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Obituaries for Oct. 18, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

William Daniel “Parce” Burns, 74, of Finley, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 at Ridgely Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was a self-employed trucker/farmer.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Dyer County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Calvin Smith officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 5:30-9 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell Burns of Finley; a son, Gerald Burns and wife, Bobbie, of Dyersburg; two sisters, Peggy Davis of Finley and Sandra Jones of Dyersburg; two brothers, Paul Burns of Dyersburg and Doc Burns of Finley; two grandchildren, Jason Burns and Amanda Burns, both of Dyersburg; and three great-grandchildren, Sydney Burns, Devyn Burns and Bryce Burns.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Evla Burns; a sister, Barbara Smith; and a brother, Sprig Burns.

Pallbearers will be Davis Burns, Travis Burns, Vick Burns, Danny Hickerson, Joe Welch and Brent Welch.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Independent Free Holiness Church, Upper Finley Rd., Dyersburg, TN.


Bruce Donald Hayes, 73, of Ridgely, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 at his residence.

He was a retired technician for AT&T, a Baptist, a Navy veteran of the Korean War and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Ridgely chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Jeff O’Dell officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family will receive visitors at 5:30-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Beal Hayes; a daughter, Marsha Ann Hayes of Ridgely; two sons, Charles Bruce Hayes of Ridgely and David Edward Hayes of Dyersburg; a sister, Judith Russell of South Fulton; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Ashley, Billy Farmer, Andy Morehead, Joe Marvin Jr., Tim Naifeh and Chris Naifeh. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Taylor, Billy Miles Davis, Elton Merritt, James Boyd Eddlemon and Steve Johnson.

The family request that any memorials be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Thomas “Bird” Odle, 50, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

He was a truck driver, a former employee of Colonial Rubber Works for over 25 years and Fed-Ex, and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Lynn King officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Dyersburg.

The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Odle of Dyersburg; a daughter, Kristie Greer and husband, Jay, of Dyersburg; his parents, Barbara and William Richter and Gene and Betty Odle, all of Dyersburg; two sisters, Joyce Smothers of Dresden and Judy Kellum of Atoka; four stepsisters, Donna Weaver, Tracey Bailey, Tammy Crafton and Lisa Wheeler, all of Dyersburg; a half brother, Johnny Odle of Dyersburg; and a grandchild, Anna Grace Greer.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Williams, Billy Patton, Roy Childress, Danny Parker, Ed Benthal and Buster Gibson. Honorary pallbearers will be Gale Cavness and Jim Nickel.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the Lymphoma Society, Mid-South Chapter, 4445 Malone Road, Memphis, TN 38118.


Richard Allen Pilkington, 56, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was a self-employed carpenter.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Church of God. Covington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, LaQueda Payment of Ripley; two sons, Danny Pilkington of Ripley and Richard A. Pilkington of Covington; two sisters, Margie Newton and Peggy Smith, both of Dyersburg; four brothers, William “Bill” Pilkington of Covington, Herman Pilkington of Dyersburg, Jerry Pilkington of Nashville and Dan Pilkington of Alabama.


Stanley Zabrauskas, 90, of Dyersburg, formerly of Mountain Home, Ark. and Chicago, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

He was a retired shop foreman at American Brake Shoe after 38 years, a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Russell Harbaugh officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 5-7 p.m. Friday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Frances Zabrauskas of Dyersburg; three daughters, Trish Jansta and husband, Fran, of Antioch, Ill., Sue Stone and husband, Tom, of Davis, Ill., and Judy Boehmler and husband, Bill, of Dyersburg; a sister, Ann Balis and husband, Tom, of Evergreen Park, Ill.; a brother, Ed Zabrauskas and wife, Elsie, of Frankfort, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Julia Zabrauskas of Claredon, Ill. and Eunice Zabrauskas of Peach Tree, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Tracy Granzyk, Kathleen Cullen and husband, Troy, Steve Granzyk and wife, Megan, Scott Demlow and wife, Teresa, Stacy Bergquist, Blake Boehmler, Michael Boehmler and Jackie Boehmler; three step-grandchildren, Sara Page and husband, Ross, Adam Jansta and wife, Vanessa and John Jansta and wife, Whitney; four great-grandchildren, Vincent and Payton Granzyk, Faith Rose Cullen and Izabella Jansta; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Scholastica Kupsis Zabrauskas; a sister, Sophia Zabrauskas; two brothers, Joseph Zabrauskas and John Zabrauskas; and three sisters-in-law, Helen Valentine, Josephine Larson and Katherine Gudenas.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Holy Angels Catholic Church in Dyersburg.