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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 Friday, January 28

Mrs. Kathy Emerton Hawkins, age 68 of Sparta, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022, at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Ruby Ann Collins, age 87 of Cookeville, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at her residence. No service is planned. Burial will be held at Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin at a later date. Mrs. Collins was born August 20, 1934, in Noble, IL, the son of the late Cecil and Grace Scherer Patterson. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Tennessee State University and worked as a registered nurse for a few years. She and her husband moved to Cookeville over 20 years ago. She was an active member of Trinity Algood Church until recent years, and served as a greeter welcoming guests into the Church. She also enjoyed serving as a bell ringer for the Cookeville Rescue Mission’s annual Christmas fundraiser. Ruby enjoyed being outside and tending to her yard and garden and was an avid bridge player. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, D.R. Collins; a son, Doug Collins of Lakeland, FL. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Ann Collins. Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to Camp Boggy Creek, 30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis, FL 32736.

Mr. David LeBaron, age 65 of Cookeville, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022. The family has chosen cremation, and no services are planned at this time. Mr. LeBaron was born Friday, March 23, 1956, in San Luis Obispo, CA, the son of the late Allan LeBaron and Joan Hopwood LeBaron. David loved the ocean, but he really enjoyed surfing and riding the waves. Survivors include a sister, Linda Crane of Shawnee Mission, KS; a brother, Steven LeBaron of St. George, UT.

Mr. Nick Carter, age 64 of Gainesboro, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at Jackson County High School at a later date. Mr. Carter was born October 8, 1957, in Jackson, MI, the son of the late David Carter and Gladys Johnson Carter. He was a police officer, and the former chief deputy of Jackson County. He served as the SRO at Jackson County High School, and also served in the United States Army. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Carter of Gainesboro and Brandon Carter of Fort Myers, FL; four daughters, Amanda Carter of Oklahoma, Samantha Carter of Cookeville, Kathlyn Pierce of Albany, KY, and Rosie Carter of Butte, MT.

Mr. Everette Roy Hayward, age 73 of Cookeville, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mr. Hayward chose cremation, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. He was born Tuesday, June 8, 1948, in Wyandotte, MI, the son of the late Elmer Hayward and the late Lauretta (Babcock) Hayward. Everette served two tours in the United States Army and was active in the Vietnam conflict. He loved motorcycles, traveling, camping, bluegrass music, and he had a great sense of humor, often making others smile. Survivors include his wife, Robyn Hayward; a daughter, Victoria Hayward.

Funeral services for Mrs. Verna Jane L. Fields age 82 of Fairfield, OH, and formerly of Crawford, will be held Friday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m., at Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield, OH. Burial will follow on Sunday, January 30, at 12:00 p.m., in Welch Memorial Cemetery in Monterey. Mrs. Fields passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022. She was born July 6, 1939, in Crawford, the daughter of the late Thomas Ezra Wilson and Lola Mae Randolph Wilson. She attended Rickman High School and graduated in 1958. She was a member of Landmark Baptist Temple, where she helped run a bus route alongside her husband, Leonard. In her later life she was a member of Fairfield West Baptist Church for many many years. Survivors include five daughters, Tammy (Stan) Looper, Sandra (Robert) Campbell, Starla Fields, Joy (Lou, Jr.) Schuler, and Eleasha Fields. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Fields; a son Daniel Gray Fields.

A private, family graveside service for Mr. William Charles Maffett, age 80 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, January 29, with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Mr. Maffett passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022. He was born March 16, 1931, in Florence, AL, the son of the late Lloyd and Imogene Maffett. Mr. Maffett received a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Alabama and after college, he entered the United States Air Force where he was certified in eight aircraft including the F-80 Shooting Star as a fighter pilot. He continued his service to the country through the Air National Guard Reserves where he piloted the governor of Tennessee’s aircraft. His engineering career took his new family to Smithville, where he built the DeKalb County Courthouse. Throughout his career, he completed over 1,000 buildings. He was triple licensed as an architect, civil engineer and general contractor. Bill was a creative inventor and held several patents, one of which is for a dry stack yacht storage bridge and crane system which is built in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is also the owner, designer and builder of Florence Harbor Marina in Florence, AL.  Bill was an active member of the Cookeville Lions Club and participated in the Dismas Program which prepared persons incarcerated to obtain skills to be able to return to a trade once released from prison. He was a professional fisherman, artist and loved hunting arrowheads. Survivors include his wife, Connie Maffett of Cookeville; three children, Brian (Jenny) Maffett of Cookeville, William (Alexandra) Maffett of Louisville, KY, and Eva (Kyle) Friauf, Florence, AL.

Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia S. Ferguson, age 80 of Livingston, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of Hall Funeral Home of Livingston. Burial will follow in Paran Cemetery. Mrs. Ferguson passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, at her residence. She was born Friday, January 9, 1942, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of the late Louis and Susie (Rausch) Ehninger. Patricia was a loving wife and mother to her children. She loved her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Harold Ferguson of Livingston; two daughters, Jodi Meade of Columbia and Jill Daniels of Detroit, MI. The family will receive friends Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Caris Hospice in memory of Mrs. Ferguson.

Funeral services for Mr. George Frederick Weber, Jr. age 86 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 11:00 a.m., at Sparta First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Mr. Weber passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022, at his home. He was born July 24, 1935, in Henryetta, OK, the son of the late George Frederick Weber Sr. and Anna Louise Swanson Weber. George was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in English and Geology, and his Master’s degree in Education. He was a proud member of the OU marching band, serving as band president, then voted “outstanding bandsman” by his peers in 1958. George marched with the band at multiple Orange Bowl tournaments, and was always eager to share the Sooner football team’s 47 consecutive wins and 2 national championships during his time in the band. He remained an avid Sooners fan his entire life. George met his future bride, Jo Ann Parker, at the Wesley Foundation on the OU campus in 1959. After they married, he served two years in the United States Army, training in the artillery unit at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1962, George and Jo Ann moved briefly to Ohio, then to Michigan where he worked for 25 years as a teacher and administrator with the Birmingham Public Schools. He enjoyed teaching American literature, Shakespeare, and writing, and frequently shared stories of his students’ antics. George was an avid gardener and spent summers planting and tending beautiful flower gardens at their home. After retirement, George and Jo Ann moved to Sparta and immediately became involved in the community. George was a 20-year member of the Sparta Rotary Club. He was on the board at the Sparta-White County Senior Center, and served as president of the Friends of the White County Library. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Sparta where he sang in the choir and served on numerous church committees. Survivors include two children, Emily (Art) Hayden of Hamilton, MA, and G. Andrew Weber of Tenants Harbor, ME. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jo Ann Parker Weber. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the White County Library, the Sparta-White County Senior Citizens Center, or to the First United Methodist Church of Sparta.

Funeral services for Mrs. Palmina “Polly” Catherine Aldous, age 94 of Nashville and formerly of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 12:00 p.m., in the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Aldous passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Brookdale Belle Meade Assisted Living. She was born Saturday, April 9, 1927, in Sharon, PA, the daughter of the late John Brake and the late Carmella (Cinicolla) Brake. Polly was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was known for her gourmet cooking especially her Italian cuisine. Survivors include three children, Keith (Janet) Aldous, Jane (Bill) Thomas, and Elaine Aldous. In addition to her parents, Polly was preceded in death by her husband, George Clarence Aldous; a son, Pat Aldous; grandson, Aaron Aldous. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Tennessee or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ann A. Hummel, age 76 of Allons, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Hummel passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was born November 17, 1945, the daughter of the late General and Ruby Huddleston Harvey. She loved her family, spending time with her grandchildren, and working puzzles. She enjoyed cooking and going fishing. Survivors include a son Jeff (Crystal) Hummel of LaFollette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Hummel. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial services for Mrs. Amanda Brooke Wallace, age 40 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 1:00 p.m., at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Mrs. Wallace passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She was born November 12, 1981, in Cookeville, the daughter of the late Dale and Sharon Rogers Guy. She was a member of Redemption to the Nations Church. She loved to cook, sing, spend time with her family, and serve God. Survivors include her husband, Matthew Wallace of Cookeville; children, Alexis Wallace, Mia Wallace, Dathan Wallace, Isaiah Wallace, Judah Wallace, and Jordan Wallace, all of Cookeville. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service. Donations for Amanda and her family may be made at any One Bank location.

Funeral services for Mrs. Shirley Evelyn Simmons Zile, age 73 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Zile passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born November 18, 1948, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Virgie Mae & Herbert Eston Simmons. She was a homemaker and a member of Camp Heights Community Freewill Baptist Church. She was an avid reader and loved shopping. Her proudest accomplishment was being “Granny” to her large family. Survivors include four children, Billy (Melinda) Zile of Bone Cave, Virginia (Randy) Lewis of Rickman, Russell Zile, Herbert Zile and Kathy Whittaker, all of Sparta. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Zile, Jr. The family will receive friends Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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, 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.

Funeral services for Mr. James “Jim” Robert Slife, age 87 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, January 30, at 12:30 p.m., at Presley Funeral Home. Mr. Slife passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Piqua, OH, the son of the late Leo Slife and the late Edna Slife. Jim retired from General Motors in Ohio. He earned his master’s degree in psychology. With a love of music and guitar playing, Jim had a gospel group in Ohio for many years. He enjoyed his retirement and continued playing guitar and singing. Jim was a family man. spending precious moments and memories with them. He was a Mason.. Most of all, Jim loved the Lord and his family. Survivors include his wife, Susan Slife of Cookeville; a son, James Slife, II of Ohio; two daughters, Cathy Rhor and Tammy Hughes, both of Ohio; a stepson, Scott Julian of Cookeville.

A visitation for Mr. Timothy Clark Herron, age 55 of Ashland City and formerly of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, January 30, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mr. Herron passed away Monday, January 24, 2022, at his home. He was born Sunday, May 29, 1966, in Cookeville, the son of the late Lynell Herron and the late Dimple Hood. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, animals and being outdoors. Survivors include his girlfriend, Krystal Kirby of Ashland City; a daughter, Jessica Davis of Crossville; a son, Timothy Chase Herron of Cookeville.

Funeral services for Mr. Willie Howard Montgomery, age 69 of Cookeville, will be held Sunday, January 30, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Baxter. Mr. Montgomery passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center .he  was born August 27, 1952, in Cookeville, the son of the late Willis Montgomery and Betty B. Profitt Montgomery. He was a landscaper and a sawmill operator at Indiana Hardwood for 15 years. He was also a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Judy Stafford Montgomery of Gainesboro; three sons, Ray Montgomery of Gainesboro, Jason (Kaylanna) Montgomery of Celina, and Brandon (Tina) Montgomery of Whitleyville. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m.

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

Funeral services for Mr. William Carson Boles, age 70 of Smithville and formerly of Sparta, will be held Monday, January 31, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in in Highland Cemetery. Mr. Boles passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. He was born December 22, 1951, in Sparta, the son of the late Thomas Edward Boles and Rosie Novella Presley Boles Winnett. He was a sawmill laborer. Survivors include his wife, Debra Lynn Boles; a son, Donny (Shasta) West of Alexandria; stepdaughter, Candi West. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Martha Magdalene Ballew Boles. The family will receive friends Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Funeral services for Mr. Harry James Davis, age 75 of Monterey, will be held Monday, January 31, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Davis passed away Monday, January 24, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born Sunday, August 25, 1946, in Davidson County, the son of the late Joseph and Ona Mae Miller Davis. He was a factory worker and a an appliance repairman. He attended Monterey Church of God of Prophecy. Survivors include his wife of 56 Years, Sandra “Sandy” Patton Davis of Monterey; a daughter, Rhonda (Joaquin) Ramirez of McMinnville; two sons, Joey (Melinda) Davis of Soddy Daisy and  James “Cricket” Davis (Stacey Hollingsworth) of Hollywood Beach, FL. The family will receive friends Monday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to help with funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Mr. William “Bill” Jacobs, age 60 of Gainesboro, will be held Monday, January 31, at 2:00 p.m., at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Double Springs Cemetery in Putnam County. Mr. Jacobs passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born June 19, 1961, in Bay City, MI, the son of William Louis Jacobs, Sr. and the late Suzanne Lynn Arndt. He worked as a machinist in the tool and die industry with Genco Stamping, and was a member of the Willette Christian Church. He also served in the United States Army. In addition to his father, survivors include his wife, Darlene Jacobs of Gainesboro; three sons: Richard Jacobs of Monroe, Michael Jacobs and Robert Jacobs, both of Gainesboro; three daughters, Christina Brown of Japan, Cassey Jones of Carthage, and Kayla Jacobs of Cookeville. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Jacobs. The family will receive friends Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services.

Funeral services for Ms. Doris Griggs Romick, age 89 of Edgewater, FL and formerly of Algood, will be held Thursday, February 3, at 1:00 p.m., at Algood United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Ms. Romick passed away Thursday January 27, 2022 at Halifax Hospice in Edgewater. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.

Graveside services for Mrs. Ruby Dell Sliger, age 91 of Cookeville, will be held Saturday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m., at Cookeville City Cemetery. Mrs. Sliger passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at the NHC Healthcare in Cookeville. She was born June 15, 1930, in Cookeville, the daughter of the late Lee Arnold Lacy and Frances (Dyer) Lacy. She was a homemaker and lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Cookeville. Ruby was interested in current events, politics, learning real-estate from her father, loving to celebrate the holiday seasons, enjoying music and time with her grandchildren, plus was a very avid reader. Survivors include two sons, James Russell (Pamela) Sliger of Elizabethtown, KY, and Steben M. Sliger of Murfreesboro; a daughter, Merilee (David) Allen of Franklin, IN. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Sliger; a daughter, Karen Pyle. Memorial Donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse.

A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Edgar Mitchell (Bubby) Long, age 71 of Hilham, will be held Saturday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m., at Living Hope Church in Allons. Mr. Long passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022, at his home. He was born July 19, 1950, the son of the late Edgar Whitson and Betty Cleo (Johnson) Long, Bubby enjoyed working, hunting, and farming. He was a member of Living Hope Church in Allons. Survivors include a son, Mitchell (Carrie) of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Ashley (Cody) of Hilham; his significant other, Wanda Murdock. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you bring a covered dish and come help them pay tribute to this man loved by so many.

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