Publication Date 12/20/2011

Donald Ward Copeland

Donald Ward Copeland, 79, passed away Nov. 28 at Florida Winter Haven Hospital in Orlando, FL after an extended illness.

His body will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.

He was born in Livingston and graduated from Livingston Academy. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had been a resident of Florida since 1964.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Ward Copeland and Norine Copeland Bracken; and wives, Patricia Sue Lollar Copeland and Margaret (Peggy) Cameron Copeland.

Surviving relatives include: his daughter, Donna Brown of Florida; son, Joe Copeland of Florida; step-son, Bill and wife Laura Shurtleff of Studio City, CA; grandchildren, Nicole Brown of Portland, ME, Michelle Brown of Gainsville, FL, Krystal and husband Jason Baker of Davies, FL and Kaitlyn Copeland of West Virginia; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Norita Culbreath of Nashville and Louise and husband David Reynolds of Murfreesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Lakrisha L. Barlow

Restaurant Cook

Lakrisha L. Barlow, 20, of Allons passed away Dec. 10 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. John Copeland officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were: Josh Lee, Chad Copeland, Andrew Barlow, Charlie Sells, Kenneth Norrod and James Ward.

Lakrisha L. Barlow was born March 22, 1991 in Overton County. She was a restaurant cook and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jackie Glen Willis and Della Sue Mansell.

Surviving relatives include: her grandparents, Gene and Catherine Willis of Allons; husband, Andrew Barlow of Livingston; daughter, Aunika White of Livingston; half brother, Randle; half sister, Shemina; step-mother, Diane Dixon Willis; step-grandmother, Earline Dixon; special friends, Anthony and Ashley White; and a host of extended family members.

James Michael (Killer) Johnson

James Michael (Killer) Johnson, 54, of Lafayette and formally of Livingston passed away Dec. 6 at Saint Thomas Hospital. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Blackwell officiating. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Information was provided by Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.

Pallbearers were: Jerry Hall, Matthew Hall, Dalton Hall, Keith Bradley, Jacob Bradley and Joe Eden.

James Michael (Killer) Johnson was born Feb. 27, 1957 in Overton County. He married Becky on Dec. 31, 1993 in Macon County. He was a member of the Lions Club, a member of the Macon County Volunteer Fire Department and the Rescue Squad. He was also a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge #543 for over 20 years. He worked with the Overton County Sheriff’s Department for over 17 years as a dispatcher and worked several years with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department before becoming disabled. He was also a member of the Maple Grove Missionary Baptist Church #2 in Macon County.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Johnson of Livingston.

Surviving relatives include: his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Brawner Johnson of Lafayette; mother, Norma Jean Johnson of Livingston; brother, Barry and wife Teresa Johnson of Monroe; nephew, Caleb Johnson of Monroe; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and a host of family and friends in Overton County and Macon County.

Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith, 53, of Monroe passed away Dec. 15 at his residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. Cleston Ledbetter officiating. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Jason Wright, Bubba Smith, Scott Norrod, Steve Smith, Matthew Bilbrey and David Cooper.

Donnie Smith was born April 7, 1958 in Livingston.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Arlin Smith; and brother, Danny Smith.

Surviving relatives include: his wife, Barbara Smith of Monroe; mother, Margaret Smith of Monroe; sisters, Diana Sisco, Delana Smith both of Monroe and Debbie Bance of Hanging Limb; and very special family, Jessie Smith, Jason Wright and Stanton Cooper.

George U L Brown


George U L Brown, 87, of Rickman passed away Dec. 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Prichard officiating. Interment followed in the Scott’s Red Hill Cemetery.

George U L Brown was born Sept. 28, 1924 in Jackson County. He was a painter for auto body repair and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Johnnie and Susie Hamlet Brown; daughters, Uldine and Lenora Brown; and son, Frank Brown.

Surviving relatives include: his wife, Lucy Brown of Rickman; daughters, Joanne and husband Gary Stafford of Hartsville, Lora and husband Harold Brown of Rickman and Jeannie and husband A.B. Sidwell of Rickman; half brother, Roger Petty of Gainesboro; half sister, Christene Hamlet of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Murrel Hannah Brewington

Murrel Hannah Brewington, 97, passed away Dec. 17 at her residence. Graveside services were held Dec. 19 at Shipley Cemetery with Rev. Jane Brewington officiating. Whitson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Murrel Hannah Brewington was born to Benton and Martha Slagle. She grew up in the Shipley area. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Wesleyan Church.

Most of her friends and family have preceded her in death. Colous, her husband rests beside her at Shipley. Her sisters, Hassie, Emma, Eva Mae and brother Mack along with her first child Maurice Dean wait for her at “the big House.”

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Irma Agnew and Jane Brewington; grandchildren, Melanie Harries and Capt. Jeff Agnew; great-grandchild, Rowan Harries; sister, Reba Clark of California; and nieces and nephews. 

In Memory
Billy Charles Lawson


In our hearts we thought of you

With love today;

But that is nothing new,

We thought about you yesterday.

And days before that, too.

We think of you in silence,

We often speak your name,

Now all we have are memories,

And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake

With which we will never part.

God has you in his keeping,

And we have you in our hearts.

We love you And miss you,
Wife, Lorene Son, Greg Grandkids,
Michael and Kristy and Great-grandchildren

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