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Obituaries For Friday, October 22
Mr. Benson Alfred Reed Jones, age 48 of Sparta, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at Saint Thomas Medical Center in Sparta. No services have been announced. Mr. Jones was born on April 7, 1973, in Trenton, MI, to the late David and Adaline Jones. Survivors include his wife, Diana Kathleen Jones; children, Kathrine Mepham, David Jones, Ashley Sims.
Memorial services for Ms. Glenda Brown, age 57 of Baxter, will be Saturday, October 23, at 11 a.m., at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Interment will be in New Home Baptist Church Cemetery in the Boma Community at a later date. Ms. Brown passed away Thursday evening, October 14, 2021, at her home. She was born June 27, 1964, in Birmingham, AL, to Marie Phelps Brown of Baxter, and the late Larry Hugh Brown. She was a 1982 graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter, and attended Life Church of Cookeville. She had served as office manager/insurance agent with Gary Maxwell Insurance of Cookeville for over 23 years. She enjoyed traveling. In addition to her mother, survivors include a daughter, Ashlyn Medley of Bowling Green, KY; one son, Jackson Medley of Granby, CO. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Home Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in Glenda’s memory, c/o Virgle Brown, Jr. (Treasurer) 2420 Jared Ridge Road, Baxter, TN, 38544.
Graveside services for Mrs. Eleanor Virginia “Jenny” Sutton, age 83 of Monte Vista, CO, and formerly of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 23, at 11:00 a.m., at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Sutton passed away Wednesday, October 13, in Colorado. She was born August 2, 1935, to the late Jones and Susie Cox. She was the youngest of six children, Lawrence, Earl, Louise, Fred, Eva, and “Jenny,” as she was known. She always had as smile on her face and big, excited, blue eyes. Many pictures showed her expressions of joy and always wanting to be in the middle of the fun. She went to college at ETSU for pursuing studies in home economics. She worked at a home extension agent for Yancey County. Survivors include her husband, Bert C. Sutton of Monte Vista, CO; daughters Sharon (Jeff) Cibulka of Covington, and Anita (Johnny) Caradine of Millington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Clint Sutton.
A celebration of life for Mr. Curtis Wade Blair, age 59 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 23, at 12:00 p.m., at 901 Rose Garden Lane, Cookeville. Mr. Blair passed away, Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is survived by two daughters, Lindsy Young (Barry) and Heather Jones (Chris). He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Blair, and mother, Ellen Aspengren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Edward Herron Sr., age 76 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 23, at 12:00 p.m., from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Dobbs Cemetery. Mr. Herron passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Putnam County to the late Bruce and Margie Lafever Herron. Thomas was an auto mechanic and loved to go to auctions and pawn shops. Survivors include his children, Lynn Spain (Danny), Phyllis Pedigo (James), Thomas Herron Jr. (Tammy), Jason Goelde (Ina), Bobbie Jo Ballou (Timothy), and Jason Herron. The family will receive friends Friday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 12:00 p.m., at Whitson Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Faye Dickerson, age 66 of Livingston, will be conducted Saturday, October 23, at 1:00 p.m., from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Dickerson passed away Wednesday morning, October 20, 2021, from Ascension St. Thomas West in Nashville. She was born in Overton County on September 30, 1955, to the late Willie “Bill” and Bonnie Davis Edmonds. Linda loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She often went to yard sales and Goodwill. She enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s ball games and getting diet Cokes from McDonalds. Linda always loved decorating for the holidays and collecting antiques. Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Worley and husband, Roger, of Monroe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Dickerson, and son, Josh Dickerson. The family will welcome friends Friday evening until 9:00 p.m.
Funeral services for Ms. Anna Christine Dodson, age 96 of Sparta, will be Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m., at the covered pavilion of Old Union Cemetery. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery. Ms. Dodson passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at her residence. Visitation with the family will be held following the service.
Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Raymond Peek, age 77 of Cookeville, will be Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m., at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Shipley Cemetery. Mr. Peek passed away Thursday October 21, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends Friday, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 12 noon until service time.
A Celebration of Life for Ms. Tonya Angelle (Brooks) Sullivan, age 46 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 23, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at the Willow Place Conference Center in the Magnolia Room, located at 255 North Willow Avenue, Cookeville. Ms. Sullivan passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021. She was born July 30, 1976, in Marion, IN. Tonya was the warmest, most welcoming person you could meet. She put in her blood, sweat, and tears in raising her two boys (Alex/Lorenzo). They were her two joys in her life, her reasons to be. Tonya was the kind of person to help when no one else would, someone you could count on being there. She would give anyone the benefit of the doubt and treated people with kindness wherever she went. She touched the lives of several people in her life and was the brightest person you’ll ever know. Survivors include her mother, Terri Ruiz; a son, Alexander Condori (Zoey Hook).
A celebration of life for Mr. Robert D. Willis, age 86 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 23, at 4:00 p.m., at The First Christian Church. Mr. Willis passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021. He was born Wednesday, August 21, 1935, in Alton, MO, the son of the late Harry Willis and the late Jeanette Orr Smith. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved to see the world and enjoyed every minute of life. Bob was proud to serve the United States as Air Force Master SGT. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Sue Lynn Willis; one daughter, Charolette (Kevin) Waite. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 2:00 until time of service.
Celebration of Life services for Mr. Henry Earl (Red) Burgin, age 75 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, October 23, at 6:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with full military honors. Mr. Burgin passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at his home. He was born October 11, 1946, in Waterzielt, MI. Red worked and retired from Emerson, formerly Mallory Timers, after 45 years. During those years, he enjoyed traveling with Everett Palmer, Bob O’Neil, and Dave Hitchcock, who became lifelong friends. He was an engineer who could design or build anything and received three U.S. patents for his designs. Mallory was also where he met the love of his life, Debbie Goff. In his younger years, he enjoyed bass fishing and golf. He and Debbie traveled the world together and attended several professional golf tournaments where he met Jim Furyk and his idol, Tiger Woods. Red was gentle, kind, loving, and loved playing jokes on his friends. He always said what was on his mind, and if he liked you, he would be the best friend you could have. Red had the most beautiful blue eyes and red hair. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Goff of Sparta; children, Scott Burgin (Brandon) of Fishers, IN, and Lisa Andrews (Rick) of Ft. Collins, CO. The family will welcome friends on Saturday, from 4:00 p.m. until time of the service, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.
Graveside services for Mr. Kenneth Barlow, age 87 of Hilham, will be conducted Sunday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m., from Aaron’s Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Barlow passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021, from the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Overton County on January 8, 1934, to the late Alfus and Dellar Geesling Barlow. Kenneth always loved running his store, racing cars, and raising & riding horses. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent much of his time sitting on his porch. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Fleming and husband, Kevin, of Allons; son Kenneth Andrew McDonald Barlow of Allons. The family will welcome friends at the graveside.
A memorial service for Mr. David Lee Barnes, age 70 of Doyle, will be conducted Sunday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m., at Doyle Cemetery. Mr. Barnes passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021. He was born August 9, 1951, in White County, to the late Charles “Mutt” and Betty Knowles Barnes. He was a master mechanic. He loved building and racing cars, whether it was dirt track or drag racing. Survivors include his wife, Letha Ann Barnes; children, Jeff (Denise) Barnes, Jason (Tasha) Johnson, John (Amanda) Barnes, Shawn Dodson and Jessie Dodson. There will be no formal visitation prior to the service.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bernese Carter, age 89 of Baxter, will be held Sunday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m., at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Carter passed away Thursday, October 21, 2021, in Gainesboro. She was born September 20, 1932, in Bloomington Springs, to the late James Washington Billingsley and Clevia Lousia Flatt Billingsley. On December 23, 1950, she was married to the late Harold Carter, who passed away October 24, 2004. She lived on Martins Creek, and then later moved to Prosperity Pointe in Baxter. She was a housewife, and also worked at the Granville Post Office. She was also a cook at Granville Elementary School, and the dietary supervisor at NHC Healthcare. She was a member of the Double Springs Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, Max (Carol) Carter of Cookeville; a daughter, Debbie (Ronnie) Kinnaird of Gainesboro. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until time of services. Memorial donations may be made to the Granville Museum by contacting the funeral home.
A graveside service for Mrs. Frances Jean McGuire Moore, age 84 of Livingston, will be held Sunday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m., at Overton County Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Moore passed away Monday, October 18, 2021, in Livingston, surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born in Tupelo, MS, on July 6, 1937, to the late John Tyson McGuire and Virginia Bossung McGuire. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 1955, and attended Draughon’s Business College in Memphis. Following college, she moved to Gainesboro for a short time before moving to Livingston, where she lived for the rest of her life. Mrs. Moore possessed an innate sense of justice and felt a deep compassion for the disenfranchised of society. These characteristics expressed themselves through her 60 years of political advocacy and public service. A lifelong member of and contributor to the Democratic Party, she spent her early adult years active in local and regional political campaigns, including those of a young Al Gore. Soon, she embarked on a career of elected and appointed offices that spanned over three decades. Jean had an immeasurable impact on her community as Overton County Commissioner for a duration of 33 years, and she had an equally long tenure as forewoman of the Overton County Grand Jury. Her unique mix of sensitivity, intelligence and wit endeared her to both constituents and colleagues. She continued to serve in both offices until weeks before her death. The church was always a central part of Jean’s life. After she met David Moore at First Christian Church in Livingston, and they married in 1994, she relished her role as minister’s wife at Millers Chapel in Alpine, their beloved church home where the two of them served for many years. Together, David and Jean also opened The Paper Place on the square in Livingston. For almost two decades, this bookstore, gift shop, and cafe served as a welcoming place for people to gather in fellowship. Regulars and travelers alike read the paper, socialized over coffee, and solved the world’s problems together. Survivors include her husband, David Moore of Livingston. A family visitation will be held Sunday, October 24, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be specified for either Dog Days Search and Rescue, or Millers Chapel. Payments may be made to Speck Funeral Home, 300 North Church Street, Livingston, Tennessee, 38570, (931) 823-1201.
Celebration of Life services for Mr. Bruce Carl Ware, age 75 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m., at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Ware passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at his home in Cookeville. He was born June 11, 1946, in Cookeville to the late Louie and Edna Dyer Ware. Bruce was a 1966 graduate of Central High School and of the Baptist faith. He retired from MetCom of Cookeville. Survivors include his daughters, Vickie Medley, Jennifer Maxwell and fiance, Zeb Waller, all of Cookeville. The family will receive friends Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s of Tennessee, 390 South Lowe Avenue Suite I, Cookeville, TN 38501.
Funeral services for Ms. Lisa Shannon Gore, age 56 of Baxter, will be held Monday, October 25, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of Presley Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Ms. Gore passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Thursday, August 5, 1965, in Cookeville, to the late Clarence and Sara Smith. Lisa worked as an assistant manager at a motel formerly known as Alpine Lodge and Suites, along with many other jobs. She loved and cared for any person that came and made an impact on her life. She was referred to as Mama G or Mama Lisa to so many of her kids’ childhood friends whom she loved as her own. Her hobbies included watching her kids play sports, reading her favorite books, and just spending time with her family. Survivors include one son, Matthew Gore of Utah; two daughters, Kristina Charles and Kimberly Garza, both of Baxter. The family will receive friends Monday, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday at Presley Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Patsy Carol (Harris) Randolph, age 68 of Cookeville, will be held Monday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Randolph passed away Thursday, October 21, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born Saturday, November 1, 1952, in Cookeville, the daughter of the late Freeman Harris and the late Mary Etta (Bean) Harris. Patsy was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, Granny, and friend. Survivors include her husband, Gene Randolph; daughter, Regenia Henry. The family will receive friends Monday, from 10:00 am until the time of service, at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.
A visitation for Ms. Pamela Boles, age 59 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 30, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., at Presley Funeral Home. Ms. Boles passed away Friday, October 8, 2021, at her home. She was born Tuesday, February 20, 1962, in Barberton, OH, the daughter of the late John Wilson and the late Cynthia Boles Wilson. Pam was a fun loving person. She was a good mom, sister, and friend to who ever needed one. Pam enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing were her favorites. Survivors include two sons, Bobby Boles of Cookeville, and Michael Boles of Pensacola, FL.
A memorial service for Mr. Michael Dean Lee, age 69 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, October 30, at 1:00 p.m., at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Lee passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at NHC of Cookeville. He was born August 29, 1952 in Cookeville to the late Billy and Ruth Short Lee. Michael was a 1970 graduate of Cookeville High School, and a 1975 graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a degree in History. He had served as a substitute teacher in the Putnam County School system, worked at Pate’s Motorcyle Shop in Chattanooga and Mid-State Kawasaki of Cookeville. He was owner-operator of a lawn care/small engine repair shop. Michael loved to read, especially about history and was a stand-up comedian. He enjoyed NASCAR races and riding motorcycles. He attended West View Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Heather Hogan Lee of Cookeville; daughter, Danielle (Francis) Tommaso of Cookeville; son Kyle (Allie) Lee of Knoxville. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11 a.m. until service time, at the funeral home.