Obits 12/12/17

Card of Thanks

We would like to thank everyone for the food, flowers, money, calls and prayers. We would like to thank the staff at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care that Tommy received.

A special thank you to Bro. Dewayne Whitaker, Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Brett Gibbons. Thank you to Goff Funeral Home.

The Family of Tommy Thompson.


Card of Thanks

The family of Kenneth Norrod would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown to us during the loss of our loved one. Thanks to Livingston Hospital, Dr. Barlow, Dr. Gilbert and all the nurses. Thanks to Speck Funeral Home. Thank you for the visits, flowers, food and for your prayers, they all meant so much to us. We love you all.

The Norrod Family

Helen, Jeff and Shelia


Card of Thanks

Thanks from the family of David Robbins, 58 of Livingston. We would like to thank Dr. Jim Nelson for his dedicated service and going above and beyond in his line of service. Caris Hospice for their service in Davids time of illness.

A special thanks to the Overton County Fair Board for all the prayers, texts, cards, visits and food.

We would like to thank Speck Funeral Home for such a beautiful service. Thanks to Brother Jerry Harris, Brother Jimmy Dixon, Brother Rick Lacy and Eric Beaty for their service.

Many thanks to the Livingston Police Department, the Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Freedonia Church for everything you done.

Also, we would like to thank all of our family and friends for endless prayers, visits, texts, food and cards. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, during our time of loss.

We love all of you,

Cindy, John Ross, Stephanie, John, Cathy 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. Celebration of Life Services were held Dec. 9 at noon from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

She was born on April 7, 1962 in Texas. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She also loved her job with the Silver Angels and Berkline.

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

Surviving relatives include her 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.


Berta Wilson

Child Care Provider

Berta Wilson, 87 of Rickman, passed away Dec. 8. Funeral Services were held Dec. 12 from the chapel of the Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene McCowan and Rev. Bobby Roberts officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

She was born May 27, 1930 in Overton County. She was a child care provider and a homemaker. She was a Charter Member of the Rickman First Free Will Baptist Church where she served as a church secretary, choir member and a Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dock minis and Cassie Neely Looper; husband Willis Wilson; two great grandchildren; siblings, Christine Whittaker, Grover Looper, Enlo Looper, Vaden Norrod, Woodly Looper, Roscoe Looper, Ray Looper, Arlie Looper, Anna Tinch, Willie Looper and an infant brother.

Surviving relatives include her daughters, Patsy Dishman of Rickman and Karen Hunter and husband Lonny of Markleville, Ind.; son, Rick Wilson and wife Lisa of Algood; grandchildren, Greg (Nicki) Pell, Michael (Marty) Pell, Ricky (Sandy) Wilson, Niki (Jim) Estes, Viki (Kyle) Hall, Matt (Joanna) Hoover, Megan (Steven) Douglas, Josh (Rhiannon) Hoover and Chris (Heather) Hunter; 20 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Loyd J. Hawkins

Loyd J. Hawkins, 89 of the Hermitage Community in Nashville and formerly of Overton County, passed away Dec. 6 at the TriStar Summit Medical Center. Funeral Services were held on Dec. 10 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Dr. David Wheeler and Bro. Douglas Hawkins officiating.  Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided at the graveside by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston.

He was born Dec. 23, 1927 in Overton County. He was a 1951 graduate of Livingston Academy and he also studied for one year at Tennessee Tech University. He enjoyed fishing, working in the garden, going to the beach, watching Tennessee Volunteers games and traveling with his loving wife, Doris.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Edna Stewart Hawkins; sisters, Emogene Copeland and Jewell Dean Reagan; brother, John Thomas Hawkins Jr.; and his dogs, Happy and Poncho.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Doris Smith Hawkins of Hermitage; and nieces, Sonita Hawkins Stewart and Ginger Hawkins Ridgeway both of Hermitage.


Jesse Tom Mitchell

U.S. Army

Jesse Tom Mitchell, son of the late Jesse T. Mitchell and Emma Childres Mitchell, was born in Livingston, TN, on May 13, 1928. He was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy Mitchell McCorkle.

Tom attended primary school in Livingston and Fountain City and graduated from Central High School in Knoxville, TN.

Tom adhered to the Protestant religion and was baptized as a teenager in an evening ceremony in which his father was also baptized. On graduation from high school, Tom joined the U.S. Army. After basic infantry training, he was sent to Japan as part of the occupation force. Following an honorable discharge from the Army in 1948, Tom chose to retain ready reserve status while in pre-dental school at the University of Tennessee. He graduated with honors from U.T. College of Dentistry in 1952. He practiced general dentistry in Crossville for four years while retraining on Army Reserve Commission with rank of captain. While in Crossville, Tom applied for a four-year training program in oral surgery at U.T. Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania and Duke Medical Center. Prior to completing the Duke program, he received a Regular Army Commission as captain.

He was assigned as chief of oral surgery of the U.S. Army Hospital Okinawa. After that, he was assigned as assistant chief oral surgeon of Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. His next assignment was chief oral surgeon at the hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
In 1969, with the Vietnam War escalating, Tom volunteered for duty in that conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a second Meritorious Service Medal.

After Tom attended Advanced Medical Service School for one year at Fort Sam in Houston, TX, his next assignment was Nuremberg Germany where he met, and later married, his beloved Erika, who would be his soulmate for life.

From Nuremberg, he was assigned to Fort Lee Virginia Army Hospital, where he commanded medical detachments. His next assignment was in Augsburg Germany. During this assignment, Tom and Erika were married in Fürth, Germany, and Tom was elevated to the status of step-father to Erika’s beautiful young daughter Sybille, adding more joy to the marriage.
Tom rejoined the Society of Oral Surgeons in Europe (which he helped form) and was elected president of the International Group.

Tom’s choice assignments were Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where Tom was promoted to the rank of full colonel, and Fort Benning, Georgia, where Tom and his family retired from the Army. On retirement, Tom was awarded the Legion of Merit. He retired Sept. 1, 1979, after serving 28 years, 9 months and 17 days.

Tom’s favorite quotation: “I have given the best years of my life to the U.S. Army, and they Army gave them back to me.”

Funeral services with full military honors were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Andrew J. Abraham officiating. Interment followed in East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at 2 p.m.


Eva Mae Oakley


Eva Mae Oakley, 78 of the Highland Mountain Community, passed away on Dec. 8 at the Overton County Health & Rehab. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Lacy and Bro. Troy Pennington officiating.  Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery

She was born in Overton County.  She was a 1958 graduate of Livingston Academy and enjoyed quilting, painting, her flowers and getting together with her family and friends. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Murf and Ova Dee Smith Oakley.

Surviving relatives include her sisters, Delta Ferrell of Livingston and Ruby Kelly of Knoxville; special nieces, Sandra Matthews of Rickman and DeeAnn Shipley of Knoxville; and a host of family of friends.
Pallbearers included: Ronnie Smith, Douglas Oakley, Troy Pennington, Randy Gentry, Stevie Oakley and George Smith. Honorary pallbearers included: Fred Smith, William Green, Joe Chilton and Bub Stockton.


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