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ONLINE EDITION                      OBITUARIES-February 3, 2000                          2000
Clyde C. Billingsley
Wilford J. Collins
Rex A. Deckard
Clarence E. Dillehay
Joseph Marion Meadows
Vera Savage Page
Reed Poland
Forrest O. Polston
Doyle Watson

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Clarence E. Dillehay, 84, Ventura, Calif., formerly of Red Boiling
Springs, Tenn., died Jan. 26, 2000, in California. He was a retired field mechanic, having worked for Southern California Gas Co. for 25 years, and a lon-time member of the Grace Baptist Church of Ventura. Born in Macon County, Tenn., he was a son of the late Edward and Bertie (Collins) Dillehay, and the husband of Clio (Cherry) Dillehay, who survives. They had been married for 61 years. Other than his wife, survivors include a daughter, Sandra Bates of Arizona; a son, Larry Dillehay of Maryland; three brothers, Connie and Sam B. Dillehay, both of Red Boiling Springs, and James Dillehay, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; a sister, Susan Colman, also of Mt. Juliet; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Charles Carroll Funeral Home in California, with Rev. Cliff Howery officiating. Burial as at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
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Forrest O. Polston, 73, Nashville, Tenn., died Jan. 23, 2000. He was a 50-year member of the Jere Baxter Lodge No. 742 F&AM, a member of  the Scottish Rite and the Al Menah Temple, and a Navy veteran of World War II. Born in Macon County, Tenn., he was a son of the late Walter and Martha (Hesson) Polston, and the husband of Betty (Shacklett) Polston, who survives. Other than his wife, survivors include a daughter, Cathey Balfanz, and a son, Terry Polston; two brothers, Britton “B.D.” Polston, Lafayette, Tenn.,  and Arnold Polston, Scottsville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Phillips-Robinson Co. Funeral Home in Nashville, with burial at the Spring Hill Cemetery.
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Doyle Watson, 79, of 385 Temp-low Rd., Bethpage, Tenn., died Jan. 25,  2000, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn. A former automobile salesman and farmer, he was a 50-year Mason and currently a member of the Hartsville Masonic Lodge #113. He also was a  member of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Born in Smith County, Tenn., he was a son of the late James Frank and Nancy Rebecca (Dickerson) Watson, and the husband of Mattie Elizabeth (Evetts) Watson, who survives. They were married Jan. 5, 1940. Other than his wife, survivors include a son, David Watson, Bethpage; a daughter, Rebecca Ann Brown, Gallatin; two sisters, Mamie Gregory, Lafayette, Tenn., and Anna Lee Smith, Franklin, Tenn.; two brothers, Odell Watson, Riddleton, Tenn., and Loman Watson, Lafayette; and two grandsons, Byron Joe Brown, Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Christopher Scott Brown, White House, Tenn. A son-in-law, Bobby Brown, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan 27 at the Phillip Anderson and
Son Funeral Home in Lafayette, with Elder Eddie Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Will Gregory Cemetery. Nephews of the deceased served as pallbearers.
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Vera Savage Page, 77, of 1715 Free Hill Rd., Celina, Tenn., died Jan. 22, 2000, at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Born in Celina on Aug. 3, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Huley and Rase Lee (Smith) Maxey, and the wife of Clifton Page, who survives. Other than her husband, survivors include five sons, Chester, Gary and Oscar Page, all of Celina, and John and Jamie Page, both of Nashville, Tenn.; three daughters, Elvenia House, Indianapolis, Ind., and Gail and
Charlene Page, both of Nashville; two sisters, Willa Dean Hamilton,
Celina, and Mary Ruth Harper, Indianapolis; 21 grandchildren, 23
great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Free Hill Church of Christ, with Norman Hamilton officiating. Burial was at the Page Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Upton Funeral Home.
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Clyde C. Billingsley, 92, Hendersonville, Tenn., died Jan. 30, 2000.
She was born Jan. 29, 1908 in the Bugtussle community of Monroe
County. Survivors include two sons, Charles R. and Fred A. Neal, and a daughter, Ruth Joyce Fentress; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the  Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel in Goodlettsville, Tenn., with Bro. David Claypool and Marty Rothschild officiating. Graveside services were
held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Neal Cemetery in Flippin. Local arrangements were under the direction of Yokley Funeral Home in
Tompkinsville.
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Wilford J. Collins, 84, of 2635 Brimestone Creek Rd., Moss, Tenn., died Jan. 27, 2000, at the Cumberland River Hospital, Celina, Tenn.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ. Born in Moss on July 1, 1915, he was a son of the late Virgil and Creasy
(Kendall) Collins, and the husband of Eunice Odell (Cherry) Collins,
who died in 1992. They were married Jan. 14, 1940. Survivors  include a son and daughter-in-law, Wendall “Sonny” and  Carolyn  Collins, and two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Junior Hammonds and Marie and Garth Anderson, all of Moss; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Four brothers, Joe, James, Amos and Willis Collins, and a sister, Lucettia Rich, all preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Upton Funeral Home Chapel in Celina. Burial was at the Kendall Cemetery.
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Joseph Marion Colonel Meadows, 88, of 2124 New Hope Rd., Celina, Tenn., died Jan. 27, 2000, at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. He was a retired farmer and a member of the New Hope Church of Christ. Born in Jackson County, Tenn. on Nov. 11, 1911, he was a son of the late Byron E. and Etta (Wheeler) Meadows, and the husband of Belva (Anderson) Meadows, who survives. They were married June 8, 1930. Other than his wife, survivors include three sons, Russell Meadows, Moss, Tenn.; Willie Dude Meadows, Celina; and Bobby Meadows, Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.; four daughters — Marie Stephens, Pegram, Tenn., and Jean Finch, Kathy
Killmon and Pandora Reagan, all of Celina; 20 grandchildren and 22
great-granchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the New Hope Church of  Christ, with grandsons of the deceased presiding. Burial was at the New Hope Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Upton Funeral Home in Celina.
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Rex A. Deckard, 85, Deckard Blvd., Tompkinsville, died Jan. 28, 2000, at the Monroe County Medical Center. He was a retired mechanic. Born in Monroe County on May 23, 1914, he was a son of the late Franklin and Ida (Bray) Deckard, and the husband of Ardie (Cropper) Deckard, who survives. They were married July 17, 1938 in Tompkinsville. Other than his wife, survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Deckard and Jerry and Theresa Deckard, all of Tompkinsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia Sue and David Geralds, Louisville, and Judy Ann and Buddy Mosley, South Fulton, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Two brothers, Estes Guy and Chester Deckard, and three sisters, Lecta Ray, Essie Bean and Bertha Reeves, all preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville, with Bro. Max Ray officiating. Burial was at the Monroe County Memorial Lawn. Serving as pallbearers were: Michael Emberton, Todd Geralds, Larry Gosser, Buddy Mosley, Brian Reagan, and Mark Wimsatt.
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Reed Poland, 76, of 387 Poland Rd., Scottsville, died Jan. 30, 2000,
at the Medical Center in Scottsville. He was a retired farmer. Born in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Calvin Tennessee and Edna
Bell (Brants) Poland, and the husband of Ruth (Hayes) Poland, who
survives. Other than his wife, survivors include five sons and three daughters-in-law — Donald Poland, Michael and Tina Poland, Ricky and Regina Poland, and Bobby and Kim Poland, all of Scottsville, and Gary Poland, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Richard Crowe, Atlanta, Ga., and Caroline and Norman Bunch, Bowling Green; two sisters, Noma Perkins, Indianapolis, Ind., and Neva Clark, Glasgow; a half sister, Elsie Botts of Florida; 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. A brother, Emery Poland, and a sister, Velma Walden, both preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, at Goad Funeral Home in Scottsville, with Rev. Danny Patrick officating. Burial was at the Crescent Hill Cemetery.
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