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Archives 4-06-2005

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SAMUEL LEONARD BROWN
Funeral services for Mr. Samuel Leonard Brown, 87, of Cleveland and formerly of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Hancock Cemetery in Alpine.

Mr. Brown died Monday, March 28 at his home. He was a retired supervisor at Burlington and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Born May 2, 1917, in Putnam County, he was the son of the late Cicero C. and Savilla Belle (Jackson) Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus E. Brown; and a sister, Zora Lee Vitato.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae (Hancock) Brown of Cleveland; 4 daughters, Carol Lasseter of Panama City, FL, Lisa Davis of North Port, FL, and Sharon Goode and Pamela Moss, both of Cleveland; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Scott Hill, David Wagnor, Bill Moss, Rex Davis, Denver Davis, and Kirk Kincannon.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ETHELENE (AVERITT) CRABTREE
Funeral services for Mrs. Ethelene (Averitt) Crabtree, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Dr. Richard Diemer officiating.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Crabtree died Wednesday, March 30 at Spring Meadows Nursing Home in Clarksville. She was a homemaker and a member of Livingston First United Methodist Church.

Born June 23, 1913, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John K. and Sarah L. (Clark) Averitt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey D. Crabtree; and 4 brothers, J.B. Averitt, Burns Averitt, Albert Averitt, and Thurman Averitt.

Survivors include 2 sons, Larry Crabtree of Los Angeles, CA, and Rod Crabtree of Clarksville; 2 sisters, Reba Diemer of Cookeville and Johnnye Marie Seaton of Wilmington, NC; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

DOUGLAS McARTHUR CROSS
Funeral services for Mr. Douglas McArthur Cross, 62, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2005, from the chapel of Brown Funeral Chapel in Byrdstown with Bro. Matt Kingston officiating.

Burial was in Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Cross died Friday, April 1 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farm worker, attended Bloomington Christian Church, and loved his family, friends, and grandchildren.

Born February 26, 1943, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late James Alexander Sr. and Mary Victoria (Looper) Cross. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Earl Cross, Clayton Cross, and Alton Cross; and 2 sisters, Mable Welch and Mildred Boles.

Survivors include his wife, Vonnie (Hinds) Cross of Byrdstown; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Shannon Cross of Jamestown; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Darryl Winningham of Byrdstown; a brother, James Alexander Cross Jr. of Byrdstown; a sister and brother-in-law, Gaye and Junior Nash of Crossville; 3 brothers-in-law, Dallas Hinds, Danny Hinds, and John Hinds, all of Crossville; 2 special sisters-in-law, Ovadean Cross of Clarkrange and Lena Cross of Cookeville; 2 grandchildren, Nathan Douglas and Katie Beth Winningham; a special great niece, Mary Egans; and several nephews, nieces, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Millard Abbott, Dale Wallace, Jack Winningham, Don Winningham, Mitchell Cross, and Charles Ferrell.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Bill Wilbur, Don Cross, Nathan Winningham, and Katie Winningham.

Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. (C)

 

WILLIAM DONALD "DON" DEAN
Graveside services for Mr. William Donald "Don" Dean, 68, of Franklin and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at Burks-Breeding Cemetery in Livingston.

Mr. Dean died Monday, March 28 at Centennial Medical Center. He was the co-founder and president of Highways, Inc., a member of Berry's Chapel Church of Christ, and past president of Tennessee Road Builders Association.

Born November 2, 1936, in Manchester, he was the son of the late A.L. "Judge" and Lena (Breeding) Dean.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Dean of Franklin; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Lee (Dean) and Albert McFarland of Boulder Creek, CA, and Ann Marie and Vance White of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Dottie Gallagher of Cookeville; and 2 grandsons, William Donald Dean White and Maxwell Royer White.

Pallbearers were Mark Gallagher, Steve Gallagher, Allen Linder, Mark Odom, Scot McDonald, Brent Linder, Daniel Odom, and Bill Hardison.

Memorials may be made to Berry's Chapel Church of Christ Building Fund, 1777 Berry's Chapel Road, Franklin, TN, 37069, or Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation Research Fund, 2410 Patterson Street, Suite 110, Nashville, TN 37203.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

GLADYS PEARL MASTERS
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Pearl Masters, 82, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. H.S. Brown and Rev. Jerry Bumbalough officiating.

Burial was in Aaron’s Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Masters died Monday, March 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Aaron’s Chapel Community Church.

Born May 8, 1922, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Alfus and Mary (Geesling) Barlow. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Masters; and a brother, Vanis Barlow.

Survivors include 2 sons, Dewey Glenn Masters of Cookeville and Harold Gene Masters of Lenox, MI; 2 daughters, Virginia Conner and Connie Beechboard, both of Hilham; a brother, Ken Barlow of Hilham; 3 sisters, Jewell Smith of Livingston, Veachel Bennett of Hilham, and Kathleen Boles of Hendersonville; a sister-in-law, Agnes Barlow of Murfreesboro; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Rick Conner, Chris Masters, Johnny Byrd, Jeremy Byrd, Chad Beechboard, and Andy Beechboard.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

PAULINE (GUNNELS) PARKER
Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline (Gunnels) Parker, 74, of Smyrna, were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Jennings and Ayers Chapel in Murfreesboro with Marion West, Don Burns, and Jerry Whitworth officiating.

Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Parker died Wednesday, March 30 at StoneCrest Medical Center. She was a native of Overton County and lived most of her life in Rutherford County. She was a homemaker and a member of Florence Church of Christ.

She was the daughter of the late Milton Hamilton and Eva Lena (Paul) Gunnels. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Gunnels; and a grandson, Christopher Parker.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Donya Parker of LaVergne and Eddie Parker of Smyrna; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Glinda Parker and Paula and Alvin Hurt, all of Smyrna; a brother, Shirley Gunnels of Smyrna; and 4 grandchildren.

Mrs. Parker’s family and friends served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Jennings and Ayers Chapel.

Information provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

WILLIE DETRO PRYOR
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Detro Pryor, 77, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery.

Mr. Pryor died Wednesday, March 30 at Overton County Nursing Home. He was a farmer and a member of Holly Springs Church of Christ.

Born September 19, 1927, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Willie Joe and Lucy Francis (Dennis) Pryor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Pryor; and 4 sisters, Eva Stover, Elsie Vaughn, Mae Vaughn, and Oneda Keisling.

Survivors include his wife, Marine (Colson) Pryor of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Yvonne Pryor of Livingston; a step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Myrna and Johnny Hollman of Livingston; 3 grandchildren, Chelsea Pryor, Leanne Pryor, and Laura Mae Hollman; a great grandchild, Shanna Mae Mansell; and several nephews, nieces, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Jerry Colson, Gene Colson, Kelly Colson, Mark Matthews, Todd Matthews, and Terry Staggs. Dillan Matthews served as honorary pallbearer.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

EDNA (BAKER) REESER
Funeral services for Mrs. Edna (Baker) Reeser, 97, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Beaty Swamp Community Church in Monroe with Rev. Bob Stoner officiating.

Burial was in Beaty Cemetery in Monroe.

Mrs. Reeser died Tuesday, March 29 at her home. She was a housewife and a florist. She was also a member of Beaty Swamp Community Church and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 206 and past Mother Advisor of the Livingston Rainbow Girls.

Born October 25, 1907, in Rickland County, IL, she was the daughter of the late William Grant and Frances Evalene (Montgomery) Baker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Reeser; and a daughter, Betty Norrod.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Sonny and Helen Reeser of Monroe; a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Harold Frye of Monticello, KY; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ken Frye, Micky Frye, Tony Reeser, Mike Reeser, Vern Storie, Chad Reeser, Curt Huckeby, and Jason Frye.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pickett County Library Building Fund by contacting Speck Funeral Home.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

GEORGIA BELL SMITH
Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Bell Smith, 66, of Monroe, were conducted at noon Wednesday, March 30, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby White and Bro. Keith Long officiating.

Burial was in Beaty Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith died Monday, March 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of McDonald’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born July 26, 1938, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Coy Wood and Arksie Delphia (Reagan) Padgett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randell Travis Smith.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie T. Smith of Monroe; 2 daughters, Debbie McMeans of Livingston and Patricia Smith of Monroe; 3 brothers, Jim Padgett of Forest, OH, and Robert Padgett and Ron Padgett, both of Monroe; 2 sisters, Gracie Chambers of Algood and Martha Brown of Hilham; and 6 grandchildren, Samantha Copeland, Houston McMeans, Kendra Smith, Torrey Smith, Courtney Smith, and Katelyn Smith.

Pallbearers were Jamie Emerton, Johnny Hill, Junior Hill, Torrey Smith, Brandon Padgett, and Kyle Padgett.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

WILLIE H. "BILL" SMITH
Funeral services for Mr. Willie H. "Bill" Smith, 67, of Celina, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Ken Miller officiating.

Burial was in Ashlock Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Wednesday, March 30 at Cumberland River Hospital. He worked in the construction industry.

Born February 10, 1938, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Oscar and Katie (Burchett) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Smith; and his step-father, Herman Daniels.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian (Honeycutt) Smith of Celina; 3 sons, Robert Dale Smith of Cincinnati, OH, and William Carl “Butch” Smith and James Henry Smith, both of Celina; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Diana Sue and Rick Griffith of Vine Grove, KY, Teresa Ann and Kevin McBride of Celina, and Kathy Davis of Hamilton, OH; 4 sisters, Louise Blakely of McMinnville, Lorene Watson and Maria Watson, both of Celina, and Barbara Comer of Gamaliel, KY; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were William Carl Smith, James Henry Smith, Brent Smith, Shawn Griffith, Jeff "Doc" Short, and Steve Huddleston.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

LORETTA CARROLL STONE
Funeral services for Mrs. Loretta Carroll Stone, 72, of Celina, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Kenny Westmoreland officiating.

Burial was in John H. Stone Cemetery.

Mrs. Stone died Thursday, March 31 at Cumberland River Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Beech Bethany Church of Christ.

Born October 24, 1932, in Lewis County, she was the daughter of the late James B. and Mattie Lou (Taylor) Carroll. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Carroll.

Survivors include her husband, Wade T. Stone of Celina; a son, Eric Stone of Cookeville; a daughter, Suzanne Stone of Celina; 2 brothers, Taylor Carroll of Westland, MI, and Wiley Carroll of Hohenwald; 2 sisters, Mary Ruth Walker and Flora Meredith, both of Hohenwald; and a granddaughter, Amber Elizabeth Stone of Celina.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Miller, Glen Stone, Joe Harran, Andrew Keisling, and Larry Walker.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

DOYLE HASNEL WINNINGHAM
Funeral services for Mr. Doyle Hasnel Winningham, 74, of Allons, were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Derrick Copeland officiating. Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery in Alpine.

Mr. Winningham died Wednesday, March 30 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired supervisor for Clark Equipment Company in Battle Creek, MI, and a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was of the Baptist faith.

Born June 19, 1930, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late James Thadius and Mary Holloway Hill Winningham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dorbitt Winningham.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Winnigham of Allons; a son, James Winningham of Cookeville; a daughter, Joy Smith of Livingston; 5 brothers, Dewain Winningham of Livingston, James Winningham of Monroe, Dowell Winningham of Brazil, IN, Dolphus Winningham of Byrdstown, and Drew Winningham of Ridgeville, IN; 6 grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Freddie Paul, Rod Johnson, Bud Swallows, Hosea Winningham, Richard Winningham Jr., and Donald Winningham.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Gary "Little Man" Winningham, Edward Wayne Winningham, Dustin K. Winningham, and Milford Winningham. Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

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