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Funeral services for Mr. Anthony B. Coffman, 53, of Hilham, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Tim Sharp and Rev. Fred Hawkins officiating.

Mr. Coffman died Thursday, January 22 at his home. He was the owner and sales representative of United Appliance in Cookeville and a member of Maxwell Chapel Church of God.

Born January 17, 1951, in Jackson County, he was the son of Donald "Sil" and Edwina (Brown) Coffman of Hilham.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Sue Coffman of Cookeville; a son, Clay Phillips of Baxter; two daughters, Misty Gentry of Timothy and Alisha Coffman of Nashville; a brother, David Coffman of Hilham; a grandchild, Tori Phillips of Baxter; two nephews, Jason Coffman and Joshua Coffman, both of Hilham; and a great nephew, Hunter Coffman of Hilham.

Pallbearers were Earl Loftis, Larry Geesling, Brandon Geesling, Josh Coffman, Gerald Peterman, Jason Coffman, and Robert Ramsey.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Cook, 62, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2004, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville.

Bro. Roger Anderson officiated.

Mrs. Cook died Tuesday, January 20 at her home. She was a homemaker.

Born May 1, 1941, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Connie (Shipley) Lupo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Lupo.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Cook of Cookeville; her mother-in-law, Litta Mae Cook of Cookeville; her daughter, Aprille Cook and her boyfriend, Robert Wade, both of Cookeville; two sons, William Stonehouse and his wife, Cathy, of Clinton Township, MI, and Frank Stonehouse of Zacatea-tus, Mexico; a sister, Sharon Dohn of Roseville, MI; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leon and Judy Webb of Garden City, MI; two grandchildren, William Stonehouse III and Sarah Stonehouse; and a host a nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)


Masonic memorial services for Rev. Talmage Phillips, 73, of the Hanging Limb Community of Overton County, were conducted by Green Pond Lodge 703 at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2004, from the chapel of Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, January 23 at Horner Funeral Home.

Burial was in Hanging Limb Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Phillips and Rev. Billy England officiating.

Rev. Phillips died Tuesday, January 20 at Standing Stone Care and Rehab Center in Monterey. He had been a minister since he was 18 years-old and served several area Freewill Baptist churches. He founded the 25th Street Freewill Baptist Church in Anderson, IN, which was the first Freewill Baptist Church in that state.

He sang with the Talmage Phillips Singers for more than 50 years, was active in the Crawford Community, and was one of the founders of Hanging Limb Community Center.

Rev. Phillips was a former road superintendent with Overton County Highway Department and was a retired staff member of Horner Funeral Home.

He was an active member of Green Pond Masonic Lodge 703 Free and Accepted Masons for more than 50 years. He was instrumental in organizing Green Pond Eastern Star Chapter 482 in 1967 and had been active for more than 36 years, serving as Worthy Patron several terms.

Born January 25, 1930, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Perry Phillips and Ruby (Vaughn) Phillips Harville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Ray Phillips; two brothers, Jimmy Harville and Johnny Harville; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Phillips and Carrol Harville; and a brother-in-law, Floyd Pierce.

Survivors include his wife of more than 55 years, whom he married on August 7, 1948, in Rossville, GA, Bonnie Phillips; a son, Dewayne Phillips and his wife, Sandy, of Hanging Limb; two daughters, Delene Pickering and her husband, Dwayne, and Delaine Morton, all of Cookeville; his step-mother, Elo Phillips of Monterey; six brothers, David Phillips and his wife, Joyce, of Monterey, Terry Phillips of Livingston, Danny Phillips and his wife, Margie, of Rickman, Bee Harville, Dee Harville, and Cee Harville and his wife, Wanda, all of Monterey; nine sisters, Jo Anna Looper and her husband, Jennings, of Clarkrange, Jeanette Phipps and her husband, Bobby, Jearldean McPhail and her husband, Bill, Bonnie Dial and her husband, Ed, Becky Phillips and her husband, Jerry, all of Monterey, Jean MacAbee and her husband, Howard, of Old Hickory, Dean Odom and her husband, Monroe, of Erin, Georgia Slagle and her husband, Roger, of Crossville, and Wanda Pierce of Monterey; four grandchildren, Tamara Julian and her husband, Shawn, of Cookeville, Tiffany Caldwell and her husband, Scott, of Crawford, Chastity Morton, and Ashley Morton, both of Greenville; five step-grandchildren, Jason Pickering, Jeremy Pickering, Lora Pickering, Rebecca Reed, and Ashley Smith; three great grandchildren, Peyton Caldwell, Paige Caldwell, and Alexis Caldwell; five step-great grandchildren, Josh Reed, Matthew Reed, Adriana Stover, Abby Julian, and Libby Julian; a brother-in-law, Glen Phillips of Livingston; and a special aunt, Eliza Phillips of Monterey.

Rev. Phillips' family and friends served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Horner Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mrs. Hettie Coffman (Bennett) Smith, 103, of Hendersonville and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Tom Halliburton and Rev. Craig Green officiating.

Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, January 21 at NHC Healthcare in Hendersonville. She was a department store sales clerk and the oldest member of Livingston First United Methodist Church. She was also the granddaughter of Captain Jacob Coffman Bennett, who served with General John Hunt Morgan of Morgan's Raiders during the Civil War.

Born December 19, 1900, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Amy (Maxfield) Bennett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Audrain E. Smith; and a sister, Lillie (Bennett) Brown.

Survivors include a son, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Arnold Smith and his wife, Irene, of Warner Robbins, GA; a daughter, Juanita Carr and her husband, Albert, of Hendersonville; and a granddaughter, Noroma Benz and her husband, Jack, of Goodlettsville.

Mrs. Smith's family and friends served as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Livingston.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Oren Vaughn, 76, of Highland Mountain, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2004, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home.

Burial was in Highland Mountain Cemetery with Jerry Harris and J.B. Harris officiating.

Mr. Vaughn died Monday, January 20 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He worked in the Anderson School System in Indiana for many years.

Born April 23, 1927, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Matilda (Phillips) Vaughn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Vaughn; two brothers, Aron Rudolph Vaughn and Joe Claude Vaughn; and a sister, Martha Jane Hargis.

Survivors include three sons, James Vaughn of Anderson, Dallas Vaughn of Moonesville, IN, and Billy Vaughn of Livingston; a daughter, Susie Miller of AllenTown, PA; a brother, Kenneth Vaughn of Timothy; two sisters, Elegene Dixon of Knoxville and Irene Phillips of Cookeville; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kristian Mansell, Kenneth Mansell, Willard Mansell, John Mansell, Josh Mansell, and Mark Vaughn.

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



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