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Obituaries for May 25, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Kathy L. Boxx, 43, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

She was a waitress.

Graveside services were Saturday at Sorrell's Chapel Cemetery in Dyersburg with Bro. Mickey Dodd officiating. Curry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Amy Lyn Walton of Pueblo, Colo., and Krystal Diane Nolen of Dyersburg; a son, Daniel Lynn Walton Jr. of Mountain Hope, Ark.; her mother, Mary Helen Gregson Boxx of Dyersburg; a sister, Pat Singleton of Dyersburg; a brother, Steven Boxx of Dyersburg; three grandchildren, Alexis Martin, Christopher Daniel Allen and Mario Sebastian Nolen; and a special cousin, Sheila Webb.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walt Boxx Jr., and a brother, Gerald Boxx.

Pallbearers were Shawn Nolen, Don Gregson, Bobby Gregson, Jimmy Gregson, Steve Boxx and Carmen Enochs.

Honorary pallbearer was Mario Sebastian Nolen.


Molly Kate Duncan, 1, of Newbern, died Thursday, May 22, 2008 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Elrod officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include her mother, Jenny Caldwell and fiancé, Jonathan Bell, of Newbern; her father, Cody Duncan of Dyersburg; grandparents David and Diane Caldwell of Newbern; Great-grandparents Preston and Elaine Heathcott of Dyersburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell of Newbern, and Betty Ables of Dyersburg; Uncles and aunts Jason and Karen Caldwell of Newbern, John David Caldwell and fiancée, Kristen Berry, of Newbern, Michael Thurmon of Dyersburg and Lyra Thurmon of Dyersburg; and a cousin, Cooper Caldwell of Newbern.

Pallbearers will be Jason Caldwell, John David Caldwell, Cooper Caldwell, Jonathan Bell, Patrick Williams and John Young.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015-1942.


Opal Gannon Edwards, 99, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, May 22, 2008 at Canterbury Place in Dyersburg.

She was retired as a teacher from Dyer County School System following 28 years teaching in Heloise, Richwood and Finley, and a member of Finley United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Nancy Brown and the Rev. Bob Rose officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Carole Smith of Dyersburg and the Rev. Nancy Brown and husband, the Rev. Larry Brown of Lancaster, Calif.; a son, Bob Edwards and wife, Gail, of Humboldt; a daughter-in-law, Marge Edwards of Stafford, Va.; eight grandchildren, Capt. Harry Edward and wife, Darlene, of Stafford, Va., Anita Fesmire and husband, David, of Cedar Grove, Jeanne Houck and husband, Chris, of Medina, Dr. Chloe Bird and husband, Dr. Allen Fremont of Santa Monica, Calif., Cindy Bird and husband, Dr. David Bott, of Baltimore, Md., David Brown of Lancaster, Calif. and Carol Brown and Jonathan Brown, both of Simi Valley, Calif.; and 12 great-grandchildren, Rachel and Tracey Edwards, Alyssa, Adrienne and Alaina Fesmire, Cody, Hannah and Noah Houck, Jeremy and Evan Bird Fremont and Langley and Lillian Bott.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Edwards; a son, Bill Edwards; and her parents, John Quincy and Ola Gannon.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Brown, Alyssa Fesmire, Adrienne Fesmire, Alaina Fesmire, Rachel Edwards and Cody Houck.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Finley United Methodist Church.


Willie A. Faught, 90, of Dyer, died Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Dyer Nursing Home.

He was a retired employee of Kellwood Manufacturing and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yorkville.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. James Combs and the Rev. Bill Criswell officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include nieces Lisa Baker of Trimble, Carol Pack of Rutherford; several nieces and nephews in Michigan; three grandchildren, Cynthia Smith of Portage, Ind., Michael Faught of Seattle, Wash., and Buddie Adrian Faught of Martin; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virgie Louise Faught, and a son, Buddie Earl Faught.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Hanks, Eric Allmon, Tyler Wagster, Kyle Pack, Mike Smith and Adam Milligan.


Bobby Ray Neil, 68, of Ridgely, died Thursday, May 22, 2008 at his residence.

He attended Church of God of Prophecy in Ridgely.

Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Ridgely with Bro. Clayton Mahan officiating. Burial was in New Haven Cemetery. Curry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Cantrell of Ridgely; and a brother, Johnny Neil of Ridgely.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Birdie Heath Neil; two sisters, Shirley Sanford and Ruth Tate; and a brother, J.C. Neil.

Pallbearers will be John Neil, Jackson Neil, Jeremy Scott, Tony Neil, David Neil, Barney Newcomb and Steve Pruitt.


William N. "Bear" Roden, 90, of Branson, Mo., died Friday, May 23, 2008 at Baptist Home in Ozark, Mo.

He was a retired restaurant owner/operator, a U.S. Army veteran, charter member of First Baptist Church in Hollister, Mo., and had resided in the Branson area since 1970.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Salem Cemetery in Mason Hall, Tenn., with the Rev. Ronnie Wilburn officiating. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Cryer Roden of Branson, Mo.; two daughters, Linda Crews of Jackson and Paula Moriuchi of Walnut Shade, Mo.; a son, Robert E. Brawner of Collierville; a sister, Annie Moore Malone of Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


Hubert Underwood, 87, of Dyersburg, died Friday, May 23, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired employee of the Dyer County Highway Department and a member of Glendale Church of Christ.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Scherffius officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 4:30-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Bennie Underwood of Dyersburg; two daughters, Judy Crowder and Patsy Seratt, both of Newbern; a sister, Lurlene Luttrell of Gibson; three brothers, Houston Underwood and Melvin Underwood, both of Newbern, and Joe Underwood of Dyersburg; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Underwood, and his parents, Fred and Lizzie Brasher Underwood.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearer will be Jeff Jones.