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Obituaries – Nov. 21, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Edith Vera Newman Love, 88

LOVE,  Edith  Vera Newman, age 88, passed away on November 12, 2012 at her home in Manchester, Tennessee with her daughter, friends and family by her side. Mrs. Love was born September 26, 1924 in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England to her parents, the late William John Newman and Camelia Freida Newman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Gordon Love and brother, Ronald William Newman. Edith met her husband, Gordon, in London, England in 1944 when she was assigned as a civilian to work with Gordon’s U.S. Army Signal Corps unit operating teletype machines immediately prior to D-Day. They were married in July 1945 at St. Lawrence Church in Morden, Surrey, England. She arrived in the United States on April 1, 1946 aboard the USS President Tyler. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Tullahoma, TN where she was active in the Order of the Daughters of the King. She was also a long-time member of the Manchester FCE Club; she was involved in Girl Scout activities for over 20 years; and she was a member of the Girl’s Night Out Quilting Society in Tullahoma. Edith enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing and needlework. Mrs. Love is survived by her daughter, Linda Marie Love of Manchester, TN; sister-in-law, Pam Newman of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England; niece, Carole Newman Hopkins of Bengio, Hertfordshire, England; nephews, Paul Newman of Colchester, Essex, England  and  Derek (Sharon) Newman of Edmonton, London, England; and a host of other relatives in England and friends. Visitation was on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 1:00 p.m.  until  2:00 p.m. at the St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Tullahoma with the Service  following at 2:00 p.m with the Officiant and Celebrant, The Reverend Michael J. Murphy. The Committal was at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the St. Barnabas’ Restoration Fund; the Mary E. Norton Chapter of the Daughters of the King at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church; the St. Barnabas’ Outreach Activities or the Manchester Public Library. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.

Coach L.E. Oakley, 85

OAKLEY, Coach  L.E., age 85 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on November 12, 2012 at the Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, TN. Coach Oakley was born in Livingston, TN to his parents, the late Roy B. Oakley and Edna H. Ensor Oakley and was also preceded in death by his brother, Roy B. Oakley, Jr., sister, Marie Oakley Verble and grandfathers, Lewis Oakley and Reverend Simmon Ensor. Coach Oakley will be fondly remembered as a Teacher, Coach, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for generations of students at Coffee County Central High School. He had also served as the Water Front Director in charge of the life guards at the Standing Stone State Park in the summers from high school until 1985 and was a United States Navy World War II Veteran. He was named All American for his successes playing football as left end at Austin Peay State University and was the second person to be elected to the Austin Peay State University Hall of Fame. Coach Oakley is survived by his loving wife, Jean Buck Oakley of Manchester, TN; sons, Bobby Oakley and his wife Ann of Celina, TN  and Eddie Oakley and his wife Jennifer of Lake Cormorant, MS; brother, Charles (Grace) Oakley; three grandchildren, Clint (Kate) Oakley of Athens, GA,  Jennifer Oakley of Los Angeles, CA  and Reed Oakley of Knoxville, TN; special friends, David & Mert Duvall; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.  until 8:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. A Memorial Tribute was conducted as part of the ceremonies at the Livingston, Tennessee football game in Overton County on Friday, November 16, 2012. Arrangements with


Ruby L. Rogers, 83

Mrs. Ruby L. Rogers age 83 of Payne’s Cove near Pelham, Tennessee passed away on Friday morning, November 16, 2012, at Medical Center of Manchester. Funeral services were Sunday at Payne’s Cove Church with Reverend James Smith and Reverend Pat MaGouirk officiating. Burial followed in Payne’s Cove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cumberland Funeral Home, 207 Mabee Avenue, Monteagle, Tennessee.

Linda Jean Martin, 70

Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Jean Martin, age 70 of Estill Springs will be conducted at 2:00pm, Wednesday, November 21 at the Manchester Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the Martin family will be from 10am until service time Wednesday at Manchester Funeral Home.  Mrs. Martin passed away Friday evening at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Mrs. Martin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana the daughter of the late Sam Edward Anderson and Viola Duncan Anderson.  She was retired from the Aladdin Company and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  Mrs. Martin traveled to Ireland to attend the Special Olympics that a grandchild participated in.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester Wayne Martin and by a grandchild, Patrick Buckner.  Mrs. Martin is survived by: 3 daughters-Melissa Alamilla of Englewood, Tn, Marticia Buckner of Cowan, Tn,                       Kaye Griser of Estill Springs; Special friends- Anita and Marie; Grandchildren- Brandy Buckner, Kensey Smotherman, Cody Smotherman, Breanna Smotherman, Simon Alamilla, William Alamilla, Matthew Smotherman, Rhainna Alamilla and Rodriego Alamilla, and by 2 great grandchildren, Aubrey I. Childs and Kenneth McClendon. For those who wish to make memorial donations, the family suggests: The American Cancer Society.MANCHESTER FUNERAL HOME IS HONORED TO SERVE THE MARTIN FAMILY

Juanita Lucille Baker Steele, 86

Juanita Lucille Baker Steele, of Decherd, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, at Southern Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester at the age of 86. Funeral service will be at noon Wednesday in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

Jack Hawkersmith, 78

Jack Hawkersmith, of Tullahoma, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at Harton Regional Medical Center at the age of 78. Graveside service was held at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Friday, Nov. 16. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

John W. Finch, 74

John W. Finch, of Tullahoma, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at the age of 74. A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 16 at Oakwood Cemetery in Tullahoma. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

Estelle Bryan, 72

Estelle Bryan of Manchester, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  She was 72. Mrs. Bryan loved traveling, especially Gatlinburg and enjoyed working in her flower garden.  She and her husband were the owners of Bryan’s Janitorial Service for over 45 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Bryan. She is survived by her daughter, Roxanna Bryan; Son and daughter-in-law, Joe (Theresa) Bryan; grandchildren, Kyle Bryan, Ashley Murphy and Jeffery Riddle; great grandchildren, Nevaeh Murphy and Jaylei Murphy; brothers, Franklin Ferrell and Autry Ferrell; sister, Jean Waits; niece, Katherine Frizzell. Funeral services were held Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home chapel with David Costello officiating.  The family received friends Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M..  Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Estelle Bryan Fund, C/O Peoples Bank, Manchester, Tennessee. DAVES-CULBERSTON FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Edith Roselle Minor Farrar, 77

FARRAR, Edith Roselle Minor, age 77, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Medical Center of Manchester. She was a retired Seamstress with Eden Industries, Inc., Colonial Shirt, Inc. and the Star Union Plant (later known as PCA Apparel Industries, Inc.). She was born in Merced, California to her parents, the late Euless Minor and Leota Foster Minor and was preceded in death by her brothers, Roy Minor and Bud Minor; and great-granddaughter, Chelsea Chappell. Edith played the piano and was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Manchester. She is survived by her husband, Horace L. Farrar of Manchester, TN; children, Kerry Farrar (Ginny), Christy Swanson and Lori Shelton (Mark) all of Manchester, TN; sisters, Loretta Carter and Francis Davis (Jack) both of Manchester, TN; brothers, Eldon Minor of Merced, CA and Donald Minor (Carolyn) of Winchester, TN; ten grandchildren, Adam Seivers, Cody Seivers, Carla  Swanson Trail, Jenna Swanson Morris, Daniel Shelton, Steven Shelton, Jacob Farrar, Nikki Jo Sain, Raechel Eller and Rebecca Simon; great-grandchildren, Elijah Seivers, Keena Seivers, Emily Seivers, Logan Shelton, Brayden Trail, Cayden Trail, Dylen Trail, Carter Trail, Destin Morris, Raleigh Parkison, Johnny Eller, Jack Eller, Colter Simon and Carter Simon; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 5:00  until  8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was conducted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with  Brother Steve Minor and Brother Darin Minor officiating. Burial followed at the Blantons Chapel Cemetery.

Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.

James David

Baird, 68

James David Baird, 68, died of respiratory failure on November 12, 2012, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.  He is survived by a son, David Craig Baird of Nashville; a brother, Thomas Evans Baird of Manchester; and a number of cousins.  Another son, Thomas Henry Baird, died in 1987.  In addition to family members, Mr. Baird is survived by three life-long college friends:  Steve Martin of Atlanta, GA; Larry Ammons of Waynesville, NC; and Ron Schneider, CAPT, US Navy (Retired), of St. Helena Island, SC; as well as by his former wife, Susie Baird of Nashville, to whom he was married for 25 years. Mr. Baird was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 1, 1943, to Paul and Sara Baird, who died in 1997 and 1984, respectively. He grew up in Manchester, TN and graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, with a bachelor’s degree in history.  After college he fulfilled his ROTC commitment by serving two years in the US Army, ending his tour of duty with the rank of Captain.  He then joined Third National Bank in Nashville, where most of his career was spent in the Bond Department.  He left the bank as a Vice President and worked for Wiley Brothers in Nashville as an investment advisor for several years after that. Mr. Baird was an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church and an enthusiastic supporter of Wake Forest University, each year organizing a social event for new students from the Nashville area who were planning to attend Wake Forest.  He has run both the New York City Marathon and the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.  He liked to travel and greatly enjoyed his family, friends, church, and home.  Funeral services were held on November 16, 2012, at 1 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wake Forest University at Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205.

James Parker

Grove, 86

James Parker Grove, of Dunlap, TN, died six days after his 86th Birthday on November 15, 2012, in his sleep at home.  He was a faithful husband and care-giver of his wife of 54 years, the late Elsie Holmes Grove.  Formerly of Mascot, TN, he volunteered at age 17 for WWII and served in the Navy Air Corp.  Mr. Grove was a  4H and Agricultural agent for the Ag Extension Service in Washington and Grainger counties (returned to Mascot for 7 years to manage a 1,000 acre dairy farm) and then in Farm Management in Sequatchie County totaling more than 30 years. He was a farmer who loved the land.  A member of Chapel Hill UMC for more than 40 years, he often taught Sunday School.  His parents Dave B. and Maybelle Grove and brother, Dr. David A. Grove preceded his death. He was a good Daddy and is survived by two daughters, Melinda (D.K.) Clark, Lansing, KS and Melissa (Gary) Knox, Hillsboro, TN; four grandchildren, Doug (Lisi) Clark of Oak Ridge, TN, Laura (Michael) McAnly of Hillsboro, TN, Darren Clark of Pensacola, FL and Alan Knox of Nashville, TN; four great grandchildren, Daniel, Joshua, James and Megan Clark of Oak Ridge; two sisters, Betty Grove of Kingston, TN and Becky Gray of Waikiki, HI; several nieces, nephews and special friends, Curtis & Pam Burnett and Jack & Norma Johnson of Center Point Community. Rev. Tom Tucker officiated services. Burial was in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons or to your favorite charity. Arrangements by Standefer-Reed Funeral Home, 50 May Road, Dunlap.