Obits 7/25/17

Card Of Thanks

Thank you,

From our family to yours a sincere thank you goes out to each and every person that helped us through losing Richard Wayne Lafever on 7-6-2017. From Potters at Baxter for helping us with the camper to the Baxter city police, Baxter Fire Department and Baxter Ambulance Service for trying to save his life. It was truly appreciated.

Thanks to the Cookeville ER staff, doctors and nurses who worked so hard to save him, also. Thanks for all you did. Thanks for all who came to the hospital and prayers. Thanks to Dr. Matthew King for helping keeping Richard alive this long. He respected you like no other doctor we have ever dealt with.

Thanks to all that came by the funeral home, called, sent stuff, brought food or money or even said a kind word. We all appreciated all of you. Special thanks to Speck Funeral Home and all the staff for their kindness and understanding in our time of need. Thanks so much for letting us stay 24 hours a day with him after he was opened. That meant the world to all of us. We got to spend that extra time with him. And also for letting me do his hair one last time.

Special thanks goes to Low Cost Heating and Cooling and all the employees and former employees for all the kind thoughts. Richard loved all of you so much.

Thanks to Billy McLearran and Annette Gilpatrick for always being there and sticking by our sides through thick and thin. We love both of you dearly. We dont mean to leave anyone out so we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Special thanks to all the pallbearers and Emily Norrod McLearran for your talk over Richard. He loved you and thought the world of you. It made his day special. Thanks Hunter Wade Mills, Joseph Phillips, Amber, Michael and Levi Helm, Brittany Lafever and Jerry King for all you did and do to help me. Richard would be so proud of all of you.

Special thanks to everyone who helped cover Richard at the grave site. He wouldn’t wanted strangers doing it. Thanks to the Livingston City Police and the Overton County Sheriffs Department for the procession to take Richard by our house on his last ride from the funeral home to the grave yard. It was appreciated.

Thanks to all who put rebel flags up or on their vehicles. He loved Confederate flags and he’d have loved the last ride with all of them. Thanks for the Walnut Grove Church of Christ for letting us bury Richard under the shade tree by the pond. He always wanted to have water beside us and now he has it to fish when he wants to.

Just thanks to everyone that had any part of his life and his death. We appreciate all you did.


Jeannie Lafever,

Joseph Phillips and Hunter Wade Mills

Brittany Lafever and Jerry King

Amber, Michael and Levi Helm.


James M. Jones Sr.

Building Contractor

James M. Jones Sr., 70, passed away July 13 at Signature Health Care Center. The family has chosen cremation. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born March 1, 1947 in Putnam County. He was a building contractor in residential construction.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Lassie Jones; wife, Betty Ann Jones; four brothers, Johnny, Charlie, Robert and Ben A. Jones; four sisters, Essie Dee Davis, Jessie Davis, Maudie Jackson and Barbara Tripp.

Surviving relatives include one son, James M. Jones of Cookeville; one daughter, Jamie (Steve) Bennett of Sparta; one grandson, Steven Bennett of Algood; one brother, Ike Jones of Cookeville; two sisters, Fannie Ellis of Georgia and Geraldine Young of Cookeville.

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