Obituaries for Oct. 10, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mary Martha Little, 91, of Finley, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was retired as a teacher for the Dyer County School System, a member of Finley Baptist Church and a graduate of Bethel College.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Charlie Halliburton officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha A. Putman of Franklin; five nieces, Rose Marie Bolton of Marked Tree, Ark., Amaryllis Hooper of Tatumville, Betty Cannon of Finley, Royce Boals of Dyersburg and Jeannie Wadley of RoEllen; a nephew, J.C. Little of Dearborn, Mich.; two grandchildren, Allen Putman and wife, Eliana, of Franklin, and Michael Putman and companion, Luann Skinner, of Chapel Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arthur Little; and her parents, Aaron and Betty McDaniel.

Pallbearers will be Cayce Abbott, Andrew Abbott, Brandon Riles, Millard Lacy, Elko Lott and Carl Christian.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Finley Baptist Church.

Dr. Richard Wayne O'Bryan, 71, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2007.

He was a minister having served at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, Reelfoot Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church and as a missionary in Kenya, Africa. He taught in Memphis City Schools and Atlanta Public Schools, worked at Hannibal LaGrange College, University of Tennessee at Martin, Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis and a was a Mensa member.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Dyersburg.

The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at Curry Funeral Home.

Survivors include four daughters, Ellen Robey, Phoebe O'Bryan, Marilyn Vanderford, and Amy O'Bryan Nichols; two sons, Richard O'Bryan Jr. and Robert O'Bryan; a stepson, Joseph David Stem; three sisters, Janine Kafka, Maxine Tyner and Norma Lynn Garrison; a brother, Glenn O'Bryan; eight grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 3806 Monument Ave, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767 or the Scholarship Fund at Mississippi College.