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Obituaries 6/8/21

Dewey Thrasher

Funeral services for Dewey Young Thrasher, age 81 of Cookeville, were held Thursday, June 3 at 1 p.m. in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Bro. Johnny Fox officiated.

His family received friends on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Thrasher died suddenly, Monday, May 31.

He was born Sept. 8, 1939 in Overton County. He was a graduate of Livingston Academy and entered the armed services where he proudly served as a member of the U.S. Navy. He worked as a salesman for various companies. He was an accomplished and locally well-known golfer who continued to enjoy the sport for his entire life. He served as a minister while living in Boiling Springs, N.C. He was a faithful Christian and had a passion for writing songs of praise. He often led congregational singing and enjoyed any opportunity to sing. He has been a longtime member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, Dewey Shafter Thrasher and Sallie Mae Pigg Thrasher, he was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Ray Thrasher, and Janis Evon Thrasher; brothers Arthur James Thrasher and Billy Bob Thrasher, Jr. and by half-brother, Loval Ayers.

He is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Margaret Kay Holland Carrington Thrasher; step-daughters, Candace Lynn Carrington (Steve) Bertini of Council, NC and Crystal (Henry) Amirkhanian of Cookeville; step-son, Curtis Foy (Kelli) Carrington of Holly Springs, N.C.; brother, Willie “Karl” Thrasher of Scottsboro, Ala.; sister-in-law, Kay Thrasher (Stephen) Knight and Tammy Thrasher (Greg) Kelley.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to Upper Cumberland Christian Homes, 790 State Street, Cookeville.

Hooper Huddelston & Horner was in charge of arrangements.


Alex Krantz

Alex Krantz, 11, of the Highland Mountain Community, passed from this life on May 27 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Memorial Services were conducted on May 30 from the Livingston Central Park. Bro. Timmy Ray and Bro. Doug Smith officiated. Interment followed in the Archibald Qualls Cemetery.

He was born in Cookeville on Aug 31, 2009. He, like his late father and grandfather, loved being outdoors and being on his family farm. He enjoyed being with friends, loved music, especially collecting vinyl records and playing his Xbox. He loved his family, especially his sister Jewel and cousin Walker.

He was preceded in death by father, Gabe Krantz and grandfather, Tony Krantz.

He is survived by mother, Amanda Krantz of Highland Mountain Community; sisters, Macie Krantz and Jewel Beth Krantz both of Highland Mountain Community; grandparents, Angie Krantz of Dry Hollow and Wesley and Gayle Johnson of Byrdstown; great-grandmother, Elizabeth Smith of Livingston; uncle and aunt, Wayne and Wanda Krantz of Monterey; aunts Pat Krantz and Joann Livingston, both of the Dry Hollow Community and Vivian Brown of Tip City, Ohio; uncle, Brandon Johnson, of Cookeville; and also several cousins.

Pallbearers who served were Andy Barlow, Kayde Whitson, Terry Speck, Stacy Bilbrey, Tim Reagan and Michael Hayes.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Grover Brown

Grover Curtis Brown, 88, of Livingston, passed away on May 29 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on June 2 at the Livingston United Methodist Church with interment in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Tom Haliburton officiated.

He was born in the Ruth Chapel community of Overton County on Jan. 24, 1933. He served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955. After his time in the service he worked for the Union Bank and Trust Company for 20 plus years. After leaving the bank, he became a partner with his in-laws, Ira M. and Vera Hyder Speck in Speck Funeral Home in 1976 and remained there until his retirement.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, the Livingston Rotary Club until his death. He was a life member of the American Legion and the Livingston Exchange Club and the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association.

He was preceded in death by parents, Thomas Clinton (Clint) Brown and Margaret Malissa Neely Brown; wife, Joan Speck Brown; sisters, Reba Brown Wyrick, Linnie Brown Upchurch and Virgie Brown McAlpin; brothers, Willie, Benton, Carlie, Haskell, Hubert and Lloyd Brown.

He is survived by daughters, Lesa Parsons and husband, David of Livingston; Joy Beasley and husband, Jerry of Ooltewah, Tenn.; son, Dr. Ira L. Sidwell and wife, Susan of Nashville; brother, Charles Brown of Weatherford, Texas; grandchildren, Curt Parsons of Memphis, Stuart Parsons of Livingston, Jared Beasley and wife, Holly of Chattanooga, Joanna Seltzer and husband, Dr. Luke Seltzer of Costa Mesa, Calif., Julie Heriot and husband, Matt of Marietta, Georgia, Dr. Brock Sidwell and wife, Rainbow, Sarah Sidwell of Charlotte, N.C., and Michelle Sidwell of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Pallbearers who served were Curt Parsons, Staurt Parsons, jared Beasley, Brock Sidwell, Steve Brown and Durran Lewis.

Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Livingston Rotary Club, Members of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, Active and Retired Bankers and the Livingston Exchange Club.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Doug Hunter

Melvin Douglas (Doug) Hunter, 62, of Livingston, passed away at Cookeville regional Medical Center on June 2. Celebration of Life Services were held on June 5 at the Livingston United Methodist Church. Rev. Lisa Harper Baker officiated. Interment took place at the McFerrin UMC Cemetery.

He was born in Timothy on June 17, 1958. He was a 1976 graduate of Livingston Academy where he played football and basketball. He would then go on to attend Tennessee Tech, graduating with a BS in Business Management. He kept a lifelong passion for athletics and sports. He loved the outdoors, mowing, tending to his garden and writing songs and playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by father, Melvin Hunter; sisters, Elizabeth Moore and Mary Janelle Hunter; niece and nephew, Lori and David Moore; and his beloved grandmother, Effie Peterman.

He is survived by mother, Odetta Hunter; sister, Shelia Preacher and husband, Tom; daughters, Ashley Hamilton and husband, Andrew, and Skylar Ricketson and husband, Ricky; grandchildren Elisea, Wolf and Luna Hamilton and Callie Ricketson.

Pallbearers were Charles ‘Chuck” Harris, Andy Auberson, Ronnie Linder, Tom Preacher, Andrew Hamilton and Rickey Ricketson.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Leta Norrod

Leta Irene Beaty Norrod, 83, of Monroe, passed away on June 2 from the Morningside Assisted Living in Cookeville. Funeral services were held on June 5 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Nolen Cantrell and Bro. Tommy Johnson officiated. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery.

She was born on Aug. 26, 1937 in the Robbinstown Community in Pickett County. She enjoyed baking and cooking, especially chocolate gravy. Her pastimes included sewing, flower gardening and watching birds. She was an active member of Oakdale Baptist Church. Throughout her life she served her Lord by teaching Sunday School classes, working in Vacation Bible School and singing.

She was preceded in death by parents, Porter and Clara Copeland Beaty; sister, Wanda Hull; and brothers-in-law, Jim Hull and Terry Crabtree.

She is survived by husband, Melvin H. Norrod of Monroe; sons, Allen Norrod and wife, Sheila, of Hudson, N.C. and Sam Norrod and wife, Kathi, of Horse Cave, Ky.; grandchildren, Kristina Hoyle and husband, Chad, Grant Norrod and wife, Heather, Benjamin Norrod and wife, Haley and Brandon Norrod and fiancé, Julia; great-grandchildren, Ethan Hoyle, Ryan Norrod and Madelyn Norrod; sisters, Betty Hull and husband, Kelly of Allons and Judy Crabtree of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Grant Norrod, Benjamin Norrod, Brandon Norrod, Jeremy Crabtree, Richard Hull and Larry Hull.


Betty Elizabeth King

Betty Elizabeth King, 95, of Hilham, passed from this life on June 5 from the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral Services were held on June 9 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Mabry officiated. Interment followed in the Hilham Cemetery.

She was born in Elwood, Ind., on May 23, 1926. She loved her family, going to church and quilting.

She was preceded in death by parents, William and Iris Hieny Westrater; husband, Walter King; son, Jack King; daughter, Diana Beechboard; brothers, Bob Westrater, William Westrater, Jr., Larry Westrater and Morris Bratton; and sisters, Orpha Etchinson, Maxine Lewis and Rosemary Bright.

She is survived by grandchildren Scott Keisling and wife, Sheila of Rickman, Bryan Keisling of Livingston, Jack King of Burkesville, Ky., Billy King, Dawn Michelle King, Beth Merritt, Paul Merritt, Betsy Lynn King, Chris King, Timothy Michael King, Tonya Baker and Monica King, all of Anderson, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Scotty Keisling, Kyle Keisling and Ashly Griggs; son-in-law, Bill Beechboard of Hilham; daughters-in-law, Helen King and Betsy King, both of Anderson, Ind; and several nieces and nephews.



Retha Ann (Hall) Pennington

Retha Ann (Hall) Pennington, 87, of Celina, passed from this life on June 5 at her daughter’s residence. Graveside services were held on June 6 from the Doc Hall Cemetery in Celina. Jamey Wade and Sons officiated the service. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born on Jan. 8, 1934. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother to her family; she loved them so much. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Ethel (Abney) Hall; husband, Jo Bob Pennington; and son, Lecil Darrel Pennington.

She is survived by son, Bob Jr Pennington and wife, Yvonne; daughters, Phyllis Maynord and husband, Danny, Jo Nell Malone and husband, Gary, Nancy Carter and Tanya Pennington; daughter-in-law, Aileen Pennington; special son-in-law, Danny Maynord; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family and friends.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.


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