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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries
 

 

Mable Matlock

Mable Matlock, 81, McKenzie, died June 5 at Jackson-Madison County Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Old Union Primitive Baptist Cemetery, Henry.

Her husband, Raymond Matlock preceded her in death. Survivors include four daughters and several grand and great-grandchildren. Local survivors include her daughter Tresea Buffalo, McKenzie.

She was a homemaker and member of New Bethel Baptist Church and attended the 7th Day Adventist Church in South Fulton.

 

Charles Foster

Charles Foster, 62, Paris, died June 5 at Jackson-Madison County Hospital. The body will be cremated. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survives by two sisters, Mary Olive, Paris; Ann Woods, Columbus; two brothers, Thomas and Leo Foster, both of Paris.

He worked at the Toggery, Leach's Music and Carpenter Jones during his lifetime.

Ruthie Lee Nance

Ruthe Nance, 93, Paris, died June 3 at Jackson regional hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, with burial at Olive Branch Cemetery, Cottage Grove.

She was married to Owen Nance, who preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter, Jolene Howell, Paris.

She was a retired department head at Wal-Mart and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

 

Elizabeth Perry Brown

Elizabeth Brown, 24, Paris, died at her home June 1. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial in Bevil Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Justin Brown, Paris; her mother Robbie Perry, Paris; daughters Hannah Brown and Sara Thompson, both of Paris; brother David Perry Jr., Paris; and maternal grandmother, Fay Perry, Paris.

Donations may be made to McEvoy Funeral Home, PO Box 158, Paris.

Thomas Doughty

Thomas Doughty, 64, Paris, died June 1 at his home. Funeral services will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home at noon Wednesday, with burial in Lew Beach Cemetery, NY.

He was a highly-decorated Vietnam War veteran, with a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Markmanship badge and other medals. He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.

He married Janice LaBaw Doughty and she survives with a son, two step-daughters and three-stepsons. Local survivors include a step-daughter Lori Ann Barker, Puryear.

Joseph Varneke Jr

Joe Varneke, 62, Paris, died June 1 at Henry County Medical Center. There will be no services. Ridgeway Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

He married Mildred "Terry" Varneke and she survives with four sons, a sister and brother. Local survivors include sons Michael, Phillip and Thomas Varneke, all of Paris.

He worked at JR Hayes and was a former paramedic and fireman in NJ.

 

 

Peggy Ann Caldwell

Peggy Ann Caldwell, 78, Paris, died Friday, May 31 at Jackson General Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Memorial Cemetery.

She married Jimmy Caldwell and he preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Randy, of Paris; sister Virginia Knott of Paris and grand and great-grandchildren.

She was retired co-owner of Randy's Printing and owner of the Coffee Cup Restaurant of Paris. She was a member of the VanDyke Church of Christ.

 

Mabron Foust

Mabron Foust, 87, Paris, died Friday, May 30 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Memorial Cemetery.

He married Emily Enoch Foust and she survives with a daughter, Lori McCaskey, Alton, Ill.; three sons, Johnny, Charles and Tommy Foust, all of Paris; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

He was a WWII Navy veteran and retired after 27 years as General Foreman for the Henry County Highway Department. He also was a car salesman for many years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Paris Kiwanis Club and was honored with having the Henry County Fair Book dedicated to him one year.

Memorials may be sent to Friendship Sunday School Class at First Baptist, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris.

 

Lerlean Teague

Lerlean Teague, 91, Paris, died Wednesday, May 29, in Clarksville. Rawls Funeral Home is handling arrangements, which are incomplete

 

Trevious LaSean Easley

Trevious Easley, 9, Paris, died May 28 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Survivors include his mother, Amber Nored, Paris; father Andre Easley, Paris; sisters Lindsay Easley and Brittney Easley, both of Paris and brother Jalyn Nored, Paris; and large extended family.

He was a member of Cub Scout Pack 28 and played Little League.

Memorials may be sent to the Easley Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, PO Box 788, Paris.

 

Robert "Shag" Collins

Robert Collins, 63, Paris, died Monday, May 27 at the VA Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Chapel Hill ME Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; two daughters, Tonya Buxton, Bartlett; Marie Lee, Brentwood; two sons, Stephen, Puryear; Wesley, Olive Branch, Ms.; sister Rita Lamb, Puryear and brother, William, Puryear.

He was a retired driver for the local Children Services. Memorials may be directed to the Diabetes Assn. PO Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.

Jerry Wayne Pearson

Jerry Pearson, 67, Buchanan, died Monday, May 27 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rideway Funeral Home, with burial in New Liberty Cenetery.

He was a retired Sgt. with the Weakley Co. Sheriff's Office.

Local survivors include his wife, Joy Pearson.

 

Vernon Weatherford

Vernon Weatherford, 81, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, formerly of Paris, died Monday, May 27, at his residence. Private funeral services will be held, with burial at Bevil Cemetery. McEvoy has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Joy, a daughter, two sons and two sisters and a brother.

He was a member of Springhill Baptist Church.

 

John Underwood

Retired West Tennessee educator, John Riley Underwood, died  May 27, 2013, at   Morningside Assisted Living. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, with the funeral to follow at Ridgeway Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Puryear City Cemetery.

Dr. Joe Culumber, nephew from Seattle, Washington, and retired Dean of Theology at Greenville College in Greenville, IL, will officiate. Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law Nolan Poteete, Greg Poteete, John Dale Ross, Derek Parker, Tyler Gamble and Kevin Reed.Born on July 19, 1921, in Newman, IL, he was the son of Bernice and Ralph Underwood. He received his early education in Newman Township Schools and came to Murray State University on a football scholarship. He completed his masters’ degree at Ole Miss and did further post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Underwood spent 36 years as coach, teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent in Humboldt, Trenton, Paris and Covington school systems, serving as the last principal of Grove High School and the first principal of Henry County High School. He retired in 1983. He was a registered basketball official and refereed in the state tournament. He was in the U. S. Marine Corps in World War II. John served on the TSSAA Board of Control, Association of Secondary School Principals, committees for Southern Association Evaluation, W. G. Rhea Library Board, Rotary Club, both Trenton and Paris Masonic Lodges, Henry County Sports Hall of Fame and Sunday School teacher at Paris First United Methodist Church. He was an avid duck hunter, bird hunter and fisherman.In 1942, Underwood married Grace Nelle West of Puryear, TN, who survives. They have four daughters: Judy Tyree (George Perry) of Ripley, TN; Linda Jenkins (John) of Gainesville, FL; Mary Jane Ross (Redgy) and Amy Veazey (Stan), both of Paris. Grandchildren are Georgianne Tyree, Mary Grace Reed, Martha Parker, John Dale Ross, Emily Gamble, Nolan Poteete, Greg Poteete and eight great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Betty Jane Culumber and nephew, Woody Culumber.

Memorials may be sent to W. G. Rhea Library 400 W. Washington St., Paris TN, 38242  or Lee Academy of Arts  P.O. Box 667, Paris, TN 38242.

Jimmy Cornelius Ray

Jimmy Ray, 70, Puryear, died Sunday, May 26 at Centennial Medical Center, Nashville. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Puryear City Cemetery.

He was the former Puryear Chief of Police, a farmer and self-employed brick mason, US Army veteran and served in Tennessee state guard.

Surivors include his daughters, Sherry Ray, Paris and Anita McAlpin of Mayfield; son Chad of Murray; sister Joyce Wilson, Jackson; brothers Guy and Larry, both of Puryear, plus several grand and great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

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