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Obituaries for Feb. 17, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cathy Mae Bartlett Abernathy, 46, of Red Banks, Miss., formerly of Ridgely, died

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at her residence.

She was a homemaker and attended Byhalia Assembly of God Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridgely Chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Layman officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. today at the Ridgely chapel.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Abernathy of Red Banks, Miss.; a daughter, Jennifer Ruth Swearingen of Dyersburg; a son, Joshua Keith Stewart of Henning; a sister, Jacqueline Bartlett of Henning; six brothers, Mark Bartlett of Searcy, Ark., Kenny Bartlett of Walls, Miss., Gary Bartlett of Mt. Home, Ark., David Bartlett of Covington, Tim Bartlett of Parma, Mo., and Johnathan Bartlett of Hornbeak; five grandchildren; two cousins, Kay Cavness and Roger Dale Bartlett; and her best friend and caregiver, Eva F. Davis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Hassel and Peggy Sue Glozier Bartlett.

Pallbearers will be Gary Bartlett, David Bartlett, Tim Bartlett, Johnathan Bartlett, Mark Bartlett and Roger Dale Bartlett.


Gail P. Lavalley, 63, of Newbern, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

She was a homemaker, an active member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, The Stephen Ministries, prison ministries in Brighton, Mich. and Tiptonville, building construction committee at St. Mary Magdalene in Brighton, Mich. and was a stained glass artiest.

Services will be at noon Thursday at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Father Russell Harbaugh officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, James A. Lavalley of Newbern; a daughter, Susan M. Carolin of Newbern; three sons, James A. Lavalley Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Brighton, Mich., Brian P. Lavalley and wife, Pam Gagmon, of Benton, Ky. and Michael J. Lavalley of Newbern; and 11 grandchildren, Audrey Lavalley, Samantha Lavalley, Elizabeth Gagnon, Alexandria Lavalley, Laurence Carolin, Jessica Davis, Rachael Davis, Joseph Carolin, Kaylee Lavalley, Brittany Lavalley and Ashleigh Gail Lavalley; five sisters-in-law and spouses, Janice and Dick Schweitzer of Georgetown, Ky., Judy and Tom Coryell of Mound City, Kan., JoyAnne and Justin St. James of Burton, Ohio, Jacqueline and Mark Daniels of London, Ky. and Jillaine and Dwayne Thomas of Madison, Ind.; four brothers-in-law and spouses, Jerome and Elizabeth Lavalley of Manchester, Vermont, Jonathan and Linda Lavalley of Georgetown, Ky., Jeffery and Barbara Lavalley of Barboursville, W. Va. and Joel and Jean Lavalley of Murfreesboro; and special friends, Richard T. Seman Sr. of Newbury, Ohio and John Madden of Omaha, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Leona Mae Preson; and two sons, Mark Robert Lavalley and Tod Anthony Lavalley.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lavalley, Jerome Lavalley, Jonathan Lavalley, Jeffery Lavalley, Joel Lavalley, John Madden and David Cohen.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the American Diabetic Association or the charity of the donor's choice.


Reba Prescott Castellaw, 100, of Alamo, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at Crockett County Nursing Home.

She was a homemaker and a member of Barkers Chapel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Funeral Home with the Rev. James Combs officiating. Burial will be in Crockett Mills Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Harold Castellaw of Alamo; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Castellaw; a daughter, Polly Jordan; and two sons, Gerald Castellaw and Frank Castellaw.


Nancy Marie Dean, 58, of Obion, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at her residence.

She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Obion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church with the Rev. Aubrey Turner and the Rev. Marvin Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Hornbeak. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 5:30 p.m. today at the church.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Hershel Dean of Obion; two daughters, Tammy Barbee and husband, Talmadge and Judy Stafford and fiancÚ, Laney Stover, all of Obion; two sisters, Shirley Brown of Hickory Valley and Katie Davidson of Middleton; two brothers, Charles Hunt of Byhalia, Miss. and Johnny Hunt of Mason; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Marie Dean; her parents, Frank and Lucille Brown Hunt; a sister, Patsy Martin; and two brothers, Anthony Hunt and Jimmy Hunt.

Pallbearers will be Justin Barbee, Cody Barbee, David Owens, Jerry McCurdy, Willie Brown and Wayne Sharp. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Canada.


Dee Pounders, 95, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at his residence.

He was a retired farmer and a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth Westbrook and Bro. John Stacy officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Pinkley of Dyersburg; five grandchildren, Sandra Foster of Miston, Phyllis Hanks and Randy Pinkley, both of Millsfield, Nancy Parker of Newbern and Patty Tripp of Dyersburg; seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Lucille Pounders; a daughter, Wanda Taylor; his parents, Oscar and Ella Pounders; two sisters, Daisy Pounders and Lela Fultz; and two brothers, Jim Pounders and Frank Pounders.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Asbridge, Tom Butler, Toby Tatum, Gaylon Reagor, Larry Christian and George Hollingsworth. Honorary pallbearers will be W.D. Hilliard and Ralph Palmer.


Frederick Wayne Stepp, 82, of Ridgely, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired as a warehouse supervisor for Kraft Foods, a Pentecostal, ordained minister of music, active in Reelfoot Rural Ministries, was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Stepp-by-Stepp gospel singers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Ridgely Chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron LevRon and the Rev. Michael Blake officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Johnson Stepp of Ridgely; three daughters, Donna Stepp of Mobile, Ala., Joey Smith of Eldorado, Ill., and Tina Bird of Thompsonville, Ill.; a son, Lewis Stepp of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; three stepsons, Steve Johnson and Derek Johnson, both of Ridgely, and Dale Johnson of Dyersburg; three sisters, Frances Rainwater, Mildred Volner and Shirley Powell, all of Jackson; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Jordan Stepp; a son, Steven Stepp; and his parents, Mack and Olivia Stepp.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Klutts, Derek Johnson, Dale Johnson, Robert Bird, Nicholas Bird and Christopher Rego.


James A. "Shorty" Wales, 88, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at his residence.

He was retired as a salesman for Security Life of Georgia Insurance Co., a member of Fowlkes United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde Thompson Jr., Bro. Joe Walker Jr. and Bro. John Lowrance officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Wales; a daughter, Cindy Walker and husband, Joe Walker Jr., of Dyersburg; a son, Ronnie Wales of Dyersburg; a sister, Louise Kesterson of Dyersburg; four grandchildren, Erica Walker Smith and husband, Forrest, Derek Wales and wife, Jenny, Anna Wales and Jon Walker; and a great-grandchild, Ethan Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Eunice Wales; three sisters, Lucille Chilcutt, Sally Ruth Wales and Sadie Lawson; five brothers, Edward Wales, Bill Wales, Joe Wales, W.S. Wales and Wilson Wales; and a sister-in-law, Margarite Wales.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Brooks, Mark Edmundson, Derek Wales, Ronnie Wales, Jon Walker and Brandon Brooks.

The family will that any memorials be directed to Fowlkes United Methodist Church, 55 Fowlkes Street, Dyersburg, TN 38024 or Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jackie Eison, 2757 Highway 51 S., Dyersburg, TN 38024.