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Viva Nell Smith

GAINESBORO -- Funeral services for Viva Nell Smith, 81, of Gainesboro, were held at 1 p.m. today, Wed., April 28, from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial was in John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone Community of Jackson County.

Mrs. Smith died on Mon., April 26, 1999, at the Standing Stone Health Care Center in Monterey.

She was born on Oct. 29, 1917, in Jackson County to the late Will and Addie Ryan Speakman. Mrs. Smith was a retired factory employee and homemaker. She was a member of the Cubb Creek Church of Christ in Jackson County and a resident of the Hensley Creek Community of Jackson County. On Nov. 10, 1940, Mrs. Smith married James Earl Smith, who survives.

In addition to her husband of Gainesboro, her family also includes a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Shirley Smith of Gainesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Tom Marsh of Sevierville; two grandchildren, Jason Smith of Gainesboro and Brandy Berta of Cookeville; and two great-grandchildren, Allyson Berta of Cookeville and Kelsey Smith of Gainesboro.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Roscoe and Robert Speakman and Clure Ryan.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor's favorite charity by contacting the funeral home.

Bro. Dewayne Chaffin officiated at the services.

Mattie Lee Speck

SPARTA -- Funeral services for Mattie Lee Speck, 88, of Sparta, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thurs., April 29, at Sparta Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Speck will lie in state from noon until 1 p.m. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today, Wed., April 28, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Speck died on Tues., April 27, 1999, at White County Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 1, 1911, in Overton County to the late James Mayford and Media Warren Webb. Mrs. Speck was employed by a shirt factory.

Her family includes two daughters, Frances Bradshaw of Florida and Marguerite Christine Stamps of Sparta; a son, James Lee Speck of Sparta; four sisters, Ola Mae Haney of Cookeville, Alma Talley of Rickman, Delene Harris of Indiana and Sue Nell Oakley of Algood; three brothers, Eddie Webb of Cookeville, Haskell Webb of Livingston and Leslie Webb of Rickman; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Shirley Speck; a daughter, Shirley Ann Johnson; and a son, Ray Speck.

Bros. Carson Whittaker and Don Horton will officiate at the services.

Raymon Howard

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Raymon Howard, 71, of Cookeville, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., April 29, from the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. today, Wed., April 28, at the funeral home.

Mr. Howard died on Tues., April 27, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1928, in Putnam County to the late Henry W. and Zettie Ann Randolph Howard. Mr. Howard was a carpenter. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

His family includes his wife, Audrey Foisy Thompson Howard of Cookeville; three daughters, Mary Lou Howard of Detroit, Mich., Zettie Ann Kitson of Twining, Mich., and Janice Ray Bean of the Dodson Branch Community of Jackson County; three sisters, Thelma Loftis and Margaret Russell, both of Cookeville, and Lorene Mahan of Baxter; three stepchildren, Teresa Thompson Swift of Cookeville, Robert Thompson of Clifton and Gayla Thompson Darnell of Findlay, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Lynda Thompson Hall; a sister, Louise Lodoza; and three brothers, Herman, Arlin and Jasper Howard.

Bros. Jim Phillips and Jack Gentry will officiate at the services.

Jesus Alan Rangel

COOKEVILLE -- Memorial services for Jesus Alan Rangel, infant son of Jose and Maria Rangel Jr., will be held at 4 p.m. on Fri., April 30, from the chapel of Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends after 3 p.m. on Fri., April 30, at the funeral home.

Jesus died on Sat., April 24, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

The family has chosen cremation.

In addition to his parents, his family also includes a brother, Evan Rangel; maternal grandparents, Jose and Maria Garza; and paternal grandparents, Jose and Eva Rangel.

Rev. Glenn Fayers SDS will officiate at the services.

Charles Willeford

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Charles Willeford, 78, of Hilham, will be held at 10 a.m. on Fri., April 30, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery.

Mr. Willeford died today, Wed., April 28, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born on March 5, 1921, in Overton County to the late William Leslie and Roxie Mae Hawkins Willeford. Mr. Willeford was a monument salesman with Young's Monuments. He was a member of Hilham United Methodist Church. He served in the Army during World War II.

His family includes his wife, Irene Willeford of Hilham; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Rhonda Willeford of Hillham; a sister, Edith Lee of Sterling Heights, Mich.; and three grandsons, Robert Huckeby and Wesley and John Willeford.

Pallbearers will be Gary Warren, David Sink, Louis Bilyeu, Michael Danner, Joey Maxwell and Jackie Hembree.

Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Gore, Cecil Ogletree, Burris Hammock, Ray Maxwell, William C. Carmack, Edison Hawkins and Donald Hembree.

Revs. T.J. Bennett and Tommy Harris will officiate at the services.

Ronald Lee Benson

SPARTA -- Funeral services for Ronald Lee Benson, 63, of Sparta, were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Hunter Funeral Home. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Benson died on Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1935, in Geneva, Ill., to the late Robert L. and Ruth Benson. Mr. Benson was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Air Force Reserve.

His family includes his wife, Marcia Young Benson of Sparta; a son, Sam Benson of Aurora, Colo.; three daughters, Debbie Neal of Fort Worth, Texas, Lee Benson of Aurora, Colo., and Stephanie Rudder of Russeville, Ark.; a stepdaughter, Valarie Butcher of Sparta; two brothers, Robert L. Benson, Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii and David Benson of Marion, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren.

Father Mark Brown officiated at the services.

James Lee Ledbetter

CELINA--Funeral services for James Lee Ledbetter, 42, of Celina will be held today, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Speck Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Burial will follow in the Overton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Ledbetter died on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Cumberland River Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1957, in Overton County to the late Leonard S. and Emma Lucille Peek Ledbetter.

His family includes two sisters, Shirley Dulworth of Celina and Syble Kirby of Cookeville; four nephews; and one great-niece.

Pallbearers are Jeff Robbins, Chris Reagan, Billy Dulworth, Tim Dulworth, Mike Raymond and David Chaffins.

Rev. Ricky Dixon will officiate the service.

Sanford Marce Whited

BAXTER--Funeral services for Sanford Marce Whited, 76, of Baxter, will be tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Maynard Cemetery in the Cherry Hill Community.

Mr. Whited died on Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1922, in Overton County to the late Sanford and Myrtle (Smith) Whited Gunter. He was a retired employee of Stroh's Brewery.

His family includes his wife, Dortha Whited, of Baxter and one brother, Harce Whited, of Toledo, Ohio.

Pallbearers are Billy Steele, Duane Rhea, Bobby Steele, Carl Steele, Darrel Rhea and Alesha West.

Bro. L.D. Anderson will officiate the service.

Teri Ellen Casas

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Teri Ellen Casas, 41, of Sparta, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 3, from the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, Tues., Nov. 2, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Casas died on Sun., Oct. 31, 1999, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born on Dec. 27, 1957, in Rockford, Ill. to Mavis Jackson Otten of Sparta and the late Jerry Holmes. Mrs. Casas was a care giver (Home Health Care).

In addition to her mother, her family includes a son, Chad Nelson of Sparta; a sister and brother-in-law, Lori and Matt Conti of Sparta; four stepbrothers, Brad, Craig and Erick Otten, all of Illinois, and Dean Otten of Wisconsin; two nieces, Angela and Shonda Conti; and several aunts and uncles.

Bro. James Haynes will officiate at the services.

Leon Howard

KENTUCKY -- Graveside services for Leon G. Howard, 73, of Paducah, Ky., were held at 2 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Howard died on Sun., Oct. 24, 1999, at Western Baptist Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1925, in Crawford to the late Vestal A. and Delie Key Howard. Mr. Howard was a former radio announcer.

His family includes a sister, Bettie L. Sosa of Paducah; two brothers, Doyle Howard of Nashville and Odas Howard of Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Howard; and a brother.

Chuck Holland officiated at the services.

Willie Roy McHenry

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Willie Roy McHenry, 60, of Cookeville, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 3, from the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. today, Tues., Nov. 2, at the funeral home.

Mr. McHenry died on Mon., Nov. 1, 1999, at NHC of Cookeville.

He was born on April 18, 1939, in Putnam County to the late Claude C. and Myrtle Ford McHenry. Mr. McHenry was a sprinkler fitter with the Grinnell Company of Nashville. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines.

His family includes his wife, Janice Livesay McHenry of Cookeville; two brothers, Claude E. McHenry of Baxter, and Hugh McHenry of Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd and Joe McHenry.

Pallbearers will be co-workers of Mr. McHenry.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bros. Dale Flowers and Tim McHenry will officiate at the services.

Auta (Granny Bob) Letner

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Auta (Granny Bob) Letner, 87, of Cookeville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, from the Chapel of Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 25, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Letner died on Wed., Feb. 23, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born on April 3, 1912, in Jackson County to the late Orville and Letha Coomer Woolbright. Mrs. Letner was a retired seamstress at Cherokee Furniture Co. She was a member of Fairview Church of Christ.

Her family includes a son and daughter-in-law, Kermit and Dean Letner of Cookeville; three sisters, Irene Bush, Notie Woolbright and Doris Fields, all of Cookeville; a brother, Haron Woolbright of LaPort, Ind.; five grandchildren, Gary Mathis, Debra Karper, Karen Shinn, Donna Yates and Kenneth Letner; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Letner; two sisters, Auda Hammonds and Elna Woolbright; and three brothers, Anthon, Harley and Samuel Woolbright.

Pallbearers will be Chris Karper, David Shinn, Dan Yates, Mark King, James Bush and Bobby Bohannon.

Bros. Myron Greer and Garry Anderson will officiate at the services.

Roscoe Miller

COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Roscoe Miller, 85, of Cookeville, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 1 p.m. today, Fri., Feb. 25, at the funeral home.

Mr. Miller died on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born on Oct. 15, 1914, in Putnam County to the late William Carlen and Caroline Bohannon Miller. Mr. Miller was a self-employed businessman. He operated Miller's Grocery, Lions Station at Stevens and Jefferson, and Phillips 66 at 10th and Washington. Mr. Miller was a member of Brindleys Chapel Church of God.

His family includes his wife, Bonnie Miller of Cookeville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Judy Miller of Brandon, Fla., Robert and Diane Miller of Kettering, Ohio, and Roscoe J. Jr. and Teresa Miller of Cookeville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy and Phillip Lafever of Cookeville, Barbara and Hollis Davis Baker of Crossville, and Carolina and Mark Smith of Cookeville; a sister, Ila Rittenberry of Cookeville; a special nephew and his wife, Tim and Kathy Johnston of Cookeville; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of additional nieces, nephews and other family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, J.T. Miller.

Pallbearers will be Mike Miller, Nathan Smith, William Glass, Roy Hammons, Tim Johnston, Phillip Michael Lafever, Chris Miller and Josh Pritchard.

Revs. Mike Madden, Donald Widener and Dennie Moore will officiate at the services.

William (Bill) Sullivan Tyndale

COOKEVILLE -- William (Bill) Sullivan Tyndale, 57, of Cookeville, died on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2000, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The family has chosen cremation. No services are planned.

He was born on July 17, 1942, in Staten Island, N.Y. to the late William and Dorothy Regina Sullivan Tyndale. Mr. Tyndale was a self-employed commercial fisherman.

His family includes a daughter, Meaghan Brianne Tyndale of Lincroft, N.J.

Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dr. William Isbell Proffitt

CLEVELAND -- Funeral services for Dr. William Isbell Proffitt, 75, of Cleveland, will be held at noon on Sat., Feb. 26, at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland. Interment and graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, in the Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Baileyton Community of Green County with pallbearers being Gerald Rader, Freddie Weems, Ted Weems, David Malone, Larry Dunn, Albert McGhee and Delmont Honeycutt.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of services on Sat., Feb. 26, at the church.

Dr. Proffitt died on Wed., Feb. 23, 2000, in a Cleveland hospital.

He was born on June 27, 1924, in Cookeville to the late Herman Lee and Martha Kathleen Proffitt. He served in the Army during World War II in the Medical Detachment of the 272nd Field Artillery in the U.S. and the European Theater. After his army service, he attended UT at Knoxville to complete his premedical education. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis in Dec. 1950.

Dr. Proffitt entered the practice of medicine in Cleveland on Dec. 31, 1952, and on that day, he was on the team that performed the first surgery at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He continued in general practice until his retirement in June 1996. He was a member of the first medical staff of Bradley Memorial Hospital and the last active member of that staff when he retired.

Dr. Proffitt was a member of the AMA, Tennessee Medical Assoc., the Bradley County Medical Society and a lifetime member of the Southern Medical Assoc. He served as chief of staff of Bradley Memorial Hospital. He also served as vice president of the Tennessee Medical Assoc. He was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church and a member of the Adult Sunday School Class of Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church in Greene County. He was also a member of the Cleveland Elks Lodge 1944, the American Legion Post 81, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598. He delivered more than 3,000 babies during his practice.

His family includes his wife of 54 years, Betty Jean King Proffitt of Hendersonville; a daughter, Kathleen King Proffitt of Hendersonville; twin grandchildren, Molly Elizabeth and William Thomas Proffitt of Hendersonville; a son-in-law, Joel Silverman of Hendersonville; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean Proffitt and Morrison Lowe of Cookeville; a sister-in-law, Alma C. King of Gray; nieces, Dr. Sherry King of Jacksonville, Fla., Celia King Brugge of Memphis, and Elizabeth (Betsy) King of St. Charles, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Marvin Batchelor, Dr. John Jaggers, Dr. Bill Walker, Scott Wright, Monte Lowe, Dr. Kent Chastain, Dr. Eddie Duncan, Bud Brown and Dr. Robert Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Cecil Kimball, Dr. Hayes Mitchell Dr. Larry Collins, Dr. Bob Thurman, Kenneth E. Harris, Dr. Jerry DeVane, Dr. Jeff Johnson, Harlan Painter, Administrators and Board of Trustees of Bradley Memorial Hospital, The Bradley County Medical Society, the Engineering Department of Bradley Memorial Hospital and medical staff of Bradley Memorial Hospital.

Memorial donations may be made to Broad Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3, Cleveland, TN 37364, Bradley Memorial Hospital, or Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church, 2750 South Wesley's Chapel Road, Greenville, TN 37745.

Dr. Jackson P. Wiekel will officiate at the services.

Fike Funeral Home, Inc., 2415 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 37311 in charge of arrangements.

A. Vaughn Ashby

GAINESBORO -- Funeral services for A. Vaughn Ashby, 76, of Granville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Granville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-9 p.m. today, Fri., Feb. 25; and from 9 a.m. until time of services on Sat., Feb. 26, at the funeral home.

Mr. Ashby died on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2000, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 8, 1923, in Beaver Dam, Ky. to the late Darrel and Carrie Maddox Ashby. Mr. Ashby was a retired salesman for Buford Brothers in Nashville. He was a member of the Granville Church of Christ near Granville and a member of the Granville Senior Citizens Center. He served in the Navy during World War II. On Sept. 22, 1984, he married Anna Mai Demonbreun, who survives.

In addition to his wife of Granville, his family includes three sons, Larry Demonbreun of Murfreesboro, Daryl Demonbreun of Nashville, and Bruce Demonbreun of Granville; a daughter, Laura Morefield of Nashville; two brothers, Bill Ashby of Monticello, Ind., and Nathan Ashby of Valparaiso, Ind.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bros. Roy Johnson and Daryl R. Demonbreun will officiate at the services.

Martha Jane Greene

SPARTA -- Funeral services for Martha Jane Greene, 39, of Nashville, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, at First Baptist Church in Sparta. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, at the church.

Miss Greene died on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2000, at her residence.

She was born on June 16, 1960, to the late Fred Harold Greene and Bonnie Mitchell Greene. Miss Greene was employed by Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Her family includes her mother, Bonnie Mitchell Broadway of Cookeville; and a brother, Mark Greene of Nashville.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Hospital-Daughters of Charity and Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Allen Withers will officiate at the services.

Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Williams

MONTEREY -- Funeral services for Hazel Williams, 71, of the Bakers Crossroad Community near Crossville, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 26, from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mayland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today, Fri., Feb. 25, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Williams died on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2000, at the Cumberland Medical Center.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1928, in Putnam County to the late Henry and Callie Stafford. Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.

Her family includes three sons and two daughters-in-law, Donnie and Donna Williams of Mayland, Larry and Brenda Williams of Plateau Road, and Ricky Williams of the Bakers Crossroads Community; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Bussell of Bradenton, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Henry Williams of the Bakers Crossroads Community; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Williams; three sons, William Stanton, Ray and Arvie Williams; a daughter, Thelma Williams; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Williams.

Revs. Clayton Padgett and A.J. Adlerman will officiate at the services.

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