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Obituaries Archive: January 15 - January 28

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RICHARD DOYLE MANSFIELD
1925-2011
DRESDEN: Richard Doyle Mansfield, 85, died Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Weakley County Rehab and Nursing Center in Dresden. Funeral services were Friday, December 24, at 11 a.m. at Bowlin Funeral Home Chapel in Dresden with Bro. Kenneth Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.
Pallbearers were Jack Klutts, Kenneth Radford, Bobby Mansfield, Jerry Olds, Jessie James, and Cliff Carroll. Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry Moubray, John Cianfarani, Gene Norman, Bill Brann, Joe Mansfield, Brent Melton, and Larry Hazelwood.
Mr. Mansfield was born December 11, 1925 to the late Richard Russell and Bertice Estell Roberts Mansfield. He was the retired owner of Doyle's Body Shop in Dresden, a veteran of the United States Navy having served in WWII, member of Matheny Grove Primitive Baptist Church near Dresden, the American Legion, and past member of the Dresden Elks Lodge.
Survivors include: his wife, Mrs. Billie Jean Olds Mansfield of Dresden; a son, Richard Michael (Bertlyn) Mansfield of Camden; a brother, Rex (Elisabeth) Mansfield of Sevierville, Tennessee; a stepsister, Doris Ann (Delbert) Rainey of Dresden; five grandchildren, Marcus (Lydia) Mansfield of Augusta, South Carolina, Misty (David) Vaughan of Gleason, Micki (Steve) Cunningham of McKenzie, Amy (Kevin) Gilley of Camden, and Jo Meagan (Wes) Garner of Memphis; and five great-grandchildren.
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JACKIE SHERRILL DAVIDSON
1956-2011
BUCHANAN: Jackie Sherrill Davidson, 54, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Friday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Gary S. Collier officiating. Burial followed in Bevil Cemetery.
Mr. Davidson was born May 7, 1956 in Huntingdon.
Survivors include: his parents, Sherrill L. Davidson of Trezevant and Marilyn K. Kendall of Buchanan; six sisters, Veronica (Johnny) Lickert, Tiffany (Jeff) Valentine and Elane Hart, all of Paris, Vanessa Davidson and Chasity Davidson, both of Trezevant, and Marie Winsett of Palmersville; four brothers, Terry Tanner of Buchanan, Gene Davidson of Palmersville, Austin Davidson and Morgan Davidson, both of Trezevant; nieces and nephews.

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SARA LAWSON
1925-2011
HENRY: Sara Lawson, 85, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services were Thursday, January 20, at 2 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Steve Gallimore officiating. Burial followed in Henry City Cemetery.
Mrs. Lawson was born January 28, 1925 in Galloway, Tennessee to the late Joseph S. Gooch and Bertie Robertson Gooch. She was a registered nurse for over 60 years, retired as Nursing Supervisor at Henry County Medical Center. She worked part-time at Benton County Hospital and Henry County Medical Center. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Col. John D. Lawson, MD; one sister, Mae Denton; and four brothers, Jackie Gooch, Robert Gooch, Joe Gooch and Richard Gooch.
Survivors include: two daughters, Karen (Wayne) Scott and Suzanne Wilson, both of Henry; one son, John D. (Kathryn) Lawson, III of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Mabel McCoy and Shirley Lankford, both of Henry; two brothers, Billy (Merle) Gooch of Paris and Mike (Margo) Gooch of Clewiston, Florida; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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DANNY RAY NOLES
GALLATIN, TENNESSEE: Danny Ray Noles, 54, formerly of Hollow Rock, died Saturday, January 15, 2011 at his home. Graveside services were Saturday, January 22, at 1 p.m. at New Prospect Cemetery near Hollow Rock with Bro. George Austin officiating.
Mr. Noles was the son of the late James (Jim) Edward Noles and Gertie Cole Noles. He was a maintenance man for Crystal.
Survivors include: his wife, Linda M. Noles of Gallatin; three daughters, Melissa (Shane) Cox and Monica Hollingsworth, both of Hollow Rock, and Michelle Noles of Murfreesboro; one son, Matthew Noles of Murfreesboro; two sisters, Wilma (Maxey) Kilmon of Castalian Springs and Judy (John) Czachowski of Knoxville; two brothers, James (Carolyn) Eugene Noles and Edward Noles, both of Pegram; and four grandchildren.
Bruceton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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RUBY ROZELLE FOSTER
1917-2011
MCKENZIE: Ruby Rozelle Foster, 93, died Friday, January 21, 2011 at Oak Manor Health Care Center, McKenzie. Funeral services were Sunday, January 23, 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home with burial in Carroll Memorial Gardens, McKenzie.
Mrs. Foster was born February 7, 1917 to Ben and Lena Dunlap Claytor. She was a homemaker and a member of Concord Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett "Tom" Foster; and two brothers, Foard Claytor and Floyd Claytor.
Survivors include: one daughter, Sandra (Gene) Gearin of McKenzie, two sons, Ted (Patty) Foster of McKenzie and Gene Foster of McKenzie; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

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DEWEY LEE PIERCE
1915-2011
BRUCETON: Dewey Lee Pierce, 95, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Life Care Center of Bruceton. Funeral services are Wednesday, January 26, 2 p.m. at Crossroads Baptist Church in Benton with Bro. Arzell Douglas and Bro. Randy Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Pierce was born August 31, 1915 to the late Ivy Richard "Doc" Pierce and Mary Myrtle Higdon Pierce. He was a retired engineer for CSX Railroad and member of Crossroads Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ralph Pierce; one grandson, Randy Pierce; two brothers, Loyce Pierce and Glen Pierce; and one sister, Lucille Cooper.
Survivors include: his wife of 75 years, Odell Kee Pierce of Bruceton; one daughter, Virgie Lee Carver of Camden; one sister, Christine Bates of Huntingdon; one brother, Harold Pierce of Huntingdon; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
Bruceton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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STELLA MAE RITCHEY
1931-2011
HUNTINGDON: Stella Mae Ritchey, 79, died Friday, January 21, 2011 at Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 25, at 2 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with burial in Christian Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Ritchey was born April 17, 1931 in Frankfort, Kentucky to the late Bill and Snoda (Smith) Devine. She was a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ and a homemaker. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Lonnie Chester Armstrong; one daughter, Catherine Louise Branon; and two brothers, George Phillips and Sterling Phillips.
Survivors include: her husband of 52 years, Herbert J. Ritchey; four granddaughters, Yolanda (Jon) Eskew of Newport News, Virginia, Candice Branon, Michelle Armstrong Bradford, and Jennifer Armstrong of Huntingdon; one sister, Beatrice Smither of Frankfork, Kentucky, two grandsons and six great-grandchildren.

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MARY ANN OATSVALL
193 -2011
HUNTINGDON: Mary Ann Oatsvall, 71, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at Henderson County Community Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, January 21, at 3 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn Stapleton officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Oatsvall was born December 10, 1939 in Carroll County to the late Thomas Hardy Hester and Ira Viola (Gooch) Hester. She was a retired unit secretary for Baptist Memorial Hospital and a member of Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Rust and Betty Sue Hollingsworth, and three brothers, Thomas Hester, Joe Harold Hester, and William "Bill Boy" Hester.
Survivors include: two daughters, Teresa (Herb) Johnson of Jackson and Tina Oatsvall of Jacksonville, Florida; five sisters, Helen Sparks of Camden, Martha (Wyle) Pearson and Alice Mitchell, both of Huntingdon, Sandra (Tom) Milam of Portageville, Missouri, and Glenda (Larry) Bell of Yuma; two brothers, Goochie (Sandy) Hester of Buena Vista and Dale (Diane) Hester of Wildersville; two grandchildren and one great-grandson, Brock Haywood.

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DIANA LYNN IVY VELKOVICH
196 -2011
HOLLOW ROCK: Diana Lynn Ivy Velkovich, 47, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were Friday, January 21, at 1 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Hollingsworth officiating. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery.
Mrs. Velkovich was born October 4, 1963 in Carroll County to the late William Blair Ivy and Avie Lou (Baker) Ivy. She worked in retail sales for Publix Grocery Store. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Velkovich.
Survivors include: her stepson, Joey Velkovich of Marietta, Georgia; three brothers, Mike (Laura) Ivy of Bruceton, William Larry Ivy of Huntingdon, Danny Joe (Mona) Ivy of Bruceton; nieces and nephews.

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ERBY EARL POWELL, JR.
1922-2011
MCKENZIE: Erby Earl Powell, Jr., 88, died Saturday, January 22, 2011 at McKenzie Health Care. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 25, 1 p.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home in Paris with Gary S. Collier officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mr. Powell was born July 18, 1922 in Trenton to the late Erby Early Powell, Sr. and Lattie Lee Green Powell. He was a retired brick mason and served in the U.S. Navy in WW II Gunners mate 1st class. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Estelle Powell; one daughter, Kathy Powell; one son, Earl Powell; and one brother, Aubrey Lee Powell.
Survivors include: four daughters, Terri (Chad) McDaniel of McKenzie, Rhonda (Mike) Norman of Paris, Connie Caviness of Memphis, and Sherrie Greely of Illinois; two sons, Kenneth (Pat) Powell of Pope, Mississippi and Terry Powell of Michigan; four brothers, Raymond Powell of Lexington, Bill Powell, Bob Powell and Connie Mac Powell, all of Dyer; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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JEREMY DAVID JACKSON
1979-2011
BUENA VISTA: Jeremy David Jackson, 31, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Friday, January 21, 2:30 p.m. at Bruceton Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Cooper officiating.
Mr. Jackson was born June 8, 1979 in Jackson. He was a construction worker and member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Chassandra Jackson of Buena Vista; three daughters, Jessica Marie Courtright, Jasmine Marie Jackson and Jillian Marie Jackson, all of Buena Vista; one son, Brendon Allen Courtright of Buena Vista; his parents, John Jackson of Houston, Texas and Danette Melton of Indio, California; two sisters, Angela Marie Jackson and Shayla Kay Jackson, both of League City, Texas; three brothers, Johnathon (Christine) Jackson of Westport, Danlin Melton of Rockingham, North Carolina, and John Garrett Jackson of League City, Texas.

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WILLIAM RICHARD RIDLEY
1928-2011
MCKENZIE: William Richard Ridley, 82, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 25, 3 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Kenny Carr and Rev. Pratt Hubbard officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mr. Ridley was born May 25, 1928 in McKenzie to the late Max and Ruby Thomas Ridley. He was a retired State of Tennessee Transportation equipment operator and farmer, member of McKenzie Presbyterian Church USA and veteran of Tennessee Army National Guard. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rollin Ridley and Reuben Ridley.
Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Charlye Mae Moore Ridley of McKenzie; two daughters, Kay (Dwayne) French of Jackson and Barbara (Dwayne) Charlton of Milan; two sons, William Dennis (Betty) Ridley and Tim (Pam) Ridley, both of McKenzie; 11 grandchildren, Will (Danielle) Ridley of Memphis, John (Brittney) Williams of Gleason, Laura (Ty) Winstead of Gleason, Melissa (Josh) Brewer of McKenzie, Brent (Tina) Davis of Huntingdon, Brian (Shelly) French of Huntingdon, Paula (Tracy) Brewer of Jackson, Jill (Jason) Brigance of Martin, Lynnsey (Josh) Vaughn of Milan, Brooke Ridley and Candace Ridley, both of McKenzie; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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THELMA NATHAN BARBOUR
BRUCETON: Thelma Nathan Barbour, 95, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 25, 4 p.m. at Bruceton Funeral Home with Father Joey Kaump officiating. Cremation followed.
Ms. Barbour was born in Cullman County, Alabama to the late William Martin Jepsey Ragsdale and Jessie Ophelia Smith Ragsdale. Her occupation was real estate. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Pearl Palmer, Joyce Ragsdale and Lily Judd; and one brother, Vernice Ragsdale.
Survivors include: one sister, Velma Lee Ragsdale of White Cloud, Michigan; nieces and nephews.

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MELVIE SUE PEARSON
1942-2011
HUNTINGDON: Melvie Sue Pearson, 68, died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, January 23, 2 p.m. at Smyrna Baptist Church in Huntingdon with burial in Humble Cemetery.
Ms. Pearson was born June 22, 1942 in Huntingdon to the late Rev. Prentice Jamison and Hallie King Jamison. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon Pearson.
Survivors include: children, Linda Chappel, Marilyn (Kenneth) Porter, Jennethia Pearson, Andrea Melton and Tyler (Corunda) Pearson; and several grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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RICHARD CLARK SMITH
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: Richard Clark Smith, 83, retired professor of botany, University of Florida, died of cancer Saturday, January 8, 2011 at River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health and Aging Center, Jacksonville. Funeral services are Saturday, February 5, at 2 p.m. in the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour.
Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and botany at Vanderbilt University and his master's and doctorate degrees in plant physiology at Duke University. He taught at the University of Tennessee, Miami University in Ohio, Rutgers University, and, until retirement in 1995, at the University of Florida. He also did research for several years with Prof. Emanuel Epstein, University of California, Davis, on mineral uptake in plants. He was a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the scientific research society Sigma Xi. In Gainesville, he was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In Jacksonville, he was a member of Episcopal Church of Our Saviour. He was preceded in death by his parents, Miriam and Robert Smith of McKenzie.
Survivors include: his wife, Carolyn; his daughter, Rachel (Casey) Williams; grandchildren, Kyle and Leah Williams, all of Jacksonville; and his brother, Daniel (Louise) Smith, nieces Elizabeth (David) Ellwanger, Susan (Hudson) Moore, and two grandnieces, Catherine and Sarah Moore, all of Richmond, Virginia.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 12236 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257; River Garden, 11401 Old Saint Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258, or National Parks Conservation Association, 777 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3723.

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WILLIAM LEE HEARN
PARSONS: William Lee Hearn, 72, died Sunday, December 26, 2010. Funeral services were Monday, December 27 at 11 a.m. at Reeds Chapel with burial in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include: three daughters, Cindy (Terry) Bates of Parsons, Vickie (James) Alexander of Lexington, and Tina (Robert) Johnson of Decaturville, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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FANNIE BARLOWE FOSTER
BEACH BLUFF: Fannie Barlowe Foster, 92, formerly of Trezevant, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Northbrook Health Care Center, Jackson. Funeral services are Friday, January 14, 11 a.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, Trezevant with burial in Trezevant Cemetery.
Mrs. Foster was born in Trezevant to the late George and Robena Ford Barlowe. She was a retired school teacher in Trezevant and was a member of Jackson Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jamie Aden Foster; one sister Pauline Barlowe; and one brother, Billy Barlowe.
Survivors include: one son, Richard (Kaye) Foster of Beach Bluff; one sister, Marguarite Presson of Trezevant; two grandchildren, Elizabeth McConnell and Ryan Foster; and three great-grandchildren, Foster McConnell, Nolan Foster and Logan Foster.

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JAMES J. (PETE) WEBB
1950-2011
HUNTINGDON: James J. (Pete) Webb, 61, died Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.
Mr. Webb was born May 9, 1950 in Carroll County to the late James Dalton Webb and Vennie (Hampton) Webb. He was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Elizabeth Ann Webb of Cleveland, Ohio; one daughter, Tracy Rene Webb of Cincinnati, Ohio; one sister, Shirley Ann McClerkin of Huntingdon; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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MILDRED PURVIS SMITH
1919-2011
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Mildred Purvis Smith, 91, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Northwest Community Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday, January 15, at 11 a.m. at Richards Funeral Home with burial in Ruserruction Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born October 12, 1919 in Carroll County to the late Barnie and Suzie (Brown) Purvis. She was a retired factory worker in Chicago. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Smith; one sister, Imogene Woodall; and three brothers, Loyd Purvis, Glynn Purvis and Billy Joe Purvis.
Survivors include; one daughter, Geraldine (Geri) Gag of Chicago, Illinois; and two brothers, Leon Purvis of McKenzie and Jimmie Lee Purvis of Dyersburg.

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BILLY F. FEATHERSTONE
1929-2011
DRESDEN: Billy F. Featherstone, 81, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at Weakley County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dresden. Funeral services were Friday, January 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Dresden First United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie. Bro. Mark Earheart and Bro. Jim Calhoun officiated the services. Bowlin Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Featherstone was the former owner of the Dresden Department Store, Dresden Ben Franklin Store and later Bill's Frame Shop. He was a Charter Member of Dresden Jaycees and the Dresden Business Association, which organized the annual Iris Festival. He was Past President of the Dresden Rotary Club with a 30-year perfect attendance record, a dedicated adult leader of Cub Scout Pack 40 and Boy Scout Troop 40, member of Dresden First United Methodist Church with activities including Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President of the Young Men's Bible Class, Chairman of the Fellowship Hall Window Committee, member of the Parsonage Committee and cook for the Methodist Men. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy.
Mr. Featherstone was born October 13, 1929 in Christmasville, Tennessee to the late Bowdie and Vera Dunn Featherstone. Besides his parents, Mr. Featherstone was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Featherstone.
Survivors include: his wife, Mrs. Betty Rucker Featherstone of Dresden; a daughter, Amy (Jerry) Ray of Jackson; a son, Andy (Tammy) Featherstone of Evansville, Indiana; a sister, Virginia Walker of McKenzie; four grandchildren, Mark (Jeri) Ray, Martha Ray, Susan and Sam Featherstone; and one great-grandchild, Emma Ray.
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MICKEY MADDOX
1953-2011
GLEASON: Services for Mickey Maddox, 57, are Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Gleason with burial in Hopewell Cemetery in Gleason.
Survivors include: his wife, Phyllis Maddox of Gleason; one son, Tyler Maddox of Union City; one daughter, Melanie Shawn of Gleason; his mother, Mildred Maddox of Gleason; three sisters, Wanda Hayes of Dresden, Betty Morris and Cindy Johnson, both of Gleason; and one brother, Michael Maddox of Moreno Valley, California.
Visitation is Tuesday 5 until 8 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Gleason.

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