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We Remember: Today’s 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 For Friday, June 24

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.

Graveside services for Mr. Charles Vestal Smith, age 88 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m., at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Smith passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, at his home. He was born May 3, 1934, in Algood, the son of the late Lonnie and Ina Smith. Charles was retired from Safeway Grocery Stores in California as a Purchasing and Receiving agent. Upon retirement, Charles and Donna moved to Cookeville, started a construction business, and built several houses together. He was of the Christian faith. Survivors include two sons, Donald Smith of California and Steven (Kathy) Smith of Cookeville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his wife of 64 years, Donna Marie Smith.

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 for Mr. 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 Mr. James William “Bill” Hickey, Sr., age 87 of Sparta, will be held Sunday, June 26, at 3:00 p.m., in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Blue Spring Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Veterans’ Honor Guard. Mr. Hickey passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was born December 16, 1934, in Lebanon, the son of the late Robert Lee and Willie Belle Cope Hickey. He was a 1952 graduate of White County High School and proudly served in the United States Army from 1952-1956. After being stationed in Germany for two years, Bill went on to graduate from Tennessee Polytechnic University in Cookeville in 1958, with a BS in Animal Science. He was employed by Tennessee Farmers Co-op for 40 years, retiring in 2000 after having served as manager for Dickson County Co-op, sales representative for 27 counties surrounding White County, and as the Swine Specialist for the TN Farmers Co-op for the state of Tennessee. He was a 52-year-member of the Sparta Country Club, and a lifelong member of Blue Spring Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder and Treasurer for many years. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ella Rice Hickey; two sons, James W. “Bill” (Linda) Hickey, Jr. and Timothy Lee (Melissa) Hickey. Visitation will be held Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

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 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service, at the church.

Celebration of Life Services for Mr. James Brace Cornette, age 24 of Livingston, will be held Sunday, June 26, at 5:00 p.m., in the chapel of Speck Funeral Home in Livingston. Mr. Cornette passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was born December 11, 1997, in Livingston, the son of James and Heather McCarty Cornette of Monroe. He was an avid gamer and enjoyed listening to music and singing along. He loved spending time with his friends and family which he loved dearly. In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Carter Cornette of Monroe. Visitation will be held Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

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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