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Tullahoma Funeral Home, located at 401 Westside Drive, Tullahoma, TN, 37388, is a trusted and compassionate funeral home that has been serving the community for many years. With a commitment to providing exceptional service and support, the funeral home has built a reputation for excellence in funeral care.

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Address: 401 Westside Drive, Tullahoma, TN, 37388
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Norma C. Dudley - October 04, 1937 - May 18, 2024

Departed: 05/18/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Norma was born a US citizen in Batangas, Phillippines on 4 October 1937. She came to the us in 1956.  Norma eventually met Charles Dudley and married him in 1968.  She traveled with him to many Naval bases and they welcomed their daughter Angela in Beeville, TX on 17 August, 1970.  Following a few more years of active duty, Norma and Charles retired in Tullahoma, TN in 1980.  Her favorite activities included going to yard sales, gardening, fishing, crafting, and hiking, many times choosing to bring friends and family along with her for the fun.
She is survived by her husband, Charles, her son, Byron (Kelly), her son, Chad, daughter, Angela, grandchildren, Matthew, Brittany, Daryl, Dustin, Daniel and David, her nieces, Ceci Martinez and Linda Reynolds.
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Larry Gibbons Reese - December 30, 1957 - May 17, 2024

Departed: 05/17/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Larry G. Reese, our dear brother, passed away at his home Friday, May 17, 2024, at the age of 66. He was born and raised in Tullahoma, TN and a 1975 graduate of Tullahoma High School.
Larry was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Perry & Johnnie Reese, Maternal grandparents John & Gladys Berry, parents A. J. & Regenia Berry Reese, Sister Anna Johnson, and niece Kimberly Johnson.
Larry is survived by sisters Mary Jane Staples & Linda (William) Sykes of Murfreesboro, Bertha Smith, of Tullahoma and Della Reese of New Jersey. Nieces and nephews, and those whom he thought of as family and many dear friends.
Larry worked several years in law enforcement beginning in 1978 with MTSU Campus Police until his death as Lieutenant with Vanderbilt Police and Vanderbilt Public Safety.
Larry was a friend to everyone he met and made an impression on each of us. Our hearts are heavy, but our memories are joyous. And as Larry has said so many times “God has this”.
A memorial service will be held Saturday June 8, 2024, at Hart Street Church of Christ in Nashville, TN. Visitation with family 12:00-1:00, services at 1:00.
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William "Doc" Prince - July 05, 1929 - May 14, 2024

Departed: 05/14/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Mr. William “Doc” Prince passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the age of 94.  Doc was born in Franklin Co., TN to the late Grady and Nannie Prince.  In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by 4 sisters, Bobbie Ray, Robbie Frame, Geneva Kennedy and Nell Fowler and 2 brothers, Tom and Dudley Prince. He was the owner of Prince and Sons in Tullahoma and he attended Marble Plains Baptist Church.
Doc is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Prince, sons, Bruce Prince (Deborah), Larry Prince (Brenda), Mark Prince (Kelley) and a daughter, Myra Patton, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Visitation with the Prince family will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 11:00AM till 1:00PM.  Funeral Services will follow at 1:00PM at the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Parks officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
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Velma Lee Steverson - November 21, 1927 - May 02, 2024

Departed: 05/02/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Mrs. Velma Lee Steverson passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2024 at Life Care Center in Tullahoma at the age of 96.  She was born in Franklin Co., TN to the late Jim and Ira Syler. In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Steverson, daughter, Brenda Gayle, and 4 grandchildren She was a member of Unity Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Robert D. Steverson (Cynthia) of Tullahoma, grandchildren Robyn Johnson, Rebecca Steverson, Lisa Stone and Lucy Elizabeth Steverson, 15 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be held from 11:00 to 12:30 Tuesday at Tullahoma Funeral Home.
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Franklin Quinn Lightfoot - August 02, 1965 - May 02, 2024

Departed: 05/02/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Mr. Franklin Quinn Lightfoot passed away Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the age of 58.  He was born in Tullahoma TN to the late Dorothy Dean and Author Douglass Lightfoot Sr.  In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a daughter, Dottie Lea Lightfoot, brothers, Author “Junior” Lightfoot, Stephen A. Lightfoot and Christopher Dean Lightfoot.
He is survived by his wife Shelia Lightfoot of Estill Springs, siblings, Vonette and Donald Holloway, Tracy Lightfoot, Helen Ramos and Stacy Lightfoot of Estill Springs, children, Gina and Michael Deuermeyer and Quincy Lightfoot of Estill Springs, Tabitha and Jonathan Jackson of Murfreesboro, Brittany Conner and Selena Escobar of Winchester and Jonathan “Wesley” Phelps of Shelbyville,  17 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Quinn graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in 1984.  He worked 2 jobs after high school where he began to create his own business as a handyman/contractor.  Quinn had such a talent for fixing anything he set his mind to.  Quinn had a love for music, playing guitar and singing as well as for his family. He loved the outdoors, fishing and animals as well.  Quinn and Shelia also took in animals and had a special place in their hearts for dogs with Benji being one of his favorites.
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Evelyn Denise Trinkaus - March 25, 1956 - April 28, 2024

Departed: 04/28/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: She passed away after a not long enough but fulfilling and experienced life on April 28, 2024, at Manchester Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, after losing a hard fought battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was born on March 25, 1956, in Richmond, Indiana. She spent most of her years growing up in Norfolk, Virginia. She moved to McMinnville, TN., some thirty years ago.
She did things in her own way and in her own time. Getting drivers license after 40 and her GED. She was very proud of that.
She was very proud of her family and enjoyed her life with her three children, Doyle (Kayla) Smith of McMinnville, TN, Jeanie (Dakota) Puffenbarger of McMinnville, TN, David (Sharla)Smith of McMinnville, TN. Her final years were spent with her love and husband, Keith Greggor of McMinnville, Tn.
She was known by many loving names, Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grammy, Denise Deanie, and friend.
She loved her grandchildren deeply, Desaray Smith of Alabama, Shawn Judkins of McMinnville, TN, Nicky Smith of Murfreesboro, TN, Dubby (Haley) Puffenbarger of McMinnville, TN, Abby Puffenbarger of McMinnville, TN, Tony "Little Man" Puffenbarger of McMinnville, TN , Ethan Smith Hobbs of McMinnville, TN, bonus grandchildren Amber Heffington, Jesse Palmer, Skylar Hobbs, J.T and A.J. all of McMinnville, TN Great granddaughter, Lakelynn Puffenbarger, McMinnville, TN, and 9 bonus great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles near and far.
She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Smith, her mother, Alta Jean Smith, her sister, Doris Jean McAbee, her brother Robert (Bobby) Smith, Jr. and many other loving family members and friends.
She leaves behind her best friend and sister, Cindy Reiver of Morrison Tennessee, Sherry Smith of Salem, Virginia, and Jo (Friday) Shinabery of Morrison,Tennessee. In her dash through life to death she enjoyed her children, grandchildren and family. She loved shopping and yard sales. Music and dancing. Dressing up and going barefoot. Collecting Betty Boop and angels. Purses and jewelry. She loved Jesus and church. And she loved her spoiled special cat, "Socks."
Although she will be greatly missed, she no longer has to endure the pains of cancer. She is in a better place with people she has loved and missed who have also left this world. She is in the arms of Jesus. She always wanted a log cabin by a creek. Now she has a mansion by streets of gold and the purest of flowing waters.
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Ruth Buyck - March 14, 1934 - April 15, 2024

Departed: 04/15/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Ruth Buyck, Mom of Bob (Nancey) Gnatt, JoAnn( Alex) Sorokunov, Cheri (John) Evans,  Joey (Stacey) Gnatt & Danny (Lyn) Buyck Ruthie was grandma to Patrick, Gracey, Jenny Heather, Olivia, Rob, Jackie, Allison, and Tabitha She has 13 Great Grandkids,  & also, Several Great-Great-Grand Kids. She was Married to Ray Gnatt for 18 Years & remarried to Raymond Buyck in 1981. Raymond passed in 2016. Ruth was preceded in death by her Mom & Dad Alice & Vincent Kumer and here Sisters Rose Mary (Ed) Sochacki, Alice Bolton, & Vickki Bullion And also a nephew Rickie Sochacki & Dave Bolton . Ruthies oldest child Bob also preceded her in 2020. Ruthie was a loving & mentoring Aunt to her nephews Eddie, Donnie, Eugene, Mike, Keli & Larry. Ruth loved Jesus and was more than ready to be with him & her loving family.
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Thomas Kirk Redmon - August 09, 1963 - April 14, 2024

Departed: 04/14/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Thomas Kirk Redmon, age 60, of Tullahoma, TN passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sunday, April 14, 2024. He was born on August 9, 1963, to parents Leslie and Ann Redmon in Nashville, TN.
Tom is preceded in death by his father, Leslie Redmon. He is survived by his loving wife, Loraine Redmon; mother, Ann Redmon; brother, John Redmon; sisters, Myra Raines and Amy Redmon; sister in law, Lisa Vance (Scott Rogers); and nieces and nephews, Ashley Doss, Raven and Desire Vance, Christopher Owens, Gary Owens, Jr., and Brett Redmon.
Tom was very fond of boating and going out across the water. He enjoyed spending his time picking on the banjo and playing the drums. He was very passionate about music and loved all the 70’s old rock bands. He was a music enthusiast and all around a good man.
A celebration of life will be held at Tullahoma Funeral Home on Saturday, April 20th, 2024 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.
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Donald Eugene Fox - June 19, 1945 - April 13, 2024

Departed: 04/13/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Donald Eugene Fox, age 78, of Estill Springs, formerly of Franklin, TN, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born on June 19, 1945 to parents Jack and Martha Fox in Franklin, TN.
Don is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and brother, Ron Fox.
He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Althia Fox; daughters, Laurie (Jeff) Tallaksen, Jamie and Leigh Fox; sons, Drew Fox and Shane (Donna) Clark; step daughter, Michelle (Danny) Firmin; brothers, Billy (Kathy) Fox, Harry Fox, and Jason (Evelyn) Fox; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Donald graduated Franklin High School in 1963 where he played basketball and went to MTSU to continue playing on a basketball scholarship. He served as a Military Policeman for the Army National Guard and also worked as an Electrician for Entergy for over 25 years. He was an avid fisherman, and loved hunting, especially for doves with his family and friends.
His hobbies included sports, cowboys, and keeping up the yard; but his most fond characteristic revolved around the Creole and Cajun cultures of Louisiana. He loved playing karaoke and having crawfish front broils. For many years, he rode on the Krew of Endymion during Mardi Gras in Louisiana. He made many friends there, as well as in Alabama and Arkansas, he never met a stranger.
A celebration of life is tentatively being held on May 4th, 2024 around the afternoon at his residence.
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Dona Jean Potter - July 03, 1933 - April 06, 2024

Departed: 04/06/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: 7/3/33 - 4/6/24 “Dona Jean” Potter met so many , traveled so far across the country , loved , lived , enjoyed life as much as possible. She didn’t want a funeral or anything so this will suffice even though she’d think it was too much. She had four sons from two marriages. Jack, Tommy and Gino Bell (first marriage Jack Bell) and myself (second marriage)13 years after Gino. She divorced my father when I was maybe two and has been unmarried since. Parents Fannie ( Tonti) and Gene ( Devenangio) and sister Patty ( 93 and still loving Jesus but excited to see sis she says). She loved her dogs , Harleys ( 82 Superglide and an 81 Heritage) , traveling the USA by semi truck for 35 years and averaged 300 days a year until the end. She met Jeff Koenig in 1987 when he hauled swinging meat out of Nebraska and they started team driving. They never married but Jeff is one the finest people you’ll ever meet. They were best friends, driving partners , arguing buddies and memory makers until last Saturday. Jeff never left her side during her cancer or end of life. He will forever be family. Their favorite movie was Tombstone and they both loved the west and all its history. When mom passed Jeff took one of their favorite lines from Tombstone and leaned in one last time to mom and said “ thanks for always being there Doc”. Linda Beechum was her best friend and Linda was such a good person to mom until the end and even after. I appreciate the care and time she showed sitting with mom at the end with Jeff. Mom was in Easyriders magazine in an article about women riding their own bikes rather than on back. Drove her big rig in a time when that was not a normal for women. Ran several bars and restaurants in a way that got respect from all her clients. She would go without so you could eat or dress decent.  We never had a lot but she made sure we had enough. I’ve never seen anyone work as hard as she would work and love doing it. She was basically bulletproof until maybe 15 years ago when cancer popped up the first time. She beat that and acted like it was nothing. Cancer came back in 2019 ( google Dona Potter Vanderbilt for her story) and Car- T Cell immunotherapy came calling to get her through that one. If you knew her then you knew the infectious love of life she had, heard her stories of traveling and no doubt how proud she was of her sons and grandchildren. To say she will be missed would be an unreal understatement but to make her passing other than a celebration would not be fair. She was nearly 91 and lived 99% of her life on her terms , she had a hazardous tough occupation for most of my life and I never had to get a call saying she was in horrible accident or lost to us too soon. Many have not had the opportunity I have had to talk with her through a few illnesses and say EVERYTHING a person would want and for that I’m forever grateful. The pain is real and it will fade but I’ll forever see her in so many places.  Mom you ran your race so many times and nobody will ever match your pace.
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Stephanie Dawn Rice - September 10, 1977 - April 04, 2024

Departed: 04/04/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Stephanie Dawn Rice age 46, of Tullahoma passed away April 4, 2024 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after succumbing to injuries sustained from being struck by a car as a pedestrian.  Stephanie was an organ donor and her generosity lives on in those who received her gifts.
Stephanie is survived by her children, Brianna and Elijah Rice, brother, Jeff Rice and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Sharon Rice, brother, Charles Edward “PeeWee” Rice and her son Joe Rice. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Covenant Reformed Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 AM till service time at the Church.  The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Clean Lyfe (
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Roy Rhoades Lewis - July 17, 1949 - April 01, 2024

Departed: 04/01/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Roy Rhoades Lewis, age 74, passed away at home in Tullahoma, surrounded by his family on April 1, 2024. He was a Tullahoma native born on July 17, 1949. He was the son of Mildred Lewis (Hayley) and LeeRoy Lewis.
Roy is preceded in death by his mother and father Mr. & Mrs. LeeRoy and Mildred Lewis, brother Daryl Lewis, sister Virginia Lewis and his son Dudley Lee Lewis.
Roy was loved by many, and I guarantee he loved them all back. He was always the type to give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
More than anything though, Roy loved his kids and grandkids above all else. He worked hard all his life to be a great provider for them.
Roy is probably best known for how active he was. From delivering newspapers and working at the skating rink as a young boy, to building and racing cars up until his 40’s, to woodworking, antiques and building lawnmowers well into his 70’s. The man was always into something.
Roy is leaving behind many other family and friends that will miss him greatly. Wife- Della Ann Lewis (Angelle), Two daughters- Dana Renee’ Lewis and Shauna Lewis-Taylor, Two granddaughters- Christian Faith Banks and Lydia Angella’ Boudreaux, one great grand-daughter Kinnzleigh Mae Hassell, Two stepdaughters- Tara Benoit and Jamie McGinn, Four step grandchildren- Ashley Benoit, Christopher Benoit, Orion Ibert, and Drew Ibert, Three step great grandchildren- Blade and Holland Wiltz, and Gabriel Cazelot, Three adopted sons- James “JimBob” Baltimore and Family, Richard William Turner and Family, and Hayward Brad Hubbard and Family, One brother- Raymond Lewis and Family, and one sister Linda Sue Copper and Family.
There are so many more we are not able to mention that dad loved like family and for that we are sorry, but please know he loved and cherished everyone he came across. Roy had one last final statement for everyone “Love Yuns All!” We will be having a celebration of life ceremony for all that want to come at the Ada Wright Building in Manchester, TN Friday, April 5, 2024 from 12pm to 6pm. There will be speakers to give his eulogy around 4pm. Please send all flowers or donations to Shauna and Dana Lewis 226 Reeves St. Tullahoma, TN 37388
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Teresa Brinck - August 31, 1956 - March 31, 2024

Departed: 03/31/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Teresa Brinck, age 67, of Tullahoma, TN, passed away surrounded by her kids and husband at Vanderbilt Tullahoma Harton Hospital in Tullahoma, TN. She was born on August 31st, 1956, to parents Glenn and Jessie Wagster in Cincinnati, OH.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Brinck; children, Hannah (Matthew) Overman, Craig Brinck, Jacob Brinck, Matthew Brinck, and Isaac (Gracie) Brinck; and grandchildren, Isaiah Brinck, Lyla Brinck, Grace Brinck, Claire Brinck, Elias Overman, Avett Brinck, and Indie Brinck.
She is preceded by her parents, and her siblings, Tony Wagster, Anita Gibson Wagster, and Jerry Wagster.
Teresa was a faithful member of The Experience Church of Tullahoma. She was incredible wife, mother, and Nana.
A celebration of life will be held at The Experience Church on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 at 10:00 AM.
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Bonnie Marie Edwards - June 15, 1939 - March 26, 2024

Departed: 03/26/2024 (Tullahoma)
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Ryder Ray Wood (Stillborn) - Unknown - March 19, 2024

Departed: 03/19/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: An obituary is not available at this time for Ryder Ray Wood (Stillborn).
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Margaret Lee Forbord - February 20, 1937 - March 19, 2024

Departed: 03/19/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Margaret Lee Evans Forbord, age 87, of Tullahoma, TN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.  Born February 20, 1937 in Crestview, FL, she was the daughter of the late James Bowden Evans and Eva Nowling Evans.  Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Seth David Forbord.  She is survived by her devoted daughters, Velinda McLaughlin and her husband John of Murfreesboro, and Monica Rappe of Tullahoma; her grandchildren, David Branch (Summer), Wesley Branch (Abigail), Eva Tyrell (Cole), and Laurel Paradise (Dave); great-grandchildren, August, Moses, and Clive Branch, Rosalyn and Emma Branch, Miller and Frankie Tyrell, Isabelle and Brianna Paradise; and sister Ruth Heaton of Crestview, FL.
Services will be held Friday, March 22 at Faith Lutheran Church.  Visitation is from 11:00 to 1:00, Funeral service is at 1:00pm, and burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Pastor Marty Nutter will officiate and flowers may be sent to Tullahoma Funeral Home or contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or a charity of your choosing.
Margaret cherished her family and was at her happiest spending time with them.  She loved being a homemaker, was an accomplished seamstress and made many items for her home and clothes for her daughters when they were young.  She worked as a legal secretary, kindergarten teacher’s aide, and office manager for many years for Johnson Chiropractic. Her favorite “job” of 26 years was as a volunteer and manager of the Harton Hospital gift shop with all profits going to fund nursing scholarships.   Dave and Margaret moved from Crestview, FL to Tullahoma in 1965 and joined Faith Lutheran Church where they were both active members.
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Wendy Gayle Blaylock - October 24, 1967 - March 13, 2024

Departed: 03/13/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Wendy Gayle Enochs Blaylock, age 56, of Manchester entered into rest on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Vanderbilt-Harton Hospital in Tullahoma.  Wendy loved thrifting with her mother and aunt every weekend.  She enjoyed watching her sons play sports growing up.  Wendy spent 30 plus years as a LPN Nurse.
Wendy is preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Enochs, aunt, Clara Ferguson.  She is survived by her mother, Ruby Enochs, brother, Shannon Enochs (Anna), sons, Nathan Blaylock, Conner Blaylock, nephews, Lance Blake, Dylan Enochs, nieces, Shelby Enochs (Matthew), Kaylee Enochs, Chloe Enochs, several great nieces and nephews and her cat Jacks. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM,  March 23, 2024 at Tullahoma Funeral Home with Stephen Reeves officiating and visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM March 23, 2024 at Tullahoma Funeral Home
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Robert Cliff Cole Jr. - August 24, 1928 - March 05, 2024

Departed: 03/05/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Mr. Robert Cliff Cole Jr. passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at NHC in Tullahoma at the age of 95.  Mr. Cole was born in Graham, Alabama to the late Robert and Claudie Cole.  In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife, Jean Day Cole, a son, Robert Cole III and a brother, Jack Cole. Robert was a United States Marine Veteran and served in WWII and was a retired Architect.
He is survived by his current wife, Ronnie Cole, son, Dr. Richard Cole (Lisa), grandsons, Brian Cole and Taylor Cole (Samantha).
No Services are planned at this time.  The family request that any donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Aubrey Lee Spry, Jr - August 16, 1966 - March 04, 2024

Departed: 03/04/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Aubrey Lee Spry, Jr., age 57, of Manchester, TN, passed away unexpectedly on March 4th, 2024 in Louisville, KY. He was born on August 16th, 1966, to parents Minnie and Aubrey Spry, Sr.
Aubrey, known as "Junebug", had a big heart and enjoyed drawing, clowning around, fishing, and spending time with his family. He did alot of labor work and enjoyed working with his hands from construction to all other kinds of jobs.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Verna. He is survived by his sisters, Tammy and Ruthie; brother, Floyd Lee; nieces and nephews, Kathryn and Lester Spry, Zack, Ryan, Maryellen, Daniel, Brittney, Kayleigh, Nichole, Corey, Tracy, J.R., Samantha, Kayla, Brice, and Jazabelle; step-children, Steven Bishop, Hannah Bishop, and Jasmine Bishop; grandchildren, Jayden Bishop, Jonae Bishop, Markell, Kingsley, and Oliver Bishop; and a number of extended great nieces and nephews.
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Beverly Jane Puff - September 16, 1939 - March 01, 2024

Departed: 03/01/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Beverly Jane Puff, age 84, of Wartrace, TN passed away on March 1st, 2024 at Willow Branch assisted living in McMinnville, TN, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 16th, 1939 to parents Lloyd and Ruth Rhodes in Battle Creek, MI.
She is survived by her loving children, Pamela Farmer (Larry) of Battlecreek, Michigan, Rebecca Shahan of Tullahoma, Tennessee, Jim Whitney (Tammy) of California, Michael Puff (Leeann) of Wartrace, Tennessee, and David (Marilyn) Puff of Shelbyville, TN; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Beverly was well known by the community of Wartrace as the cook for the Walking Horse Hotel. She enjoyed cooking and preparing large portion meals for the guests that stayed at the hotel and for her family at home. She loved cats and kittens, and would constantly work on piecing together her latest puzzle. She had a very quick wit and wasn’t afraid to hold that back from anyone who presented her with an opportunity for a feisty remark.
She will be loved and missed dearly by those whose lives she touched.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM with funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM at Tullahoma Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN. Burial will immediately follow at Hillcrest Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Paul Lewis Puff, who precedes her in death.
A special thank you to Gentiva Hospice for giving her treatment in the comfort of her family in her last few days, and to Courtney (Branden) Andrews for allowing her a place where she was able to see all her family from in and out of town.
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Myra Darden Watson - June 04, 1957 - February 26, 2024

Departed: 02/26/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Myra Darden Watson, age 66, of Tullahoma, TN, passed away on  February 26th, 2024, due to terminal cancer. She was born on June 4, 1957, in Tullahoma, TN, to parents Woodrow and Aleene Darden who preceded her in death.
Myra is also preceded by her brother, Benny Darden; niece Renae Darden; and nephew Daniel Darden.
She is survived by her siblings, Jerry (Gail) Darden, Martha (Bob) Brasier, Robert (Juanita, who has passed) Darden, Patsy (Leonard) Broadrick; daughter, Amy (Phillip) Peters; and sisters-in-law, Faye (Bill) Warren and Debra Darden.
Myra spent 26 years dedicated to her career at Jack Daniel's. She was known for her fun, loving and caring nature. She graduated high school at Manchester Central High, Class of 1975, and obtained her associate degree at Motlow State Community College. She loved to celebrate every holiday with family and made sure each event was memorable.  Her hobbies included traveling with her daughter and son-in-law, spending time with her neighbors and watching her grandogs.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1st, 2024, from 3pm-7pm at Tullahoma Funeral Home.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024.  Family will be receiving guests as early as 12pm and the funeral will begin at 1pm. Burial will follow funeral services at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
In Lieu of flowers. contributions in her memory can be made to Highland Baptist Church in Tullahoma, TN by contacting Amy Jackson.
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Bobby Michael "Mike" Layne - March 22, 1957 - February 19, 2024

Departed: 02/19/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Bobby Michael “Mike” Layne passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at his residence at the age of 66.  He was the owner operator of Mike Layne’s Wrecker Service.  He is the son of the late Edward Nunley and Sally Layne.  He is also preceded by his grandparents, Robert Layne Sr and “Big” Willie Layne, and a daughter, Crystal Gayle Layne and a son, Bobby Michael Lane Jr and a sister Carrie Ann Lane.
He is survived by his sons, Dwight Layne, Nathan Layne, brothers, Tim Layne, Anthony Layne, James Meeks, Clint Meeks, sisters, Amy Shelton, Tammy Terrill, Nancy Meeks, 2 grandchildren, Makayla Gayle Layne, Jagger Colt Layne and a great grandchild, Sissy Oaklland River Johnson.
No Services are scheduled.
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Bruce Shawcross - August 02, 1948 - February 11, 2024

Departed: 02/11/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: Bruce Shawcross, age 75, of Tullahoma, TN passed away on Sunday, February 11th, 2024 in the comfort of his home from an unfortunate battle with liver cancer. He was born on August 2nd, 1948 to parents Lee and Ethel Shawcross in Lowell, MA. His siblings include Sandra Farley, Doug Shawcross, and Wayne Shawcross.
Bruce is survived by his loving daughters, Jenna (Gregory) Brown, and Heather Brymer; and grandchildren, Angel Brown, Paige Brown, Jazmine Brown, Hailee Brown, and Mason Brown.
Bruce was ambitious in his youth as well as into his adult years. He completed grade school and furthered his education, completing his Associates Degree. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Seal in Vietnam, earning his pistol marksmanship and sharpshooter ribbons, and served his community as a truck driver.
A celebration of life will be held for friends and family in Tennessee at Faith Baptist Church in Estill Springs on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 at 6:00 PM; the church will be hosting a meal after the service for those who attend. An additional celebration of life will be held later this year in June for friends and family in Massachusetts.
His wishes were to be buried along with his loyal companion, Sammy, a border collie that preceded him in death but will never leave his side. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Massachusetts at a later date.
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Delana Ann rawlins - March 22, 1978 - February 11, 2024

Departed: 02/11/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: DeLana Ann Rawlins, age 45, of Tullahoma, TN passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, February 11th, 2024. She was born on March 22nd, 1978 to parents James and Linda Rawlins in Murfreesboro, TN.
DeLana is survived by her mother, Linda Rawlins; sister, Dana (Paul) Reavis; nieces and nephews, Lillian Reavis, Wyatt Reavis, and Elliott Reavis; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and her loving companion, her yorkie, Prissi. She is preceded in death by her father, James Rawlins, and her nephew, William Reavis.
DeLana was a special person. She had a love of art and animals. She went to college and completed her associate in communication, and was very talented with Pour Art, having completed a number of paintings. She will be missed by those who were fortunate enough to have her in their lives.
A memorial service will be held for friends and family at Tullahoma Funeral Home on Saturday, February 24th, 2024. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM with Memorial Services beginning at 1:00 PM. Per her wishes, at a later date she will be scattered in California on the beautiful Western Coast.
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James Edward Taylor - May 09, 1944 - January 31, 2024

Departed: 01/31/2024 (Tullahoma)
Obituary Preview: James Edward Taylor passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at Vanderbilt-Harton Hospital in Tullahoma, he was 79.  James was born in Chattanooga, TN to the late William and Fannie Taylor.  He was retired from Hawkersmith Construction.  He also loved fishing and Nascar.
He is survived by 2 daughters, Debbie Hopkins and Tammy Ferrell and 2 grandchildren, Austin Cunningham and Leah Sweeton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at Tullahoma Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 till 8:00 PM Monday at Tullahoma Funeral Home.
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Over the years, the funeral home has developed a deep understanding of the unique needs of each family they serve. They recognize that every individual is special and deserves a celebration of life that reflects their personality, interests, and accomplishments. As such, the funeral home offers a range of customized funeral options to suit each family's preferences and budget.

Funeral Services Offered

Tullahoma Funeral Home provides a comprehensive range of funeral services to meet the diverse needs of the community. These services include:

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- Traditional funerals with visitation and burial or cremation

- Memorial services with or without the presence of the deceased

- Graveside services for those who prefer a more intimate gathering

- Cremation services with options for scattering, burial, or memorialization

- Pre-planning and pre-funding options for those who wish to plan ahead

The Funeral Home Facility

The Tullahoma Funeral Home facility is designed to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families and friends to gather and celebrate the life of their loved one. The funeral home features:

- A spacious chapel with comfortable seating for large gatherings

- A beautifully landscaped outdoor area for reflection and contemplation

- A state-of-the-art audio-visual system for personalized tributes and presentations

- Ample parking and easy accessibility for all visitors

The Staff at Tullahoma Funeral Home

The staff at Tullahoma Funeral Home is comprised of experienced and compassionate professionals who are dedicated to providing exceptional service to every family they serve. The funeral home's staff includes:

- Licensed funeral directors with extensive knowledge of funeral customs and traditions

- Skilled embalmers and restorative artists who ensure that each loved one is presented with dignity and respect

- Support staff who are trained to provide emotional support and guidance throughout the funeral planning process

Community Involvement

Tullahoma Funeral Home is deeply committed to giving back to the community they serve. The funeral home participates in various local events and charities, including:

- Hosting annual memorial services for families who have lost loved ones

- Supporting local hospices and bereavement organizations

- Partnering with community groups to promote awareness about end-of-life care and planning

Pre-Planning and Pre-Funding Options

Tullahoma Funeral Home understands that planning ahead can be a thoughtful gesture for loved ones. The funeral home offers pre-planning and pre-funding options that allow individuals to:

- Make informed decisions about their final arrangements

- Lock in costs at today's prices, avoiding future inflation

- Ensure that their wishes are respected and carried out according to their desires

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Tullahoma Funeral Home's services, please do not hesitate to contact them:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It's usually published in a newspaper, online obituary platform, or funeral home website to inform friends, family, and community members of the person's passing.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased, while also providing important information to those who may want to attend the funeral or send condolences. They can also be a valuable tool for genealogists and researchers.

Who typically writes an obituary?

The task of writing an obituary usually falls on the family members or close friends of the deceased. Funeral homes or obituary writers may also offer assistance in crafting the obituary.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include information about the funeral service, burial, or memorial donations.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from a few sentences to a short paragraph.

Can I include photos with my obituary?

Yes, many online obituary platforms and some newspapers allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can help personalize the tribute and make it more engaging for readers.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

You can usually submit an obituary to a newspaper by contacting their obituary department directly. They may have specific guidelines and deadlines for submission. You can also ask your funeral home for assistance.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituary in advance as a way to control how they're remembered and to spare their loved ones from having to do it during a difficult time.

What's the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of someone's passing, usually including only the basic facts such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary is a longer, more detailed tribute that celebrates the person's life and accomplishments.

Can I include humor or personal anecdotes in an obituary?

Absolutely! Obituaries don't have to be somber and serious. Including humorous stories or personal anecdotes can help capture the personality and spirit of the deceased.

How do I find old obituaries?

You can search online archives of newspapers or visit local libraries or genealogical societies to access old obituaries. Some websites also specialize in archiving historical obituaries.

Can I write an obituary for someone who didn't have any immediate family?

Yes! Friends, caregivers, or other individuals who were close to the person can write an obituary to honor their memory and provide closure for those who knew them.

What's the cost of publishing an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the newspaper or online platform. Some publications may charge by the word or line, while others may offer package deals or discounts for online-only postings.

Can I make corrections to an already-published obituary?

If you need to make corrections to an already-published obituary, contact the publication or online platform where it was posted. They may be able to make changes or publish a correction notice.

How long does it take for an online obituary to be published?

The timeframe for publishing an online obituary can vary depending on the platform and their review process. Some may post immediately, while others may take several hours or days.

Can I share an obituary on social media?

Yes! Many online obituary platforms provide options for sharing on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. This can help spread the news quickly and reach a wider audience.

What's the purpose of including funeral information in an obituary?

Including funeral information in an obituary allows friends and family to attend the service and pay their respects. It also provides details on how to send flowers, donations, or condolences.

Can I include charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary?

Yes! Many families choose to suggest charitable donations in lieu of flowers as a way to honor their loved one's memory and support a meaningful cause.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If there's sensitive information about the deceased that you're unsure about sharing, it's best to err on the side of caution and omit it or consult with other family members before publishing.

Can I include quotes or poems in an obituary?

Absolutely! Including quotes, poems, or lyrics that resonated with the deceased can add a personal touch and make the tribute more meaningful.

What's the difference between a traditional obituary and a celebration of life?

A traditional obituary tends to focus on the factual information about the deceased, while a celebration of life is a more personalized tribute that highlights their personality, accomplishments, and impact on others.

Can I create a video obituary?

Yes! Some online platforms allow you to create video tributes that combine photos, music, and narration to celebrate the life of your loved one.

How long are online obituaries archived for?

The archiving period for online obituaries varies depending on the platform. Some may keep them available indefinitely, while others may remove them after a certain period of time.

Can I republish an old obituary on its anniversary?

Yes! Republishing an old obituary on its anniversary can be a meaningful way to remember and honor your loved one on special dates like birthdays or anniversaries of their passing.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.