Obituaries 3/24/20

Lucile Hyder

Eva Lucile Covington Hyder, 93, passed away surrounded by family on March 18. Interment was held at Algood Cemetery in a private graveside service.

She was born on Aug. 21, 1926 in Cookeville. She was a schoolteacher for 30 years. Considered a spiritual mother by many, she was active for most of her adult life with the First Methodist Church in Livingston, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and led prayer and Bible study groups. She particularly enjoyed leading young people to Christ, and hosted after school youth groups in her home in Henson Hills.

She was preceded in death by parents, Rev. Burgess White Covington and Ethel Grace Stucker Covington; husband, Hollis Hyder; brothers, James (Jim) Covington and William (Billy) Covington and sister, Helen Copeland.

She is survived by son, Ronald Hyder of Livingston; granddaughter Rhonda Hyder Moats and husband, Justin of Brentwood; great-grandson, Hollis Moats; sister, Lois Lacy of Oak Ridge; brother, Dr. John Covington and wife, Glenda of Hiram, Ga., and many nieces and nephews and special friends.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James Edward Sells

James Edward “Eddie” Sells, 55, of Gordonsville and formerly of Overton County passed away March 16 in Gordonsville. Funeral services were held March 21 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Beaty Cemetery with Military Honors provided atgraveside by the Tennessee Honor Guard and the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. Alvin Copeland and Bro. Kevin Smith officiated.

He was born Aug. 31, 1964. He was a 1983 graduate of Livingston Academy, active in the Army National Guard and was a Paramedic in Nashville. He enjoyed making wonderful works of art in wood burning and scrolls.

He was preceded in death by father, Kenneth Edward Sells and grandparents, Lerla Beaty King and Arter Beaty and Vallie Sells and May Sells.

He is survived by wife, Amanda Gregory Sells of Portland; sons, Jeremy Lee Sells and wife, Brandy of Monroe, Jayton Alexander Russell of Portland and Kaleb Ashton Sells of Portland; daughters, Sarah Sells of Crossville, Morgan Alexis Sells of Portland and Cayslee Ann Sells of Portland; grandchildren, Capp Sells, Carter Sells, Sutton Sells and Liam Sells; mother, Margie Beaty Sells of Alpine; brothers, Kenneth Mark Sells and wife, Tammy of Monroe and Steve Edward Norris and wife, Nichole of Cookeville; beloved caregivers and aunts, Barbara Davenport and husband, James Murfreesboro and Sandy Tubb of Gordonsville; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Pallbearers who served were Jackie Gross, Justin Bergdorff, Dustin Bergdorff, Jimmy Barnett, Malcom Perry and Randy Carter.

Jamie Paul Webb

Jamie Paul Webb, 45, of Livingston passed away March 17 from the Nashville General Hospital. Funeral services were held March 23 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Aaron Dillon officiated.

He was born in Overton County on July 9, 1974. He was a 1992 graduate of Livingston Academy and a member of the Life Church. He enjoyed farming and would do anything for anyone.

He was preceded in death by sister, Amy Michelle Webb and grandparents, Albert and Elizabeth Carr and Haskell and Edna Webb.

He is survived by mother and step-father, Alberta Wade and husband, Rick of Livingston; father, Lewis Webb of Rickman; brother, Jeffrey Webb of Algood; niece Maddie Michelle Webb and nephew, Hayden Matthew Webb.

Pallbearers who served were Rick Wade, Nathanel Wade, Greg Kinsler, Tommy Carr, Beau Carr and Hayden Webb.

Gerald Lee Ferrill

Gerald Lee Ferrill, 81, of Livingston passed away March 16 from the Livingston Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held March 26 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Carr Cemetery. Bro. Timothy Wilson will officiate.

He was born in Overton County on May 5, 1938. He was a 1957 graduate of Livingston Academy and Baptist in faith.

He was preceded in death by parents, Aaron and Bessie Lee Carr Ferrill and brother, Rex Ferrill.

He is survived by son, Troy Ferrill and wife, Tonya of Battle Creek, Mich.; daughter, Virginia Gillespie and husband, Rick of Battle Creek, Mich.; grandchildren, Amber Lee Gillespie, Kiley EgelKraut, Cierra Ferrill and Savanna Ferrill; great-grandchild, Haylee Gillispie; brothers, Carl Ferrill and wife, Jean of Livingston and Aaron Ferrill, Jr. and wife, Patricia of Cookeville; sisters, Sue Choate of Smyrna and Jane Ruzansky and husband, Marty of Philadelphia, Pa.

Tommy L. Dixon

Tommy L. Dixon passed away March 18 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held March 21 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in the Carter-Bilbrey Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County. He worked as a logger.

He was preceded in death by mother, Carolyn Gore Dixon.

He is survived by fiancé, Angie Britt; children, Brittany, Dustin, Makayla, and Jayden Dixon; step-daughters, Emily and Bailey Britt; father, Kenneth Dixon; brothers, Timmy Dixon and wife, Teresa and Tony Dixon; sister, Tammy McCann and husband, Bren; grandsons, Nick and Brayden; granddaughter, Ryliegh and Iyla, that is still on the way; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Pamela Sue Gragg Lakey Thomsen

Pamela Sue Gragg Lakey Thomsen, 68, of Cookeville passed away March 21 at Signature Healthcare of Putnam County. Graveside funeral services will be held on March 26 at 2 p.m. at the George M. Phillips Cemetery. Pastor Tim Miles will officiate.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1952 in Detroit, Mich. She was a medical billing clerk, working with St. John Hospital in Grosse Point, Mich. and was owner/operator of P&A Video in Michigan. She attended Wilhite Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Billie E. and Earlene Matthews Gragg; husbands, David Lakey and Andreas Thomsen and brother, David Gragg.

She is survived by daughter, Laura Harris of Cookeville; step-children, Catherine and Eric Knight of Chesterfield, Mich. and Jeff Thomsen of Michigan; grandchildren, Alex Pass, Samantha Harris, Megan Harris, Ashlynn Thomsen, Ethan Knight and Collin Knight; sister, Mary Ann Norrod of Cookeville; brothers and sisters-in-law, William “Bill” and Tommie Gragg of Cookeville and Dan and Beth Gragg of Monterey; aunts, Lena Mae Matthews of Cookeville and Treva Joyce Scher of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Arrangements were made by D.M. Goff Funeral Home.

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