Obituaries 8-13-19

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas, 87 of Livingston passed away Aug. 2 at the Overton County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at the Livingston Funeral Home with Danny Staggs officiating. Interment followed in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers were: Billy Mahaney, Cleston Daniels, Steve Jones, Carl Smith, Gary Smith and Cory King.

He was born on Oct. 8, 1939 in Overton County. He had many talents and spent his adult career working for Wilbert Vault Company retiring after 25 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a faithful member of the Flat Creek Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by parents, Wells and Wilkie (Gore) Thomas; and wife, Joyce Thomas.

Surviving relatives include: son, Doug Thomas and wife, Renee of Livingston; daughter, Penelope Brown and husband, Chuck of Cookeville; sister, Nell Sells of Livingston; grandchildren, Maggie Bullock, Trey Thomas, Ashleigh Auberson, Lincoln Brown and Kaitlyn Brown; great grandchildren, Miles Bullock, Anthony Auberson, Riley Calder, Charlie Brown and Hunter Brown; and a host of other family and friends.

The Upton-Hay Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.

Bruce Edward Myers

Bruce Edward Myers, Sr., 76, of Livingston passed away on Aug. 6 at his residence. Celebration of Life were held at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Judge John Turnbull officiated.

He was born in Portsmouth, VA. on Jan. 10, 1943. He practiced law in Livingston for 46 years. He served on the Overton County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Foster Care Board and the Livingston Regional Hospital Board of Directors.

He was preceded in death by parents, Carroll Lee Myers, Sr. and Musa Sessoms Myers and brothers, Carroll Lee Myers, Jr. and Joseph Sessoms Myers.

He is survived by wife, Shirley Ward Dean Myers of Livingston; daughter Brigette Pulver and husband, Bruce of Atlanta; sons, Bruce Edward Myers, Jr. and wife Kelli of Franklin and Christian Ward Myers of Livingston; grandchildren William Jackson Myers, Mason Christian Myers, Payton Marie Pulver and Emily Eason Pulver.

Clomanza Sells Shook

Clomanza Sells Shook (formerly Mitchell), 97, died August 7, 2019 in her home in Mesa, Arizona. At her request, no service will be held.

Born September 29, 1921 in Monroe, Tennessee, one of six children of parents Dora Mae Boles and Fount Forest Sells. Clomanza moved to Detroit in 1941, finding work in various military-related plants before marrying Charles Mitchell.

Their only child, daughter Charlen, died in infancy. Clo earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education, teaching fourth grade at Davison, Michigan’s Hill Elementary. Clo and Charlie spent summers on Little Island Lake near Tawas, Michigan and retired to Mesa, where they made many lasting friendships.

After Charlie’s death, Clo married Norris Shook and expanded her family of loving and beloved ones. They enjoyed nine years together, a life built on their shared faith, before his passing. Clomanza delighted family and friends with lively story telling about her long, colorful life.

She talked of her days as an adventurous child in the hills of Tennessee, surviving the deadly 1933 Beatty Swamps tornado, and as a Livingston Academy basketball star, about Charlie’s fanciful courtship, and what she called her “honor” to marry two wonderful men. Through her final days, Clo peppered each story with specific dates, names, and similar details one likely wouldn’t hear from a much younger person.

An amazing crafter, Clo sent Christmas gift boxes to family across the country. They were filled with handmade sweaters, afghans, tablecloths, and, especially, quilts that are treasured memories of this vibrant woman.

Clomanza is survived by her sister Hyla and three generations of loving grandchildren, nieces, and nephews

Geraldine Hargis Warren

Geraldine Hargis Warren, 89, of Livingston passed away on Aug. 4 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held on Aug. 7 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Green Hill Cemetery in Alpine. Bro. David Beaty officiated.

She was born in Livingston on May 22, 1930.

She was preceded in death by parents, Onva and Ethel (Brown) Hargis; husband, John William Warren; sister, Colleen Hargis; brothers, Jonney Hargis, Benton Hargis, Bill Hargis and Leroy Hargis.

She is survived by brother, Ross Hargis and wife, Joyce.

Serving as pallbearers were friends and family.

Harry Jepsen

Harry Jepsen of Livingston, formerly of Penn Grove, Calif., passed away on Aug. 5. No memorial services were held.

He was preceded in death by wife, Virginia and sons, Kevin Halliday and Steven Jepsen.

He is survived by children, Jeanine Ken and Patrick Halliday of Livingston.

Jeffrey William Richards

Jeffrey William Richards, 53, of Cookeville passed away on Aug. 3 at his residence. Funeral services were held Aug. 6. Interment followed at the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery in Hilham. Pastor Mike Campbell officiated.

He was born in Barberton, Ohio on July 20, 1966.

He is survived by parents, Gerald and Linda Richards; sister, Michelle Richards Loftis and husband, Dwayne; nephews, Dakota Richards and Brent Loftis; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Serving as pallbearers were family and friends.

Arrangements were made by Hall Funeral Home.

John Ernest Isbell

John Ernest Isbell, 82, of Rickman passed away on Aug. 7 at Erlanger East Hospital in Chattanooga. Funeral services were held Aug. 10 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Brent Clark officiated.

He was born May 20, 1937 in Hazen, Ark. He served in the Air Force from1954-1958. He met and married the love of his life in 1960 in Chicago. He took joy keeping his yard in pristine order.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Mary Devore Isbell; brother, Bobby Isbell; sisters, Marion Rohrer and Margaret Fernandez.

He is survived by wife, Edna Louise Wright Isbell of Rickman; son, John Houston Isbell and wife, Jackie of Murfreesboro; daughter, Sherry Louise Isbell of Mascoutah, Ill; garndsons, William Isbell and wife, Alicia and Andrew Isbell all of Murfreesboro and sister, Lucy Toal of Northbrook, Ill.

John R. Officer

John Robert Officer, 76, of Livingston passed away on Aug. 6. Celebration of Life services was held Aug. 10 at First Christian Church in Livingston. Rev. James Shenko officiated.

He was born in Overton County. He graduated from Livingston Academy in 1961. He practiced law in Livingston for 53 years. He served as Overton County Sessions Judge 1998-2014 and was recognized for his work with the Genesis House, Child Advocacy Services and with child abuse prevention and awareness in Overton County.

He was preceded in death by parents, A.F Officer, Sr. and Leilabel Dale Officer; brother, A.F. Officer, Jr.; sisters, Rebecca Ann Officer and Jean Marie Officer and aunt, Rose Hart Dale.

He is survived by wife, Carolyn Clark Officer; daughters, Julie Elizabeth Officer, Rebecca Officer Potter and husband, Tim and Laurajane Officer Dudney and husband, Mark; grandchildren, Timothy Potter, Grant Potter, Isabel Potter, Sarah Dudney, John Morgan Dudney, Rachel Dudney, Will Herbert and Clarke Officer.

Kenneth Mitchell Rogers

Kenneth “Ken” Mitchell Rogers, 77, of the Greenbrier Community passed away on Aug. 7 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Aug. 10 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Aaron Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Quentin Lee officiated.

He was born in the Sugar Creek Community on March 15, 1942. He was a 1962 graduate of Jackson County High and a member of the Church of Christ. He worked for many years as a Horse Farrier. He helped many kids in 4-H and horse shows.

He was preceded in death by parents, Walter Warren and Mary Emma Murphy Rogers and brother, Lynn Morgan Rogers.

He is survived by wife, Thelma Lucille Scott Rogers of the Greenbrier Community; sons, Paul Mitchell Rogers and wife, Roxanne of Cookeville and Kenneth Brian Rogers and wife, Stacey Mae of Middletown, Ohio; grandchildren, Casey Rogers of Middletown, Ohio and Stephanie Rogers Winnette and husband, Russell of McMinnville; great-grandchildren, Morgan Lyn Delape and Russell “RJ” Winnette, Jr. and sister, Patricia “Pat” Rogers Stephenson of Cartersville, Ga.

Serving as pallbearers were Jerry Swan, Casey Rogers, Ralph Chaffin, Mike Copeland, Shane Keith and Randy Ragland.

Penny Hunter White

Penny Hunter White, 44, of the Frogtown Community passed away on Aug. 5 at her residence. Funeral Services were held on Aug. 8 at the Hall Funeral Home. Bro. Jerry Buck officiated.

She was born in Livingston. She loved her Lord and Savior. She loved her family and if you ever came to know her, she loved you too.

She was preceded in death by father, Elbert Donald Hunter.

She is survived by husband, Anthony White; son, Thomas White; daughter, Courtney White and friend, Kyle Sloan; mother, Ina Gertrude (Trudy) Burgess Hunter; sister, Cindy Hunter; nieces, Natasha Hunter and Jessica Wright and nephew, Scott Copeland.

Serving as pallbearers were Jonathan DeBot, Scott Copeland, Philip McGourty, Jacob Hawkins, James White and Eddie Street.

Card of Thanks

The family of Bill Thomas wishes to say Thank you for your sympathy, expressions of kindness and support during our difficult time. Thank you to Upton Hay Funeral Home for the care provided. Thank you to Livingston Funeral Home for the use of their facility. Thanks to everyone who visited and sent flowers and donations in Bill’s memory. Special thanks to Danny Staggs for comforting words and the singers for beautiful songs. Thank you to Dr. Colburn and staff for their care and patience with Bill. Very special thank you and no words could express our gratitude to the staff of Wing 4 of Overton Co. Care and Rehab for the care Bill received while there. The hardwork and compassion shown to Bill during his last month we will never forget Doug and Renee Thomas and Penelope and Chuck Brown.

 

 

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