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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



Buddy Shankle

Graveside service 10:30AM Saturday, Sept. 14, at Walker Cemetery with Bro. Mike Waddey of the Cottage Grove Baptist Church officiating.

No visitation is scheduled.

He was born in Henry County to the late Freeman and Ima Shankle.

Survived by a step-daughter: Brenda Paschall, Paris; sons: Richard A. (Belew) Shankle, Cottage Grove, Tommy (Lynda) Shankle, Paris, Jerry (Brenda) Shankle, Cottage Grove; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Preceded by his wife: Jeanette Doolin Shankle, January 30, 1995 and wife: Willene Brookshire Shankle, December 3, 2009; son: Teddy Shankle, September 2, 1994; sisters: Hazel Kimbel, Elizabeth Lindsey, Marie Coplen; brothers: Frank Shankle and Jack Shankle.

Buddy was a member of the Cottage Grove Baptist Church, a 50 year member of the Marshall Mason Lodge #109 at Cottage Grove and was a retired electrician from TVA.

Memorials may be made to: Cottage Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 67, Cottage Grove, TN 38224.

Vernon Hendrix

Funeral service 10:00AM Friday, Sept. 13, at McEvoy Funeral Home, burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

Visitation 4:00 - 7:00PM Thursday and after 9:00AM Friday.

He was born in Henry County, TN to the late Curtis and Nell Hendrix. On November 1, 1968 he married Virginia Sturdivant Hendrix, she survives in Paris.

Survived by a son Mike (Karen) Hendrix, Nashville; brother: Wayne (Diane) Hendrix, Cleveland, OH; grandchild: Keri (Ricky) Brookshire and great-grandchildren: Hannah and Jenna Brookshire.

Preceded by a brother: James Hendrix.

Mr. Hendrix attended First Baptist church in Paris where he was a member of the men's bible class. He was an avid fisherman.


Robbie Burton

Robert "Robbie" Burton, 38, LaFayette, Ind., died Friday, Sept. 6. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Henry City Cemetery.

He was a former Henry Co. resident and a diesel mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Lorrie Walls Burton, LaFayette; father James Burton, LaFayette; daughters Tiffany Richards and Brittany Burton, both of LaFayette; brothers Ronnie, Buchanan; Ricky and Randy, both of Puryear; and several grandchildren.


Dale Albert Hanzl

A memorial service will be held at a later date, Bro. Cory Cain of Maplewood Baptist Church will officiate. McEvoy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Born in Chicago to the late Albert C. and Alice May Carlson Hanzl. On November 13, 1999 he married Rebecca Ackerman Hanzl, she survives in Gleason, TN.

Survived by daughters: Daniela Brown, Paris, Conny Brown, Paris; son: Lonnie (Jennifer) Brown, Shelby Forest; grandchildren: Elizabeth Brown, Sophia Alexander; father and mother-in-law: Jerry and Anita Berry, Paris and grandmother-in-law: Rebecca Tarwater, Paris.

Mr. Hanzl was raised in the Methodist Church and gave his life to the Lord in 1999, he attended Maplewood Baptist Church.

He was a 1977 graduate of Gleason High School and graduated from McKenzie Vo Tech as an Industrial Electrician. He worked at McQuay Norris, Calins Industry, Windsor Forestry Tools and last worked for J and J Cupples in Jackson as a Laser Operator.

Friends say that Dale never met a stranger and was loved by all, young and old alike. He loved pets, B movies, Sci-Fi and the History Channel and also was an avid book reader and enjoyed learning about odd things.


Gerald Elkins

Gerald Elkins, age 75, of Camden, Tenn., Long-time resident of Henry County, died Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Jackson Madison Co. Gen. Hosp. in Jackson, Tenn. He Formerly attended Paris Community Bible Church. He Retired after 56 years as a brick mason for Elkins Construction Co. He was A wonderful father that loved his children very much. Many People enjoyed working with him. He was Very well respected & thought of in Henry County Tennessee.

He was the son of the late Melvin Elkins and the late Alice Caroline Sanders Elkins.

He is survived by his Two Daughters, Lisa (Jonathan) Allen of McCaysville, Ga., Christy (Robert) McIntosh of Lake City, Tenn., Two Sons, Tony (Sharon) Elkins of Buchanan, Tenn., Scott (Annette) Elkins of Camden, Tenn., One Sister, Evelyn Axtell of Mountain Home, Idaho, Two Brothers, Gary (Debbie) Elkins of Buchanan, Tenn., Danny Elkins of Puryear, Tenn.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, September 10, 2013 and after10:00 AM Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 11, 2013 , Gary Greer is officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.


Odell Neal

Odell Neal, age 82, of Paris, Tenn., died Saturday, September 7, at Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear in Puryear, Tenn. He was First Married to Betty J. Mitchell Neal 11-23-1957 and she preceded in death 1-11-1996. Then he Married Nelliene Greenup Neal and she preceded in death. He was a Member of Central Point Baptist Church and SS Teacher and Formerly attended Bethlehem Baptist Church in Henry, TN. He Retired from Plumley Rubber in Paris.

He was the son of the late Archie Neal and the late Edna Bolton Neal.

He is survived by his Two Daughters, Barbara Boyd of Paris, Tenn. and Nancy Nelson of Paris, Tenn.; One Sister, Eva Lindley of Grand Rapids, Mich; 4 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, September 9, 2013 and after 12:00 PM Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Tuesday, September 10, 2013 , Bobby Campbell is officiating. Interment will be at Walker Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

David Clendenin

Well-known Musician David Clendenin, 73, of Paris died at his home Friday, Sept. 6. Clendenin played with Carl Perkins for eight years, with five trips to Europe during that time. He played with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Mann, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis, and Willie Nelson. He also played with numerous Henry Countians for all types of ceremonies and events. Clendenin used the stage name "David Sea" in his professional career and many Henry Countians have his special guitar picks that he engraved with his name.

McEvoy Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday.

Survivors include his wife, Jacquelyn, three sons, Leslie and Larry, both of Paris; and Jacque Odom, Nashville; sister, Katie Williams, Springville; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

DeAnna Latrice Fletcher

DeAnna Fletcher, 37, Paris, died August 28 at Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Funeral Home at noon Saturday.

She was a 1994 graduate of Westview High in Martin and was employed with BlueCross BlueShield in Jacksonville, Fla.

Survivors include two children, Kimberly King of Jacksonville and Kaia Harris of Paris; two brothers Deon Stubblefield, Jacksonville; DaJuan Brown, Atlanta; a sister Vastine Martin of Detroit.


Edith Hart

Edith Hart, 93, Springville, died Sept. 2 at Henry County Healthcare. Funeral services will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, with Burial in Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery.

She married Vernon Hart and he preceded in death. Survivors include three daughters Carolyn Hart, Henry; Ruth Knight, Springville; and Joan Cavasinni of Mentor, Ohio; a son, Bill Hart, Dalton, Ga.; and 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She worked for the Holley carburetor plant and General Electric in Cleveland and was a member of Manleyville Pentecostal Church.


James William "Jimmy" Chandler

Jimmy Chandler, 77, Paris, died Sunday, Sept. 1 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Walker Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. 

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; sons Mark and Mike Chandler, both of Paris; sisters Jaquita Walker, Ill.; Janie McKenzie, Paris; Georgia Smyth, Paris; and two grandchildren.

He worked 25 years for the city of Paris as a policeman, fireman, and meter patrolman. As a fireman, he rescued a six-year-old girl from a burning home on Porter St.  After retirement, he was a van driver for the NW Tennessee Resources agency and was a security guard for the Social Security office.

He also worked for Midland Brakes and was a member of the Paris Elks Lodge. He was in the National Guard for seven years and was a member of Cottage Grove Baptist Church and its mens' Sunday School class.

Eva West

Eva West, 92, Dresden, died August 31 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery.

Her husband, Ralph West, preceded her in death. She is survived by a siter Jearline West, Mo.; and nieces and nephews and a good friend, Becky West, Dresden.

She was a member of West Union Baptist Church, Dresden, and worked 23 years for Martin Manufacturing.


Carol Hutson Fayette

Carol Hutson Fayette, 72, formerly of Buchanan, died August 31 at her daughter's home in Bowling Green, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Bethel Cemetery, Buchanan.

A full obituary will be published later.

Memorials to Hospice of Southern Ky, 5872 Scottsville R., Bowling Green, Ky., 42104 or Olive Branch Assisted Living, 110 Luther Rd., Dickson, 37055.


Janet Sandora

Janet Sandora, 73, Springville, died August 31 at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Richard Sanders. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Sandora, along with two daughters, one son, two sisters, including Carol Lee of Springville; two brothers and several grand and great-grandchildren.

She was retired from Cheeseborough Ponds of Chicago; veteran of the US Army and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Burbank, Ill.

Memorials can be directed to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Att. Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, Tex. 75265-0309.


Ricky Garrett

Ricky Garrett, 55, Cottage Grove, died Saturday at his residence. No services are scheduled. Burial at Walker Cemetery. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his brothers David, McKenzie; and Leslie, Cottage Grove.


Brenda Roseanne Brown

Brenda Brown, 51, Depew, NY, died at her residence on Friday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at McEvoy Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery.

Her father, William "Warren" Brown of Springville survives, along with an uncle, Paul Brown of Springville; and special friend Norma Brown Steele, Paris, TN

Brenda graduated from St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, NY and worked for Southeast Works in Depew, NY. While Brenda lived with severe hearing and speech difficulty, she always approached life with a positive upbeat non-defeatist attitude. Most significantly she battled pancreatic cancer for the last year, during which time she taught her family and friends what is important in life.







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