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Archives 12-18-2002




Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Ann Bilbrey, 57, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery with Bro. Cletis Beason and Bro. Craig Green officiating.

Mrs. Bilbrey died Thursday, Dec. 5 at her home. She was a garment factory worker and of the Church of God faith.

Born October 10, 1945, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Gorden and Clara Jane (Garrett) Beason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William Beason, Ray Beason, and Kermit Beason.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Amy Harvey of the Willow Grove Community and Jerry and Tosha (Smith) Beason of Livingston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Harvey and Johnny Hill of Livingston and Tina and Jean Pierre Joubert of France; five step-children, Larry Bilbrey and John Bilbrey, both of Livingston, Cindy Bilbrey and Lorrie Harris, both of Rickman, and Sherry Warren of Nashville; two brothers, Leonard Beason and John Beason, both of Monroe; five sisters, Linda Dishman and Faye Taylor, both of Indiana, Liz Reeder of Cookeville, and Brenda Garrett and Janie Long, both of Livingston; three grandchildren, Skyler Beason, Destiny Beason, and Donovan Harvey; and a special friend, Sharon Patterson.


Funeral services for Mr. John Curtis Cope, 79, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, from Byrdstown First Baptist Church. Burial was in Story Cemetery with Bro. Charles Gibbs and Bro. Henry Colbert officiating. Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Cope died Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farmer and factory worker and worked in house construction. He was a deacon of Byrdstown First Baptist Church and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Born January 29, 1923, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late John C. and Hannah (Riley) Cope. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a siser, Virgie (Cope) Rich; and five brothers, Garfield Cope, Leo Cope, Earnest Cope, Lloyd Cope, and Bill Cope.

Survivors include his wife, Vannie (Huddleston) Cope of Byrdstown; three daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Milton Anderson of Nashville, Sharon and Gerald Scott of Oak Ridge, and Karen and Rick Jones of Cookeville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Doyle Cope of Byrdstown and David and Mary Faye Cope of Pall Mall; six grandchildren, Amanda Anderson, Brandon Jones, David Jones, Kelly Scott, Kayce Scott, and Dustin Scott; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Brandon Jones, David Jones, Dustin Scott, Curtis Paul Cope, Stacy Evans, and Chris Evans.


Funeral services for Mrs. Charlene Ruth (Vance) Hurst, 85, of Jamestown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, from the chapel of Jennings Funeral Home in Jamestown. Burial was in Taylor Place Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Duncan and Bro. Leonard Brown officiating.

Mrs. Hurst died Thursday, Dec. 5 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker.

Born May 15, 1917, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Cooper) Vance. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Hurst; two sons, Kenneth Hurst and Roy Hurst; a daughter, Sadie Hurst; a step-son, Floyd Hurst; a step-daughter, Betty Jean Privet; a son-in-law, Johnny Winningham; two brothers, Kirklan Vance and Carl Vance; a step-brother, Lewis Vance; and a step-sister, Vallie Vance.

Survivors include eight daughters and four sons-in-law, Mary Lou (Hurst) and L.D. Franklin of Livingston; Shirley Hurst, Peggy and Bob Trowbridge, Nancy Winning-ham, and Moody Hurst, all of Jamestown, Judy Winningham of Indianapolis, IN, and Pat (Hurst) and Jim Harrigan and Vicky (Hurst) and Mark Hurst, all of Los Angeles, CA; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Marty Hurst of Jamestown and Jack and Vangie Hurst and Luke Hurst, all of Los Angeles; a brother, Charles Casper Vance of Rockwood; a sister, Virginia Langley of Harriman; 25 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Von Crabtree, Ronald Hurst, Tommy Hood, Jim Hood, Ronnie Threet, and Joe Bertram. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Linda Melton, Paul Melton, Bernard King, Michelle Stockton, Mark Livingston, Gene Hull, Rodney Smith, Johnny Boles, Nate Copley, Turk Baz, Jo Hood, Tim Richardson, L.D. Franklin, and Jerry Brown.


Funeral services for Mr. Charles Fred Krantz, 89, of the Dry Hollow Community, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home. Burial was in Qualls Cemetery in the Dry Hollow Community with Gary Farris and Mike White officiating.

Mr. Krantz died Thursday, Dec. 12 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born January, 12, 1913, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Hardy and Florence (Brown) Krantz.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Krantz of the Dry Hollow Community; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Wanda Krantz and Tony and Angie Krantz, all of the Dry Hollow Community; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia Krantz and Joanna and Hugh Livingston, all of the Dry Hollow Community, and Vivian and Roscoe Brown of Tippcity, OH; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Mr. Krantz' grandchildren served as pallbearers.


Funeral services for Mr. Franklin R. "Frank" Laycock, 66, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, from Lighthouse Church in Rickman. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery with Gary Davis and Theo Watts officiating. Rickman-Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Laycock died Thursday, Dec. 5 at his home.

Born September 25, 1936, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Kelly and Ella Mae (Bilbrey) Laycock. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Valesta Spears and Velma Laycock; and two brothers, James Laycock and Daniel Laycock.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (Miller) Laycock of Rickman; two sons, David Laycock and Scott Laycock, both of Rickman; two sisters, Mable Ward of Cookeville and Emma Smith of Algood; and a brother, Delma Laycock of Rickman.

Pallbearers were Greg Whited, Kenneth Laycock, Larry Reed, Rick Clouse, Mike Miller, Deloy Miller, and Larry Smith.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Ron Abner, Cecil Cole, Randy Prichard, Rick Dodson, Keith Bass, and Eugene Gilliam, all deacons of Lighthouse Church.


Funeral services for Mr. Larry Paul Ledbetter, 47, of Celina, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, from the chapel of Upton Funeral Home in Celina. Burial was in Fitzgerald Cemetery with Bro. Bill Ramsey officiating.

Mr. Ledbetter died Friday, Dec. 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a packer with Osh Kosh and a member of the Baptist church.

Born May 6, 1955, in the Timothy Community, he was the son of Ruth Ledbetter of Celina and the late Paul Colson.

Survivors include two brothers, B.J. Ledbetter of Celina and Johnny Ledbetter of Gaines-boro; and a siser, Sandra Hargis of Celina.


Funeral services for Mrs. Inez Naomi Wright, 70, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Nolan Cantrell officiating.

Mrs. Wright died Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Midland, TX. She was a housewife and a member of Level Park Baptist Church in Battle Creek, MI.

Born January 12, 1932, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Ervin E. and Ida Ethel (York) Norris.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur O. Wright of Monroe; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Kathy Wright of Rocklin, CA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Billie Norris of Livingston and Jerry and Treva Norris of Alpine; a sister and brother-in-law, Joanna and Roy Johnson of Livingston; two grandchildren, Sara Naomi Wright and Jacob Luke Wright; and four nephews, Jonathan Norris, Kevin Norris, Dale Norris, and Darrell Norris.

Pallbearers were Kevin Norris, Jonathan Norris, Darrell Norris, Nolan Cantrell, Doug Smith, and Mike Smith.


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