Obituaries – March 6, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

Austin “A.I”

Ashley, 81

ASHLEY, AUSTIN “A.I.”, age 81, of Estill Springs, Tenn., departed this life on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.  Mr. Ashley attended the Decherd Church of God.  He was retired from A.E.D.C. where he was employed for 41 years as an Operating Engineer.  Mr. Ashley’s favorite hobby was fishing.  Everyone that knew Mr. Ashley knew him as a friend.  He always had a smile and a fishing story to share.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wilma Ashley, children;  Brenda (Jerry) Ferrell, David (Barbara) Ashley all of Estill Springs, Delilah (Gary) Gunn of Thompsons Station, Tenn., Doug (Beth) Ashley of Broadview, brothers, Tommy (Betty) Ashley and Allen (Karen) Ashley all of Indiana, grandchildren; Jody Ferrell, Julie (Charlie) Walker, Josh (Lynn) Gunn, Derek (Shayna) Gunn, Lennon Ashley, Michael Dustin Ashley, Ricky (Krystal) Livingston and David (April) Livingston, several great-grandchildren.  Visitation for Mr. Ashley was held from 5-8 p.m. Friday evening in the Chapel of Grant Funeral Services.  Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, with Bro. Johnny Carr, Bro. Rudy Wilkerson and Bro. Phillip Swinford officiating.  Interment followed in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Estill Springs to conclude with a dove release.  Online condolences may be sent at www.grantfuneralservices.net.  GRANT FUNERAL SERVICES IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.  103 PETERS ROAD, ESTILL SPRINGS, TN  37330  (931) 649-3585.       

Geneva Simpson Brandon, 84

Geneva Simpson Brandon, 84, of Woodbury, Tenn., passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at Stones River Hospital. Funeral service was held at Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 with Bro. Mark Stinnett and Bro. Herb Alsup officiating. Interment followed at Cateston Cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday. Mrs. Brandon was preceded in death by her parents, Hilary & Eunice Jones Simpson; her husband, Charles Seymour Brandon; a son, Melvin Brent Brandon; siblings, Alvie, Sterling and Robert Simpson; Sisters, Opal Sanders, Ellen Brandon and Dorothy Collins. Geneva loved to cook and have her family for dinner.  She also enjoyed quilting and made all of the grandchildren baby quilts.  She was a member of the Baptist Church and a housewife. She is survived by children Carolyn (Henry) Alford, Ellis (Teresa) Brandon, Lynn (Mitzi) Brandon and Charley “Jr.” (Paula) Brandon all of Woodbury and Gail (Ray) Spry of Manchester. She is also survived by sister-in-law Elizabeth Simpson of Woodbury, 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Brandon was preceded in death by her parents, Hilary and Eunice Jones Simpson; her husband, Charles Seymour Brandon; a son, Melvin Brent Brandon; siblings, Alvie, Sterling and Robert Simpson; Sisters, Opal Sanders, Ellen Brandon and Dorothy Collins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cateston Cemetery and the American Lung Association. For online tributes visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net. WOODBURY FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Virginia Jo

Brandon, 80

BRANDON, Virginia Jo, age 80 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on March 3, 2013 at the Manchester Health Care Center. She was born in Manchester, TN to her parents the late Joe Jernigan and Gladys Jernigan. She was also preceded in death by Jean & Leighton Crosslin and Claranell Jernigan. Mrs. Brandon is survived by her loving husband, James Edward Brandon of Manchester, TN; children, Mike Brandon of Boca Raton, Florida,  Melody Johnson of Edna, TX and Mark Brandon of Tullahoma, TN; two grandchildren, Ryan Brandon (Emily) and Sara Brandon; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 11:00 a.m.  until  1:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Charles Williams officiating. Burial will be at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. WWW.CENTRALFUNERALHOME.COM.

Robert Venton

Brown, 76

Robert Venton Brown, age 76, of Tullahoma, TN, passed from this life February 25, 2013 of natural causes. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN.  Visitation will begin at an hour earlier. Online condolences may be made at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.

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Luke Maurice

Collins, 55

Memorial services for Mr. Luke Maurice Collins, age 55, of Manchester, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Elijah Collard officiating. Inurnment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Luke passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN. after a hard fought struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Luke was born on July 20, 1957 in Clinton, TN, the son of the late Ivan F. Collins and Emily Inez Collins, who survives. He lived most of his childhood and adult life in Manchester and obtained an Associate Degree of Science at Motlow State Community College in 1978 and a Bachelor of Education Degree from MTSU in 1982. Over his life span, he had a variety of jobs, but the ones he enjoyed the most were those of being a substitute teacher and working with special needs children. He had a special gift of getting through to them when others could not – with calmness, laughter and understanding. Prior to going to a nursing home in the fall of 2012, he had been the primary caregiver for his elderly mother for about five years. Luke was a very religious man, who loved going to church, sharing the word of God, reading his Bible and praying. His Bible was well worn with many verses underlined. Although he never married, for the last 12 years of his life, Luke had a special sweetheart, Laura Turnquist of Dade City, Fla. They were only able to se each other three times in person; however, they had a special love for each other and spent many hours on the phone and computer, listening to music, watching movies, laughing and sharing their fears and sorrows. In addition to his mother, Luke is also survived by one sister, Brenda Harris; four brothers, Jack, Ken, Ron and Eric Collins; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. MANCHETER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE COLLINS FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM

Emma Ruth “Emily” Crabtree, 81

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Ruth “Emily” Crabtree, age 81, of Manchester, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial followed in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family was from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Crabtree passed away on Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Mrs. Crabtree was born in Coffee County, TN, the daughter of the late Claude and Jettie Brandon Smartt.  She was of the Church of Christ faith and was a self-employed business owner.  She played basketball for Coffee County High School, loved reading and investigating real estate. She attended as many Senior Citizens functions as possible in Manchester, Tullahoma, and Winchester and also enjoyed cooking for the homebound and chauffeuring people to their doctor’s appointments. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Crabtree was also preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, John Henry Crabtree; one brother, Charles Smartt; and two sisters, Jean Parker and Katherine Jackson.  She is survived by two daughters, Connie (Kenton) Smithson of Ooltewah, TN and Delores (Marcus) Kenyon of Soddy Daisy, TN; three brothers, Bill, C.L. and Doug Smartt; two sisters, JoAnn Hord and Pamela Masoud; three grandchildren, Katie (Jay) Wylie, Matthew (Jean Ko) Smithson, and Jonathan Grubb; two great grandchildren, William and Anna Wylie; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE CRABTREE FAMILY

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Phillip Ray

Esslinger, 63

ESSLINGER, Phillip Ray, age 63 of Hillsboro, Tennessee, passed away on February 28, 2013 in Havre De Grace, Maryland. Mr. Esslinger was a Owner/Operator Truck Driver and United States Veteran. He was born in Huntsville, Alabama to his parents, the late Andrew David Esslinger, Jr. and Donna Ray Preston Esslinger. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Franklin and Rachael Holliday; and brother, Harold Esslinger. He was a devoted husband, father and provider who worked tirelessly to support his family. He delivered and setup manufactured homes for many years before driving his own flatbed tractor trailers in his final years. He was unmatched for his love for his children who were his whole world. He will be greatly missed and remembered as a life long cowboy who enjoyed trail rides with his family and friends and watching westerns. He is now on his final ride to heaven.  He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Sue Esslinger of Hillsboro; children, Michael B. Esslinger of Hillsboro, Joey R. Esslinger of Hillsboro, David Esslinger of Manchester, Tina Gilliam of Tullahoma, Bryan L. Humphries (Candie) of Tullahoma and Mark W. Humphries of Hillsboro; sister, Patsy Sarangi of Huntsville, AL; brothers, Roger Esslinger of Hazel Green, AL, Donald Esslinger of Huntsville, AL, Ricky Esslinger of Hazel Green, AL and Jerry Esslinger of Slidell, LA; twelve grandchildren, Chase Golden, Amy P. Harper, Kimberly Humphries, Stacey Small, Tracey Ansley, Zach Brown, Kyle Gilliam, Tyler Gilliam, Shylah Gilliam, Kelsey Esslinger, McKayla Esslinger and Cody Esslinger; six great-grandchildren, Brody Gilliam, Chelsie R. Golden, Rachael B. Golden, Hailey N. Golden, Brooklynn Fults and Anna Marie Small; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 5:00 p.m.  until 7:00 p.m. The Service will be conducted following the visitation at 7:00 p.m. with Brother David Spencer officiating. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be sent to Regions Bank Account # 0184287497.

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Jean Floyd, 75

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jean Floyd, age 75,  of Manchester were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Eddie Canady officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday from at the funeral home.  Mrs. Floyd passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 at St. Thomas Hospital. Mrs. Floyd was born September 1, 1937 in Manchester, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of the late Claude and Ethel Lowery Poff.  Mrs. Floyd worked for 25 years at United Regional Medical Center and as a cashier at the local Walmart.  She enjoyed traveling to Gatlinburg and Tunica and planning family gatherings.  Mrs. Floyd also loved to cook and go fishing.  Mrs. Floyd enjoyed supporting all her grandchildren in their activities.  She was a member of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Floyd, one daughter, Susie Gilliam, three brothers Raymond, Roy and Glen Poff, and one sister Shirley Nippers.  Mrs. Floyd is survived by two daughters Phyllis Daniel and husband Kenny of Lynchburg, Tammy Syler Rosson of Tullahoma, son-in-law, Bradley Gilliam of Manchester, two sons Billy Ray Floyd and wife Karen of Manchester, and Ricky Floyd and wife Chris of Tullahoma, twelve grandchildren, Joey and Stephanie Gilliam, Porscha and Jessica Daniel, Zach, Jennifer, and Andy Rosson, Stephen Syler, Amber Webb, Sarah Jones, David Snell, and Collin Ray Floyd, six great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. Online condolences may be made at www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com.

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Lois A. Duke

Greer, 96

GREER, Lois A. Duke, age 96 of Manchester, Tennessee, went to be with her Lord on February 27, 2013. Mrs. Greer was a homemaker and had worked at the Carter Shoe Company in Nashville for over 17 years. Most importantly, she was a dedicated Christian and member of the Chapman’s Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Pelham, TN. She was born in Bradyville, TN to her parents, the late Calvin Stacey and Mattie Warren Stacey. She was also preceded in death by her husband’s Clyde Duke and Charles William “C.W.” Greer who passed away in 2008. Mrs. Greer will be fondly remembered as one who loved her Lord, family and friends and enjoyed cooking, quilting, needlework and especially growing flowers. She is survived by her sons, Russell K. Duke and wife Naomi of Manchester, TN and Carroll Dean Duke and wife Dixie of San Angelo, TX; daughters, Wanda King and husband Clayton of Allen, TX and Dottie Sullivan and husband Bill of Goodlettsville, TN; ten grandchildren, Mark (Susan) Duke, Keith (Amy) Duke, Lori (Jeff) Moore, Karen (Ken) Nabi, Greg (Kelly) Duke, Kevin (Jeanne) Duke, Kim (Howard, III) Wall, Ginger (Gary) Howerton, Dana King and Kelly (Brian) Merz; twenty five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 5:00 p.m.  until   8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service conducted on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Robby Cain officiating. Burial followed at the Gilley Hill Cemetery in Cannon County. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. WWW.CENTRALFUNERALHOME.COM

Terry Smith Redd, 66

Redd, Terry Smith, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at Life Care Center in Tullahoma at the age of 66. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 2. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Joan Renee

Roberts, 55

ROBERTS, Joan Renee, age 55 of Hillsboro, Tennessee, passed away on February 28, 2013.  She was born on March 15, 1957 in Tullahoma, TN to her father, the late Frank Ray Roberts and mother, Selma Lee Daniel of Hillsboro who survives. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Keith Roberts. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ Faith. In addition to her mother, Selma, Joan is survived by her son, Damon N. Roberts of Miami, Florida; niece, Holly Marie Roberts; aunts & uncles, Janette & Wayne Tidwell of Hillsboro, TN,Topsy & Bobby Layne of Manchester, TN and Betsy & Wesley Coker of Estill Springs, TN; and a host of other relatives and friends.  Visitation was on Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013 from 5:00 p.m.  until   7:00 p.m. with the Service following  at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Central Funeral Home. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. WWW.CENTRALFUNERALHOME.COM

Coy Ray Stacy, 82

STACY, Coy Ray, age 82 of Elkhart, Indiana and former Coffee County, TN. resident, passed away on February 19, 2013 in Elkhart, IN. He was born in Summitville, TN to his parents, the late Raymond Lester Stacy and Jessie Pearl Burks Stacy. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Terry Stacy. Mr. Stacy was an avid Historian and Genealogist and had traced the family lines back several generations. Mr. Stacy is survived by his sister, Clara Butler and her husband Arthur of Elkhart, IN; nephew, Raymond (Lisa) Butler; nieces Elaine Stacy and Jessica Butler; great-nephews, David Butler, Chris Shirley and Dalton Shirley; great-niece, Nicole Butler; and a host of other relatives and friends. A Graveside Service was conducted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Summitville Cemetery with Brother Benny Benjamin officiating. Memorial Donations may be made to the Rutherford or Coffee County Historical Societies. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. WWW.CENTRALFUNERALHOME.COM.

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