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Obituaries for June 3, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ruby Alford, 78, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired Advertising Director for 31 years for the State Gazette, a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and a member of Young at Heart.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn King officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Dyersburg Funeral Home and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Ernest Alford of Dyersburg; two sisters, Joyce Myers and Bettye Nail, both of Dyersburg; two brothers, Glenn Thomas Waller of Corinth, MS. and Bobby Neal Waller of Dyersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ora McGlaughlin Waller; and two brothers, Harold Waller and Albert "John" Waller.

Pallbearers will be Austin Waller, Austin Crum, Bradley Greer, Billy Greer, Brian Hatch and Scott McCaslin.


Paul Warren Bennett died Tuesday, June 1,2010, at his home in Trimble, TN, surrounded by his family. He was born July 4, 1932, in Hornbeak. He worked for Nichols Engineering in Union City for 23 years and later retired from the City of Trenton as city manager. He served as a director of the Yorkville Telephone Company for 22 years.

He was a Veteran in the Korean War. He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Trimble. Graveside services will be held at the Cool Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 12:30 pm, Thursday, June 3, with Dr. Bill Oakley and Rev. James Watford officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 until noon at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Peggy Jean Miller Bennett; one son Donald Bennett of Trimble; two daughters, Paula Jordan of Dyersburg and Beth Dudley and husband Roger of Bradford; six grandchildren: Dustin Bennett, John Bennett, Daniel Bennett, Adam Pate, Hunter Jordan and Rachel Glenn; four step grandchildren, Brad Jordan, Jessica Jordan, Seth Dudley and Kaitlin Dudley; two sisters, Marie Morton and Ruth King of Troy and two brothers Vernon Bennett of Union City and Sidney Bennett of RoEllen. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Myrtle Bennett, brothers Bennie and Jack Bennett and step grandson Blake Jordan.

Pallbearers will be James Page, Ricky Littleton, Chris Young, David Glidewell, Roger Wayne Page, and Chuck Benjamin. Honorary pallbearers will be James Batts, Brad Pate, James Morton and L. C. Nichols.

Please sign online condolences at johnsonwilliamsfuneralhome.com.


Earl David Plunk, 78, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Aug. 29, 1931 in Dyersburg to Ira and Rubye (Morris) Plunk.

He graduated from Dyersburg High School in 1950 and also graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he attended and graduated from General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich.

He worked for General Motors as a mechanical engineer for 25 years and then worked as a mechanical engineer for Word Industries for a number of years. He retired from Farmers Insurance after 15 years.

He loved golf, fishing and hunting and was a 32nd-degree Mason. He loved people and loved to talk and tell stories, especially about his family and his life experiences.

Preceded in death by his parents Ira and Rubye Plunk; one brother, Jerry Clyde Plunk; and a grandson, Timothy Michael Robertson.

Survived by his wife, Martha Plunk of Tulsa, Okla.; a son, David Thomas Plunk of Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, James Allen Plunk of Dyersburg; two sisters, Betty Kirk of Dyersburg and Opal Corsaw of Broken Arrow, Okla.; three nieces, Sherry Hilliard of Broken Arrow, Okla., Brenda Lee of Dyersburg and Cindy Henson of Ripley; and five nephews, Larry Smith and Ricky Kirk of Dyersburg, David Plunk of Newbern, Ronnie Kirk of Yorkville and Mike Kirk of Union City.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2010 at Moore's Southlawn Chapel in Tulsa, Okla.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Lee, Larry Smith, James Meadors, Paul Combs, Keith Hilliard, Ricky Kirk, David Plunk and James Plunk.