Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2010

Shirley Jean Clemons
Services for Mrs. Clemons were Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with her pastor Bro. Don Elmore officiating. Burial followed in the Thomas family lot at Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria.
Mrs. Clemons, 54, of the Hickman Community died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at Summit Medical Center. She suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on Monday morning shortly after arriving at work at Orchid International in Mt. Juliet.
Born Shirley Jean Thomas at the McFarland Hospital in Lebanon in July 1955, she was the daughter of Rebecca Mai “Beckie” Ray Thomas of Alexandria and the late Joe Martin Thomas. On Oct. 6, 1988, she was united in marriage to Carthage native Larry Wayne “Porky” Clemons in Carthage by then County Court Clerk Joe Scruggs. Mrs. Clemons was a machinist at Orchid International in Mt. Juliet. She was a member of the Hickman Baptist Church and a 1974 graduate of Dekalb High School in Smithville.
Survivors are: her husband of almost 22 years, Larry; and her mother, Beckie, is her daughter, Kristie Dixon and husband Stacy of Hickman; step-son, Jonathon Clemons and wife Melissa of Gordonsville; brothers, Joe Thomas and wife Mary Etta of Watertown, Bill Thomas of Alexandria; grandsons, Bailey Roney of Hickman and Tyler Clemons of Gordonsville; half brother, Chris Thomas and step-mother, Linda Thomas both of Winchester.
The family has requested memorials to the Hickman Baptist Church.

Basil Rex Fletcher Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Fletcher will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. David Fletcher, Gordon Matthews and Ted Kell officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Fletcher family will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the funeral home.
Mr. Fletcher, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Born in September 1923 near Summitville, Tenn., he was the son of the late Vernon (Jack) Fletcher and Ruth Adella Freeze Fletcher.  He married Helen Virginia Fletcher on Jan. 7, 1950 in Winchester, Tenn.
Mr. Fletcher served in the Army and was involved in Pacific theatre duty in New Guinea during World War II. After the war, he began a career with A.J. Tanner Plumbing & Heating as a clerk/estimator and later promoted to general manager. He also started in the ministry and served as pulpit minister at Centertown Church of Christ from 1956 to 1968 and later served at Forest Mills church of Christ until his retirement. He also worked at R.N. Wilson Contracting as a mechanical estimator/PM from 1969 to his retirement in 2003.
He was involved with his children in sports and music, serving as the long-time president of the Manchester Little League, Babe Ruth League and Little League District director. Mr. Fletcher was a lifetime American Legion member and former chaplain.
He was a former Manchester Alderman and a former elder at Forrest Mills church of Christ, as well as an avid gardener, Rook® player, Bible teacher, reader of many books, husband of 60 years and friend to all.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Fletcher was preceded in death by his brother, John Thomas “Buster” Fletcher; sister-in-law Betty J. Murphree Fletcher, and brother-in-law Clyde Esteen Swanger.
Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife, Helen; his sister, Martha Ida Swanger of Manchester, Tenn.; sister, Nelda Twitchell and husband Richard Stuart “Dick” Twitchell of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sons, Basil Rex Fletcher Jr and wife Portia Snodgrass Fletcher of Orlando, Fla., and David W. Fletcher and wife Rhonda Eddings Fletcher of Manchester, Tenn.; daughter, Deborah Faye Baugh and husband John of Lebanon, Tenn. The surviving grandchildren include Seth David Fletcher, Autumn Maree Potter, Adam Ian Fletcher, Jared Michael Fletcher and Amber Michele Fletcher. Other survivors include two great grandchildren, four nieces, five nephews and many great nephews and great nieces. One great aunt, Lucille Fletcher and one great uncle Jay W. Freeze & wife Lura Mae Freeze still survive.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Forest Mill Church of Christ benevolence fund.

Mildred E. Hackett
Graveside services for Mrs. Hackett will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Nashville National Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Hackett, 75, of Lebanon, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at University Medical Center. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Hackett; mother, Hazel Dickens Hazel; sisters, Ruth White and Elizabeth Ricketts; infant sister, Jane Vaden and brother, Bobby Vaden.
Survivors include: son, Randy (Ann) Hackett of Knoxville; daughter, Tami Hackett of Hendersonville; grandson, Brandon (Mary) Hackett; great-granddaughter, Emma Hackett; brother, Kenny (Cornelia) Vaden; sisters, Toye Cheevers and Wilma Moore; sisters-in-law, Oneida Vaden and Mary Vance; brothers-in-law, Don Hackett and Neil (Betty) Hackett and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be special friend Birdie Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

John. D. Kellams
Services for Mr. Kellams will be Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Dr. Bobby Devine officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Thursday, Feb. 18.
Mr. Kellams, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. Retired from Vought Industries, he was preceded in death by his parents, O.D. and Nancy Kallams; wife, Mildred Kellams; and sister, Mary Jo Kellams.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Greta Kellams;s on, John (Genelda) Kellams; daughter, Vicki (Ron) Mattock; step-children, Jeff (Sherry) Wright, Judy (Jim) Locke, and Randy (Lisa) Argoe; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers, while honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Elizabeth Gleaves, Robert Smith, the Sunday School class and loving members of First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.


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