Charlie Gordon Franklin
Factory Worker, Veteran
Charlie Gordon Franklin, 98, of Crossville, formerly of Overton County, passed away Feb. 3 at his home. Funeral services will be held Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Monday and Bro. Frank Nolan officiating. Interment will follow in Campground Cemetery. He was born Oct. 11, 1917 in Overton County. He was a factory worker at Ford Motor Company, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Tanzi Community Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benton and Emily Nolan Franklin; wife, Esther Levai Franklin; sisters, Ella Stuart, Gertrude Lewis and Mary Stepck; and brothers, Henry, Wayne and Howard Franklin. Surviving relatives include his daughters, Shirley Franklin (Lyle) Simons of Crossville, Donna Franklin of Clearwater, Fla., and Linda (Calvin) Kelly of Ellenton, Fla.; grandchildren, Steven (Karen) Anderson, Julie Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Emily (C.J.) Kiernan, and Joseph Kielman; great grandson, Charlie Anderson; and sister, Mamie Evelyn Montgomery of Crossville. There will be a graveside military service with full military honors provided by the James T. Davis Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Calvin Kelley, Joseph Keilman, Steven Anderson, Michael Franklin, Thomas Lewis and Earl Stewart.
Brian Christopher Garrett
Brian Christopher Garrett, 41, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Jan. 28. Memorial services will be held Feb. 13 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Phoenix. He was born Feb. 5, 1974. He was a long-standing member of the Phoenix Boys Choir, dedicated over 30 years of his life to the organization. He was also an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father, Lonzie Garrett. Surviving relatives include his wife, Diana Elizabeth Garrett; mother, Frances Lee Garrett; brother, Benjamin James Garrett; aunts, uncles and many cousins around the country. Memorial donations may be made to the Phoenix Boys Choir.
Edsel Kent Almonrode
Edsel Kent Almonrode, 80, of Livingston, passed away Jan. 19 at his home. A private memorial and burial will be held at a later date. He was born Feb. 23, 1935 in Livingston. He was a farmer and all his life, he loved to roam the woodlands. He knew a lot about plants and herbs for medicines. He loves his animals, especially cats and dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.D. and Louetta Almonrode; wife, Theda Ledford Almonrode; brother, Charley C. Almonrode; and sister, June Almonrode White. Surviving relatives include his sister, Nevagene “Jean” Almonrode Roberts of Hendersonville. Cards and condolences to the family may be sent in care of Speck Funeral Home.
Bennie Carl Dishman
Bennie Carl Dishman, 72, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 5 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Feb. 7 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Harris, Bro. Bobby White and Bro. Jerry Murphy officiating. Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery. He was born Oct. 15, 1943 in Overton County. He worked in building construction. He was a member of First Christian Church. He loved his work, hunting, playing with his kids and his dog, Charlie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufice Carson and May Ethel Cravens Dishman; and brothers, Hillard Estal Dishman and Rufice Dishman. Surviving relatives include his wife, Sue Dishman of Livingston; sons, Ronald (Collette) Dishman of Livingston and Christopher “Derek” (Lorie) Dishman of Livingston; grandchildren, Austin and Ashton Dishman; and sisters-in-law, Joann Dishman and Irene Dishman Halsell, both of Livingston. Pallbearers were John Halsell, Michael Buck, Matt White and David White. Honorary pallbearer was Scottie Westmoreland. Memorial contributions may be made to the family by contacting Speck Funeral Home.
Norman Edward Mossey
Norman Edward Mossey, 78, of Monroe, passed away at his home Feb. 5. Funeral services were held Feb. 8 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Don Maxson officiating. Interment followed in Wirmingham Cemetery in Monroe. He was born July 12, 1937 in Mishawaka, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Earl and Lue Esther (Sinclair) Mossey. Surviving relatives include his wife, Betty Mossey; sons, Danny Reagan and Billy Reagan; daughters, Frances Reagan and Lura Jean Reagan; 20 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild. Pallbearers were Danny Reagan Jr., Billy Reagan, Porter Baird, Chaston Baird, Richard Winningham and Raef Burke.
Billy Jack Sells
Billy Jack Sells, 75, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 1 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Graveside services were held Feb. 3 from Flatt Creek Cemetery with Bro. Roy Depolitte officiating. Interment followed. He was born Sept. 8, 1940 in Overton County. He was a sawyer for Simcox and Copeland Lumber Co. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Vada Warden Sells; and his wife, Frances Garrett Sells. Surviving relatives include his sons Billy (Rhonda) Sells of Jamestown and Mike (Vicki) Sells of Allons; daughter, Annie Sells of Livingston; grandchildren, Whitney Depolitte, Chey Sells, Dalton Sells,Andrew King, Jenna Sells, Breanna Parsley, Brian Sells and Brandon Sells; four great grandchildren; and sisters, Jean and Judy Thompson, both of Lebanon. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Margaret Joyce (Roberts) Speck
Margaret Joyce (Roberts) Speck, 78, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 3 at her home. A Celebration of Life service was held Feb. 7 at Okolona United Methodist Church in Rickman with Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. She was born June 12, 1937 in Overton County. She was a homemaker and a member of Okolona United Methodist Church. She loved bluegrass music. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Hallie Jane Carr Roberts; brothers, McCoy, Cecil, Donald and Owen Roberts; and sisters, Louise Copeland and Wilma Myers. Surviving relatives include her husband, Bland Speck Jr. of Livingston; son, Kevin (Malinda) Speck of Livingston; daughter, Susan (Scotty) Webster of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Kendal Speck and Bethany LeeAnn Speck; and great grandchildren, Aleah Madison Speck and Tyson Speck. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Willie Ray Ringley
Willie Ray Ringley, 87, of Livingston, passed away Jan. 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Grace Baptist Church with Bro. John Copeland officiating. Interment was in Overton County Memorial Gardens. He was born Feb. 13, 1928 in Overton County. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church where he was Trustee for 35 years. He was also in the cleaning business for 25 years. He enjoyed his work, bowling, playing Pitch and hunting turkeys. He was preceded in death by his parents, Porter and Altha Upchurch Ringley; first wife, Tamzie King Ringley; brothers, Lewis, Billy H. “Bill,” Casper “Cap” and Jonathan Ringley; and sisters, Ora Ringley, Nora Gunter and Louise Wright. He is survived by his wife, Jemima “Jimmy” Ringley of Livingston, with whom he had eight wonderful years; and several nieces and nephews. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.