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Obituaries for June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

James Louis Copeland, 65, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

He was in maintenance with Hampton Inns.

Services will be today at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. James Bailey with interment to follow in Elbridge Cemetery in Elbridge.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Pevahouse, Shane Copeland, Dawayne Copeland, Anthony Copeland, Harley Copeland, Edward Copeland and Chris Brimm.

Visitation for Mr. Copeland will be today beginning at 1 p.m. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Louise Copeland of Dyersburg; a stepson, Charles Moore of Nashville; a sister, Virginia "Sissy" Bailey of Dyersburg; four brothers, Willie Copeland of Dyersburg, Billy Copeland, Eddie Copeland and Johnny Copeland, all of Finley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hassel Lee and Virsey May Brown Copeland; and three brothers, J.C. Copeland, Harley Copeland and Larry Copeland.


Lenoir Eugene Dellinger, 87, of Newbern, Tenn., died Friday, June 26, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County Hospital.

He was born Oct. 29, 1921 in Avery County, N.C., where he grew up with seven brothers and sisters. He enrolled at Berea College but his studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He flew 25 combat missions over Germany and Northern France as a tail gunner on B-17s that were part of the 303rd Bomber Group. Upon completion of his service, he married Yvonne Covilli and graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry and a master's degree in Animal Nutrition. After graduation, he was a salesman for Master Mix Feeds in Jackson, Tenn. He was also the owner of Rutherford Milling Company in Rutherford, Tenn., and Farmers Feed Mill Inc. in Newbern for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; three daughters, Deborah Dellinger Ray of Memphis, Dr. Sharon Dellinger Hopkins of Jackson, and Barbara Dellinger Jackson of Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Edward C. Dellinger of Memphis; two sisters, Juanita Dellinger Lewis of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Dellinger Graham of Linville Falls, N.C.; two brothers, Charles E. Dellinger of Raleigh, N.C., and Dr. Wilbur A. Dellinger of Gainesville, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Dellinger will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tenn.

Visitation for Mr. Dellinger will be held today from 2-4 p.m. at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.


Frances Lucille Doss, 90, of Friendship, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at her residence.

She was a retired substitute teacher and employee of Sylvania.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Funeral Home with Bro. Novis Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Sorrell's Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Donnie Sevann Wheeler of Milan, Shirley Elizabeth Campbell of Reeves and Linda Gale Moisse of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, George W. Doss of Friendship and Richard Lynn Doss of RoEllen; two sisters, Hazel Williams of Detroit, Mich. and Dorothy Eunice Hansen of Spokane, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Weldon Doss; and her parents, Louis Jefferson Smith and Melinda Stewart Smith.

Pallbearers will be Chris Doss, Mike Doss, Rusty Doss, Damon Campbell, Ricky Joe McWilliams and Billy Reed Fisher.


Charles Everett Patton Sr., 66, of Dyersburg, died Monday, June 22, 2009 at Oakwood Community Living Center.

He was a carpenter and brick mason.

Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. Monday in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg with Bro. Johnny Michael officiating. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Diane Patton of Dyersburg; seven daughters, Tina Sykes and Crystal Patton, both of Newbern, Vickie Lumley and Amber Patton, both of Dyersburg, Juanita Petz of Huntingdon and Amanda Walton and Belinda Walton, both of Lenox; a son, Charles Everett Patton Jr. of Dyersburg; two brothers, Eddie Patton of Lenox and Billy Patton Sr. of Dyersburg; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Patton and Izola Hatch Patton; and a sister, Barbara Williams.