Obituaries for August 21, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lester Glen Bevis, 67, of Trimble, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dyer Pentecostal Church with Bro. Lloyd Hardy officiating. Halls Funeral is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Miriam Bevis of Trimble; two daughters, Jeanna Marie Hertel of Dyersburg and Kendra Burkhead of Hohenwald; two sons, Glen Bevis of Halls and Jacob Bevis of Trimble; a sister, Rose Shelton of Savannah; two brothers, Harry Bevis and Robert Bevis, both of Dyersburg; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Charles Buck Brandon, 91, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He retired from Chevrolet Truck Assembly Plant in 1980, a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid during World War II and a member of VFW.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Jim Ketchum, pastor of The Christian Sabbath Assembly, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Criswell Brandon of Dyersburg; two daughters, Patsy Marie Hildebrand and husband, Jerry Lee, of Estero, Fla. and Phyllis Lavern Haight and husband, Gregory Clark, of Flint, Mich.; a son, Larry Glen Brandon and wife, Kathy Ann, of Flint, Mich.; a brother, Leon Brandon of Dinuba, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Glen Brandon, Gerald Brandon, Tim Brandon, Greg Brandon, Joey Pruitt, David Ketchum and Danny Atwell.

Wilmous M. Doyle, 83, of Sarasota, Fla., WWII veteran of United States Marines Corps (formerly of Trenton) died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at Tidwell Hospice Center in Sarasota, Fla.

He received a National Defense Service Medal and an Honorable Discharge with the rank of corporal.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Orange Baptist Church in Trenton with the Rev. Al V. Seward officiating. Burial will be held in the Jamias Chapel Cemetery in Trenton. Cosmopolitan Funeral Services is in charge.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. until time of service Mt. Orange Baptist Church.

Survivors:(4) Daughters: Marilyn Bond, Trenton, Judith Williams, Sarasota, Fla., Kay Roberson, Chicago, Ill., Gerothina Hunter, Memphis; (8) grandchildren (4) great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers: family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Mae Bobbitt Doyle. Online condolences may be given at

Julah "June" Eleanor Brewer Cooper Mertens, was born on Sept. 1, 1940 and passed away on Aug. 15, 2009 at her home in Memphis.

She was employed at Wal-greens as a cosmetician for 23 years. She was an avid lover of children, books and pets. She was always there to lend a hand or listen to our problems. She loved sitting in her swing on her front porch drinking coffee, reading and watching the world pass by.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy's in South Haven, Miss.

She fought her battle with cancer with great courage and determination. She faced death with that same great courage, she was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her father, Doyle Brewer; her husband of 20 years, Gerard Mertens; her children, Troy Andrew Cooper, Rusty Cooper, Teresa Wallace and husband, J.W., Angelique Coleman and husband, John, Cindy Gregory and Janet Vavourious; two sisters, Norma Anderson and Ann Grace; a brother, John Brewer; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Emogene Brewer; and a brother, Larry Brewer.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that any memorials be directed to St. Timothy's, 8245 Getwell Road, South Haven, MS 38672 r to the charity of the donor's choice.

Ralph Aaron Reeves, 62, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph was born January 4, 1947 in Dyersburg where he lived his entire life. He was a former Washtex of Dyersburg employee and also farmed. Ralph attended church services at the South Main Church of Jesus Christ in Dyersburg. His love of the outdoors led him to become an avid gardener, fisherman, and hunter.

Graveside services for Ralph Reeves will be held Friday, August 21, 2009, at 10:00 am at the Dyersburg City Cemetery on East Court Street conducted by Brother Ernest Pirofalo. Pallbearers will be Gilberto Charcas, Lori McCord, Terry Reeves, William Tolley, and Brian Ashley. Curry Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Patricia McCord of Dyersburg; three daughters, Sherry Seiber of Halls, Melissa J. Ferebee and Kelly A. Reeves, both of Dyersburg; two sons, Ralph A. Reeves, Jr. and Ralph Scotty Reeves of Dyersburg; six sisters, Tina Marie Anderson of Fulton, KY, Sandra K. Reeves of Newbern, Bonnie M. Haynes of Tatumville, and, Mary V. Moore, Patricia K. Sanders, and Kathy Sue Reeves all of Dyersburg; one brother, Brady E. Reeves, Sr. of Dyersburg; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents Illa Janie Campbell Reeves and Grady Ewell Reeves; and, three brothers, Hubert Reeves, Kevin Reeves, and George Ewell Reeves.

Online condolences may be given at

Virginia Irene Smith, 77, homemaker, of Friendship, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Services will be Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 at Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Warner officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church where she served as treasurer for 33 years, was a Sunday School teacher and choir director and an active member of the WMU. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee and was a member of the Alumni Association. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Iva Marie Smith.

She is survived by her husband, James W. Smith of Friendship; two daughters, Harriet Cannon (Lenard) of Covington and Valerie Hutchison (Terry) of Alamo; two sons, James Ellis Smith (Cindy) and Tommy Smith (Karen) of Friendship and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brian McCanless, Don McCanless, Robert McCanless, Gordon McCanless, Ronnie Shaw, Wayne Laster and Buck Nash.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. at Friendship Funeral Home.