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William “Bill” Elmore Bennett
Funeral services for Mr. William “Bill” Elmore Bennett, 79, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2009, graveside at the Bennett Cemetery in Eagleville.

Mr. Bennett died Thursday, January 8, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was retired from TRW as a quality engineer in the rocket division in California. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army-Air Force, a Mason, and a member of Mt. Vernon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Eagleville, and attended Shiloh Methodist Church in Livingston.

Born in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Dick Owen and Myrtle (Vaughn) Bennett.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bennett of Cookeville; 3 sons, William Elmore Bennett, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; Charles Richard Bennett of Sanford, NC; and Tony Allen Bennett of Frederick, MD; a brother, Rex Bennett of Austin, TX; and 6 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Special care provided by Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Chapel Hill, TN. (P)

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Pal H. Coleman
Funeral services for Mr. Pal H. Coleman, 77, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Tim Beaty officiating. A Masonic service was conducted at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2009.

Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens, with military honors provided graveside by the Honor Guard from the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062.

Mr. Coleman died Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was retired as the co-owner of Coleman Brothers Exxon after 30 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, he was a member of the American Legion & VFW, a member and Past Master of West Fork Lodge #648, a member of Livingston Eastern Star and a member and Deacon of Fredonia Community Church.

Born December 7, 1931 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Odell and Della (Stover) Coleman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joanna (Brown) Coleman; and a sister, Joyce Dean (Coleman) White.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Fran Coleman of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Dennis Hicks of Los Angeles, CA; 3 brothers, A. B. Coleman, and Bruce Coleman, both of Livingston, and Larry Harold Coleman of Murfreesboro; 4 grandchildren, Nicholas (Whitney) Coleman, Stacy Hicks, Kyle Hicks, and Sarah Hicks; 6 great-grandchildren; 3 nieces, Donna McCormick, Tracy Coleman and Melissa Robbins, all of Livingston; 3 nephews, Tony Coleman and Greg Coleman of Murfreesboro, and Mike Coleman of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Nicholas Coleman, Whitney Coleman, Mike Coleman, Tony Coleman, Greg Coleman, and Kyle Hicks.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Rev. Jimmy Lee “Jim” France
Funeral services were conducted for Rev. Jimmy Lee “Jim” France, 68, of the Rickman Community, at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12, 2009 at the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Kevin Thomas, Dr. Gary Ball, and Rev. Mark Hall officiating.

Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Overton County.

Rev. France died Thursday, January 8, 2009 at his home.

Born January 2, 1941 in Livingston, he was the son of the late Leo and Effie (Livingston) France. He moved to Michigan at the age of 4, living in Michigan until moving to Florida in 1988. While in Michigan, he was employed at the Ralston Purina Company for over 15 years. He was a member and lead singer of Charity Trio & Company, a Gospel singing ministry who traveled throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana for over 8 years, telling the good news of Jesus Christ. In 1985 he was inducted into the Michigan Gospel Hall of Fame. In 1984 he received the Fan Award, Favorite Male Gospel Singer. He was Associate Pastor to Dr. Gary Ball of West Michigan Church of the Nazarene in Battle Creek, MI for two years.

Moving to Florida in 1988, Rev. France again served as Associate Pastor for 16 years with Dr. Ball in Venice, FL Church of the Nazarene. In 2000 he was ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. In 2003, he and his wife moved back to Tennessee, where he was the Associate Pastor to the Senior Adults for 6 years and Minister of Music for 4-1/2 years at Cookeville Church of the Nazarene, with Senior Pastor Rev. Kevin Thomas. In 2006 Rev. France received the Distinguished Service Award from Cookeville Church of the Nazarene for his sacrificial service to God and his Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Pearl Baker.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Patricia Ann “Patty” France; 4 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Michelle and Doug Carey of Arlington, TX; Sherrie and Rev. Mark Hall of Grand Rapids, MI, Tamara and Rod Eddy of Forest City, NC, and Candace Townsend of North Port, FL; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene, 360 South Old Kentucky Road, Cookeville, 38501.

Special care provided by Hooper-Huddleston-Horner Funeral Home. (C)


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Nena Marie (Brown) Garrett
Funeral services for Mrs. Nena Marie (Brown) Garrett, 45, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 29, 2008 from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home, with Bro. Dewey Glenn Masters officiating.

Burial was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Garrett died Thursday, December 25, 2008 at her home. She was a homemaker.

Born May 3, 1963 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Thurman and Anna (Davis) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Steven Garrett of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Angel LeeAnn Garrett and Alicen Morine Garrett both of Livingston; 3 brothers, Carl Brown of KY, Ronnie Brown and Mick Brown both of IN; 5 sisters, Marti King of Livingston, Edie Staggs of Gallatin, Gail Cravens of Rickman, Sandy Meadows of IN and Shelia Beaurs of Franklin, IN; and a grandson, Lukas Keith Garrett.

Pallbearers were friends and family.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

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Ercil D. Gentry
Funeral services for Mr. Ercil D. Gentry, of the Hermitage Springs Community of Red Boiling Springs, were conducted on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at the Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home, with Roy Henson and Rick Mosley officiating.

Burial was in the Browning Cemetery with military honors.

Mr. Gentry died Thursday,, December 25, 2008 at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette. He received a welding certificate from the Hartsville Vocation School and was a boilermaker for the Tennessee Valley Authority with 20 years service. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam conflict, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal 1st Award and the Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of the Leonard Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Sandra (McLerran) Gentry; his mother, Louvenia (Rush) Gentry of Hermitage Springs; 5 sisters and 3 brothers-in-law, Geraldine and Junior Chaffin of Mt. Juliet, Gayle and Rick Mosley of Nashville, Veachel and Charles King, and Sheila Rouse, all of Hermitage Springs, and Lesia Reece of Lebanon; and a brother, George Danny Gentry of Hermitage Springs.

Pallbearers were Kris Strong, Marvin Chaffin, Donald Chaffin, Michael King, Kevin Reece and Timothy McLerran.

Honorary pallbearers were Billy Kendall, Shawn Kendall, and Shannon
Kendall.

Special care provided by Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home. (P)

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Sarah Belle (Eldridge) Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Belle (Eldridge) Ledbetter, 79, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, from the chapel at Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in the Old Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Ledbetter died Sunday, January 11, 2009, at her residence in Livingston.

Born, June 26, 1929 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Modena (Greenwood) Eldridge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Ledbetter, and 2 sisters, Elsie Adowis and Ruby Greenwood.

Survivors include 2 sons, John H. Jenkins and Roy L. Jenkins; a daughter, Mary Ruth Gilpatrick; a sister, Estie Moss; 7 grandchildren, Belinda Heyman, Cynthia Simpson, Adam Jenkins, Donna Greer, Kristy Jenkins, Albert Jenkins, and Anthony Jenkins; 12 great-grandchildren, Blake Heyman, Jessica Simpson, Jordan Jenkins, Wil Heyman, Ty Greer, Sophia Jenkins, Avery Jenkins, Cade Greer, Jayden Jenkins, Ashton Jenkins, Adrian Jenkins, and Chloe Jenkins.

Pallbearers were Adam Jenkins, Albert Jenkins, Anthony Jenkins, Jack Simpson, Shannon Greer, and Chris Heyman.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Delphus Savage
Funeral services for Mr. Delphus Savage, 72, of Monroe, were conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Rev. Don Maxson and Dr. Lyle Anderson officiating.

Burial was in the Wirmingham Cemetery.

Mr. Savage died Monday, January 5, 2009 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a retired school teacher, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Monroe Christian Church.

Born March 28, 1936 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Ivry (Swann) Savage. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles Savage and George Savage.

Survivors include his wife, Kay (Smith) Savage of Monroe; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sue Ann Savage of Algood, and Marty and Melissa Savage of Monroe; 3 brothers, Doyle Savage of Chicago, IL, Gene Savage of Greenwood, IN, and Jerry Savage of Livingston; and 2 grandchildren, Macy Savage and Matthew Savage.

Pallbearers were Richard Evans, Dolphus Dial, Randall Dial, Phillip Savage, Michael Garrett and Brian Lewis.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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