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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries
 

 

 

Betty Taylor

Mrs. Betty Mae Payne Mayo Taylor, 80, of Paris died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Henry County Healthcare.

Service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Church In Paris (CIP) with Rev. J.C. Webb officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Rawls Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Bryan Morris

Thomas Bryan Morris, 82, Buchanan, died July 18 at Paris Healthcare. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Methodist Church, with burial in Bethel Cemetery. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He married Cathy Crutcher Morris, who survives with a daughter, Karen Freemon, Huntsville; son, Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Buchanan; sister, Bobbie Ann Futtrell, Murray; and grand and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the Buchanan Methodist Church and was a retired school teacher after 30 years in Illinois. He was a member of the Buchanan Masonic Lodge.

 

Sherry Louise Harper

Sherry Harper, 61, Paris, died July 17 at her residence. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bevil Cemetery. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Her husband Ronnie Harper preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Amy Gilbert, Memphis; Hope Littlepage, Paducah; son Martin Harper, Paris; sister, Vicki Reed, Paris; and brother Ridney Reed, Reeves, Tenn.; grand and great-grandchildren.

She operated Sherry's Pop-A-Top in Paris for many years, also worked at Mar-Kel Lighting and cooked at the Kitchen Table. She was a member of West Wood Pentecostal Church of God.

 

Carolyn Whitson

Carolyn Whitson, 79, Henry, has died.

Funeral service 2:30PM Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Wimberley of Olive Branch United Methodist Church officiating, burial will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery.

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

Survived by her husband; Dallas Witcher, Henry; son: Earl (Laura) Whitson, Benton, Arkansas; sisters: Marie Mullins, Paris, Juanita Smith, Cottage Grove; brother: Ray (Emma) Mullins, Paris; grandchildren: Eric (Tina) Whitson, Jamie Whitson, Joshua (Jennifer) Whitson, Anthony Boyette and six great granddaughters.

Preceded by her first husband: William Earl Whitson; parents: Hurley N. Mullins and Jessie B. Isbell Mullins; three brothers: Frank, Junior and Robert Mullins.

Tim Rader

Tim Rader, 57, Paris, died Tuesday at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial at VanDyke Church of Christ cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Marie Rader, Paris; daughter Jennifer Clark, Mansfield; sister Ann Keith, Fort Wayne, Ind.; brother Matt, North Carolina and grandchildren.

He was employed at Tecumseh for 17 years.

Ethel Naomi Chilcutt

Naomi Chilcutt, 93, Buchanan, died Wednesday at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.

Her husband, Warren Chilcutt preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Robert, Hopkinsville, Ky., and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

She worked as food manager at Buchanan School for 17 years and was a homemaker.

 

Ree Russell

Ree Russell, 93, Eldorado, Ill., died July 16 there. Graveside services will be held at Poplar Grove Cemetery, Springville, at 3 p.m. Thursday.

She is survived by a son, Howard Russell, Eldorado; brother Connie Medlock, Michigan; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Baptist Church in Eldorado.

Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Ivaleen Smith

Ivaleen Smith, 92, Paris, died Tuesday, July 16 at Paris Healthcare. Graveside services will be held at Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery at 1 p.m. July 17. Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

She married Carmen Smith, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Apostolic Chapel.

Survivors include six daughters, Carleen Hickman and Betty Atchison, both of Paris; Sandra Hastings, Mansfield; Wanda Small, Indianapolis; and Theresa Woodside and Marty Kilgore, both of Buchanan; son Tony, Paris; and sister, Margaret Laster, McKenzie.

Tommie Lackey

Funeral services for Tommie Lackey, 72, Gainesboro, Tenn., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral home, with burial in John Clark Memorial Cemetery, Jackson County.

He was married to Nancy Long Lackey, who survives with two daughters, Lisa Brown, Loudon, Tenn.; Jennifer Austin, Whites Creek, Tenn.; several grand and great-grandchildren, three brothers, Terry, Pete and Joey Lackey, all of Paris; and three sisters, Thelma Key and Jo Heady, both of Gainesboro; and Galia Greer, Paris.

James Hall

Jim Hall, 82, Paris, died July 14 at st. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

He married Kazue Hall, who survives with a daughter Phyllis Wissel, Knoxville; sons James, Paducah and Mike, Paris; sister Betty Dodson, Memphis and brother William Hall Jr., Arkansas; and several grandchildren.

He was a 21 year US Navy veteran and was a car salesman for Covington Motors, Paris and a deputy sheriff under Sheriff F.F. Wells.

Leo Collins

Leo Collins, 84, Paris, died July 14 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Memorial services/Masonic rites will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home noon July 20, with cremation to follow.

His wife, Faye Collins, survives with a daughter Darlene Bukowski, Goodyear, Ariz.; brother Michael Collins, Pennsylvania; and several grandchildren.

A Baptist, he was a retired project engineer for the Pa. Department of Transportation and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Elks and Amvets. He retired to here in 2000 from Oil City, Pa.

Charles William Grooms

Charles Grooms, 81, Whitlock, died July 14 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Walker Cemetery, Cottage Grove.

He was born and raised in Whitlock and married Betty Sue Ridgeway Grooms, who survives with a daughter Debra Schroeder, Okla; and son David, Hendersonville and several grand and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the Cottage Grove Church of Christ, a bridge foreman for the Henry Co. Highway Department and a U.S. AF Vietnam veteran and a member of the Cottage Grove Lions.

JT Dale

JT Dale, 93, Puryear, died July 14 at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Puryear City Cemtery.

He married Betty White Dale and she preceded him in death. He is survived by grandchild Chris Gallimore of Puryear.

He was a member of the Glendale Church of Christ and retired from Dale Brothers Used Cars in Puryear, which he owned with his brother, Max.

 

Rosemary Neese

Funeral service 11:00AM Wednesday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Stephens of Sulphur Well Church of Christ officiating, burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Buchanan, TN.

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

Pallbearers for Mrs. Neese will be Frank Maupin, Bobby Swayne, Todd Birky, Matt Grimmett, Jody Odle, David Gilbreth and Jason Gilbreth.

She was born in Henry County, TN to the late Homer Thomas and Winnie Kendall Swayne. On January 20, 1943 she married Calvin C. Neese, he preceded December 23, 1985.

Survived by daughters: Priscilla (Jimmy) Gilbert, Big Sandy, Janice (Paul) Charles, Buchanan, Patsy Walker, Buchanan; son: David "Butch" (Debbie) Neese, Nashville; brother: Robert F. "Bob" Swayne, Paris; grandchildren: David (Rhonda Arnold) Gilbreth, Jason Gilbreth, Carrie Joe (Todd Birky) Charles, Lyndsey Walker (Matt) Grimmett, Allison Kay Walker; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded by a daughter-in-law: Paula Neese; son: Tony Neese, July 16, 1993; son-in-law: Lindy Walker; sister: Peggy Tucker, May 1, 2013 and a brother: Homer Thomas "H.T." Swayne, Jr.

Mrs. Neese was a member of the Sulphur Well Church of Christ. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many whose life she touched.

Memorials may be made to: Allison Walker College fund, C/o Commercial Bank, P.O. Box 1000, Paris, TN 38242.

Teaisa Renee Somerville

Teaisa Somerville, 10, Paris, died Tuesday, July 9 at her residence. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, with funeral to follow at 2 p.m. at Trinity Funeral Home, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born March 12, 2003, in McKenzie and was a student at Paris Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Sarah Jane Milliken.

Survivors include her mother, Charmane Somerville, father Jason Dickey, sister Abrinina Cole, brothers LaDaine and Javon Milliken, Tyvaris and Tyricus Teague, Tyvon and Taviyon Somerville; foster parent Cleo Somerville; grandparents Sally Curtis, MacArthur Kendley, Larry Dicky and godmother Geneva Tharpe.

Beatrice Veltman Boyd Cook

Beatrice Cook, 82, Paris, died July 11 in Dresden. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Memorial Cemetery.

Her husband, Otha Cook died in 1999. She is survived by her daughter Cindy Noss, Paris; step-daughter Shirley Raney, Paris; son Malcom Cook, Paris; step-son Claude Cook, Paris; three sisters, Mary Clayton, Memphis; Eva Pierce, Ohio; sister Betty Carter, Paris; brother Jimmy Boyd, Buchanan; and numerous grand, great-grandchildren and step grand and great-grandchildren.

She formerly worked at Dreshu and Salant and Salant and Paris Fashions in Paris.

Ben Henry Nanney, Sr.

Ben Nanney, Sr., 94, Paris, died July 11 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with burial at Shady Grove Cemetery. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

His wife, Pat, survives with two daughters, Nancy Nanney, McKEnzie; Carolyn Nanney, Paris; and son Ben Jr., Paris.

He was a lifelong farmer and a U.S. Navy veteran who served on the USS Relief. He worked construction at DuPont and worked at the Milan Arsenal. He owned his own dozer business and served on the Henry County Elections Commission. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Joanie Clayton

Joanie Clayton, 56, Paris, died July 10 at Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial at Bevil Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald, Paris; a daughter Angela Tate, Paris; sister Joyce Morrison, Murray; and brother, Jackie Coe, Paris.

She was a CNA for 35 years.

 

Craig Woods Gold

Craig Gold, 64, Paris, died July 9, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include a brother, Donald Gold, Paris; nieces and nephews.

He was a former picture hanger at his mother's shop, the Red Lion Gallery and was a ham operator.

 

John "Rob" Barker

Rob Barker, 48, Buchanan, died in a workplace accident Monday at Lakewood School. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, John Barker, Noblesville, Ind.; mother Peggy Hebner, Springville; daughter Abigail Rose, Paris; son John Barker, Paris; brother Michael, Middletown, Ind.; grandmother Phyllis Copas, Springville step-grandmother Evelyn Boyer, Indiana; and former wife, Darci French.

 

James Smith

James Smith, 72, Springville, died Sunday morning, July 7, at Henry County Medical Center emergency room. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial in the VanDyke Church of Christ Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Barlow SMith, a daughter Pam Burnett, Paris; a son, David Smith, Springville; two sisters, Ruthie Parker and Nelda Pinson of Paris; and step-sister, Jamie Bass, Henderson.

He was a retired superintendent of the American Natural Resources gas plant in Cottage Grove and a member of the Paris Elks and Paris Moose Lodges.

 

Kate Rainey

Kate Rainey, 99, Cottage Grove, died Friday morning at Eiffel Gardens. Rainey was a long-time Henry County educator.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at McEvoy Funeral Home. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

She was married to JT Rainey, who died in 1996. Her daughter, Camille Rainey Chandler, died in 1974.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Shellie Chandler Edwards, Peachtree City, Ga.; and great-grandchildren Camille and Payton Edwards; special friends, Mike and Joan Shankle; and special caretakers, Susie Porter, Helen Strickland, Cathy Washum and the staff at Eiffel Gardens.

She was a member of the Cottage Grove Church of Christ and a school teacher for 29 years, at Center School and Cottage Grove School. She served as an alderman at Cottage Grove Legislative Council and was a member of the retired teachers' association.

Memorials may be made to the Cottage Grove Church of Christ, c/o James Hodges, PO Box 86, Cottage Grove, 38224.

Susie Emma Myers

Susie Myers, 82, Burleson, Texas, died July 3 in Fort Worth. She is a former Henry Countian. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery.

 

Hazel Taylor-Gibbs

Hazel Taylor-Gibbs, 71, Paris, died July 5 at Plumley Rehab Center, Paris. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Sanders Chapel Cemetery, Union City.

She married Clifford Taylor and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Eason, Henry; Lisa Lewis, Paris; step-daughter Pat McClure, Paris; step-sons Jerry Taylor, Paris; and David Taylor, Memphis, and a sister Ann Hooper, Union City, plus numerous grandchildren.

 

Roy Foster

Roy N. “Fozz” Foster, age 66, of Hollow Rock, TN., died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. He was a Certified Auto Body Mechanic and Retired Maintenance Supervisor of Carroll Co. E911 Dept.

He was the son of the late Marvin Foster and the late Annie Cumie Cook Foster.

He is survived by: Daughter-Lecrisha (Paul) Brinkley of Bells, TN; Son-Jason (Jackie) Foster of Paris, TN; Special Friend, Martha Williams of Huntingdon TN; Grandchildren, Kristen Douglas, Hayley Brinkley, Hunter Brinkley, Courtney Cobb, Kimberley Cobb, Kahlan Foster, Luke Foster and Ryan Foster.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN. Visitation will be 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday, July 6, 2013. Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 6, 2013 , Joe Abbott will officiate. Interment will be at New Hope Cemetery in Hollow Rock, Tenn.

Pallbearers will be Mike Clark, Dennie Wayne Kee, Anthony McMackins, Jimmy Lowe, and Dwight Bullington. Jimmy Turner will serve as an honorary Pallbearer.

Memorials May be made to: New Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Ronnie Bennett, 2190 New Hope Rd., Hollow Rock, TN 38342.

Jeanette Flatt

Dale Jeanette Flatt, 69, Paris, died July 2 at her residence. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with burial in Memorial Cemetery. Ridgeway Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

She married Joe Flatt and he survives with two daughters, Angela Todd, Palmersville; Tamara Ellison, Paris; three sons, Chris Flatt, Paris; Mickey Meredith, Hazel; RIcky Meredith, Puryear; two brothers, Joey Scott, Clarksville; Allen Gargus, Buchanan; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to The Flatt Family, in care of Ridgeway Funeral Home, PO Box 788, Paris.

Robert Kirstein

Robert Kirstein, 34, Paris, was dead on arrival June 30 at Henry County Medical Center following a car accident in Paris. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at RoseLawn Memory Gardens.

He was employed for 16 years at KenLake Foods, Murray.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Knott Kirstein, father, David of Illinois; two daughters Jordan and Brooklyn Kirstein, both of Paris; son Tyler Kirstein, Paris; two step-sons, Skyler Chandler and Colton Witherspoon, both of Paris; and three brothers, who live in Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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