MCDONALD, James “Bud” Everette, age 84, of Cowan, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, at St. Thomas West in Nashville. A native of Franklin County, he was born in Sherwood, on Dec. 13, 1936, to the late Horace Harp and Mary Lee Lynch McDonald. He was employed for many years at the Marquette Cement Plant, but later retired from Regions Bank. When he was not working or spending time with his loving family, he could be found hanging out at Linda’s Market and the Bullpen, watching westerns, or cheering on his beloved Tennessee Volunteers. He was a very smart and caring man who was loved by many and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lauren Johnson; brother, Harold “Skinny” (Mary Lee) McDonald; and niece, Brenda Legg. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Emma McDonald of Cowan; children, Betty (Brent) Brown of South Pittsburg, Melissa (Mark) Blackburn, Jeannie Sexton, Barry (Tonji) Johnson and Connie (Tommy) Blevins, all of Stevenson, Alabama; grandchildren, Brad Summers, Keith Summers, Jason Hill, Josh Grider, Kevin Beasley, Missy Holderfield, Kristina Shelton, Blake Brown, Britney Smith and Elizabeth Johnson; a host of great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Ann Denton of Cowan; nephews, Scotty Denton, Les McDonald and Brady Denton; and nieces, Tina Payne, Jackie Stines and Kelly Denton. Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. A graveside service followed at 1 p.m. at the Cowan Montgomery Cemetery with Rev. L.Z. Johnson officiating. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Sue Smith (Drake), age 77 of Winchester. A native of Taylorville, Illinois, she and her late husband had made their home in Winchester, much of their married life, having established a family business, Gentlemen’s & Ladies Choice, in 1983. Gentlemen’s & Ladies Choice was a well-known hair salon located on the “Boulevard” in Winchester. Following the death of her husband, she continued working as a hairdresser until she retired from the business in 2011. Her sons will remember their mother as a devout Christian, who accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at the age of 14. Throughout her life she made reading her Bible a part of her daily routine and she lived by the teachings she learned from the Bible. In addition to reading her Bible, she was an avid reader of every type of literature, ranging from current events to romance novels. She was a great fan of gospel music, the Gaithers in particular. She was a wonderful cook, but she had a true passion for baking, especially various types of bread. Her love for working in the kitchen and cooking made her quite the collector of kitchen gadgets. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Fred T. Smith; her mother, Cora Lee Gibbs Drake; and her father, Barney Drake. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ethelene Gipson and a brother, Stanley Shrum. She is survived by her sons, Thomas W. Smith of Camano Island, Washington, Bobby Lee Smith and his wife, Patricia Lynn of Murfreesboro, and Brian Christopher Smith of Winchester; sister, Mary E. Drake of Estill Springs; brothers, Jim Shrum of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Glen Drake and wife, Hannalore of Smithville, Tennessee, Barney Drake and wife, Faye of Punta Gorda, Florida, and James Thomas Drake and wife Sandy of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She also leaves two grandchildren, who were the apple of her eye, Caleb Aaron Smith and Hailey Claire Smith. The family received friends at Watson-North Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service was conducted on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 1 p.m. from the Roy B. Watson Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Gardner officiating. Mrs. Smith was laid to rest alongside her husband in Watson-North Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers were friends and family. Serving as an honorary pallbearer was her long-time and cherished friend, Tim Cunningham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Monarch by mail: P.O. Box 1207, Monteagle, TN 37356 or by visiting their website: www.bluemonarch.org. Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com. Watson-North Funeral Home, 405 Sharp Springs Road, Winchester, TN 37398. 931-967-2345.
MORRIS, William Raybon, age 79, of Huntland, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. A native of Huntland, he was born on May 26, 1941, to the late Lewis and Thelma Holman Morris. He worked as a self-employed contractor for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and go for walks. His favorite thing though was to spend time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Little Lewis Morris, Lewis Jr. Morris and George Morris and sisters, Ruby Towry, Fannie Towry and Nancy Pickett. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 52 years, Kathy Roberts Morris of Huntland; sons, Stoney (Tia) Morris of Estill Springs, and Rocky (Mary) Morris of Huntland; daughter, Chariety (Eric) Yarbrough of Belvidere; grandchildren, Rebekah (Logan) Stewart of Huntland, Brandon (Cassie) Yarbrough of Lynchburg, Trace Morris of Huntland, Zach Morris of Huntland, and Peyton Morris of Estill Springs; siblings, Faye Pickett of Estill Springs, Dolly (Merle) Luttrell of Flintville, Herschel Morris of Flintville, and Rickey Morris of Huntland, sisters-in-law, Geneva Hall of Huntland, Diannah (Kenneth) Golden of Kelso, Betty Ann Vandiver of Elora, Mary (Marty) Jones of Huntland, Judy ( Bob) Stockman, Sandy (Dewayne) Steele of Huntland, and Dorothy Edwards of Flintville; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Robertson officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
SELLS, Ernest, passed peacefully and without pain on Monday, March 1, 2021, with his daughter by his side. Ernest (Ernie) Denver Sells, age 93, was born on Jan. 24, 1928, in Sherwood, Tennessee, to Johnnie and Angeline (Smith) Sells. Ernest attended school in Sherwood, Cowan, Sewanee, and Winchester, Tennessee. Ernest joined the U.S. Army at 17 years old and went to basic training at Fort McClellen, Alabama. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII as a sniper, earning sharpshooter and expert marksman awards. He returned to Tennessee after the war and married Lila Cook in Rossville, Georgia, on Dec. 4, 1948. Ernie drove a school bus for his brother and owned a service station in Winchester, Tennessee, before moving his family permanently to Troy, Montana, in 1958. He went to work for J. Neils Lumber Co. and started for the U.S. Forest Service in 1959. He spent 30 years serving as trail boss, crew boss, fire boss, defensive driving trainer, fire spotter, tree planter, and finally road designer and timber sale planner for U.S.F.S. Zone III Engineering. Ernie’s service on the Troy Volunteer Ambulance as an EMT spanned three decades. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and was an avid hunter with several trophies on display at Steins Market in Troy. Ernie was also a life member of Troy’s John E Freeman VFW Post #5514. He was a high five bowler on leagues at Trojan Lanes for several decades. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Troy for many years. He loved music, gardening, flowers, birds, fishing, hunting, hiking, mushroom and berry picking, firewood gathering, and just about everything else that has to be done in his beloved Montana mountains. He enjoyed traveling, telling his stories, and writing songs. He was preceded in death by parents, Johnnie and Angeline Sells; his brothers, John, Buddy, Elbert, and James Sells; sisters, Ruth Wallace, Annie Pauline, and Beulah Short; his wife Lila; and his daughter, Carolyn Stanley. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Carene and Mark Cratty of Troy; granddaughters, Danelle Stanley of California, and Dana Stanley of Tennessee; great-grandchildren, J.T. Klod of California, Katie Stowe of California, and Tyler Stanley of Tennessee; a brother, George Hoyett Sells of Indiana; a sister, Polly Ann Strope of Tennessee; and numerous nieces, nephews, adopted grandchildren and many dear friends. He never met a stranger. Visitation was held on Friday, March 5, 2021, from 3-5 p.m. at Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby, Montana. Services were conducted on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Troy Assembly of God Church with Pastor Terry Meroney officiating. Graveside services were held at Troy Cemetery with military honors bestowed, and a luncheon held at the Assembly of God immediately following. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 6 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester, Tennessee. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com 406-293-4134. Local arrangements by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.
KERLEY, Robert “Nicky” Alfred, age 77, of Winchester, departed this life Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at STRHS Winchester. He was born on March 8, 1943, in Morganton, North Carolina, to the late Robert Clemon Kerley and Virginia Lockhart Kerley. He was employed for approximately 32 years at U.S. Reduction in East Chicago, Indiana. He then retired and relocated his family to Winchester. He was employed at his nephew’s car dealership, Anderson Street Auto’s in Tullahoma, until recently. He was known by all as a “Jack of all Trades.” He enjoyed woodworking and loved to go fishing. Most of all he loved his family and was the best PaPa to his grandchildren. He was a Christian and will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul who had the “best belly laugh.” In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Darlene Butler; sister, Carol Diane Kerley; brother, Carl Kerley. He is survived by his wife, Lori Kerley of Winchester; daughter, Lisa Kerley of Needville, Texas; son, Robert Wayne Kerley (Beverly) of Tullahoma; daughter, Amy Sensat (Josh) of Winchester; grandchildren, Shana Boettcher (John), Shane Butler (Jessica), Shalene Butler, Noel Alvarado, Daniel Alvarado, Hunter Sensat, Gabriel Kerley, Tristan Kerley, Bailey Sensat; great-grandchildren, Shayann and Peyton Boettcher and Olivia, Bentley, David and Lola Butler, Avery and Adelyn Alvarado; sisters, Linda DeLeon (Jessie) of Lebanon, Dot Shevock (Bill) of Wheatfield, Indiana; and brother, David Kerley of Crossville. Arrangements, Grant Funeral Services, 103 Peter’s Road, Estill Springs, TN 37330. 931- 649-3585.
FORD, Thomas “Tommy” Earl, age 52, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Tommy was born on May 17, 1968, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to the late Elmer Earl Ford and Marie Ellen Cathryn Munns Ford. Thomas retired after many years of service with CST in Winchester, Tennessee. It delighted Tommy to see his family enjoying his Mustang, which was his dream car. He knew every word to every ACDC song and loved getting lost on the back roads. He enjoyed watching football, drag racing, Gold Rush, and Judge Judy (whom he watched every day). Tommy will be remembered by his family as a head strong and hardworking family man who provided for his family. He never once let his beloved family go without and his children were his whole world. Tommy will be truly missed and loved forever, as he always said, “I love you always and until we meet again.” In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by his son, Jonathan Ford. Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Tressa Ford of Lynchburg; children, Erica, Abbie and Dekota Ford, all of Lynchburg; brother, Michael (Tammy) Ford of Altoona, Alabama; sisters, Monique (Wayne) Bones and Melissa Ford, both of Lincoln, Alabama; brother and sisters-in-law, Charles “Keith” (Jeanetta “Netta”) Shields and Michelle Shields; several nieces and nephews; and his fur babies, Peanut, Tex, Ketty, and Knox. Visitation was held on Monday, March 8, 2021, from noon to 2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 8, 2021, at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
KING, Amanda Beatrice, age 41, of Elora, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at STRHS-Winchester. She was born on Sept. 29, 1979, in Winchester, and was currently employed as a CNA at Donalson Care Center. She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening and being around her cats, dogs and horses. An avid “Roll Tide” fan, she also loved coloring and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Chicago Fire, General Hospital and Blue Bloods were among her favorite television programs. Amanda will be remembered for her outgoing personality, caring spirit and beautiful heart. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jeffrey and Beatrice Hammond; paternal grandfather, Charles Vernon King; and uncle, Jeffrey “Rufus” Hammond Jr. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Elaine King of Elora; sister, Allison (Rusty) King of Elora; brothers, Clinton (Amber) King of Huntland, and Jeffrey King of Winchester; nieces, Amy and Lou Lou; nephews, Colton, Colby, J.D., Austin, C.J. , Corbin and Gunner; uncles, Larry (Debbie) King of New Market, Alabama, and James Roy (Betty) King of Bessemer, Alabama; paternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Joyce and Billy McDaniel; a host of cousins and other relatives; and her work family and patients at Donalson Care Center in Fayetteville. Visitation was held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Mike Robertson officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
ALEXANDER, Larry Walter, age 81, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the presence of his loving wife Cathie. Larry was born in Watertown, New York, on Oct. 24, 1939, to the late Esther and Gerald Alexander. His family moved to Florida. Larry and Kathy were married in June of 1960. Larry started a motorcycle dealership in 1969, Suzuki of Sarasota, which he owned and managed for the next 37 years. He sold and maintained many well-known brands of motorcycles as well as providing parts and support to many trail riders and motorcycle racers. He was a principal member of the Florida Trail Riders Association and pioneered in techniques that enabled motorcycles to function in rough and wet conditions. His modifications to Can-Am dirt bikes were studied by the factory and used by riders all over the Southeastern United States. He developed a love for Honda motorcycles, particularly the Goldwing, and was a proud member of the local Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Larry was also a car racing enthusiast. He was a successful drag racer campaigning a Dodge Lancer in the NHRA stock classes. He had many race wins and was a national record holder for six years. In the course of his motorcycling and drag racing careers, he met many well-known motorsports figures. In drag racing, he was assisted by Tommy Ivo and Bo Laws as well as knowing Don Garlits and many of Garlits’ employees. He knew motorcycle racers Malcom Smith and “Fast Freddie” Spencer as well as NASCAR legends Richard Childress, Bill Elliott, and Richard Petty. During their drag racing days, Larry and Richard Petty appeared together on the cover of a national drag racing publication. Larry and Cathie moved to Winchester, in 2006. They have been loyal members of the Franklin County Country Club and Cathie has been an active member of the Southern Tennessee Ladies Association. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Cathie, as well his brother, Tommy Alexander, of Land of Lakes, Florida, and his sister Yvonne (Rosie) Stump of Orlando, Florida. He is survived by sons, Robbie Alexander of Northport, Florida, and Raymond Alexander (Claire) of Bradenton, Florida; grandchildren Jessica, Bobby, Melvin, Raymond, and Jakob. Larry; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. A reception followed at the Franklin County Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
COUTTA, Gary Donald “Don,” age 83, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021, due to an aortic aneurysm. He was born in Winchester, Tennessee, on June 28, 1937. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hosma and Mary Coutta; his grandparents, Peter and Dovie Coutta and Ernest and Katherine Manson Sugg; and brother, Butch Coutta. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joann; five children, daughter, Laura Fessenden of Antioch, sons, Ron Coutta of Nolensville, Jody (Shirley) Coutta of Smyrna, Ramsey (Jenny) Coutta of Seminary, Mississippi, and Jay (Stephanie) Coutta of Monroe; sisters, Patricia Mercier of Winchester, and Catherine Medley of Martinsville, Virginia; and seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Coutta, Micah Coutta, Brooks Coutta, Brynn Coutta, Jonathan Coutta, Elijah Coutta and Bailee Coutta. His cousins include Angeline Shasteen Hill and husband Bob, Johnny Coutta, Glenda Sadler, Becky Stines and Timmy Coutta. Don was a lifelong resident of Franklin County, having graduated from Franklin County High School and Tennessee Tech University. He was a loving husband and father and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He worked for over 40 years as a mechanical engineer at Arnold Engineering Development Center. He was a member at the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Mount Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
VANGORDER, Phyllis Ann Stewart, age 64, of Winchester, Tennessee, departed this life on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, following a brief illness. Mrs. VanGorder was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 27, 1956, to the late James Ira Coulson and Geneva Champion Coulson. Mrs. VanGorder was a Christian. Before becoming disabled she was employed for approximately 18 years in human resources at the former Monterey Mills. After Monterey Mills closed she was employed for a few years at the City of Cowan. She enjoyed fishing, boating, dancing and spending time at the beach. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Coulson and Geneva Gipson and brothers, Larry Coulson and Randy Gipson. She is survived by her husband, Chester VanGorder of Winchester; son, James Hill (wife, Jaysa) of Tullahoma; daughter, Stephanie Winton (husband, Dayton) of Winchester; step-son, Steven Alan VanGorder of Winchester; grandchildren, Courtney Stevens (husband, Chris) of Decherd, Haley Jenkins (husband Cole) of Chesapeake, Virginia, Robert Taylor-Hill of Decherd, Garrett Burton, Alanis Grant, of Winchester; step-grandchildren, Tyler Sanders of Winchester, Landon Winton, Brasyn Winton, Lilli VanGorder; great-grandchildren, Hannah Stevens, Wesson Barns; sisters, Janice Baker, Diane Hill, Patty Shetters, Rhonda Sherrill; brothers, Donald Coulson, Larry Coulson, James Wayne Coulson, Bobby Coulson, Stevie Coulson, Terry Gipson; and beloved pet, Genni. Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, from 2-8 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs.
WEATHERSPOON, Andy Michael, age 42, of Lynchburg, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at St. Thomas West in Nashville. He was born on Nov. 30, 1978, in Tullahoma, to the late, Larry Dale and Rebecca Tidwell Ervin Weatherspoon. Andy graduated from Moore County High School in 1997, and then later attended and graduated from Shelbyville Tech. As a youth he was a member of the County Line Baptist Church, but as an adult he attended Crossway Church. He was employed as a production supervisor at Zanini. He was known by many as the “Moore County Snake Man” due to his vast collection of snakes, reptiles, and tropical fish. When he was not taking care of his snakes, he enjoyed going fishing, watching UT football, going to the beach to go deep sea fishing, or spending time with his loving family, especially Bethany and his boys. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Buford and Lillian Weatherspoon and maternal grandparents, Horace and Ruby Ervin. He is survived by his loving wife, Bethany Weatherspoon of Lynchburg; sons, Clayton Weatherspoon and Grayson Weatherspoon, both of Lynchburg; sister, Karen (Ronnie) Blankenship of Lynchburg; nephews, Josh Blankenship and Noah Blankenship, both of Lynchburg; niece, Lily Blankenship of Lynchburg; honorary brother, Rodney (Jennifer) Ervin of Lynchburg; honorary nieces and nephew, Ruby Ervin, Rylee Ervin and River Ervin, all of Lynchburg; father and mother-in-law, Ricky and Regina Bradford of Estill Springs; grandfather-in-law, James Hawkins of Estill Springs; sister and brother-in-law, Hannah (Dave) Harrison of Manchester, and Derek Riley of Estill Springs; nieces and nephews, Taylor Prince, Zoey Prince, Coralee Harrison and Waylon Harrison, all of Manchester; a large family of Ervins, Caubles, Weatherspoons; and his youth baseball and football friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Pastor Joel Capizzi officiating. Interment will follow in the Lynchburg Cemetery with Josh Hornaday, Dave Harrison, Peter Capizzi, Jody Patterson, Andy Best, Joe Darnell, Seborn Womack and Ted Pierce serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Andy Weatherspoon fund at Jack Daniels Credit Union for his boys. Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 181 Majors Blvd., Lynchburg, TN 37352. 931-759-4552, www.jenningsmoorecortner.com.
CROSSLAND, Judith S., age 77, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Unity Medical Center in Manchester. A native of Franklin County, she was born on Feb. 28, 1944. Judy graduated from Franklin County High School in 1961. She attended Vanderbilt University and received her bachelor’s degree in education from MTSU. She later received her master’s degree in counseling. Judy was employed by the Franklin County Board of Education for decades until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Shetters; mother and step-father, Edith (Smith) and Lawrence McBee; husband, James Crossland; daughter, Carol Kay Payne; sister, Janice McBee; and Aunt Blanche and Uncle Raymond L. “Pop” Cottrell. Judy is survived by her loving children, Kendra Payne (Eric) Belland and Kelly Payne, both of Ridgeland, South Carolina. A private service and burial will be held at Montgomery Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or an animal rescue of your choice. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
RIPPY, Tamora Hamilton, 58, Dec. 24, 1962 - March 7, 2021.