Arlis Deloy “Skip” Hinson
Retired General Motors Employee
Arlis Deloy “Skip” Hinson, 66, of Rickman passed away Dec. 6 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Pastor A.J. Looper officiating. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery.
Arlis Deloy Hinson (known as “Skip” to his friends and family) was born March 12, 1946, in Monterey.
He is survived by his wife Carrie “Terry” Huffman Hinson; their sons Jeffrey Huffman, Michael Huffman, and two grandsons Andrew Irwin and Alec Huffman, of Anderson, IN; two other children and two grandchildren in Indiana; two brothers Elgin R. Hinson and wife Charlotte of Anderson, IN, and James Roy Hinson of Elwood, IN. Also surviving are numerous relatives and friends in the area.
He was preceded in death by twin infant brothers; an older brother Archie Hinson; and parents Arie and Edna McCowan Hinson.
Skip retired from General Motors in Anderson, IN, in 1995 and moved to Rickman. He designed and built his dream log house on his grandmother’s property. Other than working on his home, he enjoyed making many woodcraft items for friends and family. He was always happy to tinker or rebuild cars, trucks, motors and any other object that allowed him to get greasy.
Serving as pallbearers were Jeff Huffman, Mike Huffman, Alec Huffman, Doug Oakley, Andrew Irwin and Elgin Hinson.
George F. Wilson
Farmer, Coal Miner and Postmaster
George F. Wilson, 90, of Wilder, TN passed away Dec. 5 at his home. Masonic rites were conducted on Dec. 7 from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Welcome Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the Wilson Family Cemetery.
George F. Wilson was born Jan. 26, 1922, in Hanging Limb. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. Wilson was a farmer, coal miner of 30 years and a retired U.S. Postmaster. He was a member of Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, Green Pond Masonic Lodge No. 703, a lifetime member of the VFW Post, American Legion and DAV.
He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes Jenkins Wilson; parents Joseph P. and Cora Hoover Wilson; brothers Emerson “Red” Wilson, Leslie B. Wilson and Othel “Dobe” Wilson.
Surviving relatives include his daughter and son-in-law Susan and Larry Anderson of Dunlap; sons and daughters-in-law George Michael and Diana Wilson of Allons, and Billy Joe and Temple Wilson of Clarkrange; sisters Genata Looper of the Dry Hollow community and Myma Jean Miller of Alpine; brothers Dester Wilson of Warren, MI, and Hershel Wilson of Alpine; grandchildren Bill Wilson, Chris Anderson, Jason Wilson, Angie Wilson Fuller, Chanda Wilson Carter, Michael Anderson, Amanda Wilson Robbins, Lee Ann Wilson Isabell and Corie Wilson; 18 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Jackie Neal “Jack” Gibbons
Jackie Neal “Jack” Gibbons, 77, of Rickman passed away Dec. 3 at his home. Funeral services were held Dec. 6 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Brett Gibbons officiating. Interment followed in the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery in Hilham.
Jackie Neal “Jack” Gibbons was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Hilham. He worked as an electrician and served in the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elviria Sarah Barlow Gibbons and Herman Gibbons; brothers Billy Joe Gibbons, and Robert and Faye Gibbons; and granddaughter Kaylee Sue Hooks.
Surviving relatives include his wife Beverly Sue Gibbons of Rickman; daughters Pamela Surridge and husband John, and Angela Hooks and husband Johnny, all of Rickman; son Mike Gibbons of Rickman; brother Bud Gibbons and wife Monica of Lakewood, CA; sister Wille Bea McCoy of Cookeville; sister-in-law Carlene Gibbons of Livingston; grandchildren Jackie Young, Liza Harris, Buddy Bowman, Shawon Gibbons, Ryan Gibbons, Sarina Surridge, Aden Hooks and Kinsley Hooks; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Travis Young, Billy Harris, Johnny Hooks, Brad Gibbons, Shawn Cobble, J.D. Rector and Colton Reagan.
Haskell Clyde Hunter
Haskell Clyde Hunter, 99, of the Rickman community passed away Dec. 2 at his son’s home in Smithville. Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Reagan officiating. Interment followed in the Hunter Cove Cemetery in Allons.
Haskell Clyde Hunter was born Feb. 6, 1913, in the Hunter Cove of Overton County.
He was preceded in death by his wife Caddie Hunter, and parents Walter and Ida Golden Hunter.
Surviving relatives include his sons Larry Hunter and wife Ruth of Smithville, Dwane Hunter and wife Janet of Hendersonville, and Glen Hunter and wife Peggy of Gadsden, AL; daughter Jouace Jackson and husband Don of Columbia, SC; sister Bonnie Ferrell of Livingston; nine grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Anthony Hunter, Howard Hunter, Jonathan Hunter, Steve Pickett, Michael Hunter and Ethan Jackson.
Helen Frances Loftis
Helen Frances Loftis, 63, of Rickman passed away Dec. 2 at her home. Funeral services were held Dec. 4 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Phifer officiating. Interment followed in the West Cemetery.
Helen Frances Loftis was born Nov. 7, 1949, in Fentress County.
She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Myrtle Garrett Phippin.
Surviving relatives include her sons Robert “Bo” Loftis and wife Allison of Gulfport, MS, and Steven Garrett and Scott Garrett, both of Crossville; sisters Debra Dickens of Rickman, and Lola Finley of Cookeville and Wilma Selby of Crossville; and two grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Bo Loftis, Steve Garrett, Scott Garrett, Chris Pippin, Greg Pippin and Kerry Dickens.
Barney Barton Norrod
Coal Miner And Bus Driver
Barney Barton Norrod, 91, of Hanging Limb passed away Dec. 3 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 from Calvary Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Randall Hoover and Rev. Billy Joe Hedgecough officiating. Interment followed in the F.A. Norrod Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Barney Barton Norrod was born July 18, 1921, in Green Pond, TN. He was a coal miner. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving on the USS Scroggins. He worked at Michigan Carton in Battle Creek, MI, Douglas Aircraft in Monterey and was an Overton County School bus driver. Norrod was a member of the Calvary Freewill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel Bowman Norrod; parents Tilbert Horace and Luann Wilson Norrod; son Richard Norrod; son-in-law Jim Norrod; granddaughter Kimberly Hicks; and 12 brothers and sisters.
Surviving relatives include his daughters Glenda Sue Norrod and Sherry Lynn Norrod, both of Hanging Limb; daughter-in-law Sharon Norrod of Murfreesboro; grandchildren Rhonda Delk and husband Mike, Marsha Hedgecough and husband Tim; Kevin Norrod and wife Janie, Cynthia Taylor and husband Greg, Sean Norrod, Rick Eitelman and wife Sabrina, and Jesse Hicks; and 17 great grandchildren.
Ella Mabel Ferrell Tidrow Sells
School Cook and Homemaker
Ella Mabel Ferrell Tidrow Sells, 93, of Byrdstown passed away Dec. 4 at Pickett Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 from the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Cross officiating. Interment followed in the Tidrow Cemetery.
Ella Mabel Ferrell Tidrow Sells was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Overton County. She was a homemaker, a retired Pickett County School cook and former cook at Star Point Dock. She was also a member of Bloomington Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edgar Ferrell and Cora Bice Ferrell; first husband Howard Tidrow; son Eugene Tidrow; sister Lola Copeland; half-sister Vera Hastings; and half-brothers Verlie Ferrell, and Willie and Hassel Norris.
Surviving relatives include her husband John Esco Sells of Byrdstown; two stepdaughters and one stepson; nieces Carol Melton, Mary Elizabeth Rosco, Wilma Oakley, Geraldine Hester and Christine Martin; nephews Rankin Little, Bob Amonett, Steve Reagan and Jerry Little; and also great nieces, great nephews, other family members and friends survive.
Serving as pallbearers were Steve Reagan, Rankin Little, James Melton, Jimmy McCoy, Jim McCoy and Jordan McCoy.
Richard Thomas Wright
Richard Thomas Wright, 62, of Cookeville passed away Dec. 1 at his home. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with his family officiating.
Richard Thomas Wright was born Sept. 25, 1950, in Dade County, FL. He was a security guard and also a U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam era.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Samuel and Mary Louise Darrell Wright, and brother Larry William Wright.
Surviving relatives include his son Lawrence Samuel Wright II of Bedford, VA, and uncle and aunt Kendall and Janice Wright of Clarkrange.
Gladys Pauline Walker Jenkins
Gladys Pauline Walker Jenkins, 90, of Livingston passed away Nov. 30 at Parkview Care Center in Evansville, IN. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Derek Copeland and Bro. Eugene McCowan officiating. Interment followed in the Liberty Cemetery.
Gladys Pauline Walker Jenkins was born Nov. 29, 1922, in Overton County. She was a factory worker and attended First Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Carson Walker and Noble Jenkins; parents Shirley and Marietta Wilson Carmack; son Paul Carson Walker Jr.; and sister Verda Hammock.
Surviving relatives include her sons Gerald and Darlene Walker of Evansville, IN, and Gary and Brenda Walker of Fruitville, FL; sister Joyce Allred of Livingston; grandchildren Mechelle Ziggenfus, Darrin Walker, Jason Walker, Brady Gale, Ben Walker and Brandon Walker; and 16 great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Jason, Darrin, Brandon and Ben Walker, Michael Allred and Brady Gale.
Lucy Brown, 80, of Rickman passed away Dec. 2 at her home. Funeral services were held from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Dwayne Hargis officiating. Interment followed in the Red Hill Cemetery in Jackson County.
Lucy Brown was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Jackson County. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband George UL Brown; parents Luke and Della Mae Richardson Scott; son Frank Brown; and daughters Lenora and Uldean Brown.
Surviving relatives include her daughters Norma Jean Sidwell and Lora Leigh Brown, both of Rickman, and Jo Ann Stafford of Hartsville, and sister Lary Petty of Gainesboro.
Serving as pallbearers were Harold Brown, Bryan Stafford, Matt Sidwell, Michaela Brown, Lucas Rowell and Taylor Roberson.
Rastus “Rat” Bowman
Craftsman and Fisherman
Rastus “Rat” Bowman, 75, of Rickman passed away Nov. 28 at Alvin C. York V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro. Memorial services were held Dec. 1 from Rickman First Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Monday and Bro. Hoyt Looper officiating. The family chose cremation.
Rastus “Rat” Bowman was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Overton County. He was an ultimate craftsman by trade and a master fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frank Denton and Hilda Norrod Bowman.
Surviving relatives include his wife Flossie Ledbetter Bowman; sons Wyatt Bowman and fiancé Lisa Toombs, and Frank Bowman and wife Donna; sisters Lola Dean Qualls and husband Charles, JoAnna Looper and husband Hoyt, and Frankie Ballinger and husband Phil; grandchildren Amanda Breeding and husband Brian, Heather Greaves and husband Kevin, Megan Bowman, Jordan Brannan and Conner Brannan; great grandchild Kyra Grace Breeding; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Dan Lewis Smith
Retired Mental Health Facility Director
Dan Lewis Smith, 63, of Livingston passed away Dec. 3 at his home. Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Randy Goodman, Rev. Drew Shelley and Tyler Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Smiths’ Chapel Cemetery in Jackson County.
Dan Lewis Smith was born Oct. 21, 1949, in Putnam County. He was a retired mental health facility director and a licensed counselor. He served as a volunteer at Magnolia House in Cookeville, was a member of the Overton County Historical Society and was also a member of the board of directors of Smiths’ Chapel Cemetery. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cookeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roy Davis and Ruby Nell Anderson Smith.
Surviving relatives include his wife Louise Smith of Livingston; son Tyler Smith and wife Carrie of Knoxville; brothers Ron Smith and wife Dotty, and Rick Smith and wife Judy, all of Jamestown; and grandchildren Elsie Smith and Celia Smith.
Serving as pallbearers were Harry Starnes, John Moore, John West, Randy Randall, Don Hunter, Keith Farmer, L.G. Puckett III and Gene Medley. Honorary pallbearers were Lewis Oakley, Gerald Maynard, Jeff Cotterman, Kelly Coleman, Gary Tinch and Julius Johnson.
Brenda S. Clark
Brenda S. Clark, 62, of Rickman passed away Dec. 1 at her home. Funeral services were held Dec. 4 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the Carter Bilbrey Cemetery.
Brenda S. Clark was born March 11, 1950, in Overton County. She was a secretary for the Livingston Wilbert Vault Co. for 19 years. She was a Baptist in faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Frances Stewart Nelson.
Surviving relatives include her son David Clark and wife Kimberly of Livingston; brothers Billy Joe Nelson and wife Teresa of Georgia, Jimmy Nelson and wife Anita of Celina, Ricky Nelson of Algood, and Danny Nelson and wife Rhonda of Hardys Chapel; sisters Judy Clark and husband Kenneth of Rickman, Eva Chambers and husband Tommy of Rickman, Pat Hooks and husband Jay of Hardys Chapel, Jackie Overholt and husband Ed of Ecuador, Helen Walker and husband Gary of Livingston, Elaine Allen and husband Dennis of the Greenbriar community, and Melissa Bright and husband Eddy of Jackson County; grandchildren Ashley and Nikki Clark of Livingston; special friend Jimmy Carr of Livingston; and father of her children Jack Clark of Livingston.
Serving as pallbearers were Steven Walker, Cody Allen, Donnie Clark, Dennis Allen, Mary Carr and Mark Carr.
Gene Arvle Pryor
Gene Arvle Pryor, 66, of Gainesboro passed away Dec. 3 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Memorial services will be held Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. until time of services. The family has chosen cremation.
Gene Arvle Pryor was born Feb. 12, 1946, in Jackson County. He was a mineworker.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe Arvle Pryor and Delsie Reeder Pryor; son Barry Gene Pryor; and niece Sharon Lynn Pryor.
Surviving relatives include his daughter Amy Pryor and her fiance Erik Baxter of Nashville; sister Myrtie Gentry and husband Donald of Jackson County; brothers Ray Pryor and wife Jerri of Cookeville, and Encil Pryor and wife Deborah of Gainesboro; grandchildren Devon Pryor, Samantha Pryor and Brianna Minchy; uncles Odell Reeder of Lebanon and Harse Pryor of Gainesboro; aunt Darlene Somers of Smithville; and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Robert “Teakettle” Smith
Robert “Teakettle” Smith, 77 of Celina passed away Nov. 29 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 2 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Harold Reeder officiating. Interment followed in the Fellowship Cemetery.
Robert “Teakettle” Smith born on Nov. 7, 1935, in Clay County. He was employed at the Cumberland River Hospital and retired after 36 years of service. He was member of Cave Springs Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents Casto and Hattie Mae Estep Smith and daughter Deborah Smith.
Surviving relatives include his wife Virginia Capps Smith; children Gwenith Rhoton and Roy Gore of Livingston, Billy and Cheryl Smith of Celina, and Shirley Rosine and Greg Partin of Kentucky, and in-law Jerry Rhoton; brothers Gene and June Smith of Celina and Roland and Margie Smith of Greenwood, IN; grandchildren Amanda Geesling, Amy Rhoton, Mikie Kelly, Alicia Labreck, Jason Bilbrey, Carla Grace, Billy Junior Smith and Anthony Smith; great grandchildren Dylan and Emily Geesling, Allie, Mason and Westyn Clouse, Landon and Jailee Kelly, Monty and Ethan Labreck, Tori Morgan, Alayna and Bryson Bilbrey, Selena and Sabrina Grace, Natalie and Isabella Smith.
Serving as pallbearers were Anthony Smith, Jerry Rhoton, Danny Smith, Johnny Smith, James Capps, Mitchell Capps, Matthew Stalker. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Junior Smith, Jason Bilbrey, Jim Hayes, Scott Geesling, Chris Rich, Steve Smith and Jeff Smith.
Dr. Silas Terry Jr.
Dr. Silas Terry Jr., 51, of Livingston passed away Dec. 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. Donald Cobb officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Dr. Silas Terry was born Jan. 8, 1961, in Norfolk, VA.
He was preceded in death by his father Silas Terry Sr. and mother Thelma D’Agostino.
Surviving relatives include his wife Doreen Terry; sons Brian Terry and wife Donna, and Richard Cox; brother Patrick Terry and wife Angela; grandson Aiden Cox; father-in-law Alfed Rocca; and several nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Brian Terry, Patrick Terry Sr., Mitch Maynord, Patrick Terry Jr., Kenny Barding and Kevin Tinch.