Obits 11/13/18

William R. (Bill) Medley

Funeral services with military honors for Mr. William R. (Bill) Medley, age 95, of Algood, were held on Mon., Nov. 5 at Algood United Methodist Church. Pastor Albert Willis officiated at the service.

The family received friends Sunday at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home and again Monday until service time at the church.

Bill passed away Thursday evening November 1, 2018 at his home.

He was born Sept. 26, 1923 in Buffalo Valley, Tenn. to the late E.E. (Dock) Medley and Buena Vista Denny Medley.

Bill served in War World II as a radio operator on a B-29 aircraft. He was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific.

Bill was a retired soil conservationist who earned his degree from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (TTU) on the GI Bill. He served from Dyersburg to Gainesboro, helping farmers and landowners build ponds, prevent soil erosion, and cut and plant trees. He was a naturalist before his time. His knowledge of plants, trees, and soils was tremendous. He was an avid gardener and planted an abundance of his favorite plants. Needless to say, he had plenty of fresh vegetables to share with everyone! It wasn’t uncommon for him and his wife, Gertha, to “Can” 300 quarts of green beans a season! He worked with 4-H and other youth groups teaching them about the land. Bill and son, Gene, also raised and showed Shorthorn Cattle and traveled the state to compete. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed many trips within the United States to attend as many shows, plays, and music events as possible. They traveled several times a year to Pigeon Forge to enjoy the mountains and all the family and friends that gathered with them. He was a member of the Algood Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and loved being a member.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gertha Breeding Roberson Medley; daughter in law, Maura Little Medley of Livingston; two grandchildren, William Robert (Rob) Medley and wife Samantha of Livingston, and Allison Medley Ogle and husband Vince of Flintville, TN; a sister, Vista Carroll of Old Hickory; a brother-in-law, Mike Broderick of Alexandria, VA; and three precious great granddaughters, Mila and Piper Ogle and Alyssa Medley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Bonnie Herndon Medley of Madison; his only child, Eugene (Gene) Medley of Livingston, TN; his sister, Esther Medley Broderick of Alexandria, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Algood UniQted Methodist Church, 135 W Main St, Cookeville, TN 38506 or the charity of your choice.

Brittany Nicole Wiggins

Brittany Nicole Wiggins, 30, of Gainesboro, passed away on Nov. 5 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Nov. 11 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. She had chosen cremation.

She was born May 23, 1988 in Cookeville. She worked as an LPN.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Carlen J. Wiggins, Sr. and Ina Wiggins; uncles, Robert Spurlock and George Spurlock; and stepfather, Jackie Allen.

Surviving relatives include her daughters, Daneisha Highland and Ayla Wiggins, both of Gainesboro; parents, Carlen J. Wiggins, Jr. of Whitleyville and Tammy Hunter Wiggins of Gainesboro; maternal grandparents, Billy Hunter and Sammie Hunter of Gainesboro; brothers, Carlen J. Wiggins, III of Whitleyville and Dakota Allen of Gainesboro; sisters, Victoria L, Wiggins of Whitleyville and Kyra Shephard of Gainesboro; and special friend, Janie Marie Porterfield of Whitleyville.

James Clay Stafford

James Clay Stafford, 80, of Gainesboro, passed away on Nov. 3 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Nov. 5 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Heady officiating. Interment followed in the Pharris Cemetery.

He was born June 12, 1938 in Gainesboro. He was a furniture factory worker and also worked in law enforcement. He also served in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by parents, Roger Stafford and Betty V. Stafford; and brother, Johnny Frank Stafford.

Surviving relatives include wife, Lois C. Stafford of Gainesboro; sons, Jimmy (Tammy) Stafford, Johnny F. Stafford and Roger E. Stafford, all of Gainesboro; daughter, Connie (Dewayne) York of Livingston; grandchildren, Dustin Hadynski, James Phillip Stafford, Devin Stafford, Bradley Stafford, Johnny “Hoot” Stafford, Chelsea Stafford and Bryson Harris; great grandchildren, Kadence Hadynski, Ellie Hadynski, Rader Eller, Bentley Stafford, Noah Simmons, Rylan Stafford and Bailey Stafford; and sister, Ruth Lowe of Gainesboro.

Gene Chaffin Kittrell

Gene Chaffin Kittrell, the last surviving child of Charlie Rogers Chaffin and Ethel Young of Roaring River, was born June 13, 1921 and died Nov. 6, 2018. She was preceded in death by husband of 50 years, Harris Tom Kittrell, Sr., her sister Thelma Chaffin Mabry, her two brothers, Robert Franklin Chaffin and Charlie Rogers Chaffin, Jr. and her son, Harris Tom Kittrell, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Elizabeth Kittrell, son Jonathan Dutton Kittrell (Patricia Leverone), daughter in law Deborah Wells Kittrell, (widow of Harris Tom Kittrell, Jr.); three grandchildren, Chasa Kittrell Farris (David), Harris David Kittrell II (Taren), and Amanda Wells Kittrell; two great grandchildren, Alyssa Farris and Hailey Farris; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Gene graduated from Tennessee Tech and earned her Masters at the Library School at Peabody. In World War II her efforts were in support of the building of engines for the English Mosquito Bomber.

In college she met and later married Tom Kittrell, Sr., a returning young Marine Veteran. Gene worked at the Nashville Public Library for 25 years where she supervised their first automation project. Tom practiced law for 47 years.

In retirement Gene enjoyed water colors, time with family, living in the Nashville home she designed and time spent on the family farm in Perry County.

Following a service at Brush Creek Church of Christ the burial will be at the Kittrell Family Cemetery in Perry County, Tenn. on Nov. 10, 2018.

 

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