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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



James Wayne Gates

James Wayne Gates, age 53 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN.

He was a self-employed truck driver, and formerly worked for Davis Paving.  He enjoyed reading westerns, and spending time with his grandchildren.

James was born November 10, 1964, in Paris, TN, to James A. Gates, who survives, of Puryear, TN, and the late Judith Ann “Judy” Winsett Gates.

Along with his father, he is survived by one daughter, Breanne Gates of Paris, TN; two sisters, Marsha Cosey of Knoxville, TN, and Tamera Dicus of Paris, TN; two brothers, Loy Gates of Springville, TN, and Brad (Whitney) Gates of Buchanan, TN; one grandmother, Faye Winsett of Bruceton, TN; two grandchildren, Tristan Lowery and Greyson Lowery; and 10 nieces and nephews.   

In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Tommie Dicus.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville, TN, with Bro. Joe Page officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Davis, Mike Buie, Loy Gates, Brad Gates, and James Askew.

Burial will be Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville, TN.

John "Tree" Holt

John R. "Tree" Holt, age 55 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, at his residence in Paris, TN.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later.

A complete obituary will be here as soon as possible.

Rev. Robert A. Smith

Rev. Robert Angus Smith, age 84 of Dowagiac, Michigan, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 at Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac. His funeral service will be at 11:00AM Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Buchanan United Methodist Church with Bro. David Alan Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Buchanan. Visitation will be after 10:00AM Saturday at the church prior to the service.

Robert Angus Smith was born September 17, 1933 in Chicago, IL to the late James Robert Smith and the late Lora Maud Lax Smith. He is survived by a brother, Kenneth (Suzanne) Smith; nieces & nephews: Holly Smith, Scott (Victoria) Smith, Ian Smith, and Evan Smith; and great nieces and nephews: Alexis Smith, Michael Smith, and Jennifer Smith.

Besides his parents, Rev. Smith was also preceded in death by a brother, James McLean Smith.

Rev. Smith graduated from North Park Academy, Chicago in 1951; from Lawrence College, Appleton, WI in 1955; and from Nashota House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin in 1958. He subsequently earned post-graduate Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; from Nashotah House; and from Graduate Theological Foundation. He was ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church on March 22, 1958 and Priest on October 4, 1958. From 1958 to 1974 he served north-eastern Wisconsin congregations in Plymouth, Chilton, Suamico and Oconto. He was Rector of Grace Church, Menominee, Michigan from 1976 to 1988 and Rector of Saint Paul’s Church, Dowagiac, MI from 1988 to 1998. After retiring he continued to live in Dowagiac to take advantage of life in Michiana and access to Chicago.

Funeral services will be held at Buchanan United Methodist Church, located at 7655 Hwy. 140 in Buchanan on Saturday at 11am. Visitation will be at 10am until service time.

Joe Dale Olive

Mr. Joe Dale Olive, 62, of Paris died on March 19, 2018, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on March 24, 2018, at Rawls Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. M.A. Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born on July 10, 1955, in Murray, KY to the late Hershel and Mary Lois Olive. He was U. S. Army Veteran.

He is survived by his children, Jessie Tharpe of Arkansas, Joe Olive of Murray, KY and Marcus Olive of Paris, TN; siblings, Barbara Olive and Paulette Olive both of McKenzie, TN and Danny Olive of Paris, TN; eleven grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by two siblings, Gloria Howard and Claude Jewett.

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Judy Miller

Judy Miller, age 75 of Paris, TN, died Monday, March 19, 2018, in Camden, TN.

She retired from Lowe’s Home Improvement where she served in management.  She worked at the Lowe’s in Paris since its opening in 2003, and she was a Mom to all her fellow workers.  She loved fishing.

Judy was born January 26, 1943, in St. Louis, MO, to the late Ralph McBee and the late Bernice Free Miller.

She is survived by her son, David (Reta) Cutler of Springville, TN; and four grandchildren, Aubrey Crosno, Isabell Wade, Hailee Wade, and Jennifer Rogers.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Cremation will follow the visitation

Bob Ellis

Bob Ellis, age 86 of Paris died Sunday March 18th at HCMC.



He retired after 20 years with the Henry County Highway Department.  He was a US Army veteran and a member of the Woodman of the World.  He loved dancing, playing cards, dominos, and bingo.  He enjoyed socializing and people.  He was a member of Central Point Baptist Church in Paris.


Bob was born August 8, 1931, in Paris, TN, to the late James Price Ellis and the late Sarah Lunette Beasley Ellis.


He is survived by one daughter, Penny Lee Ellis (Vaughn) West of Traverse City, MI; one son, David Joe (Julie) Ellis of Grand Rapids, MI; one stepdaughter, Patricia Priddy; one sister, Lena (Glen) Morgan of Paris, TN; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a special nephew, Jerry (Donna) Ellis of Paris, TN.


Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his former wife, Sue Ellis; one son, Robert Earl Ellis; one stepdaughter, Carolyn Sue Rogers; four sisters, Wilma Parker, Virginia Nell Gallimore, Marie Ellis, and Ruth Ross; and two brothers, Earl Ray Ellis and James Walter Ellis.


Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and continue Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.


Serving as pallbearers will be Donald Ellis, Michael Wade, Kevin Johnson, Bub Cantrell, Jason Priddy, and Ed Ellis.  Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, nephews, and Doug Johnson.


Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove, TN.


Memorials may be made to:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Jessie C. Brown

Jessie C. Brown, age 98 of Paris, TN, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Paris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Paris, TN.

She worked at Holley Carburetor Plant in Paris for many years.  She was a longtime member of East Wood Church of Christ.  She loved to sew and enjoyed going to auctions buying and collecting antiques.  She loved her family very much, especially her children and grandchildren.

Jessie was born April 14, 1919, in the Hico community of Henry County, to the late William Lunie Crawford and the late Mary Elkins Crawford.

She was married December 6, 1941, to Otis “Cooter” Brown, who preceded her in death on December 1, 2007.

She is survived by her two sons, James Otis “Jimmy” Brown of Paris, TN; Johnny (Jan) Brown of Paris, TN; one sister, Cindy Gallimore of Paris, TN; two grandchildren, Tony (Jennifer) Brown of Paris, TN, and Tim (Casey) Brown of Paris, TN; and four great grandchildren, Alyssa Brown of Paris, TN, Caitlyn Brown of Paris, TN, Emily Brown of Paris, TN, and Tyler Brown of Paris, TN.

Along with her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Anita Atkins; and one brother, Denver Crawford.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Roger Banks officiating.

Pallbearers will be Tony Brown, Tim Brown, Jimmy Patterson, Johnny Cross, Dale Gallimore, and Jerry Hayes.  Her great grandchildren, Alyssa, Caitlin, Emily, and Tyler Brown will serve as honorary pallbearers.  

Burial will follow in Walker Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Paul J. Monroe

Paul J. Monroe, age 73 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN.

He was a retired, self-employed mechanic.  He was a member of Union Friendship Baptist Church.  He loved fishing, watching wrestling and westerns on TV.  He enjoyed going to church and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Paul was born August 9, 1944, in Peoria, IL, to the late Benjamin Traver and the late Florence Loretta Kee Devore.

He was married August 24, 2013, to Ruth Helbert Monroe, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by eight children, James Monroe, Sr., of Cloverport, TN, Evelyn (Lamont) Edlin of Gustin, KY, David (Tammy) Monroe of Virdin, IL, Paula (Michael) Ferguson of Henry, TN, Paul (Suzanne) Monroe of Martin, TN, Shelia Carter of McKenzie, TN, Suealice (John) Maturo of McKenzie, TN, and Grant (Angela) Monroe of McKenzie, TN; two sisters, Shirley Burnett of Pekin, IL, and Peggy Royster of Arizona; 19 grandchildren, James Monroe, Jr., Mecayela Monroe, Keating Monroe, Kelsey Ferguson, Charity Ferguson, Deven (Christina) Brewer, Brandon (Holly) Hearson, Nick (Christina) Hearson, Dakota Hearson, LeAnn (Randy) Florey, Abigail Monroe, Courtney Monroe, Elizabeth Carter, John Maturo, Jr., Gregory Maturo, Nathaniel Maturo, Isabella Maturo, Shyanne Williamson, and Angel Madden; and 22 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Faye Turner; his second wife, Shelia Ann Monroe; two sisters, Suzie Traver and Nancy Wilson; and one brother, Jim Traver.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Monday, March 19, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Union Friendship Baptist Church in Henry, TN, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Thomas Winchester officiating. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Dakota Hearson, Deven Brewer, Randy Florey, Jason Freeland, Junior Enyart, and Grant Monroe.

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

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

Allan L. Mustain

Allan "The Stripe Man" Mustain, age 70 of Paris, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his residence. His memorial service will be held at 1:00PM Saturday, March 31, 2018 at New Life Baptist Church, 7362 Henry Mansfield Road in Henry, TN with Bro. Joe Collins officiating.

Allan L. Mustain was born January 22, 1948 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Thomas Lee Mustain and Vernell Stout who survives in Buchanan, TN. On February 12, 1998 he married Donna Mustain and she survives in Paris, TN. He is also survived by a daughter, Tracy Wardlow of Memphis, TN; three sons: Allen "Sonny" Mustain of Paris, TN, Jason "JT" Mustain of Memphis, TN, and Clinton Mustain of Bowling Green, KY; two step-sons: Jason Ziegler of Martin, TN and David Leonard of Nashville, TN; a sister, Kathy Bohn; two brothers: Tommy Lee Mustain and Steve Stout; and eight grandchildren.

Besides his father, Mr. Mustain was also preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Mustain.

Allan Mustain attended New Life Baptist Church in Henry, TN. He detailed automobiles from Henry County to Nashville for 30 years.

John "Johnny"McGuire

John "Johnny" McGuire, age 89 of Paris, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. His funeral service will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Mike Wimberly and Rev. Dennis Vance Jr.  officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00PM Monday, March 19, 2018 at McEvoy Funeral Home and after 10:00AM Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be Harlan Crawford, Troy Crawford, Paul Cavin, Kelly Clifton, Russ Holder, Dan Holder, and Mark Holder. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. James Crenshaw, Darryl & Wanda Dunlap, Brian Crouch, Harry Vollen, Bud Mangrum, Billy Fitzhugh, Larry Wilson, Charles Hopkins, and Wesson Clifton.

John William McGuire was born November 25, 1928 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Bill McGuire and the late Ruby Stuber McGuire. On August 2, 1948 he married Joan Grace McGuire and she preceded him in death on April 3, 2010.

Mr. McGuire is survived by a son, Gerald W. McGuire (Jennifer) of Jackson, TN; two grandchildren: Ann McGuire Cavin (Paul) of Jackson, TN and Melody McGuire Clifton (Kelly) of Medina, TN; a great grandchild, Wesson Don Clifton of Medina, TN; a sister-in-law, Ramelle Grace Holder of Huntsville, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, Mr. McGuire was also preceded in death by a brother, Lowell Thomas McGuire.

Johnny McGuire was employed by NAPA Auto Parts for 52 years and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made in Mr. McGuire's honor to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 N. Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242


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