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Obituaries For Thursday, August 17
Mass of Christian burial for Sofia Guerrero Robertson, 90 of Silver Point will be Thursday, August 17 at 1 PM from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home with Father Chad Puthoff officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Robertson passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born January 8, 1927 in Manila, Philippines to the late Tito Agudelo Guerrero and Maria de Luna. She was a homemaker and lived a full and colorful life. She valued family and friendship which was reflected in her words and actions. She was active in the Filipino community. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. She enjoyed quilting, croqueting, playing mahjong, cooking for family and family events and get-togethers. We were blessed to know you “Sofie”. God be with you. Rest peacefully. We love you. Survivors include husband of 46 years (Married December 19, 1970 in the Philippines) Glenn Robertson of Silver Point, daughters and son-in-law Anicia Britland of Hawaii, Maria Tita Gaerlan of Cookeville, Gilda and Danny Puniesto of Washington State, sons and daughters-in-law Alex and Mercy Gaerlan of Florida, Edgar and Rosetta Robertson of Crestview, FL, 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM and after 11 AM Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Linder, age 84, of Livingston will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2017 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Jerry Harris will officiate. Burial will be in the Linder Cemetery. The family will welcome friends on Wednesday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. & on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Mr. Linder passed from this life in the comfort of his home on Monday morning, August 14, 2017. He was born in Overton County Tennessee to the late Sherman & Reba Morgan Linder. He attend the Oak Grove School up to the 8th grade. He was a farmer and enjoyed living off the land. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Mrs. Lucille Walker Linder of Livingston, TN; sons, Kenneth Linder & wife Melissa of Livingston, TN & Keith Linder & wife Vicky of Livingston, TN.; daughters, Linda Norris of Livingston, TN & Carolyn Choate & husband Bobby of Jamestown, TN; several grandchildren & great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sons, Charles Mark Linder & Joe Shoemake; brothers, Roy, J.B., Bill & Junior Linder; sisters, Eva Nell Qualls, Bessie Holman, Betty Richardson & Versie Linder. Memorial Donations may be made to the Linder Cemetery Fund by contacting Speck Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lura Adline Garner Gray, age 96, of Livingston will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2017 from the Livingston First Baptist Church. Bro. Scott Allred & Derrick Crabtree will officiate. Burial will be in the Good Hope Cemetery Annex. The family will welcome friends on Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. & on Thursday from 12 noon until time of the services, at the First Baptist Church in Livingston. Mrs. Gray passed peacefully in her sleep on Monday night, August 14, 2017 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. It was on a large 400 acre farm just about four miles out of Monticello, Kentucky that Will Garner and wife Roxie Bell Garner raised a large family of eleven children during the early 1900’s. Now, all of those Garner children are deceased, but the farm still remains in their family today. One of those family member has lived in Livingston since the early 1940’s and is well known here, most folks don’t know she originates from the Common Wealth of Kentucky. The life of Lura Garner, who grew up to become Lura Gray, began on January 8, 1921. She was the eighth child in that family of eleven children. Her siblings in the order of their births are Donald, Herbert, Chester (who passed at a young age), Della, Clara, Roy (nicknamed Pepper), Erman, Lucy, Raymond & Jessie. On July 19, 1943 she married E.B. Gray, Jr. and started her family. She along with her late husband was the owner/operator of E B Gray Jewelry. They carried out a tradition of trust to the people that remains one of the best jewelry stores in the Upper Cumberlands. Lura was a long time member of the First Methodist Church in Livingston. She also was a long time member of the Eastern Star and was a Grand Deputy for the Rainbow Girls. Lura enjoyed working in her flowers and basket weaving. Lura loved baking cookies and walking the neighborhood giving them away. She would send Sluggo German Chocolate cakes when he was in Vietnam. She never thought anything about cooking for 30 or more people at once. She was proud to be a cancer survivor. She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren. She especially loved working with all the families throughout the years in Overton and surrounding counties.
Funeral services for Willie J. Shirley, 85 of Cookeville, will be conducted Thursday, August 17, 2017 beginning at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home, with Bro. Eugene McCowan officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville with full Military Honors by the Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Shirley passed from this life Monday, August 14, 2017, at Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville, following a brief illness. His passing was attended by family members. He was born Tuesday, February 16, 1932 in Monterey, Tennessee, the son of the late Oba Dallas and Martha (Holloway) Shirley. Willie was a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church in Cookeville for over 50 years., and was a Veteran, having served in the United States Army 1st Calvary Division during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by the Kroger Company of Cookeville for 34 years retiring in 1994. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, August 16, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. and again Thursday, August 17 from 11;00 am until the time of service.
Funeral services for Harry William Slagle, age 72, of Silver Point will be held Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 10:00 am in the chapel of Presley Funeral Home with Pastor Bobby Floyd officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, and again Friday from 8:00 am until time of service at 10:00 am at Presley Funeral Home. Harry William Slagle passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 following extended illness. He was born Tuesday, June 18, 1946 in Bucyrus, Ohio. For several years, Harry worked as a truck driver in the paving business. He will always be remembered for his love of fishing. Harry was preceded in death by his wife Sonja Swallows Slagle. He is survived by three sons, John Slagle, of Cookeville, Jonathan Slagle, of Silver Point, and Jeremy Slagle of Cookeville.
Funeral services for Mr. Arva Dale Johnson, 68, of Bloomington Springs, TN, will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, August 18, 2017, at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro, TN. Burial will follow in the Dyer Family Cemetery in the Philadelphia community of Jackson County, TN. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 A.M. until time of services. Survivors include 1 Son: Jerry Johnson and wife, Natalie; 2 Daughters: Amanda Carol Moore and Deanna Renea Johnson Brewington and husband, Mark; 3 Grandchildren: Dylya Thomas, Gunner James-Dale Johnson, and Weston Lee Cash Johnson; and 1 Brother: Boyd Darel Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help with funeral expenses by contacting the funeral home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Orlean Davis White, age 94, of Monroe will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Rev. Kathie Bowles will officiate. Burial will be in the Monroe Cemetery. The family will welcome friends on Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. Mrs. White passed from this life on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1923 in Overton County to the late John Bill & Cora Edith McDonald Davis. Orlean enjoyed being with her family, quilting, gardening & cooking. She was a member of the Midway Christian Church. She is survived by her son, Jerry White of Monroe, TN; daughter, Elaine Larson of Cleveland, OH; grandchildren, Kara Lauren & Lindsey Yoh, Ryan Robbin & David Larson & Kelley White; great granddaughter, Natalie Larson & great grandson, Andrew Schill. In addition to her parents, Orlean was preceded in death by her husband Dick White; sons, Garry White & Joe White; daughter, Sue Yoh; brothers, Hoy Davis & Eck Davis; sisters, Cloa Allred, Leida Conner & Laura Hancock. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life for Paul Perniciaro, Jr., age 70 of Sparta, will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm with a visitation with the family from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Perniciaro passed from this life on Monday, August 14, 2017 at his home on Center Hill Lake. Paul was born in Sparta, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 25, 1947 to the late Joan (Wilson) and Paul Perniciaro, Sr. Paul was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother. He retired from TVA in 2004. Paul was a private man who loved his oasis on the lake. He loved to fish, hunt, and you would often find him at car shows. Paul was very loyal and you could always count on him to be there if needed.
A memorial service for Mr. Carl Richard Apple, age 83 of Cookeville, will be held at the Marsh Chapel
of the Cookeville Rescue Mission on Saturday, August 19 from 2-4 PM with services at 4:00 pm. Brother Larry Self will officiate. Carl is survived by his wife Janette; their children Mike Apple and Cindy McCrary; their grandchildren Samantha Budesa, Patrick Apple, and Nicholas Apple; and their great-grandson Peyton Apple. He is also survived by his siblings, Louis Apple, Ted Apple, Sylvia Gambrell, and Buford Apple; as well as those he welcomed into his family: Kim Apple, David McCrary, Lee Price, Zach Budesa, Alan Schmidt, Jan Apple, Dennis Gambrell, and Sonya Apple. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ridley Wayne and Bettie Ora Carter Apple and his siblings, Joe and Louise Apple, Drenda Mae and Donald Baxter, Mary Jane Schmidt, and Jenell Apple. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cookeville Rescue Mission, PO Box 1144, Cookeville, TN 38503 or to your favorite charity.