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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Ward Cherry

Ward C. Cherry, age 88 of Paris, TN died February 9, 2014 at Paris Healthcare and Rehab Center in Paris, TN.

Born July 11, 1925 in Ft. Henry, TN, Ward was a son of S. Zebbidee and Alma Green Cherry who both preceded in death. 

 Ward was married September 12, 1944 to Mary Earlene Tidwell Cherry and she preceded in death March 3, 2004.  He was a member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ and a WW II Army Veteran.   Mr. Cherry was a retired administrator with T.V.A. and received a business degree from Toler Business College.  

Mr. Cherry is survived by his son, Steven R. (Marilyn) Cherry of Paris, TN;  Daughter-in-law, Margaret Cherry of Paris, TN; and Grandchildren, Matthew Cherry and Chris (Tassie) Cherry. 

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by sons, Sammy Lee Cherry and Jerry Dale Cherry; 3 sisters and 3 brothers. 

Visitations will be Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Ridgeway Funeral Home after 10 am until the service at 2 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.  Randy Stephens will officiate.  Pallbearers will be Matt Cherry, Gary Hunter, Bobby Walker, Chris Cherry, Larry Wimberley and Glenn Wimberley. 

Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery.

Joan Stead

Joan M. Stead, age 74 of Springville, TN died Monday February 10, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Stead was born January 25, 1940 in Dupont, PA to Anthony and Margaret Meinzak Zelinski who both preceded in death. 

She married James Stead November 26, 1959 and he survives.  She formerly attended St. Cashmere’s Catholic Church in Dupont, PA and formally worked in retail sales.      

Joan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.   She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. 

She is also survived by her daughter, Kim Naparstek of Toledo, OH; son, James A. (Kathy) Stead of Westland, MI; brothers, Anthony (Peggy) Zelinski of West Pittson, PA and Ronald Zelinski of Paris, TN; Grandchildren, Keegan and Magnum Naparstek. 

She is to be cremated with a private family service at a later date.  

Lois Reynolds

Long-time Paris resident Lois Doughty Reynolds passed away on February 10, 2014 after a prolonged illness.  A Silent Partner in Furniture Exchange, Co. with her son and store manager Mike Reynolds, Ms. Reynolds died at the age of 83 after enduring over fifty years of severe asthma and increasingly multiple other maladies. 

Born on December 5, 1930 in what was known as “Graystown” (a rural community now at the bottom of Kentucky Lake), Ms. Reynolds grew up in a loving, very close family of three daughters, her mother (former teacher/then homemaker, the late Cozie Futrell Doughty) and her father (a L&N Railroad worker, the late Elbert S. Doughty).  Her family moved often (Louisville, Puryear, Paris, Henry), with she and her sisters attending several schools along the way.  She graduated from Henry High School in 1948 and then began studying to be a Registered Nurse at the then Nobles Hospital of Paris.  Near the end of her preparation, she met and married the late Edward L. Reynolds, to whom she was married for 37 years.

While she was sick off and on her entire adult life and probably spent in total over two years of her life in the hospitals of Paris, Jackson, Nashville, and Memphis, Ms. Reynolds still found time to develop many interests and skills.  She was an outstanding cook and known for her decorated, four-layer cakes; her decadent fudge and brownies; and especially for her vanilla/chocolate pinwheel cookies.  She loved setting elaborate tables for entertaining her family at holidays; and the Super Bowl parties she hosted for her son Mike and his friends are still renowned.  She was also skilled in many decorative arts (decoupage, flower-arranging, shadow-box creations, etc.) as well as creative sewing of kids’ and grandkids’ Halloween/party costumes. 

The key joys of Ms. Reynolds’ life were her sons Eddie & Mike and their families.  Her life was often centered in making their lives the best she could.  Nothing gave her more happiness as her grandkids were growing up than to spend hours working puzzles, playing games, looking at photo albums, or cooking together.

Ms. Reynolds is survived by her two sons and their families: Mike Reynolds of Paris and son Matt Reynolds of Murfreesburo and daughter Katie Reynolds of Paris; Eddie Reynolds and his husband Ed of Palo Alto, CA and sons Joshua, Eli, and Jonathan Reynolds, all of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.  She is also survived by her sister Kathy Magann and her husband Tom of Pinole, CA as well by many wonderful nieces and nephews of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and California.

She was also preceded in death by a sister Edna Lee Tapp. 

He body is to be cremated with a memorial visitation Thursday February 13, 2014 from 5 – 7 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Ms. Reynolds.

David Crouch

David Crouch, age 58 of Springville, passed away at his residence on Sunday February 9th.

Visitation will be at McEvoy Funeral home 4-8pm Wednesday February 12th and after noon Thursday February 13th. Service will be at 2pm Thursday.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Ranch, 8759 Hwy. 79 N., Buchanan, TN, 38222.

Eulalia Brewer

Beloved woman, Eulalia Bowles Brewer, age 86, of Paris, Tennessee, ascended to eternity with her Savior on February 4, 2014. 

Born May 6, 1927, she graduated from E.W. Grove High School and Toler Business College.

She is survived by three daughters, Jane (Mike) Plumley of Franklin, TN, Ann (Louis) Robbins of Mt. Juliet, TN, and Lalia Winsett of Paris;   9 grandchildren, Chris (Hyekyung) Plumley, Matthew (Shellie) Plumley, Michael Plumley, Rachel (Scott) Parker, Natalie Robbins, Jonathan Robbins, Dana (John) Chango, Lindsay (Nathan) Smith, Kasey (Cliff) Barna; 12 great- grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Mildred Holland of Camden, TN.

She was preceded in death by her husband Doyle Brewer of 67 years; son-in-law, David Winsett; her parents, Fred Wharton and Fannie Burton Bowles; and three brothers: Thomas Franklin, Fred Burton, and John Claiborne Bowles.

Having lost her mother at age 5, she was lovingly raised in the home of her aunt and uncle, Lizzie and George Wynns, and cousin, Philip Wynns, of Elkhorn, TN.

Mrs. Brewer was a faithful, charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was active in United Methodist Women and serving in ministries to others. Before retirement, she was employed by Clippard Industries and Markel Lighting.  

Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 pm and after 9 am Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home.  The Memorial Service will be Saturday at 11 am at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home with Cliff Barna and Rev. Jolinne Downey officiating.  Burial will  follow in Elkhorn Cemetery with Rev. Mike Wimberley conducting the graveside.  

Pallbearers will be  Chris Plumley, Matthew Plumley, Michael Plumley, Mike Plumley, Jonathan Robbins, Louis Robbins, Fred Bowles, and David Dunlap.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 North Wilson St., Paris, TN 38242.


Her daughters and family cherish her self- sacrificing life and the loving example she leaves. She truly lived for Jesus and for her family and others. 

Barbara Smyth

Barbara Jean Simmons Smyth, of Athens and Paris, TN, passed away on January 30, 2014.  She was 87.


Born in New Providence, KY to Orval and Maybelle Simmons, Barbara and her family moved to Paris in 1936, where her parents owned Simmons Dairy and her father was part owner of Paris Livestock Co.  Barbara attended Grove High School and graduated in 1944 as valedictorian. She was a journalism and English major at Murray State before stopping to help out with the office work at the dairy.  She continued there after the company’s acquisition by Smyth Dairy of Cottage Grove, and consolidation into Paris Dairy.  She and the owner’s son, Marvin, married in 1947 and continued to operate the dairy until its sale in 1965.


Following the sale of the dairy, and after working for several years at Paris Insurance Agency, Barbara began as a teller at Paris Federal Savings.  She advanced to become an assistant vice president at Liberty Federal Savings Bank and retired from Union Planters after more than 22 years in the banking industry.  After retirement, she put her knowledge of banking and business to work through her volunteer efforts with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives).


Barbara was an active member of the Quota Club for more than 35 years, serving as club president, District Governor and South Area Director of Quota International.  She was a volunteer at the Heritage Center and was an officer and a member of the board of the Lee School Association.  She was a longtime active member of the East Wood Church of Christ.


 Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Marvin in 1984.  She is survived by her six children: Carol Walden (David) of Athens, TN; Don (Suzanne) of Etowah, NC; Kent (Vanessa) of Dickson, TN; Mark (Lynnette) of Barnesville, GA; Nancy of Nashville, TN; David (Larry Zimmermann) of Maplewood, NJ; six grandchildren: Matthew Walden (Kristine) of Athens, TN; Jennifer Kittles (Damon) of Asheville, NC; Jessica Smyth (Roxanna Ramirez) of San Antonio, TX; Evan Walden (Kari) of Athens, TN; Andrew Smyth of Tallahassee, FL and Patrick Smyth (Leigh Anna) of Atlanta, GA; and five great-grandchildren.


Funeral services will be Monday, February 3rd at 11:00 at McEvoy Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday, February 2nd, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Robert E. Lee School Association or the American Heart Association.

Dale Bennett

Dale R. Bennett CPD, Age 52 died January 22, 2014 in Chicago, IL. 

Dale was the Beloved husband of Catherine Maher Bennett; Loving father of Lauren, Brooke and Dayle Bennett all of Chicago, IL,  Devoted son of Thurman (Willodene) Bennett of Como, TN and the late June Bennett, Dear brother of David (Cynthia) Bennett, Denise (Irma) Bennett, Duane (Jean) Bennett and Norge Roi of and  Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Dale was a Chicago Police Department Officer and a loyal friend to many.   He was an avid outdoorsmen, hunter and fisherman and a Lifelong NRA member.

Visitation was Monday January 27, 2014 from 3-9pm at the Andrew J. McGann & Son Funeral Home 10727 S. Pulaski Rd.  Chicago, IL.   The funeral service was at the Bethel Bible Church (3225 W. 96th St. Evergreen Park)  at 10:00am Tuesday January 28, 2014.

Ridgeway Funeral Home will conduct the graveside service which will be Friday January 31, 2014 at 10 am at Olive Branch Cemetery between Como and Cottage Grove, TN. 

Rex Buford  of Como Church of Christ will officiate.

Kenneth Hudgins

Kenneth Hudgins, age 72 of Paris, died Monday January 27th at Henry County Medical Center.

Mr. Hudgins was an active outdoorsman who loved to exercise and loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceeded in death by both parents. He leaves behind his wife, Joyce Allen Hudgins, of Paris. They were married in 1966.

He also leaves behind two daughters, one son, one brother, one sister, several grandchildren and other family and friends.

Visitation will be 4-8pm on Thursday January 30th at McEvoy Funeral home.

Memorials may be made to: Paris Henry County Food Bank, 55 Jones Bend Road Ext., Paris, TN 38242


Frieda Elkins

Frieda Sophie Eismann Elkins, age 94, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. 

She was married to Travis T. Elkins and he preceded in death.  Frieda was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was a daughter of the late Henry Eismann and the late Bertha Wolff Eismann.

She is survived by One Daughter, Mary (Richard) Boughton of Lake Village, Ind.;  One Son, Douglas N. (Ellen) Henderson of Lakeview, Texas; One Sister, Evelyn Hanley of Buchanan, Tenn.; One Brother,  John Eisman of Buchanan, Tenn.; 3 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.       

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

Mrs. Elkins will be Cremated and no service is planned.

Freddie C. Phelps

Freddie C. Phelps, age 74 of Paris, died Saturday, January 25th at Jackson - Madison County Genral Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are being handled by Trinity Funeral Home.

Jerome E. Kudrna

Jerome E. Judrna, age 90, of Buchanan, passed away Saturday January 25th at Henry County Medical Center.

Jerome was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII. He was a member of the Amvets Post 45. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and was an avid Cubs fan.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Donna Bankey

Donna Jean Bankey, age 77 of Buchanan, Tenn., died Saturday, January 25th at her residence.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Eugene Bankey, who passed in 1999.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are being handled by McEvoy Funeral Home.

Betty Howard

Betty Jane Howard, age 59 of Trezevant, Tenn., formerly of Paris, died Friday, January 24 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Howard was a proud member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Trezevant.

She is preceded in death by her parents, J.D. Williams and Elizabeth Anne Tharpe Williams, as well as her son Justin Howard.

Betty Howard is survived by her husband John S. Howard of Trezevant, their daughters Beverly (Alvin) Newsom of Nashville, Deborah (Byron Roberson) Franklin of Atlanta, and Pamela (Randall Pritchard) Hudson of Paris, along with nine grandchildren.

Howard is also survived by sisters Sheila (Larry Howard) Williams of Paris, Peggy Sims of Paris, and Shirley Moore of Nashville, along with brothers Ricky Williams, Michael Williams, James Williams, and Billy Williams, all of Paris.

Visitation for friends and family of Betty Howard will be held from 4 to 8 PM Friday, January 31st at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 PM Saturday, February 1st at McEvoy Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Clifford Swindle, Sr.

Clifford A. Swindle, Sr., age 75 of Paris, died on Monday January 20th, 2014 at his residence.

He was preceeded in death by his parents Lee Swindle and Josie Denton. He leaves his daughter Tracy (Ray) Williams of Utah and son Michael Swindle of Tennessee along with some grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at a later date.


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