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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


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.








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