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Obituaries 12/15/20

Reba Hammons

Reba E. Hammons passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8 at The Oaks at Northpointe Woods in Battle Creek, Mich.

She was born July 5, 1924 to Willis Rosco Wilson and Margaret (Maggie) Ellen Spurling at Obey City near Lovejoy, Overton County.

She retired from the Battle Creek Public School System, working at Central High Field House, W.K. Jr. High and Ann J. Kellogg School.   She was a member of The Church of God of Prophecy at Dickman Road, Battle Creek.

She was preceded in death by: parents; son, Larry William Hammons; husband, Lanny Benjamin Hammons; daughter, Brenda Joyce Moats and Wilson; siblings and spouses, T.A. (Lona), J.D. (Nova), M.C., Q.E. (Evelyn), R.G. (Myrtle), Nina (Coleman) Buckner, Marie (Curtis) Vaughn, Vanella (Raymond) Buckner, Tennie (Homer) McCowan.

She is survived by: daughter, Sharon (Bill) Williams; grandsons, Lucas Michael (Jenny) Williams; great-grandsons, Jack Thomas Williams, Benjamin Ira (Josh, Scott) Williams, Troy Lee (Melissa) Moats; great-granddaughters, Abby Moats and Jessica Scales, Todd Len (Danielle) Moats; great-grandsons, Taylor and Trent Moats; niece Jennifer (Burnie)

Moore; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Clarrisa Wilson (Bilbrey), of Livingston.

Due to Covid precautions, a private family interment will be held in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Battle Creek where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband.

Friends who wish may make memorial contribution to Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Turwill Lane, Suite 6, Kalamazoo, MI, 49006 or Food Bank of South-Central Michigan, 5451 Wayne Rd. PO Box 408, Battle Creek, MI 49016-0408.   The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting the Hammons family.

Genora Eldridge

Genora C. Eldridge, 76, of Livingston passed away Dec. 5 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment was held in the Fiske Cemetery. Bro Chris Coil officiated.

She was born in Overton County on Jan. 3, 1944. She loved reading, studying her Bible and spending time with her grandchildren. She lived a simple life. Her main interest in life was being a loyal supporter to her grandchildren. Whether it was ballgames, cheerleading events or beauty pageants, if she had a grandchild involved, she was there to support him or her. She was a big sports fan in general. She loved Livingston Academy, UT Vols and the Atlanta Braves. She was an avid reader and book enthusiast as she was a friend of the Millard Vaughn Oakley Library.

She was preceded in death by: parents, James Brian and Vera Hill Chilton and sisters, Glendolene Maynord Staggs and Leona Maynord.

She is survived by: daughters, Damita Hill and husband, Kelly of Livingston and Samantha G. Stephens of Livingston; grandchildren, Blair Hill and husband, Nick Smith, Hayden Hill, Hartlee Hill, Abby Stephens and Hope Stephens; great-grandchildren, Decker Smith and Alice Grace Stephens and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Jimmy Maynord, Kelly Hill, Hayden Hill, Nick Smith, Allen Baltimore, Lynn Burnett and Decker Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were the Allons Church of Christ Elders and Deacons.

Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Suzette Reed, 73, of Livingston passed away Dec. 9. A private graveside ceremony was held Dec. 10 at the Okolona Cemetery.

She was born May 8, 1947. She was a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a 1965 graduate of Livingston Academy and went on to attend TN Tech University and earned her LPN in Nursing School. She spent the majority of her career caring for patients at the VA Hospital in Nashville and retired from there in the late 1990’s she had a penchant for creativity and especially loved writing a collection of poetry and even once wrote a screenplay. She liked watching crime shows and mysteries. She was a Christian and loved listening to scripture and gospel music

She was preceded in death by: parents, Newell and Sue Anna Brock and baby brother, Randall Frazier.

She is survived by: children, Andrew Kirkpatrick and wife, Barbie, Olivia Hannah and husband, David and Jacob Reed and wife, Kendra; grandchildren, Sadie Kirkpatrick, Kaleb Kirkpatrick, Robert Hannah, Thomas Hannah, Samuel Hannah, Marlowe Hannah, Kaiden Gore, Aubrey Gore, Jayla Reed and Weston Reed; sisters Clara King and Laura Thrasher and brother, Matt Frazier.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Buesing

Barbara L. Buesing, 70, of Byrdstown passed away Dec. 8 from the Sumner Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Clark Cemetery in Pickett County. Bro. Randy Tompkins officiated.

She was born in Byrdstown on June 2, 1950. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She loved her children, grandchildren and family very much and she will be greatly missed by them.

She was preceded in death by: Frank Kyle and Alice Maudean (Clark) Booher; husband, Richard Buesing; daughter, Edna Marie Bond; son, Lawrence K. Noelting; brothers, Gary Leon Booher and Frankie L. Booher and nephew, Daniel Canon.

She is survived by: son, Tim Booher and wife, Kim; daughter, Billie Bond; grandchildren, Brycen (Ayla), Nicholas, Spencer, MaryMadeline Booher, Jordan Crabtree and Kyra Phares; sister, Vickie Graham; nieces, Amy Delk and her children, Alice Parrish and husband, Will, Zachary Delk, Kamden Abbott and Emily King and children, Noah King and Chloe King.

Pallbearers who served were Spencer Booher, Nicholas Booher, Brycen Booher, Zachary Delk, Noah King and Will Parrish.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Clarence Crabtree

Visitation for family and friends were held on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Celebration of Chuck’s life was held at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Livingston with Brother Joel Chappell officiating. Burial was held at Good Hope Cemetery in Overton County.

Clarence (Chuck) Iverson Crabtree age 85 of Livingston, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on Dec. 5 from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He was born on April 13, 1935 in Jamestown to Benton McMillan and Fannie Mae Hurst Crabtree. While serving in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict, Chuck and Wanda met and were married in California in 1953. They raised their family in California until they retired to Livingston in 1993. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Livingston where he enjoyed singing in the choir, Men’s Bible Study Group, participating in the plays and door-to-door visitation.

Some of his favorite things to do were getting together with his closest friends from church to play guitar and sing, camping in their RV around the US, doing the woodworking for the baskets that Wanda made, going to Dailey and Vincent concerts any chance he got, working on cars, camping on the creek, fishing from his boat, mowing his yard, piloting planes, repairing anything that was broken, keeping his birds and squirrels fed and listening to bluegrass music. But his very favorite thing to do was spending time with his family and his wife Wanda, whom he loved so very much.

He is survived by: daughters, Denise and Barry Henry and Debra Crabtree; brother, Benton and Ordean Crabtree; grandchildren, Brandee and Ronnie Noell, Garrett and Hetty Henry, Dustin Henry, Trevor and Michael Emmert and Bekah Henry; great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Cody Blakely, Cydnee Schuette Adams, Skylar McKinney, Violet Henry and Ivy Henry; great-great-grandchildren, Caleb Blakely, Carionah Blakely, Liliana Schuette, Ashton Adams, Carsie Blakely and Lakoda Schuette; sister-in-law, Betty Dilbeck and multiple nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by: wife, Wanda Lorene Crabtree; parents, Benton and Fannie Mae Crabtree; sisters, Corie Parker, Irene Tinch, Cordie Hughes and Marie Parker; brothers, Clem, Casto and Cecil; brother-in-law, Jim Dilbeck and twin grandsons, Nathan and Jared Henry.

Pallbearers included Garrett Henry, Dustin Henry, Trevor Emmert, Michael Emmert, Harold Smith and Pele Perez.

The family would like to thank the physicians and nursing staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the skilled and compassionate care that was given to Chuck during this difficult time. Special care provided by Hall Funeral Home.

Carol Mills

Carol Mills, 87, of the Allred Community passed away Dec. 2 from NHC Healthcare in Cookeville. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in Frontier Cemetery. Bro. Benny Sells officiated.

She was born on Jan. 24, 1933 in Toledo, Ohio. She was a loving mother to her three children. She had a heart of gold and helped many throughout her life. She was a member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Allred. She loved her grandchildren very much and she always gave hugs and said I love you. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Claude Dunn and Grace (Robinson) and husband, Leon Mills.

She is survived by: daughter, Lesia Smith; sons, Larry Mills and Lee Mills; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and family and friends.

Emogene Hughes

Emogene Hughes, 92, of Livingston passed away Dec. 7 from Bethesda Healthcare. Graveside services were held at the Overton County Memorial Gardens on Dec. 11. Bro. John Keith officiated.

She was born in Clay County on July 20, 1928. She loved gardening, cooking and fishing. She often went hunting for deer, turkey and squirrel. Her greatest hunting partner was her loving husband. She was a member of the Allons Baptist Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Dewey and Glea Homan Fletcher; husband, Willie Hughes; daughter, Ann Windle; son-in-law, Jimmy Speck; brothers, Doak Fletcher, Cleston Fletcher, William Fletcher, Donnie Fletcher and Jimmy Fletcher; sisters, Avadean Overby, Charleen Johnson, Lorene Martin, Christene Boles and Betty Staggs.

She is survived by: daughter, Barbara Speck of Germantown, Ohio; son, Jack Hughes and wife, Pat of Livingston; son-in-law, Bill Windle of Winfield, Tenn.; grandchildren, Scott Windle, Jamie Speck, Melody Maples, Brittany Stanely, Shawn Hughes and April Hughes; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Johnson of Livingston and several nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jerry D. “Sammy” Brown

Jerry D. “Sammy” Brown, 69 of Byrdstown passed away Dec. 4 from St. Thomas West. Celebration of Life services were held Dec. 14 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery. Pastor Lisa Harper Baker officiated.

He was born in Overton County on Jan. 30, 1951. He loved his family, especially his grandkids. He enjoyed talking on the phone, going for walks and being outside. He always liked listening to music, particular bluegrass and classic country and cooking in the kitchen.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Van and Sarah Ethel Nelson Brown; brother, Jack Brown and sisters, Jennie Davis, Carol Choate and Sherry Threet.

He is survived by: daughter, Amy Brown and husband, Daniel Huddleston of Byrdstown; son, Gregory Brown of Byrdstown; grandchildren, Lindon Huddleston, Ethan Huddleston, Kaylee Huddleston, Laquinton Stone and Peyton Stone and several nieces and nephews.

Juanita Johnson

Juanita Johnson, 79, of Livingston passed away Dec. 6 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Bro. Jonathan Ledbetter officiated.

She was born in Overton County on Aug. 28, 1941. She loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports or participate in any activities, watching the Tennessee Vols and cooking for her loved ones.

She was preceded in death by: parents, George Bailey and Cora Edna Copeland Stockton; brother, Hollis Stockton and sisters, Vesta Beaty, Mattie Bailey, Jean Kennedy and Velma Hirsch.

She is survived by: husband, Riley Johnson of Livingston; son, Gary Johnson and wife, Vivian of Smyrna; daughters, Kathy Smith and husband, Ronnie of Monroe and Rita Shaw and husband, John of Seymour, Tenn.; grandchildren, Bradley Johnson and Kayla, Courtney Espey, Katelyn Smith, Abby Shaw and Seth Shaw; great-grandchildren Brownie, Madalyn, Grant, Emmitt, Rylee and Levi; brother, Addison Stockton of Dayton, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Bradley Johnson, Seth Shaw, John Shaw, Ronnie Smith, Josh Espey, Billy Walker and Brennan Hunt.

Brandon Threet

Brandon Lee Threet, 40, of Cookeville passed away Dec. 4 from the Cookeville Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held at the Bethel Cemetery in the Timothy Community.

He was born in Overton County on Feb. 29, 1980. He worked Construction. He was a hard worker and loved his family very much. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by: father, Jerry Dale Threet; grandfather, Bobby Dickerson and aunt, Christy Smith Reagan.

He is survived by: wife, Jessica Buck; stepsons, Baylyn and Brylan Buck; mother, Amanda Scott; brother, Jerry Aaron Threet; grandmothers, Norma Veachel Smith and Vella Dickerson; grandfather and step-grandmother, Vernon Louis and Parenzetta Smith; uncle, Donald Smith and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers who served were Brad Trudel, Tony Nelson, Derek Smith, Jeff Sides, Jeff Norris and Craig.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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