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W T McBroom

March 26, 1916 — February 11, 2017

Mrs. W T McBroom born March, 26, 1916, to Frances Ella Mullican Hendrixson (1890-1987) and John A. Hendrixson (1887-1973). They had four children Paul , W T, Jim, and John A.,Jr. W T was preceded in death by her Mother and Father; her husband, Ray Dave McBroom; her daughter, Frances Ray McBroom Stone; a brother Paul; a brother John A Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Woods Hendrixson; a sister, Jim Abernathy, and her husband Robert Abernathy; a brother-in-law Sam McBroom and his wife Sally. W T is survived by son-in-law, Colonel James E.(Jim) Stone; Grandson, James E.(Butch) Stone, Jr.(Greta Parsley). Great Grand Children, James Tyler Stone, Sean Stone, Tabitha Stone, Jacob Stone, and Will Stone; Several nieces and nephews, Paul (Sandy) Abernathy, Janie (Butch) Campbell, Johnny (Pat) Hendrixson , David Hendrixson, and Sally McBroom (Jim) Bryant. Growing up in Cannon County, the Hendrixsons lived on a farm near Sugar Tree Knob and later on moved to a farm on Hills Creek. Next, they moved to the Dement Farm in Woodbury (later known as the Frank Adams Farm). After that they moved to a farm on the other side of Monteagle, Tn. Then they moved to Hillsboro, Tn., and finally to a farm in Manchester, Tn. Tennessee Walking Horses were a very important part of her father’s farm operation. He owned and trained many prized colts and horses. He had one, Lilly White, that won the National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He also had one that won the two year filly class in 1947. Mr. John A. owned Midnight Sun (when his name was Joe Lewis Black) and he sold him to Harlingsdale Farms. They changed his name to Midnight Sun, and he won the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship two years straight. Mr. John A. raised and sold Palomino Horses. Roy Rogers was interested in Palomino Horses (he had Trigger who was famous in the movies) Roy visited Mr. John A. to see his Palomino Horses. When R.D. and W T were married they lived in McMinnville, Tennessee, where R.D. and his father Tip McBroom, and a brother Sam, owned and operated McBroom Truck and Freight Lines. Several local men who worked with the McBroom Truck Lines were Bill Smith, Ike Bryson, and Bill Wood. Bill Smith always told stories about the good times they had at the McBroom Truck Lines. In 1947 they sold the Truck Company and moved to Woodbury where R.D. operated a Dairy Farm. W T bought Hawkins Flower Shop (now Woodbury Flowers) and operated it for several years. R.D. never lost interest in trucks. He later sold his dairy cattle and purchased a big blue truck, called the Blue Bird, and once again was on the road, trucking. Doing what he loved. R.D. and W T had one daughter, Frances Ray , who married James E. (Jim) Stone. After a 30 year career in the U. S. Army they moved back to Woodbury and built their home on the McBroom-Stone Farm, across from where R.D. and W T lived in the old ancestral McBroom House, which was owned by R.D.’s Grand Father and Grand Mother, Robert Bogardus and Etta McBroom. Jim and Frances had one son, James E. (Butch) who married Greta Parsley. They have five children, Tyler, Sean, Tabitha, Jacob, and Will. W T was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ. “ T “ as she was called by family and close friends, was famous for calling and sending cards to her friends on their birthdays and special occasions. She was also famous for the very special and delicious Brownies she would make for just about any occasion. T called Frances in 1975 and said that they were settling R.D. mother’s estate and that Sam, his brother, wanted to sell the farm so he could have the money his half would bring. She asked if we wanted to buy Sam’s half. Frances and Jim talked and decided that it would be too much and out of their reach at the time. About a day later T called and told Frances that they had decided to sell the farm so Sam could have his half of the money, and they would move to town. Frances was really upset over the news. Jim said call your mother and tell her that we will buy Sam’s half, so that they would not have to sell the farm and move away. The farm became known as the McBroom-Stone Farm. Jim and R.D. had many good times working and managing the farm from 1975-1993 when R.D. died. R.D. was a good Christian man. He always made sure that the farm help was paid good wages at the end of the day---and fed a good meal at lunch time. In the early days T and Frances would cook the meals for all of the farm workers. During hay season they would be 15 to 20 eating in the kitchen and out under the shade trees in the yard. T was a hard worker and a good manager. You would often hear folks around town say, “I got a Happy Birthday call or card from T McBroom. Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 from 1-3pm, Monday, Feb. 13, from 6-8pm, Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 12-2pm. Funeral services will immediately follow in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Herb Alsup will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the Woodbury Church of Christ or Woodbury Day School. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net Smith Funeral Home, 615-563-5337
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