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Wonna M. (Williams) Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Wonna M. (Williams) Brown, 99, of Southside, TN, formerly of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010 from the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Rev. Craig Green officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Brown died Tuesday, April 13, at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She had been a homemaker, a member of First United Methodist Church and a choir member, Livingston Eastern Star #206, Civic and Garden Club, and Family and Community Educators.

Born February 3, 1911 in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late John Abner and Martha Susan (Crouch) Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Millard M. Brown, Sr.; 3 brothers, Estil Williams, Webster Williams, and Posie Williams; 4 sisters, Charlotte Kuykendall, Roxye Wynn, Dona Wilborn, and Rubye Littrell.
Survivors include a son, Millard M. Brown, Jr. of Hermitage, TN; a daughter, JoAnn Weakley of Southside; a granddaughter, Amy L. Clark; and a grandson, Christopher Brown.

Pallbearers were Christopher Brown, Lucian A. Wyatt, Wade Williams, Wayne Ellis Williams, James Kuykendall, Jr., and Troy Stewart.

Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Brown, Edward A. Cook, Col. John S.
Williams, and Jason Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the charity of choice in lieu of flowers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Lynda (Smith) Henley
Funeral services for Ms. Lynda (Smith) Henley, 62, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Sylvester Robbins Cemetery.

Ms. Henley died Wednesday, April 14, at Overton County Nursing Home. She had been a factory worker and member of McDonalds Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born December 30, 1947 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Detro and Nell (Patton) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Smith.

Survivors include a son, Donnie Wayne Qualls, and his fiancee, Nicole Paxton, of Monroe; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Marty Prestwood of Lafayette, TN; 3 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, Doyle and Emogene Smith, Wayne and Polly Smith, and Dale Smith and his girlfriend, Margaret, all of Monroe; 4 grandchildren, Elizabeth Qualls, Paige Qualls, Cody Prestwood, and Cory Prestwood; 1 great-grandchild, Coby Prestwood; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ricky Smith, Kenny Smith, Joey Smith, Darrell Smith, Cody Prestwood, and Cory Prestwood.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Jimmie L. Mangold
Mr. Jimmie L. Mangold, 72, of Livingston, died Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He had been a factory worker.

No services are planned.

Born July 17, 1937 in Butler County, MO, he was the son of the late William Henry and Frances Ella (Jenkins) Mangold. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Lee Mangold; a brother, Harold Mangold; and a sister, Lillian Needham.

Survivors include a step-daughter, Cathy Lee of Livingston; a brother-in-law, Edward Needham of East Peoria, IL; and a sister, Levada Curtis of Peoria, IL.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Larry A. Myrick
Funeral services for Mr. Larry A. Myrick, 69, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Allons.

Mr. Myrick died Saturday, April 10, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He had been a truck driver with Celadon Trucking Company and was of the Baptist faith.

Born January 26, 1941 in Hammond, IN, he was the son of the late Kenneth Allen and Edith (Saunders) Myrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Ann Wilson; a brother, Keith Myrick; and a grandson, James Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Anetta Myrick of Livingston; 4 sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry A. Myrick, Jr. of Cookeville, Kenneth A. Myrick of Anderson, IN, Ricky A. and Sheila Myrick of Livingston, and Billy T. Myrick and his fiancee, Kelly Kirby, of Livingston; a daughter, Tonya Hamlett of Celina; a brother, Don Myrick of Elwood, IN; 2 sisters, Linda Muskgrave of Gas City, IN and Mary Mitchell of Alexandria, IN; a mother-in-law, Mavis Bilbrey of Engles, IN; 26 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry A. Myrick, Jr., Kenneth Allen Myrick, Cody Elliston, Joseph Myrick, Ricky Myrick, and Billy Myrick.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Mona e. (Warden) Ledbetter Rakowski
Funeral services for Mrs. Mona E. (Warden) Ledbetter Rakowski, 88, of Indiana, were conducted at noon Tuesday, April 6, 2010 from Good Shepherd Chapel at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis, IN.

Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mrs. Rakowski died Friday, April 2, at Seasons Hospice in Indianapolis.

Born September 1, 1921 in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Laura (Thompson) Warden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruno Rakowski.

Survivors include a son, Garry D. Ledbetter; 3 daughters, Lavena Ledbetter, Shirley Burgess, and Mary Burns; 2 sisters, Jessie Dodson and Roxie Rushton; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice, 8350 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite 140, Indianpolis, IN 46237.

Special care provided by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers. (P)

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Evelyn Louise (Pigg) Warren
Memorial services for Ms. Evelyn Louise (Pigg) Warren, 81, of Rickman, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2010 from Netherland Church of Christ, with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating.

Ms. Warren has chosen cremation.

Ms. Warren died Thursday, April 15 at Bethesda Health Care Center after a long courageous battle with a malignant brain tumor.

Ms. Warren, a 1946 graduate of Livingston Academy, was co-valedictorian along with Anna Ruth (Cobble) Qualls. She attended David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) for two years prior to her marriage to Willie Bryson, a Church of Christ minister.

After her marriage, she put her education on hold for a few years to become a homemaker and the mother of two daughters.

When her husband was hired as minister of a Church of Christ in Greenville, TN, she attended Tusculum College and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree on May 22, 1959. In 1961, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from Richmond Polytechnic Institute (which is no longer in existence), and in 1962 she earned a Master of Arts degree in library science from George Peabody College.

Most of Ms. Warren’s professional career was spent as a librarian, working at middle schools in towns wherever her husband was preaching.

Later, she was employed as librarian at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, a position she held many years. Ms. Warren then moved to Atlanta, GA where she was a librarian at Emory University School of Medicine. She worked in this position until her retirement in 1994.

Ms. Warren became a member of Hilham Church of Christ during her early teens and during her lifetime worshipped with Church of Christ congregations in the states of Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and Toronto, Canada where her husband preached. At the time of her death she was a member of Netherland Church of Christ.

Ms. Warren was active in a number of professional, community, and civic organizations, including The American Library Association, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Friends of the Millard Fillmore Library, to which she left her valuable collection of signed books by Southern authors; Humanities Tennessee, which sponsors the annual Southern Festival of Books, a festival which she had attended most of the twenty years it has been in existence; and she was a charter member of the Queen Bees of the Chapeaux Rouges Chapter of the Red Hat Society International.

Ms. Warren’s many hobbies and interests included reading, traveling, visiting her children and grandchildren, attending book signings, attending Atlanta Braves baseball games, and attending NASCAR racing, of which she was an avid fan. For a time when working for a small weekly newspaper in Byrdstown, she wrote a column entitled “The NASCAR Granny.”

Born February 25, 1929 in Overton County, she was the first of five children born to the late J.B. and Esther (Ledbetter) Pigg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Willie Bryson; a daughter, Wilma Fern Bryson; and a sister Carolyn (Pigg) Foster.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Mason Floyd of Midlothian, VA; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Jo Pigg of Livingston; 2 sisters, Imogene Webb of Livingston, and Joyce Ramsey of Hilham; a brother-in-law, Dallas Foster of Pulaski, TN; her ex-husband, Radar C. Warren of Douglasville, GA; 2 grandsons and their wives, Douglas and Kara Floyd of Midlothian, VA and Nick and Tara Floyd of Roanoke, VA; 4 granddaughters, Zoe Floyd, Kayleigh Floyd, and Christa Floyd of Midlothian and Caroline Floyd of Roanoke; and a host of nieces,
nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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