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Obituaries for Aug. 19, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

William Atkins Jr., 77, of Ripley, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Thompson's Mortuary in Ripley with the Rev. Adries Atkins officiating.

The family will receive visitors from noon-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, William Atkins III of North New Jersey; two brothers, Arthur Atkins and John A. Tuggel, both of Detroit, Mich.; a niece, Linda Theus of Ripley; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Willodean Tull Holmes, 86, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at Wesley at Dyersburg Nursing Care.

She was a homemaker and a member of Fowlkes Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Dean Burkhead and husband, Donald, and Sheila Anne Holmes, all of Dyersburg; a son, Vernon Lee Holmes and wife, Marilyn, of Florissant, Mo.; a sister, Dorothy Fay Williams of Friendship; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.A. "Bud" Holmes, and her parents, Boss I. and Ora Bell Dillon Tull.

Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Alzheimer's Association, Mid-South Chapter, West Tennessee Office, 326 Ellsworth St., Memphis, TN 38111.


Hester Pardon Bass Rainwater, 102, of Portageville, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at Portageville Nursing Center.

She was an employee of Segals Department Store for 28 years and was a lifelong member of Portageville First Baptist Church, where she served in many clubs and activities.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Portageville First Baptist Church with Dr. Buck Morton officiating. Burial will be in Portageville Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. Wednesday at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.

Survivors include a son, Amos Bass Jr. and wife, Jane, of Staunton, Va.; eight grandchildren, including Rodney Walker of Dyersburg; 11 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Amos Bass Sr. and Ira Rainwater; a daughter, Frances Bass Walker; her parents, Henry and Minnie Reed Pardon; three sisters, Ida Campbell, Ellen Pardon and Adelle Powell; two brothers, Will Pardon and Emitt Pardon; a grandchild, Sherri Ann Scherer; and a great-grandchild, Megan Elizabeth Scherer.


Violet Jeanette Stout, 83, of Newbern, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was retired as an OR technician for Methodist Hospital of Dyersburg and a member of Palestine Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she served as secretary, elder and was a member of the Keenagers.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery in Newbern with the Rev. Bobby Williams officiating. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Rene Evans and husband, Raymond, of Mason Hall, and Patricia McCutcheon and husband, David, and Jeanette Moore and husband, John, all of Newbern; two sons, Dennis Stout and wife, Vicky, and Gary Stout, all of Newbern; three sisters, Saundra Combs and Alice McIntosh, both of Newbern, and Vinnie Phillips of Dyersburg; a brother, Sidney McKnight of Halls; 10 grandchildren, Kathryn Ethridge, Devon Butner, Michelle Nunnery, Brian Stout, Cali Acuff, Meghan Baker, Briana Baker, Layne Evans, Chris Evans and Amanda Evans; and eight grandchildren, Hannah Ethridge, David Ethridge, Nathan Moore, Clara Acuff, Luke Acuff, Caragh Wright, Amber Nunnery and Shane Nunnery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Stout; her parents, Modge and Beatrice Bethal McKnight; a sister, Betty Murray; two grandchildren, Terry Moore and Jennifer McCutcheon; and a great-grandchild, James Cooper Stout.

Pallbearers will be Mike Murray, Donnie Scobey, Tim Phillips, Stanley Ethridge, Barry Holland and Chad Murray.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284; or Alzheimer's Association, Mid-South Chapter, West Tennessee Office, 326 Ellsworth St., Memphis, TN 38111.