Jackie Maxwell Stearsman, age 78, died in Livingston, Tennessee from acute myeloid leukemia on Dec. 24, 2016. He was a beloved father, grandfather, preacher and teacher. He was born April 4, 1938 in Mortons Gap, Ky. to Wallace Earl and Mary Wessie Maxwell Stearsman. He is survived by his wife, Joyce H. Kidwell Stearsman and eight children: David Stearsman, 44; Daniel Stearsman, 42; Paul Kidwell Jr., 62; Laura Boyd, 60; Timothy Kidwell, 57; Linda Bell-Lopez, 56; Mark Kidwell, 53; and Nathan Kidwell, 45. He leaves behind 22 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and four siblings: Delbert Stearsman, 90; Ronnie Stearsman, 75; Kaye Simmons, 74; and Kent Stearsman, 72.
Mr. Stearsman graduated from South Hopkins High School in Hopkins County, Ky. in 1956. He worked in the West Kentucky Coal Company as an underground coal miner from 1956-1962. He left the mining industry to become a gospel preacher, graduating from Freed-Hardeman College with an Associate of Arts and Third Year Certificate in Bible in 1965. He attended David Lipscomb College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Bible in 1966. He attended Harding Graduate School of Religion in 1970 and received a Master of Arts in the Doctrinal Field. From 1970 to 1990 he served as an evangelist in Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida.
Mr. Stearsman had a passion for truth and teaching. Early in his career he preached on the radio. He was a part of gospel meetings all over the United States and in Kingston, Jamaica. He spoke on lectureships at Freed-Hardeman College, the Alabama Christian School of Religion, the Spiritual Sword, the Firm Foundation, the East Tennessee School of Preaching, the Memphis School of Preaching, and the Florida School of Preaching, as well as several others throughout the south and as far north as Michigan. He was a prolific writer for publications such as the Christian Bible Teacher, the Gospel Advocate, The Spiritual Sword, and his own Stearsman’s Publications, which included his tract What About Gambling?, his book A Critique of The Multiplying Ministries of The Boston Church of Christ, and multiple study notes developed from classes that he taught at the Florida School of Preaching.
He began teaching at Michigan Christian College, but taught the majority of his career in Lakeland, Fla. at the Florida School of Preaching. He served there as Associate Director from 1986 to 1992, and as Director from 1992 to 2009. He was appointed to serve as an elder in the Orange Street church of Christ in 2008 until 2013, when he retired to Livingston, Tennessee. His teaching style was an endearing blend of humor and western Kentucky wit culled from his childhood on the farm. Yet he was also known as a serious student of the Bible and scholar in the New Testament text of Koine Greek. He was serious but approachable, and loved interacting with students and observing their growth. He was often heard saying, “if a coal miner from western Kentucky can teach Greek, I know you can learn it.”
Funeral services were held at Hall Funeral Home Of Livingston, 2106 Cookeville Highway, Livingston, Tennessee 38570. The funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel with burial following in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Overton County, Tennessee. Family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Officiating the service were Brooks Boyd and Timothy Kidwell. Serving as pallbearers were David Stearsman, Daniel Stearsman, Mark Kidwell, Paul Kidwell, Bill Simmons, David Boyd, Jerry Lancaster and Monte Everley. Honorary pallbearers were James Brown, Darrin Gore, Billy Joe Gore, Bobby Gore, Ron Johnson, Dwayne Ledbetter, John Mabrey, Larry Cole, Jack Pigg, Gary Koger, David Dickerson and Earl Carr.
Carl Bruce “Butch” Farmer
Carl Bruce “Butch” Farmer, 64, of Hilham, passed away Dec. 22 at his home. Celebration of Life services were held Dec. 26 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 9, 1952 in Overton County. He was a diesel mechanic for many years and retired from Hill Brothers Construction. He also served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Butch loved being with his family and grandchildren. He also loved helping people in need. He enjoyed his yard work, classic rock and roll music and cherished his yorkie dog “Scooter.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl George and Valerie Bruce McDonald Farmer.
Surviving relatives include his son, Chris (April) Farmer of Livingston; grandchildren, Brianna and Brailee Farmer; sisters, Martha Hughes of Livingston, Patty (Lowell) Bristow of Frankston, Tex., Cathy Sells of Nashville and Pam (Ray) Stover of Monroe.
Dannie Ray Wilson
Dannie Ray Wilson, 66, of Hilham, passed away Dec. 26 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Pastor Don Stroud officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 9, 1950 in Monterey. He was a truck driver and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing and playing the piano. He also enjoyed his music ministry, singing tenor with Old Calvary Quartet.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.G. and Myrtle McCowan Wilson; sister, Doris Myers; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Puckett.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Jean Lee Wilson of Hilham; stepmother, Jewell Clark Wilson of Baxter; sons, Tony Wilson Briggs of Cookeville and Tim Wilson Briggs of Cookeville; stepdaughter, Tammy (Randy) Coleman of Crossville; stepson, Jimmy (Candida) Short of Livingston; grandchildren, Ashley Coleman, Luke Coleman, Brittney Porter and Chelsea Brown; great grandchildren, Lexus Weber and Harlee Porter; sisters, Joyce Puckett of Mt. Juliet, Pat (Lynne) Johnson of Mt. Juliet, Sharon (Jack) Gregory of Gallatin; and Joyce (Don) Stroud of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law, Lee Myers of Gallatin; nephew, Stephen Stroud of Cleveland, Ohio; and numerous cousins.
Rosa Nell Gray
Rosa Nell Gray, 73, of Livingston, passed away Dec. 25 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Rick Lacy officiating. Interment followed in the Tharp Cemetery.
She was born in Cookeville on March 1, 1943.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Garlon and Vivian Stewart Clark; husband, Billie Gray; daughter, Mitzi Sebers; son, Stanley Gray; and sister, Donna Deck.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Michelle Barnett of Livingston; sisters, Lula Bell Hammock of Livingston and Anna Dell Swan of Livingston; brother, Beecher Clark of Livingston; granddaughters, Torie Lindsay Gray of Livingston, Kaleigh Brown of Paragould, Ark., Ashley Scott of Johnson City, Tenn., Natasha Lee of Hilham and Emily Thrasher of Livingston; grandsons, Andy Gray of Livingston, Mark Barnett of Livingston, Sean Barnett of Livingston and Zain Gray of Livingston; great granddaughters, Madison, Kaylin and Vaeda Scott of Johnson City, Kyla Barnett and Abriella Barnett both of Livingston; and great grandsons, Kayden Barnett, Drake and Dave Maynord, all of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Andy Gray, Torie Lindsay, Mark Barnett, Sean Barnett, Emily Thrasher, Ashley Thrasher, Alex Lindsay and Kaleigh Barnett.
Richard Odel Lee, 55, of the Rickman Community, passed away Dec. 22 at the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Funeral services were held Dec. 27 from the Rickman First Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Monday officiating. Interment followed in the Rickman Memorial Gardens.
He was born in Livingston on July 14, 1961. He was a member of the Rickman First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carson Odel and Thelma M. Garrett Lee; and his wife, Tammy Sullivan Lee.
Surviving relatives include his son, Nathan Lee; daughter, Amanda Lee; sisters, Joann Hargis and Linda Sue Glausier; brother, Johnny Lee; and nephews, Huggy Williams and Gary Shane Sevier.
Pallbearers were Huggy Williams, Nathan Cobble, Jr. Hargis, Gary Shane Sevier, Chris Brown, Bobby Thompson, Sean Martin and Matthew Cobble.
Services provided by Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.
Jonathan Lee Coffee
Jonathan Lee Coffee, 20, of Livingston, passed away Dec. 17 in McMinnville. Graveside services were held Dec. 28 at the Liberty Cemetery with Bro. Jeremy Williams officiating. Interment followed.
He was born in Livingston on June 28, 1996. He was employed at Walmart.
Surviving relatives include his mother, Amy Carmack; father, Anthony Coffee and his wife, Dawn; sisters, Heather (Dustin) Bilbrey, Christy Smith, Maranda (Samuel) Key and Tesa Coffee; brother, Colton Coffee; siblings, Harrison Carmack, Savannah Carmack, Kristy (Garvin) Davis and Leigha Ray; grandparents: Paul Pace and Janet Stafford; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, family and friends.
Pallbearers were Paul Strong, Colton Coffee, Nathaniel Strong, Dustin Bilbrey, Gavin Davis and Samuel Key.
Services provided by Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.
Wyatt Austin Lee
F.T. Wyatt Austin Lee, 19, of Livingston, passed away at his home on Dec. 19. Memorial services were held Dec. 27 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Timmy Ray officiating.
He was born in Livingston on April 25, 1997. Wyatt was a student.
Surviving relatives include his father, Nathan Lee; mother, Tina Henry; sisters, Natasha Lee, Tiffney Short and Chelsey Smith; grandmother, Rosie Lee; and a host of family and friends.
Patricia Ann Mayberry
Patricia Ann Mayberry, 60, of Monterey, passed away Dec. 27 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Dec. 28 at the Zion Hill Cemetery in Rickman. Interment followed.
She was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 18, 1956.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Geraldine Poston Deck; husband, Larry Mayberry; daughter, Amy Mayberry Lewis; and grandsons, Anthony and Blake Lewis.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Amber Mayberry of Cookeville; grandchildren, Austin, Caitlyn, Zachary and Madison Lewis; sisters, Laura Lynn Phillips and Debbie Deck; and brother, Jim Deck.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Services provided by Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.
Lee Byron Fruchey, 79, of Rickman, passed away Dec. 27, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Private memorial services will be held at a late date.
He was born Aug. 29, 1937 in Beaverton, Mich. He was veteran having served as a paratrooper in the US Army. He was also a former firefighter/paramedic in West Palm Beach, Fla. After moving to Cookeville, he worked as a nursing assistant at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He and his wife were the owners of Bargain Bookstore and Stained Glass prior to their retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey W. and Wanda Gough Fruchey.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 40 years, Lana Herter Fruchey, whom he married Oct. 14, 1976 in West Palm Beach, Fla; sons, Seth Eugene (April) Fruchey of Rickman, Daniel (Tammie) Collins of Rickman and Sean Collins of Cookeville; daughters, Debbie Therrin of Gallatin, Cheryl (Jeffery) Butala of Lakeworth, Fla., Sherri Bailey of Andrews, Fla., and Erin (Burt) Montgomery of Cookeville; sister, Beth (Steve) Davidson of Okeechobee, Fla.; grandchildren, Chris Fruchey, Jessica Zumstein, Amber Browning, Natalie Day-Cer-Dasmeer, Amy Brown, Brian Brown, Ronnie Brown, Andrew Bailey, Stevenson Smith, Jenna Lovell, Dara Burgess, Zach Montgomery, Tiffany Rickert, Brandon Butala, Josh Collins, Kaylee Collins, Hailee Collins, Michael Collins and Dustin Collins; and 22 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam County Fire Department, 700 County Services Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501.
Dyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James King Morton
James King Morton, 80, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Vanderbilt Hospital. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Central High. He attended the University of Tennessee, and received his degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University.
King worked for the Tennessee State Forestry Division prior to opening and operating his own wood yard businesses in Jamestown and Monterey, Tennessee. A man of many talents, skills and a powerful enthusiasm for life, King was a mentor to many and a role model for all.
An avid expert skydiver, he was instrumental in popularizing the sport. For many years, he was an instructor and pilot for the skydiving teams and club at Tennessee Tech University. He also served on the Board of Directors of U.S. Parachute Association for 20 years. King was recently honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award for: improving the sport, enhancing collegiate skydiving, and raising the stature of USPA as a competitor, jump master, and instructor and as Southern Conference Director.”
He was also an expert rifleman, a talented competitive pistol shooter, and a consummate outdoorsman. King could do anything he determined to do, so when he decided to build a home, he built it himself, with his own hands. That home has gone on to be a place of joy and happiness for his loving family, and a delight to his many friends.
King is survived by his wife, Virginia; sister, Sherry Morton Steele and her husband, Chuck Messer, of Austin, Tex.; brother, Paul Morton and his wife, Mary, of Tampa Fla.; two step-children and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to: Palliative Care Center, 1211 Medical Center Drive, 6221 Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nash