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Obituaries for Oct. 8, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cleveland Bradshaw, 52, of Rives died Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 at his residence.

He was a carpenter and a member of House of Prayer Pentecostal Church in Fulton, Ky.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Dilday Funeral Home in Union City with Bro. Mike Autry and Bro. Daniel Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Berea Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Haynes Bradshaw; a daughter, Ashley Lewis of South Fulton; a son, Thomas Slove and wife, Courtni, of Kenton; three sisters, Betty Andrews of Union City, Gail Tatum of Dyersburg and Helen Eggleston of Youngstown, Pa.; a brother, Ronnie Bradshaw of Troy; and three grandchildren, Hailey Slove and Dylan Muzzall, both of Kenton, and Arin Lewis of South Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Cleveland and Mary Louise Sampson Bradshaw; and a brother, Randy Bradshaw.

Pallbearers will be Donnavun Burnett, Carl Lewis, Mark Murphy, Stan Watson, Bill Reynolds and Eric Halford. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Childress, Danny Petty, Justin McCullouga, Travis McCullouga, Brian Tatum, Michael Bramlett and Danny Bramlett.


William L. "PeeWee" Haynes Jr., 48, of Newbern, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 at his residence.

He was chief engineer for Jantran River Boat Inc.

The family will receive visitors at 5-9 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Ballard Haynes of Newbern; a daughter, Rebecca Miles of Newbern; and two sons, Justin S. Haynes and Michael Mills, both of Newbern.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Christine Matlock Haynes and William L. Haynes Sr.; and a sister, Cindy Kay Haynes.


Ruth Anne Whitis James, 91, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at Dyersburg Manor.

She was an active member of the Senior Circle, West Dyersburg Church of Christ Primetimers and Cumberland Presbyterian Church Keenagers. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in elementary education. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was instrumental in the initiation of the University of Tennessee, Martin chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. She was an avid bridge player and world traveler.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Highland Cemetery in Greenfield with Bro. Jim Chamblee officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Williams Funeral Home in Greenfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Rozell James; her parents, William Harry and Estella Whitis; and a brother, Harry Newton Whitis.

Survivors include three sons, Lawrence Newton James and Mart Whitis James and wife, Kitty, all of Dyersburg and Harry Steven James and wife, Janet, of Bartlett; five grandchildren, Loren James of Memphis, Brian James and Ben James, both of Dyersburg, Andrew James and wife, Libby, of Charlotte, N.C. and Taylor James of Knoxville; and a special nephew and niece, Warren Whitis and wife, Ann, of Osceola, Ark. and Anne Whitis Jones and husband, Jim, of Jackson, Miss.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be directed to the West Dyersburg Church of Christ Mission Fund.


Bishop Perry Lee Middlebrook Jr., 55, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a U.S. Army sergeant and Desert Storm veteran, the Second Assistant Bishop of the Tennessee, Kentucky & Diocese Church of God In Christ International, he was pastor of New Jerusalem Temple Church of God In Christ in Dyersburg, and was a member of Most Worshipful Hiram Abiff Grand Lodge A&F&AM of Memphis.

Local funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at New Jerusalem Temple Church of God In Christ with Elder Charles Middlebrook officiating.

The family will receive visitors at noon Friday at the church.

State funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Dyersburg Middle School gymnasium with Bishop Raymond Mairon Jr. officiating. Burial will be held in the West Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery in Memphis. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors Saturday at noon until service time.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae Middlebrook of Dyersburg; four daughters, Victoria Middlebrook of Dyersburg, Kathleen Cruz, Ismenia Middlebrook and Jessica Middlebrook of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five stepdaughters, Pamela Matthews, Angela Henderson, Geneva Lanier, Belinda Mann and Janet Simmons of Dyersburg; three sons, Micah Earl Middlebrook of Ripley, David Middlebrook and Titus Middlebrook of Dyersburg; a stepson, James Mosley Jr. of Dyersburg; his mother, Dorothy Ruth Middlebrook King of Dyersburg; his stepfather, Russell King Jr. of Dyersburg; a sister, Danie Fleming of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Charles Middlebrook of Blytheville, Ark., and Victor Middlebrook of Atlanta, Ga.; three stepbrothers, Jason King of Nashville, Kevin King and Wayne King of Dyersburg; a grandmother, Mary Grimes of Union City; and a great-aunt, Martha King of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bishop Perry Lee Middlebrook Sr., and a son, Perry Lee Middlebrook III.

Pallbearers will be the Most Worshipful Hiram Abiff Grand Lodge A&F&AM Masons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the New Jerusalem Temple Church of God In Christ.