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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


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.


Kevin Ray Flood

Kevin Flood, 44, Gleason, died Tuesday, August 13, at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Ridgeway Funeral home, with cremation to follow.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; mother Rena Adams, McKenzie; second mother Margaret Flood, Paris; sisters Vikkie Woofford and Marsha Aldridge, both of Paris; brothers Gary Flood, Springville; Lee Smith, Dyersburg, Johnny Adams, McKenzie.

He was a recruiter for Bethel University and a member of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, Martin.

William Thomas McDaniel

Thomas McDaniel, 60, Henry, died Monday August 12 at his residence. Graveside services will be held at  Bevil Cemetery at 2 p.m. August 17. Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

His wife, Judy survives along with his mother, Robbie McDaniel, Henry; daughters Karla McDaniel, Arlington; Tammy Wheel, Mnuford; sons Trey McDaniel, Memphis; Tom Wheeling, Texas; and sister, Linda Harris, OK.

He was a former mechanic for the city of Bartlett and was a US Marine.

Wanda Sanders Vance

Wanda Vance, 79, Paris, died Augus t8 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at McEvoy Funeral home, with burial in Memorial Cemetery.

Funeral service 10:00 A.M. Monday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Rev. Luctio of Seventh Day Adventist officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

She was the daughter of the late Claude Sanders and Lona Easter Sanders. On July 7, 1979 she married Lloyd Wayne Vance, he survives in Paris, TN.

Survived by daughter: Merri (Wally) Harris, Cicero, IL; Sisters: Carolyn Sanders, Jonesboro, AR and Phyllis (Kenneth) Dugan, Jonesboro, AR. She is also survived by five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wanda was a long time member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She worked and retired as a factory worker in the automotive industry. She worked as a volunteer at the Henry County Fairgrounds and was a Homemaker who loved her family and really enjoyed playing with her grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to American Lung Assn, One Vantage Way, Suit B 130, Nashville, 37228.

Bernice Hart

The funeral service for State Farm Insurance Agent Bernice Velez Hart of Paris, will be at First Church of the Nazarene, 4220 Hwy 218 Bypass at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Rev. Barry Hart, brother-in-law, will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.

Named as pallbearers are Sammy Rodriguez; Jason Corbitt; Josh, Matt, and Nathan Hart; Chris and Brian Michael; and Jonathan Woods.

Honorary pallbearers will be Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Sisters, past and present.

Visitation will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2013 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Church of the Nazarene. Family visitation on Sunday will be at 1 p.m.

Bernice Hart, 64, died Thursday, August 8, 2013 at her home in Paris. Her husband, Stephen Allen “Steve” Hart survives. They were married June 26, 1976 in Henry County, TN. Born in the Bronx, NY on January 6, 1949, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Velez, Sr. and the late Victoria M. Pareso.

Bernice Hart was an insurance agent with State Farm Insurance. She was employed for 28 years by the late Bill Cozart and, most recently, Jane Cozart Reid. She attended the Church of the Nazarene in Paris. She served during the Vietnam War era with the U. S. Army Reserve in New Jersey.

Bernice Hart was active in the community, having served as State President for the Elks Ladies Auxiliary and Past President of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. She was also an active member of the Paris-Henry County Jaycettes, and served as treasurer for the Fish Fry in 1987. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Center, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and she was a Notary Public. According to family members and friends, Bernice enjoyed fishing, sewing, quilting, cooking, and helping others.

Besides her husband, she leaves one son: Robert Daniel “Danny” (Jenny) Hart of Paris and three grandchildren: Callie Marie, Audrey Danielle, and Clayton Daniel Hart, of Paris. She is also survived by: brothers Samuel (Beverly) Rodriguez of Alexandria, MN and Joe (Dotty) Velez of Brick Township, NJ; sisters Carmen Medina of Newark, NJ and Margie (Bobby) Stefanelli of Brick Township, NJ; special niece Christine (Joe) Schmit and nephew Samuel Rodriguez, Jr.; brothers-in-law Barry (Ronda) Hart of Paris, Gene (Judy) Hart of Town Creek, AL and sisters-in-law Maureen (Mike) Stack of Paris and Sandra (Carl) Rowland of Colorado Springs, CO; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by stepmother Helen Velez of New Jersey, in-laws Thomas and Margaret Hart of Paris, and a niece Erika Rodriguez of Alexandria, MN.






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