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Ronald H. Bilbrey
Mr. Ronald H. Bilbrey, 45, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. Bobby Roberts officiating. Burial was in Cash Cemetery.

Mr. Bilbrey died Sunday, Feb. 11 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born August 8, 1961, in Overton County, he was the son of Harold and Anna Jean (Crabtree) Bilbrey of Livingston.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Pauline (Crabtree) Bilbrey of Livingston; and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Randy Bull, Brian White, Thomas Gore, Mike Kaufer, Wayne Sevier, and Joey Tidwell.

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

 

Joe H. Billingsley
Funeral services for Mr. Joe H. Billingsley, 68, of Cookeville, were conducted at noon Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. James Williams officiating. Burial was in Davidson Cemetery in Pickett County.

Mr. Billingsley died Monday, Feb. 12 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was of the Methodist faith.

Born April 30, 1938, in Putnam County, he was the son of the late John and Emmaleen (Leftwich) Billingsley.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Billingsley of Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Lynda Billingsley of Nashville; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Stephanie and Kevin Cross of Knoxville, Sheila and Chip Cantrell of McMinnville, and Sharon Billingsley of Maryville; 2 brothers, Bill Billingsley of Arlington, VA, and Scott Billingsley of Franklin; a sister, Linda Billingsley of Mt. Juliet; and 6 grandchildren, Jordan Cross, Amy Cross, Abbey Cross, Thomas Cantrell, Emma Cantrell, and Zach Cantrell.

Pallbearers were Chip Cantrell, Kevin Cross, Jeff Reid, Mance Brown, Jim Ed Eldridge, and Glen Cooper.

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

 

Margaret Elizabeth Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Brown, 96, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Livingston with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Brown died Monday, Feb. 12 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

Born October 22, 1910, in Stewart County, she was the daughter of the late Sidney and Mamie (McCoy) Hargis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Lois Stempson, Clara Stempson, and Laura E. Taylor.

Survivors include her husband, Bowden Brown of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Sandra Brown of Newtown, PA; 2 grandchildren, Susan Preski and Jeff Brown; and a great-grandchild, Clara Preski.

Pallbearers were Tommy Stephens, Ray Upchurch, Joe Emrich, Keith Emrich, Paul Reagan, and Chuck Crabtree.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Harrison E. Eldridge
Funeral services for Mr. Harrison E. Eldridge, 75, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery.

Mr. Eldridge died Friday, Feb. 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a garment factory worker, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Born February 21, 1931, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Jarvie and Nellie (Hooks) Eldridge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lesia Carol Eldridge; and a sister, Estelle Gore.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marie Eldridge of Hilham, whom he married on May 7, 1954; 3 sons, Michael Eldridge of Cookeville, Matt Eldridge of Livingston, and Mark Eldridge of Knoxville; a brother, Harold Eldridge of Hilham; and 8 grandchildren, Nathan Eldridge, David Eldridge, Sarah Eldridge, John Matthew Eldridge, Rachel Eldridge, James Michael Eldridge, Robbie Eldridge, and Andrew Eldridge.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Lee, Greg Nivens, Lee Crowder, Gerald Ferrell, James Lightsey, and Larry Ferrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Union Cemetery.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Myma Harris
Funeral services for Mrs. Myma Harris, 85, of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Tex Boles officiating. Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Harris died Thursday, Feb. 15 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a retired garment factory worker and attended Monterey 2nd Freewill Baptist Church.

Born November 22, 1921, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Roe and Tishie V. (Adkins) Wilson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walton Harris; a daughter, Carolyn Key; 2 brothers, Aulcie Wilson and Aubrey Wilson; and 2 sisters, Nora Harris and Betty Wilson.

Survivors include a son, Charles Harris of Monterey; a daughter, Elizabeth Hodge of Monterey; a brother, Ray Wilson of Monterey; a sister, Lela Officer of Monterey; 4 grandchildren, Kendra Haley, Jennifer Beaty, Amy Eldridge, and Jonathan Key; and a great-grandson, Braden Eldridge.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

A.J. Hawkins
Masonic services for Mr. A.J. Hawkins, 79, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Graveside services, with full military honors provided by James. T. Davis Memorial Post 5062, were conducted at 2 p.m. February 15 at Good Hope Cemetery with Rev. Bob Stoner officiating.

Mr. Hawkins died Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Alvin C. York VA Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was a bus driver for Overton County School System, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of the VFW and West Fork Masonic Lodge 648.

Born September 2, 1927, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Mounce and Julia (Warden) Hawkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John Hawkins and Rhesa Hawkins; and a sister, Rhoda West.

Survivors include a special friend, Polly Savage of Livingston; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins. Members of the VFW served as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Hollis M. Loftis
Funeral services for Mr. Hollis M. Loftis, 75, of Cookeville, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 from the Cookeville chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Phillips and Rev. Earl Dirkson officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery in Jackson County.

Mr. Loftis died Sunday, Feb. 18 at Masters Health Care Center in Algood. He was a highly regarded educator of 45 years in Putnam and Jackson counties. He earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education and his master of science degree in library science and school administration from TTU.

He was principal of Park View School and Bangham School in Putnam County, and Dodson's Branch School and Arbor School in Jackson County.

During his career in education, he was also a coach, music teacher, librarian, and classroom teacher of many students whom he loved and remembered.

After retiring, he was involved in education as a member of Park View Retired Teachers Association and Putnam County Retired Teachers Association.

Mr. Loftis had several avocations outside of education. He was a well-known gospel music enthusiast, singing with many area quartets, and was the tenor singer for Crownsmen Quartet.

He enjoyed travelling and was a summer tour guide, leading groups on excursions throughout the United States and Canada.

He was also an avid cattle farmer.

He loved God, his family, and his friends. Throughout the years, he faithfully served God as a deacon, secretary/treasurer, Sunday School superintendent, and congregational songleader. He was a life-long member of the Southern Baptist church at Poplar Springs in Overton County.

Born September 8, 1931, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lee Martin and Lora (Langford) Loftis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Walter Loftis and Claude Loftis; 2 sisters, Livie (Loftis) Lee and Louvada (Loftis) Allen; a niece, Judy (Smith) Sloan; and a great-niece, Donna Cantrell.

Survivors include 3 sisters, Thelma (Loftis) Pierce, Reba (Loftis) Dillon, and Merle (Loftis) Smith, all of Cookeville; 6 nephews, Joe G. Allen, Don Loftis, Marshal G. Dillon, and Sherrill W. Smith, all of Cookeville, James Lee of Troy, OH, and Bobby Loftis of Rickman; 11 nieces, Glenda Faye Daily, Roanna Bryant, Sharon Allen, Linda Lee, Connie Clinton, Sarah Pierce, and Vicky Poston, all of Cookeville, Marie Cantrell of Bull Gap, Jean Hunt of Dover, DE, Darlene Payne of Union, OH, and Claudia Anderson of Bowie, MD; several great-nephews and great-nieces; several great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; and many cousins.

Pallbearers will be family members, former students, and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be retired Putnam County principals and colleagues.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville. (C)

 

Anna L. McCurdy
Memorial services for Mrs. Anna L. McCurdy, 70, of Fort Worth, TX, formerly of Tennessee, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with her friend, Willie Hugh Bilbrey, officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. McCurdy died Wednesday, Jan. 17 at her daughter's residence in Virginia. She was a homemaker.

Born May 17, 1936, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Marietta (Bilbrey) Christian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William McCurdy.

Survivors include a son, William Christian McCurdy of Seattle, WA; a daughter, Melanie DeVinney of Vienna, VA; a brother, George Charles Christian of Oakland Township, MI; and 2 grandchildren, William Wade DeVinney and Dale Christian DeVinney.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Pearl D. Meriwether
Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl D. Meriwether, 94, of Nashville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, from the chapel of Ellis Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Meriwether died Monday, Feb. 12. She was a graduate of Central High School and a devoted member of Glenwood Baptist Church for 47 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Meriwether Sr.; 2 brothers, Arthur Drye and Ralph Drye; and 2 sisters, Grace Thompson and Loucille Bidwell.

Survivors include 3 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Marianne Meriwether, Bruce and Bonnie Meriwether, and James Jr. and Melba Meriwether; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanina and Donald Cobb; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Ellis Funeral Home. (C)

 

Ostil O. Paul
Mr. Ostil O. Paul, 82, of Alpine, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Dr. David Moore officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Paul died Sunday, Feb. 11 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a farmer, a United States Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Miller's Chapel Christian Church.

Born April 10, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Virgil Lee and Kitty (Ledbetter) Paul. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lela (Hoover) Paul; and 2 brothers, Arvil Paul and Virgil Paul Jr.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Freddie and Donna Paul of Alpine and Robert and Sharon Paul of Livingston; a brother and sister-in-law, O.H. and Irene Paul of Alpine; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jean and George Cooper of Crossville; 3 grandchildren, Kelly Paul, Wade Paul, and Pamie Wright; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jerry Simpson, B.J. Todd, Hershel Wilson, Jimmy Gunter, Ronnie Cyrus, and Matt Simcox.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Clysta Ella (Dillon) Sheffield
Mrs. Clysta Ella (Dillon) Sheffield, 76, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, in Tampa, FL.

Burial was Monday, Feb. 12 at Garden of Memories in Tampa.

Born March 10, 1930, in Livingston, she was the daughter of Will and Carrie (Ward) Dillon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Henry Sheffield; 2 brothers, Keith Dillon and Billy Frank Dillon; and a sister, Zelphia (Dillon) Carmack.

Survivors include her loving son, Gary Sheffield of Tampa; 2 sisters, Gractice (Dillon) Maxwell of Cookeville and Floy (Dillon) Moles of Huber Heights, OH; numerous nephews and nieces; and many, many friends. (P)

 

Nell Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Nell Smith, 79, of Jamestown, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Jamestown Church of Christ. Commital services will be at 3 p.m. in Smith Chapel Cemetery in Putnam County.

Mrs. Smith died Monday, Feb. 19 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Davis Smith; her parents, Vance Lee and Ruby (Johnson) Anderson; a brother, Bryan Anderson; and 2 sisters, Madge Chaffin and Nancy Carolyn Anderson.

Survivors include 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Louise Smith of Livingston, Ron and Dotty Smith of Jamestown, and Rick and Judy Smith of Allardt; 3 brothers, Leo Anderson of Ringo, GA, Paul Anderson of Portland, and David Anderson of Nashville; 2 sisters, Marie Clark of Gainesboro and Helen Stanford of Nashville; 6 grandchildren, Shea (Smith) Wright, Richmond Smith, Stanton Smith, Tyler Smith, Jordan Smith, and Whitney Smith; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown. (C)

 

Martha Vaughn Taylor
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Vaughn Taylor, 90, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Ovle Tinch, Rev. Bobby Roberts, and Rev. Bud Hargis officiating. Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in the Anderson community.

Mrs. Taylor died Sunday, Feb. 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Rickman Freewill Baptist Church.

Born April 24, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late George and Cee (Thompson) Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Vaughn; her second husband, James Taylor; a daughter, Oma Carpenter; a step-son, Bill Taylor; 2 brothers, Lester Phillips and Laborn Phillips; 3 sisters, Artilda Sisco, Nellie Phillips, and Ina Harris; and a granddaughter, Barbara Presley.

Survivors include 3 sons, Floyd Vaughn and Thurman Vaughn, both of Livingston, and Herman Vaughn of Monterey; 3 daughters, Fannie Whittaker of Monterey, Dimple Copeland of Rickman, and Joann Abston of Livingston; 2 step-sons, Arthur Taylor of Cookeville and Junior Taylor of Port Charlotte, FL; 5 step-daughters, Willow Dean Baltimore of Port Charlotte, Ruby Nelson Baltimore of Rickman, and Morine Byrd, Ethel Lalone, and Irene Nelson, all of Cookeville; a sister, A.C. Walker of Monterey; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Nellie Mae Vaughn
Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Mae Vaughn, 82, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Vaughn died Monday, Feb. 12 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a garment factory worker and a member of MartinŐs Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born August 11, 1924, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William Wesley and Addie (Thompson) Vaughn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cal Ed Vaughn; and a grandson, Eric Vaughn.

Survivors include 3 sons, C.E. "C Doc" Vaughn and W.C. Vaughn, both of Allons, and Ricky Vaughn of Livingston; 4 daughters, Edna Hagan and Judy Savage, both of Allons, Patsy Clark of Livingston, and Treva Luellen of Charleston, SC; 3 brothers, Haggard Prichard of Allons, Howard Prichard of Cookeville, and Leck Prichard of Murfreesboro; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Elliot Vaughn, Cory Vaughn, Jamie Ledford, Barry Harvey, Jonathan Savage, and Bill Clark Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Vaughn, Danny Langford, Joshua Luellen, and Colin Ray Langford.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Marcus Elwood Walker
Funeral services for Mr. Marcus Elwood Walker, 71, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Smith and Bro. Jody McIntire officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery.

Mr. Walker died Thursday, Feb. 15 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a Missionary Baptist minister, a furniture factory employee, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a best friend to everyone.

Born September 5, 1935, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Otis and Ora (Daniels) Walker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, McCoy Walker, Bobby Walker, Billy Walker, and Junior Walker; and a sister, Charlene Frye.

Survivors include his wife, Genevie Walker of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Terry Walker of Pinetops, NC; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Vicky and Harold Watson and Cindy and Jerry Cravins, all of Livingston; 2 brothers, Charles Walker and Jerry Walker, both of Livingston; a sister, Claudine Savage of Columbus, OH; 8 grandchildren, Brandon Walker, Jonathan Walker, Ryan Walker, Tara Sims, Laura Edens, Casey Copeland, Korie Cravins, and Josh Cravins; and 4 great-grandchildren, Chloe Edens, Gracie Edens, Lily Copeland, and Brylie Kate Sims.

Pallbearers were Josh Cravins, Brad Edens, Derick Copeland, Jerry Savage, Mike Walker, and Mark Sims.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Walker, Brandon Walker, Ryan Walker, Jonathan Walker, Scott Henson, Jerry Cravins, and Harold Watson.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

 

Laura Edna Webb
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Edna Webb, 82, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Kirk Talley and Bro. Bobby Gore officiating. Burial was in Gore-Savage Cemetery.

Mrs. Webb died Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Overton County Nursing Home. She was a garment factory worker and a member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Born June 25, 1924, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James William and Sarah Bell (Dailey) Savage. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Haskel C. Webb; 2 brothers, Andrew Crabtree and Martin Crabtree; and a granddaughter, Amy Webb.

Survivors include 2 sons, David Webb of Hilham and Lewis Webb of Livingston; a brother, Johnny E. Savage of Livingston; a sister, Beulah White of Livingston; 6 grandchildren, Jeff Webb and his wife, Amanda, Valerie Jolley and her husband, Joe, Jason Webb and his wife, Jennifer, Jamie Webb, Anthony Webb and his wife, Jenny, and Andrew Webb; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeff Webb, Jason Webb, Jamie Webb, Anthony Webb, Andrew Webb, and Joe Jolley.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

Martha N. (Conner) Winningham
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha N. (Conner) Winningham, 86, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with Glen Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery in Overton County.

Mrs. Winningham died Friday, Feb. 9 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born August 2, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Dillard and Fannie (Brannum) Conner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Lloyd Conner, Perry Conner, and Casper Conner.

Survivors include her husband, Castle Winningham of Monroe; a son and daughter-in-law, Howard W. and Judy Winningham of Monroe; a grandson, Ronald Winningham of Jamestown; several great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Steve Martin, Jordan Hargis, Chris Hargis, Bobby Winningham, Bill Bilbrey, and Dale Garrett.

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

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