Thurman M. Edmonds, Jr. 60 of Overton County, passed away on April 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held April 28 from the Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Bro. Doug Hawkins officiated.
He was born on March 20, 1959 in Putnam County. He was a member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by parents, Thurman Edmonds, Sr. and Olene Breeding Edmonds; brother, Larry Edmonds; and sister, Brenda Sue Porter.
He is survived by wife, Sherry Flowers Edmonds of Cookeville; daughters, Melinda Zimmerlee of Portland and Kaci Hall of Nashville; sons, Jamie Edmonds and wife Gladys of Livingston, Robbie Pennington of Chattanooga, T.J. Hall and Jordan Conatser both of Cookeville; sisters, Gail Young of Monroe, Wanda Rich and husband Jason of Watertown and Emma Navarro of Livingston; brother, Glen Edmonds and wife Marilyn of Livingston; grandchildren, Lukas and Chelsy Edmonds and Colin Zimmerlee; special cousin, Fran Riley.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ray Michael Lawson
Ray Michael Lawson, 65, of Livingston passed away on April 21 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held April 27 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. President David Brandvold officiated. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on July 26, 1953. He worked at Tutco for many years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He enjoyed playing computer games, reading books, going to church and was a good listener. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much.
He was preceded in death by parents, Reed and Millie Crouch Lawson.
He is survived by wife, Terry Smith Lawson of Livingston; sons, Joshua Lawson of Clarksville, Frank Lawson of Sparta and Caleb Lawson of Livingston; daughters, April Loftis and Brittany Lawson and fiancé Ryan Miller all of Monterey; grandchildren, Alivia Miller, William and Chelsea Phillips and Addelyne; great-grandchildren, Michael Rittenberry and Stacey Rittenberry.
Jannie Sue Nelson
Jannie Sue Nelson, 88, of Livingston passed away April 24 at her residence. Graveside services were held at Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. John Ledford officiated.
She was born in Chillicothe, Texas on September 25, 1930. She was a CPA for many years.
She is preceded in death by parents, William and Linda (Poore) Kirkpatrick.
She is survived by brother, John Kirkpatrick along with other family and friends
Steve Daniels was pallbearer.
Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mae Lee Savage
Mae Lee Savage Reagan Langford, 97, of the Fellowship Community passed away April 26, at Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral Services were held April 29, from the Fellowship Baptist Church. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated. Interment followed in Fellowship Cemetery.
She was born in Overton County, Tenn. on Jan. 8, 1922. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. Mae loved her family and provided a comfortable home, as she was always concerned about their care. Her family was her heart and soul. A special thanks to Amanda for her amazing care of her grandmother.
She is preceded in death by parents, Edgar Milton and Jolee Brown Savage; husbands, Frank James Reagan, and Delton Langford; daughter, Karen Cheryl Owens; sister, Mauzee Martin; brothers, Walter Savage, Garvin Savage, and Duvall Savage.
She is survived by daughter, Gail Gonwa and husband Jim of West Des Moines, IA.; sister, Dean Masterson of Mount Carmel, IL.; grandchildren, Randall Lynn Fillers and wife Mary, Gary Edgar Fillers and Venessa, Frank Owens, Amanda Owens and Josh Mansell, and Nicholas Gonwa and wife Hillary Courtney; great-grandchildren, Ashley Fillers, Amber Fillers, Justin Fillers and wife Trisha, Zack Fillers, Chelsey Fillers, Chole Fillers, Jamie Mansell and Lucas Mansell.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Christene Melton Brown
Christene Brown, 90, of Bedford, Ind. and formerly of the Willow Grove Community passed away April 21 in Bedford, Ind.. Funeral services were held April 25 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated. Interment was held in the Fellowship Cemetery.
She was born Sept. 18, 1928. She was a longtime member of the Southland Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and May Melton; husband Grady P. Brown, brother, Billy; sisters, Regina, Ruby and Elizabeth, and one grandson.
She is survived by son, Paul; sisters, Tommie, Helen, Sue and Bonnie; brother, James; three grandkids; seven great-grandkids including “Shooter Brown” who was with her in her final years.
Catherine “Cat” Beechboard
Catherine “Cat” Beechboard, 55, of Allons passed away on April 14. Funeral services were held April 17 from Hall Funeral Home. Bro. John Mabrey officiated.
She was an avid lover of hockey and rooted for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks. She was also a huge fan of Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and rock music in general. She also enjoyed all of her co-workers and friends while she worked at McDonald’s of Livingston.
She was preceded in death by parents, Martin and Juliet Sulewski.
She is survived by husband, Michael Beechboard; son, Byran Brooks of Livingston; daughter, Jessica Brooks of Sparta; granddaughter, Amity of Livingston.
Her son Bryan served as a pallbearer.
Thomas “Tom” Walker Norris
Thomas “Tom” Walker Norris, 78, of Alpine passed away on April 26, at Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held April 30 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. David Beaty officiated. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.
He was born in Overton County, Tenn. on March 25, 1941. He was long haul truck driver for many years. He served his country in the Army, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on small engines. He was a member of the West Fork Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by parents, James and Mary Alice Hicks Norris; brother, Eugene Norris, and sisters, Bea Smith, and Delberta Roberts.
He is survived by daughter, Charlotte Norris Hammock and husband Ed of Livingston; son, Thomas Adam Norris and wife Patsy of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Brandy Hammock, Josh Hammock, Heather Carter, Gavin Norris, Emma Norris, Joey Norris, Claire Norris, Kylie Norris, and Ollie Norris; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Hammock, Austin Ledbetter, Brilynn Suttle, Jeramie Suttle, Hayden Bell and Jasmine Bell; brothers, Ronnie Norris and wife Sue of White Pines, TN, and Danny Norris of Alpine, TN; sister, Pam Clark and husband Jay of Georgia.
Dr. James Smith
Dr. James Smith, 83, of Cookeville passed away April 21. Funeral services were held at Cookeville First Baptist Church. Pastor Scott McKinney officiated. Interment followed at Cookeville City Cemetery.
He was born in Cookeville on April 14, 1936. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Crisis and Vietnam War era. He was an active member on the Fourth District Dental Society since 1959. He served on the Board of Trustees for Cookeville Regional Medical Center for seven years. He was active in competition water-skiing, boat racing, motorcycle racing, horse shows and field and trial dogs.
He was preceded in death by parents, Howard and Tena Taubert Smith; sons, James Michael “Mike” Smith and Christopher “Chris” Lee Smith; and brother, Dr. Curt Smith.
He is survived by wife, Margaret Witt Smith; granddaughter, Amanda Adkins and husband Wade; and grandsons Jared Smith and wife Sarah Beth, and William Smith; great-grandson, Hudson Adkins.
Pallbearers were Jared Smith, William Smith, Michael Dalton, Morgan Wells, Chase Bishop, and Devin Walker.
Honorary Pallbearers were Johnny Nash, Bob Hill, Dr. Jim Vaden, Dr. Steve Copeland, Eddie Farris, Don Johnson, Paul Gaw, Sam Sandlin, Jerry Gaw, Jackie Farris, Bobby Davis, Andy Redus, Jon Josephson, Joe Bertram, Jackie Borden, Harold Jackson and Paul Bailey.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.