Janie Elizabeth Stonecipher Stephens
Janie Elizabeth Stonecipher Stephens, 93, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 23 at NHC Healthcare in Cookeville. Funeral services were held at First Christian Church in Livingston with Rev. Dee Wells and Rev. David Moore officiating. Interment followed in Cookeville City Cemetery, and Speck Funeral Home of Livingston was in charge of the arrangements. She was born March 30, 1921, in Overton County. She was an office manager at the Livingston office of Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative. She was also a member of First Christian Church, Ladies Auxilary, Rainbow Girls and the Civitan Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Jones Stonecipher; husband, Kuell Stephens; sisters, Helen Stonecipher Smith, Marie Stonecipher Roberts and Mina Stonecipher; and brothers, Homer, Walter, Bill, John and Curtis Stonecipher. Surviving relatives include sons, Tim and Betty (Lee) Stephens, of Livingston; daughters, Janie (Stephens) and Jerry Keisling, of Safety Harbor, Fla. and Denise (Stephens) and Ken Warner, of Livingston; grandchildren, Marty and (Delisa) Stephens, of Arlington, Texas, Philip and (Wanda) Stephens, of Algood, David and (Liz) Keisling, of Safety Harbor, Fla., Daniel and (Katrina) Keisling, of Clearwater, Fla., Jeanne (Keisling) and Dan Ward, of Hudson, Fla., Wayne Huckeby and (girlfriend, Shannon Cantrell), of Monroe and Thomas and (Casey) Huckeby, of Cookeville; 13 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bilbrey Stonecipher and Barbara Sue Benson Stephens; and special friends, “The Golden Girls”- Dixie White and Clara Glasscock; and another special friend, Marla Kay Etheredge. Pallbearers were David and Daniel Keisling, Philip and Marty Stephens, Wayne and Thomas Huckeby, Weston Stephens, Dillon Eaton and Danny Ward.
Carpenter, Owner of River Trail Campground
Dave Reecer, 87, of Celina, passed away Feb. 19 at the Golden Living Community- Bandywood in Gallatin. Graveside services were held Feb. 25 at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville with military honors.He was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Clay County. He was a carpenter, owned and managed River Trail Campground in Celina. He worked for ABC at the 500 mile race in Indianapolis, Ind. He also started a gun and knife show in Tipton, Ind., and he did the antique shows at the 4-H grounds in Tipton. He started a gun and knife calendar, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy and Clora (Gentry) Reecer; wife, Alyne (Rich) Reecer; daughter, Linda Darnell Piel; son, David Wayne Reecer; brothers and sisters, Lillie Beason, Lloyd Reecer, Gladys Burnett, Garnel Reecer, Daisy Mooris, Dovie Kendall, Cranston Reecer and William Homer Reecer. Surviving relatives include his son-in-law, Gene Piel, of Sharpsville, Ind.; grandchildren, Brad and wife, Wendy Piel, Derek and fiancé, Crystal Piel, Kimberly Reecer and Courtney Reecer; great grandchildren, Audrey Piel, Avery Piel, Chloe Reecer and Riley Coleman; and several nieces and nephews.
David S. “Snuffy” Anderson
David S. “Snuffy” Anderson, 57, of Portland, passed away Feb. 21. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Celina with Bro. Shane Lame and Bro. Robin Meadows officiating. Interment followed in Moore Cemetery.He was born Aug. 6, 1957, in Clay County. He worked on the Lame Farm for over 38 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Ira “Tooter” Anderson; sister, Josie Kathleen Anderson; brother, Bennie Lee Anderson; and nephew, Matthew David Thompson. Surviving relatives include his mother, Olene Anderson, of Hendersonville; brother, Brad and Kathy Anderson, of Hendersonville; sister, June and David Thompson, of Gallatin; nephews, Peyton and Braxton Anderson; nieces, Candice and Aaron Threet and April and Paul Young; great nephews, Ben and Brody Threet; and special friend, Lila Anderson. Pallbearers were David Thompson, Paul Young, Woody Threet, Jesse Meadows, Donald Boone and Greg Meadows.
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
Andrew Keisling, 82, of Celina, passed away Feb. 22 at Cumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Celina with Clifford Ahlberg officiating. Interment followed in Walker Cemetery. He was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Celina. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos Andrew and Lilliam Mae (Robertson) Keisling; brother, Sammie Keisling; son-in-law, Wilbur Walker; and niece, Kimberly Ann Keisling. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Jo Keisling, of Celina; son, Jeffery and Tammy Keisling, of Celina; daughters, Sharon K. Walker, of Celina, and Sarah and Terry Meadows, of Moss; sisters, Jean and Clifford Ahlber, of Celina, and Dorothy and Joe Sparks, of Celina; sister-in-laws, Sue Keisling, of Celina and Lillian Dale, of Muncie, Ind.; grandchildren, Amanda Keisling, Leanna Meadows, Andrew Walker and William Meadows; 10 nieces; four nephews; and is also survived by his dogs, Shadow, Molly, Bernie and Lucy. Pallbearers were Jeffery Keisling, Andrew Walker, Williams Meadows, Joel Dale, Michael Keisling, Todd Upton, David Dale and Jason Upton.
Evelyn Joyce Hixson Miller
Retired Shirt Factory Worker
Evelyn Joyce Hixson Miller, 82, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 22 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 28 from the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Doyle Crawford officiating. Interment followed in Highland Cemetery. She was born March 13, 1932, in Dunlap. She was a retired shirt factory worker and was a member of O’Connor Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Opal Williams Hixson; and brother, Estil Hixson. Surviving relatives include her sons, Harold Raulerson, of Apalachicola, Fla., and Michael Lockhart and wife, Denise, of Livingston; grandchildren, Chris Duke, Misty Lockhart Carwile and husband, Jason, Jennifer Goodwin, Michael Raulerson, Rhonda McLain and husband, Greg; great grandchildren, Brady Eli Carwile, Kayla McEntire, Dylan Roberson, Caleb Raulerson, Hunter Goodwin, Noah Goodwin, Isabella Wolfe, Blake McLain and Brennen McLain; and great-great grandchild, Brilynn McEntire.
Pashie Mae (Cantrell) Thomas
Retired Garment Factory Worker
Pashie Mae (Cantrell) Thomas, 70, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 25 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Feb. 28 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Harris officiating. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens. She was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac “Ike” Charnell Cantrell and Rosa Maud (Carr) Cantrell. Surviving relatives include her daughter, Shiela Hammock and husband, Jeff, of Allons; son, Nathan Wilson, of Rickman; grandchildren, Kelly Wright, Jordan Wright and wife, Michelle and Chelsea Wright; great grandchildren, Brooklyn Skidmore, Trenton Wright and Clayton Wright; and other family members and friends. Pallbearers were Jordan Wright, Greg Bowers, Brandon Phipps and Trent Phipps.
Retired From Ford
Oscar Blankenship, 80, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 27 at Signature Health Care in Algood. Funeral services will be held March 5 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene McCowan officiating. Interment followed in Wilson Cemetery. He was born May 30, 1934, in Thacker, W. Va. He was retired from Ford in Livonia, Mich. with 30 years of service. He was a member of Rickman First Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clell and Lula O’Brien Blankenship; and granddaughters, Donna Allen and Brittany Allen. Surviving relatives include is wife of over 57 years, Mary Ann Patton Blankenship, of Livingston; daughters and a son-in-law, Hazel Marie and Donnie Ray Allen and Norma Jean Blankenship, all of Pikeville, Ky.; sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas Edward Blankenship, of Livingston, and Anthony Wayne and Kathy Blankenship, of Garden City, Mich.; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Linda Jane and Clifford Estep, of Bristol, Va.
Jacob E. Becker
Auto Body Repair
Jacob E. Becker, 76, of Kimball, passed away Feb. 25 at his home. Graveside services were held Feb. 28 from Booher Cemetery in Monroe with Kimberly Jetter officiating and Speck Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. He was born Feb. 7, 1939, in Hamilton County, Ohio. He worked in auto body repair and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob, Sr. and Eleene Mills Becker; and son, Curt Becker. Surviving relatives include his wife, Beatrice Becker, of Kimball; sons, Timothy Becker, of Hillsboro, Ohio, Scott Becker and Shawn Becker, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Todd Becker, of Florida; daughters, Kimberly and her children, Jacob, Cody and Kendell, Marlene and Michele; six other grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, Michael Becker, of Goose Creek, SC; and sister, Denise and Lanny Sparks, of Wash.
Edith Mae Spencer
Edith Mae Spencer, 75, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 27 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held March 2 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Bruce Mullinix officiating. Interment followed in Holly Springs Cemetery. She was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Lee County, Ky. She was a housewife and was a member of Holly Springs Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow Wilson and Hazel Estes Reece; and brothers, Mark and Joe. Surviving relatives include her husband of 57 years, Melvin Spencer, of Livingston; sons, Michael and Jane Spencer, of Arizona, and Jerry and Cindy Spencer, of Plymouth, Ind.; daughters, Debbie and Arthur Payne, of Michigan, Kathy Spencer, of Livingston, and Joyce and Timothy Goad, of Allardt; brother, Merman Hawkins, of Indiana; sisters, Carol Haines, of Indiana, and Loretta Torres, of Ohio; sister-in-law, Jill Hawkins, of Livingston; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Ralph Leonard Bilbrey
Owner/Operator Of Bilbrey Trucking
Ralph Leonard Bilbrey, 73, of Rickman, passed away Feb. 27 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held today, March 3, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens. He was born May 28, 1941, in Overton County. He was the owner/operator of Bilbrey Trucking, was Baptist in faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Onsby Wilmoth Bilbrey; and wife, Genevieve Dillon Bilbrey. Surviving relatives include his son, Leonard Wayne and Helen Bilbrey, of Palmyra; stepsons, Tim Parker, of Gainesboro, and David Parker, of LaVergne; granddaughter, Genevieve Bilbrey and fiancé, Robert LaBean, of Clarksville; sister, Betty and Gene Matthews, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and caregiver, Genat Dixon, of Rickman. Pallbearers were Terry Melton, Larry Spears, Tommy Thompson, Doyle Smith, Jackie Watkins and Fred Spicer. Honorary pallbearers were Troy Smith, Randy White, Russell Garrett, Andy Sidwell, Jerry Melton and David Thurman.