Lester Earl Cope
Funeral services for Mr. Lesster Earl Cope, 51, of Livingston, were
conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2001, from the chapel
of Livingston Funeral Home with Minister Keith Ledbetter officiating.
Burial was in the Amonette Cemetery in Pickett County with Livingston
Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Cope died Monday, August 13, 2001, at his home. He was a powerplant
employee, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and a Veteran of the
U.S. Air Force.
Born July 18, 1950, in Overton County, he was the son of Howard
and Edith (Claborn) Cope. He was preceded in death by a nephew,
Jamie Allen Cope.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two daughters, Ursula
Cope and Yasmine Cope, both of Page, AZ; three sisters, Carol Ray,
Fishers, IN, Wilma Rockwell and Kathy Neal, both of Livingston;
a brother, Johnny Cope, Hilham; eight nieces and nephews; and five
great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were D.J. Mass-engille, Jason Cope, Steve Ray, Joe
Ray, Derrick Beasley, and Randy Claborn.
Funeral services for Mr. Cecil Nelson, 75, of Rickman, were conducted
at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2001, from the chapel of Rickman
Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Monday officiating. Burial was in the
Zion Hill Cemetery with Rickman Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Nelson died Sunday, August 12, 2001, at Livingston Regional
Born December 22, 1925, in Overton County, he was the son of the
late Columbus and Mandy (Cox) Nelson. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a son, Donald Bilbrey; three brothers,
Elvin Nelson, Eugene Nelson, and Odene Nelson; and a sister, Carrie
Survivors include his wife, Ruby (Taylor) Nelson, Rickman; a son
and daughter-in-law, Danny and Emma Nelson, Livingston; a daughter
and son-in-law, Barbara and Ronnie Qualls, Livingston; three sisters,
Mae Pryor, Indianapolis, IN, Eath-elene (Brown) Haste, Livingston,
and Christine Harris, Swallows Chapel Community; a brother, Edward
Nelson, Algood; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and
two step- grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Tim Hite, Jason Crabtree, Charles Peek, Scott
Davis, Anton Coleman, and Shawn Hughes.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Ronald Qualls and Chris Keeter.
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. Ferrell 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 retired restaurant worker and affiliated with
the Full Gospel Church.
Born November 23, 1922, in Overton County, she was the daughter
of the late Dave and Dora Lee (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
Pallbearers were Larry Hancock, David Chaffins, George Chaffins,
Tom Smith, Jon Chaffins, and John Lovelace.
Wilson Tone "Tony" Tubb
Funeral services for Mr. Wilson Tone "Tony" Tubb, 48,
of New Middleton, were conducted Sunday, August 19, 2001, from the
chapel of New Middleton Baptist Church, with Bro. Mark Stinnett
officiating. Burial was in the Smith County Memorial Gardens in
Carthage, with Bass Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Tubb died Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at Baptist Hospital
in Nashville. He was an employee of Horizon Concrete Company of
Lebanon since 1988. He was an avid musician and had played with
several musicians and bands for the last 30 years in Smith and the
surrounding counties. He was also a member of the Carthage United
Born January 27, 1953, in Lebanon, he was the son of Frances Gregory
Tubb and the late Billy Tone Tubb.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Sandy Tubb,
New Middleton; a stepson, Shane Cooper, Livingston; a sister and
brother-in-law, Mary Evelyn and Mike Allen, Gordonsville; a brother,
Robert Ward “Rebel” Wilder, Colorado Springs, CO; a stepgrandson,
Eric Cooper, Livingston; two nephews, Tyler Allen, Gordonsville,
and Dana Wilder, Springfield, OR; a niece, Delana Fisher, Springfield,
OR; a god child, Christina Phillips, Grant; and a special friend,
Chris Loonsfoot, New Middleton.
Alleta D. Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Alleta D. Smith, 79, of Monroe, were conducted
at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2001, at Beaty Swamp Community Church
with Bro. Glea Shelly officiating. Burial was in the Sylvester Robbins
Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at Cookeville Regional
Medical Center. She was a housewife and a member of the Beaty Swamp
Born April 1, 1922, in Overton County, she was the daughter of
the late Joel Robert and Hassie (Taylor) King. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, T. Worth Smith;
three sisters, Naomi King, Lella King, and Lerion Parsons; and two
brothers, Harlan King and Bob King.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Daral Blan and
Julia Smith, Livingston, and Larry Pat Smith, Monroe; a brother,
John King, Monroe; four sisters, Maxine Scott, Cookeville, Judy
Robbins, Rickman, Barbara Jean Davenport, Murfreesboro, and Sandra
June Tubb, Gordonsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jeffrey Robbins, Barney McDonald, Donnie McDonald,
Jimmy Daniels, Jimmy King, Timmy King, and Cody King.
Martin "Marty" Foster Shelley
Funeral services for Mr. Martin "Marty" Foster Shelley
Jr., 18, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, August
16, 2001, from the chapel of Bloomington Christian Church in Byrdstown
with Bro. Gary Pruitt officiating. Burial was in the Neal Cemetery
in Byrdstown with Byrdstown Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the
Mr. Shelley died Wednesday, August 15, 2001, in Fentress County.
Born August 19, 1982, in Pickett County, he was the son of Martin
F. Shelley Sr., and Theresa (Miller) Shelley.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandparents,
Allen and Carolyn Dees, Livingston, Jay and Lucy Shelley, Selma,
AL, and Sue Whited, Byrdstown; two great grandmothers, Geraldine
Gillihan, Hartsville, and Eula Neal, Byrdstown; a sister, Brandie
Shelley, Byrdstown; and a half brother, Jason Davis, Cookeville.
Funeral services for Mr. Denton Murphy, 76, of Spencer, were conducted
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2001, from the chapel of Goff Funeral
Home in Monterey with Rev. Coleman Looper officiating. Burial was
in the Phillips Cemetery in the Anderson Community of Overton County
with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Murphy died Sunday, August 19, 2001, at his home. He was retired
from Behm Glass in Dayton, OH after 36 years service and was of
the Baptist faith.
Born May 8, 1925, in Overton County, he was the son of the late
Martin and Liddie (Phillips) Murphy. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Murphy; two sisters,
Evelyn Swicegood and Stella Mae Pughand; a brother, Jacob Murphy;
and a grandson, Michael G. Murphy.
Survivors include his wife, L. Lucille (Abston) Murphy, Spencer;
two daughters, Pat Hensley, Spencer, and Betty Calahan, Cookeville;
a son, Charles Murphy, Milwaukie, OR; a sister, Christine Perdue,
Livingston; two brothers, Earnest Murphy, Monterey, and Bedford
Murphy, Battle Creek, MI; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Overton County News
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