BOBBIE JEAN “WILSON” LEFFEW
Funeral services for Bobbie Jean “Wilson” Leffew, 68 of Livingston, were conducted May 1, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. David Moore and Bro. Billy England officiating. Burial followed in the Freedonia Cemetery. Mrs. Leffew was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Overton County to the late M.C. and Allie May “Evans” Wilson. She passed away April 28, 2003, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Leffew was a factory worker, a member of the Freedonia Community Church and attended the Christ Chapel Church. In addition to her parents, a brother Charlie E. Wilson preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Dawson Laffew of Livingston, a daughter Shelia Padgett and husband Larry E. of Rickman, a stepson James Lee Leffew and wife Lisa of Livingston, one sister Ruby Ann Barnes of Livingston, special cousins Nannie Mae Ledford and Wilma York of Livingston, special friends Mildred Sullivan and Lorriane Vaughn of Livingston, special nephews Jackie and Jerry Wilson and Ron Barnes, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other cousins and family.
Pallbearers were Kevin Vaughn, Ron Barnes, Jerry and Jackie Wilson, Roger Wright, Rick Brown and Bobby Miller. Honorary pallbearers were James and Steven Leffew, J.D. Leffew, Larry King, Mike Frizzell, Bruce and John Ledford and Jessie Norfleet.
JAMES MELVIN UPCHURCH
Funeral services for James Melvin Upchurch, 81 of Livingston, were conducted May 3, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon and Bro. Dewitt Sampley officiating. Burial followed in the Duggan-Smith Cemetery. Mr. Upchurch was born May 16, 1921, in Overton County to the late Kernal Lee and Cornelia Jane “Beaty” Upchurch. He passed away April 30, 2003, at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Mr. Upchurch was a farmer, a member of the Miller’s Chapel Christian Church and a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Army. In addition to his parents, a brother Oakley Upchurch preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Rillie “York” Upchurch of Alpine, two daughters and sons-in-law Tootsie and Homer Almonrode and Barbara and Terry Fletcher of Livingston, one son and one daughter-in-law Danny and Dianne Upchurch of Allons, sister-in-law Eva Upchurch of Alpine and three grandchildren Derrick Upchurch, Michael Almonrode and Christopher Fletcher.
Pallbearers were Jerry Linder, Lewis Collins, Jessie Smith, Christopher Fletcher and Derrick and Gentry Upchurch.
IDER MAY BRAWL
Funeral services for Ider May Brawl, 94 of Marion, IN, were conducted July 30, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service North Chapel with Rev. Bill Ledbetter officiating. Burial followed in the Grant Memorial Park Cemetery. She was born in Livingston to the late Ben and Mindie (Gore) Cantrell. She passed away July 27, 2003, at Marion General Hospital.
Ms. Brawl was retired from Longs Laundry and attended Bradford Pike Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter Woodrie and husband Doolie Hollars of Marion, IN, two sons Charles and wife Carol Brawl of Norwalk, CA and Carl Brawl of Marion, IN, eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
ORA ALYNE REEDY
Funeral services for Ora Alyne Reedy, 83 of Indianapolis, IN, were conducted July 29, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Slutz officiating. Burial followed in the Nelson Cemetery. She was born Jan. 13, 1920, in Overton County to the late James and Reddie Brown Nelson. She passed away July 27, 2003, at her son’s home.
Mrs. Reedy was a housewife and a member of Garfield Park Church of God. In addition to her parents, her husbands Dennis Reedy and Bill Abbott preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law Bob and Rita Abbott of Indianapolis, IN and Richard Abbott of Indianapolis, IN, sister Lorene Dailey of Tipton, IN and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mark Abbott, Matt Abbott, Jim Dailey, Donnie Nelson, Melvin Nelson and Randel Nelson.
LIZZIE STEWARD HAWKINS
Funeral services for Lizzie Steward Hawkins, 87 of Burristown, were conducted July 16, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home with Bro. Dewey Glenn Masters officiating. Burial followed in the Lynn Cemetery. She was born April 12, 1916, in Overton County to the late Thomas Steward and Polly Ann Riley Steward. She passed away July 13, 2003, at Mabry Health Care and Rehab Center in Gainesboro.
Mrs. Hawkins was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, her husband Louis Jasper Hawkins, five brothers Millard, Henry, George, Kirk and Oliver Steward and two sisters Bonnie Brewer and Gladys Coffee preceded her in death. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law Howard and Kaye Hawkins of Hilham, one sister Lassie Gaw of Cookeville, two special nephews Odell Steward of Gainesboro and Winel Steward of Wartburg, one special niece Sue Gore of Livingston, two grandchildren Eric Hawkins of Hilham and Shawn Hawkins of Nashville, one step-grandchild Brian Smith of Byrdstown, one great-granddaughter Chelsie Smith of Hilham, two step great-grandsons Tony Poore and Bill Storie of Byrdstown.
DOROTHY MINNIE NICKEL
Auto Factory Worker
Dorothy Minnie Nickel, 87 of Celina, passed away July 29, 2003, at Cumberland River Hospital. Burial was July 31, 2003 at 10 a.m. at Fitzgerald Cemetery. She was born Sept. 17, 1915, in Milwaukee, WI, to the late Julius John Freitag and Estella Lindemann Freitag.
Mrs. Nickel was a retired auto factory worker. Survivors include several nieces and nephews and two close friends, Don Sickels and June Schell of Celina.
“SONNY” RANDALL GENTRY
Law Enforcement/Truck Driver
Funeral services for “Sonny” Randall Gentry, 58 of Whitleyville, were conducted Aug. 2, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Dailey officiating. Burial followed in the New Hope Cemetery. He was born May 18, 1945, in Rutherford County to Janie Gentry of Murfreesboro and the late Ray Gentry. He passed away July 30, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Gentry worked in law enforcement, was a truck driver and a member of Swallows Chapel Full Gospel Church, served as Associate Pastor and Deacon and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his mother, his wife Cynthia Gentry of Whitleyville, seven sons Sonny Gentry, Jason Gentry, Zachary Gentry, Jonathan Gentry, Joshua Gentry, of Whitleyville, Tony Gentry of Murfreesboro and Ricky Gentry of Florida, six daughters Julia Bowman and Shamey Fox of Gainesboro, Towana Dailey of Hilham, Jeanette Marrow of Christiana, Annette Douglas of Bell Buckle and Misty Street of Bradenton, one sister Carolyn Pendergrast of Murfreesboro, twenty-six grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild survive him.
WILLIE HERMON WATSON
Funeral services held for Willie Hermon Watson, 88 of Celina, were conducted Aug. 2, at 11a.m. at Upton Funeral Home with Bro. James McDonald officiating. Burial followed in the Ashlock Cemetery. He was born Oct. 19, 1914 in Ashlock, KY, to late Johnny and Alice Ashlock Watson. He passed away July 31, 2003 at the Cumberland River Hospital.
Mr. Watson worked as a logger and was a member of the Ashlock Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, wife Gladys Watson, five children, Reneth Watson, James Watson, Randell Watson, Edwina Key and Comell Dodson also preceded him in death. Survivors include one son Ricky Watson of Ashlock, six daughters Cornelya Stephens of Celina, Mary Keen of Celina, Sheila Etherton of Glasgow, Patricia “Patty” Watson of Brownsville, Barbara Roach of Celina and Zelma Hughes of Celina, 25 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
MAE GWENDALENE “GWEN” KEY
Funeral services held for Mae Gwendalene “Gwen” Key, 68, of Cookeville, were conducted Aug. 4, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Nolan Cantrell and Rev. Marvin Saylors officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Ridge. She was born Oct. 29, 1934 in Clinton County, KY to the late Jerry I. and Lillie Ooten Sell. She passed away July 31, 2003 at Cookeville Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Key worked as a hostess at Shoney’s and was a member of the Apostlistic Pentecostal Church. In addition to her parents, son Terry Lynn Akers also preceded her in death. Survivors include husband Joe Key of Pleasant Ridge Community, son Kenneth Akers of New Castle, IN daughter Anita Akers of Rickman, step-daughter Julia Key of Anderson, IN, step-sons John David Key of Anderson, IN, Jason M. Key of Elwood, Joseph Michael Key of Anderson, IN and Lt. Col. James Daniel Key of Germany, sisters Mary Halsell of New Castle, IN and Nova McDowell of Spencer, IN, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
BEATRICE S. GROCE
Funeral services for Beatrice S. Groce, 82, were conducted Aug. 4, 2003 at Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Goggins officiating. Burial followed in St. John Cemetery. She was born March 16, 1921 in Clay County to the late Albert and Dolly (Thrasher) Stover. She passed away July 31, 2003 in Upland, IN.
Ms. Groce was a housewife and was affiliated with the Livingston Church of Christ. In addition to her parents her husband Luke Groce, brothers Ray Stover, Robert Stover, Bertie Stover and James Stover, sisters Bethel Hogan and Ethel Gunnels also preceded her in death. Survivors include son Donald Groce of Livingston, daughter Susie Roberts of Marion, IN, three grandchildren Jerry Roberts, Lisa Elliott and Shellie Savage, eight great-grandchildren Derek Roberts, Heather Clark, Dana Roberts, James Roberts, Logan Herron, Donovan Elliott, Luke Elliott and Taylor Savage and five sisters Velma Daniels of Allons, Lennie Riddle of Albany, KY, Mae Wallace of Sparta, Arvella Thrasher of Albany, KY and Eudean Colson of Livingston. Pallbearers include Jerry Roberts, Willie Ray Stover, Gary Stover, Daryl Colson, Hollis Thrasher and Ronnie Colson.
Funeral services for Pearl Dennis, 87 of Monroe were conducted Aug. 4 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness with Don Dortch officiating. Burial followed at Old Bethel Cemetery. She was born Sept. 8, 1915 in Overton County to the late Floyd and Althea Zachary Johnson.
In addition to her parents, husband John Porter Dennis and daughter Margie Kay Dennis also preceded her in death.
Ms. Dennis was a housewife and a Jehovah’s Witness.
Survivors include sons Johnnie Dennis of Cadiz, KY and Tommy Dennis of Indianapolis, IN, daughters Margaret Colson of Livingston, Betty Jouett of Monroe, Julie Maggart of Rock Island, Patsy Post of Nixa, MO, Vonnie Jean Gore of Cadiz, KY, June Barlow of Cadiz, KY and Joyce Hayes of Cadiz, IN, brother Harris Johnson of Red Boiling Springs, sister Alice Wallace of Hoopston, IL, 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
ROBERT O. BOWERS
Heavy Equipment Operator
Funeral services for Mr. Robert O. Bowers, 69, of Grandledge, MI formerly of Overton County were held Sept. 23 in the Chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Thurman Seber officiating. Burial followed at the Joseph Stover Cemetery in Monroe. Mr. Bowers was born Nov. 23, 1933 to the late William H. and Essie Stover Bowers in Overton County. Mr. Bowers was a member of Saline Road Missionary Church in Ann Arbor, MI and a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. His parents and two brothers Leon Bowers and Alpho Bowers preceded him in death. His survivors included his wife Bonnie Bowers of Ypsilanti, MI along with three daughters, Sherry and Brenda Bowers and Debbie Jarrell of Ypsilanti, MI, one brother, Boyd Bowers of Grandledge, MI, two sisters, Anna Laura Seber of Liberty, TN and Maggie Rose Decker of Skaneateles, NY, two grandchildren, Heather and Jack Jarrell.
JAMES GASKELL PRICE
Funeral services for Mr. James Gaskell Price, 68, of Union Hill Community were held Sept. 25 at Upton Funeral Home with Rick Frazier officiating. Interment was in the Price Town Cemetery. Mr. Price was born April 18, 1935 in Union Hill, TN to the late Bobo and Eva Watkins Price. In addition to his parent’s two sisters, Delma Short and Thelma Price one brother, Jackie Price and one stepson, Jason Kendall, also preceded him in death. He was survived by his wife, Kathy Kendall of the Union Hill Community four sisters, Mildred Smith of Columbus, IN, Opal Head of Union Hill, Olyne Lawson of Norton, Ohio and Geraldine Cherry of Fairdale, three sons, Anthony Price of Hermitage Springs, Donald and Jerry Price of Celina, two step-sons, Brian and Cory Wilkinson both of Red Boiling Springs one daughter, Jennifer Lynn Price of Carthage, fifteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.