Laura (Bledsoe) Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura (Bledsoe) Brown, 82, of Livingston,
were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, from the chapel
of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Newsome Harvey officiating. Burial
was in Ruth Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of
the arrangements. Mrs. Brown died Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Overton
County Nursing Home. She was a housewife and a member of Ruth Chapel
Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Born Oct. 7, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the
late Bill and Brookie Belle (Wright) Bledsoe.
Survivors include her husband, Benton T. Brown, Livingston; a brother,
Frank Bledsoe, Akron, OH; a sister, Anna Belle Schinault, Illinois;
and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jimmie Brown, Durran Lewis, Guyland Lewis, Ronnie
Gore, Douglas Ledbetter, and Junior Linder.
Ova (Kearney) Tompkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Ova (Kearney) Tompkins, 89, of Byrdstown,
were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, from the chapel
of Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown with Bro. Ricky Cross and
Bro. Randy Tompkins officiating. Burial was in Amonett Cemetery
in Pickett County with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the
Mrs. Tompkins died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Clinton County Hospital
in Albany, KY. She was a homemaker and child care provider, and
attended several churches.
Born April 8, 1912, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of
the late William and Minnie Lee (Pile) Kearney. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Benton
Mitchell; her second husband, Houston Tompkins; four step-sons,
Sam Mitchell, Richard Mitchell, Lonza Mitchell, and Thomas Mitchell;
a stepdaughter, Esther Coe; three sisters, Lee Upchurch, Dora Davidson,
and Ruby Davidson; four nephews; a niece; two great nephews; and
a great niece.
Survivors include a step-daughter, Mary Lou Winningham, Byrdstown;
two step-sons, H.H. Mitchell and L.B. Mitchell, both of Byrdstown;
seven nieces, Juanita Stinson, Marriann Riley, Sue Burtram, and
Rita Slaven, all of Pall Mall, Carol Dean Cope, Byrdstown, and Kay
Gillespie, Anderson, IN; three nephews, J.C. Upchurch and Bill Davidson,
both of Pall Mall, and Jerry Davidson, James-town; a sister-in-law,
Clarice Pryor, Byrdstown; and several great nieces, great nephews,
cousins, neighbors, and friends.
Pallbearers were Barry Smith, Jeff Rich, Nick Rich, Bernie Copeland,
Tim Martin, and Tony Stinson.
Tina Earnesteen (Langford) Ramsey
Funeral services for Mrs. Tina Earnesteen (Langford) Ramsey, 96,
of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001,
from Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmie Cox officiating.
Burial was in Hunter Cove Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home
in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Ramsey died Monday, Nov. 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
She was a homemaker and a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist
Born January 5, 1905, in Overton County, she was the daughter of
the late Palo and Adella (Hunter) Langford. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Ramsey; and four
brothers, Benny Chat Langford, Elbert Langford, Vadus Langford,
and Minice Langford.
Survivors include a daughter, Annie Lois Reeder, Livingston; a
son, Caston Ramsey, Livingston; a brother, Delton Langford, Allons;
two grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were John Ramsey, Steve Seber, Milburn Taylor, Ralph
Carr, Kevin Reeder, and Bobby Lawson.
Joe Haskell Holt
Funeral services for Mr. Joe Haskell Holt, 93, of Byrdstown, were
conducted Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, from the chapel of Crestlawn Funeral
Home in Byrdstown with Jeff Brown officiating. Burial was in Amonett
Cemetery in Pickett County with Crestlawn Funeral Home in charge
of the arrangements.
Mr. Holt died Thursday, Nov. 29 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
He was a farmer and a retired sawmill operator.
Born August 15, 1908, in Pickett County, he was the son the late
John and Dosha (Jolley) Holt. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Ona May Holt; a son,
Johnny Leon Holt; a granddaughter, Teresa Johnson Bowman; and a
son-in-law, Bennie Johnson.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Billy Joe and Elizabeth
Holt, Livingston; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Juanita
and Raymond Moody and Marylyn Johnson, all of Livingston, and Oleta
and Gayle Barber and Ruby and Ray Huddleston, all of Byrdstown;
a sister, Myrtie Cross, Albany, KY; a brother, Hershel Holt, Albany;
12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
Pallbearers were Steve Moody, Jared Barber, Dwight Johnson, David
Holt, Tim Huddleston, and Joseph Huddleston.
Cecil Dalton Melton
Funeral services for Mr. Cecil Dalton Melton, 68, of the Muddy Pond
Community, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, from
the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Robert Wright,
Rev. Herbert Hollars, and Rev. Glenn Murphy officiating. Burial
was in Wilson Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Melton died Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Cookeville Regional Medical
Center. He was a retired factory worker, having worked for Nichols
and File, Indiana Glass in Indiana, and BennettŐs in Cookeville.
Born March 27, 1933, in Overton County, he was the son of the late
Sherman Melton and Martha Hollars Melton Hall. In addition to his
parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathryn Garrett
and Lucille Clark; and two brothers, Dewey Melton and Jesse Melton.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Darryl Miller,
Muddy Pond Community; a son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Linda
Melton, Muddy Pond Community; two sisters, Pearl Beaty, Monterey,
and Willma Braddcocks, Crossville; and three brothers, Carl Melton,
Cookeville, and Haskell Melton and Earl Melton, both of Monterey.
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