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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Carl Lee Johnson

Carl Lee Johnson, 42, of Paris died March 23rd at Jackson Madison General Hospital.

Carl served in the military from 1991 to 1993. He loved sports, music, friends and family.

Visitation will be after 12pm Saturday March 29th. Funeral will be at 2pm Saturday March 29th at McEvoy Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Michael Hendley, Jr.

Michael Wayne Hendley Jr., age 31 of Paris, died January 24, 2014 near Springville, TN.  

He was born August 12, 1982 in Hempstead, TX to Michael Dan Hendley of Springville, TN and Cheryl Goldsberry Hendley of Paris, TN.

Michael is also survived by two sisters, Amber (Joey) Thomas of Henderson, KY and Rachel Hendley of Aurora, KY; grandfather, Gerald Wayne Goldsberry & Special Friend Ann Burr of Paris, TN; 2 Nieces and 4 Nephews.

He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church and worked as a sandblaster for Tank Lining Company in Paris, TN.   
Micheal was cremated with a private memorial service to be held at a later date.

Ronald England

Ronald "Ron" England, age 56, of Cottage Grove died on Sunday March 23rd.

Visitation will be at McEvoy Funeral home on Wednesday March 26th from 3-5pm. He will be creamated.


Claudine Thompson Burton

Claudine Thompson Burton, age 91, of Paris, died Monday March 24th at Paris Health Care Center.

Claudine taught school in Henry County for 38 years. She was a member of the TN Education Association, NEA, and PHC Retired Teachers Association.

Funeral service will be at 2pm on Wednesday March 26th, with visitation starting at Noon Wednesday. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Fines Hillard

Fines Edward Hillard, age 63, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Monday, March 24, 2014, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. 

He was married November 3, 1978 to Donna Collier Hillard, and she survives.

He was a member West Paris Baptist Church and Owner-Operator of Kentucky Lake Marine Service.

He was born December 4, 1950 in Paris, TN to the late Alva Edward Hillard and the late Venie Melvie Evitts Hillard.

Besides his wife, he is also survived by his Three Sons,  Dustin Edward Hillard of Paris, Tenn, Jessie (Tiffany) Pewitt of McKenzie, Tenn, Justin (Paula) Pewitt of McKenzie, Tenn;  Two Sisters,  Julia "Judy" Hillard of Paris, Tenn, Mary Lee Washam of Springville, Tenn;  One Brother, Alvie Bailey "Buddy" (Judy) Hillard of Springville, Tenn; 8 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014 and after 10 am Wednesday, March 26, 2014 until the Funeral Service at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 am Wednesday, March 26, 2014. 

Joe Page will officiate.

Pallbearers will be: Gary Russell, Jeff Spence, Donnie Hutson, Bryan Stephens, Mike Mann, Kerry Collins.  Honorary pallbearers will be, Mike

McKay and Clint Lester. 

Interment will follow in West Wood Pentecostal Church of God Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

Carl Lee Johnson

Carl Lee Johnson, age 42 of Paris passed away on Saturday March 23 at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

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

Danny Cheek

Joe Daniel “Danny” Creek, age 60 of Paris, died Saturday, March 22 at his residence.

Cheek was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran who served five tours of duty overseas. He retired as Sergeant First Class after over 30 years of service.

Cheek is preceded in death by his parents William Gibson Cheek and Mattie Lee VanCleave Cheek, and his brother-in-law Jim Wiggins.

He is survived by his former wife Becky Cuthbertson Cheek of Springville, Tenn.; daughter Rachel (Scott) Wells of Nashville; son Jason Cheek of Paris; sisters Rosie (Jerry) Atkins of Jonesboro, Ga., Marcia (Jimmy) Clendenin of Paris, and May Wiggins of Clarksville; and brother Keith (Cindi) Cheek of Springville, Tenn.

Visitation for Cheek will be held Tuesday, March 25 from 4 to 7 PM and at 9 AM Wednesday, March 26 at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at McEvoy Funeral Home at 11 AM Wednesday, March 26 with burial to follow in Wright Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250

Charles W. Bennett

Charles W. Bennett, age 83 of Paris, died Saturday, March 22.

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

He was born in Whitlock, TN to the late Alex and Bertha Steele Bennett.  On August 17, 1981 he married Faye Arnold Bennett, she survives in Paris.

Survived by a daughter: Julie Bennett, Memphis; step-daughters: Diana (BZ) French, Paris, Christie (Alan) Nichols, Paris; step-grandchildren: Jason Booth, Tara (Billy) Ward, Ethan and Lucas Nichols.

Charles was a Baptist by faith and formerly attended Oak Hill Union Church.

Jean Foust

Evelyn Jean (Ross) Foust, age 80, of McKenzie, Tenn, died Friday, March 21, at her residence in McKenzie, Tenn.

She was married to Billy June Foust, who preceded her in death Jan. 27, 1989.

Foust was a member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Madison, TN and former owner & operator of Jean's Ceramics & Gifts in McKenzie, TN.

She was born November 17, 1933 in Greenfield, TN to the late James Howard Ross and the late Mary “Maggie” Maynard  Ross.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lesa Foust of McKenzie, Tenn., Derrinda (Randy) Thomas of McKenzie, Tenn; and two grandchildren.

Jean was also preceded in death by sisters Lula Sherwood and Grace Warren.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 10 am to 12 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014.

The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 12:00 PM Saturday, March 22, 2014 .

Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

Barbara Pierce

Barbara Ann Williams Pierce, age 75, of Paris, Tenn., died Friday, March 21, 2014, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. 

Barbara was a 1956 Graduate of Grove High School. She was married to Billy J. Pierce September 30, 1961; he survives.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and Nursery Worker. She retired from Radiology and Imaging Associates of Paris and formerly worked at the Mitchum Company.

Barbara loved the Bible in depth and was a student of Precept Ministries. She also enjoyed geneology research.

She was born June 6, 1938 in Humboldt, Tenn. to the late Dillard Williams and the late Bettie Tate Williams.

She is also survived by one daughter,  Alana (Mark) Lewis of Kingsport, Tenn; and two granddaughters, Katlyn (Jon) Moore of Starkville, Miss., and Victoria (Nathan) Johnson of Huntsville, Ala.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday, March 24, 2014. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Temple Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at Temple Baptist Church at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 25, 2014. 

Dr. Mike Burney & Chad Kennedy will officiate.

Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

Charles Simpson

Charles E. Simpson died March 16, 2014 at his residence.

He was Married to Charity (Ross) Simpson who survives.
Charles was born in Henry County to the late James H. Simpson and Mildred L. (Wiseman) Simpson.

He was a former member of The First Baptist Church in Gosnell, AK and was an Air Force Retiree who served in Korea, Japan and Vietnam where he served both in the Military Police & trained sentry dogs, his last tour in Vietnam was served in the field of  Cryogenics.

He later worked for Civil Service at Mountain Home Veterans Hospitals in East TN and Hampton, VA .before becoming self-employed.  His civic duties ranged from Boys Scouts to neighborhood volunteer and Air Force Aid Society.  His hobbies were love of music, reading, fishing and bowling.
In addition to his wife, he leaves one son: Mark Edward Simpson, Golden, CO; and four brothers: Gary, Jimmy, Steven and Ted Simpson and one sister, Sylvia (Simpson) Lowe. 

He was also preceded in death by a son: Terry Neil Simpson; four brothers, Darrel, David, Bill and Cletus Simpson and one sister, Virginia (Simpson) Andrew.

Ridgeway Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  The body will be cremated.

Ruth Bradford

Edna Ruth Bradford, age 92, of Henry, Tenn died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Paris Healthcare & Rehab Center in Paris, Tenn.

She was married April 1, 1954 to Joseph Milton Bradford and he preceded in death January 15, 1992. 

Ruth was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.  She was a homemaker, avid bowler, and loved to crochet and spend time with her Grandchildren.

She was the daughter of the late Kurt Zentner and the late Elizabeth  Zentner.

She is survived by her Daughter,  Patricia (Garry) Wilkinson of Henry, Tenn;  Two Sons,  Joe (Nina) Bradford of Dyersburg, Tenn,  Ronnie (Susan) Bradford of Scottsdale, Ariz;   Sister, Doris Pasno of Oshkosh, Wis;  Three Brothers,  Bill Zentner of Wisconsin, Don Zentner of Wisconsin, Walter Zentner of Florida.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4:00  to 6:30 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014 with a Rosary Service at 6:30 pm.

The Funeral Mass will be at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10:30 AM Thursday, March 20, 2014.

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

Carolyn Wagner

Carolyn Wagner, age 72, of Cottage Grove, Tenn., died Monday, March 17, 2014, at her residence in Cottage Grove, Tenn.

Carolyn was married February 25, 1961 to Jerry Curtis Wagner, and he survives.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and worked as an Administrative Assistant for Henry County Mayors Herman Jackson and Brent Greer until she retired in 2006.   She was a member of Paris Quota Club and was a homemaker who loved to work in her yard.

She was born June 10, 1941 in Carmi, IL to the late Merida Burris and the late Dorothy Hill Burris.

She is also survived by her Two Daughters,  Becki Wagner Powers of Paris, Tenn,  Amanda (Seong-Tae) Kim of Cottonwood, Calif;   Son, Paul (Donna) Wagner of Seattle, Wash;  One Sister,  Barbara (Charles) Culp of Joliet, Ill; and Grandchildren, Ethan Wagner, Connor Wagner, Nathan Powers, Emily Powers, and Ryan Kim.          

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014 and after 11 am Thursday, March 20, 2014. 

The  Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 pm Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Mike Wimberley will officiate. 

Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery between Como and  Cottage Grove, Tenn.

Nomie Olive

Nomie Kuykendoll Olive, age 105, of Paris, died at Paris Healthcare Center on Sunday March 16th.

Nomie was a member of First Baptist Church where she worked in the kitchen for over 20 years. She was a member of the Chickasaw Garden Club. She also worked at Kmart in Paducah for 22 years.

Funeral will be at 1pm Wednesday March 19th with a graveside service at Johnson's Chapel Cemetery.

Frances Paschall

Frances P. Paschall, age 101 of Paris, died Thursday March 13th at her home.

Frances was a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church. She formerly worked as a deputy under Eva Bevil at the Henry County Register of Deeds office and later under Sue Tosh as a deputy for the Trustee's office. She also worked at a law firm, McEvoy Funeral Home, and was a homemaker.

Visitation will be Sunday March 16 at 12:30pm at McEvoy Funeral home and continue until service time which is 2:30pm Sunday. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

The Family has requested in lieu of flowers and food, memorials be made to Temple Baptist Church, 619 N. Wilson Street, Paris.

Annie Fulghum

Annie Lee Fulghum, age 97 of Paris, died Wednesday March 12th at the Paris Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Fulghum was a member of First Baptist Church, retired beautician, former church organist/pianist at Parran’s Chapel Church in Bolivar, and a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. She began playing the piano when she was four years old, and family members say throughout her life she blessed many people by sharing her God-given talent.

Visitation will be 4-7pm Friday March 14th at McEvoy Funeral home and at 10am until service time on Saturday March 15th. Funeral service will be at 11am Saturday with burial to follow in the Palestine Cemetery.

Jerri Rowlett

Jerri Gail Rowlett, age 51 of Buchanan, died Monday March 10th at the Murray- Calloway County Hospital.

Survirors include her husband William "Bill" Rowlett, of Buchanan, her mother, four daughters, one sister, two brothers, and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home on Thursday March 13th from 4-7pm and Friday March 14th from 10am until service time at 11am.


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