Category: Obituaries

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6/19/12 — Thomas Eric Rutenkroger

Thomas  Eric Rutenkroger, age 49 of Summitville, Tennessee, passed away on June 13, 2012.

Mr. Rutenkroger was a Professor of Mathematics at Motlow State Community College and had taught Mathematics for over 23 years. He enjoyed  teaching, bicycle riding, fishing, water sports and playing his acoustical guitar.

He was born in Orlando, Florida to his parents, Paul E.  and Margret C. Gregory Rutenkroger of Orlando, Florida who survive. He is also survived by his wife,  Donna Jean Vincent Rutenkroger ; brother, David C. Rutenkroger; sister-in-law, Lynda Rutenkroger; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 11:00 a.m.  until  2:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN.

The Funeral Service will follow on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother James Michael Tate officiating.

Burial will be at the Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.


6/15/12 — Twiliah Grimshaw

Twiliah Grimshaw, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at Harton Regional Medical Center, at the age of 80.

No services are planned at this time.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

6/16/12 — Orene Hill Perry

Orene Hill Perry, age 93 of Chattanooga, passed away at her home Thursday June 14, 2012.

 A native of Coffee County, she had made her home in Chattanooga most of her life. She was a member of the Cleveland Christian Fellowship and enjoyed quilting and canning and I her earlier years, fishing. She will be remembered as a wonderful person and a lady in every respect.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Coleman Perry; daughter, Betty Parkey.

She is survived by her daughters, Lois Oliver of Chattanooga and Patsy Edwards of Cleveland; 6 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sisters, Jennie Branch, Margie (Richard) Gillespie and Elsie (Johnny) Champion all of Tullahoma; brother, J. M. (Gladys) Hill of Decherd.

The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Saturday June 16, 2012.

Interment will follow at Mt. Garner Cemetery with pallbearers being Kenneth Hill, Bobby Gipson, Richard Gillespie, Ricky Hill, Alton Perry and Owen Walls.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. 

 Watson-North Funeral Home, Cremation Center & Memorial Park in charge of arrangements.

6/15/12 — Darrik Wills

Darrik Wills, age 28, of Murfreesboro, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at his home in Murfreesboro.

He was a member of Lifesong Ministries.

Darrik was preceded in death by his father, Darrell Wills.

He is survived by his wife, Brittany Trail Wills of Manchester; son, Blayn Wills of Manchester; mother, Terry Wills of Murfreesboro; sisters, Erica Wills Walker of Murfreesboro; Shawna Barbush of Indiana; brother, Dainin Wills of Murfreesboro; and in laws, Mark and Mary Ann Trail of Manchester.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, June 15, 2012 from 11:00am until the Funeral service at 1:00pm at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with Bro. Virgil Alford officiating.

Burial to follow at Rose Hill Memorial Garden.

Family ask memorial donations be made to First National Bank, benefit of Darrik Wills to help with funeral expenses.

Murfreesboro Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

6/15/12 — Marc Knapp

Marc Knapp age 67, of Manchester, passed away June 11, 2012 surrounded by family. 

A memorial service for Mr. Knapp will be conducted Friday, June 15, 2012 at 1pm from the 1st Church of the Nazerene in Manchester.

Watson-North Funeral Home, Cremation Center & Memorial Park in charge of arrangements.

6/14/12 — Ja-John Holt

Ja-John Holt,  age 31 of Little Rock, Arkansas and former Coffee County resident, passed away on June 11, 2012 in Little Rock, AR.

Ja-John was a Guest Services Representative with Hampton Inns in Little Rock and studied Computer Information Sytems at the Pontiac Business Institute.

He was preceded in death by his mother, the late Dana Holt; paternal grandparents, Everett and Louise Allen; and maternal grandparents, Harold Holt and Dailey Kaeser.

Ja-John is survived by his father, John  H. Allen of Summitville, TN ; sisters, Delaney Holt and Lori Ann Ham; brother, Tyler Kaeser; special friends, Samantha Hewett and Steven Bolton; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church in Manchester on McArthur Street with Brother Frank Bell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to “Our House”, 302 Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72206.

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME.

6/16/12 — Sean “Big Daddy” Steverson

Mr. SeanBig Daddy” Steverson , 39,  of Tullahoma passed Friday, June 8, 2012 at Harton Regional Medical Center.   He was a 1991 graduate of Tullahoma High School.
He was preceded in death by sister, Consuela Hickerson;  grandparents, Leatha Steverson and William and Marion Braston.

He is survived by Mother, Mary E. Steverson; Father, Robert (Vorketta) Braston ; Brothers, David (Christina) Steverson; Quincton Hickerson both of Tullahoma, TN; Robert Braston, Jr of Sewanee, TN;

Very special brother– Jim(Ellie)Tate, Jr;

Sister, Tonya Braston of New York; 

Aunts, Margaret A. Steverson of Tullahoma, TN; Shirley (Charles) Wiley of Inkster, Michigan; Rita Braston of Tullahoma, TN; Mattie and Leann Braston both of Atlanta, GA;

, John L. (Kristy) Steverson, Russell (Maxine) Braston, Ray (Sylvia) Braston, Doug Braston all of Tullahoma, TN; Jerry (Maxine)Braston of McMinnville,TN.

A very special nephew, Bryson Cole “Ya bo” Steverson.  Host of cousin other relatives and friends. 

Special Friends, Ruth Williams and The Williams Family. 

He will lie in state Friday, June 15, 2012 from 6-7 at J.A. Welton & Son Funeral Home. 

Visitation Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:00am at MT. Zion Baptist Church with Funeral Services to follow at 11:00am at MT. Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Elmore Torbert, Jr Officiating and Rev. James A. Crutchfield as Eulogist. 

Interment Evergreen Cemetery.

J.A. Welton & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

6/14/12 — Jame Rickey Meeks, Sr.

James Rickey Meeks Sr. age 50 of Tracy City passed away on June 12, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Meeks was of the Methodist faith.

He is preceded in death by his wife Sharron K. White; father James Malcolm Meeks; and his great-niece Jacey Dixon.

Survivors include his son James Rickey Meeks Jr.; his mother Mrs. Josephine Meeks; brother Stephen Lee Meeks Sr.; niece Stephanie Dixon; nephew Stephen Lee Meeks Jr.; great-nieces and nephew Jacob, Alia, and Brilee Dixon; caregivers Delbert Ladd, and Brigitte Scott; and a host of cousins and friends.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 14, 2012 in the funeral home chapel. Reverend Bobby Winton will officiate.

Burial will be in Pryor Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are provided by Foster & Lay Funeral Home Tracy City, Tennessee

6/13/12 — Gladys Oliver

Mrs. Gladys Oliver age 89 of Monteagle, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on June 10, 2012 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

 Mrs Oliver was a member of Monteagle First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Melvin Oliver; parents Jeff and Bunia Nunley; a daughter Nellena Cantrell and 20 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her children Robert Oliver, and Joan (Johnny Ray) Smith; Grandchildren Joni Reese, and Judith Byers; sister Bunia Gilliam; 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Daryll Smiley officiating.

Burial will be in Monteagle Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Cumberland Funeral Home Monteagle, Tennessee

6/13/12 —- Marlene Branch

MARLENE BRANCH, age 51, of Tullahoma, Tenn., departed this life on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Life Care Center of Tullahoma, where she had been a resident for the past twenty-five years due to injuries she sustained in an automobile accident at the age of twenty-six. 

Ms. Branch was born in Winchester, Tenn. on December 23, 1960. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dimple and Kip Branch, sisters; Susan Anderson, Dinky Hill and brothers; Carter and Hal Burgess. 

She is survived by her daughter, Barbie (Michael) Dodd, son, Shannon (Shauna) Branch Taylor, sister, Debbie (Kenneth) Taylor, brother, Ronald (Carolyn) Burgess and Roger Dale Burgess all of Tullahoma.  Three grandsons; Lane Dodd, Ashton Dodd and Doneil Watkins. Three granddaughters;  Selina Dobb, Justice Taylor and Christin Banks. 

Visitation for Ms. Branch will be held from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday Evening in the Chapel of Grant Funeral Services. 

Services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at Grant Funeral Services with Bro. Vernon Cole officiating. 

Interment will follow in Green Cemetery in Belvidere. 

Grant Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.