Funeral services for Mr. William "Bill" Covington Sledge, Jr., age 80 of Manchester, formerly of Rutherford County, will be conducted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM with Dr. George Jackson officiating services from the chapel of Manchester Funeral Home. Visitation with the Sledge family will be Monday, November 24 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM at the funeral home. Mr. Sledge passed away Saturday morning, November 22 at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma.

Mr. Sledge was born April 11, 1928, the son of the late William Covington Sledge, Sr., and Gladys M. Messick Sledge. In earlier years Bill worked as a horse trainer and was a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Beechgrove. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by one son, William Comer "Little Billy" Sledge; one step-son, David Lewis Odom; and one grandchild, Buffy Carlotta Sledge.

His survivors include his loving friend and companion, Peggy Mervine of Manchester; three daughters, Cherry Nolen of Alabama, Brenda Harris of Murfreesboro, Cynthia Pinegar of Manchester; one step-son, Kenneth Donald Odom of Shelbyville; one brother, Dudley Drew Sledge of Murfreesboro; one sister, Alice Marie Givens of Murfreesboro; eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Manchester Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements..