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Vesta Buna Gunnels
Funeral services for Mrs. Vesta Buna Gunnels, 85, of Allons, were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 29, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Livingston Funeral Home of Livingston in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Gunnels, a retired factory worker, died Saturday, February 26, 2000, at her home.

Born July 26, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Ava Parrott Vann. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Gunnels; a sister, Ethel Shores; and two grandchildren, Billy Edwin Gunnels, and Brian Scott Smith. She was a member of The Allons Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Faye Smith, Allons, and Betty Jo Marriott, Anderson, IN; a son, Billy Joe Gunnels, Anderson, IN; two sisters, Obeth Pack, and Beatrice Hoskins, both of Plymouth, MI; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Teddy Gunnels, Howard Taylor, Michael Smith, Gerald L. Clark, Ronald L. Savage, and Terry L. Marriott.


Sara Louise (Lou) Netherton
Funeral services for Mrs. Sara Louise "Lou" Netherton, 69, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, from the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Joe Green and Bro. Eugene Schmid officiating. Burial was in Double Springs Cemetery with Dyer Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Netherton, retired from the City of Cookeville, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at her home in Cookeville.

Born March 18, 1930, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Malissia (Neal) Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Netherton; two sisters, Beadie Opal Ledbetter and Katherine Ledbetter; and three brothers, Aaron Ledbetter, Luther Lee Ledbetter, and Perry Ledbetter.

She was affiliated with First Baptist Church in Cookeville, as well as Midway Christian Church in Overton County.

She was Junior Vice-President of the Ladies Auxillary V.F.W. Post 5062 in Livingston.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Louise Netherton, Antioch; four brothers and sisters-in-law, McCoy and Reba Ledbetter, Thomas and Lida Ledbetter, all of Sterling Heights, MI, Robert Frank and Sandy Ledbetter, Livingston, and Johnny and Earlene Ledbetter, Crossville; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Reba and Gene Koontz, Asheville, NC, Ruth and Charles Roberson Jr., Rickman, Flossia and Rastus Bowman, Rickman, and Betty and Larry Walker, Kingston; and a special friend, J.B. Hensley, Livingston.

Pallbearers were McCoy Ledbetter, Thomas Ledbetter, Robert Frank Ledbetter, Reba Koontz, Ruth Roberson, Flossia Bowman, and Betty Walker.

Honorary pallbearers were Reba Ledbetter, Lida Ledbetter, Sandy Ledbetter, Earlene Ledbetter, Gene Koontz, Charles Roberson Jr., Rastus Bowman, and Larry Walker.

 

Oren W. Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mr. Oren W. Ledbetter, 74, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Cross and Rev. Greg Watson officiating. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery in Pickett County with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Ledbetter, a pastor, died Monday, February 28, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born June 30, 1925, in Overton County, he was the son of the late William Chester and Verna (Allred) Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah (Walker) Ledbetter.

He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pickett County.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Taylor, Monroe; two brothers, Glen H. Ledbetter, Monroe, and Gentry Ledbetter, Grand Rapids, MI; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carl Barlow, Ronald Ledbetter, Keith Ledbetter, Ray Jordan, Doyle Walker, and Palmer Abbott.

 

Willie Wade (Talley) Dickerson
Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Wade (Talley) Dickerson, 67, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Dickerson, a factory worker, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born November 10, 1932, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Shirley and Cora Edith (Raines) Talley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary Dale Rogers; a brother, Paul Talley; and a grandchild, Becky Rogers.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, J.B. Dickerson, Hilham; two sons, Ricky Dickerson, Hilham, and Roy Allen Rogers, Rogersville; a daughter, Debbie Dickerson, Hilham; four sisters, Burmah Garrett, Josephine Hollars, Marie Ayers, all of Hilham, and Joann Ethridge, Oliver Springs; two grandchildren, Jared Dickerson and Allen Rogers; a great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mick Clark, Mikie Olgetree, Randy Ogletree, Butchy Garrett, Blane Garrett, and Rondle Hollars.

 

William H. "Butch" Wilson
Funeral services for Mr. William H. "Butch" Wilson, 42, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Boles officiating. Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wilson, a factory worker, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born March 2, 1957, in Akron, OH, he was the son of John. J. and Cynthia Katherine (Boles) Wilson.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two daughters, Tabatha McBroom and Tiffany Wilson, both of Cookeville; three brothers, Ronald G. Wilson, Navarre, FL, Stephen R. Wilson and Johnny Wayne Wilson, both of Cookeville; three sisters, Linda Richards, Patricia Kay Daniels, both of Cookeville, and Pamela R. Boles, Hilham; and one granddaughter, Cydney McBroom, Cookeville.

 

Floyd Dibnel Reed
Funeral services for Mr. Floyd Dibnel Reed, 78, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Comer McGuire officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Reed, a retired truck driver and farmer, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his home.

Born June 27, 1921, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Commie and Bessie (Peek) Reed. He was a member of Zion Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mable (Stockton) Reed, Livingston; three daughters, Helen Sue Hunt, Baker, FL, Gail Arney, Livingston, and Linda Tudor, Old Hickory; a brother, Danny Lee Reed, Cookeville; three grandchildren, Michael Dodson, Lisa Melton, and Gretchen Willoughby; one great grandchild, Montana Dodson; and his former wife, Fannie Reed Smith, Rickman.

 

Aaron Donovan Frantz
Mr. Aaron Donovan Frantz, 68, of Allons and formerly of Springfield, OH, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his home in Allons. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Frantz, a retired machinist, was born August 19, 1931, in Clark County, OH. He was the son of the late Aaron Donovan Sr. and Merrel Maines Frantz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, a sister, and a grandson.

He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Allons, as well as being a 28 year member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Staight Frantz, Allons; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Don Frantz, Midway, OH, and Keith and Tanya Frantz, New Carlisle, OH; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Gregory Goff, and Wendy and James St. Peter, all of Springfield, OH; a sister, Anna Speakman, Florida; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great granddaughter.

 

Evelyn Jean Presley
Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Jean Presley, 62, of Cookeville, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2000, from Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Bro. James Williams officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Overton County with Whitson Funeral Home of Cookeville in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Presley, a cook and seamstress, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born April 15, 1937, in Lee County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Ulyes and Minnie Lou (Denton) Morrison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Eva Christine Kimberlin; and three brothers, Baby Morrison, Kenneth Ted Morrison, and James Lawrence Morrison.

She was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church, and a Ladies Auxillary of the church.

Survivors include her husband, Harold C. Presley, Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Bryant and Lynne Presley, Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Frank Phillips, Goodlettsville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Barbara Morrison, Asheville, NC, Robert Ulyes and Scarlett Morrison, Dearborn Heights, MI, and Jackie Lee and Margaret Morrison, Ben Hur, VA; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Helen Sue and L.V. Duncan, Ben Hur, VA, Betty Lou Morrison, Milford, VA, Judy Ann and Bobby Yeary, Sherry Lynn and David "Bo" Cope, and Lena Gale and Larry Bledsoe, all of Jonesville, VA; a granddaughter, Amanda Nicole Presley, Byrdstown; and two grandsons, Seth Presley, Cookeville, and Jaron Mathew Phillips, Goodlettsville. Pallbearers will be Glen Cooper, Seth Presley, Roger Clouse, Charles Kennedy, Jess Matthews, and James Presley.

 

Gertie Lee Jones
Funeral services for Mrs. Gertie Lee Jones, 89, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, from the chapel of Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown with Walter Harold Garrett officiating. Burial was in Booher Cemetery in Overton County with Crestlawn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Jones, a housewife, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.

Born March 28, 1910, in Albany, KY, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Lula (Rains) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ester Jones.

She was a member of the Midway Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Emma Lee Jones, Monroe; a son and daughter-in-law, Ellis and Martha Jones, Dresden; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Carolyn and Mike Freeman; two great grandsons, Joe Freeman and John Freeman; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. JonesŐ friends served as pallbearers.

 

Robert Henry Harp
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Henry Harp, 68, of Naples, FL, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Paran Methodist Church with Jim Rogers officiating. Burial was in Paran Cemetery with Whitson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Harp, a construction worker, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, FL.

Born February 8, 1932, in Cookeville, he was the son of the late Benton Howard and Alla (Whitaker) Harp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (Smith) Harp.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dewayne and Connie Harp, Naples, FL; two brothers, Johnny Harp, Hillsboro, OH, and Carl Harp, Mariposa, CA; and a sister, Mary F. (Harp) Long, Harlan, KY.

 

Dewroy W. Neal
Funeral services for Mr. Dewroy W. Neal, 75, of Tipton, IN, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, from the chapel of Porter Funeral Home in Tipton, IN, with Rev. Charles E. Armstrong officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Indiana with Porter Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Neal, a retired employee of Steel Parts, died Monday, February 28, 2000, at Tipton County Memorial Hospital in Tipton, IN.

Born November 6, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late James Porter and Sina Belle (Strode) Neal. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby L. (Sullivan) Neal, Tipton, IN; three sons, Tom Neal, John Neal, both of Tipton, IN, and Terry Neal, Elwood, IN; two daughters, Mary (Neal) Coar, Greentown, IN, and Sharon (Neal) Tenbrook, Tipton, IN; two sisters, Oma Daughty, Livingston, and Loramae Andrews, Anderson, IN; seven grandsons; three granddaughters; and five great grandchildren.

 

Alvin Clayton "Sweek" Coleman
Funeral services for Mr. Alvin Clayton "Sweek" Coleman, 71, of Livingston and formerly of the Allred Community, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Coleman, a coal miner and mechanic, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born August 3, 1928, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Vince and Celina (Ledbetter) Coleman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Floyd Coleman, Walter Coleman, Irvin "Bud" Coleman, Willis Coleman, Harrison Coleman, and Yard Masters Holt.

Survivors include a brother, Johnny Clifford "Bunger" Coleman, Allred; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Paul Coleman, Timmy Coleman, Randall Coleman, Ronnie Coleman, Richard Murphy, and Freddie Murphy.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Howell, Vernon Boswell, Gary Allred, and Buster Smith.

 

 



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