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Here are the latest obituaries and notices as provided by the funeral homes serving Cookeville, Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro and Livingston.

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Obituaries For Tuesday, July 7

Terry Dewayne Barnes, age 64 of Sparta, passed away Tuesday morning July 7, 2020 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Dr. Gordon Eugene Hunter, age 89, passed away at his home on Saturday, July 4, 2020. Gordon was born July 17, 1930 at Sharon, PA to Gordon Leroy and Dorothy Melissa (nee Smith) Hunter. He graduated from James Ford Rhodes HS, Cleveland, OH, June 11, 1948 where he was an All-State wrestler, ran cross-country, and participated in gymnastics. After serving in the Air Force, he attended Mississippi College, where he met Gene Anne Morris, the love of his life and wife of 61 wonderful years. He wrote in a letter to her, “You were 20 when we met. I think I’ll never forget that snaggle-toothed smile that sent my heart reeling and deep inside I had the feeling you were the one for me.” Gordon and Gene Anne were married on December 20, 1955 at Gene Anne’s home church, First Baptist Church, Sparta, IL. They both graduated college with honors in 1956. After graduation, they spent 2 years teaching English and Biology on Guam where Morris was born, spent 1 year teaching general science in Hoopeston, IL where Mark was born, and was accepted for a National Science Foundation program to work on a master’s degree in science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where Steven was born. Gordon completed a Ph.D at Washington University then taught 4 years at Murray State University. In 1967 Tennessee Tech hired Gordon as the Biology Department Chairman, where he taught until retirement in 1995. A beloved teacher, in 1990 Dr. Hunter was awarded “Tennessee Professor of the Year.” The family will have a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity, an organization in which Gordon and Gene Anne were very involved. Donations can be made at

John Dorian, 94 of Cookeville, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. John was born Friday, April 9, 1926, in New York. John lived in Cookeville for 25 plus years. He enjoyed meeting people, having conversations, and traveling. John loved country music, especially the guitar, and was known to perform in his younger days. John chose cremation, his close friends followed his wishes, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Frances Howard Officer, age 93 of Sparta, will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in the Old Zion Cemetery. Bro. Paul Allen will officiate the services. She passed away Monday Morning, July 6, 2020 at the NHC of Sparta. She was born May 17, 1927 in White County, Tennessee to the late Turney and Roxann Walker Howard. Mrs. Edna was also preceded in death by her husband: Clifford Officer, son: Charles Officer, and brothers: Robert, Sam, Hershell, and Gaines Howard. She was a long time member of the Almyra Methodist Church. Survivors include: Son Larry Officer & Brenda of Sparta; Daughters Anita Verble & Jerry of Murfreesboro, Donna Johnson & Wayne of Rock Island and Betty Cooley and Louis of Smyrna The family will receive friends from 10 am until Service time on Wednesday.

Funeral Services for Mr. David Charles Auberson, age 72, of Rickman will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Bro. Matt Tuttle will officiate. Burial to follow in the Good Hope Cemetery. The family will welcome friends on Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home. Mr. Auberson passed from this life on Saturday, July 4, 2020 from the Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was born September 16, 1947 in Overton County to the late Homer & Ova Auberson. Baptist in Faith, Mr. Auberson enjoyed being outdoors, and helping his wife around the house. He also enjoyed to fix and repair things, and was a hard worker. His wife and family was the joy of his life. He leaves behind his loving wife Betty Jean Cox Auberson of Rickman; daughter, Tammy Collins & husband Daniel of Livingston; sons, Donnie Auberson of Rickman, Mark Auberson & wife Kerstin of Byrdstown, and Jeffery Auberson of Rickman; 13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronnie Auberson & wife Billie of Livingston. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sister, June Scantland.

Funeral services for Mr. Donald Ogletree, age 82 of Livingston, will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 2 PM from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with burial to follow in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 7th at the funeral home starting at 5 PM until 9 PM. Officiating will be Bro. Danny Staggs. The family request that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Walnut Grove Cemetery Trust Fund. He passed from this life on Sunday morning, July 5, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Donald Felix Ogletree was born in Livingston, Overton Co., TN to the late Felix and Mildred (Savage) Ogletree. Donald worked road construction and was a member of the Swallows Chapel Church of Christ. He loved his family very much and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include Wife Naoma Ogletree of Livngston, TN; 1 Daughter: Donna Reagan and her husband James of Monroe, TN; 2 Step Daughters: Lesia Kempton and Donna Harvey both of Livingston, TN; 1 Grandson: Christopher Hammock and his wife Danielle of Livingston, TN; 3 Granddaughters: Kellie Wells and husband Gary of Allons, TN, Elizabeth Harvey of Livingston, TN, Sarah Slaven and her husband Lance of Kentucky; 5 Great Grandsons; 2 great Granddaughters: 1 Brother: Buddy Ogletree and his wife Betty of California;1 Sister: Kathy Winningham and her husband Marlon of Livingston, TN; 1 Uncle Owen Savage and his wife Wanda of Livingston.

Funeral Services for Mr. J.D. Heady, age 79 of Sparta, will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, July 9, 2020 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in the Saylors Cemetery. He passed away after an extended illness at his residence, surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 5, 2020. He was born March 7, 1941 in White County, TN to the late Tolbert and Linnie Nabors Heady. He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Leonard Heady of Sparta; son Rick Heady of Sparta; daughters Annette (Brad) Rutledge of Cookeville, Monica (Darin) Parsons of Cassville. The family will receive friends from 11 am until service time on Thursday. Rev. Jonathan Angel will officiate the services.

Funeral Services For Debbie Clark, Age 59, Of Cookeville, Tennessee, Will Be Conducted On Thursday, July 9, 2020, At 3:00 PM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home. Pastor John Davis Will Officiate With Interment To Follow In The Wilson Cemetery. Debbie Was Born On March 6, 1961, In Gainesboro, Tennessee, To The Late Hubert C And Pauline Burgess Fox. She Passed Away On Monday, July 6, 2020, At The Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Debbie Was Owner Of Glen Clark Mobile Home Transport Along With Her Late Husband, Glen. She Was Of The Baptist Faith. She Is Survived By, 2 Daughters, Jenni Clark Of Cookeville, TN, Nikki Clark Of Cookeville, TN; Stepson, Michael Clark Of Cookeville, TN; Brother, Danny Fox Of Lockhart, TX; Lifelong Best Friend, Sherrye Sue Bryant Winnett Of Cookeville, TN; Special Family, Pete And Trylea Szymczak Of Cookeville, TN; Special “Grandchildren”, Caylee, Kenzleigh, And Paislee Thomas; A Host Of Family And Friends. In Addition To Her Parents, She Was Preceded In Death By Her Husband, Glen Clark; Brother, Gary Richard Fox; And Stepdaughter-In-Law, Jessica Rector Clark. The Family Will Receive Friends At Goff Funeral Home On Thursday, July 9, 2020, From 1:00 PM Until Time Of Services At 3:00 PM.

Funeral Services For Alma Jackson, Age 85, Of Monterey, Will Be Conducted On Thursday, July 9, 2020, At 8:00 PM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home. Dr. Tim Adams Will Officiate With Interment To Follow On Friday, July 10, 2020, At 10:00 AM In The Welch Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Jackson Was Born On April 19, 1935, In Monterey, To The Late Lewis And Fannie Pearl Walker Swallows. Mrs. Jackson Passed Away On Monday, July 6, 2020, At Her Home. Mrs. Jackson Was A Dietician In Health Care And A Homemaker. She Was Creative And Loved To Sew, Crocheting Handcrafted Dolls Her Family Enjoyed, And Making Jewelry. She Was A Member Of Aletheia Baptist Fellowship In Cookeville. She Is Survived By Her Husband Of 64 Years, William “Bill” Jackson Jr. Of Monterey; 1 Daughter And Son-In-Law, Karen And David Laws Of Manchester; 3 Sons And 2 Daughters-In-Law, William “Bill” Jackson III Of Monterey, Randy And Sharon Jackson Of Mayland, Rick And Suzy Jackson Of Monterey; 10 Grandchildren; 14 Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters, Irene Phillips Of Mayland, Willene Maney Of Bryson City, NC; And 1 Brother, Roy Swallows Of Crossville.The Family Will Receive Friends At Goff Funeral Home On Thursday, July 9, 2020, From 6:00 PM Until Time Of Services At 8:00 PM And On Friday, July 10, 2020, At Welch Memorial Cemetery For Graveside Services.

Graveside services for Margaret Dee Dietz, age 86 of Cookeville, will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Floyd will officiate. Mrs. Dietz passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services for Roger Hawke, 85 of Upton Kentucky, will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday July 11, 2020 at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. He passed away Monday July 6, 2020. Born Saturday, August 18, 1934 in Upton, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Clyde Hawke and the late Ester Meers Hawke. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. Surviving Daughters are Linda Shannon and Gina Hawke. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until time of service at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Robert James Furman Sr., age 77, of Sparta will be help at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 11 at Thurman Funeral Home. Interment will be at Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. He passed away on July 3rd at his residence in Sparta. He is survived by his sons, Robert James Furman Jr., William Thomas Furman, and Jesse Wayne Furman, Shelby Randolph; brothers Walter Furman, and Fred Furman; sisters, Margret Doyle, Laura Paulick; granddaughters, Jessica Furman, Madisyson Furman, Rachel Furman, Renae Furman, Rebekah Furman, and Christine, Graci Furman; great grandbabies, Macie Troglen, and Khilee Cunningham. The family will accept visitors on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home.