Obituaries for Dec. 31
SHIRLEY ANN FULTZ
FULTZ, Shirley Ann, age 72, of Winchester, departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Willows at Winchester where she had recently become a resident. Before retiring, she was employed as a seamstress, last working at Tullahoma Industries. She loved to sing and entertain in her younger years. She is survived by her son, Travis (Priscilla) Williams of Winchester; daughter, April Medley of the Greenhaw community; six grandchildren, Kristy Melson of Gallatin and Dustin Kegg and Chaniece Smith, both of Winchester, Summer Cope of the Greenhaw community, Peanut Williams and Kyle Williams; great-grandchildren, Trenton Williams, Samara and Destiny Brewer, Noah Melson and Jayden Melson. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by contacting Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grantfuneralservices.net Grant Funeral Services, 103 Peters Rd., Estill Springs, TN 37330, 649-3585 in charge of arrangements.
COULSON, Howard Daniel, age 94 of Cowan, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born on Sept. 19, 1919, in Cowan, the son of the late John Walter and Lottie Belle (Crick) Coulson. Howard was raised in Cowan during the Great Depression, teaching him valuable lessons in conservatism and living within his means. He worked hard all his early years on farms, delivering groceries, as a projectionist at the Rex Theater, and various other jobs in the Franklin County area. He worked at General Shoe Corporation (the Shoe Factory) in Cowan from his freshman year in high school until volunteering for the U.S. Army Air Corps at the onset of World War II. His military obligations allowed him to volunteer as turret gunner and crew chief on a B26 Martin Marauder Bomber with training at Tampa Bay, Fla. After gunner school, he was promoted to Tech Sergeant and deployed to the 9th Air Force in Braintree, England. He flew 70 combat missions with two of these on D Day, over France, Belgium, and Holland in the B26 bomber named “GI V” (GI Five). For his dedicated efforts to insure victory in Europe, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, Unit Citation, ETO Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. His Character Rating on DD Form 214 states, “Excellent.” After returning from the war, he attended and graduated from Memphis School of Photography and moved back to Cowan, opening Coulson Studio. This thriving business continued to operate from 1947 until 1987 and was sold, as he thought it was time to retire. His ten-thousand-plus photographs are considered the best pictorial history of Cowan and the surrounding cities in existence. He donated thousands of negatives to the archives of the University of the South as a gesture of appreciation of its support to his career and to serve as a part of its pictorial history. He remained very active in Cowan First Baptist Church as a deacon and Sunday school superintendent, a job held for over 40 years. His other activities included composting 500 pounds of leaves and grass each spring, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood to heat his shop and greenhouse, growing tomatoes for his friends and family, working a full garden, and gathering the mail for most of his neighbors. He was very seldom still and never slothful. He continued to be an inspiration to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, instilling within them the true meaning of character, ethics and fair dealings with all those he met. Mr. Coulson was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Hannah Coulson; two brothers, Sam Crick (Dorothy) Coulson and James “Sid” Barton (Gerry) Coulson; sister, Estelle (George) Bozeman; and grandson, Cory Andrew Coulson. Survivors include three sons, Robert Doyle (Sylvia) Coulson of Cowan, Howard Bennett Coulson of La Porte, TX and Anthony Dale (Linda) Coulson of Decherd; daughter, Brenda Joyce (Coyle) Clark of Winchester; brother, Glen Alvin (Barbara) Coulson of Hayes, VA; sister, Margie (Jim) Vann of Winchester; grandchildren, Amanda Beth (Donald) Rhoton, Allison Leigh (Lonnie) Palmertree, Laura Renee (Scottie) Roberson, Amy Jo (Russ) Hudson, Daniel Ernest (Michele) Coulson, and Kendra Ann Coulson, Adam Coulson, Sarah Coulson, Andrew Coulson, Rebecca Coulson, and David Coulson; and 14 great-grandchildren. The family received friends during visitation held on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cowan First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Cowan First Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Brown and Rev. L.Z. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. The family will serve as pallbearers. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398 in charge of local arrangements, 967-2222. Send on-line condolences to www.moorecortner.com
ALF REDIUS TAYLOR
TAYLOR, Alf Redius, age 68 of Manchester, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at his residence at Kingwood Arms. Mr. Taylor, a native of Coffee County, was the son of the late James and Vinnie Bates Taylor. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served his country in the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Joe Taylor. He is survived by two sons, Eric Taylor of Hermitage and Jason Taylor of Tullahoma; two adopted sons, Jack and J.P. Evans, both of Lynchburg; three brothers, Levoyed Taylor of Tullahoma, Ray Taylor and Randall Taylor of McKenzie; three sisters, Laverne Tripp, Bobbie Ruth Smallwood and Inez Sintic, all of Tullahoma; and seven grandchildren. Visitation with the family was held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home in Tullahoma. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home Chapel in Tullahoma. Daves Culbertson Funeral Home, 401 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma, 37388, 455-3481, send online condolences to the family at wwwdavesculbertson.com.
JOE L. RUSSELL
RUSSELL, Joe L., age 65, of Tullahoma, departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma, following a brief illness. Mr. Russell was a self-employed business owner. He previously owned The Sportsman and J. & L. Auto Sales in Tullahoma before becoming disabled. More recently, Mr. Russell loved to ride around the countryside just to see what had changed. He was a caring and devoted, husband, brother, and “PaPa Joe.” He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Russell, and sister, Marilyn Brazier. He is survived by his wife, Betty Hatfield Russell of Tullahoma; three step-sons, Wayne (Nancy) Horton of Winchester, Larry “Nook” Horton and Ricky Horton, both of Tullahoma; a step-daughter, Glenda Arthur of Tullahoma; three brothers, Jim Russell and Hugh “Stuffy” Russell, both of Estill Springs and Patrick L. Russell of Tullahoma, six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation with the family of Mr. Russell was held from on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Grant Funeral Services with Minister Bobby Wines officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grantfuneralservices.net Grant Funeral Services, 103 Peters Rd., Estill Springs, TN 37330, 649-3585 in charge of arrangements.
SHARON ANN RIVERS
RIVERS, Sharon Ann, age 70 of Manchester, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at United Regional Medical Center in Manchester. A native of Houston, Texas, she was the daughter of the late James and Verda Matilda Jones Agnew. She was a homemaker who loved to help people whenever and however they needed help.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Wilben McMillan and Daniel Bradley; two brothers, Bennie Gilmore and James Agnew Jr.; two sisters, Joy Buckner and Loretta Fann; and one great-grandchild, Heavenly Healy. She is survived by her husband, Carl Rivers of Hillsboro; a son, Frederick Bradley of Hillsboro; three daughters, Sylvia Graham and her husband, Jerry of Piedmont, MO, Rebecca Bradley Salinas and her husband, Fernando of Houston, TX and Tammy Bradley Burch and her husband, Carl of Piedmont, MO; one sister, Barbara Smith; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation with the family was held on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home in Tullahoma. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Fredonia Cemetery in Manchester. Daves Culbertson Funeral Home, 401 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma, 37388, 455-3481, send online condolences to the family at wwwdavesculbertson.com.
TIPPS, T.J., age 86 of Decherd, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at his home. He was born on May 14, 1927, the son of the late Rufe Alex and Tabitha (McAlister) Tipps. Mr. Tipps was a farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Oreda Amacher Tipps; daughter, Rhonda Kay Tipps; and son, Ted Tipps. Survivors include a sister, Lillian Jean of Huntsville, AL; several nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, Melissa Sweeton, Theresa Creamans, Judith Simpson and Sherlon Jones. The family received friends during visitation held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Winston Tipps and Bro. Jim Terry officiating. Interment followed in the Winchester Memorial Park in Winchester. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Franklin County Christian Scholarship Fund, c/o Andy Groves. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398 in charge of local arrangements, 967-2222. Send on-line condolences to www.moorecortner.com
THOMAS JAMES CHURCH
CHURCH, Thomas James, died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born on July 24, 1944, in Rome, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Potter Church and Charles Kenneth Church. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan Hammond Church and two sisters, Mary Jane (Ed) Wilson of Seneca Falls, N.Y. and Cyndy (Ed) Haley of Rome, N.Y. He graduated from Indiana Tech University with a degree in electrical engineering. After working as a field engineer on submarines for General Electric, Tom moved to Belvidere in 1981, and never left his “little piece of paradise.” An artisan of talent and originality, Tom started woodworking when he and Susan built a pole house in Aberdeen, Wash. He became a fulltime turner and furniture maker after his retirement from Sverdrup. Tom’s friends and family will remember him as a great and generous soul with a keen, inquiring intellect. No problem was too large or small for him to tackle. He was an explorer of all things, and places, and loved any excuse for a “road trip.” He lived a full life. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Belvidere on Owl Hollow Rd. by the Rev. Tom McFie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Falls Mill Museum of Power and Industry, Belvidere, TN or to the charity of your choice. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398 in charge of local arrangements, 967-2222. Send on-line condolences to www.moorecortner.com
ROBERTS, Mary Ann, age 80 of Belvidere, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester. She was born on Jan. 6, 1933, in Huntland, the daughter of the late Marion D. and Lula (Taylor) Morris. Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, William Roberts. Survivors include her two sons, Donald (Nancy) Roberts of Huntsville, AL and Doug (Kathy) Roberts of Belvidere; her daughter, Ann Latham of Winchester; three brothers, Paul (Ruth) Morris of Huntland, Marion (Cora) Morris of Winchester and Hulon (Mickey) Morris of Winnsboro, TX; two sisters, Virginia (Jack) Childress and Martha Kendall, both of Estill Springs; brother-in-law, Earl Roberts of Estill Springs; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family received friends during visitation held on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in the Maxwell Cemetery in Belvidere. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398 in charge of local arrangements, 967-2222. Send on-line condolences to www.moorecortner.com
HARMON, Dennis P., age 62, of Tullahoma, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Harmon, a native of Manchester, was the son of the late Dan and Myrtle Rackler Harmon. He was a machine operator with Rock Tenn. He enjoyed fishing, hunting for antiques and going to yard sales. He especially enjoyed taking long rides in the car.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Deaton Harmon of Tullahoma; one son, Danny Harmon and his fiancé, Terri Simmons of Manchester; one daughter, Brandy Elser and her husband, Jason of Tullahoma; one brother, Steve Harmon and his wife, Pat of Normandy; two sisters, Shirley Hodge and her husband, Freddie and Candy Mullis, both of Tipton, GA; five grandchildren, Nathan and Jordan Harmon and Brittany, Anna and Hailey Elser; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation with the family was held on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Daves Culbertson Funeral Home in Tullahoma. Daves Culbertson Funeral Home, 401 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma, 37388, 455-3481. Send online condolences to the family at wwwdavesculbertson.com.