Obituaries

Obituaries

Tom Wannyn

Tom Wannyn of Sparta, Tennessee passed this life on Thursday, July 22, 2021
at his residence at the age of 74. No services are scheduled at this time.
Mr. Wannyn, a native of Elkins, West Virginia, was the son of the late
Virgil and Sylvia Shreves. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, working on cars,
hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wannyn.
He is survived by his sons, Tommy Wannyn (Kristy) of Columbia and Billy Joe
Wannyn; brothers, Gary Moffet, Steve Moffet and Clyde Moffet.
Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.
Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lucy Jane Hill

Lucy Jane Hill, age 63, of Pelham, Tennessee passed away in the comfort of
her home, on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Born in Manchester, Tennessee on October 8, 1953, to the late Buddy and
Elsie Sears, Lucy devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother and
grandmother. She was of the Pentecostal faith and a fourteen-year member of
The Bible Church of Jesus Christ in Manchester, Tennessee. She enjoyed
being outdoors, fishing, working in her flower garden and traveling to the
Great Smoky Mountains. Lucy was passionate about singing and playing her
keyboard. She will be missed dearly by her loving family and friends.

Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, name
unknown; three sisters, Maddie Murray, Novella Layne and Annie Tucker; and
one grandson, Skylar Trasher.

She is survived by her loving husband of thirty years, Billy Joe Hill, Sr.;
one son, George Hill; one daughter, Vickie Thrasher; one stepson, Billy
(Angie) Hill, Jr.; one stepdaughter, Vivian (Ronald) Bell; stepbrother,
Junior Tucker; special brother-in-law, David Murray; nine grandchildren,
Timothy, Michael, Charity, Billy III, Shawn, Natasha, Josh, Bethany and
Dakota; over twelve great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Cumberland Funeral
Home- Monteagle from 10AM-1PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1PM on the same day with Bro. Vernon
Wagoner officiating.

Internment will immediately follow at Red Hill/ Warren Cemetery in Pelham,
Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to assist in
funeral costs.

Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at
www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net.

Billy Gene Mills

Mr. Billy Gene Mills, age 70, of Hillsboro, TN, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at his residence
surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Mills was born in Amarillo, TX, to his late parents Billy and Maxine Mills. He was a candy maker and “Strawberry King” for Russell Stover Candy for many years. Mr. Mills was also a member of New Union Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Susan K. Harris. Mr. Mills is survived by his wife of 50 years, Roxanne Mills; son, John David (Wendy) Mills; daughter, Jennifer Noel (Josh) Overman; siblings, Allan Lee (Debbie) Mills, Judy Lynn (Connie Grissom) Mills, and Michael Leroy (Joan) Mills; grandchildren, Grace (Dylan) Daughtrey, Claire Mills, Jacob Mills, Sierra Middleton, Peyton Mills, Austin Overman, Kerra (Savannah) Overman, Austin Johnson, Madison (Cameron Carter) Cox, Jayson Overman, and Lily Overman; great grandchildren, Sawyer and Jay Daughtrey. Per Mr. Mills’ wishes, he will be cremated and a Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July
24, 2021, at 1:00pm at New Union Baptist Church with Mike Owens and Kerry Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Central Funeral Home is serving the family, 931-723-7774, centralfuneralhome.com

Jean Downer Alexander

Jean Downer Alexander, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Monday, July 19 th , 2021 at Life Care Center in Tullahoma at the age of 94. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to the late Elbert Hubbard Downer and Helen Frances Duffield Downer. She graduated from Ridley Park-Pennsylvania High School in 1943 and went on to attend Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 1947. Mrs. Alexander later attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and attained her Master’s of Education degree. She taught social studies for many years in the Eaton Community School System in Ohio, and was best known for starting the annual trip to Washington D.C. for 8 th grade students. Mrs. Alexander was a long-time active member of Eaton United Church of Christ, as well as the Ohio Educators Association, the National Educators Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. She was also on the National Council for Social Studies from 1973-1987 and along with her husband, drove for Meals On Wheels in Eaton for 16 years. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Marion Philip Alexander, who passed away in 2010. She is survived by three children, Joyce Hiebert and her husband David, Philip Alexander and his wife Sarah, and Donna Dandino and her husband Patrick; one sister, Barbara Coller; six grandchildren, Jean Hiebert Larson and her husband Brad; Mark Hiebert and his wife Lily Floeter, Randall Alexander, Samuel Alexander, Alexander Dandino and his wife Andrea, and Pauli Dandino; three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Leo, and Henry; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 5 th , 2021 from 4:00-7:00pm at Eaton United Church of Christ in Eaton, Ohio, and a memorial service will be held on Friday, August 6 th , 2021 at 10:00am, also at Eaton United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Marion Alexander Scholarship Fund, c/o Clinton County Foundation, P.O. Box 831, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 or at [ https://ccf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list | https://ccf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list ] .

Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James “Jimmy” Stiles

Mr. James “Jimmy” Stiles, age 79, of Hillsboro, TN,
passed from this life on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Hillsboro, TN.

Mr. Stiles was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to his late parents Joseph
and Thelma Stiles. He worked at the Kroger warehouse for 35 plus years
until retirement. Mr. Stiles served his country in the United States Army.
He was a loving husband, son, brother, and father. Mr. Stiles loved
anything to do with the outdoors including hunting, fishing and tending to
his many gardens. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of New
Life Church of Manchester. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by daughter, Hannah Irene Stiles Haley; brothers, Jackie Stiles and
Bobby Stiles.

Mr. Stiles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nadine Agee Stiles;
daughter, Sharon Lynch; sons, George Joseph (Grace) Stiles and James
(Kelly) Stiles; brother, Billy Stiles; sisters, Joann Willis, Patsy (Ed)
Lock, Linda (Charlie) Carter, Brenda Ward, and Cinda Stiles; ten
grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved church family at New Life
Church of Manchester.

Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 4:00pm
until 8:00pm at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. Funeral services
will be conducted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from the chapel of Central
Funeral Home with Bro. David Siler officiating. Burial will follow in
Asbury Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Life Church
of Manchester.

Central Funeral Home is serving the family, 931-723-7774,
centralfuneralhome.com

Norma Sue Moore

Ms. Norma Sue Moore, age 90 of Manchester, was born on July 14, 1931, in Summitville, TN, to the late Alva and Emmie Tucker Elam. She retired from AT&T and attended the Red Hill Church of Christ in Manchester. Ms. Sue is survived by her daughter, Sandra Mirabitur and her husband, Richard, of Michagan; grandchild, Jeffery Schaf and his wife, Collette; great grandchildren, Derrick Fryeman and his wife, Marie, and Jacob Schaf; special niece, Pamela Ogles and her husband, David; several cousins and a host of friends.

Ms. Sue passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Manchester Health and Rehab after an extended illness. Cremation has been chosen and there will are no services at this time.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Moore family.

Durrand Cortez Estill

Funeral visitation for Mr. Durrand Cortez Estill, age 64 of Manchester, will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in the Manchester Funeral Home chapel from 5 – 8PM. As per Mr. Estill’s request, cremation will take place at a later date along with a community wide memorial service. Mr. Estill passed away on Friday, July 16 at St. Thomas Rutherford after an extended illness.

Durrand was born on August 28, 1956, to the late John William and Sarah Alice Hill Estill in Manchester. He was employed as a truck driver for 10 Roads Express and had been an umpire for many years for the Manchester Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams. Durrand loved all sports, and many teams, but his loyalty belong to the LSU Tigers.

Durrand is survived by his loving wife, Donna Weaver Estill; sons, Nathan Sharpe, and Jeremy Estill; daughter, DeAunah Estill; brother, Derran Estill; sisters, Drenna Atala and her husband, Angel, DeeNena Waggoner, and DeeVida Farley; grandchildren, Elijah and Kelby Walker, Niko Sharpe, and Mako Estill; great grandchild, K’Zahn Walker; brother-in-law, Dennis Weaver and his wife, Cindy; sister-in-law, Dana Marcom; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Estill family.

Barbara Norris-Eckerle

Barbara Norris-Eckerle, formerly of Monrovia, MD, died Friday, July 16,
2021, at home in Manchester, TN. She is survived by four children, Leslie
B. Fowler, Manchester, TN; Lorena Bredenberg (Greg) of Tullahoma, TN;
Deirdre K. Perney (Billy) of Mt. Airy, MD; and Michael E. Norris (Lisa) of
Chapel Hill, TN.

Besides her children, she is also survived by one sister, Julie (Jean)
Marlow of Brigantine, NJ, as well as several grandchildren, including Amber
B. Della Giustina (Bill) of W. Springfield, MA; Brook R. Wood, (Gretchen)
of Charlottesville, VA; Paul N. Fowler of Nashville, TN; Lee D. Fowler
(Tanya) of Louisville, KY; Amanda K. Brewer (Casey) of Antioch, TN;
Christopher E. Norris (Kristen), NC; Barbara Norris, PA; Eric Norris
(Erika) Frederick, MD; Angelia Taylor (MD); Madison Norris, Michael Norris,
Jr., Mercedes Norris and Madden Norris, all of Chapel Hill, TN; as well as
several great grandchildren.

Barbara was born on January 19, 1927, in Boston, MA, the daughter of the
late Vincent F. Russo and Kathryn Cole Russo. She was a graduate of Girls’
Latin School in Boston and was one of the first women to win a scholarship
to MIT. In her early years, she was an avid sailor and also learned to
pilot small planes. She met her late husband, Eric Norris, while at MIT in
1945. With him, she traveled extensively and spent several years living in
Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. She spoke Portuguese fluently.

Barbara was also an avid skier and traveled all over the United States,
Canada and Switzerland to pursue her skiing. She also pursued photography,
painting and sewing, and she was proficient in all of these.

As a young adult, upon returning to the US from Brazil, Barbara went to
work on Capitol Hill, working for three congressmen, and was actively
involved in planning the Metro subway system in Washington, DC. On retiring
from work as a legislative aide, Barbara became involved in breeding and
showing pedigreed Persian and Himalayan cats. She was a member of several
cat clubs, including the Hidden Peak Cat Fanciers Cub and the Mad Catter’s
Club. Her cats won several grand championships.

Later in life, after her husband Eric had passed away, she met and married
the late Kenneth L. Eckerle in May of 1992, whom she met while taking
ballroom dancing classes.

Barbara will be buried at Glade Cemetery in Walkersville, Maryland, beside
her late husbands, Eric Norris and Kenneth Eckerle. A memorial service will
be held at a later date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to the American
Cancer Society or the ASPCA.

James “Jim” Stewart

James “Jim” Stewart of Fayetteville, passed this life on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the age of 81. The family will welcome friends for visitation in honor of his memory on Tuesday, July 20 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Lynchburg Funeral Home. 

Jim was a long-time educator; he served as principal at Moore County High School, assistant principal at Franklin County High School, and as principal at Lincoln County High School, among other teaching/coaching/administrative positions. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his family. 

For online guest registry please visit, www.lynchburgfuneralhome.com 

LYNCHBURG FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. 

Hollis Fay Roland Smith

Hollis Fay Roland Smith, 76, passed away Friday, July 16, 2021 at Life Care Columbia after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

Funeral Services will be conducted at Lynchburg Funeral Home on Thursday, July 22 at 11:00 am, with her nephew, Tom Harrison, officiating. Burial will be at Lois Cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Wednesday, July 21 at Lynchburg Funeral Home from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. 

Hollis is survived by her husband of 59 years, Tony Smith; sons, Allen (Jennifer) Smith and Chad (Amanda) Smith; grandson, Trenton (Jennifer) Smith; granddaughter, Saranda (Jason) Sanders; great grandsons, Hunter and Holden Smith; great granddaughter, Summer Smith; sisters, Marine Ables, Hazel Lamb, Glenda Fraser, Judy Pittenger, and Pauline Moorehead; one brother, Calvin Roland; several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin and Ethel Roland of Huntland, TN and one sister, Martha Marshall. 

Hollis graduated from Huntland High School, where she played basketball for the Huntland Hornets, when women’s basketball was played 3 on 3. She met her future husband, Tony, at a basketball game at the old Huntland High School gym. They were married on July 3, 1962 and celebrated their 59th Anniversary this past July. She retired from the Tennessee Children’s Home after 40 plus years. She retired in 2010 to be able to travel, raise her flowers, and do what she loved best—going to auctions, estate sales, and collecting antiques of various forms, shapes, and sizes. She volunteered at the Lincoln County Archives after her retirement and was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a faithful member of the W. 7th Street Church of Christ for the past 30 years, until the Covid pandemic forced her to remain home due to her frail condition. She fought a brave battle as was her nature not to ever give up. 

During her younger years, she worked hard on her Daddy’s produce farm. She would get up early before going to school and help milk cows. After school, and during the summer, she worked in the field chopping, then picking cotton in the fall, digging potatoes, gathering watermelon and cantaloupe, and helping her Daddy take the produce to the farmers market to sell. 

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes, because those who love with their heart and soul, there is no such thing as goodbyes.” 

For online guest registry please visit, www.lynchburgfuneralhome.com 

LYNCHBURG FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.