Evelyn Jo Handy
Evelyn Jo (Hayes) Handy 65, wife of Billy D. Handy of Sparta, passed on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born on July 25, 1951, in Campton, Ky, she was the daughter of Richard M. Hayes and Jessie Mae (Burks) Stubblefield.
Mrs. Handy attended school in Vandalia, Ohio, and then served in the Army during the Vietnam War. She later worked in private duty nursing for 15 years before moving to Tennessee where she worked in property management, retail management and real estate. When she retired, she enjoyed gardening and working on her small farm in Sparta. She was a member of the Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Cookeville.
She will forever be remembered by her husband, Billy D. Handy of Sparta; children, Michelle and her husband Darrell Sells of Monroe; Tiffonie Baker of Songtan, South Korea; Steven Handy and his wife Tasia of McMinnville; Lauren Handy of Camden and Sean Handy of Sparta; siblings, Anna Hayes of Rickman and Bill Hayes of Rickman; grandchildren, Hunter Sells, Rush Handy, Waylon Baker and Ella Raine Handy; and six nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her father, Richard M. Hayes; mother, Jessie M. (Burks) Stubblefield; granddaughter, Jessica D. Sells; and brother, Robert R. Hayes.
A memorial service to honor her life will be held on Feb 4, 2017 at Poplar Grove Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow.
Omer Gene Thrasher
- Gene Thrasher, 85, of Reading, Pa. passed away Jan. 22 at the West Reading Hospital. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Good Hope Cemetery.
He was born July 1, 1931. He served in the United States Air Force. He was a Soil Conservationist by occupation.
He was preceded in death by his parents William Floyd Thrasher and John Ann Long; brothers, William, Lester, Albert, Chester, Elmer, Eithel, Cecil and Sam Thrasher; and sisters, Mary McCulley and Ora Carr.
Surviving relatives include his daughter, Carolyn (Jim) Mann of Reading, Pa.; sons, Russell Thrasher, Matthew (Diane) Thrasher of Long Island, N.Y.; grandchildren Jonas Mann, Willie Thrasher, Zoe Thrasher and Lorelai Thrasher; and sister, Alyne Matthews of Clinton, Tenn.
Frances Marie Smith
Frances Marie Smith, 80, of Alpine, passed away Jan. 25 in the comfort of her home, with her family at her side. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Howard Skoggins officiating. Interment followed in the Falling Springs Cemetery.
She was born on July 30, 1936. She was a member of the Falling Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She loved being with her family and working at the West Fork Grocery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Darrell Smith; parents, Benton and Mary Ann Swafford McDonald; son, Ronnie Smith; brothers, McCoy McDonald and Bobby McDonald; and sister, Colleen Crawford.
Surviving relatives include her son, Kenny (Kathy) Smith of Alpine; daughter, Donna Burgess of Midland, Tex.; grandchildren Chastity Perryman, Misty Morales, Ashley Anderson, Jim Burgess, Christy Wright, Tabitha Masters and Megan Watson; 15 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Linder of Alpine; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Smith and Carl Smith.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Crawford, Dale Bowman, Stone Wright, Kenny Smith, Jim Burgess and Joe Linder.
Betty J. Dulworth, 76, of Hilham, passed away Jan. 27 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held Jan. 31 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Denton Hummel officiating. Interment followed in the Old Union Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County on Jan. 31, 1940. She loved her family, going to church and singing. She also loved her dogs Barney and Lulu and her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Lola Bell Greenwood Hawkins.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Orden D. Dulworth of Hilham; sons, Carl Douglas (Wanda) Dulworth of Hilham and Donnie (Sherry) Dulworth of Hilham; grandchildren, Adam, Haney, Steven and Durell Dulworth, Rose Talos, James Smith, Wanda Conner, Chrystal Sapp, Christopher Smith and John Smith; two special great grandchildren, Allen Dulworth and Keegan Smith; and 14 other great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Adam Haney, Durell Dulworth, Steven Dulworth, John Smith, Chris Smith and Ralph Brown.
Joann Novella Johnson Grubbs
Joann Novella Johnson Grubbs, 61, of Franklinton, N,C. and formerly of Overton County, passed away Jan. 24.
Funeral services were held Jan. 29 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Buck officiating. Interment followed in the Good Hope Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 5, 1956. She was a Christian by faith and enjoyed cooking, loved all animals and volunteering at her local fire hall.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Schirmacher and Novella Wright Schirmacher; and aunts, Fredia Jones, Birtie Chilton and Bertha Little.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Larry Grubbs of Franklinton, N.C.; aunt, Willa Wright of Livingston; and special friends, Tommy and Linda Roland of Cayce, S.C., Athena Hartwig and Jeff Roland.
Donations may be made to the family.
Clema V. Hunter, 83, of the Frogtown community, passed away Jan. 27 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Geren officiating. Burial will be in the Hunter Cove Cemetery in Allons. The family will welcome friends on Thursday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home.
She was born Oct. 14, 1933 in Overton County. She was a factory worker and worked at Hutchinson.
She was a member of the Allons Baptist Church. She loved God and her family, collecting antique dishes, embroidery, quilting and being outside feeding the birds and planting flowers. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband and loved her dog Molly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arland B. and Carmon Sells Johnson; husband of 55 years, Claudis Hunter; son, Gary Hunter; sisters, Clara Hunter and an infant sister; and brother, Coy Johnson.
Surviving relatives include her daughter,Teresa (Shelton) Keisling of Kansas City, Mo., grandchildren: Michelle (Ben) Bloodworth of Evansville, Ind., and Matthew Keisling; sister, Catherine (Gene) Willis of Allons; great grandchildren, Shelton Grace Bloodworth, Lukas Bloodworth and Nathan Bloodworth; sister-in-law, Jo Hunter; and several nieces and nephews.
Gordon E. Stephens, 79, of the Allons community, passed away Jan. 22 at the Livingston Regional Hospital.
A Memorial Service was held Jan. 28 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Sam Gamble officiating.
He was born in Ona, Fla. on Jan. 18, 1938. He worked as a deputy sheriff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hicklen and Christine (Timmons) Stephens. Surviving relatives include his wife, Ann Stephens of Allons; son: Douglas Stephens of Cherry Coral, Fla.; stepson, William Morrow of Allardt; daughter, Cynthia Kay Ruth of Cape Coral, Fla.; stepdaughter, Jennifer Arnold of Florida; sisters, Betty Jones of Lake City, Fla., Charlotte Peters of Fort Myers, Fla. and Hilda Simmons of Orlando, Fla.; and five grandchildren.