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Obituaries For Friday, October 29
Mr. John William “Jack” Carkner, age 84 of Cookeville, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Mrs. Patricia Ann Luna, age 71 of Sparta, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. No services are planned at this time. Mrs. Luna was born February 7, 1950, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Glade and Dean Redmon Guy. Survivors include her husband, Bobby M. Luna of Sparta; son, Scotty Smith (Susan) of Doyle; daughter, Tammy Howard (Mark) of Walling.
Mr. Tommy Joseph Lawson, age 58 of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2021, at his residence. No services have been announced. Mr. Lawson was born March 27, 1963, in Sparta, to the late William and Mary Lawson. Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Back.
Mr. James Delon Copeland, age 75 of Livingston, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from the Overton County Health & Rehab. Celebration of Life services will be conducted at a later date. He was born in Overton County on March 17, 1946, to the late Herman and Stella Gore Copeland. He was a block and brick mason for many years. James enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and being in the outdoors, where he was known by his friends and family as mountain man. Survivors include his brothers, Joe Copeland of Hilham, Shirley Copeland of Livingston, and Allon Copeland of Livingston; sisters, Dortha Carr of Livingston, Linda Howell and husband, Wayne, of Gainesboro, and Irene Smith and husband, Bobby, of Livingston.
Mrs. Marquette Cross Anderson, age 71 of Livingston, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Private services will be conducted at a later date. Mrs. Anderson was born in Ardmore, TN, on April 14, 1950, to the late James Bryan and Louella Bryant Cross. She worked for many years as a office manager. Marquette loved shopping and was very knowledgeable in retail management. She loved taking care of her fur babies, and her spa days getting her hair and nails done. She was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge International. Survivors include her daughters, Michelle (Jeff) Wolfe of Freeport, IL, Julie (David Balt) Anderson of Hilham, and Rachell (Chris Banstetter) Cross of Livingston.
Memorial services for Mr. Jefferson Louis Creek, age 76 of Cookeville, will be Saturday, October 30, at 11 a.m., at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Creek passed away Monday August 30, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born January 7, 1945, in Oak Ridge, to the late George Everett Creek and Claire Louise Krughoff Creek. Jeff was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended college at Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Southern Illinois (Carbondale), and received a postdoctoral research position at University of California, Los Angeles. He retired from Chevron Energy Technology Company in January, 2016, after a 38-year career. Jeff was a Chevron Fellow, recognized by industry peers as an expert and leader in his field. After retirement, he continued to be actively engaged in research as a consultant with the Letton Hall Group in Houston, as Adjunct Professor at Rice University, and as an Affiliate Professor at Colorado School of Mines. Jeff was a 50+ year member of the American Chemical Society. He served as a DeepStar Flow Assurance Subcommittee Chair, as well as Chair of the Flow Assurance Technical Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In 2016 he was awarded the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Award in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He was a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Also, in 2016 he was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus by Middle Tennessee State University. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jane Douglas Creek; son, Andrew (Melissa) Creek of Cookeville; daughter, Laurel (Christian) Spainhour of Decatur, GA. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time, at the 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 Motorcycle 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.
Memorial services for Mr. Ed Hensley, age 69 of Gainesboro, will be held Saturday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m., at his residence at 227 Hix Hollow Road, Gainesboro. Mr. Hensley passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late Cordell Hensley and Roxie Richardson Hensley. He was a logger. Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Lucy (Greg Brown) Hensley of Whitleyville and Heather Hensley of Westmoreland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Leeroy Hensley, Jr.
Memorial services for Mr. Tommy Jones, age 66 of Monterey, will be held Saturday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. at the Monterey United Methodist Church. Mr. Jones passed away September 1, 2021, at his home. He was born October 12, 1954, in Monterey, to the late James Thomas and Mary Sue Williams Jones. Mr. Jones was a janitor with the Monterey school system. He was a 1973 graduate of Monterey High School, and a member of Monterey United Methodist Church. A visitation with the family will follow the memorial service.
Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce M. Ford Shoemaker, age 83 of Anderson, IN, and formerly of Allons, will be conducted Saturday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m., from the Fellowship Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery. Mrs. Shoemaker passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Anderson, IN. She was born in Allons, to the late Estes and Ada Ford. Survivors include her children, David Shoemaker and wife, Dottie, Kathy Collins, Bob Shoemaker, and Lisa Thomas. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Caston Shoemaker; and a daughter, Gina Paschal. The family will welcome friends Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at 2 p.m., at Fellowship Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church by contacting Speck Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Carolyn “Grannie” Randolph, age 74 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, October 30, at 4:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Sunday, October 31, at 10:00 a.m., at Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. Mrs. Randolph passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at her home. She was born September 14, 1947, to the late Oakley and Pauline Vinson Daniels. In 1966, she married Earl Lenell Randolph. Carolyn worked at Wagner/Federal Mogul for over 30 years. Carolyn was a God-fearing woman and a member of Plainview Freewill Baptist for 49 years. She served God & her family well. She will be missed deeply and her family takes comfort in knowing she’s in the arms of her Savior and has been welcomed home. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Amanda Randolph. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Lenell Randolph. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until time of the service, at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Mr. Ronnie Matthews, age 75 of Crawford, will be held Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., at Caney Fork Baptist Church in Cookeville, where he was a member. Burial will follow in the Honey Springs Cemetery. Mr. Matthews passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021, at his home. Survivors include his wife of 55 Years, Phyllis Harris Matthews of Crawford; daughter and son-in-law, Tonia and Scott Wilson Of Cookeville; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin And Amanda Matthews of Bowling Green, KY. The family will receive friends at Goff Funeral Home on Saturday, October, 30, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and at Caney Fork Baptist Church on Sunday, October 31, from 1:00 p.m. until time of the service at 2:00 p.m.
Funeral services for Mr. Fred H. (Chip) Bouton, age 71 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, October 31, at 5:00 p.m., at Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville. Mr. Bouton passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Chip began his career in residential building in his youth and followed in the footsteps of his father Spud Bouton as general contractor in the Cookeville area for over 60 years. He was an antique car enthusiast and mechanic, a humble man of great faith, and a beloved husband, father, and “Pa” to his family. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Janet Stelzman Bouton; his children, Gary (Hali), Dennis (Dawn), Kenny, and Michelle (Chris) Bouton. The family will receive friends Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., preceding the service.
A graveside service for Mrs. Helen Bates, age 76 of Buffalo Valley, will be Tuesday, November 2, at 1:30 p.m., at McHenry Cemetery in Bloomington Springs. Mrs. Bates passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born Friday, October 12, 1945, in Cookeville, the daughter of the late J.B. McHenry and the late Ethel Rodgers McHenry. Helen was a Christian woman and loved the Lord. She was a loving, caring, sharing, and giving person. She was a caregiver for her mother, as well as her own family. Helen enjoyed nature, her favorite was hummingbirds. In her spare time, she wrote poetry, drew and painted nature scenes. She loved to shop with her daughter, especially at TJ Maxx and Ross. Most of all, she loved to be with her grandchildren, children and entire family. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Johnny Bates, Sr.; one daughter, Angela (Steven) Leffew of Buffalo Valley; one son, Johnny Earl (Lora) Bates, Jr. of Buffalo Valley. The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 2, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at Presley Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mr. John Edgar Acuff, age 81 of Sparta, will be held Tuesday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Mr. Acuff passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta. He was born Saturday, July 20, 1940, in Spencer, the son of the late White Hollis Acuff and the late Estelle (Johnson) Acuff. John was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He proudly served in the United States Navy. He was a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law. He was a law clerk to Judge Harry Phillips on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He practiced law in Cookeville for over 30 years, taking special joy in doing adoptions. He was a founding board member for Koinonia Christian Bookstore and Coffee House in Nashville and Young-Life in the Upper Cumberlands. Survivors include his wife of 58 Years, Carolyn Elizabeth (Howell) Acuff; two children, William Ira Howell “Howie” and Delnora Acuff, Karl David “K.D.” and Michele Acuff. The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Manna’s Hana Riding Center or the charity of your choice.
Celebration of Life services for Ms. Doris Miars, age 70 of Monterey, will be conducted Wednesday, November 3, at 3:00 p.m., from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in the Welch Memorial Cemetery. Ms. Miars passed away Friday, September 24, in Gilbert, AZ. She was born in Dunkirk, IN, to the late Earl and Callie Ray (McCowan) Harris. She graduated from Dunkirk High School and attended First Freewill Baptist Church. She was quite proud of working from age 17 until her retirement at age 67 without a lapse in any years. She had several jobs over the course of her work career, starting at Boston’s Store in Dunkirk, Indiana at age 17. She loved working for several years at Stantec, a global engineering and consulting firm in Phoenix, AZ, as an HR manager. Her most recent job was for Stoops Buick and GMC dealership in Muncie, IN, and was always amazed when people recognized her from appearing in some of their commercials. She made several lifelong friends throughout her work history. Survivors include one sister, Estell (Collins) Sisco, of Crawford. The family will receive friends at Goff Funeral Home, Wednesday, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at 3:00 p.m.
A memorial service for Ms. Pat J. Forkum, age 78 of Gainesboro, will be held Wednesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m., at Gainesboro First United Methodist Church. Ms. Forkum passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at her residence. She was born April 6, 1943 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of the late Jonah and Edna Jackson Roberts. She was an administrative assistant for the University of Tennessee Extension Service for 33 years and also a State Farm Insurance Agent. She was a member of the Gainesboro First United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Patty (Lee) Kuykendall of Jemison, AL, and Leslie Clark of Gainesboro. Memorial donations may be made to the Gainesboro First United Methodist Church or Jackson County 4-H Clubs by contacting Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home.
Graveside services for Mr. Paul Richard Weist, age 83 of Monterey, will be held Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., at Pine Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Weist passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at his home. He was born Saturday, April 16, 1938, in Monterey, to the late Curtis Phillips and Mabel Tudor Phillips Weist. Mr. Weist and his wife, Clarice “Chris” Weist, owned and operated the Cup and Saucer restaurant in Monterey for over 20 years. He was a bread route salesperson for 45 years in Ohio and California, and was a member of Teamsters Union for 45 Years. He attended Monterey Church of the Nazarene and Hope In Christ Fellowship. Survivors include four daughters, Tina (Wayne) Lukaris of Crandall, TX, Teresa (Roland) Barnes of Monterey, Tammy (Keith) Moody of San Francisco, CA, Paula Weist (Tony Fries) of Fair Oaks, CA; one son, Paul Scott Weist of Stockton, CA. The family will receive friends at the graveside.