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10/28/14 —- Billy Wayne “Blue” Hamby

Mr. Billy Wayne “Blue” Hamby age 82 of Monteagle passed away Saturday morning in Sewanee.

He was born in Pelham, Tennessee a son of the late Robert Hamby and Ezella Thomas Hamby and was preceded in death by brothrs, Bill and Paul Sanders, Kenneth and JR Hamby; sisters, Mildred McNear and Irene Moore; grandson, Jeremy Hamby.

“Blue” was retired from Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Grounds as the Superintendent of Grounds. He was very active in the community, serving on the city council as alderman for several years and also was a volunteer firefighter. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Hamby; son, Bobby Wayne (Debbie) Hamby, Monteagle; daughter, Peggy (Ernest) Burnett, Estill Springs; grandchildren, Jason, Amber, Dava and Alicia; 9 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Reverend J.T. Steele officiating.

Burial will be in Monteagle Cemetery with full military honors proudly provided by Sequatchie Valley Veterans Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening 5-9 P.M. and Monday from 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.


Arrangements are by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, Tennessee.veteran3

10/26/14 —– Naomi Brandon Milner

Mrs. Naomi Brandon Milner of Sewanee, Tennessee passed away Friday, October 24, 2014, in Sewanee.

She was a native of Pleasant Grove in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Carl Jack Brandon and Mattie Coleman Frost Brandon.

She and her late husband, Joseph H. Milner, Sr. had operated Milner’s Food Market for many years, he passed away on July 24 of this year.

She was also preceded in death by her grandsons, Timothy and Matthew Milner. Naomi was a member of Morton Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Joe Milner, Jr. (Rita), Anne (Jerry) Sitz, Steven (Debra) Milner, Joshua Boone (Beverly) Milner, John Clea (Teresa) Milner; brother, Boone Brandon; sisters, Jane Bartlett and Joy Brown; grandchildren, Edward, Angela, April, Casey, Clea, Anna, Josh, Sarah, Rachel, Joe, III, and Boone; 16 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Eastern Star Cemetery in Sewanee on Sunday afternoon, October 26, at 2:00 P.M. for a graveside service.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.


Cumberland Funeral Home of Monteagle in charge of arrangements.




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10/27/14 —- Nanette M. Lyons

Mrs. Nanette M. Lyons, age 85 of Tullahoma passed away Thursday, October 23 at Harton Regional Medical Center.

Memorial Services will be held Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10 AM at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Murdock officiating.

Visitation with the family will be from 9 AM until service time.

A native of Fredericktown, MO, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lucy Wilson Schwaner.

She worked for many years as the secretary for First Christian Church in Tullahoma and at UTSI and AEDC. She also owned and operated Lyons Valley Termite and Pest Control. Mrs. Lyons loved to golf and was a member of Lakewood Country Club. She was also a member of the Southern Tennessee Ladies Society, the Coffee County, TN Republican Women’s Club and the Red Hat Society. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Lyons loved meeting and connecting with people of all ages. She was known for her kindness, grace and elegance.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Graham and his wife, Nancy of Estill Springs and Richard Graham and his wife, Frances of Memphis; one daughter, Angela Campbell and her husband, William of Hendersonville; one sister, Jenny Graham and her husband, Jim of Chesterfield, MO; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the Nan Lyons Lads and Lassies Fund, C/O Lakewood Golf and Country Club, 1900 Country Club Drive, Tullahoma, TN. 37388

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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10/24/14 —- David Benjamin “Ben” Pickell

Funeral services for Mr. David Benjamin “Ben” Pickell, age 36, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be from 12:00 PM until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Pickell passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Manchester, TN.

David “Ben” was born in Ft. Campbell, KY, the son of the late Anthony Pickell and Kathy (Robert “Papa”) Smith.

He loved his family, going to parks, camping and loved looking at the stars. He was a member of Life Point Church.

In addition to his mother and step father, David is also survived by his wife, Jacqulyn Pickell of Manchester; two sons, Silas Pickell and Christian Clark; three daughters, Caitlin Clark, Layla Pickell, and Emily Pickell; one brother, Ryan Pickell; one sister, Sarah Trujillo; his mother-in-law, Patty Judge; and two brothers-in-law, Jason Judge and Josh Puckett.

Manchester Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.flower 13

10/11/14 —- Michael “Chris” Elkins

Michael “Chris” Elkins, age 42, of Tullahoma, TN passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 1, 1972 in Cleveland, Tennessee, the son of Michael Allen Elkins and Jenny Lyn Elkins.

He attended Bradley Central High School in Cleveland.  Chris then joined the United States Marine Corp, May 10, 1990 and was deployed to Camp Pendleton, CA until his honorable discharge February 4, 1993.  He attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, a part of the Sigma Chia fraternity, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  During this time, he joined the Peace Corp, where he was involved in the environmental pure water assignment in El Salvador.  Chris was currently employed as an Environmental Biological Scientist, US Department of Defense at Arnold Air Force Base.  While employed as a Natural Resource Manager at AEDC, Chris was also working on his Master’s Degree.  Chris was an avid NASCAR fan of Kyle Busch, enjoyed the music of the band “Tool” and was a skilled player of the game Chess.

In addition to his parents, Michael and Jenny Lyn Elkins of Cleveland, TN; Chris is survived by his loving wife, Melinda “Mindy” Elkins of Tullahoma, TN; daughter, Zorra Winter Elkins and his son, Kellen Barrett Elkins, both of Tullahoma, TN; a sister, Julie Jolly and husband, Brad of Gallatin, TN; and 3 nieces and nephews, Clare Jolly, Callen Jolly and Clay Jolly all of Gallatin; a grandfather, Odell Sawfford of Cleveland TN; a father-in-law, Don Hendrix of Tullahoma, TN; a mother-in-law, Jeanine Hendrix of Jacksonville, FL; and a brother-in-law, Jeff Hendrix of Jacksonville, FL.

There will be no public service per his request, and the family will have a private memory of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Give Forward” by going to the website:  In memory of Chris Elkins, surviving wife and children.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. Chris Elkinsveteran --- Flag 2

10/17/14 —- Sylvia C. Wilson

Sylvia C. Wilson, age 78 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away into rest on 
October 17, 2014 at the Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Sewanee, Tennessee. 

Mrs. Wilson will be fondly remembered as a beloved daughter, sister, mother, 
grandmother and friend. She enjoyed singing and co-founded the Hardin County 
Singers in Elizabethtown, KY where she also was a member of the church choir. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Denis F. Caul and Jacques 
Monica Demel Caul and son, John Jenks. 

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her daughters, Kelly D. Kimmel and her husband Danny 
of Spring Hill, Florida and Jill S. Clark and her husband Clark of Hillsboro, 
Tennessee; sister Susan L. Blair of Santana, Kansas; four grandchildren,
Joseph Cundiff, Ben Kimmel, Ted Kimmel and Joy Kimmel; four great-grandchildren,
Porter Cundiff, Joel Cundiff, Riley Kimmel and Leah Kimmel; and a host of other
relatives and friends. 

No local services are scheduled. 

CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN in Chaflower2rge of Arrangements.

10/25/14 —— Danny Ray Lemons

Funeral services for Mr. Danny Ray Lemons, age 47, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor L.E. Butler officiating.

Burial will follow in Summitville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Lemons passed away on Monday, October 20 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Danny was born in Elkhart, IN, the son of Eugene W. and Sandra Steiner Lemons.

He is also survived by two brothers, Tracy (Lisa) Lemons and Shawn Lemons; and two sisters, Elizabeth Lemons and Samantha Smith, all of Manchester; and his former wife, Stephanie.

Danny was an avid CB radio user and was known by many as “Croaker.”


10/24/14 —– Troy Glenn Grant

Troy Glenn Grant of Tullahoma, passed this life on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at his residence at the age of 49.

Mr. Grant was born in Manchester, Tennessee to the late Curtis Smotherman and Mary Lou Grant.

During his life, he worked as an Auto Mechanic with Al White Motors in Manchester and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Grant is preceded in death by his grandmother, Goldie Pearl Armstrong Teal; grandfather, Jess Armstrong; uncle, Jerry Teal; and aunt, Sandra Dudley.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Diane Grant of Tullahoma; sisters, Sue Ann Sellers of Texas, Diane Riddle of Manchester, and Jennifer Testerman of Texas; niece, Jessica Sellers; nephews, Chad Riddle of Michigan, Dusty Riddle of Manchester and Zachery Testerman of Texas; several cousins and hundreds of friends.

Visitation for Mr. Grant will be held on Friday, October 24th, 2014 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm with the funeral to immediately follow at 1:00 pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Blanton Cemetery in Manchester with a white balloon ceremony.

Pallbearers will be Neal Williams, David Anderson, Dwayne Burt, Rick Louis, Ricky Riddle, and Ricky Trail.

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10/25/14 —- Francis Marion “Frank” Jackson III

Francis Marion “Frank” Jackson III, whose distinguished career of 54 years at Arnold Engineering Development Center was highlighted by significant technical and managerial contributions in the design, calibration, operation and improvement of transonic and supersonic wind tunnels, died on October 15th, 2014 at the age of 77.

Frank will be remembered as a devoted son, loving husband of 50 years to Marie, father, loyal friend, and mentor. Serious and dedicated to his profession, he will also be remembered for his sense of humor and the fact that he never told a joke that didn’t make him laugh first.

Frank was born on October 4th, 1937. A sixth generation Tennessean, Frank (affectionately called “Buddy” by family) was raised on the family farm in Bedford County. It was on the family farm and during trips to see his mother’s family in Birmingham, Alabama that he developed his strong work ethic and dedication to both his family and his faith. After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology, Frank settled in Tullahoma in 1960 and joined ARO Inc. as a Project and Facilities Engineer at AEDC. He advanced through the ranks of Research Engineer, Engineering Supervisor and Program Manager. In 1987, Frank became Director of Engineering and Maintenance and in 1990 was promoted to Director of Engineering and Development and Director of Planning. He would later serve as Director of Operations and Maintenance and as Chief Engineer, and as the Director of the Test and Facility Support Department and Chief Engineer of the Aircraft Test and Evaluation Department. From 1990 through 1996, Frank led AEDC contractor efforts in support of the National Wind Tunnel Complex Program and was a member of the Joint Industry/Government team at NASA Langley and the Contractor Requirement and Operations team at NASA Lewis. As the chief engineer of the Integrated Test and Evaluation department at AEDC, Frank was the driving force behind the delivery of many aeronautical test capabilities and improvements, which have proven to be essential to the nation’s weapon system development needs. He researched testing in Propulsion Wind Tunnel’s 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel to develop optimum second-throat diffuser configurations that remain in use after 30 years. He also served as senior engineer responsible for specifications, design, procurement and installation of a new high-angle automated model support system for the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel (16T), which significantly improved model altitude range, pitch and roll rates and test productivity. As director of the Jacobs Sverdrup Flight Systems department, Frank supervised the execution of more than 12,000 hours of wind tunnel testing in the 4-foot and the 16-foot transonic wind tunnels and hypersonic tunnels A, B, and C.

Frank’s passion for his profession was equaled by his dedication to various community and charitable causes and his faith. Frank was the first vice chairman of the Tullahoma Airport Commission and also served as the Chairman of the Coffee County Airport Commission. He was a member of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mental Retardation Foundation of Tennessee, which established group homes and transportation for the mentally disabled in Tennessee. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He had served as president of the St. Paul parish counsel and as president of the St. Paul school board. He joined the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic family, fraternal, service organization, in 1961. He served as Grand Knight of the Tullahoma Council from 1969 until 1971 and was a Fourth Degree Knight. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus at the state and national levels for over 20 years–he was elected State Warden in 1972, State Secretary in 1997 and 1998, State Deputy in 1979, 1980 and 1983 and Supreme Warden in 1986. Frank was appointed to the Knights of Columbus International Board of Directors in 1987 and elected to the Board in 1988. He was re-elected to three additional terms to the Board of three years each.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, especially when teaching his grandchildren, and planning yearly family vacations.

Frank was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and received numerous honors and awards during his life. He was named AEDC Fellow in 2005. He was also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. He graduated from Central High School in Shelbyville, Tennessee, received his BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1960, a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee/UTSI in 1968 and a MS degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee/UTSI in 1976. He published extensively throughout his career and was the author of numerous AEDC Technical Reports and papers to the Supersonic Tunnel Association and the AIAA.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Marion Jackson Jr. and Sara Raco Jackson of Shelbyville, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama respectively.

He is survived by his wife Marie; a daughter, Sara (Chris) Ford of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sons, Frank J. Jackson of New York, New York, and John P. (Elizabeth) Jackson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Emily M. Ford, C. Jackson Ford and John Osborne Jackson; a sister, Constance (Leonard) Beasley of Unionville,  Tennessee; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, October 24th, 2014 in the chapel at Kilgore Funeral Home, 215 Mitchell Blvd, Tullahoma, with a Rosary following.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 10:00am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, followed by interment at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, 4758 New Manchester Highway, Tullahoma.

Serving as active pallbearers, will be Frank J. Jackson, John P. Jackson, Christopher Ford, C. Jackson Ford, Fred Battle, and Frank Keeny. Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will be serving as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul the Apostle Church, 306 West Grizzard Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388 for the restoration of the Pieta and its surrounding gardens.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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10/23/14 —– Myrtle Case

Myrtle Case age 77 of Lynchburg, passed away Sunday October 19, 2014 at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma.

A native of Coal Center, PA she was the daughter of the late William Hunter and Myrtle O’Neil Hunter.

She was homemaker and a member of Tullahoma 1st Assembly of God. She enjoyed reading her Bible, reading religious books watching movies and playing with her puppydog.

She is survived by her husband, Duane Case of Lynchburg, son; D J Case and his wife Pam of Lynchburg, daughters; Rhonda Olympio and her husband Bob of Winston Salem, NC, Michelle Hewett and her husband Bill of Wilmington Delaware and Dina McClain of Lynchburg, brother; Kim Hunter and his wife Karen of McKeesport, PA, sister; Saundra Davidson and her husband Fred of Tallahassee, FL, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Wilson, grandson, William Hewett and brother, Richard Hunter.

Memorial services will be held Thursday October 23, 2014 at 2 PM at the Tullahoma 1st Assembly of God with Pastor Ron Ferrell officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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