Volume 53, Number 30

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 28, 2016


Opal Skeen
September 1, 1923 - July 19, 2016

SMITHVILLE, TN--Opal Gladys Manis Skeen, 92 of Woodlawn Dr. passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the NHC Healthcare in Smithville, TN.
She was born Sept. 1, 1923 in Byrdstown to the late Benton and Lona Pritchard Manis. Mrs. Skeen graduated from Pickett Co. High School and moved to Muncie and when her husband Donald R. Skeen passed away in 1979 she moved back to Pickett Co. She loved bowling, playing bingo, making quilts and was a retired restaurant employee at Star Point Dock.
Other than her parents and husband she is preceded in death by son, Bobby Skeen; sister, Elise Phillips; grandson, James Casey Reagan.
Survivors include daughter, Carol Storie and husband George from Smithville; two sons, Michael Skeen and wife Carol, Larry Matheny and wife Judy, all of Muncie, IN; sister, Leva Hardcastle of Little Rock, AK; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Brown Funeral Chapel with Bro. Randy Tompkins officiating and burial at Beaty Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be to the family In Memory of Opal Skeen. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com

Linda Wright
August 6, 1956 - July 19, 2016

MURFREESBORO, TN--Linda Pemberton Wright, 59 of Independence Way, Murfreesboro went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
She was born August 6, 1956 in Fairbault, MN to the late George Thomas and LaVerne Nelson Pemberton. Mrs. Wright was a medical lab technician for many years at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital and a member of the Walter Hill Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
Other than her parents she is preceded in death by sister, Barbara Ann Champaign; brother, William Pemberton.
Survivors include her husband, Tony Lee Wright of Murfreesboro; two daughters, Jamie Arms and husband Justin of Mt. Juliet and Janice Lee of Murfreesboro; two sisters, Sandra DeVault and husband Michael of Fairview, TX and Sarah Pemberton of Byrdstown; five grandchildren, MacKenzie Lee, Jackson and Summer Mathis, Alexis and Addalyn Arms.
Graveside services were held Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Story Cemetery with Bro. Shelby Smith officiating. Special care provided by Brown Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralchapel.com.

Georgia Willadean (Storie) Stone
November 10, 1935 - July 16, 2016

hoopeston, il--Georgia Willadean (Storie) Stone's life was one defined, in belief and practice, by boundless love. To know her was to be loved by her, to be tenderly cared for, to be nourished in mind, body and soul. 
Born on Nov. 10, 1935 to parents Alfred and Catherine Storie, Georgie spent the early part of her life in Byrdstown. 
As a young wife, Georgie and her husband, Granville Stone, moved north to Hoopeston, IL where she worked factory jobs before opening a home daycare that she would continue to run for 50 years. Through her diligent care, Georgie essentially helped to raise hundreds of children, in some cases caring for multiple generations of the same families. Georgie lovingly raised her own four children alongside tending to the needs of so many others. She was a skilled and avid gardener, dedicated to coaxing life from the land she lived on. She fed her family and friends from the bounty of her beloved garden, canning and sharing all that she grew. Her drive to help feed those around her was not limited to the people who filled her house. Her care extended to squirrels, birds, and feral cats who knew they would be met with kindness and food at Georgie's door. She had a sense of humor she would share with all, and a stubborn streak that only her most beloved typically witnessed. She loved to travel to Tennessee to visit family and friends, and enjoyed bus trips, exploring places like Branson, Missouri. 
Georgie left this earth on July 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, a half-sister, and her husband. Georgie is survived by four children: Sherlyn (Barry) Huffman, Scott Stone, Robyn Stone, and Patrick Stone, along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Her legacy is one of love that continues in perpetuity. 
A visitation was held Wednesday July 20, 2016 at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. A graveside service was held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday July 21, at the Danville National Cemetery in Danville, IL, with Rev. Sid Payne officiating. Burial was in the Danville National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Georgia’s honor to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 322 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001.


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