Obituaries 1/12/2021

Josephine Fulford

Josephine (Jo) Murphy Fulford (a.k.a. “Mimi”), the last surviving daughter of Livingston’s Mary Lou (Clark) Murphy and Joseph Henry Murphy, passed away in Statham, Ga. on the 28 of December, 2020 at the age of 90.

The youngest of Livingston’s five “Murphy Girls”, Jo left Livingston at age 17 for Ft. Bragg, North Carolina to stay with her sister Claudine (Murphy) Ledbetter. Young, smart, attractive (and occasionally acerbic), Jo soon met and fell in love with Clarence (Sandy) Fulford, a young GI who went into a Ft. Bragg snack bar looking for a vanilla milkshake and instead found a lifelong (65 years) wife.

An Army spouse for the next 25 years, Jo moved her husband and four kids over 31 times, making homes for them in two countries and 10 states before finally settling in Tampa, Florida in 1973. Eventually, with all the kids grown with families of their own, Jo and Sandy moved to Statham, Ga. in 2008.

Jo Fulford is remembered for her love of Coca-Cola (6 oz. bottles only, please!) and the caring she showed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Her love came through in the wonderful home she kept, great southern cooking, beautiful quilts, and a fierce sense of right and wrong. If a grandchild needed a drink of Coca-Cola on the way to/from school or a partner to ride stick horses around the house, Mimi was there. If you needed someone to cover for you, Mom had your back. Suggest a shopping trip to Talbot’s and she would race you to the car and there were few problems a Chick-fil-A milkshake wouldn’t solve.

Jo is survived by Lynn Honeycutt and husband, Randy of Statham, Ga., Vickie Arnold and husband, Robin of Thonotosassa, Fla., Jack Fulford and wife, Sherry of Flower Mound, Texas and Kris Freeze and husband, Greg of Spring Hill, Fla.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Paul Honeycutt, Joseph Arnold, Alison Lawrance, Scott Fulford, Brian Fulford, John Freeze and Katie Freeze as well as great-grandchildren Peyton Honeycutt, Sullivan Lawrance, Jackson and James Fulford.

Jo’s ashes will be interred with her husband’s at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.. Memorial services will be held in Statham, Ga. and Bushnell, Fla.; however, dates and times are TBD due to COVID travel and gathering restrictions. For more information, please email [email protected] and the family will notify you when dates and times are confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, Jo requested donations to Statham Baptist Church, 1914 Broad St., Statham, GA 30666 or www.statham.church.

Tina Holton

Tina Marie (Greenwood) Holton, 49, of Rickman passed away Dec. 30 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Jan. 6 at the Overton County Memorial Gardens with an Eastern Star Service. Bro. Brett Gibbons and Bro. Mike White officiated.

She was born in Overton County on June 27, 1971. She graduated from Livingston Academy in the Class of 1989 with many friends and her high school sweetheart.  She continued her education, earning two associate’s degrees from Volunteer State Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University, and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

She was preceded in death by: daughter, Jessica Mariann Holton; grandparents, Radford and Mary (Walker) Ramsey and Louise Neal; aunts and uncles, Cella (Ramsey) Swack, Stella (Ramsey) Young, Della (Ramsey) Boswell, Elise (Ramsey) Cantrell, B. Ramsey, Junior Ramsey, Howard Ellis and Ray Neal.

She is survived by: husband, Michael Holton of Rickman; daughters, Micayla Holton and Mikena Holton both of Rickman; mother, Marie Greenwood of Rickman; father, Willie “Happy Jack” Greenwood of Rickman; aunts and uncles, Diane Ramsey, Alice Cole, Rillie Hill, Ray Ramsey, Kathy Hammer, and Francis Fife.  Being an only child, her cousins were her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews, but there are too many to name.  The closest include Beth Carr, Mark “Hun” Hill, Jennifer Davidson, Betsy Thrasher, Ethan Carr, Kayle (Neal) Rich, Derek Neal, Jeremy Neal, Heather Hammer, Jimmy Davidson and Lauren (Davidson) Daniels.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Lewis

James (Jack) L. Lewis, Sr., 103, of Livingston passed away Jan. 2 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held Jan. 5 at the Matthews Cemetery on Windle Community Road. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated.

He was born Aug. 20, 1917 in Overton County. He worked in construction.  He was a member of the West End Church of Christ in Livingston. He was the last remaining sibling of the musical Lewis family, and he loved telling stories of all he had seen and done through his many years.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Jesse Golden Lewis and Belle Reed Lewis; first wife, Lucille Thompson; second wife, Mary Norris White and his siblings.

He is survived by: children, James (Margie) Lewis, Ralph (Laura) Lewis, Faye (Jim) Key, Ann (Tommy) Pelham, Danny (Cindy) Lewis, Bruce (Tammy) Lewis and Brenda (Bill) Brooks;  grandchildren, Tonia (Joe) Stephens, Ginger (Steve) Ricketts, Dyan (JD) Tyre, Brian (DeShayne) Lewis, Karen Key, Lori (Mike) Austin, Ellery (Amanda) Lewis, Reysheid (Kristin) Mata, Dylan Lewis, Christopher Lewis, Ronnie Winningham, Debbie (Dale) Wainwright, Kim (Todd) Hess, Sam (Tero) Brooks and John (Kristi) Brooks;  23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ina England

Ina Dean England, 87, of Livingston passed away Jan. 2 from her residence. Graveside services were held Jan. 6 at Ruth’s Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Denton Hummel officiated.

She was born Feb. 17, 1933 in Overton County. She always enjoyed spending time with children, travelling locally, and tending to her flower garden.  She loved listening to singing, going to church, and spending time with her dog, Harley Jo.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Floyd and Angie Conner Smith; husband, Kenneth Harold England; twin brother, Iland D. Smith; brother, Wilbur C. Smith; sisters, Aquilla Massey and Louetta Cobb.

She is survived by: son, Larry England and wife, Marie of Cookeville; daughter, Tonya King and husband, Doug of Livingston and special caregiver and friend, Pam Buck of Rickman.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

David Swanson

David L. Swanson, 70, of Allons passed away Jan. 3 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.

He was born in Indianapolis, Ind. on Jan. 4, 1950. He loved rock and roll music, fishing, and travelling.  He was an Indianapolis Colts fan and also enjoyed Purdue University baseball and football.  He loved spending time on the lake with his family.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Kenneth and Phyllis Lewis Swanson and brothers, Bruce Swanson and Kenneth Swanson, Jr.

He is survived by: wife, Debbie Swanson of Allons and son, Sean Swanson of Allons.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Dorminey

David W. Dorminey, 77, of Allons passed away Jan. 4 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.

He was born in Lakeland, Ga. on Aug. 22, 1943. He served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam Era.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Cecil Abner and Cleo (Viggles) Dorminey and brothers, Bobby Don and Willis Abner.

He is survived by: wife, Loy Dorminey of Allons; sons, David Dorminey, Jr. of Celina, Daniel Dorminey of Allons and Darren Dorminey of Allons; grandchildren, Lauren Dorminey, Grant Dorminey, Sadie Dorminey and Jackson Parsons; sisters, Linda Cornvilt and husband, Joey of Plaution, Fla., Rosetta Valey and husband, Bobby of Rockledge, Fla., Myrt Brooks and husband, Larry of Satsuma, Fla. and Betty Burkhalter of Rockledge, Fla.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Robbins

James Wilburn Robbins, 88, of Hilham passed away Jan. 4 from his residence. Graveside services were held Jan. 5 at the Poplar Spring Cemetery in the Hardys Chapel Community. Bro. Doug Hawkins officiated.

He was born in Allons on Aug. 7, 1932. He was a Member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Bill and Livie (Maynord) Robbins; brothers, Cleston Robbins and Delon Robbins.

He is survived by: wife, Barbara Robbins; sons, Terry and Morgan Robbins; sisters, Helen Gray and Odean Davis; brothers, Houston Robbins and Leon Robbins.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Amy Green

Amy Green, 47, of the Poplar Springs Community passed away Jan. 4 at the Alive Hospice in Nashville. Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment was held in the Poplar Springs Cemetery. Bro. Doug Hawkins officiated.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1974 in Nashville. She was a member of the Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She loved her family, her church family, and her friends very much. She was loved very much and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by: father, Erskin “Buddy” Gamble; grandparents, Herman and Lillian Allen and Ernest and Artie Gamble.

She is survived by: husband, Michael Green; mother, Glenda Gamble; sister, Penny Gamble; niece, Caitlan Watkins; brother in-law, Teddy Watkins; aunts, Merle Marley and husband, Jessie, Linda Slagle; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Pallbearers who served were Tim West, David West, Phillip Slagle, Josh Bilbrey, Dakota Perruzi and Brian Copeland.

Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner, 43, of Livingston passed away Jan. 1. Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Campground Cemetery. Bro. Ricky Lacy officiated.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1977 in Columbus, Ind. He was a delivery driver. He was a member of the Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.  He loved his family very much and they will greatly miss him.

He was preceded in death by: father, Michael Lynn Skinner.

He is survived by: wife, Rebecca Skinner; son, Justin Skinner; daughter, Gracie Skinner; mother, Sue Skinner; grandmother, Della Burks and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers who served were Justin Skinner, Jason Marcy, Greg Kinsler, Jeff Merlone, Donnie Hall and Brandon Burks.

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  1. Blinda Carnley on January 12, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    I was not able to complete the Dean Kratzmeyer funeral streaming. If possible is there a website I can go to and finish this service. I have been subject to Covid Dean is my cousin.

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