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Obituaries for December 27, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Charles Balentine, 94, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

He was a retired mail carrier, member of First United Methodist Church, former owner/manager of Dyersburg Hardware Store, an avid fisherman, 50-year Mason, member of Hess Lodge No. 94, and a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a sister, Martha Pope of California; a brother, Carmon Balentine of California; a niece who cared for him, Susanne Dement of Brighton; a special caregiver, Fay Rogers of Dyersburg; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 56 years, Lois Eudaly Balentine; his second wife of 15 years, Mellie Balentine; his parents, B.L. and Lora Balentine; and three brothers, Fred Balentine, Kerl Balentine and Royce Balentine.

Pallbearers will be Jack Marshall King, Dale King, Tommy Jowers, George Rice, James Hooper and Bill Ables. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Melton and Ed Blankenship.

The family requests that any memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mr. Hubert A. Harris, 80, of Finley, TN died Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at Regional Hospital of Jackson. He was a retired riverboat deckhand.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 2009 Graveside at Dyer County Memorial Gardens with Rev. Kenny Chessor officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors beginning at 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Kim Harris White of Newbern, TN, 2 sons, Ronnie Harris and wife Linda of Paris, TN and Barry "Bubba" Harris of Finley, TN; 1 brother, Ferrell Harris and wife Doris of Finley, TN; 5 grandchildren, Jessica Dozier, Sherry Dodson, Phillip Harris, Corey White, and Taylor White; and 4 great-grandchildren, Josh Dodson, Caleb Dodson, Marlee Dozier and Alanis Hollomon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oden and Evie Reagor Harris and 5 brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Terry Harris, Jeff Jones, Nathan Moore, Corey White, Evan Romo and Cody Reagan.

The family requests that any memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Joyce Cope Huie, Armistice Day 1915-Christmas Eve 2009

Joyce Rebecca Cope Huie was born on November 11, 1915, to Notie Headden and Ira Mitchell Cope in the Churchton Community east of Newbern. She was delivered by Dr. W.O. Sullivan for $7.00 during World War I. In 1933 she graduated as salutatorian from Newbern High School, and in 1938 graduated with an A.B. degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she belonged to Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

She taught first grade at the old Edgewood community school in Dyer County, then married Howard Ewing Huie in 1939, on May 2. Ewing and Joyce Huie had two daughters, Sophie Huie Cashdollar of Dyersburg and Marsha Cope Huie-Williamson of San Antonio, who survive her with their husbands, Dr. Parker Ditmore Cashdollar and Ralph Ervin Williamson. Two grandchildren survive her: Hunter Huie Cashdollar and Jessica Huie Cashdollar (Mrs. Brian Louis Blackwell) and two great-grandchildren, Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell, aged 3, and Wyatt Ewing Cashdollar Blackwell, aged one month.

Mrs. Huie was a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church at Newbern. She taught Latin and English at the old Yorkville High School some twenty years, and taught an adult Bible class for sixty years. On the morning before she died, she worked the daily New York Times crossword puzzle. She saw London, Edinburgh, Paris, Madrid, Geneva, and Heidelberg, but loved no place more than the old Huie home standing since 1830 on the Dyer-Gibson County Line.

Her family acknowledges her lifelong friend, Annie Glen McCorkle of Nashville; Jennifer Huie Tucker and Jane Brown of the Churchton community; and doctors Michael Smithson Kinnard and Jennifer Jones Kinnard, and Karen Seaton, home-health nurse. Mrs. Huie leaves also the beloved staff and residents of the Canterbury Place Assisted Living facility in Dyersburg where she lived for almost three years.

Funeral services for Mrs. Huie will be held Sunday, December 27, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Gus Lohrum. Interment will follow in McCorkle Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation for Mrs. Huie will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Nettie Mae Thomas, age 58, died December 23, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in Dyersburg. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church were she was a member. Pastor, Rev. W.L. McCadney, Officiating. Burial will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dyersburg. Visitation will be held Monday, December 28, 2009 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Ms. Nettie Mae Thomas was a member of Xi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Silver Star). Nettie was a high school graduate from Dyersburg High School and also continued her education at UTM were she received her B.S. degree. She served as graduate advisor for the Undergrad Chapter at UTM, member of TSBA, Presently a member of the Dyersburg City School Board and former Secretary of the school board. She served as President of Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church Senior Usher Board and Youth advisor to the Junior Usher Board of Pilgrim Rest. She was a member of Dyersburg-Dyer County Branch of NAACP, Member of Dyer County Democratic Party, Rural West TN African American Affairs Counsel. She had served on the board of Dyer County Red Cross. She was the first black employee of Dyer County Dept. of Human Services where she had remained for 34 years as Eligibility Counselor. Nettie was also a former school teacher with of the Dyer County Schools System and taught at Fifth Consolidated School in Dyer County. Survivors: (3) God-daughters, Latroya Mitchell, Hermitage, TN, Nethisha Lyte, Newport News, VA, Veronica (Billy) Williams, Dyersburg, TN. Special Nieces, Latonia (Carlos) Doss, Dianne (Lonnie) Starks, Newbern, TN. (3) Sisters, Ethel (Ike) Harris, Chicago, IL, Doris Barnett, Flint MI, Mary (Rufus) Simmons, Dyersburg, TN. (3) Brothers, Ernest (Delois) Stewart, Nelton (Alberta) Thomas, Dyersburg, Frank Johnson, Little Rock, Ark. Pallbearers: Ardell Henderson, Frank Johnson, Johnny Jenkins, William O. Taylor, Walter Yander, Wilbert Ridley. Honorary Pallbearers: Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church Youth Ushers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nelton Thomas Sr., Betty Thomas; (3) Brothers, Oliver "Jack" Thomas, William Thomas, Sanford Sherill. Online condolences may be given at www.cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net

Frances Weaver, 89, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a retired employee of Heckethorne Manufacturing and attended First United Pentecostal Church.

Services were Saturday, Dec. 26 at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. John Morris officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Swader and husband, George, and Dianne Anderson and husband, David, both of Dyersburg; a son, Jerry Weaver and wife, Charlotte, of Dyersburg; a sister, Patty Humphries of Giddings, Texas; a brother, Charles Crum of Memphis; six grandchildren, Dick Swader of South Fulton, Deanne Benefield of Mobile, Ala., Molly Pennington, Melanie Todd and Amanda Williams, all of Dyersburg, and Thomas Darrell Weaver Jr. of Spring, Texas; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, T.D. Weaver; a son, Tommy Weaver; her parents, Albert and Lela Jones Crum; a sister, Betty Ruth Fussell; and three brothers, Algie Crum, Tom Crum and Larry Crum.

Pallbearers will be Robert Riggs, Lynn Parker, George Swader, Chuck Fussell, James Hutson and Richard Williams.

The family requests that any memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.