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Magdalene (Pryor) Allen
Funeral services for Mrs. Magdalene (Pryor) Allen, 86, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2010 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Sunny Gilpatrick and Bro. Dewey Glenn Masters officiating.

Burial was in Allens Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Allen died Saturday, December 18, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a restaurant cook and member of Aarons Chapel Church.

Born November 15, 1924 in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Valentine and Vela (Lynn) Pryor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Estel C. Allen; a son, Keith Allen; 4 infant sons; an infant daughter; 4 sisters, Neely Pryor, Dorie Rector, Iva D. Parrott, and Lucille Brown; and 2 brothers, Arvil Pryor and Willie Pryor.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Eugene and Rita K. Allen of Hilham; a brother, Horace Pryor of Jackson County; 8 grandchildren, Chaska Brown, Jamie White, and Keith Allen, all of Livingston, Josh Brown of Louisville, KY, Kevin Allen and David Allen, both of Dayton, OH, and Brandon Nelson and Tony Story, both of Hilham; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Allen, Keith Allen, Josh Brown, Tyler Brown, Ryan Johnson, Toby White, Tony Tharp, and David Webb.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Kenneth Bilbrey
Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth Bilbrey, 71, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Dewey Glen Masters officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

Mr. Bilbrey died Sunday, December 19, at his home. He had been a factory supervisor and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Born March 14, 1939 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Charlie B. and Dessie Lee (Hammons) Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Allred; and a brother, Charles Douglas Bilbrey.

Survivors include 2 sons, Jeffrey Bilbrey and Jonathan Bilbrey, both of Rhode Island; a daughter, Michelle Bilbrey of Rhode Island; 4 brothers, Ralph Bilbrey and Danny Bilbrey, both of Hilham, and David Bilbrey and Billy Bilbrey, both of Rickman; and 7 sisters, Charlene Hicks of Cookeville, Bonnie Wright, Dorothy Sidwell, and Barbara Robbins, all of Hilham, Margaret Leach and Sandy Ramsey, both of Livingston, and Anita Walker of Crawford.

Pallbearers were Andrew Bilbrey, Brian Bilbrey, Jordan Bilbrey, Steven Wright, Douglas Robbins, and Eric Ramsey.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Lydia (Holt) Brown
Mrs. Lydia (Holt) Brown, 93, formerly of Overton County, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in Eustus, FL.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Orlando, FL.

Born December 12, 1916 in Allons, she was the daughter of the late Rocky Lee and Sarah (Johnson) Holt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Amos E. Brown; 2 sisters, Linnie Holt and Lola Gunnels; 3 brothers, Lonnie Holt, Udell Holt, and Loren Holt.

Survivors include a son, Richard L. Brown of Florida; a daughter and son-in-law, Pat (Brown) and Robert Almon of Clarkrange; a brother, Ralph Holt of Lexington, TN; and a sister, Udine “Dean” Nolan Brown of Murfreesboro; 2 grandchildren, Scott Brown of Florida and Ginger Almon of Dalton, GA; 3 great-grandchildren, Andrea Almon of Dalton, GA, Zack Brown of Florida, and Anthony Qualls of Livingston.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association or any hospice. (P)


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U. L. Coffman
Funeral services for Mr. U. L. Coffman, 50, of Hilham, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Shannon Hammock officiating.

Burial was in Stacy Cemetery in Jackson County.

Mr. Coffman died Monday, December 27, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born April 18, 1960 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Jess and Murriel (Moss) Coffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ray Coffman, and Bud Coffman; and father- and mother-in-law, Hubert and Ardie Hammock.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Coffman of Hilham; a daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Terry Autrey of Rickman; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Cathy and Mack Buck of Hilham, Joan and Jackie Sidwell of Livingston, and Sandra Coffman of Livingston; a brother, Johnny Coffman of Gainesboro; 6 sisters-in-law, Jan Coffman of Livingston, Nancy Farmer of Hilham, Willadean Isaacs and her husband, Dannie, of Gainesboro, Jean Anderson of Gainesboro, Thelma Barlow of Hilham, and Truzine Phy of Algood; 3 brothers-in-law, Ulis Hammock and his wife, Pauline, Lonnie Hammock, and Truman Hammock and his wife, Glenda, all of Gainesboro; and a grandson, Dylon Autrey.

Pallbearers were Terry Autrey, Lonnie Hammock, Mack Buck, Kraig
Miller, Jerry Phy, and Stevie Barlow.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Gladys (Hicks) Copeland
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys (Hicks) Copeland, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 23, 2010 from First Christian Church in Livingston, with Dr. Lyle Anderson and Rev. Dee Moore officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Copeland died Monday, December 20, at Life Care Center in Sparta. She had been an inspector at Kelloggs and was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Livingston.

Born August 26, 1919 in Pickett County, she was the daughter of the late Butler and Susan (Garrett) Hicks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Thurston Como Franklin and Clyde Preston Copeland; 2 brothers, Alford Hicks and Earl Hicks; 3 sisters, Ethel Winningham, Tennie Tucker, Hestelle Hill, and Elsie Hill; and a granddaughter, Carrie White.

Survivors include 4 daughters, Rita Cantrell of Ringgold, GA, Sue Copeland of Cookeville, Linda White and Pat Copeland, both of Livingston; 2 step-daughters, Helen Lynde of Clemons, NC and Carol Huber of Sanford, NC; a special sister-in-law, Dorothy Huddleston of Livingston; a special niece, Maxine Carr; 6 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Scott Copeland, Steven Ryan Copeland, Cris Copeland, Mark Cantrell, Jon Lynde, Tim Lynde, Scott Huber, Terrence Melton, Kendall Melton, and Kailen Melton.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in Livingston.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Edith Magdalene “Maggie” (Ray) Hummel
Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Magdalene “Maggie” (Ray) Hummel, 91, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2010 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home, with Bro. Roger Phillips and Bro. A. J. Looper officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Hummel died Tuesday, December 28, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and attended New Life Community Church in Hilham.

Born December 4, 1919 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Slona N. “Sissie” (Hall) Ray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Hummel; 3 sisters, Etta Ramsey, Addiville Ramsey, and Inez Maynord; 3 brothers, Lawrence Ray, C.B. Ray, and Thomas Ray; a grandchild, David Simmons; and 3 great-grandchildren, Preston Melton, Emily Stevens, and Josuah Bouslog.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Dean Simmons of Sparta, Barbara Sells of Livingston, and Betty Melton of Anderson, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Royce and Mable Hummel of Monroe; a brother, Leonard H. Ray of Allons; a special granddaughter, Diane Sidwell and her husband, Johnny, of Livingston; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Randy Simmons, Cole Sells, Jake Morris, Roger Melton, Jeff Melton, and Todd Melton.

Special care provided by Livingston Funeral Home. (C)

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Lester Mitchell Mainord
Funeral services for Mr. Lester Mitchell Mainord, 84, of Algood, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home, with David Mainord and Bro. Paul Wilmoth officiating.

Burial will be in Netherland Cemetery with full military honors provided by Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Mainord died Saturday, January 1, at NHC Healthcare in Cookeville.

He retired after 36 years as a tool and die maker at McCords. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Pacific theater of World War II. He was of the Church of Christ faith, having served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed fox hunting, farming, and loved bluegrass music.

Born November 10, 1926 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Clarence and Sallie (Hasting) Mainord. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Vada (Reynolds) Mainord; a step-son, Loyd Reynolds; a brother, Cecil Mainord; and a grandson, Daniel Mainord.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Judy Byrne Mainord of Cookeville, and Billy and Rhonda Mainord of Livingston; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Kelly Guerin of Benton, AR, and Sandra and Stanley Loftis of Cookeville; a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Jim Carr of Jacksonville, FL; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Guerin, Jeremy Guerin, Samuel Mainord, Sara Loftis Gaddes, Seth Loftis, Amanda Mainord, Phillip Reynolds, Anthony Reynolds, Kevin Reynolds, and Joshua Mainord; a step-grandson, Jon Byrne; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Mary Geneva (Sidwell) Neely
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Geneva (Sidwell) Neely, 76, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery in Allons.

Mrs. Neely died Tuesday, December 28, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

Born January 1, 1934 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Ethel (Dulworth) Sidwell.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark and Ginger Neely and Doug Neely and his friend, Sherrie Hancock; a brother, Cledis Sidwell of Livingston; a sister, Betty Wright of Michigan; 5 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bruce Dixon, Jim Arms, Eric Dillon, Wayland Ledbetter, Billy Poston, and Jerry Murphy.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Judy Ann (Neely) Simmons
Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Ann (Neely) Simmons, 63, of Dalton, GA and formerly of Livingston, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from Dalton First Baptist Church, with Dr. Billy Nimmons, Dr. Bill Ireland, and Rev. Larry Flanagan officiating.

Burial was in West Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Simmons died Friday, December 31, 2010 at her home. She was a member of Dalton First Baptist Church.

Born in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Tommie and Attrice (Ledbetter) Neely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Simmons.

Survivors include her loving husband of 39 years, Danny Simmons of Dalton, GA; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Leslie Simmons of Dalton, Steven and Brenna Simmons of Nashville, TN, and Christopher and Melissa Simmons of Birmingham, AL; and 5 grandchildren, Spencer Simmons, Wes Simmons, Sye Simmons, Grant Simmons, and Brent Walker Simmons (due in March).

Special care provided by Love Funeral Home. (P)

 

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Edwina (Burchett) Staggs
Funeral services for Mrs. Edwina (Burchett) Staggs, 86, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 1, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Jerry Savage officiating.

Burial was in Miller Cemetery in Livingston.

Mrs. Staggs died Wednesday, December 29, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith.

Born March 24, 1924 in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ella (Davis) Burchett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Delbert Staggs; 3 sons, Bruce Glenn Staggs, Terry A. Staggs, and Dwain Staggs; a brother, Raymond Burchett; and a sister, Willet Johnson.

Survivors include 2 sons, Bobby Staggs of Livingston and Jeffrey Staggs of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Shirley Sturgill of Byrdstown and Sandra Garrett of Monroe; 3 grandchildren, Chad Staggs, Tosha Staggs, and Jesse Staggs; and 2 great-grandchildren, Katelyn Bowman and Brandon Bowman.

Pallbearers were Roger Hogue, Shane Hogue, Brandon Bowman, Josh Mansell, Chad Staggs, and Robert Sturgill.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Staggs and Daniel Staggs.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

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James Vaughn
Funeral services for Mr. James Vaughn, 82, of Anderson Community of Monterey, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2011 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home, with Rev. Dewayne Whittaker and Rev. James Phillips officiating.

Burial was in Phillips Cemetery in Anderson Community.

Mr. Vaughn died Saturday, January 1, 2011, at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was a carpenter, farmer, and member of Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

Born December 20, 1928 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Markless and S. Clarcie (Foster) Vaughn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Johnnie Mae Vaughn; 6 sisters, Sally Mae Vaughn, Julie Ann Vaughn, Dorothy Ellen Vaughn, Earlene Phillips, Tennie Murphy, and Clara Bowman; and 4 brothers, J. D. Vaughn, Claude Vaughn, Ralph Vaughn, and Miller Vaughn.

Survivors include 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Bill Romines of Shady Grove Community, Vicki and Steve McDonald of Cookeville, and Verita and Daniel Thomas of Monterey; a son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Carla Vaughn of Monterey; a sister, Gladys Bilbrey of Monterey; a brother, Robert Vaughn of Monterey; 10 grandchildren, Jamie Romines, Derek Romines, Brandi Adkins, Eric McDonald, Marcus McDonald, Nick Ellis, Jesse Ellis, Devin Ellis, Matt Vaughn, and Emily Vaughn; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Sharon May (Cook) Weitzel
Funeral services for Mrs. Sharon May (Cook) Weitzel, 60, of Cookeville, were conducted Thursday, December 30, 2010 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Chris Reagan officiating.

The family has chosen cremation and there will be no graveside service after the funeral.

Mrs. Weitzel died Tuesday, December 28, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born September 16, 1950 in Decatur, IL, she was the daughter of the late William and Shirley (Clem) Cook.

Survivors include her husband, Keith Weitzel of Cookeville; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Michele Weitzel of Rickman; and Kurt and Autumn Weitzel of Magnolia, TN; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Marie Damery; a sister, Rosemary Damery; and 5 grandchildren, Kristen Weitzel, Audrey Weitzel, Dustin Weitzel, Kollin Weitzel, and Kaden Weitzel.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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