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Vernon Delmer Claiborne, 91 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vernon Delmer Claiborne, of the Rocky Mound Community in Macon County, passed away on Monday morning, November 12, 2012 at Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 20 days. Funeral services for Vernon Claiborne were conducted from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14th with Brother Lionel Borders officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Tony Bentle, Stan Hall, Jerry Stone, Howard Ellis, Ray Comer Jr., Ray Comer Sr., Gary Claiborne and Chris “Woody” Woodard.  Vernon was born on Thursday, June 23, 1921, one of two children born to the late Eulas and Dora Whittemore Claiborne. He was married to Dixie Lee Hall Claiborne, who preceded him in death on June 20, 2002. To this union was born two sons, Ronald and Glenn. As a young man of 21, he joined the United States Army and proudly served our country during World War II. In addition to being a farmer and raising English bulldogs, pheasants, extraordinary roosters, peafowls and bird dogs, Vernon was the owner/operator of the D.E. Claiborne & Sons store at the Gap of the Ridge for 25 years. He also worked at Carter Automotive for 10 years. He was of the Missionary Baptist faith. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Zollie Claiborne. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Mary Claiborne of Lebanon, and Glenn and Betty Claiborne of the Cross Lanes Community; grandchildren, and their spouses, Gary and Kim Claiborne of Scituate, MA, Kelly Claiborne of Lebanon and Erica and Chris Woodard of the Rocky Mound Community; and three great-grandchildren, Adelaide Claiborne, Cidney Woodard and Eli Woodard.

 
Jimmy Lane Draper, 44 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jimmy Lane Draper was born in Macon County, TN, on July 19, 1968 to Johnny Author Draper and Betty Jean Stubblefield Draper.  He was one of four sons born to this union. Jimmy was preceded in death by, Grandparents, Curtis and Curley Draper, Lester D. and Velma E. Stubblefield, Aunt, Geraldine Coker, Uncles, Ronnie Draper and Bobby Roddy. Working in Construction as a carpenter was what Jimmy did as an occupation. Being the avid outdoorsman, outside is where you would find Jimmy, most of the time. He loved Archeology and FlintKapping. Jimmy loved to hunt arrowheads and was very talented when it came to making arrowheads. He had pursued this with great expectation. When he wasn’t busy with his arrowheads, Jimmy would go camping and fishing. When he needed time out to relax or to think, you could find Jimmy on the porch swinging. Jimmy was a very loving and caring son, brother, and uncle, that enjoyed time spent with his family. He was a member of Lafayette Church of Christ. On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Lord called Jimmy home. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends here on Earth, but our loss is Heaven’s Gain. Funeral services for Jimmy were conducted Friday at 1 pm from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Jerry Mercer and Matthew Stafford officiating.  Roger Coker, Don Coker, Bret Zachary, Jack Roberts, Jr. Hollaway, Chad Roddy, Tony Hale, and Michael Davenport served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Walton Cemetery. Jimmy is survived by; Parents, Johnny A. and Betty Stubblefield Draper of Lafayette, TN, Brothers, Johnny Dewayne (Fredia) Draper of Whitleyville, TN, Jason L. Draper, and Jarrad (Brandy) Draper all of Lafayette, TN, Nephews, Cohen Lane Draper of Lafayette, TN, and Matthew (Ashley) Stafford of Whitleyville, TN, Niece, Shawn (Randy) Spivey of Gainesboro, TN, Great nephews, Levi Stafford and Neylan Spivey, Great niece, Ava Stafford, His dog, Buddy, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends also survive.  

 
Ronald Wayne Draper, 63 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ronald Wayne Draper, better known as “Ronnie” was born in Macon County, Tennessee on August 20, 1949 to the late Curtis Draper and Meredith “Curley” Sewell Draper. He was one of three siblings born to this union. Besides Ronnie’s parents; sister, Geraldine Coker also preceded him in death. On July 28, 1973, Ronnie married the former Rebecca Law, sharing thirty-nine years together. He has two daughters, Andrea and April. Ronnie was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather, whose life revolved around family. He was a self-employed builder and electrician serving many customers in the surrounding counties. Ronnie was a hard worker but always saved time out to play with the grandchildren and his cat, Max. Although he wasn’t one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, that’s what he believed. On November 7, 2012, Ronnie passed away. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him. Funeral services for Ronald W. Draper were conducted on Saturday, November 10, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Greg Pearson officiating.  Interment followed in the Pirtle Cemetery. Ronnie is survived by; Wife, Rebecca Draper of Lafayette, TN, Daughters, Andrea Carver of Red Boiling Springs, TN, and April (Brett) Zachary of Westmoreland, TN, Grandchildren, Travis Carver, Dustin Carver, and Wesley Carver, Brother and sister-in-law, Johnnie (Betty) Draper of Lafayette, TN., several nieces and nephews, and his cat, Max, also survive.  

 
Linda Grey Goodman, 65 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Linda Grey Goodman, of Lafayette, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 13, 2012 at Macon County General Hospital at the age of 65 years and 20 days. Funeral services for Linda Goodman were conducted from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th with Elder Charlie Patterson officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.  Honorary pallbearers were David Goodman, Steve Belton, Jackie Yokley, Butch Barton, Ted Barton, Toby Barton, Mike Russell and Danny Russell.  Pallbearers were Johnny Woosley, Dewey Swindle, Billy Wilmore, David White, Kenny Flippin and Barry Payne. Linda was born on October 24, 1947, one of four children born to the late Howard Mitchell and Mable Mae Bandy Bransford. She was married to Hazel E. Goodman on March 12, 1971. Together they raised two children Kelly and Amanda. Linda had worked as a Payroll Clerk with the City of Lafayette for 20 years. She was of the Missionary Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jennifer Lynn Robinson; a brother, Douglas Bransford; and a brother-in-law, Ray Flippin. Along with Hazel, her husband of 41 years, she is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Regina Robinson; a daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Pete Groesbeck; grandchildren, Evan Scott Groesbeck and Mia Beth Groesbeck, all of Lafayette; sisters, Peggy Flippin of Lafayette, and Marie Blankenship, of Hendersonville.

 
Bobby Gene Jenkins, 66 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bobby Gene Jenkins was born in Lafayette, Tennessee on January 8, 1946 to the late Jessie Thomas Jenkins and Mona Estelle Huffines Jenkins.  Bobby was one of five siblings born to this union. He was previously married and has three children, Darrell, Corey, and Casey. Besides Bobby’s parents; brother, Carline Jenkins, sisters, Mary Dee Williams, Pauline Morgan, and Arvia Lee Jenkins Davenport, and son-in-law, Paul Ray Petree also preceded him in death. Bobby was a contractor working in construction for over forty-years. He also farmed and raised tobacco plants. Spending time on his houseboat was what Bobby enjoyed most as relaxation. He loved the outdoors, the water, and everything that went with it. Beyond everything else, family was his true love. The grandchildren were his pride and joy. Bobby was saved at Pleasant Hill General Baptist Church, as a young man. On Saturday, November 10, 2012 the Lord called Bobby home. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him. Funeral services for Bobby G. Jenkins were conducted on Tuesday, November 13th. at 1p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Wix officiating. Rex Swindle, Ronald Jones, Ferrell Gammons, Doyle Brawner, and Mark Roark served as Honorary Pallbearers. Randall Polston, Moody Gregory, Gary Wayne Jenkins, David Shrum, Jackie Gross, “Cabbage” Larry Stevens, Vin Cline, and Jerry Driver served as Active Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Haysville Cemetery.
Bobby is survived by; Sons, Darrell Jenkins, Corey (Chrissy) Jenkins, Daughter, Casey Jenkins, Brother, Jessie Jenkins, Jr., Grandchildren, Brooklyn Fitzgerald, Jersey and Caitlyn Petree, Caydra and Coltin Jenkins, Lifelong Companion, Cathy Jean Jenkins all of Lafayette, Tennessee.

 
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