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Obituaries 9/28/2021

Myles Edward Choate

Myles Edward Choate, 59, of Rickman, passed away Sept. 25 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sept. 29 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. D.J. Sons officiating. Interment followed in the Wirmingham Cemetery in Monroe.

He was born Feb. 23, 1962 in Livingston. He worked for O’Reilly Auto Parts, delivering parts and meeting people along the way.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Donald and Adelene (Huckeby) Choate.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Jacqueline Choate; daughters, Dannielle Alonzo and husband, Lucas, McKayla Walker and husband, Lucas; sons, Jordy Choate, Jason Calder and wife, Mary Jane, James Calder and wife, Megan; grandchildren, McKinnzye, Leslyie, Riley, Melissa, Rose, Aden, Lucas, Landon Addisyn and Elsie; brother, Dale Choate and wife,Virginia; sisters, Brenda Derreberry and husband, Lanny, Deanna Giles, Debra Cooper, Teresa Rector and husband, Donny; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were James Calder, Jason Calder, Lucas Walker, Roy Cannon, Donnie Hancock and Dusty Tidwell. Honorary Pallbearers were Alan Tribby and Aden Calder.

Doris Ledbetter Isabell

Doris Ledbetter Isabell, 70, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 19 at her residence. Funeral services were held Sept. 22 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Jordan Danner officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery.

She was born March 10, 1951 in Burkesville, Ky. She was a member of the West End Church of Christ. She enjoyed going to church, the beach, yard sales and shopping.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Delbert Ray Ledbetter and Eula Mae Thompson Spear; husband, Howard Denvil Isabell; son, Timmy Earl Melton; step father, Lester Spear; sisters, Virginia Ann Jones and Barbara Sue Brown; brothers, James Ledbetter and Joe Spear; and granddaughter, Lucianna Daisy Melton.

Pallbearers were James Isabell, Howard Isabell, Jr., Matt Brown, Patrick Melton, Jordan Isabell and Jody Melton.

Larry Wayne Gunnels

Larry Wayne Gunnels, 69, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 19 in Cookeville. He was a member of the Stony Point Baptist Church in Albany and a member of the Livingston Masonic Lodge #259 F&AM. Je was a Veteran of the Vietnam and Desert Storm War.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Garlin and Orpha Murl Ledbetter Gunnels; brother, Donith Gunnels; and brother in law, Steve Smith.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Charlotte Brown “Pumpkinater” Gunnels of Livingston; step son, Robert Masiongale and wife, Sumer of Byrdstown; sisters, Zenith Norrod and husband, Gerald of Livingston and Sue Smith of Ohio; nephew, Stevie Smith and wife, Jackie; nieces, Terina Bradley and husband, Dave, Cynthia Parrow, Shannon Carney, Cheslea Ford and Brooke Alberston; great nieces and nephews, Zachary, Jason and Spencer Smith, Jayce Cooper, Emily McClellan, Grant Bradley and Addline Ford; sister in law, Dawn Thompkins and husband, Barry; mother in law, Arlene Owens of Albany, Ky.; father in law, Bobby Brown and spouse.

Pallbearers were Gary McKenzie, Greg Hargis, Mark Houser, John Mark Windle, Quinton Carpenter and Dave Bradley.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bennie Layton


Bennie Layton Cravens, 73, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 19 from Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. A Celebration of Life Services was held Sept. 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Neely officiating.

He was born June 8, 1948 in Overton County. He loved the outdoors and riding around on backroads. He loved to travel and loved fast cars.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Benny Carlos Haywood and Mary Elizabeth Gore Gravens; and sister, Janetta Murphy.

Surviving relatives included: nephews, Randy Shewmake of Livingston and Mark Shewmake of Pendleton, Ind.; cousins, Glen Ford and wife, Mandy of Hilham, Vickie Garrett and husband, Butch of Hilham, Patty Smith and husband, Rick of Monroe and Tony Ford and wife, Michelle of Monroe; and brother in law, Jerry Murphy.

Dr. Sam B. Coward Jr.

Dr. Sam B. Coward Jr., age 90 of Algood, passed away Saturday August 28, 2021 at Morningside Assisted Living.

He was born April 30, 1931 in Livingston, Overton County, TN to the late Sam B. Coward Sr. and Marie England Coward.

Sam was a longtime and respected Pharmacist in the Upper Cumberland area. He owned and operated Algood Drugs for over 30 years and after selling the business he worked as a relief Pharmacist at pharmacies in Livingston, Sparta, Monterey, Crossville, and Gainesboro. He served in the Tennessee National Guard and was called to active duty as a medic during the Korean War.

Sam and his wife, Kathyrn were bird watching enthusiasts. During retirement they traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic in search of new birds to add to their life list of sightings.

He is survived by his daughter, Kay (husband David) Brady of Cookeville; son, Sam B. (wife Wendy) Coward III of Crosslake, Minn.; grandchildren, David (wife Catherine) Carter, John Brady and Fiona (husband Brian) Hardy; great grandchildren, Juana, Finn, and Roland: nieces, Elizabeth (husband Bill) Cameron of Cookeville, and Barbara (husband John) Maxwell of Carthage.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathyrn Hinds Coward; and sister, Jane Turner of Carthage.

Graveside services and interment were held at 1 p.m Saturday September 11 at Overton County Memorial Gardens in Livingston.

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (931)526-6111 Share your thoughts and memories at

Louis Hall

Castle Louis Hall, 81, of Allons, passed away Sept. 25 from the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held Sept. 27 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Thurman Seber officiating. Interment followed in the Potter West Cemetery.

He was born June 18, 1940 in Allons. He enjoyed being outdoors at his farm tending to his cattle, tractors and land. He also enjoyed watching westerns.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Castol Buel and Ola Henrietta Ledbetter Hall; son, Timothy Hall; brothers, Arnold and Don Hall; and sisters, Pat Greenwood and Odean Hall.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Wanda Carol Ledbetter Hall of Allons; son, Kenny Hall and wife, Gail of Allons; daughter, Linda Ledbetter and husband, Doug of the Oak Grove Community; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters, Vonda Reid and husband, Donald Ray of Rickman, Reba Phipps and husband, Billie Gene of Rickman, Wanda Coffee and husband, Carver of OK and Rita Church and husband, Dennis of OK; brothers, Rod Hall and wife, Phyllis, of Allons, Earl Hall and wife, Carol Ann of OK and Billy Clyde Hall of Allons.

Pallbearers were John Grant, Mike Ray, Gary Greenwood, Travis Lee, Sean Swanson and Ian Pass. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Stover, Travis Murphy and Ralph Ramsey.

Larry C. Johnson

Larry C. Johnson, 51, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 9 from the Livingston Regional Medical Center. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

He was born Oct. 16, 1969 in Wilson County.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Fowler and Evelyn Goolsby Johnson; and brother, Randy Johnson.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Tracy Phillips Johnson of Livingston; sons, Justin Dale Phillips and wife, Sierra of Cookeville and Cody Aaron Johnson of Livingston; and sisters, Pearl Hooten and Judy King, both of Gainesboro.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Cardinal

Graveside services and interment with military honors for Mr. Michael Anthony Cardinal, age 71 of Cookeville, were held Thursday, September 23 at 3 p.m. at Summitville Cemetery in Coffee County.

Mr. Cardinal died Sunday, September 12, 2021.

He was born May 15, 1950 in Massillon, Ohio to the late Lawrence and Josephine Sicurella Cardinal. He served his country7 as a member of the United States Army. He worked as purchasing agent with MCA Fabrication. He attended Cookeville First Presbyterian Church.

Michael enjoyed traveling with friends and Austria and Ireland were two of his favorite destinations. He also enjoyed cooking for his family, especially Italian dishes from scratch. Mike loved watching football, as well as other sports. He liked history, especially World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Reichel Cardinal; and by his second wife, Debra Hawke Cardinal.

Mr. Cardinal is survived by his wife of six years, Beverly Wright Heath Cardinal; son, Michael Cardinal of Cookeville; daughters, Amanda (Joe Frank) Williams of Cookeville and Alicia (Brian) Shonesy of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Addison and Ella Shonesy; brothers, Larry (Tammy) Cardinal and Tom (Tina) Cardinal; sister, Anne (Rick) Shaffer, all of Massillon, Ohio; and by step children, Andy Heath of Cookeville and Ryan Heath of Tampa, Fla.

Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (931) 526-6111. Share memories and condolences at

Max Crabtree

Max Crabtree, 81, of Livingston, passed away Sept. 23. Funeral services were held Sept. 25 from First Baptist Church in Livingston with Bro. Jason Robertson officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

He was born Aug. 11, 1940 in Overton County. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston. He loved traveling and loved serving his church on the Building and Grounds Committee.

He was preceded in death by: parents, William Crabtree Sr. and Dillie Cargile Crabtree; and brothers, James William Crabtree Jr. and Ronald Crabtree.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Nina Ledbetter Crabtree of Livingston; daughter, Angela Crabtree Talbert and husband, David of Cookeville; son, Brian Max Crabtree and wife, Heather of Nolensville; grandchildren, Brandon Max Crabtree, Nathan James Crabtree, Adam David Talbert and Ava Dayle Talbert; and brother, Jack Crabtree and wife Reba of Livingston.

Pallbearers were Stan Crabtree, Michael Crabtree, Steve Kennedy, Jeff Kennedy, Chris Ledbetter and Greg McDonald.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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