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Obituaries for March 9, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sarah Elizabeth "Precious" Edmundson Bond, 89, of Dyersburg, died Sunday March 7, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker, a member of First United Methodist Church for 60 years, a member of Summer Hill Garden Club, an avid Bridge player, an excellent cook, an avid reader, a member of Thursday Morning First United Methodist Church Bible Study, a member of Potts-Price and Sellers Sunday School Class, a member of United Methodist Women, and a Methodist Youth Fellowship Leader.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Phillip Cook and Rev. Wade Cox officiating. Burial will be in Griers Chapel Cemetery in Dyer, TN.

The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, R.H. "Red" Bond of Dyersburg; two daughters, Carol Elizabeth Bond Hamer and husband Joseph William Hamer, of Birmingham, AL, and Nancy Leigh Bond Deere, of Dyersburg; four grandchildren, Richard William Hamer, Rev. Elizabeth Bond Hamer Nall, John Thomas Deere, and Wesley Bond Deere; and two great-grandchildren, Rebekah Elizabeth Hamer, and Maxwell William Hamer.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Jequline Ann Bond; her parents, James Wesley and Frances Grauette Edmundson; her identical twin sister, Frances Estelle Anderson; and a brother, William Lewis Edmundson.

Pallbearers will be Richard William Hamer, John Thomas Deere, Wesley Bond Deere, Jonathan Summers, Jameson Hunley Gullett, and Adam Heath Fisher.

The family requests that memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church Youth Program or The American Village, P.O. Box 6 Montevallo, Ala. 35115.


Eunice Mitchell Clark, of Fulton, Ky. retired president of Fulton Publishing Co., Inc., and retired publisher and editor of the Fulton Daily Leader, died Sunday at her home. She was 87.

Private burial will be Tuesday morning at Pleasant View Memorial Gardens in Fulton, with Rev. Bill Tate officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark Tomlin, Joey Brush, Dean Brush, Trey Mitchell, Ben Mitchell, Garrett Boyd, Josh Mitchell and Scott Wheeler, grandsons.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Tate officiating. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Fulton.

Survivors include three sons, Vyron Mitchell Jr. (Cynthia), Newbern; William Mitchell (Rita), Shelbyville; and John Mitchell, (Kathy) St. Marys, Ga.; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Prehm (Eddie) and Rebecca Allen, both of Paris and Cindy Rodenberger (Kurt), Ringgold, Ga.; one stepdaughter, Amy Grassham, Pleasant View; 22 grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, 44 great-grandchildren, three great-great- grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. C. Ernest Williams, Kennewick, Wash.; and one sister, Jeane Herrmann, Lisle, Ill.; and friend of the family, Eula Rose, Fulton.

She was preceded in death on Sept. 26, 1977 by her first husband, Vyron Mitchell Sr., whom she married March 18, 1943; and her second husband on July 11, 2001, Virgil B. Clark, whom she married Dec. 30, 1984; one stepson, Ben Clark; four brothers, Percy Williams, Paris, Tenn.; James C. Williams, Murray, Ky.; Bryant Williams, Paris; and Dr. H. Lee Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, John Scott Wheeler and Molly Irene Mitchell.

A native of Florence, Ala., she was born Aug. 25, 1922, daughter of the late William Percy and Lucy Cowan Williams. She graduated from Grove High School, Paris, class of l940, and Whitworth College, Brookhaven, Miss. She was the author of "Small Talk," a human- interest column, and for several years was author of "Kentucky Kin," a genealogical column. She became editor of the Fulton Daily Leader in 1955, publisher in 1977 and retired in 1985.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Cokesbury

Sunday School class; teacher of several adult Sunday School classes for more than 40 years, member of several boards and committees, and member and past president of United Methodist Women. She also was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and charter member and regent of Jacob Flournoy chapter, and member and past president of Fulton Woman's Club.


Frances E. Evans, 76, of Newbern, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was a homemaker.

Services were at 1 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Waymon Hogue officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Crawford and husband, Marty, of Dyersburg; a son, Paul Wayne Evans of Newbern; a brother Larry Taylor of Antioch; five grandchildren, Karen Taylor, Rhonda Henson, Nathan Evans, Tara Evans and Tyler Evans; and a great-grandchild, Peyton Henson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Evans; her parents, Roger Taylor and Jewell Shoulders Taylor; a brother, Roger Taylor Jr.; and a grandson, Shane Henson.

Pallbearers will be Tim Murray, Joey Murray, John Mark Johnson, Tony Evans, Bryan Qualls and Jerry Bowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Crawford and Philip Crawford.

You may sign online condolences at Johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com


Opal Thompson, 93, of Newbern, died Sunday, March 7, 2010 at Dyersburg Manor Nursing Center.

She was nutritionist for the State of Tennessee and a member of Emmaus Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Emmaus Baptist Church with the Rev. James Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include a son-in-law, Tom Bedgood of Huntley, Ind.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Thompson; two daughters, Sandra Bedgood and Shirley Grubbs Sparks; a son, Buddy Lewis Thompson; her parents, Robert and Serena Wilson Dunning; a brother, Scott Rizley; and a grandson, Randy Grubbs.

Pallbearers will be James Council, Dennis Dozier, Gary Dozier, Thomas Bedgood, Todd Bedgood and Brian Grubbs.

You may sign online condolences at Johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com