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Rebecca May Cortner

Posted 2/8/21

Rebecca May Cortner, 99, of Shelbyville, died Sunday, February 7, 2021.

A family graveside service will be held.

Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Rebecca May Cortner


Mrs. Rebecca May Cortner, age 99, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021, under the loving care and comfort of her family and Hospice Compassus.

She was the wife of the late James K. Cortner.

Born September 27, 1921 in Humphreys County, to the late Emit and Catherine May. She was the wife of the late James K. Cortner. Also preceding her in death were brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry (Eva) May, Ray (Margaret) May, and Rex (Peggy) May.

Survivors include: Children: Judy (Eddie) Hall of Shelbyville and Joyce (Dr. Michael) Phillips of Farragut; Grandchildren: Gerri Ward, Will Hall, Dr. Jim (Julie) Phillips, Katie (Tyler) Swift; Five great-grandchildren with another one due in June; One great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Rebecca taught school for a total of 34 years in Humphreys County, McMinnville, and in Shelbyville. In her retirement she volunteered as a pink lady at Bedford County General Hospital for over 15 years. She made countless "Bear Buddies" and baby blankets for children in the community, and blessed many people with her delicious sourdough bread and sugar cookies. She was a person of deep faith who was kind, gentle, and so very caring.

It is safe to say that all who knew her loved her.

"Her children arise and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28

A special thanks to all the caregivers at Family Staffing Solutions, Compassus Hospice, and LouLou's for their loving care and support.

A family graveside service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please celebrate her life by reaching out to someone with an act of kindness in her memory.

Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.


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