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Dermid, Hildreth Jo Crowder, affectionately known to many as “Mama Jo”, passed away on September 7, 2022. She was a radiant light that shined as bright as any. Her personality and infectious smile could bring happiness and joy to any room. Her demeanor and grace changed not only the rooms she walked into, but the many lives she touched as well. Jo has been a devoted wife and doting mother, as well as grandmother and a friend to all that met her.

 

Jo is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joel A. Dermid, Jr of Mount Juliet, TN, daughters Beth (Tom) Harmon of Mount Juliet, TN, Amanda (Ray) Robinson of Mount Juliet, TN; Grandchildren, Darian (Rachel) Robinson, Thomas Harmon, William Harmon and Langston Robinson.

 

Born in Raleigh, NC in 1942, Jo lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland Illinois, Michigan and eventually “retired” to Tennessee.  She was a true Carolinian that carried her Southern Belle charm and grace into every place she called home. She is a graduate of Needham Broughton High School Raleigh, NC, class of 1960. She went on to graduate from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, Class of 1964.

 

Jo was the definition of a pioneer in the Hospitality industry. She was the industry standard in client services and a pillar to many that followed in her vast footsteps. From working in five-star hotels, to taking multiple rental companies to unforeseen heights, all the way to owning a national linen rental company with her family; she became a paramount figure for all to behold.

 

With a true servant’s heart, she always led by example. Her strong faith and love for many was the greatest gift anyone could ask for. “Mama Jo” may have only birthed two daughters, but whether it was one of her many industry peers, the countless young men of the Citadel campus or friends of her grandchildren; she was and will always be a north star for many to follow.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday October 15th, 2022 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mount Juliet, TN. Visitation will be from 9- 11 a.m. with the service immediately following at 11 a.m.

Flowers will be accepted at the Celebration of Life or Donations may be made to The Meredith Fund Hospitality Program Attn: Erin Cleghorn 3800 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC 27607

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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Dermid, Jr, Joel Arthur, known to many as “Papa Joe” passed away on September 13, 2022. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Joel loved watching his grandchildren participate in their favorite sports and celebrating their accomplishments.

 

Joel was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Hildreth Jo Crowder Dermid. He is survived by his daughters Beth (Tom) Harmon of Mt. Juliet, TN, Amanda (Ray) Robinson of Mt. Juliet, TN; brother Lem (Beth) Dermid of Hendersonville, NC; grandchildren Darian (Rachel) Robinson, Thomas Harmon, William Harmon and Langston Robinson.

 

Born in Henderson County, NC in 1941, Joel lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and eventually “retired” with his family in Tennessee. He was a graduate of Blue Ridge School for boys and a 1964 graduate of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He went on to later acquire a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University. Joel was an accomplished Civil Engineer and was awarded Engineer of the Year by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.    He was involved with various professional engineering associations in the numerous states in which he lived.  While he specialized in transportation, he was also very instrumental in the early development of Kiawah Island, SC.

Joel was a member of the Mt. Juliet Masonic Lodge #642 and the William G Hill Lodge in Raleigh, NC. In addition, he was a member of the Scottish Rite and was a Shriner.

 

A Masonic Service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held at 5:30pm with the service immediately following at 6:00pm.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, TN. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. with the service immediately following at 11:00am.

 

Flowers will be accepted at the Celebration of Life or donations can be made to the Masonic Widows’ and Orphans’ Home of Tennessee Fund, 100 7th Ave N Suite 1, Nashville, TN 37203.

 

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

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Cunningham, Jeffery Lee, age 60, of Mt. Juliet, TN died September 17, 2022. Jeff was born in Chattanooga, TN but moved to Ridgetop, TN when he was 4 years old. He was a 1980 graduate of Greenbrier High School and earned an Associate degree form Vol State Community College. He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and was employed as a Creative Director at Ingram Entertainment. Jeff was preceded in death by his mother Myrtle Suzanne Davis Cunningham.

He is survived by:

Spouse of 41 years – Jeoffrey Siever

Father – William Lee Cunningham

Brother – John Patrick Cunningham

Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins

 

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 4 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2293 S. Rutland Road, Mt. Juliet, TN

 

No flowers, please. Memorials may be made to Sherry’s Hope/Run.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Thursday at the church.

 

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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Kanatzar, Deborah Lee, age 71, of Mt. Juliet, TN died September 21, 2022. Deb was born in Bismarck, ND and was the daughter of the late, Vernon and LaVerne Palloch Carlson. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church. Deb was formerly employed by Wynn’s Precision, Lebanon, Tennessee, as a large account manager servicing Caterpillar Tractor in Peoria, IL. In Tennessee, Deb was employed with two FBO management teams at the Lebanon airport, (M54), and the Dialysis Clinic’s flight department at the Smyrna airport; (MQY). She enjoyed spending time with her family on Center Hill Lake, Destin, FL. and a winter home in Naples, FL. Deb also previously served as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Nashville.

She is survived by:

Husband of 31 years – David William Kanatzar 

Children – David Coleman (Heather) Kanatzar and Catherine Marie “Katie” (Jason) Waffird

Sister – Sandra “Sandy” (Bruce) Wittenberg

Grandchildren – Harper Grace Waffird and Knox Russell Waffird

Nephew – Brian Wittenberg

 

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, October 3, 2022 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2293 S. Rutland Road, Mt. Juliet, TN.

 

No flowers, please. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Monday at the church.

 

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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Heaton, David Joe, age 58, of Mt. Juliet, TN died September 23, 2022. Joe was born in Nashville, TN and was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Johnson Heaton. He was a plumber and medical gas installer and was employed by Comfort Group. Joe enjoyed Alabama football, martial arts, fishing and playing drums.

He is survived by:

Wife of 32 years – Pam Heaton

Father – Lonnie Heaton

Daughter – Brittany (George Bruce) Heaton

Brothers – Wade Heaton and Michael Heaton

Sister - Renee (Terry) Williams

Grandchildren – Jack Lonnie Bruce and Blake Durwood Bruce

 

Family and friends will gather to Celebrate the Life of Joe from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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Long, Wilda Paul Houston, age 84, of Mt. Juliet, TN died September 29, 2022. Wilda was born in Blakely, GA and was the daughter of the late, Julius Houston and Jenny Maloy Houston. She earned her Master’s degree in Education and was a teacher for more than 25 years in Volusia County, FL. Wilda received numerous awards during her teaching career. She was also an accomplished singer and loved playing the piano. Wilda and Chester served various churches over their lifetime as directors for children, young adults and senior adult choirs. Wilda was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and reading. Wilda was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Long.

She is survived by:

Son – Charles (Suzanne) Long

Daughter – Rhetta (Scott) Standifer

Sisters – Freida (B.A.) Andreu, Julia Back, Dianne (Bob) Ghames and

             Jenny (Wayne) Kemp

Grandchildren – Michael Standifer, Olivia Long and Ryan Long

 

Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, October 3, 2022 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Don Dillingham officiating.

 

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Senior Adult Ministry at First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet or the charity of your choice.

 

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