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Archives 04-12-2000

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Avon J.W. Carter
Funeral services for Mr. Avon J.W. Carter, better known as "CamÓ, 66, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Dr. David Moore officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Carter, a highway construction worker, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at his home.

Born December 4, 1933, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Eulis and Johnnie Bilbrey Carter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Mayhew Carter, and Paul Carter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Clarice Young Carter, Living-ston; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Owen C. "RedÓ and Pauline Carter, and Eulis M. Jr. and Betty Carter; a sister, Naomi Poll, Gardner, IL; a Godson, Andrew Looper; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Addison Fletcher, Odus Johnson, Doug Carter, Bill Fletcher, Kevin Carter, and Andy Looper.

 

Kenneth F. Buchanan
Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth F. Buchanan, 65, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2000, from the chapel of Rickman Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Monday officiating. Burial was in Dodson Chapel Cemetery with Rickman Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Buchanan, a veteran of the U.S. Army, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born July 16, 1934, in Battle Creek, MI, he was the son of the late Elmer K, and Tressa L. (Wade) Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Micheal Lee Buchanan. He was a member of Rickman First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Delores Griggs Buchanan, Rickman; a son, Barry Allen Buchanan, Battle Creek, MI; two daughters, Donna Jean Buchanan, Battle Creek, MI, and Cheryl Kay Buchanan, Orlando, FL; a brother, Dennis E. Buchanan, Battle Creek, MI; a grandson, Kenneth James Buchanan, Battle Creek, MI; and a granddaughter, Katelyn Sara Buchanan, Battle Creek, MI. Pallbearers were Clarence Spicer, Danny Phillips, Al Gaumont, Don Gaumont, Terry Dow Williams, and Charlie Spicer.

 

Jerry Edward Cozine
Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Edward Cozine, 44, of Livingston, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2000, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville with Pastor Bobby Davis officiating. Burial was in Netherland Cemetery with Whitson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Cozine, a construction worker, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Born February 4, 1956, in St. Louis, MO, he was the son of William Truman Cozine and Nola B. Cozine, both of Livingston. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Clark Cozine. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Ricky Cozine, North Carolina, and Fred Cozine, Rickman; a sister, Deborah Cozine, Livingston; and a host of nieces and nephews. victor bernard coomes Mr. Victor Bernard Coomes, 78, of Allons, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for cremation.

Mr. Coomes, a national and international construction superintendent, was born November 3, 1921, in Louisville, KY. He was the son of the late Robert Anthony and Louise Catherine (Gohmann) Coomes. He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII, a member of the VFW and American Legion in Livingston and Riverside Chapter #260 in Baldwinsville, NY, and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by an extended family.

 

Ruby D. Watkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby D. Watkins, 81, of Allons, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Burial was in Hoover Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Watkins, a housewife, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born November 2, 1918, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Escue and Argie (Matthews) Cantrell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Watkins; a brother, Claude "Clydie" Cantrell; a sister, Vada Davis; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

She was a member of Allons Church of Christ.

Survivors include six sons, Fred Watkins, Earl Watkins, Bill Watkins, Jack Watkins, all of Allons, Paul Watkins, Murfreesboro, and Rick Watkins, Livingston; six daughters, Mary Joe Dailey, Brenda Dailey, both of Indianapolis, IN, Betty Sells, Baxter, Johnnie Holman, Nashville, Janie Smith, Murfreesboro, and Patricia Gore, Livingston; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Randy Watkins, Scott Watkins, Teddy Watkins, Jackie Watkins, Todd Watkins, Jeff Watkins, John Ross Watkins, Chad Holman, Mike Sells, Chris Dailey, Ben Gore, and Steve Dailey.

 

Anna Jane Carr
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Jane Carr, 71, of Rickman, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. James Williams and Rev. Comer McGuire officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Carr, a housewife, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born August 10, 1928, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Spurrier) Barnes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Carr; and a brother, Dolan Barnes.

She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Carlos Carr, Rickman, and David Carr, Celina; seven daughters, Sherrill Lewis, Martha Watson, Christina Carr, all of Rickman, Jeanette Hoskins, Oak Dale, Elizabeth Anderson, Portland, Esther Maynord, Allons, and Belinda Bowman, Nashville; two brothers, William Barnes, Rickman, and John Allen Barnes, Springfield, MO; seven sisters, Norma Jean Huddleston, Wanda Krack, both of Livingston, Frances Crabtree, New York, Geneviene Rice, Westmoreland, Sue Moss, Alabama, Joyce Fields, Kentucky, and Sharon Sparks, Kingsport; 10 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Scott Watson, John Hoskins, Ryan Lewis, Christopher Flatt, Andrew Maynord, Paul Barnes, and Chris Barnes.

 

Alma Mae Sims
Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Mae Sims, 84, of Monroe, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sims, a housewife, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born September 21, 1915, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Molly (Dennis) Sells. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sims. She was a member of Free Communion Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darius and Susan Sims, Monroe; a sister, Ruby Dennis, Akron, OH; six grandchildren, Christy Harris, Johnny Harris, Stevie Sims, Tammy Sims, Charles Sims, and Rebekah Sims; three great grandchildren, Ridge Harris, River Harris, and Madisyn Sims; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Irene Reeder, Kathy Sells, Rita Martin, Claudine Vaughn, Helen Smith, Joyce Wakefield, Johnny White, and Dodd Scott.

 

Wilma Jean Morris
Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma Jean Morris, 58, of Tipton, IN, were conducted at 10 a.m., Monday, April 10, 2000, at Porter Funeral Home in Indiana with Pastor Jimmy Hunt officiating. Burial was in Kempton Cemetery in Indiana with Porter Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Morris, a Millers Merry Manor dietary department worker, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Tipton County Memorial Hospital in Tipton County, IN.

Born May, 29, 1941, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Bueford Rector and the late Virgie May (Phillips) Rector.

She was affiliated with East Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Indiana.

Survivors include her husband, E. Morris, Tipton, IN; two daughters, Donna R. Key, Tipton, IN, and Tonja R. Carter, Goldsmith, IN; a son, Jim E. Morris, Frankfort, IN; her father, Bueford Rector, Hilham; and four grandchildren.

 

Gerald Reels
Funeral services for Mr. Gerald "Pee WeeÓ Reels, 56, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville with Bro. Mike Benson and Bro. Glen McDoniel officiating. Burial was in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery with Hooper-Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Reels, a owner/operator of Gunnels Florist in Cookeville, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at his home.

Born November 17, 1943, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Lester F. and Lola B. Carter Reels. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Norris; and four brothers, L.B. Reels, David Reels, Bill Reels, and Tony Reels.

He was a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ. Also, he was a member of Cookeville Jaycees, the Tennessee Jaycees Volunteer Corps., Cookeville Masonic Lodge #266, a 32nd Degree Shriner, and a member of Al Menah Temple.

Survivors include his wife; Bobbie Gunnels Reels, Cooke-ville; a daughter, Rosemary Qualls, Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Susan Reels, Cookeville; a granddaughter, Jessica Qualls, Cookeville; and three sisters, Pauline Wilson, Livingston, Jane Wilmoth, Cookeville, and Betty Jean Nelson, Ft. Myers, FL.

Pallbearers were Ken Brown, Lannie Dunn, Danny Brooks, Donnie Westbrooks, Harold Stone, Bill Legge, Bobby Burroughs, Carl Tranthum, Buck Manis, and Terry Randolph. Honorary pallbearers were his golfing buddies.

 

Bob Roberts
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby "Bob" Glenn Roberts, 68, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, April 10, 2000, from the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home with Bro. Malcolm Hill officiating. Entombment was at Crest Lawn Mausoleum with Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Roberts died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at his home in Cookeville.

He was a retired Sr. Master Sgt. from the U.S. Air Force with 24 years of service in Korea and Vietnam. He was also a retired accountant from Pacesetters and Cedar Hill Retirement Center.

Born April 30, 1931, in Livingston, he was the son of the late Herman and Agnes Wilburn Roberts. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Sergeants Association and active with the Putnam County Republican Party.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Dextre Roberts, Cooke-ville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Maryse and Charlie Neal, Knoxville, Karen and Randy Prater, Cookeville; one sister, Jane Bilbrey, Livingston; and three grandchildren, Robert Neal, Knoxville, and Rebecca Prater and Nicholas Prater, both of Cookeville.

Pallbearers were members of the VFW Honor Guard.

 

Velma Edith Buck
Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Edith Buck, 97, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2000, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Gaw officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery with Whitson Funeral Home of Cookeville in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Buck, a co-owner/operator in merchandising, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at NHC Healthcare Center.

She was born April 3, 1903, in Overton County.

She was a member of Washington Ave. Baptist Church in Cookeville.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Nancy R. Robertson, Cookeville; a brother, Vance Little, Livingston; two grandsons, David Buck, Kentucky, and Jeff Buck, Florida; and three granddaughters, Janet Heilman, Kentucky, Shelia Bates, Nashville, and Sue Anne Jones, Fairview.

 

Joel Curtis Parris
Funeral services for Mr. Joel Curtis Parris, 81, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2000, from Byrdstown Memorial Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross officiating. Burial was in Cope Cemetery with Byrdstown Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Parris, a minister, was born August 23, 1918, in Oklahoma to the late Wilburn Parris and Minnie Holt Parris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Loraine Sewell; and a daughter, Joann Parris. He was a veteran of WWII. He was also a Mason.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Hassler, and Barbara Barnett, both of Byrdstown; four brothers, Tom Parris, Dawson, GA, Marshall Parris, Monroe, Jim Parris, Chattanooga, and Paul Parris, Kingsport; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bryan Barnett, Andy Gray, Junior Parris, Steve Harris, Steve Garrett, and Mike Barnett.

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