Sybil Irene Ellis

Originally Published February 18, 2012

93-year-old Cisne resident, Sybil Ellis died at 10:05 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Clay County Hospital in Flora. She was a homemaker and farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Hilda Smith of Johnsonville; a son, Brent Ellis of Cisne; a daughter-in-law, Lillie Ellis of Portage, IN and a sister, June Powless of Cisne; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services for Sybil Ellis will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at th Providence General Baptist Church in Johnsonville with burial in Cisne Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Wednesday evening, Jan. 15 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne and 9 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Providence General Baptist Church and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.

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Robert Clark Spencer – 63

I was so very sad to hear about Bob’s passing.  I have meet bob numerous times at the Clemmons Family Reunion and he was a wonderful person.  I sat and talked with him at length this past July and he was looking forward to hosting the reunion in 2012.

Robert Clark Spencer, age 63, of Burns, TN, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Horizon Medical Center as the result of an accident which happened at his place of business.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Dickson with Dr. James Chatham officiating.  Visitation will be 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday evening and 9:00 to 11:00 A. M. Wednesday at the Church.  Mid-South Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on July 30, 1948 in Darby, PA, son of the late  Clark and Leona McCarty Spencer.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force where he was an Aircraft Electrician.  He also was owner of Imperial Auto Sales and Salvage and a member of First Baptist Church of Dickson.

He is survived by his wife, Mari Louise Clemmons Spencer; son, Shawn (Tammy) Spencer; daughters, Dani Keisha (Charleston) Howard of Pearland, TX, Jamie Rose of St. Cloud, FL; brothers, John Keller, Joe Liikala of FL; sisters, Linda of FL, Valerie of GA; grandchildren, David Musselwhite, Justin Howard, Brenna Howard, Angela Howard, Candace Howard, Camille Howard, Brandon Howard, Alexis Spencer, Aaron Spencer; great-grandchildren, Gavin Musselwhite, Elijah Musselwhite, Sophie Musselwhite, Mason Howard and Bryce Howard.

Pallbearers will be Damon Hassel, Jason Ingram, Jon-Roy Sloan, Tim Litton, Charleston Howard, David Musselwhite.  Alternate Pallbearers will be Dave Smith and Larry Batson.  Honorary Pallbearers will be members of First Baptist Security Team, Southern Street Cruisers Car Club and the Odds and Ends Sunday School Class. Online condolences may be made at

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Eileen F. Clemmons, 85

Eileen ClemmonsEileen F. Clemmons nee Franz, age 85, of Highland, IL., died Saturday, January 23, 2010, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Highland, IL.

She was born October 1, 1924, in Grantfork, IL., the daughter of William F. and Mary (Casper) Franz.

On May 12, 1962, she married James A. Clemmons , who survives.

Eileen was born in Grantfork, where she grew up on the family farm. She graduated Highland High School in 1942, then attended beauty school in St. Louis. She moved to Florida and operated her own beauty shop. She later attended Airline Training School in Kansas City, and retired as a Senior Ticketing Agent for National Airlines in the mid 1970’s. They moved to Highland September 11, 2001. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed painting in oils.
She was a former member Our Saviour Lutheran Church-Pompano Beach, FL.

Survivors include Husband-James A. Clemmons of Highland, Ill., Sister-in-law-June Franz-Bohnenstiehl of Highland, Ill., Nephew-Thomas S. (Catherine) Clemmons of Dallas, Texas, Nephew-Darrell F. Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., Nephew-Kem E. (Kathy) Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., Niece-Marilyn L. (Larry) Rickher of Highland, Ill., Nephew-Larry W. (Kathleen) Niggli of Highland, Ill., Niece-Ellen (Ron) Denton of Bowling Green, Ky., Niece-Kay (Harold) Schuermann of St. Louis, Mo.

She was preceded in death by Father-William F. Franz died 1947, Mother-Mary Franz nee Casper died 1975, Sister-Elvira M. Niggli died 07/23/2009, Sister-Loretta E. Gansmann died 07/22/2004, Sister-Dorris E. Conrad 05/25/2003, Nephew-Jay D. Conrad died 6/27/1999, Brother-Everett F. Franz

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, and from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL., with Rev. Philip H. Kershner, Pastor United Church of Christ of Marine, Illlinois officiating.

Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

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James A. Clemmons Jr., 85

James Andrew Clemmons Jr.James A. Clemmons Jr., 85, of Highland, Ill., born Nov. 16, 1925, in Tupelo, Miss., died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Faith Care Center in Highland, Ill.

Mr. Clemmons was a former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, Fla., American Legion Post 439-Highland, Ill., and Ole Miss Alumni Association.

James was born in Tupelo, Miss., and grew up here. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from University of Mississippi, and moved to Florida and worked for the Social Security Administration. He and his wife lived in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Fla. In his retirement he worked in sales for Sears. He moved to Highland Sept. 11, 2001. He and his wife traveled the world. He enjoyed taking pictures, model trains, and entertaining friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen F., nee Franz, Clemmons, whom he married on May 12, 1962, and who passed away Jan. 23, 2010; his parents, James A. and Corinne, nee Boswell, Clemmons Sr.; a brother, Thomas S. Clemmons Sr.; and a nephew, Jay D. Conrad.

Surviving are his sisters-in-law, June Franz-Bohnenstiehl of Highland, Ill., and Pat Clemmons of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Thomas S. (Catherine) Clemmons Jr., of Dallas, Texas, Darrell F. Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., Kem E. (Kathy) Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., and Larry (Kathleen) Niggli of Highland, Ill.; nieces, Marilyn L. (Larry) Rickher of Highland, Ill., Ellen (Ron) Denton of Bowling Green, Ky., and Kay (Harold) Schuermann of St. Louis, Mo.; and many great-nephews and great-nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Countryside Homes.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, and 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill., with Rev. Philip H. Kershner, Pastor of Marine United Church of Christ in Marine, Ill., officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Ill.

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Robert William "Bob" McAdoo, 91

Robert is a descends as follows: Samuel Thompson -> John -> Allen -> John Franklin -> William Lawson – > Lillian Reeves Clemmons

Robert William McAdooRobert William McAdoo was born on February 5, 1919 in Palo Alto, CA to Lewis and Lilian (Clemmons) McAdoo. Bob died peacefully at Southern Hills Retirement Center in Tulsa on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the age of 91 years. Bob received a BS Degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He owned McAdoo Contracting Building and Supplies and in his later years became a Lay Minister for First United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Bob was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Lynn Williamson and his brothers, James and Gene McAdoo. He is survived by wife Margie, of the home; his sons, David and John McAdoo, both of Smyrna, TN; his step-daughters, Melody Shields, of Tulsa, OK and Gwendy Watrous, of Ledyard, CT; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Memorial service 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 9, 2010 at First United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK. Private burial Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Lou Bell "Tootsie" Whitfield, 89

The Messenger, April 25, 2011
Lou Belle “Tootsie” Whitfield, 89, of Tiptonville, died April 22, 2011, at The Heritage at Brentwood Health Center in Brentwood.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tiptonville Church of Christ with Don Reel officiating. Burial will follow there in Lake Memorial Gardens. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-8 p.m. today at her residence in Tiptonville.
Pallbearers will be Andy Cantillo, Craig Cochran, Kent Cochran, Franklin Cochran, Steve Tipton and Sammy Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Corkran, Mickey Moore, John Kreis, Nathan Strain, Albert Markham and Charles Royer.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was a retired bookkeeper for Uptown Appliance and Furniture Store in Tiptonville, a member of Tiptonville Church of Christ and also a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Tiptonville’s Main Street Association.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Franklin Cochran of Nashville; two grandchildren and their spouses, Kent and Amanda Cochran of Hendersonville and Craig and Keri Cochran of Franklin; and four great-grandchildren, Griffin Cochran, Zoe Belle Cochran, Carson Cochran and Sara Cochran.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel James Whitfield; and her parents, James and Mary (Clark) Clemmons.
Condolences may be left at

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Gene Clemmons McAdoo, 87

The Messenger, January 11, 2010

Gene Clemmons McAdoo, 87, of Union City died at Golden Living Center in Union City Jan. 10, 2010.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Dr. Roger Reid officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home 5-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Mark McAdoo, Tim McAdoo, John McAdoo, Jeff Tillotson, Shane Brockwell and James Matheny.

The family requests that memorials be made to Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He was born July 19, 1922, in Obion County, son of the late Lewis and Lillian (Clemmons) McAdoo. He and his brothers, James McAdoo and Robert McAdoo, were founders of the former McAdoo Builders Supply in Union City. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who served in the European, African and Middle East theaters during the war.

He was a former member of Union City Rotary Club and was a member of Jones-Walker Post 4862 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Union City.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Gerri McAdoo of Shreveport, La.; two daughters, Cindy Hassel of Union City and Gena Adams of Owasso, Okla.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert McAdoo of Tulsa, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, James McAdoo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site:

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Martha Clemmons, 74

Mrs. Martha Irene Clemmons, age 74, of Hornbeak died Sat., May 28, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born October 10, 1936 in Trimble, TN the daughter of the late Algie and Lou Idell Dew Voss. She was a retired seamstress for the former Salant & Salant in Obion and a Presbyterian. She is survived by a daughter Jackie Campbell of Troy, a son Teddy Clemmons of Hornbeak, three grandchildren Leanda Roberson of Hornbeak, Robert E. Clemmons of Obion, Amber Clemmons of Hornbeak, three great grandchildren Katie Roberson of Hornbeak, Kaydence Clemmons of Obion, Elise Clemmons of Obion, four sisters, Katie Buckelew of Fulton, KY, Gale Godsey of Dresden, Shirley Hubble of Greenfield and Janie Duncan of Hopkinsville, KY. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Clifton Clemmons on June 28, 2001 and a sister Jo Smith. Rev. Frank Dalton will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Kendall, Don Burpo, Bart Lemmons, Travis Burpo, Will Boyld, Thomas Burpo and Chris Burpo. Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Hogg, Sonny Godsey, Butch Hubble, J. R. Smith and Preston Knight.

6:00PM to 8:00PM on Monday, May 30th, 2011 at Cryer Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

11:00AM at Cryer Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 (map/driving directions)

Hornbeak City

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Emma Wilson Knight VanHook, 85

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LEBANON — Funeral services for Mrs. VanHook, 85, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Mrs. VanHook, of Lebanon and a native of Wilson County, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Quality Care Nursing Home.
The daughter of the late Glyde and Mary Thelma Clemmons Knight, she was a homemaker and a member of the Rocky Valley Baptist Church. Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Baker, Rev. Jason Lohorn and Rev. Mark Rager. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children  MaDonna VanHook (Gary) Ford of Pisgah, AL; Eugenia VanHook Raines; Ronnie (Teresa) VanHook; Lisa VanHook (Gary) Daniels and James Robert (Glenda) VanHook — all of Lebanon; 12 grandchidren; 26 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 62 years Robert E. VanHook on January 1, 2005; and a son Jack Wilson VanHook.
Honorary pallbearers: special caregiver Tina Hutson; and the staffs of Quality Care, Regional Transportation and DCI.
Active pallbearers grandsons.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Wilson Post

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Mary Louise Gannon Sanders, 87

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

LEBANON — Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Sanders, 87, of Lebanon. A member of Gladeville Baptist Church and a homemaker, Mrs. Sanders passed away Tuesday July 19, 2011 at the University Medical Center.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Dr. Bruce Grubbs. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Billy Clayton (Huetta) Sanders, David Michael “Mike” Sanders and Boots (Rebecca) Sanders; daughter Barbara Louis(Robert) Dennis.

Also surviving is sister Mattie B. “Pinky” Bair; grandchildren Ginny Turner, Clay (Amy) Sanders, Patricia St. John, Teresa (Charles) Banks, Susan (Ken) Moulton, Michael (Shawna) Sanders, Mary Jane (Tim) Goblish, Mary Faith Sanders, Grace Sanders, Matthew Duke and Joshua Friar; great grandchildren Rebecca Turner, Erica (Norman) Maxwell, Victoria (Stephen) Leonard, Cheyenne Glidewell, Olivia Glidewell, Barbara Jean Banks, Elizabeth Banks, Nicholas Moulton, Chelsea Sanders, Clayton Sanders, Gannon Sanders, Garrett Goblish, Gretchen Goblish, Mary Elizabeth Goblish, Megan Allison, Jeremy Bowen and Josh Bowen; great-great grandchildren Nathan Maxwell, Emma Leonard and Emma Louise Allison; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dillard J. Gannon Sr. and Mamie Clemmons Gannon; husband Willie Clayton Sanders; brother D.J Gannon and son Doyle Sanders.

Active pallbearers: sons, grandsons, great grandsons and a great great grandson Damien Boyd, Charles Ricketts, Charlie Palmer, Butch Earheart and Chris McDonald.

Honorary: Bragg Group of Gladeville Baptist Church, The Bell Circle of Gladeville Baptist Church, “Going Like 60” of Gladeville Baptist Church; The Group; The Birthday Club; generations of children rocked over the years; Bridgett Scott; Lucy and Dave Stephens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Sanders’ memory to the Gladeville Baptist Church Nursery. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Wilson Post

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