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Peggy Jane (Threet) Abston
Funeral services for Mrs. Peggy Jane (Threet) Abston, 56, of Lebanon, TN, formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Ken Williams officiating.

Burial was in Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Abston died Sunday, May 23, at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was a former shirt factory employee.

Born November 10, 1953 in Fentress County, she was the daughter of Vella (Ringley) Threet Dickerson of Livingston and the late Royal Threet. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Odis and Lora Threet and Bill and Mamie Ringley.

Survivors include, in addition to her mother, a daughter, Susan Jane Bowers of Johnson City, TN; a brother, Jerry Dale Threet of Livingston; a step-father, Bobby Dickerson of Livingston; 3 grandchildren, Jacaid Bowers, Ethan Bowers, and Xavier Bowers; and other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Brandon Threet, Gerald Windle, Gerald Norrod, Larry King, Corey King, Jerry McDonald, and Aaron Threet.
Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)


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Wymon Davis
Funeral services for Mr. Wymon Davis, 86, of the Timothy Community of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Rev. Keith Long and Rev. Rick Frazier officiating.

Burial was in McFerrin Cemetery.

Mr. Davis died Tuesday, May 25, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been owner/operator of Western Auto in Livingston for 25 hours. He was a veteran of U.S. Navy during World War II, a member of Livingston Civitan Club, and a member of McFerrin United Methodist Church.

Born April 5, 1924 in Clay County, he was the son of the late Walter Lee and Arie (Smith) Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Odean Davis, of Timothy Community; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Eldon and Brenda Davis of Livingston and Donnie and Pam Davis of Timothy Community; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Lester Gentry of Timothy Community; 5 grandchildren, Shona Smith and her husband, Joseph, of Cookeville, Sonia Upton of Celina, Rachel Graff and her husband, Randall, of Livingston, Grant Davis and Alex Gentry, both of Timothy Community; and 3 great-grandchildren, Cherokee Upton and Chloe Upton, both of Celina, and Lukas Flynn Smith of Cookeville.

Pallbearers were Lester Gentry, Grant Davis, Matt Davis, Randall Graff, Joseph Smith, Eric Gentry, and Joe Sullivan.

Honorary pallbearers were Lee Davis, Clyde Hensley, Sonny Holt, Cleston Robbins, Joe Eddie Upton, and friends at Celina and Livingston Senior Citizens Centers.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Maxine (Martin) Divito
Funeral services for Mrs. Maxine (Martin) Divito, 76, of Cookeville, were conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home.

The family has chosen cremation after the service.

Mrs. Divito died Thursday, May 27, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born December 23, 1933 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Welmon and Cora (Pierce) Martin.

Survivors include a sister, Hilda Tomlinson; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Bernice Martin and Neil and Carolyn Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Ilene (Staggs) Halsell
Funeral services for Mrs. Ilene (Staggs) Halsell, 75, of Rickman, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010 from Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Rickman, with Rev. James Williams and Rev. Jeff Cotterman officiating.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Halsell died Wednesday, May 26, at Masters Health Care Center in Algood. She had been a homemaker and a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Born October 27, 1934 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Cleetes and Lizzie (Holman) Staggs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Will Halsell; a brother, T.V. Staggs; and 3 sisters, Irene Deck, Hattie Dulworth, and Jeanette Dailey.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Stormy and Dana Halsell of Rickman; 3 daughters, Wendy Halsell of Livingston, Linda Lou Halsell of Rickman, and Brenda Halsell of Celina; a sister, Minnie Dulworth of Celina; and 5 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kent Brown, Charles Peek, Jim Staggs, David Carr, Shawn Winningham, and Keith Payne.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Caroline “Carolyn” Sue Ledbetter
Funeral services for Miss Caroline “Carolyn” Sue Ledbetter, 68, of Cleveland, TN, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010 from Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy in Cleveland, with Bishop Randall Howard, Pastor Terry Mahan, and Johnny McDaniel officiating.

Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29 from Robbins “Ledbetter” Cemetery in Livingston, with Rev. Norman James officiating.

Miss Ledbetter departed this life for her eternal rest and reward Thursday, May 27, in a Chattanooga health care facility. She attended schools in the Battle Creek, MI area, graduating in 1959 from Pennfield High School. She then attended Kellogg Community College. She began her work experience at Riverside Insurance Company which later became TransAmerica. She was a sports enthusiast and spent countless hours participating in tennis, golf, softball, and bowling. Sports were always a special part of Caroline’s life. After she could no longer participate in sports, she enjoyed viewing and discussing sports with her family and friends especially concerning the Braves and Lady Vols.

At age 27 Caroline began a twenty-five year full time ministry with the Church of God of Prophecy doing state work in Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia. She served as administrative assistant to the Sunday school director for the international offices at the Church of God of Prophecy. She also served as Sunday school director at international offices and was involved in the evangelism department. During her twenty-five year full time Christian ministry with the Church of God of Prophecy she traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada participating in retreats, seminars, conferences, and conventions promoting ministry to children, youth, and women, Christian education, and evangelism. When her father became ill, she found it necessary to discontinue traveling to care for him and took a position at Jackson Manufacturing where she retired.

Born July 23, 1941 in Twinton, TN, she was the daughter of the late James L. and Etchelene Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mose and Ula Ledbetter; Albert and Lena Ledford; a special stepmother, Marguerite “Peggy” Ledbetter; a cherished sister, Marilyn Victoria James; a special cousin, Ricky Ledbetter; and several greatly loved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, James “Jim” L. and Mary Ellen Ledbetter of Baytown, TX; a brother-in-law, Norman W. James of Acworth, GA; 2 nephews, Jason W. James of Ocala, FL and Matthew W. James, and his wife, Pam, of Culpepper, VA; 2 great-nephews, Timothy James and Nathan James, both of Culpepper, VA; 2 uncles, Leonard Ledbetter and Earl Ledbetter, both of Livingston; an aunt, L.V. Baker of Portage, WS; several cousins; and 3 special friends, Laverne “Mom” Adair of Chatsworth, GA, Grace Bennett and Frances Coolman, both of Battle Creek, MI.

Pallbearers were Jason James, Matthew James, Wayne Pohlner, Perry Horner, David Wilbanks, and Michael Plumley.

Honorary pallbearers were the Senior Adult Ministers of Peerless Road Church.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Peerless Road Children’s Ministry, 3301 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN 37312.

Special care provided by Jim Rush Funeral Homes, North Ocoee Chapel. (C)

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Howard Estell Ledbetter
Funeral services for Mr. Howard Estell Ledbetter, 82, of Livingston were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Darrek Copeland officiating.

Burial was in Adley and Nora Ledbetter Family Cemetery in Livingston.
Mr. Ledbetter died Wednesday, May 26, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He had been a truck driver for Tennessee State Highway Department and was of the Freewill Baptist faith.

Born May 8, 1928 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Adley and Nora (McDonald) Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Gladys Pryor, Orpha Gunnels, and Bonnie Vardorsick; and 4 brothers, Ray Ledbetter, H.C. Ledbetter, Arthur Ledbetter, and Harry Ledbetter.

Survivors include his wife, Auda Ledbetter of Livingston; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Harold Ledbetter, and Richard and Tammy Ledbetter, all of Livingston, and Daryle and Lisa Ledbetter of Celina; 4 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Sandy and Bryon Lawson of Columbia, SC, Helen and Johnny Lynn of Gainesboro; Christene Simmons of Hendersonville, and Nora and Mike Davison of Livingston; a brother, Ted Ledbetter of Livingston; a sister, Hilda McDonald of Monroe; and 7 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Lela Helen (Smith) Nichols
Funeral services for Mrs. Lela Helen (Smith) Nichols, 81, of Monroe, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from the Chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bobby Sebastian officiating.

Burial was in Jim Lottie Smith Cemetery in Monroe.

Mrs. Nichols died Friday, May 21,at Livingston Regional Hospital. She had been an auto worker with Chrysler Corporation and was of the Baptist faith.

Born December 23, 1928 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Troy Allerd and Reba Violet (Taylor) Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Reba Jones McDonald; a son, Jimmy Phillips; and 2 brothers, Owen Smith and Oren Smith.

Survivors include a son, Johnny Phillips; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Jimmy Dyer and Kim and Dave Biauce, all of Jackson County, and Karen and Tony Adragna of Michigan; 2 sisters, Lola McDonald of Michigan and Carrie Bailey of Minnesota; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Shane Callahan, Brad Stafford, Bennie Phillips, Christopher Bailey, Frankie Adragna, Jeff Dotson, and Tad Phillips.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Iziah Joe Smith
Funeral services for Iziah Joe Smith, 1 month 8 days old, of Byrdstown, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2010 from the chapel of Jennings Funeral Homes, with Bro. Thomas Smith and Bro. James Clayborn officiating.

Burial was in Etter Cemetery in Byrdstown.

Iziah died May 20, at Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville.

Born April 12, 2010 in Davidson County, TN he was the son of Bobby and Krystal Smith of Byrdstown, TN. He was preceded in death by a brother, Izac Arlie Smith; a great-grandfather, Arlie Smith; and an uncle, Jim Smith.

Survivors include, in addition to his parents, a brother, Dalton Alexander Smith of Byrdstown; a grandfather, Roger Smith and his wife, Hilda, of Byrdstown; a grandmother, Kristee Tallman of Monroe; great-grandparents, Stan and Oleta Tallman of Monroe; great-grandmothers, Edna Smith of Byrdstown and Sue Melton, of Albany, KY; a special aunt, Priscilla Smith of Nashville; a special uncle, Roger Dale Smith of Morgan Co., TN; and a host of aunts, uncles, and friends.

Pallbearers were Priscilla Smith and Roger Dale Smith.

Special care provided by Jennings Funeral Homes. (P)

 

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