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Obituaries for April 22, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Betty Holman Robbins, 84, of Crown Pointe, Ind., died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at her residence.

She was a home-wallpaper sales clerk and decorator in Hammond, Ind., and a seamstress.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Newbern Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. George Butler officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include four daughters, Jacques Camp of Nashville, Ronda Fago of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kitty Maurer of LaPorte, Ind., and Annette Nabors of Lafayette, La.; a son, James Derrell Robbins Jr. of Hobart, Ind.; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Derrell Robbins Sr.; two sisters, Evelyn Shuck and Phila Stripling; and a brother, Franklin Holman.

Pallbearers will be James Maurer, Bob Szot, Richard Anguiano, John Kocur, Fred Fago, Gene Camp and David Holman. Honorary pallbearer will be Don Hillard.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Newbern Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 310 East Main St., Newbern, TN 38059; or St. Anthony Home Hospice, 203 Franciscan Dr., Crown Pointe, IN 46307.

Ottis "Ty" Sirmans, 60, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Methodist Hospital-North.

He was an employee of the Workforce Development Department at Dyersburg State Community Center, former safety and environmental engineer for Firestone, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, member of the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, a graduate of Purdue University and an avid fisherman and animal lover.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. W.L. McCadney and the Rev. Trent McManus officiating. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, Ind.

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

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Jo Hughes Sirmans of Dyersburg; a daughter, Nicole Leigh Shepard and husband, Eric, of Dyersburg; a brother, George Michael Sirmans and wife, Patricia, of Hahira, Ga.; three sisters-in-law, Julie Newhouse and husband, Tracy, Bonnie Ford and husband, Rick, all of Rushville, Ind. and Sara Weddle and husband, Paul, of Shelbyville, Ind.; three nieces, Paige Alexis of Rushville, Ind., Bonnie Ann Weddle of Shelbyville, Ind. and Kretia Weddle-Rutherford of Noblesville, Ind.; and two nephews, Gabe Sirmans and wife, Brandi, and Zane Sirmans, all of Hahira, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tulk Sirmans and Evelyn Ruth Roberts Sirmans.

Pallbearers will be Allan Shepard, John Hart, Richard Villiva, Richard Aube, Justin Wisdom and Ronald Moore.

Inez Blalock Vickers, 79, formerly of Dyersburg, died Monday, April 20, 2009.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill East Funeral Home in Memphis. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include three daughters, Sheila Ray and husband, H.A. Ray, of Eads, Judy Turner of Lexington and Cathy Lawrence and husband, Skip, of Knoxville; a sister, Frances Frazier of Cookeville; her caretaker, Christina Ray; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Buck" Blalock; a son, Jimmy Blalock; her parents, Carter and Goldie Hall; and a brother, Franklin Hall.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Baptist Memorial Hospice Fund, 350 N. Humphreys, Memphis, TN 38120.