Ruth Franzenburg Koepke

KoepkeRuth F. Koepke, 92, of Fairfield Glade, TN, formerly Plymouth, MI, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society. Ruth was born May 8, 1922 in Ceylon, Minnesota, to Paul (an immigrant from Germany) and Bertha Beck Franzenburg (widowed mother of three, James, Hubert and Maxine Watkins Paisley). Paul and Bertha had five children: Paul Jr., Jean (Belz), Ruth, Wilhemina “Billie” (Katzenmeyer) and Collyn (Schmidt). Collyn of Lookout Mountain, Ga.,
survives Ruth. At the age of 16, Ruth experienced the untimely death of her mother.
The Franzenburgs settled in Conrad, Iowa after many moves during the Great Depression. Ruth was a 1939 graduate of Conrad High School, and 1943 graduate of University of Iowa. Ruth enlisted in the United States Army and served her country during World War II as a physical therapist. She received her training at Army-Navy General Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was assigned, as a Second Lieutenant, to Mayo General Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois where
she met her husband and dancing partner of 69 years, Russell Charles Koepke of Chicago, Illinois.

After 4 months of courtship, Ruth and Russ were married March 17, 1945. Russ, 97, survives his wife, Ruth. Following their discharge from the Army, they relocated to Chicago, Illinois and had eight children – Paula, San Francisco, CA, Peter (Mhairi) Cold Spring, NY, Thomas (Deborah), Stanton, MI, William (died 2010), Jane Cartwright (Jack) Seaside, OR , Kathryn (John Osburn),
Portland, OR, Elizabeth Jamo (James) East Lansing, MI, Christopher (Elizabeth Clark) Eldersburg, MD and grandchildren Elena, Cristina, Ross, Benjamin, Jaclyn, Katie Jane, Claire, Maya and Gavin. Ruth (Granny) is remembered as a strong, dependable, loving, warm, caring, and courageousindividual. She was wonderfully calm and practical during their children’s developmental years and fostered independence. She listened intently, was a great conversationalist and cherished
heartfelt giggles. She loved the joy of music. Ruth and Russ welcomed many into their home. She loved connecting people from all walks of life. Russ once wrote, “Ruth is a mountain of support and with her warmth, charm and out stretched arms she has conquered all.”

Ruth and Russ enjoyed dancing, worldwide travels, community service, vacationing at Torch Lake and spending time with family and friends. While living in Plymouth, MI, Ruth was awarded the Ford Citizen of the Year in 1966 for her outstanding civic service by serving the community working with the Girl Scouts, providing leadership as the Vice President of the Christian Family Movement, promoting and advocating for civil rights as a member of the
Assembly for Human Relations, supporting and campaigning member of the Democratic Party, canvassing for the Mothers’ March of Dimes, participating in the University Women’s Club, and serving as a Eucharistic Minister in the Catholic Church. She was also very active with a foreign exchange student program by becoming a host family for several students. Years later, she
received Tennessee Titans Quarterback Award for her many years of service to Hospice of Cumberland County. Ruth was also employed as a physical therapist and provided therapy to many children with developmental and physical disabilities in Michigan through various schooldistricts and programs.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7503 Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Memorial Contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to Hospice of Cumberland County or Southern Poverty Law Center. A luncheon has been planned at the church following the committal service in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church columbarium. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff
of the Good Samaritan Society, Fairfield Glade, TN for their outstanding care.
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Address and Websites for Memorial Donations
Hospice of Cumberland County                                Southern Poverty Law Center
30 E Adams St.                                                         400 Washington Ave.
Crossville, TN 38555                                                Montgomery, AL 36104               

Rocky Darrell Davenport

Rocky Darrell Davenport, 53, of Crossville, TN passed away on October 11, 2014 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. A grave side service will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Fredonia Cemetery. Bro. Wayne Matthews will be officiating.

Rocky was born on June 25, 1961 in Crossville, TN to Charlie James and Dorothy Jean Keck Davenport. He was employed as a truck driver, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Rocky is survived by grandmother: Elizabeth Keck; daughter: April Barker (Bobby); son: Rocky Davenport, Jr. (Sabrina); grandchildren: Cole, Gabe, and Emma Newcome; brothers: Stoney, Jason Davenport; sister: Ruth Faulkner. He was preceded in death by parents: Charlie and Dorothy Davenport; daughter: Tiffany Davenport.

Dillard Woody

Dillard Woody, 74, of Crossville, TN passed away on October 10, 2014 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Donald Wattenbarger officiating. Burial will be in Bowman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ray Bowman, Charles Dixon, James Cox, David Wilson, William Woody, and James Johnson.

Dillard was born on May 22, 1940 in Cumberland County, TN to Lloyd Nelson and Gladys Avo [Keith] Woody. Dillard had a love for all kinds of gardening, enjoyed playing his Game Boy, collecting stamps, and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Dillard is survived by brothers: James Woody, Don Woody, and Carl Woody; sister: Mildred Dunbar; special nephew: William Woody; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents; Lloyd Nelson and Gladys Woody; brothers: Nelson, and William Roy.

Cora Gladys Kelly

Aunt GladysroundcroppedCora Gladys Kelly, 96, of Crossville, TN passed away on October 8, 2014 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 11, at 10:00 am with Minister Sammy Webb officiating. Burial will follow in Leffle Webb Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doyle Burgess, Brady Burgess, Billy Chastain, Bobby Chastain, Gary Rohraff and Dusty Doris.

Cora was born on November 9, 1917 in Crossville, TN to James Leffle and Mary Lou Myers Webb. Before retiring she worked for Chrysler. Cora enjoyed crocheting.

Cora is survived by: nephews: Leon Webb, Sammy Webb, Frank Webb, Jimmy Webb, Bobby Chastain, Billy Chastain, Gary Rohraff, Mike Doris, and Dennis Doris; nieces: Patricia Messina, Pamela Chastain, and Joyce Solor. She was preceded in death by parents James and Mary Lou Webb; son: Billy Charles Kelly, brothers: Albert Webb, Oscar Webb, and Paul Webb; sisters: Helen Webb and Evelyn Webb.

Wanda Lee O’Dell

Wanda Lee O’dell, 89, of Crossville, TN passed away on October 8, 2014 at Life Care Center of Crossville. Family will receive friends on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.

Wanda was born on September 30, 1925 in Beach Bottom, WV to Robert Alsmer and Georgianna [Tout] Stuart. Before retiring she worked as an office manager in the retail business. Wanda enjoyed crocheting, wrote poetry, and won a scholarship to go to Chicago Conservatory of Music.

Wanda is survived by husband of 64 ½ years: Forest O’Dell; sons: Steven O’Dell, and Kevin O’Dell (Julie); daughter: Cathy Trippel (Eugene); grandchildren: Adriel, Trevor, Joy, Quinn, Alma, Jeremy, Steven Andrew, Kevin, Jr., Katy, Halle, Jessica, and Nick; sixteen great grandchildren; sister: Sandy Wetzel. She was preceded in death by parents Robert and Georgianna Stuart; brothers: Robert and James Stuart; daughter-in-law: Nancy O’Dell.

Wanda Gail Smith

Wanda Gail Smith, 74, of Crossville, TN passed away on October 5, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center. Wanda was born on August 24, 1940 in Crossville, TN to John H. and Vencie Odesty Conley Welch. She is survived by grandson: Urian Derieux of AL.

Margaret “Rose” Flewelling

Margaret Rosetta “Rose” Flewelling, 85, passed away on October 6, 2014.Family will receive friends on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers please make donation to Hospice of Cumberland County, 30 East Adams St.

Rose was born on April 17, 1929 in Wayne, MI to Barnard and Margaret [Tidd] Carrico. Before retiring she worked for General Motors. Rose enjoyed bowling, and going on boat rides.

Rose is survived by husband Jack Flewelling of Fairfield Glade, TN; sons: Jonny Flewelling (Kristine) of Arizona, and Jerry Flewelling of Michigan; daughters: Jackie Bain (Tom) of Michigan, and Jinia Demers (Paul) of Crossville; grandchildren: Tina Waring, Glen Flewelling, Jason Flewelling, Trisha Flewelling, Brandy Bain, Brad Demers, Mike Demers, and Pete Demers; eight great grandchildren; brother: Richard Carrico (Shirley); sister: Elaine Whitehead (Bill). She was preceded in death by parents: Barnard and Margaret Carrico; sisters: Joanne and Nancy.

Fonzie Faye Sherrill

Scan0040Fonzie Faye Sherrill, 70, of Jamestown, TN passed away at her home on October 2, 2014. Family will receive friends on Monday, October 6,  2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 pm with Pastor Jeff Masters officiating. Burial will follow in Crossville City Cemetery.

Fonzie was born on April 30, 1944 in Overton County, TN to Cleo and Elva [Bilbrey] Swallows. She enjoyed yardsaling, going fishing, bowling, and playing horseshoes.

Fonzie is survived by husband: Clay Sherrill; sons: Dennis Sherrill (Sandy), Darrell Sherrill (Lisa Barnes), and Derrick Sherrill (Brandi Adams); grandchildren: Daniel, Justin, Aaron, Aleisha, and Lillian; sister: Kathy Swallows. She was preceded in death by parents; brothers: Prentice, Dillis, Cletis, Coy, and Glenis

Roger Lynn Hyder

Roger HyderRoger Lynn Hyder died peacefully Wednesday night, October 1, 2014, after a valiant struggle with ALS, (more commonly known as Lou Gehrigs disease).  He now joins his dad and mom (Alva and Minnie Hyder) and brother (Ronnie Goss) in a very happy reunion. Joyfully, he can again walk, talk, breathe and enjoy a full expression of himself.

Roger was born April 6, 1948 in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee.  He loved Cumberland County and spent his entire life here except for his college years at Tennessee Tech where he met the love of his life, Gail Lemmons, and brought her back to Slate Springs.

His spirit is carried on by his beautiful wife, Gail, and three daughters (Jennifer Cottam, Amber Hyder and Tiffany Phillips), his sons-in-law (Sterling Cottam and Jesse Phillips), the pride of his heart, his five grandchildren (Nathan, Caleb and Megan Phillips & Stephen and Savannah Cottam).  He is also survived by his sisters (Linda Potter and Frances Threet) and his extended family of relations and friends.

As a man who always put others before himself, he was known and loved by people in many reaches of life.  He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints where he served for a period of time as Bishop of the local congregation.  He taught school in Cumberland County for 18 years, served on the COOP board, received Outstanding Conservationist Farmer of the Year in 2010, served on the Cumberland County School Board and was a member of the Cumberland County Road Commissioners.  He was an entrepreneur who started several businesses including a custom slaughter house and sawmill. He was an avid farmer and land speculator and even a published author of short stories.  He worked hard at everything he did and succeeded resoundingly in so many ways.

Roger’s greatest efforts and desires were for the happiness and success, both temporally and eternally for his marriage and family.

He was a great provider.  He taught his children to work hard and to do it with a smile on their faces.  He would take his little crew out to help cut wood for the day.  He was in his element in the woods; with a twinkle in his eyes, he taught everyone how to get out of the way of a falling tree.  The great lessons of life were simply taught – just step out of the way when everything comes crashing down around you.

His love for his wife was beautiful.  He loved her deeply and showed it in practical ways.  When he was in the “doghouse”, he once bought her a chair with flowered upholstery.  He thought her most beautiful in her work clothes and her hair au naturale.  His idea of a romantic get-away was a walk or ride to the Obed river with a little picnic.

He taught us all so much with his simple but deep perspective on life.  He knew what was important and did not let the other things bother him.  We will greatly miss his calm, steady influence. We will miss his corny jokes. We will miss his love and leadership. We will miss him.

Roger was buried Saturday, October 4, in the Slate Springs cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation in his memory to Hospice of Cumberland County, ALS Association ( to help eradicate this terrible disease or to the humanitarian fund through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

Sarah Dippel

MomSarah LaVora Dippel passed away on September 27th at the age of 74 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer.  She leaves behind her devoted husband of 54 years, Richard Dippel, and family in Georgia including daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Randal Kinley and Alicia and Ray Hills, grandchildren Matt Hills, Sarah Kinley, Robert Kinley, and Alex Hills, granddaughters-in-law Carla Hills and Hannah Kinley, and one special great granddaughter, Delilah Hills.  She’s also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Gayle LaVora in Wisconsin, and sister-in-law JoAnne LaVora of Texas.

Sarah and her husband lived in 7 states across the US and in Germany throughout their marriage.  During retirement, Sarah enjoyed travelling with the love of her life, Richard.  Together, Sarah and Richard shared frequent road trips, took 35 cruises, and made it a priority to visit family and friends.  Sarah made friends wherever she went.  She was loved by an extended network of family and friends throughout the world.  GiGi/Grandma/Mom/Sarah will be sincerely missed by those she left behind.

Sarah sincerely cared about everyone she met and kept in touch daily with her family and friends through phone calls, emails, and Facebook.  She worked at various occupations throughout her life including the post office, hospital administration, and federal social services, but her favorite pastime was being with family.  She loved the beauty of nature through plants, flowers, hummingbirds, deer, and other living creatures.  Sarah loved to read her daily newspaper on the screened in porch, drink her coffee, eat graham crackers, and watch for deer in the backyard.  She was known as an amazing listener, and many came to her for advice about life’s challenges.  Her favorite holiday was Christmas where the family was always together with special traditions – she played Christmas carols on her accordion, made homemade spaghetti, and gave every family member a specially chosen annual ornament.

A funeral service is planned for Friday, October 3rd at 3 pm at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Crossville, TN.  In lieu of flowers, any contributions received will be donated by the family to The Susan G Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.  Her family has actively participated in this event since 2005 after Sarah was first diagnosed with breast cancer.