Obits 7/10/18

Card of Thanks

Family of Frank Hoover offers their Thanks.

On behalf of my husband, Frank Hoover, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone for their tremendous outpouring of support through prayers, comforting words, calls, food, visits, flowers and gifts.

I was extremely touched by the support at the visitation and funeral service at Hall’s. I would like to thank Hall Funeral Home, Kindred Hospice, Clay County EMS, Cumberland River Hospital staff and Highland Rim for all the care and love shown to my husband.

Also, I want to thank all the pallbearers, singers and Brother Jason Dodson for such a beautiful and loving service. Thanks to New Hope Church of Christ for everything you all done for us. Frank really loved going to New Hope to see all his church family.

He had so many special friends and enjoyed the time he shared with each and every one of them. He loved going to Ollie’s to eat, fishing with Will and Gene and just being outdoors.

I will always have a huge void in my life, but your prayers and support will help get me through such a difficult time.

May God Bless You All,

With love from his wife, Brenda Hoover.


Card of Thanks

The family of Bonnie Louise McClain would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards, food, memorials, visited us and for prayers and words of comfort during this difficult time.

We want to extend a special thanks to Dr. Copeland, Cumberland River Hospital staff, Upton-Hay Funeral Home, Celina Health and Rehab CNAs, pallbearers, co-workers, friends and extended family.

Our family was overwhelmed with support and sympathy. Special thanks to Eddie White for the touching memorial service. Our family will be forever grateful to everyone.


Brenda Gilpatrick, Shirley Gore, Mike McClain and Family.


Bonnie Louise McClain

Bonnie Louise McClain, 83 of Celina, passed away on June 29 at Cumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held on July 2 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Eddie White officiating. Interment followed in the Tinsley Cemetery. Brandon Gilpatrick, Jerry Gilpatrick, Seth Gilpatrick, Kenny Estep, David Boles and Tim Tiernam served as active pallbearers. Brody Gilpatrick and Kevin Gilpatrick served as honorary pallbearers.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1934 in Clay County. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She worked many years at Osh Kosh as a machine operator. She loved Dairy Queen, especially the ice cream, and enjoyed spending the last few years at the nursing home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Annie (Adams) Estep; husband, Elbert C. McClain; son-in-law, Damon Gore; sister, Rene Key; and brothers, Waymon, Joe Frank and Tommy Estep.

Surviving relatives include her son, Michael McClain and wife, Lisa of Celina; daughters, Shirley Gore of Madison and Brenda Gilpatrick and husband Jerry of Celina; brother, Billy Ray Estep and wife, Sue of Celina; sister, Anna Ruth Spurlock and husband Jack of Dubach, LA; grandchildren, Brandon Ryan Gilpatrick and Jordan Cole Heatherly; great-grandchildren, Seth, Kevin, and Brody Gilpatrick; special nieces, Vivian Hanna and Vonda Madden; special friends, Reba Boles and Louise Smith; and a host of other friends and family.


Mark Dudney Carlisle

Mark Dudney Carlisle, 64 of the Union Hill Community, passed away on June 29 at his residence. Celebration of life services were held at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson and Shane Smith officiated at the services. The family has chosen cremation.

He was born on July 25, 1953 in the Mt. Vernon Community. He was a retired pallet shop and sawmill owner and served on the board at Twin Lakes Telephone. He was a member of the Tannehill Lodge and enjoyed hiking and archaeology. He was a member of the Whitleyville Church of Christ and was a U.S. Army Ranger.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Mandi Conway; sister, Cheryl Focer; and his father-in-law, Leon Anderson.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Marie Anderson Carlisle of the Union Hill Community; children, Melanie (Michael) Rainey of Plant City, Fla., Joseph Conway of Neosho, MO, Molly (John) Upchurch of Cookeville, Marki (Chase) Brown of Cookeville, Morgan (Kevin) Capps of Whitleyville and McKenzie Carlisle of Cookeville; grandchildren, Mikey, Marissa and Mallorie Rainey, Riley Conway, Emmett Brown, Megan Upchurch and Gracie Upchurch; brother, John (Lynette) Carlisle of Red Boiling Springs; sister, Tanna (Roger) Short of Celina; his brother-in-law, Edward “Preacher” (Patty) Anderson of Gainesboro; and his Mother-in-Law: Moline (W.C.) Howell of Gainesboro; and other relatives and friends.


Joe Bill Short

Joe Bill Short, 55 of Hilham, passed away on June 28 at Livingston Regional Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 10, 1962 in Gainesboro. He worked construction work for most of his adult career.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Young and Mary Katherine Short.

Surviving relatives include his son, Joseph Short of Hilham, TN; 1 sister, Jeri Ann Short of Hilham, TN; 4 aunts, 4 uncles; very special friend, Betty Short as well as a host of other family and friends who also mourn his passing.

Upton-Hay Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Geraldine Walling Clark

Geraldine Walling Clark, 92, of Celina, Tennessee, was born October 13, 1925, in McMinnville, Tennessee.  She died July 2, 2018, in Cookeville, Tennessee. Mrs. Clark was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, William H. Clark, grandson Richard Clark Roberts, parents Everett and Mattie Walling, step-mother Tomy Walling, brother Darrell Walling, sister-in-law Chris Walling, sister Doris Erwin and sister-in-law Geneva Clark Fowler.  Mrs. Clark graduated from McMinnville High School and Middle Tennessee State College.  She taught school at McMinnville City School, Hobgood School in Murfreesboro and in Clay County Schools.  After her husband’s death she managed their farm with the help of Robert Dulworth for 20 years.  For more than forty years she taught Bible classes at Celina Church of Christ.

She is survived by daughters Jane Robbins (Steve) of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, and Ann Roberts of Cookeville, Tennessee, grandchildren William Robbins (Randi) of Nashville, Tennessee; Daniel Robbins of Chicago, Illinois; Amelia Roberts Howell (Matt) Cabot Arkansas; great grandchildren Kailyn Howell and Judah Howell of Cabot, Arkansas;  many nieces and nephews and dear friends Maryann Hamilton, Linda Haston and Patsy Threet.

Pallbearers will be Steve Robbins, William Robbins, Daniel Robbins, Matt Howell,  Jay Walling and Dick Roberts.  Honorary Pallbearers, Women’s Bible Class of Celina Church of Christ, Maryann Hamilton and Linda Haston.

Services will be held at Upton Hay Funeral Home in Celina, Tennessee, with Dennis Miller officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Walker Cemetery at Bank of Celina or Clay County Library.


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