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Funeral services for Mr. Robert Howard Crabtree, 59, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery with Bro. Robert Wright officiating.

Mr. Crabtree died Sunday, July 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he worked in building construction and was a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church and the VFW.

Born May 23, 1945, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Leslie Marvin and Martha Francis (Roberts) Crabtree. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Crabtree.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Crabtree of Monroe; a son, Jamie Crabtree of Monroe; a daughter, Nancy Hill of Monroe; a brother, Marvin Crabtree of Livingston; a sister, Joyce Calender of Ohio; two grandchildren, Dawson Crabtree and Daniel Hill; a niece; and two nephews.

Pallbearers were Danny Maynord, George Sells, Gerald Ferrell, Roger Hargis, Tony Rounds, and Brian Chilton.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jim Clark, Melvin Norrod, and Scott Norrod.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Memorial services for Mr. Cleatis "Ray" Keisling, 71, of Liberty, MO, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Martin Cemetery in Allons with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Mr. Keisling died Monday, July 19 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO, following an extended illness. He had a lifelong career in the photographic industry. He had an avid interest in growing irises, and, following his retirement, grew thousands of irises on his four acres in Liberty.

He attended Independence Elementary School and was a 1953 graduate of Livingston Academy. After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1955, he attended Tennessee Tech. After leaving Overton County in 1956, he lived in Memphis, OH, and Michigan before moving to Missouri in 1984.

Born June 22, 1933, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Bethel Ray and Roxie (Conner) Keisling.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Judy (Crainer) Keisling of Liberty; two sons, Donald Ray Keisling of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Kenneth Michael Keisling of Geneva, IL; three daughters, Elizabeth Denice Lupcke of Smyrna, GA, Pamela Louise Billings of Lee's Summit, MO, and Suzanne Marie Keisling of Kansas City; three brothers, Dale Keisling of Allons, Jerry Keisling of Safety Harbor, FL, and Harold Keisling of Cookeville; a sister, Janice Keisling Linck of Tulsa, OK; and 11 grandchildren.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Abundant Life Baptist Church, 414 S.W. Persels Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64081.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Hershell McCowan, 71, of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2004, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home.

Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery in Monterey with Bro. Horace Burks officiating.

Mr. McCowan died Wednesday, July 21 at his home. Retired from Indiana Glass, he was a member of Standing Stone Church of Christ.

Born February 21, 1933, in Overton County, he was the son of Lee Verdon (Vaughn) McCowan of Monterey and the late Rev. Willie M. McCowan.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Beverly (Young) McCowan of Monterey; a son, Steven McCowan of Monterey; two daughters, Stephanie Stamps and her husband, Randy, and Tracy Pettit and her husband, John, all of Monterey; four brothers, Rev. Delmer McCowan, Elmer Ray McCowan, and Rev. Eugene McCowan, all of Monterey, and Earl McCowan of Redkey, IN; a sister, Linda Wiborn of Rickman; and eight grandchildren, Jessica Wood, Joshua Wood, Jeremy Stamps, Dakota Pettit, Justin Pettit, Elizabeth McCowan, Rebecca McCowan, and Honesty McCowan.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Jean Pigg, 72, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Tom Greenwood officiating.

Mrs. Pigg died Wednesday, July 21 at her home. She was a retired factory worker of Botany Shirt Factory and KMA Manufacturing and a member of Holly Springs Church of Christ.

Born August 8, 1931, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Ova (Gibbons) Bennett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arvin L. Pigg; a daughter, Joyce Barlow; and two nephews, Keith Hammock and Barry Bennett.

Survivors include six sons, Kenny Pigg, Frank Pigg, David Pigg, Donald Pigg, and Jerry Pigg, all of Hilham, and Clifton Pigg of Livingston; two daughters, Elaine Daniels of Monroe and Pam Huddleston of Colorado Springs, CO; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a special friend, Jean Byrd of Jamestown; and a special nephew, Lannie Bennett of Bethpage.

Pallbearers were Jason Daniels, Jacob Daniels, Charlie Huddleston, Ray Austin, Brad Edens, and Lear Pigg.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. James Cullom Upchurch, 28, of Nashville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2004, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home.

Burial was in Upchurch Cemetery in Fentress County with Bro. Eddie Hargis officiating.

Mr. Upchurch died Monday, July 19 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Born August 1, 1975, in Livingston, he was the son of Jimmy and Judy (McCann) Upchurch of Livingston. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jamie Upchurch and Christopher Upchurch; and his grandparents, Cullom and Rellie Upchurch and Clarence and Sarah McCann.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Glennis Allred of Alpine; a niece, Tammy Allred; an uncle, Joey McCann of Jamestown; two aunts, Roxie McCann and Alice Garrett, both of Jamestown; and special great aunt, Marie Turner of Jamestown.

Pallbearers were Gerald Allred, Clinton Allred, Donald Presley, Keith Linder, Robert Sullivan, Joey McCann, Jeremy McCann, Joe McCann, and Eddie McCann.

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


Funeral services for Mr. William Earl Upchurch, 77, of Livingston were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2004, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Bro. Jeff Monday officiating.

Mr. Upchurch died Friday, July 23 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired general laborer, served in the United States Army, and was of the Baptist faith.

Born August 15, 1926, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Sam and Ermine (Dishman) Upchurch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Earl Wayne Upchurch; two brothers, Fred Upchurch and Cletus Upchurch; and four sisters, Nova Coffman, Ruby Davis, Pauline Gilpatrick, and Edith Ray.

Survivors include his wife, Reba Grace (Moss) Upchurch of Livingston; a daughter, Jean Stamps and her husband, Ricky, of Livingston; a son, William Edward Upchurch of Livingston; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Jason Swallows, Anthony Hayes, Michael Hayes, Dewayne Upchurch, Darrell Sidwell, Tommy Carr, Mike Handy, and J.T. Hayes.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)


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