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Obituaries for Sept. 5, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Rev. William E. Baldridge Sr.

The Rev. William E. Baldridge Sr., 80, of Rayville, La., formerly of Dyersburg, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas.

He served as a priest in the Episcopal church for nearly 50 years, being ordained into the diaconate in late 1958 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg and ordained into the priesthood on June 29, 1959, at Calvary Church, Memphis. He served at St. Ann's in Millington as a Navy chaplain for several years before moving to Monroe, La., to serve as a curate at Grace Church, Monroe, La. In 1966 he moved to Rayville, La., where he served at St. David's as well as St. Columba's in Winnsboro, La., for 41 years. Prior to becoming a priest, he worked as an auditor for Libby, McNeill, and Libby.

A memorial Eucharist was held Sept. 4 at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, La., with the Right Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, bishop of diocese of Western Louisiana, and the Rev. Gregg Riley officiating. Burial was in Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium. An evening prayer service was held Sept. 3 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Rayville La., with the Rev. Kirkland Knight officiating. Mulhearn Funeral Home in Rayville, La., was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Vail Delony Baldridge of Rayville, La.; three daughters, Kathy Baldridge Sutton and husband Joey of Ruston, La., Beth Baldridge Smith and husband Carl of Bastrop, La., and Mary Sue Baldridge Knight and husband Kirkland of Tyler, Texas; two sons, David Baldridge and wife Chrissi of Memphis and Will Baldridge of Houma, La.; a sister, Sue Baldridge of Memphis; two sisters-in-law, Sara Baldridge of Mobile, Ala., and Betty Reed of Lake Providence, La.; a nephew, Dave Baldridge and wife Sue of St. Louis, Mo.; a niece, Elizabeth Reed Scully and husband Don of Baton Rouge, La.; and six grandchildren, Chase Sutton, Michael Sutton, Megan Smith, Sarah Beth Smith, Emily Knight and Katie Knight.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ike Elbert and Ada Dozier Baldridge; a brother, John Elbert Baldridge; and a niece, Sharon Baldridge Johanson.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to St. David's Episcopal Church in Rayville, La., to St. Columba's in Winnsboro, La., or to Operation Pass Along. For address information, contact the funeral home at 318-728-4444 or www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.

Mary Lee Livingston

Mary Lee Livingston, 60, of Newbern, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007 at the Regional Hospital in Jackson.

She was a employee of Sara Lee and a member of Jones Street Church of Christ.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones St. Church of Christ with Brother W.O. Armstead officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Citizens Organization Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Livingston of Newbern; a daughter, Helen Vaughn of Newbern; three sons, Jerry Wilkes, Donald Lee Wilkes and Jeff Wilkes, all of Newbern; six sisters, Alma McNeal of Denmark, Lula Mae Wilkes of Newbern, Jessie Yancy, Rosie Wellington, Mary Beaureguard, and Martha Taylor, all of Hardeman County; three brothers, Charlie Yancy, Walter Lee Yancy and Charlie Steward, all of Hardeman County; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Esther Wilkes; and her parents, Elmo and Willie Mae Yancy.

Charles Edward McElyea

Charles Edward McElyea, 69, of Ridgely, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 in Ridgely.

He was a farmer and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in New Haven Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three sisters, Legetha hood and Imogene Hood, both of Memphis and Betty Sue Berry of Tiptonville; a brother, Billy Lewis McElyea and wife, Phyllis, of Bartlett; and several nieces and nephews.

Odell Parker

Odell Parker, 69, of Newbern, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired human resource manager for Ermco, a member of Westside Baptist Church in Dyersburg, enjoyed farming and was an avid fisherman.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. James Combs and the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family will receive visitors at 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Donnie Russ Parker of Newbern; a daughter, Deborah Marberry of Dyersburg; four sisters, Nora Brimm, Junaita Curtis, Janice King and Sharon Sparks, all of Dyersburg; two brothers, William Earl Parker of Newbern and Larry Joe Parker of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren, Brandy Jo Welch and Kayla Brooke Marberry, both of Dyersburg.

Pallbearers will be Kimmy Curtis, Tony Brimm, Tracy King, Lynn Parker, Jerry Lott and Ray Lewis.