Obits 9/18/18

Dwight Spivey

Dwight Spivey, 75, of Gainesboro, passed away on Sept. 6 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital. Funeral services were held on Sept. 9, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Huffines officiating. Interment followed in the Hall Cemetery in the Big Bottom community.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1942, in Gainesboro. He worked as a television technician, was a member of the Church of Christ and spent his later years reading the Bible daily.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otha E. Spivey and Viola E. Hall Spivey; sister, Sue Messick and brother, Otha E. Spivey, Jr.

Surviving relatives include son, Jeff Spivey and wife, Brenda, of Gainesboro; daughters, Jennifer Dietsch and husband, Jason, of Old Hickory and Kim Stafford and husband, Garry, of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Andrea Stafford, Alyssa Ragland and husband, Lincoln, Kaylia Hopkins and husband, Chanse and Kolton Dietsch; great grandchild, Kambree Hopkins; sister, Faye Ragland of Gainesboro and the mother of his children, Patricia Spivey of Madison.


Ann Mellema

Ann Mellema, 73, of Gainesboro, passed away on Sept. 9 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Sept. 16, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Buddy Johnson officiating. The family has chosen cremation.

She was born on June 21, 1945, in Wadesboro, N.C. She was an LPN and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred H. Terry and Jessie Mae Terry; her husband, Dean Mellema; brother Edmund Robins and sisters, Girtie Ann Lawhon and Donna Cassidy.

Surviving relatives include her son, Charles D. Brown II of Gainesboro; daughters, Lori Rush of Gainesboro and Katherine Naidenoff of Gainesboro; stepson, Robert (Remonia) Mellema of Cookeville and grandchildren, Jacob Brown, Caleb Brown, Chris Brown, Justin Hurt, Joshua Scantland, Rachel Mellema and Justin Long.


Brenda Jean Meredith

Brenda Jean Meredith, 70, of Gainesboro, passed away on Sept. 10 at Life Care Center of Sparta. Funeral services were held on Sept. 13, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Strong officiating. The family has chosen cremation.

She was born on Feb. 4, 1948, in Detroit, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of the Center Grove Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C.J. Mabery and Barbara Jean Gale Mabery and sisters, Jo Ann Ledbetter and Frances Dee Mabery.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Don Meredith of Gainesboro; daughters, Cheryl Flatt of Gainesboro and Dawn Meredith and Jessica Eaton of Sparta; stepchildren, Chris Meredith of Cookeville, Cory Meredith of Cookeville and Carrie Sumnik of Mich.; grandchildren, Brooklyn Burris, Cheyenne Collier, Austin Winningham, Janelle Michels, Elizabeth Sumnik, Alexandra Sumnik, Nicholas Sumnik, Iggy Sumnik, Donna Meredith, Caelon Eaton and Calie Eaton; great grandchildren, Briella Hix and Silas Hix; brothers, John (Barbara) Mabery of Gainesboro and Kenneth (Cindy) Mabery of Cookeville and sister, Sandy Haney of Gainesboro.


J B Harper

J B Harper, 92, of Cookeville, passed away on Sept. 11 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Sept. 15, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Kelly Stockton officiating. Interment followed in the Pharris Cemetery in the McCoinsville Community.

He was born on June 7, 1926, in Gainesboro. He was a factory worker at Russell Stover Candy Co. and a member of the Gainesboro First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Harper and Betty Harper; wife, Dorothy Harper; brother, Jack Harper; and sisters, Ruth Lester and Georgia Netherton.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Georgia Fulton Harper of Cookeville; son, Donnie (Shirley) Harper of Gainesboro; daughter, Tina (Monty) Kemp of Cookeville; grandchildren: Chris (Celeste) Kemp, Natasha (Zane) Moseley, Wayne (Jackie) Harper, Sherry Apple and Jason (Keisha) Harper; great grandchildren: Calijah Kemp, Izabell Moseley, Alec Harper, Hannah Martin, James Martin and Khloe Harper; 4 great, great grandchildren and sister, Sue Miller of Ky.


Frances McCue

Frances McCue, 92, of Pleasant Shade, passed away on Sept. 13 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. Funeral services were held on Sept. 17, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Rich, Bro. Charles Jones and Bro. E.C. Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Draper Cemetery in the Wartrace Community.

She was born on April 26, 1926 in the Haydenburg Community of Jackson County. She was a factory worker and a lifelong member of the Pleasant Grove Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the Haydenburg Community. She was also a founding member of the Wartrace FCE Homemakers Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benton Mosley and Curlie Mosley; brothers, Willard Mosley and Sidney Mosley; sisters, Dean Minchey and Nell McCoin; and nephews, Charles Mosley, Bennie Mosley and Glen Clark.

Surviving relatives include: sister in law, Merlene Mosley of Lebanon; nieces and nephews: Patricia Roysden, Teresa (John) Johns, Debra (Danny Joe) Stafford, Vickie (Harold) Crawford, Linda (John) Pedigo, Peggy Roberts, Ward (Ann) McCoin, Brenda Green and Gale (Leonard) Moudy; her supporter and friend, Tim Agee; other relatives and friends.


Charles Lee Morse

Charles Lee Morse, 77, of Gainesboro, passed away on Sept. 12. Funeral services will be held at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark. Interment will be in the Scott Cemetery in Mountain Pine, Ark. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

He was born May 16, 1941 in Freer, Texas. Following completion of service with the U.S. Navy, he worked for the State of California as a health care professional. An avid fisherman and baseball fan, he coached Little League Baseball for 30 plus years as a volunteer in the communities where he lived.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.A. Morse and Mary C. Morse; his wife, Linda; sisters, Vee, Peggy and Elva; and brothers Bert and Bill Morse.

Surviving relatives include his children: Karen, Charles Jr., Mary, Lyne, David and Bailey Morse; brother, Jerry Morse; and many grandchildren.


Thank You

Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to our family, friends and neighbors, for all the kindness, support, food, flowers, donations, cards, visits and kind words spoken to our family during the recent loss of our beloved husband, dad and poppa, Vernon Ragland.

We would like to express special appreciation to Rev. Tim Dunavant for all his support and words of comfort during this time and to Rev. Steven Lee for his comforting words and support also.

To Gainesboro First United Methodist Church, thank you for the delicious meal and the love and support shown to our family after the service.

Thanks to Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home for their professional arrangements and caring service.

Our hearts were touched by the loving tribute and show of support by the County officials and staff at the courthouse, as well as, others in town as we drove through on the way to the cemetery. Thank you.

Thank you to Tennessee State Troopers, Kerry Ragland and Mark Mahan, Jackson County Sheriff, Marty Hinson and his department, and Gainesboro Police Chief, Mike Head for their assistance with the funeral procession to Granville.

To our uncle and brother, Billy Dawes, thank you for being there for us and helping to make a very difficult time just a little easier.

Thank you,

The Family of Vernon Ragland.



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