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2011 Obituaries Archive: January 1 - January 14

DOVIE L. NUTTING
MCKENZIE: Dovie L. Nutting, 79, died Saturday, January 8, 2011 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Monday, January 10, 11 a.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie.
Ms. Nutting was born in Carroll County to the late Harrison C. and Lillie Mai Griffin Nutting. She was a retired cook for Forestwood Restaurant and member of Bethel Baptist Church, McKenzie. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her one daughter, Alice Marie Haney; three sisters, Agnes Cantwell, Frances Spice, and Sylvia Purvis; and three brothers, Gordon Nutting, Lloyd Nutting and Lyndell (Jack) Nutting.
Survivors include: two sons, Danny Joe (Margaret) Nutting and Tracy (Ladonna) Nutting, both of McKenzie; one brother, James Harrison (Dottie) Nutting of McKenzie; one sister, Brenda Dalton of West Weto, Louisiana; six, grandchildren, Ricky Nutting of McKenzie, Lindsey (Chris) Lewis of Clarksville, Megan Nutting of McKenzie, Mallory Nutting of Cedar Grove, Harlie Nutting of McKenzie and Ronald Ray (Antonie) Haney of Jackson; five great-grandchildren, Matt Nutting, Noah Nutting, Steven Haney, Tyler Haney and Christina Marie Haney; and one great-great-grandchild, Lauren Marie Haney.

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REGENA K. ROWLETT
1961-2011
GREENFIELD: Regena K. "Mama Gena" Rowlett, 49, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, January 8, at 1 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Greenfield with Wayne Perkins and David Worley officiating. Burial followed in Highland Cemetery in Greenfield.
Mrs. Rowlett was born February 24, 1961 in Paris. She was the owner and operator of a daycare in Greenfield. She was also a member and the pianist at Bethel Baptist Church.
Survivors include: her husband, Philip Rowlett of Greenfield; two daughters, Ginger (Ramfis) de Martinez of El Salvador, Central America, and Sheena (Daniel Kydon) Bowen of Knoxville; one son, Logan Rowlett of Greenfield; her parents, Billy Gene Verdell and Virginia Mae (Perkins) Verdell of Gleason; two brothers, Wendell (Alicia) Verdell of Gleason, and Mitch (Debbie) Verdell of Gleason; and two grandchildren, Easton and Pryor Bowen.
Williams Funeral Home of Greenfield was in charge of the arrangements.

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FRANCES KAY KINSLAND
1960-2011
MANSFIELD: Frances Kay Kinsland, 50, died Saturday, January 8, 2011. Funeral services are Wednesday, January 12, at 1 p.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary Collier officiating. Burial will follow in Bevil Cemetery.
Mrs. Kinsland was born April 30, 1960 in Paris to the late Francis William Taylor and Effie Katherine Summerville Taylor.
Survivors include: her husband, Burt Kinsland of Somerville; two daughters, Erin Marie (Mitchell) Shearer and Emily Ann Taylor, both of Paris; two sons, William Brandon (Veronica) Taylor and Lucas Bradley (Kimberley) Taylor, both of Henry; two sisters, Deanna Taylor of Paris and Vickie Lynn (Joe) Decker of Pascagoula, Mississippi; one brother, Randall (Myra) Summerville of Kentucky; and eight grandchildren.

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WILLIAM DWAYNE "COTTON" KING
1925-2011
HOLLOW ROCK: William Dwayne "Cotton" King, 85, of Hollow Rock died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Life Care Center in Bruceton. Funeral services were Friday, January 7, at 1 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Davis and Bro. Sonny Daniel officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery.
Mr. King was born August 15, 1925 in Carroll County to the late Hobert King and Ollie (Foust) King. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Haskins and Sue Wiser; and three brothers, J.R. King, Edwin King, and Lee Ira King.
Mr. King was a longtime teacher, coach, principal, and retired as Superintendent of the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District. He was a WWII Army veteran, a graduate from Murray State University with a masters degree in education, a 50+ year member of TSSAA, inducted into the Carroll County sports Hall of Fame in 2004, a member of First Baptist Church in Huntingdon. He was a 32nd degree mason of Hollow Rock Lodge # 288, member of Scottish Rite and Al Chymia Shrine Temple.
Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Patsy King; one son, Keith (Debra) King of Mt. Juliet; one sister, Wanza (Charles) Bond of Bruceton; one brother, Robert M. King of Bruceton; and two grandchildren.

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LORETTA ANN BOYD
1937-2011
HUNTINGDON: Loretta Ann Boyd, 73, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, January 7, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Sellers officiating. Burial followed in Humbles Cemetery.
Mrs. Boyd was born July 2, 1937 in Carroll County to the late Adrian Glenmore Springer and Nova Burline (Horn) Springer. She was a retired substitute teacher for the Huntingdon Special School District and a member of the Holladay Chapel Church of Christ. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Robert Jeremy Crossett in 2004; and a brother, Wilburn Springer.
Survivors include: her husband of 54 years, Bobby Boyd; two daughters, Deborah Ann (Tim) Lewis of Bay Minette, Alabama and Bobbie Jean (David) Bowling of Jackson; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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WELDON BAILEY RICH
1926-2011
HUNTINGDON: Weldon Bailey Rich, 84, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, January 7, at 1 p.m. at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Burton and Rev. Lloyd Rich officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Rich was born September 11, 1926 in Carroll County to the late Leslie Rich and Novie (Dill) Rich. He was a self-employed bricklayer, a World War II veteran, and member of Oak Grove Congregational Methodist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Franklin Rich; and one granddaughter, Lisa Wilson.
Survivors include: one son, Randy (Kathy) Rich of Huntingdon; one sister, Thelma Titchen of Huntingdon; and two brothers, Lloyd Rich of Bruceton and Garvin Rich of Huntingdon.

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BROOKSIE VONELL BRANDON ORR
1921-2011
HUNTINGDON: Brooksie Vonell Brandon Orr, 89, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Huntingdon Health & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were Friday, January 7, at 1 p.m. at Clarksburg Church of Christ with Bro. Billy Ringold officiating. Burial followed in Barr Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Orr was born September 18, 1921 in Huntingdon to the late Milton Brandon and Telitha (Johnson) Brandon. She was a retired employee of the Publix Shirt Corporation and a member of Clarksburg Church of Christ. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Newton Orr, who passed away in April 1996; five brothers, Basil Brandon, Cecil Brandon, Weldon Brandon, George Alec Brandon, and Elmer Brandon; and two sisters, Thelma Williams and Hesta Russell.
Survivors include: one daughter, Angie (Don) Bartholomew of Clarksburg; one son, Thomas Ritchie (Margaret) Orr of Huntingdon; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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DIANNA CHRISTINE HARRIS
1948-2011
PARIS: Dianna Christine Harris, 62, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were Friday, January 7, 11 a.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary Collier officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Harris was born April 24, 1948 in Brown County, Indiana to the late Richard Allender and Christina Dempsey Allender. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Harris; and two siblings and one grandchild.
Survivors include: three daughters, Amanda (Kevin) Reynolds of Puryear, Kandy (Mike) Jones of Hollow Rock, and Patrice Harris of Mansfield; two sons, Roger D. (Mary) Asher of Paris and Charles Lewis (Jaime) Asher II; one sister, Sandy Fields of Nashville, Indiana; two brothers, Donnie Allender of Bloomington, Indiana and Richard "Termite" Allender of Plainfield, Indiana; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

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ADDIE PAULINE BELL
1941-2011
Addie Pauline Bell, 69, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, January 7, 1 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church in McKenzie with Rev. James Webb officiating. Burial followed in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Bell was born January 31, 1941 in Carroll County. She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Wingo.
Survivors include: her husband, Lonnie Bell; her mother, Rodga Mae Hampton Wingo of Trezevant; three sons, Billy Wingo of Covington, Zachary (Shanna) Bell of Milan and Christopher (Valerie) Bell of Trezevant; one brothers, Billy R. (Carol) Wingo of Trezevant; one sister, Dorothy (O.H.) Hunt of Detroit, Michigan; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Rawls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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ALENE WELCH
1920-2011
TREZEVANT: Alene Welch, 90, died Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Regional Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services were Monday, January 10, 11 a.m. at Bodkin Funeral Home in Milan with Dr. John Quinton, Bro. Scott Bloodworth and Rev. Audrain Leach officiating. Burial followed in Union Academy Cemetery in McKenzie.
Mrs. Welch was born February 17, 1920 in Carroll County to the late Marion Vinson and Betty Lee Vinson. She was a retired employee of Gaines Manufacturing and member of Hopewell Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Welch; and one son, Nicholas Ronald Welch.
Survivors include: one son, Donnie Welch of Milan; three daughters, Peggy Inman of Trezevant, Martha Fly and Norman Woodard, both of Milan; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

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DENNIS THOMAS SMITH
1955-2011
MCKENZIE: Dennis Thomas Smith, 55, died Monday, January 10, 2011 at his home. Funeral mass is Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Mission in Huntingdon with the Rev. Father Joey Kaump officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie.
Mr. Smith was born October 13, 1955 in Ottumwa, Iowa to the late Tom and Louise Ollendick Smith. He was a Production Supervisor at CSI in McKenzie and a Communicant at Holy Family Catholic Mission in Huntingdon.
Survivors include: his wife of 36 years, Patti Quinn Smith of McKenzie; three daughters, Kim (Fred) Barfield of Ottumwa, Iowa, Julie (Ben) Sodey of St. Louis, Missouri, and Amy Winchester of McKenzie; one son, Patrick Smith of McKenzie; two sisters, Mary Barker of Ottumwa, Iowa and Ginger Smith of Rochester, Minnesota; four brothers, Stephen Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, Don Smith of Montrose, Iowa, and Mike Smith of Ottumwa, Iowa; and four grandsons, Jakob Winchester, Landon Winchester, Tanner Smith, and Holden Sodey.
The family will receive friends at McKenzie Funeral Home Friday, January 14, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. for a Christian Wake and a Rosary beginning at 8 p.m.

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DAVID ELBERT SILLS

BROWNSVILLE: David Elbert Sills, 66, died January 2, 2011 in the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Funeral services are Wednesday, January 5, at 11 a.m. in the Lea and Simmons Funeral Home with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mr. Sills was a graduate of Memphis State University. Upon graduation he was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in both Active Duty and the Reserves, during which time he achieved the rank of Major. In later years, he used his journalism degree and wrote for various West Tennessee newspapers, where he especially enjoyed covering sporting events and human interest stories. He was preceded in death by his father, Elbert Pershing Sills.
Survivors include: his mother, Zora Nell Smith Sills of Brownsville; one son, John David Sills of Smyrna; one sister, Dorothy Sills (Dan) Jackson of Brownsville; and two nieces, Ashley Jackson Simmons of Brownsville and Laura Jackson of Richardson, Texas.
Visitation is Tuesday 5-7 p.m. in the Lea and Simmons Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to Disabled American Veterans Headquarters, 3680 South Mendenhall Dr., Memphis, TN 38115.

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DEVERE MAXWELL RAMSAY
GERMANTOWN: Devere Maxwell Ramsay, 85, retired Christian educator and author, died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at The Villages of Germantown after a lengthy illness. A memorial service is Wednesday evening, January 5, 2011, 6 p.m., at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown, located on the corner of Riverdale and McVay.
Mrs. Ramsay graduated from the University of Alabama and received her Masters degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. Her ministry included being Director of Christian Education at several churches and an instructor in Christian Education Studies at Bethel University. She was the author of numerous children's books including GOD'S PEOPLE: OUR STORY OLD TESTAMENT and GOD'S PEOPLE: OUR STORY NEW TESTAMENT. She was a contributor to THESE DAYS, a devotional booklet used by several denominations. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William M. Ramsay.
Survivors include: her sons, William M. (Claire) Ramsay, Jr. of Lebanon and John A. (Carol) Ramsay of Somerville; four grandsons, Will and Daniel of Lebanon, and Rhett and Austin of Somerville; and nieces, Bess Maxwell, Mary Maxwell, Jane Maxwell and Anna Dennis.
Visitation with the family will be at the church from 5 - 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be sent to Bethel University, Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown or the charity of your choice.

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JANEEN B. SUMMERS
1961-2010
BIG SANDY: Janeen Brevard Summers, 49, died Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, December 17, at 10 a.m. at Oakdale Funeral Home of Camden with Chester Harrison officiating. Burial followed in Trezevant Cemetery.
Ms. Summers was born July 17, 1961 in Milan to Kenneth and Peggy Norwood Brevard of Big Sandy. She was employed by McDonald's in Camden. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Sam and Thelma Norwood of Trezevant, and paternal grandparents, Bill and Ruth Brevard of McKenzie.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by: one son, Wesley Summers of Big Sandy; one daughter, Nicole Summers Dyer of Big Sandy; a brother, Kenny (Annie) Brevard of Clarksville, Georgia; one grandchild and a niece and nephew.

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LOUIS FENNER
MCKENZIE: Louis Fenner, 83, died Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, December 31, 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Liberty Cemetery, McKenzie.
Survivors include: two daughters, Ella Andrews of Paris and Emily Bennett of Ira, Texas; one stepdaughter, Becky (Dennis) Eason of McKenzie; four sons, Lou Fenner of Paris, Bill Fenner, David Fenner, and Robert Fenner, all of Rogers, Arkansas; two stepsons, Ronnie (Shelia) Orr of McKenzie and Tony (Bobbie) Orr of Springville; one sister, Emily Kvidera of Minnesota; two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

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ROBERT N. BARKER
MCKENZIE: Robert N. (Buddy) Barker, 47, died Saturday, December 25, 2010 at his residence. There will be a memorial service Saturday, January 8, at McKenzie Church of Christ at 2 p.m.
Mr. Barker was born in Camden to the late Robert and Jane Higgason Barker. He was formerly employed at E.W. James & Sons supermarket.
Survivors include: one daughter, Leslie Barker of Gleason; one sister, Tina Barker of Paris; and one brother, Michael Pratt of Camden.

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BETTY LOUISE KYLE
1948-2010
HUNTINGDON: Betty Louise Kyle, 62, died Thursday, December 30, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Rodney Hardin officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Kyle was born July 26, 1948 in Lexington to the late Charles H. Hatchett and V. Mae (Pratt) Hatchett. She was baptized at the New Liberty Baptist Church and was a retired waitress for the Catfish Galley.
Survivors include: her husband of 42 years, James S. Kyle, Sr.; one daughter, Elisa (Jeffrey) Whitworth of Sharpsburg, Georgia; one son, James S. Kyle, II of Huntingdon; six sisters, three brothers and one grandson.

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DONALD ROSS STONE
1939-2010
BRUCETON: Donald Ross Stone, 71, died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at his home. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.
Mr. Stone was born March 28, 1939 in Monroe, Arkansas to the late William R. Stone and Evie (Cothern) Stone. He was a retired employee of Wal-Mart. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Felix Stone, W.R. Stone, Wayne Stone, and Lester Stone; and one sister, Barbara Ann Lipp.
Survivors include: one son, Scott Stone of Flushing, Michigan; one daughter, Balinda Sonya White of Flint, Michigan; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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BILLY CLIFTON BLOW
1926-2010
MCLEMORESVILLE: Billy Clifton Blow, 84, died Thursday, December 30, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Johnson and Rev. Johnny Way officiating. Burial followed in McLemoresville Cemetery.
Mr. Blow was born March 30, 1926 in LaTonia, Kentucky to the late William Grady Blow and Calantha Sunshine (Gentry) Blow. He was a 40-year member and Deacon of the Milan First Assembly of God Church and former Mayor of McLemoresville. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law having served as the Assistant District Attorney for the 24th (formerly the 22nd) Judicial District for the State of Tennessee. He also served in the 105th Division of the United States Navy SeaBees during World War II. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Annie Frances Blow; and two brothers, Hansel Blow and Freddie Blow.
Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Martha JoAnn Blow; two sons, Charles (Laura) Blow of Bartlett and Steven (Elizabeth) Blow of Cedar Grove; four daughters, Cindy (Johnny) Way of Gadsden, Corinne Massey of McLemoresville, Janna (Mike) Johnson of Medina and Valeria Hatch of Huntingdon; one brother, Harold (Sue) Blow of McLemoresville; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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PAUL COOK, SR.
1924-2010
MEMPHIS: Paul Cook, Sr., 86, died Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Funeral services were Saturday January 1, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie.
Mr. Cook was born July 15, 1924 in Carroll County to the late Ray and Carrie Lee Cook. He served in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He was President and owner of his own business in Memphis for 14 years and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Ray and Donald Cook; and one sister, Margaret Marie King.
Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Verena Parks Cook; two sisters, Maxie Lee Cook Bersey and Carolyn Cook Bishop, both of McKenzie; two sons, Paul (Vava) Cook, Jr. of Bartlett and Michael Lee (Vicki) Cook of Jackson; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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LESSIE VIRGINIA SANDERS LONG
1914-2010
GLEASON: Lessie Virginia Sanders Long, 96, died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Weakley County Nursing Home in Dresden. Funeral services are Wednesday, January 5, 10 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home of Gleason with Rev. Tom Spelling officiating. Burial will follow in New Valley Cemetery, Gleason.
Mrs. Long was born July 1, 1914 in Hickman County to the late Thomas Alex Sanders and Sarah Frances Elizabeth Harrington Sanders. She was a former employee of HIS in Gleason and member of New Valley United Methodist Church in Gleason. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Long; one son, Dr. James Thomas Long of Murray, Kentucky; one daughter, Jessie Faye Long Guerra of Placentia, California; and siblings, Winnie Ellis, Elease Williams, Katherine McCoy, Ira Sanders, Elmer Sanders, and Robert Sanders.
Survivors include: one daughter, Joyce Marie Long Lofton of Dresden; one brother, Jimmie Sanders of Gleason; one sister, Mattie McCaslin of Lexington; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to New Valley United Methodist Church, c/o David and Judy Belew, Gleason, TN 38229 or to Henry County Hospice, 301 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN 38242.

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CAROLYN SUE CROCKER
1939-2010
MCKENZIE: Carolyn Sue Crocker, 71, died Monday, January 3, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services are Wednesday, January 5, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Don Bowlin and Bro. Donald Doster officiating. Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery.
Mrs. Crocker was born September 8, 1931 in McKenzie to the late Robert Leon and Frances Willard McClure Foster. She was a retired cafeteria manager for the McKenzie Special School District, a newspaper carrier for the Jackson Sun, and a member of Enon Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Crocker; and one brother-in-law, Terry Ellis.
Survivors include: three sons, Thomas David (Carol) Crocker, Michael Harold (Rita) Crocker, and Kevin Lynn (Melinda) Crocker, all of McKenzie; one sister, Jane Ellis of Gleason; two brothers, Darrell (Wanda) Foster and Don (Teresa) Foster, both of McKenzie; seven grandchildren, Madison Crocker, Elizabeth Crocker, Jerry Vowell, Joshua Crocker, Alissa Bennett, James Lee and Kristen Crocker.
The family will receive friends Tuesday 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. until service time.
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