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Ridgeway Funeral Home Paris, Tenn.

 

 

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.

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

 

McEvoy Funeral Home Paris, Tenn.

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.

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

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.   

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

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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