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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Dave Henry Steele

Dave Steele, 94, Paris, died Monday, Sept. 30, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Palestine Cemetery.

He married Eunice Robbins Steele and she survives with his son, Phillip Steele, Paris; daughter-in-law Judy Steele, Paris; sisters, Nancy Cate and Ruth Robbins, both of Paris; brother John Hill Steele, Paris; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

He was a WWII Army veteran who received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He retired from Holly Carburetor Plant and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Springhill Baptist Church.

Memorials can be made to: Springhill Baptist Church building fund, c/o Johnny Foust, 2740 Hwy 77, Paris; or Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Bettye Carter, 3245 Gate 3 Rd., Paris.


Wanda Thompson

Wanda Thompson, 78, Puryear, died at her residence Saturday, Sept. 28. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial in Foundry Hill Community of Christ Cemetery.

She married Leon Thompson and he died in 1999. Survivors include two daughters Lois Heavner and Dayle Morse, both of Puryear; son Brian Thompson, Puryear; sissters, Martha Loosier, Puryear; Joyce Springman, Arlington, Tex.; Opal Duran, Joan Hollman and Barbara Nichols, all of Springtown, Tex.; and Evon Kern, Michigan; two brothers, Gene Nichols, Godley, Tex. and Mike Nichols, Azle, Tex. and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Foundry Hill Community of Christ Church and the Rainbow of Sound Women's Chorus.


Bobbie Jean Naugle

Bobbie Jean Naugle, 86, Paris, died Saturday, Sept. 28, at her home in Paris. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, with cremation to follow. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was married to Paul Naugle and he survives with a daughter, Nancy Patterson, Sevensville, Mich; sons Bruce of Pittsville, Wisc; Craig of Paris; sister Marilyn Stockwell of Cincinnati; and numberous grand and great-grandchildren.

She was a long-time member of First Christian Church and belonged to several bridge clubs in Paris. The family would like to thank henry County Hospice for the dediction and compassion shown the past month and express appreciation to home health care workers Dewilla (Susie) Porter and her daughter Genie (Nicki) McCurry who showed genuine love and caring to both Bobbie Jean and Paul.


Nelle Mabe

Nelle Mabe, 87, Las Vegas, formerly of Cottage Grove, died Friday, Sept. 27, at Las Vegas. Funeral services at McEvoy Funeral Home are incomplete.


Bettye Jane Elliott

Bettye Elliott, 73, Buchanan, died Friday, Sept. 27, at Weakley Co. Rehabilitation and Nursing. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgeway Funeral home, with cremation to follow.

She married Waymon Elliott and he survives with a daughter Lisa Beddies, Paris; two sons, Lance Gamlin, Mt. Juliet; Lane Gamlin, Paris; step-daughter, Connie Harris, Martin; step-son Richard Ellitt, Paris.

She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, a nursing graduate of University of Tennessee-Martin, worked at Henry Co. General Hospital for 10 years and retired after 26 years as director of nursing at the Henry Co. Health Dept.

Linda Gardner

Linda Gardner, 55, died Sept. 22, at Good Samaritan Health Care and Rehab in Antioch. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Western Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Paris, with burial at the church cemetery. Terrell Broady Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

She was a cook at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville and a 1976 Henry Co. High School graduate.

Survivors are her husband, Ricky Gardner; daughter, Iona Gardner; five sisters, Shirley McGehee; Carol Corbin, Brenda McGehee, all of Paris; Veronica Menzies of Murray and twin Cynthia Edwards, Nashville; two brothers, John and Mark McGehee, both of Paris.



Terry Moon

Funeral service 2:00PM Monday at TVCC, 2500 East Wood Street, with Steve Gallimore officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation 10:00AM until service time Monday at TVCC.

Named as pallbearers are Tony Wade, Darrell Barker, Ronnie Herman, Andy Sanders, Michael McDaniel, Dennis Inman, Larry Clendenin and Colton Halstead. Honorary pallbearers are Jason McDaniel, Ted Cox, Elwood Walters, Johnny Hoofman, Ray Nolen, Dale Nolen, Nubbin Nolen, David Langford, Ronnie Turner, Chris Hamilton, Teddy Wade, Rickey Kelley, Jerry Lloyd and Eddie Williams.

He was born in Paris to Jack Moon, preceded and Pauline Nimmo Moon, Paris. On June 21, 1985 he married Judy Moon, she survives in Paris.

Survived by daughter: Christy Fautt, Paris; son: Josh Moon, Paris; sisters: Linda (Ronnie) Turner, Paris, Patsy (David) Langford, Paris; brother: Rickey (Debbie) Moon, Paris; grandchild: Jerin (Colton) Halstead; great-grandchildren: Callie and Jaceton Halstead.

Terry was a member of TVCC and a Master Logger.

Memorials may be made to: First Bank Mineral Wells, Terry Moon Benefit Fund, 1068 Mineral Wells Avenue, Paris, TN 38242.

Betty Lax

Betty Ann Lax, age 78, of Marble Hill, MO, a former resident of Henry County, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013 at Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Missouri.

She was born November 26, 1934 in Buchanan, TN; daughter of William Wayne and Madie Williams Rowlett. She and Don Lax were united in marriage on September 10, 1953.

Betty graduated from Buchanan High School near Paris, in 1951, and received her B.S. degree from Murray State University in 1959. She taught Business Education at Leopold High School for four years and then at Woodland High School for 33 years.

Betty was a member of the First Baptist church of Marble Hill and a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star in Marble Hill.

Survivors include: her Husband Don; son Dwayne (Connie) Lax of Greenville, KY; daughter Lisa (Scott) McKim of Stafford, VA; three grandchildren, Craig Lax, Maxwell McKim and Madeline McKim.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill.

Funeral Services will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church in Marble Hills, MO with Rev. Fred Ritter officiating.

Then Visitation will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris TN from 4-8 PM.

Graveside Funeral Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Bethel Cemetery in Buchanan, TN; with the Rev. David Alan Jackson officiating.

Clarice Myers

Funeral service 2:00PM Friday at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Luther Hasz of Christ Lutheran Church officiating, burial will follow at Birds Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Thursday and 10:00AM - 1:00PM Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

She was born in Whitlock, Henry County, TN to the late Albert Hilman and Neddie M.Pillow Allen. On January 19, 1953 she married Ray Alvin Myers, he survives in Paris.

Survived by nieces: Judy Reeves, Darlene Allen Combs and Janet Allen; nephews: Gene Albert Allen and Bobby G. Allen and many other nieces and nephews in Tennessee and South Carolina.

Preceded by three brothers: James Allen, Mason "Archie" Allen and Gene Allen and a nephew: Phillip D. Allen.

Mrs. Myers was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church and was active in the Lutheran Women Missionary League for many years. She was a former member of Helping Hands and had served as Vice-President and Secretary. She served as officer of the Farm Bureau Women Organization and was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Henry County Cancer Society. For some, she was best known as co-owner and operator of Myers Peach Orchard on Hwy 54. Clarice was a seasoned traveler, having lived in Germany and toured Europe as a career Army wife. She enjoyed fishing, playing games with friends and family and tending to her flowers and birds.

Memorials may be made to: Christ Lutheran Church, 3235 Hwy 79 South, Paris, TN 38242.

Dale Hanzl

Memorial time for Mr. Hanzl, 54, Gleason, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Maplewood Baptist Church. He died Sept. 7 and his obituary was published earlier. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Doyle Brewer

Ernest Doyle Brewer, age 87, of Paris, Tennessee, ascended to eternity with His Savior on September 21, 2013, at Paris Healthcare Center.

He was graduated from Big Sandy High School and entered the United States Navy, serving for three years as a decorated Veteran in WWII. He attended Toler Business College and Murray State University.

Survivors include his wife , Eulalia Bowles Brewer, and three daughters, Jane (Mike) Plumley of Franklin, TN, Ann (Louis) Robbins of Mt. Juliet, TN, and Lalia (David) Winsett of Paris, 9 grandchildren, Rachel Robbins (Scott) Parker, Natalie Robbins, Jonathan Robbins, Chris (Hyekyung) Plumley, Matthew (Shellie) Plumley, Michael Plumley, Dana Winsett (John) Chango, Lindsay Winsett (Nathan) Smith, Kasey Winsett (Cliff) Barna, 12 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mildred Holland of Camden, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie L. and Maggie Ann Brewer.

Mr. Brewer served 8 years in the National Guard, was employed by Holley Carburetor for 33 years, and Dana Corporation for 6 years. A Mason and a Gideon, he was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served many years as a Lay Leader, a Lay Speaker, and a Sunday School teacher.

Visitation will be Monday September 23, 2013 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Tuesday after 9 a.m. until the service at Ridgeway Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Wimberley and Bro. Larry Dukes. Burial will follow in Elkhorn Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Nathan Smith, Cliff Barna, John Chango, Scott Parker, Tyler Reese, Fred Bowles, Harold Plumley, Darryl Holland, Bobby Holland, Dennis Holland, Kenny Potts, Ray Brewer, Billy Grooms, David Allbritten, M.L. Bailey, Tom Beasley, Tommye Clayton, Jess Hedges, Cleo Hosford, James Earl Paschall, Bill Saylor, Paul Villaflor, and Ross Wimberley

Memorials may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 Wilson St., Paris, TN 38242.

Jack Peeler

Memorial service 11:00AM Thursday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Visitation 10:00AM Thursday until time of service.

He was born in Madisonville, KY to Donald Peeler, preceded and Betty Upchurch Peeler, Dresden, TN. On August 20, 1990 he married Mary Peeler she survives in Puryear.

Survived by a son: Brad Stills Peeler, Louisville, KY; step-son: Jon Dewayne (Michelle Ann)Carr, Tuscaloosa, AL; sisters: Elizabeth Ann O'Conner, Paris, Donna Jo Grubb, Lexington, KY, Amy Love Peeler, Dresden, TN; brothers: David Neal (Kay) Peeler, Paris, Frank Scott (Michelle) Peeler, Brentwood, TN.

He also leaves behind his four legged creatures. He was a supporter of the V.F.W., The Disabled Veterans Associations, The Wildlife Conservation, The Nature Conservancy and The N.R.A.

Grover C. Hill

Grove Hill, 91, Paris, died Saturday, Sept. 21, at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral service 2:00 PM Wednesday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn King officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Benjamin Akers, Russell Hill, Mike Miles, Ricky Miles, Eddie Miles, Jeff Miles, Jeremy Alexander, Jereamy Smith. Jerry Bell, Randall Foster, Herbie Moon and Gordon Owen will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Tuesday and after 12:00PM Wednesday.

He was born in Paris to the late Herbert B. and Lillie Mae Bruce Hill. On June 18, 1955 he married Lois Bradley Hill, she preceded September 30, 1998.

Survived by daughters: Rhonda Hill Gaskins, Paris, Janet Hill Moore, Waverly; sons: Rodney (Teresa) Hill, Fairfield, IL, Randy (Julia) Hill, Paris, Eddie Dale (Linda) Hill, New Johnsonville; sister: Katherine Davis, Paris; brother: Ray (Ann) Hill, Paris; seventeen grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren; special friends: Jerry Bell, Paris and Randall Foster, Paris.

Preceded by a brother: Elroy Hill; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His friend and companion was his dog Ruger. Auction sales, yard sales and vacuum cleaner repair were his hobbies.

Arrangements at McEvoy Funeral Home are incomplete.



Dickie Brewer

Dickie Brewer, 72, Springville, died Friday, Sept. 20, at his residence.

Funeral service 2 P.M. Sunday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Collier officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are David Keel, Ron Harrison, Harold Bass, Emory Bradley, Mitch Hobby, Monte Belew. Doug Summers and Chuck Lyons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation 3:00 - 8:00 P.M. Saturday and after 11:00 A.M. Sunday.

He was born in Henderson County, TN to the late Felix Wilburn Brewer and Eva Dennison Brewer. On May 15, 1961 he married Sarah Norton who survives in Springville, TN.

Also survived by a daughter, Dawn (Dr. Bo) Richardson of Paris, TN; grandchildren Elizabeth (Eric) Gallimore of Memphis, TN; Emily Richardson of Washington, DC; Rob Richardson of Memphis, TN.

Dickie Brewer, a lifelong farmer, was a member of the Henry County Soil Conservation Committee for almost 28 years, serving as chairman for the past 22 years. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and was a pioneer no-till farmer. He recently served on the 4-H Camp Marketing Council for Camp Hazlewood and Urban Growth Boundary Committees in Henry County and was a member of the University of Tennessee Extension Advisory Council as one of the West Tennessee representatives. He was Henry County Conservationist of the Year in 1985. He retired from the Board of Directors of Security Bank and Trust in 2008 after 20 years of service. Dickie was a Baptist by faith.

Memorials may be made to: AG in the Classroom, P.O. Box 313, Columbia, TN 38402

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at McEvoy Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to AG in the Classroom, PO Box 313, Columbia, Tenn., 38402.


Carol King Bullen

Funeral service 1 PM Saturday, Sept. 21, at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Jonathan Smith of Fairview Baptist Church and Bro. Bill Moody officiating, burial will follow at Bevil Cemetery.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Friday and after 11:00AM Saturday.

She was born in Paris to the late Lawrence Porter and Lillian Pearl Pierce King. On June 24, 1966 she married Charles Robert Bullen, he preceded June 9, 2011.

Survived by a daughter Cynthia Jill Ball, Paris; son: Charles J. "Joby" Bullen, Nashville; sister: Betty Holcomb, Garland, TX; brothers: Bobby King, Russell Springs, KY, Wayne King, New Port Richey, FL; grandchildren: Racheal Danille Bullen and Christopher McCurdy.

Preceded by a sister in infancy: Joy King; brothers: Dan King, Horace King and Morris King.

Carolyn attended Fairview Baptist Church. She owned and operated Charlie's Quick Mart in Paris for many years, was a semi-retired sitter and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Betty Herndon

Betty Herndon, age 77, of Paris, Tenn., died Thursday, September 19, 2013, at  her Residence in Paris, Tenn.  She was  married  to John F. Herndon Feb. 20, 1960, and he died Feb 22, 2012.

She was a retired Clerk from Kroger in Paris and  a member of Glendale Road Church of Christ in Murray, KY.

She was the daughter of the late Osler E. Hicks and the late Bessie Dinwiddie Hicks.

She is survived by her two daughters, Emily (David) Hopper of Jackson, Tenn., Mary Herndon Duffey of Paris, Tenn., two sons, David Andrew Herndon of Hopkinsville, Ky, John Mark (Patty) Herndon of Paris, Tenn., Grandchildren, Maris Trinity McConell, Chris Powell, Angel Powell, Josh Hopper and Brooke Hopper, and several great grandchildren.     

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn., Visitation is 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, September 20, 2013 and after 9:00 AM  Saturday, September 21, 2013.  The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 21, 2013 ,

Randy Stephens will officiate. A Private Burial will follow.

Memorials to: Alzheimer’s Association, 4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37220.

Sallie Belle Gaddy

Sallie Belle Gaddy, age 104, of Smyrna, Tenn., formerly of Paris, TN, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Tri Star Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn.

She was Married December 14, 1934 to Marvin O'Neal Gaddy he preceded in death June 8, 1974.

She was a Member of First Baptist Church in Paris, TN and Formerly worked at Salant & Salant in Paris and was a former sitter for many years at the hospital in Paris, TN.

She was the daughter of the late William H. McGee and the late Sallie D. Moore McGee.

She is survived by, three Daughters, JoAnn (Lonnie) Ward of Smyrna, Tenn., Marie (John) Moore of Smyrna, Tenn., and Laura (Doug) Williams of Purcell, Okla., 7 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by, 8 sisters and 3 brothers.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn.. The funeral service will be Graveside at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 19, 2013 ,

Dr. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church is officiating.

Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris, Tenn.





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