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Richard Allen Grooms, CHS Class of 1989
Did Not Graduate

Richard Allen Grooms 
(March 13, 1970 - November 9, 2016)

Mr. Richard Allen Grooms, 46 of Camden, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at his home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Interment will follow in New Prospect Cemetery. Bro Sammy Douglas and Bro. Doug Tiff will officiate the service.

In Lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations be made to Chase Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends in the Oak Wood Room of Chase Funeral Home on Thursday after 4:00 PM and on Friday from 9:00 AM until time of service.

Mr. Grooms was born March 13, 1970 in Camden, Tennessee to the late Morris Grooms and Nancy (Hutchens) Grooms. He was a retired factory worker for the H.I.S.Company and a member of the New Beginnings Church. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Morris Grooms Jr., and one sister, Sherry Ann Tanaka.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Mitchell (husband Donald) of Buena Vista, four brothers, James Hershel Riggs and Billy Joe Riggs both of Bruceton, Robert Lee Riggs (wife Kim) of Delano, Tennessee and David Earl Riggs (wife Nancy) of Hollow Rock. [Source: Chase Funeral Home]


Janoah Young, Former CHS Employee

Janoah Ann Melton Young 
October 15, 2016 
Johana YoungJanoah Ann Melton Young. age 77 of Camden, Tn passed away October 15, 2016 at Life Care of Bruceton in Bruceton, Tn. Mrs. Young was a 
member of the Camden Church of Christ, a retired school bus driver, former owner of the Magic Memory Bake Shop, worked at H.I.S and was a substitute school teacher. She was, also, a member of Bruceton Church of Christ for many years. 
Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday, October 17, 2016 3:00pm at Oakdale Funeral Home in Camden, Tn. Interment will follow in Benton Memory Gardens in Camden, Tn. Visitation with the Young family will be held Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and resume on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 10:00am and continue until service. 
Survivors include: Son: Jeffery T. Young of Bruceton, Tn, Daughter: Janey L. Boyd of Bruceton, Tn, Sister: Beverly Buchanan of Camden, Tn, Sister-in-law: Blondell Melton of Camden, Tn, Grandchildren: Jeremy(Brandy)Boyd, Julie(Joey)Nunnery, Tori Young, Alli Young, Great Grandchildren: Lawson Boyd: Kayla Fowler, Dillon Ivy, Addison, Nunnery, Jaci Nunnery, Wyatt Fowler, Landon Boyd, Parker Young Boyd 
Preceded by: Father: Paul Wesley Melton, Mother: Hazel Marie Durdin Melton, Son-in-law: Ronnie Boyd, Brother: Bruce W. Melton
[Source: Oakdale Funeral Home]

 Irene Powley, Former CHS Employee

Irene Powley

Irene Elizabeth Starks Powley, 94, of Huntingdon, formerly of Hollow Rock, passed away Thursday, September 29 at Life Care Center in Bruceton.

Powley was born August 22, 1922 in Hardin, Ky. to the late Charley Harrison Starks and Eldora Smith Starks. She was a member of Bruceton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Powley; a daughter, Dianne Powley Rodgers; a son, Gary Powley; and three brothers, Buell, Dwayne, and Quinton Starks.

She is survived by a daughter, Denise (Ricky) Umstead of Huntingdon; five grandchildren, Crispin Powley, Shyanna Frazee, Dylan Powley, Shane Umstead, and Colton Umstead; and four great-grandchildren, London and Gavin Frazee and Reese and Fisher Powley. [Source: Carroll County News-Leader]


 Ava Michelle Pleasant, CHS Class of 1998

Avis Michelle Pleasant
December 23, 1980 - September 28, 2016

ava_pleasantAvis Michelle Pleasant Williamson – 35, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her father, John L. Pleasant, Jr., paternal grandparents, John L. Pleasant, Sr., and Avis Pleasant, and maternal grandfather, Charlie E. Pardue.

Avis loved the outdoors, playing games, and hanging out with friends. She was the owner/operator of Kaevelle Massage and was a member of the Mosaic Church. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and clients.

Survivors include her husband, Matthew Williamson of Fayetteville, AR, mother, Bonnie S. Pleasant, sister and brother-in-law, Lou Lou and Krzysztof Strugala, all of Chattanooga, TN, maternal grandmother, Mildred Pardue, of Hollow Rock, TN, two nieces and four nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, September 30, 2016, in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Reid officiating. Burial will be in Galbraith Cemetery in Lena, Louisiana.

The family will receive friends from 11 am to 3 pm, Friday, September 30, 2016 at the funeral home.

Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


Cody Gipson, CHS Class of 2003

CODY GIPSON 1985 – 2016

BRUCETON — Funeral services for Cody Gipson, 30, of Bruceton were Saturday, April 2 at Bruceton Funeral Home. Interment was at New Prospect Cemetery.

Gipson died March 30, 2016 in a traffic accident. He was the manager of Bob’s Used Cars.

Gipson is survived by his wife, Nikisha Allene Gipson of Bruceton; father, Richard Lee Gipson of Coppers Cove, Texas; mother, Kathy Dixon Hilliard of Bruceton; two daughters, Ryley Faith Gipson and Isabelle Grace Gipson; two sons, Wesley Gipson and Khaiden Gipson; and two sisters, Chrystal Graham of Millington and Katrina Sczesny of Coppers Cove, Texas; and one brother, Jesse Gipson of Hollow Rock. [Source: McKenzie Banner]


Richard Cody Gipson, 30, of Bruceton, was killed Wednesday morning in Huntingdon when the pickup truck he was driving was hit by a train, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The accident was reported about 8:40 a.m. at Highway 70 and Northwood Drive.

Michael Williams, a spokesman for Kentucky-West Tennessee Railway, which owns the train, said the accident happened when Gipson tried to cross the railroad tracks. The Highway Patrol report says Gipson was driving west on Northwood across the tracks.

"Our condolences go to the driver's family and loved ones," Williams said.

Williams said preliminary information indicates the train's horn and bell were sounding prior to the crash, and data that is downloaded from the train would be needed to confirm that.

The train was traveling from Bruceton to McKenzie with two locomotives and 17 empty cars. The two men who were on the train are being offered counseling, Williams said.

Williams said reports of fatalities involving trains emphasize the need for driver safety at railroad crossings.

"We urge all drivers to use caution at railroad crossings and follow signs," he said.

The railroad crossing has signs and working lights but does not have a gate. [Sourced: Jackson Sun]


Dasha Roberts, Former CHS Student

Ms. Dasha Faith Roberts
October 24, 1997 - December 10, 2015

Dasha_RobertsDasha Faith Roberts, age 18 of New Concord, KY died on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Murray-Calloway Co. Hospital in Murray, KY. She was a senior at Marshall County High School and was a member of the cheerleading squad.

Born Friday, October 24, 1997, she was the daughter of Michael Roberts of Bruceton, TN and Amy (French) Fulbright, husband Marty of New Concord, KY. Surviving are her parents; brothers, Colin Roberts of Bruceton, TN, Rhodes Fulbright of Paris, TN and Cade Fulbright of Paris, TN; grandparents: Carl & Barbara Roberts of Bruceton, TN, Mark and Debbie French of Camden, TN, and Marty and Brad Hurley of Bruceton, TN; and great grandparents: Carolyn and Harold Cole of Camden TN.

Funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church of Bruceton, TN on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Sonny Daniels officiating, Visitation will be held at Bruceton Funeral Home Sunday, December 13, 2015 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Interment will follow in the Prospect Cemetery in Bruceton, TN. Visitation will be held between the hours of 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Collier Funeral Home, Benton, KY 42025.

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Jesse Ray Leaver, CHS Class of 2012

Jesse Ray Leaver
February 19, 1994 - February 23, 2015

leaver_jesse_ray_2012Mr. Jesse Ray Leaver, 21, of Bruceton, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, at McKenzie Regional Medical Center. Services were conducted at noon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at First Baptist Church in Bruceton. Cremation followed. Bro. Lonnie Hollingsworth officiated. Pallbearers who served were Eddie Leaver, Hunter Haynes, Jamie Drinkard, Josh Leaver, Lonnie Small II, Haden Williams, and Dalton Williams.

Mr. Leaver was born on Feb. 19, 1994, in Paris to Mr. Eddie Alan Leaver and Shelly Marie Leach Leaver. He was a Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School graduate and a Bethel University junior. He was a member of Bruceton First Baptist Church. He loved fishing, hunting, playing basketball, baseball, and co-ed softball.

He is survived by his parents, Eddie and Shelly Leaver of Iowa; a sister, Crystal (Lonnie) Small of Iowa; two brothers, Jamie Drinkard of Florida and Josh Leaver of Paris; maternal grandmother, Joyce Sullivan of Huntingdon and Sherry Leonard of Iowa; a great-grandmother, Evelyn Reed of Iowa; paternal grandfather, James Frazee of Bruceton; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. [Source: Carroll County News Leader]


Steven Dewayne Brown, Sr., Former Employee

Steven Dewayne Brown, Sr.
February 12, 1960 - October `15, 2014

Steven Dewayne Brown, Sr., 54, formerly of Hollow Rock, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at his residence in Martin. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Bruceton Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Hebron Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was born on February 12, 1960 in Pontiac, MI to Mrs. Lorelie Ann Castle Brown, who survives, and the late Mr. Dallas Ray (Pete) Brown Sr. He formerly worked maintenance for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He is survived by: wife Linda Diane Brown, of Huntingdon; mother Lorelie Brown, of Hollow Rock; two daughters, Brittany Brown of Paris, and Tiffany Brown Reese of Detroit, MI; two sons, Dakota Brown of Dickson, and Steven Dewayne Brown Jr. of California; two sisters, Marti (Barry) Weger of Jackson, and Jennifer (Michael) Evans of Milan; one brother, Dallas (Michelle) Brown of Sterling Heights, MI; and three grandchildren.


Tony Foster, CHS Class of 2000

Antonio M. Foster
January 12, 1982 - August 13, 2014

Antonio M. FosterAntonio Maurice Foster, 32, of Bruceton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with Wallace Cunningham officiating. Burial followed at Old Pisgah Cemetery. Plunk Funeral Home of Camden was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Foster was born Jan. 12, 1982, to Steve L. Porter, of Paris, and Juanita Foster King, of Bruceton. He was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Georgia Foster. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Steven McClerkin, of Nashville; two sisters, Shontoria Foster, and Heather Vasquez, both of Bruceton; paternal grandmother, Mattie Porter, of Paris; stepfather, Bruce King and step-grandmother, Ollie Walker, both of Bruceton; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Timothy Ray Lowe, CHS Class of 1996

Timothy R. Lowe

Tim LoweTimothy Ray “Tim” Lowe, 36, of Erin, formerly of Hollow Rock, passed away Sunday, March 16, at Three Rivers Hospital in Waverly. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 19, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Brucet on Funeral  Home with Joe Abbott and David Steppee officiating. Burial followed at the Marlboro Church of Christ Cemetery near Vale.

Mr. Lowe was born Dec. 13, 1977, in Huntingdon, to Jimmy
R. Lowe and Judith Nolen Lowe, of Hollow Rock. He was a quality
inspector for Magnum Manufacturing, and a member of Marlboro Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Michelle Swafford Lowe; two stepdaughters, Kaylee R. Sawyer and Zoey E. Sawyer, and a stepson, Chance M.  Wigdor,  all of Er i n;  two sisters, Pam (Casey) Corder, of  Buena Vista, and Shonda (Shannon) Walters, of Hollow Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Casey Corder, Brian Lowe, Shannon, Allen and Adam Walters, and Tony Swafford. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Cole, Oliver Dolan, Justin Gilbert and Kaden Corder.


 Michael E. Windom, Class of 1987

Michael Edward Windom
(January 21, 1969 - October 7, 2013)

Mr. Michael Edward Windom, 44 of Lavinia, Tennessee passed away Monday, October 7, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:00PM in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Interment will follow in McLemoresville Cemetery. Bro. Robert Barger will officiate the service.

The family will receive friends in the Oakwood Room of Chase Funeral Home on Thursday, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM and on Friday from 8:00AM until time of service

Mr. Windom was born January 21, 1969 in Rockford, Illinois. He was an engineer for the CSX Railroad Company, served on the Terry Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years and attended Cool Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Hollie (Taylor) Windom; three sons, Dakota Windom (wife Lillian) of McLemoresville, Austin Windom and Coleman Windom both of Lavinia; his parents Roy and Virginia Windom of Huntingdon; four sisters, Cindy Tate (husband Jeff) of Hermosa, South Dakota, Peggy Parisot (husband Robert) of Belvidere, Illinois, Tammy Windom of Clarksville and Penny Martin of Huntingdon and one brother, Brian Windom (wife Angela) of Houghton Lake, Michigan. He also leaves one granddaughter, Heidi Windom and several nieces and nephews. [Source: Chase Funeral Home]


 John Rylan Robinson, Class of 2005


BUENA VISTA: John Rylan Robinson, 24, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from injuries he received in an automobile accident. Funeral services were Friday, February 3, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Ted Gentle officiating. Burial followed in Carroll Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Robinson was born April 19, 1987 in Jackson. He was an honor graduate of Murray State University with a Criminal Justice Degree, a graduate of Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School, served as the equipment manager for the Murray State and Hollow Rock-Bruceton football team, and a member of Shepard’s Chapel in Arkansas and Hollow Rock Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Weldon Lee Robinson and Cora Mabel (Higdon) Robinson; maternal grandparents, Carl Neal Handley and Dorothy Lee (Matthews) Handley.

Survivors include: his parents, Joseph and Cathey (Handley) Robinson of Buena Vista; one brother, Chas Robinson of Buena Vista; and one nephew.