Speck - William Johnie Webb
May 24, 1925 - March 11, 2018

Speck - William Johnie Webb

Speck - William Johnie Webb
May 24, 1925 - Mar 11, 2018

Speck - William Johnie Webb
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Funeral services for Mr. William Johnie Webb, age 92, of Livingston will be conducted 2 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home, with a Masonic service starting at 2 p.m. Bro. Steven Barlow will officiate. Burial will be in the Okolona Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Overton County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will welcome friends on Friday morning from 11 a.m. until time of services.

Mr. Webb passed from this life on Sunday evening, March 11, 2018 from the Overton County Health & Rehab. Johnie was born on May 24, 1925 in Windle, TN, to the late Hannah Elizabeth (Poston) and Herman Webb. He attended grammar school at Hennard and graduated from Livingston Academy in 1942. Too young to join the military, he worked with the U.S. Corps of Engineers in building Dale Hollow Dam. In 1943, he volunteered for the Army Air Corps, and in early 1945, transferred to the Army. The U.S. Army shipped him to France and later to Germany as part of the Occupational forces. Returning stateside in 1946, he remained in the Tennessee National Guard until 1962. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1952.

In July 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean Stephens. They enjoyed 61 years together and loved two children, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Years later, following the death of his beloved Jean in 2005, he married Patricia Wallace in 2009. Johnie and Pat had less than 8 years together as she died in 2017. He dearly loved his family, and had a strong faith in God and Country. He loved sports, especially football and baseball ( both of which he played in high school, military service, and on local post-WWII adult teams). Following in his Great Grandfather's footsteps, he played the banjo and loved Bluegrass music.

He owned and started several local businesses throughout his long life: Webb Electric Co. in the 1950's W & O Construction Co, in the 1960's- 1980's; Lion Oil Co. in the 1960's- 1970's and Family Star Market in the 1980's. Throughout this time , he designed or built more than 50 local residences, commercial building, and the swimming pool at Standing Stone Park. Always interested in giving back to help his community, he was active in many local civic group: Lions, Fair Board, Masons, County Commission, Pioneer Day, establishing the Livingston Airport, and numerous State-wide organizations. He loved flying his entire life and was instrumental in building the Livingston airport.

Johnie is survived by one daughter: Janet and husband Johnny Gann of Livingston. Four grandchildren: Wm. Lynn and wife Cecilia Gann of Houston, TX; Jeannie and husband Chad Cavendish of Fredericksburg, VA; Wesley and wife Cailey Webb of Baxter, TN, and Shanae Webb of Cookeville, TN. Eight great-grandchildren; Jordan Gann of Fayetteville, AR; Julia Gann and Jaden Gann of Houston, TX; Mason Cavendish, Audrey Cavendish and Ethan Cavendish of Fredericksburg, VA; Branch Webb of Baxter, TN, and Ava Grace Webb of Cookeville, TN. He is also survived by a sister: Betty and husband Bill Sells of Gambril, MD; and a brother: Kenneth and wife Jimmie Webb of Livingston.

In Addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a son, John Stephen Webb; a brother, Dempsie Webb; and sisters, Edith Webb, Gladys Biddle and Sue Anna Brock.

Pallbearers are, Grandsons- Lynn Gann and Wesley Webb, Chad Cavendish and great-grandsons- Mason and Ethan Cavendish, and nephew - Matthew Frazier.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the great folks at the Overton County Health & Rehab Center for 4 1/2 years of loving care; to Dr. Michael Cox and his staff for their devotion; and the wonderful staff of Caris Healthcare for their dedicated care and assistance. Finally, thank you to everyone who made time to visit and lighten our sorrow. We do literally "Get by with a little help from our friends..."

We sincerely appreciate the staff at Speck Funeral Home for their help.

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Bethel Poston, Jr on Mar 16, 2018

Thinking of the Johnie Webb family.
Bethel & Carol Poston

Judy Poston Graham on Mar 15, 2018

Johnie was my first cousin but I am closer to Janet's age rather than his age. Sorry to hear but living 92 years, he was blessed. Remember how fond my dad & mother were of him. My the Holy Spirit comfort each one of you!

Ricky Averitt on Mar 15, 2018

We spent a lot of afternoons at the Webb house as Cub Scouts with Jean as den mother and Mr. Webb lending a hand when needed. He was pilot for the first plane I rode in. Sympathy and prayers to all the family.

John Officer on Mar 15, 2018

John Officer

Rick Roberts on Mar 14, 2018

I fondly remember growing up with my lifelong friend Stephen and hanging out at the Webb home. Thanks to Johnny, I enjoyed my first plane ride, snowmobile outing, Ringling Brothers Circus trip and college basketball game. My thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and the extended Webb family.

Speck Funeral Home on Mar 13, 2018


Chris Speck on Mar 13, 2018

Kim Copeland on Mar 13, 2018

So sorry for your loss.

Viann McCormick on Mar 12, 2018

Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. I can remember your Dad & Mom so active at the old First Christian Church. They will always be remembered by the "1950's neighborhood kids" who frequently visited your home. May God Bless you & your family. Viann

Ronald Dishman on Mar 12, 2018

CandleJanet and Family

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Johnie. Just remember he will always be alive in your hearts. He now has a new body free from pain and confusion. Praying you will feel God's loving strengthening peaceful and comforting touch in the coming days. God bless and keep you. Much love.
Bro. Ronald and Collette Dishman
Livingston TN



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