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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries

 

 

 


Thomas Wilkins "Tom" Jones III

Thomas Wilkins “Tom” Jones, III, age 76 of Buchanan, TN, died Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Sulphur Well Church of Christ, 1760 Oak Grove Road South, Springville, TN 38256, with a celebration of life beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Tom was born January 31, 1943, in Dyersburg, TN, to the late Judge T.W. Jones, Jr., and Marion Moore Jones, who survives, of Union City, TN.

He was married August 15, 1967, to his wife of almost 52 years, Virginia Stuessy “Ginnie” Jones, who survives, of Buchanan, TN.

Along with his mother and wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Dawn (Eric) Brown of Hoover, AL; one son, Bart (Nicole) Jones of Brentwood, TN; one sister, Jenny Joy Fitch of Nashville, TN; one brother, Richard (Jeanie) Jones of Old Hickory, TN; one sister-in-law, Lou Novak of Indian Harbour Beach, FL; one brother-in-law, Sam (Donna) Stuessy of Aransas Pass, TX; four grandchildren, Anna Jones, Lilly Jones, Evie Brown, and Justin Brown; and several special cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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

He retired after a 40 plus year career as a high school teacher, basketball coach, and guidance counselor in Northwest Tennessee and Alabama.  He was a member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ in Springville, where he served as an Elder.  Tom grew up in Obion, TN, and was a member of the last graduating class of Obion High School in 1961.  He loved walking on the beach, spending time on the lake with his family water skiing, being on his tractor, and hiking.  He loved his family very much, especially his children and grandchildren.  Tom had a genuine servant’s heart, who had a quiet and gentle way of serving others, and lived his life well.

Memorials may be made to:  Sulphur Well Church of Christ, 1760 Oak Grove Road South, Springville, TN 38256.

Dale Overby

Dale Overby, age 57 of Puryear, TN, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at his residence in Puryear, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242, where visitation will be Monday, August 26, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and continue Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 3:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Mike Rhodes officiating.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Lackey, Wes Perkins, Mike Weatherford, David Langlois, Eric Stevens, Eric Shafer, Lenrick Moore, and Kelly Norman.

Burial will be in Bevil Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Dale was born August 1, 1962, to the late Lonnie Edward “Sonny” Overby and Willodean Norman, “Tincy” Overby, who survives, of Puryear, TN..

He was married August 23, 1985, to Myra Kirkendall Overby, who survives, of Puryear, TN.

Along with his mother and wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Desiree Dykman of Paris, TN; one son, Dalton Overby (Courtney Jordan) of Camden, TN; and four grandchildren, Devan Overby, Allysson Dykman, Paighton Dykman, and Keegan Dykman.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Marie Elkins; and two brothers, Brian “Earl” Overby and Stephen Lynn “Stevie” Overby.

He formerly worked at McCartney Produce as a supervisor for 30 years. He loved mowing yards on his John Deere mower and taking care of his grandchildren. Dale was an avid collector of old cars, his favorites being his 1980 Chevrolet Corvette and his 1973 Buick Regal. He was a member of Puryear Baptist Church.

Austin "Hoppy" Hopkins

Austin "Hoppy" Hopkins, age 93 of Jackson, TN, died Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home in Humboldt, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242, where visitation will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be Wednesday, August 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Chad Kennedy officiating.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Austin was born February 19, 1926, in Hartford, TN, to the late Fletcher Hopkins and the late Alice Nailon Satterwhite.

He is survived by his former wife, Margaret Hopkins of Jackson, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three sisters, Geraldine Suchocki, Pauline Wise, and Laurine Norman; and two brothers, Everett Hopkins and Lester Hopkins.

He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran.  Austin was a former pilot, flight instructor, and a crop duster for many years.  He was known in Henry County for giving helicopter rides for several years during the week of the World’s Biggest Fry.  He enjoyed raising exotic animals on his farm in Gibson, TN.  A talented musician, Austin loved to play the fiddle, guitar, harmonica, and had an excellent sense of humor.  He was Baptist in belief.   

Frances McElroy

Frances Marie McElroy, age 97 of Mansfield, TN, died Sunday, August 18, 2019, at her residence in Mansfield, TN

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Friday August 23, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and continue Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Randy McElroy, Jerry Smothers, and Gerry Gallimore officiating.

 

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.  Earl Williams, Curtis Neal, Steve Hoofman, and Carl Ray Hoofman are named as honorary pallbearers. 

 

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

 

Marie was born June 30, 1922, in Mansfield, TN, to the late Alvin Travis Hoofman and the late Pearlie Tennessee Sherwood Hoofman.

 

She was married May 7, 1939, to Edward Ray McElroy, who preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by her six children, Violet Jean (Harry) Brubaker of New Enterprise, PA, Joan (Jerry) Smothers of Gadsden, TN, Eddie (Betty) McElroy of Camden, TN, Judy (Dallas) Sutton of Mansfield, TN, Randy (Angela) McElroy of Farina, IL, and Delissa Koe (Phillip) Jessie of Mansfield, TN; one son-in-law, Buron “Butch” Walters of Havan, IL; 19 grandchildren, Harry Brubaker III, Vicki Jo (Norman) Winegarden, Jason (Angie) Smothers, Joy Smothers, Anthony (Deborah) McElroy, Sandy Tyler, Beth Kyle, Terri (Paul) Backherms, Len (Delaney) Sutton, Misty (Casey) McGregor, Caleb (Megan) McElroy, Ashley McElroy, Kendrick (Anna) McElroy, Levi McElroy, Seth McElroy, Adam Bell (Marissa Wilson), Lucinda Walters, Loren Walters, and Leon (Becca) Walters; 26 great grandchildren; and 9 great great grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Patsy Walters; and two brothers, Ray Hoofman and Alvin Travis Hoofman.

 

She was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church for 64 years where she was the oldest living member. She was an Avon sales representative for 58 years, and Avon became her passion. Marie was a member of the Avon President’s Club and won many awards with Avon over the years. She loved gardening and taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family and cooked four meals a day.

 

Memorials may be made to the Mansfield Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Doris Ward

Doris “Nana” Ward, age 69 of Paris, TN, died August 21, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY.

Funeral Services will be held for Doris “Nana” Ward age 69 of Paris, TN, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 1 p.m. at Plunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Ramble Creek Cemetery in Big Sandy, TN. Visitation with the family will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m.

She was born March 3, 1950, in Henry County, TN, to the late Jessie F. French  and Mary Lee Redden French.

She is survived by daughters, Joann (Andre) Teague of Paris, Rhonda of Paris, TN and Patricia (Daniel) Sullivan of Paris, TN; grandchildren, Amber Bond, Ashley Hutcherson, Alyssa Willis, Ariana Hutcherson & Alivia Conway; and one great-grandchild, Oakleigh Sherrod.

Along with her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters, Bertha Cole, Shirlene and baby Joyce French; and one brother, Fred French.

Lillian Mizell Comer

Mrs. Lillian Mizell Comer, age 95, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at her residence.

Her funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Mitchusson of Nance Church of Christ of Alamo and Bro. Erik Davis of Blood River Church of Christ of Buchanan to officiate. Burial will follow in VanDyke Grove Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday and after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday until time of service at McEvoy.

 Lillian Mizell Comer was born in Henry County, Tennessee on March 21, 1924 to the late Thomas D. Mizell and the late Elsie Mae Cole Mizell. She married James Brent Comer on November 8, 1942 and he preceded her in death on November 15, 1999.

Lillian is survived by her daughters, Linda (Charles) Clark of Paris and Brenda (Bill) Mitchusson of Jackson, TN; sons, Jimmy (Barbara) Comer of Fairview, TN and Tommy (Jamie) Comer of Harvest, AL; grandchildren, Chuck (Jennifer) Clark, Joey (Sonya) Clark, Benjy Clark, Melinda (Erik) Davis, Amy (John) Bacon, Emily (Jay) Dwight, Rachel (Sean) Evans, Heather (Steve) Young, Allison Comer, and Scott (Alex) Comer; great grandchildren, Porter, Joseph, and Morgan Clark; Dalton and Barrett Davis; Scarlett, Mitchell, Nicholas, and Savannah Bacon; Hensley, Emma, and Kaitlyn Dwight; Ava, Eli, and Owen Evans; Katharine, Hannah, Riley, and Elizabeth Young; Britton, Kendal, and Graham Comer.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Comer is also preceded in death by her sister, Alice Mae Mizell who died in infancy and brothers, Earl and Bill Mizell.

Lillian was a longtime and active member of East Wood Church of Christ. She was a homemaker who loved and served her family.

 Memorials for Lillian Comer may be made to: Tennessee Children’s Home, P.O. Box 10, Spring Hill, TN 37174-0010.

Joy McCutcheon

Joy Cathryn McCutcheon, age 86 of Ringgold, GA, formerly of Paris, TN, died August 14, 2019, in Chattanooga, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Dr. John Smith of Fairview Baptist Church officiating.

Pallbearers will be Casey McCutcheon, Chris Ketron, Gary “Bo” Sinclair, Garrett Sinclair, and Larry French.  

Named as honorary pallbearers are Lukas Ketron, Jackson Ketron, and Branlee McCutcheon, Paul Copeland, Mike Shankle.

Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Joy was born April 20, 1933, in Henry, TN, to the late Fred Lee Summerford and the late Gwendolyn Owen Summerford.

She was married February 11, 1978, to Charles McCutcheon, who preceded her in death on August 24, 2015.

She is survived by one son, David McCutcheon of Ringgold, GA; one granddaughter, Amy (Chris) Ketron of Ringgold, GA; one grandson, Casey (Kim) McCutcheon of Mason, TN; and three great grandchildren, Lukas and Jackson Ketron of Ringgold, GA and Branlee McCutcheon of Mason, TN.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Paris.  Joy was a nurse for many years at HCMC.  She loved the Lord, nursing, fishing, baking cakes, and Tennessee Football. In her later years, Joy lived independently at East Ridge Retirement where she enjoyed playing games like bingo, Rook, and dominoes.

In lieu of flowers please, memorial donations may be made to:  Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265, in honor of Joy McCutcheon.

Steve Anderson

Steven Erik Anderson, age 71 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at AHC Paris after what his surviving wife described as a long battle with cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange while proudly serving in Vietnam.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN. The body is to be cremated. Memorial visitation will be Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service beginning at 4:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Eddie Martin officiating.

Steve was born May 15,1948, in Calistoga, CA, to the late Otto Michael Anderson and the late Juanita "Sam" McClanahan Anderson.

Steve married the love of his life and best friend Karen Low Anderson on March 23, 1989, who survives of Paris, TN.  He was the love of Karen's life and their years together were very happy.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Ashley Anderson of Paris, TN; one son, Christopher (Erin) Michels-Anderson of Paris, TN; one sister, Sue O'Brien of Napa, CA; one brother, Shannon (Cheryl) Anderson of Napa, CA; five grandchildren, Roben Long of Kalispell, Montana; Raelen Michels of Paris, TN; Riley Michels of Kalispell, Montana; Zoey Anderson of Paris, TN; and Kevin Anderson of Paris, TN; one great grandchild, Sylvia Long of Montana; and special cousins Eddie (Velda) McClanahan of Tennessee.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Sandra de la Cruz; and one brother, Scott Anderson.

Steve joined the Navy after graduating from high school.  He volunteered to go to Vietnam as a Seabee whose motto is "We build, we fight."

Upon returning home, Steve started working for the City of Calistoga located in the northern part of the Napa Valley in California.  He retired 13 years ago after 38 years as the Water Systems Superintendent for the City of Calistoga. He was born and raised in the Napa Valley where he lived most of his life.  

After retirement, Steve and his family moved to Tennessee, the state where both his mother and mother-in-law are from. Steve loved his family, who were his life.  He loved animals, rescuing and caring for the abandoned and abused.  He had a gift and was able to domesticate feral cats. He enjoyed fishing, reading, and British mysteries.

Steve loved the Lord and he was a dedicated Christian. He frequently took his wife's hand and asked, "Do you want to pray with me?"  He was a generous, kind man who loved helping others. Steve was a very upbeat and courageous man.  He was quiet and very reserved except when he was home with his family. He had a great sense of humor. He was loyal and honest. Steve was a true conservative, politically active, well-informed, and he loved his country.

James D. Poonie Meadows

Rawls Funeral home is serving the family of James D. Poonie Meadows, age 31 of Paris. He died August 8, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday August 17th at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Andre Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 12 p.m. until 2  p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17th at the church.

Meadows was born April 14, 1988, in Paris, Tenn. to James D. Meadows Jr. and Yevette Sommerville, both who survive.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by one son, Jahari Meadows of Paris; a stepdaughter, Zyra Ward of Paris; one brother, Shonte Sims of Paris; one sister, Brianna Holder of Paris; two nieces; three nephews; two grandparents,  Barbara Meadows and Margaret Sommerville; several aunts, several uncles, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Meadows Sr. and Theodore Tharpe.

Alfris Lester Williams

Alfris Lester “Al” Williams, age 73 of Madison Heights, VA, formerly of Henry, TN, died Sunday, August 11, 2019, at his niece’s home in Virginia.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  Visitation will be Friday, August 16, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and continue Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Don Williams officiating.

Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Born March 3, 1946, in Columbia, Virginia, he was the son the late Clarence Williams the late Vola Ogle Williams.

Survivors include two sisters, Lela (Sam) Conger of Henry, and Arleen (Steve) Hart of Paris; three brothers, Clarence J. (Christine) Williams of Oklahoma City, OK, Bill Williams of Kotzebue, AK, and Harvey (Marie) Williams of Mineral, VA; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews, that he loved as if they were his own children.

Al was a United States Army veteran. He was a retired carpenter. Al enjoyed going to auctions, old cars, and loved to travel. In years past, he enjoyed taking his 1957 Ford Fairlane and his 1985 El Camino to car shows.

Melanie Erwin

Melanie Ann Erwin, age 32 of Mount Juliet, TN, formerly of Murray, KY, died Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Union Hill Church of Christ, 882 Union Hill Road, Benton, KY 42025, with David Hendrickson officiating.

She was born February 17, 1987, in Murray, KY, to Jo Ann Allbritten Erwin of Murray, KY and Tim (Amie) Erwin of Fancy Farm, KY.

 

Along with her mother and father, she is also survived by her fiancé, Michael Mayer of Mount Juliet; her daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Mayer; one brother, Matthew Erwin of Nashville, TN; her grandmother, Wanda Erwin of Murray, KY; and her grandfather, Pearly McClure of Murray, KY.

 

She was preceded in death by one sister, Sydney Erwin; a grandmother, Charlotte McClure; and a grandfather, Rob Erwin.

 

She was a manager for M.L. Rose, a restaurant in Nashville, TN.  Melanie loved spending time with her daughter and family.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, going to the lake, and her pets.

 

Memorials may be made to:  Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ 07648.

Don L. Peale

Don L. Peale, age 70 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday, August 16, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The funeral service will be Friday, August 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Jerry Massey, Larry Simmons, Todd Henson, and Trent Bullock officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jack Tarkington, Jimmy Veazey, Randy Prince, Roger Veazey, Scott Berryman, and Terry Williams.  Named as honorary pallbearers are the members of the Cullen Sunday school class of FBC Paris, UPS drivers, and David Webb.

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

Don was born March 27, 1949, in Paris, TN, to the late Howard Lyndle Peale and Imadell Phillips Peale, who survives, of Paris, TN.

He was married November 22, 1968, to his wife of 50 years, Anita Cox Peale, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his mother and wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Andrea (Jeremy) Lemonds of Paris, TN; one son, Michael Rhea (Lindsey) Peale of Broken Arrow, OK; two sisters, Diana Goss of New Johnsonville, TN, and Angie (Mike) Hall of Paris, TN; one brother, Jerry (Terri) Peale of Paris, TN; and three grandchildren, Emily Lemonds, Preston Peale, and Eva Lemonds.

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

He retired first from UPS after 30 years, and later from the State of Tennessee at Paris Landing State Park after eight years.  He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Paris.  Don was a member of the Paris Masonic Lodge 108 and the Paris Elks Lodge for 51 years.  He was a lifetime member of the Henry County Jaycees, holding several positions, including general manager of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard sales, and auctions.

Memorials may be made to:  American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.

Mary Frances Robinson

Mary Frances Robinson, age 81 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Camden Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Frances was born January 3, 1938 in Russell County, VA, to the late L.B. Robinson and the late Lena Jessee Robinson.

She is survived by her friends, Annette (Lloyd Djordic) Myszka of Paris, TN; her many brothers and sisters; and her two grandchildren, Leon Jessee, and Dennie “DJ” Jessee.

She retired as a CNA for the healthcare industry in Camden. She enjoyed quilting, reading her bible, and other variety of crafts. Frances loved cooking in her early years, watching her birds, and nature. She wanted to be remembered for her sassiness, love for all, and helping others who are sick. She was Christian in faith.

Mary Elizabeth Aden

Mary Elizabeth Aden, age 92 of Lebanon, TN formerly of Paris passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at her residence.

Her funeral service will be graveside at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Henry Cemetery in Henry, TN with Dr. John Smith of Fairview Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Henry Cemetery.

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Aden was born May 19, 1927 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Lawrence Lee Aden and the late Cecil May Capps Aden. She is survived by her caregivers, Valerie and Randy Priszner of Lebanon, TN.

Ms. Aden was raised on a farm in Paris before moving to Tullahoma, TN for 5 years. After that she spent the last 15 years in Lebanon, TN. She enjoyed her community and camping in the RV.

Billy C. Little

Billy C. Little, age 86 of Paris, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at his residence.

His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Kesley of West Wood Pentecostal Church of God officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Wednesday prior to the service.

Billy C. Little was born September 25, 1932 in Pikeville, Kentucky to the late Willie Little and the late Estie Williams Little. On August 2, 1956 he married Ida Fleming Little and she survives in Paris, Tennessee.

Mr. Little is also survived by two daughters: Tammy (Rick) Lee of Paris and Melissa (Ronald) Lame of Mineral Ridge, Ohio; one son, Tim Little of Paris; four grandchildren: Phillip Gilson, Jeremy Gilson, Sammy Gilson, and Ronnie Lame; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides his parents, Mr. Little was also preceded in death by a sister, Judy McKnight; and a brother, Jimmy Little.

Billy Little was a Veteran in the United States Army and he retired from General Motors in Lordstown, Ohio in 1988.

Gene Milliken

Mr. Gene A. Milliken, 72, of Paris died Friday, August, 9, 2019, at Henry County Healthcare Center.

Visitation only will be held on from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, in Rawls Funeral Home Chapel. There will be no services.

Rawls Funeral Home in Paris handled the arrangements.

Milliken was born March 25, 1947, in Gleason. He was the son of the late Jasper and Odessa Milliken.

He is survived by his children, Alvie (Kristi) Milliken of Puryear and Jason Dickey Milliken of Murray, Ky.; one sister, Grace Thomas of Paris; one grandchild, Hailey Thompson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and special friend, Castine Foster; and special niece, Joyee Mack.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his siblings, Viola Bobbitt, Frances Milliken and Jasper Milliken Jr.

Frankie Lewis

Frankie Barnett Lewis, age 86 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Monday, August 12, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Visitation will continue Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Ridgeway Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 11:00 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Paul Veazey officiating.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Bernie Bomar and J.C. Williams.

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

Frankie was born January 21, 1933 in Paris, TN, to the late James Ellis Barnett and the late Opal Townsend Barnett.

She was married May 2, 1953, to John F. Lewis, who preceded her in death May 12, 2012.

Frankie is survived by two sons, Johnny (Lisa) Lewis of Georgetown, TX and Ricky (Christina) Lewis of Henry, TN; one sister, Sue Applegate of Bruceton, TN; one brother, Sonny Barnett of Union City, TN; five grandchildren, Katie Lewis of Austin, TX, Matt Lewis of Nashville, TN, Peyton (Caylee) Lewis of Georgetown, TX, Toni (Ryan) DeBruce Forbess of Orange Beach, AL, and Cliff DeBruce of Henry, TN; four great grandchildren, Abel Grey Lewis, Reed Forbess, Knox Forbess, and Scarlett Forbess; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ed Kennedy.

Along with her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Deborah Ann Lewis; and one sister, Juanita Barnett Bomar. 

She loved painting and collecting American Southwest-style art. She also enjoyed growing flowers, watching the shopping network shows, listening to country music and a good laugh.

Memorial may be made to: Charity of your choice.

Margaret M. Scott

Margaret M. Scott, age 84 of Paris passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Henry County Healthcare Center. Her body is to be cremated and a private family celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

Margaret M. Scott was born October 7, 1934 in Springfield, Illinois to the late Joseph Schuchardt and the late Margaret Kissler Schuchardt. She was married to George Scott who died during active duty in WWII.

Mrs. Scott is survived by two grandchildren: Jennifer (Jay) Watkins of Paris, TN and Tokafay (Scott) Hawkins of Puryear, TN; four great grandchildren: Austin Wilson, Jacob Wilson, Lukas Hawkins, and Dylan Hawkins; niece, Cindy Tumulty of Springfield, IL; nephew, Charlie E. Schuchardt, Jr. of Paris, TN; great niece, Gretchen Schuchardt of Paris, TN; brother-in-law, Jack Tumulty of Springfield, IL; and sister-in-law, Patricia Schuchardt of Springfield, IL.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Scott was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Dawson on July 25, 2016; a sister, Rose M. Tumulty; and three brothers: Charlie E. Schuchardt, Bill Schuchardt, and Joseph "Joe" Schuchardt, Jr.

Mrs. Scott was a Roman Catholic by faith. She worked and retired from the state of Illinois. Later in life before moving to Paris, Margaret worked as a nanny. She was an avid bingo player and she enjoyed fishing and shopping. Margaret was also a great grandma who loved her family.

Martha Jane Bolding

Martha Jane Bolding, age 80 of Paris, TN, died Friday, July 26, 2019, at her residence.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN. The body is to be cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life, Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 2 pm – 5 pm at the Heritage Center in Paris.

Jane was born April 20, 1939 in Henderson, TN, to the late Henry Frank Hailey and the late Ruby Valena Hollingsworth.

She married on July 27, 1957 to Larry Bolding, who survives of Paris, TN.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her one daughter, Kathy Scira of Paris, TN; one son, Andy (Emily) Bolding of Springville, TN; one sister, Mary “Lee” Hailey King of Paducah, KY; one brother-in-law, Mark (Pat) Bolding of Paris, TN; two grandchildren, John Francis (Amy) Scira of Cambridge, MA and Alexander Lawson Scira of Paris, TN; one great grandchild, Erin Trevathan of Huntingdon, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her one sister, Neda Sinclair; and one grandchild, Andrew Lawson Bolding, Jr.

Jane was a retired military wife for many years. She was a member of the Garden Club, a Master Gardener, and was a former president of the Republican Woman’s Club. She was instrumental establishing the neighborhood association on Poplar St. She was Christian in faith.

Denton Evans

Denton Evans, age 82 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  The body is to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Birds Creek Baptist Church in the Whitlock community of Paris, TN.  

Denton was born February 10, 1937, in Big Sandy, TN, to the late James Elias Evans and the late Ronie Alice Evans.

He was married June 29, 1957, to his wife of 62 years, Iva Lou Crowder Evans, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Alice (Scott) Massey of Paris, TN; one son, Rusty (Marcy) Evans of Paris, TN; one sister, Rita (James) Williams of Paris, TN; one sister-in-law, Maureen Evans of Memphis, TN; three grandchildren, Amber (Eric) McCool, Matt (Samantha) Massey, and Jonathan Cole Evans; one step granddaughter, Callie Larson; two great grandchildren, Seren McCool and Sabriel McCool; and three step great grandchildren, Eli Smith, Breann Smith, and Bryant Ward.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Evans and Rian Evans.

He retired after many years as a supervisor for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.  He also was a longtime farmer.  Denton attended Birds Creek Baptist Church in Paris.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and loved his grandchildren.

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

Tonia V. Russell

Tonia V. Russell, age 60 of Springville, TN, died Sunday, August 4, 2019, at her residence in Springville, TN.

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

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN. The body is to be cremated with a celebration of life service to be held at a later date.Tonia was born May 17, 1959, in St. Charles, MO, to the late Roy Giesler, Jr., and the late Freddie Lou Gentry Gielsler.

She is survived by one daughter, Missy (Bryan) Coleman of Henry, TN; one stepdaughter, Nikki (Richard) Hughes of Big Sandy, TN; one brother, Patrick Garrett of Springville, TN; one half-sister, Patty Crenchlow of IL; five grandchildren, Alexxis Marshall, Chase Reed, Alyssa Coleman, Savana Busby, and Ellie Hughes; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her friend and caregiver, Patty Wollenweber.           

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Mike Garrett and Rusty Garrett.

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

Judith Kay "Judy" Bankey

Judith Kay “Judy” Bankey, age 70 of Paris, TN, died Friday, August 2, 2019, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Monday, August 5, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and continue Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Ed Smith officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jake Hudson, Collin Vernon, Dru Hendrix, James Dumas, Noel Hatman, and Greg Bankey.

Cremation will follow the service.  Burial of cremains will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery in Buchanan, TN at a later date.

Judy was born May 1, 1949, to the late James Hunt and the late Lula Mae Shields Hunt.

She was married August 25, 1986, to Timothy “Sandman” Bankey, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by two daughters, Amanda (Jake) Skenandore of Ft. Benning, GA, and Kristy Bates of Millersville, TN; three sons, Robert E. Lee of Ridgetop, TN, James Steven (Kendra) Lee of Hendersonville, TN, and Timothy Alan Bankey of Paris, TN; one brother, Wayne Hunt of Goodlettsville, TN; seven grandchildren, Olivia Lee, Ethan Lee, Colton Lee, Avianna Lee, Zariah Lee, Taylor Bates, and Goddrick White; four great grandchildren, Skyler Lee, Tanner Lee, Cayden Lee, and Adison Lee; and special friends, Linda Hodge, Jenny Graff, and Bobbie Phillips.

In addition to his parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Jim Hunt. 

She retired from the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville as a receptionist.  Judy was a member of Kentucky Lake Church of Christ in Buchanan and a former member of Madison Church of Christ in Madison, TN.  She loved to dance, loved her pets, and anything Tennessee Vols, especially UT football. 

Memorials may be made to:  Kentucky Lake Church of Christ, 12470 Highway 79 North, Buchanan, TN 38222.

Linda Mae Bradford

Linda Mae Bradford, age 74 of Springville, TN, died Friday, August 2, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Sunday, August 4, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday, August 5, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at New Harmony Baptist Church, 7050 Highway 69 South, Paris, TN 38242.  The funeral service will be Monday, August 5, 2019, at 2:00 pm at New Harmony Baptist Church, with Jeff Hardy officiating.

Pallbearers will be Troy Bradford, Wes Archer, Chase Bradford, Jaden Bradford, Dustin Archer, Jeff Kuzma, Kenny Bauswell, Easton Aaron, and Mason Archer.  Named as honorary pallbearers are David Aaron, Marshall Helms, Terry Brown, Bob Phillips, Bobby Hartley, Glen Bruce, and Mike Wilson.

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

Linda was born January 19, 1945, in Gary, IN, to the late Eldon Kersey and the late Florence Etchison Kersey.

She was married February 8, 1964, to Thomas Lynn Bradford, who survives, of Springville, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by one daughter, Holly (Wes) Archer of Springville, TN; one son, Troy (Teresa) Bradford of Springville, TN; one sister, Judy Springman of Hudsonville, MI; one sister-in-law, Anita Ferguson of Springville, TN; one brother-in-law, Don Kuzma of Crown Point, IN; six grandchildren, Erica Bradford, Chase Bradford, Dustin (Brittany) Archer, Loren (Josh) Morris, Dane Archer, and Josh (Ashlie) Archer; and eight great grandchildren, Madison Bradford, Jaden Bradford, Easton Aaron, Maddox Kibbler, Mason Archer, Shaun Hunt, Lanna Morris, and Claire Archer.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Kuzma; two brothers-in-law, Larry Springman and Bob Ferguson; her father-in-law, William “Tommy” Bradford; and her mother-in-law, Helen Bradford.

She retired from Lakewood School in Buchanan in 2008 as the cafeteria manager.  Linda was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church in Paris, where she sang in the choir and was very active in many groups.  She loved traveling, cooking, and taking care of her family.

Velma Burns

Velma Burns (Vel) passed away July 28, 2019, in Knoxville, TN, at age 94.

A Celebration of Life service is Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 2:00 pm, receiving of friends following Fellowship Hall. Bearden United Methodist Church, 4407 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville TN.

A graveside service for the family will be Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 2:00 pm at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.  

Vel wished memorial gifts to be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

- Obituary submitted by the family of Velma R. Burns

Born in 1924, after childhood in rural South Carolina and matriculation from Liberty (SC) High School, Vel graduated as a (registered) nurse from Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. In 1956, as an Air Force nurse in South Dakota, she met the one true love of her life, USAF pilot, Capt. John Robert Burns at an Officer’s Club social. Married soon after, 3 children followed.  Happily-ever-after ended when John was killed, in 1966, flying a rescue mission during the Vietnam conflict. She raised their three children, returning to work as an RN until age 69…but never remarried.

Byron Austin Johnson

Byron Austin Johnson, age 20 of Como, TN, died Monday, July 29, 2019, in Paris, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 4:00 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 401 Irvine Street, Paris, TN 38242.

Cremation will follow the service.

He worked for SNS Construction in Trezevant, TN.  Byron was a member of West Wood Pentecostal Church of God in Paris.  He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, 4-wheelers, on back roads, and collecting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

He was born April 10, 1999, in Paris, TN, to Angie Lee Patton, who survives, of Paris, TN, and Kendrick (Latasha) Johnson, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his mother, father, and stepmother, he is survived by his girlfriend, Faith Allen of Como, TN; three sisters, Keyona Johnson, Breanna Johnson, and Kaleah Bomar; seven brothers, Rhykeem Johnson, Anthony Arredono, Kendrick Johnson, Jr., Dominic Johnson, Kennen Bomar, Brayden Johnson, and Kayden Johnson of Paris, TN; one grandmother, Dorothy (Darnell) Tharpe of Paris, TN; one grandfather, Kenneth (Charlene) Johnson of Columbus, OH; one nephew, Princeton Johnson; and one stepbrother, Daylan Foulks of Paris, TN.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anna & Charles Lee.

Mary Francis Rowlett

Mary Francis Rowlett, age 83 of Springville, TN, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at her residence in Springville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 11:00 am at Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville, TN, with Johnny Farmer and Bobby Sanders officiating.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Kibbler, Will Kibbler, Russell Barker, Travis Kibbler, Troy Bradford, and Bill Dotson.

Burial will follow the graveside service in Poplar Grove Cemetery.

Mary was born October 29, 1935, in McKenzie, TN, to the late Finis Browning and the late Lottie Ruth McDonald Browning.

She was married October 1972 to Steve Rowlett, who survives, of Springville, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by one daughter, Teresa (Randy) Kibbler of Paris, TN; one son, Anthony (Jamie) Barker of Paris, TN; two sisters, Norma (Bobby) Overton of Jeffersonville, IN, and Corrine Overton of Clarksville, IN; eight grandchildren, Tara (Rusty) Parker of Germantown, TN, Brandon (Kristen) Kibbler of Dresden, TN, Travis Kibbler of Dresden, TN, Alyssa Barker of Paris, TN, Haley Barker of Paris, TN, Kaitlyn Barker of Paris, TN, Ashley (Ben) Watts of Chattanooga, TN, and Russell Baker of Huntingdon, TN; and six great grandchildren, Will Kibbler, Abigail Kibbler, Gracie Kibbler, Maddox Kibbler, Della Parker, and Grey Parker.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa Dianne Barker; and two sons, Michael Joe Barker and Randall Kevin Barker.   

She retired after many years as an LPN with Henry County Medical Center Home Health & Hospice in Paris.  Mary loved the outdoors and her flowers.  Her grandchildren were her life and she was always concerned for others above herself.  She enjoyed watching the shopping network shows and old westerns on TV.  Mary was a member of Grace Baptist Church in McKenzie and attended Springville Baptist Church in Springville.

Memorials may be made to:  The Mary Francis Rowlett Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

Harold K. Sykes

Harold K. Sykes, age 73 of Buchanan, TN, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at his residence in Buchanan, TN.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and continue Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Gary Collier officiating.

 

Pallbearers will be Wyatt Owens, Jeff Morris, Terry Stoope, Buddy Gardner, Victor Baldwin, Tommy Scarbrough, and Bob Madison.  Named as honorary pallbearers are all members of the Shed House Group.

 

Burial with military honors will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

 

He retired in 2015 as the longtime co-owner and operator of The Cabinet Corner in Paris.  He formerly worked at Emerson Electric in Paris as the personnel manager.  Harold was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Paris Elks Lodge 816, where he was past exalted ruler.  He was the former president of the Jaycees, former Fish Fry chairman, and was the founder of the Shed House.  

He spent his earlier years of life growing up at Fairview Baptist Church in Paris. 

 

Harold was born November 23, 1945, in Paris, TN, to the late Fred Sykes and the late Jane Snow Sykes.

 

He was married April 12, 1984, to Celisa Jackson Sykes, who survives, of Buchanan, TN.

 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one sister, Fredda (Jerry) Bevil of Camden, TN; three brothers, Leslie (Linda) Sykes of Buchanan, TN, Rusty Sykes (Holly Buie) of Paris, TN, and Jack Sykes of Camden, TN; his mother-in-law, Burnietta Jackson of Paris, TN; four nieces, Laura (Brent) Owens, Heather (Michael) Canady, Amber (Brad) Barnes, and April Sykes; and two nephews, Tony (Donna) Bowers, and Eric Sykes.

 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Kim Sykes.

Wayne D. Graham

Mr. Wayne D. Graham, age 94, of Paris passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at AHC of Paris. His body is to be cremated and no services are scheduled.

Wayne Graham was born January 10, 1925 in Big Sandy, Tennessee to the late Emmett Graham and the late Carrie Parker Graham. He married Nancy Price Graham on May 2, 1945 and she survives in Paris, Tennessee. Wayne is also survived by four nephews. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by his sister, Lorraine Johnson and his brother, Ralph Graham.

Wayne was a U.S. Marine veteran who served on the USS Saratoga.

Bobbie Jean Freeland

Bobbie Jean Freeland, age 83 of Paris passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Plumley Rehab Center.

Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Wimberley officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at McEvoy Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, July 30, 2019 and after 9:00 AM Wednesday until service time.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jeremiah Marr, Derek Carter, William Freeland, Weston Freeland, Carter Allison, Walker Freeland, Madden Allison, and Walter Kilpatrick. Honorary pallbearers: Kaylee Marr, Braden Carter, Livia Carter, Knox Allison, Cooper Carter, Wade Allison, Jake Fowler, and Jeremy Hunter.

Bobbie Jean Freeland was born December 24, 1935 in Paris, Tennessee to the late Clarence Alexander Bell and the late Mary Marshall Phelps Bell. On April 28, 1962 she married Clyde David Freeland and he survives in Paris, TN. She is also survived by one daughter, Sheri (Jerry) Carter of Mansfield, TN; one son, Jonathan (Nelda) Freeland of Ft. Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren: Jeremiah (Starr) Marr, Derek (Paige) Carter, Katelynn (Jake) Allison, Rachel (Mike) Smith, William Freeland, Weston Freeland, and Walker Freeland; and numerous great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Freeland was also preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Neese; and a brother, Sonny Bell.

Mrs. Freeland was an active member of her community and the Baptist Church and she was very helpful in organizing the Camp Tyson reunions.

To defray funeral expenses, memorials may be made to McEvoy Funeral Home, c/o: Bobbie Freeland Account, P.O. Box 158, Paris, TN 38242.

Sylvia Hardy

Sylvia Hardy, age 80 of Buchanan, TN, died Saturday, July 27, 2019, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Tuesday, July 30, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at.  Visitation will continue At Point Pleasant Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  The funeral service will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 11:00 am at Point Pleasant Baptist Church, with Larry Dukes and Jerry Lee officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Cameron Hardy, Tom Wynn, Gary Fletcher, Skeeter Boyd, Lee Wayne Boyd Sr., and Larry Crews.

A private family entombment will follow.

Sylvia was born March 12, 1939, to the late James Robert Stogner and the late Alice Harrelson Stogner.

She was married on April 8, 1961, to Carson Hardy, who preceded her in death December 1, 2014.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Tom) Wynn of Greenville, TX, and Cheryl (Don) Cook of Palmetto, FL; one son, Steve (Kristie) Hardy of Buchanan, TN; one brother, Robert (Pat) Stogner of Knoxville, TN; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

She was a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church, and former member of Seminole First Baptist Church in Lake Seminole Fl. She was a retired school bus driver in Naperville School District, and former school bus driver for Jackson-Madison County Schools. Sylvia was very active in her church and community. She enjoyed teaching line dancing and loved the beach, reading, singing in the choir, and was an avid card player.

Joy Catherine Kriesky

Joy Catherine Kriesky, age 86 of Paris, TN, died Saturday, June 22, 2019, at AHC Paris in Paris, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN.  The body is to be cremated.  A graveside memorial prayer service will be held Sunday, July 28, 2019, at 2:00 pm at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Burial of cremains will follow the service in Memorial Cemetery.

Joy was born June 30, 1932 in St. Louis, MO to the late George W. Pomeroy and the late Irene V. King Pomeroy.

 She was married October 11, 1958, to Marion John Kriesky, who preceded her in death on November 14, 1996.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jan Kriesky of Berlin, MD, and Mary Kay Kriesky of Jackson, TN; two stepsons, Rick (Dawn Poole) Kriesky of Murfreesboro, TN, and Bill (Kay) Kriesky of Benton, KY; five grandchildren, Heath Hosford, Matt (Brittany) Kriesky, Will (Casey) Kriesky, Karen Kriesky, and Katie Kriesky; and four great grandchildren, Lynnlee Kriesky, Griffin Kriesky, Brayden Kriesky, and Ella Kate Kriesky.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by four siblings, Sally Oakley, Pat Pomeroy, Rich Pomeroy, and Donna Aleto.

She was a longtime member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris.  She was a member of the Lioness Club, Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library Board, and the Parish Council of Catholic Women.

Carolyn Ann McDavid

Carolyn Ann McDavid, age 72 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at her residence.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and continue Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  The funeral service will be Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11:00 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Mitch Fiscus officiating.

Family & friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Carolyn was born March 31, 1947, in Camden, TN, to the late Frank Sparks and the late Annie Mae Hartley Sparks.

She was married March 1, 1968, to her husband of 51 years, James “Frank” McDavid, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by two daughters, Teresa (Randall) Perry of Paris, TN, and Jennifer McDavid of Paris, TN; one son, James (Amie) McDavid of Knoxville, TN; two sisters, Sue Brown of Paris, TN, and Brenda Oakley of Camden, TN; one brother, Harold (Kathleen) Sparks of White Bluff, TN; and three grandchildren, Joseph Lee Perry, Logan McDavid, and Conner McDavid.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Sandy Easley; and two brothers, Randy Sparks and Danny Sparks.

She was a homemaker, who formerly worked at Holley Carburetor Plant and kept babies at Miss Betty’s.  She was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church in Paris, where she taught Sunday school and kept the nursery.

Memorials may be made to:  Jones Chapel Baptist Church, 2200 India Road, Paris, TN, 38242.

Tommy Shankle

Tommy Shankle, age 76 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at his residence, after a long illness.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  A private family graveside service will be held Friday, July 26, 2019, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris, TN.

Burial will follow the graveside service in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Tommy was born January 5, 1943, in Paris, TN, to the late Richard H. Shankle and the late Edith Sparks Shankle Holland.

He was married March 5, 1988, to Lynda Walters Shankle, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by two sons, Scott Thomas (Kim)Shankle of Cordova, TN, and Stephen Lee (Tanya) Shankle of Cottage Grove, TN; one stepdaughter, Danita (Tony) Fisher of Mt. Juliet, TN; one brother, Jerry (Brenda) Shankle of Paris, TN; one sister-in-law, Belew Shankle of Cottage Grove, TN; and two grandchildren, Ashley Fisher and Jamie Fisher.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Shankle and Teddy Shankle.

He was the former longtime owner & operator of Shankle Sheet Metal in Paris.  Tommy was a U.S. Army veteran and a Christian in faith.  He was a master furniture maker, making many pieces for his home, his family, and his friends.

Memorials may be made to:  The Charity of Your Choice.

Darlene Overton Yates

Mrs. Darlene Overton Yates, age 77, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Henry County Healthcare Center.

Her funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. John Smith officiating. Family and friends will act as pallbearers. Burial will follow the service in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 11:00 A.M. Thursday until time of service.

Darlene Overton Yates was born September 22, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to the late William Jordan Overton and the late Ruth Evelyn Simons Overton.

She married Emmitt "Junior" Yates on May 27, 1989 and he preceded her in death on May 11, 2009.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Steve Gibson) Falberg of Paris and Melisha (Chris) O'Quinn of Clayton, North Carolina; step-daughter, Julie Yates of Hickman, Kentucky; step-sons, Donald Yates of Union City, Tennessee and Michael Yates of West Virginia; brother, William Dean (Madelyn) Overton of Crystal Lake, Illinois; grandchildren, Josh (Katie) Gibson; Ariel, Belle, and Noble O'Quinn; step-grandchildren, Nicholas and Macy Yates; great grandchildren, Stella and Oliver Gibson; and her aunt, Tommie Lou Waggener of Martin, Tennessee.

Mrs. Yates was a longtime member of Fairview Baptist Church. She was known best for the many years the she worked at Pockets. Darlene enjoyed the many friends she made through work and looked forward to seeing them every day. 

Juanita Jackson McWherter Brooks

Juanita Jackson McWherter Brooks, age 86 of Puryear, TN, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at her residence.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home with her sons Paul McWherter and Eugene McWherter officiating.

 

Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

 

Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery in Como, TN.

 

She was born November 23, 1932 in Paris, TN, to the late Herbert Andrew Jackson and the late Josie Wade Jackson.

 

Juanita was married November 25, 1980 to Dan Lawrence Brooks, who survives of Puryear, TN.

 

Along with her husband, she is survived by two sons, Paul (Star) McWherter of Deer Park, TX,  and Eugene McWherter of Murray, KY;  two step daughters, Diane (Steve) Ryan of Granite City, IL, and Andrea (Mark) Duvall of Jefferson City, MO; two step sons, D.J. (Monica) Brooks of Granite City, IL, and Robert (Andrea) Brooks of St. Louis, MO; 20 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews

 

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Donna McWherter; one son, David McWherter; three sisters, Ophelia Jackson, Odell Henderson, and Oreta Long; and two stepbrothers, Mason Hudgins and Roy Hudgins.

Juanita was a member of Puryear Baptist Church. She formerly had worked at Salant and Salant. Her love in life was helping others in need through her yard sales. She enjoyed hosting and coordinating family reunions and get to togethers. Her passion in life was loving others.

 

Memorials may be made to the Puryear Baptist Church Youth Group P.O. Box 56, Puryear, TN, 38251.

Christopher Carden "Chris" Spenser

Christopher Carden “Chris” Spencer, age 58 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris, TN.

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

He was the owner & operator of Chris’ Floor Service in Paris for over 20 years.

Chris was born September 2, 1960, in Nashville, TN, to the late John Morris Spencer and Sue Mai Troupe Warren, who survives of Mt. Juliet, TN.

Along with his mother, he is also survived by his two sons, Christopher Michael Spencer of Gallatin, TN, and Johnathan Lynn Spencer of Gallatin, TN; and two brothers, Chip Spencer of White House, TN, and Chuck Spencer of Hermitage, TN.

Jimmie Lynn Harris

Jimmie Lynn Harris, age 61 of McKenzie, TN, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at his residence in McKenzie, TN.

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

Lynn was born October 31, 1957, in Gary, IN, to the late Jimmie Lynn Harris and the late Martha Horton Harris.

He was married August 4, 2001, to Jean Hatcher Harris, who survives, of McKenzie, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by two daughters, Shenae (Jason) Percle of Picayune, MS, and Chelsey (Jeremy) Miller of Bells, TN; one son, Damion (Corrine) Harris of Mandeville, LA; one stepdaughter, Jennifer (Warren) Smolen of Terry Town, LA; one stepson, Joshua Lane of Paris, TN; two brothers, Rick Harris of Newbern, TN, and Barry Harris of Dyersburg, TN; and five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two infant twins.

He formerly worked as the manager of Motor Parts & Bearing in Jackson, TN.  Lynn was a talented musician and music was his life, with classic rock being his music of choice.  He enjoyed jam sessions and playing in bands.

Jack David Michael

Jack David Michael, age 65, of Buchanan, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center surrounded by love, stories, songs, laughter and family. 

"Poppa Dave" fought cancer like he lived his life, boldly and always with a smile and a song.  He was brave beyond measure and wise beyond his years. David never ever met a stranger and selflessly cared for the needs of others first. He worked hard and loved harder, always quick with a joke, a nickname and a smile. David was an active member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ, a sales manager for R.J. Reynolds, an ad agent for The Peddler ADvantage and most recently, a field agent for Lincoln Heritage Insurance. He was an avid and proud Mississippi State bulldog fan. Most importantly, David was the kind of man that will forever be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, quick wit, generosity and unconditional love for his family and friends. A man who loved God and lived his life as the Christian example we all hope to be. 

David was born August 15, 1953, in Corinth, MS, to the late Douglass Eugene Michael and Martha Jean Owens Michael, who survives, of Madison, MS.

Along with his mother, he is also survived by his three sons, Josh (Ashley) Michael of Vancouver, WA, Matt (Chaunda) Michael of Paris, TN, and Taylor (Melissa) Michael of Knoxville, TN, and their mother Kathryn Mansfield Michael of Paris; one sister, Bettye Michael (John) Fuller of Madison, MS; and seven grandchildren, Uriah Michael, Jeremy Michael, Londyn Lampkins, Ella Clare Lampkins, Channing Michael, Waylon Doris, and Alayah Russell.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Emily Evangeline Michael.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  The body is to be cremated.  Memorial visitation will be Sunday, July 21, 2019, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Sulphur Well Church of Christ, 1760 Oak Grove Road South, Springville, TN 38256.  The memorial service will be Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 3:00 pm at Sulphur Well Church of Christ, with Randy Stephens & Bob Palmer officiating.

A private family burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 County Road 700, Corinth, MS 38834, a faith-based residential education program for children that was started by David’s family.

Anna Berniece Maddox West Wetmore

Anna Berniece Maddox West Wetmore, age 86, of Paris, Tennessee passed away at AHC Paris on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Her memorial will be held at Sunday, July 21, 2019 @7:00 P.M. central time at Open Doors Community Church, 130 Hidden Acres Rd., Paris, TN with Pastor Joe McClure officiating with a live feed to the Papa Georgia Conference Room, of Homewood Suites by Hilton, 6820 N. Fresno Street in Fresno, California. in the Papa Georgia Conference Room.

Anna Wetmore was born January 12, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Ted Maddox and the late Bessie Allison Maddox.

She was formerly married to Gene Bradshaw. Anna married Alan West on September 15, 1971 and he preceded her in death on December 12, 1978; married Winfield Wetmore on March 15, 1985 and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2011.

Ms. Wetmore is also survived by her sons, Charles (Yolanda) West of Fresno, California and Joseph (Donna) West of Paris; daughter-in-law: Shelia Bradshaw of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Wannetta Barton of Squaw Valley, California; brother, Corky Maddox of Fresno; grandchildren, Joey (Wendy) West, Josh (Alyssa) West, Elizabeth (William) Bixman, Charlie West, Lorraine (Frank) Flores, Bessie (Rudy) Locatelli, and Brandon (Shannon) Reid. Also by great-grandchildren, David J., Christian, Brooklin, Jadon and Jolyn West; Zachary and Rachel Gunter; William, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Eva Bixman; Aaron McKinnis, Sara Flores; Zig and Seri Locatelli. Anna is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides both parents and her husbands, she is also preceded in death by her son, Ronald Bradshaw; two sisters, Patricia Smith and Bessie Barber; and four brothers, Carl, Charles, Donald, and Wilbur Maddox.

Ted Todd

Ted Lynn Todd, age 75 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris, TN.

 

He retired after many years as an industrial supervisor.  He worked for both Celotex and Mark I Plastics for several years.  Ted was a member and deacon at Birds Creek Baptist Church in Paris. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and loved his family and church.

 

Ted was born November 1, 1943, in Martin, TN, to the late Finis J. “Dick” Todd and the late Katherine Peery Todd.

 

He was married December 31, 1966, to Carolyn Smith Todd, who survives, of Paris, TN.

 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Beth (Chris) Rhodes of Knoxville, TN; one son, John (Becky) Todd of Collierville, TN; two brothers, William Dan (Joan) Todd of Purcell, OK, and Fred Ray Todd of McKenzie, TN; one sister-in-law, Patricia (Craig) Schaeffer of Cordova, TN; four grandchildren, Nicholas Rhodes, Natalie Rhodes, Serena Todd, and Cecelia Todd.

 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Robbie Todd Harmon.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Friday, July 19, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Birds Creek Baptist Church, 2245 Whitlock Road, Paris, TN 38242.  The funeral service will be Friday, July 19, 2019, at 2:00 pm at Birds Creek Baptist Church, with Kevin Gallimore and Billy Ross officiating.

 

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Rhodes, Ricky Wofford, Junior Milam, Kip Tilghman, Wes Tilghman, and Allen Landrum.  Named as honorary pallbearers are Ray Anderson, Jessie Wilbanks, and Jerry Rawls

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Burial will be in Birds Creek Cemetery in Paris, TN.

 

Memorials may be made to:  Tomorrow’s Hope, 211 North Brewer Street, Paris, TN 38242.

Lesa Jo Waggoner

Lesa Jo Waggoner, age 54 of Mansfield, TN, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and continue Friday, July 19, 2019, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  The funeral service will be Friday, July 19, 2019, at 11:00 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Wade, Ronnie Wilson, Richard Waggoner, Dale McClain, Tommy French, and Michael Riordan.  Named as an honorary pallbearer is Jason Thompson.

Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Camden, TN.

She retired as an accounting assistant for Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN.  She was a former district manager over distribution for the Tennessean newspaper.  Lesa was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in New Johnsonville, TN.  She loved to ride and raise horses.    

Lesa was born June 21, 1965, in Camden, TN, to the late William Wayne “Bud” French and the late Jo Ann McClain French.

She was married September 2, 1983, to Jeffrey S. “Scotty” Waggoner, who survives of Mansfield, TN.

Along with her husband, she is also survived by one son, Michael (Brittany) Waggoner of New Johnsonville, TN; two sisters, Resa Sanders of Mansfield, TN, and Teresa (Steve) Norwood of Mansfield, TN; one granddaughter, Kathryn Jolyn Waggoner; and two step-grandchildren, Sawyer Culp and Aaron Culp.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Wayne “Tuck” French.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  The Lesa Jo Waggoner Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.

James F. "Jim" Wild Sr.

James F. "Jim" Wild, Sr. of Paris, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at his residence. No services are scheduled.

James F. Wild was born May 19, 1936 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Joseph Wild and the late Mary Sullivan Wild. In September of 1978 he married Lynn Wild and she survives in Paris, TN. He is also survived by children, grandchildren, and numerous other family members. Besides his parents, Mr. Wild was also preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Wild.

Mr. Wild was a ham radio operator who enjoyed the outdoors and working in his yard.

Mary Ann Shankle

Mary Ann Shankle age 71 of Henry died Friday, July 12, 2019, at the AHC Healthcare Center in Paris.

Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN, will be handling the arrangements. The body is to be cremated with no formal services planned per Mary Ann’s wishes.

Born May 26, 1948 in Dresden, TN, she was the daughter of the late Fred G. and Melvie M. Blankenship Allen.

Survivors include her daughter, Michelle (Shawn) Helton of Henry; a son, Stacy (Rita Hudgins) Winchester of Paris; her stepmother, Nancy Allen of Paris; a sister, Thesia (Steve) Keith of Colorado; a brother, Larry G. (Charlotte) Allen of Portland, TN; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Delilah) Page, Reed Hedges, Carley Helton, Tyler Helton, Emily Helton, Brady Winchester and Grant Winchester; and six great grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Bernice Dial.

She was a retired LPN from the Paris Healthcare Center (now AHC).  Mary Ann enjoyed watching TV and thoroughly loved her work. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Mary Ann Shankle Family c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap St. P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN, 38242.

Michael McClellan

Michael McClellan, age 31 of Buchanan, TN, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at his residence in Buchanan, TN.

 

He enjoyed fixing things, watching movies, and loved spending time with his family.

 

Michael was born June 25, 1988, in Houston, TX, to Edwin Lawrence Wagster of Paris, TN, and Dianne Kathleen McClellan of Houston, TX.

 

He was married June 24, 2016, to Kristin Rick McClellan, who survives, of Paris, TN.

 

Along with his mother and wife, he is also survived by one stepson, Logan Rick of Paris, TN; two sisters, Sirrah McClellan of Houston, TX, and Savannah Kesinger of Houston, TX; and two brothers, Richard Baker II of Houston, TX, and Jeremy Dotson of Houston, TX.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  The body is to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 5:00 pm at Tennessee Valley Community Church, 2500 East Wood Street, Paris, TN 38242, with Jeff McKee officiating.

Tonya Green

Tonya Green, age 43 of Paris, TN, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at her residence.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Monday, July 15, 2019, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Monday, July 15, 2019, at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Bro. Danny Allen officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Timmy Sykes, Tommy Sykes, Ricky Paschall, Steve Paschall, Brad Fields, Billy Fields, and Carter Green.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Allen, Scotty McCoy, Mytchell Stateler, and Robert Beecham.

Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park, in Paris, TN.

Memorials may be made to: Henry County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 639, Paris, TN 38242.

Tonya was born July 2, 1976 in Paris, TN, to Jimmy and Linda Green of Paris, TN, who survives.

Along with her parents, she is survived by one daughter, Allie Lou List of Paris, TN; one son, Dakota Austin (Zena) Sanders of Paris, TN; one sister, Jeri (Scotty) McCoy of Henry, TN; two grandsons, Aiden James Sanders and Dustin Ryan Sanders of Paris, TN; and several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncle, and cousins.

She loved collecting animals, going fishing, and doing other outdoor activities. Tonya loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was Baptist in faith.

Gloria Baker Kirkland

Gloria Baker Kirkland, age 68 of Springville, TN, died Thursday, June 11, 2019, in Paris, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, and continue Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.  The funeral service will be Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 2:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Roger Cooper officiating.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will follow in Bevil Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Gloria was born May 9, 1951, in Dresden, TN, to the late LT Baker and the late Alice Johnson Baker.

She is survived by her three daughters, LaDonna (James) Ward of Springville, TN, Jeana (Sean) Norman of Huntingdon, TN, and Misty Ellis and her fiancé James Andrews of Paris, TN; two sisters, Doris Reed of McKenzie, TN and Phyllis Koebel; one brother, Harry Baker of Springville, TN; 9 grandchildren, Dustin (Andreanna) Capps, Adam Capps, Courtney (Kayla Michelle) Norman, Kayla Allen and her fiancé Nathan Ballentine, Chad Allen, Darren (Felicia) Norman, Faith Norman, Evan Ellis, and Eric Ellis and his fiancée Ashlyn Singleton; and eight great grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by one sister, Alice Valentine; and one grandchild, Christopher Capps, Jr.

She retired from Clifty Farms where she worked in packaging. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, being in her garden, and making crafts.

Gloria loved anything Elvis, collecting cigarette lighters, and her family. She was Baptist in faith.

Bob Samuelson

CWO4 Ret. USCG Robert "Bob" Samuelson of Puryear, TN passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center. His memorial including masonic rites will be 7:00 PM Monday, July 15, 2019 at Buchanan United Methodist Church with Rev. H.B. Fields officiating. Visitation will begin at 6:00 PM at the church prior to the service.

Bob Samuelson was born March 6, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to the late Stanley Gordon Samuelson and the late Grace Dorothy Keith Samuelson. On November 26, 1958 he married Annie-Laurie Thomas Samuelson and she survives in Puryear, TN. He is also survived by one daughter, Julie-Ann Samuelson of Puryear, TN; one sister, Ruth Barrette of Janesville, WI; four grandchildren: Robert C. (Jennifer) Samuelson, Knowles (Maegan) Samuelson, Thomas (Samantha) Curlings, and Austin (Emily) Curlings; and eleven great grandchildren: Charlee and Emmilee Samuelson; Isabella, Knowles, and Juliette Samuelson; Leighton, Lawson, and Landry Curlings; Molly, Misha, and Anakin Curlings.

Besides his parents, Mr. Samuelson was also preceded in death by a son, Stanley Francis Samuelson on May 19, 2017; a sister, Mary Elonich; and a brother, Keith Samuelson.

Bob Samuelson joined the U.S. Coast Guard in September of 1957 and served 30 years. "Smooth sailing, Bob. Wishing you fair winds with following seas."

James Clement LaJoye

James Clement LaJoye, age 91, of Paris, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at AHC Paris.

His memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Rev. Joy Wethersbee of First United Methodist Church to officiate. Burial will take place at Birds Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date. Visitation is scheduled at McEvoy on Thursday after 12:00 P.M. until time of service.

James C. LaJoye was born in Baraga, Michigan on August 30, 1927 to the late Arthur LaJoye and the late Mary Flora Wadaga LaJoye. He married Majorie Jane Morris LaJoye on August 8, 1964 and she preceded him in death on August 21, 1998.

Jim is survived by two grandchildren, Jane Ann (Steve) Sampson of Michigan and Melissa Johnson of Paris; great-grandchildren, Brooke Sampson and Dylan Johnson; niece, Debe Malega of Michigan and nephew, Bill (Susan) Neese of Paris. Besides his parents and wife, Jim is also preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth Morris Schrader and Stephen Lane Schrader; one sister and two brothers.

Jim was in the Army and later the Navy serving in both WWII and also the Korean War. He was a member of the Paris Moose Lodge and the VFW.

Richard Wayne "Rick" Mayfield

Richard Wayne “Rick” Mayfield, age 70 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

 Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Monday, July 8, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Johnny Farmer officiating.

Cremation will follow the funeral service. 

Rick was born March 13, 1949, in Birmingham, AL, to the late John Thomas Mayfield and the late Twyler Marie Mays Mayfield.

He was married June 19, 1987, to Barbara Forrest Mayfield, who survives, of Paris, TN.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by two daughters, Heidi (Kevin) Bergeson of Ann Arbor, MI, and Carolyn Mayfield of Murray, KY; four sons, Richard (Tammy) Mayfield, Jr., of Westland, MI, Ronald Dean Mayfield of Michigan, Phillip (Shanda) Mayfield of Prescott, MI, and Michael Mayfield of Paris, TN; one daughter-in-law, Sheri Mayfield of Michigan; three sisters, Brenda Barrett of Crossville, TN, Rhonda (Dan) Dawson of Belleville, MI, and Cheryl McKenzie of Ypsilanti, MI; many grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Roger Dale Mayfield; and two brothers, Bo Mayfield and Ronny Mayfield.

He retired after many years from Ford Motor Company in Michigan where he worked in assembly.  Rick enjoyed woodworking and taking care of his chickens.  He was a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Paris.

Grady Nolen Neal

Grady Nolen Neal, age 87 of Buchanan, TN, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at his residence in Buchanan, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN, where visitation will be Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, with the funeral service beginning at 3:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Chad Kennedy officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Kiefer, Jr., Joey Charles, Lucas Palmer, Samuel Palmer, Taylor Miranda-Thompson, and Sydney Miranda.  Named as honorary pallbearers are Lexi Miranda and Peyton Charles.

Burial with military honors will be in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Grady was born June 8, 1932, in Huntsville, AL, to the late Nolen Alexander Neal and the late Effie Lula Reed.

He was married December 3, 1950, to his wife of 67 years, Doris Evelyn Neal, who preceded him in death on December 20, 2017.

He is survived by four children, Patsy (Mark) Kiefer of Chicago, IL, Lois (Robert) Palmer of Buchanan, TN, Debbie (Harold) Charles of Buchanan, TN, and Vicki (Walter) Miranda of Wauconda, IL; one sister, Diane (Ralph) Thomas of Florida; eight grandchildren, Mark Kiefer, Jr., Kristin Murphy, Joey Charles, Lucas Palmer, Samuel Palmer, Taylor Miranda-Thompson, Sydney Miranda, Lexi Miranda; five great grandchildren, Peyton Charles, Stephen Kiefer, Owen Kiefer, Virgil Palmer, and Nora Maeve Murphy; several nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Geila Plucinski of Des Plaines, IL.  

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by three sisters, Stella Russell, Edith Mullins, and Alyce Swaim; and one brother, Gene Paul Neal.

He retired after a more than 35-year career from Northwestern Printing Company in Chicago, IL, where he worked as a printer.  He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War.  Grady loved to dance, especially the two-step with the love of his life, Doris.  He was an avid Chicago Sports fan, cheering for the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.  He loved going to the horse races, coin collecting, recycling, and everything Elvis.  Grady enjoyed watching westerns, the Simpsons, and the Big Bang Theory on TV.  He hated white rice but loved biscuits and gravy.  He loved his children, grandchildren, and his pets, especially his beloved dog, Bedford who passed during Thanksgiving of 2018.

Memorials may be made to:  Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601, http://alz.org   OR   a Local Animal Shelter of Your Choice.

Lloyd Douglas "Doug" Brewer

Lloyd Douglas “Doug” Brewer, age 76 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  Visitation will be Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Johnathan Smith officiating.

Cremation will follow the funeral service. 

Doug was born August 10, 1942, in Chicago, IL, to the late Lloyd Brewer and the late Frances Mozell Insco Brewer.

He was married February 11, 1960, to Hazel Pullum Brewer, who survives, of Paris, TN. 

Along with his wife, he is also survived by five children, Deborah Brewer of Paris, TN, Tony Brewer of Paris, TN, Randy (Catherine) Brewer of Lebanon, TN, Sam (Carla) Brewer of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Pam (Bill) Brewer-Walls of Joelton, TN; two brothers, Don Brewer of Paris, TN, and Gerald (Martha Jo) Brewer of Dyer, TN; four grandchildren, Angela (Ryan) French, Tiffany (Wesley) Midgett, Matthew Brewer, and Emma Brewer; and five great grandchildren, Kylee French, Brynlee French, Isabella Brewer, Cyrus Midgett, and Griffin Midgett.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one grandchild, Christopher Brewer.

He was self-employed and also sold fireworks for 24 years.  Doug’s favorite hangout was Southside Café in Paris.  He enjoyed having yard sales and being around people.

Shirley Jean McCain

Shirley Jean McCain, age 76 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City, TN.

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

Shirley was born July 5, 1942, to the late Joseph Singleton and the late Mary Womack Singleton.

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Adcock of Greenville, MS; one brother, Roger Singleton of Paris, TN; three grandchildren, Cody (Samantha) Johnson of Pelahatchie, MS, Cameron Adcock of Greenwood, MS, and Jacob Adcock and fiancée Danielle Raymond of Greenville, MS; and three great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Jo Williamson and Mildred Teague; and five brothers, Wilbur Singleton, Howard Singleton, Edgar Singleton, Chester Singleton, and Robert Singleton.

She retired after many years as a hairdresser where she owned and operated her own salon.  Shirley enjoyed taking care of her daughter and grandchildren.  She loved to grow flowers and work in the yard.

 

 

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