Obituaries for March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mr. Billy Ray Anderson, 68, of Dyersburg, TN died Friday, March 19, 2010 at his residence.

Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2010 in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Daniels officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 4 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Kendall of Oaklawn, Illinois; three step-daughters, Annetta Sweatt of Dyersburg, Angie Lucius of Hornbeak, and Beverly Zarecor of Newbern; a son, Jeffrey Anderson of Dyersburg; three step-sons, David White, Sammy White, and Mike White all of Dyersburg; three sisters, Shirley Pierce and Helen Wilson both of Dyersburg, and Joyce Edwards of Tigrett; one brother, Terry Anderson of California three grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren, and 13 step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Anderson; a step-son, Jeff White; his parents, Joel and Beatrice Burns Anderson, one sister, Linda Sawyers; and four brothers, William Anderson, Jack Anderson, Douglas Anderson, and Joe Anderson.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Dyer County Community Cancer Fund.

Online condolences are available on our website-

Willie Earl McKee, 72, passed away at his home with his loving family by his side on Friday, March 19, 2010, following a courageous fight with a long illness. He was a graduate of Memphis State, a retired Air Force Captain, and a dedicated Shelby County employee for over 30 years. Despite the many accolades he received over the years, Mr. McKee always said his proudest achievement was his family. He was preceded in death by his father, C.W. Jack McKee, of Dyersburg, TN; and is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Ann; his daughter Heather Danielson (Steve); his mother, Mary McKee; and his sister, Mary Clyde Luckett (Lewis). Visitation will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010. The funeral services on 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 22 also at Memorial Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Alpha-1 Foundation via its Web site at or by mail at Alpha-1 Foundation, ATTN: Development Office, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133.

Mary Frances Lowery Johnson Slaughter, 66, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin.

She was the retired owner of The Cozy Kitchen.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at West Dyersburg Church of Christ, where she was a member, with Glen Burse and Jim Chamblee officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Stoy Slaughter of Dyersburg; four daughters, Leigh Ann Simpson and husband, Randy, of Sherrills Ford, N.C., Meri Lynn Gwinn and husband, Danny, and Jill Nash and husband, Chad, all of Friendship, and Holly Campbell of Finley; a stepdaughter, Joyce Brooks and husband, Ronnie, of Dyersburg; a stepson, Mike Slaughter and wife, Elaine, of Dyersburg; three sisters, Dot Hollomon of Dyersburg, Betty Swims of Jackson and Patty Jefferies of Germantown; a brother, Ted Lowery of Jackson; seven grandchildren, Molly Kate Simpson, Calli Simpson, Katie Gwinn, Keri Gwinn, Hunter Campbell, Rebecca Campbell and Morgan Nash; six step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James D. Johnson; her parents, Floyd and Lucy Pruitt Lowery; a sister, Imo Gene Butcher; and three brothers, James Lowery, Billy Ray Lowery and Sammy Lowery.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Campbell, Ronnie Butcher, Greg Swims, Jay Holloman, Gene Hall, Mike Slaughter, Ricky Lowery and Jimmy Lowery. Honorary pallbearers will be Todd Swims, Andy Swims, Danny Lowery and Tommy Butcher.