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 Key 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, Craig Claborn, Jason Stockton, Russell Kennedy and 
Darrell Winningham.
 Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. 
Online condolences may be made at

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
condolences may be made at

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.