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Obituaries for the week of March 18, 2014
3/18/2014 10:10:34 AM

Myrtle Sawyer

Merline Tubbs



Ruth Gwendolyn Cozart, 93, factory worker and member of McKenzie Church of Christ, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at McKenzie Health Care Center.

She was born February 6, 1921 in McKenzie, Tenn., to the late William and Mary Jane Reynolds Horn. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Reynolds and Covie May, and four brothers, Marvin Horn, Robert Horn, Bernard Horn and Lucian Horn.

She is survived by her son, James Ronnie Cozart of Brighton, Tenn., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service for Ms. Cozart was March 17 at Shiloh Cemetery, McKenzie.

Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Myrtle Dellinger Sawyer, 87, of Metropolis, Ill., was called home Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Metropolis Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Metropolis.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11am at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with burial to follow at the New Valley Methodist Church in Gleason, Tenn.

Mrs. Sawyer, originally of Gleason, was born on December 28, 1926.

Her husband, and high school sweetheart, Ben Sawyer, also formerly of Gleason, preceded her in death. The couple was married for nearly 65 years (wed on January 23, 1948). They were proud members of Powers United Methodist Church. Myrtle taught Sunday School for many years and volunteered for COPE.

Mrs. Sawyer is survived by two children, Cynthia Sawyer Howard of Kirksey, Ky., and Don E. Sawyer and wife, Marna, of Metropolis; five grandchildren, Dr. Robert Sawyer Howard and wife, Mallory, of Kirksey, Mary Kay Howard Bowden and husband, Brandt, of Houston, Tex., Kimberly Howard Willson and husband, Drew, of Memphis, Marlie Sawyer Motta and husband, David, of Celebration, Flo., and Vance Edward Sawyer of Bloomington, Ill.; five great grandchildren, Russell, Annabelle and Blye Bowden and Mary, Drew and Sanders Willson; two nieces, Teresa Dellinger Jullian and husband Eddy, of Lexington, Ky. and Nancy Dellinger Simmons and husband Tommy, of Martin, Tenn.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death are her parents, J.D. and Lena Dellinger, and brothers Don, Virgil and Marvin Dellinger.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 6-8pm at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Massac County High School Athletic Department, 2841 Old Marion Road Metropolis, IL 62960; Powers United Methodist Church, 3210 IL 145 Road Metropolis, IL 62960; or New Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery, PO Box 172 Gleason, TN 38229.

Online Condolences may be left at

Paid obituary.



Merline Todd Tubbs, of Milan, Tenn., also known as “Nanny” by her loved ones, 93, passed away March 12, 2014 at NHC Healthcare in Milan.

Born September 13, 1920 in Yuma, Tenn., Merline was the oldest of nine children. For most of Merline’s life, she was a hair dresser, and a very good one at that. When she wasn’t styling hair at her beauty shop behind her home in Humboldt, she was most likely outside in her immaculate yard, which included dozens of plants, flowers and even a concrete fish pond in the middle. Whether it was gardening vegetables, growing flowers or feeding and watching birds, Merline absolutely loved everything about nature.

Merline was also an amazing chef. Everybody looked forward to nights when she would cook because she always made everything from scratch.

More than anything, Merline loved her family. She was such a kind-hearted person whom everybody loved and cherished. Nanny rarely missed out on social events for her great-grandchildren, attending sporting events, graduations, school productions and birthday parties whenever she got the chance. Merline was such a genuinely sweet person and she will be missed dearly.

Services for Merline were March 16 at Bodkin Funeral Home with burial in Farmville Cemetery near Yuma. She was a member of Milan First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Sunday school class. Ms. Tubbs leaves a son, Larry Vernon Tubbs of Memphis; a daughter, Myra Johnson and husband Johnny of Milan; three brothers, Robert Todd of Huntingdon, Tenn., Hulon Todd of Nashville and Jimmy Todd of Greer, SC; two sisters, Jean Walker of Huntingdon and Linda Burcham of Bruceton, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Julieanne Johnson Hart and husband Larry of Milan and three great-granddaughters, Jordan Parkins of Nashville, Rachel Beth Hart and Allison Hart, both of Milan. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Jane Tubbs Dunn and Mary Lou Tubbs; three brothers, Lois Todd, Edwin Todd and Bug Todd; a sister, Ava Smothers and a granddaughter, Kim Johnson. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Milan, or a charity of the donors choice.

Paid obituary.



Nicky Joe Stafford, 72, owner of Nicky Joe Stafford Real Estate & Auction Co., and member of First United Methodist Church, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his residence.

He was born February 24, 1942 in McKenzie, Tenn., to the late Thelon Brown and Atrice Purvis Stafford.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Stoner Stafford of McKenzie; daughter, Sandi (Spiros) Roditis of McKenzie; son, Micky (Julie) Stafford of McKenzie; brother, Ricky Gene Stafford of Clarksville, Tenn.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Stafford was March 16 at the Cedar Avenue Chapel of Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home.



Victoria “Vickie” Rene’ Parker, 47, of McKenzie, Tenn., died Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

She was born on November 14, 1967 in Huntingdon, Tenn., to Johnny Junior and Mary Jane Hutcheson Parker. She was a member of Greenfield House of Prayer in Greenfield, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her fathers, Johnny Junior Parker and Lyndell Hearn, and a brother, Vince “Bubba” Parker.
Survivors include two sons, Joshua Hearn and Dolan Adams, both of McKenzie, her mother and step father Mary Jane and Bob Hutchins, four sisters, Tammy Goodrum of McKenzie, Lynette Tsiamas and Angel Hearn, both of Chicago, and Tonya Welch of Dalton, Ga., and four grandchildren.

Services for Ms. Parker were March 18 at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home, with Brothers Jimmy Ricketts and Bob Hutchins officiating. Interment followed at Caledonia Cemetery.

L.A. Moody, 80, of Jackson, Tenn., died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Maplewood Health Care in Jackson.
Mr. Moody was born December 11, 1933 in Carroll County, Tenn., to the late Rosser C. and Effie Lena (Rainey) Moody. He was a retired sales manager for the Utilcor Company and served in the United States Navy and National Guard. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Richard
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Moody; one daughter, Julie Ann Moody of Jackson; one son, Norman Moody (wife Carolyn) of Memphis; two sisters, Marjorie Noles (husband Milburn) of Huntingdon, Tenn., Dianne Gay (husband Tommy) of Little Rock, Ark., one brother, Larry
Moody (wife Mary) of Huntingdon. He also leaves three grandsons.

Funeral services were March 13 in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery. Rev. Alex Hilliard officiated the service.

1930 - 2014
Elizabeth Ann Webb, 83, of Jackson, Tenn., formerly of Huntingdon, Tenn., died Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital.
Mrs. Webb was born July 20, 1930 in Detroit, Mich., to the late Edwin and Myrtle (DeMoss) Owens. She was a retired supervisor for Basler Electic. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Betty Webb.

She is survived by one daughter, Ann Wilkes (husband Ronald) of Jackson; two sons, Tommy Webb (wife Sara) of Jackson and Buddy Webb (wife Martha) of Hollow Rock, Tenn.; one sister, Lorene Davis of Huntingdon, and one brother, J.W. Owens of Centralia, Wash. She also leaves three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 12 in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Interment followed in Davis Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Rodger Cooper officiated the service.



Joe Neil Robertson, 84, of McKenzie, Tenn., a former teacher at the Henry School in Henry, Tenn., for 31 years, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Oak Manor Health Care Center in McKenzie.

He was born on April 16, 1929 in Chester County, Tenn., to the late John and Mamie Galbraith Robertson. He was a member of Church of Christ, an Airman Third Class in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, a member of the NEA, TEA, HCEA, and the Farm Bureau. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jimmie Edwards.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Loyce Arnold Robertson of McKenzie; three daughters Gail Temple, Betty Jo Marshall, and Cindy Lichtenwalter; a sister, Faye Hicks; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Robertson were March 17 at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home, with Brother Jim Roberts officiating. Interment followed at Henry Cemetery near.



Mrs. Coleman, 96, of McKenzie, Tenn., retired from Bakers IGA Foodliner as a bookkeeper, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her son’s home.

She was born September 1, 1917 to the late William Edmon and Minnie Lee (Reeder) Gooch. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Coleman, two sisters Ruby Lemonds and Verlia Lemonds, and one brother, Carli Gooch.

She is survived by her son, Dennis Raymond (Ann) Coleman, two granddaughters, Angela (Randy) Birmingham and Natalie (Andy) Sumrok, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Opal Coleman were March 13 at the Cedar Avenue Chapel of Brummitt- McKenzie Funeral Home. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.



Doyle Edward Connell, 76, of Milan,Tenn., formerly of McKenzie, Tenn., a sales representative for Hardin-Sysco Foods, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at NHC Healthcare in Milan.

He was born on February 13, 1938 in Pillowville, Tenn., to the late Raymond and Mary Burroughs Connell. He was a member of Milan First United Methodist. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Marlin Connell.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Lela Brown Connell of Milan; a daughter, Patty (Mike) Wilson of McKenzie; a son, Michael Connell of McKenzie; a brother, Charles (Eirnes) Connell of Memphis; and five grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Connell were March 15 at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home, with Rev. Kevin Conrad officiating. Interment followed at Seminary Cemetery near Pillowville.

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