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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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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