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Conway Funeral Home

407 Woodland Avenue
Riceville, IA 50466
(641) 985-2797
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Lindstrom Funeral Home

401 East Main Street
Riceville, IA 50466
(641) 985-2242
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John Clayton Sanders - March 26, 2017 - The Daily Post-Athenian

Monday, April 03, 2017

Charles W. Sanders and Clarence Boyce Sanders; one sister, Dora Dean McCart; and one grandchild, Sherry Sanders.Survivors include his sons, Harold A. Sanders of Cumberland City, Charles A. Sanders of Riceville, and John A. Sanders of Decatur; one daughter, Vickie D. Sanders Scherzer of Spring City; two brothers, Ray Sanders and William "Bill" Sanders; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family members and friends.Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home with the Rev. Max Redman and Dylan Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in Mtn. View Memorial Gardens in Decatur.Pallbearers will be John H. Sanders, Dylan Sanders, Jacob Sanders, John A. Sanders and Charles Sanders.The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the funeral home.Go to www.bowersfh.com to sign the guest book and offer your condolences.Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Whitlock - March 20, 2017 - The Daily Post-Athenian

Monday, April 03, 2017

Michael Altstatt of Athens; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Dorr Whitlock of Athens; one son-in-law, Bob Altstatt of Athens; one sister, Sharon Whitlock Young of Athens; one stepsister, Marilyn Atchley of Riceville; one brother-in-law, Sam Jones of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews, the Morning Pointe community and many special friends.A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in the chapel of Smith Funeral & Cremation Services with Pastor Cullen Conner officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.Pallbearers will be Lawson Breedlove, Marcus Guinn, Jeremy McNally, Jack King, Vic Whitlock, Butch Quillen, Bob McKee and Bob Whaley. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Kinser, Larry Wallace, John Milton, Bill Wilson, Joe White, Michael Altstatt, Lynn Whitlock and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service.The family has requested donations be made in Ray's name to Tri-County Center, P.O. Box 793, Athens, TN 37371-0793; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Rd. 447, Athens, TN 37303.If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, sign the guest register at www.smithfuneralandcremationservicesofathens.comSmith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Ray Whitlock.

Ricker, Lester Lee (Spring City) - The Chattanoogan

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ten Mile and Earl Rueben Ricker of Decatur; sisters and their husbands, Donnie Lou and Otto Appelt of Decatur, Dorothy Ann Crisp of Athens, Rita Faye Ricker of Decatur and Betty and Lynn Daniels of Riceville; brother-in-law, Dennis Steele of Chattanooga; several special nieces and nephews; and very special friends Lib Correll and Clyde Crisp of Athens.Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 16, at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Bowers Funeral Home.Burial will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, February 17, at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Jay Matthew Ricker, Paul Matthew Ricker, John David Bates, Tony Hunter, Matt Teffeteller will serve as pallbearers.The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 16, from 6-8 p.m., at Bowers Funeral Home, who has charge of the arrangements.

Herman H. Von Essen, 77 - Blair Enterprise Publishing

Monday, December 26, 2016

Karla. They later divorced and Herman rejoined the United States Navy to pursue a long term career. Herman married Lois Kruger on June 25, 1966 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riceville, IA. They moved to Chula Vista, CA and had two children, James and Lorna.  Herman was later transferred to Greats Lakes, IL where he retired in 1981 after 24 years of service and 5 Vietnam tours with the rank of Chief Gunner’s Mate. The Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago, IL was where Herman entered and retired from the U.S.N. After his retirement from the military Herman and his family moved to Mazeppa so he could farm on the land he purchased back in the early 1960s.Herman was a member of the Zumbro Falls VFW and the America Legion Post 0588 – Mazeppa.Herman enjoyed the outdoors, nature, cutting wood, the range hogs and hog huts, horses, target shooting, and loved telling Herman stories.Herman is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lois; son, James (Maria) Von Essen of Peru; two daughters, Karla (Frank) Turchin of Cottage Grove and Lorna (George) Davidson of King City, MO; grandchildren, Christopher, Michelle, Rachel and Jesse; two sisters, Glenice Watson and Judy Otteman; and niece, Kia (Steve) Hackman.Herman was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Frandsen; and infant brother, Raymond Von Essen.

Blackburn, Larry G. "LB" (Athens) - The Chattanoogan

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ruth Blackburn of Murfreesboro, TN; grandchildren Blake Lambert and wife Kelly of Englewood, TN, Trent Lambert and wife Samantha of Englewood, TN, Kylie Lambert Brown and husband Grant Brown of Riceville, TN; and step-grandchildren Nathan Wade and wife Kaitlyn Wade of Knoxville, TN, Rhiannon Sheely Burmeister and husband Kevin Burmeister of Cookeville, TN, Lauren Beck, Sydney Beck, Hayden Wade and Andrew Wampler all of Knoxville, TN. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at Allen Memorial church in Athens, TN, located at 800 Decatur Pike, to be immediately followed by a memorial service with Pastor Charla Sherbakoff officiating. A private burial will be held in Shelbyville, TN at Zion Hill Church.Larry requested that memorial contributions be made to Allen Memorial United Methodist church in Athens, TN in lieu of flowers. Companion Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

McKinney, Linda Diane (Cleveland) - The Chattanoogan

Monday, August 29, 2016

Doc Zervas from Sweet Home, OR.Survivors include her children, Janice & Matt Stewart of Old Fort, Teresa & Phillip Lawson of Athens, Mary & Basil Nunley of Riceville and Emanuel & Jeannie Burrell of Cleveland; grandchildren, Taylor & Nathan Marr of Cleveland, Payton, Brenden, & Charity Lawson of Athens, Abigail Hunter & Cain Nunley of Riceville, Justin & Joshua Burrell & Jack Burton of Cleveland, Chandler, Carley, & Chloe Stewart of Old Fort; great-grandchildren, Drake & Grace Marr of Cleveland; two brothers, Michael Kilpatrick of Detroit MI and John & Karen Kilpatrick of Sinclair Shores MI; one sister Janice Motyka of Mobile AL; a special Uncle Jack Zervas of Aurora OR; special cousins Billie & Paul Dunn of Athens; and many extended family members.A celebration of her life is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Companion Funeral Home located at 2419 Georgetown Rd in Cleveland, TN with pastor Rick Mikle and pastor Phillip Lawson officiating.The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the funeral home parlor. The interment will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. in the Lee Cemetery with Matt Stewart, Basil Nunley, Nathan Marr, Brenden Lawson, Payton Lawson, and Shane Cansler serving as pallbearers. Companion Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Fleming

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lawless of Denver, Colorado. She also leaves a niece and nephew by marriage, Fennell Jackson Fleming of Due West, South Carolina and Barbara Fleming Twaddell of Williamsburg, Virginia.She was born in Riceville, Tennessee on February 8, 1914, to the late William Hamilton and Margaret Ann Montgomery Grubb.Mrs. Fleming graduated from Carson Newman College in Tennessee with a BS in Food Chemistry. She began her work life teaching Chemistry and Senior English at McMinn County High School in Tennessee. She moved to Florence in 1942 to become a research scientist at the Phosphate Lab at TVA from 1942 to 1945. Her second career was as a wife and mother. In later years, Mrs. Fleming re-entered the education field teaching second grade at Gilbert School for 15 years.As a member of First Presbyterian Church of Florence since 1945, Mrs. Fleming was always active in Women of the Church, including as Church Historian and Kitchen Committee Chair. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the staffs at Merrill Gardens in Florence and at St. Martins-in-the-Pines in Birmingham; and to thank to two special caregivers, Marie Ghrisby and Juanita Holland of the Shoals area.Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church’s music program or to a nonprofit of your choice.

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John Clayton Sanders - March 26, 2017 - The Daily Post-Athenian

Monday, April 03, 2017

Charles W. Sanders and Clarence Boyce Sanders; one sister, Dora Dean McCart; and one grandchild, Sherry Sanders.Survivors include his sons, Harold A. Sanders of Cumberland City, Charles A. Sanders of Riceville, and John A. Sanders of Decatur; one daughter, Vickie D. Sanders Scherzer of Spring City; two brothers, Ray Sanders and William "Bill" Sanders; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family members and friends.Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home with the Rev. Max Redman and Dylan Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in Mtn. View Memorial Gardens in Decatur.Pallbearers will be John H. Sanders, Dylan Sanders, Jacob Sanders, John A. Sanders and Charles Sanders.The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the funeral home.Go to www.bowersfh.com to sign the guest book and offer your condolences.Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Whitlock - March 20, 2017 - The Daily Post-Athenian

Monday, April 03, 2017

Michael Altstatt of Athens; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Dorr Whitlock of Athens; one son-in-law, Bob Altstatt of Athens; one sister, Sharon Whitlock Young of Athens; one stepsister, Marilyn Atchley of Riceville; one brother-in-law, Sam Jones of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews, the Morning Pointe community and many special friends.A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in the chapel of Smith Funeral & Cremation Services with Pastor Cullen Conner officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.Pallbearers will be Lawson Breedlove, Marcus Guinn, Jeremy McNally, Jack King, Vic Whitlock, Butch Quillen, Bob McKee and Bob Whaley. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Kinser, Larry Wallace, John Milton, Bill Wilson, Joe White, Michael Altstatt, Lynn Whitlock and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service.The family has requested donations be made in Ray's name to Tri-County Center, P.O. Box 793, Athens, TN 37371-0793; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Rd. 447, Athens, TN 37303.If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, sign the guest register at www.smithfuneralandcremationservicesofathens.comSmith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Ray Whitlock.

Ricker, Lester Lee (Spring City) - The Chattanoogan

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ten Mile and Earl Rueben Ricker of Decatur; sisters and their husbands, Donnie Lou and Otto Appelt of Decatur, Dorothy Ann Crisp of Athens, Rita Faye Ricker of Decatur and Betty and Lynn Daniels of Riceville; brother-in-law, Dennis Steele of Chattanooga; several special nieces and nephews; and very special friends Lib Correll and Clyde Crisp of Athens.Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 16, at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Bowers Funeral Home.Burial will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, February 17, at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Jay Matthew Ricker, Paul Matthew Ricker, John David Bates, Tony Hunter, Matt Teffeteller will serve as pallbearers.The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 16, from 6-8 p.m., at Bowers Funeral Home, who has charge of the arrangements.

Herman H. Von Essen, 77 - Blair Enterprise Publishing

Monday, December 26, 2016

Karla. They later divorced and Herman rejoined the United States Navy to pursue a long term career. Herman married Lois Kruger on June 25, 1966 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riceville, IA. They moved to Chula Vista, CA and had two children, James and Lorna.  Herman was later transferred to Greats Lakes, IL where he retired in 1981 after 24 years of service and 5 Vietnam tours with the rank of Chief Gunner’s Mate. The Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago, IL was where Herman entered and retired from the U.S.N. After his retirement from the military Herman and his family moved to Mazeppa so he could farm on the land he purchased back in the early 1960s.Herman was a member of the Zumbro Falls VFW and the America Legion Post 0588 – Mazeppa.Herman enjoyed the outdoors, nature, cutting wood, the range hogs and hog huts, horses, target shooting, and loved telling Herman stories.Herman is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lois; son, James (Maria) Von Essen of Peru; two daughters, Karla (Frank) Turchin of Cottage Grove and Lorna (George) Davidson of King City, MO; grandchildren, Christopher, Michelle, Rachel and Jesse; two sisters, Glenice Watson and Judy Otteman; and niece, Kia (Steve) Hackman.Herman was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Frandsen; and infant brother, Raymond Von Essen.

Blackburn, Larry G. "LB" (Athens) - The Chattanoogan

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ruth Blackburn of Murfreesboro, TN; grandchildren Blake Lambert and wife Kelly of Englewood, TN, Trent Lambert and wife Samantha of Englewood, TN, Kylie Lambert Brown and husband Grant Brown of Riceville, TN; and step-grandchildren Nathan Wade and wife Kaitlyn Wade of Knoxville, TN, Rhiannon Sheely Burmeister and husband Kevin Burmeister of Cookeville, TN, Lauren Beck, Sydney Beck, Hayden Wade and Andrew Wampler all of Knoxville, TN. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at Allen Memorial church in Athens, TN, located at 800 Decatur Pike, to be immediately followed by a memorial service with Pastor Charla Sherbakoff officiating. A private burial will be held in Shelbyville, TN at Zion Hill Church.Larry requested that memorial contributions be made to Allen Memorial United Methodist church in Athens, TN in lieu of flowers. Companion Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

McKinney, Linda Diane (Cleveland) - The Chattanoogan

Monday, August 29, 2016

Doc Zervas from Sweet Home, OR.Survivors include her children, Janice & Matt Stewart of Old Fort, Teresa & Phillip Lawson of Athens, Mary & Basil Nunley of Riceville and Emanuel & Jeannie Burrell of Cleveland; grandchildren, Taylor & Nathan Marr of Cleveland, Payton, Brenden, & Charity Lawson of Athens, Abigail Hunter & Cain Nunley of Riceville, Justin & Joshua Burrell & Jack Burton of Cleveland, Chandler, Carley, & Chloe Stewart of Old Fort; great-grandchildren, Drake & Grace Marr of Cleveland; two brothers, Michael Kilpatrick of Detroit MI and John & Karen Kilpatrick of Sinclair Shores MI; one sister Janice Motyka of Mobile AL; a special Uncle Jack Zervas of Aurora OR; special cousins Billie & Paul Dunn of Athens; and many extended family members.A celebration of her life is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Companion Funeral Home located at 2419 Georgetown Rd in Cleveland, TN with pastor Rick Mikle and pastor Phillip Lawson officiating.The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the funeral home parlor. The interment will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. in the Lee Cemetery with Matt Stewart, Basil Nunley, Nathan Marr, Brenden Lawson, Payton Lawson, and Shane Cansler serving as pallbearers. Companion Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Fleming

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lawless of Denver, Colorado. She also leaves a niece and nephew by marriage, Fennell Jackson Fleming of Due West, South Carolina and Barbara Fleming Twaddell of Williamsburg, Virginia.She was born in Riceville, Tennessee on February 8, 1914, to the late William Hamilton and Margaret Ann Montgomery Grubb.Mrs. Fleming graduated from Carson Newman College in Tennessee with a BS in Food Chemistry. She began her work life teaching Chemistry and Senior English at McMinn County High School in Tennessee. She moved to Florence in 1942 to become a research scientist at the Phosphate Lab at TVA from 1942 to 1945. Her second career was as a wife and mother. In later years, Mrs. Fleming re-entered the education field teaching second grade at Gilbert School for 15 years.As a member of First Presbyterian Church of Florence since 1945, Mrs. Fleming was always active in Women of the Church, including as Church Historian and Kitchen Committee Chair. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the staffs at Merrill Gardens in Florence and at St. Martins-in-the-Pines in Birmingham; and to thank to two special caregivers, Marie Ghrisby and Juanita Holland of the Shoals area.Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church’s music program or to a nonprofit of your choice.