Opal Elizabeth Sadler
Opal Elizabeth Sadler, 91, of Celina and formerly of Gainesboro passed away on March 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on March 16 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Lyles officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery.
Opal Elizabeth Sadler was born on Nov. 7, 1920 in Jackson County. She was a factory worker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, Johnnie W. and Lola Ann Moss Stafford; husband, Howard Lee Sadler; granddaughter, Jo Helen Wright; son-in-law, Jakie Ray Wright; brother, John “Yank” Stafford; and half-brothers, Ed Stafford, Raggie Stafford and Durwood Stafford.
Surviving relatives include: daughters, Mary Helen Wright of Cookeville and Betty Ruth Hix and husband Roy Lee of Gainesboro.
Ruth Draper Quarles
Ruth Draper Quarles, 89, of Gainesboro passed away on March 13 at Meadows at Lakeshore in Nashville. Graveside services were held on March 15 at Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery with Bro. John Richard Fox officiating.
Ruth Draper Quarles was born on April 9, 1922 in Jackson County. She was a graduate of Jackson County High School and David Lipscomb Junior College and was a member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, Joseph Jones and Edna Gaines Draper; husband, Lee Sadler Quarles; brother, Ward Draper; sisters, Jo Helen Webb and Nell Howington.
Surviving relatives include: her daughter, Carolyn McDonald and husband Tom of Nashville; granddaughter, Meredith Stewart and husband Mike of Nashville; grandson, Mark McDonald and wife Carcy of Nashville; and great-grandson, Hudson Stewart of Nashville.
Morgan Allen, 82, of Cookeville passed away on March 14 at his home. Funeral services were held on March 17 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at the Cookeville City Cemetery.
Morgan Allen was born on Feb. 13, 1930 in Jackson County. He was a factory worker at Nielsen and Bainbridge and a member of the Zion Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Hickman and Alice Haney Allen; brothers, Henry Lee Allen, Marlin Allen and Fred Allen; and sisters, Alice Marie Allen, Margie Hamlet and Louise Ramsey.
Surviving relatives include: his wife, Annie Louise Allen of Cookeville; son, Donald M. Allen of Houston, TX; daughter, Wilma Allen Helm and husband Clay of Rocky Mount, NC; grandson, Nicholas Clay Helm of Raleigh, NC; and brother, Johnny Hugh Allen of Sparta.
Ben Chaffin, 87, of Dodson Branch Community passed away on March 6 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held at Jackson County Funeral Home with Bro. Doyle Wilmoth and Bro. Buddy Reeder officiating. Interment followed in Smith’s Chapel Cemetery.
Ben Chaffin was born in Jackson County. He was a proud veteran of WWII and long time employee of Acme Boot Company and a member of the Shiloh Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Johnny and Ella Bean Chaffin; wife, Willene Swift Chaffin; son DeWayne Chaffin; and infant granddaughter Toni Chaffin.
Surviving relatives include: his son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Margaret Kinnard Chaffin; grandchildren, Luke Chaffin and wife Melanie, Paula Chaffin, Glen Howard and wife Brandy, Joanna Williams and husband Lloyd, Jennifer Nelson and husband Mitchell; and great-grandchildren, Jaycie Carter, Parker Chaffin, Claire and Franklin Williams, Chase Carter, Caleb Nelson, Bethany and Dezrick Howard.
Ola Donneta Hawkins
Ola Donneta Hawkins, 57, of Gainesboro passed away on March 11 at Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral services were held at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Interment followed in Lynn Cemetery.
Ola Donneta Hawkins was born on March 2, 1955 in Jackson County. She was a factory worker, homemaker and affiliated with the Jehovah Witness Organization.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, Willie D. Stacy and Willie E. Stacy; and brother, Paul H. Stacy.
Surviving relatives include: her husband, Charles R. Hawkins of Gainesboro; son, David Hawkins of Gainesboro; step-sons, William Russell “Billy” Hawkins, Timothy Wayne Hawkins and Michael Albert Shane Hawkins; daughters, Rebecca Stacy of Gainesboro and Rachael Hawkins-Hill and husband Jonathan of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Jessica Emerton, Barbara Hawkins, Alyssa Ayers, Olivia Hill and Natalie Hill; great-grandchild, Bentley Vickers; brothers, Charles Earl Stacy and wife Judy of Gainesboro, Richard Ray Stacy of Gainesboro and Raymond Wayne Stacy and wife Doreen of Cookeville; and sisters, Frances Loretta Ellis of Hilham and Patricia Faye Chaffin and husband Herbert of Gainesboro.
E.L. “Lloyd” Halfacre
E.L. “Lloyd” Halfacre, 86, of Granville passed away on March 8 at his home. Funeral services were held on March 12 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson and Bro. Ted Gaw officiating. Interment followed in the Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery.
E.L. “Lloyd” Halfacre was born on Nov. 13, 1925 in Jackson County. He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, a school teacher and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Benton M. and Dora Mae Carter Halfacre; sister, Pauline Brown; and brothers, Everette “Ebb” Halfacre and Lawrence Halfacre.
Surviving relatives include: his wife, Mary Sue Elrod Halfacre of Granville; son, Robert Lloyd Halfacre and wife Kathy of Cookeville; daughter, Mary Ann Halfacre of Richmond; grandchildren, Brad Halfacre and wife Amie of Cookeville and Allison Stafford and husband Tyler of Cookeville; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Colton and Connor Halfacre; and sisters, Gerry Anderson of Granville and Faye Moore and husband Charlie of Lexington, KY.
Card Of Thanks
I would like to thank the Jackson County 911 dispatchers for a tremendous job they did taking all of the calls they received the night that the tornado touched down in the Dodson Branch Community.
Also the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County Rescue Squad, Jackson County Ambulance Service, Dodson Branch Fire Dept. and the Jackson County Volunteer Fire Dept. plus the hundreds of volunteers that helped in the severe weather conditions to search and rescue the people that were trapped and misplaced in the disaster area.
To the Jackson County Highway Department and Tenn. Dept. Of Transportation for getting the roadway’s passable in such a fast time plus getting the debris cleaned-up from the roadside. Also for the hundred’s of people that brought food for the workers and for the good people that brought the tremendous amount of food and supplies for the residents that were affected by this disaster.
Thank you to the good citizens that donated their time, equipment and worked at the Command Center and a special thanks to Smith, Macon, Clay and Putnam Counties for their assistance plus the TEMA officials.
Also the quick response that the UCEMC and Twin Lakes employees had getting service back to the area.
Especially all of the work that the inmates for the Sheriff’s Department did in the clean-up effort.
John Cason, County Mayor