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ROBERT EUGENE BATES
Memorial services for Mr. Robert Eugene Bates, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at noon Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at Okolona United Methodist Church in Rickman with Rev. Tom Chandler officiating.

Mr. Bates died Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a mines and minerals inspector in West Virginia and a member of Okolona United Methodist Church.

Born October 28, 1918, in Sherman, NY, he was the son of the late Herman and Ethel (Pettit) Bates.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Bates of Livingston; 2 sons, Kameron Eugene Bates of Hilham and Kyle Lance Bates of Tacoma, WA; a daughter, Karen Marie (Bates) Costa of Hilham; 3 step-sons, Kenneth Smith of Cleveland, OH, Gary Smith of Lincoln, MT, and Kerry Smith of Radcliff, KY; 4 step-daughters, Sherry Eversole of Texas, Marianne Kibodeaux of St. George, KS, Laurie Wilson of Cookeville, and Teresa Gobel of Colorado Springs, CO; 17 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

BRENDA FAYE DAILEY
Funeral services for Mrs. Brenda Faye Dailey, 50, of Indianapolis, IN, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, from the Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Indianapolis.

Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Mrs. Dailey died Sunday, Sept. 4. She was a member of the Hussies Group, a Mary Kay representative, a past manager of Burlington Coat Factory in Castleton for seven years, and the previous owner and operator of Southern Tans.

Born June 6, 1955, in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Ruby (Cantrell) Watkins.

Survivors include her significant other and best friend, Mindy VanHook of Indianapolis; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Charlene Dailey of Indianapolis; 4 grandchildren, Travis Dailey, Christopher Dailey, Chelsea Dailey, and Sarah Dailey; special-in-laws, Willie and Virginia Dailey, Beech Grove; 6 brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Sonia Watkins, Billy Ray and Jean Watkins, Paul and Linda Watkins, Jack and Ruth Watkins, Fred and Diane Watkins, and Rick and Dean Watkins; and 5 sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jo and Robert Dailey, Johnnie and Kenny Holman, Betty and Ray Sells, Janie and Harold Smith, and Trisha and Bobby Gore.

Pallbearers were Todd Watkins, John Ross Watkins, Kenny Holman, Allen VanHook, Bret Hasley, and John Mullins.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 North Payne Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Special care provided by Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center (C)

 

WYLIE D. "BUD" FLETCHER
Funeral services for Mr. Wylie D. "Bud" Fletcher, 73, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, from the Eckard Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel with Pastor Larry Baldridge and Pastor Sam Rittenour officiating.

Burial, with military honors, was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Mr. Fletcher died Tuesday, Sept. 6. A United States Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he retired from Roadway Express Corporation after 32 years. He was an avid golfer, loved all the local sports teams, and was an active member of Springfield Baptist Church.

Born September 19, 1931, in Livingston, he was the son of the late Johnny and Jessie Fletcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charlie.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Dean Fletcher; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Wylie Keith and Jamie Fletcher, Kenneth and Marcia Fletcher, and Kimble Fletcher; 2 brothers, Willie Fletcher and June Fletcher, both of Livingston; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and James Smith of Livingston; 3 grandchildren, Jeremy Rogers, Natalie Fletcher, and Lauren Fletcher; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Springfield Baptist Church, 1920 Krumroy Road, Akron, OH, 44312, or to Open M, 941 Princeton Street, Akron, OH, 44311.

Special care provided by Eckard Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel. (P)

 

LELA MAE GENTRY
Funeral services for Mrs. Lela Mae Gentry, 98, of Cookeville, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, from the chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Home in Cookeville with Rev. Roger Cooper officiating.

Burial was in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Gentry died Saturday, Sept. 10 at NHC in Cookeville. She was retired from Industrial Tile & Uniform Service in Nashville and was of the Baptist faith.

Born November 29, 1906, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John Wade and Wade Flora (Richards) Meadows. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Amon Gentry; 2 sons, Curtis Owens and Herman D. Owens; 2 daughters, Mae Chaffin and Dorothy Jewell Marshall; 3 brothers, Charlie Meadows, James Meadows, and Clarence Meadows; and a sister, Minnie Garrett.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Flora and John Yarborough of Cookeville; 2 sisters, Lucille Amons of Nashville and Gladys Roberts of Cookeville; a daughter-in-law, Jean Owens of Cookeville; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren Special care provided by Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. (C)

 

CHARLES GRAGG
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Gragg, 71, of the Vines Ridge community of Overton County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2005, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. Greg Jenkins officiating.

Burial, with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard, was in Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb.

Mr. Gragg died Saturday, Sept. 10 at his home. A veteran of the United States Army and retired from Tennessee Tech University, he was a cabinet maker, an electrician, and a member of Vines Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.

Born January 15, 1934, in Wilder, he was the son of the late Joseph Roscoe and Willowdean (Barnett) Gragg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys (Howard) Gragg on January 6, 1995; a brother, Billie Gragg; and a sister, Claudean Gragg.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Shelby Joe and Renee Gragg of Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Claudean and James Lackey of Cookeville; 5 grandchildren, Charles Michael Gragg, Jeremy Lee Pollitt, Lacey Nicole Pollitt, Brittney Sinclair Gragg, and Dylan Shawn Gragg; and a host of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

RUTH ANN HUNTER
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Ann Hunter, 67, of Allons, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Dr. Michael Cox and Bro. Edwin Garrett officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Hunter died Thursday, Sept. 8 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was an LPN at a physician's office and a member of Allons Baptist Church.

Born April 26, 1938, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Roby and Willie Maude (Byers) Eubank. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis O. Hunter.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Mark O. 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 the Dry Hollow community; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Pearl Eubank of Cookeville; and 8 grandchildren.

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

William O. Hunter served as honorary pallbearer.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

JAMES R. "JIM" MULLINS
Funeral services for Mr. James R. "Jim" Mullins, 67, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, from the chapel of Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Florida.

Burial, with full military honors, will be in Barancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL.

Mr. Mullins died Friday, Sept. 9 at his home. Retired from the United States Air Force as a TSgt., he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Emerald Coast Classic Car Club, and was a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.

Born February 13, 1938, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Thomas Lafayett and Jewell Autumn (Kendall) Mullins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Landon Mullins; and his step-father, Dennis Martin.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Doris Mullins of Fort Walton Beach; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Veronica Mullins of Washington, D.C.; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Archie and Francis Mullins of Livingston and Larry F. and Gaye Mullins of Alpine; a sister-in-law, Doris Ann Mullins of Livingston; and several nephews and nieces.

Special care provided by Emerald Coast Funeral Home. (C)

 

MILLARD WALKER
Funeral services for Mr. Millard Walker, 76, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Walker died Sunday, Sept. 4 at his home. He was a farmer, a factory worker, a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and of the Baptist faith.

Born July 29, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Ernest and Fannie (Cantrell) Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie (Hammock) Walker of Livingston; 2 sons, Edward Hammock of Cookeville and Edmund Buddy Hammock of Rickman; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Benny Sells and Debbie and Randy Thrasher, all of Livingston, and Diane and David Ayers of the Highland community; a brother, Clyde Walker of the Highland Mountain community; 3 sisters, Judy Phillips of Monterey and Colleen Phillips and Clara Mae Ledbetter, both of Livingston; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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