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Obituaries 10/26/2021

Shirley Eugene Gray

Shirley Eugene Gray, 72, of Allons, passed away Oct. 22. Funeral services were held Oct. 26 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Gary Kilman officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

He was born Feb. 1, 1949 in Celina. He was a long haul truck driver for many years.

He was preceded in death by parents: Howard and Mashie (Killmon) Gray.

Surviving relatives include: son, Rodney Gray and wife, Linda; daughter, Kelly Collins; brother, Grady Gray and wife, Georgia; sisters, Betty Gray, Wilma Wolf and husband, Kenny, Mariea Grace; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Hall Funeral Home of Livingston was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Estelle Hastings

Hazel Estelle Hastings, 93, of Overton County, passed away Oct. 23 at the Tri-Star Skyline Medical Center. Graveside services were held Oct. 24 from the Netherland Cemetery in Rickman with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating.

She was born Aug. 1, 1928 in Hilham. She was a member of the Netherland Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Dawson and Zuia (Horner) Franklin.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Jerry Hastings and Phillip Hastings; daughter, Brenda Hastings; special granddaughter, Jeannie Bennett; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were Lynn Burchett, Sam Hastings, James Hastings, Russell Rush, Jerry Hastings, Jr. and Dale Bennett.

Hall Funeral Home of Livingston was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Kent Huddleston

Richard Kent Huddleston, 67, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 16 from Hospice of Cumberland County. A Celebration of Life Services was held Oct. 20 from Cookeville Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Seth Price officiating.

He was born Oct. 18, 1953 in Overton County. He loved riding dirt bikes and spending time with his family. He always enjoyed telling jokes and making people laugh.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Richard Grant and Oleta Robbins Huddleston; and brother, Steve Huddleston.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Jeanna Huddleston of Cookeville; sons, Brad Huddleston and wife, Kim of Cookeville and Beau Huddleston of Cookeville; granddaughters, Shayla, Brinley and Willa Huddleston; and brother, Carl Huddleston and wife, Patty of the Hardys Chapel community.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Barlow

Kenneth Barlow, 87, of Hilham, passed away Oct. 17 from the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Graveside services were held Oct. 24 from Aaron’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Roger Phillips officiating.

He was born Jan. 8, 1934 in Overton County. He loved running his store, racing cars and raising and riding horses. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent much of his time sitting on his porch.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Alfus and Dellar Geesling Barlow; brother, Vanis Barlow; sisters, Jewel Smith, Pearl Masters and Veachel Bennett; nephew, Gunther Bennett; and nieces, Virginia Conner and Connie Beechboard.

Surviving relatives include: daughter, Sandra Fleming and husband, Kevin of Allons; son, Kenneth Andrew McDonald Barlow of Allons; grandson, Matthew Fleming of Allons; sister, Kathleen Boles of Hendersonville; several nieces and nephews; ex-wife and mother of his daughter, Norma (Barlow) Franklin; and ex-wife and mother of his son, Valarie Barlow.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth McCormick

Ruth McCormick, 82, of Livingston, passed away Oct. 20 from Ascension St. Thomas West in Nashville. Funeral services were held Oct. 22 from the First Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston with Bro. Bud Hargis and Bro. Derrick Copeland officiating. Interment followed in the McDonald Cemetery.

She was born April 13, 1939 in Overton County. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers. She enjoyed being around her family and spending time outdoors. She was a great cook, who loved to bake and can fresh produce.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Bill and Della Mae Cope McCormick; half brother, Buck McCormick; and half sister, Wilma Faye York.

Surviving relatives include: sister, Betty June Bilbrey of Livingston; brother, James McCormick of Indianapolis, Ind.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and half sisters, Billie Smith and husband, Jesse of Alpine and Barbara Walker of Byrdstown.

Pallbearers were Mike Bilbrey, Allen Bilbrey and Matthew Bilbrey.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Faye Dickerson

Linda Faye Dickerson, 66, of Livingston, passed away Oct. 20 from Ascension St. Thomas West in Nashville. Funeral services were held Oct. 23 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Rondal Buddy Reed and Bro. Howard Dailey officiating. Interment followed in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 30, 1955 in Overton County. She often went to yard sales and Goodwill. She enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s ball games and getting diet Cokes from McDonald’s. She always loved decorating for the holidays and collecting antiques.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Willie “Bill” and Bonnie Davis Edmonds; husband, Vernon Dickerson; and son, Josh Dickerson.

Surviving relatives include; daughter, Kelli Worley and husband, Roger of Monroe; grandchildren, Kaylin Nash and husband, Christian, Cody Ray and Joseph Ray; great granddaughter, Murphy Claire Nash; bonus children, Devin Gentry and wife, Samantha and Cody Gentry; bonus grandchildren, Livia and Levi Worley, Paisley, Lucas, Corbin and Tate Gentry; sisters, Julene Dickerson and husband, Hugh Lee of the Hardys Chapel community and JoAnn Reed and husband, Buddy of the Hardys Chapel community; and special friend, Bryn Gentry.

Pallbearers were Buddy Reed, Brady Dickerson, Joseph Ray, Cody Ray, Devin Gentry and Cody Gentry. Honorary pallbearers were Christian Nash, Greg Hargis and Jimmy Edmonds.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Ann Roarks Melton

Shirley Ann Roarks Melton, 82, of Cookeville, passed away Oct. 21 from her residence. Funeral services were held Oct. 26 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with grandson, Seth Melton officiating. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.

She was born May 25, 1939. She lived a simple life and understood that worldly goods were not what made a life special. She instilled the belief in her children that having each other and staying close made us richer than anything else could.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Cecil Leon Melton; parents, Amos and Cassie Lee Melton Roarks; and sister, Carol Parsons.

Surviving relatives include: children, Gary Melton, Vickie Spencer and husband, John and Tammy Abbott and husband, Rick, all of Cookeville; five grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Spencer, David Hewitt, Rick Abbott, Todd Abbott, Seth Melton and Ethan Hewitt.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce M. Ford Shoemaker

Joyce M. Ford Shoemaker, 83, of Anderson, Ind., passed away Oct. 23 in Anderson, IN. Funeral services will be held Oct. 30 from the Fellowship Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Watters officiating. Interment will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery.

She was born April 20, 1938 in Allons.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Estes and Ada Ford; husband, Caston Shoemake; daughter, Gina Paschal; son in law, Stephen Paschal; siblings and their spouses, Nova Stover and husband, Ester, John Ford and wife, Lillie, Reba Dean Beason and husband, Ray, Mary Mullins and Shirley Hutchinson; and brother in law, Howard Winningham.

Surviving relatives include: children, David Shoemaker and wife, Dottie, Kathy Collins, Bob Shoemaker and Lisa Thomas; grandchildren, Daniel Shoemaker, Bobbie Shoemaker, Brittney Shoemaker, Shannon Shoemaker, Ashton Spiker, Kaley Shoemaker, Saydee Shirley and Lathan Thomas; several great grandchildren; sister, Maydean Winningham; and several nieces and nephews.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Frances Jean McGuire Moore

Frances Jean McGuire Moore, 84, of Livingston, passed away Oct. 18 in Livingston. Graveside services were held Oct. 24 at the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

She was born July 6, 1937 in Tupelo, Miss. She was an Overton County Commissioner for 33 years. He was forewoman of the Overton County Grand Jury. She was also a storeowner, owning The Paper Place on the square.

She was preceded in death by: sister, Joan Daniels of Richmond, Virginia.

Surviving relatives include: husband, David Moore of Livingston; brother, Bill (Jamie) McGuire of Florence, Ala.; children Dee (Al) Wells of Crawford, David (Karen) Moore II of Livingston, and Drew Moore of New York, N.Y.; grandchildren, David Moore III, John David Ledford, Dana Parker and Mary Miller; as well as great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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