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Lewis R. Davidson Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Lewis R. Davidson, Sr., 75, of Okolona Community in Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2010 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Eugene McCowan and Bro. Bobby Roberts officiating.

Burial was in Okolona Cemetery.

Mr. Davidson died Thursday, June 17, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Born February 13, 1935 in Gainesboro, TN, he was the son of the late Hiram and Avo (Stafford) Davidson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by first wife, Mattie Davidson; 2 brothers, Richard Davidson and Harvey Henson; 4 sisters, Pauline Abby, Betty Stocks, Mable Wilhite, and Lucy Johnson; a stepson, Donnie Smith; 2 grandchildren, Angie Franklin and Jonathan Garrison.

Survivors include his wife, Bertie (Harris) Davidson; 3 sons, Lewis Davidson, James Davidson and his fiancee, Nola, and Chuck Davidson; a stepson, Ronnie Smith and his wife, Kathy; 3 daughters, Edna Franklin, Kathy Davidson, and Jennifer Lafever; a stepdaughter-in-law, Nora Smith; 4 brothers, Elmer Davidson, Charles Davidson, Bobby Davidson, and Jerry Davidson; a sister, Vickie Scott; 12 grandchildren, Dwaine Franklin, Amy Franklin, Laura Willingham, D.J. Willingham, Mattie Davidson, Tabitha Davidson, Heather Aguilar, Brandon Davidson, Jay Paul, Ashley Lowson, Tristin Lafever, Jasmine Lafever; 5 great-grandchildren, Tyler Harris, Halie Willingham, Maddie Willingham, Emmalee Willingham, and Laura Aguilar; 3 step-grandchildren, Lisa, Kenny, and Kevin.

Pallbearers were Mike Clark, Mike Boswell, Dwaine Franklin, Wayne Abbey, Edmond Wallace, Richard Harris, Kenny Smith, and Kevin Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Carl Barlow and Willis Wilson.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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Christopher Allen Handy
Funeral services for Mr. Christopher Allen Handy, 24, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Fields and Bro. James Handy.

Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery in Allred Community.

Mr. Handy died Wednesday, June 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born January 6, 1986 in Dalton, GA, he was the son of Steve Handy of Livingston and Donna Sue (Porter) Handy of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by 2 grandfathers, Donald Handy and James Peeler; an uncle, Thomas Handy; and an aunt, Debbie Fields.

Survivors include, in addition to his parents, a stepmother, Bobbie Handy of Livingston; 2 grandmothers, Mildred Handy of Livingston and Marilynn Cook of Georgia; a brother, Seth Handy of Georgia; a step-brother, Andrew Bledsoe of Livingston; a step-sister, Ashley (Bledsoe) Seber of Livingston; a step-niece, Alliyah Grace Seber of Livingston; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Seth Handy, Ryan Handy, Bryan Winningham, Andrew Bledsoe, Jacob Wilson, Dakota Handy, and Daniel Booher.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Murphy, Trenton Payne, Landon Kelly, Cayden Hammock, Braxton Hammock, Brite Handy, Kenny Wilson, Mike Handy, James Handy, and Gary Handy.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Donald Laycox
Funeral services for Mr. Donald Laycox, 45, of Old Hickory, TN, were conducted at 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2010 from the chapel of Hermitage Funeral Home, with Bro. Larry Lamb officiating.

Entombment was in Hermitage Memories Mausoleum.

Mr. Laycox died Friday, June 18 in Old Hickory.

Born January 17, 1965 in Davidson County, TN, he was the son of Mary Laycox Simmons and the late Donald Laycox.

Survivors include, in addition to his mother, his step-father , Terry Simmons; a son, Nicholas Laycox; 2 daughters, Amanda Laycox and Brandi Laycox; a sister and brother-in-law, April and Mike Spelta; a nephew, Jake Luttman; and a niece, Kristina Spelta.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Hermitage Funeral Home. (P)

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Agnes E. (Langford) Mansell
Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes E. (Langford) Mansell, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Bobby Gore and Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating.

Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Mansell died Monday, June 14, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She had been a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Born July 10, 1923 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Ollie (Gore) Langford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Mansell; a sister, Gladys Talley; and 4 brothers, Carlos Langford, Herbert Langford, Oather Langford, and H. C. Langford.

Survivors include a niece, Pat Boles of Lexington, KY; and a special friend, Irene Gilpatrick of Livingston.

Pallbearers were James Brakes, Christian Mansell, Kennith Mansell, Billy Joe Gore, Chris Savage, and Benny Gilpatrick.

Honorary pallbearers were Clinton Savage, Jerry Savage, and John Maxfield.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Bertha Nell (Ledbetter) McCormick
Graveside services for Mrs. Bertha Nell (Ledbetter) McCormick, 85, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2010, from Paran Cemetery in Rickman.

Mrs. McCormick died Tuesday, June 15, in Masters Health Care Center.

She had been a supervisor in the garment industry.

Born June 21, 1925 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Dewey Elmo and Fannie (Goolsby) Ledbetter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold McCormick; and 2 brothers, Carl Ledbetter and Shirley Ledbetter.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Barry Worley of Fairview, TN; 3 stepchildren, Danny, Debbie, and Gary; a sister, Peggy Davis of Lewisburg, OH; 5 nieces and nephews, Belinda, Patsy, Sandy, Michael, and Gail.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Emma Jean (Dial) Ray
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Jean (Dial) Ray, 73, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2010 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. James Roberson officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Ray died Wednesday, June 16, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born June 27, 1936 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Delsie (Ledbetter) Dial. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Ray; a brother, Laughton Edward Dial; and a sister, Betty Dial.

Survivors include 4 sons and a daughter-in-law, Billy Ray and Joey Ray, both of Livingston, Harold Ray of Cookeville, Terry and Sheila Ray of Allons; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Judy and Frank Goodpasture, Margie and Jess Taylor, and Tammy Leslie, all of Livingston; 2 brothers, Willie D. Dial and Stanley Eugene Dial; a sister, Della Louise Allred; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Damon Goodpasture, Jeremy Reese, Joey Ray, Terry Ray, Matt Brown, and Chris Dial.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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William H. “Bill” White
Graveside services for Mr. William H. “Bill” White, 87, of Rickman, were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2010 from Zion Hill Cemetery in Rickman, with full military honors provided by Veterans Honor Guard from James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of Livingston, and with Rev. Chris Reagan officiating.

Mr. White died Tuesday, June 15, at Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was a retired school teacher with 30 years service in Overton County schools.

He was a member of Zion Hill United Methodist Church, Livingston Masonic Lodge 259, Livingston Eastern Star, and a U.S. Army veteran of the 180th infantry, and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for injuries sustained at Anzio beachhead in Italy.

Born March 7, 1923 in Chester County, TN, he was the son of the late William White and Sally (Whitson) White Massey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Joe White and George White.

Survivors include his wife, Opal (Breeding) White of Rickman; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Nanette White and Vickie and Jack Thompson, all of Rickman, and Janette and Larry Miller of Coldwater, MS; 2 grandsons, Logan Moore of Rickman and Brian Miller of Jackson, MS; a niece and nephew, Felicia White and Wally White, both of Southaven, MS.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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