Miscellaneous Van Buren County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Ollie Belle Wallace
Ollie Belle Wallace, 89, of Spencer passed away Monday, September 20, 1999.
Wallace was a homemaker. She was born of May 4, 1910 in Van Buren County, the daughter of Joe W. Miller and Ada Sparkman Miller.
Services were Wednesday, September 22, 1999 at Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Gravel Hill. Brother Jerry Barnwell and Howard Thomason officiated.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Martin Wallace.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Wallace of Spencer; Lynn Wallace of Nashville; a sister, Lena Mae Brock of Sparta; a brother, Jim Miller of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Sherri Wallace and Stacie Wallace.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Carl Rose
Carl Rose 73 of Sparta, TN passed away Wednesday, November 3,1999 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Rose served in the WWII, Army branch, and was employed at Mallory (Timers). He was born April 30, 1926 the son of Wesley and Lizzie Beth Welch Rose.
Services were held Saturday, November 6, 1999 at the Hunter Funeral Home with the burial at the Rose Cemetery. Carson Whittaker and David Shelly Officiated.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Thelma Jean Pryor Rose.
Survivors include one son Donnie Rose and wife Sherry of Sparta, TN; four daughters Judy Williams of Sparta, TN, Cynthia Parker and husband Mike of Sparta, TN, Vickie Cox and husband Mike of Sparta, TN and Wanda Bumbalough and husband John Patrick of Sparta, TN; one sister Edna Key of Sparta, TN; two brothers David Rose of Crossville, TN and Sterling Rose of Sparta, TN; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Horton Seamons
Louise Horton Seamons 65 of Bone Cave, TN passed away Thursday, November 4, 1999 at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN.
Seamons was a supervisor at Findlay Industries and she was a member of the Church of Christ at McElroy. She was born December 16, 1933 the daughter of James Ira Horton and Mary Lou Savage.
Services were held Saturday, November 6, 1999 at the High’s Chapel with the burial at Mt. View Cemetery. Doug Goff Officiated.
She was proceeded in death by one of her brothers James D. Horton.
Survivors include her husband James Seamons of Bone Cave, TN; two sons James Nile Seamons of Bone Cave, TN and Timothy Wayne Seamons of Bone Cave, TN; one daughter Angela Seamons Gilley of Bone Cave, TN; eight grandchildren; three brothers William N. Horton of Doyle, TN, Robert Horton of Walling, TN and John Horton of Walling, TN; and one sister Betty Slatton of Quebeck, TN.
High Funeral Home of McMinnville, TN were in charge of the arrangements.

Lillie Louise Boland Rowland
Lillie Louise Boland Rowland 72 of Bone Cave, TN passed away Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at the River Park Hospital in McMinnville, TN
Rowland was a retired employee of Magnatek – Century and she was a member of The Laurel Creek Baptist Church. She was born the daughter of Curtis Heath Boland and Fannie Lou Spain.
Services will be held at the High’s Chapel in McMinnville on Friday, November 12 at 1 p.m. and the burial at the Laurel Creek Cemetery. Don Rigsby Officiating.
She was proceeded in death by two of her sisters Ruth Mae Fox and Betty Boland.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years Herbert Roland, Sr. of Bone Cave, TN; three sons Herbert Roland, Jr. of McMinnville, TN, Gerald Edmond Rowland of McMinnville, TN and Charles Preston Rowland of Murfreesboro, TN; two daughters Linda Smith of Rock Island, TN and Teresa Curtis of McMinnville, TN; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; four brothers C. L. Boland of San Antonio, TX, Wayne Boland of Skidmore, TX Raymond Boland of Kileen, TX and Harry Boland of Monroe, TX; three sisters Billy Jo Baracky of Corpus Christi, TX, Elaine Emmons of Corpus Christi, TX and Mary Melcer of Houston, TX.
High Funeral Home of McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Hanna Victoria Cavanah
Hanna Victoria Cavanah, new born, of Sparta, TN, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2000, at the White County Hospital.
Cavanah was born Wednesday, January 5, 2000, the daughter of Derick and Stephanie Cavanah.
Services were held Thursday, January 6, 2000, at the graveside at the Highland Cemetery. Jerry Barnwell officiated.
She was preceded in death by her great grandfather Walter Lowery.
Survivors include her parents Derick and Stephanie of Sparta; Grandparents Howard and Ann Davis of Sparta, Dianne Thompson of Sparta, James Cavanah Jr., of Sparta; Great grandparents Willie Mae Lowery of Sparta, James Cavanah Sr. of Sparta, and Donna Cavanah of Sparta.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Irene Oliver Spears
Irene Oliver Spears, 83, of Sparta, TN, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2000, at the NHC of Sparta.
Spears was born in Greenville, TX, the daughter of Homer Costo and Nora Ann Davenport Oliver. She was a homemaker.
Services were held Saturday, January 8, 2000, at the Hunter Funeral Home, with the burial at the Boiling Springs Cemetery. Marvin Saylors officiated.
She was preceded in death by her parents Homer Costo and Nora Ann Davenport Oliver.
Survivors include two daughters: Lois Miller of Sparta and Kathy Teeples of Sparta; one son Larry Spears of Cookeville, TN; four grandchildren; four step grand children; four great grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Sylvester (Vester) Farley
Sylvester (Vester) Farley, 90, of Sparta, TN, passed away Monday, January 3, 2000, at his home.
Farley was born July 9, 1909 in White County, TN, the son of Joe and Ada Henry Farley. He was a farmer.
Services were held Friday, January 7, 2000, at the Hunter Funeral Home, with the burial at the Old New Hope Cemetery. Bob McCormack officiated.
Survivors include his wife Ovella Jones Farley of Sparta; one son Gene Farley of Silver Point, TN; one sister Pearl Farley of Sparta; five grand children and 11 great grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Nola Mae Price Null
Nola Mae Price Null, 87, of Sparta, TN, passed away Monday, January 10, 2000, at the National Health Corporation in Sparta.
Null was born November 4, 1912, in Sparta, the daughter of Charlie Estel and Mary Luna Goodwin Price. She was a homemaker.
Services were held Wednesday, January 12, 2000, at the Hunter Funeral Home, with the burial at the Saylors Cemetery. Howard Thomason and Jimmy Lindsey officiated.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Claborn Null.
Survivors include three daughters: Betty Brown and husband J. B. of Sparta, Virginia Hutchings of Sparta, and June Etta Matthews and husband Paul of Lebanon, TN; three sons: John Null and wife Sandra of Sparta, Buford Null and wife Brenda of Sparta, James Albert Price of Texas; one sister: Omazie Copeland of Texas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

William Thorson Drake
William Thorson Drake 76, of Spencer passed away Monday, January 10, 2000 at the Tennessee Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, TN.
Drake was born October 18, 1923, in Van Buren County, TN, the son of William Brian and Mary Jane Hillis Drake. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, and was a retired supervisor of the Tennessee Forestry Division. He was a member of the V.F.W Post # 5064.
Services were held Thursday, January 13, 2000, at High’s Chapel with the burial at Long Cemetery in Van Buren County. Gene Brock officiated. Military grave rites: American Legion Post #173 V F W Post #5064. Donations to Tennessee Veterans Home, Murfreesboro, TN.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Grace Hitchcock Drake.
Survivors include his wife Antha Drake of Spencer; two daughters: Peggy Bayless of Spencer, and Sherry Crain of Spencer; one step-daughter: Donna Boles of Sparta; two sons: William Morris Drake of Franklin, TN, and Wayne Drake of Spencer; tow step-sons: Danny Hodge of Spencer, and Eddie Hodge of Spencer; ten grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren; one brother: James Edward Drake of Detroit, MI.
High’s Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Herbert Wiley Rowland, Sr.
Herbert Wiley Rowland, Sr. 78, of Bone Cave, TN passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2000, at his residence.
Rowland was born April 21, 1921 in Van Buren County, TN the son of Henry Herbert and Ella McCormick Rowland. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and he was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Laurel Creek Baptist Church. He was a member of the F & AM Mountain Lodge #766
Services will be held Friday, January 14, 2000, at the High’s Chapel with the burial at Laurel Creek Cemetery. Garvin Haley officiating. Masonic grave rites by Mountain Lodge #766. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Shiners Children Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lillie Louise Rowland, and one sister Johnnie Belle Bryant.
Survivors include three sons: Herbert Rowland, Jr. of McMinnville, TN, Gerald Edmond Rowland of McMinnville, TN, Charles Preston Rowland of Murfreesboro, TN; two daughters: Linda Smith of Rock Island, TN, Teresa Curtis of McMinnville, TN; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; three brothers Joe Rowland of Sparta, Tom Rowland of Rock Island, and Gene Rowland of Rock Island; three sisters: Marguerite McCoy of Bone Cave, Mary Etta Hale of Bone Cave, and Wilma Moody of Spencer.
High’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ellen Faye Hillis Dillard
Ellen Faye Hillis Dillard of Memphis, TN, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2000 in Phoenix, AZ.
Dillard was born the daughter of Dewey Hillis and Dixie Lockridge Hillis. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a housewife.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 7, 2000, at the Bartlett Funeral Home in Memphis, TN. Memorials may be made to The LeBonheer Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, TN; Hospice of the Valley; Phoenix, AZ.
Survivors include one son, Dewey Earl Dillard of Memphis; one daughter Carla Dillard Craig of Phoenix, AZ; three granddaughters; one grandson; two brothers, jack Hillis of Warren County, and Carl Hillis of Warren County; two sisters, Wilma Dunlap of Sparta, and Dorothy Knight of McMinnville.
Information courtesy of High Funeral Home.

Hillard Lowry Molloy
Hillard Lowry Molloy 93, of McMinnville, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2000, at the NHC Healthcare in McMinnville.
Molloy was born June 13, 1906, in Van Buren County, the son of James Logan Molloy and Elfleda Lowry. He retired as the owner of Molloy’s Laundry. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Central.
Services were held Saturday, April 1, 2000, at the High Funeral Home Chapel, with the burial at the Mt. View Cemetery. Nester Stewart and Kirk Brothers officiated.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Dora Mullican Molloy of McMinnville; one daughter Betty Sue Moore of McMinnville; three grandchildren, Stephen Ray Moore, Sr. of McMinnville, Michael Molloy Moore, Sr. of McMinnville, and Terrie Mullican of McMinnville; 10 great-grandchildren, Melisa Webster, Steve Moore, Jr. Brent Moore, Bryan Moore, Michael Moore, Jr., Benjamin Logan Moore, Lori Bethe Moore, Jennifer Stewart, Kari Millican, and Josh Mullican; and five great-great-grandchildren.
High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Nannie Lee Hoosier
Nannie Lee Hoosier 94 passed away Friday, March 31, 2000, at Raintree Manor, in Warren County.
Hoosier was born June 24, 1905, in Warren County, TN., and the daughter of John H. Starkey and Bell Kirby Starkey. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Rockliff Church of Christ.
Services were held Monday, April 3, 2000 at the High Funeral Home with the burial at the Riverside Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Hoosier.
Survivors include one brother, John H. Starkey of Espanola, NM; one niece, Lola Robbins of Bradenton, FL; and four nephews, Larry Fults of Dechard, TN, Bobby Fults of Dechard, TN, Paul Starkey of McMinnville, TN, and John Starkey of Spencer, TN.
High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Florene Virginia Jones Null
Florene Virginia Jones Null 69 of Walling, TN., passed away Saturday, April 1, 2000, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Null was born October 1, 1930 in Sparta, TN., and the daughter of Arthur Roosevelt Jones and Mary Jane Winnett Jones. She was a retired Cosmetologist and a homemaker.
Services were held Monday, April 03, 2000, at the Hunter Funeral Home with the burial at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Fate Wilson officiated.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur B. Jones and one brother, Harold D. Jones
Survivors include her mother, Mary Jane Jones of Sparta; her husband, Willard Null of Walling; one daughter; Mary Ruth Eller of Sparta; one son Richard null and wife Lois of Eagleville, TN; two sisters Betty Bain of Georgia, and Carolyn Billings of Sparta; one brother, Cloyd Jones of Sparta; three grandchildren, Jake Null and Kari Null of Eagleville, TN, and Christopher Eller of McEwen, TN; one great-grandson, Blake Eller of McEwen, TN.
In Lieu of flowers make donations to the American Diabetes Association.
Hunter funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dan Bonner Hudgens
Dan Bonner Hudgens 63 of Sparta, TN passed away Sunday, April 2, 2000, at his residence.
Hudgens was born September 20, 1936 in Sparta, TN, the son of Horace Arthur and Mary Redding Bonner Hudgens. He was retired for the United AirLines.
Services were held Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at the Hunter Funeral Home with the burial at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Kenneth Kirby officiated. In lieu of flowers make donations to Lazarus House Hospice of Cookeville, TN.
He was preceded in death by his father, Horace Arthur Hudgens.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Hudgens of Sparta; one son, Miles Hudgens and wife Mary Jo of Pennsylvania; mother Mary Redding Hudgens of Sparta; two sisters, JoAnne Hudgens Paz of McMinnville, and Jane Griffin of Sparta; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the flowers.

Lena H. Smith
Lena H. Smith 87 of Sparta, TN, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2000, at the NHC of Smithville, TN.
Smith was born April 23, 1912 in White County, TN, the daughter of Robert Gather Howell and May Lou Carter Howell. She was a homemaker
Services were held Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at the Thurman Funeral Home chapel with the burial at the Elrod Cemetery. Brother Danny Bandy officiated.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and May Howell; one infant daughter; three brothers, Frank Howell, Walter Howell, and Carl Howell; three sisters, Della Goodwin, Ora Lee Rogers, and Jessie Wilson.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Smith of Sparta; one son Earl Smith and wife Von Smith of Sparta; two daughters, Polly Gibson and husband Jim of Sparta, and Joyce Whiteaker and husband Terry of Sparta; three granddaughters, Tammy Hensley and husband Mark, Marla Price, and Emily Smith; one grandson, Baron Smith; one great-grandson, Eri Price; one step grandson Steve Randolph; one step-granddaughter Teresa Dill; one brother Bud Howell of Loudon, TN; five sisters, Vennis Seabolt, of Sparta, Katie Stoglin of Sparta, Lillie Bullock of Cookeville, Minnie Fisher of Ohio, and Sue Sherrod of Florida.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

William Barnett Powell, Sr.
William Barnett Powell, Sr. 82 of Sparta, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at the White County Hospital.
Powell was born September 14, 1912 in White County, TN the son of Doc Powell and Kate Dunn Powell. He served in the Army in WWII. He was the elder of Sparta Hardware, served as the Deacon of the Central Church of Christ, and was a member of Sparta Ciritan Club.
Services were held Thursday April 6, 2000, at the Central Church of Christ with the burial at the Highland Cemetery. Brother Charles Myers and Brother Don Burns officiated.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Doc and Kate Powell; one brother, Elmer Powell; one sister, Elizabeth Sapp; and one granddaughter Jessica Powell.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Swindell Powell of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Cathy Frye and Tom of Ringgold, GA; four sons and daughters-in-law, Barnett Powell, Jr. and Glenda of Huntsville, AL, Bob Powell and Jamie of Nashville, TN, Donald Powell and Robbie of Cookeville, TN, and Ronnie Powell and Janice of Sparta; five sisters, Elsie Rackley and Bill Bohannon of Sparta, Ann Ray of Cookeville, Ruth Glover of Elizabethton and Juanita Austin of Sanford, FL; two brothers Paul Powell of Sparta, and Jim Powell of Elizabethton; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to Church of Christ Mission Fund.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Clayton Neal Groves
Clayton Neal Groves, 67, of Rock Island passed away Thursday, June 8, 2000.
Groves was born on December 8, 1932, in Van Buren County, the son of Richard Clifton Groves and Gertie Lou Hillis. He was a retired factory worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ and fought in the Korean War.
Services were Saturday, June 10, 2000, in High’s Chapel with burial in Mt. View Cemetery. Titus Ward and Newton Gribble officiated.
Survivors include wife, Jewell Groves of Rock Island; son, Dale Groves of Rock Island; two daughters and son-in-laws, Carla and Tommy Savage of Rock Island; Janice and Mike Stubblefield of McMinnville; four grandchildren, Brandon, Kendra and Daniel Savage and MaKayla Stubblefield.
High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Claude Sandy Lance
Claude Sandy Lance, 83, of Doyle passed away Saturday, June 10, 2000 in National Health Corporation.
Lance was born November 1, 1916, in White County, the son of Frank and Mary Jane Baker Lance.
Services were Monday, June 12, 2000 in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Saylors Cemetery. Fate Wilson officiated.
Lance was preceded in death by wife, Merty Beatrice Lance, and son, Billy Joe Lance.
Survivors include two grandchildren, Marty Lance of Sparta; Billy Joe Lance, Jr. of Sparta; nine sisters, Edna Knowles of Doyle; Maureen Looney of Sparta; Willie Ray Harris of Sparta; Betty McGee of NC; Ruth Marshall of Sparta; Linda Williams of Sparta; Jeraldine Johnson of Doyle; Mary Stamps of Sparta; Darlene Lance of OH; brother, Tim Lance of GA; and great-grandson, Marty Lance Jr. of Sparta.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Odie Pearl Green
Odie Pearl Green, 73, of McMinnville passed away Saturday, June 10, 2000, in St. Thomas Hospital.
Green was born February 22, 1927, in AL, the daughter of Robert Morton and Rosie Lee Whitworth. She was a housewife.
Services were Monday, June 12, 2000, in High’s Chapel with burial in Smyrna Cemetery. Donald Owens and Mike Rhea officiated.
Green was preceded in death by two brothers , John H. and Paul Morton; three sisters, Doris Elizabeth Watts, Minnie Lucille green and Peggy Sue Bowdoin.
Survivors include husband, Noel Green of McMinnville; two daughters, Charlotte Green Stalcup of McMinnville; Elaine Rambo of McMinnville; one sister, Ruby Seals of WA; two brothers, Robert Earl Morton of McMinnville; Allen Trail Morton of Smithville; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Florence Anita Randolph
Florence Anita Randolph, 65, of Sparta passed away Thursday, June 8, 2000 in Centennial Medical Center.
Randolph was born November 17, 1934, in Kodak, TN, the daughter of Jess and Hettie Ann Hodge Douglas. She was a Homemaker.
Services were Saturday, June 10, 2000 in Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Wayne Hall officiated.
Randolph was preceded in death by husband, Clyde Randolph.
Survivors include four daughters, Debbie McGriff of Murfreesboro; Elaine Gibson of Centertown, Tammy Russell of Quebeck; Jenny Randolph of Sparta; son, Rick Randolph of Murfreesboro; eight sisters, Nell Buckner of Knoxville; Carolyn Williams of Knoxville; Odie Peulicy of Kodak; Ruth Dockery of Knoxville; Ann Depew of Kodak; Wilma Hall of Kodak; Katie Marine of VA; Katherine Andes of Knoxville; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Freda Moore Delong
Freda Moore Delong, 78, of OH and former resident of Van Buren County passed away Monday, June 12, 2000 in Madison Health Care.
Delong was born February 22, 1922, in Van Buren County, the daughter of Fred C. Moore, Sr. and Gertrude Bishop. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah’s Witness.
Services will be held Saturday, June 17, 2000, in High’s Chapel with burial in Long Cemetery. Jerry Bell will be officiating.
Delong was preceded in death by husband, James Delong; and daughter, Joanne Woods.
Survivors include four sons, Harold Dawson Delong of Spencer; Grady Delong of OH; Karl Delong of OH; Kelly Delong of OH; four daughters, margaret Ellis of OH; Janie Baxter of OH; Rachel Gregory of OH; Janet Delong of OH; two brothers, Fred C. “Rowdy” Moore of Rock Island; Samuel Moore of Maryville; five sisters, Mary Pack of Spencer; Dorothy Palmer of Rock Island; Margie Delong of Rock Island; Grace Lawson of Rock Island; Barbara Childress of TX; 28 granchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
High Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Novella Prater Hodges
Novella Prater Hodges, 42, of McMinnville passed away Thursday, June 14, 2000 in Erlanger Medical Center.
Hodges was born June 22, 1957, in Cannon County, the daughter of Robert Wright Prater and Cora Lee Underwood Prater. She was a former employee of Oster and attended the Church of Jesus Christ.
Services will be Friday, June 16, 2000 in Love-Cantrell and Cope Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Blues Hill. Walter Peach will be the officiating.
Hodges was preceded in death by sister, Carlyon Brown.
Survivors include husband, Robert Hodges of McMinnville; three daughters, Loretta Hodges of McMinnville; Crystal Hodges of McMinnville; Angela Hodges of McMinnville; one son, Robert Hodges, Jr. of McMinnville; three brothers, Michael Prater of Woodbury; Danny Prater of Smithville; David Prater of Lebannon; four sisters, Wilma Sanders of Woodbury; Lydia Murphy of Smithville; Doreen Murphy of Lebanon; Shelia; and several nieces and nephews.
Love-Cantrell and Cope Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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