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Archives 04-29-2009

Obituaries
James Lewis Boswell
Memorial services for Mr. James Lewis Boswell, 71, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bennie Sells officiating.

Mr. Boswell died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at his home. He was in the home construction business, was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, and a Baptist by faith.

Born July 23, 1937 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Andrew Lloyd and Mary Lou (Bilbrey) Boswell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Juanita Boswell, and an infant brother.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Tabitha Boswell of Cookeville, and Grant and Amy Boswell of Sparta; 3 brothers, Ward Boswell, Vernon Boswell, and Dwight Boswell, all of Allred; 3 sisters, Nilene Masters of Nashville, Estelle Turner of Livingston, and Mattie Gunter of Indianapolis, IN; 5 grandchildren, Kyle Boswell, Cade Boswell, Cooper Boswell, Conner Boswell, and Jacob Henry.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Danny Carmack
Funeral services for Mr. Danny Carmack, 48, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Burial was in the Holly Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Carmack died Friday, April 17, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a truck driver, was affiliated with the Church of Christ and enjoyed fishing.

Born June 27, 1960 in Kenton County, KY, he was the son of the late Roy Lester and Virginia (Meade) Carmack. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Carlos Kelly, Harold Dean Kelly, and Billy Carmack.

Survivors include his wife, Antha Jo Carmack of Livingston; 3 sons, Noah Gene Choate of Celina, Danny Christopher Carmack of Livingston, and Shawn Edward Choate of Jamestown; 3 brothers, Jimmy Carmack of Goodlettsville, Charles Carmack of Lafayette, and Edward Carmack of Rockwood; a sister, Betty Jo Johnson of Lebanon; an aunt, Cindy Tidwell of OH, 4 grandchildren, Sarah Allen, Dawson Choate, Gracie Choate, and Khloie Choate; and a nephew, Donnie James Carmack.

Pallbearers were Shawn Choate, Noah Choate, Donnie Carmack, Gary
Ledbetter, Billy Meade, and Tim Tidwell.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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John Eric Frasier
Mr. John Eric Frasier, 61, of Nacogdoches, TX, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his home. A memorial service is planned for a later date in Livingston.

Born February 5, 1948 in Livingston, he was the son of the late Gleeson and Margret Frasier.

Mr. Frasier’s life work involved preservation of the earth and its wildlife through Ducks Unlimited, Wetland Habitat Alliance of Texas, and his own environmental consulting company, Frasier Group.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine (Coapman) Frasier of Nacogdoches; a son, Daniel Justin Frasier of San Marcos, TX; a sister, Delores (Frasier) Turnbull of Livingston; 2 nieces, Amy (Turnbull) Hollars of Livingston, and Karen (Turnbull) Wolfram of Christiana; a nephew, Dr. John Matthew Turnbull of Cookeville; and an aunt, Mollie Jo Frasier of Livingston. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Julia Coapman of Rockwood; brothers-in-law, Mark Coapman of Rockwood, and John Coapman of Maryville; a niece, Bailee Welch, and a nephew, Aaron Carroll of Maryville. He also leaves behind many close and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Deep East Texas, 907 Mound Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Special care provided by Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home. (P)

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Dulcie E. (Cooper) Garrett
Funeral services for Mrs. Dulcie E. (Cooper) Garrett, 89, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Dr. David Moore officiating.

Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Garrett died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She had been a garment factory worker, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan, and loved to garden. She was a Baptist by faith.

Born January 20, 1920 in Fentress County, she was the daughter of the late Pharris and Minnie (Linder) Cooper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Bethel Fletcher, and Castle Garrett; and a son, Tony Lee Garrett.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Leigha Fletcher, and Michael and Dianne Garrett, all of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Edith and John Newkirk of Kansas City, MO; 11 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Damien Garrett, Jeremy Garrett, Chris Lund, J.T. Flowers, Kyle Lund, and Ethan Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were Austin Abston, Colin Garrett, Abston Garrett, Dakota Garrett, and Cory Ledbetter.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Ronald Hollars
A memorial service for Mr. Ronald Hollars, 72, of Hilham, was conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Butch Garrett officiating.

Mr. Hollars died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at his home. He had been a superintendent for W & O Construction Company, and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army.

Born September 10, 1936 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Terry and Pearl (Hollars) Gilpatrick.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Hollars of Hilham; a daughter, Sherry McKee of Southside, AL; a brother, Wayne Gilpatrick of Livingston; and grandchildren, Brett McKee and Erika McKee.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Stanley C. Lyons
Graveside services with military honors for Mr. Stanley C. Lyons, 61, of the Hilham Community of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West in Hopkinsville, KY, with Chaplain James Hunt officiating.

Mr. Lyons died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at his home. He was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran serving with Company C, 2nd Battalion (ABN) 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Some of his numerous awards and medals included the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation of Heroism, and the Purple Heart. He was a life member of the DAV, VVA, PVA, VFW, and American Legion. He was a retired National Service Officer with the Disabled American Veterans in Portland, OR.

Born December 21, 1947 in Pontiac, MI, he was the son of the late Chester and Alverda (Boone) Lyons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Jeffery Navarrette.

Survivors include his wife, Linda (Harer) Lyons of the Hilham community, whom he married June 5, 1990 in Hillsboro, OR; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Kimberly and Rod Lobaugh of Hinesville, GA, Tiffany Lyons of Tacoma, WA, and Carrie Lyons of Clare, MI; 2 brothers, Dan Lyons of Moorpark, CA, and Dexter Lyons of Newport, OR; 4 sisters, Nancy Williams of 9 Mine Falls, WA, Janet Stone of Coalinga, CA, Margie Anderson of Coeur D’Alene, ID, and Cindy Allen of Mulvane, KA; and 7 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lazarus House Hospice, 260 W. 5th Street, Cookeville, TN 38501.

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

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Robert Jason Murdock,
SSG US ARMY

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Jason Murdock, 30, of Fort Bragg, NC, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009, from Dardanelle Church of Christ with Chaplain Ronald Webb and Dick Walker officiating.

Burial was in Brearley Cemeter in Dardanelle.

Mr. Murdock died Friday, April 10 in Athens, GA, as the result of injuries sustained from a car accident. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1997 to 2001 and the Department of the Army from 2001-2009.

He was the recipient of many military awards including the following:

ARCOM (2), Army Commendation Medal; AAM (2), Army Achievement Medal; GCM, Army Good Conduct Medal;
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; NDSM, National Defense Service Medal; ICM, Iraq Campaign Medal; GWOT Service, Global Ware on Terriorism Service Medal; GWOT Exp, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Navy Sea Service Development Ribbon;
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M device 2; NCODP, NCO Professional Development Ribbon; ASR, Army Service Ribbon; OSR (3), Overseas Service Ribbon; Nato Medal; CAB, Combat Action Badge; Expert Marksman Weapons Qualifications; Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; and Overseas Service Bar.

Born December 23, 1978, in Long Beach, CA, he was the son of Bob and Wendy Murdock of Dardanelle. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bob and Audrey (Badger) Murdock and an uncle, John Murdock.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his maternal grandparents, Arnold and Maybelle Schroeder of Long Beach; a brother, Matt Murdock; a sister and brother-in-law, Jami and Joseph Brewer; several aunts and uncles, Janice Murdock of Livingston, Susan and Terry Robbins of Allons, Steve and Sherrie Schroeder of Colorado, and Mike and Kelly Schroeder of California; cousins, Paul Robbins and Nick Robbins, both of Allons and Todd and Amy Bowman of Livingston; and many other relatives.

Pallbearers were Matt Murdock, Jon Weatherall, Jesse Keeling, Paul Robbins, Rocky Titsworth, and Tyler Haney.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Brian Bunting and the members of the 519th MI from Fort Bragg, NC.

Special care provided by Cornwell Funeral Homes of Dardanelle. (C)

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Mary Ila (Ray) Murphy
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uneral services for Mrs. Mary Ila (Ray) Murphy, 94, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2009, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home, with Bro. Harold Walker and Bro. John Murphy officiating.

Burial was in the West Cemetery in the Fairview Community.

Mrs. Murphy died Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Master’s Health Care Center. Mrs. Murphy was a homemaker and a member of the Duncan’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Born March 16, 1915 in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and Dezzie (Stewart) Ray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Murphy; 4 sons, James Murphy, Paul Murphy, John Murphy, and Tommy Murphy; infant daughter, Betty Sue Murphy; 4 brothers, Mack Ray, Verble Ray, Raymond Ray, and Norman Ray; 4 sisters, Mattie Webb, Lillie Green, Lela Allen, and Ruby Shepherd.

Survivors include 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Marilyn Evelyn Hand of Clarksville, Mary Ellen McGugin of Cookeville, Elizabeth Ann and Patrick McKinley of San Antonio, TX; 3 daughters-in-law, Doris Murphy and Sally Murphy, both of Cookeville, and Frances Murphy of FL; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charles “J.R.” Hand, Harry T. McGugin, III, Jimmy Murphy, Myron Smith, Greg Murphy, Patrick Ford, and Brent Holland.

Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-
grandchildren, Tommy Phillips and Dewey Glen Masters.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

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Carole B. Nivens
Memorial services for Mrs. Carole B. Nivens, 65, of Celina, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Donaldson Park in Celina.

At her request, her family has donated her body to scientific research.

Mrs. Nivens died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at her home, surrounded by family. She had been in retail management.

Born December 25, 1943 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Bill Nivens and Helen B. McDonald. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy R. Swann; a grandmother, Estel Yarbrough; and a granddaughter, Dainarah Taylor.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Tina Dishman, Jeanette Winningham, and Royce Taylor; a brother, Charles B. Nivens; 2 sisters, Patty Dean and Sharon Rogers; 9 grandchildren, Erica Wall, Brian Winningham, Andrea Emerick, Marrissa Taylor, Wesley S. Taylor, Nickolas Taylor, Charles Taylor, Christopher D. Taylor, and James D. Taylor; 3 great-grandchildren, Mckenzie Skinner, Chandler Wall, London Emerick; and best friends, Lee and Harley Rettig. (P)

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Donnie Phillips
Funeral services for Mr. Donnie Phillips, 54, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2009 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Jerry Buck, Pastor Freddie Looper, and Sr. Pastor James Shaver officiating.

Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Phillips died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was the owner/operator of Phillips & Son Power Washing Co. and was a member of The Livingston Assembly of God Church.

Born May 12, 1954 in Putnam County, he was the son of Ray Smith and the late Maxine (Phillips) Johnson. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freddie Johnson.

Survivors include, in addition to his father, his wife, Donna (Buck) Phillips of Livingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel W. and Malana Phillips of Livingston; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Rita Bilbrey, and Beckie and Jimmy Hammock, all of Livingston; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Justine Phillips of Allons; 3 grandchildren, Darrien Phillips, Becca Anne Phillips, and Donnie Wayne Phillips, all of Livingston; a step-father, Odus Johnson of Livingston; a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Lucille Buck of Livingston; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Karen Buck of Livingston; nephews, Dusty (Chastity) Hammock, Dakota (Abbie) Hammock, and Bert (April) Phillips.

Pallbearers were J.D. Stevens, John Stevens, Baxter Hughes, Phillip Wilson, Darrell Thompson, and Gary Allen.

Honorary pallbearers were Bennie Buck, Jason Bilbrey , and Ray Castle.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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Johnny Charles “Jack” Rich
Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Charles “Jack” Rich, 76, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2009 from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins officiating.

Burial was in the Story Cemetery.

Mr. Rich died Friday, April 24, 2009 at his home. He was employed at a sawmill, a member of the Byrdstown First Christian Church and was a U.S. Veteran.

Born April 23, 1933 in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Alonzo Lafayette and Odie M. (Riley) Rich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Ray Rich; a brother, Paul Rich; and a great-niece, Shayna Perry.

Survivors include 3 sisters, Dorthena Price of Muncie, IN, Elladean Tompkins, and Carolyn Crabtree, both of Byrdstown; 2 brothers, Morris Rich, and Odell Rich, both of Byrdstown; a special niece, Paula Hensley, and her family in Livingston; numerous nieces, nephews, a biological daughter, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Jeff Tompkins, Chris Crawford, Bill Russell, Jeff Davis, Tony Rich, and Bill Buck.

Honorary pallbearers were Derek Perry, R.D. Perry, and Corey Buck.

Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel in Byrdstown. (C)

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Lillian Lucille (Johnson) Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Lucille (Johnson) Smith, 65, of Allons, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from the Mitchell Creek Lodge with Rev. Roy Thomas officiating.

Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN.

Mrs. Smith died Monday, April 20, 2009 at her home. She had been a housewife and caregiver for the sick, and family and friends. She was a Christian.

Born September 8, 1943 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Euphyosine and Byrl (Hawkins) Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David W. Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Paul W. Smith of Greenfield, IN; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Toni L. Smith of Allons, Margaret and Donnie McKeeman of Greenfield, and Loretta and Dan Wells of Shirley, IN; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Lewis K. and Jacqueline Johnson, and Orville R. and Jane Johnson, all of Nashville; a sister, Sarah Ruth Phelps of Bowling Green, KY; 4 grandchildren, D.J. (Crystal) Wells, Dylan Wells, Robert McDonald, and Brittany McDonald; and 2 great-grandchildren, Alexis Wells, and Danny Wells.

Pallbearers were D.J. Wells, Dylan Wells, Dan Wells, Robert McDonald, Brittany McDonald, and Donnie McKeeman.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Jamie Stevens
Funeral services for Mr. Jamie Stevens, 34, of Monterey, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home, with Rev. Kevin Phillips and Rev. Bobby Floyd officiating.

Burial was in the Welch Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Stevens died Monday, April 20, 2009 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born September 30, 1974 in Crossville, he was the son of J.D. Stevens and Wilma (Bilbrey) Stevens McCormick. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Hennie Stevens; Mattie Emberton, and an uncle, Ronnie Randolph.

Survivors include in addition to his parents, a step-father, Tim McCormick of Monterey; a step-mother, Marla Stevens of Rickman; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Jennifer and John Phillips of Monterey, and Maggie Stevens of Rickman; 3 brothers, Jesse Stevens, Jonathan Stevens, and Jed Stevens all of Rickman; grandparents, James Emberton, and Louise Bilbrey, both of Monterey; 5 aunts, Skip Bohannon, Mary Jane Clark, and Bobbie Sue Bowman, all of Monterey, Patricia Swallows of Mayland; and Annis Talley of Rickman; and 2 uncles, Mott Stevens and Marshall Stevens, both of Monterey.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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William G. Toole
Funeral services for Mr. William G. Toole, 75, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Edward Ballard officiating.

Burial was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Toole died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He had been a printer for a newspaper.

Born February 27, 1934 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the late William N. and Edna M. (Forsythe) Toole.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Toole; 3 sons, William Joseph Toole of Leamington, Ontario, Canada, David Donald Toole of Essex, Ontario, Canada, and Billy T. Linder of Livingston; 2 daughters, Sharon Louise Stephens of Essex, Ontario, Canada, and Brenda Colson of Livingston; and 12 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Scott Colson, Brian Colson, Gary Anderson, Kevin Stephen, Aaron Lesar, and Mark Lesar.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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