Shelley Lee Burks Sr., 96, of Winchester, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Southern Manor. Visitation: from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Graveside Services: 11 a.m. at Franklin Memorial Gardens with military honors bestowed. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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James Raymond Cofer, Jr., of Tullahoma, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Brookdale of Tullahoma.

He was born on July 8, 1921, in Georgetown, Meigs County. He was a textile executive, employed by Signal Knitting Mills in Chattanooga for 38 years. He retired as vice president of manufacturing from Signal Knitting Mills. Jim and his family was proud of his service for this country, having served in World War II, in the U. S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Mugford for a period of three years, six months, and 29 days. The Mugford earned nine campaign Battle Stars for service in the South Pacific.

Jim was ranked as a fire control officer first class, optical and radar. He was awarded decorations for American Theatre, Philippines Liberation, Asiatic Pacific, World War II Occupation Japan, Good Conduct Medal, and seven Combat Stars. Before moving to Tullahoma, Jim was a member of Red Bank church of Christ, then, of White Oak church of Christ, both in Chattanooga. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James Raymond Cofer, Sr., and Effie Conner Cofer, and four sisters, Frankie Standridge, Wilba Poole, Dorothy Harris, and Geraldine Harris.

He is survived by his wife of over 72 years, Eva Kerr Cofer; daughter, Carolyn (Dan) Thomas of Tullahoma; son, Richard A. (Debra) Cofer of Marietta, Georgia; one grandson, Chuck (Ann) Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana; one granddaughter, Laura Cofer of Marietta; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Thomas of Indianapolis; four brothers, Donald Lee Cofer, Taylor Cofer, Bryant Cofer, Douglas Cofer; one sister, Faye Roark; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Brookdale of Tullahoma and Compassus Hospice for their loving care, and a special thank you to Compassus volunteer Kathleen Shea for the many hours she sat with Jim when needed.

On Friday, Aug. 30, a visitation with the family was held at Lane Funeral Home in Chattanooga. Afterwards, a memorial graveside service was held at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

Lane Funeral Home, Chattanooga, is in charge of arrangements.


Frank R. Crownover, 85, of Decherd, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at his home. Visitation was held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.  Interment at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Deloris Ann Stump Freeze, 79, died Monday, August 19, 2019.


Ronald Gregory “Greg” Freeze, 40, died Sept. 1, 2019, at his home.


Carolyn J. Holland, 77, of Decherd, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. Visitation: from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral Services: 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.  Interment at Franklin Memorial Gardens.  Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Carol A. Keith, 72, died Monday, September 2, 2019.


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Kathleen Denys (Kendall) Lapczynski, 69, of Lynchburg (formerly Tullahoma), died Sept. 2, 2019, at Nashville’s Centennial Hospital from complications of recently diagnosed cancer.

Kate was born Sept. 12, 1949, the eldest of five, to Wilma Gene (Brooks) Kendall and William Tisdale Kendall in Mount Clemens, Michigan. In August 1968, she married her John Glenn High School sweetheart, David Lapczynski, who survives. Together, they raised two children, daughter Kelly and son Jake.

The couple moved to Tullahoma in 1980, where David began his continuing career with what is now Cubic Transportation Systems. When their children were old enough, Kate returned to college, earning degrees from Motlow and MTSU. She put her degrees to work immediately as a biology professor for Motlow, where she was beloved by her students and respected by her peers. While teaching, she earned her terminal Education Specialist (EdS) degree at Tennessee Tech. Throughout her career she earned a laundry list of awards and accolades that include multiple “Teacher of the Year” awards. She was proud of every one of them.

Into retirement, she was (among other affiliations) a valued member GFWC Tullahoma Woman’s Club, serving at local, district and state levels of leadership. She belonged to the Motlow Philanthropic Ladies Society. She was proud to belong to the Order of the Daughters of the King and worshiped at St. Barnabas Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her firstborn daughter, Kathy Anne; her youngest brother, Patrick; several cats; the polio virus; two hips, a knee and part of her spine.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years; their two children; granddaughters Kendall Lapczynski, Haley (Robert) Arnold, Emily Lapczynski and Delaney Freeze; sister Susan Kendall; brothers Bill (Anne) and Mike (Yvonne) Kendall; cousin Valarie McKinney; her beloved great-grandson Erik Lapczynski; daughter-in-law-to-be Morgan Ward; four cats; a household of fairie figurines and the homes she crafted for them, a complete dollhouse village she created, a large collection of teapots, a menagerie of unicorns, a den of dragons and a host of other mystical, magical and mythical creatures that also inhabited her Dragonfly Arts scrapbooking shop.

A member of Mensa, she loved word games and word puzzles and could manage a wicked pun. Smart, witty, kind, and generous to a fault, she will be greatly missed.

No public visitation will be held. Her ashes will be placed in the columbarium at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, where a requiem mass will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. until closing at One22West, 122 W. Lincoln Street, on what would have been her 70th birthday, Thursday, Sept. 12. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in her honor. Donate to the Coffee County affiliate online at imaginationlibrary.com or by mail at P.O. Box 753, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  


Leonard Thomas Lewis, 89, of Lynchburg passed from this life Sept. 2, 2019. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Hillcrest Funeral Home Darryl Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held 4-8 p.m. Thursday evening.

Mr. Lewis was born April 13, 1930, in Fairfield, to the late Aubrey Ransom and Maude Frances Reynolds Lewis.

He was preceded in death by sister and brothers, Ollie Mae Lewis Jones, Daniel Aubrey Lewis, Merwin Lyndell Lewis; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Jones, Earl Smith, Carl Foster; sister-in-law, Barbara Clanton Lewis and great grandson, Jack Wesley Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Molly Joyce Lewis; daughter, Cass Lewis Harrington and husband, Garry C. Adams of Franklin; son, Randall Thomas (Bonnie) Lewis of Lynchburg; grandchildren, Elliot Harrington, Adrienne Lewis (Reid) Tankersley, Faron (Sandy) Lewis, Mallory (John) Taylor; great grandchildren, Aubrey, Abram and Nola Tankersley, Wyatt Taylor and Julia Lewis; a brother, Austin Robert Lewis; sisters, Elvira Jane Smith, Flora Frances Foster, Sarah June Jones, Elaine Lewis (Paul) Stacy and several nieces and nephews. In addition to being a wonderful Father, the best Papa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a favorite uncle and respected business man, he would say his greatest accomplishment in life was fulfilling his Christian duty of being the most loving husband to his beautiful wife Joyce. They were members of Grundy Street Church of Christ in Tullahoma.

Like other men in the Lewis family, Leonard built a successful career in the rock crushing profession. After learning the trade working with family members in Tennessee quarries, he moved his family to Scottsboro, Alabama, and opened his first rock crusher, B & L Limestone in Woodville, Alabama. Soon afterwards he opened another with the same name in Scottsboro. In 1976 he acquired new business partners back home in Tennessee and opened Lynchburg Stone, Inc. He and another business partner owned and operated L & R trucking Co. and he and son Randall owned Lewis Drilling Inc. His last quarry venture was owning Cowan Stone, Inc. before selling his rock crushers to Rogers Group, Inc. where he worked until his retirement at age 72.

In his younger years he also served as First/Sergeant in the Tennessee National Guard.

If preferred, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grundy Street Church of Christ, 301 E. Grundy St., Tullahoma, TN 37388 or Aseracare Hospice in memory of Leonard Lewis, 3901 Central Pike Suite 259, Hermitage, TN. 37076.

Hillcrest Funeral Home in Shelbyville is in charge of arrangements.


Roy Allen Owens, 61, of Winchester, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at his residence. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral Services: 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.  Interment at Owens Chapel Cemetery.  Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James Ralph “Jay” Reeves III, 59, June 14, 1960 - August 31, 2019.







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