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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Phillip Presson

Philip Presson, age 79, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.

He was married July 12, 1955 to Shirley Roberts Presson and she preceded in death September 28, 2012.

Philip retired after 24 years as a Tech Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force.  He was them Employed at Henry Co. Medical Center as a maintenance and operation assistant.   He Loved fishing, wood working and  gardening.

He was born October 2, 1934 in Manleyville, TN to the late Orby Henry Presson and the late Blanche Lucille Hastings Presson.

He is survived by his Three Daughters,  Deborah (Dale) Casterline of Paris, Tenn,  Lorrie Kall of Paris, Tenn,  Shelia Ross of Paris, Tenn,  Two Sons,  Randal (Heather) Presson of Paris, Tenn,  Danny (Laura) Presson of Paris, Tenn;  Grandchildren, Jennifer Elliott, Sara Dyson, Lauren Presson, Phillip Casterline, Jarred Presson, Racheal Presson;  Great Grandchildren, Chase Craig, Alexandria “Allie” Elliott, and Gracie Elliott. 

Besides his wife and parents, Philip was also preceded in death by two sons, Michael Presson and David Presson;  brother, William Presson;  Grandchildren, Jacqueline Rich, Kevin Graham, David Randal Presson.          

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Tuesday, July  1, 2014 and after 9 am Wednesday, July  2, 2014.   The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July  2, 2014.

Glynn Orr will officiate.    Pallbearers will be Jarred Presson, Phillip Casterline, Isaac Dyson,  Andrew Elliott, Chase Craig, Dylan Sanders, Mike Swanner, and Jerry Pounds. 

Interment will be at Boothe Cemetery off Old Union Loop in Paris, Tenn.

Bill Edlin

Bill Edlin, age 60, of Bristow, Oklahoma died Sunday June 29th at the Henry County Medical Center. There are no services scheduled at this time.

Betty Carr Moody

Betty Carr Moody, age 88 of Paris, died Sunday June 29th at her home. She is the wife of Elliott Eddisson "Eddie" Moody, who passed away in 2013.

Betty was born October 30, 1925, in Murray, KY, to Addie (Clark) and Willie B. Carr. She was the youngest of four children: two brothers, Solan (Dean) Carr, Louis (Sue) Carr, and one sister, Phala (Chester) Sturdivant, all who preceded her in death. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a loving and caring person whose pride and joy were her three sons and their families. The oldest son, William “Bill,” and wife, Linda, are parents of Candise (Rusty) Farmer and Jon Paul (Erin) Moody. Jon Paul and Erin are parents of Carter and Blair Moody. Middle son, Harry “Tommy”, and wife, Paulette, are parents of Ginger (Keith) Forrester and Carrye (Phillip) Jackson. Ginger and Keith have two sons, Maconnell and Grey. Carrye and Phillip are parents of Luke and Reed. Betty and Eddie’s youngest son is Richard “Rick” (Missy), who has three children, Madison, MaKenzie, and Gavin Moody.

Betty was a very active, vibrant lady who loved her community and country. She was always seen supporting her husband and family at ball games, public gatherings, and banquets.  She opened her heart and arms to everyone, especially the compassionate staff of Moody Realty Company, which her late husband Eddie founded in 1956. She was blessed with many loyal friends who visited and encouraged her during her latter days of home confinement. She was also blessed with a supportive group of caregivers whose love and concern will always be remembered and appreciated.

Betty loved the Lord and was an active member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church until failing health prevented her from attending. Pastor Mitch Fiscus and grandson Jon Paul Moody will be conducting services on Wednesday, July 2, at 11 A.M. at McEvoy Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at McEvoy Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 1, between the hours of 4:00-8:00 P.M..  Honoring her as pallbearers will be Rusty Farmer, Keith Forrester, Phillip Jackson, Bob Cathey, Mike Carr, and Randall Griggs. Honorary pallbearers are the agents and staff of Moody Realty Company.

Neely Lemonds

Neely McGehee Lemonds, age 90, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her residence in Paris, Tenn.

Neely married Elbert Lee Lemonds May 18, 1940 and he preceded in death May 11, 2000.   She was a member of Sulphur Well Church of Christ and she formerly worked at the Clippard Plant and Markel Lighting.

She was born December 15, 1923 in Gleason, TN to the late William Henry McGehee and the late Monia Poole McGehee.

She is survived by her One Son,  Thomas E. (Phyllis) Lemonds of Paris, Tenn;  Daughter-in-law-Betty Lemonds of Decherd, Tenn; Grandchildren, Monya (Ed) Burrell, Will Lemonds, Jeremy (Andrea) Lemonds, Stacy (Wesley) Gamble, Ganiel (Mandy) Lemonds; and 5 Great Grandchildren.

Besides her husband and parents, Neely was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis L. Lemonds; sisters, Myra McGehee and Marie Snider.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Monday, June 30, 2014 and after 9 am Tuesday, July  1, 2014.   The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 10:00 AM Tuesday, July  1, 2014

John W. Dale will officiate. 

Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery in Gleason, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to HCMC Hospice, 311 E. Wood St., Paris, TN 38242   or   Sulphur Well Church of Christ, 1760 Oak Grove Rd. South, Springville, TN  38256.

Edward Kern

Edward Omer Kern, age 93, of McKenzie, Tenn, formerly of Henry County died Friday, June 27, 2014, at McKenzie Healthcare in McKenzie, Tenn.  

Ed married Dorothy Gean Kern July 31, 2006 and she survives.   He attended Jolley Springs Baptist Church near Gleason.   He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WW II serving in 5 Major Battles and received 5 Bronze Stars.   He retired from Champion Box Company in Gurnee, IL.     He enjoyed building cabinets and other many things.

He was born June 9, 1921 in Owosso, MI to the late Marion Kern and the late Chloe Swartz Kern.

Besides his wife, He is also survived by Three Step-Daughters,  Shelia (Freddie) Cole of Paris, Tenn, LeAnn (Barry) Barnett of Camden, Tenn,  Darie (Jason) Loggains of Melbourne, Ark;  One Step-Son,  Randy (Rita) Gean of Buchanan, Tenn;  One Sister,  Madge Thompson of Paris, Tenn; Several other brothers and sisters; 9 Step Grandchildren; and 24 Step Great Grandchildren. 

Besides his parents he is also preceded in death by Step daughter, Joyce Abbott and Step son, Bill Gean.       

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

He will be cremated with a Private Memorial Service at a later date.

Lena Priddy

Lena Ruth Priddy, age 80, of Paris, Tenn., died Wednesday, June 25, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.  

She was married November 4, 1950 to James H. Priddy; he survives.  

Ruth was a member of Springhill Baptist Church. She formerly worked at Mitchum Company and last worked at Emerson Electric Co.

She was born January 22, 1934 in Paris, Tenn; the daughter of the late Buster Cox and the late Willie Sullivan Cox.

Besides her husband, Ruth is also survived by her four daughters;  Bonnie (David) Eldridge of Paris, Tenn,  Patty Alexander of Paris, Tenn,  Donna (Johnny) Jones of Wilmer, Ala,  Kathy (Steve) Looney of Paris, Tenn; son,  Larry (Michele) Priddy of Hendersonville, Tenn; sister,  Barbara (Charles) Capps of Lebanon, Tenn; brother,  Steve (Jo Ann) Cox of Paris, Tenn; fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.      

Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Francis Steele; and a grandchild, Brendon Priddy.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, where visitation will be held after 11 am Saturday, June 28, with the funeral service at LeDon Chapel of  Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2 PM Saturday, June 28.

Interment will be at Walker Cemetery on Highway 69 North of Paris, Tenn.

Charitable donations may be made in Lena's memory to the following organization:

Alzheimer's Association

4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37220


Jimmy Maupin

James H. "Jimmy" Maupin, age 74 of Henry, died Tuesday, June 24 at the Henry County Medical Center.

Jimmy was a member of Van Dyke Church of Christ. He retired from TVA in New Johnsonville and Commercial Bank of Paris. Jimmy loved drag racing, tinkering with old cars, spending time with his family and especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren.Memorials may be made to: Van Dyke Church of Christ, c/o Terry Wilkinson, 3530 Van Dyke Road, Paris, TN 38242.

Visitaion will be 4-7pm Saturday June 28th and after 1pm on Sunday June 29th.

Services will be at 2pm Sunday at McEvoy Funeral home. Burial will follow in Bevil Cemetery.

Sonny Brown

Alvis Franklin “Sonny” Brown, age 88, of Paris, Tenn., died Sunday, June 22,

2014, at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris, Tenn. 

He was a member of Life long farmer and Lived in Buchanan, TN most of his life.   He was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and a US Army veteran.

Sonny was the son of the late Perry Brown and the late Belogna Gibson  Brown.

He is survived by his  One Son,  Lynn (Ann) Brown of Paris, Tenn.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, June 23, 2014 and after 12:00 PM  Tuesday, June 24, 2014.   The Funeral service will be at LeDon Chapel of  Ridgeway Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

John Smith will officiate. 

Interment will be at Brown Family Cemetery in Buchanan, Tenn.

Bill Whitehead

Willie Wesley “Bill” Whitehead, 88, of Knoxville, TN, went home to be with his Lord on June 21, 2014, at the Beverly Park Place in Knoxville.  He was the son the late Robert and Bessie Nichols Whitehead. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years Norma Humpreys Whitehead, sister Larue Lankford and brothers Robert and Hilbert Whitehead.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 24 from 9 - 10:45 am at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with a Graveside service to be held at 11:00 am at Memorial Cemetery with Dr. Trent Bullock officiating.

Pallbearers will be Wes Whitehead, Blaire Whitt, Stewart Whitt, Craig Whitt, Danny Nelson and Bob Moultrie.

He is survived by a son Tom (Donna) Whitehead of Knoxville, TN: a daughter Lisa (Ray ) Whitt of Athens, AL; a granddaughter Natalie (Kevin) Ammons of Knoxville, TN, grandsons: Wesley (Meredith) Whitehead  of Athens, AL, Stewart (Lauren) Whitt of Athens, AL,  Blaire Whitt of Athens, AL, and Craig Whitt of Athens, AL.  Mr. White had three great grandchildren: Blaine and Hudson Whitehead and Hailey Mays. He also leaves a brother Ben (Marilyn) Whitehead of St. Florissant, MO., and a sister Aileen (Gene) Anderson of Paris, TN, and several nieces and nephews.

Bill attended Grove High School and graduated from Murray State University in Murray, KY.   He proudly served in the United States Army, 1944-45 in Egypt.   In 1951, he began his career of 31 years with TVA as a Human Resource Manager. He worked at the New Johnsonville steam plant, Gallatin steam plant, Paradise steam plant, Widow’s Creek steam plant, Colbert steam plant, Brown’s Ferry nuclear plant and Hartselle nuclear plant. He retired in 1982 and made his home in Gallatin, TN until 2009.

Bill was a loving and devoted caretaker for his wife Norma during her lengthy illness with kidney disease until her passing in 1982.   After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Basden Tours, vegetable gardening and singing in the choir.  He was a dedicated Christian his entire life, a member of the Baptist Church, served as a Deacon and lived a Godly example for his family.   He attended UT Football games for 35 years and was an avid fan of the Cardinals and Braves all of his life.  But his favorite activity was watching his own grandchildren’s sports activities, traveling hundreds of miles to support them.

Bill was a gentle man, loving son, husband, and father, father in law, grandfather, uncle and friend. Sadly, the last 5 years of his life was spent in declining health due to Alzheimer ’s disease. God chose to heal him in Heaven on June 21 and his final earthly hours were peaceful with his family.

Many thanks go to the Beverly Park Place Staff in Knoxville, TN for their loving care and support.

Friends of the family are invited to sign the guestbook at  ridgewayfuneralhome.com.

Col. Bobby Ellis, USAF (ret.)

Bob Ellis, 80, of Paris, TN, passed away on June 21, 2014.

Bobby M. Ellis was born June 12, 1934 in rural Springfield, Tennessee,  the son of Herschel and Alma Nichols Ellis.  Bob graduated from Clarksville High School in 1952.  He attended the University of Tennessee prior to entering the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet.

Bob retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel in 1982.  His final assignment was Director of Maintenance for the Ogden Air Logistics Center.

After retiring from the Air Force, Bob was an advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Taiwan. He later went to work for McDonnell Douglas as a Program Manager and retired from there in 1996, at which time he moved to Paris, TN.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons William (Susan) and James (Tara); stepson Jesse Whitnall; grandchildren Shannon, Connor, and Colleen Ellis and Jessie and Alexis McIntyre; sister Bettye (Bill) Lord and their children, Patrick, Darlene, and William. He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip, and his parents.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 26 from 1-3 PM at Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris, TN with a prayer service at 3 PM.   Funeral services and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Henry County Medical Center Hospice, 311 EWood St., Paris, TN 38242.

Robert "Bo" Conklin

Robert “Bo” Conklin, Jr., age 60, of Puryear, Tenn., died Friday, June 20, 2014, at his residence in Puryear, Tenn. 

He was married to Wanda Mann Conklin Nov. 3, 1972 and she survives.    Bo was a member of Northfork Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver who last worked for MPS Trucking in Dickson, TN.    He formerly worked for Tennessee Asphalt .

Bo was born August 17, 1953 in Cornwall, NY to the late Robert Conklin Sr. and the late Mary Frances Slawson Conklin.

Besides his wife, Wanda Mann Conklin, he is also survived by; One Daughter,  Holly Marie (David) Big Mountain of Puryear, Tenn;  Three Sons,  Kevin Vails (Sandy) Conklin of Vero Beach, Fla,  Keith Andrew (Christine) Conklin of Puryear, Tenn,  Robert Ryan Conklin of Puryear, Tenn;  Two Sisters,  Barbara Schade of Middleton, N.Y.,  Helen Wilson of Bloomingburgh, N.Y.;  Two Brothers,  James Conklin of Bullville, N.Y.,  Fred Conklin of McKenzie, Tenn;  Grandchildren, Tyler Conklin, Paige Elizabeth Conklin, Wyatt Conklin, Evan Conklin, Joseph Jordan, Beau Big Mountain, Ryan Conklin, Emmalee Glenn, and Tiffany Jordan;   Great Grandchildren, R.J. Collins and Jordan  Collins.

Besides his parents, Bo was also preceded in death by a sister, Agnes MacNear.      

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

He will be cremated with a Memorial Service at Northfork Baptist Church at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Randy Kuykendall will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to The Conklin Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN  38242.

Bernie Wofford

Bernard “Bernie” Wofford, age 74, of Paris, Tenn., died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his residence in Paris, Tenn. 

He was married June 21, 1997 to Trudy Linn Wofford who preceded in death January 1, 2001.

Bernie was owner and operator of Wofford's Electric Service in Paris, TN for 40 years. He was a US Air Force Veteran of Korea and served in the National Guard.  He formerly worked at Midland Brake and Lingle Corporation.  Bernie was the former Administrator of Paris Moose Lodge #1915. He received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, (the highest honor in Loyal Order of the Moose).  He was a Life member of V.F.W., Amvets, and  Elks Lodge, and he was a Charter Member of the American Legion. Bernie was a 50 year member of the Springville Masonic Lodge #130. He was a Royal Arch Mason, Cryptic Mason, Knight Templar Mason and a 32nd  Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Al Chymia Shriner and member of  Martha Chapter 155 Eastern Star.

Bernie was born June 3, 1940 in Ft. Henry, TN to Lucille Sexton Clendenin of Paris, TN and the late Carl Wofford. 

Besides his mother, Bernie is also survived by his  Two Daughters,  Carrie (David) Johnson of Paris, Tenn,  Crista (Eddie) White of Paris, Tenn;  One Sister,  Carolyn (James) Thornhill of South Haven, Miss;  Two Brothers,  Oscar Clendenin of Buchanan, Tenn,  Jimmy (Marcia) Clendenin of Paris, Tenn;   Grandchildren, Kailyn and Kendal Johnson of Paris, TN,  Chandler Moseley of Murfreesboro, TN,  Jackson and McKenna White of Paris, TN;  and Special Friend, Brenda Peck of Murray, KY.

Besides his Wife and Father, Bernie was also preceded in death by a Brother, David Wofford and Step Father, John Clendenin.         

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014.   Visitation will continue on Wednesday after 12 pm at Paris Convention Center. The Funeral Service will be at Paris Convention Center at 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Kenny Carr will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Rusty Sykes, Brad Willoughby, Johnny Mack Palmer, Mike Snow, Joe Allen, and Fred Lindahl. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Paris Moose Lodge #1915.

Interment will be at Wofford Cemetery in Big Rock, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Mooseheart, c/o Moose Charities, 155 South International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539.

Regenia Paschall

Regenia C. Barnhill Paschall, age 62 of Buchanan, Tenn., died Saturday, June 21st at her residence.

Barnhill formerly worked as an LPN for Henry County Medical Center and Nashville Home Health for approximately 20 years, and most recently worked at Barnhill's Produce Farm in the Paris Landing area.

She was a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church.

Paschall is preceded in death by her parents, William Edward and Eunice Todd Barnhill, and nephew Michael Barnhill.

She is survived by her brothers Donnie and Terry Barnhill of Buchanan, Tenn., daughter Jessica Cherie (Troy Swader) Paschall of Murfreesboro, Tenn., son Jay (Cassandra) Paschall of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at an unspecified later date; arrangements are being handled by McEvoy Funeral Home.

Lloyd "Billy" Peale

Lloyd Mason "Billy" Peale, age 84 of Paris, Tenn., died Friday, June 20 at his residence.

Peale formerly worked at Holley Carburetor and was a farmer, husband, and father of five children. He also attended Johnson Chapel Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence M. Peale and Bertha M. Lowe Peale; brother Howard Peale; and sisters Ruth Dunn, Thera Kemp and Gladys Easley.

Peale is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Hart Peale of Paris, Tenn. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Souther of Warsaw, Ind.; brother Joe Lowe of Paris, Tenn.; daughters Anita (Ricky) Ford of Henry, Tenn. and Jan (Troy) Bruce of Paris, Tenn.; sons Randy (Pam) Peale and Bryant (Renae) Peale of Paris, Tenn., and Milton (Karen) Peale of Springville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Peale's family will be held from 4 to 7 PM Saturday, June 21st and after noon Sunday, June 22nd at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, June 22nd at 2 PM at McEvoy Funeral Home with burial to follow in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.

Erabella Smith

Erabella BriannaDee Smith, age 11 days of Paris, Tenn., died Thursday, June 19, at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

She was born June 8, 2014 in McKenzie, TN to Timothy Smith and Kesia  Henderson, both of Paris, TN.

Besides her parents, she is also survived by her Three sisters,  Shaynna Smith, Neveah McFarland, and Jadelynn Smith, all of Paris;  maternal grandparents Amy (Jerry Dale) Gilbert of Paris; paternal grandparents, Ricky (Bobbie) Smith and Janice (David) Johnsonius of Paris;  and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Erabella was preceded in death by maternal great grandparents, Ronnie and Sherry Harper and Darlis Gilbert and Jerry Ward;  paternal great grandparents, Otis and Wana Smith and Gene and Gloria Emerson; cousin, Ethan Smith; uncle, Larry Barritt.        

Visitation will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home Saturday, June 21 after 1 pm with the funeral service at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 21.

Interment will be at Bevil Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

Memorial donations may be made to The Smith Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN  38242.

Harold Shatlain

Harold Eugene Shatlain, age 71, of Springville, Tenn., died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at his residence in Springville, Tenn. 

He was married Feb. 25, 1972 to Linda Dunning Shatlain and she survives. 

Harold worked 16 years as a Bio Med Technician at Regional Medical Center of Memphis, TN and was also a Mason for several years in Memphis.   He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was born September 19, 1942 in E. St. Louis, IL to the late Harold Louis Shatlain and the late Mary Beulah Linden Shatlain.

Besides his wife, he is also survived by his One Son,  Robert Louis (Debbie) Shatlain of Columbia, Mo.

One Sister,  Patricia Shatlain of Waterloo, Ill,  6 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.       

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

He is to be Cremated.   No Service is planned.

Billy Lacy

Billy M. Lacy, 81, of Paris died Tuesday June 17th at Paris Healthcare Center.

Mr. Lacy was a machinist, worked and retired from Midland Brake with over 30 years of service. Billy was a graduate of Grove High School, was a Sargent First Class in the TN Army National Guard, and was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and attended Henry County High football games. Billy also loved animals. Memorials may be made to Tomorrow’s Hope, 211 North Brewer St. Paris, TN 38242.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 18th from 4-8pm and after 10am on Thursday June 19th at McEvoy Funeral Home. Funeral will be on Thursday at 11am with burial to follow in Hansel Cemetery.

George Upchurch

George Lafayette Upchurch, age 92, of Jackson, Tenn and long-time Paris, TN resident,  died Monday, June 16, 2014, at  the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt, Tenn. 

He was married March 10, 1945 to Dorothy Lucille "Lucy" VanWinkle Upchurch and she preceded in death  May 8, 2009.   

George retired after 36 years at Holley Carburetor Plant as a Quality Control Engineer.  He was a  WWII US Army Air Corp veteran.   He was a former member of First Baptist Church in Paris and a present member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. 

He was born July 20, 1921 in Buchanan, TN to the late David Joshua Upchurch and the late Addie Vene Lawrence  Upchurch. 

George is survived by his  Three Daughters,  Linda (Gerald) Sparks of Jackson, Tenn,  Kathy (Dan) Vaughn of Jackson, Tenn,  LuAnn Upchurch Vernon of Henderson, Tenn;  Two Grandchildren, Laura Vernon of Henderson, TN,  Sara Vaughn of Kismet, KS;  And one Great Grandchild, Joshua James Schallert of Kismet, KS.   

Besides his wife and parents, George was also preceded in death by,  Brother, David Upchurch;  Sister, Elaine Richardson;  and Grandchild, Joshua Daniel Vaughn.           

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where visitation will be from 10 am - 12:30 pm Thursday, June 19, 2014. 

The service will be  Graveside at New Beaver Dam Cemetery at 1:00 PM Thursday, June 19, 2014. 

Jimmy Farmer will officiate.  Pallbearers will be Tom Upchurch, Gerald Sparks, Dan Vaughn, and Sara Vaughn.   

Interment will be at New Beaverdam Cemetery in Buchanan, Tenn. 

Memorials may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675

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