Joseph Lester Dudney
Joseph Lester Dudney, age 91, welcomed into eternal life Tuesday, June 24, 2014. A caring and energetic husband, father, and friend, Joe Dudney took his responsibilities as head of his family seriously. “He was our rock and our guiding force,” say his daughter and grandchildren. His devotion to his wife, Doris, was unfailing as he cared for her during her lengthy last illness. “He has always been a tower of strength to us and his many friends.” Joe Dudney was born near Gainesboro, TN, and was educated in the public schools of Jackson County and at David Lipscomb College in Nashville. He returned to Jackson County, where he was a charter member of the Farm Bureau and served as its president. While owning and operating seed corn and farm supply businesses, he became a charter member of the Jackson County Livestock Assn. and served as its president through 1963. During this time, he pioneered a modern hog-feeding business, selling and shipping feeder pigs to the Midwest. In 1964 he became the chief inspector for the Tennessee Crop Improvement Association, the seed certification agency for the state, for production of all field crop seeds statewide. Later serving the TCIA as manager, secretary and treasurer, he retired in 1991. In a lifetime full of purpose and service, Joe Dudney’s “retirement” years became his greatest achievement. As Vice President, Executive Director, and Board member of Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., Joe worked tirelessly to realize the organization’s multi-million dollar mission to assist victims of natural disasters throughout the United States, supplying necessities to thousands whose lives had been devastated by floods, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. In doing this, CCDRE also fulfilled its larger mission—to demonstrate Christian principles in action to the people it helps. Joe and Doris’s involvement in the Church began in Jennings Creek Valley in Jackson County, TN, where they grew up attending the Whitleyville Church of Christ. Doris and Joe were both baptized in Jennings Creek. They married in 1946. After moving to Nashville in 1967, Joe and Doris Dudney were active members of Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. He served there as a deacon and as an elder for 21 years, with an emphasis on missions. Among the most successful of the missions of that era was the assistance given the church in Thomasville, NC, which eventually became a thriving, self-supporting congregation. Hanging on a wall of the Dudneys’ home were a number of plaques that recognized Joe’s contributions to organizations he was associated with — the Nashville Civitan Club and the Disaster Relief Effort, among others. In 2010, Joe was honored by Lipscomb University with its KOPIO Award for “distinguished service for the kingdom of God.” But the plaques that brought the biggest smiles to his face were those that marked his involvement with Brentwood Hills young people: manager of the League Champion BHCC softball team; BHCC Camp Leatherwood Hall of Fame; and the biggest smile of all, the plaque from the children of Brentwood Hills in appreciation for “The Gum Man.” For many years, every child—and some adults—made it their mission to be the first to reach Joe after worship services to claim a stick of gum from his never-ending supply. Joe Dudney is survived by his daughter, Linda Dudney, Nashville; granddaughters, Sarah Glenn Brown, Clarksville, & Julia Meadows, Nashville; great-grandchildren Alexis Meadows, Elizabeth Brown & Jacob Dudney Brown; and brother, Neil Dudney, Smithville. He was preceded in death by Doris Dudney, his beloved wife of 65 years; parents, Lyman & Ruby Birdwell Dudney; and brother, Clark Dudney. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, June 26 (3:00-8:00 p.m.) and Friday, June 27 (10:00 a.m.-Noon) at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, 5120 Franklin Pike, Nashville. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon led by Walt Leaver, Jonathan Seamon & Clarence Dailey. The service will be streamed live at noon on Friday (www.brentwoodhills.org and click BHCC TV). On Saturday, June 28 (11:00 a.m.) the family will receive visitors at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, Gainesboro, TN. Dan Huffines and Joe’s first cousins will conduct a service there at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial at the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery. Active Pallbearers: Kent & Jake Birdwell; Steve & Wes Cassetty; John, Taylor & Larry Dudney; Brian England; Brandon & Ethan Shaw; Travis, Jesse & Hunter Taylor & Andrew Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers: Former & Serving Elders of Brentwood Hills Church of Christ; Directors, Advisory Boards & Employees of Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc.; Board of Directors of Healing Hands Intl.; Members of the Breakfast Brothers group; Tom Beaty, Ralph Bryant, Chuck Carter, John Cobb, John Dejarnette, John Dorris, Barry Estes, Jerry Gaither, Gary Gatten, Jesse Gough, Dan Gower, Morris Grimes, Ken Grissim, James Hampton, Hyde Harper, Lynn Harris, Max James, Son James, John Johnston, Jerry Kennedy, Ralph Mabry, David McKinney, Mike Morello, Charles Neal, Buzzy Neil, John Peck, Billy Petty, Jim Redmon, Charles Reeves, Guy Rochelle, Doug Sanders, Jonathan Seamon, Geoffrey Sikes, Joe Spivey, Bert Wiggs, Mike Wiley, and David Wilson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., 110 Allied Drive, Nashville, Tenn. 37211. Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel Directors 615-331-1952 Still Family Owned.
Amy Ragland Russell
Amy Ragland Russell, 42, passed away June 24 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. Memorial services were planned for a later date and the family has chosen cremation. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Amy Ragland Russell was born Dec. 9, 1971, in Jackson County. She was a document control executive at Flowserve Corp. in Cookeville, and she attended the River Church. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, George and Lassie Ragland and maternal grandfather, Winton Spivey. Surviving relatives include her husband, Jeff Russell, of Cookeville; son, Dakota Naspinski, of Cookeville; daughter, Kendra Naspinski, of Cookeville; father, Bill W. Ragland, of Cookeville; mother and step-father, James and Betty McKee, of Sparta; maternal grandmother, Ruth Carmack, of Gainesboro; sister, Laura Ragland, of Murfreesboro and step-sister, Vicki McKee McClanahan, of Sparta.
Donnie W. Stafford
Donnie W. Stafford, 57, passed away June 22 at Livingston Regional Hospital in Livingston. Funeral services were held June 24 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Pigg Cemetery. Donnie W. Stafford was born Jan. 28, 1957 in Carthage. He worked as a lumper unloading trucks. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Della Smith Stafford and three brothers Jackie Lloyd Stafford, Marvin Stafford and Hubert Stafford. Surviving relatives include wife, Jill Stafford of Gainesboro; sons, Dusty Stafford and Dalton Stafford of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Lexie Stafford and Abigail Hubbell; brother, Maxie Stafford of Knoxville; sister, Debbie Harvey of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and friends.
Huston C. Fox
Huston C. Fox, 81, passed away June 22 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held June 25 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Fox and Bro. Randy Bybee officiating. Interment followed at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Huston C. Fox was born April 11, 1933 in Jackson County. He was a farmer and a member of the Union Hill Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Aline Fox; parents Oakley Fox and Mattie Fox; brothers Aaron Fox and Collie Fox; sisters Esteen Flatt and Mazola Anderson; and granddaughter Wendy Marie Thomas. Surviving relatives include sons Dennis (Diane) Fox and Donnie (Janice) Fox all of Bloomington Springs; daughters Wanda Thomas and Lisa Fox both of Bloomington Springs; grandchildren Stephanie (Matthew) Hargis, Amanda Smith, Jennifer (Scott) Underwood, Chris (Teresa) Fox, Cory (Tanya) Fox, Tina (Chris) Anderson and Tyler Anderson; brothers Truman (Willene) Fox of Cookeville, J.C. (Debbie) Fox of Bloomington Springs and Junior (Ora) Fox of Old Hickory; sister Evelyn (Harold) Flatt of the Double Springs community of Putnam Count; great grandchildren Levi Underwood, Beth Revelee, Dustin Smith, Paige Smith, Holly Smith, Marshall Hargis, Caden Fox, Janie Fox, Rylee Fox, Lyza Fox and Kaleb Anderson.
Lois Ann Bull
Lois Ann Bull, 69, passed away June 27 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held June 30 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Bull and Bro. Bobby Scantland officiating. Interment followed at Lynn Cemetery. Lois Ann Bull was born July 25, 1944, in Jackson County. She was a factory worker and a member of the Poston Chapel Community Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bull Jr.; parents, Mitchell and Bertha Barlow Greer; brother, Arnold Greer; sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Herman Johnson; nephew, Jackie Johnson; and step-grandson, Brad Madewell. Surviving relatives include her husband, Allen Lee Currinn of Gainesboro; sons, Richard Stephen (Robin) Bull of Baxter, Michael (Michelle) Bull of New Johnsonville and Johnny Mitchell (Brooke) Bull of Gainesboro; daughters, Debbie Carlene (Jack) Stum of Beaver Creek, Ohio; Karen Eugenie (Jerry) Baker of Garden City, S.C. and Charlotte Marie (Rick) Madewell of Grenada, Miss.; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
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