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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



Lennie Huffman

Mrs. Lennie Huffman, 92, of Henry died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Rawls Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

James Grooms

James Grooms, 66, Cottage Grove, died Thursday, Feb. 28 at his residence. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Survivors include a son, Kerry, Wisc.; sister Carolyn Yarbrough, Phoenix; half-sisters Ruby Evans and Cindy Robbins of Paris; two brothers, Billy Grooms, Paris; Tommy Grooms, Mich.; and half-brother, Eddie Robbins of Paris.


Sandra Savage

Sandra Savage, 55, Paris, died March 2 at her home. No services are planned at this time. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Savage, Paris; two daughters, Mildred Crabtree and Dawn Lindley, both of Paris; step-daughters Miranda Savage, Murray; and Katherine Gilmer, Gleason; two sons, Ed Lindley, Mo.; Peter Lindley, Paris; step-sons, Fred Savage Jr. and Matthew Savage, both of Henry; a sister, Mary Kay Watson, Henry; and brother, Charles Allen, Mo.


Gary and Frankie Braddy

Gary and Frankie Braddy were killed in a fire February 28. Joint memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, followed with cremation.

They both attended Shady Grove Baptist Church and Jesus Saves Baptist Church. He worked at Emerson's Electric for many years and was a self-employed painter. She worked at Salant and Salant for many years.

They are survived by three daughters, Melissa Caho, Springville; and Amanda McCabe and Nicole O'Connor, both of Buchanan;  a son, Wayne, Paris.

Mr. Braddy also is survived by a brother, Jerry of Florida.

Mrs. Braddy is also survived by two sisters, Linda Brown, Puryear; and Vickie Watson, Buchanan; and a brother, Jeffrey Wallace of Paris.

Philip Polizzi

Philip Polizzi of Big Sandy, TN passed away on Saturday at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at McEvoy Funeral Home, 10:00 A.M. with burial and a graveside service to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett, MO. His visitation is scheduled from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday and after 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday at McEvoy.

Daniel Scott

Funeral service 2:00PM Tuesday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Merwin officiating, burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Frankie Scott, Steven Scott, Jason Wade, Johnny Scott, Steve Crawford and Brian Scott.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Monday and after 11:00AM Tuesday.

Survived by his mother: Lou Frances Ellis Scott, Paris; sons: Frankie (fiance' Amanda Rogers) Scott, Paris, Steven Scott, Yuma, AZ; sister: Judy (John) Wade, Paris, grandchildren: Nathan Daniel Scott, Puryear, Alexis and Aidan Scott, Yuma, Arizona; niece: LuAnn (Robert) Word and nephew: Jason Wade.

Preceded by his father: Elihu Scott.

Daniel was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He had retired from Sav-A-Lot, was a St. Louis Cardinal Fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.


Ruth Josephine Ellefson

Funeral service 10:00AM Tuesday at Paris First United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Steven Hoots, Pastor of Paris First United Pentecostal Church officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Tim Strom, Josh Strom, Brian Thompson, Scott Clifton, Shawn Vickers, Danny Hargrove.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Monday at Paris First United Pentecostal Church.

She was born in Jasper County, IN to the late Ernest and Lula Nelson Sweeney. On April 26, 1947 she married Louis W. Ellefson, he preceded July 7, 1991.

Survived by daughters: Bonnie Carson, Paris, Darlene (Timothy) Strom Portage,IN; step-daughter: Velda (Lyle) Wheatley, Manistique, MI; step-son: Thomas (Connie) Ellefson, Chesterton, IN; four grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded by sisters: Leta Jones, Margaret Hill, Sylvia Schlitzer and Mary Schlitzer; six brothers: John, Walter, George, Leonard, Charlie and Frank Sweeney.

Mrs. Ellefson was a member of Paris First United Pentecostal Church and she was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to: Paris First United pentecostal Church, 2512 West Wood Street, Paris, TN 38242.


Dennis Earl Overby

Dennis Overby, 58, Paris, died Thursday, Feb. 28 at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Bevil Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Wade Overby; daughter Billie Bates, Pris; son Tommy Overcast, Puryear; sister Marie Madden, Big Sandy; and two brothers, Jerry and Larry, both of Paris, plus numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

He was a painter at Mohon for many years.


Catherine Goforth Rhodes

Catherine Rhodes, 88, Nashville, formerly of Paris, died at her daughter's residence. Private family services will be held, with burial in Simmons Cemetery. McEvoy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Her husband, Robert Rhodes, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Granahan, Nashville.

She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Gladys Easley

Funeral service 2:00PM Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. James Smith of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church officiating, burial will follow at Elkhorn Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Peale, Milton Peale, Bryant Peale, Jerry Peale, Don Peale, Jeff Underwood, Larry Wimberley and Glen Wimberley.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Thursday and after 10:00AM Friday.

She was born in Carroll County, TN to the late Lawrence M. and Bertha Lowe Peale. On January 9, 1954 she married Virgil Easley, he survives, Elkhorn.

Survived by a daughter: Joy Rose (George) Drye, Elkhorn; sisters: Dorothy Olive Souther, Johnson City; sister-in-law: Imadell Peale, Paris; brothers: Lloyd M. (Lois) Peale, Paris, Joe Lowe, Paris; brother-in-law: Bill Dunn, Paris and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded by sisters: Thera Kemp and Ruth Dunn and a brother: Howard Peale.

Mrs. Easley was a member of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church and was retired from Holley Carburetor Plant.

Tammy Carver

Graveside service 12:00PM Friday at Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation 9:00 - 11:30AM Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Tammy is survived by daughters: Jessica (Hugh) Kimbro, Hazel, KY, Sara Rogers, Murray, KY; brother: Thomas Carver, III, Nashville; grandchildren: Abbigal Colley, Courtney Colley, Haydn Ellis, Levi Rogers; uncle: Bill (Avis) Stewart, Jackson; niece: Stephanie Carver, Paris nephew: Justin Carver, Paris; cousin: Kathy (Don) Sparks, Paris.

Preceded by her parents: Thomas Milton Carver, Jr. and Betty Katherine Stewart Carver.


"Bunny" Spaulding

Gerald Kenneth "Bunny" Spaulding, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 21, at Paris Healthcare. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday.

His wife, Elnora Ferguson Spaulding, also preceded him in death.

His fiancee, Sandra Johnson, survives in Paris.

Spaulding was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He retired from Haldex after 33 years. He also served in the National Guard.

Besides his fiancee, he leaves one brother: Dickie Spaulding of Paris; a sister-in-law: Jean Spaulding of Collierville; an aunt: Pauline Spaulding of Paris; and several nieces and nephews.


Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 N. Wilson, Paris, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Judy Levesque

There will be a celebration of life service 2:00PM Saturday March 2, 2013 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary S. Collier officiating.

She was born in Bedford, Ohio to the late Dewitt and Hazel Benner Fettel. On November 30, 1958 she married Richard "Dick" Levesque, he survives in Puryear.

Survived by daughters: Patricia (Phil) Waltner, Dillon, MT, Tara Levesque, Staton, OR; son: Richard Levesque, Salem, OR; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Preceded by sister: Betty Lou Parker and a brother: Robert Gene Brubaker.

Judy was a retired bookkeeper and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She did counted cross stitch and loved sailing, camping and traveling.

Kenneth Clayton

Kenneth Clayton, 65, West Memphis, Ark., died Friday Feb. 22 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

Funeral service 1:00PM Monday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary S. Collier officiating, entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation 10:00AM until service time Monday.

Survived by sisters: Anita Clayton, Chicago,IL Regina Seiwert, Chicago, IL Lora Alexander, Millington, TN; brother: Darryl (June) Clayton, Bartlett, TN; special friends: Sharon Sheley, Shelby and Jerry McCollum, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded by his parents; Travis and Mayrene Carrington Clayton.

Kenneth was a diesel mechanic for UPS. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.


William "Frank" Taylor

Frank Taylor, 64, Elgin, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 21 at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Graveside committal service 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Cemetery.

Visitation 10:00 - 12:00PM Tuesday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Survived by his wife: Connie Erickson Taylor, Elgin, IL, they were married April 18, 1970; mother: Anna Taylor, Streamwood, IL; daughters: Lisa (Tim) Reinwald, St. Louis, MO, Carrie (Keith) Jones, Addison, IL; son: John (Kimberley) Taylor, Elgin, IL; brother: Ronald (Norma) Taylor, Elgin, IL; grandchildren: Ernie Reinwald, Meghan Reinwald and Noah Taylor.

Preceded by his father: William Taylor.

Frank was a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran serving in Vietnam.

Memorials may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.


Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Cemetery. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Frank Viront

Frank Viront, 95, Knoxville, died Feb. 20 in Knoxville. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, where he was a member. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

His wife, Mary, preceded in death. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Thompson, Knoxville; and son Jack, Michigan, plus a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He owned a fuel distribution company in Hammond, Ind. and worked for the Ohio RR System during WWII in lieu of military service.




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