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Obituaries for Sept. 21, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Larry Forsythe Sr., 66, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

He was retired from M.A. Hanna, a member of Independent Free Holiness Church, a former member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Calvin Smith and Bro. Bud McPherson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Glenda Forsythe; a daughter, Kim Wells and husband, Mike, of Dyersburg; a son, Larry Forsythe Jr. of Dyersburg; a sister, Judy Linder and husband, Rick, of Collierville; and three grandchildren, Heather Wells, Asia Thompson and Mason Forsythe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William S. and Ethel Forsythe.

Pallbearers will be Rick Linder, Evan Linder, Chris Lotterhos, James Townson, David Townson and Johnny Baker.


Gordon R. Freeman, M.D., 85, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

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He was a retired ear, nose and throat doctor (otolaryngology), a member, elder and teacher of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, a naval aviator of World War II, a teaching consultant for the Department of Otolaryngology at the U.S. Naval Hospital from 1961 to 1987, associate professor at the University of California - San Diego, and started the first Department of Otolaryngology from 1965-1998, where he served as chief from 1966-1975. He was also senior staff member, chief of otolaryngology and head of residency at Mercy Hospital from 1972-1976. He was a member of the Parkview Hospital staff from 1978-1992, where he also served as president of staff, a member of the board of directors, and chairman of the quality-assurance committee.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Larry Blackburn officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lynn Freeman of Dyersburg; two daughters, Georgeann Hendrick, Ph.D. of San Mateo, Calif., and Laura Lynn Freeman, Ph.D. of McKinney, Texas; a son, Gordon F. Freeman, DDS of Riverside, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, Heather Pua, Brian Hartig, Jana Giraldin, Martha Freeman, Kelly Carlos, Gordon F. Freeman, Jr., Luke Freeman, Lisa Freeman, Scott Freeman, Jeff Freeman, Michelle Freeman and Christine Freeman; and five great-grandchildren, Quetzali Carlos, Tonalli Carlos, Madison Freeman, Grace Giraldin and Nicholas Freeman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Fredrick and Eva Charity Freeman.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Cumberland Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.


Jimmie Raymell Hayes, 91, of Friendship, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at her residence.

She was retired from Sullivan Pie Company and a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Friendship Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Warner officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Lexington.

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

Survivors include a daughter, Cathy McCanless and husband, Don, of Friendship; a sister, Madelyn Mathews of Pontotoc, Miss.; a brother, James Roberts of Long Beach, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kayla McCanless, Sheri Knox, Brad McCanless and Chad McCanless; and four great-grandchildren, Macy Knox, Levi Knox, Drew Knox and Braden McCanless.

Pallbearers will be Brad McCanless, Chad McCanless, Gordon McCanless, Robert McCanless, Dennis Jones and Larry Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Virginia Smith and Dorothy Chipman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Hayes; and a brother, Floyd Roberts.

Arah D. Irby

Arah D. Irby, 84, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at Wesley of Dyersburg.

She was retired as owner and operator of Irby's Upholstery for more than 40 years, and she was a Baptist.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Dyer County Memorial Gardens. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Cherry Marie Irby of Newbern; a son, Jerry Lee Irby of Newbern; two sisters, Jackie Ferguson of Kansas City, Mo., and Betty Kappelman of Dallas, Texas; five brothers, Glenn Williams of Kansas City, Mo., Johnnie Williams of St. Louis, Mo., Larry Williams of Olive Branch, Miss., JR Williams of Dyersburg and Jimmie Williams of Kansas City, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Irby; her parents, Elmer and Viola Jeter Williams; a sister, Colon Hayes; and four brothers, James, Ray, Donald, and Howard Williams.

Pallbearers will be Danny Hayes, Tony Kappelman, Glenn Williams, Johnnie Williams, Larry Williams and JR Williams.


Jackie "Big Daddy" Kent, 58, of Hornbeak, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 in Elbridge.

He was a heavy-equipment operator and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Ridgely Chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Brother Calvin Smith officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Kay Kent; two daughters, Lachauana Morgan of Dyersburg and Tracy Kent of Hornbeak; a brother, Charles Wayne Kent of Friendship; and a grandchild, Makayla Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra Odell and Alma Lee Kent.

Pallbearers will be Charles Morgan, Lloyd Smith, Donald Melton, Bobby Boane, Joe Bledsoe, Roger Bledsoe and Brandon Boane.

Charles Harris Leake

Charles Harris Leake, 78, of Ridgely, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired owner of Marlek Manufacturing, a member of Ridgely First Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member and former song leader. He was a singer for nursing home ministries in Lake County and an avid fisherman and gardener.

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgely First Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Rachel, the Rev. Richard Bragg and Timmy Wyrick officiating. Burial was New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely. Dyersburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Gwen Kaluzny of Memphis and Diane Bailey of Ridgely; a son, Jimmy Leake of Memphis; four sisters, alma Ruth Wyrick of Chicago, Ill, Grace Casteel, Barbara Marvin and Brenda Crittendon, all of Ridgely; two brothers, Tony Leake of Ridgely and Kerry Leake of Olive Branch, Miss.; eight grandchildren, Sarah Greene, Adam Kaluzny, Katie Kaluzny, Steward, Jonathan Stewart, Julie Fulcher, Dane Leake, Dawson Leake and Eva Grace Leake; and three great-grandchildren, Madison Fulcher, Jordan Stewart and Sophie Caroline Greene.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sue Stanphill Leake; two sons, Danny Leake and Dwight Leake; and a brother, Coy Leake.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Stewart, Adam Kaluzny, Dane Leake, Nolan Bailey, Butch Crittendon and Shaeffer Steward. Honorary pallbearers were Jay Crittendon, Jimmy Leake, Matthew Gray, Chip Leake, Patrick Leake and Timmy Wyrick.


Barry Sawyer, 55, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Graveside services were Friday at East Court Cemetery in Dyersburg with the Rev. Charles F. McCright officiating. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherree Caldwell of Dyersburg; and his mother, Annie Reed of Dyersburg.