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Obituaries for March 23, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Denise Ables, 52, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

She was a self-employed business person and a member of First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Dr. Raymond Boston, Dr. Mike Hickman, and Rev. Bill Phipps officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include her husband Bill Ables, of Dyersburg; two daughters, Samantha Harris and Laura Jayne Harris, both of Dyersburg; her mother, Mildred Haddock, of Lenox; a sister, Diane Cook, of Nashville; a brother, David Haddock and wife, Jayne, of Lenox; and a grandchild, Jackson Smith, of Dyersburg.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Joy Haddock.

Pallbearers will be Jake Haddock, John Haddock, Jim Welch, Bryan Pride, Glenn Childress, and Josh Canada. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Davis, Mike Davis, and Bud Wallace.

Memorials may be made to: Denise Ables Trust C/O Maple Ridge 705 Lake Road Dyersburg, TN 38024.


Henry Klyce Rice Jr., 59, formerly from Dyersburg Tennessee died March 22, 2010 after an extensive struggle with illness at Baptist Memorial East in Memphis, TN. He was a graduate of University of Memphis where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He farmed for many years in Obion & Dyer Counties and was an active member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg. Mr. Rice was well respected by friends and business associates alike. After moving to Memphis in 1985 with his family, he was an active commercial real estate entrepreneur in the mid-south. He was an avid golfer and played often at Farmington County Club. Family played a fundamental role in Mr. Rice's life as he was a devoted husband, loving father, and caring grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Susanne Rice. Mr. Rice is survived by his wife Marlyna Edwards Rice, daughter Katherine Rice Tait and her husband John Tait, granddaughter Anna Klyce Tait. He is also survived by his sisters, Eleanor Rice Dean and husband Bob Dean, Susanne Rice Allen and husband Michael Allen, as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 23rd from 4:00 - 6:00 at Memphis Funeral Home located at 5599 Poplar Ave. The funeral will be at St. Andrews Episcopal in Collierville, where Mr. Rice was a member, on Wednesday, March 24th at 2:00.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg.

In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorials be sent to the Make a Wish Foundation.


Mrs. Frances Seratt, 83, of Dyersburg, TN died Monday, March 22, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. She was owner/operator of Dyersburg Cab Company for 40 years and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010 in the chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Reverend Billy Tucker officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 23rd at Curry Funeral Home.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Barbara Dotson and husband Danny of Trenton, TN, Pam Doss of Dyersburg, TN, 1 son, Robert Houston Seratt of Monroe, LA, 1 sister, Lois Ward of Halls, TN, 4 grandchildren, Lamar Dotson, Kimberly Gonzalas, Angela Burkeen and Krista Doss, 10 great-grandchildren, Lamar Dotson, Jr., Chelesa Dotson, Kayla Doss, Melashia Agular, Brent Wilson, Chase Wilson, Skyler Wilson, Christopher Ernest and Blake Ernest, and Tesla Terry and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Timothy Ernest & Cloie Dotson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Seratt and son in law, Wymond Doss.

Pallbearers will be Lamar Dotson, Lamar Dotson, Jr., Christopher Ernest, Blake Ernest, Glen Neilsen and Brent Wilson

The family requests that memorials be directed to Lebonheur Children's Hospital.

Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com