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Archives 01-05-2005

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DOYLE CANTRELL
Funeral services for Mr. Doyle Cantrell, 76, of the Dry Hollow Community near Monterey, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2005, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey.

Burial was in Davis Cemetery in the Dry Hollow Community with Bro. Tim Singleton and Rev. Bobby Barefield officiating.

Mr. Cantrell died Saturday, January 1 at his home. He was a timber cutter and chair maker. He was also a member of Three Forks Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 44 years.

Born February 26, 1928, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Kirby and Bertha (Ledbetter) Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ross Cantrell; and two sisters, Ila Carr and Bess Carr.

Survivors include his wife of more than 51 years, Reba (Brown) Cantrell of the Dry Hollow Community; four sons, Dewayne Cantrell of Baxter, Lavon Cantrell and Darrel Cantrell, both of Monterey, and Jermmie Cantrell of Love Joy; two daughters, Vondia Harris and Mickie Brown, both of Monterey; two brothers, Harold Glen Cantrell of Anderson and Harmons Burns Cantrell of Somerset, KY; and four sisters, Suzie Smith of Livingston, L.E. Hammock of Battle Creek, MI, and Ula Mae Hargis and Betty Jo Scott, both of Anderson, IN.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

ANNA M. (BILBREY) GUFFY
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna M. (Bilbrey) Guffy, 82, of Indianapolis, IN, were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2005, at Legacy Funeral Alternatives at Memorial Park in Indiana.

Mrs. Guffy died Thursday, December 30. She attended Livingston Academy and was a homemaker. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church and Corinthian Chapter 456 Order of the Eastern Star.

Born November 1, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Ella (McClain) Bilbrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel B. Guffy; and a brother, Robert Bilbrey.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Bolander and her husband, Bill; three sisters, Dora Neely, Barbara Hopkins, and Yetive Martin; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Indiana.

Special care provided by Legacy Funeral Alternatives at Memorial Park. (P)

 

COSBY KENNEDY
Funeral services for Mr. Cosby Kennedy, 99, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Rickman.

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

Mr. Kennedy died Sunday, December 26 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired farmer and a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Born September 6, 1905, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Henry Jacob and Anna Agnes (Matthews) Kennedy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Enna (Eldridge) Kennedy; a daughter, Geneva Mae Kennedy; a brother; and five sisters.

Survivors include a son, Charles Kennedy and his wife, Ellen, of Rickman; two daughters, Claudean Smith and Emma Jo Dillon, both of Rickman; a sister, Peggy McDermott of Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, David Smith, Phillip Goolsby, Kenneth Smith, Mark Smith, Vickie Duncan, Steve Kennedy, and Jeff Kennedy; 16 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a special nephew, Billy Jackson of Kettering, OH.

Pallbearers were David Smith, Kenny Smith, Mark Smith, Jeff Kennedy, Steven Kennedy, and Andrew Goolsby.

Donald Norris and Bill Cummings served as honorary pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ARNOLD C. "KNOBBY" KNOBLOCH
Funeral services for Mr. Arnold C. "Knobby" Knobloch, 79, of Muncie, IN, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2005, from the chapel of The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory in Muncie.

Burial was in Elm Ridge Cemetery with Dr. Dennis Hammons officiating.

Mr. Knobloch died Thursday, December 30 at Ball Memorial Hospital. After graduating from Anderson High School, he joined the Army Air Force and served in World War II.

Mr. Knobloch was a member of UAW 287, Muncie Area Amateur Radio Club, and American Radio Relay League. He was a volunteer for American Red Cross, was active at the 8th Street Senior Citizens Center, and worked at Warner Gear (Borg-Warner) until his retirement in 1990. He also worked a second job at Acme Supply Company in Anderson, IN, from 1949 to 1963.

Born May 20, 1925, in Anderson, he was the son of the late Clarence A. and Myrtle (Patterson) Knobloch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Wanda L. Knobloch, who died in April 2000; his step-father, Raymond McCune, who died in August 1990; a brother, Harold Knobloch; and a sister, Wilma Zell.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Knobloch of Madison, IN, and Bob Knobloch and his wife, Angie, of Muncie; a daughter, Nancy Moody and her husband, Dan; a sister, Ione Paschal of Anderson; two granddaughters, Melissa Moody of Indianapolis, IN, and Michelle Moody of Yorktown, IN; and his caregivers, Kendra Gard and Linda Petro.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, American Red Cross, or The Little Red Door.

Special care provided by The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory. (C)

 

KENNETH GLENN "TOO TALL" LAWSON
Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth Glenn "Too Tall" Lawson, 48, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004, from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Gainesboro.

Burial was in Aaron's Chapel Cemetery with Bro. H.S. Brown officiating.

Mr. Lawson died Monday, December 27 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. He was retired from the United States Navy and was working as a custodian at Tennessee Tech University.

Born June 23, 1956, in Anderson, IN, he was the son of Edward and Bertie (Poston) Lawson of Cookeville.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two sons, Kenneth Glenn Lawson Jr. and Randy Lawson, both of Anderson; two daughters, Kathy Lawson and Vicki Lawson, both of Anderson; two sisters, Juanita Slattery of Anderson and Carol Davis of Sparta; and a grandson, Trayvon Lawson.

Special care provided by Anderson Funeral Home. (C)

 

LEICEL LEDBETTER
Funeral services for Mr. Leicel Ledbetter, 71, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004, at Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston.

Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Mr. Ledbetter died Monday, December 27 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired truck driver and a veteran of the United States Army. Born April 30, 1933, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Luther and Etta (Rich) Ledbetter.

Survivors include his wife, Velma Lee Ledbetter of Livingston; three daughters, Linda Anderson and Deborah Ledbetter, both of Livingston, and Annette Threet of Allons; two brothers, R.L. Ledbetter of Livingston and Gladiston Ledbetter of Detriot, MI; two sisters, Rosie Smith of Monroe and Glendon Ashburn of Clarkrange; four grandchildren, Garrick Lee Anderson Jr., Steven Goodpasture, Brad Goodpasture, and Heather Anderson; and four great grandchildren, Joshua Anderson, Brandon Anderson, Tyler Anderson, and Hayley Anderson.

Pallbearers were Garrick Anderson, Steven Goodpasture, Brad Goodpasture, Doug Boles, Doug Eldridge, and Kenneth Swallows.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" LEE
Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lee, 96, of Monterey, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2004, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home.

Burial was in Sand Springs Cemetery with Rev. Steve Looper officiating.

Mrs. Lee died Tuesday, December 28 at her daughter's home in Kingsport, where she had lived the past two years. Following retirement from the Soldiers' Home in Dayton, OH, she returned to Monterey to the Anderson Community with her husband to establish a home and farm. She was a member of Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Born October 7, 1908, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late John and Christine (Jackson) Welch. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Custer Lee; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Lee of Kingsport; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

PAULINE A. LINDER
Funeral services for Ms. Pauline A. Linder, 79, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery with Rev. Michael Anders officiating.

Ms. Linder died Wednesday, December 29 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a retired hospital dietician and was of the Baptist faith.

Born October 9, 1925, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Frank G. and Eva M. (Clark) Linder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Fred Puckett; a brother, Ray Linder; and a sister, Agnes Linder.

Survivors include three sons, Johnnie Ray Linder of Livingston, Eddie Dean Puckett Sr. and his wife, Sylvia, and Jackie D. Puckett, all of Monroe; two daughters, Agnes Garrett and her husband, Larry, of Livingston and Eva Puckett of Jamestown; a foster son, David Scott and his wife, Carolyn, of Sparta; a step-son, Gene Pennington of Indiana; two step-daughters, Linda Taylor and her husband, Willie, of Monroe and Agnes Brewer of Indiana; 10 grandchildren, Rose Nell Maynord and her husband, Larry, Roger Dale Linder, Frankie Linder and his wife, René, Judy (Puckett) Woods, Eddie Puckett Jr. and his wife, Colette, David Puckett and his wife, Jennifer, Melissa Taylor and her husband, Jonathan, Tammy Robb and her husband, John, Johnny Wayne Linder and his wife, Casey, and Travis Puckett; 19 great grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Puckett, Travis Puckett, Roger Linder, Eddie D. Puckett Jr., Johnny Wayne Linder, John Robb, Casey Tinsley, Jessie Linder, Jonathan Taylor, and Tony Donigan.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

TOD R. PICKETT
Graveside services for Mr. Tod R. Pickett, 39, of Anderson, IN, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004, at Okolona Cemetery in Rickman with Rev. Don Billy officiating.

Mr. Pickett died Saturday, December 25 at his home. He was an automobile technician and a member of Main Street Church of God in Anderson and The Fall Creek Conservation Club.

Mr. Pickett was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed shooting bows, fishing, and spending time with family, friends, and nature.

Born December 18, 1965, in Anderson, he was the son of Thomas Earl and Janice J. (Braden) Pickett of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Earl and Violet Pickett; and his father-in-law, Charles Haney.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Angelia D. (Haney) Pickett of Anderson; a son, Jeremy R. Pickett of Anderson; a daughter, Sarah Abby Pickett of Anderson; his grandparents, Selbert and Jewel Braden of Anderson; his grandmother, Geneva Bilbrey of the Okolona Community; three brothers, Tim A. Pickett and his wife, Nancy, of Boothbay, ME, Troy L. Pickett and his wife, Cherrie, of Middletown, IN, and Trent M. Pickett of Anderson; a brother-in-law, Will Haney and his wife, Sharon, of Cookeville; an aunt and uncle, Gail and Tony Collins of Murfreesboro; and several other aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

PAT RECTOR
Funeral services for Mrs. Pat Rector, 50, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2004, from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Gainesboro.

Burial was in John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community of Jackson County with Bro. Don Bryant officiating.

Mrs. Rector died Sunday, December 26 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a factory worker, a former employee of Overton County Nursing Home, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Born November 14, 1954, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Bill Stafford of Gainesboro and the late Olen (Boles) Stafford.

Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Steve Rector of Cookeville; a son, Steven Rector and his wife, Belinda, of Anderson Air Force Base, Guam; a daughter, Melissa Rector of Cookeville; a brother, Dan Stafford of Gainesboro; three sisters, Ruby Richardson, Faye Stafford, and Joann Williams, all of Gainesboro; three grandchildren, Taylor Rector, Logan Rector, and Meghan Rector; and several nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Anderson Funeral Home. (C)

 

OLEETA CHRISTINE (STOVER) SMITH
Funeral services for Mrs. Oleeta Christine (Stover) Smith, 79, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2004, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Nelson Cemetery with Dr. David Moore officiating.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday, December 25 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a factory worker and a member of Hatcher Hall Christian Church.

Born August 2, 1925, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Ethel (Sells) Stover. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sherlie A. Smith; and three brothers, Edward Stover, Malcolm Stover, and Ronald Stover.

Survivors include four daughters, Georgia Marie Hughes of Akron, OH, Marsha Smith of Livingston, Mada Walker of Rickman, and Malissa Smith of Sparta; three brothers, Lonzo Stover of Livingston, Joe Stover of Barbarton, OH, and Kenneth Stover of Stow, OH; two sisters, Amelia Hanahan of Marion, OH, and Aletha Gunnels of Monroe; five grandchildren, Nora Green, Jerry Ray Hughes II, and Amanda McCune, all of Akron, Heather Walker of Cookeville, and Whitney Walker of Rickman; and four great grandchildren, Tyler Green, Brittany Green, Jeremy Hughes, and Morgan Hughes, all of Akron.

Pallbearers were Jerry Hughes II, Ben McCune, Randall Gunnels, Richard Gunnels, Ronnie Gunnels, and Larry Stover.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

FREEMAN L. THOMPSON


Funeral services for Mr. Freeman L. Thompson, 81, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at Speck Funeral Home. Burial was held in Overton County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mark Owens officiating.

Mr. Thompson died Sunday, Dec. 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital, following two years of failing health. He was the retired owner of Livingston Manufacturing Company.

Born May 26, 1923, in the Hilham area, he was one of 11 children of the late James "Jim" Elmer and Annie Dale Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sherman Thompson and Clifton Thompson; and a sister, Veachel Stringfellow.

Although times were hard back then, Freeman told a lot of funny stories about his childhood and school days. Those were the days when most kids walked to school and the teachers most often rode a horse. This was the case at New Liberty School, where Ruth Poston was a teacher. She was also known to keep a keen switch pretty close by, according to Freeman.

He attended different schools as the family moved to different places in the area.

His high school days were at Fisk Academy in Hilham, but he left school short of graduation to go to Detroit to work at Chrysler Corporation.

In June 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and was off to World War II, serving on USS Pennewell, USS Las Vegas Victory USNTS and NOB. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 and, like most young men, thankful to get back to Tennessee.

In 1947, he married Wylodean Smith, daughter of Dewey and Ova Smith of the New Hope Community on the edge of Jackson County. Life took them to the Freestate Community of Jackson County, and while living there, three children were born, Kenneth, Charles, and Pat.

Moving back to New Hope around 1955, Freeman began to reupholster furniture. As time progressed, he and Wylodean both began working in a furniture factory in Gainesboro and would upholster at home at night.

Some time later, Freeman and his younger brother, Clifton, put in an upholstery shop in Livingston only later to start building new furniture on Monterey Highway. That business was a total loss to fire around 1970, and Livingston Manufacturing's present site was built.

Freeman was known as a real hard-working man and was glad to be able to help out many people. He was known to be fair and honest.

He loved time spent with family and friends. He looked forward to cookouts, family reunions, and playing with his grandchildren.

He loved baseball and, during the summer, could always be found at the ball park in the evening. He was never too tired after a day's work to watch the kids playing Little League and Babe Ruth. Livingston Manufacturing sponsored teams for several years. After Freeman retired, he still kept up with the ball games and tournaments.

He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Board of Directors at Union Bank & Trust Company.

Survivors include his wife, Wylodean; three children, Kenneth Thompson and his wife, Arlene, Charles Thompson and his wife, Patty, and Pat Poston and her husband, Tommy, all of Livingston; seven sisters, Bessie Smith of Cookeville, Zilpha Barlow of Algood, Ruby Smith of Rickman, Norma Jean Smith and Vella Maxwell, both of Hilham, Mary Lou Kettong of Indian Mound, and Marcella Lancaster of Livingston; grandchildren, Steve Thompson, Kelly Thompson, Kim Mathews, Brook Poston, Hollie Linder, Leann Powers; and two great grandchildren, Ivy Grace Linder and Amber Powers.

Pallbearers were Joey Maxwell, Curtis Kottong, Raymond Smith, Roger Smith, Jim Thompson, and David Barlow.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (P)

 

HORACE DEMPSIE WEBB
Funeral services for Mr. Horace Dempsie Webb, 76, of Hilham, will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, January 5, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Okolona Cemetery with Bro. Keith Warren of Allen, OK, and Bro. Kirk Talley of Livingston officiating.

Mr. Webb was born November 1, 1928, in Overton County to the late Herman and Hannah (Poston) Webb. He passed away January 2, 2005, at his home after an extended battle with leukemia.

Mr. Webb and his brother, Johnie Webb, established Webb Electric in 1953 and later formed W&O Construction Company with R.L. Oakley. He also served many years with UCEMC as a board director and later served as general manager before retiring in 1993.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 5062 and was a member of the Honor Guard. He served in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

In his retirement years, Mr. Webb's love of gardening and his generosity with his crops were known throughout the community. He was a member of Livingston Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jack Douglas Webb; and a sister, Edith Webb.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene (Pigg) Webb; two daughters, Barbara Winningham and Cindy Story, both of Hilham; two brothers, Johnie Webb and Kenny Webb, both of Livingston; three sisters, Gladys Biddle of Dayton, OH, SueAnna Brock of Livingston, and Betty Sells of Gambrills, MD; four grandchildren, Jason Winningham, Emily Hammock, Kyle Story, and Sarah Story; and two great grandchildren, Alexandra Hammock and Lochlan Hammock.

Pallbearers will be John Webb, Mike Webb, Ron Johnson, Riley Johnson, Jim Sells, Delon Robbins, Brent Gore, and James Hicks.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Overton County chapter of American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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