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BILLY RAY CLIFT
Memorial services for Mr. Billy Ray Clift, 80, of Cookeville, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 5, 2009 from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home, with Pastor Ed Malone officiating.

Mr. Clift died Sunday, November 1, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was the owner and operator of Volunteer Tool & Die Company of Cookeville, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Born June 13, 1929, in Crawford, TN, he was the son of the late Johnnie and Clara (Gibson) Clift. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Mildred Maxine (Clift) Brown Cook and Gloria Nevada (Clift) Leone.

Special care provided by Crest Lawn Funeral Home-Cremations Services. (C)

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CAROYLN (GARRETT) COLWELL
Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn (Garrett) Colwell, 59, of Crawford, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 29, 2009 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Garrett and Bro. Mike Kirby officiating.

Burial was in Mineral Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Colwell died Monday, October 26, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker, garment factory worker, a member of Mineral Springs Freewill Baptist Church, and a loving mother and grandmother.

Born August 7, 1950 in Crawford, she was the daughter of the late R.D. and Maudeen (Sisco) Garrett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Berryman.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Terry Colwell of Crawford; 2 daughters, Melissa Ledbetter and Misty Colwell, both of Crawford; 3 brothers, Collins Sisco of Crawford, Hewey Garrett and Pastor Steve Garrett, both of Dunkirk, IN; 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Haven, Zach, and Chasity.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

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TONY EDWARD FRANKLIN
Funeral services for Mr. Tony Edward Franklin, 52, of Allons, were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Randall McPherson officiating.

Burial was in Cope Cemetery in Pickett County.

Mr. Franklin died in St. George, SC and was a self-employed truck driver.
Born May 14, 1957 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Cortis Tasso and Opal Maude (Flowers) Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Franklin.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Franklin of Allons; a son, Nicholas Franklin of Allons; a brother, Gayron Franklin of Rickman; a sister, Brenda Franklin of Livingston; and a granddaughter, Ciera Franklin of Allons.

Pallbearers were Chris Franklin, Calvin Booher, Levi Franklin, Michael Ogletree, Chris Hibbs, and Hunter Sells.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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MARTHA L. (CALVERT) NOLAN
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha L. (Calvert) Nolan, 76, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Arthur Hall officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Nolan died Sunday, October 25, at Overton County Nursing Home.

She had worked as a waitress.

Born January 21, 1933 in Dawson Springs, KY, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Ella (Ausenbaugh) Calvert. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chalmer Nolan; and a son, Stephen McGee.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sue McGee of Livingston; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Glenda and James Tinsley of Allons, and Elaine Pinkowski of Castle Valley, UT; 2 sisters, Ruby Perkins of Madisonville, KY and Mary Jones of Evansville, IN; a brother, John Calvert of Mishawaka, IN; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Tinsley, Jack Dale, Terri Davis, Nathan Dale, Jerry Young, and Jim Sells.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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CLARA MAE (PEEK) NORRIS
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Mae (Peek) Norris, 74, of Alpine, were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. John Copeland officiating.

Burial was in Green Hills Cemetery.

Mrs. Norris died Wednesday, October 28, at College Pines Nursing Center in Valdese, NC.

Born April 21, 1935, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Mark and Cora (Qualls) Peek.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Sheila Mae Norrod of North Carolina, and Sherry K. Melton of Rickman; a son, Gerald David Norris of Georgia; and 4 grandchildren, Kristina Hoyle, Grant Norrod, Ashley Norris, and David Norris.

Pallbearers were Gerald Collins, Scott Gore, Carl Gore, Bruce Ledford, Mark Gore, and Bob Newman.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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JOHN BRANDON PADGETT
Funeral services for Mr. John Brandon Padgett, 33, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2009 from Cookeville First Assembly of God, with Bro. Bobby Davis officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery in Livingston.

Mr. Padgett died Friday, October 23, 2009 in North Carolina. He had been a drug and alcohol counselor with Teen Challenge in San Antonio, TX for several years. He was a member of Cookeville First Assembly of God.

Born August 14, 1976 in Findley, OH, he was the son of John Robert and Janet Marie (Ledford) Padgett.

Survivors include his parents, Janet and Mark Haymond of Cookeville and John and Frances Padgett of Franklin Furnace, OH; his wife, Elizabeth Padgett of San Antonio; a daughter, Gracie Padgett of San Antonio; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Kyle and Becky Padgett of Monroe, and Ryan Padgett of Nashville; maternal grandparents, Louella Ledford of Livingston and Grover Ledford of Cookeville; a god-grandmother, Vicki Little of Cookeville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Juston Bowman, Wade Ford, Ryan Handy, John Sebers, Kevin Wilson, and Kyle Padgett.

Honorary pallbearers were the graduates of Teen Challenge.

Memorials may be made to “Teen Challenge”, c/o Cookeville First Assembly of God.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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RANDALL D. RIDDLE
Funeral services for Mr. Randall D. Riddle, 54, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, November 2, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Dewey Masters officiating.

Burial was in Allens Chapel Cemetery in Hilham.

Mr. Riddle died Friday, October 30, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a factory worker at Russell Stover Candies and of the Baptist faith.

Born February 21, 1955 in Overton County, he was the son of Zena (Phillips) Riddle of Hilham and the late Fred Riddle. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Riddle and a half-brother, Doyle Riddle.

Survivors include, in addition to his mother, 4 half-brothers, Fred Riddle and Billy Riddle, both of Cookeville, and Ronnie Riddle and Jack Riddle, both of Monterey; 3 half-sisters, Linda Barnaby of Cookeville, Treva Boatman and Mary Riddle, both of Monterey; 2 nieces, Glenda Bertram of Litchfield, KY and Wendy Riddle of Livingston; and 2 nephews, Brad Neely and Cody Bertram, both of Litchfield, KY.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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HERBERT HERSHEL SELLS
Funeral services for Mr. Herbert Hershel Sells, 95, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2009, from the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, with Dr. Lyle Anderson officiating.

Burial was in Bethsaida Cemetery in Monroe.

Mr. Sells died Monday, October 26. He was a member of Bethsaida Christian Church, a farmer, and a veteran of World War II.

Born February 22, 1914 in Pickett County, he was the son of the late Fount and Dora (Boles) Sells. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Junnie Earline Sells; and 2 brothers, Frazier Sells and Earl Sells.

Survivors include 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Gloria Sells, and Judy and Michael Garrett, all of Monroe, and Dolores and Hoover Storie of Pall Mall; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Jane Sells and Jerry and Joyce Sells, all of Monroe; 2 sisters, Clomanza Shook of Apache Junction, AZ, and Hyla Richardson of Dresden, TN; a brother, John Sells of Monroe; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

Pallbearers were Matt Massengille, John Keisling, Jason Garrett, Jared Garrett, Jimmy Sells, Jr., Josh Sells, and Wade Williams.

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


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ANTHONY BRIAN SMITH
Funeral services for Mr. Anthony Brian Smith, 40, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Burial was in Hunter Cove Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Sunday, October 25, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a brick mason and was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Born June 7, 1969 in Overton County, he was the son of Kay Francis (Winningham) Smith of Cookeville and the late Bobby Joe Smith. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Travis Smith.

Survivors include, in addition to his mother, his fiancee, Ann Phillips of Livingston; a brother, Michael Wayne Hoskins of Talking Rock, GA; an uncle, Ray Winningham of Canton, OH; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special little friend, “Goose.”

Pallbearers were Rusty Hammock, John Johnson, Greg Walker, Jeff Walker, Jack Collins, Mark Walker, Michael Hammock, Duran Phillips, and Jason Breeding.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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BOBBY SMITH, JR.
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Smith, Jr., 48, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Carter Bilbrey Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Tuesday, October 27, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a welder.

Born June 6, 1961 in Coffee County, he was the son of Bobby G. Smith, Sr. and Pauline Gore. He was preceded in death by a sister, Teresa Abbott.

Survivors include, in addition to his parents, a stepfather, W.J. Staggs of Livingston; a stepmother, Irene Smith of Monroe; 4 sons, Clyde Smith, Matthew Presley, and Joshua Brunner, all of Livingston, and Joseph Smith of Hanging Limb; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Amanda and James Allen of Hanging Limb, and Samantha Smith of Monterey; 2 sisters, Ann Stover and Connie Scantland, both of Livingston; a brother, Jeff Staggs of Livingston; and 5 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Huck Ford, Josh Brunner, Joe Lee, Mike Buell, Johnny Beason, and Carson Hancock.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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ALLIE EFFIE (CRAVENS) STOVER
Funeral services for Mrs. Allie Effie (Cravens) Stover, 82, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 1, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Ryan Meadows officiating.

Burial was in Stover Cemetery in Monroe.

Mrs. Stover died Friday, October 30, at her home. She was a housewife, a member of Bethsaida Christian Church, Monroe Community Senior Center, and Bolestown Community Senior Center.

Born September 10, 1927 in Overton County, she was the daughter to the late James B. and Auda (Hill) Cravens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, E.T. Stover; a daughter, Alice White; and 2 grandsons, Craig McDonald and Thomas McDonald.

Survivors include 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Nell and Joe Felix Spivey, and Sandra Smith, all of Monroe, and Tammy and Rick Gardner of Lebanon; 3 brothers, Allen Cravens of Twinton, TN, Ralph Cravens of Cravenstown, TN, and Clovis Cravens of Dellville, IN; 3 sisters, Ruby Frogg of Jamestown, TN, Betty Abston of Mayland, TN, and Ethel Hill of Monroe; 3 grandchildren, Chrystal Poston, Brian Smith, and Tiffany McDonald; 5 great-grandchildren, Chloe Poston, Will Poston, Nathaniel Smith, Jessica Webb, and Christopher McDonald; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Tyler Webb and Maddy Webb.

Pallbearers were Greg Hill, James Frogg, Will Frogg, Russell Cravens, Ron Cravens, and Jerry Cravens.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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CLAUDE BETHEL WRIGHT


Funeral services for Mr. Claude Bethel Wright, 86, of Nashville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009 from First Baptist Church in Livingston, with Rev. Donald Cobb officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Wright died Tuesday, October 27, at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

As a Navy signalman from 1941-46, Mr. Wright served during the invasion of Normandy Beach during WWII. Afterwards, he attended TTU earning a bachelors degree in accounting. He enjoyed working for the Department of Education for the state of Tennessee for over 35 years and during his tenure, earned his masters degree in education from MTSU. Mr. Wright attended the First Baptist Church of Livingston with Bro. Don Cobb as Pastor, and the Dalewood Baptist Church in Nashville, with Brother Paul Wampler as Pastor. Mr. Wright was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #259, the American Legion, and was an active member of the Civitan Club in Livingston.

Born May 1, 1923 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Houston “Pappie” and Kelly (Worley) Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Marvin Wright and Andrew Wright.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Ruth (Maynord) Wright of Nashville; a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Joe Glynn; 3 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, James Wright of California, Dr. Nick and Brenda Wright of Knoxville, and George and Maggie Wright of Livingston; 5 sisters and 4 brothers-in-law, Vanita Blanche Richards of El Paso, TX, Etta and Doyle Savage, and Jeanie and Richard Cichy, all of Chicago, IL, Dixie and Woody Russell and Edna and Earnest Isabell, all of Livingston; a granddaughter, Gina Lynn Folk of Tampa, FL; a grandson and his wife, Chad Richard and Kathryn (Gunn) Folk of Nashville; and 3 great-granddaughters, Sofia Rose Folk, Conner Elizabeth Folk, and Kathryn Alexis Folk.

Pallbearers were Rob Rich, Doug Maynord, Russell Maynord, Mike Ledbetter, Nathan Wright, and Mark Upchurch.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Bethel Wright Educational Fund for Livingston Academy students by contacting American Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 40, Livingston, TN 38570; or Speck Funeral Home; or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203-2926 www.alivehospice.org; or to the “Poppie and Nannie Memorial Garden” at Riverwood Mansion, 1833 Welcome Lane, Nashville, TN www.riverwoodmansion.com.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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