Army Sergeant Israel P. O'Bryan died June 11, 2010, in Iraq by a suicide attacker in an explosives-rigged car. He was assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
Israel Paul O'Bryan was born March 3, 1986, in St. Matthews, KY. He was the son of Denise (Saneford) Jones and Richard W. O'Bryan Jr. Israel graduated from Dyer County High School in Newbern, TN and attended the University of Tennessee (Martin, TN). He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Israel entered the United States Army on May 25, 2006. He trained as a Mortarman at Fort Benning, GA. Israel was assigned to Battle Company 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry on September 26, 2006, as a mortarman. Sergeant O'Bryan was appointed as a Squad Leader in 4th Platoon on August 7, 2009. Sergeant O'Bryan's awards and decoration include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Two Overseas Service Ribbons, Army Valorous Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, and Combat Infantryman Badge. Israel was united in marriage on December 29, 2007, with Brenna Selly Hong Loan Oey in Wilmot, SD. Brenna, a former active-duty soldier with the same brigade, met Israel on a previous deployment to Iraq. She moved to Sisseton, SD with their one-year-old son to be with her family during Israel's second deployment. Israel loved children and his son's birth was a true blessing. While in high school, Israel was active in sports, including boxing, soccer and baseball. He also enjoyed a good shopping day!
A memorial service for Sergeant O'Bryan will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the Dyer County High School Commons. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Dyer County High School.
Sergeant Israel O'Bryan is survived by his wife, Brenna O'Bryan of Sisseton, SD; one son: Turner Tie Brooks O'Bryan of Sisseton, SD; his mother and step-father: Denise and Eddie Jones of Newbern, TN; his father and step-mother: Richard and Linda O'Bryan of Portland, TN; one sister: Tabetha and husband Carl McBroom of Burns, TN; his father and mother-in-law: Dr. David and Lori Oey of Sisseton, SD; his grandmother, Janette Saneford of Newbern, TN; his grandparents-in-law, Dale and Anita Remund of Wilmot, SD; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law: Alexander and wife Tracy Oey of Marshall, MN; Theresa and husband Dean Devine of Wichita, KS; Rachel and husband Scott Locy of Sisseton, SD; Graham and wife Christina Oey of Sioux Falls, SD; five nephews: Bradley McBroom, Michael McBroom, Matthew McBroom, Carter Locy, Xander Oey; three nieces: Emilyn Locy, Hadley Devine, and Haley Oey.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Brooks Saneford and Richard W. O'Bryan Sr.
The family requests that any memorials be directed to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, 310 S. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220.
Harold Thurmond Perciful, 76, of Jackson, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
He was a retired employee for the supply department at the Army Depot in Anniston, Ala., were he worked for 20 years, a member of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 23 1/2 years, a Mason of the 32nd Degree, a member of Anniston, Ala. Fraternal Lodge No. 700, a member of the Jackson Photo Club and an Honorary Park Ranger at Fort Donelson Park.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Lay and Mr. Jack Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda G. Hill of Newton, Kan.; a son, Harold T. Perciful Jr. of Dallas, Texas; a brother, Billy R. Perciful of Dyersburg; two grandchildren, Daniel Hill of Newton, Kan. and Emily Maker of Austin, Texas; and a great-grandchild, Allison Maker of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Henry and Lois Perciful; a sister, Maxie Reeves; and a brother, James Perciful.
Pallbearers will be Charles Dean, Brian Heathcott, Matt Willis, Ronnie Gill, Tommy Anderson and Daniel Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Wallace and Jimmy McGuire.
Skyler Drake Pollock, 6-year-old son of Jessica Ellen Hale Kemp and Josh Pollock, died Thurs-day, June 24, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cryer Funeral Home in Obion with the Rev. Archie Larry officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, west of Obion.
The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In addition to his parents, survivors include a sister, Destiny Elaine Rogers; a brother, Braydon Smith; his grandparents, Scotty Hale of Dyersburg and William and Kim Hardee of Ripley; his great-grandparents, JR Hale of Cloverdale, Billy Hollis of Dyersburg, Sydney and Deloris Pollock of Obion, the late Bobbie Hale and the late Joanna Faye Jefferies; an aunt, Leslie Hardee; four uncles, Dustin Hale, Scotty Joe, Jeffery Pollock and Daniel Pollock; three great-aunts, Barbara Thorton of Memphis, Anita Hollis Hill of Florida and Cynthia Heatherly of Newbern; and four great-uncles, Ricky Hollis and Scotty Hollis, both of Dyersburg, Gary Glenn Hale and Tim Heatherly.
Sandra "Suzie" Elaine Weeks, 45, of Halls, died Friday, June 11, 2010 at her brother's residence in Dyersburg.
Survivors include a son, Scott Holly; her mother, Peggy Weeks of Milan; three sisters, JoAnn Bates and Sheila Warden, both of Halls and Beverly Brooks of Dyersburg; and two brothers, Bobby Brim and Danny Weeks, both of Dyersburg.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lewis Daniel Weeks; and a brother, Lewis David Weeks.
Zealia Andrew Wilson, 91, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 at her daughter's residence in Finley.
She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Glen Elliot officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Bentley and husband, Larry, of Halls and Betty Wheeler and husband, Perry, of Finley; a son, Jerry W. Wilson and wife, Linda, of Finley; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Wilson; three sons, Turner Eugene Wilson, James Harold Wilson and Jack Franklin Wilson; her mother, Cora Bell Taliferro; and a sister, Carrie Mae Smith.
Pallbearers will be Terry Lynn Wilson, Cliff Wilson, James White, Walter Wilson, Andy Wheeler and Jonathan Wheeler.