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Archives 09-10-2008


Julia W. (Bilbrey) Anderson
Julia W. Anderson, 84, of Russellville, died peacefully Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville. The daughter of Lewis and Kate Cook Bilbrey, she was born February 8, 1924 in Livingston, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Julia was a 1942 graduate of Livingston High School. On March 2, 1946, she married 1st Lt. John W. Anderson Jr., who was stationed at Smyrna Army Air Corps Base in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They made their home in Arkadelphia, Stamps, North Little Rock and Helena before moving to Russellville in 1969.

Julia was a member of the Arkansas Antique Dealers Association and was active in the Pope County Republican Party. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Russellville and she had taught Bible classes at First Baptist in Stamps and Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

As a creative person, she enjoyed many forms of art including china painting. Julia’s language of love was giving. Nothing brought her more joy than to give a special gift to a loved one. Her passion was her family.

She is survived by her husband, John Anderson of Russellville; a daughter, Gretchen Elaine Claybrook & husband David of St. Louis, Missouri; two sons, Lewis Lamont Anderson & wife Mary of Ashland, Oregon, Mark William Anderson & wife Julie of Lavaca; six grandchildren, Patrick David Claybrook & wife Judy of Irving, Texas; Jonathan Edward Claybrook & wife Aimee of Wentzville, Missouri, Pyar Lewis Anderson of Savannah, Georgia, Julia Voe Anderson of Ashland, Oregon, John-Lewis Anderson of Lavaca, Callie Catherine Anderson of Lavaca; three great grandchildren, Mackinley Marie Claybrook, Colin Thomas Claybrook and Brody Patrick Claybrook.

Funeral was 10 AM, Saturday, September 6, 2008 at Humphrey Chapel.

Rev. Tom Walker officiated. Visitation was 9 AM Saturday until service time at the funeral home. Burial was at Fort Smith National Cemetery. The family has requested memorials be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2075 Russellville, AR 72811.

Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com. (P)

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Mattie Sue Cooper
Faith, family, and Tennessee Technological University—Mattie Sue Cooper defined her life in terms of her Christian faith, her love of family, and her loyalty to the university where she served as a much beloved librarian, first as assistant, then as Head Reference librarian, from 1945 till 1979.

Born in Overton County, June 15th, 1914, she played basketball at Rickman High School, beginning a lifelong love of sport. In 1938 she took her B.S. in history from then TPI, all the while teaching at Pond Ridge Grammar and Rickman High Schools to pay for her education, and her B.L.S. from George Peabody College in 1941. She was librarian of Livingston Academy before serving as a librarian at Camp Gordon, Georgia, a civilian employee of the U.S. Army.

During her long tenure at Tech, service to the university was her watchword: teaching library science, American history, and mathematics, sponsoring the Pep Club for 7 years, sophomore, junior, & senior classes for 10 years, the Christian Assoc. for 10 years, and three honorary societies: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Kappa Delta, and Phi Alpha Theta.

But it was the Pinkerton Debate Society where she shone with her quick wit, logical analysis, and persistence in making a point. She was, in 2002, given the Outstanding Service Award and in 1979, Unit B of the Women’s Residence Hall was named for her and stands to this day as M.S. Cooper Hall on N. Dixie Avenue.

A beloved aunt, known for generous gifts of books, she is survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Mary Belle Eldridge Cooper, brother Herman, sisters Sally, Ofa, Thelma, Lola Dean, and Emogene. A devoted Methodist whose father built the church at Oak Hill, she was a lifelong member and supporter of Rickman Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and First United Methodist Church of Cookeville.

Funeral services were held Friday September 5 at 5 p.m. (C.S.T.) at First United Methodist Church in Cookeville. Rev. Drew Shelley officiated.

Interment followed in the Eldridge Family Cemetery in the Rickman Community of Overton County. Visitation at First United Methodist Church in Cookeville was Friday from noon till service time.

Memorials may be sent to Rickman Methodist Church and the Friends of the Library, TTU Development Office, Box 5047, Cookeville, 38505.

Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences to HYPERLINK “http://www.hhhfunerals.com” www.hhhfunerals.com (931) 526-6111. (C)

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Wilma (Garrett) Hall
Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma (Garrett) Hall, 81, of Rickman, were conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5, at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, Bro. Rick Cross and Bro. Jimmy John Hall officiating.

Burial was at the Franklin Duvall Garrett Cemetery in Monroe.

Mrs. Hall died Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She was retired from the Ford Motor Company. She was of the Baptist faith.

Born March 31, 1927 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Minnie Pearl (Wilborn) Garrett. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Garrett Sells; a brother, Franklin Duvall Garrett, an infant sister, Ruby Garrett, an infant brother,
Joshua Garrett and an infant son, Roy William Hall, Jr.

Survivors include 4 daughters and 2 sons-in-law; Judy Hartwell of Algood, Joane Hall of Rickman, Janie and Howard Ames of Rickman, and Jerri and David Cross of Rickman; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Pam Hall of Southfield, MI and Jimmy and Jeanette Hall; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Cody Cross, Monte Hartwell, Norman Bearer, Johnny Hall, Jr., Gordon Hall, Jimmy John Hall, Denny Hall, Robert Hall and Joshua Hall.

Honorary Pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.

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William Edgar Sells
Funeral services for Mr. William Edgar Sells, 74, of Monroe, were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2008 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. Jeff Dillon and Dr. Trueman Smith officiating.

Burial was in Sells Family Cemetery in Monroe.

Mr. Sells died Saturday, August 30, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a member of Fundamental Baptist Temple in Detroit, MI, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired after 31 years with General Motors as Plant Chairman. After retirement, he worked as a consultant with Kepner Tregor and enjoyed being a farmer.

Born May 21, 1934, he was the son of the late Elbert and Bennie (Chowning) Sells. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Mae Sells and a brother, Lloyd Sells.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Sells, of Monroe; 3 daughters and two sons-in-law, Vickie Mae Smith of Monroe; Sandi and Tim Bradford of Fayetteville, TN; Minda Rhea and Scott Adkins of Lexington, KY; 1 brother, Paul Sells of Monroe; 6 grandchildren: Crystal Jean Hall, Jeremy Allen Gagneur, Steven Brian Chapman, Jacob Tyler Bradford, Katy V. Smith, and Rylee J. Smith; and 4 great-grandchildren: Savannah Sky Gagneur, Sarah Belle Benner, Chloe Jean Benner, and Gavin Alexander Hall.

Pallbearers were Tim Bradford, Jeremy Gagneur, Steven Chapman, Scott Adkins, Jerry Karns and Scotty Gunnels.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Clara Mae (Moore) Wright
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Mae (Moore) Wright, 92, of Livingston, were conducted Saturday, September 6, at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Pickett County.
Mrs. Wright died Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville.

Born November 25, 1915 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late William Tinsley and Maude (Daniels) Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Wright; 3 sons, Robert Wright, Clinton Wright and Randall Wright; 2 daughters, Juanita Wright and Wanda Wright; 2 sisters, Minnie Wright and Myrtle (Wright) Russelburg; 3 brothers, Ed Moore, Lester Moore and Ray Moore; and 1 granddaughter, Terri Kail Dillon.

Survivors include 1 son and daughter-in-law, Shirley and Betty Wright of MI; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie Dillon of Livingston and Brenda and Jerry Savage of Livingston; 1 sister, Irene Holman of Livingston; 1 brother, Horton Moore of Livingston; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tim Savage, Chris Savage, Dan Wright, Clinton Savage, Jason Dillon and Mitchell Wright.

Honorary pallbearers were Alex, T.J., Matt, Kennedy and Connor.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home in Livingston.

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