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Obituaries for April 23, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ruth R. Apple, 84, of Dyersburg, died Monday, April 21, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a retired employee of Dyersburg Fabrics for over 25 years, a charter member of Second Baptist Church, former Sunday school teacher and WMU president.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

The family will receive visitors at 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie Apple Evans and husband, Billy, and Pat Apple Davis and husband Billy, all of Dyersburg; a son, Howard W. Apple Jr. and fiance' Viva Syde, of Dyersburg; a sister, Dessie Capps of Dyersburg; a brother, Willard Rose and wife, Donna, of Dyersburg; six grandchildren, Chris Thompson, Eric Evans, Mary Rachel Apple, Billy Perry, Jay Paul Cook and Meagan Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Kamryn Goff and Connor Cook.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Apple Sr.; her parents, Jim and Maude Hopper Rose; two sisters, Hazel Agee King and Catherine Ramsey; and three brothers, Cecil Rose, Carlos Rose and Conway Rose.

Pallbearers will be Mark Agee, Warner Agee, Jay Paul Cook, Eric Evans, Rick Rose, Willard Rose and Chris Thompson.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Second Baptist Church, 1720 Schaffer, Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Mozelle Jones, formerly of Fowlkes, died Friday, April 18, 2008 in Nashville.

Services were held Tuesday in Nashville with Dr. Don Williams officiating.

The widow of Bro. James Jones, survivors include two sons, Kenny Jones of Nashville and Danny Jones of Indiana; and three grandchildren.


Billye O. Kesterson, 80, of Bartlett, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

He was a retired carpenter, attended Hickory White Baptist Church and was a Mason.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. in Dyer County Memorial Gardens Saturday. The family will receive visitors at 9 a.m. at Forest Hill Funeral Home-East.

The widower of Carmil "Honey" Kesterson, survivors include a daughter, Pat Northcott and husband, Larry, of Bartlett; a sister, Patsy Horn of Arrington; two grandchildren, Derek Northcott and Deren Northcott, both of Bartlett; and four great-grandchildren, Dalton, Dylan, Drew and Jacob Northcott.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that any memorials be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Rita B. Maits, 92, of Dyersburg and Palm Harbor, Fla., died Monday, April 21, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

There will be a private family service at a later date. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Buford Maits of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Dyersburg; a daughter, Diana Griffith of Dyersburg and Palm Harbor, Fla.; a son, Stan Braman of Tallmadge, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cecilia Campbell; and two sons, Donald Braman and Kenneth Braman.


James Donald Riley, 75, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo.

He was a member of Crossroads Worship Center in Braggadocio, Mo.

Services were held Friday in the chapel of H.S. Smith Funeral Home with Bro. Glynn Davis officiating. Burial was in Little Prairie Cemetery in Caruthersville, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Riley; a daughter, Alicia Jeffers and husband, Matthew, of Deering, Mo.; four sons, Donald Riley and wife, Valerie, of Friendship, Ricky Riley and wife, Cindy, of Caruthersville, Mo., Allen Fisher and wife, Marsha, of Denton, Mo. and Brian Fisher and wife, Lindy, of Fairbanks, Alaska; a brother, Willie Dewayne Riley of Marion, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Matthew Riley, Curtis Riley, Ricky Lynn Riley Jr. and wife, Jessica, Chad Allen Fisher, Justin Garrett Fisher, Lauren Danielle Fisher, Sean Robert Fisher, Abigail Jean Jeffers and Charlotte Lee Jeffers; and a great-grandchild, Alyana Kae Falyne Riley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Franklin Riley and Ola Mae Ivy Riley; three sisters, Christine Riley, Mary Inez Riley and Virginia Faye Yerbe; and a brother, D. Riley.

Pallbearer was Joe Tate.


Ricky Lewis Vaughn, 49, of Dyersburg, formerly of Moscow, died Monday, April 21, 2008 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery in Moscow.

The family will receive visitors at 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Casey Nicole Simpson and husband, Scotty, of Dyersburg; a son, Randall Lewis Vaughn of Dyersburg; his parents, Tommy and Vivian Vaughn of Dyersburg; a brother, Rocky Thomas Vaughn of Newbern; and a granddaughter.


J.E. Williams, 77, of Tiptonville, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at his residence.

He was a retired maintenance employee for Reelfoot Packing Company and the state of Tennessee Department of Corrections, a member of Antioch Baptist Church, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, where he received a Purple Heart medal, lifetime member of American Legion Reelfoot Post 174, served as commander, secretary/treasurer for over 20 years, assisted with Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival through the American Legion for many years and enjoyed fishing, hunting and outdoors.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tiptonville chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Leggett officiating. Burial will in Tiptonville City Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 5:30-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Faye Williams of Tiptonville; two sons, Greg Williams and Craig Williams, both of Tiptonville; a sister, Joyce Marie Tierney of Mexico, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Okle and Georgia Williams; and a brother, Thomas Stockton.

Pallbearers will be Tim Naifeh, Jeremy Hopper, Corey Glidewell, Mike Hawks, Chuck Oliver and Pleas Luker.