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Obituaries for November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ricky Nelson Coleman Sr. (Sugar Bear), formerly of Newbern, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Coleman; children, Lakia Williams, Kendra, Ricky II, and Darryl Coleman; three grandchildren; mother, Annie B. Jones; brothers, Jerry (Noi), and Reginald (Sabrina) Coleman; sisters, Anita Mosley, Derecia Hannah and Paula Jones.

Family visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 16, from noon-1 p.m. with funeral to follow at Born Again Church, 858 W. Trinity Lane in Nashville, Elder Barry Towles Eulogists, Elder Harold Hockett Officiant. Interment Greenwood N.


Herman Bruce Harris of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California was born on March 5, 1917. When he was six years old, his adventurous young mother and father moved almost three thousand miles away to "the land of sunshine" -Los Angeles. They settled in an apartment near Westlake Park, and Bruce attended Third Street School.

He graduated from L.A. High School, and immediately enrolled at V.C.L.A. , which had a new campus "near the ocean." He majored in Business, minored in Music, was a member of Phi Psi Fraternity, sang in the Glee Club, and played on the V.C.L.A. Tennis Team. Bruce graduated from V.C.L.A. in 1939.

During World War II, he served in the V.S. Army Air Force, and received his officer's commission in South Carolina. He was assigned to the Hal Roach Studios where he directed military training films. Incidentally another member of that same team was Ronald Reagan, with whom he enjoyed working. He remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel.

After the war, Bruce utilized his newfound entertainment business skills and pursued his innate music talents as well, working as a soloist and in chorales

for Earl Carroll's Theatre, the most popular of the Hollywood ballrooms. He also sang in various films, including "Fantasia."

Bruce later was affiliated with Organon, Inc., a large, international Dutch pharmaceutical company with American headquarters in Orange, New Jersey. Initially a salesman, Bruce advanced over the years to Western Sates Manager of many personnel, and continued with the company for over twenty years.

Additionally, Bruce met and married Caroline Smythe Parks of Parksacres, Trimble, Tennessee on April 10, 1948. After a honeymoon in Mexico City, they made their home in Los Angeles, California where they lived thereafter.

Bruce is survived by his beloved wife Caroline, son Randall Parks Bruce Harris of Ojo Caliente, New Mexico; daughter Heather Harris of Van Nuys, California, and two grandchildren, Randall's son Emerson Parks Tumey Harris of Nashville, Tennessee and Randall's daughter Alexandra Tumey Harris of San Mateo, California.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the family Parks/Pierce Cemetery in Trimble with Rev. Buck Carroll officiating. A memorial service will be held at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles at a later date.

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.


Mary Fox Hendrix, 94, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Dyersburg, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at Redstone Village in Huntsville.

She was retired as a registered nurse for Colonial Rubber Works, was a 60-year member of East Dyersburg United Methodist Church, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at East Dyersburg United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. today at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda McBride of Huntsville, Ala., and Linda Yates of Concord, N.H.; four grandchildren, Susanna Sanford, Sarah Woodward and Stephen Woodward, all of Atlanta, Ga., and Gerry McBride of Dyersburg; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sevier "Cat" Hendrix, her parents, and six brothers and sisters.


Lori Lynnette Poteet Box, 44, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.


Ezell Simmons age 61 of Dyersburg died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Jackson Regional Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net


Justian Macklin age 11 of Tiptonville, TN died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cosmopolitanfuneralservices.net