Obituaries for February 10, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Grady Battles Jr. age 38 of Dyersburg died January 9, 2010 in Centerville.

Funeral services will be held Sat. January 16, 2010 time 1 p.m. at Fountain of Life Ministries 748 Tigrett St. Halls, TN with Pastor Alonzo Green officiating. Burial will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dyersburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaila Cymone Battles of Dyersburg; his Father Grady James Battles Sr. of Memphis; his mother, Emma Lee Clay Mullin of Dyersburg; his step-father, Bobby Mullin of Dyersburg; two sisters, Misti Lynn Clay and Brandi Dismuke, both of Dyersburg; two brothers, Minister Kevin Flagg of Ripley and Grady James Battles II of Dyersburg.

Pallbearers: Kenneth Lyte, Joseph Lyte, Roy Lyte, Eric Lyte, Michael Boyd, Melvin Shaw, Honorary Pallbearers: Grady James Battles II, Willie Maclin, Craig Mann, Alphonoso Abernthay.

Family request memorials or contributions be sent 1527 Shelly Ave. Dyersburg, TN.

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Rev. Tillman Ray Boren was born on March 21, 1949 in Chattanooga, TN. He was a member of the Church of God in Cleveland, TN and was involved in pastoral work from 1974-2006. Mr. Boren was married to Mary Ann Kitchens on October 31, 1966 in High Point, GA. He passed from this life at his residence on February 8, 2009.

Mr. Boren is survived by his wife of 43 years Mary Ann Boren. two daughters, Angela Lewis and husband Neal, Wendy Smith and husband Don; a daughter-in-law, DeAnne Boren; 6 Grandchildren, Amanda Boren, Derek and Cory Young, Tyler Lewis, Lauren and Ethan Smith; his father, Alton Boren; a sister, Wanda Boren Carroll Sparks of Chickamauga, GA; a niece, two nephews; two special couples, Al and Deborah Jernigan of Finely, TN and Pat and Inna Gibson of Seymour, TN; he was a God parent to Heather Goodall of Lafayette, TN and many special friends.

Preceded in death by is his mother, Gladys Boren and a son, Tillman Alton Boren.

Services will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 11:00 AM at the Junction Church of God in Finley, TN with a celebration to follow. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, from 1:00 -3:00 PM at the Mount Juliet Church of God in Mount Juliet, TN. Burial will follow at the Hermitage Memorial Gardens in Old Hickory, TN.

George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home North Chapel Jackson is in charge of arrangements.

General Lee "Pete" Ferguson age 87 of Dyer, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Jones Street Church of Christ in Newbern with Bro. Jesse Webb officiating. Burial will be in the M.C.C.O. Cemetery in Newbern.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Minnie Ruth Locust Ferguson of Dyersburg; three daughters, Betty Jean Stokes, Agusta Georgia, Peggy Ivy, all of Dyersburg; four sons, Johnny R. (Brenda) Locust, and James Marvin (Ronda) Ferguson, of Dyersburg, William David Ferguson of Chicago, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Ferguson.

Pallbearers; will be family and friends.

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Orrin Hunt, Jr., age 83, passed away February 6, 2010 at Carolina House of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

He was born July 29, 1926, at Dyersburg to the late Orrin and Susie Mae Hunt. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Nina Sue McNeil (Oscar).

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. James Branscum officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Surviving are his wife, Frances; his son Dan (Pat) of Fairbanks, Alaska; two step-daughters Sara Blaschke (John) of South Riding, Virginia, and Sharon Wilson (Matt) of Dublin, Ohio; six grandchildren; Austin Hunt, Catelyn Nelson, Meghan Nelson, Darby Nelson, Bailey Wilson, and Ethan Wilson; a sister, Virginia Wray of Dyersburg; and two nephews, Jim Wray of Dyersburg and Martin Wray of Houston, Texas.

After high school in Dyersburg, he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was assigned to the occupation forces in Japan.

Following his discharge, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he also played on the football team. He then attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, majoring in mechanical engineering.

For 38 years, his professional career was with the E.I. DuPont de Nemours Company of Wilmington, Delaware in the Engineering Department, Construction Division.

Following his retirement in 1985, he and his wife moved to Hilton Head Island where he was an avid golfer as a member of the Port Royal Golf Club. He served on the Board of the Port Royal Plantation Landowners Association. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island.

Pallbearers will be Jim Wray, David Wray, Matt Wilson, John Blaschke, and Martin Wray.

Olen Milford Moore, 79, of Newbern, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was a retired construction employee and a U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Klutts officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail Bailey of Newbern and Sondra Wright of Baldwin, Ga.; two sons, Mike Adcox of Minot, N.D., and Ronald Adcox of Newbern; a sister, Shirley Roser of Newbern; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Almeda Johnson Moore; and his parents, Buford Columbus and Beatrice May Moore.

Pallbearers will be George Cole, Gaylon Hardin, Jimmy Bailey, Tim Roser, Phil Roser and Louie Funderburk.

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Ralph Vernon Perry Sr., 81, of Dyersburg, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.

He was a retired policeman for the city of Halls, retired from Colonial Rubber Works, a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran and a 32nd-degree Mason.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Lynn King officiating. Burial will be in RoEllen Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Wava Perry of Dyersburg; four sons, Ralph Perry Jr. and wife, Carolyn, Robert Goodman and Steven Craig Goodman, all of Dyersburg, and Chip Perry and wife, Marisa, of Franklin; and three grandchildren, Liam Ralph Perry of Franklin, Steven Craig Goodman Jr. of Jackson and Jimmy Perry and wife, Amber, of Trimble.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Geraldine Perry; and his parents, Lonnie and Lula Notgross Perry.

Pallbearers will be Sam Taylor, Phil Rosser, Larry Parker, Richie Jackson, Harold Dunivant and Chris Buys. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Joe White, Chuck Davis, Chip Martin, Tom Kee, Kim Anderson and Claudie Gaskins.