Obituaries – Aug. 29, 2012

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Rodney “Rod”

Howard Ballard, 67

BALLARD, Rodney “Rod” Howard, age 67 of Hillsboro, TN, passed away on August 24, 2012 at the Middle TN Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN after a brief illness. Rod was the Assitant Fire Chief of the City of Manchester Fire & Rescue Department and was a Certified Journeyman Firefighter and Arson Investigator. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and firearms enthusiast, a member of the NRA and the Single Action Shooters Society. Rod had a passion for bluegrass and country music and played the guitar. He will be fondly remembered as one who devoted his life to his beloved wife and family and to the service of helping others. Rod’s love for music and playing the guitar touched numerous lives and brought joy to all who knew him. Rod welcomed and loved all the young people his children brought into his home. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Rod was a member of the Cumberland Academy Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Lissa Marie Ballard; parents, William Howard Ballard and Lois Lee Burger Ballard; brothers, William Ollie Ballard and Ronald Louis Ballard; and sister, Carolyn Juanita Brassfield. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Louise Crosslin Ballard of Hillsboro, TN; children, Brad Ballard of Murfreesboro,  Elizabeth Carter (Matt), Gina Sain (Trey), Jeffrey Ballard (Amanda), Adam Ballard (Melissa) and William Ballard (Mandy) all of Manchester; sister, Delores Hastings of Tullahoma;sixteen grandchildren, Danielle Lemacks, Shelby Ballard, Lyndsey Franklin, Samantha Ballard, Connor Ballard, Jared Johnson, Samuel Sain, Christin Ballard, Jordon Ballard, Allison Ballard, Brandon Trussell, Shelby Trussell, Christopher Ballard, Cameron Ballard, Emma Ballard and Alissa Renee who is “on her way”; five great-grandchildren, Raycen, Emmerald, Chasae, Lilly and Landen; beloved friends, Dennis & Roger Taylor, the family of Grover & Linda Crosslin, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; the Brotherhood of FireFighters at the Manchester Fire & Rescue; and countless others who called him “Pa Rod”. Visitation was on Monday, August 27, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was conducted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Dale Woods, Weldon Payne and Mark Reed officiating. Burial  followed at the Manchester City Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Manchester Fire & Rescue Department “Firemans Fund”. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME. www.centralfuneralhome.com.

Betty Levonne

Rodenberg Taylor, 85

TAYLOR, Betty Levonne Rodenberg passed away on Aug 26, 2012 at McArthur Manor in Manchester, TN. She was born on August 31, 1926 in Randolph County, Illinois to her parents, George Washington Rodenberg and Mauda Louima Ningler Rodenberg who predecease her. In addition to her parents, Betty is predeceased by her husband John Fowler Taylor. She is survived by her daughter Beverly Allison Taylor Vetter and son-in-law Norman Kolbe Vetter of Manchester, TN as well as her three granddaughters Brooksany Vettergreen of Haverhill, MA; Holly Vetter of Las Vegas, NV; and Autumn Vetter of Nashville, TN. Betty graduated from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO in 1947, having attended as part of the U.S. government’s Cadet Nurse Program, which trained nurses for wartime service. Her great love was public health, especially the areas of women’s health and childhood immunizations. She worked for the Coffee County Health Department as a Public Health nurse for 24 years. Betty was skilled in sewing, and particularly enjoyed making clothing and apparel for her family and friends. She was also a very talented cook, and was especially drawn to international cuisine from areas where her husband’s military travel had taken her family. Betty was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and served locally as an officer and also as Fifth District Auxiliary President. Betty was a long time member of Manchester First United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the adult choir for many years. She also taught children’s Sunday school and served on various church committees. For the last two years, Betty was a resident of McArthur Manor assisted living facility in Manchester and truly felt love for her extended “family” of friends and caretakers there.  Visitation with the family will be on Thursday evening, August 30, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be conducted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Reverend Neal Glass officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For information please visit: http://www.stjude.org/waystohelp. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN. www.centralfuneralhome.com.

Annis Copeland Stewart, 96

STEWART, Annis  Copeland, age 96 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on August 25, 2012 at the Harton Regional Medical Center.  Mrs. Stewart was born in Waynesboro, TN to her parents, the late William W. Copeland and Mamie McClearen Copeland. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elton Charles Stewart, Sr.; sisters, Ernesteen Copeland, Gladys Goodman and Mattie Holt; and brother, Roy Copeland. She sold Avon for over 40 years and was a homemaker. In addition to being a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 55 years, she also was very instrumental in establishing the Manchester Public Library. She is survived by her children, Glenda Gassett (Ken) of South Korea, Chuck Stewart (Glynda) of Manchester, TN, James Stewart (Janet) of Winchester, California,  Gary Stewart of Fairmount, Georgia and Marcella Stewart of Manchester, TN; brother, John Copeland (Juanita) of Waynesboro, TN; five grandchildren, Michelle Stewart, Michael Hattaway, Robert Hattaway, Bobby Stewart and James Stewart; one great-grandchild, Cali Stewart; numerous nieces and nephews; and host of friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Reverend Neal Glass officiating. Interment will follow at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN. www.centralfuneralhome.com.

Ronnie Coleman Shockley, 62

SHOCKLEY, Ronnie Coleman, age 62 of Hillsboro, Tennessee, passed away on August 24, 2012. Mr. Shockley was a United States Marine Veteran. He is survived by his children, Rhonda M. Grosch of Hillsboro, TN and Michael S. Shockley of Hillsboro, TN; six grandchildren, Burton “Tyler” Lawson, Jaycob Coleman Lawson, Gage Shockley, Daylen Conner Grosch, Mikaylee Lynn Shockley and Kayden Rilee Grosch; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be conducted on Wednesday morning, August 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Roberts Cemetery in Bedford County, TN with Brother Joe Roberts officiating and Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O.Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45290-0301. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN. www.centralfuneralhome.com.

Dr. David

Stobaugh, 56

Funeral services for Dr. David Stobaugh, age 56 of Manchester, were conducted Monday, August 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Spirit and Truth Church, 128 Bowling Alley Lane, Manchester, TN 37355 with Dr. Benny Hand and Pastor Tom Causland officiating.  Interment followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.  Visitation was Monday at the church from 12:00 Noon until time of services.  David went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 2, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was born April 7, 1956 in Wilmington, DE the son of the late Glen Stobaugh and Barbara Anne Jenkins Stobaugh.  While living in Great Falls, Montana, David met Autumn Walker  and the two were married in March of 1981. In June of 1982, the couple moved to San Antonio, TX.  David joined the United States Army in 1985.  He received his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Baylor University.  The family then moved to Ft. Benning, GA where David was employed as a Physical Therapist at the base hospital.  On November 21, 1990, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.  The family then moved to Auburn, AL where David answered his call to ministry, his true passion.  David and his family joined the Believer’s Church where David met his mentor, Dr. Benny Hand.  David found his true calling in pastoring and fellowship.  In 2002, he moved to Manchester where he founded Spirit and Truth Church. David radiated a love for this new found church as well as his love for the Lord.  Through the years, David continued to study both Physical Therapy as well as Theology.  In 2010, he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Baylor University.  And through the Christian Life School of Theology, David also received his Masters in Theology.  He enjoyed the ministry, pastoring and guitar playing as well as fishing, gardening and the outdoors.  Most of all David loved his wife, children and grandchildren who will miss him beyond measure. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Mark Alan Stobaugh and a sister-in-law, Lisa Stobaugh. Survivors include his beloved wife of 30 years, Autumn Stobaugh of Manchester; five children, Russell Stobaugh of Lawton, OK; Stephanie Strong and husband, Eric of Valley, AL; Nathan Stobaugh and wife, Nicole of Manchester; Sarah Stobaugh of Estill Springs, TN; and Ruth Stobaugh of Manchester; 10 grandchildren, Russell “R.J.” Stobaugh, Connor and Bryson Stobaugh; Ericka, Alex, Alayna, Matthew, and Hali Strong and Josiah Stobaugh and Asher Stobaugh.  Also surviving are two brothers, Jeff Stobaugh and wife, April of Altus, OK and Steven J. Stobaugh and wife, Lori of Loma Rica, CA. The family requests memorial donations be made to Spirit and Truth Church Building Fund, 128 Bowling Alley Road, Manchester, TN 37355. Online condolences may be made at www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com. Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Dr. David Stobaugh.

Bobbie Hedgecoth, 25

Bobbie Hedgecoth, 25, of Manchester, Tenn., passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services were Monday at Grant Funeral Services. Interment followed in Morrison Cemetery. GRANT FUNERAL SERVICES IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

Benjamin Robin McMahan, 34

Benjamin Robin McMahan, 34, of Manchester, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, Aug. 25 at Grant Funeral Services. Interment followed in the Summitville Cemetery. GRANT FUNERAL SERVICES IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.

Christopher Charles Brandon Pack, 36

PACK, Christopher Charles Brandon, age 36 of Manchester, Tennessee, died on August 25, 2012 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was employed by Gaylord Entertainment at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Louise Pack and maternal grandparents, Taylor and Sarah Jones. His smile and outgoing personality will be missed by all who loved and knew him. He is survived by his parents, Charles L. Pack and Rosie L. Jones Pack of Manchester, TN; brothers, Ricky L. Pack (Patty) of Lafayette, LA and Ronnie L. Pack (Andrea) of Pearlington, MS; nieces and nephews, Brandy (Josh) Graiff, Ben (Adriana) Pack, Dakota (Kandi) Pack, Shawn Pack, Summer Pack and Taylor Ray Pack; six great-nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of “close knit”friends. Visitation was on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was conducted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Pastor Leon Williams and Reverend Tim Bender officiating. Burial followed at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN. www.centralfuneralhome.com. 

Erin Noel

Cummings, 33

Memorial services for Erin Noel Cummings, 33, of Manchester, were conducted Thursday, Aug. 23 at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Manchester. Ms. Cummings passed away Monday at her residence. Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cummings family. www.manchesterfuneralhome.com.

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