Obituaries 3/31/20

Wayne H. Lawton

Wayne H. Lawton, 72, of Cookeville, passed away March 5 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Memorial services were held March 28 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Haney officiating. The family has chosen cremation.

He was born April 28, 1947 in Pawtucket, RI. He was a truck driver, served in the U.S. Army and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Albert Forrest Lawton, Sr. and Betty Mo Mitchell Lawton.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Carol Sue Dailey Lawton of Cookeville; son, Caleb Lawton of Cookeville; daughters, Christina (Edward) Laquerre and Jaclyn (Tony) McCloud, all of Cookeville; grandchildren, Patrick, Eric, Dylan, Amara, Marcus, Haven, Balon and Kayson; great grandchildren, Gayvn, Alina, Abigail, Jaden, Logan and Bailey; brother, Albert Lawton, Jr. of R.I.; sister, Janice Trottier of R.I.; and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara Cantrell

Barbara Cantrell, 66, of Cookeville, passed away March 14 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held March 16 at the Langford Cemetery in Cookeville. There will be no visitation or services at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 23, 1953 in Gainesboro. She worked as a restaurant manager.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Earl Langford and Esther Mae Dulworth Langford; and infant daughter, Paula.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Edgar Ray Worrell of Cookeville; son, Michael Stephen Cantrell of Cookeville; and brothers, Dwight Langford and Lester Langford, both of Cookeville.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Wilmoth Hunter

Gladys Wilmoth Hunter, 85, of Cookeville, passed away March 14 at NHC Healthcare in Cookeville. Funeral services were held March 18 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Eddie Bryant officiating. Interment followed in the Pharris Cemetery in the McCoinsville community.

She was born July 20, 1934 in Jackson County. She was a housewife and a member of the Dodson Branch Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Lee Stafford and Lula Cantrell Stafford; husband, James Wilmoth; and husband, Boone Hunter.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Jimmy (Linda) Wilmoth of Bloomington Springs, James Lee Wilmoth of Nashville, Tony (Marilyn) Wilmoth of Cookeville and Jeff Wilmoth of Cookeville; daughters, Carolyn (JD) Phillips of Cookeville and Cathy (Bobby) Wilmoth of Cookeville; grandchildren, Jonathan, Jamie, Jennifer and Lucas; and three great grandchildren.

Jodi Lynne Benson

Jodi Lynne Benson, 51, of Baxter, passed away March 16 at her residence. The family has chosen cremation with no service at this time.

She was born Dec. 11, 1968 in Towanda, Pa. She worked in retail customer service.

She was preceded in death by: mother, Judith Delores Jackson.

Surviving relatives include: son, Cody Benson; daughter, Desirae Mae Benson Peterson; father, Robert Westbrook; brothers, David Wayne Westbrook and J. Timothy Westbrook; and grandchildren, Aydan Michael Peterson, Shyla Rae Benson, Jordyn Ryle Denson and Keegan Renee Benson.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Billy Henley

Billy Henley, 87, of Nashville, passed away March 19 at his residence. Graveside services were held March 22 at the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone community.

He was born April 9, 1932 in Nashville. He worked at Douglas Aircraft.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Jack Edward Henley and Bertha D. Carter Henley; and sons, David Henley and Steve Henley.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Dorothy Frances Allen Henley of Nashville; daughters, Patty Woodard of Carthage and Stefanie Worley of Sparta; seven grand-children; seven great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Randy David Vinson

Randy David Vinson, 58, of Liberty, passed away March 20 at St. Thomas Dekalb Hospital. He was a native of Warren County. Funeral services were held, March 23 in the chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Herb Alsup officiating. Interment followed in the Blues Hill Cemetery.

He retired from International Paper, loved to fish, hunt, work on cars and enjoyed the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Larry and Joyce Barrett Vinson; and stepdaughter, Liza Luna.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Ann Lewis Vinson of Woodbury; son, Ryan and wife, Amanda Vinson of Cookeville; grandchildren, Riley, Emma, Lucy and Cora Vinson, all of Cookeville; step daughter, Nakia Lawson (Anthony) of DeKalb Co.; brother, Larry Vinson Jr. of Woodbury; aunts and uncles, Sandra Vinson of Murfreesboro, Margie Williams of McMinnville and Mike Vinson of McMinnville; niece, Heather Butner of Norfolk, Va.; and great niece, Alice Butner of Norfolk, Va.

James H. Wilson

James H. Wilson, 88, of Sparta, passed away March 23 at Signature Health Care in Algood. Graveside services were held March 28 at the Cubb Creek Cemetery in the Cubb Creek community. There were no visitation or services at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Jackson County. He was an aircraft factory worker at Avco and a member of the Cubb Creek Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Oscar Wilson and Flossie Wilson; wife, Lucy Martin Wilson; and sons, Eddie Wilson, Jack Wilson and James Wilson.

Surviving relatives include: son, Charles Wilson of Cookeville; daughter, Janie Wilson Hardee of Myrtle Beach, SC; brothers, Bobby Wilson of Whitwell and Paul Wilson of Cookeville; sisters, Margaret Way of Cookeville and Connie Ballard of Gainesboro; step sister, Bonnie Jones of Gainesboro; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James E. Harris

James E. Harris, 79, of Gainesboro, passed away March 20 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held March 24 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bobby Scantland officiating. Interment followed in the Stacy Cemetery in the Old Antioch community.

He was born March 17, 1941 in Smith County. He was the owner of a fencing business and attended the Poston Chapel Community Church.

He was preceded in death by: parents, James Whitson Harris and Melissa White Harris; wife, Andrea Laverne Barnes Harris; daughters, Tammy Sue Harris and Janet Lynn Harris; sister, Carolyn Faye West; and brother, Kenneth Harris.

Surviving relatives include: son, Jerry Harris of Joelton; brother, Stanley Harris of Gordonsville; sister, Janie Sue Mundy of Defeated Creek; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Chuck Case

Chuck Case, 47, of Jamestown, passed away March 19 in Carthage. Funeral services were held March 23 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Maurice Motley officiating. Interment followed in the Granville Cemetery in Granville.

He was born July 13, 1972 in Nashville. He worked as an Amazon driver and was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Anna Marie Saylor Case of Jamestown; sons, Christopher Case of Murfreesboro, Timothy (Susan) Saylor of Nashville and Robbie (Clarisse) Mealer of Murfreesboro; daughters, Caitlen Case of Lebanon, Amanda (Billy) Auberry of Crossville and Ishia (Gage) Curtis of Christian; father, John Wayne Case; mother, Joann Vadner Cotham; sisters, Betty Case and Katrina Armstrong, both of Nashville; 19 grandchildren; beloved grandchildren, Colton Case, Dakota Case, Sage Case and Kaytlin Bowman; uncle, Billy Ray Case of Lebanon; and aunts, Mary Columbo of Lebanon, Judy Sexton of Mt. Juliet and Margaret Duke of Lebanon.

Betty Jean Hopkins

Betty Jean Hopkins, 85, of Baxter, passed away March 21 at her residence. Funeral services were held March 23 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Rev. Kelly Stockton officiating. Interment followed in the Brown and Hopkins Cemetery in the New Salem community.

She was born Oct. 5, 1934 in Jackson County. She was a factory worker.

She was preceded in death by: father, James T. Welch; husband, Marion Hopkins; and brothers, George Franklin Welch and James Oliver Welch.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Robert (Pat) Hopkins of the Shiloh community and Larry (Helen) Hopkins of Baxter; daughters, Jo Ann (Danny) Garrison and Gail (Gerald) Meadows, all of the Shiloh community; grandchildren, Susan Ragland, Angie (Alan) Byers, Daniel (Christie) Garrison, Larry Hopkins Jr., April (Starbuck) Hunt, Tiffany Burgess and Nicki (Paul) Dailey; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Mattie Clay Spurlock of Texas; special niece and caregiver, Alesia Bybee of Gainesboro; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

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