Billy Ray Murphy
Billy Ray Murphy, 62, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Bro. Faye Curtis officiating.
Interment followed in Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Murphy was born Feb. 28, 1940, to Joe and Pearl Mill Murphy.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Aurhur Dee Murphy, sisters, Pauline Thompson and Eola Hughes.
Survivors include three brothers, R.L. Murphy of Rickman, A.B. Murphy of Red Boiling Springs, and Joe Boy Murphy of Mayland; four sisters, Mildred Sullivan of Livingston, Betty Jo White of Indianapolis, Joyce Ann Green and Wanda Ridge, both of California.
Pallbearers were William Bruce Edwards, Merle Wix, John Moses, Butch Murphy, Timmy Murphy, Scott Murphy and Josh Murphy.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jerry W. George
Jerry W. George, 53, of Cross Plains, died Jan. 5, 2003.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in Forest Lawn Chapel with Bro. Roger Putman officiating.
Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda George.
Mr. George is survived by sons, Chris (Cheree) George and Gary Wayne (Tonya) George; his mother, Cornelia George, and an aunt, Mattie Nall; grandchildren, Brittany George, Brandon George, Nicholas George, and Daniel George; step-grandchildren, Dylon Jones and Damian Oats.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ericka Ada Bowers
Ericka Ada “Muh” Bowers, 88, died Dec. 31, 2002.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at 7 p.m. at Greater South Baptist Church in Springfield with Rev. Samuel Stratton officiating.
Interment followed on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Cedar Hill.
She was born Sept. 7, 1914, in Lexington, Ky., to Rev. John Davidson and Louella Chatman Davidson.
Mrs. Bowers was a member of the First Baptist Church, and she later joined the Greater South Baptist Church.
She was affectionately known as “Buster” to her friends, and “Muh” to her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Radar Bowers, and two children, Lula Mai Spaulding and Jimmy Wells.
Survivors include her children, Janie (Charles) Bowling, Linda (Raymond) Bigsby, Glen C. Woodard, Elaine (Charles) Northington, and Patricia (Paul) Brooks, all of Springfield, and Anthea (Melvin) Morrow of Lansing, Mich.; grandchildren, Charles D. Bowling, Marie Bowling, Tequilla Wells, Reggie Bowling, Luccinda Bigsby, Tonjua Bowling, Tracy Wells, Drextel Bowling, Yashcia Bigsby, Andrew Wells, Brandon Northington and John Baker; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ella Mai Bowers; a devoted cousin, Richard Chatman; a host of nieces and nephews; foster children, Francine Summers, Joyce Snorton, Terry Shannon, Gertrude Allen, Teresa Taylor, Wilmas Thomas, Cheryl Brooks, Ann Blakemore, Michael Brooks and Elizabeth Darden; special friends, Tina Terry, Mr. and Mrs. George Herring, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Traughber, Abram Payne, Odessa Dowlen and Kim Brewer and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.
Vicky Patterson, 37, of Springfield died Dec. 27, 2002, at Nashville Live Hospice.
Funeral services were held Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church with Rev. Ben Williams officiating.
Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Patterson.
Survivors are Mandricus Tramaine Darden of Nashville; a brother, Felix A. Cole of Springfield; a sister, Nichole Patterson of Nashville; her father, Willie Outlaw of Clarksville.
Parham Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.
James Roy Utley
Rev. James Roy Utley, 85, died Jan. 6, 2003, at Beverly Healthcare.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan 10 at First Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Garry D. Jones officiating. The Eulogist was Rev. George Clemons.
Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Cedar Hill.
He was born Jan. 29, 1917, in Robertson County to James Vernon Utley and Cestellie Summers-Utley.
He was educated in Robertson County.
At an early age, Rev. Utley gave his life to Christ and was baptized in the Second Grove C.M.E. Church.
He was married to Robbie Mai Johnson Dec. 28, 1935.
He became an ordained minister in 1947. He was called to pastor Coffee Bottom Baptist Church, Millington Baptist Church and Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, all located in Kentucky.
He later became pastor of the New Wells Grove Baptist Church in Barren Plains, where he remained for 53 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, six siblings, and two children.
Survivors include his wife, Robbie Mai Utley; a brother Wallace (Jeannie) Utley; two sisters, Ethel Ree Thompson, Bertha Coleman; five sons, Lee Roy (Sarah) Utley of Springfield, Virgil (Jean) Utley of Springfield, Memphis (Jean) Utley of Michigan, Ronnie (Jenny) Utley of Nashville, Perry (Gloria) Utley of Chicago; two daughters, Mary Griffey of St. Louis and Robbie Jean (Henry) March of St. Louis; 20 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; two devoted sisters-in-law, Clara Harris and Ebbie Groves; and other dear friends.
Serenity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dewell R. Gilliam
Dewell R. Gilliam, 56, of Hillcrest Road, Russellville, Ky., died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2003, from injuries received in a traffic accident in Powell, Texas.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Funeral Home in Russellville, Ky., with Bro. Calvin Cornelius, Bro. Carlene Brown, Bro. Wayne Thomas and Bro. Willard Dalyrimple officiating.
Burial will follow in O’Roark Cemetery.
He was born in Logan County, Ky., Oct. 27, 1946, to Willie D. Gilliam and Roberta Knight Gilliam.
He was a truckdriver with S&F Truck Lines in Springfield. He was a member of O’Roark United Methodist Church and a U. S. Navy Vietnam Veteran.
He was preceded in death by a a daughter, Beth Ann Gilliam.
Survivors include his parents, Willie D. and Roberta Knight Gilliam of Clearwater, Fla., a brother, Dan Gilliam of Bowling Green, Ky., and a sister, Nena Naab of Safety Harbor, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the O’Roark United Methodist Church.
Margaret Katherine Murray Ignatz, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2002.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, Nashville, with Pastor Janet Marvar officiating.
Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers were Mike, Todd, Brian, Michael and Don Ignatz, Mike Edge, Hugh Layne, and Sam Stewart. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Martin Luther Bible Class of the First Lutheran Church and Dr. Steve Mann.
Mrs. Ignatz was a graduate of Central High School.
She was preceded in death by her son, Paul F. Ignatz Jr., granddaughter, Debbie Parchment, and a brother Harold Murray.
She is survived by her husband, Paul F. “Sam” Ignatz; a son, Mike (Vicky) Ignatz; daughters, Sandra Parchment and Kathy (Michael) Edge; a sister, Ann (Logan) King; grandchildren, Kim Parchment, Todd and Brian Ignatz, Rachael and Kate Edge; and great-grandchildren, Michael Ignatz, Kristina and Billy Henry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Nashville.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.