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Obituaries for March 30, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Brenda Gail Campbell, 67, of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at her residence.

She was a homemaker.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Gail Duerr and husband, Andy; a son, David Ezra Campbell and wife, Courtney, of Newbern; a sister, Carolyn Dawn Ketchum and husband, Don, of Dyersburg; a brother, Guy Brent Melton and wife, Doreen, of Dyersburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four nieces; and seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy Roger Melton and Maxine Melton Horner Cupples; and two brothers, Dennis Ray Melton and Roger D. Melton.


Aubrey Guy Evans, 68, of Newbern, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at his residence.

He was a retired Goodyear employee.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pierce Cemetery in Trimble with the Rev. James Combs officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 3:30-6 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Ann Combs Evans of Newbern; two daughters, Kristi Deming and Kim Pugh, both of Newbern; two sons, Kenneth Evans and Keith Evans, both of Newbern; five sisters, Dorothy Hartsfield and Cindy McDonald, both of Newbern, Frances McKnight of Memphis, Billie Byers of Valparaiso, Ind., and Ann Wilson of Ripley; a brother, Leslie Evans of Arlington; and five grandchildren, Kala Pugh, Logan Pugh, Brianna Pugh, Hannah Evans and Isak Deming.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson Evans and Willie Mae Evans; a sister, Jonelle Council; and two brothers, Bob Evans and Carl Evans.

Pallbearers will be Ben Rosenthal, Lance Evans, Donald Pugh, Logan Pugh, Sonny Herren and William Edward Parnell. Honorary pallbearer will be Richard Earl Weatherly.


Darrell Gibson, 66, of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

He was retired as a gas and water meter reader for the city of Dyersburg, a farmer, a yokefellow and member of Southside Baptist Church, a member of Newbern Saddle Club and Dyersburg Saddle Club, where he was past president, a member of Shady Tractor Club and Spotted Saddle Horse Association, a Vietnam veteran serving as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and was retired from the Tennessee National Guard 269th MP Company, where he served in Desert Storm.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Loren Stephens and Bro. Joe Naylor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Parmenter Gibson; a son, Marty Gibson and wife, Shelley, of Dyersburg; and a brother, Lamarr Gibson of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Austin and Mayflower Gibson; a sister, Novelleen Skelton; and a brother, Bobby Gibson.

Pallbearers will be Henry Bishop, Nelson Richards, Willard Rose, Terry Harris, Ike Ware and Ronnie Glass. Honorary pallbearers will be S.T. Ray, Olan Fundeburk, Joe Cowell and Stoye Barham.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Southside Baptist Church.


Lena Mae Johnson, 93, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Wesley Nursing Home in Dyersburg.

Services were at noon Saturday at New Womack Temple Church. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Irene Stanfield of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a son, Charles Livingston of Dyersburg; a sister, Florine Crittend of Dyersburg; a brother, Bob Harris of Dyer; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.


Willie McKeel Link, 88, of Trimble, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Union City Manor.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Matt Stafford officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Sue Gifford and fiancÚ, Robert Craig Wayne, of Portage, Ind., and Mary Virginia Link of Trimble; a son, Dennis Link and wife, Donna, of Olive Branch, Miss.; three grandchildren, Jorma Sharpe, Bonnie Jean Crowder and James Vernon Stanley; and five great-grandchildren, Britni Sharpe, Ashlynn Sharpe, Lorn Sharpe, Audrey Stanley and Kendyl Mya Cooley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bonnie Forrest Link; her parents, Nixon and Vicie Marrs McNabb; three sisters, Rue Nell Warren, Pearl Bickle and Frances Seat; and a brother, J.N. McNabb.

Pallbearers will be Jorma Sharpe, Vance Crowder, Robert Craig Wayne, Perry Nichols, Billy Thurmond and William May.


Kathryn M. Patterson, 89, of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at her son's residence in Bartlett.

She was retired as a teacher for Dyersburg City Schools, a member of Dyersburg First Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie with the Rev. Judy Piercey officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include a son, Paul Patterson of Bartlett; a brother, Ross Martin of McKenzie; six grandchildren, Mary Patterson and Katie Patterson, both of Bartlett, Karen Williams of Memphis, Kathy Scogin of Columbus, Ga., Dr. Kim Walpert of Athens, Ga., and Dr. Mike Patterson of Hattiesburg, Miss.; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Patterson; a son, Dr. Stanley M. Patterson; two sisters, Jean Marshall and Hazel Brewer; and a brother, Caywood Martin.

Pallbearers will be Steve Snipes, Paul Patterson, Greg Barker, Joe Marshall, Gary Moore and Cody Adams.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Betty Jo Viar, 77, of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 28, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital.

She was a homemaker, a member of RoEllen Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cumberland Presbyterian Women, Family and Community Education Club, Night Owls, former Girl Scout leader, a member of Senior Circle, the Keenagers and adopted member of RoEllen Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Michael officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include two daughters, Dianne Bennett and husband, Marvin, of Vienna, W.V., and Patty Wellington and husband, Jeff, of Clarksville; a son, David Viar of West Memphis, Ark.; four grandchildren, Misty Thomason and husband, Gary, Hayes Wellington and wife, Lily, Heather Bennett and Ashley Wargowsky and husband, Don; and four great-grandchildren, Jordyn Thomason, Madisyn Thomason, Brooklyn Thomason and Kylie Wellington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Viar; her parents, Pate and Gertrude Robbins Hurley; and a sister, Elizabeth Williams.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Joe Vaughn, Johnny Dodson, Hal Rector, Don Wargowsky, Hayes Wellington and Gary Thomason.

Honorary pallbearer will be Carnell Allen.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Dyer County Community Cancer Fund, P.O. Box #1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025-1002.