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DOW WILLIAM GARRETT
Mr. Dow William Garrett, 48, of Gainsville, FL, died on Wednesday, July 26, 2006.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb.

Mr. Garrett was a construction worker and of the Presbyterian faith.

Born January 21, 1959, in Birmingham, AL, he was the son of the late Floyd and Colleen (Batson) Garrett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Martin Rhea Jarrett.

Survivors include a son, Jeremy Dow Garrett of Bakersfield, CA; a brother, Wesley Jarrett of Crawford; 2 sisters, Paula Wilson of Port Charlotte, FL, and Aleita Laney of Alabaster, AL; a grandchild; 4 nephews; 4 nieces; and a very special friend, Gwen Hancock of Salt Springs, FL.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

NORMA DEAN GARRETT
Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Dean Garrett, 69, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Craig Green officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Garrett died Friday, Aug. 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of First Baptist Church.

Born November 29, 1936, in Fentress County, she was the daughter of the late Wheeler and Willie (Nation) Stephens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edison Stephens.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Garrett of Livingston; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sharon Garrett of Livingston, Steve and Jenny Garrett of Allons, and Jeff and Dulcie Garrett of Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dr. W.G. Quarles of Livingston; a brother, Truman Stephens of Glasgow, KY; 3 sisters, Ann Allred of Livingston, Christine Minor of Cave City, KY, and Grace Hurt of Burksville, KY; 9 grandchildren, John Lee Billings, Rachel Ashley, Megan Ashley, Louren Ashley, Grant Garrett, Hunter Garrett, Harley Garrett, Casey Sizemore, and Jody Abbott; and a great-grandchild, Cora Sizemore.

Pallbearers were John Lee Billings, David Andrews, Bryan Copeland, Nathan Copeland, Jody Abbott, and Virgil Sizemore. Honorary pallbearers were Grant Garrett and Hunter Garrett.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

FANNIE RUTH GRIBBLE
Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Ruth Gribble, 73, of Celina, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug, 5 at Celina Church of Christ with Bro. Bill Threet officiating.

Burial was in Fitzgerald Cemetery.

Mrs. Gribble died Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. A retired employee of Tennessee Department of Human Services, she served as circuit court clerk in Clay County from 1976 until 1980 and was a member of Celina Church of Christ.

Born August 7, 1932, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Robert "Bob" and Ollie Mae (Collins) Atchley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Clyde Atchley and Claude Atchley.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Glenda Gribble of Cookeville; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy Ray and Joy Atchley of Celina and Paul and Faye Atchley of the Timothy community in Overton County; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Katherine and Alva Sherrell and Rosa Nell and Frank Marsh of Sparta; 2 grandchildren, Emily Wood and her husband, Jonathan, of Spring Hill and Curtis Gribble of Nashville; 5 nephews and nieces, Greg and Carlotta Atchley, Kent and Tina Atchley, Rhonda and Lewis Gooding, Lori Rae and Jerry Arms, and Vickie and Jimmy Logan; and 3 special great-nieces, Carleigh Brooke, Kylee, and Katie.

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

EARL McCOWAN
Funeral services for Mr. Earl McCowan, 66, of the Love Joy community, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Delmer McCowan officiating.

Burial was in Love Joy Cemetery.

Mr. McCowan died Sunday, Aug. 6 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a factory worker and of the Baptist faith.

Born October 18, 1939, in the Love Joy community of Overton County, he was the son of the late Sherman and Celia (Wilson) McCowan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde McCowan; an infant sister, Helen McCowan; 2 nephews, Lonnie McCloud and Tommy McCowan; and a niece, Debbie Greenwood.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Braden and Betty McCowan of Cookeville; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Lola and Carl Key of Monterey, and Anna and Loyce McCloud and Delcie and Jim Sparks, all of Cookeville; a special friend, Reba Dulworth of Monterey; and several nephews and nieces.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

JAMES LUKE SMITH
Funeral services for Mr. James Luke Smith, 82, of the Burristown community in Jackson County, were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2006, from the chapel of Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Morgan and Bro. Mike Ayers officiating.

Burial was in Lynn Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Friday, July 28 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a farmer, a factory worker, and a former employee of Jackson County Highway Department. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Poston's Chapel Community Church in the Burristown community.

Born August 20, 1923, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Charlie Benton Smith and Clio (Anderson) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hobert Smith; and a sister, Effie Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Nadean Smith of the Burristown community; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Reita and Jerry White of the Dodson Branch community and Brenda and Bobby Scantland of Gainesboro; a sister, Lucille Smith of Cookeville; 3 grandchildren, Christy Kowalski of Cookeville and Jeff Scantland and Marty Scantland, both of Gainesboro; and 3 great-grandchildren, Jacob Scantland, Jaryn Scantland, and Peyton Kowalski.

Pallbearers were Marty Scantland, Alton Dixon, Mike Smith, Bob Smith, Dan Kowalski, Earl Dale, and Ben Underwood.

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

 

BONZIE (REAGAN) SPURRIER
Graveside services for Mrs. Bonzie (Reagan) Spurrier, 104, of St. Cloud, FL, were conducted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, in Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, FL, with Rev. Stephen Graves, of St. Cloud Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Mrs. Spurrier died Saturday, July 22. She was always an active person who was ready to go at a moment's notice, whether it was horseback riding, playing on her high school basketball team, hunting wildflowers in the Tennessee Cumberland Mountains where she grew up, fishing, driving down unexplored roads, or attending school activities. To tell her she couldn't do something was her motivation to do it, whether it was riding a bicycle for the first time, backing a freight truck into a garage, climbing a cedar tree to cut the top off for a Christmas tree, or killing a pheasant with her first shot. She kept her mind sharp by being an avid reader until the last few months and by reciting poetry.

She always wanted to teach school and did so in Tennessee after completing two years of college. Mrs. Spurrier had to quit teaching when she married, as at that time is wasn't considered proper for married women to teach. Therefore, she had a kindergarten in her home and when there was a change in people's thinking, she returned to teaching in the public schools. Later she earned a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech.

She was told that she was usually assigned to rural schools because she owned a car. It was when a coal laden truck crowded her over the side of a mountain that she and her husband, Chas R. Spurrier, decided to move from Livingston to St. Cloud, which her grandfather helped settle in 1909.

She taught third grade at Ross Jeffries Elementary School from 1952 until 1968. Her method of teaching was way ahead of itself as she used "hands-on methods", individual lessons, and positive reinforcement when that was not customary, but she was also a firm disciplinarian. Former pupils remember the walking field trips to the Budinger Clock Museum and to the former nursing home on the canal at the lakefront, which was followed by a picnic at the beach.

After her retirement in 1968, she toured the United Kingdom, the Holy Land, and visited friends in Brazil. When she was 71 years-old, she parked her car, saying she was too old to drive, and then she and her little white dog walked all over St. Cloud. She was of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ faith.

Born May 25, 1906, in Lovelady, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Manzie Jane (Poor) Reagan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chas R. Spurrier, a brother, William T. Reagan; 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, Lena Mae and Pat Arnold, Eva Jane Sells, and Georgia Blackburn; and a great-granddaughter, Amandalee Weiss.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Jo Spurrier; 2 granddaughters and their husbands, Bonnie Jo and Alden Weiss of St. Cloud and Dinah Lee and Norm Smith of Naples, NY; 2 great-grandchildren, Bryan Weiss of Pensacola, FL, and Jennifer Bingham of Raleigh, NC; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amandalee Fund, H Lee Moffitt Cancer Sarcoma Program, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Special care provided by Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory. (P)

 

AVIS HALSELL WINDLE
Funeral services for Mrs. Avis Halsell Windle, 83, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Dee Ledford officiating.

Burial was in Monroe Cemetery.

Mrs. Windle died Wednesday, August 2. Retired from banking, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and First Christian Church.

Born July 21, 1923, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James Bedford and Mae (Bilbrey) Halsell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harris H. Windle; and 2 brothers, Glenn and Raymond Halsell.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn (Windle) and Ronnie Riddle of Shelbyville; 3 sisters, Orpha Halsell, Ora D. Oakley, and Geneva Langford, all of Livingston; and 2 grandchildren, David Riddle and Sarah Riddle, both of Shelbyville.

Pallbearers were Lynn (Windle) Riddle, Ronnie Riddle, David Riddle, Sarah Riddle, Jake Allen, Louis Oakley, and Tom Windle.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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