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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


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.


Woodrow Johnson

Woody Johnson, 74, Puryear, died August 7 at Baptist Health of Paducah. Funeral services will be scheduled at McEvoy Funeral Home at a later time.

Survivors include his daughters Darleen Johnson, Puryear; Glenda Wilson, Bluff City; and step-daughter Tammy Meredith, Bristol, Va.; brothers Charles Johnson, Puryear and Arthur Johnson, Manchester; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Roy Watson Sr

Roy Watson, 54, Puryear, died AUgust 6 in Jackson Madison County Genral Hospital. No services are scheduled at this time. McEvoy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

He is survives by his mother Wilma Watson, Laurel, MS; wife Virginia Watson of Puryear; sons Roy Jr., Laurel and step son Elijah Wood, Puryear; sisters Debbie Pitre, La; Barbara Stone, Huntingdon; Belinda Wyland, Puryear and Angie DePRiest, Laurel; brothers Tex Watson, Puryear; Rocky Watson, Enid, Okla.; and George Watson, Camden; and five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.


Robert Chandler

Bob Chandler, 79, Portland, Tenn., died August 4 in Portland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at McEvoy Funeral Home, with burial in Henry Cemetery.

A former Henry resident, he is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, a daughter Meg Wolf of Porland; a son Bob, Orlando; a sister Kathlene Ferrell, Florida; five grandchildren.

Raised in the old 23rd District, he was a Henry High School graduate. He received a bachelor's degree from Bethel and a master's from Murray State. He taught physical education for 30 years in Florida public schools and was a US Army veteran.

Memorials may be made to Mount Dora Christian Home, 301 W. 13th Ave., Mount Dora, Fl. 32757, and-or the Tennessee Children's Home, PO Box 10, Spring Hill, 37174.

Mary Frances "Sally" Hicks Smith

Funeral service 1:00PM Wednesday, August 7, at McEvoy Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Simmons of First Baptist Church officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Tuesday and after 11:00AM Wednesday.

She was the daughter of the late E.O. and Bessie Ellen Dinwiddie Hicks. On June 27, 1948 she married Richard Harrell Smith, he preceded February 6, 2009.

Survived by a daughter Debra (Dudley) Kinsley, Floral Park, NY; son: Richard M. "Mike" (Dawn) Smith, Warrenton, VA; sister: Betty Herndon, Paris; grandchildren: Rebecca Frances Smith, Lexington, KY, Kelley Elizabeth Stoker, Memphis and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by a sister: Martha Murphy and a brother George Hicks.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paris. She attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis and was a Dental Assistant.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 313 North Poplar Street, Paris, TN 38242.


James "Mike" Coley


Mike Coley, 56, Gleason, died Friday, August 2, at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, with burial in Walker Cemetery in Cottage Grove.


Gerald White

Gerald White, 82, Paris, died Saturday, August 3, at Paris Healthcare. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10 at Lakeside Christan Fellowship. Memorials may be made to the Lakeside Christian Fellowship, 2920 Hwy 641 N, Paris. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

R. Gerald White went to be with the Lord on August 3 after being at Paris Healthcare Center for over a year. He was 82. He was preceded in death by his parents Arbie and Jourd White and a brother, Harold. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years Cynthia Hancock White, his daughter Mandy White (Brad) Jones, son Steven Hancock White, and 3 year old twin granddaughters Abigail Olivia and Juliet Victoria Jones.

Gerald graduated from Vanderbilt in 1952. After going to Naval Officer Candidate School, he served aboard the Air Craft Carrier FDR. He was in the Navy 5 years before leaving to work in Paris with his father at White Vending Company, started by Jourd White in 1925.

Gerald enjoyed flying airplanes, sailing, playing tennis, taking singing lessons, karaoke and his beloved cat Frankie.

The family of Gerald White was truly blessed by Paris Healthcare for taking such good care of him during his illness. They especially want to thank Pastor Pam Hughes and Lakeside Christian Fellowship for their prayers and support. They would also like to thank Henry County Medical Center Hospice for their care and support.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Lakeside Christian Fellowship, 2920 Hwy. 641 North in Paris. Memorials may also be made to Lakeside Christian Fellowship.

Hulon 'Hop' Hopkins

Funeral service 2:30 PM Sunday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Dale and his son Steve Hopkins officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Glenn Wimberley, Larry Wimberley, Gary Morris, Glenn Morris, Jonathan Hopkins, Terry Wimberley, Jason Wimberley, Mike Coley and Bobby Dunlap.

Visitation 12:30PM until service time Sunday.

He was the son of the late Albert and Beulah Kendall Hopkins. On September 23, 1951 he married LaVerne Morris Hopkins, she survives in Paris.

Survived by a son: Stephen M. (Patrice) Hopkins, Boone, NC; grandchildren: Emily Katherine Hopkins and Jonathan Lee Hopkins; special nephews: Glenn Wimberley and Larry Wimberley and numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded by two sisters: Winifred Wimberley and Gladys Hopkins.

Mr. Hopkins was a long time member of the East Wood Street Church of Christ. Hulon "Hop" retired from BPU with over 40 years of service. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Memorials may be made to: Tennessee Children's Home, P.O. Box 10, Springhill, TN 37174 or the charity of your choice.


Robert Chandler

Bob Chandler, 79, Portland, Tenn., formerly of Paris, died Sunday, August 4, at his daughter's home. Funeral services at McEvoy Funeral Home are incomplete.


Arlene Yoder

Funeral service 10:00AM Sunday at the Calvary Fellowship Mennonite Church with Henry Nissley, Philip Yoder and Kevin Yoder officiating, burial will follow at New Boston Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Sanford Schrock, Philip Yoder, Loren Yoder, Victor Nissley, Marcus Wengerd, Julian Yoder

Visitation 2:00 - 4:00PM and 6:00 - 8:00PM Saturday at the Calvary Fellowship Mennonite Church.

She was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Simon M. and Katie Yoder. On October 16, 1952 she married Simon Yoder, he survives in Paris.

Survived by daughters: Pauline Schrock, Olney, Il, Martha Wengerd, Golden City, MO, Viola Nissley, Dyer, TN, Kathryn Schrock, Litchfield, CA; sons: Alvin Yoder, Golden City, MO, Norman Yoder, Paris, TN, Elwood Yoder, Russellville, KY, Elmer Yoder, Paris, TN, Everett Yoder, Paris, TN, Lyndon Yoder, Bloomfield, MO, Ralph Yoder, Paris, TN; four sisters, two brothers, seventy-six grandchildren and seventy-nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Yoder was a faithful member of the Calvary Mennonite Church until her death.

Marion "Pee Wee" Cannon

Funeral service 11:00AM Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Walker officiating, burial will follow at Manley's Chapel Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Benji Gregson, Van Bowden, James Bowden, Tim Parker, Timmy Parker and Tommy Parker.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Friday.

He was born in Henry County to the late Robert Cannon and Annie Gregson Cannon Flanagan.

Survived by a sister-in-law: Lucille Cannon, Mansfield; nephew: Charlie (Yvonne) Cannon, Mansfield, nieces: Bobbie (Randy) Korn, Georgia, Evelyn (Billy) Haynes, Trenton; great nieces and nephews: Diana Cannon, Todd Cannon, Nathan Haynes, Jessica Cannon, Mathew Dickerson, Tom Haynes, Derek Cannon; two great great nieces, three great great nephews; cousins: Larry Gregson, Sandy Winters, Elaine Heath and numerous other cousins; many special friends including Billy Bowden and Michael Lankford.

Pee Wee retired from Holley Carburetor formerly of Paris and farmed for many years. Farming was his lifetime love.

Memorials may be made to: Manley's Chapel Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Billy Bowden, 1155 Harvey Bowden Road, Paris, TN 38242.

Edna Phelps

Edna Throgmorton Phelps peacefully met the Lord at the home of her daughter, Emily, July 27, 2013 in Memphis. She was 88, and long time resident of Paris, TN. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was married May 21, 1945 to Edgar Phelps and he preceded her in death March 28, 2013. She was a member of First Baptist Church and formerly worked at the Mitchum Co. and also Salant and Salant. During this time she met her husband Edgar Phelps. She was a wonderful cook and was known for her desserts. She was also a talented seamstress and enjoyed quilting and also playing the piano.

She is survived by her Daughter, Emily Garthright of Memphis, TN; Sisters, Lola Mae Nanney of Paris, TN and Daulene Norwood of Memphis, TN; Brother, Veltman Throgmorton of Paris, TN; Grandchildren, Natalie (Brian) Cathey and Carson Phelps (Gwynn) Garthright; Great Grandchild, Gabrielle Ann Cathey; and Special Niece, Amy Rose.

Mrs. Phelps, born in Henry, TN April 26, 1925, was preceded in death by parents, Knox Henry and Lucy Crews Throgmorton and two sisters, Betty Scott Lewis and Joy Sue Bruce.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, July 29, 2013 and from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Ridgeway Funeral Home. The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Dr. Trent Bullock will officiate. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Pallbearers will be Carson Phelps Garthright, John Thomas Rose, Charlie Rose, John Dale French, Brad Norwood, Paul Norwood, Scott Nanney and Kevin Nanney. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brian Cathey, Kenneth Norwood, Dale Hastings, Troy Bruce and Gordon Owen.

Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris, TN or The Charity of Your Choice.

Marjorie Guerin Milton

Marjorie Milton, Paris, died July 29 at Paris Healthcare. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Memorial Cemetery.

She married Billy Milton, who died in 2001. Survivors include her daughter Debbie Hayes, Henry; son Dickie, Paris; sisters Peggy Meredith, Ga.; Patty Davenport, Okla.; brothers Norris Guerin, Paris; Wayne Geurin, Indiana, plus several grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, 38105; or Alzheimer's Association, 825 Trousdale, Nashville, 37220.


Martha Story

Martha Crosswy Owens Story died July 27, 2013, at age 92. She was born in a classic white Victorian house with a semicircular columned porch at 611 North Poplar Street, Paris, Tennessee, on October 8, 1920, the youngest child and only daughter of John Anderson and Bertha Robbins Crosswy.

She had two brothers Paul and Earl Crosswy, 10 and 8 years her senior, who helped to raise and spoil her. When she was 5 her mother gave her a large birthday party where colorful silk parasols were given as party favors. She remembered thinking that “she would like to have a party every day for the rest of her life.”

She attended Lee School and Grove High School, and while there became the first drum majorette for the newly formed Grove High marching band.

On an Easter Sunday in her teenage years she remembered receiving two corsages from two admirers - one from Vernon Owens and the other from Glenn Story. She wore both on her dress, one on top of the other. Both men would become very important figures in her life.

She graduated from Grove in 1938, went to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and later transferred to Murray State, where she majored in mathematics and minored in biology. Just before her final semester, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She and Vernon Owens, her sweetheart, married on his 21st birthday, February 5, 1942, before he departed for basic training. Vernon served in Burma and India, and during his absence, Martha gave birth to their first child, Jayne Ann. Their daughter Charlotte followed in 1947.

Throughout the years she perfected her skills in sewing, crocheting and needlepoint – a wonderful way to outfit little girls – but none of these skills attracted her attention as much as playing bridge. Taught by Mrs. Sidney Mandel at age 11, she had progressed sufficiently by 1947 that she and other friends started a bridge club, which met regularly for well over 50 years.

In the 1950’s Martha decided to start a business. She was interested in how to help women improve their appearances with cosmetics and aid them with skincare solutions. So, she bought the first Merle Norman Cosmetics franchise for Paris, building a studio next to her husband’s automobile business. This passion for helping women continued throughout her life.

In 1978 Vernon faced an untimely death. She then pursued duplicate bridge and played in tournaments far and wide, while also maintaining her business.

One day in 1989, eleven years after Vernon’s death, she received a call from Glenn Story (of the corsage), whose wife had died the year before. They began dating, and in August 1989, they married at First Baptist Church, where they had grown up. They enjoyed music, dancing, and bridge – Martha’s absolute requirements in a husband! They had 15 happy years together before Glenn’s death in 2004.

She was blessed abundantly in her life with two daughters, Charlotte (Glen) Lake, who lives in Arizona near two of her three stepsons, James, Thomas and Robert Lake and their children and Jayne Ann (Frank) Woods, two wonderful granddaughters, Ashley Woods and Dr. Grayson Woods Brown (Russell) all living in Nashville, and two precious great grandchildren Grayson Jayne Brown (age 3) and Fred Russell Brown, Jr. (age 2). She was also blessed by her long and faithful friend, Minnie Bess Williams, who remembered her in every need for so many years. Someone once said, “Martha brings light into every room she enters.” She was full of light and joy to the end.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Morningside who loved and cared for her for 9 years, and also to thank the staff at Henry County Healthcare Center who loved and cared for her for the last 2 ½ years.

Visitation with family members will take place from 12:00 until 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, Tennessee, followed by services at the funeral home and burial at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar Street, Paris, Tennessee 38242.

“Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus.” John 11:5




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