Obituaries for March 27

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 Roy Hill Banks, age 89, of Wapello, Iowa and formerly of Plymouth, Mich., died Friday morning, March 22, 2019.  The son of Sim P. and Lena Hill Banks, he was born on May 27, 1929 in Manchester. He moved from Tennessee to Michigan as a young man where he met his one true love, Joyce Mae Gregorich. They married on Jan. 27, 1951 in Bowling Green, Ohio. The couple eventually settled in Plymouth, Michigan where he spent his adult life. Holding several jobs in the Plymouth area, he retired from Fingerle Lumber Yard in Ann Arbor. In 2016 Roy & Joyce moved to Wapello, Iowa to be near their daughter. Of the Methodist and Nazarene faiths, Roy enjoyed woodworking, bead crafting, puzzles, and especially socializing with people. Above all, Roy cherished family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joyce Banks; a daughter, Brenda Paulson & Pete Simmons of Wapello; a sister-in-law, Betty Banks of Forest Park, Georgia; ten nieces and nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Nannie Will Reynolds, Altha Lee Lusk, S.P. Banks, Mary Sue Teague, Fred Banks, and Nettie Ruth Sain. A Celebration Service is planned at Bickford Cottage in Burlington, Iowa from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27,. Per Roy's request, cremation has been selected. Burial in Michigan will occur at a later date. A memorial has been established. Please mail donations to Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home, 209 Franklin St., Wapello, IA 52653. 

Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home




 Graveside services for Mrs. Nellie Jay Brantley, age 93, of Wartrace, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Bro. Tom Brantley officiating.  Visitation with the family was held from noon until 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Manchester Funeral Home.  Mrs. Brantley passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at McArthur Manor in Manchester. Nellie was born in Guntersville, Ala., the daughter of the late Tommy and Edna Duran Wright.  She was an office manager at AEDC for 30 years before retirement and was an active member of Bell Springs Methodist Church.  Nellie loved painting, gardening, cooking, collecting antiques, was active in her community, and was “an absolute Southern lady.”  Nellie, along with her late husband, Charles Brantley, were very involved in and enjoyed working with the TN Walking Horse Breeders Association. In addition to her parents and husband, Nellie was also preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Ada Wright; and one brother-in-law, Paul Halmontaller.  She is survived by her brother, John H. Wright of Manchester; sister, Minnie Halmontaller of Crossville; numerous nieces and nephews; and many extended family members. The family would like to thank the management, nurses and staff of McArthur Manor and Avalon Hospice for their kindness, compassion, and respect they have shown during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bell Springs Methodist Church Building Fund.

 Manchester Funeral Home




Robert Gail Davenport, age 74, of Woodbury passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019 at his home.  He was a native of Franklin. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Gladys Bryant Davenport of Woodbury; Children Robert Wade (Bridgette) Davenport of Woodbury and Tammy (Donald) Ivie of Woodbury; grandchildren, Robert Cody Davenport, Lucas Lee Dobson, Alexis Davenport, Emily Ivie, and Titus & Andrew Underwood; great grandchildren, Ryder Mullican and Addilynn Weddington; sister Nonnie Shelton and sister-in-law Margaret Davenport. He was preceded in death by his parents, Webb Hatton and Susie Mell Alexander Davenport; brothers Wade and Jarrell Davenport; sister Debbie Grizzle; brother in laws Kenneth Grizzle and Jerry Shelton; niece Jennifer Underwood and nephew Steve Underwood. Mr. Davenport was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and was a retired area manager of Rogers Group. Funeral Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro . Bobby Nichols officiating. Interment will follow at Reed Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Woodbury Funeral Home




Georgette Silman de Figueroa, 83, of Manchester passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Waters of Smyrna. She was born in Palpa, Peru to Simon Silman K and Victoria Mardini de Silman on Sept. 18, 1935. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Julio Silman M, and sister Victoria Silman M. She is survived by sisters Zarina Silman, Nasha Silman de Pulgar (Jesus), brothers Farid Silman, and Simon Silman (Silvia), all of Lima, Peru. She is also survived by her children, a son Rafael Figueroa (Patricia) and their two children Sam (Angela) and Tanya; daughter Georgette Figueroa de Ortega (Gilberto) and their two daughters Claudia (Jesus) and Rocio; daughter Patricia Foster and her three children Krystina (Michael), Nasha, and Keith; and daughter Jacqueline Figueroa (Mark) and her two daughters Leslie (Raul) and Andrea (Mark). She is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, eight great-grandchildren and other family members and friends. Georgette’s wishes were to have no services, and her ashes will be spread at a meaningful location at a later date.

 Private Obituary




 Billy Mitchell Hamby

 Mr. Billy Mitchell Hamby, 63, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home.  He was born in Winchester on Oct. 22, 1955 to Horace Mitchell Hamby and Evelyn Brannan who preceded him in death along with his wife, Martha Jane Hamby. A celebration of life was held at the First Presbyterian Church Sunday March 24, at 11:00 a.m. Burial to be held April 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Concord Cemetery in Tullahoma.

Central Funeral Home




 Mr. Rafael “Ralph” Hernandez, 55, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.  He was born in Durango, Mexico on Jan. 2, 1964.  He was a employed at Kasai in Manchester and attended the Canvas Community Church. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday at Central Funeral Home chapel with burial in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Central Funeral Home.

Central Funeral Home




 Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma Jean Simmons, age 79, of Manchester, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Manchester Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Owens officiating.  Burial followed in Simmons Cemetery.  The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the funeral home.  Mrs. Simmons passed from this life after an extended illness on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Horizon Healthcare in Manchester. Jean was born in Morrison, to the late Howard and Nadine Caldwell.  She lived in Elkhart, Ind. for a period of time, before returning to Tennessee.  Jean retired from Deutsch in Tullahoma and was a member of New Union Baptist Church.  Jean loved to travel, and she enjoyed going to the Manchester Senior Center.  Family and friends were the light of Jean’s life.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. In addition to her parents, Jean is also preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl Simmons; one son, Randall Simmons; one son-in-law, Joe Cagle; seven siblings.  She is survived by her very special friend, James Lemons; two sons, Donny Mathis (Stephanie) and Ricky Simmons (Angel); three daughters, Mae McAfee (Ray), Barbara Cagle, and Trish Porter (Daniel); three sisters, Mary Spry, Juanita Tripp, and Louise Simmons; six grandchildren, Richard Jarrell (Angela), Tony Jarrell (Christine), Joshua Mathis (Jennifer), Res Simmons (Kayla), Katelin Simmons (Dylan), and Ashley Simmons; eight great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kira, Jake, Mackenzie, Aubree, Brooklyn, Marley, and Katilyn. The family would like to thank the management, nurses, and staff of Horizon Healthcare, Avalon Hospice, and Rock Gate Seniors Residence for their kindness, compassion, and respect they have shown during the family’s difficult time.

 Manchester Funeral Home





 Melissa Jane Thomas passed from this life on March 20, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-2 p.m.  Melissa was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee to Billy Tom Thomas and Martha Watson Thomas. Melissa was employed at the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. She was a loving mother, daughter, and sister. Melissa had a special love for her dogs Zoi, Chloe, and Rusty. She also enjoyed journaling, and expressing herself through art. Melissa is preceded in death by her father Billy Tom Thomas. She is survived by her mother; Martha Watson Thomas, son; Zachery Thomas Reed, brother; Billy Wayne Thomas (Cindy), significant other Jeff Hill, several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

 Coffee County Funeral Chapel




 Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi Wilder, age 88, of Hillsboro, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 22 at Manchester Funeral Home.  Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Viola.  Visitation with the family was from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the funeral home.  Mrs. Wilder passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Manchester Healthcare. Naomi was born in Smithville, Tenn., the daughter of the late Colonel and Leona Rackley Caldwell.  In earlier years, she worked for Hawkersmith Nursery.  Naomi was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, cooking, and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Naomi was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, George Wilder; two sons, Donnie and Verlon Wilder; four brothers, Amond, Robert, Lester, and Clifton Caldwell; and two sisters, Nonnie McMahan and Hassie Biggs.  She is survived by four sons, Stanley, Ronnie, Gary, and Jerry Wilder; four daughters, Virginia Gilreath, Kathy Stephens, Judy Weddington, and Marilyn Perry; one brother, Donald Caldwell; one sister, Morrell Gilreath; 24 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren; and 15 great, great grandchildren.

Manchester Funeral Home







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