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Archives 02-12-2003

Obituaries

 

Mable (Ray) Allen
Mable (Ray) Allen went home to be with the Lord on her 82nd birthday Friday, Feb. 7, 2003. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and faithful member of Hilham Road Freewill Baptist Church.

Preceding her in passing were her parents, Andrew and Mattie Ray of the Poplar Springs Community; her husband, Doyle Allen; two sisters, Delphia Jones and Nadine Bowers; and two brothers, Claude Ray and Fred Ray.

She is survived by brother Omer Ray and wife Pat of West Carrolton, OH; daughter Sharon Marsee and husband Don of Livingston; two grandchildren, Theresa Romzek and husband Ron of Livingston; Don Marsee Jr. and wife Kimberly of Thompson's Station; and five great grandchildren, Scott Romzek, Rachel Romzek, Cody Marsee, Justin Marsee, and Makala Marsee.

Services were held Monday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Whitson Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Johnny Hammock, Anthony Hammock, Joe Moody, Donald Moody, Mark Evans, and Larry Hull.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

Lois Jeanette Belcher
Funeral services for Mrs. Lois Jeanette Belcher, 73, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, from the chapel of Cole and Garrett Funeral Home in White House. Burial was in Halltown Cemetery.

Mrs. Belcher died Tuesday, Feb. 4. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ammon "Sammy" Belcher; and two brothers, George Brinkley and Edell Brinkley.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Choate, Sarah Conner, and Sandra Defoe; three sons, Thomas Belcher, Sammy Belcher, and Lee Belcher; 16 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Mrs. Belcher's grandsons served as pallbearers. Special care provided by Cole and Garrett Funeral Home. (C)

 

Arvel Keith "Darb" Cooper
Funeral services for Mr. Arvel Keith "Darb" Cooper, 48, of Alpine, were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Beaty Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Dixon officiating.

Mr. Cooper died Wednesday, Feb. 5 at his home. He was a cement truck driver for IMI Irvin Material Corporation and of the Baptist faith.

Born April 18, 1954, in Overton County, he was the son of Anna Ruth (Smith) Cooper of Indianapolis, IN, and the late Lester Orvel Cooper.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Judy Cooper of Alpine; a daughter, Amy Cooper of Livingston; four brothers, Bill Cooper, Richard Cooper, Johnny Cooper, and Tommy Cooper, all of Indianapolis; and a granddaughter, Taylor Hastings.

Pallbearers were Bill Cooper, Richard Cooper, Johnny Cooper, Tommy Cooper, Terry Copeland, and Randy Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Story, Jamie Crabtree, Donnie Smith, Steve Cooper, Raymond Cooper, and Dustin Cooper.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Lisa Michelle (Smith) Davidson
Funeral services for Mrs. Lisa Michelle (Smith) Davidson, 30, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from the chapel of Brown Funeral Home in Byrdstown. Burial was in Wirmingham Cemetery with Bro. Jeff Brown and Bro. Donald Bowman officiating.

Mrs. Davidson died Friday, Feb. 7 at Byrdstown Medical Center. She was employed with the Hutchinson plant in Livingston and a member of Etter Baptist Church in Byrdstown.

Born February 26, 1972, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of Linda (Key) Smith Neal of Celina and Hershel Smith of Monroe.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Stacy Davidson of Byrdstown; a daughter, Keeshia Davidson of Byrdstown; a son, Stacy Adam Davidson of Byrdstown; her step-mother, Betty Smith of Monroe; grandparents, Allard and Bonza Smith of Monroe; great grandmother, Nova Smith of Monroe; a brother, Joey Allen Smith of Baxley, GA; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James Ray and Ileta Davidson of Byrdstown; a sister-in-law, Shelia Buck of Byrdstown; four brothers-in-law, Lelon Davidson, Frank Davidson, Jesse Davidson, and Tracy Davidson, all of Byrdstown; two aunts, Portia Grissom of Cookeville and Stella Holley of Baxley; two special friends, Pam Richardson and Debbie Bilbrey; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers were Lelon Davidson, Michael Davidson, Johnny Bilbrey, Ronnie Smith, Gary Smith, Randy Smith, Lonzo Smith, and Nathan Buck.

Special care provided by Brown Funeral Home. (C)

 

Wanda Jeanette Davis
Eastern Star services for Mrs. Wanda Jeanette Davis, 68, of Ten Mile, and formerly of Overton County, were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Rev. Newsome Harvey officiating.

Mrs. Davis died Thursday, Feb. 6 at Roane Medical Center. She was a school teacher and a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Paintrock Eastern Star Chapter 454.

Born November 7, 1934, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Havil B. Davis of Sunbright and the late Vonda Jewell (Maynard) Davis.

Survivors, in addition to her father, include a brother, Jerry Kendall Davis of Gainesville, FL; Belinda Sue Ledbetter of Battle Creek, MI; five nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and great nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Willie "Jackie" Fulton
Funeral services for Mr. Willie "Jackie" Fulton, 57, of Byrds-town, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from the chapel of Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown. Burial was in Tompkins Cemetery with Rick Cross officiating.

Mr. Fulton died Saturday, Feb. 8 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a sawmill worker and a farmer.

Born April 9, 1945, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Porter and Dorothy (Brown) Fulton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son and a sister, Katie Lowe.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda (Riddle) Fulton of Byrdstown; four children, Jerry Fulton, Peggy Fulton, and Jamie Fulton, all of Byrdstown, and Janet (Fulton) Ray of Antioch; four brothers, Bill Fulton of Marengo, OH, Jimmie Fulton of Dayton, OH, Malcolm Fulton of Beaver Creek, OH, and Jeff Fulton of Byrdstown; six sisters, Sally Griffin of Doyle, Nannie Bolin, Nellie Bolin, and Rita Whited, all of Livingston, Polly Rednour of Dayton, TN, and Betty Seibers of Stanford, KY; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Roger Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy, Doug Kennedy, Johnny Crossman, Danny Kay Kennedy, and James Moles.

Special care provided by Crestlawn Funeral Home. (C)

 

Alma Ada Hartness
Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Ada Hartness, 78, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. Burial was in Smith Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Buddy Reeder and Bro. Gary Anderson officiating.

Mrs. Hartness died Sunday, Feb. 9 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker and attended Fairview Church of Christ.

Born May 9, 1924, in Cookeville, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Dona (Warden) Talley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hartness; a sister, Stella Maggie Mayberry; and two brothers, Ellis Talley and Owen Alex Talley.

Survivors include a brother, Arlis Emery Talley of Cookeville; two nieces, Barbara Geesling and Virginia Lynn; and four nephews, Jimmie Talley, Carl Talley, Richard Talley, and David Talley.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

Enloe Hays Hill
Funeral services for Mr. Enloe Hays Hill, 75, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in St. John Cemetery with Rev. Ovle Tinch and Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Mr. Hill died Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired factory worker and farmer. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Born January 14, 1928, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Ervin and Dee (Ledbetter) Hill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elise (Thrasher) Hill, two sisters, Deloy Brown and Zola Ferrell; and a nephew, Denver Brown.

Survivors include a brother, Ernest Hill of Livingston; two sisters, Gerene Matthews of Rickman and Margaret Roberson of Algood; a niece, Sandra Reed; two nephews, Bob Matthews and Johnny Roberson; four great nieces and great nephews; and a great-great nephew.

Pallbearers were Robbie Matthews, Terry Hammock, Donnie Howard, Randy Thrasher, Mark Thrasher, and Danny Langford.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Robert Dewayne Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Dewayne Ledbetter, 43, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Ledbetter Family Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Buck officiating.

Mr. Ledbetter died Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a roofer.

Born February 22, 1959, in Overton County, he was the son of Robert Glen and Olene Lee (Gore) Ledbetter of Hardy's Chapel. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Buck and Cora Ledbetter and Harve and Georgia Gore; his father-in-law, J.T. Abbott; and a nephew, Rocky Dishman.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Elizabeth A. Ledbetter of Livingston, two sons, Tony Dewayne Ledbetter of Monroe and Steve Allen Ledbetter of Livingston; two brothers, Johnny Ledbetter and Kenny Ledbetter, both of Alpine; two sisters, Glenda Vaught of Indianapolis, IN, and Sharon Garrett of Livingston; a grandson, Jordan Ledbetter, and another on the way; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Pallbearers were Tony Ledbetter, Steve Ledbetter, David Abbott, Jody Abbott, Rick Abbott, and John Savage.

Honorary pallbearers were Jason Lindsey, Brian Reagan, Cody Clark, Virgil Sizemore, Joey Upton, and Toby Upton.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Roy Lee Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mr. Roy Lee Ledbetter, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial, along with full military honors provided by James T. Davis Post 5062 of Livingston, was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Bob Stoner officiating.

Mr. White died Friday, Feb. 7 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired farmer and sawmill worker and affiliated with the Baptist church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Born June 6, 1917, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Walter and Mae Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a wife, Jewell (Flatt) Ledbetter; two sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Ledbetter of Huntsville, AL, and David Ledbetter of Livingston; seven daughters and five sons-in-law, Dalphine and William Carmack, Joyce Bilbrey, and Fern and Jerry Savage, all of Livingston, Lorene and Gene Daniel of Albany, IN, Sue and Bruce Buck of Anderson, IN, Patricia White of Rickman, and Judy and Billy Wright of Oliver Springs; two sisters, Zella Carr and Della Brown, both of Livingston; 25 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Ed Daniel, Philip Buck, Derrick Buck, Michael Savage, Kerry Ledbetter, Casey White, Greg Savage, and Jason Whited.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Brent Eric McAlpin
Brent Eric McAlpin, 45, of Liberty Hill, TX, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at his home.

He was born July 22, 1957, in Dayton, OH, to William Virgil McAlpin and Patricia Ann (Forlines) McAlpin.

He was a 1975 graduate of Livingston Academy, and the nephew of the late Ray and Betty Hogue. Survivors include a son, Thomas Lee Eric McAlpin of San Angelo, TX; a daughter, Olivia Leigh McAlpin of Liberty Hill, TX; his parents of Fayetteville; a brother, Brad Ivan McAlpin of Farmington; and a sister, Tonya Y. Scroggins of Lincoln.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Farmington Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Rob Hadley officiating. Burial was held after the ceremony.

Arrangements were under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove, AR. (P)

 

Lynn Morgan Rogers
Funeral services for Mr. Lynn Morgan Rogers, 54, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Aaron's Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Phillip Morgan officiating.

Mr. Rogers died Saturday, Feb. 8 at his home. He was a furniture factory worker and a member of Aaron's Chapel Community Church.

Born August 19, 1948, in Jackson County, he was the son of Mary (Murphy) Rogers Strange of Hilham and the late Walter Rogers.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two daughters, Julie Ann Rogers of Murfreesboro and Andrea Lynn Rogers of Livingston; a son, Kenneth Rogers of Hilham; a sister, Patricia Stevenson of Cartersville, GA; and a grandson.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Zola Katherine Sells
Funeral services for Mrs. Zola Katherine Sells, 77, Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Bro. Bob Stoner and Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Mrs. Sells died Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Beaty Swamp Community Church and the Home Demonstration Club.

Born October 17, 1925, in Fentress County, she was the daughter of the late George Thomas and Alpha Ann (Choate) Cooper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Arthur E. "Bud" Sells of Monroe; a son, William Sells of Livingston; two daughters, Martha Padgett and Ann Talley, both of Monroe; three sisters, Clara Richards, Jamestown, Carrie Smith, Alpine, and Electra Franklin, Grimsley; seven grandchildren, Jane Ann Ferrell, Coy Edward Padgett, Dudley Talley, Rodney Padgett, Buddy Sells, Eddie Sells, and Frankie Talley; and five great grandchildren, Matthew Ferrell, Chase Ferrell, Jayna Kate Ferrell, Megan Talley, and Beth Talley.

Pallbearers were Coy Padgett, Dudley Talley, Rodney Padgett, Buddy Sells, Eddie Sells, Frankie Talley, Matthew Ferrell, and Chase Ferrell.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Carmen May Stover
Funeral services for Mrs. Carmen May Stover, 91, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, from Free Communion Church of Christ. Burial was in Richardson Cemetery with Bro. Glenn Ledbetter officiating.

Mrs. Stover died Sunday, Feb. 2 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a furniture factory worker and a member of Free Communion Church of Christ.

Born May 18, 1911, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ona V. (Winningham) Stover. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie C. Stover; and a grandson, Robbie Melton.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Kathy Stover of Jasper, TX; three daughters and sons-in-law, Nina and Raleigh Melton of Allons, Willa Dean and Odis Mayberry of Monroe, and Kay and Leonard Ledbetter of Livingston; a sister, Connie Smith of Deerfield, OH; 11 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 18 step-great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Melton, Brandon Melton, Mike Mayberry, Jeff Mayberry, Ricky Ledbetter, and Steve Poston.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Andrew Stover, Jonathan Stover, and Larry Melton.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (G)

 

Alex Qualls Verble
Funeral services for Alex Qualls Verble, 83, were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from the Wildwood Chapel of Restland Funeral Home in Dallas, TX. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park.

He was born April 5, 1919, in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marie Verble; and daughter, Patsy Potts.

Mr. Verble died Thursday, Feb. 6, in Dallas. He was a veteran of World War II in the Army Air Corp. He was the owner of Al Verble Sale Company and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He loved to hunt and fish and was a game warden in Tennessee. He adored his children and grandchildren and wanted to go home and see his wife.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Longoria of Addison, TX, and Debra Verble-Smith of Garland, TX; six grandchildren, Alan and wife Donna Potts of Arlington, TX, David Potts of Terrell, TX, Brian and wife Amy Longoria of McKinney, TX, Kevin and wife Jennifer Longoria of Madisonville, TX, and Amy Smith and Jason Smith, both of Garland; seven great grandsons; and countless friends.

Special care provided by Restland Funeral Home. (P)

 

Edgar Bruce "E.B." White
Funeral services for Mr. Edgar Bruce White, better known as E.B., 54, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in White Cemetery with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Mr. White died Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was affiliated with Monroe Christian Church.

Born April 30, 1948, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Edgar and Lela (Norris) White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy White, Charles White, and Troy White.

Survivors include a sister, Clara Jean Reid of Mt. Sidney, VA; three brothers, Tommy White of Livingston, Jerry White of Cookeville, and Billy Joe White of Barberton, OH; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Daniel Kolaskai, Danny White, Greg Reid, Timmy White, Charles Carter, and James Parrott.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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