Obituaries for February 3

Obituaries for February 3

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 4:01 pm

Mary Sue Bennett

Mary Sue Bennett, 78, of Dresden, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at the Weakley County Nursing Home in Dresden.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Greenfield with Graham McGill officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greenfield.

Burley Johnson, Hoover Nunley, Charles Conner, Ron Gentry, Bryant Tansil and Eddie O’Neal will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Bennett was born Jan. 5, 1933 in Greenfield, daughter of the late Tom and Teawillie Dobbs Tansil. She attended the Old Fulton Road Church of Christ.

Survivors include one daughter, Theresa Warford of Dresden; two brothers, Jimmy L. Tansil of St. Louis and Thomas Tansil of Greenfield; and one sister, Betty J. O. Neal of St. Louis.

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Mary Lou Deal Smith

Mary Lou Thomas Deal Smith, age 75 of Lyles, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease Jan. 31, 2011.  She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, wife and friend to many.  

Proceeded in death by husbands, Lawrence E. Deal, Sr. and Allen J. Smith; father, Samuel C. (Jim) Thomas; mother, Katie Mai Thomas; sister, Thelma Jean Warren.  Survived by daughter, Cathey (Paul) Castle; sons, Lawrence E. Deal, Jr.; Jerry (Kim), Johnny and Charles (Shannon). She leaves eight grandchildren; Drew, Ryan and Katie Mason; Ashley, Richard, Austin, Alex and Jessie Deal.  Also survived by sisters Virginia (J.D.) Lewis and Vickie (Bob) Gilley and brothers, Jack; Bub (Delores); Claude and Michael (Vivian) Thomas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  

Mary Lou “Big Deal” enjoyed playing basketball, especially when she played for Coffee County High School.  She was known for tax preparation and bookkeeping for over 30 years in Davidson, Williamson and Hickman counties.  She was very active in volunteering in the community and was instrumental in the creation of the East Hickman Community club.  She was a substitute teacher at Hickman County High School where many previous students have relayed to her that she helped them believe in themselves and urged them to further their education…many have contacted her over the years and thanked her for her support and believing in them.  

She was also a founding member of the Locust Creek Road Home Demonstration Club.  Because of her true belief in higher education, in lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to the University of Tennessee in a scholarship now named for her.  This scholarship will be awarded to a high school graduate from Hickman County who may not have the financial means to otherwise go to college.  Donations may be made to Mary Lou Deal Scholarship Fund; c/o UTM Development Office; 328 Administration Building; Martin, TN  38238.  

Visitation with the family will be at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs, 201 25th Ave. North, Nashville, Tenn. 37203 on Thursday Feb. 3, 2-8 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be at Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Ave, Nashville, TN  37203 on Friday Feb. 4, 10 a.m.  She will be buried beside her husband of 30 years, Lawrence Deal, in Calvary Cemetery, 1001 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN  37210.

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