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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 Tuesday, January 18

Mrs. Opal Asberry Tucker, age 93 of Monterey, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Wylma Norman, age 67 of Cookeville, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Funeral services for Mr. Harold Clemons, age 82 of Baxter, will be held Wednesday, January 19, at 1:00 p.m., at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Judd Cemetery in the Bethlehem Community of Putnam County. Mr. Clemons passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Signature Healthcare-Putnam County in Algood. He was born September 3, 1939, in Cookeville, the son of the late Georgie and Ira Odell Herren Clemons. He was a graduate of Baxter Seminary and a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ. Harold was a retired supervisor with Dayton Printing Press in Dayton, OH. He enjoyed bird watching and watching football and other sports on TV. Survivors include a daughter, Robin Clemons of Baxter; two sons, Jack (Tabitha) Clemons of Baxter and Todd Clemons of Sparta. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathy Lynn Hammer, age 63 of Livingston, will be held Wednesday, January 19, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Overton County Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Hammer passed away Monday, January 17, at her residence. She was born May 14, 1958, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Louise Crabtree Neal. Kathy loved working in her garden, mowing the yard, painting, and housekeeping. She was a great cook and always enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, Roland Hammer of Livingston; son Charles Hammer of Richmond, VA; daughter Heather Hammer (Ryan Bennett) of Gordonsville. The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Livingston Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Jack Stafford, age 82 of Gainesboro, will be held Wednesday, January 19, at 2:00 p.m., at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pharris Cemetery in the McCoinsville community. Mr. Stafford passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born October 30, 1939, in Gainesboro, the son of the late Sam Stafford and Hallie Biggs Stafford. He was a construction worker. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Henley of Cookeville; two sins, Jackie Stafford and Joseph Stafford, both of Gainesboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dora V. Stafford. The family will receive friends, Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Funeral services for Mr. Jerry F. Short, age 75 of Celina, will be held Thursday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Celina, with a Masonic Service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Turkeytown Cemetery. Mr. Short passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, at his residence. He was born Tuesday, December 31, 1946, in Hilham, the son of the late Tony Lee and Willene (Brown) Short. Jerry worked construction and was a member of the Canton Lodge 181. He also served in the United States Army. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Lee Short and Dusty Frank Short. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 12:00 p.m. until service time.

A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Carol Elizabeth Sykes, age 77 of Cookeville, will be held Friday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Mrs. Sykes passed away Saturday January 15, 2022, at her residence. The family will receive friends Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

A memorial service for Mr. Donald Walter Smith, age 79 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, January 22, at 3:00 p.m., at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Smith passed away Friday, January 14, 2022, at Bethesda Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born October 15, 1942, in Dayton, the son of the late Claude Mason and Hazel (Green) Smith. Don lived most of his life in Cookeville, and graduated from Central High School and Tennessee Technological University. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Beth) Stockton Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Eric Brown. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, make a contribution to a charity of your choice.

Memorial services for Mr. Michael Paul Rainey, age 51 of Bloomington Springs, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 4:00 p.m., at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro. Mr. Rainey passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1970, in Rockledge, FL, the son of Paulette Martin Rainey and the late Larry Wilburn Rainey. He was employed by HVAC as a service tech for over 25 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Melanie Rainey of Bloomington Springs; a son, Paul Rainey of Brandon, FL; two daughters, Marissa Rainey and Mallorie Rainey, both of Bloomington Springs. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 29, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Mallorie Rainey Education Fund by contacting the funeral home.

Celebration of Life services for Mr. James Paul “Pete” Ray, Sr., age 65 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, January 30, at 4:00 p.m., at the Dyer Chapel of Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Ray passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born June 17, 1956, in Livingston the son of the late Sam and Bonnie (Ray) Ray. He was a retired mechanic, working on cars and tire repair. Pete enjoyed fishing, football, TV westerns and NASCAR racing. Survivors include a daughter, Tara (James) Williamson of Inman, S.C.; son, James Paul (Constance) Ray, Jr. of Murfreesboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vonda Roberts Ray. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 30, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

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