Obituaries: May 28, 2014
Funeral services for Mrs. Meredith ‘Tomijo’ Brown, 90, of Cookeville, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday May 25 at Sycamore Church of Christ. Interment followed in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Horace Burks and Frank Brown officiated. Mrs. Brown died Friday morning May 23, 2014 in Tullahoma at Morning Point Assisted Living. She was born May 17, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Hubert Smith and Faye Evelyn Ware White. Mrs. White was a homemaker and member of Sycamore Church of Christ. She provided tremendous, unwavering support to her husband and partner in ministry. Her desire to reunite with him in heaven has been fulfilled. Her legacy of love and service includes teaching the Bible to her grandchildren. She was a 1945 graduate of Tennessee Polytechnical Institute (TTU). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, T. Pierce Brown (who died August 1, 2008); sister, Jane Presley and brother, Hoke White. Survivors include two sons and daughters-n-law, Franklin Pierce (Connie) Brown of Tullahoma, TN and Hilary (Carole) Brown of Charlotte, TN; four grandchildren, Bryan Pierce Brown, Courtney (Emmanuel) Vaughn, Emily (Luke) Yaeger, Chelsea (Josh) Sudbury; and five great grandchildren: Jackson Vaughn, Jillianna Vaughn, Lila Yaeger, Ali Yaeger, and Jack Sudbury. Mrs. Brown’s grandchildren and nephews served as pallbearers. The elders of Sycamore Church of Christ will serve as honorary pallbearers. Mrs. Brown’s family will receive friends Sunday from 2 p.m. until service time at the church. You may share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com. HOOPER-HUDDLESTON & HORNER FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS (931) 526-6111.
Horne, Johnnie Edman, age 90, passed into rest on May 22, 2014 at his home in Manchester, Tennessee. Mr. Horne retired as Superintendent of the Gulf Coast Farms in Florida and moved to the Manchester, Tennessee area where he was employed until retirement with Carrier Corporation, Inc. Mr. Horne was a United States Army WW II veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. He was born in Fort Myers, Florida to his parents, the late James Elbert Horne and Clara P. Nipper Horne. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Shirley Mae Massie Simmons, Violet Viola Vick Scott and Betty Beatrice Padilla; and brothers, Linley Edward, Ernest Elbert, Francis Everett, Donald Edison, Kenneth Elmer and Robert Ervin Horne. Mr. Horne, a member of Trinity Baptist Church, will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed farming, fishing and woodworking. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Jane Hambrick Horne of Manchester, Tennessee; daughter, Betty Marlene Kelly of Manchester, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Chris Kelly and his wife Kim of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Erin Dobson and her husband Jim of Manchester, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Loren Elizabeth Kelly, Maura Leeann Kelly and John Bridges Dobson; relatives, Gene and Linda Horne and Jim and Shari Massie; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. A graveside service followed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Summitville Cemetery with Brother Keith Thomason officiating and United States Army Military Honors. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME OF MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.
Hamilton, Martha E.K., of Manchester, passed this life on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at her residence at the age of 84. Mrs. Hamilton was born in Washington D.C. to the late Charles and Margaret Webb Knorleine. She is survived by two daughters, Jacquelyn Eagle of Manchester, and Margaret Kulpa-Johnson and her husband Kent of Ormond Beach, Florida; one son, Michael Hamilton of Drakesboro, Kentucky; and four grandchildren, Joshua Kulpa, James Eagle Jr., Jenna Eagle, and Jodi Colton. No services are currently planned at this time. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.
Funeral services for Mrs. Jean M. Vanattia, age 74, of Hillsboro, Tennessee were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the funeral home. Mrs. Vanattia passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at her residence in Hillsboro. She was born April 16, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Matthew Schaffrath and Anna Harling Schaffrath. She was a homemaker who enjoyed needle point, brain teaser games including crossword puzzles, which she excelled at and was known to be a diligent “ list maker” to the point of joyful compulsion to those who loved her. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family. She enjoyed a special relationship with Susie, her beloved dog and Lucy, her feline friend. She was a member of the Catholic faith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Paul Vanattia and two grandchildren, Brian Vanattia and Reyna Vanattia. She is survived by seven children, Paul Edward Vanattia of Tullahoma, Tennessee; Kenneth Robert Vanattia and wife, Debra of Spring City, Tennessee; John William Vanattia and wife, Karin of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Timothy Michael Vanattia and wife, Hope of Ocoee, Tennessee; and Anne Marie Arms and husband, Michael of Hillsboro, Tennessee; Susan Carol Granados and husband, Eddie of Atlanta, Georgia; and June Allison Johnson of Hillsboro, Tennessee; 15 grandchildren; Stacy Holman, Melissa Vanattia, Emily Vanattia, Kaylene Vanattia, Christapher DeCent, Shawn DeCent, Matthew Vanattia, James Vanattia, Shawn Vanattia, Paige Vanattia, Jarod Vanattia, Maria Granados, Christian Granados, Gabrielle Johnson, Gavin Johnson and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, James Schaffrath and a sister, Carol Kohlstedt and husband, Michael all of Midlothian, Illinois. Online condolences may be made at www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com. COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MRS. JEAN M. VANATTIA
Graveside services for Mr. Hugh Lee Acuff, age 88, of Manchester, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Burial followed. Mr. Acuff passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014. Mr. Acuff was born in Lake City, Tennessee, the son of the late Charley and Lena Lovett Acuff. He was retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant. In addition to his parents, Hugh was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruby Gipson Acuff, who passed away in 2011. He is survived by his daughter, Debra (Dr. Richard) Fishbein of Manchester; and special family who affectionately call him “Papa Q”, Wendi Lovell and her children, Tays, Kelley, and Madison. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE ACUFF FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Cleo Frizzell, age 89, of Manchester, were conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Farrar Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Frizzell passed away Tuesday evening at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Mrs. Frizzell was born in Coffee County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Jarrett Alfred and Alice Lee Walker Brown. She was employed at PCA in Manchester for 20 years before working at Batesville Casket Company, where she retired after 13 years of service. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Mrs. Frizzell loved to travel, was a wonderful cook, was devoted to and loved her church and her family, and also enjoyed shopping trips. In addition to her parents, Cleo was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Ever-ett Frizzell, who passed in 1994; brothers, J.W., Clifton, Hershel, and Billy Brown; and sisters, Helen Brown and Imogene Uselton. She is survived by one son, Neill (Linda) Frizzell of East Ridge, TN; one daughter, Rebecca (Steven) Calvert of New Mexico; two grandchildren, Amanda Lynne Frizzell and Jason Oliver Everett Frizzell; one great grandchild, Margot Elisabeth Frizzell; and many nieces and nephews. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FRIZZELL FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM
Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell Goodman, age 96, of Pelham, Tennessee, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Mirian Seyler officiating. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery in Grundy County. Visitation with the family was from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Goodman passed away Sunday at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma. Mrs. Goodman was born in Pelham, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Bessie Meeks Hamby. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, she taught in several elementary schools. She was a retired Grundy County High School English teacher and the owner of Pelham Food Market. She was a member of the Pelham United Methodist Church. Jewell loved gardening, singing in the church choir, working in her store with her sister, Ms. Melrose, and giving candy to the children of the Pelham Community. In addition to her parents, Jewell was also preceded in death by her husband, Lude C. Goodman; one brother, Hagen Hamby; and one sister, Nana Lou Hamby Meeks. She is survived by her sister, Melrose Holder of Pelham; two nieces, Rosalyn Holder (Dr. Charles) Bennett and Joy Meeks (Fred) Yarbro; two nephews, Edward Donevan (Patricia) Holder and Grant Meeks; two great nieces, Alicia Dawn (Jim) Halbert and Brittany Yarbro; great, great niece, Kathryn Halbert; and great, great nephew, Reid C. Halbert. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE GOODMAN FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM