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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries


Garry Zook

Garry Blain Zook, age 63, of Springville, Tenn., died Saturday, July 12, at his residence.  

He was married October 25, 1996 to Barbara Towe Zook, and she survives.

He was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Garry was a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church in Buchanan, TN. He was a former pastor of Woodville Baptist in Woodville, Tenn., and  Illinois Avenue General Baptist in Sikeston, Mo. He served as Mission Volunteer Program Director for General Baptist International serving in areas of Honduras, Phillipines, Mexico and Jamaica. He was a Co-Founder of Auto Zone and was a US Army Veteran.

Garry was born November 22, 1950 to the late Willie A. Zook and the late Parisea Latham Zook.

Besides his wife, Garry is also survived by three daughters,  Kristina Zook of Hendersonville, Tenn,  Mandy (Steven) Dennis of Helotes, Texas,  Cindy (Jerod) Dockins of Benton, Mo; one son,  Blaine (Jennifer) Zook of Missoula, Mont; six sisters, Delphia Houghlan of Columbia, Ill,  Dathol Barksdale of Sikeston, Mo,  Laverta Bonta of St. Louis, Mo,  Linda Ivie of Sikeston, Mo,  Carolyn Shemwell of Dover, Tenn,  Brenda Watson of Poplar Bluff, Mo;  three brothers,  Elvon Zook of Buckner, Ill,  Billy Zook of Bloomfield, Mo,  Chelvis Zook of Wappapello, Mo; and seven grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Garry was preceded in death by a brother, Dewey Zook.  

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home and by Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, Mo. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Ponder Funeral Home from 12 – 2 pm. The Funeral Service will be at Ponder Funeral Home Chapel in Sikeston, Missouri at 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 16.

Interment will be at Dogwood Cemetery in Dogwood, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Point Pleasant Baptist Church Educational Building Fund, 13700 Hwy 79 North, Buchanan, TN 38222.

Bobby Goff

Bobby Gene Goff, age 79 of Springville, Tenn., died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Henry County Medical Center.

He was married Sept. 7, 1962 to Jacquelynn Dace Goff, and she survives.  

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Fowlkes, Tenn. Bobby was a truck driver for 54 years and retired from Yellow Freight after 16 years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman that loved to fish and hunt and he was devoted totally to his family.

He was born June 16, 1935 in Hickman, KY to the late Arlie C. Goff and the late Mary Lee Graves Goff.

Besides his wife, Bobby is also survived by his daughter,  Deborah Lynn Goff of Dyer, Tenn;  six sons,  Donald Ray (Lavern) Goff of Rutherford, Tenn,  Sonny (Gayle) Goff of Friendship, Tenn,  Marty (Mitze) Goff of Bruceville, Tenn,  Phillip Goff of Newbern, Tenn,  Kent (Deborah) Baumgardner of Newbern, Tenn,  Scott Baumgardner of Springville, Tenn; sister,  Linda Goff of Dyersburg, Tenn; three brothers,  Leon Goff of Finley, Tenn,  Tommy Goff of Dyersburg, Tenn,  Raylyn Goff of Camden, Tenn; 12 grandchildren;  19 great grandchildren;  1 great great grandchild;  and several Nieces and Nephews.  

Besides his parents, Bobby was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Earl Goff; and grandchildren, Martie Kaye Goff and Robert Goff.        

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home.

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

Memorial donations may be made to:  

St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105   or the Wounded Warrior Project,  P.O. Box 758517,  Topeka, KS 66675.

Jennifer Whipple

Jennifer Lynn Whipple, age 36, of Paris, Tenn., died Thursday, July 10, at her residence.

She was married December 27, 2003 to Michael Whipple who survives. She attended New Beginning Church in Big Sandy, TN. She was a homemaker and a stay at home mom who loved softball, sunsets, storms, and spending time with her children.

She was born September 17, 1977 to the late Wilburn B. "Greg" Gregory and Sandra Watkins Gregory of Paris.

Besides her husband and mother, she is also survived by her daughter,  Kayla Lynn Perry of Paris, Tenn; son,  Logan Gregory Perry of Paris, Tenn;  two brothers,  Craig Eugene Gregory of Aurora, Colo and Jeffery "Jeff" Steven Gregory of Paris, Tenn; and several nieces and nephews.  

Besides her father, Jennifer was also proceded in death by a daughter, Sara Gregory.        

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Monday, July 14, 2014 and after 9 am Tuesday.  

The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of  Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Interment will be at Walker Cemetery in Paris, Tenn.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.  

Billie Evans

Billie Jean Killebrew Evans, age 85 of Springville, Tenn., died Friday, June 11 at her residence.

Evans was a member of Springville Church of Christ.  She was retired from the United States Postal Service where she served as the postmaster of Springville for 25 years.  She loved working in her flowers, reading, and helping her neighbors.  She loved her children, grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.  She also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and listening to all kinds of music. 

Evans was born April 11, 1929 to the late Charles Killebrew and Mildred Evans.  She was married September 2, 1950 to Paul Evans, who preceded her in death February 13, 2014. 

She leaves four children:  Mitchell (Linda) Evans of Cottage Grove, Peggy (Tony) Nance of Puryear, Doug (Cathy) Evans of Springville, and Ricky Evans of Paris; her grandchildren: Amanda (Jody) Browning, Brandon Evans, Chris (Gail) Evans, Ashley Evans, Ethan Evans, Johnny (Misty) Henderson, David (Elyse) Henderson and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother: Richard (Ann) Killebrew of Humboldt; a sister-in-law: Lottie Wilson of Lebanon; a brother-in-law: Henry Evans of Springville; cousins: Betty Whittle, Beverly Dunlap, and John Killebrew; and special caregivers: Margaret Mitchell, Kim Howell and Debbie Bowden.  


She was preceded in death by 2 grandsons: Greg Evans and Jason Evans and a daughter-in-law: Sherry Smith Evans.


Visitation for Evans will be held Sunday, June 13 from 1 to 3 PM at Springville Church of Christ with funeral services to be held at 3 PM at Springville Church of Christ. Anglin Funeral Home in Dover has handled the arrangements.

Interment will follow in Poplar Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Poplar Grove Cemetery Trust Fund P.O. Box 835 Paris, TN 38242, Hoof Beats of Hope 855 Osage Crossland Road Puryear, TN 38251 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Jeff Hamlin

Jeffrey Lee “Jeff” Hamlin, age 49, of Henry, Tenn., died Thursday, July 10.

Jeff married Kathleen Bell Hamlin on May 5, 1990; she survives.

Hamlin worked over 25 years at the Paris Fire Department and was currently the Assistant Fire Chief. He was also the Owner & Operator of Hamlin Construction for over 20 years. Jeff enjoyed golf and fishing as well as rabbit and turkey hunting.

He was born December 26, 1964 in Paris, TN to Lee Roy and Linda Sue Ford Hamlin, of Henry, TN

Besides his wife and parents, Jeff is also survived by his daughter,  Katelyn Hamlin of Henry, Tenn; son,  Ryan (Mandy) Hamlin of Paris, Tenn; brother,  Kevin Hamlin of Paris, Tenn; grandchildren, Ellie Grace Hamlin and Emma Kate Hamlin; niece, Emily Hamlin;  In-Laws, Jerry (Carol) Bell, Sr. of Paris, TN;  and many other extended family and friends. 

Jeff was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Trey Hamlin, October 29, 1992.       

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 3 – 8 pm Saturday, July 12.

Visitation will continue on Sunday from 12 – 2 pm at the Paris Convention Center with the Funeral service at Paris Convention Center at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 13.

Pallbearers will be members of the Paris Fire Department.   

Honorary Pallbearers will be all other Paris Fire Department members and members of the Paris Country Club. 

Interment will be at Bethlehem Cemetery in Henry, Tenn.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Terry Tanner

Terry Glenn Tanner, 53, of Buchanan died Wednesday July 9th in New Concord, Ky.

He served six years in the army as an infantry soldier and was stationed in Germany. He worked for the port authority as well.

Public visitation will be Saturday July 12th 10am to 1pm at McEvoy Funeral home.


Calvin Cales

Calvin F. Cales, age 89 of Paris, Tenn., died Thursday, July 3 at his residence.

Cales was a WWII veteran who served in Europe with the 36th Infantry division. He was awarded the combat infantry badge, a bronze star and a purple heart. He also served during the Korean War.

Cales was a member of Paris Masonic Lodge #108, the Shriners, and the Scottish Rite.

Cales is preceded in death by his parents Elbert and Rosetta Cales, his first wife of 57 years, Betty Rose Gaskins Cales, and his brother Olen "Yank" Cales.

He is survived by his second wife, Frances Carroll Cales; his sister Tootie (Bill) McGraw of Birmingham, Ala.; sons Joseph (Marcia) Cales of Fairland, Ind., and David (Joy) Cales of Springville, Tenn.; four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 6 from 12 to 2 PM at McEvoy Funeral Home with funeral services at 2 PM Sunday at McEvoy Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

John Brewer

John Robert Brewer, age 66, of Paris, Tenn., died Tuesday, July  1, 2014, at his residence in Paris, Tenn. 

He was married to Susan E. Gleghorn Brewer and she preceded in death August 12, 1975.   John was a US Army Vietnam veteran and a member of VFW 1889, American Legion 89, and Local DAV.    He had been an Iron worker and member of local 63 Iron workers Union in  Broadview, IL.

He was born March 31, 1948 in Camden, TN to the late Luther E. Brewer and the late Wilma C. Hollingsworth Brewer.

He is survived by his  Two Daughters,  Kimberly L. Brewer of Paris, Tenn,  Kelly L. (Tim) Steward of Murray, Ky;  One Son-Jonathon R. Brewer of Paris, Tenn;  Two Step-Sons,  Tim Williams of Springville, Tenn,  Mark Williams of Springville, Tenn;  One Sister,  Betty J. (W.C.) Phifer of Big Sandy, Tenn;  Two Brothers,  Michael W. (Pat) Brewer of Big Sandy, Tenn,  Terry W. (Trish) Brewer of Big Sandy, Tenn;  Grandchildren, Clay Phifer, Maddie Steward, Logan Williams, Brenton Brewer, Haeley Brewer, and Tucker Williams;  and Friend and Caregiver, Annetta F. Brewer of Paris, TN. 

Besides his wife and parents, John was also preceded in death by two brothers, Burke Brewer and Billy Brewer.       

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

John will be cremated with a Graveside Memorial Service at Ramble Creek Cemetery near Big Sandy, TN at 10:00 am Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Chad Kennedy will officiate. 


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