Obits 4/10/18

 

Eddie Ray Thrasher

Furniture Upholsterer

Eddie Ray Thrasher, 78, of the Willow Grove Community, passed away in the comfort of home. Funeral services were held April 8 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the St. John Cemetery. Bro. Marlon Winningham officiated.

He was born in Overton County, on July 31 1939. He worked for many years as a furniture upholster. He was a member of the Free Communion Church of Christ. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He took great joy in working and being at church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burr and Venus Colson Thrasher; his sisters, Tessie Hardin and husband Ray, Juanita Langford and husband Robert, Loucille Melton and husband J.D and Elise Hill and husband Enloe; brothers, Doil Thrasher and Willie Thrasher and wife Juanita; brother-in-laws, Vanus Long, Fred Long and Alvin Brown; daughter-in-law Debbie Thrasher and son-in-law, Jeff Scott.

He survived by his loving wife, Faye Sullivan Thrasher of the Willow Grove Community, daughter, Lisa Scott of Timothy Community; sons, Steve Thrasher and wife Diane of Monroe and Randy Thrasher of Livingston; brother, Randall Trasher of Livingston; grandchildren, Jordan Thrasher and wife Gabby, Carlie Thrasher, Katelyn Scott, Heather White and husband Jimmy, Holly Cross and husband Brandon and Dustin Thrasher and wife Courtney; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Halie and Hannah White, Leah Cambrie and Myla Cross, Damien and Jaelyn Thrasher, Dominique, Leland and Anna Cook, niece, Sharon Long; nephews, Brian Coomer, Kevin Watson and Danny Thrasher and son-in-law, Jeff Scott.

Pallbearers included Jordan Thrasher, Dustin Thrasher Josh White, Jimmy White, Brandon Cross and Chris Shelton.

 

Joan Belle Morgan Allen

Joan Belle Morgan Allen, 75, of Livingston passed away peacefully from this life on April 7 from the Overton County Health and Rehab, surrounded by family and friends. Celebration of Life services will be announced at a later date

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 16, 1942. She moved to Tennessee at an early age and has been a resident of Livingston for 25 years. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, shopping and spending time with family. While a resident at Overton County Health and Rehab, she was active in many activities.

She is preceded in death by sons, David and Joseph Bohorhoush and Tommy Parrish; brothers, Buddy, Tommy and Jack Morgan and sister, Doris Dickey.

She is survived by husband, Robert “Bob” Allen of Livingston; daughters, Lisa Bell and Angela Breeding of Livingston and Helen Vaughn and husband James of Sparta; brother Robert “ Bill” Morgan of Granville, sisters, Pat Bierman of Lavergne and Carlene Tummins of Dickson; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Betty Lynn White

Production Worker

Betty Lynn White, 68, of Livingston passed away April 3 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held April 5 at the Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

She was born in Anderson County on May 15, 1949. She worked in production at Hutchinson for many years known there as “Queen” and late husband, James, as the “King”. Betty loved traveling, enjoyed all types of music and miniature golf.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Eleanor Friels Gallion; her loving husband, James White; sister, Barbara Gallion and brothers, David and Charles Gallion.

She is survived by her sons, Jimmy White and wife Jeanie of Sparta and Jeff White of Clinton; three grandchildren, Nathan, Caleb, and Allison; special nephew, Sam Strickland; sister-in-laws, Nan Gallion and Sadie Gallion.

 

Gerald C. Anderson

Residential Painter

Gerald C. “Cheetie” Anderson, 86 of Livingston, passed away from the Overton County Health and Rehab Center on April 1. Funeral services were held on April 4 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Joel Chappell Sr. officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born in Clay County on Nov. 11, 1931. He was a residential painter for many years, and enjoyed fishing and bird hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Haston and Edris Stover Anderson; infant brother; and half sister, Sherry Anderson.

Surviving relatives include daughter, Betha Wilson and husband, Carlos of Livingston; grandson, Matt Wilson and wife, Felicia of Cookeville; great granddaughters, Ava and Macy Wilson; sister, Frances King of Huntsville, Ala.; half brothers, Joe Anderson and Jackie Bilbrey; and half sister, Sharon Williams of Crossville.

 

Jimmie Lee Staggs

U.S. Marine

Jimmie Lee Staggs, 71 of Livingston, passed away on April 1 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Private family services were held on April 2. Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1946 in Overton County. He worked as a brick and block mason and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Odell and Ella Morine Neal Staggs; sister, Stella Carr; and brother, Jerry Staggs.

Surviving relatives include his daughter, Stacy Staggs of Livingston; granddaughter, Sidney Staggs and fiancé, Trevor Walker of Livingston; wife, Christell Staggs of Livingston; sisters, Bonnie Roberts of Chattanooga and Beth Smith and husband Joey of Monroe.

 

Diana Lynn Dial

Diana Lynn Dial, 70, of the Sulphur Community, passed away April 1 in the comfort of her home. Graveside services were held April 4 at the Dave Smith Cemetery officiated by Bro. Danny Simpson.

She was born in Overton County on Jan. 3, 1948. She loved flowers and gardening. She also loved Bluegrass and Gospel music.

She is preceded in death by parents, Fred and Auda Garrett Dial; sister, Janet Gore, and brother, Roger Dial.

She is survived by her loving husband, Norman King of the Sulpher Community; sons, Anthony King and wife Michelle of Sparta, and David King and wife Sheila of Cookeville; daughter, Lori Smith of Livingston; grandsons, Noah King and Cole White; granddaughter, Citara Staggs; sisters, Carla Bailey of Cookeville and Denett Miller of Crawford; brothers, Randall Dial and Bryant Dial both of Rickman.

 

Ethel Aletha Gunnels

Housewife

Ethel Aletha Gunnels, 83, of the Hatcher Hall Community, passed away April 3 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held April 6 at the Hatcher Hall Cemetery. Rev. Hiller Duke officiated.

She was born in Overton County on June 26, 1934. She was a housewife and a member of the Hatcher Hall Christian Church. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting. She loved gardening and cooking for her friends and family.

She is preceded in death by parents, Virgil and Ethel Sells Stover; husband, Albert Edward Gunnels; son, Richard Gunnels; sister, Oleta Smith; brothers, Lonzie Stover, Edward Stover, Kenneth Stover and two infant brothers.

She is survived by sons, Randall Gunnels of Livingston and Ronald Gunnels of Monroe; brother, Joe Stover of Barberton, OH; and sister, Amelia Hanahan of Marion, OH.
Frances Marie Matthews

Frances Marie Matthews, 75, of Cookeville passed away on April 5 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held April 8 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Christopher Sparkman officiated. Interment followed in the Okolona Cemetery in Overton County.

She was born in Overton County on June 23, 1942.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. Lee and Leta (Bilbrey) Matthews; brothers, Robert Ray and Claude Matthews; sister and brother-in-law, Florence Anna and Delmon Hall and nephew, Ronnie Matthews.

Pallbearers were Bobby Matthews, Randy Spicer, Robbie Matthews, Brice Matthews, Charlie Spicer, Shawn Regan, Chris Clinard and Brad Swope.
Glenda Sue Garrett

Certified Nursing Assistant

Glenda Sue Garrett, 67 of Livingston, passed away on April 5 at her residence. Funeral services were held on April 9 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Kenneth Beaty and Bro. Jeff Monday officiating. Interment followed in the Elk Springs Cemetery in Monticello, Ky.

She was born on March 20, 1951 in Monticello, Ky. She worked as a CNA for many years

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Curtis and Mazie Pearl Melton; son, Jerry Wayne Taylor; daughter, Melissa Dawn Seeley; and siblings, Robert Melton, JP Melton, Charles Melton, Joyce Catron, Geneva Burris, Edna Kidd and David Melton.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Gary “Lil’ Daddy” Garrett; sons, Charles Douglas (Tracey) Taylor of Franklinton, N.C. and Garry Garrett of Byrdstown; daughters, Kim (Wayne) Sells of Monroe and Letha Garrett of Livingston; grandchildren, Tyler Sells, Kandace (Dustin) Givens, Zak Sells, Elsie Sells, Haydn Taylor, Lilly Taylor, Taylor Hill, Allie Hill, Kayla Garrett and Cole Garrett; siblings, Sam Melton, Linda Sells, Beatrice Childers, Mary Stallcup, Donna Silbert and Murl Melton; caregiver, Heather Oakley; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Pallbearers include: Tyler Sells, Zak Sells, Jeff Sells, Garry Garrett, Greg Hill and Jack McCloud.

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