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EMMA PARKER

 PARKER, Emma Jean, gained her heavenly wings at the age of 82 on May 18, 2019, following a brief illness. She was a resident of Winchester and was a member of the Riva Lake Baptist Church. Jean loved to sing, sew and make jelly and preserves to give to friends and family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mamie Lee Summers Stubblefield and her father, Clyde Reuben Stubblefield; sister, Helen Penny; brothers, Donald Stubblefield, Clyde Stubblefield Jr., Gary Stubblefield, James Stubblefield and Tommy Stubblefield. She is survived by her husband, Leon Parker of Winchester; son, Jeff (Kathy) Sims of Erie, Pennsylvania; step-daughter, Dianna (Mike) Alsip of Spring Hill; step-son, Jerry (Donna) Young of Waxahachie, Texas; sisters, Cathy (Randy) Cofer of Decherd, Pat (Millard) Bratton and Ruby (Earl) Berryhill of Winchester; brothers, Mike (Rhonda) Stubblefield of Winchester and Ronnie Stubblefield of Decherd; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Christina Sims, Ethan Young, April and David Parker and Ella and Otto Kuhnhenn; and several nieces and nephews. The Parker family received friends at Watson-North Funeral Home on Wednesday May 22, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with funeral services following at 3 p.m. Interment was in the Watson-North Memorial Park in Winchester. Serving as pallbearers were: Mike Stubblefield, Randy Cofer, Jay Penny, Cody Evans, Greg Garner and Austin Bradford. Send on-line condolences 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.

 

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BETTYE ZIMMERMAN

 ZIMMERMAN, Bettye Grant Martin, age 94 of Winchester, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro. She was born April 3, 1925, in Estill Springs to the late Henry Fields Martin and Jewell Grant Martin. She had been employed as a teacher’s aide for the Franklin County Board of Education and enjoyed being a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Zimmerman was a member of the Belvidere First United Church UCC for 73 years where she was actively involved in the women’s guild, choir and taught Sunday school. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeff Limbaugh. Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Walter Zimmerman of Winchester; daughters, Pam Zimmerman of Nashville and Patti (Larry) Limbaugh of Belvidere; granddaughter, Lyndi (Steve) Hopkins of Murfreesboro; and great-grandchildren, Amy Hopkins and Becca Hopkins. Visitation was held on Friday, May 24, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, May 24, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jan Whiteman and Rev. Karl Whiteman officiating. Interment followed at First United Church UCC Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Belvidere First United Church UCC, 4099 Owl Hollow Road, Belvidere, TN 37306; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212; St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142; Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203 or to the charity of your choice. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com

 

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GARY HANGER

 HANGER, Gary H., age 71 of Winchester, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester. A native of Franklin County, he was born on April 8, 1948, in Winchester to the late John and Mary Hill Hanger. He loved growing up in Winchester Springs and spending time with family and friends in their store, Hanger’s Grocery. He was a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. A life-long educator, Gary was employed by the Franklin County School System for 38 years until his retirement. After retirement, he continued to work as a substitute teacher for Tullahoma City schools. He was currently serving his second term on the Franklin County School Board. In his spare time, Gary enjoyed gardening and quail and deer hunting. He was a member of the New Center Grove Church of Christ where he served as trustee. He was a loving husband, father and papa. Gary was preceded in death by his son, Brian Hanger. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Diane (Fuller) Hanger of Winchester; daughter, Caycee (Ric) Roberts of Tullahoma; brother, Dean (Peggy) Hanger of Winchester; brother-in-law, Jimmy (Nancy) Fuller of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Courtney Hanger, Hunter Hanger, Charlie Roberts, and Gus Roberts; nephew, Henry (Stephaine) Hanger; niece, Tammie Hanger; and great-nieces and nephews, Christian Hanger, Will Hanger and Catie Grace Hanger. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Byron Lawrence officiating. Interment followed in the New Center Grove Church Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com

 

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PAUL ISBELL

 ISBELL, Paul Clyde, aged 82, of Belvidere, passed through Heaven’s Gate into eternity to be with those loved ones gone before, on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at his residence. Paul was born in Princeton, Alabama on July 24, 1936, to the late Hurley and Mamie Estell (Putman) Isbell, whom he adored. He was one of three children. The family later moved to Bean’s Creek where they ran a small country post office/mercantile appropriately called Isbell’s Store. Paul’s mother, Mamie, was the postmistress and proprietor of the store along with his father who also farmed and raised livestock. He played football with Johnny Majors at Huntland High School and was a UT fan. There were many stories - told, shared, remembered and cherished of his days around the store, at Bean’s Creek and his good friends there and equally as many told of the dear friends he made and remembered from his time in the United States National Guard/Army which lasted 36 years. He received many awards and commendations during his long career — in fact, too many to list. Paul was very much loved and respected, by everyone who knew him well and was especially known to be a hard worker all his life, whether it be during his full-time military career, his childhood, his time on the farm he shared with his parents or raising a huge garden and livestock at his own residence, where he and his wife also raised his four children. There were many happy, treasured days spent with his family, which he was very proud of and numerous beloved pets. After his retirement he and his wife traveled and enjoyed their time together. He loved his home, which was his favorite place to be. There aren’t words to convey how much he will be missed, but we trust in the Lord that we will see him again. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Hails. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Bonita Farris Isbell of Belvidere; children, Connie Renee (Nicholus) Bungert of Winchester, Paula Gay (Jimmy) Baker of Tullahoma, Barry Trent (Tammy) Isbell of Belvidere and Darrin Sean (Tara) Isbell of Murfreesboro. Also surviving him is his sister, Tiny Hinshaw of Winchester; nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren, Derrick Baker of Tullahoma, Gabriel Baker of Tullahoma, Brandon Hood of Denver, Colorado, Rachel Bungert of Winchester and Justin Isbell, Jared Isbell and Ashley Isbell, all of Belvidere. It was his wish to have only a simple graveside service. The service was held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester, officiated by Reverend Ray Gardner. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com

 

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JOHN DOTSON

 DOTSON, John “Sammy,” age 83 of Winchester, Tennessee, departed from this life on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at NHC in Tullahoma, while surrounded by his family. He was born on Oct. 3, 1935, in Elora, Tennessee to the late Hamp and Elsie Mae Russell Dotson. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 45 years, JoAnn Sisk Dotson; sister, Grace Dotson Gattis; brother, Guy Roosevelt Dotson; and grandson, Brentt McKinney. Sammy leaves behind a son, Kevin (Lara) Dotson of Brownsburg, Indiana; two daughters Kristie (Ken) Griffin of Decherd and Karla (Terry) McKinney of Maryville. He also leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Kaydee Griffin, Kenneth Clark Griffin, Mitchell Dotson, Luke Dotson, Holland Dotson, Madison McKinney and Tiffany Toney; and one great-grandson, Lawson Toney. In addition to those mentioned above, he is survived by his brother, Leonard “Buck” (Joann) Dotson; two sisters, Nancy Cash and Roxie (Jack) Rainaldi; special friend Linda Milligan; and many nieces and nephews. Sammy graduated from Franklin County High School where he spent all four years playing on the baseball team. From high school, he went on to sign with the Chattanooga Lookouts where he played professional baseball for four years until being drafted into the United States Army in 1958. After returning from the Army, he began working at B.F. Goodrich Corporation in Tullahoma where he worked as a machinist for 37 years before he retired. Sammy’s love for baseball fueled much of his life, from playing baseball after high school to continuing to play while in the Army. After serving in the Army, he went on to coach various teams, which he used as a chance to instill not only the rules of baseball but to teach numerous children his love for the game. From there he then went on to scout for three Major League teams, the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds for over 20 years. He continued to watch, study and admire the game until the days leading up to his passing. Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com.

 

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RUTH RAMSEUR

 RAMSEUR, Ruth Anderson, 93 of Sewanee, died on Thursday, May 23, 2019. She is survived by her husband of nearly 66 years, George S. Ramseur; a son, George (Cynthia) Ramseur; daughters, Suzanne (Paul) Cahoon and Kathryn Ramseur (Michael Riley); grandchildren, Gilbert (Bethany) Ramseur, Allie Cahoon and Carolyn Ruth Ramseur; and great-grandson, George Oliver Ramseur. Ruth Ramseur was born and educated in North Carolina, graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1947, where she later earned a M.Ed. degree. She taught in North Carolina elementary schools until husband George took a position in the biology department at Sewanee - the University of the South in 1958. In Sewanee, Ruth Ramseur served as a nursery and elementary school teacher and principal for many years. She served the community as a volunteer, receiving the Sewanee Civic Association Community Service award along with George in 2006. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Chapel in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at St. Mark’s Hall at Otey. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com 

 

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 BILLIE SIMPSON

SIMPSON, Billie Ruth Burnett, age 80, a resident of Cleveland and formerly of Winchester, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday evening, May 26, 2019, at the family residence. Mrs. Simpson was the daughter of the late Cammie Mae Kemp Burnett and Thomas Bennie Burnett. Her son, Kenneth Wayne Simpson and her sister, Linda Gail Burnett also preceded her in death. Mrs. Simpson was a teacher for the Franklin County, Tennessee School System with 20 years of service. She was a member of the Franklin County Family and Community Education Club for 46 years. She loved to quilt and was a member of the Quilting Club in Franklin County. She enjoyed painting, flower arranging and decorating. Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Central Church of Christ in Cleveland. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Norman Wayne Simpson of Cleveland; her daughter, Diana Lynn Nageotte and her husband Randy Keith Nageotte of Fredericksburg, Virginia; her grandchildren, Bryan K. Nageotte, Angela L. Nageotte, Joshua K. Simpson and his wife Holly and Jacob K. Simpson and his wife Taylor; great-grandchildren, Blake Nageotte, Ashton Nageotte and Camden Simpson; daughter-in-law, Linda D. Simpson; one sister and several nieces and nephews also survive. The Remembrance of Life Service was conducted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. C.S.T. at the Winchester Church of Christ with Minister Joseph Horton and Minister David Morris officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin County Memorial Gardens in Winchester with Joshua Simpson, Jacob Simpson, Rex Simpson, Marty Ferris, Randy Nageotte and Ed Meeks serving as casket bearers. The family received friends in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel. The family also received friends in Winchester on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winchester Church of Christ. The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel has charge of the arrangements. Share your condolences and your memories with the Simpson family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com