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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Sherry Dean

Sherry Youngblood Dean, age 54, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, September 21, 2014, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. 

She was a Southern Baptist and worked as a Press Operator for 14 years with Dana Corporation.

She was born July 26, 1960 in Paris, TN to the late Jack Nathaniel Youngblood and the late Jean Elizabeth Wade Youngblood.

She is survived by her  Two Daughters,  April Dean of Paris, Tenn,  Racheal Dean & Friend Josh Stout of Paris, Tenn;  Two Sisters,  Sheila (Ronnie) Flood of Paris, Tenn,  Pamela (Alan) Young of Paris, Tenn;  Four Brothers,  Don (Vicky) Youngblood of Dundee, Ohio,  David Youngblood of Claire, Mich,  Kenneth Youngblood of Paris, Tenn,  Jackie Youngblood of Paris, Tenn;  One Grandchild, Chandler Wade Stout of Paris, TN; and several Nieces and Nephews. 

Besides her Parents, Sherry was also preceded in death by a sister, Tracy Youngblood; and Two Brothers, Jimmy Dale Youngblood and Clayton Youngblood.           

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be 10 am – 2 pm Thursday, September 25, 2014. The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Tommy Willis will officiate. Cremation will follow the service.

Lena Milam

Lena Milam, age 93 of Henry, died on Saturday September 20th. She was a member of the United Penecostal Church in Paris as well as member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Visitation will be Tuesday September 23rd at 10am until service time at 1pm at McEvoy Funeral home with burial to follow in New Bethel Cemetery.

Ben Barrett

Ben W. Barrett, age 63 of Paris, died Friday September 19th at the Henry County Healthcare Center. He was a member of Springville Masonic Lodge #130.

Funeral will be held at 11am Monday September 22nd with a graveside service at Walker Cemetery.

Mack Allen

Mack ”Shorty” Allen, age 79, of Henry, Tenn., died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at his residence in Henry, Tenn. 

Mack married Katie "Cookie" Snyder Allen October 18, 1968 and she survives.   He was a member and Deacon at Mansfield Baptist Church.   He Loved his Lord and his family and Grandchildren very much.  Mack was a lifelong farmer and retired after 36 Years at Haldex in Paris, TN.   He enjoyed Fishing and 4-Wheeler riding.

Mack was born May 27, 1935 in Trezevant, TN to the late Homer Allen and the

late Tennessee Josephine Ervin Allen.

Besides his wife, Mack is also survived by his One Daughter,  Katie Jo (Keith) Foster of Henry, Tenn.;  Two Sons,  Eddie Paul (Kim) Allen of Henry, Tenn,  William Mack (Teresa) Allen of McKenzie, Tenn; 

Two Sisters,  Mary Ann (Vernon) Melton of Henry, Tenn,  Judy Rodorigo of Cullman, Ala;  Sister-in-laws, Sue Allen, Virginia Allen, Allene Allen, and Jennie Allen;  Seven Grandchildren, Tyler Allen and special friend Shelby Beecham,  Sarah Allen and special friend Jeremy Wardlow,  Alicia (James) Dyer, Brent Brewer, Jeffrey Allen, Justin (Kara) Owen, and Heather (Brady) Jackson;  Great Grandchildren, Alaina Allen, Alaska Allen, Charli Kate Dyer, Madison Wardlow, Aubrey Jackson, and Emily Jackson.;  and Numerous Nieces and Nephews. 

Besides his Parents, Mack was also preceded in death by Sisters, Lydone Fuller, Lynora Muzzall, Esther Glover, Ima Jean Allen, Billie June Allen;  Brothers, Paul Allen, Lloyd Allen, Henry Ford Allen, Lubie Allen, Virgil Allen, Fred Allen and Billie Nathan Allen.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Monday, September 22, 2014 and from 10 am – 1 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 

The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mark McSwain, Gerry Gallimore, and Earl Williams will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Lonnie Allen, Gary Allen,  Jody Mack Allen,  Mike Allen,  Lynn Melton, Timmy Allen, Kenny Allen, and Billy Allen.       Honorary Pallbearers will be Earl Williams, Roy Lee Ray, Jimmy Hopper, Curtis Neal, Bo Smith and Sammy Conger.

Interment will be at Bethlehem Cemetery in Henry, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to:  Mansfield Baptist Church, c/o Linda Neal, 100 Mansfield Rd., Mansfield, TN 38236   or    Hoof Beats of Hope, 840 Osage Crossland Rd., Puryear, TN  38251.  

Tom Lipps

Thomas C. “Tom” Lipps, age 73, of Murray, Ky., died Thursday, September 18, 2014, at his Residence in Murray, Ky.  

He was married to Anita Rice Lipps Oct. 7, 1967, and she survives.  
Tom served in the US Army, was a Baptist and formerly lived in Alaska for 30 years. He was a former commercial pilot, and was a retired excavating contractor.  He also had farmed the last 13 years and was an avid farm toy collector.

Tom was born October 26, 1940 in Cottage Grove, TN to the late Fugate C. Lipps and the late Irene Davidson Lipps.

Besides his wife, Tom is also survived by his  One Daughter,  Ann (Michael) Flister of Anchorage, Alaska;  Two Sons,  Thomas David (Cheri) Lipps of Anchorage, Alaska,  Randy W. Lipps of Post Falls, Idaho;  One Sister,  Jane (Charles) Lancaster of Dover, Tenn;  One Brother,  James D. (Anna) Lipps of Sterling, Alaska;   Grandchildren,  Ashley, Megan, Jacqueline & Briana Lipps; and Sheila(Kyle) Finch;  Two Great Grandchildren, Camille and Garrett Finch. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014 and after 12 pm Sunday, September 21, 2014.   The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Kerry Lambert will officiate.   Family and Friends will serve as Pallbearers. 
Interment will be at Buck Williams Cemetery in Springville, Tenn.
Memorials may be made to:  Endowment Fund, Murray Calloway County Hospital, 803 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071  Att: Hospice House.

Monnie Van Dyck


Alice Martha “Monnie” Frandsen Van Dyck, 93, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Born Dec. 17, 1920 in Scotia, Nebraska, she moved with her family to Omaha where she attended Central Park Grade School and later graduated from North High School. 

Monnie began studying the violin in grade school, becoming concertmistress of her high school orchestra, as well as playing in the Omaha Symphony as a high school student.  She attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas for two years and then worked for the U.S. Civil Service in Omaha.  As a member of the Civil Service, she took the opportunity to live and work in Whitehorse, Canada during the WWII building of the Alaska-Canadian Highway.In 1946,

Monnie married John Thomas “Tom”Van Dyck, Jr. of the Van Dyke Community in Henry County.Her first teaching job in Henry County (1946-1948) was at Van Dyke School, a two-room schoolhouse. After raising herfamily and receiving a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University, she continued her teaching career, serving in the English Departments at Cottage Grove School and Henry County High School.  In addition to her love of teaching, her love of music is her legacy.From the time she arrived in Henry County in 1946 until at age 87 when she put down her violin after Palm Sunday services, she played her viola and violin with other Paris musicians at churches, weddings, special events, and for several years with the Jackson Symphony. 

Tom and Monnie were members of First Christian Church of Paris where Monnie taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years. After Tom’s death, she married Ernie Goldstein of Paris. Sheenjoyed living in town, joining friends for lunch at Paulette’s, and reading a good book.Monnie is predeceased by parents, Mabel and Dr. Charles Frandsen; brothers, Robert and Herbert Frandsen; sister, Virginia Frandsen Van Dyck; daughter, Nancy Giles Van Dyck; Tom Van Dyck, and Ernie Goldstein. She is survived by sister, Elizabeth FrandsenSeitter; son, Dr. John Van Dyck, III (Lily); daughters, Susan Van Dyck (James Newcomb and his sons Bill and Nathaniel Newcomb), Betty Van Dyck (Charles Barnett), and Jane Van Dyck; and Ernie’s sons, Rusty and Sammy Goldstein.  She is also survived by three grandchildren: Kelley Van Dyck Murphy (Jon), Thomas Van Dyck (Sarah), and Charles Van Dyck and five great-grandchildren: Tyler and Allison Van Dyck, and Isabel, Harris, and Elliot Murphy. 

The family would like to give a special thank you to Loral Underwood, our surrogate sister in Paris, who helped keep Mom strong and to Ruby Evans who taught us how to take care of our mother. 

A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 a.m.  The family will receive guests from 10:00-10:45 in the sanctuary and then immediately following the service.  Memorial gifts may be sent to First Christian Church of Paris, Helping Hand of Paris, or World Cataract Foundation.


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