Obituaries - June 11, 2008

Ronnie Anderson

Services for Mr. Anderson will be Thursday, June 12 at at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, Tenn., with Bro. Jason Lohorn officiating. Interment will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, and from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

Mr. Anderson, 58, of Watertown, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at University Medical Center in Lebanon. Born in Kentucky in November 1949 to Flem and Reba Neal Anderson, he was a retired police officer and a member of Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Flem Anderson; a sister, Tammy Spencer; grandparents, John and Jewell Neal and Jeff and Cordie B. Anderson; uncle, Parker Anderson, and aunt, Carrie Brant.

Survivors include: mother, Reba Neal Anderson, Watertown; son, Ronnie Anderson of Michigan; daughter, Sherry (Rand) Hewitt of Michigan; sisters, Linda (Butch) Allen of Liberty, Tenn., and Brenda Anderson of Utah; brother Danny (Pam) Anderson of Columbia, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Sabrina Hayes, Tabitha Daniels, Becky Omen, Andrea Edmond, Nicole Eberstein, Shannon Anderson, Jodie Spencer, Kammy Spencer, John Spencer and Ryan Eberstein; great nieces and nephews, Brainna Daniels, Kristina Tyree, Elizabeth Edmond, Honesty Spencer, Kylee Omen, Keigen Daniels, Joshua Tyree, Chase Helzer, Hunter Spencer, Jackson Spencer, Kelton Omen and Kolton Omen.

Ricky "Railroad Rick" Daugherty

Services for Mr. Daugherty were Monday, June 9 at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Eld. James "Pee Wee" Massey officiating. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Daugherty, 41, of the Watervale Community, died Thursday, June 5, 2008 at Riverview Regional Medical Center. He was Chief Mechanical Officer for Nashville and Eastern Railroad for 10 years. He was a Watertown High School graduate and a member of South Carthage Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by parents, Casey and Brenda Dishman Daugherty. Survivors include: wife, Tracey Deneise Roark Daugherty; step-daughter, Candace Presley of Westmoreland; step-granddaughters, Londyn and Jadyn Presley of Westmoreland; stepson, Joshua McCarter of Lafayette; his mother- and father-in-law; three sisters-in-law; two children; three brothers; and a sister.

Dr. James B. Dressler

Private graveside services for Dr. Dressler will be held at a later date. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Dressler, 62, of Murfreesboro, died June 10, 2008 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born in Lebanon and was the son of the late Benjamin and Mary Ruth McDaniel Dressler.

Dr. Dressler was a 1968 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Master's from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his Doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University. During his tenure at Cumberland University he had risen from the rank of Instructor to Professor. He taught courses in history, political science and sociology as well as serving in various administrative positions.

When Cumberland University made the transition from a two year to a four year institution in 1982, he became Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Science and served in that capacity through the spring semester in 1998. After teaching extensively in the university Working Adult Degree Program he became Director of the program in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and served in that capacity until 2005. During this time, he was responsible for Student Services, Admissions, and Facilities Services including the Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing, McFarland Campus, the campus bookstore, food service, housing, and Campus Security. He then became Vice President of Administration. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. He was an avid hunter and golfer and more recently he became an author of a book about the Civil War.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda M. Dressler; step daughter, Tonya Biter and her husband John of Murfreesboro; grandson, Tristan Biter of Murfreesboro; sister and brother in law, Donna and Jim Porter of Carthage; nieces, Phyllis (Tim) Mantlo of Hendersonville and Kim Porter of Mt. Juliet.

Memorials in memory of Dr. Dressler may be made to Erma Siegel Elementary Science Club, 135 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, 37129.


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