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Obituaries for Oct. 14, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Edna Boyd, 96, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired beautician and a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Fairview Cemetery with Bro. Loren Stephens officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, James "Jimmy" Boyd and wife, Leila, of Dyersburg and Charles Unsworth and wife, Nancy, of Doyline, La.; four grandchildren, Kim Martin and husband, Art, of Minden, La., Jim Boyd of Eureka, Mich., Lisa Bryant and husband, Tim, and Stephanie Davis and husband, Jason, all of Dyersburg; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Boyd; and her parents, Samuel J. and Elsie Sharpe.

Pallbearers will be Timothy Bryant, Justin Bryant, Tim Bryant, Jim Boyd, Art Martin and Jason Davis.

Timothy Allen Turner, 46, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at Wesley at Dyersburg Nursing Care.

He was a factory employee.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhiannon Morgana Turner of Dyersburg and his father, Charlie Emerson Turner Jr. and wife, Verna, of Union City.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Langston Turner.

Senior Master Sgt. T.J. Willette, 79, of Gates, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 at his residence.

He was retired from the United States Air Force in 1975 after 28 years of service. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in occupied Japan at the end of World War II. When the Army and Air Corps became two separate entities, he transferred into the newly formed Air Force and became a jet-engine mechanic on B-52 bombers and F-4 Phantom2 fighter jets. He was decorated for his service and courage during a tour of duty in the Korean War with a Presidential Commendation and two tours of duty in the Vietnam War earned him the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Formal military services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at a private family cemetery in Gates.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Bernice Willette; two daughters, Ramona Reagan and Rebecca Willette; a son, Thomas Willette; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were David Kammerer, Alexander Smith, Cody Willette, Shane Brewer and Mark Dorman.