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Alvin Jared Brown
Funeral services for Mr. Alvin Jared Brown, 87, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006, at Netherland Church of Christ with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating.

Burial was in Eckel Cemetery.

Mr. Brown died Wednesday, July 19 at Livingston Regional Hospital. A retired school teacher, mail carrier, farmer, and board member of Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 204th MP Company 7th.

He graduated from Rickman High School as president of the class and was a member of Rickman School Alumni Association. He also graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of science degree.

He was a member of the American Legion and Netherland Church of Christ.

Born May 13, 1919, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Jonny Maloy and Millie Lou Gibbons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 8 brothers, Ernest Boatman, Hubert Brown, Cecil Brown, Aaron Brown, Millard Brown, Arthur Brown, Sam Brown, and Clarence Brown; and a sister, Retta Mae Filder.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Brown of Rickman; a son, Kent J. Brown of Rickman; a daughter and son-in-law, Sara Frances and Calvin Bilbrey of Rickman; a brother, Fred Brown of Algood; a granddaughter, Shanna Renee Stevens of Rickman; and several nephews, nieces, and sisters-in-law.

Pallbearers were Willard Brown, Bill Filder, Phillip Brown, Gerald Brown, Jimmy Brown, and David Brown. The family extends a special thanks to Mr. Brown's caregivers: Gerlene Winningham, Tina Vaughn, Hilda Taylor, Kim South, Joyce Melton, Christianna Allen, Mary Booher, and the late Janie Dixon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Happy Haven Children's Home or American Cancer Society.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Margaret S. Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret S. Brown, 70, of Hilham, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. James Kase and Bro. James Delk officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Brown died Thursday, July 27 at her home. She was affiliated with Pacesetters and was of the Church of Christ faith.

Born March 27, 1936, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Turner Fowler and Julie Alma (Davis) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Delon Brown.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Brown of Dayton, OH; and 5 sisters, Shelby Coffman and Judy Auberson, both of Hilham, Beatrice Roberts of Newark, NJ, Kathleen Lollar of Huntsville, AL, and Morean Ogletree of Dayton, OH.

Pallbearers were Jerry Coffman, Allen Lollar, Mike Auberson, Randy Auberson, Bruce Brown, and Jeff Brown.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Catherine (Hooks) Bull
Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine (Hooks) Bull, 61, of the Burristown community of Jackson County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2006, from the chapel of Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Criswell officiating.

Burial was in Lynn Cemetery.

Mrs. Bull died Friday, July 28 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the House of Faith church.

Born April 6, 1945, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Grover Hooks and Virgie (Dickerson) Hooks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers, Charles Hooks Jr., Claude Hooks, and 3 infant brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Bull, of the Burristown community, her mother-in-law, Nell Bull of Burristown; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Billy Greenwood of Wartburg, Bobby and Rita Greenwood of Rickman, and Randy Greenwood of Cookeville; 3 brothers, Earl Hooks and Burr Hooks, both of Livingston, and Willie "Buck" Hooks of Cookeville; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Nadine Brown and Betty and Cecil Barlow, all of Rickman; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer Ledbetter, Kathy Greenwood, Michael Greenwood, Jada Greenwood, and Shevon Turner; and a special grandchild, Tabitha Stone of Cannon County.

Special care provided by Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. (C)

 

David Ray Cantrell
Funeral services for David Ray Cantrell, infant, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Davis officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

David died Monday, July 24 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Born July 24, 2006, in Cookeville, he was the son of Michael D. and Teresa Linn (Parris) Cantrell of Livingston.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandparents, J.C. and Lois Cantrell and Dessie Harris; and 2 sisters, Tess Sliger and Olivia Sliger. Pallbearers were Craig Cantrell and Mark Cantrell. Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Jessie (Smith) Dillon
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie (Smith) Dillon, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Livingston with Rev. Clarence Stewart and Rev. Donald Cobb officiating.

Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Dillon died Sunday, July 30 at Bethesda Health Care. She was a school bus driver with Overton County Schools for 31 years, a homemaker, and a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston.

Born April 23, 1921, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late John O. and Myrtle (Winton) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant twin sons and 2 sisters, Veo Huff and Obelia Katz.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Byrd Dillon of Livingston; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Judy Dillon of Livingston, Donnie and Angela Dillon of Mt. Juliet, and David and Pam Dillon of Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Larry McNabb of Cookeville; a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Loyd Lee of Battle Creek, MI; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Dillon, James McNabb, Wayne Wilson, John Weidekamp, Andrew Weidekamp, and Adam Wilson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Hill Cemetery Fund by contacting Speck Funeral Home.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Jewell c. Huskey
Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell C. Huskey, 80, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating.

Burial was in Snuffer Cemetery in East Bernstadt, KY.

Mrs. Huskey died Saturday, July 29 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She worked in retail sales and was a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston.

Born January 3, 1926, in Harlan County, KY, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Rose (Hamblin) Coldiron. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Huskey; a son, Jerry R. Huskey; a brother, Herman Coldiron; and a sister, Janie Douglas.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Denise Huskey of Newport News, VA; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Mona H. and Cledith Padgett of Livingston and Vicki H. and Richard Jarrett of Tampa, FL; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Scott Padgett, Stanford Padgett, Daniel Forrester, Bill Warren, Bruce Harris, and Cledith Padgett.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

James Huey Keith Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. James Huey Keith Jr., 73, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Todd officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Keith died Sunday, July 23 at Bethesda Health Care Center. He was an auto plant manager, a U.S Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of Hilham Church of God.

Born August 8, 1932, in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late James H. Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Fry) Keith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sons, James H. Keith III and Daniel Allen Keith.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen (Gillentine) Keith of Livingston; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, David Keith, Pastor Mike and Tracy Keith, and Pastor Larry and Diane Keith, all of Michigan; 2 step-sons, Billy Boles and Anthony Boles, both of Lebanon; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Beth Erwin of Roseville, MI, and Sandy and Greg Walleman and Debbie Fortuna, all of Warren, MI; 3 step-daughters, Tracy Phillips of Allons, Sue Lee of Lebanon, and Tina Ruth of Virginia; a sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and David Gentry of Cookeville; 13 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Gentry, Dustin Gentry, Larry Keith Jr., Christopher Fortuna, Roy Key, Billy Boles, and Anthony Boles.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

William Reid Martin
Graveside services for Mr. William Reid Martin, 92, of Cookeville, were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2006, at St. John Cemetery in Clay County with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

James T. Davis Memorial VFW Post 5062 performed full military honors.

Mr. Martin died Tuesday, July 25 at Masters Health Care Center in Algood. He was a factory worker at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, and lived most of his life in Detroit, MI. He served as a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific Theater during World War II.

Born April 29, 1914, in Clay County, he was the son of the late William and Pearl (Smith) Martin.

Survivors include a sister, Evelyn M. Martin of Indianapolis, IN; a half-sister, Marilyn Stone of Celina; and a nephew, Larry Stone of Cookeville.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

Larry "Bubba" Reed
Funeral services for Mr. Larry "Bubba" Reed, 53, of Cookeville, were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2006, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Rondal "Buddy" Reed and Pastor James Roberson officiating.

Burial was in Dodson's Chapel Cemetery in Overton County.

Mr. Reed died Tuesday, July 25 at his home. He was a retired factory worker for Fleetguard, an assembler at Tractor Supply, and a member of the National Guard for six years. He attended United Fellowship Church.

Born May 10, 1953, in Cookeville, he was the son of the late Fred and Ruby (Miller) Reed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Reed of Cookeville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Jo Morris of Cookeville; a son, Loren "Cheeseburger" Reed of Cookeville; 2 daughters and a special son-in-law, Jessica and William "Rooster" Smith and Katryna Reed, all of Cookeville; a brother and 2 sisters-in-law, Jack and Sandy Reed of Rickman and Patti Morris of Cookeville; 3 grandchildren, Austin Smith, Kally Jo Smith, and Kayla Jann Smith; a nephew, Jason Reed of Rickman; a niece, Levada Howard of Rickman; a great-nephew, Andy Howard of Rickman; numerous uncles, aunts, and friends; and a special pet, Sadie.

Pallbearers were Bill Randolph, Ted Autry, Danny Phipps, Bob Allen, Eddie Maynard, Jason Reed, Joel Sparkman, and Fred Spicer.

Honorary pallbearers were Austin Smith, Kally Jo Smith, Kayla Jann Smith, Earl Mason, and Matt Davis.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

Noah Paul Simpson
Funeral services for Noah Paul Simpson, 2, of Allred, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. John Copeland officiating.

Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery in Alpine.

Noah died Sunday, July 23 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Born October 14, 2003, in Overton County, he was the son of Michelle Dickerson and Michael Simpson of Alpine.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandparents, Kathleen Smith of Livingston and Teddy Rose Simpson of Alpine; his great-grandparents, Hillie and James Ott Simpson of Alpine; his godparents, Tim and Patricia Hicks of Allred; 2 sisters, Kadence Nichole Dickerson and Jordan Dickerson, both of Alpine; and several uncles and aunts.

Pallbearers were David Smith, Andy Hicks, Jared Dickerson, and Jason Cantrell.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Geraldine Smalling
Funeral services for Mrs. Geraldine Smalling, 83, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006, from the chapel of Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with Bro. Jimmy Cook and Bro. Ivan Raley officiating.

Burial was in Vans Branch Cemetery in Byrdstown.

Mrs. Smalling died Friday, July 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a past national officer of National Rural Mail Carriers Association. She served on the regional library board, worked as a rural mail carrier for 39 years, and was a contributing columnist for Macon County Times and Pickett County Press. She also worked in the office of Red Boiling Springs High School for 9 years. She was a member of Red Boiling Springs Church of Christ.

Born November 26, 1922, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Gratton and Lorene (Pickens) Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Winston Smalling; and a sister, Gwendolyn Sadler.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Phillips and Jane (Thompson) Smalling of Byrdstown; and 3 grandchildren, Danielle Smalling, Chelesa Smalling, and Hunter Smalling.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

Charles "Chuck" Steele
Funeral services for Mr. Charles "Chuck" Steele, 69, of Wilder, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2006, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Jenkins officiating.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb.

Mr. Steele died Friday, July 28 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired plumber and a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Born August 24, 1936, in Peoria, IL, he was the son of the late Edward H. and Ellen (Reynolds) Steele.

Survivors include his companion, Jane Hahn of Wilder; and 2 special sons, Christopher Vaughn of Wilder and Terry Hahn of Twinton.Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

Willie Joe Swallows
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Joe Swallows, 72, of Muddy Pond, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2006, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. David Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Muddy Pond Cemetery.

Mr. Swallows died Wednesday, July 26 at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. He was a general laborer. Born November 2, 1933, in Muddy Pond, he was the son of the late Tilbert and Mattie (Sams) Swallows.

Survivors include 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonzie and Nella Dean Swallows and James and Elza Swallows, all of Monterey; 2 sisters-in-law, Maggie Swallows of Monterey and Liza Swallows of Muddy Pond; and several nephews and nieces.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

Mable (Davidson) Willhite
Funeral services for Mrs. Mable (Davidson) Willhite, 74, of Atlanta, GA, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2006, from the chapel of Rickman-Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Roberts officiating.

Burial was in Pharris Cemetery in Jackson County.

Mrs. Willhite died Saturday, July 22 at her home.

Born June 15, 1932, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Hairm and Avo (Stafford) Davidson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Davidson; 2 sisters, Paulene (Davidson) Abbey and Betty (Davidson) Stocks; a half-brother, Harvey Henson; a half-sister, Lucy (Johnson) Neeley; and a grandson, Jason Brandon Willhite.

Survivors include 4 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Teresa and Sidney Hurst of Stockbridge, GA, Lynn and Sam Lites of Locust Grove, GA, Edith Grace Willhite of Atlanta, GA, and Rebecca Kems of Washington, D.C.; 5 brothers, Lewis Davidson of Livingston, Elmer Davidson of East Point, GA, Charles Davidson and Jerry Davidson, both of Monticello, GA, and Bobby Davidson of Marrow, GA; a sister, Vicky Scott of Forest Park, GA; 5 grandchildren, Samuel Lites, Tabatha McGregor, Timothy Lites, Kevin Willhite, Traci Hurst; and a host of nephews, nieces, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were James Davidson, Walter Abbey, Wayne Abbey, Stanley Davidson, Drew Burel, and Kevin Davidson.

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

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