Obits 10/23/18

Fred Denton Gaw


Fred Denton Gaw, 71 of Rickman, passed away on Oct. 13 at the Livingston Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 17 from the Rickman First Freewill Baptist Church. Bro. Bobby Roberts officiated. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Overton County on March 7, 1947. He was a member of the Rickman First Freewill Baptist Church. He worked for many years at Berkline in Livingston. He loved to ride motorcycles, especially the back roads in the country. His joy was his grandchildren and spending time with them playing video games. He loved his little dog Peanut and all his animals.

He was preceded in death parents, Fowler and Cleo Smith Gaw; and sister, Clydean Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Harris Gaw of Rickman; God-Sons, Chris Matheney and wife, Heather of the Thorn Gap Community, Tyson Matheney and wife, Amber of Monterey and Jason Harris of Cookeville; God-Daughter, Kelly Pendergrass and husband, Sam of Rickman; brothers, Freeman Gaw of Rickman and Ralph Gaw and wife, Judy of Anderson, Ind.; sisters, Betty Warden and husband, Danny of Monterey and Netta Rose of Rickman.


Donald Leroy Keith

Veteran/Nurse Anesthetist

Donald Leroy Keith, 85 of Allons, passed away on Sept. 22 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. A Celebration of Life service willbe held on Oct. 28 at the Cookeville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Daniel Graham and Pastor John Hanson will officiate. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Harlem, NY on April 18, 1933. He served his country during the Korean Conflict, where he became a Nurse Anesthetist. He was a member of Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church. He loved the Lord, enjoyed Bible Study, helping others, bird watching, gardening and playing the piano. He was an amateur photographer and loved his family dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Watson and Lois Jackson Keith; infant son, Little Donald; sisters, Joan Keith, June Carney-Robinson and Jacquline Lewis; foster sister, Jean “Penny” Ingram.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet Moseley Keith of Allons; daughters, Karmen Keith of Allons, and Lori Fullard and husband, Larry of Orangeburg, SC; foster daughter, Sarah Smith and husband, Jerome of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sisters, Jeanette Du-bois of New Orleans, La. and Lois Ashburne of Bowie, Md.; grandchildren, Larry R. Fullard, Lamar Fullard and Kyron Hasse; and host of family members, loved ones and friends.


Arlis “Shorty” Hummel

Willow Grove Marina

Arlis Norman “Shorty” Hummel, 85 of the Willow Grove Community, passed away on Oct. 21 from the Livingston Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted on Oct. 24 the chapel of the Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Pickens will officiate. Interment will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery.

He was born in Clay County on Dec. 17, 1932. He worked for many years at the Willow Grove Marina. He loved his wife and family very much. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, gospel bluegrass and southern gospel music and watching Judge Judy and westerns on television.

He was preceded in death by parents, Carvel Cordell and Dessa Dennis Hummel; and brothers, Freeman Hummel and Waymon Hummel.

He is survived by wife, Sally Harvey Hummel of the Willow Grove Community; daughters, Delisa Ramsey and husband, Mark of Hilham and Debra Sheppard and husband, Charlie of Winston Salem, N.C.; son, Dwayne Hummel and wife, Sherry of Gig Harbor, Wash.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, James Hummel and wife, Debbie of Allons and Leaman Hummel and wife, Nila of Anderson, Ind.; sisters, Angeline Eversole of Junction City, Kan., Anna Mapels of Richmond, Ind. and Genell Jones of Livingston.

Pallbearers are Mark Ramsey, Dwayne Hummel, Jacob Ramsey, Charlie Sheppard, C.J. Sheppard and Jason Edwards.

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