Mary Jane “Mollie” Palmer Rogers
“My Mollie,” as Mrs. Rogers was affectionately known, was 83, having been born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 7, 1936. She was reared in Jackson, Tenn. where she met Jimmy Rogers, her life long husband, dearest friend and constant admirer.
The two were college freshmen, age 19 and 18, when they were married on March 17, 1955. On Feb. 15, death ended their beautiful, much-admired marriage one month shy of 65 years.
Their union resulted in four sons: Tyler Howard Rogers, of Greensburg, Ind., Wesley Alan Rogers (wife, Lori) of Smithville, Tenn., Timothy Palmer Rogers (wife, Lisa) of Cookeville, and Andrew Wade Rogers (wife, Melody) of Smithville, Tenn.. They have 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mollie dropped out of college after one year in order to support Jim in his pursuit of an education in theology. She continued working as a medical transcriptionist until her retirement from the Upper Cumberland Orthopedic Surgery Group more than 20 years ago.
Mollie had an abiding faith in God and love for the church. Although her now stilled voice was never strong, when she sang songs of the faith, it was beautiful. She loved everyone, and had a special place in her heart for family and friends, even to the end.
Alzheimer’s disease began attacking her once vibrant brain some six years ago. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made in her honor to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, 390 S. Lowe Ave. Suite I, Cookeville, TN.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was the site of her memorial service on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. The family received friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, and at noon until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.
The family is grateful to those at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Signature Healthcare of Putnam County in Algood who tenderly cared for her.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Call (931) 526-6111 or share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com.
Shelby J. Collins
Shelby J. Hargis Collins, 54, of the Willow Grove Community passed away Feb. 22 from the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the St. John Cemetery. Bro. Tony Johnson and Bro. Kevin Strong officiated.
She was born in Livingston and was a 1983 graduate of Rickman High School. She was a member of the Willow Grove Church of Christ. She loved the lake and going out on her boat. She loved traveling everywhere to listen to her son play music.
She is survived by husband, Ken Collins of the Willow Grove Community; son, Tyler Collins and wife, Emily of Wilder; grandson, Aiden Collins; mother, Bonnie Hargis of Livingston; sisters, Dianna Foster and husband, Joey of Allons and Margaret Hull and friend, Chris Fargason of Livingston; brother, Chris Hargis and wife, Sandy of Monroe; several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Pallbearers who served were Trent Hull, Logan Hull, Jordan Hargis, Cody Foster, Josh Foster and Greg Hargis.
Brenda Louise Choate, 65, of Rickman passed away Feb. 19 from her residence. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Dodson Chapel Cemetery in Rickman. Bro. Orbin “Dog” Lane officiated.
She was born in Livingston on Sept. 21, 1954. She was a schoolteacher for many years in the Overton County School System.
She was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Louise (Breeding) Judd and husband, Ed.
She is survived by son, Brett Sullivan and wife, Tabitha; sister, Barbara Roberts and granddaughter, Savannah Sullivan.
Brenda K. Savage
Brenda K. Savage, 70, of Livingston passed away Feb. 21 from her residence. Funeral services were held Feb. 24 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Fisk Cemetery in Hilham. Bro. Justin Owens officiated.
She was born in Livingston on Oct. 29, 1949. She was a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by parents, Alice Cates and Harley Bilyeu; sons, Donald Edward Savage and Roger Glenn Savage.
She is survived by husband, Danny Savage; son, Sherman Savage; daughter, Paula Perry; sisters, Betty Stamps and Donna Garrison and husband, Lee; brother, Kenneth Bilyeu and wife, Maregret; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Pallbearers who served were Jeremy Stover, Josh Savage, Kevin Perry, Kage Savage, Kael Dingwall, Grant Dingwall, Kyle Perry and K.T. Perry.
Leonard A. Ledbetter
Leonard A. Ledbetter, 85, of Livingston passed away Feb. 18 from the Livingston Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Robbins Cemetery. Bro. John Mabry officiated.
He was born in Overton County on Nov. 27, 1934. He was a member of the Hilham Church of Christ. He worked for many years driving a truck for Volunteer Foam in Livingston. He enjoyed mowing grass, watching westerns and old TV shows. He also enjoyed talking on his CB radio, where his handle name was Groundhog.
He was preceded in death by parents, Mose E. and Eula Robbins Ledbetter; wife, Judith Kay Stover Ledbetter; son, Ricky Ledbetter; brothers, Claude G., James Loyd and Earl Ledbetter; sisters, Odell Handy, Sally Cravens and L.V. Baker.
He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins; brother-in-law, Ben Stover and wife, Cathy of Texas; sister-in-laws, Willa Dean Mayberry of Monroe and Nina Melton of Allons.
Pallbearers who served were Bill Linder, Mike Mayberry, Jeff Mayberry, John Cook, David Cook, Ronald Ledbetter and Orville Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were Joel Upton, Lee Richards, L.D. Johnson and James Mark Mathis.
Barry Truman Sells
Barry Truman Sells, 74, of Monroe passed away Feb. 19 from his residence. Graveside services were held Feb. 21 at the Fellowship Cemetery in Allons with interment following. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated.
He was born in Monroe on July 22, 1945. He was a dairy farmer for years.
He is survived by wife, Faunda Sells; daughters, Tammy Garrett and Tracy Hodge; sister, Maybelle McAlpin; brothers, Mayford Sells, Larry Sells and Gary Sells; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
Hall’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jeffery D. Moore
Jeffery D. Moore, 51, of Livingston passed away Feb. 20 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Celebration of Life services were held Feb. 25 at the New Life Community Church.
He was born in Sumner County. Jeffery was a long-haul truck driver. He enjoyed working on cars, trucks and fishing.
He was preceded in death by parents, J.C. and Dorothy Grace Fields Thornhill and brothers, Troy Moore and Buford Moore.
He is survived by wife, Melanie Ledbetter Moore of Livingston; son, Jeffery Moore II of Livingston; daughters, Brittney Brinkley and husband, Jacob of Livingston and Cierra Secord and husband, Tim of Cookeville; grandchildren, Jailyn and Braxton Brinkley; sisters, Margaret Tayes and husband, R.J., Kay Moore, Laura Christian and husband, Kenneth, Leila Poland and husband, Scott, Elizabeth Stanton and husband, John, Tammy Shortridge and husband, Jimmy and Adrian Thornhill; brothers, Raymond Moore and wife, Charlotte, Ronnie Winningham, Michael Thornhill, Robert Thornhill and Chris Thornhill.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Marie E. Ayers
Marie E. Talley Ayers, 77, of Livingston passed away Feb. 18 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Services have not been scheduled at this time.
She was born Feb. 23, 1942 in Overton County.
She was preceded in death by parents, Shirley and Edith Raines Talley; husband, James Deloy “Shorty” Ayers; son, Kent Ayers; brother, Paul Talley; sisters, Joann Etheridge, Josephine Hollars and Willie Wade Dickerson.
She is survived by sister, Burmah Garrett of Hilham; grandsons, Patrick Ayers and Devon Ayers, both of Livingston; several nieces, nephews and friends.
Speck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.