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Willard Bilbrey
Funeral services for Mr. Willard Bilbrey, 77, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. The Honor Guard from James T. Davis, VFW Post 5062 performed a military service with full military honors at graveside. Burial was in Okolona Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bilbrey died Friday, Jan. 4 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired school maintenance supervisor, a member and deacon of the Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church, VFW James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062, and a veteran of the U.S. Army/World War II.

Born April 21, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mae (Beasley) Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Carlton Lee Bilbrey and Larry Willard Bilbrey; and a grandson, Kevin Haney.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Bilbrey, Rickman; two daughters, Barbara June Haney, Anderson, IN, and Brenda Gail Collins, Murfreesboro; four brothers, James Bilbrey and Kenneth Bilbrey, both of Rickman, Clyde Lee Bilbrey, Indianapolis, IN, and Ronald Bilbrey, Anderson, IN; three sisters, Johnnie Hogue, Anderson, Corene Cravens, Columbia, and Faye McCowan, Rickman; six grandchildren, Willard Haney, Angelia Pickett, Tina Zapotocky, Jennifer Collins, Jason Bilbrey, and Carla Bilbrey; and 10 great grandchildren.

 

John Lee Wright
Funeral services for Mr. John Lee Wright, 28, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Bull officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wright died Friday, Jan. 4 at Cumberland River Hospital. He was a factory worker and a member of the Turkey Town Church.

Born March 16, 1973, in Munice, IN, he was the son of Robert and Linda (Nickol) Wright of Hilham.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Tracy Wright, Hilham; a son, Noah Wright, Hilham; a brother, Bobby Wright, Hilham; a sister, Melissa Jones, Hilham; a grandmother, Margaret Beaty, Munice; three nieces, Amanda, Destini, and Alyssa; two nephews, Robert and Joey; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

 

Grace Green Sidwell
Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Green Sidwell, 95, of Gallatin, and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Coil, Bro. Jonathan England, and Bro. Burnice Wesbrook officiating. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sidwell died Monday, Dec. 31 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was a housewife and a long-time member of Livingston church of Christ.

Born September 7, 1906, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Dr. George W. and Ann Laura (Shields) Green. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank Lee Sidwell; a son, Dr. Walter Frank Sidwell; six brothers, Edd Green, Walter Green, Arch Green, Alex Green, Jim Green, and Bob Green; and three sisters, Ella Langford, Mary Lyle, and Alma "Pat" Upton. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jamie Sidwell, Gallatin; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Joyce Marie and Butch Holman, Livingston, and Betty Ann and Bill Johnson, Anaheim, CA; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were William Lee Holman, Dr. Ira Lee Sidwell, Jonathan Sidwell, Brian Carter, James William Massengille, Matthew Massengille, and Beau Massengille, her grandsons and great grandsons.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were W.H. "Butch” Holman, Dr. William H. Johnson, Kenny Sidwell, Dr. John Milton Bryan, Charles Langford, and Dr. L. George Upton.

 

Clinton Hershel Reagan
Funeral services for Mr. Clinton Hershel Reagan, 82, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, from Love And Grace Full Gospel Church with Bro. Johnny Rexroat officiating. Burial was in Mt. Era Cemetery with Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Reagan died Friday, Jan. 4 at Fentress County Nursing Home. He was self-employed and a member of the Love And Grace Full Gospel Church in the Moodyville Community of Pickett County. As an elder of the church, he was instructional in the establishment of the church. He lived 20 years in Muncie, IN, and worked 15 years at Ball Brothers Glass Company in Muncie.

Born June 8, 1919, in Clarkrange, he was the son of the late James Harvey and Ester Elizabeth (Tompkins) Reagan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Coleen Creola Reagan; a son, James Clinton Reagan; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Leta and Bethel Huddleston, and Reba Nada and Kermit Garrett; and three brothers, Gilbert Reagan, Joe Reagan, and Delbert Reagan.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marietta and Kendall Mitchell, Nashville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenny and Rhonda Reagan, Livingston, and Andrew Reagan, Nashville; a brother, Bill Reagan, Muncie; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Sam Mitchell, Joseph Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, Eric Reagan, Scott Reagan, and Casey Reagan. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Christina (Reagan) Driver, Billy Moody, Maxie Beaty, Bill Byrd, Henry Poore, and Stacy Moody.

 

Myrtle Phillips
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Phillips, 87, of Monterey, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey, with Rev. Tony Barnett and Rev. Jack Taylor officiating. Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Phillips died Saturday, Jan. 5 at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of the Monterey Freewill Baptist Church.

Born June 7, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Joe and Emma (England) Looper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thurston Phillips; a daughter, Pauline Phillips; three sisters, Dorothy Hinson, Bessie Key, and Ester Dixon; and two brothers, Herman Looper and A.P. Looper.

Survivors include two daughters, Geraldine Buttram, Dayton, OH, and Judy Phillips, Cookeville; six sons, Floyd Phillips, Monterey, Willie Gentry Phillips, New Carsile, OH, Kenneth Phillips, Dayton, OH, Gary Phillips and Donny Phillips, both of Mt. Juliet, and Larry Phillips, Garattis, OH; four sisters, Christine Phillips, Sparta, Margree Anderson, Nashville, and Artie Jane Sheets and Velma Livingston, both of Dayton, OH; a brother, Ernest Looper, Rickman; 32 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

 

Louester M. Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mrs. Louester M. Ledbetter, 95, of Alpine, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ledbetter died Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of the Christ Church Presbyterian.

Born October 22, 1906, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Emmet and Flora Catherine (Bilbrey) Winton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Ledbetter; two sisters, Lestie Young and Hallie Vaughn; and two brothers, Robert Winton and Billie Winton.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Sue Ledbetter, Battle Creek, MI; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Leck Hull, Alpine; three brothers, Glen Winton, Sparta, and Carlos Winton and Bethel Winton, both of Cookeville; two sisters, Carrie Norris, Cookeville, and Ruth Mitchell, Sparta; eight grandchildren; a special grandchild, Terry Hull; and 10 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Wayne Winton, Emit Winton, Lewis Collins, David Ledbetter, Terry Hull, and Robert Ledbetter.

 

Louise M. Herrick
Funeral services for Mrs. Louise M. Herrick, 89, of Montrose, IA, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, from the chapel of Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA, with Father Gerald Hoenig officiating. Burial was in the Montrose Cemetery with Vigen Memorial Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Herrick died Wednesday, Jan. 2 at her home. She was a leader of the Montrose Busy Bees 4-H Club for 20 years. After ending her service as a 4-H leader, she continued her involvement with the Lee County Fair by volunteering her time in the Art Hall as a superintendent and by creating decorative exhibits displayed each year. She became active with the Montrose Senior Citizens, holding various offices including, president and vice president. Her most well known contribution came in the form of the floats she created for the Montrose Watermelon Festival and other local parades. She was a charter member of the Montrose Township Historical Society, which was instrumental in renovating the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montrose, which was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1994, she was the recipient of the Heritage Award from the Montrose Watermelon Festival Committee for her years of contributions to the festival. The Lee County Sesquicentennial Committee also recognized her by asking her to create the county quilt block for the Iowa Sesquicentennial Quilt.

Born December 31, 1912, in Green Bay Bottoms, Washington Township, Lee County, IA, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Elizabeth (Schroeder) Wenke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion E. Herrick; an infant daughter, Katherine Marie Herrick; an infant son; two infant grandchildren, Gabrielle Herrick and Keith Mullins; four brothers, John Wenke Jr., Ferd Wenke, Bernard Wenke, and Henry Wenke; and a sister, Anna Rex.

Survivors include three daughters, two sons-in-law, and a future son-in-law, Doris Ann and Tom Mullins, Livingston, Christal and Jim Lewiston, Montrose, and Melva Webb and fiance, Bob Nunnery, Byrdstown; a son and a daughter-in-law, Everett and Debra Herrick, Ft. Madison, IA; two brothers, Herman Wenke, Ft. Madison, IA, and Bill Wenke, Keosauqua, IA; two sisters, Mary Lewis, Colona, IL, and Elizabeth O’Connor, Elvaston, IL; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

 

Roy A. Gore
Funeral services for Mr. Roy A. Gore, 85, of Monroe, were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Harris officiating. Burial was in Freedonia Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gore died Friday, Dec. 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a logger and of the Pentecostal faith.

Born February 23, 1916, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Franklin Lafayette and Maggie (Copeland) Gore.

Survivors include two brothers, Bernard Gore, Anderson, IN, and Bob Gore, Rickman; three sisters, Cora Daniels, Monroe, Louise Meredith, Rickman, and Opal Dishman, Alexandria, IN; a niece and nephew with whom he made his home, Rita, Gary and Kadesha McDonald; and several other nieces and nephews.

 

Veachel Flowers
Funeral services for Mrs. Veachel Flowers, 90, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, from the chapel of Byrdstown Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Jones officiating. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery in Byrdstown with Byrdstown Memorial Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Flowers died Friday, Jan. 4 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a housewife.

Born August 25, 1911, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late William and Ida (Pierce) Shewmake. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oren Flowers; a son, Hollis Flowers; a brother, Hershel Shewmake; and a sister Ethel Flowers.

Survivors include three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

 

Annie V. Dillon
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie V. Dillon, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina. Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Upton Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Dillon died Thursday, Jan. 3 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and affiliated with Maxwell First Church of God.

Born July 18, 1915, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Laura Dillon.

Survivors include two sons, Elmo Crabtree, Indianapolis, IN, and Leo Crabtree, Hilham; two daughters, Dapho Mushrush and Avo Conner, both of Livingston; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

 

Paul Edward Bowers
Mr. Paul Edward Bowers, 67, of Livingston, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at his home. He was a masonary worker.

Born Aug. 27, 1934, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Gennie and Sylvia (Allred) Bowers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Joe Bowers.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Bowers, Rickman, and Freddy Coffey, Smyrna; three daughters, Anita Flowers, Algood, Norma Bowers, Livingston, and Sandra Bowers, Rickman; two brothers, Cecil Bowers and Lonnie Bowers, both of the Independence Community; three sisters, Jo Nelda Sells, Independence Community, Brenda Morrow and Anna Oma Davis, both of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. No services have been planned at this time. The family has honored Mr. Bowers’ request with cremation. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Pearl Ann Daniels
Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Ann Daniels, 100, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Tompkins officiating. Burial was in Cope Cemetery in Pickett County with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Daniels died Tuesday, Jan. 1 at her home. She was a housewife and a member of the Methodist church.

Born December 29, 1901, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Mary (Short) Collins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Daniels; and four sons, Joe Daniels, Tommie Daniels, Gene Daniels, and Edward "Dick" Daniels.

Survivors include a son, Jackie Daniels, Monroe; six daughters, Laura Mae Miller, Crossville, Alice Walker, Huntsville, AL, Elsie Claudine Melton, Cookeville, Billie Riley, Monroe, Patsy Ann Corns, Lexington, KY, and Chee Chee Bowery, Richmond, IN; a sister, Dollie Reagan, Livingston; 26 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; and 1 great-great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Michael Daniels, Mickey Daniels, Joey Daniels, Timothy Childers, Jimmy Sells Jr., and Eric Riley, her grandsons and great grandsons.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Josh Sells and Randy Daniels.

 

 

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