Transcribed obituaries from the Shelbyville Gazette, 1943

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Shelbyville Gazette March 4, 1943
Frank B. Shapard Dies Unexpectedly At Nashville Home

Member of Prominent Bedford Co. Family Is Buried Here

Frank Butler Shapard 56, formerly of Shelbyville, died unexpectedly at 8:30 P.M. Sunday at his home in Nashville.

Mr. Shapard, native of Shelbyville, and member of a prominent pioneer family of this section, was pharmacist for one of the Warner Drug Stores in Nashville. He moved from Shelbyville to Lebanon two years ago and to Nashville from Lebanon last year. He was for many years a druggist here associated with his father , Henry Shapard and after his fathers death continued the business with his late brother, Charlie Shapard, for some time. Shapard's Drug Store here was established by his father.

Mr Shapard was a man of many estimable traits of character and had many friends who regret his untimely passing. He was a member of the Methodist Church and a member of the Board of Stewards of the Church here until he moved away.

In addition to his wife Mrs. Cret Jean Shapard, he is survived by a son Cop. Edward T. Shapard U.S. Army, stationed at Fresno, California; a daughter, Mrs. Howard Mayo of Danville, Virginia; two brothers Lewis and Edwin Shapard of Shelbyville; a sister, Mrs. Sue Hix of Shelbyville and one grandchild.

Funeral services were held at the Thompson Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 P.M. by Rev N.B. Tucker and Rev. Fred Woodard of Nashville. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery here.

Shelbyville Times Gazette - August 12, 1943 - page 1
Browder Neeley Died Of Injuries In Motorcycle Crash

Browder Neeley, 18 (or 15), son of Mr and Mrs. Cecil Neeley, died at 2:25 P.M. Thursday at the local hospital, follwing injuries sustained at 12:45 P.M. Wednesday, when a motorcycle hge was riding crashed into a brick column at the Pan-Am Service Station on Depot Street. With the expectation of buying the machine, he was learning to drive it, when he lost control over it.

He sustained a fractured skull form the impact and never regained consciousness,. Young Neeley graduated form Central High School this year. He played center on the school football team and was a member of the school band and of Company I, Tennessee State Guard.

Surviving besides his parents, are one brother, Wilmot; grandmother, Mrs.W.T. Neeley of Shelbyville; maternal grandparents, Mr and Mrs. M.B. Walker of Fairfield.

Funeral services were held at 5 P.M. Friday at the Thompson Funeral Home, Rev. N.B. Tucker conduction. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery.

Shelbyville Gazette, Thursday, Feb 25, 1943
Mrs. Zach Thompson Dies of Heart Attack

Funeral services for Mrs. Leatitia Cannon Thompson 92, widow of Zach Thompson, were held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the Thompson Funeral Home, Rev. N. Burch Tucker conducting. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery. 

Mrs. Thompson who had been in failing health for some time though able to walk about the lawn at home Sunday, was stricken with a heart attack at 5:30 A.M. Monday and died at 9 P.M. She was the daughter of Robert and Leatitia Hooser Cannon, members of prominent pioneer families of this section, Her grandmother, Polly Thompson is said to be the first white girl born at Fort Nashboro and her great-uncle Clement Cannon, gave the 100 acres of land for the site of the town of Shelbyville. 

Mrs. Thompson was the oldest Lutheran Church member in Bedford County.

Survivors are one daughter Mr. Charles T. Carney, who resided with her three grandchildren, Eph Carney, Zach Carney and Charles Carney; two great grandchildren Eph Jr. and Zach, Jr.