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Obituaries for February 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Samuel Thomas "Jack" Denton, Jr., 86, formally of Dyersburg, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at his home on Reelfoot Lake.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday at Acorn Point Lodge on Reelfoot Lake, with the Rev. James Calhoun officiating.

Mr. Denton was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Union City, TN, son of the late Samuel Thomas and Mollie Brown (Coleman) Denton.

He received his bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University and his master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He taught at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO, until 1988, afterward becoming co-owner of Acorn Point Lodge on Reelfoot Lake. He served in the Army of the United States, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium, as a member of the 517th Parachute Infantry. He received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was very active in the American Legion, Post 0153, as Finance Officer and was a member of the VFW, Post 6477. In 2006, he was honored on the Wall of Valor, at the VA in Poplar Bluff. His photo is displayed there.

Survivors include his wife, Natalie Hornbeak Denton of Hornbeak, TN; his daughter Tracye (and Ralph) Butler of Murfreesboro, TN; three sons Samuel (and Mari) Denton III of St. Louis, MO; Scott Denton of Poplar Bluff, MO; Steven Denton of Hornbeak; eight grandchildren, S. Thomas Denton IV of Davis, CA; Benjamin and Brenda Denton of St. Louis, MO; Raleigh and Rory Butler of Murfreesboro, TN; Andrea, Alesya, and V. Joseph Denton of St. Louis, MO; and one sister, Betty Denton Rushing of Statesboro, GA.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Golden Denton; six sisters, Martha Denton, Sue Hinson, Norvelle Otto, Naidene Cross, Lily Jenkins, and Kay Trim; and one grandson, Ross Butler.


Dr. Mary-Johne Hickman, 61, of Ridgely, died Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of Ridgely First United Methodist Church, an avid tennis player, a pharmacist at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis and a pharmacist at Wal-Mart for over ten years. She always lived a life of service to others.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, graveside at New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely with Rev. Dean Emerson officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a sister, Grace Lee Hickman Davis of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orbie Lee and Eloise McCutcheon Hickman.

Pallbearers will be Wil Keiser, Pete Keiser, Phillip Childrey, Jack Flowers, Tony Bargery, and Preston Childrey. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Wortman, Kent Patterson, Trent Patterson, and Calvin Mills.

Online condolences can be made at: www.curryfuneral.com.


Myra Jane Norton Poore, 79, of Dyersburg, died Monday, February 1, 2010, at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Facility.

Graveside services will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 3 at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg with Dr. Phillip Cook officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Susanne (Tommy) Weakley of Dyersburg and Patty (John) Wilkison of Nashville: Grandchildren, Christopher Weakley, Tommie Sue Weakley Roach, Jay Wilkison and Chip Wilkison; and 2 Great-Grandchildren, Clayton Roach and Jake Wilkison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Myra Kinley Norton.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Weakley, John Wilkison, Christopher Weakley, Chip Wilkison and Taylor Roach. Honorary pallbearers will be Albert Fowlkes, Jere Ozment, Bill Revell, Wendell West, and Jay Wilkison.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation.