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Obituaries for January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wade Austin, 88, of Newbern, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Dyer Nursing Home in Dyer.

He was a retired farmer and rural mail carrier.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Teague officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

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

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Scobey Austin of Newbern; two sons, Jeff Austin and wife, Carol Anne, and Lee Austin and wife, Nancy, all of Newbern; a sister, Tommy Kristen Ragsdale of Cordova; and four grandchildren, Gina Austin of Tucson, Ariz., Becky Austin, Hannah Austin and Tillman Austin, all of Newbern.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tillman A. and Bertha V. Johnson Austin; a sister, Maurine "Dude" Poor; and a brother, L.M. Austin.

Pallbearers will be Keith Sims, Billy Scobey, Barry Scobey, David Scobey, Parker Cashdollar, Scotty Evans, Alan Scobey and Franklin Pope.

Online condolences may be signed at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com


Laurence Carolin, age 15, humanitarian and philanthropist, passed away on Friday Jan. 15, in his Ann Arbor, Mich., home.

Laurence was diagnosed with an inoperable, malignant brain tumor in December of 2007, which changed his perspective on his place in the world. He made it his priority to raise awareness about the importance of eliminating extreme poverty and preventable disease. He was inspired by the band U2, especially lead singer Bono, whom he had a chance to meet at a concert in Chicago in September 2009.

Because of Laurence, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised by members of his local community, including his school district of Dexter, to benefit various charities that fight extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. The Make-A-Wish Foundation donated $5,000 on behalf of Laurence to the United Nations Foundation.

Laurence's other passions include cooking gourmet meals for others, playing soccer and electric guitar.

Laurence, who is survived by his mother, Lisa Carolin of Ann Arbor, Mich., and his father Patrick Carolin, along with stepmother Susan Carolin, stepsisters Jessica and Rachael Davis, and half brother Joseph Carolin all of Newbern, Tenn., was adopted when he was 5 months old from South Korea.

He is also survived by his grandmother Mary Ann Carolin of Ann Arbor, Mich., grandfather Jim Lavalley of Newbern, and grandparents Morton and Judith Cohen of Harrisburg, Penn.

There will be a Catholic funeral service prayed at St. Joseph Church in Dexter Township, Mich. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. Another life celebration will be held at the Nie Family Funeral Home in Ann Arbor at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Nations Foundation, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, http://www.unfoundation.org/donate.

To sign Laurence's guestbook or leave a memory please visit his personal page at http://www.niefuneralhomes.com.


Louise Heathcott Ladd, 91, of Yorkville, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Gibson County General Hospital in Trenton.

She was a homemaker, a retired employee of Colonial Rubber and member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yorkville.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Dr. Bob Agee officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

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

Survivors include two daughters, Jenny Cashdollar of Yorkville, and Teresa Willis and husband, Danny, of Millsfield; three sons, Kenneth Ladd and wife, Mary, of Dyersburg, Barry Ladd and wife, Connie, of Newbern and Jeffrey "Butch" Ladd and wife, Tammy, of Yorkville; 13 grandchildren, Lisa Keeling and Chris Willis, both of Millsfield, Bryan Ladd of Nashville, Sarah Ladd of Thailand, David Ladd of Rainbow City, Ala., Jason Ladd of Newbern, Tim Ladd, Lindsey Spain and Carrie Vaughn, all of Dyersburg, Kelly Hearn of Cape Nibbick, Maine, Jacquelyn "Jac" Ladd of Clarksville, and Kate Ladd and Will Ladd, both of Yorkville; and eight great-grandchildren, Sydney Pruitt and Sawyer Pruitt, both of Millsfield, Elizabeth Ladd and Jack Ladd, both of Newbern, Hunter Lowery, Pearson Vaughan and Peyton Vaughan, all of Dyersburg, and Chisholm Vaughan of Halls.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Ladd; her parents, Will and Lillian Nunnery Heathcott; two sisters, Cuba Curry and Nell Armstrong; and four brothers, Dudley Heathcott, Murray Heathcott, Dixon Heathcott and Jerry Heathcott.

Pallbearers will be David Ladd, Jason Ladd, Tim Ladd, Bryan Ladd, Chris Willis and Will Ladd. Honorary pallbearer will be Kelly Hearn.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to Bethel Baptist Church, 12 Baseline Road, Yorkville, TN 38330.

Online condolences may be signed at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com


Edward Craig McCulloch, Sr., MSGT, USAF Ret., passed away, Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, SC.

He was born in Newbern, TN on December 30, 1930 and was a son of the late Morgan Edward and Laura Craig McCulloch. Edward was also predeceased by a son, Edward C. McCulloch, Jr. of Dyersburg, TN, a brother, Joe McCulloch of Jefferson, GA and a sister, Della McCulloch of Dyersburg, TN.

He was a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force having served more than 26 years. Edward was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Air Force Sergeant's Association.

Surviving are his wife, Sarah Rena McCulloch of Surfside Beach, SC; sons, Paul (LeAnne) McCulloch of Surfside Beach, SC, and Carl Wayne McCulloch of Bon Aqua, TN; a daughter, Pamela Davis (Wes) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a step-daughter, Robin Rena Holoman (Kenneth) of Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Shirley Francis Asbridge of Dyersburg, TN; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home with Dr. J. Kirk Lawton, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the charity of ones own choice.

An online guest register is available at www.msfh.net

McMillan-Small Funeral Home is serving the family.