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Obituaries for May 20, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nealie Thomas "Andy" Anderson, formerly of Dyersburg, died May 12, 2008 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Tennessee in 1955 and graduated in 1957 with a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduating, he was employed by Monsanto Chemical Company doing research work in Decatur, Alabama and later moved into Central Research in St. Louis, Mo. He joined Bridgestone/Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Polymer Division in 1969, located in Chester, Va., and retired from Central Research in Akron, OH in 1989. He then became a consultant for Amoco Chemical Company Research Division located in Atlanta, Ga. He was a member of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, where he sung in the Chancel Choir and Men's Ensemble. He directed the Tape Ministries program for the church, and with the help of friend Chuck Badgett, started a Teddy Bear program delivering teddy bears to children in the pediatric ward at Cumberland Medical Center. He also began an Operation Christmas Child program in the church, a program administered by Rev. Franklin Graham, which delivers Christmas gift boxes to children all over the world. He was the first recipient of the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church Towel and Basin Award, given annually for outstanding service to the church and community. Additionally, he was spiritual leader for the Men's Prayer Breakfast.

A celebration of Life will be at 10 a.m. June 14 at the Anderson Reunion at the Yorkville Community Center.

Survivors include his wife Ann Barham Anderson; a daughter Joy Timar and husband, Alex, of Buford, Ga.; a son Anthony C. Anderson; three sisters, Bernice Wilbur and Carolyn Austin, both Dyersburg, and Judy Gross, Leesburg, Va.; a brother, J.E. Anderson of Milan; and a granddaughter, Kayla Brooke Anderson of Morristown.

He was preceeded in death by his parents Hassell and Panolia Anderson; and a sister Laverne Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Road, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558.


Ruby Sanders, 78, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and member of Evansville Baptist Church.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Thedford of Gainsville, Fla. and Ruby Elaine Williams of Dyersburg; four sons, James Alvis Thedford, Larry Junior Thedford and Timothy Allen Thedford, all of Dyersburg and Bruce Wayne Thedford of Texas; three sisters, Barbara Laverne Pitts of Trimble, Catherine Janett Mathis of Troy and Vetrice May Rocksy of Dyersburg; a brother, Jerry Wayne Butler of Obion; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Fay Sanders; a son, Leonard Ray Thedford; her parents, Garland A. and Addie B. Climer Butler; a sister, Bobbie Fay Whitlock; and two brothers, William Garland Butler and G.W. Butler.


Tressa Gail Zaricor, 49, of Alamo, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at her residence.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Halls Funeral Home. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Friendship.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Hopkins of Corinth, Miss.; a son, James Whitt of Dyersburg; four sisters, Dorothy Jackson of Dyersburg, Janice Curtis of Halls, Vicky Townsend of Marston, Mo. and Anita Rhodes of Alamo; and two brothers, Tom McLaughlin of Denmark and Rick McLaughlin of Bells.