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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, September 18

Mrs. Rosezella Nash, age 84 of Algood died Friday September 17, 2021 at her home. Arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Cheryl Lynn Stover age 63 of Livingston, Overton Co., TN passed from this life on Thursday evening, September 16, 2021 at her residence. Mrs. Cheryl Lyn Stover was born in Livingston, Overton Co., TN on Sunday, August 3, 1958 to the late Kersey Ezra and Faye (Smith) Stover. Cheryl was a Registered Nurse for at least 40 years. She loved being a nurse and helping people. Cheryl loved spending time with her family, especially her nieces, nephew, and great nephews she considered them hers. She loved them, and they loved her right back. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her loving soul mate, Michael Matthews of Livingston, TN; 1 Brother: Junior Stover and his wife Renea of Monroe, TN. The family has chosen cremation at her request and a memorial service will be planned at a later date.

L.B. Junior Reed, Age 86, Of Hanging Limb, Tennessee, Passed Away On Thursday, September 16, 2021, At Vanderbilt University Medical Center In Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Reed Was Born On November 14, 1934, In Crawford, Tennessee, To The Late Brunton And Nellie Norrod Reed. Mr. Reed Was A Farmer And An Avid Hunter. He Is Survived By, 2 Daughters And A Son-In-Law, Gloria Holmes Of Hanging Limb, TN, Ethelene And Gary Rich Of Cookeville, TN; 2 Sons, Macky Reed Of Hanging Limb, TN, Tim Reed Of Hanging Limb, TN. Private Interment Will Be In The Speck Cemetery With Memorial Services To Be Announced At A Later Date.

Karen Rae Grey, 69 of Allons, TN, died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Her wishes of cremation are being honored and a memorial service is being planned at a later date. (This information will be updated when it becomes available to us). She was born February 11, 1952 in Evansville, Indiana to the late Lawrence and Alice Johnson Cox. She was a retired teacher’s aide. She was a member of Agape Worship Center in Livingston. Survivors include husband of almost 25 years (Married December 20, 1996) Leon Grey of Allons, daughter Kim Godwin of Livingston, son Wade Lovell of Jamestown, Indiana.

Phillip Ray Wassom, 75 of Cookeville, died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His wishes of cremation and no services are being honored. He was born December 13, 1945 in Wayne County, Michigan to the late Cleon and Notie Roberson Wassom. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Michelle Wassom. Phillip graduated from Central High School in 1965. He then served in the Air Force from 1968-1972. He retired as a Police Officer with Tennessee Tech University with 24 years of service. Phillip was a gun trader, liked classic cars, and was a fan of college and professional football. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially the grandkids. Survivors include daughters Amanda Wassom and fiance Chris DeBot, Sarah (Seth) Kinnaird all of Cookeville, sons Matthew (Dena) Wassom of DeKalb County, Cody Wassom of Cookeville.

Mrs. Goldy Mae (Boardman) Carroll, age 76 of Cookeville, passed away Thursday, September 16, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Carroll chose cremation, the family followed her wishes, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Mrs. Carroll passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.  She was born Friday, May 4, 1945, in New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Arthur Boardman and the late Bertha Mae Boardman. Goldy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved Jehovah God and attended the Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witness of Cookeville. She was loved by all that knew her, and she will be greatly missed. Survivors include her husband, John Carroll; two daughters, Sharon and David Trinko, and Debra Killham.

Mrs. Cynthia Diane (Pryor) Shelton, age 43 of Centerville, and formerly of Livingston, passed away Tuesday, September 14, at the Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville. Mrs. Shelton was born in Madison Heights, MI on Sunday, February 5, 1978, to the late Edgar Jr. and Jessie Ilene (Staggs) Pryor. Cynthia worked in the health care as a CNA. She loved her children and family very much, she will be greatly missed. Survivors include her husband, Richard Shelton; one daughter, Courtney Sparks; one son, Payton Sparks. The family has chosen cremation with a memorial service to be planned at a later date.

Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Marie Nation Bowers, age 83 of Cookeville, will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 18, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Fellowship Cemetery. Mrs. Bowers passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born in Overton County, to the late Willie T. and Delma V. Richardson Nation. A 1956 graduate of Livingston Academy, Catherine was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. She worked for many years as the house manager for the Pacesetters Corp. Catherine enjoyed canning, quilting, sewing, gardening, and listening to Blue Grass.  Her greatest joy in life was her family. Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Gail Pippin and husband, Raymond, of Algood. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Ms. Teresa Miller, age 61 of Crossville, will be held Saturday, September 18, at 11:00 AM at Green Acres Memory Gardens, in Crossville. Ms. Miller passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at her home. She was born Saturday, February 6, 1960, in Portland, IN, to Kenneth Miller of Crossville and the late Marilyn Baughman Miller.  She was a seamstress and garment factory worker. In addition to her father, she is survived by a sister, Julie (Josh) Smith Of Shelbyville; two brothers, Kenny (Gay) Miller of Oklahoma City, OK, and Robert Miller of the Cumberland Cove community. The family will receive friends at Green Acres Memory Gardens for graveside services on Saturday, September 18.

Graveside services for Ms. Rhonda Rena Russell, age 49 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, September 18, at 12 p.m., at Hurst Cemetery in Middlesboro, KY. Ms. Russell passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born February 2, 1972, in Middlesboro, KY to Carolyn Leach Russell and the late Gary Russell. She graduated from Oak Ridge (TN) High School in 1990. She attended Roane State Community College and later moved to Cookeville to attend Tennessee Tech University. In spite of the heart condition she was born with, Rhonda lived a very active and wonderful life. She had a great sense of humor, enjoyed watching old comedies and have a loved for classic cars. She loved children and served as a faithful nursery worker at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church for 10 years. She was honest, dependable, strong, upright and possessed good character. She also enjoyed playing card games, watching the Beverly Hillbillies and going shopping with her mother. In addition to her mother, Rhonda is survived by brother, Marty Russell of Arizona.

Memorial services for Mr. Gregory Davis Spencer, age 56 of Algood, will be held Saturday, September 18, at 1 p.m. in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Spencer passed away Tuesday evening September 7, 2021 at his home. He was born January 20, 1965 in Westminster, CA to the late Lealon Davis Spencer and Sonja Joanne Vest Williams. Greg was a self-employed flooring installer with a CFI Level 4 Certification. He is survived by his companion of 29 years, Paula Templeton; two daughters, Saressa Spencer of Cookeville and Brittany Spencer of Riverside, CA. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home.

A memorial service for Juanita Howard, age 84 of Sparta, will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 18, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Mrs. Howard passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at her home. She was born September 11, 1937, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Frank and Cara Cantrell Stewart. Juanita loved missionary work. She loved teaching the Bible. Juanita and her husband, Evin, even started several churches. She enjoyed puzzles and spending time with all of her grandchildren. Survivors include sons, Steven Howard of Murfreesboro, and Mark Howard (Tammy) of Sparta. She was preceded in death by her husband, Evin Howard, and her children, Sherri Conley and Elmer Stanley Young. The family will welcome friends on Saturday from 11:00 AM until time of the service at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda June Hyder, age 85, of Cookeville, will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 18, at the Algood City Cemetery. Mrs. Hyder passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. She was born Monday, January 20, 1936, in Cookeville, to the late Madeline Ealey Young and Hubert Young. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Martin (Thomas), Gallatin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Louis Hyder. Visitation with the family will be held from 10:30 to 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Presley Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life for Ms. Tammy Denise Myatt Abboushi, age 51 of Cookeville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday September 18, at Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. Ms. Abboushi passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was born July 4, 1970, in Cookeville to Gerald and Ruby Myatt of Cookeville. Tammy graduated from Upperman High School in 1989. She formerly worked as a loan officer at First Tennessee Bank in Cookeville. She enjoyed traveling and her loved her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Jonathan Abboushi of Cookeville; and daughter Kailey (Jeremy) Walker of Monterey. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church Children’s Fund.

Graveside funeral services for Samuel Jordan “Jordie” Mashburn, age 35 of Crossville, will be conducted Saturday, September 18, at 2:00 PM at the George M. Phillips Cemetery. Mr.  Mashburn passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. He was born Monday, August 18, 1986, in Crossville, to Paula Bouldin Hite And Earl Dean Mashburn. He had worked with Crossville Ceramics. He loved hunting and fishing. Survivors include his mother And stepfather, Paula and James Bouldin of McMinnville; father, Earl Mashburn of Crossville. The family will receive friends at George M. Phillips Cemetery for graveside services.

Graveside services for Mr. Clair W. “Buster” Muth, age 71 of Hilham, will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, September 18, from the Ferrell Cemetery. Mr. Muth passed away Monday, September 13, 2021, from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in DuBois, PA to the late Clair W. Muth, Sr. and Margaret Randolph Muth. Buster was an independent truck driver for many years. He enjoyed fishing, fixing things, mowing his lawn, and helping people. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sharon Smith Muth of Hilham; sons, Bill Oparka and wife, Michelle, of AZ, and Chris Smith of Monroe; daughters, Mary Frazier of MS, and Heather English of OH. The family will welcome friends at the graveside.

Funeral services for Barbara Johnson, age 78 of Cookeville, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will be Sunday, September 19, at 1 p.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, TN. Mrs. Johnson passed away Wednesday September 16, 2021 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born April 10, 1943, in Kingsport, to the late Nick and Annie Leeper Owens. Barbara received her Master’s of Science in Social Work in June, 1977, from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She had a long and fulfilling career serving others. She was employed with the TN Department of Human Services until her retirement in 1996, after 30 years. During that time, she worked in Child and Adult Protective Services, as the Regional Social Services Supervisor of 14 counties, and as the Human Services Field Supervisor I, Social Services, at the time of her retirement. After her retirement, she continued to work. She worked for Magellan Behavioral Health as a Network Relations Coordinator, a Regional Care Manager and then Field Care Manager and taught social work classes at the Cookeville Campus of Nashville State Community College. In 2005, she opened her private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and continued to work up until the last several months of her life. She was a kind and caring therapist with her clients. She is survived by her son, Jason Johnson of Cookeville. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 p.m. until service time.

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Scott, age 80 of the Harmony community of Jackson County, will be held on Saturday, September 18, at 3 P.M. at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, OH, on Monday, September 20, at 12 Noon. Mrs. Scott passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at her residence. She was born October 8, 1941, in Big Stone Gap, VA, to the late Walter Swiney and Bessie Marie Mullins Swiney. She was a housewife, and a member of the Pentecostal Church. Survivors include her husband, Bill Scott of Gainesboro; three sons, Billy Joe Scott of Dayton, OH, Danny Scott of FL, and Johnny Scott of Gainesboro; one daughter, Debbie McIntosh of Riverside, OH. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 Noon until time of services.

Graveside services for MSG Retired Orley Hollis Shaver, age 87 of the Spring Creek Community, will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday, September 20, from the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided at the graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Orley passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from his home in the Spring Creek Community. He was born at his family’s farm on the banks of Hurricane and Spring Creek on September 4, 1934, to the late Mitchell and Ada Hancock Shaver. He was a member of the Douglas Chapel Church, just up the road from his home place, where he attended school. He then attended Rickman High School graduating in 1954. Orley then enlisted with several of his high school buddies in the Untied States Air Force, where he spent the next 26 years serving for his country, retiring from the Air Force in 1980. He settled in Warner Robins, GA, and began 16 years of civilian work at Robins AFB. He met the love of his life while stationed in Albuquerque, NM. Ms. Diana Joyce Lambert would be his rock for 61 years. Orley’s hard work and dedication to his country would turn out two more majors in his family, his son and grandson. A member of the Masonic Lodge, he lived and breathed hunting and fishing, and this is exactly what he did up till his health started failing. Orley also enjoyed collecting antiques, and pocket watches, where he would trade with his friends and family. Orley spent several years, along with the help of his niece, Wilma Shaver Collins, researching and publishing the Shaver Genealogy. He was heavily involved in the Rickman High School Annual Alumni Reunion, where he and Diana spent hours planning for each years celebration. His greatest joy was traveling with his loving wife anywhere she wanted to go. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years in October, Mrs. Diana Shaver of the Spring Creek Community; son, Major Retired Douglas Mitchell Shaver and wife, Kay, of Casper, WY; daughter, Tori Jean Ada Coates and husband, Craig, of Byron, GA. The family will welcome friends at the graveside. Memorial donations in memory of MSG Retired Orley Hollis Shaver may be made to the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard, by contacting Livingston Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Cunningham, age 97 of Cookeville, will be held Monday, September 20, at 3:00 p.m., in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Cunningham Cemetery in White County. She was born September 1, 1924 in Springfield, MO to the late Lewis Baker and Esther Campbell Owen. She attended high school and married her late husband in Springfield. Later, they moved to California and Margaret was employed at F.W. Woolworth’s Department store while living in San Diego, Vallejo and Benicia, CA. They moved to Cookeville in 1989 and she was employed at Kmart for 12 years. Margaret was selflessly devoted to her family. She enjoyed cooking and welcoming her children’s friends into her home.. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Thomas Carson Pearson, age 49 of Rickman, will be held Tuesday, September 21, at 2 PM at I Am Worship Church. Mr. Pearson died Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born August 13, 1972 in Cookeville to Sybil Qualls Pearson of Cookeville and the late John Pearson. Survivors in addition to his mother include daughter, Allyson Wright and son in law Jeff Wright; son, Michael Wayne Pearson, and daughter in law, Jaime Bourgeois all of Cookeville; fiancée, Reba Darlene Wilson (Conatser) of Rickman and her children. He was a welder. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12 noon until service time at the church.

Graveside services for Linda Fay Rice, age 77 of Cookeville, will be held on Tuesday, September 21, at 2:00pm at the Nash Cemetery on Cookeville Boatdock Road. Mrs. Rice passed away Thursday September 16, 2021, at her home on Cookeville Boatdock Road. She was born on June 9, 1944, in Putnam County, to the late Dimple D. (Ramsey) Cumby and Willie J. Cumby. Linda and her husband, James, ran Rice’s Grocery on Boatdock Road for years, and she retired from Delbar Products. She was an active and loving member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church. She loved Jesus and told everyone at anytime what he had done for her. She is survived by one son, Darrell (Tonya) Rice; two daughters, Jina (Jeff) Collier, Michelle (Michael) Hargis. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Rice. The family will receive friends at Nash Cemetery on Tuesday from 1:00pm until time of services at 2:00pm. She is also survived by, six grandchildren that she adored and was so proud of, Dustin (Bri) Williams, Jamie (Vickie) Hargis, Matthew (Haley) Collier, Abby Collier, Katlin Rice, Zachary Rice, three great grandchildren, Willa, Clark and Thatcher.