Obituaries

Obituaries

Sarah Ann White

Sarah Ann White, age 75 of Hillsboro, TN, died at her home on Sunday
morning, September 12, 2021, surrounded by her immediate family. She was
born Sarah Ann Woods on March 5, 1946, in Trion, GA, daughter of the late
Annie Jo Wood and the late William George Woods. She was preceded in death
by her mother and father-in-law, Willie Jean Creek (Bill White) and Raymond
I. White, of Hillsboro, TN. Ann graduated from Chattooga Central High
School, Summerville, GA, in 1964, then attended Shorter College, where she
obtained a bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory technology in
1968. She worked as a laboratory technologist at Floyd Hospital, Redmond
Park Hospital, and before retirement, Southeastern Pathology. She served
the medical community for more than 30 years in Floyd County, GA. Ann had a
passion and love for crafting and giving. Despite suffering from the
debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis, she continued to crochet for
the decades since her initial diagnosis, using the craft as a therapy for
her mind, hands, and a way of giving to others. She made countless afghans
she has left to her daughter, grandchildren, and friends as baby blankets
(and puppy blankets) throughout the years. Ann was an accomplished musician
whose music brought comfort to others as she played hymns and gospel music
on piano and organ for funerals as a young woman in Summerville, GA. She
loved to bake cookies for her grandsons and, until she was no longer able,
cook large meals for family gatherings. Ann is survived by her husband,
Billy White, of Hillsboro, a daughter and son-in-law, Dana White (Lance),
of Hillsboro; two grandsons, Will Davis, in Winchester; Ben Davis, of
Tuscaloosa, AL; a sister, Brenda Hayes, of Manchester; two nieces, and a
host of friends and relatives.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the Manchester Funeral Home
from 11 AM until 1 PM with services to immediately in the funeral home
chapel. Interment will follow in the Hillsboro Presbyterian Cemetery,
Hillsboro, TN.

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the White family.

Francis Alfredia Pruitt Keele

Mrs. Francis Alfredia Pruitt Keele passed from this
life Sunday, September 12, 2021 surrounded by family. Fredia was born in
Newport, TN on August 24, 1946, to Lawrence and Reba Pruitt and was the
oldest of two children.  She was a Christian and a member of White Oak
Grove Church of God.  Fredia enjoyed cooking, spending time with her
friends and family, trips to Florida, and playing the piano.  Fredia owned
and operated the Chatterbox Cafe in the early 70’s.   Later she was known
by many as the “Tupperware lady” where she was a Tupperware unit manager
for many years.  For the past twenty years, she had been a caregiver for
the many handicapped friends she had the pleasure of caring for.  She was
loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Fredia is preceded in death by both parents, Lawrence and Reba Pruitt of
Newport.

Fredia is survived by one sister, Brenda (Tommy) Strange of Newport; sons,
Dennis (Kathy) York of Hillsboro and Keith (Jan) York of Manchester;
grandchildren, Tasha, Maggie, Tyler, and Kinsey; four step sons, Dujuan
Keele, Dale Keele, Dennis Keele, and Chris Keele; step grandchildren Kandi,
Robin, Rachel, Taylor, Cody, Patrick, Susan, and Mindy; many step
great-grandchildren; and special friend Truman Bush.

Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021,
from 12:00pm until 2:00pm at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN.
Funeral services will be conducted following visitation at 2:00pm with
Chris Keele officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Mill Cemetery in
Manchester, TN.

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

William Terence (“Terry”) McMahan

William Terence (“Terry”) McMahan, age 76, died Sunday morning, September 12, 2021, at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana, after a brief illness. Born July 31, 1945, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Joseph Oriel McMahan and Cornelia (Harrison) McMahan. Terry graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1963. He earned a BS degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1967, an MBA from Tulane University in 1973, and passed all parts of the CPA licensure exam in 1994. Terry faithfully served his country as a U.S. Army officer for 25 years. An Airborne Ranger and Army Aviator, some of his military assignments included Infantry-Aviation with the 82nd Airborne Division, Platoon Leader and Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, Joint Casualty Resolution Center Aviator in Thailand, Exchange Army Officer at the United States Air Force Academy, and Professor of Military Science at Carson-Newman University. After his Army retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992, Terry began a second career in higher education, working as an Assistant Professor of Business at Carson-Newman, VP of Business Affairs at Hiwassee College, Financial Director at Centre College, Senior Policy and Budget Analyst at the University of Louisville, and Business Manager at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Known for his love of God, country, and others, Terry would drop everything to help his family, friends, and even perfect strangers. A mentor to many college students and young adults throughout the years, he earned the name “Daddy Mac,” which he far preferred over any military rank or title. His favorite name, however, was undoubtedly “Grandad.” An attentive and loving father and grandfather, he could most often be found catching bandits, building forts, having tea parties, teaching budget or finance skills, telling bedtime stories, having random dance parties, enjoying sushi dates, and attending the games, concerts, and events of his grandkids. Above all else, Terry wanted Jesus Christ to be glorified in both his life and death, so that others would know the peace he experienced to his final breath. He demonstrated an unwavering faith and willingness to share it with all who would listen. Those who mourn his death include his wife of 54 years, Julia; daughter, Kimber Graves (Scott); son, Michael McMahan (Ellen); sister, Pamela Riddle (Bud); along with grandchildren, Ethan Graves (Nicole), Anna and Emma Graves, Libby, Chloe, Lincoln, and Vanessa McMahan, and great-grandson, Marcus Graves. He also leaves behind nieces Allison (Eric) Beachboard, Amy (Kent) Ayer, Melanie (Jim) Turley, and nephews Brad (Katy) Riddle, Robert (Peggy) Yarbrough, and Billy (Deanie) Yarbrough. Visitation will be held at Coffee County Funeral Chapel, 786 McMinville Highway, Manchester, Tennessee, on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with a Celebration of Life service immediately following at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, Tennessee, with Pastor Ethan Graves officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Chosen, to support the healing and thriving of adoptive families. Gifts can be made online at www.chosen.care/give or by mail to 144 Clemens Avenue, New Braunfels, TX, 78130. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William McMahan, please visit Tribute Store

Thelma Hammers

Thelma Hammers, 98, passed this life on Sunday, September 12 th , 2021. In God’s timing, her life mission is over and her eternal one has begun. Thelma was born November 5 th , 1922 in Belvidere, Tennessee to the late Amos and Callie Northcutt Hannah. She was an active member of Tullahoma First United Methodist Church for 70 years. Thelma spent her life in service to others. At 95, she was still visiting shut-ins and taking them Bible study materials. Thelma also spent 50 years as a volunteer through the former Guidance Council and Good Samaritan Food Pantry, retiring at the age of 95. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Hammers; three sisters, Gail Hannah, Jean Alexander, and Earlene Luttrell; two brothers, Howard Hannah and Wayne Hannah; daughters-in-law, Lucy Hammers and Betty Hammers; and granddaughter, Angel Hammers. Thelma is survived by three children, Alan Hammers of Tullahoma, Leslie (Phil) Jones of Tullahoma, and Jack (Alice) Hammers of Somerville; eight grandchildren, Misty (Alfred) Jones, Shawn (Lisa) Hammers, Wendy (Kelly) Kidd, Shelly (Mike) Boucher, Shannon Blanco, Jason (Becky) Hammers, Ginger (Woody) Dillehay, and Jessica (Mike) Craig; 14 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Buck (Janie) Hannah of Manchester, Cap (Lois) Hannah of Belvidere, and Bobby (Linda) of Matteson, Illinois; and 31 nieces and nephews who brought great joy to her life. A public graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 19 th , 2021 at Maplewood Cemetery at 4:00pm with Phil Jones and Bruce Luttrell officiating. The family would like to express deep appreciation to Brookdale Assisted Living and Hospice Compassus for the loving, compassionate care they extended to Thelma and her family. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances B. Davison

Frances B. Davison, of Lynchburg, passed this life on Friday, September 10 th , 2021 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville at the age of 89. Mrs. Davison was born in Huntingdon, Tennessee to the late James and Clara Webb Belew. She was a founding member of the Bel-Aire/Cedar Lane Church of Christ, was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed quilting, crochet, cooking and playing cards. She loved her family fiercely and her Lord even more. During her life, she and her husband also owned and operated Big Star Grocery in Tullahoma. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Davison was preceded in death by her husband G. Ray Davison; and one brother, Thomas Belew. She is survived by three daughters, Glenda (Phil) Gatto, Theresa (Charlie) Lyle, and Tammy (Ron) Turner; one brother, Bill (Karen) Belew; grandchildren, Angie (Danny) Maxie, Tiffany (David) Bryson, Morgan (Brandon) Turner, Chase (Anne) Lyle, Traci (Bo) Boswell, and Amy (Ken) Canary; great-grandchildren, Faith, Josh, Maddi, Riley, Eli, Matt, Eme, Trevor, Blakely, Beckham, Brynn, Turner, Weston, and Katie; and great-great grandchildren, Bella and Luca. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 15 th , 2021 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 16 th , 2021 at 11:00am at the church of Christ at Cedar Lane with Bros. Pat Allison and Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tennessee Children’s Home, P.O. Box 10, Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Gene Waterman

Funeral services for Ms. Dorothy Gene Waterman, age 89 of Manchester, will be conducted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 11 AM in the Manchester Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, September 13 from 5 – 8 PM at the funeral home. Ms. Dorothy passed away at her home on September 9 after an extended illness. The family requests that masks be worn within the funeral home. 

 Dorothy Gene, daughter to the late Carlton and Alma Smith Rust, was born on December 15, 1931, in Manchester, Tennessee. Gene was a member of the Manchester First Baptist Church and a local member of the VFW Women’s Club. After high school, Ms. Dorothy graduated from St. Thomas Hospital for Nursing. 

 After high school, Gene attended and graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Thomas Hospital School of Nursing. Later, she became the Director of Nurses at the Coffee County General Hospital. Gene, later in life, attended and graduated as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist from Madison Anesthesia School in Nashville. Gene worked as an Obstetric Anesthetist within Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN, until retirement. 

In addition to her parents, Gene is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Waterman; brothers, Farris, Willie Carl, Donald, and Wayne Rust; and sisters, Barbara Bowden, and Judy Rust.  

Gene is survived by daughters, Brenda Stacy (Riley), and Sherry Parham (Donnie); step children, Sam Waterman, and Roxanne Eggleston (Patrick); grandchildren, Ashley Benson (Brian), Jamie Jernigan (Andrew), Seth Parham (Cassie), Nick Parham, Dane Parham (Jessica); great grandchildren, Aleigha Stacy, Alivia Jernigan, Julian Jernigan, Jaxon Benson, Paisley Parham, Miley Parham, Brantley Parham, Nevaeh Parham, Joey Parham, Sissy Parham, Milania and Aria Parham; special niece, Tamala Sadler (Byron) with great nephews, Garrett and Grant; special nephew, Shane Rust and a numerous host of friends. 

Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Waterman family. 

www.manchesterfuneralhome.com  

Karen Knight

Karen Knight 73 of Fayetteville, passed away Sept. 10, 2021. 

Graveside services will be Monday Sept. 13, 2021 at 1 pm at Lincoln Cemetery. 

Pastor Tim Wright and Bro. Larry Lindsey will officiate. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Kenneth and Lillian Watson, her 1st husband; Wayne Moorehead and sister; Beverly Diane Sugg 

She is survived by husband; Bill Knight 

Son: Troy Griffin and Evie Doud 

Daughter; LeAnn Hernandez and husband- Adrian 

Sisters: Sandra Ivey and Raetta Mcbay 

Grandchildren: Zach and TJ  Hernandez and Hunter Griffin 

Several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren 

In Lieu of flowers donation can to made to: St. Jude’s Children Hospital 

Lynchburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments 

Thurman L. Espy

Thurman L. Espy passed this life on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at
Manchester Health Care Center in Manchester at the age of 70. No services
are scheduled at this time.

Mr. Espy, a native of Coffee County, retired from Box Factory after 28
years of employment. He loved beagle dogs and running rabbits. He also
enjoyed working on lawn mowers and he was always willing to help everyone
who needed a helping hand.

He is survived by his brother, Jesse Espy; brother, Ricky Espy; several
nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.
Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mavis Kennedy Robison

Mavis Kennedy Robison, age 96 of Tullahoma was called home to the lord on
August 31, 2021. Mavis was born on May 1, 1925 to Walter and Willie Kennedy
in Madison County, Alabama. Mavis was preceded in death by her loving
husband, Clarence Robinson, sisters Jose Kennedy, Myrtle Daughtery, Rena
Reed, Gladys Parker; brothers, James Kennedy and Donald Kennedy. She is
survived by her loving daughter Brenda of Tullahoma, beloved son, Michael
of Tullahoma and granddaughter, Kellie Felker (Eric) of Murfreesboro, TN
and loving granddog Little B. Mrs. Mavis was a tremendous example of a
Christian, God fearing woman. As per the Bible “She did all she could” for
others. On numerous occasions making one of her homemade chocolate pies or
chicken and dumplings for a sick or a bereaved person was the norm. She
couldn’t wait for Christmas when she made goodies and delivered them to the
widows of the church. Mrs. Mavis worked hard her entire life. She spent
time at Genesco, Pajama Corp, and the Overall factory before settling in as
a baker in the cafeteria at West Middle School. She so loved sewing and
crocheting. For every newborn at the church she would hand crochet a
complete baby set. Her quietness and gentleness along with her faith in her
Lord made her a remarkable, precious lady. She was a long time member of
the Hickerson Station Church of Christ until the death of her husband and
then joined her children at Grundy Street Church of Christ. A special
Thanks to Kristi and Ashley  who was the most special caregivers to her.
Private graveside services were scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2021
at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please
donate to Compassus of Tullahoma. 1805 N. Jackson St, Suite 11 37388.

Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.
Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hewitt Edwin Hayes Jr.

Hewitt Edwin Hayes Jr., of Tullahoma, passed this life on Tuesday, September 7 th , 2021 at his home at the age of 67. Mr. Hayes was born in Lawrenceburg to the late Hewitt Edwin Hayes, Sr. and Margaret Ann Hayes. He is survived by five brothers and sisters, Edwin Ann Hayes (Elgan) Usrey, James A. Hayes, Linda C. Hayes-Harmon, Mary M. (Phillip) Freeze, and Martha L. Hayes (Billy) Faulkner; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 11 th , 2021 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 10:00-11:00am. A graveside service will follow at 2:00pm at the John Lay Cemetery in Ethridge, Tennessee.

Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.