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Obituaries for Oct. 30, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gertrude Blackburn, 92, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a retired sales clerk for J.C. Penny and a member of West Dyersburg Church of Christ.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Southwest Chapel of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 3700 Wanamaker Rd. S.W., Topeka, KS 66610. Burial will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Kansas.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Dasher and husband, Karl, of Techumseh, Kan., Jean Brewer and husband, Larry, of Dyersburg and Betty Kristinat of Topeka, Kan.; two sisters, Dorothy Abend of Topeka, Kan. and Lorraine Simon of Manikato, Kan.; a brother, Fred Michaels and wife, Lucille, of Junction City, Kan.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Blackburn; her parents, Thomas and Jane Michaels; a sister, Wilma Cranwell; and a grandson, Billy Brewer.


Mary Geneva Gullett, 91, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at Henry County Healthcare Center in Paris.

She was a homemaker, a member of Dyersburg First United Methodist Church, Potts Price Sunday School Class and was an avid bridge player.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

The widow of Ernest Gullett, survivors include a daughter, Glenda Watson and husband, Larry, of Paris; a son, J Dan Gullett and wife, Jackie, of Dyersburg; four grandchildren, Scott Wilson and wife, Sharon, Stephen Watson and wife, Kim, Jennifer Jackson and husband, Andrew, and Jamison Gullett and wife, Nici; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bill Jordan, Charles Hendrix, Dave Fisher, Danny Watson, Bill Baker and Charles Hundley.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the First United Methodist Church or Pastor's Discretionary Fund.


Mavis Bryan, 83, of Union City, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at Union City Manor Nursing & Rehab Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home with Dr. Matthew Wohlforth officiating. Burial will be in Obion County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Roberts of Troy, Sandra Stroup of Dyersburg and Wanda Cochran of Union City; a brother, James Marsh of Lufkin, Texas; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett B. Bryan; her parents, William Lurie Marsh and Maggie Sawyer Marsh; two sisters; three brothers; and a grandson.


Wilford Carl "Bill" Mittlestadt, 80, of Newbern, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at his residence.

He was a retired commanding officer of the United States Navy after 26 years of service and a retired employee of the United States Postal Service.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Jerry Leach officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include a daughter, Gwen Chaney of Windsor, N.C.; two sons, Bill R. Mittlestadt of Norfolk, Va. and Jeffrey l. Mittlestadt and wife, Lisa, of Newbern; a sister, Ethel C. Cich of Superior, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, Nicole Kinzie, Nathan Fawley, Jeffrey L. Mittlestadt Jr., Lisa Neal, Veronica Mittlestadt, Kenny Wayne Davis, Rachel Green, Billy Lee Mittlestadt, Keith Scott Chapkin and Johnathan Mittlestadt; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Stowe Mittlestadt; a son, Senior Chief Danny Mittlestadt, USN; and his parents, William Carl Mittlestadt and Olive Mittlestadt.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Dean, Jeffrey L. Mittlestadt, Jeffrey L. Mittlestadt Jr. and Jackie Lewis.