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Much beloved Southern Baptist minister Bro. Tony Fleenor, of Cookeville, died at the age of 56 Sunday evening, July 10, 2016, at the Livingston Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were conducted from the Stevens Street Baptist Church in Cookeville on Thursday afternoon, July 14th with Dr. Jimmy Arms and Rev. Kewon Foster officiating. Following the 1 p.m. services burial was in the Cookeville City Cemetery.
Hooper-Huddleston-Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville were the directors.
He was born Anthony Eugene Fleenor in Morristown on June 20, 1960 and was one of two sons of Betty Lou Pridemore Fleenor McClain of Morristown and the late Eugene “Cabbage” Fleenor.
He was a 1978 graduate of Morristown High School and attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History in 1992 and his Bachelors in Education in 1994.
In Sevierville on February 4, 1979 he was united in marriage to the former Karen Wice.
He was formerly employed at the TRW in Rogersville.
After relocating to Cookeville he served in different capacities at several Baptist churches in the Cookeville area. One of the churches where he served as interim pastor was First Baptist Church in Carthage. He also served as interim pastor at Wilhite Baptist Church and Bondecroft Baptist Church.
He also had served as pastor of Cane Creek Baptist Church, director of the Care Center at Stevens Street Baptist Church and manager of the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church Cookeville.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of over thirty seven years and his mother, is his step-father, Paul McClain of Morristown; son, Jeremy Fleenor and wife, Brooke, of Baxter, daughter, Mary Jones and husband, Charles, of Cookeville; brother, Greg Fleenor and wife, Angie, of Morristown; twelve grandchildren, Carter, Kairen, Chloe, Madison, Jacob, Parker, Lane, Maddux, Maeleigh, Jaxton, Terrance and Gracie.
The family requests memorials to the Care Center, 327 W. Stevens Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 or Hearts A-Fire International, P. O. Box 4756, Topeka, KS 66604.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Fleenor family.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Life time Wartrace Creek community native Mrs. Ruie Mae Draper died peacefully Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. at her Wartrace Highway home with her children at her bedside. The 80 year old Mrs. Draper was under the care of Avalon Hospice in Cookeville.
1 p.m. Friday afternoon, July 15th funeral services were conducted from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Her minister, Rob Whitacre, officiated at the services and burial followed in the Draper Cemetery on Wartrace Creek.
Born Ruie Mae Carver in the Wartrace Creek community on April 24, 1936, she was one of three children of the late Henry Carver and Frances Donald Huddleston Carver Smith.
A sister, Willie Belle Carver, preceded her in death at the age of 22.
On April 15, 1964 Mrs. Draper was united in marriage to Wartrace Creek community native Eldon Clester (T) Draper who preceded her in death on September 21, 1994 at the age of 68 following only thirty years of marriage.
They were preceded in death by a 3 day old daughter, Wanda Faye Draper who died January 21, 1967.
Mrs. Draper was also preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Johnny W. Lynch who died July 10, 2014 at the age of 61 and Robert Shaw who died August 16, 2015 at the age of 79.
Known around Gainesboro as the “Biscuit Lady”, Mrs. Draper made biscuits at the Dairy Queen in Gainesboro for over twenty three years before retiring in 2012.
Mrs. Draper was a longtime member of the Willette Church of Christ.
She is survived by her three children, Margie Mae Collins and husband Troy of Gainesboro, Roxie Shaw also of Gainesboro and Ronnie Dudney Carver of the Wartrace Creek community; brother, Robert Carver also of the Wartrace Creek community and a grandson, Mathew Draper Shaw of Kingsport.
The Draper family requests memorials to either the Draper Cemetery mowing fund or the India Mission Fund.
SANDERSON of KEMPVILLE
Mr. Jackie Spivey of Red Boiling Springs died Friday morning, July 15, 2016 at 11:52 a.m. at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette at the age of 78 following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Spivey had been a resident of The Palace at Red Boiling Springs for over fourteen years and had been in declining health since a surgery in December of 1974.
Funeral services were conducted by Hugh Wayne Clark and Mr. Spivey’s minister Rob Whitacre at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 17th from the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs. Burial with military honors followed in the Anderson and Son Memorial Park in Lafayette.
Born Jackie Payton Spivey on August 12, 1938 in Red Boiling Springs, he was one of six children of the late Luke and Annie Davis Spivey.
Three brothers preceded Mr. Spivey in death, the first born Billy Joe Spivey who died at the age of 2 from diphtheria, Wendell Spivey and longtime Colonial Bread Co. route salesman Tommy Spivey.
On July 22, 1958 he was united in marriage to Red Boiling Springs native, the former Lillian Frances Purcell.
Mr. Spivey proudly served our country with the United States Army in Panama for one year, six months and nineteen days before being honorably discharged on August 28, 1963 with the rank of Private 1st Class at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
He was a member of the Willette Church of Christ and was a 1957 graduate of Red Boiling Springs High School.
He was employed in the cutting department of the former Imperial Reading Corporation from 1960 until 1974.
Surviving in addition to his wife of almost fifty eight years is their daughter, Teresa Thomas and husband Jeff of Lafayette; son, Rick Spivey and wife Melinda Rigsby Spivey of South Carthage; sister, Shirley Taylor of Gamaliel, Kentucky; brother, Troy Spivey and wife Judy Shoulders Spivey of Pleasant Shade; sisters-in-law, Thelma Spivey of Red Boiling Springs, Barbara Blair of Cookeville; seven grandchildren, Courtney Washer and husband Chris of South Carthage, Demetra Hudson and husband Josh, Cody Thomas and wife Brittany, Parker Thomas all of Lafayette, Madison, Cameron and Merissa Spivey all of South Carthage; four great-grandchildren, Harper and Hayes Hudson, Ainsley Washer and Colton Thomas.
The Spivey family requests memorials to the India Mission Fund in care of the Willette Church of Christ. This notice provided as a courtesy to the Spivey family.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Longtime former Defeated Creek community resident Mrs. Bonnie West, now of Lebanon, died at the age of 92 at 9:40 p.m. Sunday evening, July 17, 2016 at the Westland Drive home of her daughter under the care of Alive Hospice. Mrs. West suffered from complications of a stroke.
Mrs. West is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her daughter Mary Lou Reasonover and the family were to make arrangements at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, July 18th.
Mrs. West may be best remembered as the longtime office nurse for the late Dr. Frank T. Rutherford Sr. Complete arrangements will be published in the next week edition of the “Courier”.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Katherine J. “Dunnie” Rogers, 81, of Bluffton, SC passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Coastal Carolina Hospital, Hardeeville, SC.
Dunnie was born in Henderson, KY on June 4, 1935 to the late William Stewart Jr. and Hazel Morgan Stewart.
She was a graduate of Barrett High School, Class of 1953 in Henderson, KY and retired Executive Secretary of ATO Corporation. Dunnie was a strong Christian woman who lived out the Gospel of her Savior Jesus Christ. Honor, Loyalty and Generosity best described her character and lovable personality.
Dunnie is survived by her former husband, Larry E. Rogers of Bluffton, SC; her sons, L. Alan Rogers (Christine) of Bluffton, SC and Russell E. Rogers (Shari) of Louisville, KY; her daughter, Julie Ann Johnston (Kyle) of Riddleton; her grandchildren, Jana Leigh Linger (Brandon), Jon Lawrence (Holly), Amanda Kaye Ganelli, Parker Alexander (Maggie), Brittani Christine, Katherine Ann Dobbins (Jared), Larry Eugene II (Karly), and Alexander James; her great grandchildren, Joy Anna Lynn, Logan Bryan, Addalyne Mae, Boone Lawrence, Jack Ernest, Landon Kyle, Mabel Claire, Cora Lee. Dunnie was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Stewart.
We will miss you Ma and look forward to seeing you in Heaven with our Lord Jesus.
The family received friends beginning at 11:00 am until the service at 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 7 Cornerstone Ln, Carthage, TN 37030. A burial followed the service at the family farm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dunnie’s name to the Cornerstone Baptist Church Mission Fund, 7 Cornerstone Ln, Carthage, TN 37030.
BASS of GORDONSVILLE