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Obituaries for October 9, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Paul Travis Burns, 72, of Dyersburg, was called home to be with his Savior on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009.

He was a retired farmer and attended Dyersburg Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Burns Horner of Clinton, Miss.; a son, Travis Burns and wife, Lori, of Dyersburg; two sisters, Peggy Davis and husband, Burlass, of Finley, and Sandra Jones and husband, Richard, of Dyersburg; a brother, Lewis "Doc" Burns and wife, Janice, of Dyersburg; five grandchildren, Jennifer Hall of Hattiesburg, Miss., Jeff Horner of Madison, Miss., Josh Horner of Byram, Miss., and Barrett Burns and Addie Grace Burns, both of Dyersburg; four great-grandchildren, Trevor Williams, Ali Grace Hall, Tatum Hall and Brock Horner; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mary Baker.

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 41 years, Gaithel Riggs Burns; his parents, Elmer and Eula Anderson Burns; a sister, Barbara Burns Smith; and two brothers, James "Sprig" Burns and William "Parse" Burns.

Pallbearers will be Barrett Burns, Jeff Horner, Josh Horner, Trevor Williams, David Burns and Danny Hickerson.


Maria Yvonne Butler Harrison, 62, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at her residence.

She was a former teacher at the Developmental Skills Center, a member of RoEllen Church of Christ and a former clerk for the Dyer County Clerk's Office.

A memorial service will be at 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at RoEllen Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Roger Harrison of Dyersburg; a son, Michael Harrison of Dyersburg; an aunt, Mary Katherine Tipton of Paducah, Ky.; and two cousins, Susan Bracey of Paducah, Ky., and Jack Tipton Jr. of Cordova.

She was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Harrison; her parents, John and Sarah Luther Butler; and her grandparents, Bill and Lola Luther.

The family request that any memorials be directed to RoEllen Church of Christ, c/o Bobby Permenter, 127 Powell Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Jerry Thomas Hastings, 74, of Fowlkes, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 at his residence.

He was a retired fireman dispatcher and inspector for Dyersburg Fire Department, a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church, served from Oct. 15, 1951 to Sept. 19, 1955 with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served from Nov. 15, 1955 to May 31, 1972 with the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam War retiring as a master sergeant.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Pastor Dawid Van Wyk and Pastor Roy B. Thurmon officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Irma Moody Hastings; a daughter, Stephanie Jones of Dyersburg; a son, Jerry Dale Hastings and wife, Pam, of Dyersburg; two sisters, Janice Alexander and Judy Nicks, both of Dyersburg; a brother, Jimmy Hastings and wife, Beverly, of Halls; two grandchildren; six step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jessie Teague Hastings; a sister, Verna Peters; and two brothers, Ed Hastings and William Hastings.

Pallbearers will be Harold Roddy, Tom Moss, Andrew Wong, James "Jay" Mashburn, Robert Camper, Christopher Wong and Jonathan Wong. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Dyersburg Fire Department.


Lillie Mai Armstrong Rutledge, 94, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor.

She was a homemaker, a member of First United Pentecostal Church and a member of Summer Hill Garden Club.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Lovins and the Rev. Jim Wolfgang officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Rutledge Cooper and husband, James, of Dyersburg; a son, Darrell Rutledge and wife, Ruth, of Nashville; six grandchildren, Jimmy Cooper (Kathy), Cheryl Bennett (Jeff), Michael Rutledge, Stephen Rutledge, Phoebe R. Smith (Steve) and Ashlee Rutledge; seven great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Allene Inman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Rutledge; her parents, Eugene and Lennie Bell Armstrong; a sister, Beatrice Armstrong Prichett; and six brothers, Will Armstrong, Roger Armstrong, Howard Armstrong, Bert Armstrong, Harvey Armstrong and Clyde Armstrong.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cooper, Jeff Bennett, Michael Rutledge, Stephen Rutledge, Steve Smith and Daniel Smith.

Memorials may be directed to the building fund of The Sanctuary Church in Dyersburg.