Lloyd Lee Robinson
Lloyd Lee Robinson, 59, of Gainesboro passed away on April 29 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on May 2 at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. John Mabery and Bro. Alan Judd officiating. Interment followed in Hensley Cemetery.
Lloyd Lee Robinson was born Aug. 28, 1952 in Jackson County. He was a drafter for the city of Cookeville, in the U.S. Army and was affiliated with the Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Hollis and Hazel Robinson; maternal grandparents, Quitman and Margie Hensley; paternal grandparents, Lon and Frances Robinson.
Surviving relatives include: mother of his children, Carolyn Robinson of Gainesboro; son, Anthony and wife, Debbie Phann of Granville; daughters, Kristy and husband, Jim Brown of Granville, Tish Robinson of Gainesboro, Angelia and husband, Mark Allen of Gainesboro and Ashley Bull of Gainesboro; brothers, Gary Robinson of Gainesboro and Estle Robinson of Cookeville; sister, Marilyn and husband, James Brown of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Hailey Allen, Austin Allen, Cason Allen, Kaylyn Bull, Jade Bull, Ava Bull, Trajan Brown and anticipated arrival in July.
B. W. Berry Tom Thomas
B. W. Berry Tom Thomas, 80, of Seven Knobs Community passed away on April 30 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on May 3 at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. John Mabery and Bro. John Anderson officiating. Interment followed in John Young Cemetery.
B. W. Berry Tom Thomas was born Sept. 27, 1931 in Jackson County. He was a supervisor at the county recycling center and he was affiliated with the Center Grove Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Benton and Dora Thomas; sons, Larry and wife Garry Thomas; grandsons, Garry Thomas Jr. and Steve Allen; brother, Jack Thomas; sister, Mable Vantasel; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Troy B. Hensley and wife Maggie Hensley.
Surviving relatives include: his wife, A. V. Thomas of Gainesboro; daughter, Debbie and husband Elmer Allen of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Jerry and wife Tonya Thomas, Missy Thomas, and Shawn and wife Julie Thomas; great- grandchildren, Bobby Dale Thomas and Emma Thomas; step great-grandchildren, Lisa Pryor, Latoya Pryor, Thomas Pryor, Kaitlyn Young, Kaleb Young and Kristen Young; and a host of nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.
George Hampton “Hamp” Mabry
George Hampton “Hamp” Mabry, 91, of Cookeville passed away on April 29 at NHC of Cookeville. Funeral services were held on May 2 at Hooper- Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with Bro. Buddy Johnson and Bro. Mike Brown officiating. Internment followed in Draper Cemetery.
George Hampton “Hamp” Mabry was born March 26, 1921 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and worked fourteen years as a receptionist in the Information Center at Tennessee Tech University. She was a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, George Bain and Dixie Lassie Hampton Gailbreath; husband, Flynn Mabry; son, Robert Mabry; sister, Mary Katherine Anderson; and brother, Edward Bub Gailbreath.
Surviving relatives include: son, Ken and wife, Regina Mabry of Monterey; daughters, Kay and husband, Neil Ranft of Cookeville; Ann and husband, Terry Sissom of Gordonsville; Jane and husband, Don Foy of Cookeville; grandchildren, Chris Mabry, Ian Mabry, Evan Mabry, Kendra Shelton, Kelly and husband, Kerry Kimbrough, Holly and husband, Jerry Myers, Alex Mabry, Sarah Foy and Julia Foy; great-grandchildren, Ashley Mabry, Ethan Mabry, Shelby Myers, Elijah Myers and Knox Kimbrough; and sister, Joy Brown of Gainesboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Happy Haven Home.
Georgia L. Matney
Georgia L. Matney, 76, passed away on May 1 at NHC Health Care in Oak Ridge. Funeral services will be held on May 4 at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery.
Georgia L. Matney was born July 9, 1935 in Gainesboro. She worked in the nursery at the Jackson County Hospital.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, John Hix and Estelle McCoin Hix; husband Ermine Matney; son, Randy Christopher Matney; brothers, Lewis Hix and Harold Hix; sisters, Mary Smith and infant Thelma Frances Hix.
Surviving relatives include: her son, David and wife, Vickie Matney of Knoxville; daughter, Sherrie and husband, Sonny Wilhite of Columbus; brother, John Hix of Pleasant View; sisters, Edith Brewington of Lebanon and Paulette Warner of Castalin Springs; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Essie Mae Smith
Essie Mae Smith, 97, of Gainesboro passed away on April 30 at home. Graveside services will be held on May 1 at Jonestown Cemetery. No visitation was held at the funeral home.
Essie Mae Smith was born on Nov. 28, 1914 in Clay County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
She is preceded in death by: her parents, Willie M. Bill and Flora G. Deaton Armer; husband, Norman Leslie Mage Smith; brothers, Sam Thomas Armer and Delbert Armer; sisters, Jewell McBride, Mertie smith, Lassie O. Short, ruby Odle, Elise Moore and Lovie Pauline McLerran.
Surviving relatives include: her son, Troy and wife, Betty Sue Smith of Cookeville,; daughter, Jerlene and husband, Sanford Lynn of Gainesboro; sister, Wealtha Strong of Celina; grandchildren, Tonya Sue Smith and David Tyrell Lynn; and great-grandchildren, Lucas and Jameka Lynn.
Card Of Thanks
Dear Jackson County Friends,
Please accept my deepest gratitude and heart-felt thanks for your support during my candidacy for the position of president of Tennessee Tech University. The response of the many supporters throughout the county was humbling beyond words. For those who extended kind words, notes, calls, letters, prayers, and other kinds acts of support, know that you forever have my deepest thanks. My family and I are especially grateful to you who attended, or made an effort to attend the reception at progressive Saving Band. Your patience with the waiting time was much appreciated because we so wanted to visit with everyone.
To show my appreciation to all of you, please join our family for a celebration of Thanks on Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Jackson County Middle School. Dinner will be provided, so please reply by calling 268-9675 by Monday, May 14. We look forward to having you join us as we express our thanks to you!
Immediately after receiving notification that Dr. Phillip Oldham would be ninth TTU president, I congratulated him and now look forward to our work together. As I articulated in my candidacy, it is critical to future generations of Tennesseeans that TTU be recognized as a regional university with a national footprint, and I look forward to seeing the University move forward into the next 100 years.
In my application letter for consideration as president, I closed with words of our TTU Alma mater, “I pledge thee faithful service, my love and loyalty.” That is who I am and will always be. Again, please accept my deepest gratitude for your support.