Melinda Phillips Sipe
Melinda Phillips Sipe, 46 of Grimsley, passed away on July 8 at her home. Funeral services were held on July 12 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Payne, Sr. and Rev. Scott Smith officiated. Interment followed in the Muddy Pond Cemetery.
She was born in Cookeville on April 28, 1972. She was a homemaker. She was Baptist in faith and a faithful Christian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Sipe.
She is survived by her father, Mitchel Phillips of Muddy Pond; mother and stepfather, Shirley and Nelson Horst of Grimsley; brother and sister-in-law, Stacy and Lesa Phillips of Muddy Pond; and niece, Summer Phillips.
Pallbearers were Payton Welch, Jeffery Welch, Keith Norrod, Michael James Welch, Pat Norrod and Donnie Welch.
Michael Anthony Anderson
Michael Anthony Anderson, 14 of Delta Country in Livingston, passed away on July 5 at his home. Funeral services were held on July 11 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Rev. James Shenko officiated. Interment followed in Peeled Chestnut Cemetery in White County.
He was born in Fentress County on June 21, 2004. He enjoyed playing sports and fishing. His favorite hobby was video games and listening to music.
He is survived by his father, Marc Anderson of Livingston; mother, Nancy Stephens of Jamestown; brothers, Marc Anderson, Jr., Tommy Anderson and Bobby Anderson all of Las Vegas, Nev.
Frances Opal Dishman
Frances Opal Gore Dishman, 89 of Indianapolis, Ind., and formerly of Overton County, passed away on July 9 in Indianapolis, Ind. Funeral services were held on July 12 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiated. Interment followed in the Liberty Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County on Aug. 14, 1928. She was a caretaker for many years. She was a member of the Linwood Christian Church where she was very active in her church and devoted her life for Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank L. and Della V. Cantrell Gore, husband, J.T. Dishman; sons, Terry Dishman and Jimmy Dishman; daughter, Janie Lee Nelson; sisters, Mae Gore Dishman and Cora Celia Daniels; brothers, Willie Gore, Oral Gore, Bernard Gore, Roy Gore, Clyde Gore and Bob Gore.
She is survived by her daughters, Frances Marie Thompson and husband, Omar Gene of Alexandria, Ind., and Deborah Segner and husband, Daniel of Indianapolis, Ind.; son, Arnold Dishman and wife, Connie of Canby, Ind.; sister, Louise Meredith and husband, Melvin of Cookeville; eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Gary Paul Ford
Saw Mill Worker/ Farmer
Gary Paul Ford, 65 of Barnes Cemetery Rd. in Monroe, passed away on July 8 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on July 11 from the Brown Funeral Chapel. Bro. Rick Cross officiated. Interment followed in the Barnes Cemetery.
He was born in Livingston on March 4, 1953. He was a saw mill worker, farmer, and attended the Wolf River Baptist Church.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, George Ford; mother, Virginia Ford; and infant brother, Terry Ford.
He is survived by his wife, Julie (Thrasher) Ford of Monroe; daughters, Angela Reels (John) of Byrdstown and Christina Smith of Monroe; son, Gary Paul Ford Jr. (Sheila) of Monroe; sisters: Debra Ballard of Livingston, Judy Jackson of Livingston, Patty Smith of Monroe and Vickie Garrett of Livingston; brothers: Larry Ford of Cookeville, Danny Ford of Livingston, Michael Ford of Livingston, Tommy Ford of Livingston, Tony Ford of Monroe and George Ford of Monroe; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Larry, Danny, Michael, Paul, Tony, George and Tommy Ford.
Anna Ruth Smith
Anna Ruth Linder Smith, 85 of Alpine, passed away on July 11from the Signature Healthcare in Algood. Funeral services were held on July 14 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Copeland officiated. Interment followed in the Hancock Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County on May 4, 1933. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Alpine. She loved college basketball and piecing quilts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Bonnie Owens Linder; and husband, Carver Eugene Smith.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Smith of Alpine; granddaughter, Daniela Smith of Livingston; grandson, Drew Smith of Livingston; great grandchildren, Braxton Smith and Jaylen Cooper; sister, Jewell Linder of Alpine; sister-in-laws, Sue Pope of Alpine and Louise Stover and husband, Hank of Alpine; brother-in-law, Kenny Hancock; and special cousin, Jerry Linder and wife, Ann of Alpine.
Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Drew Smith, Daniela Smith, Gerald Clark, Jeff Hammons and Kenny Cooper.
Honorary Pallbearers were her great grandchildren, Braxten Smith and Jaylen Smith.
Jerry Dwayne Sampley
Jerry Dwayne Sampley, 82 of the Highland Mountain Community, passed away on July 13 at his home. Funeral services were held on July 16 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Burke and Rev. Gerald Taylor officiated. Interment followed in the Welch Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard.
He was born in Monterey on July 26, 1935. He was a retired teacher working with Harriman High School, Cookeville High School and Livingston Vocational School (Tennessee College Of Applied Technology School). He was a faithful Christian and was very active in missions for over 40 years. He was a United States Marine Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Lowery and Linnie Jewel Henry Sampley; son, Ronald Dale Sampley; sister, Norma Jean Tinch; and brothers, Rev. Dewitt, Fred, Claude (Bud), Charles and Michael Sampley.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Josephine “Jo” Sampley of the Highland Mountain Community; daughter, Carol Sampley of the Highland Mountain Community; sisters and a brother-in-law, Nancy Staup of Monterey, Katheryn and Jim Harvey of Livingston, brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Sampley of Monterey, sisters-in-law, Doris Sampley of Monterey, Myrtle Sampley of White Bluff, special nephew, Greg and wife, Linda Tinch of Cookeville, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Nina Eudean Hummel
Nina Eudean Hummel, 88 of Allons, passed away on July 13 from the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were held on July 16 at the Fellowship Baptist Church. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She was born in Clay County on May 19, 1930. She was a lifetime member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. She enjoyed her family and especially her grandchild and great grandchildren. She loved quilting, sewing, gardening and going to church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Nora Jones Harris; husband Charlie Waymon Hummel; brothers, Orville Harris, Omer Harris, Curtis Harris, Hubert Harris and Paul Harris; sisters, Inis Sidwell, Ira Crawford and Lucille Fletcher.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Chavez and husband, Manuel of Livingston, grandson, Nicky Harvey and wife, Brandi of Jamestown; and great grandchildren, Phoebe Harvey, Shelby Harvey, Hunter Mills and Mason Harvey.
Pallbearers were Nicky Harvey, Chad Walker, Jason Cantrell, David Melton, Kenny Harvey, David Garrett and Shawn Ledbetter.
In Loving Memory of Bonnie Reagan
July 23, 1962 – June 21, 2018
God has given us years of happiness here.
Now we must part and as the angels come for you our heart grieves as you take your journey home.
We will meet again.
Jerry and Addilene Reagan