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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


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.


Ky-Mani WIlson

Ky-Mani Wilson, two-month-old daughter of Demetrius Porter and Kiswana Wilson, Paris, died August 25, in Paris. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rawls Funeral Home, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

She is survived by a sister Kupryce Wilson, Paris; four grandparents Demetrius K and Traci Porter, Myishia Helmer and Michael Wilson; uncles, aunt and other relatives.


Henton Craig

Funeral service 2:00PM Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Linda Barrett of the Manleyville Cornerstone Church officiating, burial will follow at Walker Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Josh Warbritton, Joseph Cooper, Richard Dakin, Ricky Taylor, Wayne Perry and Roger Taylor.

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

Born in Hazel, KY to the late Roy and Ambie Lee Stubblefield Craig. On October 16, 1961 he married Mary Lou Perry Craig, she preceded February 26, 2010.

Survived by a daughter: Martha Cooper, Paris; grandsons: Josh (Samantha) Warbritton and Joseph Cooper; great grandson: Brodie Parker Warbritton and special caregiver: Geri Grooms Boyd.

Preceded by a son-in-law: James Cooper, August 6, 1999 and a great-grandson: Bentley Hayden Warbritton.

Mr. Craig was a member of Mason's Chapel Methodist Church. He retired from Interstate Life and Accident Insurance Company and Lakeway Building Products.

James Paschall

Funeral service 10:00AM Monday at McEvoy Funeral Home, Rayburn Reeves of the Lighthouse Apostolic Church Clarksville, TN officiating, burial will follow at Walker Cemetery.

Visitation 2:00 - 8:00PM Sunday.

Born in Mayfield, KY to the late Clayton Samuel and Mildred E. Adams Paschall. On June 15, 1987 he married Janett Paschall, she survives in Paris.

Survived by a daughter: Terrie (Michael) Palazzo, WI; step-daughter: Vicky (James) Cagle, IN; step-sons: Billy Osborne, FL, Michael (Debbie) Osborne, IL; sister: Barbara Gleason, TN; grandchildren: eleven; great-grandchildren: ten and by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Paschall retired after 33 years of service from the Xerox Corporation as a trainer and tech. He enjoyed playing the steel guitar, earned his Laotian Wings and was an expert marksman and gun enthusiast. James was also a Free Mason with the Paris Lodge and served in Army National Guard and Tennessee State Guard a total of 24 years.


Mayotha Tharpe

Mayotha Tharpe, 72, Paris, died August 23 at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at Fairview Baptist Church, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He married Alberta Curtis Tharpe, and she survives with a daughter Renee Freeman; and sisters in law Carol Whitfield, Connie Allen Merl and Mildred Tharpe and a brother-in-law, Willia Hudson.

Tharpe worked at Emerson electric for 32 years, at Commercial Bank for 28 years and at Rhea School. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and of Confidence Lodge 17.


Jessie Davidson

Jessie Davidson, 93, Paris, died August 26 at Morningside of Paris. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

She married James Davidson, who preceded her in death. She is survived by a nephew Harold Vickery, S.C., and other nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church and Sunday School, Paris; and retired from Holley Carburetor.

Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist, 619 N. Wilson St., Paris.

Earl French

Earl French, 79, Paris, died August 26, at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with cremation to follow.

He married Chloe Ann Brewer French, who survives with daughters Kathy Pafford, Springville; Sherry Dickson, Lebanon; sisters Vivian Lowe, Paris; Lillian "Polly" Holland, Springville; and Hazel Patterson, Mich.; and brother Kenneth, Paris.

He was a retired self-employed businessman and member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Naomi Roberts

The funeral service for Naomi Jamison Roberts of Paris will

be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in

Paris. The Revs. Joseph A. Geary and Robert D. Martin will


A graveside service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday in

Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem, Mo.

Chosen as pallbearers are Todd Bell, Wesley and Brently

Barrow and Gregory Brown.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Roberts, 97, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at her residence.

Born Aug. 7, 1916, in Sligo, Mo., she was the daughter of the

late Louise Leslie and Nora Gravatt Jamison.

She was married on June 15, 1940, to Sherman Roy Roberts,

who died Sept. 13, 2007.

Roberts was a member of Salem (Mo.) United Methodist

Church, where she was a children’s Sunday school teacher and

member of Women’s Society of Christian Service.

She leaves two daughters: Elyse (Don) Bell of Paris and Celia

(Howard) Barnhard of Little Rock, Ark.; four grandchildren:

Todd Bell of Baton Rouge, La., Traci (Gregory) Brown of St.

Louis, Wesley Barrow of Chicago and Brently (Dennise) Barrow

of Little Rock;

Five great-grandchildren: Rachel and Andrew Brown,

Parker, Payton and Presley Naomi Barrow; and two nieces:

Joy (Scott) Ziegemeier of St. Charles, Mo., and Jackie (Mike)

Rape of Longmont, Colo.

She also was preceded in death by a son: Sherman Mark

Roberts; and a brother: James Robert Jamison.

Memorials may be made to the Paris District of United

Methodist Church for Children’s Ministries in Mexico, P.O.

Box 28, Paris.


Letha Milton

Graveside services for Letha E. Milton of Millington, Tennessee, were held August 27th, 2013 at Hillcrest cemetery in Paris, Tennessee. Bro. M. O. Eckel will officiate the ceremony. Mrs. Milton died at 11:50 a.m. on August 23rd, 2013, at Millington Healthcare Center, Millington, Tennessee. Mrs. Milton was born September 14, 1912, in Monroe County, MO. She was the daughter of the late Shaver C. Tillitt and Laura Sanders Tillitt. She was married to the late Robert Milton of Dover, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister. She is survived by daughters Norma (Claude) Freeman of Millington, Tennessee, and Karen (Tommy) Rakestraw of Marion, Arkansas. She also has seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. She was a member of Broadmore Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee.


Betty Swor

Betty Jean Sanders Swor, age 79, of Springville, Tenn., died Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Life Care Center of Bruceton in Bruceton, Tenn. She was Married to Horace Swor August 6, 1955 and he preceded in death October 13, 2009. Member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. Formerly worked as a nurse for Dr. Chesmore and formerly at Holley Carburetor Plant.. .

She was the daughter of the late Cager Sanders and the late Cessie Hoofman Sanders.

She is survived by her Daughter-Merriann Starzec of Jackson, TN; Four Sons, Mark Swor of Paris, Tenn., Michael "Mikie" Swor of Springville, Tenn., Randy Swor of Springville, Tenn., and Tim (Melissa) Swor of Springville, Tenn.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn., where the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, August 26, 2013 and from 9:00 AM to 11 am Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 27, 2013 , Grant Ostrom officiating. Interment will be at Spring Creek Cemetery in Springville, Tenn.

Aubrey Cox

Funeral service 11:00AM Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Martin of First United Methodist Church of Paris officiating, with burial to follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Bill culley, Rusty Culley, Andy Jackson, Emery Bradley, Brent Greer and Adam "Sonny Boy" Jackson. Charles Green, Gordon Owen and members of the Paris Lion's Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Friday and after 9:00AM Saturday.

He was born in Dale, OK to the late W.J. and Lillie Byrd Cox. On December 11, 1946 he married Myree Smith Cox she survives in Paris.

Preceded by sisters: Clara Bow Neal and Shirley Faye Greene; two brothers: Jessie Cox and Tommy Cox.

Mr. Cox was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Paris. He was a WWII Army Veteran, member of the American Legion, Paris Lions Club, lifetime member of the Good Sam's Camping Club and had worked at Ellis Heating Company for over 58 years.

Aubrey is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Catherine O'Donnell

Service to be scheduled at a later date.

She was born in Chicago, IL to the late George and Pietrina Monteleone Vallone. On November 10, 1938 she married John "Bud" Brown, he preceded April 23, 1982.

Survived by daughters: Patricia Ward Harrison, Paris, Belle Liska, Bull Shoals, AR; nine grandchildren; Johnny ward, Mike (Christy) Ward, Loretta Ward Coker, Joey Palicka, David Palicka, Jason Palicka, Angie (Jason) Wiser, Kathy (Gary) Miranda, Christopher Brown and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Preceded by a son Thomas Brown, August 12, 1987; sister: Sarah Pecoraro Bishop; brothers: Sam Valloni, Charles Vallone, Frank Vallone, Mike Vallone and Johnny Vallone in infancy.

Mrs. O'Donnell was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing BINGO for the Knights of Columbus and was a big supporter of Cancer organizations.

Barbara Kraus

Memorial service Thursday 11:00AM at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Martin of First United Methodist Church officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born in Hamburg, Germany to the late Alfred and Antonia "Tony" Graf Michow. On November 15, 1964 she married Aloysius "Al" Kraus, he preceded June 7, 1999.

Survived by a sister: Ursula Belshaser, Germany.

Preceded by a son at the age of three and a brother: Eyke Michow.

Mrs. Kraus was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Paris where she was very active in church activities including the Chancel Choir, UMW and teaching Sunday School.

She was a member of the Paris Women's Club, Paris Garden Club and Creative Homemakers Club. Barbara was retired RN.


Jessie Marie (Hutchinson) Thomas


Jessie Marie Thomas, 76, of Puryear, Tennessee died Monday, August 19, 2013 in Murray-Callaway County Hospital after a brief illness.

Ridgeway Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

She was born March 8, 1937 in Carter County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Ed and Sarah Hutchinson. She was a homemaker who loved to garden and loved her cats. She was a member of the Buchanan United Methodist Church.

Jessie is preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and Elvis Hutchinson.

She is survived by her husband, of 55 years, Curtis Thomas ; two sons, Steve Thomas of Fredrick ,MD. and Curtis (Carrie) Thomas of Brownstown, MI ; six brothers, Randel, Arthur, LeeRoy, Harold, Ralph, and Truman; six sisters, Belvia, Wilma, Deloris, Kay, Jackie and Arvilla; grandchildren, Robert, Sheri, Jill and Kenny; Several nieces and nephews .

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013 at Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson, Fred Wiles, minister. Burial will follow at the Cribbs Hill Cemetery near Grayson.

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Cribbs Hill Cemetery near Grayson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital 3229 Burnet Ave Cincinnati, OH 45229

Online condolences may be made at www.sparksfh.com or ridgewayfuneralhome.com


George Owens

Longtime Henry Alderman George Owens, 71, passed away last week after continual battle with sickness the past several months. Trinity Funeral home is handling his arrangements and visitation will be Tuesday 11-1 at the Henry Community Pentecostal Church of God and Christ and the service will be at 1pm Tuesday. Owens served on the Henry Board for many years and just last week the board had accepted his resignation. Owens worked as a Heavy Equipment operator for many years for various companies.


Carl Thoreson

Carl Thoreson, 86, Paris, died Friday, August 16, at his residence. Memorial service to be  held at 11 a.m. Wed. August 28 at McEvoy Funeral Home, with Bro. Billy Ross of Thompson Creek Baptist Church and Dr. Corey Cain of Maplewood Baptist Church officiating, burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was born in McAllister, WI to the late Carl and Esther Peterson Thoreson. On July 26, 1969 he married Shirley M. Whiteside Thoreson, she survives in Paris.

Survived by daughters: Kathleen Thoreson, Prescott, AZ, Patricia Kerr, Indianapolis, IN, Julie Hersey, Marshall, VA; step-daughters: Ruth (Tom) Matteson, Andover, MN, Sherry (Rick) Ramin, Anoka, MN; step-sons: James (Karen) Roberts, Ramsey, MN, Michael Roberts, Ramsey, MN; sisters: Darlene (Dick) Umbaugh, Springfield, OH, Anna (Don) Beleck, Crystal Falls, MI, Bonnie (Lindy) Tadiello, Crystal Falls, MI; brothers: Gordon Allen Thoreson, White Pine, MI, Kenneth Thoreson, Amasa, MI, Terry Thoreson, Crystal Fall, MI, sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Preceded by three brothers: Dean, Glen and Dale Thoreson.

Mr. Thoreson was a member of the Maplewood Baptist Church. He was a Major in the United States Army retiring after 22 years, serving in WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also retired from the Veterans Administration after 17 years of service following his Army retirement. He was an avid bowler.

Memorials may be made to: Maplewood Baptist Church Building Fund, 8700 Hwy 218 Bypass, Paris, TN 38242.

McEvoy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Paula Ann Hopper

Elizabeth Hopper, 35, Mansfield, died at her residence August 14. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with cremation to follow.

She was employed for HeadStart in Dresden and had worked as a substitute teacher and at H&R Block in Paris, as well as the PI in Paris. She was member of TVCC.

Survivors include her fiance Donald Ruddell, Mansfield; father Paul Hyer, Hopkinsville; mother and step father Jim and Cathy Weed of Calif.; three sons Case and Buck Wimberley, both of Paris and Brady Wilson, also of Paris; six sisters, two brothers.

Memorials to: The Hopper Family c/o Ridgeway Funeral home, PO Box 788, Paris.


Opal Barnett

Opal Barnett, 92, Paris, died August 14 at Camden Healthcare and Rehab. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial at Maplewood Cemetery.

She was married to John Barnett and he died in 2005. Survivors include two daughters, Paula Barnett, Paris; and Pam McKenzie, Clarksville; three sons, Mike and Brad, both of Paris; barry, Camden; ten grand and nine great-grandchildren.

She was a long-time member of First united Methodist Church, was a Bellsouth telephone operator, formerly worked for the Paris PI and was a homemakder.

Memorials may be made to the church food pantry, PO Box 25, Paris, or West Tennessee Animal Rescue at www.westtnanimalrescue.org.







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