Ronnie Wayne Conner
Funeral services for Mr. Ronnie Wayne Conner, 38, of Monroe, were
conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2000, from Barnes Ridge Church
of Christ with Bro. Kenny Spaw officiating. Burial was in the Clark
Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Conner, a school bus driver and deputy sheriff for the Pickett
County Government, died Sunday, July 16, 2000 at Livingston Regional
Born February 14, 1962, in Overton County, he was the son of Nello
and Lula (Clark) Conner of Monroe. He was preceded in death by a
brother, Brian Conner, and grandparents, Robert and Inis Clark.
He was a life-long member of the Barnes Ridge Church of Christ.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Rosie
(Brown) Conner, Livingston; three daughters, Jamie Conner, Jessica
Conner, and Leesa Conner, all of Monroe; four sons, Cody Conner,
R.J. Conner, Joseph Conner, all of Monroe, and Christopher Brown,
Livingston; grandparents, Elmo and Bertha Conner, Monroe; three
sisters, Regina Reeder, Rosie Cales, and Briania Conner, all of
Monroe; four brothers, Ricky Conner and David Conner, both of Monroe,
Timothy Conner, Pall Mall, and Dwain Conner, Livingston; and several
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Pallbearers were Bobby Stockton, Danna Dowdy, Cecil Huddleston,
Larry Zachary, Bryan Franklin, Harlan Copeland, and Dennis Kennedy.
Funeral services for Ms. Cleo West, 76, of Livingston were conducted
at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2000, from the chapel of Anderson
Funeral Home in Gainesboro with Bro. H.S. Brown officiating. Burial
was in the New Hope Cemetery in the New Hope Community of Jackson
County with Anderson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Ms. West, a retired factory worker, died Sunday, July 30, 2000,
at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Born April 23, 1924, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of
the late George Buford and Sarah Avo Stalliongs West. In addition
to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clifton
A. West; and a sister, Abby Jewell West.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a brother, Clinton West, Cookeville; two sisters,
Clide Bull and Catherine West, both of Hilham; a nephew, George
Steven West, Michigan; and five nieces, Brenda Massa, Phyllis Ostrowski,
Wanda Fritch, and Glenda Droney, all of Michigan, and Sarah Webb
Funeral services for Mr. C. Harris Taylor, 84, of Cookeville, were
conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2000, from the chapel of
Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville with Dr. Charles McCaskey and
Dr. Wesley Henry officiating. Burial was in the Crest Lawn Memorial
Gardens in Cookeville with Whitson Funeral Home in charge of the
Mr. Taylor, a retired farmer, died Thursday, July 27, in Murfreesboro.
Born June 30, 1916, in Overton County, he was the son of the late
John B. and Lucinda Jane (Booher) Taylor. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith (Breeding) Taylor; six
brothers, Arthur Taylor, Hassell Taylor, Cedric Taylor, Otis Taylor,
Rector Taylor, and Cordine Taylor; and four sisters, Lorina Huddleston,
Larchie Smith, Trana Deering, and Argolda Knox.
He was a member and elder of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
in Cookeville. He was also the first Master Soil Conservation Farmer
in Putnam County.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lucinda Rose (Taylor)
and Dr. James Wesley Lea, Murfreesboro; a brother, John C. Taylor,
Nashville; a sister, Leora Kovac, Inverness, FL; and two grandchildren,
James Taylor Lea, Urbana, IL, and Lucinda Laurel Lea, Berkeley,
Pallbearers were Demus Deering, Ed Huddleston, Logan Groth, Owen
Sparks, Armon Hitchcock, Gary Alspaugh, Chris Breeding, Ed Breeding,
Tom Martin, Phil Hitchcock, and Jim Hitchcock. Honorary pallbearers
were the Elders of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.
Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Stewart, 83, of Cookeville and
formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July
29, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch
officiating. Burial was in the Ruth Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral
Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Stewart, a housewife, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Cookeville
Regional Medical Center.
Born November 3, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter
of the late Jim and Tinnie (Witeher) Terry. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Stewart; and a son,
She was a member of the Algood First Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Grady Stewart Jr., Hardy Stewart,
and Donnie Stewart, all of Cookeville; a daughter, Brenda Hancock,
Lynchburg, VA; two brothers, James Terry and Fred Terry, both of
Hendersonville; three sisters, Luella Kritner, Cullam, AL, Lorene
Case and Gladys Woodard, both of Henderson-ville; 13 grandchildren;
and seven great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Steven Stewart, Cody King, Eddie Frady, Danny
Wenger, Johnathan Stewart, and Timmy Stewart.
Clara Deane (Looper) Qualls
Graveside services for Mrs. Clara Deane (Looper) Qualls, 85, will
be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2000, at the Good Hope
Cemetery with Dr. Joe Stacker officiating. Wood-lawn Funeral Home
is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Qualls, a retired school teacher, died Monday, July 31, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey L. Qualls. She
graduated from Livingston Academy and attended Milligan College.
She taught school until she married and started her family. She
lived in Albany, KY until she retired to the Blakeford Retirement
Center in Nashville. She was a member of Belmont Heights Baptist
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Sam L. and Marti
Qualls, Atlanta, GA, and Robert E. and Judith Qualls, Philadelphia,
PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Susie (Qualls) and Mike Pennington,
Austin, TX; two sisters, Capitola Looper and Joanna Stockton; five
grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mike Pennington, Richard Qualls, Douglas Qualls,
David Qualls, Mark Qualls, and Steven Pennington.
Funeral services for Mr. Elmo Ledbetter, 85, of Livingston, were
conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston
Funeral Home with Bro. Ovle Tinch and Eugene McCowan officiating.
Burial was in the Copeland Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home
in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Ledbetter, a farmer, died Saturday, July 22, 2000 at Livingston
Regional Hospital. Born October 4, 1914, in Overton County, he was
the son of the late Alex and Mary (Copeland) Ledbetter. In addition
to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth
Betty Ledbetter; three sisters, Lura Ledbetter, Beatrice Neely,
and Attress "Duck" Neely; and two brothers, Dick Ledbetter
and Clinton Ledbetter.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy, and a member
of the VFW and American Legion. Survivors include three daughters,
Rithia "Button" Winningham and Patricia Sue Bullock, both
of Monroe, and Stella Brooks, St. Joseph, IL; a son, Bruce Michael
Ledbetter, Rickman; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mike Ledbetter, Andy Ledbetter, Jamey Presley,
Doey Neely, Willie Qualls, and Lee Swallows.
Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Flowers, Hollis Stockton, J.C.
Ferrell, Carl McDon-ald, Duey Carr, Wallace Ledbetter, Marvin Pennington,
Alec Ledbetter, Chris Ledbetter, and Dustin Winningham.
Elise Pinkson Keisling
Funeral services for Mrs. Elise (Pinkston) Keisling, 77, of Huber
Heights, OH, and formerly of Cookeville, were conducted at 10 a.m.
Monday, July 31, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with
Bro. Greg Watson officiating. Burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery
with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Keisling, a kitchen worker for Children's Medical Center,
died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton,
Born March 4, 1923, in Cookeville, she was the daughter of the
late Grady Hugh Pinkston and Mattie Phy Pinkston. In addition to
her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter D.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Roy
Holland, Kettering, OH, Ann and Jim Hudson, Xenia, OH, and Linda
and Doug Lyons, Southfield, MI; seven grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren;
and two great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kurt Jackson, Jimmy Hudson, Robert Hudson, Timothy
Boyd, Daniel Ponath, and Tommy Shaw.
Bobby Lee Holloway
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Lee Holloway, 67, of Cookeville,
were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2000, from the chapel
of Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Gary
Lee officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery with Hooper and
Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Military
honors were provided by a Veterans Honor Guard consisting of VFW
Post 6277, VVA Post 741, and American Legion Post 135.
Mr. Holloway, a former softball coach at Tennessee Technological
University, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at St. Thomas Hospital in
Born January 23, 1933, in Overton County, he was the son of the
late Bassel and Vallie Mayberry Holloway. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn (Judd) Holloway; and
a brother, Earl Holloway.
He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and an Army veteran
of the Korean Conflict.
He served as softball coach at Tennessee Tech from 1988 to 1998.
He directed Tech's softball team to 267 victories and two Ohio Valley
Conference Championships during his 11 years as head coach. He directed
the Golden Eagles to 8 consecutive winning seasons and was named
Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1994.
He also served as assistant coach to the Tennessee Stars team,
which played against the U.S. Olympic Team in 1996. He had been
involved in women's softball for more than 30 years, including coaching
a local 16 to 18 year-old team to four consecutive state championships,
and working with the Cookeville High School Team.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and John Bella,
Cookeville; a brother, Charles "Chuck" Holloway, Cookeville;
three sisters, twin Dee Smith and Pearl Wheeler, both of Cookeville,
and Lavada Kaelin, Enon, OH; three grandchildren, Leslie (Randolph)
Newman and husband John, Patrick Randolph, and Christopher Randolph;
and one great grandson, John Scott Newman.
Pallbearers were Russ Quay, Don Bullock, Troy Whittaker, Harry
Maxwell, David Walker, Carlos Grider, and Phil Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were the Tennessee Tech University Women's
Fast Pitch Softball Team.
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