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Obituaries for April 1, 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Harry Jones, 64, of Halls, died Sunday, March 30, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale.

He was a retired insurance agent, a member of Lenox Baptist Church, attended Mary's Chapel Baptist Church, owner of Family Shoe Stores, an Independent Insurance Broker and an avid hunter and fisherman.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. James Branscum officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hayes Jones of Ripley; two daughters, Carol Jones Faulk of Dyersburg and Lisa Jones Haycraft of Newbern; a son, Kevin Jones of Memphis; three stepdaughters, Carrie Beth Hall, Carissa Hankins and Melissa Young; a stepson, Lackey White; a brother, Larry Jones; six grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; and a step great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Flossie Parmenter Jones.


Mary Elizabeth Marvin, 79, of Ridgely, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at her residence.

She was a retired factory worker and a member of Ridgely Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Independent Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Odell and Bro. Carl Southerland officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Linda McClain and husband, Kenneth, Mary Farmer and husband, Billy, all of Mooring, Vicky Peery and husband, Bubba, of Miston, Sheila Southerland and husband, Carl, of Wynnburg, Carolyn Jones and husband, Robert, of Ripley and Nona Marvin of Bogota; three sons, Joe Marvin Jr. and wife, Joyce, and Rodney Marvin and wife, Melissa, all of Mooring and Tony Marvin and wife, Debbie, of Union City; seven sisters, Fannie Nunnery of Montana, Verlene Bray and Sissy Story, both of Tiptonville, Corinne Buchannan of Troy, Elizabeth Parker of Mooring, Lucille Thompson of Union City and Lillian Ogden of Ripley; three brothers, Bert Burkett and Billy Marvin, both of Ridgely and Lynn Burkett of Dresden; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Marvin; a son, Robert Marvin; her parents, Hardy and Lettie Burkett; three sisters, Geraldine Suiter, Mandy Douthit and Nora Lee Berry; and two brothers, Larry Burkett and Ben Burkett.

Pallbearers will be Andy Morehead, Sammy Price, Leonard York, Greg Story, Loren Leinweber, Alvin Lynn Parker Jr. and Tommy Childress. Honorary pallbearers will be James Boyd Eddlemon, Leon Lee, Malcolm Chism, Jackie Flowers, Donnie Tate, Jimmy Butler, Eugene Flowers and Joe Lavenue.


Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Merryman, 92, of Newbern, died Sunday, March 30, 2008 at his residence.

He was a transportee for Waymatic in Fulton, Ky., a member of Trimble First Baptist Church and a Mason.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Pratt and the Rev. Jimmy Clay officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

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

Survivors include his wife, Florence E. Kelley Merryman of Newbern; three daughters, Nancy Merryman Clayton of Nashville and Waco, Texas, J. Merryman Kemp of Paducah, Ky. and Linda Lee McDonald of Newbern; two sisters, Evelyn Merryman Ary of Martin and Mildred Merryman Hall of Highland, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Jo Merryman; his parents, Arthur Roy Merryman and Mary Lee Williams Merryman; three sisters, Gladys P. Dunn, Marjorie Inez Merryman and Dorothy L. Hicks; and three brothers, Arthur Roy Merryman Jr., John Willis Merryman and William Herman Merryman.

Pallbearers will be David Ross, Steve Ross, Eddie Ray Bell, Robert Ell Hurt, Richard Parks, Jerry Maupin, Phillip Smith and Tim Pope. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Senior Adult Men's Sunday School Class of Trtimble First Baptist Church, Jack Hinson, Johnny Johnson, Adam Johnson, Matt Johnson and Louis Ross.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, P.O. Box 98, Paducah, KY 42002-0098.


Virgil Mills, 84, of Broken Arrow, Okla., formerly of Dyersburg, died Thursday, March 27, 2008 in Tulsa.

He was captain of the 1941 Dyersburg High School football team which won the Big Ten Championship, a Navy veteran serving in the Pacific Theater in World War II, a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a retired employee of Monaco Motor Coach Company.

Burial was in Tulsa, Okla.

The widower of Jeanette Davis Mills, survivors include a daughter, Janet Mills of Edmond, Okla.; a son, Scott Mills of Tulsa, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

The family requests that any memorials be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 So. Mingo Ave., Tulsa, OK 74133 or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203-1977.

Condolences may be sent to Moorefuneral.com