Obituaries 4/16/19

John Claude Houser

Mr. John Claude Houser was born in March 21, 1935 in Knoxville, Tennessee and passed from this life on April 5, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 84.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Claude Mack Houser and Ms. Lena (Roberts) Mayes and one brother Mr. Hillard Houser.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann (Webb) Houser; a son, Mark Houser; a daughter Patty (Houser) Smith; a son-in-law Tim Smith; grandchildren, Matthan Houser and wife Stephanie; Airica (Smith) Puckett and husband Dr. L.G. Puckett IV; Brandon Smith and wife Kayla; and Hannah Houser, all of Overton County.

Great-grandchildren Luther Greene Puckett V, Mattison Blaise Houser, Huttson Drayke Houser; Aubrianna Berkley Puckett; Jett Warren Houser, John Crewe Puckett; Beckett Knox Smith; and Kylie Brooke Smith, all of Overton County.

He is also survived by his brothers Don Mayes, Ronnie Mayes, Eddie Mayes and his sister Sandra (Mayes) Coker, all of Knoxville, Tennessee; and his aunt Faye Wilson of Maryville, Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Houser loved his family, his church and his country.

A man of faith he served as an Elder in the Lord’s church for over 30 years, most recently at the West End church of Christ in Livingston from 1998-2019.

He also served as a member of the Tennessee Bible College Board of Directors, beginning in 2002 and as Chairman from 2010 until his departure from this life.

He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and spent his youth in Knox and Sevier Counties in Tennessee with the exception of living in Richmond, California during World War II, due to his father’s occupation. After the family moved back to East Tennessee he moved to Detroit, Michigan and began working during the mid-1950’s where he met a fellow Tennessean Anna Jean Webb. They were married October 12, 1957.

They started a family returned back to Tennessee by the end of the decade.

Mr. Houser started Maryville Bumper Exchange in 1961 and then moved the business to Livingston, Tennessee and renamed it Best Bumper Service in 1971. He owned and operated the business until 2000. He was also part owner of the Cookeville Auto Auction for many years and other businesses.

Mr. Houser led a Tax Revolt in Overton County in 1981 that was covered by statewide media and led to his election as Overton County Executive in 1982. a position he held until 1986. He has been very active in politics through the years and was named the Tennessee GOP Statesman of the Year for the 6th Congressional District in 2015. He was also named the recipient of the Overton County Republican Party Reagan Award for lifetime achievement in 2016. He chaired local county re-election campaigns for Congressman Diane Black, Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, Governor Bill Haslam and President Donald J. Trump. He also has served on the boards of the Upper Cumberland Development District; the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency; American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands and others.

Simply put his lifetime passion was teaching others about the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was compassionate to those in need and without fanfare went about helping people.

To service a Pallbearers; Shannon Anderson, Neil Ashburn, John Buford, Mark Cardwell, Larry Gunnels, Joey Hill, Brian Mayes, Brad Mayes, Douglas Mayes, Ward Poston, Jr., Taylor Thompson, Carl David Webb, David Webb, and Mike Webb.

Honorary Pallbearers; All Elders and Deacons at West End Church of Christ, State Senator Paul Bailey, Bob Brown, Dr. Michael Cox, Dwayne Craighead, Col. Retired Ron Cyrus, Michael Detweiler, Bob Hill, David Hill, State Rep. Kelly Keisling, Charles ‘Chig’ Parrott, Matthew Tuttle, Joel Upton, and State Rep. Ryan Williams.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the John Houser Memorial Fund in care of West End Church of Christ located at 1350 Bradford Hicks Drive in Livingston, TN 38570.

Funeral services were held on April 9 from the West End Church of Christ at 6:30 p.m. Visitation for family and friends began at 2 p.m. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mildred June

Taylor Duke

Mildred June Taylor Duke, 76 of Hendersonville (formerly of Monroe), passed away at her home on April 7. Funeral services were held on April 13 at the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Jason Duke officiated. Interment followed in Miller’s Cemetery on Mohawk Valley Road in the Taylor’s Crossroads Community.

She was born in Albany, Ky. on June 21, 1942. She was raised in the Heard Ridge Community of Overton County. She worked for the Livingston Shirt Factory from 1959-1969, shortly before she moved to Nashville in 1970. She was a member of the Antioch (Overton County) Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents, Hobert Flem Taylor and Bessie Harvey Taylor, husband; Earl Glen Duke; brothers, Paul Taylor, Curtis Taylor, Belvie Taylor, Herbert Taylor and J.L. Taylor; and sisters, Bertha Taylor and Martha Taylor Boswell.

She is survived by sons, Jason (Tonia) Duke of Livingston; Daryl (Misty) Duke of Old Hickory and Russell Duke of White House; daughter, Melinda (Dan) Wunder of Hendersonville; sisters, Lura Richardson of Anderson, Ind, Irene Taylor of Monroe and Mary Taylor Duke of Monroe; grandchildren, Emery Duke, Carter Duke, Cora Duke, Taylor Duke, Gary Butler and Josh Wunder; and special grandchildren, Noah Wunder, Nathan Wunder and Grant Wunder.

Pallbearers were Gary Butler, Josh Wunder, Emery Duke, Carter Duke, Noah Wunder and Sean Calia.

Ruby S. Gore

Ruby S. Gore, 80 of Allons, passed away on April 8 at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were held on April 10 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. John Copeland officiated.

She was born in Gainesboro on April 20, 1938. She was of the Baptist Faith. She loved her family very much. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by parents; Herman Bedford and Sarah Ermal (Lynn) Beechboard; husband, Denzil Harold Gore; brothers, Woody Beechboard and Leo Beechboard; sister, Virginia Killmon and two infant sisters.

She is survived by sons, Travis Gore and wife, Donna, Randy Gore and wife, Andrea, Roy Gore and wife, Gwen, Troy Gore and wife, Angie and Rick Gore and wife, Glada; sisters, Georgia Gray and Betty Jo Thompson; brothers, Junior Beechboard, Tommy Beechboard, Bill Beechboard and Kenneth Beechboard; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers were Bill Beechboard, Kenneth Beechboard, Russell Gray, DeWayne Killmon, Bob Beechboard and Wayne Beechboard. Honorary pallbearers were Overton County EMS.

Robert Lee Gore

Robert Lee Gore, age 61, of Rickman, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018, at his home. Celebration of Life services were held April 14 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Zach Gantt officiated.

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

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert M. Gore 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, and Shelly Vinson of Cookeville.

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