Joey Wayne Taylor
Joey Wayne Taylor, 36, of Hardy’s Chapel Community passed away July 13 in Crossville. Funeral services were held July 16 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Short officiating. Interment followed in the Poplar Springs Cemetery in the Hardy’s Chapel Community.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were various electrical workers throughout the area.
Joey Wayne Taylor was born April 25, 1976 in Livingston.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ed and Rosa Taylor, Harold and Phyllis Ayers.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Donna Taylor of Cookeville; son, Cody Neal of Cookeville; daughter, Kelsee Neal of Cookeville; parents, Kenneth and Mary Taylor of Cookeville; and brother, Todd Ayers and wife Pam of Cookeville.
Tommy W. Mariah
Tommy Mariah passed away peacefully at his home on July 18 in Overton County after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Madison, WI on May 31, 1944 to Dr. Erwin and Alma Grumke. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Tommy was in the construction business most of his life, building many apartments and condominiums in Wisconsin and in Nashville. He retired to the good life in 2009.
Tommy married and is survived by his wife Skeeter Flowers and moved to Overton County where he has lived for 21 years.
He was an avid hockey player and coach, playing in Madison, WI and Nashville in local hockey leagues. His nickname in hockey was “The Hornet.”
The youngest of three brothers, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Michael and David Grumke. He leaves behind many friends and family members. His surviving family members include a special sister-in-law, Patti Grumke and her spouse Bill Niebuhr, nephews, Michael, Dennis and Dan Grumke; grandnieces, Emma, Hanna and Mattea Grumke; and grandnephew, Merrick Grumke.
Tommy donated his body to medical research as a final gift. His memorial service will be held at a later date in Overton County.
Beatrice Looper, 77, of Monterey passed away July 18 at her home in Monterey. Funeral services were held July 20 at the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Welch Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.
Beatrice Looper was born April 10, 1935 in Overton County. She was an assembler at Barnes Industries in Madison Heights, MI and she was a member of the Columbia Hill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hulie and Nancy Bowman Vaughn; sisters, Anna Jo Vaughn and Lula Matthews and husband Bud; brothers, Herman Vaughn and wife Reba, Kenneth Vaughn and wife Mary and two infant brothers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elbert and Christeen Phillips Looper; brothers-in-law, J.B. Looper and wife Lela, Perry Looper, Albert Looper and Billy Looper.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Doyle Kelly Looper of Monterey; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Mindy Looper of New Hudson, MI; granddaughters, Adrienne Looper of Hamtramck, MI and Kelly Looper of New Hudson, MI; sister, Lillian Hargis of Battle Creek, MI; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Vicki Looper, Nannie Louis Looper, John and Dimple Looper, Lorn and Jewel Looper and Bobby and Claudia Looper; and lots of loving nieces and nephews and church family.
George Hargis, 69, of Livingston passed away July 17 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held July 20 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Lacy and Bro. Melvin Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were: Jordan Hargis, Josh Foster, Cody Foster, Tyler Collins, Logan Hull, Trent Hull, Shawn Foster and Greg Hargis.
Honorary pallbearers were: Taylor Hargis, Cristin Collins, Emily Hargis and Tucker Hargis.
George Hargis was born Nov. 16, 1942 in Overton County. He was a logger and attended Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Elmer and Icee Ellen Spurlin Hargis; sisters, Argie Copeland and Ruby Stenson; and brothers, Elmer Hargis and Eddie Hargis.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Bonnie Hargis of Livingston; son, Chris and wife Sandy Hargis of Monroe; daughters, Shelby and husband Kendrick Collins of Allons, Diana and husband Joey Foster of Allons and Margaret and husband Richard Hull of Livingston; brother, Jimmy Hargis of McMinnville; sisters, Pauline Presley of Rickman and Zula Brown of Crossville; grandchildren, Jordan Hargis, Josh Foster, Cody Foster, Tyler Collins, Taylor Hargis, Logan Hull, Trent Hull, Shawn Foster, Emily Hargis and Cristin Collins; and great grandchild, Tucker Hargis.
Jerry Allen Byrd
Jerry Allen Byrd, 65, of Monroe passed away July 18 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held July 22 at the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Cletis Beason officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Tommy Warden, Timmy Smith, Kenny Smith, Fred Wright, Bryan Wright and Bobby Lee.
Jerry Allen Byrd was born Dec. 6, 1946 in Pickett County. He was a retired factory worker, a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. in Union City, IN and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Byrd; sister, Judy Byrd; and brother, Larry Byrd.
Surviving relatives include his sons, Ronald William Byrd of Byrdstown and Jerry Lee Byrd and wife Wendy of Richmond, IN; mother, Alma Dean (Wright) Byrd Winningham Groce of Monroe; sisters, Joyce Smith and husband Charles, Polly Smith and husband Wayne; Linda Hicks and husband Randal all of Monroe; Rita Bolejack and husband Mark of Girrard, KS and Lisa Warden and husband Tommy of Byrdstown; brothers, Terry Byrd and wife Janice of Monroe and Johnny Byrd and wife Robbie of Hilham; mother of his children, Pat Byrd; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Rev. Donald Whittaker
Rev. Donald Whittaker, 83, of the Anderson Community near Monterey passed away July 20 at his home. Funeral services were held July 23 at the chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Rev. Dewayne Whittaker, Rev. Sonny Gilpatrick and Rev. Roger Sisco officiating. Interment followed in the Phillips Cemetery in the Anderson Community.
Rev. Donald Whittaker was born Oct. 1, 1928 in Overton County. He was a minister for over 55 years, pastoring many churches throughout the Upper Cumberland. He was a member of the Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He also worked various jobs in the timber industry such as sawmill worker, timber cutter and lumber mill industry. He also worked in the mobile home manufacturing and with Appalachian Manufacturing in Monterey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman and Tilda Phillips Whittaker.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Magdalene Phillips Whittaker of the Anderson Community; daughter and son-in-law, Reba and Roger Sisco of the Anderson Community; sons and daughter-in-law, Charles and Della Whittaker of the Anderson Community and Vestel Whittaker of the Anderson Community; grandchildren, Sherry Gilpatrick, Bradley Whittaker, Dewayne Whittaker, Aaron Whittaker and Jason Sisco; great grandchildren, Kyle Gilpatrick, Torie Phillips, Elijah Whittaker, Caleb Whittaker, Madison Sisco and Caden Sisco; sister, Wanda Hite of the Shady Grove Community; and brother, Doyle Whittaker of the Anderson Community.
Johnny Howard Phillips
Johnny Howard Phillips, 61, of Monroe passed away July 18. Funeral services were held July 21 at the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Interment followed in the Jim Lottie Smith Cemetery in Monroe.
Pallbearers were: Drew Phillips, Donnie Phillips, Gary Phillips, Tad Phillips, Nick McDonald, Shannon Wilson, Bradley and Jamie Key.
Johnny Howard Phillips was born Feb. 22, 1951 in Detroit, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Howard and Lela (Smith) Phillips.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Patsy Phillips of Monroe; sons, Johnny Howard Phillips of Michigan, Bennie Phillips of Monroe, Shaun Stafford of Celina and Christopher Phillips of Monroe; daughter, Melissa Goolsby of Cookeville; sisters, Kathy Marie Dyer, Sheila Kim Biaue’e, Karen Gaye Adragna and Molessia Melton; brother, Rodney Phillips; and eight grandchildren.
Bob L. Hastings
Bob L. Hastings, 79, of Rickman passed away July 22 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 25 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Singleton officiating. Interment will follow in the Netherland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Jerry Hastings, Phillip Hastings, Alex Hastings, Tom Ashburn, Harold Ferguson and Kevin Cantrell.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Elders and Deacons of the Monterey Church of Christ.
Bob L. Hastings was born Jan. 14, 1933 in Overton County. He graduated from Rickman High School in 1950. He worked for Rockwell International in Detroit, MI until he retired. He also served two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Carson, CO. He was a member of the Monterey Church of Christ where he served as an elder.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Julie Hastings; sisters, Lilian Gragg and Lizzie Ferguson; and brother, James Walter Hastings.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Ruby Bilbrey Hastings; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Merry Hastings of Rochester Hills, MI and Randy and Melody A. Hastings of Indianapolis, IN; and grandchildren, Alex, Jarrett and Melody L. Hastings.