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Obituaries for August 18, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Burl Franklin Gean, 78, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

He was a retired machinist and mechanic and farmer, a member of RoEllen Church of Christ, and an Army veteran of the Korean War having served as a medic in Korea and Japan.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Ragsdale officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary F. Gean of Dyersburg; a son, David Gean of Dyersburg; and a brother, Malcolm E. Gean and wife, Betty, of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Revie Autry Gean; and a brother, Jerry Lynn Gean.

Pallbearers will be Jim Rice, Jimmy Barbour, Franklin Robertson, Jeff Robertson, Steve Robertson and Johnny Carson. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Gean, Billy Carson and Donald Gillon.

Virgil, or as he has been known most of his adult life, "Bud" Grogan, went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2009. Bud was born in Newbern, Tennessee on October 22, 1925. He lived in Tennessee his entire childhood until joining the U.S. Navy at seventeen years of age, during World War II. Bud was a signalman in the Navy. He loved to entertain his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by standing and re-creating his semi-fore movements. He was honorably discharged on May 1, 1946.

Bud met the love of his life, Patricia Jane Baldwin, during a leave from the Navy when he attended a church service at Central Christian Church in Portland, Oregon. Bud and Pat were married on September 20th, 1947 and celebrated 56 years of marriage before Pat's death on June 6, 2003.

After a few years of service as a U.S. Postal worker, Bud felt called to the ministry. He graduated from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon in 1955, at which time, with Pat and four daughters, he began his ministry. Bud served churches in Holly, Oregon; Portland, Oregon; New Lisbon, Indiana; Tacoma, Washington; Bakersfield, California and Hillsboro, Oregon. After retirement he further served as an interim minister in Florence, Oregon and Sunset Beach, Hawaii.

Upon retirement, Bud and Pat moved to Turner Retirement Homes in Turner, Oregon. They spent their last twenty years surrounded there by many friends. Bud loved to visit. Many a day you would find him staying an extra few minutes after a meal or a service to talk. Bud loved his friends and family and most of all the Lord.

In his last days, Bud repeated to many family members and friends his wish to go home. He is now home with Pat. We were blessed with his presence and life on this earth.

Bud is survived by six children, Vanessa (Randy) Horning, Diana (John) Richardson, Becky (Sherm) Wissbaum-Harmer, Gail (Dwight) Woodruff, and Teresa Grogan and Michael (Kerry) Grogan. He was very proud of his twelve grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bud's life will be held on August 22, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Turner Christian Church. The family welcomes any and all friends to this wonderful celebration. Memorials in honor of Bud can be designated to Turner Retirement Homes in Turner, Oregon. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Thelma Parkhurst, 80, of Hebron, IN, formerly of Gary, IN, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009. She was born on February 24, 1929 in Newbern.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Ruth Parkhurst of Hammond, IN; Patti (Stan) Halajesik of Schererville, IN and Donna (Wayne) Lorek of Troy, OH; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Walsh of Griffith, IN, Jill Boykin of Valparaiso, IN, Tim, Anne, and Emily Lorek of Troy, OH; 4 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces, 3 nephews, and extended family member Rob (Deana) Polgar and their children of Lebanon, IN.

Thelma was preceded in death by her son, Richard Parkhurst, parents, Elry (Red) McKee and Annie McKee, sister, Frances Elizabeth, and 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Sherrill (Hilda) McKee and Clifton (Becky) McKee and in-laws, Harvey (Violet) Parkhurst.

There will be a family viewing followed by cremation at Geisen Funeral-Cremation & Reception Centre in Crown Point, IN.

Thelma was employed for many years at Liverpool Paint and Hardware. She was a member of Glen Park Christian Church and Griffith Chapter #583, Order of the Eastern Star.

The family wishes to thank the Horton VNA Hospice of Valparaiso and will welcome any memorial contributions made to this wonderful organization.

To share a memory or send a condolence to the family, please visit the guestbook section on the obituary page at www.GeisenFuneralHome.com.

For information call 219-663-2500.

Randy Phipps, 52, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 at Caruthersville Nursing Center.

He was a member of Little Brown General Baptist Church near Poplar Bluff, Mo. and an honorary member of Caruthersville, Mo. Fire Department.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Ashcraft Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Mo. with the Rev. Bill Phipps officiating.

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

Survivors include a sister, Teresa Bess of Flat River, Mo.; a brother, Rev. Bill Phipps and wife, Kim, of Dyersburg; a brother-in-law, Lyndon Ballard of Muskogee, Okla.; six nieces; and eight nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Raymond and Revola Jane Phipps; a sister, Joyce Ballard; and a brother, Charles Phipps.

Jerome Paul "Jerry" Tolene of Talladega, Ala., died suddenly on Saturday, August 15, 2009 in Birmingham, Ala.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 20 at 10 a.m. at the Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 19, from 5-8 p.m. Brother Joe Cosby will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests funds be donated to Hope Baptist Church (P.O. Box 271, Lincoln, AL 35096) for the children's education funds.

He was born in Shell Lake, Wisconsin on January 23, 1952 to Velma and Paul Tolene. He was the third of four children. He attended high school in Minong, WI. Then, he went to University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a degree in engineering. He was a registered professional engineer with the State of Illinois. Over the years, many moves were made by the family with his work on the railroad as they lived in new towns, attended new schools, and made new friends. He and his wife had seven children. Finally, the family transferred to Lincoln, AL, where his work as a CSX Roadmaster made Alabama home. The past few years, he has made his mark as a husband, dad, and grandfather. He has had many hobbies, pets, and projects that have made for many photos and lasting memories.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Mardell Chapman Tolene of Lincoln; sons Jeremy (Shannon) Tolene of Waverly, TN; James (Rebecca) Tolene of Knoxville, TN; Nathan Tolene of Henderson, TN; Michael Tolene and Peter Tolene of Lincoln, AL; daughters Melissa (Eugene) Rura of Plano, TX; Anne Tolene of Lincoln, AL; mother Velma Kending of Trego, WI: sisters Susan (Robert) Kending of Lampson, WI; Kathy (Ken) Simpson of Oxford, MI; and six wonderful grandchildren.