Obits 1-16-18

Card of Thanks

The family of Willie Fletcher extends thanks for the many and various expressions of love shown to us at the homegoing of our loved one.

We especially thank Livingston Regional Hospital, Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Overton County Ambulance Service for their compassionate care.

To nurse Tammy Sims and special caregiver Paulette Carr, we will always remember your faithful and loving care.

Our heartfelt gratitude is offered to Bro. Randy Pickens for the comforting message and to Clinton Kirk for the special singing at the service.

We are appreciative for the meal after the service prepared by many at the Fellowship Baptist Church.

Thank you to Hall Funeral Home for their help throughout this time.

God Bless,

The Family of Willie Fletcher


Donald Lee Cobb


Funeral services for Rev. Donald Lee Cobb, age 80, of Rickman were conducted 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 from the Cookeville First Baptist Church.  Rev. Scott McKinney and Rev. Bill Stone will officiate.  Burial followed on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville.

Rev. Cobb passed peacefully from this life into the arms of Jesus on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2018, at the UT Knoxville Medical Center, with his loving wife and children by his side.  He was born Dec. 18, 1937 in Ellis County, Oklahoma to the late Lenard Harrison and Elva Belle Arthurs Cobb.  Donald was a 1956 graduate of Shattuck High School.  Donald grew up on a farm in Oklahoma where they raised cattle and traveled from farm to farm as Wheat Crop Harvesters.  It was on one of those many harvest that he received the call from God saying, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of Men.  He then started his 56 years of service to the Lord by attending the Oklahoma Baptist University, where he would meet the love of his life Ms. Jeanina Grace Meriwether.  In August of 1959 they were married.  His first church he started preaching at was Kickapoo Indian Baptist Church, where he started as a student in seminary.  He and Jeanina then traveled to Wolf Creek Baptist Church, where he preached part time and worked for the Ford Motor Company and started their family.  He had an offer to preach full time at Portland Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  A few years later they would move to Smiths Spring Baptist Church, then too Black Oak Baptist Church.  In 1980 Rev. Cobb  took the full time preaching job in Belle West Virginia, at the Witcher Baptist Church where he joined the local Belle Fire Department.  A couple more years down the road they moved to Henderson Kentucky to Audubon Baptist Church.  In 1987, he moved to a small town called Livingston, Tennessee where he would spend the next 27 years of his life teaching the good news of Christ, at the Livingston First Baptist Church, retiring in 2014.

Rev. Cobb loved to tinker and fix things, no matter how hard or intense the object was, he enjoyed the challenge.  He loved cars and vehicles in general.  He loved to buy older cars and trucks for his kids, and have them help him restore them back to like new conditions.  He would travel hundreds of mile to fix one of his kids cars and then be on his way back home.  Rev. Cobb also enjoyed woodworking, and making things with his hands.  He traveled the World on Mission trip to different countries and would say “I love to tell the Gospel, but I also love to get down and dirty helping build things for Mission Work”.   Rev. Cobb held a Masters in Divinity.  He served on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and was on the Advisory Board for Cumberland University.  Donald loved and cherished his wife, children and grandchildren.  In all of his many years of preaching he missed his worship time with the children the most.  Rev. Cobb was a member of the Cookeville Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School Class and was in the Happy Tones Adult Choir.  He also enjoyed Sports.  He was a loving husband, caring father and devoted grandfather.

Rev. Donald Cobb is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jeanine Meriwether Cobb of Rickman, TN; daughter, Whitney Rhodonna Cobb Marcum and husband David of Oak Ridge, TN; sons, Robert Harrison Cobb of South Knoxville, TN, Brent Stuart Cobb and wife Julia of Lenoir City, TN and Christopher Grant Cobb and wife Jamie of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren, Cameron Cobb, Emma Grace Cobb, Grant Cobb, Jenna Cobb, Taylor Marcum, Jay Cobb and Mary Cobb; twin sister, Bonnie Shepherd of Shattuck, OK and sister, Nancy Kirby of Louisville, KY; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Cobb was preceded in death by his brother, W.E. Cobb; and sister, Rosona Cobb Yacum.

In lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Operation Christmas Child Program by contacting Speck Funeral Home at 300 North Church Street, Livingston, Tenn.  38570.

Pallbearers who served were his Sons, Grandson, Nephews and Son-in-law.
Honorary Pallbearers were his Brother-in-laws.


Donald Wayne Helton

Lawn Care Worker

Donald Wayne Helton, 66 of Cookeville, passed away on Jan. 12 at the Signature Health Care Center in Algood. Graveside services will be held on Jan. 20 at the Smith Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Stephen Moore officiating. The family will welcome friends at the graveside. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on July 24, 1951 in McEwen, Tennessee. He worked in lawn care for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, McGee and Ruby Mae Keith Helton; brothers, Larry Helton, Gordon Helton, Jr. and John Henry Helton; sister, Rita Allen; and brother-in-law, Riley Sparks and Kendal Allen.

Surviving relatives include his brothers, Bobby Helton of Cookeville and Dennis Helton and wife Sherry of Rickman; sister, Rosemary Sparks of Cookeville; and several nieces and nephews.


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