Volume 54, Number 8

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, February 23, 2017


Geneva West Whittenburg Cope
May 27, 1923 - April 17, 2010

BYRDSTOWN--Geneva West Whittenburg Cope, 86, went home to be with the Lord April 17, 2010 at her home in Byrdstown.
She was born May 27, 1923 in Fentress County to the late Oplis West and Pearl Upchurch West. She lived in Byrdstown most of her life and was known for her great cooking and her love for her children and grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church and worked for Sutton Shirt Corp. for around 35 years.
Her family includes two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter Burgen and Pat Whittenburg of Springfield; and Jack and Phyllis Whittenburg of Byrdstown; five daughters and sons-in-law, Dean and Randell Rhule of Cookeville; Patsy and Joe Perreira of Vernon, Fl.; Bonnie and Dillious Bowman of Cookeville; Virginia Brannum and Janice Ferrell, both of Cookeville; and one stepdaughter, Lee Shaffer, Caryville, Fl.; 14 grandchildren Connie Whittenburg Watson of Springfield, Tn.; Brenda Johnson and Doug Stinson, Cookeville; Tim Stinson, Sparta; Debbie Carlile, Baxter and Tammy Snow, North Carolina; Eddie Whittenburg, Byrdstown; Melinda Cross, Albany, Ky.; Randy Lee, New Castle, In.; Heather Bean and Jacob Bowman, Cookeville; Chris Thompson of Byrdstown; Jennifer Gentry, Cookeville; Buddy Powell, Texas; three step grandchildren Vicki and Mike Shaffer, Florida; Rex Shaffer, Hawaii; 29 great grandchildren; sister, Loma Marlow, Muncie, In.; and two half sisters, Joyce Stephens, Michigan; Bonnalean Garner, Texas.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two husbands, Walter Kenneth Whittenburg and Stanley Cope; son, Ralph Whittenburg; and daughter Edna Lorraine Whittenburg, granddaughter Patty Rhule, one brother Mearl West, two sisters, Josie Donnelly, Elizabeth West and one half sister, Anna Lois Price.
Funeral services were held April 19 at 1 p.m. from Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Byrdstown. Burial will be at Davidson Cemetery in Pickett County. Pallbearers were her six grandsons, Doug and Tim Stinson, Eddie Whittenburg, Randy Lee, Chris Thompson and Jacob Bowman.
Her pastor Ivan Raley and grandson Chris Thompson officiated at the services.
Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown was in charge of the arrangements.

Inez May (Cross) Amonett
July 27, 1929 - April 15, 2010

BYRDSTOWN--Inez May (Cross) Amonett, 80, 800 Clark Mountain Rd., Byrdstown, passed away April 15, 2010 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory employee and a homemaker.
She was born July 27, 1929 in Pickett County, the daughter of Leslie and Rhoda (Garrett) Cross. She lived all of her life in Pickett County and was a member of Bloomington Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andrew Amonett; brother, Howard Cross, and an infant sister.
Surviving relatives include son, Michael Amonett and wife, Joan, Knoxville; brother, Harold Cross and wife, Virginia, West Carrolton, Oh.; two grandchildren, Stevin and Evan Amonett, Knoxville; nieces, nephews, other famiy members and friends.
Funeral services were held April 17, 2010 at 8 p.m. from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross officiating. Burial was at Cross Cemetery Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Pallbearers were Roger Sells, Randall, Danny and Jim Cross, Norman Amonett and Tim Tiernan. Special care was provided by Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown.

Odell Pritchard
February 1, 1938 - April 15, 2010

ENGLISH, IN--Odell Pritchard, 72, 3250 W. McWilliams School Rd., Taswell, In. passed away April 15, 2010 at 6 a.m. at his home. He was born Feb. 1, 1938 in Pickett County, the son of the late Jerry Pritchard and Mary Smith. He married Mary (Buck) Pritchard, Taswell, In.

Relatives include children, Kimberly (husband Sherman) Decker, Marengo, In.; Kevin (fiance Michelle) Pritchard, Hilham, Tn.; Marla (companion Lee Crecelius) Pritchard, Marengo, In; brothers, Lewis Pritchard and Earl Pritchard, Byrdstown; preceded by Amber Dale, William and Clyde Pritchard; sisters, Clementine Asberry and Betty Sue Beaty, Byrdstown; Nellie Armstrong, Albany, Ky.; four grandchildren.

He was a stave sawyer and log buyer for Mullins Stave Company for 38 years.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 19 at 11 a.m. from Denbo Funeral Home in English with Rev. Sam Hoskins officiating. Burial was at Mather’s Chapel, English, In.

Stella "Marie" Burkhart
June 20, 1918 - April 14, 2010

GREENFIELD, IN--Stella “Marie” Burkhart, 91, a resident of Greenfield, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at her home surrounded by family.
She was born June 20, 1918 in Byrdstown, to the late Norman and Hattie Jane (Huddleston) Couch.
Marie worked as secretary for Farm Bureau Insurance of Greenfield from 1964-1973, was a member of D.A.R. Brandywine Creek Chapter, Hancock County Historical Society, Hancock County Farm Bureau and published two genealogy books on the Couch and Burkhart families. She was a member of Curry’s Chapel U.M.C., loved vegetable and flower gardening, refinishing furniture and loved cooking for the Burkhart family and friends. Marie was a loving mother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan Jane Brower of Greenfield/Indianapolis; sisters, Louise Edwards of Greenfield; Ann Bricker of Wilkinson; Helen Engleking of Salem; Gladys Reeves of Collinsville, OK; Laura Sexton of Indianapolis, Linda Monroe of Greenfield; brothers, Lyman and Bill Couch of Greenfield; daughter-in-law, Linda Burkhart of Greenfield; four grandchildren, Brad (Renee) Burkhart, Brett (Janelle) Burkhart, Brian (Mary) Burkhart, Jason Brower; two step-grandchildren, Steve (Cathy) Brower, Jan Curtis; nine great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Burkhart, 1994; son, Jerry Burkhart, 2005; sister, Evelyn Couch; brother, George Couch and granddaughter, Lorelei Brower, 2005.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel, Greenfield with Pastor Adam Payne officiating. Entombment will follow at Washington Park East Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Curry’s Chapel U.M.C., 3488 N. 375 E. Greenfield, IN 46140 or the Hancock County Boys and Girls Club, 715 E. Lincoln Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.
Online condolences may be shared at www.stillingerfamilyfuneralhome.com

Deborah Lou (Rucker) Pryor
BYRDSTOWN--Deborah Lou (Rucker) Pryor, 55, 3701 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, passed away April 13, 2010 at Metro Nashville General Hospital. She was a factory employee.
She was born Dec. 3, 1954 in Davidson County the daughter of Gerald and Bobbie Jewel (Davis) Rucker. She lived all of her life in Davidson County.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Surviving relatives include husband, Paul Wayne Pryor, Nashville; two daughters, Amber Pryor and Brittany Pryor, both of Nashville; stepdaughter, Bridgette Ogletree, Nashville; stepson, Paul Wayne Pryor Jr., Nashville; brother, Donald Rucker, Nashville; very special friend, Nancy Bell, Nashville; other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held April 16, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Corbin Hicks officiating. Burial was at Locust Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Wayne Pryor Jr., Kenneth Bell, Troy Pryor, Tommy Raymer, Daniel Abbott and Justin Sensabaugh. Special care was provided by Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown


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