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Obituaries for December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Paula Sue Jones Davidson, 55, of Newbern, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a teacher for Northwest Tennessee Headstart in Newbern and Dyersburg, and a member of Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Shannon Saliba officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband, Donny D. Davidson of Newbern; a daughter, Darla Sue Smee (Jason S.) of Newbern; three sons, Donny D. Davidson Jr. (Kimo) and Dillon Kyle Davidson (Jennifer), both of Newbern, and Dakota Seth Davidson of Lepanto, Ark.; a sister, Deby Davis (Barry) of Newbern; a brother, Randy Jones (Terrie) of Hopkinsville, Ky.; her stepmother, Jane Jones of Newbern; two stepbrothers, Steve Epps of Newbern and Brian Epps of Harlingen, Texas; her father-in-law, Fines Davidson of Newbern; five grandchildren, Lyndon C. Vires, Legend C. Vires, Ladd C. Smee, Liberty C. Smee and Donny D. "Tripp" Davidson III, all of Newbern; brothers- and sisters-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sue Council and Billy Jones; and her mother-in-law, Bernice "Nanny" Davidson.

Pallbearers will be Lyndon C. Vires, Legend C. Vires, Matt Beaumont, Wessley White, David Davidson, Chuck Beaumont, Jamie Davidson and Little David Davidson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Beaumont, Ladd Smee, Ryan White, Braxton Dorse, Jay Patterson, Blake Jones and Brandon Epps.

Memorials may be directed to Cornerstone Church of God, 804 Lake Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024; Dyersburg Church Of God, 1014 Phillips St., Dyersburg, TN 38024; or Community Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38025.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome .com.


James A. Hollis, 64, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

He was a retired Employee with the maintenance department for Dyersburg City School System and a member of First Assembly of God.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen Stoner officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his mother, Lillie Hollis of Dyersburg; two sisters, Teresa Pease Hollis of Dyersburg and Doris Marie Hollis Essary of Lubbock, TX.; a brother, Larry Joe Hollis of Lenox; three nieces, Tina Valois of Randleman, NC., Tess Essary Holley and Edie Essary Goodnight, both of Lubbock, TX.; two nephews, Michael Rhodes of Asheboro, NC. and John Thomas Hollis of Lenox; and a special friend, Linda McCormick of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.T. Hollis.

Pallbearers will be John Thomas Hollis, Kenny Monteith, William Monteith, Lynn Parker, Eddie Vernon and Pastor Dwayne Dewitt.


Larry Thomas Stone, 61, of Memphis, died Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in Memphis.

He was a systems manager for Kenny Floor Covering, attended University of Tennessee at Martin, formerly a member of First Baptist Church in Ridgely and a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in Guam and Scotland from 1968-1972.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Haven Cemetery with Bro. Ray Goodgine II officiating. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Dyersburg Funeral Home Ridgely Chapel.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Stone of Memphis; his mother, Anne Stone Lavenue of Tiptonville; three step-daughters, Celia Stone Marcel, Laura Denise Whitfield and Marlo Marie Whitfield, all of Memphis; three step-sons, Sandino Stone of Memphis, Donnell Whitfield and Timothy Whitfield, both of Davenport, Iowa; two sisters, Susan Goodgine of Tiptonville and Carrie Lou Anderson of Ridgely; twelve grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Stone; and his grandparents, Q.T. and Mary Opal Shaw West and Pete and Christine Stone.

Pallbearers will be Randy Anderson, Nicky Jones, Nicky Ligons, David Freeman, Steven Ligons and William Parks.


Betty Sisk of Dyersburg died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.