• Ralph Martin

    Monday, 17 February 2014

    Funeral services for Mr. Ralph C. Martin, age 75, of Manchester will be conducted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Coffee County  Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Morgan officiating.  Interment will follow at Summitville Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.  Mr. Martin passed away Friday, February 14, 2014 in Manchester.
    He was born May 7, 1938 in Coffee County, TN, the son of the late Ernest Martin and Mae Harmon Martin.  Ralph was retired from Carrier after 28 years of service, but his true enjoyment was farming, which he has done all his life both Cannon and Coffee County.  He was known by family, friends and neighbors for his beautiful flower gardens and vegetable gardens.  Because of his giving spirit, he shared his home grown vegetables with his neighbors all season long.  Ralph never met a stranger, he was a people person who loved good conversation and to have fun.  He enjoyed 4-wheeling and riding motorcycles with his friends and was a true animal lover. He loved his dogs, Sam, Sally, Andy and Daisy.  Ralph was also very talented in the tool and dye area and could craft most anything.  He will be forever missed by family and friends. 
    In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Doug Martin, a step-daughter, Faye McCormick, step-granddaughter, Katrina Nunley and two sisters, Nancy Sherrill and Anna Mae Rogalle.
    Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Betty F. Martin of Manchester; three children, Steve Martin of Coffee County; Dennis Martin of Coffee County; and Tracy Blackburn and husband, Ronnie of Manchester;  four step-children, Debbie Nunley of Memphis; Judy Markowitz of Rogersville, AL; and Nancy Melton of Cookeville, TN; five grandchildren, Amber Milligan, Erica Martin, Tyler Martin, Clint Gaultney and Travis Blackburn; 8 step-grandchildren, Melissa Yates, Amanda Lance, Tracy Hunter, Jessica Nunley, Meredith Nunley, Emily Nunley, Joey Littrell and Michelle Littrell.  Also surviving are three brothers, Ed Martin of Fayetteville, TN; James Martin and wife, Shirley of Elkhart, IN; Howard Martin and wife, Olene of IN and two sisters, Mary West of Manchester and Ernestine Scott and husband, Harley also of Manchester; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends. 
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    Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. Ralph C. Martin.

  • Syble West

    Monday, 17 February 2014

    Name    Syble Guinivere Rollins West                                                      Age: 89
    Date Died: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at her home
    Husband:  Ralph Mason West of Woodbury
    Daughter:   Delores G. West (Bobby Holden) of Woodbury   
    Grand Son:  Eric J. West of Murfreesboro
    Sister:  Ritchie Jodway  of Fenton, MI
    2 Brothers:  Baxter Rollins of White House and James Rollins of Mt. Juliet
    She was preceded in death by her parents Dee J. Rollins & Julia Mae Hodges Rollins.  Mrs. West was a member of Elkins Church of Christ and  a retired medical attendant at Bordeax Hospital.
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home         When:  1:00 pm Tues. 02/18/14
    Minister: Bro. Doris Hughes        Interment:  West Cemetery
    Visitation:  4:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
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  • W.C. West

    Thursday, 13 February 2014

    W C West, a native of Woodbury, Tennessee, died February 12, 2014 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.  Born August 28, 1926, to parents Cling and Lena Todd West, W. C. was preceded in death by his wife Sara (Van Hooser) West, his sisters Wavil and Dorothy and his brother Jack.  His survivors include his sisters Helen Alexander of Readyville and Ruth Pugh of Gassaway; sons Michael, Van, and Chris and daughters-in-law Mary Hoffschwelle and Beth West, all of Murfreesboro; his grandchildren Owen, Maria, Gabrielle, Evan, Lucas, Sara, Eric, Angie, and Emily, all of Murfreesboro; and numerous nephews and nieces.
    W C West was a veteran of World War II, serving with Co. C, 130th Infantry, 33rd Division of the U. S. Army in the Pacific Theater and in the Occupation of Japan from 1944 to 1946.  He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with a bronze battle star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Army of Occupation Medal-Japan.  He left the service as Technician 4th Grade November 20, 1946, at Ft. Sheridan, IL.
    Following his service, W C worked with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Murfreesboro before joining civilian service at the Seward Air Force Base in Smyrna.  He worked in the Air Force until 1971, ending his career at Robbins AFB in Georgia. W C lasted worked at the General Electric factory in Murfreesboro to his retirement.
    In retirement, he enjoyed traveling.  He and Sara traveled to Europe, Japan, and all over the United States.  His high school education, having been interrupted by World War II, was completed in 2000 and he graduated in a ceremony at the Rutherford County Board of Education. He was a member of the Trinity Methodist United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.
    Funeral services will be 1 pm Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Waldrop officiating.  Interment will follow in Leoni Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 9 pm Thursday.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tennessee Historical Society %Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311


  • Sandra Smith

    Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Name:   Sandra Viola Smotherman Smith                                                     Age:  56
    Date Died: Mon., Feb. 10, 2014 at Stones River Hospital
    Birthplace:  Rutherford Co.
    Survivors:  Husband:  Donnie Smith of Woodbury
    Mother:  Mary Pauline Midget Smotherman of Bradyville
    3 Children:  Jefferson Wayne Williams of Woodbury, Patricia Renee (Kevin) Parker of Auburntown & Paula K. Travis of West Virginia
    Step Daughter:  Ila Kay Smith of Woodbury
    3 Siblings:  Deborah Waters and Glen Smotherman, and Randall Smotherman all of Bradyville
    Also surviving are 16 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Randall Smotherman.  She was a housewife.
    Graveside Service:  Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro       When:  1:00 PM Thursday 2/13 
    Visitation:  10:00 AM to 12:00 (Noon) Thursday 2/13                                                    
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expense.
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  • Sue Corley

    Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Sarah Sue Corley age 85 of the Statesville Community, died Sunday evening, Feb. 9, 2014 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. Born in Statesville, she was the daughter of the late Edd Lester Bullard and Mary Driver Bullard. A graduate of Watertown High School, she was retired from the Tennessee Agricultural Statistics Service with the USDA. She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. Sue spent several years researching the history of the Statesville community and in 1987 she published Statesville - A Visual Image of Our Heritage and in 1993 she published Volume II. Sue is survived by her husband, Dewey Corley; daughter, Joanne Shipper and her husband, James Lowe; and son, Dale Corley all of Statesville; grandchildren, Amanda Beth Corley of Nashville, Nathan and Clint Shipper both of Statesville, Lori (Tim) Chaffin of Lebanon; great grandchildren, Erika and Lexy Chaffin. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Don Rigsby officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. till service time on Thursday. Pallbearers will be Albert Midgett, Duke Aylor, Pat Hall, Robert Eads, Tim Chaffin and Ricky Barrett. The family wishes to thank their friends, church members and caregivers for their prayers, love and support during Sue's illness.

  • Virginia Bailey

    Sunday, 9 February 2014

    McMinnville, TN resident and Cannon County, TN native Virginia Mae Bailey, age 69, was born March 12, 1944 and died February 8, 2014 at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury, TN following a sudden illness.

    A retired CNA with NHC Healthcare in McMinnville and a member of Central Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ethel Marie Duke Mitchell. She was married to T.J. Bailey who preceded her in death May 5, 1971. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, J.C., Bobby and Billy Wayne Mitchell.

    She is survived by daughter, Melinda Bailey of Woodbury, TN; four brothers and sister-in-law, Kenneth Mitchell and Austin Duke both of McMinnville, James and Mary Mitchell of Donelson, TN and Thomas Mitchell of Hendersonville, TN; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

    Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2014 in High's Chapel with Ben Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Monday at High's Funeral Home in McMinnville

  • Grady King

    Friday, 7 February 2014

    Name     Grady Wayne “Bird” King                                                      Age: 63
    Date Died: Friday, February 07, 2014 at St. Thomas West
    Wife:  Millie Summar King of Lafayette
    Mother:   Glennette Vance King of Auburntown   
    Son:  Blake King of Lafayette
    Step son:  Clint (Christi) Bogle of Woodbury
    2 step grandsons:  Gavin & Gaige Bogle of Woodbury
    Sister:  Glenda King Vandygrift of Milton
    2 Brothers: Randy (Tyanne) King of Murfreesboro & Stanton King of Auburntown
    Mother-in-law & Father-in-law:  Naomi & Harold Jennings of Woodbury
    He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Grady King.
    A member of the Baptist Church, he was a garment factory plant manager.
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home         When:  1:00 pm Sun. 02/09/14
    Minister: Bro. Chris Crowder        Interment:  Riverside Gardens
    Visitation:  2:00 pm until 8:00 pm Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

  • Juanita Baker

    Thursday, 6 February 2014

    Mrs. Juanita Jane Baker, 84, of Woodbury died on February 6, 2014 after an extended illness. She was born on August 25, 1929 in Inez, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her mother, Texie Sallee; husband, Phillip Carl Baker, Sr.; son, David Baker and a sister, Billie.

    Survivors include sons, Phil & Kay Baker of Pennsylvania, Barry & Brenda Baker of California and Howard Kelley of Kentucky; daughters, Betty & Bill Love of Woodbury, Texie & Dwight Neal of Michigan, Bobbie Kelley of Woodbury, Pat McDonald of Smyrna and Phyllis Baker; sister, Jackie Green of Florida and 23 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 42 great great grandchildren.

    Mrs. Baker grew up in Kentucky and later moved to Michigan. She and her husband enjoyed being in a bowling league together. She and Mr. Baker lived there for many years before coming to Smyrna. They owned and operated a Porter Paint Store in Franklin, Tennessee for many years. They moved to Woodbury over twenty years ago and became members of the New Hope Church of Christ. Mrs. Baker had many different hobbies; knitting, growing vegetables and planting flowers. Cooking for her family was always special to her. They all loved the things she made especially her chicken and dumplings and lasagna. She loved playing with her cats particularly, Rascal.

    Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, February, 8, 2014 from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 1 PM in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Richard Burks will officiate. Interment will follow at the Shady Grove Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimers Association by contacting Smith Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared at (615)563-5337, Smith Funeral Home.

  • Mary Vanatta

    Monday, 3 February 2014

    Name     Mary Edith Vanatta                                                      Age: 70
    Date Died: Saturday, February 01, 2014 at Adams Place, Murfreesboro
    Birthplace: Coffee Co., TN.
    2 Sons:  Tony (Judy) Vanatta of Murfreesboro and Dwayne (Maritza) Vanatta of Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Grandchildren:   Brandon Vanatta of Buenos Aires; Kerri (David) Powell of Murfreesboro and Kristen (David) Sieber of Rockvale   
    Great Grandchildren:  Karalyn & Abigail Sieber
    Siblings:  Marsha Brown (Tom Sain) of Manchester and Nicky (Nancy) Shelton of Woodbury
    Sister-in-law:  Nonnie Shelton of Woodbury 
    She was preceded in death by her parents: Lester & Bessie Parker Shelton and brother, Jerry Shelton.
    A member of the New Vision Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society, Eddy was ret. From Northrup in California.
    Funeral Service:  Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home         When:  1:00 pm Wed. 02/05/14
    Minister: Bro. Phillip Robinson        Interment:  Lynch Cemetery in Manchester
    Visitation:  2:00 pm until 8:00 pm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
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  • Ernestine Seaton

    Friday, 31 January 2014

    Name:   Ernestine Beatrice Seaton                                                     Age:  93
    Date Died: Mon., Jan. 27, 2014 @ 3:55 AM at Woodbury Health Care Center
    Birthplace:  Runsey, KY
    The last 9 years and 10 months she lived in Woodbury to be near her daughter Janie Hollandsworth and granddaughter Kasey Hollandsworth Bogard.
    Survivors:  4 Sons:  Benny (Monika) Seaton, Arthur (Connie) Seaton, Tony (Leta) Seaton, & Texal (Sarah) Seaton all of Boonville, IN
    1 Daughter:  Janie (Doug) Hollandsworth of Woodbury
    1 Brother:  Tom McDaniel of Boonville, IN
    Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren & 5 great great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Boston & Bertha Waters McDaniel, her husband, John Willard Seaton, a son, Willard Thomas Seaton and a daughter, Ernestine Monroe.
    Special thanks to Woodbury Nursing Center and to all of her special caregivers.                                                         
    Funeral Service:  Park Lawn Cmt. In Evansville, IN    When:  1:30 PM Saturday 2/1/14
    Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday  & 12:00 (Noon) until time of service Sat. @ Park Lawn Cmt. In Evansville, IN
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