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Obituaries for March 2, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Helen Ruth Darnell, 84, of Tiptonville, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at Oakwood Manor in Dyersburg.

She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Tiptonville, where she taught children's Sunday school, and served as a bookkeeper at H.M. Beaird Motor Company, the H.M. Beaird Lumber Company and Margaret Newton Elementary School.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church in Hornbeak. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lynn Smith of Dyersburg; two sons, James Robert "Bob" Darnell of Tiptonville and David Capps "Dave" Darnell of Samburg; a sister, Catherine Capps Bushart of Fulton, Ky.; a brother, William Campbell "Bubba" Capps of Idabel, Okla.; a grandchild, Madeline Darnell Eddlemon; two step-grandchildren, Nichole Whitson and Shane Whitson; and nieces and nephews Harry Nunnelly Bushart Jr., Kay Capps Grubbs, Ty Capps, Ann Capps Graham, Toni Capps Camelyn, David Crain Capps and Kalen Capps.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Len Darnell; her parents, David Crockett Capps and Mary Grace Campbell Capps; a sister, Mary Louise Capps; and a brother, Charles Elvis Capps.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Antioch Cemetery Association, c/o John Robert Orr, 254 West Main St., Hornbeak, TN 38232.


Neil Augustus Dyer, 83, of Halls, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at Baptist Memorial East Hospital in Memphis.

He was retired as owner of Dyer Bros. Lumber Company and a member of Halls First Baptist Church, where he was song leader for the First Baptist Men's Class, and served in the Marine Corps from 1946-1948.

Services were Sunday at Halls First Baptist Church with Dr. Trent Bullock officiating. Burial was in Halls Cemetery. Halls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Martha Hemby Dyer of Halls; two sons, Dr. David Neil Dyer and wife, Janina, of Nashville, and Charles Thomas Dyer and wife, Cynthia, of Dyersburg; and four grandchildren, Amy Lynn Dyer and Mathew Thomas Dyer, both of Dyersburg, Brandon Kirby Jenkins and wife, Caroline, of Brentwood, and Thomas Neil Dyer of Nashville.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gilreath Dyer; and his parents, Thomas Neil and Emma Augustus Nunn Dyer.


Martha Lou Joyner, 88, of Friendship, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at her residence.

She was retired from Haltex Manufacturing and the Crockett County Office on Aging.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Friendship Church of Christ, where she was a lifelong member, with Dan Clevenger and David Powell officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Friendship Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Joyner of Friendship; four daughters, Patricia Canada and husband, Charlie, of Friendship, Dorothy Johnson and husband, Jimmy, of Jackson, Barbara Haley of Friendship and Shirley Love of Halls; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Walker and Hettie Patrick; and siblings Houston Walker, Doris Walker, Frances Morris and Wayne Walker.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Joyner, Victor Joyner, Jim Joyner, Jeff Joyner, Eddie Ray Joyner and David Joyner. Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas Joyner, Monroe Davison and David Morris.


McKenzie Natalial Patrick, infant daughter of Kelcey Patrick and Cynthia Moore, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at MCC Cemetery in Newbern. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In addition to her parents, survivors include a sister, Kaila Battles; a brother, Brendon Patrick; grandmothers Flora Fowlkes and Della Graves, grandfather Danny Patrick, and great-grandparents Algie and Wilma Patrick.


Clifford J. Permenter, 86, of Dyersburg, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at his residence.

He was a farmer, a member of Finley United Methodist Church and a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Gunter officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Joyce Jackson Permenter of Dyersburg; a sister, Jettie P. Pritchett of Finley; a brother, C.V. "Dee" Permenter of Finley; seven nieces, Donna Pritchett Presley and Kristin Permenter Lewis, both of Dyersburg, Carolyn Permenter Finley, Gaye Pritchett Reed and DeeAnn Permenter Lovelace, all of Finley; Loretta Permenter Williams and Kaye Permenter Cooper, both of Olive Branch, Miss.; and a nephew, Thomas E. Permenter of Finley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mossie Permenter; a brother, V.E. "Buck" Permenter; and a nephew, Denny Permenter.

Pallbearers will be great-nephews Scott Williams, Todd Williams, Kevin Cooper, Tim Lovelace, Dent Permenter, Jason Reed and Ed Presley. Honorary pallbearers will be great-nieces Lisa Finley Castellaw, Amy Reed Hester, Kelly Cooper Chitty and Pennye Presley Thurmond.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Finley United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.


Joe B. Taylor, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at his residence.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Peoples Chapel Church in Dyersburg. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at noon Tuesday at the church.

Survivors include eight daughters, Shirley Phillips and husband, Sam, of St. Louis, Mo., Rhonda Gause and husband, Mark, and Mary Bunkley, all of Jackson, Ruby Walton, Roxie Lewis, Deborah Taylor, Glenda Green and husband, John, and Pamela Taylor, all of Dyersburg; three sons, Thomas Taylor, Randy Taylor and William Taylor, all of Dyersburg; a sister, Clara Pettigrew of Parson; a brother, Earnest Ray Taylor of Union City; 29 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.