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2010 Obituaries Archive: September 13 - 27

WILLIAM FLETCHER "BILL" SINGLETON, SR., 1912-2010

MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI: William Fletcher "Bill" Singleton, Sr., 98, died Monday, September 20, 2010 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were Thursday, September 23, 2 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home with Jim Young and Ron Cooper officiating. Burial followed in Oddfellow Cemetery in Quitman, Mississippi.

Mr. Singleton was a member of Grandview Church of Christ. He served for many years as an Elder of Seventh Street Church of Christ and continued at Grandview as a Bible teacher and song leader. Singing spiritual songs was his passion. His priorities were his God, Jesus' church and family.

Mr. Singleton was born on March 9, 1912 to the late Milliard E. and Pearl Singleton of Trezevant. He graduated from Trezevant High School in 1930 and attended Bethel College in McKenzie from 1931 to 1932. He served in the United States Marine Corps from December 1943 to March 1946, specializing in engineering. He saw oversees service in World War II in Saipan, Okinawa, and the Japan Occupation. He retired from East Mississippi Power Association as Assistant Chief Engineer, with 25 years of service. Former manager, Emmett Murray said, "He was probably the most loved employee of the Association." Besides his parents he was preceded in death sisters, Claudine Ross of Knoxville, Josie Rochelle Essary of Trezevant and Jessie Dickson of Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was a 50 year resident of Basic City, in Clarke County. Later, he moved to Meridian. He enjoyed gardening, farm animals and sharing crops with friends and family.

Survivors include: his beloved wife of 67 years, Willie Marie of Meridian; sons, Fletcher Singleton, Jr. of Dallas, Texas and Sandy Singleton of Meridian; daughters, Sue (Jim) Young of Meridian and Ruth (Billy Glenn) Alexander of Geiger, Alabama; grandchildren, Natalie McCulley of Roanoke, Texas, Brad Young of Meridian, Kimberley (Bill) Greene of Austin, Texas, Gloria (Scottie) Mayatt of Bailey, Mississippi, and Holly (Gene) Hurst of Meridian; great-grandchildren, J.T. and Jeremy Greene, Payton, Caden and Brody Mayatt, Anna Kathryn Young, Will Parker and Eli Hurst.
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JOE A. ROBERTS

GLEASON: Joe A. Roberts, 70, died Thursday, September 23, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, September 26, at 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mr. Roberts was born to the late Virgil and Ruth Ella Roberts. He was a retired fork truck operator at World Color in Dresden. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Roberts; and two sisters, Becky Roberts and Sandra Montgomery.

Survivors include: three daughters Rhonda J. Roberts of Lebanon, Kimberly Ann Roberts and Mary Monica Roberts, both of McKenzie; one stepson, Gary Samuel Beaty of Paris; two brothers, Donald Roberts of Dresden and Bobby Roberts of Gleason; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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PAULINE LAVERNE REYNOLDS, 1930-2010

GLEASON: Pauline Laverne Reynolds, 80, died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 28, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Bob Copeland officiating. Burial followed in Beech Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Reynolds was born August 20, 1930 in Walnut, Mississippi to the late Jack Culver and Dovie (Usery) Culver. She was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Jimmy Reynolds, Jackie Reynolds, and Danny Reynolds; and one stepdaughter, Linda Norris.

Survivors include: her husband, Emmitt Reynolds of Gleason; one daughter, Vicki (Bobby) Babb of Gleason; one son, Roger Don (Barbara) Reynolds of Camden; three sisters, Bonnie Campbell of Trenton, Yvonne Ramos of Pontiac, Michigan, and Fay Carey of Dyer.

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LIZA MARIE MCMINN HOLLOWELL, 1923 - 2010

CEDAR GROVE: Liza Marie McMinn Hollowell, 87, died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 28, at 1 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Nickey McMinn officiating. Burial followed in Hopewell Cemetery.

Mrs. Hollowell was born September 11, 1923 in Carroll County to the late Luther Dewey McMinn and Mary Anna Louise (Bowles) McMinn. She was a homemaker. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Frankland Hollowell; three sisters, Ora Corraine McMinn Blankenship, Mildred Sue McMinn Barber, and Martha Lucille McMinn Walls.

Survivors include: two sisters, Lorene McMinn (Richard) Pinkley of Milan and Doris Lee McMinn of Lexington; three brothers, Thomas Allen (Linda) McMinn, and Jimmy Don (Sandee) McMinn, both Milan, and Prentice Junior (Betty) McMinn of Cedar Grove.

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LINDA GIBSON PARHAM

BARTLETT, TENNESSEE: Linda Gibson Parham, 64, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at her home. Private services were held.

Survivors include: her husband of 42 years, Jimmy Parham; three children, Wendell (Teresa) Parham of Cordova, Michael Hall of Bartlett and Jennifer (Randy) Tanner of Collierville; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Forest Hill East Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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FREDA JEAN DAVIS EDWARDS, 1933-2010

MCKENZIE: Freda Jean Davis Edwards, 77, died Monday, September 27, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services are Thursday, September 30, at 11 a.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Elders Buren Churchwell and Ed Long officiating. Burial will follow in Everett's Chapel Cemetery near McKenzie.

Mrs. Edwards was born April 11, 1933 in Ida, Arkansas to the late Grover L. and Martha Jane Reed Davis. She was a nursing assistant and former owner of the City Cafe in McKenzie, member of McKenzie Primitive Baptist Church, graduate of Wilburn, Arkansas High School, former Boy Scouts Den Mother and avid quilt maker.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Shawnna Edwards Brittingham; three sisters, Ather Davis Moorehead, Ethel Davis Reeves, Ava Davis Sanders; and six brothers, Otis Davis, Oather Davis, Oran Davis, Opie Davis and two infant brothers.

Survivors include: her husband of 57 years (April 16, 1953), Billy Ray Edwards; two sons, Billy Keith (Tamara) Edwards of Buchanan and Dennis Ray (Gale) Edwards of McKenzie; one brother, Omer Davis of Quitman, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Jason Edwards of McKenzie, Billy (Tammy) Edwards of Buchanan, and Chandra Edwards (Joel) Pate; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Memorials may be sent to her church: McKenzie Primitive Baptist Church, 35 Woodrow Street, c/o James Barton, 7200 Hwy. 423, McKenzie, TN 38201.

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ALFRED T. JOHNSON

FINGER, TENNESSEE: Alfred T. Johnson, 58, formerly of McKenzie, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Funeral services were Monday, September 20, at 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie with cremation to follow.

Mr. Johnson was born to the late Troy C. and Vonnelle Coleman Johnson. He was retired from Alcoa as an electrical supervisor and was an avid Falconer.

Survivors include: two daughters; Heather (Francisco) Garcia of Shreveport, Louisiana and Melanie R. Johnson of Dover, Delaware; their mother, Marlene K. Johnson; one sister, Janie J. (Joseph) Daniel of Jackson; four brothers, Wilfred C. (Annette Sue) Johnson of Enville, Tennessee, Winfred R. (Heather) Johnson, Aldred K. (Betty Jane) Johnson and Wreford (Stephanie) Johnson, all of McKenzie; and one granddaughter, Isabella Garcia.

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JOHNNIE MACK HOLLINGSWORTH, SR., 1950-2010

BRUCETON: Johnnie Mack Hollingsworth, Sr., 59, died Monday, September 13, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Thursday, September 16, 2 p.m. at Bruceton Funeral Home with Bro. Matthew Floyd officiating. Burial followed in McAuley Cemetery near Buena Vista with military rites.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born December 30, 1950 in Buena Vista to the late Noah and Vivian Butler Hollingsworth. He was a Vietnam Army veteran and mill operator for Hall's Sawmill. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Jackson and Mary Matheny; and four brothers, Ronald Dale Hollingsworth, Larry Hollingsworth, David Lee Hollingsworth and Noah Thomas Hollingsworth.

Survivors include: one son, Johnny Mack Hollingsworth, Jr. of Camden; four sisters, Pansy (Fred) Lawton of Bruceton, Patricia (Ronnie) Fowler of Buena Vista, Charlotte (Barry) Taylor and Sarah (Billy) Roberts, both of Hollow Rock; one brother, James Darrell (Ethel) Hollingsworth of Camden; and two grandchildren.

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FLORA FULLER MOORE, 1918-2010

MCKENZIE: Flora Fuller Moore, 91, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, September 17, 11 a.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie.

Mrs. Moore was born November 14, 1918 in Carroll County to the late John Elmer and Emma Crocker Fuller. She was a member of First Baptist Church, McKenzie and a homemaker.

Survivors include: her son, Rendel Moore of Memphis, and several nieces and nephews.

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ELIZABETH JANE ADAMS, 1923-2010

MCKENZIE: Elizabeth Jane Adams, 86, died September 19, 2010, at McKenzie Healthcare Center.
Funeral services were Tuesday, September 21, at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Trezevant Cemetery.

Mrs. Adams was born in McKenzie on September 26, 1923 to the late Harvey and Irene Holmes Adams. She was a member of First Baptist Church, McKenzie and worked clerical at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Survivors include: one sister, Louise Sparks of McKenzie, and several nieces and nephews.

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MARY SPEARS, 1919-2010

BROWNSBURG, INDIANA: Mary (McCann) Spears, 90, formerly of Danville, Indiana, died Monday, September 13, 2010 at Brownsburg Meadows. Funeral services were Friday, September 17, at Weaver & Randolph Funeral Home in Danville with Rev. Danny Wilhite officiating. Burial followed in Clayton Cemetery.

Mrs. Spears was born September 14, 1919 in Lee County, Virginia to the late John and Myrtle (Necessary) McCann. She married Zeb Spears who preceded her in death. She was a longtime Christian attending Kessler Crest Baptist Church in Indianapolis and was a homemaker.

Survivors include: her children, Ozzie and Junior Spears, both of Greenfield, Rose Ruddell of Indianapolis, Eula Mercer of McKenzie, Sue Dillion of Indianapolis and Unave Beck of Clayton; one sister, Gladys Spears of Kingsport; 16 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

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JERRY LYNN HARDY, 1950-2010

HUNTINGDON: Jerry Lynn Hardy, 60, died Friday, September 17, 2010 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 21, at 1 p.m. at Dilday - Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn O'Bryant officiating. Burial followed in Carroll Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Hardy was born July 6, 1950 in Carroll County to the late Jimmie Hardy and Ava (Parsons) Hardy. He was a member of the Huntingdon Church of Christ and a retired employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber with 32 years of service.

Survivors include: his wife of 42 years, Norma Hardy; two daughters, Janet (Joe David) Hilliard of Huntingdon and Adriana (Robby) Jenkins of Pickwick; one sister, Sue Woods of Bolivar; one brother, Larry Hardy of Huntsville, Alabama; and two grandchildren.

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BROOXIE V. COOPER, 1926-2010

HOLLOW ROCK: Brooxie V. Cooper, 84, died Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Life Care Center in Bruceton. Funeral services were Monday, September 20, at 11 a.m. at Dilday - Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Boyd officiating. Burial followed in Barren Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper was born March 3, 1926 in Henry County to the late Andrew Swindell and Onie Chandler Swindell. She was a retired postal worker and member of Barren Springs Presbyterian Church.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Cooper.

Survivors include; five sons, Larry Cooper of Atoka, Tennessee, Mike, Eddie, Tim, and Stan, all of Camden; one grandchild, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

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TEXAS "TEXIE" BELL LAWRENCE, 1931-2010

MCKENZIE: Texas "Texie" Bell Lawrence, 79, died Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in McKenzie. Funeral services were Monday, September 20, 10 a.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Wall and Gary S. Collier officiating. Burial followed in Old Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

"Texie", who was born January 26, 1931 in Henry County to the late Robert I. Lawrence and Lucy Mae Barham Lawrence, formerly worked at the Hope Center in Huntingdon. "Texie" was preceded in death by two sisters, Jewel Bethrine Lemons and Alice Winifred Cate; and six brothers, James Howard Lawrence, Louis Flavel Lawrence, Jesse Franklin Lawrence, Robert Lee Lawrence, R.B. Lawrence, and Lynn Gayle Lawrence.

Survivors include: four sisters, Wilmadell (Richard) Tanner and Mildred Carleen (J.D.) Wilson, both of Paris, Helen (Edward) Malone of Henry and Juana (Jerome) Matasu of Florida; and one brother, Oswe (Betty) Lawrence of St. Charles, Missouri.

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BRENDA JOYCE UMSTEAD, 1946 - 2010

LEXINGTON: Brenda Joyce Umstead, 63, died Tuesday September 14, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Thursday, September 16, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Clark officiating. Burial followed in Sellers Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Umstead was born December 13, 1946 in Portageville, Missouri. She was a retired dietitian for the Lexington Manor Nursing Home and a member of the Juno Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her father, William Jefferies, and two brothers, Tony Jefferies and Monty Jefferies.

Survivors include: her mother, Opal Jefferies of Clarksburg; two daughters, Donna (Richie) Smith of Henderson and Jeannie (Darryl) Arnold of Lexington; one son, David Scott of Lexington; one sister, Motty Sue Beckham of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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LEWIS DWAYNE GAMBLIN, 1936 - 2010

BRUCETON: Lewis Dwayne Gamblin, 74, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. Funeral services were Friday, September 17, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Sturdivant and Bro. Dan Winkler officiating. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery.

Mr. Gamblin was born March 14, 1936 in Carroll County to the late Lewis Dodson Gamblin and Mary Gladys (Pierce) Gamblin. He was a retired accountant for the Franklin Graphics Company, a member of First United Methodist Church in Bruceton and attended New Hope Methodist Church, Bruceton Masonic Lodge # 731, Alchymia Shrine Temple, and was an Army veteran for the 101st Airborn Division and served in the Korean War.

Survivors include: his wife of 54 years, Ruth Cole Gamblin of Bruceton; two daughters, Sondra (Dennie Wayne) Kee of Vale, and Dana (Jimmy) McMinn of Huntingdon; one sister, Rebecca (Roy) Peeples of Jacksonville, Flordia; and five grandchildren.

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JOE BILLY YOUNCE, 1936-2010

GLEASON: Joe Billy Younce, 74, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Saturday, September 18, at 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home of Gleason with Bro. Keith Sumner officiating. Burial followed in Hopewell Cemetery.

Mr. Younce was born July 9, 1936 in Chattanooga to the late William Joseph Younce and Erma Arlene (Knox) Younce. He was a parts distributor and a U.S. Marine Corp veteran.

Survivors include: three sons, Tim Younce and Tommy Younce, both of Chattanooga, and Steven Younce of Chickamauga, Georgia; and one sister, Mary Johnson of Gleason.

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GENE PAUL GOODRUM, 1939-2010

DRESDEN: Gene Paul Goodrum, 70, formerly of McKenzie, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Saturday, September 18, at 11 a.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Walker and Bro. Edward Eubank officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie. Mr. Goodrum was born November 21, 1939 in Selmer to the late Onie Nathaniel and Ruby O'Dell Gable Goodrum. He was the retired owner of McKenzie Lumber Company, member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church near the Weakley County community of Austin Springs, member of the American Legions, Gideons and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the years of 1957-1964.

Survivors include: his wife of 32 years, Teresa Ann Scott Goodrum of Dresden; one daughter, Carrie Hollowell of Trezevant; two sons, Doug Goodrum of Paris and Jonathan Goodrum of Dresden; two sisters, Linda Robertson of Memphis, Rita Fulcher of Latham; two brothers, Max Goodrum of McKenzie and Rex Goodrum of Sharon; and three grandchildren.

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JIM VOWELL, 1938-2010

MARTIN: Jim Vowell, 72, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, September 18, 1:30 p.m. at Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton, Kentucky with Rev. David Bayer officiating. Burial followed in Eastside Cemetery in Martin.

Mr. Vowell was born August 15, 1938 in Obion County to the late Roy C. and Lyvenia (Williams) Vowell. He was a member of the Fulton Cumberland Presbyterian Church in South Fulton, Tennessee and had lived all of his life in the McConnell Community. He worked at the former Fields Ashby Lumber Company in Fulton, Kentucky and Shoemaker Lumber Company in McKenzie.

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Betty Johnson Vowell; two sons, Tim Vowell of Union City and Tab Vowell of Jackson; one daughter, Paige Pagter of Huntingdon Beach, California; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jasper Vowell of Fulton, Kentucky and Tab Vowell of Louisville, Kentucky; two sisters, Maggie Cummings of Lexington, Kentucky and Janie Huddleston Parker of Brentwood.
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