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Obituaries 5/18/21

Johnny Madison Bilbrey

Johnny Madison Bilbrey, 83, of Rickman, passed away on May 8 from the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were held on May 12 with Military Honors, from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Eckels Cemetery. Bro. Justin Reeder officiated.

He was born in Rickman on Jan. 10, 1938. He was a member of the Swallows Chapel Church of Christ. He was a hard worker for his family and he loved them very much. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by parents, William Dewey and Zelphia Inez (Sink) Bilbrey; first wife, Sarah Long Bilbrey; sisters Dorthy Mae Bilbrey, Mary Wanda Bilbrey and Justine Wise; brother, James Edward Bilbrey; and sister-in-law, Barbara Bilbrey.

He is survived by wife, Cathy Bilbrey; daughter, Monica Jenkins and husband, John; step-daughters, Christie Carr and Julie Carr; sons, John David Bilbrey and wife, Mary Lou, William Travis Bilbrey and wife, Jessica Garrett; step-sons, Scottie R. Carr and wife, Sierra, Cody W. Goad and wife, Destani; grandchildren, Lucas, Josh, Parker, Caitlyn, Cierra, Madison, Raleigh, Khaleesi, Quentin, Jaxx and Hadley; great-grandchild, Cambree D. Bilbrey; sister, Betty Jo Bowman and her husband, Bobby; brothers, Arthur Douglas Bilbrey and wife, Norma, Hershel Bryson Bilbrey, William George Bilbrey and wife, Lynne, Calvin Phillip Bilbrey and wife, Sara, Richard Thomas Bilbrey and wife, Claudean; brother in law, Jerry Wise; and sister in law, June Bilbrey.

Pallbearers who served were Lucas Bilbrey, Joshua Bilbrey, Parker Burg, David Carr, Scottie Carr and Cody Goad.


Jeffrey Allen Mohr

Jeffrey Allen Mohr, 78, of Hilham, passed away from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center on May 10. Funeral services were held on May 15 at Hall Funeral Home. Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Tim Lafever officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens, with Military Honors.

He was born in Rossburg, Ohio on June 18, 1942. He was a US Army Veteran.

He was preceded in death by parents, Dewey Mohr Jr. and Iola J. “Thornhill” Mohr.

He is survived by wife, Pamella Mohr; daughter, Sheri Taylor; son, Robert Curfman; sister, Pam Lennie and husband, John; grandchildren, Callie Taylor, Austin Taylor, Lizzy Curfman and James Curfman; niece, Andrea Catchpole; nephew, Michael Lennie; and a host of family and friends.


Larry Keith Looper

Larry Keith Looper, 80, of the Dry Hollow Community, passed away on May 12 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral Services were held on May 15 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Bro. Nolan Cantrell and Bro. Randy Stevens officiated. Interment followed in the Davis Cemetery.

He was born on Aug. 1, 1940 in Dry Hollow. He was a graduate of Tennessee Technological University. He was a retired schoolteacher with 32 years service. He started his teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse at Vines Ridge and then went to Wilson, Rickman and Livingston. He was a girl’s basketball coach for many years and took numerous teams to the TSSAA State Tournament. He was Baptist in faith and loved to farm and fish.

He was preceded in death by parents, Largo and Laura Edith Wilson Looper; son, Michael Looper; and an infant sister.

He is survived by wife, Roberta Smith Looper; son, Tim Looper and wife, Carole Newman; grandchildren, Whitney Moody, Olivia Deason, Rebekah Beard, Christopher Looper and Hannah Potts; nine great-grandchildren, and one more due in June.


Michael Ray Cyphers

Michael Ray Cyphers, 65, of the Willow Grove Community, passed away from the Overton County Health and Rehab in Livingston on May 9. Graveside services were conducted on May 12 from the Fellowship Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated.

He was born Jan. 2, 1956 in Detroit, Mich. He was a loving and devoted son to his parents and took wonderful care of them before they passed away. He was a graduate of Clay County High School and a veteran of the United States Army. He later attended Livingston’s College of Applied Technology and studied Automotive Technology and worked in that field until his retirement. He also enjoyed driving to the lake, going camping and being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Mary Hagan Cyphers; paternal grandparents Robert “Bob” and Dessie Brown Cyphers and maternal grandparents, Georgie Lee and Cassie Grogan Hagan.

He is survived by aunts Brenda Hagan Roberts, Joe Hagan Reagan, Frances Cyphers Sells, Betty Cyphers Leons and Anna Lois Cyphers; cousins Joyce and Jerry Sells, Judy and Paul Bybee, Tammi Cyphers, Linda and Dale Day, Shirley and Jim Washburn, Keith Cyphers, Bill Ward, Patricia Reagan, Edith Reagan, Tim and Kelly Mathis, Debbie Mathis, Clark and Shannon Reagan, Rita and Roger Underhill, Marietta and Brinte Handy, Wanda and Steve White, Christopher Roberts, Jennifer and Jacob Jones and Barbara Tucker.

Speck Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Mildred Carrie Good

Mildred Carrie Good, 80, of Livingston, passed away on May 11 from her residence. Graveside services will be conducted on May 22 from the Carpenter Cemetery on Mooresburg, Tenn. Bro. Larry Cook will officiate.

She was born in Sneedville on May 14, 1940. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, studying Native American history and enjoying her flowers. She loved her friends, loved her life and never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by parents, William Harrison and Oma Brewer Lamb; sons, Timothy Good and Edward Good; two infant children; and sister, Della Foster.

She is survived by sons, Anthony Good of Glasgow, Ky., and Willie Douglas Peruzzi, of Gainesboro; daughter, Melissa Linder and husband, Kenneth, of Livingston; grandchildren, Leilani Good, Ross Peruzzi, Danielle Smith and Sera Peruzzi; great-grandchildren, Johnny Peruzzi and Phoenix Peruzzi; sisters, Marie Helton of Morristown and Phyllis Waites and husband, Donnie, of Morristown; and several nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ezekiel Lane Smith

Graveside services for Master Ezekiel Lane Smith were on May 11 from the Sells Cemetery.

He went back into the arms of Jesus on Friday evening, May 7, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was the infant son of Joshua and Kadesha S. McDonald Smith of Monroe.

Speck Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Dieter Kalis

Dieter Kalis, 70, of Allons, passed away on May 10 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. There are no services scheduled at this time.

He was a member of Allons Baptist Church and loved traveling and reggae music. He also enjoyed Chicago sports and coaching Little League baseball. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and loved his family dearly and spending time with them. He was a true tenderhearted man.

He was preceded in death by parents, Zigismund and Helene Drews Kalis; first wife and mother of his children, Susan Kalis; and brothers Richard and Bernard Kalis.

He is survived by wife, Phyllis Kalis of Allons; sons, Daniel Kalis and wife, Jessica, of Sarasota, Fla. and Joseph Kalis and wife, Heather, of Livingston; granddaughters, Naomi and Emery Kalis; sister, Rita Feldmann and husband, Gerhardt, of Evanston, Ill.; several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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