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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries

 

 

 

 

McEvoy Funeral Home

Patrick Austin Lee, Jr.

Patrick Austin Lee, Jr., age 3 months, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020. His funeral service will be 12:30 PM Friday, January 17, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Pastor Luther Hasz of Christ Lutheran officiating. Burial will follow at Barnes Cemetery in Stewart, TN. Visitation will be after 10:30 AM Friday prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Walter Kenniston and Kendall Miller III.

Patrick Austin Lee, Jr., was born October 16, 2019 in Paris, Tennessee to Patrick Austin Lee of Stewart, TN and Ashley Gene-Nicole Ford of Stewart, TN. Besides his parents, he is also survived by his sister, Layla Sue Lee of Stewart, TN; brother, Elijah James Middleton of Stewart, TN; maternal grandmother, Terri Miller (James Berlin) of Paris, TN; paternal grandparents: Charles (Becky) Lee, Jr., of Camden, TN, Wanda Hamilton of Fresno, CA and Randy Hamilton of Benton Co., TN; maternal great grandparents: Kathryn Groves of Springville, TN, Clifford Ford, Sr., of Anna, IL, and Bonnie Sassman of Peoria, IL; paternal great grandparents: Nancy Dillon of Fresno, CA, James Dillon of Paris, TN, and Charles Lee, Sr., of Paris, TN; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Patrick was preceded in death by a maternal grandfather, Clifford Ford, Jr.

Ridgeway Funeral Home

Delmer Douglas Hudson

Delmer Douglas Hudson departed this life Friday morning, January 10, 2020 at Encompass Heath in Jonesboro.  He was born in Paris, Tennessee on August 5, 1929, to E. C. and Ruby Norton Hudson.

He met and married his first wife Denaicia Lee in Paris.  They were married forty-seven years and raised two children.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  The family then moved to Michigan where he was a long-time employee of Ford Motor Company.  After his retirement from Ford they moved to Jonesboro to be near his son.  In his retirement years, he became a well-respected handyman and remodeler.  He was a faithful member of Southwest Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Denaicia Lee Hudson, and two sisters, Estelle Barrett and Allene Parish.

He is survived by his second wife of twenty-two years, Jeri Hudson; a son, Steve Hudson (Gail) of Jonesboro; a daughter, Janet Hudson Campbell of Huntsville, AL; a stepdaughter, Jayneen Akins (Richard) of Jonesboro; a sister, Betty Paschall of Knoxville, TN; six grandchildren, Aaron Hudson of Little Rock, Will Hudson of Jonesboro, Hudson Campbell and Timothy Garza both of Huntsville, Al, Micah Johnson (Joe) of Jonesboro, and Chase Akins (Amanda) of Florence. AL; and six great-grandchildren: Noah and Cason Stinson of Jonesboro, and Alexa, Kayleigh, Isaac, and Nathan Akins of Florence, AL.

Visitation will be at 2:00 pm Sunday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with a funeral service following at 3:00 pm with Jimmy Adcox and Richard Akins officiating. A second visitation will be held Monday at  New Liberty Church of Christ from 11 am to 12 pm with the service to follow at 12. Pastors Tom and Ann Robins will officiate the service.

Burial will follow the service in the New Liberty Cemetery with military honors. 

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Aaron Hudson, Will Hudson, Hudson Campbell, Timothy Garza, Chase Akins and Joe Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be great grand-children: Noah and Cason Stinson, Alexa, Kayleigh, Isaac and Nathan Akins.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or Crowley Ridge Academy in Paragould.

Janice Stanton

Janice Stanton, age 67 of Buchanan, TN, died Friday, January 10, 2020 at her residence. 

Janice loved traveling and antique looking with her beloved husband Jim.  She loved caring for her two grandchildren and working in her beautiful yard of flowers.  Janice was a dedicated employee of HCMC for 41 years where she began her employment at the age of 20.  Janice especially enjoyed supporting the organization Samaritans Purse and the Operation Christmas Child project.  She was a member of First Baptist Church.  

She was born April 9, 1952 in Paris, TN to the late Wayne Thomas Scott and the late Addie Mae Jackson Scott.

Janice was married on June 26, 1971 to James Roy “Jim” Stanton who survives of Buchanan, TN.   Besides her husband, she is also survived by one daughter, Angie (Jeff) Tucker of Buchanan, TN; two sisters, Sandra (Larry) Tipton of Murfreesboro, TN, and Jenniffer (Chris) Townsend of Paris, TN; five brothers, Ronnie (Paula) Scott of Paris, TN, Jackie (Brenda) Scott of Hollow Rock, TN, Gerald (Jenna) Scott of Paris, TN, Randy (Jonie) Scott of Murfreesboro, TN, and Mike (Brenda) Scott of Paris, TN; two grandchildren, Sara Grace (Travis) Northington of Wahiawa, HI, and Wade Tucker of Buchanan, TN; two sisters-in-law, Clara (Roger) Wallace of Paris, TN, and Rosemary Roberts of Paris, TN; one brother-in-law, David (Rhonda) Stanton of Paris, TN; and several nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN where visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 10 am – 3 pm.  The funeral service will be Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Lee officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Tucker, Wade Tucker, Travis Northington, Ronnie Scott, Jackie Scott, Gerald Scott, Randy Scott, Mike Scott, Larry Tipton, Chris Townsend, and David Stanton.

Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN. 

Memorials may be made to: HCMC Hospice, 311 E. Wood St., PO Box 1030, Paris, TN  38242.

 

James "Jim" Drexler

James Allen Drexler age 71 of Paris died Friday, January 10, 2020, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN.

Jim was a retired attorney. He formerly practiced law in Houston, TX for 35 years. Jim graduated from Grove High School, then Lambuth College in 1970, and then received his Juris Doctor degree from Memphis State Law School in 1973. He was inducted into the Henry County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Jim was an avid Houston Astros and Houston Rockets fan. He loved his dogs and was Methodist in belief.

Born May 5, 1948, in Paris, he was the son of the late Robert Earl Drexler and the late Arlene Lucille Shirk Drexler.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Louise Drexler April 11, 2017. They were happily married for 32 years.

He is survived by a sister, Debra Ann Neal of Muscle Shoals, AL; two brothers, Richard Rex Drexler of Memphis and David Edward (Betty) Drexler of Munford; a niece, Abby Drexler; two nephews, David (Rebekah) Neal and Drew Drexler; a great niece, Libby Neal; a great nephew, Patrick Neal; a step son, Brian (Sarah) Buscemi of Rockford, IL; and a grandson Vincent Buscemi of Rockford, IL.

Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242, is handling the arrangements. The body is to be cremated with a private family service to be held at a later date.

Rawls Funeral Home

Mr. Charles Cletus Tharpe, 68, of Paris died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at AHC Paris.Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Rawls Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

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Robert Odell Long

Robert Odell Long, age 43, of Paris died in his home on January 1, 2020. Born on October 22, 1976. There will be a Memorial at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on  Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 5:00pm

Ridgeway Funeral Home

Luella Mae Dulceak

Luella Mae Dulceak, age 90 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Hill View Community Living Center in Dresden, TN.

She was the former vice president of Victor Dulceak & Sons Construction Company in Illinois, where she worked alongside her husband.  She was also the former owner & operator of Honey’s Beauty Salon in Glendale Heights, IL.  Luella enjoyed being a homemaker raising her six children.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL, and was very active in St. John’s Lutheran School where her children attended.  She served as the president of the Glen Ellyn, IL, Auxillary and was an auxillary member of the VFW in Wheaton.  Luella loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren.   

Luella was born August 24, 1929, in Stillwater, MN, to the late Paul G. Roettger and the late Dorothy M. “Hazel” Burkhart Sidback. She was married December 22, 1949, to Victor George “Vic” Dulceak, Sr., who preceded her in death on February 14, 2019. 

She is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Dulceak Gateward of Lake Zurich, IL, Sandra K. Dulceak (Mark) Taylor of Carol Stream, IL, Pamela C. Dulceak (Richard) Lillie of Paris, TN, and DeeAnn M. Dulceak of DeKalb, IL; two sons, Victor G. Dulceak, Jr., of West Chicago, IL, and Ronald G. (Corlene) Dulceak of New Port Richie, FL; one brother, David (Linda) Sidback of Davenport, IA; 27 grandchildren; 60 great grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Cora Doyle and Amella Lugiai; and three brothers, Allen Roettger, Paul Roettger, and Wallace Sidback. 

Local arrangements will be handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, 38242.  The body is to be donated to science. 

Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Tyee Alexander Hart

Tyee Alexander Hart, age 24 of Puryear, TN, died Saturday, January 4, 2020, in Paris, TN. 

He was a 2014 graduate of Henry County High School and a member of the 2011 Henry County Patriots state championship football team.  He enjoyed working on the farm with his grandfather and loved people and helping others.  Tyee was a very spiritual person and was a part of the Isha Foundation in McMinnville, TN, where he enjoyed yoga and practicing meditation.  He was an avid Zelda fan and enjoyed computers. 

Tyee was born December 8, 1995, in Indianapolis, IN, to the late John Allen Hart and Misti Carper Steele, who survives, of Paris, TN. Along with his mother, he is also survived by his stepfather, Bub Steele of Paris, TN; one sister, Bristol Steele of Paris, TN; maternal grandparents, Terri (Larry) Carper of Paris, TN; paternal grandparents, Geraldine (Larry) Brisendine of Buchanan, TN, and Leslie Hart of Puryear, TN; two aunts, Windi Carper of Illinois, and Candi (Kevin) Mitchell of Paris, TN; and two uncles, Brandyn Carper of Paris, TN, and Dean (Gaya) Hart of Paducah, KY.  In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Joey Carper. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and continue Friday, January 10, 2020, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Friday, January 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with George Glass officiating.  

Serving as pallbearers will be Brandyn Carper, Dean Hart, Dustin Ruddell, Lee Dicus, Mitch Lawrence, and Zane Atkins. 

Burial will be in Henry Cemetery in Henry, TN. 

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

Nora Grace Spry

Nora Grace Spry, age 76 of Cottage Grove, TN, died Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Henry County Healthcare in Paris, TN.

She was a homemaker and a member of Cottage Grove Baptist Church.  She loved her pets, enjoyed collecting dolls, Coke memorabilia, and other memorabilia.

Nora Grace was born February 12, 1943, to the late Joseph Simanson and the late Stella May Brown Simanson. She was married February 2, 1963, to Dale Irwin Spry, who preceded her in death on March 25, 2005. 

She is survived by one daughter, Connie (Roger) McKain of Danbury, Nebraska; one son, Neil Spry of Paris, TN; eight sisters; five brothers; three grandchildren, James Colter, Jessie Colter, and Angela Marietta; and five great grandchildren; 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The body is to be cremated with no services scheduled at this time. 

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

McEvoy Funeral Home

Jerry "Mackie" Camper

Jerry "Mackie" Camper, age 69 of Puryear passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at his residence. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, January 10, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Puryear City Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Friday, January 10, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home prior to the service. Pallbearers will be John Young, Robert Camper, Danny Goode, Ernest Goode, Tony Goode, and Rodney Sherrill.

Jerry Camper was born September 1, 1950 in Ridgely, Tennessee to the late Earnest Camper and the late Ruby Johnson Camper. He is survived by two sisters: Jean (Freddie) Hollis of Hornbeak, TN and Judy Camper Lessard of Puryear; brother, Bennie Camper of Puryear; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides his parents, Mackie was also preceded in death by three sisters: Martha Jo Olson, Wilma Sue Lepiscopo, and Dorothy Grinder; and a brother, Fred Thomas Camper.

Mackie was an avid hunter and he loved his nieces and nephews.

Vickie L. Wallace

Vickie L. Wallace, age 62 of McKenzie, formerly of Puryear passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, January 9, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Zachary Ahmad Shaikh of New Prospect Baptist Church in Greenfield, TN officiating. Burial will follow at Puryear City Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Thursday, January, 9, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Story, Donnie Boyd, Caleb Cary, Rickie Bunch and Kelly Story.

Vickie L Wallace was born June 3, 1957 in Roane County, Tennessee to the late Harlan Bunch and the late Edith Carroll Bunch. On April 16, 2005 she married Jerry Wallace and he survives in Puryear, TN. She is also survived by daughter, Victoria (Kelly) Story of McKenzie, TN; son, Vernon Moore of McKenzie, TN; sister, Sally Martin of Clinton, TN; brother, Rickie (Linda) Bunch of Clinton, TN; two step-daughters: Sheela (James) Frazier of Puryear and Teresa (Jonathon) Smith of Paris; seven grandchildren: Heather Story, Donnie Boyd, Madison Boyd, Sidney Frazier, Shandi (Andrew) Cooper, Samantha (Matthew) Mead, and Kaitlyn Powell; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mrs. Wallace was a Baptist who formerly worked at Mohon International and Henry County Medical Center.

Lois "Mildred" Williams

Lois "Mildred" Williams, age 88, of McKenzie, Tennessee passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at Henry County Medical Center. Her funeral service will be 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Liberty United Methodist Church in McKenzie with Bro. James Smith and Bro. Lathan McLean officating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Named as pallbearers are Tony Orr, Gary French, Mark Powell, Carl Powell, Greg Pace, Ronnie Orr, and Dennis Eason. Visitation is scheduled on Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at McEvoy Funeral Home and on Tuesday after 11:00 A.M. until time of service at the church.

Lois Mildred Williams was born December 19, 1931 in Henry County, Tennessee to the late William Allen Porter and the late Lois Emily Wiseman Porter. She married Thomas Earl Williams on March 18, 1952 in Mississippi and he preceded her in death on September 24, 1994. She is survived by her sons, James Thomas (Karen) Williams of McLemoresville, TN, Billy Ray Williams of Paris, and Terry Allen (Beth) Williams of South Fulton, TN; five grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Besides her parents and spouse, Mildred is also preceded in death by a son, Michael Earl Williams (died at birth in 1957) and brothers, William Allen Porter, Robert Wallace Porter and James Lueco Porter.

Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Springville High School. She was an active member of Liberty Methodist Church for over 50 years. Mildred also enjoyed singing in choirs.

Evelyn Fay Bomar

 Evelyn Fay Bomar, age 90, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Henry County Healthcare Center. Her funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Cliff Evans officiating. Burial will follow the service in Palestine Cemetery. Named as pallbearers are Dickie Bomar, Terry Webb, Rick Revel, Austen Daniels, Steve Daniels and Dustin Hudson.  Visitation is scheduled after 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday until time of service.

Evelyn Fay Bomar was born June 21, 1929 in Henry County, Tennessee to the late Homer Joyner and the late Gracie Simpson Joyner. She married J.H. "Buddy" Bright on February 3, 1954 and he preceded her in death on December 4, 1992. She later married Robert Bomar on August 31, 1996  and he preceded her in death on January 21, 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Teri (Lonnie) Kramer of Rogers, Arkansas; step-daughter, Janice (Randy) Crutcher of Paris; son: Leslie R. (Lugena) Bright of Paris; step-son, Dickie (Lynn) Bomar; sister, Ann (John) Hudson of Paris; brothers, Donald (Sandy) Joyner of Middleton, Idaho, Jimmy (Betty) Joyner of San Pablo, CA; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren. Besides her parents and spouses, Evelyn is also preceded by daughter, Vicki Townsen (1958) and brother William R. "Billy" Joyner.

Mrs. Bomar was a member of West Paris Baptist Church. She retired from Holley Carburetor in Paris after many years. Evelyn loved her family, her friends, and especially her church. 

Rawls Funeral Home

Robert Odell Long

Mr. Robert Odell Long, 43, of Paris died Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Rawls Funeral Home - Paris 731-642-1515

 

McEvoy Funeral Home

Roy A. Hill

Roy A. Hill, age 84 of Paris, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at his residence. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Vance of Trinity United Methodist Church and Andy Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM Friday, January 3, 2020 and after 12:00 PM Saturday prior to the service at McEvoy Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers for Mr. Hill will be Scott Cobb, Steve Jones, Lee Jones, Chris Walker, Francisco Cervantes, and Justin Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Leigh and Fred Stier.

Roy A. Hill was born August 23, 1935 in Manleyville, Tennessee to the late Charles Paschall "Pack" Hill and the late Ivy Marie Hastings Hill. On May 19, 1956 he married Georgia Ann Cobb Hill and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2016.

Mr. Hill is survived by two daughters: Sandra Marie "Sandy" (Wayne) Odom and Teresa Ann "Terri" (Jim Bob) Weatherly all of Paris; four grandchildren: Adam (Cassie Jo) Weatherly, Alicia (Travis) Jones, Cassie Marie Weatherly, and Matthew Matheny all of Paris; five great grandchildren: Madison Matheny, Clay Weatherly, Olivia Kate Jones, Sawyer Matheny, and Drew Weatherly; sister-in-law, Roberta Hill of Paris; two brothers-in-law: Calvin (Jan) Jones of Paris and Kenneth McDaniel of Jackson, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.

Besides his parents and wife, Mr. Hill was also preceded in death by two sisters: Carolyn McDaniel and Ruth Jones (a triplet to Roy); a brother, Ray Hill (a triplet to Roy); and two great grandchildren: Carly-Jo Maree Weatherly and Tate Jerald Weatherly.

Mr. Hill was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He retired from Emerson Electric and he co-owned and operated Southside Machine and Tool with his brother Ray Hill for 20+ years. He genuinely loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Memorials for Roy Hill may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 North Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242

John T. "Johnie" Jones, Jr.

John T. "Johnie" Jones, Jr., age 62 of Paris passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 at his residence. His memorial service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary Collier officiating. Visitation will be after 10:00 AM Saturday prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at Van Dyke Grove Cemetery.

John T. "Johnie" Jones, Jr., was born February 10, 1957 in Paris, Tennessee to the late John Thomas Jones and the late Dorothy Louise Cornwell Jones. He is survived by his sister, Debbie Jones of Paris; brother, Steve (Tammy) Jones of Paris; aunt, Peggy Taylor of Paris; uncles: Robert (Peggy) Cornwell of Wynne, Arkansas and Marquis Alexander of Houston, TX; nephew, Brandon Boyd of Paris; and numerous cousins and friends.

Johnie was a truck driver for many years prior to being disabled. He was also a member of Springhill Baptist Church.

Gary Leonard Johnson

Gary Leonard Johnson age 75, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at his residence. His body is to be cremated and no services are scheduled. 

Gary Johnson was born on May 3, 1944 in Seattle, Washington to the late Charles L. Johnson and the late Bonnie Jean Thrasher. He married Birdie Hay Johnson and she survives in Paris, Tennessee. He is also survived by daughter, Racheal Johnson; son, Christopher Johnson; brothers, Bobby (Ally) Johnson of Gilbert, Arizona and Stephen Johnson of Shanghai, China; and sister-in-law, Alene Johnson of Paris, TN. Besides his parents, Gary is also preceded by his brother, Randy Johnson.

Ridgeway Funeral Home

Linda Lou Snyder

Linda Lou Snyder, age 82 of Smyrna, TN, formerly of Henry County, died Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Glen Oks Health & Rehabilitation in Shelbyville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Monday, December 30, 2018, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  A graveside service will be held Monday, December 30, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Rose Lawn Memory Garden in Paris, TN, with Chad Kennedy officiating. 

Burial will follow the graveside service in Rose Lawn Memory Garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  Temple Baptist Church, 619 N. Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242   or   St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Russel Alan Rogers, Sr.

Russel Alan Rogers, Sr., age 88 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

He was a foreman in the steel industry for many years.  Russel was a Korean War veteran with the 11th Airborne Division in the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion Post 89.  He loved fishing, hunting, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  He also enjoyed traveling and camping. 

Russel was born July 16, 1931, in Cleveland, OH, to the late George Ridgway and the late Helen Hirt Ridgway.

He was married June 20, 1955, to Lydia L. Udrow Rogers, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Laura Rogers Cumvy of Largo, FL; one daughter-in-law, Cyndi Rogers of Cleveland, OH; one brother, George (mary) Ridgway of St. Augustine, FL; two grandchildren, Erica (Colin) Hogue, and Russel “Rusty” Rogers, III; and two great grandchildren, Peyton Hogue and Parker Hogue.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Russel Rogers, Jr.; one son-in-law, Michael Cumvy; and two sisters, Jerri Lamont and Ruth Zeller.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  The body is to be cremated with no services scheduled.

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

Doyce Lee Durbin

Doyce Lee Durbin, age 64 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, December 26, 2019, at his residence.  Doyce Lee Durbin, age 64 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, December 26, 2019, at his residence.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 20 years.  He was a lifelong musician playing the guitar.  Doyce enjoyed collecting coins and Hot Wheels with his son.  He was also a collector of guitar pics and any music memorabilia.  He attended Grace Baptist Church in Paris.

Doyce was born July 14, 1955, in Santa Cruz, CA, to the late Doyce Bud Durbin and Dorothy Bryant Furtney, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his mother, he is also survived by one son, Chris (Jessica) Durbin of Montgomery, AL; one sister, Linda Foreman of Juneau, AK; and nieces and nephews, James (Heidi) Durbin, Carie Durbin, and Deanna (Josh) Salvage.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Willie Durbin.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, with the funeral service beginning at 3:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Jack Thacker officiating.

Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Thomas Spry

Thomas Spry, age 56 of Buchanan, TN, died Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN. He retired as a self-employed construction and drywall contractor.  He owned and operated Snowballs & Snacks in Paris.  Tom loved his family and was an extremely giving person.  He was a big jokester, enjoyed working on cars and was an avid New Orleans Saints fan.

Tom was born March 18, 1963, in Savannah, TN, to Joe Fay Spry, who survives, of Opelousas, LA, and Linda Ellis Spry Groś, who survives, of Buchanan, TN.

Along with his parents, he is also survived by five children, Danyell Spry of Knoxville, TN, Tara (Dannie) Brown of Laurel Hill, FL, Magon Zeledon of Terrytown, LA, Morgan (Terry) Hollingsworth of Camden, TN, and Chelsey Caudill of Huntingdon, TN; fiancée, Chesney Hamilton of Buchanan, TN; stepmother, Holly Spry of Opelousas, LA; three brothers, Michael Fay (Paddy) Spry of Westwego, LA, Steven (Francine) Spry of Ontario, Canada, and Cameron Spry of Opelousas, LA; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; one niece; three nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Monday, December 30, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with cremation to follow the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  The Thomas Roy “Tom” Spry Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

 

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Charles F. Marlow

Charles F. Marlow, age 89 of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Henry County Healthcare Center. His funeral service will be 1:30 P.M. on Monday, December 30, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Pastor Carol Wade of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will follow the service in Highland Cemetery, Greenfield, Tennessee. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Charles F. Marlow was born April 16, 1930 in Henry County, Tennessee to the late Marvin E. Marlow and the late Sarah E. Bennett Marlow. He married Joyce Ann Legon Marlow on December 22, 1961 and she preceded him in death on December 26, 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly (Mike) Wood of Birmingham, Alabama; step daughter, Patricia (Ray) Wolfe of Greenfield; sister, Dorothy Albritton, Christmas, Florida; and grandchild, Rachel Leigh Wood of Alabama. Besides his parents and wife, Charles is also preceded in death by his step son and wife, Mickey (Charlotte) Stout and sister, Irene Tedder. 

Mr. Marlow was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in Korea. He was a very avid tennis player who also enjoyed karoke. Charles was an active member of Lakeway Kiwanis and a former board member of Lee Academy For The Arts who designed the latest kitchen there when renovation was done. He worked and retired from Mohon International as a draftsman. 

Gary Leonard Johnson

Gary Leonard Johnson age 75, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at his residence. His body is to be cremated and no services are scheduled. 

Gary Johnson was born on May 3, 1944 in Seattle, Washington to the late Charles L. Johnson and the late Bonnie Jean Thrasher. He married Birdie Hay Johnson and she survives in Paris, Tennessee. He is also survived by daughter, Racheal Johnson; son, Christopher Johnson; brothers, Bobby (Ally) Johnson of Gilbert, Arizona and Stephen Johnson of Shanghai, China; and sister-in-law, Alene Johnson of Paris, TN. Besides his parents, Gary is also preceded by his brother, Randy Johnson.

Johnnie Mae Richardson Williams

Johnnie Mae Richardson Williams, Jackson, TN formerly of Paris, age 87, passed on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Maplewood Healthcare Center, Jackson, TN. Born August 31, 1932 in Paris, TN. Daughter of John Dud Richardson and Ruth Kirkland Richardson, both preceded. Wife of W.C. Williams, Jr.; Married: October 14, 1950; Preceded: November 2, 1969. Children: Marilyn (Billy) Bishop, McKenzie, TN, Barbara (Frankie) Brown, Humboldt, TN, Steve (Debby) Williams, El Cajon, CA,Michael Williams, preceded: 1960. Sister: Margie Paschall Perkins, Olive Branch, MS, Brother: J.D. Richardson, Dragling, MI. Grandchildren: Stacy Fletcher, Julie Hester, Matthew Brown, Brian and Emily Williams. Great-Grandchildren: Chase and Chance Dowdy, Tristin and Brenden Fletcher, Landry Hester, Liam Brown, and Colton Zicardi.

Mrs. Williams was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church. She retired from Wal Mart at age 75. Johnnie loved children and helping others. She also had many special friends. The family requests that memorials be made to either the Alzheimers Foundation, any children’s charity or an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.

Her body is to be cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled in January. Place of Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park

Hiram Lindal "LC" Cooley

Hiram Lindal "LC" Cooley, age 76, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His funeral service will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 29, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Jones of New Life Baptist Church to officiate. Burial will follow the service in Walker Cemetery. Named as pallbearers are Frankie Cervantes, Amillio Cervantes, Josh Hancock, Chris Cooley, B.J. Cooley, Tony Cooley, Amillio Cervantes, Jr., Faaldren Cervantes, Raithan Cervantes, Colin Cooley and Recardo Broadwater. Visitation is scheduled at McEvoy Funeral Home on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. and again on Sunday after 11:00 A.M. until time of service. 

Hiram Lindal Cooley was born on November 17, 1943 in Wardell, Missouri to the late Hiram Britton Cooley and the late Ora Wyona Williams Cooley. He married Gayle Cox Cooley on April 24, 1993 and she survives in Paris. He is also survived by daughters, Stephanie Cooley, Stacey (Cary) Rowse of Burwell, Nebraska, and Christin (Recardo) Broadwater of Ft. Mill, South Carolina; sons, Jeffrey Lynn (Terri) Cooley of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Colin (Chavonne) Cooley of Conway, South Carolina, and Justin (Ashley) Bradley of Sevierville, Tennessee; sisters, Bonnie (James) Hunsucker of Cottage Grove, Tennessee, Mary Louise Pickle of Paris, and Brenda Kay (William) Fennell of Wardell, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and an aunt. Besides his parents, LC is also preceded in death by a sister, Connie Sue Cooley; and two brothers, Bobby Fulton Cooley and William Lee "Bill" Cooley. 

Mr. Cooley was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving multiple tours in Vietnam and serving in the security services. He retired from the Air Force in 1984. "LC" worked nd retired as Post Master with the U.S. Postal Service in Conway, South Carolina. He was also an avid golfer and loved karaoke. 

The family requests that memorials be made to: Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, Rock Steady Boxing Murray, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, KY 42071.

Bette Alexander Brewer

Bette Alexander Brewer, age 93 of Paris passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center. Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, December 28, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 PM Saturday, December 28, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home prior to the service. 

Bette Alexander Brewer was born November 14, 1926 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Marquis L. Alexander Sr., and the late Lillian Spaulding Alexander. On August 21, 1948 she married David Julian Brewer and he preceded her in death on February 3, 2011.

Ms. Brewer is survived by her son, Webb Alexander Brewer of Memphis; sister, Joyce Reedy of Clearwater, FL; brother, Marquis Alexander, Jr., of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, Ms. Brewer was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Turner; and a brother, Arthur Alexander.

Bette Alexander Brewer graduated from E.W. Grove High School in 1943. She was a member of the basketball team and involved in many civic and social activities, where her giving and outgoing personality were put to good use. As a teenager, during WWII, she worked in the Commissary at Camp Tyson where some of her experiences were chronicled in the book Camp Tyson by Shannon McFarlin.

After high school she attended business college in Nashville, Tennessee where she was a roommate of the late Anna Belle Clement, the “First Lady of Tennessee”, and sister of Frank G. Clement the well-known Governor of Tennessee.

As a Relief Manager for Western Union during the war, she travelled the southeastern United States, managing Western Union offices on a temporary or relief basis. While on an assignment in West Tennessee, she delivered a message to the family of David Julian Brewer informing them that he had been wounded in the invasion of Iwo Jima. Although she had delivered many similar messages, this one stood out in her mind because of the way the recipient said it would break his mother’s heart. Julian later accepted a teaching job at Grove High School and was her younger sister Joyce’s basketball coach. She soon realized that he was the young man to whose family she had delivered the message. They married on August 21, 1948 and remained so until his death in 2011.

Always a career woman as well as a wife and mom, Mrs. Brewer worked at Southern Clay Company and Paris Insurance Agency. When her husband accepted the position as head of the Tennessee School Board’s Association the family moved to Nashville, TN. While there, Bette was secretary to J. Franklin Paschall, the long-time pastor of First Baptist Church of Nashville and President of the Southern Baptist Convention. After the family returned to Paris, she became the bookkeeper at McCartney Produce Company and later was bookkeeper of Paris Country Club for a number of years, where she was also a longtime member. In addition, after retiring she began to work at the Paris-Henry County Historical Society as a volunteer.

A devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister, and dear friend to many, Mrs. Brewer was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Paris where she sang alto in the choir and served on countless committees. She was also a long-time member and past president of the Janusette Delphian Club and an avid member of the Tennessee Federation of Women’s Clubs. In addition to her keen intellect and business acumen, Bette had a poet’s soul. Her poem, “We Three-Tree, Seasons and Me,” won the TFWC’s statewide poetry contest in 1978. It was that spirit that guided her in her tender and undying care of her only child, Webb; her parents who lived at their home at 608 Spruce Street until their deaths in their mid-nineties; and her husband as his memory faded. She loved all her siblings, nieces and nephews and followed the lives of their children. Years ago she originated an annual Alexander Family Reunion, which endures today

Her caregiving continued into her last years at Eiffel Gardens where she was a friend to all, especially Goldie the Labrador retriever whom she spoiled rotten with dog biscuits, and she always shared her beautiful smile with all.

As her son, I am grateful to God for my mother and her life presence. “Servant of God, Well Done”.    

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Horace Morton, Jr.

Horace Morton, Jr., age 95 of Cottage Grove, TN, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at Plumley Rehabilitation Center in Paris, TN. 

He attended Elizabeth Elementary School and graduated in 1942 from Hamlett-Robertson High School in Crockett Mills, TN.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII where he achieved Signalman 3rd class on the U.S.S. LCS95 where he participated in Pacific Theater, Occupation of Tokyo, Japan, and was honorably discharged. 

Horace farmed for many years in the Crockett County community of Bethesda near Friendship, TN.  After moving to the Henry County area, he continued operating his farm in Palmersville, TN, while working for the Henry County School system at Cottage Grove School until his retirement in 2002.  He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. 

Horace was born September 24, 1924, in the Elizabeth Community near Friendship, TN, to the late Horace Greeley Morton and the late Jennie Maud Osborn Morton. 

He was married August 12, 1953, to Jewell Maxine Hutchison Morton, who survives, of Cottage Grove, TN. 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, DebraAnn (Garry) Grimes of Paris, TN; three sons, James R. Morton of Cottage Grove, TN, Mark A. (Christy) Morton of Palmersville, TN, and John O. (Kim) Morton of Paris, TN; one daughter-in-law, Lynn (Bob) Williams; one sister, Louise Morton Via of Bells, TN; 11 grandchildren, Meredith (William) Stallings, Paige (Lee) Wood, Blaire (James) DiMarco, Andy (Lindsey) Morton, Justin (Brittany) Morton, Blake Morton, Charlie Morton, Allyson Morton, Shelby Morton, Cody Morton, and Libby Morton; and nine great grandchildren, Grant Stallings, Emma Stallings, Bo Morton Wood, Max Wood, Cameron Morton, Neely Morton, Wesley Morton, Chandler Rimmer, and Chloe Rimmer. 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Richard K. Morton; one sister, Ailene Morton Thompson; and three brothers, Forrest Morton, Clarence Morton, and Howard Morton. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Sunday, December 29, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Bethesda Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 9713 Hwy 188, Friendship, TN 38034.  The funeral service will be Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at Bethesda Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery in Friendship, TN. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105   or   Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 900, Nashville, Tennessee 37203   or   the donor’s favorite charity.

Mark Largent

Mark Largent, age 73 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at his residence.  

He retired from Amoco Oil Company as a Barge Maintenance Man.  He also formerly worked for TVA.  Mark enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was an avid University of Kentucky fan.  He was a member of Henry Baptist Church. 

Mark was born November 30, 1946, in Dover, TN, to the late Plomer Largent and the late Mary Ruth Thomason Largent. 

He was married September 18, 1971, to Pat Littleton Largent, who survives of Paris, TN.  

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Marney (Casey) Jones of Henry, TN; four sisters, Shirley Wallace of Dover, TN, Ann (Archie) Frye of Joelton, TN, Paula Jones of Dover, TN, and Donna (Ronnie) Wallace of Dover, TN; four grandchildren, Kassie Jo Walker, Gunner Wayne Jones, Mary Presley Jones, and Madelynn Largent; and one brother-in-law, William Littleton of Paris, TN. 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Dunkin Walker. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and continue Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  The funeral service will be Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with John Sutton officiating. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Gunner Wayne Jones, Ronnie O. Wallace, Randy Wallace, Kenny Frye, Bryan Jones, and Ronnie R. Wallace.  Named as honorary pallbearers are Kassie Jo Walker, Mary Presley Jones, Madelynn Largent Jones, and Brenden Korte. 

Burial will be in Wofford Cemetery in Dover, TN.

Dennis Crossno

Dennis Crossno, age 58 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at his residence.

He worked at Royal Cleaners in Paris for several years.  Dennis was a U.S. Navy veteran who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He liked working on old cars and enjoyed helping others.

Dennis was born October 22, 1961, in Muskegon, MI, to the late Marcus Crossno and Marie McAlinden Finn, who survives, of Muskegon, MI.

Along with his mother, he is also survived by his stepmother, Sharon Crossno of Mansfield, TN; stepfather, John Finn, Jr of Norton Shores, MI; two brothers, Dan (Alice) Crossno of Paris, TN, and Brian Crossno of Muskegon, MI; two nieces, Alexa Crossno and Emma Crossno; and one nephew, Luke Crossno.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Sunday, December 29, 2019, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Apostolic Chapel, 3845 Hwy. 641 South, Paris, TN 38242.  The funeral service will be Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Apostolic Chapel, with Joel Turner officiating.

Burial will be in Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery in Springville, TN.

Jerry Gebert

 Jerry Gebert, age 81 of Paris, TN, died Monday, December 23, 2019, at his residence. 

He retired as a truck driver for Mohon International after 30 years.  Jerry was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Paris.  He enjoyed woodworking, toy trains, and John Deere tractors.  He loved Atlanta Braves baseball. 

Jerry was born January 1, 1938, in Lederach, PA, to the late Lloyd Gebert and the late Elva Ziegler Gebert.

He was married August 4, 1990, to Sue Cooper Gebert, who survives, of Paris, TN. 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Sandy (Jeff) Dowdy of Collierville, TN; four sons, Jeff (Eileen) Gebert of College Grove, TN, Scott (Karen) Gebert of Venice, FL, Barry (Kelly) Carter of Youngstown, FL, and Bryan (Amanda) Carter of Paris, TN; one sister, Karen (Steve) Groff of Willowstreet, PA; 11 grandchildren, Nicole Dowdy, Graham Dowdy, Christopher Gebert, Tyler Carter, Tanner Carter, Stan Carter, Kristi (Ben) Gibson, Vivian Carter, Lillian Carter, Jillian Carter, Zane Carter; and three great grandchildren, Lewis Carter, Leona Gibson, and Iseral Gibson. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 10:00 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 Johnathan Smith officiating. 

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. 

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

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Timothy Clemon "Tim" Alsobrooks

Sunday, January 20th, 1980 - Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Timothy Clemon Alsobrooks, age 39, formerly of Tennessee Ridge, TN, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019 at his residence in Paris, TN.
A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the chapel of Nave Funeral Home with Bro. Stephen Cathey officiating. Graveside services will follow on a later date at 11:00 a.m. January 20, 2020 at Arlington Cemetery in Erin, TN.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service Wednesday morning at the funeral home.
Tim entered this life on January 20, 1980 in Erin, TN, son to Kim Norris. Upon graduation from Houston County High School, Tim furthered his education by receiving his Bachelors of Journalism Degree at Murray State University. Prior to making the move to Henry County, Tim served his community of Tennessee Ridge as a city commissioner. Tim found his love for radio when he became employed by WMUF, WLZK, WRQR and WHDM, all of which serve the Paris and McKenzie region. For sixteen years, Tim showed his versatile skills by serving as News Director, sports announcer, sales and marketing rep, and most importantly, “Tim in the A.M”.; his morning radio show of which he was extremely proud. Tim’s professional accomplishments was recognized when he was awarded the Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Reporter. Outside of his profession, Tim’s passion was his Atlanta Braves Baseball, his Tennessee Vols, but most importantly, his family and friends.
Tim was preceded in death by his brother, Aaron Alsobrooks and grandfather, Clemon Norris.
Survivors include his loving mother, Kim Norris; grandmother, Willene Norris; aunts, Alyson (Mark) Middleton and Christy (Doug) Gold. Tim also leaves behind nieces and nephews, Madyson Middleton, Haylee Gold, Ethan Middleton and Jack Gold.
Serving as pallbearers will be Eric “Stu” Schmidt, Shawn Popp, Dale Popp, Brian “BC” Elliott, Dustin Broadbent, Bryon Bruce, Scott Hamilton, William Summers and Lance Pierce.
Arrangements are in the care of Nave Funeral Home, (931) 289-4277, NaveFuneralHomes.com.


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Theresa Cleaver

 

Theresa Cleaver age 53 of Puryear died Friday, December 13, 2019, in Henry County.

Her arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Theresa is survived by her husband James Cleaver.

Jeanne Lamb

Peggy Jean Lamb age 64 of Paris died Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

Jeanne was a retired legal secretary who had worked for over 30 years alongside Brown Hawley in his law practice. She enjoyed watching sports, working outside, mowing her yard and fishing. She was a member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ.

Born February 23, 1995, in Clinton, KY, she was the daughter of the late Hilary Deweese and the late Peggy Ann Richardson Smith.

Jeanne married Charles Michael “Mike” Lamb August 16, 1973, who preceded her in death on January 20, 2005.

She is survived by her sons, Travis (Emily) Lamb of Brentwood, TN, and Tyler (Elizabeth) Lamb of New Orleans, LA; two brothers, Don (Faythe) Deweese of Charleston, SC, and Joe (Barbara) Deweese of Fulton, KY; three grandchildren, Charlie Lamb, Patrick Lamb, Liddy Lamb; and a great aunt, Sarah Lynn (Jeff) Collins of South Fulton, KY.

Pallbearers for the service are Travis Lamb, Tyler Lamb, Jeff Collins, Don Deweese, Harry Cowan, and Brown Hawley.

Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St. Paris, TN 38242 will be handling the arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 10 am until 11am. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 11 am in LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Randy Stephens officiating.

Burial will follow in Roselawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, Tennessee, Inc. 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

Sharon Brezina

Sharon Brezina, age 67 of Paris, TN, died Saturday, December 7, 2019, at her residence.She retired after many years as a computer programmer for IBM.  Sharon was a lifelong learner and acquired degrees in teaching, business, and computer programming.  She also obtained an associate’s degree in nursing.  Sharon was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with friends at the pool.  She was Episcopalian by belief.

Sharon was born April 29, 1952, in Wilmington, DE, to the late Richard Hoffman and the late Nancy Benner Hoffman.

She was married September 2, 1982, to Michael Brezina, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by one son, Thomas (Katie) Brezina of Memphis, TN; one sister, Linda Taylor of Kitty Hawk, NC; Richard (Dottie) Hoffman of Whitehall, PA; three sisters-in-law, Teresa (Chuck) Schwenk, Dolores Breitfield, and Suzanne (Herbert) Saylor; two, brothers-in-law, Paul (Pat) Brezina and Joe Gitski; and 35 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Joan Yapsuga and Margaret Gitski; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Yapsuga and Herbert Breitfield.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The body is to be cremated.  Memorial visitation will be Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

 

 

James Fredrick Wickham

 

James Fredrick Wickham, age 65 of Paris, TN, died Friday, December 6, 2019, at his residence.

 

He retired after a long career working in assembly for factories in Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky, last working for Pella, Inc.  He attended Landmark United Pentecostal Church in Big Sandy, TN.  James loved his family very much, especially his children and grandchildren.  He loved going to look at cars and trucks and enjoyed fishing in his earlier years in Michigan.  He loved drag racing in his 1973 Chevy Vega during his younger years and he won several trophies.

 

James was born March 15, 1954, in Muskegon, MI, to the late Fredrick Willard Wickham, Sr., and the late Gertrude Irene Mead Wickham.

 

He was married November 17, 1973, to his wife of 46 years, Kathleen Susan Lintner Wickham, who survives, of Paris, TN.

 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by two daughters, Julie Ann Hemmes of Grand Haven, MI, and Jody Lynn (Charles) Brake of Dover, TN; one son, Chris Nickerson of Dover, TN; two sisters, Carol Ferguson of Gaylord, MI, and Martha Owen of Jessup, GA; three brothers, Barry Wickham of Traverse City, MI, Jerry (Melissa) Wickham of Thompsonville, MI, and Fredrick Wickham, Jr., of Harrietta, MI; nine grandchildren, Jasmine Hemmes, Caleb Hemmes, Anthony Hemmes, Caitlin Hemmes, Gabrielle Hemmes, Marissa Hemmes, Vanessa Hemmes, Tyler Brake, and Nicole Hustin; one sister-in-law, Diana (Jerry) Hartman; two brothers-in-law, Ron (Nadine) Litner, and Steve (Kimberley) Kloc; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two siblings in infancy, Lou Ann Wickham and Charles Keith Wickham; one additional sister, Karen Fry; and one additional brother, Ronald Keith Wickham.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Friday, December 13, 2019, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Landmark United Pentecostal Church, 117 Lincoln Street, Big Sandy, TN 38221.


 

Elizabeth Burnette

Ellen Elizabeth Burnette, age 93 of Paris, TN, died Saturday, December 7, 2019, at her residence.

 

She retired after many years from Holley Carburetor in Paris, then went on to work as a sitter for many families in the Henry County area.  Elizabeth was a member of East Wood Church of Christ in Paris.  She loved going to church functions and gospel singings.

 

Elizabeth was born October 21, 1926, in Hollow Rock, TN, to the late Homer Curtis Johnson and the late Lura K. McMackin Googe.

 

She is survived by two sons, Dennis “Mike” (Sandy) Burnette of Dyer, AR, and Gary Wayne Burnette of Jackson, TN; one daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Burnette of Paris, TN; five grandchildren, Adam Burnette of Lumberton, MS, Brandy Webb and fiancé Thomas Tharpe of Paris, TN, Heather Michelle Burnette of Paris, TN, Michael (Dana) Burnette of Henry, TN, and Mark (Christy) Burnette of Paris, TN; 12 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Ray Burnette and Ronnie Burnette.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  Visitation will be Tuesday, December 10, 2019, from 10:00 am – 11: 00 am at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Charles Cate officiating.

 

Serving as pallbearers will be Adam Burnette, Dallas Hancock, David “Tater” Hayes, Thomas Tharpe, Michael Burnette, Mark Burnette, and Timmy Miles.  Named as an honorary pallbearer is Joe Dumas.

 

Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Atwood, TN.

 

 

Ollie Miller

Ollie Miller, age 82 of Paris, TN, died Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center in Paris.

He formerly worked at Tank Lining in Paris, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  

Ollie was born April 12, 1937 in Obion County, TN to the late Louise Jordan Miller and the late Jean Howard Miller.  

He was married on September 20, 1986 to Peggy Ann Overcast Miller and she survives of Paris, TN.  He is also survived by three daughters, Lona Holifield of Paris, TN, Nancy Singleton of Paris, TN, and Samantha Marrs of Huntingdon, TN; one son, James David Marrs of Paris, TN; 14 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jonathan Wayne Marrs; one daughter, Pamela Jean Marrs; and several brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.   The body is to be cremated with a private memorial service to be held at a later date.

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

Gary Joseph Kontyko

Gary Joseph Kontyko, age 74 of Buchanan, TN, died November 10, 2019 at his residence. 

Gary was born February 15, 1945 in Flint, Michigan to the late William Kontyko and the late Marget Rogers. 

He was a US Army Veteran. 

There will be a graveside service with Military Honors at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parker's Crossroads.

Dr. P.J. Scott

Dr. P J Scott, age 79 of Paris, TN, died Friday, December 6, 2019 at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

 

P J graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Education.  He received a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther-Rice Seminary.  He served in the US Navy from 1961-1968 and was a Baptist Minister for over 50 years.  He pastored Jolley Springs Baptist Church in Weakley County Tennessee from 1969-1975 and First Baptist Church Olive Branch Mississippi from 1975-2005.  He then served as a transitional Pastor at FBC Ripley, MS, FBC Coldwater, MS, FBC Batesville, MS, East Baptist Church in Booneville, MS, New Harmony Baptist Church in Paris, TN, FBC Gleason, TN, and was presently serving at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Greenfield, TN.   P J enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, preaching, reading, history, watching westerns, UT football, and playing the guitar and singing at nursing homes.   

 

He was born November 11, 1940 in New Albany, MS to the late Patrick Henry Scott and the late Janie Pearl Speck Scott.

 

P J was married on December 11, 1961 to Betty Frances Petty Scott who survives of Paris, TN.  He is also survived by his daughter, Dr. Norma Scott (Carlton) Gerrell of Paris, TN; two grandsons, Trey (Emily) Gerrell of Memphis, TN, and Scott Gerrell of Paris, TN.

 

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Henry Merl Scott.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4 - 7 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home and continue on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2 - 3 pm at Tennessee Valley Community Church in Paris, TN with the funeral service at 3:00 pm Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Tennessee Valley Community Church, 2500 E. Wood St, Paris, TN  38242.  Officiating the service will be Carlton Gerrell, James Hazelwood, and Wayne Perkins. 

 

The graveside service and burial will be Monday, December 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany, MS. 

 

A memorial service will be planned at a later date at First Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS.

 

Memorials may be made to:  M.O.R.E Ministries, c/o Sandy Byrum, 6505 Whippoorwill St, Olive Branch, MS 38654. 

 

 

James Robert Rich

Retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant James Robert Rich age 88 of Buchanan, died Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam era.  James received certificates of achievement in communications in the 1st Armored Division Intelligence School, and in signal school.  He received two bronze stars for his two tours in Vietnam, and the Army commendation medal for meritorious service.  Upon retirement from the military, James became a plant engineer for Mission Linen Uniform Company in El Paso, TX, where he worked for several years. He loved being outdoors where he enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling in his RV.  James was Methodist in faith and a lifetime member of the VFW.

Born February 28, 1931, in Huntingdon, TN, he was the son of the late Thomas James Rich and the late Edith Marie Byars Rich Wiggleton.  He is survived by his wife Brigitte Jablonski Rich, whom he married July 7, 1967.

Along with his wife, survivors include his three daughters, Debra Rich Seager of Ayers, MA, Brigitte (David) Hayes of Midland, TX, and Tina Marie (Gary) Rich-Passman of Buchanan; three sons, James Robert (Cathie) Rich, Jr., of Jackson, TN, Danny Lee (Tammy) Rich of Lexington, TN, and James Thomas (Cindy) Rich of Lexington, TN; a brother, John Wiggleton, Jr., of Huntingdon, TN; two local granddaughters, Brigitte Gail Passman and Aleece Marie Passman; and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Creath Rich and two sisters, Mary Sue Scott and Shirley Ann Wilkes.

Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242 will be handling the arrangements. His body is to be cremated. There will be a memorial service with military honors held later next week.

Memorials may be made to the Tipton County, TN 4-H, P.O. Box 523, Covington, TN 38019-0523.

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Belle Harper McFadden

Belle Harper McFadden, age 84, was born November 9, 1935, in Friendship, Tennessee, and lived her childhood years in Mason Hall, Tennessee. She graduated in a high school class of eleven students and moved to Nashville for work and to attend Belmont College. In 1957, she met and married John J. Harris, Sr.,M.D. and discontinued her own education while working to support her husband through college and medical school. During these years, three children were born. She divorced in 1968 and, remaining in Nashville, worked very diligently to provide for her children, routinely emphasizing education, hard work, church involvement, and extracurricular activities. While working and raising three children alone, she graduated with honors from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 1975 and achieved great success in real estate. She was named Nashville Realtor of the Month several times and relished helping others find their dream home. 

Belle was a talented self-taught interior decorator, and she was known for her excellent aesthetic tastes in art and fashion. Having grown up with little money and raising three children on a shoe-string budget, she loved helping others decorate their homes on meager budgets. As well, she worked tirelessly to turn her own home into a showplace where people loved to spend time.

Belle was a life-long lover of reading, and no matter where she lived, there were always stacks of books, including many different types of Bibles, around her home. She was a dedicated Christian, a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Nashville for over forty years, and one of the first women to serve on the church’s Vestry committee.

In 1986, Belle married the love of her life, Everett W. McFadden, Jr. Together, they traveled extensively and regularly entertained family and friends in their lovely home in south Nashville until his death in 2008. Belle and Everette’s marriage also served as a vehicle for them both to deepen their faith, something they both acknowledged with gratitude. Belle loved Everette very deeply, and their marriage lasted almost twenty-three years until his death. It is perhaps poetic that Belle died on December 3rd, the same day that Everette died eleven years prior. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Everette McFadden, Jr., and her sister, Dorothy Pierce. She is survived by her three children, John J. Harris, Jr.,MD; Laura Harris James (Doug); and Peter R. Harris, Ph.D. (Lisa); as well as six grandchildren, Aaron Harris, Ella James, Joel James, Amelia Harris, Joshua Harris, and Leo Harris.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 12:00-1:00 pm at McEvoy Funeral Home in Paris, Tennessee. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm with Rev. Craig B. Valentine officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203-2926.

Obits for Anglin Funeral home in Dover

Grace Gibbs Samsil, age 93, of Birmingham, Alabama (formerly of Clarksville, Tennessee), passed away on November 27, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. after a three-month stay at Trussville Health and Rehab. 

Mrs. Samsil was born in Bumpus Mills, Tennessee to Benjamin and Hattie Gibbs. She is preceded in death by her parents, her six siblings, her husband of 53 years Dorris M. Samsil, and her daughter Deidre Samsil.

Survivors include her son, D. M. “Sam” Samsil Jr. and wife Meredith of Birmingham, Alabama; son Darrol Samsil and wife Victoria of Clarksville, Tennessee; daughter Donna G. Samsil Klinger and husband Rocky of Lake Mary Florida; and son Dennis J. Samsil of Cadiz, Kentucky.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Anglin Funeral Home and burial to follow at the Pugh Flat Cemetery, Bumpus Mills, TN. Visitation will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 3rd.
Arrangements are entrusted to Anglin Funeral Home, Inc. Dover, TN.

Mr. Allen Wilde, age 71, of Springville, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at his home. He was born January 31, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa, to the late Henry and Mabel Louise Wilde. Mr. Wilde was a veteran and worked as a firefighter.

Survivors include his loving wife Colette Steurer Wilde, and son, Gregory Allen Wilde, Northlake, IL.

Services will be announced at a later time.
Arrangements are entrusted to Anglin Funeral Home, Inc. Dover, TN

Judith Nunes

Judith Ann "Judy" Nielsen Nunes, age 76 of Paris, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice in Murray. Her memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Paris with Pastors Carol Wade and Arthur Lodge officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Judith Ann Nielson Nunes was born March 2, 1943 in Watsonville, CA to the late Jack Nielsen and the late Dorothy Hannah Nielsen. She was formerly married to James Lucus Nunes who preceded her in death on May 27, 2019.

Ms. Nunes is survived by daughter, Carol (Raul "Fernando") Pons of Whitman, MA; son, David Nunes of Streamwood, IL; sister, Patricia (James) Kracht of Miami, FL; four grandchildren: David Nunes, Elizabeth Pons, Andrew Pons and Catherine Pons; a niece, Jennifer Lane and a nephew, Brian Kracht.

Judy Nunes was a longtime active member of First Presbyterian Church in Paris. She was a special education school teacher both in California and in the Henry County School System. She loved animals and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: PLUS Endowment, P.O. Box 52, Paris, TN 38242

PLUS Endowment is a 501 (c) 3 organization that awards educational grants to educators in Henry County Schools and the Paris Special School District.

Faye Vinson

Nona Faye Vinson, 86, of Rossville passed away peacefully Saturday, November 30th, 2019. She was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi on June 29th, 1933. She has been a resident of the North Georgia area for about 22 years. Faye was a member of Rossville Church of Christ and of the Senior Center of Rossville.
 
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Richard Neal Vinson; parents, Ben and Lona Black Ritchie; brother, Billy Ritchie.
 
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Courtney of Flintstone, Ga; son, Charles L. Vinson of Memphis, Tn; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson.
 
Graveside services will be at Tuesday December 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM (CST), at Rose Lawn Memory Garden in Paris, TN with Minister Josh Manning officiating.

To send flowers to Faye's family, please visit our floral section.

Roger Dale Greer

Rodger Dale Greer, Age 62 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, November 24, 2019, at AHC Paris.

He was a long-time employee for the City of Paris, where he worked in maintenance for over 23 years.  He formerly worked for Crestview Nursing Home in Paris.  Rodger dearly loved the care providers at AHC Paris, whom he considered family. He never met a stranger and always loved a good conversation and interacting with others.  He loved Paris and Henry County and was an avid University of Tennessee fan.  Rodger was a true friend to many in this community and will be dearly missed.

Rodger was Born December 7, 1956, in Paris, TN, to the late William Wilson Greer and the late Gurtha Ann Garrett Greer.

He is survived locally by a cousin, Ronnie Greer of Paris, TN; one niece, Brenda Hughes of Paris, TN; and one nephew, Robert Hughes of Des Arc, AR; and one other niece, Teresa Henson of Aurora, KY. 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his two brothers, William Lee Greer and Wayne Ray Greer; one half-sister, Anna Pearl Smith; and one half-brother, Lacy Hughes.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Tuesday, November 26, 2019, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 3:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Gary Collier officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be friends and caregivers.  Named as honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Greer and Jimmy Wilson

Burial will be in Bevil Cemetery in Paris, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  The Charity of Your Choice in Henry County.

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Monika Tyler

Monika Maria Tyler, age 74 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

She retired after a 40-year career as a master teller in the banking industry, working for Mount Prospect Bank in Illinois and several others.  Monika was born in East Germany and defected to West Germany at age 9.  She met her husband, fell in love, married, and moved to the United States in 1967.  She loved the USA and was proud to become a citizen at the bicentennial.  Monika taught herself English, was a classic film lover, and a voracious reader.  She loved her family very much and was an absolute animal lover, caring for many animals over her lifetime.  She was Roman Catholic by faith.

Monika was born January 16, 1945, in Karlsbad, Germany, to the late Karl Brockl and the late Frederieke Fussl Brockl.

She was married May 20, 1967, to her husband of almost 53 years, Paul Tyler, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by her daughter, Shannon Tyler-Zabel and husband, Jeremy Zabel; one sister-in-law, Linda (Russel) Kunke of Sarasota, FL; one niece, Sherri (Bob) White of Downers Grove, IL; one great niece, Kayly White; and one great nephew, Charlie White.

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

To send flowers to Monika Maria Tyler's family, please visit our floral section.

Keith Hopkins

Keith Hopkins, age 87 of Paris passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at his residence. His graveside service will be 11:00 AM Friday, November 22, 2019 at Olive Branch Cemetery with Mike Wimberley of Olive Branch United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM Friday morning at McEvoy Funeral Home prior to the graveside service. Pallbearers will be Tim Lacy, Kenny Lacy, Jeremy Cox, Shane Cox, Chuck Elzondo, and John Garner.

Keith Hopkins was born September 28, 1932 in Henry County to the late William Eli Hopkins and the late Della McDaniel Hopkins. On October 17, 1965 he married Patricia Cox Hopkins and she survives in Paris, TN.

Mr. Hopkins is also survived by a daughter, Jacquline McDaniel of Cottage Grove, TN; sister, Dorothy Ward of Whitlock, TN; one grandchild; four great grandchildren; thirteen nieces and nephews; great niece, Amanda Cox; and great nephews, Jacob and Jeremy Cox.

Besides his parents, Mr. Hopkins was also preceded in death by six sisters: Hinda Thomas, Sarah Owen, Johnnie Shankle, Rebecca Horvath, Regina Lamb and Kay Forsythe; and four brothers: George Hopkins, Reginald Hopkins, Doris Hopkins and Mills Rhodes Barfield.

Keith Hopkins graduated from Cottage Grove High School. He was a Baptist and he retired after 30 years from the Paris Police Department. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #109 in Cottage Grove and he was a Veteran serving in the United States Army.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Olive Branch Cemetery Fund, 1800 Hwy 140 North, Cottage Grove, TN 38224

Angel Peridore

Angel Peridore, age 47 of Paris, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Her Celebration of Life will be from 1:00-2:00 PM Saturday, November 23, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with a service beginning at 2:00 PM officiated by Chris Andrews.

Angel Peridore was born November 4, 1972 in Osceola, Arkansas to James Andrew Peridore of Paris and Connie Jeanie McCanless (Barry) Webb of Paris. She is also survived by her sister, Jenny Hicks of Orlando, FL; her brother, David Peridore of Paris; her special niece, Georgia Peridore; her special nephews: Trent Ball and Tucker Ball; and her special children: Alexus Riddle (Josh) Collins and Johnny Riddle. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Hicks.

Angel was a hair stylist who loved children, music, going to concerts and flea markets.

Robert Wayne Bragg

Robert Wayne “Bob” Bragg, long time Puryear resident, faith filled family man, comedian, philosopher, and a world problem solver at the young of age 82 died Friday, November 8, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY. 

He proudly served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in 1978 at the rank of Master Chief.  Bob was stationed in Japan, Louisiana, Texas, Alaska, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee where retired. He then worked for 20 years at Tecumseh in Paris until his retirement in 1999.  Bob was a faithful member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus 7086, where he was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Mother Teresa Assembly and former Grand Knight.  He first and foremost loved spending time with his family.  He enjoyed reading, being outdoors, woodworking, stamp collecting, and crossword puzzles.  He disliked the smell of carnations, asparagus, cucumbers, and black olives.  He loved breakfast every Thursday at Southside Café with “the boys” where world problems were solved and no asparagus was served. 

Bob was born October 21, 1937, in Bay St. Louis, MS, to the late Marcell Gladstone  “Jack” Bragg and the late Elma Louise Spain Bragg Thierjung.  He loved his momma and had to become the man of the house very early with the untimely death of his father. Bob had three sisters and they remained one tight knit bunch.  He is survived by two of his sisters.  Jackie (John) Fowler of Apopka, FL, and Carol (Gordon) Sprouse of Vestavia, AL.  He was preceded in death by his oldest sister Bettie June “Naomi” Bragg Roberts; and two older brothers in infancy.

While stationed in Texas he met the love of his life and was married July 5, 1963, to Yolanda “Penny” Fuentes Bragg, who survives, of Puryear, TN. 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one son, Jack M. Bragg  (fiancé Vanessa Replogle) of Puryear, TN and one daughter, Samantha (Jim) Kersten of Bettendorf, IA;  two sisters, Jackie (John) Fowler of Apopka, FL, and Carol (Gordon) Sprouse of Vestavia, AL; four grandchildren, Jeremy Bragg of Buchanan, TN, Whitney Bragg (Brad) Gates of Buchanan, TN, Mackenzie Kersten of Bettendorf, IA, and Sophia Kersten of Bettendorf, IA; and four great grandchildren, Zander Gates, Zoey Gates, Maddisyn Gates and Jacksyn Gates all of Buchanan, TN; and nieces Sherrie Roberts of Georgia, Jennifer (Nick) Jackson of Tennessee and nephews Jeff (Yvonne) Williams of Florida and Joey Fowler of Florida; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

One of Bob’s proudest moments was the day his son Jack joined him as a Fourth Degree Knight.  His jokes, smile and hugs will be missed by many. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Monday, November 18, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the Rosary to begin at 6:30 pm.  The funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 10:30 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1210 East Wood Street, Paris, TN 38242, with Rev. Martin Orjianioke officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be the members of the Knights of Columbus 7086.

Honorary Pallbearers:  Timothy Wynn, Anderson T Peterson and Donnie Waktins.

Cremation will follow the funeral mass.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Debbie Wynn and the medical staff in Murray KY and Paducah KY. 

The family would appreciate in lieu of flowers consideration of a memorial to the Holy Cross Catholic Church Evangelization for Medical Mission.  

Jack Essenburg

Jack Lester Essenburg, age 89 of Paris, TN, died Monday, November 11, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Jack attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering for 2 years earning an associate’s degree in engineering.  He then entered the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War.  After his honorable discharge, he began his career with General Electric where he was a manager for 30 years, working in Holland, MI, Ft. Wayne, IN, Tiffin, OH, and Scottsville, KY, where he was plant manager.  He then moved back to Holland, MI, to serve as manager of manufacturing and sales.  From there, Jack became application engineer for Singapore, Taiwan, and all of Europe, then went on special assignments in Argentina and Brazil.  Next, Jack became the plant manager for Doerr Electric in Sturgeon Bay, WI for three years, then moved to Paris to work as a manager for Tecumseh where he retired.  He loved deer hunting and was an avid University of Michigan football fan.  He was a faithful member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris and the Knights of Columbus.

Jack was born June 20, 1930, in Holland, MI, to the late Jacob Lester Essenburg and the late Viola Ruth Van Anrooy Essenburg Rutgers.

He was married June 6, 1953, to his wife of 66 years, Joyce Setter Essenburg, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by three daughters, Jan (Charles) Strite of Kokomo, IN, Jacquelyn (Asher) Tourison of Zeeland, MI, and Joan Essenburg of Louisville, KY; one son, Joseph Essenburg of Plainwell, MI; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Dykstra and Elaine Wiersema.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the rosary to begin at 6:30 pm.  The funeral mass will be Friday, November 22, 2019, at 11:00 am Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1210 East Wood Street, Paris, TN 38242, with Rev. Martin Orjianioke officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Pete Natoli, Buddy Gardner, Tom Hamilton, Phil Wichlan, Butch Vonlofful, and Ted Neumann.

Cremation will follow the funeral mass.

Memorials may be made to:  Tennessee Right to Life, PO Box 110765, Nashville, TN  37222-0765   OR   Tomorrow’s Hope, 211 N. Brewer Street, Paris, TN 38242   OR   St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.   

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Mike Wolford

Mike Wolford, age 54, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at his residence. His body is to be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time

Mr. Wolford was born September 2, 1965 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Elmer C. Wolford of Sugar Tree, Tennessee and the late Rosie Jean Reagan Wolford. He is survived by sisters, Neala Wolford (Pat Carlson) of Whiting, Indiana, Anna Beal of Paris, Tennessee, and Lisa (Danny) McGee of Petersburg, West Virginia; brothers, Phillip Wolford of Sugar Tree, Tennessee, David (Brenda) Wolford of Sauk Village, Illinois, Elmer (Martha) Wolford, Jr. of Camden, Tennessee, and Mark (Sharon) Wolford of Sugar Tree, Tennessee.

Sandra Gamlin

Sandra Lee Hopkins Gamlin, age 72, of Paris, Tennessee, formerly of Puryear, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at her son's residence. No public services or visitation is scheduled. Burial will take place in Palestine Cemetery.

Ms. Gamlin was born November 15, 1946 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Murray Hopkins and the late Christine Seawright Hopkins. She married Enlow Gamlin on June 11, 1966 and he preceded her in death on September 30, 2016. Sandra is survived by her sons, Jason (Lynn) Gamlin of Paris and Michael Gamlin of Atlanta, Georgia; and her grandchildren, Jenson, Cole and Drake Gamlin.

Sandra was a Baptist by faith, formerly attending Puryear Baptist Church. She was a homemaker who loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Judy Davis

Judy Garrett Davis, age 62 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN.

She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Hill Union Church in Paris.

Judy was born June 7, 1957, in Greenfield, TN, to the late Harvey Garrigus and the late Katie Clifton Garrigus.

She was married September 20, 2003, to Jeff Davis, who preceded her in death on May 9, 2016.

She is survived by her daughter, Amy Elizabeth Ledford of Paris, TN; her son, William Dale “Billy” Clayton, II, of Paris, TN; two sisters, Sally (Mike) Barham of California, and Mary Frances (Jerry) Jordan of Springville, TN; one brother, Harvey Garrigus, Jr., of Kentucky; and three grandchildren, Joseph Robertson, Daniel Clayton, and Kayleigh Whittier.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Warren Clifton Garrigus; and one granddaughter, Dawn LeGail Freeland. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  Visitation will be Monday, November 11, 2019, from 10:00 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 Kenneth Beal officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Thomas Brown, Andrew Garrigus, Harvey Garrigus, Jr., Joseph Robertson, David Underwood, and Dylan Adams.  Named as an honorary pallbearer is Daniel Clayton.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Tiffany Marie James

Tiffany Marie James, age 37 of Puryear, TN, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in Paris, TN.

She was a 2002 graduate of Henry County High School.  Tiffany enjoyed shopping, reading, drawing, and spending time with her family.  She attended Maplewood Baptist Church in Paris.

Tiffany was born April 30, 1982, to Arthur James of LaPorte, IN, and Margaret Gribble James of Puryear, TN.

Along with her parents, she is survived by her fiancé, Kevin Cathey of Puryear, TN; one daughter, Alexis Bayless of Indiana; one brother, Ryan (Anna McCoy) James of Puryear, TN; niece Aaliyah James of Puryear, TN; special friends, William (Bridgett) Unruh of Springville, TN; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The body is to be cremated.  Memorial visitation will be Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service beginning at 4:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Corey Cain officiating.

Traci Pace

Traci Sloan Pace, age 55 of Puryear, TN, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at her residence.

She retired after a long career as a registered nurse.  Traci began working in medicine with her Dad at the age of 13.  She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers and loved traveling.

Traci was born December 21, 1963, in Daytona Beach, FL, to the late Larry Lee Schaper and Carol Lee Fredrick, who survives.

Along with her mother, she is also survived by her son, Tyler Pace of Bruceton, TN; one stepsister; two brothers; and several other loved ones. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The body is to be cremated.  A celebration of life visitation will be held Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to:  Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Jerry Williams


Jerry Jerome “Romey” Williams, age 74 of Paris, TN, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at his home in Paris. Jerry was born in Buchanan, TN on March 26, 1945, the son of the late Franklin Freamon, and Loren Jaylye Williams of Buchanan.

 

Jerry was a Christian and Baptist by faith and believed that God held each of us in his hands, and no decisions in life were ever made without prayer. Jerry married Karen (Miller) Williams on November 18, 1967, who survives. He is also the father of Kristen (Jesse) Jackson and Paul (Amy) Williams, and dearest Papa of six grandchildren, Pastor Kellen (Caroline) Robbins, Avery (fiancé Miah Hockett) Robbins, Hayden Williams, Rowan Williams, Justin Jackson and Jared Jackson. Jerry also had the blessing of raising Joseph (Debbie) Miller, his brother-in-law that he loved like a son. He also leaves behind several loving nieces and nephews.

 

He had two sisters whom he loved dearly, Joyce (the late Jerry) McNutt of Paris, and Marie (Sonny) Wilson of Paris. Two brothers that were also his best friends, Earl (Erlene) Williams of Mansfield and Danny (Katie) Williams of Springville. Proceeding him in death were three brothers, Othel (Mary) Williams, John (Sheila) Williams and Joe Darrell Williams.

 

Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1967. He held a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, in Labor & Management, and he worked for 30 years at the Ford Motor Company Glass Plant Division in Dearborn, Michigan. After leaving Ford Motor Co he held several part time positions before retiring back to Paris TN. Jerry would tell you the job he loved the most was his last position with TOSH Farms in Henry. Hard work, yes, but he loved the people and being outdoors.  He worked up until the last day before he found out he had cancer.  Jerry was strong in character and a blessing to many who knew him. He loved to talk about the old days and had a memory that never stopped.

 

Services will be conducted by Brother Kellen Robbins, Malesus Baptist Church Malesus, TN and Brother Gerry Gallimore of Mansfield Baptist Church, Mansfield, TN.

 

Arrangements are being made by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN, where Visitation will be the morning of Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with the funeral beginning at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.

 

Serving as pallbearers are his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers being Earl Williams (brother), Danny Williams (brother), and Joe Miller.

 

Burial will be in New Beaverdam Cemetery in Buchanan, TN.

 

In lieu of flowers please donate in Memory of to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or you may call 1 800-805-5856   OR   the Darkhorse Lodge Inc., 1951 Swor Road, Springville, TN 38256 or on their web site. The Darkhorse Lodge is a non-profit that works with wounded soldiers.

 

 

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