Obits 3/7/2017

Agnes Loftis Martin
Homemaker
Agnes Loftis Martin, 88, passed away Feb. 24 at Bethesda Health Care Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She was born July 12, 1928 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a member of the McCoinsville Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by parents, Herod Loftis and Flossie B. Loftis; her husband, Lewis Martin Jr.; one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Johnnie Long; seven brothers.
Surviving relatives include two brothers, J.L. Loftis and Herod “Whitey” (Linda) Loftis, all of Gainesboro; two sisters, Lucille Mansell of Cookeville and Betty Heady of Lebanon; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Frances E. Smith
Seamstress/Housekeeping
Frances E. Smith, 88, passed away Feb. 23 at Bethesda Health Care Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with James Russell Smith and Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Smyrna Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec. 26, 1928 in Jackson County. She worked as a seamstress and in housekeeping at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the Zion Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace E. and Auda Hammonds; her husband, Demas Smith; one infant son, Dennis Smith; one grandchild, Sadie Smith; two brothers, Demas and Truman Hammonds; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Lee Smith.
Surviving relatives include three sons, Michael Demas (Sandra) Smith of Tucson, Ariz., James Russell Smith and friend Sharron Smith of Cookeville, and David Earl Smith and friend Deanda Wilkey of McMinnville; two daughters, Linda Jane (Johnny) Hammock of Cookeville and Diana (Patrick) Fields of Cookeville; two brothers, Howard (Vivian) Hammonds of Elizabethton, Tenn. and Herman (Debbie) Hammonds of La Porte, Ind.; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren.

Louis Joseph Vedros Jr.
Warden/Investigator
Louis Joseph Vedros Jr., 69, passed away Feb. 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funeral services were held March 3 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 14, 1947 in New Orleans, La. He was a retired deputy chief warden for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office and had a 16 year career with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as an investigator. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and attended the Stone Church of Christ. He was a skilled blues guitarist and played in several bands over the years. He was inducted into the Westbank Music Hall of Fame in Westwego, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis J. Vedros Sr. and Elaine LeGendre Vedros; the mother of his children, Joann Pedalino Vedros.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Cindy Anderson Vedros of Gainesboro; two daughters, Danielle (Kenneth) Belala of New Orleans, and Leah (Joe) Mollohan of Springfield, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Giovanna Songy, Cole Meadows, Stephen Mollohan, Trey Mollohan, Leila Mollohan, and Brayden Mollohan; one brother, David Vedros of New Orleans; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

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