Obits 1/9/2018

Card of Thanks

The family of Eva Mae Oakley would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown during the loss of our loved one. Thanks to Livingston Hospital, ROE Rehab, Overton County Health and Rehab and Livingston Funeral Home for all their services.

A special thank you to friends and family. Thanks for all the special visits, cards, flowers, food, thoughts and prayers. They meant so much to us. Thanks to Bro. Troy Pennington, Bro. Rick Lacy and Harris Chapel Church for all their services during our trying times.

The family of Eva Oakley


Coleen Brown Reeser


Coleen Brown Reeser, 83 of the Terrapin Ridge Community, passed away on Dec. 29 in her residence. Funeral services were held on Dec. 31 from the Livingston First Baptist Church with  Bro. Scott Allred and Rev. Dee Wells officiating.  Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.  Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born on April 4, 1934 in Overton County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Livingston First Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, riding horses, painting and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Burris and Ruby Etola Sells Brown; husband, William R. Reeser; son, David Reeser; granddaughter, Valerie Swift; sisters, June Parsons and Claudeen McDonald.

Surviving relatives include her daughters, Debbie Boyd of Chattanooga and Kelly Williams of Livingston; grandchildren, Kegan Boyd, Casey Hunter and wife Leslie, Coty Yodoff and husband Scott and Stephanie Paul and husband Kelly; great grandchildren, Layla Boyd, Ayden Hunter, Riley Hunter, Vienna Yodoff and Ashley, Jordan and Slade Paul.
Pallbearers included: Craig Estes, Casey Hunter, Cody Campbell, Kegan Boyd, Randy Wilson and Lee Crowder.


Claude Lewis Cooper

U.S. Air Force

Claude Lewis Cooper, 84 of Nashville, passed away on Jan. 1 at Caris Healthcare in Nashville. Funeral services were held Jan. 4 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in the Netherland Cemetery with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston. Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiated the services.

He was born at home in the Spring Creek Community on Nov. 12, 1933. He was a 1953 graduate of Rickman High School and served in the United States Air Force for 24 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marsh and Hazel Hastings Cooper; and sisters, Blanch Nola Cozine and Kedna Speck.

Surviving relatives include his son, Jonathan Cooper and wife Andrea of Hendersonville; daughter, Kim Cooper Bush and husband Gary of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Layne Cooper and Dakota Miller; brother, Billy Cooper and wife Louise of Hendersonville; and several nieces and nephews.


Timothy “Shorty” Hall

Truck Driver

Timothy “Shorty” Hall, 45 of Allons, passed away Dec. 30 at his residence. Funeral services were held Jan. 2 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Freddie Looper officiating. Interment followed in the Potter West Cemetery.

He was born in Inverness, Fla. on May 5, 1972. He was a truck driver and worked with the Fairgrounds Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Buel “Pugan” and Ola Hall and Alonzo and Nola May Ledbetter.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Carey Beth Hall of Allons; parents, Lewis and Carol Hall of Allons; sons, Ayden Hall, Cayden Hall and Kaleb Hall; daughters, Kayla Hall and Emmalee Hall; step-son, Carter Wilson; grandchildren, Sophia Ledbetter and Kyson Hall; sister, Linda Ledbetter and husband Doug of the Oak Grove Community; and brother Kenny Hall and wife Gail of Allons.


Winford “Ted” Matthews

U.S. Army

Winford “Ted” Matthews, 82 of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 1 at his home in Cookeville following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Jan. 4 from the chapel of Presley Funeral Home with Pastors Steve Thornton and Doug Hawkins officiating. Interment followed in Poplar Springs Cemetery with Military Honors.

He was born Jan. 28, 1935 in Livingston. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany. He was retired from AT&T after 35 years of service. He was a member of Caney Fork Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, cattle farming and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Bryant Matthews and Hattie Ann Amelia Savage Matthews; brothers, Lloyd, Russell, Benton, Deloy and Bill Matthews; and sister, Sue Loftis.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 31 years, Beryl Reid Matthews; daughters, Vonda (Lawrence) Gunnells of Clarksville and Amy (Jeff) Skeith of Alberta, Canada; grandchildren, Gage (Amy) Gillett, Hattie Skeith, Zoe Skeith, all of Alberta, Canada. Caitlin Bumpus of Nashville; great-granddaughter, Vienna Gillett of Alberta, Canada; brother, Gordon (Gina) Matthews of White House; sister, Jenny (Tom) Key of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers included: Lawrence Gunnells, Mark Tulloch, Earl Loftis, Kelly Key, Sam Matthews and Don Moody. Honorary pallbearers included Bill Swallows, Maurice Presley and Herman Moody.


Donald C. Karper Sr.

Presidential Guard

Donald C. Karper Sr., 77 of Livingston passed away on January 4. Funeral services were held Jan. 7 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in the Spring Chapel Cemetery with Military Honors at Graveside by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston. Bro. Ted Kohr officiated the service.

He was born in Alliance, OH on Jan. 21, 1930. He served his nation as a member of the Presidential Guard during the Korean Conflict. He loved his wife and enjoyed crosswords puzzles, grocery shopping and cooking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Beulatt Davison Karper; and special cousin, Donna Taylor.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Lorine Karper of Livingston; sons, Christopher Karper, Sr and wife Debbie of Statesboro, Ga., Donald Karper, Jr of Livingston, Keith Karper of Livingston; daughter, Danielle Nielsen and husband Arthur of Cookeville; grandchildren, Christopher Karper, Jr., Daniel Logan, and Carl Pullum; and Brothers, James Karper and wife Charlotte of San Bernadino, Calif. and Del Karper and wife Rolann of Redlands, Calif.
Pallbearers included: Donald Karper, Jr., Keith Karper, Christopher Karper, Sr., Arthur Nielsen, Carl Pullum, Greg Smith, Daniel Logan and Christopher Karper, Jr.


William Riley “Dood” Carew

Factory Worker

William Riley “Dood” Carew, 60 of Rickman, passed away Jan. 4 at his home surrounded by his loving family. There are no services scheduled at this time.

He was born in Anderson, Indiana on Jan. 6, 1957. He was a factory worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Juanita McCormick Carew; and brother, Frank Carew.

Surviving relatives include his loving wife, Sarah Carew of Rickman; sons, Jeremy Carew, Keith Carew and Matt Carew all of Rickman; daughter, Shayla Carew of Cookeville; sisters, Betty Jane Jackson of Chattsworth, Ga. and Flossie Carew of Calif.


Donna Jean Barlow Greer


Donna Jean Barlow Greer, 58, passed away Dec. 28, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Jan. 13 from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. at the Fairview Senior Center. Crest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Dec. 31, 1958 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a factory worker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Freeman Barlow and Wilma Jean Flynn Barlow; brothers, Larry Joe Barlow and Jason Dale Barlow.

Surviving relatives include her husband of almost 25 years, Thomas Greer; sons, Johnny (Stephanie) Garrett, Tommy (Misti) Greer and Timmy Garrett; daughters, Connie (Bryan) Crabtree, Jessica Greer and Sherry Greer; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren.


Earl Lee Presley

Earl Lee Presley passed away Dec. 25 at Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Dec. 28 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. Alan Blackwell and Bro. Steve McClure officiating. Interment followed in the Okalona Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 18, 1936.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pluma Hammock Presley and M.A. Presley.

Surviving relatives include his daughters, Monica South of Byrdstown, Crystal Fraze of Chattanooga and Dania Presley of Chattanooga; sister, Lorene Presley of Rickman; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers included: Josh South, Matthew South, Jacob South, Ronald Lipscomb, Jason Tobin, Eddie Holt, Brian South and Clifford South.

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