Obituaries from Macon County Times

October 25, 2005

Sgt. Robert Wesley Tucker, age 20, of the Baptist Ridge Community of Clay County, Tennessee, was killed in Iraq Thursday, October 13, 2005, under hostile fire.  Sgt. Tucker’s remains arrived on U.S. Air Flight #558 at the airport in Nashville at 7:54 p.m. on Saturday evening, October 22, 2005. Army, funeral personnel and family were allowed out on the field to meet the plane.  The Upton Funeral Home with Military Honor Guard moved Sgt. Tucker’s body on Sunday morning, October 23 to the Clay County High School where the body laid in state until the funeral on Monday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. The family received friends at the high school beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Interment followed at the family farm in the Baptist Ridge Community of Clay County where a family cemetery has been started and named the Sgt. Tucker Cemetery in his memory. Military honors were presented.  He was born in Cookeville, TN, the son of Robert Ted and Kimberly Elam Tucker, who survive. He was a member of Baptist Ridge Church of Christ and a soldier for the Army National Guard.  Besides his parents, he is survived by: wife, Muriel Kiffce Tucker; daughter, Cameron Tucker; sister and niece, Brittany & Selena Padgett, all of the Baptist Ridge Community; grandparents, Hosea and Sarah Tucker, Eddy and Linda Elam, all of Celina; and great grandparents, Archie and Black Boles of the Baptist Ridge Community.

Estell Taylor Anderson, 87, of 505 North 4th Street, Scottsville, KY died Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Cal Turner Extended Care Facility. The Allen County, KY native was a homemaker and member of the Capitol Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She was a daughter of the late Willie James Wheet and Thulah Dar Borders Wheet and wife of the late James Taylor and Averett Anderson.  She is survived by one son, Gerald “Wormy” Taylor and companion, Jo Rogers, Scottsville, KY; two daughters, Sue Pardue and husband, Wayne of Adolphus, KY; Dar Rita Carver and husband, Greg, Scottsville, KY; one step-son, Bobby Anderson; one step-daughter, Pearl Wells, Glasgow, KY; one half brother, Travis Wheet, Adolphus, KY; one sister, Ethel Lawrence, Red Boiling Springs, TN; four half sisters, Brenda Bell and Burnell Wheet, both of Adolphus, KY; Barbara Pruitt, Homer, IL and Glennis Scott, Gallatin, TN; six grandchildren, Rita York and husband Robin, Deanna Whitley and husband George, Richard Taylor and wife Penny, Angel Thompson and husband, Anthony, James Jackson and wife, Jennie and Taylor Carver, all of Scottsville, KY; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Funeral services for Estell Taylor Anderson were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, at Goad Funeral Home with Brother Lewis Hestand and Brother Robbie Calvert officiating and burial in Fountain Run Cemetery.

Funeral services for Cobie Lee Bell, age 83, of the Oak Grove Road, Red Boiling Springs, TN were conducted Saturday afternoon, October 22, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of the Phillip Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with Elder Billy Joe Shoulders officiating. Pallbearers were Doyle Bartley, Fay Etheridge, Chad Spivey, Lance Spivey, Michael Bell and Josh Bell. Interment followed in the Donoho Family Cemetery with military honors.  Cobie Lee Bell passed away Wednesday morning, October 19, 2005 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.  A native of Macon County, TN, he was the son of the late Berley and Anna Knight Bell. On September 19, 1942, he was married to Helen Donoho, who preceded him in death on October 27, 2004. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Shelby Jean Bell and brothers, Jesse, Billy, Roland, and Bert Bell. He was a farmer, carpenter and a World War II Veteran.  Survivors include: daughter, Dianna (R.J.) Spivey; son, Morris (Betty) Bell, all of Red Boiling Springs, TN; sisters, Cornelia Bohanon, Red Boiling Springs, TN, Vivian (Roger) Sweet, Greenville, FL; grandsons, Chad Spivey, Springfield, MO, Michael (Stephanie) Bell, Westmoreland, TN, Lance (Julie) Spivey, and Josh Bell, all of Red Boiling Springs, TN; great-granddaughters, Taylor & Morgan Spivey, Caeley Bell; great-grandsons, Cody Bell and Mason Spivey.  Arrangements by the Phillip Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Red Boiling Springs, TN.

David Lawrence “Erv” Ervin, 50, of Lafayette, Tennessee died October 16, 2005 in a tragic accident at PFG Customized Distributors in Lebanon, where he had worked for seven years. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 23, 1954.  David is survived by parents Glenn and Marlyn Ervin; brother, Glenn Ervin; sister, Margaret Ramsdell, of Raleigh, NC; and a brother, Paul Ervin, Knightdale, NC; nieces, Jennifer Pinho and Lauren Ramsdell, Raleigh, NC; Sarah and Martha Ervin, Knightdale, NC; and Sheri MacLean, Charleston, SC.  David was like a brother to Jackie Birchall and Tony “Bird” Glasson, with whom he shared a lot on Union Camp Road. He was a frequent patron of Slowpokes Restaurant. He is remembered there by his many friends and at work for his quiet demeanor, generous heart, and lovely singing voice. He will be greatly missed.  A memorial service will be held at Slowpokes Restaurant on Monday, October 31, 2005 at 7:00 PM.  Obituary notice a courtesy of Alexander-Goad Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ruth Hackett, age 84, of the Monoville Community in Smith County died Monday, October 10, 2005 at the Carthage General Hospital following a brief illness.  Funeral services were conducted on October 13th from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and burial followed in the family plot at the Hackett Cemetery in Kempville. Her pastor, Bro. Steve Waller officiated at the 3:00 p.m. services  Born April 10, 1921 in Kempville, she was one of three children of the founders in 1928 of the Hackett Funeral Home in Kempville, James Leslie “J.L.” and Willie Bebe McCall Hackett.  Her mother sold the firm to Sanderson Funeral Home in Carthage on September 1, 1971.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Reba G. Reece and her brother, Roy G. Hackett. Mrs. Hackett was a retired seamstress for the Hartsville Blouse Factory and the Carthage Shirt Corporation.  She was a charter member of the Kempville Chapel Old Time Methodist Church.  Surviving her is her daughter, Charlotte Fox and devoted son-in-law, Richard Fox III of Hermitage and sister-in-law, Evelyn Hackett of Brooks Bend.

Betty Lou Snider Hamsley, 70, of Chickamauga, Georgia, passed away Monday October 24, 2005 in Chickamauga. The Macon County, Tennessee native was a former resident of Cedartown, Georgia, a Baptist, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. She was a former employee of Cannon Rug in Dalton, Georgia, and Arrow Shirt Company in Cedartown, Georgia. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and making ceramics. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Carter Hamsley, her parents, Jessie and Bertie Snider, and a brother, Willard Snider.  She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Larry and Barbara Hamsley, Chattanooga, TN; and Timothy Hamsley, Kensington, Georgia; a sister and brother-in-law, Georgia Mae and W. M. Sanders, Lafayette, TN; a brother, Elmer Snider, Nashville, TN; 3 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services for Betty Lou Snider Hamsley will be conducted at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at the J. Avery Bryan Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home in Chickamauga, Georgia with Rev. Alan Goolsby officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 27, 2005 at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette from 11 AM until 2:00 PM. Graveside services will be at 2:30 PM Thursday at New Bethel Cemetery. The family requests that memorials take the form of donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladied Auxiliary. These memorials may be made through the office of Alexander-Goad Funeral Home.  Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN in charge of arrangements.

Frances V. Holland, 78, of Hazel Park, Michigan, and a native of Macon County, TN, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2005 in Canton Michigan. She was a daughter of the late Coy and Amy Doss and wife of the late William Holland.  She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Tina Holland, John Mark and Teresa Holland; 2 daughters, Linda Daffin; Cathy and Joseph Hessell; 4 brothers and sisters-in-law, J. P. and Mary Doss, Jack and Ruby Doss, Claud and Norma Doss, Roger and Dee Doss; a sister and brother-in-law, Inez and David Jones; and 8 grandchildren.  Funeral services for Frances V. Holland were conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday at Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Michigan with burial in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.  Obituary notice a courtesy of Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN.

Janice White Holland, 55, of Lafayette, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2005 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The Macon County, Tennessee native was born Friday, January 13, 1950, a daughter of the late Horace White and Lois Fishburn White. She was a factory worker, a member of Union Hill General Baptist Church, and a 1968 graduate of Macon County High School. In November 1984 she was united in marriage to James Mark Holland.  She is survived by her husband, James Mark Holland; a step-son and his wife, Shane and Frances Holland, all of Lafayette, TN; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Sandra White, Lafayette, TN; Davis and Brenda White, Mt. Juliet, TN; 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, Nera White; June and Henry Fisher, all of Lafayette, TN; and Darlene White, Nashville, TN; a step-grandchild, Karissa Hesson; her mother-in-law, Anna Blanch Holland, Lafayette, TN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sue Bishop, Glasgow, KY; Shirley and George Scott, Wanda and Eldon Kinslow, Gene and Joan Holland, Roger and Judy Holland, Janet and David Carr, all of Lafayette, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Johnny White, and her father-in-law, Jessie Holland.  Funeral services for Janice White Holland will be conducted at 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home with Rev. Harold King and Eld. Ricky Holland officiating. Burial will be in Haysville Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.  Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Velma King Keen, age 85, of the Rocky Mound Community were conducted Friday, October 21, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. from the Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Hilman Duncan officiating. Pallbearers were Harold King, Jeff Likens, Charles Wilkerson, Kenneth Meador, Charles Hale, and Ira Meador, Jr. Interment followed in the Rocky Mound Cemetery.  Velma Keen passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at Macon County General Hospital.  A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John & Etter Howser King. She married Ardie Wilson Keen in 1935 who preceded her in death in 2004. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patsy Curtis. Velma was a homemaker and a member of the Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church.  Survivors include: son & daughter-in-law, Stanley & Dorothy Keen, of West Virginia; sister Rulene Knight of Franklin, KY; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by the Phillip Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Lafayette, TN.

Glenda Sue Kerr, 53, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away at her residence Wednesday, October 5, 2005. Graveside services and burial were conducted Wednesday, October 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Stileswilles Cemetery, Stileswilles, IN with Pastor Dan Preteet officiating.  Ms. Kerr was survived by her mother, Novella Fishburn Ford, brother Steve (Sharon) Ford, Brownsburg, IN, daughters and son-in-law, Tammy (Kenny) Johnson, Indianapolis, IN, Tina Kerr, Glasgow, KY, nieces and nephews and 2 great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, Ordean Ford in 2003 and a daughter, Lisa Ann Kerr in 1974.  Arrangements by Indiana Funeral Care, Indianapolis, IN.

Donald C. Loftis, 89, of Lafayette, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette. The Macon County, Tennessee native was born Tuesday, August 15, 1916, a son of the late Booker Loftis and Lola McDonald Loftis. Following the death of his mother, Donald was raised by his maternal grandparents, Sarah Frances (Fannie) and Nelson McDonald. A 1935 graduate of Macon County High School, he was a retired farmer and bookkeeper for Macon County Livestock Market, Trousdale County Livestock Market, and Gamaliel Livestock Market. On July 4, 1942, he was united in marriage to Caroline Allen Loftis  He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Caroline Allen Loftis; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Terry Marsh, all of Lafayette, TN; a son, Kenny Loftis, Nashville, TN; 3 grandchildren, Evette (Jeff) Morgan; Andrea (David) Flynn, and Brad Marsh; and 3 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Wilburn.  Funeral services for Donald C. Loftis were conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, October 24, 2005 at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home with Eld. Terry Austin officiating. Burial was in Macon County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Ray Goad, Johnny Gross, Wayne Gross, David Flynn, Jeff Morgan, Bob Watson, and Brad Marsh.  Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN in charge of arrangements.

Naomi Meador, 82, of Lafayette, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee. The Macon County, Tennessee native was born Tuesday, March 13, 1923, a daughter of the late Hicie E. Law and Tessie M. Napier Law. She was a member of Pleasant Hill General Baptist Church and a retired employee of Formfit-Rogers. On January 15, 1949 she was united in marriage to William P. Meador.  She is survived by her husband, William P. “Bill” Meador, Lafayette, TN; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Mike Scruggs, Murfreesboro, TN; 2 sisters, Rulene Cothron, Lafayette, TN; and Helen Doss, Indianapolis, IN; 2 grandchildren, Christy Donnell and Jeffery Scruggs; a great-grandchild, Micky Donnell; 2 special nieces and their husbands, Dana and Tim Harp, Paulette and Paul Stafford; a nephew, several great-nieces and great-nephews.  Funeral services for Naomi Meador were conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, October 24, 2005 at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home with Eld. J. B. Shoulders officiating. Burial was in Macon County Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers were Tim Harp, Justin Harp, Paul Stafford, Jeffery Scruggs, Gary Law, and Tommy Law. Honorary pallbearer was Ronnie Stafford.  Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN in charge of arrangements.

Mary Adean Moss, age 82, of Soth Walnut Street, Westmoreland, TN passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2005.  She was the daughter of late Robert Moss and the late Mattie Shrum. She is survived by nephews, Douglas Burgett of Ingils, FLA; Terry Moss, Jackie Moss and Carl Moss of Westmoreland. She is also survived by Peggy Moss and Bertha Moss of Westmoreland.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Vassie Burgett.  Funeral services for Mary Adean Moss were conducted Friday, October 21, at Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Westmoreland with Brother Gene Heath officiating with burial in the Shrum Cemetery.

Simmons, Cleota P., passed away October 19, 2005 in Plano, Texas at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her husband John D. Simmons.  She is survived by her daughter; Carolyn Russell, son; Johnny (Carol) Simmons, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at Hendersonville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.  Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Home, Hendersonville, TN in charge of arrangements.