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We Remember: Tuesday, August 17 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, August 17

Ms. Mica Cowen, age 53 of Sparta, passed away at 6:45pm Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete.

TJ Arnold, age 49 of Cookeville, passed away Sunday August 15, 2021 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Ruby Ann Young Dillon, age 78 of South Pittsburgh, formerly of Sparta, passed away at 8:24am Sunday, August 15, 2021 at her residence. Ruby was born May 5, 1943 in Sparta, Tennessee to the late James Estel and Willie Lee Brady Young. She was a homemaker and her passion in life was spending time with her large family. Survivors include her two daughters Donaree (Shawn) Masters and Deobrah (McLouis) Peterman; Two sons Dillard Thomas (Christy) Dillon and Timothy William Dillon. Ruby’s family has entrusted Hunter Funeral Home with her cremation and a memorial service will be scheduled for the week of August 23, 2021.

Graveside service and interment for William “Bill” Odell Roberts, 64 of Hazard, KY and formerly of Baxter, will be Wednesday, August 18 at 11 AM at Palmer Cemetery in Silver Point. Bro. Johnny Fox will officiate. Mr. Roberts died Sunday, August 15 in Hazard. Bill enjoyed watching wrestling and Andy Griffith on TV, he loved animals, the outdoors and was a “people person”. Survivors include sisters and a brother-in-law, Patricia “Pat” (Danny) Anderson of Baxter, and Janie Maddle. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following services.

Funeral Services For Roger D. “High Roller” Swafford, Age 66 Of Monterey, Will Be Conducted On Wednesday, August 18 At 11:00 AM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Tony Phipps Will Officiate With Interment To Follow In The Woodcliff Cemetery. Mr. Swafford Passed Away On Sunday, August 15 At The Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He Was A Housekeeping And Laundry Supervisor Working With Masters Health Care For Over 20 Years. He Was A Member Of Woodcliff Baptist Church. He Is Survived By two daughters, Sarah (Greg) Blessing, and Katie (Cameron) Swafford. The Family Will Receive Friends At Goff Funeral Home On Tuesday, August 17 From 5:00 PM Until 8:00 PM.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie Ruth Wright, age 79 of the Hilham Community, will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 2 PM from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with burial to follow in the Mount Gilead Cemetery in Hilham, Overton Co. She passed from this life on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Bonnie Ruth Wright was born in Hilham, Overton Co., TN to the late Charlie and Dessie Lea (Hammons) Bilbrey on Saturday, January 24, 1942. Bonnie was a hard worker for her family and worked in the garment factory until she retired. She had a love for flowers especially day lilies, so she took her passion for them and opened Wright’s Day Lilies; growing fifteen hundred or so different varieties. She loved her family very much and she will be greatly missed. Survivors include Her loving Husband: Tommy O’dell Wright; 1 Daughter: Kimberly Gaye Wright; 2 Sons: Rocky Gene Wright, Stephen O’dell Wright. The family will welcome friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 17th starting at 5 PM until 9 PM. Officiating with the service will be Bro. Jeremy Bilbrey.

Funeral Services For Christopher Lee Walker, Age 51, Of Monterey, Will Be Conducted On Thursday, August 19, 2021, At 11:00 AM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Looper Will Officiate With Interment To Follow In The Woodcliff Cemetery. Mr. Walker Was Born On Friday, February 27, 1970, In Cookeville, Tennessee, To Lee Earl Walker Of Monterey, Tennessee, And The Late Goldie Irene Holloway Walker. Mr. Walker Passed Away On Saturday, August 14, 2021, At The Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mr. Walker Was Owner/Operator Of Bark Busters. He Was An Avid Horseman, Loved Nature, And The Outdoors. He Was A Member Of The Sons Of Confederate Veterans. In Addition To His Father, He Is Survived By His Fiancée, Kristie Welch Of Cookeville, TN; Son, Colton Walker Of Monterey. The Family Will Receive Friends At Goff Funeral Home On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, From 5:00 PM Until 8:00 PM.

Funeral Services for Mr. Michael Charles Danner, age 69 of Algood, will be conducted 1 p.m., Saturday, August 21 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Mike Adams will officiate. Burial to follow in the Campground Cemetery. Mr. Danner passed from this life on Friday morning, August 13 from the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A master machinist in the tool and die industry, Michael loved his family dearly. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, raising cattle and horses, and outdoor sports. Michael was known for raising and training hunting dogs, and dove shoots. Michael leaves behind his sons, Daniel and Joshua Danner. The family will welcome friends on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until time of services at Speck Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Margaret “Maggie” Morgan, 85 of Francisco, Indiana and formerly of Sparta, will be held at 4PM Saturday, August 21 at Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Nash Cemetery. Mrs. Morgan passed away Monday, August 16. She was born July 8, 1936 in Fairmount, IN, the daughter of the late William E. and Clatus (Reese) Biven, and married to John J. Morgan, on May 30, 1953 in Anderson, IN. Maggie lived much of her life in Patoka, IN. In 2000, Maggie and John moved to their retirement home in Sparta, before returning to southern Indiana in 2015. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 68 years, John; and children, John (Donna) Morgan, Marie (Mike) Lynch, Ken (Marilou) Morgan, Norma Jean (David) Harvey, and Ron (Julie) Morgan. Visitation will be from 2 pm until 4 pm Saturday, August 21 at Thurman Funeral Home.

A Celebration Gathering for Mabledean Willoughby, age 74 of Cookeville, will be from 5 -7 p.m. Saturday August 21 at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. She passed away Thursday morning August 12, 2021 at her home. Mable was born September 24, 1946 in Baxter, TN to the late Orley D. Maynard and Dorothy Lee Daniel Maynard. She was raised on a farm and all her life she loved gardening, canning, cooking, and country line dancing. She loved to read and passed that love on to her children and grandchildren. Mable managed Artley in the Cookeville Mall, and later was the gift shop manager of the Cookeville Cracker Barrel for 27 years until her retirement. She dearly loved her family and friends, and never met a stranger. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Tran Willoughby Jr., whom she married May 21, 1965; daughter, Tracy Willoughby Clark (Mark); son, Thomas D. Willoughby III, all of Cookeville. Memorial contributions may be made to Avalon Hospice, 1080 Neal St., Ste. 300, Cookeville, TN 38501, or to an Alzheimer’s/Dementia organization of your choice.

Graveside Service for Jack Ice Poundstone, age 91 of Cookeville, will be Monday, August 23, 2021, at 10:00 am at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Interment will follow the service. He passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Jack was born Friday, September 20, 1929, in Morgantown, West Virginia, and he was the son of the late Stanley James Poundstone and the late Lena Grace (Robison) Poundstone. Jack was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was an engineer for most of his life, in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Retired to Cookeville, and started AJAX Tax and several rental properties for investment, and lived out the rest of his life in Cookeville. Jack is survived by, Wife, Vera G. Poundstone; 4 Children, James Poundstone, Peggy McCullagh, Patty Poundstone, and Paula Poundstone.