Obituaries For The Week Of January 10, 2018


Mattie Pearl Alderman, 85, was born February 6, 1932, in Newton County, Mississippi, daughter of the late Joseph Lester Jones and Martha Mattie (Jenkins) Jones.  She departed for her heavenly home January 6, 2018.

Ms. Mattie suffered a stroke while visiting family in Ohio, and had surgery and treatment at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, being discharged by transfer to Heaven, after being surrounded by family members for several days.

Preceding Mrs. Alderman in death were her parents, Joe and Mattie Jones; brothers, J.C., Richard, and Willis Jones; and a grandchild, Christopher David Alderman.

Survivors include her beloved husband of more than sixty years: Pastor Arlo John Alderman; children: Deborah Ruth Alderman, Jonathan David (and wife, Debra) Alderman, and Rhoda Elizabeth (and husband, Sam) Smith; sister Ella Wease Brock; grandchildren: LeiAnna Rust, Seth Alderman, Randi McDaniel, Destiny Walters, and Whitney McKinley; great-grandchildren: Ellie, Arianna, Logan, Kaylin, Makinzie, Reagin, Ryleigh, and C.J.

Mrs. Alderman was known as “Pearl” by her childhood family and friends, “Mattie Pearl” by her Trevecca College classmates, “Ms. Mattie” by her contemporary church families, and “Honey” by her husband.

Perhaps the last memorable event of her life was a weekend in a spacious Smoky Mountain cabin with her family, as they helped their parents celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary in September 2017. But she would say that the greatest event of all her life was when she was born again and became a child of the King.

Mrs. Alderman entitled her life story (published a few years ago)
From Share-Cropper’s Daughter to Preacher’s Wife. Throughout the last sixty-plus years of her life, Mattie was an ideal preacher’s wife, faithfully serving in churches as Sunday school teacher, missionary president, involvement in district mission work, making several “Work and Witness” mission trips abroad.  She faithfully served alongside her husband, as he pastored Nazarene congregations, and has for nearly nine years supported him as he has pastored in the United Methodist Church. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Ms. Mattie seemed to have a definite gift of compassion and hospitality. She was always thinking of others – sewing, crocheting, baking, canning and preserving and giving things away. She will be sadly missed by countless friends, as well as family.  Many referred to her as Mom, or Mama; for she “adopted” many young people in the churches where her husband served as pastor.

Victory celebrations will be held this weekend in Tullahoma and Jamestown, Tennessee, as follows: At Tullahoma First Church of the Nazarene: Friday evening, January 12th – Visitation 4:00 to 7:00 with a memorial service 7:00 to 8:00.  At Jennings Funeral Home in Jamestown: Saturday morning, January 13th – Visitation 10:00 to 12:00, followed by interment in Wolf River Cemetery at Pall Mall (No service on Saturday).  Jennings Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Gordon Christian Dahm, 81 of Crossville, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Mr. Dahm was born Friday, March 27, 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was the son of the late Marian (Johnson) and Harold Dahm. Gordon was a wonderful husband, loving father and good friend.  He was an organ donor.  He was a project manager all across the United States.

Mr. Dahm is survived by wife, Celeste Dahm; son: Clifford Dahm; daughter: Lillian Dahm; grandaughter: Katie Dahm; two stepchildren: Richard Percy and Kirk Percy

Gordon chose cremation and the family followed his wishes and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Illinois.

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Arrangments entrusted to Crest Lawn Funeral Home – Cremation Center.


Garry Joe Girdley, 61, of Keiser, AR went to be with our Lord and Savior January 6, 2018 in Etowah, AR.

He was born December 2, 1956 to Melvin W. and Gertrude Girdley. He was owner/operator of Girdley Flying Service and Girdley Brothers Farm.  He became a pilot at the young age of 18 and worked as a crop duster for 43 years.  He was an avid duck hunter with the Full Contact Duck Hunting Club, where he helped organize hunting trips with many organizations.  He worked with Catch a Dream, which allowed him to provide once in a lifetime hunting experiences for children with life threatening illnesses.  He also helped organize many hunting trips with the Wounded Warrior Foundation, which allowed him to meet and hunt with many veterans who incurred a physical or mental injury during military service.  He was a devoted deacon and servant of First Baptist Church of Keiser, where his life mission was to bring more people to know Jesus Christ.  He was the apostle of Crop Dusters United; members of the group said that he lived his life according to Matthew 28.19.

Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years: Debbie Girdley of Keiser, AR; daughters: Marci (Cody) Moore of Nolensville, TN and Molli Girdley of Keiser, AR; sister: Claudia (Dan) Sisco of Houlka, MS; brothers: Boat Jr. (Laura) Girdley of Etowah, AR and Ernie (Polly) Girdley of Etowah, AR; grandsons: Manning “Joseph” Moore and McCarty Moore of Nolensville, TN; several nephews and nieces and his very devoted friend Mike Broughman.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister: Brenda (Girdley) May.  Pallbearers: Henry Morgan, Hank Morgan, Burch Milano, Keith Weathers, Ernie Girdley, Boat Girdley Jr., Travis Senter, Keith Warren, Alan Beach and Kyle Boyd.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Keiser First Baptist Church with burial at Potter Memorial Cemetery in Lepanto, AR.

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Patricia Ann (Cravens) Miller, age 67, of Grimsley, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Miller was born May 14, 1950 in Jamestown, Tennessee.  She was a factory worker.

Mrs. Miller is survived by husband, David Miller of Grimsley; four sons, Dewayne Miller and wife Angie of Kansas, Dwight Miller and wife Delana, Mark Miller and wife Jennifer and Marty Miller and wife Dewanna all of Clarkrange; daughter, Michelle Bradley of Clarkrange; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers; four sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by granddaughter, Hannah Dille; father, Leeman Cravens; mother, Mary (Turner) Cravens; brother, J.R. Cravens; and sister, Justine Haller.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clarkrange Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Swallows officiating.  Burial followed in the Springs Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers included Danny Ramsey, Jerry King, Shayne Monday, Douglas Garrett, Ricky Cravens, Landon Dille, Isaiah Miller and Austin Hensley.  Honorary pallbearers included Curtis Cravens, James Crabtree and David Miller.

Jennings Funeral Home of Clarkrange, Tennessee was in charge of services.


M.C. Pile age 92 of Pall Mall, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Pile is survived by two sons, Darrell Pile and wife Lisa and Gerald Pile and wife Faye; two daughters, Jean Choate and husband Richard and Janice Alotaibi and husband Barjes; sisters-in-law, Barbara Pile and Elsie Pile; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and special caregivers, James Gilbert, Angie Stewart, Beth Stewart, Theresa Taylor and Maria Taylor.

Mr. Pile was preceded in death by wife, Mary Jane Pile; parents, Mack and Minnie Lee Pile; three brothers, Fred Pile, Allen Pile and Johnny Pile; and five sisters, Fonzie Patton, Ival Long, May Hatfield, Chloe Buck and Bonnie Crabtree.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Wright officiating.  Burial followed in the Wolf River Cemetery.  Military service was conducted at the graveside by American Legion Post 137.  Pallbearers included Adam Alotaibi, Malek Alotaibi, Bradley Thompson, Adam Woody, Greg Wright and James Gilbert.

Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.



William Fate “Wimp” Rich, age 63, of Pall Mall, TN passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Rich was born January 4, 1954 in Static, Tennessee to Earl Rich and Sue (Cravens) Rich. He was a Veteran serving in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Rich is survived by daughter, Alicia Ellen (Rich) Hammock (Chris) of Jamestown, TN; son, William Fate Rich Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; mother, Sue Rich of Pall Mall, TN; four sisters, Stacy Cummings (Jack) of Pall Mall, TN, Melinda Koger of Pall Mall, TN, Jennifer Worley (Mike) of Byrdstown, TN and Mitzie Wallace (Rick) of Pall Mall, TN; three granddaughters, Saige Rich, Annalise Hammock and Aliana Hammock; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Mr. Rich was preceded in death by father, Earl Rich; son, Scott Anthony Rich; brother, Scott Rich; brother-in-law, Bill Koger; two nephews, Jacob Cummings and Leigh Koger.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Brown Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jason Kerr officiating.  Burial followed in the Chanute-Campbell Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Richie Tompkins, Billy Stinson, Kord Blackman, Caleb Williams, Sam Cummings and Robert Stephens.

Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown, Tennessee was in charge of services.


David Steve Scott, age 53, of Jamestown, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare of Jamestown.

Mr. Scott was born June 28, 1964 in Jamestown, Tennessee.  He was a factory worker.

Mr. Scott is survived by parents, Jay and Hazel (Hayes) Scott; son, Steven Ray Scott and wife April; daughter, Christina Marie Scott; two grandchildren, Wyatt Owen Scott and Whisper Faye Scott; and a host of  aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

Mr. Scott was preceded in death by grandparents, Alfred and Dortha Hayes and Caster and Ola Scott; and a host of aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Matthews officiating.  Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Jonathon Patterson, Ricky Hayes, Gary Reagon, Steve Tinch, Shawn Crabtree and Steven Ray Scott.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.


Paula Steinhauer, age 92, of Jamestown, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Signature Healthcare of Fentress County.

Mrs. Steinhauer is survived by son, Jonathan Steinhauer and wife Kathy.

The family chose cremation.

Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.


Letitia Tompkins, age 76, of the Mt. Helen Community, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at Signature Healthcare of Fentress County.

Miss Tompkins was born January 31, 1941 in Armathwaite, Tennessee.  She was a factory worker.

Miss Tompkins is survived by two brothers, Gary Tompkins and wife Clella and Sammy Tompkins; two nephews, Eric Tompkins and wife Sabrina and Andy Tompkins and wife Tracy; niece, Alice Kirby and husband Scott; and a host of great nieces, nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Miss Tompkins was preceded in death by father, Everett Tompkins; mother, Elizabeth Ann (Scales) Tompkins; brother, Keith Tompkins; sister-in-law, Sandra Tompkins; and nephew, Vance Tompkins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with Bro. Vernon Smith officiating.  Burial followed in the Range Cemetery. Pallbearers included Eric Tompkins, Andy Tompkins, Scott Kirby Jr., Eli Kirby, Cody Hamby, Justin Elmore, John Dixon, and Dale Tompkins.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tenneesee was in charge of services.


George Edward York, age 94, of Pall Mall, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Signature Healthcare of Fentress County.

Mr. York was born July 27, 1923 in Pall Mall, Tennessee.  He was a Pastor/Clergy.

Mr. York is survived by son, Gerald E. York and special companion Linda Miller; grandchildren, Dr. Gerald Edward York II and wife Angela, Deborah York and husband Matthew Beets; and Michael York; three great-grandchildren, Gracie Jane, Alexa Morgan and Gage Cullum York; brother, Andrew Jackson York; sister, Betsy Ross York-Lowrey; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mr. York was preceded in death by wife, Clara Marie (Williams) York; father, Sgt. Alvin C. York; mother, Gracie Loretta (Williams) York; three brothers, Alvin C. York Jr., Woodrow Wilson York and Thomas Jefferson York; and sister, Mary Alice Franklin.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Jennings Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with Bro. John B. Mullinix, Pastor Sam Wood and Director Jeff Wells officiating.  Burial to follow in the Wolf River Cemetery.  Members of the YAI-JROTC will serve as pallbearers.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee is in charge of services.