Obituaries for Feb. 26, 2013

Sadie Cloyd

Bobbie Leona Dennee Armistead

Mrs. Armstead, age 73, passed away at her residence on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ilene Lee Robertson; husband, Harold Armstead; husband and father of her children, Larry Franklin Steele.

She is survived by her parents, Donald and Twila Dennee; sons, Larry Lester (Jennifer) Steele, and Scott Curtis Steele; daughters, Tracey Ruth (Don) Hampton, Brenda Lee Powell, Kimberly Jean Miller, Twila Dawn Hallum, Trudie Steele, Bobbie Jo-Lene (Brian) Harris, Jo-Megan Armstead (Blake) Burrow; brothers, Robert (Nancy) Dennee, Kenneth (Ruth) Dennee, Donald Walter (Linda) Dennee, Bil (Lauri) Dennee, Val (Cathy) Dennee, Ronald Dennee, Donald Alden Jr. (Kathryn) Dennee; sister, Dianna Kay (David) Haws; grandchildren, Robert Paul Hampton, Virgil Donald Hampton, Osha Melvin Coe Hampton, Brian Powell, Scooter Miller, Charisma Miller, Emma Leona Steele, Hannah Lee Steele, Sterling Franklin Steele, Abigale Mae Steele, Brittney Jean Steele, Kaden Scott Steele, Justin Lee (April) Hallum, Ashley Dawn (Jeremy) Adams, Amber Lea (Todd) Thompson, Rachel Morgan Davis, Harold Kole Dennee Armstead, Megan Dawn Burrow, and Thaxton Tisdale; great-grandchildren, Austin Adams, Allie Brooke Adams, Maddox Lee Hallum, Mason Christopher Hallum, Jordan Miller, Gage Brandon Reed, Adalyn Faith Bickett, Brayden Matthew Steele, and Ayva Lee Steele.

Mrs. Armstead was a member of the Morman faith and a Child Care Provider for Kiddie Patch.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 25 from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 1 p.m. until funeral services at 3 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Bishop Donald Walter Dennee will conduct the services with Donald Aulden Dennee officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Kole Armstead, Blake Burrow, Scott Steele, Kaden Steele, Donnie Hampton, Larry Steele, Thaxton Tisdale, Brian Harris and Justin Hallum. 

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-7007, obituary line 615-444-7700,

Thomas Leavitt Cheney

Mr. Cheney, 80, of Hermitage, died Saturday.

Cryptside services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-2:30 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel.

Jack Franklin Clariday

Mr. Clariday, 84, of Mt. Juliet, died Thursday.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Gateway Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Sadie King Cloyd

Funeral services for Ms. Cloyd will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel with visitation on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 from 2-6 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the service. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Wallace Alsup and Dr. Jonathan Akin will officiate.

Ms. Cloyd, age 107, of Lebanon, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in the Quality Health Care Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Deanie Cloyd; sisters, Eva Jones and Mattie Ingram; brothers, William Cloyd, Donnell Cloyd and Ray Cloyd.

She is survived by her nieces, Wanda Deaton, Billie Carver, Raynelle Troester and Paula (Harry) Henley and numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; and special friend, Juanita Holcomb. 

Ms. Cloyd was retired from the Lebanon Woolen Mills with 40 years of service, and she was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. 

Pallbearers will be Deacons of Fairview Church. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and members of the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center, 670 Coles Ferry Pike Lebanon, TN 37087. 

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-7007, obit line 615-444-7700,

Billy R. Comer

Funeral services for Mr. Comer are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Rodney Haskin and Bro. Dickie Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday after 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Comer, 81, of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Lebanon Health & Rehab.

Born June 6, 1931 in Wilson County, he is the son of the late Herman and Nannie Rushing Comer Sr. He was a lifelong farmer having sold gates and panels to area farmers for many years. He also worked as a surveyor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and later as supervisor for the Wilson County School Bus Garage. He served as a Wilson County Commissioner from 1962-1978, and was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, J. Dean Mann Comer on Jan. 7, 2012; sister, Sarah Comer and a brother, Sam David Comer.

He is survived by three sons, Jimmy Comer, Carl Comer and Joe Comer; six grandchildren, Jessica (Luke) Parham, Kelly Comer, Alex Comer, Sydney Comer, Houston Comer and Abigail Comer; and a brother, Herman Comer Jr.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Everett, Dr. Phillip Kinslow, Houston Comer, Ray David Comer, Alex Comer, Melvin Sloan and Donald Rowland.

Alexis Hope Hanes

Alexis' family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at The Donelson Fellowship Church at 3120 McGavock Pike and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until her Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by Pastor Jeff Nichols. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Toddler Hanes, 17 months, one of God’s Little Angels, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Jimmy Greenway and Ed Hanes.

She is survived by her parents, Hunter and Ashley Hanes; sisters, Rylee Grace Buehler and McKenzie Faith Revels; grandparents, Chuck and Pam Hanes, Patsy Revels Carlton and LaDon Revels; great-grandparents, Jane Miller Greenway, Hazel Tanner Deason, Eddy Jerry Revels, Dorothy Hanes and Joe and Onita Carlton.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to Alexis Hanes c/o of The Donelson Fellowship Church.

Bernie James Laine

Visitation for Mr. Laine will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 4-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. A private service is planned for a later date.

Mr. Laine, 78, passed away Saturday Feb. 23, 2013 in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Mr. Laine was a member of Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. He owned and operated The Laine Company where he was a contractor and shared the business with his sons and nephew Jerry Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard R. and Katherine Gill Laine; brother, Fred G. Laine; sister, Mary Katherine McCarley.

He is survived by wife of 56 years, Betty Laine; sons, Randy (Luanne) Laine and Ronnie (Carol) Laine; grandsons, Matthew Laine, Alex Laine, Joel Laine, Joey Laine and Daniel Mayes; sister, Virginia Hill; and numerous other family members.   In lieu of flowers the family request contributions may be made in his memory to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home or to the Union Rescue Mission.

D. Huffman Ligon

Services for Mr. Ligon will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Trice officiating. Interment will follow in the Barton’s Creek Cemetery. Visitation with the family of Mr. Huffman Ligon will be Tuesday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. D. Huffman Ligon, 84, of Mt. Juliet, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at the Quality Care Facility in Lebanon. He was born on May 9, 1928 to the late Mack Richard, Sr. and Fannie Louise Davis Ligon. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Mack Richard Ligon, Jr. and Wendell Ligon.

Mr. Ligon was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church in Lebanon. He was an avid Tennessee Volunteer fan and enjoyed going to the football games in Knoxville as often as he could. Huffman also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and going to Florida to spend time on vacation. He liked the outdoors and being around the farm tending to his small herd of cattle. Mr. Ligon retired from the National Life Insurance Company where he worked for many years in the personnel department. He was also a Veteran of the United States Army, and was in active duty during the Korean War.

He leaves behind his wife of 48 years Mrs. Betty Grace “Betsy” Wright Ligon; brother, Mr. Benton E. (Ernesteen) Ligon of Lebanon; sisters, Delores Spickard of Lebanon, Glenda Miller of Lebanon and Wilma Lancina (Roger) of Goodlettsville; sister-in-law, Beverly Ligon of Lebanon; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers and the Ten O’clock Burger King morning coffee group, Mr. Wayne Hodges and Mr. Wendell Winfree will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Chester Long

Mr. Long, 82, of Mt. Juliet, died Saturday.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 12-2 p.m.

Bettie Mai Parsley

Funeral services for Mrs. Parsley will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Hale officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. till service time on Tuesday. Interment will be at Jones Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Parsley, 76, of Watertown, died Sunday afternoon at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Haskel and Myrtle Puckett Dunn and was preceded in death by her husband, James Floyd Parsley and son-in-law, Ernie Gaddes.

Bettie is survived by five children, Gail (Kerry David) Hale of Lebanon, Darlene (Layne) Fuson of Liberty, Melba Gaddes of Watertown, Janette (David) Davenport of Liberty, James (Katina) Parsley of Lebanon; six grandchildren, Brandon (Brenda) Fuson, Kayla and Holly Gaddes, Jessica and Kandi Davenport, Derek Parsley; six great-grandchildren and a cousin, Delores Edge.

Becky Tayes

Ms. Tayes, 38, of Mt. Juliet, died Friday.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. Interment will be in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Kennith Vanatta

Services for Mr. Vanatta will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 with Terri Lynn Weaver, Dennis Stanley and Bro. Michael Hale officiating with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Vanatta, 71, of the Snow Hill community, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, chairman of the DeKalb County Republican Party from 2002-2008, a 32nd degree Mason; he was York Way, a member of Liberty Lodge No. 77 and a member of the Eastern Star. He was retired from TRW in Lebanon.

He was preceded in death by parents, Elzie and Aunia Bell Parker Vanatta; two premature children; grandparents, Harvey and Avo Vanatta and Ewin and Effie Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hendrixson Vanatta of Snow Hill; daughter, Amy (Shane) Wilcher of McMinnville; grandchildren, Brandon Gay of Smithville and Gracie Gay of McMinnville; mother-in-law, Vella Hendrixson of Smithville; aunts and uncles, J.C. and Jean Vanatta, Earl and Margaret Vanatta and Barbara Vanatta, all of Snow Hill; and sister-in-law, Faye (Bobby) Hall of Alexandria.


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