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Joe Doyle Cantrell
Memorial services were recently held for Mr. Joe Doyle Cantrell, 72, of Winter Haven, FL, who died Sunday, January 30, 2000, at the Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. Steele's Family Funeral Service of Winter Haven, FL, was in charge of the arrangements.

Born October 28, 1927, in Cookeville, he was the son of the late Radford H. and Rosa (Speck) Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Cantrell; and four brothers, James Cantrell, Johnie Cantrell, Kenneth Cantrell, and L.E. Cantrell.

He was a retired production superintendent with Standard Register Company of Dayton, OH, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also a past master of the Stillwater Masonic Lodge #616 F&A.M. of Dayton, OH, as well as a member of the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, and many other Masonic organizations.

He was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue (Thompson) Cantrell, Winter Haven, FL; a sister, Betty Mae Vance, New Paris, OH; and several family members and friends residing in Overton County.

 

Walter Huffines
Funeral services for Mr. Walter Huffines, of Madison and formerly of Overton County were conducted Thursday, February 17, 2000. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2000, at Ruth's Chapel Cemetery in Overton County with Madison Funeral Home of Madison in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Huffines died Tuesday, February 15, 2000, at his home in Madison.

Survivors include three brothers, Lindsey Huffines, Hendersonville, John Huffines, Madison, and Earl Huffines, Nashville; one sister, Marie Nethery, Madison; one grandson; one granddaughter; and three great grandchildren.

 

Lera Houtz
Funeral services for Mrs. Lera Houtz, 81, of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2000, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Pastor Basil Phillips officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery in Livingston with Goff Funeral Home of Monterey in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Houtz, a retired clerical worker with the L.B.J.& C, died Wednesday, February 16, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born December 27, 1918, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Jacob McMinnis and Lubertha Boswell Lee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Houtz, Jr.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Miller, Monterey; a son, Edward L. Houtz, Dayton, OH; a sister, Esther Welch, Cookeville; two grandchildren, Rhonda Leigh Swafford, and Leslie Ann Craig; and one great grandchild, Ashley Haydon.

 

Lenard R. Matthews
Funeral services for Mr. Lenard R. Matthews, 68, of Indianapolis, IN, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 14, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon and Bro. Lyle Anderson officiating. Burial was in Okalona Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Matthews, a set-up operator with Western Electric, died Thursday, February 10, 2000, at his home in Indianapolis.

Born March 13, 1931, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Owen R. and Mary F. (Cox) Matthews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-mother, Myrtle (Reed) Matthews.

He was a veteran of the Korean War in the U.S. Army, a member of the Mystic Circle Lodge #685 in Lawrence, IN, a member of the Pioneers of Western Electric, a Murat Shrine and Scottish Rite Mason of Mystic Circle Lodge in Lawrence, IN, and a driver for the Shriners' Childrens Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca G. (Garrett) Matthews, Indianapolis, IN; a daughter, Pamela J. Naughton, Tulsa, OK; two sons, Gary L. Matthews, Oaklandon, IN, and Alan D. Matthews, Indianapolis, IN; a sister, Frances H. Cobble, Livingston; a brother, Gradie P. Matthews, Greenfield, IN; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gradie Junior Matthews, Thomas Garrett, Leland Garrett, Bob Matthews, Callie McGuinn, Wayne Guinn, Rusty Matthews, Andrew Matthews, Pennie Matthews, Crystal Matthews, Brandon Matthews, and Nichole Naughton.

 

Meekle Mae (Smith) Laycock
Funeral services for Mrs. Meekle Mae (Smith) Laycock, 72, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in Bowman Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Laycock, a shirt factory employee, died Monday, February 14, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born August 26, 1927, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Salle Mae (Qualls) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Oscar Laycock; and seven brothers, Clyde Smith, J.D. Smith, John Shirley Smith, Talmadge Smith, Gib Smith, Tom Smith, and Junior Smith.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Stewart, Livingston, Rita Martin, Monroe, and Linda Laycock, Bloomington Springs; five sons, James Hollis Laycock, Gary Dale Laycock, Ricky Wayne Laycock, all of Livingston, Ronald Laycock, Cookeville, and Jeffery Lynn Laycock, Crossville; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Stewart, J.R. Billingsley, Gary Laycock, Ricky Laycock, Michael Bingham, Steve Martin, and Billy Laycock.

 

Ray Hamilton Fowler
Funeral services for Mr. Ray Hamilton Fowler, 82, of Celina, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2000, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina with Bill Threet officiating. Burial was in Hatcher Hall Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Fowler, a retired fishery biologist assistant, died Tuesday, February 15, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born September 25, 1917, in Celina, he was the son of the late Adam and Otia Plumlee Fowler.

He was a member of the Church of Christ and a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Geneva Clark Fowler of Celina. Pallbearers were Dick Roberts, Ronnie Page, Mark Collins, Mac Dulwork, Bob Clark, and Billy Walker.

 

Toby Lynn Garrison
Mrs. Toby Lynn Garrison, 37, of Monroe, died Wednesday, February 9, 2000, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Due to family's choice of cremation, a private family memorial service is planned for a later date.

Born March 27, 1962, in Akron, OH, she was the daughter of Myra (Fabre) Sells and the step-daughter of Forrest "Sonny" Sells, both of Monroe. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Fenton; three step-sons, Freddie "Tiny" Garrison, Edward Garrison, and Roy Garrison; a grandmother, Mae Fabre; and a brother, Danny "Mouse" Fabre.

Survivors, in addition to her mother and step-father, include her husband, Gene Garrison, Monroe; a grandfather, Emanuel "Tob" Fabre, Monroe; a step-daughter, Sandra Adkins, Monroe; two step-sons, Brett Garrison, Cookeville, and Greg Garrison, Akron, OH; a sister, Toni Gruic, Lakemore, OH; and three grandchildren.

 

Mertie Lee (Bilbrey) Lessig
Funeral services for Mrs. Mertie Lee (Bilbrey) Lessig, 79, of Crown Point, MI, and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Schmid officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Lessig, a housewife, died Saturday, February 19, 2000, at St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, MI.

Born March 7, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Lucy A. (Crabtree) Bilbrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jasper Harris; her second husband, Jim Lessig; and a son, Jim Lessig.

She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Carl Macy, Sun City, AZ, and Brenda and Dale Petersen, Crown Point, MI; a daughter-in-law, Joy Lessig Dixon, Battle Creek, MI; three brothers, James Bilbrey, Calumet City, IL, John Bilbrey, Cookeville, and Billy Bilbrey, Livingston; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

 

Bertha Lucille Watkins Bilbrey
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Lucille Watkins Bilbrey, 80, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2000, from Livingston Church of Christ with Bro. Paul Holland officiating. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Bilbrey, a retired nurse's aid at Imperial Manor Nursing Home, died Friday, February 18, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born May 9, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Balie and Mona (Swift) Ogletree. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Carl Watkins; a son, Jimmy Watkins; and a daughter-in-law, Deborah Watkins.

She was a member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Bailey and Karen Watkins, Livingston, and Rick Watkins, Watertown; a daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Carl Rogers, Livingston; a daughter-in-law, Louise Watkins, Henderson-ville; a sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Clifton Moredock, Livingston; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Richard and Krystal Rogers, Livingston; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Kevin Cauley; and a great grandson, Justin Rogers, Livingston. Pallbearers were Dale Klein, Riley Johnson, David Dickerson, Charles Franklin, Bill Thomas, and Ray Gilpatrick.

 

William Horace Curtis
Funeral services for Mr. William Horace Curtis, 91, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2000, from Dodson Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. Jackey Wheeler and Rev. Comer McGuire officiating. Burial was in Dodson Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Curtis, a schoolteacher, banker and farmer, died Thursday, February 17, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born July 16, 1908, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Lee and Betty (Green) Curtis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Curtis.

He was a member of Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Wilkie Curtis, Rickman; a son and two daughters-in-law, Charles and Sharon Curtis, Rickman, and Carolyn Curtis, Cookeville; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Randy Dodson, Donnie Stover, Kenneth Dodson, Ornan Robbins, Russ Cyphers, Henry Blanken-ship, Willard Brown, and Gene Curtis.

 

Escoe Hammons
Funeral services for Mr. Escoe Hammons, 82, of Clarkrange, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 17, 2000, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Kevin Phillips and Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Hammons, a retired employee of Borden's Dairy in Dayton, OH, died Monday, February 14, 2000, at his home in Clarkrange.

Born October 17, 1917, in Rickman, he as the son of the late Joseph Alexander and Melissa (Garrett) Hammons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Erma Looper, and a grandson, Michael Bowman.

He was a member of the Mineral Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Leva (Norrod) Hammons, Clarkrange; a daughter, Billie Bowman, Dayton, OH; two sons, James Hammons, Clarkrange, and Frank Hammons, Dayton, OH; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

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