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Billy Louis Roberts

Service Manager

Billy Louis Roberts, 57, of White House passed away on Jan. 20 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home and Austin and Bell Funeral in White House with Bros. Jimmy Anderson and Duane Gossett officiating. Interment followed at the Bethlehem Cemetery in Springfield.

Billy Louis Roberts was born on Aug. 27, 1954 in Jackson County. He was a Plant Services Manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for eight years. He also worked for Mechanical Systems in Nashville where he traveled to Riad, Saudi Arabia to help build the first sewage treatment system and King Faisal Hospital and then worked for Johnson Controls for 23 years as a service and construction manager. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports, never missing a game and was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, Louis Roberts, Jr. and Elise Birdwell Roberts; maternal grandparents, Frank and Fannie Birdwell; and paternal grandparents, Louis Roberts, Sr. and Mary Roberts.

Surviving relatives include: his wife, Rita Stark Roberts of White House; daughter, Nikki Hinkle and husband Dwight of White House; grandchildren, Makenzie, Rylee and Savannah Hinkle; brothers, Larry Roberts of Cookeville and Tony Roberts and wife Teresa of Gainesboro; sister, Nancy Hutchings and husband Alton of Cookeville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Freeman and Betty Stark of White House; and four nieces, one nephew, two great nieces and one great nephew.

Margaret “Tooter” Hudson Stafford


Margaret “Tooter” Hudson Stafford, 71, of the Hermitage Springs Community in Clay County passed away on Oct. 26 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center North in Carthage. Funeral services were held on Oct. 29 at the chapel of the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with E.C. Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Clark Cemetery with her family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Margaret “Tooter” Hudson Stafford was born on May 11, 1940 in Macon County.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Dave and Flossie Holloway Hudson; husband, James Stafford; son, Thomas; and stepsons, T.J. and James Young.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Tammy Spears and husband Joe of Tompkinsville, KY, Gwen Knight and husband David of Hermitage Springs; step-daughter, Ann Stafford of Carthage; sons, Randy Young and wife Brenda of Gainesboro, Michael Sircy and wife Tracy of Livingston; step-sons, Dennis Young of Carthage, Ronnie Young of Andrew, NC, Randall Stafford and wife Christy of Lafayette,  and Paul Stafford of Whitleyville; brothers, Henry Hudson and wife Barbara of Russell Hill Community and Billy Gale Hudson of Red Boiling Springs;dedocated companion Mutt Jenkins; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Gloria H. Hemstedt

Gloria H. Hemstedt, 68, of Gainesboro passed away on Jan. 21 at her home. Funeral services were held at the Antioch Church of Christ with Bro. Kenneth Anderson officiating. Cremation was chosen.

Gloria H. Hemstedt was born on Feb. 28, 1943 in Council Bluffs, IA. She was a member of the Antioch Church of Christ and an avid animal rehabber.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Kenneth and Frieda Myers; sister Karolyn Mills; and nephew, Nicolas Babcock.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Donald L. Hemstedt of Gainesboro; daughter Donnell Pauly and husband Ray of Carter Lake, IA; grandchildren, Raeshell Pauly and Tabetha VanderWoude; brother, Kenneth Myers and wife Angela of CA; sister, Kathy Babcock and husband Steve of Gainesboro; and nieces, Maria Johnson of Cookeville, Vanessa Netherton of Gainesboro and Sara Myers of CA; and nephews, Kenneth Myers, Jr. of Livingston and Karl Myers of CA.

Inell Kinnaird Edwards

Inell Kinnaird Edwards, 71, of Jackson County passed away Jan. 17 at her home in Sandy, UT. The family will hold private services at a later date.

Inell Kinnaird Edwards was born on Feb. 12, 1940 in Jackson County. She was a registered nurse and a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by: her son, Michael Vincent Edwards; parents, Gilbert Russell and Claudie Kinnaird; siblings, Finis Kinnaird, Glen Kinnaird, Geneva Ayes, James Kinnaird, Mary Young and Elfrida Farley.

Surviving relatives include: her husband, Gerald Edwards, daughter, Shawna Edwards of Holladay, UT; son, Gerald Warren Edwards and wife Sara; grandson, Randy of Omaha, ME, sisters, Louise Allen, Kathy Knight, Irene Gore and Thelma Ford all of Tennessee; brother, Harold Kinaird of Tennessee.

Alan O’dell Thompson

Alan O’dell Thompson, 18, of Cookeville passed away on Jan. 25. Funeral services were held at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Tosh officiating. Interment followed at Stone Seminary Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tyler Slagle, Joseph Slagle, Cody Baugh, Timothy Cobble, Dakota Pharris and Levi Fox. Honorary pallbearer was Mason Tays.

Alan Thompson was born on May 25, 1993 in Cookeville. He was a 2011 graduate of Cookeville High School. He loved sports, motorcycles and skateboarding. He was a member of the Bangham Heights Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by: his grandfather, Haskell Slagle, great grandfather, Malcolm Wilborn; grandmother, Ruby Mayberry; grandfather, Woody Thompson; and uncle, Jeff Thompson.

Surviving relatives include: his mother and stepfather, Tonia Pharris Bilbrey and Eric Bilbrey; father, Terry Thompson; sister, Brittany Thompson all of Cookeville; fiancé, Bianca Tollison; grand parents, Eddie and Gail Phariss, Brenda and Mike Wilborn and Judy Thomas; great grandmothers, Mae Carr and Edna Wilborn; aunts, Kim Fox, Kristin Pharris and Kim Smith; uncles, Eddie Pharris, Malcolm Wilborn, Wayne Wilborn, Michael Wilborn, Jr., Sam Thompson, Kent Bilbrey and wife Shelly and Glenn Slagle; niece, Alexus Thompson; nephew, Waylon Thompson; great niece, Breanna Bilbrey; cousins, Paul Thompson, Jr. Austin Thompson, Erica Thompson, Destiny Thompson, David Denson, Taylor Pharris, Wade Fox, Kristi Tays and Emma Tays.

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