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2010 Obituaries Archive: August 30-September 12


MCKENZIE: Terry Leaborn Smothers, 50, died Sunday, September 5, 2010 at Regional Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services were Wednesday, September 8, 1 p.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Gary S. Collier officiating. The body was cremated.

Mr. Smothers was born December 26, 1959 in Paris to the late Leaborn Smothers and Theda Jane Lemonds. He formerly worked construction and was a U.S. Army veteran. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Smothers; two sisters, Kathy Brinkley and Belinda Clayton; and one brother, Danny Brinkley.

Survivors include: three daughters, Cheri (Tracy) Townes of McKenzie, Kayla Smothers of Paris, and Paige Smothers of Camden; two sons, Terrance Smothers of Parsons and Kevin Smothers of Paris; three sisters, Gail McFarland and Angie Luther, both of Paris, and Tina (Gary) Flood of Springville; one brother, Timmy Smothers; and six grandchildren.



COLUMBUS, INDIANA: Larry Edward Abner, 62, died Saturday, September 11, 2010 after a brief illness.
Mr. Abner was born in Manchester, Kentucky to the late Jeanette Spurlock and Howard Spurlock of the Latham community.

Survivors include: three children, Charles Abner, Melissa Abner and Meghan Abner; two grandchildren; two brothers, James Spurlock of Gleason and Gary Spurlock of Dresden; and five sisters, Gail Burkhart of Lily, Kentucky, Nora House of Hamilton, Ohio, Wanda Lew and Betty Spurlock, both of Union City, and Viola Spurlock of Hornbeak.



CEDAR GROVE: Dennis Wayne Carroll, 29, died Friday, September 10, 2010. Funeral services were Monday, September 13, at 1 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Burton officiating. Burial followed in New Independence Cemetery.

Mr. Carroll was born August 22, 1981 in Paris. He attended the Faith in Christ Ministries Church and worked in construction work and logging. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lula Mae Carroll, in July of 2007.
Survivors include: his father, Ralph Carroll of Cedar Grove; and one sister, Peggy Jane (Frank) Shaskan of Eagle River, Alaska.



LEXINGTON: Edward Ray Woods, 68, died Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services were Thursday, September 2, at Reed's Chapel in Lexington with Bro. Clint Ezell officiating. Burial followed in Central Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Woods was born April 22, 1942 to the late Alsie and Flossie Woods. He was retired from Century Electric and a member of County Line Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Christine Roberts.

Survivors include: his wife, Judy Faye (Eubanks) Parish Woods of McKenzie; one daughter, Lisa (Ed) Scott; two sons, John Woods and Dan (Amanda) Woods, both of Lexington; two stepdaughters, Annette (Mark) Stokes of McKenzie and Sherry (Bud) Hoffmann of Lexington; one stepson, Glenn (Darla) Parish of McKenzie; one sister, Catherine Grooms of Enville; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



HUNTINGDON: Roger Wade Bryant, 52, died Monday, September 6, 2010 at Life Care Center in Bruceton. Graveside funeral services were Wednesday, September 8, at 11 a.m. at Finger Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Bryant was born September 2, 1958 in Hernando, Mississippi to the late Hezekiah Bryant and Ruby L. (Russell) Bryant. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Bryant.

Survivors include: two sisters, Thelma Bryant Walker of Huntingdon and Rosa Kahler of Erid, Mississippi; five brothers, Stafford Bryant of Louisiana, Gary Bryant of Forsyth, Georgia, Hezekiah Bryant, Jr. of South Haven, Mississippi, Kenneth Bryant of Hornlake, Mississippi and Tim Bryant of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



MCKENZIE: Catherine Delores Rich, 71, died Friday, September 10, 2010 at her home. The family selected cremation for her services.

Mrs. Rich was born to the late Michael and Delores Farmelo. She was retired from Pitney Bowes.
Survivors include: her husband, Walter A. Rich of McKenzie.


BOBBY G. MITCHELL, 1934-2010

MARTIN: Bobby G. Mitchell, 76, died Friday, September 10, at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 14, at 1 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home in Martin with Rev. Mike Blake officiating.

Mr. Mitchell was born May 31, 1934 to the late Milburn F. Mitchell and Ora Evelyn Mullins Mitchell. He was retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, Brenda Stafford Mitchell and Dorothy Crouch Mitchell.

Survivors include: his wife, Nina Kay Thomas Mitchell of Martin; two sons, Terry Mitchell of Martin and Barry Mitchell of Florida; two stepsons, Christopher Puckett of South Fulton, Tennessee and Paul Puckett of Dukedom; one daughter, Janet Mitchell Ashley of Atwood; one stepdaughter, Kathy Collins of Paris; one sister, Elizabeth Singleton of Bradford; seven children and two great-grandchildren.



MCLEMORESVILLE: Larry J. Williamson, 61, died Thursday, September 2, 2010 at his home. Memorial services were Saturday, September 11, at 2 p.m. at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McLemoresville with Rev. Kenneth Hillsman officiating.

Mr. Williamson was born to the late Edgar and Samella Hunt Williamson. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by six brothers, Henry, William "Joe", Edward, GW, Milton and George Williamson.

Survivors include: one daughter, Raina (Rafael) Rawlings of Detroit, Michigan; four sisters, Linda (William) Smith of Nashville, Elizabeth Webb, Elsie (Albry) Price, and Sammie (Carston) Hughley, all of Cleveland, Ohio; and two brothers, Neal (Priscilla) Williamson of Trezevant and Michael (Sylvia) Williamson of Detroit, Michigan.



PARIS: Charles Alton French, 68, died Saturday, September 11, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, September 13, at 2 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Dwight Turner officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris.

Mr. French was born December 31, 1941 in Camden to the late Herman Bryant French and Alma Frances Winsett French. He was retired after 40 years with Haldex and was a Baptist. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Cristy Lancaster; and one granddaughter, Shelby Hoskins.

Survivors include: his wife, Kathy Simmons French of Paris; two daughters, Karen (Tim) Odom of Big Sandy and Melinda (Mark) Tomlin of Paris; two sons, Ronnie (Shannon) French of Springville and Michael (Mary Beth) Lancaster of Paris; one sister, Darlene (Ralph) Smothers of Springville; two brothers, Jimmy (Barbara) French of Springville and Mike (Kathy) French of Henry; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



HUNTINGDON: Clifford Dwayne Horton, 80, died Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, September 3, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Beal officiating. Burial followed in Liberty All Cemetery.

Mr. Horton was born May 7, 1930 in Bradford to the late Lucian McCall Horton and Elah Mattie (Boswell) Horton. He was a retired self-employed carpenter, Baptist by belief, member of the Tennessee Constable Association and an Army Korean War veteran.

Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Sue (Matlock) Horton of Huntingdon; five daughters, Betty Jean (D.J.) Tyler of Huntingdon, Trish (Steve) McClure of Paris, Kathy (Kenneth) Carson of Huntingdon, Rita (Mike) Crocker of McKenzie, Danita (James) Land of Huntingdon; two sons, Mike Horton of Dresden and Johnny (Theresa) Horton of McKenzie; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.



HUNTINGDON: Joseph Paul Parker, 76, died Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Oak Manor Health Care Center in McKenzie. Funeral services were Sunday, September 5, at 3 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Parker officiating. Burial followed in Humbles Cemetery.

Mr. Parker was born March 31, 1934 in Huntingdon to the late David Parker and Thelma (Murphy) Parker. He was a construction worker for Dement Construction Company.

Survivors include: four daughters, Gloria Huffman of McKenzie, Margret White of Milan, Christella Moore and Brandy Tyus, both of Lavergne; three sons, Dexter Parker of Huntingdon, Joseph Parker and Jeffery Parker, both of Lexington; one sister, Eula Mae Belk of Virginia; six brothers, Herbert Parker, Dossey Parker, and Dennis Parker, all of Huntingdon, Howard Parker of Lexington, J.L. Parker of Indianapolis, Indiana and Lindsey Parker of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



HUNTINGDON: Annie Marie Bradfield, 76, died Friday, September 3, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. Funeral services were Sunday, September 5, at 1 p.m. at Faith in Christ with Bro. Wayne Burton officiating. Burial followed at Davis Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Bradfield was born January 31, 1934 in Carroll County to the late William Earl Robinson and Sammie (Coleman) Robinson. She was a retired factory worker for Publix Shirt Corporation, a member of the Huntingdon Church of Christ and a participant in the Relay for Life. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Bradfield; one son, Mark Bradfield; and two sisters.

Survivors include: three sons, Mike (Barbara) Dickson of Madison, Alabama, Steve (Brenda) Dickson of Bruceton, and David Capley of Tucson, Arizona; one sister, Peggy (Ken) McIver of Camden; five grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



PARIS: Sudie Mae Edwards, 83, died Monday, September 6, 2010 at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris. Funeral services are Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with burial in Carroll Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Edwards was born March 17, 1927 in McKenzie to the late John Daniel and Goldia Winsett Wilson. She was a retired housekeeper at McKenzie Memorial Hospital, member of McKenzie United Presbyterian Church, member of the Eula Thorne Missionary Society, and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary at McKenzie VFW Post #4939. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glen William Edwards; three sisters, Thelma Akins, Pauline Reynolds and Adell Matheney; and one brother, Bill Wilson.

Survivors include: one daughter, Pam (Richard) Roblyer of Paris; two sons, Jerry (Emma Ellen) Edwards of Conway, South Carolina and Kevin (Anna) Edwards of Paris; one brother, J.D. Wilson of Paris; and seven grandchildren, Adrian Featherstone and John Smith, both of Florida, Shane Edwards and Brock Edwards, both of Virginia, Michael Edwards, Macey Edwards, and Maggie Edwards, all of Paris.

The family will receive friends Friday, September 10, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service.



MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE: Dr. Billy Harrell Blanks, 75, retired radiologist and long-time resident of Maryville, Tennessee, died Saturday morning, August 28, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. Dr. Blanks is survived by his wife of 53 years, Julia Ann Vawter Blanks; and three daughters, Suzanne Snow of Alcoa, wife of Dr. David Snow; Beth Scott of Jamestown, North Carolina, wife of Danny Scott; and Caroline Petree of Maryville. He is also survived by son-in-law Stan Petree. Dr. Blanks also leaves a brother, Jamie Blanks of Tullahoma, Tennessee and three grandchildren, Julia Petree and Andrew Petree of Maryville, and Lindsay Scott of Jamestown, North Carolina.

Dr. Blanks was born on September 16, 1934 in McLemoresville in West Tennessee and raised in Hohenwald, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ezekiel Blanks and Lily Norene Harrell Blanks.

In 1957 at the age of 22, Dr. Blanks was graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, one of the youngest students ever to earn a medical degree from UT. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. After medical school he served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years which included a tour of Japan. In 1964 Dr. Blanks and his family moved to Maryville where he joined Maryville Radiology and Associates, eventually becoming chief of staff at Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville. He retired from full-time practice in 1996.

Beginning in his childhood, Dr. Blanks was enamored of hobby shops and the building of scale models. He eventually set up a fully stocked private hobby shop in the basement of his home. In later years he won numerous regional and national events with his scratch-built railroad models. He also constructed and flew radio-controlled airplanes in addition to building literally hundreds of model airplanes and military vehicles.

Services were Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 4 p.m. at Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive, Maryville, with Herb Byrd II, elder, officiating. Burial followed at Grandview Cemetery, Maryville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the UT College of Medicine or to the charity of one's choice.

Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, was in charge of arrangements.
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MCKENZIE: Ina Mai Berryhill, 94, died Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at her home. Funeral services were Thursday, August 26, at 11 a.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mrs. Berryhill was born July 12, 1916 to the late W.S. and Sally Fly Houston. She was a homemaker and member of Blooming Grove Methodist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Mattie Bell Houston, Mary Frances Phelps, Pansy Martin, and Billie Davis; and three brothers, James Howard Houston, Pat Houston and Joe Houston.

Survivors include: one son, Tommy Berryhill of McKenzie; three grandchildren, Kim Chandler of Memphis, Jennifer (Tommy) Britt of Jackson and Richie (April) Berryhill of McKenzie; and five great-grandchildren, Natalie Chandler, Ryder Britt, Eli Britt, Emilee Kate Britt and Brody Berryhill.



MCKENZIE: James Richard Ruffell, III, 68, died Sunday, August 22, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Wednesday, August 25, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Church of Christ with Bro. Jim Roberts and Bro. John Forgy officiating. Burial followed in Carroll Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Ruffell was born June 8, 1942 in Memphis to the late James Richard Ruffell and Connie Sherrill Baker Tucker. He was a member of the McKenzie Church of Christ, a retired school teacher having taught in the Huntingdon Special School District for 22 years and the Cisne, Illinois School District for 11 years.

Survivors include: his wife of 45 years, Janice Cozart Ruffell; two sons, James Richard (Stephanie) Ruffell, IV, of Huntingdon and Jeremy Mark Ruffell of Huntingdon; one sister, Julia H. Winters of McKenzie; one stepbrother, Steve Baker of McKenzie; and two grandchildren.

Dilday Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



PRINCETON, KENTUCKY: Rev. Bill Pettit, 83, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at his home following a short illness. Funeral services were Saturday, August 28, at 1 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home with Rev. Don Tabor and Rev. Ray Board officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery with military graveside honors.

Rev. Pettit was a retired Cumberland Presbyterian Minister, a member of Good Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the American Legion and a U.S. Army veteran from WWII. He was a graduate of Bethel College in McKenzie in 1959. He had been pastor of the following churches: Giles Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem C.P. Church, Crider KY; Crayne C.P. Church, Fredonia C.P. Church, Bethel and McAdoo C.P. Churches in Clarksville, TN; Waverly C.P. Church, Waverly, TN; Silverdale C.P. Church, Chattanooga, TN; Mt. Zion C.P. Church, Philpot, KY; Mt. Sharon C.P. Church, Greenbrier, TN and Good Springs C.P. Church, Caldwell Co. KY

Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Jennie Oliver Pettit of Princeton, Kentucky; one son, Mark (Juna) Pettit of Adamsville, Tennessee; four daughters, Christy (Pat) Burns of Blythewood, South Carolina; Kelly (Joe) Falder of Princeton, Kentucky; Nancy Freeman of Princeton, Kentucky; and Beth (Larry) Jirik of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; two sisters, Mattie Grace Pierce of Louisville, Tennessee and Pat Kelley of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; one sister-in-law, Lou Ella Oliver of Princeton, Kentucky; 17 grandchildren, Ginny Burns (Tim) Vann, Tim Jared (Angela) Burns, Kory (Mandy) Oliver, Kasey Oliver, Amy Falder, Heidi Falder, Anne Falder, Scott (Amanda) Falder, Karri Freeman, Ben Freeman, John Mark Pettit, Alli Pettit, Andrew Pettit, Laura Dee Pettit, Christian Jirik, Brian Jirik, and Justin Jirik; four great-grandchildren, Klayton and Kenna Vann, Ava and Ziva Falder; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Pennyroyal Hospice, 220 Burley Dr., Hopkinsville, KY 42240.



PENSACOLA, FLORIDA: Patricia L. Thomas Marchesi, 67, died Saturday, August 21, 2010 after battling a long battle of cancer. A memorial service was Friday, August 27, in a chapel in Pensacola, Florida.
Mrs. Marchesi was born August 17, 1943 in Carroll County. She made Pensacola her home for 20 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Aaron Thomas.

Survivors include: her mother, Corinne Thomas; her husband of 40 years, Don Marchesi of Pensacola, Florida; four children, Sonja Cooper (Ivan) Valdivieso of Dixon, Illinois, Keith (Christy) Marchesi of Hartford, Kentucky, Gene Marchesi of Rochelle, Illinois and Donna Marchesi (Robert) Stegall of Richardson, Texas; seven grandchildren; four sisters, Barbara Walker of Florida, Janice Prell of Ohio, Judy Barnhart of Jackson and Nancy Barnhart of Bruceton; and two brothers, Jackie Thomas of Huntingdon and Noel Thomas of Murray, Kentucky.


ROBERT T. DELANEY, 1929-2010

SPRINGVILLE: Robert T. Delaney, 81, died Saturday, August 28, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Sunday, August 29, at 4 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Jimmy Allison officiating. Burial followed in Double Springs Cemetery in Milan.

Mr. Delaney was born May 10, 1929 in Gleason to the late Glenn Delaney and Mary Belle Bynum Delaney. He was a former inspector for the Department of Agriculture, former ordinance inspector at Milan Arsenal, and member of Sand Hill Baptist Church in Gleason.

Survivors include: his wife, Doris Delaney of Springville; and one son, Buddy Hughes of Springville.


ROBERT NELL DILL, 1914 - 2010

HUNTINGDON: Robertnell Dill, 95, died Sunday, August 22, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Wednesday, August 25, at 11 a.m. at Palmer Shelter United Methodist Church with Bro. Wayne Holmes officiating. Burial followed in Palmer Shelter Cemetery.

Mrs. Dill was born December 18, 1914 in Carroll County to the late Lucian Robert Bennett and Izonia (Davis) Bennett. She was a homemaker and a member of Palmer Shelter United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hulon Dill; one sister, Willodean Bennett; and one brother, Vernon Bennett.

Survivors include: one daughter, Cindy (Mark) Williams of Huntingdon; one son, Lindy (Charlotte) Dill of Huntingdon; one sister, Margaret Woods of Somerville; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.



ATWOOD: Richard Lee Pearson, 59, died Monday, August 23, 2010 at Milan General Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, August 28, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Church with Rev. Terry Fuller officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Mr. Pearson was born January 21, 1951 in Carroll County to the late Miles Pearson and Clara Ellen (Cunningham) Pearson. He was a retired self-employed construction worker.

Survivors include: his wife, Annie Lee Pearson of Atwood; four daughters, Sandra K. Grigsby, Crystal Pearson, Sybil Pearson, and Michelle Street-Czapp, all of Nashville; two sisters, Helen Pearson and Linda Pearson; one brother, Larry C. Pearson; and two grandchildren.


ILA MAE EVANS, 1928-2010

MCKENZIE: Ila Mae Evans, 81, died Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Henry County Health Care. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 31, at 1 p.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home with Ed Davis officiating. Burial followed in Bevil Cemetery.

Mrs. Evans was born November 26, 1928 in Henry County to the late Dewey Marcum and Minnie Simpson Marcum. She formerly worked at Salant & Salant and Hutson's Green House. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Evans' three sisters, Pauline Atchison, Orene Webb and Margaret Marcum; and two brothers, Otis Marcum and Billy Joe Marcum.

Survivors include: two daughters, Brenda Lou (Bruce) Flanagan of Lexington and Rhonda Jean (Clyde) Barnard of McKenzie; one son, Elwood (Jane) Evans of Paris; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



MCKENZIE: Chad Anthony Turman, 35, died Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Funeral services are Thursday, September 2, at 6 p.m. at McKenzie Church of Christ with Jim Roberts and Jarred Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mr. Turman was born April 15, 1975 in Jackson. He was a Supervisor at Charter Communications and member of McKenzie Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his father, David Turman.

Survivors include: his wife, Brandy Russell Turman of McKenzie; one daughter, Grayce Turman of McKenzie; one son, Russell Turman of McKenzie; his parents, Lewis and Patti Foster of Huntingdon; two sisters, Lindsay Turman Liddle and Jennifer Foster Johnson, both of Huntingdon; and one brother, Scott Turman of Huntingdon.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home and Thursday at the Church of Christ from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



CEDAR GROVE: Gracie Berlyn Barger, 88, died Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation. Funeral services are Wednesday, September 1, at 3 p.m. at Leach Seventh Day Adventist Church with Bro. Lynn Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow in Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery.

Mrs. Barger was born April 1, 1922 in Carroll County to the late Nole V. Kelly and Pearl H. (Lewis) Kelly. She was a retired seamstress for H.I.S. Company and a member of Leach Seventh Day Adventist Church where she also served as the church secretary for ten years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Clayton Barger; one son, Kelly Barger; five sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include: one daughter, Peggy Rich of Cedar Grove; two sons, Doug Barger and Ricky (Denise) Barger, both of Huntingdon; two brothers, Dwayne (Olitta) Kelly and Billy Dean Kelly, both of Cedar Grove; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Chase Funeral Home Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.


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