Obituaries 2011 Archive: September 10 - September 23
MARY KATHLEEN MCCLURE
MCKENZIE: Mary Kathleen McClure, 92, died Wednesday, September 14, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital where she had been since August 7 after suffering a stroke. Funeral services were Friday, September 16, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Elders Ed Long, Loyce Fuller and T.L. Webb, Jr. conducted the service.
Mrs. McClure was born October 10, 1918 to the late Elmer and Nannie Perry Travis of Henry County. She was the widow of Marshall Leonard McClure whom she married December 1, 1934. She and her husband farmed while living in Henry County near Como. They moved to McKenzie in 1966 where he died on September 28, 1987.
She kept children in her home for a number of years after moving to McKenzie. She was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church in Henry County.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, J.B., Earl and Claud Travis; and two sisters, Maybell Newbill and Lyndell Harris; and one niece, Kay Newbill Abner.
Survivors include: one daughter, Shirley (Ray) Nanney, and one grandson, Terry Nanney, all of McKenzie.
Serving as pallbearers were Billy Phelps, David Harrison, Larry Kee, Kelly Weatherford, Jerry Harris and James Travis. Willard Ross was an honorary pallbearer.
SAVANNAH: Neil Ray Haynes, 68, former administrator at Hardin County School System, died Wednesday, September 14, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Services were Friday, September 16, at East End United Methodist Church in Savannah with Rev. Richard Wesley and Pastor Mary Foote officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Milan, with Dr. Michael McAdoo closing the ceremony with prayer. Bodkin Funeral Home had charge.
Pallbearers were Kevin Davis, Bob Adkinsson, Tony Fondren, Donnie Burrow, Keith Namishia and Bob Shutt.
Mr. Haynes was a member of East End United Methodist Church, Savannah, where he served as Finance Chairman, member of the Administrative Council and choir member. He belonged to the TSSAA and coached football at Milan, Huntingdon and Savannah Middle School. He also served a dual role as superintendent/principal in Atwood from 1969-1970. He began his college career at the University of Memphis, played football at Murray State University on a scholarship and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He received his Masters at UTK in 1969 and attained 45 hours toward his Doctorate.
Mr. Haynes, the husband of Judy Creswell Haynes, also leaves a son, Neil Scott Haynes and wife Shawna of Bells; a brother, Johnny W. Haynes (Betty) of Hollow Rock; a sister, Nancy Haynes Robinson (Hal) of Maryville and two grandchildren, Alexander Hunter Haynes of Savannah and Jocelyn Evie Nicole Haynes of Bells; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the East End United Methodist Church, 104 Fairground Street, Savannah, TN 38372.
WILLIAM PAUL LONG
MCKENZIE: William Paul Long, 64, died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Huntingdon Health & Rehab Center in Huntingdon. Funeral services are Wednesday, September 21, at 11 a.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Shiloh Cemetery, McKenzie.
Mr. Long was born July, 1947 in Milan to the late William and Annie M. Long. He was a retired salesman, a Navy veteran and a member of McKenzie Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, David Long.
Survivors include: his wife, Suzie Cozart Long of McKenzie; one son, Doug (Vicki) Long of McKenzie; and one grandson, Hayden Long.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made to the McKenzie Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Visitation is Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
DEVNEE RENEE REEDER
GLEASON: Devnee Renee Reeder, 42, died Sunday, September 4, 2011 at her home in Gleason. Funeral services are Saturday, September 24, at 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie.
Ms. Reeder was born June, 1969. She was a member of Long Heights Baptist Church and a teacher’s aide at McKenzie Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Clayton Reeder.
Survivors include: her mother, Wanda P. Reeder of McKenzie; two uncles, Charles (Wiley) Pollock of Sanger, Texas, and Jerry (Nancy) Reeder of McKenzie; and four cousins.
Visitation is Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until service time.
IOLA EDWARDS SHOOTER CORBIN
MCKENZIE: Iola Edwards Shooter Corbin, 89, died Monday, September 19, 2011 at her home. Funeral services are Wednesday, September 21, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, McKenzie. Burial will follow at Jameson Cemetery in Westport.
Mrs. Corbin was born December, 1921, to the late James Gurthel and Hattie Carey Edwards. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a retired office nurse for E.E. Edwards, S.S. Walker, Lane Bicknell, and Volker Winkler. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Walter H. Shooter and Joe Corbin; and her brother, Bill Edwards.
Survivors include: two daughters, Becky Scates and Tenia (Jimmy) King, both of McKenzie; one son, Joe Shooter of Sentatobia, Mississippi; two sisters, Olean Blount of Westport and Clarice Feazel of Belleville, Illinois; two brothers, Jerry (Martha) Edwards of Steger, Illinois and Jessie (Marion) Edwards of Paris; six grandchildren, Jeff Wilson, Jennifer (Cary) Clay, Cheryl King, David King, Amber King, and Mary Shooter; and four great-grandchildren, Payton Clay, Matthew Clay, Kristen Harris and Cortney Wilson.
Visitation is Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church and Wednesday from 12 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Baddour Center, Sentatobia, Mississippi.
Brummitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
JAMES HUBERT WILLIAMS
BUENA VISTA: James Hubert Williams, 67, died Friday, September 9, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 13, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Jerome Hancock, Richard Akins and Matthew Floyd officiating. Burial followed in Humbles Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born December 31, 1943 in Carroll County. He attended Humbles Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, was a master technician for Beech Lake Marine, and served in the Army, on the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department, Engine #3 for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Oren H. Williams; and mother-in-law, Birdie Hampton.
Survivors include: his wife of 47 years, Barbara Ann Williams; two sons, Mike (Jana) Williams of Camden and Mark Williams of Buena Vista; three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
LOU WILLIE RUMLEY
MCKENZIE: Lou Willie Rumley, 98, formerly of Huntingdon, died Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, September 16, at 1:30 p.m. at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Trull officiating. Burial followed in Liberty All Cemetery.
Mrs. Rumley was born November 8, 1912 in Carroll County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Rumley; her parents, and siblings.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
STEVEN MANSON LEACH
MCKENZIE: Steven Manson Leach, 70, died Monday, September 12, 2011 at Regional Hospital of Jackson. Graveside services were Wednesday, September 14, at 11 a.m. at Enon Cemetery with Bro. Richard Allen officiating.
Mr. Leach was born June 13, 1941 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts to the late Howard and Phyllis Leach. He was a truck driver and laborer and member of Enon Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife of 38 years, Martha Bighinatti Leach of McKenzie; two daughters, Cindy Leach and Teresa Leach; two sons, Steven Leach and Christopher Leach; one brother and one grandchild.
McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
ROBERT CHRISTOPHER GOBER, JR.
WHITEHOUSE, TENNESSEE: Robert Christopher Gober, Jr., 25, died Monday, September 5, 2011. Funeral services were Thursday, September 8, with a private burial.
Survivors include: his mother and father, Melissa Gober Cook and Robert C. Gobert, Sr.; one son, Dallas Christopher Gober; one brother, Justin Michael Crutchfield; grandmother, Wanda Loftis; and grandparents, James and Debbie Johnson.
Cheatham County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
VIRGINIA EUDINE ROARK
HUNTINGDON: Virginia Eudine Roark, 98, passed away peacefully Friday September 9, 2011 at Harmony Hill Assisted Living. Funeral services were Monday, September 12, at 11 a.m. at Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church, with pastors Lynn Stapleton and Andrew Stokes officiating. Burial followed in Hampton Cemetery.
Mrs. Roark was born March 20, 1913, to the late Albert Lee and Ruthie Lee Hill Stokes. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Roark; one brother, Edd Stokes; and two sisters, Nannie Smith and Mary Ann Gooch.
Mrs. Roark was a life-long resident of Carroll County. She and Horace, her husband of 66 years, lived on their beloved farm where they raised their children and provided wonderful memories for their grandchildren.
Mrs. Roark’s pursuit and passion was teaching. Over a career of thirty years, she taught in the classroom and counseled generations of children as a history teacher and guidance counselor at Clarksburg High School.
Survivors include: two daughters, Nancy (Kenny) Rush and Ruth Ann (David) Rhodes, both of Huntingdon; two sons, Randall (Judy) Roark of Huntingdon, and Tom (Carol) Roark of Chattanooga.
Her ten grandchildren served as pallbearers: Ken Rush, David Rush, Brian Roark, Jonathan Rhodes, Bradley Roark, Chris Roark, Jaclynn Rhodes, Nick Roark, Burton Roark, and Courtney Roark Poore. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren and one step great-granddaughter.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
DEBRA ANN ASHBY
MCKENZIE: Debra Ann Ashby, 57, died Tuesday, September 6, at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, September 9, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Conley and Bro. Freddie McDaniel officiating. Burial followed in Carroll Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Ashby was born July 26, 1954 in McKenzie. She was an office manager for State Farm Insurance in McKenzie and formerly with the Henry County Farm Bureau Insurance in Paris, and a member of Concord Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Everet Currin.
Survivors include: her husband of 34 years, Morris Ashby of McKenzie; a son, Bradley (Jennifer) Ashby of McKenzie; her mother and stepfather, Joy Ray Currin and Eldon Hampton of Hollow Rock; a brother, Stanley (Suzane) Currin of McKenzie; two nieces, Betsy (Anthony) Davis and Heather (Matt) Moore, both of McKenzie.
HELEN VIRGINIA BATTON
MCKENZIE: Helen Virginia Batton, 90, died Thursday, September 8, 2011 at McKenzie Healthcare Center. Funeral services Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Church of Christ with Bro. Jim Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mrs. Batton was born January 12, 1921 in Ridgley, Tennessee to the late Houston and Cora Lee Moore Dial. She was a homemaker and member of the McKenzie Church of Christ. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, James Fred Batton; a daughter, Irene Daniels; and a granddaughter, Hope Cowan.
Survivors include: a daughter, Freddie Ghyers of McKenzie; two sons, Jackie Batton and Bruce (Anita) Batton, both of McKenzie; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MARVIN BLAIR MARTIN
GLEASON; Marvin Blair Martin, 73, died Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Jackson Madison County Hospital. Funeral services are Wednesday, September 14, at 3 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Trull officiating. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery near Gleason.
Mr. Martin was born September 28, 1937 in Princeton, Kentucky to the late Luther Eston and Lillie Ann Fraley Martin. He was a mechanic for Norandal in Huntingdon, a member of McKenzie First Baptist Church, and a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
Survivors include: his wife, Linda Ripple Martin of Gleason; three daughters, Theresa (Doug) Hilliard of McKenzie, Michelle (Jimmy) Bryant of Martin, and Marilyn (Jason) Wade of Gleason; two sons Tommy (Laura) Martin of McKenzie and Joseph (Angela) Sylvester of Tracey City, Tennessee; two sisters, Wanda Hawkins of Ocoee, Florida and Janice Ann (Robert) Tipton of Sunnerville, South Carolina; 18 grandchildren, Martin, Danielle, Mandy, Ashley, Cody, Brittany, Heather, Candice, Megan, Hunter, Kayla, Alyssa, Dalton, Hunter, Hannah, Kamaryn, Skylar, Sarah; and four great-grandchildren, Asia, Zain, Cannan, and Mace.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 12 noon until service time.
MATT DAVID BENNETT
MCKENZIE: Matt David Bennett, 35, died Sunday, September 4, 2011. Funeral services were Thursday, September 8, at 1 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Maness officiating. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery near Huntingdon. Mr. Bennett was born August 15, 1976 in Huntingdon. He was a former Cast Technician and a U.S. Army Specialist during the Persian Gulf War.
Survivors include: his father and mother, James D. (Jimmy) and Peggy Traywick Bennett of McKenzie; a sister, Sarah Morris of Troy; two brothers, Randall Bennett of Memphis and Brian Bennett of McKenzie; his grandmother, Corene Bennett of McKenzie; a niece and three nephews.
Memorials can be made to the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 432 Bell Store Road, McKenzie, TN 38201 or to Carroll County Humane Society, 396 Euclid Avenue, McKenzie, TN 38201.
CONNIE HAROLD “HOOK” WILLIAMS
HOLLOW ROCK: Connie Harold “Hook” Williams, 72, died Friday, September 9, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Monday, September 12, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Minister Thomas Parker, Sr. officiating.
Mr. Williams was born in Smyrna on December 25, 1938 to the late Nathaniel and Mary Lee (Pearson) Williams. He was a construction worker for Hubbs Construction Company and he loved to hunt. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Myra Hill; three brothers, Nathaniel Williams, Richard Williams, and Tommy Johnson.
Survivors include: three sons, Dwight (Rhonda) Williams and Michael (Penny) Williams, both of Huntingdon, and Bobby Joe (Lela) Williams of Covington; two daughters, Valarie Williams of Huntingdon and Melba Hendrix of McCainville, North Carolina; three sisters, Cornelia (Dewayne) Johnson (Dewayne) and Mai Katherine (Sylvester) Thomas, both of Huntingdon, and Delora Lynn Williams of Virginia; two adopted daughters, Blair Hilliard of Huntingdon and Jessica (Bernard) Threatt of Memphis; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
BULA LEE (COBB) EDWARDS
MIXIE COMMUNITY: Bula Lee (Cobb) Edwards, 84, died Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Regional Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services were Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn Stapleton officiating. Burial followed in Mebane Cemetery in Hollow Rock..
Mrs. Edwards was born December 26, 1926 in Carroll County to the late William “Bill” Alexander Cobb and Vidia Estelle (Pinson) Cobb. She was a homemaker and a member of Barren Springs Church.
Survivors include: her husband of 64 years, Charles Marvin Edwards; two daughters; Phyllis Smith of Jackson and Shelia Edwards of Hollow Rock; one son, Brian (Suzie) Edwards of Huntingdon; one sister, Margie (Joe Robert) Jordan of Topeka, Kansas; six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
JAMES EDWARD “JIMMY” JONES
HUNTINGDON: James Edward “Jimmy” Jones, 90, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Huntingdon Health & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were Friday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at Liberty All Methodist Church with Bro. Michael Ridgely officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery
Mr. Jones was born September 12, 1920 in Difficult, Tennessee, to the late Louie R. Jones and Ossie Sue Sutton Jones. He was a retired Sgt. Radio Dispatcher for the Tennessee Hwy. Patrol, a World War II Marine veteran and a member of the Liberty All Methodist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Melba Jones Friend.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Hazel Ward Jones; two daughters, Alice Russell of Bell Buckle.