BAKER, Clara Lou, 94, of Tullahoma, passed from this life on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Tennova Healthcare - Harton. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Tullahoma Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Duckworth officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Clara was born in Franklin County to the late M.C. and Martha Scroggins. She retired from Wilson Ball Factory and was a very hard worker. Clara loved to bake and sew, even making her own clothes and clothes for her granddaughters. Clara was fiercely independent, and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, Clara is also preceded in death by her loving husband of over 50 years, Sherman Baker; four brothers, Clifford, William, Lehman and Jett Scroggins; one sister, Mary Arnold.  She is survived by her son, David Baker (Donna); one daughter, Peggy Clanton (Charles Raymond); three grandchildren, Karen Brashears (Mike), Terra Trail (Lannie Smith) and Josh Baker (Jennifer); four great-grandchildren, Ryan and Kellie Brashears, Libby Trail and Avery Baker. Tullahoma Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  An online guestbook is available at


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CARLTON, Hazel Manier, 85, of Wartrace, passed away May 3, 2019, at NHC Healthcare, Tullahoma. She was a kind, gentle and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The youngest of four siblings, Hazel Baird Manier was born January 30, 1934, to Nina Ruth and David Lemuel Manier at the family farm in Eagleville, where she spent most of her childhood. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Aubrey Carlton, on September 4, 1952. After graduating as valedictorian of her class at Eagleville High School, Hazel completed business college and worked as a secretary at Duck River Electric Co-op prior to starting a family. In the late 1950s, Hazel and Charles settled in Tullahoma, where they raised their two children. Hazel was a member of First Baptist Church of Tullahoma, where she shared her beautiful voice with the adult choir and served as a children’s Sunday school teacher and children’s choir assistant. She was also a member of Tullahoma Woman’s Club. She loved designing and sewing clothes for herself and her family. She also enjoyed clothing competitions and modeling. Fond memories of childhood 4H involvement encouraged Hazel and Charles to serve as leaders of the Tullahoma 4H club during the 1970s. During those years, Hazel shared her skills in sewing, cooking, gardening and music with many young people who still recognize her influence in their lives today. In 1978, the family moved to a farm in Wartrace, where the natural beauty inspired Hazel to further embrace her talents for gardening, flower arranging, painting and photography. Hazel is survived by her daughter, Ruth Carlton (John) Clowers of Normandy; son, Dr. Jeffrey Charles (Lynne) Carlton of Cheyenne, Wyoming; grandchildren, Brian (Jessica) Clowers of Tullahoma; Alex Clowers of Murfreesboro; Elizabeth Carlton (Dan) Lithio of Evanston, Illinois; and Charlie Carlton (Kristen Bukowski) of Fort Collins, Colorado; and great-grandchildren, Mikale, Akira and Nikko Clowers; Nicholas Treuhaft; and Anna Lithio. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Charles Aubrey Carlton, on February 21, 2019. Also preceding her in death were her parents, David Lemuel and Nina Ruth Manier; her sisters, Evelyn (Ike) Avaritt and Mary Alice (Bobby) Crick; and her brother, Edward (Marie) Manier. The family is eternally grateful to special caregiver Vicki Barbeau. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Kilgore Funeral Home with the funeral to follow at 4 p.m. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Shelbyville. Friends may contribute to Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes (P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024) or Life Choices Pregnancy Support Center (37 Sunrise Park, Winchester, TN 37398) in Hazel’s memory. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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HAND, Hilda Anthony, better known as “Nana” to most of the community, departed this life on May 3, 2019, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. Nana was born on February 17, 1947, to Fred and Flarce Anthony in Tullahoma. Nana graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1965 and caught the eye of a handsome army recruit, Ralph Hand. They were wed on Christmas Eve 1966. Nana devoted her life to loving and caring for others. She served at Skills Development Service and Life Care Center in Tullahoma for most of her career. She was called Nana by many, but officially received the title in 1989. As Nana, she took her grandkids to every VBS in the southeast, spent an unhealthy amount of time at the public pool, and attended every award ceremony, play, and field day her six grandchildren had. Nana served at Bel-Aire Elementary as a teacher’s aide for many years, helping every troublemaker be their best self. Nana was known for making her community a better place by loving and accepting everyone where they were at. She would give a meal to anyone in need and would clothe anyone who asked. She lived out a selfless love that only Jesus could bless her with. Nana was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph Hand. She leaves behind a family that she was hopelessly devoted to and completely in love with: her two daughters, Lanette Roberson and Stephanie Thompson, both of Normandy; her niece Bonnie Jindrak and her husband Gary, of Manchester;  her six grandchildren, Chris Reeves of Normandy, Joshua Thompson and his wife Jennifer of Manchester, Matt Hand and his fiancé Stephanie Trussell of Normandy, Jessica Thompson and her fiancé Justin Robinson of Estill Springs, Rhianna Roberson of Normandy, Keith Thompson of Tullahoma; and countless other dear friends and family that knew her as Mama Hilda, Aunt Hilda and Nana. She has imprinted a lasting love that will echo for generations. The family will receive guests at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at First Baptist Church of Manchester, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Memo: “Hilda Hand Fund”, Skills Development Services, 704 S. Washington St., Tullahoma, TN 37388, or Memo: “Hilda Hand” Alive Hospice, Inc., 1629 Williams Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Grant Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.


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LOWHORN, Doshia Earline Smith, 91, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Life Care Center. Doshia was born in Franklin County to the late Earl and Essie Miles Ogg. She attended grade school at the old Center Grove School in Franklin County, then high School in White House as well as nursing school through the State of Tennessee. Doshia loved missions work and taught Sunday school to all ages. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year award in 1999 for the Tennessee Nazarene district. Doshia was a former member of Eastside Church of the Nazarene and currently attended and was a member of Mt. Vernon Church of the Nazarene.  She also loved to quilt and had made one for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doshia also donated many of her quilts and would enter one every year in the Coffee County Fair. In addition to her parents, she preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Smith; one son, Jerome Smith; three sisters, Willa Richard, Verna Jernigan and Frances Parisot; niece and nephew, Louise and Greg Simmons; one great-grandchild, Channing Kitts; and one uncle, Ben Ogg. She is survived by her husband, David Lowhorn; two sons, Tommy Smith and Alan Smith; grandchildren, Jeff Smith, Brandy Kitts, Ki Smith, Jessica Pendergrass and Matthew Sparks; and numerous great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Kilgore Funeral Home with the funeral to follow at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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NICHOLS, Maj. (ret.) Harold Keith, 61, of Harriman. On May 3, 2019, at 11:07 p.m., the world said goodbye to a great man and a great musician. Harold "Keith" Nichols was born November 23, 1957, to Algia and Walter Nichols of Harriman. A graduate of Harriman High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College, Keith went on to retire as a Major from the Tennessee Army National Guard. Keith was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Lou Nichols, and father, Walter C. Nichols. He is survived by his mother, Algia Nichols of Harriman, two brothers, Ken Nichols and Danny Nichols, both of Harriman, and sister-in-law, Carmen Nichols. Keith leaves behind a large and loving family: wife Shelia Nichols of Tullahoma; son Justin Nichols with wife Toni of Lexington, Kentucky; daughter Shelli (Nichols) Hord and husband Chris of Shelbyville; daughter Kristy Oran and husband Sam of Kingston; and son Shane Chuvalas and wife Giselle of Indianapolis, Indiana. Keith was the proud grandfather to 10 grandchildren: Shelbie Taylor Oran and Sammie Ray Oran of Kingston; Abeline Keithly Nichols of Lexington; Annalise Hord, Daesha Hord, Tatyana Hord and Angel Hord of Shelbyville; and Opal Chuvalas, Minerva Chuvalas, and Gustavious Chuvalas of Indianapolis. Keith was a soldier, a Christian, a loving son, a wonderful dad, a proud grandfather, a fabulous friend, and a caring and loving husband. His infectious smile and his love of life will be missed by many. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Kyker Funeral Home, 430 Morgan Ave., in Harriman. Viewing hours are 2-7 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, at New Hope Cemetery in Rockwood. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to New Hope Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 232, Harriman, TN 37748. Kyker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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ROAKE, Elizabeth “Betsy” Algire, 84, of Hobe Sound, Florida, passed away at 12:04 p.m. on May 3, 2019, at Cleveland Clinic Martin South Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Moore Cortner Funeral Home with burial to follow at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester.* Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on May 11 at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Betsy was born July 17, 1934, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She was the first born of Thad and Mildred Algire. Betsy graduated from Boston Children’s Hospital with her RN. She met the love of her life, Charles F. Roake and was married in May 1956. She dedicated her life to her family and her craft of taking care of people. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thad and Mildred Algire, her best friend and husband Charles F. Roake and two grandsons, Kyle Douglas and Evan Wesley Bosworth. Betsy is survived by her three children, Leslie Nixon (Robert) of Tennessee, Debra Bosworth (Timothy) of Florida, and Thad Roake (Tammy) of California. Her younger sister Mildred McSwain, of North Carolina; nine grandchildren: Jeff, Justin, Jason, and Joel Nixon, Ryan and Keenan Bosworth, Aiden, Gracyn and Hailey Roake; four great-grandchildren: Taylor, Colton, and Mackenzie Nixon and Lukas Bosworth; brother-in-law Jerry Hershberger; a niece Susan Starke (Tom) and nephew Robert Hershberger. She also leaves to mourn two special Angels in her life David Cerzan and Alexandra Jordan. They gave selflessly to ensure Betsy had the highest quality of life possible. Moore Cortner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

*This obituary has been edited to reflect a change in arrangements made Thursday. Services will now be held at the funeral home rather than graveside.



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SMITH, Lillian Ruth Burke, 99, wife, mother and sister, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Friday, May 3, 2019, at her home. She was born in Tullahoma to the late David and Mary Ruth Ogden Burke. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas N. Smith; one brother, Dickie Burke; and three sisters, Edna Nell Rollins, Louise Crane and Wilma Burke. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Leonetti (John) of Tullahoma and Sharon McMillan of Murfreesboro; one sister, Nancy Barone of Greenville, South Carolina; four grandchildren, Kevin McMillan (Jennifer), Jennifer Church (Josh), Drea Leonetti and John Leonetti (Susan); and five great-grandchildren, Jack, Emmy, Will, Jordin and Tyler. Lillian worked as a beautician, having her own shop for many years. She was a business woman, a Bible class teacher and a caregiver for her husband. She loved people, sewing, crafts of all kinds and had a special place in her heart for her dogs, Sugar and Cici. Lillian had a sincere love and appreciation for her caregivers, Pam Freeman, JoAnn Daniel and Carolyn Wells. Her last words of advice to her family were, “Always be honest, and tell the truth.”  Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at Kilgore Funeral Home and the funeral immediately followed at 3 p.m. with Bro. Philip Davis officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Tullahoma Animal Shelter, 942 Maplewood Avenue, Tullahoma, TN 37388 or Grundy Street Church of Christ, 301 E. Grundy St., Tullahoma, TN 37388. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


STUGIS, Joseph Frank Jr., 71, December 19, 1947 - May 4, 2019.


THOMAS, Gene, 91, September 22, 1927 - May 5, 2019.




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