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Obituaries for July 7, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jimmy L. Brim, 58, of Dyersburg died Friday, July 3, 2009 at the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and farmer.

Visitation for friends was from 5-8 pm Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Curry Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Brim were at 1 pm, Monday, July 6, 2009 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Halliburton officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Dyersburg.

He is survived by his daughter, Joanie Brim Owens of Dyersburg; six sisters, Sandra Kay Hipps and Lena Copeland of Dyersburg, Peggy Weeks of Milan, Linda Brown of Blytheville, AR, Patricia Lambske of Atlanta, GA, and Terry Frank of Vienna, VA; two brothers, Thomas Brim of Dyersburg, Roger Brim of Blytheville, AR; and, three grandchildren, Adrian Owens, Chelsey Owens, and Kelsey Owens all of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erma Lucille and Edgar Brim; two sisters, Margaret Sexton and Mayfair Brim; and five brothers, Larry Joe Brim, Raymond Brim, Melvin Brim, Jerry Brim and Eddie Wayne Brim.

Pallbearers were Melvin Brim, Jr., Danny Brown, Edward Copeland, Mike Hipps, Tim Hipps, and Jamie Sweat.

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


Shawnee Dolphus Cobb, 91, of Newbern, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a farmer, a member of New Bethlehem Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a founding member of Newbern Saddle Club.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Hollis of Newbern and Bonnie Pittz and husband, Paul, of Memphis; a sister, Flossie Jones of Dyersburg; three grandchildren, Don Burkett of Memphis, and Brad Hollis and Jon Hollis, both of Newbern; two great-grandchildren, Shawnee Burkett and Jenny Burkett, both of Horn Lake, Miss.; and two great-great-grandchildren, Molly Sanders and Sophia Burkett, both of Horn Lake, Miss.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Chambers Cobb; three sons, Benny Cobb, Billy Cobb and Bobby Cobb; his parents, Willie Gray and Lena Harris Cobb; three sisters, Jewel Brown, Bertha House and Millie Barnett; a brother, Clyde Cobb; and a grandson, Steve Burkett.


Marvin F. Craig, 87, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at The Highlands Nursing Home in Dyersburg.

He was an engineering technician for over 40 years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation and for 20 years for the Dyer County Highway Department, was a member of Fowlkes Baptist Church, a farmer, and an Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Ralph Buckley and Bro. Neal Chatham officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Oleta Craig; a daughter, Phyllis Burchfiel and husband, Malcolm, of Dyersburg; a son, Terry Craig of Dyersburg; three sisters, Alene Boyd, Laverne Dunavant and Trudy Rylant, all of Ripley; a brother, Jerry Craig of Ripley; four grandchildren, Tracey (Kenneth) Patterson, Cheryl (David) Palmer, Shanna Burchfiel and Shane (Lana) Burchfiel; and 11 great-grandchildren, Garrett Purvis, Cody Purvis, Chase Patterson, Kyle Patterson, Kayla Patterson, Jordan Palmer, Emilee Palmer, Logan Palmer, Addison Burchfiel, Harper Burchfiel and Lucy Burchfiel; and his good friend and colleague, Jeff Jones.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Canada, Ronnie Barham, Adam Kilzer, Jack Boone, Mike Boone and John David McCollum. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Dyer County Highway Department and members of the men's adult Sunday school class at Fowlkes Baptist Church.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.


Mr. Kevin E. Johnson, 43, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at his residence.

The family will receive visitors Wednesday, July 8 beginning at 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. at Curry Funeral Home, Dyersburg, TN.

Graveside services for Mr. Johnson will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely, TN with Rev. Jim Wolfgang officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Paige Johnson, Dyersburg, TN; 2 Sons, Cody Hendrix and Justin Richardson, both of Dyersburg, TN; his Mother, Lois Johnson McCulloch and step-father Monroe, Dyersburg, TN; 2 Sisters, Gwen Mallard and husband Nathan, Dyersburg, TN, Shea Tharpe, Dyersburg, TN; his Grandfather, Buck Matlock, Ridgely, TN; 3 Nieces, Amanda Markin and husband Brian, Emma Tharpe, Lauren Tharpe and 1 nephew, Patrick Tharpe, all of Dyersburg, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Johnson, and his grandmother, Thelma Matlock.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Mallard, Brad Tharpe, Brian Markin, Bob Daniel, James Stanfield, Justin Richardson.

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


Eugenia "Jeannie" Boyd Kenney, 66, of Dyersburg, died Friday, July 3, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a real estate business owner and attended Emmanus Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. James Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Alicia Cantrell and husband, Jerry, of Newbern; a sister, Julia Maxwell of Richmond, Ill.; a brother, Nolen Maxwell of Panama City, Fla.; and a grandchild, Taylor Cantrell of Newbern.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Kenney; and her parents, Paul W. and Frances Marie Maxwell.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Cantrell, Tim Bivens, Chuck Morgan, J.F. Hollingsworth, Larry Bell and Robert Holland.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Emmanus Baptist Church, c/o Rev. James Hooper, P.O. Box 831, Dyersburg, TN 38025; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


Teresa McAlister Parker, 51, of Ridgely, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at her residence.

She was a homemaker and a member of Living Word Church in Hornbeak.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home - Ridgely Chapel with the Rev. Carl Southerland officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. today at the Ridgely chapel.

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Troutman and husband, Paul Troutman Jr., of Ridgely; a son, Michael Ford of Dyersburg; a sister, Merry "Libby" Scott and husband, Donald, of Ridgely; two brothers, Jerry McAlister and wife, Denise, of Ridgely, and Ricky McAlister and wife, Carolyn, of Dresden; and four grandchildren, Anah Whitson, John Parker Whitson, Timmy Troutman and MiKael Troutman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pleasant "Plez" and Veatrice McAlister; and two sisters, Glenda "Guinea" Scott and Judy McAlister.

Pallbearers will be Gary Scott, Joshua Scott, Teddy Scott, Justin Blackwill, Ricky L. McAlister and Terry Hinson. Honorary pallbearers will be James "Bubba" Parrish and Jeremy Scott.


Ricky Reed, 52, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired as a machine operator for Bekaert Steel, and attended First Christian Church and the Church of Jesus Christ.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Mitchell 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 daughter, Josie Reed of Dyersburg; a son, Crayton Reed of Dyersburg; and two brothers, Gerald Reed and wife, Terrie, of Brandon, Miss., and Wendell Reed and wife, Christine, of Friendship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Lucille Reed.


Billy Clayburn Tinkle, 80, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired bookkeeper for the City of Dyersburg, a member of Fort Hudson Baptist Church, member of Disabled American Veterans, a U.S. Army veteran of Korean War receiving the Purple Heart for wounds from enemy machine gun fire in the battle of Kunu-ri, North Korea.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Don Layman officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Evelyn Tinkle; two daughters, Lora Nicks of Dyersburg and Peggy Webb and husband, Bobby, of Germantown; two sons, Dickey Tinkle and wife, Zina, of Dyersburg and Shega Kameshima and wife, Fumin of Tokyn, Japan; a brother, Danny Evans and wife, Mary Alice, of Dyersburg; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Edna Pierce Tinkle; and a sister, Doris Holloman.

Pallbearers will be Dickey Tinkle, Danny Evans, Jerry Patterson, Ralph Stanbrough, Earl Tinkle and Carey Tinkle.

The family request that any memorials be directed to Fort Hudson Baptist Church or Disabled American Veterans.