Jackson Co. Sentinel 2-23-16

John Murry deKnoblough Jr.

Construction Worker

John Murry deKnoblough Jr., 64, passed away Feb. 4 in Bloomington Springs. Private memorial services will be conducted. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was born May 18, 1951 in Columbia, Tenn. He was a construction worker. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Murry deKnoblough Sr. and Dorothy Adams Huff and one brother, Richard “Ricky” deKnoblough. Surviving relatives include his wife, Debbie West deKnoblough of Gainesboro; one son Joshua deKnoblough of Columbia; five granddaughters Alexis, Rebecca, Kaitie, Nikki and Courtney deKnoblough, all of Columbia; six sisters, Donna (Michael) Wheeler of Lewisburg, Tenn., Lisa (Steve) Morton of Columbia, Cindy (Ken) Mosley of Columbia, Pam (Mike) Keeton of Columbia, Jeannie (Tim) Butler of Nashville, and Tina (Billy) Mitchell of Hermitage; special friends, Bill and Ana Amat of Bloomington Springs; several nieces and nephews.

 

Wanda L. Long

Retired

Wanda L. Long, 69, passed away Feb. 12 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Burton officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association by contacting the funeral home. She was born May 28, 1946 in Jackson County. She was retired after a career with the USDA Farm Services Agency (serving in the Sparta and Livingston offices) and Montgomery Electric Company in Gainesboro. She was a member of the Wartrace Untied Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents Cordell Hull Hix and Opal Swezea Hix and husband Jack W. Long Sr. Surviving relatives include one daughter, Tonya J. Long of San Jose, Calif.; one son, Jack (Sue) Long, grandsons Jackson and John; one brother Bobby (Brenda)Hix of Rickman; special friends Ronnie and Gail Long of Gainesboro; other relatives and friends.

 

Emma Ruth Robinson

General Contractor

Emma Ruth Robinson, 94, passed away Feb. 10. A memorial graveside service was held Feb. 18 at the Robinson Family Cemetery. The family has chosen cremation. The Cumberland Family Services was in charge of cremation. Sanderson of Carthage was in charge of memorial services. She was born Sept. 28, 1921 in the Chestnut Mound Community. She was a general contractor building public housing for the federal government and for thirty years served on the Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. Very athletic in her junior years, she won four gold medals and one silver medal as a representative of the fourteen Upper Cumberland counties at the Senior Olympics, mostly in javelin throwing. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Frank Robinson and Willie Allean Myers Robinson; son William Earl “Bill” Halfacre; brother Frank Carroll Robinson; sister Robbie Robinson Woodall. Surviving relatives include her daughter-in-law, Deborah “Debbie” Halfacre of Arrington, TN; caregiver, Neta Call of Jackson County; four grandchildren, Scott Earl (Mary) Halfacre of Sevierville; Robinn Jill Halfacre of Orlando; Todd Robinson Halfacre of Atlanta and Kaitlin Dianne Halfacre of Boston; three great grandchildren, Ashley Herman, Sarah and Zachary Halfacre.

 

Emma Ruth Robinson

General Contractor

Emma Ruth Robinson, 94, passed away Feb. 10. A memorial graveside service was held Feb. 18 at the Robinson Family Cemetery. The family has chosen cremation. The Cumberland Family Services was in charge of cremation. Sanderson of Carthage was in charge of memorial services. She was born Sept. 28, 1921 in the Chestnut Mound Community. She was a general contractor building public housing for the federal government and for thirty years served on the Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. Very athletic in her junior years, she won four gold medals and one silver medal as a representative of the fourteen Upper Cumberland counties at the Senior Olympics, mostly in javelin throwing. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Frank Robinson and Willie Allean Myers Robinson; son William Earl “Bill” Halfacre; brother Frank Carroll Robinson; sister Robbie Robinson Woodall. Surviving relatives include her daughter-in-law, Deborah “Debbie” Halfacre of Arrington, Tenn.; caregiver, Neta Call of Jackson County; four grandchildren, Scott Earl (Mary) Halfacre of Sevierville; Robinn Jill Halfacre of Orlando; Todd Robinson Halfacre of Atlanta and Kaitlin Dianne Halfacre of Boston; three great grandchildren, Ashley Herman, Sarah and Zachary Halfacre.

 

Robert L. West

Retired

Robert L. West, 83, passed away Feb. 17 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. O’Neal Huffines officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adam Tate, Brent West, Robert Meadows, Buck Anderson, Steven Cooke and Bruce Flatt. Honorary Pallbearers were Terry Tate and all veterans. He was born Jan. 15, 1933 in Jackson County. He was a bus driver, farmer and was retired from Bonnell. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed his cows and farming, being around his family and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, James West and Gladys Hawkins West; one son, Jim Ed West; one grandson, Robert Dale West; one brother, Jo Edward West; four sisters, Bobbie Sue Denton, Peggy Knofski, Mary Kidd, and Kathleen Flatt. Surviving relatives include wife, Juanita Coffee West of Gainesboro; two sons, Willie (Sandy) West of Red Boiling Springs and Lee (Sharon) West of Gainesboro; three daughters Elaine (Terry) Tate, Diane West Meadows Ashburn, and Debby (William “Buck) Anderson, all of Gainesboro; one brother, Doug West of Ohio; nine grandchildren, Robert Meadows, Michelle Cook, Nikki Tate, Adam Tate, Beth Shoulders, Brent West, Jhamie West, Wayne West and Sandra Smith; eleven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

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