Obits 10/24/17


Jason Mark Key

Jason Mark Key, 54, of the Rushing Springs community passed away on Oct. 15 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 21 at the Pleasant Ridge Church. Interment followed in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston.

He was born August 30, 1963 in Anderson, Ind.  He graduated Anderson High School and went on to serve his country in the army from 1981 to 1989. He loved to bowl, fish and watch football and basketball.  He loved his wife and family.

He is preceded in death by parents, Joseph “Joe” and Marjorie Muller Key and brother, Mike Key.

He is survived by wife, Leah Jackson Key of the Rushing Springs Community; son, Daniel Ward and wife Jennifer of Atlanta, Ind.; daughters, Jennifer Johnson and husband Shawn of Lafayette, Ind., Julia Key of Anderson, Ind. and Rebecca Ward and partner Aron Mulvaney of Anderson, Ind.; brothers, David Key and wife Amber of Crossville and Dan Key and wife Vicki of Maryland; sister, Julie Butler and partner Dick Arnold of Anderson, Ind.; grandchildren, Kyle Lennen, Kaleb Lennen and Allyson Wiger.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.

David Harold “Bub” Huffer

David Harold “Bub” Huffer, 68, of Livingston, passed away on Sept. 27 at his home in Livingston. Celebration of Life Services were held on Oct. 21 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.  Bro. Marlon Winningham officiated.

He was born in Overton County on Nov. 2, 1948. He worked in maintenance at the Golf Course for many years.

He is preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Ruby Louise Swann Huffer and brother, Paul Huffer.

He is survived by his sister, Brenda Huffer Haney of Monroe; brothers, Donald “Porky” Huffer of Monroe and Carl Huffer, Jr. of Algood; and daughters, Mary and Jennifer Huffer.

Rhonda Reneé Garrison

On October 14, 2017, Rhonda Renee’ Garrison, age 58 of Avery, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, Aunt and YaYa, passed from this world to her Heavenly home. Family will receive friends and loved ones on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Clarksville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 10:30 Lindeman Chapel of Clarksville Funeral Home with Bro. Roddy Jackson and Bro. Matthew Butler officiating. Interment will be at English Cemetery immediately following the service officiated by Bro. James Brown under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home. Pallbearers are: Kane Alsup, Garde Bowles, Kort Bowles, Cooper Christophersen, Twister Harvey, and Jake Kelsoe. Honorary Pallbearers are: The Avery High School Graduating Class of 1977.

Rhonda was born on March 18, 1959, in Dallas. She was the daughter of Dave and Mona Thomas. After graduating from Avery High School, she pursued a career in Cosmetology and briefly worked at Jerry’s Hair Center in Clarksville. She then started her career in the medical field as a Phlebotomist at Red River General Hospital. From there she became a medical clinician for Dr. Ravi Kumar for a period of 7 years. In 1998, she furthered her education by becoming a Registered Nurse. She then spent the next 16 years of her life dedicated to Christus St. Michaels in Texarkana. She was a member of Avery Missionary Baptist Church. She married Ted Garrison on June 16, 1990, in Annona. Rhonda was a longtime, well respected and loved resident of this community and will be dearly missed.

Rhonda was preceded in death by her father; David Gene Thomas; stepfather, Raymond Miller; grandparents Olin and Hazel Thomas, and Bertie Willett. She is survived by her husband, Ted Garrison; mother, Mona Thomas-Miller; daughter, Lindsay Harp and husband, Brett of Avery; son, Tanner Garrison of Denton, and girlfriend, Katie Holder of Corinth,; special granddaughter, Emery Grace Harp of Avery; brothers, Russell Stewart and wife Suzie of Texarkana, Lance Thomas and wife, Gerri of Scurry; sister, Dari Hefner of Highland Village; Extended siblings, Jon and Julie Miller of Rickman, Tennessee, Keith and Kathy Ray of Rickman, Tennessee and David and Kathy Miller of Rickman, Tennessee; aunt, Judith Anderson of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Avery Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 41 Avery, Texas 75554 and/or the English Cemetery; P.O. Box 6, Clarksville, Texas 75426.

Online condolences may be made to the Garrison family at

Margaret Sue Woodward

Margaret Sue Woodward, 81, of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 17 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on Oct. 20 at the First Christian Church in Livingston. Bro. Aron Dillon officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born in Macon County on April 27, 1936 and was a 1954 graduate of Macon County High School. She was a Sales Representative at WLIV Radio Station for many years and she loved to travel. After retiring, she became a tour director and traveled extensively on the buses all over the United States with many friends in the Livingston and Upper Cumberland areas.

She is preceded in death by parents, Lee and Irene Bray Livingston and husband, Jack Woodward.

She is survived by son, Charlie Woodward and wife Tammie Parsons Woodward of Livingston; sister, Martha McCormick and husband Gerald of Goodlettsville; nieces, Sonya Clark of Goodlettsville and Michele Bible of Hendersonville; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Stephens, Johnny Cyrus, Matt Frazier, Billy Joe Norrod, Paul David Roe and Timmy Coleman. Honorary Pallbearers were Randy Watkins, Joel Upton, Tim Reid, Buckie Parsons, David Dixon, Rick Sidwell, Greg Norris, Adam Seber and Ricky McDonald.

Services provided by Speck Funeral Home.

Doris Lee Brannum

Doris Lee Brannum, 87, of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 20 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 22 at Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Smyrna Cemetery in Pickett County.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1930 in Smith County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She loved flowers of all kinds and enjoyed making works of art by needlepoint.

She is preceded in death by parents, Floyd Mason and Era Moss Petty and husband, Norman Brannum.

She is survived by sisters, Shirley Young of Murfreesboro and Joyce Johnson of Lebanon; brothers, Joe Petty of Mt. Juliet and Paul Petty of Waverly; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Gracie Norris Ledbetter

Gracie Ledbetter, 90, of Monterey, passed away on Oct. 22 at the Standing Stone Care And Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held on Oct. 25 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Shawn Durham and Rev. David Harris will officiate. Interment will follow in the Love Joy Cemetery.

She was born on April 22, 1927 in Crab Orchard. She was a homemaker and a member of Love Joy Missionary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Lizzie Farr “Eliza” Norris; husbands, Richmond Bilbrey and Leon Ledbetter; granddaughter, Sarah Conner; sisters, Alice Slavens, Edna Haynes, Agnes Smallwood; and brother, Burton Norris.

She is survived by daughters, Betty Wilson of Rickman and Debbie and Tony Conner of Monroe; sons, Roger and Glenda Bilbrey of Cookeville, Tommy and Merida Bilbrey of Crawford, Rick and Brenda Bilbrey of Livingston and Danny Bilbrey of Crossville; sisters, Hassie Oakes of Crossville, Leona Howard of Crossville, Lillie Henry of Crawford, Ida Norris of Gainesboro and Maude Walker of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother, Tom Norris of Crossville; nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren also survive.

Edward “Ed” Colson

Edward “Ed” Colson, 77, of the Iron’s Creek community in Allons, passed away on Oct. 20 at the Signature Healthcare Center in Algood. Funeral services were held on Oct. 22 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Ricky Kimbel and Bro. Tony Johnson officiated. Interment followed in the St. Johns Cemetery.

He was born in Clay County on April 30, 1940. He worked for many years as an oil driller. He loved to fish and hunt. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding motorcycles and his favorite singer was Elvis.

He is preceded in death by parents, Haltie and Annie Lou Daniels Colson; daughter, Janice Colson; brothers, Raymond Colson and James Colson; and the mother of his children, Adell Reagan.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Belle Burkett Colson of Livingston; daughters, Lizzy Johnson and husband Malcolm E. of Byrdstown, Lisa Colson and Triba Swift of Murfreesboro and Patricia Nunley and husband Jason of McMinnville; grandchildren, Malcolm Joey Johnson, Lakin Nunley and Jacob Nunley; great grandchildren, Malcolm Ethan Johnson and Bethany Leann Johnson; brothers, Doyle Colson and wife Rita of Allons and Hack Colson and wife Regina of Rickman; sisters, Betty Johnson of Allons, Claudine Vaughn and husband W.C. of Rickman and Tina Langford and husband Jackie of Rickman.

Ima Seber

Ima Seber, 90, of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 22 at Signature Healthcare in Algood. Funeral services were held on Oct. 24 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Jerry Buck and Bro. Terry McCloud officiated. Interment followed in the Hunter Cove Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on July 22, 1927. She was a homemaker who loved her family very much Aand enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed gardening and going to church. She was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God.

She is preceded in death by parents, Herlen and Zelma Collins Perdue; husband, Arvis “Billy” Seber; infant identical twin daughters, Wanda Gwen Seber and Vonda Gail Seber; brothers, Robert Perdue, Carlos Perdue, Donald Perdue, Glen Perdue and Joe Perdue.

She is survived by daughters, Aletha Burks and husband Johnny of Monroe and Anetta Hargis and husband Roger of Rickman; sons, Gary Seber and wife Kim and Jerry Seber, both of Livingston; brother, Billy Perdue of Ind.; sister, Elanor Hooks and husband Buck of Livingston; nine grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Eric Gray, Rusty Hammock, Dale Hargis, Tracy Hargis, Jay Melton and Thomas White.


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