Monday, May 29, 2023
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We Remember: Today’s Obituaries

We Remember: Today’s Obituaries

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 Monday, May 29 

Ms. Jo Ann Seibers Maynard, age 77 of Sparta, passed away Friday at Health Center at Standifer Place in Chattanooga. Jo Ann was born April 24, 1946 in Sparta, Tennessee to the late Jonas and Eva Tindle Seibers. She was a former factory worker and Royal Inn Housekeeper. She was a devoted mother and friend. Survivors include her son James Maynard, Jr. of Sparta; Sisters: Maxine Humphrey, Gracie Ferdon, Lois (Dewayne) Gentry, Rita Burke, Mary Lee Moore, Star Roberts, Jenny Franklin; Brothers: Jimmy (Tammy) Seibers, Alan Seibers, Wayne (Pat) Seibers. Hunter Funeral Home has been entrusted with Jo Ann’s cremation and no services are planned. Memorials may be made to Hunter Funeral Home, PO Box 90, Sparta, TN 38583 tp help the family with cremation expenses.

Funeral Services for Alene Morris Newport, age 77 of Sparta, will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Emory Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in New Bon Air Cemetery. She passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Life Care Center of Sparta. She was born June 10, 1945 in Robbins, and she was the daughter of the late Clint and Mary Jones Morris. Alene was a former employee of Mallory Timers (Emerson) for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant son, Jeffery Newport; and two sisters, Rebba Heiness and Nadene York. Surviving family members left to cherish her memory include: Husband of 58 Years- Elwood Newport of Sparta; Three Sons- Greg Newport of Sparta, TN; Edward (Kim) Newport of Sparta; and Brian (Becky) Newport of Sparta; Four Grandchildren- Crystal (Tim) Savage of Sparta; Jasmine Newport of Sparta; Allen (Whitney) Newport of Sparta; and Leanna (Michael) Crook of Smithville; Five Great-Grandchildren- Tracy Savage, Axl Newport, Ozzy Newport, Mason Crook, and Eli Newport; One Brother- Charles (Ann) Morris of Speedwell; One Sister- Margie Newport of Chatsworth, GA; Several nieces and nephews also survive. She will be dearly missed. The family will welcome friends on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of the service at the funeral home.

A graveside service for Mr. Danny Bilbrey age 61 of Crossville, will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 2 PM at the Love Joy Cemetery in Monterey, TN. Bro. David Harris will be officiating the service. He passed from this life at the Cookeville Regional Hospital on Tuesday evening, May 23, 2023. Mr. Danny Bilbrey was born in Monterey on Sunday, November 23, 1961 to the late Richmond Bilbrey and Gracie Ledbetter. Bob was a hard workingman and he loved his family very much whom will miss him greatly. Preceded by: Father: Richmond Bilbrey; Mother: Gracie Ledbetter; Stepdad: Leon Ledbetter; Niece: Sarah Conner. Survivors: Son: Jeremy Bilbrey; Granddaughter: Chloe Bilbrey of Crossville; 3 Brothers: Roger and wife Leslie Bilbrey of Cookeville, Thomas Bilbrey of Crawford, Ricky and wife Brenda Bilbrey of Livingston; 2 Sisters: Betty Beard of Monterey, and Debbie Conner of Livingston; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family and friends also survive.

Funeral Services for Coy Buckner, age 79, of Monterey, will be conducted on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 11:00 AM from The Chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Johnny Jones and Pastor Steve Looper will officiate with interment to follow in the Phillips Cemetery in the Anderson Community. Mr. Buckner was born on Saturday, August 21, 1943, in Overton County, Tennessee, to the late Issac Lee and Ethel Lee Phillips Buckner. Mr. Buckner passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mr. Buckner was owner/operator of Buck’s Fireworks for 62 years, Standing Stone Grocery for 10 ½ years, and Buckner’s Casual Wear for 30 years. He loved any game, puzzle or trick and enjoyed watching people try to solve them. He never met a stranger, was always smiling, and lived to make people smile. He fought a long battle of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a Christian. He is survived by his daughter and caregiver, Regina Buckner of Monterey, TN; special friend, Jay Woolfrom of Mayland, TN; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Perry Brown of Cookeville, TN; sister-in-law, Dimple Buckner of Monterey, TN; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Goff Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Funeral Services for Judy Nell Murray, age 73 of Sparta, will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Kyle Goff officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. She passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, peacefully at her home. She was born June 18, 1949 in Springfield, and she was the daughter of the late Delmar Lee Sharp and Eva Janelle Creek Sharp. Judy loved the Lord, and she loved listening to her brother-in-law, Jerry Vitatoe, preach. Judy loved going to the “Barn” and line dancing with her friends. Judy was a hard worker, she was independent, and she believed in making her own money. Judy loved shopping and finding good deals. She loved her family and enjoyed spoiling the kids in the family. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vince (JR) Murray (four fingers); son, Tony Murray; brothers, Gary Sharp and Stevie Sharp; nephew, James Sharp; and life long best friend, Rita Adams. Survivors include: Mother- Eva Janelle Sharp of Clintwood, VA; Sister- Lisa (Lawrence) Vitatoe of Clintwood, VA; Nieces- Jolene (Douglas) Boyd of Haysi, VA; Sherry Sharp and Eva Goike of Sparta; and Latasha (Steven) Stump of Haysi, VA; Nephews- Larry (Bonechia) Vitatoe of Haysi, VA; Gary Lee Sharp (Trinity), MI; and Steven (Brandy) Vitatoe of Haysi, VA; 12 Great- Nieces and Nephews; 2 Great-Great-Nieces and Nephews; Judy had several extended family by love, even if they weren’t’t blood. The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Ruth Willene Taylor Winfree, 90 of Baxter, will be Wednesday, May 31 at 2 PM at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Bro. John Pippin will officiate. Mrs. Winfree died Sunday May 21, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born October 2, 1932 in Putnam County, to the late William Elijah and Pearl Gentry Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Nelson Winfree on March 25, 2010 and sisters Pauline Neill and Hilda Allen. Willene graduated from Baxter Seminary and attended Tennessee Tech. She was a member of Baxter Church of Christ and a homemaker. Survivors include sons James “Jim” Winfree of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Steven Winfree of Baxter, grandchildren: Thomas Winfree, Timothy Winfree, Victoria Winfree Brockhaus, Kristina Winfree Henderson and Samantha Winfree, 7 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 AM until service time at the funeral home.

Funerals services for Monroe Lee Newton, age 98 of Cookeville, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday June 1 at Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Monroe passed away Thursday May 25, 2023 at home. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12 p.m. until service time.

Celebration of Life Services for Mr. James E. “Jimmy” Beatty, age 74, of Livingston will be conducted 3 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 2023, from the First Christian Church in Livingston, with Military Honors following the service by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard.  Bro. James Shenko will officiate.  Jimmy passed from this life on Sunday, May 28, 2023, from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.  He was born in Livingston, Tennessee on January 20, 1949, to the late George Esco and Dean Copeland Beatty.  He was a 1967 graduate of Livingston Academy and a member of the First Christian Church in Livingston.  He served his country in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam Era.  He worked for many years for Highways Inc.  Jimmy was a true outdoors man, enjoying hunting and fishing.  He was great at telling jokes and enjoyed traveling up to the Muddy Pond Community.  His greatest joy was his family especially his grandchildren. Jimmy leaves behind his daughters, Samantha Johnson and husband Daniel of Rickman, TN, and MaLinda Seber and husband Robert of Cookeville, TN; grandchildren, Maddie Mae Seber and Simon Esco Johnson; sister, Ann Ward and husband Jim of Crossville, TN. The family will welcome friends on Thursday from 12 noon until time of services at the First Christian Church in Livingston.  Memorial Donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Livingston.

Memorial services for Bobby “BOB” Joe Harlow, 86 of Cookeville, will be Friday, June 2 at 1 PM at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard. Pastor Tom Strong will officiate. He was born October 21, 1936 in Mount Pleasant, TN to the late Joe Norman and Gladys Marie Curtis Harlow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Kathleen “Kay” Francis Wood Long Harlow on November 4, 2014; a daughter, Julie Lynn Harlow; son, Michael Ray Harlow; siblings, Charles R. Harlow, Norman Carl Harlow, William E. Harlow, Barry Dale Harlow, Betty Jean Nance, Dorothy Porter and Linda Gale Harlow. Bob was a US Navy veteran serving from 1955 to 1959. He retired from the City of San Miguel, California as a fireman. He was a member of Gideons International. Bob had been a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church and later at Hamptons Crossroads Baptist Church. Survivors include a brother Larry Harlow of Crestview, Florida. The family will receive friends Friday after 11 AM until service time at the funeral home.

A memorial service and tribute for Hamilton Anthony “Tony” Horsman, age 74 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, June 3, 2023, beginning at 1:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. He passed away May 13th 2023 at 10:26 am, at his home in Cookeville. Born Friday, November 19, 1948 in New York City, New York, he was the son of the late Homer and Ella (Perrusi) Horsman. Tony eventually made his home at Horseman Farm in Cookeville. A decorated Vietnam veteran who served the US Army from 1966-69, he was an entrepreneur, sailor, equestrian, and farmer. Friend, mentor, and elder statesman; he spent his later years focused on supporting the recovery of others. He is survived by his loving wife Hannah, his children Hunter and Halia, his sisters Catherine and Patricia. In lieu of flowers, Tony wished for donations to be made to Priority House.

Memorial Services for Adger “A.C.” Charles Sullivan, age 82 of Cookeville, will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Tracy Curtis, Wayne Sullivan, and Eugene Cunningham officiating. A private burial will follow at a later date. He passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. He was born May 23, 1941 in Spencer, and he was the son of the late Adger Sullivan and Connie Lawson Sullivan Madewell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Kewin Madewell; siblings, Sara Grimaldi, Evelyn Summerlin, Gewin Youngblood, Ruth Dodson, and Donnie Sullivan; and a great-grandson, JD Hyatt; all whom he loved very much. Survivors include: Sons- Mike Sullivan (Denise) and LaVaughn Smith; Daughter- Lisa Sullivan Scott; Grandchildren- Damon Scott, Paige Scott Reed (Lucas), Allan Smith, and Leslie Hyatt Goodwin; Great-Grandchildren- Andre Hyatt, Madison Maham, Austin Rodgers (Mackenzie), Trystin Scott, Ellis Reed, Anniston Reed, and Ezmay Reed, all whom he loved dearly. A.C. drove a truck, was Chief Deputy of Van Buren County, and worked as a civil engineer for TDOT for 35 years. He won many charity poker games and donated all the proceeds to benefit children. He loved sports of all kinds. To all the children he coached or umpired over the years, you know who you are, he truly loved and enjoyed each of you and hoped he left you better than he found you. He was full of pride and stories over the years. You made him happy with all the hours that were put in together. He would want to say thanks to Betty Sullivan, Janet Sullivan, special friend, Dorthy Kirby, and special family and friend, Carol and Bruce Stewart. Although times weren’t always easy, he loved each of you for taking such good care of him along the way. He also attended North Sparta Church of God. The family will welcome friends on Saturday from 12:00 PM until time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested if you have any photos, fond memories, or stories of A.C., please write them down and bring them to the family at the funeral home.

A memorial service for Kaleen Emlee Fahrner, 72 of Cookeville, will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, June 23, 2023 at Presley Funeral Home with the Eddy Turner officiating. She died on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at home surrounded by loved ones. Born Monday, June 5, 1950 in Bay City, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late William Ervin LeMere and the late Catherine Bowden LeMere. She was the wife of Ronald Fahrner. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, June 23, 2023, at Presley Funeral Home.

A Funeral service for Donald Paul Agee, 90 of Cookeville, will be at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Presley Funeral Home with Chaplain Matthew Finchum officiating. He died on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. Born Tuesday, January 3, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of the late Williard Agee and the late Florence Gase Agee. He was a Veteran of Korea. The family will receive friends from 2:30 PM until time of service at 3:00 PM.