Category: Obituaries

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11/21/12 — Linda Jean Martin

Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Jean Martin, age 70 of Estill Springs will be conducted at 2:00pm, Wednesday, November 21 at the Manchester Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitaiton with the Martin family will be from 10am until service time Wednesday at Manchester Funeral Home.

Mrs. Martin passed away Friday evening at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.


Mrs. Martin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana the daughter of the late Sam Edward Anderson and Viola Duncan Anderson. She was retired from the Aladdin Company and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Martin traveled to Ireland to attend the Special Olympics that a grandchild participated in. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester Wayne Martin and by a grandchild, Patrick Buckner. Mrs. Martin is survived by:


3 daughters-

Melissa Alamilla of Englewood, Tn

Marticia Buckner of Cowan, Tn

Kaye Griser of Estill Springs

Special friends- Anita and Marie

Grandchildren- Brandy Buckner, Kensey Smotherman, Cody Smotherman, Breanna Smotherman, Simon Alamilla, William Alamilla, Matthew Smotherman, Rhainna Alamilla and Rodriego Alamilla, and by 2 great grandchildren, Aubrey I. Childs and Kenneth McClendon.



11/18/12 — Kenneth R. King, Sr

Mr. Kenneth R. King Sr., age 80, of Tullahoma, passed away Friday at Harton Regional Medical Center.

He is a native of Peytona, WV and is the son of the late Isaac and Irene King. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife, Josephine King and a son Kenneth R. King Jr. Mr. King retired from the United States Air Force as a Tech Sergeant and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Tullahoma.

He is survived by a daughter, Belinda King of Tullahoma, sons, Joseph (Patricia Ann) King of Gallipolis, OH, John (Pam) King of Manchester, brother, Franklin D. King of NC, sister, Lorana Clemens of WV, grandchildren, Stephen, Cassie, Christopher and Sarah King, great grandchildren, Brittany, Tyler, Jacob, Emma and Landon.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, from 2:00PM until 3:00PM at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Services will be conducted Sunday at 3:00PM at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Elbert Smith officiating.

 A private family burial will be held at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

11/18/12 — Ruby L. Rogers

Mrs. Ruby L. Rogers age 83 of Payne’s Cove near Pelham, Tennessee passed away on Friday morning, November 16, 2012, at Medical Center of Manchester. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ann Reed; husband, Joe H. Rogers; son, Bobby Joe Rogers.

Survivors include her children, Calvin Rogers of Murfreesboro, Ricky Rogers of Gruetli-Laager, Mark Rogers of Payne’s Cove, Wanda Gallagher of Alto and Mae Jackson of Winchester; grandchildren, Melanie, Stephanie, Derrick, Heather, Holly, Lane, Cameron Jade, Cody and Dustin; 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday at Payne’s Cove Church with Reverend James Smith and Reverend Pat MaGouirk officiating. Burial will follow in Payne’s Cove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday 3-9 p.m. at the funeral home. On line condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Cumberland Funeral Home, 207 Mabee Avenue, Monteagle, Tennessee.

12/18/12 — Edith Vera Newman Love

Edith  Vera Newman Love, age 88, passed  away on November 12, 2012 at her home in Manchester, Tennessee with her  daughter, friends and family by her side.
Mrs. Love was born September 26, 1924 in Thornton  Heath, Surrey, England to her parents, the late William John Newman and Camelia  Freida Newman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Gordon Love and  brother, Ronald William Newman. Edith met her husband, Gordon, in London,  England in 1944 when she was assigned as a civilian to work with Gordon’s U.S.  Army Signal Corps unit operating teletype machines immediately prior to D-Day. 
They were married in July 1945 at St. Lawrence Church in Morden, Surrey,  England. She arrived in the United States on April 1, 1946 aboard the USS  President Tyler. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Barnabas’ Episcopal  Church in Tullahoma, TN where she was active in the Order of the Daughters of  the King. She was also a long-time member of the Manchester FCE Club; she was  involved in Girl Scout activities for over 20 years; and she was a member of the  Girl’s Night Out Quilting Society in Tullahoma. Edith enjoyed reading, quilting,  sewing and needlework.
Mrs. Love is survived by her daughter, Linda Marie Love  of Manchester, TN; sister-in-law, Pam Newman of Welwyn Garden City,  Hertfordshire, England; niece, Carole Newman Hopkins of Bengio, Hertfordshire,  England; nephews, Paul Newman of Colchester, Essex, England  and   Derek (Sharon) Newman of Edmonton, London, England; and a host of other  relatives in England and friends.
Visitation will be on Sunday, November 18,  2012 from 1:00 p.m.  until 2:00 p.m. at the St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church  in Tullahoma with the Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m.
Burial will be at  the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. 
In lieu of  flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the St. Barnabas’ Restoration Fund;  the Mary E. Norton Chapter of the Daughters of the King at St. Barnabas’  Episcopal Church; the St. Barnabas’ Outreach Activities or the Manchester  Public Library.
Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.

11/14/12 — Janet Brown

Mrs. Janet Brown of Tullahoma, TN, age 84, passed away Wednesday, November 14 at Harton Regional Medical Center.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

11/17/12 — Jimmy Scott Thomas

Mr. Jimmy Scott Thomas, age 56, of Decherd, passed away Wednesday, November 7 at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester, TN.

A native of Barstow, CA, he is the son of Ernest J. Thomas, Jr. (Betty) of Capac, MI and Janice Williams of Warren, MI .

He was employed by U-Haul as a hitch mechanic.

He is survived by a daughter Christina Call of Warren, MI, and two sons Jesse Thomas of Decherd, TN, and Joel Thomas of Clarksville, TN. In addition to his children, he is survived by two sisters Robin Garrison of Clinton Township, MI and Pamela Thomas of Del Ray Beach, FL, two brothers Jerry Thomas of Chesterfield Township, MI and Kerry Williams of Punta Gorda, FL, one son-in-law David Call of Tullahoma, TN, seven grandchildren Gabriella, Isabella, Dakota, David Jr., Grace, Victoria, and Elizabeth, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Estill Springs City Park in Estill Springs, TN.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jimmy Thomas.

11/16/12 — Jack Hawkersmith

Jack Hawkersmith, former Tullahoma business leader has died. Louis Jackson (Jack) Hawkersmith died Wednesday, November 14th, at Harton Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Winchester, Tennessee, September 3rd, 1934, and moved to Tullahoma with his parents, Bill and Christine R. Hawkersmith.

The family established Rollins and Levan Furniture Store in Tullahoma where Jack worked his entire adult life. He became co-owner upon the death of his father. Jack graduated from Tullahoma High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He was known for his ready smile and his kindness to his customers. Jack was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Tullahoma High School and UT Vols Football. He took great pleasure in watching his children and grandchildren play sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.H. Hawkersmith and Christine Rollins Hawkersmith.

He is survived by his former wife, Jewel B. Hawkersmith; two sons, Richard Louis (Dawn) Hawkersmith, Rodney Douglas (Glenda) Hawkersmith; grandchildren, Jordan Hawkersmith, Justin Hawkersmith, Brandon Hawkersmith, Audrey Hawkersmith, and Chase Hawkersmith; two sisters, Joanne (John) Roberson, and Betty (Roy) LeCroy; nephews, Russ Roberson, Mitch Roberson, Nate Roberson, Mike LeCroy, Matt LeCroy, and niece, Lisa LeCroy Grady. During his extended illness, he was cared for by Jewel B. Hawkersmith, their children, grandchildren, and the caring people at The LifeCare Center of Tullahoma.

Visitation for Mr. Hawkersmith will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2012 from 11:00am-1:00pm with a graveside service following at 2:00pm at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Bro. David Wall officiating.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


11/15/12 — Coach L.E. Oakley

Coach  L.E. Oakley, age 85 of  Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on November 12, 2012 at the Erlanger Health  System in Chattanooga, TN.
Coach Oakley was born in Livingston, TN to his  parents, the late Roy B. Oakley and Edna H. Ensor Oakley and was also preceded  in death by his brother, Roy B. Oakley, Jr., sister, Marie Oakley  Verble and grandfathers, Lewis Oakley and Reverend Simmon Ensor.
Coach  Oakley will be fondly remembered as a Teacher, Coach, Assistant Principal and  Athletic Director for generations of students at Coffee County Central High  School. He had also served as the Water Front Director in charge of the life  guards at the Standing Stone State Park in the summers from high school until  1985 and was a United States Navy World War II Veteran. He was named All  American for his successes playing football as left end at Austin Peay State  University and was the second person to be elected to the Austin Peay State  University Hall of Fame.
Coach Oakley is survived by his loving wife, Jean Buck  Oakley of Manchester, TN; sons, Bobby Oakley and his wife Ann of Celina,  TN  and Eddie Oakley and his wife Jennifer of Lake Cormorant, MS; brother,  Charles (Grace) Oakley; three grandchildren, Clint (Kate) Oakley of Athens,  GA,  Jennifer Oakley of Los Angeles, CA  and Reed Oakley of Knoxville,  TN; special friends, David & Mert Duvall; and a host of other relatives and  friends.
 Visitation will be on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.   until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN.
A Memorial Tribute  will be conducted as part of the ceremonies at the Overton County, Tennessee  football game on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL  HOME.

11/16/12 — John W. Finch

John W. Finch, of Tullahoma, passed this life at his residence on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at the age of 74.
Mr. Finch was born in Tullahoma to the late John B. and Wanda Finch. During his life, he worked as a truck driver for the Trott Group. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one daughter, Laura Jackson.
Mr. Finch is survived by two daughters; Christie Sutton and husband Tony of Murfreesboro, and Renee Sanders and husband Ricky of Tullahoma; six grandchildren, Marie Quick, Joshua Quick, Casey Sanders, Raven Sanders, Brandon Jackson, and Sydney Jackson; and two great-grandchildren, Jaiden Quick and Riley Boylan.
Visitation for Mr. Finch will be held Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 11:00am at Oakwood Cemetery in Tullahoma with Bro. Jack Lambert officiating.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




11/8/12 — Roy Kenneth Dement

Mr. Roy Kenneth Dement of Normandy, a retired construction company owner, died Thursday, November 8, 2012 at his home after an extended illness.

A native of Bedford County, he was born July 7, 1926, the son of the late Arthur Jackson and Roma Bramblett Dement. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and had many interests. He was a long-time private pilot and former member of the “Tullahoma Bunch” flying group. He was also a former member of the board of directors of the Bedford County Farm Bureau and was lifelong member of the Normandy Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David A. Dement, and a sister, Polly Dement Oettinger.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Means Dement; three daughters, Kathleen Gann, Mary (Mike) Nadeau and Eileen (Louis) Day; six grandchildren, Carey Brown, Lauren Gann, Sara Muscha, Celeste Everett, Eric Hurd and Harrison Day; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Dement, and several nephews and cousins.

A private family visitation will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Daves-Culberson Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 12 noon at Hollywood Cemetery in Wartrace with Rev. Monnie Caine officiating. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Normandy Presbyterian Church in Normandy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Normandy Presbyterian Church or the American Farmland Trust.

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.