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May Bell Coward

May 30, 1941 — May 9, 2023


May Bell White Coward, age 81, passed away on May 9th, 2023. May Bell White Coward was born on May 30th, 1941, to parents, Wesley and Bessie White, in Maury County, Tennessee.  May Bell is preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Bessie White, her first husband, Chester Stinson, her second husband, Cecil Coward, her son, Greg Stinson, her two brothers, Carl and Thomas White, and her sister, Sara Fisher. May Bell is survived by her son, Jeff Stinson. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Viola Mangrum, James White, Mary Smith, Elizabeth Heintzelman, Patsy Lynch, Dorothy Coffelt, Susan Roland, and Roger White. May Bell is also survived by her two grandchildren, Crystal and Jeremy, as well as six great grandchildren, Kameron, Kacey, Jayden, Rylan, McKinley, and Blake.

May Bell was said to have been an affectionate and caring woman who expressed her love through cooking, quilting, and sharing memories with her friends and family. She was a member of the Lambuth United Methodist Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, and it has been said to have been a member of the church for as long as she has lived in town. She was an active member of the church, taking part in feeding the congregation and helping with church events. She was a quilter and loved giving away her quilts as gifts to her family members. May Bell loved spending time outside in her garden, taking time to make sure her flower beds looked as best as they could. Although she is gone, she is not forgotten.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

A memorial service will be held at Lambuth United Methodist Church, located at 1042 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066, on May 20th, 2023 at 11:30am, with pastor Micha Meyers to officiate, and a dinner to follow.

Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center are to oversee all funeral arrangements. 584 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066. Phone: (615) 502-0011. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family please asks that in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to the Lambuth United Methodist Church.

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