Obituaries 12/24/19

Gary N. Spears

Gary N. Spears passed away Dec. 16 from the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. A gathering of Gary’s family and close friends was held Dec. 21 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home.

He was born in Overton County on April 1, 1947. He enjoyed swapping and trading, playing cards, watching westerns, relaxing on the couch and sharing old stories with his brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by parents, A.B. and Ethel Smith Spears; wife, Joyce Spears and brother, Jack Spears.

He is survived by sons, Grant Spears and wife, Twila of Rickman and Rocky Spears of Livingston; daughter, Tonya Vaughn and husband, Tim of Cookeville; grandchildren, Chance Spears, Summer Spears, Blake Vaughn, Savannah Vaughn, Conner Spears, Clay Spears and Cole Spears; brothers, Larry Spears of Livingston, Denny Spears and wife, Carol of Allons, Mike Spears of Monroe and Steve Spears of Monroe; sisters, Bonnie Cottingham and husband, Tony of California, Betty Smith and husband, Bill of Georgia, Faye Conaster of Muncie, Ind., Terri Taylor and husband, Keith of Cookeville, Sherry Webb and husband, Gary of Livingston and Kim Spears of Park City, Utah.

Jessie M. Linder

Jessie M. Linder, 81, of Alpine passed away Dec. 16 from Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Davidson County. Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Alpine Presbyterian Church. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery. Bro. David Beaty officiated.

She was born in Pickett County on March 13, 1938. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed gardening. She loved wild flower hunting, quilting, traveling and going to church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Hobson and Chloe Reynolds Beaty; husband, George Linder; brother, Juno Beaty and sisters, Sue Ruble and Rita Davis.

She is survived by daughters, Jennifer Bruss and husband, Steve of Brentwood and Ginger Stover and husband, Tommy of Brentwood; grandson, Cole Bruss of Brentwood; sister, Deanna Linder of Livingston; brothers, Rex Beaty and wife, Donna of Seattle, Wash., Clifton Beaty and wife, Francis of Chattanooga and David Beaty and wife, Faye of Alpine.

Pallbearers who served were Denver Davis, Brian Davis, Rusty Linder, Eddie Linder, Tyson Stover and Greg Hargis.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Junie Lynell


Junie Lynell Richardson, 70, of Livingston passed away Dec. 18 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Stover Cemetery. Bro. Jonathan Ledbetter officiated.

She was born in Overton County on March 25, 1949. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, family get-togethers, reading and listening to old country music.

She was preceded in death by parents, Harv and Georgia Gore; husband, Leonard Richardson; sisters, Lorene Lawson and Olene Ledbetter and great-granddaughter Rylee J.J. Smith.

She is survived by daughters, Tamyla Heady of Livingston and Tonia Richardson Johnson and husband, Daniel of Alpine; son, Tim Richardson of Livingston; grandchildren, Jeremy Vaughn, Jamey Vaughn, Hannah Blankenship, Alivia Blankenship, Kelli Hammock, Dustin Hammock and Jesse Hammock; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Vaughn, Zayne Vaughn, Aubrey Blankenship, Rhett Gore, Jaylen Bowman, Weston Bowman, Jaxon Hammock, Ava Harris, Ramsey Hammock, Jennings Hammock and Adelyn Hammock; brothers, Harold Gore and wife, Gail of Hilham, Brent Gore and wife, Sada of Hilham, Howard Gore of Hilham, Bruce Gore of Hilham and Bob Gore and wife, Barbara of Alabama and sister, Helen Fletcher of Livingston.

Pallbearers who served were Jeremy Vaughn, Jamey Vaughn, Dustin Hammock, Jesse Hammock, Nathaniel Vaughn, Zayne Vaughn, Tyler Gore and Dakota Bowman.

Zona Lee Carr

Zona Lee Carr, 95, of Livingston passed away Dec. 14 from her residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Okolona Cemetery.

She was born in Livingston on May 29, 1924. She was loved by her family very much and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by parents, Robert Walker and Callie (Cates) Walker; husband, William Ernest Carr; daughters, Jolene (Carr) Harris Hagens and Judy Carr; sons, James Dewayne “Wayne” Carr, Johnny “Rocky” Carr and William Carr; grandchildren, Gela (Carr) Pedigo Philpott (David), Troy Carr, Kandy Carr, Shane Harris and Jamie Carr.

She is survived by sons, Jack Carr and wife, Joyce of Alpine and Jerry Carr of Glasgow, Ky.; daughter, Janifer Ellis and husband, Roger of Allburndale, Fla.; daughter-in-laws, Gail (Mims) Hobbs of Shelbyville, Ruth (Graham) Carr of Anderson, Ind., Pam (Redic) Savage of Monroe, Gloria (Snyder) Anderson of Algood and JoAnn (Jones); grandchildren, Gena Carr Livingston and husband, David of Rickman, Dallas Carr and wife, Mercy of Hubert, N.C., Scot Ellis and wife, Marion of Allburndale, Fla., Shelly Ellis Diez and husband, Guy of Orlando, Fla., Carrie Carr of Glasgow, Ky., Rocky Carr and wife, Hayley of Monroe, Jamin Carr and wife, Casandra of Monroe and Jason Boyd and wife, Angie of Anderson, Ind. and Allen Carr and wife, Michelle of Louisville, Ky.; granddaughter-in-law, Tara Carr of Anderson, Ind.; 27 great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and three step great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers who served were Rocky Carr, Jamin Carr, Dallas Carr, Nathan Pedigo, Evan Lee and Angel Carr.

Kenneth Ray Sadler

Kenneth Ray Sadler, 83, of the Spring Creek Community passed away Dec. 16 surrounded by his wife and siblings. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Draper Cemetery in Gainesboro. Military Honors were provided graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Bro. Bob Stewart officiated.

He was a member of the Netherland Church of Christ. He was a career educator, coach and academic administrator, that graduated with Livingston Academy Class of 1955. He was a standout athlete and member of the Livingston Academy Football Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by parents, John Fowler Sadler and Mary Anderson Sadler of Livingston; son, Charles Daniel Sadler of Houston, Texas and brother, Jerry Meadows Sadler.

He is survived by wife, Theresa (Terri) Brackett Sadler of Cookeville; son, Kenneth Ray Sadler, Jr. of Kingston, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Hancock Sadler of Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Amber Cavasoz of Canton, Texas and Tonya Sadler Padget and husband, Dylan of Norfolk, Va.; grandsons, Charles Daniel Sadler, Jr. of Houston, Texas and Jessie Dike of Tyler, Texas; great-granddaughter, Kendalyn of Houston, Texas; siblings, Gale Sadler Little and Nan Ola Sadler of Cookeville, Dr. Diane Sadler of Livingston, David Sadler of Livingston, Don Sadler of Melbourne Beach, Fla. and Dr. John Sadler of Bermerton, Wash.; siblings-in-law, Pam Sadler, Anita Sadler, Teresa Poindexter Sadler, Bruce Hudgens, Ray Stewart, Ben Brackett, Debbie Brackett and a host of nieces and nephews.

Card Of Thanks

The family of Wayne Savage would like to express our appreciation for all the acts of kindness shown during his recent illness and death.

Thank you for the prayers, visits, flowers, food, donations and kind words.

We would like to that Overton County Pacesetters staff, Dr. Michael Cox and staff, Livingston Regional Hospital staff, Cookeville Regional Medical Center staff and Algood Signature Healthcare staff.

Thank you to Livingston Freewill Baptist Church ladies for the meal after the service. We would also like to thank all of his special caregivers he had over the years.

Wayne Savage



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