obits

ZELDRA TOMLIN

TOMLIN, Zeldra Yvette, 53 of Fayetteville, died Dec. 3, 2019. Survivors: mother, Willie Lou Hawk; children, Treavic (Stephanie) Brown, Thomas W. Whitaker, Cossio Hawk, Takeia Hawk; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins. Service, Dec. 8, 2019, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Fayetteville. Interment, Pleasant View Cemetery.

SHIRLEY SELLS

SELLS, Shirley Ellen, age 85 of Winchester, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System. She was born in Illinois on Jan. 16, 1934, to the late Andy and Ethel Martin. A dedicated homemaker, Shirley enjoyed cooking and gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings. Shirley is survived by her sons, Billy W. Sells and Dennis Sells. A graveside service was held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. at 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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NELLIE AYERS

 AYERS, Nellie B., age 79 of Decherd, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at Elk River Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Jackson County, Alabama on Feb. 29, 1940, to the late Lester Hall and Dissie (Atchley) Bradford. A dedicated homemaker, she was a hardworking mother who was an excellent cook. Nellie loved watching hummingbirds and flower gardening but most of all she loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Max Ayers and sister, Linda McNeal. Nellie is survived by her loving children, Richard Curtis of Decherd and Carol (Anthony) Johnson of Decherd; grandchildren, Kevin (Meri) Alonso, Joshua Curtis and Amanda Curtis; great-grandchildren, Hayden Alonso, Jailynn Curtis and Jayden Curtis; and sisters, Lisa Villani of Cowan and Margie Keller of Harvest, Alabama. Visitation was held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 1 p.m in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Brother Doran Smith officiating. Interment was 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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ROBERTA FULLER

 FULLER, Roberta “Bobbie” Frances O’Keefe, age 65 of Estill Springs, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on Dec. 1, 1954, to the late Arthur Francis and Ruth Eleanor (Kennedy) O’Keefe. She and her family owned and managed the Rolling Acres Motel in Cowan where she spent most of her time growing up. Bobbie graduated from the Sewanee Military Academy in 1973. Before her retirement, Bobbie had been employed as a receptionist for 34 years at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester. She was an avid Tennessee football fan and enjoyed tailgating with family and friends. She was very involved with the Ladies Group of the National Sheriffs” Association and several other law enforcement support associations. Bobbie loved her dogs, Howie Jay and Heidi, but most of all she cherished her time spent with her precious grandchildren. Bobbie is survived by her loving husband, Tim Fuller of Estill Springs; children, Katelyn Fuller (Seth) Isbell of Winchester and Ryan (Jami) Fuller of Estill Springs; grandchildren, Hallie Fuller and Neyland Isbell; brother, Richard “Barney” O’Keefe of Winchester; sister, Patricia “Patty” O’Keefe of Estill Springs; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Decherd. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Tennessee Public Safety Network, 370 S Lowe Ave., Cookeville, TN 38501 and Middle and East Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors, C.O.P.S., 1897 Fenn Lane, Clarksville, TN 37043. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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BARBARA SPECK

Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of SPECK, Barbara Glen Millsaps, age 82 of Cowan, who died on Dec. 4, 2019. She was born on Oct. 12, 1937, in Moore County, Tennessee to the late Henry Record and Edna Cunningham Millsaps. She was employed as a general laborer at Garment Manufacturing and was a dedicated homemaker. As a young girl, Barbara worked on her family farm. She was a 1956 graduate of Moore County High School. She was a member of the Gum Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.O. Speck and brother, Baxter Millsaps. She is survived by her son, Jim Speck and his wife, Brandi of Cowan; two sisters, Faye Walker and husband Joe of Tullahoma and Linda Crouch and husband Parker of Tullahoma; one brother, Joe (Ann) Millsaps of Marble Hill; grandson, Jesse Speck of Cowan; granddaughter, Brianna Atkinson of Cookeville; sister-in-law, Rayma (Milton) Reese; cousin, Sandra (Jerry) Millsaps; best friends, Lee and Paul Tucker of Winchester; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. The funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 3 p.m. from the Roy B. Watson Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester with friends and family serving as pallbearers. 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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SUE PANTER

 PANTER, Sue Alice, age 80 of Winchester, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Elk Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Jackson County, Alabama on Sept. 14, 1939, to the late Murphy Alexander and Jessie Beatrice (Atnip) Panter. A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with her family and cheering for the Atlanta Braves. Sue was a true Christian lady and a lifelong member of the Oaklawn Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her sisters, Hallie June Panter, Prince, Vivian Lucille Panter Morris, Mary Mable Panter Campbell and Lillion Juanita Panter Hendon and brothers, Muphy Loys Panter and James Pink Panter. She is survived by her sister, Vera Beatrice Panter Fowler; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Ray Gardner officiating. Interment was in the McClure Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

NANCY CARTER

 CARTER, Nancy Sue Knapper, age 73 of Winchester, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Fayetteville on Aug. 15, 1946, to the late Carl Fredrick and Argie Lee (Carroll) Knapper. Before her retirement, she was employed for over 30 years by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Nancy enjoyed knitting and baking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Knapper. Nancy is survived by her children, Matthew Brian (Beth) Carter and Mark Robert (Stephanie) Carter and grandchildren, Jared Johnson, Dylan Carter, Alyssa Carter, Lydia Dickson and Lathan Dickson. Special thanks to caregiver, Beth Carter. Private family services will be held at a later date. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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LONNIE KENNERLY

Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of KENNERLY, Lonnie Cortez “Ted,” age 59 of Decherd, who passed from this life unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System. He was born on Aug. 29, 1960, to the late Leland Garfield Kennerly and Anna Louise Price. Lonnie was a Texas Rangers fan and had a passion for drawing. He enjoyed watching the “Matlock” TV series. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Joe Price and Wallace G. Kennerly; sister, Regina Kennerly; and his life partner, Linda Ann Wilkerson. He leaves to cherish his memories his daughter, LaTasha Wilkerson of Decherd; five sisters, Wanda (Larry) Scott, Leila Ann Palmer, Rebecca Louise Baker, Shelia S. Kennerly and Tina Kennerly, all of Winchester; devoted cousin, Larry D. Price of Chattanooga; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends. The family received friends on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, from 2-3 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. from the Roy B. Watson Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Watson-North Memorial Park in Winchester. Servings as pallbearers were: Michael Burnette, James Wilkerson, Carl Hill, Randy Taylor, Chris Partin and Zachary Partin. 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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ROBERT MAY

 MAY, Robert Ernest, age 96 of Huntland, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ernest was born in the Hickory Grove Community in Huntland on April 12, 1923, to the late Jim and Zena (Neal) May. Ernest served his country in the United States Navy in WWII as a first loader on the PCE(R)852 rescue ship in the Naval campaigns in the Pacific Ocean, Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa. He was also the ship’s barber and a welterweight boxer. He was a member of the Belvidere First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Ernest was a member of the Winchester Masonic Lodge 158 for over 50 years. At the age of 65, Ernest retired from E & B Carpet Mill, where he was a final inspector, ending his career with 15 years never missing a day of work. He was also very proud to have worked as a butcher at Pogue’s Best Way. After retirement, he enjoyed hunting with his son and grandsons and he absolutely loved gardening, canning and making jellies. He had a special talent of “witching” for water and helped many farmers and local residents find water for their properties. He was especially handy with wood working. In the last year of his life he created hundreds of dough rollers made of cedar wood. He would sell them and give the proceeds to Camp RAIN in Alto, TN. His family will remember him as a one-of-a-kind person who loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was, in short, everyone’s papa. In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Mae (Hinshaw) May; daughter, Judy (May) Steele; daughter, Sue (May) Steele; grandson, Kevin Taylor; grandson Ray Taylor; and siblings, Roy, Russell, Bill and Johnie May and Mattie Reed, Ella “Sis” Taylor, and Elsie Knoer. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary (Cook) May of Huntland; children, Terry (Charlotte) May of Huntland, Jo Ann (Tommy) Wiley of Decherd, Teresa (David) Steele of Huntland, Deborah Brockman of Huntland and Cynthia Archer of Huntland. Ernest is also survived by 21 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Marion Pope, Bro. Willie Banks and grandson, Kelly May officiating. Interment followed in thet Mt Carmel Cemetery in Huntland. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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WILLIE PARKER

 PARKER, Willie Herman, age 74 of Winchester, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Elora on April 9, 1945, to the late Chester and Pearline (Hall) Parker. A carpenter by trade, Willie had been employed at Cowan Woodworking before his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing but most of all he cherished the time spent with family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ermal Pagent and great-grandsons, Chase Hoover and Peyton Lee. Willie is survived by his loving wife, Dominga Parker; siblings, Sally (Wayne Shalist) Parks of Winchester, Sue (Cliff) Jones of Winchester and Wayne (Hazel) Parker of Tullahoma; children, Mary Parker of Winchester and Robert (Shanna) Parker of Winchester; grandchildren, Hope (Shawn) Lee, Cary Parker, Kayla Parker, Jessica Parker, Brittany Wimley and Chaz Wimley; and great-grandchildren, Faith Hoover, Shelby Hoover, Chloie Parker, Skylar Powers, Farrah Parker, Shaelynn Parker, Kinsley Parker, Landon Judge, Braylen Judge and Madison Jacks. Visitation was held on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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FRANK ERNST JR.

 ERNST, Frank Henry Jr., age 91 of Tullahoma, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Nashville on April 6, 1928, to the late Frank Henry Ernst Sr. and Josephine (McQuiddy) Ernst. Frank attended Peabody Demonstration School in the first through eighth grades in Nashville. He graduated in 1947 from the prestigious Webb School in Bell Buckle before attending the University of Delaware in Newark. Frank was a veteran of the United States Army. Upon returning to the city he loved, Tullahoma, he became the payroll clerk for the Tennessee Overall Company which was owned by Taters and Ben Wilkins. It was at Tennessee Overall that he met his wife, Vera Mae who was working as the company secretary.  He later retired from government service after working for 30 years in the ABMA, NASA, DOD, and DECHS departments. He had been a devoted member of the Marble Plains Baptist Church since 1955, and had served in many capacities of the church. He co-authored with his wife the book, “Down Memory Lane” about Marble Plains Church Cemetery and Sylvanus Community School. Frank enjoyed studying his family history, especially his direct lines of lineage of the McQuiddy, Shofner, Wilkins and Weaver families. He also enjoyed flying model airplanes and had a gift for drawing. A pleasure to be around, Frank’s family will remember his witty and fun nature and how he was a protector, provider and best friend to his wife. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mom, Josephine Ernst Daniel, grandparents, V.C. and Alda McQuiddy and aunt and uncle, Taters and Ben H. Wilkins Jr. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Verna Mae Weaver Ernst of Tullahoma; daughter, Patty Hansen of Huntsville, Alabama; son, Clay Ernst of Nashville; grandchildren, Tia (Doug) Marx and Trey (Sherry) Hansen, both of Alabama; father of grandchildren, Harold Hansen of Alabama; and sister, Emily (Dr. Bill) Branscome of Virginia. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. at Marble Plains Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Marble Plains Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Hice officiating. Interment will be in the Marble Plains Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be: Joe Blanton, John Browden, Thomas Redford, Jim Catlett, Ben Boswell and Mark Neal. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Marble Plains Cemetery Trust Fund, 525 Mansford Road, Winchester, TN 37398. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 Death notices

ALEXANDER, Bettie Sue, age 70, Oct. 5, 1949 – Dec. 6, 2019.

MCCULLOUGH, Alyce Jayne, age 84, June 20, 1935 – Dec. 6, 2019.