Obituaries 1/26/21

Kevin D. Abston

Kevin D. Abston, 48, of Hilham, passed away on Jan. 14 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Jan. 18 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Aaron Chapel Cemetery in Hilham. Bro. Sonny Gilpatrick officiated the service.

He was born on July 9, 1972. He worked for the State of Tennessee at Standing Stone State Park in the maintenance department. His family, friends, and his co-workers loved him. He was of the Baptist faith. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by father, Elmer Abston and mother, Valerie (Murphy) Barlow; step-father, Bruce Presley; sisters, Morgan Reagan, Shemina Mansell and Kayla Cope; brothers, Mark Presley, Andrew Barlow and Cody Reagan; aunts, Brenda Vaughn, Mierllyn Lane, Linda Smith, and Lisa Cravens; uncles, Adam Abston, Ronnie Abston and Gary Abston and family and friends.

Pallbearers who served were Leonard Cravens, Korey Abston, Billy Sells, Nathan Abston, Anthony Murphy and Marty Smith.

Lula Nell Dickerson

Lula Nell Dickerson, 92, of Cookeville, passed way on Jan. 17 from her residence. Graveside services were held Jan. 19 from the Clay Springs Cemetery in the Dodson Chapel Community. Bro. Gary Anderson officiated.

She was born in Hilham on May 6, 1928. She was a member of the Whitson Chapel Church of Christ. She was very special to her family and she loved them very much. They will miss her greatly.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Hugh Nevins and Willet (Upton) Nevins; husband, Glen Dickerson; son, Vernon Dickerson; and brothers, Herman Nevins and James Nevins.

She is survived by daughters, Loretta Pigg, and Leda Stover; son, Hugh Lee Dickerson and wife, Julene; sister Louise Miller and husband, Scott; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two special caregivers; Jean Allen, and Tammy Ferrell.

Hall Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

Carol Copeland

Carol Sue Copeland, 78, of Cookeville passed away Wednesday Jan. 19 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center from complications of COVID pneumonia.

Sue was born Sept. 8, 1942 in Livingston, Tenn. to the late Como and Gladys Hicks Franklin.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Steve Copeland D.V.M. and sons, Dr. Scott Copeland M.D. (Mona) and Steven R. Copeland, all of Cookeville; grandchildren, Hayden, Blair, Morgan, Tate, Jessica, Kayla and Ryan; former daughter-in-law, Vickie Bell; sisters, Pat Copeland of Livingston, Linda White of Livingston and Rita Cantrell of Oak Ridge and many brother and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.

She grew up in Livingston, Tenn. and excelled academically, was well liked and had many friends. She was a cheerleader for Livingston Academy High School. Sue and Steve married at age 19 and Sue worked to support Steve through college at Tennessee Tech University and the Veterinary School at Auburn University, all while raising their young sons. When Steve completed his education at Auburn, the family returned to the Upper Cumberland, settled in Cookeville and established Copeland Veterinary Hospital. Sue was instrumental in the success of the practice and essentially did everything including managing the front desk, keeping the books, and assisting in the treatment areas as well as the kennel. Steve has always said that he gives credit to Sue for the success of Copeland Veterinary Hospital.

Sue and Steve had many close friends over the years and enjoyed the many trips they had and the time spent with their friends. Sue was meticulous in everything that she did whether it was keeping a clean house and a well-trimmed yard or planning family trips. Many have said that Sue was a beautiful woman but could be intimidating because she could outwork any man. She was a true matriarch of the family and was never shy to give her opinion on any subject.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Livingston. Sue was an avid bridge player and was in many bridge clubs over the years. She loved to read and could devour a novel or biography in record time.

Sue loved being with her family and cherished the fun times that were had at the family farm in the Alpine area of Overton County. She loved sports and enjoyed attending the University of Tennessee (UT) football games. She and Scott would stay up past midnight and watch the delayed broadcasts of UT basketball games before the era of watching the games live on cable networks. She enjoyed the family snow ski trips as well as water skiing and boating at Center Hill Lake.

She was an excellent cook and her grandchildren always looked forward to going to Ma-Sue’s house for dinner. She loved being with her grandchildren and they fondly remember the times they spent the night with Ma-Sue and being spoiled by her. Some of their favorite memories include the times all the kids would pile into her Lincoln Town Car and she would drive them around town, go to the movies, and then to Dairy Queen for ice cream.

Sue will be missed greatly by her family. However, she had a large life and left many wonderful memories for her family and friends.

As a precaution due to COVID, a Celebration of Life service will be planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam County Humane Society,, or the CRMC Foundation,

The family wishes to thank all of the nurses and staff at CRMC that assisted in her care. A special thanks to Patty Tayes for her many years of assistance to Sue.

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (931)526-6111 Share your thoughts and memories at

Geraldine Garrett

Geraldine “Gerry” Webb Garrett, 82, of Livingston passed away Jan. 22 from her residence. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Rev. Brett Gibbons and Rev. Nolan Cantrell officiated.

She was born on June 30, 1938 in Rickman. She was a homemaker and worked at Style Craft Corporation in Livingston. She sang many years with her family, The Webb Sisters, recording numerous CDs and albums. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church.

She was preceded in death by: parents, James and Elease Looper Webb and brother, James Howard Webb.

She is survived by: husband, Ernest H. Garrett of Livingston; daughter, Sheila Garrett of Livingston; son, Kevin Garrett of Rickman; grandchildren, Dillon (Lynnae) Garrett, Cole Garrett and Leeah Jo Zornes; great-grandchild, Logan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Wyndoline Farris of Cookeville, Betty Jo Owens of Rickman, Sharon and Randy Sevier Of Rickman and Marcia and David Eldridge of Cookeville.

Arrangements And Care Provided By D.M. Goff Funeral Home, Inc.

Jean Huckeby

Jean Lois Huckeby, 90, of Georgetown, Ind., passed way Jan. 1 from Guerin Woods Health Campus in Georgetown, Ind. Celebration of Life services were held Jan. 20 from the McDonald Chapel Church in Monroe. Bro. Jerry Myers officiated. Interment followed in the Booher Cemetery.

She was born on April 14, 1930 in Bridgeton, N.J.. She was a registered nurse, loved to knit and was a member of Old Capitol United Methodist Church in Corydon, Ind.

She was preceded in death by parents, William Ewan and Vivian Barbarisi Ewan; and husband, Lester Carnov Huckeby.

She is survived by sons, Frances Robert Thalken of Corydon, IN., and Michael Charles Thalken of Vineland, N.J.; daughter, Kathleen Ann Hofen and husband, Karl of Summerville, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert Charles Thalken, Jared and Rachel Butler and Elise Spalding.

Speck Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

Allon White

Allon White, 88, of Livingston, passed away on Jan. 15 from his home. Graveside services were held on Jan. 17 from the Good Hope Annex Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. Alan Judd and Bro. Buddy Johnson officiated.

He was born in Livingston on Aug. 5, 1932. He was a 1951 graduate of Livingston Academy. Afterwards he went on to serve his country during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of the Allons Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, his fruit trees and sitting on the porch with his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Addie White.

He is survived by wife, Ethel White, of Livingston; twin brother, Allard White and wife, Naomi; daughters, Karen Baltimore and husband, Allen, of Livingston and Anita Burnett and husband, Lynn of Livingston; grandchildren Dana Byrd and husband, Robert, David Burnett and wife, Angela, Westley Burnett and wife, Megan, Jenna Medley and husband, Jonathan, Kasey Dickerson and husband, Kyle, Allie Stover and husband, Travis, and Jaci Baltimore and fiancé Kaleb Qualls; great-grandchildren, Aden Byrd, Austin Byrd, Alex Byrd, Emma Burnett, Ella Burnett, Ethan Burnett, Bryce Burnett, Blakely Burnett, Avery Medley, Tucker Medley, Ellie Medley, Ezra Dickerson, Magnolia Kate Dickerson, Finley Stover and Norah Jane Stover; nieces, Vivian Walker, and Vicki White, and nephew David White.

Pallbearers who served were Westley Burnett, David Burnett, Jonathan Medley, Kyle Dickerson, Travis Stover, Robert Byrd, Kaleb Qualls and Aden Byrd.

Speck Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

Billy Nolen

Billy R. Nolen, 83, of the Twin Oaks Community, passed away on Jan. 16 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.

He was born in Overton County on Oct. 12, 1937. After graduating from Livingston Academy, he joined the US Air Force. Upon discharge from the military, he became a Tennessee Highway Patrolman. Later in life he was a merchant and field office manager for a construction company.

He enjoyed gardening and cooking. He was especially known for his fried apple pies and dried-apple stack fruit cakes.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Francis Marion and Mae Bilbrey Nolen; sisters, Vesta Nolen, Jean Reagan, Roberta Smith, Opal Walker and Hazel Whitaker; and brothers, Denver Nolen, Haskell Nolen and Wilbur Nolen.

He is survived by: sisters, Betty Nolen Copeland, of Cookeville and Katy Nolen Vaughn, of Livingston; nieces, nephews and friends.

Speck Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Card Of Thanks

The family of Mr. William (Gruder) Carmack would like to express our sincere thanks for the many prayers, calls, and texts about our father, granddaddy, and husband during his very short illness.

Thank you to Livingston Regional and Sumner Regional Hospitals, with special thanks to Nurse “Wade,” Sheridan Dishman, Dr. Herford, Dr. Cox, and to paramedic Michael Wilson.

As we mourn the loss of this great man, daddy, granddaddy, and husband the support from friends, family, and this community will mean so much.

In closing, as daddy would say, “Lightening, you better get out there and get to work.”

Thank you,

The Carmack Family

Gerald Clark

Willie Gerald Clark, 76, of the Taylors Crossroads Community, passed away on Jan. 15. Graveside services were held on Jan. 23 from the Clark Cemetery. Bro. Randy Pickens officiated.

He was born in Gatesville, Texas on June 14, 1944. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He was a member of Eagle Creek Lodge 530 for 46 years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing and collecting arrowheads. He owned his own business as a licensed contractor for 30 plus years in Michigan and Tennessee, and worked for more than 15 years with Cellofoil in Battle Creek, Mich. He also drove for Neals Transportation until his death.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Willie D. and Ora Bell Kitchens Clark; brother, Deanie Clark and sister, Linda Faye Garrett.

He is survived by: wife, Susan Stormer Clark of Monroe; daughter, Jennifer Lynn Hogshead and husband, Don of Duluth, Ga.; sons, Gerald David Clark and wife, Beth of Michigan and William Matthew Clark and wife, Julie of Rogersville, Tenn.; step-daughter, Staci Rae Speers and husband, Kris of Monticello, Ky.; grandchildren, Marcus C. Clark, Christopher Hilman, Benjamin Hillman and wife Megan, Jessica Hillman, Joshua Clark, Jacob Clark, Paul Speers, Gabe Speers and Emberlynn Speers; great-grandchildren; nephew Successor Guerrero; nieces and nephews; friend, Tracey Crouch and first wife and mother of his children, Carolyn Norrod Clark.

Pallbearers were Marcus Clark, Successor Guerrero, Joshua Clark, Christopher Hilman, Benjamin Hilman and Paul Speers.

Honorary pallbearers were Kameren Lee Hale and Nathan Hilman.

Speck Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

Villa Finney

Villa Hembree Ray Quick Finney, 95, of Winterhaven, Fla. and formerly of Overton County, passed away on Jan. 13. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 from the Ruth’s Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Shannon Scott officiated.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1925.

She was preceded in death by: parents, George Floyd and Martha Melinda Hembree Ray; husbands, Grant Charles Quick and Oliver Ray Finney; siblings, Carla Ray, Nannie Smith, Eli Ray, Veston Ray, Ruth Jackson, Jewel Koonce, Pearl Groters and James Ray.

She is survived by: children, Keith Quick, Linda Scott Quick and husband, William Sr., Michael Quick and LaJuana Finney Block; grandchildren, William Scott II and wife, Karen, Shannon Scott and wife, Terri, Lorena Scott Stouss and husband Daniel, Jason Williams Quick and wife, Paula, Michelle Finley, Stephen Aranda and wife, Summer, Harley Block and Katherine Davison; great-grandchildren, William Scott III and wife, Chantilly, Nicholas Scott and wife Chelsea, Darrian Webb, Austin Webb, Alexis Scott, Sean Scott and wife, Angela, Connor Scott, Quinn Scott, Victoria Strouss, Ashlee Strouss, Logan Williams, Lane Williams, Lawson Williams, Katera Prez-Prada, Krishell Schlosser, Christopher Schlosser, Kadee Evell and Wyatt King; great-great-grandchildren, Adeline Scott, Liam Scott, Charlotte Mae Scott and Edgar Schlooser.

Speck Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

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