Obits 12/5/17

Marilyn “Merle” Brown

Homemaker

Marilyn “Merle” Brown, 60, passed away Nov. 25 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Crossman, Bro. Nathan Miller and Bro. Alan Judd officiating. Interment followed at Hensley Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 12, 1957 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Freewill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hollis Lee Robinson and Hazel Robinson; brother, Lloyd Robinson; paternal grandparents, Lon and Frances Robinson; maternal grandparents, Quitman and Margie Hensley.

Surviving relatives include her husband, James Edward Brown of Gainesboro; brothers, Gary Robinson and Estle Robinson, both of Gainesboro; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy and Denise Brown of Gainesboro; uncles and aunts; C.D. (Janice) Robinson, Alton Mayberry and Fred “Skew” (Willene) Heady, Carroll “Stick” (Carlene) Hensley, Doice Mayberry and Loretta Judd; three nephews, Kevin Brown, Justin Robinson and Jared Robinson; four nieces, Kristy Brown, Jackie Miller, Tish Robinson and Amber Jacobs; several great nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arnold Spivey

Supervisor

Arnold Spivey, 93, passed away Nov. 23 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Bilbrey and Bro. O’Neal Huffines officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 16, 1924 in Jackson County. He was a supervisor for the Gainesboro Water and Gas Department. He was a member of the Whitleyville Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard and Sarah Painter Spivey; brothers, Freeman Spivey and Guy Spivey; sisters, Ella Glover and Zella Clark.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 70 years, Jewell Davis Spivey of Whitleyville; son, Steve (Lora Lee) Spivey of Whitleyvlle; daughters, Lea Ann (Bruce) Payne of Whitleyville and Wanda (Jimmy) Maynord of Cookeville; grandchildren, Jason, Ben, and April Hickok and Nolan and Morgan Spivey; sixgreat grandchildren.

Mildred Carwile Lee

Factory Worker

Mildred Carwile Lee, 86, passed away Nov. 22 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Maxwell Chapel Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 6, 1931 in Overton County. She was a factory worker in the garment industry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. Carwile and Flora Pitcock Carwile; her husband, Charlie Lee; son, Gary Wayne Lee; brother, Marvin Carwile; three sisters, Madeline Carwile, Mary Ellen Carwile and Mallie Carwile.

Surviving relatives include son, Edwin (Brenda) Lee of Hilham; daughter, Sharon Hawkins of Hilham; grandchildren, Chris Lee, Heather Grant and Shawn Hawkins; great grandchildren, Jarrett Lee, Madison Lee, Eddie Grant and Bill Grant; brothers, Larry Carwile of Livingston and Ed Carwile of Dyersburg; sister, Myrtle Allen of Hilham; special caregiver, Margarett Walker of Clarkrange.

Ralph Raymond Burroughs

Business Owner

Ralph Raymond Burroughs, 66, passed away Nov. 15. Memorial services were held Dec. 2 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. The family has chosen cremation. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born in Newbury, Vermont. He spent time in Connecticut and California before settling in Gainesboro where he owned and operated Burroughs Body Shop for 30 years. After closing the body shop, he spent a few years working throughout the southeast on mobile homes. Ralph was well liked by all and always willing to help friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Burroughs; sons, Dwayne and Jeffery Burroughs; brother-in-law, Gordon Gardner.

Surviving relatives include brother, John Rainsford (Sharon) Burroughs Jr. of Fairfield, CA; sisters, Ellie Reyes (William) Farr of New Britain, CT, Jessie Gardner of Gainesboro and Alma (Ron) Sporman of Leesburg, FL; nieces, Rose Flatt and Lisa (Michael) Hammock; nephew, Tony Ryes of Huntington, NY; several other nieces and nephews.

Michael “Chilly” Carver Jr.

C.N.A.

Michael “Chilly” Carver Jr., 58, passed away Nov. 25 at his residence. A memorial will be held at a later date at Stetzer-Bales Funeral Home in Mrristown, TN. The family has chosen cremation. Sanderson of Kempville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 3, 1959 in Hamlin County. He was employed at the former Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage. H was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Michael “Mike” Carver Sr.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Sammy Jean Yancey Carver; sister, Rachel Carver of Knoxville; brother, Robert (Anna) Carver of Easton, Maryland; niece, Ivy Carver of Easton, Maryland; significant other, Shannon Fordnoy of the Wartrace Community.

Harold Ray Haney

Factory Worker

Harold Ray Haney, 62, passed away Nov. 25 at his residence. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Haney officiating. Interment followed at Dodson Branch Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 17, 1955 in Jackson County. He was a factory worker. He loved his family and loved to fish and hunt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Gene Haney; nephew, Tommy Haney; great nephew, Jason Blake Haney; great niece, McKenzie Farley Allen.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Gladys L. Haney of Cookeville; brothers, Garry (Carolyn) Haney of Cookeville and Billy Sherrill Haney of Cookeville; sisters, Carolyn (Ricky) Haney of Cookeville and Patricia (Reece) Denson of Gainesboro; special pet, Bullet; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Jerry T. Pennington

Factory Worker

Jerry T. Pennington, 69, passed away Nov. 26 at his residence. Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Rev. Caroline Farmer officiating. Interment followed at Berry Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 14, 1948 in Celina, TN. He was a factory worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Pennington and Opal Pennington; brothers, Ray, Joe and David Pennington.

Surviving relatives include beloved companion, Patsy Hawkins of Hilham; one son, Doug (Robin) Hawkins of Cookeville; daughters, Jackie Hill of Cookeville and Jennifer (James) Brown of Cookeville; brothers, Eddie (Cheryl) Pennington of Indianapolis, IN, Fowler (Sue) Pennington of Livingtson, Randy (Michelle) Pennington of Celina, TN and Estus (Erlene) Pennington of Celina, TN; sisters, Minnie “Cricket” Goolsby and Janet (Ronnie) Fields, both of Cookeville; best friend, Joe Felix; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Clara Tennie “Tootsie” Anderson

Retired

Clara Tennie “Tootsie” Anderson, 92, passed away Nov. 29 at Mabry Health Care Center in Gainesboro. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. O’Neal Huffines and Bro. Wayne Wells officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 18, 1925 in Jackson County. She was a retired employee of Washington Mfg. She was a member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison Haney and Ida Belle Haney; her husband, Claude Anderson; son, Walter Own Anderson; sisters, Maxie Stafford and Vallie Whitaker; two brothers, Charles Haney and Harlen Haney.

Surviving relatives include son, Dale (Celia) Smith of Gainesboro; daughter, Marsha Claudette Elliott of Gahanna, OH; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

Mary Ruth Smith Morgan

Business Owner

Mary Ruth Smith Morgan, 78, passed away Nov. 24 at her residence. Memorial services will be held Dec. 9 at New Hope Community Church with Bro. Phillip Morgan officiating. Interment of cremains will be at New Hope Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 18, 1939 in Overton County. She owned Morgan Upholstery in Trotwood, Ohio. She was a member of the New Hope Community Church. She served in the U.S. Army. She loved watching and feeding her hummingbirds. She was very generous and loving and loved her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Delores Smith; her husband, Donald Gene Morgan; brothers, Herman Douglas Smith and an infant brother; sister, Shirley Isaacs.

Surviving relatives include son, Ronald (Tina) Morgan of Tonopah, AZ; daughters, Robin (Bob) Phillips of New Straitsville, OH and Angela Hicks of Brookville, OH; grandchildren, Amber (Tyler) Cooper, Brielle (Daniel) Slaton, Dusty, Andy and Boston; eight great grandchildren, Zac, Abi, Ashleigh, Braylon, Timothy, Logan, Kingsten, and Noah; brother, Bill Smith of Baxter; sisters, Nettie Morgan of Cookeville and Bettie Crowe of Texas.

In Memory

Remembering Garry

By Gail Hall

As the holidays approach, it seems the perfect time to bring back warm memories of Garry. Garry Lyle Marcy was born on Feb. 9, 1949 and died Sept. 18, 2017. Memorial services were held in Livingston, Tenn. An obituary was never placed in our paper so many of his friends didn’t know and were just left with a void where once a very special person had been a part of their lives. It seems appropriate to write a remembrance of his life at his favorite holiday season. Those that knew and loved him can take a few moments to just appreciate the blessing he was in their lives.

Garry moved to Jackson County in 1978, then left for a few years and moved back in 1993. He lived here until his death in 2017. He was a devoted father to Becky, Aaron, Jason and Nathan; grandfather to Jaron, Justin and Gracie. He was a son to William and Dorothy; brother to Rex, Wayne and Bill. He was and uncle to Jeremy, Sarah and Joel. He was a rescuer to more homeless stray dogs and cats than can be counted. He touched more lives than he will ever know and joyfully professed his faith in his Lord Jesus Christ. During his final years of sickness and pain, he often talked of wanting to go home to God. His faith in God and his strength in character were always strong. Many people didn’t know he was an accomplished artist who used a variety of mediums to express his work. He was a gourmet cook that made food worthy of being served in the finest restaurants. He was an extraordinary dancer who taught dances classes for years; dancing on TV in New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict, loved all over the United States and other parts of the world. We miss you, Garry, especially at this holiday season, which you always made so special with your cooking, warm giving, and joyful ways.

Betty June Carter Landry

Betty June Carter Landry, 70, passed away Nov. 13 at her home in Southampton, MA. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Mitchell Funeral Home of Easthampton, MA as in charge of arrangements. An announcement will be published in the local paper.

She was born in Jackson County. She was a dedicated University of Massachusetts New Students Program employee for over twenty-five years. She was a strong supporter of disabled veterans organizations, local charities, animal shelters and Look Park in Massachuesetts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wirt Oscar and Mable Burgess Carter; sister, Bobbie Jean Carter; grandparents, John and Altie Kinnard Carter and Matt and Annie Pippin Burgess; loving companion, James Kusekoski.

Surviving relatives include her only child, Stephen Carter Landry and his wife, Michele L. Tremblay of Webster, NH; sisters, Helen Carter of Livingston, TN and Barbara Carter (Jerry) Flatt of White Lake, MI; nieces, Angela Flatt Krebiehl and Andrea Flatt Miller, both of Waterford, MI; grandnieces and grandnephew, Jessica (Michael) Panetta of Clawson, Rebecca Miller of Waterford and Daniel Krebiehl of Royal Oak, MI; great-grandnieces, Sierra and Eliza Dodson of Rochester Hills, MI; her and James’s long-time feline companion Jo Jo.

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