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Obituaries For Friday, November 19
Mr. Carl Houston “Buck” Bohannon, age 42, of Monterey, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the VA Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Mr. James Dilmon “Jimmy” Carter, age 84 of Cookeville, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Nashville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Ms. Patricia Barksdale, age 61 of Jackson County, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at her residence. No services are planned. Ms. Barksdale was born on February 20, 1960, in Putnam County, to the late Johnny & Julie (Allen) Cleghorn. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son & daughter-in-law, Michael & (Amy) Hale of Cookeville; daughter & son-in-law, Mary & (Michael) Williams of Sparta.
Mr. William “Bill” George Riggs, age 93 of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at his home. Mr. Riggs chose a private memorial service for the family at Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Sparta. Bill was born in Pocahantas, AR, to R. McDowell Riggs and Grace Million Riggs. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Frances Marsh Riggs; a son, Galen Riggs of Nolensville; daughters, Cynthia Shafer of Olatha, KS, and Karen Waller of Cookeville. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to First Baptist Church of Sparta, the American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.
Mrs. Josephine “Nana” (Haney) Harness, age 71 of Cookeville, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, at her home. The family chose cremation, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Mrs. Harness was born Saturday, June 24, 1950, in Gainesboro, the daughter of the late Troy B. Haney and the late Nettie Mae (Williams) Haney. Josephine was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was Nana to everyone in their neighborhood. Survivors include three children, Janie and Kenneth Benson, Lacy Harness, and Jenny and Anthony Thomas. In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Haroldean Harness.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Irene Lafever, age 83 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m., at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m., at Nash Cemetery. Mrs. Lafever passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at her home. She was born May 11, 1938, in White County, to the late Amon and Oshie Mae Nash Duncan. She was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church on Dixie Avenue in Cookeville. Lizzie was retired from Cummins Filtration (Fleetguard) of Cookeville with 26 years of service. She was a member of GWRRA and enjoyed music, dancing, shopping, fishing, spending time with family and friends and her church family. Survivors include daughters, Shirley Philpot of Smithville, Mary Jane Winningham and Irene Turner, Tonya (Tim) Wright, all of Cookeville; sons, Robert Hughes of Dalton, GA, and Joe Lafever of Cookeville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Lafever; daughter Deborah Lafever; son Joe Lynn Hughes. The family will receive friends Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the procession leaves for the cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Funeral services for Mr. Donald D. Pierwola, age 79 of Alpine, will be held Saturday, November 20, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Cookeville. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Pierwola passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Overton County Health and Rehab Center in Livingston. He was born Monday, December 8, 1941, in Bridgeport, CT, the son of the late John and Sophie (Angeski) Pierwola. Donald served as an E-5 in the Coast Guard from 1962 until 1966, and after his service there, he was employed with Perkin-Elmer for over 15 years. His hobbies were playing guitar in a band, fishing, hiking, and hunting. Donald loved his church. He was Fairfield Prep Valedictorian, and Knights of Columbus Council 6645. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Pamela J. Pierwola of Cookeville; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Pierwola and husband, David Rupar, of Stratford, CT. The family will receive friends at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service with the Rosary at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Funeral services for Mr. Melvin Spencer, age 83 of Livingston, will be held Saturday, November 20, at 1:00 p.m., at the Holly Springs Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Holly Springs Cemetery. Mr. Spencer passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Beattyville, KY, on September 29, 1938, to the late Zephren and Clara Johnson Spencer. He loved his family, going fishing, and gardening and farming. Melvin always enjoyed being outdoors, going to flea markets, and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his sons, Michael Spencer of Arizona City, AZ, and Jerry Spencer and wife, Cindy, of Plymouth, IN; daughters, Debbie Payne and husband, Arthur, of Hudson, MI, Kathy Spencer of Livingston, and Joyce Goad and husband, Timothy, of Allardt. In addition to his parents, Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Mae Spencer. The family will welcome friends Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 1:00 p.m., at the church.
Funeral services for Mrs. Erma Nell Sharp Kay, age 90 of Sparta and formerly of Colorado, will be held Saturday, November 27, at 1:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church. Burial to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Kay passed away at Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Life Care Center of Sparta. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials may be made to Gideons International.
Celebration of Life services for Mr. James “Jimmy” Richard Green, age 64 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, November 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home, in Water Valley, MS. Mr. Green passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021, at his home. He was born Sunday, November 25, 1956, in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of the late Richard Simpson Green and the late Christine E. (Boyston) Green. Jimmy was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and PaPaw, and friend. He loved Atlanta Braves baseball, fixing things, and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Charlene Green; three children, Michael Green, Amber and Brandon Brady, and Tyler and Kacey Green. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 21, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.