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FRANK GRAY JR.

 GRAY, Col. (Ret.) Frank (Pete) McKay Jr., age 84, of Winchester, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank McKay Gray Sr. and Lucille Curtis Gray and his beloved wife of 61 years, Bonnie Bradshaw Gray, who passed away last year. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Gray Vogelfanger, and his grandson, Kellen McKay Vogelfanger, of Franklin. Frank was born on Dec. 3, 1934, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. He grew up in Winona, Mississippi, and as a young child, acquired the nickname, “Pete,” which stuck with him throughout his life. Pete graduated from Mississippi State University in 1956, after which he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. He married Bonnie that same year, and they spent the next 27 years traveling the world during his long and distinguished military career. Along this journey, he earned an MBA from University of Northern Colorado. Pete was a Vietnam veteran, earning several service medals and awards. His last assignments included Comptroller of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and Commander/Deputy Director of Ballistic Defense Advanced Technology Center (BMDATC) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, respectively. After retiring from the military in 1984, Pete began a second career as director of business development at Nichols Research Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1997, he and Bonnie retired full time to Tim’s Ford Lake in Winchester, Tennessee, where they lived a very full and happy life alongside neighbors who became family. A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Pete particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandson, fishing, doing crossword puzzles and watching SEC/Mississippi State sports. He was an only child but was blessed with cousins who were like brothers. Their families remained close throughout the years, and Pete spent a lot of time with them at MSU alumni events and football games. He was frequently recognized in his boat on Tim’s Ford Lake as “the guy with the white poodle.” Pete will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 100 South Jefferson St., Winchester, Tennessee. 37398. Interment will follow in the Watson-North Memorial Park, Winchester, with full military honors bestowed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 100 South Jefferson St. Winchester, TN 37398. Watson-North Funeral Home, 405 Sharp Springs Road, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2345 www.watsonnorth.com.

 

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POCA ROGERS

 ROGERS, Poca Marine, age 82 of Winchester passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She was born on July 8, 1937, in Macon County, Tennessee to the late Guy Gulley and Zelma Brockett Gulley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Lee Rogers. Poca was a member of the Huntland Church of Christ and was a devoted minister’s wife who loved to serve the Lord. She enjoyed watching sports, canning, cooking, sewing, couponing, entering sweepstakes and growing flowers and vegetables. She will be remembered for being energetic, strong and always having a positive outlook. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bill Rogers of Winchester; children, Minta (Kerwin) Everson of Brentwood, Tim Rogers of Winchester, Ellen (Scott) Ford of Spring Hill and Paul Rogers of Nashville; grandchildren, Amber (Jeff) Hammond of Brentwood, Audrey (Maurice) Miller of Memphis, Austen (Leah) Everson of Nashville, Aren (Sarah) Everson of Franklin, Jill (Tom) Herb of Michigan, Jena (Jared) Wildman of Castle Rock, Colorado, Zack (Heather) Rogers of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kelsey (Alan) Vazquez of Houston, Texas, Kayla Ford, Dylan Ford and Daniel Ford, all of Spring Hill; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joda (Pat) Gulley of Gallatin, Jack (Ellen) Gulley of Lafayette and Nancy Coffron of Rhodes, Michigan; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with son-in-law, Kerwin Everson 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.

 

DAVID MULHOLLAND

 MULHOLLAND, David Edwin, age 59, of Winchester, Tennessee, formerly of Indiana, departed this life on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester Skilled Care. Graveside services will be held in Illinois at a later date. Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

 

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INA ELLIOTT

 ELLIOTT, Ina Marie Williams, age 83, of Murfreesboro, formerly of Estill Springs, departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, following an extended illness. Ms. Elliott was born in Franklin County, Tennessee and was raised in a loving Christian home by her parents, the late Oscar Jacob Williams and Emmie Fanning Williams. Ms. Ina raised her son in Nashville where she sold real estate for one of Nashville’s leading firms. In 1984, she married Ernest Elliott and continued her real estate career in Franklin County until her retirement. Ms. Ina was a Christian and worshiped at the Estill Springs First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Ernest Elliott and two siblings, Mary Agnes Holt and Oscar Ryland Williams. Ms. Ina is survived by her son, Thomas Houston Jackson Jr. of Nashville; step-sons, Ronald Ernest Elliott and wife, Joanna of Murfreesboro and Larry Elliott of Manchester; step-daughter, Gwen Elliott of Estill Springs; sister, Juanita Williams Palmertree and husband, Virgil; brother, Ted Houston Williams and wife, Sue, all of Winchester Springs; sister-in-law, June Williams of Estill Springs; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation with the family was held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Estill Springs First Baptist Church. A memorial service was held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Estill Springs First Baptist Church with Eulogist Rob McRay officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home at P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024 or to AGAPE, Nashville Foster Care at 4555 Trousdale Dr., Nashville, TN 37204. Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

 

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ROBERT PANTER

 PANTER, Robert Eugene, age 87, of Estill Springs, Tennessee departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Erlanger Health System Chattanooga, following a brief illness. Mr. Panter was born on Oct. 30, 1931, in Estill Springs, Tennessee to the late Henry W. Panter and Bessie Davis Panter. Mr. Panter’s first job was at the early age of 10 delivering newspapers. He would get up at 4 a.m. and ride his bike to pick the papers up and roll all of them and then deliver them to help support the family. Mr. Panter was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Panter’s Garage and Auto Parts, for 63 years. Mr. Panter was a member of the Estill Springs First Baptist Church. His hobbies were stock car racing, fishing and square dancing. He will be remembered for his kind, gentle and caring ways. In addition to his parents, Mr. Panter was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Betty Hargrove Panter. He is survived by his sons, David Panter, Sr. and wife, Mitzie, of Estill Springs and Mike Panter and wife, Nancy of Winchester; grandchildren, Kelly (William) Foster of Belvidere, David (Yalibeth) Panter Jr. of Nashville, Stephanie (Jeremy) Davis of Estill Springs, Megan (Dan) Chiriboga of Alexandria, Virginia and Jordan (Amanda) Panter of Decherd; great-grandchildren, Chase Vickers, Gini Chiriboga and Ashlyn Davis; great-great-grandchildren, Isabella Vickers and Cash Vickers; and special friend, Lurline Neal of Estill Springs. Visitation for Mr. Panter was held on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services with Bro. Jayson Faulkner officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

 

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JIM VANN

 VANN, Jim Money, age 92 of Winchester, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Waters of Winchester. Jim was born in Boaz, Alabama on Sept. 3, 1927, to the late Alfred Earl and Ethel Money Vann. He was a member of the Winchester First United Methodist Church where he served as a deacon. At the age of 75, Jim retired from Winchester Utility District where he served as assistant manager and had 41 years of service. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing and gardening. An avid Alabama football fan, Jim most of all loved going to Tuscaloosa to watch the Crimson Tide play. His family will remember him as a one of a kind who was a loving father and grandfather. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Coulson Vann; step-daughter, Janice Prince Hill; grandson, Jamie Hill; and siblings, Howard B. Vann, William A. Vann, and Bobbie Robbins. He is survived by his son, Clifton “Cliff” Vann of Winchester; grandchildren, Paul (Brittany) Vann, Lori Vann (Riley) Hoge, Cathie (Darrell) Clark and Tracey Rieben Anderson; seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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WILLIAM HOLT

 HOLT, William “Will” Marion, 76 of Tullahoma died on Oct. 19, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Carol Russell Holt. Visitation will be held on Oct. 24, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. at Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Lynchburg with services following at 2 p.m.  Interment follows in Lynchburg Cemetery.

 

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REBA PAYNE

 PAYNE, Reba Lee Frizzell, age 93 of Decherd, passed away on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Bailey Manor.  A native of Franklin County, she was born in Decherd on April 6, 1926, to the late Sherman Lee and Verdie Ilene (Oliver) Frizzell.  A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and baking and will be remembered for being a wonderful cook.  She also enjoyed quilting, gardening, as well as shopping, but most of all Reba loved spending time with her family.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Curwood Payne; step-mother, Mildred Frizzell; siblings, Eddie Frizzell and Carolyn Brazier; and daughter-in-law, Connie Payne.  Reba is survived by her children, Ronnie (Sharon) Payne of Glasgow, Kentucky, Gary (Thula) Payne of Decherd and Candace (Bobby) Woodall of Decherd; grandchildren, Kristin Payne, Rusty (Melissa) Payne, Jennifer (Ryan) Florida, Kayla Payne and Alice (Ryan) Marlin; great-grandchildren, Caroline and Emily Payne, Melonee and Dottie Florida and Clay and Taylor Marlin; special cousin, Billy (Betty) Oliver of Decherd; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.  Visitation was held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester.  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Oct, 23, 2019, at 2 p.m.  in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Ryan Florida officiating.  Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.