Obituaries 12/31/19

Howard C. Petersen

Howard Claire Petersen, 82, of Monroe passed away on Christmas Eve from the Livingston Regional Hospital. There are no services scheduled.

He was born Jan. 20, 1937 in Bentonville, Ind. He was a 1955graduate of Union High School in Modoc, Ind. He retired from Conrail Railroad as a railroad engineer. He was an avid coonhunter. He loved NASCAR and worked with his brother in the pit crew for the legendary American singer, songwriter, actor and racing driver, Marty Robbins.

He was preceded in death by parents, Bernard Oscar and Ruby Irene Kemmer Peterson and brothers, Max Petersen and Donald Petersen.

He is survived by daughters, Susan Beaty and husband, Gilbert of Pall Mall, Tenn. and Debbie Smith of Rickman; sons, Jeff Petersen and Jill of Phoenix, Ariz. and Greg Petersen and wife, Joanne of Surprise, Ariz.; granddaughter, Tasha Chowning; great-granddaughter, Kassie Brown and Sidney Claire Dailey; brother, Paul Petersen and wife, Della of Wickenburg, Ariz. and mother of his children, Louise McCormick of Morristown, Ariz.

Special thanks to Tiffany and Leeanne at the Pickett County Care and Rehab.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

J.T. Foster

J.T. “Junior” Foster, 48, of Livingston passed away Dec. 19 from the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Celebration of Life services were held Dec. 22 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 4, 1971 in Clay County. He was a 1989 graduate of Clay County High School. Christian in faith, he enjoyed beekeeping, fishing and hunting with his daughter.

He was preceded in death by father, J.T. Foster, Sr. and sister, Melinda Foster Qualls.

He is survived by wife, Kimberly Diann Taylor Foster of Livingston; son, Nick Foster of Cookeville; daughter, Korie Foster of Livingston; mother, Charlotte Foster of the Willow Grove Community; sisters, Etter Mae Staggs and husband, Mike of the Willow Grove Community and Velena Walker and husband, Clifford of Livingston; brother Joey Foster and wife, Dianna of the Willow Grove Community and a host of nieces and nephews.

Charlie Lee


Charlie Lee Woodward, 62, of Allons passed away on Christmas Day at his residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the chapel of First Christian Church in Livingston. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Steven Barlow and Buckie Parsons officiated.

He was born in Macon County. He was a 1975 graduate of Livingston Academy and an Elder of Monroe Christian Church. He started working for the City of Livingston for the fire department, then moved his way into the Water Department, where he became a level four water operator, retiring with 40 years of service to the City of Livingston.

He was preceded in death by parents, Jack and Margaret Sue Livingston Woodward.

He is survived by wife, Tammie Parris Parsons Woodward of Allons; daughter, Jodi Deck of Monroe; son, Chad Hicks, Jr. of Monroe; grandchildren, Anthony Chad Hicks, Jr., Bella Parsons and Gemma Deck; father, and mother-in-law, Marshall and Natalie Parris of Monroe; aunt, Martha McCormick and husband, Gerald of Goodlettsville and several nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Anna Faye White

Anna Faye White, 78, of Monterey passed away Dec. 25 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery. Pastor Mike White officiated. She was born March 6, 1941 in Overton County. She was a homemaker and a factory worker in the garment industry. She was a member of the Refuge Church in Livingston.

She was preceded in death by parents, John B. and Genivia Honeycutt Phipps; sister, Norma Jean Blaylock and brother, Randle Phipps.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Vicki White of Rickman; granddaughters, Melissa and husband, Justin Coffman of Hilham and Ashley and husband, Nathan Hillis of Livingston; great-grandchildren, Lelia, Cole, Anna, Callie, Korbin, Jase and Ayvee Mae; brothers, Clifford and wife, Sara Phipps of Algood and Danny and wife, Janice Phipps of Monterey.

Card Of Thanks

The family of Edward Ray Fleming, Jr. would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone for the love that was shown to the family—those that came to see him in the hospital and after he got home. To those who brought food to the home, to those who called, came by and those who kept the family in prayer.

Thanks to those who came by for the viewing, those who came to the funeral. He would have been so glad to see everyone.

To the Caris who helped take care of him.

To Speck Funeral Home for their caring services, to Overton County Highway Department for their services.

To Bro. Bruice Mullinex and Bobby Gore for such kind words, to the pallbearers and just for each and everyone from the bottom of our hearts, we say THANK YOU.

To the ladies who prepared the wonderful meal after the service.

Willetta Fleming

Mandy and Glen Ford

Eva E. Vaughn

Eva E. Vaughn, 85, of Poneto, Ind. and formerly of Celina passed away Dec. 17 from her residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery. Bro Rickey Lewis officiated.

She was born June 7, 1934 in Celina. She made her living by working in a glass factory.

She was preceded in death by parents, Victor E. and Vora (Thompson) Smith; husband, Gordon Mitchell Vaughn; daughters, Linda Gail Couch and Kathy Vaughn; son, Victor Vaughn; grandson, Matthew B. Melton; brother, J.R. Smith; sisters, Ava Maynard, Ova Reagan, Lillie Burgess and Adell Reagan.

She is survived by daughter, Betty Melton and husband, Joseph Brian; sons, Mitchell Vaughn and wife, Barbara and Jimmie Vaughn; sister, Tilda Lewis and husband, Paul also known as Wink; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren along with a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers who served were Joseph Melton, John Falco, Dustin Spears, Zach Melton, Deacon Contreras and Zaj uan Johnson.

Willie S. Ragland, Jr.

Willie S. Ragland, Jr., 91, of Cookeville passed away Dec. 19 at the Heritage Point. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Cookeville City Cemetery. Rev. Craig Green officiated.

He was born Sept. 30, 1928 in Granville. He served in the National Guard and was a District Manager with the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation for many years.

He is survived by sons, Don Ragland and wife, Jackie and Larry Ragland and wife, Diane; daughter, Brenda Lewis and husband, Kent; brothers, Mack Ragland and wife, Ruth and Wesley Ragland and wife, Peggy; sisters, Frances Napier, Joanne Calabro and Lois Ray and husband, Charlie; sisters-in-law, Judy Ragland, Teresa Ragland and Joy Ragland; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren along with other family and friends.

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