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Obituaries – Oct. 10, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

James Dietzen

Bratcher, Sr., 75

James Dietzen Bratcher, Sr. went on to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at the age of 75. Visitation was held Thursday October 4th, 2012 at 11:00am in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service immediately following at 1:00 pm. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

Frances Kay

Morris, 92

Mrs. Frances Kay Morris, age 92, of Manchester, TN passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Life Care Center in Tullahoma, TN.  Local visitation was held Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.   Mrs. Morris will then be transported to Sullivan King Funeral Home, 3205 N. Hwy 81, Anderson, South Carolina 29621.  Visitation was held from 1:00-3:00 PM EST at Sullivan King Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 3:00 PM  EST with Dr. James Thomason officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson, SC.  She was born January 27, 1920 in Anderson, South Carolina, the daughter of the late Thomas Crayton Kay and Lela Gertrude Whitworth Kay.  In earlier years, Mrs. Morris was employed as a bookkeeper for Gates & Chapman for 15 years and then with Piedmont Candy & Cigars for 13 years.  She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Anderson.  In 2009, Mrs. Morris moved to Manchester to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Morris. Survivors include her daughter, Lynn M. Moreland and husband, Robert of Manchester, TN; two grandchildren, Kary Choate and Mary Lee Moreland; one great-grandchild, Kalyn Choate; a sister, Eloise Harrison of Anderson, SC; and a brother, Thomas O. Kay of Pawleys Island, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC  29648 or


Ruth Roberts, 82

ROBERTS, Ruth, age 82, passed away on October 7, 2012 at her home in Manchester, Tennessee with her loving family by her side. She had worked at Star Union (later known as PCA Apparel Industries, Inc.) and owned and operated the Floral Crafts Flower Shop from 1984-1996. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Harvey Hayward Miller and Dolly Belle Guy; brother, T.J. Miller; and son-in-law, Larry R. Kirk. Mrs. Roberts was a member of the Rutledge Falls Baptist Church. She is survived by her loving husband, Cosmo H. Roberts of Manchester; three children, Deborah R. Kirk,  Glinda E. Schmidt and her husband George, and Cliff “Fuzzy” R. Roberts all of Manchester; four grandchildren, Chelsye Tarpley of Kentucky, Angela Schmidt, Jeremiah Kirk and Briana Roberts all of Manchester; great-grandchild, Thaliyah Tarpley; niece, Kim Deberry and her daughter Taylor Deberry; nephews, Terry (Susie) Miller and son Lee Miller,   Greg (Geneva) Miller and children, Matthew & Marli Miller; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2012 from 6:00 p.m.  until  9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, October 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Reverend Mike Morris officiating. Burial will follow at the Concord Cemetery. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME. 

Gerald Oliver

Smith, Sr., 87

Mr. Gerald Oliver Smith Sr., age 87 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Alive Hospice of St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee.  A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date in Buchanan, Michigan. Mr. Smith was born January 6, 1925 at Bear Cave Farm in Buchanan, Michigan.  He was the son of the late Elza and Evelyne Devine Smith.  Mr. Smith was a WW II Veteran, serving in the Army Air Force in the CBI Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  He was retired from National Standard in Niles, Michigan where he worked for 27 years as a machinist and foreman. After retiring, he worked for eleven years at the Brookwood Golf Course.  He was a member of the American Legion, the Buchanan Westerners Riding Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Buchanan, Michigan.  He loved to hunt and fish from his cabin in Bitely, Michigan.  He and his wife of 65 years, Dolores Haack Smith had recently relocated from Buchanan, Michigan to Manchester, Tennessee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Gerrie Evelyne; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Pauline and Bud Mikesell and Margaret and Robert Naragon and one great granddaughter, Chelsea Chappell. In addition to his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by one son, Gerald Smith Jr. and his fiancé, Terre of Buchanan, Michigan; two daughters, Virginia Sain-Farrar and her husband, Kerry of Manchester, TN. and Margaret Gridley and her husband Richard of Manchester, Tennessee; three granddaughters; three grandsons; one step-grandson and ten great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. Online condolences may be made at COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONOREDTO SERVE THE FAMILY OF MR. GERALD OLIVER SMITH SR.

Alma Margaret Downs, 88

Downs, Alma Margaret, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at her residence at the age of 88. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 1:00pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Fields officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. KILGORE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

William J. Arnold, 84

ARNOLD, William  J., age 84, passed away on October 5, 2012 at his home in Manchester with his loving family by his side. Mr. Arnold was a farmer, sawmill operator, mobile home builder and had served in Maintenance at the New Union Elementary School in Coffee County and in the Cannon County School System. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harvey Arnold and Meda T. Wilson Arnold; children, James William Arnold and Cynthia Rae Arnold; sisters, Pearl Bates, Pauline Duncan and Earline Quandt; and brothers, H.A. Arnold and Willey Arnold. He was a member of the Goosepond United Methodist Church. He will fondly be remembered as one who loved his family, friends and his donkey “Jack”. He is survived by his loving wife, Anna Lorane Dennis Arnold of Manchester; daughters, Cheryl Anne Wilder, Sara Irene Broughton (John) and Donna Meda Johnston (Robert) all of Manchester; sisters, Mintie Arnold West (Grady) and Minnie Arnold Muncy both of Manchester; brother, Edward Arnold of Manchester; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Monday, October 8, 2012 from 4:00 p.m.  until  7:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was conducted on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Goosepond United Methodist Church with Reverend Jack Carney and Brother Jim Pugh officiating. Burial followed at the Adam Duncan Cemetery. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME.

Kay Holland

Inman, 78

Memorial services for Mrs. Kay Holland Inman, age 78, of Manchester will be conducted Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.  Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until time of services on Saturday at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.  Mrs. Inman passed away Saturday, October 6, 2012 surrounded by her loving daughters and family. Kay was born April 23, 1934 in Decherd, Tennessee the daughter of the late Paul Willis Holland and Odie V. Davidson Holland.  She spent her childhood years growing up in Franklin County along with two brother and two sisters.  She married Charles E. Inman, Jr. on May 15, 1953 and the two started their family.  Being a military wife, Kay enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe.   She and her family resided in many locations through the years.  While in Miami, FL, she enjoyed her years of employment with The Field Shops, Inc., which manufactured uniforms and accessories for the airline industry.  After moving to Nashville, TN, Kay was employed with Dillard’s Department Store from which she retired after 10 years. Kay was a loving wife, mother and friend to all.  She was known for being elegant, witty, and humorous and in one simple word, vivacious. She enjoyed painting, pottery, all types of art, macramé, and jazzercise. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband and father of her children, Charles E. Inman, Jr.; her second husband, Claude Nicks; and two brothers, Thomas E. Holland and Paul D. Holland. Survivors include four daughters, Deborah E. Inman of Manchester; Melissa Kay Morin of Manchester; Paula Rae Chambers and husband, George of Hillsboro; and Leslie Gaye Inman also of Hillsboro; ten grandchildren, Kasey Maxwell; Meloney Howell and husband, Aaron; Jaimey Maxwell; Amy Townsend and David Hamm; Mandy Sapp and husband, Travis; Michael Cheatham; Matthew Bendus and wife, Maranda; Callie Bendus; Sarah Morin and Nehemiah Chambers; six great-grandchildren, Gunner Massey; Zakery Massey; Payton Townsend; Reagan Howell; Preston Chambers; Killian Anderson; and Rhodes Grayton Bendus; and two sisters, Elaine H. Arnold of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Von J. Lacy and husband, Tom of Winchester, TN. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the  National Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD  21741-5018 or to  or to the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, 104 N. Spring St., Manchester, TN  37355. Online condolences may be made to Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Kay Holland Inman.

Alvie Inez Phipps, 81

PHIPPS, Alvie Inez, age 81 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on October 5, 2012 at the Medical Center of Manchester. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Everett Phipps; parents, Lemuel Jones and Loda Lawson Jones; sons, Jesse Lee Phipps and James Hubert Phipps; grandson, Shane Brown; sister, Catherine Poff; and brother, William Jones.  Mrs. Phipps was a member of the Bible Way Church in Manchester and will be fondly remembered as a loving person who, in later years,  loved helping to raise her great-grandchild. She is survived by her children, Elbert Phipps of Manchester, Loretta Phipps Bohanan (William) of Wartrace, TN, Betty Phipps Wade (Bobby) of Manchester and Danny Phipps (Darlene) of Manchester; sisters, Martha Jones  and Mammie Ruth Jones (Billy) both of Manchester; brothers, Billy Jones (Ophelia) of Michigan City, IN  and  Clyde Jones (Dean) of Manchester; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;  and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Monday, October 8, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.  until  8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was conducted on Tuesday afternoon, October 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Vernon Wagoner officiating. Burial  followed at the Ragsdale Cemetery. Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME.  

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