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Joseph Carl Cannella Sr., 69

March 05, 2009

-MARCH 2, 2009

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Joseph Carl Cannella Sr., age 69, of Murfreesboro, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then resided in Sayville, Long Island, N.Y., for three years and in Hagerstown, Md., for 13 years. He was the son of the late Carlmello and Jessie Zafrano Cannella. He was preceded in death by a great grandson, Joseph Noel French Jr.

Funeral Mass will be 12 noon Saturday at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Father Jim Bretl will officiate.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Stefano Cannella; son, Joseph Cannella Jr. of Old Hickory; daughters, Dawn (Geoffrey) Cannella-Parsh of Dallas, Texas, Tracey Cannella of Murfreesboro and Joni Cannella of Murfreesboro; brother, Paul Cannella of Babylon, N.Y.; sister, Josephine Skinner of Pheonix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Brittany (Jeremy) Stanfield, Joseph (Katie) Noel French, Joseph C. Cannella III, Lacey N.P. Cannella and Meighan Parsh; loyal companion, "Raggs" the Yorkie Poo; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, family and many friends.

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Mr. Cannella was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church. He retired from Textron Aero structures after 25 years of service. After retirement, he worked for the Rutherford County Board of Education for several years. Mr. Cannella was a lifetime 4th degree Knights of Columbus member and belonged to Friends of Horse Lovers of Rutherford County. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 until 1959.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Noel French, Jeremy Stanfield, Geoffrey Parsh, Robert Hagelberg, Frank Stefano and David Gartung. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna. 615-459-3254.

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