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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries
 

 


Ruby Davenport

Ruby Clark Davenport, age 94, of Paris, Tenn., died Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Camden Healthcare and  Rehab Center in Camden, Tenn.

She was married April 6, 1938 to James Davenport he preceded in death August 16, 1973.

Ruby was a member of Fairview Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher and nursery worker and very active in the church for many years.    She formerly owned and operated the City Cafe in mid 1960's and formerly worked at the Dairy Queen and Plumley Rubber Co. in Paris, TN.

She was born February 10, 1920 in Cottage Grove, TN to the late Eugene Sam Clark and the late Beulah McLeod Clark.

She is survived by her  One Daughter,   Mary (Tommy) Bonds of Camden, Tenn;  One Son,  James R. (Debra) Davenport of Big Sandy, Tenn;  One Sister,  Helen Marie Newsome of Puryear, Tenn;  16 Grandchildren;  39 Great Grandchildren;  31 Great-Great Grandchildren; and 2 Great-Great-Great Grandchildren.

Besides her husband and parents, Ruby was also preceded in death by a Daughter, Sandra P. McDaniel; Daughter-in-law, Waltraud Davenport;  Sisters,  Martha Lucille Wimberly,  Lillian Dale Bratton,  Betty Sue Crews,   and Mae Sawyers;  Brothers,  Sterling McLeod Clark,  Eugene Marion Clark,  Will Preston Clark,  Robert Sam Clark,  Charles Mitchell Clark,  John Hubert Clark,  Herbert Porter Clark,  and Lester Thomas Clark. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn. where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Friday, January 30, 2015 and after 12 pm until the service Saturday, January 31, 2015.     The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:30 pm Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Billy Ross will officiate.  Pallbearers will be Geoffrey Newport, Tracey Newport, James Drinkard, Joshua Leaver, Austin Davenport, Kyle Bratton, Matthew Robertson, and Nathan Robertson.

Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.


Michael Beecham

Michael Beecham, age 35, of Dyersburg, Tenn, formerly of Paris, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015  in Memphis, TN.

He was married Feb. 8, 2009 to April Nance Beecham, and she survives.    He enjoyed camping, being outdoors, and collecting odds & ends.

Michael was born in Paris, TN January 31, 1979 to his father, Billy Beecham of Paris, TN and Mother, Anita Arnold Beecham Starnes of Paris, TN.

Besides his wife and parents, He is also survived by Son, Joshua Beecham of Dyersburg, Tenn,  Daughter,   Kelsey Beecham of Paris, Tenn;  Sons,  Christopher Beecham of Paris, Tenn,   Ryan Beecham of Paris, Tenn;  One Brother,  Brian (Stephanie) Beecham of Paris, Tenn; In-laws, Linda Gibbons of Paris, TN and Jerry (Tami) Nance of Paris, TN;   and  Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn.

Michael was an organ donor and the body was cremated in Memphis.

The Memorial Visitation will be after 12:30 pm Saturday, January 31, 2015 with the Memorial Service at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 pm Saturday, January 31, 2015 . 


Cindy Milliken

Cynthia Marie “Cindy” Milliken, age 47, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at her residence in Paris, Tenn. 

She was married July 22, 1989 to James Darrell Milliken and he survives.

Cindy was a sitter with the elderly and she enjoyed reading and watching T.V.

She was born December 14, 1967 in Chicago, IL to Parents Lloyd Clifton “Cliff” and Mary N. Walker Loines of Paris, TN. 

Besides her husband and parents, Cindy is survived by her Two Daughters,  Autumn (Andrew) Gallimore of Henry, Tenn,  Megan Milliken of Paris, Tenn;  One Sister,  Kim (Scott) Collyer of Paris, Tenn;  One Brother,  Jeff (Pat) Loines of Paris, Tenn;  One Grandchild, Brennen Milliken;  and several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews. 

Cindy was preceded in death by a Grandchild, Harmony Jo Gallimore.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. - P.O. Box 788, Paris, Tenn.

She is to be cremated with a Memorial Service at a later date.


Sarah Inman

Funeral service 2:00PM Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Rob Martin, First United Methodist Church officiating, burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Rickey Searcy, Bo Griffey, Bob Stutzman, Bill Jelks, John Conger and Bob Leach. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Walter P. Griffey, Charles McMillan, Caldwell "Red" Boden and the Grove High School Class of 1944.

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

She was born in Fulton, KY to the late Ira Willie Lankford Seay. On June 25, 1949 she married Walter Griffey Inman, Sr., he preceded March 10, 2008.

Survived by a daughter: Ann Inman (Donny) Plunk, Bartlett; sons: Walter G. (Barbara) Inman, Jr., Odessa, FL, Paul Douglas (Debbie) Inman, Greensboro, NC; grandchildren: Jim (Jodi) Plunk, Liz Plunk Gower, Clayton Inman, Jacob Inman; great-grandchildren: Ellie Plunk, Charlotte Plunk, Oliver Plunk, Sarah Gower and numerous nieces, nephew and cousins.

Preceded by a sister: Ann Douglas Briglia.

Mrs. Inman was a graduate of Grove High School class of 1944, UT Knoxville Class of 1948 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economic. She was a bookkeeper at The Paris Post Intelligence and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Paris where she was a member of the women’s Bible class. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her for her love of family, her marvelous cooking, and her enjoyment of her flowers, her birds and her yard. Proverbs 31: 30, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears The Lord is to be praised.”

Memorials may be made to: Henry County Medical Center Hospice, 311 E. Wood St., Paris, TN 38242; First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Paris, TN 38242; and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908


Jeannette Lindsey

Sara Jeannette Parker Lindsey, age 72 of Mansfield died at her resident on January 25th.

She was a member of the Henry Church of Christ and was a teacher in the Henry County School System for 37 years. She was a member of the TEA, Henry County Educators Association where she served many times on the negotiating committee.

Visitation will be 4-8pm Tuesday Jan. 27th at McEvoy Funeral Home and after 11am Wed. Jan. 28th until service time at 1pm Wed. Burial will follow at VanDyke Church of Christ Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road South West, Liburn, GA 30047.

Jean Wooden

Graveside service 10:00AM Sunday at Poplar Grove Cemetery with Jeff Dick of The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by her mother: Virginia Ann Fitch Barksdale, Nashville; son: Daniel Wooden, Nashville; brothers: Vernon Barksdale, White House, Dan Barksdale, Smyrna and Fred Barksdale, Smyrna.

Preceded by her father: Vernon D. Barksdale and a sister: Kerri Slayman, June 8, 2010.


Della Nanney

Funeral service 11:00AM Tuesday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Stairs, Shady Grove Baptist Church and Bro. Jimmy Allison, former pastor officiating, burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Monday and after 9:00AM Tuesday until service time.

She was born in Henry County to the late John Q. and Bessie Irene Provo Parker. On December 24, 1941 she married Tilman Jeffrey Nanney, he preceded March 1961.

Survived by daughters: Patricia (Lonnie) Matheny, Paris, Keron (Wayne) Shimkus, Leland, MS; son: Wayne (Margie) Nanney, Paris; daughter-in-law: Barbara Nanney, Memphis; sisters: Laura Beeson, Louisville, KY, Rozelle Wright, Hollow Rock; brothers: Frank (Ruth) Parker, Paris, Walton (Shirley) Parker, Casper, WY; grandchildren: eleven; great-grandchildren: twelve; step great great-grandchildren: seven.

Preceded by sons: David Jeffrey Nanney, at birth in 1961, Dr. Ben J. Nanney, four sisters and three brothers.

Mrs. Nanney was a graduate of Springville High School. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church for over 70 years where she was the oldest attending member. She formerly worked at Salant & Salant Co. of Paris and at Holley Carburetor until it’s closing. Della is also survived by  a granddaughter and special caregiver: Sharon (Scott) Dominguez of Paris, TN.

Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Mary Ruth Perry

Mary Ruth Hurt Perry died Sunday, Jan. 25 at Paris Healthcare after a long illness.

She was born November 19, 1916 in Paris, TN, the Daughter of the late Walter and Nellie Bishop Hurt.

On March 27, 1938 she married William Baxter Perry, her childhood sweetheart, next door neighbor and  the love of her life. They were married almost 75 years when Baxter died January 9,  2013.

Mary Ruth loved genealogy, made beautiful quilts for all the children and grandchildren, and wrote lovely poetry. But above all she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by children:   William (Gail) Perry of Soddy-Daisy, TN,  Charles (Jane) Perry of Paris,  Emily (Preston) Duke of Collierville, TN,   Elaine Murphy of Grapevine, TX,   Susan (David) Stubblefield of Paris,   Nancy McAlexander of Cedar Grove, TN;   Grandchildren: Teresa Perry Cook, Will Perry, Beth Perry Brewer, Jennifer Perry Cardwell, John Perry,  Matt Duke, John Murphy, Kate Murphy Jarvis, Brian Stubblefield, Ben Potts and Josh Potts, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mary Ruth was preceded in death by brothers and sister: Paul Hurt, Hugh Hurt, Bishop Hurt, Gilbert Hurt, David Hurt, and Elizabeth Hurt Parrish.

The Funeral Service will be Graveside at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris on Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm.   Dr. Trent Bullock will officiate,

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to:  Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd.   S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047  lbda.org       or       Epilepsy Foundation, 2002 Richard Jones Rd.,  Nashville, TN 37215   epilepsytn.org   . 

Alma Tharpe

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Former Paris resident and Midland Ross retiree Alma Tharpe, 84, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at her residence at the Belmont at Twin Creeks in Allen, Texas.

A celebration of life and homegoing service is scheduled at noon Saturday at Sparks St. Church of Christ, 109 Sparks St., Paris. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Funeral Home, 215 Wynn Street, Paris. Alma was born June 6, 1930 in Mansfield to the late Willie Elmus and Lucinda Hagler Perry.

She was married to the late Joseph Mayo, Frederick Atkinson and the late William Tharpe.

Alma was a 1949 graduate of Central High School. She has been a member of the Church of Christ since 1955.

She was an active member of the Michigan Ave. Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, Sparks Street and East Wood Street Churches of Christ in Paris and Greenville Ave and Ave F Street in Dallas. She was a Bible school teacher and was known for her personal encouragement ministry both for her family and church family. She cared for the sick, the elderly and the imprisoned, sharing the word of God to whomever she met. She especially loved gardening.

She is survived by five children: Glynda Carol Mayo Hall of Centreville, Va.; Joseph (Osuil) Mayo of Troy, Mich.; Will (Valerie) Mayo of Plano, Texas; Dennis (Ursel) Mayo of Shelby Township, Mich.; and Nikki Atkinson (Everette) Travis of Allen, Texas.

Three sisters: Wilma Dunlap of Paris; Georgia Juniper of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Rudelle Ransome of Hyattsville, Md.;

Eight stepchildren, 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Tharpe was preceded in death by a brother: Dunbar Perry; three sisters: Dorothy Miles, Kathryn Teague, and Volena Jefferson; and a granddaughter: Moneeka Mayo VanderGeld. The family welcomes memorial and messages in their online guestbook at: www.terrellbroadyfuneralhome.com

Jerry Redden

Jerry Dale Redden, age 56, of Paris, Tenn., died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at his Residence in Paris, Tenn. 

Jerry and Pam Swatzell were together for 26 years.    He formerly worked at Holley Carburetor Plant.    He was a self-employed small engine repairman and and avid TN Volunteer fan.

He was the son of the late J. D. Redden and Shirley Redden of Paris, TN.

Besides Pam Swatzell and his mother Shirley, he is also survived by his One Brother,  Danny (Mary) Redden of McKenzie, Tenn;  and Pam’s Children and Grandchildren.          

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St.,, Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Friday, January 23, 2015 and after 11:00 am Saturday, January 24, 2015.  The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Cliff Evans will officiate. 

Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.


Evadean Hudgins

Mary Evadean Hudgins, age 84, of Paris, Tenn., died Monday, January 19, 2015, at Paris Healthcare & Rehab Center in Paris, Tenn. 

She was married July 20, 1946 to Milton Ollie Hudgins and he preceded in death October 22, 1993.

She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and the V.F.W. Auxillary. Evadean formerly worked at Salant & Salant Co. and was a seamstress in her home for the public.    She also loved baking and cooking.

Evadean was born November 5, 1930 in Henry, TN to the late LeAnder Hogan Simmons and the late Ora Lee Ellis Simmons.

She is survived by her  One Daughter,  Lorrie Hudgins of Paris, Tenn;  Three Sons,  James Milton (Charlotte) Hudgins of Paris, Tenn,  Larry Dale (Janice) Hudgins of Paris, Tenn,  Timotny Lee (Gina) Hudgins of Paris, Tenn;  9 Grandchildren;  15 Great Grandchildren;  1 Great-Great Grandchild and Several Nieces & Nephews.

Evadean was also preceded in death by her Step Mother,  Rue Simmons;  Sisters,  Dathel Simmons & Dorothy Bomar;  Brother,  George Simmons; and Great Grandchild,  Nathan Paul Hudgins.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and after 9 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

John Smith of Fairview Baptist Church will officiate.    Pallbearers will be Richard Hudgins, Andrew Garrigus,  J.T. Hudgins,  Ronnie Conger,  Jeremiah Cole, Jamie Hudgins,  and Alex Dowdy.

Interment will be at Bevil Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

Ruth Ann Back

Ruth Ann Back, age 91, of Springville, Tenn., died Monday, January 19, 2015, at her residence in Springville, Tenn. 

She was married in June of 1946 to George Anton Back he preceded in death. She enjoyed traveling and enjoyed life.

Ruth was born November 14, 1923 in Bentonville, AR to the late James Jefferson and the late Vivian Davis Jefferson.

She is survived by her  One Son,  Dale Anton Back of Springville, Tenn;  Two Grandchildren, Jeff (Shelly) Back of Springville, TN,  John (Maureen) Back of Cedar Grove, TN;  Great Grandchildren-Justin Back, Baileigh Back, and O'Reilly Back.

Ruth was also preceded in death by a Son, Stan Back;  and 7 Brothers and Sisters.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St. Paris, Tenn., where the Memorial Visitation will be from 11 am – 1 pm Thursday, January 22, 2015.    The Memorial Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Thursday, January 22, 2015.

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

 

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