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MELVIN PRINCE

 PRINCE, Melvin, age 68 of Lynchburg, died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Survivors: wife, Mattie Prince of Lynchburg; children, Lisa (Hanley) Howard, Chad Prince, Amanda (Shaun) Sherrill and Carla (Mark) Singleton, all of Lynchburg; Services were held Oct. 23, 2019, at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Interment was in Beech Hill Cemetery.

 

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DENNIS MCGEE

 MCGEE, Dennis Morgan, age 69, of Lewisburg, died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at his residence. He was a native of Franklin County, the son of the late Robert and Rena Gifford McGee. He served his country in the Army while in Vietnam. He was a forklift operator/union president at Penske. He joined the Freemasons on Aug. 10, 2004. He served as Worshipful Master for Dillahunty Lodge #112 for 2018 and 2019. He was also a member of the AlMenah Shrine in Nashville and was active of all bodies of Freemasonry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Lori Ann McGee, sisters, Billie Ruth and Ellen and brothers, Johnne, Donnie, Bob and Howard. He is survived by three daughters, Lisa Kay Collins and Melanie Denise McGee, both of Cameron, North Carolina and Morgan McGee of Fayetteville; two brothers, David of Cowan and Frank of Phoenix, Arizona; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of London Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Burial followed in Maxwell Cemetery in the Belvidere community. London Funeral Home and Crematory in charge of arrangements, 324 West Church St., Lewisburg, TN 37091.

 

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ANTHONY BASS

 BASS, Anthony Wayne, age 62 of Estill Springs, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester. A native of Franklin County, Tony was born in Winchester on March 22, 1957, to the late Wayne Bass and Ophelia (Teague) Blackburn. He had worked in the construction industry and had last been employed as a foreman. Tony had a way of always making people laugh. He enjoyed working on projects and the great outdoors, whether it be boating and water skiing at the lake or spending time in the mountains. Tony most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Bass. Tony is survived by his loving children, Shilo Krug of Charlotte, Samuel (Meghan) Bass of Baldwinsville, New York, and Sarah (Lee) Malard of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, C.J., Susannah and Mary Krug, Thomas Bass, Kelso and Raylan Malard and another on the way; and companion, Lora Roark of Estill Springs. Visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Graveside services were conducted on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. at 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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STEPHEN GARNER

 GARNER, Stephen “Steve” Ray, age 54 of Tullahoma, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. He was born on May 4, 1965, in Winchester to James and Dorothy Eslick Garner. Steve was the owner of Docks Unlimited LLC and served in the Army Reserve for 11 years. In his free time he greatly enjoyed playing golf, building fires in his backyard and traveling with his family and friends. Steve was a colorful and boisterous person with a funloving personality who loved to help others. He was a real handyman and could “MacGyver” anything. Steve loved his wife of almost 24 years more than anything. He loved and was extremely proud of his two wonderful sons. He loved his parents and brother with all of his heart. He will forever be remembered for the love he had for his family, friends and his four-legged best friend, Layla. Steve is survived by, his wife, Melanie Wimley Garner; sons, Derrick (Monica) Garner and Blake Skeets, both of Tullahoma; parents, James and Dorothy Garner of Winchester; brother, Bill (Christy) Garner of Jefferson City, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews; and many friends and family who were loved. Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, from 1–3 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. A memorial service followed on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in the chapel of Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Rick Whitfield and Mark Wimley officiating. Interment followed at Owen Chapel Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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CRYSTAL MADDRON

 MADDRON, Crystal Lee, age 44 of Estill Springs, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga. She was born on July 18, 1975, in Cleveland, Ohio to Herman Ronald Maddron and Carolyn Shultz Maddron. Crystal was employed at Kinder Life Child Care and attended Mt. Sinai Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, listening to music, cooking and supporting her children’s sports activities. Crystal was preceded in death by both her paternal and maternal grandparents. Survivors include her husband, Kevin Johnson of Estill Springs; children, Demarquae Johnson of Lorain, Ohio, Tyler Perez of Miama, Florida, Andrea Crump of Indiana, Miranda Crump of Cleveland, Ohio, Devin Johnson of Lorain, Ohio, Alyssa Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida, Kayla Johnson of Lorain, Ohio, Jayanna Copley of West Jefferson, Ohio, Kevin Johnson Jr., Katelyn Johnson, Ke’ Andre Johnson, Kayvon Johnson, Ke’Shawn Johnson and Kaylee Johnson, all of Estill Springs; parents, Herman and Carolyn Maddron of Cleveland, Ohio; and sister, Tonya (Dave) Puszakowski of Cleveland, Ohio. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Sinai Church with Pastor John Patton officiating. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

PHYLIS MINNICK

 MINNICK, Phylis Lynette, age 61 of Winchester, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at The Waters of Winchester. She was born in Illinois on Feb. 23, 1958, to the late Grady Armon and Vera Dean (Pennington) Prince. Phylis had been employed as a nurse for the Medical Center of Manchester and enjoyed painting and making crafts in her spare time. She is survived by her son, Derrick Minnick of Winchester and brother, Johnny Prince of Illinois. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Huntland. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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MAROLYN BENFORD

 BENFORD, Marolyn Sue Holt, age 76, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at her residence following an extended illness.  Ms. Benford was born in Winchester, Tennessee, on July 29 1943, to the late Malcolm W. Holt and Sarah Mildred Syler Holt.  She was of the Baptist faith.  Ms. Benford was employed for many years at the former Wrangler Jean Company and Decherd Franklin as a seamstress.  She was a member of the Tullahoma Downtown Lions Club for several years. Her favorite hobby was fishing.  She enjoyed life and spending time with her family.  In addition to her parents, Ms. Benford was preceded in death by her husband, Troy.  She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Gilliam and husband, Darrell of Tullahoma; sons, Frank Tucker of Tullahoma, Malcolm McBee and wife, Michelle of Gulf Port, Mississippi and Tony McBee of Winchester; sister, Judy Gunn of Pelham; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Visitation with the family was held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs.  Graveside services were conducted on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery in Haleyville, Alabama with Bro. Jeff Whitten officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to Hospice Compassus, 1805 N. Jackson St., Suite 11, Tullahoma, TN  37388.

 

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 MAXIE JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Maxie Ray, age 77, of Sherwood, Tennessee, departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Sewanee, Tennessee, following an extended illness.  Mr. Johnson was born in Sherwood on April 29, 1942, to the late William and Lillie Mae Meeks Johnson.  He retired after 52 years of employment at Lhoist North America Mine in Sherwood, working all aspects of the mine and his last job title was mine operator.  Mr. Johnson served as a volunteer fireman with the Sherwood Fire Department in his earlier years.  Mr. Johnson was of the Episcopal faith. He enjoyed working on cars and gardening.  He will be remembered as a sweet and kind man who never met a stranger.  His favorite thing to do was spending time with his family.   In addition to his parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy and Terry Johnson and granddaughter, Piper Lynn Dangler.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Johnson of Sherwood; children, Sherry Fishman of Tullahoma, Lynn Johnson of Sherwood and Kristie Dangler and husband, Neal of Tullahoma; two grandchildren, Lexi-Lynn Dangler and Lani Dangler; brother, Kenneth (Shelia) Johnson of North Carolina; sisters, Marie Robinson of Virginia, Debbie Taylor of Florida and Ruth (Charlie) Simmons of Monteagle; several nieces and nephews; and his devoted pet, Sugar.  Visitation for Mr. Johnson was held on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs.  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Sherwood Emmanuel Apostolic Church with Pastor Michael Hill and Pastor Franklin Hill officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. View Cemetery in Sherwood.

 

 

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 SHIRLEY CLARK

CLARK, Shirley Ann Milligan, age 75 of Nashville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, to begin everlasting life with her Heavenly Father and precious daughter, Wendy.  Shirley was born on Jan. 7, 1944, in Knoxville to the late Ross and Lena Milligan.  Shirley was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy Renee Clark.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John L. “Sonny” Clark Jr. of Nashville; daughter, Hope Renee (Jamie) Cobb of Nashville; grandchildren, Kingston Cobb, Sydney Cobb and London Cobb, all of Nashville; brother, Ronnie (Chris) Milligan of Knoxville; and nephews, Ron (Cindy) Milligan and Andrew (Rebecca) Milligan. Shirley was a 1962 graduate of Holston High School in Knoxville.  She met her husband, Sonny, a year later and they were married in 1965, at the Broadway Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.  Her passion in life was to have children and be the best mom, grandmother and wife that she could possibly be.  She will forever be loved and remembered by her family and friends for the grace and dignity that she possessed, allowing her to live her passion so successfully.  Shirley completed many classes at Watkins Institute in Nashville in sewing infant and young children’s clothing as well as specialty party cake baking and decorating for children.  She dearly loved arts and crafts and was very gifted in home decorating and party planning.  She enjoyed travel, meeting new people and making new friends.  The sights and sounds of downtown Nashville gave her much pleasure.  She had a unique talent to interact with and help those less fortunate than her.  She was never intimidated by any challenge.  For the past 10 years that quality served her well as she met the ultimate challenge of dementia head-on with no complaints.  Heaven and Wendy will be overjoyed to welcome Shirley home.  The family will receive friends at Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester, on Sunday Nov. 3, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Owens Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3058 Liberty Road, Winchester, TN with Rev. Dean Guye and Rev. Rickey Page officiating.  Interment will follow in the Owens Chapel Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to: Owens Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 532, Winchester, TN 37398.  Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com. Watson-North Funeral Home, 405 Sharp Springs Road, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2345.

  Death notices

 HARTSFIELD, James I., 80, May 14, 1939 – Oct. 25, 2019.

 

BUCKNER, Dustin Wade, 35, May 16, 1984 - Oct. 22, 2019.

 

COLLINS, Darlene Yvonne, 82, Dec. 19, 1936 - Oct. 24, 2019.

 

MATLOCK, Cora Essex, 85, Aug. 31, 1934 - Oct. 21, 2019.