ROY H. FLOWERS
Funeral services for Mr. Roy H. Flowers, 73, of the Midway community,
were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2005, from the chapel
of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Shelly officiating.
Burial was in Wirmingham Cemetery.
Mr. Flowers died Tuesday, March 22 at his home. He was an auto
mechanic for Pickett County School System, a member of Midway Christian
Church, and a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Born November 9, 1931, in Pickett County, he was the son of the
late Johnnie and Flora (Winningham) Flowers. In addition to his
parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Walter H. Flowers
and an infant brother; and 2 sisters, Lena Massiongale and Osha
Survivors include his wife, Betty M. Flowers of the Midway community;
a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bob Forsman of the Midway
community; and 2 sisters, Ova Gunter of Livingston and Alva Sells
Pallbearers were Tom Evans, Jerry Paul Flowers, Jeff Flowers, James
Gunter, Rick Gunter, and Michael Sells.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were John Trieschman and Bruce
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
DIANA LYNN HARRIS
Funeral services for Mrs. Diana Lynn Harris, 54, of LaVergne, were
conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Woodbine Freewill
Baptist Church in Nashville with Dr. Stanley Outlaw and Rev. Tim
Burial was in Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Harris died Wednesday, March 23. She was a former employee
of National Association of Freewill Baptists and a member of Woodbine
Freewill Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Glenn E. and Kathleen Thomas.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Roy Harris of LaVergne;
a son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Susan Harris; a daugher and
son-in-law, Melissa and Tim Wilhoite; her father-in-law and mother-in-law,
Albert and Fannie Mae Harris of Overton County; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law,
Danny and Bobbie Thomas and David and Julia Thomas; 2 sisters and
brothers-in-law, Nancy Dorene and Sam Garner and Debra and Dwight
Whitworth; 4 grandchildren, Marissa Wilhoite, Mason Wilhoite, Claire
Harris, and Lauren Harris; and 14 nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Thomas, Justin Thomas, Nathan Thomas,
Mark Thomas, Wesley Garner, Christopher Harris, Andrew Harris, and
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodbine Freewill Baptist
Church Building Fund.
Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. (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
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 daughter, Gina Kaye Harris
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. (G)
ELBA N. HESTAND
Funeral services for Mrs. Elba N. Hestand, 86, of Moss, were conducted
at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral
Home in Celina with Dale Strong officiating.
Burial was in Hinson Cemetery.
Mrs. Hestand died Tuesday, March 21 at Cumberland River Hospital
in Celina. She was of the Church of Christ faith.
Born March 27, 1918, in Moss, she was the daughter of the late
A.G. and Ada (Cherry) Wil-kerson. In addition to her parents, she
was preceded in death by her husband, Creed Hestand; a brother,
Fosh Wilkerson; and a sister, Exie Osgatharp.
Survivors include a son, Jackie Hestand of Celina; 2 daughters,
Patricia Collins of Red Boiling Springs and Dean Smith of Celina;
2 brothers, Earl Wilkerson of Moss and Beverly Wilkerson of Beech
Grove, IN; a sister, Mary McCormick of Indianapolis, IN; 8 grandchildren;
16 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Phillip Collins, Brad Collins, Zach Knight, Dwight
Rich, Clay Whitaker, and Craig Hestand.
Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)
JEWELL PLUMA PHILLIPS
Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell Pluma Phillips, 84, of Battle Creek,
MI, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, from the chapel
of Shaw Funeral Home in Battle Creek with Pastor Richard Wilson
Burial was in Morgan Cemetery.
Mrs. Phillips died Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Battle Creek Health System.
She graduated from Rickman High School and worked in housekeeping
at the former Holiday Inn, now the Ramada Inn, in Battle Creek,
retiring in 1986. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and making afghans.
She will always be remembered for her kindness to family and friends.
Born August 29, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of
the late Quitman and Eunice (Copeland) Winton. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Phillips;
a brother, Wheeler Winton; and 2 sisters, Hassie Bigley and Pearl
Survivors include 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Linda and Bob Tarte
of Lowell, MI, and Cindy Roth of Battle Creek; a brother and sister-in-law,
Willis and Alene Winton of Battle Creek; 2 grandchildren, Benjamin
Tabatowski-Bush and his wife, Ann, of Northville, MI, and Erin Bush
of Muskegon, MI; and 2 great grandchildren, Jamie Tabatowski and
Jacob Tabatowski, both of Northville.
Reminiscences by relatives or friends are requested by the family.
These may be mailed to Linda Tarte, 10696 East Fulton, Lowell, MI,
49331, e-mailed to email@example.com, or made over the phone
by calling (616) 897-9202.
Special care provided by Shaw Funeral Home. (P)
LOVIE JEAN (BULL) REID
Funeral services for Mrs. Lovie Jean (Bull) Reid, 70, of Livingston,
were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005, from the chapel
of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Edward Todd officiating.
Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Reid died Saturday, March 26 at Overton County Nursing Home.
She was a retired factory worker and was affiliated with Hilham
Church of God.
Born August 17, 1934, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the
late Jessie Walker and Evie (McClain) Burks. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Noah Bull;
and 3 brothers, Ray Burks, Jessie Burks, and Houston Burks.
Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Billy and Sue
Bull of Rickman and Carl Bull of Portland, OR; 2 brothers, Elmo
Burks of Franklin, IN, and Phillips Burks of Russell Springs, KY;
a sister, Lorene Randolph of Franklin, IN; 3 grandsons; a granddaughter;
a step-grandson; and 3 step-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Randy Bull, Richard Vickers, Brad Mattis, Joey
Bull, Doyle Bull, and Eric Turner.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
VAUDA VELLA (BEASLEY) REID
Funeral services for Mrs. Vauda Vella (Beasley) Reid, 86, of Livingston,
were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Shiloh United
Methodist Church with Bro. Craig Green officiating.
Burial was in Eckels Cemetery.
Mrs. Reid died Thursday, March 24 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
She was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Born October 25, 1918, in Overton County, she was the daughter
of the late Andrew J. and Mary Etta (Bilbrey) Beasley. In addition
to her parents, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers, Claude
Beasley, Chester Beasley, Herman Beasley, Osco Beasley, and Lum
Beasley; and 3 sisters, Ella England, Mae Bilbrey, and Carolyn Geller.
Survivors include her husband, Jessie Arlo Reid of Livingston;
2 sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Peggy Reid and Donald and
Vonda Reid, all of Rickman; 3 sisters-in-law, Willie P. Reid, Daisy
Beasley, and Alba Reid; 4 grandchildren, Derwin Reid, Robyn Carwile,
Donna Ray, and Donovan Reid; 2 great grandchildren, Lindsay Carwile
and Bryson Carwile; and several other family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Bill Geller, Roger Clouse, David Reid, Earl Loftis,
Cliff Carter, and Ralph McDonald.
Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)
KATHERINE "KATIE" A. SELLS
Ms. Katherine "Katie" A. Sells died Sunday, March 20,
2005, at NHC Health Care Center in Oak Ridge
She 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
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
- a caring, intelligent, and dutiful spirit imbued with dignity
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.An online guest book may be signed at www. weatherfordmortuary.com.
Special care provided by Weatherford Mortuary. (G)
FLORA L. SHELDON
Funeral services for Mrs. Flora L. Sheldon, 94, of Battle Creek,
MI, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2005, from the chapel
of Richard A. Henry Funeral Home with Rev. David L. Dryer, of Trinity
United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial was in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Sheldon died Thursday, March 17 at Heartland Health Center.
She was employed at U.S. Register and United Steel and Wire during
the earlier adult years of her life. She was a member of Trinity
United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening and flowers.
Born March 24, 1910, in Livingston, she was the daughter of the
late Andrew J. and Delia A. (Copeland) Bilbrey. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald F. Sheldon;
and 2 sisters, Lilly Bilbrey and Cora Bilbrey-Robinson.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James L. and Nancy
Sheldon of Battle Creek; 4 grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist
Special care provided by Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. (P)
VERA (HYDER) SPECK
Funeral services for Mrs. Vera (Hyder) Speck, 91, of Livingston,
were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2005, from the chapel
of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Halliburton officiating.
Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Speck died Thursday, March 24 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
She was co-owner and operator of Speck Funeral Home and Overton
County Memorial Gardens for many years.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Livingston,
where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir.
Mrs. Speck was also a member of Livingston Chapter 206 Order of
the Eastern Star, which she joined on December 16, 1941. She served
as Worthy Matron in 1947, and was Grand Warder during 1964 and 1965
for the Grand Chapter in Nashville. Receiving the Certificate of
Appreciation from Livingston Chapter 206 in 1989, she also served
as Mother Advisor for Livingston Chapter 15 Rainbow Girls.
Born December 12, 1913, in Putnam County, she was the daughter
of the late Melvin and Ida (Walker) Hyder. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira M. Speck; a daughter,
Joan (Speck) Brown; and 2 brothers, Hollis Hyder and Verlin Hyder.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Grover C. Brown; and 3 grandchildren,
Dr. Ira L. Sidwell and his wife, Susan, of Nashville, Lesa S. Parsons
and her husband, David, of Livingston, and Joy Beasley and her husband,
Jerry, of Ooltewah; and 8 great grandchildren, Curtis Parsons, Stuart
Parsons, Jared Parsons, Joanna Parsons, Julie Beasley, Brock Sidwell,
Sarah Sidwell, and Michelle Sidwell.
Pallbearers were Bill Speck, John Officer, Bill Needham, Charles
Maynord, Gerald Maynard, Donald George, Don Ragland, and Tim Pangle.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Ron Hyder, Bobby Graves, Mike
Parris, Steve Parris, Earl G. Hodge, and John Carlock.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
BREANNA DANYALE TUCKER
Graveside services and interment for Breanna Danyale Tucker, infant
daughter of Brandon and April (Farley) Tucker, of Buffalo Valley,
were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Palmer Cemetery.
Her grandfather, Bro. Ray Farley, officiated.
Breanna was born and died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Vanderbilt
Medical Center in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Ada Tucker and Barbara
Sue Farley; and an uncle, Johnny Ray Farley.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a sister, Brittany
Tucker of Buffalo Valley; grandparents, Ronnie and Shelley Tucker
of Buffalo Valley and Bro. Ray and Linda Farley of Cookeville; great
grandparents, Brad Tucker of Silver Point, Juanita Sullivan of the
Hardy's Chapel community, Leonard Sullivan of Rickman, and Lilly
Vernon of Monterey; an uncle, Steven Farley of Cookeville; and 2
aunts, Amber Tucker of Buffalo Valley and Linda Waller of Algood.
Special care provided by Hooper, Huddleston, & Horner Funeral
Home in Cookeville. (C)
SYBIL G. WEBB
Funeral services for Mrs. Sybil G. Webb, 84, of Smyrna, will be
conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 30, 2005, from the chapel
of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Carles Walker officiating.
Burial will be in Dodson Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Webb died Sunday, March 27 at Stonecrest Medical Center in
Smyrna. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Born September 29, 1921, in Somerset, KY, she was preceded in death
by her parents; 2 brothers; and a sister.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil Webb of Smyrna; 2 step-daughters,
Anna Bernice Price of New Boston, NH, and Carol J. Estavez of Dayton,
OH; a brother, Charles Griffin of Somerset; and a host of grandchildren.
Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)
Funeral services for Mr. Cecil Young, 85, of Monroe, were conducted
at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at Grace Baptist Church in
Alpine with Bro. John Copeland officiating.
Burial, with military honors performed by James T. Davis Memorial
Post 5062 Honor Guard, was in Coffee Cemetery.
Mr. Young died Sunday, March 20 at Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga.
A member of Grace Baptist Church and Overton County Cattlemen's
Association, he was a United States Army veteran of World War II.
Born March 18, 1920, in Overton County, he was the son of the late
Washington and Nola Ann (Norrod) Young. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Beatrice Young; and
a daughter, Shelia Ann Lee Young.
Survivors include 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Jerry and Joyce
Young of Livingston and James and Brenda Young of Crossville; a
daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Rod Meadows of Monroe; a brother,
Estel Young of Monroe; 2 sisters, Veo Stotler and Cleo Harris, both
of Monroe; 8 grandchildren, Josh Young, Eric Young, Jason Young,
Rachel Meadows, Jeremy Swallows, Ryan Meadows, Jason Meadows, and
Steven Young; 9 great grandchildren; and a special friend, Lucille
Ferrill of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Steven Young, Eric Young, Josh Young, Jeremy Swallows,
Jason Meadows, and Wayne McDonald.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
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