GEORGE MITCHELL JR.
MITCHELL, George Calvin Jr., age 70 of Cowan, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. A native of Franklin County, he was born in Sewanee on March 22, 1949, to the late George Calvin and Betty Irene (Cornett) Mitchell Sr. Before his retirement, George was employed for 23 years by Wilton Corporation. In his spare time, George enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling and going to Cracker Barrel, but most of all he enjoyed spending time spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family will remember him for his sense of humor and for the fun times they shared. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Betty Mitchell; brother, Bruce Mitchell; and sister, Deborah Hesketh. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Vera Gass Mitchell of Cowan; children, Chris (Ashley) Mitchell of Estill Springs and Kristy (Eric) Stewman of Huntland; grandchildren, Glenn Mitchell (Kaley Rogers) of Estill Springs, Brittney Mitchell of Estill Springs, Chelsey (Brian) Bolin of Winchester and Brylon Mitchell of Estill Springs; and great-grandchildren, Chayden Stewman, Carson Hanak and Jase Mitchell. Visitation was held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. James Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Serving as pallbearers were: Chris Mitchell, Glenn Mitchell, Eric Stewman, Shane Mitchell, Bryan Brewer, and Dale Hesketh. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
STEELE, Alton DeWayne, age 47 of Belvidere, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. A native of Franklin County, he was born on March 17, 1972, to Karon Acklen and the late Ben Alton Steele. Mr. Steele worked as an over the road truck driver for over 20 years. When he wasn’t driving trucks he could be found riding four-wheelers and razors. Mr. Steele loved riding horses and just being outdoors. He will always be remembered for his compassion and desire to help others. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Decatur and Annie Cook and paternal grandparents, Clennon Steele, Mary Faye Steele Judge and Hense Judge. He is survived by his mother, Karon (Dennis) Acklen of Estill Springs; daughter, Haley (Ryan) Limbaugh of Decherd; companion of 15 years, Debbie Valentine of Belvidere; granddaughters, Ryley and Ella Limbaugh; Debbie’s children, Collin and Shelby; step-son, Kevin Stewart and son Keagan; step-sister, Darbie (Billy) Sizemore; nephew, Drake; step-brother, Darren (Mindy) Acklen; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Rev. Chuck Wilkerson 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.
COLEMAN, Juanita Keller, age 94 of Decherd, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. She was born and raised in the Alto Community. After retiring from ARO, she became deeply involved in the community. She was a member of the Alto FCE Club and oftentimes was an officer on the County FCE. Her hobbies were various arts and crafts but her skills were unsurpassed. She often entered her counted cross stitch works or her quilts in various competitions and seemed to always bring home a ribbon, many times as “The Best of Show.” She was heavily involved in Christ Episcopal Church at Alto and made many things for the church such as the banner, garments for the ministry and numerous wall hangings. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Lee Keller and Alene Clark Keller; her husband, Virgil Coleman; and her brother, William Lee Keller. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Jones of Orange, California; son, Joe Jones of Decherd; step-daughter, Diane Alexander of Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Prairie Powers of Winchester; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church Alto. Interment followed at Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be given to the American Alzheimer’s Association. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
POTEE, Linda Sue, age 71 of Huntland, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at her daughter’s home from complications of lung cancer while surrounded by those who love her. Linda was born on Sept. 7, 1948, in Huntsville, Alabama to the late Gordon Cagle and Mary Frances Frame. Linda was a LPN for 45 years and retired from Lincoln Medical Center where she had been in charge of employee health. She loved her job and the people she worked with. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family and beloved pets. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gene Cagle and half-brother, Morris Bates. Linda is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Jeff) Bishop of Huntland; son, Wayne Potee of Taft; grandson, Cody Bishop of Winchester; sister, Fran Rollins of Fayetteville; brothers, Marvin Cagle of Taft and Louis (Paola) Cagle of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to everyone at Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice for assisting the family at this time. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.
WALLS, Bobbie Jean Finney, age 87 of Decherd, passed from this life on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at her home while surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Walls was a member of the White Oak Grove Church of God in Decherd. She worked for Genesco for 32 years and retired from Lanier Clothing in 1994, after 13 years of service. Mrs. Walls loved her jewelry was at her best when she was dressed in her Sunday best. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Polk Kenneth Walls; mother, Lora Sanson Finney; father, Robert (Bob) Lee Finney; sisters, Mary Sells and Helen Marlow; and brothers, Don Finney, John Finney, Grady Finney, Virgil Finney and Earl Finney. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Troy) Taylor and Gail (Wayne) Clark, both of Winchester, and Deta (Donnie Gibbs) Watts of Decherd; sons, Kenneth Walls and Jerry (Shelia) Walls, both of Decherd; siblings, Virginia Mantooth of Winchester and Tennie Partin of Texas; grandchildren, Beverly Holmes, Tia Watts and Demetria (Tyler) Stephens; and a great-grandchild, Baden Holmes. The family received friends on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. The funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. from the Roy B. Watson Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home with Rev. Spencer Van Order officiating. Interment followed in the Watson-North Memorial Park in Winchester. Serving as pallbearers were: Doyle Finney, Bobby Gipson, Doug Sells, Scott Gipson, Rickey Finney and Ricky Walls. Watson-North Funeral Home, 405 Sharp Springs Road, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2345. Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com.
HOBBA, Ronald Ralph, age 72 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was born on Aug. 20, 1947, in Winchester to the late Ethel Bass Hobba and Harry F. Hobba of Decherd. Ronald was of the Baptist faith and served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. Upon his return to Franklin County he worked as an electrician on one of the first buildings at Nissan, AEDC and the building now known as the Holt’s Diner. He also worked in several other countries as a heavy equipment operator. Ronald is survived by his daughter, Bridgette Hobba of Frankfort, Germany; son, Mike Hobba of Dresden, Germany; brother, Buddy F. Hobba of Lynchburg; and sister, Ethelyn Hobba Temples of Winchester. A private graveside service was held at Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.