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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



Peggy Swayne Tucker

Peggy Tucker, 75, Buchanan, died May 1 at Morningside in Paris. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sulphur Well Church of Christ Cemetery.

She married Richard Tucker in 1982 and he died in 1992.

She was a long-time employee of Paris Landing State Park and was a life-long member of Sulphur Well Church.

Survivors include a son, Frank Maupin, Springville; a sister, Rosemary Neese, Buchanan; a brother, Robert Swayne and grand and great-grandchildren.


Orville "Doug" Douglas

Doug Douglas, 96, Buchanan, died April 29 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal church, McKenzie, with burial at Pound Family Cemetery in Buchanan. Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Douglas, five daughters, Becky Bryson, puryear; Barbara Pound and Betty Cowen, both of Buchanan; shirley Hale of Paris and Beverly Ramsey, Malin, Ky.; two sisters, Gerlean Weston, Calif.; Elaine Baeumel, Texas; one brother, Art Douglas, Calif.; and number grand and great-grandchildren.

He was district manager of Knudsen Creamery in Calif.

Billy Ray Parker

Billy Ray Parker, 63, Mayfield, died April 29 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Bevil Cemetery.

He was a former skidder driver for Murphey Logging in Mayfield.

Survivors include  sons, Michael Krezinski, Paris; and Charley Parker, Camden; two sisters, Peggy Taylor and Betty Hutchenson, a brother, Bennie Joe Parker,  all of Paris.


George BeVier

Funeral service 2:00PM Thursday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Copeland of Mt. Zion Baptist Church officiating with burial to follow at Rogers Cemetery in Puryear, TN.

Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Neal, Billy Dale Clayton, David Alsup, Michael Plano, Jimmy Tubbs and Alan Knowles.

Visitation 3:00 - 6:00PM Wednesday and after 9:00AM Thursday.

He was born in Michigan to the late George and Ruth Shockey BeVier. He married Renda Sue Rogers BeVier in 1971, she preceded September 13, 1996.

Survived by sons: Dean BeVier, Cottage Grove, Dale (fiancée Heather Hanifan) BeVier, Paris; sisters: Ruth Ann Nelson, AZ, Evelyn BeVier, MI; brothers: Curt BeVier, FL, Duane BeVier, MI, Carl BeVier, WY and a grandchild: Destiny Grace BeVier.

He was a loving father and loved to fish.


Edward Arnold Townsend

Edward Townsend, 74, Paris, died Saturday, April 27 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Springhill Baptist Church building fund, c/o John Foust, 2740 Hwy 77, Paris.


Virgil Augustus Easley

Funeral service 2:00PM Saturday, April 27, at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. James Smith of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church officiating, burial will follow at Elkhorn Cemetery.

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

He was born in the Elkhorn Community of Henry County to the late Gus Washington and Mattie Kendall Easley. On January 9, 1954 he married Gladys Peale Easley, she preceded February 27, 2013.

Survived by a daughter: Joy Rose (George) Drye, Elkhorn, TN.

Mr. Easley was a member of the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer. Virgil was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed working in his garden and hunting.


Jane Snow Sykes

Funeral service 10 AM Thursday, April 25, at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Ron Davidson of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Association officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

She died Tuesday, April 23 at her Paris residence.

Named as pallbearers are Tony Bowers, Spencer Bowers, Teddy Kenworthy, Brad Barnes, Brad Willoughby and Brady Bratton. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Bobby Sykes, Joe Snow, Bill Snow, Eddie Snow and Billy Grooms.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Wednesday and after 9:00AM Thursday.

She was born in Paris to the late John and Jessie Kibbons Snow. On May 25, 1940 she married Fred Sykes, he preceded October 21, 1999.

Survived by a daughter: Fredda (Jerry) Bevill, Camden; sons: Harold (Celisa) Sykes, Buchanan, Leslie (Linda) Sykes, Buchanan, Jackie (Sandy) Sykes, McKenzie, Rusty Sykes, Paris; sister: Blanche Stewart, Paris; grandchildren: Tony (Donna) Bowers, Laura (Teddy) Kenworthy, Heather (Michael) Canady, Amber (Brad) Barnes, Eric Sykes, April Sykes and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded by three sisters: Merle Stout, Kattie Williams, Billye Rowena Kimbel; four brothers: J.S., Warren, Phillip and Earl Snow; grandson: Charlie Bowers.

Mrs. Sykes was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She enjoyed flower gardening and loved her sight seeing rides through the country.

Jimmie Kemp Jr.

Graveside service 1:00PM Tuesday at Caledonia Cemetery, McKenzie, TN with Bro. Ed Long, Union Primitive Baptist Church officiating.

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

Named as pallbearers are Cory Baucum, Marion Jones, Dennis Updyke, Chris Laws, Nicholas Kemp, Emily Leech. Ronald Drumheller will serve as honorary pallbearer.

He was born in Gleason, TN to the late James and Lillie Mae Kemp Shobe. On March 3, 1984 he married Patsy E. Kemp, she survives in McKenzie.

Survived by a daughter: Emily C. Leech, Dresden; sons: Nicholas (Theresa) Kemp, McKenzie, Jimmie (Debra) Kemp, Jr., St. Johns, MI; sisters: Ramona Washburn, McKenzie, Bonnette Wiles, Paris; brothers: Jerry (Shirley) Kemp, Paris, John Kemp, McKenzie; grandchildren: Jessica and Jonathan Kemp, Dylan Nico Kemp, Megan Leech and Dominic Dennis; great-grandchildren: Bryson and Drew Hosner.

Jim was a heavy equipment operator for the city of Lansing, MI for 10 years. He then drove a semi for Motor Wheel Corporation of Lansing, retiring in 1993 after 25 years of service.

Rubye Turner

Rubye Turner, 92, Bruceton (Vale), died April 20 at her residence.

Funeral service 2:00PM Monday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Whitworth of New Hope United Methodist Church officiating with burial to follow at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery in Carroll County.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers with members of New Hope United Methodist Church serving as honorary pallbearers.

She was born in Pleasant Hill Community, TN to the late John and Mable Bomar Frensley. On April 11, 1936 she married William Harold Turner, he preceded may 8, 1992.

Survived by sons: William C. (Faye) Turner, Springville, Jimmie T. (Cathy) Turner, Vale, David L. (Angie) Turner, Huntingdon; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and many friends and extended family.

Preceded by sisters: Pauline Allison, Johnie Carter and a brother: Thomas Frensley.

Mrs. Turner was the oldest member of the New Hope United Methodist Church, oldest member (over 50 yrs.) of Vale Home Demonstration Club (F.C.E. Club). She was a cook at the Vale School, PMR (Post Master Relief) at Vale Tennessee Post Office. She was known to be a loving wife and mother.

Memorials may be made to: Gideons International, P.O. Box 583, Paris, TN 38242 or New Hope United Methodist children's Camp fund or Cemetery Fund, 2190 New Hope road, c/0 Brenda Bennett, Hollow Rock, TN 38342.


Donations may be made to Gideons International, Henry Co. Camp, PO 583, Paris, Tenn. or to New Hope UMC Children's Camp Fund or Cemetery Fund, 2190 New Hope Rd., Hollow Rock, Tenn., 38342.


Billy Joe Adams

Billy Joe Adams, 82, Paris, died Thursday, April 18, at Henry Co. Healthcare. Memorial graveside service at Roselawn Memory Garden with Gary S. Collier officiating. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

No visitation is scheduled.

He was born in Whitlock,  to the late H. Gustan and Sue B. Claxton Adams. On December 22, 1951 he married Janice Brummitt Adams, she survives in Paris.

Also survived by a son: Michael D. Adams, Paris; son-in-law: Ronnie G. Boyd, Paris; brothers: Dr. Ray (Peggy) Adams, Trenton, Dr. Robert (Peggy) Adams, Paris; grandchildren: Joshua B. (Reba) Perritt, Eric S. Adams, Adam D. Boyd and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded by a daughter: Allyson Ann Adams Boyd and his in-laws: B.B. and Georgia B. Luszcz.

Mr. Adams was a member of the First Christian Church where he was an elder and choir member. He attended local grade schools and graduated Grove High School as captain of the football team in 1949. He later attended Bethel. He was inducted into the Paris-Henry County sports Hall of Fame. He served in the Air Force and after 37 years he retired from Colt Industries as Production Superintendent. He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge where he received the last Masonic Rites.

Memorials may be made to: St Jude children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151 and/or First Christian church Choir, 101 South poplar Street, Paris, TN 38242.




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