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Obituaries for June 1, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Ernest Alton "Skip" Simpson Jr., 49, of Newbern, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Wesley Care Center in Dyersburg.

He was an employee of Townecraft.

Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. John Poor officiating. Burial was in Church Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Angel Marie Simpson of Murfreesboro and Victoria Grace Simpson of Manatachie, Miss.; two sons, Jimmy "Ross" Simpson of Manatachie, Miss. and Shane Allen Simpson and wife, Sara, of Newbern; his parents, Ernest Alton Simpson Sr. and Emma "Jean" Poor Simpson; three sisters, Joan Simpson Huie of Newbern, Jane Simpson Hyde of Dyersburg and Tina Marie Simpson of Memphis; and a granddaughter, Taylor Riggs of Newbern; seven nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Lukas Allen Simpson. Pallbearers were Tyler Huie, Walker Huie, Joe Prichard, John Warren, Marty Hurst, Randal Hurst, Brad Hurst and Franklin Hurst. Honorary pallbearers were John Huie and Terry Hyde.


Fred P. Smith Jr., 80, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, May 31, 2008 at his residence.

He was retired as deputy chief of police for the Dyersburg Police Department, retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a lifetime member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Dyer County Memorial Gardens with Jerry Gatton officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Priscilla Smith of Dyersburg; a daughter, Diana Tanner and husband, Bobby, of Dyersburg; a brother, Paul Smith of Dyersburg; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred P. and Callie Smith; a sister, Charlotte Clark; and a grandson, John Derek Gatton.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Tanner, Jerry Gatton, Joseph Gatton, James Gatton, Monte Metz and Connor Hayes.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to West Dyersburg Church of Christ building fund or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Ronald Ray Warren, 63, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

He was a truck driver, a U.S. Army veteran and 32nd-degree Mason.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today in Church Grove Cemetery in Newbern with the Rev. Lynn Drumwright officiating. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Warren of Dyersburg; a stepdaughter, Dawn Richards of Dyersburg; a son, Rodney Warren of Dyersburg; a sister, Judy Butcher of Dyersburg; two brothers, Dwight Warren of Selmer and Patrick Bruce Warren of Como; a grandson and four step-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rue Nell McNabb Warren; and two sisters, Diane Nash and Betty O'Dell.

Pallbearers will be Cary Warren, Tim Warren, Todd Nash, Blake Daigle, Tommy Butcher and Anthony Nash.