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Obituaries for March 18, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oreathel Alford, 87, of Burdett, Kan., formerly of Dyersburg, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 in Jetmore, Kan.

She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Fellowship Church in Burdett, Kan.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harvest Baptist Church in Dyersburg with the Rev. Nathe Ozment officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Milan.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Alford of Searborough, Maine.; a son, Roger Alford and wife, Elaine, of Brudett, Kan.; a brother, L.D. Kennedy and wife, Louise, of Ripley; three grandchildren, David Alford, Joel Alford and Gina Donlin; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ezell Alford; two sons, Donald Alford and Tony Alford; her parents, Lafayette and Lubie White Kennedy; a sister, Genova Pugh; and a brother, Delbert Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to purchase Gideon Bibles.


Beta Mae Jordan Harris, 88, of Columbia, died Friday, March 14, 2008 at Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia.

She was a retired food service manager with Tullahoma City Schools, a homemaker, and a member of the West Seventh Street Church of Christ in Columbia.

Services were at 4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Burial was in the Mount View Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters Betsy Martin and husband, Reeder, of Bowling Green, Ky. and Nancy Rice and husband, Gynn, of Columbia Tenn.; three grandchildren, James Martin of Dyersburg, and Lee Rice and Zack Rice, both of Columbia; a great-grandson, Jordan Martin of Dyersburg; nieces and nephews, Jackie Newby, Becky and Doug Bost, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Jordan, Mary Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Newby, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Newby and Kelton Jordan; several great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Thomas Harris; her parents Robert Lee and Gladys Elizabeth Lively Jordan; a sister, Martha Jordan Newby and two brothers, Harold Lively Jordan and Robert Kelton Jordan.


Lydia Tucker Spence, 90, of Dyersburg, formerly of Memphis, died Monday, March 17, 2008 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Fairview Cemetery with Don Morris and John Tucker officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a niece, Diane Bellis of Savannah; two nephews, John Tucker of Lakeland and Don Morris of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Marshall Spence; and her parents, John and Dora Griffin Tucker.

Pallbearers will be Don Morris, John Tucker, Bob Morris, Andy Morris, John Sanders and Spence Lowery.