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Obituaries For Monday, January 4
Mrs. Ruby Holman Gilliam, age 89 of Elba, Alabama, formerly of Sparta, went to be with the Lord on Friday Jan. 1, 2021. At Elba Nursing Home and Rehabilitation, Alabama. She was born Feb. 5, 1931 in White County, TN to the late Robert and Linnie England. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Hall of Elba, Al; sons, Barnett (Marie) Gilliam of Virginia Beach, VA, Tony (Trudy) Gilliam of Anniston, AL. In lieu of flowers make memorial contribution to Antioch Church of Christ at 6100 Boatman, Cookeville, TN 38506. The family has chosen a Private Graveside service for immediate family due to Covid-19.
Funeral services for Mr. Steve Douglas Gentry, age 58 of Sparta, will be conducted 1:00pm Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery on Highway 84. He passed away at 1:06 pm, Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Steve was born October 29, 1962 in Sparta, Tennessee to the late Carl Douglas & Clara Elizabeth Williams Gentry. Steve was a longtime security guard at Mallory then went to work many years at S&S Screw as a custodian. More recently, many people may know him from the White County Convenience Centers, most notably the one at Baker’s Crossroads. Surviving family members include his wife Elsie Gentry; Son: Steven (Rheanon) Gentry; Step-son: Gary (Sherri) Mabe. The family will receive friends from 11:00am until service time Tuesday at Hunter Funeral Home. Henry Roark will officiate and music will be provided by the Margesons.
Graveside services for Laurine Bumbalough Terry, age 84 of Sparta, will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday at the Old Union Cemetery. Bro. Frank Derrick will officiate the service. She passed away Thursday evening, December 31, 2020 at the St. Thomas Hospital in McMinnville. She was born April 16, 1936 in Sparta to the late James and Maggie Sliger Bumbalough. Mrs. Terry was retired from Wagner Corporation in Sparta. She is survived by her daughters: Debbie (Eugene) Ward, Phylene (Eddy) Stewart, and Lissa (Mike) Cloyd all of Sparta. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Bear Cove Baptist Church. Please wear mask and social distance at the church.
Graveside services for Mrs. JoAnn Winnett Lance, age 83 of Sparta, will be conducted 2:00pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Wally Seibers will officiate. She passed away at 5:05am on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at NHC of Sparta. JoAnn was born November 1, 1937 in Sparta, Tennessee to the late Archie Newt & Dovie Lee Davis Winnett. She was a homemaker as well as a babysitter. She devoted her time to her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time outside and in her flower garden. Survivors include her children Sandra (Jimmy) McCulley of Doyle, Christie (Wally) Seibers of Spencer, Evelyn Meredith of Sparta, Leslie (Cathy) Lance of Crossville. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Funeral services with full military honors for Bishop Faye Benson, age 82, of Cookeville will be held on Thursday January 7, 2021 at 1:00pm from the Chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Benson Officiating and family and friends serving as Pallbearers. Burial will follow at the Brotherton Cemetery. Bishop Faye Benson was born in Putnam County on June 1, 1938 to the late Thurman and Emma Sweat Benson. He passed away on January 1, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. Mr. Benson was very proud of his time spent in the Navy as he served during the Vietnam era. He is survived by Wife, of 60 years, Nola Benson; 2 Sons, Michael Dewayne Benson Sr. and William Randall Benson; 1 Daughter, Pamela Michelle Dowdy. The family of Mr. Benson will receive friends at the Funeral home on Thursday from 11:00am until time of services at 1:00pm. Everyone is asked to please where a mask and practice social distancing.
Funeral services for Mr. Michael Skinner, age 43 of Livingston, Overton Co., will be held on Thursday, January 7 at 1 PM from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with burial to follow in the Campground Cemetery. Mr. Skinner passed away Friday, January 1. Michael was a delivery driver. He was a member of the Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He loved his family very much and they will greatly miss him. Survivors include his Rebecca Skinner; Son, Justin Skinner; Daughter, Gracie Skinner; and Mother, Sue Skinner. The family will welcome friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 6th starting at 2 PM until 9 PM, then on Thursday morning starting at 10 AM until the service time.
A memorial service for Mrs. Connie Rockwell, age 67 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, January 15 at 6:00 pm in the Wilhite Baptist Church in Cookeville. Bro. Tim Miles will officiate. Mrs. Rockwell died Saturday January 2 at her residence. Her family will receive friends Friday, January 15 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the church.