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Vestel Dillon
Funeral services for Mr. Vestel Dillon, 75, of Kettering, OH, were conducted Sunday, June 21, 2009 at New Hope Church in Jackson County with Bro. Aron Dillon and Bro. Jeff Dillon officiating.

Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Dillon died Wednesday, June 17 at his home.

Born July 8, 1933 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Harrison and Annie (Harris) Dillon.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Dillon of Kettering, OH; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Wayne and Tina Dillon of Livingston, Gary Dillon of Crossville, and Jeff and Carolyn Dillon of Kettering, OH; a sister, Mildred Rutherford of Sparta; 3 brothers, Lester Dillon of Hilham, Aron Dillon, and Shirley Dillon, both of Livingston; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer, Kim, Kirstie, Casey, and Christopher; and 2 great-grandchildren, Keely and Korbin.

Pallbearers were Casey Dillon, Christopher Dillon, Brandon Mullins, Anthony Wilson, Bill Barlow, Rex Dale, Gary Dillon, and Bill Napier.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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Michael T. Holt


Funeral services for Mr. Michael T. Holt, 45, of Cookeville, formerly of Virginia Beach, VA, were conducted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Minister Richard Sargent officiating.

Mr. Holt died Saturday, June 20.

Born September 27, 1963 in Overton County, he was the son of Charline Holt and the late R. Loren Holt. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rickey L. Holt, and grandparents Rocky and Sarah (Johnson) Holt, and Charlie F. and Hallie Cooper.

Survivors include, in addition to his mother, a sister and brother-in-law, Dawana and Michael Jennings of Virginia Beach, VA; a brother and sister-in-law, Jeffery and Stacey Holt; a niece and nephew, Riley Holt and Avery Holt of High Point, NC; step-father, Dick Sargent of Cookeville; a step-brother and step-sister-in-law, Rich and Ashley Sargent of Washington, D.C.

Michael was a very, very giving individual, who stood for the underdog in life, from taking in numerous weary and broken friends into his home to wanting to distribute Bibles written in Swahili into Africa. Michael was also a very intelligent individual who held numerous college degrees and certifications. He had degrees in horticulture, computer science, and accounting, and held a certification as a biomedical equipment technician.

He was also a Life and Health Insurance Agent and a Realtor. He was chosen from thousands to be employed with the National Science Foundation for an exploration of Antarctica. He always knew the answers to any complicated questions he was asked. Early in childhood, Michael read and re-read every encyclopedia he could get his hands on. He was constantly craving knowledge. He was most recently employed by Crye-Leike in Cookeville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to defer medical expenses.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Patricia Delana (Mamkin) Jackson
Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Delana (Mamkin) Jackson, 60, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2009, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Phillip Buck and Bro. Mike Buck officiating.

Burial was in Sam Flatt Cemetery in Gainesboro.

Mrs. Jackson died Saturday, June 20 at her home.

Born February 20, 1949 in Mullens, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robla Garner and Ethel Lena (Laxton) Mamkin.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Jackson of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Dottie Scott of Algood and Rhoda Slager of Cookeville; 2 step-sons, James Robert Jackson and Donald J. Jackson, both of Cookeville; and 7 grandsons.

Pallbearers were Brandon Slager, Greg Scott, Jamie Lamb, Bo Ayers, Jeff Hammons, and Jacky McCloud.

Honorary pallbearer was Ricky Edwards.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Douglas Marcom
Funeral services for Mr. Douglas Marcom, 57, of Monterey, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009, from The Church of God in Christ Mennonite with Rev. Bryan Koehen and Rev. Weldon Koehen officiating.

Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Marcom died Saturday, June 20 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a disabled excavator contractor and a member of The Church of God in Christ Mennonite.

Born March 1, 1952 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Tillman and Catherine (Withers) Marcom.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille (Jantzen) Marcom of Monterey; 2 daughters, Holly Marcom and Sarah Marcom, both of Monterey; 2 sons, Craig Marcom and Jeffery Marcom, both of Monterey; and a brother, Robert Marcom, of Chattanooga.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)


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Norman Reed Maynard
Funeral services for Mr. Norman Reed Maynard, 80, of Livingston, were conducted at noon Wednesday, June 17, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Duke officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Maynard died Monday, June 15 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired highway construction worker and member of West End Church of Christ. He was also a retired Staff Sergeant of the U. S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict through the Viet Nam era.

Born April 10, 1929, in Putnam County, he was the son of the late Dan Houston and Clarice (Whitehead) Maynard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Reed Maynard, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Maynard of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Scott Gastley of Mt. Juliet; a brother, Eulas Maynard of Lebanon; 3 sisters, Geraldine Phillips and Elizabeth Ward, both of Cookeville, and Margaret Truan of TX; 3 grandchildren, Joshua Gastley, Hannah Gastley, and Ryan Gastley, all of Mt. Juliet.

Pallbearers were Randell Phillips, Kelly Hill, Joey Hill, Tony Hill, Rellon Phillips, and Kent Terry.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Alford F. Upchurch
Funeral services for Mr. Alford F. Upchurch, 82, of Allons, were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Malcolm Hill officiating.

Burial was in St. John Cemetery. A graveside military service with full military honors was provided by the Honor Guard from the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of Livingston.

Mr. Upchurch died Wednesday, June 17 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a farmer and a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Born December 9, 1926 in Clay County, he was the son of the late Herman E. and Willie Jean Upchurch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford E. Upchurch, and a sister, Alyne Upchurch.

Survivors include a brother, W. G. Upchurch of Allons; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Eracine and Charles Ledford, and Christine Dodston, all of Livingston; 2 special nieces, Lisa Ledford and Jeannie Petitt; and several other nieces.

Pallbearers were Jerry Borden, Jeff Petitt, Dale Keisling, W. B. Melton, Joe Arney, and Grant Cathie.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Billy Frank “Bill” Vaughn
Funeral services for Mr. Billy Frank “Bill” Vaughn, 67, of Allons, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2009, from Fellowship Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Anderson officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mr. Vaughn died Monday, June 15 at his home. He had been a logger and farmer, and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Born December 18, 1941 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Calvin Smith and Bertha (Ray) Vaughn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Christine Myers and Lucille Dulworth; 2 brothers, Gordon Vaughn and Cal-Ed Vaughn; and a granddaughter, Cassandra Vaughn.

Survivors include his wife, Sue (Key) Vaughn of Allons; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, David and Mindy Vaughn, Danny and Sandy Vaughn, and Charlie Vaughn, all of Allons; 4 sisters, Clarice Gilbert of Cookeville, Olean Dick of New Castle, IN, Betty Ray of Allons, and Earlise Atkins of Bowling Green, KY; a brother, J.D. Vaughn of Monroe; 8 grandchildren, Angel, Brandy, Brooke, Nikita, Abby, Brandon, Levi, and Austin; 4 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Donnie, Noah, and Owen; nieces, nephews, other family members, and a world of friends.

Pallbearers were Raymond Key, Doug Reagan, Jack Kirby, David Thrasher, Aaron Johnson, Ronnie Gilbert, and Shawn Emberton.

Special care provided Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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Evert Coleman Walker
Funeral services for Mr. Evert Coleman Walker, 75, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Mike White officiating.

Burial was in Carter Bilbrey Cemetery.

Mr. Walker died Monday, June 15 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He had been a farmer and attended the Refuge Church.

Born March 9, 1934, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Lonzo and Bethel (Shelton) Walker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Clinton Walker, Carlos Walker, and Clayton Walker; and a sister, Christene Howard.

Survivors include 4 sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Jennifer Walker, Gary and Helen Walker, Billy and Yvette Walker, and Roger and Rita Walker, all of Livingston; a step -daughter, Stella Jean Brown, of Livingston; 2 brothers, Clarence Walker of Livingston, and Wayne Walker of California; 5 sisters, Coleen Hogue, Cassie Brown, Clara Norrod, and Carol Sue Bull, all of Livingston, and Wanda Bilbrey, of Cookeville; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Walker, Gary Walker, Billy Walker, Roger Walker, Dustin Walker, Steven Walker, Derek Walker, Kyle Walker, Devin Walker, Jackson Walker, and Lucas Walker.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Elva Dean (Garrett) Whitaker
Funeral services for Mrs. Elva Dean (Garrett) Whitaker, 80, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Don Maxson officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Whitaker died Tuesday, June 16 at Livingston Regional Medical Center. She had been a factory worker and attended Monroe Christian
Church.

Born January 10, 1929 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Keeton and Lena (Cravens) Garrett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Durward Garrett.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara Martin, of Monroe; 5 nieces, Denise Garrett of Euless, TX, Diane Strehle of Dallas, TX, Debbie Lawver of Akron, OH, Patty Martin of Clyde, NC, and Donna Sisco of Monterey; 2 nephews, Richard Martin of Greer, NC, and David Garrett of Washington.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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