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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Thompson

Ms. Betty Jane Evans Thompson, age 76, of Paris, Tennessee passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. Her funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Dusty Stout officiating. Burial will follow the service in Community Cemetery. Named as pallbearers are Neil Thompson, Chad Thompson, Tommy Hollingsworth, Joey Michuda, David Evans, and Darrell Evans; honorary pallbearers will be Dwayne Evans, Duhl Evans, Jerry Freeland, Tristan Evans, and Ryan Kyle. Visitation is scheduled on Monday from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. and again on Tuesday after 12:00 P.M. until service time.

Betty Jane Evans Thompson was born September 9, 1942 in Henry County, Tennessee to the late George F. Evans and the late Georgia Lurlene Smith Evans. She is survived by her daughter: Tammy (Jerry) Freeland of Paris; sons: Jeff (Roxanne) Thompson of Paris and Joey Thompson of Puryear; brothers: Dwayne (Fay) Evans of Paris an Duhl (Shelly) Evans of Puryear; grandchildren: Megan Hollingsworth, Neil (Katie) Thompson, Chad (Holly) Thompson, Matt Cleaver, and Jimmy Dale Thompson Johnson; great grandchildren: McKray Brown, Bayleigh Thompson, Conner Thompson, Kaylen Thompson, and Braden Thompson; several nieces and nephews, other family members and best friend: Linda Stanley. Besides her parents, Betty is also preceded in death by grandchildren: Chris Archie and Heather Marie Hollingsworth and her special friend: James Thompson.

Ms. Thompson worked and retired from Emerson Electric Company. Betty was a Baptist by faith and was a member of the VFW Post 1889.

Mike Abbey

Mike Abbey, age 69 of Paris, TN, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

He worked for many years as an automobile mechanic, along with working in construction.  He was a member of Tennessee Valley Community Church in Paris and the Christian Motorcycle Association.  Mike was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of AmVets Post 45 where he served as a veteran’s service officer, and 3rd Vice.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post 89 and the VFW Post 1889.  He was a former member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1046 in Jacksonville, FL.  Mike loved helping veterans and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mike was born August 27, 1949, in St. Louis, MO, to the late Ambrose Francis Abbey and the late Eleanor Rosalie Averbeck Abbey.

He was married May 8, 2003, to Patricia Terrazas Abbey, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Sara (Bernd) Kollmann of Paris, TN; one son, Brian (Kris) Abbey of Jeffersonville, IN; one stepdaughter, Marianna (Christopher) Carr of Elizabethton, TN; one stepson, Samuel Shell of Tennessee; one sister, Judy (Randy) Bauer of Ohio; five grandchildren, Austin Harris, Houston Abbey, Kaitlyn Kollmann, Kian Abbey, and Logan Abbey; two great grandchildren, Bexlynn Harris and Natalie Harris; and several other step grandchildren, nephews, and great nephew and nieces.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  The body is to be cremated.  Memorial visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  A graveside memorial service will follow the visitation on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads in Wildersville, TN.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all veterans.

Entombment of cremains will follow the service in the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads.

Memorials may be made to:  The Mike Abbey Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

Charles Franklin "Charlie" Brown

Charles Franklin “Charlie” Brown, age 76 of Paris TN, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Belfast, Ireland while on a trip with his family.  

He was a faithful member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus council #7086 and a fourth degree Knight in Mother Teresa Assembly.  Charlie was a longtime Pharmacist in Paris.  He formerly worked at Sullivans Drug Store and Watsons Pharmacy, and then for many years at Medical Center Pharmacy where he was a co-owner and operator until his retirement.  He was a former chairman of the Henry County Beer Board.  He was a member of the Shed House Group, and he enjoyed gardening, lawn work, woodworking, being at the lake, and being outdoors.  

Born April 6, 1942 in Paris, TN he was a son of the late Austin A. Brown and the late Julia F. Brisendine Brown.

He was married on August 8, 1964 Frances Ellis “Fran” Brown and she survives of Paris, TN.  He is also survived by three sons, Mike (Kathy) Brown, Mark Brown, and Paul Brown all of Paris TN; and four grandchildren, Austin (Caroline) Brown of Memphis TN, Matthew Brown of Paris TN, Hannah Nichols of Paris TN, and Ava Brown of Paris TN.

Besides his parents, Charlie was also preceded in death by one brother, David Brown.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris TN.  Visitation will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 3 – 7 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in Walker Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dan Bundy, Stan Summers, Ryan Parrish, Rob Nichols, Mike Callendar, Louis Long, Jeff Marr, and Scott Geirhart

Named as honorary pallbearers are Jack Nichols, members of the Shed House, and Knights of Columbus.

Memorials may be made to:  Tomorrow’s Hope, 211 North Brewer St, Paris, TN  38242,   The American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX. 75284-0692,  or  Henry County Relay For Life, PO Box 1505, Paris, TN   38242.

Evelyn Anderson

Evelyn Carol Anderson, age 65 of Henry, TN, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at her residence in Henry, TN.

She retired after many years of working the assembly line at Holley Carburetor Plant in Paris.  Evelyn enjoyed fishing and gardening and she loved her grandchild.  She was a member of New Life Baptist Church in Henry, TN.

Evelyn was born May 23, 1953, to the late John Henry Lee and the late Ruth Evelyn Mathis Lee.

She was married May 1, 2000, to Tommy Anderson, who survives, of Henry, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by one son, Tommy (Brandy) Valentine of Henry, TN; one sister, Dorothy Bazzell of Henry, TN; one grandson, John William Valentine; and best friend, Carolyn Scott.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Doris Lee; and three brothers, John Lee, James Lee, and Charles Lee.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with John Lee officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Tommy Moody, Tracey Lee, Billy Moody, Tim Ballard, and Tony Milam.

Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Memorials may be made to:  The Evelyn Anderson Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

Brenda Mathis

Brenda Mathis Quinn, age 71 of Paris, TN, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

 

She was a former teacher in the New Madrid County School System in Missouri.  She was Baptist and enjoyed reading and learning.

 

Brenda was born May 24, 1947 in Paris, TN to the late James Lloyd Mathis and the late Dathel Eulene Ownby Mathis. 

 

She is survived by one daughter, Karen (Wayne) Hughes of Paris, TN; one son, Russell (Laura) Quinn of Kimberly, AL; three sisters, Nancy (Ricky) Madden of Paris, TN, Trudi Telkamp of McKenzie, TN, and Karen Mathis of Dallas, TX; one brother, Dwayne (Jan) Mathis of Paris, TN; and seven grandchildren, Hannah (Daniel) Harris, Sarah Quinn, Ellen Quinn, Abigail Quinn, Mary Quinn, Alyssa Hughes, and Kate Hughes. 

 

Besides her parents, Brenda was also preceded in death by one brother, Paul Mathis.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN where visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 10 am – 12 pm.  The funeral service will be Wednesday at 12:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with her son, Dr. Russell Quinn officiating.

 

Pallbearers will be Daniel Harris, Barry Mathis, Caleb Dunn, Liston Madden, Mike McSwain, and Michael Mason.

 

Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Memory Garden.

 

Memorials may be made to:  Tennessee Kidney Foundation, 37 Peabody St., Suite 206, Nashville, TN. 37210.

Harold Plumley

Harold Johnson Plumley, age 92,died Fri. March 8th at the Sommerfield Health Center located at the Heritage in Franklin, TN.

He was raised on an Indiana tenant farm during the Great Depression, he was inducted into the US Army Force immediately out of high school. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and Army Air Force Certificate of Achievement.

Harold became a CPA in Indiana, before acquiring a small manufacturing business in Paris in 1967. At first it employed 35 people with sales of $600K a year. When he sold Plumley Companies in 1995 it had grown to 1200 employees with annual sales exceeding $100M.

Harold was born February 27, 1927 in Convoy, Ohio and he is survived by his wife of 69 years Opal A. Plumley, four sons Michael, Stephen, Richard, and William, and by 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers-Dean and Chalmer.

Memorial services will be held March 14th at 11am int he First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.

Randy Wade

Randy Wade, age 60 of Paris, TN, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center.

Randy was a member of Como Church of Christ.  He formerly worked at the Henry County Highway Dept.  He loved his family, friends, and church family and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Randy was born April 26, 1958 in Jackson, MS to the late R. L.  Bob Wade and the late Willene Hicks Berkley.

He was married on September 2, 1977 to Vickie Smith Wade and she survives of Paris, TN.   Randy is also survived by two daughters, Nakisha (Scott) Peach of Paris, TN and Shannon (Jason) Smith of Paris, TN; two sisters, Debbie (Larry) Owen of Paris, TN, and Bobbie (Harry Lee) Walker of Puryear, TN;  five brothers, Ricky (Vanessa) Wade of Paris, TN,  Marty Wright of Jackson, TN, Ronnie Wade of Paris, TN, Jimmy Wade of Paris, TN, and John (Tina) Wade of Perryville, MO; seven grandchildren, Hailee Fincher, Garrett (Cody) Boone, Macy Peach, Zander Peach, Emilee Smith, Noah Smith, and Ethan Smith; two great grandchildren, Rylan Fincher, and Grayson Nash; and one uncle, Billy Dale (Beth) Hicks of Mansfield, TN.

Besides his parents, Randy was also preceded in death by one brother, Mark Wright; and one grandchild, Trent Fincher.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.   Visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 12 – 3 pm with the funeral service at 3:00 pm in LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Rex Buford officiating.  Cremation will follow the service.

Memorials may be made to: The Randy Wade Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, PO Box 788, Paris, TN  38242.

June Anderson

June Rushing Anderson, 82 retired from Maury County Register of Deeds, died Saturday March, 9 2019 at her residence in Maury County.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Anderson will be conducted Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. at Graymere Church of Christ with John Vaughn officiating. The family will visit with friends Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Oakes and Nichols, Tuesday from 11:00 – 1:00 P.M. at the church, and Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris, Tennessee. A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Walker Cemetery also in Paris.

Memorials may be made to Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, 298 Middle Road, Riverhead, NY 11901. 

Born April 30, 1936 in Benton County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Watts Rushing and Idea Phifer Rushing. Mrs. Anderson married her husband Gerald Wayne “Jerry” Anderson on May 28, 1953, who preceded her in death on July 24, 2005. She worked for the Maury County Register of Deeds for 25 years. Mrs. Anderson enjoyed playing tennis and bridge. Mrs. Anderson was a very active member of the Graymere Church of Christ, and loved her church family dearly.

She is survived by her son Jonathan Wayne Anderson (Tonya Underwood); daughter Allison Patterson of Hixson, TN; grandchild Kaitlyn Patterson of Birchwood, TN; sister Ethel Rose Paschall of Paris, TN; sister in law Jean Anderson; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Anderson is preceded in death by her sister Ernestine Rushing; son in law Pat Patterson; brother in law Bob Anderson.

Pallbearers will include John Paschall, Stan Wilson, Wayne Fuqua, Chad Howard, Jordan Hughes, Spencer LeBlanc, Jacob Canaday, and David Rushing.

Dr. Dennis Wieck

Dennis J. Wieck, MD, passed away peacefully at home on March 8, 2019. Born July 8, 1955 in St. Louis, MO., he was the son of Mary Ann (Quinlan) Wieck and the late Thomas S. Wieck. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Leigh Ann Jones Wieck, two children Kimberly Denise Leach (Jacob) and Elizabeth Leigh Wieck; three grandchildren Karsin Leach, Reagan Leach and Mesa Leach; and brothers Lawrence T. Wieck (Mary) and Gerald V. Wieck (Patricia).

Dennis graduated with an aerospace administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where later his interest in emergency medicine developed. Upon becoming a paramedic Dennis worked for the ambulance service and in the hospital emergency room in Murfreesboro. This exposure to medicine and patient care motivated Dennis to return to school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis where he received his medical degree. After completing his residency training at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, West Virginia, Dennis returned to Tennessee to begin his medical career as an OB/GYN. practicing in Tullahoma, Dyersburg, and Shelbyville. Nearly ten years ago, Dennis settled in Paris at the Paris Women’s Center, Henry County Medical Center where he enjoyed the lasting relationships that he developed with his patients, and other medical professionals.

Dennis maintained his interest in electronics and became a licensed ham radio operator in the 1970’s. With his radio and communication experience he worked with the Henry County Emergency Management Agency and was involved in Emergency Communications and Disaster preparedness for the Paris community and West Tennessee. As a licensed pilot Dennis stayed active in the aviation and was a member of the EAA – Experimental Aircraft Association. His love of barbeque led him to many competitions and ultimately becoming a certified Kansas City Barbeque Society judge. Dennis was a member of the NRA and active in the community of Paris as a supporter of the Paris Henry County Arts Council and Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 11, 2019, from 4 to 7 PM at Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, Tennessee. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1210 E. Wood St., Paris, Tennessee. Entombment to follow the Funeral Mass at Rose Lawn Mausoleum 1695 Highway 69, Paris Tennessee.

Pallbearers are Otis Watson, Ron Watkins, Jerry Wieck, Josh Walsh, Bobby McDaniel and Stephen Wieck. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Wieck, Jacob Leach, Karsin Leach, Curtis Johnson, Jimmy Floyd, Mike Mann, Buddy Chelstorp and Jimmy Lee.

The Wieck family would like to especially thank the private team of providers, practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurses and friends for providing such wonderful attentive care looking after Dennis’ every need.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Easton’s Angels, P.O. Box 1371, Paris, Tennessee 38242, or Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1210 E. Wood St., Paris, Tennessee, 38242.

Chris Allen

Chris Allen, age 45 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Paris, TN.

 

He loved riding motorcycles, fishing, and music.  Chris was very creative and loved to make things with his hands.  He enjoyed being with family. 

 

Christopher was born July 29, 1973, in Paris, TN, to Regina Allen of Henry, TN, and Ricky Allen (Rebecca French) of Paris, TN. 

 

Along with his parents, he is also survived by two daughters, Kylie Allen of Jackson, TN, and Destany Allen of Henry, TN; one son, Koby Jones of Parsons, TN; one stepdaughter, Alexis Gouge of Paris, TN; one stepson, Fabian Gouge of Paris, TN; one half-sister, Rikkian Allen of Paris, TN; grandparents, Joe (Margaret) Allen of Paris, TN; four grandchildren, Kane Allen, Righteous Allen, Koda Ingram, and Waylon Ingram; special friend, Retha Smith of Henry, TN; two aunts, Susie Rayburn Lee of Tampa, FL, and Vicky Jo (David) Paschall of Puryear, TN; one uncle, Jerry Rayburn of McKenzie, TN; one niece, Savanna Allen; and two nephews, Shawn Allen Bricker and Cashton Halstead.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth & Lucille Rayburn.

 

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Monday, March 11, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and continue Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Wilbur Farmer officiating. 

 

Pallbearers will be Jerry Paul Melton, Jeremy Pugh, James “Binbo” Henderson, Fabian Gouge, Kenny Allen, and Anthony Grande.

 

Burial will be in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Cemetery in Springville, TN.

 

Memorials may be made to:  The Chris Allen Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

Louise Travis

Louise Marshall Travis, age 94 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at her residence in Paris, TN.

 

She was a homemaker who formerly worked in the auction business with her husband, and at the Clippard Plant in Paris.  Louise was a graduate of Grove High School and a very faithful member of Maplewood Baptist Church.  She enjoyed gardening flowers, making quilts, cooking, and loved her church family.

 

Louise was born March 13, 1924, in Paris, TN, to the late Robert Gaylon Marshall and the late Nellie R. Paschall Marshall.

 

She was married to James Edward Travis, who preceded her in death on September 13, 1996.

 

She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Norma Travis of Paris, TN; two granddaughters, Julie Travis of Paris, TN, and Jennifer Travis of Paris, TN; and one niece, Sandra Marshall Byrum of Olive Branch, MS.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son, Terry Edward Travis; and one brother, Charles Marshall.  

 

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242, where visitation will be Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and continue Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Corey Cain officiating.

 

Pallbearers will be Kevin Miles, Gary Vandiver, Kenny Cook, Jimmy Barrett, Dale Aston, Randy Spencer.

 

Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Gene Reagor

Eugene “Gene” Reagor, age 90 of Paris, TN, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at his residence in Paris, TN.

He retired after many years as a self-employed carpenter.  He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church in Springville.  Gene was a champion cutting horse rider and a stock car champion driver in his younger days.  He loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting, especially bird hunting.  His family was his greatest accomplishment and he adored his daughter and granddaughters. 

Gene was born November 13, 1928, in Dyersburg, TN, to the late William E. Reagor and the late Emma Gann Reagor.

He was married June 9, 1951 to Lorine Byrd Reagor, who preceded him in death on September 18, 1999.

He is survived by one daughter, Lana (Jerry) Joyner of Paris, TN; one stepdaughter, Wanda (John) Smith and her family of West Chicago, IL; two brothers, Ed (Nancy) Reagor of Paris, TN, and Dub (Mary) Reagor of Paris, TN; two grandchildren, Christi Cross of Paris, TN, and Jennifer Miller of Benton, KY; seven great grandchildren, Ryan Cross, Madison (Denton) Jordan, Jay Cross, Nathan (Vanessa) Cross, Emma Cross, Sam Cross, and Gavin Miller; and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Irene Adamson; and two brothers, Bob Flanagan and Bill Reagor. 

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242, where visitation will be Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and continue Monday, March 11, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Monday, March 11, 2019, at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Tony Crossnoe and Todd Henson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ed Reagor, Bob Baldwin, Gavin Miller, Eddie Reagor, Randy Peale, and Milton Peale.

Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Memorials may be made to:  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105   or   Henry County Medical Center Hospice, 311 East Wood Street, Paris TN 38242.

Benny "Red" Harris

Benny “Red” Harris, age 82 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

He retired after many years as a foreman with the Board of Public Utilities in Paris.  Benny attended Foundry Hill Community of Christ in Puryear.  He enjoyed hunting, especially coon hunting, loved coon hounds and was a former member of the Henry County Coon Club.  He also enjoyed gardening.

Benny was born June 25, 1936, in Etowah, TN, to the late Alerd Harris and the late Wille Mae Evans Harris.

He was married December 5, 1968, to Kay VanCleave Harris, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Karen Harris and fiancé Eddie Anderson of Paris, TN; one stepdaughter, Kathy Dunlap (Kenny) Brewer of Paducah, KY; one stepson, Robert “Bubba” (Diana) Dunlap of Puryear, TN; two sisters, Patricia Bronson of Jacksonville, FL, and Ann Wallace of Jacksonville, FL; and several step grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one stepson, Richard “Box” Dunlap; one sister, Odean Green; and four brothers, J.R. Harris, Charles Ray Harris, Joe Harris, and Eugene Harris.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Foundry Hill Community of Christ Cemetery in Puryear, TN, with Dale Gallimore officiating.

Pallbearers will be Tony Nance, Dwayne Craig, Lewis Clary, Cody Craig, Eddie Anderson, and Frankie Nance.

Burial will follow the graveside service in Foundry Hill Community of Christ Cemetery. 

Jerry Norton

William Jerry Norton, age 74 of Buchanan, TN, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at his residence in Buchanan, TN.

He retired as a self-employed framing contractor.  Jerry enjoyed working, loved fishing, and enjoyed discussing politics.

Jerry was born July 1, 1944, in Springville, TN, to the late Bonnie Brooks “BB” Norton and the late Ara Robbins Norton.

He was married May 11, 1961, to Patricia Carol Turner Norton, who preceded him in death on March 27, 2016.

He is survived by one daughter, Tonya Morris of Buchanan, TN; one son, Tony (Melanie) Norton of Jackson, TN; three grandchildren, Kacie (Aaron) Hurst of Paducah, KY, Dustin (Alyssa) Morris of Buchanan, TN, and Kye Norton of Paris, TN; and three great grandchildren, Jeren Norton, Jayce Norton, and Hudson Hurst.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 3:00 pm at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris, TN, with Chad Kennedy officiating.

Burial will follow the graveside service in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Juliette Julie Kelley

Juliette “Julie” Kelly, age 86 of Springville, TN, died Monday, March 4, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

Julie retired after working several years in the automotive manufacturing industry as a machinist.  She also enjoyed gardening.

Julie was born March 17, 1932, in Marion, AL, to the late Grant Terry and the late Inez Wade Terry Smith.

She is survived by one sister, Mary Laverriere of Arundel, ME; and good friends, Annie Keeth of Lake Orion, MI, and Mary Runyon of Buchanan, TN.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  The body is to be cremated with no services planned.

Ricky Carter

Rickey Carter, age 61 of Gulf Shores, AL, formerly of Paris, TN, passed away at his work in Orange Beach, AL, on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

He was a resident of Gulf Shores, AL, for many years.  Rickey loved the beach and all sports, and especially enjoyed watching Tennessee football.  He was Baptist in belief.

Ricky was born July 15, 1957, in Chicago, IL, to the late Henry Arlen Carter and Jane “Betty” Boyd Carter, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his mother, he is also survived by one daughter, Brandy Gail (John David) Olive of Paris, TN; one son, Charlie Carter of Orange Beach, AL; one sister, Kim (Chris) Champion of Paris, TN; and two grandchildren, John Carter Olive and Carly Jo Olive.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by one son, Scotty Arlen Carter.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Monday, March 4, 2019, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service to begin at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Jerry Lee officiating. 

Lucy Hosford

Lucy Key Hosford, age 95 of Paris, died Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the Paris Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Lucy was a retired LPN. She formerly worked for Dr. J. Ray Smith, the Chesemore Hospital, and the Oak Manor Nursing Home in McKenzie. She graduated from Cottage Grove School in 1941. She was the oldest living member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

She was married to Cleo Summers Hosford on January 10, 1946, and he preceded her in death on February 8, 2018.

Born June 3, 1923 in Paris, she was the daughter of the late Novice Bryan Key and the late Cordelia Smith Key. 

She is survived by her son, Bill (Terri) Saylor of Paris, TN;  one brother, Paul (Ruth) Key of Paris, TN;  four grandchildren, Pam (Frank) Heathman of Hermitage, TN, Brad Saylor of Paris, Alex Herbison of Antioch, TN,  and Erin (Steve) Chester of Antioch, TN;  and two great grandchildren, Cameron Heathman, and Keiran Chester.

Besides her parents and husband, Lucy was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Shankle, and Lucille Key; and one brother, Novice Key.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN where visitation will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 10 am – 12 pm.   The funeral service will be Tuesday at 12:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Mike Wimberley and Dennis Vance officiating.

Pallbearers will be Brad Saylor, Frank Heathman, Jon Trosper, Billy Fitzhugh, James Paschall, and Charles Hopkins.

Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Memory Garden in Paris.  

Memorials may be made to the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center, PO Box 283, Paris, TN  38242.

Sara Schoubye

Sara Anne Schoubye, age 65 of Paris, died Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN.

Sara formerly worked as an administrative assistant in a real estate office. She was member of the Antioch United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir. Sara also enjoyed being outside and gardening. Helping people was a passion in Sara’s life.

Born October 17, 1953, in Cortland, NY, she was the daughter of the late George Hilliard and the late Frances Gardner Hilliard. She married Gerhard Schoubye June 17, 1988, who preceded her in death November 14, 1997.

She is survived by three children: Josh N. Douglas of San Luis Obispo, CA, Barbara A. Schoubye of  NY, and Carl (Yvonne) Schoubye of Cottage Grove, TN; two sisters: Elsie Rose and Helen Dwyer both of NY; six brothers: Larry Hilliard, Paul Hilliard, Ray Hilliard, Tommy Hilliard, and George Hilliard Jr. all of NY, and David Hilliard of AZ; four grandchildren: Brea Nicole (Hunter) Lindsey, Aislynn Kayli Lee, Grayson Gardestig and Matthew Schoubye; and one great grandchild, Jasper Lee.

Along with her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers: Charles Hilliard, and Bobby Hilliard.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242.

A memorial service is to be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at the Antioch United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm with Rev. Linda Hilliard officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Chris Archie

Christopher Earl Archie “Hollingsworth”, age 34, of Mansfield, TN passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Chris worked as a self-employed logger.  He volunteered many years for the Henry County Rescue squad and the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed outdoor activities.

Chris was born November 4, 1984 in Murray, KY.   He is survived by his mother, Tammy Hollingsworth (Jerry) Freeland of Paris, TN; father, Donnie (Lorraine) Archie of Puryear, TN; father, Tommy (Melanie) Hollingsworth of Mansfield, TN; grandparents, Alton (Thelma) Hollingsworth Mansfield, TN, and Betty Thompson of Puryear, TN; aunt, Pat Hollingsworth (Caitlynn Pruitt) of Paris, TN; three uncles, Jeff (Roxanne) Thompson of Paris, TN, Joey Thompson of Puryear, TN, and David (Vickie) Archie of Paris, TN; four sisters, Megan (Ryan Kyle) Hollingsworth of Paris, TN, Reagan Hollingsworth of Mansfield, TN, Madison McDaniel of Mansfield, TN, and Bethany Ragan of Jackson, TN; two brothers, William (Ashley) Archie of Springville, TN, and Cody (Kayla Taylor) Archie of Paris, TN; special niece, MaKray Brown of Paris, TN; two nieces, Maci Mae Archie, and Addelynn Archie; and one nephew, Keegan Archie.

Chris was preceded in death by grandparents, Dale Thompson, James Thompson, Bill Archie, and Joyce Archie; and one sister, Heather Marie Hollingsworth.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home Monday, February 25, 2019 from 4 – 7 pm.  Visitation will continue at the Henry County Tabernacle at 8630 Reynoldsburg Rd, Springville, TN  38256 on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 9 am – 1 pm with the funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Henry County Tabernacle with Tommy Rushing and Dakota Owsley officiating.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Mellen, Glen Webb, Ryan Kyle, Dale Underwood, William Archie, and Cody Archie.

Burial will follow behind the church in the Community Cemetery in Springville, TN. 

Memorials may be made to:  The Christopher Archie Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, PO Box 788, Paris, TN  38242.

Bill Walker

Billie "Mr. Bill" Walker, age 91 of Buchanan passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 at his residence. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home conducted by family members. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2019 with Masonic Rites at 6:30. Visitation will also be after 1:00 PM Wednesday prior to the service all at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Billie B. Walker was born April 16, 1927 in Henry County, Tennessee to the late Burrow James Walker and the late Iva Miranda McDaniel Walker. On June 4, 1947 he married Vera Fay Hopwood Walker and she preceded him in death on July 2, 2000. He is survived by his special friend Emma Orren of Buchanan, TN; one daughter, Gail (Robert) Nevins of Indianapolis, IN; one son, H. Walker of Indiana; two grandchildren: Michael Ingle and Danny Walker; one sister, Jean Cloar of Paris, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, Mr. Walker was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Scott Ingle; and a brother, Charles Walker.

Bill Walker was a Mason joining in 1960 and earning his 50 year pin in 2010. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Philippines and he owned a knife sharpening business.

Vicky Muzzall

Vicky Muzzall, age 67 of Mansfield passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, February 28, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Beal of Shiloh United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home and after 12:00 PM Thursday prior to the service. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Vicky Muzzall was born February 12, 1952 in Oakdale, California to the late Emil Santini and the late Margaret Good Santini. On November 18, 1972 she married James Howard Muzzall and he survives in Mansfield, TN. She is also survived by a sister, Patricia Ann Santini (Gilbert) Prouty of Riverbank, CA; a brother, Billy (Patty) Santini of Escalon, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Muzzall provided tax service for the Paris area for forty-one years. She loved old cars, spending time with her friends and reading.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Downtown Paris Association which will benefit local non-profits.

Downtown Paris Association, 203 N. Fentress Street, Paris, TN 38242

Cheryle Owen

Cheryle Asher Owen, age 74 of Paris passed away Friday, February 22, 2019 at Paris Healthcare Center. Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, February 25, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Rex Buford officiating. Burial will follow at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Monday until service time at McEvoy Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jerry Esch, Bobby Joe Roberts, Sam Pickle, Jeremy Reeves, Patrick Little, and Brad Campbell.

Cheryle Asher Owen was born March 13, 1944 in Franklin, Indiana to the late Charles Asher and the late Faith Wright Asher. On February 14, 1983 she married Ronald C. Owen and he survives in Paris, TN. She is also survived by three daughters: Christine (Jerry) Esch and Michellia Wilson of McKenzie and Laureace (Bobby Joe) Roberts of Paris, TN; seven grandchildren: Shane (Sarah) Lindley, Brittani (Jeremy) Reeves, Dustin McKillip, Courtni (Brad) Campbell, Ashley (Patrick) Little, Kristian Lindley (Sam Pickle) and Bryan Lindley; fourteen great grandchildren; one sister, Carol Quick of Franklin, IN; and one brother, Roger Asher of Paris, TN.

Ms. Owen was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She played piano, she loved to sing, she loved to sew, and she was a great cook for her family.

Gary Dunn

Gary E. Dunn, age 70 of Paris passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at his residence. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, February 22, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Corey Cain of Maplewood Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be after 11:00 AM Friday until service time at McEvoy Funeral Home. His body will be cremated following the service and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons from Maplewood Baptist Church.

Gary E. Dunn was born April 15, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Eugene "Gene" Mack Dunn and the late Norma Warren Thompson. On March 19, 1971 he married Nancy Adams Dunn and she survives in Paris, TN. Mr. Dunn is also survived by a daughter, Wendy (Mark) Bass of Paris, TN; a son, Greg (Theresa) Dunn of Clarksville, TN; four grandchildren: Norah Bass, Mollie Bass, Savannah Dunn, and Garrett Dunn; one sister, Carol Walker of Lansing, MI; one brother, Randall Dunn of Florida; one sister-in-law, Barbara Dunn of Newark, DE; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Mr. Dunn was also preceded in death by his twin brother Barry Dunn.

Gary E. Dunn was a member of Maplewood Baptist Church where he served as deacon and treasurer. He was a member of Gideon's International and he was a University of Tennessee Alumnus and Fan. He was a chemical engineer for Dana Corporation/Plumley Companies for 38 years.

Memorials may be made to: Maplewood Baptist Church, 8700 Hwy 218, Paris, TN 38242 or Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001   

Ellen Wimberley

Ellen Waldrop Wimberley, age 75 of Paris passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center. Her body is to be cremated and a service will be held at a later date.

Ellen Waldrop Wimberley was born February 24, 1943 in Fairfax, Alabama to the late Hoyt Waldrop and the late Cleone Fuller Waldrop. On October 13, 1969 she married Larry Dale Wimberley and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2015.

Ms. Wimberley is survived by one daughter, Nicole (Justin) Taylor of Paris, TN; three sons: Dale (Sandy) Wimberley of Verbena, AL, Gerald Wimberley of Cookeville, TN and Chris (John) Wimberley of Paris, TN; four grandchildren: Tiffany (Cade) Williams, John (Sara) Witherspoon, Alyson Priddy, and Sebastian Wimberley; one sister, Kathryn Waldrop; and special cousins, Randy & Kathy Overcast.

Besides her parents and husband, Ms. Wimberley was also preceded in death by a sister, Raynell Tyson, and three brothers: Winford Waldrop, Hoyt Waldrop Jr., and Tommy Gene Waldrop.

Dee Yeck

Dolores “Dee” Yeck age 82 of Paris, died Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Henry County Medical Center.

Dee was the retired owner/operator of Paris on Wheels skating rink in Paris. She competed in the Senior Olympics where she won numerous medals at the local, state, and national levels. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and working puzzles. She also enjoyed traveling, cruising, and anything that involved being outside. Dee loved to teach line dancing and spent many hours at dances in northwest Tennessee. She volunteered at the Central School Office on Aging where she was involved with the Meals on Wheels program. She also was involved with Project Help and Helping Hand. For many years, she helped with the Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal.

Born February 1, 1937 in Patterson, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James L. Connelly and the late Anna Pezzano Connelly.

She was married to George Yeck, Sr., who preceded her in death May 8, 1989.

Dee is survived by her two daughters: Glenda (James) Calabro of Brick, NJ and Deborah (William) Patterson of Dunedin, FL; three grandchildren: Stacey (Michael) Elmendorf of Toms River, NJ, Jennifer Patterson and Fiancé Justin Corbett of Dunedin, FL, Christopher (Melissa) Lecerda of Brick, NJ; and six great grandchildren: Derek Elmendorf, Brandon Elmendorf, Olivia Calabro, DeeAnna Calabro, Connor Corbett and Alexandra Corbett.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son: George Yeck II and a brother: Ronald Connelly.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242. Visitation will be Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Ridgeway Funeral Home from 4 to 7 pm. Her funeral service will be held at 7 pm with Craig Peevyhouse officiating.

A committal service followed by burial will be at the Nashville National VA Cemetery in Madison, TN, on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 12 pm.

Memorials may be made to Project Help 55 Jones Bend Rd Ext., Paris, TN 38242.

Jerry Hudgins

Jerry Lee Hudgins, age 72 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, February 17, 2019, at his residence.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years. Jerry was a member of Assembly of God in Paris, TN. He loved fishing, hunting, playing pool, and darts.

Born February 17, 1947, in Paris, TN, he was the son of the late Richard Hudgins and the late Elizabeth “Lizzie” Margaret Greer Walters.

He is survived by the love of his life Bobbie Hudgins of Paris, TN; four daughters, Michelle Robbins of Paris, TN, Felica (Ricky) Watson of Paris, TN, Elisa (Justin) Patterson of Paris, TN, and Krista (Lukus) Evans of Paris, TN; one son, Dustin Hudgins of Paris, TN; seven grandchildren, Josh Robbins, Dalton Watson, Alyssa Hudgins, Aniah Nelson, Kaycen Patterson, Hazel Evans, and Ava Rose Hazel; and five grandchildren, Zan Robbins, Noah Watson, Gracie Watson, Claire Price, and Walker Price.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Nell Ellis; and one brother Kenneth Hudgins.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home with the funeral service to be at 1:00 pm in LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Lyndel Fisher officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky Watson, Dalton Watson, Chuck Lindsey, Steven Oakley, Josh Robbins, Chris Hudgins, Steve Key, and Robert Lowe.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Ellis, Randy Ellis, and Chris Powell.

Burial will be in Walker Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Memorials may be made to: The Shed, 210 Forrest Heights Lane, Paris, TN, 38242.

Shelia Davidson

Shelia Carter Davidson, age 57 of Brighton, Tennessee (formerly of Mansfield) passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at her residence. Her funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 18, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Don Elkins to officiate. Burial will follow the service in Shiloh Cemetery. Named as pallbearers are: Jeremiah Marr, Randy Carter, Tim Carter, Bryan Carter, Phil Crawford, and Dakota Elkins; honorary pallbearers: Derek Carter, Eddie Lankford, Tommy Lankford, and Joseph Dakota Whitehead. Visitation is scheduled at McEvoy Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. and again on Monday after 12:00 P.M. until time of service.

Shelia was born on February 23, 1961 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Terry F. Carter (who passed away on October 15, 1995) and Carolyn Toler Carter who survives in Mansfield. She is also survived by her fiancé: Chuck Whitehead of Brighton, daughters: Shea Davidson of Memphis and Mandy Elkins of Wingo, Kentucky, son: Josh (Devon) Elkins of Atoka, Tennessee, brother: Jerry (Sheri) Carter of Mansfield, and grandchildren: Blake Milliken, Taylor Elkins, Ashlynn Elkins, Samuel Elkins, Bentley Elkins, Dakota Elkins, and Kayleen Elkins.

Ms. Davidson was owner/operator of her own hair salon in Bartlett for many years. She was known for her good cooking, was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Sheila also loved the outdoors, including camping and fishing.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to: McEvoy Funeral Home, c/o: Sheila Davidson, P.O. Box 158, Paris, TN 38242. 

Carolyn Stevenson

Carolyn Stephenson (Loving) 74 from Paris, Tennessee was daughter to Chester and Maxine Stephenson on October 16, 1944. She died due to complications of cancer on February 15, 2019 in Jackson MS. She is survived by three children, Steve Loving, Meki Goetz, Michael Loving with six beloved grandchildren (Jamie, Meisha, Ryan, Madison, Max and Thomas), and husband, Paul Caudillo. Daughter in law Shelly and Son in law Matthew also mourn her loss. With her roots in the South, in 2005 she fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning a Bed & Breakfast “Annabelle” in Vicksburg, MS. She sparkled as her light was undeniable to all. Her creativity was inspiring, turning discards into masterpieces. She was the heartbeat of her family. Carolyn will be forever missed and never forgotten.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 23, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. John Dale officiating. Burial will follow at VanDyke Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Saturday prior to the service at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Roy Cowsert

Roy Eugene Cowsert, age 77 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center.

Roy retired after 10 years from Dana Corporation as a machinist and line operator. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He enjoyed watching game shows, fishing, puzzles, and spending time with his family.

Roy was born February 19, 1941, in Matthews, OH, to the late Delmar Lee Cowsert and the late Claudia Maxine Bohanan Cowsert.

He was married on February 22, 1974, to his late wife Frances Jean Cowsert.

He is survived by two daughters, Crystal (Kenneth) Morgan of Paris, TN, and Patricia (Scott) Kunath of Paris, TN; two sons, Vince (Cathy) Floyed of South Roxana, IL, and Kelly Floyed of Alton, IL; one sister, Teresa Furh Hatfield of Flint, MI; one brother, Jim Furh of Kansas City, MO; thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews of Michigan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins in Matthews, OH, and Sikeston, MO.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home. Following visitation his body is to be cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 10:30 am at Christ Lutheran Church with Luther Hasz officiating.

Memorials may be made to: Christ Lutheran Church, Hwy 79 South, Paris, TN, 38242.

Ricky DeShields

Ricky Dale DeShields, age 56 of Huntingdon, TN passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at his residence. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with his first cousin Rev. Houston Sills officiating. Visitation will be after 11:00 AM Wednesday prior to the service and his body will be cremated following the service.

Ricky Dale DeShields was born February 28, 1962 in Dyersburg, Tennessee to the late Russell Lee DeShields and the late Mary Sue Pollock DeShields. On April 1, 2016 he married Shellie Pilkington DeShields and she survives in Huntingdon, TN. He is also survived by two daughters: Heather Hardin (Terrance "Bank" Morris) of Paris, TN and Jackie Stevens of Covington, TN; one son, Brandon DeShields of Paris, TN; two brothers: Russ "Eric" DeShields and Bill DeShilds both of Paris, TN; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mr. DeShields was a truck driver for Denton Trucking Co. and a former volunteer fire fighter for the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish and he loved his friends and family.

Rev. Carlos Owens

Rev. Carlos Owens age 88 of Nashville, TN, formerly of Henry County, died Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Blakeford of Green Hills retirement community in Nashville, TN. 

Born June 6, 1930 near Eagle Creek in Henry County, he was a son of the late Raymond and Della Nora Rice Owens. He was married on June 17, 1955, at First Baptist Church, Dunedin, Florida, to Myrtice Jean Taylor who survives.

He graduated from E. W. Grove High School, Paris, TN, Union University, Jackson, TN and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. He served as pastor of churches in Henry and Stewart Counties prior to going, with Myrtice and Janice, age 10 mo., to Tanganyika (now Tanzania), Africa as  missionaries in 1957.

He leaves his wife, Myrtice Jean Taylor Owens, of Nashville; three daughters: Janice Alese (Roger) Duffy of Nashville; Ruth Ellen (James) Alvin, of Wheaton, IL & Debra Anne (Stan) Owens-Hughes, missionary with the IMB in Sao Paulo, Brazil; one sister, Patricia Eliza “Pat” Virginia; eleven grandchildren: Aaron (Lesley) Duffy of Johnson City, Adam (Beth) Duffy of San Diego, CA, Andrea Duffy, Nashville, Katie (Josh ) Stevens, Nashville; Andrea (Dan) Burkly of Wheaton, IL, Sharon (Gus) Neumann of Apex, NC, Mikaela (Samuel) Otavalo of Nashville, TN, Zachary Owens-Hughes of Nashville, TN, Carlos Owens-Hughes of Little Rock, AR, Sierra (Evan) Estes of Houston, TX, Arielle (Shawn) Stewart, Wheaton, IL; and eleven great-grandchildren, Samuel and Ethan Duffy; Matt, Jack, Julia & Nathaniel Burkly; Nathaniel, Owen and Taylor Neumann; Alex Stevens and Emma Otavalo. Also surviving, a sister-in-law, Antionette Wallace Owens and many nephews and nieces.

Preceding him in death were his parents and five brothers; Neely Harwell, Robert Carrol, Ed Archibald “Bill”, Aubrey Raymond, & Charles Delmer Owens; three sisters; Audrey Della Harris, Rena Elizabeth  Green and Sylvia Ann Owens, two grandchildren, Matthew Stephen Kaskela and Kristin Lynn Duffy.

Rev. Owens with his wife, Myrtice, spent 36 years in Africa as Southern Baptist Missionaries where he did evangelism and church and community development.

Rev. Owens' interests, other than church and missions, included writing, hunting, genealogy, gardening and photography. He wrote and published three books on family history and, while in Africa, a book on Parliamentary Procedure in Swahili. He, with Myrtice, published Hands Reaching Out of Darkness about their African Missionary experiences. They translated Hymns and Choruses into Ndonga, the language they used in Namibia, and published a hymnal for use in their churches. After retirement, the Owens helped to establish the Swahili Baptist Church at Woodmont in Nashville.

His funeral will be Thursday, February 14, 10:00 AM at Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris with Rev. Jeff Holder officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday the 13th, 4:00-8:00 PM and Thursday at 9:00 AM. Burial will follow in the Jones Chapel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Carlos & Myrtice Owens Fund (a perpetual mission support fund), International Missions Board, P. O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767 or via First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris, TN 38242, or to the charity of choice.

Martha Laffoon

Martha Merrell Laffoon, age 71 of Puryear, TN, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in Puryear, TN.

She retired from Henry County Medical Center as an Environmental Supervisor after working there for over 20 years. She loved sitting on her backporch with her dogs, enjoyed the outdoors, and loved spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids. She was Baptist in faith.

Martha was born December 14, 1947, in Detroit, MI, to the late James Rasdon Cleaver and the late Lavenia Lee Grooms Cleaver.

She was first married to William Carol Merrell, who preceded her in death on January 29, 1997.  Then she was married to Larry Laffoon on May 16, 2002, and he preceded her in death in 2012.

She is survived by her three daughters, Mary Wilson of Puryear, TN, Carolyn (Tommy) Roberts of Puryear, TN, and Rebecca (Eddie) Haynes of Puryear; two sons, William “Bill” (Tabitha) Merrell and James (Ashley) Merrell of Union City; one sister, Pat (Paul) Wood of Puryear, TN; five brothers, James (Moon) Cleaver of Gig Harbor, WA, Thomas (Betty) Cleaver of Paris, TN, Joseph Cleaver of Paris, TN, and J.B. White, JR., of Washington; and  nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.       

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Linda Patrum; one brother, David Cleaver; one son-in-law, Darrell Wilson; and one granddaughter, Dakota Grace Merrell.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  Visitation will be Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Craig Peevyhouse officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be, Jimmy Camper, Dalton Merrell, Blake Roberts, Austin Roberts, James Merrell, and Erik Dunn.

Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville, TN.

James Lawrence Golden

James "Lawrence" Golden, age 62, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Henry County Healthcare Center. A memorial service will be announced at a later date for Mr. Golden.

Lawrence was born on February 16, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Lidle A. Golden and the late Virginia Smith Golden. He is survived by daughter: Amanda D. Golden of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren: Jarett Golden and Ceiarria Tharpe; sisters: Carolyn (Steve) Cannon and Mary Ann "Maggie" (Jerry) Scott, all of Paris. Besides his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother: Robert Leslie Golden.

Lawrence was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors.

Bobby Rick

Robert “Bobby” Rick, age 50 of Paris, TN, died, Monday, February 4, 2019, in Paris, TN.

He was a carpenter for God’s Blessing Handyman Service in Paris.  Bobby enjoyed boxing and building with his hands.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Bobby was born October 19, 1968, in Chicago, IL, to the late Kenneth John Rick and the late Margaret Ann Merrell Rick.

He is survived by four children, Heather Smith of Paris, TN, Katelyn Rick of Paris, TN, Kristin Rick of Paris, TN, and Korey Rick of Paris, TN; four sisters, Gini Greer of Paris, TN, Shelia Peters of Paris, TN, Karen Rick of Dyersburg, TN, and Doris Rick of Florida; eight grandchildren, Sierra Pinson, Kayden Taylor, Logan Rick, Brody Stepp, Korben Crosno, Klover Crosno, Savannah Stepp, Jordan Thompson and Zailey Fitzgerald; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Merrell and Debra Bachtell; and five brothers, Windolan Merrell, David Merrell, Michael Merrell, Frankye Rick, and William Carl Rick.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  The body is to be cremated.   Memorial visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2019, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service to begin at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Joe McClure officiating.

Memorials may be made to: The Robert “Bobby” Rick Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

Marvin Cole

Marvin Cole, age 85 of New Concord, KY, formerly of Henry County, died Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Shady Lawn Nursing & Rehab Center in Cadiz, KY.

Visitation will be Thursday, February, 7, 2019, from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Dale Gallimore officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memory Garden in Paris, TN.

Margaret Burbridge

Margaret Smith Burbridge, age 66, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at her residence. Her memorial service will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Eastwood Church of Christ with Kenneth Carter of The Memphis Church officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service in Memorial Cemetery.

Margaret was born on August 7, 1952 in Carrolton, Illinois to the late Collin Smith and the late Marjorie Boyd Smith. She married Kenneth H. Burbridge on July 2, 1977 and he preceded her in death on July 4, 1998. Margaret is survived by her daughter: Marjorie (Andre) Bailey of Bartlett, Tennessee; sons: Raymond Burbridge of Paris and Robert (Audrey) Burbridge of Cottage Grove; sisters: Norma (Marvin) Mistic of Eldorado, Kansas and Evelyn Simmons of Utica, Michigan; brother: Donald (Ruth) Smith, Murrayville, Illinois; and grandchildren: Exavian Young, Drew Young, and Dante Bailey. Besides her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by other sisters and brothers.

Margaret formerly worked for Logan's Ice Skating Rink in Illinois and for McDonalds in Paris. She loved to cook, sew, work in her garden, go fishing, attend yard sales, and was a full time homemaker. 

Alvin Ray Tweetie Nolen

Alvin Ray “Tweetie” Nolen, age 69 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris, TN.

He was a master logger, retired from Craig Forrest Products Company in Puryear.  Ray was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Paris.  He loved horses and trading horses and vehicles.

Ray was born January 6, 1950, in Paris, TN, to the late Alvin Earl Nolen and the late Velma Alice Beecham.

He was married in 1994 to Ruth Herndon Nolen, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by one daughter, Terra (Joe) Filipiak of Clarksville, TN; five sisters, Alice Spears of Paris, TN, Faye (Gerald) Lowery of Henry, TN, Earlina Matheny of Henry, TN, Gail (Jeff) Clayton of Buchanan, TN, and Patricia Williams of Henry, TN; two brothers, Dale Nolen of Buchanan, TN, and Melvin “Nubbin” (Karen) Nolen of Buchanan, TN; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Along with his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Melisha Nolen; and one brother, Earl Dean Nolen.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  The body is to be cremated.   Memorial visitation will be Saturday, February 09, 2019, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service to begin at 11:00 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with David French and Johnny Lee officiating. Military Honors will follow the memorial service.

Burial of cremains will take place following the service in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris, TN.

Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.

Charles Kirk

Charles Dwayne Kirk, age 80 of Buchanan, TN, died Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

He retired as owner and operator of Kirk’s, a market & deli in the Paris Landing area of Henry County.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Charles was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church and a member of the Buchanan Masonic Lodge #772, where he was Past Master. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, and watching western movies.

Charles was born September 4, 1938, in Huntingdon, TN, to the late Renzie B. Kirk and the late Ruby Lee Dunn Kirk.

He was married August 19, 1961, to Shirley Womack Kirk, who survives, of Buchanan, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by his two sons, Chuck Kirk and Chris Kirk both of Buchanan, TN; one sister, Connie (Don) Pittman of Versailles, KY; one brother, Lynn (Song) Kirk of Marshfield, MO; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Watson, Sasha (Jeff) Williams, Ryan (Sandra) Kirk, Elijah Kirk, and Alana Brown; and five great grandchildren, Joshua Watson, Brennen Watson, Gabby Watson, Jensen Kirk, and Emma Williams.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Ray Kirk.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  He is to be cremated.   Memorial visitation will be Saturday, February 09, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Buchanan Baptist Church. His memorial service will be at 1:00 pm at Buchanan Baptist Church, with Tony Chester and Larry Dukes officiating. Following the service there will be Masonic Rites and Military Honors.

Memorials may be made to: Buchanan Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund., c/o Jeff Morris, 672 Rabbit Creek Road, Buchanan, TN 38222 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Virginia Burton

Virginia Wright Burton, age 95, of Puryear, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Paris Healthcare Center. Her funeral service will be 12:00 P.M. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Rhodes to officiate, and burial to follow in Puryear City Cemetery. Named as pallbearers are: Tim Brown, Tony Brown, Tyler Brown, Casey Mounts, Danny Spies, and Larry Wilson; honorary pallbearers: Emily Brown, Alyssa Brown, Caitlin Brown, Mikali Mounts, Amanda Dubois, Jeff Burton and Tina Burton. Visitation is scheduled after 10:00 A.M. Saturday until time of service.

Virginia Burton was born December 5, 1923 in Jasper, Alabama to the late Floyd Monroe Wright and the late Mary Lois Anderson Wright. She married J.T. Burton on January 16, 1941 and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2013. Virginia is survived by her daughter: Jan (Johnny) Brown of Paris, daughter in law: Tommie Burton of Puryear, sister: Lucille Howze of Atlanta, and four grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, Virginia is also preceded by her son: James T. "Terry" Burton, sisters: Ruth Huey and Marie Donnelly, brother: Charles Ray Wright who died in infancy, and one great grandchild.

Ms. Burton was a longtime member of Puryear Baptist Church and was an avid Alabama football fan. Virginia had worked several jobs as a secretary, was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

James Brigham

James Clayton Brigham passed away on January 28, 2019, at the age of 87.  He was born on April 11, 1931, to the late James Andrew and Madye Lynn Riggins Brigham.  He and his nephew, Andy Brigham, own the family farm on Long Creek Road.  He had retired from the Dover Peoples Bank, which later became Regions Bank of Dover.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kay Groves Brigham.  They have two daughters, Renata (Mark) Wallace of Clarksville, TN, and Sherri (Robert) Schmerda of Franklin, TN.  They have three grandchildren, Kayla (JB) Gilbert, Casey Schmerda and Meredith Schmerda, and one great-grandchild, Austin Gilbert. 

James was an active member of Fort Donelson Memorial United Methodist Church and the Methodist Men’s Group.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #72 for 49 years, having served in the Air Force, Korean War Era.  He has been an active member of the Dover Kiwanis Club with 58 years of perfect attendance.  There will be a funeral service held at Anglin Funeral Home on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 1:00 pm, with Rev. Dr. Robert Webster and Rev. George Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service on Thursday, January 31st.  Pallbearers will be Andy Brigham, Andrew Brigham, Charles Brigham, Steve Fielder, Pat Fielder, Jonathan Fielder, Billy Joe Crutcher, and Bryan Watson.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Methodist Men’s Group and Dover Kiwanis Club.  Arrangements are entrusted to Anglin Funeral Home.  

Norman Yoder

Norman D. Yoder, age 61 of Paris passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his residence. His funeral service will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Bethel Mennonite Church with Pastor Henry Nissley of Calvary Mennonite Church officiating. Burial will follow at New Boston Cemetery. Visitation will be at Bethel Mennonite Church Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 PM and continue from 6:00-8:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Derrick Yoder, Ryan Yoder, Austin Yoder, Kendal Yoder, Zachary Yoder, and Andrew Yoder.

Norman D. Yoder was born October 29, 1957 in Stuarts Draft, Virginia to the late Simon A. Yoder and the late Arlene S. Yoder. On February 16, 1978 he married Dorothy Miller Yoder and she survives in Paris, TN. Mr. Yoder is also survived by three daughters: JoAnna (Donald) Schrock of Green Ridge, MO, Keturah "Kaye" (Galen) Schrock of Paris, TN and Phyllis (Ethan) Mast of Lincoln, MO; five sons: Olen (Charity) Yoder of Mt. Olive, MS, James (Elsie) Yoder of Paris, TN, Eugene (Caroline) Yoder of Southaven, MS, Philip Yoder of Macon, MS and Dennis (Rose) Yoder of Paris, TN; twenty-two grandchildren; three sisters: Pauline (Alvin) Schrock of Olney, IL, Martha (David) Wengerd of Standish, CA and Viola (John) Yoder of Kenton, TN; six brothers: Alvin (Emma) Yoder of Lamar, MO, Elwood (Julia) Yoder of Russellville, KY, Elmer (Pauline) Yoder of Paris, TN, Everett (Elmina) Yoder of Paris, TN, Lyndon (Joann) Yoder of Bloomfield, MO and Ralph (Janice) Yoder of Paris, TN; one brother-in-law, Jonas Schrock of Litchfield, CA; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Besides Mr. Yoder's parents,  he was also preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Schrock.

Mr. Yoder was a member of Calvary Mennonite Church. He was owner and co-founder of Yoder Bros Meat Processing. He loved serving the community through the family operated business.

Gaines Hedges

Gaines Wyley Hedges, age 67 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Paris Health Care Nursing and Rehab Center.

Gaines was a self-employed marketing consultant. He formerly was an insurance agent for many years. He was a graduate of Grove High School class of 1969 and Graduated from Union University in 1973 where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Gaines was a very active member of the Downtown Paris Association. He was a past president of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and was named Person of Year in 2010. Beginning in 2012, Gaines took great pride in working with Charles Hopkins at the Toggery thru its 100th anniversary and the sale of the business to its new owners.

He is survived by his wife Becky Myatt Hedges, of Paris, TN, whom he married on June 9, 1995.

Born November 13, 1951, in Paris, TN, he was the son of the late Gaines Dalton Hedges and the late Nettie Beatrice Nanney Hedges.

Along with his wife he is survived by his daughter, Heather (Randy) Bastyr of Paris, TN; his son, Jess (Candy) Hedges of Paris, TN; a brother, Joe Hedges (Ches Clark) of Frankfort, KY; a stepdaughter, Pam (Frank) Heathman of Hermitage, TN; a stepson, Brad Saylor of Paris, TN; three grandchildren, Carter Benjamin Hedges, Reagan Faith Bastyr, and Corrye Blaire Hedges; four step-grandchildren, Rachel Bastyr, Callon Conger, Colson Conger, and Cameron Heathman; and a special cousin, Linda Sue Crutcher and her family.

Arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  He is to be cremated.   A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 3:00 pm at First Christian Church with Cory Glover officiating.  Memorial Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 - 3:00 pm at the church.

Memorials may be made to:  The Gaines Hedges Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, PO Box 788, Paris, TN  38242.

John Barger

John Robert Barger, age 60 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at his residence in Paris, TN.

He formerly worked for U.S. Foodservice in Paris.  John loved collecting coins, working with his hands, and fixing things.  He enjoyed watching movies and cop shows on television.  He was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Paris.

John was born October 2, 1958, in Westfield, NY, to the late Robert Barger and Shirley Butts Shafer, who survives, of Lexington, NC.

He was married March 21, 1998, to Jo Ann Barnes Barger, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his mother and wife, he is also survived by three daughters, Avery Barger of Paris, TN, Samantha (Andrew) Key of Paris, TN, and Dalilah Barger of Puryear, TN; two sisters, Julie Barger of Kernersville, NC, and Susan (Jackie) Day of Lenior, NC; two brothers, Ron (Angela K.) Barger of Memphis, TN, Larry (Angela) Barger of Lexington, NC; and one granddaughter, Serenity Key.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his stepfather, William K. Shafer.

Arrangements are being handled Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Memorial visitation will be Friday, January 25, 2019, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Temple Baptist Church, 619 N. Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The memorial service will be Friday, January 25, 2019, at 11:00 am at Temple Baptist Church, with Gerald Scott officiating.

Dylan Craig

Dylan Taylor Craig, 26, of Dover, Tenn. passed away peacefully on January 19, 2019 at St. Thomas Rutherford Medical Center, Murfreesboro, Tenn., surrounded by his loving family.

Dylan was born on April 26, 1992 in Jackson, Tenn. and despite his disabilities, he lived his life to the fullest. He was a proud 2014 graduate of Stewart County High School in Dover, Tenn., where he also worked in the office and was a favorite among faculty, staff and students. He loved being a Rebel.

Dylan loved his Dover community and embraced the support he received from his friends and family there. He was an active member of the community, where he enjoyed attending Stewart County High School athletic events, working at Mama Mea’s, getting a trim at Barrow’s Barber Shop and attending local parades, events and festivals. Dylan also loved the outdoors and spent many days fishing and kayaking on local lakes, rivers and creeks. Additionally, Dylan loved his University of Tennessee Volunteers, eating good food (especially spaghetti), watching movies, playing PS4 and good times spent with family and friends. Dylan never met a stranger and brought light and joy to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. 

Dylan is survived by his father, Bruce Craig (Andrea) of Dover, Tenn., his mother, Lisa Blankenship Craig Pugh (Glen) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and his maternal grandmother, Nancy Stewart Blankenship of Memphis, Tenn. Dylan also leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly and have been blessed by and inspired by the way he lived his life.

Dylan is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bill and Loretta Craig and by his maternal grandfather, Reverend Dr. Paul Blankenship.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Anglin Funeral Home, with Bro. Mike Keel officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the time of service on Saturday, January 26th. Honorary pallbearers are Eric Trainer, Cameron Trainer, Griffin Trainer, Patrick Craig, Mike Craig, Brian Bramlett, Robert (Boo) Beecham and Tim Barrow. The family invites friends to join them at 112 Battlefield Dr. Dover, TN 37058, to celebrate Dylan’s life immediately following the service. In lieu of all other memorials, donations may be made to Bill and Loretta Craig Memorial Scholarship Fund at F&M Bank in Dover, TN. Arrangements are entrusted to Anglin Funeral Home, Dover, TN. 

Kert Blackwood

Kert W. Blackwood, age 82, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Henry County Healthcare Center. His funeral service will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Jim Poe officiating; Art Smith and Dave Vance will also be speaking. Burial will follow the service in Bethesda Cemetery. Named as pallbearers are David John Roberts, Dan Roberts, Art Smith, Dave Vance, Scott Fredrick, and Johnny Driver; honorary pallbearers will be Jim Borne, Jerry Culpepper, and Rick Pepple.

Kert Walker Blackwood was born in Henry County, Tennessee to the late Kersey Walker Blackwood and the late Frances Norton Blackwood. He is survived by nephews: David John (Gini) Roberts of Paris and Dan Lee (Jane) Roberts of Jackson; also by numerous great nieces and great nephews. Besides his parents, Kert is also preceded in death by nephew: James Gerald Roberts and niece: Jane Roberts Driver.

Mr. Blackwood was a member of Maplewood Baptist Church. He formerly was the chairman for the Henry County Republican Party, past president of the Volunteers For Freedom Tea Party, moderator for Traditional American Movement Forum, and faithful advocate for Christian and Constitutional Principles. Kert loved God, his family, and his country.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to: Maplewood Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 106, Paris, TN 38242 or to: Gideons International, Henry County - North Camp, P.O. Box 583, Paris, TN 38242.

John Thompson, Jr

John L. Thompson, Jr. age 93, of Springville, Tennessee passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 at his residence. His body is to be cremated and a private family memorial service will be held at the family cemetery in Cedar Grove, Tennessee.

John L. Thompson, Jr. was born in McKenzie, Tennessee to the late John L. Thompson, Sr. and the late Effie Mae Moore Thompson. He is survived by his daughter: Phylo Thompson of Springville, Tennessee; sons: John David (Alane) Thompson of Springville, John Lester Thompson, III of Memphis, Donald Dwayne "Bo" (Gail) Thompson of Troy; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Mr. Thompson is also preceded by a son: Douglas Anthony Thompson and sisters: Christine Joyner and Carolyn Clancousio.

Mr. Thompson was a U.S. Army Veteran during WWII. He served in the Dutch New Guinea Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was an M1 Rifle Sharp Shooter, Carbine Sharp Shooter, and was a T5 Medical Technician in the 24th Division. John served as Company Aid Man in Hollandia and Woodlark Islands. He aided wounded men under fire in forward area, administering first aid and moving on to next man. He also served with the 16th Portable Hospital as assistant in operating room. John earned the following ribbons and citations: Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (2 Battle Stars), Philippines Campaign  Ribbon (1 Battle Star), and Presidential Unit Citation (1 Oak Leaf Cluster). John also attended Memphis State University and Bethel College. His passions were his family, boating, and fishing.

The family requests that memorials be made to: DAV, Caris HealthCare, or the Humane Society.

Roger Smith

Roger Dale Smith, age 71 of Shelbyville, TN, formerly of Paris, TN, died Friday, January 18, 2019, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro, TN.

He retired from Tennessee Technology Center in Paris after 33 years of teaching general metals.  Roger was also a sponsor of the Vocational Industrial Club of America.  He was an avid Tennessee Volunteers fan, loved all sports, and was an avid golfer.  He enjoyed coaching his girls’ softball, soccer, and basketball teams.

 

Roger was born April 7, 1947, in Paris, TN, to the late Edwin Smith and the late Ida Jayne Smith Lovins.

He is survived by two daughters, Amanda Jo Smith (Willie) Hight of Shelbyville, TN, and Michele “Mickie” Smith (Darren) Duke of Decaturville, TN; two sisters, Karen (Charlie) McDaniel of Antelope, CA, and Crystal Pollock of Paris, TN; two grandchildren, Ami Marisa Duke and Jacob Dalton Duke; and one great grandchild, Kingston James Fletcher.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Mickey Smith and Marvin Smith.

Arrangements are being handled Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Sunday, January 20, 2019, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and continue Monday, January 21, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Monday, January 21, 2019, at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Chad Kennedy officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Carpenter, Skip Collins, Brian Willoughby, Chris Wiseman, Dustin Jones, and Brian Jones.

Burial will be in Mansfield Baptist Church Cemetery in Mansfield, TN.

Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson, age 81 of Puryear, TN, died Friday, January 18, 2019, at his residence in Puryear, TN.

He retired from the Tennessee State Highway Department after a 44-year career.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  He enjoyed his cattle, farming, and running his beagle hounds.  He loved spending time with his family, especially the times he spent showing his great grandchildren around the farm.  Gordon attended Mt. Zion Church of Christ near Buchanan, TN.   

Gordon was born June 25, 1937, in Puryear, TN, to the late Conway Porter Jackson and the late Ruby Paschall Jackson.

He was married November 25, 1996, to Patricia Brogdon “Pat” Jackson, who survives, of Puryear, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Denise (Ken) Rawls; one son, Randy Jackson of Memphis, TN; two stepdaughters, Lori Boyd of Puryear, TN, and Tammy (Donnie) Wood of Puryear, TN; one stepson, Johnny (Vivian) Boyd of Cedar Hill, TN; seven grandchildren, Christina (Joey) Hutson, Josh (Amanda) Wood, Jana (Josh) Ferguson, Nicholas (Tiffany) Boyd, Tyler Wood, Samantha Ellis, and Tiffany (Alex) West; 10 great grandchildren; and three great grandchildren on the way.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Grace Jackson; and one brother, Rex Jackson.

Arrangements are being handled Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Sunday, January 20, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, with the funeral service will beginning at 2:30 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Tom Cisco and Chad Kennedy officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Ferguson, Tyler Wood, Alex West, Joey Hutson, Britain Hutson, Josh Wood, Johnathan Hallman, Danny Jackson, and Larry Jackson.  Named as honorary pallbearers are Jerry Arnold, Autry Robinson, and Weldon Gallimore.

Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

 

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