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Obituaries for Feb. 10, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Billy Gaither, 86, of Dyersburg, formerly of Memphis, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired salesman, a communicant of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Memphis and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Kirkwood, Mo. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Gail Gaither and Susie Rolon, both of Atlanta, Ga., Joan Butler of Evergreen, Colo. and Jane Kendrick of Ocean Springs, Miss.; a son, Steve Gaither and wife, Cindy, of Dyersburg; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Gaither; his parents, Abraham and Freddie Gaither; and a sister, Barbara Hageman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.

Sammy L. Helm, 89, of Mayfield, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

He was a self-employed painter and retired maintenance employee for Mayfield City Schools, a member of Christ United Methodist Church, member of American Legion Post No. 26, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of D.A.V.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield with the Rev. Tommy Martin and the Rev. Bill Revell officiating. Burial was in Mayfield Memory Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lula Mildred Carter Helm of Mayfield; four sons, George Glover and wife, Nancy, of Mayfield, Jerry Glover and wife, Carol, of Knoxville, Terry Glover and wife, Donna, and Sammy Dale Helm and wife, Janie, all of Dyersburg; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Ann Helm; his parents, Sam Porter and Erma Della Wilkerson Helm; four sisters, Nova Goode, Armeda Pease, Erma Laswell and Berthel Cecil; and two brothers, Clovis Helm and Dees Helm.

Ezell Luckett "Hanny" Hendricks, 95, of Trimble, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at The Bridge at Ridgely.

She was a retired cafeteria manager of Trimble School and a member of Trimble Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Yorkville Cemetery with Bro. Bill Teague officiating.

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

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Miller of Rives; a sister, Peggy Turner of Port St. Joe, Fla.; three grandchildren, Stella Miller and fiancÚ, Bennie Long, of Miston, Angel Payton and husband, Mark, and Charles "Chuck" Miller Jr., all of Rives; and six great-grandchildren, Will Miller of Obion, Walker Miller of Troy, Allye Payton, Parker Payton and Abigail Payton, all of Rives and Emma Claire Long of Miston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton E. Hendricks; and her parents, Hence and Melissa Cavender Luckett.

Pallbearers will be Bennie Long, Mark Payton, Paul Hensley, Johnny Hendricks, Stanley Switzer and John Morrow.

Blake Jordan, 29, of Finley, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at his residence.

He was a truck driver, a member of Trimble First Baptist Church, 1999 graduate of Dyer County High School, played basketball, football and baseball and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Oakley officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Hornbeak.

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

Survivors include a son, Dolphus Drake Jordan of Finley; his parents, Dolphus Jordan III of Finley and Bernadette Gurien of Memphis; his stepmother, Paula Jordan of Dyersburg; two sisters, Christie Ricketts of Martin and Jessica Sadler of Union City; three brothers, Willard Bradley Jordan of Tacoma, Wash., Hunter Jordan of Dyersburg and Tyler Gurien of Memphis; and his grandparents, Paul and Peggy Bennett of Trimble, Jackie and Dophus Jordan Jr. of Bowling Green, Ky., Wanda Barger of Hornbeak and Mary Lou Hogg of Samburg.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Ables, Chris Hanna, Buck Crawford, Randy Scott, Brock Barr and Barry Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Jordan, Chuck Crawford, Dustin Bennett, John Bennett, Cassidy Caldwell, Adam Pate and Brien Norris.

Doris Jean White, 62, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a nurse for over 40 years, working at Sylvania and Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Seymour officiating. Thompson's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Thomas F. White of Dyersburg; three daughters, Toni R. White of Nashville, Holly C. White of Dyersburg and Courtney L. White of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Leah Caldwell of Saginaw, Mich. and DeLois Caldwell of Nashville; four brothers, Frank Caldwell and wife, Saundra, of Detroit, Mich., Thomas Caldwell and wife, Pat, of Rockford, Ill., Clyde Caldwell and wife, Stella, of San Diego, Calif. and Randy Caldwell of Brownsville; a grandson, Landen N. Rivers of Dyersburg; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cottrell and Zelma Caldwell; a sister, Zelma Sangster; and a brother, Cottrell Caldwell.