Robert “Bob” E. Morris was born on 30 September 1931 in Savannah, the son of the late Mr. Arthur Cahal Morris and Mrs. Willie-May Briley Morris.
Mr. Morris passed beyond this life on 4 February, at his home, surrounded by family, in San Jose, California. Bob was 85 years old.
Bob spent his childhood on Riverside Drive in Savannah, graduating from Savannah High School, where he met and married Virginia Lee Fondren, who resides in San Jose, California.
After entering the U.S.A.F., Bob and Virginia left Savannah for the military life. Bob was an Airman for SAC, working B-52 Electronics, acquiring the rank of TEC-5 (SSGT).
Mr. Morris took an opportunity in the mid 1950s to join a budding ‘Space Program’ in Houston, Texas. There, Bob took charge of a group of engineers and had direct access to, and supported the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo flight programs, including command of the engineering team overseeing the Lunar Landing in 1969.
Following the Apollo 12 mission, Bob took another opportunity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Bob Morris was a skilled engineering team member of the Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 Deep Space Probes. Bob had his expertise applied to many other missions while at JPL, and those missions took Virginia and he across the world.
Bob Morris met various Sr. U.S. Government officials, notable scientific dignitaries, and at least two sitting U.S. Presidents. Bob completed his working career after 39 years with one single employer. Bob was loyal to his country, his employer, his family, his friends, and his faith in the Lord. My Pop was an extraordinary man.
Bob and Virginia had three children, Kathy Jeanne of Orange County, California, Barry Wayne of San Jose, California, and Robert Cahal of Cookeville, Tennessee. Bob and Jenny also adopted a daughter, Buffey Joella. Bob enjoyed each of his 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. ‘Papa’, as he became known was the perfect playmate to all of those ‘Grands’, with endless energy and intriguing stories that flowed like a river out of our beloved Papa.
Robert E. Morris was interned with full military honors, on 10 February, at Los Gatos Memorial Garden, Los Gatos, California. Rest Easy Pop.
Rex Milford was born March 16, 1935, in McNairy County, the son of the late Dennis E. and Jewel Garrison Milford.
He was united in marriage to Betty Sue Youngblood on Aug. 21, 1965.
Mr. Milford retired from Pickwick Landing State Park. He was a member of Meeks Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Adamsville,. His hobbies were playing dominos with family and friends, farming alongside his son, and he was a longtime supporter of Adamsville Cardinals football team. His voice was one of the Tennessee River Boys for more than 50 years. He, along with his twin brother Ray, and brother-in-law Jerry were the original three boys.
Mr. Milford departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Savannah, at the age of 81 years, 11 months, 7 days.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Milford of Stantonville; a son, Marlon Rex Milford of Stantonville; twin brother, Ray Milford and wife Shirley of Stantonville; three sisters, Willie Ann Milford, Carolyn Murphy, and Sandra Whitten and husband Jerry, all of Stantonville; and a host of extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Milford was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Shelia Diane Guynes; and a brother, Jerry Dan Milford.
Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., at Meeks Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Adamsville with Charles Linam officiating. Burial followed in Meeks Grove Cemetery at Stantonville.
James Kenneth “Mac” McMahan was born July 12, 1942, in Corinth, Mississippi, the son of the late Wilford and Lois Meeks McMahan.
He was united in marriage to Sheila Rogers on Nov. 9, 1973. He was a lifelong member of Ramer Baptist Church; 5th District county commissioner for more than 20 years; officer of local 993 Union; president of Ramer High School FFA Chapter; and worked 42 years at the papermill in Counce.
Mr. McMahan was an avid Tennessee Vols fan. He spent many nights and weekends cheering on his daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren as they played a variety of sports. He never missed a game until the last year when it became more difficult to attend. Mac was often known for his meticulate yard and beautiful flowers.
Mr. McMahan departed this life on Friday, Feb. 24, in Ramer, at the age of 74 years, 7 months, 12 days.
He is survived by his wife Sheila Rogers McMahan of Ramer; two daughters, Paige McMahan Teague and husband Shane of Ramer, Brooke McMahan Maness and husband Trent of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; a son, Scott McMahan of New York; a sister, Fadra McMahan Cass and husband Mike of Counce; a brother, Bill McMahan and wife Tammy of Olive Branch, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Stone Teague, Aspen Teague, Coy Teague, Ainsley Maness, Audrey Maness, Lauren Maness Smith and Clay Maness; special friend and caregiver, Sherry Robinson; Paul Ervin and the coffee shop crew; and many other freinds.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McMahan was preceded in death by a son, Jamie McMahan.
Services were held on Monday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., at Ramer Baptist Church in Ramer with Joe Loncar officiating. Burial followed in Ramer Baptist Church Cemetery at Ramer.
Anita Cardinalli Ewoldt, of Savannah, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 20, at the age of 67 years, 5 months, and 23 days.
She was born in California on Aug. 28, 1949, the daughter of the late Frank and Marion Cardinalli.
Anita had lived in California until about 20 years ago when she made the move to Hardin County. She was the owner and operator of two local businesses, Savannah Cooks and Uptown Restaurant. Anita enjoyed cooking and traveling. She attended First United Methodist Church in Savannah.
She is survived by her son, Brandon Griggs and his wife Amy of Savannah; and grandchild, Brooklyn Griggs.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Michael N. Brown, of Savannah, departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the age of 71 years, 9 months, and 14 days.
He was born on May 5, 1945, the son of the late Mildred Wottowa Brown and Pete Harding Brown. On May 29, 1966, he was united in marriage to Brenda Kay Brown, who preceded him in death on June 14, 1999. He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Ward on Nov. 19, 1999, who survives.
Mike was self-employed in commercial real estate and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a very Godly man, caring and loving, and would help anyone that was in need.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Brown of Savannah; children, Stephen Blake Brown, Jeffrey Matthew Brown and his wife Sherry, and Angela Maegan Blount and her husband Chad; grandchildren, Gracee Elizabeth Brown, Madisyn Kay Brown, Kelsie Nichole Blount and William Rylee Blount; and sisters, Marilyn Wheat and her husband Robert of Eufala, Alabama, and Susan Ann Brown and her husband Jack Adams of Savannah.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Brenda Kay Brown.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb 22, at 11 a.m., at Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah with Allen Guyer and Eric Smith officiating. Burial followed in Savannah Cemetery.