Obituaries 9-3-19

James Edward Brown

James Edward Brown, 70, of Gainesboro passed away Aug. 21 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Crossman, Bro. Nathan Miller and Bro. Alan Judd officiating.

He was born Oct. 29, 1948 in Jackson County. He was a factory worker and served on the Farm Bureau board and the Old Gainesboro Road Utility District Board. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Freewill and an avid fan of the JCHS Blue Devils.

He was preceded in death by parents, Roy J.B. Brown and Effie Belle Jones Brown; wife, Marilyn “Merle” Brown; an infant brother; maternal grandparents, Sid Tom and Nannie Jones; and paternal grandparents, Mark and Leona Brown.

Surviving relatives include: brother, Roy F. (Denise) Brown of Gainesboro; nephews, Kevin Brown, Justin Robinson and Jared Robinson; nieces, Amber Jacobs, Kristy Brown, Jackie Miller and Tish Whittenburg; brothers in law, Gary and Estle Robinson, both of Gainesboro; and several great- nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Betty Jean Bybee Smith

Betty Jean Bybee Smith died peacefully at home on August 27, 2019, in Nashville, TN.

She was born on May 25, 1932, in the Hurricane community of Jackson Co., TN.

Betty was preceded in death by husband of 68 years, Aaron G Smith; parents Barlow and Mary Flynn Bybee; brothers, Willie, George, and Walter; and sisters, Dorothy Palutis, Daffo Locke, Beulah Bybee, Mary Bushart, and Linda Bybee.

She is survived by daughter, Jerrelyn Smith; son, Jeffrey Smith (Tanja), granddaughter, Jennie Smith-Peers (Paul), and step-granddaughter, Erika Glaskox.

Betty finished third in her class at Jackson County High in Gainsboro, TN in 1949, and attended accounting classes at UT night school in Nashville.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was an accomplished seamstress, and an award-winning gardener with a gift for cooking and making others feel loved. Together with Aaron, they enjoyed traveling, which took them to 49 states, Mexico, Panama, and the Bahamas.

Her family is forever indebted to her for the unwavering care she provided to her husband, as his primary caregiver, since 2001, all the while seamlessly juggling her needs and those of her family. Words cannot express how much we will miss her.

Visitation at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home was on August 31, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a celebration of life to follow at 12Noon. Burial followed at Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery in Gainesboro, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Iona Senior Services at, or to a charity of your choice.

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