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Obituaries for Jan. 29, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Elizabeth Maupin Helsing, 94, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Bogota, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Friendship Gardens Inc. in Clearwater, Fla.

She was a retired waitress and a member of Hercules Church of Christ in Dunedin, Fla.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern with Tom Bright officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. Friday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia Hazelrig of Memphis; three nieces, Carol Fisher of Dyersburg, Betty Gamble of Germantown and Brenda Cicconie of Marengo, Ill.; and a nephew, David Bennett of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest "Mike" C. Helsing; and her parents, Samuel and Julia Sanders.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Clearwater Church of Christ, 601 South Hercules, Clearwater, FL 33764.


Fleming Hodges, 87, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired district attorney general for Dyer, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties and a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He was a 1939 graduate of Dyersburg High School and a 1942 graduate of Murray State College, and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II; after his 26th mission, he was shot down and captured by German troops and spent more than six months as a prisoner of war. In 1947, he received his law degree at the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership Fraternity and Phi Delta Phi. He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1951 and to the state Senate in 1953. He was appointed to and served as assistant clerk to the Senate from 1955-1958 at which time he was elected district attorney general for Dyer, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties and served in that position until his retirement in 1979. He continued to practice law until 1995. He was an avid golfer and UT fan where he once served on the athletic board.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg with Father Gary Meade officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Peggy Hodges of Dyersburg; two daughters, Carol Miller and husband, Richard, of Loxley, Ala. and Lynn Smith and husband, Fred, of Knoxville; a son, John Hodges and wife, Polly, of Knoxville; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Fleming and Louise Tickle Hodges; and a sister, Annabelle Triplett.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 108 King Ave. N, Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Rozella Jennings, 78, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Pentecostal Power Church of Jesus Christ with John A. Chapman officiating. Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include seven sisters, Jessie Moody, Flossie Holloway, Diane Jennings and Ruth McLain, all of Milwaukee, Wis., Rosalina Allen of Madison, Wis., Joan Swift of Valecha, Calif. and Clister Jennings of Dyersburg; and a brother, Joe Jennings of Maidson, Wis.

Pallbearers will be Joe Jennings, Bernard M. King Jr., Marcus Mathis, Jasper McLemore, James Hennings and Robert Hennings.


Syble M. Walker Lawton, 73, of Burbank, Ill., formerly of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at her residence.

She was a retired retail sales associate and a member of United Pentecostal Church in Harvey, Ill.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Leonard Glover and the Rev. Eugene Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, James Lawton of Burbank, Ill.; three daughters, Jackie Sell and husband, Tony, of Bourbon, Ind., Jo Faulkner and husband, Ron, of Warsaw, Ind. and Barbara Bishop and husband, Eugene, of Dyersburg; two sons, Jim Lawton and wife, Gwen, of New Port Richey, Fla. and Paul Lawton and wife, Noelle, of Mankato, Minn.; a sister, Jan Tucker and husband, Jere, of Dyersburg; three brothers, Quenton Walker and wife, Kathryn, Wendell Walker and wife, Joy, and Donald Travis Walker and wife, Corrine, all of Dyersburg; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wes and Grace Walker.

Pallbearers will be Toby Sell, Troy Sell, Ryan Faulkner, Adam Faulkner, Doyle Wood and Tobey Patton.


Nancy Cunningham Bowen Marshall, 84, of Nashville, formerly of Dyersburg, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at Green Hills Health & Rehab.

She was a retired employee of the state of Tennessee and president and owner of CMI Enterprises and was an Episcopalian.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson. Burial will be in Dickson Union Cemetery.

Survivors include two godsons, Cameron Burnett and Kyle Burnett, both of Nashville; and a cousin, Mary Shreve of Nashville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Henry "Moose" Marshall Jr.; and her parents, Hugh D. and Vara Crow Cunningham.


Sarah Ruth Harrison Moore, 87, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker, a dietician for Parkview Hospital, owner of Moore's BBQ and Downtown Deli, former manager of the airport restaurant, a member of Northside Church of Christ, caretaker for many family members and friends, and loved to cook, especially wild game.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include three sons, Guy Harrison of Medina, Steve Harrison of Viar and John R. Harrison of Sikeston, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, L.M. Harrison and Harry Moore; her parents, Charles and Hattie Rambo; five sisters, Nell Lane, Oneita Walker, Geneva Ray, Mable Pritchard and Beniva Evans; and three brothers, Charles Rambo, Virgil Rambo and Vernon Rambo.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Harrison, Mason Herman, Dickey Harrison, Forrest Harrison, Joe Williams, Dedrick Bowles and Gary Spoto. Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Bowles, Gidgett Harrison Spoto, Suzanne Harrison Williams, Sherri Harrison Bowles, Stacey Harrison, Kelly Harrison, Adam Bowles, Leslie Harrison and Shelby Connolly.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to RoEllen Church of Christ, c/o S.G. Coker, 305 Coker Rd., Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Opal Miller Newell, 82, of Tigrett, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at Crockett County Nursing Home.

She was a retired waitress and a member of Friendship United Pentecostal Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Friendship Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Rasberry of Martin and Peggy Gamble of Memphis; two sons, Dewitt Lyons of Alamo and Paul Ames of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four sisters, Helen Jones and Frances Smothers, both of Alamo, Brenda Ward of Crockett Mills and Dimple Stewart of Friendship; eight brothers, Jimmy King of Centerville, Bobby Gene King and W.D. King, both of Alamo, Willie D. King of Blytheville, Ark., Jerry King of Calhoun, Harold King of Jackson, Billy King and Bobby Joe King, both of Crockett Mills; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Newell; and a daughter, Janelle Garner.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Lyons, Jimmy Lyons, Ham Haley, Billy King, Paul William Garner and Gary Thomas Gamble.


Brian Pruett, 27, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at his residence.

He was a nurse externist at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, a member of Dyersburg Church of God, a 2000 graduate of Dyersburg High School, a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a former member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Hirchie Shaffner and the Rev. Mike Hickman 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 fiancée, Sabrina Edwards of Dyersburg; his mother, Debbie Pruett of Dyersburg; his father, Jackie Pruett of Dyersburg; a sister, Amanda Pruett of Dyersburg; and grandparents Fay Pruett of Dyersburg and Frazier Bailey of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Bettye Bailey and Jonas Pruett.

Pallbearers will be Lonnie Sewell, Eric Lummus, Derick Hundley, Bradley Bailey, Stephen Bailey, Chris Bailey, Steve Ping and Jason White.


George Henry Reed, 69, of Newbern, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jones Street Church of Christ in Newbern with Bro. Terence Mannis officiating. Burial will be in M.C.C.O. Cemetery in Newbern. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Livingston Reed of Newbern; four sons, George Dennis Reed, Terence Mannis and Steve Reed, all of Newbern and Willie Jean Reed of Dyersburg; a sister, Betty Reed; and a brother, Willie Reed of St. Louis, Mo.