Obits 9/25/18

Donald Eithel Groce

Donald E. Groce, 67 of Livingston, passed away on Sept. 20 at his home. Funeral services were held on Sept. 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

He was born in Overton County on Jan. 7, 1951. He loved being in the outdoors hunting deer. He was always on the look for deer no matter where he was. He also loved and enjoyed being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther General and Anna Beatrice Stover Groce; and wife, Sarah Dorice Morgan Groce.

He is survived by his daughter, Shelley Groce of Livingston; grandchildren, Heather Clark and Logan Herron both of Livingston; honorary grandchildren, Joseph and sister, Marie Bowman; and great-grandchildren, Marius, Lillian, Jayden and Sarah Maleya; sister, Sue Roberts and husband, James Ester of Meridian, Ind.

Pallbearers were Logan Herron, Kyle Lee, Joseph Bowman and Jerry Roberts, Gary Stover and Ronnie Colson.

 

Mary Cravens

Mary Cravens, 82 of Columbia, passed away on Sept. 16 at Maury Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on Sept. 20 from Williams Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Swango officiated. Interment followed in the Polk Community Gardens Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County. She faithfully served the Lord; her church, Loyal Chapel Free Will Baptist; and her family. She always had a bright smile and a spirit filled happy heart. She truly loved her husband of more than 50 years, Roden, and attended to him in the last two years of his life after a tragic accident left him quadriplegic.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roden Cravens; son-in-law, Gary Huntzinger; grandson, Brandon Cravens; parents, Thomas and Mae (Beasley) Bilbrey; brothers, Willard, Clyde Lee, Billy Ray and Billy Joe Bilbrey; and sisters, Bonnie Bilbrey, Johnnie Hogue and Bobbie West.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen (Gary) Huntzinger of Spring Hill; son, Jerry (Robyn) Cravens of Rockvale; grandchildren, Barry (Cynthia) Huntzinger of Columbia, Ryan (Debbie) Huntzinger of Columbia, Joshua (Samantha) Cravens of Christiania; Victoria (Chris) Alford of Antioch; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brothers, James, Kenneth and Ronald Bilbrey; sister, Faye McCowan; and sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

 

Gordon Ray Huckeby

Veteran/Livingston Auto Parts

Gordon Ray Huckeby, 80 of Monroe, passed away on Sept. 18 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Sept. 20 from the Midway Christian Church. Interment followed in the Cope Cemetery. Brown Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Overton County on Aug. 4, 1938. He had owned and operated Livingston Auto Parts, was a Veteran serving in the Army, a NRA member, an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Stella Huckeby; wife, Margaret (Rich) Huckeby; brothers, Leonard, Lester, Tilbert, Junior, A.B. and Preston Huckeby; sister, Arleene Almonrod; and multiple hunting dogs.

He is survived by his daughter, Perri Lynn Capps and husband, Burton of Spring City; brother, Lyman Huckeby of Gideon, Mo.; grandchildren, Robert (Valerie) and James; great grandchildren, Audra, Tucker and Adelynn; hunting dog, Bandit; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Betty Faye Massingille

Stover’s Country Kitchen

Betty Faye Massingille, 55 of Allons, passed away on Sept.11 at her residence. Funeral services were held on Sept. 14 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Aron Dillon officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born in Livingston Dec. 31, 1962. She was formally employed at Stover’s Country Kitchen, which she loved working there for Scott and Patricia Stover. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Massingille; father, Luther Washington Stamps; brother, Luther Randall Stamps; and sisters: Kimmy Bilbrey and Veachel Kay Stamps.

She is survived by her mother, Betty Stamps; brother: Ricky Stamps and wife, Jean; sisters, Tina Dixon and her husband, Bruce, Rita Daniels and husband, Adam, Rachel Stamps and Jacob Carmack; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends also survive.

Pallbearers were Tommy Daniels, Troy Daniels, Adam Daniels, Lucas Daniels, Wayne Peek and Paul Strong.

 

Virginia Almonrode

Virginia M. Swallows Almonrode, 82 of Livingston, passed away on Sept. 22 from the Overton County Health and Rehab center. Funeral services were held on Sept. 25 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on May 10, 1936. She attended the Memorial Baptist Church in Livingston. She loved collecting Antiques, gardening and listening to Country and Gospel Music.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Zora B. and Conway McDonald Swallows; and husband, Carl Almonrode.

She is survived by her son, Bobby Almonrode of Livingston.

 

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