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Obituaries 2011 Archive: August 27 - September 9

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HAROLD DEWITT HILL
1946-2011
MCKENZIE: Harold Dewitt Hill, 65, died Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Friday, September 2, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home of Gleason with Bro. Gene Price officiating. Burial followed in New Valley Cemetery.
Mr. Hill was born June 24, 1946 in Arab, Alabama to the late James Hill and Annie Mae (Pridmore) Hill. He was disabled.
Survivors include: one daughter, Pamela (Eddie) Bell of McKenzie; three brothers, Jude Hill of Trezevant, Raybon Hill of Greenfield, and Lavoid Hill of Ripley, Tennessee; one sister, Lela Mae Carrell of Alabama; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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HOWARD DWAYNE PRICE
1953-2011
HUNTINGDON: Howard Dwayne Price, 58, died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Thursday, September 1, at 10 a.m. at Magnolia South Funeral Home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Mr. Price was born February 3, 1953 in Obion County to the late Howard Clifford Price and Malissia Louise Price; Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Price and Melvin Price; and three sisters, Dorthy Dozer, Elizabeth Price and Emma Grissom.
Survivors include: his wife, Kathy Jean Price; four sons, Michael (Nikki) Price and Howard Price, both of Cottondale, Alabama, Triston Price and Clifford Price, both of Huntingdon; eight daughters, Shar (Mark) Owens of Dyersburg, Carolyn (Alan) Edwards of Tampa, Florida, Teresa (Ziggy) Price of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jamie (Tim) Westbrook of Brookwood, Alabama, Renae (Nick) Mangipano of Slidell, Louisiana, Jennifer Rigdon of Huntingdon, Candace (James) Price of Hollow Rock, Ann Marie Price of Huntingdon; two sisters, Bonnie Greek of Newbern, Tennessee and Evelyn Phillips of Benton, Kentucky; and 14 grandchildren.

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JAMES DOUGLAS SMITH
1925-2011
HUNTINGDON: James Douglas Smith, 86, died Monday, August 29, 2011 at Life Care Center in Bruceton. Graveside funeral services were Wednesday, August 31, at 11 a.m. at New Valley Cemetery in Gleason.
Mr. Smith was born February 12, 1925 in Weakley County to the late Noel Chester Smith and Ethel Mae Suiter Smith. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Sue Smith; three brothers, Noel Chester Smith, Jr., Leonard Dean Smith, and Billy Wayne Smith; and two sisters, Margaret Angelian Wallace and Martha Sue Johnson.
Survivors include: three sisters, Betty Jane Rayburn of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mildred Ann Herndon of Huntingdon, and Mae Frances Spicer of Mossepoint, Mississippi; and one brother, Jimmy Smith of McKenzie.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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JAMES DELMAR CRAWFORD, III
1944-2011
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: James Delmar Crawford, III, 67, died Sunday, August 28, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida. Funeral services were Friday, September 2, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home. Burial followed with Military Honors at New Prospect Cemetery near Greenfield.
Mr. Crawford was born March 22, 1944 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to the late James D. Crawford, II and Kathie Strothman Crawford. He was a correctional officer, a Vietnam War veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during 1962-1966 being discharged as a sergeant.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one stepson, David Boaz, formerly of McKenzie, and one sister, Barbara Beggs.
Survivors include: his wife, Peggy J. Mayo Crawford of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of McKenzie; one daughter, Jamie Miller of Winter Haven, Florida; two sons, Jimmy Crawford and Jason Crawford, both of Winter Haven, Florida; one stepdaughter, Paula Kolasa of Kansas City, Missouri; one stepson, Chris Boaz of McKenzie; and one sister, Pat Gillespie of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

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CARL B. FITZHUGH
1928-2011
HENRY: Carl B. Fitzhugh, 82, died Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. Funeral services were Friday, September 2, at 10 a.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris with Larry Jones officiating. Burial followed in Mt. View Cemetery in Dover, Tennessee.
Mr. Fitzhugh was born September 1, 1928 in Dover to the late Bertie Alrick Fitzhugh and Marie Grizzard Fitzhugh. He was a member of Henry Baptist Church and an inactive Deacon of Springhill Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Pulley and Dorothy Redmon; and three brothers, Harmon Fitzhugh, L.H. Fitzhugh and Charlie Fitzhugh.
Survivors include; his wife, Katie Lee Shemwell Fitzhugh of Henry; one daughter, Kathy (Larry) Jones of Henry; one son, Carlton Gene (Deborah) Fitzhugh of Harriman, Tennessee; one sister, Naomi (Jerry) Gray of Dover; three brothers, Bob (Norma) Fitzhugh of Mitchell, Illinois, Alrick (Dixie) Fitzhugh and Sam (Verlon) Fitzhugh, both of Dover; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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LENA LENORA BURTON
1921-2011
SPRINGVILLE: Lena Lenora Burton, 90, died Sunday, August 28, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. Graveside services were Friday, September 2, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Paris with Larry Dukes officiating.
Mrs. Burton was born March 15, 1921 in Clay, West Virginia to the late Hardy Gilbert Duffield and Maime Smith Duffield. She worked for Chicago Lock Company in Chicago, Illinois several years and was a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Burton; two daughters, Patricia L. Mayer and Betty Collins; one son, Gary D. Osborne; two sisters, Pearl Duffield and Mearl Duffield; two brothers, Harry Duffield and Carrol Duffield; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include: two daughters, Linda L. Bannon of McKenzie and Bobbie Wiginton of Springville; two sons, Michael L. (Phyllis) Burton of Paris and Rickey A. Burton of Buchanan; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Ridgeway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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NORMA LEE BYERS
1946-2011
HOLLOW ROCK: Norma Lee Byers, 65, died Sunday, August 28, 2011 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Cremation followed and there will be a memorial service at a later date.
Mrs. Byers, a housewife, was born April 16, 1946 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Virgil Evans and Alma May Moore Evans.
Survivors include: her husband, Ronald Lee Byers of Hollow Rock; one daughter, Angela Crawford of McKenzie; two stepdaughters, Tina Lois Zealer and Cheryl Ann Rayburn of Columbus, Ohio; three sons, Ronald Lee Byers of Bruceton, Ronald Lee Byers, II of McConesville, Ohio, and Jesse Crawford of McKenzie; two sisters, Sharon Robinson of Portsmouth, Ohio and Susan Rawlins of Kentucky; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Bruceton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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W.T. “DUB” ELLIS
1926-2011
HUNTINGDON: W.T. “Dub” Ellis, 85, died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Life Care Center in Bruceton. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 30, at 11 a.m. at Chase Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Davis and Bro. Sonny Daniel officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery.
Mr. Ellis was born April 17, 1926 in Buena Vista to the late William Ellis and Gracie May (Melton) Ellis. He was a retired sales rep for H.I.S. Company and a member of Prospect Baptist Church. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene (Eubanks) Ellis; four sisters, Lillie Noles, Minnie Vaughn, Julie Norwood, and May Thomas; and three brothers, Jess Ellis, Murf Ellis and Ed Ellis.
Survivors include: two daughters, Lou Dutton (J.B.) of Georgia and Carolyn Bryant of Jackson; four grandchildren and and seven great-grandchildren.

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JAMES ETHERIDGE MOORE
1935-2011
MCKENZIE: James Etheridge Moore, 76, died Saturday, September 3, 2011 at his home. Funeral services are Friday, September 9, at 2:15 p.m. at Riverside (California) Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Moore was born February 9, 1935 in Huntingdon to the late Archie and Emma Lee Williams Moore. He was a retired technician for Xerox Corporation and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Bruce Moore.
Survivors include: one daughter, Susan Angioleta Moore of Seabrook, Texas; four sons, James Gregory Moore of Houston, Texas, Victor Lee Harris of Sugarland, Texas, Isaac Moore of McKenzie and Emmett Moore of California; one sister, Joyce Trevathan of Memphis; one brother, Archie Moore; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home.

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CURTISS WAYNE MCKINNEY
1945-2011
SPRING CREEK, TENNESSEE: Curtiss Wayne McKinney, 66, died Friday, September 2, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, September 5, at 10 a.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Tracy officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery near Halls at 2 p.m. Monday with Military Honors.
Mr. McKinney was born March 2, 1945 in Jackson to the late Curtiss Wilbur and Mary Lucille Barlow McKinney. He was a disabled Vietnam veteran, Baptist in faith, a U.S. Army Vietnam war veteran Specialist 5th Grade (E-5) serving from July 1966 to July 1969 with the 3rd U.S. Army and until July 1972 in the U.S. Army Reserves, a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include: his wife of 30 years, Patricia Sasser McKinney of Spring Creek; four daughters, Vickie Hajek of Oklahoma, Patricia Owen of Henry, Crystal McKinney of Memphis, and Amanda Hurst of Jackson; five sons, Jon McKinney of Atwood, Brian McKinney of Las Vegas, Nevada, Curt McKinney and Clint McKinney, both of Jackson, and Dominic Klein of South Dakota; three sisters, Marilyn Rouse of Virginia, Darlene Tate of Jackson, and Linda Summers of Gleason; and 15 grandchildren.

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MATT DAVID BENNETT
MCKENZIE: Arrangements for Matt David Bennett, 35, are incomplete and will be updated late Tuesday afternoon, September 6, at www.mckenziefuneralhome.com. Matt died Sunday, September 4, 2011.
Survivors include: his parents, Jimmy and Peggy Bennett of McKenzie; a sister, Sarah Morris of Troy; two brothers, Randall Bennett of Memphis and Brian Bennett of McKenzie; his grandmother, Mrs. Corene Bennett of McKenzie; three nephews and one niece.
McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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ALICE B. KIRKSEY
1925-2011
HUNTINGDON: Alice B. Kirksey, 86, died Monday, August 22, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were Thursday, August 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Dilday-Carter Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Coleman officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.
Mrs. Kirksey was born March 28, 1925 in Huntingdon to the late William Amon Chandler and Ruth (Bell) Chandler. She was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church and a retired employee of Bill Sills Sportswear.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Kirksey; one son, David Kirksey; one sister, Covie Chandler; two brothers, Alden Chandler and Kenneth Chandler.
Survivors include: one daughter, Evelyn (Frankie) Towater of Huntingdon; two brothers, Rodney Chandler of McKenzie and Wallace Chandler of Gary, Indiana; two sisters, Rena Miller of Huntingdon and Ivy Smith of McKenzie; five grandchildren, Chris (Mary) Kirksey, Lisa (Jason) Fields, Marty (Leigh Ann) Towater, all of Huntingdon, Amanda (Jody) Wade of Covington, Jamie Towater of Nashville; 10 great-grandchildren, Morgan Fields, Seth Fields, Blane Fields, Sarah Kirksey, David Kirksey, Kelsey Wade, Emma Kate Wade, Kirk Towater, Kara Towater and Kali Towater.
Pallbearers were Jason Fields, Jamie Towater, Jody Wade, Seth Fields, Kirk Towater and Marty Towater. Honorary pallbearers were Blane Fields and David Kirksey.
Paid obit

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MARVIN EUGENE SYDNOR
1942-2011
JACKONS: Marvin Eugene (Gene) Sydnor, 68, formerly of McKenzie, died Sunday, August 21, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 23, at 11 a.m. at Woodland Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. Maurice Hays and Rev. John Adams officiating. Burial followed in Highland Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Sydnor was born December 4, 1942 in Carroll County to the late John and Betty Lois Barker Sydnor. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a Deacon since 1974, a member of the Pastors' Class at Woodland and member of World Changers through Woodland Missions. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Sydnor; and two sisters, Thelma Niesler and Lois Newton.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ann Allen Sydnor; three sons, Mark Alan Sydnor of Batesville, Mississippi, Kevin E. Sydnor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Robert Anthony Sydnor of Jackson; two brothers, James W. "Jim" (Peggy) Sydnor and Dale Sydnor, both of McKenzie; and four grandchildren.
Arrington Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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DAVID B. MASSEY
1955-2011
MILFORD, ILLINOIS: David B. Massey, 56, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were Sunday, August 28, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor Joseph Hughes officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
Mr. Massey was born August 7, 1955 in East Chicago. He worked as a supervisor at Pride Metal in Watseka, and enjoyed playing golf and poker.
Survivors include; his parents, Barb and Lynn Sandler of Florida, and Dale and Jean Massey of Bruceton; three sons, Jason Massey and Jennifer Shearer of Milford, Brian Massey of Indiana, and Steven Massey of Lafayette, Indiana; two brothers, Steve Massey of Chicago and Terry Massey of Missouri; four sisters, Debbie (Larry) Perkins of Selmer, Teresa (Jimmy) Speer of Bruceton, Pam (Steve) Daniels of Tennessee, and Sandy Massey of Florida; and 10 grandchildren.

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JAMES D. CRAWFORD
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: James D. Crawford, 67, died Sunday, August 28 at Fort Myers, Florida. Funeral services are Friday, September 2, at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Funeral Home with burial in New Prospect Cemetery near Greenfield.
A sister, Barbara Beggs, and a stepson, David Boaz, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Mayo Crawford of Fort Myers, formerly of McKenzie; two sons, Jimmy (Angie) Crawford and Jason (Shannon) Crawford of Winter Haven, Florida; one daughter, Jamie (Doug) Miller of Winter Haven, Florida; one sister, Pat Gillespie of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; one stepson, Chris (Lorra) Boaz of McKenzie; one stepdaughter, Paula (Steve) Kolasa of Peculiar, Missouri.
The family will receive friends Thursday, September 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, 12 noon until time of service.

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DANIEL SHERIDAN HICKMAN
1953-2011
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: Daniel Sheridan Hickman, 57, died Sunday, August 21, 2011 in Charleston. Memorial services are Sunday, September 4, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Eric Corbin and Rev. Byron Forrester officiating. An interment of the cremains took place earlier in Shiloh Cemetery.
Mr. Hickman was born September 14, 1953 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was a janitor at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Cumberland Presbyterian in faith and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include: one daughter, Sheridan Hickman of LaVerne, Tennessee; his parents, Gaylon and Joann Hickman of McKenzie; one sister, Gaye Lynn (Dale) Coleman of West Africa; one brother, David (Lynda) Hickman of McKenzie; and several nieces and one nephew.
The family will receive friends Sunday, September 4, from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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ROBENE RIVERS HART
1916-2011
WILDERSVILLE: Robena Rivers Hart, 94, died Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Jackson Madison County Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, August 26, at 1 p.m. at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Gene Shields officiating. Burial followed in Hopewell Cemetery.
Mrs. Hart was born December 2, 1916 in Carroll County to the late Joe William Rivers and Rolie (Taylor) Rivers. She was a retired factory worker for H.I.S. Company and a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawton J. Hart; one son, Timothy Lynn Hart; seven sisters, Lessie Rivers, Nell Bailey, Jannie Rivers, Jettie B. Butler, Viola Rivers, Dimper Weathers, Willie Mae McCainey; and seven brothers, Willie B. Rivers, Jim Rivers, John Rivers, Norman Rivers, Charles Rivers, Roy Lee Harris and Larmon Rivers.
Survivors include: three daughters, Lula Mae (Paul) Melton of Lexington, Surrenda (Stanley) Ross, and Peggy Hart, both of Wildersville; two sons, James Parker and Tony Hart, both of Wildersville; two sisters, Norma(Nathaniel) Mebane of Huntingdon and Frances Gooch of Lexington; 12 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Chase Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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BILLY RAY KEEN
1937-2011
MCKENZIE: Billy Ray Keen, 73, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in McKenzie. Funeral services were Saturday, August 27, 3 p.m. at Pafford Funeral Home.
Mr. Keen was born December 26, 1937 in Lexington to the late Essie and Ardell Middleton Keen. He was self-employed in the tree service industry and a Baptist. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Keen; and one sister, Eula Marie Taylor.
Survivors include: two sons, Marty Keen of Chicago, Illinois and Frank Keen of New York City, New York; and two sisters, Beulah Ognibene of McKenzie and Martha Howell of Lexington.

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DOROTHY HERRIN FORD
1917-2011
BRUCETON: Dorothy Herrin Ford, 94, died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Life Care of Bruceton. Funeral services were Monday, August 29, at 11 a.m. at Bruceton Funeral Home with Rev. Floyd Lammersfeld officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock.
Mrs. Ford was born June 18, 1917 in Benton County to the late Cletus Allen Herrin and Eunice Presson Herrin. She was a retired seamstress for HIS, member of Hollow Rock Methodist Church and member of Order of Eastern Star.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Murray Ford; one son, Malcolm Ford; two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include: two daughters, Betty (Richard) Welsh and Katie (Joel) Arnold, both of Bruceton; two sons, Jimmy (Susan) Ford of Hollow Rock and Eli (Lois) Ford of Bruceton; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

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KERMIT HOLLAND
1913-2011
MCKENZIE: Kermit Holland, 98, died Monday, August 29, 2011 at his farm in McKenzie. Funeral services are Thursday, September 1, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie.
Mr. Holland was born April 9, 1913 to the late William Hayes Holland and Bernetta Elizabeth Holland. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Collier.
Survivors include: his wife, Nancy Holland of McKenzie; three children, Mary Jill (Mike), Jack Collier (Anna) and Anne Harris (Jerry); six grandchildren, Taylor Holland, Mary Scavone, John Kermit Laughrey, Harris Laughrey, Thomas Gilchrist, and Harrison Gilchrist; and one sister, Louise Johnson of Chattanooga.
Visitation is Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home and Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church.
Paid obit

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EZELL ROBERSON
ATWOOD: Services for Ezell Roberson, 93, were Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 3 p.m. at New Hope MBC in Milan.
Rawls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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