Obituaries 9/1/20

Imma Lorene

Hawkins Daniels

York Bentley

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

Died Aug. 20, 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.

Velma Lou


Sister Velma Lou (Looper) Livingston, age 90 of Trotwood, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 20 surrounded by her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Sister Velma was a Pastor’s wife for 61 years standing beside her husband, Rev. Norman Livingston at Greenview Calvary Tabernacle. She loved spending time with her family and with her church family.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Roy) Agee of Englewood, Angela (Rick) Dixon of Brookville, Gayle (Dale) Gibbons of Trotwood, Rev. Dr. Timothy (Cheryl) Livingston of Beavercreek; grandchildren, Mark (Emily) Agee, Monte (Dina) Agee, Michael (Miranda) Agee, Matthew Agee, Stephanie (Rusty) Wysong, Ashley (Jason) Sutherland, Jessica Livingston, Emily Livingston, Sarah Livingston, Lacey Livingston; 27 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rev. Norman L. Livingston; parents, Willie Joe and Martha Emma (England) Looper; brothers and sisters: A.P. Looper, Ernest Looper, Herman Looper, Bessie Key, Christine Phillips, Myrtle Phillips, Daisy Looper, Artie Bilbrey-Sheets, Maudie Looper, Dorothy Hinson, Margaree Anderson and Esther Dixon.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for the care given to Velma in the days preceding her death. A public walk through only visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 at Greenview Calvary Tabernacle (8010 N. Main St., Dayton). Funeral services only were at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at the church with Rev. Dr. Timothy Livingston, Pastor Ed Ralston, Pastor Oliver McGowan and Pastor Todd Hoskins officiating. Interment followed the service at Trissel Cemetery near New Lebanon.   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Greenview Calvary Tabernacle .

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has asked everyone who attended to please wear a mask, maintain social distancing and not congregate in the sanctuary on the night of the visitation and the day of the service.

The celebration service was broadcast live at WGNZ Radio 1110 AM or FM 104.3. To listen to the audio stream,go to WGNZ.COM. To watch the video stream, go to and click watch live.

The Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Nettie Lou (Colson) Daniel

Nettie Lou Colson Daniel, 74, of the Willow Grove Community passed away Aug. 24 from her residence.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Willow Grove Cemetery. Bro. Kevin Strong officiated.

She was born in Clay County on March 14, 1946.

She was a member of the Willow Grove Church of Christ. She enjoyed going to church and listening to gospel singing. She loved being outdoors, sitting on her porch and traveling.

She was preceded in death by parents, Avril and Bertie Mae Wright Coslon; sister, Jewell Ellen Reagan and brother, W.C. Colson.

She is survived by husband, J.T. “Boykin” Daniel of the Willow Grove Community; daughter, Patricia Boles and husband, Jason of the Willow Grove Community and son, Jerry Dewayne Daniel of the Willow Grove Community.

Pallbearers who served were Gary Sidwell, Matthew Sidwell, Derek Sidwell, James Reagan, Dale Reagan and Landon Melton.

Honorary pallbearer was James Sells.

Veachel Mae


Veachel Mae Barlow Bennett, 95, of Hilham passed away Aug. 25 from her residence. Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Aarons Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Sonny Gilpatrick officiated.

She was born in Jackson County on Oct. 15, 1924. She was a member of the Aarons Chapel Community Church. Veachel enjoyed making quilts, inspirational cards and gardening. She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for her family that she loved dearly. She also enjoyed reading her Bible and going to church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Alfus and Deller Geesling Barlow; husband, Orville Bennett; son, Gunther Bennett; sisters, Pearl Master and Jewel Smith and brother, Vanis Barlow.

She is survived by daughter-in-law, Linda Bennett Pigg and husband, Cliff of Livingston; granddaughters, Tracy Witt and husband, Lonnie of Rickman and Amy Hutchings and husband, Michael of Lafayette; grandson, Greg Bennett and wife, Bridgett of Hilham; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Kathleen Boles of Hendersonville and brother, Ken Barlow of Livingston.

Pallbearers who served were Greg Bennett, Matthew Dutton, Roger Witt, Lonnie Witt, Brayden Steele, Morgan Witt and Jordan Witt.

Joy Carol


Joy Carol Johnson White, 71, of Livingston passed away Aug. 26 from the Sumner Regional Medical Center. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.

She was born in Coffee County on Nov. 30, 1948. She graduated High School in 1968 and was a member of the Christ Chapel Church. She loved church and playing the piano. Her greatest joy was her family and being around people.

She was preceded in death by parents, James T. and Agnes Christene Caroll Johnson; husband, Billie Hank White and son, Billy Christopher White.

She is survived by sons, Bobby James White and wife, Linda of Cookeville and Jonathan White and wife, Mary of Livingston; grandchildren, Marrion, James, Levi, Marissa and Aubery White; great-grandchildren, Kaycee and Emily Pittman; sisters, Faye Baltimore of Livingston and Gail Wells and husband, Howard of Manchester and son-in-law, Billy Shelton of Cookeville.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cleo B.


Cleo B. Swallows, 92, of Rickman passed away Aug. 21. Graveside services were held Aug. 23 at the Harris Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Rick Lacy officiated.

He was born in Overton County on Sept. 27, 1927.

He enjoyed driving, working on his farm, and talking to everyone he met at the Livingston Quik Stop or as he called it “Dry Hollow Market.” He was a school bus driver for many years and he enjoyed seeing all the kids daily and taking them on many field trips.

After his retirement from the bus route, he drove his own personal dump truck for many more years before his true retirement. After retirement, he worked full time on his farm in Rickman.

He actively attended Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Callie Ventress Swallows; brothers and sister; son, Freddy Swallows and daughter-in-Law, Susie Swallows.

He is survived by wife, Gladys Webb Swallows; sons, Jerry Swallows of Rickman and Ronnie Swallows and wife, Janet of the Independence Community; grandchildren, Michelle Nelson and husband, Scottie, Melanie Kidd and Jeremy Swallows; great-grandchildren, Makayla Mosley, Sway Swallows, Elyza Nelson and Sophia Brazle.

Pallbearers who served were Jeremy Swallows, Scottie Nelson, Bruce Walker, Josiah Walker, Troy Pennington and Greg Ray.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Willie Dee Dial

Willie Dee Dial, 81, of Livingston passed away Aug. 21 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral Services were held Aug. 25 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the White Cemetery. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated.

He was born in Overton County on Nov. 27, 1938. He attended the Fellowship Baptist Church. He enjoyed squirrel hunting, playing cards and drinking coke at McDonalds. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Stanley Laughton and Delsie May Ledbetter Dial; daughter, Kim Gunnels and husband, Richard Gunnels; sisters, Emma Jean Ray and Betty Irene Dial; brothers, Laughton Edward Dial and Stanley Eugene Dial.

He is survived by daughters, Cynthia Ray of Livingston and Brenda Storie of Livingston; sons, Terry Dial of Byrdstown and Willie Dial, Jr. of Livingston; sister, Della Allred of Livingston; stepsons, Dallas Allred of Livingston and Douglas Allred of Livingston.

Pallbearers who served were Joey Ray, Billy Ray, Roger Harp, John Bilbrey, Terry Dial,and Avery Gilpatrick, Jr.



Keith Weitzel, 72, of Cookeville passed away Aug. 23 from NHC at Smithville. Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery.

He was born in Bakersfield, Calif. on March 21, 1948.

He was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Gertrude (Mudersbach) Weitzel and first wife, Sharon Weitzel.

He is survived by wife, Debra; sons, Kevin and wife, Natalie Weitzel and Kurt and wife, Autumn Weitzel; step-children, Kenneth and Dawn Michelle; grandchildren, Kristen and husband, Darren Phillips, Audrey, Dustin, Kollin, Kaden and Koledon Weitzel; great-grandchildren, Willow Mae Phillips, Avery Jones and Kenneth Michael Kiefer.

The Dixon family would like to say thank you to our friends, family and neighbors for all of the love and support during our difficult time of loss.

Thank you for the phone calls, visits, food, flowers, cards and support after the passing of James H. Dixon, 81, of the Highland Mountain Community.

Special thanks to Hall Funeral Home of Livingston for their compassion and wonderful services during our time of loss.

Thank you,

The Dixon Family

Geraldean Ruble

Funeral services for Geraldean ‘Gerri’ Ruble, 82, will be held Sept. 3 beginning with a viewing at 11 a.m. EST with service starting at 1 p.m. EST. Interment there after at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home and Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.

Born in Overton County on March 24, 1938 to the late James B. and Velma Ann Cole Nivens. She was a devoted member of the Mt. Calvary Evangelistic Center in Indianapolis. Gerri was a beautician and a hair stylist for over 50 years and greatly loved her work. She was taking a very few clients until just a few months ago. She had a great sense of humor and loved the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Pearl Mayberry and three brothers, Buford, Edward and Danny B. Nivens.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Delmer Sexton; two sisters, Kathy Farmer and Gwendolyn Gilbert, both of Indianapolis; two brothers, Gene Nivens of Indianapolis and Charles Nivens of Cookeville; many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Pastor Steve Dailey will officiate.

G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Delton Richardson

Delton Richardson, 97, of Cookeville passed away Aug. 26 form the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Richardson Cemetery. Bro. Wayne Sullivan and Bro. Tommy Phillips officiated.

He was born in Monroe on Nov. 27, 1922. He was a member of the Duncan’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church and loved his family and church family very much. He helped build the Dale Hollow Dam in Celina then he went to Ohio and worked as a Crane Operator for a company by the name of McNeal Akron Company in Akron, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by parents, William Peter “Billie” and Martha Maude (Sells) Richardson; first wife and mother to his children, Allene Nation Richardson; daughter, Frances Richardson Scott; grandson, Jeffrey Richardson; sisters, Delma Richardson Nation, Desma Richardson Harrell, Delcie Richardson Humphrey, Doris Richardson Harvey and Donna Richardson Mullins; brothers, Dennis Richardson and Doil Richardson.

He is survived by wife, Renate Hurst Richardson; son, Rockford Richardson and wife, Karen; grandchildren, Jill Richardson Boetsch and husband, Joseph and Stacie Richardson Rennick and husband, Craig; four step-children; 11 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Denver Richardson and Dillard “Dexter” Richardson and a host of family and friends.



Wayne Dennis


Wayne Dennis Wilborn, 72, of Hilham passed away Aug. 21 from his residence. Funeral services were held at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home on Aug. 25. Interment followed in the Aarons Chapel Cemetery, with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. Eugene McCowan officiated.

He was born in Akron, Ohio on Sept. 14, 1947. He was a member of the Aarons Chapel Church. He enjoyed fishing, watching college football and westerns. His greatest joy was staying with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and listening to gospel songs.

He was preceded in death by father, Malcolm Wilborn; brother, David Wilborn; sister, Rose Ramsey and step-daughter, Miranda Pennington.

He is survived by son, Wayne Wilborn, Jr. of Hilham; mother, Edna Wilborn of Hilham; step-sons, James “Brad” Lockhart of Livingston and Darrell Phillips and wife, Sharlene of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Hope, Malcolm, Penelope, Emmett and Remington Wilborn, M.J. Lockhart, Brad Lee Lockhart, Janet Pennington, Kendra Pennington, Christina Phillips and Isla Rose Lockhart; great-grandchildren, Bryson Wilborn, Emerson and Avery Lockhart; brothers, Mike Wilborn and wife, Brenda of Cookeville and Malcolm Wilborn of Akron, Ohio.

Pallbearers who served were Doug Allen, Brad Lockhart, Darrell Phillips, M.J. Lockhart, Brad Lee Lockhart and Wayne Wilborn, Jr.

Ashley Rush Lee

Ashley Rush Lee, 31, of Rickman passed away Aug. 21 from her residence. Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.

She was born in Livingston on Oct. 15, 1988. She had a heart of gold, she loved her family very much and especially her nieces and nephews. They were very dear to her heart. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by father, James Paul Rush; sister, Kelly Rush Hill; grandparents, Jewel and Esaw Lumpford, James Kennedy.

She is survived by mother and step-father, Pam and Jerry McPherson; sisters, Jamie York, Emily Rush and Britney Wayman; grandmother, Laura Mae Barnes Parsons; nieces and nephews, Mazy Stevens, Abby Stevens, Jacie Stevens, McKenzie Hill, Clayton Hill, Colton Hill, Hunter Rush, Zoey Presley, Romeo Rush and Waylan Presly.

Pallbearers who served were Jonathan Stevens, Jeff Hammons, Adam Hill, Tyson Biddle, Kenny Lollie, Joey Ogletree, Tyler Lombardi and Tyler Biddle.

Judy Winningham

Judy C. Winningham, 68, of Alpine passed away Aug. 29. Graveside services were held Aug. 31 at the Copeland Cemetery.

She was born in Livingston on Aug. 22, 1952. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She attended the Falling Springs Church. All who knew her will miss her.

She is survived by husband, Billy Joe Winningham; daughter, Lisa Carol Long; granddaughter, Alley Jo Long; brother, Jeff Cravens; sisters, Rita Hargis and Rhonda Long and a host of family and friends.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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