Obituaries 1/15/19

William Tee Stephens

William Tee Stephens, 85 of the Pea Ridge Community, passed away on Jan. 5 at the Cumberland County Hospital in Burkesville, Ky. Funeral services were held on Jan. 8 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Craig Ogletree officiating. Interment followed in the Ashlock Cemetery. Active pallbearers included: Jeff Watson, Dusty Adams, Chris Keen, Shawn Watson, Terry Dodson, Chad Watson and Reed Dodson. John Tanner Dodson, David Ogletree, Tracy Roach and Bobby ‘Toopy” Kerr were honorary pallbearers.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1933 in Monroe County, Ky. He is remembered as a man of many talents but spent his adult career as a self-employed farmer. He spent several years as a welder for the Indy 500 and later in life became a security officer for Moss Saw Mills where he was a dedicated employee for more than 25 years. He always loved spending time with friends and family, especially his daughter, Kim and his grandson, Chase.

He was preceded in death by parents, Cline and Mayme Jewel (Davis) Stephens; loving wife, Cornelya (Watson) Stephens; brothers, Olen, Jackie and Dexter Stephens; and father father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Gladys Watson.

Surviving relatives include daughter, Kim Stephens of the Pea Ridge Community; grandson, Chase Stephens of the Pea Ridge Community; brother, Georgie Stephens and wife Lue Annie of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Wilma Johnson and Companion, Jim Wagner of Burkesville, Ky. and Dixie Norris of Burkesville, Ky.; sisters-in-law, Barbara Roach, Zelma Hughes and Rosie Stephens; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Douglas Ray Spivey, Jr.

Douglas Ray Spivey, Jr., 51 of Celina, passed away on Dec. 30 at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral services were held on Jan. 5 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Craig Ogletree officiating and cremation followed. Kelly Spivey, James Homer Dailey, Mason Spivey, Steve Bailey, Jerry Haynes and Joe Felix Spivey served as active pallbearers.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1967 in Jackson County. He is remembered as a man of many talents but spent his adult career as a self-employed carpenter. His greatest pleasures came from the love of his family and friends. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by father, Douglas Ray Spivey, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Perry and Opal Spivey; and maternal grandparents, Gordon and Maggie Kellow.

Surviving relatives include loving wife, Pam Spivey of Celina; sons, Austin Spivey and Jon Spivey; daughter, Kayla Spivey all of Celina; mother, Helen Spivey; sister, Opal Estep and husband Kenny of Celina; grandchildren, Nolynn Spivey and Jackson Spivey; aunts, Sue Dailey, Jean Allen and husband Johnny, Joyce Strong and husband Steven, Ruby McCollom, and Dorothy Strong; uncles, Joe Felix Spivey and wife Nell, and Paul Kellow; special friends, Steve Bailey, Jerry Haynes and Dwight Key; and a host of cousins, other family members and friends.

Linda “Tippy” Rich

Linda “Tippy” Rich, 74 of Celina, passed away on Jan. 8 at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral Services were held on Jan. 11 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Eddie White officiating. Interment followed in the Fitzgerald Cemetery- Hamilton Addition. Active pallbearers included: Brian Korth, Tanner Harvey, Mason Sickles, Mike Bilbrey, David Bilbrey and Pat Bilbrey. The Cumberland River Hospital nurses past and present were named Honorary pallbearers.

She was born on Nov. 9, 1944. She shared a faithful companionship with Tommy Reecer for more than 42 years. She is remembered as a kind, hard-working woman who loved her family and all those she came in contact with. She was a dedicated nurse for 49 years where she helped countless people.

She was preceded in death by parents, Malcom and Willie B (Boles) Young; son, Jeff Rich; sister, Juanita Young; son-in-law, Derryll Morris; and great niece, Brianna Bilbrey.

Surviving relatives include daughter, Kim Morris and companion, Norman Clark of Celina; step-daughters, Tiffany Thompson and husband, Michael of Celina and Teresa Blythe and husband, Billy of Celina; husband, Tommy Reecer of Celina; sisters, Ollie Long of Celina, Wilma Davis of Celina and Hazel Bilbrey of Livingston; grandchildren, Rachael Sickles and husband Mason of Cookeville, Renea Morris of Vale, Colo., Reghan Morris of Celina, Mason Rich of Celina and Alex Bilbrey of Celina ; great-grandchildren, Ansley Sickles, Everleigh Rich and Grayson Bilbrey; very special friend, Mary Dean Cunningham; and a host of other family and friends.

Gary Wayne Austin

Gary Wayne Austin, 65 of Spring Hill and formerly of Celina passed away on Jan. 6 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Jan. 10 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Kenny Westmoreland officiating. Interment followed in the Williamson Memorial Gardens & Cemetery in Franklin, Tenn. Active pallbearers included: Gene Austin, Chico Romeros, Larry Austin, James Austin, Randy Scarborough and Keith Scaffe. Gaylon Austin and Claudia Surratt were named honorary pallbearers.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1953 in Livingston. Gary married the love of his life, Donna Lee DeSanto on June 14, 2003. He is remembered as a man full of love and laughter. He enjoyed life to its fullest and shared his joy with all those who he loved. He was a salesman for Darrell Waltrip for many years.

He was preceded in death by parents, Claude and Bertie (Chandler) Austin; special Uncle and Aunt, Burton and Hazel Tomlin.

Surviving relatives include wife, Donna Austin of Spring Hill; son, James Austin and wife, Chelsea of Rickman; daughter, Alisha Scarborough and husband, Randy of Kingston; step-son, Kenny Stanfill of Bellevue; step-daughter, Lisa Chance of Spring Hill; brothers, Gene Austin of Nashville, Gaylon Austin and wife, Gail of Smyrna, Larry Austin of Susan of Knoxville; sister, Claudia Surratt and husband, Greg of College Grove; grandchildren, Elijah, Nathanael, Melessia, T.J., Little Gary, and Preslee; and many other family and friends.

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