Obits 12/25/18

In Loving Memory of Samantha McLerran


I’m sending your gift up to heaven on a dove’s wing.

In it you will find many wonderful things.

It is full of kisses wrapped in pretty paper that tells you how much I love you and miss you everyday since you went away and that you will always be in my heart.

I will always love you Samantha,



John David Bonner

John David Bonner, 63 of Jackson, passed away on Dec. 16 at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were held at the Skyline Church of Christ on Dec. 19. Interment followed on Dec. 20 at the Macedonia Cemetery in Moss.

He was born on July 3, 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a master trim carpenter by trade. He was a member of Skyline Church of Christ and served as an active member of the U.S. Navy for six years as a missile technician. He was an avid angler in his off time and had a true passion for life and his family.

Surviving relatives include wife, Gloria Danette (Jones) Bonner of Jackson; daughters, Ashley (Don) Starbard of Humboldt, Candice Bonner of Nashville, Haley Bonner of Jackson; grandchildren, Natalie Liermann and Desi Starbard; father in law and step-mother in law, Joe Ray and Lyda Jones of Celina; sisters in law, Brenda Boles, Dolores and Wayne Rich of Celina and Sherry Burton of Murfreesboro; seven siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George Smith & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Christopher Scott Evans

Christopher Scott Evans, best known as Smiley, 38 of Celina, passed away on Dec. 14. Funeral services were held on Dec. 17 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Eddie White officiating. Interment followed in the Moss Cemetery. Steve Rich, Phillip Smith, Rodney Hopper, Jason Proffitt, Allen Short and Chatt Holloway served as active pallbearers.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1980 in Albuquerque, NM. He was a skilled mechanic for Boles Trucking. He had a smile that would light up a room and a kindness that was shown to anyone who met him.

He was preceded in death by father, Billy Joe Evans; grandparents, Cortez and Ora York; and grandmother, Ruth Evans.

Surviving relatives include mother and step-father, Wayne and Reba Smith of Moss; sons, Bryce and Wyatt Evans and their mother Jessica Sandusky of Celina; daughter, Kaitlyn Evans and her mother Tiffany Copeland of Celina; brother, Grady Paul Evans and wife Melanie of Celina; half-brother, Mark Evans of Hilham; step-brothers, Steven Smith of Livingston and Jason Smith and wife Pam of Livingston; half-sister, Shelia Ogletree of Livingston; best friend, Steven Rich; several aunts and uncles; and many other family and friends.

Upton-Hay Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Willie Ray Foster

Willie Ray Foster, 78 of Celina passed away on Dec. 15 at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral Services were held on Dec. 18 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Craig Ogletree and Willie Kerr officiating. Interment followed in the Williams Cemetery. Tanner Rich, Briley Rich, Colby Savage, Kaden Strong, John Ford, Michael Savage, Robbie Strong and Tommy Walker served as active pallbearers.

He was born on July 14, 1940 in Clay County. He worked at Dixie Furniture in Cookeville for many years. He worked for Berkline from which he retired. He was best known for his enormous skill as an upholsterer. He found his greatest pleasure in his family that he adored.

He was preceded in death by parents, Johnny and Rosie (Pryor) Foster; brother, J.T. Foster; and sisters, Stella Rowe, Laurie Nivens and Lilly Ford.

Surviving relatives include wife, Helen Grace Foster of Celina; daughters, Teresa Savage and husband, Michael, better known as Smiley of Celina and Denisa Rich and husband, Johnny of Celina; brother, Henry Foster and wife, Mary of Willow Grove; sister, Gaye Capps of Celina; grandchildren, Misty Strong and husband, Robbie, Colby Savage and wife, Lacey, Tanner Rich and wife, Kristen and Briley Rich; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Strong and Kaden Strong and future baby Savage; as well as many other family and friends.


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