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BENJAMIN MOORE

 MOORE, Benjamin Franklin “Jackie,” age 92 of Huntland, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at The Waters of Winchester. Jackie was born on Dec. 26, 1926, in Jackson County, Alabama to the late Jack and Odie (Brewer) Moore. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Jackie worked at Johnson Sawmill for 17 years before retiring from Amana after 20 years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching westerns but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jackie was a member of the Emmanuel Church of Christ in Huntland and will be remembered for his gentle, loving and patient nature. In addition to his parents, Jackie was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Moore and siblings, Doris Kellogg, Iva Brinkley, Wilma Laster, Buest Moore and Oma Dell Moore. He is survived by his son, Tony (Valerie) Moore of Huntland; grandchildren, Chasity (Jacob) McCreary of Huntland and Angela (Terry) Burns of Huntland; great-grandchildren, Vaden and Daisy Hudson and Taylor Burns; siblings, Levoid (Obera) Moore of Vardamar, Mississippi and Judy Ellis of Hewitt, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation was held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Sister Vivian Nicholson 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.

 

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SUE BALDWIN

 BALDWIN, Sue Sewell, age 93 of Winchester, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Tullahoma. She was born on Feb. 10, 1926, in Baxter, Tennessee to the late Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Sewell. The Sewell Family owned and operated the W.T. Sewell and Company Wholesale Grocery Company in Baxter for a number of years. Educated in the Putnam County School System, Sue attended Baxter Seminary, graduating in 1944. She then attended Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville graduating in 1948, with at B.S. degree in Home Economics. It was in the last quarter of her senior year at Tech that she met Robert Leighton (Bob) Baldwin. Bob was a veteran and in the United States Army from 1943-1946 under General George S. Patton in the Corp of Engineers serving in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He entered Tech after his service and graduated in 1949, with a degree in accounting. Sue worked in Sumner County with the U.T. Extension Service from 1948 to 1951. Sue and Bob married on July 15, 1951. At that time she moved to Winchester where Bob and his sister owned and operated Billie’s Flowers. Sue taught in the Franklin County School System for a number of years at Clark Memorial School. To the marriage of Sue and Bob, three children were born: Amy Leigh Baldwin (deceased), Bari Beth (Parker) Lowndes and Robyn Lee (Kenny) DuBray. Sue was a member of the Winchester First United Methodist Church for over 60 years where she was active in the Friendship Sunday School Class, Guild, and Wings of Hope Ministry. She also enjoyed gardening and bird watching. In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Shaw Sewell; sister, Wilma Sewell Austin; daughter, Amy Leigh Baldwin; and husband, Bob in 2005. She is survived by her daughters, Bari Beth (Parker) Lowndes of Winchester and Robyn (Kenny) DuBray of Nolensville; and three grandchildren, Emily Kristen Lowndes (Wayne) Wright of Winchester, Morgan Elizabeth DuBray of Nolensville and Olivia Leigh DuBray of Nolensville. Visitation was held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Steve Angus officiating. Interment followed in the Winchester Memorial Park. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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SAMUEL UNDERWOOD

 UNDERWOOD, Samuel Wayne, slipped the bonds of this world to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at his home in Winchester, Tennessee. Born in Austin, Texas on Aug. 2, 1954, he was a graduate of Tullahoma High School. He also was a graduate of many military schools and an automotive technical school specializing in diesel mechanics. He retired from the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant having served in Vietnam and also during Desert Shield / Storm / Calm. He was a munitions expert in Vietnam and a mechanic in the Gulf. He was awarded numerous ribbons and medals for his outstanding service. Sam loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and four-wheeling, and he also loved to watch Nascar racing. Preceding him in death was his mother, Dalphia “Hazel” York Underwood; father, Everette Miller Underwood; sister, Patricia Hutson; and brother, Everette David Underwood. Samuel is survived by his beloved fiancée, Judith V. Maberino (his fishing partner); daughters, Harmony and Carla Underwood; and sister-in-law, Joyce Underwood. A private memorial service is being planned. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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JACKSON CANTRELL

 CANTRELL, Jackson Venus, age 81 of Tullahoma, passed away on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Tennova Healthcare Center. Jack was born on June 12, 1938, in Tracy City to the late Ernest Lee and Grace Katherine (Walker) Cantrell. He was a 1958 graduate of Franklin County High School, where he served as class president. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math. Jack worked as a teacher in both the Franklin County and Grundy County School systems and served as principal of Center Grove School. He also had been employed as a bookkeeper and insurance agent. An avid University of Tennessee football fan, Jack enjoyed gardening, bird watching and spending time with his four-legged best friend, Smokey. But most of all, he treasured the time spent with his family. Jack will be remembered for his caring, pleasant personality and for always telling jokes. He was truly loved by everyone. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Norvell, Bill Cantrell, Bryan Dyer, Lillian Gault, Ernestine Powell, Anna Rose Ingram, Randolph Cantrell and Nona Fretz. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary “Meme” Cantrell of Tullahoma; children, Jacqueline “Jackie” Cantrell of Tullahoma, Janie Cantrell of Tullahoma, James “Jimmy” Cantrell of Murfreesboro and Jonathan Cantrell of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Jacob Riddle, Jessica Riddle and Jaxon Cantrell; sisters, Johnnie Ruth McMahan, Shelby Travis, Betty Arnstine and Carolyn Medley; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, from 1-3:30 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be held in the Cowan Montgomery Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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JAMES HILL

 HILL, James “Jimmy” Odith, age 92 of Decherd, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Sewanee. He was born in Franklin County on March 17, 1927, to the late Chester Wilson and Lilly Leona (Oliver) Hill. A farmer by trade, Jimmy enjoyed hunting in his younger years, but most of all he loved the time spent with his family. He was a deacon at the Wilders Chapel CM Church and a 70 year member of the Pelham Masonic Lodge. His family will remember him for his kind and giving nature as well as for his sense of humor. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his siblings, Vernon Hill, Everette Hill and Ninnie Marie Bowlen. He is survived by his brother, Hubert “H.L” Hill of Decherd; sister-in-law, Sue Partin Hill; nieces and nephews, Kay (Roger) Caldwell, Randy (Donna) Hill, Tommy (Jana) Bowlen, Terry Bruce (Alicia) Hill and Tim (Brenda) Bowlen; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Visitation with the family was held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Clarence Rollins officiating. Interment was in the Mt Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Serving as pallbearers were: Bobby Gipson, Jason Hill, Jared Hill, Billy Oliver, Dean Oliver and Kenneth Hill. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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MORRIS SWEETON

 SWEETON, Morris Wallace, age 69 of Winchester, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System. A native of Franklin County, he was born in Decherd on Sept. 14, 1950, to the late Marion and Myrtel (Tucker) Sweeton. Wallace had previously worked at Franklin Memorial Gardens as the groundskeeper, as a supervisor with the City of Decherd and had retired from Shadow Nursery where he had helped care for exotic animals. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for being a loving husband and dad. In addition to his parents, Wallace was preceded in death by his siblings, Paul Sweeton, Magdalene Davis, Shelby Jean Thompson, Helen Davis, Elizabeth McCall, Frank “Junior” Sweeton, Beatrice Jones, J.B. Sweeton and William Sweeton; and grandson, Michael Nance. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Melissa Sweeton; children, Kisha Sweeton (Brad Whitmire) of Winchester, Hunter Sweeton of Winchester, Tammy (Ron) Bolz of Decherd and Kimberly (Charles) Goforth of Alabama; grandchildren, Dustin, Branden, Samantha, Calleigh, Zack, Carson Ray, LaKota and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Riley, Jordyn, Jaxxon, Greyson, Allie, Kayson, Madison, Wallis, Watson, Willow, Jaelyn and Jaxon; and brother, Danny (Joyce) Sweeton of Lookout Mountain. Visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Sweeton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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ANNA THOMPSON 

THOMPSON, Anna Wilma Maples, age 75 of Winchester, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at her residence. A native of Franklin County, she was born on June 5, 1944, and was a homemaker. Wilma enjoyed planting flowers, working puzzle books, watching hummingbirds, walking around town and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rachel Garrett; stepfather, Pleas Garrett; and her son, Carl Tim “Blake” Maples. Wilma is survived by her loving husband, Luke Thompson and daughter, Carlene Thompson. Visitation was held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jordan Adkinson 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.

 

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KAREN SIMS

 SIMS, Karen Sheree, age 57, of Winchester, departed this life suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at her residence following an extended illness. Ms. Sims was a 1980 graduate of Huntland High School. She attended Barbizon School of Modeling in Atlanta, Georgia. During this time she was selected and served as the Miss Tennessee Teen World. She had many modeling jobs and was even given the “key to the city” of Winchester by Mayor Roy Tipps. Ms. Sims attended Motlow State Community College where she received her associate’s degree. She then attended Auburn University in Alabama as a music major. She also taught music while attending Auburn. She had a beautiful singing voice as well. Unfortunately, she became disabled soon after attending Auburn University. Ms. Sims was a member of the New Covenant Outreach Church in Huntland. Karen will be remembered by many as a beautiful person not only outwardly but inwardly. She loved her Lord and is now singing with the angels. Ms. Sims was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Ann Sims and brother, Eric Lloyd Sims. She is survived by her aunt, Carolyn Potter of Decherd; uncle, Paul Henshaw and wife, Margaret of Decherd; three nephews, Chad, Craig and Adam; sister, Sharon Guntherberg of Elora; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation for Ms. Sims was held Sunday, Sept. 21, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2019, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Linda Davis and Pastor Marion Pope Officiating. Interment followed in the Henshaw Cemetery in Estillfork, Alabama. Send online condolences to www.grantfuneralservices.net.

 

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MARY TUCKER

 TUCKER, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Crunk, age 94 of Tullahoma, died on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 1-4 at Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs followed by the funeral service at 4 p.m. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma.

Death notices

ELAM, Jerry Thomas “Tom,” 77, Nov. 4, 1941 – Sept. 21, 2019.

VAUGHN, Tiffany LeAnna, 34 July 19, 1985 – Sept. 19, 2019.

MCAFEE, Ivan Willard, 80, Nov. 9, 1938 – Sept. 22, 2019.