Obits 5/8/18

Ward Kemp

Store Owner

Ward Kemp, 87, of Whitleyville, passed away on May 1 at Unity Medical Center in Manchester. Funeral services were held on May 5 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral home with Bro Mason Hensley officiating. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

He was born Dec. 4, 1930 in Whitleyville. He owned and operated Ward’s Market from 1958-1997 and also bought and sold ginseng. He was an elder at North Springs Church of Christ and enjoyed being a basketball referee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Kemp and Pauline Kemp; brother, Joe Kemp and son in law, John Willis.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Lanita Parkhurst Kemp of
Whitleyville; daughters, Cindy (Howard) Parker of Manchester, Sherri (Don) Willis of Hillsboro and Betsey Willis of Hillsboro; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Louise) Kemp of Greensboro, N.C.; sister, Peggy Dycus Pharris of Madison; and nieces, nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Nancy Matthews Pugh

Nancy Matthews Pugh, 69, of Cookeville, passed away on May 1 at Overton County Health and Rehab in Livingston. Funeral Services were held on May 3 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral home with Pastor Danny Hunter officiating. Interment followed in the Okolona Cemetery in Overton County.

She was born July 29, 1948, in Wilder. She was a homemaker, and was kind and loving to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Fannie Matthews; husband, Doyle Pugh; sons, Jimmy Pugh and Doyle Pugh, Jr.; daughter, Wanda Pugh; brothers, Ray Matthews, Roy Matthews, Owen Matthews and Lee Matthews; and sisters, Audrey Matthews, Etta Matthews and Mary Matthews.

Surviving relatives include daughters, Rebecca (Ralph) Henley of Cookeville and Linda (Gary) Murphy of Mayland; grandchildren, Brandon Henley, Alisha Serwan, Brittany Henley, Matt Henley, Dustin Murphy, Jessie Murphy and Lisa Pugh; brothers, Doc Matthews of Livingston, Sam Matthews of Gainesboro and Lawrence Matthews of Crossville; sister, Ruby Sherrell of Mayland; and four great grandchildren.

N. Jean Carter Sprague

Accomplished Musician

N. Jean Carter Sprague, 64, North Carolina, passed away on March 8 in Kernersville, NC. Graveside services were held on May 12 at the Granville Cemetery in Jackson County with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 28, 1953 in Cookeville. She graduated as salutatorian of her 1970 Jackson County High School class and attended the University of Tennessee. She was an accomplished musician who played by ear including piano, guitar and flute. She loved the outdoors, animals, fishing and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alton G. Carter.

Surviving relatives include; son, Joshua (Samantha) Sprague of Mebane, N.C.; daughter, Kathryn (Michael) Larson of Kernersville, N.C.; her mother, Mildred H. Carter; sister, Carolyn (Robert) Dudney of Cookeville and grandchildren, Nathaniel Teague, Kimberly Larson, Brandon Earnhardt of N.C.

George R. Parker

Farmer

George R. Parker, 74, of Gainesboro, passed away on May 2 at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. Funeral services were held on May 5 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiated. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

He was born Aug. 15, 1943, in Detroit, Mich. He was a farmer, welder and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis F. Parker and Ethel Anderson Parker; brother, Louis Ward Parker; nephews, Joseph Parker and Jim Parker; and brother in law, Spencer Eakin.

Surviving relatives include sons, Tim Parker of Gainesboro, David Parker of LaVergne and Wayne Bilbrey of Palmyra; granddaughter, Genevieve Bilbrey LaBean of Ashland City; sister, Edith Carol Parker Eakin of Nashville; nephews, Howard Parker and Bruce Eakin; and nieces, Teresa Johnson, Annette Eakin and Jennifer Willmore

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