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Funeral service for Mr. Robert D. Dennis, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Jerry Johnson and Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Mr. Dennis died Monday, Nov. 25 at Overton County Nursing Home. He was a carpenter and a member of Willow Grove Church of Christ.

Born May 7, 1911, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Alfred and Ova (Patterson) Dennis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ora Dennis; a daughter, Anna Jo Reagan; two sons, Bobby Dennis and an infant son; two brothers, Clura Dennis and Fred Dennis; and a granddaughter, Charlene Reagan.

Survivors include his wife, Irene (Moore) Dennis of Livingston; two daughters, Joyce Sidwell of Livingston and Sandra Brown of Cookeville; a son, Fred Dennis of Livingston; a sister, Florene Dixon of Livingston; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were David Key, Jordan Reagan, Jonathan Young, Gavin Reagan, Andy Auberson, and Ronnie Reagan.


Funeral services for Mrs. Jacki Lynn (Cummings) Dow, 38, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, from the Brown Funeral Chapel in Byrdstown. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery with Bro. Randy Tompkins officiating.

Mrs. Dow died Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She was a member of Locust Grove Baptist Church in Albany, KY. She held a masters degree in chemistry and taught physics and chemistry at Clinton County High School in Albany.

Born August 30, 1964, in Florida, she was the daughter of Ernest and Creola (Beaty) Cummings of Byrdstown.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband David L. Dow Jr. of Byrdstown; a son, David Drake Dow of Byrdstown; a grandmother, Maddie Cummings of Byrdstown; a brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Beth Cummings of Byrdstown; two nephews, Josh Cummings and Michael Cummings, both of Byrdstown; a niece, Alecia Cummings of Byrdstown; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. Eight students from her Chemistry 2 class served as pallbearers.


Funeral services for Mr. Don Fugate, 64, of Monterey, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church in Rickman. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Gary Pierce and Pastor Marvin Saylors officiating. Goff Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Fugate died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He and his wife owned and operated Fugate's Auto Body Shop for more than 30 years and Fugate Rentals for almost 20 years in Anderson, IN. He won many awards on demonstrating tools and techniques to trade school students in Anderson Community Schools and established their first Little League playground equipment. He was a long-term member and photographer of the KCAA. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church.

Born January 8, 1938, in Perry County, KY, he was the son of Asbury Fugate of Hazard, KY, and the late June (Baker) Fugate.

Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife of 42 years, Carol (Norrod) Fugate of Monterey; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Donna Fugate of Muncie, IN; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Larry Wiley of Algood; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Phyllis and Ron Leto of Arizona and Norma Noble of Kentucky; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Doug and Sandy Fugate of New Jersey; a grandson, Noah Wiley; and three step-grandchildren, Brannan Ellis, Chris Ellis, and Brandon Wiley. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Funeral service for Mrs. Clara (Paul) Hancock, 83, of Alpine, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Grace Baptist Church in Alpine. Burial was in Hancock Cemetery with Bro. John Copeland officiating.

Mrs. Hancock died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Born May 24, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Mary Belle (Bybee) Paul. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hancock; a son, Eugene Buddy Smith; two brothers, Homer Paul and Virgil Paul; and three sisters, Lucy Daniels, Bonzie Bowman, and Lena Gunnels.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth R. and Sandy Hancock of Smyrna and Ray and Lavergne Smith of Sequin, TX; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Dale Pope and Louise and Hank Stover, all of Alpine; a daughter-in-law, Anna Ruth Smith of Alpine; a brother, Waldon Paul of Monroe; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Allen Nagey, Drew Smith, Larry Holmes, Brad Lazenby, Clyde Paul, and James Robbins.


Mrs. Myrtie Henson, 87, of Toledo, OH, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, in Toledo.

Born February 18, 1915, in the Pine Hill Community, she was the daughter of the late Esco and Ethel Hestand.

She attended Pine Hill School, and in October 1932, she married Clarence Henson, also of the Pine Hill Community. She attended Pine Hill Church of Christ as a child with her family. She was a founding member of Whitney Hills Church of Christ in Toledo. Mrs. Henson, along with her sister, Alice Sims, were two of the original five members who met in a small store in Toledo for several years until a building was finally built. She taught the Women's Sunday School class for more than 35 years and took many correspondence courses from David Lipscomb University.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Bruce Klinck; a son, David Henson; a sister, Dora Denton of Pine Hill; and two grandchildren, Bruce Klinck and Lisa Klinck.


Funeral service for Mrs. Mildred Melton, 66, of Moss, were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bill Coe officiating.

Mrs. Melton died Saturday, Nov. 30 at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Born March 1, 1936, in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late Alet and Josie (Ward) Poston.

Survivors include her husband, W.T. "Bil" Melton of Moss; three sons, Gary Melton of Little Rock, AR, Ken Melton of McMinnville, and Jimmy Melton of Murfreesboro; a daughter, Terri Jo Melton of Burkesville, KY; a brother, Ward Poston of Livingston; two sisters, Gladys Poston of Livingston and Reva White of Hermitage; and four grandchildren, Julie Melton, Jennifer Melton, Kendell Melton, and Nikki Melton.


Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa Marie "Terry" Moles, 80, of Rickman, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Cookeville. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Father Tom Perin officiating. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Moles died Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She worked in the restaurant business and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Born September 12, 1922, in Lowell, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Albert and Albertine (Porier) O'Conner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Moles; four brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, David and Alice Moles, Rick and Veneshia Moles, and Jeff and Melanie Moles, all of Rickman, and Gary and Brenda Moles of Temecula, FL; four brothers, Andy O'Conner, Richard O'Conner, and Pete O'Conner, all of Sarasota, FL, and Donald O'Conner of Waterbury, CT; a sister, Cecile Dery of Deming, NM; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kenny Moles, Danny Moles, Ron Moles, Mark Sherfield, Anthony Wright, and Ronnie Miranda. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital through First National Bank or Speck Funeral Home.


Edna C. Myers, 75, of Bluffton, IN, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at Meadowvale Care Center. Mrs. Myers was retired from a career at General Electric Company. She was a member of First Church of Christ in Markle, IN, and American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary at Roanoke, IN.

She was born in Allons on August 30, 1927, to Calvin and Norma (Melton) Vaughn. Her marriage in Fort Smith, AR, on July 23, 1943, was to Eddie H. Myers, who survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Glen (Mary) Hendricks of Ossian, IN; a son, Dave Myers of Mishawaka, IN; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Ray of Allons, Mrs. Lucille Dulworth of Bluffton, and Mrs. Olen Dick of New Castle, IN; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at Goodwin Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gerald Moreland officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Ossian. Calling hours at the memorial chapel were Thursday, Oct. 24 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Markle Church of Christ. Pd.


Funeral service for Mr. Joseph W. Poston, 54, of Sevierville, and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at noon, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, from the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Sevierville with Rev. Kenneth Stansberry officiating.

Mr. Poston died Thursday, Nov. 28 at Ft. Saunders Hospital in Sevierville. He was employed with Richardson Turner Construction Company and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Born May 31, 1948, in Overton County, he was the son of Cleo (Winningham) Poston of Livingston and the late Wilbur Poston.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Barbara (Thompson) Poston of Sevierville; a son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Wendie Poston of Knoxville; three daughters and a son-in-law, Valerie and Brad Loveday, Rebecca Poston, and Katie Jo Poston, all of Sevierville; two sisters, June Robbins of Livingston and Brenda Williams of Byrdstown; and one grandchild. Obituary information was provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Funeral services for Mr. Luther Washington Stamps, 63, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Bobby Roberts officiating.

Mr. Stamps died Sunday, Nov. 24 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a masonry helper and of the Baptist faith. Born March 14, 1939, in Overton County, he was the son of the late James Wilker and Alpha (Brown) Stamps. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Veachel Stamps; and a grandson, Jonathan Dixon.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Stamps of Livingston; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ricky and Jean Stamps and Randell Stamps, all of Livingston; five daughters, Betty Faye Massingille of Allons, and Kimmie Bilbrey, Tina Dixon, Rita Daniels, and Rachael Stamps, all of Livingston; a brother, James Stamps of Carthage; two sisters, Wanda Walker of Livingston and Louise Allen of Kentucky; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Hammock, Jammy Carr, Wayne Peek, Tommy Daniels, Phillip Murphy, Bryan Murphy, and Troy Daniels. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Mark Walker, Jeff Walker, and Greg Walker.


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