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Archives 04-27-2005


Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ann Dodson, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jackie Wheeler and Rev. Randy Kessler officiating.

Burial was in Dodson Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Dodson died Thursday, April 21 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born March 15, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John and Celia (Loftis) Ray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Curtis Dodson; a daughter, Curtis Officer; a grandson, David Officer; and a great granddaughter, Kaitlin Copeland.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Dodson of Rickman; 3 daughters, Ida Kessler of Loris, SC, Joyce Windle of Livingston, and Barbara Gilliam of Rickman; a step-daughter, Mary Teasley of Cookeville; 16 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Pallbearers were Mrs. Dodson's grandsons, Mike Officer, Pat Officer, Frank Heckathorn, Mark Copeland, John Copeland, Tom Windle, Ken Dodson, and Brian Gilliam.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Robert E. Hurst Sr., 72, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Mike Womack officiating.

Burial was in Fitzgerald Cemetery.

Mr. Hurst died Tuesday, April 19 at his home.

Born February 8, 1933, in Stafford Springs, CT, he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Shirley (Creswell) Hurst.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie S. Hurst of Allons; 2 sons, Robert E. Hurst Jr. of Oklahoma, and John Robbins of New Jersey; 2 daughters, Barbara Davis of Allons and Sandra Kay Gilbertson of Oklahoma; 4 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were Dana Emerton, Phillip Howard, Gordy Treece, Rob Mabery, Jeff Wilson, and Toby Craft.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mrs. Opal (Spurlin) Matthews, 84, of Crawford, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Raymond Phillips and Rev. David Harris officiating.

Burial was at Honey Springs Cemetery in Crawford.

Mrs. Matthews died Friday, April 22 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. She was a homemaker, a member of Vines Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of Hanging Limb Senior Citizens.

Born February 20, 1921, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mantie (Stephens) Spurlin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Matthews, who passed away June 25, 1996; 2 sons, Pat Matthews and Roy Dale Matthews; 2 brothers, Milas Spurlin and Earl Spurlin; and 2 sisters, Alice Robbins and Virgie Guffey.

Survivors include 3 sons, James Matthews of Hanging Limb, Junior Matthews of the Vines Ridge community, and Ricky Matthews of Cookeville; 5 daughters, Betty Jean Thompson of the Union B community, Dean Neal, Frances Neal, and Ruth Looper, all of Monterey, and Sue Coffman of Cookeville; 3 sisters, Ruby Roberts, Marjorie Garrett, and Iva Spurlin, all of Monterey; a sister-in-law, Louise Dennis of Cookeville; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Jerry D. Maynard, 53, of Gallatin, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today Wednesday, April 27, 2005, from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home in Gallatin with Bro. H.C. Vanderpool and Bro. Dean Eiler officiating.

Burial will be in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Mr. Maynard died Sunday, April 24.

Born in Overton County, he was the son of the late Coy and Fannie Maynard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Temon Maynard, Harold Maynard, and Leon Maynard.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Maynard of Gallatin; a daughter, Brittaney Maynard of Gallatin; a brother, Albert Maynard of Gallatin; and 4 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Shel and Bill Jones and Frances and Marion Petty, all of Alabama, and Mary Hurt and Charlotte Brown, both of Gallatin. Pallbearers were Joseph Hickman, Wesley Harden, Phillip Bushman, Kevin Polston, Jeff Benson, David Brown, Josh Brown, and David Bushman.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were the employees of Bobby Ray's Collision Center and Miracle Ford Body Shop.

Special care provided by Alexander Funeral Home. (C)


Graveside services for Mrs. Madge P. Thurman, 85, of Celina, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Fitzgerald Cemetery with Bro. Kenny Westmoreland officiating.

Mrs. Thurman died Tuesday, April 19 at Clay County Manor in Celina.

Born January 17, 1920, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Ed H. and Ara (Willis) Parsons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Esco Thurman.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Rocky Thurman and Robert and Melissa Thurman, all of Celina; a brother, Pat Parsons of Celina; and 3 grandchildren, Misty Thurman, Joshua Thurman, and Brian Thurman, all of Celina.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home of Celina. (C)




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