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James Lansford Bilbrey

Insurance agent

James Lansford Bilbrey, 82, of Livingston passed away on March 24 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on March 26 at Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Donald Cobb officiating. Interment followed in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers included: Tanner Harvey, John J. Killmon, Dale Bilbrey, Brian Korth, Steve Harvey and James Hamilton. Honorary pallbearer was Willie Hugh Bilbrey.

James Lansford Bilbrey was born on May 10, 1929 in Overton County. He was an insurance agent.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, John Edward and Edith Victoria Sullivan Bilbrey; brother, Larry Bilbrey; and granddaughter, Brianna Bilbrey.

Surviving relatives include: his wife, Mary Hazel Bilbrey; sons, Michael Wayne Bilbrey, David Keith Bilbrey and James Patrick Bilbrey; sisters, Bertice Crenshaw, Sue Copeland, Kaye Killmon; brother, Carmen Bilbrey; and grandson, Alex Bilbrey.

Paul H. Davis

Farmer and Veteran

Paul H. Davis, 91, of Celina passed away on March 22 at Celina Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on March 24 at Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Kenny Westmoreland officiating. Interment followed in Donaldson Cemetery.

Paul H. Davis was born on Aug. 21, 1920 in Celina. He was a farmer and a member of the Ashlock Church of Christ. He was also a WWII Army Veteran.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, Bedford and Lora (Stone) Davis; wife, Opal Ruby Davis; sons, Paul Edward “Dixie” Davis and Carl Thomas “Doolie” Davis; and brothers and sisters, Olene Jones, Opal Boone, Arnold Davis, Betty Davis, Elise Davis and Matthew Davis.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Sue Hampton and Dorothy Webb both of Celina and Tina McLaughin of Cookeville; son, Lonnie Wayne Davis of Celina; brothers, Andrew Davis and James Davis both of Celina; grandchildren, Eric Webb, Melissa Webb, Carol Sue Cherry, Lori Watson, Chris Hampton, Carla Davis, Crystal Gore, Kelly Collins, Jennifer McLaughin and Alexis Page; great-grandchildren, Casey Scott, Kurt Cherry, Peyton Gore, Zackary Gore, Michael Plumlee, Jared Plumlee, Matthew Dale Watson, Emily Watson, Sydney Collins, Jake Collins, Jayce Collins, Reece Collins and Ajay Collins;  and great-great-grandchildren, Aiden Scott and Ava Scott.

Jimmie Mae Linder

Jimmie Mae Linder, 76, of Livingston passed away on March 23 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Funeral services were held on March 27 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Don Maxson officiating. Interment followed at Linder Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Josh Linder, Brandon Bournes, Sherman Garrett, James Melton, Billy Kent and Clayton Pennycuff.

Jimmie Mae Linder was born Oct. 4, 1935 in Overton County. She was a garment factory worker and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Jim and Hassie Mae Melton; husband, J.B. Linder; and sister, Billie Sherfield.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Bill Linder and wife Joyce of Livingston and Gary Linder of Columbia; daughters, Patricia Burns and husband Bill of Allred and Micky Garrett and husband James of Monroe; brothers, June Melton of Byrdstown, Ralph, Gary Terry and Johnny Ray Melton all of Livingston; sisters, Ina Smith of Monroe, Opal Gift and husband Bob, Billie Alline and Ala Gay Gibson all of Anderson, IN, Anna Sue Huckeby and husband Roy of New Castle, IN; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cynthia Katherine Wilson


Cynthia Katherine Wilson, 82, of Cookeville passed away on March 26 at Masters Health Care Center. Funeral services were held on March 29 at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Boles officiating. Interment followed at Maxwell Chapel Cemetery in Overton County.

Pallbearers include: Wayne Wilson, Bobby and Danny Boles, Dakota Richards, Dwayne Loftis and Randy Chote. Honorary pallbearers were the nursing staff of Masters Health Care Center.

Cynthia Katherine Wilson was born on April 4, 1929 in Overton County. She was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Herman L. and Alba W. Brown Boles; husband, John J. Wilson; and son, William “Butch” Wilson.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Ronald Gene Wilson of Burkburnett, TX, Steven R. Wilson and Johnny Wayne Wilson both of Cookeville; daughters, Linda Richards and husband Gerald, Pat Daniels and husband Jerry and Pam Boles and fiancé Randy Chote, all of Cookeville; brother, Earl Gene Boles and wife Frances of Hilham; and nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pauline (Thompson) Bennett

Retired grocery store owner

Pauline (Thompson) Bennett, 92, of Rickman passed away on Feb. 29. Funeral services were held on March 2 at Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville with Steve Chatman officiating. Interment followed in Eckels Cemetery.

Pauline (Thompson) Bennett was born on Sept. 18, 1919 in Livingston. She was the retired owner of Bennett’s Grocery in Overton County. She was a pillar of the Swallows Chapel Community, provided groceries to those in need and was known to show up at any given time when she knew of need. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Livingston.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, John Morgan and Fannie (Tayse) Thompson; and husband, Cecil Bennett.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Sandra B. King and husband Tom of Winter Haven, FL, Rose B. Salmon and husband James of Nesbit, MS and Lora Jean Reece and husband Jim of Cookeville; son, Ron Bennett and wife Jane of Sparta; sister, Hazel Masters; grandchildren, Renee Samuels of Collierville, Shelle Greeson of Aguascaientes, Mexico, Ronnie “Chip” Bennett, Jonathan Bennett, Shane Maples, all of Sparta, Julia Tomes of Nashville, Tiffany Sahagun of Honolulu, HI and Amanda Burgess of Cookeville; 19 great-great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret Jane Smith

Margaret Jane Smith, 75, of Monroe passed away on March 21 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on March 24 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Timmy Ray officiating. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Josh Sisco, Jordan Kennedy, Jeremy Perry, Jonathan Smith, Adam Davis, Jeremy Smith, Jason Smith and Tony Bantz. Honorary pallbearers included: Nicholas Geesling, Jason Wright and Stanton Cooper.

Margaret Jane Smith was born on July 10, 1936 in Byrdstown.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Aurther and Jane Neal Garrett; husband, John Arlin Smith; and sons, Donnie and Danny Smith.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Debbie Bantz and husband Tony of Crawford, Diana Sisco of Monroe and Delana Smith of Monroe; daughter-in-law, Barbara Smith; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Card of thanks

The family of Wanda Gaile Conaster would like to thank all of the extended family and friends who expressed their kindness and concern during the sudden passing of our beloved wife, mom, grandmother and sister. The outpouring of love we have experienced has been overwhelming to our hearts. For those of you who have visited, called, brought food, made donations in her name, sent flowers, cards and other mementos, we thank you so very much. For those of you have prayed for us, we are forever grateful. We ask that you continue to pray for us during the coming days, weeks, months and years. We love her deeply and will miss her greatly.

May God bless each and every one.

Her husband, children, grandchildren, brothers

and sister.

The Family of Jimmie Mae Linder would like to thank everyone for their many acts of kindness during the sickness and loss of our mother. Thanks for your prayers, the food, flowers, visits and kind comforting words. A special thanks to: the Overton County Nursing Home and the doctors and nurses and CNA’s who have taken such great care of our mom for the past several months. Also, a special thanks to Hospice for their support to us and for helping make our mom’s last days as comfortable as possible. We feel blessed to have such great family and friends.

Bill Linder and Family

Patricia Bournes and Family

Mickey Garrett and Family

Gary Linder


In Loving Memory

Charles Lois Neal

Edna Louis Neal

Though it feels like a life time ago that the Lord took you both home to be with him, we long for the day we are together again. We love and miss you both your loving children.

Charles Ray Neal

Kathy (Neal) Hammer

Janie Annette Nester



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