Obituaries

  • AJ Atnip

    Saturday, 14 February 2015

    A.J. Atnip, 87, passed away Fri., Feb. 13, 2015 at Woodbury Nursing Center following an extended illness.  He was a native of Dekalb Co. Mr. Atnip was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel & Prudie Page Atnip and his sister, Joy Rose Atnip Bickel.
    He is survived by his wife of 58 years: Shirley Duke Atnip of Bradyville; Children: Kathleen Atnip Bean of Bradyville and Glenn (Melissa) Atnip of Mt. Juliet; Grandchildren:  Dalton, Austin & Jordan Bean, Conner & Caleb Atnip
    and Great Granddaughter:  Haven Grace Bean.
    A.J. was a member of the Woodbury First Baptist Church. He was a successful dairy and beef farmer and owned farms in Bradyville and Viola.  He also raised and showed Tennessee Walking Horses.
    Funeral Services will be 1:30 pm Sunday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Hunter Hay and Bro. Bobby Zumbro officiating. Interment will follow in the Whorton Springs Cmt.  Pallbearers:  Charles Bickel, Ralph Pickett, Dalton Bean, Austin Bean, Raymond Simmons & David Franklin.  Visitation with the family will be from 3 pm to 8 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015. 
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Connie Limbaugh

    Thursday, 12 February 2015

    Mrs. Connie Opal Limbaugh, age 85, a lifelong mother and homemaker, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at her home in rural Coffee County (on the Bradyville mail route with a DeKalb Telephone Co-op phone number).
    Mrs. Limbaugh was preceded in death by her husband TJ Limbaugh; parents: Ernest and Ethyl Taylor Byford; two sisters: Flora “Jean” Allen and Cora Parker; five brothers: Pete Byford, George “Cowboy” Byford, Cecil Byford, Maurice Byford, and one infant brother; one granddaughter, Melanie Roberts Chisolm; and one son-in-law, Larry Dean Davis.
    She is survived by two daughters; Barbara Davis of Bradyville, Tennessee, and Debbie Roberts and husband William of Panama City, Florida; three sons: Charles “Charley” Limbaugh and wife Molly of Nashville, Tennessee, Robert “Bob” Limbaugh and wife Vicki of Bridgeton, Missouri, and James “Jimmy” Limbaugh and wife Kim of Norfolk, Virginia; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren (and two more on the way this summer); eleven step-grandchildren; twenty-two step-great grandchildren; and three step-great great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Opal Limbaugh was a member of the Goose Pond United Methodist Church.
    Opal was born in November of 1929. Her parents lived in the Sixteenth Model community of Coffee County when Opal was born. The daughter of a moonshiner whose wife died when Opal was eight, Opal’s life was tough, growing up during the Great Depression. She worked hard all her life, leaving home at thirteen to work in a commercial laundry. After the war, Opal married the late TJ Limbaugh, a union that lasted sixty-three years, and, some might say, made her a little crotchety. For almost fifty years (even after TJ’s death in 2009) she faithfully attended the annual reunion of TJ’s World War II unit, the 476th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.
    When Opal got old enough to sign up for Social Security, she had to use a new name, Connie; and she found out that she had a different, new, younger birthday (by a year and 10 days). Opal’s next older sister, the late Cora Parker, came to live with Opal for a few of their last years. The constant sibling bantering between them made one or two home health nurses wonder if the two should be left alone together. However, they both dearly loved funnel cakes from the County Fair and peach cobbler from Emma’s Family Restaurant.
    The last two and a half years of her life, Opal was plagued with a broken ankle which refused to heal properly and ultimately had to be amputated. She told the staff at the nursing home that she may have been brought in on a gurney but that she would walk out, which she did with the aid of a modern-day, artificial foot.
    Funeral Services for Mrs. Opal Limbaugh will be conducted on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Cliff Seyler and Reverend Ben Day officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Cherry Cemetery, Cannon County, Tennessee.
    Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, Tennessee.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Melanie Roberts Chisolm Band Scholarship Fund, 5505 Sun Harbor Road, # 151, Panama City, FL 32401
    COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL IS HONORED TO SERVE THE FAMILY OF OPAL LIMBAUGH.

  • Wiley Smithson

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    Wiley Clark Smithson, 84, who passed away Mon., Feb. 09, 2015 at Stones River Hospital following an extended illness.  He was a native of Cannon Co.
    He is survived by his wife of 57 years: Meriam Smithson of Woodbury; Son: Ken Smithson of Woodbury; Grandson:  Jake Smithson of Woodbury; Niece:  Glenda Jalowitz of Hayward, WS; Nephew:  Morris Pearsall of Ft. Payne, AL.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse & Mollie Northcutt Smithson.
    Mr. Smithson was a member of the Iconium Church of Christ and a veteran of the Army where he served in the Korean War.  Wiley was Co-Owner of Woodbury Builders Supply.
    Graveside Services will be 12:30 pm Wed., Feb. 11, 2015 at Iconium Cemetery with Bro. Bro. Bob Deason officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 9 am to 12 Noon Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Woodbury Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Iconium Cemetery
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net
     

  • Elizabeth Vinson

    Elizabeth “Tootsie” Vinson, 90, passed away Sun., Feb. 08, 2015 at Woodbury Nursing Center following an extended illness.  She was a native Chattanooga, TN.
    She is survived by her special nephew whom she raised: Bryan Davenport, New York, NY.; sister: Vida Thompson of Pleasant View; nieces and nephews:  Teena Smithson, Anne Maskell, Blanche Davis, Ike Vinson, III, Suzanne Dixon, Janie Ivan, Martha Miller & Donald Thompson.
    Ms. Vinson was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac “Ike” & Leathie Cummings Vinson; husband, Joe Davenport; Siblings, Mazel Killough, Annie Hooper, Effie Alean Bowman, Blanche Wise and Ike “Bully” Vinson, II; Nieces and Nephews, Omijean Shope, Virginia Smotherman, Issac “Bud” Duggin, Oran Duggin, Barbara Davis, Charles Vinson, Benjamin Wise, Carol Ann Dixon, Wayne Thompson and Tommy Thompson.
    Elizabeth was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ.  She was retired from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  After returning to Woodbury, she worked with her niece and nephew, Teena and Arna Smithson at Piggly Wiggly.
    Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be 4 pm to 8 pm Thursday, February 12, 2015.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Ranny Parker

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    Mr. Ranny Parker, 70, of Woodbury passed away on February 8, 2015.  He was born in Woodbury, TN on April 30, 1944.  He was preceded in death by his father, Beecher Parker; a brother, Nicky Parker; a sister, Myrna Parker and a special friend, Donnie Sissom.
                    He is survived by his mother, Lorene Parker of San Diego, CA; sister-in-law, Joyce Parker of  Woodbury; nephews, Allen & Stephanie Parker of Centertown and Jeffery Parker of Florida; great      nephew, A. J. Parker; caretaker, friend and cousin, Jim & Renea Sabia of Woodbury; two uncles, Leo     Parker and Elvin Parker and several other cousins.
                    Ranny lived in Woodbury his whole life.  He was born with a physical disability that affected his legs. Even with the challenges in his life he always kept a smile.  His father taught him to play the        mandolin.  He was also gifted to be able to sing. He was named the Easter Seals Child in 1955. His talent for music paired with his upbeat personality allowed him the opportunity to meet many people.  In his time with Easter Seals he was able to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.  He met many country music stars including Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield.  He also met lawmakers of the time including the Governor of Tennessee, Speaker of the House, State Representative Jim Cummings and many others.  He performed “Open Your Heart And Let The Sun Shine In.”  It became his unofficial motto for life.  His attitude was to always be happy, have a smile and do the best you can with everything.  His father owned Parker’s Motors.  Ranny was known to love cars and would help sell cars at the lot.  Ranny enjoyed traveling.  He and his cousin Jim went many different places such as, Las Vegas, New York and the Grand Canyon.  He was a member of the Midway Church of Christ.
                    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 5-8 pm.  Funeral services will be Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11 am in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Bro. Bobby Wheeler will officiate.  Interment will be in Midway Cemetery.  “Open Your Heart” and share memories and condolences on the guestbook page of www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net  Smith Funeral Home,(615)563-5337

  • Joyce Bugg

    Saturday, 7 February 2015

    Joyce Reed Bugg, 73, passed away Fri., Feb. 06, 2015 at Vanderbilt Hospital.  She was a native of Cannon Co and was the daughter of the late Ernest & Irma Gentry Reed.
    She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jimmy Bugg of Woodbury; 2 Daughters: Cindy Haley of Woodbury and Sandra (Alan) Whitesell of Readyville; Grandchildren: Joshua (Whitney) Haley, Stephen Haley and Ryan Haley, Brandon Campbell and Kenzie Cason; Brother: Gail (Annette) Reed of Readyville; Brother-in-law:  David (Carolyn) Bugg of Dandridge, TN. Nieces and Nephews also survive.
    Joyce was a member of Sunny Slope Church of Christ for 55 years and was retired from Alvin C. York Medical Center.
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Sunday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Barker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riverside Gardens with her grandsons serving as pallbearers.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 8 pm Saturday, February 07, 2015.  For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to the Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation at Vanderbilt Hospital %Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences online please visit  www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Dorothy Stephens

    Saturday, 7 February 2015

    Dorothy Lee “Dot” Stephens, 72, who passed away Fri., Feb. 06, 2015 at Woodbury Nursing Center.  A native of Cannon Co., she was the daughter of the late Joe Mason Gilley & Garnett Reed Gilley.
    She is survived by her children: Charles Stephens and Leigh Ann Parker both of Woodbury; Grandchildren: Charles Matthew Stephens, Ashley Nicole Stephens, Kayla Michelle Stephens and Luke Parker; Sisters: Linda (David) Parton of Woodbury and Judy (Howard) Knox of Murfreesboro.
    In addition to her parents, Ms. Stephens was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Stephens, Jr.
    Dot was a member of Sugar Tree Knob Church of Christ and was a homemaker.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting and children. 
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm Monday, Feb. 9 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Mears and Bro. Mike Gann officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sugar Tree Knob.  Visitation with the family will be from 3 pm  to 9 pm Sunday, February 08, 2015.  
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Byron Hayes

    Tuesday, 3 February 2015

    Byron Keith Hayes, 48, of Readyville passed away peacefully in his sleep after an extended illness.
    He is survived by his parents: Billy & Jewell Perry Hayes of Readyville; daughter: Faith Hayes of Chattanooga; brother: Craig Hayes of Readyville; sister: Sheron Hayes Brothers and her husband, John of Murfreesboro; niece and nephew:  Allie and Garrison Brothers both of Murfreesboro; uncles and aunts:  Joyce Trail of Manchester, Buddy Hayes of Burt Community, Helen Davenport of Woodbury and Charles Perry of Manchester.  Also surviving are numerous cousins and friends.
    Byron was a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ and worked at Paramount Packaging.  He enjoyed riding horses, mud racing and he was an avid outdoorsman.
    Funeral Services will be 2 pm  Thursday, Feb. 05, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup & Bro. Daniel Hayes officiating.  Interment will follow in the Adam & Duncan Cemetery, Coffee Co..  Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm  to 8:30 pm Wednesday, February 04, 2015. 
    For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave online condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

  • Mildred Fann

    Monday, 2 February 2015

    Ms. Mildred Mae Wimberly Fann, age 84, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 at Woodbury Health Care.  She was a native of Cannon Co. 

    Survivors include her grandchildren, Derek (Allison) Fann & Brooke (Josh) Smith of Woodbury; Great Grandchildren, Brady & Raena Smith and Michael Ray Fann; Siblings, Darce (Bernice) Wimberly, James Wimberly, Glen (Rhonda) Wimberly, all of Woodbury, & Ruth LaFevers of Murfreesboro; & Sister-in-law, Baunita Wimberly of Woodbury.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. 

    Ms. Fann was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde & Pearl Mathis Wimberly; Mother & Father-in-law, John Dillard & Dovie Mears Fann; Husband, Ray Edward Fann; Son & Daughter-in-law, Russell & Sharon Ledbetter Fann; Brothers, Paul Wimberly & Joe Wimberly; Sister & Brother-in-law, Roy & Mattie Lee Wimberly Gannon; & Brother-in-law, Wayne LaFevers. 

     
    She was a member of the Sunny Slope Church of Christ and a homemaker.

    Funeral services will be 11 AM Wed., Feb. 4, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup officiating.  Interment will follow at Riverside Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 PM Tues., Feb. 3, 2015.

  • Beth Ivie

    Sunday, 1 February 2015

    Beth Mullican Ivie, 44, passed away Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 at Centennial Medical Center.  She was a native of Cannon Co., TN.
    She is survived by her daughters, Brittani Ivie and Heather Ivie both of Woodbury; Mother: Wanda Thomas Mullican of Woodbury; Grandchildren: Jeremy Earls, Blazely, Treyton & Hena Kennedy and Benjamin Wallace; Siblings: Chris Mullican, Jerry Mullican and Tammy Burnett all of Woodbury, Judy Orrick of Centertown; Friend and Father of her children:  Danny Ivie of Smyrna ; Best Friend:  Amy Wallace of Woodbury. 
    Beth was preceded in death by her Father, Cloy D. Mullican.
    She loved the outdoors and spending time with her family camping and Kayaking.  She loved her children and grandchildren more than anything.   
    Funeral Service will be 2 pm Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home February 03, 2015 with Bro. Tony Burnett officiating.  Interment will follow in the Centerhill Cemtery.  Visitation with 12 noon until 9 pm Monday, Feb. 02, 2015.
    For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help her daughters with funeral expenses.
    Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or To Leave Online Condolences, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

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