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Archives 03-23-2005

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JAMES "TOM" THOMAS ABNER Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. James "Tom" Thomas Abner Sr., 61, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2005, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home with Roger Cooper officiating.

Burial was in West Cemetery in Putnam County.

Mr. Abner died Friday, March 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born May 21, 1943, in Putnam County, he was the son of Lillie Martha (Henley) Abner of Cookeville and the late Johnny Otto Abner.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Wanda Abner of Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom Jr. and Patricia Abner of Cookeville; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Angelia Marchelle and Timothy Cooper of Cookeville and Tonya and Chris Moore of Sparta; 6 grandchildren, Tara Abner, Toshya Abner, Tommy Abner, Kayla Abner, Steven Carew, and Kanzadie Moore; and a great grandchild, Alexis Abner.

Pallbearers were Danny Murphy, Chris Moore, Tom Abner Jr., Matthew Abner, Estel Bilbrey, and Timothy Cooper.

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

 

BETTY SUE BILBREY
Funeral services for Ms. Betty Sue Bilbrey, 54, of Livingston, were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24 at Overton County Memorial Gardens. Ms. Bilbrey died Thursday, March 17 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory worker. Born August 31, 1950, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Homer Leo and Evalena (Snodgrass) Oliver.

Survivors include a son Michael West of Antioch; a brother, Carson Oliver of Livingston; a sister, Brenda Oliver of Livingston; and two nephews, Jordan Oliver and Lucas Oliver.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

FRANCIS RUTH COOPER
Funeral services for Mrs. Francis Ruth Cooper, 72, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Dewey Glen Masters officiating.

Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper died Monday, March 14 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a retired payroll clerk at Botany Shirt Company and a member of Ruth Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Born August 21, 1932, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Zella Mae (Carmack) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Cooper; a brother, Jimmy Brown; and a great granddaughter, Grace Marshall.

Survivors include a son, Robert Cooper of Hilham; 3 daughters, Charlotte Vaughn of Clarkrange and Gail Morgan and Nancy Coffman, both of Hilham; a sister, Betty Lewis of Allons; 9 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Matt Morgan, Travis Coffman, Justin Coffman, Ross Cooper, Jamie Fields, James Allen Thompson, Ronnie Sims, and Roy Joe Cooper.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Chuck Cooper, Jeff Palmer, and Jamie Marshall.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ROBERT LEE DECK
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Lee Deck, 82, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Old Union Cemetery.

Mr. Deck died Thursday, March 17 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired machinist in the space industry and a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Baptist church and a lifetime member of Beaver Creek VFW Memorial Lodge of Brentwood, OH.

Born December 9, 1922, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Hop and Nettie (Qualls) Deck.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Deck of Livingston; a daughter-in-law, Judy Moore of Livingston; 2 grandchildren, Tracy Slayton and her husband, Jeff, of Crossville, and Ashley Moore of Livingston; 2 great grandsons, Matthew Smith and Brandon Slayton; and a host of nephews and nieces.

Servicemen from the Smyrna National Guard unit and Ft. Campbell, KY, served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

MARY DELENA FERRILL
Funeral services for Miss Mary Delena Ferrill, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Nolan Cantrell and Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Carr Cemetery.

Miss Ferrill died Monday, March 14 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a retired floor lady at Botany Shirt Company for more than 40 years and was of the Baptist faith.

Born March 1, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Everitt and Nora (Carr) Ferrill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Carlos Ferrill, Hollis Ferrill, and Aron Ferrill.

Survivors include a brother, J.C. Ferrill of Livingston; 2 sisters, Eva Mae Ferrill and Beatrice Hill, both of Livingston; 6 nephews; and 3 nieces.

Pallbearers were Martin Ruzansky, Gerald Ferrill, Carl Ferrill, Jeff Ferrill, Rex Ferrill, and Mike Ferrill.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

RALPH DOUGLAS HARRIS
Funeral services for Mr. Ralph Douglas Harris, 59, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Reeder and Bro. Robert Boles officiating.

Burial was in Matthews Family Cemetery.

Mr. Harris died Friday, March 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a lumber grader for Norwalk Furniture Company and a member of Swallows Chapel Church of Christ. He served in the Army National Guard of Livingston for 6 years.

Born July 4, 1945, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Odell Arburt and Covie Plinie (Williams) Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda (Hooks) Harris of Cookeville; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Jamie Douglas Harris and Joey Dwayne and Ronda Harris, all of Cookeville; a special grandson, Dawson Trent White of Cookeville; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Daryl Denny, Bruce Smith, Mike Brown, Robert Brown, Clyde Cobble, and Gary Reid.

Donnie Breeding and Cliff Fletcher served as honorary pallbearers.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

DAVID LEE MAYNORD
Funeral services for Mr. David Lee Maynord, 54, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Buddy Reed officiating.

Burial was in Miller Cemetery.

Mr. Maynord died Sunday, March 20 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a truck driver and served in the United States Navy.

Born May 1, 1950, in Overton County, he was the son of Sadie (Little) Maynord of Livingston and the late Dennis Maynord.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Janie Sue (Staggs) Maynord of Livingston; a son, Dustin Maynord of Livingston; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Richard Pannell and Becky and Mark Walker, all of Livingston, and Tammy and Randy Waller of Allons; 2 brothers, Danny Maynord and Dwain Maynord, both of Livingston; 3 sisters, Joyce Maynord, Lounetta Garrett, and Ruth Woolbright, all of Livingston; and 4 grandchildren, Cody Pannell, Alissa Pannell, Robert Waller, and Luke Walker.

Pallbearers were Cody Pannell, Matt Copeland, Tony Woolbright, Grady Langford, David Ledbetter, and Michael Beechboard.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Stephen Garrett, Russell Garrett, Ronnie Staggs, and David Cole.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

THOMAS LANDON MULLINS
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Landon Mullins, 68, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Free Communion Church of Christ in Monroe with Bro. Marlon Winningham and Bro. Cecil Shaw officiating.

Burial was in Mullins Family Cemetery.

Mr. Mullins died Sunday, March 13 at his home. He was a farmer, a member of Free Communion Church of Christ, a past instructor at Livingston Area Vocational School, a county commissioner from 1976-1980, and a lifetime member of Disabled Veterans of America.

He was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the United States Navy and United States Air Force.

Born June 15, 1936, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Thomas Lafayette and Jewell Autumn (Kendall) Mullins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sons, Bryan Douglas Mullins and Keith Lambert Mullins; and his step-father, Dennis Martin.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Ann Mullins of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa (Sidwell) Mullins of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Tony Hill of Livingston; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Archie and Frances Mullins of Livingston, Jim and Doris Mullins of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and Larry and Gaye Mullins of Alpine; 7 grandchildren, Jared Mullins, Tara Mullins, Anthony Hill, Miranda Hill, Ashley Brynn Bray, Haley Kye Mullins, and Will Landon Mullins, all of Livingston; and the late Bryan Mullins' fiancˇe, Pat Stalnaker of Melbourne, FL.

Pallbearers were Scott Mullins, Jared Mullins, Larry Mullins, Tony Hill, Anthony Hill, Kevin Swhering, Barry Sells, and Robert Nunnery.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

RUBY ELIZABETH RAY
Funeral services for Miss Ruby Elizabeth Ray, 84, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Goggins officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Miss Ray died Wednesday, March 16 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Born August 5, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Wade D. and Hattie (Hembree) Ray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Crow.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Jean Adcock of Westland, MI, and Melba Rassega of Dearborn, MI; 4 nephews; 5 nieces; and several great nephews and great nieces.

Pallbearers were Ed Adcock, Richard Rassega, Tim Walters, and Michael Reagan.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

KATHERINE "KATIE" A. SELLS
Ms. Katherine "Katie" A. Sells, was born in Livingston on June 24, 1924, to Andrew Harrison Sells and Donie Jane (Winningham) Sells.

She shares the historic legacy of a lifetime of service at Y-12 and K-25 in Oak Ridge. She arrived in Oak Ridge in 1944 upon graduation from Livingston Academy.

She began her 45-year career as a chemical analyst at Y-12 in May, 1944. Her post-war duties included work in the then-new Plant Lab (Building 9995), and around 1962, in the Development Division Analytical Group.

In 1976, she was transferred to K-25's Analytical Laboratory (Building 1006), where she worked for the next 9 years. Sells returned to Y-12 in 1985, where she worked until her retirement in 1989.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Howard Sells of Nashville, and a niece and great-niece, Kathy Copeland Monday and daughter Rachel Monday, of Spring City.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Mildred Copeland of Anderson, IN, and Marie Sells Flynn of Houston, TX; and 7 beloved nephews and nieces, Gary Copeland, Keith Copeland, and Christa Copeland St. Clair, all of Anderson, IN, Deborah Reece of Athens/Atlanta, GA, Daniel Reece and James Reece, both of Atlanta, and Amy Reece Rhodes of The Woodlands, TX.

Sells earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues throughout her career. Her life of professional dedication as a science technician and chemical analyst was mirrored in her personal life by her great generosity toward family and friends.

A skilled and avid seamstress and clothes shopper, her nephews and nieces never wanted for wardrobe. Indeed, Sells was there for family and friends when any sort of need arose.

She is beloved by numerous friends whom she helped through times of illness and loss, and who in turn lovingly assisted her through a difficult and lengthy illness. For this, Katherine was exceedingly grateful, as is her family, who resides out of state.

She showed remarkable grace and strength throughout her illness Š a caring, intelligent, and dutiful spirit imbued with dignity and humor.

Sells stands as a model of independence and a source of inspiration for all who knew her. She, along with other great citizens who arrived in the 1940s for the Manhattan Project, is considered part of the fabric of what is great about Oak Ridge, her home for 61 years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary, located at 158 South Jefferson Circle in Oak Ridge. An online guest book may be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.

Special care provided by Weatherford Mortuary. (C)

 

BARBARA L. WHITE
Funeral services for Mrs. Barbara L. White, 62, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. White died Friday, March 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Born April 28, 1942, in Davidson County, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Sr. and Edna (Bell) Gleaves. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Gleaves.

Survivors include her husband, James E. White of Livingston; 2 sons, James D. and Denise White of Cookeville and Ronnie and Karen White of Livingston; a brother, Marvin Gleaves Jr. of Joelton; a sister, Billie Davis of Mt. Juliet; 4 grandchildren, James A. White, Jackson White, Hayden White, and Carley White; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Ronnie White, James D. White, Richard Hull, Larry Hull, Charles Peek, and David Howard.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

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