Monthly Archive: March 2012

4/1/12 — Talmage Eugene “T.E.” Tilley

Talmage Eugene “T.E.” Tilley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went to be with his Lord Friday, March 30, 2012.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

Visitation with the family will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mr. Tilley was born March 6, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama the son of the late John Thomas Tilley and Ida Williams Tilley.

As a young boy, he and his family moved to Harrisburg, Oregon where he worked on the family farm.  He joined the United States Army July 13, 1944.  He served as a Paratrooper during WWII where he earned the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Victory Medal, American Theater Service Medal as well as the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal.  Upon returning stateside, he was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he met his soon to be wife, Frances Ruth Brock.  They married April 1, 1945 and began their family.  They moved to Manchester in 1952 where Mr. Tilley was employed as an electrician at AEDC.  He retired in the early 1990’s after many years of dedicated service.  Mr. Tilley was also very active in the Manchester community having served three terms as Alderman as well as serving as former Vice Mayor of Manchester.  He was known to be an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and golf.  He was a master gardener who enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends.  He was a “Win or Lose, Devoted, Loyal UT Vols Fan and was also a member of Masonic Highland Lodge # 214.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Manchester for over 50 years and was member of the Agape Sunday School Class.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Michael Hugh Tilley in 1983, a son-in-law, Lt. Col. Vern Maddox, brothers, Roy, Hubert, Cecil and Johnny Tilley and a sister, Gladys Fauth.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Frances Tilley of Tullahoma; three children, Jacqualyn Tilley Burton and husband, Rhett of Huntsville, AL, Vicki Tilley Maddox of Lawrenceburg, TN and Tom Tilley of Knoxville, TN; five grandchildren, Shay Tilley and wife, Stephanie; Troy Burton and wife, Leah; Brian Burton and wife, Lisa; Brittney Brison and husband, Brian; Michelle Snider and husband, Erik; and Tamara Lindsey and husband, Matt; and twelve great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN  37355 or to the American Heart Association, Memorials/Tributes, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX  75284-0692.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

3/31/12 — Winnie P. Parker

Winnie  P. Parker age 94 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on March 29, 2012 at the Manchester Healthcare Center.

She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ.

She was born on March 1, 1918 in Coffee County, TN to her parents, the late Almond Perry and Annie Spry Perry. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Parker; sisters, Hattie Lyons, Anna Mae Perry and Nora Gold; brothers, Louis, Frank, James, Marion and Willie Perry.

She is survived by her children, Jean P. Duncan of Manchester,  Jerry K. Parker and wife Peggy of Manchester,  Linda P. Whittemore and husband Lee of Nashville and Barry D. Parker of Hillsboro; sister, Naola Shelton; brother, A.D. Perry; ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation was on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 1:00  until 3:00 P.M. at Central Funeral Home.

A Graveside Service was conducted following the visitation at 3:30 P.M. at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.

3/31/12 — Gerard J. “Jerry” Mehnert

 Gerard J. “Jerry” Mehnert, age 76 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at his home at Fire Lake.

Mr. Mehnert  was a retired Computer Analyst in the Petroleum Industry and a United States Air Force Korean War Veteran.

He was born on May 16, 1935 in New York, New York to his parents, the late William J. Wehnert and Margaret Unger Mehnert. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maureen P. Mehnert, who passed away in 2008.

He is survived by his children, Laura Mehnert Cushing and her husband Michael of Middletown, Delaware,    Edward Mehnert and his wife Brenda of Champaign, Illinois,   Robert Mehnert and his wife Lori of Carrollton, Texas  and  Susan Mehnert-Kay, M.D. and her husband Rick of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; brother, William Mehnert; grandchildren, Stephen Cushing, Elizabeth Cushing and Emily Cushing all of Middletown, DE,  Ryan Mehnert and Kyle Mehnert of Carrollton, TX,   Michelle Mehnert and Peter Mehnert of Champaign, IL ,  and Zachary Kay, Abigail Kay, Jacob Kay and Kathryn Kay all of Broken Arrow, OK; and a host of friends.

The Mehnert Family extends a special thanks to Susan Long for her care and compassion in his final months.

Private Services.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Donations in Jerry’s name  be made to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Christmas Charity Fund, 300 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN 37355.

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.



Kitzie Shippey – Pizza Winner!   Lina Brian,   Timothy Hill.

Weekly Birthday Winner Birthday Cake From Food Lion:  Amber Smith

Anniversaries:  Steve & Cindy Lynn – 10th,   Ronnie & Eva Lewis.

Weekly Anniversary Winners Flowers by Michael:  Joe & Amanda Miller


Birthdays:  Austin Lowry – 18 – Pizza Winner!

4/1/12 — Imogene Walker Lance

Funeral services for Mrs. Imogene Walker Lance, age 77, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. 

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. 

Visitation with the family with be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 31 at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Lance passed away on Thursday at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Mrs. Lance was born in Scottsville, KY, the daughter of the late E.B. Walker, Sr. and the late Grace Hornback. 

She was employed with Pajama Corporation of America for 32 years.  She was an avid quilter.  During her stay at Manchester Healthcare, Imogene was known as the “puzzle lady” because of her love for working jigsaw puzzles and giving her completed puzzles away.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lance was also preceded in death by her husband, Arnel Hilton Lance, who passed away in 2003. 

She is survived by her five children, Darletta Baltimore of Woodbury, Judy (John) Henson and Debbie (Dwight) Bryan of Manchester, Phyllis (Don) Bowden of Antioch, and Ronnie (Karen) Lance of Manchester; three siblings, E.B. (Alice) Walker, Jr. of Muncie, IN, Geraldine McKinley of Covington, GA, and James (Amelia) Walker of Sheboygan, WI; 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Activity Department at Manchester Healthcare, Interstate Drive, Manchester, TN  37355.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lance family.

3/31/12 — Patricia Ann Muller

Ms. Patricia Ann Muller, age 81, formerly of Tullahoma, passed away Thursday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

A native of Antigo, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Galdys Fencil DeHart.

She was a retired accounting representative at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Illinois and was of the Catholic Faith.

Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, at 1:00 PM at Maplewood Cemetery in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Lady Raiders Win One Of Two

Ashlyn Young prepares to hit versus Scottsboro, Ala... By Barry West

Coffee County opened up play in the Lady Warriors Classic at home on Thursday against Marion County.
The visitors got started in the first with 3 runs on four hits. The Lady Raiders could never make the big comeback falling 5-2.
Ginny Clayborne hit her first homerun of the year a 2-run shot.

The bats came alive in game 2 against Scottsboro as the Lady Raiders won 10-1. Nicki Campbell led the way with 2 hits, 2 runs scored and hit a 3-run homer. Bricen Hunt was the winning pitcher.
Coffee County will play at 4pm and 8pm today against Fenton, Ill and GPS both games are at home. The 8pm will be live on Thunder Radio. On Saturday the ladies will play host to Hueytown, Ala at 9am at 5pm versus Maryville and East Hamilton at 7pm.

Stars To Bright For Raiders

Coach Jones meets with players... By Barry West

Coffee County lost to Siegel in baseball action 12-1. The Raiders playing in the Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro will take on Spring Hill today at 5:30pm.

Verdict: Greenwood Guilty Of 1st Degree Murder

Thomas Greenwood

WMSR News was first to report Thursday (March 29) that Thomas “TJ” Greenwood of Tullahoma was found guilty of 1st degree murder. Greenwood faced accusations after the death of 2-year-old child, Hayden Gage West, on March 9, 2010. Greenwood was babysitting the child at the time. Greenwood told police that he suffered a seizure, and when he fell in the bedroom, the child’s head struck a bed rail in the bedroom.
Tullahoma Dr. Clifford Seyler testified that Hayden had numerous bruises and injuries on various parts of his body. “There were bruises on places not normal for him,” the doctor testified. “There was bruising on his back the shape of a shoe.”
Sentencing for Greenwood will take place Friday (March 30).


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