Lowell Wayne Miller
December 7, 2008 - December 7, 2008
BYRDSTOWN--Lowell Wayne Miller, 65, of Byrdstown, and formally of Hendersonville, TN, ended his lengthy journey through brain cancer Dec. 7, 2008, and quietly passed from his earthly existence to begin heaven’s glory and peace for eternity. He will be missed by wife, Susanne, son Jeffrey & wife, Dianna of Richmond IN, daughters Jennifer Russell of La Jolla CA, and Laura Miller of Irvine, CA.
Their Gramps had a very special relationship with each of his grandsons, Allen and Collin Miller and Nathan Russell. He is also survived by his mother, Letha Miller of Corinth MS, brother, Jerry Miller, also of Corinth MS, and sister, Carolyn Reynolds of South Lake Tahoe CA. Father, Ira Miller, predeceased him. He was a father-figure to his wife’s nieces, Becky Bowers of Memphis TN and Gail Grace of Dallas TX.
Born in Corinth MS, some of his early childhood was spent in Anniston AL, before moving to Jonesboro, AR, where he remained until he married. Most of his adult life was spent in Hendersonville TN before retiring to Byrdstown.
Lowell was a 1966 graduate of Arkansas State College in Jonesboro AR with a BS in Business Administration. Upon on completion of a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville AR in 1968, Lowell spent his life building a reputation as a superb salesman. The majority of his adult career was with Xerox Corporation and Nortel Networks, from which he retired in 2000 as a Global Accounts Manager, with special recognition for his legendary sales and marketing skills.
He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and expertise, peppered with his sense of humor, in various teaching capacities. During his retirement years, he was loved by the students and staff of Pickett County High School, where he substituted on a regular basis.
Formerly a member and deacon of Bluegrass Baptist Church in Hendersonville, he served a term as Chairman of the Deacons. He was active in the congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville and was a current member and Church Council Member of First United Methodist Church in Byrdstown, where he organized a Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group.
Lowell’s passion was helping the elderly. In Hendersonville, he co-coordinated a monthly worship service at National Healthcare Nursing Home and in Byrdstown, he loved delivering homebound meals and visiting with those on his route.
In Hendersonville, he was a member of Rotary International, where he was selected as Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Samaritan Center there. In Byrdstown, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Cordell Hull. Lowell was a Third Degree Mason.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at in Hendersonville TN at Hendersonville Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 11 AM, with Pastor Tim Reynolds officiating. Visitation with the family in Hendersonville will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Hendersonville Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is in charge of services. A Visitation with the family will also by held at First United Methodist Church in Byrdstown Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 from 4-6 p.m., followed by a Time of Reflection at 6 p.m., officiated by Pastor Lewis Davis.
Memorials may be made to American Brain Tumor Association at 2720 River Road, Suite 146, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018-4110; American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203, or the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 22 Battery Street. Suite 612. San Francisco, CA 94111.
Thomas (Tom) Olschewske
December 5, 2008 - December 5, 2008
WOODSTOCK, GA--Thomas (Tom) Olschewske, 67, Woodstock, died Dec. 5, 2008. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw. Rev. Charles Pearce officiated. Interment was at Uptown Cemetery in Pall Mall.
He was born in Waterloo, NY and was the owner of D-lta Home Services. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to fish, swim and golf.
Surviving relatives include wife, Linda West Olschewske, Woodstock; three sons, John Moore, Cooksville; Chris Moore, Gainesboro; Tom Olschewske, Dallas, Ga; two daughters, Sharron Barone, Woodstock, Ga.; Ali Pike, Pendleton, Or.; brother, Dave and (Gail) Olschewske, Woodstock; brother-in-law, Larry G. West, Cleveland, Tn.; sister-in-law, Vickie & (Joe) Whitlock, Acworth; mother-in-law, Vivian West, Kennesaw; and 12 grandchildren.
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Gary Leon Flowers
October 31, 1936 - December 3, 2008
BYRDSTOWN--Gary Leon Flowers, 72, 514 Pine St., Byrdstown, passed away Dec. 3, 2008 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a factory worker.
He was born Oct. 31, 1936 at Cookeville. He lived most of his life in Indiana.
He was preceded in death by mother, Pauline Manis; six brothers, Earl, Doug, Dale, Lynn, Don and Harold Manis; three sisters, Evadean Means, Margie Blankenship, and Lorraine Reece.
Surviving relatives include wife, Rosemary (Shaw) Flowers, Byrdstown; daughter, Lisa Cole, Tipton, In.; son, Steve Flowers, Russville, In.; five stepchildren, Debbie Ling, Waterloo, In.; Paula Walkup, Greenwood, In.; Rhonda Yegerlehner, Ocean Springs, Miss.; Leslie Hazlewood and Mark Walker, Cicero, In.; three sisters, Carolyn Martin, Brentwood, Tn.; Barbara Smithers and Glee Holman, both of Byrdstown; brother, Randall Manis, Byrdstown; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, eight step grandchildren, nine step great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 6, 2008 at 10 a.m. from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Ricky Cross officiating. Burial was at Story Cemetery. Special care was provided by Brown Funeral Chapel.
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February 26, 1914 - November 30, 2008
BYRDSTOWN--Leora Neal, 94, 520 Benton Holt Lane, Byrdstown, passed away Nov. 30, 2008 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a factory employee and a past employee at Star Point Resort.
She was born Feb. 26, 1914 in Pickett County, the daughter of John Neal and Molly (Sells) Neal. She lived all of her life in Pickett County and was a member of the Bloomington Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Ada Whittenburg, Lillie Neal, Minnie Looper and Ona Amonett; four brothers, Raymond Neal, Lilburn Dewey Neal, Edmund Neal and Roy Neal; and special niece, Tommye Copeland.
Surviving relatives include nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 3, 2008 at 10 a.m. from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Charles Jolly officiating. Burial was at Tidrow Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul and J.D. Whittenburg, Greg Cross, Bob Porter, Gary Bowens and Allen Lee. Special care was provided by Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown.
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