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Obituaries – 2/27/14

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

KEMMERLY, VIRGINIA, MAXINE, (MAX), passed away peacefully after a long illness on her 80th birthday, February 18, 2014, and has gone to glory to get a well-deserved rest. Born in 1934 in Irvine, KY, to Dewey and Lottie Whitaker, she proudly practiced nursing for many years, and in 1962 she became a nurse anesthetist and worked at John Gaston and E. F. Crump Hospitals in Memphis. She married Paul C. Kemmerly in 1970, moving to Nashville, TN, and then to Beersheba Springs, TN, in retirement. She was a wonderful supporter of Grundy County libraries, especially the Beersheba Library, and she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her loving children, Jack and Debbie Marnhout, Richard and Jane Marnhout, Rebecca and John Edmondson, Adam and Julie Kemmerly, Todd and Natalie Kemmerly, Ross and Nancy Kemmerly, and Kevin Kemmerly; beloved sister Peggy Brown and family; devoted companions Sheila Jackson and Anne Tolliver; and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 25, from the Chapel of Spring Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton Jones officiating. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family, go to www.springhillfh.com. Arrangements were made by Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

HEDGES, MILFORD, LELAND, 74, of Monteagle, TN, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. He was an entrepreneur at heart and had successfully owned and operated his own businesses. He traveled often and never met a stranger. He loved his family and will be deeply missed. He was born in Taylorville, Illinois on January 20, 1940, the first born and only son of the late Milford Hedges and the late Reverend Lillian G. Hedges. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, David Hedges. Survivors include his wife, Susan Hedges of Monteagle, TN; daughters, Dru (Mike) Gruetzmacher of Aubrey, TX; and Teresa Garret of Austin, TX; a son, Steven Graw of Chapmansboro, TN; three grandsons, Jon Etheredge and Dan Etheredge, both of Austin, TX; and Matthew Gruetzmacher of Aubrey, TX; one granddaughter, Evin Graw of Chapmansboro, TN; three sisters, Betty Hedges Shrum (Wayne) of Crossville, TN; Sharon Hedges Tomes (Clifford) of Sewanee, TN; and Edwina Hedges Coppinger (Vaughn) of Monteagle, TN; two uncles, Reverend Joe Hedges and Edwin Gibbs; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 22 in the chapel of Cumberland Funeral Home in Monteagle, TN with Reverend Terry Arnold and Reverend Wayne Shrum officiating. Burial was in Monteagle Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.netArrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.

CALDWELL, HELEN, L., GIVENS, 79, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014. She was an LPN and had worked at the Cumberland Heights Hospital. She was born in Bryant’s Cove on September 27, 1934 to Fate and Maggie Knowlan who preceded her in death along with her husband, Ralph Givens; sister, Louise Brewer; brothers, Hershell, John, George, Doug and Gilliam Knowlan. She is survived by her daughter, Belinda Darlene (Rick) Griffith; sons, Jeffery Rodney (Stacy) Givens and Darrell Roger (Buncie) Givens, all of Whitwell; sisters, Marie Taylor, McMinnville, Margaret Nance, Gruetli-Laager and Troas Layne of Palmer; brothers, Preston (Willene) Knowlan, Gruetli-Laager and Charles Ray (Yoshiko) Knowlan, Harrison; grandchildren, Jamie, Susie, Ashley, Blake, BreAnn, Richelle, Dirk and Nicholas; great grandson, Noah. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 25 in the funeral home chapel with Minster Delbert Layne officiating. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.