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Archives 03-10-2004

Obituaries

 

MAXINE HILL
Funeral services for Mrs. Maxine Hill, 74, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. A.J. Cox officiating.

Mrs. Hill died Sunday, March 7 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ.

Born May 25, 1929, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Bernice Denton of Livingston and the late Raymond Denton. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Lee Hill.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Bob Hill of Livingston; a son, Kelly Hill and his wife, Damita, of Livingston; a daughter, Penny Hill of Livingston; a sister, Betty Jo McDonald of Livingston; and four grandchildren, Whitney Hill, Blair Hill, Hayden Hill, and Hartlee Hill, all of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Doug Parsons, Mike Parsons, Joey Hill, Hayden Hill, Dan Hill, and Jerry Hill.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Joe Hill, Tony Parsons, Tim Pangle, James Bilbrey, Charlie Ray, Bill Boswell, and Iver Moredock.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LEO FLATT
Funeral services for Mr. Leo Flatt, 86, of Anderson, IN, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004, from the South Chapel of Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes in Anderson.

Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Anderson with Rev. Dale Landis and John Summers officiating.

Mr. Flatt died Monday, March 1 at Community Hospital in Anderson after a brief illness. In the early 1930s he worked with his brother, Elmo, paving roads in Madison County and also hauled coal and gravel. He began work at Guide Lamp Division of General Motors in 1936 as a punch press operator and retired from the Pin Room in 1981. He also worked part-time at E&M Fruit Market.

He attended South Madison Church of God and made a hobby of remembering friends' and family members' birthdays with a phone call.

Born February 11, 1915, in Overton County, he was the son of the late George Millard and Martha Ellen (Malone) Flatt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elmo Thurston Flatt; and a sister, Foy Ann (Flatt) Masters.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Mitchell and her husband, Warren; a brother, Howard Flatt and his wife, Mazelle; a sister, Beatrice Harris; two grandchildren, Brenda (Mitchell) Pettigrew and her husband, Tim, and Daniel Mitchell and his wife, Sherri; four great grandchildren, Melissa Pettigrew, Mitchell Pettigrew, Amanda Mitchell, and Kristen Mitchell; a neice, Lucille Carwile; five nephews, Charles Flatt, Gerald Flatt, Stephen Harris, Keith Harris, and Mark Harris; several great nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a brother-in-law, Vestal Masters, and his sons, James Masters and Jerry Masters.

Special care provided by Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory. (C)

 

JANIE LOU BILYEU
Funeral services for Ms. Janie Lou Bilyeu, 57, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Campground Cemetery with Rev. Dewey Glenn Masters officiating.

Ms. Bilyeu died Tuesday, March 2 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory worker in the automotive industry and of the Baptist faith.

Born October 1, 1946, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Sherman and Vesta Ilean (Garrett) Bilyeu. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Bilyeu.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy White of Cookeville; three brothers, Thomas W. Bilyeu of Alexandria, Richard L. Bilyeu of Hilham, and Donald E. Bilyeu of Middletown, IN; and a sister, Kathryn Walker of Livingston.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

VOLA JOYCE (SMITH) BOOHER
Funeral services for Mrs. Vola Joyce (Smith) Booher, 79, of Manchester, were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2004, at Bethsaida Christian Church.

Burial was in Booher Cemetery with Rev. Junior Denney officiating.

Mrs. Booher died Wednesday, March 3 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a homemaker.

Born September 10, 1924, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Ambers and Pearl (York) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Harding Booher.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Carroll of Manchester; two sons, Darrell Booher and his wife, Ana Maria, of Murfrees-boro, and Kevin Booher of Manchester; two brothers, Donald Smith and his wife, Virginia, and Harley Smith and his wife, Lois, all of Murfreesboro; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Kevin Booher, Jerry Paul Flowers, Jeff Flowers, Kevin Vaughn, Danny Swann, Tim Haddock, Jack Pritchett, and Junior Huckeby.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

PAUL ELLSWORTH COPELAND
Funeral services for Mr. Paul Ellsworth Copeland, 98, of Crossville, were conducted Friday, February 20, 2004, from the chapel of Bilbrey Funeral Home.

Burial was in Crossville City Cemetery with Rev. Charleton officiating.

Mr. Copeland died Tuesday, February 17 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. He was supervisor for the parts department at Cumberland Motor Company in Crossville for 30 years. In 1936, he established the first Merita Bread Route in Cumberland and surrounding counties. He also served on the Rifle Team of the Tennessee National Guard.

Born March 10, 1905, in Alpine, he was the son of the late Ellsworth Maywood and Sarah Loretta (Keisling) Copeland. He was an ancestor of Col. Stephen Calvin Copeland and Joseph Jefferson "Big Joe" Copeland, among the first settlers of what is now Overton County.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Sula (Thurman) Copeland of Crossville; a son, James Ellsworth Copeland and his wife, Carolyn (Keelen), of Olive Branch, MS; a brother, Lucian Copeland of Livingston; a sister, Grace (Copeland) Bilbrey, 105, of Livingston; and two grandsons, Keith Ellsworth Copeland of Southaven, MS, and Michael Turner Copeland of Phoenix, AZ.

Pallbearers were Michael T. Copeland, John Donnelly, Harold D. Hodges, Bo Null, Jim Purcell, and Gene Thurman.

Special care provided by Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (P)

 

OAKLEY B. GAW
Funeral services for Mr. Oakley B. Gaw, 78, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2004, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville.

Burial was in Shipley Cemetery with Rev. Carson Whiteaker, Rev. Sterl Paramore, and Kevin McBroom officiating.

Mr. Gaw died Friday, March 5 at Masters Health Care Center. He was a self-employed building contractor, a United States Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Cookeville Freewill Baptist Church, VFW, Civitan Club, and Home Builders Association.

Born December 13, 1925, in Putnam County, he was the son of the late James and Ella (Hooks) Gaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Gaw and Owen D. Gaw.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby (Braddom) Gaw of Cookeville; two daughters, Jenny Ray and her husband, Bill, of Cookeville, and Brenda Winton and her husband, Neal, of Livingston; a brother, Fred Gaw of Cookeville; a sister, Ola Brown of Dayton, OH; three grandchildren, Kelly Hooks and her husband, Phillip, Kevin McBroom and his wife, Pam, and Stephanie Nelson and her husband, John; six great grandchildren, Brandon Hooks, Kristen Hooks, Andrew McBroom, Isaac McBroom, Kingston Nelson, and Winston Nelson.

Pallbearers were Gerald Ferrell, Joe Dexter, Wayne Nichols, Jimmy Dale Gaw, Davis Hodges, and Harvey Farris.

Mr. Gaw's granddaughters and friends served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cookeville Freewill Baptist Church.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

CYNTHIA JANE HUMMEL
Funeral services for Mrs. Cynthia Jane Hummel, 56, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery with Bro. Dewitt Sampley officiating.

Mrs. Hummel died Friday, March 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory worker and a member of Summer Shade Church of Christ.

Born April 18, 1947, in Clinton County, KY, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Lanta Jeweline (Hill) Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Joe Melton.

Survivors include her husband, R.D. Hummel of Allons; a daughter, Catherine Reeder and her husband, Rick, of Monroe; two sons, Denton Hummel and his wife, Teresa, of Allons, and Ronnie Hummel of Willow Grove; four sisters, Carol Langford of Livingston, Margaret Stewart of Rickman, Betty Flatt of Bloomington Springs, and Connie Shook of Decatur; four brothers, Johnny Ray Melton of Allons, Jim Melton of Bridgeport, AL, Perry Melton of Rickman, and Chester Paul Melton of Hilham; and four grandchildren, Chelsea Reeder, Chad Reeder, Kaylee Hummel, and Jessie Hummel.

Pallbearers were Randy Watkins, Carl Ferrell, Rick Beasley, Ronnie Melton, Glen Leslie, and James Burton.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

CARRIE E. (WINTON) NORRIS
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie E. (Winton) Norris, 94, of Cookeville and formerly of Alpine, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Rev. Ovle Tinch and Bro. Don Kelly officiating.

Mrs. Norris died Tuesday, March 2 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a grocery merchant and a member of Christ Church Presbyterian in Alpine.

Born July 28, 1909, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Emett and Flora (Bilbrey) Winton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Banis Norris; a son, Keith Norris; two brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Debbie Norris of Cookeville; three brothers, Bethel Winton and Carlos Winton, both of Cookeville, and Glen Winton of Sparta; a sister, Ruth Mitchell of Sparta; a grandson, Chandler Norris of Cookeville; a granddaughter, Cheryl Turner of Nashville; three special nephews, Richard Winton of Livingston, Emit Winton of Rickman, and Jim Winton; and several other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Richard Winton, Jim Winton, Emit Winton, Wayne Winton, Gerald Winton, Greg Winton, Mitch Winton, Harold Mitch Robbins, and Lance Roy.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Green Hill Cemetery.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

TAKOTA WENDELL PERDUE
Funeral services for Master Takota Wendell Perdue, infant, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Story Cemetery in Pickett County with Pastor Jeff Johnson and Bro. Tom Lyles officiating.

Master Perdue died Thursday, March 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born October 11, 2003, in Dayton, OH, he was the son of Jerry and Amanda (Dyer) Perdue of Livingston. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Christine Matthews, Bill Bond, Kenneth Matthew Dyer Sr., and Edward and Delia Perdue.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandparents, Kim Bond and her fiancˇ, Tim Mounce, both of Livingston, Wendell and Linda Perdue of Muncie, IN, Debbie and Steven Allen of Gainesboro, and Kenneth and Ruth Dyer of Dayton, OH; his great grandmother, Sandra Allen of Smithville; two sisters, Kierra Perdue of Livingston and Tiffany Perdue of Burkesville, KY; two brothers, Austin Hunter and Dalton Hunter, both of Livingston; and several aunts, uncles, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Perdue and Joey Allen.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

CHRISTINE (ADAMS) RICHARDSON
Funeral services for Mrs. Christine (Adams) Richardson, 77, of Algonac, MI, and formerly of Allons, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Harris officiating.

Mrs. Richardson died Saturday, February 28 in Mt. Clemens, MI. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ faith.

Born March 16, 1926, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Blue C. and Venoy Alice (Ford) Adams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hassell I. Richardson.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Richardson and his wife, Diane, of Roseville, MI; a daughter, Glenda Austin and her husband, William, of Algonac; two brothers, Junior Adams of Livingston and Grandville Adams of Indianapolis, IN; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

GLEN LEE SHOEMAKE
Funeral services for Mr. Glen Lee Shoemake, 66, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville.

Burial was in Dickens Cemetery in Smith County with Bro. Clarence Jared and Bro. Russell Flatt officiating.

Mr. Shoemake died Monday, March 1 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Retired from Hub City Exterminators, he was an avid gardener and a member of Brotherton Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.

Born April 10, 1937, in Smith County, he was the son of the late Frank and Bessie (Bush) Shoemake. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Ethel Shoemake; and a brother, Robert Shoemake.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary (Coffee) Shoemake of Cookeville; a daughter, Linda Cox and her husband, Russell, of Cookeville; a son, Robert Shoemake and his wife, Connie, of Sparta; two sisters, Ruth Norris of Livingston and Ethel Blair and her husband, Ernest, of Elmwood; three grandchildren, Amanda Dyer and her husband, Tim, Jennifer Griner and her husband, Scott, and Andrew Cox and his wife, Suzanne; and three great grandchildren, Aaron Dyer, Reuben Dyer, and Samuel Dyer.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

JOYCE EUDEAN STEPHENS
Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Eudean Stephens, 61, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Smith Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Mrs. Stephens died Thursday, March 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ faith.

Born February 18, 1943, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Inogene Smith of Monroe and the late Willie Muncie Smith. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benton Stephens; and a son, Kent Reeder.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, Marsha Lynn Reeder of Livingston; three brothers, Jessie Smith and Joey Smith, both of Monroe, and Jimmy Smith of Cookeville; two sisters, Jewell Turner of Algood and Judy Smith of Monroe; and a grandson, Aron Landon Armstrong.

Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Joseph Smith, Phillip Bartlett, Brian Ledbetter, Josh White, Gary Mathis, and Josh Meadow.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

THOMAS CLARK VAUGHN
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Clark Vaughn, 77, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial, along with military services performed by the Honor Guard of James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062, was in Conner-Pryor Cemetery in Pickett County with Bro. Marlon Winningham and Bro. Billy Burchett officiating.

Mr. Vaughn died Tuesday, March 2 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a truck driver for Livingston Limestone, a member of Allons Baptist Church, and a veteran of the United States Navy.

Born September 16, 1926, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Ben and Myrtie (Arney) Vaughn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Della Mae Vaughn and Headith Gore Vaughn.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelia Walker and her husband, Kenny, and Brenda Matthews and her husband, James, all of Livingston; four brothers, Bobby Vaughn, Edd Vaughn, Ken Vaughn, and Bill Vaughn, all of Livingston; four grandchildren, Todd Matthews, Mark Matthews, Jason Young, and Tina Hall; and four great grandchildren, Dillan Matt-hews, Hailey Matthews, Devin Matthews, and Jordan Matt-hews.

Pallbearers were Todd Matthews, Mark Matthews, David Pryor, Randall Vaughn, Bryan Hall, and Jason Young.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Gene Vaughn and Dillan Matthews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LINDA GAIL WHITED
Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Gail Whited, 55, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 29, 2004, from the chapel of Jennings Funeral Home in Jamestown.

Burial was in Wright Cemetery in Jamestown with Bro. James Clayborn and Bro. James Roberson officiating. Mrs. Whited died Wednesday, February 25 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a member of Wright Chapel Baptist Church.

Born July 31, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Orbit and Ethel Wright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tollie Whited.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Whited of Livingston; a son, Greg Whited and his wife, Donna, of Livingston; three brothers, Roger Wright and Donald K. Wright, both of Alpine, and J.B. Wright of Muncie, IN; a sister, Leeta Vaughn of Nashville; a special nephew, Klye Wright; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jerrod Wright, Michael Wright, Jason Wright, Joe Wright, Scott Wright, Steve Wright, Kyle Wright, and Nathaniel Linder.

Special care provided by Jennings Funeral Home. (C)

 

LURA D. WHITTINGTON
Funeral services for Mrs. Lura D. Whittington, 97, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

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

Mrs. Whittington died Monday, March 1 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a housewife, a factory worker, and a member of Campground Church.

Born November 24, 1906, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Marion Sidney and Miniza Ethel (Masters) Eldridge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Herbert Taylor and Jessie Whittington; a son, Franklin Taylor; three sisters, Lillie Allen, Flory Davis, and Pearl Boles; and two brothers, Oscar Eldridge and Robert Eldridge.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Thurman and Vanita Gore, both of Livingston; a brother, J.D. Eldridge of Livingston; 9 great grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Darrell Gore, Brandon Gore, John J. Thurman, Jay Cravens, Wayne Gilpatrick, Cody Gilpatrick, Tyler Gore, and Colby Gore.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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