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Vada “Vadie” Mee

Vada “Vadie” Mee, 83, passed away Oct. 10 at Mabry Health Care Center in Gainesboro. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 in the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Haney officiating. Interment followed at Dodson Branch Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Hardy, Caleb Lawton, James Gibbons, Mark Scott, Roger Dailey, Carol Lawton and Robert Crabtree. Vada “Vadie” Mee was born July 31, 1930 in Gainesboro. She was a loving, caring and kind lady who never seemed to meet a stranger and touched many lives with her warm personality. She especially loved children and cherished time spent with her family and friends. She loved her baby dolls and coloring books. She also enjoyed going to church and loved to sing. She was preceded in death by her parents Pierce Mee and Lura T. Jackson Mee; sisters Valie Wilson, Mallie Dailey, Angeline Coffee, Ida Rose Mee, Ella Hooten, Louise Staford and an infant sister Joann Mee and brothers William, Albert, Raymond, Paul Edward and George Mee. Surviving relatives include several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Dorothy “Dottie” Alberta Key

Dorothy “Dottie” Alberta Key, 95, passed away Oct. 9 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will held Oct. 27 at New Hope Baptist Church in Gainesboro. Her ashes will be placed on her husband’s grave in Springfield, Ill. Visitation will be at the church following services. Bro. Tom Lyles will officiate. Dorothy “Dottie” Alberta Key was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Springfield, Ill. She worked as a cook at Denby Private School for 15 years and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church since 1997. She loved to garden, can vegetables, work in flowers and give to those in need. She was preceded in death by her parents George Washington and Edith Anna Lee Carter; husband Thomas Everette Key; sisters Ruth Young and Eleanor Daniels and brothers Walter and Bob Carter. Surviving relatives include two daughters Beverly Matthews and Sherrie Cauthorne; son Thomas J. Key; sister Helen Reich; brother George Richard Carter; grandchildren Robert T. Matthews, Janice S. Burkhead, Teresa L. Troung, Debbie Lewis, Margie Barche, Valorie Britt, Jessie Patterson and Thomas Taylor; 10 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

Willie Mai Brewington

Avid Community Leader
Willie Mai Brewington, 87, passed away Oct. 5 at Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Rev. Edwin Moore officiating. Interment followed at Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery. Special appreciation goes to The Palace Care and Rehab and staff and also Dr. Harry Horne. Willie Mai Brewington was born July 2, 1926 in Jackson County. She was an avid community leader and a member of Gainesboro First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents Jim Broad Gentry and Lena Bell McGuire Gentry; husband Bedford Eugene Brewington and brother Daniel Gentry. Surviving relatives include daughters Peggy Jean Brewington and Patty Sue Brewington and husband Kenneth Ritoch; brothers Mack Henry and wife Anna Frances Gentry and Donald and wife Anna Ruth Gentry and sister Bonnie Joe Brewington.

Lena Suzie Mea

Lena Suzie Mea, 96, passed away Oct. 15 at Kindred Nursing and Rehab Center in Carthage. Graveside services were held Oct. 17 with Bro. Edward L. Anderson officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Lena Suzie Mea was born Sept. 17, 1917 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents Jerry and Rebecca Ray; husband George Mea; brothers Jesse Ray and Elester Ray; sisters Ethel Davis and Lela Fox and brother-in-law Albert Fox. Surviving relatives include daughters Betty Sue Franklin and Pauline Turner; grandchildren Sherry Hubbard, Janie Pruett, Carline Stinson, Teresa Crabtree, Cindy Honaker, Debbie Taylor and Joie Franklin; great grandchildren Derrick Brooks, Angie Feilds, Justin Taylor, Jay Franklin, B.J. Henley, Micah Iyer, Ben Mitchell, Jonathan Hubbard, Tabitha Mitchell, Jonas Hubbard, Cody Stinson, Kristen Huffman and McKayla Honaker and great great grandchildren Alex Henley, Timothy Henley, Jacob Hubbard, Conley Hilemon, Carson Brooks, Kaylie Hilemon, Kaitlynn LeAnn Charles, Hannah Brooks and Addison Feilds.

Joe Nathan Johnson

Retired Foreman at Twin Lakes Telephone
Joe Nathan Johnson, 89, passed away Oct. 14, at his residence. Funeral services were held Oct. 17, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Stan Simpson, Rev. Kathie Bowles and Rev. Russell Cain officiating. Interment followed at Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery. Joe Nathan Johnson was born Feb. 23, 1924 in Jackson County. He was a retired foreman at Twin Lakes Telephone and was a member of Gainesboro First United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was preceded in death by his parents Luther Johnson and Annie Huff Johnson and brothers Comer Johnson, Clarence Eugene “Gene” Johnson and an infant brother.  Surviving relatives include his wife Katherine Johnson; four sons Jeff and wife Shannon Johnson, Jim and wife Carol Ann Simpson, Terry and wife Pamala Simpson and Stan Simpson; daughter Jerekay and husband James Gunnels; sisters Nell and husband George Williams and Martha and husband Richard Mansell; 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and other nephews, relatives and friends.

Richard Frank Bruno

Richard Frank Bruno, 79, passed away Oct. 15 at his residence in Jackson County. Memorial services were held Oct. 22 at Gainesboro First United Methodist Church with Cathy Boles and Russell Cain officiating. Richard Frank Bruno was born Aug. 12, 1934 in Rochester, N.Y. He worked as a salesman in the automotive industry.
Surviving relatives include his wife Sheryle Bruno; sons Richard and Steven Bruno and Bryan Alexander Gray; daughters Beatrice Cotton, Michelle Bruno and Jenny Painter; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Larry Steven Petty, Sr.

Factory Worker
Larry Steven Petty, Sr., passed away Oct. 14 at his residence. Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Byers Cemetery. Larry Steven Petty, Sr. was born Oct. 9, 1951 in Wayne County, Mich. He was a factory worker for Chrysler and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lyman Petty and Dorothy Young Petty and the mother of his children Geraldine Diane Petty. Surviving relatives include his fiancée Opal Robinson; sons Michael and wife Maria Petty, Larry Petty and Shannon Petty; grandchildren Haily Petty, Christopher Petty, Katelynn Petty, Faith Elizabeth Petty, Matthew Steven Petty and Daphene Petty; brothers Kenny and wife Marie Petty and David and wife Debbie Petty and sisters Brenda and husband Charles Ciuffini, Trish Petty and partner Mary Ann Petty and Tina and husband Darrell Isabell.

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