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Obituaries 3-22-22

Earl Ray Stewart
Earl Ray Stewart, 81, of Cookeville, passed away March 18. Funeral services will be held March 23 at Collegeside Church of Christ, Cookeville with Minister John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 9, 1940 in Livingston. He retired from the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army and in the Tennessee National Guard. He was a member of the Collegeside Church of Christ. He enjoyed life gardening, scenic drives (enhanced by vintage country music) and seasonal beauty. His greatest enjoyment was his family.
He was preceded in death by: parents, Claude Cleveland Stewart and Maggie Matthews Stewart; wife, Dora Hollifield Stewart; infant daughter, Debra Lynn Stewart; sister, Dorothy Stewart Lucent; and brother, Billy Ross Crowley.
Surviving relatives include: wife, Nan Sadler Stewart; children, Mary Beth Stewart (Greg) Shirley of Cookeville, Rhonda Lee (Kelly O’Callaghan) Stewart of St. Clair Shores, Mich. and Robert Ray (Elizabeth) Stewart of Chattanooga; granddaughters, Mary Landress Stewart, Grace Gilman Stewart and Elizabeth Wells Stewart, all of Chattanooga; grandsons, Trent Gregory Shirley, Grant Alan Shirley and Stewart Lee Shirley, all of Cookeville; and host of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Pallbearers are grandsons and family members.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patty Thompson
Patricia Ann Thompson, known to many as Patty, 72, of Livingston, passed away March 15 from her residence. Services will be announced at a later date.
She was born July 3, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio. Her favorite job was working at the Clark House with her sister. She loved catering and meeting new people at the Clark House, where she never met a stranger.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Luther Edward and Jessie Lee Goad Strong; and brother, Michael Strong.
Surviving relatives include: husband, Charles F. Thompson of Livingston; son, Kelly Thompson and wife, Monica of Mt. Juliet; daughter, Kim Matthews and husband, Brad of Saratoga, Calif.; grandchildren, Aiden and Ava Matthews; sisters, Carol Ledford of Livingston and Linda Mort of Cookeville.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gerene Matthews
Gerene Matthews, 90, of Rickman, passed away March 15 from her residence. Funeral services were held March 17 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Lacy and Bro Troy Pennington officiating.
She was born Nov. 27, 1931 in Overton County. She was a member of the Oak Hill Church. She made beautiful works of art with her needle and thread, she was know for her green thumb and cooking for family and friends. One of her favorite things was going to church and singing.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Ervin and Dee Ledbetter Hill; husband, Robert Ray Matthews; brothers, Ernest Hill and Enloe Hill; sisters, Deloy Brown and Zola Ferrill; and son in law, Jack Reed.
Surviving relatives include: son, Bob Matthews and wife, Sandra of Rickman; daughter, Sandra Reed of Rickman; grandchildren, Robbie Matthews and wife, Rae Ann, Melissa Hammock and husband, Terry, Jason Reed and wife, Jessica and Levada Reed and Mitchell Smith; great grandchildren, Andy Howard, Abby, Maddie and Brooke Hammock and Kelsey Smith; and sister, Margaret Roberson of Algood.
Pallbearers were Robbie Matthews, Jason Reed, Andy Howard, Terry Hammock, Mitchell Smith and Ronnie Smith.
Honorary Pallbearers were Levada Reed, Melissa Hammock, Abby Hammock, Maddie Hammock, Brooke Hammock and her granddaughters and great granddaughter.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Willene C. Thompson
Willene C. Thompson, 71 of Hilham, passed away March 15 from the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held March 18 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Ayers officiating. Interment followed in the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.
She was born March 22, 1950 in Jackson County. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and her wiener dogs, Missy and Buckie. She was Christian in Faith and loved her family.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Mayhue and Effie Phillips Masters; husband, Danny Ray Thompson; and brother, Mark Masters.
Surviving relatives include: daughter, Angie Thompson King and husband, Jimmy of Hilham; sisters, Susie Masters of Hilham and Juanita Daws and husband, Emanuel of Hilham; and grandchildren, Joshua, Eli and Gracie.
Pallbearers were Joshua King, Eli King and Andy Naff.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gary Allen
Gary Glen Allen, 58, of Hilham, passed away March 17 at his residence. Funeral services were held March 20 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. John Mabrey officiating. Interment followed in the Allens Chapel Cemetery.
He was born June 30, 1963 in Trenton, Mich. A member of the Church of Christ, he was known for his expert mechanic work on big and small engines. His enjoyment was working on older cars and trucks, fishing, country music and riding his motorcycle.
He was preceded in death by: parents, Hilmon and Mary Emma Carr Allen.
Surviving relatives include: lifelong partner, Robine Allen of Hilham; children, David, Kelsey and Steven; brothers, Bruce Allen and wife, Debbie of Hardy’s Chapel, Kenneth Allen of Melvindale, Mich. and Richard Dale Allen of Hilham; sisters, Carolyn Hargis and Kim Thrasher, both of Rickman; special cousin, Tammy Lee and husband, Odie of Hilham; nieces, Wendi Copeland and Angela Sullivan; and nephew, Steven Allen.
Pallbearers were Darrell Farris, Holden Hargis, Kenny Allen, Travis Lee, Doug Ledbetter and Timmy Farris. Honorary pallbearers were Cameron Bates, Rod Edmonds and Bruce Allen.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ann Crabtree
Ann Crabtree, 73, of Monroe, passed away March 18 from Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held March 21 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Timmy Ray officiating. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery.
She was born May 20, 1948 in Overton County. She loved spending time with family and grandchildren, gardening and playing cards.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Harmon and Velva Cooper Smith; husband, Robert Crabtree; brothers, Bill Smith and wife, Bonita, Arilin Smith and wife, Margaret, Bobby Smith and Bates Smith; and brothers in law, Jim Armstrong and Lester Cooper.
Surviving relatives include: son, Jamie Crabtree of Monroe; daughter, Nancy Hill and husband, Danny of Monroe; Dawson Crabtree, Daniel Hill, Emily Hill and John Hill; brother, Howard Smith and wife, Reda of Alpine; sisters, Hallie Armstrong of Maryland, Ruth cooper of Indiana, Betty Story and husband, Leon of Alpine and Judy Choate and husband, Carlis of King Mountain; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Pallbearers were Scott Choate, Tommy Cooper, Shawn Crabtree, Mike Smith, Tom Hargis and Jeff Smith, Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Hill, John Hill and Dawson Crabtree.
Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

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