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Archives 11-20-2002

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Henry Leo "Little LEO" Beechboard Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Henry Leo "Little Leo" Beechboard Jr., 41, of Allons, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Eugene McCowan officiated.

Mr. Beechboard died Tuesday, Nov. 12 at his home. He worked most of his life at Hills Department Store in Anderson, IN. He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston.

Born September 23, 1961, in Anderson, he was the son of Henry Leo Sr. and Virginia "Ginny" (Morris) Beechboard of Allons.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members and friends. Pallbearers were Greg Phillips, Harold Scott, Dale Long, Paul White, Glen Ledbetter, and Kenneth Ward.

 

Mattie C. (Maxwell) Bilyeu
Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie C. (Maxwell) Bilyeu, 82, of Anderson, IN, were conducted at noon Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, from the chapel of Rozell-Johnson Funeral Service in Anderson. Burial was in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Harold Milner officiated.

Mrs. Bilyeu died Monday, Nov. 11 at Rolling Hills Conv. Center in Anderson after an extended illness. She was employed in the production department of Barber Manufacturing for 12 years. Her interests included cooking, gardening, crocheting, and quilting.

Born June 6, 1920, in Hilham, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Lou (Harper) Maxwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bilyeu; two sisters, Annie Johnson and Mable McCoy; and a brother, Willie Howard Maxwell.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ron and Carol Bilyeu of Anderson and "Joe" Bilyeu of Hemphill, TX; two brothers and a sister-in-law, James Maxwell and Bob and Mary Maxwell, all of Connersville, IN; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lena Hawkins, Tommie McGuire, Janice and Junior Carter, and Sue and Jack Gibbons, all of Algood, and Beulah Harvey of Anderson; four grandchildren, Jerry and Paula Bilyeu, Jody Bilyeu, and Jama Bilyeu, all of Anderson, and Jeff and Tonya Bilyeu of Dumfries, VA; three great grandchildren, Jessica Bilyeu, Hannah Bilyeu, and Abby Bilyeu, all of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Georgia Elizabeth (Young) Bryant
Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Elizabeth (Young) Bryant, 84, of Algood, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, from the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home in Cookeville. Burial will be in Paran Cemetery. Bro. Ovle Tinch and Bro. Harold Walker will officiate.

Mrs. Bryant died Sunday, Nov. 17 at Bethesda Health Care. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Born November 17, 1918, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Timothy C. and Minnie (Terry) Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bryant; and two granddaughters, Rebecca Ann Garrett and Kimberly Mary Les.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Pam Bryant of Rickman, Jack and Pam Bryant of Algood, and James "Randy" and Debra Bryant of Cookeville; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty and George Seber of Allons, Martha Les and Susan Coronado, both of Cookeville, and Barbara and Carl Garrett of Rickman; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Mrs. Bryant's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

 

Margaret Elizabeth (Hembree) Carr
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth (Hembree) Carr, 89, of Knoxville, and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery. Bro. Grant Standifer officiated.

Mrs. Carr died Tuesday, Nov. 12 at U.T. Knoxville Hospital. She was a retired garment factory worker and a member of Farragut Church of Christ.

Born February 9, 1913, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Della (Gillentine) Hembree. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Hugh Carr; two sons, John Paul Carr and Joseph Henry Carr; two brothers, Robert Hembree and Paul Hembree; and two sisters, Henrettia Greenwood and Bernice Jackson.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome Edwin and Sue (Brazle) Carr of Knoxville; a daughter and son-in-law, Mabel Lillian and Martin Hazlett of Knoxville; two daughters-in-law, Barbara Hughs Carr and Joyce Cox Carr, both of Antonio, TX; a brother, Charles Hembree of Kettering, OH; and 10 grandchildren, Ronnie, Sandy, Bill, Windy, John Jr., Cammie, Greg, Jami, Machael, and Joey.

Pallbearers were Joe Carr, Bill Hazlett, John Carr Jr., John Markowski, Gary Rector, and Robert Bogavich.

 

Mahala Flowers
Funeral services for Mrs. Mahala Flowers, 78, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Flowers Cemetery. Rev. Perry Clayton officiated.

Mrs. Flowers died Thursday, Nov. 14 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Martin's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born May 22, 1924, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Pinkney and Rosetta (Jones) Beaty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hoy Flowers; a sister, Eliza Richard-son; and six brothers, Edward Beaty, William Beaty, Douglas Beaty, Curtis Beaty, Forster Beaty, and Louis Beaty.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Alexander and Kathleen Beaty of Pall Mall; three sisters-in-law, Eliza F. Beaty of Byrdstown, Eva P. Beaty of Jamestown, and Gertie Beaty of Pall Mall; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Hobert Clifton Huffine
Funeral services for Mr. Hobert Clifton Huffine, 90, of Laurens, SC, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, from Kennedy Mortuary Chapel in Laurens with Rev. Ted Rush and Rev. Roger Tripp officating. A committal service with Masonic rites was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Chattanooga.

Mr. Huffine died Tuesday, Nov. 12 at National Health Care Center. He worked for 3M Corporation for 35 years before retiring as manager of the company's tool and die shop. He also worked four years until he retired with Lowry Mechanical. He attended Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and was a member of Hejaz Shrine Temple, Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America, Red Bank Masonic Lodge 717 Free and Accepted Masons, National Wildlife Federation, and National Rifle Association. He was also an active member of Laurens Church of Christ, where he was a former treasurer.

Born November 16, 1911, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Theodore Thurston and Maudie (Flatt) Huffine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Lucille (Ward) Huffine; a son, Capt. Melvin Thomas Huffine; a sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle Gertrude (Huffine) and Estel B. Smith; three brothers, William Clarence Huffine, Hilman Howard Huffine, and Freddy Arnold Huffine; and three grandchildren, James Huffine Davis, James Clifton Huffine, and David Ward Huffine.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Inez Brooks Martin Huffine of Laurens; a daughter and son-in-law, Faye (Huffine) and Steve Altman of Williamsburg, VA; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ward Thurston and Bobbie A. Huffine of Knoxville and Gene Ellis and Judith F. Huffine of Hixon; three sisters, Edith Masters of Dayton, OH, Gwendola Garrett of Anderson, IN, and Nadean Smith of Gainesboro; five grandsons, Samuel Clifton Davis and wife Cortney W., Chris Huffine, Charles Huffine, William Keith Huffine and wife Misty, and Eric Martin Huffine; and four great grandchildren, Taylor Huffine, Jacob Huffine, Serena Huffine, and Kali Lambard.

Serving as honorary escorts were 3M retirees and workers. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

 

Lillie Belle Jackson
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Belle Jackson, 82, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, from the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Bro. Dewitt Sampley and Bro. Paul Fox officiated the services.

Mrs. Jackson died Thursday, Nov. 14 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Brotherton Missionary Baptist Church.

Born July 14, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Rosie Lee (Short) Dishman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Myrtle Oakley Dishman; four sisters, Velma Conley, Beulah Haney, Christine Atkinson, and Bertha Mae Dishman; three brothers, Jesse Dishman, Clayton Dishman, and Charlie Thomas Dishman; and a step-grandson, Terry Bouldin.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Clinton Odell Jackson of Cookeville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rosie Maxine and Kenneth Fox of Cookeville and Ruby Lorene and Dennis Smith of Clark-range; three sons and daughters-in-law, George Leroy and Joy Wilmoth of McMinnville, Johnny and Patricia Jackson and Donnie and Onda Jackson, all of Cookeville; 10 grandchildren, Gary Wilmoth, Regina Wiggins, J.R. Jackson, J.D. Jackson, Justin Jackson, Iris Jackson, Janet Fox, Jennifer Stephens, Jason Smith, and Tim Smith; a step-granddaughter, Renee Simmons Morgan; a great grandson, Ben Wiggins; and 4 step-grandchildren, Adam Simmons, Jeff Simmons, Brett Simmons, and J.T. Morgan.

Pallbearers were Gary Wilmoth, J.R. Jackson, J.D. Jackson, Justin Jackson, Jason Smith, Tim Smith, Michael Wiggins, and Joshua Stephens.

 

Hauta Eunice Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mrs. Hauta Eunice Ledbetter, 96, of Allons, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in Hunter Cove Cemetery. Bro. Thurman Sebers officiated.

Mrs. Ledbetter died Sunday, Nov. 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Born February 7, 1906, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Jake and Bennie (Daniels) Holman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ledbetter; two brothers; four sisters; and two sons-in-law.

Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Wanda and Lloyd Thurman of Livingston, Bobbie and Ezell Thurman and Clara Hunter, all of Allons, and O.V. Apollos of Gallatin; two sons, Coy Ledbetter and James Ledbetter, both of Allons; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ledbetter's grandsons and great grandsons served as pallbearers.

 

Bruce Phillips
Funeral services for Mr. Bruce Phillips, 34, of Monterey, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. Burial was in Phillips Cemetery. Rev. Mike Kirby and Rev. Richard Rollins officiated.

Mr. Phillips died Saturday, Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. He was a logger and heavy equipment operator, a member of Hanging Limb Missionary Baptist Church, and a 1986 graduate of Monterey High School.

Born June 17, 1968, in Monterey, he was the son of Harvey and Diane (Phipps) Phillips of Monterey.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two daughters, Lorene Phillips and Elizabeth Phillips, both of Monterey; a son, Matthew Phillips of Monterey; his fiancˇe, Marie Wright of Monterey; his maternal grandmother, Cliva Phipps of Monterey; his paternal grandmother, Ferbia Phillips of Monterey; two sisters, Mary Ann Henry and Debra Cantrell, both of Monterey; and two brothers, Stacy Phillips of Hanging Limb and Alex Phillips of Monterey.

 

Lula (Looper) Phillips
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula (Looper) Phillips, 82, of Hanging Limb, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. Burial was in Phillips Cemetery. Rev. Ronnie Wilson and Rev. Talmadge Welch officiated.

Mrs. Phillips died Thursday, Nov. 14 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a school teacher in Overton County, having taught at Columbia Hill, Thompson Flatt, Anderson Community, Union B, Mineral Springs, and Twinton. She was a member of Hanging Limb Baptist Church.

Born February 3, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Darling and Dora (Clark) Looper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Holland Phillips.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Arnold and Oma (Bilbrey) Phillips of Chesapeake, VA, and Earl and Louise (Bowman) Phillips of Hanging Limb; three brothers, George Looper, D.M. Looper, and Center Looper, all of Anderson, IN; two sisters, Sara Duncan of Anderson and Emogene Pickle of Johnson City; three grandchildren and their spouses, Cortes Earl and Tammy Phillips of Hanging Limb, Dana Kevin Phillips of Newport News, VA, and Sherry and Jackie Farley of Monterey; and three great grandchildren, Levi Phillips, Shelley Phillips, and Matthew M. Phillips.

 

Dimple Magdalene Pullins
Funeral services for Mrs. Dimple Magdalene Collins, 79, of Muncie, IN, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, from the chapel of Garden View Funeral Home in Muncie. Burial was in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Mrs. Pullins died Friday, Nov. 8 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was a cook at Ball State University in Muncie before her retirement and a member of Ball State Sympathy Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Pullins; a daughter, Betty Jean Pullins; and five brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Grady Tayse of Akron, OH, Thomas Pullins of Muncie, and Bill Pullins of Parker City, IN; two daughters, Elaine Wooten and Kathy Pullins, both of Muncie; two sisters, Laura Ledford of Livingston and Evelyn Walker of Cookeville; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.

 

Darrell Morris Rhoton
Funeral services for Mr. Darrell Morris Rhoton, 63, of Moss, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery in Moss. Paul Stringer officiated.

Mr. Rhoton died Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. He was a truck driver for Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Born June 7, 1939, in Boles, KY, he was the son of Flora (Denton) Rhoton of Moss and the late Reed Rhoton.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Shirley (White) Rhoton of Celina; three daughters, Brianna Rhoton of Moss, Tammy Sloan of Lascassas, and Elizabeth Rosbury of Warner-Robbins, GA; five brothers, Carl Rhoton of Tompkinsville, KY, Fred Rhoton of Oxford, MS, Paul Rhoton of Nashville, Jerry Rhoton of Celina, and Mike Rhoton of Sparta; two sisters, Ina Davis of Bowling Green, KY, and Sandra Head of Hestand, KY; and four grandchildren.

 

Willowdean Dudley Webb
Funeral services for Mrs. Willowdean Dudley Webb, 71, of Celina, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina. Burial was in Webb Cemetery. Kenny Westmoreland officiated.

Mrs. Webb died Monday, Nov. 11 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a director for Tennessee Department of Human Services and a member of Beech Bethany Church of Christ.

Born December 2, 1930, in Celina, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mattie Kelma (Key) Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Otis Webb.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford Webb of Celina; two step-daughters, Linda Rich of Celina and Joan Stinson of Conroe; and three half-sisters, Oneal Spoonamore, Wanne Davis, and Patricia Hale, all of Burkesville, KY.

 

Clara E. West
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara E. West, 83, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home. Burial was in Netherland Cemetery. Bro. Mark Loftis officiated.

Mrs. West died Monday, Nov. 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a member of Netherland Church of Christ.

Born June 10, 1919, in Hilham, she was the daughter of the late Will and Mildred (Langford) Elam. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac "Ike" West; and a daughter, Barbara Winborn.

Survivors include a nephew and his wife, Billy and Faye Elam of Cookeville; and a niece, Evelyn Smith of Cookeville. Pallbearers were Bob Roberson, John Randolph, Dewey Ogletree, Jeff Jones, Rev. A.J. Cox, and Jimmy Smith.

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