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Archives 07-20-2005

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GEORGE VERDIN BROWN
Funeral services for Mr. George Verdin Brown, 66, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Roberts officiating.

Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Brown died Saturday, July 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a factory worker and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Rickman.

Born May 20, 1939, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Byrd and Dovie (Johnson) Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eulis W. Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Brown of Rickman; a son, Gregory Brown of Rickman; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Mark West of Carthage, Lisa and Tim Dunn of Rickman, and Jill and Chris Shellenbach of Cookeville; and 6 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

SUE ANN (BROWN) GOBLE
Funeral services for Ms. Sue Ann (Brown) Goble, 52, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Thomas and Bro. Edwin Garrett officiating.

Burial was in Hoover Cemetery in Allons.

Ms. Goble died Monday, July 11 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. She was a nurse with Quality Health Care in Jamestown and a member of Allons Baptist Church.

Born October 8, 1952, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Barbara J. "Bobbie" (Hoover) Brown of Allons and the late James Thomas Brown.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a brother, Ricky Brown of Allons; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Durran Lewis, Phillip Gayon Lewis, Robert Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Earl McNeely, Lee Peterman, Arthur Pitts, Roy Lee Seber, and Ricky Munoz.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

MARTHA HOWARD
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Howard, 93, of the Vines Ridge community, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at Vines Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. David Phillips officiating.

Burial will be in Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb.

Mrs. Howard died Monday, July 18 at the home of her daughter. She was a homemaker and a member of Vines Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.

Born January 28, 1912, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Mary (Cooper) Hargis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Howard; and a daughter, Gladys Gragg.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Patty Howard of the Vines Ridge community; 7 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Katherine Josephine Cook, Lois and Billy Wilson, and Faye and Donnie Bowman, all of the Vines Ridge community, Bonnie Fink of Monterey, Pauline and Leslie B. Wilson of Hanging Limb, and Marie Odle and Joyce Lusk, both of Monterey; 32 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

LAURA MYRTLE McCORMICK
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Myrtle McCormick, 95, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Cobb and Rev. Ray Brown officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. McCormick died Friday, July 15 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a factory worker and a member of First Baptist Church of Livingston.

Born March 18, 1910, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Lou Ann (Richards) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee McCormick; a daughter, Anna Joyce McCormick; 3 brothers, Charlie Brown, Clarence Brown, and Fred Brown; and 3 sisters, Carrie Hood, Lucinda Brown, and Callie Murley.

Survivors include a son, Edward McCormick of Huntsville, AL; a daughter, Bobbie Goodpasture of Livingston; 2 brothers, Ray Brown of Ten Mile and Warden Brown of Livingston; a granddaughter, Diane Evans and her husband, Jim, of Livingston; 2 nephews, Billie Brown and Paul Brown, both of Livingston; a niece, Lucille Ledbetter of Livingston; and 2 special friends, Sydney Smith and Colleen Kennedy.

Pallbearers were Paul Webster, Greg Arnold, Kurt Kinsler, Jerry Windle, and Bill Davis.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Livingston.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Millard Houston Qualls
Mr. Millard Houston Qualls, 80, died at his home in Bloomington, IN, on July 12, 2005.

He was born October 6, 1925, in Overton County to Ulice Carver and Nanna May (Carr) Qualls.

He and Betty Ruth Nisbett, who survives, wed on December 21, 1947.

He served in World War II, attended David Lipscomb University, and graduated Middle Tennessee State College (now Middle Tennessee State University) in 1949.

He taught high school in Columbia, TN, Indianapolis, IN, and Bloomington. He also taught electronics at Camp Atterbury Job Corps Center and for the Royal Saudi Arabia Air Force.

For many years, he was employed by Sarkes Tarzian in Bloomington. He was of the Bahá'í faith.

Mr. Qualls was an avid amateur radio operator (call sign K9DIY) for more than 60 years. He was very active in the Bloomington Area Radio Club and the American Radio Relay League. He coordinated field communications for the Bloomington chapter of the American Red Cross and served in various capacities with local emergency services.

As a teacher, he was interested in helping students get more than grades from class. While at Indianapolis Public Schools, he organized fundraisers for his classes to obtain a HERO I robot kit produced by the Heathkit company. The students raised the funds, purchased the kit, and assembled the robot. It worked the first time it was turned on. The students were impressed by their accomplishment.

In order to make the public aware of the achievements of his electronics students, he organized a public reception for the project. Several parents told him that prior to this event, they had been in their child's school only when the child was in trouble. They, and their children, greatly appreciated such a powerful and positive experience.

He worked with various Toastmasters groups in Bloomington over the years. As part of Indianapolis Public Schools community involvement, he belonged to an Exchange Club in Indianapolis.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are 7 sons and daughters-in-law, William Carver Qualls and Linda Mary Connell of Weston, FL, Harry Franklin Qualls and Nancy Ellen Jacobs of Redmond, WA, George Andrew and Barbara Shanks Qualls of Bloomington, Kenneth Prater and Ying Wong Qualls of Baton Rouge, LA, Roi David and Linden Bauman Qualls of Yellow Springs, OH, John Michael and Karen Hansen Qualls of Cumming, GA, and James Qualls and Cynthia Gail DeGrand of Columbus, OH; siblings, Lois (Qualls) Arnold of Galesburg, IL, Gentry Qualls of New Castle, IN, Henry Carver Qualls of Scottsdale, AZ, Francis Earl Qualls of Manchester, IN, Katherine Patricia (Qualls) Ewell of Manchester, and Virginia Ann (Qualls) Todaro of Manchester; 18 grandchildren, Yosef Vahid Qualls, Aqdas May Qualls, Enoch Khalil Qualls, Kate Elizabeth Searles, Hilary Jane Searles, Juliet Ruth Jacobs, Stewart Varqa Jacobs, Bethany Erin Qualls, Catherine Emily Qualls, Philip Choong Qualls, Alexander Choon Qualls, Munirrih Leona Qualls and Anisa May Qualls, Sonja Hildegard Elizabeth Qualls, John Michael Qualls, Stephanie Greta Elena Qualls, Henry Langston DeGrand, and Joseph Qualls DeGrand; and 2 great grandchildren, Miriam Alice Qualls and Jamal William Qualls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross.

Special care provided by Nathan Butler Funeral Home. (P)

 

ROBERT J. RICHARDSON
Funeral services, with full military honors conducted by the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 Honor Guard, for Mr. Robert J. Richardson, 79, of Livingston, were conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating.

Burial was in Rhode Island.

Mr. Richardson died Thursday, July 14 at his home. Retired from the United States Navy, he was a manger for a textile company, a member of First Baptist Church, and a member of Ashayay Sportsman's Club in Ashayay, RI.

Born February 11, 1926, in Clifton, NJ, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Lillian (Hatton) VanderVoort. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Corwan) Richardson; and a sister, Charlotte Cole.

Survivors include 2 sons, Bill Richardson of Livingston and Jay Richardson of Owego, NY; a daughter, Bonnie Barlow of Lady Lake, FL; 2 brothers, Dale VanderVoort of Ashville, NC, and Henry VanderVoort of Columbia, SC; 2 sisters, Diane Ashbill of Lexington, SC, and Carolyn Barthel of Perkasie, PA; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

J.W. "JUNIOR" RUBLE
Funeral services for Mr. J.W. “Junior” Ruble, 74, of Alpine, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon and Bro. David Beaty officiating.

Burial was in Sylvester Robbins Cemetery.

Mr. Ruble died Sunday, July 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a construction equipment operator, a veteran of the United States Army, a member of West Fork Masonic Lodge 648, and a member of Al Menah Temple.

Born March 13, 1931, in Akron, OH, he was the son of the late Albert and Vetchel (Ledbetter) Ruble. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Thompson; and 5 brothers, Dallas Ruble, Bill Ruble, Clarence Ruble, Donald Ruble, and Clyde Ruble.

Survivors include his wife, Clarzell Ruble of Alpine; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernie and Sue Ruble of Alpine, Roger and Carla Ruble of Livingston, and Cecil and Dean Ruble of Grimsley; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Curt Allred and Joyce and Ernest Eldridge, all of Alpine, Janice and Bruce Ledford of Livingston, and Carolyn and Jimmy King of Jamestown; a step-grandchild, Shannon Thompson; and a step-great grandchild, Ashley Thompson.

Pallbearers were Bernie Ruble, Roger Ruble, Dexter Strunk, Eddie Smith, Henry Scott, and Tim Bilbrey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

GENEVA NORROD WINNINGHAM
Funeral services for Mrs. Geneva Norrod Winningham, 91, of Cookeville, were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2005, at Cookeville First Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Hutchinson officiating.

Burial was in Speck Cemetery in the Three Forks community of Overton County.

Mrs. Winningham died Wednesday, July 13 at her home. She was a member of Cookeville First Baptist Church and a business owner of Old Log Cabin Antiques of Cookeville for more than 40 years. She was considered a hard working, passionate collector, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother to her family, and a true friend with a zest for life.

Born January 28, 1914, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Ursula Florence (Speck) Norrod. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Shelby Elaine Winningham and Dianne Hesske; 4 brothers, Fredrick Norrod, Eskel Norrod, Charles H. Norrod, and Bill Thomas Norrod; 4 sisters, Edith Key, Amelia Nell Phillips, Hilda Bowman, and Lily Mae Norrod; a grandson, George Bernard "Geebee" Heskee; and a granddaughter, Jodi Leigh Fitzpatrick.

Survivors include her husband of more than 71 years, Elmer "Shorty" Winningham of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Wanda Fitzpatrick of Cookeville and Suzanne Worsham of Clifton, VA; 2 sisters, Lois O. Brown of Livingston and Mildred Oyston of Cookeville; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

 

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