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Archives 02-19-2003

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Martha Jean Ashburn
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Jean Ashburn, 65, of Livingston, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ryan Barnhart officiating.

Mrs. Ashburn died Monday, Feb. 17 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a dietary aide at Overton County Nursing Home and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Born December 16, 1937, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Benton and Ivory Pearl (Dubree) Mathis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James "Pete" Ashburn.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Davis of Alpine; two daughters, Gayle Johnson of Byrdstown and Carol Hogue, of Livingston; a brother, William Mathis of Livingston; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Jonathan Shane Breeding
Funeral services for Mr. Jonathan Shane Breeding, 20, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery with Bro. A.J. Looper and Bro. Rick Dixon officiating.

Mr. Breeding died Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Carthage due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was employed at Performance Food Group in Lebanon.

Born October 15, 1982, in Overton County, he was the son of Lonnie Joe Breeding of Rickman and Janie Sue Breeding of Livingston. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Edith Breeding; and a great grandmother, Zora Boles.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Donna Breeding of Livingston; his grandparents, Pat Breeding of Livingston and Joe and Pearl Breeding of Rickman; a great grandfather, Jimmy Boles of Livingston; step-fathers, Jessie Grasty of Livingston and Johnny Bilbrey of Cookeville; his girlfriend, Kerri Keisling of Livingston; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Dixon, Craig Roach, Chris Keisling, Billy Breeding, Jason Ledbetter, Phillip Murphy, and Brian Murphy.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jo Sells, Johnny Bilbrey, Derrick Garrett, Jessie Grasty, Bill Bilbrey, Tony Ledbetter, Jeff Hutchpath, and Brandon Breeding.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

Bertha Handy
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Handy, 63, of Gordonsville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial was in Oakley Cemetery in Rickman with Bro. Bobby Peoples officiating.

Mrs. Handy died Saturday, Feb. 15 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was employed at the former Welch Company in Gordonsville for more than 20 years and attended Bowlings Branch Church of God.

Born March 29, 1939, in the Hanging Limb Community of Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Riley McDonald and Fannie Lou (Harris) Honeycutt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Handy; a son, James Edward Handy; and a grandson, David Allen Handy.

Survivors include seven children, Jim Handy of Gordons-ville, Kay Handy of Clarkrange, Donnie Handy and wife Ruby of Defeated Creek, Joyce Cox of Gallatin, Becky Handy of Smithville, Bill Handy and wife Evelyn of Rickman, and Ray Handy and wife Rosie of Lebanon; a sister, Lonnie Alice Vaden of Indiana; and nine grandchildren.

Special care provided by Sanderson Funeral Home. (C)

 

Mary Edith Hargis
Funeral services for Miss Mary Edith Hargis, 78, of Livingston, were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Eugene McCowan and Bro. Derek Copeland officiating.

Miss Hargis died Friday, Feb. 14 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a retired factory worker and affiliated with Livingston First Freewill Baptist Church.

Born August 8, 1924, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Tilbert and Octivia (Bilbrey) Hargis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Sarah Phillips, Cora Swallows, and Lillie Howard; and four brothers, Earnest Hargis, Burton Hargis, Roy Hargis, and Cordell Hargis.

Survivors include a brother, Odell Hargis of Monterey; a sister, Flora Bowman of Livingston; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Herbert Hollars
Funeral services for Rev. Herbert Hollars, 73, of Cookeville , were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, from Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church in Monterey. Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery with Rev. David Harris and Rev. Randy Bilbrey officiating.

Bro. Hollars died Monday, Feb. 10 at his home. He was ordained as a Freewill Baptist minister in May 1972 and was serving as assistant pastor at Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church. He founded and pastored the first Vandalia Freewill Baptist Church in Vandalia, OH, from 1971-1973. He had preached in many churches in this area as well as in Dayton, OH. He retired from the Dayton, Ohio City Water Department after 31 years of service and also worked at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville from 1988-2000. He was a Korean Conflict veteran.

Born September 2, 1929, in Wilder, he was the son of the late John and Della (Dailey) Hollars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Buelah Ellis, and a brother, Eugene Hollars.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty (Hanshaw) Hollars of Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Hylan Calvin of Stone Mountain, GA; two sons, Bruce Hollars of Cookeville and Randy Hollars of Murfreesboro; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Lilly and Ross Vanderpool of Lancing, Margaret Ledbetter of Monterey, Louise and Don Smith of Wartburg, and Agnes and George Powell of Hamilton, OH; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dooley and Woodrie Hollars of Marion, IN, and Bill and Vivian Hollars of Anderson, IN; and two grandchildren, Shawn Calvin and Alisha Calvin, both of Stone Mountain.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home of Monterey. (C)

 

Timothy Jeffery "Tim" Hunter
Funeral services for Mr. Timothy Jeffery "Tim" Hunter, 42, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, from Livingston First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Tom Halliburton and Dr. Don Ragland officiating.

Mr. Hunter died Wednesday, Feb. 12 at his home. He was an iron worker and affiliated with Livingston First United Methodist Church. He was a member of Local 704 Iron Workers Union and Signal Mt. Masonic Lodge.

Born January 12, 1961, in Akron, OH, he was the son of the late James T. Hunter and Anna Dean (Cole) Padgett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Christian Colby Hunter. Survivors include a son, Dakota Hunter of Livingston; and three brothers, Jim Hunter and David Hunter, both of Livingston, and Don Hunter of Ft. Collins, CO.

Pallbearers were Boone Dishman, Talmagene Smith, Lowell Arney, Boone Eldridge, David Carter, and Shirley Gray.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Lerla Jewel Beaty King
Funeral services for Mrs. Lerla Jewel Beaty King, 91, of Gordonsville, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sylvester Robbins Cemetery with Rev. Mark Stinett and Rev. Robert Wright officiating.

Mrs. King died Monday, Feb. 17 at her home. She was a housewife and a member of McDonald’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born March 18, 1911, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William and Flora (Smith) Reagan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Arter Beaty and Joel Robert King; a sister, Margaret Smith; and a brother, Ray Reagan.

Survivors include six daughters, Betty McDonald and Bonnie King, both of Livingston, Peggy Conatser of Jamestown, Margie Sells of Alpine, Barbara Jean Davenport of Milton, and Sandy June Tubb of Gordons-ville; a sister, Lila Reagan Smith; loving friend and caregiver, Christine Loonsfoot; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Overton County Public Library.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Alice Faye Looper
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Faye Looper, 58, of the Pleasant Shade Community of Overton County, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Jimmy Dixon and Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Mrs. Looper died Sunday, Feb. 16 at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a factory worker and a member of Highland Freewill Baptist Church.

Born July 27, 1944, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Cordell and Otis (Ledbetter) Speck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, A.B. Speck.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Looper of the Pleasant Shade Community; two brothers, Cordell L. Speck of Rickman, and Cecil Speck of Livingston; a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Braden and Violet Looper of Anderson, IN, and Ina Speck of Nashville; 12 nieces and nephews; and 28 great nieces and great nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Janice Evelyn Nevins
Funeral services for Mrs. Janice Evelyn Nevins, 69, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Davis Cemetery in Pickett County with Rev. Michael Ledbetter officiating.

Mrs. Nevins died Wednesday, Feb. 12 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She worked more than 25 years at Wilson Sporting Goods and was a member of Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church.

Born August 7, 1933, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Eula (Whittenburg) Beaty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Nevins; and two sisters, Louise Price and Elise Beaty.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Nevins of Crossville and Donnie Nevins of Livingston; three brothers, Jake Beaty and H.L. Beaty, both of Byrdstown, and Dorman Beaty of Albany, KY; two sisters, Nola Geiser of Colorado and Ildean Vitatoe of Byrdstown; and three grandchildren, Camdon Nevins, Colton Nevins, and Jordan Nevins.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Cliva Phipps
Funeral services for Mrs. Cliva Phipps, 82, of Monterey, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery with Rev. Bud Hargis and Rev. Mike Kirby officiating.

Mrs. Phipps died Thursday, Feb. 13 at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. She was a homemaker and a member of Mineral Springs Freewill Baptist Church.

Born April 1, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Andy and Clora Mae (Vaughn) McCowan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Phipps; two sons, Charles Phipps and Donnie Phipps; three sisters, Evelyn Kirby, Myrtle Wilson, and Noble Melton; and five brothers, Hollie McCowan, Thurston McCowan, James McCowan, Paul Mc-Cowan, and Daniel McCowan. Also, Mrs. Phipps son Roy Vernon Phipps passed away the same day as she.

Survivors include four daughters, Elise Beatty of Muddy Pond, and Vida Clark, Diane Phillips, and Sharon Miller, all of Monterey; two brothers, Homer McCowan of Michigan and A.C. McCowan of Monterey; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

Roy Vernon Phipps
Funeral services for Mr. Roy Vernon Phipps, 48, of the Columbia Hill Community in Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery with Rev. Delmer McCowan and Rev. Mike Kirby officiating.

Mr. Phipps died Thursday, Feb. 13 at his home. He was a truck driver.

Born July 14, 1954, in Monterey, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Cliva (McCowan) Phipps. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Phipps and Donnie Phipps.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte (Phillips) Phipps of the Columbia Hill Community; two sons, Jeffery Phipps and Roy Phipps, both of Crossville; three step-daughters, Leslie of Monterey and Terrie and Tiffany, both of the Columbia Hill Community; and four sisters, Elise Beatty of Muddy Pond and Vida Clark, Diane Phillips, and Sharon Miller, all of Monterey.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

Retha Viola Ramsey
Funeral services for Miss Retha Viola Ramsey, 68, of Allons, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery with Bro. Clester Ledbetter officiating.

Miss Ramsey died Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory worker and of the Baptist faith.

Born October 1, 1934, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Fannie (Hammock) Ramsey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Carlos Ramsey.

Survivors include a daughter, Reba Reid of Allons; a brother, Ralph Ramsey of Livingston; a sister, Ruth Ramsey of Livingston; two grandchildren, Angela Ray of Cookeville and Tony Ledbetter and wife Joy of San Antonio, TX; and a niece; Gail Ramsey.

Pallbearers were Mike Skiba, Ben Skiba, James Cantrell, Joe Brown, Junior Ledbetter, and Leonard Ledbetter. Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Rose Mary Rumancik
Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Mary Rumancik, 74, of Rickman, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Shaw Cemetery in Edmonton, KY, with Father Tom Perin officiating.

Mrs. Rumancik died Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and of the Catholic faith.

Born December 16, 1928, in Odessa, Saskatchewan, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Caroline Kuntz Reiss.

Survivors include four sons, Kenneth Rumancik of Livingston, Lionel Rumancik and Clarence Rumancik, both of Austin, TX, and Ray Rumancik of Danville, KY; a daughter, Vivian R. Rumancik of Silver Point; a brother, Leo Reiss of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; a sister, Coren Ripplinger of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; eight grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Randy Johnson, Derick Rumancik, Dan Johnson, Kenneth Rumancik, Lionel Rumancik, and Clarence Rumancik. Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Myrtle (Carr) Stewart
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle (Carr) Stewart, 91, of the Sulfur Community of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Eckels Cemetery with Bro. Jack Honeycutt officiating.

Mrs. Stewart died Thursday, Feb. 13 at Bethesada Health-care Center in Cookeville. She was a teacher and a factory worker. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

Born February 26, 1911, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Mary Susan (Handy) Carr.

Survivors include two sons, Dwight Stewart of Rickman and Champ Stewart of Monterey; three daughters, Doris Jean Richardson of Hazel Park, MI, Barbara Lively of Danville, KY, and Nancy Bilbrey of Urbana, OH; 10 grandchildren, Michael Richardson, David Richardson, Beverly Richardson Adams, Lori Lively White, Lisa Lively, Jill Lively, Eric Lively, Angela Walker, Rhonda Stewart, and Alan Bilbrey; and 8 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Edgar Bruce "E.B.” White
Funeral services for Mr. Edgar Bruce "E.B." White, 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 Livingston Funeral Home. (G)

 

 

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