Obituaries for March 8

Obituaries for March 8

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 4:01 pm

Verneal Johnson

Mrs. Verneal Johnson, 89, of Martin, died Thursday, March 3, 2011 at her residence.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Martin Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mace Jett officiating. Burial was in East Side Cemetery with Murphy Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Aaron Johnson, Graham Johnson, David Wiegand, David Coffman, Ricky Ledbetter and Billy Joe Winstead served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 7, 1921 in Gatesville, Texas, daughter of the late David M. Sr. and Myrtle Blanton Wiegand. She was a homemaker and member of the Martin Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Joe W. Johnson of Martin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert W. and Becky Johnson of Denver, Ray E. and Janie Johnson of Centennial, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, David M. Wiegand Jr.

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Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson, 63, of Martin, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jackson.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Martin with Rev. Randy Cooper officiating. Burial was in Brownsville Memorial Garden in Brownsville with Murphy Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Gene Wagster, Mike English, Jim Minor, Horace Parker, David Hauhe and Skip Moss served as pallbearers.

Johnson was born Aug. 4, 1947 in Oak Ridge, son of Mrs. Mary Helen Beattie Johnson of Loudon and the late Graham Johnson. He was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Army, a graduate of East Tennessee State University, was a manager of Industrial Engineering at Hubbell Lighting Corp. in Martin and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors also include his wife, Mrs. Rita Ray Johnson of Martin; one son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Melinda Hart of Athens; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Candace and Jim Minor of Lexington, Raye and Patrick Glass of Mt. Juliet and Becca Johnson of Martin; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Gerald L. Johnson.

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Mary W. Lee

Mrs. Mary W. Lee, 91, of Inverness, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2911 in H P H Hospice Care Center.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sharon Church of Christ with burial in Tansil Cemetery with Gardner Funeral Home of Sharon in charge of the arrangements.

Larry Kelly, Tommy Carpenter, Danny Scearce, David Scearce, Jerry Rachels and Ed Moreland served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Lee was the widow of James Robert Lee, and a retired beautician.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Peggie and Sam Coleman of Inverness; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Earl and Beverly lee of Jensen, Utah; two sisters, Dorothy Scearce of Bartlett and Thurla Mae Wade of Martin; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Watkins and Bonnie Hundley; and three brothers, Charles Bizwell, Glenn Bizwell and Loren Bizwell.


Allie U. Martin

Mrs. Allie U. Martin, 85, of Dresden, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel of Gleason with Bro. Kenneth Price officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery.

Mrs. Martin was born Sept. 6, 1925 in Gleason, daughter of the late Irvin and Eary Lee Cary Thomas. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Martin of Dresden; one daughter, Dola O’Daniel of Gleason; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Lerlean Elizabeth O’Steen

Mrs. Lerlean Elizabeth O’Steen, 95, of Dresden, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at her residence.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bowlin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Barnhouse officiating. Burial was in Macks Grove Cemetery, Dresden.

Lloyd Bell, T. J. Ferrell, Gerald Taylor, Tobias “Toby” Dillard, Greg Bell and Donald Perkins served as pallbearers.

Mrs. O’Steen was born June 6, 1915 in Dresden, daughter of the late Tom and Delia Willbanks Rhoades. She was the widow of Ony Leon O’Steen. She was a homemaker and member of Macks Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include one granddaughter, Sheila Turbeville of Sharon; and one great-granddaughter, Precious Elizabeth Turbeville of Dresden.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Sue and Samuel Gatewood.

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J. Charles Scates

Former Owner of ACE Hardware.


J. Charles Scates, 85, of Martin, died Tuesday, March l, 2011 at Brighton Gardens, Reminisce/Special Memory Care in Brentwood, Tennessee.  

He was a member of the Martin Church of Christ.  Graveside Services were held at the East Side Cemetery, Thursday, March 3, at 1 p.m. with Military Honors and Bro John Forgy, officiating ., with Murphy Funeral Home in charge. 

David Brodrick, Rusty Edwards, Richard Kelly, Bob Pritchett, Joe Tyson and Johnny Vincent served as pallbearers.

Scates was born Jan. 11, l926, in Martin, son of the late Paul H . and Clair Wharton Scates.  He was a l944 graduate of Martin High School, a World War II United States Army veteran.  He served in the Medical Detachment, 354th Infantry Regiment, 89th  Division  under General George Patton,  in the European Theater of Operations, Rhineland  as a Medical Aidman, placing wounded soldiers on litters and transported them from the battle area to a first-aid station.  On April 11, l945, he wrote the following to his mother and daddy: “ Yesterday I saw things that I thank God all of you and everyone back home will never see .  Outside this town, which we captured, is a concentration camp, where the Polish and Russian people were sent as slaves to work for the Germans”

After his discharge and returning home, he was employed by the Tennessee Department of Employment Security, Union City, Veterans Service Officer for Weakley County, assisted the veterans with their benefits, and was often called on to play “taps” for military funerals, Personnel Department, Procter & Gamble at the Milan Arsenal, during the Korean war, moved to Memphis, where he trained for a Liaison  between Western Auto Company and Independent Dealers,(he sold Gladys/Elvis Presley, a big deep freezer…they were afraid to take a check,since she just had on a print dress, but fingers WERE loaded with diamonds) before moving to Knoxville. While there, he served twenty three dealers in the east Tennessee area, before moving to Winchester, KY, where he served twenty four dealers in east Kentucky(one was close to “Butcher Holler”.  

After being transferred to Nashville Western Auto Headquarters, he chose to change companies, and was employed by Turco Chemicals, subsidiary of Purex Company, Lakeland, CA., and traveled out of Memphis…another transfer took him to Birmingham, Alabama.  By this time, he chose to come back home and purchase the old hardware store, owned by Dave Knox.  He and his brother Jack, soon became affiliated with ACE Hardware, as Independent Owners. Also, he was employed as an ACE representative out of the Chicago Office, before working full time in the store. 

He loved every minute of being the “helpful hardware man at “ACE IS THE PLACE.  He was a” people person” and enjoyed helping customers solve their problems, no matter how big or small. After twenty-four years,  he made the decision to sell to Ken Cavins, January l992,  and retire, to do what he loved doing, and that was “gardening”, camping and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Gardner Scates of Martin, two sons, Paul Gardner Scates, Nashville, John Charles Scates, San Francisco, CA, one daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Charles Hodges of Nashville, two grandchildren, Rhiannon Langford(Blake) of Frisco, Texas and Nathan Hodges (Amanda), Hermitage, TN.  , and four great grandchildren, Blake and Ashton Langford, and Colby and Brayden Hodges.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Dan Scates.

Memorials may be made to the Martin Church of Christ.


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