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Obituaries for March 7, 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

Tillman E. Bragg, 80, of Duck River, Tenn., formerly of Dyersburg, died Thursday, March 6, 2008.

He was a retired steel-fabricating sheer operator.

Services will be Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Centerville, where he was a member, with the Rev. Charles Grant officiating. Williams Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Winifred Vallad Bragg; two daughters, Joydice C. "Dee Dee" Ward and husband, James, of Duck River, and Wenda K. Bustance of Hastings, Mich.; two sons, Stanley A. Bragg of Duck River and Tillman E. Bragg Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, of Chapel Hill; three sisters, Dottie Inman and Hester McKee and husband, Al, all of Dyersburg, and Irene Rogers and husband, Norris, of Frazier; 11 grandchildren, Stanley A. Bragg Jr. of Ionia, Mich., Tillman E. Bragg III of Franklin, Miles K. Warren of Kalamazoo, Mich., Cody Bustance and Johanna M. White, both of Hastings, Mich., Kenneth J. Ward and wife, Elizabeth, of Sebastian, Fla., Karen R. Scott and husband, Ken, of Louisville, Ky., Cassandra L. Bragg and Angela M. Bragg, both of Chapel Hill, Anita M. Hay and husband, Michael, of Nashville, and Terra Jean "TJ" Bragg of Duck River; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Hospice of the Highland Rim, 1412 Trotwood Ave., Suite 5, Columbia, TN 38401; or to the American Cancer Society, Maury County Unit, 2000 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.


Clarine Kimmins, 62, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at Monday at 1 p.m. at Salter's Chapel Church. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Kimmins and Kimberly Matice; two sisters, Angela Harris and Tommie Frances Going; two grandchildren, Allen Branch and My'lon Kimmins; a host of stepchildren and great-grandchildren.


Fred M. Ruffner Jr., 73, of Olive Branch, Miss., formerly of Memphis and Dyersburg, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at his residence.

He was retired from Ohio Casualty and Life, served in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves, and was an avid outdoorsman.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Burial will be in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Thursday at 11 a.m.

The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Carter and husband, William, and Jenny Stephens and husband, Ben; a son, Michael Ruffner; a sister, Joan Ruffner Ryland of Dyersburg; Marguerite Ruffner; and six grandchildren, Dustin Carter, Daniel Ruffner, Ryan Cordice, Rachael Stephens, Sara McCulley and Brook Scalzo.

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


Gwendolyn Steward, 82, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at her residence.

She was a retired bookkeeper for First Citizens National Bank and a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Annetta Camp officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid, Mo.

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

Survivors include her husband, Harold A. Steward of Dyersburg; a daughter, Deborah Lea Mitchell of Spring, Texas; a son, Harold A. Steward of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three sisters, Glodine Kem and Elaine Moore, both of St. Louis, Mo. and Jane Scheidemantel of Lenox, Mo.; a brother, W.H. Gray Jr. of Hot Springs, Ark.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Weymuth Kay Irvin; and her parents, William Hershell and Geraldine Marie Blagg Gray.