Garment Factory Worker
Geraldine McDonald, 81, of Monroe passed away Feb. 14 at her home. Funeral services were held Feb. 17 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Geraldine McDonald was born March 24, 1931, in Overton County. She was a garment factory worker and a member of McDonald’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Myrtle Cantrell Smith; husband Clyde McDonald; daughter Judy Halfacre; and brothers Charle and Floyd (Buster) Smith.
Surviving relatives include her daughter Sherry Melton and husband Ricky of Monroe; sister Colene Taylor of Chattanooga; brothers Kenneth Smith and wife Wanda of Shirley, IN, and Carl Smith of Anderson, IN; grandchildren Matt Melton and Mitch Melton, both of Monroe, Kim Sells and Chris Halfacre, both of Livingston, and Kevin Hawkins of Dickson; and 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Matt Melton, Mitch Melton, Chris Halfacre, Kevin Hawkins, Teddy Sells and Johnny Halfacre.
Danise Allred Vaughn
Danise Allred Vaughn, 90, of Cookeville and formerly of Alpine passed away Feb. 9 at Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held Feb. 12 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. David Vaughn officiating. Interment followed in the Falling Springs Cemetery in the Allred community of Overton County.
Danise Allred Vaughn was born Nov. 18, 1922, in Overton County.
She was preceded in death by her parents Baley and Arminda Smith Allred; husband Burns Vaughn; daughter Diane Vaughn; son Roger Vaughn; son-in-law Keith Sullivan; brothers Jonathan Allred and Lowell Allred; sisters Sally Brown, Lee Hargis, Patra Copeland, Nawassa Hargis and Jimmie Bullock.
Surviving relatives include her daughter Deborah Sullivan of Livingston; brother Dr. B.F. Allred of Jamestown; grandchildren Rebecca Sullivan of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Nicole Vines of St. Louis, Mrs. Nathan Vaughn of Hendersonville; daughter-in-law Clata Vaughn of Hendersonville; brothers-in-law Joel Vaughn and David Vaughn; sisters-in-law Hildagarde Vaughn and Bobbie Bush; and several grandchildren also survive.
Serving as pallbearers were Nathan Vaughn, Nate Vaughn, Jack Vines, Fred Allred III, Derek Copeland and Fred Ashburn. Honorary pallbearers were Hildagarde Vaughn and Judy Buford.
Lena Eldora (Riley) Montgomery
Lena Eldora (Riley) Montgomery, 81, of Livingston passed away Feb. 4 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Feb. 7 at Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Edward Todd officiating. Interment followed in the Maxwell Chapel Cemetery.
Lena Eldora (Riley) Montgomery was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Tampa, FL. She was a homemaker and a member of Hilham Church of God. She was a lifetime member and a former president of the Eagle’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar Riley and Ora Lean Riley; husband Artie Eugene Montgomery; daughter Pam Kellenberger; daughter-in-law Bettyann McGee Montgomery; sisters Estell Brewster and Inez Bickley; and brothers Loyd and Jimmy Riley
Surviving relatives include her daughter Darlene Montgomery (Kelly) of Livingston; sons Larry Montgomery of Perry, FL, Neal Montgomery (Pat) of Livingston and Andy Montgomery (Lynn) of Toccoa, GA; and 22 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Serving as pallbearers were Neal Montgomery, Andy Montgomery, Nathan Moore, Shane Dulworth, Kelly Warren and John Foster.
Rose Stockton, 82, of Cookeville passed away Feb. 14 at Bethesda Health Care Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 17 from the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with Rev. Don Padgett officiating. Interment followed in the Crest Lawn Cemetery.
Rose Stockton was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Fentress County. She was a homemaker and was a member of Post Oak Presbyterian Church for over 50 years where she was active in the Women’s Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents William Herbert and Lina Rhoda Stephens Blair; sister Opal Johnson; and brothers Rupert Blair and Steve Blair.
Surviving relatives include her husband of over 59 years George Stockton; daughter Sue Longcore of Sevierville; daughter and son-in-law Kathryn and Mike Howard of Nashville; son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Kelly Stockton of Terre Haute, IN; sister Thelma Erps of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Pat Longcore, Amy Nipper, Josh (Kelly) Howard, Katie (Chris) Stockdale, David Stockton and Olivia Stockton; and great grandchildren Aaron and Abby Nipper, Lily Stockdale, Emma and Carmody Howard.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
James Lelon Bilbrey
Principal, Teacher And U.S. Air Force Veteran
Funeral services for James Lelon Bilbrey, 86, of Livingston, were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Allons Baptist Church in Allons. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Bilbrey passed away on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville.
He was born May 17, 1926, in Timothy, TN, to the late Floyd Bilbrey and Stella Sullivan Bilbrey.
Mr. Bilbrey attended Palestine Elementary School in 1933, in Palestine, TN. He went to Livingston Academy High School for two years, starting in 1941. He dropped out after two years and went to Akron, OH, and worked at B.F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company, to help during World War II with the war effort.
After the war ended in the summer of 1945, he returned home and finished his last two years of high school and graduated from Livingston Academy on May 9, 1947.
He joined the Air Force in July 1947. He served three years in the Air Force and was a Staff Sergeant when he left the military. His basic training was in San Antonio, TX, and he was stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, CA.
He spent three months in Okinawa. He received a citation for outstanding performance of duty by his immediate supervisor. He was honorably discharged in July 1950. While there, he attended First Baptist Church in Merced, where he became a Christian.
He received a commercial art degree on April 4, 1947. He received a B.S. from Tennessee Tech University in 1953 in education, and a master’s of arts degree on Aug. 15, 1955 from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. He received a specialist in education degree in June 1973, at Tennessee Tech University.
He was a principal at seven different schools for 40 years and a teacher. He also coached basketball for both girls and boys. He worked as an adjunct faculty member, supervising student teachers for Tennessee Tech from 1996 until 2011. His career included 57 years devoted to education.
He was a charter member of Phi Delta Kappa at Tennessee Tech University, where he served as president and historian. He was a member of the Gideons and on the executive board for many years of Allons Baptist Church.
Mr. Bilbrey married Jewell Blanken on Dec. 20, 1958, and they had two daughters, Rhonda Chatham and Donna Kirkpatrick and three granddaughters, Kellie and Kasey Norman and Lindsey Kirkpatrick.
Mr. Bilbrey loved life and faithfully served his country, his community, his church and his family.
His family includes two daughters, Donna Kirkpatrick and Rhonda Chatham; two sons-in-law, Chuck Kirkpatrick of Knoxville and Lee Chatham of Seymour; three granddaughters Lindsey Kirkpatrick, Kellie and Kasey Norman; and two brothers, Dewie Bilbrey of Lenoir City and Willie Hugh Bilbrey of Allons.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Blanken Bilbrey.
Pallbearers were Alan Bilbrey, Rodney Kingrea, Roy Lee Seber, Durran Lewis, Ed Hammer and Landel Bilbrey.
Patricia Ann Thurman
Patricia Ann Thurman, 67, of Hixson passed away Feb. 10. Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Richard Mason officiating. Interment followed in the Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Patricia Ann Thurman was a math teacher at Ooltewah Middle School for many years and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
She was preceded in death by her parents Willie D. and Margaret Deane Sweat.
Surviving relatives include her husband of 39 years James Ronald Thurman; daughter Shelly (Bill) Crum of Soddy Daisy; son Brian (Amy) Thurman of Brentwood; grandsons Brady Thurman and Baylor Thurman; sisters Janet (Roy) Long of Hodgenville, KY, and Jane (Dennis) Brock of Brentwood; brother Danny (Joyce) Sweat of Lyons, GA; and several nieces and nephews.
Freddy Merril Murphy
Freddy Merril Murphy, 63, of Allred passed away Feb. 8 at his home. The family chose cremation. A memorial service was held Feb. 14 at Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Murphy officiating.
Freddy Merril Murphy was born Aug. 23, 1949, in Overton County. He was a logger and attended First Freewill Baptist Church in Livingston.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Murphy and Effie (Hargis) Murphy Coleman.
Surviving relatives include his wife Michele (Cross) Murphy of Allred; daughter Jody Steward of Cookeville; son James Murphy of Allred; stepfather Johnny Coleman of Livingston; sisters Sue Ledbetter, Ruby Leslie and Linda Homestead, all of Livingston; brother Richard Murphy of Livingston; three special grandchildren Jessica Murphy, Baylee Murphy and Bradley Steward; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Joseph William “Bill” Rich
Retired Sawmill Owner And Operator
Joseph William “Bill” Rich, 82, of Byrdstown passed away Feb. 14 at his home. Funeral services were held Feb. 16 from First Baptist Church in Byrdstown with Bro. Jack Winningham, Bro. Jeff Amonett and Bro. Ivan Raley officiating. Interment followed in the Smyrna Cemetery.
Joseph William “Bill” Rich was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Pickett County. He was a retired sawmill owner and operator. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Byrdstown where he was a deacon. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents Oren and Hattie Rich; and brother Ralph Rich.
Surviving relatives include his wife Faye (Brown) Rich of Byrdstown; daughter Dianna Matheny and husband Ronnie of Byrdstown; sisters Ivell Hughes of Bloomington, IN, Irene Powell of Jamestown, Lillian Wright and husband Leon of Murfreesboro, and Thelma Cummings and husband Gene of Murfreesboro; brothers Daniel Rich and wife Joyce of Monroe, and David Rich and wife Pat of Byrdstown; grandchildren Pyretta Elder and husband Jason, and William Matheny; great grandchildren Mallie and Camryn Elder; and nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.
Serving as active pallbearers were William Matheny, Jason Elder, Jeff Rich, Nicky Rich, Wendel Flowers, Todd Walls. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Mullins, Jerry Kinchen, Ray Rains, Jack Whittenburg, Ron Steinhour, Butch Smith, Gary King, Robin Cummings and Dr. Larry Mason.
Arrangements were provided by Brown Funeral Chapel of Byrdstown.
Thomas Spurgeon Speck
Carpenter and U.S. Army Veteran
Thomas Spurgeon Speck, 76, of Livingston passed away Feb. 16 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.
Thomas Spurgeon Speck was born July 20, 1936, in Overton County. He was a carpenter. He was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge 259 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Shirley Sr. and Dallas Bowman Speck; wife Ruby Boles Speck; brothers Paul Speck, Ned Speck and Thomas Shirley Speck Jr.; and sisters Bobbie Krantz, Emma Novak and Lois White.
Surviving relatives include his brothers Otis Hargis of Rickman and Aaron Speck of Cape Coral, FL; sisters Naomi Cottle of Beaver Creek, OH, and Shirlie Speck, Ann Cooper and Ruth Hill, all of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Kenny Speck, Marion Cooper, Roger Hargis, Tim Hargis, Jimmy Cottle and Lawrence Hawkins.
A Masonic service was conducted after the funeral service. A graveside military service was provided by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston.
Harold Gentry Upchurch, 74, of Livingston passed away Jan. 30 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home with Bro. David Moore, Bro. David Sweitzer, Rev. Dee Wells and Bro. Michael Almonrode officiating. Interment followed in the Upchurch Cemetery in Alpine.
Harold Gentry Upchurch was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Overton County.
Surviving relatives include his wife Barbara Upchurch of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law Donna and Randy Gentry; grandsons William Harold Green and Cody Wayne Green of Cookeville; sister Faye Hill of Alpine; brother J.L. Upchurch of Jamestown; and three nieces.
Serving as pallbearers were Tom Glausier, Bryan Johnson, Alvin Walker, Wayne McDonald, Ed Oliver and Michael Hobbs. Honorary pallbearers were William Green, Cody Green, John McDonald, Derek McDonald, Chris King and Clay King.
Janine Ellen Scott
Janine Ellen Scott, 51, of Celina passed away Feb. 13 at Cumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held Feb. 18 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Donald Bryant officiating. Interment followed in the Ashlock Cemetery.
Janine Ellen Scott was born May 21, 1961, in Glasgow, KY.
She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer T. and Nellie (Poindexter) Scott; daughters Veronica and Shannon Scott; and sisters Wendy Lou Blakley, Shelia Blakley, Sharon Watson and Pamela Scott.
Surviving relatives include her son Justin Scott and fiance Donna Brewer; sisters Lorinda Key, Ocie “Tinsy” Scott and Wanda Daniels; brother Ricky Scott; soul mate Pete Davis; and grandson Kayden Neil Scott.
Card Of Thanks
The family of Brad Edens wishes to express sincere appreciation for every act of kindness and sympathy shown during this time of loss. Each expression of love and support serves as a testimony and honor to Brad’s life. We know Brad was loved by many who count his passing a great loss just as we do.
God has him in His keeping. We have him in our hearts.
Brothers and Sisters,
Niece and Nephews,
and Special Friends
Card Of Thanks
The family of Harold Gentry Upchurch would like to thank everyone for the many expressions of sympathy during the loss of our loved one. A special thank you to Dr. Mark Langenberg, Hall Funeral Home, the Alpine Fire Department people for providing the meal, Dr. Timothy Powell, Dr. Dawn Barlow, Nurse Lonnita Polson, Bro. David Moore, Bro. David Sweitzer, Bro. Michael Almonrode, Rev. Dee Wells, Frannie’s Beauty Shop, the pallbearers, singers Debbie Lee, Courtney Lee and Karen Copeland and the cardiac staff of Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Donna and Randy Gentry,
William Harold Green
and Cody Wayne Green