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Obituaries for May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dr. James Edward McKee, 84, formerly of Newbern, died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at his residence in Memphis.

He was a retired teacher and coach at Newbern High School, was principal at Halls, Trimble and Obion County Central High School and was president of Bethel College in McKenzie and a World War II Army veteran, served as an officer with AARP, and a member, teacher and elder at Germantown Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Services were held at Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Burial was in West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Germantown with a military memorial.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margaret Scott McKee; two daughters, Lila Piercey and husband, Roger, of Cordova and Marga McKee of Columbia, S.C.; a son, Scott McKee and wife, Weilin, of Cordova; two sisters, Lorene Wilson of Odessa, Texas and Lagreda Roberts of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, Raymond McKee of Jacksonville, Fla. and Harold McKee of Newbern; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.N. "Nub" and Vera Tase McKee; two sisters, Opal McKee and Louise Autry; and a brother, Horace McKee.


Janie Katherine Huey Wiley, 98, of Cleburne, Texas, formerly of Dyersburg, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at Cleburne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Cleburne, Texas.

She was a retired teacher and taught as a substitute until she was 91. One highlight of her teaching career was celebrating her 82 birthday in Indonesia at the Wesleyan International School where she taught 40 children in grades 1-7 whose parents were missionaries, ambassadors and business people.

She attended grade school in Trenton, and graduated from Peabody High School in 1927. In 1931 she graduated from George Peabody College For Teachers (now a part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, majoring in Latin and English and minoring in French. She taught Latin and English at Dyersburg High School from 1931 to 1937.

She and her husband served in the Methodist Episcopal Ministry of the Memphis Annual Conference until 1944 when they moved to Wilmore, Ky. where he began a teaching career at Asbury College.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home in Cleburne, Texas with a service there on April 17. Burial was in Wilmore Cemetery in Wilmore, Ky. on April 30 with Dr. Roy Lauter officiating and Hager-Cundiff Funeral Home providing the local arrangements.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 19 in Clark Chapel at the United Methodist Church in Wilmore, Ky. with Dr. Terry Faris officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Janie Huey Wiley Jones and husband, Harold Stephenson "Steve" Jones Jr. of Cleburne, Texas; two sons, Robert Farrington Wiley Jr., M.D. and wife, Mary Ann (Parsons), of Mansfield, Ohio; Joseph Wayne Wiley, M.D. and wife, Sharolyn Joye (Unger) Wiley, of Centralia, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert F. Wiley, Sr.; a daughter, Katherine Anne (Wiley) Cunigan; her parents, John LaFayette James Huey, M.D. and Nora (Virden) Huey; and a half brother, Lytle Logan Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to Asbury College, 1 Macklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390 for the Robert F. Wiley Sr. and Janie Katherine Wiley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Online guest registry may be signed at www.hagerandcundifffunerals.com .

Friends or family members desiring to make contact with Janie's family are encouraged to communicate with Janie's son, Robert F. Wiley Jr., 2002 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44907; Phone 1-419-756-0697 or e-mail rfwiley@bright.net.


James Lee Embry, 74, of Memphis, died Friday, May 9, 2008 at his residence.

He was a retired homebuilder and a member of the Church of God.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel. Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens in Bartlett.

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

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Pearl Marie Moore Embry; two daughters, Patricia Baack Stiles and husband, Harry, and Kathy Grubb and husband, Jim; a sister, Ruth Moody of Dyersburg; three brothers, Arnett Embry of Byhalia, Miss., Sammy Embry of Nashville, and David Embry of Friendship; four grandchildren, SSG Jeremy Devlin Baack and wife, Emily, Garrett Myers Grubb, Thomas Ian Stiles, Warren Stiles and Lauren Ashley Stiles; three great-grandchildren, Chandler James Baack, Mackenzie Devlin Baack and Piper Meredith Baack; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Nelson and Ruth Embry.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Crossroads Hospice or Spirit Life Church of God.