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Robert Thurman Garrison

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Robert Thurman Garrison, 67, of Gainesboro will be held at 2:30 p.m. today from the Chapel of the Whitson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Morgan Pippin Cemetery in Cookeville.

Mr. Garrison was born Dec. 3, 1934, in Jackson County to the late Andrew Jack and Flora Frances Meadows Garrison. Mr. Garrison was a factory worker at the Norcote Heat Treat Plant in Michigan. He was a member of the Shiloh Church of Christ.

His family includes a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Jr. and Darlene Garrison of Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Dawn Garrison of Mich.; two sisters, Louise Richardson of Gainesboro and Rose Marie Sadler of Goodlettsville; five brothers, Charlie Garrison of Cookeville, Ernest Garrison of Celina, Donnie Garrison of Cookeville, Jackie Garrison of Hendersonville and Gary Garrison of Cookeville; a special nephew, Danny Garrison of Cookeville; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by two brothers, William Lee Garrison and James Eugene Garrison.

Bro. Doyle Wilmoth will officiate at the services.

David Louis Espinosa

COOKEVILLE -- Memorial services for David Louis Espinosa, 47, of Cookeville, will be held at 12 noon on Monday, Dec. 17, at the Rickman Chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Private family graveside serives will be held at a later date at the Smith Chapel Cemetery.

Mr. Espinoza died on Dec. 13, 2001, at Somers Point, N.J.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1954, in Elizabeth, N.J., to Louis Espinosa of Miami, Fla., and Rose Espinosa of New Jersey. He was self-employed in an Internet business, was very active in AA and NA in the Cookeville area and was Catholic in faith.

In addition to his parents, his family includes his wife, Jacquelyn Espinosa of Cookeville; a son, Daniel Espinosa of Cookeville; a daughter, Elaina Espinosa of Cookeville; and two brothers, Johnny Phelps of New Jersey and George Espinosa of Miami.

Rev. Charlotte Seager will officiate at the service.

John L. Whitehead

NILES, MICH. -- Funeral services for John L. Whitehead, 25, of Niles, Mich., formerly of Monterey, were held on Dec. 10, 2001, from the Michiana Christian Embassy in Niles. Burial was in the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles. There was a flag presentation at the graveside by John McLaughlin, Commander of American Legion Post 26.

Mr. Whitehead died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at the Lakeland Hospital in Niles following a recent illness.

He was born January 12, 1976, in South Bend, Ind., to Hubert Lawrence and Nan Blaylock Whitehead of Monterey. Mr. Whitehead was a lifetime resident of Niles, living one year in Monterey. He was a 1996 graduate of Brandywine High School. He had been employed as a phlebotomist at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville and was currently the manager of Rent a Center in Niles. He was licensed as an emergency medical technician and was currently employed part-time at the Edwardsburg Ambulance Service. He was a certified firefighter and was formerly employed part-time with the City of Niles Fire Department. He was a certified scuba diver. Mr. Whitehead served in the Michigan National Guard. He enjoyed fishing in area rivers and hunting.

In addition to his parents, his family includes his companion of the last 15 years, Michelle Maynard of Niles; a son, Triston Whitehead of Niles; his grandmother, Julia Cameron of Monterey; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Hubert "Hubie" and Patty Whitehead of Monterey and Alan and Diane Whitehead of Dayton, Ohio; seven sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Howard Griffith of Miamisburg, Ohio, Sandy and Dan Schindler of Surprise, Ariz., Pamela Mayhew of Placenta, Calif., Theresa and Mike Williams of Oxford, Ohio, Tracy and Tim Morrow of Osceola, Fla., Kelly and Mark Saltsman of Niles and Julie and Rick Phillips of Monterey; and special friends Mike, Sandy, Jason, and Jennifer Bair of Niles.

Mr. Whitehead was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Whitehead.

Memorial donations may be made to the Trust Fund for Triston Whitehead at The United Federal Credit Union, Niles, MI 49120.

Pastor Jeffery L. Whittaker of the Michiana Christian Embassy, Rev. Morton Hempel of Church of God of Full Gospel, and Rev. Bobby Floyd of the Full Gospel Assembly in Monterey officiated at the services.

Fernande Laplante

COOKEVILLE -- Memorial services for Fernande Laplante, 73, of Livingston were held Saturday, Dec. 15, from the Faith Outreach Worship Center in Rickman.

Mrs. Laplante died on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at her home.

She was born January 28, 1928, in Rumford, Maine, to the late Marcel and Rose Leterneau St. Pierre. Mrs. Laplante was a retired factory worker and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Her family includes her husband of 54 years, Reynald Laplante of Livingston; a son, Robert Laplante, of Lewiston, Maine; three daughters, Joline Charest of Rickman, Diane Keller of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Linda Royse of Celina; a sister, Mary Jane Bisson, of Maine; and two grandchildren, Jason Laplante of Maine and Nathan Royse of Celina.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Laplante was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Laplante.

Bro. Ferrel Looper will officiate at the services.

Thelma D. Dulaney

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Thelma D. Dulaney, 95, of Cartersville, Ga., formerly of Livingston, were held Friday, Dec. 14, from Speck Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Burial was in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Dulaney died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, Ga.

She was born January 1, 1906, in Algood to the late Joseph Westley and Beulah Williford Dalton. Mrs. Dulaney was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Her family includes four sisters, Gladys Vandever of Akron, Ohio; Opal Moredock of Sevierville, Frances Greene of Canton and Marie Dalton of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dulaney was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. "Estil" Dulaney, and a brother, Joe Dalton.

Pallbearers were Bill Davis, Alvin Huddleston, Mike Swallows, L.G. Puckett, Jack Windle and Charles Maynord.

Rev. Craig Green officiated at the services.

Jessie Vinson Roberts

GAINESBORO -- Funeral services for Jessie Vinson Roberts, 83, of Bloomington Springs will be held at 2 p.m. today from the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Curry's Chapel Cemetery in the Nameless Community of Jackson County.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of the services today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Roberts died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born March 11, 1918, in Jackson County to the late Jimmy and Almedia Carter Vinson. Mrs. Roberts was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God in the Nameless Community of Jackson County.

She was the retired owner of a furniture and antique business.

Her family includes a son, Jackie Roberts of Gainesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Alma and W.J. Holmes of Bloomington Springs; a brother, Cecil Vinson of Cookeville; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Way.

Bro. Raymond Brown and Rev. Gordon Lee will officiate at the services.

Mildred D. Stewart

DONALDSON -- Funeral services for Mildred D. Stewart, 87, of Donaldson, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home in Donaldson. Burial will be in Old Zion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 17, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stewart died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001.

Her family includes a brother, J.T. Davis; grandchildren Hank and Ray Stewart and Ann Davis Depole; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Old Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Gene Stewart, 3465 Duck Pond Rd., Sparta.

Information provided by Thurman Funeral Home of Sparta.

Virgil Ray Bryant

SPARTA -- Funeral services for Virgil Ray Bryant, 94, of Rickman, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will be in Old Bon Air Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home.

Mr. Bryant died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Masters Health Care in Algood.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1907, in Sparta to the late Waymen and Martha Brown Bryant. He was a lumberman and served in the Army during World War II.

His family includes his wife, Ruby A. Bryant of Rickman; two daughters, Barbara Jackel of Washington and Betty Bryant of Rickman; a granddaughter, Sydney Hennessee; a grandson, Charles B. Jackel; a great-granddaughter, Lauran Jackel; and a great-grandson, Bryant Hennessee.

Martha Selby will officiate at the services.

Alice Della Gore

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Alice Della Gore, 95, of Gainesboro, formerly of Overton County, were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Gore died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Mayberry Health Care Center.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1906, in Franklin, N.C., to the late Charles and Jenny Angel Mashburn. Mrs. Gore was a homemaker and beautician. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Canton, N.C.

Her family includes two daughters, Jane Cassetty of Carthage and Janice Cox of Montgomery, Ala.; two brothers, Avery Mashburn of Cullowhee, N.C., and Dean Mashburn of Franklin; and three sisters, Lola Ferraro of Leesburg, Fla., Janie Hardin of Canton, N.C., and Deeda Elmore of Franklin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Columbus Arthur Gore, and three brothers, Furman, Cecil and Dave Mashburn.

Pallbearers were Sam and George Cassetty, Mike Gilpatrick, David Davenport and Jerry and Darrin Gore.

Bro. John Griffin officiated at the services.

Azell McDonald

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Azell McDonald, 76, of Alpine, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in McDonald Family Cemetery.

Mrs. McDonald died at Livingston Regional Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Overton County to the late Volley and Mary Holt Sells. Mrs. McDonald was a homemaker and a member of Millers Chapel Christian Church.

Her family includes two sons, Wayne McDonald of Alpine and Robert McDonald of Livingston; a daughter, Brenda Young of Monroe; two brothers, Allen and George Sells, both of Alpine; a sister, Ruth Cyrus of Livingston; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther S. McDonald; a son, Randell McDonald; three sisters, Bertha Kostelnik, Clemetine Allred and Ethel Johnson; and three brothers, Clifford, Clifton and Kenneth Sells.

Pallbearers will be Scott, Greg, Jeremy, Jonathan and Derek McDonald, and Eric, Jason and Josh Young.

Dr. David Moore will officiate at the services.

Jackie L. Abbott

INDIANA -- Funeral services for Jackie L. Abbott, 51, of Cookeville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Dunnichay Funeral Home, 1113 S. Anderson St., Elwood, Ind. 46036. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Indiana.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home.

Mr. Abbott died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, along with special friend Ruby Wilson.

He was born on March 15, 1950, in Elwood to Jack Abbott of Elwood and the late Mary Parry Creamer. Mr. Abbott was a self-employed contractor in Cookeville.

In addition to his father, his family includes his stepmother, Norma Abbott of Elwood; two sons, Allen and Jack Abbott, both of Warsaw, Ind.; a brother, Randy Abbott of Elwood; three sisters, Angela and Ella Creamer and Brenda Wilkey, all of Elwood; a stepsister, Tanya Brush Giselbach of Elwood; two stepbrothers, Gary Scheffer of Twinsburg, Ohio, and Randy Scheffer of Peru, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother and special friend, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Fred Creamer; a son, Doug Abbott; a daughter, Angela Abbott; a sister, Joyce Abbott; and a brother, Douglas Abbott.

Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home, towards Mr. Abbott's funeral expenses.

Rev. Skip Mohler will officiate at the services.

Ruby Colene Hammock Wilson

RICKMAN -- Funeral services for Ruby Colene Hammock Wilson, 66, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from the chapel of Rickman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Okolona Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson was born on May 22, 1935, in Overton County to the late Bill and Martha J. Neal Hammock. Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker.

Her family includes two daughters, Marsha Claborn of Buffalo Valley and Brenda Fournerat of Oklahoma; two sons, Phillip (Flip) Wilson of Allons and Bruce Wilson of Cookeville; four sisters, Joyce Coffman, Birdie Presley and Georgia Stewart, all of Rickman, and Vonda Cooper of Glasgow, Ky.; three brothers, Clyde Hammock of Texas, Ray Hammock of Allons and Roy Hammock of Greenbrier; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Wilson; a son, Jeffery Wilson; four sisters; and five brothers.

Eddie Hargis will officiate at the services.

Paul M. Lewis

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Paul M. Lewis, 84, of Cookeville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hermitage Memorial Gardens in Hermitage.

The family will receive friends from noon until 3 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

Mr. Lewis died today, Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born on June 16, 1917, in Jackson County to the late James J. and Bessie Keith Lewis. He was retired from Sears-Roebuck Co. Mr. Lewis was a member of the Willow Avenue Church of Christ.

His family includes his wife, Mildred B. Lewis of Cookeville; a son, James R. Lewis of Hermitage; a daughter, Wanda Bares of Diamond Head, Miss.; two brothers, Edward and Bobby Lewis, both of Michigan; a sister, Charlene McBroom of Cookeville; two grandchildren and spouses, Steve R. and Tammy Lewis, and Cherie and Chris Lawson; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Eric and Madeline Lewis, and Greggory and Kassie Medlin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard, Jackie and James Keith Lewis; and two sisters, Dean Jones and Nancy Mayberry.

Bro. Ken Burton will officiate at the services.

James Norbert Denson

CROSSVILLE -- Funeral services for James Norbert Denson, 89, of Crossville, were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Tuscola Baptist Church in Tuscola, Miss. Burial was in Tuscola Cemetery.

Mr. Denson died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in Crossville.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1912, in Tuscola, to the late Joseph Hunter and Phenie Ethridge Denson. He was a retired FAA supervisor with Crossville Airport. Mr. Denson was a Navy veteran.

His family includes a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Don Williams of Smithville; two stepsons and a stepdaughter-in-law, J.C. Cook of Crossville and Lynn and Liz Cook of League City, Texas; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Donna and Jim Yates of Crossville, and Ann and Gary McCulloch of Mt. Juliet; three sisters, Doris Burchett of Tuscola, Josie of Lena, Miss., and Myrna of Carthage, Miss.; two grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Caroline Denson and Mable Cook Denson.

Bro. Smith Sanders officiated at the services.

Arrangements by Hood Funeral Home of Crossville.

Aron V. Ferrill

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Aron V. Ferrill, 87, of Livingston, were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial was in Carr Cemetery.

Mr. Ferrill died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 6, 1914, in Overton County to the late Everett Dallas and Nora Carr Ferrill.

He was a mechanic and farmer. Mr. Ferrill was of the Baptist faith.

His family includes four sons, Gerald and Carl Ferrill, both of Livingston, Charles Ferrill of Algood, and Rex Ferrill of Lake Odessa, Mich.; two daughters, Jane Ruzansky of Philadelphia, Pa. and Sue Choate of Battle Creek, Mich.; a brother, J.C. Ferrill of Livingston; three sisters, Beatrice Hill and Eva Mae and Mary Ferrill, all of Livingston; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Carr Ferrill.

Pallbearers were Dan Ruzansky, Troy, Jason and Brandon Ferrill, Rodney Winters, Jack Cruser and Rick Gillespie.

Rev. Tim Wilson officiated at the services.

William Bailey Swift

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for William Bailey Swift, 67, of Dearborn, Mich., will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Netherland Cemetery in Overton County.

The family will receive friends from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

Mr. Swift died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at Rivergate Convalescent Center in Riverview, Mich.

He was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Whitleyville to the late Wiley Swift Sr. and Aline Bullington Swift. He was a retired service manager with an auto dealership.

His family includes a daughter, Deborah Swift Auer of Monroe, Mich.; two sons, George (Al) Swift of Garden City, Mich., and Sid Swift of Taylor, Mich.; a sister, Elise Williamson of Castalian Springs; three brothers, Wiley Jr. and Bob Swift, both of Cookeville, and Ralph (Sam) Swift of Nashville; and five grandchildren, William, Tiffany and Rebecca Swift, and Elizabeth and Ashley Auer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dale Edward Swift.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bro. Mark Loftis will officiate at the services.

Ewin L. Denson

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ewin L. Denson, 64, of Livingston, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in Overton County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 4-9 p.m. today, Friday, May 31, at the funeral home.

Mr. Denson died on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1937, in Jackson County to the late Dewey and Rhoda Dudney Denson. He was a retired factory worker and a member of Fourth Street Church of God in Greenville, Ohio. Mr. Denson was a veteran of the Army.

His family includes his wife, Mary Lou Denson of Livingston; two brothers, Jerry Denson of Gainesboro and Shirlie Denson of Cookeville; and three nephews, Joe, Jackie and Tyler Denson.

Rev. Ovle Tinch will officiate at the services.

Betty Ardel Hummel

LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Betty Ardel Hummel, 79, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Clay County, were held at 10 a.m. today, Friday, May 31, at Fellowship Cemetery.

Miss Hummel died on Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in Chandler, Ind.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1922, in Clay County to the late Arvil Dodson and Nannie Nora Melton Hummel. Miss Hummel was a homemaker and a member of Fairview United Methodist Church.

Her family includes two brothers, Elmer Hummel of Denver, Colo., and Edward Hummel of Allons; a sister, Erman Connor of Bluffton, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Bro. Ovle Tinch officiated at the services.

Speck Funeral Home of Livingston was in charge of the arrangements.

Ernest Seemann Jr.

MONTEREY -- Funeral services for Ernest Seemann Jr., 83, of Cookeville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Burial will be in Honey Springs Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, Friday, May 31, at the funeral home.

Mr. Seemann died on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Master's Health Care Center in Algood.

He was born on July 5, 1918, in Lyndhurst, N.J., to the late Ernest and Elinor Endens Seemann. A retired bartender, Mr. Seemann served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Cookeville.

His family includes a stepdaughter-in-law, Claudia Gragg of Tujunga, Calif.; a stepgranddaughter, Jennefier Joyce of Tujunga; a stepgrandson, John Gragg Jr. of Tujunga; and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Kathrine Gragg of Tujunga.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Oma Gragg Seemann; a stepson, John Gragg Sr.; a stepgrandson, Jeff Gragg; and two brothers, Charlie and Andrew Seemann.

Father Peter Coffey will officiate at the services.

Charles Ray Farley

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Charles Ray Farley, 69, of Cookeville will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. today, Friday, May 31, at the funeral home.

Mr. Farley died on Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Master's Health Care Center.

He was born on May 4, 1933, in Overton County to the late L.D. and Lou Mae Poston Farley. He was the grounds supervisor at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Farley was a member of Brindley's Chapel Church of God.

His family includes his wife, Delza Phillips Farley of Cookeville; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Martha Stuart, Patricia and Rick Long, Lisa and Steve Sells, Carrie and Marty Masters and Charlene Allen, all of Cookeville; a brother, Edward Farley of Cookeville; and eight grandchildren, Amy Mayberry, Chris and Jennifer Farley, Brian Sells, Brittany and Austin Allen, Kelly Masters and Ricky Daniel Long.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Chuck Farley.

Pallbearers will be Marty Masters, Rick Long, Steve and Brian Sells, Eric Stone, Lynn Garrett and Jeremy Judd.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

Bros. Mike Madden and Don Widener will officiate at the services.

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