Obituaries 3/19/19

Robert James “Bob” Bilbrey

Robert James “Bob” Bilbrey, 81 of Livingston, passed away on March 9 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held on March 16 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Steryl Parramore officiated. Interment followed in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County on April 28, 1937. He was a member of the Faith Fellowship Church in Cookeville and a graduate of Livingston Academy. He loved and enjoyed playing the guitar and playing with his praise team at church.

He was preceded in death by parents, Stephen Lee and Ella Mae Brown Bilbrey; brothers, Estel and Allen Ray Bilbrey; sisters, Ella Mae Bilbrey and Frances “Bobbie” Rank; brother-in-laws, J.Loren Peck and Clifford Hays; sister-in-law, Ann Bilbrey.

He is survived by sisters, Chrys Peck of Alexandria, Va., Gail Bilbrey and husband, Rick Nelson of Livingston and Jean Hays of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Randall Boles, David Rich, Jr. Stamps and Rick Nelson.

James Ledbetter

James Kenneth Ledbetter, age 72, of Cookeville, passed away Thursday morning March 14, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

James was born September 25, 1946 in Cookeville to the late Glen Willard Ledbetter and Stella Beatrice Walker Ledbetter.

He was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the US Navy.

James formerly worked in road and building construction.

He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Ledbetter of Beckley, WV, and Mary Ledbetter (Devin Hedgecoth) of Cookeville; two sons, Phillip Ledbetter of Decatur, TX, and Jimmy Ledbetter (wife, Liz) of Fort Worth, TX; brother, Jerry Ledbetter of Cookeville; sister, Wanda Kimes of Cookeville; and grandchildren, Mia and Dawson Hedgecoth, Madyson Johnson, Kyle and Bailey Ledbetter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Reda Faye Hunter Ledbetter; grandson, Terry Rodgers; sister, Francis Matthews; and sister-in-law, Janie Ledbetter.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at Dyer Funeral Home. Bro. Mike Adams officiated. Interment with military honors followed in the Highland Cemetery in Overton County, TN.

The family received friends Saturday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until service time.

Dyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (931) 526-7158 Share your thoughts and memories at www.dyerfh.com.

Mary Frances Thompson

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Frances Harris Thompson, age 82, of Livingston were held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from the Allons Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Damon Corley, Bro. Duane Graves, and Bro. Edwin Garrett officiated. The family welcomed friends on Friday evening from 5 until 9 p.m., then on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of services at the Allons Baptist Church. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Frances passed from this life on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born February 19, 1937 in Overton County to the late Curtis Hall and Challice Juanita Ferrell Harris. Frances was a 1955 graduate of Livingston Academy and a member of the Allons Baptist Church. She was known for her plentiful gardens and flowers she grew. Her cupboards were full of her canned vegetables that she took joy in growing. Frances loved going on walks and meditating. She loved watching westerns and hallmark movies. She enjoyed giving her canned goods to her friends, family and neighbors. Frances loved going on train rides and attending church. She was a people person, and had a strong work ethic and working hard in anything she did or accomplished.

Frances leaves behind her daughter, Diane Graves and husband Duane of Livingston, TN; son, Darrell Thompson and wife Sherry of Livingston, TN; grandchildren, Tabitha Joy Graves Maxwell and husband Jay, Joshua Seth Graves, Caleb Jonathan Graves and wife Jade, Elijah Doak Graves, and Levi Houston Graves; great-grandchildren, Aurora Jade Graves, and Mason Curtis Alexander Graves; brothers, Randolph Harris & wife Joyce, and Junior Harris both of Indiana, Royce Harris and wife Virginia of Livingston, TN, Joe Harris, and Randall Harris and wife Kathy both of Rickman, TN, Johnny Harris and wife Bobbie, Jerry Harris, and Ronald Harris and wife Tonya all of Livingston, TN, Donald Harris of Allons, TN, and Frankie Harris and wife Sherry of Harriman, TN; sisters, Judy Harris Seber and husband Bruce, and Nelda Sue Harris Looper both of Cookeville, TN

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Doak Thompson, Sr.; sisters-in-laws, Sue Harris, and Ann Harris; nephews, Mike Looper, and Gary Looper.

Pallbearers were Joshua Graves, Caleb Graves, Johnnie Wayne Harris, Billy Jo Harris, Anthony Seber and Timothy Seber.

Mozell Verna Day

Mozell Verna Phillips Day, 95 of Anderson Ind. and formerly of Overton County, passed away on March 10 at the Kindred Hospice at Community North View Health and Living in Anderson, Ind. Funeral services were held on March 18 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Ruth Chapel Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County, Tennessee on Dec. 19, 1924. She was a graduate of Livingston Academy and Methodist in faith. She loved flowers, gardening and enjoyed watching old movies. She retired from General Motors after many years of service.

She was preceded in death by parents, Martin and Laura West Phillips; husband, Clarence Haskell Day; sisters, Christene Farris, Ilene Phillips and Ruby Phillips; brothers, Edison, Carson, Kenneth and Norville Phillips.

She is survived by brother, Ervin Phillips and wife, Betty of Anderson, Ind.; nephews, David, Greg and Bo Phillips; nieces, Jama, Jackie and Jill Phillips.

Barbara Ann Stevens

Barbara Ann Stevens, 65 of Allons, passed away on March 13 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Knoxville. Funeral services were held on March 19 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery in Allons.

She was born Feb. 21, 1954 in Clay County. She worked for many years at Berkline in Livingston. She loved her family especially her grandchildren. She loved going to church at Allons Church of Christ where she was a member. She also enjoyed shopping and going out to eat.

She was preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Ivy Adams Key; brother, Robert Key, and sister, Sue Vaughn.

She is survived by husband, Robert Stevens of Allons; sons, Bobby Stevens and wife, Sarah of Greenville, Jason Stevens and Chris Stevens all of Allons; grandchildren, Ethan Stevens, Billy Stevens, Taylor Stevens, Andy Stevens and Lyrissa Stevens; brothers, Tommy Key and wife, Jeanne of Celina and Jerry Key and wife, Debbie of Moss; sisters, Betty Lois Garrett, Jean White and Christine Reagan and husband, Jack, both of Allons.

Ann Emmerling Hogue

Ann Emmerling Hogue, 79 of Livingston, passed away on March 13 from her home. Funeral services were held on March 17 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Dr. Darrin Ford and Bro. Steven Barlow officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born in Elwood, Ind. on July 27, 1939. She was a 1959 graduate of Elwood High School and a member of the Monroe Christian Church. She loved and enjoyed being with all her family. She enjoyed traveling, going to church and being around people. Ann loved to watch the Atlanta Braves and watching old movies, reading, crossword puzzles and cooking. She loved life and the people she was around.

She was preceded in death by parents, Fred Michael and Blanch Owen Emmerling; son, Mark David Hogue; brothers, Michael and Arthur Emmerling; sisters, Madonna Emmerling Padgett and Rose Lee Emmerling; grandchild, Baby Mark; and great-grandchild, Grace Ann Martin.

She is survived by husband, Glenard Wade Hogue of Livingston; sons, Mark Andre Whitaker, and Brian Keith Whitaker and wife, Julie of Monroe; daughter, Marsha Hogue Deck and husband, Jim of Livingston; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Gary Hogue, Larry Hogue, Ro Tomlinson and Clint Whitaker.

Robert Watson

Robert Harold Watson, 73 of Monroe, passed away on March 16 at his home. Funeral services will be held on March 20 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Berry Todd will officiate. Interment will follow in the Watson Family Cemetery in Monroe.

He was born June 5, 1945 in Anderson, Ind. He worked for the gas department for the City of Livingston for 25 years. He was an old car enthusiast from working on cars, restoring cars, racing cars or just taking a drive on the back roads. He also enjoyed working outside and mowing the yard.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert John and Nettie Rose James Watson; sisters, Ruby Torres and Frances Watson.

He is survived by wife, Beverly Peters Watson of Monroe; daughters, Lori Wright of Monroe, Wannitta Smith of Rickman and Angel Kay Dunn of Monroe; son, Robert Harold Watson, II of Monroe; sister, Patsy Kay Chenoweth and husband, Clyde Junior of Anderson, Ind.; brother, Frank Watson and wife, Carol of Anderson, Ind.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Clyde Junior Chenoweth, Frank Watson, Charles Peters, James Peters, Scott Watson, Bryan Johnson and Tony Beason.

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 Speck Cemetery.

He was born in Three Forks in Overton County 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 Dallas 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.

Vestel E. Prichard

Vestel E. Prichard, 74 of Livingston, passed away at her residence on March 12. Graveside services were held on March 13. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery in Allons. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Livingston on April 24, 1944.

She was preceded in death by parents; Floyd Bilbrey and Ethelen Speck Bilbrey; husband, A.C. Prichard; brothers, Joe Bilbrey, Bill Bilbrey, AV Bilbrey and Robert Bilbrey; and sisters, Roxy Bilbrey, Jewel Bilbrey and Genivia Bilbrey

She was survived by sons, Ronnie Prichard and wife, Sherry, Randy Prichard and wife, Karen and Ryan Prichard and wife, Kristy; brother, Herman Bilbrey; grandchildren, Tyler Prichard, Hunter Prichard and Clark Prichard; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and family.

James Edward (Jim) Blaylock

James Edward (Jim) Blaylock, 78 of Rickman, passed away on March 14 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on March 17 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Pastor Roger Cooper officiated. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery.

He was born in Crawford on May 27, 1940. He was an electrician for 25 years. After 30 years careering in telecommunications as an engineer, he retired from Sprint. He was the founding member of Crossville First Free Will Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church and One-Eleven Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charles Junior and Virgie Lee Pippin Blaylock; and brother, Erschell Blaylock.

He is survived by wife, Norma Jean Phipps Blaylock of Rickman; sons and a daughter-in-law, Timothy Blaylock Of Crossville, Terry Blaylock Of Crossville, Greg and Sue Blaylock of Crossville; grandchildren, Matassia Riley, Brandi Lefebvre, Heath Blaylock, Tyler Blaylock and Alison Blaylock; and eight great grandchildren.

Billy Haskell Reed

Billy Haskell Reed, 74 of Rickman, passed away on March 12 at St. Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta. Funeral services were held on March 15 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Floyd officiated.

He was born in Rickman on March 8, 1945.

He was preceded in death by parents, Haskell Reed and Elipha Gore Reed.

He is survived by wife, Thelma Reed of Rickman; sons, Benjamin Reed of Rickman, Chris Reed of Lebanon; sister, Joann Phillips of Rickman; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Card Of Thanks

The family of Otis H. Hargis would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who visited Dad in the hospital, nursing home and attended his services. We are so grateful for the expressions of love and sympathy extended to our family during our time of great loss. The calls, texts, visits, food, flowers and gifts were so thoughtful and appreciated, and the many prayers brought much needed support and peace. We thank you all.

 

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