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Henry County and Surrounding Area Obituaries



"Bunny" Spaulding

Gerald Kenneth "Bunny" Spaulding, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 21, at Paris Healthcare. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday.

His wife, Elnora Ferguson Spaulding, also preceded him in death.

His fiancee, Sandra Johnson, survives in Paris.

Spaulding was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He retired from Haldex after 33 years. He also served in the National Guard.

Besides his fiancee, he leaves one brother: Dickie Spaulding of Paris; a sister-in-law: Jean Spaulding of Collierville; an aunt: Pauline Spaulding of Paris; and several nieces and nephews.


Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 N. Wilson, Paris, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Judy Levesque

There will be a celebration of life service 2:00PM Saturday March 2, 2013 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary S. Collier officiating.

She was born in Bedford, Ohio to the late Dewitt and Hazel Benner Fettel. On November 30, 1958 she married Richard "Dick" Levesque, he survives in Puryear.

Survived by daughters: Patricia (Phil) Waltner, Dillon, MT, Tara Levesque, Staton, OR; son: Richard Levesque, Salem, OR; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Preceded by sister: Betty Lou Parker and a brother: Robert Gene Brubaker.

Judy was a retired bookkeeper and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She did counted cross stitch and loved sailing, camping and traveling.

Kenneth Clayton

Kenneth Clayton, 65, West Memphis, Ark., died Friday Feb. 22 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

Funeral service 1:00PM Monday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary S. Collier officiating, entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation 10:00AM until service time Monday.

Survived by sisters: Anita Clayton, Chicago,IL Regina Seiwert, Chicago, IL Lora Alexander, Millington, TN; brother: Darryl (June) Clayton, Bartlett, TN; special friends: Sharon Sheley, Shelby and Jerry McCollum, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded by his parents; Travis and Mayrene Carrington Clayton.

Kenneth was a diesel mechanic for UPS. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.


William "Frank" Taylor

Frank Taylor, 64, Elgin, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 21 at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Graveside committal service 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Cemetery.

Visitation 10:00 - 12:00PM Tuesday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Survived by his wife: Connie Erickson Taylor, Elgin, IL, they were married April 18, 1970; mother: Anna Taylor, Streamwood, IL; daughters: Lisa (Tim) Reinwald, St. Louis, MO, Carrie (Keith) Jones, Addison, IL; son: John (Kimberley) Taylor, Elgin, IL; brother: Ronald (Norma) Taylor, Elgin, IL; grandchildren: Ernie Reinwald, Meghan Reinwald and Noah Taylor.

Preceded by his father: William Taylor.

Frank was a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran serving in Vietnam.

Memorials may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.


Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Cemetery. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Frank Viront

Frank Viront, 95, Knoxville, died Feb. 20 in Knoxville. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, where he was a member. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

His wife, Mary, preceded in death. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Thompson, Knoxville; and son Jack, Michigan, plus a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He owned a fuel distribution company in Hammond, Ind. and worked for the Ohio RR System during WWII in lieu of military service.


Marcelle Atchison

Funeral service 10:00AM Saturday, Feb. 23, at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Rob Martin officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Michael Atchison, Brad Shelton, John Dale French, Steve Clendenin, Larry Wilson and Bob Wagoner.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00 Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home and after 9:00AM until service time Saturday at First United Methodist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Luther and Eddie McKenzie Pierce. On April 18, 1943 she married James D. Atchison, he preceded December 13, 1993.

Survived by a daughter: Ann (John) Shelton, Paris; son: Mike Atchison, Paris; grandchildren: Janna Stubblefield, Kylie Lynn Atchison, Robert Settlemier; sister-in-law: Elizabeth Robertson, Paris and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded by sisters: Lavelle Stockdale, Clairnelle Peters and a brother: Milton Pierce.

Mrs. Atchison was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed with Holley Carburetor Plant and the Clippard Plant. She was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother and she enjoyed painting and sewing.

Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Paris, TN 38242.


Janice Thomas

Graveside service 11:00AM Friday at Poplar Grove Cemetery with Kenny Louden officiating.

Named as pallbearers are Wayne Winsett, Gary Burnett, Bill Zuckschwerdt, Dean Youngbluth, Larry Jones and Steve Mayberry.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Thursday and after 10:00AM Friday.

Survived by her husband: Nelson Thomas, Buchanan; step-daughter: Gina Thomas Meyer, Murfreesboro; sons: Jeremy Buie, Paris, Bill (Rebecca) Zuckschwerdt, Paris; step-sons: Randy (Pam) Thomas, Waverly, Todd Thomas, New Concord, KY, Mark (Grace) Thomas, Buchanan, Shawnee (Jessica) Willis, Buchanan; sisters: Helen (Lynn) Key, Paris, Joyce Camper, Big Sandy; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents: James Edward and Alice Josephine Clendenin Rowlett.

Edna "Sue" Mortensen

Funeral service 2:00PM Friday at McEvoy Funeral Home with burial to follow at Bevil Cemetery.

Visitation 12:00 - 2:00PM Friday.

Survived by daughters: Jimmie Sue (Ronnie) Coburn, Caldwell, TX, Wendy Mortensen, Richmond, VA; sons: Don Mortensen, Henry, Walter Mortensen, Richmond, VA; sisters: Chloe York, Paris, Carolyn Carter, Mansfield; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Preceded by her parents: Jesse Earl and Verbal Edna Melton Toler; husband: Jimmy Nix, husband: Walt Mortensen; sisters: Claudine Frensley , Claire Nell Lankford and a brother: Earl Toler.

Mrs. Mortensen was raised in the Spring Hill Baptist Church and was a member of Free Church of Scotland Continuing of the Washington Metropolitan area. She was a Registered Nurse, graduate of Toler business College and a volunteer secretary for several organizations for many years. She had the privilege to help raise two granddaughters and a great-grandson for several years.


Steven Rushing

Funeral service 10:00AM Thursday at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Carlton Gerrell of TVCC officiating, burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.

Named as pallbearers are Ben Bomar, Austin French, Houston Forsythe, Jeffery Marshall, Brent Brewer and Jesse Nolan.

Visitation 4:00 - 8:00PM Wednesday and after 9:00AM Thursday.

He is survived by his father: Bill Rushing, Mt. Vernon, IN; grandparents: Pam and Dale Hastings, Paris, TN; sister: Brittany Rushing, Mt. Vernon, IN; brother: Adam Rushing, Mt. Vernon, IN; half-brother: Ben Taylor, Henry County, TN, he also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends.

He was preceded by his mother: Christine Ann Potirala, November 1, 2006.

Steven attended TVCC, was an Eagle Scout of Troop 28 in Paris, member of Henry County Cross Country, avid outdoorsman including fishing, hunting and four wheeling.

Memorials may be made to: Boy Scout Troop 28, c/o First Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Paris, TN 38242.

Lesley Tharpe

Lesley Tharpe

Ms. Lesley "Big Lez" Tharpe, 36, formerly Paris died Sunday, February 17, 2013, in an automoblie accident in Weakley County, TN.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Church In Paris (CIP) with Elder James Sears officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday at the church.

Rawls Funeral home in charge.

Dewey Hall

Dewey Hall

Dewey Hall, 83, Paris, died Monday, Feb. 18, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. Ridgeway Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

He married Peggy Wimberley Hall and she survives with three daughters, Joyce Pace, Camden; Teena Santamaria and Lisa Cochran, both of Colo.; and son Mike Hall, Paris.

He worked at Emerson Electric for 25 years.

Memorials may be directed to the Maplewood Baptist Church Building Gund, 8700 Hwy. 218 Bypass, Paris.

Marcella Chaffin

Marcella Marcie Chaffin, 80, died Monday, Feb. 18, at Henry County Healthcare. Services will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 6 p.m. Wednesday and cremation will follow.

She married Harley Robertson and he preceded in death. Local survivors include a daughter, Marie Hood, Paris; sons, Woody and Cecil Roberts, both of Paris; and sister, Mary Murray, Paris.

She worked at a nursing home in California.

Joe Hannah

Joseph Hannah, 81, Paris, died Sunday, Feb. 17 at Oak Manor Health Care Center in McKenzie. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Elkhorn Cemetery.

He owned and operated Hannah Lifttruck Co.

His wife, Jeanette, died in 2008. Survivors include a stepson, eddie White, Paris; and two daughters, Donna Looney and Debra Thomas, both of Memphis, and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Mildred Thompson

Mildred Thompson, 82, Paris, died Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in New Liberty Cemetery, Buchanan.

Her husband, Archie Thompson, is deceased. Survivors include a daughter, Pam Copeland, Paris; and son, Jeff, Dresden, plus numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

She retired from the Soil Conservation Service.

Johnny Sawyer

Johnny Sawyer, 71, Puryear, died Tuesday, Feb. 12 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Puryear.

He married Debbie Sawyers and she survives with a daughter, Stacy Smith, Martin; son, Steve, Puryear; sister, Stella Hutchens, Puryear and brother, William Sawyers, Puryear.

He raised cattle and tobacco and did some construction work.

Betty Alexander

Former Puryear resident, Betty Alexander, 83, passed away at her home on February 11, 2013 in Ocala, FL. She was born on November 3, 1929 in Michigan to Alfred and Bernice Grammer Nance. She married Joe Alexander in 1945 and was happily married for 67 years. He preceded her in death. She loved to work in her gardens, line dancing with her friends and spending time with her family, particularly with her grandchildren. Her country charm and caring for others will be fondly remembered forever. She is survived by daughter, Jamie Alexander Bevan, son-in-law, Jerry Bevan of Ocala, FL; grandchildren: April Alexander, Jason Alexander, Amber Bevan, and Derek Bevan. She was preceded in death by her sons, Johnnie Alexander and James Alexander. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 am at Foundry Hill Baptist Cemetery near Puryear, TN.

Margaret Sykes

Margaret Sykes

Margaret Veazey Sykes, 97, Orange City, Fla., died Jan. 31 at her home. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Walker Cemetery in Cottage Grove. McEvoy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

She was a librarian and teacher and a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church and was President of the United Methodist Women for four years. She also belonged to the Paris Quota Club.

Survivors include her son, Paul Sykes, Fla.; and her sister, Dorothy Gordon, N.Y.

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