Obituaries – 10/24/13
BOSTON, BARBARA, NELL, 74, died on Thursday, October 17, 2013, in her home surrounded by her family after a long and valiant battle with ovarian cancer. Born in Centrahoma, Oklahoma, during the dustbowl, Barbara worked to distinguish herself as an honor student and a hard worker. Despite living through hard times, she had fond memories of being a tough Oklahoma girl. She was competitive and tried to be the best at whatever she attempted, whether it be playing the piano, school work, or picking the most cotton in the field. Barbara was a Registered Nurse, graduating number one in her class of 400 from Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She also graduated with honors from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. For over 23 years Barbara worked in the state of Alabama in the medical field holding such positions as Director of Nursing in a nursing home, Hospital Supervisor, county public health nurse, and Supervisor for private duty nursing for the state of Alabama Medicaid Agency. Miss Barbara, as she was affectionately known, cared deeply for her God, her family, and her church. Soft-spoken and loving, she sought to expand her family and friends, becoming fast friends with all who knew her. It was her wish that all these people knew how honored she was to be included in their lives. She was so grateful to be a member of her ever-growing mountain family. She was a member of the Cumberland Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church for the past fifteen years. During her lifetime she served her church as pianist, Sabbath school superintendent, Sabbath school secretary, librarian, deaconess, and treasurer. She was preceded in death by her parents Mike and Mamie Mowdy, her brother Mike Mowdy, Jr, and her sister Mamie Dean Mowdy. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bill Boston; sons, Ronald (Pat) Boston (Tracy City); Steven Boston of Montgomery, Ala; sister, Janet (John) Hendrix, Red Level; niece, Joyce Hall of Alabama; nephew, Dr. Michael Mowdy of Texas; sister-in-law Dottie Mowdy of Moore, Oklahoma, and niece Vicki (Rick) Moore, also of Moore, Oklahoma. A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, October 19 at Bonny Oaks Cemetery with Pastors Jeff Walper and Clyde Leeds officiating. The family especially thanks Dr. Donald Chamberlain and all the staff at his office for their kind treatment during her six years of chemotherapy. Hospice of Chattanooga provided compassionate care, too, and the family wishes to express deep appreciation for their service. Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.
NEAL, ROY, 84, of Gruetli-Laager, TN, died Thursday, October 17, 2013. He was a stonemason and farmer by trade and a lover of music at heart. He enjoyed playing bluegrass and gospel music on the fiddle, guitar and organ. He was born in Pikeville, Tennessee on July 18, 1929 to Fred and Adaline McDaniel Neal who preceded him in death along with his brothers, John L., Malcolm and James Clarence Neal; sisters, Fannie Swafford and Lily May Neal; wife and mother of his children, Hazel Tate Neal; wife, Patricia Moreland Neal. He is survived by his daughter, Jewell (Greg) Smith of Sewanee, TN; son, Fred (Patricia) Neal, Ellisville, MS; step-children, Andy West, Gruetli-Laager, Lenora (Greg) Gass, Ringgold, GA and Teresa Swafford, Fort Oglethorphe, GA; brother, Mike Neal, Dayton, TN; grandsons, Kevin (Jenna) and James Smith; granddaughter, Rebekah (Jace) Wells; great granddaughters, Hannah and Bailey; loving nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, October 19 at the Fall Creek Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager, TN. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
MORGAN, CRAIG, FRANKLIN, age 46, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Talladega, AL. He enjoyed his family time and was self- employed. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Survivors include his wife, Allison Goodman Morgan, Murfreesboro, TN; daughter, Carly Morgan, Murfreesboro, TN; parents, Franklin D. and Betty Morgan, Tracy City, TN; brothers, Timothy Morgan, Tracy City, TN; and Rob Morgan, Murfreesboro, TN. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 23 in the Foster and Lay Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ben Curtis officiating. Burial was in Burns Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at fosterlayfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.
TATE, ALLEN, age 60, of Estill Springs, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, at his home. He was born May 30, 1953 in Sewanee; the son of the late Robert Lee and Elizabeth Mae (Garrison) Tate. He was also preceded in death by stepmother, Doris Yates Tate. Mr. Tate was a 1971 graduate of Franklin County High School and was devoted to his community and his service to others. He worked for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Coffee County Communication, and for the AEDC Fire Department for the last 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Shelia Short Tate; son, Chris Hill of Decherd, TN; daughter, Shannon (Robbie) Meeks of Monteagle, TN; sisters, Anita (Neil) Riddle of Decherd, TN, Arlene (Casey) Jones of Manchester, TN, and Alesia (Michael) Walden of Manchester, TN; granddaughters, Haleigh Ferrell, Alexis Hill and Breanna Meeks; mother-in-law, Beulah Short of Winchester, TN; special caregiver, Ana Lowhorn; and devoted canine companion, Chewy, who watched over him until the very end. Funeral services, with full fireman’s honors, were held Wednesday, October 23 in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester, TN. Serving as pallbearers were Gerald Glasner, Robert Mann, Joel Reynolds, Tim Mansfield, Odeal Crutchfield, George Deshields, Kevin Syler, and Phillip “P.C.” Bone. Arrangements were made by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester, TN.
ROBERTS, SAMMY, age 72, of Sequatchie, TN, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at his home with family by his side. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Rhonda Roberts and his parents, Dolph and Orphine Roberts. Survivors include his children Jamie Lee (Starr Lynn Seale Troxxel) Roberts, Whitwell, TN; Jason Michael Roberts, Whitwell, TN; daughter, Sherry (Roy) Tucker, Sequatchie, TN; several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews; four grandchildren, Peyton Roberts, Clara Maye Roberts, Andrew Elliott and Jennifer Davenport; four great grandchildren, Andrew Jr., Jordyn, Tayler, and Hunter. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 23 in the funeral home chapel with Reverend David Berry officiating. Burial was in Sam’s Bluff Cemetery, Sequatchie, TN. Online condolences may be made at fosterlayfuneralhome.com Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy