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Hershel Craig “Slim” Colson, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Hershel Craig “Slim” Colson, Jr., 78, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Womack officiating.

Burial was in Nelson Cemetery.

Mr. Colson died Thursday, May 5, at Overton County Nursing Home. He was a brick mason and member of Northside Church of God in Muncie, IN.

Born September 5, 1932 in Clay County, he was the son of the late Hershel Craig, Sr. and Willie Mae (Long) Colson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Ann Whiksett, Marine Opal Pryor, Loretta Raines, and Genoldyn Colson; and 4 brothers, Edward Colson, Bedford Colson, Randy Colson, and Eugene Colson.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Gerald Willeford of Hilham; a brother, Bobby Wayne Colson of Mountain City, TN; 3 grandsons, Robert Huckeby, and his wife Chaya of Hilham, Wesley Willeford of Knoxville, and John Willeford of Hilham; a special niece, Myrna Holman of Livingston; 2 special nephews, Jerry Colson and Gene Colson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Robert Huckeby, John Willeford, Wesley Willeford, Gene Colson, Johnny Holman, and Jonathan Sullivan.

Honorary pallbearers were Randall Thrasher, Edgar Long, Bubby Jouett, Kelly Colson, Eric Colson, Jerry Colson, Ronnie Barlow, Les Clark, Paul Post, and Johnny Dennis.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Mary Magdalene (Hagan) Cyphers
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Magdalene (Hagan)Cyphers, 78, of Willow Grove Community of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Kerry Duke officiating.

Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery.

Mrs. Cyphers died Sunday, May 1, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a cafeteria worker at Overton County Nursing Home and a member of
West End Church of Christ.

Born November 7, 1932 in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Georgia Lee and Cassie Drusilla (Grogan) Hagan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Wesley Cyphers; a sister, Rosielee Hagan; 4 brothers-in-law, Eddie Cyphers, Radford Cyphers, Will J. Martin, and Herfert Sells; 2 sisters-in-law, Anna Lee Martin and Jewel Martin; and mother - and father-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Dessie Cyphers.

Survivors include, a son, Michael Cyphers of Willow Grove Community; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlie and Edna Hagan of Allons and Jerry and Donna Hagan of Cookeville; 3 brothers-in-law, James Cyphers, Kenneth Ward, and Harry Leon; 4 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Earlene Cyphers, and Jo and E.C. Reagan, all of Willow Grove Community, Winnie Mae Hagan, and Brenda and Charlie Roberts, all of Cookeville; 5 sisters-in-law, Estelle Sells, Agnes Ward, Betty Leons, Ruth Cyphers, and Anna Cyphers; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Paul Bybee, Larry Cyphers, Matthew Cyphers, Cody Day, Tommy Cherry, and Wesley Stafford.

Honorary pallbearers were Dale Day, Jerry Sells, and Jim Washburn.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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Bertha Leona (Shaver) Gragg

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Leona (Shaver) Gragg, 90, of the Rickman-Spring Creek Community, were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastors Quentin Lee and Ed Shaver officiating.

Burial was in Paran Cemetery in Rickman.

Mrs. Gragg died Sunday, May 1, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a member of Douglas Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday School teacher and songleader for many years. After her retirement from McCord Industries in Cookeville, she was active at Rickman Senior Center, where she loved to join in quilting and singing. She will always be remembered by her family and friends as a wonderful cook, sharing many favorite family recipes when they came to visit her. She also loved to tell stories and happy memories of her childhood. She was an avid gardener on into her later years, being generous with the fruits of her labor. She also spent much of her later years living with her daughter and son-in-law in Bristol, TN where she attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Born June 7, 1920 in Brotherton, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Ada Shaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Floyd Gragg; a brother, Horace Shaver; and a sister, Violet Shaver Qualls.

Survivors include a loving daughter and son-in-law, Carol (Gragg) and Jackson L. Perkins of Bristol; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Cleo (Shaver) and Cecil Southerland of Yorktown, IN and Lucille (Shaver) Ferrill of Livingston; a brother and sister-in-law, Orley and Diana Shaver of Cookeville; 2 brothers-in-law, Haskell Qualls of Cookeville and L.L. “Pep” Gragg of Rickman; a sister-in-law, Hallie B. (Gragg) Looper of Rickman; 2 special granddaughters, Leah Perkins and her husband, Sam Wagoner, of Boone, NC, and Kristen (Perkins) Long and her husband, Tom, of Spartanburg, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, close friends, and a loving church family.

Pallbearers were Raymond Tallent, Mike Chambers, Eric Raepsact, Lucas Rowell, Steven Smith, Sean Rowell, and Jimmy Moceri.

Honorary pallbearers were, Mike Ferrill, Dale Smith, Greg Smith, and Al Webb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home. (C)

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Lonnie Haskell Mace
Funeral services for Mr. Lonnie Haskell Mace, 62, of Hilham, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Eules Hammock officiating.

Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery in Hilham.

Mr. Mace died Sunday, May 1, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a core driller in zinc mines.

Born April 4, 1949 in Clay County, he was the son of the late Arlon and Della (Hammock) Mace. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Thelma Jean Mace and Bonnie Mace; and 2 brothers, Roy Mace and Ray Mace.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Mace of Hilham; a son, Frankie Mace of Celina; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joey Tidwell of Celina; a brother, Bill Mace of Hilham; 5 sisters, Ruth Dillon, Velma Cox, Linda Sevier, and Norma Hamilton, all of Hilham, and Jeanie Sevier of Lebanon, TN; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Nick Cox, Michael Mace, Cody Tidwell, Jason Boles, Jessie Sevier, and Wayne Sevier.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


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Charles Ronnie Smith
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Ronnie Smith, 52, of Midland, TX, formerly of Overton County, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating.

Burial was in Falling Springs Cemetery in Alpine.

Mr. Smith died Tuesday, May 3 in Midland. He was a sales consultant for Ashley Furniture and of the Baptist faith.

Born March 12, 1959 in Overton County, he was the son of Frances Marie (McDonald) Smith of Alpine and the late Charles Darrell Smith.
In addition to his mother, survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Kathy Smith of Alpine; a sister, Donna Burgess of Midland; 3 nieces and a nephew.

Pallbearers were Shawn Winningham, Jimmy Crawford, Jim Burgess, Kenny Smith, C.W. Anderson, and Jay Phillips.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)


 

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Neil C. Sweeney
Memorial services for Mr. Neil C. Sweeney, 60, of Livingston, will be conducted at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mr. Sweeney died Friday, May 6, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was owner of N & L Business Systems and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Born August 4, 1950 in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late George and Esther (Hebowski) Sweeney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Sweeney, Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Lauren Sweeney of Livingston; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Swoozie Sweeney of Livingston and Daniel and Kerri Sweeney of Algood; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Dori and Dwain Dyer of North Carolina and Regina and Bo Tomlinson of Rickman; a brother, Bruce Sweeney of Livingston; and 10 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

 

 

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Wanda Gail (Dillon) Thompson
Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Gail (Dillon) Thompson, 49, of Dry Hollow Community of Overton County, were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home, with Rev. Nolan Cantrell officiating.

Burial was in Looper Cemetery in Dry Hollow Community.

Mrs. Thompson died Tuesday, May 3 at her home. She was a former employee of Oster, Russell Stover Candies, cleaned houses, and was a custodian at Holiday Inn in Cookeville. She loved to sew quilts and was a member of Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church.

Born September 9, 1961 in Cookeville, she was the daughter of Mary (Cobble) Fletcher of Algood and the late Vogel Dillon.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Tommy Thompson of Dry Hollow Community; 2 daughters, Mitzi Gail Penticuff and Amanda Renee Sells, both of Dry Hollow Community; 2 sisters, Cathy Dillon of Cookeville and Mary Jane Dillon of Algood; 6 brothers, Billy Dillon of Algood, Kevin Fletcher of Green Belt, MD, Richard Dillon and Terry Dillon, both of Rickman, Phillip Dillon of Jackson County, and Larry Dillon of Cookeville; her mother-in-law, Beulah Thompson of Dry Hollow Community; and 5 grandchildren.

Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)

 

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Roy E. Whited
Mr. Roy E. Whited, 73, of Rickman died Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a truck driver for Potters Ace Hardware.

Born May 9, 1937 in Overton County, he was the son of the late Haskel and Vella Mae (Vaughn) Whited. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Homer Whited and Edward Whited; and a sister, Oma Upchurch.

Survivors include his wife, Klydia Whited of Rickman; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeff Whited of Rickman, Tim and Holly Whited of White Springs, FL, and Russell Whited of Ohio; a daughter, Chris Whited of Jamestown; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron and Renee Whited of Cookeville, Don and Peggy Whited of Crossville, and Troy and Mary Whited of Jamestown; a granddaughter, Abby Whited; and several nieces and nephews.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)

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