Obituaries 4/9/19

Shirley Ann Rich Hooten

Shirley Ann Rich Hooten was born April 28, 1959 in Indianapolis, IN. Shirley lived the majority of her life in Celina. She was a factory worker at Osh Kosh in Celina, before finding her passion of caring for people and becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant, which she pursued for the rest of her career. She had a true joy and love for people and that was evident in the way she developed connections with the people she cared for and even more evident in the way she loved her family.

She was a proud mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. So much so, that she would save mementos from family member accolades or precious letters sent to her in years past. She loved to laugh, joke, and prank. It was her way of showing she loved you. She had an infectious smile.

Shirley departed this life on March 22 at Signature Healthcare in Putnam County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Edna Cox Rich.

She is survived by children, son, Steven Michael Rich and wife Brittany of Celina; daughter, Amy Hooten-Morrison and husband Joseph of Cookeville. Five grandchildren; Ashton Rich, Greyson Watson, Abigail Bentley, Ally Bentley, and Letty Anna-Dale. One brother, Billy Wayne Rich and wife Angela of Rickman and one s ister, Karen Short and husband Fred of Moss.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Nathanael Rich and wife Kayla of Cookeville; Matthew Rich and wife Savannah of Rickman; Amanda Short of Moss; and Heather Rhoton and husband Steve of Moss.

A memorial service was held at McDonald Cemetery in Hilham on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Mrs. Isabel “Buford” Garrett

Mrs. Isabel “Buford” Garrett, 102 of Allons, Overton Co., TN passed away at her residence on Sunday evening, March 24, 2019. She was a member of the Allons Church of Christ. Affectionately known to school children, family and friends as “Granny Garrett”, Isabel Buford Garrett was born April 24, 1916, to Clarence Buford and Jennie (Overstreet) Buford.

She grew up with brothers and sisters in the close knit community of Willow Grove in Clay County, until the family was relocated due to the construction of Dale Hollow Lake. Her father nicknamed her and all her siblings. Isabel’s nickname was “Pooch”, because of the way she stuck out her lip as a youngster.

She married Grady Paul Garrett (July 27, 1935) and had two children, Paul Martin Garrett and Jennie Garrett Crowther.

She began her teaching career in the one room school house at Maple Grove School in Clay County, where she taught first through eighth grade students. Having taught full time over 40 years, with the majority of those years being at Allons Elementary School in Overton County she continued teaching grades K-8 as a substitute teacher up to 3 days a week and sometimes more until age 98. The school library there is named in her honor.

In her teaching of family, Sunday school children, and school children, she continued to abide by the same principle, “love the child, guide the child, teach the child and nurture the child.” With these guiding values followed, the effect has been consistent for the lives she has touched – love and respect are the result. She has taught multiple generations of the same families, and always knew the importance of education as a building block for success not only in school, but also in life. Granny Garrett knew that education was not only about book learning, but also about life lessons. As Granny said, “What good is it to have book smarts, if you don’t have a lick of common sense?”   Life lessons have always been as important for her to impart as book lessons.

There was never a shortage of love when you were around her. No matter who you are, she would take you in like one of her own, and feed you. There was love in every batch of anything she ever made, and it was always good, especially her fried apple pies, for which she was well known. Observers were always amazed at how she seemly never needed to measure anything out, she could, “Do it by eye.”

She lived independently in her own home on the family farm until the late Fall of her 102nd year.   She hardly slowed down long enough for sickness to catch up with her. As an example, when she was 95 she entered the Tennessee record books as the first person her age to complete a 5K, when she finished the RUND4DON in Gainesboro, TN. Quoted as saying “I’ve never been bored a day in my life”, she said if she just sits down and twiddles her thumbs she would not last long. She has enjoyed quilting and embroidery for many friends and family members over the years, gardening, hikes in the woods, hills and hollows around her home. While walking, she would educate family members on the different kinds of trees or tell a story. She never had a shortage of old tales she knew, how things used to be when she was a girl, or just life lessons she said you need to know to grow into a “fine young man or woman”. She enjoyed watching sports and was especially an avid fan of University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Mrs. Garrett is survived by her son Paul Martin (Eula) Garrett; one half-brother: Edward (Betty) Buford; one half-sister: Billie (Bobby) Stone; two Grandsons: Mark (Brooke) Crowther, Stephen Crowther; three Granddaughters: Cynthia (Steve) Leddy, Pauletta (Roger) Brady, Margie (Tim) Cavender; six Great Grandchildren and eight Great-Great Grandchildren, along with a host of family and friends and many school children.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Jennie (Overstreet) Buford; Father and Step-Mother: Clarence and Nannie Buford; Husband: Grady Paul Garrett; Daughter and Son-In-law: Jennie and Robert Crowther; two half-brothers: Clark Buford, John T. Buford; three half-sisters: Launa Stone, Lavelle Buford, Wynelle Roylston.

Serving as pallbearers were her great grandchildren: Lora Brady (James) Clouse, Robert (Sarah) Brady, David (Kara) Brady, Brad (Kara) Cavender, Paul (Angela) Leddy and Katelyn Leddy.

Funeral services for Mrs. Isabel “Buford” Garrett were held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2 PM at Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with burial following in the G.P. Garrett Cemetery located on their family farm.

Officiating the service were Bro. Caleb Sampson, Bro. A.J. Cox, Bro. Alan Judd, and Bro. Cecil Shaw. Grandson-in-laws Roger Brady and Steve Leddy also spoke sharing memories.

Over the years, her faith has sustained her through the loss of her daughter, husband, and five of her siblings. She lived her life on her own terms, refusing to be idle. Granny Garrett will live forever in all the hearts that she has touched, in all the lives that she has changed and in all the people she has welcomed into her home.

For her family; children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and many more the teaching continues as their heritage and her legacy. She was truly a guiding light.

At the wish of Granny Garrett, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers to please make donations to the Allons Elementary School Library, 321 Old Celina Rd., Allons, TN   38541 or the Happy Haven Children’s Home, 2311 Wakefield Dr., Cookeville, TN 38501, online at



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