Bessie Emogene Wright, 87 of Cookeville, passed away from this life on June 24 at the Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held on June 27 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Kerry Higgins and Bro. Jerry Buckner officated. Interment followed in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.
She was born in Hardy’s Chapel on May 4, 1931. She was an employee at an appliance factory for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Effie (Barnes) Clark; husband Estel B. Wright and 12 siblings.
She is survived by her children, Marcene and husband, Larry Bowers of Fernandina Beach, Fla. and Darlene and husband, Timothy Davenport of Daytona Beach, Fla; grandson: Brandon Davenport; great-grandchildren: Austin, Evin, Hadin, Rylin, Eastin and Westin Davenport; and brother, Darrel Clark.
Pallbearers were Herbert Clark, Joel Clark, Michael Clark, Mark Clark, Leonard Carmack and Delon Clark.
Sarah Jane Randolph Johnson
Sarah Jane Randolph Johnson, 58 of Livingston, passed away on July 20 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on July 23 from the chapel of the Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Roger Phillips officiated. Interment followed in the Campground Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County on Aug. 7, 1959. She loved people and was a very social lady. She loved dogs and country music, especially George Jones and Alan Jackson. She also enjoyed going to the Rickman Music Barn and dancing the night away.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Irene Dillon Denson; husbands, Ronald Randolph and Ernest Gene Johnson; brothers, Reece, Bobby and Oscar Denson; and sister, Evelyn Geesling.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Carmack and husband, Jerry of Rickman; brothers, George Pascel Denson of Cookeville, Michael Denson and Wayne Denson both of Carthage.
Alice Maxine Goodpasture
Alice Maxine Goodpasture, 93 of the Willow Grove Community, passed away on July 18 in the comfort of her home. Funeral services were held on July 21 at Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Brett Gibbons and Bro. Darren Ford officiated. Interment followed in the Tuscola Cemetery in Tuscola, Ill.
She was born in Sandborn, Ind. (Knox County) on April 14, 1925. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church (especially Martins Chapel of Allons). In 1999, Alice was honored as Volunteer of the year in Douglas County in Ill. for her work with senior citizens reading with children. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved word puzzles, flowers and dancing. She was very active at the Overton County Senior Citizens Center for years, considering herself at times to be an unofficial greeter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Dennis and Thelma Almeda Dollens Anderson; husband, Gordon Leslie Goodpasture; daughter, Donetta Lynne Eades; brother-in-law, Larry Noland; sisters, Martha Mae Burton (Alfred), Wanda Joyce Walls, Clara Ann Coffey (Jim), brother Larry Earl Anderson (Barbara) and Jack Kenneth Anderson; and grandson, Garth Eades.
She is survived by her daughters, Karla Sue Stannard and husband, Rex of Allons, and Tambra Dawne McCartney, of Champaign, Ill.; grandsons, Drew Thomas McCartney, of Capistrano, Calif., Gerald Leslie Taylor of Oakland, Calif., James Matthew Taylor, of Tatum, TX; granddaughter, Noemi Lynne Shilts of Mohomet, Ill., great grandsons Zachary Taylor, of Oakland, Calif., and Jedson Taylor of TX; great granddaughter, Brynlee Shilts, of Mohomet, Ill., son in-law Gary Eades, of Greenup, Ill.; sisters, Donna Faye Newkirk and husband, Jerry of Washington, Ind., Norma Rose Noland, of Millersburg, Ind., brother, Marvin Dean Anderson and wife, Debra of Va.; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Sonja “Sodie” Kay Watkins
Sonja “Sodie” Kay Watkins, 75 of Allons, passed away with her family by her side on July 2 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on July 5 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Denton Hummel and Bro. John Keith officiated. Interment followed in the Hoover Cemetery located in Allons.
She was born in Livingston on Oct. 11, 1942. She loved her family, enjoyed singing with her brother Squeak, quilting and cooking; it was said she made a mean peanut butter pie.
She was preceded in death by her parents Sid and Cora (Pryor) Duke; sisters, Billie Mathaney, Christine Farmer, Emmadene Cook and Annette Gilpatrick; brothers, Arleth Duke, Robert Duke and Earl “Squeak” Duke; and daughter-in-law, Kim Watkins.
She is survived by her husband, Earl Watkins of Allons; sons: Randy Watkins and wife, Vicki of Monroe, Scott Watkins and wife, Elaine of Allons; grandson, Justin Watkins and wife, Laura of Rickman; granddaughters, Katy Smith and Rylee Smith both of Monroe; great grandson, Brayden Watkins; brothers, James Duke of Macon, Ga. Charlie Duke and wife, Mary of Monroe; sisters, Betty Brown and husband, Johnny of Muskegeen, Mich., Linda Patterson and husband, Pat of Hermitage; half sister, Betty Jean Vickers; and a special friend, Bobbie Brown.
Pallbearers were Chad Holman, Kevin Watkins, Justin Watkins, Jackie Watkins, John Ross Watkins and Todd Watkins.
James Marion Linder
James Marion Linder, 69 of Livingston, passed away on July 16. Funeral services were held on July 21 at Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Eric Dillon officiated. Interment followed in the Linder Cemetery.
He was born on May 4, 1949 in Overton County. He enjoyed coon hunting, playing guitar and going to church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ermer Almonrode Linder; wife, Cornelia Linder; and brothers, Ernest Linder and Edward Linder.
He is survived by his brothers, Sylvester Linder and wife, Louise of Livingston, Roger Linder of Livingston and Wayne Linder of Livingston; sisters, Martha Crabtree of Livingston, Lois Cantrell and husband, J.C. of Livingston and Anna Ogletree of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Craig Cantrell, Mark Cantrell, Michael Cantrell, Ralph Linder, Billy Crabtree and Ronnie Linder.
Willie D. “Bill” Bilbrey
Willie D. “Bill” Bilbrey, age 81, of Livingston passed away on July 15 in the comfort of his home. Funeral services were held on July 18 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Robert Boles officiated. Interment followed in the Wirmingham Cemetery.
He was born in Overton County on June 8,1937. He was a member of Free Communion Church of Christ and Swallows Chapel Church of Christ. He loved his wife, Rudy, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and training horses. He trained a World Champion Walking Horse “pushover Majic Lady”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ethelene Parrish Bilbrey; brothers, Joe Bilbrey, AB Bilbrey and Robert Bilbrey; and sisters, Roxie White, Jewel Smith and Geneva Bilbrey.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Parrott Bilbrey of Livingston; daughter, Carol Ann Rudd and husband, Ronnie: grandchildren, Jacob Reeder, wife Afton, Kandace Ward and husband, Austin, and Elizabeth Rudd; great grandchildren Kaysen Ward and Mayin Reeder; brother, Herman Bilbrey of Livingston; and sister, Vestal Prichard of Livingston.
Danny “Tuck” Ledbetter, 71 of Allons, passed away on July 16 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on July 18 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in the Hunter Cove Cemetery.
He was born in Livingston on Feb. 8, 1947. He worked in furniture manufacturing for years. He was an avid collector of knives and coca-cola memorabilia. He loved classic cars and NASCAR racing, especially Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Orene (Copeland) Ledbetter; and brothers: Dwayne Ledbetter, Kenneth Ray Ledbetter and Jerry Ledbetter.
He is survived by his wife, Jolene Ledbetter of Allons; daughter, Donna Ledbetter of Allons; granddaughter, Kailee Ledbetter of Allons; brothers, Jimmy “Bim” and wife, Rhonda Ledbetter of Cass City, Mich., Mickey Ledbetter of Livingston; sisters and their spouses: Elizabeth “Tootise” and Kenneth Reeder of Nashville, Janice Bonita and Jimmy Sidwell of Lebanon, Debbie and Gary Franklin of Rickman and Barbara and Timmy Duke of Livingston; special friends, Dana Emerton and Junior Bilbrey; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends; and an unborn great grandchild that he called “Little Squirt”.
Pallbearers were John Maxwell, Jimmy Sidwell, Kenneth Reeder, Tyler Ledbetter, Alviey Reeder, Gary Franklin, Steven Smith and Bill Davis.
Anna “Jeannine” Livingston
Anna “Jeannine” Livingston, of Rickman, Tennessee went to her heavenly home on Friday, July 20, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Wednesday, January 25, 1933 to the late Harshell Lee and Lucille (Bailey) Norrod, in the Hanging Limb Community of Overton County Tennessee.
Jeannine became the bride of Frank Lee Livingston on July 18, 1949 in Rossville, Georgia. She was a housewife when her sons were small and in school, also serving as an Adult 4-H leader where she was involved with many committees and activities with the 4-H. She was a member of the Livingston Chapter of Eastern Star, serving in various positions ending serving as Worthy Matron. As her sons got older she became a teacher’s aide at Rickman School where she enjoyed and loved working with the students. After leaving the school she became a bank teller at Union Bank in Rickman. She loved working and serving the people that came in the bank and made many friends. She retired from the bank and became a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed doing for others always doing something to brighten their day. After retiring she spent as much time as possible with her two grandsons, which she loved with all her heart.
Along with her parents, she was preceding in death by a young brother, whom passed at a very young age, Gerald Alexander Norrod. Also proceeded by her father and mother in law, Miles and Sally Livingston.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Frank Lee Livingston, two song and daughter in law, Randall and Cynthia Livingston of Rickman and Richard Livingston of Rickman. Also surviving are grandsons and granddaughter in law, Gerald and Kendra Livingston of Monroe and Morgan Livingston of Rickman along with several cousins and many friends.
Visitation was at the Hall Funeral Home in Livingston on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., and again at noon until time for the service on Sunday, July 22, 2018, services in the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with burial in the Algood City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gerald and Morgan Livingston, Keith, Elliott and Michael Poston, Donald Ray Keyes and Billy Poston.
Special services provided by Hall Funeral Home in Livingston.