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We Remember: Thursday, January 16 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 Thursday, January 16

Mr. Charles “Buddy” Booher, age 75, of Alpine, passed from this life on Wednesday evening, January 15, 2020 from the Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mr. Wayne Hancock, age 75, of Monroe, passed from this life on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020 from the Livingston Regional Medical Center. He was born in Overton County to the late Carlos & Laura Davis Hancock. Waynes leaves behind his son, Damon Hancock & wife Leigh Anne of Hendersonville; daughter, Galena Salais & husband Raymon of Denton, TX; grandchildren, Marisa Salais, Brandon Salais, Joshua Salais, Liam Hancock, Nick Hancock, Grant Hancock, and Helena Hancock; sister, Wanda Phillips & husband Jimmy of Florida; brother, Jimmy Hancock & wife Brenda of Virginia; nieces, Kerri Stevenson, and Mandy Wenger. In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Dena Hancock;and aunt, Hazel Webb. Funeral Services are incomplete.

Memorial services for Mr. Stacy Lynn Thomas, 51 of Baxter will be held Thursday January 16, 2020 beginning at 6:00 pm from the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home.with Bro. Fabron Nicholson officiating. He passed from this life Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, Tennessee. He was born Friday, April 5, 1968 in Cookeville, Tennessee, he was the son of Lynn Thomas and the late Judith Anderson Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a loving Father, Son, Brother and friend to all who knew him. He loved Nascar Racing, Wrestling, Bowling, and Cooking. He used to bowl on a league before he became disabled. In addition to his father, he is survived by: 1 Son and daughter-in-law: Robert and Lisa Violette of Sparta; Stepmother: Latane Thomas of Baxter; 1 Sister: Stefanie Janko of Cookeville; 1 Step-sister and spouse: Misty and Jason Carr of Baxter. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday January 16, from 2:00 pm until time of service at 6:00 pm.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Dexter, age 75 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, January 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Dr. Jason Groe will officiate. Interment will follow in Cookeville City Cemetery. Mrs. Dexter died Tuesday January 14, 2020 at her residence. She was born September 13, 1944 in Jackson Co., TN to the late Robert Lee and Ethel Pauline Barrett Ramsey. Her family moved to Warren Co., TN and Wanda was valedictorian of the class of 1962 at Dibrell High School. Wanda had a strong work ethic and was employed at Norwalk, Aquatech and Lakeland Electric. She was strong willed and encouraging her family to give their best effort at whatever they were doing. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has been a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church for over 45 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Cordell Ramsey, Bobby Fred Ramsey, Thorold Ramsey and Paul Ramsey, Sr.; and by sisters, Robbie Davis and Melinda Womack. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James Kenith Dexter; daughters, Pam (Donell) Allen of Bloomington Springs and Christy Minnear of Cookeville; grandchildren, Matt Allen, Michael Allen, Hannah (John Michael) Donnell and Erika Minnear. Her family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Funeral Service for Randall Rhule, age 76 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, January 17, 2020, at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. He passed from this life Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at his home. Randall was born in Byrdstown, Tennessee on Sunday, August 22, 1943, to the late Robert and Lucille (Gunter) Rhule. Randall was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Randall is survived by, 2 Daughters, Deborah Carlile and Tammy and Tim Snow; 3 Grandchildren, Ryan and Carisa Carlile, Amanda and Corbin Uitermarkt, and Timothy Snow; 1 Great Grandchild, Emma Dean Carlile; 2 Brothers, Larry and Clyde Rhule; 2 Sisters, Margaret Craig, and Velma Pittman; Close Family Friends, Carolyn Nash, and Virginia Brannum; A host of nieces, nephews, and special friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, January 17, 2020, from 10:00 am until time of service.

Funeral services for Charles Foster Rouse, age 87 of Sparta, will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Oakwood Church Of Christ in Sparta. He passed away on January 12, 2020 at Life Care of Sparta. Charles attended Wallace/Smith Elementary School in Sparta, TN, First thru Eighth grade. He was transferred by bus to Darwin High School in Cookeville, TN. Charles attended from 1950-52. In 1952, Charles went into the U.S. Navy. He trained in San Diego, California for four years. He was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia in 1956.Norfolk, Virginia was his home port from1956-67. Charles was in and out to sea for training, stationed on a U.S. Destroyer. In 1967 he was transferred to Key West, Florida for two years. In 1969-70 he was transferred back to Norfolk, Virginia. On April 9, 1971 he retired from the Navy. It was a hard and trying time, but with God on our side, we could do all things. Charles was a member of the Church of Christ for most of his life. He loved working for the Lord any way he could. He loved to garden and plant roses. He also worked for the State of TN. Highway Dept. and Edd Rodgers for years. He is survived by his wife loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Rouse. Charles was born August 27, 1932 in Springfield to the late Nancy Lee Hill and Jessie Lee Rouse also special grandmother Ozella Mills and grandfather Edna Mills. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nancy Lee Hill and Jessie Lee Rouse; sisters, Betty League, Peggy Nowlin, and Barbara Atkins; brothers, John Lewis, Michael (Hammer) Lewis; He is also survived by his brother, Nathaniel and wife Pam Lewis of Sparta; sister, Linda Sue McReynolds of Nashville; He is also preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law Sara and James Leftwich; brother-in-law, Sammie Dibrell, Jeff Leftwich, Don Leftwich, Johnny Leftwich, and Tommy Leftwich. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Joyce Dibrell of Sparta, Margaret Leftwich of IN, and Wendy Leftwich of Sparta; brothers-in-law, James and Susie of Sparta, and Glenn and Connie Leftwich of Sparta; a host of nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Visitation will be held from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Oakwood Church Of Christ in Sparta.

Funeral Services for Mr. Wayne Hancock, age 75, of Monroe will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Hancock Cemetery. Bro. Aaron Dillon will officiate. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home. Mr. Wayne Hancock passed from this life on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020 from the Livingston Regional Medical Center. He was born in Overton County to the late Carlos & Laura Davis Hancock. A 1964 graduate of Livingston Academy, Wayne went on to serve his country in the US Navy Submarines for 23 years. He enjoyed going to the Monroe Community Center and his retirement. His greatest joys was his grandchildren, family and taking care of his animals. Wayne leaves behind his son, Damon Hancock & wife Leigh Anne of Hendersonville, TN; daughter, Galena Salais & husband Raymon of Denton, TX; grandchildren, Marisa Salais, Brandon Salais, Joshua Salais, Liam Hancock, Nick Hancock, Grant Hancock, and Helena Hancock; sister, Wanda Phillips & husband Jimmy of Florida; brother, Jimmy Hancock & wife Brenda of Virginia; nieces, Kerri Stevenson, and Mandy Wenger.

Funeral Services for Ms. Leatrice Melton, age 90 of the Copeland Cove Community in Overton County will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Bro. Brett Gibbons will officiate. Burial to follow in the Fellowship Cemetery. Ms. Leatrice passed from this life on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born in Clay County on August 31, 1929 to the late Elliot & Lee Emma Chowning Melton. Leatrice was a member of the Martin Chapel United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, being outside, and her Butter Pecan Ice Cream. She also enjoyed getting up early and catching the morning news on WLIV radio. She leaves behind 6 nieces and nephews, several cousins also survived. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Livingston Funeral Home.

A memorial service for Mrs. Wanda Beverly Lundskog, age 93 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the downstairs chapel of Cookeville First Baptist Church. Mrs. Lundskog died Saturday January 11, 2020 at Bethesda Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 8, 1926 in Salt Lake City, UT to the late Earl and Alta Oakden Barns. She was a resident of Utah until 1998 and lived in Colorado before moving to Cookeville in 2008. Wanda had a sweet and kind nature. Seemingly always happy, she loved to laugh-and laughed often! She made the best of circumstances, whatever they may be. She was a great cook and enjoyed baking with her favorite ingredient, chocolate. Wanda’s quite strength came from her faith and love of her Lord, Jesus Christ. She enjoyed friendship and fellowship from the people at Cookeville First Baptist Church where she attended. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lundskog; son, Lee Lundskog; daughter, Minnie Loiselle; and by sister, Muriel Dutton. She is survived by daughters, Janet Doxsee of Cookeville, Beverly Willardson and Joan Scott; brother, Vernon Lundskog, all of Salt Lake City; sister, Alta Godwin of Washington state; and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral Service for Debra “Debbie” S. Smith, 63 of Cookeville, will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2 pm in the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with Bros. Mark Gaw and Ronnie Dunn officiating. Entombment to follow the service. She passed from this life on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at home in Cookeville with her family surrounding her. Debbie was born Monday, May 7, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late James “Mitch” Poteet and the late Kim Stafford Poteet. Debbie was an avid writer, authored her own book “Trusting Eyes”. She enjoyed going to the beach and visiting Gatlinburg. She loved animals, especially her many dogs. Most of all she loved and was committed to her family. She was the claims manager of McGriff Insurance Company, formally known as BB&T Legge Agency. She is survived by her husband John W.G. Smith. 6 children: Warren Smith of Murfreesboro; Alan and Bonni (Fitzgerald) Smith of Murfreesboro; Shannon and Charlie Simon of Mt. Juliet; Rebecca Williams Gainesboro; Angelia Swift of Cookeville; Maegon and Darek Cherry of Cookeville; 13 Grandchildren: Roger Smith, John Alan Smith, Sarah Smith, Ella Grace Smith, Bain Smith, Lillian Smith, Isabelle Simon, Emmy Simon, Atticus Simon, Cody Williams, Hayden Swift, Kaylee Cherry and Bentlee Cherry; 1 Great-grandchild: Reese Smith of Dawsonville, Georgia. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Putnam County Animal Shelter.

Memorial services for Mr. Brandin Bays, age 50, of Cookeville, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday January 19 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston an Horner Fuenral Home. Judy Duke will officiate. His family will receive friends Sunday from 2 p.m. until service time. Brandin was born September 13, 1969 in Orange County, CA to Candace Bays of Cookeville, and the late Jon William Bays.

 

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