ANDERSON, Frances Ferrell, 82, July 29, 1936 - February 5, 2019.
BLANKS, James “Jamie” Rightman, 81, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Tennova Healthcare-Harton. He was born March 21, 1937, in Hohenwald, the son of William “Billy” Ezekiel and Lillie Norine Harrell Blanks. Jamie attended high school in McKenzie and enrolled at the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Engineering in 1955. He entered the cooperative engineering program and had a work assignment with the Light, Gas and Water Division for the city of Memphis. Jamie was married to his high school sweetheart, Janice Dean Webb, in 1959 and they were married until her death in November of 1992. Both Jamie and Janice graduated from the University of Tennessee with B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Education, respectively. Jamie accepted a position with the Union Carbide Nuclear Company in Oak Ridge. After working with Union Carbide, Jamie accepted a position at AEDC in December of 1962. During his time at AEDC, he worked primarily in the hypervelocity range facilities and has been associated with operations, research and project management. He also attended UTSI after moving to Tullahoma and received his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering. Outside of work, Jamie also enjoyed gardening, flowers and working in his yard as well as working on genealogy, which began after the death of his maternal grandfather in 1968. In addition to his parents and first wife, Jamie was also preceded in death by his second wife, Carolyn Deaton Howell Blanks, who died in 2008; his only brother, Billy Harrell Blanks; and three step-grandchildren, Richard Gregory Howell, Patrick Matthew Howell and Jeffrey Andrew Howell. He is survived by three children, Lisa Karen Blanks and her husband, Mark Alan Ellis of Manchester, James Harrell Blanks and his wife June-Ellen Schlimmer of Tullahoma and Laura Leigh Blanks and her husband William Randolph Allen of Dunlap; one step-son, Timothy Blake Howell and his wife Melonie of Tullahoma; three grandchildren, James Dean Blanks, Janice Kathryn Allen and William Webb Allen; and three step-grandchildren, Aaron Gregory Howell, Jacob Alexander Howell and Ethan Matthew Howell. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at Kilgore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Allison officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CARR, Raymond Pat, 63, November 1, 1955 - February 5, 2019.
COFFELT, Kenneth Ray, 61, of Decherd, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems. Visitation: from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Garner Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CUNNINGHAM, Emily Messick, of Tullahoma, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 23, 2019. She was preceded in death by parents Clarence Wesley Messick and Beulah Elizabeth Pearson Messick, and son, David William Cunningham. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. James William Cunningham; her daughters Beth Sell (Charles) of Nashville, and Kay O’Connell (Matt) of Franklin; her siblings Billy Messick (Sherry), Jimmy Messick, Eddy Messick (Kathleen), and Debby Matthews (Jim); her sister-in-law, Ann Cunningham; her grandchildren Ryan Cunningham (Katie), Allison Cunningham, Charles Sell, William Sell, Benjamin O’Connell, and Emily O’Connell; daughter-in-law Janet Cunningham; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Born in Bell Buckle, Emily graduated from Bell Buckle High School, where she was an active participant and leader of the Beta Club and the Bedford County 4-H Club. She won multiple championships with her Jersey cows and was chosen to represent her county at many state and national meetings. Emily attended Middle Tennessee State University and later worked for The Webb School and Arnold Engineering Development Center. After staying home many years to raise her three children, she began a 27-year career in sales at Arnold’s Furniture of Tullahoma. Emily loved Tullahoma and was very involved in the community. She held many leadership positions in The AEDC Women’s Club, was a Girl Scout leader, and worked the polls at every election. She volunteered regularly at her children’s schools, the local Guidance Counsel, the Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program, and her church. At Arnold’s Furniture, Emily was able to combine her knowledge of furniture and her love of design with her desire to help others. She loved getting to know her customers and using her expertise to help them create beautiful homes that functioned well for their families. She was known for tending to every last detail and took pride in a job well done and a satisfied customer. Emily was an accomplished bridge player and played with many clubs throughout her years in Tullahoma. She was still playing at least three times a week, enjoying the camaraderie of friends as well as a little competition. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Christian Church in Tullahoma, with visitation to follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The American Heart Association, or First Christian Church of Tullahoma. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DAVIS, Richard, 50, May 24, 1968 - February 7, 2019.
JOHNSON, Jerry O. “Jughead,” 73, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Tennova-Harton Hospital. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home with burial to follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home. A native of Tullahoma, he was the son of the late William Owen and Mozella Weaver Johnson. He was a supervisor at Worth Sporting Goods and a member of the First Baptist Church of Tullahoma. He enjoyed fishing, playing tennis, walking his dog, Dixie, and watching baseball and football games. He loved being with his grandchildren and watching them play sports. He also enjoyed being with his “tennis buddies,” playing tennis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jimmy and Howard Buddy Johnson and sister, Martha Ann Brown. Mr. Johnson is survived by daughters, Michelle Morris (Steve) and Jeri Lynn Allman (Jason) both of Tullahoma; sisters, Jody Daniel (Dale) of Tullahoma and Sudie Pendergraff (Terry) of Georgia; grandchildren, Shelby Lynn Morris and Jared Hood (Martha Brooke), both of Tullahoma; Kayleigh Warren (Tabatha) of Murfreesboro, Chasity Fouch (Justin) of Tullahoma and Chase Morris (Ali) of Raeford, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Savannah Overcast, Liam and Layla Morris and Kailynn Fouch; several nieces and nephews and his golden retriever, Dixie. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in his honor to 5 Loaves 4 Kids, P.O. Box 597, Tullahoma, TN 37388. Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.
MASON, Eunice Lanita, 79, of Huntland, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at her residence. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MILLS, Mary Lynn, 47, August 23, 1971 - February 5, 2019.
NISBETT, Dr. Harry Elam, 87, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at his residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 705 Wilson Ave., with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. A native of Murfreesboro, he was the son of the late Roy and Pauline Prater. He attended the University of Tennessee and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University. He opened his Veterinary Clinic in Tullahoma in 1956 and was the city’s only veterinarian until 1980. He practiced in Tullahoma for 53 years, closing his practice in 2009. Dr. Nisbett was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rotary Club and the Walking Horse Association. He also enjoyed volunteering and was very active in 5 Loaves 4 Kids, a local non-profit organization helping children. He was a charter member of the Motlow College Foundation and received the Tennessee State Board of Regents Chancellor’s Award for Philanthropy at Motlow College. The Motlow gymnasium, the Nisbett Center, is named after him and his wife. Dr. Nisbett loved all sports and was very active with all youth sports in Tullahoma. He enjoyed UT Football and had season tickets for over 50 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Qualls and Mary Watts. Dr. Nisbett is survived by his loving wife of almost 65 years, Mo Smith Nisbett of Tullahoma; sons, Denis Nisbett and his wife, Lynn of Tullahoma and Mackie Nisbett and his wife, Allison of McDonough, Georgia; daughter, Mary Johnson and her husband, Sammy of Statesboro, Georgia; grandchildren: Marshall Nisbett of Gallatin, Jennifer Nisbett of Tullahoma, Bess Burnett and her husband, Matt of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Robbie Nesbitt of McDonough, Georgia, Christie Aldrich, Kelly Robinson and her significant other, Chris Miller, and Tucker Hall, all of Statesboro, Georgia; and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in his honor to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Tullahoma Animal Shelter. Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.davesculbertsonfuneralhome.com.
POTTS, Rebecca Ann, 75, formerly of Shelbyville, died Feb. 2, 2019. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will be at Mt. Garner Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SISK, Floyd E., 86, of Winchester, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at his residence. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow at Keith Springs Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.