Obits 11/21/17

Card Of Thanks

We, the family of Imogene Poston, would like to thank many people in the passing of our beloved mother.

First of all we would like to thank all the caregivers of NHC in Cookeville for the many years of exceptional care for our mother and most of all for the special love shown to us on the days leading up to her passing.

Also, we would like to thank Speck Funeral Home and especially Chris Speck, Bro. James Williams for the beautiful service, the many friends and family that visited us, sent flowers or brought food to our homes or to the funeral home, the men of the Wilbert Vault, and the women of Okolona Methodist Church for such a delicious meal for our family following the burial.

Many thanks to the Livingston Police Department for blocking intersections and keeping us safe as we proceeded to the grave site and to all the people who stopped on the side of the road out of respect.

Most of all we thank each and every person that called, sent cards, texted, commented or prayed for us it meant so much!

Our mother would have been so pleased and appreciative as well.

We love you all!

David, Mark, Joel and Martha and family members

Syble L. Smith

Syble L. Smith, 55, of Byrdstown, passed away on Nov. 11 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. There are no services scheduled at this time.

She was born on April 11, 1962 in Texas. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She also loved her job with the Silver Angels.

She is preceded in death by parents, Lenard S. and Lucille Peek Ledbetter and brother, James Ledbetter.

She is survived by husband, Johnny Smith of Byrdstown; sons, Roger Easterly and wife Brianna of Cookeville and Robert Easterly and wife Brandi of Ohio; grandchildren, Kaylin Easterly, Nora Easterly, Matthew Easterly, Brenna Easterly, Hunter Easterly, Aidyn Easterly and Colton Easterly; sister, Shirley Dulworth and husband Ronnie of Celina; and Uncle Joe Peek of Livingston.

Information provided by Speck Funeral Home.

Lanace M. Binkley

Lanace M. Binkley, 63, of Cookeville, passed away on Nov. 10 at the NHC Healthcare in Cookeville. No services are scheduled. The family, at his request, has chosen cremation.

He was born in Pleasant View on March 27, 1954.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Laura Pardue Binkley.

He is survived by sisters, Frances Chafin and husband William, Lavon Blankenship, Betty Sammar, Ruth Patterson, Sandra Emil, Liz Stanley and Teri Rogers; brothers, Jimmy Binkley, Steve Binkley and Tommy Binkley.

Information provided by Hall Funeral Home.

Lena Irene Dennis


Lena Irene Dennis, 91, of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 14 at her residence. No services are planned. Her family has chosen cremation at her request.

She was born in Allons on Oct. 21, 1926. She was a beautician for many years.

She is preceded in death by parents, Lester and Ann E. Nevins Cole; husband, Billy Dennis; son, Eddie Dennis; brother, James Cole; sisters, Norma Swift and Anna Dean Padgett.

She is survived by companion, Fred Cox; daughter, Donna Mink; sister, Jonell Robbins; brothers, Bobby Cole and Billy Cole; granddaughters; and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Information provided by Hall Funeral Home.

Roy T. Smith

Insurance Salesman

Roy T. Smith, 77, of Jamestown, passed away on Nov. 12 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Nov. 15 from the chapel of Jennings Funeral Home. Bro. John Gunter and Bro. Ernest Campbell officiated. Interment followed in the Fentress Memorial Gardens.

He was born in Jamestown on Nov. 21, 1939. He worked for 34 years with Independent Life Insurance Co. in the Athens, TN office.

He is preceded in death by parents, Edd L. Smith and Kathleen (Beaty) Smith; brother, Randy Smith; mother-in-law, Elva Turner; son-in-law Gary Higdon; brother-in-laws Wright Beaty and Willie Turner; and sister-in-law, Carol Turner.

He is survived by wife, Olene (Turner) Smith; daughters, Gail Higdon, Kathy Crabtree and husband, Ron, Patricia Lafferty and husband, Larry and special daughter Bettye Wheaton and husband Jim; brother, Frank Smith and wife, Faye; sisters, Mildred Beaty and Frances Bledsoe and husband Victor; brother-in-laws Willis Turner and James Turner and wife Lois; sister-in-law, Wanda Savage and husband Owen; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

Pallbearers were Ryan Crabtree, Shayne Crabtree, Joshua Maynard, Eddy Smith, Tom Bledsoe, Gary Wright, Terry Wright, Eric Cline and Jeremy Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Crabtree, Russ Stephens, Ronnie Clark, James Turners, Comer Reynolds, Billy Jennings Sr., Leonard Smith, Elza Smith, Ken Bowling, Lary Lafferty, Billy Fox Beaty, Willis Turner, Owen Savage, Billy Jennings Jr., Sammie Dunford, James Smith, Walter Davis, Ray Smith and Billy Campau.

Robert Hester


Memorial services for Mr. Robert Leo Hester Jr., age 55, of Livingston, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Dyer Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Cross officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Hester passed away suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was born July 16, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wis. to the late Robert Leo Hester and Gloria Jean Rupple Hester of Cookeville.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Ervin and Lucille Neu Rupple.

Robert was a truck driver for most of his professional life and was affectionately known by his CB handle, “Crazy.” While driving, he saw all 48 contiguous states and every Canadian province. He also held jobs as a welder and fabricator at Bennett Industries in Cookeville and was a delivery driver for Potter’s Kashway in Cookeville.

He had a love for tinkering, all things mechanical, and carpentry, and often could be found helping family, friends, and neighbors when they got in over their heads on a project.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 27 years, Angela Maxwell Hester, who he married July 27, 1990 in Livingston; two sons, Robert Hester III (wife, Ana) of Woodbridge, Va., Andrew Hester (Brittany) of Daytona, Fla.; daughter, Melissa Hester of Jackson County, Tenn.; step-son, Lyndon Johnson (wife, Anna) of Hilham, Tenn.; brother, Clint Hester of Cookeville; four sisters, Tammy Stickdorn (husband, Tim) of Rockledge, Fla., Carrie Gilliam (wife, Jim) of Maysville, Ky., Stephanie Smith of Cookeville, Kim Kellum (husband, Johnny) of Cookeville; seven grandchildren, Nicolas and Gabriel Hester, Jacob Hester, Willow and Valentina Hester, Isaiah and Elijah Johnson; father and mother-in-law, Billy Joe and Villa Maxwell; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Sclerosis Society, Mid South, 214 Overlook Circle Ste. 153, Brentwood, TN 37027 or online at
Dyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (931) 526-7158. You may share your thoughts and memories at

Garrett McKendre Suiter

Garrett McKendre Suiter, 26, of Byrdstown, passed away on Nov. 17 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Nov. 21 from the Bloomington Christian Church. Bro. Stevan McClure officiated. Interment followed in the Van’s Branch Cemetery.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1991in Nashville. He was a member of and attended Bloomington Christian Church, where he was active with the church’s youth group. He also graduated from Pickett County High School, ranking third in his class. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Tennessee Tech University.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Maxie Garrett and Miles and Dorothy Suiter.

He is survived by parents, Brandon and Lisa Garrett Suiter of Byrdstown; grandmother, Lucy Garrett of Byrdstown; sister and best friend, Jane Anne Suiter of Byrdstown; aunts, Gina Wilbur (Clark) Lee Ann Herndon (Bob) all of Palmyra, Tenn.; special aunt, Dorothy Garrett or “Sissy” of Byrdstown; cousins, Christine Lang, Brittany Lang Soeder, Isaac and Miles Wilbur; and other cousins and great uncles and aunts also survive.

Pallbearers were Michael Garrett, Clark Wilbur, Bob Herndon, Chuck Luttrell, Isaac Wilbur and Miles Wilbur. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Garrett, Willard Winningham, Tony Poore and Adam Davidson.


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