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Obituaries for Nov. 21, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Judge Wilford Parks, 89, of Tiptonville, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 at his residence.

He was a farmer, a member of Tiptonville Church of Christ, U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II serving in the European Theatre, Lake County Trustee from 1946-1954, County Judge from 1968-1981. Under his administration the county built a new health department, began its own ambulance and emergency service, started the Tiptonville and Ridgely Senior Citizens Centers and had the Primary Health Care Center named in his honor.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Tiptonville Church of Christ with Michael Anglin officiating. Burial will be in Parks Cemetery in Tiptonville. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 9 a.m.-noon Friday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Mooring Parks; a daughter, Candace Parks Felts and husband, Larry, of Nashville; a son, Steve Parks and wife, Patricia, of Ridgely; seven grandchildren, Corbin Felts, Joel Cook, Matt Cook, Heather Cook Groves, Clif Parks, Colt Parks and Logan Felts; and a great-grandchild, Elizabeth Cook.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Parks Maddox; and his parents, Wilford and Ella Thompson.

Pallbearers will be Joel Cook, Matt Cook, Clif Parks, Colt Parks, Logan Felts and Colton Felts. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Inlow, Paul Parks, Allen Parks, Greg McCain, Joe Clifton, Larry Felts and Max Tyler.

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


Rev. Willard Lee Watson, 90, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

He was a Methodist minister for over 50 years throughout West Tennessee at West Kentucky, a member of Finley United Methodist Church, graduate of Asbury College, attended Bethel Seminary and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Gunter officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The widower of Emma Lou Hulme Watson, survivors include three daughters, Willa Nelson of Humboldt, Rachel Parker of Sparta and Martha Davison of Finley; a son, Thomas Watson of Wisconsin; a brother, Thomas Ray Watson of Coos Bay, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bob Brock, Tommy McEleaya, Gerald Reasons, Gary McGill, Joel White and Harold Sartin.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Habitat for Humanity or Alzhemier's Association.