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5/2/18–Madeleine “Midge” Blackburn

Madeleine “Midge” Blackburn of Tullahoma, passed this life after an
extended illness on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Tennova Harton at the age of
75 years. Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11
AM at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church with Father Stephen Klasek
officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later time. The
family will receive friends at St. Paul’s Catholic Church from 10 AM – 11
AM.

Mrs. Blackburn was born in Chicago, IL to the late Carl and Cecelia Ziaja
Schultz. Her family was very important to her and she “spoiled” all her
family members. She loved cooking and was an excellent cook. Mrs.
Blackburn had a quick wit and a soft compassionate heart. She loved
helping and doing for others. She was also an animal lover.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John
Schultz.

Mrs. Blackburn is survived by her devoted husband and soul mate of 57
years, Michael Blackburn, Sr. of Tullahoma; three sons, Michael Blackburn,
Jr. and his wife, Susan of Tullahoma, Jeffrey Blackburn of Chicago, IL and
Robert Blackburn and his wife, Yasmina of Elk Grove Village, IL; one
brother, Carl Shultz, JR and his wife, Louise of Rockford, IL; three
sisters, Joan Schultz of Tullahoma, Cecelia Baldassari and her husband,
Gary of Marengo, IL and Katherine Kier and her partner, Bulente Ike of
Renton, WA; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Kyle) Rogers, Samantha (Derrick)
Huffman, Daniel Blackburn, Michael Blackburn, Mark Blackburn, Aliya
Blackburn and Robb Blackburn and three great grandchildren, Kevin, Max and
Emelia.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to St. Paul
the Apostle Catholic Church, 304 West Grizzard St, Tullahoma, TN 37388

Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

4/27/18 — Gwenn Savannah Corey Marie Freeze

Joint funeral services for Gwenn Savannah Corey Marie Freeze, age 18 of
Texas, formerly of Manchester, and Daniel Paul Gassman, age 21 also of
Texas, formerly of Hillsboro, will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at
2 PM at the New Life Church in Manchester on Asbury Rd. with Brother
Jonathan Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, April 26th
from 5-8 PM at Central Funeral Home and on Friday from 10 AM until time
of service at New Life Church. Savannah passed away on Monday, April 23th
in AL after a tragic car accident.
Savannah was born on May 16, 1999, to Milton Freeze and Christy Moss in
Tullahoma, TN. She was a high school graduate from Coffee County Central
High School in 2017. She enjoyed being outdoors, especially hiking and
taking long walks, working out, and writing poems.
Savannah is survived by her father, Milton Freeze and wife, Paula;
mother, Christy Moss (Quinton Huskey); sisters, Alexandra and Kalei
Freeze, Madelyn D’Auria and Jaelyn Smith, all of Manchester; and a host
of friends.
www.centralfuneralhome.com

Central Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

4/27/18 — Daniel Paul Gassman

Joint funeral services for Daniel Paul Gassman, age 21 of Texas, formerly
of Hillsboro, and Gwenn Savannah Corey Marie Freeze, also of Texas,
formerly of Manchester, will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 2 PM
at New Life Church in Manchester on Asbury Rd. with Brother Jonathan
Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 5-8
PM at Central Funeral Home and from 10 AM until time of service on Friday
at New Life Church. Daniel passed away on Monday 23rd in AL after a
tragic car accident.
Daniel was born on August 20, 1996, to Nathan and Janie Gipson Gassman in
Nashville, TN. He was a high school graduate of Coffee County Central
High School in 2015. He loved baseball, hiking, kayaking, working out,
playing with his nephews, Levi Avery and Ayden LeLusche, playing his sax,
and hanging out with friends and family.
In addition to his parents, Daniel is survived by his brother, Timothy
Gassman and his wife Stephanie of Murfreesboro; sisters, Hannah Avery and
husband Michael, and Joy LeLusche and husband Scott, both of Manchester;
and a host of family and friends.
www.centralfuneralhome.com

Central Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

4/26/18 — Rebecca Lynn Haggard

Graveside services for Rebecca Lynn Haggard, age 70, of Manchester, will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 26, 2018 with Bro. Benny Benjamin. Visitation with the family will be from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Thursday at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Ms. Haggard passed away at her residence on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Rebecca was born in Maryville, TN, the daughter of the late William Jackson, Jr. and Juanita M. Phelps Jackson, who survives. Rebecca was a graduate of Central High School and a member of Westwood Baptist Church. She worked at Hylabrook Antique Mall in Murfreesboro, TN for many years. Rebecca loved antiques and enjoyed photography and taking care of family.

In addition to her father, Rebecca was also preceded in death by one daughter, Joy Leann Haggard; and one sister, Teresa Karen. She is survived by her mother; one daughter, Delight Haggard; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society.

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

4/22/18–John Frederick Rovsek, III

Graveside services for Mr. John Frederick Rovsek, III, age 74, were
conducted at 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Ragsdale Cemetery.
Mr. Rovsek passed away on Friday, April 20 at Generations Nursing Home in
Spencer, TN.

John was born in Hillsboro, TN, the son of the late John F. Rovsek, Jr.
and Josephine May Farrar. He was formerly a painter at Batesville Casket
Company. John loved reading the Bible, gardening, painting houses,
listening to gospel and Elvis music, and playing pool. In his later
years, he enjoyed watching birds. He grew the biggest and best-tasting
tomatoes by hand packing 50-year old horse manure around each plant.

In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by the mother
of his children, Clara Phipps Rovsek Gipson. He is survived by one son,
John Wayne Rovsek; two daughters, Tammy Rovsek Slone and Deborah Jo
Rovsek; and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Denise, Angela, Kevin,
Megan, Hannah Grace, and Blake.

MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE ROVSEK FAMILY
www.manchesterfuneralhome.com

4/25/18–Jeffery Newton Nunley

Jeffery Newton Nunley age 42 of Manchester, Tennessee passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018.

He was manager of Advance Auto Parts in Mcminnville. Jeff enjoyed playing the bass guitar, piano, singing and woodworking. His greatest passions were his family, his friends, good food and the beach at Tybee Island.

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Clara Nunley, Harbert and Hilda Caldwell; mother, Mae Dean Nunley; nephew, Dustin Nunley.

Survivors include his children, Trey and Luke Nunley, Alex and Blake Morrison, Cody (Kayla) Hill and Hunter Hill; fiance, Shannon J. Hill; parents, Henry Newton and Sue Nunley; brothers, Howard L. Nunley and Mike (Vicky) Green; sisters, Connie (Kelly) Overturf, Treva (William) Orange, Theresa “Happy” (Jimmy) Copeland, Donna (Ricky) Caldwell; grandchildren, Leighton Hill and Maddoxx St. John; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Brother Mike Rigsby and Sheriff Clint Shrum officiating. Burial will be in Orange Hill Cemetery. On line condolences may be made at: www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Funeral Home, Foster & Lay Chapel, Tracy City, Tennessee.

4/25/18 — James Forrest Kennedy

James Forrest Kennedy of Tullahoma, passed this life on Saturday, April
21, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family at the age of 90. Mr.
Kennedy was born in Tullahoma to the late James F. and Eva Carroll
Kennedy Sr. During his life he worked for 40 years as a forklift driver
at TN Tanning, and was a devoted member of Rutledge Falls Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kennedy is preceded in death by his
beloved wife of 59 years, Jean Harris Kennedy; one daughter, Charolette
Elizabeth Kennedy; two brothers, Jerry and Bobby Kennedy; two sisters,
Ann Kennedy, and Mary Laird; and one son-in-law, David Lusk. He is
survived by one son, Randy Kennedy and his wife Karen of Tullahoma; three
daughters, Debbie Kennedy of Tullahoma, Tammy Holden and her husband
Michael of Tullahoma, and Lesa Lusk of Manchester; one brother, Bill
Kennedy and his wife Tan; three sisters, Ruth Atnip, Jane Tankersley, and
Betty Partin and her husband Harold; 9 grandchildren, Sandy Long and her
husband James, Angie Holt and her husband Tim, Lexie Holden, Chelsea
Chellstorp and her husband Chad, David Lee Lusk, James Lusk and his wife
Hollie, Brandy Duke and her husband Kevin, Brooke Loomes and her husband
Andy, and Bradley Kennedy and his wife Kayla; 10 great-grandchildren,
Justin, Libbie, Kaleb, Ricky Lee, Addison, Shyanne, Landon, Fallon,
Forrest, and Mackenzie; one great-great-grandson, Elijah, and two more
great-great-grandchildren expected soon. Visitation for Mr. Kennedy will
be held on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:00-9:00pm at Kilgore Funeral Home.
Funeral services will take place Wednesday, April 25th at 11:00am in the
Kilgore Funeral Home chapel with Harold Partin Jr. officiating. Burial
will follow at Concord Cemetery in Tullahoma.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

4/24/18 — Bessie Maude Parks Gonzales

Gonzales, Bessie Maude Parks, of Tullahoma, passed this life on
Friday, April 20th, 2018 at her home at the age of 89. Mrs. Gonzales was
born in Lynchburg to the late Carl and Lala Christine Ashby Parks. During
her life she worked at Harton Regional Medical Center on the switchboard
and in admitting. She also had worked at the Vallejo Clinic in Tullahoma
and was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. In addition to
her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Johnny Gonzales; and one
daughter, Debra Denise Ruff. Mrs. Gonzales is survived by five sons,
Johnny Gonzales Jr. and his wife Theresa of San Antonio, Texas, Michael
Gonzales and his wife Shara of Tullahoma, Mark Gonzales and his wife Kate
of Tullahoma, Ralph Gonzales of Louisville, Kentucky, and Bill Gonzales
and his wife Marty of Tullahoma; one daughter, Shirley Floyd of
Tullahoma; three brothers, Lee V. Parks of Belvidere, Billy Parks and his
wife Mae of Winchester and Mack Parks of Winchester; 21 grandchildren,
Joseph, Timothy, Mary, Jennifer, Daniel, Juliana, Frank, Karen, John,
Beth, Kristen, Katie, Mark, Paul, Abby, Ben, Jason, Jeremy, Jacob,
Monica, and Alex; and 30 great-grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held
on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic
Church with Father Stephen Klasek officiating. Burial will follow at Rose
Hill Memorial Gardens.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

4/26/18 — Mildred Newman Casteel

Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Newman Casteel, age 93, of Manchester, TN will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Manchester Funeral Home with Dr. Jerry Pullum officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25. Mrs. Casteel passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Unity Medical Center in Manchester, TN.

Mildred was born in Coffee Co., TN to the late William and Sally Newman. She was a homemaker for her three boys. In her lifetime, Mrs. Casteel was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church. She loved sewing, gardening, canning, and refinishing furniture. Her favorite past time was keeping her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mildred is also preceded in death by her loving husband, Virgil L. Casteel; one grandson, Ryan Casteel; two brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her three sons, Kenny (Connie), Eddie, and Benny Casteel; one brother, George Newman; one sister, Betty Fraley; four grandchildren, Nathan Casteel, Nicole (Josh) Carney, Jessica (Dennis) Bond, and Jason (Courtney) Casteel; and five great-grandchildren, Cade and Becca Casteel, Daxton and Fletcher Carney, and Hannah Bond.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Casteel Family.

4/22/18 — Pamela Lourie Jernigan

Funeral services for Mrs. Pamela Lourie Jernigan, age 71, of Manchester, TN will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dee Drake officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Mill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 21. Mrs. Jernigan passed away suddenly at her residence on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Manchester, TN.

Pamela was born in Hammond, Indiana to the late James Hill and Mildred Goad. Before retiring she worked as an LPN for over 25 years. Earlier in life Pamela loved to cross-stitch. Being a grandmother and great-grandmother was her favorite gift in life.

In addition to her parents, Pamela is also preceded in death by her brother, Danny Hill. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Raleigh Jernigan; two daughters, Renee (Matt) Taylor and Kelley Taylor; one sister-in-law, Sandra Hill; four grandchildren, Krislyn (Nathan) Melson, Andrew (Matt) McCarthy-Clark, Hayley Clark, and Zachary Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Clara Lourie and Isaac August Melson.

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

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