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Obituaries for the week of April 1, 2014
4/1/2014 10:35:26 AM



Donna G. Hayes, 69, of Hollow Rock, Tenn., died Sunday, March, 23, 2014 at Henry County Medical Center.

Mrs. Hayes was born January 25, 1945 in Orlando, W. Vir., to the late Patrick Gregory and Helen (Williams) Gregory. She was a beautician and a member of the Mixie Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Ray Hayes; one son, Michael Searcy of Paris, Tenn.; one stepson, Ray Eugene Hayes of Palm Bay, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Courtney Burrows of Hollow Rock, Shawn Baker of Okeechobee, Fla., and Brandi Wells of Kenansville, Fla.; one sister, Patricia Graves of Silver Springs, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial services were March 29 in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home. Bro. Rufus Chandler, Bro. Tony Boyd, and Bro. Larry Hollingsworth officiated the service.



Ruby Nell Bowers, 76, of Dresden, Tenn., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Volunteer Community Hospital.

She was born May 25, 1937 in Dresden to the late Claude Burl Bowers and Viola Bell Reid. She was a lab technician and a member of Sandhill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sisters, Betty Reddick of Dresden and Sandra (Bobby) Bragg of Madison, Miss.

Services were March 22 at Sandhill Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Williams Funeral Home of Gleason was in charge of arrangements.


Velma Elizabeth Lemonds Brunson, 83, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Brentwood, Tenn.

Mrs. Brunson was born March 27, 1930 in McKenzie, Tenn., to the late Newman and Pauline Lemonds. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Lemonds, and her husband of 43 years, William D. Brunson, Sr.
Survivors include her children, Katherine Whitler and William D. (Sandra) Brunson, Jr., both of Nashville, and Nancy E. (Will) Hooke of Tempe, Ariz.; two brothers, John Lemonds and Richard Lemonds, both of McKenzie; one sister, Sue Lemonds Webb of McKenzie; seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and a host of nephews and nieces.

A Celebration of Life was held March 27 at Belmont United Methodist Church, where she was a member for 45 years, with Rev. Linda Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.


LD Massey, 76, of Schererville, Ind., died Monday, March 24, 2014.

L.D. retired from Inland Steel Company after 34 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alberta (nee Kanelopoulos); two children, Lee (Julie) Massey and Lynn (Mark) Kittelson; three sisters, Joyce Butler of Hobart, Ind., Judy Lowry of Camden, Tenn., and Wanda Burdan of Cedar Lake, Ind.; a brother, Charlie Massey of Huntingdon, Tenn.; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

Visitation was March 27 at the Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home of Schererville. Cremation followed.



Jackie Lynn Biggs, 59, resident of Life Care Center Bruceton, died Sunday March 30, 2014 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

Mr. Biggs was born September 14, 1954, in McKenzie, Tenn., to the late Finous Biggs and Bessie Arnold Biggs Martin. He worked for B & J Escort, Henry, Tenn., escorting mobile homes, and he was also associated with the Donkey Basketball Program. He was also preceded in death by a nephew.

He is survived by two sisters, Jettie (Bobby) Bowers and Jorene (Bob) Newton, both of McKenzie, and one brother, Gaylon Biggs.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Biggs will be announced at a later time.

Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Fines Edward Hillard, 63, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Monday, March 24, 2014, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
He was born December 4, 1950 in Paris, Tenn., to the late Alva Edward Hillard and the late Venie Melvie Evitts Hillard. He was a member West Paris Baptist Church and owner-operator of Kentucky Lake Marine Service.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Collier Hillard; three sons, Dustin Edward Hillard of Paris and Jessie (Tiffany) Pewitt and Justin (Paula) Pewitt, both of McKenzie, Tenn.; two sisters, Julia "Judy" Hillard of Paris and Mary Lee Washam of Springville, Tenn.; a brother, Alvie Bailey "Buddy" (Judy) Hillard of Springville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home on March 26, with Joe Page officiating. Interment followed in West Wood Pentecostal Church of God Cemetery in Paris.



Len O’Bryant, 61, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at his home in Holladay, Tenn.

Mr. O’Bryant was born January 16, 1953, in Morganfield, Ky. Len spent his life loving and serving God and people through song-leading, youth ministry, Lads to Leaders group-leading, volunteering and blood donations. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vickie O’Bryant.

He is survived by his parents, James and Sue O’Bryant of Morganfield; his wife, Brenda O’Bryant of Holladay; his children, Nathan and Tanya O’Bryant of Huntingdon, Tenn., Matthew and Wanda O’Bryant of Georgetown, Ky., Dale Hall and Melissa Hall, of Jackson, Tenn., and Mallorie and Blake Greenway of Bossier City, La.; a brother, Ray O’Bryant of Yorktown, Vir.; two sisters, Linda Rice of Huntsville, Ala., and Amy Fox of Bowling Green, Ky. He also leaves four grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 29 at the Huntingdon Church of Christ. Interment followed in the McLemoresville Cemetery. Brother Rick Welty, Brother Daniel Askew, Brother Bill Goodpasture and Brother Dan Winkler officiated the services.

Dilday-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Doris M. Coleman, 58, of McKenzie, Tenn., a homemaker, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

Mrs. Coleman was born August 22, 1955 in Guymon, Ok., to Floyd D. Bell and Dorothy Jean Babb Krueger. She was preceded in death by her father, a son, Donnie Lee Mitchell, and a brother, Nicky Wynne.

She is survived by her husband, Robyn Coleman of McKenzie; mother, Dorothy Krueger of Dresden, Tenn.; a daughter, Julie Eaton of Gleason, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Wendy (Scott) Erwin of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three sons, Dennis Lynn (Sherry) Mitchell of Reeves, Tenn., Shawn(Angie) Roy of Mississippi and Danny (Jessie) Belew of Gleason, four stepsons, Johnny Coleman of Vale, Tenn., Joshua Coleman of Bruceton, Tenn., Shad Coleman of Virginia, and Travis Coleman of McKenzie; two sisters, Linda Lambert of Dresden and Janet (James) Dema of Antioch, Ill.; two brothers, Larry( Amy) Bell of Antioch and Randy Bell of Dresden; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Coleman will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the Cedar Avenue Chapel of Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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