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Obituaries 5/4/21

Gwendolyn Ann Dycus Johnson

Gwendolyn Ann Dycus Johnson (Gwen), 82, passed away peacefully at her home on May 3, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s/ dementia.

Gwen was born on November 26, 1938, in the Big Bottom area of White County, known by locals as “Greasy Holler”.

She graduated from WCHS in 1958, and never lost her Warrior pride. Until her health condition made it impossible, Gwen loved to attend Warrior basketball games with her husband Roy.

Gwendolyn took after her mother, Goldie Dycus, in her fantastic work ethic and exceptional customer service. After high school, she attended Draughn’s Business College and began a long and successful career in business. Gwen worked at Jim Brady Chevrolet, Rock City Packaging, and Chapel Dairy company, before opening The Fashion Shoppe in Livingston, TN. She is remembered fondly by her customers and friends for her fun, outgoing personality. Other business ventures included real estate sales and ownership of Livingston Funeral Home and The Antique Shop in Sparta, TN.

She had a great affinity for pretty things, which was best expressed in her flashy, glamorous style, love for the color pink, and antique dishes collection. Her favorite pastimes were antiquing and yard selling. Her legacy includes an impressive collection of antiques and trinkets that fully capture the meaning of “one man’s trash, is another man’s treasures.”

In 1990 Gwen married Roy Johnson. In their 30 years together, they wrote a love story that will be remembered by all that knew them. They loved holding hands, four wheeling in Big Bottom, going to auctions, riding around the country, and visiting with their friends. They were active members in the Cumberland Heights Church of Christ congregation, and were known for cuddling in the second to last pew on Sunday mornings. Gwen was also a founding member of the church’s Women’s Group that is still active today.

Gwen is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Johnson; her parents, James Monroe Dycus and Goldie Marie Harris Dycus; her sister, Betty Dycus Farley; her brother-in-law, B.E. Anderson; and her niece, Marla Farley Murray.

Surviving Family includes: daughter, Jongee (John) Smith Cheek; granddaughter, Julia Jarvis; brother, Charles (Paulette) Dycus; sister, Brenda Anderson; nieces, Wendy (Jonathan) Edwards, Marsha (Jermaine) Jackson, and Natalee Anderson; nephews, Brent Farley, and Luke (Beth) Dycus; and step-children Kathy (Malcolm) Megibben, Troy Johnson, and Scott Johnson.

Services will be held at Hunter’s Funeral Home in Sparta, TN.

120 Bockman Way, Sparta, TN 38583

Visitation: Wednesday, May 5th from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Funeral: Thursday, May 6th at 1:00pm


Wilma Faye McCormick York

Wilma Faye McCormick York, 72, of Livingston, passed from this life from the comfort of her home on April 26. Funeral services were conducted on April 28 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Jerry Murphy officiated. Interment followed in the Dugan Smith Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on Sept. 17, 1948. She was Baptist in faith and she enjoyed gardening, flowers, quilting and antiques. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed country music, especially Conway Twitty.

She was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Lena Turner McCormick; husband, Arvil York; brothers, William “Buck” McCormick and Andy Turner; and sisters, Dean Boles and Betty Jo Hensley.

She is survived by son, Johnny York and wife, Amy, of Alpine; daughters, Patty Hall and husband, William, of Monroe, and Patricia Reagan of Livingston; grandchildren, James Price York, Jonah Hall, Autumn Hall, Ethan Reagan and Bethany Reagan; sisters, Billie Smith and husband, Jesse, of Alpine, Barbara Walker of Byrdstown, Ruth McCormick, June Bilbrey and Lucille Linder all of Livingston and Nell Parker of Georgia; brother, James McCormick of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.


Bernard Barton

Bernard “Bernie” George Barton, 78, of Rickman, passed from this life on April 28 from his residence. Celebration of Life Services were held on May 1 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Greg Maxwell officiated. Military Honors were provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born in Burlington, Vt., on June 28, 1942. He served in the Air Force for four years. He also served with the Tennessee State Guard for 10 years. During a portion of his time with the Tennessee State Guard, he served as Chaplain, officiating over military funerals. He was a graduate of North East Christian Jr. College and David Lipscomb College. He pursued a Masters Degree at Johnson State College in Vermont. He took great joy in volunteering for various causes, especially with nursing homes and providing rides to treatments for persons with cancer.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert, Sr. and Jessie Ball Burton; stepmother, Edna Barton; sisters, Betty Smith, Mary Ellen Barton, Donna Barton and Laurie Hood; brothers, Donald, Robert Jr. and Merrill Barton; a favorite aunt, Josephine Moisan; and parents-in-law Cormel and OV Morrow.

He is survived by wife, Elease Morrow Barton, of Rickman; and sisters, Sandra Barton and Esther Rider and husband, Joe.


Felicia Mitchell

Felicia Looper Mitchell, 55, of Livingston, passed from this life on April 25 from her residence. Celebration of Life services were conducted on April 27 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Copeland officiated. Interment will follow at a later date in the Hayes Family Cemetery.

She was born in Overton County on July 9, 1965. She loved her children and grandchildren very much. She enjoyed reading and singing along to music.

She was preceded in death by father, Kermit Conrad Looper; husband, Terry Wayne Mitchell; and brothers, Mike and Gary Looper.

She is survived by daughters, Misty Looper of Livingston and Ashley Copeland and husband, Kyle, of Cookeville; mother, Sue Looper of Cookeville; grandchildren, Koda Copeland and Kole Copeland; and sister, Carole Moore, of Gainesboro.


Card of Thanks

The family of Juliet Kim Garrett would like to thank the friends, family and neighbors who visited, attended the service, sent flowers, gifts, cards, calls, texts, provided meals, and most importantly prayers, in our most difficult time.

Special thanks to John Keith, Chris Coil, Ivan Coil, Stephen and Carter Garrett for honoring her in such a special way. Thanks to the pallbearers and the Nivens family for your service at the cemetery.

We especially want to thank the Livingston Police Department, 911 EMTs, Quality Home Health, UCARTS, Dr. Cox and staff, Livingston Regional Hospital, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, and Bethesda Health Care for their years of help and assistance to Kim. Thanks to Speck Funeral Home for the wonderful service given during her death.

The Livingston community has been so helpful and kind to Kim over the years, and to her family these gracious acts have not gone unnoticed. We appreciate ‘every’ act of kindness extended to her during her lifetime… she loved each of you!

Thank you,

The Family of Juliet Kim Garrett.






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