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Obituaries for March 18, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kenneth Allen "Ken" Byrd, age 56 of Dyersburg, died Friday, March 12, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Lima, Ohio and son of the late Kermit Byrd and Delores Spurlock Byrd Phillips, who survives.

Ken was a graduate of Marshall University with a fierce pride in being part of the Thundering Herd. He served his country in the United States Navy. Ken was a devoted son, brother, husband, uncle and father. He loved his children and grandchildren and had a natural passion for living. He often tinkered with things to either fix them, or just to see how they worked. He lived and active life until illness struck him 17 years ago, leading him to live quietly with his wife and dogs until his death. He saw his time on earth through the eyes of his devotion to his God.

A kind and caring man, Ken is survived by his wife: Paula Strickland Byrd of Dyersburg, TN; 2 children: Kenneth Allen Jr. and Amanda, both of Huntington WV; his mother: Delores Phillips of Huntington WV; sister: Debbie Hatfield of St. Louis MO; and three grandchildren.

The family will celebrate Ken's life at a later date. Notes of sympathy may be sent at www. CremationSocietyofTN. com


Buford L. Bivens, 90, of Jackson, formerly of Dyersburg, died Monday, March 15, 2010 at Memphis VA Medical Center.

He was a retired employee of Bivens Furniture, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of First Christian Church in Dyersburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Friendship Funeral Home with Tom Maples officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, Richard Bivens Sr. and wife, Carol, of Jackson; and a grandson, Richard Bivens Jr. of Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nichols Bivens; his parents, Alton and Lula Little Bivens; three sisters; and five brothers.

Pallbearers will be Freddie Bivens, James Bivens, Lynn Dale Bivens, Billy Bivens, David Welch and Billy Summar.