Mr. Lonnie Richard Ashburn, age 73, of Manchester, passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Manchester.. Mr. Ashburn was born in Clarkrange, Tenn., to his late parents Paul Dawson Ashburn and Treva Marie Neely Ashburn. He served our country in the United States Marines ultimately attaining the rank of Lance Corporal. Mr. Ashburn then became the Chief of Police in Carthage, Tenn., beginning his work in law enforcement. Soon after, he started working for Tennessee Highway Patrol, ranking as a Lieutenant until his retirement. Mr. Ashburn was a graduate from the Northwestern School of Staff and Command. He was also a member of Masonic Highland Lodge #214. Mr. Ashburn and his wife both attended World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Matthews; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Benton and Sue Lowe. Mr. Ashburn is survived by his wife of 50 years, Melinda Ashburn; son, Sean (Lisa) Ashburn; sisters, Brenda (Joe) Masters, Clarkrange, TN; sister-in-love, Cynthia (Mike) Thompson; grandchildren, Bethany and Lydia Ashburn; nieces, Jessica (Art) Guevara, Miranda Masters; nephews, Jake Thompson, Cole Thompson, Chad Matthews. Visitation with the family was on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Central Funeral Home with Vicky Inzer and Mike Thompson officiating. Burial followed at Shady Grove Cemetery in Morrison.

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Mrs. Sadie Jane Burks, age 91, of the Gossburg Community, Beech Grove, passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Autumn Oaks Assisted Living Center, Manchester. Mrs. Burks was born in Coffee County, to her late parents, Lonnie Alton Reed and Dollie Ann Spry Reed. Mrs. Burks started working for PCA in 1951 when she was 21 years old, working there for around 50 years until retirement. She was a member of the Gossburg Community Church. She loved anything to do with flowers and the outdoors. Mrs. Burks also had a green thumb and could grow just about anything. She also loved doing yard work and also loved to quilt. Mrs. Burks always made sure everything was neat and clean and always had to make sure everything was just right. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Burks; siblings, Nellie Reed Ewell, Ethel Reed Stacy, George Reed, JL Reed; nephews, Marlin Reed, Martin Reed, and Morris Ewell. Mrs. Burks is survived by children, Barbara (Rennie) Bell, Lanny Burks, and David Burks; grandchildren, Andrew Burks and Chris Bell; great grandchildren, Logan, Riley, and Landon Burks and Tori and Sydney Bell; nephews, Buford Stacy, Jerry and Larry Reed; niece, Vicky Bush. Visitation with the family was held Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. Funeral services will immediately follow visitation at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Central Funeral Home with Bro. Chip Sekulich officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Mr. Larry Delane Thomas Sr., (April 19, 1942 – Nov. 8, 2021) age 79, of Manchester, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville surrounded by his family. Mr. Thomas was born in Hillsboro, to his late parents Leon Richard Thomas and Villies Vodreen Layne Thomas. He was a member of Forest Mill Baptist Church and served in the Army. He began his career in car sales at David Gold Chevrolet in Manchester in the late 1960’s. After the passing of David Gold he worked at Al White Motors for Mr. Al White and family, where he retired. Mr. Thomas came out of retirement in 2000 and started his own business, Larry Thomas Transportation in Manchester. He was a hard worker and enjoyed chatting with friends, family, and customers who often stopped by the car lot to see him. He had a generous heart and often gave to others who needed help and direction in their life. He enjoyed being on his tractor and most importantly being present for his children and grandchildren in the activities they loved. Mr. Thomas loved spending time with his family making memories. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Richard Jimmy (Eva) Thomas and George Ellis (Helen) Thomas. Mr. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joanna Thomas; son, Delane (Rebecca) Thomas Jr.; daughter, Michelle (Tod) Thomas-Vandenbossche; brother, Johnny Keith Thomas (and special friend, Charlotte Morris); grandchildren, Kelsey Vandenbossche, Kirby Vandenbossche, and Cody Hagan. Visitation with the family was held Saturday, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Central Funeral Home with Bro. John Daniel officiating. Burial will follow in Fredonia Cemetery in Manchester.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn Smith, age 84, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Mrs. Smith passed from this life on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Bristol. Carolyn was born in Manchester, on Aug. 15, 1937, the daughter of the late J.T. and Alda Arnold. She was a lifetime member of Main Street Church of Christ. Carolyn enjoyed cooking, gardening, and bowling. Carolyn was an avid sports fan, and she loved watching UT Basketball and Titans football. She was very optimistic, loyal, and caring. She loved everyone unconditionally and was strong in every way. Carolyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, Carolyn is also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years, Marvin Smith; brothers, Ralph and Ray Arnold; sister, Linda McAfee.  She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Cowan, Lee Anne Fausz, and Marsha Hobby; grandchildren, Thomas Whitaker, Amy Cowan, Turner Hobby, Daryl Hobby, David Fausz, Mike Fausz, Laura Smith; 12 great-grandchildren. The family asks for flowers or donations to be made in Carolyn's name to either the Arthritis Foundation or the American Cancer Society. You may sign the online guestbook at

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Helen Dianne Chrisco Fletcher, age 73, of Tullahoma, passed away at home, Wednesday, Nov. 17, with her loving family by her side and after a heroic battle with breast cancer. She was born Aug. 12, 1948, to Douglas and Mildred Chrisco of Winchester Springs, Tennessee, who preceded her in death. She worked for 20 years as a Special Education teacher assistant with the Coffee County School system where she loved each and every child. Dianne loved her family and was extremely proud of them. She always made friends wherever she went. Her smile and laughter were contagious. Dianne is survived by her loving husband, Richard Fletcher; her children, daughter Kim and John Baer of LaCrescent, Minnesota, and son, Richard (Buddy) and Sara Fletcher of Lake Qylie, South Carolina; Grandchildren, Kori Ann Baer of LaCrescent, Minnesota, Hallye and Hollyn Fletcher of Lake Qylie, South Carolina. She is also survived by two brothers and three sisters. Lifelong friends, Brenda McAfee of Manchester, Joyce Lynn and Joyce Parker of Tullahoma and a host of friends that loved her. By Dianne’s request, there will be no services at this time. If anyone would like to make a donation in Dianne’s memory, please make these to St. Jude ( The family is grateful for all the love and support shown throughout this time.



Graveside services for Mr. Herman Haskel Franklin, age 76, was conducted at noon on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Mr. Franklin passed from this life on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Haskel was born in Tullahoma, on Feb. 8, 1945, the son of the late Melvin and Lena Franklin. Before his retirement, he was the owner of Franklin Floor Covering, and he was in the business for over 50 years.  Haskel had a love for music.  He could play the guitar and loved playing with family and friends.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle. In addition to his parents, Haskel is also preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Sandra Franklin; siblings, Norvel, Genevieve, Willard, James, Ruben, Alice, Alta, Melvin, Ray, and Robert Franklin.  He is survived by his sons, Jeremy and David Franklin; sister, Mary Katherine Lamb (Carold); sister-in-law, Jan Phillips; multiple cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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A memorial visitation was held for Ms. Monetta Elizabeth Nevin, age 63 of Manchester, on Friday, Oct. 29, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel, from 6 – 9 p.m. Ms. Nevin passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro after an extended illness. Monetta was born in Nashville, TN to Mr. John Taylor and the late Brenda Proctor Taylor. She was employed at Enterprise in Manchester. Monetta enjoyed cooking, and taking care of her plants, but her greatest love being with her grandchildren. In addition to her father, Monetta is survived by her son, Brandon Nevin and his wife, Holly; daughter, Kayla Lenhart and her husband, Steve; three grandchildren, Layton McCullough, Hudson Lenhart, and Nevaeh Lenhart; brothers, Johnny Taylor, Mark Taylor, and Michael Taylor and his wife, Danielle; sister, Michelle Patterson; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

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Ms. Martha Joyce Sutton, age 77, of Manchester passed away Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Clayton and Nina Hill Rolman; brother Marvin (Buck) Rolman and sister Carrie Allene Syler. Ms. Sutton was a retired teacher in the Coffee County School System and Osceola County School District in Kissimmee, Florida.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Manchester.  She was an avid reader, loved playing piano, enjoyed hiking and spending time with her friends at the Senior Center in Tullahoma. Ms. Sutton attained the top level of Career Level III in Tennessee’s Master Teacher Program and touched a lot of kid’s lives in the Coffee County and Osceola County areas. Ms. Sutton is survived by her three sons, Brian Lee Sutton, and his wife, Quinetta, of Manchester, Bradley Keith Sutton of Murfreesboro, Benjamin Todd Sutton and his wife, Nichole, of Murfreesboro; three grandchildren, Brian Lee Sutton Jr., Quinton Hennessee, and Brittany Day; three great-grandchildren Cadence Sutton, Miracle Hennessee and Rowen Day; one sister Geraldine Newman of Manchester and one brother David Rolman of Lynchburg. Visitation was held at Coffee County Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.  Memorial Services were conducted at 11 a.m., following the visitation, with Rev. Randy Brown officiating.

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