Obituaries for Sept. 21, 2010

Leonard Cecil Allen
Services for Mr. Allen will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Alexander Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Fowler officiating. Interment will be in Eulia Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Tuesday and continue until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Allen, 84, of the Russell Hill Community in Macon County, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Survivors include: wife, Winnie Flatt Allen; daughters, Rosie Jean (Bill) Hite of Brentwood and Barbara Susan Allen of Lebanon; sons, Danny and Billy (Tina) Allen, both of Lebanon; mother-in-law, Sallie Francis Flatt; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Col. Bernie Sanford Bass
Services for Col. Bass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, from sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Lebanon with the Rev. Megan Ritchie officiating. Interment with military honors will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Gordonsville Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home and at the church one hour before the funeral service.
Col. Bass, , 91, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Saint Thomas Hospital. Born at New Middleton, Tenn., the son of Linnie Gibbs and James Lillard Bass Sr., he graduated from Gordonsville High School, from Morgan School in Petersberg, Tenn., from Cumberland University and from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. with an advanced degree in American history. He was a Christian and proud of his service to his country. He and his wife, Mary Helen were married on Aug. 30, 1945 in her hometown Methodist Church of Perry, Fla. They were subjected to many separations due to military assignments including 16 months duty in Korea and Japan in 1953-1954 and 12 months duty in South Vietnam in 1969-1970, and innumerable temporary duty assignments.
He volunteered for the US Army Air Forces as an aviation Cadet in September 1941 and was commissioned a 2nd LT., and awarded pilots wings in April 1942. During World War II, he flew two combat tours: in French Morocco, Tunisia, Pantelleria, and Sicily in Curtiss P-40 aircraft, and France and Germany in Republic P-47 aircraft, completing 114 combat missions. Following the war he returned to college and later was an instructor at Castle Heights Military Academy. Recalled to active duty in 1951, he served in the United States, Korea, Japan, France, England, and South Vietnam. He was squadron commander of North American F-100 equipped squadrons at Cannon AFB, Clovis, NM, at Chaumont Air Base, France, and RAF Lakenheath, England.
He served as Base Commander at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge Air Bases, England, and Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. Following a tour of duty as Director, United States Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, he retired on Nov. 1, 1976 with 30 years, 5 months active duty service to his country. Awards and decorations include Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters. In retirement, he returned to Castle Heights Military Academy as an instructor.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lebanon, and served as Deacon, Elder, Sunday School leader and teacher. He was a former Trustee of Cumberland University, and Chairman, Wilson County Library Board, member of the Order of Daedalians, P-40 Warhawk Pilots Association, P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association, American Legion, VFW, Charter member of the Air Force Association, and a Rotarian. He was an honorary member of the Noncommissioned Officers Association of America, and of the Ohio Chapter POW/MIA.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Helen Whitfield Bass; his parents; brother, Paul; and infant sister, Cara Duncan.
Survivors include: children, Ronald Dennis Bass of Washington, D.C., Cara Bass (Robert) Chipkevich of Lebanon and Mark Duncan (Ronda) Bass of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, Benjamin (Mindy) Chipkevich of Memphis, Mary Ann Chipkevich of Lebanon, Stephanie Bass of St. Charles and Sgt. Scott Duncan Bass, U.S. Army, stationed in Afghanistan; brother, James (Erma) Bass of Carthage; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, the New Middleton United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.
Pallbearers will be Benjamin Chipkevich, James Robert, Paul Daniel, David and William Bass, Gordon Bone and Jerry Hunt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sgt. Scott Bass, Teamon Agee, New Middleton, Rodney Ahles, Robert C. Bone, Stratton Bone, Betty Clay, Carol Dedman, James L. Fletcher, Chestnut Mound, George Harding, Glen C. Holder, San Antonio, Texas, Jack Howard, Stephen J. King, La Mesa, Calif., J.B. Leftwich, Herb Simmons, Franklin, N.C., John E. Stephens, and Ruling Elders of First Presbyterian Church.
Obituary courtesy of Bass Funeral Home.

Ann Marie Gray
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Wilson County Memorial Gardens with Walter Andrews and the Rev. Tom Binford officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. until services at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Gray, 80, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Elmcroft Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care Center. She was a member of LaGuardo Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by parents, Fred K. and Gertrude Griffin James; husband, Jack D. Gray.
Survivors include: daughters, Gayle (Wayne) Driver and Becky (Perry) Carpenter; brothers, W.H. James, Clay (Marie) James and R.H. James; sister, Norma (Walter) Andrews; grandchildren, Steven (Kim) Driver and Dana Carpenter; great-grandchildren, Jayden Carpenter and Evan Driver.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid South Chapter, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, Tenn. 37215 or to the American Cancer Society.
Wilson County Memorial Gardens is in charge of arrangements.

Howard Milton Johnson
Services for Mr. Johnson will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Partlow Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Freeman, the Rev. Bill DeVasher, Dr. Ray Cleek, the Rev. Don McElroy and Bobby Staten officiating. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Johnson, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. He was a member of Lebanon’s First Baptist Church and former member of Barton’s Creek Baptist Church, a United States Navy Veteran serving during WWII, a retired accountant and employee of Texas Eastern Transmission Corp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. “Willie” Johnson and Lillie  Shepherd Johnson; brothers, Douglas Johnson, Perry Johnson and Glenn Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Rutledge “Dot “ Johnson; daughters, Sheri (Bobby) Staten, Melinda (John) Greer and Pamela (Larry) Sharp; grandchildren, Summerlee (Brenden) Rowe, B.J. Staten, Karalesa ( Ben) DiFabio, Matthew Milton (Becky) Greer, Michael David (Blair) Greer and Erin (Andy) Coomes; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Liam Coomes, Jack, Elliott and Paxton Greer and Charlotte Greer DiFabio; brother, Robert ”Bobby” (Norma Ruth) Johnson; sisters, Vermell Albert, Dean Estes and Betty June Thorne; sisters-in-law, Ruby Johnson and Lucy Johnson; numerous family members and friends. Pallbearers, Larry Sharp, Bobby Staten, John Greer, Matthew Greer, Jack Greer, Michael Greer, Ben DiFabio, B.J. Staten, Andy Coomes, & Brenden Rowe. Honorary pallbearers, Robert VanHook, Bobby Johnson and Mr. Johnson’s Sunday School Class of Lebanon’s First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid South Chapter, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, Tenn. 37215.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Vance Lain
Funeral services for Mrs. Lain will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Eld. Danny Tomlinson officiating. Interment will be in Barton’s Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Lain, 87 of the Beckwith Community in Mt. Juliet died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at her residence. Born in the Lancaster Community of Smith County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Finley and Betty McCaleb Vance. She was worked at Texas Boot for 35 years and was a member of the Beckwith Baptist Church.
Survivors include: her husband of 69 years, Louis Johnson Lain; daughters, Lois Jean (Eddie) Tomlinson of Mt. Juliet and Linda Lain (Dr. Wayne) Johnson of Lebanon; grandchildren, Eld. Danny (Shelia) Tomlinson and Tammie (Ray) Griffin all of Mt. Juliet, Ashlie (Dr. John) Gallaher of Lebanon and Dr. Rick (Melissa) Johnson of Murfreesboro; great-grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Brakefield of Mt. Juliet, Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad (Kristin) Childers of Belle Chase, La., Lain and Lacey Tomlinson of Mt. Juliet, Grace, AnnaBelle and Lofton Gallaher all of Lebanon, Jordyn and Isaiah Johnson of Murfreesboro; great-great-grandchildren, Delaney Waugh of Mt. Juliet and Cayden Childers of Belle Chase; and sisters, Pheleda Vance Walpole of Mt. Juliet and Peggy Vance Speck of Lebanon.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Rick Johnson, Dr. John Gallaher, Ray Griffin, Lain Tomlinson, Chris Brakefield and Eugene “Bud” Walpole.
Memorials may be made to the Beckwith Baptist Church, 3730 E. Division Street, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.  37122.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Moore McConnico
Services for Mrs. McConnico will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Lebanon Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Bob Miller officiating.
Mrs. McConnico, 97, of Lebanon, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
She was preceded in death by husband of 39 years, K.T. McConnico.
Survivors include: brother, Ralph (Earline) Moore; nephew, John (Gwen) Moore; niece, Arlene (Smuts) Van Rooyen; cousin, Ann Phillips Ankenbaer; and many great-nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Cat Rescue.
Woodlawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Thomas Upton Jr.
Services for Mr. Upton will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Smith officiating. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and prior to services on Thursday.
Mr. Upton, 87, of Alexandria, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at his residence. He was an Army veteran and an auto mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie Marie Upton; grandchildren, Brenda Sue Gupton and Wayne Gupton; parents, Charles Thomas Upton Sr. and Lula Carolyn Brazier Upton; brother, Bill Upton and sisters, Chatherine Tate and Helen Coggins.
Survivors include: daughters, Judy Carolyn Ridiner of Smyrna, Teresa Marie (Tom) Nelson of Watertown and Linda Gayle (Bro. Ronnie) Smith of Alexandria; sons, George Thomas (Jeannie) Willard of Watertown, Charles Thomas (Lisa) Upton III of Utah, James Edward Upton of Nashville and Larry Wayne Upton of Lebanon; grandchildren, Sharon (Larry) Knight, Carey (Deloris) Ridiner, Anthony (Sharon) Graves, Teresa Gayle Ridiner, Robert (Sue) Nelson, Kenneth (Toni) Nelson, Sarah Willard, George Willard, Marjorie (Cliff) Cullen, Mitch Coada, Kim (James) Honeycutt, Matthew Upton, Marie (Matt) Davis, Kyle Upton, Christopher Stolze, Zach and Ariel Scherry, Amanda (Keith) Dies, Joseph (Christy) Smith, Rebekah Smith, Aaron and David Upton and Steve Upton; great-grandchildren, David, Mitchell, Brooke and Amber Ridiner, Jennifer (Allen) Quintana, Austin Knight, Katie (Justin) Awe, Cody Gupton, Joshua Graves, Michael Beavers, Allen Beck, Courtney and Brittney Davis, Shelby Honeycutt, Blake and Braxton Davis, Donavan Upton, Ethan, Haley, Caleb and Autumn Dies, Tyler Malone, Kaylen Coada and Chelsea Leigh Smith; brothers, Leonard Upton, Don (Carol) Upton and Herbert (Sandra) Upton; sisters, Wilma (Dub) Williams and Jenny (Nolan) Smith and sister-in-law, Mildred Upton.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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