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Robert Y. Bob Cherry


Robert Y. Bob Cherry, 74, of Rolling Meadows, IL and formerly of Clay County passed away Nov. 1 at the Northwest Community Hospital in Illinois. Graveside services were conducted Nov. 6 from the Cherry Family Cemetery in the Mt. Vernon Community of Clay County with Kenny Birdwell officiating.

Robert Y. Bob Cherry was born Sept. 28, 1938 in Clay County. He was a restauranteur and owned Reds Grill in the Southside, IL from 1986 to 1996. His love and passion for his establishment was recognized by many. Many people were privileged to call Bob a friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vernie and Erma Rich Cherry; son Robert F. Bobby Cherry; sister Janice Cherry; and brother Johnnie Cherry.

Surviving relatives include his wife Luella Hoefle Cherry; sister and brothers-in-law Linda Koch and husband Ron of Greenwood, IN, Suzanne Wayman and husband Larry of Indianapolis, IN and Kathy Halliburton and husband Danny of Red Boiling Springs; brothers and sisters-in-law Charlie Cherry and wife Shirley of Greenwood, IN, Frankie Cherry and wife Susan of Illinois and Jackie Cherry of Red Boiling Springs; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his family and friends.

JoAnn Newberry Freeman

JoAnn Newberry Freeman, 66, of Lafayette passed away Nov. 8 at her residence. Graveside services were held Nov. 8 from the Whitley Cemetery with Elder Jackie Wakefield officiating.

JoAnn Newberry Freeman was born Nov. 4, 1946 in Macon County. She was a employee with the former Stitches, Inc. in Red Boiling Springs with 25 years of service and a member of the Lafayette Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jewell and Mary Dunham Newberry; and brother Kenneth Newberry.

Surviving relatives include daughter Robbie Markwell; son James Rayburn; grandchildren Austin and Markey Rayburn all of Lafayette; sisters and brother-in-law Jeraldine Sissy and Billy Harris of Red Boiling Springs and Shirley Vinson of Lafayette; and caregiver Rebecca King of Lafayette.

Pallbearers were her family and friends.

Gerald Herman Block

Gerald H. Block, 82, of Lake Geneva, WI passed away Nov. 8 at the Arbor Village of Geneva, Lake Geneva, WI. Funeral services were held Nov. 13 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Kaesmeyer officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Gerald H. Block was born Aug. 9, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, member of  the Silver Eagles RC Flying Club in Springfield, WI and was in the Air Force National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin H. and Margaret Zigenhagen Block; and brothers Robert and Kenneth Block.

Surviving relatives include his wife Beatrice Joy Bloedel Block; daughter Sandra Clark and husband Steve of Burlington, WI; son Stephen Block and wife Cynthia of Darien, WI; grandchildren Jeremiah and Sarah Fintrop, Gregory Clark and Ashley Glald; and three great grandchildren.

Ruth Bean Grace

Retired Secretary

Ruth Bean Grace, 91, of the Mt. Vernon Community in Clay County passed away Nov. 5 at the Monroe Health Care and Rehab in Tompkinsville, KY. Funeral services were held Nov. 8 from the chapel of the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with Jimmy Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Ruth Bean Grace was born Nov. 3, 1921 in Clay County. She graduated from Gamaliel High School in Gamaliel, KY. She worked as a payroll clerk for the Acklin Stamping Company in Toledo, OH. During the 1950’s, she taught school at Oak Grove Elementary School and served as the school secretary at Hermitage Springs School. From 1959 until she retired in 1989 she worked as secretary for the Clay County Department of Human Services. In February 2011, she moved to the Stonecrest Assisted Living in Lafayette. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents Sydney and Martha Browning Bean; and husband Dumas Zeke Grace.

Surviving relatives include son and daughter-in-law Jimmy Grace and wife Elizabeth Grace of Atlanta, GA; grandsons Stewart Grace of Atlanta, GA and John Grace and wife Stephanie of Seattle, WA; sister and brother-in-law Marie Rhoton and husband Cornell of Tompkinsville, KY; and many nieces and nephews.

Olyne Borden


Olyne Borden, 89, of Allons passed away Nov. 7 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Interment followed in the Crestlawn Cemetery in Cookeville.

Olyne Borden was born July 27, 1923, in Clay County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edd Borden; parents Wilburn and Pearl Brown Langford; daughter Linda VanPelt; son Kenneth Borden; sisters Rrene Langford, Selma Roberts and Barlow Langford; and brothers Fay Langford and Earl Langford.

Surviving relatives include her sons Russell and wife Evon of Cookeville, Jerry Borden and wife Susan and Terry Borden and wife Joan, all of Allons; daughter-in-law Carol Netherton and husband David of Cookeville; son-in-law Joe VanPelt of Duncan, SC; sisters Elise Langford and Dorothy Langford, both of Celina and Mary Teeples of Gamaliel, KY; grandchildren Greg Borden, Becky Pemmerton, Jennifer Taylor, Amy Borden, Adam Borden, Andrea Hutchison, Michael Borden and Marianne Borden; and great grandchildren Aaron Taylor, Jayden Kirkpatrick, Jayla Kirkpatrick, Truman Borden, Samuel Borden, Bailey Hutchison, Madilyn Pemmerton and Ean Moon.

Serving as pallbearers were Adam Borden, Jamie Hutchison, Scott Taylor, Michael Borden, Lester Langford and Dwight Langford.

Edwina Clark Langford

School Teacher

Edwina Clark Langford, 94, of Livingston passed away Nov. 7 at Morningside of Cookeville. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Dr. Garrett Sheppard officiating. Interment followed in the Fitzgerald Cemetery in Celina.

Edwina Clark Langford was born July 13, 1918, in Clay County. She was school teacher in Clay County and also worked with the Extension Service in Clay County. She was a member of the Livingston Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband Will Herman Langford; parents Charles Edward and Mary Pearl Upchurch Clark; sisters Ruth Holman and Ann Keisling; and brother Durell Clark.

Surviving relatives include her son and daughter-in-law Charles and Carol Langford of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Lenny Tieman of Arlington, TX; sister Margaret Coleman of Tullahoma; brother A.C. Clark of Cookeville; grandchildren Mechelle Langford of Cookeville, Mike and Tina Langford of Albany, KY, Jill Tieman Wilkerson and husband Dave of Arlington, TX, and Stephanie Tieman Rohloff and husband Chris of Des Moines, IA; great grandchildren Nicole Thrasher Hughes and husband Patrick of Livingston, Danielle Thrasher Scrock and husband Jordan of Minneapolis, MN, Matthew and Jade Thrasher of Rickman, Colby, Colin and Cori Langford of Albany, KY, Emma, Luke and Seth Wilkerson of Arlington, TX, and Kate Rohloff of Des Moines, IA; and great-great grandchildren Jake and Mina Hughes of Livingston.

Serving as pallbearers were Bobby Sidwell, Steven Coleman, Colby Langford, Colin Langford, Matt Thrasher and Patrick Hughes.

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