Obituaries – July 5, 2007

Betty Reeves Smith Highers Rushing

Services for Ms. Rushing will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with the Rev. Don McElroy officiating. Internment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetary. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.

Ms. Rushing, 81, died Wednesday, July 4, at Quality Care in Lebanon. A native of Overton County, she graduated from Livingston Academy in 1943, attended the Tennessee College for Women in Murfreesboro from 1944-1945, and graduated from Tennessee Tech with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1947 and a master’s degree in 1980. She retired from Lebanon High School where she taught physical education and coached tennis and volleyball from 1967 to 1996. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lebanon and was a member of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association.

She was preceded in death by parents Edison and Agnes Hargrove Smith; son, Bill Highers; brother John Smith and her former husband R.L. Highers Jr. Survivors include: son Raymond Littleton (Susan) Highers III of Cookeville; sister Mary Ann (Petey) Sanders of Amarillo, Tex.; grandchildren Raymond Littleton (Kristie) Highers IV of Lebanon, Amanda Nicole Highers and William Harrison Highers, both of Virginia Beach, Va., Jennifer Elizabeth Siler of Norfolk, Va. and Morgan Wayne Siler of Coleman, Fla; and great-granchildren Dylan and Alexis of Lebanon.

Rebecca Lannom “Becky” Cardiff

Services for Mrs. Cardiff will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Ann Soderquist officiating. Internment will be in Fairview Cemetary. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and 3-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Cardiff, 54, died Tuesday, July 3, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She was a member of Spring Creek Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Lebanon High School. She was the vice-president of Entertainment America.

Survivors include: husband Voe Cardiff of Gladeville; daughter Kacey (Bryan) Pedigo of Lebanon; grandsons Hayden and Noah Pedigo; parents Jack and Etheleyne Lannom of Norene; brother Robert Lannom of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law Patricia Lannom of Georgia; nephews and nieces Robert Lannom, Jr. of Georgia, Andrew (Tiffany) Lannom of Franklin, John (Lisa) Keathley of White House, Jamie Walker of Lebanon, and Joanne Walker and Jill Walker, both of Gladeville.

Pallbearers will be John Keathley, Jeff Martin, Mark Lannom, Brad Trice, Robert Lannom Jr. and Andrew Lannom. Honorary pallbearers will be the 2007 Lady Bears softball team and Ben Johnson.

Virginia Atwood McInnis

Services for Mrs. Atwood will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Fla.

Mrs. Atwood, 89, died Tuesday, July 3. Born in Lebanon in 1918, she moved to Orlando in 1936 before moving to Tampa in 1944. She was a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. She was a founding member and president of Dale Mabry Elementary PTA and serviced as president of Madison Junior High and Plant High School PTA. She was an active member of the Tampa Women’s Club and the Virginia Park Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by husband Cleveland L. McInnis. Survivors include: children Cleveland A. “Buck” (Eleanor) McInnis of Tampa, Ginger (Greg) Jones of Sautee, Ga. and James O. (Paula) McInnis of Newnan, Ga.; grandchildren Beth Wiggins, Melissa Black, Meredith Abrunzo, Baker Jones, Wendy Harris, Paul Jones, Lee Ann Miller and Bobby, Julie, James, Meghan and Michael McInnis; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the preschool at Palma Ceia Presbyterian at 3501 San Jose Street, Tampa, FL, 33629, or to the charity of your choice. An online guestbook is available at http://www.blountcurry.com

Blount & Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Marie Huddleston

Services for Mrs. Huddleston will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Peyton Road Church of Christ with Bro. Eddie Thompson officiating and Bro. Patrick B. Johnson serving as minister and eulogist. Internment will be in Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 12 p.m. until the service Friday at the church.

Mrs. Huddleston, 60, died Tuesday, July 2, at her home in Lebanon after a battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by parents Seth and Katherine Fowler. Survivors include: husband, James P. Huddleston; son, Charles Keel of North Carolina; step-children Jamie Huddleston and James K. (LaTasha) Huddleston, both of Pontiac, Mich., Ultressa Lynn Huddleston and Cal Lawrence, both of Nashville; Tameka Huddleston, Cory (Tabitha) Huddleston and Yashica (Eric) Brooks, all of Lebanon; mother-in-law Callie H. Price; sister Betty (Fred) Parker of Flintsone, Ga.; sisters-in-law Eula (Thomas) Stokes of Lebanon and Elizabeth (RC) Jones of Nashville; grandson Andrew Keel; 19 step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews Tammy Parker and Jeffery Parker, both of Georgia, Richard (Damita) Rhodes of Fairfield, Ohio, Deedy (Carmen) Rhodes of Hermitage, Curtis (Jennifer) Rhodes of Lakewood, Cal., Henry Rhodes and Michelle (Curtis) Crutchfield, both of Lebanon, and Perry McCall and Eunita (Pernell) Hendking, both of Nashville; 13 great-nieces and nephews; two very devoted, loving friends Emma Dale Johnson and Virginia Halbert; and a host of other family members and friends.

Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Arlie W. Pass

Mr. Pass, 88, died Wednesday, July 4, at University Medical Center in Lebanon.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Ligon & Bobo is in charge of arrangements.

Julian H. Wills Jr.

Services for Mr. Wills will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sykes, Tenn., with Bro. Doug Dillard and Bro. Odis Green officiating. Internment will be in Brush Creek Cemetary with Bro. Robert Barton officiating. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the church.

Mr. Wills, 60, died Tuesday, July 3, at his home. He was a 1965 graduate of Gordonsville High School and a member of Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by father Julian Hobert “Fotch” Wills Sr. and brother Roy Shannon Wills. Survivors include: wife Linda Crowley Wills; children Julian H. “Trev” (April) Wills III, Shanna (Wade) Bennett and Charlie (Shelly) Wills; grandchildren Julian H. Wills IV, Emily Wills, Lane Wills and Candy Bennett; mother Sadye Winfree Wills and brother Stanley Wills.

Bass Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Nathaniel Frazier Jr.

Services for infant David will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Sellars Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.

Infant David died Tuesday, July 3, 2007.

He was preceded in death by grandfather William Frazier. Survivors include: parents David and Dusty Tarpley Frazier Sr.; sister Whitley Frazier; grandparents Doroth Frazier of Lebanon, Gail and James Caruthers of Gainesboro; aunts Wendy (Scott) Edwards and April Waters, both of Lebanon; uncle Mitch Tarpley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

John S. Richards

Services for Command Sergeant Major Richards will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 6 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral home with Bro. Wayne Miller and Col. J B Leftwich officiating. Internment with military honors in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home.

Command Sergeant Major Richards, 78, died Wednesday, July 4, at his home in Lebanon. An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he taught military science at Castle Heights Military Academy and also served as Assistant Commandant. Following his retirement from Castle Heights, he was self-employed in sales. He was a member of the Maple Hills Church of Christ and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by parents Felix and Ida Miller Richards; brother Charles Richards; and sisters Charlotte Bryant, Mardel Stephens and Imogene Atkerson.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Fay E. Lewis Richards; children Janice (Larry) Rainey of Lebanon and Conrad B. (Pat) Richards of Atlanta; sister Lena M. Smith of Bowling Green, Ky.; grandchildren Tracy (Phil) Parkerson of Lebanon, Alicia Richards and John S. Richards, both of Atlanta; and great-grandchildren Ashley Strickland and Carly Parkerson.

Pallbearers will be John S. Richards, Larry Norton, Larry McCowan, Jack Leftwich, Louis Washburn and Hugh Green.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.

 

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