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Archives 12-28-2005

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DOYLE EDWARD "ED" BILBREY
Funeral services for Mr. Doyle Edward "Ed" Bilbrey, 48, of Baxter and formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Dewey Glen Masters officiating.

Burial was in Franklin Cemetery.

Mr. Bilbrey died Friday, Dec. 23 at Bi-County Henry Ford Hospital in Warren, MI. He was a brick layer.

Born August 22, 1957, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Doyle Bilbrey and Betty (Franklin) Donaldson.

Survivors include his grandmother, Evelyn Franklin of Livingston; a son, Michael Watts of Detroit, MI; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jason Jacobs of McMinnville; a brother, Gary Bilbrey of Detroit; 2 sisters, Tiwana Bilbrey of Warren and Janis Bilbrey of Livingston; and a grandson, Jason Michael Jacobs Jr.

Pallbearers were Donald Edmonds, Clay Franklin, Michael Watts, Chris McCormick, Keith Leslie, and Roscoe Blackwell.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Robert Franklin, Travis Staggs, Jason Wilson, and Marvin Leslie.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

GENE AUTRY COBBLE
Funeral services for Mr. Gene Autry Cobble, 60, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home with Dannie Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Netherland Cemetery.

Mr. Cobble died Tuesday, Dec. 20 at his home.

Born August 26, 1945, in Overton County, he was the son of the late John Butler “J.B.” and Maggie (Bowman) Cobble. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janie (Cobble) Dixon.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Faye (Vaughn) Cobble of Rickman; 2 sons, Junior Cobble of Rickman and Danny Cobble of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Shelia Winningham and Valerie Raiford, both of Rickman; 4 brothers, Bud Cobble and Clyde Cobble, both of Cookeville, and John Cobble and Jack Cobble, both of Algood; 4 sisters, Mary Fletcher of Algood, Juanita Fletcher of Cookeville, and Judy Hotsinpillar and Jenny Breeding, both of Rickman; and 8 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Justin Cobble, Shawn Cobble, Ronnie Raiford, Rick Adkins, Brandon Lane, Justin Cason, Donnie Breeding, Steve Sells, and Dale Bryant.

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

 

PATRICIA ANN DAVIS
Funeral services for Ms. Patricia Ann Davis, 35, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Ronnie Parsons officiating.

Burial was in Ray Williams Cemetery.

Ms. Davis died Tuesday, Dec. 20 at her home.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Willard G. Davis of Celina and the late Zula Scott.

Survivors, in addition to her father, include 2 brothers, Larry Scott and Roy Welch, both of Celina.

Ms. Davis' family served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

Louie "Jack" Albert Geesling
Funeral services for Mr. Louie "Jack" Albert Geesling, 75, of Hilham, were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Thurman Young and Bro. Jeff Short officiating.

Burial was in Aaron's Chapel Cemetery in Hilham.

Mr. Geesling died Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farmer, a retired carpenter, and a deacon and member of Allen's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born May 31, 1930, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Sammy and Vella (Parsons) Geesling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Loyd "Buck" Geesling; 4 infant sisters; a grandson, Jamie Cope; and a nephew, Marty Geesling.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ina Rose (Johnson) Geesling of Hilham; a son and daughter-in-law, Garth and Barbara Geesling; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Gerald Hansen and Marcia and Johnny Cope; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Nelda Geesling; 8 grandchildren, Jeff Nivens and his wife, Rita, Cindy Allen and her husband, Brett, Chris Nivens and his wife, Sonya, Billy Geesling and his wife, Stephanie, Jason Cope and his wife, April, Amy Poston and her husband, Wayne, and Josh Nivens, all of Hilham, and Matthew Geesling of Livingston; 2 step-grandsons, James Cushing and George Cushing; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeff Nivens, Chris Nivens, Josh Nivens, Billy Geesling, Jason Cope, Wayne Poston, Brett Allen, Scott Geesling, and Donny Rector.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

FLOYD HARRISON GRUBBS jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Floyd Harrison Grubbs Jr., 82, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. David Stockton officiating.

Burial was in Campground Cemetery.

Mr. Grubbs died Thursday, Dec. 22 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired clerk for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, a member of Craig Memorial United Methodist Church, and a United States Army veteran of World War II.

Born February 1, 1923, in Davidson County, he was the son of the late Floyd Harrison and Nonnie Lee (Stark) Grubbs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Mrzena.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Grubbs of Cookeville; 2 sisters, Mary Cope of Dallas, TX, and Mildred Chandler of Fairfield, CA; 2 sisters-in-law, Jewell Robbins of Hilham and Marie Phillips of Byrdstown; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Pat Dudney, Houston Robbins, Tony Jarrell, Gregg Burgess, Bud Swallows, and Eldon Pippin.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

CHRISTINE HOWARD
Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Howard, 63, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Steven Moore officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Howard died Monday, Dec. 19 at St. Thomas Hospital. She was an auto factory worker and a member of Faith Chapel Pentacostal Church.

Born March 9, 1942, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Everett Lonzo and Cora Bethel (Shelton) Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Clayton Walker, Clinton Walker, and Carlos Walker.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Becky Howard of Rossville, GA; 3 brothers, Coleman Walker and Clarence Walker, both of Livingston, and Wayne Walker of Los Angeles, CA; 5 sisters, Coleen Hogue, Clara Norrod, Cassie Brown, Carol Bull, and Wanda Bilbrey, all of Livingston; 3 grandchildren, Amanda Howard, Matthew Howard, and Ryan Howard; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Mark Norrod, Brian Hogue, Tony Bilbrey, Keith Walker, Gary Walker, Greg Walker, Phil Walker, and Travis Webster.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

LENA CORINE KENNEDY
Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Corine Kennedy, 78, of Anderson, IN, and formerly of Overton County, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Marcum officiating.

Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Kennedy died Thursday, Dec. 22 at her daughter's house in Anderson. She was a restaurant worker and a member of New Beginnings Church.

Born July 9, 1927, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley B. and Stella (Vann) Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Kennedy; a son, Billy Coe Kennedy; a daughter, Brinda Sue Kennedy; 2 sisters, Murl Conner and Mae Harvey; and a son-in-law, Gerald Anderson.

Survivors include 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, John and LeGenia Kennedy and Larry and Vickie Kennedy, all of Anderson, and Bobby Kennedy of Smyrna; 2 daughters, Joann Anderson and Phyllis “Tutty” Kennedy, both of Anderson; a brother, Raymond Taylor; 4 sisters, Pearl Taylor, Ermon Reagan, Leora Reagan, and Ruby Dean Smith; 3 grandchildren, Amy Lynn Hood, Christopher Nathaniel Kennedy, and Jada Nicole Smith; and 4 great-grandchildren, Austin Christopher Broshar, Cheyenne Marie Kennedy, John Thomas Kennedy, and Jared Cole Oary.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

RIDLEY NEWMAN
Funeral services for Mr. Ridley Newman, 73, of Celina, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Ricky Leonard officiating.

Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Newman died Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Cumberland River Hospital.

Born February 27, 1932, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Harley and Etta (Cherry) Newman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Osgathorphe.

Survivors include 2 sons, Tommy Newman of Hermitage Springs and Tim Newman of Columbus, IN; 2 daughters, Patsy Anderson of Celina and Lisa Davis of Hermitage Springs; a brother, Lawrence Newman of Clemmentsville; 3 sisters, Florence Henson and Lillie Fraley, both of Red Boiling Springs, and Pam King of Union Hill; 6 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

ESTHER DAILEY ROBERTS
Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Dailey Roberts, 92, of Hilham, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Spicer Cemetery.

Mrs. Roberts died Friday, Dec. 23 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a farmer, a homemaker, and attended the Church of God.

Born August 4, 1913, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Warren and Emma Amelia Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Andy Dailey; her second husband, Johnnie Roberts; 4 brothers, Jess W. Brown, Arnold Brown, Thurston Brown, and Frank Marion Brown; 2 sisters, Willene Short and Grace Dailey; and a granddaughter, Shirley Nell Rich. She was also preceded in death by four of her sisters' children whom she raised.

Survivors include 3 sons, Homer Dailey and Shirley Ray “Mousie” Dailey, both of Hilham, and Edward Dailey of Monroe; 2 step-sons, J.C. Roberts and Jackie Roberts, both of Livingston; 2 daughters, Thelma Blagg and Christine Rich, both of Hilham; 2 step-daughters, Betty Sue Pennington of Livingston and Sharon Odom of Murfreesboro; a brother, Tom Brown of Atlanta, GA; a special grandson, Bennett Ray Dailey; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Matthew Brown, J.C. Roberts, Jackie Roberts, Fowler Pennington, Rick McCoy, Ralph Brown, James Homer Dailey, and Ronnie Dailey.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

REBECCA LOUISE STRONG
Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca Louise Strong, 71, of Celina, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Bill Threet officiating.

Burial was in Fitzgerald Cemetery.

Mrs. Strong died Monday, Dec. 19 at Cumberland River Hospital.

Born February 10, 1934, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Beurah and Liza (Chilton) Donaldson.

Survivors include her husband, Cordell Strong of Celina; a son, Jerry Strong of Celina; a daughter, Debbie Strong of Celina; 3 brothers, Lyle Donaldson of Pickett County, Lonnie Donaldson of Cookeville, and Leonard Donaldson of Celina; a sister, Linda Hamilton of Celina; and 2 grandchildren, Daniel Strong of Celina and Dale Strong of Cookeville.

Pallbearers were Dale Strong, Daniel Strong, Jason Hamilton, Joseph Hamilton, Chris Bartlett, and Jason Atchley.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

DELORES ANN (MINTON) WRIGHT
Graveside services for Mrs. Delores Ann (Minton) Wright, 56, of Monroe, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Oak Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jeff Flowers officiating.

Mrs. Wright died Thursday, Dec. 22 in Byrdstown. She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

She was born January 14, 1949, in Kingsport. Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her first husband, Estel Fred Wright Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Wright of Monroe; 2 sons, Fred Wright and Brian Wright, both of Monroe; 2 step-children, Donnie Wright and Vicki Rush, both of Livingston; a brother, Gregory Minton of Topeka, KS; 3 grandchildren, Jacob Wright, Emily Rush, and Brittney Rush; and nephews, nieces, and other family members.

Pallbearers were Dudley Kennedy, Darrell Kennedy, Ken Solek, Charles Smith, Joel Pritchard, and Kenneth Harp.

Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. (C)

 

 

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