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Obituaries for September 6, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Raymon Perry Baker, 78, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was retired as a butcher for Kroger Co., a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Dyersburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Rashell 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 his wife of 60 years, Lawana Hubble Baker; a son, Dennis Ray Baker Sr. and wife, Patricia Jeanes Baker, of Arlington, Tenn.; a brother, Joe Baker and wife, Birdie, of Dyersburg; a sister, Juanita Gibson and husband, Jerry, of Dyersburg; two grandchildren, Dennis Ray Baker Jr. and wife, Andria, and Jeffrey Allen Baker and wife, Kelli, all of Arlington; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Baker, Grace Baker and Taylor Baker, all of Arlington; and a special niece, Karen Hubble Ham of Norwood, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Baker and Pearl Mooney Baker; and a brother, Jimmy Lee Baker.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Busby, O'Neal Hardy, Ronnie Jeanes, Larry Joe Baker, James Pennock and Donald Lummus. Honorary pallbearer will be Cecil Viar.


Joe Thomas Gean, 70, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Joe was born on Tuesday, June 20, 1939 in Dyersburg to James Stanley Gean and Alice Mary Lee Simmons Gean. He grew up in the Southtown area with his five brothers.

The Gean family will receive friends for visitation at Curry Funeral Home Saturday, September 5, 2005 from five until eight p.m. Funeral services for Joe will be at four p.m. Sunday, September 6, 2009 in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Reverend John Morris. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Newbern. Serving as pallbearers for the Gean service will be Danny Gean, Ryan Gean, Scott Gean, Dalton Gean, Darrin Pegram, and Franklin Simmons. Grandson, Roper Gean will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

He is survived by his daughter Angela Gean of Dyersburg; four brothers: Leon Gean of Dyersburg, Marvin Gean of Finley, Charlie Gean of Fowlkes, and Mark Gean of Dyersburg. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Danielle Moore and Roper Gean.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn Fultz Gean; his parents Alice Mary Lee Simmons Gean and James Stanley Gean; a daughter, Theresa Moore Grooms; a brother, Billy W. Gean; and, a grandchild, Tiffany Tetleton.

Curry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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


James Alton Reasons, 91, died Thursday, September 3, 2009 at St Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN.

James was born October 26, 1917, raised and farmed for 50 years in the Richwoods Community of Western Dyer County. He married Lila Bess Burton in 1937 and they were married for nearly 72 years. James and Lila lived at Maple Ridge Assisted Living Center in Dyersburg for the past 18 months.

In addition to his life long career as a farmer, he devoted many years of service to the agricultural advancement as a Soil Conservation Service Director, a County Committeeman for the USDA Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Forked Deer Rural Electric Cooperative. He was a long-time member of the Richwoods Methodist Church and then the Finley United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife of 72 years, Lila, James is survived by his two sons and their wives - Kent and Elaine Reasons, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Dick and Anne Reasons of Des Moines, Iowa, six grandchildren, and nine great grand children. James was preceded in death by his son, James Alton "Jimmy" Reasons, Jr. and is survived by daughter-in- law, Judy (Lee Reasons) Curry who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Son Kent M. and Elaine Reasons, are the parents of grandsons, Scott K. (Cindy) Reasons, Greensboro, North Carolina, Bryan M (Carrie) Reasons, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Todd A (Kerri) Reasons, Horseheads(Ithaca), New York, and Tyler L. (Renee) Reasons, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. Son Richard L(Dick) and Anne Reasons are the parents of granddaughter Laura Elizabeth Reasons (Daniel Schobel), Chicago, Illinois and grandson Stuart L (Jessica) Reasons, Nashville, Tennessee. Great grand children are: Devin and Meghan (Scott); Lucas and Shane (Bryan); Katie, Kevin, and Kolby (Todd) ; and Kyle and Kayla (Tyler). James is also survived by his 2 brothers Dolphus Reasons, Jr. and Gerald H. (Virginia) Reasons both of Dyersburg.

James was preceded in death by his parents Dolphus and Edna Holt Reasons of Finley.

The family welcomes friends and relatives to visitation, Saturday, September 5, 2009 at Curry Funeral Home, 4:30 - 7:00pm and Sunday at Finley United Methodist Church, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 6, 2:00 pm, Finley United Methodist Church conducted by Reverend Ralph Gunter with internment to follow in Dyer County Memorial Gardens Pallbearers will be Scott Reasons, Bryan Reasons, Todd Reasons, Tyler Reasons, Stuart Reasons, Kelly Elmore and Laura Reasons.

Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com


Daniel Wayne Tate, 52, of Ridgely, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was an employee of Georgia Gulf.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Independent Baptist Church with Bro. Carl Southerland and Bro. Marvin Tate officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Jeremy Scott of Wynnburg; seven sisters, Carol Gatlin of Rogersville, Ark., Brenda Campbell of Hornbeak, Patricia Dudley of RoEllen, and Jessica Moore, Sharon Moore, Nancy York and Linda Smith, all of Ridgely; and five brothers, Ray Tate of Jonesboro, Ark., Marvin Tate of Brooklyn, Ark., Joe Tate of Obion, Donnie Tate and Gene Tate, both of Ridgely.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ruby Tate; and a brother, Hillsman Howard "Buddy" Tate.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Scott, Bobby Dudley Jr., Chris Tate, Brian Moore, Royce York, Shane Webb and Roger "Cotton" Brewer.