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George Emerton
George Emerton, 86, of Celina passed away Dec. 28 atCumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held Dec. 30 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Smith officiating. Interment followed in Turkeytown Cemetery.
George Emerton was born Feb. 11, 1927 in Clay County. He was a farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Linnie (Goolsby) Emerton; sisters Rose Copeland, Elsa Hampton and Thelma Jo Emerton; brothers Glin Emerton, Ray Emerton, Howard Emerton and Charles Emerton, Sr.; and nephews Michael Emerton, Richard Emerton, William Copeland and Bobby Copeland. Surviving relatives include brother Fred Emerton and wife Mary, of Celina; sister Lucy Copeland and husband Homer, of Celina; sister-in-law June Emerton; special friend Brenda Boles; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

D. C. Cassetty
D.C. Cassetty, 75, of Red Boiling Springs passed away Jan. 2 at his residence. Graveside services and interment were held Jan. 4 from Smith Chapel Cemetery in Red Boiling Springs with Tony Russell officiating.
D.C. Cassetty was born April 13, 1938 in Macon County. He was a graduate of MTSU. He was a teacher, farmer and a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He played  lead guitar in the G Chord Band. He also proudly served his country in the United States Marines during Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Bertha Lynn Cassetty; and sister Anna Lou Miller. Surviving relatives include wife Linda (Bray) Cassetty, of Red Boiling Springs; daughters and son-in-law Tina Carter, of Red Boiling Springs, Teresa Rush and husband Tim, of Lafayette; grandchildren Chase Carter, Shaye Carter, Tyler Rush, Tia Rush; sisters and brother-in-law Carlene Fleming, of Red Boiling Springs, Brenda Coons and husband Danny, of Cottontown; and brother J.T. Cassetty, of Mt. Juliet. Honorary pallbearers were Eric Kittrell, Brett Coons, Eric Sullivan, Chad Meador, Kevin Herald, Randy Fleming and Alan Coons. Active pallbearers were Ricky West, Jackie Rich, Mike Fleming, Darrel Miller, Terry Miller and Kevin Cassetty.

Dr. Marsha Kaylin Osgathorp Smith
Retired Professor

Dr. Marsha Kaylin Osgathorp Smith, 64, of Milton passed away Jan. 4 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Milton Church of Christ and funeral services were also held Jan. 9 at  Union Hill Church of Christ in Union Hill with Bro. Teb Batey officiating. Interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery. Dr. Marsha Kaylin Osgathorp Smith was born Jan. 11, 1949 in Clay County. She was a retired professor in the College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Anyone who knew her knew her as a loving and caring person. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. More than anything she valued her family, especially her children. Raising her daughters as Christian women was top priority to her, as well as her faith as a Christian. She was generously active as a member at Milton Church of Christ where she set up a children’s program named “Building a Spiritual Heritage” aimed at helping children build a stronger spiritual foundation as a Christian. She also was active with Sunday School programs and Vacation Bible school at Milton Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents Johnnie Dillard Osgathorp and Myrtle Newman Osgathorp. Surviving relatives include husband Jimmy Dale Smith, of Milton.; daughters Gretta Smith, of Crossville and Cora Beth Smith of Murfreesboro; sister Coretta Osgathorp Denton and husband Tommy, of Moss; nieces Scarlett Halsell, of Moss and Latisha Denton, of Moss; nephew John Denton and wife Cherry Ann, of Red Boilings Springs; great niece Kaylin Oldham, of Moss.; aunts Pamela King, of Moss and Ruby Dishman, of Bowling Green, Ky.; and several cousins. Pallbearers were David Dishman, Chris Hix, Eugene Hix, Bob Cowan, Mark Carlisle and Shane Smith.

Bobby Gene Westmoreland

Bobby Gene Westmoreland, 84, of Grove, Okla. passed way Jan. 2 at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. A memorial service was held Jan. 6 at Elk Baptist Church. Bobby Gene Westmoreland was born Dec. 2, 1929 in Belle, W.Va. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of honorable and faithful service, then later retired from the Long Beach Naval Shipyard after 25 years. He was affiliated with St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents George William and Mary Baugman Westmoreland; wife Betty Westmoreland; brothers Jimmy Westmoreland, Jerry Westmoreland and Tommy Coffman; and sisters Ella Westmoreland, Jackie Poindexter, Mary Lee Perdue and Pamela Westmoreland. Surviving relatives include daughter Debra Jean, of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandson John Westmoreland, of Grove, Okla.; sisters Carolyn Alamond of Keithville, La., Kathy Jennings, of Celina and Darlene Spears, of Tompkinsville, Ky.; brothers Fred Westmoreland, of Richmond, Va., and Roger Westmoreland, of Celina; loving friend Alice Jennings, of Grove, Okla.; niece Lt. Tonya L. Lozier, of Hampstead, N.C., currently serving in the U.S. Navy and following in his footsteps; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins across the U.S.

Claude McLerran
Claude McLerran, 75, of Celina passed away Jan. 6 at Monroe County Medical Center. Funeral services were held Jan. 9 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Jason Dodson officiating. Interment followed in Moss Cemetery.
Claude McLerran was born July 24, 1938 in Celina. He was a carpenter and a member of New Hope Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents Harlan and Nina (Walker) McLerran; sons Frankie McLerran and Jackie McLerran; sister Florence Watson; and brother Cordell McLerran. Surviving relatives include wife Martha McLerran, of Celina; son Scottie McLerran, of Celina; sisters Mae Smith, of Celina and Lola Morris, of Celina; brother Willie McLerran, of Celina; grandchildren Doug McLerran, Ann Bartholomew and Lori McLerran; and  great grandchildren Audry and Eli Bartholomew.

Ralph Spear
Ralph Spear, 81, of Clementsville Community in Clay County passed away Jan. 4 at Monroe County Medical Center in Tompkinsville, Ky. Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Upton Funeral Home. Interment followed in Spear Family Cemetery.
Ralph Spear was born Aug. 1, 1931 in Clay County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents Bedford and Beulah (Dunning) Spear; wife Frankie Nell Spear; grandson Noah Winton Spear; and sisters Ruth “PeeWee” Endicott and Cricket Spear. Surviving relatives include son and daughter-in-law Sonny Spear and wife Gina, of the Clementsville Community; granddaughters Emily and Rachel Spear; sisters Georgia Dickerson, of Moss, Katherine Craighead, of the Oak Grove Community, Margarette Hestand of Elmwood, Ind., Sherlin Endicott, of Atlanta, Ind., and Linda Brewer, of Lafayette; and brother David Spear, of Glenwood, Ind. Pallbearers were Jonathon Leonard, Joshua Sweezy, Dwight Rich, David Craighead, Joey Craighead and Scott Brewer.

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