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Obituaries – July 3, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm


Mr. Charles Leonard Bates, Sr., 73, retired employee of UCAR, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at his residence in Columbia. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home in Columbia with the Tennessee National Guard Chaplain officiating. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Tennessee National Guard. Condolences may be offered online at A native of Wayne County, Michigan, he was the son of the late Horace Lee Bates and Fannie Coates Bates. He was married to Peggy Gene Hinson Bates who preceded him in death on April 22, 2002. Mr. Bates served in the U. S. Army and retired from the Tennessee National Guard as CW03 Ammunition Specialist. He was a member of Halls Chapel Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Charles Leonard “Chuck” (Dana) Bates, Jr. of Columbia; Barry Ross (Krista) Bates of Riverview, Florida; daughter, Debra “Debbie” Bates (Kevin) Farris of Columbia; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Christy) Marshall of Mt. Pleasant; Tiffany Marshall, Joshua (Lauren) Marshall, Keeley Farris, and Justin Bates, all of Columbia; Brennan Bates and Tabitha Bates, both of Florida, Corey Brady of Manchester; eight great grandchildren, Adasyn Grace Marshall Goetz, Saylee Danielle Marshall, Johnson Blake Marshall, and James Gray Marshall, all of Columbia; Kaden Ray Marshall, Karlie Alexis Marshall, Kasey Kane Marshall, all of Hohenwald; Jack Brady of Manchester; Paige Gene Marshall expected September 9, 2013; two step great grandchildren, Bryan Cummins and Chelsea Jones, both of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Martha Ann Bates of Manchester; Bobbie Jean Demarino of Onancock, Virginia; his beloved dachshund Babes; and several nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Kathryn “Ramona” Kemper, age 84 of Manchester, Tennessee passed from this life on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at her home. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ramona Kemper was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Bob Nettles officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Visitation was from 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 until the time of service at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Kemper, was born November 10, 1928, the daughter of the late Johnnie Rueben and Ruby L. Jordan Kemper. She was a military wife, loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and antiquing. Ramona liked to travel with her family. In her earlier years she was an avid bowler and loved bowling in leagues and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kemper was preceded in death by her husband Frank Charles Kemper, Jr., one sister, Helen Thomas of Pamplico, South Carolina, four brothers, Jamie Nettles of Charleston, South Carolina, Alex Nettles of Manchester, Tennessee, Carol Eugene Nettles of Lake City, South Carolina, Clifford Nettles of Dora, Alabama, and one grandson, Francis Reese Buchanan. Mrs. Kemper is survived by one daughter, Kathy and husband Bob Buchanan of Tazewell, Virginia, one son Steve Kemper of Manchester, Tennessee, four grandchildren, Brian and wife Tiffany Buchanan, Becky and husband Chad Cochran, Natalie and husband T.J. Arsenault, and Stefanie Kemper, one great grandchild, Sierra Buchanan, daughter-n-law, Glenda Kemper, and faithful companion Sabrina, her loving cat. Online condolences may be made at COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MRS. KATHRYN “RAMONA” KEMPER.


McGregor, JR., Wheeler K. “Mac” age 84, Manchester, Tenn. resident and Akron, Ohio native died June 27, 2013 at his residence. A retired Physisist with AEDC, he had a long and distinguished career of various phases of Aerospace Technology. He was the author of many technical papers and published articles in the aerospace field. Charter founding board and Chairman of The Alliance for Community Outreach. He was an avid quail hunter and member of Forest Mill Church of Christ. He was the son of the late Wheeler Kesey and Emma Zada Turner McGregor, Sr. and was married to Frankie Marie Simons McGregor who preceded him in death June 15, 2003. He was also preceded in death by brother, Gerald McGregor and sister-in-law, Eva Lois Underhill. He is survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Betty Sue McGregor of Smyrna, Tenn; William & Barbara Simons and Brown Underhill of McMinnville, Tenn; nieces and nephews, Gerry and Marlene McGregor and Melanie and Darrell Anderson of Smyrna; Gentry and Charlotte Underhill, Donna and Rick Alexander, Cindy and Craig Tilton and Amy Orrick of McMinnville. Great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral service was at 3 p.m. Sunday at Central Church Christ with Benny Benjamin, Eben and Linda Gilbert officiating. Burial followed in the Smyrna Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sunday at High’s. HIGH FUNERAL HOME, (931)473-2137.


Funeral services for Mrs. Janie Lee Jones, age 71, of Manchester, will be conducted at 11 a.m.Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Randy Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Mrs. Jones passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was born December 16, 1941 in Jackson, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Tommy Rivers and Wilma Pillow Rivers. She spent many years residing in Chicago, IL prior to moving to Manchester 28 years ago. She will forever be remembered by her family as a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed flower gardening and reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She was also a wonderful cook. She was a member of the Original Church of Jesus Christ in Manchester for several years where she dearly loved to worship. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jones is preceded in death by a brother, Joe Alma Rivers. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Jim Jones of Manchester; four children, Debra Sue Cotton of Downers Grove, IL; Kathy Jane Jones of Ft. Worth, TX; James Matthew Jones and wife, Tina of Manchester; and John Mark Jones and wife, Mary Jo of McHenry, IL; nine grandchildren, Matthew David Cotton, Daniel Jonathan Cotton, Andrew Curtis Walker, Austin Samuel Walker, Trevor Norman Jones, Ethan John Jones, Haley Jane Jones, Colin James Jones and Maggie Irene Jones; also surviving is a sister, Eva Dunning of Valdez, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials in Memory of Mrs. Jones to the Original Church of Jesus Christ, 4404 Murfreesboro Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355. Online condolences may be made at COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MRS. JANIE JONES.


Jerry Douglas Holt, 76, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Glen Oaks in Shelbyville. He was born in Manchester, Tenn. He is survived by one son, Ronald (Aimee) Holt of Manchester and siblings Audrey Walden of Manchester, Ronnie Holt of Tullahoma and Janie Holt of Winchester. Three grandchildren also survive. Jerry was a member of the Baptist church, a veteran of the Air Force and was retired from TDOT as a bridge Inspector. He also loved to fish. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cular and Pauline Goad Holt; siblings, Clement, Leon, Hollis and Kenneth Holt. No services are scheduled at this time. TO LEAVE ONLINE CONDOLENCES, PLEASE VISIT WWW.WOODBURYFUNERALHOME.NET.


Funeral services for Mr. Martin Kevin “Marty” Gilliam, age 51, of Morrison, TN were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Jim Gray officiating. Interment followed at Hurricane Cemetery in Coffee County. Visitation was held from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Marty passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Manchester. He was born December 28, 1961 in Coffee County, the son of the late Alton Leon Gilliam and Betty Jean Keele Henley. Marty was employed for over 24 years with Yorozu Automotive of TN where he was currently a supervisor. He had a passion for old classic cars, especially Chevrolet’s. His favorite was his 1973 Nova. Marty enjoyed fishing, baseball and motorcycle riding. He especially enjoyed spending time playing with his granddaughter, Bently. Marty will be missed dearly by his loving family and many friends he leaves behind. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ernest and Ophelia Driver and a sister-in-law, Susie Gilliam. Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Sybil Driver Gilliam of Morrison, two children, son, Kevin Gilliam and fiancée, Caylee Shelton both of Manchester; daughter, Ashley Gilliam of Morrison; one granddaughter, Bently Rife of Manchester; five brothers and sisters, Bradley Gilliam of Manchester; Veda Mooneyham and husband, James of Manchester; twin brother, Mark Gilliam and wife, Darlene of Lebanon, TN; Johnny Henley and wife, Michelle of Hillsboro, TN; stepbrother, Patrick Henley of Chattanooga; two step-sisters, Shelia Henley and Sandy Spangler both also of Chattanooga, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends. Online condolences may be made at COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MR. MARTY GILLIAM.


Funeral services for Mr. Ronald Anthony “Ronnie” Bell, age 68, of Manchester, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sally Harvey officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Bell family was from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Bell passed away on Tuesday, June 25 at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas in Nashville, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Bell was born in Chattanooga, TN, the son of the late Roy Lyndell Bell and Wilma England Bell. He was raised on a dairy farm where he learned a strong work ethic. In high school, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and served as a club officer. He began his work career by delivering fuel for W.H. Dance Oil Company. He then operated the family dairy. He was owner/operator of Bell Backhoe until 1998 when he transitioned to his current business known as The Drum Man II. He was a former board member of the Coffee Farmer’s Co-op. Ronnie was a member of the Blanton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he held various leadership roles. Ronnie currently served Coffee County as a Road Commissioner. He enjoyed working in his greenhouse and took pride in his yard. He loved country and gospel music and spending time with his family and his basset hound, Bozo. Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lynn Landers Bell of Manchester; two sons, Todd (Amanda) Bell and Mark (Margaret) Bell, both of Manchester; one daughter, Tammy (Aaron) Jernigan of Beech Grove; five grandchildren, Andrew (Jamie) Jernigan, Jeremy (Megan) Jernigan, Brady Bell, Kaylen (Chuckie) Kochans, and Ally Bell; and four great grandchildren, Rylan Kochans, Aleigha Stacy, Julien Jernigan and Alivia Jernigan. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE BELL FAMILY.