Obits 8/28/18

Lucille Goolsby

Lucille Goolsby, 83, of Whitleyville, passed away on Aug. 18, at her residence. Funeral services were held on Aug. 22, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery, in the Stone Community.

She was born on Nov. 23, 1934, in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a teacher’s aide at North Springs Head Start. She was a member of the North Springs Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Esco Dodson and Cooper Bilbrey Dodson; husband, Omer D. Goolsby; son, Richard “Ricky” Eugene Goolsby; brother, Walter Junior Dodson; and a sister, Merry Ellen Dodson.

Surviving relatives include; son, Randy Goolsby of Whitleyville; daughters, Regina Goolsby of Carthage and Amanda and husband, Larry Dillard of Gordonsville; grandchildren, Jesse Presley, Kaleb Ashburn, Kobe Ashburn, Tina and husband, Cavin Gudat and Kelsey Ashburn; great grandson, Jackson Whittemore; sisters, Marie Cannon of Smyrna, Anna Lee and husband, Tony Reina of La Vergne and Linda and husband, Billy Warden of Murfreesboro and sister in law, Edna Dodson of Red Boiling Springs.


Frank Edward Christian

Frank Edward Christian, 86, of Gainesboro, passed away on Aug. 21 at Mabry Health Care Center. Funeral services were held on Aug. 24 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson and Bro. Bobby Scantland officiating. Interment followed in the Clementsville in Clay County.

He was born April 18, 1932, in Jackson County. He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Poston Chapel Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank E. Christian and Ruby Christian; son and daughter in law, Billy and Betty Christian; son, Floyd Ray Christian; daughter, Patricia Ann Allen; grandchild, Sheri Crabtree; brother, Jimmy Roger Pigg; and sister, Ruth Bennett.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Lillie Mae Christian of Gainesboro; sons, Kenneth and wife, Glenda Christian of Gainesboro and Scottie Christian and fiancée, Linda Stafford of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Valerie Phillips, Kenneth Christian, Angie Christian, Jackie Christian and Bennie Phillips; 24 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Paula Jean


Paula Jean Newbold, age 68, of Gainesboro, TN went to be with the Lord on Aug. 20, 2018. A memorial service was held on Thurs., August 23 at Dyer Funeral Home. The family received friends until the time of the service.

Paula was preceded in death by her mother, Zelma King; her son, Joey Jackson and a great granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Newbold of Gainesboro; father, Paul Brown of N.C.; son Scott Jackson (Tina) of Granite City, IL; daughters, Kim Dimberger (Paul) of Fruitland, MO, Nicole Paul of Pulaski, Tenn., Loretta Gentry (Jason) of Gainesboro, Ricky Newbold of Gainesboro, Alexis Newbold of Gainesboro; two step sons, Ronald Newbold Jr. of St. Louis, MO. and Adam Newbold (Amanda) of Louisville, KY; 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two sisters.

Paula was born in July 22, 1950 in E. St. Louis, MO. She lived in Missouri and moved to Gainesboro where she has solely been a homemaker. Paula and Ron have been happily married for 36 years.

She loved spending time with family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be truly loved and missed by many friends and family.

Dyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. You may share your thoughts and memories at


Mildred Jones Dennis

Retired Jackson County Court Clerk

Mildred Jones Dennis, 84, of Gainesboro, passed away Aug. 21 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Aug. 24 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Fox and Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

She was born April 15, 1934 in Jackson County. She served as the Jackson County Court Clerk for 16 years and later as the receptionist at Gainesboro Elementary School. She was a member of the Flynns Creek Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben Hooper Jones and Anna Ruth Brown Jones; her husband, Baugh Dennis; brothers, Houston Jones, Charles Jones, Kelly Jones; and an infant brother and sister, Maudine Gore.

Surviving relatives include her son, James Houston and wife, Donna Dennis of Cookeville; grandchildren, Amanda and husband, Michael Smith of Lebanon and Brandon Dennis of Cookeville; great granddaughters, Alaina, Adeline, Anniston and Averly James; brothers, Troy and wife, Ruth Jones, Hubert Jones and Larry and wife, Cathy Jones all of Gainesboro; sister, Pauline and husband, Lillard Holland of Pleasant Shade; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.


Claude Cavet Hackett Jr.

Claude Cavet Hackett Jr., 90, of Franklin, TN, passed away Aug. 17, 2018 at his home. He was born in Jackson County, TN to the late Cavet and Annie Lee Hackett. Claude was honored to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After a career of 50 years in credit management with Harpeth National and Third National Banks as well as other financial institutions, he retired to a lifelong love of growing beautiful roses to share with others. He was a member of Berry’s Chapel church of Christ.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ethel Poteet Hackett; daughter, Joan Hitchcock Dell of Franklin, TN; brother, Jack (Linda) Hackett of Goodlettsville, TN; sister, Mary Weismiller of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Jeremy (Tammy) Hitchcock and Jason (Becca) Hitchcock; great grandchildren, Emilee, Brody & Colby Hitchcock.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 20 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Andy Baker officiating. Interment was at the John L. Clark Cemetery in Gainesboro, TN. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kenneth Dodge, Dr. Barbara Murphy and her oncology department at Vanderbilt Cancer Center and Alive Hospice with all their wonder workers. Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice or World Christian Broadcasting. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Elva Jean Ayers

Elva Jean Ayers, 79, of Hilham, passed away on Aug. 22, at Signature Health Care in Putnam County. Funeral services were held on Aug. 25 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Gordon Lee, Bro. Phillip Morgan and Bro. Howard Dailey officiating. Interment followed in the New Hope Cemetery in the New Hope Community.

She was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Overton County. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Evins and Martha Evins; husband, Elmer D. Ayers; son, Terry Ayers; brother, James Evins; sister, Hassie Willard Griffin; and nephews, Tim Evins and Richard Griffin.

Surviving relatives include sons; Steve and wife, Sharon Ayers and Mike and wife, Tina Ayers, all of Hilham; daughter in law, Debbie Ayers Farmer of Knoxville; grandchildren, Chris and wife, Melinda Ayers, Brad and wife, Andrea Ayers, Penny and husband, Billy Cummins, Mandy and husband Casey White and Brandon Ayers (Karla Ayers); great grandchildren, Mitchell Ayers, Samuel Ayers, Carson Walker, Colin Ayers, Cameron Ayers, Emma Grace Ayers, Corey White, Ashton Ayers, Tessarae Faith Cummins and Dalton Cummins; nephew, Stoney Evins; niece, Donna Burton; special niece, Judy Johnson; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Beatrice Napier Adcock

Beatrice Napier Adcock, 54, of Gainesboro, passed away on Aug. 23 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Aug. 26 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Napier Family Cemetery.

She was born April 4, 1964, in Indianapolis, Ind. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hiram Booker Napier and Mary Jane Napier; brothers, Freddie Wayne Napier and Timothy Pryce Napier and sister, Rufena Napier.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Paul Adcock; son, Benjamin Booker and wife, Dawn Marie Capps of Dayton, Tenn.; grandchildren, Mellissa and Faith; great grandchildren, Peyton Marie and Lawrence Booker and brother, Joseph Napier of Gainesboro.


Thomas R.

(Tom) Lasher

Thomas R. (Tom) Lasher, 68 yrs old of Gainesboro, Tenn., and formerly of Lowell, Ind., was called to rest after his battle with cancer.

He was born on Sept. 22, 1949, and passed on Aug. 22, 2018.

Tom was survived by his two daughters: Wendy Lasher of Orlando, Fla. And Tammy (Brad) Mooney of Dix, Ill.; sister, Jo-Anne Engelke of Midlothian, Ill; and girlfriend, Carolyn Smith of Cookeville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Lasher; mother, Florence A. Lasher; brother Darrell Schofro and sister, Jean Manrique.

Tom was raised in Chicago, where he met and married Sue Norton and started his family. He moved them to the country of small town Lowell, Indiana. He spent his life working as a pipefitter out of Local 597. He was a genius when it came to building things. He was also avid in energy efficiency and built an 85’ tall windmill to help avert the increasing expenses of power. He also designed and, with the help of his daughter Tammy, built a boiler to heat their home. Tom and his motorcycle went hand in hand. He was a member of the GWRRA and GWTA as Director of Safety for many years, and put thousands of miles on traveling the country. Gardening was also one of Tom’s many hobbies. After his girls were grown, he and Sue divorced, and he eventually retired and moved to the mountains of Tennessee. There he opened a greenhouse to sell produce from with great help from his special friend Carolyn. He will forever be in our heart, may he Rest In Peace.

Visitation was held at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home on Aug. 25. Services will be held at a later date at Sheets Funeral Home in Lowell, Ind.


Card of Thanks

The family of Garry Stacy would like to take this time to say Thank You for all the love and kindness shown to us during the illness and loss of our loved one. He was truly blessed with many friends and family. Thank you to Upper Cumberland Funeral Home for all the arrangements. Thank you to Jimmy Anderson and Shannon Hammock for all the kind words spoken and to Fox Florist for the floral arrangements, the pallbearer’s, everyone who visited our home during his illness and came by the funeral home during the visitation and service. Thank you to everyone who called, text, emailed, sent cards, for all the food, floral arrangements, memento’s and the monetary donations; everything meant so much to us. Special thank you to Dr. Algis Sidry’s, the nurse’s and everyone at the Cookeville Regional Cancer Center for everything they did for us. Also a special thank you to Fairview Community Center and all the fine ladies from Old Antioch and Burristown Communities for the fine meal following his service. It was so appreciated. So continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Stacy, Shelia Norris and family, Rose Hammock and family, Cappy Phillips and family, Brenda Clark and family, Gerald Stacy and family and Michael Stacy and family.


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