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Obituaries for October 8, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alfred Wayne Reece, 60, of Halls, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 in Halls.

Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Archer's Chapel Methodist Church. Burial was in Archer's Chapel Cemetery in Halls. Halls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Autumn Reece Tyus of Dyersburg; a son, Keven Reece of Alamo; a sister, Martha Gilliland of Halls; and two grandchildren, Jaylen Ty Reece and Myah Elizabeth Taylor, both of Dyersburg.

Lynn Brooks Sipes died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at her home in Dickson.

She will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was a native of Holly Grove, AR but spent most of her life in Tennessee, the last two years in Dickson. She was a devoted homemaker who loved gardening, needlework, and her family.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Billy Nathan Sipes; a daughter, Cynthia Sipes Culpepper and husband Martin; and five grandchildren, Anne Elizabeth Culpepper, Alexander Martin Culpepper, Mary Margaret Culpepper, Haley Nicole Sipes, and Skylar Sinclair Sipes.

She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Nathan Sipes, Jr.; a brother, James Henry Brooks; and her parents, H. H. and Mary Ellen Brooks.

Services are in the care of Taylor Funeral Home.

Carol Lynn Fulmer Van Zandt 72, of Clinton, Miss. died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1009 at her residence.

Visitation will be Friday, October 9, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at Parkway Baptist Church with funeral services following at 11 am. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park on Clinton Blvd. Lakewood Funeral Home is handling the services.

Mrs. Van Zandt was a 1955 graduate of Gulfport High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church where she was actively involved in the Senior Adult Music Ministry and a former Sunday School teacher. She was retired from the State Department of Rehabilitation Services where she had been a purchasing agent.

Mrs. Van Zandt was preceded in death by her father Leonard C. Fulmer, and brother, Albert W. Fulmer, both of Gulfport, MS.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Leonard R. Van Zandt of Clinton, MS, a son, Michael W. Van Zandt and his wife Susan of Meridian, MS, a daughter, Cindy V. Dryer and her husband Charlie of Dyersburg, TN, 4 grandchildren; Laurel and Spencer Van Zandt and Amy and Matthew Dryer, her mother Alice E. Fulmer of Long Beach, MS and Raymond, MS and her brother Ernest R. Fulmer of Tampa, FL.

Mrs. Van Zandt enjoyed cooking, working in the yard, spending time with friends and family and walking on the beach.

The family would like to thank Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland for their love and care that was shown to Mrs. Van Zandt during her illness.

Memorials may be made to Parkway Baptist Church, PO Box 65, Clinton, MS 39060.

Mr. M. V. Williams, Jr., age 89, of Germantown, Tennessee died Oct. 6, 2009 wrapped in the arms of the Lord. He was born September 26, 1920 in Friendship, TN to the late Vester and Carrie Williams. He was a graduate of Friendship High School, the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, and the US Army Air Corps Bombardier School. He was pre-deceased by his wife and childhood sweetheart, Virginia Dare Stallings Williams. He missed her every day after her death and looked forward to being with her again in God's Kingdom. They were married for 67 years and resided in Friendship until their retirement to Germantown.

Mr. Williams had a very active and productive life as a landowner and farmer while practicing his profession as a pharmacist. Due to his involvement in numerous organizations, his children in their early years believed his profession to be that of "conventionier". He served as the President of the Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy, Tennessee Telephone Association, Tennessee Poultry and Egg Federation and Friendship Water Company. He was also Vice President of the Crockett Telephone Company and served as a member of the Crockett County Board of Education for over 50 years.

He served for 25 years as a member of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association's executive committee and as the Chairman of the executive committee for 15 years. His long history of involvement with water resources included the organization of local landowners into the West Tennessee Tributaries Association, which supported the Corps of Engineers in their efforts to complete the congressionally authorized West Tennessee flood control project. He called upon Congress to approve millions of dollars for those projects annually and once remarked to his daughter that he then knew what she went through when asking for an increase in her allowance. He was presented the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award, the highest honor awarded a civilian by the Army, in 1994.

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Friendship prior to his move to Germantown. Thereafter he attended Germantown Methodist Church where he and his wife made many wonderful new friends.

He loved to travel and was blessed to enjoy many trips with family and friends. Mr. Williams' cooperative spirit and positive attitude, along with a quick, dry wit, was always evident.

He is survived by two sons, Bill Williams and his wife Alice, of Friendship, Mike Williams and his wife Gay of Memphis, two daughters, Brenda Dare Pugh Estok and her husband George and Dotty Carter and her husband Mike of Germantown, six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Friendship Funeral Home in Friendship on October 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visitation in Memphis will be held on October 9 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Germantown United Methodist Church with a memorial service immediately following. The funeral service will be held that afternoon at the Friendship United Methodist Church in Friendship at 3:30 with burial following in Belle Vernon Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Veterans Museum, 100 Veterans Drive, Halls, TN 38040 or to a charity of the donor's choice.