Category: Obituaries

The Local Obituary Report airs at 6:55am | 12:20pm | 5:00pm


EDWARD WILLIAM “BILL” BURKHALTER, age 57, of Winchester,Tenn., departed this life on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at the Willows at Winchester. 

Mr. Burkhalter was born in Winchester on February 10, 1955 to the late Phil Alva and Mary Frances Shirley Burkhalter. 

He was a graduate of Auburn University, a proud “WAR EAGLE”.   He was a very caring and outgoing person.  Mr. Burkhalter was a member of the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  

He is survived by his sisters; Edith (Richard) Snyder of Estill Springs and Phyllis Burkhalter of Nashville, dear friend, Oswaldo Mullins of Decatur, Ala.  Aunts;  Retha Shirley McCleskey and Nora Mae Burkhalter of Winchester, Tenn., several cousins. 

It was Mr. Burkhalter’s wishes that his body be donated to The Vanderbilt University Anatomical Department. 

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Saturday, June 23rd, in the Chapel of Grant Funeral Services.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Tennessee Oncology and the Willows at Winchester.

In Lieu of flowers Bill requested any memorial contributions to be made to “Sharing Together Forever” fund at the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Animal Harbor of Franklin County or the charity of your choice.  

Grant Funeral Service in charge of the arrangements.

6/21/12 — Fannie Ibeulah Cooper

Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Ibeulah Cooper, age 87, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Noah’s Fork Baptist Church with Bro. Lynn Anderson and Bro. Donald Gregory officiating.

Burial will follow in the Farrar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation with the Cooper family will be from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 20 at Manchester Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cooper will lie in state at the church on Thursday beginning at 11:00 AM.

Mrs. Cooper passed away Tuesday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Coffee County, TN, the daughter of the late Robert Oscar and Betty Crocker Arnold.  She was a machine operator at Genesco and a homemaker.  She was a member of Noah’s Fork Baptist Church for over 60 years, having taught Sunday School for over 50 of those years.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cooper was also preceded in death by her husband, John William Cooper; five brothers, Grady, Marvin, Oscar, Jr., J.C, and Cleveland Arnold; and five sisters, Claty Anderson, Elora Anderson, Opal West, Gertie Haley, and Modean Ferrell.

She is survived by her five sons, Melvin (Molly) Cooper, Dale (Michelle) Cooper, Tony (Tresa) Cooper, Tommy Cooper, and Norman (Linda) Cooper, all of Manchester; one daughter, Linda (Mervin) Sain of Manchester; one sister, Alberta Lowe of Manchester; 12 grandchildren, Penny (Brien) McKelvey, Marty (Casey) Cooper, Britney Cooper, Brody Cooper, Madison Cooper, Traci Cooper, T.J. Cooper, Jamie Sain, Heath Sain, Kristen (Jeremy) Melton, Justen Cooper, and Savannah Cooper; and 3 great grandchildren, Austin McKelvey, John McKelvey, and Brady Cooper.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cooper family.

6/23/12 — William J. Dineen, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. William J. Dineen, Jr., age 79, of Manchester, will be conducted at 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Doug Hankins officiating.

Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 AM on Saturday until time of service.

Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Mr. Dineen passed away Monday afternoon at Manchester Healthcare.

Mr. Dineen was born in Chicago, IL, the son of the late William J. and Anna Ryan Dineen.  He was formerly a dock worker at Consolidated Freightways.  He served his country in the U.S. Army.  He had been a resident of Coffee County since 1994.

Mr. Dineen is survived by his loving wife, Beryl Dineen; two daughters, Patricia (Terry) Bush of Manchester and Deborah (Walter) Gray of Estill Springs; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles and Richard Dineen, both of Chicago; and two sisters, Gloria Bandemer and Mary Ellen Pegaguesh, both of Chicago.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Dineen family.

6/20/12 — Christine “Cricket” Breedlove Pecorino

Christine “Cricket” Breedlove  Pecorino age 52 of Estill Springs passed away Sunday at her residence.
She was born in Macon,GA and graduated from Bayshore High School in 1978. She loved the beach, traveling, cruising and most of all she loved the Lord and her family.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Pecorino of Estill Springs; mother, Sandra Weidemiller of Bradenton, FL; stepfather, Dale Weidemiller of Bradenton, FL; sister, Wendy Devine of Murphy, NC; brother, Craig Breedlove of Bradenton, FL; favorite uncle and aunt, Richard and Donna Thomas of Bradenton, FL; grandmother, Georgia Johnson of Bradenton, FL; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Helen Hall of Winchester; brother-in-law, Joseph Pecorino of Manchester; and sister-in-law, Suzanne Pecorino of Estill Springs.
Services will be 4 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma with Rev. Paul Purdue officiating. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma would be appreciated.
 Moore-Cortner Funeral Home of Winchester in charge of arrangements. 


6/21/12 — Lee R. Hermann

Lee R. Hermann, age 65, passed away into rest on June 17, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer,  at his home in Manchester, Tennessee with his family by his side.

Lee was a fighter and never, never gave up. Lee retired from GTE/Verizon Wireless after 32 years of dedicated serverice as a Service Supervisor.

He was born in Twin Rivers, Wisconson; graduated from Washington High School in 1965; and proudly served a tour of duty in Vietnam in the U. S. Army.  He enjoyed being outside, vacationing at state parks and the beach, but above all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Lee; father, Kenneth W. Hermann; father-in-law, Jake Gottinger; niece, Becky Blashka; nephew, Cory Gottinger; brother-in-law, Terry Peterson.

Lee is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Donna M. Gottinger Hermann of Manchester; daughter, Tammy Sharketti and her husband Stephen of Manchester; two granddaughters, Sarah and Taryn; mother, Beatrice H. Naesar Hermann; sister, Connie Blashka and her family  of Wisconsin; brother, Todd Hermann and his family of Wisconsin; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A special “Thank you” is extended to the staff at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute; Dr. Johanna Bendell and Dee McCombs.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Faith Lutheran Church located on Wilson Avenue at 101 Bragg Circle, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

The Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 P.M. with Reverend Martin S. Nutter, Pastor officiating.

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.

6/19/12 — Jerry Burton

Jerry Burton, age 55 of Lynchburg, Tennessee passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012.
He was born on April 17, 1957 in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Mr. Burton was preceded in death by his father Harry Burton Sr., sister Peggy Gattis and son Jeremy Burton.
Surviving are mother Bonita (Raby)Rogers of Lynchburg, TN; Sisters Marie (Bobby) Gattis of Lynchburg, TN; Dorothy Heird of Lebanon, TN; Betty Sue (Freddie) Hixson of Shelbyville, TN; and Gracie Hunt of Pulaski, TN; Brothers Terry (Cynthia) Burton and Bug (Virginia) Burton, of Lynchburg, TN; Brother-in-law R.L. Gattis of Lynchburg, TN and nine grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday at Jennings Moore-Cortner Chapel with Rev. Mike Awalt and Rev. Ricky Smith officiating.
Interment will be in Lynchburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 PM at Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home of  Lynchburg.



6/20/12 — Harlan Ragar Watkins (Jim)

Harlan Ragar Watkins “Jim”, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at his residence at the age of 70.

Born in Lynchburg, Tennessee to the late Thomas and Lettie Watkins, he was a former member of the Downtown Lions Club and the American Legion Post 43. Mr. Watkins was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. During his life, Mr. Watkins worked as a grocer for the Tullahoma Wal-Mart.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Jose Bost; and five brothers, Doyal Watkins, Bill Watkins, Don Watkins, Joe Watkins and Harold Watkins.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Watkins; one daughter, Jennifer Brewer of Tullahoma; one son, Jeremy Watkins and (Kerri) of Henning, TN; four grandchildren, Jaelyn Brewer, Jadin Watkins, Mya Hodges, and Jacia Watkins; one daughter-in-law, Christina Parsons of Morrison, TN; two brothers, C.B. Watkins (Jean), and Jack Watkins (Linda) all of Tullahoma; and one sister, Catherine Adams of Indiana.

Visitation for Mr. Watkins will be held on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00pm with the funeral Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 11:00am in The Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Wayne Wester officiating.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

For those who wish the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

6/22/12 — Donald Bradley Baker

Donald Bradley Baker, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at Harton Regional Medical Center at the age of 17.

Bradley was a former football player for Moore County High School and was currently a student at Tullahoma High School.

Bradley is survived by his father, Mike Baker and his companion, Sherri Orr of Tullahoma; mother, Rebecca Tipps of Tullahoma; one sister, Ashley Phillips of Tullahoma; one brother, Ryan Flippo of Shelbyville; 2 step-sisters, Kayla and Megan Orr; one step-brother, Derek Prince; grandparents, Don and Jean Baker of Tullahoma and Roy and Paula Carter of Normandy; Aunts and Uncles, Eileen Scrivner and her husband Mitch of Memphis, David Carter and his wife Jessica of Tullahoma, Lynn Taylor and her husband David and Jennifer McNair and her husband Chip; eight cousins; Paige and Hunter Scrivner, Nicholas Carter, Chase Phillips and Dawson, Christian, and Abigail Carter and Amelia Rose; niece and nephew, Savannah and Cameron Phillips; and his girlfriend, Faith Henley.

Visitation for Bradley will be held on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 from 4:00-8:00pm at Kilgore Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 11:00am in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Wright officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

6/20/12 — Seth David Forbord

Seth David Forbord, of Tullahoma, went to be with his Lord and Savior in heaven on June 16, 2012.

He was 78 years old and is survived by his loving and well-loved wife of 56 years, Margaret. His daughters, who are proud to call him dad, are Velinda (John) McLaughlin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Monica (Roddey) Rappe of Little Rock, South Carolina. He was Poppa to David (Summer) Branch, Wesley Branch, and Laurel (Dave) Paradise of Murfreesboro, and Eva Rappe of Little Rock. Great-grandchildren include Isabelle and Brianna Paradise, and August Branch.

Dave was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota on February 1, 1934 to Arthur and Helen Forbord. He was the youngest of eight children: Rebecca, Arthur (deceased), Bessie, Esther (deceased), Helen (deceased), Wesley (deceased), and Martha. Dave’s mother died a few days after his birth and his dad, Arthur, asked his sister, Della (William) Forbord Haverly, to raise David with their other children: Ione (deceased), Francis, Margie (deceased), Lois, Verna, and Paul (deceased).

Dave served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He then worked in the drafting and design section at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The family moved to Tullahoma in 1965 where he worked at AEDC for 31 years as a design draftsman and later as a program manager. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. He was a member of the Elk River Long Rifles and an active member of Faith Lutheran Church for 47 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Food Pantry Fund, Campus Life Youth for Christ – PO Box 903 – Murfreesboro, TN 37133, or Young Life of Tullahoma, PO Box 96, or Murfreesboro, PO Box 741.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, June 19, at Tullahoma Funeral Home from 5-7pm. On Wednesday, June 20th, at Faith Lutheran Church, visitation will be held at 10 am with the service beginning at 11 am. Internment follows at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Thanks be to God for the life and faith of Seth David Forbord.

Tullahoma Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

6/19/12 — Robert Monroe Clark Jr.

Robert Monroe Clark Jr., age 84 of Winchester, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at his home.

He was born on January 8, 1928 in Winchester, Tennessee; the son of the late Robert Monroe Clark Sr. and Daisy Mae (Holder) Clark.

Mr. Clark worked for the United States Postal Service and was a Army Veteran who served in the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Clark was preceded in death by four sisters, one brother and a grandaughter, Sabrina Clark.

Surviving are wife Lillie Mae (Warren) Clark; daughter Shelia (Kenneth) Lee of Decherd, TN; sons Mark (Kim) Clark, Michael (Lucinda) Clark and Marty (Stacy) Clark all of Winchester, TN; sisters Lois Dean of Baton Rouge, LA and Matilda (Johnny) Locke of Manchester, TN; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Brother Tim Brown officiating.

 Interment will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester, TN.

Visitation will be Monday from 5-9 PM at Moore Cortner Funeral Home.

 Arrangements by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home of  Winchester.