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Hessie Mabel (Webb) Bilyeu
Funeral services for Mrs. Hessie Mabel (Webb) Bilyeu, 83, of Cookeville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2009, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville, with Bro. Phillip Buck officiating.

Burial was in Campground Cemetery.

Mrs. Bilyeu died Thursday, December 3, at Master’s Health Care Center. She had worked in assembly at the shirt factory and was of the Christian faith.

She was the daughter of the late Sammie and Chancie Mae (Peterman) Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Uyless Bilyeu; a son, James Bilyeu; 3 sisters, Gertie Hicks, Myrtle Judd, and Clemma Hooks; and a brother, Milburn Webb.

Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Bilyeu of Carthage; a brother, Clio Webb of Cookeville; a sister, Reba Smith of Cookeville; 6 grandchildren, Sammy Bilyeu, Catina Peters, Tiffany Patterson, Greg Naugle, Scott Naugle, and Chris Naugle; 12 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Linda Bilyeu of Crawford; and several nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

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Havil Beachel Davis
Mr. Havil Beachel Davis, 95, of Overton County, died Saturday, November 28, 2009.

Born May 17, 1914 in Overton County, he married Vonda Jewell Maynard on December 24, 1933 in Albany, KY. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Jeanette Davis, a grandson, Michael Howard Ledbetter, and a son-in-law, Roy Howard Ledbetter.

Survivors include a daughter, Belinda Sue Ledbetter of Battle Creek, MI; a son, Jerry Kendell Davis of Lafayette, IN; 5 grandchildren, David Luther Ledbetter, Brenda Kay Ledbetter Brenner, Trevor Gage Davis, Jared Littleton Davis, and Kendra Rosamond Davis; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 4 nieces, and 2 nephews.

Mr. Davis was a farmer, who knew how to farm with horses and diesel tractors, build a barn, split shakes for a roof, cane a chair seat, make fried apple pies, train horses and dogs, pet a cat, use a satellite dish, and a cell phone.

Salutatorian of his graduating class at Alpine Academy, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Technological Institute and a Masters of Education from University of Tennessee. He was a schoolteacher, a Vols fan, a mason, and a Presbyterian. He loved farming, teaching children and young adults, reading, girl’s basketball, visiting family and friends, and going to church.

What simple facts can never convey is the way he affected the lives of others with his compassion, his faith, his humor, and his wisdom. He will be honored, loved, and kindly remembered, not only by his family, but by hundreds of former students from Overton and Morgan Counties, many who called him “Pops” and visited him for decades after he retired 30 years ago.

His death echoed the last words of Stonewall Jackson, another
Presbyterian, “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.” When we cross that river that he has already crossed, may we find him there to welcome us.

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Wayne E. Green
Memorial services for Mr. Wayne E. Green, 75, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2009, from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Livingston, with Rev. Keith Ledbetter officiating.

Mr. Green died Tuesday, December 1, at his home. He had been a plant manager at a metal plating company, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Born December 8, 1933 in Marshall, MI, he was the son of Mabel (Palmer) Green and the late Charles E. Green. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Green; and 2 sisters, Agnes Wintersteen and Phyllis Wintersteen.

Survivors include, in addition to his mother, his wife, Marjorie Green of Livingston; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Kerry and Karen Green of Livingston, Russell and Cheryl Green of Jackson, MI, and Joel Barber of Holland, MI; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Donald Knight of Ft. Wayne, IN, Patricia and Thomas Hanrahan of Ballston Park, NY, Christina and Marc Till of South Haven, MI, and Heidi and Todd Curtis of Holland, MI; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Connie Green of Ft.
Wayne, IN, and Paul and Judy Green of Battle Creek, MI; a sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice and Les Wintersteen of Lewiston, MI; 12 grandchildren; and 4 greatgrandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral home. (C)

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Charles Ray “Charlie” Greenwood
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Ray “Charlie” Greenwood, 58, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2009 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Old Union Cemetery.

Mr. Greenwood died Thursday, December 3, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a sawmill employee and a member of Livingston Christian Community Church.

Born May 13, 1951, in Overton County, he was the son of the late Dallas Gilbert and Tina Bell (Buck) Greenwood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Ledbetter; and 3 brothers, Randall Greenwood, Harvey Delois Greenwood, and Marvin Greenwood.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie (Whited) Greenwood of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Mechelle and Andrew Miller of Rickman; a son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Sara Greenwood of Cookeville; 2 step-daughters and a step-son-in-law, Twila Morgan and Tiffany and Brandon Quate, all of Dunkirk, IN; a sister, Irene Hammock of Hilham; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Clovis and Martha Greenwood, and Billy and Jackie Greenwood, all of Hilham; a brother-in-law, Lester Ledbetter of Hilham; a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Dorothy Bledsoe of Monterey; 2 grandchildren, Thomas Crawford and Preston Greenwood; a very special lady, Myrtle McDonald of Livingston; and nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Danny McDonald, Brandon Quate, Jay Warren, Herb Whited, Butch Murphy, Kirby Whited, and Ricky Abbott.

Honorary pallbearers were Preston Greenwood and Thomas Crawford.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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Johnny Howard Thrasher
Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Howard Thrasher, 56, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Kevin Daughtery and Bro. Jason Hart officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Thrasher died Wednesday, December 2, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He had been a truck driver and a member of Sycamore Church of Christ in Cookeville.

Born May 16, 1953 in Overton County, he was the son of Opal (Kyle) Thrasher of Baxter and the late Chester Thrasher. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Grainville and Mary Ann Kyle; and a brother, Jackie Thrasher.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Lindsay Thrasher of Livingston; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Edith and Jerry McKenzie of Evergreen, AL, and Anna Dean and Jack Garner of Baxter; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Sue Thrasher of Cookeville; 3 nieces, Monica Stacy of Monroeville, AL, Carol Baker of Evergreen, AL, and Tammy Phillips of Monterey; a nephew, Roger Boles of Lebanon; and other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Elmo Thrasher, Roger Boles, Thomas Wilkerson, Ray
Thrasher, Charlie Hix, and Joe Coffee.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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Horace G. “Bud” W aller, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Horace G. “Bud” Waller, Jr., 75, of Cookeville, were conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2009, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville, with Bro. Al Gaspard, Bro. Tracy Gross, and Bro. Berry Boggs officiating.

Burial was in Cookeville City Cemetery.

Mr. Waller died Wednesday, December 2, at his home in Cookeville. He had been a District Manager of Cal/AmeriGas for 37 years and a member of Wilhite Baptist Church.

Born October 2, 1934 in Putnam County, he was the son of the late Horace G. and Velma (Uhles) Wallers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Bryant; 2 half-sisters, Bessie Watts and Beatrice Fisher; a half-brother, Joe F. Waller; 3 brothers-in-law, Marshall Bryant, Donald Hawkins, and Ray Hunter; and 3 nephews, Larry Hawkins, Timothy Harris, and Michael Swift.

Survivors include 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Phillip Uhles of Cookeville, Lisa and Jerry Massa of Baxter, and Darlene and Bob Gambrell of Colorado; a brother and sister-in-law, Zeb Harvey and Bobbie Waller of Cookeville; 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, Nathel Dean Hawkins, and Betty and Edward Harris, all of Baxter, and Lucille Hunter of Cookeville; special brothers-in-law, Douglas Harris and Carlos Dow Harris; a special sister-in-law, Alene Parrigin; 3 grandchildren, Richard Fields and his wife, Vicky, Jonathan Uhles, and Nicky Stevens; 2 great-grandchildren, Ashton Wheeler and Austin Wheeler; 14 nieces and nephews, Ronnie Waller, Zeb Waller, Jr., Tommy Waller, Teresa Waller, Celia Tynan, Renee Smith, Ralph Waller, Bill Fisher, J.L. Watts, Harvey Fisher, Barbara Nabors, Sue Ragland, Evelyn Stout, and Theresa Flennor; the mother of his children, Arlene Waller Strang; and a very special friend, Rellon Farris.

Pallbearers were Ralph Waller, Dow Harris, Edward Harris, Ronnie Waller, Zeb Waller, Jr., Tommy Waller, Doug Harris, and Bill Fisher.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Cal/AmeriGas and Lazarus House Hospice.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)


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