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We Remember: Friday, September 13 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 are presented by Presley Funeral Home, West Jackson Street in Cookeville.

Obituaries For Friday, September 13

Tony Delk, Age 80, Of Monterey, Passed Away On Friday, September 13, 2019, At His Home. Funeral Arrangements Are Incomplete.

Graveside services for Mr. Larry Dean Leftwich, age 67 of McMinnville, a native of Sparta, will be conducted 10:00am Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Lee Cemetery. He passed away September 8, 2019 at his residence. Larry was born March 15, 1952 in Sparta, Tennessee to the late James Bailey and Mary Elizabeth Burden Leftwich. He was a painter and also worked in road construction. In his younger days, before his health declined, he loved to play basketball and baseball. There will be no visitation before the service. Robert Burton will officiate.

Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Jean Brown, age 76 of Allred, will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11 AM from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with burial to follow in the Falling Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Brown went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at her sons home. Mrs. Brown was born in Allred on January 21, 1943 to the late Willard Coy Ledbetter and Latta Marie Davis Ledbetter Copeland. Velma was a beautician and run her business out of her home for more than 50 years. Velma loved children and she re-opened her home and became a foster parent again, more than 40 children have passed through her home some for a few years, some on for a few days and then some for a month, but she had a place for everyone. She had love to give and she gave it to us as her children, grandchildren and family and friends. She loved to have a good time and make people laugh and smile so if you have ever laughed with her please keep that memory with you and she would tell you to stay ready to meet the Lord and see her and loved ones again some day. We would like to thank her granddaughter Avery and her daughter Carolina for taking care of her and to know that you did exactly what she wanted. Survivors: 1 Son: Tracy Allen Brown and his wife Jennifer; 3 Daughters: Gina Kellene Hall and her husband Jerry, Carolina Pauline Robinson and her husband Nathan, and Laura Lynn Brown or as she would say, my little baby girl; 2 Granddaughters: Avery Faith Brown, Keely Rae Ruble; 4 Grandsons: Matthew Doyle Hall and fiancé Kristy Lawson, Cameron Levi Brown and his wife Clarissa, Dalton Kelly Hall and his wife Katie, Tristan James Brown; 3 Great Granddaughters: Oakley Kay Hall, Kimberly Peek, Amelia Lawson and 1 Great Granddaughter that is still due to arrive Adlee Brooke Brown; 1 Sister: Veachel Jane Cantrell and her husband Earl; A host of family which consist of her nieces, nephews, cousins and all her beauty shop customers. Preceded in death: In addition to her parents: Husband: James Kelly Brown; 1 Granddaughter: Alana Brooke Brown; 1 Brother: Gary Keith Ledbetter; Step Father: Alvin Herman Copeland. A host of cousins and friends that have went on before her. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, September 13th starting at 5 PM until 8 PM.

Funeral services for Morgan P. McHenry, age 81, of Cookeville will be held Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Presley Funeral Home with Pastor Walter Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in McHenry Family Cemetery with Military Honors. Mr. McHenry passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at his home in Cookeville following a brief illness. He was born Thursday, January 27, 1938 in the Martin’s Creek Community to the late James Ridley McHenry II and Mattie Pharris McHenry. Mr. McHenry was retired as a CWO3 from the U.S. Navy after 25 years service. After his retirement, he loved to farm and spend time with his family and friends. He was active with local Veteran’s organizations. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Smith McHenry, September 1st of this year; three sisters and their husbands, June (Virgil) Stout, Gladys (Girtas) Mills, and Dixie (Kenneth) Dyer; infant brother, Jimmy McHenry. He is survived by his children, son, James McHenry, his wife, Laura, and their twin daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria, son, Ernest Wayne McHenry, and daughter, Wanda Reeves; and numerous, beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 13, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Presley Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Michael Lee Thurman, age 58, of Livingston will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 from the First Christian Church in Livingston. Rev. James Shenko will officiate. Burial will be in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Michael passed from this life on Saturday evening, September 7, 2019 from the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family, after a short battle with cancer. Mike was born on September 8, 1960, in Tipton, Indiana, to Sammy Ezell and Bobbie Jean Thurman. He was a passionate musician, and never turned down the chance to “pick” his guitar and sing a song for everyone. Mike graduated from Livingston Academy in 1978, and worked as a lab technician at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He married Amy Patricia Dewberry Thurman on April 18, 1987 and was happily married for 32 years. He and Amy loved to travel and spend time on the lake. The light of his life was his only daughter, Morgan. Mike always put others before himself, and spent his life serving his family and friends. Mike’s loved ones who remain are his wife, Amy of Livingston and loving daughter, Morgan Thurman Hale and husband Andrew of Knoxville; his parents, Sammy Ezell and Bobbie Jean Thurman of Allons; brothers, Keith “Simon” Thurman and wife Sherry of Cookeville, and Sammy Kent “Kenny” Thurman of Nashville. Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pearlie and Sam Thurman, and Joe and Hauti Ledbetter, and sweet dog Lucy. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Livingston.

Funeral services for Mr. Gerald Alan Desmond, age 78, of Monterey, will be held Saturday, September 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Desmond died Monday evening, September 9, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born July 14, 1941 in Flint, MI to the late James Desmond and Gladys Irene Van Paris. Gerald was employed in the tire division at General Motors, working for 38 years until his retirement. He was a member of UAW of the Gold Wing Club. He enjoyed helping and serving people in need through the Operation Care (C.B. Group). Creative and ingenious, he was always tinkering and enjoyed making wooden sticks, canes and lamps. He enjoyed his latest years of retirement in Tennessee after moving south in 2014. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Karen Lee Galat Desmond; brother, Andy Kehller; and by beloved dog, Lexi. He is survived by sons, Christopher Alan Desmond and James Galat Desmond; daughter, Tamara I. Desmond; grandchildren, Roy Desmond Roach, Rychel Lynn Roach, Kayle Elizabeth Ann Desmond, Jamie Lee Ann Desmond, Ciara Joleen Desmond and Joshua Joseph Truitt Desmond; great granddaughter, Annastasia Desmond; brother, John James Desmond and wife Jean; sister, Elizabeth Ann Norman; sister-in-law, Kay Kehller. His family will receive friends Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Ms. Victoria Holley Rae Bridges better known as Holley, age 16 of Sparta, will be conducted 2:00pm Saturday, September 14, 2019 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Young Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-8:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. Emery Thompson will officiate. She passed away September 11, 2019 at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Holley was born April 4, 2003 in Greenville, S.C. to Kristi Reeves Bridges and the late Harold Gene Bridges. She was a Junior at White County High School where she was a social butterfly with a bubbly personality and being a friend to all who knew her. Holley was an avid swimmer. Robert Burch, Tyler Bridges, Marcus Stafford, Trenton Kelsey, Jackson Gill and Andrew Ashley will serve as pallbearers. The family asks that memorials be made to Hunter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 90, Sparta, TN 38583 to help with funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Mr. Samuel Houston Lasater Jr., age 85, of Cookeville, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday September 14 in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow in the Double Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friend Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Mr. Lasater passed away Thursday September 12, 2019 at his home.

Graveside services and interment for Albert Joey Brown, age 63, of Cookeville will be held Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Morgan Pippin Cemetery with Johnny Fox officiating. Joey passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019. He was born March 9, 1956 in Jackson County, to the late Ann Brown, who passed away in June 2018. Before Joey reached school age, they moved to a rural area in Putnam County. Joey was born to simple, hard working people. Ann would work all day in the fields and then tend the house and her son. Joey attended public schools in Putnam County, and it is thought he completed the tenth grade before dropping out. He and his Mother never owned a vehicle, walking everywhere when they couldn’t take a bus. Both Joey and his Mother were kind people who never spoke ill of others. They were good citizens, obeying the laws of the land. In the early nineteen seventies, Joey and Ann began riding a church bus to Sycamore Church of Christ. They became members of Sycamore family and were faithful in attendance until poor health prohibited them from attendance. Joey was gifted in mathematics. He could solve very difficult numerical problems in his head without paper or pen. He would amaze those who challenged him with his abilities. This skill wasn’t recognized until someone would tell another, as Joey wasn’t a braggart. He began having health issues at the end of his 63 years. His health kept him from being as active as he once had been. The things most of us remember about Joey was his smile, his amazing talent, and his love and devotion to his Mother. All who knew him spoke well of him. He did no harm to others. Visitation will be Sunday at 12:30 pm at Morgan Pippin Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mr. Jackie L. Clark age 53 of the Hardy’s Chapel Community in Overton Co., will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2 PM with burial to follow in the Poplar Springs Cemetery in the Hardy’s Chapel Community of Overton Co. Mr. Clark passed from this life on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Mr. Clark was born on January 25, 1966 in Gainesboro, Jackson Co. to the late J.B. Clark and Anna Myrl Judd Clark. Jackie was a carpenter and he worked with vinyl siding. Jackie loved his family and friends very much and will be greatly missed. Survivors: 1 Daughter: Heather LaCole Clark; 2 Brothers: Michael Clark and his wife Mary, Joel Clark and his wife Lorene; Step-Mother: Mildred Clark; 5 Grandchildren: Marius, Jayden, Sarah, Maleya, Lillian; 5 Nieces; 2 Nephews along with a host of family and friends. Preceded in death: In addition to his parents; 1 Sister: Kimberly Allen. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, September 14th starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Funeral Services For Raymond R. Laycox, Age 77, Of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, formerly of Monterey, Will Be Conducted On Monday, September 16, 2019, At 1:00 PM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Scott Hohn Will Officiate With Interment To Follow In The Sand Springs Memorial Gardens. Mr. Laycox Was Born On March 6, 1942, In Monterey, Tennessee, To The Late Chester And Mary Tosh Laycox. Mr. Laycox Passed Away On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, At Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center In Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Mr. Laycox Was A Printer With Valpak Marketing In St. Pete, Florida, And United Color Press In Dayton, Ohio. He Was A Master Mason With Masonic Lodge #729 In Dayton, Ohio. He Was A Member Of Sons Of The American Legion Post #235 And Trinity United Methodist Church In Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. The Family Will Receive Friends At Goff Funeral Home On Monday, September 16, 2019, From 11:00 AM Until Time Of Services At 1:00 PM.