Obituaries 1/28/20

Jackie Donaldson

Funeral services for Mrs. Jackie Donaldson, age 73, of Cookeville, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Cookeville First Baptist Church. Pastor Scott McKinney officiatec. Interment followed in the Sylvester Robins Cemetery in Monroe.

Her family received friends Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home and again Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.

Jackie passed away Saturday morning Jan. 18, 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

She was born Saturday, March 9, 1946 in Albany, Ky. to Billie Matthews Beaty of Cookeville, and the late J. D. Beaty.

Jackie loved the Lord and was an active member of First Baptist Church Cookeville for over 40 years. Jackie graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Home Economics in 1967 from TTU. She earned a Masters’ degree in Family Consumer Science from U.T. in 1987. Jackie began her career in 1967 as the 4-H agent for Putnam County and retired as the UT Extension Leader for Putnam County. She worked as a Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent and Extension Leader with the UT Agricultural Extension Service Office in Cookeville.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Lonnie Donaldson, (whom she married Sept. 22, 1962 in Cookeville); two sons, Matthew (April) Donaldson of Knoxville, Jay (Carrie) Donaldson of Gainesville, VA; brother, Steve Beaty of Cookeville; grandchildren, Katie (Spencer) Cooke, Braden, Grant, Ethan and Annie Grace Donaldson; as well as several other very special family members and wonderful friends.

Pallbearers were Grant Donaldson, Ethan Donaldson, Braden Donaldson, Spencer Cooke, Kurt Dronebarger, Heath Hudson, Seth Hudson and Chris Vick.

Honorary Pallbearers were former members of the Putnam County Home Demonstration Club, former colleagues of the UT Agricultural Extension Service and The Over 70 Sunday School class at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to: The Liver Transplant Program, 801 Oxford House, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, (On behalf of Jackie Donaldson, in honor of Dr. David Raiford).

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (931)526-6111 Share thoughts and memories at

Billy Verble

Funeral services with military honors for Billy Morris Verble, age 88, of Cookeville, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Pastor Albert Willis officiated.

His family received friends Sunday at 1 p.m. until service time.

Billy passed away Jan. 18 at NHC of Cookeville after a brief and sudden illness.

Born in Rickman in 1931, he grew up in the Sulphur Community before moving to Detroit for a career in the growing manufacturing business. A retired auto and steel industry worker, he spent 41 years in Michigan before returning to Cookeville in 1992 where he continued working in numerous endeavors until 2010.

Billy was a man of deep faith and a veteran having served as a U.S. Army corporal.

He loved sports, especially baseball, football, car racing and horse racing. His favorite baseball team was the Cincinnati Reds but he also rooted for the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. He loved music, particularly country and bluegrass, and enjoyed attending live shows. An ardent gardener, he continued to set out tomato plants every year including this past spring.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben Wheeler and Stella Verble; three brothers, Bernard, Kenneth and James; and a sister who died in infancy.

He is survived by daughters Virginia Sircy of Cookeville and Carol Verble of New York City; son-in-law Ken Sircy of Cookeville; and former spouse of 44 years Betty Verble of Algood.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in his memory to the Cookeville Animal Shelter or to your favorite charity.

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Share your thoughts and memories at

Ina M. Poston

Ina M. Scantland Poston, 82, of Livingston passed away Jan. 24 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Harold Smith officiated.

She was born in Jackson County on May 13, 1937. She was a member of Livingston Church of Christ. She enjoyed being outside in her garden and working in her flowers.

She was preceded in death by parents, James William and Victoria Hix Scantland; husband, Charlie B. Poston; brothers, Lawton, Lando, Eston, Elbert and Jim Scantland; sisters, Dorothy Stewart and Louise Barlow.

She is survived by daughters, Sharon Crabtree and husband, Jerry of Livingston and Judy Matheny and husband, Mike of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Jason Crabtree and wife, Misti of Livingston and Angie Smith and husband, Hugh of Mt. Juliet; great-grandchildren, Savannah Crabtree, Hillary Crabtree and Hudson Smith; brother, Joe Scantland and wife, Edna of Gainesboro; sisters, Betty Hix and Martha Flynn, both of Gainesboro; several nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers who served were Don Scantland, Jerry Crabtree, Gary Flynn, Tony Hix, Chris Brown and Jason Crabtree.

Honorary Pallbearer was Mike Matheny.

Clyd Edward Rhule

Clyde Edward Rhule, age 68, of Rickman passed away Jan. 20 at his residence. Funeral Services were held Jan. 22 at the Brown Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in the Edgefield Cemetery. Bro. Tommy Harris and Bro. Nickie Richards officiated.

He was born Nov. 25, 1951 in Byrdstown.  He was a member of the Locust Grove Baptist Church and also attended the Zion Hill Methodist Church. He also was a factory worker with Fleetguard and a farmer.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Lucille Rhule; sister, Doreen Smith; brothers, Donnie Rhule and Randall Rhule and grandson, Mason Rhule.

He is survived by wife, Betty Jean (Coffey) Rhule; daughters, Katrina Smith and husband, Douglas, Jennifer Richards and husband, Nicholas and Connie Long and husband, Curt; sons, Chad Rhule and wife, Christina, Bobby Bilbrey and wife, Mindy and David Bilbrey; sisters, Margaret Craig and Velma Pittman and husband, Buster; brother, Larry Rhule and wife, Missy; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Serving as pallbearers were: Bailey Bilbrey, Clay King, Curt Long, Christian Richards, Collin Richards and Aaron Mason Smith.

John Allen Barnes

John Allen Barnes, 78, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at his home in Marion, S.C. following an extended illness. John was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Barnes, two sisters, Frances Barnes Crabtree, Jane Barnes Carr, and a brother, James Dolan Barnes.

He is survived by his wife Alice Norton Barnes, two sons, Kendall James Barnes, Kevin Douglas Barnes (Amber), and step-daughter Tamara Walker Gentry (Will), of Denver, Colo., and three grandchildren and seven siblings. John’s siblings include Genevieve Rice of Portland, Tenn., Joyce Fields (Truman) and Sharon Sparks, of Berea, Ky., Sue Moss (Buelon) of Glasgow, Ky., Jean Huddleston (Oren), William Seymour (Bill) Barnes (Betty), and Wanda Krack, of Livingston.

John was a 1959 graduate of Livingston Academy and a 1965 graduate of UT-Knoxville. Upon graduation, he worked as an engineer for Lockheed, Gates Rubber Company and Dayco. Some of his greatest accomplishments were his involvement with the space program, the introduction of zipper lock bags, and the study and resolutions of sparks at gasoline stations. He held patents on numerous different hoses, and has written a number of technical articles, plus short stories and a western novel.

Memorials will be held in Marion, Denver, and Livingston, all dates pending. The Livingston memorial is planned for the summer, and every effort will be made to announce the date in a timely manner.

Jack N. Brown

Jack N. Brown, 80, of Livingston passed away Jan. 20 from the Saint Thomas Hospital Mid-Town. Graveside services were held Jan. 25 at the Fellowship Cemetery. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated.

He was born March 3, 1939 in Clay County. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church. He had a love for drawing, reading and working crossword puzzles. He also enjoyed listening to gospel and jazz music and had an extensive collection of albums and sheet music from his favorite artists.

He was preceded by parents, Van Buren and Sarah Ethel Nelson Brown; sisters, Jeanie Harvey Davis, Carol Dean Roach and Sherry Threet.

He is survived by brother, Jerry “Sammy” Brown of Byrdstown and a host of family and friends. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Leon White

Jerry Leon White, 66, of Monroe passed away Jan. 17 from his residence.

He was born. Feb. 18, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a 1971 graduate and he went on to serve his country in the United States Navy. He retired as a machinist for the automotive industry.

He was preceded in death by parents, Dick and Orlean Davis White; brothers, Gary White and Joey White and sister, Sue Yoh.

He is survived by sister, Elaine Larson of Richmond Heights, Ohio.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Card Of Thanks

Words cannot convey our heartfelt thanks for every expression of kindness shown to us at the homegoing of our loved one.

You have blessed us with prayers, meals, memorial gifts and your presence.

To Paulette Carr, Helen Alsip and Bertha Murphy, we are forever grateful for the care you gave mom.


The Family of

Irene Fletcher

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