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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Gloria Jenkins

Gloria Easlick Jenkins, age 89 of Puryear, died Mon. Oct. 12th at Benchmark Assisted Living Center.

Mrs. Jenkins worked and retired as Postmaster of the Puryear Post Office. She was a longtime member of North Fork Baptist Church. Mrs. Jenkins really enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to North Fork Baptist Church, Youth Fund.

Visitation will be 4-7pm Wednesday Oct. 14th and after 9am on Thurs. Oct. 15th at McEvoy Funeral home. Funeral will be on Thurs. Oct. 15th at 11am with burial to follow in the Puryear City Cemetery.

Nancy Melton

Nancy Jean Melton, age 59 of Paris, TN, passed away at her residence Tuesday October 6, 2015.

Funeral service 2:00PM Friday October 9, 2015 at McEvoy Funeral Home, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation 4:00 - 7:00PM Thursday and after 12:00 Noon Friday.

She was born in Chicago, IL to the late T.J. Hutson, Sr. and Emma J. Henderson Hutson.  On November 21, 1975 she married Donald "Donnie" Melton, he survives.

Survived by a daughter:  Deidre Marrs, Paris, TN; son: Derrick (Emily) Melton, Paris, TN; sisters: Lindall (Paul) Glisson, Como, TN, Melisia (Kenny) Lowe, Murray, KY; brother: James Ronald Hutson, Murray, KY; grandchildren: Taylor Charnock, Jessica Marrs, Ashley Melton, Lily Melton; step-grandchildren: Devin Boarland, Alexandra Rowe; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a great great nephew.

Preceded by a step-daughter: Christie Melton; brothers: Joe Hutson, Jr. and Bobby Hutson.

Nancy worked at Plumley/Dana/Nobel Automotive for more than 35 years.

Lucius Dehaven

Lucius Claude DeHaven, age 79, of Paris, Tenn., died Monday, October  5, 2015, at Legacy Healthcare in Puryear, Tenn.   

He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church. He formerly worked at Dana in Paris, TN and the  Vo-Tech School and the The Dairy in Alexandria, LA.    He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Rapides Parrish, LA and he enjoyed his Grand nephews and Grand nieces. 

Claude was born September 26, 1936 in Alexandria, LA to the late Norman Claude DeHaven and the late Eunice Cole DeHaven.

He is survived by his  One Sister,  Anita (Jim) Breeding of Paris, Tenn;  Niece, Kim (Daniel) Stephenson of Paris;  Nephews, Jimmy Breeding of Paris, TN, Byron (Nicole) Breeding of Suffolk, VA, Ronnie (Dana) Breeding of Oakland, TN;  And 3 Great Nieces and 3 Great Nephews.           

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 9 – 11 am Wednesday, October  7, 2015.    The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 am Wednesday, October  7, 2015. 

P.J. Scott will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Jim Breeding, Jimmy Breeding, Ronnie Breeding, and Daniel Stephenson.     

Interment will be at VanDyke Grove Cemetery in Paris, Tenn. 

Curtis Maddox

Curtis Bascom Maddox, age 94, of Olive Branch, Miss., went to be with the Lord Saturday, October  3, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. 

He was born January 18, 1921 in Weakley Co, TN to the late Bascom Maddox and the late Mattie Maddox.

He was married March 10, 1955 to Earline Patterson Maddox and she survives.

Curtis was a longtime member of the Paris Church of God of Prophecy, and was a member of Abundant Grace Ministries in Collierville, TN.   He retired after 34 years as inspector at Holley Carburetor Plant and formerly worked for Hot Shot Freight in Paris, TN.  He was also a WW II Army Veteran who served in Germany and France.

Along with his wife Earline, he is also survived by One Daughter, Vicki (David) Wier of Olive Branch, Miss;   One Son, Gary W. (Jill) Maddox of Hernando, Miss.;  Four Grandchildren, Joshua (Andrea) Maddox, Kayla (Danny) Mayfield, Courtney Wier, and Zack Wier;  Three Great Grandchildren,  Taylor Dawn Maddox, Levi Johnson Maddox, and  Maddox Leon Mayfield; and Several Nieces & Nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a Son, Charles Curtis Maddox;  Five Sisters, Pauline Medlock, Cecil Holden, Mirl Medlock, Lorine Hooper, and Bertha Freeman;  Four Brothers, Romey Maddox, Raymond Maddox, Quitman Maddox, Roy Maddox, and four other siblings in infancy.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, October  7, 2015.  The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Wednesday, October  7, 2015.

Robbie Wier and Hilton Austin will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Joshua Maddox, Zack Wier, Danny Mayfield, Allen Briggs, Blake Paschall, and Dennis Watts.

Interment will be at Olive Branch Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Tenn.

Lucylle Yeager

Lucylle Yeager, age 73 of Paris, died Sat. Oct. 3rd at her residence.

Visitation will be held Wed. October 7th at McEvoy Funeral Home from 5-7pm.

Darrell Rowlett

R. Darrell Rowlett, 69 of Springville, a former county educator died October 4, 2015, at his home after a four year battle with prostate cancer. Born September 29, 1946, he was the son of the late John and Learlye Lax Rowlett of Buchanan.

His funeral service will be held Friday October 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Buchanan United Methodist Church with Latricia Trull and David Alan Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday at Ridgeway Funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. and continue on Friday at the Church after 10 a.m. Mr. Rowlett’s grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.

Rowlett is survived by four daughters:  Shannon (Jay) Jones of Atlanta, Georgia; Kelly (Mark) Presgrave of Haymarket, Virginia; Mickie (Scott) Carter of Paris and Jessica (Justin) Belschner of Harlingen, Texas.  He also leaves ten grandchildren: Sam Jones, Porter, Canon & Marlee Presgrave, Cody & Zachary Casares, Thomas & Noelani Wilkerson, Carlie Carter and Emily Belschner.

He is also survived by two brothers: Dorris W. (Sandy) Rowlett of Buchanan; Morris C. (Marilyn) Rowlett of Indianapolis; and nieces and nephews.   A third brother, David is deceased.

A 1964 graduate of Buchanan High School, he earned a B.S. degree in Education from the University of TN at Martin and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Murray State University. From college, Rowlett began work as a teacher/basketball coach at Springville School in 1969 and later worked 2 years as the school's principal, before being promoted to principal of Henry County High School in the fall of 1977, where he served 3 years, before being appointed to the role of Assistant Commissioner in the TN Department of Education by Governor Lamar Alexander.
During college, he also became a writer/columnist whose primary beat was country music. For several years Rowlett's work regularly appeared in such publications as Inside TV, TV Movie Scene, Cinema Scene, and several newspapers. For one year he was country music editor of Hit Parader   Magazine.

In 1978, Rowlett was named Henry County's 'Educator of the Year' by the Jaycees and was given the organizations 'Distinguished Service Award ' the following year. Following a term in government, Rowlett became state-wide political director of the TN Republican Party and in 1981 assumed a like role in the late Congressman Robin Beards' unsuccessful attempt at a U.S.  Senate seat.

After working in state politics, he managed PBS TV stations in West TN, Washington D.C., Chicago, and South Texas Broadcast markets. For more than a decade he was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Rowlett will likely be best remembered for writing and producing programs and series that were distributed  via  satellite to PBS  affiliates  around  the  nation, including:  "Discover  Mexico", "A Taste  of  Mexico", "Belize:  The  Caribbean  Frontier", and  "Mysterious  Melungeons".

Rowlett enjoyed researching genealogy, fishing, playing golf, and watching TN Lady Vols’ basketball.

Donald Berry

Donald "Don" Ray Berry, age 71 of Puryear, died Thurs. Oct. 1 at his residence.

Memorial visitation will be 5-7pm Tuesday Oct. 6th at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Sharon James

Sharon Kay James, age 58 of Paris, TN, passed away Saturday October 3, 2015 at her residence.

Funeral service 12:00PM Tuesday October 6, 2015 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Smith of Church of God of Prophecy officiating, burial to follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation 10:00AM until service time.

Named as pallbearers are Dean Lemonds, Ronnie Williams, David French, Rod James, Russ James and Scott Rice.

She was born May 17, 1957 in Benton County, TN to the late Rye French and Willie Mae Allen, survives, Paris, TN.  On September 1, 1979 she married Kenneth Ray James, he survives Paris, TN.

Survived by sisters: Mary Merrell, Big Sandy, TN, Sue (Carlton) Brewer, Paris, TN, Martha Lemonds, Paris, TN, Linda (Richard) Cantrell, Paris, TN; brother: Jerry (Wanda) French, Paris, TN; nine nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Preceded by a sister: Jean Williams.

Mrs. James was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.  She worked at Henry County Medical Center for over 30 years, was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her husband.

Memorials may be made to:  American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge-Nashville, 2008 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

Frances Lee Riggs Starling

Frances Lee Riggs Starling, age 92, of Gleason, Tenn., died Friday, October  2, 2015, at Jackson Madison Co. Gen. Hosp. in Jackson, Tenn.

Frances married Dorcie Cleveland Starling in 1936 and he preceded in death March 31, 1971.   

She was a member of Tumbling Creek Baptist Church near Gleason.  She worked at Dairy Queen in McKenzie for over 30 years.  She also owned Fruit Stands for several years in Paris, Camden and Murray and formerly worked at Salant and Salant in Union City.  Frances was a talented Pianist and taught piano for many years.   She enjoyed quilting, painting, cooking and flying.

She was born November 16, 1922 in Springville, TN to the late Ira Riggs and the late Una Graham Riggs.

She is survived by her  Two Daughters,  Dorsie Lee (Dorris) Allen of Pilot Oak, Ky,  Pat Salmon of Gleason, Tenn;  Two Sons,  Norman "Drag" (Martha) Starling of Gleason, Tenn,  John Starling of Gleason, Tenn;  Grandchildren,  Dean Davis and Special Friend Lisa Haggard,  Dawn Salmon, Johnny (Christie) Salmon,  Bo Salmon, Randall (Annette) Allen, and Lori Ann Starling;  Great Grandchildren,  David (Summer) Davis, Caitlyn Salmon,  Ashton Salmon, Kyleigh Salmon, Jennifer Allen,  and Amanda Allen;  Great Great Grandchildren,  Nevaeh Davis, and Wyatt Salmon;  and Cousin,  Wayne (Nancy) Graham.

Frances was also preceded in death by a Sister,  Dottie Riggs.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St.  Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Monday, October  5, 2015 and from 10 am – 1 pm Tuesday, October  6, 2015.    The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 pm Tuesday, October  6, 2015.

Floyd "Lammie" Lammersfeld will officiate.    Pallbearers will be Dean Davis,  Johnny Salmon, Randall Allen,  David Davis,  Ashton Salmon,   Nick Stewart,  Troy Poff, and  Rubin Poff.

Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris, Tenn.

Logan Warren Dodd

Logan Warren Dodd, age 75, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Thursday, October  1, 2015, at  His residence in Buchanan, Tenn.

He was married to Gayle Howard Dodd January 25, 1964 and she survives. 
Logan was a member of East Wood Church of Christ where he was a former deacon and teacher.  He retired as a Conductor from L & N and CSX Railroad Companies.  He enjoyed flying and woodworking.

He was born in Murray, KY June 8, 1940 to  the the late Albert Dodd and the late Matre Grubbs Dodd.

Besides his wife Gayle, he is survived by his two sons: Logan Warren (Lisa) Dodd II of Paris, Tenn., and Levi Wayne (Amy) Dodd of Paris, Tenn; one sister Lonnie Faye Mitchell of Buchanan, Tenn; two brothers,  Danny G. (Dinah) Dodd of Buchanan, Tenn., and Donnie Lee (Leisa) Dodd of Buchanan, Tenn.; four grandchildren, David Logan Dodd, Grant Mason Dodd, Dalton Cole Dodd and Lauren Brooke Dodd.

He was also preceded in death by his two brothers: Albert E. Dodd and Richard Darren Dodd.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday October 2, 2015. Visitation will continue at East Wood Church of Christ on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11a.m. – 1 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at East Wood Church of Christ at 1:00p.m.  Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Victor Eskew and John Dale will officiate. Pallbearers will be Wes Knee, Bill DeWees, Jerry Bomar, Russell Hehemann, Aaron Hutson, Gerald Howard, Bud Mangrum, and Craig Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the 4 grandchildren, J. Van Thompson, and the Deacons and Elders at East Wood Church of Christ. 
Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Buchanan, Tenn. 

Memorials may be made to: East Wood Church of Christ, 800 East Wood St.,  Paris, TN 38242, or   Henry Co. Relay for Life, P.O. Box 1505, Paris, TN 38242. 

Gordon Browning Taylor

Gordon Browning Taylor, age 78, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Friday, October  2, 2015, at Murray Calloway Co. Hospital in Murray, Ky. 

He was married July 19, 1958 to Joyce Waller Taylor and she survives.

Gordon served 32 years as Principal for the Henry Co. School System at Buchanan School.  He taught and coached at Buchanan before becoming principal.  He later served as the Athletic Director for Henry Co. Middle Schools. Gordon served in education field for a total of 58 years. He was a member and Deacon at Point Pleasant Baptist Church and was an avid fisherman and former fishing guide and former marshal at Paris Landing Golf Course. He was a Past Master of Buchanan Masonic Lodge #772. He was an outstanding Basketball Player at Springville and Trezevant schools and Bethel College. He once scored 80 points in a Trezevant win over Puryear. Gordon coached the Buchanan Girls to a 3rd place finish in the State in 1959. He was Inducted into the Henry Co., Carroll Co., and Bethel Hall of Fames. He was also a former Henry Co. Commissioner, servings 2 terms.

Gordon was born November 18, 1936 in Adamsville, TN to the late Asa M. Taylor and the late Ethel Roberts Taylor.

Besides his wife Joyce, he is also survived by his  Two Daughters,  Sheri Bragg of Buchanan, Tenn,  Debbie (Dwayne) Barrow of Paris, Tenn;  One Brother,  Paul (Phyllis) Taylor of Memphis, Tenn;  One Half-Sister,  Nancy Johnsey of Jackson, TN;  Four Grandchildren, Jeremy Bragg, Craig Barrow, Whitney (Brad) Gates, and Kane Barrow;  One Great Grandchild, Maddisyn Gates; and several Nephews.        

Besides his parents, Gordon was also preceded in death by a Sister, Lillian Taylor; and a Half-Sister, Mary Sue Williams. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Saturday, October  3, 2015.  Visitation will continue at Point Pleasant Baptist Church from 1 – 2 pm Sunday, October  4, 2015.    The Funeral Service will be at Point Pleasant Baptist Church at 2:00 pm Sunday, October  4, 2015.

Larry Dukes will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Charlie Cate, Fred Patterson, Hughlett King, David Alan Jackson, Jack King, Don Wyatt, Adam Gursoy, and Marty Visser.     Named as Honorary Pallbearers are  Belinda Coats, Frank and Jolene Howell, JoPaul and Joyce Jones, Gary and Barbara Smith and Art and Connie Highland. 

Interment will be at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Buchanan, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to Point Pleasant Baptist Church, 13700 Hwy 79 North, Buchanan, TN  38222.

Richard Kendall

Richard Lee Kendall, age 72 of Red Boiling Springs, died Sun. Sept. 27th in Red Boiling Springs.

Visitation will be 10am Sat. Oct. 3rd with Memorial Service at 11am at McEvoy Funeral home and with repass to follow services at Progressive Baptist Church.

Mr. Kendall was a 1960 graduate of Central High School and a 1964 graduate of Tennessee State University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 and served his country in Germany. After completing his tour of duty Richard returned to the U.S. and worked as a civilian auditor for the government in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the former Rison Street Church of Christ and ministered under the leadership and guidance of evangelist Nathaniel Braden former minister of the Sparks Street Church of Christ.

Barney Knight

Barney T. Knight, age 93 of Paris, died Sunday Sept. 27th at Paris Healthcare and Rehab.

Visitation will be 2-7pm Wed. Sept. 30th and after 10am Thurs. Oct. 1 at McEvoy Funeral home with funeral service at 11am Thurs.

Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery.

Barney served in the Army during WWII. He was active in the local VFW and a member of Buchanan Methodist Church.

Ruby Gargus

Ruby Gargus, age 91 of Paris, died Sunday Sept. 27th at Paris Healthcare and Rehab.

She was a Baptist by faith and worked and retired from Plumley Rubber Company of Paris.

Her body is to be cremtated and a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Margaret Bevill

Margaret Bevill, age 88 of Paris died Wednesday Sept. 23rd at the Paris Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be 11am to 2pm Sunday September 27th at McEvoy Funeral home. Service will be at 2:30 at Maplewood Cemetery.

Mary Sue Looney

Mary Sue Thompson Looney, age 100, just one month shy of her 101st birthday, passed away peacefully at her residence in Paris early Monday morning September 21, 2015.

Funeral service 11:00AM Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. John Dale and Bro. Randy Stephens officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Named as pallbearers are Mark Looney, Winston Richter, Tony Swafford, Tyler Swafford, Travis Swafford, Thomas Swafford, and Rob Touchstone.

Visitation 3:00 - 8:00PM Thursday and after 9:00AM Friday. 

She was born in Henry County, TN to the late Edmond Lewis and Carrie Kendall Thompson. On December 8, 1934 she married William C. Looney, he preceded November 30, 1978.

Survived by a daughter: Suzanne Looney (Winston) Richter, Springville, TN; son: William T. (Ann) Looney, Paris, TN; brother: Robert Kendall "Bobby" (Vera) Thompson, Palmetto, FL; grandchildren: Mark (Stephanie) Looney, Tara (Tony) Swafford, Aimee (Rob) Touchstone; great-grandchildren: Taylor Looney, Tyler, Thomas and Travis Swafford, Anna, John Mark and Mary Ann Touchstone; first cousins: Annie Thompson Wilson, Lottie Lee Thompson Hays, Frances Jordan Moore, Bob Swayne; nieces and nephews: Jane (Johnny)  Gibson, Tommy (Kathy)  Thompson, David (Aleda)  Rickelton, John (Susan)  Rickelton, Karen (Steve)  Dargan and Patsy Thompson;  caregivers; Ernestine Perry, Clara Coleman, Ann Johnson, Jessica Edwards and Dorothy White.

Preceded by a sister: Virginia Thompson Rickelton; a brother: Edward "Tickle" Thompson and a nephew: Franklyn Thompson.

 Mrs. Looney was committed to her family, her community, her church, and her business. She loved all her family and helped them in any way she could. Nothing pleased her more than filling her house with Kendalls, Thompsons, and Looneys.

As long as she was able, she participated in Quota Club, Blossom Way Garden Club, and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She supported the Heritage Center, Lee Academy for the Arts, the Library and the Arts Council and was always at civic club fundraisers. For many years, she was the patron for the annual Artists Show Case, which was dedicated to her in 2000. She loved her Friday afternoon bridge games with her special friends.

Miss Mary Sue believed in her community, especially downtown. Into her 90s, she walked downtown every day to the bank and post office and greeted everyone she saw with her smile.

Miss Mary Sue was a life-time member of the Church of Christ—at Sulphur Well, Ruff Street, and then East Wood. She was there when the doors opened and she taught the Bible to many generations of children in Sunday School. She also actively participated in charitable efforts through her church.

After the death of her husband Bill Looney when he was 64, Miss Mary Sue began full time work at McEvoy Funeral Home. She was always there to help families and to greet visitors. She was especially proud of the history of the funeral home, as celebrated on its 100th birthday in 2001.

Even though Miss Mary Sue has been confined to her home, she was still a life force. Everyone knew she was there and now a void remains. She will be missed.

Memorials may be made to Lee Academy for the Arts, P.O. Box 667, Paris, TN 38242

Frances Blackwell

Frances Emily Parker Blackwell, age 76, of Paris, passed away Friday September 18, 2015 a Henry County Healthcare Center.

A Memorial Service is planned at the Vandyke Church of Christ Cemetery on October 17, 2015, 10:30AM.

She was born December 29, 1938 in Henry County, TN to the late Elgin Isaac and Mattie Emily Davis Parker. On October 27, 1977 she married Robert Jackson Blackwell, he preceded April 13, 2008.

Survived by a daughter: Pamela Kay Snyder, FL; sons: Phillip Alan Baucum, Paris, TN, Thomas Earl Baucum, FL, Clifford Elgin Baucum, FL; sisters: Sue Dell Hubbard, Paris, TN, Elgenia Sliger, Paris, TN; brothers: Larry Elgin Parker, FL, Jesse Darden "J.D." Parker, Paris, TN, Paul Henry Parker, Camden, TN and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Preceded by a sister: Mary Lou Atchison and a brother: Thomas Joseph Parker.

Mrs. Blackwell was a homemaker and a Christian by faith.


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