SIMPSON CEMETERY, (Liberty Hill RdOld Campbellsville Rd) - GILES COUNTY TENNESSEE
(This is an alphabetized listing of the obituaries reported for the Simpson Cemetery.)
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ALEXANDER, Kelly 15 Aug 1898 1 Oct 1982, h/o Florence Wilburn [Married 22 Jan 1917, GCT] s/o Jesse and Othella Koon Alexander
Obituary: The Giles Free Press 06 Oct 1982
Mr. Kelly Alexander, 84, Rt. 2, Prospect, died Friday, October 1, 1982 at Giles County Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Sunday, Oct. 3 at Carr and Erwin Chapel with burial in the Simpson Cemetery, the Revs. Bill Morris and Mack Pinkelton officiating. A native of Giles County, he was the son of the late Jesse and Othella Koon Alexander. His wife was the late Florence Wilburn Alexander. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Bessie A. Shelton, Prospect; and one grandson. Mr. Alexander was a retired carpenter.
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ALEXANDER, Othella Koon 1875 1935, w/o Jesse Alexander {married 4 October 1896}, d/o Bob and Frances Johnson Koon
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 7 Jun 1939
It was a sad occasion at Liberty Church last Tuesday when the bodies of a mother in one family and father in another awaited burial, Mrs. Ozella Koon Alexander, 64, wife of Jesse Alexander, mother of George and Kelly Alexander, and Thomas Wilburn, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilburn, survived by wife and one child, age and youth, side by side in the eternal resting place in Wilburn burying grounds.

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HOOVER, Mrs. Marthie 1 Jan 1836 5 Feb 1917, Mother of Mrs. W. A. Whitlock,
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 15 Feb 1917
Mrs. Martha Hoover died Friday morning about 4 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Whitlock at Tarpley, aged about 81 years. The burial was at the Simpson Graveyard Saturday after services by the Rev. Sam Reed.
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MEAGHER, June 20 June 1923 01 Mar 2007, w/o Charles F. Meagher {married 19 Dec 1946 in GCT} d/o David Henderson Coffman and Orlean Wilburn Coffman
Obituary from WKSR March 03, 2007:
June Coffman Meagher died yesterday in Pulaski. She was a retired special education teacher and was 83 years old. Visitation will be held from 1- 4 p.m. tomorrow at Bennett-May-Giles
County Funeral Home with Eddie Woodard officiating. Burial will follow in the Simpson Cemetery in the Liberty community. Survivors include daughters, Vicki Meagher of New Hampshire and Chareese Basila of Pulaski and by a son, David Meagher and wife Peggy of Huntsville, Alabama. Three grandchildren, one great grandchild and several friends also survive. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Ross-Hazelwood-Eubank Cemetery in care of First National Bank of Pulaski. Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for June Coffman Meagher.
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PETTY, Nancy N. 14 Nov 1826 14 Oct 1920, w/o James Henry Petty, d/o William Roger and Margaret Elizabeth Williamson Simpson
A correction to my original posting on Francis Petty born 1788. I have in my possession a copy of the Bible pages of William Petty b 1833 and Nancy (Nannie) Adkins, listing his father: Francis Petty b April 7, 1788 m. Polly G Petty b. Feb 15, 1804 and the names and dates of William's sons and daughters. William's father, Francis, is a descendant of Thomas b 1683 and Catherine Garton, through their eldest son John b 1702 who m Rebecca Sims and John b 1740 m Hannah. Other changes: Through the internet I have learned that Francis & Polly had 12 children instead of 9 originally listed. John Nathaniel b 1823 m Ursula Kimbrough; James Henry b 1824 m Nancy Simpson; Daniel Robertson b 1824 m Martha Buchanan; David Rubin b 1828; Sallie Ann b 1828 m JM Kimbrough; Francis Thomas b 1831 m Sarah Ann Barnett; my husband's ancestor, William George Petty b Feb 21 1833 m Nancy Mildred Adkins; Robert Alexander b 1835; Elizabeth Susan b 1835; Andrew Jackson b 1838; Reps Osborn b 1841 m RSE Eubank; and Felix Grundy b Feb 28 1843 m Ary Adeline Adkins
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POTTS, Edward Lee 13 Aug 1910 27 Aug 1969, h/o Orlean Wilburn, s/o Andrew B. and Catherine "Kate" Cobb Potts {married 1 November 1904 in GCT}
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 27 Aug 1969
Edward Lee Potts, 59, died Wednesday morning, August 27, in Giles County Hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services for Mr. Potts, employee of T. V. A., will be conducted Thursday afternoon, August 28, at 2 o'clock in the chapel of Bennett-May Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. B. Nunley officiating. Burial will be in the Simpson Cemetery. A native of Giles County, he was born August 13, 1910, the son of the late Andrew Baker Potts and Kate Cobb Potts. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Orlean Wilburn Potts, Prospect; one step-daughter, Mrs. June Coffman Meagher, Pulaski; two brothers, William L. Potts, Prospect and J. B. Potts, Aspen Hill; and three step-grandchildren. Bennett-May Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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POTTS, Orlean Wilburn 5 Nov 1902 15 Jul 1998, w/o [1]. David Henderson Coffman [Married 22 Sep 1922, GCT] w/o [2]. Edward Lee Potts d/o Joseph Anderson and Mamie C. Eubank Wilburn {married 29 December 1898 in GCT}
Obituary: The Giles Free Press 16 Jul 1998
Mrs. Orlean Elizabeth Potts, 95, died July 15, 1998, at her home in Pulaski. Mrs. Potts was a retired school teacher. The native of Giles County was the daughter of the late Joseph Anderson and Mamie Cornelia Eubank Wilburn. She was married to the late Edward Lee Potts. Services will be at 4 p. m. Friday at Liberty Methodist Church with Mack Pinkelton officiating. Burial will be in Simpson Cemetery. Survivors include one daughter, June Coffman Meagher of Pulaski; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren
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SCRUGGS, Martha C. 20 Jun 1829 14 Apr 1893, w/o William H. Scruggs, d/o William Roger and Margaret Williamson Simpson
From The Pulaski Citizen, April 20, 1893:
Elkton-Mrs. Martha Simpson Scruggs was born near Elkton June 20, 1829 and died in Elkton April 14, 1893.
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SIMPSON, Amy Catherine 1 Sep 1839 31 Aug 1858, w/o John F. Simpson {married 25 January 1855}, d/o Carey and Elizabeth Gilbert
Obituary:
November 26, 1858 issue of the Citizen: Mortuary Report
In this county on the 16th inst., Mrs. Amy Catharine Simpson, wife of John F. Simpson, and daughter of our esteemed fellow citizen, Cary Gilbert, Esq. died. Mrs. Simpson was born September 11th , 1839, was married January 25th , 1855, embraced religion in 1856, joined the M. E. Church January 1858, was baptized in August of same year, and lived a consistent and Christian life till her death.
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SIMPSON, Roger 3 Nov 1788 - 31 Aug 1870, h/o Margaret Williamson {married December 27, 1808 in Caswell County, NC}, s/o Aaron and Charlotte Wiseheart Simpson
The Simpson Cemetery is part of the plantation once owned by William Roger Simpson, who built the two story house at the cemetery. The bricks for the chimney were made on the plantation.
Found on GenForum:
Children of Roger Simpson and Margaret Williamson Simpson:
1. Emeline married Albert Ball Elizabeth married Alfred Whitfield
2. Nancy N Petty married James Henry Petty 23 December 1847 in Giles County, TN
3. Frances A married Jesse M. Biles
4. Martha C. married William H. Scruggs
5. John F. Simpson married Amy Catherine Gilbert, Mary E. Mason, Edna Strong
6. Polly {Mary} married Willis Whitfield children: Martha A., William S. and John W. Whitfield
7. Sarah "Sallie" Boswell married John Boswell and had sons Thomas Boswell & Richard Boswell.

Giles Co Chancery Court - Wills File Box S Case 3834 pg 126 3. File Box S-28 Case 3834 1880
John F. Simpson, Executor et als vs. John W. WHITFIELD et als
The Complainants would represent that Roger Simpson died in the year 1870, testate. John F. Simpson was appointed Executor and the Will was probated October 17, 1870. The Testator died leaving him surviving his widow Margaret and his children: Emeline wife of Albert Ball, Elizabeth wife of Alfred WHITFIELD, Nancy N. wife of John H. PETTY, Frances A. wife of Jesse BILES, Martha C. wife of W. H. SCRUGGS and John H. Simpson and grandchildren John W. WHITFIELD, William S. WHITFIELD and Martha A wife of John W. TAYLOR, all three children of deceased daughter POLLY who marries Willis WHITFIELD and Thomas and Richard BOSWELL children of his deceased daughter Sarah (Sallie) who married John BOSWELL. This Case involves the settlement of the estate of Roger Simpson. Roger Simpson died owning a tract of land in the 2ndDistrict near Aspen Hill. [NOTE: Roger Simpson married Margaret WILLIAMSON in Caswell County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Nathan and Sarah SWIFT WILLIAMSON. Roger was the son of Aaron and Charlotte Wiseheart Simpson of Caswell County, North Carolina. Roger and Margaret W. Simpson are buried in the family cemetery near Aspen Hill. John F. Simpson died in 1881, intestate.
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WILBURN, Alice Marie 26 Jun 1937 28 Jul 1940, d/o James Robert Wilburn.
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 31 Jul 1940
Alice Marie Wilburn, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Wilburn of the Conway community died Sunday, and was buried Monday afternoon at the Simpson Graveyard, following the funeral services at Liberty.
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WILBURN, Alma D. 1 Jan 1904, w/o E. Vandyke Wilburn; d/o Erskine and Annie Miller Dunnvant.
Obituary: Newsline 04 Feb 1984
Mrs. Nancy Alma Wilburn, 82, of Route 2, Prospect, TN, died January 23, 1986, at Hillside Hospital. Funeral services were held January 25 at 11 a.m. at Bennett May Chapel with Rev. Brian Fyke officiating. Burial was in the Simpson Cemetery near Liberty community in Giles County. Bennett May Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A native of Giles County, Mrs. Wilburn was the daughter of the late Erskine and Annie Miller Dunnavant and the wife of the late Van Dyke Wilburn. She was a housewife. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Willa Mae White of Columbia, TN, Mrs. Mary Ann Stovall of Pulaski, and Mrs. Hazel Smith of Murfreesboro, TN; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Vera Malone of Prospect, TN, Mrs. Velma Wilburn of Pulaski, Mrs. Ann Cole of Columbia, TN; and one brother, Edgar Dunnavant of Pulaski.
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WILBURN, Andrew D. 3 Dec 1901 8 Oct 1984, h/o Martha Elaine Scott [Married 29 Dec 1927, GCT]; s/o William T. and Alice Elder Wilburn.
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 11 Oct 1984
Andrew David (Jack) Wilburn, 82, of Prospect, died Monday, October 8, 1984, at his residence. A native of Giles County, he was the son of the late William T. and Alice Elder Wilburn. Mr. Wilburn was a retired farmer and lumber buyer. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, at Carr and Erwin Chapel, Bill Moss and Marcus Nickell officiating, with burial in Simpson Cemetery. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo Wilburn of Prospect, Dorothy W. Carter of Franklin, Tennessee; three grandsons, Brian Carter of Franklin, David Wilburn of Prospect, Andy Wilburn of Pulaski; and one great-grandchild.
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WILBURN, David Jr. 1 Dec 1952 10 Jun 2005, h/o [1]. Deborah Crabtree {married 3 Jun 1971 in GCT. {divorced}; h/o [2]. Marsha Ann Simpson {married 23 Nov 1976 in GCT. {divorced}; h/o [3]. Reba Lynn Hamlett 5 Dec 1979 in GCT {divorced}; s/o William D. and Lounette Lawrence Wilburn
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 14 Jun 2005:
Mr. William David Wilburn, Jr., 52, of the Liberty community died June 10, 2005. He was the son of the late William David Sr. and Bessie Lounette Lawrence Wilburn and was retired from Maremont Corp. Graveside services were held June 12 at Simpson Cemetery. Carr and Erwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his step-mother, Geneva Marston Wilburn of Prospect; son John David Wilburn of Pulaski; and brother Andy Wilburn and wife Lori of Murfreesboro.
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WILBURN, George 21 Aug 1878 17 Jan 1958, h/o Matilda Elder [ Married 20 Dec 1899, GCT]; s/o Robert Columbus and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hardiman Wilburn {md 20 Dec 1899}
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 22 Jan 1958
Funeral services for George W. Wilburn, 79, retired farmer, were held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Liberty Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. W. C. Folks and Rev. Sam Webster. Burial took place in the family cemetery at Liberty. Mr. Wilburn died Friday morning at Giles County Hospital after a brief illness. Born August 21, 1878, in Giles County, he was the son of the late R. C. Wilburn and Lizzie Hardiman Elder Wilburn. His wife, Mrs. Matilda Elder Wilburn, died several years ago. He was a member of the Liberty Methodist Church. Mr. Wilburn is survived by three sons, George E. Wilburn, Cedar Grove, Robert Wilburn, Elkton and Van Dyke Wilburn, Prospect; and one brother, W. S. Wilburn, Crescent View. Bennett-May and Company, Morticians in charge.
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WILBURN, George E. 26 Oct 1929 30 Oct 1999, h/o Lizzie Will Morgan; s/o James Robert and Velma Ann Dunnavant Wilburn.
Obituary The Pulaski Citizen 2 Nov 1999:
Mr. George Erskine Wilburn, 70, of Pulaski died October 30, 1999, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. A native of Tennessee, he was born Oct. 26, 1929, and was the son of the late James Robert and Velma Ann Dunnavant Wilburn. He was retired from Maremont Gabriel. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at Carr and Erwin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Simpson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Thompson Chapel Building Fund. Survivors include wife Lizzie Will Morgan Wilburn of Pulaski; son Robert M. Wilburn of Goodlettsville; brothers, Paul Wilburn and Bobby Wilburn, both of Pulaski; sister Eleanor Fay Wilburn of Pulaski and one grandson.
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WILBURN, J. R. 21 Mar 1872 - 1956, h/o Nannie Powell {married 12 January 1896 in Giles County, TN}; s/o Robert Columbus and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hardiman Wilburn
WILBURN, James Robert The Pulaski Citizen 2 Jan 1957
Funeral services for James Robert Wilburn, 84, retired farmer, were held at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Liberty Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. W. C. Folks and Rev. Clifton Miller. Burial took place in the Simpson Cemetery in the Liberty Community. Mr. Wilburn died at 7:00 o'clock Saturday morning following several months illness. Born March 21, 1872 in Giles County, he was the son of the late R. C. Wilburn and Elizabeth Wilburn, and was a lifelong member of the Liberty Methodist Church. Mr. Wilburn is survived by one son, John David Wilburn, Liberty; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and two brothers, G. W. Wilburn, Liberty, and W. S. Wilburn, Conway. Bennett-May Funeral Company, Morticians in charge.
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WILBURN, J. Robert 19 Aug 1905 19 May 1984, h/o Velma Anna Dunnavant [Married 23 Dec 1928, GCT]; s/o George W. and Matilda Elder Wilburn
Obituary: The Giles Free Press 31 May 1984
James Robert Wilburn, 78, Pulaski, died on Tuesday, May 19, 1984, at Huntsville General Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. A native of Giles County, he was the son of the late George W. and Matilda Elder Wilburn. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services were to be held at 10:30 Thursday, May 21, at Carr and Erwin Chapel, with burial in Simpson Cemetery, Jimmy Baker and Marvin Nelson officiating. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Velma D. Wilburn, Pulaski; three sons, Paul Wilburn, Robert D. Wilburn, and George Wilburn, Pulaski; one daughter, Eleanor Fay Wilburn, Pulaski; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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WILBURN, Joe A. 1876 1947, h/o Mamie Eubank [Married 29 Dec 1898, GCT]; s/o Robert Columbus and Lizzie Hardiman Wilburn
Obituary: The Pulaski Record 13 Aug 1947
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Liberty for Mr. Joe A. Wilburn, age 70, retired farmer of Prospect, Route 2, who died August 11 at his home in the Liberty community after seven years illness with paralysis. Services were conducted by Elder Harris of the Liberty Hill Church of Christ of which he was a member. Mr. Wilburn is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mamie Eubanks Wilburn; a daughter, Mrs. Ed Potts; a granddaughter, Mrs. Charles F. Meagher of Knoxville; three brothers, G. W. Wilburn, J. B. Wilburn and W. S. Wilburn, all of Prospect. Wilson Carter in charge.
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WILBURN, Lizzie W. 8 Jun 1929 10 Jun 2011, w/o George E. Wilburn; d/o William and Laura Elizabeth Burchel Morgan
Obituary from The Pulaski Citizen June 14, 2011:
Mrs. Lizzie Will Wilburn, 82, of Pulaski died June 10, 2011, at NHC HealthCare, Pulaski. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Laura Elizabeth Burchel Morgan; her husband
George Wilburn; three brothers; and three sisters. A private family urial was held June 11 at Simpson Cemetery. Carr and Erwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include son, Robert Wilburn and wife Wanda of Hendersonville; sisters, Jean Garner of Pulaski, and Dot Fralix and husband James of Ardmore; and grandson, Nathan Wilburn.
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WILBURN, Lois Estella 9 Jun 1918 1 Feb 1983, w/o Thomas Copeland Wilburn; d/o William and Della Rogers Scruggs
Obituary: The Giles Free Press 09 Feb 1983
Mrs. Lois Estella Wilburn, 64, Nashville, died Tuesday, February 1, 1983 in that city. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thurs., Feb. 3 at Bennett-May Chapel with burial in the Wilburn Cemetery, the Rev. Bill Moss and the Rev. Mack Pinkelton officiating. A native of Giles County, she was the daughter of the late William and Della Rogers Scruggs, and widow of the late Thomas Copeland Wilburn. She is survived by a son, Thomas E. Wilburn, Nashville; three sisters, Mrs. Lucille Cole, Pulaski, Mrs. Clara Barnett, Hanceville, Ala., and Mrs. Margarette Scott, Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
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WILBURN, Martha L. 20 Jul 1905 5 Sep 1974, w/o Andrew D. Wilburn; d/o David N. and Birdie Lee Marks Scott
Obituary from The Pulaski Citizen September 11, 1974:
Mrs. Martha Louise Wilburn, 69, of Prospect died Thursday, September 5, at Giles County Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Carr and Erwin Chapel with Rev.
Marcus Nickell officiating. Burial followed in Simpson Cemetery. Born in Giles County, she was the daughter of the late David N. and Birdie Lee Scott. Survivors include her husband Jack
Wilburn; two daughters, Miss Mary Jo Wilburn of Prospect and Mrs. Dorothy Carter of Nashville;
one son, William David Wilburn of Prospect; two brothers John Scott of Pulaski and Milton Scott
of Lakeland, Florida; a sister Mrs. Loyd Murray of Pulaski; ant three grandchildren.
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WILBURN, Mary E. 25 Jan 1872 28 Oct 1943, w/o John J. Wilburn; d/o Willis Henry and Emily Victoria Biles Jones
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 10 Nov 1943
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ella Jones Wilburn, 75, widow of John Wilburn, who died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allie Broadway, following a short illness, were held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Liberty Methodist Church., with the Rev. J. H. Elder of Gallatin conducting the rites, assisted by the pastor, the Rev. J. E. Trotter. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Besides Mrs. Broadway, Mrs. Wilburn is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Elsie Rogers; one sister, Mrs. J. H. Hardy, of Birmingham, Ala.; four brothers, George Jones, Decatur, Ala., H. Clay Jones, Aspen Hill, James Jones of Blanche, and Tom Jones of Blooming Grove; sixteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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WILBURN, Thomas Copeland 7 Sep 1910 29 May 1939, h/o Lois Estella Scruggs [Married 3 Nov 1935, GCT]; s/o George and Mattie Elder Wilburn
Obituary: The Pulaski Citizen 7 Jun 1939
It was a sad occasion at Liberty Church last Tuesday when the bodies of a mother in one family and father in another awaited burial, Mrs. Ozella Koon Alexander, 64, wife of Jesse Alexander, mother of George and Kelly Alexander. And Thomas Wilburn, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilburn, survived by wife and one child, age and youth, side by side in the eternal resting place in Wilburn burying grounds.
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