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11/27/17 — Frances Marie McClure

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Marie McClure, age 35, of Tullahoma, TN will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Manchester Funeral Home with Bro. Ross Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Hillsboro Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until the service time at 2. Marie passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Tennova Healthcare – Harton in Tullahoma, TN.

Marie was born in Manchester, TN the daughter of Howard and Rita Weddington. She was a member for over 5 years at Farris Chapel United Methodist Church in Winchester, TN. Marie adored her nieces and nephews, loved her four pets, and loved music, taking trips, and scrapbooking. She was a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, and aunt.

Marie is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Cliff and Frances Weddington; and maternal grandparents, Frank and Harley Britton. She is survived by her loving husband, John McClure; parents, Howard and Rita Weddington; in-laws, Wayne and Jane McClure; two brothers, Duston (Tiffany) Frasier and Lee (Cindy) Weddington; two sisters, Selena (Joey) Green and Nicol Free; eight nephews, Justin Reed, Blake Jacobs, Eathan Frasier, D.J. Frasier, Bryce Chrisulis, Braylen Murphy, Russell Frasier, and Charlie McClure; and nine nieces, Kaylee Murphy, Rachelle Weddington, Jessica Weddington, Vanessa Weddington, Zoey Johns, Jazzy Murphy, Jayda Reed, Amber Weddington, and Sarah Jane McClure.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve The McClure family.

11/26/17 — John R. Thompson

Mr. John R. Thompson 63, of Fayetteville passed Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Donelson Health Care. He was the son of the late Robert Lee and Lena Goodrich Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Ronnette ” Tootie” Thompson of Fayetteville, TN;

Three daughters, JonSheka Thompson of Fayetteville, TN; Katrise and Shanna Thompson both of Maryville, TN;

Step daughter, LaTosha Eakins of Fayetteville, TN;

Two step sons, Jaquan Eakins of Fayetteville, TN and Lamont Hardin of Maryville, TN;

Five grandchildren

Four sisters, Sandra Thompson and Nina Green both of Fayetteville, TN; Minister Gwen Thompson of Atlanta, Ga and Odessa Thompson of LaVergne, TN.

Brother, William Thomas of Poway, California

Special Niece, Angie Thompson of Fayetteville, TN

Host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation Sunday, November 26, 2917 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Fayetteville, TN with Funeral Services to follow at 2:00 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist with Pastor Lance Shelton officiating and Pastor Craig Carmichael, Eulogist.

Interment Browns Temple Cemetery.

J.A. Welton & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

12/2/17–John Abraham Williams

Mr. John Abraham Williams passed away at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee on November 16, 2017 at the age of 28.
Mr. Williams was born on January 3, 1989 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to the late Aaron H.S. Williams, Sr. and Nellie Goodman Williams.
He loved music, especially playing drums at church services. He was also a fan of football and basketball.
He is survived by sisters Osha Whaley and her husband Kenneth of Madison, Tennessee and Tamara Harp and her husband Jerrade of Orlando, Florida. His brother Aaron H.S. Williams, Jr. and his wife Tammy of Tullahoma, Tennessee survive. Also surviving are six nieces and seven nephews.
Visitation with family members will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com. Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

11/21/17–David Houston “Soupy” Campbell

Funeral service for David Houston “Soupy” Campbell, age 46 of Manchester, will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 1 PM at Central Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Plainview Cemetery in Tracy City. Visitation with the family will begin at 11 AM until time of service. David passed away Friday, November 17 at Unity Medical Center in Manchester. “Soupy” was born on November 29, 1971, to the late Earl Campbell and Lucy Sanders in Altamont, TN. He loved being outdoors, especially fishing, and driving big trucks. He is survived by his children, Justin Young of Altamont, Chantel Campbell of Manchester, and Brittany Harrell of Tullahoma; brothers, Greg (Fawn) Parson of Palmer, Craig Parson of Monteagle, Earl Campbell, Jr. of Coalmont, and Thomas Collins of Manchester; grandchildren, Sawyer, Rylan, and Cameron; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, and a host of friends.
Central Funeral Home is honored to serve the Campbell family www.centralfuneralhome.com

11/22/17 — Marilyn Joyce Trail

Funeral services for Mrs. Marilyn Joyce Trail, age 78 of Manchester, will be conducted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Manchester Funeral Home with Brother Charles Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Gnat Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Mrs. Trail passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at St. Thomas West.

Joyce was born on May 18, 1939 in Coffee County to the late Robert E. and Ora Rigney Brandon. She was retired from Batesville Casket Company and was an avid collector. She loved gardening and enjoyed entering her items in the Coffee County Fair every year. Mrs. Trail loved flowers, antique malls and spending time with her family. She was known by her family for her thoughtfulness, and she never missed sending a birthday card to them.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Brandon, Jr.; sister, Janice Tucker, grandson, Justin Todd. Survived by her loving husband, Virgil Trail; son, Terry Miller (Susie); daughters, Teresa Gannon (George H.), Loretta Bennett (Donnie), Tammy Trail; brothers, James Brandon, Charles Brandon; grandchildren, Dusty Todd, Terry Miller II, Lacey Taylor, Tiera Trail, Tiana Norman, George M. Gannon; great-grandson, Blake Todd.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Trail family.

11/24/17–Glenn Martin Branham

Glenn Martin Branham was born in Deland, Florida and graduated from high
school in Franklin, TN. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force and was
trained as a Radar Electronics Technician.  He attended Motlow Community
College majoring in Electronics Engineering. Later he worked for Laser,
Inc., and the U. T. Space Institute; and retired after approximately 30
years from Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tullahoma,
TN. 

Glenn was married to Alma Lee Brasel for approximately 42 years and is
survived by step son, John Anthony Leonetti, Jr. and wife Carolyn and 2
step grandchildren, John and Andrea; and step son, Phillip Bennett
Leonetti and wife Diane; and his brother Gus Warren.
Glenn was soft spoken, kind and patient.  He will be missed.  Glenn loved
music and played harmonica and dulcimer proficiently.  He played at many
Ole Time Fiddler and Dulcimer conventions throughout Middle Tennessee. 
He performed and demonstrated how to play dulcimers for Paul Pyle at
these conventions for many years. Glenn liked the mathematics involved in
fretting stringed instruments and the various modes of music. His depth
of knowledge in electronics and speaker acoustics was astounding.  He
passed his knowledge of acoustics to his step grandson, John Leonetti,
who is a successful mechanical engineer in Arizona.  Glenn also
encouraged Phillip Leonetti in learning the nylon string guitar and
singing folk music. Glenn and Phillip performed together at many arts and
crafts shows and fiddler conventions in the 1970s.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 24, 2017
at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with burial to follow.  Mr. Branham passed
away on November 8, 2017 at his residence.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Branham family.

11/25/17-Helen Ray Allen

Helen Ray Allen was born on a crisp October day in 1930 and died Sunday,
November 12, 2017, another cool autumn day in Atlanta, Georgia. She
surely covered a lot of ground in those years and lived a life of unusual
experiences. Helen and her husband of 66 years, Charlie (aka Mel) Allen
enjoyed living in the Republic of Panama, Saudi Arabia, and a host of
postings in Florida. While their tours of duty through the Army
Corp of Engineers were often challenging, they opened the opportunity to
travel, all over the world. Helen loved to visit new countries,
experience different cultures, and meet new friends. Born to William
Brown Ray and Lota Mae Shasteen Ray, Helen was raised and educated in
Tullahoma Tennessee which she always referred to as “home”. Her sister,
Alma Jean (Corkey) / Johnny Waller preceded her in death along with her
parents.  Her surviving sister, Kathy Ray lives in Atlanta. She is
survived by a slew of nieces and nephews who were a source of immense
pride for her. Helen was a real pacesetter when she was hired as the
Society Editor for the Tullahoma News as her first career move. She
chronicled the social scene in Tullahoma for a couple years before moving
to Florida with her family. Helen and Charlie moved frequently through
the years as Charlie’s career flourished and Helen served as the rudder
for the family’s adventures. She was a home room mother, Cub Scout
Den Mother, Little League team Mom, Sunday School teacher, and everything
else that was required to guide and nurture her family through their
travels and tribulations. In her later years, Helen enjoyed volunteering
at the local health center helping women and children obtain needed
healthcare. She also loved playing bridge with the ladies, and
corresponding regularly with her elected officials. Helen was interested
in everything and everyone. She collected and maintained friends
over many decades. Her recent correspondence included friends from
childhood through her life in Tucker, Georgia. If you were ever a friend,
you were still a friend on the day of her passing. If you were so lucky
to be such a friend you well knew that she had a huge heart and an even
larger sense of humor. She always had a smile that would light a
room, was ever cheerful, and made you feel like you were one of her own.
While her collection of friends was cherished, her joy was her children
and, perhaps even more so, her grandchildren. She raised three boys, Gary
Brent Allen of Loganville GA, Randall Lee (Mary Lou Montagne) Allen of
Brookhaven GA, and Jay Matthew (Jane McCurdy) Allen of Monroe Georgia and
Ennis, Montana. Let the record be clear, Helen adored her
daughters in law. Sweetly, they were both at her side in the last
moments of life. Her grandest and most cherished role was serving as Meme
to her grandchildren Randall Lee Allen, Jr., Atlanta, Claire Montagne
Allen, Atlanta, Shelby Raye Allen, Monroe Georgia, and Margaux Elizabeth
Allen, Bozeman Montana. They brought her immense joy and a healthy dose
of pride. Visitation will be 12:00- 2:00 PM with a memorial service to
follow at Kilgore Funeral Home, Tullahoma Tennessee, Saturday, November
25, 2017 with Rev. Martin S. Nutter officiating. The family asks in
lieu of flowers, please honor Helen by performing an act of kindness or
charity for another.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

11/20/17 — Bard Garten Fisher

Graveside services for Mr. Bard Garten Fisher, age 60, of Manchester, TN,
will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Bascom
Cemetery in Warren County, TN. Bard passed away on Friday, November 17,
2017 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Bard was retired
from the State of Tennessee and loved playing his guitar.

Bard was born in Manchester, TN, the son of the late Hubert and Mary Lou
Garten Fisher. In addition to his parents, Bard was also preceded in
death by one sister, Libby Fisher. He is survived by his loving wife,
Melissa Fisher; two daughters who cherish the summers they spent with
their dad in Tennessee, Chelsea (Cashin) White and Bonnie (Ryan) Russo,
both of Colorado; step-son, Dillon West; two grandchildren, Wesley White
and Caitlin White; niece, Cara (Aaron) Harr; and one great nephew, Austin
Harr.

Services will be officiated by James Snipes. Pallbearers will be Marty
Arnold, Travis Arnold, Danny Fatherly, Dillon West, Jay Langford, and
John Loeffler. A musical tribute will be performed by James Bell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah’s Witnesses, 49 Bowling Alley Road, Manchester, TN 37355.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Fisher family.

11/21/17 — Horace Lee Jacobs

Horace Lee Jacobs, 79, of Lynchburg passed away at his home on Friday,
November 17, 2017. He was a native of Bell Buckle, Tn.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Lewis Jacobs of Lynchburg; 3 Sons,
Brian (Cheryl) Jacobs and Bruce (Tracy) Jacobs of Huntsville, Bradley
(Laura) Jacobs of Columbia; 1 Sister, Dot Qualls of Manchester; Brother,
Sam Jacobs of Shelbyville; 13 Grandchildren, 5 Great grandchildren and a
host of nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hall & Ruby Ferrell Jacobs and
his brother, James Jacobs.

A member of the Church of Christ, he was a minister and funeral director.
Horace was a history buff of biblical history and Civil War. He loved to
serve others.

Funeral Services will be 1 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Grundy St.
Church of Christ, Tullahoma with Brian, Bruce & Bradley Jacobs and Foy
Rigney officiating. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Memorial
Gardens. His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Visitation with
the family will be from 10 am until time of service Tuesday, November 21,
2017.

Woodbury Funeral Home

11/20/17 — Elvis Gene Mathis

Funeral services for Mr. Elvis Gene Mathis, age 78, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Manchester Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cherry Cemetery. Visitation with the family be held from 10:00 AM until the service time at 2:00. Mr. Mathis passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at his home in Manchester, TN.

Elvis was born in Woodbury, TN the son of the late Robert and Octa Mathis. He was a block mason at James Concrete and Block in Murfreesboro, TN for many years. Elvis was baptized Church of Christ when he was young, he loved to work in his shop, watch old westerns, horses, racing cars, and his dog. Elvis was a very loving father, and brother.

Elvis had one son, Anthony Mathis. He is survived by two brothers, Jimmy (Dianne) Mathis and Delward “Paul” (Angie) Mathis; one sister, Rachel (Bobby) Reed.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve The Mathis family.

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