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Archives 6-15-2005



Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Veachel Bilbrey, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Maynord officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Bilbrey died Wednesday, June 8 at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Allons Baptist Church.

Born May 22, 1919, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Kay and Rosie (Maynord) Maynord. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vadus Bilbrey; 4 brothers, Vanous Maynord, Varnie Maynord, Vertie Maynord, and Void Maynord; and 3 sisters, Velma Gillentine, Hattie Mae Johnson, and Henrietta Maynord.

Survivors include 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Ronald Coleman of Livingston, Betty and Keith Lee of Ringold, GA, and Janice and Kenny Ferrell of Yorktown, IN; a brother, Villard Maynord of Livingston; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Terry Coleman, Johnny Lee, Bobby Lee, Jeremy Ferrell, Coby Coleman, Chad White, and Baxter Hughes.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Miss Hope Conatser, 30, of Lenoir City and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Gore and Bro. John Copeland officiating.

Burial was in Potter-West Cemetery.

Miss Hope died Thursday, June 9. She worked for the Strongwell Company and was of the Baptist faith.

Born October 18, 1974, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Melissa and Dr. Howard Holmes of Lenoir City and Charles David and June Conatser of Alpine. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Charles Cledith Conatser and Claude Savage.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her grandmothers, Anna Mae Savage and Louise Conatser, both of Livingston; a brother, Shane Lee Conatser of Alpine; a nephew, Jake Allen Conatser; and aunts and uncles, Debbie and Leslie Pryor, Joyce and Larry King, Janice and Ricky Ledbetter, and Betty and Danny Sublette.

Pallbearers were Shane Conatser, Corey King, Levi Ledbetter, Brian Pryor, Michael Dishman, and Scott Coleman.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Johnny Shane Mansell, Christian Sublette, Charlie Sublette, Jake Conatser, and Roy Greenwood.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Hollis O. Hunter, 74, of Allons, were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Edwin Garrett and Dr. Michael Cox officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Hunter died Friday, June 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a highway department worker and of the Baptist faith. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Born June 10, 1931, in Overton County, he was the son of the late J.P. and Ova Ethel (Gunnels) Hunter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tilman Hunter; and 2 sisters, Zelma Hall and Buna Gallagher.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Hunter of Allons; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Tonya Hunter of Allons; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Melinda and Darrell Williams of Lebanon, Melanie Copeland of Portland, and Mary Lee and Rick Looper of Dry Hollow; a brother-in-law, John Eubank and his wife, Pearl, of Cookeville; a sister-in-law, Betty Hunter of Livingston; 3 sisters, Billie Denton of Nashville, Ardith Holmes of Cleveland, OH, and Estelene Hunter of Madison; 9 grandchildren; a great grandchild; and several nephews, nieces, and friends.

Pallbearers were Joshua Looper, Dustin Looper, Jacob Copeland, Dustin Williams, Gary Eubank, John Denton, and Kenny Denton.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were William O. Hunter and Marcus Williams.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Barry Kevin Ledbetter, 33, of Greenbrier, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2005, at Bible Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

Burial was in Archibald Qualls Cemetery in the Dry Hollow community.

Mr. Ledbetter died Tuesday, June 7 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

Born March 21, 1972, in Putnam County, he was the son of Gary and Roberta Kay Ledbetter of the Dry Hollow community.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Jamie Ledbetter of Greenbrier; his grandmother, Latta Copeland of Alldred; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Doug and Beth Watson of Aiken, SC; a brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Jennifer Ledbetter of Murfreesboro; a nephew, B.J. Ledbetter of Murfreesboro; and 2 nieces, Vivian Ledbetter and Emma Ledbetter, both of Murfreesboro.

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Ann (Smith) Neal, 104, of Carnesville, GA, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2005, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville with Paul Fox officiating.

Burial was in Walnut Church of Christ Cemetery in Livingston.

Mrs. Neal died Thursday, June 9 at home. She was a long-time resident of Cookeville, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, a long-time member of Whitson Chapel Church of Christ, and a member of Franklin County Church of Christ.

Born December 15, 1900, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John Walter and Martha Mildred (Bilbrey) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Sylvester Neal; 2 sons, James Ralph Neal and Cecil Ruell Neal; a daughter, Antha Gibbons; 5 brothers, Lester Smith, Covie Smith, Felton Smith, Gerstle Smith, and Curt Smith; 4 sisters, Emma Davis, Flora Madewell, Bennie Gipson, and Bertie Smith; a grandson, Charles Neal; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Sims; and a great granddaughter, Stacey Sims.

Survivors include a son, Albert Roy (Laverne) Neal of Carnesville; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Glada Amonett of Orlando, FL, and Exie and Ernest Harris of Tampa, FL; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Those wanting to make memorials can do so to Franklin County Church of Christ, 188 Sandy Cross Road, Royston, GA, 30662.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)





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