Obituaries

Obituaries

Margit Birnbaum Nix

Nix, Margit Birnbaum, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Monday, November 16th, 2020 at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester at the age of 87. Mrs. Nix was born in Schmiedeberg, Germany to the late Johann and Maria Hoffman Birnbaum. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Tullahoma and loved to bake, cook, and work in her garden. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by her husband, James Wilson Nix; one son, Mark Nix; one brother, Hans; and one grandson, Mark Hayden Nix. She is survived by one son, Jimmy Ray Nix (Marla); two daughters, Patsy Watkins (Randall) and Nancy Nix; grandchildren, Teresa Boswell, Cherl Boswell, Phillip Bradley Watkins, Alyssa Nix, Madison Nix, Lynsey Nix, Ryan Watkins, Mallory Nix, and James Ethan Nix; and three great grandchildren, Preston Watkins, Raianna Gault, and Damon Dodson. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at 11:00am in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Wall officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the National Museum of the United States Army, 1775 Liberty Drive, Belvoir, Virginia 22060. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy R. George

Nancy R. George of Tullahoma passed this life on Tuesday November 17, 2020
at her residence at the age of 82.  Funeral Services are scheduled for
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12 noon at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home with
burial to follow at Lynchburg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends
beginning at 10 AM.

A native of Moore County, she was the daughter of the late Glendon J. and
Georgia Moorehead Rogers.  She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in
Tullahoma and enjoyed antiquing, quilting, doing cross stitch and fishing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Dorothy
Jean Rogers.

Mrs. George is survived by her loving husband of 64 ½ years, Shirley George
of Tullahoma; son, Roger George (Margaret) of Woodville, AL; daughter,
Debbie Creason (Larry) of Franklin; brothers, Charles Rogers (Elaine) and
Jerry Rogers (Brenda), both of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Jessica Creason of
Nashville, Traci Meza (Jose L) of Nashville and Brett Milde (Stephanie) of
Huntsville and six great grandchildren.

Please visit our website at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com to leave
online condolences. Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.

Joan Sternik

Joan Sternik passed this life on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at the Life Care
Center of Tullahoma at the age of 76.  No services are scheduled.

A native of Chicago, she enjoyed cooking, walking, bowling and sewing. She
attended Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Decherd.

She was preceded in death by son, Adam Clowers.

She is survived by son, Eugene Wade Clowers; daughter, Angela Del Pilar
(Juan); grandchildren, Kyle Manlosa, Juan Del Pilar, Courtney Wiseman, Max
Mashburn Jr and Jessica Mangrum and four great grandchildren.

Please visit our website at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com to leave
online condolences. Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.

Dennie M. Horsley

Mr. Dennie M. Horsley was born on February 17, 1938, to the late Samuel and
Ruth LeGrand Horsley in Garfield, KY.  After his high school graduation, he
served his country in the United States Air Force and he was of the
Presbyterian faith.  Dennie married Phyllis Ann Jaynes on October 3, 1964
in Alexandria, Virginia.  Dennie was a hard-working husband and father,
working his way up the ladder at a regional heat and air wholesale company
managing their office in Bowling Green, Kentucky before retirement.  To
relax he enjoyed fishing with his family. They could be found at the lake
most weekends when his kids were still living at home.  He was also a very
good gardener and had a green thumb, planting many flowers and shrubs for
his wife.  After retirement, he and his wife, Phyllis, moved from Bowling
Green, KY to Manchester, TN and became very active in the Tullahoma Kennel
Club.  Dennie and Phyllis showed their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels at
dog shows all over the U.S. where they received multiple Champions and one
Grand Champion.  Dennie could talk to anyone and he especially enjoyed
making many friends throughout the world through the internet.  He was a
life-long Ford man, working briefly at a local Ford dealership, and would
have been happy to know his last ride to the hospital was in a Ford
Ambulance.

In addition to his parents, Dennie is preceded in death by his brother,
Samuel Horsley, and his sister, Jane Horsley.  He is survived by his loving
wife of 56 years, Phyllis Ann Jaynes Horsley; son, Michael Kevin Horsley
and his wife, Teri, of Brentwood, TN; daughter, Kimberly Ann Miller and her
husband, Mark, of Buford, GA; grandchildren, Helena and Samuel Horsley, and
Jarod and Lauren Miller; sister-in-law, Beverly Horsley; several nieces,
nephews, and a host of friends.

Dennie passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, November 9, 2020, at
the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 22 days.  Dennie will be remembered as a
loving husband, father, and grandfather; who was a kind, gentle, sweet man,
with a great sense of humor.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Horsley family.

Orman Frederick “Fred” Waller

Orman Frederick “Fred” Waller of Tullahoma passed this life on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma at the age of 91. Mr. Waller was born in Tullahoma to the late Orman Guinn Waller and Hazel Reiben Waller. During his life he worked as an industrial mechanic before his retirement from the city of Tullahoma. Mr. Waller lived on his John Deere tractor. He was an avid gardener and farmer who loved hunting, showing horses, and was an outstanding craftsman who could fix anything that was put in front of him. He was a member of College Street Baptist Church in Tullahoma, and a former member of The Waymaker’s gospel quartet as well as the Knights of Pythias. Even when he was not the one on stage, he loved to attend gospel singings with his family. Fred will be remembered by those who loved him as a simple, southern man who had a smile that could light up the room. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Majors Waller; one son, Danny Waller; one brother, Robert Waller; one brother-in-law, Owen Limbaugh; and one sister-in-law, Janet Waller. Mr. Waller is survived by his daughter, Christy Glenn and her husband Trey; two grandchildren, Drew Mann, and Lindsey Glenn; two brothers, Charles Waller and his wife Annetta, and Eddie Waller and his wife, Diane; and one sister, Juanita Limbaugh. Visitation for Mr. Waller will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 12:00-2:00pm at Kilgore Funeral Home. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2:00pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Patrick Waller officiating. A private graveside service will follow. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Fred’s memory be made to either College Street Baptist Church- 207 N. College St. Tullahoma, TN 37388; or Hospice of the Highland Rim- 110 East Lauderdale St. Tullahoma, TN 37388-4508. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marion Lassetter Wilkinson


Marion Lassetter Wilkinson, much loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away on November 13, 2020. Marion, who was the only daughter of a hard-working and forward-thinking cotton farmer, started her life in Villa Rica, Georgia, on April 19, 1919.  There with her two brothers, Jack and Jimmie, she lived what she considered an idyllic childhood.  She attended college at Howard (later Samford University) and the University of Georgia, where she also received her teaching degree.  It was while teaching in Duluth, Georgia, that she met and married fellow teacher, A.C. Wilkinson.  When WW II ensued, and her husband became a navigator in the Air Corps, Marion became a full-fledged army wife.  After the war, she and A.C. had their son, Terrell, while A.C. attended vet school in Athens, Georgia.  Their daughter, Robbie, followed 6 years later, after they moved and set up practice in Manchester. This amazing woman, who loved walking in the woods, working in her yard, and laughing with her friends, devoted herself wholeheartedly to every aspect of her life.  Raising her children, teaching her students at Westwood Elementary, and loving and spoiling her grandchildren, were just a few of the things at which she excelled.  Her most daunting challenge, however, was surviving the loss of her beloved son, Terrell, in the Vietnam War.  This devastating blow demonstrated in Marion a strength of character and grace in time of hardship that carried her through the ups and downs of the years that followed.  This difficult time also included the untimely loss of her dear brother, Jack, shortly after Terrell’s death. Although Marion had more than her share of sad and difficult times, she had a resilient and joyful spirit, always living and giving her life to the fullest.  She will be greatly missed by daughter, Robbie; son-in-law, Tom; beloved grandchildren, Tommy, Erin (husband Ben), and Kate; great grandchildren, Nolan, Addy, and Nora; and the many friends who have been such a blessing throughout her years in Manchester.  Marion also leaves behind a special relationship with her niece, Janice Kitchens, husband Bill, and their two daughters Susannah and Jessica. The family would like to offer a special thanks to Morning Pointe of East Hamilton, where the wonderful staff treated mom like she was their family too – also Amedisys Hospice for the excellent supplemental care they provided. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00pm at Manchester City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to either the Manchester Public Library, 1105 Hillsboro Boulevard, Manchester, TN 37355 or Westwood Elementary School, 912 Oakdale Street, Manchester, TN 37355. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John William Bean

Mr. John William Bean, age 84, of Hillsboro, TN,
passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Bean was born in Grundy County, Tennessee, to his late parents Jennie
Sartain Bean and Lloyd Bean. He worked for many years as a truck mechanic
for Batesville Casket Company until 2001 when he retired. Mr. Bean was a
member of Rutledge Hill Community Church as well as the Heartfelt Gospel
Music Association where he served as president.  In addition to his parents
he was preceded in death by his wife Zora Elizabeth Parks Bean; brothers,
Owen Bean, Charlie Bean, James Bean, and Eugene Bean; sisters, Ruth Bean
and Ruby Bean.

Mr. Bean is survived by son, Randy Bean and special friend Anne Gillespie,
Tullahoma, TN; daughters, Martha (Larry) Thompson, Quebeck, TN, and Mary
(Joey) Shelton, Hillsboro, TN; sister, Pauline Marchesoni, Manchester, TN;
seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 15, 2020, from 5:00pm until
8:00pm at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. Funeral services will be
conducted on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 10:00am at Rutledge Hill
Community Church with Mike Rigsby and Erik Shelton officiating. Burial will
follow at Rutledge Hill Cemetery.

Those serving as pallbearers are Kelly Hall, Sandi Sidlowe/Bobby Sidlowe,
William Thompson, Andrew Thompson, Elan Thompson, Erik Shelton, Lora
Shelton. Honorary pallbearers are John-Sawyer Sidlowe, Zora-Henley Sidlowe,
Hayden Thompson, and Layla Collingsworth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rutledge Hill Cemetery
Fund, C/O Phillip Sherrill, 144 Rutledge Ford Rd., Hillsboro, TN, 37342.

Central Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Alita Kate Ford Judge

Mrs. Alita Kate Ford Judge, age 67, of Hillsboro,
TN, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020, in Manchester, TN.

Mrs. Judge was born in Houston, TX, to her late parents John L. Ford and
Betty Wonette Bazmore. She worked at Walmart for 18 years, then worked in
home health for a while up until her retirement. Mrs. Judge enjoyed
gardening, loved watching hummingbirds, and had a green thumb to make
things grow. She also loved cooking, especially for the holidays. Along
with cooking, she was an avid canner. Mrs. Judge also loved crafts,
especially quilting, and loved painting. She loved being with her family
and loved her grandkids dearly. In addition to her parents, she was
preceded in death by sons, Larry Dale Henderson and Daniel Ford; brother,
John Ford; and sisters, Mozell Ford and Jeanette Ford.

Mrs. Judge is survived by her husband of 36 years, AJ Judge; sons, Burnice
Leon Ford, Dennis Ray Judge, and Kenny Franklin Ford; daughter, Tina (Jim)
Mullinax; sisters, Marilyn Thomas, Barbara Wilman, Rita Barnes, Bell
Newberry, Tammy Cothran, and Nora Netzband; grandchildren, Hailey Ford,
Amber Webb, Ashley Webb, Levi Mullinax, Isabella Ford, several other
grandchildren; great grandchild, Arlie J. Michelle Bridgers, and several
other great grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Monday, November 16, 2020, from 10:00am
until 12 noon at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. Funeral services
will be conducted at 12 noon in the chapel of Central Funeral Home with
Billy Robison officiating. Burial will follow at Greens Chapel Cemetery in
Fyffe, Alabama, at 2:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Central
Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Central Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ora Magaline “Maggie” (Ables) Edwards

Ora Magaline “Maggie” (Ables) Edwards, age 87, of Fayetteville, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020. She was born in Lincoln County on June 16, 1933, the daughter of the late William “Bud” and Mable (Harbin) Ables. She married her late husband Robert N. Edwards, Sr. June 5, 1955, and they enjoyed over 53 years of marriage. She was a homemaker, dedicated and wonderful mother, grandmother, Christian, and a long-time member of Prospect Baptist Church.  She enjoyed quilting and was famous for her Southern Pecan Pie.  

Maggie is survived by sons Benny Edwards of Fayetteville, David Edwards of Davie, Florida, Tommy (Wendy) Edwards of Spring Hill, Dr. Bill (Amy) Edwards of Fayetteville, two daughters Allison (Jim Henry) Greene of Huntland, and Betty (Richard) Knott of Fayetteville, ten grandchildren James Robert (Ariel), Nathan, Sofia, Faith, Annabelle, Jared, Alex, Rhiannon, Shelly (Perry) Phillips, and Shannon (Troy) Nixon, two great grandchildren Emily Stringer and Chace Nixon, and several special nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband Robert, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Leon, Marvin, and Frank, sisters Minnie Ruth, Catherine, Katie Sue, and Liz “Polly”, and her eldest son Robert “Bobby” N. Edwards, Jr.  

Graveside services will be Sunday, 3:00 pm at Prospect Cemetery with Brother Ronnie Gay officiating. In light of COVID-19, there will be no prior visitation.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or Lincoln County Genealogy Society.  The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Maggie’s long-time family physician Dr. William Jones, her caregivers at Donalson Care Center, Dr. Amit Arora, and Dr. Bill Edwards.

Lynchburg Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Maggie Edwards.

Basiel Earl Hockett

Basiel Earl Hockett, age 82, of Beech Grove, TN, passed away on November
11, 2020, with his loving wife and family by his side. Graveside services
will be conducted on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 11 AM in the Rose Hill
Memorial Gardens with Rick Duggin of Knoxville, TN officiating.

Basiel was a humble, tender-hearted man who carried a constant smile. He
had an enduring love for God, the Church, his wife, family, friends and
farming. Perhaps his high school yearbook described him best with this
quote “A quick blush, followed by a hurried smile endears us to Basiel all
the while”. Basiel did have an endearing smile, and he enjoyed provoking
laughter and smiles from his loved ones with witty comments or in the
winter he may resort to torturing by putting cold hands on your face.

Basiel and Lyda shared a love of God and Christ and held God as the head of
their house. He served as a faithful member and deacon at Manchester Church
of Christ where he was known as “Pa”. Outside of Church and his family,
agriculture was his passion. In 1968, he moved his young, budding family
back to Hoodoo, Tennessee to begin his own path as a farmer, a passion he
had garnered from his own parents. Basiel and the love of his life, Lyda,
were a complete and amazing team. Together, they dairy farmed for 45 years,
and raised 4 children: Lisa, Lori, Libby, and Mitchell. He loved his
children and was a committed, nurturing father who had a firm hand.

Upon his “retirement” in 2004, Basiel and Lyda went into beef production.
He was very active in many aspects of agriculture in Coffee County
including 4-H, Farm Bureau and as a director in Coffee County Soil
Conservation and Farmers Co-op. In his later years his farming friends knew
he could be found at the Beech Grove store for fish fry on Fridays. Basiel
was a simple, humble man who was most happy spending time with his family
and friends and his shining Christian influence will be greatly missed.

Basiel was preceded in death by parents Earl and Orene Hockett, and
grandson Kevin Callahan and is survived by his wife, Lyda Hockett, his
daughters Lisa (Ben) Bunting, Lori (Robby) Callahan, Libby (Mark)
Kuykendall, and son, Mitchell Hockett, his grandchildren Mitchell (Hailey),
Andy (Courtney), and Alicia Bunting, Chris (Kathryn), Kyle, and Kayla
Callahan, Noah, Heath, Allie Shaye, and Eli Kuykendall and four great
grandchildren  Abigail and Conner Bunting and Maggie and Audrey Callahan.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St Judes
Children’s Hospital or Sacred Selections Assisted Adoptions.

Sacred Selections: sacredselections.org/category/memoriam

St. Judes: stjude.org/donate

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Hockett family.