obits

PAULINE RASSLER

RASSLER, Pauline “Snooks” Allen, 93, of Shelbyville, died on Sept. 25, 2019. Survivors: sister, Hazel Allen Gordon of Flat Creek; nieces, Anne Gordon Sanders of Murfreesboro and Betty Gordon (Julian) Goodpaster of Eagleville. Services were held on Sept. 29, 2019, at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Interment was in the Lynchburg Cemetery.

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LUCILLE GARNER

GARNER, Lucille Summers, age 93 of Decherd, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Elk River Health and Rehab. She was born on March 14, 1926, to the late James B. “Jimbo” Summers and Myrtle Payne Summers. Lucille was a member of the Cowan Church of Christ and had retired from Decherd Franklin. She loved shopping and when Mr. Garner was living, they enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Marion Garner; son, Allen Garner; granddaughter, Amanda Jill Sparks; sisters, Julia Tatum and Jewell Prince; and brothers, Robert Summers, George “Buddy” Summers and Roy “Mac” Summers. Survivors include her son, James A. “Corky” (Molly) Garner of Winchester; daughter, Linda Garner (Mike) Sparks of Winchester; grandchildren, Keith Allen Garner, Chris (Tina) Garner, Carrie (Clark) McClain and Chad Allen Garner; great-grandchildren, Chase Andrew Garner, Kayla Garner, Courtney Garner, Abbey McClain and Seth Garner; and brother, Jackie (Jean) Summers of Winchester. Visitation was held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alan Adams officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. View Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com.

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J.D. SPENCER

SPENCER, Rev. J. D., age 92 of Winchester, passed from this life on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. A native of Franklin County, he was an ordained United Methodist minister and pastored 21 churches in the middle Tennessee area during his years of service. He entered the ministry in 1960, and “retired” in 1992. He continued in his ministry, serving as a chaplain at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester and leading the singing at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center. At the time of his death he was serving as minister of visitation at the Winchester First United Methodist Church. Prior to his entering the ministry, he worked at Genesco for 16 years. He will be remembered for his bountiful gardens and for generously sharing the produce with friends and neighbors. J.D. was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Bobbie Spencer; his mother, Villa Weaver Spencer; father, Newton Spencer; sisters, Jewel Cyree, Louise Cunningham and Josephine Cleek; and brothers, J.F. Spencer and Tommy Spencer. He is survived by his son, David N. (Melanie) Spencer of Williamsport; sisters, Lois Armstrong of Huntland and Irene Clark of Winchester; and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. The family received friends at Watson-North Funeral Home on Sunday Sept. 29, 2019, from 3-6 p.m. Funeral services were conducted from the sanctuary of the Winchester First United Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Steve Angus and Rev. Jerry Mayo officiating. J.D. was laid to rest at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester alongside his beloved wife. Serving as pallbearers were Ricky Cleek, Dale Cleek, Kenneth Joe Cleek, Donnie Cunningham, Tim Armstrong, Allen Armstrong, Jimmy Wiseman and Kent Turner. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions may be made to the Winchester First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com.

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BETTYE BELL

BELL, Bettye Margaret Renegar, age 92 of Winchester, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Lynchburg Nursing Home. A native of Franklin County, she was born on May 26, 1927, to Felix Riley and Ova Wiseman Renegar. Bettye Margaret had previously been employed in the clerical department at Camp Forrest and at the shoe factory. More recently, she was a dedicated homemaker and a talented seamstress. Bettye Margaret enjoyed playing the piano and listening to gospel music as well as attending the Celebration Horse Show. A loving lady who always saw the good in people, she will be remembered for her witty nature and contagious laughter. Bettye Margaret attended the Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she had joined at the age of 14 and was a Sunday school teacher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Bell; daughters, Paulette Dixon and Memia Dykes; and brother, Charles Renegar. Bettye Margaret is survived by her daughter, Gayle (Wilson) Chandler of Winchester; son, Roger (Lynn) Bell of Huntsville; grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Anderton, Will Chandler, Riley Bell and Matthew Bell; and great-grandchildren, Gage Brock, Chandler Brock, Jailynn Anderton, Taylor Chandler and Jacey Chandler. Visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. at the Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. at Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Joe Butler officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Harmony Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8891 Lynchburg Road, Winchester, TN 37398. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398 931-967-2222 www.moorecortner.com.

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MARGARET DAVIS

DAVIS, Margaret Ellen Tipps Smith, age 93 of Hazel Green, Alabama, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Huntsville Hospital. She was born in Winchester on July 7, 1926, to the late William Carl and Minnie Carlton Tipps. For many years she owned and operated the Doo Drop In Beauty Shop. Margaret then worked as a cook at North Junior High School before finally retiring. Forever the hostess, she enjoyed entertaining friends and family as well as cooking and fishing. In her younger years, Margaret could be found sewing or working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She was a very independent, beautiful, Christian lady who was a member of the New Center Grove Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernie G. Smith and Paul Davis; siblings, Virgil Tipps, Jennie Atnip, Ruth Moorehead, Raymond Tipps, Clifton Tipps, Ruby Montoye and Tommy Tipps; and step-son, Kendle Davis. She is survived by her daughter, E. Gail (Wayne) Shockley of Hazel Green; grandchildren, Tracie (Arlie) Cecil of South Carolina and Chad (Stacey) Shockley of Florida; great-grandchildren, Kalie (Jonathan) Thrasher of South Carolina, Orie (Carmen) Cecil of Auburn, Alabama, Jada Shockley of Florida and Seth Shockley of Florida; great-great-grandsons, Henry Thrasher and Noah Thrasher; step-children, Paulette (Butch) Lawson of Manchester and Marty (Vernita) Davis of Manchester; and step-daughter-in-law, Patsy Davis of Tullahoma. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Byron Lawrence officiating. Interment followed in the 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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HELEN MCCREIGHT

MCCREIGHT, Helen Ann, age 46, of Nashville, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.  She was born in Winchester on a sunny November day, which was also Thanksgiving.  She graduated from Franklin County High School and then went on to receive a Bachelors of Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She was best known for her compassionate heart, beautiful smile and caring spirit.  She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.  She had a gift for making one feel special and once you met her, she stayed with you forever.  Teaching her students fueled her heart, as did learning from them as well.  She spent the last few years of her professional life teaching in ESL classrooms, and by far her favorite.  Being a mother to her children was her greatest accomplishment. She is survived by her three children, John Robert Ballard of Winchester, Claire Marie Ballard of Manchester and Caroline Emmie Ballard of Manchester.  She also leaves behind her parents, Debbie and Kenneth Blanton of Cowan; her sister, Dixie Noel (Andrew); nephews, Milo Edward and Anders Hopkins, all of Hood River, Oregon; and her sister, Leslie Blanton, of Murfreesboro. A celebration of her life was held.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Children's Defense Fund through her memorial website https://everloved.com/life-of/helen-mccreight/