Shelia Jackson Elsbree passed away Aug. 18, 2019. She was a retired elementary teacher in Franklin and Coffee counties. She was predeceased by parents Woodson and Jessie May Jackson and her daughter Leighann Newberry. She is survived by husband Nathan Elsbree, brother Don Jackson and wife Vanessa, granddaughters Kayla Moore, Katelynn Allmon, stepchildren Nate Elsbree, Paigi Elsbree and four step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. No services are planned. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers if desired, donations to the local animal shelters would be welcomed. Companion Funeral & Cremation Service in Cleveland is in charge of arrangements.
Vella Ferrell, 59, of Rock Island, died Sunday, August 18, 2019.
Clyde Wayland Logan, 93, of Lynchburg, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Lynchburg Nursing Center. Visitation will be noon to 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 17, at Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment at Booneville Cemetery. Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Margarett Ann Mearse, 76, of Decherd, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment at Mt. Garner Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kimberly Dawn Elliott Oakes, 48, of Estill Springs, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment at New Center Grove Church Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Natalie June Parigger, 55, December 25, 1963 - August 17, 2019.
Mr. John William Augustine Riley, 90, of Tullahoma passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. John Riley established a long and varied career in emergency services that led him to Tennessee in 1981. Mr. Riley worked in the fire and medical fields and then turned his talents to developing disaster plans in support of the Mercury and Apollo Space Programs for Pan Am World Airways; ultimately He became the Manager, Disaster Preparedness, at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), where he also became the first contractor to be vested as the AEDC On-Scene Commander. During his tenure at AEDC EM he became well known and respected throughout a large portion of TN and first responders. He represented AEDC with great expertise and pride. John was preceded in death by his mother Julia Hanna Benson; father Merlyn Augustine; stepfather Bob Benson; siblings Alfred Riley, Patricia Wilkinson, LeRoy Riley and Robert Benson Jr; his beloved dog Titan. John is survived by and will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 34 years Lorna Riley; two children John Riley and wife Debbie, Lisa Luttrell and husband Steve; beloved dog Morgan; four grandchildren Jonathan, Tara, Heather and Christopher; five great grandchildren Austin, Simon, Jonathan, Alex and Skylar; special niece and family Laurie Baldwin, Brandy and Joy; loving daughters Tina and Amanda; loving grandchildren Isabella, Joaquin and Oliver; Many special friends and family. A visitation will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Tullahoma Funeral Home with a Celebration of John’s Life Service immediately following in the Chapel of Tullahoma Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Nutter. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Tullahoma Animal Shelter in John’s honor at 942 Maplewood Ave. Tullahoma, TN 37388. Tullahoma Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available www.tullahomafuneralhome.com.
Frances Stanford Sanderson Taylor, 103, moved to her heavenly home Aug. 16, 2019. A native of Shelbyville, she was born on Nov. 5, 1915, to George LeRoy and Minnie D. Harber Stanford. The oldest of three siblings, she was predeceased by Margaret Stanford, Thomas Stanford and Mary Sue Van Buskirk, and by her first husband, Leland Sanderson. She is also predeceased by James Taylor, her husband of 47 years. While employed as a clerk to Judge Cortner, she worked for several years in the Bedford County Courthouse. During that time, she met and married James Duard Taylor, who was employed as the Assistant County Agent and also worked in the courthouse. They had two children, Thomas Stanford Taylor (Dianne) and Peggy Taylor DuBray (Bob), who survive. Subsequent to her employment in Shelbyville, she was employed for 16 years by the U.S. Air Force at Arnold Engineering Development Center. After moving to Coral Gables, Florida, in 1969, she was employed by and retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital. In the early 1980s, the couple bought a second home in Tullahoma, where they spent the spring and early fall near their daughter. Late fall and winters were spent in Coral Gables, where they were near their son. They permanently relocated to Tullahoma in 1991. She loved God, her family and her church family at First Baptist Church in Tullahoma, where she attended faithfully until about two years ago. She lived her life in complete reliance on her faith in God and did not waiver even during the most difficult times. In addition to her children, Frances is survived by step-grandchildren Barbara DuBray-Benstein (David, deceased), David DuBray, Tiffany DuBray (wife of Bill DuBray, deceased), Rick (Susan) DuBray and Kenny DuBray; great-grandchildren Ryan (Kathryn), Clair, Kyle, Kaylyn, Bryce, Connor, Jenna, Morgan and Olivia; and two great-great grandchildren, Lyles and Blair DuBray. Visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Tullahoma, with the service immediately following. Burial at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Care Ministry at First Baptist Church, First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center or Blue Monarch. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.