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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



Jackie Lewis

Jacqueline Elizabeth "Jackie" Bacon Lewis, age 81 of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died on June 4th.

She was a devoted wife and mother and loved the Lord. Donations to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, in Jackie's memory can be made at http://support.pdf.org/JackieLewis

Funeral service will be at Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville on June 11.

William "Bill" Baringer

Retired supervisor from Phillips and also an Engineer from DuPage County Illinois, William H. "Bill" Baringer, age 79, of Buchanan, TN passed away Thursday June 4, 2015 at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris.

A Memorial service will be Friday June 12, 2015 11:30AM at the Antioch United Methodist Church where he was a member and sang in the choir for 15 years. Pastor Linda Hillard of Antioch United Methodist Church will officiate.   Visitation will begin at 10:00AM Friday until time of service. He was born May 14, 1936 in Continental, OH to the late Harold and Clara Fischer Baringer. On September 21, 1985 he married Janice McGovern Baringer, she survives.

Bill is survived by daughters: Teresa Lantz, Colorado Springs, CO, Cindi Baringer, Fort Wayne, IN; sons: Todd Baringer, Saint Petersburg, FL, Kevin (Kim) Gilsdorf, Chicago, IL, Jess Gilsdorf, Mount Sterling, IL; sisters: Kim Rue, Alice Gebhart; brother: Charles Baringer; grandchildlren: seventeen, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded by sisters: Phyllis Baringer, Judy Schrieber and a brother: James Cullian.

Mr. Baringer was a U.S. Army.

Memorials may be made to: Antioch United Methodist  Church, 3116 West Antioch Road, Springville, TN  38256.

Ernest Flowers

Ernest A. "Ernie" Flowers, Sr., age 65, passed away Sunday June 7,2015 at his residence in Mansfield.

Funeral service 11:00AM Wednesday June 10, 2015 at McEvoy Funeral Home, his brother Joseph Flowers will officiate and burial will follow at Haymes Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are Mac Caldwell, Dwayne Crews, Roger Clendenin, Telly Muzzall, Howard Muzzall and Jimmy Tosh. Skip Carothers, Jack Norwood and Tommy Pettit will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation 4:00 - 7:00PM Tuesday and after 9:00AM Wednesday.

He was born in Mansfield to the late William Robert Flowers, Sr and Kathryn Louise Bowden Flowers. On July 26, 1994 he married Linda Lankford Flowers, she survives.

Survived by a daughter: Shannon Louise (Michael) Ritter, Sr., Henderson, KY; sisters: Edith Joyce Williamson, Brentwood, Betty Ann D'Auria, Scottsboro, AL, Merry Lee Barfield, Huntsville, AL, Judith Kay Flowers, Nashville, Nancy Lorene Flowers, Athens, GA, Dixie Melinda Flowers, Niceville, FL; brothers: Jack Thomas Flowers, Section, AL, William Robert Flowers,Jr., Cottage Grove, James Randall Flowers, Memphis, Ronald Joseph Flowers, Sarasota, FL; grandchildren: Tristan Allen Ritter and Aeyden Michael Ritter.

Preceded by a son: Ernest "Allen" Flowers, Jr., April 7, 2000.

Ernie graduated from Henry High School in 1967 and attended Memphis State University. He had a lengthy tenure in the corporate world before retiring from Crane Plumbing in 2006, returning to Henry County to pursue his love of farming an ranching.

Memorials may be made to: Henry County Helping Hand, P.O. Box 22, Paris, TN  38242.

Laverne Throgmorton

Laverne Norwood Throgmorton, age 100 of Paris, died Saturday June 6th at Henry County Healthcare Center.

She was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church and retired from Holley Carburetor of Paris.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda United Methodist Church, c/o Shirely Baker, 2430 Hwy. 69 S., Paris, TN 38242 or Henry County Helping Hand, P.O. Box, 22, Paris, TN 38242.

Visitation will be 4-7pm Sunday June 7am and after 10am Monday. Funeral will be at 11am Monday at McEvoy Funeral home.

Janice Bratton

Janice Kay Bratton, age 61, of Puryear, Tenn., died Thursday, June  4, 2015, at Jackson Madison Co. Gen. Hosp. in Jackson, Tenn.

She was a retired cashier at Wal-Mart in Paris.  She also formerly worked at Holley Carburetor Plant, Gary's Discount, Guinn's Shoes, and  PML.    She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was born October 13, 1953 in Pontiac, MI to the late Joseph Cook III and the late Viola May French Cook.

She is survived by her  Two Daughters,  Christie Connell of Puryear, Tenn,  Alisa (James) Causey of Paris, Tenn;  One Son,  Robert Aaron (Kelli) Bratton of Grand Bay, Ala;  One Sister,  Patricia Huotari of St. Helen, Mich;  One Brother,  Joseph Cook, IV of West Branch, Mich;  Grandchildren,  Brady Bratton, Hannah Bratton, Hailey Bratton, Erin Bratton, Myles Bratton, Lucas Connell, James “Little-Man” Causey, and Emily Causey; and Several Nieces and Nephews.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.   She is to be cremated.    Memorial Visitation will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday, June  6, 2015.

Donald Butler

Donald Ivan Butler, 72, died after a lengthy battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at his home in Fort Worth, TX.

A Memorial Service will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Visitation is from 12 - 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6th.  The Service will begin at 2 p.m.

Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Don was born April 28, 1943 in Halls, TN and grew up in Paris.

He was a proud member of the United States Air Force, an avid amateur radio operator (call sign, N4UJW), and webmaster of hamuniverse.com.

Don is survived by his wife of 37 years: Earlene Parrish Butler; sons John (Amanda) Butler, William Butler, David (Karen) Brown, Richard (Stephanie) Brown; grandsons Vashon and Trent Brown, & Johnathan and Jody Strickland.  His mother: June Butler; brothers: Bobby Butler and Tommy (Mary) Butler; sisters: Cindy (Steve) Schaffer and Jan Butler, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father: Ivan Butler and daughter: Donna Jo Allen.

Rosemary Gaylord

Rosemary Gaylord, age 68, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Friday, May 29, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.  She Married Jerrill Wayne Gaylord July 30, 1971 and he died October 3, 1989. She was a Member of Paris Community Bible Church, and a Member of Paris Landing Senior Center. Enjoyed being a Grandmother and was a very loving Mom.

She was the daughter of the late Roscoe Jackson and the late Gladys Bray  Jackson.

She is survived by her

Four Sons,

Son-Stephen (Teresa) Bleigh of Woodlawn, Tenn.

Son-Richard (Sam) Bleigh of Crestview, Fla.

Son-Jeffery (Jennifer) Gaylord of LasVegas, Nev.

Son-Bobby (Cindy) Gaylord of McKenzie, Tenn.

Two Sisters,

Sister-Louise (Danny) Shaw of Versailles, Ind.

Sister-Nancy (Billy) Lock of Vevay, Ind.

15 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren     

She is preceded in death by 2 brothers Curtis Jackson and Harold Jackson, and 1 grandchild.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, Tenn., where the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sunday, May 31, 2015 and from 11:00 AM to 1:00 P.M  Monday, June  1, 2015.  Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Monday, June  1, 2015 , with Roger Wallace officiating.  Interment will be at Tansil Cemetery in Sharon, Tenn.

Thomas Featherston

Thomas Adrian Featherston, 44 of Mckenzie, TN & Kissimmee FL went to be with our Lord on Friday, May 15th, 2015. Adrian was born on January 31, 1971 in Huntington, TN., to Pam Edwards (Richard), of Paris, TN & St. Cloud, FL. and Tommy (Pat) Featherston of Mckenzie. 

Adrian was a 1990 graduate of Mckenzie HIgh School. He was an avid four wheeler & side by side rider. Adrian was an automotive and motorcycle mechanic and he was an advocate for animal rights, especially pit bulls.

He leaves behind his mom & dad,  a grandfather, Willard Paul Featherston of McKenzie, a sister, T.J. (Robert) Glidwell of Cedar Grove, TN., a brother, John Carter Smith of Interlachen, FL., an aunt, Linda (Chuck) GoForth of Frisco, Texas, and aunt Glenda (Milton) James and Jean (Bill) Hart, of Paris, TN. Also an uncle, Bo Smith of Paris, Kevin (Ann) Edwards of Springville and Jerry (Ellen) Edwards of Conway, South Carolina and several  nieces, nephews, cousins and good  friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Glen and Sudie Edwards of McKenzie/Paris, TN. and Virginia Featherston of Mckenzie.

Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, Florida was in charge of the cremation service for Adrian. There will be a "Celebration of Life" for Adrian on Saturday, May 30th, 11am-1:30pm. at the Pavilion (red barn) in McKenzie, TN at the McKenzie Recreational Park on Como St. Potluck luncheon with main dish and drinks provided. James Garner of Paris, TN. will officiate. Friends and Family are encouraged to attend and fellowship in honor of Adrian.

William Wilson

William Albertis Wilson, age 83, of Paris, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Jackson Madison Co. Gen. Hosp. in Jackson, Tenn.  He married Fern Beecham Wilson December 30, 1953,who survives.  He was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, served 20 years in the US Army and was a retired  Sergeant First Class. He received the Purple Heart.

He was the son of the late Odis Wilson and the late Catherine Hartman  Wilson.

He is also survived by; Three Sons, Fred "Nat" Wilson of Baton Rouge, LA, David (Rhonda) Wilson of Paris, Tenn., and Jim Wilmon of Paris, Tenn., one sister, Oneida White of Hazel, Ky: Seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.   

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn., where the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015 and after 11:00 AM Thursday, May 28, 2015.  The Memorial Service will be held in LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Thursday, May 28, 2015 , with Rev. Gary Don Williams & Michael Barnhart officiating. 


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