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Aron James Ferrill
Rexell Everitt Ferrill

Private graveside services for stillborn twins, Aron James Ferrill and Rexell Everitt Ferrill, of Alto, MI, were conducted from Lakeside Cemetery in Lake Odessa, MI.

Born November 11, 2009, they were the sons of Andy and Denise Ferrill of Alto, MI. In addition to their parents, they are survived by a brother, Drew Scott Ferrill, and a sister, Anika Denise Ferrill; paternal grandmother, Donna Ferrill; maternal grandparents, J.D. and Charlene Hummel; great-grandparents, John and Joan Everitt, and Mary Roush; 3 aunts and uncles, Doug and Alicia Hummel, John Ferrill, Darcie Smith, and Corey and Stephanie Ferrill; 7 cousins Jake Hummel, Kyle Hummel, Alec Hummel, Tyler Ferrill, Sawyer Ferrill, Colton Ferrill, and Wyatt Ferrill; and other friends and family.

They were preceded in death by a sister, Alexia Jean Ferrill; a grandfather, Everett Rex Ferrill; and 2 uncles, Thomas Aron Ferrill and Chad Everett Ferrill.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Sleep sweet angels; you are home with Jesus. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil.4:13)

Special care provided by Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, MI. (P)

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Lester Shirley Flatt, Sr.
Funeral services for Rev. Lester Shirley Flatt, Sr., 81, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2009, from Midway Baptist Church, with Rev. John Padgett, Rev. James Walling, and Bryan Hickey officiating.

Burial was in Browns Mill Cemetery.

Bro. Flatt died Tuesday, November 24, at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey.

Bro. Flatt was devoted to the church and his family. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church. He was ordained to the ministry on November 29, 1952 by Manoah Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. He received his Diploma of Pastoral Ministry from Seminary Extension of the Southern Baptist Convention. Bro. Flatt was an active pastor for 40 years in the following churches: East Side Baptist, Detroit, MI, Ferndale Baptist, Ferndale, MI, Allons Baptist, Allons, TN, Cedar Hill Baptist, Baxter, TN, Nash Grove Baptist, Baxter, TN, Brush Creek Baptist, Brush Creek, TN, Dillards Creek Baptist, Chestnut Mound, TN, Memorial Baptist, Livingston, TN, Providence Baptist, McMinnville, TN, and Caney Fork Baptist, Cookeville, TN. He retired from active pastorate on April 4, 1993.

Following his retirement, he served in ten churches as an interim pastor.
Bro. Flatt was active in the organization of the first Southern Baptist Association in Michigan and the formation of the state convention in Michigan. During his ministry, he was active in several positions in Riverside Association, New Salem Association, Central Association and Stone Association of Southern Baptist.

Born July 3, 1928 in Putnam County, he was the son of the late W. F. and Lillie (Dyer) Flatt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lester Flatt, Jr.; a grandson, Michael Wayne Flatt; a great-grandson, Lincoln Miles Flatt; a sister, Ella Mae Dyer; and 5 brothers, Benton Flatt, Claudie Flatt, Savage Flatt, Winton Lee Flatt, and Charles Flatt.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lola (Mansell) Flatt, whom he
married April 1, 1945 in Rossville, GA; a daughter, Virginia Hickey of Baxter; a daughter-in-law and her husband, Leva Flatt and Dewey Greenwood both of Baxter; a brother, J.O. Flatt of Cookeville; 4 grandchildren, Randy Flatt and his wife, Donna, Bryan Hickey and his wife Dawn, Jennifer Smith and her husband, Randall, and Mark Hickey and his wife, Tricia; 7 great-grandchildren, Levi Flatt, Phoenix Roberts, Logan Hickey, Derrick Dixon, Dustin Dixon, Savannah Dixon, and Miranda Dixon; a special “granddaughter by choice” Lorie Padgett; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were all ordained pastors and deacons.
Active pallbearers were his nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Sandy Stone, in care of Stone Association (SBC), P.O. Box 455, Cookeville, TN 38503-0455.

Special care provided by Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. (C)

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Peggy G. (Manis) Gray
Funeral services for Mrs. Peggy G. (Manis) Gray, 66, of Hilham, formerly of Pickett County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2009, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Randy Shelton and Bro. Jerry Ward officiating.

Burial was in Story Cemetery in Pickett County.

Mrs. Gray died Friday, November 20, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born August 9, 1943 in Cincinnati, OH, she was the daughter of the late Garfield and Geneva (Moles) Manis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Manis, and a sister, Barbara Wright.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Amy Dishman and Wendy Lewis, both of Livingston, and Leslie Yorke of Cookeville; 4 sisters, Sue Pritchard of Livingston, Donna Manis and Wanda Carr, both of Byrdstown, and Ruth Black of Norris, TN; and 6 grandchildren, Nickolas Phillips, Kaitlyn Lewis, Bryson Yorke, Hayden Dishman, Trace Hamilton, and Jerett Hamilton.

Pallbearers were Phillip Wright, Jimmy Manis, Jamon Carr, Tyler Biddle, Tyson Biddle, and Jerry Ward.

Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Mercier, Tim Ledbetter, Jimmie Lewis,
Anthony Hamilton, and Joe Henry.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Eugene V. Smith
Funeral services for Mr. Eugene V. Smith, 79, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2009, from the chapel at Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Jackie Wheeler and Bro. Chris Reagan officiating.

Burial was in Algood City Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Friday, November 27, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He worked in an automotive factory and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended the Zion Hill Methodist Church in Rickman.

Born June 11, 1930 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Grady and Velah (Gentry) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Doyle Smith and Clifton Smith, and a sister, Betty Roberts.

Survivors included his wife of 55 years, Ruby Smith, of Rickman; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Randy Livingston of Rickman; 3 sisters, Elise Jenkins of Cookeville, Evelyn Poston and Odessa Boles, both of New Hope Community in Jackson County; 2 grandsons, Gerald Livingston and Morgan Livingston, both of Rickman; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Gary Smith, Danny Boles, Tom Morton, James Robert Childress, Raymond Smith, and Curtis Kottong.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Marvin “Bill” Smith
Funeral services for Mr. Marvin “Bill” Smith, 80, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2009 from the chapel at Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating.

Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Thursday, November 26, at his home. He had been in road construction and served in the U.S. Army.

Born October 18, 1929 in Alpine, he was the son of the late Harmon and Velva “Bob” (Cooper) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, John Arlin Smith, Bobby Smith, and Bates Smith; and a grandson, Josh Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Bonita Smith of Monroe; 2 sons, Mike Smith of Cookeville and Tim Smith of Gainesboro; 2 daughters, Vickie Neathery of Hilham and Tammy Robbins of Alpine; 5 sisters, Hallie Armstrong of Maryland, Ruth Cooper of Indiana, Betty Story of Alpine, Ann Crabtree of Monroe, and Judy Choate of Jamestown; a brother, Howard Smith of Alpine; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bill Cooper, Tommy Cooper, Steve Smith, Doug Smith, Jeff Story, Scott Choate, and Jamie Crabtree.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Norma Jean (Thompson) Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Jean (Thompson) Smith, 79, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2009, from the chapel of Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro, with Bro. Phillip Morgan officiating.

Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith died Thursday, November 26, at Mabry Health Care in Gainesboro. She had been a homemaker and retired cook.

Born December 16, 1929 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late James Elmer and Annie (Dale) Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard G. Smith, whom she married February 1, 1947; a son, Gerald Smith; 3 sisters, Bessie Smith, Mary Lou Kattong, and Veachel Stringfellow; and 3 brothers, Freeman Thompson, Sherman Thompson, and Clifton Thompson.

Survivors include 4 sons, Roger Smith of Cookeville, Phillip Smith, Waymond Smith, and Alan Smith, all of Hilham; a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Ralph Bilbrey of Hilham; 4 sisters and 3 brothers-in-law, Zilpah Barlow of Cookeville, Ruby and Eugene Smith of Rickman, Villa and Billy Maxwell of Hilham, and Marcella and Robert Lancaster of Livingston; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchldren.

Special care provided by Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. (C)


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