Obituaries – 10/3/13
SMALLWOOD, HENRY, “BUDDY,” SYLVESTER, age 81, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Medical Center of Manchester surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of the Forest Mill Church of Christ. He loved his church and enjoyed worshipping and fellowship. Buddy worked at AEDC for over forty years and was a landowner and farmer since 1968. He was an Air Force Veteran serving our country proudly for four years. He adored his grandchildren and considered Manchester his home. His family and the Lord were his life. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Smallwood; parents, Russell Lee and Mary Nina Hill Smallwood; sister, Mary Jo Hargis, and son Tom S. Smallwood. He is survived by a daughter, Billie J. (B.J.) and husband Philip Randall Cox of Madison, Alabama; two sons, Henry L. “Hank” and wife Cheryl of Altamont, Tennessee; Donald P. and wife Lisa Smallwood of Harvest, Alabama; four grandchildren, Kegan Thomas Smallwood, Brianna Anney Cox, Miranda Alexandra Cox, and Christopher Lee Smallwood. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 29 at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Chris Boyce officiating. Burial was in Fredonia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Coffee County Convoy of Hope, P.O. Box 654, Manchester, TN 37349. The Coffee County Convoy of Hope is a community outreach program. Online condolences may be made at www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com Arrangements were made by Coffee County Funeral Home Chapel, Manchester, TN.
BELL, JAMES, FREDRICK, JR., age 70, of New Market, AL, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on September 20, 2013, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born to James Fredrick “Jim” Bell, Sr. and Charlotte “Lottie” Elizabeth Partin Bell on December 15, 1942. Mr. Bell grew up in Tracy City where he worked in the family businesses Partin’s Store, Partin’s Dairy Farm, and the Tracy City Furniture Company. He graduated from James K. Shook School, Tracy City, in 1957, Grundy County High School, Tracy City, in 1961, and Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, in 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an Engineer for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and for the US Army Missile Command, both at Redstone Arsenal, AL. While at NASA, Mr. Bell was assigned responsibilities dealing with the Saturn V Launch Vehicle that carried man to the moon. At the US Army Missile Command, he supported and worked in the following project offices: Pursing Missile System, Hellfire Missile System, Ground Laser Locator Designators, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Follow-on to LANCE Missile System, and the Army Tactical Missile System/BAT Sub-munitions. He retired from the US Army Missile and Aviation Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL in January 1999. He worked as a consultant until March 2010, providing engineering support to the Utilities Helicopters Project Office. Mr. Bell was a member of the Southeast Church of the Nazarene in Huntsville, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Lottie Bell of Tracy City, TN. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn Bell; one daughter, Carissa Ann Callan (Andrew) of Harvest, AL; and one son, Mark Bell (Laura Lynn) of Madison, AL; 6 grandchildren, Murray, Samuel, Amber, Ruby, and Jonathan Callan and Maggie Bell; one brother, Lanny Bell (Wanda); and one sister, Elizabeth Bell, both of Tracy City, TN; 5 nieces and nephews, Jason Bell of Huntsville; Dr. Amy Bell Shirley and Sarah Bell Wilson of Murfreesboro, TN; Jon Bell of Gruetli-Laager; and Sgt. James Bell of Ft. Riley, Kansas. Funeral services were held Monday, September 23 in the Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert White officiating. Interment was in Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville, AL.
LOCKHART, TOBY, BRADFORD, age 25, of Tracy City, TN, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at his home. He worked as a mechanic and was born in East Ridge on October 13, 1987, a son of Rhonda Kay Roddy and Troy Lockhart. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Bobby Roddy and Grady Lockhart; uncles, Russell Roddy and Donnie Lockhart. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Whitney Parson Lockhart; brother, Tanner Lockhart; sister, Heather (Bull) Childers; grandmothers, Billie Ruth Roddy and Mary Helen Meeks White; niece, Lydia Childers; nephew, Boone Childers; a special uncle, Ronnie Lockhart; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also survived by his pet dog “Randa.” A graveside service was held Thursday, September 26 at Plainview Cemetery with Minister Clayton Jones officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.fosterlayfuneralhome.net. Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.
PERRY, COLBY, LEE, age 47, of Monteagle, Tennessee, passed away at his home Monday, September 23, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Earl Perry; grandparents, Dick and Lucille Perry and Robena MaGouirk. He is survived by his fiancé Beverly A. Patterson; mother and step-father, Mary Elizabeth and Al Ludwig of Monteagle; daughter, Kasey E. Perry; step-son Dustin K. Byers, both of Manchester; brother Tommy Perry of Monteagle; sisters, Tonya M. (Chad) Graves of Monteagle; Kerry E. (Billy) Byers of Tracy City; Tasha N. (Shane) Gray of Bridgeport, AL; his dog Jack; grandfather James “Red” MaGouirk; uncle David Cagle; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services were held Thursday, September 26, in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Ralph Shrum officiating. Burial was in Summerfield Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.
HARGIS, MARY, ETHELENE, 87, of Gruetli-Laager, TN, died at her home, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. She was born in Gruetli-Laager on October 26, 1925 to Willie and Mary Mitchell Bean who preceded her in death along with her, husband, Jimmy Hargis; son, Joe Hargis; daughter, Wanda Hargis; and 17 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Larry Hargis; daughter, Edith Hargis; brother, Clyde (Ailene) Bean; grandchildren, Ryan and Aaron Hargis, Crystal McDaniel; 9 great grandchildren; special caregiver, Tracy Pressley; a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 28 in the funeral home chapel with Ministers, Jessie Lockhart, Jacob Anderson and Larry Crabtree officiating. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
BYERS, DONNA, JO, age 58, of Tracy City, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her residence. She is preceded in death by her parents Donald Wayne and Willie Mae Byers and a brother, Danny Wayne Byers. Survivors include her companion, Michael Smartt, Tracy City; sons, David Wayne “Tiger” Meeks, Steven Dale Meeks, Derrick Smartt, all of Tracy City; daughter, Natalie Rochelle Shrum, and Brittany Smartt, both of Tracy City; brothers, Jeremy Gibbs and John Payne of Tracy City; sisters, Teresa Byers Campbell, Kathy Byers Layne, of Tracy City; four grandchildren, Kendra Danielle Meeks, Steven Dewayne Meeks, Paige Smartt and Tyler Smartt; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Graveside services were held Sunday, September 29 in the Gregg Cemetery with Minister Clayton Jones officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.fosterlayfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.
ARCHEY, KELLY, JO, 20, of Palmer, TN, passed away Wednesday September 25, 2013. She was born in Winchester on March 25, 1993. She is survived by her parents, Dennis Rheal of Rosalee, AL and Beatrice Archey Hampton of Palmer, TN; sister, Deana Hampton, Palmer; brothers, Timothy Hampton and Camden Rheal; grandparents, Danny and Teresa Nolan, Boyd and Patricia Rheal; special friend, Della Brody. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 2 at the Palmer Freewill Baptist Church in Rock Avenue in Palmer, TN. Burial was in Palmer Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
PRATER, BOBBIE, ATTRESS, 74, of Woodbury, TN, died September 28, 2013. She was born in Cannon County on October 12, 1938. Her parents were the late Snow Bryson and Dovie Lee (Jones) Bryson. Also preceding her in death are her husband, Royce Wayne Prater and a daughter, Melissa Leayne Prater and two special friends, her dogs, Rambo and Rusty. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Growing up in Woodbury she graduated Central High School in the Class of 1955. She was a retired employee of Colonial Shirt Factory. After retiring she and her husband worked together selling furniture at craft shows and flea markets. They called their business, Wayne’s Oak Furniture. She enjoyed feeding and watching humming birds. She enjoyed sports, watching the Vols or Titans play. She especially loved to watch her children and grandchildren’s games. Many people remember her being so excited watching the games, coaching and refereeing from the sidelines. She is survived by her daughter, Karen and Wade Isner of Woodbury; sons, Anthony Wayne Prater of Smithville and Royce Edward Prater of Woodbury; sister, Ida Smith of Woodbury; three grandchildren, Royce Anthony “Tony” and Amber Rose Prater, Royce Bryson Prater and Mattison Daye Prater; great granddaughter, Cali Rose Prater; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Glyn and Joan Prater of Woodbury, Jeanette Barrett of Woodbury and Wayne and Betty Lewis of Louisville, KY; also, one special friend, her dog Rufus. Memorial services were held Tuesday, October 1 in the Smith Funeral Home chapel with Al Bugg officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue. Contact Smith Funeral Home for details at 615-563-5337. Arrangements were made by Smith Funeral Home, Woodbury, TN.
NUNLEY, CHARLES, E., age 90, of Tracy City, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at his residence in Tracy City, TN. He is preceded in death by his first wife Jewell Turner Nunley; parents and 13 brothers and sisters, and grandson Jim Bill Price. He served his country in World War II and is a Navy Veteran. He also served in the Masonic Lodge, Olive Branch #297 and the Alhambra Shrine Temple. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jasper, TN. He is survived by his wife, Grace Nunley; step son, Monk (Christine) Price; granddaughter, Shanna Hawkins, all of Tracy City, TN; two great grandsons, Ian and Tristin Wooten, Gruetli-Laager, TN; several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 2 in the Foster and Lay Chapel with Reverend Ralph Shrum and Reverend David Grisham officiating. Burial was in Gregg Cemetery with Military Funeral Honor Rites provided by Sequatchie Valley Veteran Honor Guard. Online condolences may be made at www.fosterlayfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.