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Obituaries 9/21/21

Cynthia Diane (Pryor) Shelton

Cynthia Diane (Pryor) Shelton, 43, of Centerville, formerly of Livingston, passed away Sept. 14 at the Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville. The family has chosen cremation with a memorial service to be planned at a later date.

She was born, Feb. 5, 1978 in Madison Heights, MI. She worked in the health care as a CNA and loved her children and family very much.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Edgar Jr. and Jessie Ilene (Staggs) Pryor.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Richard Shelton; daughter, Courtney Sparks; son, Payton Sparks; brothers, Michael Pryor and wife, Crystal and Scott Pryor; niece, Lauren Pryor; nephews,m Michael Pryor Jr. and Dakota Pryor; and a host of family and friends.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Iva Lee Cullom

Iva Lee Cullom, 92, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 9 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held Sept. 15 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Zion Hill cemetery.

She was born Oct. 22, 1928 in Rickman. She was a member of the Rickman United Methodist Church where she enjoyed being the song leader. She made wonderful works of art with her needle and thread, enjoyed walking, going out to eat fish at Star Point Marina and going to Church.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Joe and Lela Hassell West; brothers, Robert “Bobby” West, Simon West and Grady B. West; and sisters, Cleola Baugh, Myrtlene Moore, Joanna West and Mary Dorcas Wright.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Lesia Howard and husband, Garland of Winston-Salem, NC and Terri Lee Arnder of Ala.; grandchildren, Preston Howard and Amber Arnder; and great grandchildren, Mason Brooks Howard and Alyssa Nicole Miller.

Clair “Buster” Muth

Clair “Buster” Muth, 71, of Hilham, passed away Sept. 13 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Sept. 18 from the Ferrell Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 13, 1950 in DuBois, Pa. He was a independent truck driver for many years, enjoyed fishing, fixing things, mowing his lawn and helping people.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Clair W. Muth, Sr. and Margaret Randolph Muth; and infant grandchild.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Sharon Smith Muth of Hilham; sons, Bill Oparka and wife, Michelle of AZ and Chris Smith of Monroe; daughters, Mary Frazier of MS, Heather English of OH and Margaret Oparka of Calif.; sister in law, Sandy Beecham of Livingston; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and his little dog, Baby Girl Wee.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

MSG Orley Hollis Shaver

MSG Orley Hollis Shaver, 87, of the Spring Creek community, passed away Sept. 14 from his home. Graveside services were held Sept. 20 from the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard and Bro. Ed Shaver officiating.

He was born Sept. 4, 1934 on the family farm on the banks of Hurricane and Spring Creek, He was a member of the Douglas Chapel Church. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was a ember of the Masonic Lodge, he lived and breathed hunting and fishing, he also enjoyed collecting antiques and pocket watches.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Mitchell and Ada Hancock Shaver; sisters,m Bertha Gragg, Violet Qualls and Cleo Southerland; and brother, Horace Shaver.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Diana Shaver of the Spring Creek Community; son, Major Retired Douglas Mitchell Shaver and wife, Kay of Casper, Wyo.; daughter, Tori Jean Ada Coates and husband, Craig of Byron, Ga.; grandchildren, Shannon Coates, Danielle Suarez and husband, E-6 Edgar, their children, Dakota and Eli, Krista Konopka and her daughter, BreeAnna, Joshua Telano, Major Stephen Telano and wife, Sara, E-6 Richard Teller and wife, Diana and their son, Leon and Melody Cassell and husband, E-7 Joel and their children, Addison and Maddox; sister, Lucille Ferrill of Livingston; 100 year old brother in law, Haskell Qualls of the Spring Creek Community; special niece, Carol Gragg Perkins and husband, Jack of the Spring Creek Community; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Larry Edward (Eddie) Brown

Larry Edward (Eddie) Brown, 80, of Fayetteville, Ga., formerly of Hanging Limb, passed away Sept. 11. Funeral services were held Sept. 17 in the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA. Interment followed in the Westminster Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites.

He was born Aug. 31, 1941 in Hanging Limb. He worked for Delta Airlines, then established Brown Enterprises to provide accounting for small businesses and tax assistance. He was past president of Georgia Association of Public Accountants and was the 2010 NFIB-Georgia “Smaill Business of the Year”. He served for seven years on the Board of Directors for Georgia Special Olympics, was a member of the Latter Day Saints Church and was a Mason.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Earl (Shorty) Brown and Lois Ovoca Norrod Brown.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Lillian Virginia (Edwards) Brown; sons, Clifford Bruce Brown of Smyrna, Michael Dwayne Brown of Nerman and Aaron Morgan Brown of Fayetteville; daughter, Jennifer Noelle Brown of Peachtree City; brothers, Charles Douglas Brown of Knoxville and Christopher Anthony Brown of Monterey; and sister, Anna Jean Moore of Crawford.

Cheryl Lynn Stover

Cheryl Lynn Stover, 63, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 16 at her residence. The family has chosen cremation at her request and a memorial service will be planned at a later date.

She was born Aug. 3, 1958 in Nashville. She was a Registered Nurse for at least 40 years. She loved being a nurse and helping people.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Kersey Ezra and Faye (Smith) Stover.

Surviving relatives include: soul mate, Michael Matthews of Livingston; brother, Junior Stover and wife, Renea of Monroe; nieces, Chelsie Sells and husband, Stacy of Maryville and Addy Stover of Alpine; nephew, Tyson Stover and wife, Ashley of Alpine; great nephews, Colt-Ryder Sells, Raylon Sells and McHale Stover; and a host of special family and friends.

Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Jane Tackett

Nancy Jane Tackett, 86, of Monroe, passed away Sept. 13 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held Sept. 16 from the Beaty Cemetery.

She was born May 2, 1935 in PA. She loved family, sitting on the porch watching nature, traveling, road trips and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Livingston.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Calvin and Grace Brown Tuckett; husband, Sam Tackett; sister, Gladys Holshoe; and brother, Jim Tuckett.

Surviving relatives include: sons, James Tackett of Monroe and Rick Willie of Florida; grandchildren, Jacob Tackett, Rachael, Jeffery, Ryan, Chance and Maddie; several great grandchildren; and brother, Reese Tuckett and wife, Elaine of Ohio.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Bowers

Catherine Marie Nation Bowers, 83, of Cookeville, passed away Sept. 14 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sept. 18 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.

She was born April 28, 1938 in Overton County, She worked as a house manager for the Pacesetters, Corp., enjoyed canning, quilting, sewing, gardening and listening to Blue Grass. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Willie T. and Delma V. Richardson Nation; husband, Richard Aaron Bowers; brothers, Carlie, Coy and Charlie Nation; and sister, Alene Richardson.

Surviving relatives include: daughter, Wanda Gail Pippin and husband, Raymond of Algood; brother, Robert “Bob” Nation and wife, Peggy of Lubbock, Texas; and sister, Connie Dishman and husband, James of Livingston.

Delores Ann Smith

Mrs. Delores Ann Smith, age 41, of Cookeville, TN, passed away peacefully from this life at Cookeville Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Mrs. Smith was born March 8, 1980 in Carthage, TN, a daughter of the late James Robert Maxwell and Laura Ann Fillers Maxwell. She was also preceded in death by grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.

Mrs. Smith graduated from Livingston Academy in 1998. She received her nursing degree and worked as a nurse for Signature Healthcare on the front lines of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Delores was very passionate about taking care of others throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Livingston, TN. She married Ray Smith on March 14, 2011.

Mrs. Smith is survived by Husband; Ray Smith of Livingston, TN. Daughters; Hannah Bilbrey, McKenzie Breeding, Jada Smith, and Kacee Smith. Son; Tyler Maxwell. Grandsons; Pierson Copeland, Preston Philips, and Kayson Philips. Sisters; Tina Huff and Christina Fry. Brothers; James Maxwell, Jr. and Kenneth Hiers. Step-mother; Christine Maxwell. Foster Mother; Sandra Arnold. Aunt and Uncle; Shirley and Alan Lambert. Special friend; Ann Adams, and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Smith were conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. Interment followed in the Maxwell Family Cemetery on Pea Ridge. Visitation with the family was at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 12 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude.

Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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