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Archives 06-16-2004

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BRENDA LOU ABSTON
Funeral services for Mrs. Brenda Lou Abston, 47, of Wilder, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery with Bro. Robbie Miller and Bro. Greg Jenkins officiating.

Mrs. Abston died Friday, June 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a cook at Standing Stone Health Care in Monterey and a member of Twinton Freewill Baptist Church.

Born March 8, 1957, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of Farley and Evelyn (Roberts) Hodge of Twinton. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Abston; and a daughter, Heather Abston.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a daughter, Tracy Smith of the Twinton Community; two brothers, Carl Hodge and Willie Hodge, both of Twinton; three sisters, Shelby Bilyeu, Linda Bennett, and Marie Hammons, all of Hilham; and special friends, Bruce Bumbalough and Nokie Foster.

Pallbearers were Greg Bennett, Richard Hodge, Carl Hodge, Willie Hodge, Andrew Hodge, and Micky Smith.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

SIERRA SKIE FRY
Funeral services for Miss Sierra Skie Fry, 2, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Earl Johnson officiating.

Miss Fry died Monday, June 5 at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Born December 29, 2001, in Davidson County, she was the daughter of Donald Wayne Fry of Nashville and Corona Marie Scott and Jody Shelton of Livingston.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her grandparents, Rita and Brad Cushing of Livingston, Weldon Scott of North Carolina, Connie Fry and Ron Hammons of Bearstown, IL, and Brenda and Billy Shelton of Nashville; a brother, Gabriel Fry of Nashville; a step-brother, Joseph Shelton of Nashville; a step-sister, Brittany Shelton of Livingston; her godparents, Lori and Marvin Dehart; aunts and uncles, Melissa Muller, Serena Kremenak, Priscilla Linder, James Cushing, George Cushing, Rick Fry, Jay Fry, Kay Jones, Brian Westrope, and Raymond Westrope; and cousins, Ashley Muller, Austin Muller, Hunter Kremenak, Zack Kremenak, Jessica Linder, Parker Linder, Autumn Cushing, Dylon Cushing, Jade Cushing, James Cushing, and Blake Cushing.

Pallbearers were Justin Muller, George Cushing, Brian Westrope, and Jim Adams.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ERNAL (LEDBETTER) GORE
Funeral services for Mrs. Ernal (Ledbetter) Gore, 95, of Livingston, were conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery with Rev. Ronald Whited officiating.

Mrs. Gore died Tuesday, June 8 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a retired clerk for Holman's Store and for Save the Children Thrift Store. She was also a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and an active member of the Democratic Party.

Born March 31, 1909, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Minnie (West) Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Gore; two children; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lucas Oliver, Davis Maxwell, Randy Goodman, Kenny Murphy, David Ledbetter, and Lynn King.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were L.G. Puckett Jr., Gary Maxwell, Lee Maxwell, and Graham Goodman.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

DOUGLAS "TOOTIE" KNIGHT
Funeral services for Mr. Douglas "Tootie" Knight, 61, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2004, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery with Mike Ledbetter officiating.

Mr. Knight died Tuesday, June 8 at his home.

Born September 23, 1942, in Gainesboro, he was the son of the late Homer and Leonda (Jackson) Knight. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mable Allen, Linnie Langford, and Ora Smallwood; and six brothers, Claude Knight, Carson Knight, James Knight, Birdle Knight, Bill Knight, and Carl Knight.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Knight of Rickman; three sons, Mark Knight, Terry Knight, and Jerry Knight, all of Dayton, OH; a step-son, Jimmie Riggins of Rickman; three step-daughters, Kristi Thurman of Rickman, Renee Purtule of The Colony, TX, and Roxanne Fugate of Dayton; two brothers, Bobby Joe Knight of Gainesboro and Edward Knight of Dayton; 10 grandchildren; and 4 step-grandchildren.

Mr. Knight's nephews served as pallbearers.

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

 

ERBIN PHILLIPS
Funeral services for Mr. Erbin Phillips, 92, of Monterey, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2004, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey.

Burial was in Weeks Cemetery in the Muddy Pond Community with Rev. Mike Kirby and Rev. A.J. Looper officiating.

Mr. Phillips died Wednesday, June 9 at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. He was a mechanic, a retired bus driver with Overton County School System, and a member of Union B Freewill Baptist Church, where he was a deacon.

Born September 15, 1911, in Overton County, he was the son of the late C. Dibrel and Dora Lee (Miller) Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roenia Hassler Phillips; an infant son, Willie Phillips; six sisters, Lola Hassler, Erma Bilbrey, Ova Bilbrey, Erma Ford, Avie Bilbrey, and Evie Phillips; and six brothers, Mayford Phillips, Arlie Phillips, Verlie Phillips, John D. Phillips, Barness Phillips, and Ethridge Phillips.

Survivors include two daughters, Jewell Melton and Lilly McCowan, both of Monterey; two sons, Everett Phillips of Monterey and Elvie D. Phillips of Muddy Pond; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

WILLIE ARNOLD SMITH
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Arnold Smith, 76, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in McFerrin Cemetery with Bro. Chris Sparkman officiating.

Mr. Smith died Sunday, June 6 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was retired from Standing Stone State Park and was a United States Army veteran.

Born December 29, 1927, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Sanford and Lola (Chilton) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Ida Faye Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Mae (Pierce) Smith of Allons; three daughters, Donna Etheredge and her husband, Dennis, of Rickman, Pam Dillon and her husband, David, of Cookeville, and Melissa Greenwood and her husband, Gary, of Allons; four brothers, Paul Glen Smith and Durell Smith, both of Cookeville, Huell Smith of Rickman, and Lecile Smith of Nashville; three grandchildren; a great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Pallbearers were Wesley Maynord, Adam Etheredge, Jacob Henson, Jackie Smith, Roger Smith, and Chris Smith.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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