Obits 12/26/17

James Earnest Litchford

Factory Worker

James Earnest Litchford, 78, passed away Dec. 16 at Signature Health Care Center. Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Pharris Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 15, 1939 in Cookeville. He was a factory worker in the furniture industry. He attended the New Hope Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Bessie Litchford; brother, Howard Litchford; grandchild, James Hammock.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Ann Rush Litchford of Gainesboro; son, Stanley (Hessie) Litchford of Cookeville; daughters, Melissa Netherton and Teressa (Chris) Paulk, both of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Gabriel, Jenney and Madison Litchford and Ashley and C.J. Scantland; brother, Fred (Elaine) Litchford of Cookeville; sisters, Jean Cooper and Betty Graham, both of Sparta and Mabel (Bobby) Gilreath of Crossville.

Herbert “Shoat” Johnson

Factory Worker

Herbert “Shoat” Johnson, 89, passed away Dec. 14 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Memorial services were held Dec. 23 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 April 21, 1928 in Jackson County. He was a factory worker at Acme Boot Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amon P. Johnson and Mary Daniel Mayberry Johnson; wife, Louise Steward Johnson; son-in-law, Bryan Ware; brothers, James Joe Johnson, Aaron P. Johnson and Willie Johnson; sister, Lillian Young.

Surviving relatives include daughters, Linda (Tommy) Ward, Teresia Ware and Susie (Donnie) Spivey, all of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Crystal (Shane) Keith, Amanda Stafford, Ronnie (Ashley) Spivey and Brittany Spivey, all of Gainesboro and Heather (Matthew) Thomas of Barnesville, GA; great grandchildren, Devin (Shelby) Keith, Seth Keith, Isaiah Stafford, Hannah Stafford, Wyatt Minard, Lydia Minard, Benjamin Minard, Bradon Lambert, Braxton Lambert, Maximus Thomas, Gunner Thomas, Isabelle Thomas and Madison Spivey; great-great grandchildren, Beau Keith and Luke Keith.

Ella Ruth Amburn

Caregiver

Ella Ruth Amburn, 92, passed away Dec. 16 at NHC of Cookeville. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Judd officiating. Interment followed at Smyrna Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 1, 1925 in Blount County. She was a caregiver and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Ezekial Amburn and Cora Crisp Amburn; daughter, Marie Johnson; brother, Fred Amburn; niece, Jeanetta Hickey; sisters, Verdale Kirkland and Dallie McKinn.

Surviving relatives include daughters, Margaret Fletcher and Esther Johnson, both of Cookeville; brother, Leonard Amber of East Tennessee; sisters, Thressie Kirkland, Grace Stead and Odell Dailey, all of East Tennessee; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren.

Alf Stewart

Business Owner

Alf Stewart, 77, passed away Dec. 12 at his residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 16 from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Burton officiating. Interment followed at John L. Clark Cemetery. Sanderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1940 in Carthage. He owned and operated Alf Stewart and Son Construction Company with his son Butch. He was a non-denominational Christian who had a deep abiding faith in God.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beatrice Ramsey Stewart; parents, Leonard Stewart and Annie Stafford Stewart; sons, Phillip Dale Stewart and Gene Alfred “Butch” Stewart Jr.

Surviving relatives include wife of thirty-seven years, Bonnie Elise Adams; daughters, Karen Stewart (Wayne) Robinson, Regina Stewart and Delia Stewart; step-daughter, Tina Smith; sister, Carol Stewart (Milton) Harris; brother, Walter (Frances) Stewart; grandchildren, Darrell and Charles Stewart, William (Beth) Stewart, Jonathan Smith, Hunter Stewart, Kayley Stewart, Kayden Pippin and Justin Robinson; great grandchildren, Caleb and Charlie Stewart.

Rodney Schwartz

Retired

Rodney Schwartz, 81, passed away Dec. 17 at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Dec. 19 at Gene Butler Cemetery. Sanderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born in Hamburg, NY. He was a retired homebuilder. He was a communicant of the Catholic Church. He graduated in 1954 from Hamburg High School in New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Schwartz and Elenora Newell Schwartz; son, Todd Schwartz; brother, Peter Schwartz.

Surviving relatives include children, Amy Schwartz (Duane) Riggins; Connie Higgins; Becky Schwartz; Ty Schwartz, Rod (Jeanette) Schwartz and Darrin Schwartz; sister, Beverly Schwartz; brothers, Billy (Linda) Schwartz and Wayne Schwartz; seven grandchildren.

Everett N. Hensley

Everett N. Hensley, 73, passed away Dec. 16 at his residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Crest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 21, 1944 in Gainesboro. He was a loving husband, daddy and pa. He chose to be a daddy when he didn’t have to be.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vaudie Chaffin Hensley and Everett N. Hensley Sr.; wife of 49 years, Janis Joan Jackson Hensley; brother-in-laws, Jim Jackson, Dewey Corner and Edward Brown; niece, Nicole Hudleston.

Surviving relatives include son, Michael (Mary Cheyanne Tate) Hensley of Hilham; grandchildren, Traci Hensley, Kimberly Hensley, Michael “Bubba” Hensley, Shawn Hensley and Jennie and Steven Burns; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Wanda Corner, Jean Brown, Cheryl (Danny) Spivey, Lynn Manier, Cat Barlow, Ebbie (Jimmy) Conner and Sam (Mark) MacCall; brother, Jerry E. (Beck Burgess) Hensley; several nieces, nephews and close friends.

Special thanks given to his home health nurses Tammy Sims and Michelle Robbins.

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