Obituaries For The Week Of March 7, 2018



Mary Nell (Murray) Burnett, age 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Jamestown, Tennessee on March 1, 2018. She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. From her birth on September 16, 1926 till her death, she nurtured everyone she encountered with love, faith and compassion.

Mary Nell was born in Morristown, Tennessee to the late Joe and Reba (Noe) Murray.  The only child of an Irish immigrant and native East Tenneassean, Mary Nell was a shy young girl who spent her youth helping her mother and father run their small general store in Morristown.

After graduating from Morristown High School, she began working at Hamilton National Bank in Morristown. It was there where a co-worker recognized her intellect and encouraged her to pursue higher education. Because she had no money for school, Mary Nell applied for a scholarship to Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.  Due in part to the generosity of a Pennsylvania man who was an LMU alumnus, she received a scholarship to attend LMU. His act of kindness never left Mary Nell and she frequently praised his generosity throughout her life. Education was important to her, and she encouraged her family to pursue learning opportunities whenever possible.

While attending LMU, she started dating a young naval officer from Morristown who was home on leave during World War II.  After a three year courtship she married the love of her life, James W. (Bud) Burnett on October 15, 1947. Their 70-year marriage blessed them with three wonderful daughters: Jamie, Anne and Becky.

Faith and family were Mary Nell’s passion and delight. She was a dedicated Christian and lifelong member of the Methodist Church where she served as Church Treasurer for 17 years. Mary Nell was also devoted to her family and relished spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Many weekends she could be found surrounded by her family at UT Football games or on the family houseboat. Although she never played an instrument, she had a love for music which led her to encourage and support her family to pursue playing. She also enjoyed reading and membership in the Ladies Reading Circle in Morristown, Jamestown EHC, and the Jamestown Garden Club.

Unlike many women of her era, Mary Nell worked outside the home and played a vital role in the family poultry business, Burnett Poultry Company. While she never had a formal title, she shouldered many responsibilities including the management of the corporate operations.

Her love of travel and adventure took her and Bud across many states and countries. As a testament to her thoughtfulness, she always took time from her trips to find and bring home mementos to her family.

She was affectionately known to her family as Grandmother and will leave behind a legacy of kindness and grace. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to her family and those in need.

Left to honor Mary Nell and remember her love is her husband of 70 years, James W. (Bud) Burnett.

Children: Jamie McGuire and husband Bill of Florence, Alabama; Anne Johnston of Cookeville, Tennessee; Becky Atkinson and husband Don of Allardt, Tennessee.

Grandchildren: Sandi Clark Herndon and husband, Mark of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jimi Joe Simpson of Cookeville, Tennessee; Andrea Clark Lockerby and husband, Teddy of Cleveland, Tennessee; Heather Johnston Carico and husband, Kevin of Cookeville, Tennessee; Emily Atkinson Curtis and husband, Matt of Cookeville, Tennessee; Tyler Atkinson and wife, Tara of Cookeville, Tennessee.

Great-grandchildren: Lindsey Herndon; Madison Herndon; Joseph Simpson and wife, Zoie; James Simpson and wife, Tabby; Clark Lockerby; Camden Lockerby; Anneston Carico; and Ally Carico.

Great-great grandchildren: Hunter Grace Simpson, Hoyt Simpson and Houston Simpson.

The family greeted friends on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jennings Funeral Home in Jamestown, Tennessee. An additional visitation was held Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. EST at Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City, Tennessee.  A private graveside service and burial were held in Jarnagin Cemetery in Morristown, Tennessee.

Memorials may be made to the Jamestown First United Methodist Church or the Fentress County Food Bank.

Jamestown First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 723, Jamestown, TN 38556

Fentress County Food Bank, P.O. Box 723 Jamestown, TN 38556.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.


Lola M. Bilbrey, age 84 of Clarkrange, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at Signature HealthCare of Fentress County.

Mrs. Bilbrey was born August 2, 1933 in Fentress County, Tennessee.  She was a member of Mt. Union Baptist Church.  She was a factory worker.

Mrs. Bilbrey is survived by daughter, Shelia Smith and husband Doyle; granddaughter, Shawna Garrett and husband Rollie; great-granddaughter, Braelyn Garrett; and three sisters, Wilma Allred, Shelby Conatser and Margie Barringer.

Mrs. Bilbrey was preceded in death by husband, Roba Bilbrey; father, Luther Miller; mother, Bessie (Stepp) Miller; brother, Norman Miller; sister, Hazel Waller; and an infant sister.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Josh England officiating.  Burial followed in the Campground Cemetery in Clarkrange.  Pallbearers included Rollie Garrett, John Neely, Ricky Neely, Keith Baldwin, Sid LaRue and Roger Miller.

Jennings Funeral Home of Clarkrange, Tennessee was in charge of services.



Lucreatia Phyllis Evans, age 63, of Jamestown, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 at Cumberland Medical Center.

Mrs. Evans was born March 13, 1954 in Horse Cave, Kentucky. She was a caregiver.

Mrs. Evans is survived by two sons, Roy Evans and Melanie and Chad Evans and wife Frances; daughter, Maranda Dawn Evans and husband Daniel; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friends, Rachel Fields and Bessie Phillips.

Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by husband, Glen Evans; son, Brandon Evans; father, Charlie Huff; mother, Elizabeth (Reynolds) Huff; and two brothers, Ricky Huff and Corbin Huff.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with Bro. David Mahen and Bro. T.J. Waters officiating.  Burial followed in the Moody Cemetery in Pall Mall.  Pallbearers included Cody Karsner, Randy Delk, Allen Evans, Daniel Stephens, Trent Stinson, Michael Delk and Hunter Delk.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.


Macie Cottle Hall, age 74, of the Banner community, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare of Jamestown.

Mrs. Hall is survived by six daughters, Sharon Lynn and husband Eddie, Patricia “Siss” Cottle, Michelle Hall, Macie Beaty, Felicia Hall and Danielle Hall; seven sons, Louis Cottle and wife Tonya Frame, Floyd Cottle and wife Danita, Dewayne Hall, Daryl Hall, Olin Hall, Calvin Hall and Marcus Hall; brother, Floyd Bennett; four sisters, Rosie Milam, Daphna Williams, Janie Thomas and Joan Lusk; thirty-nine grandchildren; and twenty-five foster children.

Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by first husband, Lewis Cottle; mother, Nora Tilly Bennett; father, Mack Bennett; three brothers, Fred Bennett, Andy Bennett and Jimmy Bennett; and three sisters, Annie Cottle, June Lafferty and Gracie Holcomb.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clarkrange Chapel of Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Sammie Dunford officiating.  Burial followed in the Spring Chapel Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Ricky Cottle, Jeremy Donahue, John Harvey, Eric Cottle, Eddie Lynn and Tim Wright.

Mundy Funeral Home of Clarkrange, Tennessee was in charge of services.


Robert Martinez, age 71, of Jamestown, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare of Jamestown.

Mr. Martinez is survived by three sisters, Carmen McDonald and husband Mac, Midge Alplanalp and Janelle Olson; and brother, Ray Martinez.

Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Edith Martinez.

The family chose cremation with a Memorial service to be held at a later date.

Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of arrangements.


Melinda Wright Threet, age 54, of Clarkrange, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Cumberland Medical Center.

Mrs. Threet is survived by three sons, Alan Campbell, David Crabtree and Kenneth Crabtree; sister, Margie Atchley and husband Willis; brother, Bubba Wright; and step-father, Joe Haire.

Mrs. Threet was preceded in death by father, Kenneth Wright; and mother, Linda Wright Haire.

The family chose cremation and received friends on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mundy Funeral Home.

Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.


Lola Smith, age 80, of Jamestown, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Smith is survived by six grandchildren, Misty Bagley, Krichelle Featherston, Nathan Smith, Kimberly Smith, Cody Smith and Miranda Smith; four brothers, Davis Human, Tommy Human, Hershel Human and Edward Human; sister, Louise Brown; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by husband J.T. Smith; three children, Janet Featherston, Joey Smith and Jeff Smith; parents, Osbay and Tilday Human; two brothers, Leo Human and David Human; and sister, Bertha Fliederer.

Memorial services were held Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Clarkrange Chapel of Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Lonnie Cook officiating.

Mundy Funeral Home of Clarkrange, Tennessee was in charge of services.