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JUANITA HUNTER

HUNTER, Juanita Alexander, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the age of 92. She was born on May 23, 1927, to the late John and Ora Alexander of Franklin County. A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Hunter was a resident of Tullahoma for many years. She was a 1944 graduate of Franklin County High School in Winchester and was employed as the personnel secretary for Genesco in Tullahoma for several years. She later completed college courses at Peabody College in Nashville. Mrs. Hunter was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma and was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Upper Cumberland Chapter of the Daughters of 1812; Ladies Hermitage Association of Nashville, as well as several local civic organizations. She was a co-founder of The Foundation for the Preservation of Oakwood Cemetery in Tullahoma. Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Dale O. Hunter Sr.; parents, John Vincent Alexander and Ora Weaver Alexander; sisters, Betty Jane Alexander (twin sister of Wayne) and Marie Alexander Cowie; and brother-in-law, John Alexander. Mrs. Hunter is survived by three children, Dr. Dale O. Hunter Jr. (Allie), Karen Hunter Wells (Rick) and Jane Hunter Eggleston (Vincent); two grandchildren, Stacy Eggleston McWhorter (Brandon) and Leslie Eggleston (Erin); four great-grandchildren, Barrett, Christian, Bella and Brooklyn (due in July); two brothers, Bob Alexander (Betty) and Wayne Alexander (Jeannie); and sister, Johnnie Alexander. Visitation was held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Kilgore Funeral Home in Tullahoma. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma. A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Tullahoma. Memorials may be made to the Tullahoma First United Methodist Church, 208 West Lauderdale St., Tullahoma, TN 37388 or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank all the personnel of Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Tullahoma; Tennova (Harton) Hospital in Tullahoma and NHC Tullahoma, who all provided care for our loved one. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

CLARA BARNES

 BARNES, Clara Mae, age 85, of Hillsboro, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. Clara was born in Coffee County, the daughter of the late James and Vinnie Trussell Brown. She was a seamstress and a member of the Shady Grove Church of the Nazarene in Decherd. Clara enjoyed sewing, making quilts, dresses and dolls, cooking, baking and she collected salt and pepper shakers. In addition to her parents Clara was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, J.W. Barnes. She is survived by two sons, Jeff (Doreen) Barnes and John (Cathy) Barnes; two daughters, Jean (Paul) Wildman and Joann (Greg) Boyd; one brother, Elbert (Shirley) Brown; eight grandchildren, Sherry (Shane) Toney, Josh (Lishia) Barnes, Michelle (Daniel) Wildman, Lisa (Chad) Lorance, Brad (Megan) Barnes, Robby Clark, Katy Kilgore and Laura Barnes; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Penny. Services were conducted on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Manchester Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from noon to 2 p.m. at Manchester Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made to: Alive Hospice, 1629 Williams Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 37129. www.manchesterfuneralhome.com.

 

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TOMMY FERRELL

FERRELL, Tommy R., age 55 of Decherd, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Health Center. He was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on Sept. 13, 1963, to the late William A. and Jo Ann (Veal) Ferrell. Until his health no longer allowed, Tommy was employed as an auto mechanic. He enjoyed restoring and working on cars, living the farm life, and listening to music. Tommy was a member of the New Beginnings Outreach Church in Decherd. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Ferrell and sister, Treva Matlock. Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Robin Ferrell of Decherd; children, Thomas Ferrell of Tullahoma, Josh (Holly) Densteadt of McMinnville and Hannah Elizabeth Waters of Nashville; stepdaughter, Cassie (Troy Jr.) Barnes of Winchester; siblings, Sherry Ferrell Williamson of Indiana, John L. (Gina) Hays of Hillsboro and William Clyde Ferrell of Florida; and grandchildren, Sophia Densteadt, McKenzie Densteadt and Oakley Ann Barnes. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Graveside services were conducted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Blue’s Hill Cemetery of McMinnville with Rev. Rick Casey and Rev. Alvis Bolin officiating. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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IRMA RIEDER

RIEDER, Irma Jean, age 88 of Pelham, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Harton Tennova Healthcare in Tullahoma. She was born in Alto on April 24, 1931, to the late Clayborn and Gertrude (Garner) Gipson. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rieder was preceded in death by her husband, William Jonas Rieder Jr. She is survived by two sons, William C. (Kathy) Rieder of Tullahoma and Timothy Dale Rieder of the Valley Home Community; three grandchildren, William Jackson (Cassie) Rieder of Chattanooga, Katherine Rieder (Rob) Marsh of Shelbyville and Kelley N. Rieder of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren, Walker (Clay) Marsh, Madeline Payne Marsh, Sadie Rieder, Anna Patterson Marsh, William Cooper Rieder and Katherine Virginia Marsh; and special caregivers, Mae Phillips, Anita Meeks, Brooke Kilgore, Debbie Meeks, Rachel Crabtree, Ruth Simmons, Cindy Cunningham and Peggy Price. Mrs. Rieder was a lifelong resident of Valley Home Community. She was a graduate of Grundy County High School, Class of 1948 and was a lifelong member of the Pelham Church of Christ. Mrs. Rieder operated a grocery store with her mother, Gertrude Gipson in the Valley Home Community for many years. She enjoyed working in her flowers, cooking and spending time conversing with family and friends. Visitation was held on Monday, June 10, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Partin officiating. Interment followed in the Warren Cemetery with William Jackson Rieder, Robert P. Marsh, Ben C. Hale, Kenneth R. Mayes, Samuel Myers and Timothy J. Cunningham serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Pavette, Robert Sitz, Kenneth L. Mayes. Carl Burnette, Troy Layne, Dennis Garner and Lawrence Smith. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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LORETTA STAFFORD

STAFFORD, Loretta, age 75 of Estill Springs, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Harton Tennova Healthcare in Tullahoma. She was born in Huntsville, Alabama on Sept. 9, 1943, to the late Paul Harrison Guffey and Lois Marie (Byrd) Guffey. Before her retirement, Loretta was employed for over 39 years as a school bus driver by the Franklin County School System. She was a devoted member of the Estill Springs Church of God. Loretta enjoyed making crafts and baking, especially fried pies in her spare time. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherri Rich and sister, Diane McMurray. Loretta is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Ernest “Albert” Stafford of Estill Springs; children, Elizabeth Shepherd of Estill Springs and Ernest Albert Stafford Jr. of Lynchburg; grandchildren, Tommy (Sara) Elliott of Estill Springs and Ben Elliott of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren, Leslie Elliott of Estill Springs, Adam Owens of Tullahoma and Mason Jackson of Estill Springs; brother, Dale (Johnnie) Guffey of Huntsville, Alabama; sister, Sue (John) Evans of Florida; and foster children, Cindy Dotson, Dawn Campbell and Jenny Thorpe; as well as over 125 foster children she and her husband have cared for over the years. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral conducted on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Evans 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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WILMA GIFFORD

GIFFORD, Wilma Jean, age 80 of Huntland, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her residence. A native of Franklin County, she was born in the Maxwell Community on Sept. 30, 1938, to the late Hugh Lawson and Edna (Watson) Hill. Before her retirement, she was employed as a seamstress. Wilma was a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church. A truly giving lady who would “give the shirt off of her back,” Wilma Jean will be remembered for always helping others. She enjoyed gardening, especially flowers and being at home. Wilma Jean loved her four-legged best friend, Miley, but most of all, she loved being with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Gifford; daughter, Vicki Gifford; and siblings, Sally Taylor, James Hill, Virginia Perm, Johnny Hill, Mary Clark, Christine Robertson, Sadie Walker, Velma Johnson, Leonard Hill, Thomas Hill and Ray Hill. Wilma Jean is survived by her son, Troy Gifford of Huntland; two grandchildren, Adam Gifford and April (Mark) Campbell; three great-grandchildren, Landon, Charlie and Aubreigh Campbell; sister, Lenna Braswell of Illinois; brother, Robert Hill of Hillsboro; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Graveside funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Huntland with Rev. Malcolm Gardner officiating. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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MARION CANARY

CANARY, Marion Josephine Jones, age 92, passed away early Sunday morning, June 9, 2019, at her residence in Belvidere supported by her loving family. Her health had been declining for several years.  She was born on Dec. 17, 1926, in Grayson County, Kentucky to the late Raleigh R. and Bessie Pearl (Colburn) Jones.  Marion Canary was a devoted wife, a wonderful mother and a dedicated educator. She was raised in the Baptist church and was a proud “yellow dog democrat.” She attained an advanced degree in education (EDS) after she was teaching full time and raising two children.  She started teaching school in rural Kentucky then taught 33 more years in Metro Nashville.  Marion was nominated for teacher of the year in Nashville.  She loved being able to teach anytime she could.  In her later years when she could not physically do as much as she wished, the best way to cheer her up was to bring her anything that you wanted researched. She would be happy to spend the afternoon researching a tree leaf, a plant, a bird feather or a politician. She was a loving and generous mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Lee Canary and brother, Raleigh Jones.  Marion is survived by her sons, Joe Lee (Gail) Canary of Belvidere and Donley Jones (Jenny) Canary of Martin; sister, Sue Jones Coltharp of Franklin; grandchildren, Kenneth Lee (Amy) Canary, Christopher Lee Canary and David Canary; step-grandchild, Toby L. (Patty) Hill; great-grandchildren, Katie Canary; step-great-grandchildren, Amber Hill, Talon Hill, Cassidy Hill and Jemarkus Parker; and several nieces and nephews.  Graveside services were held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Riverside Christian Church Cemetery in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made to the Multi-County Cancer Support Network, P.O. Box 1355, Tullahoma, TN 37388. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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WILLIAM BAGGETT JR.

BAGGETT, William “Billy” Cecil Jr., age 76, died on Monday, May 6, 2019, at home surrounded by his family following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was loved and respected by many, and will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his strong work ethic, his laughter, and his larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind personality. Billy was born on Aug. 27, 1942, to William Cecil and Mildred Baggett in Chattanooga. The eldest of four children, Billy was adventurous at a young age.  At the age of seven he moved with his family to Decherd where he spent the remainder of his childhood.  He met Roymae Perry in 1960, at the truck stop in Monteagle where he was delivering produce.  After graduating from Franklin County High School in 1961, Billy and Roymae were married the next day.  They went on to start a family in 1962, raising three children, a daughter and two sons. Billy had quite the adventurous work life. He was a jack of all trades, a determined hard-worker with meticulous attention to detail, and a true businessman who excelled in all of his endeavors.  Billy followed in his father’s footsteps, working diligently at the family’s produce company, Baggett Produce, for over 35 years.  In 1970, he joined the Decherd Police Department where he served as a police officer for 18 years.  During that time he also drove a truck for the USPS and co-owned a school bus. Billy loved the outdoors and vacationing with his family from the beach to the mountains, in particular the Great Smoky Mountains.  So, in 1988, he and his family headed to East Tennessee and built a house in the mountains of Gatlinburg.  Never one to sit still, he came to East Tennessee and got back to the grocery business in 1993, working at Battle’s grocery store.  Within the same year he soon picked up another job working as a bellman at Park Vista Resort. He was known for entertaining guests and employees alike with his quick witted humor, his hilarious antics and his unwavering attachment to his luggage cart. Into retirement, Billy remained a busybody. He would often be found traveling with his wife in their RV, chatting up anyone who would listen, telling stories, watching UT football, making jokes and laughing. He was preceded in death by his father, William Cecil Baggett; mother, Mildred Clayton (Parkins); sister, Brenda Adele (Starnes); and son, William Samuel Troy Baggett. He is survived by his wife, Roymae Baggett; his children, Darlene Miller (Boyd Shearer) and Stephen (Theresa) Baggett; his grandchildren, Erika (Eric) Hoelscher, Fallon Arnold, Jake Champion, Andrew Baggett and Austin Baggett; his great-grandchildren, Lane Bryan, Liam Arnold and Elowyn Hoelscher; his brother, Robert Eugene (Cindy) Baggett; and sister, Kathy Lynn Burks. A celebration of life will be held at Billy’s childhood home, 364 Blair Pond Road, Winchester, TN, 37398, on Saturday, June 22, 2019.  Service will begin at 12 noon.  The family invites all who knew Billy to come out to share stories, laughter and BBQ, honoring the life that he lived. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital or East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in memory of William “Billy” C. Baggett, Jr. 

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ELLIE OWENS

OWENS, Ellie Marie, gained her angel wings on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester.  She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Wayne Owens and Melvin Smith.  Baby Ellie is survived by her loving mother, Kaylea May of Winchester; father, Braxton Owens of Winchester; grandparents, Alicia and Jeremy  Myers of Decherd, Kevin and Alanna May of New Market, Alabama and Marshall and Lisa Owens of Winchester; great-grandparents, David and Joyce Farris of Winchester, Jerry and Reba Pickett of Belvidere, Michael Dale Dollar of Fayetteville, Dale and Sheila May of Fayetteville, Jackie and Brenda Patterson of Fayetteville and Ed and Neil Norman of Fayetteville; uncle and aunt, Stephen and Elizabeth Gray of Tullahoma;  uncle, Kevin May; and cousins, Nathan and Amelia Gray of Tullahoma. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester.  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Owens officiating. Interment will follow in the Owens Chapel Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

Death notices

WILSON, Norma Jean Rogers, 88, Feb. 22, 1931-June 4, 2019.

BROWNELL, Ross, 80, April 1939 – May 28, 2019.