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September 2023

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Rector, Edwin Bennett (Ben) passed away September 10, 2023, at the age of 87. He was a resident of Mount Juliet, Tennessee for the past 55 years and was a devoted husband, a loving father and a faithful friend. Ben was born in Martin City, Missouri, to the late Lester Bennett and Kathryn Pedigo Rector and was blessed with two siblings, older brother, Vernon Paul and a beloved sister, Kathleen Marie. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia on a Naval ROTC Scholarship, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology. Upon graduation, he accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps. During training in Quantico, Virginia, he met the love of his life, a Tennessee girl, Clara Blevins. They wed in 1960, and shortly thereafter started their family with first son, Edwin B. Rector II. After training, they were assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Here they welcomed daughter Deborah. Ben was in the 3rd Marine Division, Shore Party Battalion and served in the USMC for a total of seven years during the Vietnam War. While Ben was deployed, third child, Leilani, was born.  After his tours in Vietnam, the Rectors settled in Tennessee. Ben advanced to Deputy Chief of the Vanderbilt University Police Department until he retired in 2000, where his strength, compassion and humor made him respected and beloved by his VUPD family. Ben was active in many local civic clubs including the Kiwanis Club, Exchange Club, and he was 50+ year member of the Mt. Juliet Lodge #642 F&AM, serving as Chaplain Emeritus and Past Master. He was also a member of Harvey Freeman Chapter #181 OES. He was a 40+ year member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where he was active in teaching, administration and leadership. He also enjoyed singing in the choir while his wife played piano and organ. The Rectors were dedicated child advocates and fostered many children over the years, officially adopting Robert Blevins and Samuel Rector. He also remained proudly active in Veteran’s Groups including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Marine Corps League, and the Young Marines. Ben was a blessing to all who knew him. He loved God and showed it in all that he did. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Blevins Rector, his brother Vernon Rector, and his niece Lou Ann Rector.

 

 

He is survived by:

Children – Edwin B. (Diane) Rector, II, Deborah L. (Steve) Phelps, Leilani Rector,

               Robert Blevins, Samuel Rector

Sister – Kathleen Marie Smith

Several grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews

 

Funeral Services will be conducted 11am Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Internment with military honors will follow at 1 pm at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be 4-8 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2023 and will end with a Masonic Service.

 

Arrangements by  Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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Garner, Emily Elizabeth, age 30, of La Vergne, TN died September 9, 2023. Emily was born in Murfreesboro, TN. She was very talented cake decorator and artist. Emily was loved by all that knew her and will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Paul and Addie Garner and Clyde Highfill.

 

She is survived by:

Parents- Holly and Paul Garner

Brothers– Jacob Garner and Jonah Garner

Grandmother –Jean Highfill

 

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel.

 

Visitation will be 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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Davis, II, Marcus Frizell, age 28, of Mt. Juliet, TN died September 11, 2023. Marcus was born in Aiea, Hawaii and was a graduate of Wilson Central High School. He was a car enthusiast and loved animals. Marcus son Silas was the light of his life. Marcus was preceded in death by his father, Marcus Frizell Davis. 

He is survived by:

Mother – Colleen (Karl Pulley) Davis

Son – Marcus Silas Davis

Brother – Jonathon Serrano

Grandparents – Linda Fructuoso, Kathleen Manke and Lennard (Janet) Manke

Nephews – Jonathon Serrano, Jr., Stosh Serrano

Niece - Jaidyn Serrano Baker

Several aunts and uncles

“Other Mother” Demetra Majors

“Brother from another Mother” – J. T.  Major

 

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Pastor Russ Fairbanks officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, 765 Nonaville Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

 

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at  Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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Johnson, Katharine Margaret, age 47, of Mt. Juliet, TN died September 15, 2023. Kate was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was generous and kind, an animal lover and enjoyed crafting. She adored her family and will be missed immensely. Kate rescued many dogs over the years. She was preceded in death by her beloved little dog, Pearl.

She is survived by:

Husband of 19 years – Josh Johnson

Mother – Peggy Radcliffe

Children – Daniel (Whitney) Robinson, Ashlee Johnson, Emily Johnson, Jay Jones

               and Lincoln Johnson

Sister – Kimberly Radcliffe

Grandchildren – Colton, Jacob, Weston and Hunter Robinson, Brendon Johnson

                        and Arianna and Elliott Higgs

Niece – Shelby Davis

Great Nephew - Jaye Davis

 

Visitation and services will be conducted 5–7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Juliet Help Center.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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Colloca, Jr., Jose Raul, age 81, of Hendersonville, TN died September 18, 2023. Jose was born in Curacao, Venezuela and was the son of the late, Jose Raul Colloca, Sr. and Mavis Virginia Cavalla Colloca. He was a 1959 graduate of Missouri Military Academy. Jose had a lifelong career in sales. He loved softball and umpired many games. Jose was an avid fan of the UT Vols, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by:

Life Partner – Bessie Whittle

Son – Joey (Denise) Colloca

Step-Daughter – Marketta (Joe) Meyer

Grandchildren – Jody (Belinda) Colloca and Dustin Colloca

Several great-grandchildren

 

Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2023 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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