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Obituaries for Jan. 29, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Estelle Norvell "Fire" Cruxent, 67, of Newbern, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 at her residence.

She was an artist.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg with the Rev. Gary Meade officiating. A reception will follow at the church.

Survivors include her husband, Jordge Enrique Cruxent of Newbern; a daughter, Isis Cruxent Goulding and husband, Morgan, of Eugene, OR; a son, Jordge Bel Cruxent of Newbern; a brother, Louis G. Norvell III of Newbern; and a grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.


The Rev. J.D. Featherston, 73, formerly of Newbern, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at Harris Nursing Home in Petersburg, Ind.

He was a retired Methodist minister who during his 40 years in the ministry pastored churches in Elbridge, McKenzie, Bruceton, Decaturville and in Southern Kentucky.

Graveside services are being held today in Petersburg, Ind., with the Rev. Joe Henson officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Featherston of Petersburg, Ind.; a daughter, Deborah Stalls and husband Daryl of Paris; a son, David Featherston and wife Rhonda of Calvert City, Ky.; two sisters, Rose Bevis and husband Ed and Betty Anderson and husband Tommy, all of Newbern; a brother, Ronnie Featherston and wife Brenda of Newbern; and two grandchildren, Carrie Johnson and husband Shon of Memphis and Josh Featherston of Calvert City, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Edna Featherston; and a niece, Martha Bevis.


Ruth Evelyn Reasons, 72, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens in Dyersburg.

Survivors include three daughters, Lorri Willis and husband Johnny of Dyersburg and Beverly Pilkenton and husband Shane and Kim Price and husband Terry, all of Newbern; a son, Randy Reasons and wife Linda of Newbern; two sisters, Christine Hart of Dyersburg and Elsie Bridgewater and husband A.C. of Paris; and eight grandchildren, Emily Deal, Lane Pilkenton, Hunter Pilkenton, Halli Reasons, Trevor Reasons, Logan Price, Alex Price and Periliee Willis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Reasons; and her parents, Odie B. and Nomia Ruth Wilkerson.

Pallbearers will be Lane Pilkenton, Shane Pilkenton, Johnny Willis, Terry Price, Trevor Reasons, Barry Hart, Hunter Pilkenton and Logan Price.


Sadie Haley Smith Ridgeway, 83, of Newbern, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired employee of Pioneer Factory and a member of the Newbern First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Gleaners Sunday School Class.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home in Sumter, S.C., with the Rev. Danny Klutts, the Rev. Jerry Watson and the Rev. Mike Morris officiating. Burial will be in Clarendon Memorial Gardens in Manning S.C. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.

Survivors include two daughters, Roberta S. Hulme and husband Mike of Dyersburg and Ruth Prescott of Bishopville; two sons, Ronald S. Smith and wife Diane of Cable, S.C., and George E. Smith and wife Jean of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Betsy Smith of Hendersonville, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert S. Smith and Louis O. Ridgeway; a daughter, Jesse Smith Cannon; a son, Robert Harvin Smith; her parents, Ella Frierson Haley and William Edward "Wilder" Haley; 12 sisters; two brothers; and two sons-in-law, Pearson Prescott and Dewey Cannon.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Freewill Baptist Home for Children, 5232 Tuberville Highway, Tuberville, SC 29162.