Obituaries 2/9/21

Lance Jackson

Lance David Jackson, 22, of Rickman, passed away Jan. 30 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Funeral services were held on Feb. 3 at Netherland Church of Christ. Interment followed in Netherland Cemetery. Bro. Mark Loftis and Dr. Donnie Holman officiated.

He was born October 24, 1998 in Cookeville to David and Ginnie Lee Jackson. Hard working throughout his life, he worked with UPS for over three years. He was fun, fearless, and a friend to many people. His life was full of meaningful relationships with his family, classmates, coworkers, PIKE brothers and lifelong friends. He attended Rickman Elementary School and was a 2017 graduate of Livingston Academy. After graduating he attended Tennessee Tech University and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially at the lake. He loved animals and listening to music. He was a member of Netherland Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by: infant twin brothers, Drew and Nick Jackson; and by paternal grandparents, Denton and Ova Jackson.

In addition to his parents, Lance is survived by his brother, Will Jackson; sister, Maggie Jackson; maternal grandparents, Randy and Evelyn Lee; aunts and uncles Jacob and Jessica Lee, Denny and Linda Jackson, Bob and Amanda Jackson and Kevin and Lisa Jackson; a host of cousins and extended family; and special friends, Myla Sells and Garrison Padgett.

Pallbearers who served were Garrison Padgett, Xander Miller, Ethan Reagan, Mitchell Ayers, Zach Huff, Chris Keen, Peter Hollars, Eli Estes and David Worley.

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Margaret Leahy

In remembrance of Margaret Ruth Leahy, 81 years old, who passed away Jan. 25 two days before her birthday, which she shared with her brother, Joe Wilborn.

Ruth was born Jan. 27, 1939 in Pickett County. She was the daughter of the late Cord Huey and Ella Harvey Wilborn.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by son, Ronnie and daughter, Pam; her husband, John (12/27/2020); three brothers, Louie, Lloyd and David Wilborn; three sisters, Lois, Mary Freed and Pauline M. Smith.

Survivors include three granddaughters, Jessica Watts, Rachel Ermer (Robbie) Tracy and Taylor Ermer and five great-grandchildren.

Ruth is also survived by sister, Cordia (Marvin) Long of Akron, Ohio; sisters, Joyce Bridgman and Dimple Wilborn and brother, Joe Wilborn of Carmi, Ill.; Patsy (Larry) Copeland of Chattanooga, Sue (Ken) Kesty and Barbara (Jimmy) Ferrell of Livingston, Ruby Robinson of Searcy, Ark.; brother, Wayne (Nima) of Crossville; she is also survived by many nieces and great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews.

Ruth was raised in the Church of Christ in Pickett County.

Ruth was totally loved by all her family and was the perfect Sister, Mom, Grandma Wife, Aunt to us all.

John Keeton

John Harold Keeton, 71, of Livingston, passed away on Jan. 28 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Graveside services were held on Feb. 2 from the Bethlehem Cemetery, with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. David Brown officiated.

He was born on April 10, 1949 in Livingston. He was a 1967 graduate of Livingston Academy. He then went on to serve his country in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was also a member of the Greater Faith Temple Church of God in Christ.

He was preceded in death by parents, Leslie and Allie Mae Cullom Keeton; brother, Joe Aaron Keeton and sister, Glenda Yarn.

He is survived by sister, Rebecca Pincheon; brother, Donnie Tonya Keeton of Chicago, Ill., sister-in-law, Sandra Keeton of Markham, Ill; and several nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

Ordra Robbins, Jr.

Ordra Carson “Jack” Robbins, 86, of Allons, passed away on Jan. 30 from his home. Graveside services were conducted on Feb. 2 from the Bethsaida Cemetery. Bro. John Keith officiated.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1934 in Monroe. He served his country in the Army and was Baptist in faith. When he was younger he loved going square dancing with his wife and friends. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed farming and operating his track hoe for many years.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Ordra Carson Sr. and Alva Dean McDonald Robbins; son, Scottie Robbins; infant sister, Betty Louise Robbins and sister, Shirley Hill.

He is survived by: wife, JoNell Cole Robbins, of Allons; son, Greg Robbins and wife Louise of Livingston; daughters, Pattie Robbins, of Cookeville, and Pam Sircy and husband Roger of Rickman; grandchildren, William Travis McDonald and wife, Brooke, Talon Sircy and wife, Sarah and Brandi Nicole Wolfram and husband Jesse; great-grandchildren, Audrey McDonald, Jack McDonald, Easton Wolfram and Miss Charlie Wolfram; sisters, Kay Williams and husband, Ed, of Rickman, Agnes Moody and husband, Joe, of Livingston and Diana Nivens, of Cookeville and special caregiver, Denise Burchett, of Hilham.

Speck Funeral Home provided the arrangements.

Anna Lou Gabbard

Anna Lou Gabbard, 85, of Troy, Ohio, passed away on Feb. 1 at Upper Valley Regional Medical Center in Troy. Funeral services were held on Feb. 4 at Baird Funeral Home in Troy, Ohio. Interment followed in Forest Hills Memorial gardens in Tipp City, Ohio.

She was born on Oct. 26, 1935 in Livingston. She was a great mother and an amazing cook. She loved playing Scrabble, reading her Bible, drinking coffee and listening to her gospel music. The most important things in her life were her Lord, her family and her church.

She was preceded in death by: parents, John and Emily (Richardson) Carter; husband, Dallas Gabbard; son, Donald Gabbard; daughter, Karen Jean Gabbard and grandson, Taylor Holliday.

She is survived by: children, Sharon (Dan) Saunders, Dallas Gabbard, Jr., Ronald Gabbard, Lisa Hoskins, Cynthia (Gary) Wallen and Susan Berger; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Joseph Edwards

Kenneth Joseph Edwards, 84, of Algood, passed away Jan. 29 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Bro. Tommy Harris officiated.

He was born on May 23, 1936 in Pound, Va. He was a master woodworker, furniture maker and boat builder and an Army veteran. He was a loving and faithful husband, a wonderful father, a role model and a devout Christian.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Delmon and Rose Edwards; wife, Catherine Edwards; son, Kenneth Dean Edwards, grandson Kelly Ryan Edwards; and two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by wife, Carol Lauffer Edwards; two sons and their spouses, Keith and Ann Edwards, of St. Augustine and Kevin and Milly Edwards, of Cookeville; grandsons and their spouses Derek and BreAna Edwards, Jason Edwards, Kacy and Libby Edwards, Doug Edwards, Joshua and Roxanne Wright; grandchildren, Warren Edwards, Dallas Edwards, Kaiden Edwards, Amanda Milligan and Cassandra Anderson.



Alyne Colson

Alyne Ledbetter Colson, 88, of Columbus, Ga., and formerly of the Willow Grove Community, passed away on Jan. 28. Funeral services were held Jan. 31 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Jon Ledbetter officiated. Interment followed in the St. John Cemetery.

She was born on March 7, 1932, in Clay County. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with each of them.

She was preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Maggie Thrasher Ledbetter; husband, Hoy Charles Colson; son, Jerry K. Colson; daughter-in-law, Mary Colson; brothers; Eddie Carlie Ledbetter and Benny Ray Ledbetter; sisters; Claudine Sells, Bessie Sells, Ruth Capps, Wilene Brown, Melba McGinnis, Reba Claborn and Geneva Collins.

She is survived by sons; Jack Colson and wife, Diane, of Pine Mountain, Ga., Charles Colson and wife, Tracy, of Weddington, NC, and Dennis Colson and wife, Amanda, of Easley, S.C.; daughter Cynthia Colson of Columbus, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Willie Frank Hall

Willie Frank Hall, 93, of Hilham, passed away on Jan. 31 from Seymour Crossing Nursing Home in Seymour, Ind. Graveside services were held Feb. 4 from the Doc Hall Cemetery in Clay County. Bro. Bobby Bartlett officiated.

He was born on Sep. 26, 1927 in Clay County. He was a member of the Baptist Ridge Church of Christ. He loved his family and church family and friends very much. He served in the Army in World War II and the Korean War. He received his GED in 2008 at the age of 80. He worked most of his life as an automotive mechanic.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Jesse McCoy Hall and Ethel May Abney; wife, Alpha (Pennington) Hall; sister; Opal Pennington, Nancy Lucien and Fronta Bea Ellis; brother, Johnson McCoy Hall; and half-brother, William “Bill” Hall.

He is survived by: son, Steven L. Hall, of Holliday, Fla.; daughter, Shirley McNew and husband, Brian, of Seymour, Ind.; granddaughter, Alicia Dean and husband, Jody, of Brooksville, Fla.; grandson, Corey McNew and wife, Janel, of Seymour, Ind.; great-grandsons Anthony Paquette, Jayce Dean and Braxton McNew; sisters, Retha Pennington and Bessie Mobley; half-sisters, Sue Adams, Ruby Pennington and Jessie Shambaugh; and a half brother, Richard Hall and wife, Avo.

Pallbearers who served were Corey McNew, Ronald Ellis, Estus Pennington, Junior Langford, Wayne Rich and Kenzie Adams.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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