Obituaries – July 3, 2007

Richard E. Owens

Services for Mr. Owens will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at JC Hellum Funeral Home with the Elder Brewer Hall Jr. officiating. Internment will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram, Tenn. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Owens, 71, died Friday, June 29, 2007.

Survivors include: his wife, Freddie Mae Owens; sons, Richard Davet (Kay) Owens, James Roy (Val) McMurry and Charles Gaines; granddaughters, Pastor Belita McMurry (Deacon Edward) Fite, Stephanie Grooms and Keisha (John) Hurst; grandsons, Antonio “Tony” (Kristie) McMurry and Shaquille Cragwall; a brother, Robert (Elnora) Simpson; many neices and nephews; and relatives and friends.

Frank Bratten Smith

Services for Mr. Smith will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Internment will be in Wilson County Memorial Park. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. until the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith, 82, died Monday, July 1, at University Medical Center. A graduate of Liberty High School, he was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army and the Air Force and worked as a tool and die maker.

He was preceded in death by parents Turner Ray Smith and Franklie Alice Mingle Smith; step-mother Ora lee Allen Smith; sister, Martha Ray Malone; sons Phillip and David Smith; daughter Linda G. Pruitt; grandchildren Michael Smith and Tony Harris. Survivors include wife Olene Moss Smith of Statesville; son Jack (Cindy) Lackey of Lebanon; daughter Brenda Minchey of Lebanon; brother Ben H. (Lavelle) Smith of Nashville; sister Mainel (Fern) Able of Columbia; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Don Malone, Shane Lackey, Todd Lackey, Mike Lackey, Josh Lackey and Jonathan Mofield.

Joe H. Felts, Sr.

Services for Mr. Felts will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Mt. Juliet Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Felts, 81, died Monday, July 1.

He was preceded in death by son Joey Felts and sisters Atha and Elizabeth. Survivors include: wife Elizabeth Ellen Felts; sons Edward Felts, Charles Dalton and Richard Dalton; daughter Gail Marie Felts; brother Fred Ross Felts; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Robert Lee “Pooster”/”Pappy” Smith

Services for Mr. Smith will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes with Bro. Bobby Ray officiating. Internment will be in Rodgers Cemetary in Baxter. Visitation will be Tuesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. until the service at the Gordonsville Chapel.

Mr. Smith, 72, died Monday, July 1 at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. He was a member of Dillard Creek Community Church. He was a truck driver for Waco Truck Body and Aqua Class, then worked at Checkerboard Games and Lebanon Sporting Goods for 13 years.

He was preceded in death by parents Mary Lillian Rittenberry and Howard Grady Smith and brother Ray “Crow” Smith. Survivors include: wife Inez Rodgers Smith of Hickman; son Anthony (Barbara) Smith of Hickman; grandchildren Beth (Joey) White and Rachel Smith, both of Buffalo Valley, and Brian (Amanda) Smith of Hickman; brother William “Bud” (Aline) Smith of Carthage; sisters Delia Hughes of Gentry, Margaret (David) Jared and Opal “Tutter” (Hubert) Smith of Buffalo Valley.

Frank Kenneth “Cuz” Buster, Jr.

Services for Mr. Buster will be 5 p.m. Friday, July 7 at Sellars Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Grisham officiating. Internment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Buster, 67, died Monday, July 1. He owned and operated Cuz’s Antiques on the swuare in Lebanon for many years. He was a member of the Linwood Pentecostal Church and was in the pocket knife and antique business for 38 years. He started the Fight’N Rooster Pocket Knife design and manufacture in 1975. He was loved by all who knew him in this community and across the U.S., also countless friends abroad in Germany, Egypt and England.

Buster was the son of the late Frank Woodrow and Janie Hearn Buster. Survivors include: wife of 41 years, Linda Williams Buster of Lebanon; children Rachell (Jimmy) Buster and Sterling (Tawnya) Buster, both of Lebanon, and Michelle (Hussein) Gouda of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Jamey Spurling, Jalyn Chaffin, Ahmed Gouda and Minnah Gouda; step-grandchildren Jordon and Justin Chaffin; sister Sandra (James) Pedigo of Bethpage; devoted secretary of 24 years Glenda Williams; and the best helper Marvis Sweatt.

Pallbearers will be Little Bill Huff, Terry Ashe, Don Fox, Tommy Thompson, Jack Lowery Sr., Terry Bock, Steve Davis, Wendal Staley, Jimmy Allen and David Hermontoter. Honorary pallbearers will be The Heart Group at St. Thomas Hospital, Dr. Mark Koening, Dr. Mulalsh, Rachel McHenry, Dr. Evans, all the nurses at McFarland Physical Therapy, the National Knife Collectors Association, all Fight’N Rooster dealers, collectors and friends in the industry, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, the 15th Judicial District Attorney General’s office, Mayor Don Fox’s office, plus countless people whose lives were touched by this extraordinary man who never met a stranger.

Carolyn Huddleston

Ms. Huddleston, 60, died at her home Tuesday, July 2. She had been battling cancer.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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