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Opalyne (Mercer) Franklin
Funeral services for Mrs. Opalyne (Mercer) Franklin, 75, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Freddie Looper and Bro. Kenneth Clayton officiating.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery.

Mrs. Franklin died Tuesday, May 4, at her home. She had been a factory worker and attended First Assembly of God in Livingston.

Born October 14, 1934 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Hillary and Geneva (Glidewell) Mercer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie H. Franklin Sr.; 3 brothers, Samuel Mercer, Talton Mercer, and John Ed Mercer; 2 sisters, Helen Sidwell and Beatrice Mercer.

Survivors include 2 sons, Johnnie H. Franklin, Jr. and Jimmy L. Franklin, both of Livingston; a daughter, Sherry Hancock of Livingston; 2 brothers, Alton Mercer of Rickman and Harnold Mercer of Gainesboro; 2 grandchildren, Whitney Allred and Kylor Allred; and 2 step-grandchildren, Jerry Boswell and Michael Boswell; a very special niece, Paula Craig of Tompkinsville, KY; 2 very special friends, Odell Johnson and Hazel Webb; and several other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jerry Boswell, Mike Boswell, Timmy Mercer, Eddie Mercer, Jimmy Evans, Jack McCormick, and Jason Hodson.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Mercer, Robert Allred, and Doug Neely.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Donald C. McCowan, Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Donald C . McCowan, Sr., 64, of Monterey, were conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene McCowan and Rev. Delmar McCowan officiating.

Services in Indiana will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 12 at Dunkirk, IN Freewill Baptist Church.

Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey, IN.

Mr. McCowan died Thursday, May 6, at his home. He attended Sand Springs Baptist Church and was a first class machine repairman in Dunkirk, IN for 42 years.

Born August 26, 1945 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Elvin and Elsie (Bilbrey) McCowan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an adopted son, Albert Teegarden; 2 sisters, Earlene Miller, and ImaJean Simons; a brother, Doyle McCowan; and a granddaughter, Heather Teegarden.

Survivors include his wife, Paula (Truax) McCowan of Monterey; 2 daughters, Shevelle Miller of Monterey, and Rachael McCowan of Celina, OH; a son, Donald C. McCowan, Jr. of Redkey, IN; 2 adopted children, Yvonne Elzey of Andrews, IN and Alvin Teegarden of Anderson, IN; a sister, Barbara Mink of Redkey, IN; 2 brothers, Daniel McCowan and Norman “Poncho” McCowan, both of Redkey, IN; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Angelia D. (Haney) Pickett
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Angelia D. (Haney) Pickett, 42, of Anderson, IN, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2010 from Okolona Cemetery, with Bro. Elmer McCowan officiating.

Mrs. Pickett died Thursday, April 29, in St. Johns Health System in Anderson, IN. She had been a cafeteria employee in the Indiana School System.

Born March 4, 1968, she was the daughter of Barbara (Bilbrey) Haney and the late Charles Haney. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Todd Pickett; and a brother, Kevin Haney.

In addition to her mother, survivors include, her step-father, Larry Reynolds of Anderson, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Tori Pickett of Anderson; a daughter, Abby Pickett of Anderson; a brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Sharon Haney of Cookeville; a maternal grandmother, Geneva Bilbrey of Rickman; 2 grandchildren, Brayden and Arian; a mother-in-law and father-in-law, Tom and Janice Pickett of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Zena Juanita (Phillips) Riddle
Funeral services for Mrs. Zena Juanita (Phillips) Riddle, 78, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. William Bertram officiating.

Burial was in Allens Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Riddle died Thursday, May 6, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

She had been a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Born April 4, 1932 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Wheeler and Gladys (Nelson) Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Riddle; 3 sons, Gerald Riddle, Randall Riddle, and Nathan Riddle; and a brother, Arthur Phillips.

Survivors include 2 granddaughters, Wendy Riddle of Livingston, and Glenda Bertram and her husband, Donavon, of Litchfield, KY; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Bruce Gaw of Hilham, and Faye and Jerry Daily of Rickman; 4 step-sons; 3 step-daughters; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Carl Dulworth, Stan Walthal, Glen Ridge, Tracy Flatt,
Mike Franklin, Jimmy Henry, Brad Neely, and Cody Bertram.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Ledia Lucille (Shearl) Sebers
Funeral services for Mrs. Ledia Lucille (Shearl) Sebers, 60, of Carthage, TN, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from the chapel at Wilson County Funeral Home.

Burial was in Wilson County Memorial Park.

Mrs. Sebers died Thursday, May 6. She was a member of Lighthouse Church of God.

Born November 23, 1949 in Livingston, she was the daughter of Virginia (Craigmile) Shearl and the late Hulet Shearl. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Sebers.

In addition to her mother, survivors include 4 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Barbara Dianne and Kenneth Butler, Angela Marie Beason, Martha Jean Williams, and Miranda Nicole and Brian Crook; 5 sons, Milton Shearl, Jr., William Edward Sebers, Isaac Lee Boles, Billy Paul Boles, and Titus Job Sebers; 3 sisters, Geraldine Mobley, JoAnn Neal, and Helen Wooden; 2 brothers, William Shearl and Edward Shearl; 18 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren, along with many other friends and relatives.

Special care provided by Wilson County Funeral Home. (P)

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LTC arnold “Arnie” Smith, USAF (Ret.)
A private family burial service for LTC Arnold Smith, USAF (Ret.) 89, of Warner Robins, GA will be conducted at a later date in Livingston.

LTC Smith died Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Upon graduation from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. A World War II pilot, he flew in the Berlin Air Lift. He later served in the War Room at the Pentagon and had his final tour of duty at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam. Among his many service awards were the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, the Air Medal, and the Bronze Star. He settled in Warner Robins, GA in 1970 upon his retirement.

An avid golfer, Arnie was a charter member of the Sandy Run Golf Course, predecessor to the International City Golf Club where he proudly held the membership number 001.

Born October 19, 1920 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Audrain E. and Hettie (Bennett) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah Jane (Oakley) Smith, and second wife, Irene (Hoefling) Smith.

Survivors include a sister, Juanita S. Carr of Hendersonville, TN and a niece, Noroma C . Benz and her husband, Jack, of Goodlettsville, TN.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church Home for the Aged, P.O. Box 1376, Perry, GA 31069 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Special care provided by McCullough Funeral Home. (P)


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