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In Memoriam

Deceased TNGenWeb Volunteers

Jim Allen - Cheatham County Coordinator

Jim Allen, a man who was interested in the history and genealogy of Cheatham County Tennessee and a founding member of the Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association, past President of Forest Hill Cemetery Association, Chaplain of the Cheatham County Memorial VFW Post 618, List Administrator of the Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association MyFamily.Com Site and Co-host of the Cheatham County Genealogy WebPage on the TnGenWeb has passed away on December 8, 2003.

December 10, 2003 - Wednesday -- 2:00 Graveside miltary service at Forest Hill Cemetery in Ashland City, Cheatham County, TN.

Visitation with family will be Wednesday, December 10, 2003, from 1:30 - 1:55 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home until time of procession to Forest Hill Cemetery.

Some facts you may not have known concerning Jim can be found at: http://www.genealogytoday.com/columns/turp/000530.html.

You could always depend on Jim for an answer or a lead in the right direction.

Written by Lisa Walker

Betty Jo ‘BJ’ Rountree - Gibson County Co-Coordinator

Born on Sep. 18, 1941 - Departed on Oct. 7, 2007 and resided in Virginia Beach, VA.

Betty Jo Betty Jo ‘BJ’ Rountree, 66, was unexpectedly called to her Heavenly home on October 7, 2007, after a brief illness while visiting her sister in North Carolina.

BJ was born September 18, 1941 to the late William Miller and Emma Morgan Miller. BJ was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Terry McCall Rountree, who was called home on August 31, 2007.

B. J. had a lively, caring, fun-loving spirit that extended to the entire neighborhood. Everyone who came to the Rountrees’ home felt welcomed and significantly important in BJ’s eyes. For several years, BJ was actively involved in recreational sports as a coach for girls’ basketball and softball. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening and lovingly caring for her husband.

BJ is survived by her three daughters, Karen James and husband Robert, Penny Evans, Renee Norman and husband Chris; and step-daughter, Terry Willis and husband Stuart; also five grandchildren, Tim Hall, Amanda Morisette, Megan Evans, Madison Evans, Alexis Norman; and her beloved dog, Kobe; lifelong friend, Agnes Manos; and a sister, Glenda Johnson and husband Kevin.

The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the memorial service at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel at 7 p.m. on October 18, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Virginia Beach SPCA, 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

BJ will never be replaced in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.   Dear BJ was TNGenWeb’s Gibson County, Tennessee Co-Coordinator and she was very active as a County Coordinator with the NCGenWeb. Requiescat in Pace.

Betty Ruth Brooks - Benton County Coordinator, & TNGenWeb Membership Secretary

Betty Ruth Gaines Brooks, 79 of Mexico, died Monday, July 13, 2009. Betty was born Nov. 15, 1929 in Mexico to Lester and Ora Kettle Gaines. Private services will be held at a later date. On May 16, 1957 she and Church B. Brooks were married. Mr. Brooks survives at the home. Betty was involved in Genealogy for 50+ years. Having helped to rewrite and update the “Boone” family history, start the Boone Reunion of Montgomery County, Mo. in 1978, she found many missing links for others looking for their ancestors all over the world. She was the host of nine different county Web sites for others in search of information. She was a member of The National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, National Society Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims, The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. She had in past years held several offices in the Missouri State Genealogy Society also. She was always willing and glad to help anyone find that missing link. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Church; sisters, Vivian Byrd and Gayle (Bill) Mattox; several nieces and nephews, and all that knew her. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward E. Shay III. -- From the Mexico Missouri Ledger


It is with a very sad heart that I learn of Betty’s death. I have the privilege of working with Betty Brooks for almost nine years on the Callaway County Missouri Journal website, which eventually was moved to the MOGenWeb organization of websites about six years ago. I could not have found a better and more able teacher for the history and genealogy that we have worked on so diligently for so long. Betty's efforts were not simply limited to Callaway County; but were duplicated in Audrain, Montgomery, Saline, Warren and several other Missouri Counties as well as sites in Tennessee and a MOPOC site associated with MOGenWeb. Her efforts in history/genealogy will be long remembered when her name has faded into the past. I will say that it has been an honor and a privilege working with Betty who gave her all for a cause that she strongly believed in. She will be missed. ----- Sincerely yours - Wayne Johnson


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