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Archives 03-12-2003

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JAMES CLYDE "COTTON" BILBREY
Funeral services for Mr. James Clyde "Cotton" Bilbrey, 89, a resident of Masters Health Care Center and formerly of Pickett County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, from the chapel of Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery with Glen Ledbetter officiating.

Mr. Bilbrey died Friday, Jan. 24. He was a teacher in the educational system and a member of Star Point Church of Christ.

Born March 17, 1913, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Edward Lee and Eulah (Taylor) Bilbrey.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Elaine Jamison and Norma Belle Brooks, both of Prather, CA, and Nancy Marie Hurbace of Leander, TX; a sister, Ethel Rains of Jamestown; 9 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Bilbrey, Jeff Von Hoene, Phillips Smalling, Ray Rains, Gerald Huddleston, and J. Will Taylor. Special care provided by Crestlawn Funeral Home. (P)

 

TREVA CRABTREE
Funeral services for Mrs. Treva Crabtree, 83, of Battle Creek, MI, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2003, from the chapel of Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Jonathan Gray officiating.

Mrs. Crabtree died Thursday, March 6 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was employed with the Battle Creek Sanitarium and retired from Leila Hospital. She received much satisfaction from her volunteer work at Lakeview General and Leila Hospital. She worshipped at North Avenue Church of God and Andrus Street Church of God. She centered her life on Jesus and was strong in her faith. Her great joy was her grandchildren, and she was proud of their growth and accomplishments.

Born April 6, 1919, in Allred, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lizzie (Vaughn) Copeland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Austin McCoy "Coy” Crabtree; two brothers, James Ridley Copeland and Junior Copeland; and two sisters, Avo Norris and Lydia Hammock.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jack H. and Georgia Crabtree; a brother, Howard Copeland; a sister, Orene Ledbetter of Livingston; five grandchildren, Sean Crabtree and wife Beth, Blair Crabtree, Jess Conrad, Joy Conrad, and Jill Conrad; two great grandchildren, Montana Conrad and Seth Crabtree; five nieces, Bea Hargis, Louise Long and husband Harry, Anne Shaffer and husband Clark, Marva Chambers, and Sandy Ely; a nephew, Mickey Ledbetter of Livingston; and a special friend, Suzanne Beckett.

Special care provided by Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. (P)

 

REV. MARION HANCOCK JR.
Funeral services for Rev. Marion Hancock Jr., 61, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. George Nave officiating.

Rev. Hancock died Wednesday, March 5 at Overton County Nursing Home. He was a retired minister and school bus driver, and a member of Livingston Church of God.

Born June 27, 1941, in Jasper, he was the son of the late Marion Hancock Sr. and Reba (Wright) Hancock Hillis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Parrill.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Ledford) Hancock of Livingston; two daughters, Cathey (Hancock) Leverette of Shelbyville and Gail Carr of Cookeville; three sons, Eric Hancock and Lynn Hancock, both of Cookeville, and Paul Hancock of Gainesboro; three step-daughters, Kathy Cross of Monroe and Sherra Garrett and Tammy White, both of Livingston; three sisters, Shirley Fordham, Ruby Burton, and Bessie Adams, all of Shelbyville; a brother, John Hancock of Shelbyville; 10 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Pallbearers were Wayne Adams, Randy Hancock, Earl Maddux, Jeremy Leverette, Lonnie Leverette, and Michael Leverette.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

LEONARD HOWARD
Funeral services for Mr. Leonard Howard, 51, of the Anderson Community near Monterey, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. Burial was in Campground Cemetery in Clarkrange with Rev. Billy Joe Hedgecough and Rev. Delmer McCowan officiating.

Mr. Howard died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. He was a farmer and a member of Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

Born April 10, 1951, in Monterey, he was the son of the late Carson and Lillie (Hargis) Howard.

Survivors include five foster brothers, Freddy Williams of Murfreesboro, James Williams of Cookeville, and Lynell Williams, Ralph Williams, and Dale Williams, all of Monterey; an aunt, Flora Bowman of Livingston; an uncle, Odell Hargis of Monterey; and a special friend, Cordell Presley of Monterey.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

AUDREY SUE JONES
Graveside services for Mrs. Audrey Sue Jones, 23, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2003, from the Sylvester Robbins Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Mrs. Jones died Saturday, March 8 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a grocery store clerk and of the Baptist faith.

Born November 20, 1979, in Fentress County, she was the daughter of Janet (Walker) Padgett and step-daughter of Larry Padgett, both of Livingston. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Jewel Walker; a grandfather, John Walker; and a step-grandfather, Victor Padgett.

Survivors, in addition to her mother and step-father, include her husband, James Lynn Jones of Hilham; a son, Quinton Jones of Hilham; her step-grandmother, Pauline Padgett of Monroe; a step-sister, Ashley Faye Padgett of Livingston; and several friends and other family members.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

WILLIAM CLAUDUS McCORMICK SR.
Graveside services for Mr. William Claudus McCormick Sr., 81, of Knoxville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2003 at Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. McCormick died Wednesday, March 5 at NHC Health Care in Knoxville.

Born November 14, 1921, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Walter and Dellas (Peterman) McCormick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Cloyce McCormick.

Survivors include his wife, Anna V. McCormick of Knoxville; two sons and daughters-in-law, William C. Jr. and Janice McCormick of Clinton, OH, and Larry A. and Bo-Hyon McCormick of South Carolina; a sister and brother-in-law, Clarice and John West of Rickman; a sister-in-law, Zua McCormick of Livingston; a grandson; a granddaughter; a great grandson; a great granddaughter; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Rickman-Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

CHARLIE DENTON NEELY
Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Denton Neely, 89, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Ruth Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Mr. Neely died Wednesday, March 5 at Overton County Nursing Home. He was a farmer, a member of the Ruth Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a member of the American Legion.

Born October 2, 1913, in Overton County, he was the son of the late John and Ethel (Tayse) Neely.

Survivors include two nieces, Louise Linder of Livingston and Jeannie Goodman of Rickman; two nephews, James Neely of Hilham and Kenneth Neely of Livingston; two grandchildren, Tammy Nimmo and Joey Neely; and two great grandchildren, Allison Nimmo and Autumn Nimmo.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ROBERT LYNN OWENS
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Lynn Owens, 42, of Algood, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. Burial was in Paran Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Floyd officiating.

Mr. Owens died Wednesday, March 5 in the emergency room of Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a self-employed roofer and a member of House of Prayer Revival Center.

Born December 7, 1960, in Daytona Beach, FL, he was the son of Lola J. (Peek) Owens of Algood and the late Curtis W. "Shorty" Owens.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Robert Lynn Owens Jr. and Christopher Lee Owens, both of Cookeville; a daughter, Tabitha Nichole Garza of New York; four brothers, Johnny Owens, Terry Owens, and Ricky Owens, all of Cookeville, and Mike Owens of Rickman; and a sister, Mary Hunter of Cookeville.

Pallbearers were Daniel Hunter, Josh Owens, Benji Owens, T.J. Owens, Justin Owens, Ray Huddleston, Buddy Garrison, and Wayne Vaughn.

Serving as honorary pallbearer was Lee Garrison. Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

HALEY B. COFFEE PHILLIPS
Funeral services for Mrs. Haley B. Coffee Phillips, 90, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home. Burial was in Coffee Cemetery in Monroe, with Bro. Howard Dailey officiating.

Mrs. Phillips died Monday, March 3 at Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville. She was a member of Fairview Freewill Baptist Church and a Christian for 72 years.

Born April 15, 1912, in Tompkinsville, KY, she was the daughter of the late Overton and Cora Jane (Cargile) Pryor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Herman Coffee and Benton Phillips; a granddaughter, Lisa Kay Coffee; and a grandson, Christopher Lee Greenwood.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Wayne Padgett of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Carver and Wanda Coffee of Oklahoma and Luther and Anna Coffee of Livingston; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. Pallbearers were Steven Judd, Jimmy Cote, Kevin Coffee, Jacob Coffee, Tony Coffee, and Josh Coffee.

Special care provided by Rickman-Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

ALLEN POSTON
Funeral services for Mr. Allen Poston, 35, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Okolona Cemetery with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Mr. Poston died Saturday, March 8 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. He was a factory worker, and a member of Allen’s Chapel Church.

Born May 17, 1967, in Putnam County, he was the son of Johnny Poston of Hilham and the late Virginia (Sells) Poston.

Survivors, in addition to his father, include two sons, Cody Allen Poston and Justin James Poston, both of Rickman; two brothers, Johnny Wayne Poston and Mark Anthony Poston, both of Hilham; and a sister, Carmen Vaughn of Memphis.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

HUGH VAYNE ROGERS
Funeral services for Mr. Hugh Vayne Rogers, 79, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Mr. Rogers died Wednesday, March 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farmer, a member of Walnut Grove Church of Christ, and a Veteran of the United States Army during WWII.

Born October 30, 1923, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Dewey and Ruby (Jenkins) Rogers. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Rogers of Livingston; a son daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Linda Rogers of Smithville; a brother, James Rogers of Crossville; and two sisters, Helen Cherry of Donelson and Betty Blair of Carthage.

Pallbearers were M.J. Hammock, Dr. Joseph Sharpe, Billy Joe Gore, Ben Gore, James Lightsey, and Tony Cannon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Grove Cemetery fund.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

CARL M. SIMMONS
Funeral services for Mr. Carl M. Simmons, 62, of McMinn-ville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003, from the chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Burial, with military rites administered by V.F.W. Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173, was in Crain Hill Cemetery in Van Buren County with Rev. Orville Simpson, Rev. Jim Mitchell, and Rev. Kenneth Merritt officiating.

Mr. Simmons died Thursday, March 6 at Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfrees-boro. He was a retired highway contract route transporter hauling the U.S. mail, a disabled U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam conflict, and a member of North Hill Drive Church of God of Prophecy.

Born February 10, 1941 in Van Buren County, he was the son of Pauline Simmons of Bone Cave and the late Richard "Dick” Simmons. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Simmons; and a grandson, Christopher Allan Simmons Jr.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 41 years, Linda Faye Simmons of McMinnville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Christ and Leigh Simmons of Bone Cave and Brad and Lindy Simmons of Livingston; and six grandchildren, Nichlas Simmons, Chase Simmons, Ridge Simmons, Ashley Bray, Haley Mullins, and Willard Mullins.

Special care provided by McMinnville Funeral Home. (C)

 

DOROTHY L. VEAL
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy L. Veal, 77, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. David Moore and Rev. Jeremy Byrd officiating.

Mrs. Veal died Saturday, March 8 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a housewife, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Livingston, and Home Dem and Crafts & Arts clubs. She and Jean Webb started the first Girl Scout troop in Livingston.

Born August 9, 1925, in Bay Minetta, AL, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Elizabeth (Ryder) Vines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Veal.

Survivors include a son, Freddy Veal of Charleston, SC; a daughter, Sandy Veal of Charleston; a brother, Ben Vines of Bay Minetta; three sisters, Bea Crysel and Nellie Edna Wallace, both of Bay Minetta, and Rachel Myers of Fairhote, AL; and two grandchildren, Jessica Veal and Melissa Veal.

Pallbearers were Doug Keisling Percy Hill, Peck Smith, Jack Crabtree, Donald George, and Billy Bilbrey. Memorial contributions may be made to Overton County Public Library.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LAURA (DEAN) WRIGHT
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura (Dean) Wright, 79, of Granite, OK, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, from the chapel of Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home in Lone Wolf, OK. Burial was in Granite City Cemetery with Bro. Tim Montgomery officiating.

Mrs. Wright died Wednesday, March 5 at Elkview General Hospital in Hobart, OK. Her family was very important to her, she was a devoted mother and friend. She liked caring for and cooking for everyone around her. She made daily phone calls to check on all her friends’ welfare.

Born March 10, 1923, in Willow Grove, she was the daughter of the late Jess and Ola Sherfield. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Elsie Jean; two sisters, Lula and Ann; two brothers, Johnny and Kenneth Ray; and a granddaughter, Laura Lee.

Survivors include a son, Charles Glen; a daughter, Helen Marie; a brother, James; a sister, Berty; 15 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Leukemia Society.

Special care provided by Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home. (C)

 

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