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Obituaries, Sept. 11, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm



BASS, Evelyn “Lyn” Eoff, 62, passed away at her home on Sept. 10, 2012. Lyn was born in Nashville on June 7, 1950, and was a lifelong resident of Tullahoma. She was loved and cherished by her many family members and countless friends and was  known as “Mommy Lyn” to all children who knew her. Preceded in death by her father, James Clair Eoff Jr., and daughter, Evelyn Ashley Bass, she is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Alexander Paul Bass III; her three daughters, Claire Bobo, Lyndsay Bass and Whitney Newton; two sons-in-law, Andy Bobo and Cameron Newton; seven grandchildren, Madelyn, Alex, Sam and McLayne Bobo, Peyton and Preston Bell and Hudson Newton; her mother, Evelyn Eoff; her brother, James Clair Eoff III; and sister-in-law, Ann Eoff. Lyn graduated in 1968 from Tullahoma High School where she was very active in student government and a varsity cheerleader for football and basketball all four years. She was a Senior Superlative “Best School Spirit,” Girls State delegate, cheerleader captain, THS Pep Club president, class secretary and on the Homecoming Court. She was also involved in the THS Choir, history club, annual staff, sports staff and the THS Entertainers. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, a Sigma Alpha Epsilon Little Sister of Minerva, an ROTC sponsor and a varsity cheerleader for both football and basketball. She was also president of the Dental Auxiliary for the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. Lyn was a devoted mother whose life revolved around her children and grandchildren. She was a regular room mother, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, basketball, softball and competitive cheerleading coach. Lyn’s whole family was active at First United Methodist Church, where she was the HALO Choir director, a member of United Methodist Women, Vacation Bible School teacher and Bible study leader. Throughout her lifetime, Lyn supported numerous Christian ministries in an effort to continue spreading God’s word around the world. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Kilgore Funeral Home, and a Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Lyn Eoff Bass Fund at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Lauderdale St., Tullahoma, Tenn. 37388. Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

DEVINE, Helen L., 91, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at her residence in Winchester. She was born Oct. 15, 1920, in Villisca, Iowa, to the late Roy and Alice Neal. After marrying her high school sweetheart, James Wesley “Wes” Devine, they moved to southern California where they raised their son. In 1989, they moved to Franklin County to be close to their son, Jim, and his family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Earl “Bud” Neal. She is survived by her son, James Wesley Devine Jr. and wife Judith “Judy” Devine of Estill Springs; grandchildren, Shawn W. (Stephanie) Devine, Signal Mountain, and Jennifer “Jenny” (Troy) Phillips, Huntland; great-grand-children, Robert W. “Wes” and Nicholas “Nick” Devine and Mason and Maddy Phillips; niece, Joyce Wiberg, and great-niece, Sherri Castillo, both of Winton, Calif.; special friend, Eva Branch, and the staff and residents of Southern Manor Living Center where she lived the past four plus wonderful years, and many friends in Iowa, California and Tennessee.  A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sept. 15, in Arlington Cemetery in Villisca, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

MORRIS, George Lurton, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma at the age of 82. Mr. Morris was a long-time member of the Tullahoma Fire Department where he worked as a fire inspector until his retirement. He was also a member of the V.F.W., W.O.W., the American Legion and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Morris also worked in the past in the funeral business as a licensed embalmer. He is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Rev. Baylon Hilliard officiating. Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

McCAFFERTY, Bettie Leigh Lumpkins, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at United Regional Medical Center. A native of Lawrence County, Tenn., she was employed by Methodist Publishing House in Nashville prior to relocating to California with her husband, the late Gene McCafferty, who was employed in the aerospace industry.  In earlier years, Bettie was employed as a cafeteria worker in several Manchester area schools and later at Carrier Corp. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with inurnment to follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester First United Methodist Church Wesley Wanderers.  Coffee County Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.