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Obituaries for March 29, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

George Belew, 78, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

He was retired as a 30-year co-owner of Belew and Ray Drug Store, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of Bradford High School, attended Union University where he was a member of ATO fraternity, and graduated from Samford College in Birmingham, Ala., with a degree in pharmacy.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Edmundson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Hailey of Dyersburg; a sister, Sue Crocker of Bradford; four grandchildren; and his companion, Marie Cartwright of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Larkin Swafford Belew; and his parents, Carl and Bernice Belew.

Pallbearers will be Steve Laws, Calvin Litchford, Frank Burnett, Jimmy Welch, Mark Crocker and Butch Ladd. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Ray and Billy Cursey.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Bradford First Baptist Church Building Fund, Church Street, Bradford, TN 38316.


Nona Kate Bush, 81, of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 27, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was retired following 48 years of employment at Dyersburg Fabrics, was a member of First Baptist Church of Dyersburg where she taught the 4-year-olds Sunday school class for more than 50 years and worked in the church kitchen for 14 years, and was an avid gardener.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Boston officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include a son, Rick Bush and wife, Rachel, of Dyersburg; a sister, Tincy Carson of Dyersburg; a brother, Roy J. Wooley of Columbia, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Michelle Bush of Nashville and Sam Bush of Dyersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Bush; her parents, Roy and Fannie Wooley; three sisters, Irene Sipes, Sarah Thetford and Virginia Tweedy; and a brother, Daniel Wooley.

Pallbearers will be Bob Newbill, Frank Horner, Jerry Beasley, Johnnie Carson, Hunter Newbill, Paul Newbill and Cliff Tull.


Max Avery Fanning, 81, of Newbern, formerly of Denver, Colo., where he lived for 50 years, died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired from the Colorado & Southern Railroad after 20 years, was retired as owner of Fanning Fence Co. which he owned for 20 years, was a member of Newbern First Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Klutts and the Rev. Don Dyer officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 2-5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Ross Fanning of Newbern; two daughters, Carol Ann Noack of Payzon, Ariz., and Sheila Smith of Newbern; four sons, Dennis Ray Fanning of Arvada, Colo., Gary Max Fanning of Sterling, Colo., Darrell Ross and Steve Ross, both of Newbern; a sister, Norma Dyer of Bradford; six grandchildren, Mark Fanning, Donald Fanning, Doug Smith, Robin Alford, Clint Ross and Kimberly Cupples; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, James Fanning, Fred Harper and William Harper.

Pallbearers will be the Rev. Don Dyer, Mark Fanning, Larry Beasley, Terry Junior Harper, Larry McDonald and Glen Swims. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Gideon Sunday School Class of Newbern First Baptist Church.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Newbern First Baptist Church Building Fund, 114 West Main St., Newbern, TN 38059.


Bobbye Jean Strachn Harris, 78, of Bogota, died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of Miston Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Carmon Dennison officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

Survivors include two daughters, Kay Hopper and husband, Bryan, of Newbern, and Jill Manning and husband, Don, of South Holland, Ill.; two sons, Tom Harris and wife, Gail, of Oswego, Ill., and Larry Harris and wife, Vicky, of Saxon, Wis.; two sisters, Sue Ann Boswell of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Nell Alexander of Fontana, Wis.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joy Thomas Harris; her parents, Charlie and Gertie Cook Strachn; and a brother, Billy Strachn.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Blair, Ricky Baggett, Jack Holland, Maurice Garrison, Steve Brown and Louis Cook.


Mary Magdeline Moody Kemper, 70, of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 27, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of Second Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Newbern.

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

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Younger and husband, Vincent, of Dyersburg; two sons, Richard Wayne Moody and wife, Stacey, of Dresden and Adam Webb Moody of Dyersburg; four sisters, Sarah Dent of Newbern, Flossie Hoye of Ripley, Betty Lee Warden of Halls and Lucille Scott of Dyersburg; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kemper; a daughter, Sybil Ollie Summers Seaton; a son, Marshall Gerald Moody; and five brothers, Thomas Warden, Charles Warden, Jimmy Warden, O.W. Warden and Roy Warden.

Pallbearers will be Mark Anthony Warden, Michael Warden, Carl Warden, Randy Warden, Tommy Warden and Charles Warden.


Lois B. Lee, 80, of Trezevant, died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at her residence.

She was a homemaker.

Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Jacky Goad officiating. Burial was in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The widow of William Ernest Lee, survivors include a daughter, Judy Hooper of Trezevant; three sons, Johnny E. Lee and Leonard O. Lee, both of Finley and Danny R. Lee of Dyersburg; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter C. and Earie E. Smith Box; seven sisters, Doris Burgett, Elsie Kelley, Ozell Landers, Eunice Forsythe, Ruby Lee, Odessa Anderson and Mattie Sue Permenter; and three brothers, Ollie Smith, Walter C. Box Jr. and Woodrow Box.

Pallbearers were Ben Lee, Jeff Lee, Timmy Lee, David McNeely Jr., James H. Lee and Michael Dycus. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Lee and Dennis Anderson.


Dorothy H. Rhoades, 67, of Tiptonville, died Saturday, March 29, 2007 at her residence.

She was retired as a waitress for Lakeview Dining Room, a member of Crocketts Chapel United Methodist Church, and president of United Methodist Women.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Crocketts Chapel United Methodist Church near Tiptonville with the Rev. Marita Burkeen officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family will receive visitors beginning at 5 p.m. today at the Tiptonville Chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Penny Simmons of Tiptonville; a son, Tony Rhoades of Tiptonville; two sisters, Janice Matheny and Sue Hurst, both of Tiptonville; and a grandchild, Dustin Simmons of Tiptonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Leonard Hurst and Hattie Miller Hurst.

Pallbearers will be Glen Rogers, Todd Rogers, Brent Rogers, Keith Bates, Joseph Miller and Jimmy Simmons.


Jo Ann Wilson Sweatt, 45, of Halls, died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Baptist Hospital - Lauderdale in Ripley.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Horry Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Hurricane Hills Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include her companion, James Ozment of Halls; a daughter, April Wilson Rosales of Dyersburg; two sisters, Pam Townsend of Greenfield and Shirlene Wilson of Newbern; four brothers, Joe Wilson Jr., Alvin Wilson, Jimmy Ray Wilson and L.C. Wilson, all of Newbern; and three grandchildren, Raymond Wilson, Anhelica Rosales and Lupe Junior Rosales.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Roberson; and a brother, Raymond Wilson.

Pallbearers will be Russell Hall, Junior Hall, Sam Davis, Jerry Walker, David Buckner and Dale Freeman. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Smith and Steven Smith.


Douglas "Bill" White, 85, of Finley, died Friday, March 27, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was a farmer, a member of Junction Church of God for more than 60 years, and an Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenny Chessor and the Rev. Tim Boren officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens in Dyersburg.

Survivors include his wife, Altha White of Richwoods; two daughters, Brenda Smith and Kathy Patterson and husband, Kenneth, all of Richwoods; a son, Michael White of Richwoods; a sister, Martha Jean Smith of Kansas; four grandchildren, Don Smith and wife, Wendy, Kevin Patterson and wife, Jenny, Brent Smith and wife, Allison, and Elizabeth White; and three great-grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Ethan Smith and Parker Patterson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Millard and Lona Bush White; two sisters, Polly Lineberry and Rebecca Lineberry; three brothers, James White, Thomas White and Vernon Lynn White; and a grandson, Keith Patterson.

Pallbearers will be Neal Lewis, Jimmy Hester, Dent Yarbro, Randall Hughes, Jason Lineberry and Tim Vestal. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Williams, Vernon Hester and Barry Moody.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Junction Church of God, 62 Richwood Road, Finley, TN 38030.