Obits 11/20/18

James Edward “Bud” Sells

James Edward “Bud” Sells, 80 of Allons, passed away on Nov. 12 from his home. Funeral services were held on Nov. 14 from the chapel of the Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Timmy Ray officiated. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.

He was born June 6, 1938 in Clay County. He was Baptist in Faith and was a farmer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and making a garden. He also enjoyed taking care of his lawn, talking to his friends at Triple D Grocery Store and riding around the countryside.

He was preceded in death by parents, Homer and Vinie Ruth Riddle Sells; brother, Jackie Sells; sisters, Estelle Shoemake, Mildred Jean Harris and Isabelle Hummel.

He is survived by sisters, Mable Ann Hummel of Allons and Betty Dean Sells Stover of Columbia; nephew and caregiver, Ricky Shoemake of Allons; also a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were David Thrasher, Dale Keisling, Clay Phillips, Ronnie Shoemake, Gary Shoemake, David Dorminey and Darron Dorminey.

Honorary Pallbearers were James Barlow.


Sandy Kay Hancock


Sandy Kay Taylor Hancock, 57 of Smyrna and formerly of Overton County, passed away on Nov. 12. Funeral services were held on Nov. 17 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Hillier Duke officiated. Interment followed in the Hancock Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on Feb. 10, 1961. She was a member of the Hatcher Hall Christian Church and a 1979 graduate of Livingston Academy. She loved to laugh and she enjoyed life. She loved her family and her dogs Aspen and Max. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and loved to help people.

She is survived by husband, Kenny Hancock of Smyrna; daughter, Brandi Boles Underhill and husband, Rick of Kansas City, Mo.; parents, Wayne and Brenda Taylor of Monroe; brother, David Taylor and wife, Sherry of Monroe; and niece, Emily Taylor.

Pallbearers were John Binhlam, Joe Jolley, Troy Jolley, Jason Stover, James Robbins and Jeff Garrison.


James B. Parrott

James B. Parrott, 85 of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 11 at the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Nov. 14 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated. Interment followed in the Wirmingham Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County on Sept. 4, 1933. He was a member of the Free Communion Church of Christ. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers and sister. He loved all his church family. He enjoyed hobby farming, working in his church, also his horses and donkeys.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Hessie Stover Parrott; sister, Katie Dean Parrott; and brothers, John Parrott and Kersey Stover.

He is survived by wife, Betty Smith Parrott of Livingston; sons, Billy Parrott and Joe Parrott both of Livingston; daughter, Jamie Rogers and husband, Ryan of Maryville; grandchildren, Garrett Rogers, and Camden James Rogers; brothers, Roy Parrott and wife, Jessie of Livingston and Charles “Chig” Parrott and wife, Rose of Livingston; sister, Ruby Bilbrey of Livingston.

Pallbearers were L.D. Johnson, Roy Pennington, Riley Johnson, David Vaughn, Jack Parrott and Ryan Rogers.



Johnie Sherman Boles


Mr. Johnie Sherman Boles, age 88, of Bolestown, Tennessee, passed away in to the presence of our Lord on November 8, 2018.

Graveside service was conducted 1 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018 from the Bolestown Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

John was born January 7, 1930 in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee to the late John Sherman Boles Sr. and Alta Mae Shewmake Boles, a tobacco farming family. As a young boy, he loved to ramble through the woods as he hunted and fished with his brothers. He joined the Air Force at the young age of sixteen and continued his military services with the California Air National Guard in Ontario, CA. He obtained the rank of Master Sergeant and finished his lengthy career as a civil servant at Alvin Callender Field, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, LA. Johns professional life was always one of service to his country and he was very proud to be known as an Air Force veteran.

Upon retiring, he and his wife, Iris Fay McCain Boles moved to their country home in Hanceville, AL. He became an avid gardener, pouring over agricultural guides until his vegetable gardens became a work of art. He was a Southern Baptist, Free mason and Zamora Shriner. He spent many volunteer days helping to transport sick children through the state of Alabama and on their way to a Shriner’s hospital.

John leaves his loving wife, Iris Fay McCain Boles; sons, Tim Boles and wife Debbie, Steve Boles and wife Sherry, Greg Boles and wife Connie; daughter, Rhonda Boles Demonbreun; sister, Geraldine Saad; brothers, Victor Boles and wife Sandy, Hal Boles and wife Janice and Kenneth Boles; grandchldren, Corey and Jared Strodered, Amber Boles, Jessica Brackeen, Timothy and Micah Demonbreun; great-grandchildren, Stephen and Malloree Warino, Collin Vicknair, Brendan and Avery Stroderd.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brothers, Morse, Marce, Bryce, Claude, and infant brother Boles; sisters, Jemima Ringley and Patricia Hoffman.


Michael Joe Watkins

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Michael Joe Watkins, 67 of Albany, Ky., passed away on Nov. 17 at the Albany Medical Center. Graveside services were held on Nov. 21 from the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Anderson, Ind. on July 26, 1951. He was retired from General Motors. He loved to tinker on old cars, fishing, loved and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by parents, Arlis and Dexter Ledbetter Watkins; and brother, Robert Malone Watkins.

He is survived by wife, Doris Hill Watkins of Albany, Ky.; sons, Jeb Michael Watkins of Anderson, Ind., and Jack Schubert, Jr., of Livonia, Mich.; daughters, Cori Lynn Garner, Pendleton, Ind., Dana Pauline Coleman of Pendleton, Ind. and Jena Schubert of Spokane, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and sisters, Susan Watkins of Livingston and Rebecca Watkins of Anderson, Ind.


Robert Lee Gore

Robert Lee Gore, 61 of Rickman, passed away on Nov. 3 in his home. Graveside services for Mr. Gore will be held at a later date. Speck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born April 15, 1957 in Noblesville, Ind.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert M. and Phyllis A Meredith Gore; son, Robert L. Gore II; granddaughter, Joslin Crouch; and brothers, Roy Meredith and David Gore.

He is survived by wife, Ellen Bilbrey Gore of Rickman; daughter, Sarah Crouch of Rickman; grandchildren, Luke and Scarlett Crouch; brothers, Timmy Gore and Paul Gore both of Anderson, Ind.; sister, Shelly Vinson of Cookeville.


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