Obituaries for Aug. 20, 2009

Sylvia Jean Thompson Baker-Cantrell
Graveside services for Mrs. Baker-Cantrell will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Baker-Cantrell, 72, of Lebanon, passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at University Medical Center. She was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Rutherford County.
She was preceded in death by parents, D.T. and Mable Thompson; and mother-in-law, Minnie Mae Cantrell.
Survivors include: husband, Oliver Cantrell; children, Cathy and Jeff Sanders, Robbin, Ramona, Rebecca, Randy, Shane, Tonya and Demond Baker and Demetris (Chris) Cason; siblings, Joe (Elizabeth) and Claude (Mary Hube) Thompson and Jane Thompson (Robert) Bull; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Debrah Martin, Mona Hulse and Melanie Harris.

James D. Cole
Services for Mr. Cole will be private. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Cole, 85, of Dearborn Heights, Mich, and native of Mt. Juliet, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. He was a US Navy veteran and served during World War II.
He was preceded in death by parents, Charles Clarence and Jesse Ashley Cole; and step-children, James Stubblefield and Peggy Osteen.
Survivors include: wife, Pauline Cole; son, John Cole; step-children, Shirley Lomas, Timothy Johnson, Judith Calandra, Kimberly Little, Phillip Johnson and Lisa Rodriquez; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dr. Robert "Doc" Gaynor Raplee
Memorial services for Dr. Raplee will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Shop Springs Baptist Church with Dr. David O. Briscoe officiating. A Celebration of Life will be at noon at Five Oaks Country Club. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the church.
Dr. Raplee, 84, of Lebanon, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2009. He was born in San Francisco to the late Patricia Gaynor and Albert Victor Raplee. After graduating from Veterinary school at Texas A&M in 1946, he practiced large animal medicine in Texas. He was called up for the Korean War and served in the US army.
Dr. Raplee relocated to Nashville in 1952 and established Raplee Animal Clinic where he practiced from 1952 to 1981. In 1981, he was joined by his step-son Dr. Scott Thomas, and the two built and practiced at Airport Animal Clinic until his retirement in 1993.
He was a founding member and past president of the Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic and past president of the Davidson County Academy of Veterinary Medicine.
He was preceded in death by parents and first wife, Lura Nell Claiborn.
Survivors include: wife of 38 years, Anne Murphy Raplee; daughter, Rebecca P.L. Raplee of Illinois; sons, Robert C., Rick C., and Randall C. Raplee, all of Tennessee and Ryan G. Raplee of Illinois; step-sons Lee Thomas, of Tennessee and Dr. Scott  (Sue) Thomas of Colorado; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish can make contributions to Alzheimer’s Research in Doc Raplee’s name. Send checks to Middle Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216 Nashville, 37215.

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