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Lt. Col. Anthony “Tony” Barnhill


Funeral services for Lt. Col. Anthony “Tony” Barnhill, Retired, 63, of Gurley, AL, were conducted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, AL.

Lt. Col. Barnhill will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lt. Col. Barnhill died Monday, January 25, from a vehicle head-on collision near Huntsville.

Lt. Col. Barnhill served 20 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He taught R.O.T.C. in Alaska and started the R.O.T.C. program at Buckhorn High School near Huntsville, where he taught R.O.T.C. students 11 years.

He graduated from the Command General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS. He was assigned to return there and taught in the school for 2 years afterwards.

Lt. Col. Barnhill was an artillery officer and served in Vietnam and Desert Storm. He earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam.

After the start of the Iraqi Freedom war, Lt. Col. Barnhill agreed to return to the Army as a civilian inspector of artillery units throughout U.S. military bases such as those in Korea, Germany, Ft. Sill, Fort Drum, and others, which he inspected for combat preparedness.

Tony loved his family, God, and country. He had a passion to collect and restore MG cars as well as some Mercedes and Corvettes. Through his auto restoration, he made countless friends in the U.S. as well as around the world.

Lt. Col. Barnhill and his family resided in Cookeville for a short time while he was an employee at GTE. He completed an MBA at Tennessee Tech.

Born in Starkville, MS, he was the son of William Barnhill of Starkville, and the late Clauise Barnhill. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Delmer and Bernice Owens.

In addition to his father, survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jerri (Owens) Barnhill, formerly of Monroe, who was badly injured in the collision but is improving; a daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Jeff Lisenby, and a grandson, Will Lisenby, all of Birmingham, AL. (P)

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Donna Marie (Breeding) Bartylak

Memorial services for Mrs. Donna Marie (Breeding) Bartylak, 46, of Jamestown, were conducted at the home of her sister, Theresa Wilkerson of Byrdstown, at noon Sunday, February 7, 2010.

Mrs. Bartylak died Thursday, February 4, at Overton County Nursing
Home. She had been a secretary for an electrical contractor.

Born January 23, 1964 in Clarksville, IN, she was the daughter of Richard Breeding of Jamestown, and the late Edna (Gilliam) Breeding. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marla Breeding.

In addition to her father, survivors include her husband, Phillip Bartylak of Jamestown; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Doug and Holly Harris, Chris Bartylak, and Kevin Bartylak, all of Jamestown; a daughter, Rachale Jordan of Jamestown; 3 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, Richard Breeding, Jr. and Tina Akers of Byrdstown, Charles and Stephanie Breeding of Great Falls, MT, and Frank Tulley of Ocean Springs, MS; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Theresa and Terry Wilkerson of Byrdstown, and Angela and Rob Thompson of Ft. Lee, VA; 4 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Billy Joe “Red” Lamb

Funeral services for Mr. Billy Joe “Red” Lamb, 79, of Cookeville, were conducted 1 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, with Rev. Bobby Sebastian officiating.

Burial was in Sand Springs Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Lamb died Tuesday, February 2 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Lamb was a 30 year employee of Putnam County Highway Department. He served as Road Supervisor for the past 20 years. Prior to his service with the county highway department, he worked for McDowell-Purcell, Inc. as a diesel shovel operator for 25 years.

Born October 4, 1930 in Putnam County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Velma (Hunter) Lamb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Louise Anderson and Willene Lamb; 3 brothers, Bobby Lewis “Toot” Lamb, Paul Lamb, and Jerry Don Lamb; and a brother-in-law, Billy Earl Vaden.

Survivors include his wife of over 59 years, Nell (Farley) Lamb, whom he married September 1, 1950 in Putnam County; a daughter, Jan Matlock of Old Hickory; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Debbie Lamb of Cookeville, and Bruce and Donna Lamb of Livingston; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Betty and Bob Nickens of Maryville, Shirley Vaden of Cookeville, and Sue and George Sprouse of Dunlap; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Sue Ray Lamb of Cookeville; 7 grandchildren, Rachael Lamb of Cookeville, Jason Matlock of Old Hickory, LCpl. Samuel Lamb of Camp Pendelton, CA, David Lamb of Cookeville, Reygan Lamb of Livingston, Hannah Lamb of Cookeville, and Keelie Lamb of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were LCpl. Sam Lamb, Jason Matlock, Reese Parks, Bobby Charles Lamb, Gary Farley, and Jim Madewell.

Honorary pallbearers were Employees of Putnam County Highway Department.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mustard Seed Ranch, P.O. Box 3814, Cookeville, TN 38502-3814.

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


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Rose Alice (Wilborn) Ramsey
Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Alice (Wilborn) Ramsey, 64, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2010, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Denton Ramsey and Bro. John P. Mabrey officiating.

Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery in the Allred Community.

Mrs. Ramsey died Thursday, February 4, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born June 12, 1945 in Akron, OH, she was the daughter of Edna Mae (Thurstron) Wilborn and the late Malcolm Wilborn. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Wilborn.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Junior Ramsey of Hilham; a daughter, Tammy Sherrell of Cookeville; 2 sons, Mark Ramsey of Hilham, and Joe Ramsey of Monroe; 3 brothers, Malcolm Wilborn of Akron, OH, Wayne Wilborn of Hilham, and Michael Wilborn of Cookeville; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and special friends, Beryl Matthews and Nicie Ledbetter.

Pallbearers were Justin Ledbetter, Chad Ramsey, Charles Cantrell, Chris Cantrell, Joey Hill, and Allen Ramsey.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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Irene E. (Hoefling) Smith
Graveside services for Mrs. Irene E. (Hoefling) Smith, 86, of Warner Robins, GA, were conducted in Overton County Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2010, with Rev. Craig Green officiating.

Mrs. Smith died Sunday, January 24, at Houston Medical Center. She had been a homemaker. She served as a “pink lady” for 28 years at Robins Air Force Base Hospital, was an avid bowler with many trophies from throughout the Middle Georgia area. She was a pet lover with a special love for dogs, and enjoyed feeding the birds.

Born September 30, 1923 in Alliance, Alberta, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Minnie (Adam) Hoefling. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Annie and Lois; 5 brothers, William, Edward, Fred, Ralph, and John; and parents-in-law, Audrian and Hettie Smith.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Arnold Smith of Warner Robins, GA; a sister-in-law, Juanita Carr of Hendersonville, TN; a nephew, Robin Thompson and his wife, Ruth, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; a niece, Noroma Benz and her husband, Jack, of Goodlettsville, TN; and close friends, Debbie Gill, Lynn Rasmussen, and Shirley Stricklen-Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church Home for the Aged, P.O. Box 1376, Perry, GA 31069.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Eva Dell (Neal) Swallows
Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Dell (Neal) Swallows, 86, of Dodson Chapel Community in Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2010 from Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church.

Burial was in Dodson Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Swallows died Tuesday, January 19 at her home. She was retired from Cookeville General Hospital. Eva was known to her daughters as “Mama” and to grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Nannie”.

She had been a member of Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church since 1942, and was a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, and youth leader. She is especially remembered by her former students for her flannel board stories.

Eva was an excellent crafter, and won blue ribbons for her quilting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, and knitting. She also enjoyed painting, woodwork, carving, and writing. She took great pleasure in giving special handmade gifts to each member of her family.

Born June 28, 1923, she was the daughter of the late George Chester and Minnie Elizabeth (Gore) Neal. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Ensor Swallows, whom she married August 2, 1940; 2 brothers, Will Neal and Homer Neal; and 3 sisters, Louvernia (Neal) Matthews, Berta (Neal) Reid, and Dean (Neal) Reid.

Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Donnie Stover of Dodson Chapel Community, and Sandra and Jim Elliott of Oliver Springs, TN; 5 grandchildren, Donita (Stover) Burnett of Smyrna, Caryn (Stover) Robichaud and her husband, Jeff, of Cookeville, Lisa (Elliott) Powell and her husband, Kenny, of Clinton, KY, Kevin Elliott and Amy Elliott, both of Oliver Springs; 7 great-grandchildren, Hunter Burnett, Jordan Monger, Austin Powell, Morgan Robichaud, Sierra Elliott, Brad Powell, and Ashley Powell; and a great-great-grandson, Tyler Powell.

Pallbearers were Kevin Elliott, Hunter Burnett, Brad Powell, Jordan Monger, Austin Powell, and Howard Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Robichaud, Kenny Powell, and Mark Harrison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Dodson Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Arthur “Pappy” Taylor
Funeral services for Mr. Arthur “Pappy” Taylor, 78, of Cookeville, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, with Rev. Lynn Bullock officiating.

A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, February 8 at the funeral home.

Burial, with full military honors, was in Aaron’s Chapel Cemetery in Overton County.

Mr. Taylor died Saturday, February 6, at his home after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He had worked at General Motors in Detroit, MI for over 16 years. He was a licensed emergency medical technician and worked several years with Overton County Ambulance Service and retired from Putnam County Ambulance Service in 1993 with over 17 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Taylor was a member of Oak Hill Methodist Church, Cookeville Masonic Lodge #266 FM & AM, York Rite Masonic Bodies, and Al Menah Shrine Temple.

“Pappy” was a loving son, husband, father, and brother. His family would like everyone to know that although he wasn’t an avid hunter, fisherman, or golfer, he was a passionate storyteller.

Born February 8, 1931 in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late James and Myrtle (Parsons) Taylor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Clara Taylor; and 2 brothers, Bill Leo Taylor, and James “Junior” Taylor.

Survivors include his wife of over 54 years, Girdean (Savage) Taylor, whom he married December 19, 1955 in Cookeville; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Donna Taylor, and Keith and Terri Taylor, all of Cookeville; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Karen Jones of Rickman, and Teresa and John Young of Deland, FL; 9 grandchildren, Allison Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Zachary Taylor, Hillary Carnel and her husband, Charles, Melissa Hammock and her husband, Terry, Robbie Matthews, Daniel Young and his wife, Ashley, Cole Young, and Amber Young; 5 great-grandchildren, Abby Hammock, Madison Hammock, Brooke Hammock, Tyler Young, and Sunday Watson.

Pallbearers were J.T. Bennett, Junior Watts, David Lalone, Robbie Matthews, Eddie Haynes, and Freddie Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers were Employees of Putnam County Ambulance Service and Cookeville Masonic Lodge #266 FM & AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o of Al Menah Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 78545, Nashville, TN 37207.

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

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