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Funeral services for Mr. Carvel O. Cope Sr., 77, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2004, at First United Methodist Church in Livingston.

Burial, with full military honors performed by James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 Honor Guard, was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Craig Green and Rev. L.C. Trout officiating.

Mr. Cope died Tuesday, November 23 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was the owner of Fentress Block Company and a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a past president of Livingston Jaycees.

Born May 17, 1927, in Overton County, he was the son of the late L.V. and Bethel Rose (Bilbrey) Cope. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Horace and Dona (Speck) Bilbrey and Calvin and Nettie Cope; and two brothers, Edward Cope and Harold Paul Cope.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbye Cope of Livingston; a son, Carvel "Buddy" Cope Jr. of Livingston; two daughters, Karen (Cope) Byrd of Arlington, VA, and Monica (Cope) Eldridge and her husband, Boone, of Livingston; a brother, Bobby Cope of California; five grandchildren, Dr. Amy Spears Hix, Mary Byrd Jeanes and her husband, Kevin, Jordan McNeil Byrd, Hannah Victoria Byrd, and Rachel Katherine Byrd; a great grandchild, Christopher Lawrence Hix II; a nephew; and three nieces.

Pallbearers were Bobby Cope, Jordon Byrd, Chris Hix, Boone Eldridge, Danny Hayes, and Bill Smith.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Butch Holman, Tim Pangle, Sam Ramsey, Lansford Bilbrey, E.B. Gray Jr., Johnie Webb, Lucian Copeland, Bill Winningham, W.G. Quarles Jr., Jack M. Roe, Millard V. Oakley, Johnny Fred Coleman, Travis Anderson, Eldon Lelsie, Derward Vaughn, James Elder, and all the employees of Fentress County Block Company.

Memorial contributions may be made to Overton County Public Library.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Orland L. Cyphers, 77, of Willow Grove, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in St. John Cemetery with Bro. Ken Collins officiating.

Mr. Cyphers died Monday, November 22 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired foundry worker with Bridgeport Brass and a member of Woodmen of the World. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

Born September 17, 1927, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Tom Bennett and Hattie (Long) Cyphers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Cyphers; two brothers, Edward Cyphers and Norman Cyphers; and two sisters, Louella Little and Rose.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Williams of Livingston; a son, Orland Cyphers Jr. of Rossville, IN; two daughters, Sharyl Harshbarger of Willow Grove and Sheila Bahnsen of Athens, GA; two brothers, B.F. Cyphers of Indianapolis, IN, and Curtis Cyphers; a sister, Maedrew Mullins of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mike Cyphers, Larry Cyphers, Tony Johnson, Gene Harshbarger, Darrell Carter, and Ted Argue.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Mr. Thomas C. Reagan, 73, of Dayton, OH, passed away Friday, November 19, 2004, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Edgar and Ora Reagan; a sister, Lana Ruth Reagan; and a great grandson, Thomas Ash.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Wanda, mother of Deborah Estep; his loving wife, Mary, mother of Jane Huffman; grandchildren, Morgan and Seth Estep, Nicole and Josh Holmes, Ryan Huffman, and Natalie Huffman; great grandchild, Allie Holmes; brothers, Paul Reagan and his wife, Robbie Reagan, Champ and his wife, Jewell, both of Livingston, and Jack and Christine Reagan of Allons; sisters, Wanell Key and her husband, Earl, of Nashville, Ann Fike and her husband, John, of Bradford, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; dear friends, Tony and Lois Gerner and Woody and Mary; and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Reagan served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Angell Manufacturing for 17 years and retired from PTI after 26 years of service. He was an avid bingo player and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at 7 p.m. at the Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home with Pastor David Renfro officiating.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Dewey Shelton Robbins Jr., 61, of the Bethsaida Community in Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2004, at Bethsaida Christian Church.

Burial was in Bethsaida Cemetery with Bro. J.R. Denney and Bro. Earl Newberry officiating.

Mr. Robbins died Monday, November 22 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a brick mason, a contractor, a farmer, and a member of Bethsaida Christian Church.

Born July 24, 1943, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Dewey Shelton Sr. and Vallie (Padgett) Robbins.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Robbins of Monroe; four sons, Robby Robbins and his wife, Melissa, of Livingston, and Scotty Robbins, Anthony Robbins and his wife, Renee, and Dewey Adam Robbins and his wife, Lisa, all of Monroe; two brothers, Ted Robbins and his wife, Patsy, and Tony Robbins and his wife, Patty, all of Monroe; three sisters, Peggy Garrett and her husband, Edwin, of Allons, Patsy Cantrell of Bloomingdale, MI, and Pam Wilson and her husband, Robert, of Anderson, SC; and 11 grandchildren, Tabitha Dishman, Tristan Robbins, Tate Robbins, Tori Robbins, Lacy Robbins, Holly Robbins, Andy Robbins, Carlie Robbins, Valley Robbins, Braxton Eli Robbins, and Zora Robbins.

Pallbearers were Milford Winningham, Charles Keisling, Tommy Crabtree, Robert Padgett, Jeff Flowers, and Gary Reagan.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)



Mrs. Cleta (Willett) Wade Chase Sechrist, 85, of Cane Hill, AR, died Thursday, November 18 in Cane Hill. Burial was in the family plot at English Baptist Cemetery in Avery, TX.

Mrs. Sechrist had been a real estate agent, a professional seamstress, and an internationally known dog breeder of Chinese Pugs. She was a noted gardener and was considered an excellent cook.

She grew up around the Brotherton, Spring Creek, Vines Ridge, and Muddy Pond communities of Overton County. She was the oldest of four children who lived.

Born April 25, 1919, in Algood, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Burris and Birtie Lee (Looper) Willett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Lawton Ford Wade and Dana Blanchard Chase; a brother, John Sidney "Charles" Willet; and a sister, Juneva Maud Middleton.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Edward Sechrist of Cane Hill; a daughter, Judith Wade Chase Anderson and her husband, Earl, of Tahlequah, OK; a sister, Ramona (Willett) Stewart Thomas and her husband, Dave, of Avery; and many nieces and nephews, Vicky Willett Hoffman, Johnny Willett, Shirley Willett, Randall “Randy” Willett, Dwain Willett, Sharon Middleton Schmale, Russell V. Stewart, and Rhonda Stewart Garrison, all of Texas. (P)


Funeral services for Miss Ozella Ward, 90, of Cookeville and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Hilham Cemetery with Bro. Mike Tidwell and Bro. Kerry Duke officiating.

Miss Ward died Thursday, November 25 at Overton County Nursing Home. Retired from Union Carbide Plant in Oak Ridge, she was of the Church of Christ faith.

Born March 9, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Grover C. and Laura B. (Upton) Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Ward; and a sister, Beul Tidwell.

Survivors include a sister, Olen Maxwell of Hilham; a brother-in-law, Charles Tidwell of Gallatin; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mike Maxwell, Christopher Looper, Brad Jolley, Gib Jolley, Kenny Johnson, and Matt Johnson.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)




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