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Obituaries 4/27/21

Cormel K. Morrow

Cormel K. Morrow, 98, of Livingston, passed from this life on April 20 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on April 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Miller Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro Damon Corley officiated.

He was born in Overton County on Oct. 27, 1922. Cormel loved his family and enjoyed woodworking. He was a faithful member of Allons Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for 48 years. He served in the VFW Honor Guard where he helped with over 800 funerals.

He was preceded in death by parents, William and Maggie Sevier Morrow; wife, Ov Abbott; son, Kelmer Morrow; grandchildren, Amie Roberts and Matt Mabrey; brothers Lonzo Morrow, Chalmus Morrow and Elvis Morrow; and sisters, Mary Coffee and Ottie Eldridge.

He is survived by daughters, Elease Barton and husband, Bernie, of Rickman; Brenda Bilbrey and husband, Joe, of Hilham; Linda Chapman of Cookeville; Janie Mabrey and husband, Ray, of Livingston; Edie Mabe and husband, Wayne, of Livingston; and Vickie Randles and husband, Phillip, of Livingston; son, Terry Morrow and wife, Ann, of Livingston; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sister Melvie Brown of Lakeland, Fla.

Pallbearers who served were William Morrow, Adam Bilbrey, Derrick Roberts, Casey Reagan, Eddie Morrow and Eric Morrow.


Carolyn Sells

Rebecca Carolyn “Nana” Sells, 71, of Livingston, passed from this life on April 19. Funeral services were held from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home on April 22. Rev. James Shenko and Rev. Sunny Ridings officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born on May 11, 1949 in Livingston. She was a supportive mom, hard worker, and a cheerleader to us all. She was a 1967 graduate of Livingston Academy and a member of the First Christian Church in Livingston.

She was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Mamie (Templeton) Ringley; husband Bobby Joe Holman, and brother J.D. Ringley.

She is survived by daughters, Billie Holman of Livingston, Cynthia Sells and husband, David, of Livingston, Belinda Rector and husband, Steve, of Eagle River, Ark., Melissa Cook of Zeeland, Mich., and Marla Sells of Livingston; grandchildren, Taylor and wife, Lisa Rector, of McGregor, Tex., Courtney Sells of Nashville, Michael Sells of Cookeville, Devin Cook of Grand Rapids, Mich., Logan and Meghan Rector of Eagle River, Ark., Kaden Cook of Zeeland, Mich., and a beloved great-granddaughter, Paisley Rector of McGregor, Tex; brother, James Ringley and wife, Juanita; sisters, Vella Dickerson, Oleda Clark and husband, Danny, and Jean Cunningham and husband, Loyd; sister-in-law, Kathy Ringley of Green Castle, Ind.; friends Tim and Lisa Mountain and family and Margaret Collins.

Pallbearers who served were Taylor Rector, Courtney Sells, Devin Cook, Michael Sells, Logan Rector, Meghan Rector, Kaden Cook, Tim Mountain and Lance Mountain.

Honorary pallbearers who served are Dr. John Clough and the entire staff at Priority Care Medical Center, James Ringley, Danny Clark, Loyd Cunningham and Aaron Threet.


Carol Janice Norrod

Carol Janice Norrod, 78, of Rickman, passed from this life on April 20 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held April 22 in the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in the Archie-Bald Qualls Cemetery. Bro. Timothy Wilson and Bro. Rick Lacy officiated.

She was born in Rickman on July 2, 1942. She loved her family and friends very much and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by: parents, F.B. and Hallie (Thompson) Norrod.

She is survived by: brother, Floyd B. Norrod and wife, Anita; sister, Malinda Steele; nephew, Michael Norrod; nieces, Angela Brewer and husband, Tim and Stacie Southwell and husband, Keith; 4 great-nieces and nephews: Savannah, Colton, Jeremiah and Isaiah; and a host of family and friends.


Ronald Abston

Celebrations of Life Services for Ronald Abston, 97, were conducted on April 22 with his family at his granddaughter’s house. He passed on April 19, 2020.

He was born in Overton County on Aug. 14, 1922.

He was preceded in death by: parents, George and Elizabeth Abston; wife, Mary Abston; daughter, Charlotte Abston; son, David Abston and ten brothers and sisters.

He is survived by six granddaughters, eight grandsons and 24 great-grandchildren.


Randall Jolley Arney

Randall Jolley Arney, 70, of Livingston, passed from this life on March 25 from the Unity Medical Center in Manchester. Celebration of Life Services were held on April 21 from the First Church in Livingston. Bro. John Cahill officiated.

He was born in Warren County on Sep. 5, 1950. He was a member of the First Church in Livingston.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Crit and Lula Jolley Arney; brother, Norman Arney; an infant sister and Theda Arney HickenBottom.

He is survived by: special friends, Annie Rose Campbell and Barbara Snyder, both of Goodlettsville, and his church family at First Church in Livingston.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Card of Thanks

The family of Ray Hammock would like to thank everyone for the food, cards, donations, flowers and many prayers during this difficult time. A special thank you to Scottie and Jean Hammock for cleaning up the cemetery. They did an amazing job when we didn’t know what to do. A special thank you to Bro. John Keith for holding the service and to Allons Baptist Church Family. A thank you to Hall Funeral Home, Overton County Ambulance, E911, and anyone else that helped. We want to thank the pallbearers and honorary. Dad would have been so happy. We still need prayers.

Carol and Karen Hammock.


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