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Obituaries For Monday April 16

Mr. Vernon L. Boswell, age 93 of the Allred Community of Overton County, passed from this life on Monday morning, April 16, 2018 from the Overton County Health & Rehab. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Minnie Gertrude Kellum, age 93, of Baxter passed away Saturday. No local services are planned. Visitation and funeral will be held in Mississippi, Tuesday, April 17th.

Funeral Services For Lluuana Simpson, Age 93, Of Cookeville, And Formerly Of The Cumberland Cove Community, Will Be Conducted On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, At 11:00 AM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Denna Hornby Will Officiate With Interment To Follow In The Welch Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Simpson Was Born On February 18, 1925, In Waycross, Georgia, To The Late Lawrence And Ethel Mae Harrelson Brannam. Mrs. Simpson Passed Away On Thursday, April 12, 2018, At The Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Simpson Was A Legal Department Supervisor Working With North Broward Hospital District. She Was Very Active In Various Organizations Including The Standing Stone Historical Society, FCE, Monterey Garden Club, Monterey Standing Stone Day And Organizing And Coordinating The Standing Stone Beauty Pageant. She Was A Member Of The Crossville Order Of Eastern Star Amanda Chapter #4 And Monterey United Methodist Church. She Is Survived By 3 Daughters And Sons-In-Law, Linda And Joe Carson Of Las Vegas, NV, Susan And Melvin Crail Of Murray, KY, Llane And Joe DellAquila Of Cookeville; Son And Daughter-In-Law, Chris And Tammy Krug Of Greenfield, IN; 3 Grandchildren; And 2 Great Grandchildren. In Addition To Her Parents, She Was Preceded In Death By Her Husband, Ben Simpson; And 2 Brothers, Floyd And Ross Brannam. The Family Will Receive Friends At Goff Funeral Home On Monday, April 16, 2018, From 5:00 PM Until 7:00 PM.

Funeral services for Troy Lee Carter, age 68, of Sparta, will be held 12 noon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Taft Church of Christ, with Eugene Bray and Daniel Bray officiating. Burial will follow in Carter Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, April 16th after 3:30pm and again Tuesday morning, from 10am until the time of the service at 12 noon, at the church. Troy is survived by his wife, Janice White Carter, who he would have be married to for 50 years this coming May 4th. One daughter, Dana Bray and husband Eugene. Two grandchildren, Daniel Bray and Kaleigh Bray. Two brothers, Keith Carter of Sparta and Donnie Carter of Sparta. Two sisters, Pat Cravens and husband Donnie of Sparta; Glenda Phillips and husband Rodger of Algood.

Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Ruth Davis Simmons, age 91 of the DeRossett Community, will be conducted 1:00pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Smiths Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Simmons passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Simmons was born October 16, 1926 in Sparta to the late Matthew Rhar & Mary Racheal McCain Davis. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Smiths Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, gardening and knitting. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband William Rolis Simmons; sons James R. Simmons and Paul Andrew Simmons; granddaughter Brittany Cunningham; sister Linda Blaylock; brothers Harold and Woodrow Davis. Surviving family members include her daughters Billie Ruth (John) Paige, Treva Faye (Wayne) Jackson; Sons: John Thomas Simmons, Arthur Lee “Ott” Simmons and Jason Harold Simmons; Twelve grandchildren: Monica, Angela, Rita, Mark, Troy, Jody, Tracy, Valerie, William “Bub”, Ally, Jocelyn and Kelysie; Ten great-grandchildren; Two great-great grandchildren and one on the way; Sister: Inez Waymire; Brothers: Gene Davis, Jerry Davis and Carl Davis. The family will receive friends Tuesday after 5:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home.

Memorial services for Verble S. “Junior” Vickers, age 86 of Cookeville, will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 beginning at 5:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, April 18 from 3:00 pm until time of service at 5:00 pm. He passed from this life Friday, April 13, 2018, at his home in Cookeville. He was born Friday, June 12, 1931 in Cookeville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Verble and Lucille (Franklin) Vickers. He was a loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Stepdad. He was a member of Rocky Point Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing, gardening and was immaculate with his lawn care. His life in Dayton took him thru Greenview Calvary Tabernacle, where he helped in building and maintenance of the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Regions Bank, in care of James Bohannon Cemetery Fund.

Funeral services for Helen Edith Boyd Huddleston, 69, Hilham, will be Friday, April 20 at 1 PM from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Huddleston died Sunday Night, April 15, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 12, 1948 in Putnam County to the late Willard Hickman and Dimple Jane Wheeler Boyd. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers Billy Ray Boyd and Ronald Boyd, a sister-in-law Sue Boyd. She was a retired Teachers Assistant with the Hazel Park, Michigan School System with 11 years of service. She was a member of the New Hope Community Church. She enjoyed sewing, making jewelry and flower arrangements and crafts. Survivors include husband of 52 years (Married December 11, 1965 in Warren, MI) David Huddleston of Hilham, daughters and a son-in-law Melissa Huddleston of Gainesboro, Tracey and Terry Lockaby of Baxter, son and daughter-in-law David II and Marla Huddleston of Dodson Branch Community, sister and brother-in-law Dolores and Richard Chaffin of Murfreesboro, brothers and sisters-in-law Terry and Brenda Boyd of Sterling Heights, MI., Jerry and Debbie Boyd of Shelby Township, MI, Harold Boyd of Warren MI., sisters-in-law Linda Boyd of Grayling, MI and Kelly Boyd of Warren, Mi., grandchildren: Max Lockaby, Collin Huddleston, Seth Medley and Valerie Snow. Helen’s family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 8 PM and after 10 Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Mr. George L. “Buddy” Goodman, age 70, of Monroe will be conducted 12 noon, Saturday April 21, 2018 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Green Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors provided at graveside by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Goodman passed from this life on Friday morning, April 13, 2018 from the Overton County Health & Rehab Center in Livingston. George L. “Buddy” Goodman was born on July 18, 1947 in Anderson, Indiana to Berdine G. & Wilma A. Stephens, Stults Goodman. He graduated from Alexandria Monroe High School in 1965 and volunteered to join the USMC after graduation. Following training in San Diego and Camp Pendleton California, he served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and was a decorated combat veteran. Upon returning home and prior to his service-connected disability, he worked in several states for the Norfolk-Southern Railway Company. He leaves his son, Alexander “Al” Goodman, Douglas Neely; daughters, Jessica Goodman of Livingston, & Ashley Goodman of Jamestown; brother, Stephen Goodman of Muncie, IN, Jerry Stults of Hartford City IN & John Stults of the Highland Community; a host of grandchildren & nices and nephews. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Claressa Neely Goodman; brothers, Carl Stults, David Stults & Frank Goodman; sisters, Della May Mullens, Berdena Jent & Joan Weekly. The family will welcome friends on Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. until time of services.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Patti Jo Kirby Ward, age 78 of Sparta, will be conducted 2:00pm Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Old Union Cemetery. Mrs. Patti Jo Kirby Ward, age 78 of Sparta, passed away Thursday evening at her residence. Mrs. Ward was born March 1, 1940 in Sparta to Lily Rae Davis Kirby and the late Walter Kirby. She had a vast professional career that included nursing, owning a health club, P.J.’s Place, caterer and former owner of Raintree Restaurant in Sparta. She was also a devoted mother to her five children. When she wasn’t working she loved to sew and travel. In addition to her father, she is also preceded in death by her husband Tom Ward. Her surviving family members include her five children: Jim Ward, Lorie Ward (Carey) Watson, Sara Ward Gilmore, Nancy Ward (Sam) Benningfield all of Sparta, John (Rhonda) Ward of Murfreesboro; Mother: Rae Kirby Lollar; Grandchildren: Sarah Shuff, Jacob Ward, Shawn Watson, Joseph Watson, Daniel Watson, Russell Watson, Rebecca Parks, James Robert Lee, Leah Murphy, Dustin Benningfield, Basilio Castro, Sydney Ward, Ethan Ward, Ryan Ward; Sixteen great-grandchildre; Sister: Katherine Kirby Wesgate; Furbaby: Lily. The family will receive friends Sunday April 29th from 11:00am until departure for the cemetery at 1:45pm at Hunter Funeral Home.