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Obituaries – August 21, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm


Benjamin, Judy K. Davidson, age 68 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on August 14, 2013 at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Judy was born in Harriman, Tenn. to her parents, the late David



Oliver Davidson and Iness Naylor Davidson. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; a member of the New Life Ministries and was blessed with seven children. Written words would never be sufficient to describe her out pouring of love and selfless acts towards others. She always put others first before herself and firmly believed that we are “All God’s Children.” Judy is survived by her husband, Benny N. Benjamin of Manchester, Tenn; seven children, Shawn K. Benjamin of Marietta Georgia, Judy L. Howell (Paul) of Murfreesboro, Tenn, Shannon R. Wood (Darek) of Chelsea, Ala, Dennis W. Benjamin (Anja) of Phoenix, Ariz, Tyler Benjamin of Manchester, Amber Benjamin of Manchester and Alias Ameri of Tampa, Fla; nine grandchildren, Brittany S. Gitzen, Logan Benjamin, Kerry Kathleen Benjamin, Kayla Wood, Erin Benjamin, Lauren Benjamin, Laura Howell, Kelsey Wood and Kyra Adams; two sisters, Nancy Parrish and Sherry Worsham; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Saturday afternoon, August 17, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. A celebration of life memorial service was conducted following the visitation from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Ray Marcrom officiating. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME WAS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Lou Perry, age 78, of Manchester, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Nanette Mathe officiating. Burial followed in the Adam Duncan Cemetery. Visitation with the Perry family was from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Perry passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday morning, surrounded by family and loved ones. Mrs. Perry was born August 10, 1935 in Spencer Co, Indiana. Evelyn was daughter of Ivan and Etta Cook (both deceased) and brother to Basil Cook (married to Eleanor Cook and residing in Rockport, Indiana). Evelyn graduated Tennyson High School and then lived and worked briefly in Evansville Indiana prior to marrying her first husband Harold Roosevelt (divorced) of Albion Illinois. Evelyn and Harold farmed in Southern Illinois for a number of years and had three children: Douglas Ray Roosevelt, a small business man (deceased and survived by his wife Debora); Gregory Scott Roosevelt of Murfreesboro who works in manufacturing and has two daughters (Chelsea, and Taylor); and Dr. Rodney Wayne Roosevelt residing in Louisville Kentucky, a behavioral neuroscientist and university professor. Evelyn moved to Tennessee in 1985 after which she worked in manufacturing until her retirement. Evelyn married Charles Perry in 1992 and resided at the Perry family Farm in the Gnat Hill Community until her passing. Evelyn was step-mother to Charles’s two children Tammy and Chris Perry both of the Gnat Hill community. In life, Evelyn was well known for both her strength of character and deportment. She faced challenges in life forthrightly with poise and determination. Evelyn took great pleasure and joy from farm life. In her later years, Evelyn traveled the country widely, which she greatly enjoyed; developing a particular fondness for walking on the beaches of south Texas. Evelyn enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and the routine of farm life. Evelyn remained physically active to the end of her life enjoying both long walks outside and exercising as part of her daily routine. Evelyn was a devoted and tireless mother and will be greatly missed by her surviving family. Evelyn is survived by her husband Charles Perry, her sons Gregory and Rodney Roosevelt, her natural grandchildren Chelsea and Taylor Roosevelt, her two step-children Tammy and Chris Perry as well as their several children and grandchildren. Evelyn is also survived by her brother Basil, his wife Eleanor along with their son Brian and grandson. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE PERRY FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM


Mrs. Edith Robinson Smith age 95 of McMinnville, Tenn, died Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Horizon Health and Rehab Center in Manchester, Tenn. She was born November 3, 1917, in Warren County, Tenn, was retired from the sewing department with Genesco Shoe, and a Presbyterian. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by parents Noah and Mary Belinda Jacobs Robinson, her husband Alton James (A.J.) Smith, a sister Ethel Ritchey, and her brothers J.K., Charlie, Tommie, Willie, Gomer, Pleas, and Dallas Robinson. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Marilyn Smith, Houston, Texas, Ralph and Betty Smith, McMinnville, and James and Mary Jo Smith, Manchester, grandchildren Stacy (Eric) Wilson, Suzanne (Johnny) Reed, Angie (Jim) Thomas, Artie (Kelly) Smith, Andrew (Mitzi) Smith, Candace Smith, Ariel Smith, Nicholas Ashley, and Tania Demeris, great-grandchildren Kaci Wilson Daily, Nathanael Wilson, Justin Reed, Ashley and Wesley Thomas, Lauren, Logan, Chris, and Reagan Smith, sisters-in-law Lorene Robinson, Betty Jo Jordan, and Doris Markum, and brother-in-law Rev. Carl Smith. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive. Funeral service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Her great-grandson Bro. Justin Reed will officiate. Interment will follow at Centertown Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and will again from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at McMinnville Funeral Home. MCMINNVILLE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Sain, Ogena L. Green, age 84 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on August 14, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Mrs. Sain was a homewife and a faithful member of the Original Church of Jesus Christ where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She had worked at several election precincts for many years in Davidson County and Coffee County. She enjoyed outdoor activities, especially gardening, playing the organ and was an excellent seamstress. Mrs. Sain was born in Coffee County to her parents, the late Eulie E. Green and Novia Lillian Smith Green. She was also preceded in death by her sons, Michael Medford and Terry Sain; and brothers, Leon Green and Warfield Green. She is survived by her husband Alvin Fred Sain of Manchester, Tenn; sons, Jerry E. Medford (Debbie) of Manchester, Roger D. Medford (Deborah) of Manchester and Danny Rust of Elkhart, Indiana; sisters, Margaret A. Anderson and Linda Sue Stephens both of Manchester; brother, Ray Green of Manchester; grandchildren, Sabrina Grosch (Zach), John Michael Medford (Jackie), Danny Rust, Jr., Betthany Rust and Terry Sain, Jr.; four great-grandchildren, Alexandria Sartain, Peyton Grosch, Sophie Rust and Payton Rust; numerous nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors and her church family. Visitation was on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service was conducted on Saturday morning, August 17, 2013 at 11 a.m.. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Randy Thomas officiating. Burial followed at the Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Viola, Tenn. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Marie Vickers, age 84 of the Gnat Hill community, were conducted at 4 p..m Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Dale Grosch and Brother Keith Sims officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the funeral home. Mrs. Vickers passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. She was born March 7, 1929 in the Poplar Grove community of Putnam County, TN the daughter of the late Albert Hyder and Cora West Hyder. She and her siblings grew up in Sparta, TN. Doris married Monroe Franklin “Bill” Vickers on October 23, 1948. For many years, she and her late husband farmed in the Gnat Hill community where they resided. She retired from the University of TN Agricultural Extension Office, Food and Nutrition Department after many years of service. In earlier years, Mrs. Vickers was actively involved in the Blanton’s Chapel Chapter of the Home Demonstration Club and was a long time member of Woodmen of the World. She enjoyed sewing and was always ready to help anyone with anything and was a true caregiver in every sense of the word. She was also an Honorary member of the Soroptimist Club and a longtime member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Vickers is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Monroe Franklin “Bill” Vickers who passed away February 15, 2009; three sisters, Mertie Bartlett, Mildred Swearington and Ruby Grissom and a brother, Louis Hyder. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Neal and Nancy Vickers of Manchester; and Gary and Candy Vickers also of Manchester; four grandchildren, Christy and husband, John Lewis; Curtis and wife, Jennifer Vickers; Whitney Vickers; and Michelle Arnold; seven great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Lewis, Olivia Lewis and Jonathan Lewis; Ragen Arnold and Zane Montgomery; Madison Vickers and Cheyenne Vickers. Also surviving is a sister, Lucille Dodson of Sparta, Tenn. Online condolences may be made to COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MRS. DORIS MARIE VICKERS.


Mr. John D. McMahan, age 56 of Manchester, Tennessee passed away, Wednesday, August 14 at the Medical Center of Manchester. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Summitville Cemetery in Coffee County, Tennessee . DAVES-CULBERSTON FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.