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Obituaries for April 10, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Karen "Kay" Eileen Epperson, 51, of Newbern, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a former employee of Choctaw Texaco and Ray's Liquor Store.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery in Newbern with the Rev. George Butler officiating.

The family will receive visitors at noon Friday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, David A. Epperson of Newbern; two daughters, Jessica Howard of Newbern and Tara Ann Smith of Grayson, Ky.; and a sister, Virginia Edwards of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard E. and Margaret Young Edwards.


Bobby Joe Matheny, 53, of Ridgely, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008.

A private memorial service will be held at a later time. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Samantha Joe Matheny of Newbern and Brandy Evans of Ridgely; a son, Bobby Joe Matheny Jr. of Ridgely; a sister, Pat Matheny of Hornbeak; three grandchildren; and a close friend, Briton Dean of Wynnburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Lou Annie Matheny, and a sister, Kathy Matheny.


Billy McKinney, 79, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at his residence.

He was retired as a flight-service specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration after 32 years, a member of Fowlkes United Methodist Church, served two terms as a Dyer County Commissioner, was a Mason for 50 years, a member of Masonic Lodge 93 F&AM, a former employee of Ozark Airlines and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. John Lowrance and the Rev. Frank Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ruth McKinney; two sons, Rodney McKinney and Jeff McKinney, both of Dyersburg; three grandchildren, Stacey West Smith of Olive Branch, Miss., Shelley West Herron and Suzanne West, both of Dyersburg; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Coy and Clayton McKinney, and a daughter, Sandra West.

Pallbearers will be David Quick, Marty Ramey, Jimmy Millner, Mark Pigott, Bill Harris and Jerome Doss. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Doss, H.P. Smith, Lowell Welch, Allen Woods, Leroy Neal and Bill Crowson.


Jerry James Pilkington, 60, of Nashville, formerly of Covington, died March 26 in Memphis.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Covington funeral home with Dr. Johnny James officiating.

Survivors include two sisters, Margie Newton and Peggy Smith, both of Dyersburg; and three brothers, Herman Pilkington of Dyersburg, William "Bill" Pilkington of Covington and Dan Pilkington of Berry, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Laura Pilkington; three sisters, Katherine Marbry, Alice Brasfield and Geneva Jacobs; and four brothers, L.C. Pilkington, George Pilkington, Sam Pilkington and Richard Pilkington.

Friends may sign an online guestbook at www.covington funeralhome.com.


Mary Frances Ray, 65, of Walter Valley, Ky., died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

She was a retired electrologist, a former licensed practical nurse with Baptist Hospital in Union City and a former aestician LPN.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Keystone Church of God with the Rev. Ruth Green officiating. Burial will be in Lake Memorial Gardens in Tiptonville. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 6-9 p.m. today at the church.

Survivors include her husband, Aaron D. Ray of Walter Valley, Ky.; two daughters, Debbie Bennett of Union City and Melissa Wheeler of Walter Valley, Ky.; a son, Aaron Ray Jr. of Union City; four sisters, Barbara Walden of Martin, Ruth Green, Janice Staggs and May Simpson, all of Union City; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Maybelle Estes; and three brothers, Harold Estes, Steve Estes and Larry Estes.

Pallbearers will be nephews Wesley Walden, Michael Walden, Billy Green, Jared Jonas, Jonathan Jonas and Barry Garrett.