Obituaries 11/5/19

William Grimsley

William (Billy) Grimsley , age 54 , resident of Livingston, Tennessee passed away at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Oct. 18 after a courageous battle with cancer.

William was born on Feb. 4, 1965 to William (Bill) Cordell Grimsley and Phyllis Henry Grimsley in Columbia, Tenn.

He grew up in Columbia and attended Columbia Central High School.

His work took him to Texas, Nashville and Cookeville where he eventually settled and made his home in Livingston, Tenn. William worked for 19 years for Cummins, Inc. (formerly Fleetguard) until his health forced him to take an early retirement.

William loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and being near the water.

He loved Tennessee Football, especially the Tennessee Titans. Some of his favorite memories were attending games with his dad and watching the games at home with his family.

William loved his family more than anything and loved being “Papa” to his pride and joy, his first grandson, Dawson Wayne.

Sadly, William passed away before meeting his first granddaughter, Willa Lynn born on Oct. 25.

William is survived by his children, Shelby Grimsley, Savannah ( fiancé Cody Stafford) Grimsley, Samuel ( fiancé Kris Ann Nivens) Grimsley ; Grandchildren , Dawson Wayne and Willa Lynn Stafford ; Mother, Phyllis Grimsley; Sister , Vanessa ( Kenneth) Purdom ; Nephew, Logan ( Alexis) Purdom ; Niece, Megan ( Grayson) Proctor ; Great-Niece, Evelyn James Purdom; Mother of his children, Darlene Grimsley; Special friend, Saxton Officer ; His fur baby, Gus, who never left his side; many cousins, aunts ,uncles and childhood friends who loved him dearly.

William was preceded in death by his beloved daddy, William (Bill) Grimsley; maternal and paternal grandparents.

A Celebration of William’s life was held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at Allons Church of Christ. Family visited with friends from 11 a.m. until time of the service at the church.

Crossville Memorial Funeral Home is assisted in the arrangements.

William Gerald Fish

William Gerald “Bill” Fish, 61, of Rickman passed away Nov. 1 from the VA Hospital in Nashville. Celebration of Life services will be held Nov. 7 from the Netherland Church of Christ. Military Honors will be provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. Mark Loftis will officiate.

He was born in Stafford Springs, Conn. on June 23, 1958. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during Desert Shield, Desert Storm and multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He had a passion for the arts and was talented in many of them including drawing, woodworking and carving.

He was preceded in death by paternal father, Gerald Fish; father, Jim Carey and sister, Bonnie Moyer.

He is survived by wife, Debbie Lee Jensen Fish of Rickman; daughters, Melanie Lorraine Fish Anderson and fiancé, Sarah VanHimbergen of Sparta and Stephanie Fish Lawson and husband, Chris of Gulfport, Miss.; grandchildren, Ashten Leigh Anderson Meyer and husband, Kyle, Alexis Mackenzie Anderson and Ally Kristine Anderson; great-grandchildren, Bailee Meyer and Raelynn Meyer; mother, Margaret “Peggie” Fujczak and husband, Walt of Santa Clara, Calif.; sisters, Tracie Cannon and husband, Mike of Santa Clara, Calif. and Jennifer Smith and husband, Vic of Caldwell, Idaho; brother, Thoomas Carey and wife, Rachel of Santa Clara, Calif. and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Leva Jean McLean

Leva Jean Smith McLean, 75, of Livingston passed away Oct. 29 from the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

Interment followed in the Fall Springs Cemetery. Bro. Aron Dillon officiated.

She was born in on April 13, 1944 in Overton County. She was Baptist in faith and worked many years at Hutchinson in Livingston.

She was preceded in death by parents, Jennings Pearson and Artie Wilma Cantrell Smith; twins, Melinda and Brenda Dillon and sister, Sharon Smith.

She is survived by daughters, Melissa Dillon of Nashville and Glenda Dillon of Livingston; granddaughters, Jessica Murphy of Cookeville, Baylee Murphy and Avery Dillon both of Livingston; brother, Carlon Smith and wife, Anita of Allred.

Billy Joe Maxwell

Billy Joe Maxwell, 88, of Hilham passed away on Oct. 31 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Campground Cemetery. Bro. Rick Cross officiated.

He was born June 2, 1931 in Overton County. He was a member of the Hilham Union Church and served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed woodworking, bluegrass music, nature watching, feeding birds and going to church.

He was preceded in death by parents, J.P. and Ruby Ayers Maxwell; infant son; daughter, Phyllis Maxwell Ledbetter; brother John Maxwell and sisters, Blanche Fisk and Clarice Upton.

He is survived by wife, Villa Thompson Maxwell of Hilham; son, Billy Maxwell and wife, Louann of Hilham; daughter, Angela Hester of Livingston; grandsons, Bradley Gore, Lyndon Johnson and Justin Maxwell; great-grandsons, Isaiah Johnson and Elijah Johnson; great-granddaughters, Makiyah Gore and Malia Gore and brother, Maurice Maxwell of Clinton Township, Mich.

Pallbearers who served are Jerry Carr, Jack Dale, Joe Copeland, Mike Boles, Donnie Sullivan and Tim Maxwell.

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