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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 Saturday, July 4

Connie Gene Clark, 65, of Baxter, TN passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, TN. She was born January 20, l955 in Star City, AR and graduated from Star City High School. She was the athletic coordinator at the Cane Creek Sportsplex, part of Cookeville’s Park and Recreation Department. She is survived by her son, Jody Morgan, his wife Tonya, son, Trevor, his daughters, Chloe and Lucy of Thousand Oaks, CA, her daughter, Teri Key, her husband Shane and daughters Courtney and Sydnie of Cookeville, TN and her son, Cody Clark, his wife Jessica and sons Haden and Casen of Livingston, TN. Other survivors include her sister, Gloria Evans and her husband Bob Bekeart of Alameda, CA, her brother Mike Evans and his wife Joan of San Antonio, TX and her long time partner, Gary Elrod of Baxter, TN. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Private burial services will be held in Star City at a later date.

Hallie S. Newby Martin, age 98, of Sparta, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta. Mrs. Martin was born in 1922 in Dibrell, Warren County,Tennessee to Michael Wilson Newby and Martha Emma Redmon Newby. Hallie’s husband was a veteran of World War II, and she worked at an aircraft factory in Louisiana during the war. She was also owner-operator of a restaurant in Nashville for many years before moving to Florida where she lived for most of her life. Survivors include: Nephews- Paul Rigsby of Dibrell, TN; John Newby of Sparta, TN; and Charles Newby of Lebanon; Niece- Norma Newby Redmon of Pacific Grove, CA. There will be a private graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery in Warren County, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lorraine Valentine, age 88 of Allons, will be conducted 11 am Saturday, July 4, 2020, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Derrick Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 9 pm at Speck Funeral Home. Mrs. Valentine passed from this life on Sunday evening, June 28, 2020, from her residence. She was born in Pennsylvania on June 15, 1932, to the late Lester and Hazel Wert Pry. She loved her family very much and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and spending time in her flower gardens. She frequently listened to Gospel music and always found time to read her Bible. Mrs. Valentine leaves behind her daughters Betty Ann Leib and husband Earl of Mechanicsburg, PA and Linda Woodring and husband Allen of Laudisburg, PA; sons Ed Valentine and wife Grace of Lancaster, PA, Jim Valentine and wife Lila of Allons, TN, and Glen Valentine of Dayton, TX; grandchildren Erica Garber and husband Mike, Heather Leib, Jason Woodring and wife Melissa, Josh Woodring and wife Ruby, Melissa Hinnebush and husband Dan, Laura Campbell and husband Abram, Jamie Valentine and wife Lori, Brady Valentine, and Brody Valentine.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Alice Shoupe Huff Gentry, age 79 of Sparta, will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 4, 2020 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in the Glade Creek Cemetery. She passed away Thursday Morning, July 2, 2010 at Bethesda Health Care Center. She was born January 30, 1941 in Cumberland, Kentucky to the late Oddie Shoupe, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Farmer Shoupe. She is survived by her husband Frank Ray Gentry of Sparta; Daughter Jacqueline Murphy of Sparta; 3 Sons David Huff of Kentucky, Greg Huff of Sparta and Michael Huff of Sparta. The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until Service time on Saturday.

Funeral services for Bobby Clabe Johnson age 80 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday at 12:30pm at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. He passed away at his residence on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. He was a member of the McBroom Chapel Church of Christ and a retired employee of Pepsi where he was a machinist. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife Frances Donneitta Flatt Johnson of Cookeville, two sons, Teddy Ray Johnson and Roy Johnson of Cookeville; daughters, Annette Epperson of Cookeville, Sandra Bright of Baxter and Jo Ann Conner of Cookeville, sister, Anna Belle Stafford of Gainesboro, 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Visitation will be on Friday, July 3, 2020, 9 am to 8 pm and on Saturday, July 4 from 9 am till funeral services.

Funeral services for Madison Elizabeth Hollingsworth, age 24 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, 2pm at East Sparta Church of God. Interment at Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. She passed away on June 30, 2020, following a car accident. Madison was born on December 19, 1995 at Summitt hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, to Edward Hollingsworth and Karen Jones Hollingsworth. She is survived by her infant son, Boston Hollis Bumbalough; Her father, Edward Hollingsworth; Maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Milner; Paternal grandparents, Willie and Janice Miller; Her fiancé, Ethan Bumbalough; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends, who all loved her dearly. Madison was a life-long resident of Sparta. She graduated from White County High School in 2014 and attended Motlow State Community College for one year. Madison was loved by everyone that knew her. She had a smile on her face for everyone. She was a troubled soul on the inside, but wanted everyone to see her joy on the outside. She had the biggest heart and always wanted to help and give. Madison loved her son, Boston, with all of her heart and soul. She was the only one that could make him laugh until he’d lose his breath. Madison loved her mother so much and missed her tremendously, as she talked about her every day. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Family will receive friends Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at East Sparta Church of God.

Funeral services for Deborah Elaine Rogowski, age 63 of Sparta, will begin on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Thurman Funeral Home. She passed away on July 1, 2020 at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta. She was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Barbara Ann and Sammie Frasier on December 3, 1956. She is survived by her husband, Frank Rogowski; Her children, Scotty (Rebekah) Rogowski, Shannon (Shane) Hargis; Her grandchildren Lily and Laklyn Rogowski, Mystica, Savanna, and Darien Hargis; Her great-grandchildren, Azariah Willix; Siblings, Mike Frasier, Darlene Goolsby, Daryl Frasier, Cheryl Tabor, and Gary Frasier; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will accept visitors on Sunday, July 5, 2020, from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Thurman Funeral Home.

Funeral services for David Earl Maxwell, 78, of the Shepardsville community of Jackson County, TN, will be held at 2 P.M. on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro, TN. Burial will follow in the Union Hill – Flatt Cemetery on Shepardsville Road in Jackson County. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4 P.M. – 8 P.M., and Sunday from 1 P.M. until time of services. He passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services for Mrs. Nikki Lynn (Geesling) Showalter, age 33 of Hilham, will be conducted 3 pm Sunday, July 5, 2020, from Campground cemetery. Bro. Roger Phillips and Bro. Jason Bryant will officiate. The family will welcome friends at the graveside. Mrs. Showalter passed from this life on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga. She was born in Overton County on August 7, 1986, to Lisa Geesling Harigs and the late Kevin Geesling. Nikki loved being outdoors and working in her flowers. She cared for her family deeply and enjoyed all types of music. Mrs. Showalter leaves behind her husband Tommy Showalter of Hilham; sons Isiah Showalter and Tayvin Showalter of Hilham; brother Daniel Geesling of Cookeville; grandmother Imogene Geesling of Hilham; maternal mother Lisa Hargis of Cookeville; and maternal grandmother Evelyn Ferguson of Jackson County.

Graveside services for Mrs. Nell Ordean (Bilbrey) Roberts-Wilcox will be held 11 am Monday, July 6, 2020, from Bolestown Cemetery. Nell Ordean (Bilbrey) Roberts-Wilcox, 87, of Anderson, passed away on June 30, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Chesterfield. She was born on April 5, 1933 in Livingston, Tennessee and resided most of her life in Anderson. Nell graduated in 1950 from Livingston Academy in Livingston. She retired as the Outpatient Registration Clerk for Community Hospital, Anderson after 30 years of service. She was a member of South Meridian Church of God, where she was involved in missionary groups, and was formerly a youth leader. She was also involved in various groups while working at Community Hospital Anderson. She enjoyed shopping with her daughter Sandy, but most importantly she loved to spend time with all of her family. Nell is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Sandy) Roberts (Michael) Thompson; son, Don Roberts; brother, Bill (LeVere) Bilbrey; sister-in-law, Jill Bilbrey, grandchildren, Travis (Jess) Thompson, Holly Craver, Darrah (Ryan) Lehman Adams, Dustin (Janelle) Lehman; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Juanita L. Buckner, 89, of Cookeville will be held Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11 am at Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home Rev. Mike Head officiating. Interment will follow in Cookeville City Cemetery. Her family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 7 pm and Monday from 9am until service time at the funeral home. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. Mrs. Buckner died Friday morning, July 3, 2020 at Bethesda Care & Rehab.

Graveside Services for Lula M. Hawkins, age 90, of Cookeville will be held Monday, July 6, 2020 beginning 12:00 pm at DeKalb Memorial Cemetery in Smithville Tennessee, Pastor Myron Greer officiating. Burial will follow in the Dekalb Memorial Gardens Cemetery. She passed from this life on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Lula was born in Jackson County, Gainesboro TN, on Wednesday, March 26, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Millard and Della (Barlow) Masters. Della was married to the late Reverend Comer L. Hawkins. She was a member of New Beginnings Assembly of God.