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Archives 02-11-2009

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Perry Eldridge
Funeral services for Mr. Perry Eldridge, 60, of Monterey, were conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Jermmie Cantrell and Rev. Richard Buckner officiating.

Burial was in the Wilson Cemetery.

Mr. Eldridge died Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born April 26, 1948 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Oliver and Etta (Gaines) Eldridge. Mr. Eldridge was retired from the City of Monterey where he held numerous positions, such as Animal Control Officer, Building Inspector, Water Department worker, and Sanitation truck driver. He had been active in the community serving as a Monterey Auxiliary Police Officer, a member of the Putnam County Fire Department, and a member of the Monterey Rescue Squad. He attended Woodcliff Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Alison Eldridge.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Linda Eldridge; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Angela Lynn Whalen, and Janice Lynn and Stephen Murray, all of Monterey; a son, David Eldridge of Cookeville; 3 brothers, Noah Eldridge of Chattanooga, Boone Eldridge of Livingston, and Theodore Eldridge of Nashville; 2 sisters, Mary Welch of Chattanooga; Doris Eldridge of Louisville, KY; and 3 grandchildren, Savannah Grace Eldridge,, Kathryn Brooke Murray, and Dustin Ray Murray.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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Chester Dale Finley


Funeral services for Mr. Chester Dale Finley, 54, of Cookeville were held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2009 at Cookeville First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Max Mayo and Rev. Drew Shelley officiating. Jerry Demeo, a close friend and colleague of Duluth, Minnesota, delivered the eulogy. Burial was in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Finley died Friday, January 16, 2009 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born October 29, 1954 in Putnam County, he was the son of Eva Lee (Wilson) Finley of Cookeville and the late Joseph Cannon “J.C.” Finley.

Mr. Finley was a member of Cookeville First United Methodist Church. He was the Valedictorian in his 1972 Rickman High School Graduating Class. He earned his BS Degree in Agriculture Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Tech University. He was the Senior Account Manager with Altec Industries in Birmingham, AL.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Walter Goney.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife and companion of 17 years, whom he married June 16, 2007, Rita (Goney) Finley, a son and daughter-in-law, Shannon and Bridget Smith; a daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Carl Dale, all of Cookeville, 4 grandchildren, Christian Smith, Ali Smith, Slade Dale and Layne Dale; mother-in-law, Ruth Goney; sister-in-law, Shawna Whitefield and her husband, Bryan all of Algood, brother-in-law, Walter Goney and wife Lynne of Huntersville, NC, special aunt, Mary Gore of Cookeville, nephews, Dustin Whitefield of Algood, Justin Randolph and his wife, Stephanie of Cookeville, Gregory, Matthew, and
Daniel Block of Nashville, GA, and countless friends and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Roger Taylor, Tim Richardson, Chris Disponette, Shawn Miller, Todd Mainord, Jack Mainord, David Qualls, Don Copeland, Don Dickerson and Drue Huffines.

Memorial contributions may be made to CRMC Foundation Cancer Fund, 1 Medical Center Blvd, Cookeville, TN 38501 or God’s Grace Food Pantry at Cookeville First United Methodist Church 204 E. Spring St., Cookeville, TN 38501.
Special care provided by Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. (C)

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Arthur L. Freed, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Arthur L. Freed, Jr., 51, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Ken Miller and Mark Davis officiating.

Burial was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Freed died Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a nursing home administrator at Clay County Manor in Celina, attended Netherland Church of Christ, and was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club.

Born December 20, 1957 in Highland Park, MI, he was a son to Arthur L., Sr. and Patricia (Albright) Freed.

He was preceded in death by a son, Josh Whalen.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Whitehair of Ellwood City, PA; his father, Arthur Freed, Sr., of Cookeville; his wife, Donna J. (Cooper) Freed of Livingston; 2 sisters, Carrie Boots of Fombell, PA, and Janilee Eagleston of Butler, PA; 2 brothers, Maurice Freed and George Freed, both of Ellwood City, PA; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marion and Ann Cooper of Livingston; special nephew, Spencer Freed of Ellwood City, PA; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were Bob Cook, Rob Cook, Bruce Elder, Spencer Freed, Andrew Tinsley, and Conner Wordlaw.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Oscar “Junior” Miller
Funeral services for Mr. Oscar “Junior” Miller, 72, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Jeff Monday and Bro. James Roberson officiating.

Burial was in the Zion Hill Cemetery in Rickman.

Mr. Miller died on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He had been a truck driver.

Born February 6, 1937 in Putnam County, he was the son of the late James Oscar and Levada (Roberson) Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Dewey Miller, Fred Miller, and Roger Miller; 2 sisters, Ruby Reed and Betty Mackie; 3 brothers-in-law, Fred Reed, Lloyd Mackie, and Frank Laycock; and 3 nephews.

Survivors include 3 sisters, Reba Clouse, Pansy Clouse, and Mary Laycock, all of Rickman; and 18 nieces and nephews, and 43 great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mike Miller, Loren Reed, Rick Clouse, Kelly Laycock, Deloy Miller, Josh Walker, and Greg Whited.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Lucille E. (Moore) Muehlbauer
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille E. (Moore) Muehlbauer, 79, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Sonny Gilpatrick and Bro. David Fleming officiating.

Burial was in the Aaron’s Chapel cemetery.

Mrs. Muehlbauer died Sunday, February 1, 2009 at her home. She had
been a nurse and was a member of Aaron’s Chapel Church.

Born April 18, 1929 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late William and Martha (Roberts) Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Henry Muehlbauer; a son, Joey Garrett, a grandson, Jason Goolsby; 3 brothers, Fred Moore, Will Herman Moore, and John Frank Moore; and 2 sisters, Olene Boles and Mary Dale.

Survivors include, 3 sons and daughters-in-law, James and Ruby Garrett of Livingston, Rick and Linda Garrett of Knoxville, and Bill and Linda Goolsby of Fairview; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Joe Phillips of Hilham, Teresa and John Lee of Monroe, and Betty and Ray Dailey of Celina; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Joe Stansberry, Josh Garrett, John Harlan Lee, Randy Strong, Jeremy Goolsby, and Johnny Lee.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Mary (Ramsey) Taylor
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary (Ramsey) Taylor, 85, of Monroe, were conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Cecil Shaw officiating.

Burial was in the Old Bethel Cemetery in Monroe.

Mrs. Taylor died Friday, February 6, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She had been the owner of a grocery store and was a member of Free Communion Church of Christ.

Born April 26, 1923 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late John and Martha (Dietrich) Ramsey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by her husband, Paul E. Taylor.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Philip Clouse of Monroe; 2 sisters, Betty Dipoalo of Stark, FL and Martha Ballenge, of Tampa, TN; 2 grandsons, David (Jennifer) Clouse of Monroe, and James (Lora) Clouse of Allons, 2 granddaughters, Teresa (David) Redden of Dickson, TN, and Amy (Tony) Conner of Monroe; 11 grandchildren, Andrew Redden, Jacob Redden, Lucas Redden, Rhea Lynn Conner, Hannah Conner, Haleigh Conner, Allie Clouse, Mason Clouse, Weston Clouse, and Emery Clouse.

Pallbearers were Danny Bailey, Darrell Beason, Mark Garrett, John Mark Ramsey, Rick Reeder, J.D. Winningham, and Roger Harvey.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Grace A. (Nickels) Williams
Memorial services for Mrs. Grace A. (Nickels) Williams, 72, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Livingston, with Bro. Ryan Barnhart officiating.

Mrs. Williams died Monday, February 2, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She had been a factory worker.

Born October 9, 1936 in Dearborn County, IN, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Margaret (Dunn) Nickels. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Williams; a son, David Cyphers, and her ex- husband, Orland Cyphers, Sr.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Orland, Jr. and Judy Cyphers, of the Willow Grove Community; 2 daughters, Sharyl Harshbarger of Livingston, and Shiela Bahnsen of Athens, GA; 4 brothers, Maurice Nickels of Indianapolis, Morris Nickels of Smyrna, TN; J. Nickels of IN; and D.J. Dunn of Kiln, MS; 4 sisters, Joann Phillips of Indianapolis, IN; Madeline “Dutch” McDaniels of Logansport, IN, Mary Parsons and Elanor Geary, both of IN; 7 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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