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05/04/16-Dorothy Swinford

On May 1st, 2016 Dorothy Swinford age 90, of Tullahoma, TN entered into rest at Tennova Healthcare Harton Hospital. Dorothy was an amazing mother and the best grandmother you could ever imagine from the grand to the great- great grandchildren. She was a wonderful role model because of her willingness to work hard and play hard attitude. Her sense of humor was joyful and witty for anyone that knew her. She could make the whole room burst out with laughter. One of Dorothy’s greatest passions was gardening and hers was always beautiful.
She is preceded in death by her parents Acie and Myra Bain (Turner); Children Johnny E. Swinford, Malcom E. Swinford and Marth K. Partin; Grandchildren Courtney Swinford and Angela Woessner; Great Grandchild Hayden Gage West; 3 Sisters and 1 Brother.
She survived by Sons Clyde Swinford, Phillip Swinford (Juanita), Barbara Sain, John Swinford, Richard Swinford (Diann), Linda Kimbro (Kippy); Special Grandchildren Valerie and Matt Wilder; Grandchildren Michael Swinford, Chris Swinford, Lisa Sullenger, Pam Partin, B.J. Partin, Crystal Sain, Sarah McCormick, Jeremy Howell, Stephen George, Jonathan Swinford, Alicia Withan, Jennifer Kimbro and Renee Moos; 27 Great Grandchildren; 3 Great-Great Grandchildren and Several Nieces and Nephews.
The family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from Five O’clock in the evening to Eight O’clock in the evening at Tullahoma Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at Ten O’clock in the morning in the chapel of Tullahoma Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN. Interment will follow to Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN.
Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the Swinford Family and asks that you sign the guest book at www.tullahomafuneralhome.com.

5/3/16 — Elgin Berry Hill, Jr.

flower 7Elgin Berry “Junior” Hill, Jr., age 78, passed away on April 30, 2016 at his
home in Manchester, Tennessee. Mr. Hill was born in Hillsboro, Tennessee to
his parents, the late Elgin Berry Hill, Sr. and Theodolia Dooley Hill. He is
survived by his loving wife Mildred Irene Daniels Hill of Manchester, TN;
daughter, Rebecca L. Prince and her husband James of Manchester, TN; sisters
Mildred Sherrill, Ruth Weston and Marilyn Floyd; one grandson, Daniel
Prince of Manchester, TN ; and a host of other relatives and friends.
VISITATION
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 10 am – 1 PM at the Central Funeral Home, 2812
Hillsboro Highway, Manchester, TN 37355
FUNERAL
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at Central Funeral Home
BURIAL
Rutledge Hill Community Church Cemetery

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.

5/7/16 — Teresa P. Ford

fordTeresa P. Ford, age 65, of Antioch, TN passed this life on Saturday, April
30, 2016 at Good Samaritan Health & Rehab in Antioch. Memorial Services
will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2 PM at the Daves-Culbertson Funeral
Home Chapel. Visitation with the family will be from 1 PM until the service
time.

Teresa, a native of Grand Rapids, MI, was the daughter of the late Roman T.
and Vivian Czachorski Pobojewski. She was an International Banker, managing
many accounts for large international companies and also worked as a legal
secretary. She enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles. Her
favorite color was purple and her family has requested anyone attending the
memorial service to please wear something purple.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death one sister, Susan
Pobojewski.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn Ford of Antioch; one daughter, Kayte
Murphy and her husband, Vince of Tampa, FL and three sisters, Cindi Nee and
her husband, Kevin of Baton Rouge, LA, Betsi Bearden and her husband,
Edward of Fort Mill, SC and Judith Ottinger of Shelbyville, TN.

DAVES-CULBERTSON FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

5/2/16 — Ronnie A. Nippers

funeral flowerRonnie A. Nippers, Sr., age 65 of Shelbyville, passed away
Thursday April 28, 2016 at St. Thomas Rutherford. Ronnie was a loving father
and grandfather. He enjoyed watching wrestling, fishing, gardening and doing
all things outdoors. Ronnie’s favorite scripture came from Proverbs
3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and
lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he
shall direct thy paths. He is preceded in death by his parents James and
Grace Nippers.

He is survived by his four children Nora Haseltine, Ronnie
A. Nippers Jr., Donna Elkins, and Jennifer Presley; nine grandchildren;
seven
siblings Beatrice, Carol, Jim, Dorothy, Mildred, Rachel and Sarah; several
nieces and nephews, many cousins and many friends.

The family will receive friends Monday May 2nd,
2016 from eleven O’clock in the morning until twelve O’clock in the
afternoon
at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be held at
twelve O’
clock in the afternoon with Brother Benny Benjamin officiating. Interment
will
be immediately following at Lynch Cemetery.

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

4/30/16 — Willie Mae Payne Northcutt

flower 11Mrs. Willie Mae Payne Northcutt ,age 94, of Pelham passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Manchester Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Stanley Northcutt; parents, Will and Thursa Hamby Payne; 3 sisters, Goldie Johnson, Damie Wimberley and Florence Trussell; brother, Johnny Payne.

Her favorite pastime was planting and working in her garden and quilting.

Survivors include her sons, Benson (Nadine) Northcutt, Earl (Donna Jean) Northcutt, and Freddie (Darlene) Northcutt; grandchildren, Cheryl (Michael) Rogers, Robby Northcutt, Sherry (Anthony) Harshman,David (Sandra) Northcutt, Marty Northcutt, Mike (Cindy) Northcutt, Tammy (Andy) Banks, Stan Northcutt, Carla (Kurt) Glick, Darla (Grant) Hill, Chris Northcutt, Maeghan Northcutt; 20 great grandchildren, 6 step-great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren, 2 step-great-great grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3:00 P.M. Saturday, April 30, 2016 in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Ronnie Trussell and Reverend Brett Meeks officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 noon – 3 P.M. at the funeral home. On line condolences may be made at: www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Funeral Home

4/29/16 — Paul Thomas Halmontaller

halmontallerPaul Thomas (Tommy) Halmontaller, 64, passed away on
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, of anaplastic thyroid cancer. Tommy was
preceded in
death by his father, Paul and brother, Chuck Halmontaller. He is survived by
his fiancé, Tera Bynum; mother, Minnie Halmontaller; sister, Nina (Jim)
Coppinger; sister-in-law, Nancy Halmontaller; two nieces and two nephews;
special friends, Bobby and Freda Jones.Tommy was an Eagle Scout and a
graduate of MTSU earning a
degree in Business. His passion was showing Tennessee Walking Horses and
fishing.Graveside services will be held at 12:30P.M. on Friday,
April 29, 2016 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 10:00 A.M.
until noon on Friday at Coffee County Funeral Chapel in Manchester. In
lieu of
flowers, donations can be made to: Multi-County Cancer Support Network, 110
East Lauderdale St., Tullahoma, TN 37388.

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

Phyllis Annette Morgan

flower 24On April 28th, 2016 Phyllis Annette Morgan age 93, of Tullahoma, TN entered into rest at Tennova Healthcare Harton. She is preceded in death by her parents Leon and Leyden Cale (Posey); her husband William H. Morgan and brother Dick Cale. She survived by her Son and his wife Mike and Karen Morgan; grandchildren Jodye Morgan and Annie and husband Chris Leggett; great grandchildren Ben and Kate Leggett.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes that you make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. There will be a private family service at a later date.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the Morgan Family

4/30/16 — Easter Mary Lena Baugh

baughFuneral services for Ms. Easter Mary Lena Baugh, age 67, of Manchester,
TN, will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at
Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Calvin Jones and Rev. Robert
McGee officiating. Burial will follow in Little Hurricane Church
Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM
on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Manchester Funeral Home. Ms. Baugh passed
away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Raintree Manor in McMinnville, TN.

Easter was born in Coffee County, TN, the daughter of the late James H.
and Lola Christine King Baugh. She was retired from the Coffee County
School System and was a member of Little Hurricane Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Easter was also preceded in death by two
brothers, Walter Nathanial Baugh and Edward Lee Baugh; two sisters, Nancy
Mae Reese and Georgia B. Biles. She is survived by one brother, Douglas
McArthur Baugh of North Cross, GA and one sister, Clemmie J. Maxwell of
Manchester, TN.

MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE BAUGH FAMILY

04/30/16-Jane Greer Puckett

Jane Greer Puckett of Tullahoma, TN passed away on April 22, 2016, at the age 93 due to conditions related to Lewy Bodies dementia. Her immediate and extended family and friends wish to send their many thanks and love to the dedicated staff and medical personnel at The Bridge at South Pittsburg, TN for their love and care over the last 4½ years.

Born on May 24, 1922, in Paris, TN to Hattie Lou Newell and William HalliBurton Greer, Jane HalliBurton Greer was a precocious, bright and very athletic child who loved gymnastics, basketball, tennis and her horses. She adored being the younger sibling to her devoted sister Kathryn Dunlap Greer. Not only excelling in all academics in public school, Jane was a stellar debater and was named “Wittiest” of her Grove High School Senior Class.

“From the Manhattan Project to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame” is the headline of her life but her life encapsulated so much more. Her children, family and friends find it hard to describe her many accomplishments and her zest for life.

After attending Judson College in Marion, AL for two years she transferred to the University of Tennessee to enroll in engineering. Prohibited from the engineering curriculum due to gender policy she became the first to graduate from UT in business statistics. To help with the war effort she was hired as a mathematician-statistician for Clinton Engineering Works. With one of the highest clearance levels, she was the first to verify the production formula for U-235, the major component of the atomic bomb. Due to her work, she was featured in the bestselling book of 2013 “The Girls of Atomic City”.

In January 1947 she married James Beverly “Puck” Puckett, the handsome young Kentuckian she met her first day in Oak Ridge. They moved to Tullahoma in 1952 and raised three children. It was there that she began the second stage of her life and that was being a true Volunteer!

Her organizational and leadership skills were recognized early as the Tullahoma Jaycees honored her as “Citizen of the Year” in 1960. From 1953 to the time of her illness she held offices and long term involvement in the following organizations: Tullahoma Jr. Woman’s Club – President, AEDC Woman’s Club – President, Tullahoma DAR Chapter – Regent, Highland Rim Community Concert Association -Chair, March of Dimes – Chair, United Presbyterian Women – President and Church Circle Chair, Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Girl Scout Day Camp – Coordinator, UT Coffee County Alumni Chapter – Secretary, Tullahoma Woman’s Club – Parliamentarian, National Churchmen’s Sports Hall of Fame committees, and the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center and Lakewood Country Club social and community committees.

Having two “water dog” sons and an athletic daughter, she, along with her husband, and three other Tullahoma couples founded the Tullahoma Swim Club in 1959. With this step in growing the Tullahoma community no one had any idea that her energy and vision would have lasting effects on the youth of Tullahoma, the State, the Region and the Nation through the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). From hosting three of the largest state swim meets in the early 1960’s, she and “Puck” became active in the Southeastern AAU (SEAAU) and the National AAU. They Co-chaired with Joel Ferrell of Tullahoma, the 2nd and 4th annual Jr. Olympic (JO) Games in Knoxville, TN. That event has grown from five sports to a truly multi-sport spectacle involving young athletes participating in more than thirty sports annually.

Jane was directly responsible for the JO’s growth through her work as Region III Chair. She helped organize throughout the Southeast local and regional basketball, track and field, boxing, swimming, gymnastics, wrestling, baseball, karate, and many other sports local, regional, and national competitions. In doing so she worked with various State and National Sport Federations to ensure that competitions were fair and in line with all standards; she was a born negotiator.

Although her many accomplishments as an AAU volunteer and in the sports world are too numerous to mention, the following positions highlight some of her successes: First female President of the SEAAU, National Registration Chair of the AAU, AAU Executive Committee, Chair of Joel Ferrell National Awards Committee, Alabama and Tennessee State Games steering committees, Acting Executive Director of the AAU during National Sports Act transition period, US Olympic Committee meetings and Olympic games attendance and volunteering, an, chaperone on European youth sports trip.

Awards and recognition for her work are as follows: Life Member of the AAU, SEAAU Volunteer Leadership Award, AAU President’s National Leadership Award, National AAU Ira Hurley Award for Outstanding Service, National AAU Spirit Award, “Sports Travel” Magazine “Rosey’s Hero” Award, dedication of Track and Field stand at Memphis University (Jane and Jim), and dedication of Region III track meet, Albany, GA. She was recognized in 2003 by the “Nashville Tennessean” as the sixth most powerful woman in the state of Tennessee in Sports. The award that she was the proudest of was the naming of the annual Jane Puckett SEAAU Leadership Award in 2002 of which “Puck” was the proud recipient in 2004.

She has been inducted in numerous Halls of Fame:
Tennessee Swimming Hall of Fame – 1986
AAU Volunteer Hall of Fame – 1989
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – 2002
And, for her last journey, The Bridge at South Pittsburg Hall of Fame – 2012; she truly led a Hall of Fame life!

When she wasn’t conducting or attending her many meetings, she could be seen at blackboards teaching math as a popular substitute teacher. In the book “The Girls of Atomic City”, author Denise Kiernan, described her as a “force of nature”. However, despite the many accolades and achievements she was a grounded and strong Christian, a loving and adoring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor. Her home was the venue for many Easter egg hunts, creative birthday and slumber parties, bridge and seasonal parties, softball games, leaf raking and football games, and, when the snow fell, the place to be for skiing, sledding, and fireside warmth.

She is survived by three children, Beverly Newell Puckett, Atlanta, GA; Willam Greer Puckett (Ben Yaakovsen), Bremerton, WA; James HalliBurton Puckett (JoAnne), Huntsville, AL; three grandchildren Edward HalliBurton Puckett, Nashville, TN, Kathryn Lyle Puckett, Chicago, IL, and David Gray Salturelli, Denver, CO; and, an extended family of many cousins and loving nieces and nephews who are scattered from coast to coast and border to border.

A life long Presbyterian and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tullahoma, her funeral service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 10:30 am in the sanctuary that “Puck” helped design. Visitation will be at the Tullahoma Funeral Home on Friday, April 29, 2016, from 5 to 8 pm. Burial is scheduled after the service at Maplewood Cemetery, Paris, TN.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Tullahoma, www.fpctullahoma.org; Southeastern AAU, www.southeasternaau.org; Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, www.tshf.net; and, in honor of her friend Pat Summitt and to support the study of and prevention of dementia related diseases, The Pat Summitt Foundation, www.patsummitt.org

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the Puckett Family and asks that you sign and view the guestbook at www.tullahomafuneralhome.com

04/27/16-Charles Raymond Partin

On April 23rd, 2016 Charles Raymond Partin age 86, of Tullahoma passed from this life surrounded by his loving family. Charles never had any children of his own but loved kids and was like a second father to his nieces and nephews. He was a “Jewell” of an uncle! Charles loved being outside and doing yardwork. Raising a garden was one of his biggest passions.
He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Myrtle Partin; His loving wife Marvarene Partin; Siblings Edith Smith, Howard Partin, Alton Partin, Hulin Partin, and Herman Partin. He survived by his Brother Norman Partin (Katie), nieces and nephews; caregivers Fred and Linda Smith and many more loved ones.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 from Five O’clock in the evening until Eight O’clock at Tullahoma Funeral Home. The service will be held Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Three O’clock in the afternoon at Tullahoma Funeral Home.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the Partin Family and asks that you sign the guest book at www.tullahomafuneralhome.com.

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