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ROY OWENS

 OWENS, Roy Allen, age 61 of Winchester, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at his residence. A native of Franklin County, he was born on April 1, 1958, to the late Thomas Earl and Pearlie Alma (Brewer) Owens. Roy worked as a truck driver and enjoyed music, especially playing the bass guitar and drums, fishing and reading his Bible. He was an avid Nascar fan, always cheering for #48 Jimmy Johnson, as well as a fan of the Tennessee Titans. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Owens and grandson, Lachlan Brain. He is survived by his daughter, Tara Elizabeth Owens of Winchester; son, Roy Allen Owens Jr. of Tullahoma; siblings, Billie Jean Jones, Shirley (Johnny) Rains, Carolyn Faye Owens, Doris “Dot” Jackson, Rosemary (Danny) Neal, Earl (Alice) Owens and Leisa Renee Davis; and grandchildren, Victoria Lynn Denby, Elijah Kaine Johnston, Liam Owen Brain, Mary Jo Owens, and Remington Cole Owens. Visitation was held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel. Interment was in the Owens Chapel Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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SHELLEY BURKS SR.

 BURKS, Shelley Lee Sr., age 96 of Winchester, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Southern Manor. A native of Franklin County, he was born on May 21, 1923, in Decherd to the late Jessie Lee and Willie Shelley Burks. Shelley served his country in the United States Air Force. In his spare time, he enjoyed flying, playing golf and poker. Before his retirement, Shelley owned and operated J.F. Terry Insurance Agency in Cowan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Terry Burks; children, Shelley Lee Burks Jr., Patricia Winges, David Burks and Terry Burks; and sisters, Grace Bradford and Jean Martin. Shelley is survived by his daughter-in-law, Kathy Burks of Melbourne, Florida; grandchildren, Chris Burks, Jenny Burks Carter, Jonathan Camp, Health Camp and Jeff Camp; great-grandchildren, Madison Carter, Mason Carter, Bryce Burks and Emily Camp; nephew, Jimmy (Kathy) Martin; and great-nephews, Jason Martin and Jared Martin. Visitation was held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, from 10-10:45 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Graveside services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester with military honors bestowed. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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CAROLYN HOLLAND

 HOLLAND, Carolyn J., age 77 of Decherd, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. She was born on April 12, 1942, in Elora to Raymond and Annie Bell (McElyea) Prince. Before her retirement, Carolyn was employed by the Franklin County Board of Education as school attendance administrator. She was an avid reader who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ruth Prince Hall, Billy Joe Prince and Jimmy Prince. Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Don Holland; daughters, Donna Holland (Milton) Scott, Janet Holland (Ron) Cunningham and Lisa Holland (Andy) Donnelly; grandchildren, Nick Cunningham, Alaina Fisher, Brittany Bean, Julie Pack, Rachel Pendergrass and Courtney Donnelly; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Cunningham, Lucas Hinnenthal and Avery Fisher; and sister, Joyce Prince (Max) Holder. Visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ray Gardner officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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RICHARD LOGAN

 LOGAN, Richard Marshall, age 62 of Lynchburg, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Jan. 1, 1957, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Richard served the Lord for 43 years in ministry with the last 29 being at Lynchburg Church of Christ. In his spare time, he enjoyed remodeling houses and tinkering around with his John Deere Tractor and lawnmowers. Richard adored his family, especially his grandchildren and he loved spoiling them. He was preceded in death by his dad, Clyde Wayland Logan. Richard is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Janice Worthey Logan of Lynchburg; daughters, Jana (Jason) Brown, Laurie (Clint) Goodwin, and Carrie (Drew) Barnett, all of Lynchburg; mother, Frances Louise Marshall Logan of Lynchburg; siblings, Walter Clay (Linda) Logan of the Wheel Community, Roy Edward (Rita) Logan of Lynchburg and Karen (Bob) Boulware of Winchester; grandchildren, Iris Jocelyn Brown, Makenzie Laine Goodwin, Madelyn Louise Goodwin and Wayland Davis Barnett; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Lynchburg. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Bro. Gregg Worthey officiating. Interment followed in the Booneville Cemetery. Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 181 Majors Blvd, Lynchburg, TN 37352, 931-759-4552, www.jenningsmoorecortner.com.

 

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MARGARET TUCKER

 TUCKER, Margaret Amacher, age 92 of Tullahoma, was called home on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Margaret was born on Aug. 29, 1927. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Gordon Amacher and Hattie Lou Stovall Amacher of Estill Springs; her husband of 56 years, Howard Clay Tucker; her granddaughter, Kourtney Michelle Thompson; and her brothers, Charles Kenneth Amacher and Leon Amacher. She is survived by three brothers, James Earl Amacher and his wife Virginia of Lynchburg, Lenn Amacher and his wife Carolyn of Winchester and T.W. Amacher of Winchester; one son, Howard Kenneth Tucker of Tullahoma; one daughter, Cynthia Tucker Thompson and her husband Tony of Tullahoma; granddaughter, Jessica Tucker Archer and her husband Rich; grandson-in-law, Chase Garrison and his wife Cindy; and five great-grandchildren, Annabel Archer and Korbin Jack Thompson, Brady Garrison, Mary Chase Garrison and Finn. Margaret was a homemaker and businesswoman and was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Kilgore Funeral Home from noon to 3 p.m. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at 3 p.m. with Bro. Jack Hice officiating. Interment followed in the Lynchburg City Cemetery. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marble Plains Baptist Church, 525 Marble Plains Road, Winchester, TN 38398. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Kilgore Funeral Home, 215 Mitchell Blvd., Tullahoma, TN 37388, 931-455-0677 kilgorefh@lighttube.net.

 

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ANNIE AYERS

 AYERS, Annie Ruth, age 94 of Winchester, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born in Yucca, Alabama on Nov. 14, 1924, to the late James Cleveland and Myrtle (Varner) Hood. A dedicated homemaker, she was an excellent seamstress who enjoyed quilting, reading, crocheting and gardening. Ruth was a member of the Beans Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Old Salem. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. “Buster” Ayers; daughter, Peggy Ann Ayers Rollins; and siblings, James Robert Hood, Ralph Hood, Thelma Everett, Joe Lee Hood, Jessie Doyal Hood and Dewey Woodrow Hood. Ruth is survived by her loving children, William Floyd (Linda) Ayers of Winchester, Phillip Lee (Brenda) Ayers of New Market, Alabama and Mechele (Alan) Wollard of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Yuri Ayers, Illia Ayers, Ashleigh Walker, Jesse Ayers, Benjamin Ayers, Jamie Able, Trey Rollins, Joshua Rollins, Sam Ayers, Allison Hammett, Jason Wilkerson and Chelsea Barrett; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and siblings, Dorothy Arbutus Kessler of Tullahoma and Mildred Elizabeth Bain of Winchester. Visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with William Yuri Ayers officiating. Interment was in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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RAY VIA JR.

 VIA, Ray Randolph Jr., age 86, died on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at the Arbors at Streetsboro Nursing Home in Streetsboro, Ohio. Born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1932, he was raised in Strasburg, Virginia. He enjoyed his youth playing eight man football with leather helmets and pads. During this time he was also active in the Boy Scouts, where he attained the status of Eagle Scout and worked as a leader at Camp Rock Enon during the summers. He was drafted for the Korean War in 1953, staying in the Army after the war ended and serving stateside from 1953-1956. While working at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital near Denver, Colorado, Ray became interested in becoming a pharmacist and eventually graduated from U.T. Memphis with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. He had previously attended Lynchburg College in Virginia and Middle Tennessee State College before the war. He met Betty Patterson in the late 1960s while both were living at Metro Manor in downtown Nashville. They were married on Oct. 23, 1970, in Shelbyville. They eventually made their home in Decherd in 1978, where he worked as a pharmacist for Revco, Reliable Drugs and CVS until he retired in 2000. He moved to live with his son in Ohio in 2016, after Betty’s passing. Ray was a member of the Winchester First United Methodist Church and was active in the local sports community. Along with his wife Betty, he coached boys youth soccer with age groups ranging from eight year olds through high school. After retirement he actively participated in both the regional and state level Senior Olympic Games, winning many gold medals at the regional level in running and biking and a silver medal in biking at the state level. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Patterson) Via. He is survived by two sons, Roc (Stephanie) Via of Franklin and Tony (Brandy) Via of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is also survived by his three granddaughters, Autumn, Ariana and Abigail Via. The family received friends for visitation held on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at Moore Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. A brief service followed. A family only graveside service was conducted on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Hermon Cemetery in Bedford County with Rev. Blake Stephens officiating. In lieu of flowers and for those who so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation https://www.alzheimersresearchfoundation.com/make-a-donation/. Send online condolences to https://www.moorecortner.com/obituaries/obituary-listings. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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OPHELIA DIMMICK

 DIMMICK, Ophelia Jessie, age 87 of Winchester, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Estill Fork, Alabama on Nov. 20, 1931, to the late Howard W. and Bonnie Rose (Houston) Kindred. Before her retirement, she co-owned and operated ACT Collections and had also owned Lean Guard. Ophelia had previously worked as a telephone operator as well as for several attorneys. She had travelled the world, especially enjoying fishing on Lake Michigan and loved working in her flowers and cooking. Ophelia’s family will remember her loving, compassionate, beautiful soul and the fun they had spending time with her. She was a member of the Riva Lake Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Ophelia was preceded in death by her husbands, Edward Dimmick and Doris Ray Sells; siblings, Mildred Dye and Russell Kindred; and brother-in-law, Ed Dye. She is survived by her loving daughter, Beverly (Bruce) Cox of Winchester; grandchildren, April (Dusty) Luttrell of Belvidere and Adrian (Stephanie) Cox of Huntland; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Maybrey, Caleb Maybrey, Chad Luttrell, Chase Luttrell, Chesney Luttrell, Chyenna Luttrell, Adriana Cox and Kaylee Cox; sister-in-law, Linda Kindred; special friend, Cliff Tapley; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Larry Sanders and Rev. Charles Houston officiating. Interment was in the Moore Memorial Cemetery in Huntland. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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GORDON KELLEY

 KELLEY, Gordon Wayne, age 67 of Winchester, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. A native of Franklin County, he was born in Winchester on Sept. 4, 1952, to the late Author Murrell and Claudie Elizabeth (Gipson) Kelley. Gordon served his country in the United States Air Force before being employed as a truck driver for over 20 years. In his spare time, Gordon enjoyed fishing, camping and working puzzles, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered not only for his wonderful sense of humor and simplicity, but also as the protector of his family. In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Leamon Kelley; sisters, Janette Gaines, Frankie Alene Reid, Sally Turner, Helen Smith and Mervine Jernigan; and brothers, Vergil Kelley, Joe Kelley, Glen Kelley, Murrell Kelley and Rodger Kelley. He is survived by his loving wife of over 45 years, Brenda Kelley of Winchester; children, Sherry (Gary) Vann of Estill Springs and Terry Kelley of Winchester; grandchildren, Trenton Vann and Mason Vann; siblings, Tomas (Sheila) Kelley of Winchester, Roy (Sandra) Kelley of Decherd and Mary Louise Anderson of Decherd; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dewayne Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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 BETTYE SMITH

SMITH, Bettye Ann, age 82 of Tullahoma, passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Tennova Healthcare Center in Tullahoma. She was born in Belvidere, Tennessee on July 8, 1937, to the late David Elijah and Emma Cleo (Marshall) Benson. Bettye was retired from Wisco Envelope Company in Tullahoma where she had been employed for 24 years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and making crafts as well as travelling with the RV Club in which she and her husband had travelled cross country, missing only four states. A giving, loving and very dedicated wife and mother, Bettye will be remembered not only as a friend, but as a peacemaker and wise counselor. She was a member of the Kings Cross Church. In addition to her parents, Bettye was preceded in death by her siblings, Owen Dee Benson, Pauline Steele, James Thomas Benson, and Josephine Elliott; grandson, Paul Thomas Edens; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Smith. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Thomas Smith of Tullahoma; children, Raymond D. (Tammy) Smith of Tullahoma, Kandy (Chuck) Edens of Normandy and James T. (Dana Dedmon) Smith of Franklin; grandchildren, Christopher, Charity, Jennifer, Heather, Jacob, Ellie, Campbell and Anderson; great-grandchildren, John, Anna, Ella Kate, Carter and Charlie; siblings, Fred (Myra) Benson of Belvidere and Harry Ray (Lola) Benson of Huntland; and a host nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, from 2-3 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Scott Claybrook officiating. Interment followed in the Winchester Memorial Park. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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 WENDELL TRUSSELL

 TRUSSELL, Wendell Grayson, age 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Born on March 12, 1933, in Pelham, Tennessee where he lived until marrying the love of his life, Mary Ellen at the age of 21. They relocated to California in 1963, where they lived primarily in Benicia until their passing. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Ellen; parents, James and Eugenia Trussell; brothers, James (Lucille), Ward, Hoover (Clara), Hudson (Lois) and Paul (Georgia Mae); and sisters, Elsie Wilson (Virgil) and Abbie Strausbaugh (Paul). Wendell is survived by his sister, Sandra Wilkinson (David) and brother, Richard; son, Terry Trussell (Karen) and daughter, Brenda Alvarez (Mike); grandchildren, Lauren Matricardi (Merrick), Lindsay Cheda (Ryan), Michelle Belcher (Cecil), Chris Alvarez (Tami) and Bryan Alvarez; great-grandchildren, Grayson and Jackson Matricardi, Sonny and Makenna Cheda, Christian and Mackenzie Alvarez and Ava and Ethan Belcher. Wendell left his home of Tennessee in 1963, for the promise of a new job working as a driver for Pasha Truckaway. He was very proud of his excellent driving record and remained with the company for approximately 25 years. Wendell was extremely hard-working and provided well for his family whom he loved dearly. Wendell and Mary Ellen then retired and moved to the town of Dorrington, California in the Sierras where they enjoyed living for 15 years. His children say, “We always said you could take Dad out of the country, but not the country out of Dad.” He enjoyed family visits, fishing, cutting his own firewood and traveling the “backroads” in the RV with Mary Ellen where he met many friends. “We always said he ‘never met a stranger.’” He was a kind and generous man to all he knew and will be missed greatly. Although Wendell lived in California for the majority of his life, his true home was Tennessee where he will return to be with his loving wife Mary Ellen. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

Death notices

 O’BRIANT, Barbara Lou, 87, Oct. 12, 1931 – Sept. 6, 2019.

 SCOTT, Gary Lee, 47, March 27, 1972 – Sept. 5, 2019.