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NORA BURNS

 BURNS, Nora Kay (Doodle), age 79, of Maryville, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, with her family by her side. She was born on Nov. 7, 1939, the only child of the late Earnest Robert (Buck) Davis and Blanche Gamble Davis in the Wildwood Community of Blount County, Tennessee. She grew up the Hubbard Community where she attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She graduated from Walland High School in 1957, and received her degree in medical technology from Maryville College. She married Charles Edward Burns on June 9, 1962, and following their marriage they moved to Marietta, Georgia. They made a life together in various locations across the United States, including Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and California, but resided for the longest time in Winchester. She made lasting friends everywhere she lived across the country. She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Burns; one son, Robert Thomas Burns; daughter-in-law, Rita Ann Burns; and two grandsons, Nathanael Jebidiah Burns and Gary Daniel Burns. Doodle had a warm heart, a happy personality a wonderful sense of humor and a love for life. She loved her husband, son and family dearly, but also had a very special appreciation of her many friends and a very special love for her two grandsons, Jeb and Daniel. As her health declined, she often spoke of her appreciation for her friends and she kept her happy outlook on life as well as her sense of humor. The competent and caring staff of the UT Medical Center Palliative Care and Home Hospice team are greatly appreciated by her family. Family and friends met on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time for her funeral service at West Millers Cove Missionary Baptist Church, 308 W. Millers Cove Road, Walland, Tennessee, with interment following in West Millers Cove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the West Millers Cove Cemetery Association, 931 E Millers Cove Road, Walland, TN 37886. McCammon Ammons Funeral Home 220 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801-4706. 865-982-6812.

 

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MARY KININGHAM

 KININGHAM, Mary Eleanor Murrell, age 90 of Cowan, passed from this life into eternity on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at the Waters of Winchester following an extended illness. Mary was born in Winchester on Aug. 18, 1928, to Linda Sutton Murrell and W.E. (Billy) Murrell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Allen Kiningham; brothers, Thomas and Bill Murrell; and sisters, Elizabeth Todd and Doris Brock. She is survived by her daughter, Lynda (Bill) Fernander of Cowan; grandson, Jon Fernander of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews. Mary graduated from Central High in Winchester in 1946 and briefly attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was employed by the Winchester Power System before becoming a homemaker. Mary was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She was such a “people person” and had been a Red Hatter. She enjoyed playing bridge, singing and playing the piano. Mary was a member of the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Her family receive friends and family on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, from 4-7 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Michael Clark and Rev. Anna Brockman officiated the service. Serving as pallbearers were: Kenneth Sullivan, Roy Brock III, Steve Young, Darrel Nelson, Denney Swann and Geno Schlichting. Online condolences may be sent through www.watsonnorth.com. Watson-North Funeral Home, 405 Sharp Springs Road, Winchester, TN 37398. 931-967-2345.

 

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IRENE FARRIS

 FARRIS, Irene Elizabeth, age 96 of Winchester, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at The Waters of Winchester surrounded by her loving family. A native of Franklin County, she was born on June 27, 1923, to the late Andy Jacob and Mary Jane (Robison) Hill. A dedicated homemaker, Irene loved cooking (especially biscuits) and spending time with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She was a member of the Winchester First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Jessie Farris; daughters, Elaine Tinnel and Molly Farris; grandson, Jessie Farris; siblings, Andy Newton Hill, Elisha Samuel Hill, Elaine Powers and Evelyn Shores; and son-in-law, Corky King. She is survived by her brother, M.J. Hill of Winchester; children, David (Nancy) Farris of Estill Springs, Eddie (Diane) Farris of Cowan, Rex (Brenda) Farris of Winchester, Carl (Cathy) Farris of Decherd, Mark (Barbie) Farris of Tullahoma, Michael Farris of Winchester, Doris King and Dale (Sherry) Farris of Kingston; grandchildren, Stacy Farris, Pamela Hill, Jonathan Farris, Rose Tinnel, Junior Tinnel, Tim Tinnel, Gina Radencich, Richard Luna, Angel Cook, Robin Fergenson, Cyndi Cales, Mandi Myers, Ricky Farris, Phillip Farris, Kevin Farris, Matt Farris, Jeff Farris, Jason Farris, Kim Cash, Deborah Partin, Amanda Partin, Janice King, James King, Cassie Farris and Holly Becker; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Marion Pope officiating. Interment followed in the Winchester Memorial Park. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, (931)-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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DENNIS BREWER

 BREWER, Dennis Wade, age 57 of Belvidere, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was born in Fayetteville on June 20, 1962. Dennis was currently employed by Brewer Backhoe Service and enjoyed dirt track racing in his spare time. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Ann Brewer and father, Austin Brewer. Dennis is survived by his loving mother, Nina Lou (Lafevers) Brewer of Belvidere; brothers, Danny (Karen) Brewer and Doug Brewer, both of Belvidere; nieces, Angela (Derick) Mitchell of Belvidere and Sharon (David) Hamilton of Smyrna; step-sons, Danny Watts of Georgia and Brian Watts of Winchester; and good friend, Jerry Ashley of Elora. Visitation was held on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Robertson officiating. Interment followed in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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FRANCES WILSON

 WILSON, Frances Campbell, age 100 of Satsuma, Florida, formerly of Franklin County, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Lakewood Nursing Center. She was born on Sept. 17, 1918, in Tullahoma, Tennessee to the late Judge E.H. Campbell and Florida Fletcher Campbell. Mrs. Wilson was a 1936 class graduate of Tullahoma High School and was crowned Miss Tullahoma. She met and married the love of her life, Crawford Wilson, in 1940. Mrs. Wilson retired from Duck River Electric Company in Decherd and was a member of the Winchester First United Methodist Church. Following retirement she and her husband moved to Florida to be closer to family where she has lived for over 20 years. She will be remembered by her family as strong-willed, energetic and loyal. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ed Campbell, Vina Payne Wright and Helen Margaret Campbell, son-in-law, Kenny Rose and grandson, Phillip Rose. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her son, Michael (Debby) Wilson of Sebastian, Florida; daughter, Jo Rose of Satsuma, Florida; grandchildren, Randy (Mikie) Rose, Kevin (Angie) Rose, Brian (Karrie) Wilson, Chad (Kerry) Wilson, April Wilson, Audrey Wilson and Andrew Wilson; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester with Rev. Todd Coutta officiating. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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BEVERLY BEAN

 BEAN, Beverly Diane, age 45 of Tullahoma, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She was born in Franklin County on Oct. 30, 1973, to the late Tommy and Sherry Miller. Beverly had been previously employed as a CNA at Beverly Manor and enjoyed swimming and playing guitar. But most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Beverly is survived by her loving son, Brandon Bean of Estill Springs; sister, Brittany Miller (Robert McClure); brother, Thomas (Angie) Miller; niece, Jaelynn Miller; and nephews, Robert McClure, Joshua McClure, Tad Elliott, Ethan Elliott and Caleb Elliott. Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at noon in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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CHARLES LIMBAUGH

 LIMBAUGH, Charles Clayton, age 84 of Belvidere, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester. A native of Franklin County, Clayton was born on July 28, 1935, to the late Grady Buford and Nancy Esther (Pickett) Limbaugh. He served in the Tennessee National Guard before selling Massey Ferguson Tractors for over 30 years. Clayton loved farming and loved his family (especially the grandbabies). He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Doyle Limbaugh and siblings, Glendon Limbaugh and Clyda Louise Michaud. Clayton is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jewell McCormick Limbaugh; daughter, Patricia (Bob) Hobbs of Lynchburg; daughter-in-law, Tina Limbaugh of Flintville; grandchildren, Lacey (Chris) Ray, Ashley (Matthew) Fitch, Rebekah Hobbs, Alicia (Chris) Fanning and Alison Limbaugh; great-grandchildren, Eli, Addison and Amelia Fitch, Jentri and Huck Fanning, Bransyn Limbaugh and Jackson Ray; sister, Aline Syler of Belvidere; and brother, Don Limbaugh of Mississippi. Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

TRACY SMITH

 SMITH, Tracy H., age 61, of Olathe, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. He was born on May 18, 1958, to William and Gwyn (Gattis) Smith in Montgomery, Alabama. Tracy grew up in Winchester, the oldest of five children. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1976 and went right into the Army. He met his wife at Ft Huachuca, Arizona in 1978. They spent four years in Alaska and were married for 41 years. He started his telecommunications career at Northern Telecom and ended at Ericsson. He loved his motorcycles and always had at least one. He had a tube stereo that he said made the music warm. He loved his dogs. BBQ became a passion when he moved to Kansas. He loved his smoker. He loved to work in his yard and it showed. Tracy is survived by his loving wife, Susan; sons, Zack and Ben; brothers, Todd, Tim and Tony; his cousin, Sonny; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his little sister, Torrie. Visitation was held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at Penwell Gabel’s Olathe Chapel, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association in his name. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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JIMMY POSEY

 POSEY, Jimmy Claborn, age 80 of Huntland, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Huntsville Hospital. He was born on Jan. 29, 1939, in Estill Fork, Alabama to the late John C. and Nova E. (Burks) Posey. Jimmy served his county in the United States Army and was very proud of that service. He was a kind-hearted man and loved his family, caring for each and every one of them. He always was the first to help in times of need. Jimmy enjoyed life and was always smiling. He had a heart of gold and always saw the good in people, never speaking an unkind word. Jimmy enjoyed family gatherings and loved to socialize with people. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed listening to bluegrass music and attending festivals. His favorite musician was Elvis Presley, whom he enjoyed listening to in the evenings. He had a love for all animals, especially cats and also enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play football. Jimmy will be missed by all of his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Cynthia Posey. Jimmy is survived by his siblings, Billy (Peggy) Posey, Connie Posey, Carolyn (Bill) Matthews, Kathryn Dudley, Barbara Sisk and Teresa Butler; nieces and nephews, Trent Matthews, Michelle Davis, Danene Dreese, Ginger Dudley, Jill Smith, Kimberly Sanders, Andrea Disheroon, Nova Sisk and Deana Curtis; nephew and special caregiver, Greg Butler; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Private services are scheduled. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

NELSON CHUNN

 CHUNN, Nelson, 78 of Fayetteville, died Aug. 3, 2019. Survivors: wife, Sandra Tucker Chunn of Fayetteville; daughter, Kimberly Chunn Estes, Nashville; son, Adam (Tammy) Chunn, Fayetteville; step-son, Shawn Askins; brother, Johnny (Beth) Chunn; grandchildren, Reid Estes, Hannah Chunn, Trent Askins. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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BETTY SANDERS

 SANDERS, Betty Sue Bradford, age 72 of Winchester, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. She was born in Winchester on Nov. 21, 1946, to the late Johnnie Lee and Winnie Dell (McKelvey) Bradford. Before her retirement, Sue was employed at the carpet mill. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and sewing, as well as collecting Coca-Cola products and frogs. Her family will remember her for her love and devotion. Sue was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. She is survived by her loving daughters, Patricia Sanders Gilliam of Winchester and Leigh Anne Sanders Walker of Decherd; granddaughter, Laura Gilliam (Jason) Curtis of Winchester; great-grandson, Caleb Curtis; honorary great-grandchildren, Jayden Jackson, Jonah Jackson and Jace George; and brother, Johnny Ray (Linda) Bradford of Winchester. Visitation was held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, from 1-3:30 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Serving as pallbearers were: Caleb Curtis, Jason Curtis, Jonathan Curtis, Eric Bradford, Ethan Bradford and Adam Marshall. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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WAYLAND RAY

 RAY, Wayland Melton, age 90 of Winchester, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Mr. Ray was a 1946 graduate of Franklin County High School and made his home in Franklin County all his life. Following his education, he worked at Genesco as a leather cutter for 30 years until the plant closed. He then worked for Wilton Industries, Shaw and AEDC, from which he retired in 1994, following 14 years of service. Mr. Ray was a man of many interests. He loved puzzles and kept a table in his living room to work on them. He loved UT and the Boston Red Sox and attended a Red Sox game with his granddaughter. In his earlier years he attended many games at Fenway Park in Boston. As a landlord and owner of many properties, he spent much of his spare time painting his rental homes, keeping them in the best of shape for his tenants. A number of young couples attribute owning their first home to Mr. Ray, as he allowed some of his tenants to “rent to own.” He was a charter member of the Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winchester. As a strong supporter of the church he attended services at every opportunity until his health began to fail a few weeks ago after a fall. A favorite memory of his grandkids is the stories he often told about days gone by and “the good old days.” Above all, Mr. Ray will be remembered as a God-fearing Christian who loved our country devoutly. Even though he was not permitted to serve in the armed forces, he remained an American patriot and a supporter of our military troops stationed on American soil as well as abroad. Wayland was preceded in death by his mother, Vickey Hatchett Ray and his father, Garland Melvin Ray; infant siblings, Sarah and James Ray; and granddaughter, Jennifer Perry. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his dear wife of 68 years, Wilma Berryhill Ray; daughter, Rita (Larry) Perry of Winchester; son, Richard (Joyce) Ray of Winchester; grandchildren, Renae (Donald) Sharpe of Decherd and Adam (Kerry) Ray of Tampa, Florida; and great-grandchildren, Madeline and Mallory Cunningham, Camryn, John Carter and Spencer Ray. The Ray family received friends at Watson-North Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. The funeral ceremony was conducted from the Roy B. Watson Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ray Gardner and Rev. Johnny Mayes officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Serving as pallbearers were: Gary Cunningham, Jay Penny, Greg Garner, Lloyd Smith, Ken “Buck” Tucker and Ben Watson. Honorary pallbearers were: Ronald Judge, Doug Berryhill, Chris Berryhill and Donald Sharpe. Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com. Watson-North Funeral Home, 405 Sharp Springs Road, Winchester, TN 37398. 931-967-2345.

 

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EVA TAYLOR

 TAYLOR, Eva Mel Teal, age 96, of Winchester, departed this life on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at RockGate Seniors Residence in Cowan. She was born in Flintville on Feb. 26, 1923, to the late Ollie Teal and Lela Shirey Taylor. She was employed for many years as their bookkeeper at Taylor Refrigeration in their family business. She was a member of the Winchester First Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling, fishing and working in her irises when she was younger. She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Shaw Taylor. She is survived by her son, Dennis Taylor of Winchester; grandsons, Tim Taylor and wife, Marta of Estill Springs and Greg Taylor of Murfreesboro; great-granddaughters, Megan and husband, Robbie Hasting of Estill Springs and Jordan Taylor of Winchester; and sister-in-law, Margaret Nimon of Sauk Village, Illinois. Visitation for Ms. Taylor was held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs. Services were conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Grant Funeral Services, 103 Peters Rd, Estill Springs, TN 37330. 931-649-3585. Send online condolences may be sent to www.grantfuneralservices.net.

 

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KIMBERLY OWENS

 OWENS, Kimberly Sue, age 44 of Winchester, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. A native of Franklin County, she was born on Jan. 30, 1975. A dedicated homemaker, Kim enjoyed working in the yard, taking care of her house, cooking and fishing, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family (especially grandchildren) and neighbors. She was a joy to be around and enjoyed visiting and talking with those she surrounded herself with. Kim was preceded in death by her grandmother, Daisy Mae Frame; grandfather, Bobby Frame; uncle, Teddy Frame; and aunts, Pam Frame and Tina Haney. She is survived by her mother, Peggy Sue Frame; daughters, Amanda Owens (Steven) Moon and Tiffany (Jon) Taylor; companion, Ricky Kirk; grandchildren, Brayden Ray Gipson and Gracelynn Faith Moon; four-legged best friend, Peanut; and cousins, Sandra Jacks, Brandon Jacks, Brittany Jacks and Felicia Jacks. The family requests memorial donations be made to Franklin County Animal Harbor, 56 Nor-Nan Road, Winchester, TN 37398. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Coutta officiating. Interment will follow in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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ROBERT EVANS

 EVANS, Robert Richard, age 71 of Winchester, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro.  He was born in Cortland, New York on April 3, 1948, to the late John William and Mary Angela (Camillo) Evans Sr.  Bob was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska during the Vietnam War.  He was employed as a shipping clerk in Cortland, New York and retired from Formal Wear in Endicott, New York. Bob enjoyed cooking, especially Italian, spending time with his family, watching football and shopping.  He was passionate about helping rescue animals, especially cats.  In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Rosemary Taranto and brothers-in-law, Ron Weibly and James Schwanke.  He is survived by his husband, Ed Elston of Winchester; siblings, William (Sandy) Evans of Lincoln, California, Ethel Weibly of Cortland, New York, Sharon Schwanke of Chittenango, New York and John (Connie) Evans Jr. of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; brother-in-law, Tom Taranto of Homer, New York; nieces and nephews, Bill, Maureen, Jason, Christine, Rob, Andrew, and Christina; several great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins; and special friends, Jim McRae, Dawn Beinert and Paul McRae.  A celebration of life service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Bethel Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Ervin officiating.   A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Homer Elks Lodge, 82 Cortland St., Homer, NY 13077. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

Death notices

 

MCKINNEY, Steven W., 48, Aug. 14, 1970 -July 31, 2019.

 

STEPHENS-DANIEL, Gatona Leighann, 24, May 12, 1995 – July 30, 2019.

 

GARRICK, Bennie Ring, 72, March 16, 1947 – Aug. 3, 2019.

 

HILL, Frankie Lane, 62, Aug. 4, 2019.