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Obituaries for Jan. 9, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Margaret Louise Barham, 89, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at Crockett County Nursing Home in Alamo.

She was a retired housekeeper for Parkview Hospital and a member of Second Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. George Edward Epperson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 5:30-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include five daughters, Alice Dunevant and Reggie Carroll, both of Newbern, Margaret Castellaw of Friendship, Linda Ennis and Marilyn McLean, both of Dyersburg; two sons, James Barham and Ronnie Barham, both of Newbern; a sister, Dorothy Tibbs of Dyersburg; two brothers, George Edward Epperson of Milan and D.C. Epperson of Chicago, Ill; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Willard "Bud" Barham; a daughter, Joyce Davis; her parents, Claude and Daisy Epperson; and a granddaughter, Melanie Dawn Carroll.

Pallbearers will be Alan Dunevant, Tim Castellaw, Chad Hollingsworth, Jason Ennis, Jonathan Castellaw, Heath Ennis, Scott Hollingsworth and Shane Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Davis, Jimmy Barham and David Epperson.


Emily Hopper Bivens, 56, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a teacher for 32 years in first and second grade for the Dyersburg City School System, and a member of McCulloughs Chapel Baptist Church and the Tennessee Education Association.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Stan Young and the Rev. Don Williams officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include her husband, Billy W. Bivens of Dyersburg; a son, Andy Bivens of Dyersburg; her parents, Montague and Nannie Jane Hopper of Trenton; and a brother, Scott Hopper of Milan.

Pallbearers will be Randy Chapman, Bobby Williamson, Rickey Bearrd, Hal Rector, Drennon Adams and Michael Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Oscar Bruce, Leroy Neal, Earl Willoughby, Zac Chapman, Jim Lumley, Earl Hook, John Lowrance, Harold Gooch, Phil Bivens and deacons of McCulloughs Chapel Baptist Church.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to McCulloughs Chapel Baptist Church or Community Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025-1002.


Joe Gilbert Brasfield, 89, of Newbern, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at his residence.

He was retired employee of International Harvester and a U.S Navy veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. George Butler officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Saber Brasfield of Newbern; a daughter, JoAnn "Honey" Pottorff of Conroe; two grandchildren, Charlie Adams of Wales, Fla. and Joe Lowe of Dallas, Texas; four nieces, Juanita Carrell, Florence Etta "Bug" Fultz, Edith Moore and Arthell McCann, all of Newbern; and four nephews, Ollie Bruce Miller and Don Miller, both of Newbern, Vernon Miller of Dyersburg and Finis Miller of Yorkville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eber and Florence Coats Brasfield.

Pallbearers will be Keith Hulme, Don Miller, Mack Zarecor, Bob Hart, Tim Hassell, Charlie Adams, Joe Lowe and Mark Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Vernon Miller, Bruce Miller and Finis Miller.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231.


Charles William "Monkey" Miller Sr., 77, of Rives, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009.

He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg with the Rev. Vann Kissell officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 1-2:30 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hendricks Miller of Rives; two daughters, Stella Miller and fiancÚ, Bennie Long, of Miston, and Angel Payton and husband, Mark, of Rives; a son, Charles William "Chuck" Miller Jr. of Rives; two sisters, Peggy Bennett and Judy Cook, both of Trimble; a brother, Elvin Miller of Springville; and six grandchildren, Charles William Miller III, Walker Miller, Allye Payton, Parker Payton, Abigale Payton and Emma Claire Long.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Charla Miller Switzer; his parents, Don and Stella Burton Miller; a sister, Carrie Neal Jackson; and two brothers, Paschal "Pack" Miller and Damon Miller.

Pallbearers will be Donald Bennett, Bryan Miller, David Glidewell, Roger Wayne Page, Dustin Bennett and John Paul Bennett.


Earl Stafford, 72, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was retired manager of employee relations of Bridgestone America, and a member and Sunday school teacher at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

He graduated from Dyersburg High School, attended DSCC, the University of Southern Illinois and Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla., he was an investigator with Dyersburg Police Department for five years, human-resource director for Colonial Rubber Works for 30 years and was manger of employee relations for Bridgestone America Inc. for the past three years. He was past president of the Dyersburg Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Society for Human Resource Management, held lifetime accreditation of Senior Professional Human Resources from the (SHRM) Society for Human Resource Management, was foreman for the Dyer County Grand Jury for 15 years, past regional director of SHRM, past state chairman of Tennessee JSEC, past chairman of Tennessee Association of Business Industrial Relations Committee, past trustee of Tennessee Association of Business PAC, charter member CUE (Committee on Union Free Management), past member of Toastmasters and Civitan, member of Gideons International, and recipient of the Bridgestone/Firestone Chairman's award for outstanding performance in 1998 and 1999.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Lynn King and Dr. Bill Oakley officiating. Burial will be in RoEllen Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Davidson Stafford of Dyersburg; two daughters, Sandra Stafford of Fairmont, Va. and Lisa Stafford Seaton and husband, Danny, of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren, Josh Seaton and Julia Seaton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.W. and Lautice Wilson Stafford.

Pallbearers will be Tony Roberson, Joe Bradford, Larry Hunter, Wib Manuel, Frank Doman and Arnold Perl. Honorary pallbearers will be Gaylon Rasberry, Hillcrest Hallelujah Men's Sunday school class and Dyersburg Gideon Camp.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Dyer County Community Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025-1002.