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Obituaries For Wednesday, September 20
Mr. Eric Dale Massa, age 53, of Cookeville, died suddenly Tuesday September 19, 2017 at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Funeral services for Jeannette Harville Stewart, age 79 of Sparta, will be conducted 1:00pm Thursday, September 21, 2107 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Plainview Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-8:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. Bro. Wayne Sullivan will officiate. Mrs. Stewart passed away Friday night, September 15, 2017 at the St. Thomas Highlands Hospital. Jeannette was born February 27, 1938 in Plant City, Florida to the late Quinnie P. & Sofia Thompson Harville. She owned a Daycare for children and was a homemaker. She was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband Harold C. Stewart and a daughter Sophia Lynn Smothers; sister Elizabeth Harville. Survivors include her two daughters Pamela Farahani of California, Melinda Smothers & Larry Neely of Sparta.
Funeral services for Mr. Melton “Haggard” Prichard, age 86, of Allons will be conducted 1 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Prichard will officiate. The family will welcome friends on Wednesday from 12 noon until 9 p.m. Burial will be in the Fellowship Cemetery, with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Honor Guard of the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of the VFW in Livingston. Mr. Prichard passed from this life on Saturday evening, September 16, 2017 in Clay County. He was born October 16, 1930 in Clay County to the late William Wesley & Addie Euler Thompson Prichard. Haggard was a farmer and loved being around people & talking. He was Methodist in Faith. In his younger years he was an avid coon hunter & gun collector. He is survived by his daughter, Gwen Sewell of Sparta, TN; grandsons, Zachary Bruce Swell of Cookeville, TN, Joseph Wayne Reagan & wife Tonya of Allons, TN & Jamie Allen Reagan of Livingston; granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Colson & husband Andrew of Cookeville, TN; great grandchildren, Elijah Reagan, Gavin Colson & Allie Reagan; sister-in-laws, Beverly Prichard of Cookeville, TN & Dean Prichard of Murfreesboro, TN; nephew & niece, W.C. & Claudine Vaughn of Rickman, TN; several other nieces & nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Coy Eldridge, age 88, of Livingston will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. The family will welcome friends on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of the services. Mr. Eldridge passed from this life on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2017 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was born in Overton County on June 11, 1929 to the late Carver and Lona Bell Bilbrey Eldridge. He was a truck driver. He loved his family very much, and he loved spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. He also liked bluegrass music and watching Western movies. He is survived by his daughters, Yvonne Jackson & husband Frank of Bagdad, KY and Kim Moorhead of Ashland City, TN; brother, Bud Eldridge of Livingston, TN; 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife, Florence Eldridge; brother, Bill Eldridge; and sisters, Beulah Brinson, Agnes Poston, Betty Downey, and Jean Forton.
Funeral services for Mr. Joe Grant Griffin, age 64 of Sparta, will be conducted 11:00am Friday, September 22, 2017 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. Bro. Chris Reagan will officiate. Mr. Griffin passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at St. Thomas Highlands Hospital. Joe was born November 18, 1952 in White County to the late Erbie & Bytha Jane Brymer Griffin. He was a former worker of Moeller Marine and was a longtime member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.
Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Inman, age 82, of Cookeville, will be at 11 a.m. Friday September 22 at Cookeville First United Methodist Church. Dr. Martin Thielen and Rev. Rob Wheeler will officiate. Graveside services and interment will be at 4 p.m. in the Campground Cemetery in Cave City, KY.
Mrs. Inman’s family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home and again Friday from 10 – 11 a.m. at the church.
Mrs. Inman passed away Sunday evening September 17 at her home.
Funeral services for Carol L. (Jaquess) Bush, age 71 of Cookeville, TN, will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:00PM from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Fox officiating. Burial will follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in the Mausoleum. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday from 5:00-8:00PM and Friday 12:00Noon till time of the service at 2:00PM. Mrs. Bush passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Sewanee, TN. Carol L. (Jaquess) Bush was born on August 29, 1946 in Putnam County, TN to the late Casper John and Lou Lucile (Whitaker) Jaquess. Carol was a Factory Worker for McCords and attended the Boma First Church of God. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Sister: Cordie Louise Denson.
Funeral services for Mr. Joshua “Josh” Alsip, age 29, of Livingston will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 from the Livingston First Baptist Church. Bro. Bobby Sebastion, Bro. Caleb Bowling & Bro. Chris Sparkman will officiate. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Livingston First Baptist Church. Mr. Alsip passed from this life on Monday evening, September 18, 2017 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Josh was born September 13, 1988 in Bluffton, IN to Randall Wiley & Kristi Joe Adams Alsip. Josh worked as a certified auto tech mechanic. Josh loved everything about cars & music. His favorite bands were Santana & ZZ Top. He played the guitar, harmonica & liked to sing. He also enjoyed the lake and going muddin with his friends. He is survived by his parents, Randall & Kristi Alsip of Livingston, TN; brother, Ethan Alsip & wife Jessica of Livingston, TN; sister, Ginny Caudle & husband Mark of South Bend, IN; fiancé, Kelsey Gooch of Livingston, TN; niece, Brittany Kinsey & husband Travis; nephews, Alexander Caudle, Jordan Caudle, Jake Caudle, Gerryn Caudle, Joshua Dodson, Noah Dodson & soon to be, Luke Alsip. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William & Frona Alsip & Robert & Mary Adams & niece Mada Caudle. Pallbearers to serve are Ehtan Alsip, Sam Carpenter, Jared Carpenter, Logan Carpenter, Jake Caudle & John Eldridge. Memorial Donations can be made to the family for aid in funeral expenses by contacting Speck Funeral Home @ 300 North Church Street, Livingston, Tenn 38570.
Funeral services for Nancy Ann Phifer, 80 of Sparta, will be held at 1pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Brother Brad Walker officiating. Family will receive friends at 11am until the time of service. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Ms. Phifer died on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta. Born Tuesday, September 14, 1937 in Nashville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of James Cantrell and Dorothy Cope Cantrell. Mrs. Phifer was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Sparta for many years. She is survived by her husband, Earl Phifer of Sparta; son, Kurt Phifer (Ginger) of Sparta; grandchildren, Ashleigh Phifer and Brett Phifer; brothers, Jimmy “J.R.” Cantrell of Sparta and Jerry Cantrell (Judy) of Cookeville and many friends and neighbors. Nancy and her husband, Earl, were dedicated business owners for many years, giving time and service to the people of their community. Nancy’s love of others and how she could help them was always what kept her going. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Memorial services for Madonna Maria DeLuca, 53 of Cookeville will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 beginning at 1:00 pm at Faith Chapel Ministries located at 8289 Nashville Hwy. Baxter, Tennessee 38544 with Pastor Steve Warren officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. DeLuca passed from this life Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Madonna was born Friday, January 31, 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey, she was the daughter of John Gassert and Joan Julia (DeLuca) Axsom. Madonna was a very loving Mother, Grandmother, and Sister. She enjoyed working in her garden after morning coffee with a lot of creamer.
Celebration of Life services for Mr. Garry Lyle Marcy, age 68, of Gainesboro will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 from the Speck Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Ricky Lacy will officiate. Burial will be in the Campground Cemetery. The family will welcome friends at the time of service. Garry passed from this life on Monday morning, September 18, 2017 at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was born February 9, 1949 in Danbury, Connecticut to Dorothy Bessie Meade Marcy & the late Wiliam Leroy Marcy. Garry loved to cook and enjoyed the season of Christmas. He painted many wonderful works of art, and he was also a dance instructor for many years. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Skinner & husband Michael of Allons, TN; sons, Aaron Marcy, Jason Marcy & Nathan Marcy; brothers, Wayne Marcy of CA, Bill Marcy of SC & Rex Marcy of TN; grandchildren, Jaron Marcy, Justin Skinner & Gracie Skinner; mother, Dorothy Marcy.