Obituaries 8/25/20

Imma Lorene

Hawkins Daniels York Bentley

Born 3 July 1935 at Mammy and Pappy’s home in Rickman, Tennessee

Died 20 August 2020 at her condo in Madison, Tenn.

Imma (Lorene) was preceded in death by her father, Oliver Hawkins, and mother, Eliza Smith Hawkins, as well as her brother, Charles Hawkins, and her daughter, Mary Kathleena Daniels.  Her husbands, James L. York and Ronald Bentley, also preceded her.

She is survived by daughter, Carrie (Barbara) Stapleton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Aurora (Chris) Daniels of Madison, Tenn.; Michael (Heather) Martin-Daniels of Cookeville; and Danielle (David) Bentley Veazey of Spring Hope, N.C.  Also surviving her is her younger brother, Bill Hawkins of Brentwood and niece, Kim Hawkins, also of Brentwood.  She was blessed to have beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren to bring light into her life and was known to them as Gran’ma Dodo.  (If you knew her, this nickname would NOT be a surprise.)

Imma graduated high school in Rickman, served in the United States Air Force, attended St. Thomas for her nursing training, became a mental health nurse practitioner and continued to be of service to others throughout her 85 years.

She was at Ground Zero for 9/11 passing out the death certificates as a Red Cross volunteer.  She loved travel and was for a while, a traveling nurse in both New Orleans (for Mardi Gras) and Hawaii (for the view of Chinaman’s Hat).  Thanks to her brother, Bill, she got to spend many winters “snowbirding” in Boynton Beach, Fla., with older brother Charles and his dear friend, Roland Richter.  The beach was definitely her happy place.

The family wishes to thank Jeffrey Ellis of Nashville for the love and care he showed Lorene during the last couple of years as her health declined.  Without Jeff, we are all aware Mom would not have been able to stay in her home with her precious Shih Tzu, Charlie, and his blessed dog, Jessie.

A service will not be held at this time due to COVID, but the family hopes to have a celebration of life next year when hugging is, once again, the norm.  For all the kin in the Overton County area, please know that your love and prayers are most graciously accepted.

Should you wish to do something in memory, donations can be sent to Soroptimist International of Music City for the “Lunch for Girls” program:  Soroptimist International of Music City; Priscilla Tatarsky, Treasurer; 153 Lakeside Park Drive; Hendersonville, TN 37075.


Rev. Dr. Craig Alan Green

Rev. Dr. Craig Alan Green, 60, of Livingston passed away Aug. 20 after a four-year battle with cancer. Celebration of Life services were held Aug. 24 at the First Church of Livingston. Rev. Josh Muse officiated.

He was born Nov. 17, 1959 in Hays, Kan. He devoted his adult life to service of the Lord. He was a devoted pastor, husband, father and grandfather. In June of 2001, he was appointed Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Livingston.

He was preceded in death by father, Joseph Richard Green; father-in-law, Darrol Irby and infant son, Andrew Stephen.

He is survived by wife, Tina; children, Karen (Andrew) Hester of Raleigh, N.C., Joseph (Ana) of Livingston, Mary (Cody) Neal of Wilmore, Ky. and Matthew (Katlyn) of Greeneville; grandchildren, Evelyn and Sloan Hester, Annuh and Judah Green and Abigail Neal; mother, Shirley Green of Hays, Kan.; brothers, Richard (Pam) of California, Mo., Larry (Patsy) of New Hope, Minn., Jerry (Susan) of Hays and Robert (Melissa) of Bethesda, Md.; sister, Krista (Len) Mize of Arvada, Colo. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elva L. (Richardson) Joynes

Elva L. Richardson Joynes, 90, of Livingston passed away Aug. 16 from Morningside Assisted Living. Graveside services were held Aug. 21 at the Martin Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on Aug. 21, 1929. She was a member of the Free Communion Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents David and Nannie Jane Hensley Richardson; husband, Delphis Reeder; son, Lonnie Reeder; brothers, Arlie Richardson, Carlie Richardson and Henry Richardson; sisters, Louella Huckeby and Opal Brown.

She is survived by daughter, Brenda Lawrence of Springfield; sister, Alva Dean Seber and husband, Steve of Allons; grandchildren, Amy Postlewaite and husband, Jonathan, Jonathan Lawrence and wife, Rachel, Christy Quast, Mechelle Reeder, Lonnie Reeder, Jr. and Johnny Ray Reeder; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Speck and Livingston Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

Billie Hank White

Billie Hank White, 68, of Livingston passed away Aug. 19 from his residence. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.

He was born in Anderson, Ind. on April 4, 1952. He worked for many years for the City of Livingston. He was a member of Christ Chapel Church in Livingston. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by father, Billy Harvey White; son, Billy Christopher White and infant brother, Clifton White.

He is survived by wife, Joy Johnson White of Livingston; sons, Jonathan White and wife, Mary of Livingston and Bobby James White and wife, Linda of Cookeville; mother, Beulah Ray White of Livingston; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Mark White, Ronnie White and Timothy White; sisters, Cecilia Wright, Clara Powers, Linda Bilbrey, Sybil Honeycutt, Debbie Boswell and Connie Hickey and several nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bill Ledbetter

Rev. Bill Ledbetter passed away Aug. 16 surrounded by family. A special celebration of life, love, family and friends was held at Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory in Anderson, Ind. on Aug. 20 where Rev. Eric Crisp, Rev. Dustin Bilbrey and Rev. John Crisp officiated. A final memorial was held on Aug. 22 at Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Falling Springs Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County on April 2, 1932. At eighteen, he married his young wife ,and the two later moved to Anderson, Ind. in 1955, where they raised their six children and began their life-long calling. His many years in the Freewill Baptist ministry were filled with visiting and supporting others answering the call of those sick, hospitalized and in need of prayer and encouragement.

He was preceded in death by parents, Tillmon and Julia Ledbetter; six brothers; four sisters and son Rick (Rickie D.) Ledbetter.

He is survived by wife, Dorothy; daughter, Linda and husband, John of Greenfield, Ind.; daughter-in-law, Cindi of Kearney, Neb.; son, Ron and wife, Sherrie of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter, Karen and husband, Mark of Parrish, Fla.; daughter, Becky and husband, John of Indianapolis, Ind.; son, Rex and wife, Lynn of Indianapolis, Ind.; 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Ruby L.


Ruby L. Smith, 82, of Cookeville passed away Aug. 17 from Overton County Health and Rehab.

Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home.

Interment followed in the Algood City Cemetery. Bro. Tommy Harris officiated.

She was born in Hilham on Nov. 14, 1933.

She worked for 32 years at the shirt factory and attended Zion Hill Methodist Church. She loved her family and friends very much and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by parents, James Elmer and Annie (Dale) Thompson; husband, Eugene Smith; sisters, Bessie Smith, Zilpha Barlow, Mary Lou Kottong, Norma Jean Smith and Veechel Stringfellow; brothers, Freeman Thompson, Sherman Thompson and Clifton Thompson; a host of nieces and nephews.

She is survived by daughter, Cynthia Livingston and husband, Randy of Rickman; grandsons, Gerald Livingston and wife, Kendra of Monroe and Morgan Livingston of Rickman; sisters, Villa Maxwell of Hilham and Marcella Lancaster of Livingston; sisters-in-law, Elsie Jenkins of Cookeville and Evelyn Poston of Hilham.

Pallbearers who served were Raymond Smith, William Barlow, Curtis Kottong, Roger Smith, Billy Maxwell and James Childress.


Euretha Vaughn


Euretha Vaughn Williams, 92, of the Bethlehem Community passed away Aug. 16 from her residence. Private services were held last week at the Falling Springs Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on March 30, 1928. She was a school teacher for many years in Gary, Ind. She was Baptist in Faith.

She was preceded in death by parents, Joe W. and Clementeen McCormick Vaughn; husband, Billie Williams; brothers, Harold Vaughn, Alvin Luther Vaughn and Donald Vaughn; sisters, Ruth Thrasher and Joanna Ferrill.

She is survived by brother, Edward Houston Vaughn and wife, Patsy of Cornelia, Ga. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Speck and Livingston Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

Ina Ruth Watkins

Ina Ruth Watkins, 98, of Livingston passed away Aug. 19 from her residence. Graveside services were held Aug. 21 at the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Bobby Gore officiated.

She was born in Texas on Jan. 23, 1922. She was a 1940 graduate of Livingston Academy and a member of the Walnut Grove Church of Christ. She enjoyed going out to eat, hunting, fishing and traveling. She liked buying and collecting jewelry and loved her church family and attending church.

She was preceded in death by parents Dillard and Mae Matheny Smith; husband, Butler Watkins; brothers, Otto Smith and Ernest Smith; sisters, Iva Matthews and Lucille Higgerson.

She is survived by nieces, Shelby Reid of Livingston and Glenda Lewis of Livingston; a host of great-nieces and nephews and very special caregiver, Rebecca Thompson.

Pallbearers who served were Doug Franklin, Jack Byrd, Tim Reid, Danny Smith, Eddie Gilpatrick, Grant Mullins and Charles “Fuzz” Thompson.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

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