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Obituaries for March 6

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 Kenneth “Oogie” Eugene Alford left his worldly home on Feb. 24, 2019, at the age of 70. Kenneth was born in Manchester, to the late John Robert and the late Ludie Baltimore Alford. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and was employed as a security guard at AEDC until his retirement. Kenneth was preceded in death by siblings Jimmy Joshua, John Wesley, Howell Clyde, half-brother John Bill, half-sisters, Rosie Crosslin, Sarah Carter, Mattie Norris and Ella Leverett. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Carletta Harmon-Alford of Manchester and daughter, Tracy Alford of Manchester; brothers Leonard Olin of Manchester and Terry (Dale) Shelton of Ludlow, MA., sister, Peggy (Richard) Arnold of Manchester as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation with the family was held Saturday, March 2, from 10-11 a.m. at First Christian Church Annex, 201 NW Atlantic St., Tullahoma. A memorial service followed at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ward’s Chapel Church of Christ, c/o Peggy Arnold, 323 Woodbury Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355.





Walter Stangorr Bott

 Mr. Walter Stangorr Bott age 80 of Manchester, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma. He was born Dec. 20, 1938, in Rochester, N.Y., was of the Baptist faith, a retired truck driver and operated a typewriter repair business. Mr. Bott was preceded in death by his parents Robert E. and Mildred Stangorr Bott. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Virginia May Bott, children Robert Sargent, Colleen Ashley, Linda Sterner, Leonard (Julie) Bott, Susan Landes, Laura Friend, Alicia (Charles) Harris, and Paul (Victoria) Bott, 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brother Gene (Gaye) Bott, sister Gail (Floyd) Spaw, special niece Margo Umhofer, brother-in-law Leonard (Ann) DeBruyn, and several nieces and nephews. Per his request, Mr. Bott was cremated and no services will be held at the funeral home.

McMinnville Funeral Home




 Frances Carolyn Duvall, age 92, a Van Buren County resident and Allensville, Ky., native was born Aug. 5, 1926 and passed away Feb. 27, 2019 in St. Thomas River Park Hospital following an extended illness. She was a homemaker, member of First Baptist Church and daughter of the late D.D. and Thursa Harper Deason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Kearney R. Duvall, Sr.; four brothers, Richard, Barnett, Drane and Thomas Deason; and sisters, Helen Garton and Virginia Deason. Mrs. Duvall is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Kearney Robert (Bob) and Linda Duvall, Jr. of Alamo, Tenn., David W. and Mary Louise Duvall of Manchester, and James B. (Jim) and Lesa Duvall of Doyle, Tenn.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. Dewey Deason of Franklin, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; and beloved physician, Dr. Bryan Chastain. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8 at First Baptist Church with Dennis Duvall to officiate. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday until the time of service at the Church. There will be no service or visitation at High Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hope Center of Warren County, 203 W. Main St. Ste. 12, McMinnville, TN 37110. Online condolences may be made at

 High Funeral Home





Nancy Dee Hale

 Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Dee Hale, age 83, of Manchester, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 4-9 p.m. on Monday, March 4, and on Tuesday, March 5, from noon until the time of service at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Hale passed from this life surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. Nancy was born on Oct. 1, 1935 to the late S.A. “Red” Soloman and Frances Givens in Nashville. Nancy was a member of Red Hill Church of Christ. She was the co-owner of A&G Equipment, and the previous co-owner of the KOA, where she also served as a board member, Nancy was also employed with National Life in Nashville. She always encouraged everyone in her family to further their education and assisted them in many ways with obtaining their degree. Nancy enjoyed traveling with her husband, camping, sewing, cooking, and most importantly spending time with her family. She also loved her dogs Odie and Freckles, and cats Baby Kitty, Tigger, and Lacy. Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, S.A “Red” Soloman and Frances Givens. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Billy Hugh Hale whom she met at The Ryman Auditorium while attending a gospel singing with friends; two sons, Bruce Hale (Jana Uherkova- Hale) and Glenn Hale; one daughter, Debra Meeker (Ronnie); one sister, Pat Mitchell; five grandchildren, Erica (Brad), Megan, Dalton (Rachel), Jordan (Laina), Forrest (Brooklynn); two great-grandchildren, Abbie and Reese; niece, Cheryl Rademacher; nephew, Scott Rademacher; and several other nieces, nephews, and extended family. You may sign the online guestbook at

 Coffee County Funeral Home




 Mr. Duon F. Holman, 96, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton, N. J.  He was born in Ballard County, Ky. on Jan. 5, 1923 to Elmer and Lois Reeves Holman who preceded him in death along with his wife, Garnetta Greif Holman; brothers, Virgil, Dalton and Forest Holman; sister Pauline Dickey. He loved to fish and spend time in Cherokee, N.C.  He was a member of the Manchester First Baptist Church and loved volunteering his time with the Duck River Baptist Association Disaster Relief.  He was retired machinist/mechanic from Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC).  He was a Manchester resident until his health declined. He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Odasz; son, Erwin Holmon; sister, Jeanelle Montgomery; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services were 4 p.m., Sunday in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating.  Burial was in the Newton Creek Cemetery in Kevil, Ky. on Monday at noon with Military Honors.  Visitation was 2–4 p.m., Sunday at Central Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 Central Funeral Home




 Phillip Ray Odle, age 70 of Manchester passed away Thursday Feb. 28, 2019 at his home.  Mr. Odle, a retired construction worker, was born in Gary, Ind. Mr. Odle was preceded in death by his parents Jessie and Sarah Odle; sisters Betty and Shirley; and great-grandson Diego Ray Salas.  He is survived by his wife Teresa; sons Kelly (Diane) Odle, Kevin (Theresa) Odle and daughter Carrie Walls of Michigan; a brother Ken and sister Phyllis. He is also survived by grandchildren Jacob (Elise) Will, Janelle Will, Tasha Salas, Shayne (Ashley) Odle; and great-grandchildren Lexi, Mae, Kat, Hayden, Everett, Jade, Clairie.

 Central Funeral Home





Billy Ray Ringer

 Funeral services for Mr. Billy Ray Ringer, age 87, of Manchester, were conducted at noon on Saturday, March 2, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.  Burial followed in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  The family received friends from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the funeral home.  Mr. Ringer passed from this life surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Billy Ray was born Aug. 7, 1931 to George and Laura (Hosley) Ringer in Trumann, Arkansas who preceded him in death along with his stepmother Beatrice McHann Ringer, Roger Ray Ringer, step daughter Denise Simmons, sister-in-law Nancy Ringer, Brothers, Howard, George and George Ringer, Jr. Billy served in the Army for eight years and toured in Germany. After the military he moved to Michigan and joined the Ironworkers Union and for the next thirty two years traveled and worked in many states, including Washington, California, Hawaii, and Indiana where he met his wife of thirty five years, Barbara (Crosslin) Ringer and they spent the last nine years of his career in Anchorage, Alaska, before retiring and settling in Manchester in 1992. While living in Manchester Mr. Bill’s passions included making Christmas yard art that would light up his yard the day after Thanksgiving each year, welding handrails for neighbors and having breakfast at Jiffy Burger to start his day. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Dale Ray (Ann) Ringer of Carmel Valley, California, Step-daughter Deb Simmons of Florence, Arizona and Jim(Annette) Simmons of Crown Point, Ind., Brothers Glenn Ringer of Manchester, George T. Ringer of Kansas City, Mo., Melvin (Jane) Ringer of Lawson, Mo., Sisters Nora Earnest of Pottsville, Ark., Helen Ringer of Russellville, Ark., step brothers Stan (Judy) McHann of Smithville, Tenn., Myrel (Barbara) McHann  of Modesto, Calif. 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three great, great-grandchildren spread out from Idaho, Arizona, California, Indiana, Wisconsin, Washington and Tennessee. You may sign the online guestbook at

 Coffee County Funeral Chapel





Johnnie (John) Edward Robinson

 Johnnie (John) Edward Robinson, age 72, of Manchester and formerly of Cookeville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville after a brief illness. Johnnie was born March 13, 1946 in Monterey, Tenn. to the late Willie J. and Hazel Ruth Garrett Robinson. Johnnie grew up and attended school in Cookeville. He graduated from Central High School in 1964. He joined the US Navy and served 10 years as an aviation electrician in Jacksonville, Fla. After returning to Tennessee, he joined the Tennessee National Guard where he served for 10 years in communications. He worked as a quality engineer with various companies including M-Tek in Manchester. He was a member of the Highland Lodge #214 F&AM Masonic Lodge and First Baptist Church in Manchester. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Wilma Jean Jackson Robinson; daughters, Tracy (Lindsey) Ralston, Karen (Wayne) Brown, Kelly (Daniel) Wimberly; grandchildren, John Stevens, Carrie Stevens, Stetson Blanton, Shelbi Blanton, Lacy Hunt; Larrisa Brown, Sydney Brown, Wyatt Teal, and Amber Brown; great-grandchildren, Jordynn Blanton, Gage Hunt, Anna Johnson, LJ Hunt, and Sophia Blanton, all of Manchester; two brothers, Jack Robinson, and Gary (Debbie) Robinson of Cookeville; brother-in-law, Paul Jackson; three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Johnson, Geraldine Jackson, and Patsy Johnson of Cookeville; special friends, Lorie, Calista, and Bane Vanzant; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friends and neighbors in Manchester. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 26 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner. Interment with military honors was at Cookeville City Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Manchester with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. The family received friends Monday from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.; and again Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time. Share your thoughts and memories at

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home





Linda Ellen Robison

 Mrs. Linda Ellen Robison, 62, passed away, Thursday Feb. 28, 2019 at Unity Medical Center.  She was born in Fresno, Calif. on Dec. 11, 1956 to Clarence Robert Flory and Edith Erlene Hudson Flory who preceded her in death along with her brother, Billy Flory. She was an X-ray technician and therapist with Cook Chiropractic until her retirement. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Neal  “J.R.” Robison; step-son, Chad (Rebecca) Robison, Gallatin, Tenn.; step-daughter, Hope (Mark) Skapinetz, Marietta, Ga.; Elisha Phillips (Jerimiah Robinson); brother, Michael Flory; sisters, Teri Fields, Harrison, Tenn.; niece, Derda (Jeremy) Newman, Decatur, Tenn.; grandchildren, Caden, Layten, Sophie, Anson and Noam. A reception for family and friends will be held Thursday March 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the parlors of Central Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at or call 1-800-628-0028.

 Central Funeral Home




 Ms. Sharon Ann Smithson, age 76, of Tullahoma, passed from this life on Feb. 20, 2019, at Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.  Sharon was born in Palestine, Ill., to the late William and Virginia Bledsoe.  She worked at PCA Apparel for 13 years in the distribution center.  Sharon loved animals, working Fill-In Puzzles, and watching game shows, especially “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.”  Sharon was a loving mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, Sharon is also preceded in death by step-daughter, Cynthia Blackburn; one step-son-in-law, Jack Brown.  She is survived by one son, Kevin Smithson; one step-daughter, Vickie Brown; three grandchildren, Forrest Blackburn (Tracey), Brittany Brown, and Colton Brown; one great-granddaughter, Amara Blackburn. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Manchester Funeral Home.  Visitation with the family will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

 Manchester Funeral Home


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