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Obituary - Martha Jean Ray Brock

Martha Jean Ray Brock died at her home in Sparta, Tennessee on March 27, 2016 after a long illness. She was born on August 10, 1928 to Hubbard Lee (H.L.) Ray and Mattie Lela Hudgens Ray, in White County. Jean Brock was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmore Brock, Jr., sister Ruth Joyce Ray Ware, brother H. L. (Dick) Ray, Jr., brothers-in-law Bill Brock, and Sidney Jackson Ware, Sr. She is survived by her childhood and life-long friend, Cleo Walker of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, her beloved niece and nephews Mary Jane Ware (Bruce Horn), Sidney Jackson Ware, Jr. (Brenda), Stephen Ray Ware, Sr. (Sally), Richard Lynn Ware (Ronda), and Brett Brock, her sisters-in-law, Wanda H. Brock and Martha Brock McIntire (Arthur), several great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Jean graduated from White County High School in 1946 where she was a cheerleader and a participant in many school activities. In her youth, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sparta. Quiet and unassuming, she led a life of service throughout her lifetime. She served as the administrator of the White County Health Department for more than thirty years. Jean was an avid participant in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association and related activities. She and her late husband were well known for their interest in and support of the walking horse industry. Jean was a beautiful person both physically and in her kindness to others. Her caring and generous spirit extended to caring for aged horses that had been so much a part of her life.

Graveside services will be held at Highland Cemetery in Sparta on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:00pm. There will be no visitation before the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the White County Library, a veteran’s organization of your choice or the Tennessee Walking Horse Association.


Graveside Service

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
2:00 PM


Highland Cemetery 

200 Highland Dr. 

Sparta, TN 38583

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