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Archives 08-18-2004



Graveside services for Mrs. Reba Anga Callahan, 92, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2004, at Garrett Cemetery at Worley Loop with Bro. Winningham Van Koughnett officiating.

Mrs. Callahan died Wednesday, August 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and enjoyed many hobbies such as gardening, crocheting, knitting, needlework, and quilting. She made many quilts and was generous in giving them as gifts. She was also known in the family for her delicious pound cake.

Born June 21, 1912, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William Hardy and Calla (Winningham) Garrett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Callahan; and a brother, William Garrett.

Survivors include a daughter, Billie Reed of Bradenton, FL; three sisters, Ruby Daniels of Livingston, Marie McDonald of Mt. Clemons, MI, and Charlsie Van Koughnett of Monroe; a grandson, Thomas Reed of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "Meals on Wheels" program, Henson Street, Livingston, TN.

Pallbearers were Wayne Wilborn, Cal Van Koughnett, Garrett Van Koughnett, Gene Daniels, Richard Dubey, David Reum, and Phil Wagner.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Shirley Ray Jones, 61, of Monterey, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, August 16, 2004, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey.

Burial was in Hanging Limb Cemetery with Rev. Harlon Thompson officiating.

Mr. Jones died Saturday, August 14 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was an automotive mechanic.

Born January 4, 1943, in Hanging Limb, he was the son of the late Flem and Mary (Phillips) Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Jones.

Survivors include a daughter, Becky Walker and her husband, David, of Cookeville; his companion, Mary Farley of Monterey; three sisters, Lucille Stephens and Linda Hodge, both of Monterey, and Reba Webber of Wichita Falls, TX; four brothers, Frazier Jones, Paul Jones, Carl Jones, and Frank Jones, all of Monterey; and two grandchildren, Lacie and Addison.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)



Mr. Robert Lewis Mollett, 24, of Rickman, died Sunday, August 8 at his home. He was a factory worker at Berkline, enjoyed 4-wheel drive trucks, and was a bullrider.

Born September 9, 1979, in Redding, CA, he was the son of Robert "Bob" Lee Jr. and Janet (Krouse) Mollett of Rickman.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandmothers, Janet Mollett of Hilham and Janet Crane of Rickman; a sister, Stacey Mollett of Rickman; and an aunt and uncle, Jim and Kathy Mollett of Hilham.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Glenn D. "Doc" Parsons, 74, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2004, at Beaty Swamp Community Church in Monroe.

Burial was in Sylvester Robbins Cemetery with Rev. Bob Stoner officiating. Full military honors were conducted by the Honor Guard of James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 in Livingston.

Mr. Parsons died Thursday, August 12 at his home. He was a truck driver, a member of Beaty Swamp Community Church, and a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Born August 12, 1930, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Andrew and Lillian (Hicks) Parsons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Katrina Potter; and a brother, Everett Parsons.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie Parsons of Livingston; three sons, Doug Parsons of Rickman, Mike Parsons of Alpine, and Tony Parsons of Monroe; a daughter, Debbie Boles of Rickman; a step-son, Chris Fletcher of Daytona, FL; two step-daughters, Alice McCraney of Colorado Springs, CO, and April Fletcher of Murfreesboro; three brothers, Pete Parsons of Nashville and Howard Parsons and Andrew "Spud" Parsons, both of Monroe; a sister, Wilma King of Monroe; 19 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchilren.

Pallbearers were Derek Parsons, Royce Knappenberger, Wesley Johnson, Jim Beaty, Brian Parsons, and Evan Baird.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Donald Dean Way, 74, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, August 13, 2004, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home.

Burial was in the Arlington of Tennessee Cemetery in Putnam County with his sons officiating.

Mr. Way died Thursday, August 11 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a member of the Experimental Air Association.

Born April 14, 1930, in Peoria, IL, he was the son of Idell (Hartman) Way Lawson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Spitler.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Margaret Way; four sons, Richard Way, Jonathan Smith, David Smith, and Stephen Smith; three daughters, Linda Webber, Deborah Haven, and Donna Hoilman; and a sister, Darlene Curtis.

Pallbearers were Greg Booher, Benny Buck, Danny Higdon, Tommy Randolph, Roger Carr, E.B. Gray, Carl Allred, and Johnny Webb.

Jerry Sandlin served as honorary pallbearer.

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


Funeral services for Mr. Douglas M. Wells, 73, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, August 16, 2004, at Oak Hill Methodist Church.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Bro. James Williams officiating.

Mr. Wells died Saturday, August 14 at his home. He was a local truck driver at ABF Freight, a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church, and a southern gospel singer who sang in many churches in Putnam, Overton, White, and surrounding counties.

Born June 7, 1931, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Herman and Mildred (Maynard) Wells.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue (Carmack) Wells of Cookeville; a daughter, Levita (Wells) Holt of Algood; a son, Richard E. Wells and his wife, Valerie, of Cookeville; a brother, Howard Wells and his wife, Betty L., of Rickman; two sisters, Geraldine Greenwood and her husband, Sam, of Cookeville, and Frances Means and her husband, J.C., of Battle Creek, MI; and four grandchildren, Chelsea Holt, Katie Wells, Charis Wells, and Douglas Wells.

Pallbearers were Bob Matthews, Brian Wells, Craig Norris, James Thrasher, Dale Scott, and Roger Clouse.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Standley, John West, Glenn Cooper, and a host of friends and co-workers. Memorial contributions may be made to Lazarus House Hospice in Cookeville.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)


RUBY E. (Ingalls) ZEAFLA

Memorial services for Mrs. Ruby E. (Ingalls) Zeafla, 83, of Hilham, were conducted at 9 a.m. Monday, August 9, 2004, at the future site of Hilham Baptist Mission. Bill Land and Morris McMaster officiated, with music provided by Points of Light and Nick Denby.

Burial was in Salem-St. Paul Cemetery in Liberty, PA.

Mrs. Zeafla died Saturday, August 7 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and enjoyed free-lance writing for radio stations and Christian publications. She was especially noted for her poetry.

Born July 18, 1921, in Covington Township, PA, in Tioga County, she was the daughter of the late Clayton Elmer and Sylvia Lenora (Beebe) Ingalls. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard F. Zeafla; and a sister, Wilma Froebel.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Henry of Hilham; a son, George Zeafla and his wife, Geri, of Springville, NY; two foster children, Bonnie Marsh and her husband, Glenn, and Ann Smith; three brothers, Raymond Ingalls, Fred Ingalls and his wife, Jean, and Victor Ingalls; two sisters, Rosaleen Dushoff and Stella Sayles; 9 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren, Marilyn Collinsworth, John Henry, Howard Henry and his wife, Kristine, Richard Henry and his wife, Jewel, Victor Zeafla and his wife, Jessica, Doreen Sharpe and her husband, Richard, David Zeafla and his wife, Allison, Scott Zeafla and his wife, Shelly, Tim Zeafla, Angela Shaffer and her husband, Al, and Eric Maybee and his wife, Rachel; 6 foster grandchildren, Michael Marsh, Michelle Marsh, Matthew Marsh, Nathan Smith, Amber Smith, and Kristy Smith; 15 great grandchildren, Derek Collinsworth, Eric Henry, Sean Henry, Emily Zeafla, Riley Zeafla, Makayla Sharpe, Kristina Sharpe, Kasandra Sharpe, Ashlee Zeafla, James Zeafla, Kaylee Zeafla, Timothy Zeafla, Amber Zeafla, Andrea Zeafla, Andrew Zeafla, Adam Zeafla, Cody Zeafla, and Bianca Zeafla; and 5 step-grandchildren, Amber Shaffer, Autumn Shaffer, Alexis Shaffer, Cheyenne Maybee, and Sierra Maybee. (P)


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