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Obituaries – Dec. 11, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm


Known as “Miss Stella” at Kingwood Arms, Manchester, where she resided for the last seventeen years, Stella Darlene Ruddle Adcock, 93, passed away November 18, 2013 after a short stay at McArthur Manor.  She was born July 1, 1920 in the Southeast Missouri Bootheel community of Hayward, formerly Stewart’s Landing, in the shadow of the great Mississippi River levee where her family had lived and farmed since 1790. Most survived the catastrophic New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12 remaining in the area to become civic leaders, merchants and ministers of the gospel. Ms. Adcock descended from several Scotch-Irish pioneer families who moved west from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to the New Madrid District of Upper Louisiana via Kentucky, South Carolina and eastern Tennessee prior to the Louisiana Purchase. She was the only surviving child of William Franklin Ruddle (d 1928) and Carrie Wade Cheatham Ruddle (d 1985) natives of New Madrid and Pemescot Counties in Missouri.  Ruddle’s Point remains a Mississippi River navigational landmark. She was graduated from Por-tageville, Mo. High School in 1938, where she was an attentive student and an outstanding basketball player, and later from Caruthersville, Mo. Cos-metology School.  As a young widow following WWII, she established a business in Portageville at her grandfather’s former residence. She is survived by two daughters; Darlene “Blossom” Murphy Merryman (Leo, dec.), Wartrace, Tenn., and Patricia L. Hufstedler Martin (Timothy),  Hoover, Ala., and one son, J.R. Allstun (Melissa), Daphne, Ala.; Four grandchildren; Gregory Lee Merryman (Michelle), Murfreesboro, Lisa Merryman Matchett (Trevor), Homewood, Ala., Melissa O’Guinn Conn, Manchester, Tenn., Lance T. Allstun,  Bay St. Louis, Miss., and step grandson, John King, Covington, Ky.; Four great grandchildren; Ian Merryman (Abbie), Murfreesboro, Renee Merryman, Phoenix, Ariz.,  Aidan and Mairenn Matchett, Homewood, Ala., two step great grandchildren, Christian and Abby Hoermann, Murfreesboro, and two great-great grandchildren, Mason and McKinley Merryman, Murfreesboro. In her eighties, she became computer literate and wrote several recollections of her early life in Mo.  She studied and enjoyed all things Southern; history and folklore, storytelling, cooking and literature, loved the  Mississippi River, its quaint cities and steamboats, the sugar white sand beaches of the Gulf, and a well-blended margarita. She was a keen wildlife observer and an avid NASCAR racing fan.  An accomplished seamstress, she passed along family tales to her grandchildren while teaching them sewing skills and traditional needlework, examples of which are treasured by her de-scendants. In the 1990’s Ms. Adcock participated as a mentor in the student ‘pen pal’ program sponsored by the teaching staff at Coffee County Middle School. On the eve of the approaching Millennium her reflections on life included;   “I had my ups and downs, but life was never boring.”  Her life, well lived, will be fondly commemorated at a family gathering on the Emerald Coast on her birthday in 2014. No services planned at this time. Memorials to Coffee CO Humane Society, Keep Coffee County Beautiful or charity of your choice.


Mr. James Walter Hale, age 87, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed from this life on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. James was preceded in death by his parents, William Franklin and Rena Arnett Hale, and two infant daughters, Marilyn Wanita and Meriel Wanda. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice Mae West Hale, one daughter, Annette Graham and husband Charlie of Manchester, one son Arlin Hale and wife Barbara of Manchester, two grandchildren, Jared Hale and wife Jennifer, Bethany Hale, two great grandchildren, Matthew and Logan Hale all of Manchester, Tennessee, and adopted children Laverne Melendez of North Carolina, and Robert Wayne Hale and wife Tracy of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Hale proudly served our country in World War II and the Korean Conflict. James was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, one during World War II and another during the Korean War as well as many other military ribbons and awards.  He enjoyed farming, wood working, and spending time with his grandson Jared and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Funeral Services for Mr. James Walter Hale were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Pastor Gregg Spilker officiating. Burial followed in the Forest Mill Cemetery. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, Tenn. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the Forest Mill Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made at COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF JAMES WALTER HALE.


Jerry W. Pelham, 69, who passed away Thurs., December 5, 2013 at St. Thomas West following an extended illness. He was a native of Cannon County. His parents were the late Noah and Alice Phillips Pelham. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce R. Pelham of Woodbury; his children: Terry Wayne (Sue) Pelham of Woodbury, Angie (Billy) Rogers of Manchester and Amy (Richard) Bogle of Woodbury; Grandchildren: Britney (Randy) Reynolds, Chase Bogle, Alexis Pelham and Cameron Bogle; great grandchild: Bryleigh Reynolds; siblings: Joe Pelham of Woodbury, Faye Abercrombie of McMinnville, Ronnie (Deborah) Pelham of Woodbury and Bill Pelham of Woodbury; Also surviving are several nieces & nephews. Jerry was the owner of Jerry Pelham’s Auto Salvage for 56 years getting his business license at the age of 13. He served as Cannon County Road Commissioner for several years. He was a member of the Woodbury Lions Club receiving the Lindsey/Jennings Award. Jerry was a Deacon of Dillion St. Baptist Church. His goal in life was helping others with his family being his first priority. Funeral services were held at Woodbury Church of Christ,  2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8, 2013 with Bro. Ray Patrick, Bro. Bobby Zumbro and Bro. Richard Haley officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverside Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Donations may be made to the Am. Cancer Society, Am. Diabetes Assoc., Alzheimer’s Assoc. all % Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or WOODBURY FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.



Mr. Melvin Carroll Coke, age 71 of Manchester, Tennessee, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Lawrence and Maggie McMillan Coke, and two sisters, Opal Smith and Pauline White. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Judy Coke, three daughters, Mandy Harris and husband Richard of Gainesville, Georgia, Lisa Brumley and husband Craig of Lilburn, Georgia, Trish Price and husband Otto, Jr. of Brentwood, Tennessee, one sister, Linda Carolyn Eagle of Greensboro, North Carolina, two brothers, James Coke and wife Janet of Greensboro, North Carolina, Jesse Coke and wife Ann of Lexington, North Carolina, nine precious grandchildren, one precious great grandchild, and mother and father in law Della and Carl Sheffield. Mr. Coke was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.  Melvin was an Army Veteran and was very proud to have served our country.  Mel loved to fly, ski, camp, boat, and travel.  He loved to sing and loved his cats.  Mr. Coke was dearly loved by his family and by all who knew him and called him friend. Memorial Services for Mr. Melvin Carroll Coke will be conducted on Thursday, December, 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Manchester, Tennessee with Pastor Scott Parkison and Brother Bobby Trail officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Miles for Hope Brain Tumor Foundation, 1684 North Belcher Road Clearwater, Florida 33765 or online at  Donations also may be made in memory of Mr. Coke to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be made at www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.coM. COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MELVIN COKE.


Myers, William Jacob, age 23 of Hillsboro, Tennessee, entered into rest on December 4, 2013. He was a college student majoring in business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and was employed with Apex Landscaping. He loved and competed as an amateur in Mixed Martial Arts/Jujitsu. He also loved football and baseball which he played from the age of four through high school where he played on the Coffee County Central High School Red Raider football and baseball teams. William is survived by his father, John D. Myers (Debbie Bartell) of Hillsboro, Tenn. and mother, Lynn Marie Bogle Myers (Eric Haggard) of Manchester, Tenn.; grandparents, Denny and Carol Bogle of Manchester, Tenn. and Gene and Judy Myers of Hillsboro, Tenn.; brothers, J. Lucas Myers and his wife Mandi and Ethan M. Myers and girlfriend Alexa Butler; girlfriend, Asleigh Blanton; aunts and uncles, Matt and Karen Bogle, Carol and John Givens, Diane and Joe Blackwell, Danny and Mary Jane Myers, and Richard and Karen Myers; many cousins, nieces and nephews, Dillon and Nick Bogle, Blayne Myers, Makenzie Nunley, Landon Nunley and Jailynn Ander-ton; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013. The funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Billy Robison officiating. Burial was at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Lucas Myers, Ethan Myers, Sam Myers, Randall Jennings, Dallas Holmes, Justin Armer and Jeffrey Armer served as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Aarron Pearson, Matt Bogle, Jim Weatherington, Jamie Godsey and Jeff Dunner. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Beaty, Frank, age 92, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at his home in Manchester, Tennessee. He wasHe was born in Fentress County, Tennessee to his parents, the late Dillard Osborn Beaty and Ellen Smith Beaty. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kerri Michelle Lea; sisters, Frances McDonald and Nell Thompkins; and brother, Houston Beaty, Dillard Beaty, Luther Beaty and Pat Beaty. Mr. Beaty served in the Army Air Corps dur-ing WW II and later moved to the Manchester area to help his uncle operate a lumber saw mill and became a farmer and owner of a trucking company. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Manchester and a member of the Masonic Highland Lodge #214 in Manchester. Mr. Beaty is survived by his sons, William Frank Beaty and James Henry Beaty (Carolyn) of Manchester, Tenn.; daughter, Kathie B. Whitwell (Terry) of Colum-bia, Tenn.; sister, Margaret Echols of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Brad (Gina) Beaty, Tonya Coburn, David Lea, Beth (Doug) Dudash, Brooke Beaty and Bo Beaty; five great-grandchildren, Victoria Beaty, Emily Beaty, Rachel Beels, Haley Co-burn and Matthew Coburn; one great-great-grandchild, Haze Beels; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. on Thursday from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Reverend Carl Tucker officiating. Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Mr. Ronald Douglas Conklin, age 79 of Manchester passed away November 28, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Conklin chose cremation and memorial services will be held at a later date. Mr. Conklin was born in Johnson City, N.Y. the son of the late Douglas and Hildagard Altmyer Conklin. He was a retired missionary to Venezuela with New Tribes Mission and attended the First Baptist Church in Manchester. Mr. Conklin is survived by: his wife, Dorothy Johnson Conklin of Manchester; children, Gary Conklin of Bramwell, W.Va., Glenn Conklin of Oveido, Fla., Mike Conklin of Hillsboro, Tenn., Candace Perez of Oveido, Fla. and Christine Harr of Manchester. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE CONKLIN FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM