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Obituaries for March 31, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Billy Gene Pearson, 78, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at his residence.

He was an accountant for Payne Steel Erectors, Dement Construction and Pioneer Construction as well as having a private practice, an active member of Dyersburg Community Orchestra, sang in the Men's Chorus and Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg where he was a member, sang in the choir of Newbern First United Methodist Church, served as an alderman, received a Distinguished Service Award for the city of Dyersburg, member and past director of the Chamber of Commerce, pas member of Rotary Club and past member of Jaycees, served as local president, state vice-president and International Director for the Tennessee Jaycees.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg with Dr. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Etta Caldwell Pearson; seven daughters, Frances "Sissy" Belcher and husband, Stephen, of Baltimore, MD, Kathi Burriss and husband, Tony, of Trenton, Kelly Platz and husband, Mitch, of Stanton, Sherry Caldwell of New Orleans, La., Marsha Borden of Rossville, Ga., Dana Pennington and husband, Hal, of Halls and Janet Kratzenberg of New Orleans, La.; four sons, Bob Pearson and wife, Mary, of Portland, Org., Jack Pearson and wife, Bambi, and Mark Caldwell and wife, Bonnie, all of Memphis and Mike McCullough and wife, Carole, of Dyersburg; 28 grandchildren, Kevin, Carrie, Erina, Robert, William, Katie, Mollie, Stephen, Emily, Ryan, Jennie, Richard, Michael, Christopher, Carrie Beth, John Burton, Cody, Lynley, Morgan, Bill, Bryan, Casi, Ashley, Brooke, Steven, Jodie, Jordyn and Jared; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Shirley Stroud Pearson and Carolyn McCullough Pearson; his parents, Bert and Helen Pearson; and a sister, Frances Pearson.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Pearson, Robert Belcher, William Belcher, Stephen Belcher, Richard Pearson, Ryan Burriss and Matthew Brown.

The family request that any memorials be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Asera Care Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.


Juanita Riley, 86, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at Point Manor Personal Care Home in Point Marion, Pa.

She was a homemaker and an active member of First United Methodist Church for 66 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, William B. Riley Jr. and wife, Jean, of Morgantown, W.V.; a brother, Lamar Pinckley of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Erin Whitescarver of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Kerry Riley of Gainesville, Fla.; two step grandchildren, Zachary Snider of Charottesville, Va. and Katherine Snider of Pirnceton, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William B. "Bill" Riley; and her parents, L.A. and Ethelene Pinckley.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Karlgaard, Roy Campbell, Dan Felkner, Lloyd Collier, Lowell Beck and John T. Yarbro.