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Obituaries For Wednesday, July 28
Lawrence “Panhead” Roy Rackham, 74 of Sparta, passed away on Tuesday, July 27 in Crossville. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Funeral services for Lisa Dianne Caskey, 50, from Cookeville, will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Presley Funeral Home. Interment will be in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Born Thursday, October 22, 1970 in Lapeer, Michigan. Lisa was the daughter of William and Linda Caskey, the loving significant other Chuck Bos, the loving mother of Kensey Geer (Seth Weston), Kristina (Josh) Lewis and Benjamin Bos. Lisa loved children and followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a teacher. She was a graduate of TTU and obtained her masters degree in education. She taught at Cassville Elementary in Sparta and was a principal at Heritage Christian Academy, Lisa also worked for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Human Services. She was heavily involved with Autistic students in TN schools. She taught GED skills to Drug and Alcohol Recovery participants. She was devoted to God, teaching children’s church and VBS. In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memory gifts or donations to the Lisa Caskey Grandchildren College Fund care of Volunteer Christian Academy. The family receiving family and friends from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Funeral services for Aletha Jane “Janie” Fields, age 87 of Baxter, will be at 11 a.m. Friday July 30 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Michael Madden will officiate. Interment will follow at Smith Chapel Cemetery. Janie passed away Tuesday July 27 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Her family will receive friends Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. and again Friday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Opal D. Walker Nolen, age 100 of Overton County, will be conducted 11 a.m., Friday, July 30 from the Good Hope Cemetery Annex. Bro. Nolan Cantrell will officiate. Mrs. Opal passed from this life on Wednesday morning, July 28 from the Overton County Health & Rehab in Livingston. Member of the Oakdale Baptist Church, Opal enjoyed cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning, and tending to her many flowers. Her greatest joy was her children, many grandchildren and Sunday Dinners. Opal leaves behind her sons, Danny Nolen and David Nolen both of Livingston. Memorial Donations in memory of Opal D. Walker Nolen may be made to the Good Hope Annex, by contacting Livingston Funeral Home. The family will welcome friends at the graveside.
Funeral services for James Orval (Lolly) Sherrell, 81 of Sparta, will be held at Oaklawn Funeral Home Saturday, July 31 at 2:00 pm with Joe Neal officiating. Lolly will be buried at Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. Mr. Sherrell passed away Tuesday, July 27 at Cedar Hills Senior Living in Cookeville. He was best known for his sense of humor and ill-timed jokes. He had a passion for jigsaw puzzles, ancestry research and pulling tricks on his friends and family. As his dementia progressed, his most recent hobbies were Gunsmoke marathons, enjoying sweets and lovingly aggravating his assisted living family. Surviving family includes his children, Nick Sherrell, Vicky Sherrell-Bouwens, Jerry (Casey) Sherrell, Debbie (David) Yates, and Lori (Tom) Dyer. Visitation is prior to the service from 12pm-2pm.
Funeral services for Sylvia Ann Burnett, age 78 of Crossville, formerly of Sparta, will be Saturday July 31, 2021, at 3:00 P.M. at Thurman Funeral Home. Interment will be at Old Bon Air Cemetery. She went peacefully to be with the Lord on July 26, 2021, at her home of Crossville, TN. She was born June 15, 1943, to the late Sylvester Smith and Ruth Myers. She is survived by daughter, Cathy (Donnie) Whittenburg. the family will receive friends on Saturday July 31, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Thurman Funeral Home.
Funeral services Mrs. Jeannette Lynn, age 94 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday July 31 at 5 p.m. at Collegeside Church of Christ. Private interment will be in Smyrna Cemetery. Mrs. Lynn died Friday afternoon, July 23rd at Heritage Pointe Senior Living. Mrs. Lynn’s family will receive friends Saturday from 3 p.m. until service time at the church.
Memorial services for Mr. Thomas Elmer Varnadore, Jr. affectionately known by family and friends as Buddy, age 68 of Sparta, will be conducted 11:00am Monday, August 2 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Mr. Varnadore passed away on July 27 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He then spent 27 years as a truck driver and after retirement has been a familiar face as an attendant at the Rock House Convenience Center. Surviving family members left to cherish his memory include his wife of 50 years, Helen Varndadore; and their children, Joey (Julie) Varnadore, and Melissa Lynn Parks. The family will receive friends after 10:00am Monday at Hunter Funeral Home.