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Obituaries for December 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gary Lee Allen, 55, of Henning, formerly of Dyersburg, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale.

He was born May 20, 1954 to the late Grady Lee Allen and the late Dorothy Stephens Allen. He was the grandson of the late Arthur Lee and Neva Carver Allen and the late Willie and Esther Brasfield Stephens.

He was a convenience store owner and operator. He was known for his generosity to his employees, family, friends and community.

He enjoyed history and was a member of the Sons of the Confederacy honoring his great great-grandfather, Joseph F. Poole.

He enjoyed old movies, museums and spending time with his loved ones. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Survivors include his loving wife, Nancy Kerley Allen of Henning; a son, Kristopher Allen of Halls; and a grandchild, Kennedy Blackwood, who loved spending time with his Pe-Paw. He is also survived by four sisters, June Dunahoo (Billy) of Newbern, Carol Strong (Larry) of Tallahassee, Fla., Wanda Davis (John) and Charlotte Newhouse of Dyersburg; two brothers, Jimmy Allen (Rita) of Dyersburg and Jerry Allen (Judy) of Collierville; several nieces and nephews, Keith Allen (Kelly), Kim Cathey (Larry), Joy Craft (Scott), Jeff Allen, Heather Trumble and Lauren Newhouse; and several great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Garner Funeral home Dec. 21 at 5-8 p.m.

Services were at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Garner Funeral Home. Burial was in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Henning.

Pallbearers were Rickie Kerley, Bubba Vanstory, Jeff Allen, Steve Dew, Steven Dew and Kenny Nelson.

Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society or Salem Baptist Church.


Anthony Ray Bullion, 61, of Newbern, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

He was a retired machine operator for All-Wear Manufacturing and was avid walker.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern with the Rev. Stephen Stoner officiating.

The family will receive visitors at 2:30 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Bullion and Kayla Bullion, both of Dyersburg; a sister, Judy Dunivant of Dyersburg; a grandchild, Shawna Townsend of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Jackie Bullion.

Pallbearers will be Billy Smith, Tim Tilley, Bill Garner, Thomas Minley, David Peevyhouse and Donnie Dial.


Earl Dean Soper was welcomed into Heaven on December 25, 2009, at 10:30 p.m. He will forever be remembered for his hugs, stories, love for his family, and most importantly love for the Lord. Earl Dean was always thinking of others and enjoyed nothing more than spending quality time with his family.

Earl Dean was born on April 10, 1934, in Columbus, Kansas to Earl M. and Pearl Soper. He attended Columbus High School where he graduated in 1952. Earl Dean married Lula Belle Dawes on December 15, 1956, in Miami. During their 53 years of marriage, they had three daughters: Carmen, Teresa, and Carla. Earl Dean loved the game of baseball and pitched for various teams such as the Whizkids and the Bombers. He also coached his three daughters along with many other softball players throughout his life. He spent many summers out on Grand Lake with his wife Lula and three daughters. Earl Dean always enjoyed a backyard baseball game with his 5 grandchildren as well. He loved being outdoors, quail hunting, and gardening. When he was not out in the backyard, you could find him telling his grandchildren one of his entertaining stories or at one of his grandchildren's sporting events. He is loved very much and will be missed each and every day.

Earl Dean worked for BF Goodrich for 31 years. Following his retirement from BF Goodrich, he worked for the City of Baxter for the Street Department for 5 years. In 2000, Earl Dean and Lula moved to Carl Junction, Missouri, and have continued to live there for the past nine years. Earl Dean was a member of the House of Prayer Church in Riverton, Kansas, and was a devoted Christian.

Earl Dean was preceded in death by his father, Earl Morgan Soper. Surviving is Lula, his wife of 53 years; three daughters, Carmen Casey and husband Allen, Teresa Buckmaster and husband Doug, Carla Roberson and husband Mark; 5 grandchildren, Kanisha Soper, Mallory Roberson, Matthew Fitch, Chelsey Roberson, and Dylan Casey; his mother, Pearl Soper; a brother, Carroll Wayne Soper; and 2 sisters, Nancy Whitten and Shirley Moyer.

Visitation and celebration of life will be on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Derfelts Baxter Chapel in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with service following at 2:00 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions to the House of Prayer building fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfltsbaxterchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Ks.


Shirley Ann Seat Stover, 60, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was an employee of Kroger meat department, attended Oak Grove Church of Christ, former real estate agent, a member of the Moose Lodge and was an avid fisherman.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Calvin Smith officiating. Burial will be in South Fork Cemetery near Halls.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Stover Critchfield of Discovery Bay, Calif.; her stepfather, Earl Butts of Dyersburg; three brothers, Andy Seat and wife, Diane, of Gates, David Seat and wife, Shelia, and Calvin Seat, all of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren, Mallory Critchfield and Mason Critchfield, both of Discovery Bay, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin "Cowboy" Seat and Lorene Johns Butts; a sister, Mary Lou Seat Kemmerling; and two brothers, Eddie Seat and Troy Lee Seat.

Pallbearers will be Gene Bolte, Johnny Lambert, Van Buckingham, Jimmy Ray Clark, Jason Seat and Eric Seat. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Roberson and Larry Bizzle.


Ernest Willard Wells was born May 27, 1937 in Dyersburg, Tennessee the son of the late Bedford Forest and Vera Rebecca Weaver Wells.

Mr. Wells was a retired Machinist from DANA Corporation, a member of the United Auto Workers and the National Rifle Association. He also owned Uncle Jack's Bench in Savannah, TN.

Mr. Wells departed this life on December 27, 2009 in Corinth, Mississippi at the age of 72 Years, 7 Months.

He is survived by three daughters, Lori Ann Caudill of Rogers, OH, Sharon Elizabeth Folden of Richmond, KY, Deborah Baxter of Fort Wayne, IN; a son, David Ernest Wells of Pierceton, IN; two sisters, Jeanette Bristow of Massillon, OH, Ruth Porter of Ozark, AL; 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth Willis, Kevin Caudill, Geoffrey Caudill, Jessica Caudill, Gregory Caudill, Thomas Wells, Matthew Wells, Samuel Wells, Jamie Glaze, Shannon Glaze and Christopher Glaze, 3 step grandchildren, Timothy Folden Jr., Aaron Folden and Lee Eversole and 9 Great Grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wells was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Campbell.

Visitation will be held on December 29, 2009 from 5-9 PM Shackelford Funeral Directors of Acton, Tennessee. Services will be held on December 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Acton, Tennessee, with Jason Pellizzer officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Dyersburg, Tennessee.