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Obituaries 7-13-21

Faith Dooley Fanning

Faith Dooley Fanning, 68, of Cookeville, passed away July 1 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services were held July 6 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Pastor Seth Price officiating. The family has chosen cremation.

She was born Jan. 8, 1953 in Springfield, Ohio. She was a retired health coordinator.

She was preceded in death by: mother, Mary Dooley; son, Caleb Queen; and granddaughter, Courtney Cydrus.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Richard Edwin Fanning of Cookeville; son, Joshua Queen of Cookeville; daughter, Ruth Anna Powell of Springfield, Ohio; brothers, Tom Dooley of Austintown, Ohio and Greg Decoursey of Harrod, Ohio; sisters, Trixie Watts of Springfield, Ohio and Debbie Reed of Springfield, Ohio; father, Allie J. Dooley of Springfield, Ohio; grandchildren, Jonah and Jude Queen, Breanna Queen and Allison Queen, Casey Cydrus, Ashleigh Owens and Hailey Cydrus; and sever great grandchildren.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Aaron Dale Flatt

Aaron Dale Flatt, 62, of Bloomington Springs, passed away July 2 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held July 5 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Randy Bybee and Ronald Strong officiating, along with his grandson, Josiah Nichols. Interment followed in the Double Springs Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 19, 1958 in Detroit, Mich.. He was self-employed in his later years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of Pippin Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by: father, Aaron Clifford Flatt; wife, Judy Flatt; brother in law, Mike Loftis; father in law, Johnny Ray Loftis; step father in law, Paul Dyer; and step brother in law, Bob Dyer.

Surviving relatives include: mother, Thelma Jewell Flatt; son, Sean (Hillary) Flatt; daughters, Kasey (John) Nichols, and Kayla (Dalton) Satterfield, all of Cookeville; grandchildren, Josiah, Silas, and John David Nichols, as well as Zane and Pate Flatt all of Cookeville; sister, Linda (Don) Randolph of Cookeville; mother in law, Joan Dyer of Cookeville; sister in law, Linda Loftis of Cookeville; brothers in law, Steve (Pat) Loftis of Seneca, S.C., Mark (Tammy) Loftis of Algood, Alan (Angie) Loftis of Cookeville: step brother in law, Russell (Janet) Dyer of Cookeville; step sister in law, Martha Dyer of Cookeville; special cousins, Sandy (Eric) Jacobson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Winnie B. Craighead

Winnie B. Craighead, 76, of the Center Grove community, passed away July 4 at her residence. Funeral services were held July 8 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson, Bro. Duane Gossett and Bro. Matthew Scoggins. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery.

She was born July 17, 1944 in Jackson County. She was a retired shirt factory worker and a member of the McCoinsville Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by: parents, William Shelby Lynn and Brina Lucille Mea Lynn; birth mother, Annie Lynn Stroude; daughter, Missy Carol West; brothers, Garland, Eldon and Jr. Lynn; and sisters, Modine Pruett, Lorean Davis, Helen Kernell, Frances Murphy and Ann Allen.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Kenneth Ray Craighead of Gainesboro; son, Jimmy (Cara) Frizzell of Bloomington Springs; brothers, Raymond Joe (Linda) Lynn of Willette and Lester Fred Lynn of Lafayette; sisters, Faye (Phil) Kernell of Red Boiling Springs, Bobbie Lynn of Cookeville, Patricia (Stephen) Powers of Lafayette and Gail (David) Brown of Cookeville; grandchildren, Lindsey Frizzell, Lacey (Charles) Cooper, Paige (Curtis) Jones and Sydney West; and great grandchildren, Kade Cooper, Lola Henderson, Harper Cummings, Cash Gentry, Ollie Cooper, Roman Jones, Harlan Cooper, Salem Jones and Chapel Jones.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James (Jim) Francis Deffley, Jr.

James (Jim) Francis Deffley, Jr., 69, of Cookeville, passed away July 6 at his residence. Memorial services will be held July 24 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. The family has chosen cremation.

He was born Jan. 15, 1952 in Woonsocket, R.I. He worked as a purchasing manager.

He was preceded in death by: parents, James Francis Deffley, Sr. and Mary Catherine Dolan Deffley.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Carol J. Deffley of Cookeville; daughters, Christina (Edward) A. Laquerre of Cookeville and Jami (Edward) Barnsley of Fairview; brothers, Michael (Christine) Deffley of Hope, R.I. and William (Ann Marie) Deffley of Jamestown, R.I.; sister, MaryBeth Winter of Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda (Biggs) Whaley

Linda (Biggs) Whaley, age 71, of Temperance, Mich., passed away peacefully Saturday, July 3, 2021. She was born on February 12, 1950 to Jim and Gladys (Heady) Biggs in Detroit, Mich..

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her infant brother, Ricky Biggs; and beloved grandparents, Betsy and Luke Heady and Nina and Jim Biggs. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Terry Whaley; mother, Gladys Biggs; children, Danyell, Kimberly, Kirk and Dawn (Bob); 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Gail (Jim) Roth, Helen “Marie” (Dennis) Biggs-Durbin and Sandy (Jerry) Hazard; brothers, Jimmy (Annie), Johnny (Brenda) and Bobby Biggs; aunt, Mary Helen (Frans) Casteels; and a host of many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

The family received guests on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 2 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home – Northwest Chapel, 4150 W. Laskey Rd., Toledo (419-473-0300). Funeral Services began Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Whiteford Union Cemetery.

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Thank You

I would like to say THANK YOU for your support over the past 8 years while being the administrator in the Jackson County Election Office. I have managed to meet many amazing citizens of Jackson County and am thankful for your trust in running the elections for our county. I would also like to thank the Jackson County Election Commission, anyone who has ever served as a poll worker, the county commission, all of the elected officials that I have worked with and anyone who has been a candidate since I have been in office. I will always be grateful for your friendship and support.


Clay Thaxton

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