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Enterprise 6/5/12

Bessie Pauline Winningham

Homemaker

Bessie Pauline Winningham, 88, of Livingston passed away May 22 at  Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held May 26 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Craig Green officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Bessie Pauline Winningham was born Nov. 21, 1923 in Overton County. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Oliver and Ether Smith George; husband, Clois T. Winningham; sisters, Lucille Peterman, Lois Seber, Odean Greenwood, Ruby Neely, Melsie Crabtree, Stella Egan and Clara Broom; and brother, Loyd George.

Surviving relatives include her son, Steven Winningham of Atlanta, GA; brothers, Donald George of Livingston and Edward George of Akron, OH; sister, Frances Martin of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

Nova Dell Cope

Homemaker

Nova Dell Cope, 84, of Allons passed away May 19 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services were held May 22 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Sammy Steven Allen officiating. Interment followed in McDonald Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Amos Hensley, Kyle Cope, Michael Mabe, David Cope, Willie Shepard and William Cope.

Nova Dell Cope was born April 4, 1928 in Kentucky. She was a homemaker and a Baptist in faith.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Oliver Lee and Mary Elizabeth Smith Pullins; husband, Leymon Cope; son, Herbert Cope; daughters, Edna Mae Cope, Clara Faye Cope and Bonnie Lou Cope; four brothers and three sisters.

Surviving relatives include her son, William Cope of Livingston; daughters, Janie Flowers of Allons and Connie and husband Michael Holman of Cookeville; brothers, Curtis Pullins of Indiana, Jerry Ledbetter of Rickman and Quitman Ledbetter of Livingston; sisters, Faye Eldridge of Cookeville and Myrtle Hargis of Monterey; special nieces, Ruth McCormick and June Bilbrey; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; and several other nieces and nephews.

Mary Magdalene Stover

Homemaker

Mary Magdalene Stover, 58, of Livingston passed away May 12 at her home. Funeral services were held May 16 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Brooks Boyd and Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Mike Skinner, Steve Seber, Ricky Waddell, Lance Ruble, Larry Arms and Roger Nelson.

Mary Magdalene Stover was born Dec. 27, 1953 in Clay County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Livingston.

She was preceded in death by: her mother, Callie Maxfield Renner.

Surviving relatives include her father, Hobert Renner of Pleasant Hill Community; husband, Jeff Stover of Livingston; and special friends, Dale Reeder, Barbara Reagan, Jewel Solsbec and Thelma Boles.

Edith Marie Carter Sells

Dietician

Edith Marie Carter Sells, 84, of Allons passed away May 24 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Funeral services were held May 26 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Judd and Bro. Marlon Winningham officiating. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jamie Sells, Joseph Sells, Jason Collins, Bobby Sells, Tyler Cole and Jesse Cole.

Edith Marie Carter Sells was born April 16, 1928 in Overton County. She was a devoted wife and mother, a great country cook and hard worker. Prior to retirement, she was employed in the dietary department at Livingston Regional Hospital for 17 years. She was a member of Allons Church of Christ and attended faithfully until afflicted by poor health. In her retirement years, in addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoyed reading the newspaper, working crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the evening news on TV. She was a long time fan of the Atlanta Braves and loved watching their games. She also enjoyed women’s college basketball, especially the Tennessee Lady Vols.  

Her proudest achievement in life and recipients of her unconditional and undying love, was her family, who returned her love in kind. “Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:28) She will be missed.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, John and Elizabeth Richardson Carter; infant son; infant grandson, Wesley Andrew Sells; brothers, Coy Carter and Jerry Carter; sisters and brother-in-law, Floy Carter Harvey and Onus Harvey and Henrietta Carter Leske; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Thurman Sells, Truman and wife Geneva Garrett Sells, Hurfert Sells and Dallas Gabbard; and parents-in-law, James William and Stella Dennis Sells.

Surviving relatives include her husband, James Milbern Sells of Allons; son and daughter-in-law, James M. Jr. and wife Vivian Sells of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Janice Sells and husband Ernie Hassler of Cookeville, June Sells and husband Danny Collins of Allons and Jeanetta Sells of Livingston; grandchildren, Jamie Sells, Joseph Sells, Jennifer Collins Ellis and husband Jim Ellis, Jason Collins and wife Kelley Gray Collins, Stacy Sells Shaw and husband Jeremy Shaw and Bobby Sells of Livingston; 14 great grandchildren; five step – great grandchildren; one great –  great grandchild; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Hoy and Elsie Smith Carter, Stanley and wife Geneva Booher Carter and Estelle Cyphers Sells all of Monroe; sisters, Hazel Irene Carter of Livingston, Betty Carter Verble of Algood and Anna Lou Carter Gabbard of Troy, OH; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Marvin C. Boles

Marvin C. Boles, 90, of Hilham passed away May 22 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Funeral services were held May 26 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Interment followed in the Turkeytown Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Joe Howard, Mike Howard, Lear Pigg, Tobby Boles and Doc Robertson.

Marvin C. Boles was born May 22, 1922 in Overton County.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Arlo and Mary Goolsby Boles.

Surviving relatives include his sister-in-law, Elaine Boles of Michigan; best friend, Bessie Howard of Hilham; and niece, Kathleen Tatham of Arkansas.

Blenda Sue Poston Burgin

Blenda Sue Poston Burgin, 64, of Cookeville passed away May 25 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held May 28 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Dee Wells and Sonny Ridings officiating. Interment followed in the Algood City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Elliott Poston, Michael Poston, Donald Ray Keyes, Daniel Keyes, Cody Poston and Hunter Poston.

Blenda Sue Poston Burgin was born Oct. 7, 1947 in Overton County.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Ray Poston.

Surviving relatives include her mother, Anna Mae Livingston Poston; daughters and sons-in-law, Celeina Houston and husband Noah of Georgia and DeAngela Hurst and husband Phillip of Georgia; grandchildren, Brittany Houston of Georgia, Eric Hurst of Georgia, Brandon Houston of Massachusetts and Bryan Houston of Tennessee; sister, Patricia Keyes of Rickman; brothers, Ed Poston and Keith Poston both of Livingston; special aunt and uncle, Frank and Jenene Livingston; nephews, Elliott Poston, Michael Poston, Bobby Poston, Billy Poston, David Poston, Donald Ray Keyes and Daniel Ray Keyes; and six great nephews and six great nieces.

Myrtle E. Waites

Homemaker

Myrtle E. Waites, 100, of Livingston passed away May 26 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Graveside services were held on May 28 with Bro. Chuck Overton officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Myrtle E. Waites was born April 1, 1912 in Overton County. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, John Henry and Nova Adel Maynord Glasscock; husband, Dessel Waites; grandson, David Boyd; brothers, Homer, Paul, Howard, Leslie, Casper and Onzie Glasscock; and sisters, Ezma Chilton and Dessie Reece.

Surviving relatives include her daughters, Betty Fero and husband Merlin of Stowe, OH, Lena Boyd and husband Ronald of Romeo, MI and Pauline Leasure and husband Roger of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

John Douglas Allen

John Douglas Allen, 40, of Murfreesboro and formerly of Cookeville passed away at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL. Funeral services were held on June 1 at the Cookeville First Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Stowe officiating. Hooper – Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of the May 17 arrangements.

John Douglas Allen was born Feb. 29, 1972 in Cookeville. He lived life to its fullest and was most proud of his wife, Maria and their three sons.

Surviving relatives include his parents, Gary and Janie Smith Allen of Alpine; wife, Maria Aguirre Allen of Murfreesboro; sons, Nick, Tony and Josh Allen of Murfreesboro brothers and sisters-in-law, David and wife Buffy Allen of Knoxville, Luke and wife Melissa Allen of Cookeville and Matt and wife Sara Allen of Cookeville; and many friends.

James Edward Cobble

Retired School Teacher

James Edward Cobble, 71, of Allons passed away May 28 at his home. Funeral services were held May 30 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Stoner and Rev. Chuck Overton officiating. Interment followed in the Martin Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Wayne Brown, Howard Pennycuff, Jerry Borden, Keith McCormick, Donald Fleming, George Seber, Bruce Smith and Gerald Maynard.

James Edward Cobble was born Feb. 2, 1941 in Overton County. He was a member of the Allons Baptist Church and ROTC program at Tennessee Tech. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and a retired school teacher and farmer.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Claude and Grace Edens Cobble.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Estelene Cobble of Allons; brother, Rev. A. C. Cobble of Morristown; sister, Anna Ruth Qualls of Livingston; nieces and nephews, Denise Burns, Darlene Saddler, Diane Cobble, Barbara Pennycuff, Traci Puckett, Nicole Melton, Bethany Melton, Clinton Melton, Cody Melton, Rebecca Melton, Amy Brown and Andrea Rigsby.

Linda Joyce Watkins Langford

Retired School Teacher

Linda Joyce Watkins Langford, 71, of Livingston passed away on May 28 at her home. Funeral services were held May 30 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Crabtree and Rev. A. J. Looper officiating. Interment followed in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Gary Threet, Rick McDonald, Scott Lamb, Wayne Peek, Levi Groce, Randy Dodson, Roger Langford and Trent Strobe.

Honarary Pallbearers: Cody Langford, Collin Langford and Jessie Sanders.

Linda Joyce Watkins Langford was born April 28, 1941 in Overton County. She was a retired school teacher, a member of Christ Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Claude Delmer and Sallie Gertrude Speck Watkins; husband, Thurman H. Langford and an infant brother.

Surviving relatives include sons and daughters-in-law, David and wife Kathy Langford of Livingston and Danny and wife Lisa Langford of Livingston; and grandchildren, Cody Langford and Collin Langford.

Virgil Brown Love

Tool and Die Maker

Virgil Brown Love, 86, of Algood passed away May 13 at the Overton County Nursing Home. Memorial services will be held June 9 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Rev. Roger McDonald and Eva McDonald officiating.

Virgil Brown Cook was born Oct. 19, 1925 in Dickson County. He was a tool and die maker for Chrysler Corp., a Baptist in faith, a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the UAW. He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Samuel Dudley and Katie Bell Stanley Love.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Jacqueline Love of Algood; sons, Dennis Love of California, Virgil “Butch” Love Jr. and Robert Love both of Michigan; step-sons, Roger McDonald of Byrdstown, Greg McDonald of Livingston and Bill McDonald of Michigan; daughters, Darlene French of Michigan; and sisters, Laura Church of Virginia and Genny Spencer of Dickson and many grandchildren.

Alma E. Conner

Homemaker

Alma E. Conner, 83, of Monroe passed away May 25 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held May 28 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Cecil Shaw officiating. Interment followed at the Fellowship Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Joe Conner, Michael Crabtree, Matthew Conner, Harold Hurd, Ralph Sells and Elmo Garrett.

Alma E. Conner was born July 18, 1928 in Overton County. She was a member of the Free Communion Church of Christ  and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Edd and Verdie Spicer Smith; husband, Shirlie Ray Conner; sisters, Ruby Smith, Jewel Newberry and Lola Conner; and brother, Veachel Smith.

Surviving relatives include her sons, Joe and wife Pat Conner of Monroe and Kenneth and wife Trevenue Conner of Monroe; grandchildren, Christie Crabtree, Matthew, Wendell and Amanda Conner; great grandchildren, Allison and Ethan Conner; brothers, J.B. Smith and Loyd Smith both of Monroe, Bill Smith of Anderson, IN and Dustin Smith of Shawnee, OK; and sister, Delcie Heiny of Lapel, Indiana.

Charles Thomas Eckel

Representative

Charles Thomas Eckel, 89, of Alexandria, LA passed away on May 25 at his home. Funeral services were held May 29 at the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Reed Wilson officiating. Interment followed in the Eckel Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Britt Jared, David, Michael and Roger Parris, Roy Wilson and Jim White.

Charles Thomas Eckel was born April 25, 1923 in Overton County. He was a representative for International Shoe Company, a Veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII where he served as a Tank Commander in the European Theater of Operations, 60th Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and Bridge at Remagen.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Bernley and Myrtie Hodges Eckel and five sisters.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Clara Parris Eckel of Alexandria, LA; son, Rusty and wife Karen Eckel of Lake Charles, LA; daughters, Norma and husband Charlie Lively of San Antonio, TX and Tama and husband Kenny LeBlanc of Greenville, SC; brothers, Noel Eckel of Cookeville, Bill Eckel and Bob Eckel of Orange County, CA; grandchildren, Katie and husband Chris Eckel, Benjamin Eckel, David Eckel, Taylor LeBlanc and Sarah LeBlanc; and great grandchildren, Abigail Brooks and Aiden Brooks.

Lovie Alice Poindexter

Lovie Alice Poindexter, 74, of Celina passed away May 22 at  Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held May 24 at the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bill Threet officiating. Interment followed in the Ashlock Cemetery.

Lovie Alice Poindexter was born Nov. 10, 1937 in Clay County.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Gerstle and Bertha Anderson Hammons; husband, Dewy Lee Poindexter; and grandchildren, John Christopher Poindexter and Tony Bennett.

Surviving relatives include her daughters, Debbie and husband Jerry Grogan of Celina, Suzanne Kolinski of Burkesville, KY and Anita and husband Michael Spears of Celina; son, Johnny and wife Tiffany Poindexter of Celina; brothers, Buddy Hammons, Gerstle Hammons and Rich Hammons; sisters, Geraldine Strong and Billie Jean Johnson; and 13 grandchildren, several great –  grandchildren and four great –  great –  grandchildren.

Ardean Nelson

Retired Associate

Ardean Nelson, 92, of Cookeville passed away May 31 at NHC of Cookeville. Funeral services were held June 2 at the chapel of Hooper – Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Adams and Pastor Ron Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Ardean Nelson was born June 20, 1919 in Overton County. He was a member of Praise Cathedral Church of God and a retired associate of Thompson Manufacturing.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Thomas and Nancy Gaw Nelson; brothers, Brownie Nelson, Jack Nelson, Horace Nelson and Carlos Nelson; and sister, Mary Jane Ray.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Alpha “Irene” Taylor Nelson; sons, Tom and wife Faye Nelson, Robert and wife Connie Nelson and Freddie and wife Kathy Nelson; daughters, Donna and husband Jeff Moss and Kathy Goolsby; brother, Benton and wife Treva Nelson; sisters, Louise and husband George Conley and Vina Gregg all of Cookeville; grandchild-ren, Jamie and husband Chad Sims, Tonya and husband John Downer, Rena and husband Tracey Welch, Steven Nelson, Samantha and husband Jessie McCarthney and Jessica and husband Ryan McCarthney; and 10 great grandchildren.

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