Obits 7/25/17

Linda Ann Sevier

Linda Ann Sevier, 70, of the Baptist Ridge Community, passed away July 17 at her home. Funeral services were held July 20 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated. Burial followed in the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.

She was born in Clay County, on January 26, 1947. She was Baptist by faith. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She took pleasure in reading, yard work and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arlin and Della Hammock Mace; brothers, Lonnie, Bill, Ray, Roy and Junior Mace; sisters, Ruth Dillon, Velma Cox, Jeanie Sevier, Thelma Jean Mace and Bonnie Mace.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Linda C. Sevier; sons, Charles Sevier and wife Valerie, Glen Sevier and wife Angie and Jackie Sevier and wife Melissa; grandchildren, Dakota Hudson, Stephen Perry, Bobbie Crone, Jenny Mayton, Christina Bybee, Josh Sevier, Jeremy Sevier, Terry Arnold, Megan Hale, Shaine Webb, Erica Fox, Nichole Fennell and Christina Cunningham; great grandchildren, Sophie Hale, Jaxton Abernathy, Rebecca Hall, Nevaeh Smith, Memphis Burnhill and sister, Norma Hamilton.

Pallbarers were Mike Sevier, Jordan Hale, Terry Arnold, Michael Mace, Jimmy Cardani and Roger Reihl.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Lucille Melton

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucille Melton were conducted on July 22 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Chuck Overton officiated. Burial followed in the St. John Cemetery.

She was born November 10, 1925, in Hamilton, Ohio.  She loved her grandchildren and all family very much. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, her flowers and all gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lona Rowland McKinney and sisters, Louis Messer, Dorie Kesling, Wanda Lakins and Juanita McKinney.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Sherry Ferguson; son, Tim Hartley and wife Joann; grandchildren, Jimmy Ferguson, Shannon King and Timmy Hartley; great grandchildren, Steven and Jaron Ferguson, Aspen King, Brittany, Brianna and Carter Hartley.

Pallbearers were, Jimmy Ferguson, Jaron Ferguson, Tim Hartley, Shannon King, Aspen King and Joann Manier.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Sherry Ann (Maynord) Ward

Sherry Ann (Maynord) Ward, 52, of Livingston passed away on July 20 at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was cremated. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, July 30 at Hilham Baptist Church at 6 p.m. with Bro. Timmy Ray Officiating.

She was born September 2, 1964 in Manchester, Tenn. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother and wife.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Laura (Crabtree) and Olon Maynord; brother, Jimmy Brown and sisters, Mary Schlatt and Ola Mae Brown.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Gary Price Ward; sons, Jeffery Robert Olon Hamilton and Dustin Wayne Hamilton; two grandsons; brother, Edwin Olon Maynord Sr. and wife Janet; sister, Necole Brannum and husband Larry; brother-in-law, Paul Schlatt; Sister-in-law, Joyce Brown; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews

Services provided by Crest Lawn Funeral Home – Cremation Center.


Monroe Helton Jr.

Monroe Helton Jr. 52, of Livingston passed away on July 7. Funeral services were held on July 12 at Hall Funeral Home. Brother Keith Emrich officiated. Burial followed at Oakley Cemetery.

He was born on November 17, 1964 in Miamisburg, Ohio. He and his family moved to Livingston in the 1980s and Monroe graduated from Livingston Academy. He was an independent truck driver and a devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He loved playing with his grandchildren and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Monroe Helton Sr.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Beverly (Bowman) Helton; daughter, Megan Calder; stepsons Travis Sells and Toby Sells; grandchildren, Aden and Addisyn Calder, Robbie Sells and George and Key Sells; son in law, James Calder; daughter-in-law, Ansley Murphy; mother, Faye Helton; brother, Richard Stidam; sisters, Christine Wilson, Donna Smith and Mary Beeson and 12 nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Services provided by Hall Funeral Home.


Brenda Lee Crawford

Medical Lab Technician

Brenda Lee Crawford “Newberry”, 53, of Livingston passed away on July 22 in Newnan, GA. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 26 from the Livingston First Church. Bro. Craig Green will officiate. Burial will be in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. The family will welcome friends on Tuesday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Livingston First Church.

She was born in Overton County, Tenn. on July 6, 1964. She was a 1982 graduate of Livingston Academy. She was a Medical Lab Technician. She loved her family. She enjoyed cooking for her family. She also loved reading and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Newberry and brother, Scotty Hammock.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Jeff Crawford; sons, Matthew Crawford and wife Tanya and Josh Crawford; mother, Olga Hammock Rich and granddaughter, Katie Crawford.

Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a Charity of your choice.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


James Walton Hicks


James Walton Hicks, 92, of Hilham passed away on July 22 at his home in Hilham. Funeral services were held July 24 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Bobby Gore officiated. Burial followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston.

He was born in Overton County, Tenn. on January 24, 1925. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a retired member of the James T. Davis Honor Guard. He loved being active, spending time with his Honor Guard friends, farming and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elbert and Rosie Mae Pigg Hicks; wife, Ruth Hicks; son, James Larry Hicks; brothers, Waymon Hicks, Ernest Hicks, and Roy Hicks.

Surviving relatives include son, John Hicks and wife Mildred; grandchildren, Jennifer Stephens, Jarman Hicks and wife Michele and eight Great Grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Tony Kennedy, Clint Kennedy, David Pigg, James Reingley, Kyle Leadbetter, and Tristan Hicks. Honorary Pallbearers are the James T. Davis Memorial Post Members.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Donald Curtiss Bowman


Donald Curtiss Bowman passed away July 21 at his home.

He was born October 15, 1947 in Adak, Alaska. He joined the service in 1965 and served his country honorably. He earned the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 5 Campaign Stars and several other medals and badges. He flew helicopters during his time in Vietnam and left the service at the close down of the conflict with a rank of CW2. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, riding his Harley and being outdoors in general.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Cheryl Bowman; son, Victor M. Bowman and wife Carolyn; daughter, Stephanie Bowman; sisters, Valerie Hawthorne and her husband Robert “Dimps” Hawthorne and Judy Prutzman; nieces, Brooklyn Ashleigh Castillo (Costillo) and her husband Edgar Castillo and Sierra Timbre Bilous (Costillo) and her husband Steve Bilous; nieces’ children, Bodhi Julian Castillo, Isabella Marina Lynn Bilous and Camilla Aurora Ann Bilous; grandchildren, Jessica Bowman and Jacob Bowman; daughter-in-law, Tracy Bell Bowman, several relatives and many friends, including the large Blue Star/Joker family.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.


Thank you,

From our family to yours a sincere thank you goes out to each and every person that helped us through losing Richard Wayne Lafever on 7-6-2017. From Potters at Baxter for helping us with the camper to the Baxter city police, Baxter Fire Department and Baxter Ambulance Service for trying to save his life. It was truly appreciated.

Thanks to the Cookeville ER staff, doctors nurses who worked so hard to save him, also. Thanks for all you did. Thanks for all who came to the hospital and prayers. Thanks to Dr. Matthew King for helping keeping Richard alive this long. He respected you like no other doctor we have ever dealt with.

Thanks to all that came by the funeral home, called, sent stuff, brought food or money or even said a kind word. We all appreciated all of you. Special thanks to Speck Funeral Home and all the staff for their kindness and understanding in our time of need. Thanks so much for letting us stay 24 hours a day with him after he was opened. That meant the world to all of us. We got to spend that extra time with him. And also for letting me do his hair one last time.

Special thanks goes to Low Cost Heating and Cooling and all the employees and former employees for all the kind thoughts. Richard loved all of you so much.

Thanks to Billy McLearran and Annette Gilpatrick for always being there and sticking by our sides through thick and thin. We love both of you dearly. We don’t mean to leave anyone out so we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Special thanks to all the pallbearers and Emily Norrod McLearran for your talk over Richard. He loved you and thought the world of you. It made his day special. Thanks Hunter Wade Mills, Joseph Phillips, Amber, Michael and Levi Helm, Brittany Lafever and Jerry King for all you did and do to help me. Richard would be so proud of all of you.

Special thanks to everyone who helped cover Richard at the gravesite. He wouldn’t wanted strangers doing it. Thanks to the Livingston City Police and the Overton County Sheriffs Department for the procession to take Richard by our house on his last ride from the funeral home to the graveyard. It was appreciated.

Thanks to all who put rebel flags up or on their vehicles. He loved Confederate flags and he’d have loved the last ride with all of them. Thanks for the Walnut Grove Church of Christ for letting us bury Richard under the shade tree by the pond. He always wanted to have water beside us and now he has it to fish when he wants to.

Just thanks to everything that had any part of his life and his death. We appreciate all you did.


Jeannie Lafever,

Joseph Phillips and Hunter Wade Mills

Brittany Lafever and Jerry King

Amber, Michael and Levi Helm.


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