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 Monday, November 22

Mrs. Marie Wilmoth, age 93 of Cookeville, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Ms. Betty Jo Murray, age 88 of Cookeville, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021, at her home. Ms. Murray’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are scheduled. She was born Tuesday, June 20, 1933, in Harriman. Survivors include two daughters, Jaymee Murray and Lisa (Jerry) Burgess, both of Cookeville; two sons, Murphy (Darlene) Murray of Harriman and Steve (Karen) Murray of Wytheville, VA.

Mr. Dennis Eugene Vanill, Sr., age 74 of Bloomington Springs, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021, following a brief illness. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Medina, NY, at a later date. Mr. Vanill was born in Medina, NY, in 1947, the son of the late Martin Vanill and Patricia (Marks) Vanill. Dennis enlisted for four years and served honorably in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1968. He was transferred to the Naval Reserve the last two years after signing up for two terms in Vietnam. During his service, he earned commendations including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. In his younger years, he was a ham radio enthusiast which carried over to his time in the military as a radioman. Dennis was an avid motorcyclist and loved to ride with his wife, Sharon. As a Vietnam Veteran, and member of the 18-7 Chapter of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, he was an ardent supporter of his fellow veterans, often riding to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., as well as traveling to the Moving Wall. Survivors include three children, Dennis Vanill, Jr. and wife, Beth Anne, Andrea Vanill, and Cassandra Taylor. In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon.

Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Kay West, age 80 of Sparta, will be held Tuesday, November 23, at 12:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Mrs. West passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021, in Cookeville. She was born in Muncie, IN, to the late Wallace and Juanita Clark. Mrs. West enjoyed watching hummingbirds. Christmas was her favorite holiday. She loved shopping and spending time with her family. Survivors include a son, Wally West (Gloria) of Smithville; daughters, Angela Trusty and Michelle Lynn Hammock, both of Sparta. The family will receive friends, Monday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Max E. Bilbrey, age 82 of Dalton, GA, and formerly of Rickman, will be held Tuesday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Burial to follow in the Harris Chapel Cemetery in Overton County. Mr. Bilbrey passed away Saturday, November 20, at Pruitt Healthcare in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. He was born Tuesday, June 6, 1939, in Rickman, to the late Cecil Floyd and Lonnie Estell (Walker) Bilbrey. Max worked as a auto mechanic for many years. He was Baptist in faith. He loved his family and friends very much, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include three sons, Dale Bilbrey, Sr., Craig Bilbrey, and Keith Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Bilbrey; a daughter, Cheryl Bilbrey. The family will welcome friends Tuesday, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jane Luna, age 74 of Sparta, will be held Wednesday, November 24, at 1:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. Mrs. Luna passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. She was born June 13, 1947, in Columbus, OH, the daughter of the late George and Ursula Kleinhans Hoakes. Survivors include her husband, Danny Luna of Sparta; daughters, Sonia Thompson and Wendy (Jake) Jacobs, both of Murfreesboro; son, Darren (Amy) Good (Amy) of Jacksonville. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Faith Baptist Church in Sparta, Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro, or www.waves-of-grace.org.

Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy “Moogie” Ray Wilkerson, age 76 of Cookeville, will be held Wednesday, November 24, at 1:00 p.m., from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Wilkerson passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021, at his home. He was born Sunday, October 21, 1945, in Carbon Hill, AL, to the late Walter Wilkerson, and Willowdean (Earley) Wilkerson. Moogie was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and Papa. Survivors include two daughters, Denise Musgrove and Tracy Dubravetz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Wilkerson; son, “Little Moogie” Jimbo Wilkerson. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Sam Breeding Gardner, age 87 of Sparta, will held Wednesday, November 24, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Elrod Cemetery. Mr. Gardner passed away Friday, November 19, 2021, at St. Thomas-Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born June 8, 1934. Sam was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War, retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and was a long-time member of the Cole’s Chapel community. Survivors include a grandson, Nathan Gardner; granddaughter, Sarah Gardner Simmons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Alberta Wilhite Gardner; son, Sam Kirk Gardner. Visitation will be held Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until the service begins at 2:00 p.m.

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.

A memorial service for Mrs. Carmin Arminta Vickers, age 53 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, November 27, at 11:00 a.m., from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Mrs. Vickers passed away Friday, November 19, 2021, at her home. She was born Tuesday, April 30, 1968, in Wayne, NE, the daughter of the late George Otte and Linda Otte Beasley (Frederick). Carmin was a devoted wife, mother, and daughter. She loved taking care of the kids that she had on her bus route. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Dwayne Vickers; two sons, Garrett Wayne Vickers and Levi Otte Vickers. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death a daughter, Megan May Tinker. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

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, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

Memorial services for Mr. Will Anthony Paul, age 46 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, November 27, at 1:00 p.m., at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Paul passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time.

Funeral services for Mr. John Howard Lalone, age 76 of Cookeville, will be held Monday, November 29, at 1:00 p.m,. at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will military honors will follow at Cookeville City Cemetery. Mr. Lalone passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021, at his home. The family will receive friends Monday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time.

 

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