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Archives 02-20-2008

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ELLA MAE BILBREY
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Mae Bilbrey, 99, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Sterle Paramore officiating. Burial was in Mount Gilead Cemetery.

Mrs. Bilbrey died Sunday, Feb. 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Campground Presbyterian Church.
Born December, 18, 1908, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Sarah A. (Masters) Brown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Bilbrey; 2 sons, Estel Lee Bilbrey and Allen R. Bilbrey; a daughter, Ella Mae Bilbrey; 3 brothers, Lester Brown, Albert Brown, and Robert M. Brown; and 5 sisters, Verdie Barlow, Inez Smith, Eva Rodgers, Thelma Bartlett, and Velma Hood.

Survivors include a son, Robert Bilbrey of Cookeville; 4 daughters, Gail Bilbrey of Livingston, Chrys Peck of Alexandria, VA, Jean Hays of Scottsdale, AZ, and Bobbie Ranck of Manassas, VA; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Steve Bilbrey, Rob Pittman, Mark Pittman, Barry Hays, Danny Ranck, and Vic Granzella.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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HESSIE M. (TINCH) BROWN
Funeral services for Mrs. Hessie M. (Tinch) Brown, 77, of Greenfield, IN, were conducted Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, from the south chapel of Robert D. Loose Funeral Home in Anderson, IN, with Pastor Pete White officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown died Saturday, Feb. 9 at Hancock County Hospital in Greenfield. She was a member of the gospel group The Brown Family and a member of First Baptist Church in Rushville, IN.

Born June 11, 1930, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Shirley Greene and Zora Betty (Walker) Tinch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Claire Marie Cantrell Raver.

Survivors include her husband, Virgle Brown of Greenfield; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, R.B. and Dava Brown of Texas and Otis Brown of Anderson and Tim Brown of Mount Juliet; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Betty Louise England of Tennessee and Darlene and Jim Wall of Whiteland, IN; 2 sisters, Eula Ledford and Shirley Carroll (Tinch) Cantrell; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Special care provided by Robert D. Loose Funeral Home. (C)

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RONALD NEWMAN COOPER
Mr. Ronald Newman Cooper, 77, of Livingston, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at Masters Healthcare Center in Algood. No funeral services have been planned at this time.

Mr. Cooper owned a mobile home court, was a veteran of the United States Navy, and a past Master at Livingston Lodge.

Born October 12, 1930, in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Harry and Thelma (Bush) Cooper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Jean Cooper of Livingston; 4 sons, Harry Cooper of Hilham, Ronald Cooper of Pensacola, FL, Don Cooper of Livingston, and Larry Cooper of Michigan; 2 daughters, Patricia Koerner of Troy, MI and Donna Edwards of Michigan; and 11 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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HASKEL R. "H.R." FINLEY
Funeral services for Mr. Haskel R. “H.R.” Finley, 80, of Cookeville, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, from the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Davis and Bro. Oval Tinch officiating. Burial will be in Cookeville City Cemetery.

Mr. Finley died Sunday, Feb. 17 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He owned and operated Southern Memorial Company and sold many grave monuments in Putnam, White, and Overton County for more than 50 years, and was a member of Brotherton Freewill Baptist church.

Born November 16, 1927, in White County, he was the son of the late Will Carson Finley and Edna Jane (Randolph) Finley.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie Finley of Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Debbie Dixon of Cookeville; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonnie and Mary Finley and Loyd and Eula Finley, all of Sparta; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Maxine and Herbert Shelby of Fairborn, OH, and Kathleen Stamper and Carol and Donald Nash, all of Sparta; 2 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, A.V. and Thelma Farley of Cookeville and Charlie Joe and Pat Dixon of Michigan; a grandson, Philip Dixon of Cookeville; and a special aunt, Fannie Lee Sliger of Sparta.

Special care provided by Dyer Funeral Home. (C)

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CHARLES P. FRANKLIN
Funeral services for Mr. Charles P. Franklin, 80, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Goggins officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Franklin died Sunday, Feb. 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He worked in maintenance at Tennessee Tech University and was a member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Born January 3, 1928, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late James and Lora (Gillentine) Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Woodrow Franklin, Willie Franklin, and Lillard Franklin; 2 sisters, Jewel Knappenberger and Jessie Q. Maynard; and a grandson, Chucky Honeycutt.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Franklin of Livingston; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and David Thompson of Rock Hill, SC and Anna Faye and Luther Honeycutt of Johnson City; a brother, Kirby Franklin of Chesterfield, IN; 4 grandsons, Josh Thompson, Tim Thompson, Phillip Honeycutt, and Chris Honeycutt; and a granddaughter, Paige Timmons.

Pallbearers were Phillip Honeycutt, Josh Johnson, Tim Johnson, Carl Peterman, Delon Robbins, and Boyd Smith.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

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ANNA D. LEFFEW
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna D. Leffew, 69, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, from the chapel of Cookeville Funeral Home with Bro. Dow Allen officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Rickman.

Mrs. Leffew died Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was retired from CNA and a caregiver.

Born May 30, 1938, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Elvin and Effie Mae (Tinch) Raines.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Wesley Leffew; a son, George “Skunk” Michael Leffew; a brother, Glenmore Raines; 2 sisters, Darlene Sutton and Mildred Raines; and 2 nieces, Karen Bradford and Janie Bradford.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Malcolm and Debora Leffew and Mark and Christy Leffew, all of Cookeville; a very special daughter-in-law, Kathy Leffew of Cookeville; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Pauline and Thurman Bradford of Detroit, MI and Berilla Consoer of St. Charles, IO; 9 grandchildren, Brandy Leffew, George Wayne Leffew, Jonathan Leffew, Jared Leffew, Dawson Leffew, Emma Leffew, and Justin Leffew, Chad Jones and Michelle (Jones) Helm; 8 great-grandchildren, Isaiah Leffew, Brycen Leffew, Haley Jones, Cameron Jones, Camden Jones, Clayton Jones, Kyleigh Helm, Chloe Helm; 2 nephews, and 5 nieces.

Special care provided by Cookeville Funeral Home. (C)




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SOPHIA ROBERTS
Funeral services for Mrs. Sophia Roberts, 91, of Clarkrange, were conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, from the chapel of Goff funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Phillips officiating. Burial was in Midway Cemetery.

Mrs. Roberts died Thursday, Feb. 14 at her son’s home in Clarkrange. She was a factory worker, a homemaker, and a member of Midway Freewill Baptist Church.

Born October 7, 1916, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Lou Effie (Bilbrey) Phillips.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Roberts; 10 brothers and sisters, Conley Phillips, Artema Robbins, Juna Bowman, Portia Looper, Winnie Phillips, Effie Looper, Rev. Hershel Phillips, Wilburn Phillips, Basil Phillips and Forrest Phillips; and a grandson, Michael Dillon Roberts.

Survivors include 3 sons, Donny Roberts and Deloy Roberts, both of Clarkrange, and Dillon Roberts of Crossville; a daughter, Sandra Buckner of Cookeville; a brother, Warner Phillips of Clarkrange; a sister, Delia Phillips of Chattanooga; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)


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LESLIE B. WILSON
Funeral services for Mr. Leslie B. Wilson, 82, of Crawford, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Richie Farley and Rev. Greg Jenkins officiating. Burial, with full military honors by Veterans’ Honor Guard, was in George M. Phillips Cemetery in Hanging Limb.

Mr. Wilson died Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a dozer operator and farmer, had worked at the defense plant in Oak Ridge and with Tennessee Central Railroad and L&N Railroad, and was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Hanging Limb Missionary Baptist Church.
Born December 30, 1925, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Joe and Cora (Hoover) Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Emerson Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline (Cook) Wilson of Hanging Limb; a son and daughter-in-law, Garry and Lawanda Wilson of Monterey; 5 step-children, Cletis Johnson and his wife Janet of Monterey, Gale Qualls and Carol Kivett, both of Cookeville, and Debbie Dishmon and her husband Russell and Kenny Johnson and his wife Robin, all of Jamestown; 4 brothers and 3 sisters-in-law, George Wilson of Wilder, Dester and Mary Wilson of Warren, MI, Hershal and Georgia Wilson of Alpine, and Othor and Mary Wilson of Urbana, OH; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Genata Looper of Dry Hollow and Myma Jean and husband, Arthur Dee Miller of Monterey; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Pallbearers were Shane Wilson, Davy Phillips, Aaron Gentry, Brandon Heep, Tim Looper, Kris Henderson, Jeff Sharp and Matthew Dishmon.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Johnson, Cory Henderson, Logan Henderson, Michael Noll and Austin Gentry.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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