Obituaries 3/5/2019

James Carl Gore

James Carl Gore, 79 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 24 at the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Feb. 27 at the Grace Baptist Church in Alpine. Interment followed in the Copeland Cemetery in the Oak Grove Community. Bro. John Copeland officiated. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Battle Creek, Mich. on March 20, 1939. He worked at the Overton County Farmer’s CO-OP for 45 years. His favorite hobby was whittling. He was a Sunday school superintendent at the Grace Baptist Church for many years. He loved his church family and will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by mother, Lorine Lewis Gore; father, R. L. Gore; daughter, Amy Jo Gore; and sister, Margaret Ann Gore.

He is survived by wife, Neatie Cooper Gore; sons, Scott Edward Gore of Livingston and J. R. Gore of Knoxville; daughter, Shelia Kennard and husband, John of Bradenton, Fla.; brother, Edward Gore and wife, Venita; grandchildren, Holly Gore of Fort Myers, Fla., Heather Kennard of Bradenton, Fla., Ryan Kennard and wife, Ashley of Pensacola, Fla., Nathaniel Kennard and wife, Erin of Livingston, Stefanie Gore of Knoxville and Mathan Gore of Knoxville; and great grandchildren, Benjamin Kennard of Livingston, Cooper Kennard of Livingston; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were Caleb Copeland, Lucas Copeland, Tyler Copeland, Chad Copeland, Andrew Neff and Adam Neff.

 

Otis Howard Hargis

Army Veteran

Otis Howard Hargis, 94 of Cookeville, passed away on Feb. 18 at the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Tommy Harris officiated. Interment followed in the Eckle Cemetery.

He was born in Monterey on March 27, 1924. He was a member of the Zion Hill Methodist Church and served his country in the Army. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by parents, Buren and Eula (Beaty) Hargis; wife, Eula Alene Hargis; daughter, Wanda Hargis; brothers: J.B. Hargis, Ron Hargis, Earl Hargis and Tom Speck; sisters: Emogene Ogletree, Betty Hargis and Sue Hargis.

He is survived by sons, Roger Hargis and wife, Anetta and Tim Hargis and wife, Robin; sisters, Lois Cross, Debbie Hargis, Vicky Hargis, Naomi Cottle, Shirley Speck, Ruth Hill and Ann Copper; brothers, Jack Hargis, Paul Hargis, Bill Hargis, Tom Hargis and Aaron Speck; grandchildren, Dale, Tracy, David, Jayson, Gavin and Cindy; great grandchildren, Coty, Amanda, Valerie, Alexandria, Olivia, Adam and Housten; great great grandchildren, Logan, Keelie, Isabeau, Conner, Willa, Jackson, Cerria and Maddison.

 

Judy Kay Watson

Judy Kay Watson, 64 of Spencer, passed away on Feb. 14 at the Generations Nursing Home in Spencer. Graveside services were held on Feb. 28 from the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. James Williams officiated. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Tullahoma on Nov. 27, 1954. She was Methodist in Faith, enjoyed life and loved to laugh.

She was preceded in death by parents, Dexter and Agnes Woodward Watson; brothers, Jerry and David Watson.

She is survived by brothers, Bobby Watson and wife, Martha of Rickman, Jimmy Watson and wife, Elaine of Manchester, Howard Watson and wife, Deborah of Old Hickory and Charlie Trawick and wife, Maggie of Florida; sisters, Barbara Powell of Stewart, Fla., Christene Taber and husband, Scott of Springfield and Lisa Peralta of Antioch; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Ashley Noel Morgan

Ashley Noel Morgan, 30 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 24 at the Livingston Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Feb. 27 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Eric Dillon and Bro. Jeff Cotterman officiated. Interment followed in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

She was born in Putnam County on July 26, 1988. She was a 2006 graduate of Livingston Academy. She enjoyed playing sports, especially Volleyball. Her greatest joy was her daughter, Olivia Renea Randle.

She was preceded in death by grandfather, George Morgan; and grandparents, Thurman and Charlene Bilbrey Hicks.

She is survived by husband, Chris Randle of Livingston; daughter, Olivia Renea Randle of Livingston; parents, James and Sue Morgan of Hilham; father and mother-in-law, Randy and Katie Randle of Livingston; brother, Chris Morgan and wife, Heather of Alpine; grandmother, Etta Morgan of the New Hope Community; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers were Chris Morgan, Reggie Reeder, Nathan Reeder, Eddie Whittenburg, Justin Loftis and Jacob Dillon.

 

Mildred Louise Hoover

Mildred Louise Hoover, 75 of The Hanging Limb Community, passed away on Feb. 25 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Feb. 28 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Bro. Caleb Bilbrey and Bro. Mike Kirby officiated. Interment followed in the F.A. Norrod Cemetery.

She was born in Crawford on Aug. 24, 1943. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Claude and Roxie Ann Bowman Walker.

She is survived by husband, Rev. Randall Hoover of The Hanging Limb Community; daughters and two sons-in-law, Valerie Hoover of Cookeville, Vicki and Tim White of Rickman, Gina and Mark Sutton of Cookeville; sons and a daughter-in-law, Johnny Hoover of the Hanging Limb Community; Joey And Brandie Hoover of Cookeville, nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Deloy Bowman of the Hanging Limb Community; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Brenda Walker of Monterey, Ray And Irene Walker of the Hanging Limb Community and David and Anita Walker of the Hanging Limb Community.

 

Howard D. Isabell

Howard D. Isabell, 76 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on March 3 at the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Bro. Bud Hargis officiated. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery.

He was born in Fentress County on June 9, 1942.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ezekeual Isabell and Rosie Hyatt Isabell; son, Timmy Earl Melton; and sisters, Lynn Wilson and Anna Ruth York.

He is survived by wife, Doris Ledbetter Isabell; sons, Howard Junior Isabell of Livingston, Billy James Isabell and wife, Barbara of Celina, Billy Joe Isabell of Celina; daughter, Donna Turner Isabell of Texas; stepsons, Danny Joe Melton of Somerset, Ky. and Michael Melton and wife, Regina of Somerset, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Linda Gail Stahl and husband, Dewight of Muncie, Ind.; brothers, Amon Eugene Isabell of Livingston, Tracy Isabell of Livingston; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were James Isabell, Howard Isabell, Jr, Gordan Isabell, Patrick Melton, Jason Isabell and Justin Isabell.

 

Lois Estelene Morgan

Lois Estelene Carwile Morgan, 83 of Hilham, passed away on Feb. 26 at her home. Graveside services were held on March 1 from the Overton County Memorial Gardens. J. David Parsons officiated. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Overton County on March 19, 1935. She was a florist for many years at Browns Flower Shop. She loved her children and grandchildren, cooking for her family and enjoyed growing flowers.

She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Oscar and Magnolia Farmer Carwile; husband, Austin Morgan; sisters, Ethna Brown, Eldrith Parsons and Evelyn Carwile; and brother, Ethan Carwile.

She is survived by sons, Jim Morgan and wife, Anna Ruth, Jeff Morgan and wife, Gail both of Hilham and Joe Morgan and wife, LeAnn of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sisters, Edwina Branham of Hilham and Elna Wilson and husband, Jack of Granger, Ind.; brothers, Eldon Carwile and wife, Faye of Franklin, Eric Carwile and wife, Linda of Rickman and Earl Carwile and wife, Barbara of Livingston.

Pallbearers were sons and grandsons.

Honorary Pallbearers were granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

 

Wayne Humphrey

Wayne Humphrey, 78 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 27 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on March 3 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. George Fordyce officiated. Interment followed in the Eckels Cemetery.

He was born in West Virginia on Aug. 13, 1940. He enjoyed growing vegetables, farming and working with his hands building things. He loved old time gospel music and singing.

He was preceded in death by parents; and wife, Pat Hammons.

He is survived by fiancée Joann Abston of Livingston; and friend and brother in Christ, George Fordyce of Livingston.

 

June McDonald Hall

Funeral services for Mrs. June McDonald Hall, age 88, of Monroe were conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 from the First Christian Church of Livingston. Rev. James Shenko officiated. June McDonald Hall was laid to rest at the Bethsaida Cemetery in Monroe, TN. The family welcomed friends on Friday evening from 5 until 9 p.m., and Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 12 until time of services at the First Christian Church of Livingston.

June McDonald Hall was born to the union of Troy Thomas and Beulah Mae Hull McDonald November 20, 1930 in Monroe, Tennessee. She had three siblings, a sister, Joy McDonald (deceased) and two brothers Troy McDonald Jr. of Tullahoma, Tennessee and Roger McDonald of Monroe, TN.

June married William (Bill) Taylor Hall of Ashland, Kentucky in Key West, Florida; now deceased. To this union, there were four Children; Debra Gayle Hall Roberts of Florence, KY, Donna Rae Hall Palermo (John) of Monroe, TN, William Taylor Hall, Jr. (deceased) and Thomas Clayton Hall (Sherry) of Monroe, TN.

June leaves behind eight grandchildren: Brandon Roberts (Lily) of Chula Vista, CA (U.S. Navy Seal). Michael (Kim) Roberts of Sanford, NC (U.S. Army Green Beret), Brian ( Eryn) Roberts of Cameron, NC (U.S. Army Green Beret), Jason (Kaitlyn) Palermo of Madison, WI, Jessica Palermo of NY, NY, Brittany (Cully) Copeland of Monore, TN, Tayler Hall of Monroe, TN and Thomas Austin Hall of Monroe, TN.

June leaves behind thirteen great-grandchildren: Rylan Roberts, Bohdi Roberts, Gunnar Roberts, Giabella Palermo, JonLuca Palermo, Grayson Palermo, Cullen Copeland II, Chase Johnson, Kayleah Copeland, Brylee Johnson, Maddilyn Johnson, Beckham Copeland and Palmer Copeland.

June attended and graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. degree in 1951. She moved to Washington D.C. to work for the F.B.I. as a code clerk for J. Edgar Hoover. This involved sending and receiving messages all over the world in code for the F.B.I. She then began her teaching career with her first stop in Rockwood City Schools, at Rockwood, TN in 1953. June moved to Key West, FL in 1954 and taught 6th grade at Truman Elementary School in Monroe County, FL which is where she met and married Bill. In 1956 – 1957, she transitioned to teaching at Memorial Junior High School in Key West this was a challenge for her since some of the students did not speak English, only Spanish. But knowing June’s tenacity, she arose to the challenge and handled it beautifully. After a move to Jacksonville, FL, June taught 4th grade at Normandy Elementary School from 1958 – 1960.

After Bill was discharged from 20 years service in the Navy, they moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL and to Lafayette, LA for Bill to pursue a job with the Federal Aviation Agency as an air traffic controller. During this time June did not teach as she had a full time job at home as a mother of four children. However, she continued her schooling taking graduate course work at Tennessee Tech, Corpus Christi University and Delmar College in Corpus Christi, TX. She began teaching 4th grade at Sam Houston Elementary School in Corpus Christi, TX. The following year, she was selected to teach at Yeager Elementary School. This was a new school built with open concept for team teaching. She was team leader and taught 3rd grade. Later, the family moved to New Orleans, LA where she taught 3rd grade in Metairie, LA in Jefferson Parrish at Greenlaw School.

Finally, they settle in Monroe, TN and June started teaching at Monroe Elementary in 1968, teaching 2nd and 3rd grades. 1970 she taught 4th and 5th grades and in 1971 taught 3rd and 4th grades. In 1972, June transferred to Livingston Elementary where she taught 6th grade or the Language Arts for ten years. In 1982, she began teaching Reading in Chapter 1. When A.H. Roberts opened, June transferred and finished her last six years of her satisfying teaching career which totaled 31 years of teaching. These 31 years required June to hold teaching certificates for the states of Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

After her retirement, June continued her love of cooking, reading, gardening, traveling and most importantly her dedication to her church in Livingston, TN; the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ where she became a member in 1970. She was very active in her church serving and volunteering countless hours with numerous duties. June was baptized in 1949 at the Obey River Park (Dale Hollow Lake) by Vinton D. Bradshaw of the Midway Christian Church.

Pallbearers to serve were Brian Roberts, Michael Roberts, Austin Hall, Cullen Copeland, Craig McDonald, and Scott McDonald

Honorary Pallbearers were the Prayer group of First Christian Church, the Disciples Sunday School Class and Chase Johnson.

Pallbearers in absence were Brandon Roberts, and Jason Palermo.

June asked that Memorial Donations be made to the Monroe Christian Church Building Fund or the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Kitchen Fund by contacting Speck Funeral Home.

 

Donnie Apple

Businessman

Well known South Carthage businessman, Mr. Donnie Apple of the Tanglewood Community, was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m. Monday morning February 4, 2019 at the Riverview Regional E. R. Mr. Apple was 65.

Following an autopsy, Metro Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Miguel A. Laboy ruled Mr. Apple died from a blood clot to his lung, possibly from a leg injury.

Friday afternoon February 8th funeral services before an overflow group of attendees were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home at 1 p.m. with Mr. Apple’s minister, Edward L. Anderson officiating. Mr. Apple’s brother-in-law, Dr. Buckie Parsons and son-in-law Elston Gibbs delivered eulogies as did his friends, Jim Evans, David Hunter and Jerry Pack. Also at the end of the services his two grandchildren, Jaden Apple-Gibbs and Kaelyn Ward spoke of their love for their grandfather. Burial followed in the Apple family lot in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

One of three children of Smith County natives, Mrs. Mary Helen Wright Apple of Livingston and the late Mr. Freeman Ward Apple who died at the age of 68 on May 1, 1987, he was born Don Freeman Apple in Livingston on October 2, 1953.

March 31, 1977 at the Livingston Church of Christ he was untied in marriage to Livingston native, the former Rita Kaye McCormick. The ceremony was officiated by minister Stanley McHenry.

Mr. Apple and his wife relocated to Carthage from Livingston in 1989 following the death of his father to operate the Mixon-Nollner Oil Co.’s in Carthage and Lafayette.

As present owners and operators of the oil company, Donna and Rita worked side by side daily in the operation and Donnie served as President of the Corporation.

Mr. Apple was a 1972 graduate of Livingston Academy and graduated from the Livingston Vocational School certified in welding.

His favorite pastime, beside his family, was karate. He was a 5th Black Belt and was also currently an instructor at the Hunter Karate School in Livingston.

As a younger man he was active in the Jaycees and was a former President of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Apple was a member of the Carthage Church of Christ.

Surviving in addition to his Mother and his wife Rita of almost forty two years are their three daughters, Lori Apple Gibbs and husband Elston of South Carthage, Amy Apple and Makenzi Apple both of the Tanglewood Community; two sisters, Lamoine Apple Parsons and husband Buckie, Elaine Apple Long and husband Curtis all of Livingston; five grandchildren, Jaden Apple-Gibbs, Jakodi, Ivee and Aspen Gibbs, Kaelyn Ward.

The Apple family requests memorials to either the Jackson-Smith Youth Camp or the Jordan Hackett Foundation.

 

Donald Wayne Holt

Navy Veteran

Donald Wayne Holt, 64 of Monroe, passed away on Feb. 26 at his residence. A Memorial Service was held on March 1 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Tom Clayton officiated the memorial service.

He was born in Key West, Fla. on Feb. 25, 1955. He served in the Navy. He was an electrical maintenance worker.

He was preceded in death by parents, Herbert Hoover and Betty Jane (Todd) Holt; sister, Pam Holt; and brother, Timmy Holt.

He is survived by sons, Robert Holt and his wife, Rebecca and Matthew Holt; sister, Patricia Holt McKenzie and husband, Lester; grandchildren, Isaiah Holt, Raye-Lynne Holt, Annsleigh Holt, Aliah Brown and Harper Holt.

 

Card Of Thanks

The family of Wanda Richards would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers during the time of loss of our mother.

Lee and Lori

Richards

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