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Archives 11-29-2000

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Harris Gentry Copeland
Funeral services for Mr. Harris Gentry Copeland, 84, of Alpine, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Steele, Rev. John Copeland, Rev. Darrek Copeland, and Rev. Tim Buford officiating. Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gentry, a business man, died Friday, November 24, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born December 5, 1915, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Harris Elmo and Martha Sells Copeland.

He operated a coal mine and store and was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the Shiloh Masonic Lodge, York Rite Mason, and Al Menah Shrine in Nashville.

Survivors include his wife, Cleopatra Copeland, Alpine; a son, Joseph Wayne Copeland, Alpine; three daughters, Peggy Wood, Judy Buford, and Carol Ashburn, all of Livingston; two nieces, Janie Mynatt and Hope Jackson; a nephew, Dr. Michael Allred; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mark Copeland, Jeff Copeland, Steven Buford, Greg Buford, David Ashburn, Neil Ashburn, and Chris Copeland.

Honorary pallbearers were L.G. Puckett Jr., Villard Maynord, Roy Pennington, and Bob Howell.

 

James H. (Jim) Jolly, DVM
Funeral services for Mr. James H. "Jim" Jolly, DVM, 59, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, November 24, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Jesse Bradshaw and Rev. Dee Ledford officiating. Burial was in Hatcher Hall Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jolly, a veterinarian, died Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born June 27, 1941, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Edd Clark and Virgie Ann (Keisling) Jolly.

He was affiliated with the First Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughter and one son-in-law, Jennifer Williams and Donna and David Holt, all of Livingston; a brother, Larry Jolly, Clarkston, MI; three sisters, Elise Gilman, Jackie Winningham, and Peggy Melton, all of Livingston; and four grandchildren, Jeremiah Williams, Kristen Williams, Levi Holt, and Lucas Holt, all of Livingston.

Pallbearers were John Donaldson, Bill Bilbrey, Gerald Maynard, Jeremiah Maynard, James Robbins, William McCormick, Rodney Padgett, and Bob Bottoms.

 

Lawton Harlan Sidwell
Funeral services for Mr. Lawton Harlan Sidwell, 67, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 23, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Sidwell, owner of a package store, died Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born December 3, 1932, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Willie and Ethel (Dulworth) Sidwell. In addtion to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, May Sidwell, J.B. Sidwell, and Thurman Sidwell; and two sisters, Lucille Taylor and Estelle Moore.

Survivors include a brother, Cledis Sidwell, Livingston; and three sisters, Eudean Mercer, Romeo, MI, Betty Wright, Madison Heights, MI, and Geneva Neely, Livingston.

Pallbearers were Mark Neely, Shirley Wright, Doug Neely, Wayne Peek, David Hooks, and Bruce Dixon.

 

Billy Ray Mathis
Funeral services for Mr. Billy Ray Mathis, 64, of Anderson, IN, and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Amonette officiating. Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Mathis, an employee of Emge Packing and Woerner Tuff Nursery, died Sunday, November 19, 2000, at the home of his former wife and caregiver, Winnie Mathis.

Born September 17, 1936, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Plez Edmon Mathis and Sarah Ann (Nation) Mathis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Mathis.

He served in the U.S. Army in the mid 50Ős in Germany. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Edmon and Joyce Mathis, Byrdstown; three grandsons, Shayne Mathis, and Travis Mathis, both of Shirley, IN, and Corey Wood, Anderson, IN; two granddaughters, Amanda Mathis, Anderson, IN, and Suzette Stokes, New Castle, IN; two great grandsons, Michael Mathis, Anderson, IN, and Jason Hester Jr., New Castle, IN; a great granddaughter, Shelby Lee Ray, Indianapolis, IN; a niece, Debbie Mathis, Anderson, IN; a nephew, Tim Mathis, Anderson,IN; a very special friend and former wife, Winnie Mathis, Yorktown, IN; special friends, Peggy Scherer and Marlene Van Ness; and lots of other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Timmy Mathis, Leroy Phillips, Jaime Brown, Jesse Hammock, Darrell Huddleston, and Coy Nation. Honorary pallbearers were Edward Colson, and Gene Hummell.

 

A.C. Melton
Funeral services for Mr. A.C. Melton, 63, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Henderson officiating. Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Melton, a farmer, died Thursday, November 23, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born September 19, 1937, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Johnny Willis and Hattie Chowning Melton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Cassie Roark. He was a member of Cullom Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mazelle Flowers Melton, Monroe; two sons, Scott Melton, Monroe, and Shawn Melton, Algood; three daughters, Wanda Richardson, Livingston, Ginger Beaty, Monroe, and Diane Crabtree, Tullahoma; a brother, Durell Melton, Monroe; two sisters, Wallace Garrett, Monroe, and Hassie Mae Melton, Livingston; and seven grandsons.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Combs, Keith Copeland, Bill Bowman, Roger Flowers, Joe Pat Melton, and Jack Melton. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jerry Melton and Donald Norrod.

 

Felix C. Ogletree
Funeral services for Mr. Felix C. Ogletree, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 24, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham and Bro. Bobby Gore officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Ogletree, an employee of the City of Livingston Water and Gas Department, died Wednesday, November 22, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born November 12, 1915, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Elbert Bedford and Julia Ann Rose Ogletree. He was a U.S. Army veteran and an elder at the Walnut Grove Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Ogletree, Livingston; three sons, Don Ogletree and Mike Ogletree, both of Livingston, and Buddy Ogletree, Santa Ana, CA; a daughter, Kathy Winningham, Livingston; two brothers, Dale Ogletree and Speck Ogletree, both of Livingston; two sisters, Jean Hunter and Joyce Smith, both of Livingston; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Scott Savage, Casey Auberson, David Ogletree, Darin Gore, Doug Cannon, and Johnny Hunter.

 

Berton McCowan
Funeral services for Mr. Burton McCowan, 88, of Monterey, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, November 29, 2000, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Barry Purser and Rev. Clayton Padgett officiating. Burial will be in the Love Joy Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. McCowan, a coal miner, died Monday, November 27, 2000, at his home.

Born October 15, 1912, in Overton County, he was the son of the late William and Burzilla (Eldridge) McCowan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mazell McCowan; a grandson, Jerry Hassler; and a great grandson, Dylan Bilbrey.

He was a member of the Monterey First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Phipps McCowan; three daughters, Artie Hassler, Mineral Springs Community, Glenna McCowan, Little Rock, AR, and Lois Ann Hosier, Lebanon; six sons, Otis McCowan, Nashville, Ellis McCowan and Arnold McCowan, both of Monterey, Avery McCowan, Dayton, Bobby McCowan, Daysville, and David McCowan of Andersonville, SC; 12 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

 

Mary Jones
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jones, 65, of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2000, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Bro. Earl Stephens and Rev. David Harris officiating. Burial was in the Wilson Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Jones, a homemaker, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born June 1, 1935, in Robbins, TN, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Linda (Sexton) Ellis. She was a member of the Love Joy Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Jones, Monterey; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Gary Vanderpool, Winter-ville, NC; a son and daughter-in-law, Mary and Bruce Ellis, Monterey; two brothers, Bill Ellis, Lancing, and John M. Ellis, Anderson, IN; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

Harold Keith "Curly" Harding
Funeral services for Mr. Harold Keith "Curly" Harding, 57, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2000, from the Wolf River Baptist Church with Bro. Rick Cross officiating. Burial was in the Story Cemetery in Byrdstown with Crestlawn Funeral Home of Byrdstown in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Harding, a former funeral assistant, died Wednesday, November 22, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born March 7, 1943, in Albany, KY, he was the son of the late Elmer and Ellen (Bilbrey) Harding. He started working as a funeral assistant and ambulance assistant with John Smith at the Byrdstown Funeral Home. Later, he was the first employee hired by Jim South to work for the first Overton County operated Ambulance Service, where he worked as an emergency medical technician. In 1983, when Crestlawn Funeral Home was established by Jim South and Kenny Elder, he went to work for the firm as a funeral assistant until he became disabled.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Lee Harding, Byrdstown; a daughter, Melissa Harding, Byrdstown; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Patricia Harding, Savannah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Lafonda Harding and Roger and Janie Harding, all of Byrdstown; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Faye and Ward Reeder and Dean Reeder, all of Byrdstown, and Linda and Pete Rich, Nashville; two granddaughters, Keitha Harding and Samantha Harding; three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Ralph and Dorothy Lee, Albany, KY, Randall and Marla Lee, New Castle, IN, and Ivan and Salvie Lee, Virginia; a sister-in-law, Ruth Lee, Albany, KY; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Reeder, Leslie Reeder, Robert Reeder, David Harding, Pete Rich, Randy Lee, Ronnie Lee, Kenneth Lee, Stephen Lee, and Brandon Hamby.

 

 

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