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Obituaries – Feb. 13, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Samuel Wade

Byars, 84

BYARS, Samuel Wade, age 84 of Hillsboro, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Bailey Manor in Winchester, TN. Mr. Byars was a WW II United States Navy Veteran and retired from the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) after 28 years of service in the Electrical Department. He was born in Warren County, TN, the son of the late Samuel Hand Byars and Ebbie Adcock Byars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Herman Byars and sister, Pauline Byars Stadlin. Mr. Byars is survived by his loving wife, Joann Carlton Byars of Hillsboro, TN; daughter, Tammie Byars Boyte and her husband Jay of Manchester, TN; son, Sammy Keith Byars and his wife Stephanie of Manchester, TN; step-daughter, Nicole Kitchings and her husband Buddy of Ooltewah, TN; four grandchildren, Lindsey Adcock, Trey Adcock, Keith Byars and Hunter Byars all of Manchester, TN; step-granddaughter, Katelyn Kitchings of Ooltewah, TN; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Funeral Service was conducted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Central Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Benny Benjamin officiating. Burial followed at the Webb-Bluff Springs Cemetery in Warren County near Dibrell, TN with United States Naval Military Honors. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME OF MANCHESTER, TN IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. WWW.CENTRALFUNERALHOME.COM.

Timothy Mitchell

Byrom, 46

Timothy Mitchell Byrom passed away February 2, 2013. He lived in Tullahoma. He is survived by his mother Iota Byrom; his wife Eva Byrom; one daughter Alicia (Willie) Harris; one sister Christine Shuck of Midland, TX; two brothers John Byrom Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, and Danny Byrom. His father, John Walter Byrom, Sr. preceded him in death. Arrangements have not been set.


Nora Ray Haley, 79

Funeral services for Ms. Nora Ray Haley, age 79 of Atlanta, GA, were conducted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Manchester Funeral Home with Danny Anderson officiating. Burial followed at the Fredonia Cemetery. Ms. Haley passed away Thursday, February 8, 2013 at Signature Health Care of Buckhead in Atlanta. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE HALEY FAMILY


Evelyn Litaker Landers, 87

LANDERS, Evelyn Litaker, age 87, died on February 9, 2013, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. She was born to Charles J. and Mary Magdalene Messimer Litaker in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina.  She was the last living great great granddaughter of Captain and General John Paul Barringer of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and the last living granddaughter of Confederacy Lieutenant James F. Litaker.  Evelyn’s relatives first came to this country from Germany in the early 1700’s, and they all shared a deep, abiding love for North Carolina.  She was truly a daughter of North Carolina.  Even though she and Bill moved to Manchester in 1956, she always continued to refer to North Carolina as “home.”  She could find humor in spite of unfavorable circumstances, did beautiful crochet work, was a wonderful cook and brought laughter and joy to those who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William J. Landers.  Also preceding her in death were four brothers:  Banks Litaker, who died in infancy, two who served their country in the Pacific during World War II, Ned Litaker, who served in the Marines, and Stanley Litaker, who served in the Navy and Lex Litaker, along with five sisters, Isabelle Galloway, Izora Little, Doris Davis and Edith Faggart.  She was the beloved mother of and is survived by her two daughters, Rebekah Lynn (Ronnie) Bell and Mary Lisa (Keith) Turner, three grandchildren, Tammy (Aaron) Jernigan, Todd (Amanda) Bell, Mark (Margaret) Bell, five great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Evelyn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tullahoma, active as a leader in Girl Scouts and a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Visitation Tuesday, February 12th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. The Funeral Service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  She will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN in Charge of Arrangements.

John Comar (J.C.) Mason, Jr., 88

Mr. John Comar (J.C.) Mason, Jr. age 88 of McMinnville, TN, died Friday, February 08, 2013, at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury, TN. He was born November 28, 1924, in Cannon County, TN,  was retired from the U.S. Navy, Great Lakes Steel, cattle farmer, heavy equipment operator, served in World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 5064. Mr. Mason was preceded in death by parents Comer and Carmon Parker Mason, his children Thomas, David, and Mikki, half-brother Hobert Vandigriff, a sister Josephine Hentz, and a brother Roy Mason. Survivors include his wife Rochell Mason, grandchildren Melissa Rose and Derek, great-grandchild Mackala, and sister’s Carolyn Hobbs and Kathryn (James) Phifer. Many nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive. Funeral is 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Chaplain Nanette Mathe officiating. Interment at Melton Cemetery in Cannon County, TN. Military grave rites American Legion Post 173 and V.F.W. Post 5064. The Mason Family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 4-8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. 931-473-6606. MCMINNVILLE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Larry Merlo, 54

Mr. Larry Merlo, age 54 of Shelbyville, Tennessee passed away, Thursday, February 7, 2013 at his residence. Funeral Services were held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial followed at Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville, Tennessee. DAVES-CULBERSTON FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


David Williams “Bud” “Popsy”

Powell, 82

David Williams “Bud” “Popsy” Powell age 82 of Christiana, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday February 11, 2013. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late David Clark and Lorene Williams Powell. Funeral service will be 2:00pm Thursday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, with Brother Kenneth Neill and Brother Mark Rosson officiating. Burial will follow in Fox Family Cemetery, with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be James Fox, Bobby Williams, Jerry Powell, Eddie Peel, Ben Williams, Brent Cox, Edmond James, Ernest Brothers Jr., and Russell Williams. Mr. Powell is survived by daughters Teresa and her husband Clark Miller of Christiana, Susan and her husband Jackie Steele of Manchester, Jenny and her husband Jeff Walden of Christiana, son David and his wife Penny Powell of Indianapolis, step children Debbie Williford, Melanie Fox, Cindy Posey, and Johnny Fox. He is also survived by his sister Helen Coffman, and sister in law Bonnie Partridge, 19 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first wife Ginger Fox Powell of 54 years, his second wife Barbara Fox Powell of 5 years and a sister Edna Peel. Mr. Powell was a member and deacon of Short Creek Baptist Church, and retired from United Service Equipment. He was a member of Mars Hill Masonic Lodge in Christiana. Visitation will be 4:00 until 8:00pm Wednesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Journey of Hope, or to Short Creek Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to (615) 893-5151. WOODFIN CHAPEL IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Hazel Aliene

Randall, 85

Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel Aliene Randall, age 85, of Murfreesboro, TN, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brandon Stutts officiating.  Entombment followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family was from 5-9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Randall passed away Wednesday morning at Horizon Health and Rehab in Manchester. Mrs. Randall was born in Sherwood, TN, the daughter of the late Frank Dyer and Julie Lee Farrell Tenpenny.  In earlier years, she was a factory work at Perfect Equipment in Murfreesboro.  She attended Westwood Baptist Church, loved doll collecting, cooking, collecting plates, and was an amateur photographer. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Randall was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 25 years, Lawrance Randall; five brothers, Woodrow, Charles L., George Franklin, Loyd Rayburn, and Glen Roston Tenpenny; two half-brothers, Howard and Elmer Ferrell; and three sisters, Goldie Hodge, Dot Crawford, and Christine Tenpenny, who died as an infant. She is survived by three sons, Charles (Judy) Randall of Manchester, and Glenn and Ronnie Randall, both of Murfreesboro; one sister, Helen Vandergriff of Manchester; two grandchildren, Tammy (Greg) Adams and Chuck (Kelli) Randall, both of Manchester; four great grandchildren, BJ and Ryan Adams, Cameron and Brooklynn Randall; two great, great grandchildren, Sophia and Kloie Shay Adams; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-1942. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE RANDALL

Kathleen Norris

St. John, 73

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathleen Norris St. John, age 73 of the Goosepond Community of Coffee County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 11 at the Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bruce Barger officiating.  Burial followed in the Blanton Chapel Cemetery.  Mrs. St. John passed away Thursday evening at Harton Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Visitation with the family was from 5-9 p.m. Sunday at Manchester Funeral Home. Mrs. St. John was born in Coffee County the daughter of the late George and Bernettie Crocker Norris.  She was retired from Tennessee Apparel Company after 43 years of service.  Mrs. St. John was very active in the Coffee County Senior Citizens, both at the former Pocahontas location and in Manchester.  Mrs. St. John is survived by: Her husband of 54 years, Mr. Jesse St. John of Manchester; One daughter- Saundra Brown and her husband Kyle, of Manchester; One son- Benji St. John and his wife Ashley, of Manchester; Two sisters- Betty Vaughn of Elkhart, Indiana, Janice Brown and her husband Jerry, of Manchester; Two grandchildren, Chris Brown, Amanda Graf. For those who wish to make memorial donations, the family suggests: The American Cancer Society or the Coffee County Senior Citizens. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE ST. JOHN FAMILY


Eva Ione Farrar Toms, 92

Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Ione Farrar Toms, age 92 of Manchester were conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, graveside at the Blanton Chapel Cemetery with Sally Harvey and Louis Johnson officiating.  Visitation with the Toms family was from 5-9 p.m., Sunday at Manchester Funeral Home. Mrs. Toms passed away Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Manchester Healthcare Center. Mrs. Toms was born on January 19, 1921 in Coffee County, Tennessee the daughter of the late James Monroe and Becky Louetta Hickerson Farrar.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Jessie Boyd Toms, by a beloved daughter, Glenda Pauley Sain, by a brother, Eldon Farrar and by a great granddaughter, Courtney Lou Sain.  Mrs. Toms grew up surrounded by loving family and friends in Coffee County.  She was a woman of strong faith and was a lifetime member of the Blanton Chapel United Methodist Church.   Mrs. Toms is survived by: 1 son- Royce Toms of Brentwood, Tenn.; 4 daughters- Carol Benson of Manchester, Helen Darden of Manchester, Connie Hill of Murfreesboro; Kathy Esslinger of Tullahoma; 3 siblings- Odell Pitts and Horace Farrar, both of Manchester, Katherine Smith of Normandy; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. Also surviving is devoted family friends, Justin Goodwin of Manchester, whom Mrs Toms loved like a son. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE TOMS FAMILY

Betty Weathers, 65

WEATHERS, Betty, age 65 of Manchester, Tennessee and former Chicago, IL resident, passed into Eternal Rest on February 3, 2013 at the Manchester Health Care Center. Mrs. Weathers was a former resident of the Autumn Oaks Assisted Living Complex in Manchester. She was one of three children born and raised in Yazoo, Mississippi. Later in life, she relocated to Chicago, Illinois. She had four children, Lisa Weathers-Appleton, Dwayne Weathers, Kwame Weathers and Sean Weathers. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Mario Weathers, Antoinette Appleton, Clay Appleton, Jr. and Orlando Wilson and great-grandmother of two. Visitation was on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. A Graveside Service followed the visitation at the Manchester City Cemetery with Elder William H. Lloyd officiating.