Obits 10/16/18

Herman Alex Clark, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Herman Alex Clark, Jr. age 71, of Lafayette and formerly of Cookeville was conducted 10 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2018 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. Jack Honeycutt and Bro. Hilliard Duke officiated. Burial followed in the Clark Cemetery.

Mr. Clark was born on August 15th, 1947 in Pickett County to the late Herman Clark Sr. and Margie Inez Todd Clark. After a wonder life, on October 9th, Herman passed into his enternal home with Jesus, with his loving wife Alma Coons Sliger Clark of Lafayette, by his side. Herman and Alma were blessed to have found each other later in life, after both losing a spouse, and were very happily married for over eight years. She was an answer to his prayer and source of joy in his life. Together, they were active in their local church, and enjoyed spending time with each other and with their family. He enjoyed Southern Gospel Music and was a great singer. Herman was also a sports fan. He enjoyed a good Titan’s game or watching his children and grandchildren play their various sports. He was a committed husband, father and grandfather.

Herman Clark was preceded in death by his 1st wife Katherine Jean Anderson Clark. They were married 33 years and raised four children together. They were parted only by her death.

Herman was very proud of his large blended family. They include, Daughters Karen Crews (Jason), Kristen Love-Roach (Don), Kelli Raper (Stephen), son, Kevin Clark (Missy) of Cookeville. Sons, Andy Sliger (Shelly) of Lafayette, Terry Sliger, of Patoka, IL, daughter Darla Goad, (Johnny) of Greenbriar, Grandchildren include, Briana Gaitan, Joseph Rattanavong, Jordan Rattanavong, Benjamin Rattanavong, Emily Rattanavong, James Crews, Caraline Crews, Shandon Roberts, Alexandra Jordan, Alyssa Love, Jesse Clemmons, Jade Clark, Jackson Clark, Maxwell Clark, Courtney Porter, Brittney Sliger, MaryBeth Winters, and Amy Jones; Great grandchildren, Xander Gaitan, Julian Gaitan, Chloe Gaitan, Uriah Rattanavong, David Williamson Jr., Bryson Porter, Lilly Winters and Leland Sliger.

Herman loved the Lord and his faith was not shaken through his long illness. He would leave you with these words. “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7


Mary Ann Huffines

A Celebration of Life Service for Mary Ann Huffines, age 80, of Cookeville, was held on Monday, October 15 at Cookeville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Drew Shelley and Rev. Rob Wheeler officiated. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in Jackson County.

Mary Ann passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at West Meade Place in Nashville, TN.

She was born Wednesday October 5, 1938 in Gainesboro, TN to the late Bill and Ruth Bain Wooten. She graduated from Jackson County High School and later married her high school sweetheart, Drue Huffines. They celebrated 61 years of marriage on October 26, 2017. They worked together in the radio station business, which they were co-owners of in Livingston and Cookeville.

Mary Ann had a deep love for the Lord and her faith was witnessed daily. She was a church member and diligent worker in the Methodist churches she served in Gainesboro and Livingston, and most recently in Cookeville First United Methodist Church.

She will be remembered for the love and care she bestowed on those around her. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, outstanding grandmother, and loyal friend. She enjoyed playing bridge for over 50 years with a special group of ladies she cherished.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Drue Huffines; her daughter, Lucretia (Gary) Maxwell, two grandsons, Davis (Elisabeth) Maxwell, and Lee (Lindsay) Maxwell, all of Cookeville; brother, Billy (Jane Ellen) Wooten, Jr. of Gallatin, TN; uncle, Frank Bain of Baxter; and two nieces, Susan Wooten Ford of Collierville, TN, and Brooke Wooten of Atlanta, GA.

Pallbearers will be Charles Langford, Dan Huffines, Bob Gallaher, Jim Thompson, Mike Phipps, Dr. Steve Flatt, Billy Wooten, Jim Hawkins, Joe Hawkins, and Ed Halfacre.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Carol Langford, Joan Upchurch, Shelia Nelson, Matilda Speck, Alberta Dale, Carol Coleman, Sue Reynolds, Ginny and Garvin Smith, Patricia Leonard, Joel Upton, Frank Bain, Betty Berry, and members of the Backslider’s Sunday School Class.

Special thanks to Dr. Steve Flatt, Dr. Ruth Lamar, Marie Molnar, and Dianne Naff.

Memorial contributions may be made to the music ministry or the food pantry of Cookeville First United Methodist Church, 165 East Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 or the charity of your choice.

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


Phyllis D. “Tutty” Kennedy

Phyllis D. “Tutty” Kennedy, 59 of Anderson, Ind. and formerly of Overton County, passed away on April 21 in Anderson, Ind. Graveside Celebration Of Life Services were held on Oct. 13 from the Fellowship Cemetery. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Livingston, May 31, 1958. She was a graduate of Madison Heights High School. She enjoyed going to concerts with her great-nephew, Austin, and crafting and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by parents, John and Corine Taylor Kennedy; brother, Billy Kennedy; sister, Brinda Kennedy; and brother-in-law, Gerald Anderson.

She is survived by sister, JoAnn Anderson of Alexandria, Ind.; brothers, John Kennedy and wife, LeGenia of Greenville, Ind., Larry Kennedy and wife, Vickie of Anderson, Ind. and Bobby Kennedy of Alexandria, Ind.; nieces and nephews, Amie Hood and husband, Greg, Christopher Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy and Jada Smith; several great-nephews; uncles; several cousins and special friends, Janice and Dan.


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