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Obituaries 10-12-21

Juanita B. Rich

Juanita B. Rich, 79, of Byrdstown, passed away Oct. 5 at her residence. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 from the Byrdstown 1st Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Amonett and Dr. Bill Taylor officiating.

She was born Feb. 15, 1942. Her and her husband successfully ran M & J Grovery, Juanita’s Hair Salon, Country Classic Home Furnishings and the family farm on Clark Mountain.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Johnny and Martha (Neal) Booher; and husband, Morris Rich.

Surviving relatives include: children, Nathan Wayne Rich and wife, Tina and Johnnye Alisa Davidson and husband, Bobby; grandchildren, Alisa Davidson, Angela (Eric) Slaven, Ashley (Jade) Davidson, Wesley (Katie) Rich, Chase (Abby) Rich and Hunter (Samantha) Rich; and eight great grandchildren.

Hall Funeral Home of Livingston was in charge of arrangements.

Deborah Herold DelGatto

Deborah Herold DelGatto, 62, of New Hope community in Jackson County, passed Oct. 4 at her home. Graveside services were held Oct. 7 from the New Hope Cemetery with Bro. Rick Cross officiating.

She was born Aug. 1, 1959 in Huntington, NY. She was a substitute teacher for the Jackson County School system. She enjoyed camping, fishing and entertaining her friends for dinner.

She was preceded in death by: father, Joseph Herold; and sister, Lisa Herold.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Gerald DelGatto of the New Hope community; son, Kevin DelGatto of the New Hope community; mother, Susan Chamber and husband, Don of Redding, Calif.; and sisters, Sheryl Esteves and husband, Waldo of Katy, Texas and Joann Barton and husband, Bretrand of Shasta Lake, Calf.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Carl Ellis Farley Sr.

Carl Ellis Farley Sr., 79, of Rickman, passed away Oct. 4 at Overton County Health and Rehab in Livingston. Graveside services were held Oct. 7 at The Love Joy Cemetery with Rev. Thurmon Murphy officiating.

He was born Sept. 6, 1942 in Dayton, Ohio. He was a former Owner/Operator of Carl’s Auto Glass in Dayton, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by: parents, General and Daisy Abston Farley.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Bobbie Murphy Farley of Rickman; son, Carl Farley Jr. of Dayton, Ohio; step daughters, Lisa Ashburn of Kettering, Ohion and Sandra Chinn of Rickman; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sister, Patty Fannon of Tipp City, Ohio; and brother, James Farley of Middletown, Ohio.

D.M. Goff Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Swallows

Marcella Swallows, 52, of Nashville, passed away Oct. 7 from Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. Graveside services were held Oct. 13 from Good Hope Cemetery with Bro. Todd Hodgkins officiating.

She was born Aug. 28, 1969 in Bozeman, Mont. She loved spending time with her family, rescuing animals and helping anyone in need.

She was preceded in death by: husband, David Bruce Swallows; and mother in law, Eleanor Sue Swallows.

Surviving relatives include: daughter, Cierra Swallows of Hermitage; son, Josiah Stelzer of Madison; parents, Robert and Charlotte Stelzer of Shelbyville; sisters, Cami Smith and husband, Justin of Ooltewah, Katrina Green and husband, Hyatt of Soddy Daisy, Rosetta Selby and husband, Adam of Shelbyville and Murile Jones and husband, Billy of Shelbyville; and father in law, Charlie Dewitt Swallows of Hermitage.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Larry King

James Larry King, 74, of the Pleasant Valley community, passed away Oct. 6 from the Hospice of Cumberland County. Funeral services were held Oct. 11 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolen Cantrell and Bro. John Copeland officiating. Interment followed in the King Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 7, 1947 in Livingston. He served the Citizens of Overton County for 36 years as Tax Assessor and truly enjoyed working, serving and helping people.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Allardt and Bonnie Cooper King.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Joyce Conatser King of the Pleasant Valley community; son, Corey King and wife, Amanda of the Pleasant Valley community; grandson, Weston King of the Pleasant Valley community; sisters, Louise Brown of Livingston and Joann Underwood and husband, Mark of Detroit, Mich; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Active pallbearers were Billy Campeau, Gary Smith, Jason Cooper, Gerald Windle, Darrell Hoover and Mike Dishman.

Honorary pallbearers were W.J. Staggs, James West, Bud Cooper, Peck Smith and Hugh L. Ogletree.

Richard Kent Schock

Richard Kent Schock, 68, of Livingston, passed away Oct. 8 at his residence. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Oct. 14 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. James Shenko officiating.

He was born April 13, 1953 in Long Beach, Calf.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Frances Pickering and Monette Una House Schock; and infant sister, Diane Schock.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Claire Schock of Livingston; sons, Sharonn Schock of Anaheim, Calf. and Richard “Richie” Schock and wife, Asha of Huntington Beach, Calf.; grandchildren, Joyce Una Belle Price and Xaxayden Richard Thunder Schock; brother, Stephen Craig Schock; and fur babies, Chasie, Le-Le, Zena, Ginger, Gunter and Emma.

Bobby Allen Roberts

Bobby Allen Roberts, 49, of Livingston, passed away Oct. 5 at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at Hatcher Hall Christian Church. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

He was born Dec. 19, 1971. He was a long time first responder and volunteer. He worked many years with the Overton County EMS and was working with TDOT as an operations technician. He was a member of Hatcher Hall Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by: paternal grandparents, Junior and Jean Roberts; and maternal grandparents, Orbie and Lois Seber.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Rhonda Roberts of Livingston; parents, Bobby and Donna Roberts of Tazewell and Patricia Seber Roberts of Livingston; daughters, Ivy Tuck and Skylar Tuck; brothers, Rick Roberts and wife, Julie of Maynardsville, Jamie Roberts of Tazewll, Chris Jolly of Tazewell and Shawn Roberts and wife, Jessie of New Tazewell; sisters in law, Alisa Eldridge and Joanna Graves and husband, Toby, all of Livingston; nephews, Jared, Conner, Brodie, Vince, Jackson, Jacob, Landen, Braydon, Mark and Matthew; and nieces, Aleia and Olivia.

Hood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

David Michael Emerick

David Michael Emerick, 70, of Livingston, passed away Oct. 5 from his residence. A Celebration of Life Services was held Oct. 10 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. James Shenko officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.

He was born April 4, 1951 in Troy, Ohio. He loved building and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and spending time with is family.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Arnold and Margarite Holly Emerick; and son, Matthew Emerick.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Nicci Emerick-Bergseng of Washington and Elsey Emerick of Florida; sons, Erik Emerick of Livingston and Zakari Emerick and wife, Amy of Livingston; several grandchildren; and fiancee, Jennie Greedwood of Livingston.

Billie Dexter Ayers

Billie Dexter Ayers, 89, of Crossville and formerly of Overton County, passed away Oct. 6. Graveside services were held Oct. 8 from Campground Cemetery with Bro. Charles Presley officiating.

He was born July 26, 1932 in Overton County. His grandchildren loved spending time with him in his garden and taking care of his beloved German Shepherds. He was a carpenter by trade.

He was preceded in death by: parents, John Hobert and Essie May Ayers; brother, James “Shorty” Ayers; and sisters, Geneva Edmonds, Bonnie Clark, Jessie Neil Edmonds, Shelby Hawkins and Lovell Ayers.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Jason (Sabrina) Ayers of Crossville, Billie (Kim) Ayers of Lake City, FL and Jeff (Connie) Ayers of Buffalo Valley; grandchildren, Samantha (Daniel) Bos, Sabrina Ayers, Kayla (Josh) Ayers-Chastain, Josie (Zack) Smith, Jordan (Laramee) Ayers and Amanda Katelyn Ayers; great grandchildren, Corbin Bos, Kenna Bos, Carsen Ayers-Blackmon, Jedediah Smith, Zyler Smith and Kaydence Smith; sister, Barbara Dodson; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; and a special friend, a tiny poodle named Fuzzle.

Pallbearers were Jordan Ayers, Josh Chastian, Ezekiel Tinch and Zachary Smith.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Billy Jim Little

Billy Jim Little, 91, of Rickman, passed away Oct. 6 from the comfort of his home. Graveside services were hled Oct. 12 from the Good Hope Cemetery with Bro. Harold Smith officiating.

He was born May 1, 1930 in Overton County. He was a member of the First Untied Methodist Churc of Livingston. He werved in the Navy and the Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, working on computers, riding motorcycles, camping and traveling. He also enjoyed working with Gideons International.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Hershel and Clara Belle Maddux Little; and brother, Charles Little.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Roxie Smith Little of Rickman; sons, David Little and wife, Veronica of Conyers, GA and John Mark Little and wife, Jean of Alaska; daughters, Sheila Heeke and husband, Lance of Young Harris, Ga., Phyllis Looper and husband, Doug of Livingston and Teresa Richardson and husband, Jamie Boykin of Livingston; grandchildren, Brian Heeke and wife, Aeriel, Brent Heeke and wife, Lauren, Lauren Heeke Szu-Tu and husband, Kevin and Lori Looper; and several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Roselene Charlene

Myers Darty

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth more than rubies. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31: 10, 30, 31 (NIV).

Graveside services and interment for Mrs. Roselene Charlene Myers Darty, age 84 of Southfield, MI and formerly of Cookeville, were held Sunday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery.

Her family received friends on Saturday and Sunday at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home.

Charlene’s life began on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1936 in Livingston, Overton County. She went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Henry Ford Hospital in Bloomfield Michigan, one day shy of the 85th birthday. Affectionately known as RoRo to her family, she was the first daughter born to the late Charles Whitson and Mildred Elease Copeland Myers. She was preceded in death by her beautiful daughter, Mildred Charletta Varner; husband, Charles Darty; grandparents, Jerry and Amanda Myers; James E. and Lillie Mae Copeland; and brothers, Harold, William (Billy) and Jerry Emmitt Myers.

Charlene’s life should be celebrated and remembered as on filled with love for God, love for her family and love for her friends. Her love of God began at an early age as a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, Livingston and continued throughout her life as a member of the Detroit Greater Metropolitan Church of God in Christ and the Cookeville Christian Fellowship Center.

Charlene received her early education at Longview Elementary, Livingston and graduated from Darwin High School, Cookeville. She retired from Sears & Roebuck Co., Detroit, MI. and Fleetguard, Cookeville.

Charlene was a loving, giving and kind spiritual woman who gave her time and energy to her family, friends and anyone who needed her. She enjoyed shopping, crocheting, singing in her church choir, traveling and cooking. She always enjoyed the yearly family reunions where she and her late husband, Charles would prepare for family members to return to Cookeville each year. Charlene wasw always an encouraging and supportive woman who loved going to nursing homes to minister to the residents. She was the surrogate mother and matriarch to her family after the passing of her mother and everyone looked up to her. She was funny in an innocent way, spoke the truth without hesitation, but her sweetness and goodness outweighed it all.

She will be deeply missed by her two loving and dearly devoted granddaughters, Dr. Ashley Varner, Amber (Justin) Edwards, and adorable great grandson, August Edwards, Ft. Worth, TX; dearly devoted son in law and caregiver, Thomas Varner, Southfield, MI; dearly devoted and loving siblings, Eleane (Joe) Hogan, Detroit, Mich.; Betty (Pastor Roy) Coleman, Louisville, Ky.; Shannon Benson, Lathrup Village, Mich. and Dr. Danny (Sandra) Myers, Yorktown, Va; sister in law’s, Frances Hogan and Mildred Hall, Algood; loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews too numerous to name and a host of cousins and dear friends.

Charlene (RoRo) leaves an indelible legacy that can never be replaced and the beautiful memories she leaves with all who knew and loved her will forever be embedded in our hearts.

In life we loved her dearly and in death we do the same.”

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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