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Archives 01-02-2002

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Rema Jane Copeland
Funeral services for Mrs. Rema Jane Copeland, 60, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Burial was in Cub Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Copeland died Thursday, Dec. 20 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a garment factory worker and a member of the Oak Dale Baptist Church.

Born February 6, 1941, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Opal (Walker) White Nolan of Livingston and the late Farley White. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray Copeland; a son, Jeff Copeland; and her stepfather, Denver Nolen.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Wayne Peek, Livingston; four stepbrothers, Mike Nolen, Kentucky, Danny Nolen and Frankie Nolen, both of Livingston, and David Nolen, Moss; a sister, Pauline Savage, Livingston; a sister-in-law, Viola Cantrell, Livingston; two grandchildren, Ashley Peek and Amber Peek; and two special friends, Jim and Mary Jo Slinker.

Pallbearers were Jim Slinker, Clifford Cantrell, Joseph Nolen, Josh Nolen, Brian Nolen, Derek Knappenberger, and Dustin Flowers.

 

William S. "Bill" Veal
Funeral services for Mr. William S. "Bill" Veal, 80, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Clarence Jared officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Veal died Thursday, Dec. 20 at his home. He was a regional supervisor for a laundry and dry cleaning company and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Born October 23, 1921, in Overton County, he was the son of the late William Henry Veal and Nina (Farley) Veal Bilbrey. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Veal, Livingston; a son, Freddy Veal, Charleston, SC; a daughter, Sandy Veal, Charleston; a brother, Jennings Bilbrey, Livingston; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lansford Bilbrey, Roland Hammer, Horace Dickerson, Hugh Elder, Percy Hill, and Larry Misenhimer.

 

Ada Swann
Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Swann, 84, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. John Preece and Rev. Thurman Young officiating. Burial was in Allen Chapel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Swann died Thursday, Dec. 20 at her home. She was a housewife and a member of the Allen Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born June 24, 1917, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Jones and Ica (Poston) Lee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Swann; five brothers, Clay Lee, Homer Lee, Bynamn Lee, Marson Lee, and Clure Lee; and five sisters, Martha Ida Johnson, Lola Taylor, Beulah Edmonds, Celia Cook, and Rilda Fuqua.

Survivors include a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

M.J. Robbins
Funeral services for Mr. M.J. Robbins, 78, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Robbins died Sunday, Dec. 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He worked at Averitt Express for 27 years as a truck driver. He served in public office, the U.S. Navy, and the American Legion. Living most of his life in Overton County, he was active in war services, church, and a local masonic lodge.

Born June 4, 1923, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Zora (Ledbetter) Brown and Shirley and Nora (Ledbetter) Robbins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a half-brother, Clifford Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice (Johnson) Robbins, Livingston; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jane Ann and James Harris and Gail and J.D. Cantrell, all of Livingston, and Odetta and Tom Ashley, Rising Sun, MD; a twin brother, J.Q. Robbins, Battle Creek, MI; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Homer Reagan, Jerry Garrett, Joe Garrett, Jim Gunter, Bruce Coleman, and Larry Cooper. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Loyd Cunningham, Joey Cantrell, Jason Cantrell, Scott Ashley, Tim Ashley, Mike Coleman, Mike Ruble, Jimmy Robbins, and Kenny Vaughn.

 

Morris Lee Reid
Funeral services for Mr. Morris Lee Reid, 65, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Zeihmer and Rev. Jesse Bradshaw officiating. Burial was in Eckel Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Reid died Thursday, Dec. 27 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a member of the First Christian Church and Livingston Lodge #259. He was a partner of Reid & Webb Fertilizer & Lime, a farmer, and Overton County Coroner.

Born January 9, 1936, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Oscar and Berta (Neal) Reid.

Survivors include his wife, Shelby (Smith) Reid, Living-ston; a son and his fiancee, Tim Reid and Donna Sweezy, Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Libby and Kenneth Allen, Livingston; and eight grandchildren, Sarah Allen, Kenny Allen, Rusty Allen, T.L. Reid, Coby Reid, Katherine Reid, Joseph Sweezy, and Dillon Sweezy.

 

Roy Langford
Funeral services for Mr. Roy Langford, 73, of Lady Lake, FL, were conducted Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, in Lady Lake. Burial was in the Veterans' Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Mr. Langford died Sunday, Dec. 23 at his home. He was an Air Force veteran, attended barber college in Detroit, MI, and worked many years as a barber in Detroit before his retirement. He was of the Baptist faith.

Born June 18, 1928, in Hilham, he was the son of the late George L. and Ethel (Boles) Langford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harley Langford; and a sister, Zella Allen.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Langford, Lady Lake; two sons, Joe Langford and Stephen Langford; a daughter, Carol Cassidy; a brother, Bill Langford, Livingston; a brother-in-law, Aubry Allen, Hilham; and eight grandchildren, Patrick Langford, Chris Langford, Diarma Cassidy, Mike Cassidy, Kevin Cassidy, Stephen Cassidy, Sarah Langford, and Jessica Langford.

 

Audie E. Endsley
Funeral services for Mrs. Audie E. Endsley, 68, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, from United Penecostal Church of Livingston with Paul Stringer officiating. Burial was in Carter-Bilbrey Cemetery with Whitson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Endsley died Thursday, Dec. 27 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker, worked as a nursesŐ aide in nursing homes, and was a member of the United Penecostal Church of Living-ston.

Born September 25, 1933, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Chammie and Loretta (Dishman) Bilbrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Earl Dishman; a brother Jim Bilbrey; a grandson, Ricky Dishman; and six other siblings.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Leonard Dishman, Pontiac, IL, and Ricky and Ella Dishman, Monterey; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Blenda Trevino, Cookeville, Carlene and Lester McBride, Rickman, Jeannie and Brian Kellogg, Crossville, and Patsy Dishman, Algood; three brothers, Bill Bilbrey and Lee Bilbrey, both of Livingston, and Shirley Bilbrey, Crossville; a sister, Glennis Mansell, Cookeville; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lenoard Dishman, Ricky Dishman, Jody McBride, Jonathon McBride, Eric Kellogg, and Justin Kellogg.

 

Claude A. Davis
Graveside services for Mr. Claude A. Davis, 98, of Williamsburg, VA, and formerly of Overton County, will be conducted Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Chris Coil officiating. Speck Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Davis died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at Williamsburg Community Hospital. He was a retired carpenter and cabinetmaker and a member of the church of Christ, having served the Livingston congregation many years as an elder.

Born June 17, 1903, in Overton County, he was the son of the late W.F. and Melissa (Peterman) Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Stella (Gunnels) Davis; two sisters, Beulah and Maude; and four brothers, Sib Davis, Roscoe Davis, Cornie Davis, and Duluth Davis.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Harry Puffenberger Jr., Williamsburg; a sister, Delphia Reeser, Sebastian, FL; an uncle, T.L. Peterman, Allons; two grandsons and granddaugthers-in-law, Harry III and Gale Puffenberger, Spotsylvania, VA, and Don and Charlene Puffenberger, Winchester, VA; three great grandchildren, Ian Puffen-berger, Owen Puffenberger, and Caitlin Puffenberger, all of Spotsylvania; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Masters, Bruce Barnes, Seth Copeland, Larry Meisenheimer, and Paul Martin Garrett.

 

Betty Louise Craiget
Graveside services for Mrs. Betty Louise Craiget, 66, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Green Hill Cemetery with Bro. Glen Ledbetter officiating. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Craiget died Sunday, Dec. 23 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a medical transcriptionist for Dr. Michael Cox and a member of Christ Church Presbyterian in Alpine.

Born November 12, 1935, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Cortes and Ruby (Ledbetter) Allred. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Johnnie Ruth Padgett; and a brother, Earl Allred.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Craiget, Livings-ton; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Billy Ledbetter, Monroe; three brothers, Richard Allred, Odessa, TX, Gene Allred, Livingston, and Mike Allred, Nashville; a sister, Charlene McMahan, Livingston; and two grandchildren, Andrew Ledbet-ter and Dana Ledbetter.

Pallbearers were Ken Mc-Mahan, Stephen McMahan, Andy Ledbetter, Ryan Davis, Paul Ledbetter, and Joe Stover.

 

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