Volume 52, Number 51

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, December 18, 2014

Obituaries

Jesse J. Martin
April 24, 1924 - December 13, 2014

BYRDSTOWN--Jesse J. Martin, 90 of Livingston Hwy., Byrdstown passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. He was born April 23, 1924 in Stearns, Ky. to the late Wolford and Amy Nettie Rose Martin. Mr. Martin lived part time in Pickett Co. at his vacation home for many years and past 2 years full time. He was a retired employee with Central Indiana Gas Company, a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge in Anderson, IN. where he earned his pen for 50 years of service. Mr. Martin was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Jesse and Mary were married for 69 years until her passing on November 1, 2014. Other than is parents and wife, Mary Sells Martin he is preceded in death by one sister, Myrtle Strunk; two brothers, Theo and Monroe Thompson.
Survivors include his two daughters, Pamela Gouker and friend Joe Kinsey and Patti Pyzik and husband Jim, all of Byrdstown; sister, Gladys Norris of Anderson, IN; four grandchildren, Joseph Gouker and wife Chrissy, Gina Gouker Hughes and husband George, Joshua Pyzik and wife Kristin and Jacob Pyzik and wife Tonya; 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kyle, Chloe, Peyton, Luke, Wyatt, Gavin, McKenzie, Cierra and Carter. Also surviving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral service is set for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Earl Sweat officiating and burial at Smyrna Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Kinsey, Jordan Gouker, Josh Pyzik, Jacob Pyzik, Kyle Hughes, Jim Pyzik and Joe Gouker.
Special care provided by Brown Funeral

Billy Sells
March 5, 1940 - December 10, 2014

RICHMOND, In– Billy Sells, 74, of Richmond, Indiana went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at his home.
Born March 5, 1940, in Byrdstown, to Carlos and Lula Hassler Sells, he had lived in Richmond since 1966. Billy was a 1959 graduate of Pickett County High School. He worked for DANA Corporation and retired after 30 years of service. Billy was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Richmond, where he served as a deacon, trustee, and general maintenance worker. He sang in church with fellow members and dear friends for many years. Billy’s greatest enjoyment was working for and serving the Lord. He loved to travel and had done so extensively after retiring. Billy also enjoyed tending to his lawn and landscape and was an excellent carpenter.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Janet Ruth Sells, to whom he was married on June 20, 1959; two sons, Anthony Ray (Lea) Sells of Carthage, Tn. and Jeffrey Wade (Charlotte) Sells of Fishers, In.; grandchildren, Jeremiah (Casey) Sells and Zachary (Stephanie) Sells, both of Phoenix, Az., Licole (Garrett) Hunt of Winchester, Indiana, Sierra (Phil) Sells of Indianapolis, In., Taylor Sells of Fishers, In., and Joshua (Brittany) Bowery of Richmond, who he loved as his own; three great-grandchildren, Kaleb Sells, Harley Smith, and Sofia Thompson; brother, Gordon Sells of Byrdstown; three sisters, Norma Halfacre of Norfolk, Virginia, Ina Ruth Cross of Byrdstown; and Elois Gaye King of North Carolina; many nieces and nephews who he loved very much; and the Bowery family who he considered family and have been neighbors for years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ivan Sells, Eugene Sells, and Vernon Sells.
Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Arnold Moon officiating. Burial was in Earlham Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Faith Baptist Church, 1525 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.

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