Obituaries 2012 Archive: July 1 - July 14
JOHN THOMAS FINLEY, SR.
MCKENZIE: John Thomas Finley, Sr., 65, of McKenzie, died at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in McKenzie. He fought a long battle with lung cancer. Memorial services will be conducted for Mr. Finley 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home in McKenzie. Dewayne Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in McKenzie. A meal will follow at Macedonia Community Center. Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Oak Manor Activity Fund, 150 Oak Manor Road, McKenzie, Tn. 38201.
Mr. Finley was born September 29, 1946 in McKenzie, son of the late James Sherrel (1970) and Maxie Wilma (Pryor) Finley (2001). John previously owned a successful auto repair business. He loved to have fun and played practical jokes on people.
He is survived by four children, John Finley Jr., Alice (Bob) Wright, Philip Finley and Scott Finley; five grandchildren Rebekah Finley, Sarah Finley, Kelly Wright, Todd Wright and Austin Loomis, all of Michigan; three brothers, James W. Finley Sr., of Lansing, Michigan, Bob (Diane) Finley, of Lansing, Michigan and Ted (Judy) Finley, of McKenzie; two sisters, Laura Polly (Robert) Welliver and Maxie Faye Veloz, both of the Florida Keys. He leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Shappell (1997).
GARY DALAN JOHNSON, SR.
Gary Dalan Johnson Sr., 52, of Cedar Grove died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery. Bro. John Baker officiated the service.
Mr. Johnson was born November 12, 1959 in Davidson County. He was a construction worker for Tolley & Lowe Construction, a member of the Leach Seventh Day Adventist Church and VFW in McKenzie. He also served in the United States Army and was a Desert Storm Veteran. He was preceded in death by his father Therman B. Johnson.
He is survived by: his mother and step father, Ruth and Bill Dean Kelly, of Cedar Grove; three step-daughters, Brandy (Chris) Whitten, of Milan, Rachel Black, of Indiana, and Megan (Dylan) Bryant, of Paris; five sons, Gary (April) Dalan Johnson Jr., of Burlison, Joshua (Freda) Johnson, of Trezevant, Jeremiah (Gina) Johnson, of Cedar Grove, Therman J. Johnson, of Tiptonville, and Dylan Johnson, of Cedar Grove; one sister, Rhonda (Doug) Johnson Applegate, of Trezevant; one step-brother; Gregg (Tammy) Chandler, of Cedar Grove; and eight grandchildren.
LOU EVELYN PEARSON
HUNTINGDON: Lou Evelyn Pearson, 71, of Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Life Care Center in Bruceton. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery. Pastor Gene Shields will officiate the service.
Mrs. Pearson was born August 17, 1940 in Clarksburg to the late Willie B. Rivers and Lular Weathers. She was a retired factory worker for Henry I. Siegel Company and a member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband James Russell Pearson.
She is survived by: one brother, John D. Williams, of Huntingdon; one half-brother, Willie D. Rivers, of Bolivar; and one half-sister, Dorothy Wilson, of Bolivar.
DEBRA ANN RIMMER
MCKENZIE: Debra Ann Rimmer, 56, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home with Brother Richard Allen officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mrs. Rimmer was born August 28, 1955 in Trezevant to J.C. and Lena Sanders Argo. She was a retired payroll accountant at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, a member of Enon Missionary Baptist Church and a graduate of Bethel College. She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include: her husband of 39 years, Jerry Linn Rimmer, of McKenzie; two sons, Jeremy Rimmer, of McKenzie, and David Rimmer, of North Platte, Nebraska; mother Mrs. Lena Argo, of McKenzie; one sister, Rosemary Slagle, of Big Sandy; and eight grandchildren.
RANDALL W. FOSTER
GLEASON: Randall W. Foster, 54, of Gleason, died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Jackson Regional Hospital. A graveside service was held Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Beech Springs Cemetery in Gleason with Bro. Bob Copeland officiating.
Mr. Foster was born November 25, 1957 in McKenzie to Darrell Foster, of McKenzie, and the late Kathelyn (Johnson) Foster.
Besides his father, survivors include: wife Joyce (Dilday) Foster, of Gleason; one son, Robert Foster, of Gleason; one daughter, Robbie Foster, of Gleason; two brothers, Ronald Foster, of Trenton, MO, and Brian Fletcher, of Cedar Grove; and one sister, Tracy Reed, of Milan.
AUGUST CARL YOUNG, JR.
BUENA VISTA: August Carl Young, Jr., 89, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon. Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Camden on Monday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Joey Kaump officiating.
Mr. Young was born September 8, 1922 in St. Louis, MO to the late August Carl Young Sr. and Mrs. Mary Waltz Young. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer for the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII and the Korean War. He was a 22-year teacher of the Diocese of Memphis, a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Camden and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include: wife of 69 years, Judith Gertrude Bello Young, of Buena Vista; two sons, Donald (Mary Ann) Young, of Buena Vista, and Anthony (Gladys) Young, of Tampa, FL; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
PHILLIP HERBERT SNOW
PARIS: Phillip Herbert Snow, 82, of Paris, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at his residence. A memorial service will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. with Jack Thacker officiating.
Mr. Snow was born on October 4, 1929 in Paris to the late John Silas Snow and Jessie Chloe Kibbons Snow. He married Sue Watkins Snow, who survives, of Paris, in 1974. He was a Korean War veteran and owner-operator of Snow’s Alternator in Paris. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a lifetime member of Henry County Rescue Squad. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers Warren, Earl and J.S. Snow and sisters Rowena Kimbel, Merle Stout and Katie Williams.
Besides his wife, he is survived by: five daughters, Kathy (Jim) Wimberley, of Eminence, KY, Beverly Anderson, Cyndi Weldon, Suzy (Van) Smith, and Patsy (Wayne) Medlock, all of Paris; four sons, Eddie (Wanda) Snow, of Puryear, Danny Snow, of Glenn Oak, NY, Roland Knowles, of Henry, and Alan (Donna) Knowles, of Henry; two sisters, Lera Jane Sykes and Blanche Stewart, both of Paris; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
MARY JANE BURCHAM
Services for Mary Jane Burcham, 68, will be held Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:00pm at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Sanders and Bro. Dennis Trull officiating. Interment will follow at Carroll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 5 from 4:30pm-8:00pm, and Friday, 2:00pm until service time.
Mrs. Burcham, a Homemaker, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born on October 8, 1943 in St. Charles, Missouri to John and Rosanna Willbrand. She was a member of Cooper’s Chapel Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, John T. Burcham; one sister, Rose Mary Willbrand and one brother, John Willbrand.
Mrs. Burcham is survived by her husband, Tom Burcham of McKenzie; three daughters, Janet Burcham and Kathy Burcham both of McKenzie and Vickie ( James) Alexander of Lexington, three brothers, Jimmy Willbrand, Jerry Willbrand and Donnie Willbrand all of Missouri. She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In Lieu of flowers the family has asked for memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society.
JAMES ROBERT RIDINGS
BRUCETON: James Robert Ridings, 79, of Bruceton, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Prospect Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Pinkley officiated the service.
Mr. Ridings was born December 19, 1932 in Henderson County to the late Robert Gardner Ridings and Lora Mae (Taylor) Ridings. He was a retired pattern engineer for the Henry I. Seigel Company. He served in the Army as Medic in the Korean War. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sue Clark.
He is survived by: his wife of 32 years, Debbie Ridings; one son, Mark Ridings, of Nashville; one daughter, Tobie Harding, of Nashville; and two sisters, Mae Keeton, of Huntingdon, and Faye Graham, of Hollow Rock.
MILTON PHILLIP STRAYHORN
MCKENZIE: Milton Phillip Strayhorn, 93, formerly of McKenzie, died Friday, June 20, 2012 at Alive Hospice following a brief illness.
Mr. Strayhorn was born March 5, 1919. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Louella J. Strayhorn; parents, Goldie E. Strayhorn and Nina Hale Strayhorn; brother, Luther W. Strayhorn; sisters, Elnora Strayhorn, Victoria Pulliam, Julia Russelle Glenn and Earlie Mae Pate. Burial was at Middle TN Veterans Cemetery in Pegram.
He is survived by: a son, Phillip M. Strayhorn, of West Covina, CA; a daughter, Donnetta (Dr. George) Butler Sr., of Nashville; two grandsons, three granddaughters; a great-grandson, two great-granddaughters; brother-in-law, Odell Pate; several nephews and nieces, numerous grandnephews, grandnieces, and many other devoted relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christ Fund for scholarships at Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, 1203 - 9th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208; or the Golena Puckett Scholarship Fund of Enon Baptist Church, c/o Mary Nolen, 30 Brawner Ave., McKenzie, TN 38201. LEWIS & WRIGHT FUNERAL DIRECTORS, (615) 255-2371.
Published in The Tennessean on June 24, 2012
BRUCE WAYNE CHEZEM
BRUCETON: Bruce Wayne Chezem, 54, of Bruceton, died Saturday, June 30 at his mother’s home in Bruceton. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Bruceton Funeral Home.
Mr. Chezem was born on January 16, 1958 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to the late Lester Chislem Chezem and Juanita Franklin Chezem, who survives, of Bruceton.
Other than his mother, he is survived by: wife Judith Irlene Burrow Chezem, of Ocala, FL; two daughters, Angela Mayher, of Lewisburg, KY, and Crystal Leigh Dehaven, of Tallahassee, FL; three sons, Bruce Wayne Chezem Jr., of Morganton, NC, Adam Wayne Chezem, of St. Cloud, FL, and Andrew Wesley Chezem, of Palm Beach, FL; two sisters, Betty Ann Leonhardt, of Cherryville, NC, and June Burnice Gooch, of Harrison, MI; three brothers, Timothy R. Chezem, of Cherryville, NC, Robert Dwight Chezem, of Sebastian, FL, and Roger Carroll Bratcher, of Pampano, FL; and five grandchildren.
MAX “BUDDY” EDWARDS
MCKENZIE: Max Milton “Buddy” Edwards, 86, of McKenzie, died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Monday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home with Rev. Eric S. Corbin officiating. Burial followed at Shiloh Cemetery.
Mr. Edwards was born November 18, 1925 in McKenzie to the late Benjamin Howard and Maxine Roulston Edwards. He was a brick mason, a teacher of Masonry at TN Technology Center and a Codes officer for the City of McKenzie. He was a member of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the American Legion. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Patty Edwards, and a brother, Rip Edwards.
He is survived by: his wife of 44 years, Bette S. Edwards, of McKenzie; two daughters, MaryAnn (Steve) Baker, of McKenzie, and Kathy (Jeff) Meyers, of Nashville; a son, Bub (Dian) Edwards, of Paris; two step-daughters, Carie Neal (Dan) Bradfield, of McKenzie, and Lora Lee (Rick) Goforth, of Covington; a step-son, Mark (Sherry) Mitchum, of San Antonio, TX; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
BETHA ANN ETTER
HUNTINGDON: Beth Ann Etter, 65, of Huntingdon, died Thursday, June 28 at Huntingdon Health & Rehabilitation Center. Memorial services were conducted Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Dilday-Carter Funeral Home.
Ms. Etter was born October 23, 1946 in Winchester, Indiana to the late James Harshman. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Marla Harshman.
She is survived by: three sons, Christopher A. Etter, of Mt. Juliet, Daniel Etter, of Spring Creek, and Stephen Etter, of Lexington; a sister, Donna Moore, of Richmond, IN; three brothers, Mike Harshman, of Jackson, Donnie Harshman and Jim Harshman, both of Spartanburg, IN; special friend Tabitha Trevathan, of Huntingdon; and nine grandchildren.
ATWOOD: Bennie Graham, 77, of Atwood, died Sunday, July 1, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pisgah Cemetery in Atwood. Bro. Allen Rainey will officiate the service.
Mr. Graham was born December 5, 1934 in Tunica, Mississippi to the late Frank Graham and Velma (Rutherford) Graham. He was a retired self-employed truck driver for A-One Cartage, Inc. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Franks.
He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Geneva Graham; five daughters, Kathy Graham, of Jackson, Connie Seratt and Paula (Tony) Rich, both of Atwood, Elizabeth Wynn, of Huntingdon, and Tonya (Gary) Savage, of Atwood; one son, Danny (Diane) Graham, of Atwood; one sister, Ann Kunkle, of Coloma, Michigan; one brother, W.V. Graham, of Chicago, Illinois; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
HORTENSE STROUP ADCOX
MCKENZIE: Hortense Stroup Adcox, 88, of McKenzie, died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Kenny Carr officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home.
Mrs. Adcox was born August 23, 1923 in Henry to the late Erby Clyde and Mattye Blake Stroup. She was a homemaker and a member of Long Heights Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 68 ears, Loren L. Adcox, Jr.
She is survived by: two sons, Robert E. Adcox and Barton Adcox, both of McKenzie; a brother, Charles (Marian) Stroup, of Long Island, NY; one granddaughter and two step-granddaughters.
MARIE TURNER HILL
BRUCETON: Marie Turner Hill, 86, of Bruceton, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Life Care Center of Bruceton. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Bruceton Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Whitworth officiating. Burial followed at Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery near McKenzie.
Mrs. Turner was born March 8, 1926 to the late Oscar Turner and Minnie Mahaley Radford. She was a retired seamstress for H.I.S. Inc. and was a member of Bruceton First United Methodist Church. She also was preceded in death by nine siblings.
She is survived by: husband of 18 years, Ben H. Hill, of Bruceton; a daughter, Carolyn (Jan) Aylor, of Bruceton; one son, Joe E. Evans, of Box Springs, GA; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
PEGGY SUE FANNING
GLEASON: Peggy Sue Fanning, 78, of Gleason, died Monday, June 25, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 28 at First United Methodist Church of Gleason with Bro. Tom Spellings officiating. Burial followed at Hopewell Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Fanning was born on April 2, 1934 in Gleason to the late Ted Dunn and Mary Catherine (Trevathan) Dunn. She was a homemaker and was also preceded in death by two brothers.
She is survived by: husband Robert E. (Bob) Fanning, of Gleason; three daughters, Cathy Fanning, of Gleason, Bobbie Sue (Kerry) Arnold, of Dresden, and Donna Jones, of Gleason; one brother, Jim Clary, of Paris; two sisters, Kay Fendley, of Big Sandy, and Joyce Stewart, of Gleason; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
ANNIE LEE HALL
TREZEVANT: Annie Lee Hall, 75, of Trezevant, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Trezevant Church of Christ with Bro. John Forgy officiating. Burial followed at Trezevant Cemetery. Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hall was born August 22, 1936 in McKenzie to the late Billy and Margaret Bouldin Kelley. She was a secretary and a member of Trezevant Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Glen Hall; and a sister, Mary Frances Sorell.
She is survived by: one son, Terry (Mary Jo) Hall, of Trezevant; one daughter, Teresa (Kevin) Reaves, of Clinton; one sister, Thelma (Dwayne) Delaney, of McKenzie; and five grandchildren.