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Charles Cleo Ballard, Sr.
Mr. Charles Cleo Ballard, Sr., 77, of Livingston, died Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mr. Ballard was a self-employed landscaper who lived most of his life in Tompkinsville, KY. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Born April 12, 1931 in Monroe County, KY, he was the son of the late Richard and Annie (Shaw) Ballard.

Survivors include 2 sons, Charles Cleo Ballard, Jr., and Jimmie Ballard, both of Nashville, and their mother, Ima Jean Ballard of Nashville; 2 sisters, Brenda and Hazel and 3 brothers, Buster Ballard, Randall Ballard and Trueman Ballard; and 3 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home . (C)

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Bonnie J. (Williams) Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie J. (Williams) Brown, 71, of Livingston, were conducted at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 26, at the gravesite in the Miller Cemetery, with Minister Tony Huddleston officiating.

Mrs. Brown died Monday, September 22, 2008 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. She was Realtor.

Born May 14, 1937 in Kalispell, MT, she was the daughter of the late
Bernice Avery and Lillie Mable (Stenson) Williams.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Vicki Brown, and Robert Brown; and a granddaughter, Megan Brown, all of Allons, TN.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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David Burton
Mr. David Burton, 61, of Cookeville, died Friday, September 26, 2008 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Burton was most recently a door Greeter at the Cookeville Walmart
and also had worked as a machinist in the tool and die industry.

Born August 19, 1947 in Trousdale County, TN, he was the son of the late Stanton Burton and Lucille (Andrews) Burton, who survives, of Nashville, TN.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Betty Wilson Burton of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Davida Honey and Dawn Cameron both of Murfreesboro, TN; 5 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Shirley McCrary of Hendersonville, TN and Sandy Sellers of Murfreesboro, TN; and 2 brothers, Donnie Burton and Terry Burton, both of Joelton, TN.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home in Monterey. (C)


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Loree S. (Sullivan) Clark
Funeral services for Mrs. Loree S. (Sullivan) Clark, 82, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. David Brown officiating.

Burial was at Bethel Cemetery.

Mrs. Clark died Saturday, September 20, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and attended the Allons Assembly of God church.

Born February 24, 1926 in Oklahoma City, OK, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lampie (Brown) Sullivan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Linzie H. Clark; a daughter, Shirley Ann Dickson; 4 sisters, Katherine Heard, Ruby Neal, Beanie Neal and Chat Sullivan; and 2 brothers, Jack Sullivan and Robert Sullivan.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Cindy Clark of Cookeville; 5 grandchildren and 2 granddaughters-in-law, Eric and Becky Clark, Kevin Crawley, Shaqwana Crawley, Steve and Tabatha Crawley and Chris Batty; 4 great-grandchildren, Katie Beth Clark, Logan Shock, Austin Crawley, and Destiny Crawley.

Pallbearers were Eric Clark, Darwin Clark, Gerald Clark, Chris Batty, Steve Crawley and Lonnie Joe Sullivan.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Dena A. (Elings) Hokanson
Funeral services for Mrs. Dena A. (Elings) Hokanson, 99, of Livingston, were conducted at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating.

Burial was at the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Hokanson died Monday, September 22, 2008 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was the Church Secretary and member of the First Baptist Church in Livingston.

Born November 10, 1908 in Little Holland, Montana, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Minnie (Hyink) Elings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Hokanson; and 3 sisters, Dorothy Weidenaar, Esther Danhof and Nettie Reed.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Dr. Vincent Fromke of Livingston; 2 granddaughters, Susan Fromke of Livingston and Kara Fromke of South Bend, IN; 3 grandsons and 2 grand-daughters-in-law, Dr. Michael Dean Fromke of Knoxville, TN, Dr. Mark and Heidi Fromke, and Dr. Jon and Jennifer Fromke, all of Concord, NC; and 10 great-grandchildren, Michael Fromke, Jon Fromke, Anne Fromke, Dena Fromke, Eric Fromke, Justin Fromke, Peter Fromke, Emily Fromke, Claire Fromke and Thomas Fromke.

Pallbearers were Dr. Michael Dean Fromke, Sr., Dr. Mark Fromke, Dr. Jon Fromke, Michael Dean Fromke, Jon Curtis Fromke, and Eric James Fromke.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Livingston.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Melissa E. (Coleman) James
Funeral services for Mrs. Melissa E. (Coleman) James, 37, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, from the chapel at Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Hembree officiating.

Burial was at Falling Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. James died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Born March 13, 1971 in Muncie, IN, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Coleman, Jr. and Shirley Earlene (Penticuff) Coleman.

Survivors include her husband, Richard James of Byrdstown; a son, Christopher Poore of Livingston; a daughter, Christina Poore of Livingston; her mother, Shirley Earlene Coleman of Livingston; a sister, Patricia Brown of Livingston; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Patrick Brown, Todd Brown, Rastus Coleman, Bobby Cox, Michael Coleman and Josh Coleman.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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A.B. “Art” ledbetter
Funeral services for Mr. A. B. “Art” Ledbetter, 75, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Nolan Cantrel officiating.
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urial was at the Oakley Cemetery.

Mr. Ledbetter died Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a factory worker at Flow Serve Filters, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Baptist church.

Born March 18, 1933 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Spurgon and Ella (Andrews) Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, J. C. Ledbetter.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Ledbetter; a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Janice Ledbetter of Livingston; 2 grandchildren, Levi Ledbetter and Jada Ledbetter both of Livingston, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Ledbetter, Richard Wells, Mike Copeland, James Huddleston, Jerry Dale, and Larry King. Honorary pallbearers were friends and coworkers of McCord and Flow Serve Filters.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Christine (Looper) Phillips
Funeral services for Mrs. Christine (Looper) Phillips, 95, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 27 from the chapel at Goff Funeral Home in Monterey, with Rev. Tony Phipps and Rev. Norman Livingston officiating.

Burial was at the Welch Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

Mrs. Phillips died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at the Standing Stone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey. While working to raise her family, she worked at the hosiery mill and Ely & Walker shirt factory, retiring in 1970. She was a member of Monterey First Freewill Baptist Church. Hobbies included as a young girl working on her family’s farm and enjoyed riding horses. She loved to talk of her family times while growing up. She loved gardening, quilting, flower gardens and cooking. She was a great hostess and a friend to all. Christine moved from Monterey in 1998 to the Cookeville area and loved her time spent sitting on the porch admiring her flowers and garden, and family and company visiting her home.

Born February 10, 1913 in the Thompson Flatt community of Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Joe and Emma (England) Looper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, A. P. Looper, Ernest Looper and Herman Looper; 7 sisters, Bessie Key, Daisy Looper, Myrtle Phillips, Artie Jane Sheets, Dorothy Hinson, Maudie Looper, and Ester Dixon. She was also preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Marty Durham, Rodney Randolph and 1 great-grandchild, Kelsey Tayes.

Survivors include 4 daughters and one son-in-law, Lucille Langford of Anderson, IN; Emogene and Gary Carr of Livingston; Delois Randolph and Juanita Pierce both of Monterey; 2 sons and one daughter-in-law, Dwight and Patsy Phillips of Cookeville, and Doug Phillips of Crossville; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters and one brother-in-law, Margaritte Anderson of Nashville and Velma and Rev. Norman Livingston of Dayton, OH.

Pallbearers were Daryl Phillips, Michael Phillips, Jason Pierce, Travis Fitton, Jerry Randolph, Bruce MacMurray and Dylan Durham.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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Jean (Davidson) Potter
Funeral services for Mrs. Jean (Davidson) Potter, 63, of Livingston, were conducted at Noon on Thursday, September 25 from the chapel at Speck Funeral Home, with Dr. David Fleming officiating.

Burial was at Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Potter died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Mrs. Potter was a factory worker at Berkline, and a member of the Baptist faith.

Born September 9, 1946 in Sequatchie County, TN, she was the daughter of the late James and Rhonda (Ewton) Davidson.

Survivors include a son, Frankie Potter of Livingston; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Gene Heaton of Livingston and Beth and Jeff Gillentine of Rickman; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Sandra Davidson and Tammy and Kenneth Davidson, all of Chattanooga; a sister, Vera Lee Goodwin of AL; 11 grandchildren, Kourtni Heaton, Kati Heaton, Dakota Burchett, Ryan Burchett, Savannah Gillentine, Bobby Gillentine, Jessica Potter, Brandy Potter, Garrett Potter and Destani Potter.

Pallbearers were Jeff Gillentine, Gene Heaton, Bobby Gillentine, Phillip Burchett, Eric Ramsey and Ricky Short.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Hazel E. (Seber) Richardson
Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel E. (Seber) Richardson, 87, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Terry McCloud officiating.

Burial was at the Hunter Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. Richardson died Sunday, September 21, 2008 at the Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born December 13, 1920, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Eulah (Bilbrey) Seber. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allard Richardson, and a son, Carl Richardson.

Survivors include a grandson, Cliff Richardson of Indiana; 4 sisters, Dimple Huff of Florida, Gean Staggs of Allons, Dea Gaskin of Nashville, and Bonnie Phillips of Livingston; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Landon Staggs, Scott Staggs, Darrol Carr, Jewel Cantrell, Thomas Smith, and Billy Joe Gunnells.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Vania A. (Abella) Shields


Funeral services for Mrs. Vania A. (Abella) Shields, 33, of Franklin, IN, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2008, from Emmanuel Church of Greenwood in Greenwood, IN, with Revs. Roger Gifford, Tony Portell and Richard Jenkins officiating.

Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Mrs. Shields passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, as the result of an automobile accident.

Born September 3, 1975, in Indianapolis, IN, she was the daughter of Eustolio (Sandy) Abella Jr. of Greenwood and Gwendolyn (Ed) Nivens Gilbert of Franklin. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Francisca Rivera DeAbella.

She was a 1993 graduate of Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, IN, and a graduate of St. Francis Hospital Paramedic School, where she graduated at the top of her class.

Vania was popular with her co-workers. She was a beloved member of the Bargersville Community Fire Department since Sept. 25, 2007. She also worked as a paramedic with Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis for six months until the time of her death.

She was a member of the International Association of Firefighters Indianapolis Local 416.

She loved her family, friends and especially her babies Audrey, Duke and Hondo.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Joe R. Shields of Franklin; a daughter, Leigha J. Shields of Lafayette,IN; two sons, Garrett L. Shields and Logan T. Shields, both of Peru, IN; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy A. and Larry Marshall and Frances K. and Mike Denney, all of Franklin, and Dee Dee M. and Dean Moreland of Cominsky; five brothers and one sister-in-law, Danny E. Abella and Raul Abella, both of Indianapolis, IN, Mike W. and Terry Ridge and Mark T. Ridge, all of Greenwood, and Ricardo R. Abella of Roy, WA; mother- and father-in-law, Ed and June (Schubert) Shields of Indianapolis; brother- and sister-in-law, Kevin and Megan Shields of Stafford, VA; grandmother-in-law, Plinia Cooper of Indianapolis; very best friend in the world, Amanda Notaro of Westfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may e-mail condolences to maryswartz1@ comcast.net, and they will be forwarded to the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131.

Special care provided by Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin. Pd.

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Lobeda Marie Smith
Lobeda Marie Smith of Livingston passed away Friday, September 26, 2008 at her home. There are no services planned. The family received friends at Speck Funeral Home in Livingston.

Ms. Smith was born June 2, 1939 in Coalburg, WV.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Kia of Manassas, VA and Lisa Parresol of Livingston; sons, Ray Petry of Algood, and Jeff Petry of Alpine; grandchildren, Dustin and Maria Kia of Arlington, VA, Heather Petry Fleming of Jacksonville, NC, Ashley Petry Swallows of Overton County, David, Dillon and Daniel Petry of Alpine, Cody Gore of Allons, and Matthew Parresol of Livingston/Cookeville; and four great-grandsons; and father, Audrion “Shorty” Kidd.

She is preceded in death by husbands David “Hen” Smith and Earl Petry, and her mother, Esther Kidd. (C)

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Ned H. Waites
Mr. Ned H. Waites, 79, of Livingston, died Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born February 5, 1929 in Amanda, OH, he was the son of the late Charles and Evelyn (Heskett) Waites.

Survivors include his wife, Holly Waites; 3 daughters, Pamela Pulvermacher, Cheryl Moore and Sue Koberlien; 1 step-son, Roger Keller; and 6 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Hall 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. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

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 (Moore) Wright and Myrtle (Moore) Russelburg; 3 brothers, Ed Moore, Lester Moore and Ray Moore; and 1 granddaughter, Terri Kay Dillon.

Survivors include 1 son and daughter-in-law, Shirley and Betty Wright of MI; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie Dillon and Brenda and Jerry Savage; 1 sister, Irene Holman; 1 brother, Horton Moore all of Livingston; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Tim Savage, Chris Savage, Dan Wright, Jason Dillon, Alex Lindsay and Mitchell Wright.

Honorary pallbearers were T.J. Tupiak, Matt Tupiak, Kennedy Prue , Clinton Savage and Connor Dillon.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home in Livingston.
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