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Vella Doris McMahan, 84
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Mrs. Vella Doris McMahan, 84, of McMinnville died Tuesday, June 14, at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro. 

She was born May 4, 1938 in DeKalb County, was a homemaker, and was a member of the Church of Christ. She loved her family and friends very much. Mrs. McMahan was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Elizabeth VanHooser Cummings, sister Nina Cunningham, and brothers Jim Cummings and Bobby Cummings, and brothers-in-law Earl Whitlock, 

Ernie Russell, and Sherman Morris.

Survivors include husband Paul McMahan of 62 years, daughters Paula Russell of McMinnville and Lori (Jordan) Boyd of Cookeville, granddaughter Claire Boyd, grandsons Samuel, Silas, Isaiah and Ezra Boyd, all of Cookeville, sisters-in-law Patsy Whitlock, Pinkey (Tommy) Dodd, Nancy (Tony) Davis, Ellen (Terry) Murray of McMinnville, and Billie Russell of Tampa, Fla., brothers-in-law Gene (Patsy) McMahan,  Richard (Tena) McMahan, Waymon McMahan of McMinnville, and Homer (Mary) Wilson. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends survive and special friends Mike, Amy, and Jenny Vaughn.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor John Nichols, Jordan Boyd, and Tommy Dodd will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. The McMahan family will receive friends on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m., and again from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Doris McMahan.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 17, 2022