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Obituaries for Jan. 8

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 Mr. Elton D. Banks, 63, passed away Tuesday Dec. 31, 2019 at his home.  He was born in Tullahoma on June 26, 1956 to Paskel Banks and Molene Smith Banks who preceded him in death along with his sister, Patsy Banks. He was a farmer and member of the Riley Creek Baptist Church.  He is survived by his daughter, Tabitha and her husband Sherrill Brown, Alabama; sisters, Brenda and her husband Paul Hathaway, Kansas City, Mo. and Treva Hedgepath, Portland, Tenn.; one grandson, Hayden Brown; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Minister Dwight Duckworth officiating with burial in the Old Reddons Cemetery.  Visitation was 10 – 11 a.m. Monday at Central Funeral Home

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Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Peters Carden, age 90 of Manchester, were conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Farrar Hill Cemetery. The family received friends on Tuesday prior to the service from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Carden passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Margaret was born on Jan. 17, 1929 in Jamestown, Tenn. to the late E.O. and Alice Peters. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ. Mrs. Carden was retired from Coffee County Central High School where she taught Health and P.E. from 1950-1984. In her time there, she founded the Coffee County Central High School girls track team where they won their first State Championship. Margaret loved spending time at the beach, fishing, reading, and after retirement she became an avid golfer.  Survived by her loving husband of almost 70 years, L.D. Carden; daughter, Lisa Carden Moore (John); sisters, Nancy Wood (Estill), Joyce Mullinex; grandchildren, Thomas Carden Webb (Jessica), Lisa Kaili Diamond; nephew, Lloyd Carden; numerous nieces and nephews.

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 Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Sullivan Harrell, age 82, of Manchester, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 at Manchester Funeral Home with Brother Jimmy Rigsby officiating. Burial followed in Fredonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family was held on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Manchester Funeral Home. Mrs. Harrell passed from this life on Jan. 3, 2020 at NHC of Tullahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Marshall Harrell; parents Walter and “Queenie” Elizabeth Sullivan; along with two brothers James Sullivan and Fred Sullivan. She was a member of Gnat Hill Church of Christ. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Throughout her life she was employed with Eden Industries, TEAM enterprises, and the Manchester and Coffee County School Systems in the Cafeterias.  Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law Don and Rebecca Harrell; two granddaughters, Brandy Gibbs (Eric) and Ashley Jernigan; one great grand-daughter, Briley Jernigan. Also surviving is one sister, Loyce Sullivan Gilley; and one sister- in- law, Barbara Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please made donations to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, Gnat Hill Church of Christ, or Monroe Carroll Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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 Funeral services for Mr. Ronald Wayne Hill, age 72, of Manchester, were conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 at Manchester Funeral Home with Brother Danny Anderson officiating. Burial was in Hurricane Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation with the family was held prior to the service from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Mr. Hill passed from this life on Jan. 1, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, Will and Willie Mae Hill; four brothers, Donald Dewayne Hill, Hobart Hill, Richard Hill, and Preston Hill; six sisters, Verna Mae Hice, Maymie Ruth Bennett, Katheryn Marie Banks, Lesley Wimbley, Neil Walls, and Pauline Hill. He is survived by his loving wife Sue Hill; one son, William Kevin Hill; one daughter, Amy Hendon (Gene); 11 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. 

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 A Celebration of Life for Mr. Perry Frasure Hull, Jr. age 72 of Manchester, were held on Friday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. The family received friends prior to the service from 2-4 p.m. Mr. Hull passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Hull was born on April 15, 1947 in Gainesville, Fla. He was of the Episcopal faith and was a fifth-generation citrus buyer and grower of oranges and grapefruits while living in Florida. He was known as being a jokester and was always pranking someone. Perry had a love of all sports including golf and football. As a sports fanatic, he was always watching a game. Mr. Hull was an animal lover and a devoted family man. He will be missed by everyone who was delighted to know him. Preceded in death by his father, Perry Frasure Hull, Sr. Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Katherine Hull; his mother, Emily Hull; daughters, Stacey Hull-Walsh (George), Allison Inman, Rachel Hull; brothers, Robert Hull (Sandy), Ford Hull; grandchildren, Brianna Jamgochian, Gavin Amedro, Felicity Inman, Braxton Walsh; special family friend, Heidi Sommers. You may sign the online guestbook at

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Callie Kalyn Jernigan

 Miss Callie Kalyn Jernigan, 22, passed away Friday Jan. 3, 2020 unexpectedly at Unity Medical Center in Manchester.  She was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on July 23, 1997.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Otis Jernigan and Alice Bumbalough Jernigan, Basil Arnold and Modean Anderson Arnold; aunt, Deborah Adams; uncle, Michael Arnold. She was a member of Noah’s Fork Baptist Church and the Noah FCE.  She was a substitute teacher and worked at the North Coffee Excellence Program.  She was one of the caregivers to her grandfather Otis Jernigan during his final year of life.  She is survived by her parents, Travis Keith Jernigan and Kathy June Arnold Jernigan; brothers, Travis Cole (Torrie) Jernigan and Tyler Carson (Abi-Gail) Jernigan; fiancee’, Johnathan Lebron Johnson; aunts and uncles, Ronald Adams, Sue Arnold, Vivia, and Jimmy Fletcher, Linda and Gary Gordan, Brenda and Wayne Richardson, Terry and Treva Arnold, Gary and Rhonda Arnold, Steve and Vhonda Jernigan, David Jernigan, Mark and Dewana Jernigan; special friends, Sandra Phillips and Jackie Gannon; many cousins, friends and other family. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Ministers Mike Anderson and Danny Anderson officiating with burial to follow in the Farrar Hill Cemetery.  Visitation is 4–8 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday at Central Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Deborah Erline Medford

 Mrs. Deborah Erline Medford, 68, passed away Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020 at her home.  She was born in Madison, Tenn. on Sept. 25, 1951 to Harvey Thomas Conner Sr. and Sarah Alice Myers Conner who preceded her in death along with her sister, Louise Compton; brothers, Thomas Conner Jr. and William Conner. She was a member of the Mount View Church of Christ.  She was a loving wife to her husband and traveled with him and their three fur babies for 35 years across the country driving a truck. She is survived by her husband, Roger Dale Medford; her fur babies, Little Man, Baby Girl and Sadie Mae; sister, Nell Shellhorn, Madison, TN; brother-in-law, Danny Rust, Elkhart, Ind.; brother-in-law, Jerry (Debbie) Medord, Manchester; loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Friday in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Minsters Foy Rigney officiating with burial in the Welker Cemetery.  Visitation was 5 – 8 p.m., Thursday at Central Funeral Home.

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Pollyanna Prince

Pollyanna Prince, age 93 of Estill Springs, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. A native of Franklin County, she was born in Sewanee on July 25, 1926 to Thomas Allen and Stella (Long) Hunziker.   Polly retired from the University of Tennessee Extension Office where she had been employed as a food and nutrition teacher. She later owned Waterbeds Galore in Tullahoma.  Polly was instrumental in starting the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programs in Hillsboro and was active in Foothills Crafts and Coffee County Home Demonstration Club.  She was a member of Hillsboro Methodist Church.  In addition to her birth parents, she was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, John R. and Otsie Boren Long; husband, Edward Ray Prince; daughter, Diana Marie Prince; and siblings, Douglas Hunziker, William “Bill” Hunziker, Cecil Long, Virginia Hunziker Prince, Susie Hunziker Pike, Pauline Hunziker Kilgore, Jean Long, and Judith Long Sanders.  Polly is survived by her children, Terry Prince, Tommy Prince, and Carol (Dale) Lawrence; grandchildren, John Lawrence, Dusty (Patricia)  Lawrence, Michael Prince, Megan Prince, Daniel Prince,  and Sarah (Joe) Perry; great-grandchildren, Anna Prince, Mary Michael Prince, Johnna Denzler, Paige (Dusty) Rollins, Kiauna Lawrence, Karale Lawarence, Jett Prince, Ellie Porter, Charlie Porter, Zoe Daniels, Bridgett Daniels, and Jeremiah Daniels; great-great-grandchildren, Hunter, Forrest, and Dixie Rollins, and Edward Denzler; and siblings, Haskel Long and Linda Long Weaver. Visitation as from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.  Funeral Services was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Moore-Cortner Chapel with Bro. Dusty Lawrence officiating.  Interment followed at Winchester Memorial Park. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester.

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Belinda Lee Pearson

 Belinda Lee Pearson passed away Dec. 13, 2019 at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  She was born Nov. 25, 1964 in Smyrna, Tenn. to Isolde and William Knox Pearson. Belinda graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1983.  She served in the United States Air Force for four years and later worked as a dental assistant in Manchester and in the Charleston area where she resided for the past 24 years. She is preceded in death by her father William K. Pearson and sister Patty Louise Pearson. She is survived by her mother, Isolde Pearson; husband, Will Cabanting; daughter, Justine Vacula; grandson, John Vacula; brothers, William E. (Nawal) Pearson, Gary (Linda) Belden, George (Kerry) Pearson; sisters, Susan (Jon) Pearson, Christin Pearson, and Heidi Sain. A memorial service will be held for Belinda at Rutledge Falls Baptist Church Jan. 11.  There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. to noon.  The memorial service will be led by Pastor Charles Houston at noon.

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Brenda Elaine Rigsby

 Miss Brenda Elaine Rigsby, age 74, passed away on Dec. 25, 2019 at St Thomas Rutherford Hospital following an extended illness.  She was born in McMinnville on Aug. 27, 1945. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grace and Marlin Rigsby.  Miss Rigsby is survived by cousins Glenda Bagsby, Dale Lorance (Jennifer), Marsha Milan, and Gary Bryant (Gail) and their children and grandchildren, and by devoted friend Mary Emilane McLemore and her children and grandsons.  Miss Rigsby taught junior high in Manchester and senior high in Orlando, Fla. for many years and genuinely loved and was loved by her students.  She was also employed several years at AEDC in Tullahoma.  She will be remembered by her family and many friends as thoughtful, generous, kind, and caring.  She was a person who lived her faith; she attended Center Point Pentecostal Church in Murfreesboro, and she cherished her church family. Services for Miss Rigsby were held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at the Manchester Funeral Home with visitation from noon-2 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor Kevin Allen, Bishop Phil DePriest, and friend, Rick Spann.  Burial was at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma. Pallbearers were James Bagsby, Tim Lorance, Tony Lorance, Dale Lorance, Gary Bryant, and Jon McLemore.

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Naomi Fay Simmons

Mrs. Naomi Fay Simmons, 91, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at McArthur Manor in Manchester. She was born in Beech Grove, on June 20, 1928 to Joshua Belle Fletcher and Lula Pearl McCullough Fletcher who preceded her in death along with her husband, Doyle Kelso Simmons; son, Terry P. Simmons; sister, Cornelia Rooker; brothers, J.B. Fletcher Jr. and Johnson Fletcher. She was a member of the Bible Methodist Church. She was employed by Star Union and retired from Edens Pajama Factory. She is survived by her daughter, Dianne and her husband Steve Parks of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Chris (Kristen) Simmons, Kerrie (Keith) Pippenger, Kelsie (Bradley) Adams, Jennifer Simmons and Lindsey (Matt) Puia; nine great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Frances Simmons and Thula Fletcher; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 1 p.m., Saturday Jan. 4, in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Minister, Tom Watkins officiating with burial in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Friday at Central Funeral Home.  In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Bible Methodist Church, 1024 Oakdale Street, Manchester, TN 37355


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Jack Preston “J.P.” Teal

 Mr. Jack Preston “J.P.” Teal, 81, passed away Tuesday Dec. 31, 2019 at his home.  He was a native of Coffee County and was born on Oct., 21, 1938 to the late Lank and Jessie Crosslin Teal in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances and Doris Teal; brothers, Vernon Deloy, Bartley Harris and Donald Teal. He retired from Carrier after 30 years.   He was a member of the Noah’s Fork Baptist Church for many years.  He loved raising and showing baby colts.  He was a golfer and loved telling jokes to everyone he came in contact with. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carlene Green Teal; sons, Jack Jr. and Vernon Teal; daughters, Brenda Watson, Wanda Dykes, Connie Taylor and Kelly Rogers; special grandson, Wesley Rogers who was like a son; sister, Betty Metcalf; grandchildren, Donald Teal, Bridgett Rosson, Tara Walker, Jennifer Teal, Jenny Coyle. Nicki Caudill, Dustin Taylor and Hannah Teal; nine great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Sunday in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Elder Timothy Hastings officiating with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation was 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday at Central Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in his honor.

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Allen Thomas Baxter, born on Jan. 22, 1950 passed away Jan. 1, 2020.

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