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Archives 10-29-2008

Joanne (Turner) Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Joanne (Turner) Brown, 67, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2008 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bobby Roberts and Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown died on Monday, October 20, 2008 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a factory worker for Russell Stover Candies, and a member of Holly Springs Church of Christ. She also received a Lifetime
Donor Award from the American Red Cross for blood donation.

Born April 4, 1941 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James Ralph and Lou Ann (Flatt) Turner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George V. Brown; a son, Gregory V. Brown and a grandson, George Brandon Brown.

Survivors include 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Mark West of Carthage, Lisa and Tim Dunn of Rickman, Jill and Chris Shellenbach of Cookeville; a daughter-in-law, Nicole Brown of Baxter; a sister, Jean Madewell of Anderson, IN; 10 grandchildren, Dusty Savage, Jeremy Dunn, Amber Dunn, Lindsey Brown, Matthew West, Ashley DeVillanueva, Chad DeVillanueva, Skila DeVillanueva, Kevin Shellenbach, and Tim Shellenbach.

Pallbearers were Chris Shellenbach, Tim Dunn, Mark West, Dustin Savage, Jeremy Dunn, and Robbie Gore.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Lillie May Gillespie
Memorial services for Mrs. Lillie May Gillespie, 87, of Metairie, LA and formerly of Livingston, were conducted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home in Metairie, LA.

Mrs. Gillespie died Tuesday, October 21, 2008 in Louisiana.

She was the long-time host of the Party Line radio program heard on local radio station WLIV during the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

Her husband, Richard “Dick” Gillespie, Sr. was a former owner and operator of WLIV. After selling the radio station, the Gillespies moved to Louisiana in 1984. Dick Gillespie died there in 1998.

Survivors include 3 sons, Richard Gillespie, Jr. of Cookeville, Donnie Gillespie of Orlando, FL and David Gillespie of Knoxville; a daughter, Susan Gillespie of Metairie, LA; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Orleans Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 2605 River Road, New Orleans, LA 70121. (G)


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Virginia (Wolfe) Jepsen
Mrs. Virginia (Wolfe) Jepsen, 72, of Livingston, died Saturday, October 4, 2008 at her residence.

Born January 6, 1936 in Kalamazoo, MI, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Evelyn (Crossfield) Wolfe.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Jepsen of Livingston; 3 sons, Kevin Halliday of Bullhead City, AZ, Ken Halliday of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Patrick Halliday of Eugene, OR; a step-son, Jim Jepsen of Santa Rosa, CA; a daughter, Jeanine Halliday of Livingston; a sister, Valerie Walker of Placerville, CA; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Lois Geneva Melton

Funeral services for Miss Lois Geneva Melton, 72, of Akron, OH, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from the chapel at Newcomer Funeral Home, with Pastor Kenneth Frisbee officiating.

Burial was in the Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.

Miss Melton died Monday, October 13, 2008 at Akron City Hospital.
Born December 14, 1935 in Willow Grove, she was the daughter of the late Elliott and Lee Emma (Chowning) Melton. She enjoyed gardening and sports but above all she loved her family and friends. She worked as a cook at Amber’s Restaurant.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Survivors include 4 sisters, Leatrice and Imogene Melton, both of Livingston, Kathleen Propst and Nelda Sue Best; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Special care provided by Newcomer Funeral Home. (P)


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Leslie Frederick Moore

Funeral services for Mr. Leslie Frederick Moore, 83, of Roseville, MI, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe, MI.

Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, MI.

Mr. Moore died Thursday, October 23, 2008 at Georgian East Heartland in St. Clair Shores, MI.

Born March 6, 1925 in Algood, he was the son of the late Herman and Lula Moore. He attended the Alvin C. York Academy in Tennessee. He worked as a wrecker driver for Jess’ Service Center in Grosse Point, MI. Mr. Moore belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police of Grosse Pointe Park, MI.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Moore; 2 brothers, James Austin and John Hollis, Sr.; and mother-in-law, Sylvia Youngman.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law and a special friend, David and Gina Moore, and Gerald and Donald Moore; a brother, Donald Moore; and a sister, Lela King. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department.

Special care provided by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home. (P)


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Winnie Wylodean (Smith) Thompson

Winnie Wylodean Thompson was born in the New Hope Community of Jackson County on February 15, 1928. Her parents were Dewey and Ova (West) Smith, a hard working couple who already had a little boy, Howard Smith. They attended New Hope school which was a good walk from their home.

She remembered her school days, her classmates and the teachers, and she quite often told stories about those days. She kept her little red-backed spelling book and loved showing it off. When driving past the school before it was torn down a few years ago, she would tell about playing out under the shade trees and seeing what they had in their lunch bucket. She kept pictures of the school groups and treasured them.

Like a lot of kids back then, she never went to high school. As a teenager, she went to Detroit, MI, where she worked for awhile in a factory making parachutes during the War. She lived with an aunt and walked to work. She was scared she would get lost so she memorized the tallest building and walked as fast as she could, never losing sight of those buildings.

After returning to Tennessee, she fell in love with Freeman Thompson from Hilham. He had 8 sisters and 2 brothers. At the same time, her brother Howard fell in love with one of Freeman’s sisters, Norma Jean. The four of them hit the road to Georgia and got married. For about five years Freeman and Wylodean lived in the Freestate Community on the river in Jackson County. They farmed and Freeman was said to have had several fox hounds at this time. Times were hard then and feeding that many fox hounds didn’t make much sense to Wylodean.

In five years their family was complete, having two boys and a girl. They moved back to New Hope and raised the children. They worked hard in the furniture factories and upholstering at night. Upholstering back then was not done with air compressors and staple guns. A tack hammer was used instead. Freeman would put tacks in his mouth using the magnet end of the hammer and spit tacks as it was called by upholsterers. He was very fast and Wylodean sewed all the material, while the kids helped with tearing off the old covers and got to keep any quarters found under the cushions.
In 1972, they moved to Livingston and continued to work in furniture until retirement. After their sons graduated, they worked with their mom and dad. Not many kids have that opportunity.

After Wylodean retired, she got to go on trips with a group of friends and saw a lot of beautiful places. She spent time gardening, canning, cooking and quilting. One of her quilting buddies was Agnes Bilbrey. They spent many hours making a Star quilt. Agnes had a hard time finally seeing the Star design but when she finally did, she called Wylodean and said “I can see the Star” and they laughed and laughed. At one time, they used to walk every day at the fairgrounds for exercise, but a snake put an end to that.

Wylodean loved to sew. When she started going to church in Rickman, she was happy to get to make baptismal robes for the church. Her neighbors were Gladys Copeland and Ruby Lee. They had some good times.

Freeman died in 2004 and Wylodean’s days were never the same. She had always cooked his lunch everyday and stayed busy. But cooking wasn’t fun anymore. A few months ago, forgetfulness began to be an everyday thing. Two weeks ago she entered the hospital and every day was a struggle. God took her out of her confusion and took her home on October 21st.

She is survived by Kenneth Thompson and wife Arlene, Charles Thompson and wife Patty, daughter Pat Poston and husband Tom, 7 grandchildren, Steve Thompson, Kelly Thompson, Hollie Poston, Linder Poston, Johnny Poston, Kim Matthews, Brook Cumby, Leann Powers and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rickman.

At her funeral, a pencil drawing of the house in Freestate was on display. She drew it on notebook paper in 1950 when the kids were babies and the fox hounds were in the yard waiting to be fed. Also a poem that she wrote in 3rd grade about her little dog. They weren’t worth any money but made special memories. After all, it’s the little things that make life good. She was buried at Memorial Gardens beside Freeman on Thursday, October 23, 2008 . (P)

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Roscoe Utley
Funeral services for Mr. Roscoe Utley, 68, of Hanging Limb, were conducted at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from the chapel of the Goff Funeral Home, with Rev. Arnold Murphy officiating.

Burial was in the Honey Springs Cemetery in Crawford, on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 1 p.m.

Mr. Utley died on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a truck driver and worked with Brothers Builders in Maryville.

Born December 8, 1939 in Harlan, KY, he was the son of the late Dewey and Rosa Lee Lawson Utley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Utley.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Ann York Utley, a daughter, Wanda Lawson of Maryville; 3 sons, William R. Utley of Rockford, Charles Utley and Michael Utley both of Maryville; 4 step-children, Andrea York of Clinton, Gordon Napier of Knoxville, Sandra Tabor of Crawford, Jennifer Utley of Hanging Limb; 2 sisters, Annalou Miracle of Powell and Geneva Richardson of Maryville; 3 brothers, Buddy Utley of Eaton, OH, Garland Utley of Maryville, and Elbert Utley of California; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Goff Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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Charles Ricky Watkins
Funeral services were conducted for Mr. Charles Ricky Watkins, 54, of Watertown, TN, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2008 from the chapel at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown, with Bro. George Coaker officiating.
Burial was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Livingston.

Mr. Watkins died Friday, October 24, 2008 at the Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a remodeling sub-contractor and member of the Church of Christ.

Born October 7, 1954 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Carl and Lucille (Ogletree) Watkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Watkins, and a brother, Jimmy Watkins.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Janie and Carl Rogers, a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Karen Watkins, all of Livingston; a niece, Jennifer and (Kevin) Cauley of Hendersonville; a nephew, Richard Rogers of Corpus Christi, TX; mother-in-law, Louise Turrentine of Alexandria; a sister-in-law, Louise Watkins; and great-great-nieces and nephew, Justin and Amy Rogers and Balie Cauley.

Special care provided by Hunter Funeral Home. (C)

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Margaret E. (Webb) Willis
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret E. (Webb) Willis, 66, of Alpine, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2008 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Kerry Higgins officiating.

Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Willis died Monday, October 20, 2008 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born August 9, 1942 in Cleveland, OH, she was the daughter of the late Daniel G. and Myrtle (Reed) Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Pierce, and a brother, Ken Webb.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Anna Webb of Swallows Chapel community and Willard and Sharon Willis of Rickman; 2 brothers, Roy Webb and David Webb; and 2 sisters, Accellea Randles and June Hunt; 6 grandchildren, Danny and (Jessica) Webb, Jane Pierce, Derrick Webb, Gage Willis, Jeffrey Willis, Cody Willis; 3 great-grandchildren, Tyler Webb, Madi Webb, and Abigail Pierce.

Pallbearers were Dennis Webb, Terry Allen, Phillip Randles, Armon Webb, Roy Webb, and Jonathan Randles.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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