake and Madison Wilson; her mother, Betty Jean Malone of Dowelltown; sister, Lisa (Kenneth) Ray of Smithville and brother, Wayne (Doris) Malone of Smithville; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Bro. Mike Clayborn, Bro. Andy Malone and Bro. Frank Randolph officiating. Pallbearers, Jerrell, Bobby and J.D. Hall, John and Nathan Armour, Nathan Gard. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. till service time on Thursday. Interment at Jones Hill Cemetery, Watertown. In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial donations in Donna's memory.

Georgie Rhea Willoughby

Dec 27 2015

Mrs. Georgie Rhea Willoughby, age 80, of Temperance Hall, TN, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at the Saint Thomas Dekalb Hospital.

Mrs. Willoughby was born September 15, 1935, the daughter of the late Elmer Lee Ellis and Mary Athelene Curtis. She married Johnsie B. Willoughby and he preceded her in death on April 7, 1983. Mrs. Willoughby was also preceded in death by Daughter-in-Law; Sandra Witty Willoughby and Sister; Jeanette Fields. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church on Dale Ridge.

Mrs. Willoughby is survived by Sons; John Lee Willoughby of Alexandria, TN, and Phillip (Melinda) Willoughby of Smithville, TN. Grandchildren; Johnathon (Rena) Willoughby, Jessie (Jeannie) Willoughby, Katie Willoughby, Josh (Erin) Turner, Jessica (Lynus) Martin, Jennifer (Robbie) Sykes, Lacey (Russ) Williams, and Seth Willoughby. Fifteen Great grandchildren; Lydia and Jathan Willoughby; Jesse, Jake, and Maddie Wilson; Chloe, Alley, and Kenna Sykes; Aidan and Liam Turner; Keegan, Kale, and Krew Martin; and Harper and Hadley Williams. Brother; Junior (Sue) Ellis and Sister; Mildred Clayborn also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Willoughby are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 2PM with Bro. Elmer Ellis, Jr. and Bro. Johnathon Willoughby officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation with the Willoughby family will be held at the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Monday from 2PM until 9PM and again on Tuesday from 11AM until the time of the service at 2PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Willoughby Family requests donations be made to the Memorial Baptist Church.

Velma Bell Hutchings

Dec 27 2015

81 year old Velma Bell Hutchings of McMinnville died Saturday at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville of an extended illness. She was a retired employee of Kingston Timer and a member of the Bluff Springs Church of Christ. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Teddy Jones will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery at Bluff Springs in Warren County. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Delia Curtis Moffitt. Her husband, Aubrey Hutchings. Four brothers, Lester, J.C., Alpha and Jesse Lee Moffitt. Five sisters, Eunice Christian, Wavie Hooper, Minnie Whiteaker, Dona Moffitt, and Lona Kirby. She is survived by nephews, George Christian, Garry Whiteaker, Charles, Steve, Tom, and Bill Moffitt, and Eddie, Terry, Larry, and Mike Kirby. Nieces, Jerelene Prince, Carolyn Doig, Kathy Wylie, JoAnn Gregory, and Betty Whitlock. Brother-in-law, Edward Kirby. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements

David "Larry" Hilderman

Dec 21 2015

David "Larry" Hilderman age 82 of Smithville and a native of Florida passed away Sunday afternoon December 20, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born September 28, 1933 to his parents, the lated David and Anna Louise Creech Hilderman, Jr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Stanley Hilderman and a brother, Jimmy Hilderman. Larry was retired from Bell South as a switch man, attended New Life United Pentecostal Church and a U.S. Army Veteran. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois Hilderman of Smithville; 3 children, Judy Lynn (Robert) Howard of Oak Grove, Missouri, Bobby (Cindy) Hildreman of Columbia, IN, Wendell Hilderman of Sevierville, TN; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mary Lou Evans of West Palm Beech, FL; 1 brother, Donald Hilderman of Florida; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2PM Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dwayne Cornelius officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 11 AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

J. E. Young

Dec 21 2015

J. E. Young was born on June 23, 1941 and passed away on Dec. 19, 2015. He was born in Sparta, TN to Winifred and Edna Young.

He served in the Army from 1961-1964. He was a retired truck driver.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 52 years, Jane Young. Also by his children Steve Young, Jeff (Wendy) Young, and Jana (Mickey) Beck; Grandchildren Steven Brock Young, Tyler and Seth Beck, Samantha Haughertz, and Cameron Wilkins; Great-grandson Wyatt Young, brother Winifred Young, Jr. and step-sister Sandra, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kristen Ancell at Nashville VA, Dr. Peter C. Meadows of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Dr. Karen Leidy of Murfreesboro VA, and the nurses at Alive Hospice.

If sending flowers, please try to send small plants so they can be donated after the service. Visitation will be held at Murfreesboro Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 11am until 1pm, with a Memorial Service to follow. Arrangements handled by Murfreesboro Funeral Home. 615-896-2229

David Gipson

Dec 19 2015

61 year old David Gipson of Sevierville died Thursday at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. He was retired from the Army National Guard with more than 27 years. He was also a Baptist and a former State Trooper and electrician. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Gaylon Dawson and Dean Gipson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kristie Cook Gipson; parents, Joe Gipson, Jr. and Ruby E, Shrum. Grandparents, Joe and Nelly Gipson, Sr. and Walden Shrum and Cora Drake. Survivors include a daughter, Misty and Tim Pomplun of Murfreesboro. Three step children, Justin and Mary Lohorn of Smithville, Darin and Cheyene Caldwell of McMinnville, and Erica and Austin Highers of Smithville. Six grandchildren. Four brothers, Billy Gipson of Murfreesboro, Larry and Kathy Gipson of Murfreesboro, Dean and Shirley Gipson of Shelbyville, and Rickey Gipson of Murfreesboro. Mother-in-law, Faye Cook of Smithville. Father-in-law, Eddie Cook of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, and his dog Bella. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah Frances Walker

Dec 19 2015

73 year old Sarah Frances Walker of Alexandria died Friday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She was a former secretary at DeKalb West School. Walker was also a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. A graveside service will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Prosperity Cemetery. Donald Owen will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Ray and Maibell Bethel Jennings; and brothers, Van Jennings and Donald Jennings. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, James Robert Walker of Alexandria. A daughter, Dawn and husband Jon Hall of Crossville. Grandsons, Mason Hall and Tyler Hall both of Crossville. A sister, Linda and husband Roy D. "Pig" Curtis of Watertown. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements

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