Obits 8/21/18


Dawn Yvonne Hudson Gallaher


Dawn Yvonne Hudson Gallaher, age 81, of White County and former resident of Livingston, went to her heavenly home on August 13, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Dawn was born December 3, 1936 in Hartsville, Tennessee. A loving wife to Robert “Bob” W. Gallaher for 63 years, she has three children, Greg (Connie) Gallaher of Georgetown Kentucky, David Gallaher of Sparta and Robin (Bill Toye) Gallaher of Cookeville.

She dearly loved all her grandchildren who brought much joy to her life. Her six grandchildren include Jared (Laura) Gallaher, John (Laura) Gallaher, Lindsey (Robbie) Porter, Chris (Andrea Harris) Lynch, Whitney (Jamie Chapman) Gallaher and Nikki (Steven Pogue) Christopher. Her six great-grandchildren include Lucy Porter, Lincoln Gallaher, Oliver Porter, Josie Porter, Ezra Gallaher and Samuel Lynch (due in November). She also has a special niece, April Pope Mantha. She has five longtime, close friends, Mary Ann Huffines, Linda Witt, Linda Walker, Brenda Cardwell and Janelle Clark.

Dawn was the oldest child in a large blended family that included four boys and four girls. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joyce Sparks Pope and Roy W. Hudson and a two-year-old sister, Ann Adele Hudson, and a brother, Nick Pope. Surviving siblings include: Chris Kidwell, Karen Pope, Doug Pope, Starla Keller and Mark Pope. Her maternal grandparents were very influential in her upbringing, Rev. David Chester “Pa” Sparks and Zella “Mai Mai” Sparks.

Dawn enrolled in college to become a teacher after her own children were all in school. She graduated with honors from Tennessee Tech University and taught in White County for twenty-five years. She was a dedicated teacher who was loved and respected by her students and coworkers alike. She was an avid mystery reader and flower gardner.

She became a Christian at age nine and was baptized at Clear Creek in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Among her favorite verses of Scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

A service celebrating Dawn Gallaher’s life was held at Sparta First United Methodist Church 23 North Church Street, 1 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018. Rev. Greg Gallaher and Rev. Ken Wallace officiated. Interment followed in Highland Cemetery.

Pallbearers, including her three grandsons, were Jared Gallaher, John Gallaher, Chris Lynch, Robbie Porter, Drue Huffines, Ross Cardwell, Joe Pat Clark and Gary Witt. Honorary pallbearers are Randy Graham, Mac Johnson, David McCulley, Garry McNabb and Millard Oakley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Harold and Jewel Andrews Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martin Methodist College, 433 West Madison St, Pulaski, TN 38478 OR Mustard Seed Ranch for Children, 4725 Kuykendall Rd, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Funeral services were entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.


Dock Little

Air Force Veteran

A Celebration of Life for Dock S. Little, age 87, of Cookeville, will be Saturday August 25 at 10 a.m. from the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Bro. Kelly Campbell, Bro. Joe Roberts, and nephews James Howard Robbins and Bob Stewart will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Overton County Memorial Gardens in Livingston.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Dock passed away Friday, August 10, 2018 at Bailey Manor in Cookeville.

He was born Feb. 23, 1931 in Monroe, TN to the late Huey and Nan Fletcher Little.

Dock graduated from Livingston Academy in 1950. He joined the Air Force and served in France until 1956. He returned home and enrolled at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science. Later, he began teaching in the Vine Ridge Community of Overton County.

He was employed at PCA (Production Credit Association) in Byrdstown and later was a loan officer at the Union Bank in Livingston prior to his retirement.

Dock was a former member of the Rotary Club of Livingston and Livingston Masonic Lodge #259 FA&M and was a Shriner. He was a member of Collegeside Church of Christ.

He was an avid UT Football fan and a season ticket holder for many years.

Dock was happy, entertaining and loved by all that knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Gale Sadler Little; three children, David (Kim) Bartula of Rochester Hills, MI, Daniel (Angela) Bartula of Ooltewah, TN and Julie Smalling (Robert) of Knoxville; two sisters, Ruth Brown of Cookeville and Geneva Crabtree of Alpine, TN; seven grandchildren, Megan, Nathan and Sadler Bartula, Rachel (Kevin) Salter, Andrew, Ethan and Aaron Smalling; a special nephew, Dale Beaty; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Johnnie West Little; five brothers, Ernest, Denny, Champ, Ray and Emitt Little; and a sister, Ninis Beaty.

Pallbearers are family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; 332 N Lauderdale; Memphis, TN 38105.

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (931) 526-6111 You may share your thoughts and memories at


Charlie B. Poston

Charlie B. Poston, 84 of Livingston, passed away on Aug. 17 at the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Aug. 20 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1934. He loved selling cars, going camping, visiting the lake at Sunset Marina and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Zelma Allen Poston; brothers, Fowler Poston and Garvis Poston; and sisters Marie Hansel and Georgie Masters.

He is survived by his wife, Ina Poston of Livingston; daughters, Sharon Crabtree and husband, Jerry of Livingston and Judy Matheny and husband, Mike of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Jason Crabtree and wife, Misti of Livingston and Angie Smith and husband, Hugh of Mt. Juliet; great grandchildren, Savannah Crabtree, Hillary Crabtree and Hudson Smith; brother, Gilbert Poston and wife, Roseann of Livingston; and sister Jeanette Brown and husband, Keith of Hilham.


Mickey Wayne Gore

Mickey Wayne Gore, 38 of Cookeville, passed away on Aug. 12 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Aug. 18 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Eddie Garrett officiated. Interment followed in the Story Cemetery in Pickett County.

He was born in Cookeville on June 18, 1981.

He is survived by his son, Kaiden Gore; daughters, Nikita Gore, Nikesha Gore and Aubree Gore; parents, Mickey and Judy Gore; sister, Betsy Gore; grandmother, Mable Gore; and granddaughter, Jadelynn Ellis.

Pallbearers were Jessie Garrett, Jacob Garrett, David Thompson, Michael Thompson, Matt Thompson and Steve Fulton.


Judy Carol Ann Turner


Judy A. Poston Turner, 68 of Hilham, passed away on Aug. 18 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on Aug. 20 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. Nick Turner officiated. Interment followed in the Holly Springs Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on Aug. 3, 1950. She was a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ. She worked up till the day she passed, helping her friends and neighbors look their very best as a beautician. She loved animals and had over seven lovable best friends including a pet donkey and cow. She enjoyed working and helping her loving husband around the house at anything she could do.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos Lee and Juanita Holman Poston; daughter, Donna Turner; son, Brian Turner and daughter-in-law, Donna Ward Turner.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Turner of Hilham; son, Anthony Turner of Hilham; grandchildren, Savanah Parks and husband, Reese of Rickman, Mataya Turner of Rickman, Josh Turner and wife, Sally of Leeland, N.C., and Jacob Turner and wife, Tammy of Alpine; great grandchildren, Cameron Turner, Sean Turner, McKenzie Turner and Ava Turner.


Janet Louise Coffee Stafford

Janet Louise Coffee Stafford, 74 of Livingston, passed away on Aug.13. Funeral services were held on Aug. 15 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.

She was born in Putnam County on Oct. 9, 1943. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, tending to her flowers and garden, making trips to Gatlinburg and visiting flea markets.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allard and Myrle Holman Winningham; and husband, Billy Joe Stafford.

She is survived by son Anthony Coffee and wife, Margie Dawn of Livingston; daughter Anita Strong and husband, Paul of Livingston; brother, Pate Winningham and wife, Faith of Fla.; grandchildren, Robbie Strong, Heather Bilbrey, Brittany Strong, Christy Smith, Miranda Key, Nathaniel Strong, Tesa Coffee, Colton Coffee, Christy Davis, Leigha Ray and Shawn Strong; and 14 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Garvin Davis, Paul Strong, Nathaniel Strong, Robbie Strong, David Ray and Shawn Stafford.


Carlos L. Burroughs

Carlos L. Burroughs, 98 of Cookeville, passed away on Aug. 18 at the Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held on Aug. 21 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated. Interment followed in the Netherland Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County on Dec. 26, 1919. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting small game and raising beagle hounds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.P. and Martha D. Haney Burroughs; son, Claude Burroughs; sisters, Vallie Webb and Ellie Swallows; brothers, Clyde, Fred, Lawrence, Clarence and Carson Burroughs; and late wife, Hassie Grace Burroughs.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Evelyn Setser Burroughs of Cookeville; daughters, Gail Covington and husband, Alec of Alpharetta, Ga., Kathy Cooper and husband, Sam of Cookeville, and Geneva Fox; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Clyde Richardson


Clyde Richardson, 87 of Monroe, passed away on Aug. 14 at his home. Funeral services were held on Aug. 17 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. Marlon Winningham officiated. Interment followed in Stover Cemetery with military honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born in Overton County on Jan. 11, 1931. He loved spending time with his family, fishing and hunting and sitting on his porch feeding the birds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Auda Mae Ledbetter Richardson; brothers, Shirley Richardson, Hollis Richardson, Harlis Richardson, M.V. “Joe” Richardson and Leonard Richardson; and sisters, Opal Wade, Burnice Maynord, Junior Lee Richardson, Nennie Cope and Lucille Bybee.

He is survived by his brother, Illis Douglas (Buster) Richardson of Plattsmouth, Neb.; sisters, JoAnn Towe of Nashville and Paulette Wilson of Hilham; nieces, Sandy Hargis, Cookie Carner, Sherry Peek and Sheena Hummel; and several other nieces and nephews.



Roger Lee


Army Veteran

Roger Lee Whited, 57 of Rickman, passed away on Aug. 15 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Aug. 19 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with military honors held by James T. Davis Post #5062. Bro. Bobby Roberts officiated.   The family has chosen cremation after the service.

He was born in Byrdstown on Dec. 21, 1960. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He attended Rickman Freewill Baptist Church. He will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joel Clemons Whited; mother and stepfather, Dorthy and Fred Bledsoe; and brothers, Frankie Bledsoe and Kirby Whited.

He is survived by his wife, Ronetta Whited of Rickman; daughters, Casey and husband, Richard Clark of Baxter, Janetta and husband, Andrew Wilson of Monterey, Kristen and husband, Cory Burgess of Crossville; grandchildren, Lyla Burgess, Lucius Burgess, Thomas Clark, Gracie Wilson and Dakota Wilson; brothers, Herbert Whited of Livingston and Freddie Bledsoe of Monroe; sister-in-law, Terri Bledsoe of Rickman; sisters, Wanda and husband, Pete Gilley of Hilham, Thelma Taylor of Portland, Ind. and Jennie Greenwood of Livingston.


Card Of Thanks

Pearl Cantrell

The family of the late Pearl Cantrell would like to offer their sincere thanks to everyone that helped in any way during her illness and death.

We are unable to list everyone, but we will never forget your kindness during this most difficult time in our lives.

We find comfort in knowing that our mom was blessed with so many friends and loved ones in her life.

Thanks so much for everything.


Card Of Thanks

Thank You from the Beason Family

We would like to thank everyone who supported Frankie during his illness.

Thankfully his health continues to improve.

Your kindness and generosity at the recent benefit will forever be cherished.

We appreciate everyone who attended, donated, volunteered and prayed.

From the bottom of our hearts – thank you!


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