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2010 Obituaries Archive: June 7-20


CHANCELLOR, ALABAMA: Joseph Trent Hicks, 84, died Monday, June 14, 2010 in Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva, Alabama. A memorial service with full military honors was Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m. in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in Geneva with Ray Dillon delivering the eulogy.

Mr. Hicks was born May 15, 1926 in Henry County to the late William Trent and Emma Jane Hicks. He was retired from the U.S. Army and Civil Service with the U.S. Government, where he worked for Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He served in WWII in the Pacific Campaign with the "Red Arrow" 32nd Division, H. Company 127th Infantry. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary G. Hicks of Chancellor, Alabama; children, Gail Ann (Barry) Hogentogler of Wheaton, Maryland and Joanne H. (Ray) Dillon of Chancellor, Alabama; sister-in-law, Nona Faye Hicks of Hollow Rock; grandchildren, Wesley D. (Bridget) Hogentogler, Andrew W. (Linda) Hogentogler; great-grandchildren, Drew, Amanda, Madeline and Olin; adopted family, Ginny and Dave Carlyle and daughter Kacey; several nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors

Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva was in charge of arrangements.



MCKENZIE: Sarah Ophelia Colbert, 90, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in Old Hickory, Tennessee. Graveside funeral service and burial were Sunday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at Bethel Cemetery in Lawrence County, Tennessee with Bro. Wesley Pitts officiating.

Mrs. Colbert was a native of Lawrence County, Tennessee, retired school teacher from McKenzie Elementary School, a member of the Baptist Church and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in McKenzie for 55 years. Her parents were the late Heber Kesley Kennedy and Jessie Jewell Freemon Kennedy. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Colbert, Sr.; brothers, Hugh Kennedy, F. D. Kennedy, and Clifford Kennedy; and one sister, Beatrice Rosson. Pallbearers were John Colbert, Jesse Colbert, Matt Colbert, Jeff Ethridge, Matt Mackey, Herb Gassie.

Survivors include: three sons, David (Jan) Colbert of Tallahassee, Florida, Kesley (Cathy) Colbert of Port St. Joe, Florida, and Leon (Paula) Colbert, Jr. of Nashville; two sisters, Adell Whitfield of Eldorado, Arkansas, and Ruby Nell Singleton of Rockledge, Florida; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial donations be made to: The Leon
and Sarah Ophelia Colbert Scholarship Fund, Bethel University, 325 Cherry Street, McKenzie, TN 38201. Condolences may be sent by way of the funeral home's Web site at



HUNTINGDON: Dorothy (Dot) Janice Vestal, 81, died Friday, June 18, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Dilday - Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Holmes and Bro. Lynn Stapleton officiating. Burial followed in Davis Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Vestal was born May 27, 1929 in Henderson to the late Charlie D. Cochran and Exie Allie (Finley) Cochran. She was a homemaker and a retired bookkeeper for the South Carroll Special School District, member of Davis Chapel United Methodist Church where she taught Adult Sunday School Class for over 40 years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Elbert Vestal, who passed away January 27, 2010; her stepmother, Millie Teague Cochran; one brother, Max D. Cochran; one sister, Mary J. Belcher; and one stepsister, Jo Ann Shorette.

Survivors include: one son, Elbert Ray (Linda) Vestal of Huntingdon; three daughters, Dianne (Randell) Brewer of
Smyrna, Mary (Larry) Moody of Huntingdon, and Martha (Kenn) Ferrari of Muldrow, Oklahoma; two brothers, Charles Donald (Shirley) Cochran of Scottsboro, Alabama, and Larry Wayne (Doris) Cochran of Woodville, Alabama; three sisters, Betty Ann (Lee) Maness of Madison Heights, Michigan, Gayle (Harrell) Shields of Lexington, and Phyllis Knolton of Henderson; two stepsisters, Earnestine Hays and Willie Mae Carter, both of Reagan, Tennessee; one sister-in-law, Mary Etta Cochran Ward of Pasadena, Texas; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Brewer (Rodney) Meshotto of Smyrna, Sybil Brewer (Matt) Stafford of Hermitage, Tennessee, Jason (Melissa) Moody of Atoka, Tennessee, Liessa Vestal of Aspen, Colorado, Jeffrey (Casie) Vestal of Huntingdon, Christopher (Lindsey) House, of Cedar Grove and Kacee Vestal of Huntingdon; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Renfroe, Johnny Blount, Jimmy Simpson, Danny Simpson, Kenneth Davis, Jr. and Mike Lewis.


IDA MAE JONES, 1921-2010

PARIS: Ida Mae Jones, 88, died Monday, June 14, at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris. Graveside services were Wednesday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at Shady Grove Cemetery with Jack Criswell officiating.

Ms. Jones was born August 29, 1921 in Paris to the late Ed Hart and Aluer Barnhill Hart. She was a former waitress for Park Edge Restaurant at Paris Landing and member of West Wood Pentecostal Church of God. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Beatrice Hart, Ruby Carrington, Elsie Freeman, Flora Garner, Sue Bule, and Eddie Lee Rogers; one grandchild and one step-grandchild.

Survivors include: two daughters, Linda Hosford of Paris and Tammy Vinson of South Carolina; four sons, Johnny
(Frances) Linsman and Kenneth Linsman, both of Paris, Edward (Debra) Linsman and Jimmy (Nancy) Harris, both of
Memphis; one step-daughter, Charline Graves of Henry; one sister, Frances Deim of Paducah, Kentucky; two brothers, Donald Hart of Puryear and Frank Hart of Paris; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Ridgeway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



MCKENZIE: Carrie Moore Reeder, 89, died Monday, June 14, 2010 at McKenzie Health Care. Funeral services were
Wednesday, June 16, 3 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Greenfield with Bro. Dennis Beal officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Greenfield.

Mrs. Reeder was born November 12, 1920 in Greenfield to the late Ezra Mitchell and Kate Black. She worked for McKenzie Elementary as a librarian assistant.

Survivors include: one daughter, Annette (Moore) Nash of McKenzie; two sons, James Harold Moore of Greenfield and Danny E. Moore of McKenzie; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



BRUCETON: Anna Rose McDaniel Pace, 82, died Wednesday, June 16, at Life Care Center in Bruceton. Graveside services were Friday, June 18, at 11 a.m. at Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock.

Mrs. Pace was born February 2, 1928 in East St. Louis, Missouri to the late Thomas Neal McDaniel and Brownie
Durden McDaniel. She was a housewife. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Edward Pace. Survivors include: one daughter, Theresa (Glenn) Averitt of Columbis, Michigan; one son, Tom Pace of Dickson; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.



HENRY: Annie M. Fitzgerald, 95, died Friday, June 18, at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Monday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Paul Veazey officiating. Burial followed in Benton Memory Gardens in Camden.

Mrs. Fitzgerald was born March 13, 1915 in Kentucky to the late William Roberson and Elizabeth Tarpley Roberson. She was a member of Maplewood Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Fitzgerald; one daughters, Corinne Nelle Fitzgerald; two sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include: two sons, James David "Jim" (Virginia) Fitzgerald of Paris and Thomas Edward Fitzgerald of Henry; one daughter, Alice (Cecil) Peach of Henry; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one



ADVANCE, NORTH CAROLINA: Betty Norris, 100, died Monday, June 7, 2010 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Services celebrating Betty's life were Sunday, June 13, at 3 p.m. at the Fifth Creek Presbyterian Church in Cool Springs, North Carolina with Rev. Bruce Lundy officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Norris, Daniel Norris, Jeffrey George, Bill Barnes, Jimmy Potts, Dave Smith and Billy Barnes.

Mrs. Norris was born Frances Elizabeth Goodman to the late John and Eleanor Goodman of Cool Springs, North Carolina. The Goodman family moved from Rowan County to Cool Springs when Betty was about 10 years old, and she finished school there in Cool Springs and went on to attend nursing school in Charlotte. Betty married Charles Glenn Norris and moved to Washington, D.C. where Glenn worked for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. As Glenn advanced in the company, he and Betty moved to Norristown, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, as a salesman for Fox and their first child, Carolyn, was born. Four years later, after moving to Roanoke, Virginia their second child (Ben) arrived in 1940. Their third child, Glenda Lee, also arrived during the time Glenn and Betty lived in Roanoke, but shortly thereafter, Glenn took over as the Branch Manager for Fox in the Washington D.C. office and the family moved to Northern Virginia.

As wife of a rising executive in the glamorous film industry, Betty was well served by her striking natural beauty. She played a very important part in Glenn's career as they entertained important clients and movie stars at the glitzy and glamorous parties and opening nights ("Premiers") of the various movies that Fox was promoting. When Glenn was promoted to regional sales manager he was asked to move to New York City. Betty and Glenn resisted at first, as the children were in school in Northern Virginia, but eventually Glenn was made National Sales Manager and had to move to the New York City area. While living outside of NYC in Short Hills, New Jersey, Glenn was advanced to Vice President of Marketing for the U.S., Hawaii and Canada, and Betty Norris played a key role in supporting and promoting his success.

When Glenn retired, he and Betty returned to Northern Virginia where Betty became interested in Real Estate and
began working as an agent for Ruth Robbins. After a second career of 20 years or so, they decided in 1990 to actually retire and they moved to Bermuda Village, North Carolina.

Survivors include: her sister, Nancy Goodman of Statesville; her three children, Carolyn Potts of McKenzie, Ben Norris and his wife, Jane, of Dutton, Virginia and Glenda Lee George and her husband, William of Vienna, Virginia, along with grandchildren: Jimmy Potts, Steven Norris, Lee Ann Barnes, Jeffrey George and Sarah Chaudray. Seven great-grandchildren also survive.

Condolences may be sent on line to the family to For those who prefer, in
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Feed The Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
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BRUCETON: James William Bryant, 83, died Monday, June 7, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Wednesday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Wendell Boyd officiating. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery.

Mr. Bryant was born July 7, 1926 in Trenton to the late Raymond Bryant and Ruth (Morgan) Bryant. He was a tow motor operator for the H.I.S. Company. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, William Boyd Bryant; one granddaughter, Heather Grooms; and four sisters, Christine McQuade, Velma Olson, Frances Bryant, and Margaret Balentine.

Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Frances (Balentine) Bryant of Bruceton; one daughter, Tammy Butler of Buena Vista; two sisters, Jean Trosper of Loves Park, Illinois and Clara Lewis of Linden; one brother, Tom Bryant
of Huntingdon; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


EDWARD LEE TUCKER, 1930 - 2010

HUNTINGDON: Edward Lee Tucker, 79, died Sunday, June 13, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Philip Halter officiating. Burial followed in New Liberty Cemetery.

Mr. Tucker was born October 15, 1930 in Carroll County to the late Alvin Tucker and Eunice (Woods) Tucker. He was a farmer and member of New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Mae Tucker; two daughters, Betty Mae Tucker and an infant daughter; and one grandson, Andy D. Tucker.

Survivors include: ten sons, James (Patti) Tucker of McKenzie, Darrell Tucker, Rodney (Debbie) Tucker, Billy (Kathy) Tucker, Roger (Janie) Tucker, Bev (Rose) Tucker, John (Lisa) Tucker, Jessie (Louise) Tucker, Jack Tucker, and Kenny (Kim) Tucker, all of Huntingdon; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


VERDIE MAE TAYLOR, 1919 - 2010

HUNTINGDON: Verdie Mae Taylor, 90, died Saturday, June 12, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Monday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Wendell Boyd officiating. Burial followed in Bethel

Mrs. Taylor was born September 28, 1919 in Carroll County to the late John Murray Wilson and Sidney Jane (Howard) Wilson. She was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a retired factory worker for Henry I. Siegel Company. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie Everett Taylor; two sons, Bobby Taylor and Tommy Taylor; one grandson; two great-grandsons; four brothers, Roy Wilson, Dale Wilson, Hubert Wilson, and Luther Wilson.

Survivors include: two daughters, Margie (David) Gibson and Patricia Taylor, both of Huntingdon; one son, Kenneth
Taylor of Blackstone, Virginia; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.



LINDEN, TENNESSEE: Linda Ann Warren Lee, 62, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Henderson County Community Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, June 11, at 3 p.m. at Young Funeral Home with Jeffery Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the Dr. O.A. Kirk Memorial Cemetery.

Ms. Lee was born August 21, 1947 to the late Raymond Allen Warren and Hattie Bell Plunkett Warren. She was a retired restaurant cook. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Alfred Warren; and two sisters, Lera Mae Wright and Helen Rickett.

Survivors include: three daughters, Loveda Jean Lee Potts, Shelly Ann Lee (Jose Luis) Ruiz, both of Lovelville, Tennessee, and Kristie Dawn (Randy) Jones of McKenzie; one brother, Robert (Jane) Warren of Linden; two sisters, Betty (Don) Adkins of Lindan and Glenda (Bill) Richardson of Waynesboro, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



PARIS: William Darrell Crouch, 71, died Saturday, June 12, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris with Joe McClure and Darmin "Dunk" Walley officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Cemetery in Paris.

Mr. Crouch was born May 7, 1939 in Paris to the late Joseph Carl Crouch and Mamie Boyd Crouch. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Allene Daniel and Verla Pauline Allen; two brothers, J.C. Crouch and Robert Wayne Crouch; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe Marie Crouch.

Survivors include: two daughters, Wanda Crouch of Paris and Teri McCullum of Henry; four sons, David (Wendy) Crouch and Mike (Jan) Crouch, both of Paris, Mark Crouch of Henry, and Jimmy Crouch of Cumloops, British Columbia; four sisters, Gail (Randy) Ramage of Madisonville, Kentucky, Virginia (John) Wilson and Phyllis McBride, both of Paris, and Linda Snyder of Murfreesboro; one brother, Joe Lee (Earline) Crouch of Paris; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


JACK RICE JONES, 1925-2010

PARIS: Jack Rice Jones, 85, died Sunday, June 13, 2010 at his home. A memorial service is Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Rob Martin officiating. Cremains burial is Friday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery in Erin.

Mr. Jones was born April 26, 1925 to the late Jessie Lee 'Jack" Jones and Myra Rice Estes. He was former owner/operator of Jack Jones Flower Shop in Paris, member First United Methodist Church, former Paris City Commissioner, member Project Help Board, Henry County Food Bank, Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Paris Choral Society and First Methodist Church choir member for 50 years plus. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Cherry Jones; one brother, Dr. S. Lane Bicknell; and stepmother, Sally Lane Jones.

Survivors include: two daughters, Susan Jones of Paris and Cherry Jones of New York, New York; and two step-grandchildren. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jack Jones Flower Shop and Thursday from 6 p.m. to time of service at First United Methodist Church.



Betty Jean Williams Milam, 65, died Sunday, June 13, 2010 at her home. Funeral services are Thursday, June 17, at
Rawls Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Wilma Pearson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Milam was born August 10, 1943 in Camden to the late Horace and Mae Sue McCullough Williams. She was a factory worker. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Hudson and Thelma Williams; and one brother, Bobby Williams.

Survivors include: her husband, William C. Milam; children, William C. (Ella) Milam, Jr. and Jamie Milam, both of Henry, Lisa (Ronnie) Webb of Hollow Rock; one goddaughter, and four grandchildren.
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