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Archives 06-08-2005

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IRENE "GRANNY" (BROWN) COLE
Funeral services for Mrs. Irene "Granny" (Brown) Cole, 89, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Burial was in Cole Cemetery.

Mrs. Cole died Thursday, June 2 at her home. She was a beautician in the Livingston and Allons area for approximately 45 years and was affiliated with Allons Baptist Church.

Born November 13, 1915, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Liza (Allen) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Owen Cole; a son, Eddie Cole; 2 daughters, Diane Cole and Charlotte Cole; a brother, Charles Brown; a sister, Kitty Lou Warren; and 2 grandsons, Kevin Cole and Sean Cole.

Survivors include 4 sons, Freddie Cole, Patrick Cole, Johnny Cole, and David Cole, all of Allons; a sister, Kathryn Barlow of Murfreesboro; 14 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; and several other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Billy Cole, P.J. Cole, Scott Cole, Stacy Cole, Andy Parsons, and David Edmund Cole.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

JEFF COLLINS
Funeral services for Mr. Jeff Collins, 40, of Alpine, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2005, at Grace Baptist Church in Alpine with Bro. John Copeland officiating.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Collins died Tuesday, May 31 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Employed with Lojac Construction Company, he was a member of Grace Baptist Church and Alpine Volunteer Fire Department.

Born December 9, 1964, in Overton County, he was the son of Gerald and Betty Lou (York) Collins of Alpine.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Kim Collins of Alpine; his grandmothers, Flora Collins and Mae York, both of Alpine; 2 sons, Dustin Collins and Jacob Collins, both of Alpine; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leon and Betty Story of Alpine.

Pallbearers were Tim Collins, Johnny York, Scotty Collins, Leon Story, Jeff Story, and James Speck.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

CLARENCE DILLON
Funeral services for Mr. Clarence Dillon, 92, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2005, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial, with full miliary honors, was in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Dillon died Thursday, June 2 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A World War II veteran, he retired from Frigidaire in 1975 and moved from Ohio to Rickman in 1976.

Born February 9, 1913, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Willie and Ardella (Bilbrey) Dillon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Moore; and 3 brothers, Claude Dillon, John Dillon, and Garland Dillon.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Pearl Dillon of Rickman; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl Douglas and Elon Dillon of Rickman; 2 daughters, Judy Dillon of Rickman and Jean Peters of Ohio; 2 sisters, Anna V. Poston of Indiana and Oravel Kenworthy of Texas; 4 grandchildren, Denise, Lisa, Jeremy, and Joshua, all of Ohio; and 6 great grandchildren, Jordan, Tad, Addison, Garrett, Alissa, and Logan, all of Ohio.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Peters, Tad Frei, Joshua Peters, Addison Frei, Garrett Frei, and Jason Barney.

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

 

EARL LEE ELDRIDGE
Funeral services for Mr. Earl Lee Eldridge, 67, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Rickman with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating.

Burial was in Elridge Cemetery.

Mr. Eldridge died Saturday, June 4 at Standing Stone Health Care. He was a farmer and of the Church of Christ faith.

Born January 14, 1938, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Claude V. and Lillie (Clark) Eldridge.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, John and Betty Eldridge of Rickman; a sister and brother-in-law, Genevieve and Donald Poston of Rickman; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Jim Ed Eldridge, Kenneth Livingston, Billy Jim Clark, Jeff Neal, Steve Poston, and Larry Clark.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LARRY ALBERT "FISH" HAMMONS
Funeral services for Mr. Larry Albert "Fish" Hammons, 57, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Carlos Walker officiating.

Burial was in Eckels Cemetery.

Mr. Hammons died Thursday, May 12 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a brick layer.

Born August 10, 1947, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Melissa Vela M.V. (Hammons) Brown.

Survivors include his step-father, Oscar Brown of Sparta; a son, Adam Jericho Dulworth of Livingston; 3 brothers and a sister-in-law, Willard Hammons of Mountain City, Harold and Deloris Hammons and Mike Brown, all of Cookeville; 4 sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Wayne Hammons of Gainesboro, Linda and Leonard Collins of Rickman, Rita and Bob Allen of Hilham, and Cindy and Danny Day of Cookeville; a special aunt, Mary Carmack; and nephews, nieces, and other family members.

Pallbearers were Rodney Phillips, Ryan Johnson, Leonard Sullivan, Dennis Tharp, Wayne Hammons, O.L. Sullivan, and Patrick Milton.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

DEE LINDER
Funeral services for Mrs. Dee Linder, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene McCowan officiating.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Linder died Tuesday, May 31 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church.

Born February 11, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Granville and Ollie (Winningham) Norris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Hobson Linder; and a grandson, Gerald Miller.

Survivors include 2 sons, George Linder of Alpine and J.E. Linder of Livingston; 2 daughters, Edith Smith and Buelah Miller, both of Livingston; 2 sisters, Myrtie Franklin of Alpine and Martha Raines of Crossville; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Willie Qualls, Stormy Halsell, Steve Bruss, Bob Buford, Richie Linder, and Tony Bowman.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

KATHERINE GWENDOLYN MAYS
Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Gwendolyn Mays, 80, of Brush Creek, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Thomas officiating.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery in Alpine.

Mrs. Mays died Saturday, June 4 at Smith County Health Care. She was an LPN and of the Baptist faith.

Born November 22, 1924, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Marla B. and Elise (King) Davis.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Garry and Gail Chilton of Brush Creek; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Ann and David Butler of Ravenna, OH, and Peggy Cates and Linda Pennington, both of Nashville; a sister, Joyce Vaughn of Savannah, GA; 5 grandchildren, Bobby Pennington, Tim Bergman, Katherine Bick, Steve Cates, and Neil Chilton; 7 great grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Mrs. Mays' family and friends served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

TOMMIE NORRIS
Funeral services for Mr. Tommie Norris, 88, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Don Maxson officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Norris died Thursday, June 2 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a heavy equipment operator for Overton County Highway Department. A York Rite Mason and a Shriner of Al Menah Temple in Nashville, he was a member of Monroe Community Church, Livingston Lodge 259, where he was a past Master, and Livingston Order of the Eastern Star.

Born January 10, 1917, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Terry and Rebecca (Garrett) Norris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene (Duty) Norris; 3 brothers, Jim Norris, Newell Norris, and Hershel Norris; and a sister, Lela White.

Survivors include a son, Kenny Norris of Livingston; a sister, Dean Ledbetter of Livingston; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Terry Norris, Larry Norris, Danny Norris, James Garrett, Jerry White, Robert Ledbetter, and Ricky Duty.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Luther Franklin, Roger Duty, Gerald Cravins, Al Duty, Carl Masters, Harris Garrett, and Gary Ledbetter.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

DAVID M. "DAVE" SMITH
Mr. David M. "Dave" Smith, 81, oil executive, founding president of Texans for Gun Safety, and a former mayor of Groves, TX, died Sunday, May 22 in a Houston, TX, hospital.

A 1943 graduate of Livingston Academy, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and served as an officer for two years.

In 1948, Smith received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Smith's working career was spent with Gulf Oil, where he supervised construction and start-up of refineries in England, Wales, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, and the United States.

Smith was responsible for preventing environmental damage from the processing plants. After he retired in 1982, he became vice president for environmental affairs for the Houston chapter of the Audubon Society.

Between 1958 and 1962, Smith served two terms as mayor of Groves in Jefferson County. Disaster preparedness and response were part of his duties during Hurricane Carla, which damaged the upper Texas coast in 1961.

Smith, in 1962, lost a Democratic primary race for an open position in the state House of Representatives from Jefferson County. The winner by a few votes was Carl Parker, who later became a powerful member of the Texas Senate.

As a Boy Scout leader, Smith became concerned with the proper handling and storage of firearms after a teenager killed his own younger brother in a shooting accident. This motivated him to establish Texans for Gun Safety, which promotes responsible use and storage of firearms.

Born November 30, 1923, near Livingston, he was the son of David and Sylvia (Price) Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Silvana (Sacchi) Smith of Houston; a son, David Smith of Plano, TX; 2 daughters, Becky Smith of Middleton, IA, and Sylvia Smith of Paris; and 2 sisters, Jean Garrett of Livingston and Bonnie Hawkins of Fontana, CA. (P)

 

ANNETTE THREET
Funeral services for Ms. Annette Threet, 45, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery.

Ms. Threet died Wednesday, May 25 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a store cashier and of the Church of Christ faith.

Born April 7, 1960, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Velma Lee (Eldridge) Ledbetter of Livingston and the late Leicel Ledbetter.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include 2 sons, Brad Goodpasture and Steven Goodpasture, both of Livingston; and 2 sisters, Linda Anderson and Deborah Ledbetter, both of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Garrick Anderson, Bud Swallows, Lee Swallows, Billy Johnson, Doug Boles, and Frank Goodpasture.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

 

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