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8/31/14 —– Robert E. “Bob” Brandon Jr.

Robert E. “Bob” Brandon Jr., age 87 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on August 28, 2014 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. 


Bob was a retired Tool & Die Machinist with the Batesville Casket Company in Manchester and a member of the New Union Church of Christ. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Robert E. Brandon and Ora Roberta Rigney Brandon;  sister, Janice Tucker and an infant brother.


Bob is survived by his loving wife, Treva B. Heatherly Brandon of Manchester, TN; five children, Mitchell Brandon (Janet) of California,  Sandy Loy (Dan) of Ohio,  Greg Brandon (Julie) of South Carolina,  Laverne Parker (Joel) of Manchester, TN and Janice Holt (Jeff) of Beech Grove, TN; one sister, Joyce Trail of Beech Grove, TN; two brothers, Charles Brandon and James Brandon of Manchester, TN; fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Visitation will be on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 5:00 p.m.  -  8:00 p.m.


The Funeral Service will be on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Charles Williams officiating.


Burial will follow at the Shady Grove Cemetery.


CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME in Charge of Arrangements. flower8

8/30/14 —- James Ray Earls

James Ray Earls, 54,flower 12 passed from this life on Thursday August 28 at the Willows in Winchester after a long battle with an illness.

Mr. Earls contracted an infection from a wire in his foot.

Mr. Earls will be remembered by the love he had for his family, farming and the business he shared with his wife, a professional Seal Coating and Striping Company.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Carolyn Henley Earls, stepsons Bobby Sherrill, Jr, Chris (Connie) Sherrill, grandchildren, Brittany (Jordan) Jernigan, Tyler Sherrill, Billy Hoskins, Dalton Sherrill, Savannah Sherrill, great-grandchild, Jaleigh Jernigan, parents, Ray and Billie Earls, sister, Dalphine ( Ken) Tahmassebi, nephew Justin (Courtney) Tahmassebi, niece, Jessica Tahmassebi, mother- in- law Lorine (J.B.) Henley, sister-in- law Charlene Trussell, uncles, Ralph ( Lynette) Henley, Robert (Anna)Henley, aunt Mary Francis ( William) Henley, Bobbie Shelton, Katie (Mike) Simms and a host of cousins, friends and extended family.

Visitation Friday, August 29, from 4 PM till 8 PM.

Funeral Service Saturday, August 30 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

Burial at Hill Cemeter, Alto, TN.

Obituary written by his loving family.

Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

8/30/14 —- Christopher Dale Matlock

Mr. Christopher Dale Matlock, age 43 of Estill Springs, Tennessee passed from this life on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Chris was preceded in death by his PaPa, A.B. Matlock, MaMaw, Wilma Jean Waits-Hershman, and PaPaw, Vance Creek, Senior. 

He is survived by his loving wife Tracy J. Matlock, mother, Denise Sue Arnold-Creek of Hillsboro, Tennessee, father, Freeman D. Matlock and stepmother Vickie of Estill Springs, Tennessee, Granny, Mavis Matlock of Hillsboro, Tennessee, three stepdaughters, Stacy Jo Jones and fiancé Travis Tant of Estill Springs, Tennessee, Lacy Jane Rose and husband Josh of Beechgrove, Tennessee, Cynthia Kay Jones of Estill Springs, Tennessee, one sister, Lisa Denise Matlock of Hillsboro, Tennessee, two half-brothers, Devon Dale Matlock and wife Jennifer of Manchester, Tennessee, Joshua Bryan Matlock of Estill Springs, Tennessee, three grandchildren, Preston James Jones, Victoria Arrianna Rose, Hailey Aubrianna Tant, two step grandchildren, Eli Tant, Isabella Tant, mother-in-law, JoAnn Horton of Estill Springs, Tennessee, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. 

Chris enjoyed golfing, gardening, and helping others with construction projects. He was an experienced carpenter and worked in the construction industry for many years. Chris liked history and could invent things and was skillful in numerous ways. He loved helping others in any way they had a need. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 

Funeral Services for Mr. Chris Matlock will be conducted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Greg Spilker and Brother Bill Williams officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery, Hillsboro, Tennessee.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, Tennessee. 


8/28/14 —- Virginia Ann “Ginny” Brasfield

Funeral services for Virginia Ann “Ginny” Brasfield, age 66 of Manchester will be conducted at 11 am, Thursday, August 28 at the First Baptist Church in Manchester with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the Brasfield family will be Wednesday, August 27 from 4pm until 9pm at Manchester Funeral Home and Thursday morning from 9 am until service time at the church.

flower vase 3Ginny passed this life Monday evening at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville, surrounded by her loving family.

Ginny was born in Union City, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Betty Lou Atwill Brasfield. She was a Lab Technician, attending lab school in Nashville, Tennessee. She moved to the Atlanta area at the age of 21 where she worked at Doctor’s Hospital in Tucker, GA. She owned and operated a cross stitch shop in the Atlanta area for a brief time. She also worked in the lab at Georgia Southern University. Ginny ALWAYS was a Tennessee fan amongst Georgia Fans. She went on Mission trips to Hawaii and Kenya. Virginia was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Manchester, enjoying traveling with various groups, especially the youth.

Ginny is survived by:
1 sister, Gina (Billy) Thomas of Manchester
2 brothers, Robert Duane (Leslie) Brasfield of Manchester
Jimmy (Olivia) Brasfield of Murfreesboro
Nephews, Rod Brasfield and John Hardy Brasfield
Nieces, Teresa Brasfield, Sandra Brasfield and her fiancé Barrett Newell, Hope (Ryan) Barker, Marlisa Brasfield, and Samantha (Jeffrey) Territo
Great Nephews, Donovan Griffin, Liam, Reid and and Kane Barker and Craig Territo
Great Nieces, Alexandria Brasfield, Mya Cagle and Brionna Territo, and one on the way.


8/29/14 —- Kenneth Marshall Meeks

Mr. Kenneth Marshall Meeks, age 76 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Marshall and Eva Phipps Meeks.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Melissa Faye Meeks, two daughters, Kim Ackerman of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Vanessa Stiefel of Manchester, Tennessee, one son Gregory Meeks and wife Susie of Manchester, Tennessee, two sisters, Linda Roberts and husband Kenneth of Kimball, Tennessee, Carol Gilliam of Manchester, Tennessee, seven grandchildren, Brandon Ackerman of Tracy City, Tennessee, Jessica Ackerman of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, Derek Meeks and wife Katie of Houston, Texas, Kasie Meeks of Charleston, South Carolina, Lana Hopkins of Manchester, Tennessee, Ashley Stiefel of Manchester, Tennessee, Morgan Steifel of Manchester, Tennessee, four great grandchildren, Trey Sweeney of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, Mikaley Ackerman of Nashville, Tennessee, Ty Lawrence of South Carolina, and Landyn Stiefel of Manchester, Tennessee.

Mr. Meeks was a member of the Forest Mill United Methodist Church. He was a truck driver for forty-nine years and enjoyed fishing. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services for Mr. Kenneth Meeks will be conducted on August 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Brother Bob Case officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, Tennessee.


8/27/14 —— Ruby B. Blanton

Miss Ruby B. Blanton, age 90 of Tullahoma, Tennessee, passed from this life on Monday, August 25, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents Robert Thomas and Gracie Alan Daniel Blanton, two sisters, Pauline Reynolds, Nell Birdie Blanton, four brothers, Earl Blanton, Herbert Lee Blanton, William Thomas Blanton, Roy Blanton, one niece, Juanita Blanton, two nephews, William Harold Blanton, Thomas Wayne Blanton, and one great nephew, Thomas Lee Blanton.

She is survived by four nieces, Pat Womack of Nunnelly, Tennessee, Jayne Schrider and husband Leo of Massillon , Ohio, Fay Bishop and husband Bill of Manchester, Tennessee, Judy Shelton of Manchester, Tennessee, four nephews, Buck Blanton and wife Debra of Viola, Tennessee, Glenn Reynolds and wife Kathy of Manchester, Tennessee, Ben Reynolds of Manchester, Tennessee, Robert Blanton and wife Melva of Manchester, Tennessee, and several great and great- great nieces and nephews also survive.

Miss Blanton was a member of the Rutledge Falls Baptist Church. She worked for the Genesco Corporation for many years. Ruby was an avid gardener. She loved flowers, collecting roosters, and was a loving mother to many. Miss Ruby was a fine Christian woman who had a strong faith and was loved by all who knew her.

Funeral Services for Miss Ruby B. Blanton will be conducted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Brother Mike Morris officiating.

Burial will follow in the Blanton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, Tennessee.

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8/28/14 —- Dollye Evelyn Redmon Elam

Dollye Evelyn Redmon Elam, age 84 of Bradyville, Tennessee, died on August 25, 2014.

She was born in Centertown, TN to Thurman and Callie Redmon.

She graduated from Centertown High School and Beauty School in McMinnville, TN before opening up her own beauty shop which she ran for 34 years. Dollye loved to play basketball as a student and young adult. She was an avid cross-stitcher. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting as well. Outside was one of her favorite places to be. She always had a fabulous garden but even more spectacular was the many flowers and flowerbeds that she kept in pristine condition. One of her best skills was rocking her grandchildren. She instilled a love of putting jigsaw puzzles together in everyone that dropped by her home. Baking, cooking and canning for others was one of the ways she served the Lord and others. As a member of the Church of Christ and her life committed to Jesus, Dollye went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters: Clara Bell Lance of McMinnville, TN, Willie Winnett of Nashville, TN, Nell Barnett of Bradyville, TN and her husband of 45 years, Gordon Kenneth Elam.

She is survived by 1 sister Robie Parsley of Madison, TN, her 4 children: Thomas Arledge (Janet) of Pilesgrove, NJ, Bob Arledge (Dee) of Lowell, MA, Patricia “Pat” Cobb (Larry) of Lawrenceburg, TN, and Danny Arledge (Rhonda) of Ethel, LA.Dollye, better known as Nanny to her 7 grandchildren: Kristy Cobb Hall of Dallas, TX, Misty Cobb Cooper of White House, TN, Melissa Arledge Lourenco, of Chemlsford, MA, Mindy Arledge-Hicks of Flowertown, PA, Brian Arledge of Pilesgrove, NJ, Dixie Arledge Meador of Central, LA, and Erin Arledge of Baton Rouge, LA. Nanny has 5 great-grandchildren: Caleb Cooper, Lucas and Lillian Meador, Nolan and Mia Lourenco. She is also survived by her the spouses of her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN.

The Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with her grandson-in-law, Scott Cooper will be officiating.

Burial will follow at the Ivy Bluff Cemetery in Bradyville, TN.

Central Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.flower4

8/29/14 —- Ada Brantley Wright

Ada WrightFuneral services for Mrs. Ada Brantley Wright, age 86, of Manchester will be conducted at 12 Noon, Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Brantley officiating.

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the Wright family will be Thursday, August 28, from 5 pm until 9 pm at Manchester Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wright passed this life Monday, August 25, at the United Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

Mrs. Wright was born in the Noah Community, the daughter of the late John French Brantley and Mary Graham Wilson Brantley.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Manchester. As a citizen of Manchester, Mrs. Wright was a leader and volunteer in the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, the Manchester Recreation Commission, the Band Boosters, community baseball and girls softball programs, and was a charter member of the “Dig’n Dream Garden Club”, the Jaycee’s Shooting Education Program, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved horses, especially Tennessee Walking Horses of which her family has a long history as pioneers of the breed, was active in the “Keep Coffee County Beautiful” Program, and received the “Rocky Award”. Mrs. Wright was also involved in the Methodist Women Organization. She received several awards for the promotion of Flat Shod Tennessee Walking Horses.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wright was also preceded in death by two brothers, John French Brantley, Jr., and James Thomas Brantley.

Mrs. Wright is survived by:

Her husband of 62 years, Mr. John Wright of Manchester

2 daughters, Mary Edna Wright of Manchester ; Ada “Kitty” (Scott) Keen of Manchester

2 sons- John D. (Kamilla) Wright of Hillsboro;  Emmett “Casey” (Teresa) Wright of Manchester

1 brother- Charles Emmett (Nellie) Brantley of the Noah Community

1 sister in law- Mrs. Mary Frances Brantley of Manchester

Grandchildren, Malia (Ben) Oldham, Eve Wright, Amanda and Kayla Wright, Chad (Shala) Ferrell, LeChelle (Jerrod) Ferrell, Mary Katherine Keen.

Great Grandchildren, Kix, Kiya, Kayda, Jules, Jerzee, Justus, and Baby Oldham on the way.



CLARECE ELIZABETH BROWN BURKS, age 74 of Winchester, Tenn. departed this life when the Lord called her home on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Ms. Burks was born in Decherd, Tenn., to the late John L. Brown  and Louvernia McFarland Brown on October 23, 1939, she was the second of eighteen children.

Ms. Burks was a very loyal and dedicated member of the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Cowan, Tenn. She served on the Mothers Board, sang in the choir, worked in the kitchen and anywhere else she was needed in the Church. Ms. Clarece began working for the Franklin County Board of Education in February of 1966 as an Education Assistant. She retired in May, 2001 after 35 years of service.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Burks was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Varnell Burks, son, Leroy Burks, Jr. and three of her siblings.

Ms. Burks “Meme” is survived by her five children; Patricia (Roger) Jelks of Winchester, Vanessa (Roderic) Richardson of Smyrna, Nona (Hubert) Hendon of Winchester, Shannon Burks, Millard (Lolita) Burks all of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and eleven grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 11:00 A.M. until service time at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the New Hope Church of God in Christ, 300 Cowan Street, E., Cowan, Tenn., with Superintendent, Willie Bonner, Jr. officiating.

Interment will follow in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester beside her beloved husband.

Grant Funeral Services in charge of 7

8/29/14 —– Denis Andrew Root

Denis Andrew Root of Fayetteville passed this life on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville at the age of 73.

Mr. Root was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts to the late Henry A. and Cora-lou Noonan Root.

During his life he worked as an Agricultural Planner for Toddy Hollow Inc. and was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and the St. Andrews Brotherhood.

Mr. Root is survived by his wife, Claire Root of Fayetteville, Tennessee; three daughters, Jennifer Sanders and her husband Ed of Calera, Alabama, Mary Ann Watts and her husband Andy of Danville, Indiana, and Louise Rein and her husband Clark of Ottawa, Kansas; one son, Sean Root and his wife Larissa of Nashville, Tennessee ; one brother, Henry Root and his wife Jana of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one sister, Victoria O’Neal and her husband Tom of Rhode Island; and thirteen grandchildren, Gerry, Josh, Jon, and Emily Sanders, Jamie Russell, Lindsey McGlaun, Keely Watts, Margaret Grace Root, Elizabeth, William, Ragan, and Briley Rein, and Jena Gray.

Visitation for Mr. Root will be held on Friday, August 29th, 2014 from 4:00-5:30 pm at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Tullahoma with a memorial service to immediately follow at 5:30 pm with Father Michael Murphy, Father James Pappas, and Father Randal Dunnavant officiating.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Building Fund, 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388, or to the National Kidney Foundation at 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016.

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