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Minor Cordell Bilbrey
Roofer And Painter
Minor Cordell Bilbrey, 82, of Celina, passed away June 20 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held June 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. James Tayes officiating. He was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Clay County. He was a roofer and a painter. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Mae Bilbrey; parents, Kelly and Liz Burchett Bilbrey; brothers, Wesley, Bryant and Dewey Bilbrey; and sisters, Hazel Keen and Golda Keen. Surviving relatives include sons, Raymond and Susan Bilbrey, of Hardys Chapel, Gary and April Bilbrey, of Celina and James and Sandy Bilbrey, of Livingston; two grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Hobert Clyde Renner
Brick Mason
Hobert Clyde Renner, 92, of Allons, passed away June 21 at his home. Funeral services were held June 24 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Ken Collins officiating. He was born May 24, 1922, in Rockcastle, Ky. He was a brick mason, and a member of Willow Grove Church of Christ and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lucy Parker Renner; wife, Callie Maxfield Renner; daughter, Mary Stover; brothers, Willie, Homer, Hayes, Theo and Clifford Renner; and sisters, Martha Renner, Debra Smith and Anna Moore. Surviving relatives include son-in-law, Jeff Stover, of Livingston; several nieces and nephews; and friends and caretakers, Barbara Reagan, Dewey Mayberry, both of Cookeville and Dewayne Blakely and Tony Baker, both of Rickman.

Kevin D. Soaper
Truck Driver
Kevin D. Soaper, 52, of Madison, passed away June 19 at his home. Funeral services were held June 22 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Dan Phillips officiating. Interment followed in Harris Chapel Cemetery. He was born Sept. 20, 1962, in Manassas, Va. He was a truck driver and was of the Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Doris Soaper; and sister, Faith Hope Soaper. Surviving relatives include his wife, Sharon Honeycutt Soaper, of Madison; stepson, Lee Bilbrey and wife, Sherry, of Tullahoma; stepdaughter, Kristen Wilkerson and husband, Charles, of Tullahoma; brother-in-law, Carl and Linda Honeycutt, of Rickman; sister, Kimberly Soaper, of Greenville, Texas; and grandchildren, Katie Beth and Makynna Bilbrey and Cason Wilkerson. Pallbearers were Lee Bilbrey, Daniel Lancaster, Mark Lee, Carl Langford, Carl Honeycutt, Pete Goolsby, David Jones and Terry Walker.

Gene Noel Martin
Simcox & Copeland Lumber Co.
Gene Noel Martin, 86, of Allons, passed away June 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held June 19 at Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Pickens and Rev. Bob Stoner officiating. Interment followed in Fellowship Cemetery with the Honor Guard form the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW of Livingston performing a graveside military service. He was born June 24, 1927, in Overton County. He worked for Simcox & Copeland Lumber Co. He was a deacon, a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army, loved fishing, woodworking, outdoors and his garden. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Welman and Cora Pierce Martin; brothers, Buell, Brice and Pat Martin; and sister, Maxcine Divito. Surviving relatives include his wife of 66 years, Bernice Melton Martin, of Allons; daughters, Shelia Garner and husband, Joe, of Chattanooga, and Gail Martin, of Allons; grandchildren, Kristy Fox, Sarah Weber, John Swafford and Jessica Richards; great grandchildren, Luke and Simon Weber, Olivia, Sophia and William Fox, Kaitlyn and Brooklyn Richards, Samuel Swafford and Sun Young Swafford; sisters, Hilda Thomlinson, of Memphis and Carolyn Martin, of Allons. Pallbearers were Daniel Fox, Joe Garner, Steve Martin, Barry Collins, Dylan Richards and Mark Gore. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Eddie Darrell Mabe
Carpet Installer
Eddie Darrell Mabe, 43, of Livingston, passed away June 19 at Summit Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were held June 21 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Sam Allen officiating. Interment followed in McDonald Cemetery. He was born Dec. 14, 1970, in Overton County. He was a carpet installer and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his mother, Janice Flowers; brother, Kevin Flowers; and sister, Brandy Flowers. Surviving relatives include his father, Donald Mabe, Sr., of Monroe; daughter, Christian Dawn Mabe, of Sparta; brothers, Michael Mabe, of Livingston, and Donald Mabe, Jr., of Rickman; sisters, Kathy Horn, of Rickman, and Trina Mabe, of Monroe. Pallbearers were Michael Mabe, Gary Fillers, Larry Sidwell and Donald Mabe, Jr.

Glatis Imogean Mullinix Phillips
Owner Of Taxi Cab
Clatis Imogean Mullinix Phillips, 84, of Crossville and formerly of Livingston, passed away June 16 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Funeral services were held June 25 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Brooks Boyd officiating. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens. She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Overton County. She was affiliated with the Livingston Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Campbell and Pearl Stewart Bennett; husbands, James H. “Jack” Mullinix and Oscar Phillips; son, Bryant Mullinix; brothers, Carl and Leland Bennett; and sisters, Josephine Holley and Mable Vonbanlk.

Jessie Nilene Masters
House Manager Of Handicapped Adults
Jessie Nilene Masters, 82, of Nashville, formerly of Livingston, passed away June 7 at St. Thomas Hospital West, Nashville. Funeral services were held June 12 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery. She was born May 18, 1932, in Overton County. She was a house manager of handicapped adults, a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. An Eastern Star service was held June 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Lloyd and Mary Lou Bilbrey Boswell; husband, Milton Howard Masters; son, Stevie Joe Masters; brothers, Ward, James and Junior Boswell; and sister, Juanita Boswell. Surviving relatives include her daughter, Nelda Sue Fulghum and husband, Garland, of Joelton; grandchildren, Carla Woods, Joshua Fulghum and Jacob Fulghum; great grandchildren, Benjamin Woods, Juliana Fulghum, Ethan Fulghum and Caleb Fulghum; brothers, Dwight Boswell and Vernon Boswell, both of Allred; and sisters, Mattie Gunter, of Indianapolis, Ind. and Betty Turner, of Livingston.

Haskell Paul Burgess
UCHRA And Overton County School Bus Driver
Haskell Paul Burgess, 78, of Livingston, passed away June 10 at his home. Family visitation was held June 15 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was born Feb. 12, 1936, in Overton County. He was a bus driver for UCHRA and Overton County Schools. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Esby and Georgia Lynn Burgess; brother, Edward Burgess; and sisters, Cordelia Burgess and Ruby Anderson. Surviving relatives include his wife of 52 years, Eunice Danner Burgess, of Livingston; sons, Greg (Michelle) Burgess, of Hilham, Jeff (Denise) Burgess, of Baxter and Robert “Bobby” Burgess, of Cookeville; sisters, Reva Reece, of Cookeville, and Lucille Buck, Trudy Hunter and Linnie Dildine, all of Allons; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and four step great grandchildren.

Jewell L. Robbins
Bookkeeper For State Of Tennessee
Jewell L. Robbins, 88, of Hilham, passed away June 27 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Visitation and viewing was held June 29 at Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in Campground Cemetery. She was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Overton County. She was a bookkeeper for the State of Tennesee and was affiliated with Campground Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lanzo R. and Ollie Lee Brown Robbins; and a sister, Marie Phillips. Surviving relatives include her sister, Mary Robbins Grubbs, of Cookeville; and several cousins.

Cecil Cleo Harris
Russell Stover Candies
Cecil Cleo Harris, 45, of the Mineral Springs Community of Monterey, passed away June 29 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held today from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Harris and Bro. David Harris officiating. Interment will follow in Phillips Cemetery in the Anderson Community. He was born Oct. 1, 1968, in Monterey. He worked for Russell Stover Candies for 19 years. Surviving relatives include his parents, Hollis and Patricia Hargis Harris, of the Love Joy Community of Monterey; daughters, Tara Harris, of Cookeville, and Shea Harris and Haley Harris, both of Sparta; fiancée, Kristy Scott, of Cookeville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Robbie Harris, of Brotherton, David and Lisa Harris, of the Mineral Springs Community, Sonny and Rhonda Harris, of Monterey, Johnny and Jennifer Harris, of the Love Joy Community, and Lloyd and Gail Harris, of Cookeville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Perry Richard “Dick” Royse Jr.
U.S. Navy Commander
Perry Richard “Dick” Royse Jr., 78, of Murfreesboro, passed away June 23, t his residence. Funeral services were held June 26 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Bro. Kevin Dye officiating. Interment followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with military honors. Perry Richard “Dick” Royse Jr. was born June 25, 1935. He was a retired commander with the U.S. Navy and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also retired from health care administration. He was a member of the Leanna Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry Richard “Dick” Royse Sr. and Mason Hazel Callahan Royse. Surviving relatives include his wife of 57 years, Shelba Jean Brown Royse; sons, Michael Richard Royse and wife, Mary Lou, William Turner Royse and his wife Linda; daughters, Patricia Ruth Mingle and husband Wendell, Tamara Lynne Royse and Shannon Renee’ Royse; sister, Anita Wills; grandchildren Thomas and Jonathan Mingle and Nathan Royse. Pallbearers included Dale Mabry, Keith Brown, Ricky Wills, Wayne Powell, Larry Head, Alan West, Randy Bolin and Carl Davis. Honorary Pallbearers were the Elders and Deacons of Leanna Church of Christ.

Jack Jackson
Wood Products Business
Jack Jackson, 72, of Lynchburg, Va. and formerly of Red Boiling Springs ,passed away June 14 at his residence. Memorial services were held June 22 from the chapel of the Anderson & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Neel Smith officiating. Interment followed in Whitley Cemetery. Jack Jackson was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Nashville.He was retired from the wood products business and was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He was an air banjo player and enjoyed traveling the hills of Tennessee. He often listened to books on tape and National Public Radio. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Alvis Jackson and Margaret Moss Jackson Vinson; step-father, James Vinson; first wife, Ellen Mae Jackson; sisters Margaret Ann Burnett and Berth Nell Dodd. Surviving relatives include his wife, Jeanette Hallstein Jackson; daughters and sons-in-law, Lori Ellen and Steve Garner, Janice Marie Jackson, Betty Jo and Ken Holloway, son Jeffrey Adam Jackson; sisters Mary Lea Bailey and Martha Elizabeth Broder; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his loyal dog Lucy.

Betsy Wilson
Factory worker
Betsy Wilson, 77 of Celina, passed away June 19 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on June 22 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home with Bro. David Threet officiating. Interment followed at Donaldson Cemetery. Betsy Wilson was born on July 2, 1936, in Clay County. She worked in a factory and was a member of the Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents, George “Penny” Spencer and Nancy Ollie Belle Key Johnson; husband, William Radford Smith, son, Kenneth Bruce Smith, step-son Donnie Wilson, brothers Jody, Robert, Waymon, Hubert and Billy Johnson; and sisters, Olene and Bonnie Key, Maggie Goad, and Ruby Beechboard. Surviving relatives include her husband, Otis Wilson Jr.; daughter Brenda Moore; son, Bobby “Cob” Smith; step-daughters Rosie and Evette Wilson; brothers ,Mackie Odell and Roy Johnson; sister, Lola Johnson; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


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