Martha Jane Spencer

Martha Jane (Overstreet) Spencer, 95, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 19, 2014 at Cumberland House. She was born on February 27, 1919 in Russellville, Indiana to Walter Earl Overstreet and Clara Belle (Reed) Overstreet.  Martha was married for 40 years to Harold Spencer who passed away on February 20, 1980. She worked as a registered nurse for 31 years at Clay County hospital in Brazil, Indiana. Martha was a 60 year Easter Star.
After retirement Martha moved to Athens, Georgia for 31 years. Then she moved to Fairfield Glade, TN to be near her daughter Sue and son-in-law Morris Hannah. Martha had three children, one deceased is Robert Dale, and two living Barbara Cornelius (Larry) of Bogart, Georgia and Sue Hannah (Morris) of Fairfield Glade, TN. Martha is survived by her two daughters and son-in-laws; four grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; brother: Ray Overstreet of Indianapolis, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, and husband.
A funeral service will be held at French, Lawson-Miller & Schoppenhorst Funeral Home with Rev. William Price officiating. Family will receive friends on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 am with funeral service following at 11:00 then burial will be in Calcutta Cemetery in Harmony, Indiana.

Jannie Virginia Rogers

Jannie Virginia Rogers, 52, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 20, 2014 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the chapel of Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be on Friday, August 22, at 2:00 pm with Bro. Tim Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Big Lick Cemetery.

Jannie was born on December 6, 1961 in Marion, IN to Hubert John and Wilma Jane Felton Beaty. She worked on an assembly line at Flowers Bakery.

Jannie is survived by husband: Terry Rogers; daughters: Brittany Hamilton, Amber Wilson, and Brandy Davis; son: Alen Rogers; brothers: John Beaty, Terry Beaty, and William Beaty; sister: Renee (Gene); sixteen grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by parents, and son: Zachary Rogers.

James Thomas Braun

James Thomas Braun, 77, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 18, 2014 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm at The Fourth Dimension.

James was born on July 16, 1937 in Detroit, MI to Carl and Irene Braun. He enjoyed camping, showing dogs and spending time with close friends. He loved having breakfast with Jack. James served in the United States Air Force.

James is survived by his wife: Linda Braun; sons: Tim Waite (Amber), Dan Waite (Helen); daughter: Paula Bielski (Bill); grandchildren: Kelsey Waite and Steven Bradley; great grandchildren: Davion and Silas. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Ron Braun.

Michael Louis Lanza

MICHAEL LOUIS LANZA: Sept. 29, 1955 to Aug. 16, 2014

Michael Lanza of 102 Shore Lane, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee passed away Saturday, August 16 after a long illness.

Michael leaves behind his two children: Daughter, Jaqueline Lanza, Bel Air, MD, and son, Brain Lanza, Baltimore, MD. His mother: Patricia Lanza, Fairfield Glade, TN, and father: Richard J. Lanza of Melbourne, FL

In addition his sisters: Debbie Lanza Donathan, Hampton, GA, Martha Lanza, Westbrookville, NY, Melissa Lanza, Wurtsboro, NY, Elizabeth Lanza Copeland, Hopewell, NJ and brother: Richard A. Lanza, Stratford, CT

Preceding Michael was his sister Judith Lanza Bakunas, Westfield, NJ, in 2001, his grandmother, Mamie Webb Hair, Orange Park, FL, grandfather, George Neal, Springfield, IL and paternal grandparents Richard and Suzanne Lanza, Eatontown, NJ.

Born in Jacksonville, FL, Michael was the forth child in a family of seven children. His father, a career Navy man, moved the family to New Jersey in 1973 where Michael began his college years. Michael worked his way through Brookdale Community College, earning an Associate Degree in Art. He then entered Kean College (now University) in 1980. Michael graduated Kean University, in Edison, NJ, a with a BA in Fine Arts.

After graduation he served two years in The Peace Corp, in Tunisa, Africa. During this time he also visited many other countries semi-satisfying his hunger for travel. When he returned from Tunisa he worked in the family business, Lanza’s Country Inn, Livingston Manor, NY and a local printing company in Liberty, NY.

After he married, Pam Heller, he worked in sales in a container company in Edison, NJ and later created his own business, Convergence LLC, in Bel Air, MD. Convergence was a very successful commercial printing company that allowed Michael to retire in 2005 and move to Fairfield Glade, TN.

Michael loved fishing the lakes of the Glade and cars: Jeeps, Fords, Dodges, Mercedes, Lincolns, and Mustangs. He also loved the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands where he fished and enjoyed deep sea diving.

Michael leaves behind his two children, a large loving family including several aunts, uncles, brother and sister in laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and a great niece and great nephew. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of other services there will be an open house visitation at 102 Shore Lane from 5 to 9 on Wednesday for family, friends and neighbors.

Gaither William Stone

Gaither William Stone, 86, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 16, 2014 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm with Bro. Donald Umphrey. Burial will follow at Music Cemetery.

Gaither was born on October 13, 1927 in Crossville, TN to Tom and Jane Stone. He enjoyed going to church, working outside, gardening, bird watching and feeding his birds. Gaither served in the United States Army.

Gaither is survived by his wife of 52 years Betty Stone; daughters: Reba, Sheila, Wanda, Mary, and Margaret; sons: Dallas, William, and Randy; sisters Susie Thomas and Buelah Galliher; brothers: Eurice, Floyd and Oliver. Special daughter-in-law Reba Stone; two special grandchildren: Ashley and Brandon Stone; and many more grandchildren, and great grandchildren; many other family members.  Gaither was preceded in death by: parents: Tom and Jane Stone; children: Lucille, James, and Arlis; sister: Flossy Stone; brothers: Eadger. Sam, and George; granddaughters: Penny Ford, and Tonya Richards.

Hannah Carson Peterson

Hannah Carson Peterson, 90, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 9, 2014 at Wyndridge Health and Rehab. Center. She was born on January 29, 1924 in New Castle, Tyne, England. Before retiring Hannah worked as a retail store manager. Hannah enjoyed sewing.

Hannah is survived by son: Douglas Alan Peterson (Beverly), granddaughter: Jacqueline. She was preceded in death by parents: Thomas and Isabella Brown; husband: Evald Peterson; brothers: Thomas Brown, and Norman Brown; sister: Isabelle Swoop.


David Lawrence Yoder

With a heavy heart, I, David L Yoder’s daughter would like to let the city of Crossville know that my dad, David L Yoder, son of Firm Harrison Yoder and Patricia Yasenchak passed from this world into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday, August 8th, 2014 in Huntsville, AL at the age of 68. David L Yoder is survived by his beautiful, Godly wife of 49 years, Jean Ware Yoder.  David L Yoder graduated from Officer Commission School 1-67 in Fort Sill OK. David was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He proudly served in the United States Army for five years and the National Guard for twenty-two years. He also served at the Crossville Post Office for 25 years.


My dad was a man of honor who protected and provided for his home, wife, children and grandchildren as God called him too. David is survived by is only son, Scott David Yoder.  David is also survived by two daughters, Brenda Yoder Reeks married to John Christopher Reeks and Jennifer Danielle Friel married to Daniel Patrick Friel.


My dad is also survived by his grand kids, which are his pride and joy. He and my mother spent countless days and miles traveling around the Eastern United States watching their grand kids play sports. Dad first began his journey of being the most proud grandfather with his oldest grandson, Tyler Brandin Yoder (18). My dad would not be pleased with me if I didn’t brag on the fact that Tyler will be playing basketball for Bryan College. Then came his second bundle of joy, Ashlyn Danielle Friel (14), who he chased around watching her play softball and basketball. Dad would be so full of joy that Ash has decided to go on to her travel ball tryouts in the midst of our sadness. His third joy came with Madalyn Celeste Reeks (13), whom he got the great pleasure in watching her compete in recurve archery competitions and singing her heart out for The Lord.  Then came yet another joy, Jonah Christopher Reeks (9). Dad’s heart got to be full of pride even as he left this world because just a few short hours before he was watching Jonah play soccer. Last but definitely not least dad is survived by Ian Christopher Reeks (7) who has decided to follow in his older cousin’s footsteps and play basketball. These five beautiful children were loved deeply by their Papaw. They all knew that they were “his favorite” because he took each one on yearly individual camping trips anywhere they wanted to go and to do whatever they wanted to do. They will always know that Papaw was “a man after God’s own heart.” Dad had other hobbies as well, like riding his motorcycle, bowling, serving in the church, helping to start and work in a weekly soup kitchen and traveling. But none of his hobbies were ever more important than his five amazingly, wonderful grandchildren. He would always say how blessed of a life he was living. He thanked God daily for all the many blessings God choose to bestow on him.


David L Yoder is survived by one sister Gaile Lynn Nixon married to Grant Nixon and one uncle, Wayne Yoder. Dad was preceded in death by one sister, Karen Yoder Neale.


Dad’s quiet, even tempered, joyful spirit will be missed by all who spent anytime with him.  No one can express our hearts better than the words of Ian as we arrived home with Mamaw Friday afternoon to see Papaw’s truck that pulls the camper sitting the the driveway…”there’s the truck with no one to drive it.” Dad you will be missed but we rejoice in knowing that you are resting in the arms of Jesus.


Services will be held at Homestead United Methodist Church Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The visitation will be from 9:30-12 with the funeral service beginning at 12 and the graveside to follow at City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Bryan College Men’s basketball, Attn Don Rekoske, PO Box 7803, Dayton, TN, 37321.

Robert Andrew Conder


Robert Andrew Conder, 17, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 4, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 5:00 pm at Grace Community Church. Dennis Daniels and Teresa Breeding will be officiating. During this difficult time, the family finds comfort in knowing that Drew and Destiney are expecting a baby and that his legacy will live on through is child. In lieu of flowers, a legacy fund has been established at Progressive Savings Bank.

Robert was born on August 13, 1996 in Cumberland County, TN to James R. and Sharon Brookshear Conder.

Drew is survived by: Parents: James and Sharon Conder; Grandparents: James Everet and Betty Lea Conder all of Crossville, TN; James R. Brookshear of Philadelphia, TN; Brother: James Dylan Conder (Shannon) of Crossville, TN;
Aunts and Uncles: Ryan Sexton (Wanda) of Indianapolis, IN, Christi Wade of Knoxville, TN, Rhonda Presley of Philadelphia, TN; Fiancé: Destiney Lashai Conder (Crossville, TN). He was preceded in death by: grandmother: Linda Brookshear; Uncle Chris Conder.

Donna Marie Brady

Donna Marie Brady, 55, of Crossville, TN passed away on August 1, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center. She was born on March 18, 1959 in Washington D.C. to James Robert Lee and Margaret Faye Eklund. Donna worked as an LPN. On her days off she enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, cooking and drawing.

Donna is survived by: mother Margaret Faye Eklund; son: Michael Brady; daughters: Barbara Faye Brady (Dallas Ray Kilgore III), and Glenda Marie Brady; grandchildren: Riley Angel Kilgore, Alison Rose Brady; brothers: Mitchell Anderson, Jimmy Lee, Marlon Anderson, and Mike Williams; sister: Melissa.Donna was preceded in death by father: James Robert Lee.