Obituaries 8/11/20



Memorial services with military honors for Richard Wayne McReynolds, age 70 of Cookeville, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Jeff Wilson officiated.

The family received friends Monday from 11 a.m. until service time. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distancing measures were observed.

Richard passed away Thursday, morning Aug. 6 at his home. He was born Dec. 15, 1949 in Cookeville to the late Walter Winfred and Eva Estelle Brown McReynolds.

Richard graduated from Cookeville Central High School in 1967 and attended Tennessee Tech.

Richard served his country in the U. S. Air Force, being deployed to Okinawa in support of forces in the Vietnam region and achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was former supervisor at Cookeville Shirt Factory and Fast Food Merchandisers in Monterey.

He retired from the Putnam County School System, having worked in facilities and maintenance during his career there.

Richard inherited his keen mechanical aptitude from his father and could repair just about anything. If you needed a tool, Richard probably had one in his collection.

He was an avid gardener and lovingly cared for his annual vegetable garden, sharing its abundant produce with family and friends through the years.

Music, especially 60’s and 70’s British rocker bands, was an abiding interest all his life. Being very proficient at guitar, he could lay down some fine licks while playing along with his favorite records.

Richard had a big heart and a contagious smile. He deeply loved his family and he especially loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janet Johnson McReynolds, they married July 27, 1974; son, Rhyan McReynolds; daughter, Alicia (Tim) Matheney; sister, Judy Medley; brother, Walter Stanley (Stan) McReynolds and his life partner Geeta McMillan; grandchildren, Evann Bryant (fiance, Kevin Young), Grayson Bryant, Levie Kate McReynolds, Mack Cooper McReynolds, Rhyan Emerson McReynolds, Hannah Matheney, and Isaac Matheney; one great-grandchild arriving in February; and sister-in-law, Judy (John) Kirkpatrick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Susan McReynolds; mother and father-in-law, Edward and Cleo Johnson; brother-in-laws, Don Medley and Jerry Johnson; sister-in-law, Jackie Newby; and grand-nephew, Miles L. Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation (37 Peabody St, Ste #206, Nashville, TN 37210) or other charity of your choice would be a gracious remembrance of Richard.

The family would like to thank the staff at Davita Kidney Care, Cookeville Regional Medical Center nurses and staff, along with Drs. Robert Comparin, Lora Worsham, Anju Mendiratta, Stacy Brewington, and especially Dr. Lee Ray Crowe for their service and care.


Lisa L. Rodriguez

Lisa L. Rodriguez, 56, of Rickman passed away July 30 from Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Celebration of Life services were conducted Aug. 8 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Rev. James Shenko officiated.

She was born in Battle Creek, Mich. on June 16, 1964. She always enjoyed talking to her friends, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to garden and be around her animals.

She was preceded in death by parents, Mikel and Janis Ruth Porter Wireman.

She is survived by sons, Greg Wireman and wife, Alex of Hendersonville and David Wireman and wife, Sheila of Cookeville; brother, Gary Merritt of Nashville; sister, Amy Nichols and husband, David of White House; grandchildren, Skylar Wireman and McKenzie Arrington.



Lester Dillon, 84, of Hilham passed away Aug. 8 from his residence. Graveside services and interment were held at the Hilham Cemetery on Aug.10 at 2 p.m.

Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Eric Dillon officiated.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1936 in Jackson County.

He was a self-employed carpenter for most of his life.

He was of the Christian faith and left behind a testimony of being saved.

He was preceded in death by, Harrison and Annie (Harris) Dillon; brothers, Vestel Dillon and Gene Dillon; sisters, Mildred Rutherford and Irene Black and first wife, Ruby Jean (Terry Dillon).

He is survived by wife, Hazel; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Marsha Dillon of Cookeville, Mark and Gina Dillon of Carthage, Matt and Alesha Dillon of Riddleton and Marty and Jennifer Dillon of Lafayette; brothers and sisters-in-law, Shirley and Peggy Dillon and Aaron and Judy Dillon, all of Livingston; grandchildren, Mason Dillon and Mallory Dillon, both of Carthage, Madison and husband, Sam Ray of Maurapaus, La., Josh Dillon of Oak Ridge, Jacob and wife, Kristin Dillon of Clarksville, Victoria Dillon and Harrison Dillon of Lafayette, Ezekial Dillon, Luke Dillon, Lilly Dillon and Suzy Dillon, all of Riddleton; great-grandchildren, Elijah Dillon, Noah Dillon and Kayleigh Dillon.

Pallbearers who served were Josha Dillon, Jacob Dillon, Mason Dillon, Ezekial Dillon, Luke Dillon and Harrison Dillon.

Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dwight Stewart

Prentice Dwight Stewart, 73, of the Sulfur Community passed away March 25 from his residence. Celebration of Life services were held Aug. 8 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Eckels Cemetery with military honors provided graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born in Overton County on Jan. 19, 1947. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a 1965 graduate of Rickman High School.

He was preceded in death by parents, William T. “Buster” and Myrtle Carr Stewart; sisters, Nancy Bilbrey and Doris Richardson and brother, Champ Stewart.

He is survived by sister, Barbara Lively of Danville, Ky. and several nieces and nephews.

Sue (McCormick) Poindexter

Sue (McCormick) Poindexter, 84, of Livingston passed away Aug. 5 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. There are no services scheduled. Interment was in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born in Overton County on July 8, 1936.

She was preceded in death by parents, Chapin and Vestal Copeland McCormick; husband, John Thomas Poindexter and son-in-law, Jerry Sadler.

She is survived by daughters, Jacqulyn Poindexter-Thomas of Nashville and Teresa Poindexter-Sadler of Brentwood; grandchildren, Rebecca Sadler Groot of Athens, Ga., Alison Sadler Hottel of Birmingham, Ala. and John Logan Sadler of Clovis, N.M.; brothers, Phillip McCormick and wife, Betty of Livingston and David McCormick of Nashville and sister Emily Sells and husband, Kelly of Livingston.

James Dixon

James Dixon, 81, of Livingston passed away Aug. 3 from St. Thomas West Hospital. Funeral services were held Aug. 7 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Carter Bilbrey Cemetery in the Highland Community. Bro. Jerry Harris and Bro. J.B. Harris officiated.

He was preceded in death by parents, Reece and Lona (Phillip) Dixon; brother, Junior Dixon; daughter, Carolyn Dixon and great-granddaughter, Mandy Meness.

He is survived by wife, Bonnie Dixon; sons, Harold Dixon and wife, Sherri Stewart, Harlen Dixon and wife, Grace, Jerry Dixon and wife, Susie, Christopher Meness and wife, Jennaleigh, Joshua Stover and Brandon Stover; daughter, Lesa Meness and fiancé, Jimmy Smith; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Claude Bowman

Claude Bowman, 74, of Hanging Limb passed away Aug. 8 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral Services were held Aug. 11 at the Green Pond Undenominational Church. Interment followed in the F.A. Norrod Cemetery in Hanging Limb. Rev. Kenny Pierce and Rev. David Harris officiated.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1946 in Overton County. He worked with Rogers Group for many years. He had owned and operated a residential construction business. He loved to fish and hunt, especially coon hunting and was an avid gardener and cook.

He was preceded in death by parents, John Bailey and Mary M. Phillips Bowman and brother, Thurston Bowman.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Lisa Bowman of Monterey; grandchildren, Chelsea Durham and Bailey Bowman; sister and brother-in-law, Joanna and Billy Jones of Hanging Limb; brothers and sisters-nn-law, Clyde and Anna Bowman of Hanging Limb and Ted and Linda Bowman of Hanging Limb.

Arrangements and care provided by D.M. Goff Funeral Home.

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