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RUBY ANN (WILSON) BARNES

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Ann (Wilson) Barnes, 89, formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2009, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Tim Beaty and Bro. David Moore officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Barnes died Friday, November 20, at Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville. She had been a factory employee and homemaker. She was of the Presbyterian faith.

Born March 5, 1920 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Melvin C. “M.C.” and Allie (Evans) Wilson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt K. Barnes; a brother, Charlie Wilson; and a sister Bobbie Jean (Wilson) Leffew.

Survivors include, a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Keith and Illona (Leeper) Barnes of Nashville; a granddaughter and her husband, Gatha and Mike Frizsell of Nashville; a special niece and her husband, Sheila and Larry King of Rickman; 2 nephews and their spouses, Jackie and Judy Wilson of Battle Creek, MI, and Jerry and June Wilson of Oak Ridge, TN; special neighbors, Bill and Kathy Sullivan of Livingston; and other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Bill Sullivan, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Wilson, Larry Powell, Michael Powell, Drew Powell, and Ricky Coleman.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Frizsell, Bobby Miller, Larry King, Larry Frizsell, Shannon Starkey, Bill Warren, Hershel Wilson and Josh Krack.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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JAMES F. BILBREY
Funeral services for Mr. James F. Bilbrey, 85, of Cookeville, formerly of Overton and Clay counties, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2009, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Bilbrey died Wednesday, November 18, in Cookeville Regional Hospital. He had been a sales representative for A. Rifkin Company. He was a member of Livingston Church of Christ, Livingston Lodge #259, and Al Menah Temple in Nashville. James was a WWII veteran of the US Army 69th division, serving as a radio operator for a forward observer for artillery. He was an avid boater, fisherman, and traveler. In his early years, James and his wife, Geneva, owned and operated Peoples Dairy in Overton County. Later, with Geneva at his side, he worked as a factory representative covering Tennessee and Kentucky.

Born October 8, 1924, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Ridley and Ruth (West) Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Flossie Wilmoth and Sarah Ruth Upton, and 2 brothers, Lilburn Bilbrey and Roscoe Bilbrey.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Catherine (Pangle) Bilbrey, whom he married March 20, 1943, of Cookeville; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Keith James and Rhonda (Reeder) Bilbrey of Cookeville, and Bobby Gerald and Jane (Hughes) Bilbrey of Fort Oglethorpe, GA; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tim and Peggy Pangle of Livingston; 3 grandchildren, Patty and her husband, David Dale, and Tammy and her husband, Lee Stocking, all of Livingston, and Frank Bilbrey and his friend, Michelle McClaren, both of Chattanooga; 3 great-grandchildren, Rex Dale and his fiancee, Kirstie Dillon, Tori Stocking, and Adam Dale.

Pallbearers were Rex Dale, Lee Stocking, David Dale, Frank Bilbrey, Andrew Looper, and Richard Upton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Shriners Hospitals.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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WILLIS H. "BILL" COPELAND
Funeral services for Mr. Willis H. “Bill” Copeland, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Livingston Church of Christ, with Bro. Ken Williams officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Copeland died Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a custodian with Warren Consolidated Schools in Michigan and was a member of Livingston Church of Christ.
Born September 18, 1924 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Fed and Martha (Ledford) Copeland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth (Eldridge) Copeland; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Jane Copeland of Livingston, and Billy Copeland of Murfreesboro; 4 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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LARRY R. DANEIL
Funeral services for Mr. Larry R. Daniel, 66, of Muncie, IN, were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2009 from the chapel of Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel of Muncie, IN., with Pastor Brian Howard officiating.

Burial was in Elm Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Daniel died Thursday, November 12, at Ball Memorial Hospital. He was a 1961 graduate of Muncie Central High School. After school, he joined the active Army Reserve. Larry joined the Muncie Police Department and served for 27 years, retiring in 1996. He had twice been the past president of the local FOP Lodge #87, and for 20 years managed the FOP Bar along with his wife, Donna. Among Larry’s passions were NASCAR, the Colts, fast cars and boats. He very much enjoyed being with his family and friends.

Born April 2, 1943, in Livingston, he was the son of Lula Mae (Sells) Daniel and the late Lewis A. Daniel. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Garry Daniel.

Survivors include, in addition to his mother, his wife of 15 years, Donna (Wheatley) Daniel; a son, James Daniel of Indianapolis, IN; a step-daughter and her husband, Angie and Bob Bilton of Buffalo Grove, IL; 2 granddaughters, Sarah Bilton and Hannah Bilton; 2 nephews, Nathan Daniel and Nolan Daniel; a niece, Amber Daniel; several uncles, aunts, cousins, and his second best friend, his dog, Toby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Special care provided by Meeks Mortuary and Crematory. (P)


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EARL JOHNSON
Funeral services for Mr. Earl Johnson, 62, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2009 at Jesus Precious Word Church with Bro. Bobby Ray officiating.

Burial was in Campground Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson died Friday, November 20, at Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was the pastor of Jesus Precious Word Church and the retired owner of Johnson’s Paving. He had been a pastor for 30 years.

Born February 19, 1947 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Rancy and Ida Lee Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edison Johnson, and a sister, Delois Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Johnson; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Angie Johnson, Darell and Regina Johnson, and Shane and Jammie Johnson; 2 sisters, Ina Rose Geesling and Joyce Rector; 7 grandchildren, Ashley Ogletree, Jonathon Johnson, Britney Johnson, Lyndsey Johnson, Lance Johnson, Dale Johnson, and Cole Johnson; and 2 great-grandchildren, Mark Stephens III and Jonathon David Johnson, Jr.
Pallbearers were Roger Shelton, Wayne Jerrings, Mark Ogletree III, Fowler Pennington, Coy Ledbetter, and Jimmy Taylor.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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ARTHUR F. MILLER
Mr. Arthur F. Miller, 80, of Livingston, died Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at Livingston Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Miller had been an aircraft mechanic for Douglas Aircraft. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Livingston.

Born August 21, 1929 in Adair Co., OK, he was the son of the late William B. and Mary Francis (Eubanks) Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie (Worley) Miller; 4 brothers, Ray Miller, Lester Miller, Lee Miller, and Burl Miller; and a sister, Effie Bigfeather.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Linda Jobe and Karen Sherfey, both of Livingston, and Patti Dow of Maude, OK; a sister, Marie Bishop of Paducah, KY; and 9 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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CAROLYN (PIERCE) MILLER
Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn (Pierce) Miller, 57, of Love Joy Community of Monterey, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2009 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Pastor Ronnie Pierce, D.D. and Pastor Glenn Pierce officiating.

Burial was in Wilson Cemetery.

Ms. Miller died Saturday, November 21, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a home health office manager and a charter member of Green Pond Undenominational Church where she was the secretary for many years. She attended Monterey Worship Center.

Born February 10, 1952 in Monterey, she was the daughter of the late Doffie and Betty Jean (Phillips) Pierce.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Jermmie Cantrell of Love Joy Community; a sister and brother-in-law, Donna (Pierce) and Eddie Thrasher of Love Joy Community; a brother, Glenn Pierce of Cookeville; and a special friend, Teresa Lloyd of Cookeville.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)


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ANDRE O'CONNOR
Funeral services for Mr. Andre O’Connor, of Sarasota, FL, were conducted at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota.

Mr. O’Connor died Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

He was born the last of 12 children in Waterbury, CT, and spent his adolescence in Florida and in Rickman. He enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and was stationed in Naha, Okinawa, where he met and married his wife of 44 years, Sueko. The family relocated to Sarasota in 1969.

Mr. O’Connor was a skilled musician, handyman, and jokester. He had a deep love for animals and took in many animals in need.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa O’Connor and her friend, Jill; a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Jen O’Connor; 2 brothers, Richard O’Connor and Donald O’Connor; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved four-legged friends, Tina, Grandma, Snow, Kuro, Lucky, and Tommy.

Donations in Mr. O’Connor’s memory may be made to the Humane Society or Tidewell Hospice. (C)


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JAMES RONALD "RONNIE" PHILPOT
Funeral services for Mr. James Ronald “Ronnie” Philpot, 62, of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2009 from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home.

Burial was in Eckels Cemetery.

Mr. Philpot died Sunday, November 22, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a member of Sulpher Community Church.

Born February 25, 1947 in Putnam County, he was the son of Ruth Langford of Cookeville and the late James William Philpot. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Philpot, and a sister, Judy Maxwell Simono.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Janice Marie Philpot of Livingston; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Marty and Tina Philpot, and Blake and Amanda Philpot, all of Cookeville, and Brent Philpot of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Erika and Ben Danner of Livingston; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Nicky and Sinda Philpot of Crossville, and Jeffrey Philpot of Pikeville, TN; and 6 grandchildren, Jesse Philpot, Dylan Philpot, Ashly Philpot, Lane Danner, Luke Danner, and Landon Danner.

Pallbearers were Billy Pierce, Bill Randolph, Cameron Wilson, Don Copeland, Maurice Copeland, and Gordon Copeland.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

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DOROTHY MILDRED (WEST) QUALLS
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Mildred (West) Qualls, 88, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009 from the chapel at Whitson Funeral Home, with Bro. Ronald Strong officiating.
Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Qualls died Wednesday, November 18, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was an owner of Qualls Vending Company.

Born March 20, 1921 in Stran, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Luke and Anna Hattie (Williams) West. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lee Qualls; a son, David G. “Quincy” Qualls; a brother, Lewis Denton West; and a sister, Anna Lucille West.

Survivors include a son, Henry M. Qualls of Cookeville; 3 grandchildren, Nancy Lee Bronswijk, Daniel Wayne Qualls, and Audrey Anne Bronswijk; 5 great-grandchildren, Indy Bronswijk, Livia Bronswijk, Danielle Qualls, David Qualls, and Kendal Qualls; a niece, Roberta Dawson of Columbia, TN; 2 nephews, Phillip West Henry of Hendersonville, TN, and George Stephen Henry of Joelton, TN.

Pallbearers were friends and family.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

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TALMAGH GENE "T.G." SMITH
Memorial services for Mr. Talmagh Gene “T.G.” Smith, 71, of Livingston, were conducted Saturday, November 21, 2009 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home.

The family has chosen cremation and no inurnment service is planned.

Mr. Smith died Tuesday, November 17, at Livingston Regional Hospital. Mr. Smith was an electrical contractor and served in the U.S. Navy.

Born December 28, 1937 in Allons, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Sells) Smith.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Tonya Day of Vernon, FL and Kathleen Smith of Livingston; a son, Tony Smith of California; 2 sisters, Ruby Maynord of Allons and Maxie Harlow of Livingston; 4 brothers, Bruce Smith, Louis Smith, and Delone Smith, all of Allons, and Franklin D. “Peck” Smith of Livingston; and 4 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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