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9/27/17–Mr. Riley Medford

Mr. Riley Medford, “Sweetie” as his loving wife called him, passed away at his residence in Manchester, Tennessee on September 23, 2017 at the age of 72.
He was born on May 19, 1945 in McMinnville, Tennessee to the late Mephibosheth and Justine Sanders Medford. He was also preceded in death by brothers Edsel, Carl, Neil, John Dale and Harley Wade Medford.
He was an active member of the Manchester First Baptist Church. He was also a member of Manchester Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved the game of golf, farming and motorcycle riding, but most of all he loved children, helping others and spending time with family and friends.
An Air Force veteran, he retired from Batesville Casket Company as a cross country truck driver.
He is survived to his wife Delores and one sister Annis Joy Gentry. Also surviving are several other family members and friends whom Riley loved dearly.
A funeral service will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Manchester at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Dr. Brenton Cox will officiate. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery in Coffee County, Tennessee.
A very special thank you to friends James and Betty Wilhelm, Gary and Brenda Dyer, Buddy and Toni Wood and Larry and Kathy Brock as well as his hospice nurses and our dear doctor, Richard Parish.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Riley’s memory.
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9/25/17–Jim Lilienthal

Jim Lilienthal passed away September 21, 2017, at his residence in
Hillsboro. Jim was born August 12, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona, to his
parents, the late Billy Roy Lilienthal and Valeria Sharpp Lilienthal. Before
retirement, Jim was an Autobody Painter. Jim was a special man that loved
his grandchildren and loved to be called “Jimpa.” He was a man that would
give his last dime to help a fellow man. He will be missed by all that knew
and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Liz Lilienthal of Hillsboro, TN, a son, Josh
Schuster and his wife Kim of Hillsboro, TN, one brother, Doug Lilienthal and
his wife Becky of Manchester, TN, two grandchildren, Emily Schuster of
Hillsboro, TN, and A.J. Schuster of Hillsboro, TN

VISITATION: Monday, September 25, 2017, 3 – 5:00 P.M. at the Central Funeral
Home, 2812 Hillsboro Highway, Manchester

FUNERAL: Monday, September 25, 5:00 P.M. at the Central Funeral Home


9/26/17 — Geneva Grimes Tillman

Funeral services for Mrs. Geneva Grimes Tillman, age 89 of Manchester, will be conducted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Benny Benjamin officiating. Burial will follow in Thyatira Cemetery in Cannon County. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. Tillman passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at McArthur Manor Assisted Living.

Mrs. Tillman was born on February 24, 1928 in Cannon County to the late Blackburn Grimes and Mattie Holt Reed. She was a member of Ragsdale Church of Christ and was a volunteer at Main Street Church of Christ where she enjoyed participating in grading papers for the Bible Correspondence. Geneva loved spending time with her family and friends, reading the bible and drawing.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-father, Elam Reed; and her husband, Jesse Tillman. Survived by her son, Mike (Nancy) Tillman; daughter, Sonia (Ronnie) Gault; grandchildren, Allison (Daryl) Collins, Lauren Tillman, Justin Gault; step grandchildren, Lee (Terri) Gault, Ryan Gault; great-grandson, Hayden Garr; 7 step great-grandchildren.

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

Shea Lynn Tucker

Shea Lynn Tucker of Tullahoma, passed this life on Thursday, September 21,
2017 at her residence at the age of 44 years. No local services are

Shea, a native of Terre Haute, IN, was born on January 25, 1973. She
enjoyed spending time with her family, going to the movies, boating,
shopping and visiting the Smoky Mountains.

She was preceded in death by brother, David Williams II.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Connie and Bill Morris of
Tullahoma; step-father, David Williams of Tamaroa, IL, fiancé’. Nick
of Tullahoma; brother, Chad McCammon of Roseville, IL and best friend,
Janet Finks-Stein of Sparta, IL.

“Shea had filled our lives with love, comfort and joy. Gifts that will
never be lost… Her warmth protects us from a world that can be too cold.
strength lifts us up when we are down. Despite losing the best part of it,
the world is truly a better place because of her. We love you, Shea”

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

9/22/17-Jessie Ann Murchison

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Ann Murchison will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 3 PM at Manchester Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Manchester City Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1 PM until time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Jessie passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Jessie was born on November 18, 1947 in Manchester, to the late Raleigh H. and Mary Ann Carnahan Qualls. She was a retired factory leader from DESA in Manchester. She loved reading, especially books by Stephen King and James Patterson, cooking and being with her family.

Mrs. Jessie is survived by her husband of 26 years, Nelson Murchison; three sons, Eric Keith of Manchester, Luke (Jaime) Keith of FL, and Tony Murchison (Jim Clement) of Knoxville; four daughters, Eva (Larry) Redden of Wartrace, Judi (Brian “BB”) Brown, DeDe (Bobby) Smith, and Ruth (Brandon) Henley, all of Manchester; grandchildren, Elora, Donna, Vaughn, Rylie, Zachary, Devaney, Brian, Jennifer, Brandon, Tyler, Kirsten, Blanton, Sara, Lauren, Kurt, Josh, Dakota, Dallas, Peyton, Jaidyn, and Mason; and several great grandchildren.


9/21/17 — John Williams Barnes, Sr.

Funeral services for John William Barnes, Sr., age 87, of Hillsboro, TN, will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Manchester Funeral Home with Bro. Troy Finney and Kyle Payne officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 AM until the service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Mr. Barnes passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester, TN.

John was born in Decherd, TN, the son of the late Roy and Sarah Barnes. He was a carpenter and adored his dog, Penny. John enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves, and was a very loving father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his three brothers, Roy Barnes, Jr., Bill Barnes, and Jess Lee Barnes. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Clara; two sons, John (Cathy) Barnes and Jeff (Doreen) Barnes; two daughters, Jean (Paul) Wildman and Joann (Greg) Boyd; three brothers, Frank, Joe Ed, and Doc Barnes; one sister, Alva Johnson; eight grandchildren, Lisa (Chad) Lorance, Sherry (Shane) Toney, Michelle (Daniel) Wilson, Katy (Keith) Reese, Laura Barnes, Robby (Alyse) Clark, Josh (Lishia) Barnes, and Brad (Megan) Barnes; fourteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve The Barnes family.

Ruth Eloise Yarber Mahler

Ruth Eloise Yarber Mahler passed from this life on Saturday, September 16,
2017. A loving wife, mother, and friend to many, she is predeceased by her
parents, Grover and Edna Yarber of Acton, Indiana; sisters Betty, Melba,
and Harriette, brother Ray; and her loving and devoted husband of 44 years,
George. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Iris Mahler in Acton,
Indiana and Rosie Yarber in Indianapolis, IN; son Robert and wife Sharon of
Murfreesboro, TN; son Kenny and wife Karen of Birmingham AL; and
grandchildren Andrew Mahler and wife Anne Garland Mahler of Charlottesville
VA; Brandon Mahler of Murfreesboro, TN; and Sam Mahler of Washington, DC.

Ruth was born April 21, 1926 near Indianapolis, Indiana and lived in the
area until 1957 when she and her family moved to Manchester. During the
war, she worked in the defense industry in and around Indianapolis where
she met her future husband George, serving in the military at that time.
were married in 1946 in Indianapolis. After moving to Manchester, Ruth was
active in her church, First Methodist Church of Manchester, and in local
activities, including the Manchester Garden Club, the PTA, and other local
organizations. For many years, she was a constant and devoted caregiver to
her husband following his disability and retirement. She worked tirelessly
in caring for him until his death in 1990. More recently, she had been a
resident of Brookdale Assisted Living in Tullahoma. Ruth will be fondly
remembered as one who loved to be with people, cook and sew for family and
friends, involved in her church, enjoyed boating and picnicking at the lake
with her family, and visiting with her family in Indiana.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers and friends at Brookdale and
Hospice Compassus for their loving care for her in her last years. Ruth
will be interred at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens following a private
family service. Those wishing to send cards or flowers should contact the
Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home, or gifts may be offered in her name to the
First Methodist Church of Manchester.

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

9/18/17 — Charles Raymond Skender

Charles Raymond Skender, age 61, from Cleveland, Ohio and resident in Manchester, TN for 11 years passed away September 15, 2017. Mr. Skender leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Linda Blythe Skender, brother, George Skender of Colorado and sisters, Loraine Redmon and Lisa Doss of Tullahoma, Anita Cooke and Carol Skender both from Cleveland, Ohio and a wonderful, loving mom Dorothy Enos of Tullahoma, two beautiful daughters, Heather Skender Newton of Cookeville, TN and Christina Whitford of Ohio, four grandchildren; Katelynn, Kylee, Barrett, and Hadley, and numerous nieces and nephews he adored.

VISITATION: Monday, September 18, 2017, 4 – 6:00 P.M., at the Central Funeral Home, 2812 Hillsboro Highway, Manchester

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Monday, 6:00 P.M. at the Bethlehem Cemetery, immediately following visitation


9/17/17 — JoAnn Rowe Bryan

JoAnn Rowe Bryan, age 79, passed away at her residence with her family at
her bedside on September 14, 2017. JoAnn was born in Hampton, TN to her
parents, the late James Bowers and Ada May Glover Bowers. JoAnn was also
preceded in death by her husband Tommy Rowe.

JoAnn is survived by three children; Kevin G. Rowe and his wife Marie of
Manchester, Basil T. Rowe of Manchester, and Khristi R. Peterson and her
husband Scotty of Manchester, six grandchildren; Joshua Peterson, Dale
Peterson, Clayton Rowe, Keaton Rowe, Makenna Rowe, and Curtis Rowe all of
Manchester, two great-grandchildren; Cole Fowler and Gracie Fowler both of
Manchester, a lot of cousins and extended family.

VISITATION: Saturday, September 16, 6 until 8:00 P.M., at the Central
Funeral Home, 2812 Hillsboro Highway, Manchester

FUNERAL: Sunday, 2:00 P.M., at the Central Funeral Home

BURIAL: Shady Grove Cemetery


9/19/17 — Ross Simmons

Funeral services for Mr. Ross Simmons, age 70 of Prairie Plains, will be
held at 11 AM, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Manchester Funeral Home
Chapel with Billy Robison officiating and Sheriff Steve Graves conducting
an Honor Guard ceremony. Burial will follow in the Prairie Plains Church
of Christ Cemetery. Visitation with the Simmons family will be Monday,
September 18 from 5 – 8 PM at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Gary
Brown, Jerry Brown, Aaron Brown, David Brown, Chris Lee, Scottie
Peterson, Jesus Vasquez, and Neil Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be
Devin DeFord, Butch Stewart, Tim Brown, Shaw Jared, Wilma Thomas, Donnie
Thomas, Jon Holland, Jimmy Teal, Gene Taylor, Danny Taylor, Ronnie
Crosslin, Jeffrey Burnett, Mark Messick, Jerry Crites, Bob Bellamy, Betty
Superstein, Alberto Garza, Dustin Foster, Gene Holmes, Buster Bush, and
Dawn Hafer. Mr. Simmons passed away Saturday, September 16 at St. Thomas
Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.

Ross was born on April 10, 1947, to the late Mance and Dora Boyd Simmons
in Coffee County. He proudly served his country in the United States Army
during the Vietnam War. Later, he received a Bachelor’s degree in law
enforcement from the University of New York. Ross has been a faithful
member of the American Legion and the local Veterans of Foreign War. He
was also a member of the Prairie Plains Church of Christ. Some of his
hobbies were working on and building cars and he was a diehard Tennessee
Titans and University of TN Vols fan. Ross retired in 2012 as the Police
Chief of the Manchester City Police Department.

In addition to his parents, Ross is preceded in death by three brothers,
Howard, Walter and Valice Simmons and one sister, Frances Brown. He is
survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Sue Bartlett Simmons; one son,
Kevin Simmons of Manchester; one daughter, Tracey (Richard) Adams of
Manchester; one beloved grandson, Zachary Adams of Manchester; two
brothers, Waymon Simmons and J.D. (Faye) Simmons, all of Manchester;
several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the
Multi-County Cancer Support Network.

Arrangements with Manchester Funeral Home

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