Obituaries for Oct. 30


Sandra Bohr
Ms. Bohr, 71, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Community at 14544 Lebanon Road in Old Hickory with Father Pat Kibby officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Larry B. Curtis Sr.

There will be a private service for the family of Mr. Curtis.

Mr. Curtis, 71, of Camden, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the home of his daughter in Lebanon. Born Sept. 10, 1941, in Benton County, Tenn., he was the son of the late Kimet and Hazel Fuller Curtis. He was a brick and block mason.

He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy George Curtis.

He is survived by his daughter, Kim (Randall) Ligon and Larry B. (Debbie Lening) Curtis Jr. all of Lebanon; sister, Olene Douglas; two brothers, Bill and Aaron Curtis; grandchildren, Shawna (Jerry) Jones, Sunshine (Justin Gregory) Curtis, Shanoa (Bobby) Eastland, Anya Curtis, Sasha Curtis, Savannah Curtis, and Cole Curtis; 6 great grandchildren.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ronnie Dale Phillips

Mr. Phillips will be laid to rest in Buttram Cemetery in Dayton, Tenn. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Mr. Phillips, 64, of Lebanon, parted from this earth Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at his home with his family beside him.

He was a very gentle person and a self-taught artist who had a huge love for animals (especially his dog, Tinkerbell), and loved football and playing football. His niece, Leann Moles of Oak Ridge and nephew, Mark Phillips of Murfreesboro were both dear to Ronnie and all three were able to share many special moments and memories of times past during his last few months. We all shard special memories with Ronnie before he passed away and these times were very dear to Ronnie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred Callie and Alvin Buster Phillips of Michigan; aunt, Maggie Phillips Nail; friend and grandfather "Poppi" Emmet Phillips, both who raised Ronnie as loving second parents; brothers, Foster Phillips of Oak Ridge and Jerry Phillips of North Highlands, Calif.

He is survived by sister, Linda Keeler of Battle Creek, Mich.; Mike Phillips of Albuquerque, N.M.; and cousin, "Doll" Holland of Crab Orchard, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews.

An extended thanks goes to a lot of people who helped care for Ronnie: Laquitta Troxler and Adam Moles, we can't thank you enough. Thank you to Terrye and Vernon Patton and family for all your time; Wendell and Connie Huffman; James and Elaine Winchester; Shady Acres neighbors, friends and employees; Mitzi and Charlie Dornan; Moles Sawmill; and many more friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, c/o Mark Phillips, 2133 Liberty Dr., Murfreesboro TN 37129 or by calling 615-306-1906) to help with funeral expenses; or make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Ronnie.

Crossville Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Manning LoVetere
Funeral services for Mr. LoVetere will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.
Football legend John Manning LoVetere, 76, of Watertown, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at University Medical Center. He was born in Waltham, Mass., son of the late Samuel Alfred LoVetere and Irene Estelle Devlin LoVetere and was preceded in death by his son, John Jeffrey LoVetere and a brother, Raymond LoVetere. John was a U.S. Army Paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Infantry and had a 7 year career in the National Football League. He was a defensive tackle from 1959 to 1962 with the LA Rams and from 1963 to 1966 with the NY Giants.
He is survived by his wife, Deanie "Debbie" LoVetere of Watertown; daughter, Denise Jones of Watertown; grandchildren, Amber Vaughn, Kaise Adams, Jonathan Jones, Argus Vanderbilt LoVetere; five great grandchildren; brothers, Ken, Greg, Richard, Joe, Ron and Sam LoVetere, Jr.

Ralph Leslie Poore

Mr. Poore died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

Services will be Wednesday at noon at Wilson County Funeral Home. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Lila Lee Thomas Tracy

Mrs. Tracy, 88, of Lebanon, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at The Pavilion in Lebanon.

Services for Mrs. Tracy were 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Luff Bowen Funeral Home in Waverly, Tenn. Visitation was 10:30 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.

Lela Wagner

Services for Mrs. Wagner will be Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Bro. Wayne Miller will officiate the services. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held on Monday from 4-8 p.m. will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wagner, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at her residence. She was a member of Maple Hill Church of Christ and owner/hairdresser of Lela’s Beauty Shop.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny A. and Laura G. Denney Rowland; father of her children, H. Arnold Skelton; brother, Don Rowland.

She is survived by her husband, Tommy Wagner; son, Basil (Mary Ross) Skelton of Knoxville; daughter, Donna (Richard) Macon of Lebanon; grandchildren, Richard (Gwynne) Macon III, Suzanne (Dwayne) Eubank, LeaBeth (Steven) Pack, Linlee (Brandon) Allen, Tyler Skelton; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, J.T. (Peggy) Rowland of Adams, Tenn.; sister, Wanda (Harold) Pulliam of Gallatin; special friends, Kitty Houston and Marie Craighead.

Active pallbearers will be Richard Macon III, Tyler Skelton, Dwayne Eubank, Steven Pack, Brandon Allen and Harold Pulliam.

William H. Waters Jr.

Services for Mr. Waters were 1 p.m. Monday in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Officiating the services were Dr. Larry Locke, Bro. Kevin Owen and Bro. Johnny Markham. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery in Tuckers Crossroads.

Visitation was held on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and Monday from noon until funeral service at the funeral home.

Mr. Waters, 89, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Bill was born Oct. 1, 1923 to William H. Waters Sr. and Nora Puryear Waters in Tuckers Crossroads. Bill and Virginia were married Aug.  24, 1955 and celebrated 57 years of marriage together. He served during World War II as an ensign aboard the USS Gallatin in the Pacific theatre. After returning from the war, he graduated from Purdue University.

Bill had a lifelong love of farming. After college, he farmed with his father for several years. After a long career with Horace Mann Insurance Co., Bill returned to farming in his retirement years. He fed his neighbors and church members with produce from his garden well into his 80’s.

Throughout his life, Bill actively served in the churches he attended. He served as a deacon at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville, and College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon. Bill loved all sports, but his passion was baseball. He played on teams into his 30’s, and loved to tell stories about pitching against their archrival, “The Glade.”

Bill was also a writer. He regularly was published in the editorial page of the Wilson Post. In his writing, he was passionate about the topics of family, local history, and treating others with kindness. He also wrote an annual Christmas letter to the extended Waters family. He passed down stories, memories, and values from our family’s past.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Nora Waters; brother, Hugh Waters; sister, Nora Anne Wright.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Powell Waters; sons, Bill Waters; Neal (Karita) Waters; grandsons, Ryan Waters and Dylan Waters; sister, Martha Conway Shepherd.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to Healing Hands International, 455 McNally Drive, Nashville, Tn 37211.

Kozle Chapman Willingham

A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Willingham's life will be held at Gladeville Baptist Church on Nov. 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Willingham, 73, surrounded by her family, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 16, 2012. She was a member of Gladeville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Alan Chapman, and sister Doris McFerrin.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Willingham; three daughters, Denyce (Anthony) Potts, Paula (Kyle) Payne and Kelly (Pete) Johnson; one sister, Shirley (Paul) Winfrey; three granddaughters, Jerris (Jeremy) Mabery, Chelsey and Courtney Johnson; two great grandsons, Nolan and Nicholas Mabery, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the church.

Sellars Funeral Home, at Stone Mansion is in charge of arrangements.


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