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Area funeral homes listed below (hyperlinks are blue underlined)

Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home
(615) 893-2422
820 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Woodfin Funeral Chapels
(615) 893-5151
1488 Lascassas Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Also on, 203 N. Lowry Street
Smyrna, TN 37167

Roselawn Funeral Home
(615) 893-2742
5350 N.W. Broad Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Murfreesboro Funeral Home
(615) 896-2229
145 Innsbrooke Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
(931) 685-4200
824 Lipscomb Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Scales and Sons Funeral Home
(615) 893-1313
318 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Hellum Funeral Home
(615) 893-4323
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-4268

Cannon County
Gentry-Smith Funeral Home
303 Murfreesboro Road
Woodbury, TN 37190
Phone: (615) 563-5337

Woodbury Funeral Home
Address: 504 W. Main Street; Woodbury, TN
Phone: (615) 563-2311
Obituary line (615) 563-2344
Fax: (615) 563-2316

Bedford County

Feldhaus Memorial Chapel
2022 N Main St.; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: (931) 684-8356

Gowen-Smith Chapel
850 Union Street; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: ( 931) 684-1372

Hillcrest Funeral Home
1802 Madison St.; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: (931) 684-2256

Howell-Lawrence Funeral Home
739 N Main St.; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: (931) 684-5011

Welton & Son Funeral Chapel
1101 N Main St.; Shelbyville TN
Phone: (931) 684-1445

Coffee County

Coffee County Funeral Chapel Inc
Address: 786 McMinnville Hwy, Manchester, TN
Phone: (615) 723-3330
Fax: (615) 723-3329

Daves & Culbertson Funeral Home
Address: 401 North Jackson Street, Tullahoma, TN
Phone: (615) 455-3481

Gilmore Funeral Home
Address: 1600 Mc Arthur Drive, Manchester, TN
Phone: (615) 728-2936
Fax: (615) 728-2963

J Welton Funeral Home
Address: 715 S Jackson St, Tullahoma TN, 37388-3463
Phone: (615) 455-2723

Manchester Funeral Home
Address: 214 E Main St, Manchester, TN
Phone: (615) 728-3505

Tullahoma Funeral Home, Inc
Address: 401 Westside Dr, Tullahoma, TN
Phone: (615) 455-4567
Fax: (615) 393-2486

DeKalb County
Walker Funeral Home, Inc.
Address: 301 West Main St., Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: (615)597-4321
Fax: (615)597-8321

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home
Address: 100 East Church St., Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: (615) 597-5275
Fax: (615)597-5254

Avant Funeral Home
Address: 109 High St., Alexandria, TN 37012
Phone: (615) 529-2323

Anderson Funeral Home
Address: 302 West Main St., Alexandria, TN 37012
Phone: (615) 529-2173

Marshall County
Lawrence Funeral Home and Crematory
203 South Horton Parkway; Chapel Hill, TN
Phone: (931) 364-2233

Warren County
High Funeral Home, Inc.
Address: 101 N College St. McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: (931) 473-2137
Fax: (931) 473-7343

Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home
Address: 415 North Chancery, McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: (931) 473-4444
Fax: (931) 473-8428

McMinnville Funeral Home
Address: US Bypass 70S, McMinnville,, TN 37012
Phone: (931) 473-6606
Fax: (931) 473-7663

Wilson County
Hunter Funeral Home
Address: 208 W Main St, Watertown TN
Phone: (615) 237-9318

Ligon-Bobo Funeral Home Inc
Address: 241 W Main St, Lebanon, TN
Phone: (615) 444-2142

Mount Juliet Funeral Home
Address: 705 Hillview Dr, Mount Juliet, TN
Phone: (615) 758-5459

Partlow Funeral Chapel INC.
Address: 602 S Cumberland St, Lebanon, TN
Phone: (615) 444-7007
Fax: (615) 444-0618

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James Matthews

James “Jay Bird “ Matthews, age 52 of Lascassas , TN passed away on November 29nd,  2022.  He was a lifelong resident of Lascassas and a graduate of the Class of 1989 from Oakland High School.

Jay is survived by his wife Kathy Parker, his only child Harley Katherine and her fiancé’ Drew Landguth of Maryville, TN. Other survivors include father Jimmy Matthews “DooLittle” of Lascassas, sister Allison ( Brent ) Bogle, nephew Brice Bogle, niece Reagan Bogle all of Lascassas. Jay had many aunts, uncles, grandparents and extended family that loved him dearly. He was proceeded in death my his loving mother Alice Fay Matthews.

Jay lived life on his own terms.  He opened his home to many beloved pets who didn’t have one over the years. He was a fan of NASCAR and country music, with memorials to both Dale Earnhardt Sr, and Hank Williams Sr, adorning the walls of his home. Jay was blessed with a witty sense of humor and the most distinguishable laugh.

A memorial service will be held in memory of Jay Bird on Sunday December 11th, 2022 at Science Hill Church of Christ, 8120 Woodbury Pike, Readyville, TN 37149. The time of the service will be 2:00 PM.

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Mary Ann Harwell Smith

Mrs. Mary Ann Harwell Smith, age 89, completed her journey from College Grove, Tennessee to Heaven on December 3, 2022, after a life well lived.  Mary Ann was born on November 15, 1933 to Matthew Thomas and Ina Claudia Harwell as their only child.  They moved to College Grove when she was four and has lived there her entire life.  Mrs. Smith married her loving husband of 60 years, Charles Briggs Smith, Jr., who died in 2011.  She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles Briggs Smith III, who died in 2013.

Mary Ann was a talented pianist, artist, and painter.  She loved to read, talk to or e-mail her friends and take care of “Pretty Girl”, her beloved cat.  She worked at the Williamson County Health Department, and later, the Rutherford County Health Department from which she retired as the office manager.  Mrs. Smith was an active member for 85 years of the College Grove United Methodist Church.  She held fast her belief in God and was a prayer partner to many, but not more than for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who they affectionately called “Nanny”.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Claudia Corlette (Jerry) Flippen, College Grove, TN; son, Thomas Wyatt (Teresa Ann) Smith, Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Bonnie (Eric Graham) Tucker, Katherine Maeve Smith, Matthew Wyatt Smith; great grandchildren, Luke Tucker and Owen Tucker.

Family members will receive friends on Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 9:30 until 11:00 am at Lawrence Funeral Home.  Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am from the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Pam Wells officiating.  Burial will follow in College Grove Cemetery.

Jerry Flippen, Wyatt Smith, Matthew Smith, Eric Tucker, Luke Tucker, Owen Tucker, Jimmy Cromer and Jim Wilson will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bonnie Tucker, Katherine Smith and members of the College Grove United Methodist Church.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations, in memory of Mary Ann Smith, may be made to the College Grove United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 216, College Grove, TN  37046.

LAWRENCE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, Chapel Hill, TN, 364-2233, ( in charge of arrangements.


James “Vic” Franklin Victory

Mr. James “Vic” Franklin Victory, Jr., age 65, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022. He was born in Murfreesboro to the late James F., Sr. and Orbie Bell Corley Victory. Mr. Victory owned and operated Vic’s Towing and Recovery and was in the wrecker business for over 30 years. He loved NASCAR and was even part of the emergency services at Talladega Superspeedway for over 20 years.

Mr. Victory is survived by his son, Ralph Carlton, II and his wife Jamie; grandchildren, Lane Carlton and Luke Carlton; fiancée, Vivian Dunagan; sisters, Jean Victory Boyd and Joyce Victory; nieces, Debbie Boyd and Donna Boyd Sims; great-niece and nephew, Mandy Short and her husband Mikeal and Derek Sims; great-great nieces and nephew, Kensley, Gabriel, and Audrey; and dear friend, Larry Allen.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be Friday, December 9, 2022 at 1:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

An online guestbook is available for the family at Woodfin Memorial Chapel (615) 893-5151


James Beard

James David Beard, age 71, passed away at his residence November 22, 2022. He was born in Memphis and a resident of Rutherford County. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and retired from Farrer Brothers.

James was preceded in death by his parents, James Edwin and Mary Frances Hager Beard; and brother, John Edward Beard. He is survived by son, James Matthew Beard; and sisters, Barbara Lee Nelson and Charlotte Mae Aalberg.

Visitation will be 12:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home.

Barbra Dismukes

Mrs. Barbara Elizabeth “Sissy” Washington Dismukes, age 97, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away Monday, November 28, 2022. She was born Sunday, January 25, 1925 in the front room at Springfield, the family farm on Manson Pike, to the late Francis Alfred Washington and Nell Koester Washington of Nashville, TN. Being the first daughter after three sons, Barbara was called Sissy.

Reared in Nashville, she graduated from Hillsboro High School and married Granville Sumner “Sump” Dismukes, Jr. on April 3, 1943 at Waverly Place Methodist Church in Nashville. As a war-time bride, there was no reception due to the shortage of sugar and flour.

Sissy was the wife of a farmer and mother to five children. She enjoyed gardening and would say that she loved to party especially suppers after a dove or pheasant shoot. She also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge with Sump as a partner and rubber bridge with her friends. After the children left home, Sissy was the secretary at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro for a number of years.

A descendant of several of the founding families of middle Tennessee, she was a member of the Colonel Hardee Murfree Jamison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sissy is survived by her children, Sharon Pennebaker of Monticello, GA, Bo Dismukes and his wife Susan of Watertown, TN, Jeffrey Dismukes and his wife Dianne of Murfreesboro, Barbara Churchley of Grand Junction, CO, and Wade Dismukes of Murfreesboro; eight grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Sump; sisters, Marjorie Jenks, Emily Brown, and Katherine Washington; and brothers, Francis “Bo,” Alan, Robert, and Joel Washington.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10:30am at Smith Washington Cemetery.

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Michael Manning

 Michael “Mike” Lawrence Manning, 73, of Hattiesburg, MS, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Mike was born on August 22, 1949 in Memphis, TN to Lucille and Leon Manning of Southhaven, MS. Mike graduated from Northside High School (formerly Humes High School) in Memphis and studied at the University of Memphis. He loved his football career as a running back. He had extensive training in the oil production and treatment in Houston, TX. He was devoted to his work responsibilities, working many hours both off shore platforms and on land. He retired in 2014 as a Senior Account Manager from Coastal Chemicals in Abbeville, LA. In his retirement, he claimed to be the #1 FreeCell player. Mike and Maxie spent many wonderful vacations traveling to their destinations on his Harley Davidson and later to many international venues with his family. Watching the Tour de France with his family inspired his love for bicycle racing. He and his son, Michael, had many cycling miles together and achieved many honors. He was a devoted father, challenging his boys to excel in all of life. Mike was greatly loved by his father-in-law, G. C. Baskin. G. C., an avid gardener, tried his hardest to grow a pepper that was “to hot to handle” by Mike. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Leon Manning; and two brothers, Steve Manning and Joe Steed; and in-laws, Alice “Dolly” and G.C. Baskin, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Maxie Manning; two sons, Michael Manning of Orange Beach, AL, Marc Manning of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Cathy Carlisle, Carole Green; a brother, Phillip Manning; and a granddaughter, Morgan Manning. He will also be greatly missed by his “furry” family, Lucy, Harley, Izzie, Tiffany.

Visitation for Mike will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN, 37129 on Friday, December 9, 2022. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, TN, 37129.

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