Obituaries for April 6, 2009

 Velvia Webster Cantrell

Services for Mrs. Cantrell will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Bro. David Royalty officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be on Wednesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. 

Mrs. Cantrell, 82, died Saturday, April 4, 2009. She was a homemaker as well as an avid flower and vegetable gardener.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas B. and Bonnie Lee Grandstaff Webster; husband, Alfred Cantrell.

Survivors include: sons, Alfred N. (Zelma) Cantrell, Jr. of Joelton and David (Kari) Cantrell of Knoxville; daughter, Sylvia (Evan) Carter of Madison; brother, Jimmy Webster of Clinton Township, Mich.; sisters, Ruby Agnew of Hendersonville and Earlene Baker of Madison Heights, Mich.; grandchildren, Kenneth Carter, Keith Carter, Justin Cantrell, Melissa Merritt, Cayci Cantrell and Reid Cantrell; great-grandchildren, Anna Merritt, Brooke Carter, Ella Merritt and Aiden Carter.


John Frank Fertig

Services for Mr. Fertig will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Canterbury officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Fertig, 82, died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Pavilion CPC in Lebanon. He was a Navy veteran, private pilot and retired Vice President of Operations at Temtex.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jacquelyn S. "Jackie" Cummings Fertig; son, Steven Fertig; sister, Margaret Stone; brother, Albert Fertig.

Survivors include: children, Susan (Rev. Robert) Canterbury of Lebanon and J.D. (Bonnie) Fertig of Gallatin; brothers, Frank Fertig of Napomo, Calif. and Walter Fertig of North Grandby, Mass.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, Tenn. 37215.


Glen R. Geesaman

Arrangements for Mr. Geesaman at Partlow Funeral Chapel are incomplete at this time. 

Mr. Geesaman, 68, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2009 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.


Joyce M. Gummo

Services for Ms. Gummo will be 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9, in Beioit, Wisc. Visitation will be Monday, April 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon.

Ms. Gummo, 69, of Mt. Juliet, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at her residence. She was a retired employee of Lebanon Woolen Mills. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew & Violet Newman Gummo; companion, Larry Neil Duncan; brothers, Billy Gummo, Andrew Gummo and Junior Gummo; sister, Maryann Gummo.

Survivors include: a brother, James E. (Hellen) Gummo of Lebanon.



Barbara Jennings Johnson

Services for Mrs. Johnson will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Owens officiating. Interment will follow at the Bartons Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, April 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday after 12 p.m at Ligon and Bobo.

Mrs. Johnson, 87, died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Cedars Health Care in Lebanon. She owned and operated Barbara's Dress Shop in Lebanon for 45 years and taught Sunday School at Immanuel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Johnson; brothers, Wallace, Kenneth and Harold Jennings.

Survivors include: sons, Dr. Wayne (Linda) Johnson and Randy (Jamie) Johnson all of Lebanon; grandchildren, Ashlie (Dr. John) Gallaher, Dr. Rick (Melissa) Johnson, Lisa (Randy) Newman and Dr. Linda (Stan) Durham; great-grandchildren, Grace, Anna Belle, and Lofton Gallaher, John and Jim Newman, Lindsay and Elizabeth Durham, Jordyn and Isaiah Johnson; sisters, Joann Jennings Stewart of Nashville and Joy Jennings Phillips of Lebanon.

Dr. Rick Johnson, Dr. John Gallaher, Stan Durham, Randy Newman, John Newman and Jim Newman will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews.


Dr. Anne Twining Sloan

Services for Dr. Sloan will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 7 at Woofin

Blanche Bradshaw Vantrease with interment to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon. Visitation will be Monday, April 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Woodfin Funeral Chapel.

Dr. Sloan, 59, died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Mufreesboro. She was an associate professor of political science at MTSU since 1993 and served in numerous positions with the Tennessee Political Science Association, including president between 1994 and 2004. At the time of her passing, she held the title of Special Assistan to the Provost for International Education since August 2004, a position she assumed full-time in January 2006.

She was born in Lebanon in 1949 and grew up in Mufreesboro, where she attended Campus School and graduated from Central High School in 1967. Her father, Eugene Holloway Sloan, was a longtime fixture at MTSU. Among his various positions, he last served as a public relations spokesperson. Sloan earned her bachelors degree from MTSU in 1971, her master's degree from Louisiana State University in 1974 and her doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1982.

Survivors include: husband, Steve Saunders, assistant director of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at MTSU; daughter, Samantha Saunders, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Virginia; brothers, Gene and Bill Sloan, both of Murfreesboro and Joe Sloan of Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the MTSU Foundation.


Blanche Bradshaw Vantrease

Services for Mrs. Vantrease will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Price officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday, April 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Ligon and Bobo.

Mrs. Vantrease, 85, died on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at her home. She was a retired school teacher and member of the Laguardo Baptist Church. She was very active in the Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Henry Vantrease; and brother, Elliot Vaughn (Oler Belle) Bradshaw.

Survivors include: son, Charles Vaughn Bradshaw; daughter-in-law, Lix Vantrease of Lebanon; grandchildren, Kelley (Scot) Crook, Brad (Jessica) Vantrease and Landon Vantrease; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Ava Crook; nephews, James (Teresa) Bradshaw and Mike (Jamie) Bradshaw; special life time friends, Sarah Jennings, Dorothy Jennings, Mary Lena Price, May Stewart and Christina McDaniel.

Brad Vantrease, Landon Vantrease, Scot Crook, James Bradshaw, Mike Bradshaw, Jason Bradshaw, Christopher Bradshaw, David Wilholt, Shane Williams and Tim Davidson will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Guess, Joseph Williams, Hayden Crook, Peyton Williams, Jacob Davidson and Calob Davidson.


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