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Archives 07-13-2005

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MELVIN ERNIE BROWN
Graveside services for Mr. Melvin Ernie Brown, 63, of Nashville and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2005, at Old Union Cemetery in Hilham with Bro. Barry Ray officiating.

Mr. Brown died Friday, July 8 at his home. He was a factory worker and was affiliated with the Church of God of Prophesy. Born November 5, 1941, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Rile and Jessie (Hawkins) Brown.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Sargent of Battle Creek, MI; and 2 sisters, Shelby Jean Anderson of Gainesboro and Lucille Baker of Hilham.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

MARY JANE (FORD) CADEZA
Graveside services for Mrs. Mary Jane (Ford) Cadeza, 50, of Chattanooga and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 4 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2005, at Cash Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Buck officiating.

Mrs. Cadeza died Sunday, July 3 at her home. She was disabled and attended the Pentecostal Church.

Born April 8, 1955, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Imogene (Cantrell) Ford of Livingston and the late James Ford. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Ford.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Danny Smith of Trenton, NJ; 2 daughters, Shannon Smith of Morristown, and Amy Reagan of Athens; a brother, Allan Ford of Livingston; 8 sisters, Sandra Walker, Teresa Hooks, Vicki Ford, Toni Harley, and Sherry Rogers, Darlene Cox, Tammy Smith, and Vivian Ford, all of Livingston; and 2 grandchildren, Zac Smith and Cody Smith.

Pallbearers were Phillip Buck, Mike Buck, Jennings Hill, Josh Gore, and Will Roberts.

Phillip Buck and Josh Gore served as special pallbearers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LUTHER DAVIS
Funeral services for Mr. Luther Davis, 90, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. A.J. Cox officiating.

Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Davis died Sunday, July 3 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired park ranger at Standing Stone State Park and a member of Allons Church of Christ.

Born March 1, 1915, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Willie Jefferson and Emma Elander (Buck) Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Etta Davis; 2 brothers, Perry Davis and Haskell Davis; and a grandson, Jeff Scott.

Survivors include a son, Carl Davis of the Timothy community of Overton County; 2 daughters, Faye Atchley of the Timothy community and Betty Davis of Livingston; 2 brothers, George Davis of Rickman and Edward Davis of Timothy; 3 sisters, Zelma Beaty of Rickman, Myrtle Ledbetter of Cookeville, and Ola King of Anderson, IN; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Greg Atchley, Kent Atchley, Chris Hibbs, Matthew Davis, Homer Copeland, and Bob Denny.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

BOBBY LEON GRAVES
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Leon Graves, 66, of Livingston, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2005, at Livingston First United Methodist Church with Tom Halliburton officiating.

Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Speck Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Graves Cemetery near Hohenwald.

Mr. Graves died Monday, July 11 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He had been a resident of Livingston and Overton County since 1965, in which year he accepted the position of Music/Band director for Overton County Schools.

After graduating from Austin Peay State College in 1960, he was Band Director at Goodlettsville High School and Gallatin High School. After receiving his Masters Degree in Educational Counseling/Psychology from Tennessee Technological University in 1973, he left the position with Overton County Schools, and from 1977 until his retirement in 1998 he was employed at Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston, first as Counselor/Financial Aid Director and later as Assistant Director. He was Music Director at Livingston First United Methodist Church for 31 years, retiring in 1998.

He had been a member of Gallatin Lion's Club, Livingston Rotary Club, Overton County Public Library Board, and the Board of Directors at Hidden Valley Country Club. In 1976, he founded, and was the director of, the Overton County Bicentennial Chorus (later Overton County Chorus) and was its director throughout its entire existence. He was active in theater with the Cookeville Drama Society, performing in such musicals as "The Sound of Music" and "Guys and Dolls".

He served on the Board of Directors of the Hayes-Hitzeman Foundation, and was employed part-time at Overton County News for the past 6 years.

Born December 8, 1938, in Lewis County, he was the son of the late Willie Luther and Estalee Meda (Hickerson) Graves. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Harold Neal Graves and Luther Gene Graves; 2 sisters, Ina Lou Hurt and Betty Sue (Grimes) Griner; and a sister-in-law, Betty Graves.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Shirley Ann (Batey) Graves of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan Scott and Barbara Graves of Nashville; a daughter and son-in-law, Paula Kaye and Michael Lucas of Clyde, TX; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Elton Graves of Nashville and Naymond and Marjorie Graves of Hohenwald; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Oneida Belle and Deason Loveless of Columbia, Wanda Faye and Dick Willis of Anderson, SC, and Doris Kathleen and Eddie Baker of Columbia; 2 grandsons, Jonathan Tyler Graves of Nashville and Zachary Leon Lucas; 3 step-grandchildren; a step-great grandchild; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

Pallbearers will be Carson Oliver, Bill Needham, Gerald Maynard, Mike Elder, Earl Carwile, and Ralph Robbins.

All others in attendance at the funeral will be considered honorary pallbearers.

In leiu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hayes Hitzeman Foundation for the awareness and research of SIDS, the Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, the Overton County Library Building Fund, or the memorial book program at the public library.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (G)

 

BENTON EDGAR MELTON
Funeral services for Mr. Benton Edgar Melton, 87, of Maryland and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Kent Terry officiating.

Burial, with full military honors provided by James T. Davis Memorial VFW Post 5062, was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Melton died Saturday, July 2 at Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, MD. He was a farmer, a member of Flatt Creek Church of Christ, a United States Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the VFW.

Born February 1, 1918, in Overton County, he was the son of the late John and Bonza (Garrett) Melton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma (Gunnels) Melton; and a brother, Robert Melton.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy McDonald of Marion Station, MD; 2 brothers, Malcolm Melton of Bloomington Springs and Quin Melton of Odessa, TX; a sister, Bertha Arney of Livingston; a grandson, Jason McDonald of Baltimore, MD; a granddaughter, Phaedra Spencer and her husband, John, of Marion Station; and 2 great grandchildren, Van Spencer and Olivia Spencer.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

MILLARD P. NEAL
Funeral services for Mr. Millard P. Neal, 79, of Tipton, IN, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2005, from the chapel of Porter Funeral Home in Tipton with Pastor Joe Coffin officiating.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Neal died Sunday, June 26 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

Born March 12, 1926, in Overton County, he was the son of the late John Paul and Nora N. (Mayberry) Neal. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; 3 sisters; and a grandson, Dan Griggs.

On January 17, 1945, he married Lorine (Sullivan) Neal, who preceded him in death on December 31, 1999.

He retired from Steel Parts Corporation after more than 30 yeas of service.

Survivors include 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Alice A. and Jim Hoover of Peru, IN, Merry Sue and Jim Griggs of Kokomo, IN, and Linda L. and Tim Buckley of Sharpsville, IN; 4 siblings, Medean Raines, Mildred York, and Melton Neal, all of Livingston, and Marie Holman of Cookeville; 6 grandchildren, Derek Griggs and his wife, Janet, of Kokomo, Allen Hoover and his wife, Kathleen, of Indianapolis, Doug Hoover and his wife, Andrea, of Noblesville, IN, Melinda Hobson of Sharpsville, Robert Buckley and his wife, Kim, of Brandenburg, KY, and Dawn Griggs of Kokomo; and great grandchildren, Klancy Hoover, Kaylor Hoover, and Bode Hoover, all of Indianapolis, Brittany Hoover of Peru, Jacob Hobson of Sharpsville, and Emily Griggs of Kokomo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Association.

Special care provided by Porter Funeral Home. (P)

 

JACKIE SUE NEWBY
Funeral services for Mrs. Jackie Sue Newby, 50, of Algood, were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Ken Collins officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Newby died Thursday, July 7 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a florist, a member of Collegeside Church of Christ and BNI Group of Cookeville, a former member of Cookeville Rotary, and the owner and operator of Polly's Florists and Plants By Gantt.

Born June 30, 1955, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Cleo (Taylor) Johnson of Allons and the late Edward Johnson.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Ken Newby of Algood; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Karrie and Bill Pedigo of Cookeville and Tracy and Mike Kruger of Monroe; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Betty Johnson of Allons; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Jan and Richard McReynolds of Cookeville and Judy and John Kirkpatrick of Allons; 3 granddaughters, Kennedi Kruger, Kayden Kruger, and Karaline Kruger; a special niece, Alicia Bryant of Algood; and a host of nephews, nieces, and other family members of friends.

Pallbearers were Adam Jenkins, Albert Jenkins, Anthony Jenkins, Dusty Bryant, Jeff Bryant, and Jason Newby.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

CHARLES TERRY NORRIS
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Terry Norris, 66, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Norris died Thursday, July 7 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Born November 25, 1938, in Overton County, he was the son of Ruth (Poston) Norris Phillips of Livingston and the late William Hershel Norris. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Norris.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include 2 sons, Steven Murphy and Chris Murphy, both of Casselberry, FL; a brother, Larry Norris of Livingston; 2 sisters, Barbara Keisling of Livingston and Sherry Manuel of Mississippi; and 3 grandchildren, Austin Murphy, Collin Murphy, and Kristin Murphy.

Pallbearers were Johnny Fred Coleman, James Bass, Joe Garrett, Jerry Garrett, Robert Ledbetter, and James Dukie Garrett.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Gerald Cravens, Todd Jolley, Jimmy King, and Brent Johnson.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

MARY ALICE NORRIS
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Alice Norris, 84, of Alpine, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. David Beaty officiating.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Norris died Tuesday, July 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife, a member of Grace Baptist Church, and attended Christ Church Presbyterian.

Born August 15, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Captain Norman C. and Martha (Ray) Hicks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Norris; a son, Eugene Norris; a brother, Walter Hicks; and 3 sisters, Vertie Hicks, Magdalene Reynolds, and Elva Ledbetter.

Survivors include 3 sons, Thomas Norris and Danny Norris, both of Alpine, and Ronnie Norris of Knoxville; 3 daughters, Delberta Roberts of the Taylor's Crossroads community, Beatrice Smith of Livingston, and Pamela Clark of Dunwoody, GA; a brother, Bertis Hicks of Crossville; 3 sisters, Eula Gaw and Delsie Gaw, both of Indianapolis, IN, and Ova Phillips of Carthage; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Greg Stump, Craig Norris, Eddie Roberts, Andy Smith, Tim Norris, and Scott Norris.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

ALLARD CLIFTON PRYOR
Funeral services for Mr. Allard Clifton Pryor, 80, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. July 7, 2005, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating.

Burial was in Netherland Cemetery.

Mr. Pryor died Tuesday, July 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired mechanic.

Born September 26, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Eddie and Audie (Burgess) Pryor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Clifton Pryor; 4 brothers, Arlis Pryor, Glen Pryor, Arkley Pryor, and Terry Pryor; and a grandson, Eddie Pryor.

Survivors include his wife, Emogene (Carter) Pryor of Allons; 4 sons and daughters-in-law, Danny Bruce and Donna Pryor of Cookeville, Donnie Allen and Glenda Pryor of Rickman, Roger and Shirley Pryor of Sparta, and Larry and Alice Pryor of Dodson Branch; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Helen and Bill Randolph and Cindy Smith, all of Cookeville; 2 brothers, Harold Pryor of Indiana and Minor Pryor of Rickman; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Alene Webb of Rickman, Claudine and Billy Howard Lawson of Rickman, and Irene and James Gaw of Cookeville; 17 grandchildren; and 35 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Danny Pryor, Roger Pryor, Donnie Pryor, Jeff Pryor, Slade Pryor, and Jonathan Pryor.

Larry Pryor served as honorary pallbearer.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

 

 

 

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