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Dayton Edward McLerran

Retired Teacher

Dayton Edward McLerran, 81, of Moss passed away Sept. 27. Funeral services were held on Sept. 29 at the Upton Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Moss Cemetery.

Dayton Edward McLerran graduated from Moss Elementary School and Celina High School. He attended David Lipscomb College and received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennesee Knoxville (UTK). He later received his M.A. degree from Tennessee Technological University. While at UTK, he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Roe and Alpha Zeta fraternities. He immediately reported for active duty after graduation from UTK. McLerran was also enrolled in ROTC and received his commission; as a second Lieutenant before graduation. He spent most of his time at third Army Headquarters in Atlanta. The week he was released from active duty, he began traveling 50 per year nation wide for the legal department of Coca Cola Co. After three years, he spent one year in Coca Cola bottler sales in San Francisco, CA. He met the love of his life while they were both working for a division of 3M in Charlotte, NC. After they were married, they returned to the community where he was raised to start their family. McLerran taught high school for about the next 35 years at Celina High School. He was an active member of the Moss Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents O.D. and Lassie (Chitwood) McLerran; brother Harold M. McLerran; and niece Dinah McLerran.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 52 years Elizabeth (White) McLerran; sons Jock McLerran and wife Kandi and Scott McLerran; granddaughter Isabella Scout McLerran; grandsons Jared and Braden McLerran; brother John Howard McLerran and sister-in-law Christine McLerran.

Stella Grace (Byrd) Garrett

Homemaker

Stella Grace (Byrd) Garrett, 82, of Monroe passed away on Sept. 24 at Masters Health Care Center in Algood. Funeral services were held Sept. 27 from the Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross and Bro. Jeff Flowers officiating. Interment followed in the Little Cemetery.

Stella Grace (Byrd) Garrett was born April 12, 1930 in Pickett County. She was a school cook, factory worker and homemaker. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents James Allen Byrd and Fannie Byrd; husband John Beldon Garrett; son Johnny Wayne Garrett; son-in-law John Cobble; sisters Ordean Wright, Della Lee, Velma Watts and Viola Byrd; and brothers William and James Byrd.

Surviving relatives include daughters Dimple Geesling and husband Larry of Hilham, Darlene Cobble and friend Gary Nicholas of Monroe and Elaine Winningham of Monroe; sisters Wanda Lee of Monroe and Louise Masiongale of New Carlisle, OH; five great grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Bobby Lee, James Smith, Lonnie Garrett, Darrell Garrett, Jerry Paul Flowers, Johnny Byrd and Brandon Geesling.

Card of Thanks

The family of Brenda Carol Jenkins would like to thank everyone who did anything for Carol after she found out she had lung cancer in February and passed away on Aug. 25.

We really appreciated the prayers, phone calls, visits, kind words, flowers, money, gifts and food during this most difficult time in our lives.

Thanks to our neighbors and friends coming and staying day and night during her final two weeks. Carol wanted to be home and we could not have made it without you wonderful people giving freely of your time. It meant more to us than you will ever know. There are truly “Angels” here on earth!

Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts and may God richly bless each of you always!

We loved you dearly. We miss you even more!

Elbert “Red”

Jenkins, husband

Dustin Jenkins,

                      special grandson


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