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We Remember: Wednesday, May 16 Obituaries

Here are the latest obituaries and notices as provided by the
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Obituaries For Wednesday, May 16

Mr. Jon-Michael Allen Carter, age 58, of Livingsto passed from this life on Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018 from his home in Livingston. He was born in Fairfield, California to James & Dodie Parisi Carter. He was a Cosmetologist for many years. In addition to his parents John-Michael leaves his brothers, Jimbo Carter & wife Brenda of Sparta, TN, Bob Carter of Hilham & Gary Carter & wife Nancy of Dickson; sister, Laura Carter Hunley & husband Mike of Hilham; several neices & nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins. Jon-Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Eleanor & Anthony Parisi & Paternal grandparents, Rosier & Auda Mae Carter & younger brother, Donald Carter. Celebration of Life Services will be conducted at a later date.

Jeffrey Dean Staus, 53 of Sparta, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Born Wednesday, May 5, 1965 in Lawrence, Kansas, he was the son of Dorothy Loney Kirby and Edward Staus. He is survived by his daughters, Nicole Risi (Nick) of Moore, Oklahoma and Courtney Staus of Oskaloosa, Kansas; son, Colton Staus of Butte, Montana; mother, Dorothy Kirby (Dan) of Sparta; father, Edward Staus (Carole) of Lawrence, Kansas; brothers, Alan Staus of Ozawkie, Kansas and Gary Staus of Baldwin, Kansas; grandchildren, Vonn Risi and Nikaia Risi; many aunts and uncles also survive. No services are planned at this time. A Celebration of Life service will be planned at a later date in Lawrence, Kansas.

Funeral service for Leta Jo Gullett, 88 of Sparta, will be held at 2pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at The Pentecostals of Sparta with Bro. Michael Weedman officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Leta passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at her home. Born Sunday, July 14, 1929 in Davidson, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late William Threet and the late Roxie Daniels Threet. Mrs. Gullett attended the Pentecostals of Sparta for many years. Surviving are daughter, Lydia Gordon (Chuck) of Sparta; sister, Bonnie Billings (Olen) of Walling; grandchildren, Danielle Nicole Riis (Andy) of Walling; David Matthew Woodall of Redkey, Indiana; Shawn Rollin Gordon (Sierra) of Williamstown, Kentucky; and great grandchildren, Jessica Leigh New of Sparta, Tristan Dalton New of Walling, Ethan Andrew Riis of Walling, Mark David Woodall of Redkey, Indiana, Kennedy Monroe Gordon of Williamstown, Kentucky, and many nephews, nieces, friends, neighbors also survive. Preceding her in death are her husband, Rollin Kerrigan; husband Roy Gullett; daughter, Aleta Renee Kerrigan; brother, Billy Ray Threet; and sister, Margarert Nell Rader. Family will receive friends from 12pm until the time of service at the church.

Funeral services for Mr. Clarence Odell Foister, age 82, of Cookeville, will be at 1 p.m. Friday May 18 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with Bro Gary Norton officiating. Interment will follow at Sand Springs Cemetery. Mr. Foister passed away Tuesday morning May 15, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. and again Friday from 12 noon until service time.

Viewing for Shirley Teresa Rodgers (née Tamburri), 82, of Cookeville will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:45 am to 10:45 am at Earle Funeral Home, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, NJ with Mass to be held at 11:30 am at Our Lady of Hope Parish/St. Agnes Church, 701 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood, NJ with burial to follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. After several months of declining health, Shirley passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 13th in her daughter’s home in Cookeville. She is reunited with her mother, Stella, husband, Robert, eldest son, Michael, and her daughters Kathleen and Denise. Shirley was born January 11, 1936 in Camden, NJ and raised there by her mother and grandmother. As a young woman she met and married Robert Rodgers. They moved to Cherry Hill, NJ where they built their own home and raised seven children together. Shirley had an adventurous spirit, and in her later years, she enjoyed traveling the country in her RV, selling jewelry at flea markets, and spending time at her vacation home in Florida. She loved to dance, eat good food, and tend her flowers. She loved chocolate ice cream, her grandbabies (and great-grandbabies) and being at the sea. When a stroke left her partially paralyzed, she moved to Cookeville, TN to live out the rest of her life close to her daughters, though she always retained a fondness for her New Jersey home and loved ones. Shirley leaves behind her remaining four children and their spouses; Robert and Edyta Rodgers, Michelle and Chuck McFalls, Jacquelyn and Sam Brown, Jeffery and Sherri Rodgers; and the spouses of her predeceased children, Jim Vance, Neal Quinn and Debbie Rodgers; along with her many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her faithful cat, Alfie.

A celebration of life for Wiley Anthony Tindle, 70 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 2pm until 4pm at Doyle Methodist Church. The family has chosen cremation. Wiley passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital. Born Tuesday, September 30, 1947 in Sparta, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Wiley and Mary Smith Tindle. He is survived by his children, Anthony Tindle of Baxter; Angela Tindle of Baxter; David Kirby of Quebeck; Kimberly Smiley of Cookeville; Clifton Lee Tindle of Quebeck; Sammy Tindle of Sparta; Joel Tindle of Quebeck; Evelyn Tindle of Quebeck; Douglas Tindle of Quebeck; Michael Tindle of Quebeck; Kayla Tindle of Quebeck; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Angel of Knoxville; Linda Herren of Knoxville; Alice Vinson of Sparta; Kathy Van Winkle of Crossville; and special friends, Mike and Betty. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, R.T. Tindle.

A Celebration of Life Service for Joan Hendrix Tansil, 73 of Cookeville, will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at the First United Methodist Church of Cookeville with Dr. Martin Thielen officiating. The service of Christian Committal will be conducted by the Reverend Jane Taylor on Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m.(E.S.T.) in the Hendrix Family Cemetery, 2426 Elizabethton Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. Joan passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at UT Hospital, Knoxville. Joan is survived by her two children, Tice Hendrix Tansil and Parish Ivey Tansil (Knoxville). She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Novice Hendrix Gross and Stephen Gross (Johnson City), a nephew, Taylor Stephen Gross and wife Amy (Washington, DC), and a niece, Mollie Gross Warren and husband Cooper (Chapel Hill, NC). She adored her great nephews and nieces, Taylor S. Gross, Jr., Hendrix Nelson Gross, Lillian Elaine Gross and Clare Elaine Warren. Additionally, she is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerald and Faye Tansil Freeman (Cape Girardeau, MO), nephew, Mike Freeman (Cape Girardeau) and niece Mona Freeman Church (Kingsport). Joan also leaves behind a multitude of close friends and family who provided amazing support through prayers, visits, and overwhelming acts of kindness as she traveled this very difficult final journey. The family will remain forever grateful. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (C.S.T.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:First United Methodist Church 165 East Broad Street Cookeville, TN 38501, or The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke: DUMC Box 624 Durham, NC 27710.

Funeral services for Mr. Charles Darty, age 79, of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. He passed away Wednesday May 9, 2018 at NHC of Cookeville. Mr. Darty’s family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.