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Archives 01-16-2002

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Loyd Bilbrey
Graveside services with military honors for Mr. Loyd Bilbrey, 53, of Dublin, VA, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community of Jackson County Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiated the service. Anderson Funeral Home of Gainesboro was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Bilbrey died Saturday, Jan. 12 at the VA Medical Center in Salem, VA. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Born January 23, 1948, in Jackson County, he was the son of Lula (Strode) Bilbrey of Whitleyville and the late Albert Clarence (Abb) Bilbrey. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Sidney Bilbrey; and a sister, Catherine Butler.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two brothers, Aaron Bilbrey and James Bilbrey, both of Whitleyville; four sisters, Joann Dailey, Livingston, Moline Howell, Gainesboro, Elizabeth Craw-ford, Lebanon, and Ozina Smith, Radford, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Lenora Ruby (Elmore) Witt
Funeral services for Mrs. Lenora Ruby (Elmore) Witt, 86, of Cookeville, were conducted a 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, from the chapel of Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home in Cookeville with Glen McDoniel and Gary Hampton officiating. Burial was in Crest Lawn Cemetery with Hooper and Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Witt died Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a retired nurse and x-ray assistant at Jackson County Hospital in Gainesboro and a member of the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville.

Born April 5, 1915, in Crossville, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Myrtle (McCoy) Elmore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alton P. Witt Sr.; a grandson, James Michael Smith; two sisters, Fifi Cantrell and Roxie Bridges; and three brothers, Lester Elmore, James Elmore, and Clyde Elmore.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Grace and Joe Penner, St. Petersburg, FL, Margaret and Dr. James L. Smith and Kathleen and Hugh Adams, all of Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Alton P. Jr. and Sandra Witt, Canton, GA; three sisters, Maurine Campbell, Memphis, Elsie Brown, Rochester, NY, and Alice Harris, Dallas, TX; three brothers, George Elmore, Crossville, Charles Elmore, Dayton, OH, and Leo Elmore, Donna, TX; eight grandchildren, Jason Penner, David Penner, Chris Smith, Cindy Steine, Virginia (Ginny) Henson, Lisa Mabrey, Jonathan Witt, and Angela Witt; eight great grandchildren; and a special friend, Dorothy Gentry. Pallbearers were David Penner, Chris Smith, Jared Smith, Bryan Henson, Zach Henson, Jonathan Witt, and Mark Mabrey.

 

Sanford Tinch
Funeral services for Mr. Sanford Tinch, 78, of the Anderson Community near Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, from Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Whittaker oficiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home of Monterey in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Tinch died Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired factory worker.

Born June 24, 1923, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Wiley and Lonnie Bell (Qualls) Tinch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Pearl (Short) Tinch; a sister, Effie Raines; and three brothers, Anderson Tinch, Herbert Tinch, and Frank Tinch.

Survivors include three daughters and three sons-in-law, Betty and Joe Parrott, Monterey, Linda and Larry Crisp, Crossville, and Carole and Jerry Ward, West Carrollton, OH; four granddaughters, Terri Keyes, April Gibson, Brandy Smith, and Rebecca Powell; five grandsons, Joey Parrott, David Parrott, Tommy Ward, Michael Ward, and Danny Ward; and seven great grandchildren.

 

Taylor Leigh Anne Thurman
Funeral services for Miss Taylor Leigh Anne Thurman, 7, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, from Spring City Central Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Campbell officiating. Burial was in Spring City Memorial Gardens with Vaughn Funeral Home of Spring City in charge of the arrangements. She was a former student at Spring City Elementary and, most recently, a second grader at Rickman Elementary.

Born March 31, 1994, she was the daughter of Jennifer (Taylor) Raiford of Cookeville, and Gregory Scott Thurman, of Spring City. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, James Muriel Thurman.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her stepfather, Ronnie D. Raiford, Cookeville; a brother, Justin Thurman; a stepbrother, Ronnie Raiford Jr.; maternal grandparents, Gale and Sandra Taylor, North Myrtle, SC; paternal grandparents, Ron and Martha (Thurman) Toney, Dayton; great grandparents, Henry and Edna Hill and Mrs. Maggie (Byrd) Thurman, all of Spring City, and Aldo Caparoso, Jeanette, PA; aunts and uncles, Larry and Janeane (Taylor) Ridings, North Myrtle, Jimmy "Muriel" Thurman, Spring City, David and Dana (Thurman) Woodard, Nashville, and Todd and April Thurman, Fairbanks, AK; cousins, Hayley Thurman and Garrett Thurman, both of Fairbanks, and Abigail Woodard and Maggie Woodard, both of Nashville; several great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and a special friend, Taylor Cheek.

 

James Harrison South
Funeral services for Mr. James Harrison South, better known as Jim, 63, of Byrdstown, were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, from the chapel of Crestlawn Funeral Home with Aron Dillon, Rick Cross, and Randy Tompkins officiating. Burial was in Williams Cha-pel Cemetery with Crestlawn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. South died Sunday, Jan. 6 after an extensive battle with cancer. He was a businessman in Byrdstown for 18 years, co-founder of the Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown, a funeral director for 33 years, a charter member of the Byrdstown Jaycees, former serviceman representative for the American Red Cross, and was the first Overton County Ambulance Service Manager. He was a member of Red Hill Church of Christ, the Byrdstown Masonic Lodge #496, the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and former member of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association. He was in the Navy where he served on the U.S.S. Intrepid.

Born Aug. 11, 1938, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Dennis and Dillie (Poore) South. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Wesley South; and a brother, Harold South.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Copeland) South, Byrdstown; two daughters, Tammy Cohanin, Louisiana, and Debra Clevenger, Smithville; a sister, Barbara Sue Gray, Byrdstown; three brothers, Clifford South and Malcolm South, both of Byrdstown, and Charles South, Smithville; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Clyde Abbott, Bethel Beaty, Arlan Nicholas, Gene Neal, Billy Don Harmon, and Odis Poore. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the employees of the first Overton County Ambulance Service.

 

Luther Elton "Luke" Robbins
Funeral services for Mr. Luther Elton "Luke" Robbins, 67, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Coil officiating. Burial was in Bethsaida Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Robbins died Monday, Jan. 7 at his home. He was a farmer and cattle trader and a member of the Bethsaida Christian Church.

Born January 6, 1935, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Roy Winston and Edith (Shewmake) Robbins. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mona Huckeby; and a brother, Gene Robbins.

Survivors include his wife, Dorene (Greer) Robbins, Livingston; a daughter, Rebecca Coffman, Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Ila Robbins, Livingston; four sisters, Lois Jolley and Evelyn Martin, both of Byrdstown, and Judy Sells and Mary Smith, both of Monroe; four grandchildren, Josh Coffman, Jason Coffman, Kelsey Robbins, and Megan Robbins; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Mike Smith, Jeff Smith, Jeff Norrod, Tim Martin, Ted Martin, and Richard Allen Sells.

 

Cordie Allie (Bilbrey) Phipps
Funeral services for Mrs. Cordie Allie (Bilbrey) Phipps, 79, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, from the chapel of Rickman Funeral Home with Eugene McCowan officiating. Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery with Rickman Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Phipps died Monday, Jan. 7 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She was a factory worker for many years and a member of Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born February 13, 1922, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Shelby and Lucy Dee (Murphy) Bilbrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Bilbrey and Hershel Bilbrey; and two sisters, Buala Caupp and Bertha Phipps.

Survivors include her husband, Charley Phipps, Rickman; a son, Gary Phipps, Rickman; three sisters, Myrtle Hammons, Rickman, Rosie Looper, Hanging Limb, and Hattie Poston, Algood; two grandchildren, Kevin Phipps and Paige Dodson, both of Rickman; and two great grandchildren, Adam Dodson and Austin Dodson, Rickman. Pallbearers were Edward MacClese, Glen Bilbrey, Mack Bilbrey, Dana Hammons, Rick Dodson, and Terry Swartz.

 

Mary Alice Melton
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Alice Melton, 94, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Burial was in Hatcher Hall Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Melton died Thursday, Jan. 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Free Communion Church of Christ.

Born August 25, 1907, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Ferd and Eddie Lee (Clark) Mullins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Hall Jolley and Glen Melton; two daughters, Gail Beaty and Linda Sue Melton; a grandson, Darrell Armstrong; and three sons-in-law, Colis Huddleston, Danny Ledbetter, and Joe Garrett.

Survivors include six sons, Dolphus Jolley, Rex Melton, Kendrick Melton, and Roy Hugh Melton, all of Monroe, Joe Melton, Hartford City, IN, and Gary Jolley, Livingston; five daughters, Juanita Roberts, Nashville, Jean Norrod and Shirley Garrett, both of Monroe, and Ruth Waddey and Barbara Lee, both of Livingston; 35 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were her sons.

 

Wanda McCormick
Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda McCormick, 63, of Monterey, were conducted Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Bob Keich and Rev. Tex Boles officiating. Burial was in Mayland Cemetery with Goff Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. McCormick died Friday, Jan. 11 at Cumberland County Medical Center in Crossville. She had formerly owned and operated several restaurants in the Monterey area and had worked in local factories. She was also a homemaker and attended Monterey Second Freewill Baptist Church.

Born January 24, 1938, in Mayland, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Evelyn (Phillips) Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Carl Henry.

Survivors include her husband, Buster McCormick, Monterey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Myra and Terry Bowman, Monterey, and Tracie and Mike Engle, Cookeville; four sisters, Joyce Henry and Debbie Henry, both of Nashville, Phyllis Grimsley, Cookeville, and Sybil Stewart, Algood; and four grandchildren, Dustin, Amber, Mason, and Landon.

 

Robert Darrell Maynord
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Darrell Maynord, 47, of Smyrna, were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, from the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home with Perry Clayton officiating. Burial was in Dugan Smith Cemetery with Woodlawn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Maynord died Thursday, Jan. 10 at Smyrna Medical Center.

Born December 30, 1954, he was the son of Robert and Ruby Maynord of Allons.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, June (Young) Maynord, Smyrna; three daughters, Danielle Maynord, Andrea Maynord, and Ashley Maynord, Smyrna; a stepson, Joey Huddleston, Smyrna; four brothers, Ronnie Maynord and Mike Maynord, both of Allons, Rick Maynord, Livingston, and Eric Maynord, Gainesboro; a sister, Lynn (Maynord) Jolley, Monroe; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Estel and Ala Young, Monroe. Pallbearers were James Vandusin, Don Ellis, Paul Gardner, Terry Chapman, Robert Jolley, Pat Anderton, Cal Whitaker, and Ron Pertee.

 

Dollie Mae (Kyle) Johnson
Funeral services for Mrs. Dollie Mae (Kyle) Johnson, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery with Livingston Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson died Saturday, Jan. 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Born November 16, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Mack and Lou (Brewington) Kyle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Johnson; a son, James Golden; and sisters.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Earnest Gene and Sarah Johnson, Livingston; a sister, Nellie V. Reeder, Cookeville; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dallas Allen, Jacob Norrod, Bob Kirby, Herman Moody, Johnny Frank Reeder, and Herman Bean.

 

William Oliver Harpe
Mr. William Oliver Harpe, 75, of Sparta, died Tuesday, Jan.1, 2002 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was retired from the Navy.

Born February 12, 1926, in Stephensport, KY, he was the son of the late Clarence and Wilma Harpe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola (Garcia) Harpe.

Survivors include a daughter, Maria Reneau, Key Largo, FL; a sister, Gladys Percel, Vincent, IN; and one grandchild. The family chose cremation, so no services were planned. Livingston Funeral was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Rhoda (Dudney) Denson
Funeral services for Mrs. Rhoda (Dudney) Denson, 91, of Gainesboro, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Gainesboro with Bro. Dewayne Chaffin officiating. Burial was in John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community of Jackson County with Anderson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Denson died Monday, Jan. 7 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker, a member of the Church of Christ, and a resident of the Roaring River Community of Jackson County.

Born May 11, 1910, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Mack and Belle (Jenkins) Dudney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Averette Dudney, Sam Dudney, Charles Dudney, Bill Dudney, and Nelson Dudney; and three sisters, Mary Nell Hix, Sarah Netherton, and Agnes Hall.

Survivors include three sons and three daughters-in-law, Ewin L. and Mary Lou Denson, Livingston, Shirlie and Judy Denson, Cookeville, and Jerry and Joyce Denson, Gainesboro; three grandchildren and a granddaughter-in-law, Joey and Tammy Denson, Gainesboro, Jackie Denson, Bozeman, MT, and Tyler Denson, Cookeville; and two great grandchildren, Josh Denson and Ashley Denson.

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