Kendrick Flowers

<strong>Kendrick Flowers</strong>

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 
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-
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

<strong>Claudine Holt Dillon</strong>

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

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

Gary Elvis Cross

<strong>Gary Elvis Cross</strong>

MUNCIE, IN--Gary Elvis Cross, 60 of S. Liberty St., Muncie, In. 
passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at IUL Ball Memorial Hospital in 
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

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 
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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

Frank Stephenson

<strong>Frank Stephenson</strong>

 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

 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

<strong>Juanita Kauffman</strong>

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

<strong>Reid Davis Phillips</strong>

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 
 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

Jean Malloy Branham

<strong>Jean Malloy Branham</strong>

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

Mary Margie Taylor Reynolds

<strong>Mary Margie Taylor Reynolds</strong>

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

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

Joel David Billings

<strong>Joel David Billings</strong>

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.

Brenda Smith Pfenninger Catron

<strong>Brenda Smith Pfenninger Catron</strong>

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 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

<strong>Cecil Harold Storie</strong>

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 
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

Avery Lee Hassler

<strong>Avery Lee Hassler</strong>

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 

Phyllis Ann Ellison Lee

<strong>Phyllis Ann Ellison Lee</strong>

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. 
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Hollis Estel Reagan

<strong>Hollis Estel Reagan</strong><br> 

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.
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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 

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

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
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
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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

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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

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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

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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.