Obituaries – 8/15/13

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

MCBEE, CLIFFORD, LARRY, 59, of Sewanee, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee. He was retired from CSX Railroad and loved being in the outdoors, playing golf before his illness, and enjoyed woodworking. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny W. McBee and a grandson, Trenton Layne McBee. Survivors include his wife, Carol McBee; children, John (Holly) McBee, Chris (Elaine) McBee, all of Sewanee; Amy McBee (Stacey Nunley) of Tracy City and Bobbie Carol (Billy) Williams of Decherd; mother, Frances Lappin; sister, Brenda Colvin, both of Sewanee; grandchildren, Morgan Meeks, Alex, Sam, Kallie Parson, Brandon, Joseph and Shelley Williams. A celebration of life service was held Friday, August 9 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Mickey Henley officiating. Online condolences may be made at  Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.

HANKINS, PEGGY, C., age 84, of Winchester, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013. She was a native of Decherd and was a daughter of the late Ed Pratt Cowan and Cullie Agnes Rose Cowan and was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Lappin. She retired from The University of the South after 34 years of loyal service and was a member of Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she served as attendance secretary, she sang in the choir for over 40 years. She loved her church. She was an avid sports fan rarely missing a game that any of her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren played. She and John loved the Lady Vols and went to as many games as they could make. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, John Hankins; daughters, Cindy (Galon) Sherrill and Jan Lappin; sister, Patricia (Jim) Cunningham; grandchildren, Beth (Eric) Burton, Allison (Jason) Fraker, Matt Lappin, Clay Sherrill and Becca (Shaun) Yates; great grandchildren, Christopher Harper, Aleigh Sherrill, CullieAnne Fraker, Aydan Yates, Reagan Sherrill and Ava Rose Yates; great-great-granddaughter, Zoey Harper.   Funeral services were held Friday, August 9 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Michael Clark officiating. Burial was in Eastern Star Cemetery in Sewanee. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus, 1805 Jackson Street, Suite 5 & 6, Tullahoma, TN 37388. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.netArrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.

TATE, SHARON, LEE, 65, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013. She was a member of Liberty Independent Baptist Church and was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on July 18, 1948 to John Robert and Clara Bell Brown Tate who preceded her in death along with her sister, Patricia Faye Clark. She is survived by her sister, Debbie Hampton; brother, John Robert Tate; niece, Brandis (Coy) King; nephews, Bryan (Celina) Clark, Steven Tate and Brad Hampton; great nieces and nephews, Mecina, Ember and Zayne Hampton, Keira Tate, Courtney and Harley King, and Kendra Walker. Funeral services were held Friday, August 9 in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Clayton Jones and Coy King officiating. Burial was in Altamont Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.   

HOLT, JAMES, EARL, “BUD,” 82, of Beersheba Springs, TN, passed away at his home Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was a First Sergeant in the US Army with 27 years of active service in Vietnam, Korea and Germany. He was a member Pearls of Christ Church, Sewanee Lodge # 405 F & AM at Tracy City, Al Menah Shrine of Nashville and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Chattanooga. He was born in Sherwood, Tennessee on March 15, 1931 to Arvis Milburn Holt and Ruthie Jane Jackson Holt who preceded him in death along with his infant son James Earl “Buster” Holt, Jr.; sisters, Beulah Mae Kirk, Willie Ruth Matlock, Laura Jean Singleton and Shirley Ann Payne. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Robeata “Fran” Griffith Holt; son, Arvis William “Jim” Holt (Renita), Murfreesboro; daughters, Patsy Michel (Neil), Idaho and Karen Knight, New Mexico; brothers, Arvis Milburn Holt Jr., Hendersonville, TN and Johnny Holt (Lana), Pelham, TN; grandchildren, Leigh Ann Belmap (Kevin), James Michel, Krystal Meeks (Billy), Johnny Ray Holt, Lili Anna Vaught and Jacob McAfee Holt; 6 great grandchildren. A Masonic service was held Sunday, August 11 at Layne Funeral Home in Altamont. Funeral services were held Monday, August 12 in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Arvis W. Holt, Anthony Wanamaker and Alton Scruggs officiating. Burial was in Hunerwadel Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard.  Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.

WHITT, DOUGLAS, WOODROW, “PAPA DOUG,” 77, of Gruetli-Laager, TN, passed away Saturday August 10, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Limestone County, Alabama to James Carl and Mary Eunice Balch Whitt who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, John J. Whitt, Concord, NC; grandchildren, Tim Baker, Shasta Meeks, Darrah Meeks, Victoria Meeks, C.J. Baker, Colton McDaniel, Tony Baker, Carrie Norman, Jaxson Baker, Anya Baker, Deketa Layman, Maketa Layman, Destinee Borne, Rave Borne; great grandson, John Whitt III.  Mr. Whitt was cremated at his request and there will be no service.  Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.

ROSS, JOHN, CARROLL, age 84, of Winchester, TN, departed this life on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at his residence following a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Coalmont, TN to the late Herbert and Louise Ross. He was retired from Oscar Mayer Company in Goodlettsville, TN where he was employed as a Scale Technician. Mr. Ross was of the Methodist faith and was also a veteran of the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Conway Ross, Lew ““Pup” Ross and Joseph Ross and a daughter, Sheila Carol Castle. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Rick) Coppinger; grandsons, Brandon (Whitney) Coppinger and Austin Coppinger, all of Goodlettsville, TN; brothers, Rudy Ross of Murfreesboro and Gene Ross of Winchester; sisters, Norma Ross Price of Tullahoma, Beverly Davis Brazelton and Judy Ross (Jimmy) Miller of Winchester. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 10 at Grant Funeral Services with Bro. Clayton Jones and Bro. Ray Winton officiating. Interment was in Coalmont Cemetery with Military honors bestowed. Online live viewing of the service is available by contacting Grant Funeral Services.  Condolences may be sent at  Arrangements were made by Grant Funeral Home Services, Estill Springs, TN.

THOMAS, RODNEY, KENNETH, “PEEWEE,” joined his mother, Esther Elizabeth Thomas and father, Roy Helman Thomas in heaven on August 10, 2013. His family lovingly referred to him as a “Miracle twice over,” as he had survived a battle with lung cancer and a stroke the following year, neither of which was he given much chance of survival. Through God’s grace, PeeWee’s life was extended another five years, and during those years, he turned his life over to God, and used his remaining time to share his testimony of Faith, God’s glory, God’s grace, and his belief of eternal life in a place far better and more wondrous than man has ever beheld. PeeWee is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne Bowden Thomas, and a son Tyson Thomas and wife Amy (Rucker). He is also survived by his two daughters Anna Carol Disser and husband Steve, as well as Lauren Lynette Floyd, and husband Adam. His six grandchildren include Jacob, Grant, and Gracyn (Thomas), Ryan and Austin (Disser), and Thomas Cooper Floyd. He is also survived by two sisters and a brother, Helen Sanders of Manchester, TN, Edith Bryant and Leroy Thomas (Margaret Emily), both of Tracy City, TN. PeeWee was a master of many things in his life, a carpenter, a coal miner, a grocer, the builder of a boat lovingly named, “Thomas the Tug,” as well as a woodworker who built several violins named, “The Tyson” “The Anna,” and “The Lauren” all of which were played at his funeral. His latest endeavor which he just did not have enough time to finish was a 250’ G-scale outdoor railroad set for the enjoyment of his grandchildren. He was a husband three days shy of 42 years. Although he was a success in many areas of life, he always said his most important achievement was being the father of three wonderful children. A friend recently remarked, “His love for his family was enough to make you envious of them.” PeeWee Thomas was a Christian whose passing was honored in a private graveside service held at City Cemetery in Tracy City on August 12, 2013. Brothers Danny Coffelt and Clayton Jones officiated. The family greatly appreciated the “fiddle” music provided by Big Don Hill’s group of friends, and the gospel group “The Blessed.” The family expresses love and gratitude for all of the prayers, phone calls, texts, messages, cards, and gifts of food. We especially appreciate Dean Lay at Cumberland Funeral Home in Monteagle, TN for his sincerity and kindness in making this most difficult time of our lives more bearable. Online condolences may be made at  Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home Monteagle, TN.



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