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Archives 05-27-2009


Obituaries
Hazel (Bilbrey) Keen Carr
Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel (Bilbrey) Keen Carr, 84, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2009, from the Neely’s Crossroads Church of Christ, with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Burial was in Keen Cemetery.

Mrs. Carr died Friday, May 22 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She had been a factory worker and a member of Neely’s Crossroads Church of Christ.

Born August 9, 1924 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Kelly and Lizzie (Burchett) Bilbrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Carlie Keen and Talmadge Carr; a son, Jackie Keen; a daughter, Kathy Upton; a sister, Golda Keen; and 3 brothers, Dewey Bilbrey, Wesley Bilbrey, and Bryant Bilbrey.

Survivors include 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Zelma and Larry Ferrell and Rose Key, all of Allons, Barbara Sue and Jimmy Stevens of Brentwood; a brother, Minor Bilbrey of Celina; 2 step-children, Donna Young and Jerry Carr; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Green, Scotty Key, Zach Dunn, Tracy Melton, James Bilbrey, Gary Bilbrey, Boyd Price, and Jerry Carr.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Louise (Johnson)
Garrison

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise (Johnson) Garrison, 66, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Pastors Ron Allen and Denis Driller officiating.

Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Garrison died Monday, May 18 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. She had been a housewife and was affiliated with Living Hope Church.

Born March 11, 1943, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Grover Wilson and Annie Mary (Maxwell) Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Eugene Garrison; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Rosie and Tommy Adkins and Mary Lintz; and a brother, Danny Johnson.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Ricky and Bernita Neal of Sparta and Joshua Garrison of Cookeville; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Paul Johnson and Eugene and Beverly Johnson, all of Bedford, IN; a sister and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Mike Collins of Cookeville; a brother-in-law, Robert Lintz; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Paul Adkins, Cody Adkins, Dalton Adkins, Russell Johnson, Josh Garrison, Danny Johnson, Brian Collins, and Nick Neal.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Lola (Holt) Gunnels
Funeral services for Mrs. Lola (Holt) Gunnels, 94, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. John Whitson and Bro. Alan Judd officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Gunnels died Tuesday, May 19 at her home. She had been a member of Allons Church of Christ. Mrs. Gunnels attended TTU and received a MA degree in English at APSU in 1958. She was very active in professional organizations, having been president of Eta Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at APSU.

She belonged to all the educational organizations during her professional
career and into retirement, including OCEA, MTEA, TEA, and NEA.

She taught school for 35 years. She taught first in Overton County, then Montgomery County where she taught English at Clarksville High School and APSU, then back to Overton County, where she taught English at Livingston Academy 14 years before retiring in 1980.

After retirement she spent her time gardening, crafting, and with her family.

Born April 7, 1915, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Rocky Lee and Sarah Jane (Johnson) Holt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Gunnels; 3 brothers, Lonnie Holt, Eudell Holt, and Loren Holt; and a sister, Linnie Holt.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet (Gunnels) Daley of Allons; a brother, Ralph Holt of Lewisburg; 2 sisters, Lydia (Holt) Brown of FL, and Dean Brown of Murfreesboro; a granddaughter and spouse, Saralee and Butch Cross of Allons; 4 great-grandchildren and 2 spouses, Ciara and Andy Cobb, Cody and Jade Cross, Cory Cross, and Colton Cross; and great-great-grandchildren, Ciana Cobb, Anica Cobb, and Cambrie Cross.

Pallbearers were Andy Cobb, Cody Cross, Cory Cross, and Colton Cross.

Honorary pallbearers were the Allons Church of Christ Elders and Deacons, nephews Richard Brown, Joe Holt, Gerald Nolen, Wayne Holt, Michael Holt, Jeffrey Holt, James Edward Gunnels, and David Gunnels; and cousins Billy Joe Holt, Billy Joe Gunnels, and R. L. Ogletree.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Allons Church of Christ Building Fund.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Jimmie C. Johnson
Masonic services for Mr. Jimmie C. Johnson, 68, of Rickman, were conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2009, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. David Harris officiating.

Burial was in Copeland Cemetery at West Fork.

Mr. Johnson died Saturday, May 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a coal miner, was a member of Green Pond Lodge, and attended Vines Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.

Born June 22, 1940, in Overton County, he was the son of the late John Lee and Marie (Henry) Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Katherine Robbins and Jewel Rupe; and a brother, Chester Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Polly Johnson of Rickman; 4 sons and a daughter-in-law, Randall Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK, Allen Marksberry of Rickman, and Daniel Johnson and Bobby and Lori Johnson, all of Monroe; a brother, J. P. Johnson of Muncie, IN; and 5 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bobby Lee, Jeremy Boles, Derek Smith, Joel Boles, Jeremiah Laycock, Roy Key, and Dan Johnson.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Wilborn “Bub” Keisling
Funeral services for Mr. Wilborn “Bub” Wilborn, 71, of Monroe, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Singleton officiating.

Burial was in Hatcher Hall cemetery. Graveside military services with full military honors provided by the Honor Guard from the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062.

Mr. Keisling died Tuesday, May 19 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and was a member of the VFW and Monterey Church of Christ.

Born February 24, 1938, in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Howard Andrew “Peanut” and Minnie Bell (Wilborn) Keisling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Opal (Winningham) Keisling; a sister, Bernice Ellis; and a grandson, William Michael Keisling.

Survivors include a son, Michael Keisling of Cove, AR; 3 daughters, Vickie Monday of Dandridge, Kathy Becker of Newport News, VA, and Pam Boswell of Cookeville; 3 sisters, Sally Daugherty of Georgetown, KY, Beverly Joan Nash of Lexington, KY, and Katie Humphrey of Panama City, FL; and 6 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Archie Winningham, Duane Winningham, Donald Winningham, Austin Winningham, David Zimmerman, and James Wheatly.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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James Edward Meadows
Funeral services for Mr. James Edward Meadows, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Darrek Copeland officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Meadows died Wednesday, May 20.

Born February 16, 1923, in Union, SC, he was the son of the late Beige and Madie (Lewis) Meadows. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lillie Mae (Walker) Meadows; a son, Ronald T. Meadows; and a sister, Ruth (Meadows) Freeman.

Survivors include 4 sons and daughter-in-laws, Bronnie E. and Elida Meadows of Livingston, Rod and Carolyn Meadows of Monroe, Clifton and Sandy Meadows of Franklin, IN, and Donald and Kathy Meadows of Trafalgar, IN; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara M. and Ken Hakes of Hendersonville, IN; 3 brothers, Jim Meadows of Lexington, NC, Weldon Meadows of Sumter, SC, and Wayne Meadows of Indianapolis, IN; 12 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mark Meadows, Jason Meadows, Ryan Meadows, Josh Meadows, Frankie Walker, and Steven Walker.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Aggard Phillips
Funeral services for Mr. Aggard Phillips, 79, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Bennie Sells officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Phillips died Thursday, May 21 at Overton County Nursing Home. He had been a farmer and attended the Freewill Baptist Church.

Born November 25, 1929, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Tilbert and Bertha Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dean Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Colleen Phillips of Livingston; and a son, Wayne “Sam” Phillips of Fountain Inn, SC.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Kevin Reed
Funeral services for Mr. Kevin Reed, 27, of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, from Mineral Springs Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Walt Phillips and Rev. Robbie Miller officiating.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in the Hanging Limb Community.

Mr. Reed died Wednesday, May 20 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. He had been a construction worker.

Born March 25, 1982, in Livingston, he was the son of Terry Reed of Monterey and Ellen (Bingaman) Mitchell of Cookeville.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a step-father, David Mitchell of Cookeville; 2 brothers, Matthew Bingaman of Hanging Limb and Brian Reed of Cookeville; and grandparents, Oma Bingaman and Lurlin Judd, both of Hanging Limb, and L.B. Reed of the Green Pond Community.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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Carolyn S. (Brown) Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn S. (Brown) Smith, 58, of Louisville, KY, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2009, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Lacy officiating.

Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery in the Allred Community.

Mrs. Smith died Thursday, May 14 at St. Mary’s Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville.

Born October 27, 1950, in Livingston, she was the daughter of M.C. Brown of Livingston and the late Pauline (Bilbrey) Brown.

Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Robert “Lee” Smith of Louisville; 2 sons, Michael Smith and Mark Smith, both of Louisville; a daughter, Michelle Stankey of Sarasota, FL; a sister, Diane Brown of Cookeville; and 3 grandchildren, Micaela Leigh Smith, Maggie Nabila Gabr, and Caleb Anthony Stankey.

Pallbearers were Kris Gore, Billy Oliver, Westey Scantland, Jeremy Hemp, Larry Smith, and Brad Cole.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Duane Roger Wegner


Funeral services for Mr. Duane Roger Wegner, 54, of Charles City, IA, were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2009, from St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City with Rev. Dennis Niezwaag officiating.

Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.

Mr. Wegner died Monday, May 18 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City after a courageous five-year battle with cancer.

Born January 24, 1955, in Charles City, he was the son of Eileen (Meyer) Wegner and the late Russell Wegner. He graduated from Charles City High School in 1973. Mr. Wegner grew up farming with his family, was then employed by White Farm, and worked for Iowa Department of
Transportation for 24 years.

He and his wife, Christy, also raised dogs and Tennessee walking horses on their farm near Colwell. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and also attended First United Methodist Church in Livingston. His faith was very important to him. He also loved the outdoors and looked forward to fishing trips in Canada and Tennessee, as well as horseback riding and 4-wheeling. Most importantly, he enjoyed participating in all the activities in which his family was involved.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 32 years, Christine (Shultz) Wegner; 2 sons, Jesse Wegner and Tanner Wegner; a daughter and son-in-law, McKenzie and Nicholas Raab; a brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Karen Wegner; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Stories, condolences, and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.Fullertonfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Duane Wegner Memorial Fund.

Special care provided by Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home of Charles City. (G)

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