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Archives 02-11-2004

Obituaries

 

ORPHA R. EASTERLY
Funeral services for Mrs. Orpha R. Easterly, 96, of Algood, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2004, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home.

Burial was in Parris-Riley Cemetery in Pickett County with Bro. Gene Schmid officiating.

Mrs. Easterly died Wednesday, February 4 at Masters Health Care Center in Algood.

Born November 21, 1907, in Clinton County, she was the daughter of the late William and Sally (Martin) Russell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ezra Easterly; a son, Edward Easterly; two brothers, Willie Russell and Everett Russell; a sister, Cora Russell; and a son-in-law, Joseph Martin.

Survivors include four sons, William "Bud" Easterly and Roger Easterly, both of Algood, Ezra Travis "Tab" Easterly Jr. of Hartselle, AL, and James Earnest "Jim" Easterly of Fairview; a daughter, Evelyn Martin of Algood; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Easterly, Terry Easterly, Greg Easterly, Roger Easterly Jr., Robert Easterly, Carol Flatt, and Vickie Sweat, all grandchildren of Mrs. Easterly.

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

 

BILLIE GRAGG
Masonic funeral rites for Mr. Billie Gragg, 72, of the Vines Ridge Community, were conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, February 9, 2004, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 10 at Goff Funeral Home.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb with Rev. Richard Rollins officiating.

Mr. Gragg died Friday, February 6 at his home. A truck driver for 40 years, he was a lifetime member of the Teamsters Local 299 in Detroit, MI, as well as a master mason at Lodge 577 in Detroit. He was a member of Mt. Clemens Commandry 51 in Mt. Clemens, MI, and Mt. Clemens Council 8 in St. Clair Shores, MI. He served as a royal arch mason at Lodge 69 in St. Clair Shores, and was a Christian of the Baptist faith.

Born January 21, 1932, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Roscoe Gragg and Willowdean (Barnett) Gragg Blanton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years, Earlene (Matthews) Gragg; and an infant sister, Claudean Gragg.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Adelle Gragg of Vines Ridge; two daughters, Pamela Sue Thomsen and her husband, Andy, of New Baltimore, MI, and Mary Ann Norrod of Cookeville; three sons, David Gragg and his wife, Theresa, and Bill Gragg, all of Cookeville, and Dan Gragg and his wife, Beth, of Monterey; five step-children, Willadean Luther, Jackie McCloud, Jimmy McCloud, Danny McCloud, and Fred McCloud; a brother, Charles Gragg of Vines Ridge; seven grandchildren, Laura Harris, Tonya Loftin, Elizabeth Burgess, Daniel Norrod, Justin Gragg, Cassandra Gragg, and Roscoe Gragg; and four great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

EDDIE LEE HILL
Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Lee Hill, 55, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Malcolm Hill officiating.

Mr. Hill died Wednesday, February 4 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a self-employed heavy equipment operator, a member of West End Church of Christ, a member of Tennessee Road Builders Association, and a former alderman of the Town of Livingston.

Born November 19, 1948, in Overton County, he was the son of Robert A. "Bob" and Anna Maxine (Denton) Hill.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Karen C. Hill of Livingston; a daughter, Whitney Brooke Hill of Livingston; two step-daughters, Chelsia Phillips and Katelyn Hill; his grandmother, Bernice (Fuqua) Denton; a brother, Kelly Hill and his wife, Damita, of Livingston; a sister, Penny Hill of Livingston; two nieces, Blair Hill and Hartlee Hill, both of Livingston; and a nephew, Hayden Hill of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Dan Hill, Mark Hill, Brian Hill, Jerry Hill, Hayden Hill, Greg Thompson, Jay Coffman, and James Norrod. Serving as honorary pallbearers were David Sadler, Rick Maynord, Darrell Linder, Joe Hill, David Thompson, Scott Norrod, Ray Ramsey, and Walter Burroughs.

Memorial contributions may be made to a college trust fund for his daughter, Whitney.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ELENE LIVINGSTON
Funeral services for Mrs. Elene Livingston, 87, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Campground Cemetery with Bro. Barry Mayes officiating.

Mrs. Livingston died Tuesday, February 3 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Hilham Church of Christ.

Born January 16, 1917, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Walter G. and Mary Belle (Carwile) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Ray Livingston; a brother, Charles Smith; a sister, Roberta Willis; two half-brothers, Otis Smith and Oscar Smith; and a half-sister, Bonnie Smith.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Livingston of Glasgow, KY, Dale Livingston and his wife, Sue, of Tallahassee, FL, and Max Livingston and his wife, Elizabeth, of Auburn, GA; four brothers, Melvin Smith and his wife, Florine, of Anderson, IN, Tom Smith and his wife, Agnes, and Walter Smith and his wife, Evelyn, all of Chattanooga, and Bill Smith and his wife, Betty, of Calhoun, GA; two sisters, Chalus Masters of Cookeville, and Johnnie Brannum and her husband, Howard, of Hilham; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Livingston, Joel Livingston, Steven Livingston, Jeff Livingston, Phillip Livingston, and Jimmy Livingston.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

HARRIETT L. PUCKETT
Funeral services for Mrs. Harriett L. Puckett, 76, of Mt. Juliet and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Newsome Harvey officiating.

Mrs. Puckett died Sunday, February 1 at Mt. Juliet Health Care. A sales representative in the textile industry, she was a member of Livingston Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Overton County Civic & Garden Club, and area Home Demonstration Clubs. She had also worked with former Vice President Al Gore at the L.B.J.&C. Corporation.

Born February 20, 1927, in Neosho, MO, she was the daughter of the late Dow Fredrick and Julia Geraldine (Butler) Snyder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank M. Puckett; and a brother, Jim Snyder.

Survivors include two sons, Max Puckett of Fairfax, VA, and Steve Puckett of LaPine, OR; three daughters, Judy (Puckett) Critchfield of Dumfries, VA, Freida DeVandry of Dickson, and Barbara Rollins of Old Hickory; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Critchfield, Jeff Critchfield, David Critchfield, Bannon Puckett, Matt DeVandry, and Nelson Rollins.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

HAROLD LLOYD UNDERWOOD
Graveside services for Mr. Harold Lloyd Underwood, 74, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 8, 2004, at Good Hope Cemetery with Bro. Carl Webb officiating.

Mr. Underwood died Thursday, February 5 at Masters Health Care Center in Algood. He was owner and operator of a trucking business and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

Born January 7, 1930, in Morgan County, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Edna (Smith) Underwood.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Underwood of Cookeville; a son, Mark Underwood and his wife, JoAnn, of Commerce Township, MI; a daughter, Cindy Underwood of Cookeville; two half-sisters, Brenda Mit-chell of Tennessee and Judy of Florida; and two grandchildren, Joey Underwood and Kristina Underwood.

Pallbearers were William Mitchell, David Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, Chuck Mitchell, Dickie Mitchell, and Bill Wilburn Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to Happy Haven Chil-dren's Home in Cookeville.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

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