Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lena Flatt Dudney, 90, of
the Free State community of Jackson County, Tennessee, will
be held at 1 P.M. on Thursday, November 13, 2008, at
Anderson - Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro,
TN. Burial will follow in the Dudney Family Cemetery in the Free
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 P.M. – 5
P.M. and from 6 P.M. – 9 P.M., and Thursday from 10 A.M
until time of services.
Mrs. Dudney passed away on Monday, November 10, 2008, at
NHC Health Care in Cookeville, TN.
She was born December 25, 1917, in Jackson County, TN, to
the late Henry Franklin and Delia Birdwell Flatt. On May 9,
1942, she was married to the late Frank Lee Dudney, who
passed away March 28, 1994.
She was a former cafeteria employee at Gainesboro
Elementary School, and a member of the Free State Church of
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in
death by 4 Brothers: Benton M., Tom B., J.D., and Mitchell
Flatt; and 5 Sisters: Clena Chaffin, Bertha Dorris, Lillie
Birdwell, Eunice Lozon, and Rebecca Selestow.
Survivors include 1 Daughter and Son-in-Law: Judy and
Tim Chambers of Cookeville, TN; 1 Granddaughter and her
husband: Cyndi and Josh Blackburn of Springfield, TN; 2
Sisters-in-Law: Elizabeth Flatt of Cookeville, TN, and Betty
Flatt of Granville, TN; and 3 Sisters: Edna Roberts of
Gainesboro, TN, Jessie Chaffin of Cookeville, TN, and Marie
Hershburger of Michigan. Several nieces, nephews, other
relatives, and friends also survive.
Bro. Ronald Strong and Bro. Randy Bybee will officiate at
Pallbearers: John Ray Dorris, Hugh Birdwell, David
Roberts, Jim Blankenship, Jerry Wilson, Steve Holman, Jimmy
Dudney, and Jimmy Anderson
Honorary Pallbearers: Tom Flatt, Bobby Birdwell, Wayne
Roberts, Leamon Flatt, Bill Flatt, Don Flatt, Kenneth Flatt, Ben
Flatt, Greg Lozon, Ken Chaffin, Mike Morgan, and Robert Lynn
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