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Obituaries Archive: November 22 - December 5

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HELEN L. COOPER
1930-2010
MCKENZIE: Helen L. Cooper, 80, died Thursday, November 25, 2010 at McKenzie Health Care Center. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 30, 2 p.m.  at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Liberty Cemetery, McKenzie.
Mrs. Cooper, a nurses aid for Oak Manor Health Care, was born September 20, 1930 to the late Arthur and Ilar French Melton. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Cooper; one daughter, Wanda L Cooper; one sister, Dorothy Melton and one brother, Oscar Melton.
Survivors include: one son, Jimmy Cooper of McKenzie; one sister, Mary Bouldin of Nashville; and one brother, James Melton of Huntingdon.

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JACK RAY
1934-2010
ATWOOD: Jack Ray, 76, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Saturday, November 27, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Atwood.
Mr. Ray was born November 9, 1934 in Gibson County to the late Finis Ray and Nora Rutledge Ray. He retired after many years as a Carroll County Road Supervisor. He was a faithful member of Atwood First Baptist Church where he served as men's Sunday school teacher, trustee and groundskeeper. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Donald "Hard Head" Ray.
Survivors include: his wife of nearly 42 years, Linda Carter Ray; three sons, Ronnie Ray of Atwood, Kevin Ray of Knoxville, and Dr. Bryan Jack Ray of Portsmouth, Virginia; one daughter, Jackie Davis of Atwood; two half-sisters, Patty Kelley and Brenna Henry, both of Huntingdon; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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MAVIS IRENE LEGGETT
CEDAR GROVE: Mavis Irene Leggett, 82, died Friday, November 26, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, November 28, at 1 p.m. at Replogle-Lawrence Funeral Home in Medina with Rev. Wayne Brown officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Cemetery in Madison County.
Mrs. Leggett was born in Hustburg, Tennessee to the late Dennis W. Stokes and Gladys Holley Stokes and moved to Gibson County at an early age. She was educated in the Humboldt City School system. She was preceded in death by one son, Danny Joe Leggett; and one brother, Raymond Stokes.
Survivors include: six sons, Melvin W. Brooks of Memphis, Sammy D. Pulley, James H. Pulley, Marty O. Leggett, and Bobby D. Leggett, all of Cedar Grove, and George R. Leggett of Milan; two daughters, Lisa L. Williams of McLemoresville and Reba A. Cortez of Huntingdon; two sisters, Sarah R. Brown of Cedar Grove and Alma L. Jackson of Atwood; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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DORIS J. PICKLER
1946-2010
GLEASON: Doris J. Pickler, 64, died Friday, November 26, 2010 at Regional Hospital of Jackson. Graveside funeral services were Monday, November 29, at 11 a.m. at Tumbling Creek Cemetery with Bro. Gene Price officiating.
Mrs. Pickler was born July 9, 1946 in Gleason to the late Rufus Goodlow and Allie Sutherland Goodlow. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include: her husband, Willie Edward Pickler of Gleason; one son, James Edward Pickler of Gleason; one daughter, Wanda Pickler Hamilton of Sharon; one brother, Ray Goodlow of South Fulton; and two sisters, Pauly Goodlow and Diane Goodlow, both of Martin.

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WILLIAM E. "BILL" FANN
1930-2010
HUNTINGDON: William Edward "Bill" Fann, 80, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, November 27, at 1 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn Stapleton and Bro. Larry DePriest officiating. Burial followed in Carroll Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Fann was born July 14, 1930 in Huntingdon to the late Robert Fann and Irene (Woodard) Fann. He was a retired electrician for the Ford Motor Corporation, served in the Korean War and attended Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Virgil Fann.
Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Barbara Fann of Huntingdon; one daughter, Linda Fann of Genesse Township, Michigan; three sons, Michael Fann of Holly, Michigan, Billie Ray Fann of Greenwood, Mississippi, and Timothy (Bobbie) Fann of Waterford, Michigan; two sisters, Julia (George) Iverson of Easley, South Carolina and Joyce Fann of Greenville, South Carolina; and six grandchildren.

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CLAUDE THOMAS "BO" DUGGER
HUNTINGDON: Claude Thomas "Bo" Dugger, 70, died Friday, November 26, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, November 29, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Bryant officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Mr. Dugger was born September 19, 1940 in Jackson. He was an engineer with the U.S. Government before becoming disabled and was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 90 in Aurora, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his father, Aaron Thomas Dugger.
Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Rita (Longmire) Dugger; his mother, Catherine Wilson of Huntingdon; one daughter, Marcia (Al) Nevills of Huntingdon; one son, Thomas Lee (Sigi) Dugger of Cedar Grove; two sisters, Jeannine Allen of Huntingdon and Charlene Seaman of Detroit, Michigan; four brothers, Jackie Dyer of Louisiana, Gordon Doughty, Mike Wilson, and Chuck Wilson, all of Kentucky; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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CLARA GAIL COFFMAN
1946-2010
CEDAR GROVE: Clara Gail Coffman, 64, died Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Regional Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 30, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Burton officiating. Burial followed in Clarksburg Cemetery.
Mrs. Coffman was born October 12, 1946 in Carroll County to the late Lawrence Dale Coffman and Alma (Todd) Coffman. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith in Christ Church.
Survivors include: an aunt and uncle and several nieces and nephews.

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PEGGY O'CONNER BARNHART
1954-2010 
MCKENZIE: Peggy O'Conner Barnhart, 56, died Sunday, November 28, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. Funeral services are Wednesday, December 1, 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mt Olivet Cemetery.
Mrs. Barnhart was born August 15, 1954 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was  a salesperson for Bumpus Harley Davidson in Memphis, an avid rider, and Hog Chapter Member. Her love of life and other people was evident throughout her lifetime, whether it was volunteering her time and talent to various charities, or helping people choose their dream Harley.
Survivors include: her parents, C. Dwan and C. Jean O'Connor; her husband, Robert Barnhart; sons, Derrick Boling and Kevin Boling; stepsons, Brian Barnhart and Justin Barnhart; three sisters, Linda (Bill) Barnett, Jodi (John) Griffey and Emily (Eben) Bryant; one brother, Kevin O'Conner; two grandchildren, Nicole Boling and Carson Boling, and two step-grandchildren, Caden Barnhart and Evan Barnhart.
Visitation is Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to  9 p.m. and Wednesday 12 noon until service time.
On line condolences, may be sent to www.brummittfuneralhome.com.
Paid obit

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RALPH PAGE
1940-2010
SARDIS: Ralph Page, 69, died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Thursday, November 18, at 2 p.m. at Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. John Hesket officiating. Burial followed in Milledgeville Cemetery.
Mr. Page was born December 14, 1940 in Weakley County to the late Arlie and Bessie Arnold Page. He was currently employed with Bear Trucking, after 53 years of driving a truck for various companies. He was a member of Scotts Hill Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Boleyn; and one brother, Guy Page.
Survivors include: his wife, Pam Page; two sons, William Page and Danny Boleyn, both of Sardis; three daughters, Kathy Ford of Bradford, Vickie Bates of Milan, and Adrian Page of Sardis; two sisters, Ruby Scott of Henry and Peggy McCuiston of McKenzie; and several grandchildren.

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ANTHEL MARCELLE SUMERLIN
MEMPHIS: Anthel Marcelle Sumerlin, 85, formerly of the McKenzie area, died Sunday, November 21, 2010 at her home. Funeral services are Wednesday, November 24, at 10 a.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue. Burial will follow at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Germantown Road.
Mrs. Sumerlin, the widow of James R. Sumerlin, is survived by her daughters, Beverly Gobbell of Franklin, Gail Hogue of Bartlett, Betty Sumerlin of Franklin; one brother, James Killion of Arlington; grandchildren, Brian Walsh, Robin Hogue Hughes, Corey Taylor, Brad Walsh, Audrey Nicole Williams, Natalie Sumerlin, Garth Gobbell, Cody Gobbell, and Lacey Gobbell, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Killion.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.memphisfunernalhome.net.

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RAYMOND E. WHITE
1919-2010     
MCKENZIE: Raymond E. White, 91, died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Graveside services were Monday, November 22, 2 p.m. at West Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery, Memphis.
Mr. White, an accountant, weatherman and a WWII Army veteran, was born March 30, 1919 to the late L.B. White and Opal Estelle Reynolds. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Oscar Reynolds; one sister, Treva Townsend; and one brother, Claude White.
Survivors include a niece and nephews.
Brummitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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MELINDA GAYLE WALLS STAFFORD
1970 - 2010
HOLLOW ROCK: Melinda Gayle Walls Stafford, 40, died Sunday, November 21, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 23, at 3 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Nicky McMinn and Bro. Bob Conley officiating. Burial followed in Christian Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Stafford was born July 27, 1970 in Carroll County. She was a factory worker for the HIS Company and a member of the Christian Chapel Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jessie Oudley and Martha Lucille Walls; and maternal grandmother, Ruth Marie Smith.
Survivors include: her husband of seven years, David Stafford of Hollow Rock; her parents, Johnny and Bertha (Smith) Walls of Cedar Grove; one daughter, Jennifer Noles of Huntingdon; one stepson, Blake Stafford of Hollow Rock; two sisters, Sandra (Ezzie) Glover of West Memphis, Arkansas; Amanda (Gerald) Townsend of Huntingdon; and maternal grandfather, Willie Smith, Jr. of Cedar Grove.

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WALTER LEON WILDRIDGE
1922 - 2010
CEDAR GROVE: Walter Leon Wildridge, 88, died Friday, November 19, 2010 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 23, at 1 p.m. at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church with Rev. David Allbritten officiating.  Burial followed in Hickory Flat Cemetery.
Wildridge was born November 18, 1922 in Gibson County to the late Walter Harrison and Rhoda (Sparks) Wildridge.  He was a member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a World War II Army Infantry veteran, rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and also farmed most of his life.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Floy Podliski and Beth Carol Shanes; two brothers, J. W. Wildridge and W. H. Wildridge; and one granddaughter, Mitzi Wildridge.
Survivors include: his wife of nearly 65 years, Marcia Wildridge; two sons, Carl (Anita) Wildridge of Huntingdon and Gordon (Ruby) Wildridge of Lexington; one sister, Christine Garrison of Hohenwald; five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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LYNN PERKINS
1955-2010
HUNTINGDON: Lynn Perkins, 54, died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Perkins was born December 25, 1955 to the late Alexander Powell and Rhoda (Sharpe) Powell. She was an employee of the Internal Revenue Service. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Yarbrough.
Survivors include: one son, Aron Perkins; and one brother, Michael Powell of Washington, D.C.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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PRINCE ALBERT WILLIS
1918-2010
HUNTINGDON: Prince Albert Willis, 92, died Thursday, November 18, 2010. Funeral services were Monday, November 22, at 1 p.m. at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with burial in Willow Grove Cemetery in Brownsville.
Mr. Willis was born June 10, 1918 in Brownsville to the late Ben Willis and Flora Shaw-Willis. He was a farmer in his early life. He went to California and worked in the shipyards and then to Chicago. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Lincol Willis and Princie Gray; four brothers, Sam Willis, Ed Junior Hess, Herman Willis, and William Willis; and one sister, Pat Ella Bond.
Survivors include: five children, Zenell Quintella Johnson, Princetine Barnhill, and Tracy Willis, all of Huntingdon, Abdullah "Maurice" Willis of Franklin and Dena Willis of Horn Lake, Mississippi; one sister, Annie Flora Forrest; 28 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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JANIE MARIE BRANDON
1923-2010
HUNTINGDON: Janie Marie Brandon, 87, died Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 23, at 11 a.m. at Concord Baptist Church with Bro. Rufus Chandler and Bro. Jonathan Rogers officiating. Burial followed in Concord Cemetery.
Mrs. Brandon was born November 16, 1923 in Carroll County to the late Harvey W. and Hattie May (Holladay) Jackson. She was a retired employee of Publix Shirt Corporation and a member of Concord Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Woodall Brandon; two brothers, William Jackson and Robert Lee Jackson; two sisters, Edna Jackson Smith and Helene Jackson Smith.
Survivors include: one daughter, Dixie Brewer of Huntingdon; one sister, Hazel Kirksey of Huntingdon; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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MARTHA RACHEL ADKISSON TAYLOR
1932-2010
TREZEVANT: Martha Rachel Adkisson Taylor, 78, died Sunday, November 14, 2010 at Van Ayers Nursing Home in Martin. Funeral services were Saturday, November 20, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Trezevant with burial in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Taylor was born May 6, 1932 in Trezevant to the late Andrew and Lillie Hurt Adkisson. She was educated in Carroll County Schools and employed by HIS factory. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Taylor; and one son, Michael Taylor.
Survivors include: one daughter, Maurine Strickland of Paris; one brother, Larry Rutherford of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and four grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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TOY G. HOPPER
1915-2010
MCKENZIE: Toy G. Hopper, 95, died Sunday, November 21, 2010 at McKenzie Health Care Center. Funeral services are Wednesday, November 23, 1 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie.
Mr. Hopper was born August 6, 1915 to the late Hobert and Cora Weathers Hopper. He was a truck driver and member of Enon Missionary Baptist Church.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Colvin; one sister, Suzie Allen; and five brothers, John Hopper, Green Hopper, Roy Hopper, William Hopper, and James Walter Hopper.
Survivors include: two sons, Joe (Pat) Hopper of McKenzie and Johnny (Beverly) Hopper of Michigan; one sister, May Wooldridge of Michigan; 10 grandchildren and several great-and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation isWednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home.

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