Mrs. Burney Parker Smitheal Biesel, 91, of Dyersburg, TN died Wednesday, February 24, 2010. She was a life-long resident of Dyersburg, a beloved mother and devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was born April 10, 1918 to Annie Laurie Parker Smitheal and Green Williamson Smitheal. She graduated from Dyersburg High School and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She married William Harold Biesel, a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, after his return from service as a B17 pilot in the European Theater of Operations.
Her church was a major part of her life. She taught Sunday School for many years, was a member of the Lola Summers Sunday School Class, and the Bontheo Circle. She also visited the sick, delivered tapes to the shut ins, distributed bibles, and served on the Finance Committee. In 1995, she was honored by the Cumberland Presbyterian Women with a Patron Membership for her dedicated service. In addition, she was actively involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a volunteer as a Pink Lady at the local hospital.
Having lived in Dyersburg most of her life, she was known to family and friends as a kind, loving, and compassionate person.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Larry Blakeburn officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive visitors Friday, February 26, 2010 from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. at Curry Funeral Home.
She is survived by three children; Annie Laurie Biesel Billings and husband Gary Anthony Billings of Scarborough, NY; Suzanne Burney Biesel Callahan and husband, Dr. Joseph Anthony Callahan, II, of Palo Alto, CA; and William Harold Biesel, Jr. and wife Elizabeth Turnage Biesel of Dallas, TX; eight grandchildren, Parker and Elizabeth Billings; Stephanie, Jonathan, and Chase Callahan; Elizabeth, William, and Emily Biesel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. "Bill" Biesel, one brother, Green Williamson Smitheal, Jr. and her parents Annie Laurie Parker Smitheal and Green Williamson Smitheal.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2280 Parr Avenue, Dyersburg, TN 38024.
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." -- John 11:25
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Geraldyne Cobb McFarland, 88, of Carabelle, FL, formerly of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at St. James Bay Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was a homemaker and retired employee of Dyersburg Fabrics and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Dyer County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Lynn King officiating.
The family will receive visitors at 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.
Survivors include a daughter, Francyne Wells and husband, Jack; two grandchildren, Kelly W. Holden and husband, Michael, of Greer, SC and Janet W. Swaim and husband, Matt, of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters, Jean Carson of Little Rock, AR and Mary Jo Moore of Dyersburg; a sister-in-law, Dean Cobb of Memphis; four great-grandchildren, Alex Holden, Lauren Holden, both of Greer, SC and Noah Swaim and Madison Swaim both of Jacksonville, FL; three nieces, Pat Willis of Dyersburg, Lynda Bratcher of Little Rock AR, and Monetta Campbell of Memphis; and a nephew, Calvin Moore Jr. of Dyersburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Edward McFarland; her parents, Cleophus Cobb and Vera Robeson Cobb; and a brother, Norris Cobb.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Moore Jr., David Greer, Ronnie Campbell, Johnny Smith, Bill Ables and George Wallace.
The family requests that any memorials be directed to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 825 Hillcrest Ave., Dyersburg, TN 38024.
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