Obits 7/11/17

Esther Alexandria “Sandy” Stratton

Sewing supervisor

Esther Alexandria “Sandy” Stratton, 76, of Allons, Tenn. passed away at her residence on April 19. Her family chose cremation.

She was born in Baltimore, Md. on June 29, 1940. She was a sewing supervisor for many years in La. and a factory worker in Fla. Sandy loved to read, do needlepoint and sewing. She loved to travel and go to bluegrass concerts. Upon graduating from high school She won a scholarship to M.I.T. University.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Robert Sr. Frank and Esther Hilda Hicks Frank.

Surviving relatives include life partner, Neil Curliss; seven children; 29 Grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Services provided by Hall Funeral Home.


Barbara Sue Brown


Barbara Sue Brown, 70, of Livingston passed away July 1. Funeral services were held on July 3 from the West End Church of Christ. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated Burial followed in the Bethel Cemetery.

She was born in Monticello, Ky on July 3, 1946. She was a member of the West End Church of Christ and a Housewife. She married in 1962 and started her family. She loved her birds, flowers and jewelry. She loved spending time with all of her family. She enjoyed painting and coloring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Eula Mae Thompson Ledbetter; sisters, Virginia Jones, Nina Spears and Minnie Rose Ledbetter; brothers, James Ledbetter and Joe Spears.

Surviving relatives include husband, Varnie Brown; son, David Brown; daughters, Sandie Burchett and husband Ted, Donna Beason and husband Darrell and Gina Danner and husband Rick; grandchildren, Whitney Burch and husband Mike, Tessa Keltner and husband Jason, Andrea Beason Melton and husband Travis, Zachary Beason and wife Lilly, Halie Beason, Chloe Beason, Josh Danner and wife Kandra and Jordan Danner and wife Rachael; great grandchildren, Callie Burch, Addie Burch, Storm Keltner, Kainon Melton, Koy Melton, Lettie Mae Melton, Axle Beason, Korah and Karoline Danner; sisters, Doris Isabell, Vicki Garrett, Mary Gore and Shelia Christian and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Josh Danner, Jordan Danner, Zachary Beason, Ted Burchett, Darrell Beason and Rick Danner.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Alene Lee Roberson

Arlene Lee Roberson, 79, of Rickman passed away July 5 at her home. Funeral services were held July 8 at Hall Funeral Home. Rev. Bennie Wayne Roberson and Jeremy Haney officiated. Burial followed in Zion Hill Cemetery.

She was born March 13, 1938 in the Rocky Point Community of Putnam County, Tenn. She was retired from the retail industry and enjoyed many years as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. For the last 26 years she resided in Overton County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Will Lee and Sallie Bohannon Lee; husband, Bennie Roberson; sisters, Illa Juanita McCloud, Evelyn Holloway, Edna Lee, and baby girl Lee; brother, Doc Lee and great grandson, Jacob Greene.

Surviving relatives include daughters, Pam Dunson and husband Danny, Sallie Greene and husband Bob and Shirley Raley and husband Johnny; sons Ed Roberson and wife Jane, Bennie Wayne Roberson and wife Renee, James Roberson and wife Carrie and Tom Roberson; brother, Johnnie Alfred Lee and wife Zenobia; sisters-in-law, Louise Brown, Pansy Bohannon and Geneva Lee; grandchildren, Melony Poorman, Erica Phillips, Shannon Hayes, Stephen Hood, Joe Fisher, Jason Roberson, Sarah Brady, Andrew Greene, Heather Muentes, Austin Raley, Alex Raley and James Roberson, Jr.; great grandchildren, Amanda Poorman, Colin Poorman, Jada Martin, Mila Hayes, Tate Hayes, Hunter Strickland, Callie Fisher, Trinity Brady, Caleigh Brady, Jacob Greene, Brandon Greene and Arabella Raley; great-great grandchildren, Adelyn Reed and Levi Reed; her care taker and special friends Chasity and Jon Williamson and cat companion, Buddy.

Pallbearers were grandchildren and family.

Services provided by Hall Funeral Home.


Donnie R. Garrett

Donnie R. Garrett, 67 of Cookeville passed away July 1 at his home surrounded by his family. A celebration of life was held at his home at 2935 Oakdale Circle in Cookeville on July 9.

He was born November 15, 1949 in Putnam County. He started his career with Overton County Cable and for years worked for Charter Communications.

He was preceded in death by his father Roy Garrett.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Doris Garrett; mother: Jean Garrett; sister, Bonnie Wilborn; sons, Charles (Chuck) Garrett, David Garrett and wife Kellie and Jamie Garrett and wife Amanda; step daughter LeAnn Depron and stepson Clay Hazelwood and wife Jana; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services provided by Crest Lawn Funeral Home.


Richard Wayne Lafever

Richard Wayne Lafever, 63, of Livingston passed away on July 6 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held July 9 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Emily Gail McLearan officiated. Burial followed in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.

He was born in Putnam County. on May 22, 1954. He was a member of the Church of Christ and worked for the State of Tennessee’s Highway Marking Dept. He loved his wife, his family and demolition derbies. He also enjoyed cooking and tinkering with things.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Pauline Thomas Lafever; stepfather, Dewayne Sherrill; infant son, Kevin Lafever and brother, Leon Lafever.

Surviving relatives include wife, Jeannie Lafever; son, Joseph Phillips; daughters, Amber Helm and husband Michael, Brittany Lafever and boyfriend Jerry King and Brandi Mills; grandchildren, Levi Helm and Hunter Mills; sisters, Joyce Nash and Annette Gilpatrick; brother, Billy McLearran; several friends also survive.

Pallbearers were Jeremy McLearran, Chris McLearran, Jonathan Gilpatrick, Jordan Gilpatrick, Anthony Thomas, Adam Thomas, Jessie Thompson, Mark Walker and Joseph Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers were Hunter Wade Mills and Levi Garner Helm.

Donations may be made to the family.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Robert “Bob” W. Stoner

Rev. Robert “Bob” W. Stoner, 78, of Livingston passed away on July 3 at the St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. Funeral services were held on July 6 from the chapel of the Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Donald Cobb and Bro. Bill Downey officiated. Burial followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens where Military Honors were preformed by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston.

He was born February 22, 1939 in Aledo, Ill. He graduated Aledo High School in 1957. Bob served his country in the navy from 1957 until 1962. Bob loved baseball. He was a member and preached at Memorial Baptist Church. He loved his family and all of his church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Evelyn Williams Stoner.

Surviving relatives include wife, Bertha Hawkins Stoner; daughters, Julie Brown and husband Scott and Jodi Gasior and husband Andrew; grandchildren, Logan Thompson and wife Jennifer, Jacob Brown and wife Emily and Allie Brown Hogue and husband Kalem; great grandchildren, Charlotte Thompson and Mollie Brown and brother Raymond Stoner.

Pallbearers were Logan Thompson, Jacob Brown, Kalum Hogue, Scott Brown, Andrew Gasior, Doug Reagan. Honorary Pallbearers were Sam Norroe, Harold Fletcher, Doug Howard, Joe Emerich, Clinton Kirk, Jack Reagan, Eddie Parker, Joe Hawkins, James Hawkins and Ronnie Qualls.

Services provided by Livingston Funeral Home.


Sawyer Grace Davenport

Infant Sawyer Grace Davenport passed away on July 9 at the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Funeral services were held July 9 from the Chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Burial followed in the Thompkins Cemetery in Pickett Co. Bro. Joe Wiles officiated.

He was born in Erlanger Medical Center in Hamilton County on July 7, 2017 to Cecilia Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Terry King and great grandfather, Kelly Buck.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Cecilia Davenport; sisters, Nevaeh and IzzaBella Davenport; grandmother, Tammy King; great grandmother, Ora Buck and several aunts, uncles, cousins and family members.

Pallbearer was his uncle Cody King.

Services provided by Hall Funeral Home.


Wanda Davanzo


Graveside services for Mrs. Wanda Davanzo, age 85 of Algood, Tenn, will be held Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at Cookeville City Cemetery. Rev. Drew Shelley will officiate.

Visitation will immediately follow the service at the cemetery.

She died Thursday June 8, 2017 at her residence.

She was born May 1, 1932 in Hilham, Tenn. to the late Charlie W. and Ora Dean Ward Masters.

Wanda worked as a Registered Nurse after obtaining her degree from Wayne State University. She was employed at Christ Hospital in Oaklawn, Ill. for many years and also lived in Tx and Fla.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Arthur Davanzo and her companion of 39 years, Richard Sapinski.

She is survived by Richard Sapinski’s daughters, Sheila Schaefer and husband Rich, Sheryl Shanahan and husband Scott Crozier, all of Chicago, Ill, and Suzanne Fox and husband Frank of Pine Grove, Pa; and also by numerous cousins.

Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931)526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memories at


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