David Chester Howell
Funeral services for Mr. David Chester Howell, 64, of the Allred
Community, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2000,
from the chapel of Rickman Funeral Home with Bro. Benny Sells and
Bro. Cleston Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery
with Rickman Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Howell, a retired carpenter, died Wednesday, February 9, 2000,
at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Born November 5, 1935, in Overton County, he was the son of Rubye
(Smith) Howell and the late Pleas Howell.
He was a member of the Shiloh Lodge #637 in Crawford and a member
of the VFW.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two brothers and
sisters-in-law, Bob and Mary Frances Howell, Allred, and Van and
Burglene Howell, Oneida; two special nieces, Tonia Howell Duke,
Livingston, and Vanesia (Howell) Koger, Oneida; and three special
great nephews, Emery Duke, Livingston, Trey Koger, and Tyler Koger,
both of Oneida.
Pallbearers were Allen Linder, Brent Linder, Roger Koger, Jason
Duke, Cleston Ledbetter, and Buster Smith. Honorary pallbearers
were Trey Koger, Tyler Koger, Emery Duke, Darrell Linder, Carl Smith,
Kenneth Smith, and Charles Smith.
Edith V. Bilbrey
Funeral services for Mrs. Edith V. Bilbrey, 94, of Livingston, were
conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2000, from the chapel
of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Halliburton officiating. Burial
was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home of
Livingston in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Bilbrey, a retired postmistress with the Timothy Post Office,
died Sunday, February 13, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born November 4, 1905, in Clay County, she was the daughter of
the late Addis C. and Martha Jane "Mattie" Moore Sullivan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death be her husband,
John Edmond “Edd” Bilbrey.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Livingston.
She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include three sons, Larry Bilbrey, Manchester, Lansford
Bilbrey, and Carmon Bilbrey both of Livingston; three daughters,
Bertice Crenshaw, Ft. Worth, TX, Sue Copeland, and Kay Killmon both
of Livingston; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Lucian "Boss" Copeland
Funeral services for Mr. Lucian "Boss" Copeland, 85, of
Allons, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2000, from
the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Newsome Harvey officiating.
Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home of Livingston
in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Copeland, a retired policeman with the Livingston Police Department,
died Wednesday, February 9, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born August 27, 1914, in Overton County, he was the son of the late
Hyder and Maggie Ledbetter Copeland. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Duvall and Anna Rae
He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include a half-brother, Don Copeland, Cookeville; and
two sisters, Pauline Ballard, Livingston, and Johnnie Vaughan, Hartwell,
GA. Pallbearers were city police.
Donald Gene "Pete" Davis
Funeral services for Mr. Donald Gene "Pete" Davis, 60,
of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2000,
from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Sharp officiating.
Burial was in Ruth Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home of Livingston
in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Davis, a truck driver with the Overton County Highway Department,
died Thursday, February 10, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born February 15, 1939, in Overton County, he was the son of the
late Andy and Hazel Brown Davis.
He was a member of Maxwell Chapel Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Louise England Davis, Hilham, three
sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Jr. and Faye Davis, Cookeville,
Doug and Robin Davis, Crossville, and David and Lisa Davis, Lebanon;
two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Joe Harpe, Rickman, and
Denise and Jackie Burchett, Hilham; a very special brother and sister-in-law,
Sam and Charlotte Davis, Hilham; a sister-in-law, Gladys Davis,
Hilham; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Edmonds,
Hardys Chapel community, Bobbie and Jim Mabrey, Hilham, and Barbara
Danner, Livingston; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Davis, Jennifer
Davis, Devin and Jordan Davis, Loura and Ryan Harpe, Josh Simpson,
Cindy Burchett, Tyler Davis, and Claeb Davis; and a host of nieces,
nephews, friends, and neighbors. Pallbearers were James "Dookie"
Garrett, Joe Garrett, Mark Gore, Junior Fleming, Jim Bean, David
McDonald, and George Sells.
Opal I. Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Opal I. Brown, 67, of Chesterfield, IN,
were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2000, from the chapel
of Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service in Anderson, IN, with Dave Cordry
and Charlie Soden officiating. Burial was in Anderson Memorial Park
in Anderson, IN, with Rozell-Johnson Funeral Service in charge of
Mrs. Brown, a nurse’s aide at Community Hospital in Anderson, IN,
for 15 years, died Thursday, February 10, 2000, at Community Hospital
in Anderson, IN.
Born September 3, 1932, in Livingston, she was the daughter of
the late David and Nannie Richardson. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by two brothers, James Richardson and
She was a member of Columbus Avenue Church of Christ and Stroke
Club of Muncie.
Survivors include her husband, Larry D. Brown, Chesterfield, IN;
two daughters and sons-in-law, Patty (Harvey) and Keith Graham,
Frankton, IN, and Pam (Harvey) and Dave Platts, Avon, IN; two sons
and a daughter-in-law, Jim and Cheryl Harvey, Anderson, IN, and
Tim Harvey, Turnwater, WA; three step-children, Larry Brown, Tina
Hall, and Lorrie Brown, all of Anderson, IN; a brother, Arlie Richardson,
Anderson, IN; three sisters, Lou Huckeby, Gideon, MO, Elva Joynes,
Nashville, and Alva Dean Seber, Allons; 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren
and many other relatives and friends.
Bessie Louise Bilson
Mrs. Bessie Louise Gilson, 88, of Cookeville, died Monday, February
7, 2000, at the Cookeville Manor Nursing Center. Anderson Funeral
Home in Gainesboro was in charge of the cremation arrangements.
No funeral services were held.
Mrs. Gilson was a retired nurse’s aide.
Born November 9, 1911, in Sparrowbush, NY, she was the daughter
of the late William and Anna Schultz Canfield. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Gilson.
Survivors include two daughters, Gail M. Gilson, Cookeville, and
Diane Costic, Greenville, NY; two grandchildren, Candi Conklin,
Gainesboro, and Russell Conklin, Hilham; and six great grandchildren.
Sol G. Norris
Funeral services for Mr. Sol G. Norris, 80, of Livingston, were
conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2000, from the chapel of
Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch and Rev. Eugene McCowan
officiating. Burial was in Bethlem Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home
of Livingston in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Norris, a Star Route mail carrier, died Saturday, January 22,
2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital. Born June 19, 1919, in Overton
County, he was the son of the late Porter and Sallie Ledbetter Norris.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Carrie Walker Norris.
He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church and a WWII veteran
of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Colecchia, Adrian, MI, Karen
Norris, and Judy Stacey both of Livingston; two sisters, Evelyn
Walker, Cookeville, and Laura Ledford, Alpine; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were V.F.W. members.
Kenneth W. “K.V.” Vaughn
Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth W. “K.V.” Vaughn, 49, of Akron,
OH, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2000, at the
Brown Street Church of Christ in Akron, OH, with Keith Storment
officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Uniontown, OH,
with Hopkins-Lawver Funeral Home in Akron, OH, in charge of the
Mr. Vaughn, a teacher and coach at Springfield High School for
27 years, died Sunday, January 30, 2000.
Born August 30, 1950, in Akron, OH, he was the son of Raleigh and
Delores Vaughn. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter
and Eula Vaughn and Perry and Bertha Winningham.
He was a member of Tallmadge Church of Christ. He had been inducted
into the East High School Hall of Fame, the Greater Akron Softball
Hall of Fame, and the Lone Star Fraternity Hall of Fame.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Janice
Vaughn; a daughter, Michell Leeser; two sons, Kevin Vaughn and Ryan
Vaughn; a brother, James “Billie” Vaughn; a sister, Kathy Brown;
an uncle, Derward Vaughn, Livingston; and two aunts, Inez Thrasher,
Livingston, and Eddis Sells, Donelson.
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