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Obituaries For Friday, December 8
Funeral services honoring Anna Ray Chaffin, 88 of Morristown, TN, and formerly of Cookeville, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday December 9 at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Bro. Blaine Kelly will officiate. Interment will follow at Young Cemetery in Jackson County. Anna, a beacon of love and kindness, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2023, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City. Born on April 24, 1935, in Clay County, Anna’s life was a tapestry of strong family bonds, enduring friendships, and a steadfast commitment to her community. Anna, known affectionately to her friends and family as a loving and kind soul, is survived by a family who cherished her deeply. Her son, Earl Wayne Chaffin, and his wife Treva of Dalton, GA; her daughters, Kathy Hoffman and her husband Ken, and Jeanette Crouch and her husband Gregory, all of Morristown, TN; and her sister, Charlene Walker and her husband Roy of Blairsville, GA, will hold her memory in their hearts forever. Anna’s legacy also lives on through her adoring grandchildren, Bradley Crouch and Brandon Hoffman, and her great-grandchildren, Drew and Kylee Crouch. Anna was greeted in heaven by her beloved husband, Earl Chaffin, with whom she shared a lifetime of cherished moments. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Wanda Faye Chaffin, her parents, Herman Hollows and Willie Cleo Richardson Hollows, her brothers, Kenneth and Bill Hollows, and her sister, Sharon Farless. Throughout her career, Anna was a dedicated employee at Aqua Tech in Cookeville, where she enjoyed the camaraderie and support of her coworkers. Her strong character was evident in her work ethic and the respect she earned from those around her. Anna’s spiritual life was a cornerstone of her existence. While living in Cookeville, she was an active member of Whitson Chapel Church of Christ. After moving to Morristown, she continued her devotion to God as a member of the Morristown Church of Christ. Her faith was unwavering, and she was a source of strength and inspiration to her family and friends. Never one to complain, Anna faced life’s challenges with grace and fortitude. Her strong character was a testament to her ability to handle life’s ups and downs with poise and dignity. Those who knew Anna would describe her as loving, kind, and friendly-a friend to all who had the pleasure of crossing her path. Her family will welcome friends Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s TN, 390 South Lowe Avenue, Suite I, Cookeville, TN, or Morristown Church of Christ, 1408 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Morristown, TN 37814.
A celebration of life service for Ms. Terry Gail Ligon, age 65 of Baxter, will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Bro. Walt Phillips and Herb Leftwich will officiate. Terry died suddenly Sunday evening December 3, 2023 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Her family will receive friends Saturday from 9:00 am until service timeat the Baxter Chapel.
A memorial service for Phyllis Nell (Brannum) Copeland, age 69 of Byrdstown, will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. from Smyrna Church with Bro. Randy Tompkins and Bro. Ricky Cross officiating. The family has chosen cremation. Burial of the cremains will be in Smyrna Cemetery. She passed away Friday, November 3, 2023 at her residence. She was born January 25, 1954 in Byrdstown to Delmer Brannum and Gladys (Flowers) Brannum. She was a garment factory employee and a homemaker. Phyllis was survived by (2) daughters: Lisa Ledbetter and husband: Mark, Kari Beaty and husband: Jonathan; (1) son: Francis Copeland and wife: Beth; (15) grandchildren; (1) great-grandchild; (3) sisters: Georgia Walker, Sharon Bolin and Cynthia Brannum; (3) brothers: Malcolm Brannum, Delmer ‘Bubby’ Brannum and Jimmy Brannum. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: Delmer and Gladys “Doodie” Brannum; Her Husband: Olen Copeland: (4) sisters: Carol Winningham, Martha ‘Toots’ Thomas, Darlene Davis and Laura Juarez; (2) brothers: David Brannum and Chris Brannum.
Funeral Services for Walter Clifty Stone, 97 of Sparta, will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Findlay Church of Christ. Burial will follow at O’Connor Cemetery. Bo served as a White Co. Commissioner and as a member of the White Co. Planning Commission. He was on the Insurance Board of the White Co. Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, the Parks and Recreation Board, served as an FHA director, and as a Boy Scout Leader. He was an active member of the Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon, Song Leader, and Sunday School teacher. In addition to his parents, Bo was preceded in death by a granddaughter Mara Elizabeth Stone, three brothers and their wives, LD (Willie L. Bartlett) Stone, JT (Margie Brown) Stone, and Clayton “Hoss” (Fanny Lou Carter) Stone, three sisters and their husbands, Mary Kate (Mitchell) Merriman, Bonnie (Bill) Kinnaird, and Mattie Pearl England, brother-in-law Bob Brannock, three nieces, Mary Don Prestridge, Connie Griffin, and Kim Moore, four nephews, Stoney Merriman, Greg Stone, Gary England, and David Kinnaird, and a great nephew Todd Stone. He was also preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Paula Young Gillespie and Edna Young Wilhite, four brothers-in-law, Frank Gillespie, Gary Phillips, David Howard, and Charles Gore, a niece Scarlet Howard, a nephew Joel Davis, and a great-nephew, Collin Wilhite. Bo is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mildred Young Stone of Sparta, two sons and a daughter-in-law, James “Bozie” Stone of Sparta and Kerry (Laura Wilson) Stone of Chattanooga, three granddaughters, Karson Stone of Austin, Texas, Olivia Stone of Sparta, and Skyler Stone of Brentwood, two step grandchildren, Brett and Angelina Atkins of Chattanooga, and a great grandson Denver Stone. He is survived by one sister, Annie Mae Stone Brannock of Richmond, Indiana, four sisters-in-law, Barbera Young Phillips, Louise Young Howard, Janet Young Davis of Sparta, and Judy Young Gore of Watertown, two brothers-in-law, Ralph Wilhite and Bobby Davis of Sparta, numerous nieces & nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews, great grandnieces & grandnephews, neighbors and many friends throughout Tennessee. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM at the church.
Funeral services for Hazel Virginia Maynard, age 84 of Cookeville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday December 9 at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Hazel’s nephew Jim Judd will officiate. Interment will follow at Paran Cemetery. She passed away Sunday December 3, 2023 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Born January 11, 1939 in Overton County, TN, Hazel was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Hazel began her working career at American Airlines. She later opened and operated Maynard’s American Service in Nashville. She was loving mother to Johnny Lee Maynard of Kettering, OH, and Nancy Elizabeth Maynard of Cookeville. She was a cherished grandmother to Blake (Heather), Elijah, and Samuel Maynard. Preceding Hazel in death were her beloved parents, Alfred Hensley Judd and Nancy Elizabeth Brown Judd; her husband, Julius Lee Maynard, with whom she shared a profound and enduring love; her son, William Dale Maynard, whose memory she held close to her heart; and her brothers and sisters, John Henry, Alvin C., Bill, Tipp, Jessie, Charles, Brownie, and Jim T. Judd, Rose Nell Wilkerson, Malinda Gore, and Betty Jo Garrison. Her family will receive friends Saturday from 12 p.m. until service time.
Funeral services for Timmy James, 54 of Cookeville, will be Monday, December 11 at 1 PM at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Bro. Mike Gillock and Sister Patsy Vinson will officiate. Interment will follow in Maynard Cemetery in the Cherry Hill Community of DeKalb County. Mr. James Thursday Morning, December 7, 2023 at his home. He was born September 3, 1969 in DeKalb County, to the late Clifton Royce and Ruby Gean Johnson James. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Magdalene James, brothers Mickey James, Eddie Ray James and Milas “Mouse” James, In Laws Rodger Dale and Esther Mae Johnson, sister-in-law Jeanetta Hickey. Timmy was a great husband, father and grandpa. He loved life and he was always ready to help where he was needed. He was a mechanic and roofer. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include wife of 32 years, (Married August 8, 1991) Janice Johnson James of Cookeville, daughters Kyla Weill and Brandon Gist of Cookeville, Kimberly and Jeffery Stoops of Pigeon Forge, sisters Susie (Dale) Dyer of Silver Point and Vicki (Benny) Fields of Chestnut Mound, brothers Roger Dale (Patricia) James, Larry Wayne James all of Silver Point, Loyd Lee James of Cookeville and Frankie James of Gordonsville, grandchildren: Cameron, Ava, Bo, Evie, Rachelle and Kade, several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday from 11 AM until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made toward the funeral expenses.
A memorial service for Mr. Leslie Eugene Davis, better known as Les, age 81 of Sparta, will be conducted at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. In honor of Les’s wishes, he will be cremated He passed away at 1:48am Friday, December 8, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his family. Les was born in the Ravenscroft community of White County to the late Norman Davis and Rhoda Leona Blaylock Davis Clemons. He worked 28 years as a mechanic for Federal Mogul. Les was an avid outdoorsman, loving to deer hunt and fish. He also loved racing from drag racing to go-cart racing. Les proudly served in the United States Army. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by grandchildren Sunny Adair Davis and Brandon Coats; brothers Jimmy, Junior and Jack Davis; sister Virginia Davis. Survivors include his wife Regina Davis of Sparta; Son: Michael Leslie Davis of Sparta; Son: Matthew Cope Davis and wife Rachel of Quebeck; Son: Leslie Eugene “Pete” Davis, Jr. of North Carolina; Daughter: Elaine “Flossy” Coats of North Carolina; Son: David Davis and wife Sherry of North Carolina; Grandchildren: Jessica Lemonds and husband Donavon, Jathan Davis, Layla Davis, Lenny Jane Davis, Scotty Davis, Pammy, April and Chris Coats; Sister: Beulah “Tootsie” Taylor and husband Lester; Great-grandson, caregiver and hunting companion: Axton Sims; Seven additional great-grandchildren; Several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive. The family will receive friends after 4:00pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at Hunter Funeral Home.
Funeral services Joe Stanley Judd, 83 of Doyle, will be held Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 11am at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors provided by The Veterans’ Honor Guard. He passed away in Sterling, Illinois at the age of 83 on December 2, 2023. He was born on March 27, 1940 to John Harvey and Lota Elaine Jones Judd. Joe was born and raised in Doyle, and moved to Illinois in 1959. He prided himself on being a hard worker his entire life. As a young boy, Joe started working in the family lumber industry. He then worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire (The Mill) for 33 years. After retiring from “The Mill” Joe worked for Transport America for eight years, driving semi all over North America. Joe served in the United States Army from 1964 until 1966 and was an aircraft mechanic and helicopter door gunner, while serving in Vietnam. He was very proud of his service to his country. Joe loved Johnny Cash and would often sing his tunes, some even said he sounded just like him. He was a caring and compassionate man, who was known to make friends with anyone he met. He could also do anything, from auto body work on cars, mechanical work, woodworking, plumbing, electrical and construction work. Joe was not a man to take life sitting down. One of his greatest joys was being an avid runner and he lived by the motto, “When I Run I Fly, When I Fly My Soul Is Free, To Be Free I Run.” He was proud of his 43,000 logged running miles. Joe was proud of his Southern heritage and loved to be known to his family as, “Pa Judd.” Joe was a Christian man of great faith and he was dedicated to his church. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John William Judd Sr., his sisters Dorothy Ruth Judd McDonald and Betty Jean Judd and his former wife Lynda Lee (Judd) Carlson. He is survived by his children: Teresa (Brian) Kikuts, Jo Lynne (Dennis) Hartz, Troy (Kristin) Judd, Jennifer (Ben) Gutshall and Jessica (Amber Briddick) Judd; grandchildren Aaron Judd, Tyler Gibson, Hailey Gibson, Jacob Cady, Alex Cady, Josie Cady, Lynzie Cady, Brady Hartz, Harper Judd, Connor Judd, Greyson Judd, Finleigh Judd, Deacon Gutshall and Kipton Gutshall; great-grandchild Addilyn Riley; step-children Robbie Watkins, Kerry Leuzinger and Kim Jensen; and sister-in-law Jeanne Judd. The family will receive friends on December 16, 2023 from 10am to 11am at Greenwood Baptist Church in Doyle. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Greenwood Baptist Church and a veteran’s organization of the family’s choice.
A celebration of life for Marine Bumbalough, age 83, of Cookeville, will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 3pm in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta. She passed away on November 4, 2023, in Apopka, Florida. She was born on February 14, 1940. Marine was a brilliant homemaker, devoted wife of 59 years to Terry Bumbalough, loving mother of two children, grandmother (Emma) to five grandchildren and blessed by many great friendships. Marine was an artist, known for her talent in painting. She started her artistic journey when her husband went to Vietnam, and she began creating beautiful paintings. Over time, her passion evolved into craft books, and collectible dolls that were cherished by collectors across America. She created art pieces under the label ‘Sweet Expressions’, referencing lyrics from the hymn ‘Sweet, Sweet Spirit’ by Doris Mae Akers, and for the doll’s unique hand painted faces that highlight the individual qualities of all God’s people. Marine is survived by her loving husband, Terry Bumbalough, her sister Hellan (Teen) Shown, her son Randy Bumbalough, and five grandsons: Whitten, Alex and Rhye Bumbalough, and Parker and Chase Robinson. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marci Robinson, her parents, Orley and Dorothy Maynard, and her sisters, Barbara Thomas, and Mable Willoughby. A visitation will be held from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, January 20, 2024 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Marine Bumbalough.