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Obituaries for June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

James Franklin "Toopee" Butler, 78, of Murfreesboro, formerly of Lenox, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Alvin York Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

He was a retired farmer, a member of Lenox Baptist Church and an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Mac Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

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

Survivors include three nephews, Larry Roberts and wife, Linda, of Dyersburg, Ed Blankenship and Steve Blankenship, both of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Lula Butler; two sisters, Imogene Roberts and Naverna "Kitty" Blankenship; and a brother, Billy Butler.

Pallbearers will be Jim Hardin, Tim Hardin, Ronnie Stow, Did Hayes, Marty Sykes and Joe Robertson. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Hardin and Mark Waller.


Marvin Roscoe Manley, 83, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Maple Ridge Assisted Living Center.

He was a retired truck driver/salesman for Billy Newsome Produce and Dr Pepper-Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Fairview Cemetery with Scott Owen officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Manley; three daughters, Mary Sue French and husband, Keith, Elisa French and husband, Thomas, and Patty Wilkerson and husband, Kevin, all of Dyersburg; three sisters, Charlene Barnes of Waukegan, Ill., Alice Blackley of Dyersburg and Doris Diederich of McCook, Neb.; a brother, Rodney Manley of Dyersburg; four grandchildren, Ashley Lewellyng, Lori French, Holly Wilkerson and Jayne Anne Wilkerson; and a great-grandchild, Zoie Grace Lewellyng.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lidie B. Nance Manley and Charlie Marvin Manley; two sisters, June Green and Sybil Manley; a brother, Buford Manley; and a grandchild, Mindy French.

Pallbearers will be Keith French, Thomas French, Rusty Hilliard, Don Flowers, Chris Lewellyng and Kevin Wilkerson.


Shirley Ann Bingham Owsley, 61, of Dyersburg, died Friday, June 12, 2009 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

She was a former employee of Jimmy Dean Foods and Sara Lee.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Sunday, June 14, at Curry Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 15, in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Owsley of Dyersburg; two daughters, Cindy Hughes and husband, Scott, and Shellie Patton, all of Dyersburg; a stepdaughter, Melissa Hall of Dyersburg; two stepsons, Ken Owsley of Alamo, and Mark Owsley of Alabama; a brother, Dwayne Bingham of Clifton; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Romaness Bingham and Reba Bingham Seat; a son, Jeffrey Lynn Barham; and a brother, Thomas Allen Bingham.

Pallbearers will be Ken Owsley, Mark Owsley, Bobby Hall, Tim Palmer, Harold Strayhorn, Lynn Vickery, Trice Palmer and Greg Owsley.

Online condolences may be given at www.curryfuneral.com.


Pierce H. (P.H.) White Jr., 77, Dyer County civic leader, cattleman and entrepreneur, passed away on June 11 at his home in Dyersburg. He spent his life in service to his family, his church, and his community, contributing generously of his abundant energy and creative ideas to many endeavors.

P.H. graduated from University of Tennessee College of Agriculture and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He devoted much of his career to raising registered Hereford cattle and to advancing that breed by serving as director and president of the American Hereford Association.

In addition to being a successful cattleman, P.H. led Dyer County as county executive for 12 years. Since the early 1970s, P.H. has operated a flourishing company to manufacture and sell the Cow-Life Cattle Rub, one of numerous products he personally invented and patented. He served on the Board of Directors of First Citizens National Bank for over 30 years.

Boy Scouts of America benefited from P.H.'s lifetime involvement. As a former Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, P.H. served on the first staff at Camp Mac Morris in the 1940s, was scoutmaster of Troop 87 for 18 years, and president of the West Tennessee Council. For the past 25 years he has organized and hosted the annual "Seafeasters" fundraiser to benefit scouting.

He was a lifelong, devoted member of First United Methodist Church, president of its Wesley Homes ministry, and a loyal member of the Sellers Sunday School Class. As past president of the Dyersburg Noon Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, he founded and chaired the annual Rural-Urban Day.

A descendant of the Todd and Burgie families who were early settlers of Dyer County in the 1840s, P.H. is survived by his wife of 55 years, Polly Webb White, their four children, Nancy White Bryan of Arlington, Va.; Marion White Tilson of Atlanta, Ga.; Sally White Veith of Alexandria, Va.; and Dr. Pierce H. White III of Dyersburg, as well as 10 grandchildren.

P.H.'s numerous philanthropic interests include the West Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, June 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, June 15 at 11 a.m.