Obituaries 11/5/19

Bobby Stone

Bobby Stone, 84, of Celina passed away Oct. 23 at his home. Funeral services were held Oct. 26 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with John Masters and Joe Hill officiating. Interment followe4d in the Stone Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Paul Masters, Alan Sharp, John Masters, Michael Masters, Austin Hill and Logan Moody.

He was born, Nov. 18, 1934 in Celina. He worked at Cedar Hill Boat Dock, served in the U.S. Army, worked at Osh Kosh B’Gosh, owner of Auto Home Store, Clay County Tax Assessor and a substitute mail carrier. He was a member of Arcot Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Paul and Berrah (McLerran) Stone; brother, Henry Boyd Stone; sister, Orpha Coe Masters; one nephew; and one great nephew.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Billie Stone; daughters, Gaye Ann Hill and husband, Joe of Cookeville and Donna Haynes and husband, Jerry of Celina; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Sharp and husband, David of Celina; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Douglas Ray Rich

Douglas Ray Rich, 53, of Red Boiling Springs passed away on Oct. 29 at Saint Thomas Midtown. Funeral services were held Oct. 31 from the Chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Celina with Bro. Tim McHenry officiating. Interment followed in the Jonestown Cemetery in Clay County. Pallbearers were: Eric Rich, Bobby Collins, Anthony Jones, Curtis Rich, Troy Crawford and Jackie Jenkins.

He was born March 4, 1966 in Tompkinsville.

He was preceded in death by: father, David Rich.

Surviving relatives include: daughters, Lauren Rich and companion BJ Scruggs of Lafayette, Jenna Hudson and husband, Marcus of Red Boiling Springs and Ashley Anderson of Lafayette; mother and step father, Eva Nell and Lonnie Bow; grandchildren, Addie Hudson, Meredith Hudson and Memphis Scruggs; sisters, Teresa Rich Smith and Sharron Bean and husband Allen; brothers, Dwight Rich and wife, Trish, Steve Rich and wife Sherry, Dwayne Rich, Josh Bow and wife, Amy and Justin Bow; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

John Taylor

LT COL Army (Ret.) John C. Taylor, 76, of Buffalo Valley was celebrated with a funeral service on Friday November 1, 2019 at 11:30 at Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Buddy Johnson, minister of the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ officiated. Interment, with military honors, followed at 3:00 pm at the Donaldson Family Cemetery in Clay County. The Taylor family received friends from 9:30 am until the service at 11:30 am.
LT COL Taylor died Sunday, October 27, 2019 at NHC Smithville, of Alzheimer’s disease complicated by pneumonia. He was born in Monroe, Louisiana on September 16, 1943 to the late Marion and Dorris Taylor. He was married to Patricia Clark Taylor, of Cookeville.
After graduation from Louisiana State University at Monroe, with a BA degree in commercial art and journalism, LT COL Taylor entered active duty in the US Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate (ROTC). He served in a variety of positions including Plans and Operations Officer (Republic of Korea), Combat Assault Helicopter Pilot, Command Assault Helicopter Company Executive Officer, Aviation Liaison Officer and Aviation to the Vietnamese Army III Corp, Combat Air Mission Commander, with 650 separate aerial combat assaults (Republic of Vietnam). After Vietnam, LT COL Taylor was assigned as a Professor of Military Science at Tennessee Technological University where he also obtained an MA in History. (1972-1978). From Tennessee Tech, LT COL Taylor went to the Defense Language Institute where he became a foreign area specialist – Latin America. His later assignments took him to El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica. He retired from the army in 1986 and remained in Costa Rica as the Chief Operations Officer of the United States State Department’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance for Latin American and the Caribbean. As CEO, he coordinated the USAID (United States Aid to International Disasters) team response to disaster relief in all parts of Latin American and the Caribbean. LT COL Taylor was the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal (2), the Distinguished Flying Cross (2), the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (2), Air Medal (26 awards), Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class.
In 2006 he retired from the State Department and returned to Cookeville. He married his college sweetheart, Patricia, built a house near the Caney Fork River and Center Hill Lake and spent the rest of his days fishing, bird hunting, leisure travel and community service. He was active in Cookeville’s noon Rotary, the Putnam County Sheriffs Jail Disciplinary Board, the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ with special emphasis on the activities of their Latin American Missionary work and Hispanic Ministry. He received a second chance for life in 2013 when he received a heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He urged everyone to be an organ donor.
The Taylor family wishes to extend a very special thanks to the nurses, Nioakah Hickman and Amanda Savage, and team of excellent caregivers at Reflections of NHC Smithville.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Taylor, and a daughter, Logan Taylor.
Survivors include his wife Patricia, daughter Erin Taylor, son-in-law Jack Staley and five grandchildren, Gwyn, Ian and Henry Weathers and Kelby and Gabby Staley.
Active pallbearers were Eddie and Brad Clark; Bruce, Dakota, and Montana Palmer; Kenny Kirk; Blake Shepherd and Ian Weathers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hispanic Ministry of the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ, 521 Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501, or to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka Kansas 66675.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements. (931) 526-6111 Share memories and condolences at


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