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Archives 04-14-2004

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NANNIE JEWEL ALEXANDER
Funeral services for Mrs. Nannie Jewel Alexander, 81, of Kettering, OH, and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Rev. Newsome Harvey officiating.

Mrs. Alexander died Saturday, April 3 at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Kettering First Church of God.

Born February 17, 1923, in Poteet, she was the daughter of the late G.E. "Granville" and Mae Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dester "Dex" Alexander.

Survivors include a son, Sammie Glen Alexander Sr. and his wife, Wendy, of Kettering; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Alexander and Hugh Boehmer: two sisters-in-law, Justine Ledbetter and Pauline Heizer; six grandchildren, Sammie Jr., Elizabeth, Dester James, Kathryn, Shelli, and Michelle; and three great grandchildren, Brittany, Tori, and Carly Jean.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

WANDA KAREN COOPER
Funeral services for Ms. Wanda Karen Cooper, 38, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at One-Eleven Fellowship Church.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery with Rev. Roger Cooper officiating.

Ms. Cooper died Saturday, March 27 at her home. She was a homemaker, a member of One-Eleven Fellowship Church, and a 1985 graduate of Kimball High School in Royal Oak, MI.

Born April 16, 1965, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Rev. Charles and Maude (Wilson) Cooper of Rickman.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a sister, Joan Brown and her husband, Steve, of Rickman, three brothers, Greg Cooper and his wife, Sue, of Madison Heights, MI, Rev. Roger Cooper and his wife, Inis, and Curt Cooper and his wife, Kim, all of Algood; nieces and nephews, Roger Cooper Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, Randy Cooper and his wife, Sonya, Tina Braddock and her husband, Mike, Gregory Cooper Jr., Curtis Cooper Jr., Amanda Hensley, Steven Brown Jr., Aaron Cooper, Bethany Cooper, Charlie Cooper, Chelsey Cooper, Cody Cooper, and Patrick Cooper; and two great nephews, Dawson Cooper and Rusty Cooper.

Ms. Cooper's nephews served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Hooper, Huddleston, and Horner Funeral Home. (P)

 

HAROLD DEAN KELLY
Funeral services for Mr. Harold Dean Kelly, 57, of Las Vegas, NV, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Mr. Kelly died Sunday, April 4 at Universal Medical Center in Las Vegas. He was a truck driver.

Born July 24, 1946, in Covington, KY, he was the son of the late Delford and Virginia (Meade) Kelly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carlos Kelly.

Survivors include a son, Delford Kelly of Chattanooga; two brothers, Danny Carmack of Livingston and James Carmack of Nashville; two grandchildren; an aunt, Cinda Tidwell; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jeritt Kelly, Shawn Choate, Billy Meade, Noah Choate, Donnie Carmack, and Josh Manswell.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

VIRGIE (TURNER) MCDONALD
Funeral services for Mrs. Virgie (Turner) McDonald, 92, of Alpine, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Bolestown Cemetery in Pickett County with Bro. David Beaty officiating.

Mrs. McDonald died Tuesday, April 6 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ Church Presbyterian in Alpine.

Born January 14, 1912, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Melvina (Lawson) Turner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Dow McDonald and Johnny B. McDonald; two sons, John McDonald and an infant son; and a step-son, Hugh McDonald.

Survivors include three daughters, Kay Smith and her husband, Gene, of Livingston; Carolyn Upchurch of Alpine; and Tonie Anderson and her husband, Greg, of Long Beach, CA; a step-daughter, Genevie Hall and her husband, Curtis; a step-son, Don McDonald and his wife, Aline; a step-daughter-in-law, Lois McDonald; 5 grandchildren, Denise Arkon and her husband, Don, Deloris Swindell and her husband, Gary, Rhonda Upchurch, Chris Collins and his wife, Paige, and Scott Collins; 3 great grandchildren, Jaclyn Overstreet, Taylor Collins, and Carson Collins; 9 step-grandchildren, Ann Anderson, Kevan Anderson, Chad Anderson, Lynn Conrad, Carol Hall, Eddie Hall, Leslie Christensen, Duane McDonald, and Marcia Mattson; 12 step-great grandchildren, Tol Swindell, Hallie Swindell, Chris Arkon, Lincoln Hall, Ashley Hall, Samantha Hall, Lauren Conrad, Luke Conrad, Cody Christensen, Elizabeth Chris-tensen, Ryan Mattson, and Madeline Mattson; and 3 step-great-great grandchildren, Tristen Arkon, Max Anderson, and Jack Anderson.

Pallbearers were Gary Swindell, Tol Swindell, Don Arkon, Bill Bilbrey, Bob Bilbrey, and Keith Ledford.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

THOMAS EDWARD PARRIS Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Edward Parris Jr., 43, of Jacksonville, FL, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Albany, GA.

Private graveside services followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Dawson, GA.

Mr. Parris died Friday, April 2 in a car accident. He was reared in Dawson, and graduated from Terrell Academy in 1979. He received a bachelor of science degree in Political Science from University of Georgia in 1984. He had a distinguished career with the Department of Treasury, United States Customs Service as a special agent.

He was on temporary assignment for the World Trade Center Recovery Effort in 2002 in New York City. In 2003, he was assigned to the Carrier Security Initiative in Sweden, which looked for weapons of mass destruction that terrorists hide in shipping containers en route to the United States.

He was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, which investigated terrorist groups that could be working secretly in the United States. He was the lead United States Customs investigator in the Jacksonville office for "Operation Predator", an undercover operation to identify pedophiles attempting to meet underage children in internet chat rooms. He was the Number one agent in North Florida for "Operation Predator". This operation resulted in the arrest and prosection of pedophiles. He was also instrumental in the arrest and prosection of several large narcotics violators.

At age 12, he became a member of the Church of Christ. As an adult, he became a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. He was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Florida. He was a charter member of the University of Georgia Alumni Association and the Jacksonville Bulldog Club.

He loved to travel, having visited such places as France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Russia in his younger days. He wanted to instill his love for travel in his family by taking vacations in Alaska, New York, and Sweden.

He especially loved to go camping every summer with his family and his parents at Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake near Byrdstown. He was very involved in his children's lives and had been a coach of both sons' soccer teams for several years.

Born January 5, 1961, in Monroe, he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Nell R. Parris.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra (Bridges) Parris; two sons, Thomas Edward III and Grant Hunter; a daughter, Ansley Katherine; three sisters, Pam Hooks, Linda Parris, and Jennifer Norman; and the children's godparents, Tommy Mitchell and his wife, Barbara. He also considered his United States Customs co-workers as part of his family.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established for the children at the Bank of Terrell, 250 E. Lee Street, Dawson, GA, 39842.

Special care provided by Harvey Funeral Home. (P)

 

BERTHA N. WINNINGHAM ROAME
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha N. Winningham Roame, 84, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in White Cemetery with Bro. Tom Greenwood, Bro. Ralph McDonald, Bro. Marlon Winningham, and Bro. Cecil Shaw officiating.

Mrs. Roame died Saturday, April 10 at her home. She was a seamstress for more than 30 years at Livingston Shirt Factory and a member of Free Communion Church of Christ, Monroe Home Demonstration Club, and Bolestown Women's Club.

Born May 7, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Wolford R. and Henrietta (Holt) White. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Clester Winningham and Amos Roame; a granddaughter, Candice Winningham; a sister, Nora; four brothers, Shirley, Alford Lee, William Wolford, and Alphas; three half-sisters, Zona, Nola, and Mayson; and five half-brothers, Albert Hershel, Farley, George, Edgar Bill, and Ermine.

Survivors include three sons, Marlon M. Winningham, J.D. Winningham, and Tony Winningham, all of Livingston; two daughters, Nancy Nolen of Livingston and Linda Lamson of Ocala, FL; 8 grandchildren, Tim Nolen, Jackie Copeland, Mechelle Nivens, Jason Winningham, Chris Winningham, Shantell Coleman, Stacye Choate, and Andy Winningham; and 13 great grandchildren, Tate Nolen, Tanner Nolen, David Copeland, Will Copeland, Taylor Mac Nivens, Trent Nivens, Lauren Winningham, Kylor Winningham, Dylan Winningham, Gage Coleman, Emma Choate, Eli Choate, and Madalyn Winningham.

Pallbearers were Tim Nolen, Jason Winningham, Chris Winningham, Andy Winningham, Ray Douglas Winningham, and Delon Reeder. Serving as honorary pallbearers were James Norrod, Michael Choate, and Brian Smith.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

TERI DENISE STADER
Funeral services for Mrs. Teri Denise Stader, 53, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Geoff Johnson officiating. The family chose cremation.

Mrs. Stader died Friday, April 9 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a nurse and attended Living Faith Tabernacle.

Born November 14, 1950, in Detriot, MI, she was the daughter of the late Florence Wyman.

Survivors include her husband, Randy Stader of Livingston; and seven children, Jeremy Kaiser, Michele Kaiser, Jason Kaiser, Dana Kaiser, Dany Kaiser, Justin Kaiser, and Kristin Kaiser.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

BILLY RAY SWANN
Funeral services for Mr. Billy Ray Swann, 61, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating.

Mr. Swann died Sunday, April 11 at his home. He was a carpenter and of the Baptist faith.

Born June 14, 1942, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Carlos and Nola Mae (Johnson) Swann. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Swann; and a granddaughter, Daianarah Taylor.

Survivors include his caregiver, Carole B. Nivens of Livingston; three daughters, Tina M. Dishman and Jeanette S. Winningham, both of Livingston, and Royce L. Taylor of Hilham; five sisters, Ann Norrod of Monroe, Linda Hodge of Twinton, Barbara Rico of Chattanooga, and Donnie Ingram and Martha Jean Rogers, both of Livingston; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Brian Winningham, Johnny Winningham, Wesley Taylor, James Rogers, Bill Norrod, and Randall Wall.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

RUTH NETA TERRY
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Neta Terry, 94, of Barberton, OH, and formerly of Overton County, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004, at Maxwell Chapel Church of God.

Burial will be in Hilham Cemetery with Rev. Virgil Brainam officiating.

Mrs. Terry died Saturday, April 10 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. She was a seamstress for Livingston Shirt Factory and a member of Maxwell Chapel Church of God.

Born March 12, 1910, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Lou Upton. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Terry; a son, Jesse Terry; a daughter, Velma Brown; two granddaughters, Linda Fleming and Vanetta Way; and a brother, Delmus Upton.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Terry and Glen Terry and his wife, Linda; five daughters, Gladys Fleming and her husband, Melvin, Lois Nash and her husband, Marvin, Pearl Delong and her husband, Frank, Reba Romig and her husband, Jim, and Ruby Dillon and her husband, Lester; a brother, Douglas Upton; 25 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; and 19 great-great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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