Obituaries for September 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

On Sunday morning, September 6, 2009, God took our loving mother, Lucile Criswell Crawford, to be with Him. For a wonderful 92 years she was a loving and caring inspiration for all that knew her. She enjoyed going shopping with her daughters and nieces.

She was a retired clerk for J. C. Penney's, a member of First Baptist Church in Lakeport, CA. and a former member of Lenox Baptist Church. She was born in Dyer County, TN on January 30, 1917 to the late Clinnie Criswell and the late Josie Armstrong Jackson.

Please come celebrate her life with us at Dyersburg Funeral Home on Wednesday evening September 9, 2009 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral services conducted by Bro. Bill Phipps will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday morning September 10, 2009 in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Otha "Red" Criswell, Mark Criswell, James Criswell, Steve Smith, Bobby Goodwin and Darrell Rutledge.

She is survived by her four children, Barbara Jones of Dyersburg; Jayne Crawford Brinton and husband Richard of Carmel, CA.; Jerry Crawford and wife Dee of Branson, MO.; and Bill Crawford and wife Alice of Cottonwood, Arizona.

She is also survived by seven sisters and five brothers; Dorothy Brandon of Dyersburg, Linda Dunsmore of Lakeland, FL., Charlene Butler of Mulberry, FL., Ruby Fowler of Dyersburg, Carolyn Ketchum of Dyersburg, Pam Webb of Trimble, Lottie Sue Lewis of Newbern, Lawrence Criswell of Houston, TX, Mark Criswell of Kenton, Otha "Red" Criswell of Ripley, Johnny Criswell of Dyersburg and James Criswell of Jackson; two very special nieces, Joy Goodwin and Judy Wallace, both of Dyersburg and a special great-niece Phoebe Smith of Memphis, seventeen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Gus Crawford, two grandsons, Timothy Maurice Jones and Kevin Wayne Bell; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Cannon, three sisters; Cleo Criswell Crawford, Macie Criswell Snow, Lavern Criswell Clopton and two brothers; Buford Criswell and Joe Criswell.

Frances "Sunny" Heathcott, 80, of Newbern, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired employee of Morris Manufacturing Company and a member of Palestine Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern with Rev. George Butler and William Edward Parnell officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Orlan Heathcott of Newbern; a brother, Ruby Glynn "Bud" Scobey of Newbern; two grandchildren, Scotty Heathcott and Christy Heathcott Henson, both of Newbern; and two great-grandchildren, Destinei Heathcott of Rector, Ark. and Kodi Henson of Newbern.

She was preceded in death by a son, Rudy Heathcott; her parents, Ruby Virgil Scobey and Annie Mae Fannings Scobey; and two sisters, Lurleen Thompson and Hazel Balthrop.

Pallbearers will be William Edward Parnell, Mason "Buddy" Blessing, Chuck Morgan, Jonathan Ownby, Melvin Henson and James Council.

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Leon Curtis Seratt, 86, passed away Monday September 7, 2009 at his residence.

Born August 2, 1923, Mr. Seratt was raised in Dyer County. He was a preacher and an avid gardener.

He is survived by four children, Daniel Seratt and wife Jeannie of Newbern, Cheryl Irwin of Colliersville, Pamela Brooks and husband Ricky of Bogota, and Kevin Seratt and wife Raeann of Martin. Also survived by four sisters, Mildred Loesch of Memphis, Willie Bett Baize of Munford, Janie Alford of Dyersburg and Carolyn Pate of Dyersburg, one brother Tom Seratt of Martin, eight grand children and eleven great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents William Bryant Seratt and Hattie Mae Seratt, and three brothers Robert Seratt, William Seratt and Darrell "Pete" Seratt.

Graveside services were held at RoEllen Cemetery at 3 p.m. on September 8, 2009.