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Archives 11-16-2005


Funeral services for Mr. Elbert Rue Bilbrey, 88, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene McCowan officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Bilbrey died Monday, Nov. 7 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He worked in maintenance at Overton County Nursing Home, attended First Freewill Baptist Church, and was a United States Army veteran of World War II.

Born May 18, 1917, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Sol and Susie (Robbins) Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lester Eugene Bilbrey; 4 brothers, Carvel Bilbrey, Edd Bilbrey, Quinton Bilbrey, and Floyd Bilbrey; and 2 sisters, Eunice Bilbrey and Katie Kirby.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Bilbrey of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Joyce Bilbrey of Livingston; a daughter-in-law, Judy Bilbrey of Livingston; 3 brothers, Roy Bilbrey of the Timothy community, Raymond Bilbrey of Cookeville, and Atwell Bilbrey of Livingston; 4 grandchildren, Crystal Rogers and Cindy Bilbrey, both of Livingston, and William Bilbrey and Wesley Bilbrey, both of Jamestown; and 2 great-grandchildren, Justin Rogers and Amy Lynn Rogers.

Pallbearers were Jackie Talley, Charles Dishman, Jackie Kirby, William Bilbrey, Wesley Bilbrey, Willie H. Bilbrey, and Justin Rogers.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Dewey Bilbrey, Buster Kirby, Leland Bilbrey, Lansford Bilbrey, Carmen Bilbrey, and Harold Bilbrey.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Hugh Dennis, 45, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Brown Funeral Chapel in Byrdstown with Bro. Edwin Garrett officiating.

Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Dennis died Friday, Nov. 11 at his home. He was a factory worker at Hutchinson and a United States Air Force veteran.

Born July 21, 1960, in Columbia, SC, he was the son of Irene (Cole) Dennis Cox of Livingston and the late Billy H. Dennis.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his step-father, Fred Cox of Livingston; his wife, Judy (Denney) Dennis of Byrdstown; a daughter, Irene Dennis of Athens, Greece; 2 step-sons, Stephen Stinson of Glascow, KY, and Shawn Stinson of Byrdstown; 3 step-daughters, Cindy Long, Ginger Newcomer, and Tammy Criswell, all of Byrdstown; a sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Daryl Mink of Byrdstown; 3 nieces, Heather Mink, Britteny Mink, and Billie Mink, all of Byrdstown; and uncles, aunts, cousins, and other family members.

Pallbearers were David Hunter, Jim Hunter, Larry Fleming, Mike Moran, Dave Jeffords, and Roger Siercy.

Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. (C)


Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Hawkins, 90, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at Old Maxwell Chapel in Hilham with Bro. James Phillips of Hilham Road Freewill Baptist Church officiating.

Burial was in Old Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Hawkins died Thursday, Nov. 10 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith.

Born August 30, 1915, in Hilham, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Lou (Harper) Maxwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Hawkins; 2 sons, Ray Hawkins and Jackie Hawkins; 2 daughters, Dean Hawkins and Ada Jean Hawkins; a brother, Willie Howard Maxwell; and 4 sisters, Annie Johnson, Mattie Bilyeu, Mabel McCoy, and Beulah Harvey.

Survivors include 2 sons, William Hawkins and James Hawkins, both of Cookeville; 3 daughters, Jean Combs and Linda Long, both of Cookeville, and Patti Smith of Whitleyville; 2 brothers, James Maxwell and Bob Maxwell, both of Anderson, IN; 3 sisters, Janice Carter of Algood, Sue Gibbons of Rickman, and Tommie McGuire of Anderson; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Long, Douglas Smith, Derek Hawkins, Bryan Long, Jerry Hawkins, and Harold Croney.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. W.R. Ledbetter, 59, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home with Ricky Dixon officiating.

Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Allons.

Mr. Ledbetter died Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born July 25, 1946, in Allons, he was the son of the late James Harrison and Caldona (Allred) Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Paul Ledbetter and Layman Ledbetter; a sister, Stella Hughes; a half-brother, Willie Roy Ledbetter; and 2 half-sisters, Odell Carter and Dexter Watkins.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Ledbetter of Rickman; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Pam Ledbetter and William Ledbetter, all of Rickman; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Ronnie Cunningham of Livingston; 3 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, Wayman and Sandra Ledbetter of Indiana, Cecil and Kathy Ledbetter of Celina, and Glen Ledbetter of Rickman; 9 grandchildren; and a special great-granddaughter, Joci Ledbetter.

Pallbearers were Ronald Cunningham, James Ledbetter, William Ledbetter, Ricky Hughes, Randy Cantrell, and Willie Hughes.

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


Leiron (Parrott) McNabb
Funeral services for Mrs. Leiron (Parrott) McNabb, 74, will be held today, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge with Rev. Mark Flynn officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

Mrs. McNabb died Sunday, Nov. 13 at Methodist Medical Center. She attended Pickett County High School and graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1953 with a degree in vocational home economics education. In 1955, she moved to Oak Ridge with her husband and attended University of Tennessee, where she earned her master's degree in education. She taught special education for 20 years, earning the Level III teacher designation and was named Roane County Teacher of the Year.

She was a member of Kern United Methodist Church for 50 years.

Born May 31, 1931, in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Ermon (Parris) Parrott. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Parrott; and a brother-in-law, R.D. Lee.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jim McNabb; a son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jane McNabb of Decatur, GA; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Joe Black of Duluth, GA; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Clay and Shirley Parrott of Farragut and Gene and Mary Lou Parrott of Knoxville; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Evelyn Lee of Battle Creek, MI, and Ann and Will Herman Smith of Antioch; a sister-in-law, Claudell Parrott of Columbia; 4 grandsons, Joseph Black, John McNabb, Daniel McNabb, and David McNabb; and many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

The family asks that any memorials be in the form of contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.

An online guest book may be signed at www.weatherford mortuary.com.

Special care provided by Weatherford Mortuary. (P)


Mrs. Lena Mae Reeder, 78, of Allons, died Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a dietician for several schools and hospitals.

Born November 20, 1926, in Avon Park, FL, she was the daughter of the late Orville R. and Martha Jane (Butts) Perry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Quinton Reeder; and a son, Ronald Hughie Reeder.

Survivors include 3 daughters, George-Ann Hodges of Bartow, FL, Barbara Holloman of Tampa, FL, and Donna Murphy of Allons; a sister, Minerva Smith of Tampa; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Florida.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Fred Kenneth Spivey, 62, of Mocksville, NC, and formerly of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, from the Cookeville chapel of Hooper, Huddleston, & Horner Funeral Home.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Spivey died Saturday, Nov. 12 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. He was a truck driver and of the Baptist faith.

Born June 15, 1943, in Celina, he was the son of the late Aaron Estes and Martha (McClain) Spivey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Brenda Kay (Masters) Spivey; and a brother, Tramel Spivey.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Janet (Call) Spivey of Mocksville; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Kenneth and Pam Spivey of Hartselle, AL; a daughter and son-in-law, Amanda Kay and Clint Morgan of Smyrna; a step-son, Kenneth Shane Whitcher and his wife, Kris, of Prescott Valley, AZ; a step-daughter, Meg (Whitcher) Mangus and her husband, Chip, of Salem, VA; a brother, Joe Henry Spivey of Celina; a sister, Emma Spivey of Cookeville; 2 grandchildren, Bradley Spivey and Haley Spivey; 4 step-grandchildren, Warren Whitcher, Cora Whitcher, Hannah Mangus, and Fisher Mangus; and a great-grandchild, Austin Spivey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parsonage Fund of Liberty United Methodist Church, Mocksville, NC 27028.

Special care provided by Hooper, Huddleston, & Horner. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Chase McKinley Taylor, 26, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Nelson Cemetery.

Mr. Taylor died Friday, Nov. 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a pump installer for Wascon in Livingston and was affiliated with Miller's Chapel Church.

Born September 17, 1979, in Overton County, he was the son of Kenny and Robin (Garrett) Taylor of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Jean Taylor and Dorma Garrett.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Shania (Cantrell) Taylor of Monroe; a daughter, Lexie Angleen Taylor of Monroe; his grandmother, Alberta Garrett of Monroe; a sister, Penny Curry of Monroe; his father-in-law Donald Cantrell and his wife, Lola; and his mother-in-law, Irene Staggs and her husband, Donnie.

Pallbearers were Timmy Winningham, Phillip Reeder, Phillip Wright, Ricky Winningham, Josh Parsons, James Parsons, Gary Winningham, and Greg Parsons.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)



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