Monday, September 21, 2020
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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 Monday, September 21

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Helen Wright Apple, age 98, of Livingston will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2020 from the Livingston Church of Christ. Bro. Jon Ledbetter, and Bro. Chris Coil will officiate. Burial to follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Apple passed from this life on Friday morning, September 18, 2020 from her home in Livingston. She was born April 12, 1922 in Smith County, Tennessee to the late Robert Marion & Lela Lamoine Reasonover Wright. Mary Helen was a 1940 graduate of Smith County Highschool, and a member of the Livingston Church of Christ. She loved flowers, gardening, her show horses, cooking and was very involved in the Livingston Church of Christ. Mary Helen’s true love was her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Mary Helen leaves behind her daughters, Lamoine Parsons & husband Buckie of Livingston, TN, and Elaine Long & husband Curtis of Livingston. The family will welcome friends on Monday morning from 11 a.m. until time of services at the Livingston Church of Christ.

Funeral services for Donna Klora Vickers, age 45 of Baxter, will be conducted 1:00pm Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the Rock Castle Emmanuel Church of Christ with burial to follow in Dobbs Cemetery. She passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Donna was born May 23, 1975 in Cookeville, Tennessee to the late Don Vickers and Linda Luttrell Vickers. She was a homemaker. She leaves behind her partner: Jordy Choate, Daughter: Lindsey Brown, Son: Landon Choate, Step-daughters: Melissa and Rose Choate. The family will receive friends after 5:00pm Tuesday and after 9:00am Wednesday at the church. Elder Fabon Nicholson will officiate. Fellowship with a pot luck meal will follow at Twin Oaks Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Donna Vickers Funeral Fund in care of Hunter Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Richard Gist, 85 of Algood, will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday September 24, 2020 at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will be in Heritage Cemetery, Algood. Mr. Gist passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. James Walter “Walt” Qualls, Sr., age 70 of Sparta, will be conducted 4:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery. He passed away Friday evening at 8:15pm at his residence. Walt was born October 2, 1949 in White County to the late Clay and Aline Reece Qualls. He worked as a brick mason and lawn care provider for 40 years, including the grounds of Hunter Funeral Home. He enjoyed watching golf, NASCAR and western movies. He was a dedicated family man and a collector of knives. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. Nick Holman will officiate. Walt’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Funeral services for Mr. Thurman Julian, 78 of Baxter, will be held Friday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Baxter chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Smellage Memory Gardens. His family will receive friends Thursday evening, September 24th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again Friday morning from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the Baxter chapel. Mr. Julian died Sunday, September 20th at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Graveside services for Peggy Lee Carter Roark, age 81 of Gainesboro, will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 1 PM at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Steven VanHooser will officiate the service. Roark was born March 3, 1939 in Jackson County, TN and she passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville at the age of 81. Peggy was the daughter of Clarance Haggard Carter and Effie Lee Kirby Carter. Peggy was a member of the Church of Christ and was a retired legal secretary. A lifelong resident of Jackson County she was a devoted mother, grandmother and avid reader. On October 3, 1958 she married Ray Jackson Roark. Visitation will be Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10 am to 12:45 pm at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.