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 Tuesday, November 16

Mr. Richard Larkin, age 95 of Cookeville, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Karen Gayle Bell Jeffers, age 61 of Cookevile, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Her wishes of cremation and no service are being honored. Mrs. Jeffers was born November 19, 1959, in Houston, TX, to the late Walter Scott Bell and Mildred Norris Bell. Karen liked to read, crochet and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a waitress before becoming ill. Survivors include her husband, Steven Jeffers; daughters, Yvette (Mario) Saldana of Murfreesboro, Beverly (Nick) Madden of Hendersonville, and Katherine Jeffers of Dowelltown; son, Steven Jeffers and significant other, Jessica Upchurch, of Cookeville.

Mr. Leland Ray Kello, age 63 of Cookeville, passed away Friday, November 12, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. No services have been announced. Mr. Kello was born September 24, 1958, in Indianapolis, IN, to the late Woodrow and Essie Kello. Survivors include his wife, Darla Kello; son, Daniel Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lacrisha Davis.

Mr. Theodore “Teddy” Marshall Eldridge, age 64 of Chattanooga, and formerly of Monterey, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021. No services have been announced. Mr. Eldridge was born March 22, 1957, in Monterey, the son of the late Oliver Lee and Etta Ruby Gaines Eldridge. He was a truck driver. Survivors include two sisters, Doris Tharp of Louisville, KY, and Mary Welch of Chattanooga; two brothers, Boone Eldridge of Cookeville and Noah Jerry Eldridge of Chattanooga.

Mr. Billy Ray “Fig” Maxwell, age 68 of Cookeville and formerly of Baxter, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, at his home. His wishes of cremation are being honored and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. He was born February 4, 1953, in Detroit, MI, to the late John Monroe and Gladys Willene Allen Maxwell. He attended Upperman High School in Baxter. Bill retired from Tennessee Tech University in the Maintainence Department with 14 years of service. Bill was a true Vol fan. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan Trent and Nicole Maxwell of Cookeville; daughter, Holly Chaffin and husband, Trent Snider, of Baxter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home for expenses.

Mr. Floyd Jones, affectionately known by family as “Junior,” age 63 of Quebeck, passed away Friday, November 12, 2021, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. In honor of Mr. Jones’ wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in Michigan. Floyd was born November 14, 1957, in Detroit, MI, to the late Floyd Winfield & Edna Ruth Cole Jones. He was a former carpenter and employee of White County Lumber Company. Junior served in the United States Navy. Survivors include his son, James Jones of Colorado; daughter, Jessica Jones of California; stepdaughter, Amanda Shepherd of Sparta.

Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Alcorn, age 74 of the Rocky Point Community, will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 1:00 p.m., at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Brown’s Mill Cemetery. Mrs. Alcorn passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, at her home. She was born July 31, 1947, in Cookeville, to the late Millard and Velma Buckner Neal. She was a 1965 graduate of Cookeville Senior High School. Linda worked as a legal secretary for Dale Bohannon, Attorney, for 35 years. She was giving, hard working, full of life and always positive. She was a devoted fan of the (World Series Champions) Atlanta Braves. Linda’s faith and family were most important to her. She was a faithful member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church for over 50 years. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Randy Dyer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Donald Kenneth Alcorn. The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Mr. Roger Dawyne Dial, age 42 of Rickman, will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Burial will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery in Rickman. Mr. Dial passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Cookeville on Friday, December 15, 1978, to Judith (Cooper) Dial and the late Roger Dale Dial. Dawyne was a special gift from God who loved with all his heart. He loved getting cards in the mail, especially on his birthday and Christmas. He also loved for friends and family to visit, and he had the biggest smile to greet you with. Survivors include his mother, Judy Dial of Rickman. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Graveside services for Ms. Katherine Gaw, age 72 of Cookeville, will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m., at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Ms. Gaw passed away Friday, November 12, 2021, at Legacy Care and Rehab Center in Manchester. She was born January 13, 1949, in Putnam County, to the late Steve C. and Lassie Belle Steward Gaw. Katherine was a member of Willow Avenue Church of Christ. She is survived by special friend, Tammy Wilson; cousin, Mary Alice (Harold) Heady.

Graveside services for Mrs. Judith Newberry, age 72 of Gainesboro, will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m., at Cookeville City Cemetery. Mrs. passed away Friday, November 12, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services for Mr. Michael Lynn “Mike” Rhoton, age 66 of Walling, will be held Thursday, November 18, at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. In honor of Mike’s wishes, he will be cremated following his funeral service. Mr. Rhoton passed away Monday, November 15, 2021, at his residence. Mike was born March 10, 1955, in Moss, the son of the late Jasper Reed and Flora Denton Rhoton. He was a former employee of LTD, where he worked alongside his wife for 20 years. Mike liked to stay busy and was always eager to help with work around his home, whether it was outside or inside. When he did take time to travel, he enjoyed being in nature in the mountains of North Carolina. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Loretta Rhoton. The family will receive friends Thursday after 10:00 a.m.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn Ann Pippin, age 75 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m., at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Edmund Dyer Cemetery in the Pippin Community of Putnam County. Mrs. Pippin passed away Monday, November 15, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born September 6, 1946, in Jackson County, to the late Albert L. and Ethel G. Mayberry Flatt. Carolyn graduated in 1964 from Jackson County High School as valedictorian. She was homemaker, a retired real estate broker, and a member of Center Grove Church of Christ. Survivors include  her husband of 57 years, Paul Pippin; son, James (Darlene) Pippin of DeKalb County; daughter, Laura Pippin of Cookeville. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.

Funeral services for Mr. Ricky Sherrell, age 57 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, November 19, at 12:00 p.m., at Willow Avenue Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Boiling Springs Cemetery. Mr. Sherrell passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, at his residence.  The family will receive friends Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

Graveside service for Mr. Richard A. “Dick” Taylor, Sr., also known as “Buzzy,” age 85 of Florida, and formerly of Gainesboro, will be held Saturday, November 20, at 11:30 a.m., at Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery in Gainesboro with Military Honors. Mr. Taylor passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on March 7, 1936, the son of the late Joseph G Taylor Sr. and Helen M. (Eliss) Magalinski. He served in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier during the Korean War, from 1955-1962. He worked as a truck driver in his early years. He then worked for several years as an iron worker with the Local 40 in New York City. His most notable project was working on the South Tower of the World Trade Center. When construction slowed down, he went back to school and got his insurance license and worked for Prudential for several years in New York. When he moved to Florida, he started his own insurance agency and ran it for many years prior to his early retirement, at which time he moved to Gainesboro, where he and his wife, Nancy, had a beautiful log cabin on top of a mountain. He moved back to Florida after Nancy passed away, and had traveled the U.S. in a motor home. He enjoyed going to the casino, golfing, and playing softball in the Knights of Columbus league. He was a proud member of the Masons, in which he was very active.

A memorial service for Ms. Belinda Mae Bryant, age 56 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, November 20, at 1:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Ms. Bryant passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at her home. She was born in White County on August 19, 1965, to the late Bobbie Lee and Anna Jeanette Bryant. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 20, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

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