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JAMES F. TATE , 74, well known farmer of Bedford county, died at his home near Pleasant Grove Friday of a heart attack, while in the discharge of duties connected with his business of farming. He succumbed some time during the morning and when he did not return to the home at noon, was found dead in a pasture by his grand-daughter, Inez Davidson. Mr. Tate was a member of the Primitive Baptist church and prominent and influential in the church and community. He was a successful farmer and stock raiser. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday at the residence with Rev. W. A. Pinkstaff of Decherd and Rev. W. T. Mitchell of McMinnville, officiating, Bill Leonard of Petersburg and Prof. L.I. Mills of Shelbyville, also paid loving tribute to Mr. Tate as a man of sterling character who will be missed in all walks of the community life. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Sallie Ledford Tate, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Bobo and Mrs. Ben Davidson; one son, Crawford Tate of Pleasant Grove, one granddaughter, Inex Davidson, one grandson, James Eual Tate; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Long and Mrs. Birdie Harrison of Petersburg; two brothers, Ike Tate, Petersburg and Bob Tate of Fayetteville. Active pallbearers were J.H. Davidson, John Pearson, D.M. Farrar, Lawson Renegar, Paul Wallace, Charles Hale, S.T. Cunningham and Joe Parker. Honorary, Dr.T.R. Ray, T.H. Berry, J.E. Huffman, Jim Tuen, M.T. Simmons, G.T. Carter, Joe Pressgrove, J.A. Sanders, E.L. Eaton, H.C. Dixon, J.H. Hasty, E.M. Davidson, G.C. Davidson, Deham Pigg, Claud Wallace, W.G. Freeman, W.D. Martin, Raby Shearin, Jack Davis, Ellison Collier, Edd Sorrells, Rev. Edd Smith, Charles Renegar, H.D. Lane, J.J. Smith, Carl Brandon, J.C. Curtis, High Davidson, C.S. Adams, Will Winford and P.H. Scott. Out of town visitors were Mrs. W.F. Little, Montgomery, Ala; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Little, Cullam, Ala.; Miss Clara Devin, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Brock, Birmingham; Miss Josie Brock, Clio, Ala; Will, Hugh and Lawson Davidson, Decatur, Ala; Mrs Fannie George and daughter, Huntsville, Ala; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Green and daugher, Mrs. Rudder Collier, Sam Tate, Mr. and Mrs. Will Tate, Fayetteville; Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Manis, Mrs. J.H. Ormes, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Pennington, Mr. and Mrs. Jodie Hasty and son, Nashville; Miss Jewell parson, Celina Tenn; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Myers and family, McMinnville; Joe Beard, A.F. Ledford, Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Ledbetter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Ledford and family, Lewisburg; Roy Bingham and daughter, Frances, Bell Buckle and many from Petersburg, Belfast and Shelbyville
Shelbyville Gazette - June 11, 1936 - page 8

DIMPLE O. TAYLOR , age 87 of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at Glen Oaks Nursing Home. She was a native of Coffee County, Tennessee and the widow of the Late Jack T. Taylor who preceded her in death in 1974. She was the daughter of the late Jessie Osborne and Minnie Branch Osborne. Mrs. Taylor was a retired machine operator for the Samsonite Corp. Mrs. Dimple O. Taylor is survived by 2 daughers: Shirlene Muehlhauser and Diane Adams both of Shelbyville. She was preceded in death by two foster daughers: Peggy Elliott and Polly Willis. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Roxane McCullough, Andrea George McCullough and Lonnie Leftrick, great grandchildren: Josh Smith, Savannah McCullough, Gracie Beth McCullough and Slade Leftrick, a great-great granddaughter Kayla Smith. She was prceded in death by one brother and three sisters: Visitation with the family will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from Gowen-Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2009 from Gowen-Smith Chapel conducted by Bro. Phillip Lane and Bro. George Sinquefield. Burial will follow in Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville.

RUTH ELEANOR TAYLOR , age 83, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at Heritage Medical Center. Graveside services will be 12 Pm Saturday at Willow Mount Cemetery. Reverend Charles Pope will officiate. She was born June 29, 1925, in Batavia, New York, to the late Maxwell and Lydia Powell Gillette. She was a retired Home Health Caregiver, loved playing bingo, and attended the Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Renee Clark. She is survived by a daughter, Tamra Bentler, of Shelbyville; two brothers, Bob and Jerry Gillette, both of New York; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Feldhaus Funeral Home

MARIE KATE (PEACOCK) THAXTON - daughter of Thomas and Cassie (Fugitt) Peacock was born in 1876 in Tennessee. She was reared in the Bell Buckle community of Bedford County, Tennessee. Marie Kate Peacock married Mr. Almar Thaxton. It is not known if any offspring resulted from this union. Marie Kate Peacock Thaxton is buried in the Hazel Cemetery along side her mother in the Peacock plot.

ADA MARIE (YORK) THOMPSON , age 84, of Shelbyville, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Graveside services will be 2:30 PM Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at Willow Mount Cemetery. Reverend Jimmy Gray will officiate. Visitation will be 12-2 PM Wednesday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. She was born August 20, 1924, in Bemis, Tennessee, to the late Jesse Floyd and Fannie Gray York. She retired from the original Peoples National Bank in 1984. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William Austin Thompson in 2008. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Foldy, and her husband Jim, of Shelbyville, Melissa Cleveland, and her husband David, of Tullahoma, and Melinda Cotten, and her husband David, of Missouri City, Texas; ten grandchildren, Ronnie Reed, Jr., Angie Reed Jackson, Andrew Thompson Reed, Hunter Cleveland, Cody Cleveland, Megan Denson, Courtney Cotten, Amber Cotten, Bryce Foldy, and Ashley Murray; ten great grandchildren, Kelsie Reed, Sydney Reed, Hayden Reed, Jonah Jackson, Gabby Jackson, Noah Jackson, Sophia Reed, Brooklyn Murray, Aden Murray, and Park Dellavalle. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Feldhaus Memorial

BERTHA LOUISE THOMPSON , 85, of Shelbyville passed July 3, 2010 at Glen Oaks Nursing Home. She is survived by sister, Lorene Richardson of Shelbyville, TN; two nieces - Yvonne Bivens and Teresa McClain, both of Shelbyville, TN; four nephews - Ronnie (Dora) Wells of Murfresboro, TN, Richard (Manila) Wells, Randy (Gail) Wells and Russell (Tonya) Wells, all of Shelbyville, TN and a host of other nieces and nephews. Visitation: Tuesday, July 6 2010 at 10:00 am at Green Meadow Church of Christ with funeral to follow at 11:00 am at Green Meadow Church of Christ with Bro. Ralph Thompson officiating. Interment - Willow Mount Cemetery.
Source: Joe Blanton

FANNIE THOMPSON - Funeral services of Miss Fannie (Dump) Thompson, 82, who died at her home here Thursday night at ten o'clock, were held at the residence Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. B.E. Duns, her pastor, and Rev. N.J. Warren officiating. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery. Miss Thompson was the daughter of the late Joseph H. Thompson, and Mrs. Mary Myers Thompson, members of the most prominent pioneer families of this county. Mr. Thompson was an intimate friend of President. Andrew Johnson. Miss Thompson was affectionately known as "Miss Dump" to a large circle of friends through out this section and elsewhere having made many of these friends as a clerk for several prominent business firms formerly located here and through her church and civic activities. Her father, a forceful and intelligent writer, was editor of the Shelbyville Gazette for may years and she never ceased her in the advancement of this newspaper until her dying days. She was a brilliant woman, public-spirited and ever loyal to her friends. She had been an active member of the D.A.R. she was the oldest member of the local Baptist Church, having united with the church in early girlhood. Miss Thompson had led such an active life and was so young looking for her age, it was a distinct shock to her many friends when she was taken ill last spring, gradually growing weaker until the end came. She loved life and was ever appreciative of the best in life. Survivors are her brother, Dr. Stanley Thompson, who resided with her three nieces, Mrs. James Tipton, Mission Texas; Mrs. George Edwin Jones, New Brittain, Conn; Miss Mary Arthur Thompson, Redland, Calif; two nephews, Joe and Stanley Thompson, Jr. Redland, Calif., and several cousins. Active pall bearers were Dr. T.F. Bates, Fred Nance, J. E. Penn, Cloay Peebles, Ab Mullins, and D. L. Jacobs; honorary pall bearers were J.C. Tune, Dr. T. R. Ray, Dr. S.S. Moody, W. P. Cooper, I.. L. Power and Clarence Cortner.
Shelbyville Gazette - Oct 5, 1939 - page 1

HENRY TIPTON THOMPSON , age 89, of Shelbyville, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Christian Care Center of Bedford County. Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Reverend Bryan Elliott will officiate. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Willow Mount Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Monday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. He was born July 25, 1920, in Bedford County, to the late Robert Kerry and Maggie Moore Thompson. He was the longtime owner/operator of Tip Thompson's Menswear not only serving Shelbyville and Bedford County, but numerous out of state customers. He was known for his personal service to all who shopped with him. Tip's store was a favorite with guests attending the annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. He was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, a 60 year member of the Shelbyville Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was inducted in the Rotary History and Heritage International Hall of Fame. He was a founding member of Riverbend Country Club and a Deacon and member of First Christian Church. Golf occupied his leisure time for many years. Playing golf then turned to gardening and working in his yard. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kerry, (R.K.) Thompson, and a sister Mary Elizabeth Williams. He is survived by a his wife, Becky Nichols Thompson, of Shelbyville, a brother, William Morton "Bill" Thompson, and his wife Naomi, of Shelbyville, and a sister, Dorothy Ann Wheelon, of California. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel assisted the family with the arrangements.
Source: John Flack

JIMMY NATHAN THOMPSON - Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Nathan Thompson Jr., Age 30 years old, of Shelbyville, TN will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday Oct. 11, 2010 in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Pastors Ray Armstrong & Rick Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in the Willow Mount Cemetery. Jimmy passed away on Friday afternoon October 8, 2010 at Heritage Medical Center following an extended illness. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Born February 7, 1980 in Bedford County, TN he is the son of Jimmy Thompson & Deanita Fay Warren Thompson. He was employed by ATA as a HVAC technician at Arnold Air Force Base. He enjoyed riding Harleys and drag racing and was a member of Fellowship for Christ. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife of 10 years, Tonya Comstock Thompson, & Daughter Katie Thompson. In-laws Tammy Comstock and Gary Comstock both of Shelbyville Brothers Allen Franks of Shelbyville & Jay Franks of Murfreesboro. Several aunts and uncles. Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.

JOHNSON C. THOMPSON - Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Heritage Medical Center. He was the son of the late Johnson C. Thompson, II and Lela Holbert Thompson. Mr. Thompson was a local business owner and owned real estate property in Shelbyville, TN. He is survived by wife, Mildred Thompson of Shelbyville, TN; sister, Cleopatra Smedler of Midwest City, Oklahoma; two sisters-in-law, Juanita Anthony and Margaret White both of Tullahoma, TN; two nieces, Denise Dickerson and Deborah Romain; two nephews, Michael and Mark Boone; aunt- Dorothy Thompson of Dayton, Ohio Funeral Services Sat. March 5, 2011 at 1:00p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Elder Willie Lee Rippy as Eulogist. No visitation will be held. Interment - Willow Mount Cemetery J.A. Welton & Son Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Source: John Flack

LEATITIA (CANNON) THOMPSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Leatitia Cannon Thompson 92, widow of Zach Thompson, were held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the Thompson Funeral Home, Rev. N. Burch Tucker conducting. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery. Mrs. Thompson who had been in failing health for some time though able to walk about the lawn at home Sunday, was stricken with a heart attack at 5:30 A.M. Monday and died at 9 P.M. She was the daughter of Robert and Leatitia Hooser Cannon, members of prominent pioneer families of this section, Her grandmother, Polly Thompson is said to be the first white girl born at Fort Nashboro and her great-uncle Clement Cannon, gave the 100 acres of land for the site of the town of Shelbyville. Mrs. Thompson was the oldest Lutheran Church member in Bedford County. Survivors are one daughter Mr. Charles T. Carney, who resided with her three grandchildren, Eph Carney, Zach Carney and Charles Carney; two great grandchildren Eph Jr. and Zach, Jr.
Shelbyville Gazette, Thursday, Feb 25, 1943

JOHN A. THOMPSON , died at the residence of Mr. A.R. Nance, South of town, last Tuesday night at 7:30 o'clock; aged 80 years. He was a well known and highly esteemed citizen and possessed genial traits of character that endeared him to a large circle of friends and acquaintances throughout the county. He was a prominent ex-Confederate soldier and loved his comrades and would do all in his power for tther [their] comfort and pleasure. He never missed attending the Confederate Reunion whenever he was able to go. He was a member of a large and prominent Bedford County family and his relatives and friends loved him for his many commendable traits of character and sincerely regret to hear of his death. He served one term in the Lower House of the Legislature and was also a member of the Bedford County Court some years ago and filled both positions with honor and credit. The funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. W.H. Johnston. Burial in Willow Mount Cemetery."
Source: Rootsweb Web Bedford County Mailing List.

R. K. THOMPSON , age 91, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at Glen Oaks Convalescent Center. Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, December 18, 2009, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Reverend Bryan Elliott will officiate, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 4-7 PM Thursday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. He was born October 22, 1918, in Bedford County, to the late Robert Kerry Thompson, Sr. and Maggie Moore Thompson. He was a retired Production Manger with Musgrave Pencil Company with 49 years of service. He was an avid golfer and 60+ year member of First Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenn Collier Thompson. Survivors include two brothers, William M. Thompson, and his wife Naomi, and Tip Thompson, and his wife, Becky, all of Shelbyville; a sister, Dorothy Ann Welehon, of Ramona, California; brother in law, Joe Collier, and his wife Imogene, of Mulberry, Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund or The Good Samaritan Association. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Feldhaus Memorial

ROBERT CECIL THOMPSON , Funeral services 1 PM Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Thompson Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Herbert Lee Stewart, Eulogist. Burial, will full military honors, in Willow Mount Cemetery. Honors also presented by the Shelbyville Fire Department, whose members, and former members, served as both active and honorary pallbearers. He is survived by two sons, Robert C. (Sharon) Thompson, Jr. of Hendersonville, and Rodney Thompson, of Shelbyville; two daughters, Amanda (Curtis) McCord, of Murfreesboro, and Idella (John) Baldwin, of Hendersonville; three sisters, Mattie Stewart and Beatrice Thompson Collins, both of Shelbyville, and Hattie Johnson, of Kentucky; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel assisted the family with the arrangements.
John Flack

BRYAN DAVID TIBBS , age 44, of Shelbyville, died Friday, January 23, 2009, at Heritage Medical Center. Funeral services will be 3 PM Sunday, January 25, 2009, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Reverend Dwight Wiser will officiate. Per his request, and following the service, his remains will be cremated. Visitation will be 1pm until service time Sunday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. He was born February 1, 1964, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Edgar Lynn Tibbs, of West Virginia, and the late Barbara Catherine Caldwell Tibbs. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Wendy Lee Puckett Tibbs, of Shelbyville; a son, Matthew Bryan Tibbs and a daughter, Priscilla Kathryn Tibbs, both of Shelbyville. He attended the Himesville Church of The Nazarene.
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel

WENDY LEE (PUCKETT) TIBBS , age 45, of Shelbyville, entered into rest Monday, January 26, 2009, at Heritage Medical Center. Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday, January 29, 2009, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Reverend Dwight Wiser will officiate, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 11 AM until service time Thursday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan David Tibbs, who passed away this past Friday, January 23, 2009. She was born, October 9, 1963, in Patuxent River, Maryland, to Maynard and Priscilla Perry Puckett, of Shelbyville. She was formerly employed with National Pen Corporation and attended Himesville Church of The Nazarene. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Matthew Bryan Tibbs and a daughter, Priscilla Tibbs, both of Shelbyville; three brothers, Maynard Puckett, Jr. of Shelbyville, Eric Puckett, of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, and Harry Puckett, of Murfreesboro. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Shelbyville Gazette

BARBARA (NEWMAN) TILFORD , age 87, of Shelbyville, died Thursday, December 18, 2008, at her daughters home in Fairview after an extended illness. Memorial service will be 3 PM Saturday, December 20, 2008, at the Episcopal church of The Redeemer. Father Peter Whalen will officiate. Per her request, her remains were cremated, and burial will be in Willow Mount Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Henry Cannon Tilford, Jr. in 2007. She was born June 17, 1921, in Cooperstown, Pennsylvania, to the late Somers and Jean Hutchison Newman. She was a member of the Episcopal church of The Redeemer. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Tilford Barnard, of Fairview, and a son, Henry Cannon Tilford III, of Lewisburg; a granddaughter, Courtney Suzanne Hall. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

LEWIS TILLMAN , 93, died Saturday at his home in Knoxville. Mr. Tillman was born and reared in this county and a member of a prominent pioneer family of this section. As a young man, he was Deputy Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court here and after going to Knoxville to reside, he practiced law and built up on of the outstanding title record systems in the state. He retired in 1930. He was a prominent member of the First Christian Church of Knoxville. His father, Judge Lewis Tillman built the large colonial home now occupied by Mrs. Nancy Stewart and family and it was in this home that the distinguished family was reared. Miss Birdie Whiteside has a biography of the family which was presented by Mr. Abram Tillman a brother of the deceased, who resides in Washington D.C. This book includes pictures of the Tillman home, (now Stewart home) and each member of the family with a biographical sketch of each. The deceased brothers, Abram and Brig, Gen. Samuel E. Tillman just recently made substantial contributions to the erection of the Confederate marker on the courthouse lawn. Besides his brothers, surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank P. Gant, of Knoxville, and Mrs. R. A. Smith of Birmingham, Ala.
Shelbyville Gazette - Jan 27, 1938 - page 1

WILLIAM L. TROXLER , shot himself at 5 o'clock Friday afternoon with a shotgun on his lawn in the 23rd district of Bedford County. He had been in failing health for many months and while despondent had spoken of suicide some time ago. He was a native of a prominent family. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Bonnie Hitt Troxler, son, William Troxler; daughter, Miss Mildred Troxler; mother, Mrs. Ida Troxler; brother; George Troxler, and sister Mrs. Minnie Williams of Bell Buckle. His death is greatly deplored and the suympathy of the entire community goes out to the widow and children, and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence Sunday afternoon by Rev. C.C. Thompson, pastor First Christian church and Dr. W.C. Doss, pastor of the M.E. Church, South. Burial was in Willow Mount cemetery in Shelbyville.
Shelbyville Gazette, Oct 29, 1931 - page 1

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