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Citizen-Statesman 11/20/12

Roger Lee Roach

Truck Driver

Roger Lee Roach, 49, of Knobb Creek in Clay County passed away Nov. 7 at the Cumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held Nov. 9 from the Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown with Bro. Chris Hefner and Bro. Stephen Headrick officiating. Interment followed in the Travisville Cemetery.

Roger Lee Roach was born Feb. 25, 1963 in Overton County. He lived all his life in Clay County. He was a truck driver and was of the Baptist Faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents Will “Bill” Roger Roach and Nell (Ferrell) Roach.

Surviving relatives include his wife Debbie (Troxell) Roach of Celina; daughter Tina Stafford and husband Donny of Gainesboro; sons Tim Collins and David Collins of Celina; stepmother Brenda Roach of Celina; mother-in-law Maudie Troxell of Pall Mall; sisters Dianne Day and husband Kenneth Simmons of Spencer and Donnita Dilldine and husband Joey of Livingston; grandchildren Courtney Stafford, Hunter and Cameron Collins; great friend Robert Boles; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Pallbearers were Donny Stafford, Roger Westmoreland, Joey Dilldine, Robert Boles, Donny Spears and Larry Roach.

Imogene Edna Estep Burdsall


Imogene Edna Estep Burdsall, 75, of Indianapolis, IN passed away Nov. 10. Funeral services were held Nov. 14 from the Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel.

Imogene Edna Estep Burdsall was born Sept. 9, 1937 in Celina. She worked for Day Nursery at the State Office Building and previously worked as a beautician and nursing home qualified medical assistant.

She was preceded in death by her parents John E. and Olene D. Hogan Estep; daughters Sandra K. and Michele L. Burdsall; sisters Willodene Estep Burdsall and Suzie Estep; and brother Kenneth Estep.

Surviving relatives include her son Stuart R. Burdsall; daughter Mary A. Stephens and husband Jerry; grandchildren Jerry Stevens and wife Kayla and Travis Stevens and wife Heather; great-grandson Micha Stevens; sisters Josephine Ward and Louella Estep; and brothers Felmond and Raymond Estep.

Wanda Joyce Cross Cummins

Retired Restaurant Owner

Wanda Joyce Cross Cummins, 70, of Celina passed away Oct. 30 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held Nov. 2 from the Upton Funeral Home.

Wanda Joyce Cross Cummins was born July 29, 1942 in Union Hill. She was a retired restaurant owner and was a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carlos “Gike” and Della Lee (Lawson) Cross.

Surviving relatives include her husband Ronald Lee Cummins of Celina; son Ronald Lee Cummins II of Ft. Hood, TX; daughter Andrea Renee Cummins of Pinellas, FL; brother Michael Cross of Celina; sisters Barbara Turley and Marcella Holaway both of Celina; and grandson Jesse Lee Cummins.

Lisa Wright


Lisa Wright, 22, of the Willette Community in Macon County passed away Nov. 9 at her residence. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 from the Chapel of the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Spring with Elder Billy Joe Shoulders officiating. Interment followed in the Willette Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Lisa Wright was born Oct. 30, 1990 in Smith County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. She was a proud mother of her two year old son, Devin Huntsman.

She was preceded in death by her mother Donna Lynn Wilson; maternal grandparents Raymond and Orilla Driver Wilson; and paternal grandparents Wilburn and Lera Kirby Wright.

Surviving relatives include her son Devin Huntsman; father Rocky Wright of the Willette Community; brother Wilburn Bo Wright of Lebanon; and half-sister Amanda Cooper and husband Josh of Tompkinsville, KY.

Pallbearers were her family and friends.

Danny Rellon Petty


Danny Rellon Petty, 53, of Hilham passed away Oct. 31 at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at Upton Funeral Home with Shane Hammock officiating. Interment followed in the Turkeytown Cemetery.

Danny Rellon Petty was born Aug. 31, 1959 in Cookeville. He was a supervisor for Hanson International and a member of the Antioch Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by his father Rellon Carr Petty.

Surviving relatives include his mother Dottie Evelyn (Allen) Petty of Cookeville; wife Penny (Cox) Petty of Hilham, son Adam Gilpatrick of Hilham; daughters Mary Mercea Petty of Hilham and Rachel Grogan and husband Jonathon of Celina; sister Jennie Burgess and husband Gary of Cookeville; grandchildren Kenira Hammock, Trent Rellon Grogan and Christopher Grogan; father and mother-in-law Shirley and Earline Cox of Hilham; brothers and sisters-in-law Robert Cox and wife Jill, Robbie Allen and husband Randall, Sharon Langford and husband Gary; nephews James, Jordan and Jacob Burgess and Jacob Warren; nieces Chasity Harold and husband Zach, Martha Poindexter, Anna McLerran and Lacey Cox, one great niece; and three great nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Frankie Nolan, Josh Nolan, Willard Boles and Eddie Jenning.

Pallbearers were James Burgess, Jordan Burgess, Jacob Burgess, Zack Harold, Jacob Warren and Luke Collins.

Clyde Wilder

Sawmill Worker

Clyde Wilder, 84, of Red Boiling Springs passed away Nov. 15 at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette. Graveside services were held Nov. 16 from the Bethany Cemetery in Red Boiling Springs with Jimmy Cook officiating.

Clyde Wilder was born April 26, 1928 in Macon County. He was a sawmill worker and a member of the Red Boiling Springs Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Audrey Parsley Wilder; wife Lucille Gregory Wilder; sister Morene Davis; and brothers Dayton and Clayton Wilder.

Surviving relatives include his daughter Wanda Wilder of Red Boiling Springs; sons Clyde Wilder, Jr. and wife Ann of Lafayette, Kenneth Wilder, Gerald Wilder and Glenn Wilder all of Red Boiling Springs; sisters Aline Hix of Smyrna and Delno Clark of Red Boilings; brother Clifton Wilder and wife Jonell of Olmstead, KY; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Clyde Wilder, Jr., Kenneth Wilder, Glenn Wilder, Michael Wilder, Jason Denham, Ronald Wilder and Clint Wilder.

Jerry Glenn Allen

Truck Driver

Jerry Glenn Allen, 65, of Celina passed away Oct. 26 at the Celina Health and Rehab. Graveside services were held Nov. 4 from the Gamaliel Cemetery in Gamaliel, KY with Bro. Scott Smith officiating.

Jerry Glenn Allen was born Feb. 26, 1947 in Monroe County, KY. He was a semi-truck driver and a member of the Baptist Church in Tompkinsville, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Frank and Nancy Jane (Evans) Allen; brothers Eagle Edward Allen, Frank Jr. Allen and Jimmy Neal Allen; and sisters Lucinda Allen, Ruth Allen, Dimple Marie Dennis, Vickie Faye Allen and infant twins.

Surviving relatives include daughter Tammy Knight of Indianapolis, IN; son Anthony Allen of Russellville, KY; sisters Penny Killman of Celina, Linda Stacy of St. Louis, MO, Wanda Sue Stacy of St. Louis, MO, Joyce Blythe of Tompkinsville, KY, Rachel Kinslow of Greensburg, KY, Doris Smiley of Indianapolis, IN, Judy Barr of Indianapolis, IN and Sarah Harrell of Bowling Green, KY ;and three grandchildren.

Howard Reeves Young

Veteran/Friend to Many

Howard Reeves Young, 82, of Celina passed away Nov. 12 at Cumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held Nov. 15 from the Upton Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Butler’s Landing Cemetery.

Howard Reeves “Posey” Young was born Aug. 13, 1930. He was a life-long member of the Clay County Community, born, raised and laid to rest in Butler’s Landing. He loved the community. He often told visitors and newcomers, that if they wore out a pair of shoes in Clay County they would never leave. Posey was honored as the first Korean War draftee from Tennessee. He created and organized the Clay County Reunion Homecoming Days for 20 years. He is the past president of the Dale Hollow CB Club, with a focus of having benefits to financial assistance for hundreds of people during the 70’s and 80’s. He was a local businessman for 33 years. He worked for State of TN Forestry for 10 years. He played a good hand of Rook and enjoyed spirited competition and bragging rights. He proved over and over again, that a good John Deere is a worthy yard ornament, for attracting people to sit under your shade tree. Posey was a storyteller, some called them tales. He was proof that if you tell a good story often enough you will never forget the details. Posey had an impeccable memory. Community groups, who recognized the importance of our elders memories, requested interviews on Clay County history. The Chamber of Commerce had filmed The Way I Lived It, Posey’s first installment on Clay County early history. The second installment, and yet another on Clay County early history were not yet fulfilled.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hub and Flora Young; sister and brother-in-law Mary Katherine and Lt. Col. William F. Murley; nephew Lt. Christopher Brandon Murley; niece Kim Murley; and beloved aunt Nell Lynch Stone.

Surviving relatives include his wife Louise Smith Young; son and family Winton Edward and Casey Freeman Young of Celina; Nuclear Electrician Mate, Petty Officer first Class Dylan Freeman and Amanda Bybee, Steven Freeman and Abygail Nicole Young of Enterprise, AL, and Harrison Reeves Young of Brooklyn, NY; his daughter and family Myra and Jeff Miller of Smithville, Reeves Beller of Murfreesboro and Delany Louise Johnson of Smithville.

Honorary pallbearers were Billy Walker, JD Shell, Floyd Joyner, Charlie Stimick, Bill Howard, Aaron G. Smith, Charlie Hull, Mayfield Brown, Rick Florys, Rook and card players and Dale Hollow CB Club members.

Pallbearers were Carl Boyd, Keith Brown, John Cates, Joe Roberts, Carl Smith and Les Winningham.

Card of Thanks

Wanda Joyce Cross Cummins

II Sam. 12:19-23   

II Pet. 1: 5-8

A little thoughtfulness can be the greatest of all.

At this time when words can’t tell you all that our hearts would say…

We thank all of you who showed us comfort and care at this great loss in our families.

May God be with you all.

The Cross and Cummins Families

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