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Archives 10-22-2008

Robert A. Brown
Memorial services for Mr. Robert A. Brown, 83, of Cookeville, were conducted at his home on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Mr. Brown passed away Friday, October 10, 2008 at his home after a long illness.

Born October 3, 1925 in Groton, CT, he was the son of the late Alexander N. and Maybelle (Exley) Brown.

Mr. Brown was retired from the Southern New England Telephone Company in New Haven, CT and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. Mr. Brown served in many capacities including the eldership of the Ward Street Church of Christ in Wallingford, CT. Since moving to Cookeville last year, he and his wife of 62 years, Betty C. Brown, placed membership with the Jefferson Street Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin sons, Robert E. and James D. Brown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Leigh and Merl Smith of Livingston, and Linda and Tom Solinsky of Greenville, SC; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert N. and Joanne Brown of Wellington, FL; 2 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, A. Neil and Patricia Brown and Howard E. and Beverly Brown, all of Mystic, CT; 9 grandchildren, Ryan (Traci) Smith of Algood, Paige Smith of Celina, Meredith Brown and Christopher Brown both of Bradenton, FL, Jennifer (John) Mulcahy of Wallingford, CT, James Gehrke of Winterport, ME, John-Thomas Solinsky and Joyal Solinsky both of Greenville, SC, and Marissa Brown of Hope Sound, FL; and 4 great-grandchildren, Hannah Smith, Kiley Smith, and Cade Smith, all of Algood, and Delaney Mulcahy of Wallingford, CT.

In memoriam, contributions may be made to the Ward Street Church of Christ Building Fund, 164 S. Whittlesey Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06492, Attn. Andy Lucibello, Treasurer.

Special care provided by Hooper Huddlleston Horner Funeral Home. (P)

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James Douglas Edmonds
Funeral services for Mr. James Douglas Edmonds, 66, of Livingston, were conducted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at 1 p.m., from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Buddy Reed and Bro. Corey Maynord officiating.

Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Edmonds died Sunday, October 12, 2008, at Masters Health Care Center.

Born February 27, 1942, in Overton County, he was the son of the late George Martin and Beulah Annie (Lee) Edmonds. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Willie “Bill” Edmonds and Arnold C. Edmonds; and a sister, Beatrice Dodson Matheny.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Wayne Edmonds of Hardy’s Chapel; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Willene and Bob Kirby of Livingston and Maybelle and Jim Manis, and Bonnie Moody, all of Hardy’s Chapel; 2 granddaughters, Tiffany Edmonds and Tamara Edmonds; a grandson, Dakota Edmonds; 6 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Edmonds of Hardy’s Chapel; and a special friend, Kat Smith of Cookeville.

Pallbearers were Bryn Gentry, Vernon Dickerson, John Thomas, Stacey Dickerson, Randy Hale, John Ritz, Michael Cox, and Chris Cox.
Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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Gratis Dean (Dillon) Maxwell

Funeral services for Mrs. Gratis Dean (Dillon) Maxwell, 91, of Huber Heights, OH and formerly of Algood, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 17, 2008 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bobby Gore and Bro. Bill Dillon officiating. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Maxwell died Monday, October 13, 2008 at her sister’s home in Huber Heights, OH. Mrs. Maxwell retired from the Livingston Shirt Factory after 30 years. She was a member of Walnut Grove Church of Christ.

Born February 7, 1917 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Carrie (Ward) Dillon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Howard L. Maxwell, 2 brothers, Keith Dillon and Billy Frank Dillon, and 2 sisters, Zelphia Carmack and Ella Sheffield.

Survivors include a sister, Floy Moles of Huber Heights, OH, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Pallbearers were Willie Dale, Jeff Moles, Andrew Moles, Duane Campbell, Charles Gentry and Jerry Sparks.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Jack Phillips
Funeral services for Mr. Jack Phillips, of Monterey, were conducted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 from the chapel of the Goff Funeral Home, with Rev. Johnny Bowman officiating. Burial was in the Welch Memorial cemetery.

Mr. Phillips died Thursday, October 16, 2008 at his home in Monterey.
Born in Columbia Hill to the late Daily and Eliza Phillips, he was the owner and operator of Phillips Shoes in Monterey. He started his shoe career working at Cookeville Big K in the shoe department and worked his way up to Regional Manager. He started Phillips Shoe Store in 1978. He was Alderman, Vice Mayor, and Mayor of Monterey for two terms, 1992-1994 and 1998-1999. He was a member of the Monterey 1st Baptist Church. He was very active in his community and helped promote the Monterey area.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Fred Phillips and Dennis Phillips.

Survivors include his wife, Gina (Swafford) Phillips; 3 daughters, Misty Cook, Autumn Phillips, and Jaclyn Phillips, all of Monterey; 3 sisters,, Betty Looper of Rickman, Billie Miller of Clarkrange, and Katie Anderson of Oneida; 2 grandchildren, Lydia and Wade, and a step-grandchild, Cheyenne.

Special care was provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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Brandon Charles “B.T.” Thomas

Funeral services for Mr. Brandon Charles “B.T.” Thomas, 25, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Johnny Fox officiating.

Burial was in the Netherland Cemetery in Overton County.

Mr. Thomas died Friday, October 17, 2008 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He worked for TDOT for almost 5 years. His greatest joy in life was being a help and friend to others. He will be missed and loved forever.

Born June 29, 1983 in Cookeville, he was the son of Timothy and Pamela (Shanks) Thomas. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Alene Thomas, and an aunt, Lydia Long.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, are his wife and soulmate, Kristie Thomas; 2 sons, Josh Holloway of Crawford and Seth Beaty of Cookeville; a daughter, Brittany Beaty of Cookeville; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Mark and Debbie Thomas, and Casey Thomas, all of Cookeville; a sister and brother-in-law, Brandy and Woody Minnear; grandparents Reggie and Andelene Shanks of Cookeville; a grandfather, David Thomas of Cookeville; 3 nieces, LeAnna Thomas, Laura Durham and Sara Crawford all of Cookeville; a great-nephew, Kayden Lee Durham of Cookeville; a very special friend, Brian Beechboard, and a host off family and friends.

Pallbearers were Brian Beechboard, Woody Minnear, Daniel Ray, Chester Upchurch, Andy Paul, Ryan Hunn, Ed Hammock, Anson Burrell.

Honorary pallbearers were cousins and friends.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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