Funeral services for Mr. Raymond Johnson “Dinky” Duke, age 82, of Manchester, will be conducted at noon on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Manchester Funeral Home with Dwight Duckworth and Ricky Duke officiating. Burial will follow in New Reddens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and from 11 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Duke passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Raymond was born in Rutherford County, the son of the late William Johnson and Beatrice Shelton Duke. Before retirement, Raymond was employed at Wilson Sporting Goods in Tullahoma for 42 years, where he worked in the professional finishing department. He served several terms as a Coffee County Road Commissioner and was a member of Riley Creek Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Raymond was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Eddie Duke; and one sister, Peggy Duke Holden. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Beaty Duke; one daughter, Dana (Tim) Morris; two grandchildren, Emily (Jon) Robinson and Lauren (Jamie) Crouch; three great grandchildren, Charley Elizabeth and Jonathan Briggs Robinson and Regan Alandra Crouch. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Riley Creek Baptist Church, c/o Linda Banks, 385 Cannon Road, Wartrace, TN 37183.
Manchester Funeral Home
Funeral services for Mr. Buddy Owen Elrod, age 69, of McMinnville, were conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Jim Zlaten officiating. Burial followed in Fredonia Cemetery. The Family received friends from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Mr. Elrod passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. Buddy was born on Oct. 25, 1949, in Tullahoma, TN, to the late Elmer and Geraldine Elrod. Before retiring from Bridgestone, he was a veteran of the United State Air Force. He loved coaching baseball and going to auction where he would set up his flea market booth. Buddy also was a huge Tennessee football fan. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Bradley Elrod; one sister, Teresa Diane. He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Baugh (Terrell) and Leslie Elrod; one sister, Liz Warlich (Ernie); and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
Coffee County Funeral Chapel
Mr. Lawrence Reggie “Caveman” Mullican, 58, passed away Monday Oct. 7, 2019 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Chicago, Jan. 20, 1961. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Sunday in the Central Funeral Home chapel with Minister P.J. Stewart officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation was 5– 8 p.m. Saturday at Central Funeral Home.
Central Funeral Home