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Funeral services for Mr. David Milton Ayers, 95, of Anderson, IN, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, from the chapel of Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Micheal D. Thompson of Union Chapel Community Church officiating.

Burial was in East Maplewood Cemetery.

Mr. Ayers died Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Community Northview Care Center in Anderson. He was a farmer and worked in production at Delco Remy for 32 years. He had worked in the logging industry in northern California when he was younger.

He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European theater. He was an avid gardener, grew strawberries, lovingly shared his garden with many friends and relatives, and collected and read National Geographic magazines for more than 50 years.

Born February 24, 1910, in Overton County, he was the son of the late George Washington and Mary Avo (Masters) Ayers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Gladys (Carmack) Ayers; 3 brothers, Winton Ayers, Thomas "Tommy" Ayers, and Mitchell Ayers; 4 sisters, Lula Brown, Martha Cobble, Edna Langford, and Minnie Hawkins; and a granddaughter-in-law, Debbie Surface.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Charles Surface of Clearwater, FL; 2 grandsons, John E. Surface and his wife, Tammy, of Carmel, IN, and Jeffery Lee Surface of Clearwater; a brother-in-law, William Howard Carmack of Hilham; 4 great-grandsons, Jacob Surface, Eric Surface, Conner Surface, and Caden Surface; a great-granddaughter, Emily Ann Surface; a step-great-grandson, Drew Odell; special friends, William Cortell and Gwendola Garrett of Anderson; and a special niece, Faye (Ayers) Anderson of Livingston.

Special care provided by Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Home. (P)


Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Elizabeth Bettencourt, 78, of Livingston, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Nelson Cemetery with Chaplin Jim Rennell officiating.

Mrs. Bettencourt died Friday, Jan. 20 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a professional housekeeper, having worked for Howard Johnson's daughter and Walt Disney's granddaughter, and she was a Christian.

Born April 27, 1927, in Dukes County, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ellsworth and Elsie (Athens) West. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Bettencourt; 2 brothers, Robert West and Albert West; her twin sister, Helen Drake; and a sister, Melba Jordan.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Heather Light of Nevada; 2 daughters, Donna Hackenberg of Cookeville and Peggy Daniels of Livingston; 2 sisters, Doris Nevin and Ilene Caldwell, both of Florida; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Eskew Harris, 84, of the Anderson community of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene McCowan officiating.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery.

Mr. Harris died Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. Retired from Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, IN, he was a member of Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church and Local 501 Flint Worker Union in Dunkirk.

Born June 3, 1921, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Martin Emmet and Josie Lou (Denton) Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie V. (McCowan) Harris.

Survivors include 2 sons, Troy Harris and Danny Harris, both of the Anderson community; 3 daughters, Betty Harris and Renee Williams, both of the Anderson community, and Carylon Wilson of Cookeville; a brother, Foster Harris of the Mineral Springs community; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. (C)


Mrs. Michele Julia Lavin, 42, of Alpine, died Wednesday, Jan. 18 at her home. She was a homemaker.

Born June 28, 1963, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Fred and Velma (O'Brien) Hoover of Alpine.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Martin Lavin of Alpine.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Raymond W. Moody, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at First Christian Church with Rev. Dee Ledford and Dr. David Moore officiating.

Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Moody died Monday, Jan. 16. He was a retired school teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent, and a member of First Christian Church, Overton County Civitan Club, Retired Teachers Association, and TEA. He was a graduate of Fisk Academy in Hilham and Tennessee Tech University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree. He also worked at K-25 and K-27 plants in Oak Ridge during World War II.

Born October 9, 1920, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Willie Farris and Lou Belle (Lawson) Moody. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Charlie Moody, Herman Moody, and Edward Moody; and 5 sisters, Ada Dillon, Nannie Moore, Auda Castor, Gladys Moore, and Chalus Green.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Juanita Moody of Livingston; a son, Steve Moody of Livingston; 3 daughters, Janice McCasland of Commerce Township, MI, Linda Bissen of New Boston, MI, and Patty Dycus of Cookeville; 4 grandchildren, Debbie Steed, David Ruble, Megan Dycus, and Will Dycus; 3 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Don Moody, Joe Moody, Herman Moody, Matthew Green, Ray Huddleston, and David Ruble.

Members of the Civitan Club served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Overton County Public Library.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mrs. Sharon (Qualls) Peterman, 56, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Okolona United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Ledbetter and Rev. Monica Mowdy officiating.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery.

Mrs. Peterman died Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a retired school teacher and was a member of Okolona United Methodist Church, Livingston Civic & Garden Club, Tennessee Education Association, and National Education Association.

Born July 15, 1949, in Overton County, she was the daughter of Chas. F. Sr. and Loretta (Hawkins) Qualls. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie L. Peterman.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Floyd Jr. and Faye Qualls of Livingston and Mike and Carolyn Qualls of Nashville; and nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Ray Holbert, Bill Sullivan, Bob Crabtree, Edward Walker, Bill Warren, Shane Qualls, Griff Qualls, and Bo Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to Okolona United Methodist Church, c/o Speck Funeral Home, 300 North Church Street, Livingston, TN 38570.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Funeral services for Mr. Lois Haskell Sells, 74, of the Independence community, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Maynord officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mr. Sells died Wednesday, Jan. 18 at his home. He was employed at General Motors in Anderson, IN, and was a member of Independence Community Church.

Born March 6, 1931, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Allard and Ella (Clayborn) Sells. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sons, Terry and infant son, Michael; 4 brothers, Benny, Harold D., Charles Eugene, and Junior Norma; a sister, Betty Jean; and his former wife, Mildred (Harvey) Sells.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Dowdy) Sells of the Independence community; 5 sons, Ted Sells, Tracy Sells, Tim Sells, and Michael Wayne Sells, all of Livingston, and Joe Williams of McCordsville, IN; 7 daughters, Cathy Moran of Livingston, Karen Rogers of Clarkrange, Sandra Bilbrey of Hilham, Anita Jernigan of Cookeville, Sherry Vaughn of Athens, AL, Frances Carver of Imlay City, MI, and Kathy Hughes of Polk City, FL; 2 sisters, Margaret Greer of Lebanon and Patsy Mitchell of Polk City; 3 sisters-in-law, Sharon Sells of Elwood, IN, Pat Sells of Greenville, OH, and Louise (Sells) Davis of Allons; 23 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Willie Roy Sidwell, George Sells, Johnny Ray Linder, Donnie Harvey, Loyd Smith, and Ed Clark.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


Graveside services for Mr. John Gaston Smith, 71, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at Pitcock Cemetery in the Oak Grove community of Clay County with Henry Colbert and Kirk Talley officiating.

Mr. Smith died Friday, January 20 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center following an illness. He graduated from Celina High School. Then he married and joined the United States Air Force. He served his country for 4 years during the Korean Conflict before being discharged.

He and his wife moved to Cumberland County, KY, and started a farm, which later became a hobby he enjoyed. His other hobbies included Tennessee Walking Horses and coon hunting.

After selling the farm, he became a funeral director and continued in the funeral profession until his retirement. He and his brother, Jimmy Kay Smith, co-founded Livingston Funeral Home. Mr. Smith then moved to Byrdstown where he founded Byrdstown Funeral Home, which he operated until 1976. After the sale of Byrdstown Funeral Home, he purchased Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan, KY.

Mr. Smith lived in Kentucky operated the funeral home for several years after selling the funeral home to his son. Following the sale of Mt. Pleasant, he moved back to Tennessee and purchased Martin Funeral Homes in LaFollette and Lake City.

After he sold both the Martin Funeral Homes, he bought Burris Funeral Home in Cookeville and operated it until his retirement.

He was a member of Livingston Church of Christ and Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, and a former member of Tennessee and Kentucky Funeral Directors Associations.

Born May 26, 1934, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Haston and Martha R. (Nevins) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lou Juana Smith; a brother, Dale Lee Smith; and 2 sisters, Jean Teeples and Anna Sue Ellison.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Betty Sue (Copas) Smith of Livingston; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, John G. Smith of Cookeville, Jimmy and Brenda Smith of Oliver Springs, and Gregory Smith of Livingston; a daughter, Nancy Dyer of Sparta; 3 brothers and a sister-in-law, Jimmy Kay and Peggy L. Smith of Sparta, Bobby Smith of Allons, and Billy Smith of West Virginia; 6 grandchildren, Allen Smith of Cookeville, Ashley Scott and Kristian Dyer, both of Sparta, Rebekah Smith of Oliver Springs, and Britney Smith and Caleb Smith, both of Livingston; 3 great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Smith, Adian Smith, and Jaden Scott; and an uncle, Matthew Nevins and his wife, Beatrice, of Livingston.

Special care provided by Sharp Funeral Home of Oliver Springs. (P)


Funeral services for Mr. William W. “Bill” Thompson, 75, of Melbourne, FL, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, from the chapel of Brevard Memorial Funeral Home in Cocoa, FL.

Burial was in Brevard Memorial Park.

Mr. Thompson died Wednesday, Jan. 18. A United States Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he retired from Lockheed in 1992 and was a two-year member of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 210 of Merritt Island. He was born in Livingston.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Billie Jean; a son, Scott; a brother, Joe Sells of Tennessee; and a sister, Saundra Thompson of Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Bill to the William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL, 32907.

Special care provided by Brevard Memorial Funeral Home. (P)


Mr. Richard Allen Wall, 55, of Livingston, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a car detailer and a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam era.

Born July 13, 1950, in Wayne County, MI, he was the son of Loman Leon Wall of Livingston and the late Jean (Pickard) Wall. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Monroe and Evah Wall and Harry and Mildred Pickard.

Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Linda (Hightree) Wall of Crafton, KY; a daughter, Sheena Scoville of Hadley, NY; a sister and brother-in-law, Lorrane and Charles Neil of Livingston; a half-sister, Virginia Tinsley of Greenville, KY; an uncle, Robert Wall of Cadiz, KY; an aunt, Francis Tole of Livingston; 2 grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Prior to his passing, Mr. Wall expressed a wish to be cremated when he died. No memorial services will be held; however, burial will take place at Taylor's Chapel Cemetery in Big Rock.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)




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