Sentinel Obituaries 2-21-17

Barbara (Cooper)

Hammons Means


Barbara (Cooper) Hammons Means, 79, passed away Feb. 11 at her home. Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment followed at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Pall bearers were James David Hammons, Josh Anderson, Johnny Adams, Chuck Adams, Kenneth Bean, and Keith Bean. Crest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 21, 1937 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a pastor’s wife. She worked for several years at Teledyne-Stillman. She loved the Lord and enjoyed watching gospel videos and listening to gospel music.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George William Virgil Cooper and Lillie Jane Gentry Cooper; first husband, Reverend James Hammons; son, Tim Hammons; stepson, Eugene Means Jr.; two grandsons, Corporal Tyler Burnette, USMC, and Joseph Norris; brother, Elvis Cooper; two sisters, Ethleen Cooper and Stella Garrison.

Surviving relatives include her husband of 33 years, Eugene Means; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda (Terry) Norris of Michigan, and Lisa (Mark) Maxwell of Cookeville; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Michelle (Nickey) Giordano of Alabama, one sister, Jean Ballard of Michigan; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.


Billy “Hamper” Rush

Factory Worker

Billy “Hamper” Rush, 65, passed away Feb. 9 at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. The family has chosen cremation. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 26, 1951 in Jackson County. He was a factory worker at Heavy Duty.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Rush and Pearl Rush; one brother, Fred. D. Rush.

Surviving relatives include one son, Paul Rush; one daughter, Jessica Rush; two brothers, Joe Rush and Charles Rush; three sisters, Patricia Bennett, Mary Ann Litchford, and Helen Sue Matthews.


Hershel Eugene


Factory Worker

Hershel Eugene Whittaker, 84, passed away Feb. 16 at his home. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 from the Chapel of Goff Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Burton officiating. Interment followed at Shipley Cemetery. D. M. Goff Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 17, 1932 in Monterey. He was a factory worker and a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Stacey Key Whittaker; daughter, Sharon Troutt; son, Terry “Butch” Whittaker; two sisters, Lena Woolbright and June Howard; brother, Gerald Whittaker.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Merle Gerhardstein Whittaker of Jackson County; three daughters, Yvonne Sims of Rickman, Vivian Whittaker of Red Boiling Springs, and Tammy Givens of Carthage; nineteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; eight step children; brother, Clyde Whittaker of Merritt Island, FL.


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