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Roy W. Gore
Funeral services for Mr. Roy W. Gore, 82, of Battle Creek, MI, and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2001, from the chapel of Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, MI, with Pastor Michael R. Brown officiating. Entombment was in the Memorial Park Mausoleum in Battle Creek, MI, with military honors conducted by the United War Veterans Council. Richard A. Henry Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gore died Friday, December 29, 2000, at Hospice of Holland Home Breton Manor in Grand Rapids, MI.

He was employed by Federal Mogul, formerly Rich Manufacturing Company, later Eaton Corporation, until it closed. He then began working in maintenance with Harper Creek Schools for 12 years prior to his retirement in 1985. He was a 1937 graduate of Livingston Academy and served as Corporal in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II.

He attended South Side Bible Church and was a member of A.A.R.P. and American Legion Post 54. He enjoyed bowling and gardening.

Born December 14, 1918, in Livingston, he was the son of the late Wayman and Hattie (Bilbrey) Gore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Varga) Gore, and a sister, Ruth Cork.

Survivors include two sons, Frederick W. Gore, Grand Rapids, MI, and David Gore, Sacramento, CA; and seven grandchildren.

 

Rhea Mary Eads Sibert
Funeral services for Mrs. Rhea Mary Eads Sibert, 86, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2000, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina with Noel Cherry officiating. Burial was in the McColgan Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sibert died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Cumber-land River Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Arcot Church of Christ.

Born April 18, 1914, in Burkesville, KY, she was the daughter of the late Wheeler and Minnie (Anderson) Thrasher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Eston Eads, and her second husband, Raymond Sibert; two sons, Ray Eads and Samuel Eads; and nine step grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Hettie Eads, and Raymond and Janice Eads, all of Celina; two daughters and sons-in-law, Thelma and Jack Smothers, Logan, IL, and Gena and Jack Clark, Monroe; two brothers, Oscar Thrasher and Bob Thrasher, both of Burkesville, KY; a sister, Ruby Hood, Burkesville, KY; 14 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

 

Marion Hubert Reid
Funeral services for Mr. Marion Hubert Reid, 85, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Dewitt Sampley officiating. Burial was in Okolona Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Reid died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farmer.

Born June 29, 1915, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Dallas and Rose Etta (Crabtree) Reid. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva (Mason) Reid; two brothers, Jimmy Reid and Noah Reid; and two sisters, Nellie Reid and Lily Mae Busell.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Lafever, Baxter, and Faye Stewart, Monterey; two sons, Joe Reid and Roy Reid, both of Rickman; a sister, Flossie Walker, Cookeville; 8 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mance Brown, Jeffrey Reid, Matthew Sullivan, Miranda Sullivan, Britney Green, Brook Green, Tim Jones, and Bryan Neafus.

 

Sharon Rebecca "Becky" Raines
Funeral services for Ms. Sharon Rebecca "Becky" Raines, 42, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Nolen Cantrell officiating. Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Raines died Friday, December 22, 2000, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

She was formerly a nurses aid with the Overton County Nursing Home and was of the Baptist faith.

Born September 3, 1958, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late James and Hester (Hargis) Murphy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Murphy; two brothers, Samuel Murphy and David Murphy; and two half-brothers, James Coleman and Joe Benton Coleman.

Survivors include a special companion, Keith Leslie, Livingston; two sons, James Matthew Geesling and Marvin Leslie, both of Livingston; a daughter, Amy Leslie, Livingston; three sisters, Wanda Jones, Akron, OH, Teddy Rose Simpson, Alpine, and Valerie Barlow, Hilham; two brothers, Jerry Murphy and Joe Murphy, both of Livingston; an aunt, Effie Coleman, Allred; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Kevin Abston, Mark Murphy, Antony Murphy, Scott Coleman, Donnie Simpson, and Steve Auberson. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Michael Simpson, Jermy Murphy, Jeff Coleman, Andrew McDonald, Johnnie, Jason Murphy, Joshua Murphy, Jamie Cravens, and Casey Coleman.

 

Ezra Poe Craighead
Funeral services for Mr. Ezra Poe Craighead, 76, of Red Boiling Springs, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina with Lawrence Williamson officiating. Burial was in Pitcock Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Craighead died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was a farmer and affiliated with the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

Born May 19, 1924, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Herman and Maxie (Eads) Craighead. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifton Craighead and Paul Craighead.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Baker Craighead, Red Boiling Springs; two sons, Ronnie Craighead, Mt. Juliet, and Jerry Craighead, Murfreesboro; a daughter, Robbie Johnson, Sarasota, FL; two brothers, Don Craighead, Greenwood, IN, and Billy Craighead, Oak Grove; and seven grandchildren.

 

Sandra Louise Adams
Funeral services for Mrs. Sandra Louise Adams, 38, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2000, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina. Burial was in Turkey Town Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Adams died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She was a homemaker.

Born March 5, 1962, in Clay County, she was the daughter of Chester Boles and Myrtle Maglene Hooten of Hilham.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, James Adams, Celina; a son, James Kenzie Adams, Celina; four brothers, Ralph Boles, Jimmy Boles, and Jackie Boles, all of Hilham, and Freddie Boles, Celina; and two sisters, Tammy Cyphers, Allons, and Lisa Virginia Boles, Livingston.

 

Master Jeremy Denton Conklin
Funeral services for Master Jeremy Denton Conklin, age 15 months, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Halliburton officiating. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Master Conklin died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born September 20, 1999, in Overton County, he was the son of Russell Michael and Penni Ann Romer Conklin of Hilham.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Michael Conklin and Justin Conklin, both of Hilham; a sister, Jessica Conklin, Hilham; grandparents, Grace Romer and James O’Donnell, both of South Carolina, and George Romer Jr., New York; and great grandparent, Cass Conklin, New York. Pallbearers were Russell Conklin, Billy Decker, Chris Romer, and Richard Moore.

 

Flora Maybelle (Reagan) Wilborn
Funeral services for Mrs. Flora Maybelle (Reagan) Wil-born, 82, of Monroe, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Cecil Shaw officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Wilborn died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Antioch Church of Christ. She loved gardening, quilting, and reading.

Born August 21, 1918, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John and Cindy (Cox) Reagan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Wilborn; two brothers, Arvil Reagan and Ira Reagan; and three sisters, Emily Wilborn, Cassie Taylor, and Connie Reagan.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Crutcher, Oak Ridge; a son, Kenneth Wilborn, Cookeville; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Ellen Whittaker
Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Whittaker, 72, of Merritt Island, FL, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2000, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home of Monterey with Rev. Clayton Padgett officiating. Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Whittaker died Thursday, December 21, 2000, in Orlando, FL.

She was a homemaker.

Born December 8, 1928, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Vicie Vaughn Bilbrey.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Whittaker, Merritt Island, FL; two sons, Craig Whittaker, Merritt Island, FL, and Kenneth Whittaker, Melbourne, FL; and two grandchildren, Jessica Whittaker, and Jarrod Whittaker.

 

Rose Lee Copeland
Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Lee Copeland, 101, of Overton County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2000, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Copeland died Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was a merchant.

Born January 3, 1899, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Louis Henry and Belle Calahan Carr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley E. Copeland.

Survivors include six nephews, Wallace Allred, Albany KY, and Robert Allred, Gary Carr, Tony Carr, Benji Carr, and Jeff Carr, all of Livingston; two nieces, Barbara Carr of Livingston and Pam Allred.

Pallbearers were Gary Carr, Tony Carr, J.C. Ferrill, Horace Poston, Gayron Franklin, and Clyde Hensley.

 

Leatha Gertrude Finley
Funeral services for Mrs. Leatha Gertude Finley, 88, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 24, 2000, from the chapel of Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home of Cookeville with Rev. Michael L. Prowse officiating. Burial was in Paran Cemetery with Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Finley died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Masters Health Care Center.

She was a retired insurance agent and a member of Cookeville First Baptist Church and the Ruth/Gleaners Sunday School Class. She was also a member of Cookeville Senior Citizens, Cookeville Home Demonstration, and the VFW Ladies Auxillary.

Born January 5, 1912, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Dan and Nancy Goolie Kimes Qualls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Finley; two sisters, Sallie Mae Smith and Alice Oakley; and six brothers, Darlshel Qualls, Jim Qualls, Hobert Qualls, Boyd Qualls, Tilbert Qualls, and Joe Bob Qualls.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Mrs. Finley’s nephews.

 

Lou Allen McCormick
Funeral services for Mrs. Lou Allen McCormick, 89, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Halliburton officiating. Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. McCormick died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at her home.

She was a former homemaker, teacher, and motel-restaurant owner. She was also a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxillary and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Livingston for over 60 years.

Born April 17, 1911, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Malburn A. Allen and Vada Pippin Allen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Donald McCor-mick; a sister, Vallie Allen Newman; and a brother Harlon B. Allen.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Maxine McCormick, St. Louis, MO, and Reba and Jack Crabtree, Livingston; two grandchildren, Stan Crabtree, Nashville, and Tamara Crabtree, Cincinnati, OH; a sister, Clarissa McDaniel, Nashville; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Nan Allen, Morris-town.

Pallbearers were Glenn Newman, John Allen, Donald Allen, and David Hicks.

 

Flora (Johnson) Martin
Funeral services for Mrs. Flora (Johnson) Martin, 92, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Ledbetter and Bro. Cecil Shaw officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Martin died Wednesday, December 20, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Free Communion Church of Christ.

Born March 12, 1908, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late John and Stella Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Martin; a son, J.D. Martin; three sisters, Jane Ford, Annie Dulworth, and Cora Miller; four brothers, Marvin Johnson, Raymond Johnson, Charlie Johnson, and Roy Johnson; and a grandson, Gerald Seber.

Survivors include a daughter, Willa Dean Seber, Monroe; three grandchildren, Steve Martin, Barry Martin, and Gail McCormick; seven great granchildren, Tonya Baijo, Traye Seber, Brad McCormick, Blake McCormick, Shawn Martin, Adam Martin, and Makaylah Cole; four great- great grandchildren, Madison Baijo, Noah Baijo, Salem Baijo, and Gerald Seber; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Brad McCormick, Steve Martin, Barry Martin, Pat Baijo, Traye Seber, and Keith McCormick.

 

Lotie Harvey Watkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Lottie Harvey Watkins, 90, of Watertown, were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000, from the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Newsome Harvey officiating. Burial was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens with Hunter Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Watkins died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at Quality Care Health Care Center in Lebanon.

She worked for the W.E. Stephens Shirt Factory in Watertown and Lebanon Woolen Mills. During her spare time, she spent 50 years as a sales representative of Avon products. She was active in the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron for a term and representing Lebanon Eastern Star at a national gathering in Oregon. She was a member of Watertown First Presbyterian Church and a past member of Watertown American Legion.

Born June 2, 1910, in Statesville, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Ethel Jones and Lillie Murton Moore Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Newsome Harvey; her second husband, Thomas Earl Watkins; and a brother, Teddy R. Jones.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Ray and Virginia Harvey, Oak Ridge, and Rev. Newsome and Imogene Harvey, Livingston; four grandchildren, Brenda Owens, Lebanon, and Dwayne Daniel Harvey and David Earl Harvey, both of Livingston, and Robert Ray Harvey, Oak Ridge; seven great grandchildren, Christopher Scot Owens, Jillian Lee Owens, Madison Paige Harvey, Nathaniel David Harvey, Jonathan Michael Harvey, Dawn Lee Harvey, and Miriah Danielle Harvey.

 

Mary (Smith) Walker
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary (Smith) Walker, 91, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2000, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Cross officiating. Burial was in the Tompkins Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Walker died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wolf River Baptist Church.

Born June 15, 1909, in Clinton County, KY, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Caroline (Shelley) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Walker, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include four daughters, Nell Neal, Monra Buck, and Carolyn Cherry, all of Byrdstown, and Modean Winningham, Cookeville; a son, Glenn Walker, Star City, AR; a sister, Eunice Anderson, Byrdstown; four half-brothers, Ernest Smith and David Smith, both of Kentucky, and Levi Smith and Beacher Smith, both of Byrdstown; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charlie Buck, Danny Winningham, Darrell Winningham, Joe Pryor, Freddie Hatfield, and Kenny Cherry.

 

Nora D. Mullins
Funeral services for Mrs. Nora D. Mullins, 71, of Byrds-town, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000, from the chapel of Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown with Arnold Moon and James McCurdy officiating. Mrs. Mullins’ grandson, Jared Mullins, served as a special speaker. Crestlawn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mullins died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She was a homemaker.

Born September 9, 1929, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late William Spencer and Bertha Conaster Moon.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil Mullins, Byrdstown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Rebecca Mullins, Byrdstown, and Joey and Wanda Mullins, Albany, KY; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Carey Garner, Byrds-town, and Vicky and Wayne Robbins, Cookeville; seven sisters, Dorothy Tompkins, Byrdstown, Cora Storie and Bessie Garrett, both of Ohio, Nell Beaty, Livingston, Ilene West, Pall Mall, and Norma Qualls and Betty Barton, both of South Carolina; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Mullins, Jamie Mullins, Jared Mullins, Jason Garner, Heather Leffew, Rachel Robbins, and Kallie Robbins; a great granddaughter, Sara Leffew; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jason Garner, Stacy West, Jared Mullins, Jeremy Mullins, Roger Moon, Sam Gibson, William Gibson, Ronnie Tompkins, Mitchell Beaty, and Jim Moon.

 

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