Obituaries

 

Ercil D. Gentry, 60

RED BOILING SPRINGS-Funeral services for Ercil D. Gentry of the Hermitage Springs Community were held here Sunday, December 28, 2008.

Mr. Gentry passed away Thursday, December 25, 2008 at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette.

He was born September 7, 1948 in Clay County to the late George Donald Gentry and Louvenia Rush Gentry, who survives. On June 15 1996, he married the former Sandra McLerran, who survives. He received a welding certificate from the Hartsville Vocation School. He was a boilermaker for the Tennessee Valley Authority with 20 years of service and was a member of the Leonard Church of Christ. He served in the army during the Vietnam War receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal 1st Award and the Bronze Star Medal.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Geraldine and Jr. Chaffin of Mt. Juliet, Gayle and Rick Mosley of Nashville, Veachel and Charles King, Sheila Rouse all of Hermitage Springs, and Lesia Reece of Lebanon; and brother George Danny Gentry of Hermitage Springs.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home with Roy Henson and Rick Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Browning Cemetery with military honors. Serving as pallbearers were Kris Strong, Marvin Chaffin, Donald Chaffin, Michael King, Kevin Reece and Timothy McLerran. Honorary pallbearers were Billy, Shawn, and Shannon Kendall.

Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home of Red Boiling Springs was in charge of arrangements.

 

Sallie Brown Scott, 69

LAPEL (IN)-Funeral services for Sallie Brown Scott were held here Saturday, December 27, 2008.

Ms. Scott passed away Monday, December 22, 2008 at the Anderson Community Hospital in Anderson (IN).

She was born May 6, 1939 in Celina to the late Willie and Ruth (West) Brown of Celina. She was a retired bank administrator.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother Donald Brown in 1980.

She is survived by daughters Kellie (Alan) Bays of Anderson and Melanie Corbin of Lapel; sisters Peggy Campbell and Sue Cook both of Anderson; nieces Donna Brown Hamilton of Celina and Jeri Wilson of Anderson; three nephews–Kyle Campbell of Michigan and Rick and Kevin Presser of Anderson.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of Scott E. Hersberger Funeral Home with Neal Butcher officiating. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery in Lapel.

 

Ralph Birdwell, 92

RED BOILING SPRINGS-Funeral services for Ralph Birdwell of the Mt. Vernon Community were held here Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Mr. Birdwell passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the Monroe County Medical Center in Tompkinsville.

He was born September 18, 1916 in Clay County to the late Sam and Arah (Miles) Birdwell. On December 10, 1938, he married the former Edris Bean, who preceded him in death on December 23, 2007. He received a BS degree from Tennessee Tech and was a teacher in Macon and Clay County for 40 years. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Vallie Kimble, Delva Bullard, Elma Roach, Maylene Roberts, and Hazel Bean; and brother George Birdwell.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Vallie Ann and Roy Reecer, Marilyn and Bob Proffitt all of the Mt. Vernon Community, Delva and Ken Morris of Lawrence (KS); sons and daughters-in-law Ronald and Jo Ann Birdwell of Lafayette and Randy Birdwell of the Mt. Vernon Community; grandchildren Rhonda and Andy Stanford of Lafayette, Tara and Brian Copas of Tompkinsville, Tammie and Micheal Horlacher of Mt. Juliet, Greg and Jenny Proffitt of Nashville, and Clint Birdwell of Moss; great-grandchildren Sam Stanford, Bailey and Ellie Copas, and Will Proffitt.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home with Glen Crowe officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Dennis Bean, Greg Proffitt, Clint Birdwell, Micheal Holacher, Brian Copas, Andy Stanford, Michael Roberts, Joe Roberts, Stacey Browning, and Irvin Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were J.D. Key, Butch Bean, Michael Tatum, Earl Pitchford, Ralph Bryant, Glen Crowe, Dr. Howard Holmes, Samuel Holmes, Phillip Anderson, Wayne Anderson, and all the members of the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ.

Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home of Red Boiling Springs was in charge of arrangements.

 

Johnny Wheeler Pennington, 63

CELINA-Graveside services for Johnny Wheeler Pennington of Moss were held here Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

Mr. Pennington passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Cumberland River Hospital.

He was born November 7, 1945 in Celina to the late Grover Cleveland and Ethel Mae (Abney) Pennington. He was re-builder for Head Equipment and was a member of the Moss Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Paul, Tom, Ralph, Mitchell, George, and Bill Pennington.

He is survived by spouse Jean (Anderson) Pennington of Moss; daughters and sons-in-law Kimberly and Donnie Grace of Moss and Kristi and Eddie Shirah of Lebanon; brothers Milton Pennington of Celina and James Pennington of Celina; sister Opal Martin of Cookeville; and four grandchildren–Alexandria Grace, Zachary Grace, Claire Grace, and Evan Shirah.

Services were conducted at the Doc Hall Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were James Trobaugh, Eddie Rich, Larry Head, Wallace Walker, Bob Willis, and James Clements.

Upton Funeral Home of Celina was in charge of arrangements.

 

Eddie Watson, 68

CELINA-Funeral services for Eddie Watson of Celina were held here Monday, December 29, 2008.

Mr. Watson passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Cumberland River Hospital.

He was born December 16, 1940 in Cumberland County (KY) to the late Vanus and Ovie (Scott) Watson. He was self-employed as a school bus driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Maxie Poindexter.

He is survived by wife Marie Watson; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer (Jimmy) Wright; son and daughter-in-law Bruce (Wanda) Watson; grandchildren Zachary (Jessica) Huddleston and Katie Huddleston; three step-grandchildren–Jeff, Tommy, and Jonathan Grogan; 12 nieces and nephews; special nephew Darryl Poindexter; sister Lorene Emmett; and brother Paul Watson.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Lonnie Watson officiating. Burial was in Ashlock Cemetery.

Hall Funeral Home of Celina was in charge of arrangements.