BRAZELTON, Jesse Francys, 92, of Murfreesboro, formerly of Franklin County, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment to follow at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
EATON, Earl Gordon, 91, died Monday, January 7, 2019.
GRAHAM, Rev. James Walter “J.W.”, aka “Jay,” 88, passed peacefully from this world on the morning of Jan. 5, 2019, at Bailey Manor Assisted Living Facility in Manchester. Born May 18, 1930, in Tracy City to Homer and Renice Graham, he was the third of eight children. Jay grew up with a love for gospel music and strong Christian values passed down through generations. He loved to sing and play the piano. He had a strong work ethic and in his early adult life worked as a grocer, a coal miner, upholsterer, a shirt factory cutting-room foreman, and furniture builder. Throughout his life Jay was active in church as a self-taught pianist and choir director. He played piano for his family’s quartet known first as the Spiritualairs and later as the Singing Victors. He also played for the Cumberland Boys Quartet. He attended Motlow Community College and Athens State College in his mid-forties, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in religion. After completing divinity course work at Emory University and Vanderbilt University, he was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1985. He pastored several churches in the Middle Tennessee area during his career including Pleasant Hill, Smith’s Chapel, Harris Chapel, Turkey Creek, Pleasant Grove, Eagleville and Concord United Methodist. He entertained and touched many lives through his musical talent and ministry. Jay is survived by his son Tony Graham (Debi), grandsons Jared Graham and Chase Graham (Suzie), two great-grandchildren, Mary-Michael and Jack Graham, a step-son, Arvis Williams (Robyn) and step-grandchildren Amanda and Nicholas Williams. He is also survived by two sisters, Doris Hughes and Carol Gray, two brothers, Homer Graham, Jr. and Larry Graham. He was “Uncle Jay” to numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Beard Graham, his parents, Renice and Homer Graham, Sr., brother, Robert Craig Graham, two sisters, Anna Lee Harris and Oma Ruth Ledford, and step-grandson, Christopher Williams. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. The service will be officiated by Brother Danny Coffelt. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 and will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service. Entombment will be at Sequatchie Memorial Gardens in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avalon Hospice, 305 1/2 South Jackson Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388. Central Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
JACKSON, Tommy, 73, of Winchester, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow at Cowan Montgomery Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SISK, Henrietta Bertha Gray, 102, of Winchester, died Jan. 4, 2019, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. Interment at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SLONE, Rodney Allen, 49, February 13, 1969 - January 5, 2019.