Mary Linda Collins
Mary Linda Collins, 69 of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 21 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Oct. 25, 2018 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Rev. Craig Green officiated. Interment followed in the Eckel Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County on Sept. 29, 1949. She attended the Shiloh United Methodist Church. She loved her family, and enjoyed watching game shows, flowers, quilting and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by mother, Molessia Hammons Brown; husbands, Oscar Phillips and Leonard Collins; brothers, Larry Hammons and Harold “Hambone” Hammons; sisters, Pat Hammons and Rita Allen.
She is survived by her daughter, Molessia Melton and husband, Jimmy Crawford of Rickman; son, Rodney Phillips and wife, Melinda of the Highland Mountain Community; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Cindy Day of Cookeville; brothers, Willard Hammons of the Hardys Chapel Community, and Mike Brown of Cookeville.
Pallbearers were Ryan Johnson, Jeff Hammons and Patrick Melton.
Ricky Adams, 63 of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 2 at his home in Livingston. Celebration of Life services were held on Oct. 28 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.
He was born in Louisville, Ky. born Feb. 10, 1955. He was an Iron Worker and Welder and enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by father, Woodson Adams; sister, Lorretta Adams; brothers, Mitch Ramsey and Jerry Adams.
He is survived by his wife, April Garcia Adams of Livingston; daughters, Shelly Adams of Orlando, Fla. and Shari Adams of Orlando, Fla.; sons, Eddie Adams of Orlando, Fla., Dwayne Adams of Livingston and Jared Adams of Livingston; grandchildren, Parker Gurnland and Connor Vieni; brother, Larry Adams and Robin “Bo” Adams both of Orlando, Fla.; mother, Mable Ramsey Adams of Orlando, Fla.
Aleshia Jones Johnson
Aleshia Jones Johnson, 49 of Monterey, passed away on Oct. 22 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were held on Oct. 24 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. David Harris officiated. Graveside Services with Rev. Billy Joe Hedgecough officiating followed in the Honey Springs Cemetery on Oct. 25.
She was born in Cookeville on May 31, 1969.
She was a homemaker. She attended Calvary Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by husband, Donnie Johnson.
She is survived by mother and stepfather, Susan and Jack Mainord of Rickman; father, Ellis Lee Jones of Monterey; three great aunts; three uncles; three first cousins; and numerous other family members.
Jimmie Leon Harvey
Jimmie Leon Harvey, 85 of Noblesville, Ind. and formerly of the Hurd Ridge Community, passed away on Oct. 22 at his home in Noblesville, Ind. Funeral services were held on Oct. 27 at the Free Communion Church of Christ. Bro. Marlon Winningham officiated. Interment followed in the Old Bethel Cemetery. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He was born in Clay County on Sept. 24, 1933. He was retired from Chrysler Corporation. He was a member of the Columbus Avenue Church of Christ and the UAW. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved cars, animals, mowing grass and gardening.
He was preceded in death by parents, James Edward and Chloe Harvey; and brother, Noel Harvey.
He is survived by children, Patty Ritchison and husband, John, Pam Platts and husband, Dave, Jim Harvey, Tim Harvey and wife, Shelly and Chris Harvey and wife, Suzanne; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Free Communion Church of Christ.
Rose Hart Dale
Celebration of Life Services for Ms. Rose Hart Dale, age 108, of Livingston was conducted 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26 from the First Christian Church in Livingston. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until time of services. Rev. Dee Wells and Rev. James Shenko officiated. The great and great-great nieces and nephews served as the honorary pallbearers. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Rose Hart Dale was born in Livingston, Tennessee on October 23, 1910. She passed away on October 23, 2018, her 108th birthday. She was a daughter of J.B. (Jake Butler) and Leila Harris Dale who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Leilabel Dale Officer and Ruby Dale Stephens and brothers, Charles Harris Dale, Sr. and Oscar Dale. Her longtime companion, friend and niece, Rebecca Ann Officer also preceded her in passing.
She is survived by nieces, Betty Elaine Hawkins and Caroline Stephens Banker; nephews, Charles Harris Dale, Patrick Dale and John Officer along with many great and great-great nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank and give special recognition to her long time and current caregivers, Myrna Holman, Nita Blaylock, Vicki Gottardy, Paige Dyer, Sheri Hollaway and Carol Breeding.
Ms. Dale’s father was a farmer and her mother a homemaker and piano teacher. Ms. Dale received her early education in Overton County and graduated from Livingston Academy in 1928. She attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (later Tennessee Tech University) and Peabody Teachers’ College, earning certification in library science and physical education, respectively. Ms. Dale then worked her way through Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, obtaining her A.B. degree in English and History in 1935. Ms. Dale then returned to Overton County to begin her teaching career.
Ms. Dale enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher in Tennessee and Texas. She taught at the Okalona “tow-teacher” rural schoolhouse for two years, at Livingston Elementary for one year and at Livingston Academy for sixteen years, where she also coached girls’ basketball. She then taught high school in Columbia, Tennessee for one year before moving to Texas in 1954. Ms. Dale taught at the high school in Mission, Texas for twenty years. During her tenure as an educator in Texas, Ms. Dale assumed several leadership roles. She served as a member of the state executive committee of the Texas State Teachers Association, as Treasurer for District 1 of that organization for four years and then as President of her local unit of the Texas State Teacher Association. Ms. Dale was recognized nationally for her outstanding work, receiving a certificate of acceptance from the National Education Association in 1968-1969 and was honored as an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America in 1973. Ms. Dale was a member and past-president of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teachers society. Ms. Dale’s teaching career spanned approximately forty years; she retired in 1974 and returned to Livingston, serving as the Overton County librarian from 1974 to 1980. Ms. Dale is a member and past-matron of Livingston’s chapter #206 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her leadership as an educator, Rose Hart Dale has been a trailblazer at the Livingston First Christian Church. a member of the church for 97 years, in 1986 she was the first woman to be elected Chairman of the Board. In 1993, she earned the distinction of being the first woman to be elected Elder at the First Christian Church. In latter years she served as Elder Emeritus in church.
Nora Cravens, 84 of Alpine, passed away on Oct. 22 from the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 25 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Howard Scroggins officiated. Interment followed in the Falling Springs Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County May 31, 1934. She was a member of the Falling Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to church, canning and cooking. She loved to watch basketball and even enjoyed playing basketball. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, Terry and Dora Wright Norris; husband, Dayton Cravens; grandchildren, Brandon and Virginia Winningham who were twins; brothers, Toby, Fred, Junior, Dude and A.D. Norris; and sisters, Lela Cravens and Chloe Cravens.
She is survived by son, Jeffery Cravens and wife Becky, of Cookeville; daughters, Judy Winningham and husband, Bill of Alpine, Reda Cravens of Alpine and Rhonda Long and husband, David of Allons; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Flora Cashion her twin sister and Ova Lee Johnson.
Virginia Geraldine “Toot” West
Virginia Geraldine “Toot” West, 95 of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 24 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Graveside Services were held on Oct. 29 from the Holly Springs Cemetery. Brother Tom Greenwood officiated. Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She was born in Overton County on Jan. 15, 1923. She loved to visit people and play cards, travel with the senior citizens and sit on her porch.
She was preceded in death by parents, Will and Bonnie Holman West; brothers, Jessie West and James West; and sister, Reba Copeland.
She is survived by niece, Linda Sells and husband, Gary of Livingston; great-nieces, Jogenna McDonald and husband, Ralph, Jr. of Alpine and Mollie Talent and husband, Scott of Dayton; great-nephew, Robbie Walker and wife, Kim of Alpine, great-niece, Samantha Copeland of Monroe; seven great-great nieces and nephews; and three great-great-great nieces.
Pallbearers were Scott Talent, Ralph McDonald, Clay McDonald, Cole McDonald and Robbie Walker.
Nina Viora Bagwell Price
Nina (Bagwell) Price, 89, passed away on Oct. 20 in Byrdstown. The viewing was held at Hall Funeral Home in Livingston on Oct. 25. The funeral service immediately followed. Interment followed in the Davidson’s Cemetery in Pall Mall.
She was born in Harriman on June 23, 1929. She was an active member of the Church of Christ, and her interests included family, gardening, music, politics and reading.
She was preceded in death by husband, Dean Price; brothers, Kenneth, Dennis and Gary; and sister, June.
She is survived by brother, Bruce Bagwell; children, Mary-Jane and Ron Price; nieces; nephews; and grandchildren.
Treva A. Turner
Treva A. Turner, 65 of Monroe, passed away on Oct. 20 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. There will be no services or visitation planned. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born in Grayville, Ill. on Jan. 25, 1953.
She was preceded in death by father, T.V. Martin.
She is survived by husband, James Turner; son, Jason Lee Turner; daughter, Jamie Ann Turner; grandsons, Grant Lee Turner and Jason Lee Turner, Jr.; mother, Agnes Garrett; and sister, Charlene Skidmore.
Georgia Evelyn Stephens
Georgia Evelyn Beatty Stephens, 89 of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 26 from NHC Healthcare in Cookeville. Celebration of Life services will be on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. from the First Christian Church in Livingston with Rev. James Shenko officiating. Interment will follow in the Copeland Cemetery. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She was born in Overton County on Nov. 29, 1928. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Livingston. She loved her family, enjoyed flowers, feeding birds, gardening, cooking and reading her cookbooks. She absolutely loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, George and Dean Copeland Beatty; and sisters, Collen Norris and Sheryl Beatty.
She is survived by daughter, Patricia Vaughn and husband Ricky of Livingston; son, Charles Stephens and wife, Ginger of Hilham; grandsons, Jamie Ledford and wife, Lori of Old Hickory, Jacob Stephens and wife Jeanetta of Cookeville and Zachary Stephens of Cookeville; great-grandchildren, Callie Stephens, Connor Flippo, Paxton Davidson and Marron Davidson; brother, Jimmy Beatty of Livingston; and sisters, Wanda Stephens of Livingston and Ann Ward of Crossville.
Willie Hugh Hughes
Willie Hugh Hughes, 92 of Livingston, passed away on Oct. 24 in Nashville. Funeral services were held on Oct. 28 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Damon Corley officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.
He was born in Overton County on Dec. 30, 1925. He was a member of the Allons Baptist Church and served his country in the Marines during WWII. He loved his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed deer hunting, turkey hunting and coon hunting with his wife, Emogene, his greatest hunting partner.
He was preceded in death by parents, Charles Hasker and Dorothy Dean Sells Hughes; daughter, Ann Windle; sisters, Ethelene Rich and Evelyn Allen; brothers, Johnny, Delon, Ray, Jim Hughes; and son-in-law Jimmy Lee Speck.
He is survived by wife, Emogene Fletcher Hughes of Livingston; son, Jack Hughes and wife, Pat of Livingston; daughter, Barbara Speck of Germantown, Ohio; son-in-law, Bill Windle, grandchildren, Scott Windle, Jamie Speck, Melody Maples, Brittany Stanley, Shawn Hughes and April Hughes; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Paul Hughes and wife, Martha of Xenia, Ohio.
Pallbearers were Jamie Speck, Shawn Hughes, Hunter Robbins, Blake Stanley, Scott Windle and Brett Stanley.
Grover Lee “Pinky” Ledford
Funeral Services for Mr. Grover Lee “Pinky” Ledford, age 86, of Alpine were conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Copeland officiated. Interment followed in the Ferrell Cemetery, with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. The family welcomed friends on Monday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home.
Ledford, Grover Lee “Pinky” passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from the Signature Health Care in Algood after a long illness. Grover was born on September 22, 1932 to the late Grover Cleveland and Eliza Oma Winningham Ledford in the Ivyton community of Overton County, Tennessee.
Grover obtained the nickname of “Pinky” as a result of having red measles as a infant, where his skin was extremely pink.
Grover proudly served his country in the Korean conflict, from 1951 – 1953 and after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army he enlisted in the Army-National Guard where he served for 25 years and retired from same with a total of 27 years of Military Service. His rank at the time of retirement was 1st Sergeant.
Grover was a true Renaissance man, which was evident by his varied talents: he was a sportsman, with hunting and trapping; a marksman in shooting; his desire to indulge in various cuisines; invoke humor with quick wit and humility and he was also a passionate Bibliophile. His retention of information was so impressive most thought he had a PhD. Grover believed in patriotism and in the Constitution. He was a proud Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association, a founding member of the Second Amendment Task Force, the John Birch Society and the Sons of the Confederacy. He had a strong work ethic, having worked and retired after 35 years for GM Truck & Bus and 10 years as a security Guard for W.I.S.H. TV, both in Indianapolis, Ind.
He believed very strongly in God 1st, Country 2nd and Family 3rd. He was extremely Patriotic and taught his children to always salute the American Flag and stand at attention when you hear The Star Spangled Banner. He loved being around his children and grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, trading guns and knives, and going to gun shows. He also loved reading and discussing the King James Bible and American History. His memory before Alzheimer’s was uncanny. He could quote the Bill of Rights and the U. S. Constitution word for word. Grover believed with everything in him that the King James Bible “Gods Law” and the U.S. Constitution was the Supreme Law of the Land and was willing to defend either with his life if necessary.
He leaves behind his family to cherish his memory: daughter, Janet Marie “Janet-re” Ledford of Cookeville; son, Timothy Grover Ledford, Sr. of Crawford; grandchildren, James Ryan Padgett of Nashville, Kyle Lee Padgett of Monroe, Thomas Fitzgerald Ledford of Monroe, Courtney Diane Ledford of Cookeville, Rory Michelle Ledford of Knoxville, Emily Rose Ledford of Crawford, Timothy Grover Ledford, Jr. of Crawford; great-grandchildren, Garrison Padgett of Monroe, Jamison Padgett of Monroe, Gracie Ann Padgett of Houston, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Grover was a devote Christian, believing Christ was his savior. He will be joining those who have preceded him in death: his parents, Grover and Eliza; uncle, Ezra Ledford; siblings, Molly Dean Ledford, John Thomas “Chief” Ledford, Clyde Haskell “Hass” Ledford, Dolan B. “Bun” Ledford, Wiley Green “Dick” Ledford and Emogene “Jean-Jean” Ledford Anderson; and grandson, John Brandon Padgett.
Funeral Services for Harlie McCowan, age 69, of the Dry Hollow Community of Overton County, Tennessee, were conducted on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home.
Rev. Nolan Cantrell And Rev. David Harris officiated. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Mr. McCowan was born on October 11, 1949, in Overton County, Tennessee, to the late Silas and Allie Mae Wilson McCowan.
Mr. McCowan passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at his home.
Mr. McCowan was a United States Postal Employee for almost 20 years. He was a farmer, worked with the Overton County Highway Department and Overton County Tax Assessor Office. He served on the Overton County Fair Board and was currently Overton County Commissioner 3rd District. He was a United States Vietnam Army Veteran serving in the 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of three Forks Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Scott McCowan of the Dry Hollow Community; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sonia McCowan of Livingston, TN, Karla and Shawn Crabtree of the Dry Hollow Community; Miriaha and Bubba Reams of the Dry Hollow Community; five grandchildren, Gavin McCowan, Ciara Crabtree, Emmie Crabtree, Allie Reams and Maverick Reams; sister, Evelyn Howard Of Rickman; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Fred and Sylvia McCowan of Anderson, Ind., Estle McCowan of the Dry Hollow Community, Jimmy and Bennie McCowan of Mt. Juliet and (Twin) Carlie and Joann McCowan Of Rickman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Phillips; sister-in-law, Elizabeth McCowan; and brother in-law, Horace Howard.
The family received friends at Goff Funeral Home on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
A guest register may be signed at www.gofffuneralhome.com
Card Of Thanks
The family of Treva Ann Turner would like to express our heartfelt thank you to everyone for all of the visits, donations and food during our time of loss. Special thanks to Rita Reid, our extended family, the L.H.A friends, the Bingo friends and all other friends. God Bless each and everyone.
James D. Turner,
Jason L. Turner,
Jamie A. Turner,
Agnes Garrett and