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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 Wednesday, May 22

Willie “Joyce” Gamble, 86 of Cookeville, Tennessee went to be by the Lord’s side on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at NHC Healthcare of Cookeville in Cookeville. It was Joyce’s decision to be cremated without services and the family followed her wishes. Born Tuesday, February 8, 1938 in Cookeville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Amos Hancock and the late Bessie Rittenberry Hancock. Having been twice widowed, Joyce was the loving wife of John Higginbotham for 21 years, and the loving wife of Larry Gamble for over 25 years. Joyce was a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) for over 30 years in Florida. Once she retired and her children were grown, she moved back home to Cookeville to be closer to her siblings. She enjoyed collecting and watching TV shows with angels, such as Highway to Heaven. Joyce liked to watch painting shows with Bob Ross although she never picked up a brush. Surviving are sons Amos and Teresa Higginbotham of Walling; James and Cynthia Higginbotham of Clear Water, FL; Clay and Ella Higginbotham of Carthage; daughter Vrola and Chris McGuire of Versailles, IN; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren.

Roberta Montgomery Hunter, 76 of Cookeville, passed from this life on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Bethesda Health Care Center. Roberta chose cremation, the family followed her wishes, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Roberta was born Friday, May 23, 1947, in Cookeville, Tennessee, and she was the daughter of the late Willis Montgomery and the late Bettie B. (Proffitt) Montgomery. Roberta was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was a domestic engineer raising five children. She was loving, kind, humorous, and a fantastic storyteller. She was a Christian and loved the Lord. Roberta was loved by those that knew her and she will be greatly missed. Roberta is survived by, 4 Daughters, Sandy Stafford, Jennifer Schultz and her husband, Jim, Rachel Stafford and her husband, John, and Amy Foster; 3 Sisters, Nella Nash, Willene Long, and Elizabeth Rodgers; A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Funeral services for Delmer “Doc” Poteet, age 89 of Murfreesboro, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 22 at Horner Funeral Home in Monterey. Interment with military honors will follow at Sand Springs Memorial Gardens. Doc passed away Saturday May 18 at the TN State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro. Born on March 16, 1935, in Kensington, Georgia, Doc lived a life marked by dedication, service, and a warm, engaging personality that left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Doc is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Thelma Irene Ballew Poteet; sons Don Poteet (Julie), Michael Poteet (Christina), Randall Poteet, and Gregory Poteet (Beth); daughters Denise Smith and Linda Irene Hill (David); his brother Donald Richard Poteet; and a legacy of numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who will carry forward his spirit of generosity and kindness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Cordell Poteet and Lottie Hicks Poteet; brothers Robert, Charles, John, and Jim Poteet; and half-brother Eugene Ball. His family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time.

Graveside Services for Betty Jo Cole Davis, age 82 of Sparta will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the Elrod Cemetery. Bro. Michael Conley will officiate the service. She passed away Monday, May 20, 2024. She was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed peacefully at her home with family present to hold her hand and love her till the end. She lived all her life in Sparta. She was born July 4, 1941 to the late Cecil Cole and Maude Stoglin Cole of the Cole’s Chapel Community. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Barney Davis, Grandson, Alex Sparks, son-in-law, Charles Biggs, brothers, Arnold Cole and Cordell Cole and sister-in-law, Ruby Cole. Betty Jo was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. She loved to work in her garden, sewing, and canning. Family always came first in her life and was loved by so many. She is survived by her daughter: Deborah Goines Biggs; Grandson James Brandon (Brynda) Sparks of Nashville; Sister Ruth Baker. Barney’s son’s whom she was an important part of their lives: Barney (Kibby) Davis, Jr. and C.R. Davis.

Funeral services for Bessie Aletha (Huddleston) Conner, age 98 of Byrdstown, will be held Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 11:00 AM from Wolf River United Baptist Church with Bro. Rick Cross officiating. The burial will be in Lovelady-Sims Cemetery. She passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Pickett Care and Rehab. She was born July 25, 1925 in Byrdstown, to James Huddleston and Ollie E. (Huddleston) Huddleston. She was a member of Wolf River United Baptist Church and a retired garment factory employee. Aletha is survived by (3) daughters: Rosie Rogers (Michael), Lily Greene and Julia Wright; (2) sons: James Conner and Elbert ‘Chico’ Conner; (18) grandchildren and (27) great-grandchildren; (1) brother: Willie ‘Bill’ Huddleston. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Brown Funeral Chapel.

Memorial Services for Sharon Ann Reid, age 77 of Cookeville, will be held Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 6 PM at Holladay Church of Christ. A cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away suddenly at her home in Baxter, TN, on May 16, 2024, at the age of 77. She was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, on December 16, 1946 to the late Thomas F. and Kathleen McNamee Gordon. Sharon brought light and joy into the lives of all who knew her. Sharon is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Lawrence Reid, whom she married on a beautiful fall day, September 6, 1969, in Durham, Connecticut. Together, they built a family and a legacy that continued to grow and blossom through the years. Their union was blessed with five children: sons Mitchell Reid of Cookeville and Benjamin Reid (married to Shandra) of Mt. Juliet, daughters Leanne Johnson (married to Jack) of Cookeville, Rebekah Haren of Kingsport, and Anne Erzen of North Royalton, OH. The family further expanded with the arrival of her adored grandchildren, Mason and Molly Reid, Jackson Haren, Gracie Reid, Lillian Reid, Nick Rey and one great grandchild, Leon Rey. Sharon’s devotion to her family was evident in the warmth and nurturing she extended to each loved one. Her brother, Brian Gordon of Phoenix, AZ, also survives her, remembering her as a loving beacon of guidance and support. Sharon’s professional life was marked by an unwavering commitment to education. For a remarkable 31.5 years, she made significant contributions to the Putnam County Board of Education, contributing to the improvement and enrichment of the school system. Her contribution to the community through her work was profound, leaving an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of those she served. She had a strong work ethic and a generous heart. She was a very generous person always giving and lending a hand to those in need. Sharon’s family will receive friends from 4 PM until service time at the church. Bro. Johnny Fox will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to Happy Haven Children’s Home, 2311 Wakefield Dr. Cookeville, TN 38501.

Memorial Services for Donald Gordon Hill, age 72 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, May 24, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. He will be honored with a military service and laid to rest in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Donnie was born in Livingston, Tennessee on September 7, 1951 to Percy and Elva Hill and was the youngest of their five children. He lived an adventurous life, which began with his service in the Unites States Air Force during which time he was stationed in Thailand. In the years following his service, Donnie traveled much of the world, and for a period of time lived in Saudi Arabia for work. Donnie spent his career working as an MRI technologist in the medical field. He passed on his love of diverse food and travel experiences to many in his family. Donnie is survived by his brother William (Bill) Hill, sister-in-law Brenda Hill and his nieces and nephews Traci Hill (Jacob and Taylor Hill), Heather (Hill) and Justin Sveadas (Forrest, Hudson and Clark), Cynthia (Hill) and Jon Speegle (Devan, Peyton and Nova), and Ryan and Natalia Hill. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services for William Charles Goolsby, 74 of Gainesboro, will be held on Friday, May 24, 2024, at 4 P.M. at the chapel of Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Heady officiating. The family has chosen cremation with a private burial at a later date. He was born November 6, 1949, in Putnam County, TN, and he passed away Monday, May 13, 2024, at his residence. He was the son of the late Willis Loyd Goolsby and Frances Olivia Whitson Goolsby Jones. He married Betty Sue Curtis on November 28, 1970. They had two sons and were married for over 53 years. William worked as a construction worker and a farmer. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Gainesboro, TN. Also, he was a former Chair of the Jackson County Republic Party. Survivors include his wife: Betty Sue Goolsby of Bloomington Springs, TN; Sons: William (Christina) Goolsby of Bloomington Springs, and Lonnie (Angela) Goolsby of Granville, TN; Brothers: Terry (Susan) Goolsby of Shelbyville, TN, Gary (Peggy) Goolsby of Murfreesboro, TN, and Johnny (Maria) Goolsby of Shelbyville, TN; Grandchildren: Cheyenne Goolsby and William Christopher (W.C.) Goolsby. Many other relatives and friends survive. Visitation will begin Thursday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and will resume on Friday from 2 P.M. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made towards New Hope Baptist Church in Gainesboro, TN, by contacting the funeral home.

A Celebration of Life for Adrian Thomas Vest, age 20 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday May 25, 2024 2 PM at Cane Creek Park. He passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Cookeville, due to an automobile accident. Born on March 12, 2004, in Elizabethtown, KY, Adrian brought joy and laughter to all who knew him. Adrian was a beacon of light in the lives of his loved ones. He is survived by a caring family, including his mother, Sarah Vest; father, Michael Gonzalez, stepmother Lori Cartwright his brothers, Abel and Elijah Vest; and his sister, Celine Hernandez of Puerto Rico. The love of his life, his fiancée, Londyn Cook, of Cookeville, also survives him. He was a cherished grandson to Mary Elbabaa of Griffin, GA, and Michael Growse of Canada. His memory will be held dear by his uncle, Shawn (Crystal) Rowan, and aunts, Rana Kahtani and Dana Smith, along with a host of loving cousins. As we say goodbye to Adrian Vest, we hold tight to the memories he gave us, the moments of pure joy, and the laughter that still echoes in our hearts. He may have left this world, but his spirit will continue to inspire us every day.

Funeral services for Tammy Mai Wiggins, age 53 of Putnam County, will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 4 P.M. in the chapel of Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson will be officiating. The family has chosen cremation. She was born December 7, 1970, in Putnam County, TN, and she passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024, at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Tammy worked in the home healthcare field. Survivors include her son: Dakota Allen of Gainesboro, TN; daughter: Kyra Shephard of Gainesboro, TN; sisters: Samantha Haney and Amanda Boles of Gainesboro, TN; granddaughters: Daneisha Highland and Ayla Wiggins of Gainesboro. Visitation will begin Saturday from 12 P.M. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help assist the family with funeral expenses or to her children by contacting the business office of the funeral home.