Zenoba Dixie (Poston) Rocho
Zenoba Dixie (Poston) Rocho, 93, of Livingston, passed away Jan. 26 at Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Graveside services were held Feb. 2 at Old Union Cemetery with Capt. Larry Rocho officiating. Interment followed. She was born Dec. 16, 1922 in Overton County. She worked as a beautician and was also in the real estate business. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harce and Evelyn Stout Poston; husband, Burel Rocho; stepfather, Olon Jenney; sisters, Viola Jenney and Hortense Rook; grandsons, Matthew L. and Ward H. Rocho; and son-in-law, Gene Densmore. Surviving relatives include her son, Capt. Larry (Andrea) Rocho of Coupeville, Wash.; daughter, Burlean Louise Densmore of Burlington, Mich.; brother, Dr. Joe Allen Jenney of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; nieces, Polly Anna Rook Sanchez-DeLeon, Gale Louise Rook Mason and Janice Lee Rook McKay; five grandchildren eight great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Desta Ann Ament
Desta Ann Ament, 88, of Nashville and formerly of Livingston, passed away Feb. 16. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Livingston Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ament; daughter, Diane King; stepson, Johnny Ament; and brothers, David and Mack Lewis. Surviving relatives include her sons, Tom and Fred Ament; daughters, Sharon (Paul) West, Susan (Larry) Williams and Karen Ament; brother, Donald Lewis; sister, Marian Cowell; grandchildren, Kimberlee, Paul, Tabitha, Jonathan, Joshua, Keturah, Katie, Samarah, Tiffany, Haley, Jacob and Abigail; great grandchildren, Lacy, Brodie, Logan, Annabelle, Olivia, Owen, Brooklyn, Cheyenne and Leightla. Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Splutter E. Copeland
Splutter E. Copeland, 66, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 17 at Signature Healthcare of Putnam County. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens. He was born Oct. 3, 1949 in Putnam County. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in highway construction and loved Nascar racing and cats. He was a member of First Christian Church in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Marida Stringfield Copeland; and his wife, Sandy Smith Copeland. Surviving relatives include his sons, Shawn Copeland of Livingston and Rusty Copeland of Livingston; sister, Linda Brown of Livingston; nephew, Greg Brown of Livingston; and niece, Gina (Kevin) Norrod of Knoxville. Pallbearers were William Lee Holman, Jerry Copeland, Nick Coleman, Steve Robbins, Brent Linder and Colton Norrod.
John Sells, 91, of Monroe, passed away Feb. 18 at his home. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Bethsaida Christian Church in Monroe with Bro. Charles Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Bethsaida Cemetery. He was born March 19, 1924 in Pickett County. He was a member of the Church of God the Eternal. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a farmer. He loved the outdoors, working on the farms, was self-sufficient as he raised his own food and loved working with cattle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fount Frost and Dora Mae Boles Sells; stepdaughter, Kathy Reynolds; and brothers, Earl Sells, Herbert Sells and Frazier Sells. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Alice Sells of Monroe; daughter, Shirley (Jerry) Price of Monroe; stepchildren, Garry Pugh of Murfreesboro and Regina (Mike) Carr of Ohio; grandchildren, Joe Pugh, Ryan and Jason Sheffield and Julia Price Ellis; great grandchildren, Darrin and Zachary Pugh and Bodi Sheffield; and sisters, Hyla Richardson of Martin and Clomanza Shook of Mesa, Ariz. Pallbearers were Joe Pugh, Zachary Pugh, Ryan Sheffield, Jason Sheffield, Jimmy Sells, Joshua Sells, Jason Garrett and Jared Garrett. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Daniel A. Hogue
Daniel A. “Danny” Hogue, 60, of Livingston, passed away Feb. 20 at Overton County Health and Rehab Center. The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. He was born Aug. 13, 1955 in Tallahassee, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Anna Mae Danner Hogue; wife, Della Boles Hogue; and sister, Kathryn Cates. Surviving relatives include his sister, Shelia Walker of Jamestown and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Hall Funeral Home of Livingston is in charge of the arrangements.
Marla Sue Stevens
Marla Sue Stevens, 56, of Rickman, passed away Feb. 18 at her home. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Jerry Buck officiating. Interment followed in Eckles Cemetery. She was born Nov. 13, 1959 in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leck and Betty Bilbrey Savage; and her husband, J.D. Stevens. Surviving relatives include her sons, Jesse Stevens, Jonathan Stevens and Jed Stevens; daughter, Maggie (Chris) Everley; brother, Kenneth (Linda) Bilbrey; and seven grandchildren. Pallbearers were Mike Buck, Phillip Buck, Kenneth (Jack) Bilbrey, Jim Staggs, Phillip Talley and Justin Owens. Honorary pallbearer was James Ray.
Hugh R. Matthews Sr.
Hugh R. Matthew Sr., 64, of Hilham, passed away Feb. 18 at his home. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in Okolona Cemetery. He was born Aug. 8, 1951 and worked as a laborer with the railroad. He was Baptist in faith, loved working on railroads, hunting and fishing and working on motors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Fannie Boles Matthews; brothers, Owen and Everett Ray Matthews; and sisters, Audrey Matthews and Etta Smith. Surviving relatives include his son, Hugh Matthews Jr. of Cookeville; stepson, Cody Shabbell of Iowa; stepdaughter, Kaytlin Shabbell of Iowa; brothers, Sam Matthews of Gainesboro, Lawrence Matthews of Crossville, Horace “Doc” Matthews of Livingston and Lee Matthews; and sisters, Nancy Pugh of Gainesboro and Ruby Sherrill of Crossville. Pallbearers were Rex Melton, Roy Hugh Melton, Kendrick Melton, Jerry Shaw, Gerald Allred and Elmer Sherrill.
Garland P. Watkins
Garland P. Watkins, 89, of Allons, passed away Feb. 22 at Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Gamble officiating. Interment will follow in Old Walnut Grove Cemetery. He was born Jan. 30, 1927 in Overton County. He was a farmer and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Allons Baptist Church and past Grandmaster of Livingston Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Vera McAlpin Watkins; and brother, Dewey Jewell Watkins. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Lee Watkins of Allons; son, Daniel (Brenda) Watkins of Allons; daughter, Jennifer (Joe) McCloskey of Davie, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael Watkins, Phillip Miller and Stephanie Miller; great grandchildren, Miranda and Miles Watkins, Bailey Lee and Brody Donaldson and Callie Miller; and brother, Shirley (Vicky) Watkins of Allons. Pallbearers will be Daniel Watkins, Ray Stover, Phillip Miller, Cole Donaldson, Michael Reyes and Joe McCloskey. Memorial contributions may be made to thee Old Walnut Grove Cemetery by contacting American Bank and Trust.
Morean Brown Ogletree
Morean Brown Ogletree, 88, of Huber Heights, Ohio and formerly of Overton County, passed away Feb. 18 at Park Assisted Living in Ohio. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Gore officiating. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens. She was born Jan. 28, 1928 in Overton County. She was a Hilham Postmaster Assistant and a member of Huber Heights Church of Christ. She enjoyed knitting, working at the post office, her church and her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Turner and Julie Davis Brown; husband, Lester Ogeltree; brothers, Delon and Charles Brown; and sisters, Kathleen Lollar, Margaret Brown and Beatrice Roberts. Surviving relatives include her son, Jim (Carol) Ogletree of Huber Heights, Ohio; grandchildren, Bryan (Amy) Ogletree, Holly Ogletree, Jessica (Scott) Lang and Julieann Ogletree; great grandchildren, Shelly, Kylee and William Ogletree and Cecilia Moore; sisters, Shelby (Bobby) Coffman of Hilham and Judy (Keith) Auberson of Hilham; and sister-in-law, Sue Brown of Dayton, Ohio. Pallbearers were Bruce Brown, Max Roberts, Alan Lollar, Steve Brown, Randy Brown and Scott Lang.