Obituaries in May 9 edition
FRANCO, Reita Anne Paplanus, an 80 year-old native of Winchester, and longtime resident of Mobile, Ala., passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014. Reita was born in Sewanee on Aug. 3, 1933, and grew up in Winchester where she attended grade school and high school and served as president of the Beta Club and editor of the yearbook, “The Rebel,” was senior class reporter, was a member of the student council and Spanish, Dramatic and Press clubs. She was chosen DAR Medallist in her senior year. She attended the University of Wisconsin for one year and then transferred to the University of Alabama where she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and president of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. She graduated with honors in 1955. Early in her career, Mrs. Franco served as a buyer for Davison’s Department Store in Atlanta, Ga. Upon moving to Mobile, Ala. in 1976, she began a 28-year career as a travel agent. Reita was a member of the Springhill Avenue Temple where she was a longstanding member of the board. She also served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center and the Mobile Jewish Welfare Fund. Mrs.
Franco was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Morris Franco, her parents, Isidore and Fannie Garber Paplanus and her sister, Charlotte Dreifuss.
She is survived by her three sons, Alan Franco (Diane), Paul Franco
(Leslie), and Bryan Franco; brother, Dr. Samuel H. Paplanus; grandchildren, Justin Franco, Max Franco, and Eli Franco; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted from the Springhill Avenue Temple. Interment was in the Springhill Avenue Temple Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Springhill Avenue Temple, 1769 Spring Hill Ave., Mobile, AL 36607 or to the Mobile Jewish Film Festival, 273 Azalea Road, Ste. 1-219, Mobile, AL 36609, or to the Henry S. Jacobs Camp, 3863, Morrison Road, Utica, MS 39175.
CHARLES JEFFREY MILLER
MILLER, Charles Jeffrey, age 52, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Johnson City, TN. He was born on March 26, 1962, in Winchester, the son of the late Clyde Rufus Miller and Doris Joan McKnight Miller. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Miller. He is survived by his sisters, Renee (Mark) Bohannan and Tawnya (Mike) Clark of Winchester; nieces, April (Benjamin) Scott, Amy (Brandon) Seagroves and Kelsey Bohannan; and nephews, John and David Clark. Graveside services were conducted on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Cowan Montgomery Cemetery. 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
PEAVYHOUSE, Lavena Faye Weaver, age 56 of Estill Springs, passed away into rest on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. She was a dental hygienist with Estill Springs Family Dentistry and was a member of the American Dental Association and the Dental Hygiene Association. She was a member of the New Brick Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Finney Weaver, sister, Loretta Kay Weaver and brother, Jeffrey Clay Weaver. She is survived by her loving husband, Col. Martin George Peavyhouse- USAF Ret. of Estill Springs; daughter, Rebecca M. Burgraff and her husband Joe of Estill Springs; son, Anthony M. Peavyhouse of Estill Springs; father, James C. Weaver and his wife Susie of Estill Springs; mother-in-law, Elizabeth A. Peavyhouse of Crossville; six grandchildren, Jacob Micciche, Emily Micciche, Isabella Peavyhouse, Brayden Alford, Joe Burgraff, Jr. and Micah Burgraff; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. The funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Finney and Brother Bill Williams officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the Ronald McDonald House. Central Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1005, Manchester, TN 37349, 723-7774 in charge of arrangements. Send online condolences to the family at Centralfuneralhome.com
EVANS, Viola, age 99 of Winchester, passed from this life on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Willows of Winchester. She was born on March 25, 1915, in Cowan, the daughter of the late Polk and Nannie (Tucker) Finchum. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, Fate Lee Evans, Sr., daughter, Betty Sowell and son, Jimmy Barton Evans. Survivors include her two sons, Robert (Reba) Evans of Estill Springs and Fate (Faye) Evans, Jr. of Hendersonville; daughters, Aline Hill of Winchester, Nadine (Ernest) Parker of Old Hickory, Becky Cole of Madison and Marilyn (Larry) Noble of Seymour; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. The family received friends during visitation held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Winston Tipps officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. 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
CARTER, Dorothy Marie Cope, age 86 of Winchester, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at her residence. Mrs. Carter worked for Genesco and was a homemaker. Preceding her in death were her parents, Norris and Mary Jane Trussell Cope, Sr.; husband, Velton C. Carter; son, Stephen C. Carter; sister, Mildred Cope Garrett; and brother, Norris Cope, Jr. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Survivors include her son, Bobby W. (Judy) Carter of Panama City, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Carter; grandchildren, Matt (Beth) Carter of Belvidere, Mark Carter of Flat Creek, and Hunter Carter of Sewanee, Ga.; and great-grandchildren, Dylan and Alyssa of Shelbyville. Visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decherd. Graveside funeral services followed at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd with Bro. Benny Benjamin officiating. Serving as pallbearers were: Matthew Carter, Mark Carter, Dylan Carter, Bob Carter, Johnny Carter and Gary Carter. Honorary pallbearers were, Pete Williams, Hunter Carter and Greg Cope. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the First Baptist Church of Decherd. 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
CARROLL, Lorene, age 88 of Decherd, passed away on Monday May 5, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving and devoted family. During her working years she worked at the ball factory, Mrs. Owens bedspread factory and, during the war at Camp Forrest in the laundry department. She will be remembered as a happy person who loved to laugh, for her gentle demeanor, her kindness toward others and her selfless love for her family and her church. No matter what circumstance arose, she was always the same. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Carroll, her mother, Bessie Tankersley and her father, William Toliver Rolman. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie (Tony) Moore of Huntland, Susan (Jimmy) McBee of Sewanee and Rena (Larry) Ralston of Winchester; son Terry W. Carroll of Decherd; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren with a seventh expected in September; a sister, Nancy Shealy; and brother, Howard Rolman. Visitation with the family was held on Wednesday May 7, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. The funeral service was conducted on Thursday May 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Larry Sanders officiating. Her remains were laid to rest beside her husband at Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Serving as pallbearers were, Jason and Devon Rolman, Ryan Steele, Chris Morris, Terry Burns and Jacob McCreary. On-line condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com Watson-North Funeral Home, Cremation Center and Memorial Park in charge of arrangements, 405 Sharp Springs Rd., Winchester, TN 931-967-2345, Tommy North, director.
FRANCIS, Annie Ruth, The book of life closed for Mrs. Annie Ruth Francis age 80, on May 5, 2014. She was born to Ernest and Annie Simmons on Oct. 8, 1933, in Winchester. She married Larman Francis, Jr. on Oct. 2, 1949. She was a member of the Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church in the Decherd Community. It was there, that she also served on the Mother Board. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda (Bobby) Tate. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Larman Francis, Jr.; children, Patricia (Pearlie) Grey of Decherd, Jerry (Hattie) Francis of Manchester and Renae (Brian) Holman of Decherd; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; foster siblings, James Rowe, Annie Faye Childress, Dewey Rowe, Richard Rowe and Margaret Battles; brothers-in-law, Clark (Earline) Francis and Ben (Juanita) Francis; and sister-in-law, Janie (Kevin) Corn. She also leaves behind a special longtime friend, Betty Jo Rowe. Visitation with the family was held on Thursday May 8, 2014, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Elk River Tabernacle in Winchester. The funeral service was conducted on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Elk River Tabernacle. Her body was laid to rest in Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. On-line condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com Watson-North Funeral Home, Cremation Center and Memorial Park in charge of arrangements, 405 Sharp Springs Rd., Winchester, TN 931-967-2345, Tommy North, director.
WHETSEL, Roger G., age 75, of Winchester, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. A native of Coffee County, Mr. Whetsel was a remarkable man of numerous interests and talents. He was a member of the Capital Hill Church of Christ where he taught a pre-teen class. He retired from AEDC in 2011 where he was an electrical engineer. He was a senior judge of the National Waterski Association and had participated in national competitions. His children will remember him as their coach and teacher as he led them to also become water ski champions while being a loving, caring and patient father. He loved history and was a devoted student of theology. His life was dedicated and committed to increasing his own knowledge and he took great pride in studying and sharing all he had and knew with others. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He went on to earn two master’s degrees, one in industrial engineering from Perdue and a second in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee. With his life-long unquenchable thirst for knowledge and wisdom, Mr. Whetsel made a mark on this world that will never be forgotten. He became an iconic example of perseverance, inspiring all those around him with thought provoking comments, questions and influences even as life presented many challenges to him in his later years. His famous words that will be remembered always were, “We think we want money; what we really want is peace.” Mr. Whetsel was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Lucille Girton Whetsel and his father, Woodrow W. Whetsel. He is survived by his adoring wife of 50 years, Sharon Bagley Whetsel of Winchester; daughters, Rhonda Schmitt of Mt. Vernon, Ind. and Angie Whetsel of Winchester; sons, Kirby (Linda) Whetsel of Manchester and David Whetsel of Hillsboro; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; sister, Mary Beth Spencer of Westfield, Ind.; and brother, Dana (Margie) Whetsel of Oceanside, Calif. Visitation with the family was held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. The life of Roger Whetsel will be celebrated and remembered on Friday May 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home with Lyle Starnes and Matt Hastings officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Roger Whetsel Tennessee State Waterski Scholarship Fund or make a blood donation to the American Red Cross. On-line condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com Watson-North Funeral Home, Cremation Center and Memorial Park in charge of arrangements, 405 Sharp Springs Rd., Winchester, TN 931-967-2345, Tommy North, director.
CURTIS, Linda Faye, age 47 of Tracy City, died May 7, 2014. A private memorial service was held. Foster and Lay Funeral Home.