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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



Dorothy Diggs

Dorothy Mizell Diggs was born November 28, 1919 to Ethelder Elery and Susie Cannon Mizell in the VanDyke community of Henry County.   She graduated from Henry school where she was an outstanding basketball player.   After finishing high school she worked at Salant and Salant in Paris where she met her future husband.

In 1942 she married George Alexander Diggs while he was serving in the Army during WW II.    After the war years they returned to Jones Bend Road in Paris where they farmed and raised their family.   After her children were out of grade school she worked at Mitchum Company until it was sold.  

She was a wonderful Christian wife and mother and was a dedicated member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ.   Known as Mama Dot to family and friends, she was artistically gifted creating paintings, quilts, clothing, crocheted pieces, floral arrangements, and handiwork of all kinds.   She also enjoyed entertaining family and friends with wonderful meals.

Five children were born to the Diggs: Pamela Zandra (Jim) Hamilton of Buchanan, Phyllis Gail (Thomas) Lemonds of Paris, Rita Kay Crowe (Bobby) Flowers of Paris, George Ernest (Janis) Diggs of Buchanan and Jo Ellen Diggs who died in infancy.

Grandchildren are Tina (Walter) Proctor of Murray, KY, Bill (Kimmy) Hamilton of Mount Dora, FL, James (Andi) Hamilton of  Buckhead, GA, Monya (Ed) Burrell of Woodstock, GA, Will Lemonds and Jeremy (Andrea) Lemonds of Paris, Damon (Mary Ann) Crowe of Nashville, Charlie (Ashley) Crowe of Huntsville, AL, Joe Pat Crowe of Nashville, Kasey (Daniel) George of Murfreesboro, Jenny (Jason) Carroll of Haiti, Clint (Melissa) Diggs of Paris, Wesley (Kristin) Diggs of Nashville and JoEllen (Kevin)  Buckley  of Nashville.

Great Grandchildren are Logan and Peyton Proctor, Nikki, Alex and JD Hamilton, Ashley Jackson, Dakota and Hannah Lemonds, Emily and Eva Lemonds, AnnAlise, Hardy and Gus George, Chantry, Cole Callie and Edyson Carroll, Evelyn, Anson, Josie, Sophia, Caleb and Karina Diggs, Annie and Mary Claire Diggs.

Great Great grandchildren are Braelyn Sanders and Rhett Lemonds.

She is also survived by her sister, Estelle Parker of Henry.

She was preceded in death by her husband George who died in June of 2000 after 58 years of marriage; daughter, Jo Ellen Diggs;  sisters, Celeste Parker and Mary B. Foust;  and brother,  Joe Mizell.

Visitation will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home Tuesday from 4 – 7 pm and after 9 am Wednesday until the service at 10 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.    Burial will follow in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.  Randy Stephens will officiate and Pallbearers will be Grandsons.  

Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148  or  Church of Christ Disaster Fund, 410 Allied Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.

William Patterson

William A. Patterson, 76, of Paris died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Patterson worked at Brown Shoe Co., Holley carburetor plant and Tecumseh Products.

He was born March 16, 1939, in Gleason, the son of the late Raymond and Valda McDaniel Patterson.

Survivors include a sister: Sue (Dale) Quinn of Paris; two nieces: Rosie (Mark) Johnson of Paris and Kristi (Dill) Hughes of Columbia; five great-nieces; a great-nephew; a great-great-nephew; and three special friends: Krista Redmon, Jeremy Hunter and Stacy Smith.

Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Wednesday.  His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Randy Stephens and Trent Bullock officiating.

Pallbearers will be Mark Johnson, Dill and Dillion Hughes, Stacy Smith, Ron Patterson and Larry Woodard.  Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Todd, Jeremy Hunter, Nader Fares and Ron Marino.

Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Memorials may be made to Helping Hand (on Elkhorn day) or Olive Branch Cemetery fund, care of Jimmy Emerson, 145 Highway 140, Paris.

Brenda Blackburn

Brenda Kay “Borenda” Blackburn, age 62, of Paris, Tenn., died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Center in Nashville, Tenn.  

She attended Tennessee Valley Community Church and retired from Dana Co. in 2000.   She was a self-employed care giver and she loved to dance and loved country music.    She enjoyed her children and taking care of others.

She was born August 11, 1952 in Paris, TN to the late Doss Henry Dillon and the late Edna May Winsett Dillon.

She is survived by her  Three Sons,  Steven Lee Herndon of Antioch, Tenn,  Darrell Ray Herndon of Paris, Tenn,  David Herndon of Mt. Juliet, Tenn;  Twin Sister, Linda Berry of Puryear, TN;  Four Sisters,  Janice Graves of Puryear, Tenn,  Carolyn Dean of Paris, Tenn,  Judy Tate of Paris, Tenn,  Helen Dillon of Paris, Tenn;  Two Brothers,  Roy L. Dillon of Puryear, Tenn,  James Lee Dillon of Paris, Tenn;  Grandchildren, Justin Ryan Herndon of Paris, TN, Bryan Herndon of Paris, TN, Kaylee Lyn Herndon of Antioch, TN;  Very Special Friend, James Greer of Paris, TN;  and several Nieces and Nephews.          

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Faye Myers.  

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 and from 9 – 10 am  Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 10:00 am Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Carlton Gerrell will officiate.  Pallbearers will be James Culver, Jason Greer, Jimmy Greer, Johnny Lickert, Lovis Owen, and Daniel Tate.    The Henry Dance Members are named as Honory Pallbearers.    

Interment will be at Chalk Hill Cemetery in Camden, Tenn.

James "Jim" Stanley

Former Stanley’s Auto Sale owner James W. Stanley, 68, of Henry died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at his residence.

He was born June 1, 1947, to the late Earl Everett and Artie Affie Carpenter Stanley.

Survivors include a daughter: Kim (Skip) Rabey of Rockton, Ill.; a son: Jim (Cassie) Stanley of Machesney Park, Ill.; two sisters: Mary (Carl) Morgan of Cottage Grove and Cindy (Ron) Marino of Paris; four brothers: Clyde (Erika) Stanley of Roseville, Calif., Everett (Janice) Stanley of Paris, Fred (Toni) Stanley of Apple Valley, Calif., and Owen (Sue) Stanley of Loves Park, Ill.;  Four grandchildren: Sherry and James Stanley, and Jordan and Jarrod Rabey; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend and caregiver, Delois Capps of Paris.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers: Charles and Gerald Stanley.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home. Randy Stephens will officiate.

Pallbearers will be James and Brian Stanley, Jordan Rabey, Malcon Taylor, Ken Denny and Ron Marino. Honorary pallbearers will be Nader Fares, Jarrod Rabey and Jeremy Hunter.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Bevil Cemetery.

James Milliken

James A. Milliken, age 87, of Paris, Tenn., died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his residence in Paris, Tenn.  

He was married August 20, 1999 to Nancy Cathey Milliken she survives.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and he retired after 31 years as a communication technician with the Civil Service.    He loved gardening and was a Life member of the NRA and a VFW member.

He was born March 26, 1928 in Indian Mound, TN to the late Herman Milliken and the late Lula Gafford Milliken.

Besides his wife Nancy, he is also survived by his Two Step-Daughters,  Kay (Jerry) Farmer of Farmersville, Texas,  Martha Stewart of Louisville, Ky;  Two Step Sons,  Michael (Flora) Pruitt of Anchorage, Alaska,  Melvin (Brenda) Pruitt of Owensboro, Ky;  One Sister,  Lola Mae Milliken of Clarksville, Tenn;  6 Grandchildren;  12 Great Grandchildren;  Several Nieces and Nephews;  and a Sister-in-law, Delores Bryant and her family of Dover, TN.

He was also preceded in death by Several Brothers and Sisters and 2 Step Great Grandchildren.  

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.  He will be cremated.  There will be a Graveside Memorial Service at Memorial Cemetery at 3:00 PM Friday, June 26, 2015.

Craig Peevyhouse will officiate.

Morris Jenkins

Funeral service for Puryear, TN resident Morris Jenkins age 93, will be Thursday 11:00AM at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Barry Smith officiating, burial will follow at Puryear City Cemetery.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

He was born in Henry County, TN to the late George Thomas and Bertie Morris Jenkins. On November 4, 1944 he married Gloria Easlick Jenkins, she survives.

Survived by sons: Tom (Brenda) Jenkins, Paris, Mike (Cheryl) Jenkins, Lebanon, Kenny (Kim) Jenkins, Puryear; grandchildren: Adam (Jamie) Jenkins, Mallorie (Syd) Hutson, Blake Jenkins, Kit (Chasity) Jenkins, Jill (Kevin) Stotts, Troy Jenkins; great-grandchildren: Travis Jenkins, Hayden Hutson, Ella Hutson, Wesley Jenkins, Bailey Jenkins, Kiley Jenkins, Hudson Stotts, Kingston Stotts, Carson Stotts.

Thelma Pierce

Funeral service 3:00PM Friday June 19, 2015 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Carlton Gerrell of TVCC officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Visitation 11:00 - 3:00PM Friday.

Named as pallbearers are Johnny Petrie, Bobby Pierce, Mike Prince, Thomas "Bub" Edwards, Steve Looney and Albert Wade.

She was born in Henry County, TN to the late Owen and Fleta Alexander Wade. On February 1, 1953 she married Gerald W. "Red" Pierce, he survives.

Survived by a daughter: Connie Looney, Paris, TN; granddaughter: Sarah Looney, Louisville, KY; great-grandchildren: Trentin and Trey Williams, Simone, Suri and King Floyd.

Preceded by a brother: Albert Wade, Sr.

Thelma was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Nancy Hopkins

Funeral service 2:00PM Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Maplewood Baptist Church with Bro. Lynn King and Bro. Paul Veazey officiating, burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Jimmy Barrett, Rusty Compton and Tim Lacy.

Visitation 5:00 - 8:00PM Friday at Maplewood Baptist Church. No visitation is scheduled Saturday.

She was born in Knoxville, TN to the late Joseph B. Taliaferro and Rubye Hill. On July 3, 1960 she married Dorris Hopkins, he preceded June 21, 2005.

Survived by a daughter: Melanie Adkins (Bob), Murfreesboro, TN; son: Michael Hopkins (Sonya), Hermitage, TN; sister: Diane (Van) Ball, Paris; brother: Joseph (Pat) Taliaferro, Foley, AL; grandchildren: Kailee Hopkins, Abbey Hopkins, Zachary Hopkins, Brooke Adkins, Samuel Adkins and Emily Adkins; brother-in-law: Clayton Lamb, Paris.

Preceded by a sister: Phyliss Taliaferro Lamb.

Nancy moved to Paris in 1958 and graduated from Grove High School in 1959. She was an active member of Maplewood Baptist Church for over 50 years.

James Cate

James Lee Cate, 97, retired school principal, coach, teacher, and county attendance supervisor, died early Sunday morning at Paris Health Care.   Born on January 25, 1918, to Thomas Manual and Alma Wimbish Cate in Henry, he lived nearly all his life in Henry County.  He resided briefly in Tupelo, MS, where he married his wife of 73 years, Marie Lummus Cate, and he was stationed in Japan during his Army service during World War II.

A graduate of Henry High School, Mr. Cate attended Freed-Hardeman College and completed his bachelor’s degree at Bethel College.  He received his master’s degree at Murray State University, and served as teacher, coach, and principal for 30+ years at Springville High School before becoming attendance supervisor for Henry County.  After his retirement, he continued to teach his Sunday School class at the Springville Church of Christ until his health interfered.

Mr. Cate is survived by one daughter, Anne (Danny) Bailey, of Saltillo MS; two sons, Charles (Lillie) Cate of Paris, and Joe Cate of Springville.  Their six grandchildren are Dr. Richard (Laura) Brown of Searcy AR, Melynda (Scott) Renner of Herndon VA, Laura (Andy) Hogan of Frederick MD, Tom (Becky) Cate of Paris, Dr. Ethan (Ashley) Brown of Hendersonville NC, and Christy Maria Cate of Abilene TX.  Fourteen great-grand children and one great-great-grandson and his unborn brother also survive, as do his sisters,  Martha (Leon) Berlin of Atlanta, Faye Jones and Sarah Scott of Paris, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cate was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers: Edward Cate and his wife Lillie and Reuben and his wife Ruth, one sister: Raye Cate Powers and her husband Al, and two sons-in-law.

The family will receive friends  on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the McEvoy Funeral Home and again on Friday after 10:00 a.m. at the church .  A celebration of his life will take place at the Springville Church of Christ on Friday at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville.

Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Freed Hardeman College, 158 East Main, Attn: Memorials, Henderson, TN 38340.

Gayla Davis

Funeral service 2:00PM Thursday June 18, 2015 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Stephens officiating, burial will follow at Elkhorn Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Nicholas Burton, Mytchal Brown, Mark Wade, Tony Wade, Tim Wade and Kurt Stafford. Jim Adams will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Gayla was born in Memphis, TN to the late Gill Johnson, Jr. and Gloria Green Johnson. On October 19, 1985 she married Jeff Davis, he survives.

Survived by daughters: Brittany (Nicholas) Burton, Mt. Juliet, TN, Shayla Davis, Springville, TN; sisters: Gina Johnson, Big Sandy, TN, Gwen (Charles) Hodge, Westport, TN, Grace Ann (Darryn) Brown, Stantonville, TN, Gidget Willis, Big Sandy, TN; grandchildren: Rylan and Nolan Burton, Michael Davis, Lathan Holland; mother-in-law: Shirley Davis, Springville, TN and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded by her father-in-law: Charles Davis and a nephew.

Ron Harber

Ron Harber, age 63 of Southaven, MS, formerly of Henry County,  died Friday June 12, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven, MS.  

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.    Visitation will continue on Wednesday at First Baptist Church Paris, TN after 12 until the service at 2:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to :  Baptist Desoto Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, 350 Humphreys Blvd.,  Memphis, TN  38201   or     Desoto Hills Baptist Church-Building Fund, 4680 Getwell Rd.,  Southaven, MS  38672.

Ernest Hoagland, Jr.

Ernest Hoagland Jr., 89 of Owensboro, Ky. passed from this life peacefully on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his daughters home in Big Sandy, Tenn.  He was born in Daviess County, Ky. on May 31, 1926 to the late Ernest and Bertha Hoagland.  He was a watch maker for over fifty years and worked his last twenty years at NTA Custom Jewelers.   Ernie was a member of Walnut Memorial Baptist Church and was a ordained deacon for over fifty years.  He volunteered at the River Park Center and enjoyed visiting at the hospital for the church and visiting the home bound.   He was a WWII veteran of the US Navy and was Gunner Mate Third Class.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Betty Joan Hoagland on October 7, 2005, and his second wife of 6 years, Virginia Wahl Hoagland on June 25, 2014.

He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Morgan and her husband Dale of Big Sandy, TN.; two grandchildren, Tim Holler (Samantha) and Megan Holler; one great grandchild, Avery Lauren; two step grandchildren, Allen Morgan and Stanley Morgan (Sandy); and two sisters, Grace Norris of Owensboro, and Elizabeth Lancaster of Richmond, VA.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at James H. Davis Funeral Home in Owensboro Kentucky.  Entombment  will follow in Owensboro Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday and after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday until service time at James H Davis Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Henry County Medical Center Hospice, 311 E Wood Street, Paris TN. 38242.

Francis "Frank" Wood

Francis "Frank" Wood, age 83 of Paris died at his residence on Sunday June 14th. He was an Air Force Mechanic who served in the Korean War and retired from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation.

Visitation will be after 9am Tuesday June 16th and funeral will be at 11am Tuesday June 16th at McEvoy Funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Edward G. Clement

Edward G. Clement, age 91, of Jackson, TN, died on June 13, 2015, at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

Edward was born on February 15, 1924 in Springville, Tennessee. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Springville High School. He was inducted into the Army Air Corp in 1943. He work for TVA in New Johnsonville and retired from Shelby County Building Code Enforcement. Edward was a member of Springville Masonic Lodge #130 since May 17, 1952, where he was a Master Mason. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed retirement and especially his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Seaborn Glen Clement and Mary Elizabeth Farmer Clement. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Veazey.

Edward married Diana Elizabeth Smith Clement on November 24, 1949 and she survives.

Also surviving are his children, three sons, Jim (Connie) Clement, of Jackson, Tommy Clement and Gerald Clement, both also of Jackson.

Sisters, Virginia Clendenin, of Martin, Catherine Pafford, of Nashville, Ann Smith, of Cordova, and June Rawls, of Greenfield.

Grandchildren, Jenny Koebernick, Julie Price, Sara Luedecke, Catherine Weddington, Emily Clement Ashley Coleman and Lee Clement, survive. Great-Grandchildren, Maddie, Sophie and James Luedecke, Ava and Ruthie Price and Olive and Iris Koebernick.

Other relatives surviving include local Sisters-In-Law, Barbara Muzzall, Marilyn Townsend and Crystel Smith. Also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at McEvoy Funeral Home. Funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. and Bro. Brian Wimberley will officiate.

Pallbearers are Dan Townsend, Ronnie Reeves, Alec Bomar, Paul Clendenin, Glen Pafford, Bill Pafford, David Smith, Danny Smith. Honorary: Lynn Luedecke, Brent Price, Will Weddington and Troy Coleman.

Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetary.

Damien Eller

Damien Matthew Eller, age 36, of Weber City, Va., died Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.  He was a sheet metal fabricator at American Mechanical Contractors in Fall Branch, TN. He graduated from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, OH, and formerly attended Cincinnati State College. He loved dancing, playing games, art and being a D.J.

He was the son of Byron and Donna Isbell Eller of Paris.

He is also survived by his son: Orion Reign Eller Kamman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brother: Joshua Thomas Eller of Cincinnati, Ohio, Fiancée Amber Marie King and her son Devin Mason Street of  Weber City, VA., and grandparents: Thomas Glenn and Betty Jean McRee Isbell of Paris and Vera C. Daniels Eller of Blanchester, OH.

Damien was preceded in death by his grandfather Ronald Lee Eller.       

Pallbearers for the service are Brent Wampler, Joshua Eller, Dwayne Whitfield, David Chandler, Shane Arents & Paulie Johnson.

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 8:00 PM Friday, June 12, 2015 and after 9:00 AM Saturday, June 13, 2015.  Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel Ridgeway of Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 13, 2015, with Johnny Patterson officiating.  Interment will be at Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Tenn.

Mary Opal Thompson

Mary Opal Thompson, age 59, of Paris, Tenn., died Friday, June 5, 2015, at her residence. She married in 1976 to Albert Thompson Jr., who preceded in death. She attended Bible study at Tomorrow's Hope.

She was the daughter of the late John Otis Marcum and the late Mary Frances Marcum.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mary May Thompson of Paris, Tenn., Melinda May Thompson & fiancé Edward Long of Paris, Tenn. One son, Albert John Thompson & fiancée  Amanda Holt of Paris, Tenn.  Six grandchildren:  Alyssa Thompson, Alanna Thompson, Fabre’ Thompson, Essence Thompson, Shawn Thompson – Long and Savannah Long.      

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn., where the family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Her funeral service will be graveside at Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery at 1:00 PM Wednesday, June 10, 2015, with Liz Douglas officiating.  Interment will be at Henry Co. Tabernacle Cemetery in Springville, Tenn.



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