We Remember: Today’s Obituaries

Here are the latest obituaries and notices as provided by the funeral homes serving Cookeville, Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro and Livingston.

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Obituaries For Wednesday, November 3

Ms. Karen Sue Neel, age 72 of Sparta, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 3, 2021, at St. Thomas Highlands Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mr. Jesse Ramsey, age 76 of the Vine Ridge community, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Magnolia Swallows, age 94 of Monterey, passed away Monday, November 1, 2021, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mr. Larry Wallace Goolsby, age 70 of Sparta, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2021, at his home. The family has chosen cremation, and no services are scheduled at this time. Mr. Goolsby was born February 17, 1951, in Livingston, the son of the late James and Jimmie West Goolsby. He enjoyed golf and University of Tennessee sports. Survivors include his wife, June Young Goolsby of Sparta; two sons, Phillip Goolsby of Livingston and Bobby Tucker (Essie) of Sparta.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bob” Schmidt, age 87, of the Cumberland Cove community of Monterey, will be conducted Thursday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m., from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Interment will be at a later date in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, IL. Mr. Schmidt passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at his home in Monterey. He was born in Chicago on February 7, 1934, to the late George Schmidt and Stella Leona Schmidt-Kennedy. He spent his childhood years in Chicago and attended Evanston Township High School. He graduated with a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois in 1959. Bob had a passion for all sports and played football, basketball, and baseball as a young man. He was a Physical Education teacher and coached many sports including football, basketball, baseball, and tennis for Maine Township – Maine South and West High Schools. He retired after over 30 years from Maine South in 1993. He was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association in 1995. Bob and his wife, Marilyn, retired to Monterey in 2000, where they built a home nestled in the woods and mountains across from the Cumberland Cove Golf Course. They attended Trinity Assembly in Algood, and Cumberland Fellowship in Crossville. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Marilyn (Brown) Schmidt. The family will receive friends at Goff Funeral Home on Thursday, November 4, from 2:00 p.m. until time of services at 4:00 p.m.

Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Marie Smallwood, age 71 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m., from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Mrs. Smallwood passed away Sunday, October 31, 2021. She was born Monday, November 14, 1949, in Warren, MI, the daughter of the late William and Agnes (Sliwinski) Yourdan. Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and sister. She loved doing anything with her grandchildren and anything to do with Upperman sports. Helen was a kind soul and mother to all. Survivors include her husband, Randle Smallwood; daughters, Becky (Donna) Smallwood, Crystal (Kyle) Cooper, and Joy Matthews; son, Marty (Laura) Smallwood. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, November 5, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Masonic Funeral Rites for Mr. Jackie Lynn Hodge Jr., age 51 of Sparta, will be held Friday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with funeral services to immediately follow. Mr. Hodge passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born November 1, 1969, in Sparta, the son of Jackie Lynn Hodge Sr. and the late Shirley O’dell Hodge. Jackie was a member of the White County Rescue Squad and the White County Sheriff’s Department for several years. He was also a member of the local Masonic Lodge #99. He loved riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and ford trucks. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer DeLynn Hodge of Sparta; daughters, Terri Elaine Hodge Morris (James) of Sparta, and Anna Victoria Ealey of Nashville; sons, Sean Todd Markus (Melissa) of Sparta, and Brandon Alexander Markus of Florida. The family will receive friends Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tracy Smith, age 33 of Gainesboro, will be held Friday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m., at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro. Mrs. Smith passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born August 10, 1988, in Warren, MI, to Nicholas Bianchi , Sr. and Cheryl Carlile. On August 27, 2016, she was married to Joshua Smith. She was a home health care worker. She is survived by her parents and her husband. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until time of services. Memorial donations may be made to help with funeral expenses by contacting the funeral home.

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.

Graveside services for Mrs. Alma Jean Johnson, age 91 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, November 6, at 1:00 p.m., at Cookeville City Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021, at her home of the last two years, The Mansions at Sandy Springs, GA. She was born May 8, 1930, in the Carter’s Creek community of Maury County, to the late Ulysses Elmo Fox and Georgia Mae Sears Fox. Mrs. Johnson excelled in school and took pride in developing and teaching others farming and leadership skills through the 4-H program. She was the valedictorian of Santa Fe High School (1948) and earned a 4-H scholarship which she used to attend and graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Home Economics degree in 1952. Mrs. Johnson moved to Cookeville in 1954 and from the start, served her chosen community. In addition to her 40-year career with the UT Agricultural Extension Service as a nutritionist, she led Home Demonstration Clubs, teaching household skills such as cooking and sewing. She volunteered for the Putnam County Fair and in various capacities at First United Methodist Church of Cookeville, where she was a member for approximately 65 years. The Upper Cumberland District of the Boy Scouts of America recognized her for her volunteer leadership during her sons’ time in scouting. Survivors include three sons, Ken (Elizabeth) Johnson of Atlanta, GA, Paul Johnson of Nashville, and Michael (Melissa Zimmerman) Johnson of Alexandria, VA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, George Harvey Johnson. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory to the University of Tennessee Herbert School of Agriculture, the Alzheimer’s Association, or your local hospice.

Celebration of Life services for Mr. Billy R. Nolen age 83 of the Twin Oaks community, will be held Saturday, November 6, at 1:00 p.m., from Good Hope Cemetery. Mr. Nolen passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021, from Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Overton County on October 12, 1937, to the late Francis Marion and Mae Bilbrey Nolen. After graduation from Livingston Academy, he joined the US Air Force. Upon discharge from the military, he became a TN Highway Patrolman. Later in life, he was a merchant and field office manager for a construction company. After retirement, Billy enjoyed gardening and cooking. He was especially known for his fried apple pies and dried-apple stack fruit cakes. Survivors include his twin sister, Betty Nolen Copeland of Cookeville, and sister, Katy Nolen Vaughn of Livingston. Memorial donations in memory of Billy Nolen may be made to the Good Hope Annex by contacting Speck Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Benjamin Scott Johnson, age 46 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m., at at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. urial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Mr. Johnson passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born May 30, 1975, in Cookeville, the son of Robert Michael Johnson and the late Patricia Gail Hix Boles. He was a truck driver for Tri-Star Transport. Survivors include his father, Michael (Beverly) Johnson of Cookeville; a daughter, Gracie Johnson of Baxter. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 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.

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