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Archives 03-04-2009

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GEORGE ROY EDWARDS
Mr. George Roy Edwards, 66, of Monroe, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a farmer and logger, loved to fish and was a Christian.

Born March 9, 1942 in Rhea County, TN, he was the son of the late Floyd and Marie (Reed) Edwards. He lived most of his life in Overton County.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Boles) Edwards; and 3 brothers, Farris Edwards, Dean Edwards, and Martin Edwards.

Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Kevin Pritchard of Monroe, and Ruby and Jim Garrett of Livingston; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Roy Edwards, Jr. and Curtis D. and Romona Edwards, all of Livingston, and Richard Allen and Cynthia Edwards of MI; 6 brothers, Bill Edwards, Gary Edwards, Dudley Edwards, Carl Edwards, Ulcess Edwards, and Glenn Edwards; 4 sisters, Jan Fults and Ruby Mulk, both of Dunlap, Linda Jenow, and Vivalie Webb; 14 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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AVIDINE CRABTREE MORLEY
Mrs. Avidine (Crabtree) Morley, 89, of Cookeville, died on Monday, February 23, 2009 in NHC Healthcare of Cookeville. A memorial service will be conducted graveside in May, 2009.

Born May 2, 1919 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Pete and Vera Crabtree. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Sidney Crabtree, Oswald Crabtree, and Lake Crabtree; 3 sisters, Velma Judd, Bertie Buck, and Pauline Sweat; and a grandchild, David Morley.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John David and Charmain Morley of Scott, LA; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Vera Ann and Shirley Gaw, Barbara and Lewis Martin, Jr., all of Cookeville, Judy and Bill Robertson of Newberry, MI, and Nancy and Roy Klatzke of Columbus, MI; a sister and brother-in-law, Geneva and Roy Gaw of Cookeville; a sister-in-law, Betty Crabtree of Cookeville; 16 grandchildren, Deborah Meadows, Dr. Randy A. Gaw, Darlene Gaw, Malinda Warren, and Savannah Martin, all of Cookeville, Connie White, Susan Redmond, Wendy Redmond, April Vance, Shawn Warner, Tammy Williams, Gary Robertson, Stacey Robertson, all of MI, Austin Morley, and Rhonda Tirk of LA; 3 step-grandchildren, Cassie Bauer of LA, Rodney Martin and Ritchie Martin of TN; 27 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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FRANCES LERLENE (STEAKLEY) COLEMAN
Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Lerlene (Steakley) Coleman, 88, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Rev. Craig Green officiating.

Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Coleman died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife and photographer for many years, known for her tinting of black and white photos. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Born June 15, 1920 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Donald Steakley and Mattie Lou (Daniel) Steakley Mabrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Minor Coleman, a sister, Marguerite Trojan, and step-father, Sid Mabrey.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Cheryl Coleman of Livingston; several nieces and nephews, Shawn Calton Hall, Beverly Salehi, Johnny Fred Coleman, Jim Coleman, Betty Sue Ledbetter, Joe Coleman, Patsy Williams, Carolyn Qualls, Rita Hillis, Sandra Johnson and Steve Norris.

Pallbearers were Greg Etheredge, Jerry Boles, Jon Swift, Chris Halfacre, Ray Smith, and Jonathan Storie.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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VERGIE (COOPER) LEDFORD
Funeral services for Mrs. Vergie (Cooper) Ledford, 77, of Lebanon, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at the Immanuel Baptist
Church with Rev. Barry Ellis officiating.

Burial was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Ledford died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at her home.

Born January 2, 1932 in Fentress County, she was the daughter of the late Tilford and Rena (Smith) Cooper. She cared for children in her home for over 50 years. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher in the pre-school department for over 30 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
Kenneth C. Ledford, on January 4, 1998.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Charles Bennett; 4 sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and James Claiborne, Nannie and Jack Cobb, and Fannie and Luther Beaty, all of Jamestown, and Neatie and Carl Gore of Livingston; 4 brothers and 3 sisters-in-law, Arlie and Ena Cooper, and Shelly and Sandra Cooper, all of Jamestown, Brite Cooper of Livingston, and Lannie and Sandra Cooper, of Lebanon; brother and sister--in-law, Bruce and Janice Ledford, of Lebanon; a sister-in-law, Edith Sells, of Livingston; a granddaughter, Angela (Bennett) Jarvis of Lebanon; special friend, Shirley Zachary of Lebanon; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jeff Ledford, Derrick Ledford, Jamie Conatser, Joey Conatser, Ronnie Cooper, Ricky Cooper, Brian Cooper, Dennis Jewell, and Scott Gore.

Honorary pallbearers were the pre-school department teachers of Immanual Baptist Church.

Special care provided by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon. (P)

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ANNIE B. MASTERS
Funeral services for Miss Annie B. Masters, 85, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Howard Dailey officiating.

Burial was in the Old Maxwell Chapel cemetery in Hilham.

Miss Masters died Thursday, February 19, 2009 at NHC Healthcare Center in Cookeville.

Born January 6, 1924 in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Sim “Doc” Hines and Modelia (Loftis) Masters.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Jewel Bilbrey and Lura Belle Dailey, both of Livingston; a special nephew, Earl Morgan of Cookeville; a special niece, Wanda Johnson of Hilham; a special great-niece and great-nephew, Heather Martina and Jason Martina of Knoxville; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Kenny Sims, Jack Johnson, Jason Martina, Earl Morgan, Charles Dailey, and Daniel Arthur.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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JOE C. PARDUE

Funeral services for Mr. Joe C. Pardue, 69, of Kokomo, IN, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Ellers Mortuary Main St. Chapel in Kokomo, with Pastor Jeffery Moon officiating.

Burial was in the Crown Point cemetery.

Mr. Pardue died Friday, February 20, 2009 in Howard Regional Health Systems.

Born September 3, 1939 in Livingston, he was the son of the late Herlen and Zelma (Collins) Pardue. He was a resident of Kokomo, IN for 49 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Glen Pardue and Donald Pardue; and a great-grandson, James L. Long IV.

Survivors include his wife, B. Jean (Lee) Pardue, formerly of Livingston whom he married on September 2, 1959; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Tony Jewell, Patricia Moon; and Betty and Alan Sandlin, all of Kokomo; and a son, Jeff Pardue, also of Kokomo; 3 brothers and 2 sisters-in-laws, Robert and Joyce Pardue, and Carlis and Onsby Pardue, all of Livingston, and Billy Pardue of IN; 2 sisters, Ima G. Seber, and Eleanor White, both of Livingsto; 13 grandchildren, Kristen Moon, Levi (Devoun) Moon, Jacob Moon, Amanda Sandlin, Jennifer Sandlin, Ashley Sandlin, James ( Lisa) Long, Tony Jewell, Jr., Ernie Long, Cody Pardue, Courtney Pardue, Callie Pardue, and Jordan Pardue all of Kokomo; 8 great-grandchildren, Jordyn Moon, Skilah Moon, Brandi Dean, Blake Dean, Dylan Dean, Madyson Sandlin, Craigen Shearer, and Dustin Long.

Special care provided at Ellers Mortuary. (P)

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WILLIE J. RAMSEY
Willie J. Ramsey, 80, of Chicago, IL, died Saturday, February 21, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Chicago.

A memorial service and burial in the New Hope Cemetery in Jackson County will be conducted at a later date.

Born February 5, 1929 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late William H. Ramsey and Maye (Stafford) Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey lived the last 60 years of his life in Chicago, IL, and was a resident at California Gardens Rehab and Nursing Home for the last 20 years. As a young man, he was a sportsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Charlie Ramsey, Zollie Ramsey, Cecil Ramsey, and Harold Ramsey; 4 sisters, Ina Rose Ramsey, Joanna Ramsey, Juanita Ramsey, and Alvie C. Scott; and a grandson, Cecil Ray Ramsey, Jr.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil Ray and Genevieve Ramsey of Romeoville, IL, and William Wayne and Donna Ramsey of Crystal Lake, IL; a daughter, Patricia Lynn Ramsey of TN; a sister, Lola B. Alexander of Memphis, TN; a half-sister, Opal Ayers of Hilham; a sister-in-law, Thelma Ramsey of Goodlettsville, TN; 4 grandchildren, 7 nieces and 4 nephews. (P)


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WILLIE ALMA (CRABTREE) WARD
Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Alma (Crabtree) Ward, 84, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Ledbetter officiating.

Burial was in the Flatt Creek cemetery.

Mrs. Ward died on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She had been a housewife and was a member of the Flatt Creek Church of Christ.

Born February 29, 1924 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Whitaker “Whit” and Lora (Gore) Crabtree. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Charles R. “Buck” Ward of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles E. and Sharon Ward of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Douglas Sears of Griffin, GA; a sister, Lucille Mullins of Sparta; and a grandson, Charles Douglas Sears.

Pallbearers were Charles Douglas Sears, Jamie Goodpasture, Tom Goodpasture, Jim Sells, Jed Masters, and J.D. Masters.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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