Kenny Dewayne Fox

Kenny Dewayne Fox

Kenny DeWayne Fox was born February 28‚ 1973. He was raised by his loving grandparents‚ Ray Lenard and Tommie Sue Fox; his mother‚ Gail Ann Maness; and father‚ Thomas Lee Maness‚ all of Lexington. As a young child‚ Kenny was mischievous.

In high school Kenny was a football player and the class clown. This was something he carried throughout his life‚ always making you laugh with his humor and always with a smile on his face.

Kenny married his high school sweetheart‚ Deana Renee Moore‚ at the young age of 18. They started a family. ‘Like two sparrows in a hurricane‚ trying to find their way. The world said they’d never make it‚ but love said they will.’

Kenny has three sons‚ Michael Lee (20)‚ Dylan DeWayne (14)‚ and Ethan Ray Fox (3). Kenny loved watching his boys play football‚ both in the backyard and on the field. If he ever got started talking about one‚ you’d better be ready to stay and visit‚ because he was one proud daddy and loved to talk about his boys.

Kenny believed in serving his community. He was driven to bring comfort to those he met daily and was quick to put his personal agenda aside to help others. He was involved in teaching children about fire safety within the educational system of Decatur County and was involved with the underprivileged children during the holiday season.

Kenny was a fire chief for Decaturville‚ chief of Decatur County Fire Department‚ Station #3 and Decatur County Rescue Squad. He was vice president of the PBA Board in law enforcement‚ a sergeant with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office‚ and the chief of police for the City of Decaturville. He attended the post-certification law enforcement academy in Donelson‚ Tennessee.

Kenny drove people to give their best in giving his.

Don’t let your past define you. You define your past. ~The Legend of Kenny Fox

Richard J. Floersch

Richard Floersch

Captain Richard J. Floersch, 59, was a captain of the Milan Fire Department in Milan, Tennessee. His number was 3, and he wore it proudly. He had 36½ years of service, from January 20, 1977, to October 2, 2013, when he had a massive heart attack while on duty on a 24-hour shift.

He was certified in Basic Firefighting (TFACA), Emergency Vehicle Operator, Vehicle Extrication (Basic/Advanced), CPR Instructor through the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association; Fire Officer 1 & 2, Fire Instructor 1, Hazardous Materials Operator, and SCBA Repair Technician.

In 2013, he started back the Milan Middle School Fire Patrol Program. He loved firefighting. He followed in the footsteps of his dad, Robert Floersch, who was a former Milan Fire Department Chief.

Richard loved his wife, the Atlanta Braves, the Smoky Mountains, camping, and collecting baseball cards.

He was born April 12, 1954, in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

He is survived by Dreama, his wife of 33 years; his brothers, Robert (Monica) Floersch and Ron (Linda) Floersch; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Bettie Wyatt; and his nieces and nephews, Tracy, Kim, Elizabeth, Mike, Robert, and Dominick. He is also survived by his extended family, Kelli, Wade, and Travis Sanders, and special pet, Friday.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Rita Floersch; his sister, Mary Floersch Scileppi and his nephew, Mario Scileppi.

We were married for 33 years (September 6, 1980). Richard was my loving husband, my best friend, my soul mate, and my rock. I love him and miss him so much. He’s always on my mind and always in my heart and all around me, but just not physically with me. It is so hard without him.

Not knowing why God took him so young and so soon is very hard. One day I will see him again, and we will be together forever.

Love you Richard, Always and Forever,
Dreama Floersch – Wife

Jimmy W. Tuberville

Jimmy W. Tuberville

Jimmy was always there to lend a helping hand to his family and friends‚ never expecting anything in return. As a volunteer fireman with the Milledgeville Volunteer Fire Department‚ Chief Jimmy W. Tuberville suffered a heart attack while fighting a grass fire on December 13‚ 2010‚ just three days before his 64th birthday.

Jimmy was born to Garvin and Mildred Tuberville of Burnsville‚ Mississippi‚ on December 16‚ 1946‚ the first of six children. He had four brothers‚ Johnny‚ Joe‚ Jerry‚ and James‚ and one sister‚ Linda. When Jimmy was young‚ the family moved to Enville‚ Tennessee‚ where they made their home. Jimmy graduated from Chester County High School‚ where he met the love of his life‚ Patricia Ann Spencer. Jimmy and Ann were united in marriage on January 20‚ 1968. He left for Vietnam three weeks later.

Jimmy served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1972. After returning from Vietnam‚ he and Ann made their home in Milledgeville. After seven years of marriage‚ they became parents of Joey Spencer‚ and three years later Justin Walt was born. For 39 years‚ Jimmy worked for Grinnell Corporation‚ which later became Anvil International; he retired in 2008.

For more than two decades‚ Jimmy was a vital asset to the fire department. He consistently battled the inferno with no thought to personal safety‚ fearlessly extinguishing the flames and rescuing the endangered civilians even under the most trying conditions. This dedicated and thoughtful leader expertly led those under his command as their fire chief for ten years.

Jimmy worked diligently to establish a bright future for the people of his community. He distinguished himself as a model citizen‚ serving as city alderman for eight years‚ on the cemetery committee‚ park commission‚ and was a devoted and active member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church. He served on numerous church boards and was the assistant superintendent of Sunday school.

In his spare time‚ Jimmy loved to bowl and played on a bowling league for eight years. He also loved to fish‚ ride his motorcycle‚ travel‚ and do any type of activity that involved family. He was a family man who loved his wife‚ Ann‚ cherished his two sons‚ Joey and Justin‚ and worshipped his four grandchildren‚ Tyler‚ Kirby‚ Lynley and EllyKate‚ and his two daughters-in-law‚ Cindy and Brandy.

Not a day goes by that he is not remembered by those he touched. Jimmy was the ‘Community Handyman‚’ as he was always making sure that things were done just right and to perfection.

In the end‚ Jimmy gave his life to the job he loved. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him‚ the department‚ church family‚ friends‚ but most of all by his family.

Robert M. Weber

Robert M. Weber

Robert M. Weber‚ Jr. was born August 4‚ 1981‚ to Robert‚ Sr. and Sue Weber in Fort Oglethorpe‚ Georgia. He married Amber (Hemsley) Weber on May 14‚ 2003. While the couple did not share any children of their own‚ Bobby became a loving parent to Amber’s daughter‚ Alexis‚ from day one. Bobby had many hobbies that he enjoyed‚ but none could top the 1972 Chevy Nova that he was working to restore.

Bobby joined the Marines in August of 2001‚ and went to Parris Island‚ South Carolina‚ to learn the skills necessary to become the best Marine he could. After leaving Parris Island‚ he went to North Carolina to learn Marine Combat Training. From there he would go to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo‚ Texas‚ to learn the skills of becoming a firefighter. The time he spent in Goodfellow would shape him to become a leader‚ a friend‚ but most of all a dedicated firefighter. When Bobby left Texas he was sent back to where it all began in Beaufort‚ South Carolina‚ to the Marine Corps Air Station.

Bobby was kind to everyone he met including all the new Marines that came to Beaufort to be part of the crash fire rescue organization. He was as Sergeant. Major McBride said he was a Marine’s Marine. He took on challenges at full speed and never turned down the opportunity to do something new. He was not just a Marine‚ however; he was a family man. Bobby learned one of the greatest skills possible‚ and that was to separate the military life from family life. He and his wife would host many dinners so that all Marines would have the opportunity to get a home cooked meal away from home. Christmas of 2003‚ Bobby invited his entire section to share Christmas dinner with his family. Many of the Marines said that this dinner was as close to being home as many had been in years.

On August 16‚ 2004‚ God decided there was another path intended for Bobby and called him home. While he is greatly missed every day‚ anyone that knew him would know he would do whatever was needed or asked of him. He is remembered as a strong‚ caring‚ and devoted father and Marine. Not a day goes by that he is not remembered by anyone he touched.

Timothy A. Byrd

Timothy A. Byrd

Timmy was a wonderful son. He loved his family. Tim and I were so very close. We were always together‚ and we traveled a lot. He loved to hunt and fish.

Tim went to school for 13 years and never missed a day. After he graduated‚ he got a job with the county driving a truck and worked there for 20 years. Then he went to Southern Gage‚ where he worked with his dad for nine years‚ until his death.

He was with the rescue squad for nine years. Tim loved to help people. When they called‚ he was there.

The morning I found him‚ I thought my life had ended. I wouldn’t have made it without the Lord. It is still so hard to think of him being gone.

Tim has two sisters‚ two nieces‚ and three nephews. He loved them so much. They are still having a hard time with his passing away. He carried them on trips. He taught them how to hunt and fish and work in a garden.

On February 7‚ 2009‚ Timmy got a call that they had to go drag for a man that drowned. On February 9‚ 2009‚ I found my son unresponsive. His dad called EMS‚ but they were unable to resuscitate my son. He had a massive stroke. They told me he never knew what happened. I had two strokes. It should have been me‚ but the Lord had other plans.

I would like to thank Paul Trumpore and Tony Chester for being there to help us through that awful time. We have gained two to our family. We love both of you.

Also‚ we want to thank all the firefighters and rescue squad members for their support

George and Loretta Nunn‚ stepfather and mother.

Mansell L. Hopper

Mansell Lee ‘ML’ Hopper died August 23‚ 2007‚ while working on a crew clearing a fire trail in preparation for fire season.

He was born October 2‚ 1932‚ in Ripley‚ Mississippi‚ to the late John Dalton Hopper and Emmie Swinford Hopper.

In addition to his work with the Division of Forestry‚ he was a cattle farmer. He was a member of Natchez Trace Baptist Church.

He was survived by his wife of 50 years‚ Excelle Jowers Hopper‚ of Lexington‚ who died January 1‚ 2010; his brother‚ B.T. Hopper‚ of Lawrenceburg; and many nephews and nieces.

Robert L. Blankenship

Robert L. Blankenship

Buddy was born on November 30‚ 1947‚ in Knoxville‚ Tennessee. He graduated from Central High School in 1966. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and served in the Vietnam War. While serving with the Army‚ Buddy was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious achievement.

In December 1970‚ Buddy was hired by the City Of Knoxville Fire Department. The fire department was his career. He was very dedicated to his job and fellow employees of the fire department. He gave his all to it and loved every minute of it. He was stationed at Paper Mill Road‚ Station 18. Buddy was promoted to captain in the early 1990s. He was on Ladder 18 and an EMT. He was very well known and liked by everyone he came in contact with. He always put everyone else’s needs ahead of his own.

Buddy was a devoted family man. He married Cynthia‚ and they had one daughter‚ Stephanie Renee. She was the apple of his eye. He always tried to love and encourage her by being there and setting a wonderful example for her. He was a very proud father. Stephanie married Brandon Grubb‚ and we now have a four-year-old grandson‚ Robert Ethan‚ and a two-year-old granddaughter‚ Alexys Mackenzie.

Buddy was a Christian and very involved in his church. He was the driver of our church bus for the senior adults and the youth group. Buddy took our prime timers on numerous trips across the country and on several cruises. Our church bought a new bus and dedicated it to his memory after his death.

Buddy loved spending time at home‚ camping‚ going to the beach‚ and driving his hot rod. He owned a 1937 Chevrolet.

On October 19‚ 2003‚ Buddy had a heart attack after returning from a call. He lived four days and passed away on October 23‚ 2003‚ at the age of 55.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him‚ the department‚ church family‚ friends‚ but most of all by his family. We love you so much and will never forget you. You will live forever in our hearts.

Theresa Maria Kauffman Lynn

Theresa Maria Kauffman Lynn

Submitted by her Family

Theresa Maria Kauffman Lynn
Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department‚ Inc. – Tennessee
Classification: Volunteer
Rank: Assistant Captain
Date of Death: December 21‚ 2007
Age: 38

We remember Theresa as a loving and caring person. She was a volunteer firefighter on the Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department. She died in a motor vehicle accident while responding to an emergency call on December 21‚ 2007‚ her parents’ wedding anniversary.

She had a smile for everyone‚ and everyone liked her. She loved her horse and went riding with friends. She had a dog named Snowball that she loved very much. In her notes before she moved back home‚ she said at times Snowball was the only friend that she had.

Theresa attended Webb Chapel Church of God and helped with the children’s church. She also drove the church Sunday school van. In the two years that she lived in the area‚ she only missed church a few times.

Theresa worked at K&C Autos as a salesperson. Then she worked at a restaurant as a cook. Everyone said she was a good cook. After the restaurant closed down‚ Theresa put all her time into her service with the Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department. In the month of December we didn’t see much of Theresa‚ because she was so busy at the fire department.

Theresa is survived by her parents‚ Chester and Effie Kauffman‚ and by her two sons‚ Ronald and Joshua Kauffman. We love and miss her every day!

Shane M. Daughetee

Shane M. Daughetee

Submitted by his Father

Shane had 7 years of service with the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department. Shane received the following awards during that time; Rookie of the Year in 2001‚ First Responder of The Year in 2005 and Firefighter of the Year in 2006.

Shane answered 80% of all calls from his station. He was always there for those that needed help. He loved kids and never missed a Christmas helping those less fortunate with Christmas for Kids throughout the Fire Department.

Shane’s passion was firefighting and EMS. He was planning to attend school to further his knowledge to become a Paramedic. He would always call and let us know when he was on a very serious call.

Shane had standard equipment garage door openers in his SUV and he figured out a way to program them to open the bay doors at his station so the doors would be up before he was out of his car.

Shane always gave his time during Fire Prevention Week to attend Elementary and Middle Schools to promote Fire Prevention and would dress up as Sparky the Fire Dog for the kids.

Shane was always looking for ways to improve his skills in Firefighting and as a First Responder. He would attend any and all classes that were given through out the Tri-State area.

Shane’s best achievement was that he earned the respect and praise from all the surrounding Fire Departments and the community. This was evident when almost 3‚000 people came to pay their respects to him.

Shane is survived by his wife‚ Nicole; his father‚ James (Dick); his mother‚ Linda; his grandmother‚ Charlotte and numerous aunts and uncles.

The best memories were sharing 24 years with him.

Mark A. Stanley

Mark A. Stanley

Mark Allen Stanley originally from Brownsville, Tennessee was born March 20, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stanley. He had three brothers, Anthony Earl Stanley, Sammy Stanley and Paul Stanley, and one sister: Carolyn Stanley.

Mr. Stanley was accidentally killed on the job Thursday April 13,, 2006 when he was struck by a falling tree. At the time of the accident local forestry personnel were conducting a “prescribed burn” on private land approximately 7.5 miles south of Bolivar.

Mr. Stanley was a 28-year veteran of the Division of Forestry, which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. He began his state forestry service in 1978. In 1997 he transferred to Hardeman County where he served as Forestry Technician, supervising wildfire suppression and forest management activities in the area.

Mark enjoyed acorn collecting. He collected acorns to sell to nurseries to grow more trees.