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William Edgar "Chunk" Copeland
Funeral services for Mr. William Edgar "Chunk" Copeland, 89, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Copeland died Tuesday, Dec. 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a laborer for the Town of Livingston and a member of Bolestown Missionary Baptist Church.

Born July 25, 1917, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Albert and Maggie (Winningham) Copeland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Woodley (Smith) Copeland; 4 brothers, Clayton Copeland, Earnest Copeland, Carl Copeland, and Arthur Copeland; and 2 sisters, Geneva Goodpasture and Norma Jean Copeland.

Survivors include 2 sons, Alvin Copeland of Alpine and Randy Copeland of Livingston; 3 daughters, Willie Leslie, Dorothy Carr, and Leann Poston, all of Livingston; a sister, Geraldine Johnson of Dayton, OH; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Copeland, Ronnie White, Garvin Davis, David Johnson, Charlie Sells, and Justin Davis.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home.

 

Opal R. (Ledbetter) Crabtree
Funeral services for Mrs. Opal R. (Ledbetter) Crabtree, 90, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at Central Baptist Church in Clinton Township, MI, with Rev. Michael Nardin officiating.

Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East.

Mrs. Crabtree died Thursday, Dec. 28 at St. Joseph's Medical Center. She attended Alpine Institute, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. In the late 1930s, she attended Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, then attended Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She first taught school in Overton County, then returned to Detroit, where she worked as a substitute teacher, then received a full-time position with Roseville Board of Education. She retired in 1978.

In 1982, she was elected county commissioner for Overton County's 3rd District.

She was a member of Roseville Retired Teacher's Association, was a long-time volunteer at St. John's Macomb Hospital, served as principal at Fairview Christian School, and was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Known to her great-grandchildren as Grandma O, she was a devoted Detroit Tiger fan.

Born October 19, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Albert Cleveland and Gulie Mae (Robins) Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Crabtree; a brother, J.S. Layton Ledbetter; and a sister, Vilda Pauline Myers.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Joey and Dione Crabtree of Sterling Heights, MI, and James Crabtree of Roseville; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Sharon and Jim Harmon of Port Huron, MI, Dorothy Harwick of Roseville, and Martha and Frank Hibbert of Capac, MI; 13 grandchildren, Cheri, Bob, Jeff, Ken, Kimberly, Michelle, Steve, Scott, Rebecca, Darick, Jerald, Aimee, and Katie; 20 great-grandchildren, most of whom live in and around Macomb County; and nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Foundation.

\Special care provided by Resurrection Funeral Home in Clinton Township.

 

Willy Johannes Douwes
Funeral services for Mr. Willy Johannes Douwes, 88, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating.

Mr. Douwes died Tuesday, Dec. 12 at his home. A retired airplane mechanic, he served in the Dutch Royal Navy and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Born June 4, 1918, in Djokjakarta, Indonesia, he was the son of the late Willem Douwes and Elizabeth Annen Douwes.

Survivors include his wife, Ingeline W. Douwes of Livingston; 4 daughters, Grace Y. Vanling and Mabel B. Douwes, both of Cookeville, Margaret J. Schrauwen of St. Petersburg, FL, and Astrid L. Clinton of Hilham; 2 sisters, Rose Romein and Elizabeth Ferns; and 7 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by contacting Speck Funeral Home.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home.

 

Gloria Patricia Lovett
Funeral services for Mrs. Gloria Patricia Lovett, 70, of Cookeville, will be conducted today, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2006, from the chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with Bro. Don Chaffin officiating.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Jackson County.

Mrs. Lovett died Sunday, Dec. 31 at NHC Healthcare in Sparta. While living in Nashville, she was a waitress, an associate of Walgreen's in Donelson, and a member of South Harpeth Church of Christ. After moving to Cookeville, she was associated with Walgreen's in Cookeville and was a member of Zion Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading and loved her family.

Born July 24, 1936, in Nashville, she was the daughter of the late Virgil Malone and Mildred (Warren) Owen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Lovett Sr.; a daughter, Janice Faye Harris; and a step-son, Tony Lovett.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Paula Lovett of Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ken Middleton of Lexington, SC; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Patsy Owen of Alabama, Tony and Diane Owen of Hendersonville, and Eddie and Elaine Owen of Gallatin; a sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Bud Lund of Nashville; 4 step-children, Don Lovett of Fairview, Tom Lovett of Hendersonville, Teresa Biemuller of Irvin, TX, and Portia Burgyone of Springfield; and 5 grandchildren, Raven Harris, Tabitha Harris, Travis Middleton, Rachel Middleton, and Morgan Lovett.

Pallbearers were Travis Middleton, Ken Middleton, Eddie Owen, Tony Owen, Charles Owen, and Bud Lund.

Memorials may be made to the family by contacting the funeral home.

Special care provided by Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home.

 

Hassie Mae Melton
Funeral services for Mrs. Hassie Mae Melton, 87, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Melton died Saturday, Dec. 23 at her home. She was a custodian and was affiliated with McDonald's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born February 14, 1919, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Johnny and Hattie (Chowing) Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Billie Fae Sherifield; a brother, A.C. Melton; and a sister, Casalee Roark.

Survivors include 5 sons, Ray Melton, Ralph Douglas Melton, Terry Raymon Melton, and Gary Danny Melton, all of Livingston, and Roy "June" Melton of Byrdstown; 6 daughters, Jimmie Mae Linder of Livingston, Gay Gibbons, Betty Alley, and Opal Dean Gift, all of Anderson, IN, Anna Sue Huckeby of New Castle, IN, and Ina Marie Smith of Monroe; a brother, Durell Melton of Monroe; a sister, Wallace Garrett of Monroe; 30 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Roger Phillips, James Robbins, Donald Freemon, Rick Melton, Curtis Smith, Jack Melton, and Bobby Sherifield.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home.

 

Mildred Ramsey
Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Ramsey, 82, of the Vine Ridge Community, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, at Hanging Limb Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Smith and Rev. Gerald Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery.

Mrs. Ramsey died Tuesday, Dec. 26 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was a retired garment factory worker, a homemaker, and attended Hanging Limb Freewill Baptist Church.

Born May 10, 1924, in the Davidson community of Fentress County, she was the daughter of the late Cicero and Canzadie (Jones) Maxwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dillard Ramsey; 5 brothers, Bill Sutton, Willie Lee Jenkins, Joe Maxwell, Guinton Maxwell, and Odell Turnington; and 4 sisters, Dora Gooding, Rose Gaddis, Mable Bruno, and Myrtle Broyles.

Survivors include 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Jesse and Charlene Ramsey and Gary and Anna Ruth Ramsey, all of the Vine Ridge community, and Herbert and Brenda Ramsey of Crawford; 5 daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Charles Miller of the Vine Ridge community, Connie and Gerald Richards and Brenda and Steve Ramsey, all of Grimsley, Roxie and Grady Phillips of Sunk Cane, and Charlotte and Sam Patten of Crossville; 3 brothers, George Maxwell, Arthur Maxwell, and John Turnington, all of Dayton; 3 sisters, Minnie Courtney of Estero, FL, Margie Conatser of Clarkrange, and Lillie May Clayburn of California; 16 grandchildren, Teresa Goss, Tammy Franklin, Tracy Meadows, Allison Harris, Jonathan Ramsey, Cynthia Looper, Amy Phillips, Holly Whittaker, Russell Phillips, Leanne Smith, Seth Miller, Ashley Ramsey, Jordan Ramsey, Dylan Richards, Kimberly Ramsey, and Curtis Ramsey; 10 great-grandchildren, Morgan Franklin, Nichole Harris, Addie Beth Harris, Jared Phillips, Lily Kate Phillips, Kenlee Smith, Denver Smith, Madison Smith, McKenzie Meadows, and Sydney Meadows; a special nephew, J.H. Hall; and special friends, Donnie and Joyce Riley, Mary Bell Houtchins, and Beecher and Mickey Miller.

Pallbearers were her 4 grandsons, Seth Miller, Jonathan Ramsey, Russell Phillips, and Dylan Richards, her nephew, J.H. Hall, and friends, Donnie Riley, Beecher Miller, and Johnny Jones.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home.

 

Offie Sells
Funeral services for Mrs. Offie Sells, 77, of the Cravenstown community, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey with Rev. David Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb.

Mrs. Sells died Thursday, Dec. 28 at University Medical Center in Knoxville. She was a homemaker.

Born September 19, 1929, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Pearl (Norris) Vaughn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Kenneth Sells; a brother, Bill Vaughn; and 2 sisters, Opal Cooper and Juanita Hill.

Survivors include a son, Roy Sells of the Cravenstown community; a sister and brother-in-law, Lola Mae and Bruce Harris of Twinton; 2 grandchildren, Jessica Sells of Monterey and Daniel Sells and his wife, Jennifer, of Rickman; and 3 great-grandchildren, Jasmine Sells, Chance Sells, and Gage Melton.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home.

 

Leonard Claude "Bud" Thomas
Funeral services for Mr. Leonard Claude "Bud" Thomas, 82, of the Hardy's Chapel community, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, from the chapel of Healy Funeral Home in Aurora, IL.

Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Oswego Township, IL.

Mr. Thomas died Sunday, Dec. 24 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired automobile mechanic and a member of Forrest Street Methodist Church in Aurora.

Born November 28, 1924, in Lodi, IL, he was the son of the late William Claude and Myrtle (Jacobs) Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Thomas, who passed away January 25, 2000; a daughter, Mary Mahaffey; and a sister, Ina Simpkins.

Survivors include 4 sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Barbara Thomas, Rodney and Lori Thomas, and Jeff and Laura Thomas, all of Cookeville, and Greg and Julie Thomas of Aurora; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Mark Burlingame of Northlake, IL; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Homes.

 

Robert C. West
Graveside services for Mr. Robert C. West, 86, of Hilham, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at West Cemetery in Cookeville with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Mr. West died Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a factory worker with Chrysler Corporation, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of AllenŐs Chapel Community Church.

Born January 20, 1920, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Oral Enoch and Edna Mae (Peek) West. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Alva S. West; a brother; and 2 sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Judy West of Hilham; a son, Robert T. West of Algood; 2 daughters, Debra Ann Melton of Hilham and Linda Light of Howell, MI; 2 sisters; a granddaughter, Alicia Melton of Hilham; and 7 other grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home.

 

Orene (Cooper) Winningham
Funeral services for Mrs. Orene (Cooper) Winningham, 73, of Lebanon, and formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Gordon Lee officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Winningham died Thursday, Dec. 28 at University Medical Center. She was a retired laundress for Overton County Nursing Home and was of the Methodist faith.

Born March 20, 1933, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Winsted and Ina (Fowler) Cooper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. Winningham; and a sister, Nora Dean McCormick.

Survivors include a daughter, Rose Dickerson of Livingston; 2 step-sons and their spouses, Gary and Edna Winningham and Ricky and Mary Jo Winningham, all of Livingston; a step-daughter and her spouse, Myrtle Dean and Roger Shelton of Livingston; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Geraldine Gentry of Livingston and Emogene and Herbert Winningham of Lebanon; and 2 grandchildren, Lindsey Watkins and Makayla Dickerson.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home.

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