Obits 9/11/18

Tiffany Lynn Elkins Tayse

Tiffany Lynn Elkins Tayse, 28, of Gainesboro, passed away on Sept. 1, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Sept. 5 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Roger Minard, Ken Lewis and Kelly Stockton officiating. Interment followed in the Elkins Family Cemetery in Gainesboro.

She was born Jan. 3, 1990 in Cookeville. She worked in wallpaper installation and was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. She was raised by her loving grandmother, Rose Minard.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Howard Elkins.

Surviving relatives include her sons, Nicholas Johnson of Cookeville, Jayden Elkins of Gainesboro and Kayden Elkins of Gainesboro; parents, Steve Elkins of Gainesboro and Stacey Reagans of Gainesboro; paternal grandmother, Becky Williams of Gainesboro; maternal grandparents, Roger S.N. Minard of Plainville Ga. and Roseann Minard of Huntsville, Ala.; sisters, Krystal Bowman of Gainesboro and Victoria Elkins of Sandy, Utah and several aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Charles S. Burgess

Charles S. Burgess, 79, of Sparta, passed away on Sept. 4 at Life Care Center of Sparta. Funeral services were held on Sept. 7 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Granville Cemetery in Jackson County.

He was born Nov. 12, 1938, in Granville. He was a factory worker in the airplane industry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Burgess and Ila Kirby Burgess and the mother of his children, Nina Bean Burgess.

Surviving relatives include his son, Charles S. Burgess, Jr. of Gainesboro; daughters, Kimberly (Randy) Brown of Crossville and Michelle Burgess of Nashville; grandchildren, Lindsey Brown, Lauren (Landon) Sherrill, Leslie Brown, Mark Brown and Samantha (Curtis) Shannon; and great grandchildren, Spencer Shannon, Ruby Sherrill and Iris Sherrill.


Rev. Byron Rayford Epps

Funeral services for Rev. Byron Rayford Epps, 88 of Cookeville, were held Sun., Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Dyer Funeral Home with Rev. Scott McKinney officiating. Graveside services and interment followed at the Foster Cemetery in Sweetwater, Tenn. His family will received friends on Sunday until service time at Dyer Funeral Home.

Rev. Epps died Monday September 3, 2018 in Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 9, 1930 in Panola County, Mississippi and was the eighth of nine children born to the late Samuel Edward Epps and Jennie Ruth Duke Epps.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, his wife of more than 63 years, Albertine (Tine) Kyker Epps; five sisters, Ella Ruth Young, Evelyn Epps, Jewell Harwood, Mildred Baird Boston, and Maxine Bowd; and three brothers, Ed Epps, James David (JD) Epps and Clifford Epps.

Byron was a minister of the gospel, having been ordained Dec. 31, 1950 by the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, Batesville, MS. After High School, he received his education at Union University, Jackson, Tenn. and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was the founding pastor of two churches, Valley Baptist Church, Appleton, Wis. in 1962 and West Des Moines Baptist Church, West Des Moines, Iowa in 1974.

In addition, Byron served as pastor or Associate Pastor of nine churches. In 1988, he and Tine were commissioned as missionaries of the Metropolitan Missions Department of the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board and he became Director of Metropolitan Missions in the Milwaukee area until his retirement in 1996. After retirement, he did a transitional interim pastorate at Midvale Baptist Church, Madison, Wis. for two years before returning to TN, where he pastored University Heights Baptist Church in Cookeville for three years.

Missions were Byron’s passion and he continued to be involved until his death, remaining active at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, where had previously served 10 years.

Survivors include his children Emily Varela (David) of Gainesboro, Tenn., David Epps of Prescott, Ariz. and Karen Miller (Bob) of Huntsville, Texas; and grandchildren, Armando, Briana, Victor, Isabel, Rebeka, Moshe, Natanyah, and Giliyah Varela of Gainesboro, Tenn.; Rochelle and Keaton Epps of Cortez, Colo; Dima Miller and Desirae Miller of Huntsville, Texas.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Dyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements (931) 526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memories at


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