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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 For Thursday, June 23

Ms. Rebecca Sue “Becky” Renner, age 63 of Cookeville, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Ms. Renner chose cremation, and no services are scheduled at this time. She was born Saturday, November 22, 1958, the daughter of the late Maurice and Nancy Louise (Marshall) Renner. Becky worked several years in the healthcare business. She was very active, enjoyed life and spending time with her family and pets. Survivors include a daughter, Jessica “Jess” Allen of Odessa, FL; a son, James Allen of Jamestown.

Mrs. Addie Stafford Matthews, age 92 of Livingston, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Overton County Health and Rehab Center. Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date. Mrs. Matthews was born April 25, 1930, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Wade and Mae Stafford. Addie loved flowers, tending to her pets, and making arts and crafts.  Most of all, she loved spreading the Word of Jehovah God. Survivors include a son, Richard D. Boles of Florida. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Matthews was preceded in death by her husbands, Milton Boles and Earl Glyn Matthews; two sons, Ronald E. Boles and Randall G. Boles.

Mr. Richard (Dick) Lee Silvers Sr., age 85 of Cookeville, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Living Hope Church. Mr. Silvers was born March 18, 1937, in Akron, OH, the son of the late Leopold Silvers and Gertrude Dalrymple. He moved to Naples, FL, in 1980, where he lived until moving to Cookeville in 2006. Mr. Silvers was in the construction business with Dugan’s in Florida for many years, until he retired in 2004. He and his wife attend Living Hope Church. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Melody (Dee Dee) Silvers; a daughter, Lisa (Juan) Silvers of Parkland, FL; a son, Richard Silvers of Johnson City; a daughter, Nicole (Avery) Silvers of Johnson City; two stepdaughters, Angela Dailey and Kelly (Steve) Newberry, both of Parkersburg, WV.

Mr. Marvin J. Hill, Jr., age 77 of Cookeville, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville. Mr. Hill chose cremation, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. He was born Monday, December 25, 1944, in Big Springs, TX. Marvin was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda Sue (Steve) Mercer of Gaithersburg, MD; three sons, Marcus (Tammi) Hill and Marvin Joseph (Layla) Hill, both of Cookeville, and Michael (Beth) Hill of Sparta. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cindy Hill.

Funeral services for Mr. Gary Donell Allen, age 59 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, June 24, at 11:00 a.m., at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper, Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cookeville City Cemetery. Mr. Allen passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at his home. He was born July 7, 1962, in Cookeville, the son of the late Deloy and Maymie Loftis Allen. Donell owned and operated Allen’s Auto Trim and was well known for creating one of a kind interiors on hundreds of custom show cars. He was also an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting big whitetail deer. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Pam Dexter Allen; two sons, Matt Allen and Michael Allen. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Funeral services for Mrs. Reba Mae Gentry, age 93 of Baxter, will be held Friday, June 24, at 3:00 p.m., at the Baxter chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Samuel Maxwell Cemetery. Mrs. Gentry passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Bailey Manor in Cookeville. She was born February 17, 1929, in Baxter, the daughter of the late William Arthur and Nora Avo Sliger Austin. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and playing wiffle ball in the front yard with her nephews. Survivors include a niece, Rema Faye Billingsley of Baxter; a nephew, Tommy Young of Baxter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Eugene Gentry; a son, Ronald Lynn Gentry. Visitation will be held Friday, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Carolyn McCormick, age 79 of Sparta, will be held Friday, June 24, at 3:00 p.m., at Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lost Creek Cemetery. Mrs. McCormick passed away Saturday, June 17, 2022. She was born December 29, 1943, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Luther and Virginia Frazer. She was a lifetime member of Bear Cove Baptist Church, where she taught the children and sang in the choir. Survivors include her husband, Bill McCormick; two sons, DeWain McCormick and Shaun McCormick. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

A service for Mr. Kenneth Wayne Crawford Jr., age 69 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m., at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kirbyville, MO. Mr. Crawford passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022. He was born August 12, 1952, in Maryland, the son of the late Kenneth Wayne Crawford Sr. and Roselind Yvonne (Aldridge) Crawford. Mr. Crawford grew up in Worthington, OH. Survivors include three children, Ashley Brooke Crawford, Kimberly Regan (Kris) Howard, and Kenneth Wayne Crawford III.

A memorial service for Mrs. Linda Josephine Simmons Upchurch, age 72 of Nashville and formerly of White County, will be held Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. A reception will be held at Oldham Theater on the square in Sparta following the service at the cemetery. Mrs. Upchurch passed away January 28, 2021, at her home. She was born May 15, 1948, in Anderson County, the daughter of the late Martha Lena Carter and Willis Simmons. She was a 1966 graduate of White County High School and attended college at Tennessee Technological University. Linda worked as a gifted administrative assistant for many years at the Kennedy Center at Peabody (now Vanderbilt). Her true passion was children; she was a foster parent for several children and, after becoming a mother herself, cared for a total of 15 children over the years in her home. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Richard Leon Upchurch; a son, Thomas Carter (Elizabeth) Upchurch of Memphis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Martha Leah Upchurch. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Joey Alan Favel Wiles, age 46 of Silver Point, will be held Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m., at West View Baptist Church in Cookeville. Mr. Wiles passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born June 18, 1976, in Dothan, AL. Joey was a Team Supervisor with Energy 1 Spray Foam, served in the United States Army National Guard, and was a charter member of University Heights Baptist Church in Cookeville. Survivors include his parents, Dr. Joe and Anna Lee Wiles of Silver Point; his birth mother, Rose Favel, of Dothan, AL; siblings Nathan (Sherry) Wiles of South Carolina, Shellie (Justin) Miller of Cookeville, and Becky Slayton (Travis) of South Carolina. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to University Heights Baptist Church, PO Box 2142, Cookeville, TN 38502, or to TTU Baptist Campus Ministries, tntechbcm.com.

Funeral services Marshall Waymon Reeder, age 72 of Bellevue and a native of Livingston, will be held Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 p.m., at Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Mr. Reeder passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022, at his home. He was born August 8, 1949, in Livingston, the son of the late Clarvis Reeder and Nellie (Kyle) Reeder. At the age of 18, Marshall enlisted and served in the United States Navy and completed three Mediterranean Cruise Tours on the USS Suribachi (AE-21).  Following discharge, he returned to his hometown in Overton County and subsequently moved to Nashville, where he entered his long career as a pipe fitter. He was a proud member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #572. He was a lifelong lover of dogs, an avid sports fan, and a member of the Pasquo Church of Christ in Bellevue. Survivors include his wife, Rita (Boswell) Reeder; a son, Effrin Reeder of Hermitage. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the following organizations: Smoky Mountain Service Dog, Companions for Heroes, K9’s for Warriors, or St. Jude Hospital. A donation box will also be available at the funeral home for the above organizations.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ellen McGugin, age 80 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, June 26, at 3:00 p.m., at Algood United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Algood City Cemetery. Mrs. McGugin passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home, and Sunday, from 2 p.m. until the time of the service, at the church.

Graveside Celebration of Life services for Mr. Ronald Wayne Welch, age 77 of Monterey, will be held Tuesday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m., at Phillips Cemetery in the Anderson community. Mr. Welch passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born September 11, 1944, in Overton County, the son of the late Hershel E. and Daisy Jane Clark Welch. Mr. Welch was a coal miner and a truck driver. He was a member of Shiloh Masonic Lodge #637, and attended Union B Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two brothers, Larry Welch of Centerville and Dale Welch of Monterey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Wilson Welch; a son, Ronnie Welch. Visitation will be held at the graveside.

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