Obituaries for March 21, 2013



Billy Carr

Billy Howard Carr

Services for Mr. Carr, conducted by Rev. David Hesson and assisted by Joe Adams and Sam Hatcher, is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the First United Methodist Church (415 W. Main St., Lebanon) with visitation on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the service. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon (at Stone Mansion, 416 Rome Pike) on Friday from 1-8 p.m. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Carr, 83, passed away on March 19, 2013. Mr. Carr was born on May 27, 1929 in Lebanon to the late Brice Martin Carr Sr. and Effie A. Kirby Carr. He attended Highland Heights School and Lebanon High School and joined the Tennessee State Guard on Sept. 27, 1945 at the age of 16 and was discharged Feb. 14, 1947 as one of the youngest Sergeants. Mr. Carr was sworn in to active duty in the United States Army on Dec. 4, 1950 in Nashville.

He was transferred to Fort McCoy, Miss. and joined the 235th Field Artillery Observation Unit associated with the Pennsylvania National Guard, then from 1952 to 1956 was in the Army Reserves until Honorably Discharged in 1956. In 1987 when the Tennessee State Legislature re-opened the Guard in Lebanon, Mr. Carr was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and then transferred to the Advisory Board in 1999 and became Command Sergeant Major at the age of 70.

Mr. Carr was very active in his community. He coached the Kiwanis Club Little League Baseball for 27 years and worked with the First United Methodist Church alongside the Dr. Rev. Mary Chaffin. Mr. Carr was active in the American Legion Post 15, the Woodmen of the World, the ANA, and the U.S. State Guard Association.

Survivors include brothers, Harry E. Carr, Sr. and Forrest Crockett (Edith) Carr; sister, Betty J. (Clay) Martin; devoted niece, Melanie (Roger) Knight and her children; eight nieces; three nephews; 19 great-nieces and nephews; and 24 great-great-nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents Brice M. Carr Sr. and Effie A. Kirby Carr, brother Brice M. Carr, Jr., sister Charlene Swann, and paternal grandparents Forrest Lee Carr, Elizabeth L. Pemberton Carr, and maternal grandparents Parazettie Worley Kirby and John Crockett Kirby.

Friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Employees at the Lebanon Democrat, Dr. Thomas Gallaher, Jim York and Billy’s nieces and nephews. Memorial Donations may be made to the charity or organization of your choice.

Denise Jones Gann Harris

Funeral services for Ms. Harris will be held Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Interment in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday after 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Ms. Harris, 51, of Lebanon, passed away March 20, 2013, at The Gardens at Providence. Born in Wilson County, she was a 1979 graduate of Lebanon High School and was employed by AIG Insurance.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Geneva Sellars Jones; husband, Mark Gann.

She is survived by three children, Ashley Gann, Cody (Brittaney) Gann, Jordan Gann; stepson, Jacob Harris; four step-grandchildren, Ashton Harris, Zoi Hale, Delaney McGee and Airyn Harris; father, Charles Jones; sister, Sherry Jones; nephew, Dylan Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Diane Harris, Rachel Rodges, Fay Cox, Rose Price, Shannon Dickerson, Suzanne Frabrizio, Kimberly Franklin, Wisa Bane, Pam Reid, Lisa Gibbs, Crystal Woodard, Holly Harmon, Justine Harmon. Active pallbearers will be Dylan Williams, Eric Alsup, Jesse Carter, Billy Price, Corey Hunt, Jonathon Cody Gann, Jacob and Raymond Harris.

David Charles Kendall

Mr. Kendall, 63, of Watertown, died Monday.

Memorial services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Clyde Miller

Visitation for Mr. Miller will be held on Friday, March 22 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Pastor Jonas Taylor and Bro. Kenny Stacey will officiate the services. Interment will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Miller, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in the Quality Health Care Center. Mr. Miller attended West Hills Baptist Church and was a retired Air Force veteran serving 20 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Esley and Janie Sparks Miller.

He is survived by wife, June Miller; sons, Stephen (Deborah) Miller and Michael Alan (Mary Anna) Miller; grandchildren, Patrick Craig (Emily) Miller, Michael Alan (Ashley) Miller II, Amanda Jean Miller and Michele Amber Miller; great grandson, Elijah Craig Miller; brother, Jack Miller.

Family and friends to serve as active pallbearers.

Bobbie Wheeler Pedigo Woods (Granny Bobbie)

A celebration of Mrs. Woods' life will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 4-5 p.m. at Family Baptist Church, 81 Franklin Rd., Lebanon. A potluck fellowship dinner to follow.

Mrs. Woods, of the Clubs Springs community in Smith County and Lebanon, passed away peacefully at home with her husband, children, grandchildren, sister’s and other family members around her.

Bobbie, 71, was born April 30, 1941 to the late Edwin and Evelyn Lattimore Wheeler of Smithville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by granddaughter Stephanie Pedigo Soon and infant brother and sister.

Bobbie is survived by husband of 30 years James D. Woods of Club Springs community, Smith County; children, Janice Pedigo (Scott) Pierce, Debbie Pedigo (Michael) Hawkes and Gary (Joane) Pedigo, all of Lebanon, Larry (Tammy) Pedigo of Watertown, Myra Woods (Richard) York and Liz Woods (Brad) Ledbetter of Alexandria, Tenn.; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, siblings, Robbie(Jerry) Callis of Lebanon, Wanda Sue (Frank) Wilkerson of Mt Juliet, Helen Rose (Houston) Keith, Christine Matthews, Marlene Goodwin, Judy Wheeler Lattimore Johnson, Eudean (Sue) Wheeler, all of Smithville.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

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