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Obituaries 6/15/21

Barbara Kay Duke

Barbara Kay Duke, 61, of Livingston, passed away Tuesday, June 1, at her residence.

She was born on August 8, 1959 to the late Ray and Orene Ledbetter.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by four of her brothers: Dewayne Ledbetter, Kenneth Ray Ledbetter, Jerry Wayne Ledbetter and Danny “Tuck” Ledbetter.

Barbara leaves behind a husband, Timmy Ray Duke of Livingston; sons, Ryan Duke of Livingston and Travis and wife, Jennifer Duke of Cookeville; great-granddaughter, Kynlee Grace Dunlap of Cookeville; sisters and their spouses: Elizabeth and husband Kenneth Reeder of Nashville, Janice and husband, Jimmy Sidwell of Lebanon and Deb and husband, Gary Franklin of Rickman; brothers, Jimmy and wife, Rhonda Ledbetter of Cass City, Mich. and Mickey Ledbetter of Livingston. Mrs. Duke is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family has chosen to have a private ceremony to be scheduled at a later date.


Mark Randall Wilson

Funeral services for Mark Randall Wilson, age 59 of Cookeville, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 11 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home.
Mark’s family will receive friends Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. and again Friday from Noon until service time at the funeral home.
Mark passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 6, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born January 5, 1962 in Nashville to the late Louis Randall Wilson and Eula Bond Wilson Johnson of Moss.

Mark was a Desert Storm veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He later served with TN National Guard. He was employed at Stover’s Liquidation in Cookeville.
Mark enjoyed sports and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a jokester and always the loudest person in the room.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Theresa Merriman Wilson; sons, Mark (Heather) Wilson of Christiana, Tenn, Robert Wilson of Murfreesboro and Justin (Carissa) Jones of Cookeville; daughters, Crystal (Daryl) Spada of McMinnville, Bethany Wilson of Lavergne, Heather (Scott) Blanton of Sparta and Megan (Brandon) Williams of Cookeville; brother, Michael (Tammie) Wilson of Monroe; sisters, Deborah (Eddy) Burnette of Moss, Della Cross of Livingston and Delilah (Brittany) Patton of Cookeville and 13 grandchildren.


George Wright

Funeral services for Mr. George C. (G.C.) Wright, age 96 of Algood, were held on Sunday, June 13 in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Dr. Jim McAfee officiated.

Interment with military honors followed in Paran Cemetery in Overton County. His family received friends Saturday from 5 – 8 p.m. and again Sunday from 1 p.m. until service time.

Mr. Wright passed away Wednesday, June 9 in Algood at Signature Health Care of Putnam County.

He was born July 24, 1924 in Jamestown, to the late Grover Cleveland Wright and Ada Alice Wright.

G.C. was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Asia-Pacific theater during WWII. He was retired from General Motors after 33 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Dorcus Wright (m. Dec. 12, 1955, d. Jan. 14, 2018); sister, Florence Wright Linder; brothers, Scott, Travis, Earl, Tollie, Quincy and Parnell Wright.

He is survived by two nephews, Jason Wright and wife, Karen of Hilham, Jerry Linder and wife, Ann of Alpine and sister-in-law, Nell West of Tulsa, Okla.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.


Melvin F. Brown

Melvin F. Brown, 84, of Rickman, passed away on June 5 from his home. Funeral services were held on June 8 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiated.

He was born in Rickman on Oct. 1, 1936. He was a farmer, avid fisherman and a preacher in Rickman for many years. He was an honorary member of Fairview Baptist Church. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Elanzo and Myrtle (Eldridge) Brown; siblings, Junior, Ernest and Gary Brown.

He is survived by: wife, Golda Brown; daughters, Annette Brown Bilbrey and husband, Jack of Rickman, Pam Brown Dunn and husband, Randy of Algood and Tonya Brown Sims and husband, Charles of Monroe; siblings, Fannie Mae Harris and husband, Albert of Cookeville, Billy Jo Brown and wife, Janice of Cullman, Ala., Joyce Brown and husband, Beecher of Rickman, Doug Brown and wife, Cornetta of Crawford, Danny Brown of Nolensville, Donald Brown and wife, Heidi of Rickman, Janice Burks and husband, Bill of Hilham and Carol Dunn and husband, Phil of Cookeville; grandchildren, Ashley Stevens and husband, Eric, Caleb Dunn, Dakota Bowman and wife, Alivia and Bailey Bowman and husband, Hunter; great-grandchildren, Ella and Carver Stephens and Jaylen, Weston and Wyatt Bowman.

Pallbearers who served were Thurman Vaughn, Bailey Bowman, Dakota Bowman, Caleb Dunn, Eric Stephens and Jacob Pannell.


Fred Lee Huggins

Fred Lee Huggins, 82, of Dacula, Ga., passed away on June 7 from Sweetwater Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 1, 1938. He was known for joking and smiling. He always helped others before himself. He was a hard worker.

He was preceded in death by: first wife, Annie Huggins; daughter, Debra Huggins; sons, Jimmy and Dennis Huggins; parents, John and Dorothy Huggins; and sister, Barbara Turner.

He is survived by: wife, Debbie; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Liz Huggins, of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Donna Huggins, of Texas; grandchildren, Rusty Huggins and wife, Kellie of Texas, Marlaina Huggins and Makenzie Huggins great-grandaughter, Kennaddie Huggins of Texas; sister, Ola Mae Webb and husband, Paul of Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Biereley-Hale Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Richard Ruble

Richard Glenn Ruble, 59, of Indianapolis, Ind. passed away from his home on June 5. Funeral services were held on June 10 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Keith officiated. Interment followed in the Stover Cemetery.

He was born in Indianapolis on June 14, 1961. He was a 1979 high school graduate and a member of the Valley Mills Christian Church. He was a real estate agent for many years. Riding motorcycles and making music with his friends was his passion. He was a friend to everyone and also enjoyed fixing things and helping people.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Glenn Ewell and Lola Vivian Stover Ruble.

He is survived by: wife, Cheryl Hasselburg Ruble; son, Ricky Ruble; daughter, Lila Herring and husband, Derek; grandchildren, Nevaeh, Nathen, Makayia, Julianna and Noveline, all of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister, Debbie Trauner and husband, Dave, of Filmore, Ind.; nieces Crystal Trauner and Abby Erwin and husband, Blake.


Ronald H. Cooper

Ronald H. Cooper, 77, of Alpine, passed away on June 11 at his home. Services were held on June 12 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home. Bro. Cleston Ledbetter and Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiated.

He was born in Jamestown on Oct. 4, 1943.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Hobert and Maggie (Whited) Cooper; and an infant brother and sister.

He is survived by: daughters, Sheila Riggs and husband, Ralph and Kristie Maxwell and husband, Michael; son, Rick Cooper and wife, Carol; grandchildren Cody (Brittany) Winton, Megan (Kendall) Melton and Marena Maxwell; five great-grandchildren, with two on the way; brothers Don Cooper and wife, Julia and Joe Cooper and wife, Brenda.

Pallbearers who served were Robert Whited, Kendall Melton, Donnie Simpson, Josh Simpson, Cody Penticuff, Hunter Burnett and Michael Simpson.


Carl Edward Bull

Carl Edward Bull, 65, of Murfreesboro, and formerly of Livingston, passed from this life on Jan. 27, from the Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. Private Graveside services were held on June 12 from the New Hope Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Celebration of Life services were held June 12 at Standing Stone State Park.

He was born in Gainesboro on June 12, 1955. He enjoyed collecting glass and antiques and going to car shows. He loved his family dearly and was a member of the Church of God.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Noah and Lovie Jean Burks Bull.

He is survived by: daughter, Carla Lamb and husband, Joe, of Sparta; Chantry Bull and wife, Christina, of Clarksville; grandchildren, Kaden, Lilly and Emma Lamb, Austin, MacKenzie, Devlin, Nathan and Ethan Bull; great-grandchildren, Aurora and Oliver; brother, Billy Bull and wife, Sue, of Cookeville; nephews, Jammy and Joey Bull.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


John H. Webb

John H. Webb, 91, of Livingston, passed away from the Life Care Center of Sparta. Funeral Services were conducted on June 9 from the West End Church of Christ. Bro. Kerry Duke officiated. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

He was born in Overton County on Sept. 13, 1929. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, working with cattle and helping others. He always worked hard and took care of his family.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Charlie and Vallie Mae (Burroughs) Webb; infant son, Mark Anthony Webb; infant daughter, Jennifer Webb; brothers, Carl Webb and Glen Webb; sisters Jo Poston, Ann Houser, Joyce Anderson, Wanda Crabtree and Charlene Webb.

He is survived by: wife, Sarah Johnnie Webb of Livingston; sons, Donnie Webb and wife, Trish of Rickman, Michael Webb and wife, Amy of Livingston and David Webb amd wife, Jen of Cookeville; grandchildren, Kristen Webb, Kelsey Potts and husband, Ty, Autumn Webb, Katelyn Akina and husband, Travis, Alex Webb and wife, Kellie, Owen Webb and Benjamin Webb; great-grandchildren, Jacey Akina, River Akina, Kagen Akina, Evvy-Kate Akina, Reid Webb, Lelon Webb and Lane Webb; brother, Jerry Webb; sisters, Dean Buford, Janie Glasscock and Billie Webb; a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers who served were Greene Puckett, Chris Barnes, Matthan Houser, Brandon Smith, Justin Moody and John Buford.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Terry Borden

Terry Borden, 64, of Allons, passed away on June 7 from St. Thomas West in Nashville. Funeral Services were conducted on June 11, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. John Ledbetter officiated. Interment followed in the Crestlawn Cemetery.

He was born in Gainesboro on Dec. 1, 1956. He loved spending time with his family, playing with his grandchildren, listening to classic rock and farming.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Edd and Olyne Langford Borden; brother, Kenneth Borden; sister, Linda Faye Van Pelt and husband, Joe and sister-in-law, Evon Borden.

He is survived by: wife, Joan Borden; daughter, Andrea Hutchison and husband, Jamie; son, Adam Borden and wife, Abby of Jonesborough; grandchildren Bailey, Briar and Baker Hutchison, Ean Moon, and Truman and Sam Borden; brothers, Russell Borden of Cookeville and Jerry Borden and wife, Susan of Allons and sister-in-law, Carol Borden Netherton of Cookeville.


Judith Yates

Judith Yates, 79, passed from this life on June 10 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on June 15 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Rev. Lisa Harper Baker officiated. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.

She was born on July 16, 1941. She loved her family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking, baking and spending the holidays with her loved ones.

She was preceded in death by: parents, John Joseph and Francis Hanyecz; husband, Joseph Yates; and brother, Jack Hanyecz.

She is survived by: daughter, Sandra Cianelli of Cookeville; son, Joseph Yates of New York; grandchildren, John Brown and wife, Lisa, James Brown and wife, April, Kelly Mayberry and husband, Ricky, Matthew Brown and wife, Chelsea, and Michael Cianelli; great-grandchildren Cayden Mayberry, Elaina Mayberry and Kai Brown; and brothers, Joseph Hanyecz and wife, Ingrid of Trenton, N.J. and Ernie Hanyecz of Florida.


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