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12/8/18 — Edith Marie Chandler

Edith Marie Chandler, age 83 of Manchester, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in New Market, Alabama on March 21, 1935. Edith graduated
from Franklin County High School as Class Salutatorian with the class of 1955 and then attended Motlow State Community College. Before her retirement, she was employed as a Nurse’s Aide with Doctors Associates and had been awarded the CNA of the Year Award. Edith loved reading, collecting recipes, and crocheting. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandkids and great-kids. She was a member of New Union Baptist Church. Her family will remember her for her devotion and good sense of humor. Edith was preceded in death by her father, Odie David; mother and step-father, Florence and Jim Jernigan; husband, John “J.W.” Chandler; sisters, Mary Francis Kennedy and
Dorothy Luna; and brother, John David.
She is survived by her loving children, Janet (Wyatt) Nettles, Larry(Karren) Chandler, Dale (Sharon) Chandler, Jane Cardwell, and Joyce Stark, all
of Manchester; grandchildren, April, Jerry, Brandy, Donald, Cody, Casey,Jimmy
Bruce, William, Amanda, Wesley, Jacob, and Rachel; sixteen great-grandchildren;
siblings, Annie B. Keller of Winchester; brother-in-law, Clay (Beulah)
Chandler of Kokomo, Indiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 12-2 pm Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm in the Moore-Cortner Chapel with Pastor Mike Owen officiating. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Edith Chandler Scholarship Fund at Coffee County Bank.
The fund will be used to help students interested in pursuing nursing.

Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, (931)-967-2222,

Debra (Roxanne) McCullough

Debra (Roxanne) McCullough, age 61, of Morrison, TN, passed away on
December 4, 2018 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. Roxanne
was a kind and giving person. She has now given several families a
Christmas miracle through organ donation. This was her last gift on this
earth. No services are planned.

Roxanne was born in Shelbyville, TN, and graduated from Shelbyville High
School in 1975, the daughter of the late Mac McCormick and Shirlene
Taylor, who survives. She was a home health caregiver and of the Baptist
faith. Roxanne enjoyed crocheting, reading, going to craft shows and
flea markets, and loved animals.

In addition to her father, Roxanne was also preceded in death by a
brother-in-law, Danny Michaels. In addition to her mother, Roxanne is
also survived by one aunt, Diane Adams; her loving husband, Kent
McCullough; one son, Josh (Tina) Smith; one grandchild, Kayla Smith;
father and mother-in-law, Walter and June McCullough; two sisters-in-law,
Angela Michaels and Janet (Paul) Thornton; nephew, Tyler Thornton; and
niece, Kaitlyn Thornton.


12/6/18–Jimmy Keith Cooper

Mr. Jimmy Keith Cooper, 68, passed away early
Tuesday December 4, 2018 at the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in
Murfreesboro after and extended illness. He was born in Manchester,
Tennessee on June 13, 1950 to James Rogers Cooper Jr. and Faye Armstrong
Cooper who preceded him in death along with his grandparents, James R. and
Eva Ritter Cooper Sr., William Clark and Maude Mae Jones Armstrong.

He is survived by his daughters, Leslie D. Brown and Melissa Cooper of
Manchester; sister, Karen Cooper Lowery of Manchester; granddaughter,
Lauren A. Gosnell of Murfreesboro.

Graveside funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday at Rose Hill Memorial
Gardens with Minister James Wade officiating. Arrangements by: Central
Funeral Home, Manchester, Tennessee.

Central Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


ALTON BRADFORD “TONY” THOMAS, age 72, of Decherd, Tenn., departed this life suddenly onMonday, December 3,
2018, at STRHS Winchester. Mr. Thomas was born in Tullahoma, Tenn., on June 16, 1946, to the late Cecil Thomas
and Winifred Burrow Thomas. Mr. Thomas is a veteran of the U.S. Army serving his country during the Vietnam War. He was disabled. Before becoming disabled Mr. Thomas was a Truck Driver for many years. He was an avid Tennessee Titans fan. Mr. Thomas enjoyed fishing. He was the type of person that would give a person the “shirt off of his back” if he felt someone needed something. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Jet, sister, Ann Anderson, daughter-in-law, Missy Thomas and step-mother, Pearl Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Thomas of Decherd, Tenn., daughter, Gail Thomas of Shelbyville, sons; Alton Thomas, Jr., and Tony Thomas both of Shelbyville, James R. Thomas and wife, Contessia of Tullahoma, Daniel Thomas of Decherd, Scott Thomas of Tullahoma, Alton Bradford Thomas, III of Shelbyville and Dewayne Thomas, uncle, Clifford Blankenship of Winchester, 24-grandchildren and 10-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Thursday, December 6, 2018, in the Chapel of Grant Funeral Services. Services are scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Friday, December 7, in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services. Interment will follow in the Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd, Tenn.


12/4/18–Billy Jane Cooley Terry

Billy Jane Cooley Terry, age 93, passed this life on December 3, 2018, at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, L.D. and Lorene Nunn of Manchester; son, Bradley (Kip); infant son, Barry Keith; brother, Alfred Nunn; sisters, Betty Carter and Bonnie Pogue; and the father of her sons, Billy Cooley.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Gene Terry; her son, Curtis Jeff Cooley (Sandy) of Mayfield, Kentucky; sisters, Peggy West (Roger) of Winchester, Sandra York of Cullman, Alabama; daughter-in-law, Shirley Cooley of Manchester; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Jane loved her family and lifelong friends especially the Powers family with whom she worked for many years. She loved to garden, flowers, and red birds. Her wish for life was to be a wife and mother, to raise her children and keep a nice home. A gentle, kind and classy lady who was loved by many.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Cooley/Terry family.

12/7/18–Louise Janie Upton

Upton, Louise Janie,of Tullahoma, passed this life on Sunday,
December 2nd, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare-Harton at the age of 88. Mrs.
Upton was born in Tullahoma to the late James and Effie Lowhorne Fanning
and was a member of the 1st Assembly of God. In addition to her parents,
Mrs. Upton was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Upton; one
brother-in-law, David Carmichael; and one great-nephew, Joey Doolittle.
She is survived by one daughter, Debbie Upton of Tullahoma; one son,
Eddie Upton and his wife Cat of Bullhead City, Arizona; three sisters,
Christine Doolittle and her husband John, Char Peterson and her husband
Rev. Richard, and Pat Carmichael; one brother, Jimmy Fanning and his wife
Angel; grandchildren, Destiny, Kirt, Joshawah, Vickie, and Esther; and
great-grandchildren, Sedona, Brendan, Kelsey, Luke, Preston, Keely,
Joshawa Jr, Nathaniel, Timothy, Patrick, Lydia, Sirena, Abigail, Noah and
Ben. Visitation for Mrs. Upton will be held on Friday, December 7th, 2018
at Kilgore Funeral Home from 11:00am-1:00pm with the funeral to
immediately follow at 1:00pm with Pastor Ronald Forrester officiating.
Burial will follow at Mount Garner Cemetery in Decherd. For those who
wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to
Joey’s Toy Box, 90 Glenda Trace, Suite 429, Newnan, Georgia 30265.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

12/6/18 — Tollie Craig Lee

Funeral services for Mr. Tollie Craig Lee, age 69, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with his brother Stephen “Mike” Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Mill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the funeral home. Mr. Lee passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at St. Thomas – Rutherford in Murfreesboro, TN.

Tollie was born in Loudon, TN, to the late Frank and Annabell Lee. He was the owner of Lee’s Auto Upholstery for over 40 years. He loved watching sports and going to football games. Tollie was the lead singer of many rock ‘n roll bands for several years, and he loved people and was a very good listener. He was a very loving son, brother, and friend.

Tollie is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Annabell Lee. He is survived by his brothers, Frank Lee (Donna) and Stephen Lee (Debra); sister, Elizabeth Hooie (Joe); adopted son, Ian (Rebecca), three grandchildren; an adopted daughter; best friend, John Hershman; multiple nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.

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

12/6/18 — Helen Lucille Hickerson Farrar

Helen Lucille Hickerson Farrar went to be with our Lord on December 1, 2018.

She was born on October 20, 1925, in Coffee County to John Hickerson and Birdie Morgan. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of fifty-nine years, Carl L. Farrar; son, Jefferey West Farrar; brothers, Ewin and Tommy Hickerson; grandsons, Dionisios Vythoulkas and Caleb Riddle. She is survived by her sister, Opal Stephens of Manchester; daughters, Joan Vythoulkas and Brenda Farrar both of Woodbury, and Gina Prince of Estill Springs; sons, Steve Farrar of Elora, TN and Mark Farrar of Hendersonville; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

After raising six children Helen began her next life phase by working as a teacher’s aide at North Coffee Elementary School in Manchester for eleven years. Helen loved her family and gardening. She was a life-long member of Blanton’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Manchester.

Funeral services for Helen will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Bro. Louis Johnson and Bro. Roy Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Blanton’s Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends form 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff and workers at The Rutherford Memory Care facility in Murfreesboro for their care and support for Helen for the past five years, as well as Avalon Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Helen’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association,, or Blanton’s Chapel Cemetery, 4376 Powers Bridge Road, Manchester, TN 37355.

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

12/16/18 — Ashlynn M. Vandergriff

Ashlynn M Vandergriff of Shelbyville passed this life on Thursday, November
29, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville at the age of 16. Memorial
Services will be held Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3 PM at Daves-Culbertson
Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 1 PM.

A native of Bedford County, she was the daughter of Gary Vandergriff of
Shelbyville and the late Helen Brand Vandergriff. She was a student at
Shelbyville Central High School and enjoyed doing makeup and hair, art and
listening to music.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two brothers, Bobby Ray
Douglas Vandergriff and Jonathan Jay Vandergriff, both of Shelbyville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made in
her honor to Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home.

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

12/2/18 — Ruth Banks Morton

Mrs. Ruth Banks Morton, 87, passed away Thursday
November 29, 2018 at her home with her family at her bedside. She was born
in Manchester, Tennessee on November 23, 1931 to Ben Lomand and Viola
Gammons Banks who preceded her in death along with her husband, Shofner Morton, sister, Virginia
Skuya; brothers, Lee and Edward Banks.

She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and was of the Baptist Faith.

She is survived by her son, James Morton, Manchester; daughters, Donna and
her husband Billy Giles and Nancy and her husband Terry Walker all of
Manchester; grandchildren, Jason and William Morton, Benjamin Walker, Roger
and Adrian Anderson, Brenda Glaviano and Karen Hook; 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home chapel with
Minister Jerry Pullum officiating with burial to follow in the Farrar Hill
Cemetery. Visitation: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday at Central Funeral Home,
Manchester, Tennessee.

Central Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements

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