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Obituaries for May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wilma Joslin, 93, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at Canterbury Place in Dyersburg.

She was a beautician and a member of Phillips Street Church of Christ for more than 50 years.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg with Bro. Tom Bright officiating. Curry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a niece, Lottie Brown of Newbern; two nephews, Clifton Pierce and J.W. Pierce, both of Dyersburg; her caretaker, Mary Jane Rice of Dyersburg; two grandchildren, Richard Joslin and Dawn Joslin; and a special friend, Bobby Hooper of Dyersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Bell Joslin; her son, Jerry Joslin; and her parents, Lucy and Lewis Taylor Hendrix.


Sadie Leake, of Ripley, died Saturday, May 23, 2009 at her residence.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Spillee Hill Church of God in Christ in Ripley. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery in Ripley.

The family will receive visitors at 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Currie's Funeral Home in Henning.

Survivors include three daughters, Elane Payton of Ripley, Linda Taylor of Henning and Debra Ward of Dyersburg; three sons, Elder Joe Leake, Min. Willie Dave Leake and Roger Leake, all of Ripley; a sister, Thelma Barlow of Ripley; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Gerald Thomas Smith, 70, of Kennesaw, Ga., formerly of Dyersburg, died Thursday, May 21, 2009 at his residence.

He was a retired registered nurse for Kennestone Hospital Oncology.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Smith of Kennesaw, Ga.; two daughters, Sandra Smith of Kansas City, Mo. and Andrea Smith of Kennesaw, Ga.; a son, Michael Smith of Kennesaw, Ga.; a brother, Robert Smith of Dyersburg; and a grandchild, Ryan Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hazel Smith.


Rachel Webb, 79, of Mason Hall, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City.

She was a homemaker and a member of New Concord Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Concord Baptist Church in Kenton with the Rev. Johnny Witherspoon officiating. Burial will be New Concord Cemetery in Kenton.

The family will receive visitors at 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern and at 9 a.m. Friday at the church.

Survivors include three daughters, Sheila Gunnells of Mason Hall, Cheryl Paulson of Chesterton, Ind. and Marilyn Smarr of Hobart, Ind.; three sons, Charlie Webb and Jeff Webb, both of Portage, Ind. and Tony Webb of Crownpoint, Ind.; two brothers, Ralph Kiser of Cloverdale and Wendell Kiser of Mason Hall; 10 grandchildren, one of which is Koko Webb of Mason Hall; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Daniel Webb; a daughter, Rita Kay Webb; her parents, Marlie T. Kiser and Nora Lee Dillan Kiser; and five sisters, Pearl Kiser, Maedell Dean, Verner Webster, Exie Kiser and Johnnie Grace James.

Pallbearers will be Tony Webb, Charlie Webb, Jeff Webb, Christopher Smarr, Timothy Webb and Jeffery M. Webb. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas James and Mike James.