Obituaries for April 19, 2012



Stella M. Chavis

Services for Mrs. Chavis will be 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Watertown. Entombment will be in Wilson County Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Visitation will be from 4-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Neuble Monument Funeral Home and from 3 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the church.

Mrs. Chavis, 82, died Monday, April 16, 2012. She was born to the late Hershell and Viola Tubbs Smith in Temperance Hall, Tenn. She was baptized in Watertown, where she was raised. She was active in the community, from volunteer service to City Council candidate.

She was preceded in death by: husband of 43 years, Billy Chavis; sisters Lois (Smith) Lawrence, Corinne (Smith) Muirhead and Dorothy Jean Smith; brothers, Odell and Leon Smith; foster sister, Darlene (Harris) Roy and foster brother, Ben Harris.

Survivors include: son, Jerome Chavis of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Rochelle Chavis of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughter, Sommer Woods of Detroit; and grandson, Aaron Chavis of San Francisco; sister, Francis (Smith) Avery of Detroit; foster sister, Maxine (Harris) Bruce of Detroit; and foster brother, John D. Harris Jr. of Lebanon; and a host of family members and friends, including Jo Doris Pride of Lebanon, Steven and Jenny Smith, Paulette King, Chartise Vantrease, all of Watertown, Joyce Frazier of Dallas, Texas, Debra McClain of Murfreesboro, Talona Humbert of Atlanta, Rita Bates of Murfreesboro; and Family Staffing Solutions, as well as her church families at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist and Dowell Chapel United Methodist Churches.

The family gladly accepts flowers. The Stella Chavis Memorial Fund has been set up through Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Watertown. Please make all contributions payable to: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Edna W. Grooms Lane, Watertown 37184 or bring to the funeral home.

Mary Frances Conley

Graveside services for Mrs. Conley are scheduled for noon EDT, Monday, April 23, at the Rest Haven Memorial Park in Cincinnati, Ohio with Rev. Victoria Front officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the service on Monday.

Mrs. Conley, age 95 of Lebanon died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at University Medical Center in Lebanon. Born in April of 1916, in Milan, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late William and Donna Knox Patrick. She was a homemaker and a Baptist in belief.

She was preceded in death by: parents; and husband, Frank Conley.

Survivors include: sons, Pat (Peggy) Conley of Cincinnati, Ohio and Dennis (Paulette) Conley of Crossville; daughters, Beverly Ann (Terry) Kien of Missoula, Mont. and Denise (Gary) Olsen of Lebanon; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great great-grandchildren.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon in charge of arrangements.

James A. 'Jim' Nabors

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Nabors will be 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at his residence, 8464 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon with Jason Mull officiating.

Mr. Nabors, 68, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at University Medical Center. He was a member of the Baptist faith, a retired employee in Energy Management for Novar-Honeywell, and member of the American Legion Post 17, AMVETS, DAV and 109 Car Club.

He was preceded in death by: parents, George and Eva Hall Nabors; and brother, Billy Nabors.

Survivors include: wife of 46 years, Patricia Nabors; son, Bill (Jennifer) Nabors; grandsons, Michael Cosmo (fiancée, Lucy LaLonde) and Zachary Orion Nabors; brothers, Robert (Johnna) and Charles (Amy) Barnes; sisters, Anita (John) Phillps and Linda Palmer.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made in his memory to New Leash on Life or to the American Cancer Society.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine Phillips

Graveside services for Mrs. Phillips will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown conducted by Bro. Ronnie Smith. Interment in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19 and prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Phillips, 77, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Elmcroft in Lebanon. She was born in October of 1934 in Rahway, N.J. and graduated from Lebanon High School. Her church affiliation was Hurricane Baptist Church. She was a retired BellSouth telephone operator.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Clyde A. Williams, Sr. and Rosa Elise Kaufmann Williams; husband, Claude B. Phillips; brother, Clyde 'Sonny' Williams; and sister, Barbara Jean Phillips.

Survivors include: sons, Charles (Linda) Phillips of Norene and Rick (Dorlores Carol) Phillips also of Norene; granchildren, Sherry (Adam), Jeff and Julie Phillips all of Norene.

Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Leah Brown Tucker

Funeral services for Mrs. Tucker are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kevin Medlin officiating. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home and noon until the service on Friday at the church.

Mrs. Tucker, 80, of Lebanon died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Quality Care Nursing Home. Born in August of 1931 in the Leeville Community, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Brown and Ottie Marie Lanius Brown Vaughn. She was a 1950 graduate of Lebanon High School. She and her late husband owned and operated Tuckers Sausage in Lebanon. She was an active member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she was a part of the CPW of which she had served in several offices including president. She also was very active in the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and also in the BPW Club where she had also served in many capacities including president.

She was preceded in death by: parents; husband of 57 years, James B. 'Jimmy' Tucker; sisters, Mary Willodeen Brown Neeley and Kathleen Rhea Brown Morris.

Survivors include: children, James R. 'Ronnie' Tucker and Peggy (Jerry) Watson; granddaughter, Jessa (Aaron) Templeton; great-grandchildren, Kailynn and Jake Templeton all of Lebanon; brother, John (Pat) Brown of Jefferson City; and a great aunt, Frances Lanius of Lebanon.

Active Pallbearers will be Aaron Templeton, Bubba Phillips, William Harris, Sam Watson, Bill Templeton, Larry Stroud, Robin York and Joe Cripps. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church CPW.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon in charge of arrangements.


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