Obits 12/4/18

Melva Dean Ramsey Little

Melva Dean Ramsey Little, 85 of Manchester, passed away on Nov. 21 at Silver Point. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in Goodhope Cemetery in Livingston.

She was born in Overton County. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Manchester. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, loved music and most of all spending time with her beloved family.

She was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Addieville Ramsey; husband, Charles Little; and brothers, Clifford Ramsey, Castle Ramsey and Hollis Ramsey.

She is survived by sons, Robert Bruce Little (Kathy) and Gilbert Little (Lanai); grandchildren, Justin Little (Allison), Travis Little (Heather), Kael Hyde (Justin) and Lauren Baker (Chris); and great grandchildren, Samantha Little, Wesley Little and Addilyn Hyde.

 

Lena Pearl Masters

Schoolteacher

Lena Pearl Masters, 79 of Cookeville, passed away on Nov. 18 at her residence. Funeral services were held on Nov. 20. Interment followed in the Poplar Springs Cemetery. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Cookeville on Oct. 6, 1939. She was a schoolteacher.

She was preceded in death by parents, Herman James Allen and Lillian Bennett Allen.

She is survived by husband, Dewey Glenn Masters; daughters, Robbie Byrd and husband, Johnny and Lisa Poskevich and husband, Dan; son, Chris Masters and wife, Tara; sisters, Merle Marley and Glenda Gamble; grandchildren, Jeremy Byrd, Ashley Dietz, Savannah Patel, Sydney Jackson, Riley Masters, Lily Masters and Spence Masters; and a host of family and friends.

 

 

Jane Crawford

C&M Clothing

Funeral services for Mrs. Ola Jane Crawford, age 94, of Livingston and formerly of Cookeville, was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Rev. Bob Pharris and Rev. James Shenko officiated. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Baxter.

Her family received friends Tuesday from 5 – 8 p.m. and again Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time.

Mrs. Crawford passed away Monday November 26, 2018 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN.

She was born Wednesday November 26, 1924 in Putnam County, TN to the late Bedford B. and Annie Davidson Chaffin.

Mrs. Crawford was a member of Livingston First Christian Church.

She formerly was employed with Cookeville Shirt Factory, Wilson Sporting Goods and retired from C&M Clothing. She was well known with family and friends for her good cooking. She and her late husband loved to travel and cook.

Survivors include her daughter, Pat (Mike) Gilpatrick of Livingston; six grandchildren, James Crawford, Amy (Phil) Trammel, Michele (Herbie) Buchanan, Mitch (Michelle) Daniels, Wendy (Scott) Haney, and Marcy (Patrick) Randall; daughter-in-law, Carol (Bob) Day; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Crawford Sr.; son, James Edward Crawford, Jr.; grandson, Seth Gilpatrick; and eight siblings.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston First Christian Church, 320 Oakley Street, Livingston, TN 38570.

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

 

Mary Frances Brown

Mary Frances Brown, 89 of Rickman, passed away on Nov. 28 at her home. Funeral services were held on Dec. 1 at Netherland Church of Christ. Mark Loftis officiated. Interment followed in Eckel Cemetery. Presley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Rickman on April 3, 1929. She was a member of Netherland Church of Christ. She will always be remembered for her passion for teaching, love for her students, at Rickman School (where she taught Home Economics). After her retirement, she enjoyed quilting by hand.

She was preceded in death by parents, Stanley H. Carr and Carrie V. Goodpasture Carr; and husband, Alvin Jared Brown.

She is survived by son, Kent J. Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Sara F. and Calvin Bilbrey; granddaughter, Shanna Murphy, and her sons, Levi and Grayson, all of Rickman; sisters, June Evelyn Carr and Betty Sue Bilbrey of Sparta; and several nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers were Dale Bilbrey, David Bilbrey, Derick Bilbrey, Dalton Bilbrey, Stormy Halsell, Keith McCormick, Charles Davis and Dester Wilson.

 

Judy A. Jackson

Judy Ann Ford Jackson, 64 of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 28 at her home. Celebration of Life services were held on Dec. 3 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

She was born in Overton County on Aug. 31, 1954. She was Methodist in faith and a caregiver. She loved her kids and grandkids; they were the joy of her life.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Virginia Smith Ford; brother, Gary Ford.

She is survived by daughter, Melissa Jackson of Livingston; sons, Billy Wayne Jackson and wife, Mary of Monroe and Jody Jackson of Hilham; grandchildren, Steven Jackson, Melissa Boils, Courtney Jackson, Cody Jackson, Cailey Jackson, Cassidy Jackson and Cameron Jackson; five great-grandchildren; sister, Debbie Ballard of Livingston; brothers, Larry Ford of Cookeville, Danny Ford and wife, Debbie of Hilham and Michael Ford and Tommy Ford both of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Harnold A. Mercer

Harnold A. Mercer, 77 of Gainesboro, passed away on Nov. 25 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held on Dec. 3 from the Fellowship Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. Colby Blaylock officiated. Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Clay County on Feb. 10, 1941. He worked for Saturn Automotive. He was Pentecostal and enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and woodworking. He loved to help people anyway he could. His favorite enjoyment was with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Hilary and Geneva Glidewell Mercer; sisters, Beatrice Brown, Helen Sidwell and Opalene Franklin; and brothers, John Ed Mercer, Samuel Arnold Mercer, Alton Mercer and Talton Mercer.

He is survived by wife, Marjorie King Mercer of Gainesboro; daughter, Pamela Mercer of Gainesboro; son Robert A. Mercer of Alamogordo, N.M.; grandchildren, Danielle Mercer, Rhett Mercer, Michael Peak and Matthew Peak; and great-grandchild, Micah Peak.

 

Beatrice Smith Nevins

Beatrice Smith Nevins, 94 of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 27 at the NHC Health Care in Cookeville. Graveside services were held on Nov. 29 from the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Overton County on May 23, 1924. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church in Livingston. She loved her family dearly, enjoyed being around friends, cooking, quilting, gardening and canning.

She was preceded in death by parents, Ottly and Ethel Smith; husband, Matthew Nevins; daughter, Carol Howell; and sisters, Ann Winningham and Ruth Ledbetter.

She is survived by son, Jim Nevins of Lebanon; grandchildren, Matt Nevins of Nashville and Christie Jones of Algood; great grandson, Gaven Loza; brother, Robert Smith of Livingston; twin sister, Veatrice Mason of Pulaski and sister, Nell West of Tulsa, Okla.

 

Benjamin Frederick Jolley

U.S. Military Veteran

Benjamin Frederick Jolley, 31 of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 26 at his home. Funeral services were held on Nov. 30 from the First Baptist Church in Livingston. Bro. Greg Watson and Bro. Joshua Watson officiated. Military Honors were provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Aug. 23, 1987. He was a 2005 graduate of Livingston Academy and was in his last semester to graduate Tennessee Tech. He served his country in the Army from 2010 through 2014. He loved his family and friends. He enjoyed working on computers, board games and being in the outdoors.

He is survived by wife, Rebekah Marisa Watson Jolley of Livingston; son, Garrett Jolley of Livingston; parents, Tom and Jean Jolley of Livingston; and sister, Betsy Jolley of Livingston.

 

Landon Staggs

Landon Staggs, 57 of Allons, passed away on Nov. 19 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on Nov. 23 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Hunter Cove Cemetery located in Allons. Bro. Jerry Buck and Bro. Thurman Sebers officiated.

He was born in Livingston on Oct. 25, 1961. He was a member of the First Assembly of God. He never met a stranger. He was a friend to all who knew him. He was a loving brother, uncle and friend.

He was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Jean Sebers Staggs.

He is survived by sisters, Linda Cantrell and her husband, Jewell, Shelia Carr and her husband, Darroll and Sharon Eldridge and husband, Jimmy; brother: Larry Staggs; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers were Landon Stoglin, Christopher Lewis, Bill Davis, Darroll Carr, Jewell Cantrell and Jim Eldridge.

 

Albert G. Sage

U.S. Army Veteran

Albert G. Sage, 93 of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 17 at the Overton Co. Health and Rehabilitation. The family has chosen cremation at his request. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Thayer, Kan. on Feb. 12, 1925. He served in WWII and was in the Army and worked for the government in purchasing. He will be missed very much by his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Lillie (McCready) Sage.

He is survived by wife, Eleanor Sage; and daughters, Saundra L. Baijo, Shannon L. Marble and Sharron McElroy.

 

Betty Lou Carr

Betty Lou Stover Carr, 72 of Livingston, passed away on Nov. 29 at her home. Funeral services were held on Dec. 2 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Derek Copeland and Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiated. Interment followed in the Stover Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on Jan. 10, 1946. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston. She loved cooking for her kids, grandkids and friends. She loved church, sports and cheering on her grandchildren at ballgames.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Elsie Ledbetter Stover; and brothers, Junior, Ray and Bobby Stover.

She is survived by sons, Marty Carr and wife, Teresa of Livingston and Mark Carr and fiancé, Casey Sizemore of Livingston; grandchildren, Lorianne White and husband, Matt of Livingston Brent Carr and wife, Sasha of Livingston and Brayden Carr, Brock Carr and Cora Sizemore all of Livingston; great-grandchildren, Carson White, Gunter Carr, Harris Carr and Brooke Carr; sister, Linda Henson; and brothers, Jerry Stover and George Stover.

Pallbearers were John Walker, Adam Walker, Brock Carr, Brayden Carr, Tony Stover, Ray Stover and Mike Carr.

 

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