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Obituaries for March 24, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Alice Collins, 94, of Dyersburg, died Monday, March 23, 2009 at Wesley at Dyersburg Nursing Care.

She was a homemaker and a member of North 51 Church of Jesus Christ.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Winstead officiating. Burial will be in Meacham Cemetery.

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

Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Collins Evans of Newbern; a sister, Lorene Barnes Shanklin of Dyersburg; 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Mack Collins; her parents, Jim and Ida Dunlap Reeves; four sons, Eugene Collins, William Collins Jr., M.C. Collins and Willie B. Collins; a sister, Kathleen Vancleave; and three brothers, John E. Reeves, Jimmy Reeves and Clarence Reeves.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Collins, Billy Lattimer, Robert Sego, Steve Simmons, Danny Lacy and Scott Lacy.


Olin Dee Kern, 74, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Newbern, died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was a Church of Christ minister, preached at Main Street Church of Christ in Newbern for 20 years, and was a member of Stone Street Church of Christ.

Services will be at noon today at Stone Street Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Ark. with Kenneth Camp, Mark Joslin and Dick Blackford officiating. Burial will be at noon Wednesday at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens in Florence, Ala. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Editha Jo Kern; a daughter, Jody St. John and husband, Dave, of Florence, Ala.; a son, David Kern and wife, Carol, of Jonesboro, Ark.; a sister, Rosalee Elrod of Greenwood, Ind.; four grandchildren, Adam St. John, Jacob St. John, Madyson St. John and Jay Kern; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Kemuel Camp, Shane Williams, Austin Willis, Harrell Hampton, J.D. McGregor and Adam St. John. Honorary pallbearer will be Russell Cozart.


Patricia R. Palmer, 62, of Newbern, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 at her residence.

She was dispatch supervisor for the Dyer County Sheriff's Office, coordinator for Terminal Agency for the state of Tennessee, and a former member of the Newbern Library Board.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. George Butler officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Elisha Evans of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son, Jerry Hinson of Newbern; a stepson, David Alan Palmer of Newbern; two sisters, Kathy Casteel of Piedmont, Mo., and Janice Peevyhouse of Newbern; two brothers, Dennis Murphy of Humboldt and James Murphy of Newbern; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald David Palmer; and her parents, James C. and Ima Jean Tucker Murphy.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Newbern Library, 220 E. Main St., Newbern, TN 38059; or Transitions of Dyer County, 250 Youth Home Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Pheronia Elizabeth Lowe Speight, 91, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor.

She was retired as a saleswoman for Goldsmith's and was a member of Fowlkes Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis with Dr. Ralph Buckley officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Lowe Ingram and husband, James, of Dyersburg; two stepdaughters, Glenda Boyd and husband, Ronnie, of Southaven, Miss., and Plina Thomas and husband, Gary, of Blytheville, Ark.; a son, James Richard Lowe and wife, Earla, of Burleson, Texas; a stepson, James Speight and wife, Mary Jane, of Blytheville, Ark.; four grandchildren, Chris Ingram, David Ingram, Elaine Vincent and Michael Lowe; six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ingram, Chance Vincent, Brandon Carpenter, Kikkola Lowe, Shelby Lowe and Jeremy Lowe; seven step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Speight; and her parents, Milton and Gertrude Coulter.

Pallbearers will be family members.


Jerome "Mr. Jerry" Para, 68, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was owner of Jerome's Decorating and a U.S. Army veteran.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Para of Dyersburg; a son, Jeffrey Bryan Para and wife, Amy, of Jamesville, Wis.; two sisters, Christine Kuchler and Diane Para; two brothers, John Para and Dale Para; and two grandchildren, Bryan Anthony Para and Brenden Anakin Para.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel Para.


Dale Sherrill, 53, of Tiptonville, died Saturday, March 21, 2009 at his residence.

He was a mechanic.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wynnburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Cagle officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Sherrill of Tiptonville; a daughter, Sandi Sherrill; two sons, Randy Sherrill and Brian Sherrill, both of Tiptonville; his companion, Sharon Rainey of Tiptonville; three sisters, Gail Conner and Margie Gooch, both of Tiptonville and Finetta McClain of Murfreesboro; three brothers, Leyon Sherrill of Tiptonville, Jerry Sherrill of Union City and Jimmy Sherrill of Dawson Springs, Ky.; and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Sherrill and Lillie Sherrill Maddox; and a brother, Donald Sherrill.

Pallbearers will be Steven McClain, Reid Yates, Jason Tubbs, Jimmy Burrus, Jeff Mathina, Michael McCoy, Jerome Shumate and David Lynn.