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Obituaries are presented by Presley Funeral Home, West Jackson Street in Cookeville.
Obituaries For Thursday, September 12
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 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.
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 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.