Obituaries 2/26/2019

Leigh Anne Eldridge

Funeral services for Leigh Anne Eldridge, age 17, of Cookeville, TN and a Junior at Cookeville High School was held on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Life Church. Brother Russell Flatt officiated.

Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Overton County.

The family received friends on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Life Church.

Leigh Anne passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 in the Pippin Community of Putnam County, as a result of an automobile accident.

She was born Friday, September 28, 2001 in Livingston, Tennessee to Timothy B. Eldridge and Lisa Ann Mace Bilbrey.

Leigh Anne touched the lives of so many. She always served others – the children of University Heights Baptist Church where she attended, FCCLA, CHS marching band, Kids Matter program, and any needs she saw elsewhere. She was a champion for those in need. She lived her life with joy. Her funny, bright personality shown through in all she did. Leigh Anne loved with all of her heart – her family, friends, and even strangers. Her dream was to be a Special Education teacher. She wanted to make a difference. In her passing, she continues to give by being a donor. Because of her gift, her love continues in the lives of others.

Leigh Anne is survived by her parents, Tim and Sharon Eldridge and Lisa and Jimmy Bilbrey; Siblings, Kellye (Jimmy) Holman, Josh (Ashley) Masters, Kayla Eldridge (Mike Jones) Matthew Eldridge, Aaron Bilbrey, Adam (Samantha) Bilbrey; grandma, Wilma Eldridge; uncles and aunts, Ron (Michelle) Eldridge, Jennifer (Terry) Fields, Chris (Deborah) Mace; nieces and nephews, Logan Holman, Jacob Masters, Tyson Eldridge, Joseph Masters, Lucas Holman, JJ Masters, Autumn Jones; cousins, Ethan Beechboard, Donnie Eldridge, Benton Fields, Shelby Eldridge, Baylee Fields and Kayla Mace.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jacob Masters, grandfathers, Donald Eldridge and Roy Mace, grandparents, Avo (John) Conner, nephew, Spencer Fields, uncle, Randy Mace.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Holman, Mike Jones, Ron Eldridge, Terry Fields, Josh Masters, and Chris Mace. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Eldridge, Logan Holman, Tyson Eldridge, Jacob Masters, Lucas Holman, Joseph Masters, and JJ Masters.

In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes, can make a donation to Cookeville FCCLA in Leigh Anne’s honor. Following the service on Wednesday friends and family are welcome to attend Quality Inn Hotel on Jefferson Ave, in honor of Leigh Anne’s life. Food will be available.

You may share your thoughts or send condolences to the family by visiting http://www.presleyfuneralhome.com. Professional services were provided by Presley Funeral Home (931) 528-1044.

 

Joe T. Hill

Joe T. Hill, 81 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 18 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Celebration of Life services were held on Feb. 21 from the West End Church of Christ. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Clay County on July 5, 1937. He was a member and Elder of the West End Church of Christ. He loved his wife and sons. He loved fishing, working with his sons and building hot rods. He loved his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his dog, Bennie.

He was preceded in death by parents, Milton “Doc” and Cecil Moredock Hill; brothers, Bob Hill, Malcolm Hill, Dan Hill and Jerry Hill; sisters, Kathy Langford and Wynell Terry.

He is survived by wife, Rillie Ramsey Hill of Livingston; sons, Tony Hill and wife, Kim of Livingston, Joey Hill and wife, Donna of Livingston and Mark “Hun” Hill and wife, Renee of Rickman; sisters, Ruth Maynord of Cookeville and Betty Barnes and husband, Bill of Rickman; grandchildren, Kayla Smith, Anthony Hill, Miranda Nowell and Kendra Hill; great-grandchildren, Maddie Hill, Beckett Smith, Hudson Nowell and Kylie Brooke Smith.

 

Arvil Edward York

U.S. Army Veteran

Arvil Edward York, 77 of the Oak Grove Community, passed away on Feb. 19 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Feb. 22 from the chapel of the Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Dugan Smith Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born in Overton County on May 11, 1941. He was a Baptist in faith. He served his country in the Army from 1963 to 1969. He loved his family very much. He enjoyed working on the farm with his son Johnny, who was his best friend. He loved being with his grandkids and being retired.

He was preceded in death by parents, Price and May Smith York.

He is survived by wife, Wilma Faye McCormick York of the Oak Grove Community; son, Johnny York and wife, Amy of Alpine; daughters, Patty Hall and husband, William of Monroe and Patricia Reagan of Livingston; grandchildren, James Price York, Jonah Hall, Autumn Hall, Ethan Reagan and Bethany Reagan; brother, David York and wife, Mildred of Livingston; sisters, Christene Ledbetter, Betty Lou Collins and Mary York all of Livingston.

Pallbearers were David Conatser, Larry Cooper, James Smith, Jessie Smith, Johnny York and David York.

 

Alene R. Davidson

Nurse

Alene R. Davidson, 82 of the Worley Loop Community, passed away on Feb. 19 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Murfreesboro. Funeral services were held on Feb. 23 from the McDonalds Chapel Church. Bro. Jerry Myers and Bro. Winningham VanKnoughnet officiated. Interment followed in the Reagan Cemetery. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Overton County on Nov. 5, 1936. She was a member of the McDonald’s Chapel Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family, especially at holidays and celebrations. She loved growing flowers, being outside and cooking. She enjoyed being a nurse for many years, working in several hospitals and nursing facilities.

She was preceded in death by parents, Edd and Minta Winningham Reagan; daughter, Michelle Davidson Brooks; grandson, Chris Reagan; brothers, Billy Reagan, Buck Reagan and Carmen “Junebug” Reagan; sister, Cecil Lynn.

She is survived by daughter, Cindy Ledbetter and husband, Doug of Hilham; sons, Jim Davidson and wife, Jennifer of Livingston, Mike Davidson and wife, Nora of Livingston, Bob Davidson and wife, Johnnye of Byrdstown, David Reagan and wife, Peggy of Crossville and Mark Roame of Pikeville; grandchildren, George, Michael, Alisa, Angela, Ashley, Jimmy, Lauren, Hannah, Reuben, Jack and Clayton; several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews; and sister, Magdelene Robbins of Byrdstown.

 

Gene Bilbrey

Military Veteran

Charlie Eugene “Gene” Bilbrey, 85 of the Taylors Crossroads Community, passed away on Feb. 20 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on Feb. 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Harold Smith officiated. Interment followed in the Nelson Cemetery with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born at home in Overton County on Dec. 30, 1933. He was a 1954 Graduate of Livingston Academy and served his country during the Korean conflict. He loved fishing, squirrel hunting and watching the Patriots.

He preceded in death by parents, Johnie and Reba Deck Bilbrey; brothers, Clauis “Fox” Bilbrey, Jerry Bilbrey and Clifford Bilbrey; and infant sister, Mildred Marie Bilbrey.

He is survived by sisters, Lucille Wright of Maryville, Juanita Kirksey and husband, David of Madisonville, Nina Oakley of the Hatcher Hall Community and Irene Neal of Englewood; brother, Floyd Bilbrey and wife, Nella Rae of Crossville; and several niece and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tim Oakley, Jason Oakley, Larry Bilbrey, Darrell Bilbrey, David Bilbrey, John Bilbrey, Jerry Beason and Anthony Bilbrey.

 

Eddith Willene Sullivan

Eddith Willene Sullivan, 98, of Poplar Springs, passed away on 2/21/2019 in Cookeville, TN.

Visitation was held at 5:00 pm Saturday, February 23 at Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.

Funeral services were held 2:00 pm Sunday, February 24 at Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Doug Hawkins officiating. Burial followed at Poplar Springs Cemetery. Arrangements were by Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.

Willene was born in Hilham, TN to the late Albert Gus Sullivan and Ona Mae Hardy Sullivan on July 24, 1920. She completed 8th grade at Hilham, TN in 1938. She worked at the historic Cream City Ice Cream plant in Cookeville and at Sunset Dock for a number of years.

Willene is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Ona Mae, siblings Adele Sullivan (infant), Ann Sullivan, Ares Sullivan, Eileen Roberts, Harold Sullivan (infant), Jean Sullivan, John “Bunk” Sullivan, and Willard Sullivan and son-in-law Ronnie Bowers.

Willene is survived by daughters Pamela Bowers and Patty Huddleston, husband Carl Huddleston; special nephew Phillip Sullivan and family, grandchildren Cindy Bowers, Julie Bowers, Matt Huddleston, Megan Reeder and husband Matt Reeder, Karla Crabtree and husband Shawn Crabtree; great-grandchildren Clark Reeder, Cara Reeder, Ciara Crabtree, and Emmie Crabtree; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Jeff Roberts, Larry Roberts, Matt Reeder, Donnie Sullivan, Herman Moody, Don Moody, and, honorary pallbearers, Clark and Cara Reeder.

Memorials may be sent to Hall Funeral Home of Livingston.

 

Patricia Ann Cantrell

Patricia Ann (Patsy) Cantrell, 80 of Bloomingdale, Mich. passed away on Feb. 18, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. Funeral services were held on Feb. 24 at the Bloomingdale Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home in Bloomingdale, Mich. Interment followed in Bloomingdale, Mich.

She was born in Monroe on April 23, 1938. She had lived in Bloomingdale since 1965. She loved working in her yard and flower garden. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her grand and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents, Dewey and Vallie (Padgett) Robbins; husband, Charles Cantrell; brothers, Shelton Robbins and Ted Robbins; and sister, Pam Arrowwood.

She is survived by daughter, Penny Woodard and her husband, Tom; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sister, Peggy Garrett of Allons; brother, Tony Robbins of Monroe; special friends, Becky Akerson and Rudy Simpson.

 

Jackie Wayne Burks

Brick mason

Jackie Wayne Burks, 60 of Hilham, passed away on Feb. 23 in Hilham. Funeral services were held on Feb. 26 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Campground Cemetery.

He was born in Jackson County on May 4, 1958. He was Baptist in faith and a brick mason for many years. He loved riding horses and motorcycles. He enjoyed woodworking and hanging out with his friends. He loved his children and grandchildren most of all.

He was preceded in death by father, Johnnie David Burks.

He is survived by mother, Della Pritchett Burks of Hilham; son, Brandon Burks and wife, LeeAnn of Hilham; daughter, Farrah Neville of Rickman; brothers, Bill Burks and wife, Janice of Hilham and Johnny Burks and wife, Aletha of Monroe; sister, Sue Skinner of Livingston; grandchildren, Matthew Reagan, Wyatt Reagan, Cooper Neville, Charliegh Jo Neville and Karrah Burks.

 

Charles “Chuck” Smith

U.S. Veteran

Charles E. “Chuck” Smith, 75 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 20 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Feb. 25 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Roger McDonald officiated. Interment followed in the McDonald Cemetery in the Bolestown Community.

He was born in Troy, Mich. on February 5, 1944. He was Baptist in faith and served his country in the Army. He also enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by parents, Earl and Lorene Hartman Smith; and sister.

He is survived by wife, Marie McDonald Smith of Livingston; daughters, Tina Carpenter of Warren, Mich., Sherry Taffer and husband, Jason of Washington, Mich., Terri Craton and husband, Chris of Lapeer, Mich., and Stacy Yapp and husband, Mike of Macomb Township, Mich.; step-daughters, Barbara Ledbetter and husband, Leo of Alpine, Carolyn Hammock and husband, Charles of Monroe and Sandra Hoover of Troy, Mich.; seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren; and brother, John Smith.

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