Obituaries 5/11/21

Clarissa Ray Bilbrey Wilson

Graveside Funeral Services for Clarissa Ray Bilbrey Wilson, age 101, of Rickman, Tennessee, were conducted on Friday May 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Welch Memorial Cemetery. Brother Aaron Vettraino officiated with interment following.

Mrs. Wilson was born on Wednesday, August 6, 1919 in Crawford, Tennessee, to the late Erasmus and Naoma Artema Phillips Bilbrey.

Mrs. Wilson passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Wilson started teaching at the age of 17. She taught at Love Joy, Tyler Point, Muddy Pond, Monterey, Tin Top and Shiloh. She and her family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan in 1952 and returned to Tennessee in 1978. She was a member of the Livingston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Sue Wilson of Rickman, TN, son, George Stanley Wilson of Rickman, TN, four grandchildren, Laura Oldham, currently stationed with her husband and family in Japan, Matthew Wilson of Cookeville, TN, Sarah Kramer of Clovis, NM and Caitlin Wilson of Pineville, LA; seven great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express special thanks to all her caregivers and especially Valeria Mendoza of Crossville, TN.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, MC Wilson; sisters Laura Phillips, Lora Harris, Lou Looper, Artema Bilbrey and Opal Vaughn; and brothers, Alonzo Bilbrey, M.C. Bilbrey, John Bilbrey and George Bilbrey.

The family received friends at the Welch Memorial Cemetery for Graveside Services.

Arrangements and care provided by DM Goff Funeral Home, Inc., 205 East Cleveland Avenue, Monterey, Tennessee 38574, phone 931-839-2311.


Cynthia Lou Ray

Cynthia Lou Ray, 55, of Alpine, passed from this life on May 1 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. A Memorial Service was held on May 5 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. David Beaty officiated.

She was born in Berea, Ohio on Feb. 10, 1966. She loved her children, grandchildren and her brother very much. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by parents, Lester and Charlene (Ledbetter) Hull.

She is survived by son, Chris Sells; daughter, Amy Sells; brother, Terry Hull; and eight grandchildren.


James Preacher Harris

James “Preacher” Harris, 69, of Gainesboro, passed away on May 1 from his residence. Funeral services were held on May 4 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Interment followed in Lynn Cemetery in Jackson County. Bro. Justin Moody officiated.

He was born in Lebanon on June 15, 1951. He worked in construction as a bricklayer. He will be greatly missed by his children and all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by parents, William Amos and Ruby (Burks) Harris; wife, Janie Harris; and son, James Lee Goodnight.

He is survived by daughters, Ammie Matthews and husband, Bruce, Tevina Cheatwood and Joylene Harris; sons, Willie Watts and wife, Cherly and Jessie Keen and wife, Darlene.


Ruth Virginia Houser

Ruth Virginia Houser, 72, of Livingston, passed away on April 29 at her residence. Funeral Services were held on May 4 from the Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Derek Houser officiated.

She was born in Vincennes, Ind., on March 7, 1949. She loved her family and friends more than anything. She enjoyed beating and cheating at playing board games, Yahtzee, and cards. She had a huge soft spot in her heart for people in uniform.

She was preceded in death by parents, Hayden and Opal (McKenzie) Gilpin; son John Houser, twins Melissa and Johnny Houser; one granddaughter, Kami Houser; several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

She is survived by husband, Fred Houser; daughter, Tina Qualls and husband, James; son, Butch Houser and wife, Violet; 23 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a special friend Gayla Hill.

Pallbearers who served were Derek, Josh, Rob, Carl and Rick. Honorary pallbearers were Danny and Brad.


Joseph Willard Yates

Joseph Willard Yates, 87, of Allons, passed away on May 4 from his residence. Funeral Services were conducted on May 7 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. Rev. James Shenko officiated.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1933 in Trenton, N.J. He was a retired worker for General Motors, and he enjoyed woodworking, word search puzzles, and watching westerns on television. His greatest joy was his family.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Valiria Faltum Yates; brother, Tommy Yates; and sister, Valerie Kildren.

He is survived by wife, Judith Hanyecz Yates, of Allons; son, Joseph William Yates of New York; daughter, Sandra Cianelli of Cookeville; grandchildren John Brown and wife, Lisa, of Kansas, James Brown and wife April of Mississippi, Kelly Mayberry and husband Ricky of Livingston, Matthew Brown and wife, Chelsey of Monterey, and Michael Cianelli of Cookeville; great-grandchildren, Cayden, Elaina and Kai brother, Charles Yates of New Jersey; sisters, Sally Pittenger of Pennsylvania, Betty Parker and Gail Glukowsky of New Jersey.


Stevie O’Neal, 63, of Crawford and formerly of Liberty, Ky., passed away on May 4 from his residence. There are no services scheduled at this time.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1957 in Liberty, Ky. He worked for many years as a supervisor in auto parts manufacturing. He enjoyed four wheeling in the mountains, shooting guns, going to car shows and fixing old cars. He also loved Westerns, camping, boating and playing video games with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Curt and Jewell Gambill O’Neal.

He is survived by sons, Steve O’Neal and wife, Melissa of Fort Loramie, Ohio, and Jamie O’Neal and wife, Michelle of St. Mary, Ohio; daughters, Brandi O’Neal of Dayton, Ohio and Wendi Kinser and husband, Cody of South Point, Ohio; grandchildren, Kirk Smith, Aaron O’Neal, Broedy O’Neal, Raeh O’Neal, Ashley Howe, Hayli Howe, Devin Kinser, Casey Kinser, Cael Kinser and Jordan Kinser; sisters, Linda Helton of Dayton, Ohio, Gloria Schmidlapp and husband, Steve of Piqua, Ohio and Annette O’Neal of Allons; brother, David O’Neal and wife, Penny, of Piqua, Ohio.

Speck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Sam Matthews

Sanford “Sam” Matthews, 81, of Allons, passed away on May 2 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral Services were held on May 6 from the Chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Ed Shafer officiated. Interment followed in the Okolona Cemetery.

He was born in Overton County on July 16, 1939. He was Baptist in faith and a carpenter by trade. He was a member of the Mountain Cur Club of Jamestown. He enjoyed raising and training cur dogs. He also worked with mules, winning state championships.

He was preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Fanny Bell Boles; brothers, Lee, Owen, Everett, Lawrence and Hugh Roy Matthews; sisters, Mary Matthews, Ettar Bohannon, Nancy Pugh and Audrey Matthews.

He is survived by sons, Thomas Matthews of Rockwood, Tenn., and David Matthews of Birmingham, Ala.; brother, Horace “Doc” Matthews of Algood; sister, Ruby Sherrill; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Roy Hugh Melton, Rex Melton, Kendrick Melton, Elmer Sherrill, Jerry Shaw, and Gerald Allred.


Jimmie L. Davis

Jimmie L. Davis, 76, of Livingston, passed away on May 4 from his residence. Celebration of Life Services were conducted on May 8 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Jacob Dale officiated.

He was born in Pulaski, Tenn., on Aug. 14, 1944. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He always enjoyed fishing, Sunday afternoon drives, and working on his tractor.

He was preceded in death by parents, George Lee and Lillie Ann Bilbrey Davis; wife, Deb Davis; granddaughter, Megan Dale; and brother, Tony Allen Davis.

He is survived by daughters, Donna Tinsley and husband, Gary, of Livingston and Barbara Dale and husband, Jack, of Hilham; son, Terry Davis and wife, Carole, of Lebanon; step-son Brian Mills and wife, Tracie, of Indiana; grandchildren, April (Chris) Looper and Nathan (Lauren) Dale, both of Livingston, Gabe Mills and Brian Mills, both of Indiana, and Clay Davis and Aaron Davis, both of Lebanon; step grandchildren, Jacob (Kelly) Dale and Andrew Dale both of Lawrenceburg and Matt Dale of Hendersonville; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Looper, Mercy Dale, Harrison Dale, Hayden Dale, Hunter Dale, Kingston Dale, Ashlyn Dale, Gracelyn Dale, and Drew Dale; and sister-in-law, Dana Schafer and husband, David of Kokoms, Ind.

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