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Obituaries for December 21, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Melanie Carol Campbell, of Memphis, died Saturday, Dec. 18. 2010 in Marshall County, Miss.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Snow Lake Community Center. Another memorial service will be held in January for family and friends in the Memphis area. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, Barbara Leonard Campbell and Jimmy Campbell of Memphis; a sister, Margaret Organ (Rufus); a new, Jacob Organ; a niece, Makenzie Organ; "Uncle" Alan Waxman; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her beloved cat, Gracie.


Anna Mae Denison, 85, of Newbern, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Calvin Smith and the Rev George Butler officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

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

Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Lenderman of Paragould, Ark., Arlene Jowers of Newbern, Tn. Vicky Medlin of Buchanan, Mich. and Annette May of Eva, Tn.; two son, Billy Denison of Counce and Bobby Denison of Jacks Creek; two sisters, Earline Smitherman of Wayne, Mich. and Dathel Duffel of Nile, Mich.; a brother, Leon Baker of St. Louis, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Denison; her parents, Rosetta Archer Baker and Elisha David Baker; two sisters, Lena Coleman and Pattie Ann Baker; and a brother, Leo Baker.

Pallbearers will be Craig Porsch, Scott Cravins, Zakk Wells, Robert Denison, Mike Lenderman and Chris Riggins.


Freeman Dudley, 72, of Dyersburg, died Sunday, December 19, 2010 at his residence.

He was the owner and operator of Car's Unlimited, member of West Dyersburg Church of Christ, Dyersburg City Alderman for 14 years, former Commissioner of Dyersburg Dixie Youth Baseball for 20+ years and former part owner of Dyersburg Piano and Storage Company.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at West Dyersburg Church of Christ with Dr. Ricky Burse, Mr. Larry Fowlkes and Mr. Shannon Walker officiating. Burial will be in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Dudley of Dyersburg; a daughter, Carla Dudley Taylor and husband, Marty, of Newbern; a son, Jimmy Dudley of Newbern; a sister, Patricia Phillips of Halls; four brothers, Wallace Dudley of Ridgely, Roger Dudley and Bobby Gene Dudley, both of Dyersburg and Paul Dudley of Tatumville; four grandchildren, Allison Dudley, Kara Taylor, Ali Grace Taylor and Hunter Taylor; and a great-grandchild, Payton Tyler Hicks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Helen Hutchison Dudley; and a brother, Joe Glen Dudley.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Sykes, Tom Autry, Steve Bennett, Eddie Shultz, Ed Jackson and Laddie Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond McBride, Larry Fowlkes, David Walker, John Huse Robinson and Melvin Ferguson.


Always having been a lady to do things her own way, Mattie Kenney, 98, departed Dyersburg Manor Nursing Home on December 19, 2010, to spend Christmas with Jesus Christ.

Born Mattie Mae Brisendine to parents Joe and Jenny Brisendine, she married Paul Kenney on 9/30/28. She was a lifelong Christian and active supporter and member of First Baptist Church, Dyersburg. She taught children's Sunday School for many years, and she loved her XYZ Group. She was best known for her fried peach and apple pies and her Merry Castle Restaurant hamburgers and hotdogs until her retirement. Called "Bobba" by many family and friends, she had a kind heart, a generous spirit, and was a precious jewel. She enjoyed Christian living and doted on her family.

She leaves behind loved ones: Bettye and Charlie Tubbs, daughter and son-in-law of Dyersburg, four granddaughters, Linda Bell (Larry), Paula Hooper, Mickey Jones (Donald), Dyersburg; Alicia Cantrell (Jerry), Newbern; and a grandson, Jeff Beaumont, Nashville. She also leaves three great-granddaughters, Jamey Attaway (Jeremy), Jenney Beasley (Russell), Dyersburg, and Taylor Cantrell, Newbern. Two great, great granddaughters who also adored her are Abbey and Bailey Willard of Dyersburg.

Mattie is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Paul E. Kenney, a beloved son and daughter-in-law, Paul Wayne and Jeannie Kenney, and an infant granddaughter Melinda Joyce Kenney. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Annie Kelley and LulaBelle Lloyd, and two brothers, Joe and Harvey Brisendine.

A brief visitation will be held Tuesday at 11:00 am at Dyersburg Funeral Home. Graveside services, officiated by her friend Willis Chapman, will follow at noon in Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Cantrell, Larry Bell, Jeremy Attaway, and Tim Bivens.

Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Reverend Robert Singleton, 68, of Newbern, died Sunday, December 19, 2010 at his residence. He was Pastor at RoEllen Church of Jesus Christ and an avid airplane pilot.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home with the Reverend Udale Holmes and the Reverend Ed Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Singleton family will receive visitors Monday and Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years Linda Singleton of Newbern, 3 daughters Lizz Baggett (Duke) of Friendship, Cindy Redden (Raymond) of Braggadocio, MO and Lorie Bell (Mike) of Dyersburg; a sister-in-law, Barbara Singleton of Dyersburg; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Maurice Redden, Johnny Singleton, David Harris, Marty Harris, John Tyler Hamil and Stanley Nale.

The family request that any memorials be directed to RoEllen Church of Jesus Christ.

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


Johnny Thomas, 61, of Tiptonville, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at his residence.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Ridgely Chapel of Curry Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Allison officiating. Interment will follow in City Cemetery in Tiptonville. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Ridgely.

Survivors include one son, John Eric Thomas of Minnesota; one sister, Mary Jane Jackson of Tiptonville, one brother, Jerry Thomas of Tiptonville and two Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Jean Thomas; one son, Joseph Corey Thomas and his parents, Jake and Earlene Chilton Thomas.

Pallbearers will be Jason Thomas, Wayne Hatley, Claude Salmon, Terry Hudson, Hunter Thomas, Andrew Price, Kyle Rodriquez, and Tom Roark.

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