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Rebecca “Becky” Collins
Funeral services for Miss Rebecca “Becky” Collins, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Roger Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Smith County Memorial Gardens in Carthage.

Miss Collins died Thursday, May 28, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was retired from Pacesetters, Inc.

Born September 19, 1922 in Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late J.W. and Mable (Health) Collins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Dan Collins and John Collins; and a sister, Martha Collins.

She is survived by the Staff of Pacesetters, Inc.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Irene Blanche (Maxwell) Fisk
Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Blanche (Maxwell) Fisk, 85, of Alpena, MI, formerly of Grosse Pointe, will be conducted graveside at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit on Friday, June 12, 2009.

Mrs. Fisk died Friday, June 5, at Tendercare Greenview after a brief illness.

One of the renowned Rosie the Riveters who worked on the B-29 bombers in World War II, she also worked as a waitress for over 20 years in Detroit.

She was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Warren.

An independent spirit with an insatiable desire to know everything about all people who crossed her path, she simply tried to make people smile.

Born November 2, 1923, in Hilham, she was the daughter of the late J.P. and Ruby (Ayers) Maxwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Oscar Fisk; a son, Max Fisk; and a brother and sister-in-law, John and Christine Maxwell.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Dan Sassin of Alpena; 2 grandsons, Paul Sassin of Rochester Hills, and Timothy Sassin of Midland; a sister, Geraldine Upton of New Port Richey, FL; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerrold and Audrey Maxwell of Clinton Township, and Bill and Villa Maxwell of Hilham; cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Bannan Funeral Home. (P)

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Connie Lynn (Child) Fowler
Funeral services for Mrs. Connie Lynn (Child) Fowler, 53, of Livingston, were conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Glenn Fowler officiating.

Mrs. Fowler died Thursday, June 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a housewife.

Born January 2, 1956, in Evergreen Park, IL, she was the daughter of Dorothy Jean (Earnest) and the late Andrew McRobert Child. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sarah Caldwell.

Survivors include, in addition to her mother, her husband, Paul Fowler of Livingston; a son, Wesley Dale Caldwell of Livingston; a sister, Glenda Mueller also of Livingston; and 2 grandchildren, Emily Caldwell and Bladen Caldwell.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Lester Phillips, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Lester Phillips, Jr., 80, of Mayland, TN, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Reagan officiating.

Burial was in Welch Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Phillips died Saturday, June 6 at his home in Mayland. He had been the Manager at The Tansi RV Park, a factory worker, a farmer, a school bus driver in Overton County, an Overton County Sheriff Deputy, and a jailer in Cumberland County. He was a member of Mayland Baptist Church.

Born November 25, 1928 in Columbia Hill, TN, he was the son of the late Lester Sr. and Stella (Wilson) Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Looper.

Survivors include his wife of almost 61 years, Irene (Swallows) Phillips of Mayland; a daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Davis of Mayland; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Patti Phillips and Gary and Denise Phillips, all of Mayland, and Donnie and Lois Phillips of Iron Station, NC; a sister and brother-in-law, Naomi and Talmadge England of Monterey; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)


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Ruby Opha (Smith) Reynolds
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Opha (Smith) Reynolds, 96, of Richmond, KY, formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Ken Williams officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Reynolds died Friday, May 22 at Madison Manor Nursing Home. She had been a supervisor in the textile industry and member of Livingston Church of Christ.

Born May 19, 1913, in Fentress County, she was the daughter of the late Grant “Dugan” and Sarah Jane (Franklin) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Hooper Reynolds; 3 brothers, Oren Smith, Guy Smith, and Bethel Smith; and a sister, Reva Ledford.

Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Ron Lawson of Richmond, KY, and Gay and Burgess Jackson of Louisville, MS; 4 grandchildren, Debbie Hall, Brenda Stokes, Wade Lawson, and Bethany Miller; 9 great-grandchildren, Skye, B.J., Cory, Steven, John Curtis, Jenna, Julia, Ethan, and Holly; a great-great-granddaughter, Makenzi Grace; and nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Pallbearers were Earl Carr, David Dickerson, Delon Robbins, Jack Pigg, Lewis Paul Webb, and David Sadler, II.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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James Morris Smith
Mr. James Morris Smith, 89, of Battle Creek, MI, died Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence. Cremation was chosen by the family, in accordance with his wishes, and no memorial service will take place.

Mr. Smith was a World War II veteran who served overseas in central Europe. He was a life member and past Master of West Fork Masonic Lodge No. 648 in Alpine, and Bedford Lodge No. 207 in Bedford, MI. He was also a past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star, past Royal Patron of the Amaranth, past Worthy Shepherd of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Jim loved music, and in his free time enjoyed playing his guitar, and spending time with his family. He retired from Jim’s Country Fried Chicken in 1981.

Born August 22, 1919, in Overton County, he was the son of the late James Alvin and Sarah Ellen (Bilbrey) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Alva Marlow, Nora Ledbetter, Virgie Linder, and Mollie Linder; and 2 brothers, Van Smith and Haskel Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ozelle (Tucker) Smith; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Dale M. Smith of East Lansing, MI and Rex M. and Sue (Schafe) Smith of Marshall, MI; a daughter, Brenda G. Smith of Battle Creek; 2 sisters, Rubye Howell of Allred, and Bertie Hargis of Muncie, IN; and a grandson, James C. Smith of East Lansing.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, 5470 Glenn Cross Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015.

Special care provided by Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. (P)

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Charles Edward “Wagon Wheel “ Thompson
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Edward “Wagon Wheel” Thompson, 79, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church in the Rickman Community with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Rev. Rudy Oakes officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Thompson died Monday, May 29 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a farmer and a member of Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church.

Born June 6, 1929 in Putnam County, he was the son of the late Thomas Casto and Bertha (Matheny) Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta (Matheny) Thompson; a brother, Willie Joe Thompson; and a sister, Margaret Christene Gabreath.

Survivors include 3 sons, Roger Thompson of Stanley, NC, Randell Thompson of Muncie, IN, and Terry Thompson of Anderson, IN; 2 daughters, Brenda Trennepohl of Atlanta, IN, and Cheryl Holt of McMinnville; 2 brothers, Carlen Thompson of Cookeville, and Richard Thompson of Anderson; 2 sisters, Odene Key of Rickman, and Estelle Taylor of Anderson; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and his fiancee, Mary Flynn of Cookeville.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Randy Lynn aughn
Funeral services for Mr. Randy Lynn Vaughn, 46, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. George Turke and Bro. Ronnie Melton officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mr. Vaughn died Saturday, June 6 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was a Christian and a member of Martin Chapel Methodist Church.

Born December 23, 1962, in Livingston, he was the son of C.E. Jr. and Pearl (Reagan) Vaughn.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Marie Vaughn of Monroe; a son, Cory Vaughn of Monroe; a daughter, Heidi Vaughn of Monroe; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Danny R. Langford, and Tonya and Scotty Scantland, all of Livingston; and 5 nieces and nephews, Collin Langford, Kyleigh Lynne Scantland, Kasey Beason, Kalin Beason, and Lillie Beason.

Pallbearers were Danny Langford, Scotty Scantland, Tony Beason, Johnny Beason, Jimmie Ledbetter, LaGrande Smith, George Sells, Michael Hamilton, and Clark Reagan.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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