Private graveside services for Mr. Aaron Lamont Dorsey, 94, of Livingston, Tenn. were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 from Overton County Memorial Gardens. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Dorsey passed away on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Livingston Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 21, 1922 in Harrisburg, Ill., he was the son of the late Orba E. and Bonnie Jewel Dorsey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Katherine Cole Dorsey; two grandsons, Vincent Gregg and Shannon Magenau; three sons-in-law, Victor Gregg, Kenneth Smith and Ron Hickman; and two brothers, Donald Dorsey and Niles Dorsey. Mr. Dorsey was a member of the greatest generation, having served his country in Okinawa during World War II. Following his service, he worked for BF Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Dorsey loved fishing and flower gardening. Survivors include a son, Michael Dorsey and wife, Judy, of Hartville, Ohio; five daughters, Carol Gregg of Livingston, Tenn., Linda Drotos and husband, Jim, of Tampa, Fla., Patsy Hickman of Tamarac, Fla., Barbara Smith of Monroe, Tenn. and Judy Dorsey of Summer Shade, Ky.; a brother, Louie Dorsey of Dunnellon, Fla.; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Donations may be made in his honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Lawrence “Larry” Johnson, 78, of Allons, passed away Nov. 19 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held Nov. 22 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. David Beaty officiating. Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery in Alpine where a military service was provided by the Honor Guard from the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston. He was born Jan. 14, 1938 in Frankfort, Ky. He was a truck driver at the Overton County Coop. He was a member of Christ Church Presbyterian in Alpine and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served from 1958 through 1962. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going to church, gardening, and listening to music especially by Elvis Presley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy G. and Thelma Marie Horstman Johnson; and brothers, Eugene, Roger, Allen and Kenny Johnson. Surviving relatives include his loving wife, Ova Lee Johnson of Alpine; daughter, Susan (Jerry) Borden of Allons; sons, Chris (Maria) Johnson of White House and Timmy (Rhonda) Johnson of Monterey; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Tony Ford, Jerry Borden, Josh and Jake Johnson, Jerry Phillips, and Tim Norris.
Johnnie Ray Melton
Johnnie Ray Melton, 78 of Allons passed away Nov. 13 at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina with his family by his side. Funeral services were held Nov. 16 from the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. Ken Collins officiating. Interment followed in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery. He was born Oct. 23, 1938 in Allons. He was a member of the Summer Shade Church of Christ and was an Oil Driller for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Minnie Groce Melton; stepmother, Lana Hill Melton; son, Timmy Melton; brothers: Chester “Jimbo” Melton of Georgia and Lonnie Melton of Monroe; sisters: Jane Melton Hummel of Allons and Carol Melton Langford of Livingston. Surviving relatives include his wife of 57 years, Vonda Fletcher Melton of Allons; sons, Tracy Melton of Allons, Kenny (Vivian) Melton of Allons, John (Vickie Smith) Melton of Livingston; daughters: Christie (Kurt) Melton Hunter of Allons and Tina (Randy) Melton Hopper of Monroe; sisters, Betty (Carl) Flatt of Gainesboro, Margaret Melton of Livingston and Connie Melton of Chattanooga; brothers, Chester Paul Melton and Perry Jack Melton, both of Allons; grandchildren, Jessica Cook, Joseph Melton, Tracy Melton, Tanner Melton, Ashley Figuerua, Katie Speck, Jonathon Melton, Madison Hunter and Travis Melton; and 10 great grandchildren also survive. Pallbearers were Tracy Melton, Kenny Melton, John Melton, Chester Melton, Kurt Hunter and Randy Hopper.