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Archives 2001 08-15-2001

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Jewell Oneda Bilbrey
Funeral services for Ms. Jewell Oneda Bilbrey, 65, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2001, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Nardin and Bro. John Copeland officiating. Burial was in the Bradley C. and Lucille Ledbetter Family Cemetery in Overton County with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Bilbrey died Saturday, August 4, 2001, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker, member of the Eastern Star, and of the Central Baptist Church.

Born March 29, 1936, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Bradley and Bessie (Garrett) Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death a sister, Betty Ledbetter; and three brothers, Clifford Ledbetter, Lavy Ledbetter, and Bethel Ledbetter.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Thompson, Cookeville, and Shelia Melton, Detroit, MI; four sons, Brad Carr, Rickman, Bill Burks Livingston, Bruce Qualls, St. Clair, MI, and Jack Fuson, Detroit; a sister, Joyce Wakefield, Livingston; three brothers, Bradley, Ledbetter, Carl Ledbetter, and J. B. Ledbetter, all of Livingston; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joe Garrett, Jerry Garrett, Dennis Copeland, Johnny Thompson, John Qualls, and George Carr.

 

Aneva (Upton) Ward
Funeral services for Mrs. Aneva (Upton) Ward, 46, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ferril Looper officiating. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ward died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a case manager at Dale Hollow Mental Health and a member of the First Baptist Church, Livingston.

Born April 4, 1955, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Roy Hugh Upton and the late Sarah Ruth (Bilbrey) Upton.

Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, William "Bill" Chester Ward Jr., Livingston; two brothers, Dr. Sonny Upton, Goodlettsville, and Dr. Joe Upton, Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Lola (Walker) Vaughn
Funeral services for Mrs. Lola (Walker) Vaughn, 78, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ferrel Looper officiating. Burial was in the Harris Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Vaughn died Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and of the Full Gospel faith.

Born November 23, 1922, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Dave and Dora (Norrod) Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Vaughn.

Survivors include two daughters, Anna Marie Vaughn and Frances Robbins, both of Livingston; five grandchildren, Angela Marie Scantland, Becky Virginia Smith, Jason Robbins, Valerie Kingery, and Richard Robbins; ten great grandchildren, Brandon Chaffins, Kyle Chaffins, Drew Smith, Daniela Smith, Josh Smith, James Smith, Jessie Smith, Grace Smith, Ethan Robbins, and Devin Robbins; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Hancock, Jimmy Scantland, George Chaffins, Tom Smith, John Chaffins, and John Sooelace.

 

James Lee Ringley Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. James Lee Ringley Jr., 26, of Livingston, were conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon and Rev. Robert Ziehmer officiating. Burial was in the Hill Gunter Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Ringley died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was employed with Ringley Tree Service and was a member of the First Christian Church in Livingston.

Born October 16, 1974, in Marion County, Indiana, he was the son of Juanita and James Ringley Sr.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Wendy Ringley, Hilham; a son, James Lee Ringley III, Hilham; a daughter, Alexis Ringley, Hilham; a grandmother, Nettie Hewitt, Indianapolis, IN; three brothers, Steve Timmons, Livingston, Walt Timmons, Washington D.C., and Brandon Keys, Indianapolis; and a sister, Michele Ledbetter, Livingston.

Pallbearers were Steve Timmons, Walt Timmons, Michele Ledbetter, Brandon Keys, Darrell Ledbetter, and Johnny Vaughn.

 

Preston Todd Melton
Graveside services for Master Preston Todd Melton, infant son of Brian Todd and Andrea Lynn (Chamness) Melton of Anderson, IN, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at East Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, with Minister Ronald Massey officiating. Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory will be in charge of the arrangements.

Master Melton died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at St. John's Health System in Anderson.

He was born Saturday, August 11, 2001 in Anderson.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Connor Lee Melton and Spencer Keith Melton, both of Anderson; paternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Melton, Anderson; maternal grandparents, Keith and Judy Chamness, Anderson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Pearlie Jean Loftis
Funeral services for Mrs. Pearlie Jean Loftis, 67, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2001, from the chapel of Algood Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Loftis died Friday, August 10, 2001, at her home. She was a factory worker and member of the Algood Freewill Baptist Church.

Born June 19, 1934, in Knox County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Tina (Toliver) Adams.

Survivors include two sons, Carl E. Loftis Jr., Dallas, GA, and Jeff Loftis, Livingston; a sister, Shirley Jackson, Hamilton, OH; 14 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

 

Myrtle Orbis Judd
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Orbis Judd, 81, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2001, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville, with Bro. Dewey Glenn Masters officiating. Burial was in the Bear Creek Cemetery with Whitson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Judd died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a housewife.

Born June 17, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Sammie and Chancie Mae (Peterman) Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Judd; a brother, Milburn Webb; and two sisters, Gertie Hicks and Clemma Hooks.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Clio and Estellean Webb, Overton County; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Reba and Clay Smith and Hessie and Uyles Bilyeu, all of Overton County; and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

Will Paul Hembree
Funeral services for Mr. Will Paul Hembree, 76, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2001, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Mark Gaw officiating. Burial was in the Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Whitson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Hembree died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was the owner of the Hembree Candy Company and a member of the Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

Born November 12, 1924, in Livingston, he was the son of the late William Henry and Della (Gillentine) Hembree. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Carl Hembree; and two sisters, Henrietta Greenwood and Bernice Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Oneta (Bean) Hembree, Cookeville; a son, Ronnie Hembree, Cookeville; a sister, Margaret Carr, Knoxville; and a brother, Charles Hembree, Dayton, OH.

Pallbearers were Jerome Carr, Paul Gaw, Martin Hazlett, Danny Hembree, Terry Hem-bree, Robert Jackson, Gary Rector, and Greg Rector.

 

William McKinley Garrett Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. William McKinley Garrett Jr., 48, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Halliburton officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Garrett died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at his home. He was disabled and of the Catholic faith.

Born July 15, 1953, in Overton County, he was the son of the late James Arlo and Teola (Breeding) Hamilton.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Garrett, Livingston; two sons, Patrick Garrett and Jonathan Garrett, both of Sparta; a daughter, Michelle Garrett, Sparta; three brothers, Ricky Hamilton, Rickman, and Jeff Hamilton and Randy Hamilton, both of Livingston; and a sister, Janet Flowers, Livingston.

 

Destel Bilbrey
Funeral services for Mr. Destel Bilbrey, 75, of Clarkrange, TN, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2001, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Bud Harris and Rev. Michael Swallows officiating. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bilbrey died Monday, August 6, 2001, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was retired from Manchester Tank in Crossville after 30 years of service, he also worked in the timber industry, and was a member of the Union B Freewill Baptist Church.

Born March 19, 1926, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Vanus and Ova Della (Phillips) Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Brenda Kay Bilbrey; four sisters, Belva Phillips, Elva Swallows, Elsie McCowan, and Delisie Swallows; and two brothers, Vestel Bilbrey and Estel Bilbrey.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Opal (Neely) Bilbrey, Clarkrange; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Ronald Harris, Monterey; a son and daughter-in-law, R.D. and Charlotte Bilbrey, Clarkrange; two sisters, Velva Padgett and Delva Melton, both of Monterey; a brother, Bestel Bilbrey, Monterey; five grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

 

Homer Eugene Daniel
Funeral services for Mr. Homer Eugene Daniel, 63, of Livingston formerly of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2001, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in the Nelson Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Daniel died Monday, August 6, 2001, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a factory worker, member of the Free Communion Church of Christ, and a Veteran of the U.S. Army.

Born October 15, 1937, in Overton County, he was the son of the late George and Lucy (Paul) Daniel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Troy Daniel.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Elaine (Pigg) Daniel, Monroe; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jason Daniel, Monroe, and Jacob and Hollie Daniel, Monroe; four sisters, Bernice Freeman and Betty Shewmake, both of Monroe, Hassie Pearson, Memphis, and Cassie Jewell Dennis, Norton, OH; one granddaughter, Jodi Daniel, Monroe; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Jerry Pigg, Matthew Swallows, Frank Pigg, Tyler Lancaster, David Pigg, and David Pearson Jr.

 

Carl Christian
Funeral services for Mr. Carl Christian, 92, of Detroit, MI, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Holly Springs Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Christian died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at his home. He left Overton County in 1936 to live in Central Florida. In 1942, he moved his family to Detroit, where he worked for the Ford Motor Company until his retirement in 1971.

Born February 22, 1909, in Allons, he was the son of the late Ed and Elvie (Ogletree) Christian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marietta (Bilbrey) Christian; and siblings, Carl Christian, Rawdon Christian, Fannie Fisk, Eugune Christian, Paul Christian, Cass Christian, George Christian, Maggie Rose Christian, and Wales Christian.

Survivors include a daughter, AnnaLouise McCurdy, Destin, FL; a son, George Charles Christian, Rochester, MI; three sisters-in-law, Jessie (Gunnels) Christian, Lona (Swift) Christian, and Jolene (Sells) Christian; four grandchildren, Benjamin Carl Christian and Tiffany Christian, both of the Detroit area, William Christian McCurdy, Seattle, WA, and Melanie Louise McCurdy-DeVinney, Manhattan, New York City, NY; four nephews; and four nieces.

 

James C. "Jim" Byrd
Funeral services for Mr. James C. "Jim" Byrd of Livingston were conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at Bordivine Funeral Home in Etowah. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at Greenhill Cemetery in Etowah with Bordivine Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Byrd passed away Sunday, August 12, 2001, after an extended illness. He was a 1951 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in engineering. He was also a naval officer in the Korean War. His career in life insurance earned him a prestigious honor as a member of New York Life's Million Dollar Round Table. Mr. Byrd retired and moved to Tennessee in 1993 to be near his children and grandchildren. He was active in church and various civic organizations. He was born in 1929 in Macon, GA.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Landreth) Byrd; two sons and daughters-in-law, Andy and Katheryn Byrd and Spencer and Ruth Byrd; two daughters and one son-in-law, Penelope Wingo and Cindy and Jeff Nickol; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

 

Eunetta Bowman
Funeral services for Mrs. Eunetta Bowman, 73, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2001, from the chapel of Brotherton Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Allen and Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in the Brotherton Cemetery with Whitson Funeral Home of Cookeville in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Bowman died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a housewife and a member of the Brotherton Freewill Baptist Church.

Born October 2, 1927, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Myrtle (Newberry) Nelson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, J.T. Nelson and Elmer Nelson.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Bowman, Cookeville; two sons, Gary Willard Bowman and Larry Dale Bowman, both of Cookeville; a daughter, Frances Diane Morgan, Cookeville; two sisters, Daisy Hickey, Michigan, and Beulah Bilbrey, Cookeville; four brothers, Milo Nelson, Demon Nelson, Z.L. Nelson, and Kenneth Nelson, all of Cookeville; and three grandchildren, Jeremy Merle Morgan and Casey Francis Morgan, both of Cookeville, and Olivia Tennile Byrd, Lebanon.

Pallbearers were Jeff Byrd, Jeremy Morgan, Casey Morgan, Grady Bilbrey, Scotty Bilbrey, Barry Bilbrey, Kenneth Nelson, and Z.L. Nelson.

 

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