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Archives 10-01-2003

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Clara Dimple (Warden) Bilbrey

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Dimple (Warden) Bilbrey, 77, of Cocoa, FL, were conducted on Sunday, September 10, 2003, at Fountainhead Memorial Gardens in Palm Bay, FL.

Mrs. Bilbrey died Wednesday, September 10 at her home.

Born January 29, 1926, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Ina Elizabeth Warden of Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Bilbrey; and two brothers, Lonzie Warden and Paul Warden.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include five children, Patricia (Bilbrey) Upchurch, Jimmy Bilbrey, Lee Bilbrey, and Michael Bilbrey, all of Cocoa, and Linda (Bilbrey) Harmon of Tampa, FL; two sisters, Elsie Kathleen (Warden) Matthews of Palm Shores, FL, and Bobbie June (Warden) Ramsdell of Benton, KY; seven grandchildren; and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Special care provided by Fountainhead Memorial Gardens. (P)

 

JANE ELIZABETH BILBREY
Funeral services for Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Bilbrey, 68, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Ruth Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Kent Terry officiating.

Mrs. Bilbrey died Sunday, September 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She worked 25 years at Botany 500, and 15 years at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Born September 20, 1935, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Agnes (Wilborn) Roberts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Deloye Bilbrey; and a brother, Bobby Roberts.

Survivors include a son, Terry Bilbrey of Livingston; and a grandson, Kohle Bilbrey.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

INA MARY GUNNELS
Funeral services for Mrs. Ina Mary Gunnels, 81, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Craig Green and Rev. Larry Thomas officiating.

Mrs. Gunnels died Thursday, September 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a retired shirt factory employee, and a member of Allons Baptist Church.

Born June 22, 1922, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Lannie and Montie (Burchett) Bilbrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Gunnels.

Survivors include two sons, James Gunnels and his wife, Jerikay, of Mt. Juliet and David Gunnels and his wife, Debbie, of Livingston; two daughters, Jene Barsness and her husband, Dennis, of Allons, and Reba Maynard, and her husband, Gerald, of Livingston; two sisters, Robbie Reagan and her husband, Paul, of Livingston and Ilene Massengille and her husband, John, of Allons; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brandon Gunnels, Joshua Gunnels, Jeremiah Maynard, Jonathan Maynard, Alex Gunnels, Andy Gunnels, and Aeric Gunnels.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Paul Reagan, John Massengille, Steve Strickland, and Danny Odle.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

AARON JOSEPH HUFF & BENJAMIN ISAAC HUFF
Graveside services for Masters Aaron Joseph Huff and Benjamin Isaac Huff, infant twins, of Knoxville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2003, at Bethsaida Cemetery in the Monroe Community with Rev. Bill Gowder officiating.

The twins died Thursday, September 25 at UT Memorial Hospital in Knoxville.

Born Thursday, September 25, 2003, in Knoxville, they were the sons of Shean and Kim (McDonald) Huff of Knoxville.

Survivors, in addition to their parents, include their grandparents, Roger and Mildred McDonald of Monroe and John and Patty Huff of Knoxville; great grandparents, Waverly and Clara Pile of Jamestown; and two sisters, Eva Joy Huff and Eliza Faith Huff, both of Knoxville.

Memorial contributions may be made to The West Park Baptist Church Children's Focus Program, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ALINE JOHNSON
Funeral services for Mrs. Aline Johnson, 63, of Sparta, were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2003, at Community Freewill Baptist Church in Sparta.

Burial was in Plainview Cemetery, in Cassville, with Bro. Carson Whiteaker and Bro. Jerry Sester officiating.

Mrs. Johnson died Monday, September 23 at Mid Western Medical Center in Zion, IL. She was a retired director at Sparta Head Start and a member of Community Freewill Baptist Church. Born January 27, 1940, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late Dallas and Nicie (Foster) Holloway. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Cordell Holloway.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Dillard Johnson of Sparta; a daughter, Rena Johnson and her husband, Michael, of Cookeville; a brother, Delbert Holloway and his wife, Nola, of Monterey; a sister, Bessie England, and her husband, Rev. David, of Sparta; four grandchildren, LaTisha Johnson, Landon Johnson, Layne Johnson, and Laken Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and additional family members.

Pallbearers at the church were Orvin Sparks, Billy Stevens, Joshua Davis, Jeremy Davis, Talmage Brown, David Bain, Eddie Brown, and Kevin Brown.

Pallbearers at the cemetery were her brothers-in-law, Morris Hobbs, Gene Johnson, Rex Jones, Les Stringer, Shannon Mooneyham, James Harold Johnson, Rev. David Lee England, and Rev. George Johnson.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. (C)

 

WILLIE FRANK JONES
Willie Frank Jones, 89, of Cookeville. Death does not end life it serves as a transition to eternal life. As Willie Frank passed away on Monday, September 22, 2003, he took great comfort in this knowledge.

Willie Frank was born on August 20, 1914, and was highly respected for his honesty and integrity in the logging industry and by families in Putnam and surrounding counties.

As a fourth generation timber inspector who has walked literally hundreds of acres estimating tracts of timber throughout Middle Tennessee, Willie Frank led an active and robust lifestyle in the outdoors for almost nine decades and was often recognized and admired for his energy and strength.

In addition to dedicating 75 years to his career in the logging profession, Willie Frank was married to Avie (Padgett) Jones, his devoted and faithful wife of 50 years, and was a father to eight children and a grandson. A spiritual man, Willie Frank was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Haskell and Pansy (Buckner) Jones; sister, Bonnell Jones; sister, Avannah Pointer; brother, C.J. Jones; brother, Jim Jones; grandson, Terry Lynn Ford; brother, Paul Jones; step-son, Robert Lewis Ford; and a brother, Horace Jones.

Survivors are: his wife, Avie (Padgett) Jones of Cookeville; son, Willie Frank Jones Jr. of Cookeville; daughter, Martha Rebecca Jones of Gatlinburg; daughter, Cynthia Elizabeth Clapp of Maryville; son, Jerry Roger Jones of Cookeville; son, Larry Bruce Jones of Cookeville; daughter, Judith Kay McPher-son of Nashville; step-son, John Ronnie Ford of Rickman; sister, Beauton Morphew of Cookeville; sister, Joyce Haney of Cookeville; brother, Gleen Jones of Detroit; brother, Bob Jones of Cookeville; and brother, Norman Jones of Cookeville.

Willie Frank will be sorely missed by a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and dozens of adoring nieces and nephews throughout the country.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, September 26, 2003, at 2 p.m. from Monterey United Methodist Church with Ministers Jack Gentry and Robert Holt officiating.

Interment was in Whitaker Cemetery immediately following the services.

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

 

HUGH MAXEY PETERMAN
Funeral services for Mr. Hugh Maxey Peterman, 76, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, September 29, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Peterman-Cole Cemetery with Rev. Dick Frazier and Dr. Randall Goodman officiating.

Mr. Peterman died Saturday, September 27 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was a painter, and a member of McFerrin United Methodist Church. Born October 6, 1926, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Hugh Tolbert and Bessie Ella (Brown) Peterman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Luke Peterman; and a son, Danny Peterman.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Peterman of Allons; a son, Gerald Peterman and his wife, Karen, of Allons; four grandchildren, Wendy Robbins, Clint Peterman, Jacob Peterman, and Will Peterman; and two great grandchildren, Brea Robbins and Sawyer Robbins.

Pallbearers were Bill Bilbrey, Joe Eddie Sullivan, Bill Buford, Bill Warren, Jerry Shaw, and Keith Carr.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

THURMAN LEE "PETE" PETERMAN SR.
Funeral services for Mr. Thurman Lee "Pete" Peterman Sr., 94, of Allons, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Hunter Cove Cemetery with Rev. Larry Thomas officiating.

Mr. Peterman died Friday, September 26 at his home.

He was a retired postmaster at Allons Post Office, a general store owner, and a member and deacon of Allons Bapist Church. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, a chaplain of the Honor Guard of James T. Davis VFW Post 5062 in Livingston, a life member of the VFW, and a member of Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodge 259.

Born December 3, 1908, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Sib Riley and Lizzie (Spicer) Peterman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Peterman.

Survivors include a son, Lee Peterman of Morristown; a sister-in-law, Ora Mai Grace of Livingston; two grandchildren, Brandi Peterman and Ryan Peterman, both of Wilmington, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Gordon Kenney, William McMahon, John Wilmoth, Jack Watkins, Durran Lewis, and David Copeland.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ARVIN LANCE PIGG
Funeral services for Mr. Arvin Lance Pigg, 78, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Dewey Glenn Masters and Bro. Tom Greenwood officiating.

Mr. Pigg died Monday, September 15 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was a farmer, a school bus driver, and a janitor. He was of the Church of Christ faith and a veteran of the United States Army during World War II. Born February 21, 1925, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Hubert and Ella (Ayers) Pigg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Barlow; and two grandchildren, Dustin Pigg and Crystal Huddleston.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Jean Pigg of Hilham; six sons, Kenny Pigg, Frank Pigg, David Pigg, Donald Pigg, and Jerry Pigg, all of Hilham, and Clifton Pigg of Livingston; two daughters, Elaine Daniels of Monroe and Pam Huddleston of Colorado Springs, CO; a brother, Lear Pigg of Cookeville; two sisters, Joliet Scrimager of Memphis and Lois McDonald of Jacksonville, FL; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Edd Long, Jason Daniels, Allen Shelton, Terry Melton, Ray Austin, and Brad Edens.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Terry Pigg, Johnnie Pigg, Jacob Daniels, Jake Pigg, Charlie Huddleston, Dustin Pigg, Billy Joe Maxwell, and Robert Boles.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ZACHRY C. SMITH
Funeral services for Mr. Zachry C. Smith, 77, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Wirmingham Cemetery with Bro. Randy Maynord officiating. Mr. Smith died Wednesday, September 24 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was a machinist, a member of Freedonia Community Church, a veteran of the United States Army, and a member of the VFW. Born May 3, 1926, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Henry Clay Lena F. (Richardson) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Qualls.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie (Ledbetter) Smith of Monroe; two sons, Henry Clay Smith and his wife, Tammy, and Billy Smith and his wife, Vickie, all of Monroe; a brother, Claude Smith of Cincinnati, OH; three grandchildren, Christina Marie Frango of Franklin, OH, Zachry C. Smith II of Cincinnati, and Cheyenne Rose Smith of Livingston; three great grandchildren, Jennifer Frango, Jessica Frango, and Tamra Rose Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

BEATRICE EULENE STRAUB
Mrs. Beatrice Eulene Straub, 71, of Cookeville, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at Bethesda Healthcare Center. She was retired from C&M Clothing.

Born August 8, 1932, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late George and Beulah (Lee) Edmonds. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Dodson; her first husband, Sanford Dodson; and a brother, Arnold Edmonds.

Survivors include her husband, William Straub of Cookeville; two sons, Ronald Dodson and his wife, Nancy, of Cookeville and Randall Dodson of Livingston; two brothers, Bill Edmonds and his wife, Bonnie, and James Edmonds, all of Cookeville; three sisters, Willene Kirby and her husband, Bob, and Bonnie Moody, all of Livingston, and Maybelle Manis and her husband, James, of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Ronda Church, Kerrie Tallent, Ginger Dodson, and Phillip Dodson; three great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church, 454 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date at Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. (C)

 

 

 

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