Obituaries 8-20-19

Wilson (Bud) Collins

Mr. Wilson (Bud) Collins of the Turkey Creek Community died at 5:15 p.m. Friday evening August 9, 2019 at the St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville with his wife Ellen, son Chuck and daughter-in-law Connie at his bedside. He was admitted August 2nd following a head injury received in a fall at his Colllinswood Lane home. Mr. Collins was age 83.

Bro. Jeff Burton officiated at the 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon August 11th funeral services from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Smith Family Cemetery in the Smith Bend Community of Jackson County.

He was born Wilson Peace Collins in Elkmont in Limestone County, Alabama on November 11, 1935 and was the fourth of six children born to the late James Joe (J. J.) Collins Sr. who died June 14, 1952 at the age of 47 and Nannie Fuston Turner Collins who died July 31, 1987 at the age of 77.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by three siblings, a sister, Jewell Collins Solomon and two brothers, J. R. Collins and James Joe Collins Jr.

At the Shelby Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville on February 19, 1966 he was united in marriage to Smith Bend Community native, the former Ellen Allen Smith.

Wilson and Ellen were former owners and operators of the Gladdice Convenience Market in the Gladdice Community.

Mr. Collins retired in 1997 as the department supervisor over mechanics for the Nashville Transit Authority.

He unselfishly served our country with the United States Navy in the Bay of Pigs during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Mr. Collins was a member of the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Ellen, of over fifty three years are their two sons, Steve Collins and wife Lynn of Harker Heights, Texas, Chuck Collins and wife Connie of Mt. Juliet; two sisters, Katie Thomas of McMinnville, Mae Kelley of Prospect; three grandchildren, Andrew Collins, James Collins and Christian Collins.

Jonas Frank Ragland

Jonas Frank Ragland, 90, of Granville passed away Aug. 14 at Smith County Health and Rehab in Carthage. Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Granville Cemetery.

He was born June 20, 1929 in Jackson County. He owned a service station in Granville, was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by parents, Edgar Bee Ragland and Mary Belle Ragland; and brothers, Albert Ragland and Edmund Ragland.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Anna P. Ragland of Granville; sisters, Jeanette H. Dalton and husband, Jack of Nashville and Peggy Thomas Mallory and husband, Ward of Nashville; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Carolyn A. Szulwach

Carolyn A. Szulwach, 76, of Gainesboro passed away Aug. 14 at Mabry Health Care Center. The family has chosen cremation, with no services planned at this time.

She was born Oct. 7, 1942 in Jersey City, NJ. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.

She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Salvagin and Helen Gardner Salvagin; and brother, John Atwell.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Brian Szulwach of Lancaster, PA and Walter Szulwach of Circleville, NY; daughters, Susan Perrotta of Goodlettsville and Stacey Lutzyk of Lakewood; sister, Marilyn Smith of Gainesboro; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Ralph Douglas Broyles

Ralph Douglas Broyles, 82, of Cookeville TN passed from this life Aug. 13, 2019 at his home in Cookeville. He was born January 21, 1937 in Sparta, TN. Ralph graduated from White County High School in 1955. He played football at the University of Tennessee and finished his football career as a Golden Eagle at Tennessee Tech in 1961, where he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2011. He married the love of his life Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles on December 22, 1957 and celebrated over 60 wonderful years together. They had three children, Douglas Dewayne (Cyndi), Lafayette, TN; Kimberly Anne (Robert) Agee, Cookeville, TN; Kevin Ralph (Susie), Cookeville, TN. Ralph was the son of the late William Ray and Mattie Lula Bradley Broyles of Sparta, TN. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Patsy, his oldest sibling Roberta, and his parents Ray and Lula. His surviving siblings are Kenneth (Martha Sue), Sparta, TN; Martha Jo Vaughn, Sparta TN; James (Betsy), Carthage, TN; and Leon (Martha Jane), Sparta, TN. Ralph has 7 grandchildren. Peyton (Logan) Broyles, Morgan (Jesse) McDowell; Andrew (Krissie) Agee; Robert (future wife Lexi) Agee; Joseph Agee; Jimmy (Sara) Hill; Ashley (Jordan) Purdy. He also had 7 great grandchildren. (Doug) Jaxon and Payson Agee, Bo Broyles. (Kim) Tucker Agee. (Kevin) Roane, Abram and Hattie Hill, J.P Purdy. Ralph moved to Gainesboro after he and Patsy married and started his career with Farm Bureau the day after he graduated college and retired with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the Lions Club and served in many other community functions. He was also a board member for Citizens Bank for many years. Ralph was a loving husband and devoted father. He loved the Lord and led his life according to his teachings. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gainesboro where he was a leader in the church and sang in the choir.

The family will hold a private graveside service.

There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony on Aug. 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Gainesboro for everyone who would like to attend.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers who loved and cared for Daddy for many years.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


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