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Archives 8-18-99

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Carl Elmer Loftis Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Carl Elmer Loftis Sr., 73, of Livingston, were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 1999, from Algood First Freewill Baptist Church in Algood with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Loftis, a retired shipping department employee for General Motors, died Thursday, August 12, 1999, at Overton County Nursing Home.

Born July 5, 1926, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Asbury Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Johnson Loftis.

He attended Algood First Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Loftis, Livingston; five sons, James Francis Loftis and Carl E. Loftis Jr., both of Atlanta, GA, Frank Loftis, Gainesboro, Jeffrey Loftis, Livingston, and Carl E. Loftis III, Marion, IN; a daughter, Carlotta Loftis, Grayton, FL; two brothers, Walton Loftis, Hilham, and Odell Loftis, Kettering, OH; two sisters, Zora Reed, Rickman, and Irene Grubb, Kettering, OH; 14 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Earl Loftis, Paul Loftis, Howard Loftis, Jim Loftis, Ted Matthews, and Herbert McCormick.

 

Charlie B. Fletcher
Funeral services for Mr. Charlie B. Fletcher, 65, of Livingston, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 18, 1999, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Fletcher, street superintendent for the City of Livingston, died Sunday, August 15, 1999, at his home.

Born February 8, 1934, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Johnny Melton and Jessie Mullins Fletcher.

He was a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean war.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Fletcher, Livingston; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer Fletcher and Marty Fletcher, all of Livingston; three brothers, Willie Fletcher and Johnny Fletcher Jr., both of Livingston, and Bud Fletcher, Akron, OH; a sister, Betty Smith, Livingston; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wayne Peek, David Langford, Ricky Stamps, Scott Lamb, Rod Johnson, and Bruce Dixon.

 

James Walton Eldridge Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. James Walton Eldridge Jr., 71, of Alpine, were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 16, 1999, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon and Rev. Larry Thomas officiating. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Eldridge, a former sheriff of Overton County, a farmer, and a dozer operator, died Friday, August 13, 1999, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born August 10, 1928, in Akron, OH, he was the son of the late Walton and Helen Marie Lee Eldridge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Eldridge.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston, Livingston Lodge #259, past master of West Fork #648, Chapter and Council, V.F.W., and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Eldridge, Alpine; a daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Larry Cooper, Alpine; four brothers, Charles Eldridge, Allons, Robert Eldridge, San Diego, CA, and Shirley Eldridge and Joe Eldridge, both of Knoxville; a sister, Mary Lou Hansbarger, Knoxville; and a granddaughter, Amy Cooper, Alpine.

Pallbearers were Mike Boswell, Matt Smith, Jeff Collins, Doug Ledbetter, Kent Copeland, David Vaughn Copeland, Kenneth Swallows, and Gerald David Norris. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Hancock, Ricky Hunter, Jimmy Hunter, David Eldridge, Steve Eldridge, B. Jay Todd, George Sells, and Larry Joe Poston.

 

Dollie Blaylock
Funeral services for Mrs. Dollie Blaylock, 84, of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, August 13, 1999, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Sisco officiating. Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Blaylock, a factory worker and homemaker, died Tuesday, August 10, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of the Hanging Limb Baptist Church and Monterey Order of Eastern Star Chapter #502.

Born January 6, 1915, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William Guthrie and Dovie Phillips Sisco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Gyen Brown and Shirley Oliverio; a son, Carl Robbins; a brother, Marvin Sisco; and two granddaughters, Sharon Reeves and Stacey Oliverio.

Survivors include her husband, Andy Blaylock, Monterey; a grandson, Danny Norrod, Cookeville; a granddaughter, Kristie Oliverio, Denver, CO; two great grandchildren, Lacey and Russell; and a brother, Denton Sisco, Monterey.

 

Esther Pauline Meadows
Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Pauline Meadows, 84, of Celina, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 1999, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Marlon Win-ningham officiating. Burial was in Fitzgerald Cemetery in Celina with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Meadows, a housewife, died Friday, August 13, 1999, at Cumberland River North Hospital in Celina.

Born March 10, 1915, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late A.B. “Bud” and Mary (Dailey) Spears. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Meadows; a daughter, Billie Craft; an infant son, Jimmy; an infant sister, Elise; a sister, Orpha Nievens; and a brother, Cecil Spears. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Bobbi Hurst, Allons; three sisters, Estline Nievens, Celina, Martha Hawkins, Madison, and Beulah Riley, Indiana; three brothers, Lester Spears, Celina, A.B. Spears, Allons, and Dumas Spears, Cookeville; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Charles Craft, Toby Craft, Yogi Craft, Matt Davis, Carl Davis, and Gordy Treece.

 

Mike Duke Westmoreland
Funeral services for Mr. Mike Duke Westmoreland, 25, of Celina, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 1999, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home with Ronnie Parsons officiating. Burial was in Ray Williams Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Westmoreland, an employee of Federal Mogul Car Parts, died Friday, August 13, 1999, at Cumberland River Hospital.

Born November 18, 1973, in Livingston, he was the son of Bobby Duke Westmoreland, of Sparta, and Betty Faye Scott McLerran, of Celina.He was preceded in death by grandparents, Duke Westmoreland and Will and Dovie Scott.

Survivors in addition to his parents include a daughter, Emily Allison Westmoreland, Cookeville; a grandmother, Christine Westmoreland, Celina; a step mother, Bonnie Westmoreland, Sparta; four step brothers, Charlie Westmore-land, Hillsboro, Johnnie W. Westmoreland, Cookeville, Johnny Scott, Celina, and Terry McLerran, Kentucky; three step sisters, Janet L. Westmoreland, Tompkinsville, KY, Stephanie Westmoreland, Celina, and Tresa McLerran, Kentucky; and a special friend, Cathy Cox, Sparta.

 

William Foster Page
Funeral services for Mr. William Foster Page, 78, of Celina, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, August 13, 1999, from Free Hill Church of Christ with Norman Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Free Hill Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Page, a maintenance worker for the Corps of Engineers, died Saturday, August 7, 1999, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born January 2, 1921, in Celina, he was the son of the late William Porter Page and Lockie Shield Page.

He was a member of Free Hill Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Page, Celina; two sons, William Anthony Goatley, Louisville, KY, and Paul D. Page, Celina; a daughter, Wanda Jean Ellis, Warren, OH; two sisters, Mary Belle Ray, Louisville, KY, and Grace Williamson, Celina; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

 

James Paul Bowman
Funeral services for Mr. James Paul Bowman, 74, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 1999, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Strong officiating. Burial was in Hoover Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bowman, a retired retail merchant, died Thursday, August 12, 1999, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born November 1, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late William and Dessie Bullock Bowman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bronzie Carr Bowman.

He was a member of Hilham Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Russell Bowman and Ronnie Bowman, both of Livingston; a daughter, Robin Bowman, Livingston; three brothers, Bill Bowman and Bobby Bowman, both of Livingston, and Donald Bowman, Algood; a sister, Christine Eldridge, Algood; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

 

Sallie Nancy Sells
Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie Nancy Sells, 67, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, August 16, 1999, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in Hatcher Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sells, a housewife, died Friday, August 13, 1999, at Livingston Regional Hospital. Born November 22, 1931, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Myrtie Arney Vaughn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Sells; a grandson, Andrew Sells; five brothers, Otha Vaughn, Fount Vaughn, Eugene Vaughn, James Vaughn, and Raymond Vaughn; and two sisters, Mandy Greenwood and Annie Sells.

She was a member of Free Communion Church of Christ.

Survivors include three sons, Carlos Sells, Byrdstown, and Bennie Sells and Doyle Sells, both of Livingston; three daughters, Helen Smith, Monroe, Vivian Sells, Hilham, and Sandy Woodward, Allons; six brothers, Stanley Vaughn, Edd Vaughn, and Bill Vaughn, all of Livingston, Ken Vaughn and Bobby Vaughn, both of Hilham, and Tom Vaughn, Allons; 10 grandchildren, Cindy Sells, Jimmy Sells, Steven Sells, Bobby Sells, Jamie Sells, Joseph Sells, Stephanie West, Nancy Smith, Connie Smith, and Stacy Shaw; and four great grandchildren, Karlie West, Katie West, Mackenzie Shaw, and “Baby” Sells.

Pallbearers were Jason Vaughn, Gene Vaughn, James Vaughn, Jeremy Boles, Steve Vaughn, and Todd Matthews.

 

Everett Dewight Parsons
Funeral services for Mr. Everett Dewight Parsons, 73, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 1999, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Tompkins officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Parsons, a retired rural mail carrier, died Thursday, August 12, 1999, at St. Thomas Hospital. Born August 21, 1925, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Andrew and Lillian Hicks Parsons.

He was a member of Monroe Christian Church and a veteran of the U. S. Army during WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Rich Parsons, Monroe; two sons, Buckie Parsons and Rickie Parsons, both of Livingston; two daughters, Cathy Jolley, Livingston, and Evetta Parsons, Monroe; four brothers, Howard Parsons and Andrew “Spud” Parsons, both of Monroe, Porter “Pete” Parsons, Nashville, and Glenn “Dock” Parsons, Living-ston; a sister, Wilma King, Monroe; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a step grandchild.

Pallbearers were Buck Parsons, Andy Parsons, Matthew Jolley, Burt Jolley, Lee Bilbrey, and Billy Joe Norrod.

 

 

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