Obits 10/23/18

Mary Ann Huffines

A Celebration of Life Service for Mary Ann Huffines, age 80, of Cookeville, was held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 15 at Cookeville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Drew Shelley and Rev. Rob Wheeler officiated. Interment followed in the John L Clark Memorial Cemetery in Jackson County.

The family received friends Sunday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the church and again Monday from 12 p.m. until service time at the church.

Mary Ann passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at West Meade Place in Nashville, Tenn.

She was born Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1938 in Gainesboro, TN to the late Bill and Ruth Bain Wooten. She graduated from Jackson County High School and later married her high school sweetheart, Drue Huffines. They celebrated 61 years of marriage on October 26, 2017. They worked together in the radio station business, which they were co-owners of in Livingston and Cookeville.

Mary Ann had a deep love for the Lord and her faith was witnessed daily. She was a church member and diligent worker in the Methodist churches she served in Gainesboro and Livingston, and most recently in Cookeville First United Methodist Church.

She will be remembered for the love and care she bestowed on those around her. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, outstanding grandmother, and loyal friend. She enjoyed playing bridge for over 50 years with a special group of ladies she cherished.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Drue Huffines; her daughter, Lucretia (Gary) Maxwell, two grandsons, Davis (Elisabeth) Maxwell, and Lee (Lindsay) Maxwell, all of Cookeville; brother, Billy (Jane Ellen) Wooten, Jr. of Gallatin, Tenn.; uncle, Frank Bain of Baxter; and two nieces, Susan Wooten Ford of Collierville, Tenn.; and Brooke Wooten of Atlanta, GA.

Pallbearers will be Charles Langford, Dan Huffines, Bob Gallaher, Jim Thompson, Mike Phipps, Dr. Steve Flatt, Billy Wooten, Jim Hawkins, Joe Hawkins, and Ed Halfacre.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Carol Langford, Joan Upchurch, Shelia Nelson, Matilda Speck, Alberta Dale, Carol Coleman, Sue Reynolds, Ginny and Garvin Smith, Patricia Leonard, Joel Upton, Frank Bain, Betty Berry, and members of the Backslider’s Sunday School Class.

Special thanks to Dr. Steve Flatt, Dr. Ruth Lamar, Marie Molnar, and Dianne Naff.

Memorial contributions may be made to the music ministry or the food pantry of Cookeville First United Methodist Church, 165 East Broad Street, Cookeville, Tenn. 38501 or the charity of your choice.

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, (931)526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com.

Raymond Flatt

Raymond Flatt, 84, of Bloomington Springs, passed away on Oct. 14 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 17 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. John Mabery officiating. Interment followed in the Cookeville City Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Gainesboro. He was retired from Carwile Mechanical Contractors, he enjoyed gardening and raising chickens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ethel Mayberry Flatt; wife, Evelyn Joy Gentry Flatt; infant sons, Larry and Garry Flatt; and brother, Charles E. Flatt.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Dennis (Donna) Flatt of Manchester and Dr. Steven G. Flatt of Cookeville; grandchildren, Jason Flatt and Lyndsey Flatt both of Cookeville and Rachel Flatt of Manchester; sister, Carolyn Pippin of Cookeville; loving companion, Bonnie Wills of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.

Ricky D. Brown

Ricky D. Brown, 60, of Gainesboro, passed away Oct. 7 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A celebration of his life will be held on Oct. 27 at noon at the Fairview Community Center. The family has chosen cremation.

He was born May 15, 1958 in Gainesboro. He was a carpenter by trade.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon Winford Brown and Betty Merlene Scantland Brown.

Surviving relatives include his son, Dakota Brown of Moss; daughter, Ashley Branstetter of Crossville; grandchildren, Landon Branstetter and Aubrey Branstetter; loving companion, Sandy Johnson of Gainesboro; sisters, Kimberly (Danny) Thacker of Burkesville, KY and Pam (Chuck) Stewart of Gainesboro; and nephews, Josh Stewart, Justin Stewart and Casey Brown.

Jimmy Draper Wilson

Jimmy Draper Wilson, 71, of Gainesboro passed away Oct. 12 at Signature Health Care in Algood. Funeral services were held on Oct. 14 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

He was born Oct. 17, 1946 in Gainesboro. He was a farmer and affiliated with the Richmond Chapel Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd F. Wilson and Mary Draper Wilson and sister, Jane Wilson.

Surviving relatives include sons; Scott (Tonia) Wilson and Kyle Wilson, both of Cookeville; daughter, Katie (Josh) Hammock of Gainesboro; and grandchildren, Abby Wilson of Cookeville and Darcy Hammock of Gainesboro.

Jo Poston

Jo Poston, 84, of Gainesboro passed away on Oct. 12 at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. Funeral services were held on Oct. 15 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson and Bro. Danny Scott officiating. Interment will follow in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

She was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Gainesboro. She was a sales clerk at Yvonne’s Flowers in Gainesboro and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Smith and Sally Casteel Smith; sisters, Unice Hall, Vera Brown, Mae Pharris and Lora Bailey; brothers, Floyd Smith and Junior Smith; and granddog, Buckwheat.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Harlin Poston of Gainesboro; daughter, Linda (Eddie) Vantrease of Lebanon; brothers, Jack Smith and James Bailey both of Gainesboro; sisters, Eva Fox of Gainesboro, Joyce Ann Smith, Betty Smith and Margaret Smith; nieces, Carolyn, Anita, Wanda, Wilma, Peggy, Glenda, Linda Jo, Betty and Carolyn; nephews, Ronnie, Boyd, Billy Bobby, Dennis, Charlie and Rex; special friends, Ray and Bunie Stafford, Randy, Shawn and Neyland Spivey; and granddog, Gracie.

Margaret Willene Martin

Margaret Willene Martin, 91, of Gainesboro passed away on Oct. 12 at Celina Health Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 15 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community.

She was born July 14, 1927 in Gainesboro. She was a homemaker, UCARTS driver and attended the McCoinsville Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin Spivey and Theo Spivey; her husband, Arvil Martin; brother, Ridley Spivey; sisters in law, Estella Spivey and Joanne Spivey; nephew, Mitchell Spivey; niece, Debbie McQuire; step son, Joe Martin; and step daughter, Annette Anderson.

Surviving relatives include; daughter, Patricia Ramsey of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Eddie Lawson, Darrell Wyatt and Jennifer Peterson; great grandchildren, Samantha Lewis, Zach Lawson, Dominick Wyatt, Emma Wyatt, Melody Peterson and Lillian Peterson; brother, Willard Spivey of Crossville; step sons, Marvin Martin, Rellon Martin and Jimmie Dale Martin and step daughter, Kathy Stafford.

Jimmy Lee Collins

Jimmy Lee Collins, 77, of Gainesboro passed away on Oct. 15 at Mabry Health Care Center. It was Jimmy’s wish to be cremated with no services held.

He was born Sept. 20, 1941 in Gainesboro. He worked in contractor sales at Lowe’s and was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Gainesboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold Collins and Iva Rogers Collins; and sisters, Bonnie Huffman and Judy Gasper.

Surviving relatives include; sons, Tim (Brenda) Collins and Mark (Terri) Collins, all of Gainesboro; daughter, Sandra (Tim) Smith of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Eric (Brittany) Collins of Cookeville, Rebecca Collins and Cassidy Collins; great grandchildren, AlyJane Collins and Kinley Rae Collins; brother, Eddie (Judy) Collins of Gainesboro; sisters, Thelma Lois Isgrig of Columbus, Ind., Faye Lee of Indianapolis, Ind., and Becky (Larry Jack) Williams of Gainesboro.

David Earl Allen

David Earl Allen, 60, of Cookeville passed away on Oct. 17 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services were held on Oct. 20 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Dodson Branch Cemetery in Jackson County.

He was born Nov. 29, 1957 in Dayton, Ohio. He was a carpenter by trade.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Earl Allen and Joyce Ann Barr; daughter, Misty Jean Allen; and brother, Timothy J. Allen.

Surviving relatives include; daughter, Christin Allen of Baxter; grandchildren, Ashton Johnson, Alexis Watts and Adison Watts; and brother, Johnny Allen of Gainesboro.

Homer T. Brown

Homer T. Brown, 79, of Cookeville passed away on Oct. 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Oct. 21 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Webb and Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the New Salem Cemetery in Jackson County.

He was born Sept. 5, 1939 in Jackson County. He was a pipefitter and welder and a member of the Sycamore Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Logan Brown and Sarah Jane Brown; brother, Eldon W. Brown; and sisters, Carol Atwood, Jewell Brown, Molly Lineberry, Frances Pharris, Kerry Fields and Marcia Barnett.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Mildred L. Brown of Cookeville; son, Sammy L., (Shonda) Brown of Easley, N.C.; daughter, Tammy (Jim) Cobb of Cookeville; grandchildren, Beth (Shawn) Meadows, Ben Hargis and Jennifer Cobb; sister, Louise Mundy of Gainesboro; special sisters in law, Vanita Carver of Gainesboro and Charlene McClain of Cookeville; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Neil Dudney

Neil Dudney age 86, of Smithville passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville.  Neil was born Oct. 5, 1932 in Jackson County, to his parents, the late John Lyman and Ruby Mae Birdwell Dudney.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe Lester Dudney and Charles Clark Dudney.  He graduated from Jackson County High School and received a BS in Agriculture from Tennessee Tech University.  His first job with the government was a substitute rural mail carrier for 5 years with the Gainesboro Post Office.  In 1957, he began work with the USDA Soil Conservation Services in Linden, TN.  He later transferred to Lawrenceburg and then to Wartburg, TN.  While working in Wartburg, he married Emma Jean Wilmoth on Jan. 6, 1962 and they became parents of twin girls, Janet and Susan.  Neil was transferred to Smithville in Aug. 1967 working as District Conservationist.  In 1979 he received a certificate of merit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for outstanding performance of duties, one of only two given in the state.  In 1987 he retired from the Soil Conservation Service after 30 years.  He has been involved in other areas of the community through the years.  He served as a member of the Board of Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Center Hill Academy and Lions Club.  He helped make major improvements to Green Brook Park in 1979 and helped establish the Smithville Day School.  Neil has been a member of the Church of Christ since being baptized at the Whitleyville Church of Christ in 1948.  Since being in Smithville, he has served as a deacon for 12 years and an elder for 18 years at the Smithville Church of Christ.  He was very involved with the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree from the beginning in 1972, where he began as a sound technician and later served as the President/Coordinator for 16 years until 2008.  Mr. Neil Dudney was a man that loved God, family and community and dedicated himself to all three.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 56 years, Emma Jean Wilmoth Dudney of Smithville; twin daughters, Janet (Brian) England of Smithville and Susan (Brian) Berry of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Dr. Laura England (Brandon) Ross, Brandon (Sara) Shaw, Ethan (Rachel) Shaw and Dylan Shaw; two great-grandsons, Carson Shaw and Charles Ross; sister-in-law, Frances Dudney Crowder; niece, Linda Dudney and nephew, John Dudney.  Funeral services were conducted 1 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at the Smithville Church of Christ with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating and burial followed at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was held Thurs. 4 PM until 8 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Fri. 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM at the Smithville Church of Christ.  In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund or to the Smithville Church of Christ Work Camp.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Thank you

The Pappas Family: James (Jimmy) and Ann Pappas Jr. Anthony (Tony) and Sandy Pappas, wish to give thanks to all who took part in the “Celebration of Life” for Carolyn J. Pappas.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card,

Or sat quietly in a chair.

Perhaps you sent a floral piece,

If so we saw it there.

Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,

As any friend could say:

Perhaps you were not there at all,

Just thought of us that day.

Whatever you did to console our hearts,

We thank you so much whatever the part.

No matter how big or how small your part,

It was greatly appreciated for just knowing

Our MOM touched your heart.

Special thanks: Livingston Regional Hospital, Vanderbilt Life Flight Squad, Vanderbilt Hospital and their Critical Care Unit, Browns Funeral Home, Byrdstown, Pastor Randy Heady, New Hope Baptist Church, Gainesboro. Visiting grandson: Pastor Bradley G. Herbst, Life Point Church, OH. All our pallbearers, Pastor Raley, First Baptist Church, Byrdstown for use of their Fellowship Hall, Farm House Restaurant, Byrdstown for their Catering Service. God is Good.

 

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