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Funeral services for Mrs. Nell Dean (Maynord) Billings, 83, of St. Joseph, TN, were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 24, 2011 from the chapel of Pettus Turnbo Funeral Home, with Rev. James Tillar officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in St. Joseph.

Mrs. Billings died Saturday, January 22, at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg, TN. She and her late husband were the retired owners of a department store in Waynesboro, TN. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Loretta, TN.

Born December 10, 1927 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Vess and Johanna (Hunter) Maynord. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cloyce Billings; 2 brothers, Don Maynord and Doy Maynord; and a sister, Arta Williamson.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Martha Billings of St. Joseph; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Ann and Barry Griggs of Kingsport, TN; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Kedith Maynord of Hohenwald, TN and Kimble and Patsy Maynord of Columbia, TN; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Margie and Freeman Arney of Cookeville and Betty Puryea of Orlando, FL; 2 sisters-in-law, Hester Maynord of Cookeville and Bea Maynord of Madison, WI; 3 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Marion Maynord, Dr. Neal Maynord, Barry Griggs, John Griggs, Kedith Maynord, and Kimble Maynord.

Special care provided by Pettus-Turnbo Funeral Home. (P)

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Funeral services for Mr. Harry Dudley Frady, 65, of Cookeville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Buddy Reed officiating.

Burial was in Frazier Cemetery in Sparta, TN.

He was a long haul truck driver and was of the Church of Christ faith.

Born May 22, 1945 in Crossville, he was the son of the late Everitt and Kitty Ann (Music) Frady. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Wendle Lee Douglas “Dale” Frady; and 3 brothers, Arlis Frady, Elmo Frady, and Hershel Frady; and a sister, Wilma Simmons.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Pearl Frady of Cookeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Harry Jr. and Lisa Frady of Cookeville; a daughter, Michelle Lynn Russell of Cookeville; a brother, Jackie Frady of Haynes City, FL; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Funeral services for Mr. Billy N. Gray, 70, of Livingston, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Ricky Lacy officiating.

Burial was in Tharp Cemetery.

Mr. Gray died Monday, January 31, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a member of West Fork Masonic Lodge #648.

Born February 3, 1940 in Alpine, he was the son of Thelma (Lacy) Gray of Livingston, and the late Hershel Gray. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mitzi Gray; a brother, Bobby Gray; and a sister, Ann Taylor.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Rosa Nell Gray of Livingston; a son, Stanley Gray of Livingston; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Bryan Barnett of Livingston; a sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Jimmy Fletcher of Livingston; 3 grandsons, Andy Gray, Mark Barnett, and Sean Barnett, all of Livingston; 5 granddaughters, Emily Thrasher, Torie Gray, and Kaleigh Barnett, all of Livingston, Ashley Thrasher of Cookeville, and Natasha Lee of Hilham; 2 great-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; and many family and friends.

Pallbearers were Andy Gray, Mark Barnett, Sean Barnett, David Thurman, Junior Carter, and Ken Walthall.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Funeral services for Mr. James Haggard Matthews, 72, of Old Hickory, TN, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. A Masonic service was held at Bond Memorial Chapel on Monday, February 21, at 8 p.m.

Burial, with military honors, was in Bowman-Eldridge Cemetery in Rickman.

Mr. Matthews died Saturday, February 19. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Mt. Juliet Lodge #642 F&AM, and was retired from Taylor Impression.

Born March 3, 1938 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Haskell and Ernal (Webb) Matthews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Joyce Matthews; a brother, Glen Matthews; and a grandson, Matthew Blake House.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mark House of Lebanon, TN; 2 grandsons, Travis Wade House and Tyler Cole House; and a girlfriend, Junia Lowe.

Pallbearers were Travis House, Tyler House, David Birchett, Eddie Webb, Donald Dillon, and Dean Davenport.

Special care provided by Bond Memorial Chapel. (P)

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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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Funeral services for Mr. James E. McCullar, 83, of Monroe, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 19, 2011 from the chapel at Speck Funeral Home, with Rev. Don Maxson and Bro. Eric Dillon officiating.

Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. McCullar died Tuesday, February 15, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a security guard at Parker Seals, a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict, a Mason, a Shriner, and affiliated with Monroe Christian Church.

Born February 17, 1927 in Walker County, AL, he was the son of the late William Thomas and Myrtie Belle (Pate) McCullar. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue (Garrett) McCullar; a daughter, Dianna McCullar; and a brother, Calvin McCullar.

Survivors include a son, Kalin McCullar of Monroe; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Wayne Ferrell of Livingston and Lisa and Mark Errick of Monroe; a brother, Uel McCullar of Foley, AL; 3 sisters, Anna Mae Whitlock of Cullman, AL, Inus Hadder of Mobile, AL, and Sharon McCullar of Florida; 2 brothers-in-law, Wayne Garrett and Lonnie Garrett; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Walker and her husband, Shane, James Ferrell, Tyler McCullar, and Brian Errick; a great-grandchild, Avery Errick; and a special friend, Opal Walker.

Pallbearers were James Ferrell, Tyler McCullar, Bruce Whitlock, Steve Whitlock, Mike Garrett, L.C. Hadder, Shane Walker, Rick Ledbetter, Jamie Maynord, Scott Henson, Chris Hammock, and Darrell Ledbetter.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Webb Page, 88, of Crossville, were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 19, 2011 from Bilbrey Funeral Home.

Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery in Crossville.

Mr. Page died Monday, February 14, in Nashville of complications from a subdural hematoma. A proud descendant of Revolutionary War soldier and Cumberland Compact signer, Henry Guthrie, he grew up in Nashville, delivering The Tennessean every morning on his bicycle. He attended West End High School. He spent many summers on his grandfather’s farm in Williamson County, where his love for the earth took deep roots.

As a young adult, Mr. Page square danced at the Grand Ole Opry, where he developed an abiding love for country music, a love he passed on to his children and grandchildren. After enrolling at Tennessee Tech, he became captain of the freshman football team. He obtained a degree in agriculture from Tech with an emphasis in agronomy.

He was employed as a soil conservationist with the U.S. government.

During his first year of work in Livingston, he met his wife of 59 years, Betty Joe (Langford) Page. During Tom’s 30 year career as a conservationist, work related transfers took them to Winchester, Dunlap, Cookeville, Smithville, and Crossville, TN. While attending church in each of those towns, Tom taught Sunday School, served as a deacon, and together they developed lifelong friendships.

A member of the 1st Marine Parachute Regiment in World War II, Tom served in the South Pacific, where with the 5th Marine Division he was engaged in combat in the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, and New Caledonia. During those intense battles, he experienced the harsh conditions of jungle combat, including having to go days without rations or medical care. He was seriously injured by machine gun fire on the second day of the battle of Iwo Jima, but survived to watch the famous raising of the Stars and Stripes from the deck of a Navy hospital ship.

He did not boast of his military service, yet while in the hospital younger Marines several generations removed from World War II made sure they stopped by to pay him tribute. He was honored to have served his country and the great state of Tennessee.

His love of the outdoors remained with him his whole life and he was quick to pass on his expertise to anyone willing to listen. Tom stayed active in retirement working as a volunteer mentor for 4-H, where his teams won contests in, among other things, soil judging and chicken grilling. He also served on Cumberland County Fair Board of Directors. He was an avid gardener and was quick to share some of his outstanding corn and tomatoes with neighbors and friends. Even in his 70s, he hiked Mt. LeConte with his family, often slowing down so the 20 year olds could catch up.

Friends and family members recall Tom Page as an easy person to like, an unassuming gentleman with a keen, but down home sense of humor. He loved words — spoken or written — and served as a narrator for holiday programs at his church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle to an extended family who spent his last days with him in celebration of a life well lived.

Born to the late Walter Currin and Betty Lee (Guthrie) Page, he was also preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, Harlan and Velma (Ramsey) Langford, who once owned and operated Gate City Mill in Livingston.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Gail (Page) Demchik of Marietta, GA; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald E. and Mirhonda Page of Phelps, KY; a sister, Ruth Ann Tate of Louisville, KY; and 3 grandsons, Steven Demchik of Marietta, GA, and Kolbe Page and Mac Page, both of Phelps, KY; and many nieces and nephews. (P)

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Funeral services for Mr. Richard A. Thomas, Jr., 95, of Livingston, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from Livingston Church of Christ, with Bro. Ken Williams officiating.

A military graveside service provided by the Veterans Honor Guard from James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of Livingston and internment will be in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Thomas died Sunday, February 20, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was an advertising sales representative, member and former deacon of Livingston Church of Christ, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Thomas graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, formerly known as Southwestern College, with a major in English and minor in Greek. He served as a part-time preacher at different small congregations in the Overton County area during his lifetime as well as a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Born July 9, 1915 in Memphis, he was the son of the late Richard Alexander Sr. and Mary Leake “Mamie” (Fletcher) Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beula Alvilda (Reed) Thomas; and a grandson, Ronald Wayne Sain.

Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Lorin and Judith Gayle (Barnes) Thomas of Murfreesboro, TN and Richard Reed and Patricia “Tricia” Anne (Widick) Thomas of Lebanon, TN; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Martha Kay Thomas of Livingston, Susan Linette and Richard Lynn Sain of Whitwell, TN, and Cynthia Gail “Cindy” and Larry Wayne Albritton of Evansville, IN; a sister, Mary Jane McIntosh of Richmond, VA; 14 grandchildren, Kenneth Alan Thomas, Timothy Lorin Thomas, Christopher Kirk Thomas, John Michael Thomas, Laura Beth (Thomas) High, Kathryn Dee (Thomas) Phillips, Trenton Lee Sain, Amanda Carol (Sain) Horn, Thomas Alexander Sain, Lauren Rebecca (Sain) Malecha, Philip Andrew Albritton, David Reed Albritton, Cammie Lynn Albritton, and Erica Dawn Albritton; 12 great-grandchildren, Andrew Wilson Thomas, Adam Reed Thomas, John Tyler Thomas, Trenton Michael Thomas, Autumn Rylie Thomas, Lawton Daniel High, Carolina Grace High, Luke Thomas Phillips, Gavin Thomas Sain, Madelyn Elizabeth Sain, Caleb Andrew Horn, and Colton Isaiah Horn.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to International Rett Syndrom Foundation, in honor of his granddaughter Erica Dawn Albritton, by contacting Speck Funeral Home or visiting the national website at www.rettsyndrome.org.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Funeral services for Mr. Fred J. Walker, 78, of Rickman, were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home, with Bro. Eugene McCowan and Bro. Jeff Monday officiating.

Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery in Overton County.

Mr. Walker died Friday, February 11, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Born April 22, 1932 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Roy and Mae (Swallows) Walker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife , Magalene Walker; a sister, Buelah Ledford; and a grandson, Larry “Bud” Walker, Jr.

Survivors include 3 sons, Larry Walker and Gary Walker, both of Rickman, and Tony Walker of Cookeville; 2 daughters, Cindy Dial of Livingston, and Anita Davis of Austin, TX; 2 sisters, Dolly Peek of Livingston and Nola Harris of Louisiana; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Josh Walker, Steven Walker, Michael Walker, Jason Walker, Jeff Auberson, and Bobby Greenwood.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)


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