Obituaries 6/30/20

Nina Melton

Nina L. Melton, 88, of Allons passed away June 18 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Private funeral services were held June 22 at Free Communion Church of Christ. Interment followed in the Chowing Cemetery. Bro. Marlon Winningham officiated.

She was born in Indianapolis, Ind. on July 10, 1931. She loved quilting, sewing, and making beautiful works of art with her needle and thread.  She enjoyed gardening, going to church, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by parents, Willie “Bill” Chat and Carmen May Stover;  husband, Raleigh Melton; son, Robbie Melton and sister Kay Ledbetter.

She is survived by sons, Lonnie Melton and wife, Debbie of Jacksonville, Fla. and Larry Melton and wife, Joan of Allons; daughters, Linda Brower and husband, Rodney of Nashville, Gaye Mott and the late Rickey of Sparta, Ila Robbins and husband, Ronnie of Livingston and Julia Poston and husband, Steve of Rickman; grandchildren, Mary Kathryn Melton, Greg Borden, Becky Pemerton, Alex Brower, Brandon Melton, Landon Melton, Bryan Melton, Jason Mott, Danyelle Hawkins, Kelsey Robbins, Megan Robbins, Abby Poston, Andrew Poston, Chris Melton, Valerie Melton, Ethan Guy and Julianne Guy; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Samantha Melton, Sarah and Austin Melton, Leah Kate, Mitchell and Myla Beth Melton, Aylah and Ansley Mott, Brayden and Brynn Hawkins, Thor Goff, Xander and Asher Carwile and Madalynn Pemerton; great-great-grandchildren, Rheagan and Seth Loughman; a host of nieces and nephews; sister, Willa Dean Mayberry of Monroe; brother, Ben Stover and wife, Kathy of Woodville, Texas; special friends, Anna Grace Melton, Amanda Watkins, Elaine Maxfield, Tommie Hensley and Peggy Hunter.

Pallbearers who served were Brandon Melton, Landon Melton, Bryan Melton, Jason Mott, Andrew Poston, Brayden Hawkins, Austin Melton and Mitchell Melton.

Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Alice Lula Bell “Boykin” Fields

Alice Lula Bell “Boykin” Fields, 88, of the Dodson Chapel community passed away June 20 from her residence. Funeral services were held June 25 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery. Bro. Donald Parker officiated.

She was born in Clay County on April 22, 1932. She was a 1950 graduate of Cookeville High School and a member of Whitson Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed sewing and reading. She loved to work in her flowers, where the peonies were her favorite.

She was preceded in death by parents, Walter Cleo and Lizzie Emma Stockton Boykin; son, Terry Ross Fields; son-in-law, Robert Lewis Paris; brothers, E.C. Boykin and Robert Boykin.

She is survived by husband, Bernard Lynn Fields of the Dodson Chapel community; daughter, Vicki Paris, wife of Robert Lewis Paris of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Mitzi Fields, wife of Terry Ross Fields of McDonough, Ga.; daughter, Tracy Parker and husband, Donald of White, Ga.; grandchildren, Emily, Tonya, Alicia, Scott, Colby and Dylan; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, Ashley, Devyn, Zoey, Cooper, Alyssa, Charlize, Wyatt and Keegan and five great-great-grandchildren.

Skippy Joe Qualls

Skippy Joe Qualls, 53, of Livingston passed away June 27 from his residence. Funeral services were held June 30 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Okolona Cemetery. Bro. Phillip Buck officiated.

He was born in Overton County on July 5, 1966. He was Baptist in Faith and attended the Holy Ghost Ministry. He was a people person who never met a stranger, and enjoyed meeting new people. Skippy loved taking his daughters anywhere they wanted to go, from riding around, water parks, to the fair and school.

He was preceded in death by parents Luther and Norma Ruth Lee Qualls and sister, Elaine Isabell.

He is survived by friend, Roxanne Reagan of Livingston; daughters, Miley Joe and Jamie Lee Qualls both of Livingston; brother, Rick Qualls of Livingston and sister, Janie Walker of Livingston.

Pallbearers who served were Justin Isabell, Ronnie Dixon, Wayne Dixon, Gerald Allred, Lee Richards and Dekota Peruzzi.

James William

“Jamie” Gipson

James William “Jamie” Gipson, age 61, of Cookeville passed away June 22 from Cookeville Regional Medical Center. His wishes of cremation are being honored with Celebration of Life services to be held at a later date.

He was born Oct. 2, 1958 in Anderson, Ind. He graduated from Rickman High School in 1976. He was a small business owner and entrepreneur, specializing in horticulture and landscaping. He was a loving and caring man who loved all things green, music, comedy, Coca-Cola, Honda motorcycles and his family.

He is survived by wife, Regina Kay (Farris) Gipson of Cookeville; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn William Gipson and Candy Brown of Cookeville; daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Tyson Matheney of Cookeville and daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Daniel Norton of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Cecilia Anniston Gipson, Sarah Annette Uselton, Shawn Levi Gipson, Zoey Lynn Gipson, Lilly Grace Cooper, Thomas Lane Matheney, Noah Gage Norton, the future William James Norton and newcomers, Harley, Layla and Alissa Pollard; sister, Barbara (Gipson) Lawson; brother, Larry Gipson; nieces and nephews, Amy Farley, Michael Lawson, Michelle Taylor, Eric Gipson and Kevin Gipson and a slew of cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded by parents, Charles and Marjorie (Ray) Gipson of Crawford; maternal grandparents, William and Hallie (Ledbetter) Ray; paternal grandparents, Charlie and Nellie (Copeland) Gipson; sister, Carolyn (Gipson) Clay; brother-in-law, Lonnie Lawson and several other close family members and friends.

D.M. Goff Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Denver

Mike Gore

Michael Denver “Mike” Gore, 54, of Allons passed away June 25 from his residence. Funeral services were held June 28 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Darrek Copeland, Bro. Greg Jenkins and James Bilbrey officiated.

He was born in Livingston on Aug. 18, 1965. He was a graduate of the Livingston Academy Class of 1983. He loved music and singing praises to his Lord. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Pa Gordon and Memaw Headith Gore, Pa Addison and Granny Suzy Maynord; uncle, Denzil Gore and father and mother-in-law, Harold M. and Janet Gore.

He is survived by wife, Stacey Gore; son, Lane Gore; parents, Denver and Judy Gore all of Allons; he is also survived by a host of family, along with his church family and a host of friends.

Pallbearers who served were Mike Sells, Steve McMahan, Jason Crabtree, Roy Gore, Randy Gore, Travis Gore, Joe Cooper and Dustin Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers were, Danny Wayne Maynord, Charles Maynord, Larry Peek, Jerry Crabtree, Bruce Dailey, Darrin Gore, Jeff Nivens and Joe Sullivan.

Barbara Jean

Garrett

Barbara Jean Garrett, 74, of Livingston passed away June 22 from her residence. Funeral services were held June 26 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Paran Cemetery. Bro Jerry Monday and Darrick Copeland officiated.

She was born in Cookeville on Oct. 16, 1945. She was Baptist in faith and she worked in healthcare as a CNA.

She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Georgia (Young) Bryant and daughter, Rebeca Ann Garrett.

She is survived by husband, Carl Garrett; sons, Jamie Garrett and wife, Christy and Jeff Garrett and wife, Crystal; grandsons, Tyler Garrett and Nate Garrett; granddaughters, Gracie Garrett, Sabrina Garrett and Alyiah Kingery; brothers, Tommy Bryant, James Bryant and Jack Bryant; sisters, Betty Seber, Martha Les and Susan Gaw.

Pallbearers who served were Brian Bryant, Jimmy Bryant, Tyler Bryant, Kenny Garrett and Jimmy Walker.

 

Geneva Olene Staggs

Geneva Olene Staggs, 86, of Allons passed away June 22 from her residence. Funeral services were held June 24 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Staggs family cemetery. Bro. Morris McMasters officiated.

She was born in Monroe on April 29, 1934. She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by parents, Johnnie and Bithie (Phillips) Conner; husband, Glen A. Staggs; daughter, Valorie Geneva Staggs and brother, Larrie Conner.

She is survived by sons, Mike Staggs and wife, Etter and Mark Staggs; daughters, Vickie Allred and Vivian Melton and husband, Kenny; grandsons, Daniel Staggs, Dylan Staggs, Brian Staggs and Brandon Staggs; great-grandchildren, Adaline, Kamdyn, Korbin and Konner Staggs; brothers, her twin Cecil Conner, Robert Conner and wife, Jennifer and Steve Conner and wife, Pat; sisters, Winnie Ann Dailey, Charlotte Moore, Opal Richardson and husband, Dexter.

Pallbearers who served were her grandsons along with Josh Nolen and Anthony Hayes.

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