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 17

Mrs. Patricia Dahle, age 74 of the Cumberland Cove community of Monterey, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Uplands Village In Pleasant Hill. Her wishes of cremation are being honored with no services planned. Mrs. Dahle was born Saturday, May 17, 1947, in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rosemary Taco Sutmaier. She was a sales manager in the cosmetics industry. Survivors include her husband, Juergen Dahle of the Cumberland Cove community.

Mrs. Ellen Allene Burgess, age 87 of Whitwell and formerly of Jackson County, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021, at the Apple Valley Assisted Living Center in Whitwell. No services are planned. She was born February 11, 1934, in Jackson County, to the late Elmer & Maybell (Brown) Scott. Mrs. Burgess was owner of a restaurant. Survivors include her daughter, Denise Fisher of Pikeville.

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.

Mr. Richard Joseph Larkin, age 95 of Cookeville, and formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, at his home. Services and inurnment will be planned for a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. A celebration day is planned also in Pittsburgh for friends and relatives. Richard was born January 7, 1926, in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late William and Lena Noulet Larkin. He was one of ten children born to this family of love and laughter. He was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran, having served on the USS Quincy. They were at D-Day, Tokyo Bay and they brought FDR to Yalta. On the way back, FDR hosted the King of Saudi Arabia on board, establishing a diplomatic relationship that exists to this day. After his military service, Richard came back to Pittsburgh and began a 35 year career with Pepsi. He retired as public relations director. His parents help start The Royal Outing Club in 1903, where family and friends still gather today for weekends of fun and fellowship. Moon, as everyone called him, was the longest living member. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Hutter Larkin; son, Bob (Julie) Sotis of Cookeville; daughter, Debbie Steffler of Atlanta, GA.

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. He was born on July 6, 1964, in Cookeville, to Nell Goff Sherrell Vinson and the late Curtis D. Sherrell. He was a graduate of Cookeville High School. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 35 years, Tammy Ramsey Sherrell; daughter and son-in-law, Samantha and Dexter Cross of Brush Creek. 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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