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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Duane Ohlson

Duane Donald Ohlson, age 83, of Paris, Tenn., died Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Residence in Paris, Tenn.  He married September 17, 1954 to Geraldine Pytlewski Ohlson, who survives. He was a retired Electrical Engineer at CPC International in Bedford Park, IL, a US Army Korean veteran and a loving husband of 60 years.

He was the son of the late Gustav Ohlson and the late Maybella Bradley Ohlson. He is also survived by his wife Geraldine Pytlewski Ohlson; two daughters; Daughter-Lorraine (Gary) Norwood of Lemont, Ill and  Sandra Theros of Bartlett, Tenn. He also leaves grandchildren: Jennifer (Farif) Rizvanovich, Julie Theros & Marci Theros. Great Grandchildren: Blaine, Kayne, Greyson Rizvanovich and Nolan Theros-Keller.         

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn. The body is to be cremated with a memorial service at a later date.

Phillip Wilbanks

Phillip Wilbanks, age 44 of Henry, died Thursday Nov. 20th at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Visitation will be 4-8pm Sunday and again starting at Noon on Monday Nov. 24th. Funeral service will be Monday at 2pm at McEvoy Funeral home with burial to follow in the Henry Cemetery.

Johnny Beckwith

John Raymond “Johnny” Beckwith, age 53, of Paris, Tenn., died Friday, November 21, 2014, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. 

He was a member of the Church of Christ and he worked as an industrial electrician until about 3 years ago, when he became ill.

Johnny was born January 4, 1961 in Paris, TN to his father, the late Cleo Beckwith and mother Sandra Hughes (Don) Brown of Paris, TN.

Besides his mother, he is also survived by his One Daughter,  Kellie (Henry) Rendleman of Franklin, Tenn; 

Two Sons,  Brandon (Tiffany) Goree of Wingo, Ky,   Hunter Goree of Wingo, Ky;  One Sister,  Christy (Darren) Roberson of Paris, Tenn;  One Brother,  Steve (Dawn) Brown of Paris, Tenn;  Four Grandchildren, Colin, Jonas, Kinsley, and Henry Rendleman

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.

He is to be Cremated with a Memorial Service held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to the Charity of your choice.


Treva Merrell

Treva W. Merrell, age 82, of Puryear, Tenn., died Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.   

He was married July 3, 1959 to Jan Evelyn Paul Merrell and she preceded in death August 23, 2012. 

Treva was a member of Jesus Saves Baptist Church.   He was a Minister for many years and enjoyed preaching at nursing homes.    He formerly worked at Mar-Kel Lighting Co. in Paris, TN. 

He was born June 16, 1932 in Buchanan, TN to the late Woodard Merrell and the late Annie May Todd  Merrell. 

He is survived by his  Five Daughters,  Bernice Nelson of Oil City, Pa,  Deborah (Danny) Hart of Puryear, Tenn,  Treva Lynn (Dale) Greer of Paris, Tenn,  Bonnie (Marcus) Heckman of Clarksville, Tenn,  Virginia (Darrell) Evans of Paris, Tenn;    Two Sons,  Jimmy (Debra) Merrell of Springville, Tenn,  David (Becky) Merrell of Paris, Tenn;  One Brother,  Cortez Merrell of Paris, Tenn;  25 Grandchildren, 40 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great Great Grandchildren. 

Besides his wife and parents, Treva was also preceded in death by a Son, Phillip Merrell;  Son-in-law, Jerry Nelson;  Sister, Wanda Merrell;  Brothers, Harvey Merrell, Charles Merrell, and Lonnie Dale Merrell;  and a Granddaughter, Leslie Lurlene Evans Heckman.         

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Saturday, November 22, 2014 and from 12 – 2 pm  Sunday, November 23, 2014.    The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Sunday, November 23, 2014. 

Larry Craig will officiate.  Pallbearers will be David Shawn Merrell, Brodie Merrell, Hunter Merrell, Phil Eric Merrell, Danny Hart II, Ronnie Nelson, J.W. Nelson and Donald Merrell.   
Interment will be at Rose Lawn Memory Garden in Paris, Tenn.

Leroy Bennett

Finise Leroy Bennett, age 74, of Puryear, Tenn., died Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Murray Calloway Co. Hospital in Murray, Ky. 

He was married June 9, 1968 to Linda Fay Duncan Bennett and she survives. 

He retired from Kenlake Foods in Murray, KY and was a Member of Hazel Baptist Church and a US Army veteran. 

He was the son of the late Jessie Bennett and Moline Thorne Bennett, who lives in Hazel, Ky. 

He is also survived by two sons,Trevor (Erin) Bennett of Puryear, Tenn., and Troy (Teresa) Bennett of Puryear, Tenn.   Two sisters: Linda (David) Belcher of Benton, Ky. and Brenda (Glenn) Maley of South Carolina;  Two Brothers, Hughes (Hilda) Bennett of Puryear, Tenn. and Paul Bennett of Puryear, Tenn.  He also leaves two grandchildren: Duncan and Hailey Bennett, both of Puryear, TN. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 - 8 pm Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and from 11 am - 1 pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014.    The funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Thursday, November 20, 2014. 

Chad Kennedy and William Jones will officiate.   
Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery near Puryear, Tenn. 

Charitable donations may be made in Leroy's memory to the following organizations:

Henry County Healthcare Foundation 
1030 Paris, TN 38242

St. Judes's Children Hospital 
262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105

Larry Bell

Larry Joe Bell, age 63, of Henry, Tenn., died Saturday, November 15, 2014, at his Residence in Henry, Tenn. 

Larry married Tammy Forbus Bell July 30, 1993 and she survives.  

He was a founding member of New Life Baptist Church in Henry and attended Tennessee Valley Community Church. Larry was a longtime Construction Contractor and had owned Volunteer Log Homes for several years.  He was currently the Farm Manager for Pete Desocio's farm in Henry Co.

He was born October 25, 1951 in Cottage Grove, TN to the late Baudry Bell and the late Ruby Atkins Bell.

Besides his wife Tammy,  Larry is also survived by his Four Sons,  Brian (Bobbi) Bell of Goodlettsville, Tenn,  Brandon (Jennifer) Bell of Paris, Tenn,  Zachary Bell & Special Friend Kayla Hargrove of Henry, Tenn,  Steven Snider of Murray, Ky;  Five Grandchildren, Shelby Bell, Chloe Bell, Jayden Powers, Bryant Bell, and Scarlett Meadows. 

Larry was also preceded in death by a Brother, Eddie Lynn Bell.    

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Monday, November 17, 2014.   Visitation will continue at TVCC-Tennessee Valley Community Church from 12 - 2:30 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014.    The Funeral Service will be at TVCC-Tennessee Valley Community Church at 2:30 PM Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Brian Anderson and Steve Gallimore will officiate. 

Interment will be at Henry City Cemetery in Henry, Tenn.

Dorothy Clayton

Dorothy Mae Nimmo Clayton, age 87 of Paris, died Thursday November 13th at her residence.

Visitation will be 4-7pm Friday Nov. 14th at McEvoy Funeral home and again from 10am until service time at 11am on Sat. Nov. 15th. Burial will follow in McCuiston Cemetery in Calloway County, Ky.

Charles Webb

Charles Edward Webb, 81 of Paris, died at his residence on Wednesday November 12th.

He was member of Central Point Baptist Church, retired boilermaker. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, Ny. 10001.

Visitation is 4-7pm Friday Nov. 14th and after Noon on Saturday Nov. 15th with service at 2pm Saturday at McEvoy Funeral home.

Mary Sue Leach

Mary Sue Leach, age 87, of Paris, Tenn., died Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Paris Healthcare and Rehab Center in Paris, Tenn. 

She was married July 23, 1949 to Charles Sellers Leach Sr. and he preceded in death June 13, 1999.

Mary Sue was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, taught Sunday School, served as organist and served on Parish Council of Catholic Women.

She was a Founding Board Member of the Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association;  Regional Vice President, Northwest TN Advisory Board.   

She Served on Advisory Board of the Paris Henry Co. Arts Council from 2006-2010.   She was a Janusette Delphian Club member and served as GFWC State Learning Disabilities Chairman.   She was a University of Michigan lifetime member Alumna Association School of Nursing and a Rotary Ann of the Paris Rotary Club.

Mary Sue was born April 20, 1927 in East Brady, PA to the late John Patrick May and the late Rose Henry  May.

She is survived by her  Four Sons,  Jim (Shelly) Leach of Columbia, Tenn,  John Leach of Paris, Tenn,  Bob (Julie) Leach of Paris, Tenn,  Charlie Leach of Paris, Tenn;  11 Grandchildren, Clara (Aaron) Darden, Mary (Jeff) Hall, Rose (Edward) Ryoka, Ben Leach, Rachel Leach, John Michael Leach, Sarah Leach, Julianna Leach, Christopher Leach, James David Leach, and Austin Leach; and 8 Great Grandchildren.

Besides her husband and parents, Mary Sue was also preceded in death by a Sister, Patricia Kuharshy; and Brothers, James May and John May.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.   She is to be cremated.   Memorial Visitation will be from 9 – 11 am Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the

Memorial Service at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 11:00 AM.

Father Kris Rusin will officiate.  Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to:  St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O.  Box 1000 Dept. 142,  Memphis, TN 38148    or    Center for Dyslexia, Middle TN State University, 200 N. Baird Lane, Murfreesboro, TN  37130.  

Ginny Griffith

Ginny Griffith, age 67, of Paris, Tenn., died Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at her residence in Paris, Tenn.

She was married May 25, 1990 to Gayle Griffith and he survives. 

Ginny was a member of a close group of friends who were the Class of 1965 from Karns High School in Knoxville, TN.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Paris.    

She Graduated from UT Knoxville and retired after 28 years as an accountant for Setco (Formerly Midland Ross and Midland Brake) in Paris, TN.   Ginny was a member of the Lakeway Kiwanis Club.  She enjoyed playing golf and many physical fitness activities.

Ginny was born August 14, 1947 in Oak Ridge, TN to the late Richard Butler and the late Mattie Barbara Eldridge Butler.

Besides her husband, Ginny is also survived by her One Son,  Mark (Tiffany) Lee of Franklin, Tenn;  One Brother,  Richard Butler of Knoxville, Tenn;  Two Grandchildren, Olivia Lee and Ethan Lee of Franklin, TN.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St.,  Paris, Tenn.  She is to be cremated.   Memorial Visitation will be from 4 - 7 pm Friday, November 14, 2014 at Ridgeway Funeral Home.   Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9 – 11 am at First United Methodist Church.    The Memorial Service will be at First United Methodist Church at 11:00 am Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Dr. Robert D. Martin will officiate.   The Lakeway Kiwanis Club will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to:  ALS Association, Gift Processing Center,  P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007, or alsa.org     or    First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Paris, TN  38242.  


Rosa Haynes

Rosa Lee Williams Haynes, age 65, of Paris, Tenn., died Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at her Residence in Paris, Tenn. 

She was a Greenfield High School Graduate, a Church of Christ Member and retired from Henry County Medical Center where she was a pharmacy technician and last worked in the psychiatric department.

She was born May 21, 1949 in Greenfield, TN to Rosalie Tansil Williams of Martin, TN and the late Porter Williams.

Besides her Mother, Rosa Lee is also survived by One Sister,  Portia Howard of Martin, Tenn;  Niece, Penney Estes of Martin, TN; and Nephew, Keith Howard of Martin, TN.          

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.

She will be Cremated, No Service is Planned.

Rita Merrell

Rita Jane Merrell, age 77, of Henry, Tenn., died Monday, November 10, 2014, at her residence in Henry, Tenn. 

She was married July 25, 1953 to Cortez Merrell and he survives.   She was a Member of Thompson Creek Baptist Church and Served 38 years in various churches as a Pastor's wife.

Rita was born May 9, 1937 in Chicago, IL to the late Russell Edward Fee and the late Violet Sellers Fee.

Besides her husband, She is also survived by her Four Daughters,  Wanda (Mike) Williams of Buchanan, Tenn,  Shirley Merrell of Clarksville, Tenn,  Melissa (Cory) Knoblett of West Union, Ill,  Michelle (James) Clark of Clarksburg, Tenn;  One Son,  Jerry (Sandy) Merrell of Hickory, Ky;  One Daughter-in-law-Liz Merrell of Parsons, Tenn;  14 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, and a Special Care-Giver, Brooke Brasher. 

Besides, her Parents, Rita was preceded in death by Two Daughters, Carlene Ann Merrell, and Shirley Joyce Merrell;  Two Sons, Tommy Dean Merrell, and Ronnie Lee Merrell; and Two Sisters, Loretta Helean and Arlene Fee.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2014 and after 9 am Wednesday, November 12, 2014. The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Billy Ross and Johnny Farmer will officiate. Interment will be at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Buchanan, Tenn.

Patricia Magos

Patricia Ann “Patty” Magos, age 65, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Friday, November  7, 2014, at Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Center in Nashville, Tenn. 

She was married December 31, 1967 to Danny Magos and he survives.   

She was a Retired accountant for the State of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.  She enjoyed feeding birds and other animals and also gardening, reading, fishing, and working puzzles.

Patty was born April 29, 1949 in Springfield, IL to Gertrude Fry  Eson of Buchanan, TN and the late Donald Eson.

Besides her Husband and Mother, She is also survived by her Two Sons,  Teddy Joe Magos of Fairview Heights, Ill,  Todd Brian Magos and special friend Tonya Smith of Alton, Ill;  One Sister,  Linda Bradbury of Florida.          

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.

She is to be cremated, no service is planned. 

Bill Jameson

Funeral Services for William "Bill" Jameson, age 89, will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Chapel of Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute, IN. 

Mr. Jameson died Saturday, November 8 at his residence in Buchanan, TN. He was the son of the late Minnie Lawson Jameson and Benjamin Jameson.  

He retired from PSI Energy as a Division Operations Manager. He was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Paris,TN. Mr.Jameson was member of the VFW Post 972 and a former member of the Lion's Club, both in Terre Haute. He was WWII Navy veteran. He married Mary Elizabeth Jacks Jameson August 11, 1951, she died May 21, 2013.

Mr. Jameson is survived by his Daughter : Shelley and husband Mark Butts of Buchanan, TN; a granddaughter: Jani and husband Kevin Adams of Terre Haute and a great grandson Kevin Michael Adams of Terre Haute. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.  

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister Mary Margaret Fulk.  

Friends may visit with the family after 11 am on Tuesday at the Chapel of Roselawn Memorial Park.  

Visitation in Paris will be Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home

Bill Culley

Bill Culley passed away at his residence at the age of 77 on November 8th.

Culley’s funeral will be conducted at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 12th at McEvoy Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Maplewood cemetery. Visitation will be at McEvoy Funeral Home from 4-8 PM on Tuesday and after 11 AM on Wednesday.

Culley married Najie Stovall Culley on November 16, 1978

Culley is survived by four children: Rusty (Catherine) Culley, Paris, TN; David Culley, Atlanta, GA; Lance (Karla) Culley, Paris, TN; and a sister, Camille Culley, Nashville, TN.


Culley served as CEO of Ellis Heating Co., a company he had been with since 1961. Culley was a former city commissioner and mayor of Paris and board of directors at BPU.

William Solis

Mr. William Adam Solis, 57, passed away at Henry County Medical Center Friday, November 7, 2014.

Funeral service will be held at 7 PM Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at McEvoy Funeral Home in Paris, Tennessee.

Mr. Solis is survived by his son, Jason William Kanas of Long Pond, Pennsylvania; parents, Peter and Elizabeth Green Solis of Paris, Tennessee; sister, Juanita (Paul) McDade of Paris, Tennessee; brother, Peter Anthony Solis, Jr of Kingsville, Texas; grandchildren, Fletcher and Autumn Kanas of Long Pond, Pennsylvania; and three nephews and one niece.

Catherine "Kay" Traver

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Pastor Linda Hillard of Antioch United Methodist Church officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Bill Mosley, Ricky Price, Ray Harding, Ty Johnson, Dana Deem and Roman Kuykendall. Serving as honorary pallbearers are William Weaver, Justin Johnson, Nathan Johnson and Brady Johnson.

Visitation 12:00 noon until service time at 2:00 Saturday.

She was born in Albany, New York to the late Frank and Martha Smith Cain. On October 28, 1946 she married Vincent C. Traver, he preceded November 11, 1992.

Survived by daughters: Debbie Traver, Paris, Donna (Ty) Johnson, Paris; grandchildren: SSGT Justin T. (Chesley) Johnson, McKenzie, Jeannie C. Johnson, Paris; great-grandchildren: Nathan T. Johnson, Brady L. Johnson and Haley Johnson.

Preceded by sisters: Ellen Gepfert, Ann Martin, Margaret Colvin; brothers: Francis Cain and Joseph Cain .

Mrs. Catherine was a homemaker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Paris Henry County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 912, Paris, TN 38242.

Elizabeth Oliver

Funeral service for Mrs. Elizabeth Oliver will be held at McEvoy Funeral Home on Sunday November 9, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. Sunday until service time at 2:00 P.M. Elder Maley Davidson of Nelson Creek Primitive Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mrs. Oliver was born on July 7, 1918 in Farmington, KY to the late Lee V. Miller and Mary Edna Lewis Miller. On January 22, 1938 she married Porter Oliver who preceded her on March 10, 1998.

She is survived by two sons John Porter (Jean) Oliver, of Paris TN and Joe Carter (Ann) Oliver, also of Paris TN. A half-brother Charles (Julie) Miller, of Murray KY. Grandchildren Ginger (Ronnie) Evans, Tracy Newton, Casey (Stacy) Smith, and Mike (Kristi) Oliver. Great-Grandchildren T.J. Evans and Jack Porter Oliver. Also one Great-Great Granddaughter Dakota Sloane Evans.

Mrs. Oliver is preceded in death by two sisters Mary Ellen “Sis” Wright, Vernon Marine Miller, and three half-sisters Opal Roberts, Reba Whitaker, and Florence Brisindine. Also by four brothers James L. Miller, Jacob L. Miller, Claude P. Miller, and Robert R. Miller, and one half-brother John L. Miller.

She was a member of Nelson Creek Primitive Baptist Church who enjoyed needlework and scrapbooking. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Gary Gray

Gary B. Gray passed away at his residence in Paris, TN November 6, 2014. 
Visitation will be from 3 - 6 pm Monday November 10,  2014 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris, TN with The Funeral Services at 6:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Chad Kennedy will officiate. 

Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M. November 11, 2014 at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, IL.   

Besides leaving his wife, Martha Brigman Gray, of Paris, TN, he leaves a son, Gary S.(Becky) Gray of The Woodlands, TX;   Daughter, Melanie Gray of Montezuma, N.M.;  a granddaughter, Natasha(Alford)Stanley and three great grandchildren of The Woodlands, TX;  Nieces, Lisa (Dan) Gaskill and Karla(Bud)Buchanan, nephew, Greg (Belinda) Gray; a Stepson, Richard (Stacey) Boner of Smithfield, VA;  Stepdaughter, Debbie Crotty and Special Friend, Al Callovini of Staunton, IL;  Step-grandson, Jeff (Meagan) Crotty of Staunton, IL; Step granddaughter, Amanda Crotty and Special Friend Tony Mason of Livingston, IL, several step great and great-great grandchildren.  Mother-in-Law, Lois Brigman of South Roxana, IL,  Brother-in-Law,  Darrell Brigman of South Roxana,lL. 

Gary was originally from Houston, TX and worked as a Q.A. Inspector for a company at Shell Oil Company in 1986.   He worked as a Welding Inspector traveling thru out the United States, Indonesia, and the Alaskan Pipeline. 
Gary owned and operated Cherokee Steel Welding and Fabricating in Paris, TN. until he had to retire due to illness.


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