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Obituaries 7-13-21

Derek Timothy Wilson

Derek Timothy Wilson, 42, of Maryville, went Home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 22, 2021. He was a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. Derek trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at age 5. As a young man, he surrendered his life to serve the Lord and has followed through with this commitment all of his life. He was a 1997 graduate of Livingston Academy. He worked at Blount Memorial Hospital as a Nurse Anesthetist and was Chief CRNA.

Because of his dedication to Christ and his medical training, he was able to provide anesthesia services on Medical Mission trips to Guatemala and Mexico. Derek loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Having had cancer as a teenager, Derek was told he could never have children, but the Lord blessed him with four beautiful children. He loved teaching his children sports of all kinds including football, baseball, and golf.

Other passions included playing the guitar, hiking, and family trips to the Smoky Mountains. Derek was a true family man and will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. Derek was preceded in death by grandmother, Donna Wilson; grandfather, Ralph Holloway. He is survived by his lovely wife of 19 years, Anna Wilson; children, Kalli, Emily, Brayden, and Brenner; parents, Tim and Karon Wilson; grandfather, George Wilson and grandmother, Frances Holloway; sister, Summer (Collin) Cantrell; nephew, Knox Cantrell; several aunts, uncles and additional family. Funeral services were held June 28 at the Temple Baptist Church. Pastor Clarence Sexton officiated. Graveside service took place on Tuesday, June 29th at Grandview Cemetery, Maryville, TN 37803. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the family to help them with their journey. Please contact Janine Stinnett at 865-602-5204 for further details.

Edath Marie Watkins

Edath Marie Delk Watkins, 83, of Livingston, passed away on July 10 from the Overton County Health and Rehab in Livingston. Funeral services were held on July 13 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Tim Delk officiated. Interment followed in the Upchurch Cemetery in Pall Mall.

She was born in Fentress County on Jan. 24, 1938. She was a Christian in faith, and loved going to church and being with her church family. She enjoyed reading her Bible and listening to bluegrass and gospel music.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Clarence and Vannie Crabtree Delk; first husband and father of her children, Granville Beaty; second husband, Preston Watkins; son, Terry Beaty; brothers, Bruce Delk and Douglas Delk; sisters, Clara Matthews, Bobbie Stinson and Charlene Hinds.

She is survived by: sons, Marty Beaty of Dalton, Ga. and Robbie Beaty of Cookeville; daughters, Rhonda Watson and Susan Kersey, both of Crossville; one grandson and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

Misty Lynn Gentry

Misty Lynn Gentry, 43, of Allons passed away June 29 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held July 2 at the Bethel Cemetery. Bro. Josh Newberry officiated.

She was born in Cookeville on Jan. 4, 1978. She was a member of the Mcferrin Methodist Church. She loved her family very much.

She was preceded in death by: father, Anthony Coffman.

She is survived by: husband, Eric Gentry; sons, Parker Gentry and Alex Gentry; mother and step-father, Betty and Johnny Rose; sister, Alishia Coffman; a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers who served were: Steve Gentry, Grant Davis, Toby Hammock, Eric Gentry, Dereck Masters and Brandon Masters.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Evelyn Spears

Evelyn Jeanett Gillentine Spears, 79, of Livingston, passed from this life on July 8 from the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. Graveside services were conducted on July 11 from the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Darrin Gore officiated.

She was born in Overton County on June 27, 1942. A member of the Church of Christ, she loved gardening, flowers, cooking and going to yard sales. Her greatest joy and loved was her family and her little dog Panda.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Turner and Vonda Coffman Gillentine and brother, Leon Gillentine.

She is survived by: daughter, Sonya Kelley and husband, Kenneth of Livingston; brothers, William Gillentine and wife Sherry, of Hilham and long-time pet and companion, Panda.

Pallbearers who served were Scotty Gillentine, Mike Gillentine, Brian Stilz, Travis Lee, O’Dell Lee and Randell Norris.

Betty Lee Dugan

Betty Lee Dugan, 84, of Livingston passed away July 3 from her residence. Funeral services were conducted on July 5 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Nolen Cantrell officiated.

She was born April 22, 1937 in Livingston. She was a Christian in faith. She was a 1956 graduate of Livingston Academy. She loved traveling the country with her husband, and made prestigious works of art with her needle and thread.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Grady and Edith Alva Stewart Harris; sister, Billie Louise Danner; brother, Roger Dale Harris.

She is survived by: husband, Jerry Dugan and sister, Joyce G. Helms.

Timothy Daniel Tackett

Timothy Daniel Tackett, 59, of Livingston, passed away on July 9 from the Tristar Centennial Medical Center. There are no services scheduled at this time.

He was born March 6, 1962 in Harriman. He loved going to church, eating and playing on his tablet. His greatest joy was Thanksgiving and Christmas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by: sisters, Myrl Ann Trew of Rockwood and Trenda Howard of Oak Ridge; niece, Suzette Tackett of Rockwood; and extended family at New Life Supportive Living in Livingston.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mala Terry Sivo

Mala Terry Sivo, 73, of Rickman, passed away on July 10 from her home. There are no scheduled services at this time.

She was born in Pine Knott, Ky., on March 5, 1948. She was the visual arts teacher for many years for the Overton County School System. After graduating from Livingston Academy in 1966, she went on to East Kentucky University to receive her Master’s Degree in Art. She taught at Allons Elementary, Rickman Elementary, Livingston Middle School and finally at Livingston Academy, where she retired from. She loved art in all shapes, sizes and forms. She loved traveling, flowers and her children she taught for many years.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Paul Alan and Cleda Mayfield Terry; brother, Alan Terry and nephew, Paul Alan Terry.

She is survived by: husband, Andrew Sivo, of Rickman; step-son, David Patrick Sivo of Pensacola, Fla.; cousins, Ray and Karen Thomas of Pine Knott, Ky.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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