Obituaries 2/23/21

Ralph Arnold McGinley

Ralph Arnold McGinley, 74, of the Windle Community passed away Feb. 17. Celebration of Life services will be conducted at a later date.

He was born Dec. 12, 1946 in Lynchburg, Va. He was retired from the United States Air Force and a member of the Livingston Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.  Ralph enjoyed his church family, helping others and wanted everyone to be happy and be at peace with one another.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Hugh James and Marie Elizabeth Coleman McGinley and brother, Charles Jospeh “Mickey” McGinley.

He is survived by: wife, Mrs. Devenna Fletcher McGinley of the Windle Community; sons, Ted McGinley and wife Karen of Altus, Ok., Steven Jacob Carter and wife, Samantha of Lucedale, Miss. and Lucas Robbins of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; daughters, Dawn Humphrey and husband, Jeffery of Waco, Texas and Rachel Sinclair and husband, Heath of Lawrenceville, Ga.; brother, Hugh McGinley and wife, Karen of Blakeslee, Pa.; sister, Sharon Hoensch and husband, Glenn of Philadelphia, Pa.; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Marie Danner Burgess

Eunice Marie Danner Burgess, 85, of Hilham passed away Feb. 18 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Celebration of Life Gathering was held at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Livingston.  A family graveside service will be held at a later date.

She was born in Hilham on Aug. 20, 1935. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren very much.  She enjoyed gardening, rock hunting, bird watching, crocheting, cooking, holding her dog Penny, going to Church and singing gospel music. She had a green thumb for gardening as evident at home in Hilham where she had among other flowers, roses, and tall elephant ears.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Amos Wayne and Ollie Lee Livingston Danner; husband, Haskell Paul Burgess; brother, Earl Waymon Danner and sister, Anna Dell Danner.

She is survived by: sons, Gregory Burgess and wife, Michelle of Hilham, Jeffrey Burgess and wife, Denise of Baxter and Robert “Bobby” Burgess and wife, Paula of Livingston; grandchildren, Crystal Colson and husband, Scott, Beth Phelps and husband, Reggie, Tiffany Coburn and husband, Michael, Ciara Livingston-Pigg and husband, Ian, Parker Burgess, Michael Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Leatha Dun and husband, Larry, Justin Vickers, Erica Hunter and Sydney Hunter; 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews and nieces.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Timothy Roscoe Monk

Timothy Roscoe Monk, 70, of Hilham, passed away on Feb. 17. Celebration of Life services will be conducted at a later date.

He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on Sept. 11, 1950. He loved reading and discussing the Bible, reading books by Louis L’Amour, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Hargus Roscoe Monk and Mable Juanita Book Monk; mother-in-law, Dora Lewis, and father-in-law, Franklin Lewis.

He is survived by wife, Frances Monk of Hilham; sister Sharon Lockyer and husband, William, of West Salem, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Reva Harris and husband, Jerry, of Rickman, and Elizabeth Slaven of Livingston; brothers-in-law, Tommy Frady and wife, Sherry, of Pulaski, Tenn., Ike Frady of Panama City, Fla., and Johnny Frady of Chattsworth, Ga.; and several friends, nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Casey Jay Looper

Casey Jay Looper, 43, of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 19 from his home in Livingston. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 24 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Mark Neely, Bro. Eric Dillon and Skyla Looper will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. The family will welcome friends on Tuesday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home.

He was born in Livingston on Feb. 6, 1978 to Joe Looper and Cindy Bilbrey. He was a 1996 graduate of Livingston Academy. He loved and enjoyed being with his family. He enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas, watching football, his cats, going to Dale Hollow Lake and playing cards. His children were his life, and he felt his greatest accomplishment was when Skyla went to Baylor School in Chattanooga and Chase went to McCallie School in Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by brother, Jeremy Looper; grandparents, Jay and Agnes Nelms, Jerry and Lindy Bilbrey, Herman and Lilly Looper, and Quinton and Agnes Bilbrey.

He is survived by his wife, Victoria Hogue Looper of Livingston; son, Riley Chase Looper of Livingston; daughter, Skyla Looper of Livingston; mother, Cindy Bilbrey of Livingston; father, Joe Looper of Allons; brothers, Jody Looper and wife, Mandy of Allons, and Jordan Looper Livingston.

Pallbearers to serve are Chase Looper, Jody Looper, Jordan Looper, Curtis Hayes, Kelvin Garrett and William Barrett.

Ann McMullen

Ann Marie Hess McMullen, 54, of Livingston passed away Feb. 16 from the Cookeville Regional Hospital. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.

She was born in Lancaster, Pa. on June 20, 1966. She graduated High School in 1985 from the Warwirk High School in Pennsylvania.  She worked in environmental services for the Livingston Regional Hospital.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Kenneth George and Helen May Smith Hess; brothers, Paul, Alan, Mike and Wayne Hess.

She is survived by: sons, Chris Todd McMullen and Bradley Elexis McMullen both of Livingston; sister, Christine Harp and husband, Travis of Lebanon; brothers, Ben Hess and wife Cheri, Steve Hess and Jeff Hess all of Lancaster, Pa.

Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clio “Pag” Webb

Clio “Pag” Webb, 87, of the Windle Community, passed away on Feb. 18 from the comfort of his home. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 21 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Eckels Cemetery. Bro. Darrek Copeland officiated.

He was born in Overton County on Sep. 20, 1933. He loved his family dearly. He enjoyed riding his tractor, farming, working around his cattle, fishing, gardening, and watching and listening to Country Gospel Music.

He was preceded in death by parents, Sammie and Mae Peterman Webb; wife, Estellean Webb; grandson, Johnny Webb; brother, Milburn Webb; sisters, Hessie Bilyeu, Myrtle Judd, Reba Smith, Clema Hooks and Gertie Hicks.

He is survived by sons, Gary Webb and wife, Sherry, of the Hardys Chapel Community, and Roger Webb of the New Hope Community; granddaughter, Kimberly Michele Pritchard of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Olivia Long and Josh Long and wife, Alex; and great-great-grandchildren, Brentley and Lucy Long.

Pallbearers who served were Blake Almonrode, Josh Looper, Josh Long, Joe Boles, Scot Biggers and Colby Ray.


Jerry McDonald

Jerry McDonald, 68, of the Highland Mountain Community, passed away Feb. 19 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date.

He was born in Overton County on May 8, 1952. He was a 1970 graduate of Livingston Academy and was a bail bondsman by trade. He enjoyed hunting, spending time with his friends and being with his family most of all.

He was preceded in death by parents, A.B. and Allie Johnson McDonald.

He is survived by son, Jade McDonald, of Cookeville, and daughter, Kelli McDonald of Atlanta, Ga.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Card of Thanks

We would like to thank all the nurses and workers from Avalon Hospice for taking good care of our loved one. Thank you, for all the prayers of the church families in the community. A special thank you, to our home church, Grace Baptist, and to Pastor John Copeland. We would like to thank everyone who attended the graveside service. Thanks for the flowers, calls, cards and gifts. Thanks to all of you who thought and prayed for us in our trying time. We thank God most of all for His Mercy and Grace.

Thank you all so much,


The Smith Family

Mike and Tonie Smith Jeff and Marsha Norrod

Jeff Smith


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