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Obituaries for Nov. 25, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Roy Cooper, 75, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 at his residence.

He was a painter for Raymond Cooper Painting Company and a member of Westside Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. James Combs officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Cooper of Dyersburg; two daughters, Patsy Jones of Friendship and Katherine "Kath" White of Dyersburg; a son, Roy Anthony "Tony" Cooper of Dyersburg; two sisters, Alma Rumley of Dyersburg and Imogene Hurt of Sikeston, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Myrtle Cooper; a sister, Thelma "Mutt" Pugh; and five brothers, Alvin "Son" Cooper, E.J. Cooper, Troy Cooper, Raymond "Bus" Cooper and Granville Cooper.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Cooper, David Cooper, Rusty Cooper, Ricky Simpson, Danny Jones Jr., Ralph Whitney, Thomas "T.J." Jones and Tommy Whitney.


William P. Deese died Sunday, Nov. 23, 20087 at U of L Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

He received a Master's in Library Science at George Peabody College in Nashville and a Master's in History from Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas with his thesis Major General William W. Loring: A Study Surveying His Confederate Military Career. He started his education and received a Bachelor's degree at David Lipscomb College in Nashville in Social Studies Teaching. Bill's life was one of service. His areas of service included, but were not limited to: Membership in Conejo Valley Lodge No. 807, F & A M Mason for 36 years; Ventura Scottish Rite Bodies, Ventura, Calif.; Al Malaikah Shrine Temple, Los Angeles; honors received: 1. Life Member - Optimist Club of Simi Valley Optimist Club, 2000; 2. Honor and Distinguished President Agoura Las Virgenes Optimist Club, 1998-1999; 3. Founder and Charter Board Member - Optimist Club of Simi Valley; 4. Outstanding Distinguished Lieutenant-Governor, Pacific Southwest District Zone 8 Optimists International, 1999-2000. Bill was involved with education and was a reference librarian at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. for 23 years, enjoyed history in the form of being a Civil war re-enactor during the bicentennial celebrations and for years after and a member and was involved with SASS cowboy action shooting.

A memorial service at 6:30 p.m. today at St. Andrew's Episcopal church in Kentucky. Burial will be in the cemetery where his father lies at a future date.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Strebig Deese; his mother, Gertrude, of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Sue Ann Schneider of Louisiana; and stepchildren, Christopher and Kathy Potratz and son, Evan; Erin Potratz; Karla and DJ, nephew and son Brynn; and Alana Potratz; and special stepdaughter and friend Wendy Cherry of Agoura Hills, Calif.


Ronnie Hardin, 53, of Lenox, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired farmer.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Constance Hardin and Hannah Hardin, both of Dyersburg; three sons, Jeremy "Bud" Hardin of Dyersburg, Brian Haycraft and Ronald Haycraft, both of Churchton; four sisters, Betty Hall and Kathy Waller, both of Lenox, Dorothy Duke of Lanesferry and Lula Mae Taylor of Valparaiso, Ind.; four brothers, Raymond Hardin and Jimmy "Bomba" Hardin, both of Lenox, Donnie Hardin of Ridgely and John Hardin of Big Sandy; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betsy Hardin; his parents, Floyd and Winnie Hardin; and a brother, Danny Hardin.


John Stanley Lovelace, 47, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.

He was an employee of Ermco.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Taylor Lovelace; a daughter, Tristan Lovelace of Memphis; three sons, Matthew of Dyersburg, and Ian Lovelace and Stanley Lovelace, both of Memphis; and two grandchildren, Jayld Parr of Dyersburg and Guinnessis Corley of Memphis.


George Bazil Pakish, 76, of Tiptonville, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 at The Regional Hospital in Jackson.

He was captain and pilot for Western Kentucky Navigation, worked as a pilot on the river for 60 years and was a member of Abundant Life Fellowship Church.

Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Ridgely with Bro. David Gray officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gooch Pakish of Tiptonville; a daughter, Fran Bauer and husband, Bob, of Donora, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Monica Shull and husband, Bob, and Monette Perkins; a son, Joseph Pakish and wife, Christy, of Monessen, Pa.; two stepsons, Ken Hickman and wife, Judy, of Dyersburg, and Pete Miller and wife, Kay; a sister, Irene Glass of Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren, Jacob Bauer, Bobby Bauer and Tyler Pakish.

He was preceded in death by a son, George Pakish Jr.; his parents, John and Mary Pakish; two sisters, Jean Vuknie and Mary Wydratt; and five brothers, Ed Pakish, Bo Pakish, John Pakish, Joe Pakish and Harry Pakish.

Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Bauer, Bobby Bauer, Joseph Pakish, Eddie Vuknie, O.V. Fowler, Lyman Rhodes, John David Arnold, John Perkins, Jason Perkins, Norman Rhodes, Dave Dewey, Bob Shull and Ken Hickman.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the Abundant Life Fellowship Church youth program or Life Beat in Wynnburg.


Larry Gene Ward, 57, of Hohenwald, formerly of Ridgely, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at Decatur County General Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday at Reed's Chapel Funeral Home in Decaturville. Burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Survivors include his companion, Fannie Louise Bell of Hohenwald; a daughter, Regina Beecham of Lexington; two sons, Jamie Ward and Chris Ward, both of Lexington; two sisters, Joanne Ward of Dyersburg and Cindy Hinson of Lexington; three brothers, Donald Ward of Newbern, Darryle Ward of Ridgely and Mike Ward of Paris; 12 grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.