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Johnie Colene (Smith) Branham
Funeral services for Mrs. Johnie Colene (Smith) Branham, 75, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Hilham, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at Hilham Church of Christ with Bro. Ronald Strong and Bro. Kermit Davis officiating.

Burial was in Hilham Cemetery.

Mrs. Branham died Saturday, Nov. 4 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. She was a homemaker, a member of New York Avenue Church of Christ, and a former member of Hilham Church of Christ.

Born October 15, 1931, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Walter G. and Mary Belle (Carwile) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Howard Branham Jr.; 3 brothers, Tom Smith, Charles Smith, and Walter Smith Jr.; 2 sisters, Elene Livingston and Roberta Willis; 2 half-brothers, Otis Smith and Milton "Oscar" Smith; and a half-sister, Bonnie Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Howard R. Branham of Arlington; a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Randy Shantz of Arlington; 2 brothers, Melvin Smith of Markleville, IN, and Billy Smith of Calhoun, GA; a sister, Challus Masters of Anderson, IN; 4 grandchildren, Joshua Branham and his wife, Bridgett, of Greenwood, IN, Shawn Blackwelder and her husband, Billy, of Saginaw, TX, and Heather Breeding and her husband, Keith, and Amy Barker and her husband, Brandon, all of Keller, TX; a step-granddaughter, Julie Shantz of Memphis; 8 great-grandchildren, Brittany, Chandler, Kylie, Ashleigh, Abigail, Landry, Daylen, and Justin; 3 step-great-grandchildren, Danny, Emily, and Aaron; and numerous nephews, nieces, friends, and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Keith Breeding, Brandon Barker, Josh Branham, Randy Shantz, Jerry Carr, and Jimmy Livingston. Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Jimmy Matthew Brown
Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Matthew Brown, 62, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Maynord officiating.

Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Brown died Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a truck driver.

Born June 21, 1944, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Herbert Brown and Laura (Crabtree) Brown Maynord. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ola Mae Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Taylor) Brown of Allons; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Tina Brown of Celina and Derrick and Melinda Brown of Rickman; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and William Johnson of Livingston; a brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Janet Maynord of Gainesboro; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Paul Schlatt of Springfield, Nicole and Larry Brannum of Monroe, and Sherry Ann and Gary Ward of Marietta, GA; 4 grandchildren, Austin Carmack, Abigail Brown, Korrie McGinley, and Hailey McGinley; and nephews, nieces, and other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Danny Reagan, Brian Emberton, Edwin Maynord Sr., Edwin Maynord Jr., Kenny Smith, and Larry Brannum.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

Howard G. Copeland
Funeral services for Mr. Howard Glen Copeland, 67, of the Williamsport community in Maury County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, from the chapel of Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. John Harris officiating.

Burial was in Love Cemetery.

Mr. Copeland died Friday, Nov. 10 at his home. He was a retired carpenter and attended Shady Grove Church of Christ.

A native of Overton County, he was the son of the late Herman Stanford and Stella (Gore) Copeland.

Survivors include 4 brothers and a sister-in-law, Joe and Barbara Copeland and Allen Copeland, all of Hilham, and James Copeland and Shirley Copeland, both of Livingston; 5 sisters and 3 brothers-in-law, Jean and Jimmy Young of Williamsport, Agnes Vaughn and Dortha Carr, both of Livingston, Linda and Wayne Howell of Rickman, and Irene and Bobby Smith of Monroe; and several nephews and nieces.

His nephews served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. (P)

 

Emily Angeline Gentry
Funeral services for Mrs. Emily Angeline Gentry, 90, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, from the Cookeville chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Fox officiating.

Burial was in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Gentry died Wednesday, Nov. 8 at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Sycamore Church of Christ.

Born March 8, 1916, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Johnny Preston and Brunetta (Mayberry) Gentry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Doliver Gentry; 3 sons, George Danny Gentry, Tommy Gentry, and Dalton Gentry; 2 brothers, Flavil Gentry and Freeman Gentry; and 3 sisters, Vada Gentry, Pearl Gentry, and Bertha Gentry.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Wilma Gentry of Cookeville and Gillis and Judy Gentry of Detroit, MI; a daughter and son-in-law, Freida and Johnny Pinkston of Cookeville; 2 daughters-in-law, Judy Faye Gentry and Frances Gentry, both of Cookeville; 3 sisters-in-law, Della Graham, Lena Gentry, and Ruth Gentry, all of Cookeville; 10 grandchildren, Teresa Hall, Belinda Brown, Angela Martin, Lisa Brown, Greg Gentry, Bryan Gentry Aaron Gentry, Thomas Gentry, Dewayne Gentry, and Kevin Gentry; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

 

Donald Hooks
Funeral services for Mr. Donald Hooks, 64, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Hooks died Saturday, Nov. 4 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a factory worker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Born June 7, 1942, in Davidson County, he was the son of the late Hasker and Wilma J. (Gore) Hooks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Brown.

Survivors include a son, Gerald Hooks of Rickman; a daughter, Donna Judd of Rickman; a brother, Jimmy Hooks of Livingston; a sister, Brenda Harris of Rickman; 3 grandchildren, Matthew Judd, Andrew Judd, and Jared Judd; and the mother of his children, Linda Hooks of Rickman.

Pallbearers were Raymond Brown, Michael Brown, Robert Brown, Chris Hooks, Steve Hooks, and Tim Sells.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Tommy Key
Funeral services for Mr. Tommy Key, 72, of Red Boiling Springs, were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating.

Burial was in Key-Killmon Cemetery in the Pea Ridge community.

Mr. Key died Monday, Oct. 30 at Macon County General Hospital. He was a saw mill worker and a member of Willete Church of Christ.

Born March 1, 1934, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Elmer and Lovie (Daniels) Key. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Olean Key; a brother, George Key; and 2 sisters, Anna Beard and Mabel Hamlet.

Survivors include a brother, Lloyd Key of Byrdstown; and 2 sisters, Clara Baldwin of Austin Tracy, KY, and Minnie Whited of Livingston.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home in Celina. (C)

 

James Kelly Lacy
Graveside services for Mr. James Kelly Lacy, 62, of Celina, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Ada, OK.

Mr. Lacy died Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was employed at Kirby Building and was a member of McFerrin Methodist Church.

Born September 10, 1944, in Dallas, TX, he was the son of Christine Lacy of Celina and the late William "Bill" Ellsworth Lacy.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Emma Lou Lacy of Celina; a son, Levi Goss of Martinville, IN; a daughter, Misty Loffer of Adams, NY; 3 brothers, Hershel Lacy and Larry Lacy, both of Celina, and Raymond Lacy of Knoxville; 2 sisters, Jean Smith of Celina and Mary Ellen Chambers of Texas; and a granddaughter, Tatum Loffer of Celina.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home in Celina. (C)

 

Ricky Lynn Pompell
Funeral services for Mr. Ricky Lynn Pompell, 44, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wed-nesday, Nov. 8, 2006, from the Rickman chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Quinten Lee officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Pompell died Saturday, Nov. 4 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a carpenter and attended Douglas Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born April 4, 1962, in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of Donald and Mary Jane Connor of the Spring Creek community.

He was preceded in death by 2 cousins, Breeanna Lamson and Breeonna Lamson; and 2 nephews, Matthew Pompell and Curtis Pompell.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Teresa Pompell of Double Springs; 2 sons, Cody Pompell and Michael Pompell, both of Nashville; 2 daughters, Kaci Pompell of Townsend and Carmen Pompell of Nashville; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Terry and Linda Pompell of Cookeville and Don and Dorothy Connor of Rickman; 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, Lisa Allen of Livingston, Christina French of Lancaster, PA, and Teresa and Chris Brandon of Lexington, SC; 2 uncles and an aunt, Fred and Jeannie Dobbs of Baxter and Lloyd Kendle of Crossville; 4 cousins, Becky James of Cookeville, Roger Smith of Baxter, Missy Brown of Baxter, and Lisa Lamson of Baxter; and a special niece, Ashley Pompell.

Pallbearers were Terry Pompell, Dan Connor Jr., David Lamson, Benny Cravens, Roger Smith, and Jessie James.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Sarah Frances Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Frances Smith, 62, of the Independence community, were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Maynord officiating.

Burial was in Hatcher Hall Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith died Thursday, Nov. 9 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A graduate of Livingston Academy, she was a wonderful mother, homemaker, and dairy farmer. Her greatest joy was working on the farm with her husband and family. She had a great love for being outdoors and taking care of the animals on the farm. She was also a founding member of Independence Community Church in Monroe, where she will be dearly missed.

Born December 29, 1943, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Coy (Stout) Swafford.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse Smith of Independence; a son, Jeff Smith of Monroe; 2 daughters, Sherry Smith of Nashville and Kristy Armes of Coalfield; a brother, Edward Swafford of Union, OH; 4 grandchildren, Joseph, Hailee, Bryson, and Erin; and 2 great-grandchildren, Addisin and Kyreena.

Pallbearers were Joseph Smith, Todd Smith Chris Fargeson, Brian Ledbetter, Kevin Smith, and Ryan Meadows.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Conner and Joey Smith.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Robert Paul "Bob" West
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Paul "Bob" West, 73, of Tulsa, OK, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, from the Southlawn Chapel of Moore Funeral Home.

Mr. West died Tuesday, Nov. 7. Raised on his family's farm in Rickman, he went to work at Packard Motor Company in Detroit, MI, when he was old enough to leave home, but drove home almost every weekend. He later joined the United States Air Force and served his country honorably.

He married Nell Smith on October 15, 1955, and they had 2 sons, Gary and Rick.

After leaving the Air Force, he continued doing contract work on military aircraft, travelling to 38 different states in 8 years before arriving in Tulsa. He then went to work for American Airlines, where he worked for 31 years before retiring in January of 1996.

He was an automobile enthusiast and loved working on cars with his oldest son, Gary. Together they built and restored several classic and street rod cars, and built and raced dirt track stock cars. He also enjoyed woodworking and metal machining.

After he retired, he often said he did not know how he ever had enough time to work a normal job. He was a member of Nash Metropolitan Car Club of Northeastern Oklahoma for several years. He enjoyed driving his restored Metropolitan to car shows and parades.

He was the ultimate papa to his granddaughter, Sarah. They both enjoyed working side by side in his shop. Mr. West was considered a loving husband, father, and papa, who had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. His strong faith in God helped him battle a brain tumor until the end.

Born July 16, 1933, in Rickman, he was the son of the late Joe and Hassel West. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Simon and Grady; and a sister, Myrtlene.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Nell; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Lori West and Rick and Sharon West; 4 sisters, Cleola Baugh, Bertha Frisby, Mary Wright, and Iva Lee Collum; and 3 granddaughters, Sarah, Megan, and Kendall.

Memories may be shared at www.moorefuneral.com.

Special care provided by Moore Funeral Home. (P)

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