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Obituaries 4/13/21

Linda S. Paul

Linda S. Paul, 65, of Rickman, passed away on April 3 from the Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital. Funeral services were held on April 6 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Bro. John Mabrey officiated. Interment followed in the Beaty Cemetery in Monroe.

She was born in Rickman on Sept. 8, 1955. She was a member of Hilham Church of Christ and devoted her life to her husband, family, children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents, Arnold Gentry Jr. and Geraldine Cooper Gentry; brother, Claudale Gentry; grandparents, Winston and Ina Cooper and Arnold and Lona Belle Gentry.

She is survived by husband, Robert Paul; daughters, Teresa Woolums and husband, Randy, Melissa McLearran and husband, John; brother, Ricky Gentry and wife, Cathy and Randy Gentry and wife, Donna; grandchildren, Paige Ferrell, Zachary Woolums, Lorna Ferrell and Sadie Woolums; stepson, Keith Paul and wife, Donna; and step-grandchildren Bobby Paul, Katie Paul and Zayne McLearran.


Ray Hammock

Ray Hammock, 75, of Livingston, passed from this life at his residence on April 4. Funeral services were held on April 8 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Miller Cemetery. Bro. John Keith officiated.

He was born in Rickman on March 9, 1946. He worked in construction as a truck driver and will be greatly missed by his wife and family.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Bill and Janie (Neal) Hammock.

He is survived by: wife, Carol Hammock; daughter, Karen Hammock; brother, Clyde Hammock; sister, Vonda Cooper and beloved fur baby, Tiny.

Pallbearers who served were Randall Hall, Boone Dishman, Shirley Gray, Colton Cross, Grant Davis and Glen Carr.

Honorary pallbearers were Varnie Brown, John Pinto, Darrell Thompson, Jimmy Geesling, Roger Hogue and Dewight Flowers.


Bernie Winningham

Bernie Edward Winningham, 82, of Livingston, passed from this life on April 4 from his residence. Funeral services were conducted on April 7 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Jonathan Ledbetter officiated. Interment followed in the Fiske Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County on Sept. 18, 1938. He was a member of the Livingston Church of Christ, and served in the National Guard. He loved his family, especially his granddaughters. He never saw a stranger and loved getting out and meeting and talking to people.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Bernie and Ellen Ogletree Winningham; brothers, Howard Winningham, Donald Winningham and Lester Winningham and sister, Margaret Wesley.

He is survived by: wife, Shelia Ledbetter Winningham; sons, Mike Winningham of Cookeville and Scott Winningham and wife, JerriAnn of Hilham; granddaughters, Kailey Winningham and Alexus Winningham Bautista and husband, Luis of Byrdstown; sister, Shirley Groce of Byrdstown and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Bobby Winningham, Don Winningham, Mark Winningham, Roget Tompkins, Pat Warren and Codi Warren.

LD Franklin

LD Franklin, 85, of Livingston, passed away on March 30 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral Services were held on April 3 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Rev. James Shenko officiated. Interment followed at a later date at the Hill Gunter Cemetery.

He was born in Alpine on Jan. 1, 1936, the 10th of 11 children. He enjoyed spending time outdoors walking in the woods. He enjoyed sports, especially football. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

He was preceded in death by parents, Andy and Hattie Sells Franklin; brothers Price Franklin and wife, Myrtie, Joe Franklin, Ray Franklin and wife, Jewel, Bud Franklin and wife, Thelma, Leroy Franklin and Charles Hue Franklin and wife, Polly; sisters Ola Coffman and husband, Howard, Edith Franklin, Zola Franklin and Nola Franklin.

He is survived by wife, Judy Savage Franklin of Livingston; son, Scott Franklin and wife, Lesia, of Livingston; daughter, Lesa Franklin, of Nashville; grandchildren, Beverly Brown, and husband Bobby, of Hilham, and David Franklin and wife, Meg, of Lebanon; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Brown, Bailey Brown, and Landon Franklin.


Juliet Kim Garrett

Juliet Kim Garrett, 65, of Livingston, passed away on April 6. Funeral services were held on April 9 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Keith, Bro. Chris Coil and Ivan Coil officiated. Interment followed in the Garrett Cemetery.

She was born on Feb. 13, 1956, in Akron, Ohio. Her family moved back to Overton County when she was five years old. She was a member of Allons Baptist Church and attended Trinity Assembly in Algood for many years. She loved being a part of the ‘Singles” class at Trinity. She was a 1974 graduate of Livingston Academy. She worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Cookeville for many years. She will be remembered for her joy of life, love of people, especially children, and her unforgettable smile.

She was preceded in death by mother, Peggy Garrett; grandparents Dewey and Vallie Robbins, and Booz and Ove Garrett.

She is survived by father, Edwin Garrett; brother Marty Garrett and wife, Lounetta; sister Lisa Coil and husband, Chris; nephews Stephen Garrett (Jamie), Russell Garrett and Ivan Coil; niece EmmaClaire Coil; great-nephews and great-nieces Carter, Wesley, Cooper, and Savannah Garrett; aunts, uncles and several cousins.

Pallbearers who served were Stephen Garrett, Russell Garrett, Carter Garrett, Wesley Garrett, Cooper Garrett and Ivan Coil. Honorary pallbearers were EmmaClaire Coil and Savannah Garrett.


Dr. John Kelly Wright

Dr. John Kelly Wright, 86, who recently returned to Cookeville in 2016 after 56 years in Nashville, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, April 6.

He was born in Livingston, June 30, 1934 to the late Carson and Mildred Wright. John grew up in the wake of the Great Depression and WWII. It was through this context of great national hardship that he developed a grit and resolve that permitted him to excel in school, athletics, and as a member of his community.

John’s fiery personality could be most accurately personified by the red flames of his hair. He graduated Livingston Academy in 1953 and matriculated to Tennessee Technological University with focused plans to head to medical school. During his tenure at Tennessee Tech, John would be paired with a young woman named Catherine Terry for a dissection in a course on anatomy; later they made their partnership more official and were married in 1954.

He graduated University of Tennessee College of Medicine becoming Dr. John K. Wright in 1959, and then received training in surgery at Baptist Hospital in Nashville and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine Terry Wright; brother, Joel (wife Robin); his three children, Dr. John Kelly Jr (wife, Judy), Nurse Practitioner Martha (husband, Bob) Davidson, and Dr. Terry Hurt (husband, Chuck); along with 8 grandchildren (Jesse, Tyler and Andrew Wright, Sam, Jim and Jack Hurt, and John and Mary Catherine Davidson) and 4 great-grandchildren (Ram and Meg Wright and Caid and Lucy Hurt).

He is preceded in death by his sister, Barbara McConnell.

His private practice career in broad-based general surgery was at Baptist Hospital, Nashville from 1965-1999 with a two-year interruption to serve in Vietnam from 1968-70. During his time in the Army, he rose to rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service to his country.

While John never intended to make the military his career, he did credit his experiences serving as a wartime surgeon as being foundational to his long and distinguished surgical career. His leadership style was marked by the mantra “Plan well and do it right the first time and every time”, and as such he was Chief of Surgery at the 24Th Evacuation Hospital (Vietnam), Chief Surgeon for a decade at Baptist Hospital (Nashville), Surgical Residency Program Director at Baptist Hospital, President of local and regional surgical societies and Regional Medical Director with BCBS of TN.

In addition to his career and family, John harbored a deep passion for the natural world, cataloging the variety of flora and fauna wherever he went.

During the late fall and winter, John spent much of his time in a duck blind and was an early contributor and member of Davy Crocket Hunting Club in Obion County, Tenn.

When he fully retired and returned to his Upper Cumberland home, he spent time rekindling old friendships and making new ones. More than furniture restoration, woodworking, collecting coins/BB guns and rebuilding old clocks, etc. He loved to read history, spend time analyzing current events and offering solutions to the problems of the world with his good friends at the “Putnam County Kibbitzing Coffee Club”.

Though his death was unexpected, he died how he lived – on his own terms.

Due to the pandemic, no services have been scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, John would be encouraging you to plant trees in his memory.

Please and sign the online guest register and send a message to the family.

Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda K Carter

Brenda K Carter, 63, of Gallatin, passed away from her home on April 4. A service will be held at a later date.

She was born on July 26, 1957, in Monterey. She loved taking care of her dog Carley, and watching.

She was preceded in death by parents, Willie Matheney and Bessie Rains Matheney; sisters, Linda Hassler and Deborah Allred; and brothers, Royce Matheney and Larry Matheney.

She is survived by daughters, Amanda and Samantha; sisters, Betty Greenwood, Barbara Copeland and Wanda Thompson; and brothers, Eugene Matheney, Buddy Matheney and Michael Matheney.

Crest Lawn Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Joel Lee Boles

Joel Lee Boles, 35, of Lebanon and formerly of Overton County, passed from this life on March 30 in Nashville. Funeral services were held on April 4 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Benny Sells officiated. Interment followed in the Fiske Cemetery.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1985 in Overton County. He enjoyed working on cars. He loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles and enjoyed riding dirt bikes. He never met a stranger and enjoyed everyone he came into contact with.

He was preceded in death by father, Anthony Boles.

He is survived by mother, Jenny Vaughn Reece and husband, Kenneth, of Lebanon; Brother Jeremy Boles and wife, Ghina, of Cookeville; sister, Brooklein Reece, of Cookeville; aunt Sue Lee Boles of Livingston and uncle, Billy Ray Boles, of Lebanon.

Pallbearers who served were Jeremy Boles, Benjamin Worley, Dillon Ketchum, Kenneth Reece, Dakota Boles and Derek Smith.

Card of Thanks

The family of Earl Watkins would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who visited, attended the service, sent flowers, sent cards, and who provided prayers and support in our most difficult time.

A special word of thanks to Dr. Dawn Barlow and staff at The Livingston Clinic, Quality Home Health, Quality Hospice, and Amanda Watkins for the compassionate care provided to Earl.

Thank you to Pastor John Keith for your prayers and words of comfort. The service you performed offered comfort to all who were present. Thank you to Speck Funeral Home for ensuring that all details of Earl’s funeral went smoothly.

To those who helped in any way please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude.


The Family of Earl Watkins


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