Obits 6/5/18

Betty Mae “Mema” Vanhooser

Betty Mae “Mema” Vanhooser, 74, of Biloxi, MS passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Biloxi.

Mrs. Vanhooser was born November 1, 1943 in Gainesboro, TN to Ralph and Jo Helen Bowman. She was a 1962 graduate of Jackson County Central High School and retired from the U.S. Civil Service Keesler Air Force Base Child Care Center. Mrs. Vanhooser dedicated her life to God, her family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Vanhooser’s survivors include her husband of 56 years, Joe Frank Vanhooser; her children, Melodie Durlak, Kimberly Wood and Joe F. Vanhooser, Jr.; her grandchildren, Tara Junkert, Jessica Green, Amber Green, Tabitha Junkert, Kaila Wood, Christopher Vanhooser, Garrett Wood, Noah Vanhooser and Jaxon Vanhooser; her great-grandchildren, Gage Green and Caiden Whittington; and her brother, Bill Bowman.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations be made in Mrs. Vanhooser’s memory to the Rodenberg Church of Christ, 173 Rodenberg Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39531.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Allison Wall, Rebecca Guice, NP and Keesler Medical Center staff for their heart felt care of our loving Mema.

Visitation was held at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home Friday, June 1, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Funeral Services were held at the Rodenberg Church of Christ on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm where friends visited from 1:30 pm until service time. A Graveside Service was held at Biloxi National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

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Pearl D. Brown

Pearl D. Brown, 93 passed away May 31 at Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville. Funeral services were held on June 2 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bros. Dennis Smith and Dan Huffines officiating. Interment followed in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

She was born Jan. 23, 1925 in Gainesboro. She was a garment factory worker and enjoyed keeping a spotless clean house. She was a member of the Richmond Chapel Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Freeman and Carrie Freeman; husband, Willard Brown; daughter, Deborah Kaye Clark; a grandson; and a sister, Ann Freeman.

Surviving relatives include son, Thomas (Geneva) Brown of Gainesboro; daughter, Linda (Bill) Mahaney of Livingston; grandchildren, Billy Mahaney, Teresa McCormick, Tommy Brown, Tony Brown, Branson Clark and Matthew Mahaney; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.


Lonnie Dale Spivey

Lonnie Dale Spivey, 64, passed away on May 21 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The celebration of life services were held on May 25 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

He was born on April 30, 1954 in Gainesboro. He was an incredible husband, father and friend to many. He worked for Highways Inc. for 34 years. He believed firmly that you worked hard for what you wanted. In his spare time he enjoyed taking care of his horses, playing guitar, collecting guns and knives and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Winton Spivey; brother, Harold Spivey; sister, Joann Heady; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Martha Spivey; sons, Jason Spivey and wife, April, Anthony Spivey, Brandon Spivey and fiancée, Erica, Steve Spivey and Jason Spivey and fiancée, Alex; daughters, Paige Buck and husband, Bobby and Macy Smit and husband, Derrick; mother, Ruth Carmack; sister, Betty Sue McKee and husband, James; brother-in-law, Roland Heady; grandchildren, Alyssa, AJ, Lilly, Levi, Marley, Allibeth, Colton, Averie, Tyler, Cameron, Carter and Eva; and great grandchild, Liam.

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