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Citizen-Statesman 7/3/12

John Luther Swan

Electrical Engineer

John Luther Swan, also known as “Rooster”, 83, of Celina passed away June 26, at the Celina Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held June 27 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Threet officiating. Interment followed in the Fitzgerald Cemetery.

John Luther Swan was born July 15, 1928 in Clay County. He was a self-employed electrical engineer and was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Luther and Della (Freeman) Swan; brothers, Edward and Tom Swan; and sister, Katherine Dillon.

Surviving relatives include: brother, Jesse Freeman Swan of Celina; five nieces; one nephew; five great nieces; one great nephew; two great-great nieces; and one great-great nephew.

Betty Joyce Dodson

Machine Operator

Betty Joyce Dodson, 75, of the Hermitage Springs Community in Clay County passed away June 24 at her residence. Funeral services were held June 27 from the Upton Funeral Home with Hubert Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Pitcock Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Melvin Reecer, Paul Rhoton, Curtis Dodson, Derek Robertson, Mike Ruth and Jerry Reecer.

Betty Joyce Dodson was born April 21, 1937 in Clay County. She was a retired machine operator from Osh Kosh B’Gosh and was affiliated with the Union Hill Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dalice H. and Alice Ruby (Birdwell) Brady.

 Surviving relatives include: husband, Donald Dodson of Hermitage Springs; son, Curtis Eugene and wifeJulie Dee Dodson of Lebanon; sisters, Wilma  and husband Melvin Reecer of Indianapolis, IN and Janice and husband Paul Rhoton of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Candace Renae and Corinne Nicole Dodson.

Odell Looper Swan

Retired School Teacher

Odell Looper Swan, 83, of Cookeville passed away June 25 following a brief illness at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held June 28 in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with Joe Roberts and Bob Farris officiating. Interment followed in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers included Max Johnson, Joe H. Wilson, Harry Glazier and the Elders and Deacons of Collegeside Church of Christ.

Active pallbearers included Gerald Buckmaster, Alan West, Robert Gribble, Harold Randolph, H.C. Wilson and Johnny Looper.

Odell Looper Swan was born on July 27, 1928 in Monterey. She graduated Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Education. She was a member of Collegeside Church of Christ and was a retired school teacher of more than 50 years. She often stated that teaching children was one of the great joys in her life. She began teaching in July 1947 and retired from the Clay County School System in May 1990. She then taught at the Plateau Mental Health Center for seven more years before ending her career as a substitute teacher. In her spare time, she was a talented and passionate seamstress and quilter. Her beautiful quilts and Christmas creations were a delight to all who saw them.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wayne Fleming Swann; granddaughter, Rebecca Louise Craighead; two brothers and sister-in-law, Joseph Hunter Looper, Gilbert and Allene Looper.

Surviving relatives include: daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Phil Craighead; two special granddaughters, Rachel Craighead who stayed with her and took her places and Emily Craighead, who she loved to go watch play basketball, all of Cookeville; devoted cousin, Ann Karch; close friend, Laquanah Crowder and many friends, fellow teachers and former students.

Waneta Faye Johnson

Church Pianist/Organist

Waneta Faye Johnson, 86, of Whitleyville formerly of Richmond, IN passed away June 25 at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral services were held June 29 at Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond, IN. Interment followed in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Richmond. Hall Funeral Home in Celina was in charge of the local arrangement.

Waneta Faye Johnson was born on March 31, 1926 in Sunbury, OH. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Richmond where she was the church pianist and organist.

She was preceded in death by parents, Orville and Mary Runnels Potter; husband, Harlen Green Johnson; sons, Stephen Dale Johnson and Philip Joel Johnson.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Lois and husband Bruce Prince of Nashville and Eunice Johnson of Whitleyville; sons, Paul and wifeChristine Johnson of Richmond, IN, Donald Johnson of Nashville, Timothy and wife Deborah Johnson of Medina, OH and Chris and wife Letha Johnson of Richmond, IN; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Helen Soderberg of Round Lake, IL, and Inez and husband Howard Springer of Pleasantville, OH.

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