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Obituaries for Nov. 15, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Jerry Wayne Barnes, 53, of Ridgely, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was a nuclear reactor operator, a 1972 Lake County High School graduate, received a certificate in nuclear skills-related training from Memphis State University, was a member of Ridgely First Baptist Church and Moose Lodge.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely with Bro. Richard Bagg officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Paschall Barnes; a daughter, Andria Holder and husband, Royce, of Ridgely, Brian Butler and wife, Crystal, of Martin; his mother, Lucille Long Barnes of Ridgely; a sister, Wanda Leake of Ridgely; four brothers, Johnny Barnes of Ridgely, Farris Barnes of Canton, Mich., Harold Long of Dyersburg and Randy Long of California; and five grandchildren, Colton Holder, Braxton Holder, Joshua Holder, Blake Holder and Kane Butler.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.


Thomas "Cutter Dowdy" Etheridge, 79, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a self-employed mechanic and attended Evansville Free Holiness Church.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Leonard Ballinger and the Rev. Mac Daniels officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Gladden of Dyersburg; two sons, Roy Etheridge and Earl Etheridge Sr., both of Dyersburg ; a brother, Leon Etheridge of Henning; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Etheridge; his parents, James and Arner Lee Davis Etheridge; and three grandchildren, Little Earl Etheridge Jr., Mickey Lynn Etheridge and Natalie Nicole Etheridge.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Evansville Free Holiness Church Building Fund, 2173rd St., Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Erma Hopper, 99, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 at Oakwood Community Living Center.

She was a retired cafeteria manager for Dyer County School System, a member of Parr Avenue Church of Christ, former cafeteria manager for First Citizens National Bank and a member of Dyer County Home Demonstration Club.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Oscar Bruce officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include a daughter, Meredith Peek of Southaven, Miss.; a son, Tom Harper and wife, Polly, of Dyersburg; seven grandchildren, Mary Lou Morris of Virginia Beach, Va., Dianne Culley of Nesbit, Miss., Michael Peek of Covington, Richard Peek of Memphis, Becky McDermott of Lake Ozark, Mo., Randy Harper of Bradford and Mary Katherine Tracy of Maumelle, Ark.; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Harper; and a son, James Elton Harper.

Pallbearers will be Randy Harper, Ricky Peek, Michael Peek, Blair Tomlinson, Kevin Culley and Andy McDermott.


Susan Alice Matthews, 59, of Newbern, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 at her residence.

She was an RN and director of nursing for West Tennessee State Corrections.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern with the Rev. Calvin Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

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

Survivors include a son, Shannon Wade Hinson of Newbern; two sisters, Judy A. Kilzer of Lawrenceburg and Cathy E. Montgomery of Newbern; a brother, Danny A. Ables of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Danial Ables and Betty L. Cryer Ables; two grandchildren, Jacub Hinson and Carley Hinson; a niece, Traci Webb; and a nephew, Jason Montgomery.

Pallbearers will be Terry F. Montgomery, Travis Montgomery, Robert Walker, Terry W. Montgomery, Carlton Carroll and Barry Grugett.


Mary Evelyn Shaw, 61, of Dyer, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 at Gibson County General Hospital in Trenton.

She was retired owner of Professional Cleaning Service in Memphis.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Yorkville Cemetery with the Rev. Ira Singleton officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern.

Survivors include a sister, Shirley Hanks of Dyer; and two nieces, Beverly Stephens of Dyer and Lorie Williams of Moscow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Aubrey Shaw and Florence Washam Shaw Dennison; a sister, Elizabeth Shaw Martin; and a brother, Aubrey Leon Shaw.

Pallbearers will be Carl Hanks, Eugene Stephens, Rufus Stephens, Niel Williams and Bobby Sullivan.


Shirley L. Waldron, 71, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 at her residence.

She was a retired employee of Sylvania Corporation, and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, WMU and the Red Hat Society.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Gardner and the Rev. Lynn King officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, John Thomas Waldron; two daughters, Jennifer Waldron Sampson of Bartlett and Cindy Yvonne Waldron Tucker of Dyersburg; a son, Mark Thomas Waldron of Dyersburg; a sister, Laverne Slaughter Holland of Dyersburg; three brothers, Jerry Slaughter and Joy Slaughter, both of Dyersburg, and Charles Larry Slaughter of Bartlett; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Howard, Jason Ladd, Tommy Holland, Mark Roberson, Andrew Sampson and Miles Holland.