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Obituaries For Monday, November 1
Funeral services for Mr. Skyler Everitt Smith, age 25 of Cookeville, will be conducted Tuesday, November 2. at 11:00 a.m., from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Mr. Smith passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Overton County on October 16, 1996. Skyler always enjoyed working on vehicles, building vapes, racing trucks, and doing burn outs. He enjoyed playing basketball and loved to make people laugh. Survivors include his wife, Destiny Smith of Cookeville; mother Tina Gilpatrick Vaughn of Livingston; father Steven Smith of Livingston. The family will welcome friends Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Livingston Funeral Home.
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.
Funeral services for Mr. Mack O. Buck, age 64 of Hilham, will be held Tuesday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Stacy Cemetery. Mr. Buck passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was was born September 25, 1957, in Jackson County, the son of the late George Lee Buck and Opal Goolsby Buck. Mack was married to Cathy Lynn Coffman Buck on January 12, 1979. He worked at Eaton Corp in Gainesboro and was a resident of Hilham. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Cathy Buck of Hilham; daughter, Karla Ayers of Cookeville. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 2, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Stacy Cemetery by contacting the funeral home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Vola Norton, age 100 of Double Springs, will be held Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Norton passed away Friday, October 30, at her home. She was born in Double Springs, to the late Noah Lee and Cora (Chaffin) Loftis. She was the seventh of twelve children born to the couple. On March 21, 1946, she and Charles Earl Norton eloped to be married. He preceded her in death in April, 1996, after celebrating 50 years of marriage. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Fuzz Fox. The family will receive friends at Crest Lawn Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 2, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and again on Wednesday, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m.
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 celebration of life gathering for Mr. John “Jack” William Carkner, age 84 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, November 5, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Carkner passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1936, in Albany, NY, to the late John William and Effie Mae VanValkenburgh Carkner. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Jack was employed as a supervisor with Mobil Oil Corporation in Albany, NY for over 30 years. He was friendly and outgoing, and enjoyed his Corvette, bowling and gardening. He was a good friend and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Anne Carkner; daughters, Karen (Leon) Schumacher, Lori (Jeff) Austin, and Jacki (Jed) York; son, John W. (Tania) Carkner, III. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Patricia Carkner. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animal Shelter, 2650 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville, TN, 38501, or to a charity of your choice.
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.