Monthly Archive: May 2014

6/1/14 — Willie J. Henson

Willie J. Henson, age 81 of the Oak Grove community, passed away May 30, 2014 at St. Thomas-Rutherford in Murfreesboro.

She was a native of Franklin County, a member of the Church of Christ at Oak Grove. She was a retired teacher who dearly loved her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Charles Henson; her mother, Vera Hayes Baker and her father, Emmitt Baker; sister Lois Swann.

She is survived by her sons, Don Henson of Decherd and Dan Henson of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Jason Henson, Jennifer Henson, Katelin Henson, Thomas Jared Henson and Jace Henson.

The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday June 1, 2014 with Ralph Hart officiating.

Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Gardens with friends and family serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Sunday June 1, 2014 starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

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6/6/14 —- Frank “Sonny” Sanders

Mr. Frank “Sonny” Sanders, age 80, of Tullahoma, TN., passed away Thursday morning, May 29, 2014, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. Born in 1933 in Franklin County, TN. he was the son of the late Frankie Sanders and Lillian Blackburn Sanders.

He was a faithful Christian church member of Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Tullahoma, TN., where he served as a Sunday School teacher and Deacon for many years. He also attended Marble Plains Baptist Church in Winchester, TN., where he served as a Deacon for several years and also headed up many projects such as the construction of the Fellowship Hall. Mr. Sanders enjoyed fishing and hunting and over the course of his life killed 99 bucks.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of many years, Dimple Sanders.

Mr. Sanders graduated from Tullahoma High School, attended Motlow State Community College, and majored in Business. He served on the Franklin County Planning Commission for 28 years, the Franklin County Zoning Commission for 23 years, the Franklin County School Committee for 8 years, Franklin County Recreation Committee for 4 years, Represented 7th District Franklin County Commissioner for 12 years, and Retired from Arnold Engineering Development Center after working there for 39 years. While working at AEDC he worked in Testing, Operations and Research. He was a machinist much of the time. He also worked with the Air Force and promoted and suggested the first deer to be released there, and suggested and promoted the first development of green tree areas at AEDC Management areas. He was a member of former Conservation Club at Arnold Engineering Development Center, while in Conservation Club, planted wild rice for waterfowl around Woods Reservoir, talked to TWRA and received the first release of the home goose flock in our area-1, raised and released a home flock of Mallard ducks on Woods Reservoir. During the 1970’s, contact was made with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee Valley Authority on preserving Mingo Swamp as a Wetland Project for waterfowl, and as a result the Mingo Area is now purchased under the present Wetlands Project and preserved for future generations. Mr. Sanders promoted an effort in 1978 of preserving 50,000 acres under ownership of Carters in Franklin County as National Forrest, and this to this day is still undetermined. He was also the Area Coordinator for 2 years on development of Jack Nicklaus Golf Course at Tims Ford Council and with TVA on Environmental Impact Study, and accumulated endorsements and support. Mr. Sanders was Co-Founder and Promoter of the Center Grove Fire Hall, he worked with Tims Ford Council on Shoreline clean-up with TVA and lake issues, he was involved in the planting of Cypress Trees from TVA around Tims Ford Lake shoreline, promoted a government reform (Consolidation) for Franklin County, but it did not pass. He was a developer of real estate in Franklin County, such as Golf Shores Subdivision and homes on the shoreline of Tims Ford Lake.

He is survived by one son Kent (Kim) Sanders of Winchester,TN., one daughter Linda (Michael) Spano of Bartlett, TN., one brother Ted (Eloise) Sanders, two sisters Thelma Jean (Fred) McClure and Patsy (Jimmy) Soloman, all of Tullahoma, TN., grandchildren Jay (Nicollette) Sanders, Malina Charnow Armstrong, Nick (Sherry) Spano, great grandchildren Fiona Charnow, Evan Charnow, Lilly Charnow, Aidan Armstrong, Alexis, Courtney, Michael, Peyton, and Dominic Spano.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, June 6, 2014 from 10AM until 1PM in the Chapel of Tullahoma Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Mr. Sanders will be Friday, June 6, 2014, at 2PM in the Chapel of Tullahoma Funeral Home with Brother Hiram LeMay and Brother Rodney Shraeder officiating.

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Frank “Sonny” Sanders.
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5/29/14 —- Mrs. M. Alberta Poff Johnson

Mrs. M. Alberta Poff Johnson of Tullahoma passed away after her long hard battle with cancer on May 29, 2014. She was 78 years old.

She was the wife of the late Howard A. “Buddy” Johnson of Tullahoma for over 50 years. Mrs. Johnson was born May 3, 1936 as the only child of the late Albert Poff of Manchester and Hazel Roberts Poff Vandygriff of Summitville. She was preceded in death by her only son in 2013, Rikio A. Johnson of Shelbyville.

She is survived by her daughter, Rene’ K. Johnson Pearce of Baton Rouge, LA., granddaughter Danielle E. Morrison Bachman of Tullahoma, grandson Damien E. Morrison of Murfreesboro, great granddaughter Jenna Bachman of Tullahoma, a very devoted sister- in- law Mary Jo “Jody” Johnson Daniels of Tullahoma, a devoted brother- in-law Jerry O. Johnson of Tullahoma, her best friend of 74 years Shirley Cooley Mann of Manchester and a host of loving friends, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Johnson had been an employee of Redstone Arsenal in the late 1950’s and was employed at Arnold Airforce Base as the manager of B.X. from where she retired. She was a huge Alabama football fan and loved fishing and taking care of her yard. She also enjoyed reading and when her late husband was alive they enjoyed taking pictures at the lake.

There will be a private memorial service for family and friends at a later date.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. M. Alberta Poff Johnson.

6/2/14 — Florence Ferby Ford Hall

Mrs. Florence Ferby Ford Hall, age 92, passed into the loving arms of her Savior on Friday, May 30th, 2014.

A native of Overton County, Tennessee, Mrs. Hall was born on May 5th, 1922, the daughter of Sam A. and Lora Ford of Love Joy in Overton County and Monterey, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Clarence Hall; a son, Gary Hall; her parents; sisters, Sally Loftis of Tullahoma, and Roxie Hoover of Michigan; and brothers, John Beecher Ford of Gross Point, Michigan, and Bethel Ford of Monterey, Tennessee.

She is survived by her daughter, Dianna Hall Darden (Don) of Tullahoma; two sons, Glenn Hall (Linda) and Tim Hall ( Teri) all of Tullahoma; daughter-in-law, Sharon Hall; eleven grandchildren, Kristy Hall of Memphis, Angela Hall of Nashville, Drew Hall (Brittany) of Tullahoma, Ashleigh Hall of Tullahoma, Andy Hall (Molly), Britany Hall of Tullahoma, Greg Darden (Rosina) of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jack Darden of Franklin, TN, Emily Kerr (Neil), of Russellville, KY, David Darden of Fort Campbell, KY, and Steven Darden of Nashville; five great-grandchildren, Gracie Willingham of Tullahoma, Harrison Kerr of Russellville, KY, Tendi Darden of Fayetteville, NC, and Adriana and Maddox Hall of Tullahoma; five nieces and one nephew.

Mrs. Hall often talked with family and friends about her childhood and youth in Love Joy, her favorite place to live. She had so many memories about her days growing up in this tiny community in Overton County. Mrs. Hall graduated high school from Alpine Academy, where she was a varsity basketball player. She lived in Detroit, Michigan, Algood, Tennessee, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee before moving to Tullahoma in 1963. Mrs. Hall was a long time and faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Tullahoma.

She and her son, Gary, owned H&H Health Foods in Northgate Mall, which she operated and managed for thirty-three years.

Family will receive friends at Kilgore Funeral Home in Tullahoma on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 pm with the funeral service immediately following visitation. The Reverend David Wall, Pastor of Unity Baptist Church, will officiate.

Interment will be in Welch Memorial Cemetery in Monterey, Tennessee.

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Missing Tullahoma Man

Roger Dale Burgess

Roger Dale Burgess

Tullahoma Police are searching for a man who has been missing since Thursday May 22.
Roger Dale Burgess, 56, was last seen leaving Dossett Apartments without telling his daughter that he was leaving. Police say that was unusual for him to do.
Burgess was last seen wearing a red “Tap Out” shirt, blue jeans and a Duck Dynasty hat.
He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, bald, brown eyes and weighing 145lbs.
Anyone with information to his whereabouts is asked to contact Tullahoma Police at 455-0530.

Five People Die In Traffic Crashes Over Memorial Day Weekend

THP 3State highway officials say preliminary figures show five people were killed in vehicular crashes across Tennessee during the Memorial Day weekend and holiday. Tennessee Department of Safety officials say the figure is down from 10 fatalities last year during the same 78-hour period.
Officials say one of the five fatalities involved a rider on an all-terrain vehicle, and another deadly crash was alcohol-related.
Figures show the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 153 people on suspicion of drunk driver, and troopers cited more than 1,500 people for not wearing seatbelts. THP officials say troopers issued 1,500 speeding tickets and cited drivers 41 times for failing to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road.

Motlow Campuses To Become Tobacco-Free / No-Smoking

Motlow 3All Motlow College campuses will become “tobacco-free / no-smoking” beginning July 1, 2014, college officials recently announced. Motlow has campuses in Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore County and Smyrna.
The new tobacco-free / no-smoking campus policy restricts the use of all forms of tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff, as well as smokeless electronic cigarettes and other similar devices. It does allow the use of tobacco products in private vehicles.
Motlow is joining other institutions in our community, across the state and the nation in establishing a “tobacco-free / no-smoking campus” policy that will restrict the use of all forms of tobacco on College property. Harton Hospital, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, Nashville State, Jackson State, and Cleveland State are just a sample of the institutions across Tennessee that are tobacco-free.

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