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Obituaries for July 12, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Raymond Ross Cunningham of Plymouth, MI passed away Monday, July 6, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital, Saline, Michigan.

Ray was born on September 28, 1927, to Robert Hayden and Willie (Rainey) Cunningham on Frog Level, (near Obion) Tennessee. Ray married Lottie Mae Owens of Obion, Tennessee in 1947, and then moved to Plymouth, MI in 1950. He retired after 30 years with General Motors Powertrain (Hydramatic) plant in Ypsilanti. Ray was a familiar face in the Plymouth community. He was an active member and past president of the Goodfellows. Ray had a wonderful sense of humor, which always kept friends and family laughing. If Ray wasn't cruising the streets of Plymouth looking for a good garage sale, he'd be meeting up with his buddies for coffee. He loved country and rock 'n' roll music, was self-taught on the guitar. He was an avid Tiger's fan and watched as many old westerns he could find searching through the local flea markets. He was always sharing stories from his years growing up in Tennessee.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Lottie Mae of Plymouth; sons, Dennis and wife Denise of Tecumseh, Larry and wife Mary Jo of Plymouth; daughter, Lisa (Moore) and husband Rick of Columbia, TN; sisters Mildred (Kilburn), Fannie (Jackson), Joan (Green): brothers, Robert and CL; grandchildren, Denielle, Devon, Holli, Jay, Derek, Robert, Sean, Aaron and Owen. He was also blessed with 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, four brothers, and grandchildren, Deirdra and Ty.

A memorial service to celebrate Ray's life will be held at the Praise Baptist Church, 45000 N Territorial Rd (just West of Sheldon), Plymouth, MI on Saturday, July 18th at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Praise Baptist Church of Plymouth.

Jeanie Cowart Tyler, 55, of Buchanan, died Thursday, July 9, 2009 at her residence.

She was employed with Wells Tractor Co. in Paris, Tenn., and Tri-County Farmers Equipment in Newbern before retiring as parts manager for Tosh Farms in Henry, Tenn., after a long battle with breast cancer. She was a member of Henry Church of Christ.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Graham officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 2:30-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include her fiancÚ, Lynn Lovelace of Buchanan; her father, George D. Cowart of Springville; a son, Jason "Jay" Coker and wife, Loretta, of Paris, Tenn.; two stepsons, Andy Tyler and wife, Christa, of Buchanan, and Marty Tyler and wife, Jaime, of Holladay; a sister, Donna Nims of San Diego, Calif.; five brothers, Greg Cowart of Germany, Anthony Couch of Paris, Tenn., Michael Cowart and Chuck Cowart, both of Dyersburg, and Randy Couch of Yorkville; two grandchildren, Morgan Coker and Evan Coker of Paris, Tenn.; and six step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Laverne Walters Cowart.

Pallbearers will be Greg Cowart, Mike Cowart, David Autry, Tommy Autry, Anthony Couch and David Kincaid.

Sam T. Viar, 80, of Dyersburg died Saturday, July 11, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral services for Mr. Viar will held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church with the Reverend Gary Meade officiating. The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Curry Funeral Home.

Mr. Viar was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, a World War II veteran, a former board member of the Dyersburg Housing Authority, and active in the Dyersburg Literacy Program. He served as sales manager for Borden Food Company for thirty-two years.

He is survived by his wife Patricia "Pat" Steiger Viar; three daughters, Mary Jane Viar (Debbie) of Memphis, Vicki Viar (Dave) of Nashville, and Laura Viar Wallace (Doug) of Farmington, MO; one son, Sam Viar, Jr. (Tammy) of Dyersburg; two sisters, Marjorie Viar Craft of Laurel, MS, and Sally Viar Thompson of Mansfield, TX; three brothers, States W. Viar of Pomona, CA, Paul Viar of Shelby Township, MI, and John Viar of Humboldt, TN; and one grandchild, Drew Goodwin of Chapel Hill, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edna Campbell Viar and Walter Viar; and two brothers Walter Viar, Jr. and Bobby Joe Viar.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 108 North King Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024; Matthew 25:40, Inc., 432 Court Street West, Dyersburg, TN 38024; or, Dyersburg Humane Society, 1120 Court Street East, Dyersburg, TN 38024.

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