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Obituaries for May 14

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 Jean F. Araneo

 Mrs. Jean F. Araneo, 74, passed away Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Unity Medical Center in Manchester.  She was born in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 30, 1944 to Oren Franklin and Miriam Riddle Franklin who preceded her in death. She was a member of Saint Bede's Episcopal Church and the Coffee County Retired Teachers Association.  She was retired from Coffee County Schools after 40 plus years.  She taught eighth grade math, algebra and pre-algebra.  She was a graduate of MTSU and Winthrop University. She is survived by her husband, Francis G. “Frank” Araneo; daughter, Deborah Davis of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter, Sherrie Adams, Daytona Beach, Fla.; sister, Kay (Lewis) Killian, York, S.C.; niece, Renee (Ken) Farris; nephew, Bryan (Susan) Killian; great nieces, Jessica Killian and Rylan Farris; great nephew, Carter Farris. A memorial service will be held at Saint Bede's Episcopal Church (93 St. Bede’s Drive) Saturday, May 18th at 1 p.m.

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Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bob” John Balkenende, age 73, of Tracy City, will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 at St. Marks Catholic Church in Manchester. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Roseville, Iowa on Saturday, May 18. Visitation with the family will be from 5-8 p.m. at Manchester Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  Mr. Balkenende passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Bob was born in Charles City, Iowa, the son of the late William and Christine Balkenende. He was a member of the St. Marks Catholic Church in Manchester, where he also was an usher. He also was a United States Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War.  Bob enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing baseball, tennis, building things, and most of all spending time with his family. Bob had a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Dick Balkenende and Jim Balkenende (Nadine). He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Darter Balkenende; two daughters, Jackie Connelly (Tom) and Teri Balkenende (Traci); three brothers, Jack Balkenende (Jane), Tom Balkenende (Rhonda), and Don Balkenende (Annette); four sisters, Jane Dutcher (Jerry), Judy Balkenende, Nancy Guthart (Raymond), and Sandy Sanford (Jim); one grandchild, Sanne Balkenende.

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 Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Frances Magouirk Foster, age 83, of Manchester, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 13, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Gnat Hill Cemetery.  Visitation with the family was on Sunday, May 12 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel from 5-8 p.m. Pallbearers included: Robin Magouirk, Jeff Magouirk, Scotty Magouirk, Even Magouirk, Derek Sissom, Cody Brown and Caleb Jacobs. Mrs. Foster passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Manchester Healthcare. Mary was born in Pelham,, the daughter of the late James William and Mary Etta Magouirk. She retired from UPS in Cleveland, Ohio after 35 years as a dispatcher.  She attended Chapmans Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Pelham. Mary enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Foster; two brothers, Kenneth Magouirk and Joey Magouirk.  She is survived by one brother, J.W. Magouirk (Dorothy); one sister- in- law, Shirley Magouirk; her companion, Lucky; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Lou Gaultney, age 74, of Manchester, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother James Butler officiating. Burial followed in the Welker Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 11 a.m. until time of the service on Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Gaultney passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Linda was born in Manchester, the daughter of the late Virgil and Etha Thomas. She was a homemaker and she attended of the Summitville United Methodist Church. Linda enjoyed fishing, sewing, watching wrestling with her granddaughters, absolutely loved to mow her yard, and most of all spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Gaultney; stepfather, Rob Jones.  She is survived by one son, Ritchie Gaultney (Benita); one daughter, Penny Lemons (Mark); one sister, Thelma Green; four grandchildren, Mandy Bowling (Jeremy), Clint Gaultney, Cole Gaultney, and Zac Lemons; four great grandchildren, Macin Stacy, Shea Stacy, Zach Bowling, and Kendra Gaultney. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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 Graveside services for Mr. Clifton “Snip” Harrell, age 77, of Manchester, were conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Asbury Cemetery.  The family received friends from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Manchester Funeral Home.  Mr. Harrell passed from this life on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Tennova Healthcare – Harton in Tullahoma. Snip was born in Coffee County, TN, the son of the late Thomas Clinton and Annie Pearl Brown Harrell.  He retired as a supervisor from Eden Industries after 20 years of service.  Snip was an avid pool player, and he also enjoyed fishing and coon hunting. In addition to his parents, Snip was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Betty Harrell; two brothers, Charlie and Bud Harrell; three sisters, Elizabeth Kennedy, Louise Vandergriff, and Della Cooper.  He is survived by one son, Jeff Harrell; one daughter, Tammy (Jeff) Townsend; three brothers, James (Helen), T.C., and John Harrell; one sister, Lorene Rackley; two grandchildren Nathan (Emily) Townsend and Nikki (Will) Jacques; grandchildren, Hunter Jacques, Case Jacques, Eli Morgan, Emery Townsend, and Easton Townsend; and special friends, Ashley and Carter.

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John Ellis Moore Sr. age 65 of Hillsboro, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 at Unity Medical Center.  Mr. Moore was the owner of On Target Reloading Center and a former employee of Carrier Corporation. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Betty Fish Moore. He is survived by his wife, of 34 years, Linda Sue Daniel Moore; sons John Ellis Moore Jr. (Lori) of McMinnville, and Patrick Moore (Katie) of Maryville, Tenn.; daughter Jennifer Pittman (Shane) of Manchester; three brothers Gary Moore, Jim Moore, and Donald Moore of McMinnville. and sister Carol Moore also of McMinnville. Mr. Moore is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Shelby Moore, John Wiley Moore, Hattie Jane Moore, Meghan and Michael Campbell, Sarah Pittman and Hallie Grace Pittman. Services for Mr. Moore were graveside Wednesday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at Blanton’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation was from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday at Central Funeral Home.

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 Mr. Fredrick L. Litwin age 78 of Manchester passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Raintree Manor in McMinnville.  Mr. Litwin was born Aug. 13, 1940 to Louis and Sofie Koznecki Litwin. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Tamera Noble. Mr. Litwin was a truck driver and an ordained minister.  He served in the US Air Force in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He is survived by his wife; Barbara Litwin, a son Timothy (Toni) Litwin of Manchester; Grandchildren Christopher Hicks and Michael Litwin of Manchester, and Randy Noble of Florida; two great grandchildren, Jade Hicks and Elizabeth Hicks of Manchester; two brothers Ronald Litwin and Louis Litwin of Illinois and sister Patricia Batagglia also of Illinois. Funeral services were at 9 a.m., Friday, May 10 at Grace Baptist Church in Manchester.  Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at Grace Baptist Church. 

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Funeral services for Mr. John “Billy” William Shannon, age 78, of Manchester, will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at Manchester Funeral Home with Brother Brandon Stutts officiating. Burial will follow in Welker Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday prior to the service from  noon-3 p.m.

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Funeral services for Leonard C. “Buddy” Smead Jr. were conducted Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with grandson Dustin Murray officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Leonard C. “Buddy” Smead Jr. (Papa) was born April 10, 1927 in Camden, Ark. Leonard was the son of the late Leonard C. Smead and Lillian Williamson Smead. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jane Todd Smead; a sister, Mary Smead Purifoy; brother-in-law, Louis B. Todd (Patricia); and niece, Sarah Purifoy. Mr. Smead is survived by his children, John C. “Jack” Smead (Patti) of Delray Beach, Fla., and Ruth Smead “Toddy” Murray (Johnny) of McMinnville; grandchildren; Dustin Murray (Erin Stubblefield) of Manchester, Todd Murray (Diana) of Tullahoma, and April Field of Delray Beach Fla.; great-grandchildren ; Ethan Abplanalp, Beau Murray, Jacy Kate Murray, Makayla Murray; one niece, Trish Todd Kelly (Sean) Brooklyn, N.Y.; nephews; Jim Todd (Bonnie) of Nashville, Louis B. Todd III (Julie) of Atlanta, and Steve Purifoy of Benton, Ark.; several great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Mr. Smead was a member for over 50 years of the John B. Garrett Masonic Lodge # 711 and Scottish Rite. Buddy was a veteran of the Army Signal Corp, 844th Signal Radio Ft. Gordon, Ga. Korean War 1950-1952. Buddy graduated high school in the class of 1945 in Camden, Ark. He was quite active in school, being Class President his freshman and sophomore years, and President of the student body his senior year. He participated in track, football, and was the captain of his basketball team. After high school, he attended Henderson State College in Arkadelphia, Ark., and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. In 1949 Leonard moved to Nashville, and began a career with General Electric. After 30 years with the company he retired as regional sales manager in 1979. Upon retiring from G.E., he worked as sales manager for McQuiddy Office Supply, and as a manufacturer’s representative.  Buddy and Jane wanted to be near their grandsons, and moved to Manchester,. They had many happy years going to all the boys sporting events. Buddy was an avid golfer, enjoying many golf trips over the south with friends. He also collected music from the big band era of the 1940s and 1950s. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Dusty Elam Foundation – P.O. Box 1049, Manchester, TN 37349; Blue Monarch - P.O. Box 1207 Monteagle, TN 37356 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital - 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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 Graveside services for Mr. Gene Thomas, age 91, of Beechgrove, were conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at New Beechgrove Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday at Manchester Funeral Home.  Mr. Thomas passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. Gene was born in Southside, Tenn., the son of the late Wilbur T. and E.C. Talley Thomas.  He proudly served his country in the Merchant Marines during World War II.  Gene was an accountant and attended First Baptist Church of Beechgrove.  His favorite hobby was reading. In addition to his parents, Gene was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Thomas.  He is survived by his son, Jon (Dr. Beth) Thomas; daughters, Linda Thomas and Sharon (Bill) Culp; brother, Tommy Thomas; sister, Brenda Thomas; grandchildren, Nicole Culp and Justin (Kelly) Culp; and great grandchildren, Christian, Ethan, and Vivian Culp. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the volunteer service at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Alvin C. York Campus, 3400 Lebanon Road, Murfreesboro, TN  37129 or online at

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 Private graveside services for Sara Ruth Kesler Ward, age 81, formerly of Chattanooga, will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Tullahoma, with Norman Roger McCullough officiating.  Mrs. Ward passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. Sara was born on May 14, 1937, the daughter of the late James Preston and Lois Hearn Kesler.  In earlier years, she was a lab technician at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. In addition to her parents, Sara was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Ward; two sons, Barry and Rodney Ward; and two daughters, Vickie Ward Sims and Carol Ward Barbee.  She is survived by one sister, Edith Joyce Kesler McCullough; six grandchildren, Jason Ward, Christopher Ward, Valerie Ward, Heather Ward, Daniel Barbee, and Amy Sandoval; three great grandchildren, Michael Jeffery Barbee, Mariano Sandoval, and Uriah Ward; nephew, Norman Roger McCullough; and nieces, Sheila McCullough Waggoner and Amy McCullough Powers.

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