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Citizen-Statesman 12/18/12

Connie June Strong


Connie June Strong, 61, of Lebanon passed away Dec. 5 at the River View Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Edward Pugh officiating. Interment followed in the Clementsville Cemetery.

Connie June Strong was born March 23, 1951 in Clay County. She worked as a clerk and was a member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Edyth (King) Copas.

Surviving relatives include her husband Robert Strong of Lebanon; son Robert Strong, Jr. of College Station, TX; mother-in-law Geraldine Strong of Celina; devoted aunts and uncle Elaine Cherry of Moss and Mary Ann and Charles Hamilton of Celina.

Pallbearers were Chris Hamilton, Mark King, Joel King, Matthew Strong, Daniel Strong and Charles Hooper.

Grady Oscar Neal


Grady Oscar Neal, 80, resident of the Overton County Nursing Home and formerly of Palestine Road in Allons passed away Dec. 10 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Dec. 13 from the Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. John Copeland officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery.

Grady Oscar Neal was born June 6, 1932 in Overton County. He was a farmer and a Veteran of WWII serving in the Army. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents Willie Allen and Laney (Carter) Neal; wife Jewell Neal; and daughter Shelia Neal; and brothers Arvis and Walter Neal.

Surviving relatives include daughters Gail (Neal) Coffman of Livingston and Charlotte (Neal) Ford of Livingston; sister Geraldine Gravett of Baltimore, MD; brother Ray Neal of Nashville; six grandchildren; 10  great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Scottie Norrod, Nathan Smith, Rod Johnson, Chad Allen, Scott Geesling and Danny Bilbrey.

In Memory

A Tribute to Connie

Connie June King Strong was born March 21, 1951 in the Oak Grove Community to Edyth King Copass. Connie was raised by a single parent along with the help of loving grandparents Bedford and Lillie King, uncles and aunts Joe, John, Elaine and Mary Ann then along came Madelle, Sid and Charles. They all gave her so much love.

Connie attended grade school at Oak Grove then Hermitage Springs High School. Uncle Joe or some of the others took her when she needed to go for school activities. After graduation, she took off to Nashville to attend beauty school and she stayed at the Church of Christ girls home until she graduated.

Then along came Robert the love of her life and took her away to Lebanon, TN where they both worked. Later Robert Jr. came along what a JOY! She got to see him go to grade school and high school in Lebanon and then on to M.T.S.U. where he graduated and worked in several counties before going to get his masters and doctors degree. Connie was so proud of him.

After she was laid off from work, she went back to school received her business degree and worked as a bookkeeper until this dreadful disease M.S. hit her where she could no longer work.

This little girl from Oak Grove accomplished so much in life with the help of her husband Robert and a wonderful son. She had lots of love. She was taken from us too soon, but she will not have the pain and suffering anymore.

Connie was returned to the Oak Grove Community on Dec. 9 at the Clementsville Cemetery where she was laid to rest beside Uncle Joe and Granny and Grandpa King.

Connie, we all love you. You will be in our hearts forever.

Elaine and Mary Ann

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