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Obituaries 2011 Archive: November 19 - December 2


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FRANCES MARIE MASSEY
1930-2011
BRUCETON: Frances Marie Massey, 81, died Sunday, November 13, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 15, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Arzel Douglas, Bro. Marshall Gurley and Bro. Clint Sanders officiating. Burial followed in Massey-Liles Cemetery.
Mrs. Massey was born August 29, 1930 in Henry County to the late Johnny C. Wright and Malinda M. (Grissom) Wright. She was a retired factory worker for the Henry I. Siegel Company and a member of Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Betty (James) Hicks of Huntingdon; one son, Dale (Jackie) Massey of Jackson; five sisters, Johnie (Ralph) Newhouse of Bruceton, Hazel (Dency) Marshall of Camden, Norma Milligan of Sumter, South Carolina, Lois (Jim) Severance and Rachel (Tom) Reed, both of Bruceton; one brother, Edward (Norma) Wright of Seattle, Washington; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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CHARLES “CHUCK” RUSSELL ERLER
1930-2011
MCKENZIE: Charles “Chuck” Russell Erler, 81, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon. Funeral services were Friday, November 25, at 1 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mr. Erler was born June 26, 1930 to the late Russell and Florence Erler. He worked for United States Steel in Gary, Indiana and was a member of First Baptist Church, McKenzie. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Erler, and one son, James R. Erler.
Survivors include: one son, Lester E. Erler of McKenzie.

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ELSIE S. WEST
1920-2011
TREZEVANT: Elsie S. West, 91, died, Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Bells Nursing & Rehab Center in Bells. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 29, at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Trezevant with burial in Trezevant Cemetery.
Mrs. West was born January 2, 1920 in Ft. Worth, Texas, to the late Joseph and Ethel Splawn. She was a financial secretary at First Baptist Church, where she was also a member. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Carroll Benton Baptist Association WMU. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dillard West
Survivors include: three daughters, Glenda (Leon) Linton of Germantown, Ouida (William) Greer of Franklin, and Margaretha (Kenneth) Eudy of Gadsden; one sister, Hazel Stevenson of Garland, Texas; one brother, Horace Splawn of Galveston, Texas; six grandchildren, Diane (Tim) Tucker, Scott (Molly) Wood, Amanda (Dan) Bureau, Aaron Eudy, Andrew Eudy and Kathryn Eudy; and three great-grandchildren, William Tucker, Matthew Tucker and Jack Tucker.
Paid obit

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BILLIE JOE LOCKHART
1945-2011
HUNTINGDON: Billie Joe Lockhart, 66, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
Mr. Lockhart was born February 19, 1945 in Huntingdon to the late Marion Lockhart and Elilar (Bush) Lockhart. He was a retired machine operator for Norandal U.S.A., attended First Baptist Church in Huntingdon and had served in the Army National Guard.
Survivors include: his wife of 44 years, Faye Lockhart; one daughter Amy Jo Lockhart of Norfolk, Virginia; one son, Casey Lockhart of Portland; and one brother, Bobby Lockhart of Lexington.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Soceity in memory of Billie.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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SUE NEWSOME
1927-2011
MCLEMORESVILLE: Sue Newsome, 84, died Thursday, November 24, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, November 27, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Ron Cox officiating. Burial followed in Hampton Cemetery.
Mrs. Newsome was born October 21, 1927 in Carroll County to the late Dempsey Chandler and Lalia (Hall) Chandler. She was a retired customer service representative for Gaines Manufacturing Company, a member of the First Baptist Church in McLemorseville, had served on the City Board of McLemoresville and McLemoresville City Community Service Group. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Newsome; infant son, Michael Newsome; and one daughter, Janet Hammett.
Survivors include: two sons, Tim (Jean) Newsome of Huntingdon, Kevin (Shannon) Newsome of McLemoresville; one sister, Edith (Pastor T.L.) Webb of Milan; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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EDWARD L. “COTTON” LOWE
1938–2011
HUNTINGDON: Edward L. “Cotton” Lowe, 73, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. Funeral services were Monday, November 28, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Allison and Bro. Fred Ward officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery.
Mr. Lowe was born March 24, 1938 in Carroll County to the late Nathan A. Lowe and Amy Thelma (Craig) Lowe. Before retiring he had worked for Hampton Service Station, Henry I. Siegel Company and the C S X Railroad and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Huntingdon. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kim Lowe (who died in 1997); two brothers, Charles Lowe and Kenneth Lowe.
Survivors include: his wife of 49 years, Linda (Larkins) Lowe; and one brother, Donald (Kathy) Lowe of Wildersville,
In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations be made to Huntingdon First Baptist Church, 108 Church Street, Huntingdon, TN 38344.

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SADIE SMITH
MCKENZIE: Sadie Smith, 84, died Sunday, November 27, 2011 at McKenzie Health Care. Arrangements are incomplete. Call Trinity Fuineral Home 731-644-2251 for arrangements.

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L.T. BAKER
1927-2011
SPRINGVILLE: L.T. Baker, 84, died Friday, November 25, 2011 at Plumley Rehab Center in Paris. Funeral services were Monday, November 28, at 3 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home with James Groves officiating. Burial followed in Bevil Cemetery in Paris.
Mr. Baker was born March 31, 1927 in Dresden to the late R.L. Baker and Ora Lee Green Baker. He was the retired owner/operator of various restaurant/bars and also ran the Indian Village Flea Market in Henry for a short time. He was a member of Springville Baptist Church, World War II veteran, former member of Amvets, VFW and the American Legion.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Johnson Baker; one daughter, Alice Valentine; four brothers, Howard, Russell, Tommy and Virgil Baker; and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include: three daughters, Doris Reid of McKenzie, Gloria Kirkland of Springville and Phyllis Koebel (Jimmy Quillin) of Big Sandy; one son, Harry (Paula) Baker of Springville; four sisters, Hazel (J.C.) Usery and Frances (Hollis) Diviney, both of Troy, Margaret (Sonny) Crowell of Rives, and Daisy Ervin of Union City; one brother, George (Pat) Baker of Jackson; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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KIMBERLY RENEE FLIPPIN
1965-2011
MURFREESBORO: Kimberly Renee Flippin, 46, formerly of McKenzie, died Friday, November 25, 2011 in McKenzie. Funeral services were Monday, November 28, at 12 noon at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Ms. Flippin was born October 29, 1965 in Huntingdon. She was a former medical records clerk. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Flippin.
Survivors include: her mother, Velta Higdon Flippin; two daughters, Rema Salameh and Mignon Salameh; one sister, Regina (Anthony) Haywood; one brother, Jason Flippin; and a nephew, Casey Haywood.
Paid obit

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KATHRYN LOUISE STEWART
1944-2011
MCKENZIE: Kathryn Louise Stewart, 67, died Monday, November 21, 2011 at Henry County Medical Center. Memorial services were Saturday, November 26, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church on Highway 105 in Trezevant with Bishop Chris Pipkin officiating. The family has chosen cremation.
Mrs. Stewart was born October 20, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late James A. Ziegelhoffer, Sr. and Harriette Huntley Ziegelhoffer. She was a homemaker and member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
Survivors include: her husband, Edward “Eddie” Stewart of McKenzie; one daughter, Dawn Vasquez of Dallas, Texas; one son, Dana Allen of Castleberry, Florida; one sister, Sally Amato of Grenloch, New Jersey; one brother, James Ziegelhoffer, Jr. of Media, Pennsylvania; a half-brother, Martin G. Miller of Woodruff, South Carolina; and three grandchildren.
McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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LOYD KENNETH SMITH
MCKENZIE: Loyd Kenneth Smith, 74, died Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, November 19, at 1 p.m. at Plunk Funeral Home in Camden with burial in J.Warren Cemetery in New Johnsonville.
Mr. Smith was born to the late James C. Smith and Evie Bradford Smith. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Smith; one brother, John Andrew Smith; one son, Loyd Kenneth Smith, Jr.; and one stepson, Kenneth Clements.
Survivors include: his wife, Frances Bryant Smith of McKenzie; one son, James Andrew Smith of Waverly; one stepson, Stephen (Melanie) Clements of Como; one stepdaughter, Brenda (Anthony) Hall of Camden, South Carolina; two brothers, James Ray (Barbara) Smith of Waverly and Paul Smith of New Johnsonville; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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BOBBY HIGDON
1915-2011
BRUCETON: Bobby Higdon, 96, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. Funeral services were Friday, November 25, at 2 p.m. at Bruceton Funeral Home with Bro. Noel Edwards officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock.
Mr. Higdon was born January 2, 1915 in Benton County to the late James Levi Higdon and Alzada Mitchell Higdon. He was a retired inspector for Milan Arsenal and member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice King Higdon; one son, Rodney Edward Higdon; and one brother, Parker Higdon.
Survivors include: a niece and nephew and several cousins.

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JIMMY ELLIS CLAYTON
1946-2011
PURYEAR: Jimmy Ellis Clayton, 64, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Arbor Place of Puryear. Services will be held at a later date. The family chose cremation.
Mr. Clayton was born December 23, 1946 in Paris to the late Ellis Clayton and Jessie Boyd Clayton. He retired after 33 years as a heavy equipment operator and mixer for Spinks Clay Company.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Tony Clayton.
Survivors include: one son, Nathan (Melissa) Clayton of Henry; one daughter, Amy Flynn of Puryear; two brothers, Robbie Clayton and Kenneth Clayton, both of Puryear; and nine grandchildren.

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BETTY C. WIGGINS
1933-2011
MCKENZIE: Betty C. Wiggins, 78, died Friday, November 18, 2011, at Jackson General Hospital. Graveside services were Sunday, November 20, at 4 p.m. at Carroll Memorial Gardens, McKenzie.
Mrs. Wiggins was born January 3, 1933 to the late O.P Coleman and Ivy Kelly Coleman. She was a homemaker and a member of Community Grove Methodist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, J.W Montgomery and Charles Wiggins; one son, Monte Montgomery; one sister, Nina Pearl Easley; and one brother, Jim Coleman.
Survivors include: one daughter, Wyvone Montgomery (John) Runyon of Cumming, Georgia; by one stepdaughter, Vicki Wiggins of Little Rock, Arkansas; one sister, Sue (John) Zaleski of Dallas, Texas; and one granddaughter, Denise Love.
Brummitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Paid obit

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BETTY S. THOMPSON
1934-2011
MCKENZIE: Betty S. Thompson, 77, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie.
Mrs. Thompson was born March 18, 1934 to the late Lennie A. and Celie Adeline B. Wilson. She was a retired HIS employee, a member of First Methodist Church, McKenzie and a member of the Square Dance Club. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Nell McAlexander; two brothers, George Wilson and Bradley Wilson; and one grandson, Jason Robinson.
Survivors include: her husband, Charles Thompson of McKenzie; one daughter, Marcia Wilson of Bruceton; two sons, Barry Thompson of McKenzie and David Thompson of Hollow Rock; one brother, W.D. Wilson of McKenzie; and five grandchildren, Heather (Bobby) White, Brianna Thompson, April Hampton, Jennifer French and Ashley (Hunter) Pickler; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family has asked that any memorial be made to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church of McKenzie.
Brummitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Paid obit

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LEONA S. PRUNEAU
1915-2011
MCKENZIE: Leona S. Pruneau, 96, died Friday, November 18, 2011 at McKenzie Health Care Center. Visitation is Wednesday, November 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Crystal City, Missouri at 10 a.m. Funeral Mass is Wednesday, November 23, at 11 a.m. at the church with burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Crystal City, Missouri.
Mrs. Pruneau was born July 20, 1915 in Modoc, Illinois to the late Andrew and Mary Mollet. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and past president of Crystal City Garden Club. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Pruneau; and four brothers, William Mollet, Joseph Mollet, John Mollet and George Mollet.
Survivors include: one daughter; Donna Lee Pruneau of Enid, Oklahoma; one son, Charles (Donna) Pruneau of McKenzie; one granddaughter, Michelle (Richard) Doscher; and two great-grandchildren, Stephen Pressley and Alexander Pressley.
Paid obit

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CARMEL LOUISE HAWKINS
1927-2011
HUNTINGDON: Carmel Louise Hawkins, 84, died Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were Monday, November 21, at 10 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn Stapleton officiating. Burial followed in the Prospect Cemetery
Mrs. Hawkins was born June 8, 1927 to the late Likurkus Elihue Holladay and Pearl (Williams) Holladay. She had retired from Publix Shirt Factory and was an active member of Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of many years, James Hawkins; her stepmother, Carra Leslie Holladay; five sisters, Imogene King, Marie Crews, Lucille Hilliard, Ennie Edwards, Genettie Bridges; and three brothers, Raymond Holladay, George Holladay and Dink Holladay.

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HARRY KLINGENBERG
1978-2011
HUNTINGDON: Harry R. Klingenberg, 33, died Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Mr. Klingenberg was born July 29, 1978 in Tunersville, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Emil Klingenberg.
Survivors include: his mother, Jean Klingenberg of Huntingdon; and one brother Jeffrey N. Klingenberg of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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HELON EUBANK
1925-2011
GREENFIELD: Helon Eubank, 86, died November 15, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Thursday, November 17, at Williams Funeral Home of Greenfield at 11 a.m. with Ed Eubank officiating. Burial followed in Carroll Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Eubank was born August 31, 1925 in Westport to the late Eulon Eubank and Eva Gooch Eubank. He was a factory worker and worked at Goodyear.
Survivors include: his wife, Gertrude Eubank of Greenfield; two sons, Edward (Donna) Eubank of Greenfield and David Eubank of Union City; and one daughter, Jeanette (Earl) Eubank Richmond.

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SHIRLEY EMMA CARY CLARKE
1943-2011
CEDAR GROVE: Shirley Emma Cary Clarke, 68, died November 15, 2011. Funeral services were Saturday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Cedar Grove with Rev. Jason Jones and Rev. Tim Pafford officiating.
Mrs. Clarke was born August 22, 1943 in Yuma to the late Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Wesley Cary. As a member of one of the first cohorts of nursing graduates of Union University, she served as a dedicated caregiver for over 30 years and was nationally honored for her development of improved protocols for the treatment of pneumonia. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: her husband, Jimmy Dean Clarke; three children, Mr. And Mrs. Cary (Kimberly) Clarke, Dr. Melinda Clarke and Mr. and Mrs. Scott (Christy) Clarke; one grandson; and two sisters, Helen Cary Townsend and Mr. and Mrs. Danny (Patricia) Belew.
Bodkin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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WILLIAM A. PRINCE
1939-2011
MCKENZIE: William A. Prince, 72, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Graveside services were Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at Enon Church Cemetery with Elder Ray Churchwell officiating.
Mr. Prince was born January 5, 1939 in McKenzie to the late James David and Susie Sydnor Prince. He was a retired insurance agent for American General Life Insurance Company and Woodmen of the World and was a Primitive Baptist in faith.
Survivors include: his wife, Sue King Prince of McKenzie; three daughters, Teresa McMackins of McKenzie, Angela (David) Perry of Florida, and Larenda (Mark) Powell of Paris; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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ADELLE BARNES AKIN
1916-2011
TREZEVANT: Adelle Barnes Akin, 95, died Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis. Funeral services were Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, Trezevant with burial in Trezevant Cemetery.
Mrs. Akin was born June 28, 1916 in Christmasville to the late Vernie and Lizzie Mann Barnes. She was a former manager of the Trezevant High School cafeteria, member of Trezevant Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Willard Akin; two brothers, Clyde and Harry Barnes; and two sisters, Laverne Barnes and Shelia Barnes Shoff.
Survivors include: one daughter, Mary Dean Currie of Collierville; one brother, Windle (Wanda) Barnes of Trezevant; three grandchildren, Angie Edge of Odenville, Alabama, John (Stephanie) Kerr of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Neva (Cole) Higginbotham of Collierville; seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Trezevant Cumberland Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 160, Trezevant, TN 38258.
Paid obit

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DORRIS MAI BROWNING
1923-2011
TREZEVANT: Dorris Mai Browning, 88, died Sunday, November 20, 2011, at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Visitation is Tuesday, November 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, Trezevant. Visitation on Wednesday will begin at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Trezevant. Funeral services are Wednesday, November 23, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with burial in Trezevant Cemetery.
Mrs. Browning was born July 7, 1923 to the late Charlie and Cleo Neill. She was a cashier for Trezevant Supermarket and was a member of First Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee Browning.
Survivors include: her husband, Raymond Downing of Trezevant; one son, Ricky (Debby) Browning of Trezevant; two grandsons, Ricky Lee (Andrea) Browning, Jr. and Daniel Wade Browning, both of Trezevant; two great-grandchildren, Trey Browning and Sarah Browning; and one uncle, Harold (Ruth) Neill of Milan.
Paid obit

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GRACE BROWN “BROWNIE” PRYOR
1925-2011
MCKENZIE: Grace Brown “Brownie” Pryor, 86, died Friday, November 18, 2011 at her home. Funeral services are Wednesday, November 23, at 11 a.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Freddie McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.
Mrs. Pryor was born January 15, 1925 in McKenzie to the late Monroe and Clara Baker Barker. She was a homemaker, employee for Wilker Brothers Pajama Factory, and member of Concord Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lester Pryor.
Survivors include: two sons, Phillip Pryor and Jerry Pryor, both of McKenzie; one sister, Clarine Esch of North Little Rock, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time.

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