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Archives 01-15-2003

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DILLARD CALVIN "D.C." BILBREY
Funeral services for Mr. Dillard Calvin "D.C." Bilbrey, 78, of Alpine, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Dewey Glenn Masters officiating.

Mr. Bilbrey died Saturday, Jan. 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a woodworking craftsman and a member of Allens Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born May 21, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Joe and Lina (Sidwell) Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arlin Bilbrey and Rancy Bilbrey.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Marie (Madwell) Bilbrey of Alpine; a daughter and son-in-law, Elevene and Charles McDonald of Hilham; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Brenda Bilbrey of Wauchula, FL; a grandson and his wife, Adam and Honey Bilbrey of Avon Park, FL; and two great grandchildren, Joseph Alex-ander Bilbrey and Sarah Elizabeth Bilbrey, both of Avon Park.

Pallbearers were Ernest Campbell, Charles McDonald, Ray Mabrey, Terry Morrow, Wayne Mabe, and Darrick Roberts.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

ALFRED WILLARD GARRETT
Funeral services for Mr. Alfred Willard Garrett, 87, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Rev. Ferrell Looper officiating.

Mr. Garrett died Monday, Jan. 6 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farmer and of the non-denominational faith.

Born July 5, 1915, in Overton County, he was the son of the late John L. and Dolly Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lassie (Cantrell) Garrett.

Survivors include five sons, Jerry Ray Garrett, Kenneth Garrett, Billy Walker, and Tony Walker, all of Livingston, and Jake Garrett of Alexandria, IN; three daughters, Mary Hunter and Lucille Smith, both of Anderson, IN, and Eudean McDonald of Livingston; two brothers, L.D. Garrett and Billy Garrett, both of Livingston; a sister, Hazel Chettle of Livingston; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Pallbearers were Jason Hunter, Troy Garrett, Travis Garrett, Tracy McDonald, Wayne Dishman, Bryan Dish-man, Travis Dishman, and Scott Dishman.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ROXIE MAY KEISLING
Funeral services for Mrs. Roxie May Keisling, 90, of the Independence Community, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Martin Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Mrs. Keisling died Thursday, Jan. 9 at her home. She was a housewife and a member of Antioch Church of Christ.

Born October 5, 1912, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Spencer W. and Maggie (Wilburn) Conner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bethel Ray Keisling; two sisters, Lillie Holt and Lois Taylor; and three brothers, Dalton Conner, Jake Conner, and Malton Conner.

Survivors include four sons, Ray Keisling of Liberty, MO, Jerry Keisling of Safety Harbor, FL, Harold Keisling of Cookeville, and Dale Keisling of the Independence Community; a daughter, Janice Linck of Broken Arrow, OK; a brother, Earnest Conner of Crossville, IL; a sister, Eula Keisling of Marianna, AR; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donald Keisling, Kenneth Keisling, David Keisling, Daniel Keisling, Bruce Keisling, and Pat O'Bryan. Memorial contributions may be made to Overton County Public Library.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

OPAL RUTH NORRIS
Eastern Star services for Mrs. Opal Ruth Norris, 79, of Cookeville, and formerly of Alpine, were conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 from Christ Church Presbyterian in Alpine. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Bro. David Beaty and Rev. Dee Ledford officiating.

Mrs. Norris died Friday, Jan. 10 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker and retired nurse's aide. She was also a member of Eastern Star and Christ Church Presbyterian.

Born June 4, 1923, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James C. and Mary (Stout) Deck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Norris Jr.; a daughter, Faye Holman; and a grandson, Johnny Donnelly.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Ann Norris of Oak Ridge; two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Michael Stephens of Livingston and Marty and John Donnelly of Cookeville; a sister, Myrtle Jean Sells of Monroe; grandchildren, Jason Stephens and April Stephens, both of Memphis, Mary Beth Broome of Oak Ridge, Rachel and Bal Keene of Atlanta, GA, David Holman and Sonya Holman, both of Hallsville, TX, Dawn Holman of Austin, TX, and Darin Holman of Houston, TX; and three great grandchildren, Madison Holman, Haley Holman, and Payton Holman. Pallbearers were Paul Hargis, Bill Hargis, Darin Holman, Jim Winton, Jason Stephens, and Michael Deck.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

NORMA ELIZABETH RAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Elizabeth Ray, 72, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2002, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. Burial was in Smith Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Mike Adams and Bro. Paul Stringer officiating.

Mrs. Ray died Thursday, Jan. 9 at her home. She was a self-employed dairy farmer and a member of Allens Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born December 12, 1930, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Osa D. and Effie Mae (Poston) Allen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Paul Ray; and a brother, Hilmon Allen.

Survivors include two brothers and a sister-in-law, Harley James and Lois Allen of Michigan and Claude Allen of Cookeville; and four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mary and Tom Pryor of Sparta, Charlene and Donnie Ledbetter of Livingston, Nadine and Charles Bowman of Crawford, and Imogene Snedecor of Cookeville.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

MILAS SPURLIN
Masonic services for Mr. Milas Spurlin, 75, of the Vines Ridge Community, were conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Burial, with full military honors, was in Honey Springs Cemetery with Rev. Robbie Miller and Bro. Arnold Burris officiating.

Mr. Spurlin died Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. He was retired from Indiana Glass, a United States Army veteran having served in Korea, a member of Shiloh Masonic Lodge 637, and a member of Twinton Freewill Baptist Church.

Born September 15, 1927, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Mintie (Stevens) Spurlin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Spurlin, and two sisters, Virgie Guffey and Alice Robbins.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (Smith) Spurlin of the Vines Ridge Community; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Tom Olson of the Vines Ridge Community; four sisters, Opal Matthews and Margie Garrett, both of the Vines Ridge Community, and Ruby Roberts and Iva Spurlin, both of Monterey; and five grandchildren, Elasha Lennartz, Richard Phillips, Kristi Whitthoft, Kelly Olson, and Mark Olson.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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