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Obituaries – May 8, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm


Mrs. Phyllis Anne Hayes Hobbs, age 71, of Manchester, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow in Willow Mount Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, from 11 a.m. until service time. She was born October 26, 1941, in Shelbyville, to the late William Dickens “W.D” Hayes and Mary Helen Smart Hayes.  She was an accomplished dancer and taught dance at Mittwede Dance and Nancy June Brandon school of Dance in Shelbyville, and at her own dance studio in Manchester.  She was a hairdresser and barber in Shelbyville and Manchester. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Fred A. Hobbs, of Manchester; three sons, Wally A. Throneberry and Joe Bret Arnold, both of Shelbyville, and Chad W. Hobbs, of Manchester; two granddaughters, Kayla B. Arnold and Jillian A. Throneberry, both of Shelbyville; three sisters, Mary Jane Goodwin, Billie H. Crowell, and June Garrett and a brother, W.D. “Buddy” Hayes, Jr. FELDHAUS MEMORIAL CHAPEL IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY WITH THE ARRANGEMENTS.


Mrs. Gloria S. Jesch, age 86 of Beech Grove, departed this life on Monday, May 6, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  Mrs. Jesch was born in Stamford, Connecticut the daughter of the late Sture Alfred Nelson Ekdahl and Alfrida Mathilda Karlson Ekdahl.  She was retired from the American Carpet Cleaning Company where she was a secretary and sales manager.  In her spare time, Mrs. Jesch loved crocheting and painting.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jesch was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Jesch Jr., by 2 daughters, Deborah L. Fox and Barbara L. Quinones, and by a son, Christopher Kurt Jesch.  She is survived by: One daughter, Cynthia L. Brown of Bricktown, N.J.; two sons, Frank V. Jesch of Demarest, N.J., Erik N. Jesch of Beech Grove, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services and burial for Mrs. Jesch will be conducted at the George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in New Jersey. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE JESCH FAMILY. WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM


Elrod, Sybil Roberta, of Normandy, passed this life on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at her residence at the age of 90. Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 with funeral services to immediately follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Tom Murdock and Rev. Amy Cates officiating. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Oscar Medley of Manchester, TN departed this life on May 6, 2013. He was born on May 20, 1928 in Hillsboro, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haskel and Beulah Coker Medley, wife, Ernestine Freeze Medley and son, Roy Dale Medley, brothers, Henry and Willard, and sister, Gladys Gilliam. He is survived by his daughter, Nadara and her husband Mark Sperry of Texarkana, TX, daughter in law, Betty Medley of Summitville, TN, granddaughter, Tricia Medley of Summitville, TN, grandson, Terry Medley and wife Tiffany of Calvert City, KY, great-granddaughter, Annaliese, and great-grandson, Riley Dale. Oscar was a member of the Church of Christ at Summitville, TN. Oscar was born in the Hillsboro, TN area where he lived and grew up. At the age of eighteen, he was called to service in the United States Army and is a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. After being dis-charged from service, Oscar completed his high school degree and then graduated in two years from Athens State College with a degree in ac-counting. After working with two different businesses for several years and moving to the Ford City, AL area, he began work for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail sorter from which he retired in 1985. During the time that he was working for the Postal Service, Oscar began a real estate and development company, Medley Land Company that he would pursue full time after retirement from the Postal Service. He and the company were instrumental in combining pieces of property that were broken up during the land speculation of the Muscle Shoals, AL area at the beginning of the build-up of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the mid-1930s. The records and research that Oscar completed are still in use today. In 1994, Oscar and Ernestine relocated back to Tennessee to the Summitville area. Oscar always seemed to have a smile and happy attitude for everyone he met and he will be sorely missed by both friends and family. Visitation with the family will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Bro. Charles Harris officiating.  Per Mr. Medley’s request a private burial for immediate family only will follow. In lieu of flowers family ask for donations to be made to Zambia Medical Mission, 658 East North 21st Street, Abilene, TX 79601 or Summitville Church of Christ.  Those wishing may send condolences online at MURFREESBORO FUNERAL HOME, 145 INNSBROOKE BLVD, MURFREESBORO, TN.          


A Celebration of life gathering for Mrs. Robin Renee Visnicky, age 56, affectionately known by family and friends as “Robbie”  was held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.   Mrs. Visnicky passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at her residence in Hillsboro. She was born February 4, 1957 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late Earnest Odell Brown and Wilma Jane Sisco Brown.  She graduated from Lewis County High School and went on to pursue a degree in nursing from Columbia State Community College.  While nursing, she was employed at Life Care Center in Tullahoma for several years. Most recently, she was employed as a Peer Specialist with the Tennessee Mental Health Consumer Association.  Robbie was best known for having a passion for caring for others.  She loved people and taking care of them.   She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  In earlier years, she and her late husband, “Bear” spent some time traveling to various locations including Colorado and Pennsylvania which she really enjoyed. In addition to her parents, Robbie is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore S. “ Bear” Visnicky, a granddaughter, Brittany Odle and a brother, Robert Edward “Bobby” Brown. Survivors include two daughters, Robbie Lynn Roulett and husband, Tim of Lynchburg, Tenn.;  and Mary Richardson of Dunlap, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Scottie, Destiny, Taylor and Beth; and brothers and sisters, Ricky Odell Brown of Ala.; Rex Brown of Wartrace, Tenn. and Randi Brown of Brandon, Fla. Online condolences may be made at COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MRS. ROBIN “ROBBIE” VISNICKY. 


Millaway, Nancy Irene, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at her residence at the age of 98. Funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 in the Kilgore Fu-neral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Houston and Bro. Donald Owen officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Shasteen, Clara Belle, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at her residence at the age of 86. A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dale Gro-sch and Bro. Marvin Davenport officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Timothy Fugett, 29 years old, died in Tulsa, Okla. on May 1, 2013 at his residence in Tulsa. Visitation was from noon-8 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel.


Sherry Alford Carter, age 51, a local artist and nurse of Shelbyville, Tennessee, and a Coffee County native, died from cancer Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She was a nurse for more than 25 years.  Additionally she taught china painting and other classes as a volunteer at the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizens Center and well as selling her art in shops in Bell Buckle and Wartrace.  She was baptized at Westwood Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tenn. and attended church in Shelbyville.  She was the daughter of Jeff and Judy Mason Prosser of Shelbyville, Tennessee. She is survived by her parents; her husband, Robert Carter of Shelbyville; her two sons, Jason (Denise) Myers of Christiana and Christopher (Misti) Fritz of Shelbyville; two grandsons, Mason Fritz and Callum Fritz of Shelbyville; one brother, Barry (Melissa) Alford of Shelbyville; three sisters, Jean (Brent) Alford Brock of McMinnville, Melissa Alford Hice of Manchester and Kerri Martin Troxel of Shelbyville; step-brother Jeffrey (Belinda) Prosser of Athens, Ala.; step-sister Sharra (Paul) Anderson of Ocala, Fla.; nieces, Bailey Brock of McMinnville, Carly Troxel of Franklin, Casey Alford of Tullahoma, Brittany Evans of Manchester, Ashley Prosser of Athens, Kaylan Anderson of Ocala; nephews, Ryan Alford of Manchester, Grant Troxel of Franklin, Noah Troxel of Shelbyville, James Marler of Manchester, Buddy Wayne Evans of Tullahoma, Andrew Prosser of Athens, Thomas Anderson of Ocala, Brandon Holmgren of Ocala and 6 great nieces and nephews. The family will have a private memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Sherry’s name to: Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizens Center, 111 J.G. Helton Dr., Shelbyville, TN  37160. MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE CARTER FAMILY.  WWW.MANCHESTERFUNERALHOME.COM


Dos Schuette passed away on May 2, 2013 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She was 64 years old. Born in Illinois and raised in Manchester, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late George and Maxine Schuette. She was a graduate of Coffee County Central HS and received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Alan Rubin; two sisters: Marilyn Schuette of Oak Ridge, TN, and Linda Moss of Longview, TX; a nephew Dean Willis and step-children Jennifer and David Rubin. Ms. Schuette worked as a writer, editor and graphic designer in St. Louis, Knoxville and Washington, DC. She lived in Arlington, VA, for 25 years. Most of her working career was spent in DC with the National Association of Broadcasters as vice president for communications. During her tenure at NAB, the department received numerous honors and awards for graphic design work. She enjoyed gardening and was a loyal volunteer for the Capital Caring (formerly the Hospice of Northern Virginia) landscaping committee since 1986. She worked in the award-winning gardens nearly every weekend and continued to volunteer occasionally after moving to Pennsylvania in 2004. In younger days, she was a loyal Girl Scout, spending her college summers as a camp counselor. She was honored to be selected as a delegate to the Girl Scout Senior Roundup in 1965, meeting in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Following retirement, she and her husband Alan enjoyed traveling – they explored many
Eastern and Western European countries as well as Alaska and Canada. A memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013. For those wishing to attend, please arrive at the cemetery by 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Capital Caring Halquist Landscape Fund, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042. ARRANGEMENTS ENTRUSTED TO REYNOLDS FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., QUARRYVILLE, PA.  REYNOLDSFUNERALHOME.NET.


Bates, Jerry Lawson of Tullahoma, passed this life on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at his residence at the age of 72. Funeral was at 3 p.m. Tues-day, May 7 in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Payne and Bro. Philip Davis officiating. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


BROWN, Martha Jo Jacobs, age 86, departed this life on April 30, 2013 at the McArthur Manor in Manchester, Tennessee. Martha Jo was born on July 28, 1926 in Summitville, TN to her parents, the late Ross “Dick” Jacobs and Ida Roberts Jacobs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Freeman Brown; son, Paul Brown; grand-son, Shane Brown; brothers, Ross, James and John Jacobs; and a sister, Bobbye Jean Grissom. She retired from PCA Apparel Industries, Inc. and was a member of the Summitville Church of Christ. Martha Jo is survived by a granddaughter, Michelle Brown of Manchester; one brother, Frank Jacobs of Manchester; sisters, Wilma Rogers McAfee of Morrison, TN and Reba Sue Lefevers of Mt. Juliet, TN; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. The Funeral service was conducted on Thursday afternoon, May 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Alan Adams officiating. Burial followed at the Summitville Cemetery. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


SWEENEY, Eugene E., age 81 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on May 2, 2013 at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was a retired Assembler with Carrier, Inc. in Morrison, TN; a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War and was of the Nazarene Faith. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia to his parents, the late Ralph J. Sweeney and Ruby M. Martin Sweeney and was also preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Sweeney and brother, Joe Sweeney. Mr. Sweeney is survived by his wife, Joann Parmley Sweeney of Manchester, TN; son, George D. Sweeney of Manchester, TN; granddaughter,  Abriana Grace Sweeney; three sisters, Sandra Hanshaw of Weaver, AL, Wanda Baria of Charleston, WVA and Bettie Sweeney of St. Albans, WVA; two brothers, Bob Sweeney of Charleston, WVA and Jimmy (Mary) Sweeney of Cleveland, OH; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1-3 p.m.. The Funeral service followed the visitation at 3 p.m. Sunday from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Pastor Jimmy Wright officiating. Burial followed at the Mount Carmel Methodist Cemetery. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.