Obituaries 3/10/20

James Boyd Birdwell

James Boyd Birdwell, 82, of London, Ky., passed away Feb. 26 at Corbin Health and Rehab in Corbin, KY. Funeral services were held March 1 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Woodall Cemetery on Union Ridge Lane in Bloomington Springs.

He was born Feb. 26, 1938 in Jackson County. He was a private man and enjoyed cars and trucks. He was a hard worker, working as a builder and carpenter and was very dedicated to his work.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Odes and Velma Birdwell; and son, Randale Birdwell.

Surviving relatives include: children, Freda (Billy) Hammock and Velma (Michael) Hampton; special companion, Cathy Stogsdill; grandchildren, Blake Madewell, Barry Hammock, Noah Hampton, Luke Hampton and Adam Hampton; great grandchildren, Courtney Madewell, Ayla Madewell, Journey Johnson, Brycen Hammock and Brayden Hammock; great grandchild, Holden Poston; and brothers and sisters, Jasper Sewell (Arlene) Birdwell, Anna Mae (Billy Joe) Loftis, Bessie Lee Robinson, William Fred (Pauline) Birdwell, Donald C. (Marion) Birdwell, Litton B. (Jo Helen) Birdwell and Richard Earl (Kathy) Birdwell.

Mary Helen

Meadows Rush

Mary Helen Meadows Rush, 68, of the McCoinsville community, passed away Feb. 27 at her residence. Funeral services were held March 1 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Kelly Stockton officiating. Interment followed in the Pharris Cemetery in the McCoinsville community.

She was born Aug. 8, 1951 in Jackson County. She worked for 40 years as a logistics manager at Nashville Wire. After retirement she worked at UCHRA and was a member of the Gainesboro First Baptist Church and the Sierra Club.

She was preceded in death by: parents, James William Meadows, Jr and Christine Wilmoth Meadows.

Surviving relatives include: daughter, Christina Lynn Rich of Gainesboro; and other relatives and friends.

Charles “Mt. Man” Jones Baxter III

Charles “Mt. Man” Jones Baxter III, 53, of the Dodson Branch Community, passed away Feb. 25. Graveside services were held March 2 at the Zion Cemetery on Zion Road in Jackson County. Tim Huffines officiated at the service.

He was born Jan.16, 1967 in Lebanon. He was a farm worker.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Charles Jones Baxter II and Doris Josephine Bennett Hesson.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Rhonda Baxter of Cookeville; sons, Charles Cody Baxter of Cookeville, Brayden Dakota Baxter of Cookeville and Tanner Cole Baxter of Gainesboro; step son, Stephen Wayne Patterson, II; four grandchildren and two expecting.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Roger Wesley Copeland

Roger Wesley Copeland, 55, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 29 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Memorial services were held March 4 at New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Cookeville with Randy Hill officiating. The family has chosen cremation.

He was born March 4, 1964 in Sparta.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Albert Lee Copeland and Bessie Tumblim Copeland; one grandson; four brothers; father in law, Fred W. Young; mother in law, Ruby D. Young; sister in law, Paula Copeland; brothers in law, Rodger Phillips and John Welch; nephew, John Wesley Ward (June Bug); great nephew, John Paul Roshia; and half siblings, Carmen, Norman, Clarence, JL, Ray, Flossie and Louise.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Polly Copeland of Cookeville; son, Roger Wesley (Christina) Copeland, Jr of Sparta; daughters, Ashley Copeland of Cookeville, Rachel Martin and Victoria Brown of TN and Jessica Brown of KY; seven grandchildren; brothers, Jack (Carolyn) Ward, Wesley (Doris) Ward and James Golden; sister, Brenda Ward; sisters in law, Judy Phillips, Diane Phillips and Pearl (Alan) Jordon, all of Cookeville, Lennie Welch of Monterey and Kathy (Steve) Keith of Springfield; brothers in law, Fred Young Jr and Manuel Young, both of Cookeville; and his beloved pets.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Jean

Carter Coop

Bonnie Jean Carter Coop, age 84, of Smyrna went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 4. A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Haggard and Effie Lee Kirby Carter.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Highland Heights Church of Christ. Brother Wayne Cornwell will officiate. Burial will be in Mapleview Cemetery.

She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Ben H. Coop; daughters, Debbie Cutlip and her husband Mark of Murfreesboro and Denise Tinney and her husband Mitch of Smyrna; granddaughter, Candace Cutlip of Springhill; sister, Peggy Lee of Gainsboro; one nephew; and one great-nephew.

Mrs. Coop was a long-time member of Highland Heights. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Nashville Nursing School and worked most notably with the Red Cross for over 40 years. Mrs. Jean was previously a Girl Scout group leader and was also a volunteer at the Sam Davis Home where she served on the board.

She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials in Memory of Mrs. Coop can be made to the American Red Cross.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Highland Heights Church of Christ.

An online guest book is available at www.woodfinchapel.com.

Woodfin Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Sue

Strong-Koehler

Thelma Sue Strong-Koehler, 54, of Cookeville, passed away March 3. A memorial service was held March 8 at the River Community Church in Cookeville with Bro. Eric Collins officiating. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 24, 1965 in Gainesboro. She worked at Wal-Mart as a store manager and was a member of the Double Springs Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by: parents, James Elzo Beechboard and Alice Marie Spivey Beechboard Hawkins; husband, Todd Robert Koehler; daughter, Natalie Strong; brother, Billy Beechboard; and step father, Doug Hawkins, Sr.

Surviving relatives include: son, Brock Dillon Strong of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Olivia Ann Farley of Celina; step daughter, Atha Amanda Stinson of Hermitage; granddaughters, Emily Rhayne Stinson and Julia Rose Strong; brother, Wayne Beechboard of Gainesboro; step brother, Doug Hawkins, Jr of Cookeville; sisters, Wanda Lowe of Livingston and Jackie Beechboard of Gainesboro; and step sisters, Jennifer Brown of Cookeville and Jackie Hill of Cookeville.

Todd Koehler

Todd Koehler, 54, of Cookeville, passed away March 3. A Memorial service was held March 8 at the River Community Church, Cookeville. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 28, 1965. He worked for Integral Automations for 22 years and Metcom Company for 13 years. He enjoyed the outdoors while hiking, biking, repelling, hunting, boating and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sue Strong Koehler.

Surviving relatives include: parents, Ken and Beverly Koehler of Sheboygan, WI; sister, Trisha Gorman of Cookeville; brother Tim Koehler and wife Nancy Koehler of Cookeville; sister, Teri Zarneke and husband, Rick Zarneke of Dallas, GA; brother, Jason Koehler and wife, Carrie Koehler of Madison, IN; and many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts relatives and friends.

Cathy Draper

Cathy Draper, 79. of Lebanon, passed away March 3 at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon. Graveside services were held March 7 at the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery in the Stone community. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 1, 1941 in Jackson County. She was a school teacher and later went to work for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. She was a member of the College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Gervas Ward Jones and Bronzie Alba Keith Jones; sisters, Sammye Gray Jones and Roggie Faye Johnson; and brother in law. Robert Lee Johnson.

Surviving relatives include: sons, William Kyle (Lisa) Draper of Mr. Juliet and Jeffrey Ward (Andrea) Draper of Fairview; grandchildren, Kenneth Austin Draper and Jefferson Wyatt Draper; the father of her children, Kenneth Draper of Cookeville; and nieces, Nancy Lee Chaffin of Gainesboro and Melinda Doty of Florida.

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