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Obituaries 8/24/21

Michael Charles Danner

Michael Charles Danner, 69, of Algood, passed away Aug. 13 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Aug. 21 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Adams officiating. Interment followed in the Campground Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 2, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio. He was a master machinist in the tool and die industry, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, raising cattle and horses and outdoor sports. He was known for raising and training hunting dogs and dove shoots.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Charles and Joyce Lawson Danner; and brother, Stephen Danner.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Daniel Danner of Colorado Springs, CO and Joshua Danner of Dayton, Ohio; and sister, Vivian Lykins of Dodson Branch.

Pallbearers were Caleb Lykins, Stephen Buckley, Shane Buckley, Brian Buckley, Josh Danner and Daniel Danner.


Janet Walker

Janet E. Walker, 81, of Monroe, passed away Aug. 15 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held Aug. 17 from the Overton County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Jerry Savage officiating.

She was born in Overton County. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by: mother, O.V. Savage Dishman; husband, Billy G. Walker; and brother, Danny Dishman.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Michael Walker of Monroe and Jeff Walker of Jamestown; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Boone Dishman of Livingston and Paul Dishman of Alpine; and sister, Brenda Shelton of Rickman.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangement.


Melinda Irene Dishman

Melinda Irene Dishman, 48, of Livingston, passed away Aug. 20 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Aug. 23 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Denton Hummel officiating. Interment followed in the Miller Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 9, 1973. She was a member of the Union Hill Church and was a cosmetologist.

She was preceded in death by: mother, Arlene (Vaughn) Long; and grandparents, Stanley and Elsie Vaughn and Robert and Joyce Neal.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Billy Ray Dishman; daughters, Jasmine Harris and husband, Skyler and Jaranda Hummel and husband, Jessie; son, Peyton Dishman and fiancé, Carlie Peek; grandchildren, Kolt, Kale, Kace, Mercy, Sawyer, Journee and Corbin; father, Larry Neal; sisters, Jade Swallows and husband, Matt, Misty Neal and Tasha Scott; brother, Michael Neal; nephews, Bryar, Cort Swallows, Keegan, Bryson, Blake, Gage Cox, Brandon Dishman, Coleman Scott, Colby, Corey, Dusty Parrish and Jalan Little; nieces, Lilly Beason, Allie Neal and Cloe Parrott; great nephews, Axel and Armor Beason; great niece, Vella Beason; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Jessie Hummel, Brandon Dishman, Colby Parrish, Weston Parrott, Zach Bason and Matt Swallows.


Millard “Buster” M. Brown

Millard “Buster” M. Brown, 79, passed away Aug. 20 in Hermitage. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.

He was born March 18, 1942 in Algood. He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, active in the National Guard and worded his entire working years with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and USDA Animal Control. He was honored to be chosen to go after 9/11 to New York/New Jersey to assist in animal control of the remains of the devastation of the World Trade Center.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Wonna Mae Williams Brown and Millard M. Brown Sr.

Surviving relatives include: daughter, Amy Lynn Brown Clark; grandson, Christopher Wade Brown; sister, JoAnn Brown Weakley and husband, Glenn Harris Weakley; mother of his daughter, Mary Ruth Copeland Brown; numerous cousins; and special friends, Louellen Foutch of Hermitage, Minerva W. and Lucian Wyatt of Palmyra and John McAndrews of Hermitage.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Johnny Lee Smith

Johnny Lee Smith, 83, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 20 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A Celebration of Life Service was held Aug. 22 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. John Copeland officiating.

He was born July 1, 1938 in Orange, TX. Presbyterian in faith, he enjoyed fishing, bowling and watching football.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Leon and Viola Seaman Smith; and brothers, George, Billy and Jerry Smith.

Surviving relatives include: son, Steven Smith and wife, Kim of Livingston; daughter, Kathy Womack and Johnny Potts of Bridge City, TX; grandchildren, Landon Womack, Ashley Roddy, Jacob and Dustin Collins and Claetin Smith; great grandchildren, Brooklyn Mahana, Addisyn Mahana, Gage Womack, Hattie Womack, Emersyn Roddy and Silas and Sadee Collins.

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