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Archives 01-14-2004

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JOHNNY ROCKY CARR
Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Rocky Carr, 49, of Anderson, IN, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 10, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Mr. Carr died Tuesday, January 6 at Winona Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. He was a painter and was affliated with the Assembly of God Church in Indiana.

Born March 1, 1954, in Anderson, he was the son of Zona Lee (Walker) Carr of Monroe and the late William Ernest Carr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Lee Carr; and a sister, Judy Carr.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include three sons, Jason Boyd of Anderson, Rocky Jacob Carr and Jamin Lee Carr, both of Livingston; two sisters, Jolene Hagens of Monroe and Janifer Ellis of Auburndale, FL; three brothers, Jack D. Carr of Alpine, James Wayne Carr of Anderson, and Jerry D. Carr of Rickman; five grandchildren, Ericka Boyd, Sabrina Boyd, Jacob Carr, Preston Carr, and Aliyah Carr; and his fiancee, Glennetta J. Boyd.

Pallbearers were Rocky Carr, Jamin Carr, Jason Boyd, Jonathan Wright, Brandon Wright, Trent Boyd, Ronnie Bowman, and David Garrett.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

HELEN SUE DAILY
Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Sue Daily, 56, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Rev. Gene Schmidt officiating.

Mrs. Daily died Tuesday, January 6 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Born March 31, 1947, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Reba Lee (Cravens) Auberson Johnson of Livingston and the late Tony Bryan Auberson. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Wayne Johnson.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, Michelle Burgess and her husband, Greg, of Hilham; a brother, Bruce Auberson of Livingston; a sister, Gail Auberson of Cookeville; five grandchildren, Chrystal Burgess, Beth Burgess, Tiffany Burgess, Michael Burgess, and Thomas Burgess; a nephew, Michael Auberson; and a niece, Regina Ray.

Pallbearers were John Halsell, Roger Auberson, John Wayne Threet, Benny Dishman, and Jerry Murphy.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

JAMES W. HAWKINS
Funeral services for Mr. James W. Hawkins, 68, of Anderson, IN, and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Mr. Hawkins died Wednesday, January 7 in Anderson. He was a security guard and a veteran of the United States Army.

Born August 30, 1935, in Overton County, he was the son of the late William Trueman and Lola Savannah (Coffman) Hawkins.

Survivors include two brothers, Bobby Hawkins and Ronald Hawkins, both of Livingston; and five sisters, Maxine Ramsey, Mary Dodson, Ina Ledbetter, and Brenda Massengille, all of Livingston, and Thelma Sullivan of Rickman.

Pallbearers were Dale Sullivan, Darrell Ledbetter, Waylon Ledbetter, Terry Lindsey, Daniel Sullivan, Dallas L. Sullivan, Jason Lindsey, and Kevin Scott.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

RICHARD F. KNIGHT

A Tennessee newspaper publisher and owner for four decades died at his home in Oak Ridge on Saturday, January 10.

Richard F. Knight, 76, and his wife, Louise, owned the Livingston Enterprise for 41 years – from 1959 to 2000.

The couple also owned the Jackson County Sentinel, which they purchased in 1964.

Knight started his newspaper career at 9 years-old, when he hawked newspapers on the corner in his native Texas. In the 1950s, Knight started working in the production department for Cannon Courier, and he went on to work at the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro and the Nashville Tennessean. He served four years in the United States Navy before buying the Livingston Enterprise.

Richard and Louise Knight were married for 59 years. They met in Oak Ridge, where both the families moved to work on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Louise worked for Tennessee Eastman, and Richard worked for Roane-Anderson.

The couple married in October 1944, after eloping to Georgia and spending "our honeymoon on a Greyhound," his wife said.

They returned to Oak Ridge in 2000.

Knight was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2002. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was active in the Tennessee Press Association for the span of his newspaper career, and served as president of the state newspaper group in 1981 and 1982.

He served on the TPA board of directors and was honored for his 11 years of service, 1973-1983, and also served on the Tennessee Press Service board of directors.

Knight was particularly proud of the statewide awards his paper won for Public Service in 1987, as an advocate for schools in Overton County, and for the Best Single Editorial in 1987.

The paper also won statewide for advertising campaign (1969) and best single advertisement (1981 and 1985).

Knight was honored twice by the Tennessee School Boards Association with the School Bell Award.

He was honored for his support of conservation, including the Heath Cooper Rigdon Conservation Writing Award in 1977 and the Conservation Promotion Award from the Tennessee Association of County Conservation Districts in 1982.

Knight was active in his community in a variety of fields, from support for 4-H to planning and zoning.

He helped develop and create the first industrial park in Overton County, was a staunch advocate for new school facilities, served as the local Red Cross contact for decades, and campaigned for the county’s first nursing home in the early 1960s with an expose of existing facilities.

Knight served as a member of Livingston’s planning commission and board of zoning appeals for nearly four decades, including serving as the planning commission chairman.

Survivors include his wife, Louise (Blanks) Knight, formerly of Woodbury; two daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and David Swindle of Leesburg, VA, and Ann and John Lindsay of Midlothian, VA; four grandchildren, Jeff Lindsay and his wife, Cathy, of Midlothian, Rebecca Lindsay of Pennsylvania, Mary Louise and Steve Nicklas, and Caroline Swindle, all of Fairfax, VA; and two great grandchildren, Amanda Lindsay and Jessica Lindsay, both of Midlothian.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at the chapel of Martin Funeral Home in Oak Ridge.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345. (G)

 

CLAUDINE M. LEDBETTER
Memorial services for Mrs. Claudine M. Ledbetter, 89, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at First United Methodist Church.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Rev. Craig Green officiating and eulogy by Eldon Leslie.

Mrs. Ledbetter died Monday, January 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a retail sales manager and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Born June 25, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Mary Lou (Clark) Murphy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Ledbetter; a son, Tommy Ledbetter; and two daughters, Judy Lee Ledbetter and Betty Jean Russell.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Norris and her husband, Larry, of Livingston; three sisters, Jo Fulford of Tampa, FL, and Ruth Woodford and Estelle Hasseler, both of Cookeville; two grandsons, Meredith Norris and his wife, Vicki, and Jeramy Norris, all of Livingston; and a great granddaughter, Haley Brooke Norris of Livingston.

Honorary pallbearers were Patsy Seaman, Carol Langford, Johnnie Lee, Merrie Lee Norrod, Diane Davis, Debbie Sullivan, Bobbye Moore, Diane Robbins, Judy Norrod, Emily Sells, Oleida Clark, and Ruth Hill.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LORENE NORRIS
Funeral services for Mrs. Lorene Norris, 81, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Don Maxson officiating.

Mrs. Norris died Saturday, January 10. She was a factory worker in the garment industry for more than 40 years, a member of Monroe Community Church, and a member of Livingston Eastern Star 206.

Born May 22, 1922, in Sumner County, she was the daughter of the late Tobe and Allie May (Hesson) Duty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lou Thomas, Effie Mae Jones, and Margaret Jane Masters; and a brother, William Duty.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Tommie Norris of Livingston; a son, Kenny Norris of Livingston; three brothers, Buddy Duty of Wisconsin, Henry Duty of Wartburg, and Douglas "A.L." Duty of Livingston; and three sisters, Irene Whited of Monroe, Sis Tatom of Erin, and Ruby Garrett of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Ricky Duty, Robert Ledbetter, Allen Uhlik, James Dukey Garrett, Terry Norris, and Chuck Mihelic.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

EDWARD WILLIAM RILEY
Funeral services for Mr. Edward William Riley, 81, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Mr. Riley died Wednesday, January 7 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired businessman.

He was born February 8, 1922, in Sneedville.

Survivors include a special friend and business partner, Pauline Bilbrey of Livingston; and several relatives.

Pallbearers were Charles Reed, W.C. Howell, David Nolen, Joseph Nolen, Bill Nolen, and David Hubbard.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

KEITH EDWARD SEBERS
Memorial services for Mr. Keith Edward Sebers, 58, of Lavergne, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 10, 2004, at Cash Cemetery in Livingston with Pastor Jeff Oliver officiating.

Mr. Sebers died Tuesday, January 6 at his home. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Born June 16, 1945, he was the son of the late Haston and Bealuh (Langford) Sebers.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille (Shearls) Sebers; a son, William Sebers and his wife, Elizabeth; seven step-children, Diane Butler and Milton Shearls, both of Carthage, Angela Edwards of Nashville, Isaac Boles of Lebanon, Billy Boles of Murfreesboro, and Martha Williams and Miranda Williams, both of Lavergne; a sister, Lana Langford of Hilham; 14 step-grandchildren; and a great step-grandchild.

Special care provided by Wilson County Funeral Home in Lebanon. (P)

 

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