Happy E. Hammock
Graveside services for Mrs. Happy E. Hammock, 89, of Gainesboro,
were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2002, at Honey Springs
Cemetery with Bro. Arnold Murphy officiating. Rickman Funeral Home
was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Hammock died Monday, June 17 at Cookeville Regional Medical
Born June 1, 1913, in Monterey, she was the daughter of the late
George Washington and Nancy Elizabeth (Roberson) Abston.
Survivors include five sons, Junior Hammock, Jimmy Hammock, Jessie
Hammock, and Jackie Hammock, all of Anderson, IN, and Johnny Hammock,
Gainesboro; five daughters, Deloris Booth, Peggy Sheer, and Judy
Stanley, all of Anderson, Thelma Miller, Oneida, and Wanda Phillips,
Orange, TX; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Louise Abston,
Nashville; a sister-in-law, Roselle Abston, Crawford; and several
grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
Monica Barbara (Austin) Helms
Funeral services for Mrs. Monica Barbara (Austin) Helms, 67, of
Mt. Juliet, were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2002, at
Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet with Bro. Buddy Neal, Bro. Mark
Loftis, and Dr. Scott West officiating. Burial was in Hermitage
Memorial Gardens with Bond Memorial Chapel in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Helms died at her home after an extended illness. She was
a registered nurse who spent her professional career in patient
care, education, and administration.
Born in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John and
Mae Austin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death
by a sister, Anna Austin Breeding; and an infant sister, Florence
Survivors include her husband, Glenn A. Helms, Mt. Juliet; two
daughters and a son-in-law, Monica Helms and Dr. Scott West and
Marla Helms Fleming, all of Nashville; a brother and sister-in-law,
Ray and Pat Austin, Livingston; a brother-in-law, Dr. Bill Breeding,
Knoxville; three grandchildren, Katherine Lee West, Madison Helms
West, and Lacey Shannon Fleming, all of Nashville; and several nieces
and nephews. Her family members served as pallbearers.
Rev. James Edward Lass
Funeral services for Rev. James Edward Lass, 64, of Toccoa, GA,
and formerly of Livingston, were conducted Monday, June 10, 2002,
at Toccoa First Alliance Church with Rev George W. Tubbs, Rev. Tom
Lass, and Dr. John McNeal officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial
Gardens with Whitlock Mortuary in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Lass died Thursday, June 6. He served in the U.S. Army and
was a missionary and a painter. He was a member and elder at Homer
Christian Missionary Alliance Church, a member of the menŐs Sunday
School class, and a graduate of Michigan State University and Grand
Rapids Baptist Bible College. He also taught junior high school,
ChildrenŐs Ministries, and Bible Centered Ministries International.
Born April 14, 1938, in Grand Rapids, MI, he was the son of the
late Dr. Edward and Christine Margaret (Erickson) Lass. In addition
to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Madeline
Lass, and a sister, Susie McComas.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Florence Lass; his mother-in-law,
Wanda Florence, Toccoa; a son, James E. Lass II, Plainwell, MI;
four daughters, Mary Linda Lass and Heidi Gardenhire, both of Taccoa,
Tasha Lass, missionary in Romania, and Jennifer Coonrod, Sparta;
a sister, Mary Jane Fliss, Cookeville; three brothers, Tom Lass,
Chattanooga, Howard Cooper, Anderson, SC, and Willie Lass, Monroe,
MI; and four grandchildren.
Bobby Jack Nevins
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Jack Nevins, 59, of Livingston, were
conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2002, from the chapel of Speck
Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating. Burial was in Overton
County Memorial Gardens with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the
Mr. Nevins died Saturday, June 22 at Cookeville Regional Medical
Center. He was a retired factory worker of FFM Inc., and a member
of First Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston.
Born November 4, 1949, in Overton County, he was the son of the
late Matt Ester and Grace (Brown) Nevins. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Nevins.
Survivors include his wife, Edras Louise Nevins, Willow Grove Community;
three brothers, Charles Nevins, Anderson, IN, Carl Nevins, Livingston,
and Bill Nevins, Pendleton, IN; five sisters, Marie Looper, Anderson,
IN, Mary Lou Denson and Betty Masters, both of Livingston, Reba
Dishman, Nashville, and Linda Jolly, Sikeston, MO; and several nieces
Pallbearers were Glenn Ford, Clayton Lee, Steve Masters, Jacob
Masters, Mike Nevins, and David Nevins.
Burel Louis Rocho
Funeral services for Mr. Burel Louis Rocho, 82, of Rickman, were
conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2002, from the chapel of Speck
Funeral Home with Dr. Charlie McCaskey officiating. Burial was in
Old Union Cemetery with Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Rocho died Tuesday, June 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
He was retired from Ralston Purina Co. and was a member of First
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville. He was a 25-year member
of Ralston Purina Club and a member of the school board in Calhoun
Born January 1, 1920, in Calhoun County, he was the son of the
late Louis Charles and Inez Clara (Hawley) Rocho. In addition to
his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Smith
and Rolean Bottoft; a brother, Jack Rocho; and a grandson, Matthew
Survivors include his wife, Zenoba Dixie Rocho, Rickman; a son,
Larry Lee Rocho, Coupeville, WA; a daughter, Burelean Densmore,
Burling-ton, MI; a brother, Russell Rocho, Ceresco, MI; four sisters,
Oleatha Katz and Elva Heemsooth, both of Marshall, MI, and Gladys
Smith and JoAnn Cantrell, both of Ceresco; seven grandchildren;
and seven great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Horace Poston, Aaron Heideman, Floyd Vaughn, Johnny
Fisk, Logan Groth, and Bright Cooper.
Gertrude (Burgess) Carmack Tompson
Graveside services for Mrs. Gertrude (Burgess) Carmack Tompson,
86, of Brandon, FL, and formerly of the Fellowship Community, were
conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2002, at Fellowship Cemetery
with Bro. Kerry Duke officiating. Speck Funeral Home was in charge
of the arrangements.
Mrs. Tompson died Wednesday, June 19 at Brandon Regional Hospital.
She was a retired factory worker for Tree Sweet Orange Juice, and
a member of Okeechobee Church of Christ.
Born January 26, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter
of the late Starling and Louella (Dial) Burgess. In addition to
her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Edward Carmack
and Donald Tompson.
Survivors include two sons, Bryan Carmack, Orange, CA, and Dave
Carmack, Seffner, FL; three daughters, Blanche Stacy, Dover, FL,
Betty Cuppett, Brandon, and Carol Summers, Webster, TX; 14 grandchildren;
22 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
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