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Archives 02-17-2010

Obituaries
Melvin Conatser

Funeral services for Mr. Melvin Conatser, 62, of Rickman, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, February 15, 2010 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Jason Moore officiating.

Burial was in Matthews Cemetery in Rickman.

Mr. Conatser died Saturday, February 13, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born November 2, 1947 in Fentress County, he was the son of Helen Conatser of Jamestown.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Willie Conatser, whom he married September 2, 1967; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Machelle Conatser of Smyrna, TN; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Mark McKee of Somerset, KY; a sister and brother-in-law, Phyliss and Harold Smith of Soddy Daisy, TN; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Noble and Cindy Conatser, and Eugene and Brenda Conatser, all of Jamestown, and Robert and Regina Conatser of Livingston; 6 grandchildren, Wesley Conatser and Alyvia Conatser, both of Smyrna, Seth McKee, Arissa McKee, Kyra LaRue, and Kayd LaRue, all of Somerset, KY; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Leonard Carmack, Eddie Maynard, Mike Tharp, Harold Carter, Rick Pennington, and Billy Jolly.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Luther G. Franklin
Funeral services for Mr. Luther G. Franklin, 85, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Dr. Lyle Anderson officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens with full military honors by the Honor Guard of James T. Davis Memorial VFW Post 5062.

Mr. Franklin died Wednesday, February 10, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had retired after 40 years as a rural carrier and postmaster. He was also a farmer. He was a member and Elder of Midway Christian Church, a charter member of VFW, a veteran of U.S. Army in World War II, a member of Eagle Creek Masonic Lodge and York Rite mason, a 32 degree Scottish Rite mason, and a shriner of Al Meneh Temple in Nashville.

Born October 17, 1924 in Overton County, he was the son of the late William Otto and Ollie Alberta ( Smith) Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Helen Franklin, Irene Story, Betty Jo Story, and Mildred Franklin.

Survivors include his wife, Petty (Lollar) Franklin of Monroe; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, William Lee and Harriett Franklin of Cookeville, and Douglas Glen and Dian Franklin of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith Ann and Charles Vaden of Lebanon; 8 grandchildren, Christy Leigh Hamilton, Brian Franklin, Billy Franklin, Elizabeth Drury, Jennifer Masters, Brittany Franklin, Rebecca Vaden, and Alisia Dauw; 3 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great- grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brian Franklin, Billy Franklin, John Hamilton, Jr., Sam Drury, Shawn Masters, and Kyle Dauw.

Honorary pallbearer was Steve Keisling.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Ernest Blain “Ernie” Gantt
Funeral services for Mr. Ernest Blain “Ernie” Gantt, 76, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Phillip Morgan officiating.

Burial was in Old Union Cemetery.

Mr. Gantt died Saturday, February 13, at his home. He was an instructor in the medical field most of his life and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the Air Force in the 375 Bomber Squadron. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans.

Born July 17, 1933 in Lincoln County, NC, he was the son of the late Clarence E. and Jina (Mace) Gantt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Gantt.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Krista Gantt, and Gene and Tracey Gantt, all of Livingston; a sister, Margie Hoyle of Lincolnton, NC; 3 brothers, Blair Gantt, Gene Gantt, and Wireman Gantt, all of Lincolnton, NC; 4 grandchildren, Morgan (Gantt) Smith, Zachary Gantt, Abbi Gantt, and Zack Headrick; 2 great-grandchildren, Zayden Gantt and Harper Smith; and nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Phillip Storie, Larry Glaser, Darrell Garrett, Donnie Bull, Chris Melton, and Chester Melton.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)


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Michael Odell Honeycutt
Funeral services for Mr. Michael Odell Honeycutt, 53, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville, with Bro. Timmy Eldridge officiating.

Burial was in Netherland Cemetery.

Mr. Honeycutt died Saturday, February 13, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a truck driver for Lowe’s Lumber Company.

Born October 23, 1956 in Davidson County, he was the son of the late James and Willie (Bowman) Honeycutt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Lewis.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael, Jr. and Brandi Honeycutt of Cookeville; a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Eric Bujnevicie of Cookeville; 3 brothers, Lonnie Bowman of Chestnut Mound, Jimmy Honeycutt of Baxter, and Phyll Honeycutt of Algood; 2 sisters, Alice Lewis and Sherry Fox, both of Baxter; 3 grandchildren, Bailey Honeycutt, Austin Bujnevicie, and Alyssa Bujnevicie; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)


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William Darrell “Chopper” Jackson
Funeral services for Mr. William Darrell “Chopper” Jackson, 64, of Tompkinsville, KY, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2010, from Missionary Mound Baptist Church, with Bro. Dale Copas officiating.

Burial was in White Cemetery.

Mr. Jackson died Monday, February 8, at Monroe County Medical Center. He was formerly an EMS in Clay and Overton Counties. He was a member of Missionary Mound Baptist Church, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Born July 21, 1945 in Kentucky, he was the son of the late William Prentice and Viola (Grimsley) Jackson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Jeremy Jackson; a sister, Wanda Emberton; and a brother, Jimmy Emberton.

Survivors include his wife, Renita (Houk) Jackson; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Angela and Tommy Smith, Brittany Jackson, and Brianna Jackson, all of Tompkinsville; a step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Kristen and Jamie England of Edmonton, KY; a sister, and brother-in-law, Dimple and George Chism of Tompkinsville; 10 grandchildren, Matt Burkhead, T. J. Smith, William Smith, Dylan Smith, Ashton Johnson, Jadyn Johnson, Braelyn Johnson, Taegyn England, Paige England, and Jacob England; an aunt, Zelma Bacon of Tompkinsville; an uncle, Ezra Jackson of Glasgow; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to McMurtrey Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses.

Special care provided by McMurtrey Funeral Home. (P)


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George G. Ledbetter, (Sgm US Army Ret)
Funeral services for Mr. George Glen Ledbetter, SGM US ARMY RET, 77, of Algood, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from the Algood Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, with Dr. C. Vance Johnson and Chaplin (COL) Charles McCaskey officiating.

Burial, with full military honors, was in Algood City Cemetery.

Mr. Ledbetter died Saturday, February 6, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Algood United Methodist Church.

Retired Sergeant Major Ledbetter began his military career in the U.S. Army in 1950, serving both in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War before retiring from active duty in 1977. Following his retirement, he was manager of Bowling World for 5 years and an associate of Lowe’s for 14 years.

Born July 19, 1932 in the Willow Grove Community of Clay County, he was the son of the late George C. and Ida (Cyphers) Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 6 sisters; 2 brothers; 2 grandchildren, Michael Ledbetter and Tera Ledbetter; a father-in-law, Harley Hicks; and a brother-in-law, Jamie Hicks.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Brenda (Hicks) Ledbetter, whom he married January 31, 1953 in Algood; a son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Michelle Ledbetter of Baxter; 2 sisters, Evelyn Blough of Indianapolis, IN and Mayme Jo Hicks of Algood; a mother-in-law, Hessie Hicks of Algood; 6 grandchildren, Brittany Ledbetter, Lisa Ledbetter, Richard Ledbetter, Kasondra Brown, Whitney Choate, and Josh Waite; and a great-granddaughter, Rebekah Brown.

Pallbearers will be the Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Special care provided by Hooper-Huddleston & Horner.
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E. Aleah (Dillon) Masters
Funeral services for Mrs. E. Aleah (Dillon) Masters, 87, formerly of Farmersville, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010 from the chapel of Arpp & Root Funeral Home, with Pastor Patti Matthews officiating.

Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens cemetery.

Mrs. Masters died Monday, February 8, at Otterbein Retirement Community in Lebanon, OH. She was a member of Farmersville United Methodist Church.

Born September 17, 1922 in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Henrietta (Gunnels) Dillon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harrell; 4 brothers, Stanley Dillon, Robert Dillon, William Dillon, and Ed Dillon; and a grandson, Brendan R. Daugherty.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon F. and Kent W. Daugherty of Hockwold, Norfolk, England; a son, Darrell V. Masters of Monroe, NC; 4 brothers, Frank Dillon of Cherry, NC, Joe H. Dillon of Brookville, OH, Carl Dillon of West Alexandria, OH, and Larry “Butch” Dillon of New Lebanon, OH; a sister, Flossie Gaw of Cookeville, TN; and a grandson, Adam L. Daugherty of Norman, OK.

Memorial contributions may be made to Farmersville Fire Association, 207 N. Elm Street, Farmersville, OH 45325 or to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3797 Summit Glenn Drive, Suite G100, Dayton, OH 45449.

Special care provided by Arpp & Root Funeral Home. (P)

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Ricky Wayne Smith
Graveside services for Mr. Ricky Wayne Smith, 43, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010 from Green Hills Cemetery in Alpine, with Bro. Jeff Short officiating.

Mr. Smith died Saturday, February 6, in Rutherford County.

Born September 7, 1966 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Audra Hazel (Gunter) Smith. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Smith.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Barbara Vaughn of Monroe and Helen Burnson of Kentucky; 3 nephews and 2 nieces.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Mary Viona (Jared) Harpe Warren
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Viona (Jared) Harpe Warren, 89, of Algood, were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2010 from Paran United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Sauer officiating.
Burial was in Paran Cemetery.

Mrs. Warren died Friday, February 12, at her home. She was a member of Paran United Methodist Church, and loved her Lord and her Paran church family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

Born August 22, 1920 in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late Lee P. and Mary (Maxwell) Jared. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Wheeler Harpe and Gaskell Warren; 3 sisters, Ruby Young, Mayme Jared, and Gladys Jared; and 3 brothers, Hubert Jared, Alvin Jared, and Vernon Minton.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Donna Harpe of Rickman; a daughter and son-in-law, Viane and Ron Lollar of Algood; 2 sisters, Lillian Talley of Watertown, TN and Marie Sostock of Detroit, MI; a brother and sister-in-law, L.P. and Elouise Jared of Baxter; 7 grandchildren, Ronnie Lollar, Lindsey Lollar, Brennan Lollar, April Lollar, Amanda Lollar, Laura Harpe, and Ryan Harpe.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paran Cemetery Trust Fund, % Joe Harpe, 152 Reed Lane, Cookeville, TN 38506, or to Lazarus House Hospice, P.O. Box 149, Cookeville, TN 38503.

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

 

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