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Archives 2001 11-07-2001

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Woodrow Abston
Funeral services for Mr. Woodrow Abston, 79, of the Cravenstown Community, were conducted at noon Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Arnold Murphy officiating. Burial, with full military honors, was in the Honey Springs Cemetery in Crawford with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Abston died Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Fentress County General Hospital. He was a coal miner and a World War II Army veteran.

Born April 14, 1922, in Overton County, he was the son of the late George Washington and Nancy Elizabeth (Robert-son) Abston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Abston; two sons, David Abston and Victory Ray Abston; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Rozell (Threet) Abston, Crav-enstown; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Patsy and Joe Sells, Brenda Vaughn, Marilyn Lane, and Lisa and Dallas Cravens, all of Cravenstown, and Linda and Mickey Smith, Twinton; six sons and six daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Peggy Abston and Brenda Abston, all of Twinton, Elmer and Faye Abston and Michael and Joann Abston, all of Livingston, Adam and Ginger Abston and Gary Abston, all of Cravenstown, and Joe and Tammy Abston, Hanging Limb; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Louise Abston, Nashville; a sister, Happy Hammock, Jackson County; 24 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

 

Melvin R. Bayer
Funeral services for Mr. Melvin R. Bayer, 66, of Jacksonville, FL, and formerly of Mt. Vernon, IL, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 3, 2001, from the chapel of Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens with Scott Makepeace officiating. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens with Livingston Funeral Home and Hughey Funeral Home of Mt. Vernon in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bayer died Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was the owner and operator of an Oldsmobile dealership, Bayer Motor Co., from 1966 to 1981, the owner of St. Augustine Historical Tours Inc. in St. Augustine, FL, from 1986 to 2001, was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.

Born Dec. 11, 1934 in Mt. Vernon, IL, he was the son of the late Russell and Helen E. (Witter) Bayer.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna L. Bayer, Jacksonville; mother-in-law, Opal Greene, Jacksonville; a son, Melvin Wayne Bayer, Boulder City, NV; a daughter and son-in-law, Melinda Jean and Randy Allen, Livingston; a brother-in-law, Robert Greene, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; three grandchildren, Kayla Beth Bayer, Bolivar, Natalee Jean Allen and Nathan Keith Allen, both of Livingston; and several cousins.

 

Meikle Bilbrey
Funeral services for Miss Meikle Bilbrey, 88, of the Spring Creek Community of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, from the Algood Chapel of Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Paran Cemetery in Overton County with Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Miss Bilbrey died Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.

Born Jan. 10, 1913, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late J.D. "Dock" and Alva (Bilbrey) Bilbrey. Survivors include a niece, Odell Kathryn Huddleston, Cookeville; and three nephews and two nieces-in-law, John and Etoyle Warren, Nashville, and Bruce and Beverly Bilbrey and Ben Bilbrey, all of Phoenix, AZ.

Pallbearers were Tim Rich-ardson, Mike Richardson, Ron-nie Bilyeu, Jack Smith, Bill Dodson, Bill Rankin, Phillip Clark, Bobby Gentry, and Haskell Qualls.

 

Doris B. Boles
Funeral services for Mr. Doris B. Boles, 70, of Canton Township, MI, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Holger Neubaue officiating. Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Boles died Friday, Nov. 2 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township, MI. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 31 years, was a member of the Church of Christ for 25 years and an usher for 25 years.

Born May 2, 1931, in Defeated Creek, he was the son of the late William Perry and Myrtle (Pigg) Boles.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Boles, Canton Township; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Patty Boles, Livingston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Shirley and Charles Justice, Newport, MI, Theresa Boles and Catherine and Richard Torz, all of Canton Township; three brothers, Dumas Boles, New Middleston, TN, James Boles, Brush Creek, and Robert Boles, Gainesboro; a sister, Martha Mae Petty, Gordonsville; and seven grandchildren.

 

C.C. "Cliff" Dailey
Graveside services with military honors for Mr. C.C. "Cliff" Dailey, 79, of Charlotte, NC, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Sharon Memorial Park with Rev. Linda Roth officiating. Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park with Hankins & Whittington Dilworth Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Dailey died Monday, Sept. 24 at his home. He attended Livingston Academy and Tennessee Tech University. He served in the South Pacific in the US Army during World War II. He retired after 38 years as terminal manager of Estes Express and was a member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church.

Born Sept. 27, 1922, in Hilham, he was the son of the late Ben Blue and Ella Mae (Price) Dailey.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda Dailey, Charlotte; a daughter, Sharon Dailey, Charlotte; a brother, Jack Dailey, Mobile, AL; a sister, Willie Combs, Mobile; and beloved companions, Tuffles and Suds.

 

Agnes Johns
Agnes Johns, 80, of Livingston, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at her home. Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home of Cookeville was in charge of cremation arrangements. She was a retired sales clerk and of the Methodist faith.

Born May 22, 1921, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Hurley) Plesco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ward V. Johns; two sisters, Flossie Blankenship and Clara Sarvas; and three brothers, Nick C. Plesco, Johnny Plesco, and Woodrow Plesco.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jo and Jim Slinker, Livingston; a sister, Helen Shouse, Murfreesboro; and a brother, Jack Plesco, Columbus, OH.

 

Marie Pugh
Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Pugh, 81, of Monterey, were conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, from Monterey United Methodist Church with Rev. David Adams officiating. Goff Funeral Home of Monterey was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Pugh died Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Monterey United Methodist Church, Monterey Garden Club, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Born Sept. 3, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Dalton and Lillie (Kennedy) Dillon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Dillon.

Survivors include her husband, James C. Pugh, Monterey; a daughter, Theresa Pugh, Monterey; two sisters, Reba Susi, Milford, CT, and Jane Ray, Monterey; two brothers, Jack Dillon, Sun City, FL, and Bill Dillon, Fair Haven, MI; and a granddaughter, Beth Mills, Murfreesboro.

 

Joetta (Peek) Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Joetta (Peek) Smith, 46, of Alpine, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. John Copeland officiating. Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a sewing instructor at Berkline Corp. and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Born Aug. 9, 1955, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of J.B. and Dollie (Walker) Peek of Rickman. She was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Peek.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Jerry C. Smith, Alpine; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Jackie and Jason Hammock, Rickman, and Tammy and Brad Hinson, Alpine; five sisters, Carolyn Vanover and Darlene Peek, both of Kentucky, and Kathy Langford, Irene Flowers, and Betty Matthews, all of Livingston; seven brothers, Bill Peek, Bobby Peek, Donnie Peek, and Roy Peek, all of Kentucky, Charles Peek, Rickman, and Wayne Peek and Harold Peek, both of Livingston; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jason Hammock, Brad Vanover, Brad Hinson, Doug Key, Dusty Flowers, George Sells, Lee Roy Vanover.

 

Katie A. Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Katie A. Smith, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with her grandchildren officiating. Burial was in the Monroe Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Overton County Nursing Home. She was a nurses aide and of the JehovahÕs Witness faith.

Born July 15, 1915, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Ollie (Cravens) Garrett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Craton Smith; a son, Brian Craton Smith; and a daughter, Katie Francine Smith.

Survivors include two daughters, Lola Jerrye Scott, Monroe, and Frances Sherrill, Living-ston; a sister-in-law, Virgie Garrett, Banner Springs; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Denny Scott, Dodd Scott, Fred Sherrill, Andy Sherrill, James Sherrill, and Chris Sherrill.

 

James William Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mr. James William Ledbetter, 66, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, from the chapel of Crest-lawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown with Keith Linder officiating. Burial was in the Williams Chapel Cemetery in Pickett County with Crestlawn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Ledbetter died Monday, Oct. 29 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a sawmill worker. Born July 22, 1935, he was the son of the late Benton and Della (Garrett) Ledbetter.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda (Beaty) Ledbetter, Livingston; and two sisters, Elsie Stover, Livingston, and Annie Ward, Ohio.

Pallbearers were Junior Stover, Odis Johnson, Teddy Bil-brey, Jerry Stover, and Louie Papus.

 

Thomas Lee Swallows
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Lee Swallows, 59, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Davis, Rev. Nolan Cantrell, and Rev. Bud Hargis officiating. Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Swallows died Tuesday, Oct. 30 at his home. He was a truck driver, of the Freewill Baptist faith, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Born April 1, 1942, in Overton County, he was the son of the late William Clarmon and Cora Bertha (Ray) Swallows. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lora Mae Phillips and Tinnie Bea Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Swallows, Rickman; three sons, Tommy Swallows, Tim Swallows, and Tony Swallows, all of Rickman; two daughters, Donna Matheney, Monterey, and Denice Lovelace, Livingston; a sister, Magdalene Walker, Rickman; five grandchildren, Tiffany Lovelace, Chris Matheney, Tyson Matheney, Ryan Swallows, and Ross Swallows; and a special cousin, Claude Key, Rickman.

Pallbearers were Bobby Smith, Alvin Stewart, Wayne Meadows, Tony Walker, James Wilson, and John Key.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Bruce Coleman, W.G. Quarles, Jr., M.D., and his "trucker friends".

 

Carson Odell Winningham
Funeral services for Mr. Carson Odell Winningham, 73, of Livingston, were conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Holman and Bro. Terry McCloud officiating. Burial was in Hoover Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Winningham died Sunday, Sept. 23 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a truck driver, of the Baptist faith, member of the American Legion, and served as deputy sheriff under James Eldridge in Overton County.

Born Aug. 24, 1928, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Jonah Matt and Laura Mae (Stover) Winningham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel Brown, Thula Bilbrey, and Cora Fletcher; and a brother, Haskell Winningham.

Survivors include a son, Troy Winningham, Seattle, WA; two brothers, Clarence Winning-ham, Baltimore, MD, and Claude Winningham, Yardley, PA; and a sister, Cleo Daniels, Livingston.

Pallbearers were Chris Adams, Jayson Adams, Michael Winningham, Bruce Winn-ingham, David Masters, Randle Ledbetter, and Michael Boswell. Serving as honorary pallbearer was Dereck Masters.

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