Leta Pierce


Leta Pierce was born on May 14, 1925 in Oak Grove, Tennessee, the 
oldest of seven children, daughter of Ina and Hassel Winningham. She 
married Clyde Pierce of Byrdstown on May 23, 1942, and celebrated 
nearly 62 years of marriage before his death in January, 2004.
Clyde and Leta, like many, moved to Michigan seeking better economic 
opportunities and lived there most of their married lives. Together 
they built a life centered around their church and family, and were 
able to enjoy their home, travel, and raising their two daughters, 
June (spouse, Charles Ballard) and Janet. Janet pre-deceased them in 
1985.
Leta lived a life characterized by hard work, generosity and 
faithfulness. She was a tireless caregiver to her family, including 
the difficult times through the illnesses of her daughter and 
husband, and the joyful times caring for her great-nephews. Her hands 
were never idle. A meticulous housekeeper, she also took great pride 
in her garden that fed her extended family, friends and neighbors. 
She had the gift of hospitality, and loved to cook for others. Her 
chocolate pie was a favorite of many. She was happiest baking, 
arranging flowers, or anticipating the arrival of company. She was a 
skillful manager and organizer, with great attention to detail, 
whether in her home life, work as a beautician, or her appearance. 
She believed in dressing up for church, and took to heart her 
mother’s teachings that one should “Do as well as they looked”. 
“Sister Pierce” was a woman of great faith who knew, loved and served 
her Lord.
She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-
grandmother, taking particular pride in her three grandchildren and 
four great grandchildren, Allison (children William and Eleanor), 
Emily (spouse, Lisa, children Kate and Eric) and Andrew Pierce 
(spouse, Katelynn). She loved her brothers Lester, Albert and Donald, 
and her sisters, Louise and Joy. She often commented that her sisters-
in-law felt like her own sisters. She cared about her son-in-law Bill 
Youatt as her own son, until his passing in 2006. Her last visit to 
her Tennessee home and family was in May 2017.
She was the family matriarch, with enormous influence on three 
generations. Her sayings and advice will be remembered and often 
repeated. The ways she cared for those she loved will be practiced 
and carried on.
Those wishing to honor her memory may choose to donate to the William 
G. Youatt Scholarship Fund (Michigan State University), Sparrow 
Hospital Home Hospice, or the MSU Student Organic Farm Barn Fund 
(Michigan State University).

Patsy Ann Whittenburg


PANAMA CITY, FL--Patsy Ann Whittenburg, 68 of Vernon, passed from 
this life on October 26, 2017 at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center 
in Panama City, Florida.
Patsy was born on Feb. 2, 1949 in Moodyville to the late Kenneth and 
Geneva (West) Whittenburg. A retired car saleswoman, she had lived in 
the Florida panhandle for the previous ten years since moving from 
Okeechobee. She was known for her giving spirit, often helping the 
homeless and honoring those in the military when she was able. She 
enjoyed playing games on her computer and traveling the country. Her 
greatest love was her family, and she was very articulate in letting 
them know how great that love was.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Geneva 
Whittenburg; brother: Ralph Whittenburg; three sisters, Dean Rhule, 
Lorraine Whittenburg, Leedale Schafer.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Perreira of Vernon, Florida; 
daughter: Melinda Cross of Albany, Ky.; two sons: Randy Lee and wife 
Lisa of New Castle, In.; Buddy Powell and wife Julie of Allen, Texas; 
two brothers, Walter Whittenburg and wife Pat of Springfield, 
Tennessee, Jack Whittenburg and wife Phyllis of Byrdstown; three 
sisters, Virginia Branum of Cookeville; Bonnie Bowman and husband 
Dellios of Cookeville; Janice Stenson of Algood; 11 grandchildren; 
five great grandchildren.
Memorialization will be by cremation with Obert Funeral Home of 
Chipley, Florida in charge of arrangements.
 

Richard Eugene Breeding

Richard Eugene Breeding


BYRDSTOWN--Richard Eugene Breeding, 77 of Faix Rd. passed away 
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the Overton Co. Health and Rehab. He was 
born March 20, 1940 in Louisville, KY to the late Theorde and Hattie 
Waldridge Breeding. Mr. Breeding has lived in Pickett County since 
1992 and he was a maintenance worker in heating, cooling and electric.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, 
Edna Breeding; second wife, Mary Breeding; two daughters, Marla Kay 
Breeding and Donna Bartylak; two brothers and nine sisters.
Survivors include daughter, Angela Thompson; step-daughter, Theresa 
Wilkins, both of Byrdstown; two sons, Richard "Rick" Eugene Breeding, 
Jr. of Byrdstown and Charles Justin "C.J." Breeding, San Antonio, TX; 
step-son, Frank Tully of MI; sister, Doris Ridge of Salem, In.; 
several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also survived by 
nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
The family has chosen cremation and a memorial service was held 
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the Moodyville Community Center. Special 
care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made 
at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.
 

Roy Dean Walker

Roy Dean Walker



BYRDSTOWN--Roy Dean Walker, 63 of Lee Spur Rd., Byrdstown passed away 
Monday, October 16, 2017 at his residence.
He was born August 22, 1954 in Muncie, IN to the late Glenn and 
Pauline Lee Walker. Mr. Walker was a past Fleet Guard employee, a 
motorcycle mechanic with Cookeville Honda and lived most of his life 
in Pickett Co.
Survivors include his wife, Melody King Walker of Byrdstown; 
daughter, Brandy Jones, Lexington, KY; brother, Ricky Walker and wife 
Margaret of Clarkrange; three grandchildren, Gunter and Sage 
Albertson and Nicholas Perry Jones; two great-grandchildren, Easton 
Cole Albertson and Elizabeth Faulkenberry. Also survived by nieces, 
nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Steven Thorton officiating and burial at Edgefield 
Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen King, Roger Amonett, Larry Merkley, 
Garfield Pemberton, George Pemberton, Roger Walker, Rick Upchurch and 
William Alsip. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online 
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Earnest Doyle Pierce



BYRDSTOWN--Earnest Doyle Pierce, 70 of Harrison Rd. Byrdstown passed 
away Monday, October 9, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 29, 1947 in Cookeville to the late Noah Arkley and 
Vera Mae Neal Pierce. Mr. Pierce was a member of the Bloomington 
Christian Church, past member of the Byrdstown Jaycees and a garment 
factory employee. Other than his parents he is preceded in death by 
sister, June Marie Harvey.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Lee Duvall Pierce; daughter, 
Elizabeth Jane Ward; two sons, Earnest Lee Pierce and wife Tammie, 
Richard Adam Pierce and wife Emily; brother, Guinn Que Pierce; seven 
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, 
nephews, other family members and friends.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from Neal 
Cemetery with Bro. Stevan McClure officiating. Mr. Pierce had 
requested a private service after his passing. Special care provided 
by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at 
www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Col. Daniel Houston Parris

Col. Daniel Houston Parris



BURKE, VA--Colonel Daniel Houston Parris, 88, of Lake Ridge, 
Virginia, passed away June 4, 2017, in Burke, Virginia, surrounded by 
his five children, grandchildren and great grandchild.
Known as Houston to his family in Cookeville and Byrdstown he was 
born on the family farm in Byrdstown, on March 31, 1929, the seventh 
of 14 children. He was predeceased in 2007 by his beloved wife of 50 
years, Connie Cole Parris. Dan retired from the US Air Force in 1979 
after 28 years of service. He flew fighter jet combat missions in 
Korea and over 200 night missions in Vietnam. He commanded the famous 
Night Owl Squadron, the 497th out of Ubon, Thailand, in 1969, earning 
the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star. He commanded the 
48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron out of Langley, Virginia, in 1970 
through 1972, bringing his command to win the coveted Hughes Trophy 
awarded to the best Fighter Squadron in the Air Force. He graduated 
with a BS degree from Tennessee Tech and degrees from the Air Command 
and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, as well as from the Naval 
War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He served as Air Defense 
Advisor to the US Ambassador to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, and also 
as Director of Communications in NORAD’s Combat Operations Center in 
Cheyenne
Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was awarded numerous 
commendation medals for performance during his career. Upon 
retirement he and his wife owned a large working ranch in Westcliffe, 
Colorado until relocating to Virginia to be closer to family.
He was predeceased by his father, Cosby Lansden Parris, his mother, 
Susan Cope Parris, his brothers, Ulysses Samuel Parris, Winfield 
Scott Parris, Joseph Edgar Parris, Charles Lansden Parris, his 
sisters, Opal Dean White, Orella Bell Knight, Doris Arlene Vitale, 
Eula Mae Kerchner and Della Sue Lynn and his daughter-in-law, Michele 
Champeau Parris.
He is survived by his brothers, Jerry Roger Parris and Wayne “Buddy” 
Parris, sisters Clara Lou Eckel, Emla Faye Wilson, his children, 
Randy Parris Kendrick, Cindi
Parris Godino, Kristy Parris Smith, Darcy Ann Parris Hughes, and 
Daniel Houston Parris II as well as his children-in-law, Ken 
Kendrick, Scott Godino, Sid Smith, Nolan Hughes and Erin Parris. 
“Papa” was proud of his
11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 
8, 2017. Services will start at 11 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel on 
Fort Myer. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be 
made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson.org.

Ralph Neal

Ralph Neal



KNOXVILLE--Ralph Neal of Knoxville, 92, passed away peacefully at his 
home October 8, 2017. He was a retired accountant, businessman, real 
estate investeror, past owner of the Star Point Restaurant at Dale 
Hollow Lake with his wife Doris, and a WWII veteran.
Ralph was born Nov. 7, 1924 in the Bloomington Community of Pickett 
County. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in July, 1943 and assigned 
to Company A,141st Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division. After 
basic training, Ralph married Doris Inez Copeland of Bloomington on 
Sept. 30, 1943, just days before shipping out for overseas. Ralph was 
wounded in combat at the Rapido River, Monte Cassino, Italy in 
January of 1944 and reported missing in action. He was captured by 
German forces and held as a Prisoner of War for 15 months. He was 
honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1945 and returned to Byrdstown to be 
with Doris. He received the Good Conduct Medal, European, African, 
Middle East Campaign Medal, Infantry Combat Medal, Purple Heart, and 
Oak Leaf Cluster.       
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Foster A. and Perilda 
Clementine (Cope) Neal, brothers Hubert and Herbert Neal who died at 
birth, brother Frank Neal, sisters Estelle Coop, Paulie Amonett, and 
Tella Mae Matheny.
He is survived by his wife, Doris (Copeland) Neal, sister Nellie 
Garrett of Muncie, IN, daughter Janie Neal of Knoxville, son Randy 
Neal and wife Michele of Knoxville, daughter Pamela Esther Neal 
Almeling of Knoxville, grandsons Jason Neal Almeling of Knoxville and 
Austin Neal Almeling of Troy, MO, and several nieces and nephews. 
Ralph was a member of the First Baptist Church in Knoxville for more 
than 60 years. He was a past member of the Civitan and Optimist 
volunteer service clubs, treasurer for the Tennessee School for the 
Deaf PTA, and served as past secretary and treasurer of the Smoky 
Mountain Chapter of the American Ex-POW veterans' service 
organization. Ralph was a beloved brother, husband, father and 
grandfather who worked hard all his life to serve his country and 
provide a better life for his family. He was well respected by all 
who knew him and dearly loved by his family who will miss him.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 
from the Wolf River United Baptist Church with burial in the Amonett 
Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Neal, Jason Neal Almeling, Austin 
Neal Almeling, Kelly Amonette, Jerry Copeland, and Larry Storie.
 

Betty Jo Flowers Ford

Betty Jo Flowers Ford



BYRDSTOWN--Betty Jo Flowers Ford, 80 of Cordell Hull Memorial Dr., 
Byrdstown passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at her residence.
She was born June 8, 1937 in Byrdstown to the late Walter "Pee 
Waddle" and Martha Garrett Flowers. Mrs. Ford was a garment factory 
worker and was of the Baptist faith.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Glen 
Ford; son, Marty Ford; three sisters, Gladys Brannum, Kathleen and 
Emogene Ford; son-in-law, Jim Beaty.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Beaty of Monroe and Donna Ford 
of Jamestown; son, Timmy Ford and wife Carol; sister, Anna Mae 
Matheny all of Byrdstown; eight grandchildren, Brandon Ford, Toby 
Beaty, Brooke Masiongale, Travis Ford, Jill Ford, Matthew Ford, Jacob 
Ford and Christopher Ford; 14 great-grandchildren. Also survived by 
nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins and Bro. Daniel Masiongale 
officiating with burial at Smyrna Cemetery. Pallbearers were Travis 
Ford, Brandon Ford, Matthew Ford, Jacob Ford, Christopher Ford and 
Toby Beaty. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online 
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Tami Gay Scroggins Conner

Tami Gay Scroggins Conner



MONROE--Tami Gay Scroggins Conner, 51 of Cope Cemetery Rd., Monroe 
passed away Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at the Livingston Regional Hospital.
She was born March 10, 1966 in Indiana to Walter and Loretta Dragoo 
Scroggins. Mrs. Conner was a registered nurse and a member of the 
Maupin Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her father, Walter Scroggins; son, Jeremy 
Conner; brother, Boyd Scroggins: grandson, Nathaniel Farr; and father-
in-law, Albert Conner.
Survivors include her husband, Elbert "Chico" Conner of Byrdstown; 
daughter, Tabatha Boswell and husband Brian of Rickman; son, Daniel 
Conner and wife Amber of Hilham; mother, Loretta Scroggins of 
Jamestown; mother-in-law, Aletha Conner of Byrdstown; six sisters, 
Gail Garrett of Monterey, Sheri Hicks, Jeni Ledbetter, Christy 
Strunk, Janel Crabtree and Teresa Draughn, all of Jamestown; two 
brothers, Marty Scroggins of Orlando, FL and Lloyd Scroggins of 
Jamestown; six grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other 
family members and friends.
A memorial service is set for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 
from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Howard Scroggins officiating. 
Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may 
be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com

Carol Ann Storie



SMITHVILLE--Carol Ann Storie, 65, Smithville, passed away Thursday 
afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.
She was born Dec. 31, 1951 to her parents, the late Donald and Opal 
Manis Skeen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 
a son, James Casey Reagan and a brother, Bob Skeen. Carol was a 
member of Covenant Baptist Church and worked as a secretary in the 
automotive factory industry.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 33 years, James W. 
"George" Storie of Smithville; seven children, Christie (Sean) Driver 
of Liberty; Scott (Dana) Reagan of Lafayette; James Bryan Storie of 
Smithville; Stephen Wayne Storie of Murfreesboro; Christopher Todd 
Storie of Smithville; Troy Lee Storie of Livingston; Tamara (Jason) 
Murphy of Smithville; 13 grandchildren, Garrett, Luke and Ben Driver, 
Stephen (Kaitlin) Reagan, Shawn Reagan, Nicholas Reagan, Dylan 
(Kayla) Reagan, Natasha (Chris) Pryor, William, Matthew and Nathaniel 
Storie, Nixon and Addison Murphy; four great-grandchildren, Casen 
Reagan, Nora, Brody and Camilla Pryor; a brother, Mike Skeen of 
Cowan, IN; and half-brother, Larry Matheny of Muncie, IN.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at DeKalb 
Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason and Bro. Kenneth Clayton 
officiating and burial to follow in the Clark Cemetery in Byrdstown 
with Bro. Tommy Davis officiating. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge 
of the arrangements.
 

Loxie L. Dowdy



FORT COLLINS, CO--Loxie L. Dowdy, 87, of Ft. Collins passed away 
August 30, 2017. She was born July 13, 1930 to Shirdy and Mary Ann 
Dowdy in Byrdstown. She was one of ten children born during the 
depression years. Loxie was a free spirit who always wore angel pins. 
She will be remembered for smile, hugs, and kisses.
Loxie attended elementary school in a one room school house in 
Byrdstown. She left Tennessee and lived with two older sisters in 
Muncie, Indiana. There she helped in the households with housekeeping 
and child care. She attended high school there and graduated from 
Royerton High School in 1950 in Muncie. After graduation, she lived 
at the YWCA in Muncie, and had part time work in a silverware factory 
and also an ice cream factory. While living at the YWCA, she listened 
to a talk by an Army Recruiter. She enlisted in the USAF in 1952 and 
retired in 1974 from Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. She 
attended a school for cooks at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and later a 
school for assignment in the administrative career field with duty as 
postal clerk in Hawaii. Her last assignment was to Lowry Air Force 
Base, Colorado, as First Sergeant of the 3439th Student Squadron 
which contained all female personnel coming from basic training at 
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to attend schooling in technical 
fields at Lowry. She was the first ATC Lady graduate of the USAF 
Senior NCO Academy at Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama in July 1973. 
She was awarded the AF Commendation Medal in 1970 and the First Oak 
Leaf Cluster in 1974. She retired in 1974 as a Senior Master Sergeant 
with several awards and medals. She moved to Red Feather Lakes in 
1986 for ten years and finally to Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Loxie met her partner in the Air Force and have been committed 
relationship for 45 years. They signed a Civil Unions on April of 
2014 and were married on Nov. 10, 2014 at the county courthouse in 
Ft. Collins.
She attended WAF Association Reunions at various locations in the 
USA. Loxie also attended the Foothills Unitarian Church in Ft. Collins.
Survivors include her spouse, Lucille D. Laugesen of Ft. Collins; two 
brothers, Cecil Dowdy and Lonzi Dowdy (Diana), Byrdstown; three 
sisters, Edna Cross of New Castle, Indiana, Joretta Jones of 
Knightstown, Indiana; and Phyllis Whitt (Don) of Byrdstown.
Preceding Loxie in death are her brothers, Hershel and Virgil Dowdy 
and two sisters, Cordy Rose “Kay” Leslie and Clara Bell Boyer.
A private graveside service with full military honors will be held at 
Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice in care of Bohlender 
Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Ft. Collins, CO 80524.

 

Bradley "Brad" Stephen Farmer


BYRDSTOWN--Bradley "Brad" Stephen Farmer, 63 of Moodyville Rd. passed
away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at The Medical Center of Albany.
He was born Feb. 8, 1954 in Bloomington, IN to the late Donald and
Edith Walden Farmer. Mr. Farmer was a bail bondsman, referee and
loved sports. He lived most of his life in Spencer, IN and lived the
past four years in Pickett County.
Survivors include two daughters, Matty Farmer and husband Chris Beaty
of Byrdstown; Natalie Owens and husband Quinton of Nashville; two
step daughters, Samantha Riffel and husband Robert of San Diego, CA;
and Carrie Atwood of Indianapolis, IN; two brothers, Mike and Bob
Farmer of Spencer, IN; six grandchildren, Maci Beaty, Lexie Atwood,
Ethan Riffel, Jonas Riffel, Silas Riffel and Nylah Owens. Also
survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 from Brown Funeral
Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins and cremation to follow after
services. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Viola Carolyn Anderson Tidrow


BYRDSTOWN--Viola Carolyn Anderson Tidrow, 76 of Hassler Loop passed
away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at her residence.
She was born July 16, 1941 in Pickett Co. to the late Ed and Eunice
Smith Anderson. Mrs. Tidrow was a housewife, attended the Wolf River
United Baptist Church, lived most of her life in Indiana and the last
26 years in Pickett Co.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by brother, James
"Chink" Anderson; great-niece, Emmy Anderson; two brothers-in-law,
William Swift and Daniel Latham.
Survivors include her husband, Leroy Tidrow of Byrdstown; two
sisters, Willow Jean Swift of Doyle, TN and Brenda Latham of
Byrdstown; two brothers, Curtis "Sonny" Anderson and wife Gwenith of
Pall Mall and Dr. Roy Anderson and wife Martha of Cookeville; very
special niece, Cheryl Swift Webster. Also survived by nieces,
nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral services were held
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Randy
Tompkins officiating and burial in the Tidrow Cemetery. Pallbearers
were Ed Anderson, James Anderson, Jody Webster, Steve Webster, Mike
Smith, Seth Webster, Chad Marcum, Josh Anderson, Mike Beaty and Ben
Anderson. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Ruth Cope Ferrell


BYRDSTOWN--Mary Ruth Cope Ferrell, 82, of Bob Neal Lane passed away 
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at her residence.
She was born May 16, 1935 in Pickett Co. to the late James Lloyd and 
Ora Ina Crouch Cope. Mrs. Ferrell was a factory worker, farmer, 
housewife, member of the Bloomington Christian Church and lived all 
her life in Pickett Co.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by two sisters, 
Bonnie Louise Cope and Bea Butler; three brothers, J.E. Cope, William 
"Bill" Cope and Curtis Cope.
Survivors include her husband Charles Ferrell of Byrdstown; two 
daughters, Sue Davis and husband Scott of Liberty, TN and Teresa 
Bowden and husband Chad of Monterey; son, James Ferrell of Byrdstown; 
two sisters, Martha Simmons and husband J.R. of Byrdstown and Cue 
Storie and husband Delbert of Johnson City, TN; brother, Robert Cope 
and wife Marion of Crossville; six grandchildren, six great-
grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members 
and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 from Brown 
Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross and Bro. Steve McClure 
officiating and burial in Lovelady-Sims Cemetery. Pallbearers were 
Craig Norris, Tony Cross, Darryl Winningham, Don Winnginham, Jim 
Cross and Wendell Crouch.  Special care provided by Brown Funeral 
Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com

Robert Joseph Porter

Robert Joseph Porter

BYRDSTOWN--Robert Joseph Porter, better known as Bob, 83 of 
Eucalyptus Rd. passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Livingston 
Regional Hospital. He was a dock manager and a Veteran of the U.S. 
Air Force and Navy.
Mr. Porter was born Jan. 5, 1934 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Guy M. 
and Mary Louise Hummell Porter.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by daughter, Anita Kay 
Porter; brother, Thomas G. Porter; two sisters, Margie Heffner and 
Virginia Dugan.
Survivors include his wife, Delsie Keen Porter of Byrdstown; 
daughter, Debra Louise Carter, Cookeville; two sons, Robert C. Porter 
and wife, Diann, Lizton, IN and Cody Bob Porter and wife Brittney, 
Byrdstown; three sisters, Lorraine McElfresh, Georgetown, KY; Shirley 
Allsttater,  Harrison, OH; and Delores Roca, Ocala, FL; eight 
grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, 
nephews, other family members and friends.
The family has chosen cremation with no memorial service planned at 
this time. Special care provided by Brown funeral Chapel. Online 
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Edward Johnny "EJ" Jones

Edward Johnny "EJ" Jones

BYRDSTOWN--Mr. Edward Johnny "EJ" Jones, 81, left this life on 
Tuesday, August 8th passing peacefully in Livingston Regional 
Hospital with family there with him.
He was born April 6, 1936 in Pickett County to Cliant and Pearl 
Gunter Jones. His mother held a special place in his heart.
EJ grew up with an older sister Norma who passed away in December and 
younger siblings Ann, Jackie, Sharon and Jerry. He had a brother, 
Lindell Eugene, who passed away as an infant. He was a veteran of the 
United States Army, a brick mason, carpenter and truck driver.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, infant brother, son 
and grandson and nephew, Jeffrey McCane.
He is the father of Edward Johnny Jones, Jr. who passed away at 
birth, daughter Melinee Green and husband Dana, and son Barry Jones. 
The mother of his children is Kathryn Crockett.
EJ was proud of his seven grandkids and eight great grandkids: 
Tabitha Lee, husband Brian and daughters Jada and Jordan, Jerimiah 
Jones who passed away May 1990; Sarah Jones and daughter Annalei; 
Misty Smith, husband Blake, son Brandon and daughter Laklynn who will 
be born in early December; Caleb Jones and daughter Lily; Mindy Green 
and daughter Rayelee; Jedidiah Jones and daughter Lola. Jed has 
followed in his PaPa's footsteps and joined the Army. He was also an 
uncle to 17 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
EJ enjoyed spending time with his family, and loved it when the 
grandkids came to visit. He also enjoyed listening to music and 
sitting in his front porch swing.
Melinee, Dana and Barry cared for their dad for over 10 years making 
sure he had the best quality of life. However, EJ struggled with 
dementia the last several years. For the past year and a half he was 
a resident of Pickett Care & Rehab. His body was tired and had 
struggled enough.
EJ was saved Sept. 17, 1970 and baptized Sept. 27, 1970 and had made 
peace with the Lord.
EJ was laid to rest Friday August 11, 2017, in the Beaty Cemetery in 
Moodyville with military honors and with Bro. Rick Cross officiating.
Pallbearers were Caleb Jones, Jedidiah Jones, Jerry Jones, Josh 
Jones, Brian Lee, James Cross, Mike McCane.  Honorary pallbearers 
were Brandon Smith, Blake Smith, Davey Jones, Dwight Jones, Roger 
Jones, Gary Cross, Steve McCane.
Services provided by Mundy Funeral Home Jamestown.

Robert Darryl York

Robert Darryl York


DUNCAN, OK--Robert Darryl York, "Robby", 51 of Allen St., Duncan, OK 
and formerly of Pickett County passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at 
Duncan Regional Hospital.
He was born August 9, 1965 in Dayton, OH to the late William Ben and 
Linda Sue Beaty York. Mr. York was a Veteran serving in the U.S. 
Army, and was a member of Masonic Lodge in Louisiana and E.S. Army 
retired.
Survivors include his wife Michelle Storie York, Duncan, OK; two 
daughters, Shaston York and husband Kevin Salie of Duncan and Toni 
Wylie and husband Rickey of Comanche, OK; one son, Shane York and 
wife Paige of Lawton, OK; sister, Melinda VanMeter and husband Joe of 
Bradyville, TN; seven grandchildren, Kassidy, Jackson and Tipton 
Salie, AnnaBell, Alyssa and Emily Wylie and Alana York; cousins, 
Rebecca Lee and husband Michael, Billy Duvall. Also survived by 
aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and 
friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Arnold Moon officiating and burial at Red Hill 
Church of Christ Cemetery. The Military served as the pallbearers. 
Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may 
be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Ola Mae Storie Westfall

Ola Mae Storie Westfall

NEW CONCORD, OH--Ola Mae Storie Westfall, 92, of New Concord, passed 
away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the Beckett House in New Concord.
She was born on May 1, 1925 in Byrdstown, a daughter of the late 
Clarence Storie and Laura Walker Storie.
Mrs. Westfall attended Mt. Hermon Church. She had worked at Firestone 
in Akron, OH.
Ola is preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Bernard H. 
Westfall on Sept. 22, 2008; a son, Terry Westfall; four brothers, 
Willard Storie, Hoover Storie, Glen Storie and Doyle Storie; and two 
sisters, Jessie Dudley and Glee Westfall.
She is survived by a daughter, Marsha K. Rayl of Greensburg; son, 
Mike Westfall of Ravenna; six grandchildren, Michelle, Brian, Shawn, 
Joshua, Christopher, Mariah; 12 great grandchildren, including 
Brandon and Zoey Mae; and a sister, Peggy McFarland of Kentucky.
The funeral service took place at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Bundy-Law 
Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Ola's online 
tribute wall may be viewed and signed at www.bundy-lawfuneralhome.com.
 

Linda "Susie" Batt

Linda "Susie" Batt


MUNCIE, IN--Linda "Susie" Batt, 66 of Muncie, IN. passed away July 6, 
2017 at her residence.
She was born Sept. 8, 1950 in Livingston to the late Oren and Juanita 
Wood. Mrs. Batt attended Wesdel High School and then started her 
family. She married her loving husband Mike on Sept. 24, 1967. She 
raised four daughters and grandson Scotty Batt, while working and 
taking care of the home. Mrs. Batt enjoyed time with her many 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed Friday night 
date with her husband.
Survivors include her husband, Robert "Mike" Batt; four daughters, 
Patty Batt, Connie (Jeff) Hurst, Rebeca (Jay) Jessee and Wendy 
(Kenny) Brown; three sisters and one brother; nine grandchildren and 
nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 10, 2017 at Parson Mortuary 
with burial at the Gardens of Memory. Online condolences may be made 
in care to the family at www.parsonmortuary.com.

Edward Wesley Parrott


KENNEWICK, WA--Edward Parrott, 79 of Kennewick, WA, formerly of 
Overton County, passed away on April 23, 2017 in Richland, WA.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1937 in Wirmingham, TN to Hatton and Pearl 
(Clark) Parrott. He joined the United States Air Force in 1957 and 
retired after serving 20 years. He was mainly stationed at Barksdale 
AFB and later moved to Gainesvile, FL before moving to WA. Ed enjoyed 
woodworking and riding his recumbent bike around his neighborhood.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather C.L. (KO) 
Mullins, and brother-in-law, Shirley (Shird) Ford.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 48 years, Jo, three stepsons 
David Garza of Richland, WA, Brian Garza of Humble, TX; Gary Fogg of 
CA; brother, Keith (Tootie) Parrott; sister, SueElla Ford; nephews, 
nieces, and other relatives.
The family chose cremation with a memorial remembrance service on May 
20, 2017 at the Bellerive Community Center in WA. Ed’s ashes will be 
returned to Tennessee to be placed at his family plot at the 
Wirmingham Cemetery on July 21, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Kenneth Wayne Stephenson


BYRDSTOWN--Kenneth Wayne Stephenson, 57 of Taylor Dr., Byrdstown
passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, July 2, 2017.
He was born in Sevierville, TN in 1959 to the late Clifford B. and
Daisy Stephenson. Mr. Stephenson was the youngest of four children
and brother to Keith, Linda and Junior Stephenson. He grew up in
Byrdstown where he was affectionately known as "Tiny " to his family
and friends. After graduation from Pickett Co. High School in 1977 he
joined the military. Mr. Stephenson made the decision to serve our
country as his father and brothers had made before him. He served in
the United States Air Force from 1977-1980, was a factory worker and
welder.
Mr. Stephenson was a quiet man who listened carefully, thought deeply
and held firm to his beliefs. He was kind, generous and forgiving. He
was intelligent and had an exceptional knowledge of the Bible,
because he was a daily student of God's word. Mr. Stephenson was a
member of the Red Hill Church of Christ. He wished that all people
would have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death and brother, Keith P.
Stephenson.
Survivors include sister, Linda Sims and husband John of Cookeville;
brother, Junior Stephenson and wife Doris of Byrdstown; four aunts,
Ruby Taylor, Chrystell Griffin, Deane Mullins and Carol Mullins. Also
survived by several cousins and other family members.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Brown Funeral
Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross and Bro. Brent Clark officiating and
burial in the Cookeville City Cemetery with Military honors.
Pallbearers were John Clark, Dan and Jamie Guffey, Doug, Seth and
Tyler Garrett, Carter and Craig Martin, J. Will Taylor, Rex Tompkins,
Wayne Robbins and William David Smith. Honorary pallbearers were
close family and friends.
Special care was provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences
may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com

Robert W. "Bob" Stoner



LIVINGSTON--Robert W. "Bob" Stoner, 78 of Livingston passed away July 
3, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Hawkins Stoner; two daughters, 
Julie Brown and husband Scott; Jodi Gasion and husband Andrew; 
brother, Raymond Stoner; three grandchildren and three great-
grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Livingston 
Funeral Home Chapel and burial at Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Sawyer Grace Davenport


PICKETT COUNTY--Infant Sawyer Grace Davenport of Pickett County 
passed away on July 9, 2017 at the Erlanger Medical Center in 
Chattanooga.
She was born on July 7, 2017 at Erlanger Medical Center.
Survivors include her mother, Cecilia Davenport; two sisters, Neveah 
and IzzaBella Davenport; grandmother, Tammy King; great-grandmother, 
Ora Buck. Also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and 
family members.
She is preceded in death by grandfather, Terry King and great-
grandfather Kelly Buck.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 9, 2017 from the chapel of 
Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Joe Wiles officiating and 
burial in the Tompkins Cemetery.

Lester Hoy Lee

Lester Hoy Lee
Lester Hoy Lee


Byrdstown--Lester Hoy Lee, better known as "Pete", 78, Pickett Care 
and Rehab, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017.
He was born April 21, 1939 in Pickett Co, to Earnest and Nannie 
(Holt) Lee. Mr. Lee was a factory worker and a past Pickett Co. 
Highway Dept. employee. He was a member of the Bloomington Christian 
Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Earnest and Nannie Lee and 
his wife Peggy (Beaty) Lee; two sisters: Carolyn Coffee and Kathleen 
Reynolds and brother, Preston Lee.
Survivors include: son, Thomas Lee and wife Rebecca of Clarksville, 
TN; three sisters: Mary Mitchell of Byrdstown; Joyce Fryar of Pall 
Mall; Betty Mills of Knoxville, TN; five brothers: Homer Lee of Pall 
Mall; George Lee, Byrdstown,;Benton Lee, Byrdstown; Thurston Lee of 
Crossville and Jim Lee of Lebanon, TN. Also survived by nieces, 
nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Mike Allen officiating and burial at Lovelady-Sims 
Cemetery. Pallbearers were Thomas Lee, Kenny Beaty, Tom Beaty, Tyler 
Garrett, Tommy Fryar and William Fryar. Honorary Pallbearer: Preston 
Lee.
Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may 
be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com
 

Martha Sue Cross

Martha Sue Cross
Martha Sue Cross


HENDERSONVILLE, TN--Martha Sue Cross, 70, Hendersonville, passed away 
on Saturday, June 24, 2017. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana.
She loved her family more than anything else. She was loved by all 
and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walker and Eva Bandy; 
brothers, Sgt. Richard Bandy and David Bandy; and son-in-law, Chris 
Ditterline.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Randall Cross; children, 
Susan (Greg) Howard, Martin (Lesa) Cross and Shiela (Matt) Brewer; 
brothers and sisters, Mary Huddleston of Byrdstown; William "Bill" 
Bandy and Robert (Linda) Bandy, both of Madison; and Margaret (Wayne) 
Morris of Gallatin; grandchildren Michael (Kheela) Ditterline, Kyle 
(Jessica) Brewer, Jacob Durham, Ryan Cross, Katelyn Brewer, Megan 
(Hunter) Dixon, Brent Cross and Lucas Durham; great-grandchildren, 
Savannah and Riley Brewer.
Services were conducted by Dr. Bruce Chesser. Grandsons served as 
pallbearers. Interment was at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
Services entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home, Hendersonville.

Charles Terry Reeder
 

Charles Terry Reeder 

BYRDSTOWN--Charles Terry Reeder, 61, Hillcrest Dr., Byrdstown passed 
away Monday, June 19, 2017 at his residence.
He was born January 1, 1956 in Overton Co. to Charles Luther and 
Deloris Annette Morgan Reeder. Mr. Reeder was a carpenter and 
attended the Grace Tabernacle Church.
He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Reeder; stepfather, 
Bill Shirah; grandparents, Luther and Gladys Reeder, Bob and Bonnie 
Morgan.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Cope Reeder, Byrdstown; son, 
Christopher Terry Reeder and wife Amy of Cumming, GA; mother, Deloris 
Annette Shirah of Lakeland, FL; five sisters, Marsha Reeder, Velma 
Leggett and husband Franklin, Charlene Roszell, all of Florida, Anita 
Davidson of Byrdstown and Donna Kay Reeder of Lexington, KY; father-
in-law, Dannie Cope, Sr. and wife Carol Dean; brother-in-law, Dannie 
Cope, Jr., all of Byrdstown and Charles Lynn Vincent and wife Sherry 
of Morristown. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members 
and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Tim Beaty and Bro. Andy Cope officiating and burial 
at Smyrna Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Cowboy Davidson, Joshua 
Cope, Dannie Cope, Jr., Rick Brown, Robert Rich and Archie Griffin. 
Honorary pallbearers were Leland Cowboy Davidson, Dannie Cope, Sr., 
and Franklin Leggett. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. 
Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Kendrick Flowers

Kendrick Flowers

ALBANY, KY--Kendrick Flowers, 73 of Albany, KY passed away Thursday, 
June 8, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
He is the son of the late Bryson and Nina Stockton Flowers.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, Al 
Flowers.
Survivors include his wife, Leta Flowers; daughter, Cynthia Davis and 
husband Jeff, Monticello, KY; three sons, Paul Flowers and wife Wanda 
of Byrdstown; Andy Flowers and wife Donna and Richard Flowers and 
wife Patty, all of Albany; two brothers, Carl Flowers of Owensboro, 
KY and Dan Flowers of Albany; 12 grandchildren and seven great-
grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12, 2017 at Talbott Funeral 
Home with Bro. Doug Smith and Bro. Donald McGill officiating and 
burial at Tuggle Cemetery. Arrangements provided by Talbott Funeral 
Home in Albany.

Claudine Holt Dillon

Claudine Holt Dillon

BYRDSTOWN--Claudine Holt Dillon, 94 of Cordell Hull Memorial Dr., 
Byrdstown passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at her residence.
She was born February 1, 1923 in Pickett Co. to the late Alexander 
and Bertha Sells Holt. Mrs. Dillon was a retired State Health Dept. 
employee and a member of the Byrdstown First Christian Church.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, James 
(Dick) Dillon; five sisters, Colean Cross, Elwanda Johnson, Modean 
Phillips, Izetta Holt and Ruby Maupin; grandson-in-law, Jonathan 
David Cook.
Survivors include son, Ronnie Dillon and wife Brenda of Byrdstown; 
sister, Dillie Peperides of Pegram; brother, Coolidge Holt of 
Manchester; three grandchildren, Robin Dillon-Copeland (Pat), Lisa 
Beaty (Toby), Jamie Leigh Rash (Tyler); four great-grandchildren, 
Gabe, Jasper, Isabella and Eloise Beaty. Also survived by nieces, 
nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral services were held 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Byrdstown First Christian Church with Bro. 
Randy Tompkins and Bro. John Stone officiating and burial at Lovelady-
Sims Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Parris, Tom Allen, J.R. 
Simmons, Stephen Bilbrey, Adam Parrott and Keith Esper. Honorary 
pallbearers were Jim Thompson, Peanut Gibson and Doug Garrett. 
Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may 
be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Jamie Leigh Dowdle Stinson

BYRDSTOWN--Jamie Leigh Dowdle Stinson, 37 of Cove Creek Rd. passed
away Monday, June 5, 2017 at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga.
She was born August 7, 1979 in Clay Co. MS to the Elijah Bennett and
Martha Jean Cope Dowdle. Mrs. Stinson was a homemaker and lived the
past nine years in Pickett Co.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Martha Jean Dowdle.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Joe Stinson and son, Jacob
Eugene Stinson both of Byrdstown, her father, Elijah Bennett Dowdle;
grandparents, Eugene and Louise Cope; mother-in-law, Betty Stinson,
all of Byrdstown; brother, Elijah Dowdle of FL; also survived by
numerous other family members.
The family has chosen cremation with a memorial service to be held at
a later date. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.
 

Gary Elvis Cross

Gary Elvis Cross

MUNCIE, IN--Gary Elvis Cross, 60 of S. Liberty St., Muncie, In. 
passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at IUL Ball Memorial Hospital in 
Muncie.
He was born Nov. 10, 1956 in Livingston to the late George Elmer and 
Ruby A. Lee Cross. Mr. Cross was a lawn maintenance worker and lived 
in Muncie most of his life.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers, 
Danny, George Allen and Jimmy Cross; niece, Melissa Daniels; and 
nephew, Randy Daniels.
Survivors include daughter, Trista Carreno, Portland, IN; Ryan Cross, 
Dunkirk, IN; four sisters, Mary Daniels (Jackie), Patty Robbins 
(Tony), Cassie Evans (Bryce) all of Monroe and Lois Hudson (Jerry) of 
Byrdstown; two sisters-in-law, Abbie and Freda Cross of Hartford 
City, IN; 12 grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews other 
family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 8, 2017 from Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins and Bro. Rick Cross officiating and 
burial at Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Cope, Tony Robbins, 
Jr., Steve Storie, Troy Storie, Mickey Daniels and Michael Daniels. 
Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may 
be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Charles William Wagner


LIVINGSTON--Charles William Wagner, 70 and a long time resident of 
Livingston, passed away at the home of his sister in Williamsburg, 
Ky. on October 23, 2016. He spent most of his life in Michigan, later 
in life moving to Kentucky and then to Overton Co. where he spent the 
last 16 years of his life. Mr. Wagner was a Vietnam Veteran and a 
machinist by trade.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Linda Sue; mother, 
Elutrelle; father, Robert; son, Charles, Jr.; brother, Larry.
Survivors include two daughters, Tonyia of Byrdstown and Meredith of 
Cookeville; two sons, Johnny and Joshua; sister, Brenda of Kentucky; 
brother, Robert of Michigan; granddaughter, Heaven Leigh Wagner of 
Byrdstown; three grandsons, Joshua, Jonathan and Jackie Austin 
Roysden, all of Jamestown, TN as well as other grandchildren; 
grandson-in-law, Cody Ledbetter of Byrdstown; granddaughter-in-law, 
Cassie Roysden and great-granddaughter, Madison Roysden both of 
Jamestown, TN. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:00 
a.m. next to his son's burial site at Taylors Grove Baptist Church 
Cemetery in Monticello, KY.
 

Lenola Margaret Martin Dyer

Lenola Margaret Martin Dyer


COOKEVILLE--Lenola Margaret Martin Dyer, 100, died peacefully at her 
home in Cookeville, on Friday, June 2, 2017.
She was born Monday, March 19, 1917 in Pickett County, to the late 
Lula Mae Hildreth Martin and William Clarence Martin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edmond Dyer. Also 
preceding her in death were a sister, Orella Martin Boles, and three 
brothers, W.D. Martin, Donald Martin, and Glenn Martin.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Jane Dyer, Louisville, Ky.; 
and Linda Dyer Doran, Nashville, Tn. She is also survived by three 
sisters: Charlene Martin, Byrdstown; Nell Martin Upchurch, 
Livingston; and Sue Martin Williams, New Castle, In. She leaves 21 
nieces and nephews (four others deceased) from the Martin and Dyer 
sides of the family.
Lenola Martin first moved to Cookeville to attend Tennessee 
Polytechnic Institute (now Tennessee Technological University) where 
she met her husband, James. They married during World War II when he 
served as a commissioned Army officer. Immediately after the War, 
they lived in Chicago where he completed his degree in optometry. 
They returned to Cookeville where Dr. Dyer, a Cookeville native, then 
practiced optometry for many years.
Mrs. Dyer was an active member of the Cookeville First Presbyterian 
Church for close to 80 years, including serving as deacon and 
participating in the Women’s Presbyterian Circle. She was devoted to 
family and her many friends. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi 
service organization, long-serving in Girl Scout leadership, and was 
involved in several other community activities over the years. She 
will be greatly missed and will be remembered for her inner strength 
and resolve, kindness, many talents, help to others, and her joyful 
appreciation of a very long and full life.
The funeral for Mrs. Dyer was held Tuesday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. at 
Hooper- Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with Dr. Charles McCaskey 
officiating. Honorary pallbearers were her nieces and nephews. 
Interment followed in the Cookeville City Cemetery.
Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements 
(931) 526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memories at 
www.hhhfunerals.com.

Thelma F. Wright

Thelma F. Wright


MUNCIE – Thelma F. Wright, 77, formerly of Pall Mall, passed away May 
29, 2017 at The Waters of Muncie.
She was born on Sept.26, 1939 in Byrdstown, the
daughter of Curtis L. and Ellen G. (Logan) Beaty. Thelma was a 
homemaker, a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Livingston, 
and enjoyed playing cards. She loved cooking for her family and was 
famous for her Sunday dinners.
Surviving are three children, Carl Wade Gregory of Muncie, IN, Teresa 
E. Rawlings (husband, Jeff) of Muncie, IN and Todd A. Gregory of 
Maine; eight grandchildren, Amber Upchurch, Randi Gayle Boles, Kasie 
and Jason Gregory, Curtis, Kelsie, Dillan and Brooke Gregory; nine 
great-grandchildren; brother, James Beaty of Muncie, IN; former son-
in-law, Randy Upchurch of Pall Mall; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George “G.L.” 
Wright on August 10, 1995; two brothers, Lee Beaty and Lewis Beaty 
and one sister, Ivagean Rush.
Graveside services were held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 
Chanute Campbell Cemetery in Pall Mall, with Branch President Tony 
Huddleston officiating.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, Muncie, 
IN is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent to 
the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.
 

Frank Stephenson

Frank Stephenson

 BYRDSTOWN--Frank Stephenson, husband of M. Kathleen Williamson
Stephenson was translated into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ,
whom he had faithfully served for more than seven decades, on Sunday,
May 14 in Byrdstown. He is survived by sons Paul Joseph Stephenson
(Sharon) of Kingston, TN, James Frank Stephenson (Debra) of
Greenville, SC, and daughters Cathy Stephenson Mullins (John) of
Byrdstown, and Rebecca Stephenson Matheny (Donnie, deceased) of
Byrdstown. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen and daughter Rose
Frances.

 He leaves behind six grandchildren: David Stephenson (Karen) of
Jamestown; Jessica Stephenson Taylor (Russell) of Charlotte, NC;
James “Jay” Frank Stephenson Jr. (Stephanie) of Crested Butte, CO;
Lori Mullins McClain (Shawn) of Cookeville; Larae Beaty (Ron) of
Byrdstown; and Jennifer Matheny Flowers (Wendell) of Byrdstown. There
are 13 great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service to remember God’s promises and to
honor Frank on Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of the
First Baptist Church of Byrdstown.

 Frank was born in humble circumstances in the Miami community of
Cabin Creek, WV on July 22, 1919, the son of Erma Spradling and
Lebanese immigrant Carter Cassem. He was preceded in death by both
parents, half-brothers William Spradling, Kenneth Woodrow Spradling,
Russell Stephenson, Raymond Stephenson, Roy Steven Spradling, and
half-sisters Rena Spradling Eggers and Jean Massey Warner.
Raised in a region where coal was king, he was averse to working in
the mines. Enlisting in the US Marines in August 1940, he led a squad
of leathernecks into combat with the 1st Marine Division, Fifth
Regiment, as a member of Edson’s Raider Battalion at Tulagi and
Guadalcanal in the Solomon Isles.
Returning to Quantico, VA to serve as the personal orderly of the
Commandant of the US Marines, he married his long-time sweetheart
Kathleen on July 24, 1943. The defining year of their marriage was
1946 when both Frank and Kathleen made genuine professions of faith
in Jesus Christ.
Spiritually mentored by the Rev. Reid Jepsen, pastor of the City
Bible Center in Charleston, WV, Frank became an active lay leader
while employed by the US Tire & Rubber Company in South Charleston,
WV. Sensing a call to ministry, Frank attended the Prairie Bible
Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada from 1950-54. Upon
graduating, he returned to West Virginia and became the organizing
pastor of the Cross Lanes Bible Church in July of 1954. Over the next
three decades, he would pastor congregations in Ravenswood, WV, Fort
Pierce, FL, and Byrdstown. Along the way, he helped organize churches
in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. In 1983, retiring from the
full-time pastorate, he moved to Crossville to become the eastern
representative for the Rio Grande Bible Institute and Language
School. After several years, he retired to Kingston, TN, where he
continued to serve the Trinity Baptist Church in Harriman, TN as a
part-time assistant.

 Throughout his many years, he touched countless lives as a gifted
personal evangelist, able church planter, winsome radio preacher, and
much beloved pastor. He was a faithful and loving husband to Kathleen
for 71 years, until her death in January of 2015. She adored him from
the first time they met - at a party in Cabin Creek, WV when only 15.
Frank’s children affectionately remember him as a generous, devoted
father and earnest servant of Jesus Christ, with unimpeachable
integrity. He loved his family and their spouses, as well as his
brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. All who knew Frank
would testify that he “practiced what he preached” and no one doubted
his sincerity.

 His commitment to Christ and His Kingdom was the driving force in his
life. A lover of the gospel and long-time student of the Bible, his
life verse was “that I may know Him and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed
to His death…” (Philippians 3:10)
Frank Stephenson’s was a life well lived, with a gospel-centered
purpose, characterized by joy, humility, gratitude, generosity, and a
grace-enabled constancy. Thanks be to God!

Juanita Kauffman

Juanita Kauffman


MUNCIE – Juanita Kauffman, 93, Muncie, passed away Wednesday, April
26, 2017 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
She was born August 22, 1923 in Pickett County, the daughter of the
late Porter and Fannie (Evans) Harmon. Prior to her retirement she
worked for 15 years as a pastry maker at Johnson Donut Shop, Muncie
and at the Mutual Home Savings and Loan for 10 years. She loved being
Granny, cooking, baking, gardening and working in the yard.
Survivors include two daughters, Robin Terry, (husband-Bob); and
Marsha Miller; two sons, James Rogers, (wife-Linda); and Alan Rogers,
(wife-Emma); 12 grandchildren; 19  great-grandchildren; and ten great-
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two
grandchildren; two great grandchildren; five sisters, Lakie Poore,
Louise McKinley, Josie Harmon, Velma Harmon and Leah Smith; three
brothers, Chester Harmon, Floyd Harmon, and an infant baby brother;
first husband, David Rogers and second husband, Forrest Kauffman.
Still living in the Byrdstown area are her niece, Fannie Harmon,
nephews Dail and Billy Harmon (wife-Wanell) and Jerry Poor. Great
niece Debbie Poor Melton and great nephews Jerry Poor and Malcolm
Harmon also reside in the area.
She loved Pickett County and visited family over Memorial Day and Homecoming for many years. She actively supported churches and cemeteries in the area. She enjoyed reading the Pickett County Press,
always looking for news about people she knew from many years ago.
Funeral services were held in Muncie, April 29, 2017, followed by
burial at Elm Ridge Cemetery in Muncie.

Reid Davis Phillips

Reid Davis Phillips

LIVINGSTON--Reid Davis Phillips, 96 of the Overton Co. Health and Rehab in Livingston and formerly of Pickett Co. passed away Monday, 
April 3, 2017 at the Overton Co. Health and Rehab.
He was born Feb. 17, 1921 in Pickett Co. to the late John Andrew and 
Mary Jane Scott Phillips. Mr. Phillips lived most of his life in Pickett Co., was a school teacher and was the last member of the 
Vann's Branch Baptist Church.
Other than his parents he is preceded  in death by his wife, Gilbrett Phillips, four sisters, Blanch Dillon, Dorsie Singleton, Mable Page and Mary Ruth Phillips; three brothers, Ray, Willie and Russell 
Phillips.
 Survivors include six nieces, Joyce Robertson, Mary Faye Sharp both 
of Rockmart, GA., Lana Brown of Evansville, IN., Linda of IN., Lila 
of Louisville and Marian White of VA; six nephews, Bill and Joe  Singleton of Rockmart, GA., Roger Phillips of Jacksonville, N.C., George Page of Tiline, KY., Johnny Page and Larry Dillon, both of 
Owensburg, KY. Also survived by other family members and friends.
 Funeral services were held Wed., April 5, 2017 at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross officiating and burial at Vann's Branch Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harlan Jones, Larry Dillon, Ronnie Dillon, 
Roger Phillips, Bill Singleton and Joe Singleton. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at 
www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Jean Malloy Branham

Jean Malloy Branham


PALL MALL--Jean Malloy Branham, 74 of Branham Lane, Pall Mall passed 
away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Pickett Care and Rehab.
 She was born Sept. 9, 1942 in Belleville, IL to the late William Francis Malloy and Ann Miller Malloy Geoddell.  Mrs. Branham was a retired bank teller, vice president and lived in Pickett Co. for the  past 24 years.  She was member of the Bloomington Christian Church and the Byrdstown Jr. Women's Club.
Survivors include her husband, David Branham of Pall Mall; two daughters, Angie Abbott and husband James of Byrdstown and Becky Stonebraker of Cookeville; five sisters, Debbie Temple of Freebird, IL., Joyce Turk of Dallas, TX., Pam Carroll, Patsy Geoddell and 
Brenda Geoddell all of Belleville, IL; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
 Funeral services were held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Bloomington  Christian Church with Bro. Steve McClure officiating and burial at Smyrna Cemetery. Pallbearers Joe Smith, James David Abbott, Larry 
Jolley, John Zachary, Joseph Amonett, James Abbott and Jayden Smith. 
Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may 
be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Mary Margie Taylor Reynolds

Mary Margie Taylor Reynolds

ENGLISH, IN--Mary Margie Taylor Reynolds, 67 of W. Church St., 
English, IN and formerly of Pickett Co. passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at University of Louisville Hospital.
 She was born Oct. 30, 1949 in Overton Co. to the late Arlis S. and Vibrilla Taylor. Mrs. Reynolds lived most of her life in English, IN and was a furniture factory employee and homemaker.
 Other than her parents she is preceded in death by three sisters, Bea Reeder, Louise Skelton and Jeanette Taylor; two brothers, Arlis Taylor, Jr. and Jerry Taylor.
Survivors include her husband, Wiley Dane Reynolds, Sr.; daughter, Kristie Calger and husband Donnie; son, Wiley Dane Reynolds, Jr. and wife Rita, all of English, IN; sister, Cora Mae Glassburn of Kokomo, IN; brother Willie Taylor of Greenwood, AR; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
 Funeral services were held Sat., April 8, 2017 from Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross officiating and burial at Reynolds Cemetery. Pallbearers were Anthony Elkins, Curtis Beaty, Pee Wee Beason, Todd Beason, Michael Reynolds and Donald Wright. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com
 

Sarah Walker Byrd

BYRDSTOWN--Sarah Walker Byrd, 80 of Cove Creek Rd. passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at Pickett Care and Rehab.
She was born June 22, 1936 in Pickett Co. to the late Titus and Matha (Walker) Walker. Mrs. Byrd was a housekeeper at Star Point Resort, a member of the Fairview Church and lived all her life in Pickett Co.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, James Byrd; sister, Beulah Ledbetter; brother, Donald Walker; nephew, Steven Jordan; brothers-in-law, Paul Jordan and Oren Ledbetter; sister-in-law, Ivadell Walker.
Survivors include three sisters, Linnie Jordan of Byrdstown, Joyce Abbott and husband Palmer of Nashville, Edith Nicholas and husband Noble of Livingston; brother, Doyle Walker and wife Barbara of Byrdstown; special friends, Bill and Vivi Rogers, Cleta Jones. Also survived by four nieces, six nephews, six great-nieces, seven great nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tim Riddle officiating and burial at Smyrna Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rick Walker, Ray Jordan, Matthew Walker, Jeffery Walker, David Abbott and O.B. Caudle. Honorary pallbearers were nephews and great nephews. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Joel David Billings

Joel David Billings


BYRDSTOWN--Joel David Billings, 67 of Copeland Ln. passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
He was born Feb. 14, 1950 in Dekalb Co. to the late William Clyde and Ora Mae Mahan Billings. Mr. Billings was a carpenter, a member of Smyrna Church and lived most of his life in Pickett Co.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by brother, John Billings; sister-in-law, Claranell Billings; two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Lorance and Jack Tucker; niece, Carrie Corley; three nephews, James Ford, David and Daniel Billings.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Matheson Billings of Byrdstown; seven sisters, Sue Dearman (Bill) of Miami, FL., Loretta Sharitts of Tequesta, FL., Rebecca Tucker, Kaye Fedak (David) all of Murfreesboro, TN., Sharon Hargrove (Chris) of Viola, TN., Sarah Billings of Wilmington, NC., Elizabeth Napier (Marvin) of Smithville, TN; two brothers, Lloyd Billings of Cookeville and Berle Billings (Mamie) of Smithville; mother-in-law, Noema Matheson and sister-in-law Dale Ann Ford (Terry), all of Byrdstown. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins and Bro. Carl Cross officiating and burial at Amonett Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chad Watts, Scott Gwaltney, Tommy King, Steven Copeland, Steve Reagan, Duane Billings and Darrell Billings. Memorials can be given to St. Jude Children's Hospital, American Cancer Society or a charity to feed the homeless children. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www. brownfuneralchapel.com.

Brenda Smith Pfenninger Catron

Brenda Smith Pfenninger Catron


WESTFIELD, IN--Brenda Smith Pfenninger Catron, 73 of Westfield, IN passed away March 16, 2017 following a brief illness.
A daughter of O.B. Smith and Virginia Evelyn Amonett Smith, she was born in Byrdstown, on January 15, 1944. Brenda was in the New Castle High School class of 1962 and attended Ball State University, where she earned straight A's during her time there. She worked at Modernfold Inc. and was a group home manager for Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) until she moved to Tennessee and opened her own small business. She also enjoyed working in Tennessee at Star
Point Resort on Dale Hollow Lake for her cousin who owned it. Brenda retired and moved back to Indiana in 2004 to be closer to her family and friends.
 A loving daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother, Brenda is survived by her children, Scott Pfenninger of New Castle; David (Suzanne) Pfenninger of Carmel; Christa Pfenninger Isaacs of
Noblesville and Brian Pfenninger of Livingston, Tennessee; her mother, Virginia Evelyn Smith of New Castle; and her siblings, Don (Suzy) Smith of Wilkinson and Beverly (Duane) Matthews of New Castle. Her grandchildren are Kelsey Pfenninger of New Castle, Kerry
Pfenninger (James) West of Glens Fork, Kentucky, Karli Pfenninger,
Muncie; Ali Pfenninger of Norwalk, Connecticut, Austin Pfenninger,
Miami, Florida; Zachary Isaacs and Mitchell Isaacs of Noblesville and Dylan Pfenninger of Jackson, Tennessee. Great grandchildren are Eleanor Nowaczyk of New Castle and Aralyn and JC West of Glens Fork, Kentucky. She also is survived by many special nieces, nephews and
good friends.
 She was preceded in death by her father, O.B. Smith and her brother, Bill Smith. Brenda was the leader of fashion and style in her family, embracing both design and color in her own appearance and
surroundings. She loved music, dancing, art, travel, beauty and adventure and influenced those around her. Brenda valued family gatherings, time spent with children and grandchildren, meeting with
her girlfriends monthly and attending frequent girlfriend retreats.
 Brenda was also an avid IU fan and loved Elvis Presley.
 A member of the Bloomington Christian Church in Byrdstown, Brenda wanted to be buried in her mother's, Amonett Family Cemetery.
 Visitation was held on Sunday, March 19th at the New Castle Church of
Christ with Pastor Dennis Kinser officiating a "Celebration of Life" and funeral services conducted at the Bloomington Christian Church  Tuesday, March 21st with Pastor Kinser officiating and burial in the
Amonett Family Cemetery. Macer-Hall Funeral Home oversees arrangements. You may leave a condolence or share a memory of Brenda
at www.macerhall.com. Donations in her memory may be offered to the
preservation of Roughshod Hollow, 115 Sewell Creek Road, Byrdstown,
TN 38549 or to the Henry County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 6006,
New Castle, IN 47362, in the O.B. Smith and Bill Smith Memorial American Music Award. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Brenda Smith Pfenninger Catron, please visit our Tribute Store.
 

Cecil Harold Storie

Cecil Harold Storie

PALL MALL--Cecil Harold Storie, 61 of Cedar Grove Rd., Pall Mall 
passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his residence.
He was born May 22, 1955 in Pall Mall to the late Willard and Fonzie 
Beaty Storie. Mr. Storie was a retired garment factory worker, a 
truck driver for Blue Grass and lived most of his life in Pickett 
County.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by sister, Brenda 
Wells; three brothers-in-law, Dickie Delk, Bill Griffith and Pruitt 
Pritchard; sister-in-law, Barbara Storie.
Survivors include three daughters, Tabitha Boswell of Byrdstown; 
Natalie Chaffin of Livingston and Tosha Storie of Jamestown; four 
sisters, Pat Delk of Nashville; Laura Dutton of Hendersonville; Jean 
Griffith of Mt. Juliet and Rita Pritchard of Byrdstown; five 
brothers, Leon Storie of Donelson, TN; Darrell Storie of Celina; 
Jerry Storie of Albany; Rick Storie of Hawaii and Tom Storie of 
Byrdstown; five grandchildren, special friend, Ruth Ann Carr of 
Allons. Also survived by aunts, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great 
nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Sister Joy Langford and Bro. Randy Tompkins officiating 
with burial at Mt. Era Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Storie, Alex 
Storie, Tyler Storie, Neil Storie, John Pritchard, Joe Pritchard, Sam 
Storie, Jamie Hutchison and Rob Dutton. Special care provided by 
Brown Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Avery Lee Hassler

Avery Lee Hassler

BYRDSTOWN--Avery Lee Hassler, "Timer", 89 of Jones Chapel Rd. passed 
away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
He was born Dec. 21, 1927 in Byrdstown to the late Oren Lee and Leva 
Voiles Hassler. Mr. Hassler was a retired supervisor with the TN. 
Hwy. Dept., a member of the Wolf River United Baptist Church, a 
Veteran of WWII serving in the Army-Airforce as a PFC airplane and 
engine mechanic and lived in Pickett Co. most of his life.
Other than his parents he is preceded in death by sister, Beulah 
Reagan; brother-in-law, Virdeen Reagan; nephew, Ronnie Reagan; great-
nephew, Chad Reagan.
Survivors include his niece, Phyllis Whittenburg and husband Jack; 
great nephew, Eddie Whittenburg and wife Christie and Tommy Reagan 
and wife Robin, all of Byrdstown. Also survived by several great-
great nieces, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Rick Cross officiating with burial at Lovelady- Sims 
Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Whittenburg, Jack Whittenburg, 
Jackie Amonett, Randall Amonett, Tommy Reagan and Les Reeder. Special 
care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made 
at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Phyllis Ann Ellison Lee

Phyllis Ann Ellison Lee

BYRDSTOWN--Phyllis Ann Ellison Lee, 72, Pickett Square Dr. passed 
away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Pickett Care and Rehab.
She was born April 21, 1944 in New Castle, IN to the late Ottie E. 
and Beulah Copeland Ellison and lived most of her life in Pickett Co. 
Mrs. Lee was a homemaker, cook, shirt factory employee and a member 
of the Byrdstown First Baptist Church.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by her son, Robert 
Elmer Lee; granddaughter, Emmy Lee Anderson; brother, Jimmy Copeland.
Survivors include her husband, Freddie Ralph Lee of Lenoir City, TN; 
daughter, Kim Anderson; two granddaughters, Emilee and Elisabeth 
Anderson all of Pall Mall; four sisters, Pat Rich and Rebecca Kennedy 
of Byrdstown, Donna Romines and Alice Anderson of Cookeville; 
brother, Malcolm Ellison of Pall Mall. Also survived by nieces, 
nephews, cousins, other family members and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Brown Funeral 
Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins and Bro. Rick Cross officiating and 
burial at Lovelady-Sims Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Rich, Tanner 
Rich, Nicky Rich, Greg Claborn, Jason Stockton, Russell Kennedy and 
Darryl Winningham. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. 
Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Hollis Estel Reagan
 

Hollis Estel Reagan 

BYRDSTOWN--Hollis Estel Reagan, 89 of Reagan Rd. passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at his residence.
 He was born April 16, 1927 in Pickett Co. to the late John H. and Pearlie Bow Reagan. Mr. Reagan was a retired construction worker, farmer and a member of the Wolf River United Baptist Church and a veteran of the W.W. II serving in the Army.
 Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Evalyn Reagan; three sisters, Corda Maney, Clarice Reagan and Dean White; two brothers, Marvin and Walter Reagan; daughter-in-law, Patricia 
"Trixie" Reagan.
 Survivors include son, Jerry Reagan and wife, Gail of Byrdstown; daughter, Vickie Canaan and husband John of Smyrna, TN; four sisters, Allene Mayes, Doris Jolly, Lois Horn and Kathy Eyler; two brothers, 
Homer and Everett Reagan, all of Byrdstown; five grandchildren, 
Joseph Reagan (Brittney), Sara Beth Floyd (Chris), Alex Canaan (Janell), Lucas Canaan and Casey Robinson, Caleb Canaan and Ariana Lehrer; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Annie Canaan. Also 
survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.
 Funeral services were held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Wolf River Baptist Church with Bro. Rick Cross and Bro. Randy Tompkins officiating and burial at Tompkins Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joseph, Randy, John, Robert and Tim Reagan, Chris Floyd, Lucas and Caleb 
Canaan. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Coleman Webster Crouch

BYRDSTOWN--Coleman Webster Crouch, 90, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center of a stroke and congestive heart failure.
A celebration of the life of Coleman Webster Crouch was held 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Moodyville Missionary Baptist Church. 
Visitation began at 11:00 a.m. and the service began at 1:00 p.m. 
followed by a brief graveside service. The Reverend Joel Chappel, the Reverend Steve McClure, and Dr. Tom Riley conducted the services. 
Pallbearers included Norman Amonett, Joseph Amonett, Lee Amonett, Curtis Brewer, Paul Crouch, Jonathan Green, and Tim Green. The ladies of Moodyville Baptist Church and Bloomington Christian Church provided a wonderful meal following the service.
He was born to Jason Porter Crouch and Velma Marie Rains Crouch on July 27, 1926.
His parents and his sister, Leta Crouch West (Shirley) preceded him in death; his sister, Jenny Crouch Groce (Herbert) survives.
As a 10 year old, he worked on the family farm, plowing the fields 
behind a mule. He made farming his life's work, instituted soil 
conservation practices, and brought registered angus cattle to the Crouch farm. He wired many houses in Moodyville and Clark Mountain for electricity in the late 40's and early 50's after learning the science in high school. Later he learned tax law as it applied to farming and assisted many of his neighbors and friends with their income taxes, including Alvin C York. He never charged Sergeant York, telling him, he'd already paid with his service in the war. Coleman was a faithful Christian, read his large print bible daily and knelt bedside his bed for prayer, like he taught his children. One of his greatest joys was helping those in need.
Coleman married Cleady Mae Whitlow June 7, 1951, who predeceased him two weeks prior to their 50th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by their three children, Kay Amonett (Norman) of 
Byrdstown, Susan Brewer (Curtis) of Rosemark, and Jeffrey Crouch (Reta) of Byrdstown. He had six grandsons: Joseph Amonett (Kari), Lee  Amonett (Leah), Jon Green (Elysia), Tim Green (Tatum), Paul Crouch (Kristen), Justin Crouch, deceased, (Crystal) and two granddaughters, Christina Crawford (Matthew) and Brittany Copeland (Cullen). He had  21 great grandchildren, in whom he took the greatest delight. A breakfast invitation might not get him out of the house, but breakfast with the great grandchildren always would. He will be greatly missed.
May the Lord say to Coleman, "Well done, thou good and faithful 
servant."

Vernon Neal

Vernon Neal

COOKEVILLE--Funeral services were held for retired Chancellor Vernon
Neal, 85, of Cookeville at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 7
at 11 a.m. Interment followed in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Scott
McKinney and Rev. Bill Stone officiated.
Chancellor Neal passed away Friday evening March 3, 2017 at
Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Chancellor Neal said his last “Tally Ho” as he rejoiced in his
eternal homecoming with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 3,
2017. He was born Saturday October 10, 1931 in Byrdstown, to Mary
Cope and Levi Pearson Neal. In the summer of 1957, he met his future
wife Mona Mahan while she visited family in Cookeville. They were
married at Algood First Baptist Church on February 16, 1958.
Chancellor Neal is survived by his wife Mona: daughter and son-in-
law, Drs. Belinda Neal Mandrell (Tim) of Memphis, son and daughter-in-
law, Jeff Neal (Leana) of Chattanooga and daughter and son-in-law,
Melissa Neal Gogonelis (Paul) of Memphis. Five grandchildren: David
Neal and Annie Grace Mandrell, Taylor Marie and Ryan Oakley Neal, and
Christopher Paul Gogonelis. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Mary and Levi Neal and his sister Delcie Neal Wright and nephews
Doyle and Charles Wright.
Chancellor Neal graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in
1952, earning a degree in education and business. Following
graduation, he worked for two years as a salesman for Spur Oil
Company. He then attended the University Of Tennessee College Of Law
and in 1956 obtained a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. In 1957, he returned
to Cookeville and began his career and passion for the legal
profession. In 1962, Judge Neal ran his first political race as
Direct Representative of Putnam County, now known as state House of
Representatives. During two terms as representative, he sponsored
legislation permitting counties to elect school board members and
road supervisor, strengthened laws that made it more difficult for
public figures to mishandle public funds and supported area training
for the mentally and physically disabled. In 1966, Representative
Neal became State Senator, representing the 14th State Senate
District. In 1980, retired State Senator Neal was elected as
Chancellor of the 13th Judicial District and served in this capacity
for 25 years. “I’d like to think I made a difference in people’s
lives.” During Chancellor Neal’s tenure, he was estimated to have
heard over 35,000 cases. In an interview at the time of his
retirement, Chancellor Neal stated, “We are blessed with outstanding
lawyers in the 13th Judicial District, and I believe they compare
with lawyers anywhere in the state; good lawyers make a judge’s job
so much easier.”
Honorary Pallbearers were Judges and Attorneys of the Upper
Cumberland Bar Association, Gertis Carr, William Huddleston and Gib
Taylor. Active Pallbearers were Dr. Scott Copeland, Dr. Bobby Davis,
Russ Quay, Ryan Neal, Paul Gogonelis, Christopher Gogonelis, Neal
Mandrell, and Dr. Tim Mandrell.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions be made to First Baptist Church, Operation Christmas
Child: Samaritans’ Purse, 18 S. Walnut Cookeville, TN 38501. 2
Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be
absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Peace and
Talley Ho.
Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements
(931) 526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memories at
www.hhhfunerals.com.

Virginia Evans

Virginia Evans


BYRDSTOWN--Virginia Ora Holt Evans, 92 of Pickett Co. Care and Rehab
passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.
She was born Aug. 21, 1924 in Overton Co. to the late Curtis L. and
Bertie C. Cross Holt. Mrs. Evans was a retired garment factory
worker, past school aide at Byrdstown Elementary, a member of
Bloomington Christian Church and lived most of her life in Pickett
County.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by her husband
Gilbert Earl Evans; two sons, Nelson Wayne Evans and Stephen Dale
Evans; three sisters, Bessie Rich, Ruthie Garrett and Annie May Hill;
two brothers, Lloyd and Grady Holt; one grandchild, Johnny Curtis Lee.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Lee of Pall Mall and Glenda
Fout and husband Richard of Knoxville; son, Richard Bryce Evans and
wife Cassie of Monroe; sister, Martha Craven of Byrdstown; true
friend, Ruby Taylor; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren,
eight great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews,
other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 at Bloomington
Christian Church with Bro. Charles Jolly and Bro. Randy Tompkins
officiating and burial at Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen Lee,
Daniel Fout, Martin Evans, John Harlan Lee, Jody Evans and Kyle
Phillips. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel and online
condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com
 

Jean Cook
September 2, 1956 - February 20, 2017

FRANKFORT, KY- Jean Ann Wentworth Cook, 60, wife of Roger Cook, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

She was born in Shelbyville, Ky. Sept. 2, 1956 to the late Katherine and Douglas Wentworth. Jean graduated from Shelby County High School and Western Kentucky University. She worked for the Department of Environmental Protection and was a member of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Brian Cook, Frankfort.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bluegrass Care Navigators Hospice and the Markey Cancer Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

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Cohen Whittenburg
January 15, 1919 - February 18, 2017

NEW CASTLE, IN--Cohen Whittenburg, 98, of New Castle, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Glen Oaks Health Campus. He was born Jan. 15, 1919 in Pickett County.
Cohen retired in 1981 from Chrysler Corporation after thirty years of service. He attended the Grand Avenue Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann Pennell of Harlingen, TX; granddaughter, Page (Bart) Hines of Fort Worth, TX; sisters-in-law, Nola Armstrong, Sue Williams and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 74 years, Robbie (Williams) Whittenburg; two brothers, Randolph and Willard Whittenburg; and brothers-in-law, T.G. Armstrong and Bill Williams.

Services were held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery-West Lawn Addition. Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson’s Journey Memorial Fund c/o First Merchants, 2118 Bundy Ave. or Alzheimer’s Association 50 E. 91st Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830. New Castle, IN 47362. You may express condolences or share a memory of Cohen at www.hinsey-brown.com.

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Shawn Baker
March 18, 1971 - February 15, 2017

Shawn Dale Baker, 45 of Brian Dr., Cookeville passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 18, 1971 in Jamestown, to Earnest "Dickie" Dale and Linda Norene Beaty Baker. Mr. Baker was associated with the Apostolic Church in Albany, KY and lived most of his life in Cookeville.

He is preceded in death by his father, Earnest Dale Baker; grandparents, Willard and Nora Beaty and Euell Baker; stepfather, J.C. Wilmoth.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Wilmoth of Cookeville and grandmother, Dean Baker of Albany. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Gray and Bro. Bruce Argo officiating and cremation to follow funeral services. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

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Vera Harmon
February 11, 2017 - April 19, 1939

Vera Mae Harmon, 77 a resident of Pickett Care and Rehab passed away Sat., Feb. 11, 2017. She was Born April 19, 1939 to the late Marshall and Cordie Ford. She is preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Ford and Christine Masiongale; three brothers, James, Ben and Shird Ford.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Harmon; son, Malcolm Harmon and wife Michelle; three sisters, Elizabeth Hill, Kay Abbott and Betty Beaty, all of Byrdstown; brother, Kenneth Dale Ford of AZ; three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tues., Feb. 14, 2017 from Williams Chapel Church with Bro. Andy Cope, Bro. Tim Ford and Bro. Darren Ford officiating and burial at Williams Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements by Talbott Funeral Home.