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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



Lemeul Muzzall

Lemuel Muzzall, age 83, of Paris, Tenn., died Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Paris Henry County Clinic in Paris, Tenn. 


Lemuel formerly worked in maintenance at the Clippard Plant, Ellis Heating Co. and the Paris Henry County Clinic.  He was a member of First Baptist Church where he belonged to the Friendship Sunday school class and was a former deacon.  He was also a member of the Paris Masonic Lodge #108 where he was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, Knights Templar and a member of the Eastern Star.  He enjoyed mowing and working on the family farm in Mansfield.


He was born May 9, 1932 in Mansfield, TN to the late James Maurice Muzzall and the late Mable Norwood Muzzall.  He married Barbara Smith Muzzall June 19, 1954, and she survives.


He is also survived by his one Daughter,  Sonia (Mark) Tighe of Tampa, Fla;  one Son,  Jim  (Margarita) Muzzall of Arlington, Va;  one Sister,  Judy (Mike) Garner of Paris, Tenn;  four Grandchildren, Sean Tighe, Ashley Tighe, Rafael Muzzall, and Fiorella Muzzall.


Besides his Parents, he was also preceded in death by Sisters, Margaret Jean Muzzall and Patsy Muzzall.


Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016 and from 1 – 2 pm Thursday, February 11, 2016.  The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 pm Thursday, February 11, 2016. 


Dr. Trent Bullock will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Chris Caldwell, Bruce Hooper, Russ Wimberley, Grant Norwood, Colton Wimberley, and Sean Tighe.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Gordon Owen, The Masons and members of the Friendship Sunday School Class. 


Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.


Memorials may be made to:  Friendship Sunday School Class, c/o First Baptist Church, 313 North Poplar St.,  Paris, TN  38242.

Marion Phifer

Marion Steele Phifer, age 85, of Paris, Tenn., died Monday, February 8, 2016, at Plumley Rehab Center in Paris, Tenn. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hazen, AR and attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Paris, TN.    She was the former Owner and Operator of Don's Food Store with her husband in Hazen, Arkansas and she also taught 4th grade in the Hazen Arkansas School District.   She was active in the Ladies Auxiliary with the Hazen, AR Fire Department.  She was very involved in church work all of her life and had volunteered at Tommorrow's Hope in Paris.    She loved to fish, was an avid sports watcher, and loved the St. Louis Cardinals.  She also loved gardening and canning.

She was born December 13, 1930 in Baldwyn, MS to the late Loyce Steele and the late Mildred Bryson Steele.  She was married May 20, 1955 to Donald T. Phifer he preceded in death May 27, 1998.

She is survived by her one Daughter,  Karen & Bro. Larry Dukes of Paris, Tenn;  one Son,  Kevin Steele Phifer of Hampton, Ark;  two Sisters,  Marie Boone of Baldwyn, Miss, and Ruby (Leon) Wigginton of West Memphis, Ark;  one Sister-in-law, Nadine Steele of Baldwyn, MS;  Grandson,  Lance (Christy) Dukes of Huntingdon, TN;  Special Granddaughter, Kate Sherard of Paris, TN;  and Great Grandchildren, Gavin Robbins, Haley Robbins, and Levi Dukes. 

Besides her Husband and Parents, she was also preceded in death by a Sister, Frances Wages;  Brother, Maxie Steele; and Granddaughter, Tori LaDonna Dukes.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Tuesday, February  9, 2016. 

Additional visitation will be in Hazen, AR from 11 am – 1 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016  at Westbrook Funeral Home with the Funeral Service at 1:00 pm with Bro.  Larry Dukes and Lance Dukes officiating. 

Interment will be at Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Ark.

Memorials may be made to:  Tori Dukes Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Merchant and Farmers Bank, PO Box 700,  Holly Springs, MS  38635.  

Albert Walker

Albert completed his project called "life" on February 6, 2016 at 11:52 a.m. in his home at Morningside, Paris, TN.

Al was a retired management executive for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors of Philadelphia, PA where he held a position from 1967 until retirement in 1987. Prior to this position, he worked with the Power Production division of Tennessee Valley Authority for fifteen years.

Born in Henry County November 2, 1926, he was the son of the late Albert B. Walker & Mary Butler Walker. He married the love of his life, Mary Alean Bowden on January 31,1949. Mary pre-deceased Albert in 2011, leaving a lifetime of shared travel, memories & eternal love for Al to cherish.

Al is survived by his son, Bradford R. Walker of Bandera, TX and daughter, Cynthia (Cindi) Walker of Houston, TX. In addition he leaves behind his son-in-law, Michael Morrison, granddaughter Alyssa Walker Morrison both of Houston, TX and his cherished Granddaughter Abigail Walker Ferguson (Jason) and great-grandsons, Colin and Dylan Ferguson of Austin, TX. As well as, his exceptional Grandog, Angel ?

Al was a member of the First Christian Church in Paris. And he served as Chairman of the Memphis branch of S.C.O.R.E.( Service Corps of Retired Executives), where he organized and instituted a local branch of Henry County SCORE. As a member of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Board of Directors, executive committee and committee assignments. His highly active years also included memberships in the Elks Club, Paris Country Club, Rotary Club, Lions, VFW, Antique Automobile Club of America, Paris-Henry County Arts Council, Robert E. Lee School Association, Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, and the Henry County Republican Party. He served two years as Chairman of the Henry County Republican Party( 1990-1992).

A graduate of E.W. Grove High School class of 1944, he served one year in the Tennessee State Guard during his Junior & Senior years of high school. Al attended Murray State University after discharge, from the U.S. Navy. During World War II he served in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Bingham APA 225 (1944-1946)

During his career, and while residing in Pennsylvania, Albert served as a deacon in two churches, as well as being a Boy Scout Master and Councilman for five years with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a also a member of the American Nuclear Society while living in Philadelphia.

During the 15 years he was employed with Tennessee Valley Authority, he was selected for the initial education program for nuclear power production. After the completion of ORSORT (Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology), he was assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission, now called NRC, in Oak Ridge, TN, as well as the Hanford Atomic Facility in Hanford, WA. He was one of the first licensed and certified nuclear reactor operators in the United States. After five years with A.E.C., he returned to the T.V.A. Power Production Division and taught classes at two T.V.A. power stations in Kentucky.

In 1967, Mr. Walker joined United Engineers & Constructors, Inc., presently Raytheon Corporation, in Philadelphia as a test engineer. After two years as an engineer, he was promoted to a management position. From there, his positions changed swiftly, and he served as Construction Manager, Project Manager, and Manager of Latin American Operations. He served two years in Jedda, Saudi Arabia as Middle-East Project Manager. He retired in 1987 from the position of Department Manager of Operating Plant Services in Philadelphia.

Al returned to his hometown of Paris where he served the community in as many ways as possible, until his health precluded his active engagement . In doing so, Al developed deep connections with the community and people of Paris. His reputation as a highly respected" gentleman" was shared by so many.

The family would like to express sincere & loving gratitude to the people who assisted Al during the end of life care: Ken and Jackie Alexander, Valerie & Dick Bates, the staff of HCMC 2 South,Hospice Care of HCMC, Kim Russell and all the loving staff of Morningside who adored "Mr. Al".He will be missed .

Memorial services honoring Al will be held on Wednesday, February 10th,  11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Paris, TN, with a reception to follow on location.

We request that memorials be made to the charity of your choice OR to First Christian Church, 101 S. Poplar St.,  Paris, TN 38242 , in Al's honor.


Hershel Cook

Hershel J. Cook, age 97 of Paris, TN, passed away Saturday February 6, 2016 at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.

Funeral service 12:00Noon at Sulphur Well Church of Christ with Bro. Randy Stephens officiating.  Burial will be at Memorial Gardens in Memphis, TN.

Visitation 10:00AM until service time Wednesday at Sulphur Well Church of Christ.

He was born January 29, 1919  in Hornersville, MO to the late Archie and Lenora Ezell Cook.  On November 16, 1973 he married Norma Alexander Cook, she survives in Paris.

Survived by a daughter; Carol Ford, Memphis, TN; grandchildren: Karen Thompson, Christie McVay, Kevin Ford; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.

Preceded by a sister: Doris Mann; brothers: Earl Cook, Leo Cook and Archie Cook, Jr.

Mr. Cook was a member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ.  He was a WWII Veteran serving eight years in the Air Corp (Far East Air Service Command).

Norma Boyd Bradsher Clayton

Mrs. Norma Clayon,age 96 of Paris died Friday at Henry County Medical Center. No services are scheduled at this time.

James Frederick Ellison
April 21, 1955 ~ February 3, 2016 (age 60)

James Frederick Ellison, age 60, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Baptist Health Paducah in Paducah, Ky.

James attended Mt. Zion Church of Christ. He graduated from Murray State University in 1979 and was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam War. He was a Retired Federal Law Enforcement officer for the U.S. Government. He loved God, his family and America.

He was born April 21, 1955 in Chicago, IL to the late Robert Leslie Ellison and Marie Lamb Ellison who lives in Cottage Grove, TN. He was married June 21, 1986 to Katharine Murphy Ellison and she survives.

Besides his Wife and Mother, he is also survived by his one Daughter, Elizabeth "Liz" Ellison of Lexington, Ky; two Sons, Richard "Rick" Ellison of Murray, Ky, and Robert "Rob" Ellison of Texas; two Sisters, Luann (Bill) DeWees of Springville, Tenn, and Laura (Jimmy) Wynn of Cottage Grove, Tenn; and one Sister-in-law, Carol Ellison of Buchanan, TN.

Besides his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ellison, Jr.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016 with the Funeral Service at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Tom Sisco will officiate.

Interment with Military Honors will be at 11:00 am Thursday February 11, 2016 at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to: Tennessee Children’s Home, P.O. Box 10804, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

Wyota Sue King

(September 3, 1937 - February 4, 2016)

Wyota Sue King, age 78 of Cottage Grove, TN passed away at her residence on Thursday, February 4, 2016. No services are scheduled at this time.
Memorials may be made to: Caris Hospice, 5120 Telecom Drive, Suite B, Milan, TN 38358


Bobbie Guthrie Kuhn

Bobbie Guthrie Kuhn,
77 of Matteson, Illnois
died Thursday January
21st, 2016. Her body was
cremated. A memorial
service will be announced
at a later date to be held
in Paris.
Born in Henry Co., Bobby
Jean was the daughter of
the late William Penn and
Eva Bertha Guthrie. She
was preceded by brother
Billy Guthrie and sister
Sue McLain.
She is survived by her husband John Kuhn, daughter
Tammy (Pete) Lackey of Paris, son Lane Bridges of
Boston, Massachusetts, grandsons William (Jerrica)
Terban of Boston, Massachusetts, and Maxwell
Terban of New York City, New York, sister Dean
Parker of Paris, and sister Bessie Wynn of Muskegon,
Born April 18th, 1938 in Henry Co., Bobbie Jean was
an avid gardner, winning many awards in Illinois and
Massachusetts where she served as President of the
Garden Club for several years. She loved her pets and
loved to cook for family and friends.
She was a member of the East Wood Church of Christ.

Allene Dillon

Allene Gibbons Dillon, age 88, of Springville, Tenn., died Monday, February 1, 2016, at Montgomery County Nursing Home in Hillsboro, Ill.

She was a member of East Wood Church of Christ and formerly worked at the Salant and Salant Shirt Factory.   She enjoyed quilting, sewing and serving other people.

Allene was born June 7, 1927 in Springville, TN to the late Burgess Gibbons and the late Matte Sanford Gibbons.  She married Frank Dillon July 8, 1946 and he preceded in death in 1979. 

She is survived by her two Sons,  Donald Dillon of Greenville, Ill, and Steve Dillon of Springville, Tenn;  two Brothers,  Clayton (Martha) Gibbons of Maryland Heights, Mo, and Coy (Ann) Gibbons of Florissant, Mo;  two Grandchildren,  Dawn Dillon (Chris) Froman of Columbia, MO, and Alexander Dillon of Carbondale, IL;  three Great Grandchildren,  Kyler Froman, Abby Froman, and Caleb Froman.

Besides her Husband and Parents, she was also preceded in death by a Sister, Madeline Gibbons Canter; Brothers,  Larry Gibbons, Franklin Gibbons, and Tom Gibbons;  and a Grandchild, Andy Dillon.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Friday, February  5, 2016 and from 10 – 11 am Saturday, February  6, 2016.    The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Saturday, February  6, 2016 with Claytus Wilson officiating. 

Interment will be at Poplar Grove Cemetery in Springville, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to: East Wood Church of Christ, Paris,  Springville Church of Christ, Springville,  or Greenville Church of Christ in IL.

Beverly Baldwin

Mrs. Beverly Baldwin passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the age of 90. Funeral will be held at First Church of the Nazarene in Paris, at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 6, 2016. Todd Nelson (grandnephew) and Richard Dakin of First Church of the Nazarene will officiate; burial will follow on the Baldwin Family Farm. Visitation hours will be 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Saturday prior to the service time at 1:00 PM. Named as pallbearers are Pierson Nelson, Steve Bullock, Spencer Bullock, Bill Craft, Cooper Smith, Isabella Baldwin, Sophia Baldwin, Andrew Craft, and Josh Craft.

Mrs. Baldwin was born July 23, 1925 in Meckling, South Dakota to the late V.A. Nelson and Anna May Davis Nelson. She is preceded in death by her husband Miles Ira Baldwin, who married on September 1, 1962; preceded March 26, 1998.

Survived by daughter; Keri Baldwin, Paris, TN; son; LTC Russell (Letitia) Baldwin, Nashville, TN; grandchildren;Isabella and Sophia Baldwin, both of Nashville, TN; sister; Edythe (Gerald) Stewart, Springfield, MO; sisters-in-law; Beatrice Nelson, Lucy Nelson, and Vivian Nelson; host of nieces nephews and friends.

Preceded by sister; Wanda Conger; brothers; Verle Arthur Nelson, Merle Adrian Nelson, Marvin Claude Nelson, Cecil Maurice Nelson, Harland Rex Nelson, Gordon Franklin Nelson, and Carl Wendell Nelson.

Beverly (Bee) graduated from high school from Rapid City, S.D. in 1943. She received her teaching certificate from Parsons College in Fairfield, IA and taught country schools near Salem, IA and Fairfield, IA, while living at home and assisting with farm work. In 1952, she graduated from nursing school as an LPN in Grand Rapids, MI. She practiced nursing in Hastings, MI, Brookhaven, MS, Mountain View, MO, Waynesboro, TN, Dresden, TN, Bonifay, FL, and Paris, TN. After institutional nursing, she did home care until she retired at age 80. In addition to working nights as a nurse, she maintained a home and farmed with her husband. She accepted her Lord as her Savior around age 8 and was baptized in the Missouri River in Meckling, SD. Her interests included gardening, reading, all kinds of needlework, quilting, her grandchildren, and entertaining family and friends on the farm.

Margaret Moody

Margaret E. Moody, age 96, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, January 31, 2016, at her residence in Paris, Tenn.

She was a member of Paris First Church of the Nazarene where she had taught Sunday School and had been involved in many other Church activities.   She worked over 20 years in Civil Service at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK and then worked for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in Atlanta, GA until her retirement.  She was also a member of the Homemakers Club in Paris and she enjoyed writing letters and corresponding with friends and watching The Price Is Right.

Margaret was born August 26, 1919 in Sycamore, KS to the late Hugh Buckley Horner and the late Reca Annettie Penny Horner.   She was married October 30, 1981 to Charles Moody and he preceded in death September 22, 1992.   She is survived by her one Daughter,  Esther E. Simmons of Paris, Tenn;  one Son,  Paul E. Crawford of Paris, Tenn;  four Grandchildren, Sharla E. Smith, Julie (Mike) Flores, Jennifer (John) Collier,  and Paul Alan Crawford;  8 Great Grandchildren; and 1 Great-Great Grandchild.

Besides her Parents and Husband, she was also preceded in death by a Son-In-Law,  Rev. Don Simmons.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn where the visitation will be Wednesday February 3, 2016  from 4 – 6 pm with the Funeral Service to be at 6:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.  Barry Noble Hart will officiate.  Cremation will follow the service then burial will be in Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville, TN.

Memorials may be made to:  Paris First Church of the Nazarene, World Missions, 4220 Hwy 218 By-Pass, Paris, TN  38242. 

Boyce Waldo Green

Boyce Waldo Green, age 87 of Springville, TN, passed away Sunday January 31, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral service 2:00PM Wednesday February 3, 2016 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary Collier officiating, burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Visitation 4:00 - 7:00PM Tuesday and after 12:00 Noon Wednesday until service time.

Mr. Green was born in Henry County, TN to the late Earlie and Addie Howard Green.  On November 7, 1964 he married Novalee Carter Green, she survives, Springville, TN.

Survived by a daughter: Sarah (Brian) Scott, Paris, TN; grandchildren: Aspen Scott, Aden Scott, Avery Scott and Allison Scott all of Paris, TN; sister: Dorothy (Robert) Easley; brother: Kenneth (Tressa) Green, Springville, TN; brother-in-law: Jackie Allen, Springville, TN; mother-in-law: Hazel Carter; brothers-in-law: Samuel (Donna) Carter, Raymond (Darlene) Carter and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Preceded by a grandchild: Alivia Scott and a sister: Wanda Allen.

Mr. Green was a farmer early in his life. He worked for Emerson Elec. from 1965-1967. After leaving Emerson he worked at Midland Brake until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the Pioneer Families of Henry County being a descendant of John Marberry who was a member of the first county court. A family member said Mr. Green was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather.

In lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to: Henry County Sheriff’s Dept. Animal Shelter, Attn: Monte Belew, P.O. Box 639, Paris, TN 38242

Al LaFreniere
(November 18, 1934 - January 29, 2016)

Mr. Al LaFreniere of Springville, TN passed away Friday, January 29, 2016, at the age of 81. His Funeral Service will be held at McEvoy Funeral Home 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Dr. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church in Paris will officiate; burial will follow in Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday 4:00-7:00 PM, February 2, 2016 and after 9:00 AM Wednesday. Family and Friends are named as Pallbearers.

Mr. Al was born November 18, 1934 in Saginaw, MI to the late Alfred D. LaFreniere and Winifred Koehler LaFreniere. He is survived by his wife Cindy DeMott LaFreniere of Springville, TN who he married on December 15, 1984.

Mr. Al LaFreniere is survived by daughter; Julie (Carl) Sorget, Midland, MI; sons; Freddie (Beth) LaFreniere, Midland, MI; Richard (Pam) LaFreniere, Ft. Gratiot, MI; Eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brothers; Denny LaFreniere, Simi Valley, CA; Larry LaFreniere, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Mr. LaFreniere served in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked as a Barber. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Paris, Tennessee, Member of the Golden Gloves, He graduated from Arthur Hill H.S. in Saginaw, MI, and he liked to fish. Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris, TN 38242

Jennifer Lynn Andres

May 16, 1982 ~ January 29, 2016

Jennifer Lynn Andres, age 33, died Friday January 29, 2016 at  Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born May 16, 1982, in Lake Forest, Illinois, to Carla Lytikainen Andres and Jeff Andres who live in Henry,TN.  Jennifer had formerly worked at Guinns in Paris. She had attended TVCC and enjoyed crafts and spending time on and making things of "Pintrest". Jennifer spent most of her time watching her kids play ball and any other activity that they were involved in. Her life was consumed with her children.

Besides her parents, She is survived by her fiance and soulmate Chris Lee of Paris. They have five children: Alexis Gant, Andrew Gant, Jocelyn Lee, Anna Claire Lee and Ashton Lee. Jennifer also leaves two sisters: Lisa Andres and friend Josh Routon of Paris and Heather Andres of Henry along with a brother Daniel Andres also of Henry; a Grandmother: Mary Jane Lytikainen of Lindenhurst, IL, nieces: Madison Matheny & Cayliana Kinley; nephews: Mason Routon & Cayden Kinley. She also is survived by Chris's parents, Michael and Charlotte Lee of Paris.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church with Gary Collier and Corey Cain officiating. Visitation will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home on Monday night from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm and again on Tuesday from 10:00 until 12:30 pm.

Memorials may be made to the Andres/Lee Family c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home PO Box 788, Paris, TN, to help with funeral expenses.

Jo Ann Henry Stewart

By Susan & Angela Stewart


Jo Ann Henry Stewart was born on September 29, 1933 in Paducah, KY where her father Clinton Dewell Henry Sr worked at a bakery.  Her mother was Carrie Lee Doran Henry Jurney.

Her father was from Monterey, TN on the Cumberland Plateau.  He met Carrie while Granny was with her father Will Doran on a Sales trip to Putnam County.  They married on February 11, 1929 and had 3 children: Wanda Jean Henry Ottenstror, Clinton Dewell Henry Jr (who died May 1, 1932 at 8 months old), and Jo Ann.   Her father died at the age of 24 following a Motorcycle accident on Sep 2, 1935.

Carrie then met Buford Oren Jurney when introduced by her cousin Vance Clemons and they married July 15, 1937 at Nobel Park in Paducah. Buford was in the Navy and they moved many places.  Buford then partnered with Blake Stewart to run Stewart Grocery in Osage known to many as Cooley’s Grocery.  Blake had a son J B and that’s how Mom met Dad.  They married April 9, 1950 in Henry County.  Daddy Blake and Dad moved a 2 room house from the Oak Hill area to its present location just north of the Henry County Airport on 69N onto a farm they just bought.  There Mom & Dad, who died in 2006, farmed and raised 4 children: Jimmy (Martha) Stewart, Susan Stewart, Jerry (Betty) Stewart and Angela Jo (James) Hinton.

Mom graduated as Valedictorian Class of 1951 Cottage Grove High School.  She played basketball as a forward on one of the most successful teams at CG with her best friends Robbie Wilson Hodges, Mary Parrish, Joan Kennedy McWherther, Betty Ridgway Grooms, Martha Ross Callicott, June Davis Howard and others.  The Class of 1951 was very special to her and she enjoyed helping to plan their annual reunions.

Mom loved birthdays and Christmas.  She always made sure we had a big Christmas with all we could wish for.  She was a great cook and would have big family dinners especially when her family from Monterey and Aunt Wanda would come to town.

Mom particularly loved to garden for as long as we can remember.  She had a big rose garden with so many varieties and always so pretty.  In later years, she joined Master Gardener Club, tended 2 corners on the Court Square, and tended rose gardens at the Paris Landing Inn.  Many will remember seeing all her flowers at her home on West Wood St.

Mom worked many places besides working on the farm.  She started substituting at Cottage Grove school and with her 1st money there bought her 1st clock after which see collected hundreds.  Also at Cottage Grove she helped to coordinate the 8th grade graduations.  Her work history included Super Sweet Feeds in Memphis, Uncle Lees in Paris, Holley Carburetor, started at Rhea Library when at the current location of Paris City Police, Tayloe Hancock, Wyatt Owen Construction, cleaned houses, baby sit and had her own Wallpapering business. 

When we would drive around town, Mom would point to all the businesses & homes she had papered which seemed like half of Paris.  She papered at Ridgeway Funeral Home, McEvoy Funeral Home, Best Western, East Wood Clinic and many prominent homes in Paris and surrounding counties.  Mom was very proud of her wallpapering jobs and glad to have so many happy customers.

Mom was a collector of antiques, helped me recording cemeteries, enjoyed traveling, loved her dogs and walking all over town.

She has 7 grandchildren: Wendy (Micheal) Barnhart, Kris (Jason) Moore, Michael (Angela) Stewart, Tracie (Jeremy) Kitchens of Lewisville, AR, Blake (Audra) Stewart, Clover Cook Paradise of Franklin, and Mandy Cook (Luka) Barlic of Henry County.

5 Great-Grandchildren: Kara, Noah, and Logan Barnhart, James Luke Moore, and Alex Diaz Jr all of Henry County, one niece: Lee Ann Ottenstror of San Antonio, TX and Uncle Cordell (Shirley) Henry in North Carolina.

She is preceded by fathers: Clinton Dewell Henry Sr and Buford Jurney, her mother Carrie Jurney, sister Wanda, brother Clinton Dewell Jr, nephew Glen Ottenstror and J B Stewart.

Heartfelt thanks to her very special caregivers: Mandy Cook Barlic, Angel Travis Stewart, and Rose Thornton who were with us every minute and the Avalon Hospice group.

Visitation will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home from 4 – 7 pm on Friday January 29, 2016 and will continue on Saturday from 9 – 11 am at Cottage Grove Church of Christ with the Funeral Service to be held at 11:00 am Saturday at Cottage Grove Church of Christ.  David Alan Jackson will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Jason Moore, Michael Stewart, Micheal Barnhart, Blake Stewart, Jeremy Kitchens, and Luka Barlic.   Burial will follow in Walker Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ of your choice or Hoof Beats of Hope, 840 Osage Crossland Rd., Puryear, TN  38242.

Iona Ladd

Iona Ladd, age 85 of Buchanan, TN passed away Wednesday January 27, 2016 at her residence.

Funeral service to be held at Murphy-Sedgwick Funeral Home, 209 East Chestnut, Canton, IL with her son Dennis Romine officiating.

Burial at White Chapel Cemetery in Canton, IL.

Date and time will be announced later.

She was born July 10, 1930 in Fulton County, IL to the late Ellis Alfred Myers and Opal Sinnett Trobaugh.  On November 3, 1964 she married Donald Matlock Ladd, he preceded August 8, 2007.

Survived by sons: Dennis (Linda) Romine, Wausau, WI, Danny (Kim) Ladd, Buchanan, TN;  step-daughters:  Joyce (David) Odewalt, Hanna City, IL, Judy Clark, Hanna City, IL; step son: Jack (Marilyn) Ladd, Mountain Home, AR; grandchildren: seven; great-grandchildren: six; sister: JoAnn Thomas, Canton, IL.

Preceded by  sons: Darynn "Grizz" Romine and Darryl "Curly" Romine; brothers: Ellis Myers , Robert Myers and Donnie Myers.

Dick Vincent

Richard Earl “Dick” Vincent, Sr., age 84, of Puryear, Tenn., died Sunday, January 24, 2016, at his residence in Puryear, Tenn.


Dick was a member and Sr. Deacon of Mill Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.   He attended Puryear Methodist Church.    He was a former supervisor at Holley Carburetor plant and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was a volunteer chairman for the Salvation Army for a number of years.   Dick was also a member of Masonic Lodge #72 in Essex Junction, VT and a member of Buchanan Masonic Lodge #772.


He was born October 7, 1931 in Burlington, VT to the late Rev. Earl Allbee Vincent and the late Gladys Mary lgnaszewski  Vincent.


Dick was first married on August 13, 1950 to Vivian Porter Vincent and she preceded in death.  He was then married May 27, 2006 to JoAnn McAdoo Vincent and she survives.   


Besides his wife JoAnn, he is also survived by his one Son,  Richard Earl (Marcia) Vincent, Jr. of Wheaton, IL;  one Sister, Ruth Ross of Daytona, Fla;  two Brothers,  Robert (Marilyn) Vincent of Essex Junction, Vt,  Raymond (Florence) Vincent of North Ferrisburg, Vt;  Brother-ln-Law,  Paul (Anna) McAdoo of Milan, TN;  two Granddaughters,  Rebecca (James) Herlien, Alyssa Vincent & fiancee Kurt Kamrath;  Great Grandchildren,  Lucas Herlien, Jonathyn Herlien, and Vivianna Herlien. 


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


He is to be cremated.  Memorial Visitation will be from 12 – 2 pm Sunday, February 7, 2016 with the Memorial Service at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 7, 2016.


Dr. Anne Hames will officiate.   A private family interment will be held.


Memorials may be made to:  Mill Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, c/o Don Jones, 1840 Mill Creek Rd., Puryear, TN 38251,    or     Conyersville Cemetery Assoc., 239 Smith St., Puryear, TN 38251,    or    Paris Salvation Army, PO Box 1261, Paris, TN 38242.


Willie Berkley

William Franklin “Willie” Berkley age 58 of Paris, TN died Monday January 25, 2016 at his residence in Paris, TN. 

Willie was a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church.   He was a carpenter and formerly worked for Wade Dortch Roofing. 

He was born April 11, 1957 in Memphis, TN to the late Maurice Leon Berkley and Treva Joy Norman Berkley of Paris, TN.

Besides his mother, he is survived by Special Friends, Jackie (Patty) Owen of Paris, TN. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN.  No visitation is planned.  There will be a Graveside Service at Foundry Hill Baptist Cemetery on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm with Bro. Larry Dukes officiating. 

Pallbearers will be George Norman, Jackie Owen, Terry Crouch, Brian Crouch, Harlan Crawford and Scott Farlow. 

Interment will be in Foundry Hill Baptist Cemetery near Puryear, TN.

Jean Berryman

Jean B. Berryman, age 84, of Cottage Grove, TN died Monday, January 25, 2016 at Paris Healthcare and Rehab Center. 

She was a member of Cottage Grove Baptist Church where she was very active.   She was a former Sunday School Teacher and former Church Clerk.    She was also the former owner and operator of  Jean’s Beauty Shop in Cottage Grove, TN.

Jean was born May 22,1931 in Latham, TN to the late Elbert Brundige and the late Hortense Shanklin Brundige.

She was married August 28, 1948 to George "Jabo" Berryman and he preceded in death September 12,1990.   She is survived by her  one Daughter,  Lisa (John) Childers of Paris, TN;  one Son, Scott (Carole) Berryman of Cottage Grove, TN;   one Sister, Elise Wright of Martin, TN;  Grandchildren, Tommy Enoch, Jr. of Murfreesboro, TN,  Carrie Anne Berryman and Husband Marcel Rodriguez of Nashville, TN,  Brian (Tracy) Berryman of Readyville, TN,  John (Marie) Berryman of Cottage Grove, TN,  Cathy (Ronnie) Robbins of Paris, TN,  Ben Enoch and fiancee Arianna Zanini of Covington, KY,  Hunter (Elise) Enoch of Tacoma Park, MD;  and 9 Great Grandchildren.

Besides her Husband and Parents, she was also preceded in death by Sisters,  Myrle Means,  Kathleen Adkins, Elberta Owens,  and Dorothy Faulk;  and a Brother, Garvin Brundige.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN  where the visitation will be Tuesday January 26, 2016 from 4 – 7 pm and on Wednesday  January 27, 2016 from 9 – 11 am.  The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home on Wednesday January  27, 2016 at 11 :00 am. 

Mike Waddey and  Lane Self will officiate.  Grandsons and Grandsons-in-law will serve as Pallbearers.

Interment will follow in Walker Cemetery, Paris, TN

Memorial may be made to: Cottage Grove Baptist Church, P0 Box 67, Cottage Grove, TN 38224.

Richard Vincent Sr.

Richard Vincent Sr. age 84 of Puryear, TN died Sunday January 24, 2016 in Puryear.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

A full obituary will be here as soon as possible.

Julian "Izzy" Israel
(October 11, 1958 - January 22, 2016)

Mr. Julian “Izzy” Israel of Paris, Tennessee passed away January 22, 2016, at the age of 57. A Memorial visitation will be held from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 P.M. Sunday, January 24, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Israel was born October 11, 1958 in Grand Prairie, Texas to the late Walter Israel and Zelma Springer.

He is survived by daughters; Niki (Cody) Gipson, Bruceton, Tennessee; Tarah Israel, Gleason, Tennessee; Marlaina Burge, Camden, Tennessee; Bianca Christian, Henry, Tennessee; sons; Justin Israel, Kirksey, Kentucky; Johnathon Hallman, Puryear, Tennessee; Dakota Israel, Dickson, Tennessee; sisters; Jannis (Sheddie) Kilgore, Whitwell, Tennessee; Shaw Ellison, Whitwell, Tennessee; Twelve grandchildren; special friends; Dorothy Fincher, Lori Roberts; several nieces and nephews.

Izzy was a member of Set Free Ministry and Bikers For Christ. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: McEvoy Funeral Home, P.O. Box 158, Paris, TN 38242.

Phyllis Grogan

Phyllis Ann Grogan, age 70 of Springville, TN, passed away Thursday January 21, 2016 at Paris Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

She was born in Tiptonville, TN to the late Melton and Pauline Cotham Meeks.   On December 10, 1962 she married Larry M. Grogan, he preceded April 13, 2012.

Survived by daughters: Tonya Grogan, Paris, TN, Tina (Walter) O'Dell, Buchanan, TN; son: Mark Grogan, Bourbonnais, IL; sisters: Dovie Cole, Union City, TN, Joleen (Bill) Sharp, Hodgskins, IL, brothers: James (Nancy) Meeks, Lombard, IL, Jerry (Diana) Meeks, Brookfield, IL; grandchildren: Erik Grogan, Josh O'Dell, PFC Brandon Covington, Tanner Covington, Ashley Grogan, Sarah Grogan.

Preceded by sisters: Marie Cryer, Peggy Smallwood and Inez Meeks.

Phyllis was a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church.

Billie King

*****Service Date Change Because of Weather to January 30, 2016.

Billie Marie King, age 84 of Paris, TN, died Monday January 18, 2016, at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris, TN.

She was a member of Birds Creek Baptist Church.   She retired after 25 years from Honeywell in Gardena, CA and moved to the Paris area in 2005.

Billie is survived by one Daughter,  Cindy King of Paris, TN;  three Grandchildren, Ryan (Tara) King of Perris, CA,  Ashlee (Travis) King of Paris, TN,  and Owen Knapp of Castaic, CA;   Great Grandchildren, Cameron Knapp, Jordan King, Madison Knapp, Ava Lewellen, Jayden King, Sophie King, Connor King and Madi Copeland.

Besides her parents, Billie was also preceded in death by a Daughter, Ruth Viola King;  Sisters, Wylene Plato,  Wanda Alexander, Ada Daves, and Maudine Ray;   Brothers, Bobby Ray, Gaines Ray, and Ted Ray.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN.  She is to be cremated.  Memorial Visitation will be from 2 – 3:30 pm Saturday January 23, 2016 with the Memorial Service at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 3:30 pm Saturday January 23, 2016 with Chad Kennedy Officiating.  

David Turner

David Austin Turner, age 76 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday January 20, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

 David was a member of East Wood Church of Christ.   He retired after 25 years with the Paris Fire Dept.   He was also the owner of Turner’s Lawn Service.  David enjoyed working hard, going to church and spending time with his family and friends. 

 He was born August 5, 1939 in Palmersville, TN to the late Hancle Jett Turner and the late Jessie Lee Austin Turner.

 David is survived by one Son, Mike (Cindy) Turner of Paris, TN;  two Sisters, and  Betty (Lucky) Hanks of Memphis, TN,  Marie (Phil) McFall of Collierville, TN;  two Grandchildren,  Heather (Justin) McSwain of Paris, TN and Michael (Amy) Turner of Paris, TN;   four Great Grandchildren,  Turner Austin McSwain, John Evan McSwain, Cannon Michael Turner, and Blaine Garrett Turner;   And his Special Friend, Lucille Claxton of Paris, TN.

 Besides his parents, David was also preceded in death by a brother, H.J. Turner.

 Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Thursday January 21, 2016 and from 11 am – 1 pm Friday January 22, 2016.   The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 pm Friday January 22, 2016.

 Victor E. Eskew and Claytus Wilson will officiate.   Pallbearers will be David Harrison, Curtis Neal, Bobby Burke, Troy Bruce, Wendall Flanagan, Kelly Burke, and Rick Moody.     Retired City of Paris Firemen are named as Honorary Pallbearers.

 Interment will be in Rose Lawn Memory Garden in Paris, TN.

 Memorials may be made to:  St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38148.  

Dr. Thomas McSwain Minor Sr. 
(April 24, 1933 - January 16, 2016) 

Dr. Thomas McSwain Minor Sr., of Paris, TN passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the age of 82. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at McEvoy Funeral Home. Bro. Jim Farmer will officiate; burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at McEvoy Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and after 12:00 Noon Wednesday prior to service time at 2:00 PM.

Named as Pallbearers are; Bill Jelks, Bernie Sleadd, Robert Sleadd, Russell Boyd, Dickie Mobley, Terry Harrison, and Bo Griffey

Honorary Pallbearers: Retired Physicians of Henry County

Dr. Minor was born April 24, 1933 in Paris, TN to the late Woodrow Marshall “Red” Minor and Lona Muriel McSwain Minor. He is survived by his wife Ann "Sandy" Minor of Paris, TN; who he married on August 4, 1956.

He is survived by daughter; Catherine (Rusty) Culley of Paris, TN; sons; Thomas (Susan) Minor Jr. of Coral Springs, FL; Paul (Merrill)Minor of San Antonio, TX; Randall (Christy) Minor of Paris, TN; grandchildren; Thomas Minor III, Claire Minor, Anna Park Minor, Cannon Minor, Marie (Lee) Wilburn, Michael (Whitney) Culley, Michelle Culley, Matthew Culley, Garrett Minor, Andrew Minor, Anna Minor; great-grandchildren; Griffin Culley, Lee and Bennett Wilburn.

Graduate of Grove High School 1951, Phi Beta Kappa, Graduate of Vanderbilt University 1954, Graduate Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1957, Captain in U.S. Army Medical Corp. stationed at 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, Completed surgical residency in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1965, Fourth generation member of the McSwain family to practice medicine in Henry County, Board certified general and Thoracic surgeon, Practiced 34 years general and Thoracic surgery at Rhea Clinic, H & M Clinic, and HCMC, Past chief of staff at Henry County Medical Center, Past member board of trustees at Henry County Medical Center, One of four founding members of the Paris Chapter of Duck’s Unlimited and the first chapter president, Avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and was a collector of Indian artifacts and Civil War memorabilia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Henry County Healthcare Foundation.

Karen Caddell
February 26, 1953 ~ January 15, 2016

Karen Crouch Caddell, age 62, of Paris, Tenn., died Friday, January 15, 2016, at her residence in Paris, Tenn. 


She was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church.    She was a private sitter with the elderly for several years and was a former waitress and veterinarian assistant.    She was also an avid supporter of the Humane Society.


She was born February 26, 1953 in Chicago, IL to late Verla Pauline Crouch.


Karen is survived by her  Three Daughters,  Samantha (Charles) Lyons of Knoxville, Tenn,  Donna Blair of South Carolina,  Anita Hall of Knoxville, Tenn; Special Cousin, Lisa (Dwayne) Peach of Big Sandy, TN;  Nephews, Jeremy Lamb, Brian (Mindy) Lamb, Jordan (Nicole) Holland, and Walker Claxton all of Paris, TN;  Great Nephews, Tyler Lamb and Jade Younger;  And Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.       


Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and from 9 – 11 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016.    The  Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016.


Mitch Fiscus will officiate.   Pallbearers will be Jordan Holland, Brian Lamb, Tyler Lamb, Jacky Crouch, Jerry Crouch, and Stevie Crouch.   Jeremy Lamb will be an Honorary Pallbearer. 


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


Bobby Owens
September 4, 1933 ~ January 15, 2016

Bobby Joe Owens, age 82, of Paris, Tenn., died Friday, January 15, 2016, at his residence in Paris, Tenn.

He was the son of the late Maurice Owens and the late Kate Chilcutt Owens.

He was a member of Maplewood Baptist Church and worked as a contractor who built many home in Paris and Henry Co. Mr. Owens was the founder and former owner and operator of Service Rental Inc.. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who was a founding member and a life member of the Rod & Gun Club.

Bobby married Doris M. Owens September 10, 1955, and she preceded in death May 24, 2014.

He is survived by his Daughter, Lynn Douglass of Paris, Tenn.; Three Sons, Wyatt (Cindy) Owens of Buchanan, Tenn., David (Jeanna) Owens of Paris, Tenn, Dan (Tammy) Owens of Paris, Tenn; Eight Grandchildren: Jill (Mike) Snow of Paris, Tenn., Alan (Jennifer) Douglass of Paris, Tenn., Angie (Curtis) Sullivan of Paris, Tenn., Jeremy (Tiffany) Douglass of Paris, Tenn., Brent Owens of Springville, Tenn., Brad, Adam and Nathan Owens all of Paris, Tenn; Four Great Grandchildren: Ethan Fitzgerald, Abigail Black, Heidi Owens and William Sullivan; and a sister-in-law, Drucilla Owens of Murray, KY.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bobby was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Owens and a son–in-law, Donald Douglass.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Monday, January 18, 2016 and from 9 – 11 am Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 19, 2016, with Jimmy Allison officiating.

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


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