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Archives 02-15-2011


Mable Pauline (Sells) Boles
Funeral services for Mrs. Mable Pauline (Sells) Boles, 89, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

Burial was in Algood City Cemetery.

Mrs. Boles died Thursday, February 10, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a cook at Overton County Nursing Home and member of Algood
United Methodist Church.

Born March 18, 1921 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Leo Denton and Arissia (Bilbrey) Sells. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Lonnie Worley; and a grandson, Larry Ernest McCormick, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Archie Boles, Jr. of Gainesboro; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Sue and Larry McCormick of Rickman and Edna Hair of Monroe; 6 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Elsie Renea Lewis
Funeral services for Miss Elsie Renea Lewis, 47, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2011 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Sells officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery in Livingston.

Miss Lewis died Wednesday, February 9, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born January 24, 1964 in Springfield, OH, she was the daughter of Brenda Lewis of Livingston and Roger Poole of Greenfield, OH. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Elsie and Alvin Garrett; 2 uncles, Johnny Garrett and Donald Garrett; 2 cousins, Jerry Bruce Garrett and Kelly Jack Daniels; and her dog, Mia.

Survivors include, in addition to her parents, 2 brothers, Ryan Poole of Greenfield, OH and Jason Bowers and his wife, Julie; 4 uncles and 3 aunts, Joe and Vickie Garrett, Jerry and Colene Garrett, James Garrett, and Danny and Brenda Garrett, all of Livingston, 3 aunts and 2 uncles, Rema Garrett of Cookeville, Betty and Arlice Huffer of Livingston, and Gail and Dennis Banks of Manchester, TN; and a special friend, James Bowers, of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Joe Garrett, Jerry Garrett, James Garrett, Danny Garrett, Dennis Banks, and James Bowers.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Jeanne (Young) Matthews

Funeral services for Mrs. Jeanne (Young) Matthews, 73, of Anderson, IN, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from the chapel of Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, with Pastor Eric Fox, Pastor Bill Hollars, Jimmy Bivens, and Craig Bivens officiating.

Entombment will be in East Maplewood Mausoleum.

Mrs. Matthews died Sunday, February 13, at her home after an extended illness. She was a homemaker, graduated from Rickman High School, and was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Livingston. She attended East 38th Street Freewill Baptist Church in Anderson, and lived in the Anderson area since 1964. She enjoyed spending time with her grandson.

Born December 1, 1937 in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late John Calvin and Stella Mae (Cantrell) Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Matthews; 2 sisters, Betty Sue Young and Kathleen Brown; and a brother, John Young, Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Horace Matthews, whom she married April 7, 1956; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and John Jones of Pendleton, IN; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Geneva Miller of Rickman and Rebecca and Jim Bivens of Crossville; a grandson, John Paul Jones, Jr. a/k/a “Little Bit”; special friends, Jack and Janet Sanders, Bill and Vivian Hollars, Junior Key and family, and Dorothy and Kenny Sanders, all of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to East 38th Street Freewill Baptist Church, 1125 E. 38th Street, Anderson, IN.

Special care provided by Robert D. Loose Funeral Home. (P)

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Myrtle D. (Brown) McDonald
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle D. (Brown) McDonald, 96, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2011, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Aron Dillon and Bro. Ovle Tinch officiating.

Burial was in Miller Cemetery.

Mrs. McDonald died Thursday, February 10 at her home. She was a homemaker and member of Allons Baptist Church.

Born June 10, 1914 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Dovie (Austin) Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elliot “Tick” McDonald; a son, Garry McDonald; a daughter-in-law, Jerry McDonald; 3 sons-in-law, J.T. Abbott, Lonnie Worley, and Charlie Greenwood; 4 brothers; and 5 sisters.

Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Cecil McDonald of Anderson, IN and Danny and Kathy McDonald of Allons; 7 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Betty Abbott, Diana Worley, Joann Greenwood, and Pat and Tommy Gore, all of Livingston, Lily M. Pennington and Edith and R. L. Murphy, all of Rickman, and Joyce and Wayne Bilbrey of Red Boiling Springs, TN; a daughter-in-law, Lois “Trudy” McDonald of Livingston; 30 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, S.D. Pennington of Allons and Bill and Jay Warren of Livingston.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be other grandsons and great-grandsons.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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John M. Roberts
Funeral services for Mr. John M. Roberts, 74, of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from First Christian Church in Livingston.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Roberts died Sunday, February 6, at Alive Hospice in St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, after battling an illness for several years.

After graduating from University of Tennessee School of Law, John Roberts returned to Livingston as a formidable trial lawyer. He also worked with Tennessee Valley Authority as their General Council. Later, he became District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District, and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. President Bill Clinton appointed him as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

John Roberts remained active after his retirement from law. He taught night courses at Tennessee Tech University and Cumberland University. He played a major role in the recruitment of Volunteer State Community College to Livingston and the subsequent campus expansions. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for First National Bank of Tennessee, was on the Board of Trustees for Livingston Regional Hospital and was Director of Livingston/Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

John Roberts is remembered as a man with an uncommon ability to communicate, whether it was in a court room, telling stories to family and friends, giving advice, or helping others with education, jobs, and opportunities. He was a beloved character in his community.

Born December 8, 1936 in the Davidson Community of Overton County, he was the son of the late H. H. and Marie (Stonecipher) Roberts.

Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Mitch Boult and Julia and John Jackson; a sister, Carole Roberts Winningham; and 5 grandchildren, Katharine Boult, Caroline Boult, Mary Boult, Jacqueline Jackson, and John Roberts Jackson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Foundation or to Millard V. Oakley Public Library.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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James F. Roska
Mr. James F. Roska, 66, of Livingston, died Saturday, February 5, 2011 at his home. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict and was an Aircraft Skilled Trade Inspector for Rolls Royce.

The family has chosen cremation and no funeral will be held.

Born October 4, 1944 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the son of Maude (Lookebill) Roska and the late John Roska.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Alice (McGraw) Roska; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Kenna Roska; a daughter and son-in-law, Tenille Roska and Mike Poston; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Mark and Debbie Roska, and Danny Roska; and 4 grandchildren, Ray Burchwell, Audie Hawley, Cheyenne Roska, and Bryleigh Poston.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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