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Obituaries for March 12, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Otis Akins, 94, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Friendship with the Rev. Carl Hicks officiating. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jean Tatum of Friendship; a son, Melvin Lee Akins of Chicago, Ill.; and a sister, Beatrice Turner of KoKomo, Ind.


Charlie Horton Jr., 62, died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Jackson Regional Hospital.

Services will be a 1 p.m. Friday at The Original Church of Jesus Christ with Elder Eddie J. Mann officiating. Burial will be MCCO Cemetery in Newbern. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at noon-1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Ella Horton of Dyersburg; a daughter, Felecia Horton of Chicago, Ill.; and three sisters, Clara Horton and Dianne Horton, both of Milwaukee, Wis. and Alice B. Welch of Caruthersville, Mo.


Joe Alvin Moody, 70, of Newbern, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was a retired employee of PolyOne and a former member of the Dyersburg unit of the National Guard.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Glendale Church of Christ, where he was a member, with Bro. Ronnie Scherffius officiating. Burial will be in Church Grove Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home and at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Frances Moody of Newbern; a daughter, Penny Reams and husband, Billy, of Medina; a son, Joe Frank Moody and wife, Karen, of Newbern; and a grandchild, Brandi Reams of Medina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jody and Ollie B. Riggs Moody; and two sisters, Maurine Kennedy and Joann McKee.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Carter, James Kennedy, Wallace Kennedy, Donald Pugh, Pete Riggs, Hank Romo, Tim Carter and Marty Sharpe. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Palmer and the men of the Glendale Church of Christ congregation.


Ruey Guy Smith, 76, of Munford, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

He was a retired butcher with Armour Meat Packing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Covington Funeral Home. Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Drummonds.

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

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mae Smith; three daughters, Thelma Louise McFeron of Munford, Shirley Dyan Cato of Burlison and Donna Lynn Milton of Quito; five sons, David Earl Smith of Garland, Gary Gene Smith of Alamo, Perry Dale Smith and Richard Norman Smith, both of Brighton and Daniel Guy Smith of Munford; two sisters, Peggy Anne Cullum of Ripley and Imogene Edward of Jefferson City, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Billy Summers Yates, 83, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at his residence.

He was founder and owner of General Appliance and Furniture Company, a member of First United Methodist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg with Dr. Phillip Cook and the Rev. Wade Cox officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 4-7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Emmalene Eidson Yates of Dyersburg; two daughters, Laura Yates Emerson of Huntsville, Ala. and Jane Yates Moll of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Mark Yates and Joe Yates, both of Dyersburg; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur P. Yates and Nettie Summers Yates.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Sellers Sunday School Class, Red Bond, Stallings Lipford, Don Pennington, Billy Miles Davis, Milton Magee, James Cooper, Jerry Lock and Claude Lecklitner.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.