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Archives 02-16-2005

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JAMES EDWARD BILYEU
Funeral services for Mr. James Edward Bilyeu, 59, of Cookeville, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Hawkins officiating.

Burial will be in Shipley Cemetery.

Mr. Bilyeu died Monday, Feb. 14 at Life Care Center in Sparta. He was a machinist and a 28-year employee of former Cookeville Tool & Manufacturing.

Born September 3, 1945, in Overton County, he was the son of Uyles and Hessie (Webb) Bilyeu.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Linda (Rittenberry) Bilyeu of Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Sammy and Sherry Bilyeu of Gainesboro; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Catina and Kenny Peters of Sparta and Tiffany and Benjy Patterson of Cookeville; a sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and David Rankhorn of Smithville; four grandchildren, Tyler, Lance, Victoria, and Brittany; and four step-grandchildren, Christy, Ben, Sara, and Chelsea.

Mr. Bilyeu's family and friends served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

BOYD DENNIS
Memorial services for Mr. Boyd Dennis, 69, of Cookeville, were conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Monterey United Methodist Church with Rev. Tony Gentry and Rev. Michael Madden officiating.

Full military honors were performed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Dennis died Monday, Feb. 7 at his home. He was retired from the United States Air Force, where he served for more than 20 years.

Born September 1, 1935, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Max and Mary Edna (Rigsby) Dennis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Allen Dennis; eight brothers, Izell Dennis, Casto Dennis, Orivl Dennis, Homer Dennis, Tarzan Dennis, James Edward Dennis, William Herbert Dennis, and Leroy Dennis; and two sisters, Nell Sells and Ruby Atterson.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Louise (Matthews) Dennis of Cookeville; a son, David Kevin Dennis of Cookeville; a daughter, Vicki Dennis Jakaub of New Concord, KY; and many nephews and nieces, including, Keith and Vicki Dennis, Pat and Dewayne Bilbrey, and Glenna Atterson.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

DONNIE MARIE INGRAM
Funeral services for Mrs. Donnie Marie Ingram, 49, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at First Assembly of God in Livingston with Rev. James Shaver officiating.

Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Ingram died Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory worker and a member of First Assembly of God.

Born March 9, 1955, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Carlos and Nola Mae (Johnson) Swann. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Swann and Billy Swann.

Survivors include two sons, Garell Ingram of Ringgold, GA, and Christopher Beard of Clifton; two daughters, Lorrie Ingram of Livingston and Chasity Ingram of Clarkrange; four sisters, Martha Rogers of Livingston, Barbara Rico of Chattanooga, Linda Hodge of the Twinton community, and Ann Norrod of Monroe; three grandsons; and a granddaughter.

Pallbearers were James Rogers, Bill Norrod, Manuel Rico, Rusty Jones, Larry Himelick, and Mark Misha.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

CHRISTINE JOHNSON
Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Johnson, 90, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Halliburton, Rev. Michael Ledbetter, and Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating.

Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson died Wednesday, Feb. 9 at her home. She was a housewife, a member of Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, and an active member of United Methodist Women.

Her husband, the late Rev. James T. Johnson, served as a United Methodist minister for 51 years.

Born October 5, 1914, in Coffee County, she was the daughter of the late Cleve and Rushie (Layne) Carroll. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard Carroll and two infant brothers; and a sister, Alline Harrell.

Survivors include three sisters, Joy White and Faye Baltimore, both of Livingston, and Gayle Wells of Manchester; a sister, Verna Woods of Walling; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LUCYE LONG
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucye Long, 83, of Carthage, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, from Carthage United Methodist Church with Bro. Jerry Wallace officiating.

Burial was in Rob Draper Cemetery in Gainesboro.

Mrs. Long died Tuesday, Feb. 8 at her home. She graduated from high school in 1939 in the program at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski. She was a member of Carthage United Methodist Church, Carthage Bridge Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Thursday Dinner Club.

She and her late husband, Max, were married in Gainesboro on Christmas Day 1941. They moved to Carthage in 1946 from Jackson County and, along with the late Frank Hire, established the former Hire and Long Furniture Company. They were also co-owners of the former Hire and Long Furniture Company with her brother, Carson Maxwell.

Born January 28, 1922, in the Roaring River community of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Johnson and Ida Ann (Whitaker) Maxwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Russell Maxwell, who gave his life for the United States while fighting in France during World War II.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Alan and Suzette Long of Turkey Creek and Charles Long of Georgia; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Carson and Judy Maxwell of the Bluff Creek community and Fred and Emma Jo Maxwell of Livingston; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Helen Draper of Gainesboro and Frances and Willard Chaffin of Warren, MI; grandchildren, Dr. Jon Alan Long and his wife, Heather, of Carthage, Jennifer Summers and her husband, Jamie, of South Carthage, Meredith Polston and her husband, Matt, of Lafayette, Melanie Long of Turkey Creek, and Brent Long of Bowling Green, KY; and a great granddaughter, Ashby Long of Carthage.

Memorials may be made to the Carthage United Methodist Church building fund.

Special care provided by Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage. (C)

 

ANNA LEE MARTIN
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Lee Martin, 75, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Ledbetter officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Martin died Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a nursing assistant at Overton County Nursing Home and Masters Nursing Home. She was a member of West End Church of Christ.

Born April 18, 1929, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Dessie Ora (Brown) Cyphers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Radford Cyphers, Raymond Cyphers, and Eddie Cyphers; a sister, Jewel Cyphers; a nephew, James Carl Cyphers Jr.; and a niece, Rita Mathis.

Survivors include a brother, and sister-in-law, James Carl and Anna Cyphers of Allons; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Estelle Sells of Monroe, Betty and Harry Leons of Anderson, IN, and Agnes and Kenneth Ward of Willow Grove; a brother-in-law, Will J. Martin of Monroe; three sisters-in-law, Ruth Cyphers of Livingston, and Earlene Cyphers and Mary Cyphers, both of Willow Grove; and 15 nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Tyler Reagan, Dustin Sidwell, Michael Cyphers, Larry Cyphers, Matthew Cyphers, and Dale Day.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

FANNIE INEZ (RAY) MAYNARD
Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Inez (Ray) Maynard, 91, of Gallatin, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home in Gallatin with Bro. H.C. Vanderpool and Bro. Forrest Creekmore officiating.

Burial will be in Hunter Cove Cemetery in Livingston.

Mrs. Maynard died Sunday, Feb. 13. She was a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church.

Born October 11, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Sissie (Hall) Ray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Temon Maynard, Harold Maynard, and Leon Maynard.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Albert Maynard and Jerry and Phyllis Maynard, all of Gallatin; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Shel and Bill Jones and Frances and Marion Petty, all of Alabama, and Mary Hurt and Charlotte Brown, both of Gallatin; a brother, Leonard Ray of Livingston; a sister, Maggie Hummel of Livingston; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Special care provided by Alexander Funeral Home. (C)

 

NELLIE V. REEDER
Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie V. Reeder, 85, of Cookeville and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Fox, Bro. Gary Hampton, and Bro. Glen McDoniel officiating.

Burial was in Martin Cemetery.

Mrs. Reeder died Thursday, Feb. 10 at NHC Healthcare Center in Cookeville. She was a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ and volunteered with Helping Hands International.

Born February 17, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Mack and Lou (Brewington) Kyle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarvess Franklin Reeder; a son, Mayford Reeder; three brothers, Granville Kyle, Bob Kyle, and Gillis Kyle; five sisters, Katie Bell Sharpe, Myrtle Lee, Dollie Johnson, Callie Cooper, and Lesby Carter; and a grandson, Kent Reeder.

Survivors include five sons, Fred Reeder and Marshall Reeder, both of Nashville, Sherlie Reeder of Madison, John Reeder of Brentwood, and Bill Reeder of Houston, TX; two daughters, Betty Bowman of Livingston and Charlene Sisco of Madison; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Eric Bowman, Elliot Bowman, Jacob Norrod, Jessica Norrod, Brent Smith, Brent Reeder, and Effrin Reeder.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

JOHN EDWARD "JOHNNY" ROBINSON
Funeral services for Mr. John Edward "Johnny" Robinson, 51, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, from the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Cross officiating. Burial was held at Lovelady-Sims Cemetery.

Mr. Robinson died Saturday, Feb. 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a member of Livingston Church of Christ and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He was very active in sports and loved working with children.

Born July 7, 1953, in Putnam County, he was the son of Shirley (Winningham) Groce Robinson Austin and the late Fred Ray Robinson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bernie and Ellon Winningham; a step-father, Robert Groce; and his father-in-law, Odis Garrett.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Pansy (Garrett) Robinson of Byrdstown; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brandon and Angie Robinson and Nathan Robinson, all of Byrdstown; a step-father, Luke Austin of Byrdstown; a brother, Ronnie Robinson of Byrdstown; a sister, Cathy Tompkins of Byrdstown; four step-sisters, Bobbie Ruth Elder of Byrdstown, Carolyn Dyer of Sevierville, Diann McWhorter of Louisville, KY, and Sharon Russell of Athens, AL; his mother-in-law, Bertha Taylor of Monroe; and nephews, nieces, and other family members and friends.

Special care provided by Brown Funeral Home. (P)

 

MYRTLE VAUGHN
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Vaughn, 85, of Monterey, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Jack Taylor officiating.

Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery in Overton County.

Mrs. Vaughn died Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. A member of Monterey First Freewill Baptist Church, she was retired from the old Monterey Hosiery Mill and Livingston Shirt Factory and had worked in an aircraft factory in Detroit, MI, during World War II.

Born May 7, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Gib and Mary (Key) Dixon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin C. Vaughn; five brothers, Paul Dixon, Rev. P.A. Dixon, Ervin Dixon, Clarence Dixon, and Walter Dixon; and three sisters, Cynthia Holloway, Clara Hargis, and Anna Mae Dixon.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry and Cathy Vaughn and Roger Vaughn, all of Monterey; a sister, Ella D. Raines of Hermitage; two grandchildren, Kellie McCormick of Monterey and Melanie Gambrell of Cookeville; and a great grandchild, Luke McCormick.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

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