Obits 6/27/17

Betty Joyce Hawkins Parsons

Betty Joyce Hawkins Parsons, 81, of Nashville and formerly of Overton County, passed away June 20 at the Skyline Medical Center in Madison. Funeral services were provided from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Bo Fawbush and Dillon Holland officiated. Burial followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born in Overton County on October 29, 1935. She graduated from Livingston Academy in 1953. She was a member of the Donelson View Baptist Church. She loved the Lady Vols, flowers, birds and her grandchildren. She loved collecting quilts and enjoyed teaching Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rhesa and Allie Ledbetter Hawkins and brother, Bill Hawkins.

Surviving relatives include Porter Sheldon “Pete” Parsons; daughter, Jennifer Holland and husband Randy; son, Benny Parsons and wife Renee of Mt. Juliet, TN; grandchildren, Dillon Holland, Tyler Parsons, Cain Parsons and Ryan Parsons; great grandchildren, Julie Parsons, Jacob Parsons, Joe Parsons, Zayne Parsons, Kaylee Hogan and Avery Reding; sister, Bertha Stoner and husband Bob; brothers, Joe Hawkins and wife Beverly and James Hawkins.

Pallbearers were Ryan Parsons, Tyler Parsons, Dillon Holland, Cain Parsons, Zayne Parsons, Jacob Parsons and Joe Parsons. Honorary Pallbearers were Joe and James Hawkins.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.

 

Imogene Sells Franklin

Imogene Sells Franklin, 90, of Livingston passed away June 21 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held June 23 from the Livingston Funeral Home Chapel. Brian Ghormley and Greg Arnold officiated. Burial followed in the Good Hope Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Livingston where she enjoyed teaching many children in Sunday school and being with her church family. She was involved for many years in the Foster-Grandparents Program. She loved her family, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to sew.

She was preceded in death by her parents Archie and Edna Carmack Sells and brother, Albert Butler “Gabe” Sells.

Surviving relatives include her two daughters, Jane Ghormley and husband Ben and JoAnn Dorsey and husband Jack; grandchildren, Jongee Arnold and husband Greg, Stephanie Bobenhausen and husband Paul, Brian Ghormley and wife Deanna and Chad Ghormley & wife Tonya; great grandchildren, Madison Bobenhausen, Tyler Bobenhausen, Andrew Ghormley, Megan Ghormley and Chase Ghormley, Cade Arnold and Macy Arnold.

Pallbearers were Brian Ghormley, Chad Ghormley, Andrew Ghormley, Chase Ghormley, Cade Arnold and Paul Bobenhausen.

Memorial Donation may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Services provided by Livingston Funeral Home.

 

Ottie Lorine Morrow Eldridge

Housekeeper

Ottie Lorine Morrow Eldridge, 87, of the Frogtown Road community, passed away June 20 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held June 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Damon Corley officiated. Burial followed in the Coffee Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on November 5, 1929. She worked for many years at the Lady Ann Hospital as a House Keeper. She was a member of the Allons Baptist Church. She enjoyed working, her flowers, gardening, cooking, sewing and her church family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Seymore and Maggie Sevier Morrow; son, Charles Allen Eldridge and brothers, Lonzo Morrow and Elvis Morrow.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Charles Leroy “Chucky” Eldridge; daughters, Patricia Ann Hopper and Debra Day and husband Earl; grandson, Robert Day and wife Lisa; great granddaughter, Shawna Day; sisters, Mary Coffee and Melvie Morrow; brothers, Bob Morrow and Cormel Morrow.

Pallbearers were Vance Williams, Bruce Seber, Earl Day, Kenny Gilliam, Robert Day and Dale Day.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.

 

Mary Ethel Copeland Sells

Homemaker

Mary Ethel Copeland Sells, 99, of Livingston, passed away June 24 at the Cottage in Livingston. Graveside services were held June 27 at the Fredonia Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on September 8, 1917. She was a homemaker. She loved life and helping others. She always took care of her family and neighbors and enjoyed collecting pictures.

She was preceded in death by her parents Steven Ashburn and Cora D. Jackson Copeland; husband, Coger M. Sells; great granddaughter, Jessica Sells; brothers, Luther Copeland and Curtis Copeland; sisters, Enna Mae Copeland, Lottie Ferrell, Vada Pitman and Betty Free.

Surviving relatives include son Ray Sells and wife Joan; daughters, Sandra Day and husband Randell and Judy Billingsley and husband Wayne; grandchildren, Darrell Sells and wife Michelle, David Sells and wife Cynthia, Barbara Haley and husband Rick, Leslie Clark and husband Steve and James Billingsley and wife Adrian; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.

 

Anna Lee Beaty Smith

Secretary

Anna Lee Beaty Smith, 94, of the Independence community, passed away June 22 at the Elmcroft Retirement Home. Funeral services were held on June 26 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Carlie Conner officiated. Burial followed in the Martin Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on August 3, 1922. She was a 1942 Livingston Academy Graduate, where she received several awards and was voted most athletic. She worked as a secretary for many years at the Independence Elementary School. She loved cooking, canning and gardening. She loved genealogy and was a member of the Overton County Historical Society. She enjoyed basketball and sports.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnie and Bernice Taylor Beaty; husband Wilbur C. Smith; daughter, Justine Hunley; grandson, Gregory Hunley; brother, Willie Beaty and sisters, Elwanda Waller and Ilene McDonald.

Surviving relatives include son, Merl Smith and wife Leigh; daughters, Winola Shelton and husband Dick and Marvena Rose; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one great, great grandson.

Pallbearers were Kenny Conner, Joe Conner, Bobby Byers, Johnny Jenkins, Jeff Cales and Matt Conner. Honorary Pallbearer was Rod Flowers.

Memorial Donations can be made to the Overton County Historical Society, the Martin Cemetery Fund or the Millard Oakley Library by contacting Speck Funeral Home.

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