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Obituaries for Nov. 6, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Worth Morgan Blackburn, 88, of Versailles, Ky,., died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 in Ridgely.

He was a retired ordinance inspector for the federal government with tours of duty in Turkey, French Morocco and Tennessee.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in Versailles Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Campbell and husband, Jeff; two sons, David Blackburn and wife, Marilyn and John Blackburn; a brother, James Blackburn and wife, Vivian; six grandchildren, Brett, Denise, Heather, Matthew, Hannah and Joseph; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Irene Blackburn and his second wife, Louise Blackburn; a sister, Adeline Howard; and a grandson, David Barnes.

James Tansil Cotham, 79, of Seymour, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007.

He was an avid outdoorsman, near the end of World War II, he served as a Merchant Seaman during 1945-1946, he was an active Mason and was named a Knight of the York Cross of Honor. He was an active member of Hess Lodge No. 93 in Dyersburg, from 1962 until he moved to East Tennessee in 1986, and served as Past Master of Masonic Lodge No. 93. He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church in Seymour, and served in the past as a deacon at First Baptist Church Seymour.

Services will be at 7 p.m. today in the chapel of Atchleys Funeral Home in Seymour with the Rev. Ed Cloud officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning at Chilhowee Cemetery in Seymour.

The family will receive visitors at 5-7 p.m. today the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Betty Cotham; a daughter, Karen Lieurance and husband Andre; two sons: John Cotham and Stephen Cotham; four grandchildren, Hank, Claire, Susanne, and Jonette Lieurance; a granddaughter-in-law, Penny Lieurance; four great-grandchildren, Collin, Harlie, Chase, and Damien Lieurance; and sisters-in-law Margie Householder, Martha Lopasser, and Ellean Lopasser.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Madge Tansil Cotham; and a grandson, Victoir Lieurance.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Grace Baptist Church, 113 Smothers Road, Seymour, TN 37865.

Phillip Eugene Riggs, 66, of Medon, formerly of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 at his residence.

He was owner of Riggs & Sons Vinyl Siding Company, retired employee of Wal-Mart and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and American Bass Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany Baptist Church in Gosnell, Ark. with the Rev. Gary Hyde officiating. Burial will be in Elwood Cemetery. Faith Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. today at the church.

Survivors include two daughters, Gena Lopez and husband, Ian, of Jackson and Ginger West and husband, Brandon of Medon; a son, Phillip Riggs and wife, Alicia of Marmaduke; two sisters, Linda Kay Floyd and Tammy Driskill, both of Medon; a brother, Gerald Edward Riggs of El Dorado, Ark.; his former wife, Gaye Riggs Massie; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Jewell Riggs Sr.; a sister, Donna Sue Riggs; and two brothers, Hershel "Fibber" Riggs and Ronnie Dale Riggs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, People Versus Cancer Relay Team, 2935 Highway 45 Jackson, TN 38305.