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Archives 05-18-2005

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ILENE M. BROWN
Funeral services for Mrs. Ilene M. Brown, 88, of Cookeville, were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Rickman with Rev. Michael Ledbetter officiating.

Burial was in Algood Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown died Friday, May 13 at Bethesda Health Care Center. She was a retired insurance agent and a member of Rickman United Methodist Church.

Born October 6, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Phenia (Dubree) Mainord. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil A. Brown; 2 brothers, Clarence Mainord and Nines Mainord; and 4 sisters, Myrtle Roberson, Bertis Hastings, Audie Jones, and Dood Means.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Willard and Margaret Brown of Rickman; a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Lewis Medlin of Rickman; 6 grandchildren, Richard Brown and his wife, Tina, Mark Brown, Craig Brown and his wife, Ramona, Wesley Brown and his wife, Jennifer, Blake Medlin and his wife, Lucretia, and Heather Wright and her husband, Jerrod; 5 great grandchildren, Kristen Brown, Whitney Brown, Trevor Brown, Bailey Medlin, and Branden Medlin; and several nephews and nieces.

Mrs. Brown's grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ANNA LEE ELDRIDGE
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Lee Eldridge, 82, of the Green Pond community of Overton County, will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Glenn Pierce and Rev. David Harris officiating.

Burial will be in Hanging Limb Cemetery.

Mrs. Eldridge died Monday, May 16 at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Green Pond Baptist Church.

Born February 17, 1923, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Abi and Ethel Jane (Norrod) Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Eldridge; a son, Wilbur Dean Eldridge; and a brother, Clifford Phillips.

Survivors include her step-mother, Mary Ann Phillips of Monterey; a brother, Gilbert Phillips of Crossville; and 2 sisters, Mabell L. Cox of Crossville and Oma Bingaman of Hanging Limb.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

FRANCES (SELLS) HOLT
Funeral services for Mrs. Frances (Sells) Holt, 71, of Livingston, were conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Owens officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Holt died Monday, May 9 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a retired sales associate for Dollar General Stores, a member of the Home Demonstration Club, and a Girl Scout leader for many years. She was also a member of and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church.

Born October 6, 1933, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Pauline (Dennis) Sells. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie A. Holt; and a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Holt.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Yvonne M. Davidson of Cookeville and Paula Holt Kennedy of Livingston; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Doris Sells of Huntsville, AL; 4 grandchildren, Sheree Jolley and her husband, Steve, Emily Davidson, Allison Holt, and Caleb Kennedy; 3 great grandchildren, Chelsie Jolley, Dalton Jolley, and Mason Jolley; and many nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Lynn King, Gabe Sells, Randall Dodson, Cody Cross, James B. Sells, and Ray Sells Jr.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

OSCAR DENTON MARTIN
Funeral services for Mr. Oscar Denton Martin, 93, of Monroe, were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Watts and Bro. James McDonald officiating.

Burial was in Antioch Cemetery.

Mr. Martin died Friday, May 13 at Standing Stone Health Care in Monterey. He was a farmer and a member of Antioch Church of Christ.

Born October 31, 1911, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Roscoe and Annis Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Stella Ruth (Holman) Martin.

Survivors include 3 brothers, Will J. Martin of Monroe, Cleophus Martin of Sacramento, CA, and Paul Martin of Cape Jarardo, MO; and several nephews, nieces, and other family members.

Pallbearers were Bryant Handy, Steve White, David Harris, Elmo Garrett, Bud Worley, and Joe Garrett

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

CARL HAMPTON "PAPPY" NICHOLS
Funeral services for Mr. Carl Hampton "Pappy" Nichols, 84, of Westfield, IN, and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Kent Terry and Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mr. Nichols died Sunday, May 8 at his home. He was a plumber, a member of the Church of Christ, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Born March 7, 1921, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nichols.

Survivors include 3 sons, Billy Gray of Celina, Carl Nichols Jr. of Westfield, and William Nichols of Gainesville, FL; 3 daughters, Teresa Nichols of Gainesville, Jonella Nichols of Sparta, and Candi Nichols of Livingston; a sister, Pearl Gordon of St. Petersburg, FL; 8 grandchildren, Forest Nichols, Crystal Wykes, Wendon Wykes, Jordon Wykes, Elizabeth Staples, Shawn Staples, Jessica Nichols, and Nichole Majors; 3 great grandchildren; and a very special little friend, Ashley Brewer.

Pallbearers were Andy Henry, Carl Nichols Jr., Ricky Colson, Kay Nichols, and Mike Winborn.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ELVIE D. PHILLIPS
Funeral services for Mr. Elvie D. Phillips, 64, of the Muddy Pond community of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2005, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Ronnie Swallows and Rev. David Harris officiating.

Burial was in Weeks Cemetery.

Mr. Phillips died Thursday, May 12 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He worked many years with Surban Supply in Cookeville.

Born July 8, 1940, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Erbin and Roenia (Hassler) Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Willie Phillips; and a grandson, Jonathan Phillips.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Edith (Harris) Phillips of Muddy Pond; 4 sons, Danny Phillips of Monterey, Terry Phillips of Stapleton, GA, Gerald Phillips of Clarkrange, and Stacy Phillips of Muddy Pond; a daughter, Brenda Crisp of Mayland; a brother, Everett Phillips of Monterey; and 2 sisters, Jewel Melton and Lillie McCowan, both of Monterey.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

NED G. PRICE
Funeral services for Mr. Ned G. Price, 67, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Higgins officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Price died Friday, May 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired United States Army veteran and a member of Hardy's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born April 7, 1938, in Frakes, KY, he was the son of the late Reed and Mossie (Murray) Price. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Price; and a sister, Barbara Sue Baker.

Survivors include a son, Scott Price of Jamestown; a brother, Jim Price of Richmond, IN; 4 sisters, Glenna Knopp of the Hardy's Chapel community, Wilma Morgan of Newcomb, Bonnie Sebren of Jackson, MS, and June Allgood of Chandler, AZ; and a grandson.

Pallbearers were Delon Clark, Herbert Clark, Jeremy Hughes, A.J. Price, Jon Fisher, and William Peele.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

EDWARD MYER TURNER
Funeral services for Chancellor Edward Myer Turner, 79, of Carthage, were conducted from the Carthage chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, May 17, 2005, with Rev. Jerry Wallace officiating.

Burial, with military honors, was in Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.

Chancellor Turner died Sunday, May 15 at Trevecca Health Care Center in Nashville.

Born August 9, 1925, in Carthage, Smith County, he was the son of the late Annie Lee Myer and William Hubert “Peck” Turner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, W.H. “Peck” Turner Jr.

He was married in Overton County on December 26, 1948, to Catherine Jane Coward. Two of their daughters also preceded him in death, Virginia Lee Turner and Catherine (Turner) Petrucelli.

After graduating from Smith County High School in Carthage, Chancellor Turner attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville from 1946 to 1949, receiving his bachelor of science degree. He attended Cumberland University in Lebanon from 1949 to 1951 and earned his law degree.

Serving in World War II, he was inducted into the United States Navy in Chattanooga on November 11, 1943, and attended AMM School at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, OK.

He was stationed at United States Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, IL, then attended Naval Air Technical Training Center at the Navy Pier of Chicago, IL, before serving at the United States Naval Air Service in Pensacola, FL, for two-and-a-half years.

He was honorably discharged with the rating of Seaman First Class in Memphis in 1946, and was awarded the Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal.

Practicing law in Carthage, Chancellor Turner, a Democrat, served in the Tennessee House of Representatives 78th General Assembly from 1953-1955 representing Smith County, and the Senate. He also served in the 83rd General Assembly representing Smith, Clay, Jackson, Macon, Trousdale, and Wilson counties, and the 84th General Assembly from 1963-1967 representing Smith, Macon, Sumner, Trousdale, and Wilson counties.

Chancellor Turner also served as clerk and master of the Chancery Court from 1955-1964 before being appointed by Governor Ellington in 1969 to be chancellor, serving Smith, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale, and Macon counties and later Jackson County until 1990.

Chancellor Turner served as Carthage's city attorney, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank in Carthage for 41 years.

He was also a past president of the Rotary Club, a member of Carthage Benevolent Lodge 14 Free & Accepted Masons, and adjutant and commander of the American Legion. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Carthage.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jane (Coward) Turner of Carthage; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa Turner-Walraven and her husband, Michael, and Barbara (Turner) Maxwell and her husband, John, all of Carthage, and Elizabeth Myer Turner-Cameron and her husband, William, of Cookeville; a grandson, John W. Leftwich Jr. of Cookeville; a granddaughter, Virginia Ann Maxwell of Carthage; a brother-in-law, Sam B. Coward Jr. and his wife, Kathryn, of Cookeville; a sister-in-law, Barbara Kindt Turner of Laconner, WA; 4 nephews; and a niece.

Pallbearers were David Bass, James Dance, Jack Bare, Kenneth Robinson, Benny Courtney, Alex Richmond, Robert Fisher Jr., James Fisher, Burnett Fisher, and Paul Hackett.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were the Board of Directors and employees of Citizens Bank, the judges and attorneys of the 15th Judical District, James Bass, Billy Piper, Gene Oldham, Ray McCall, Kenneth Nixon, Robert Wright, William Oldham, Ricky Holladay, Leonard Harville, Robby Richardson, Robert Ramsey, and Judge Leon Burns.

Memorial donations may be made to Smith County Livestock Pavilion Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 195, Carthage, TN 37030.

Special care provided by Bass Funeral Homes. (P)

 

VERLON WATSON
Funeral services for Mrs. Verlon Watson, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Duke officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Watson died Tuesday, May 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of West End Church of Christ.

Born November 25, 1913, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James Calvin and Alta Lora (Needham) Burroughs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Finis Watson; a daughter, Becky Duke; 2 brothers, Edward Burroughs and Willie George Burroughs; and 3 sisters, Cret Heard, Mary Lou Jones, and Lizzie Qualls.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Kenneth Copeland of Livingston; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Eldridge, Jason Copeland, Cindy McBee, and Gary Duke; and 3 great grandchildren, Taylor Eldridge, Wade Eldridge, and Briley Eldridge.

Pallbearers were Jerry Watson, Bobby Watson, David Watson, Donald Burroughs, Kent Woody, and Michael Webb.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

 

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