BYROM, Billie Jane, 81, died Thursday, May 16, 2019.
CUNNINGHAM, Kenneth Harold, 72, of Tullahoma passed this life on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his home. Mr. Cunningham was born in Shelbyville to the late Harold and Lena Jones Cunningham. He graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in 1965, then served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Mr. Cunningham worked as a Purchasing Agent for Wilson Sporting Goods for 36 years until his retirement, he then began working as a Special Education Assistant at East Lincoln Elementary, where he was fondly known as “Mr. Ken.” He was a devoted member of Marble Plains Baptist Church, where he had served for many years as a Deacon and Song Leader, and was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Tullahoma Lodge 262, where he obtained the title of Master Mason in 1979. Kenneth enjoyed classic cars, golf and road trips to the beach with his family. He also loved singing, and was a member of the gospel group The Devotionals. He will be remembered as a great practical joker, who loved decorating for Christmas and Halloween, and had won several awards for both. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cunningham is preceded in death by his first wife, Kay Hampton Cunningham; one son-in-law, David Ward; two brothers, James “Buster” and Anthony Cunningham; and one sister, Sue McBride. He is survived by his wife, Carol Austin Cunningham of Tullahoma; two daughters, Kim Ward of Tullahoma, and Jada Alexander and her husband Greg of Tullahoma; four grandchildren, Laken Hipps and her husband Kyle, Austin Alexander and his wife Ashley, Kendra Dodson and her husband Dakota, and Grey Alexander; five great-grandchildren, Gunner, Hazel, Talon, Elena, and Rhett; two stepsons, Fred Dinwiddie and his wife Brenda of Decherd, and Robert Dinwiddie and his wife Ally of Nashville; one stepdaughter, Audrey Sanders and her fiancé Shane Sain of Manchester; 12 step-grandchildren - with special thanks to Elizabeth and Daniel for their care of their Papa; and five step-great-grandchildren - with special thanks to Mason, who enjoyed “checking on Papa.” Visitation for Mr. Cunningham was held from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Kilgore Funeral Home. Funeral Services will take place Sunday, May 19, in the Kilgore Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Jack Hice officiating. Burial will follow at Marble Plains Cemetery. For those who wish, the family asks that donations in Mr. Cunningham’s memory be made to Marble Plains Baptist Church, 525 Marble Plains Rd., Winchester, TN 37398. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ELDRIDGE, Oma Lee Anita Trussell, of Estill Springs, passed from this life on May 14, 2019, at Elk River Health and Rehabilitation (formerly The Willows) in Winchester. Born on December 22, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Clayton Trussell and Clara Cope Trussell. She was a long-time member of Estill Springs United Methodist Church and a retired LPN. In addition to her parents, Oma Lee was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Isabell and Mary Ruth Trussell; an older brother, Dewey Trussell; a younger sister, Pareline Trussell McCullough; her husband of 73 years, David Eldridge, Sr.; and her oldest son, Kenneth Eldridge. She is survived by a younger brother, Glen Trussell; sons David (Becky) Eldridge and Jimmy (Gail) Eldridge; 7 grandchildren: Michael (Dale) Eldridge, Stacey (Chris) Relford, Jeremy Eldridge, Chris (Tiffany) Eldridge, Brian (Joesette) Eldridge; Kenny Eldridge, and Natasha (Alan) Miller; 13 great-grandchildren: Abigail and Daniel Eldridge; Gage, Landon, and Grace Relford; Ethan and Evan Eldridge; Colton and Savannah Eldridge; Mathew and Madyson Eldridge; Abby Eldridge, and Brent (Maggie) Owens; a great-great-grandchild, Harper Owens; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. The family wishes to sincerely thank everyone at Elk River Health and Rehabilitation of Winchester and Avalon Hospice – Winchester who diligently and compassionately cared for her. Visitation with the family was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester, where the funeral service followed at 1 p.m. with Bro. David Lay and Bro. Joe Rutherford officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any memorial donations may be made to Estill Springs United Methodist Church, 215 Eastbrook Road (P.O. Box 113), Estill Springs, TN 37330. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
HAMLIN, Rhonda Michelle Allen, 52, of Lynchburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She was born in Bedford County on March 10, 1967. Michelle was a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church where she was head of the Relay for Life team, youth group leader, song leader, and a volunteer for the Angel Tree. She enjoyed shopping and going to Christian Concerts, as well as spending time with her nieces and nephew. Michelle will be remembered for her beautiful smile and personality. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Holt and Arlene Bennett and Robert and Elizabeth Allen. Michelle is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Sean Hamlin of Lynchburg; parents, Gary and Theda Allen of Lynchburg; sister, Marsha Allen Hedge of Lynchburg; nephew, Drake (Brittany) Cook of Tullahoma; great-nieces Trinity Faith White of Lynchburg and Lindabelle Renee Nunn of Tullahoma; great-nephew, Zander Holt Cook of Tullahoma; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and loving church family. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Lynchburg and from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 17, at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church. Funeral services followed at noon on Friday at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church. Interment was be held at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Shane Taylor, Eugene Forlines, Alan Gray, Clyde Matthew, Terry Hedge, Austin Waters and Rob Allen serving as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to Nikki Mitchell Foundation, 313 57th Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 or Smith Chapel United Methodist Church. Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MADDOX, Rev. Gloria, January 7, 1944 to May 14, 2019.
SCHUELER, Donald Eugene, 66, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at his home. Mr. Schueler was born in Pittsburg, Texas, to the late Clarence and LaDean Killie Schueler Jr. He was a retired nurse anesthetist with Anesthesia Solutions of Anniston and had been a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists since 1985. Mr. Schueler was also a member of The International Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care Society, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Association for Critical Care Nurses. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Suzanne Schueler. Mr. Shueler is survived by two sisters, Linda Fobian (Steve) of St. Louis, Missouri and Rebecca Bleakley (Greg) of Athens, Georgia; one brother, David Schueler (Kilynn) of Franklin; nieces and nephews, Matt (Lara) Fobian, Liz Bleakley (Nachiket Kumar), Joe Bleakley, Christine Schueler and Michael Schueler; and one great-nephew, Adrian Kumar. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at Faith Lutheran Church in Tullahoma with Rev. Marty Nutter officiating. For those who wish, the family asks that donations in Gene’s memory be made to the Faith Lutheran Medical/Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Faith Lutheran Church, 101 Bragg Cir. Tullahoma, TN 37388. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
VANZANT, Mary Elizabeth, 74, of Decherd, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems in Winchester. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at Holy Covenant Original Church of God with funeral services following at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
WILDER, Flora Beatrice, 67, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019.