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Obituaries for December 1, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pauline Faye Cook, 71, of Tiptonville, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at Jackson Regional Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a seamstress and a member of Tiptonville First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Tiptonville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Carr, the Rev. Johnny Chessor and the Rev. Kenny Chessor officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, William T. "Bill" Cook; a son, Danny Cook and wife, Nanette, of Tiptonville; four sisters, Peggy Smyth and Frances Leake and husband, George, all of Minnick, Catherine Chessor and husband, Johnny, of Union City and Kay Faulkner and husband, Dave, of Trimble; a brother, Charles Ray Hood and wife, Donna, of Trimble; and two grandchildren, Drew Cook and Allison Cook, both of Tiptonville.

Pallbearers will be Lonnie Vaughn, Glen Stover, Donnie Noles, Ronnie Craddock, Shawn Cook, Dwayne Haggard, Jerry "Butch" Smyth, George Leake, Davey Faulkner and Shane Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Williams, Clifton Darnell, David Gooch, James Robert Hood Jr., Edward Wallace, Danny Armstrong, Jerry Sherrell, Henry Sanders and James Wallace.


Erlene Ellis, 78, of Dyersburg died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Erlene was born Monday, December 1, 1930 in Finley, TN to Gethel Christine and Porter Preston Moore. She was a beautician by profession and owned and operated a beauty shop in Dyersburg for a number of years. She was a Baptist by faith.

The Tinkle family will receive friends for visitation from 5-8 pm, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at Curry Funeral Home. The funeral service for Erlene Ellis will be held in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:00 am with Pastor Dewayne Hood officiating. Pallbearers will be Dickey Tinkle, Danny Moore, and Kevin Hugueley.

She is survived by her son, Dickey Tinkle and wife Zina of Dyersburg; three sisters: Dean Powell of Murray City, TN, Lou Denton of Humboldt, TN, and Madrid Abercrombe of New Port Richie, FL; and, one brother, Donald P. Moore of Humboldt, TN. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Billy N. Tinkle and Nia Torres and two great-grandchildren: Austin Tinkle and Zia Torres.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Porter Preston and Gethel Christine Anderson Moore; her daughter, Charlotte Tinkle; a sister, Dixie Minor; and, two brothers: Eldon Moore and Jimmy Moore.

Curry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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


Margaret Naomi Eudaly Jowers, 97, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a retired seamstress, a member of East Dyersburg United Methodist Church were she served on many boards and committees. She taught Sunday school for many years and was honored to have the Naomi Sunday School Class named in her honor. She was a member of East Dyersburg United Methodist Church United Women, the Dyersburg District of the United Methodist Women honored her with the Courageous Women of the Bible Award, founder/charter member and first director of Dyersburg Union Mission and was currently serving as member at large on the Board of Directors.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Dyersburg Methodist Church with the Rev. Merle D. Thomas and the Rev. James G. Wolfgang Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern and at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jo Blankenship and husband, Ed, of Herber Springs, Ark.; a son, Rev. William T. Jowers and wife, Beverly, of Trenton; a sister, Bertha Sandelin of Saltillo, Miss.; four grandchildren, Tresa Eaton of Bartlett, Dr. Sean Baker of Fort Smith, Ark., Jeff Jowers of Lebanon, Va. and Aaron Jowers of Union City; nine great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Jowers; a son, Jimmie Lee Jowers; her parents, Marshall Eudaly and Johanna Doyle Eudaly; and two sisters, Lavene May and Lois Balentine.

Pallbearers will be James Earl Johnson, Jackie Keeling, Bobby Williamson, James Cooper, Dwayne Rice and Morris Dunlap.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to East Dyersburg United Methodist Church, 805 Merriman Ave., Dyersburg, TN 38034.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com.


Earl Thurmon, 91, of Obion, died Sunday, Nov. 29. 2009, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired employee of GTE Sylvania, a member of Cat Corner Church of Christ, trained hunting bird dogs, raised quail and was an avid hunter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Parks Thurmon, Bro. Roy Thurmon and Bro. Loy Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mitzi Gwaltney of Obion and Judy Tucker of Nashville; two sisters, Ruth Hailey of Memphis and Jewel Pigg of Annandale, Va.; three brothers, Roy Thurmon and Parks Thurmon, both of Dyersburg and Hurtle Thurmon of Ridgely; three grandchildren, Jeff Caldwell, Christopher Tucker and Jason Tucker; five great-grandchildren, Jack Ryan Tucker, Ansley Tucker, Jeffrey Caldwell, Kyle Caldwell and Ava Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Lawson Thurmon; his parents, Eugene and Ira Thurmon; three sisters, Angella Seaton, Wilma Whybrew and Regina Marshall; and two brothers, J.E. Thurmon and Melvin Thurmon.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gwaltney, Larry Tucker, Jeff Caldwell, Kyle Caldwell, Christopher Tucker, Jason Tucker and Jeff Caldwell Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Ryan Tucker and Klay Caldwell.


Doris Vinson, long-time resident of Dyersburg, died November 27, 2009, at the age of 88 in Las Vegas, Nevada following a very brief illness.

She was born near Halls, Tennessee on February 1, 1921 to Dosha Porter and John C. Stallcup. The daughter of a railroad engineer, Doris spent her early years in Jackson, TN and attended college at Union University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. While studying there, she met and married the man that would be her lifelong companion, Casie J. Vinson. They married on May 23, 1943 and he, being in the service, shipped out to serve his country in India and other distant parts of the world. For the next two years, she taught elementary school in Deering, Missouri. Upon Casie's return, he used his G.I. bill to earn a masters degree at the University of Mississippi, where Doris continued her studies. A brief residence in Batesville, MS led to an offer of career advancement to Casie as Athletic Director at Bethel College in McKenzie, TN, where Doris completed her B.S. degree. With a passion for teaching and a devotion to her church, she taught for 19 years in McKenzie every grade but first grade. Her favorite subjects to teach were American and world history; her favorite age group was 4th graders. During this time, Doris and Casie became the proud parents of Casey Patrick in 1952 and Mary Lauralyn in 1956. After teaching 2 years in Lexington, TN, the Vinsons moved to Dyersburg where Doris taught until her retirement in 1986. After the passing of her husband in 1985, and always devoted to her church, she continued to be a member of the Keenagers, Lydia Circle, the Women's Club, and other professional organizations. In 2001 she moved to Las Vegas, NV to live with her son, Patrick, and daughter in law, Lucia, where she enjoyed her retirement, the beautiful weather, and many new experiences.

Doris was preceeded in death by her parents, Dosha and John Stallcup, one brother Ralph Stallcup, one sister and her husband Mary and Charles C. Glasgow. She is survived by one son, Patrick (Lucia) Vinson of Las Vegas, one daughter, Lauralyn (Jeff) Palmer of Buckeye Lake, OH, one sister in law Barbara Stallcup of Hattiesburg, MS, several nieces and nephews and many, many beloved students.

A celebration of life service was held in Las Vegas for her family and friends on November 28. Her wishes were to be interred next to her husband in Tupelo, MS. A graveside service will be conducted there at a date yet to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please send your charitable donations to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2280 Parr Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024-2011.