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Obituaries for January 4, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Laura Juanita "Granny Mom" Carrell, 88, of Newbern, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at The Highlands of Dyersburg.

She was retired as a floral designer for Newbern Florist and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

Services were Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with Bro. Parks Thurmon and Randy Sims officiating. Burial was in Yorkville Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Hulme and husband, Wayne, of Newbern; two sons, Lonnie Louis Carrell and Larry Mack Carrell, both of Newbern; two sisters, Florence Etta "Bug" Fultz and Edith Moore, both of Newbern; three brothers, Vernon Miller of Dyersburg, Finis Miller of Yorkville and Don Miller of Newbern; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie B. Carrell; three sisters, Demova McKeel, Edna Miller and Arthell McCann; and three brothers, Bruce Miller, Charles Miller and Billy Miller.

Pallbearers were Keith Hulme, Lonnie Louis Carrell Jr., Randy Sims, Jonathan Sims, Christopher McDonald, Joshua McDonald, Tommy McDonald and Clay Hulme.


Gracie Lee (Dyer Parker) Fields was the fourth of five children --all girls- in a West Tennessee family. She was the youngest "Queen" in the 1935 West Tennessee Cotton Carnival held in Memphis when she was 17 years of age!

Gracie always wished to be remembered as a "Southern Lady", ready to help those that needed a friend or who needed someone to talk to.

Gracie lived for 50 years in the Montgomery Village area of Santa Rosa, CA. She was active in Civic and Social affairs, having been President of the Santa Rosa Newcomers Club and worked actively with Neva Joe Schaffer for some time. She was a member of the Welfare League in Santa Rosa and has been a member of the Saturday Afternoon Club for many years.

Gracie was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa since 1960, serving on the Deaconate Board. She was also a member of the American Baptist Women's Ministry. She was active in many of the Church programs.

She will best be remembered for her dedication to the sick and spent so much of her time visiting nursing homes and "shut-ins". She stayed with cancer friends and encouraged them to home Hospice when time was right.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Hickman officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was predeceased by two husbands, BF Parker of Dyersburg, TN in August, 1947 and William W. Fields, Jr. who passed away in Santa Rosa, CA in October, 1985. She was also predeceased by her parents, Leonard Walter "LW" Dyer and Marjorie "Maude" Ross Dyer as well as her sisters, Eva Dyer Hastings, Ethel Dyer Springer, Lorene Dyer Hurley and Lora Dyer Holt.

She is survived by all of her four children, John E. Parker (Jane) of Palm Harbor, FL, Linda K. Parker (Bruce Cleveland) of Camano Is., WA, Dr. W. Wesley Fields, III (Nadia Mazur) of Dana Point, CA and Susan L. Fields of Bellevue, WA.

She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She loved being a grandmother (known as Grammie, Poppy and GG) and spent much time visiting them.

One sister, Rachel Finch, survives in Boston, MA, as well as her sister-in-law, Anne Smith of Walnut Creek, CA. She wishes to remember her cousins, nieces and nephews.

At her request, Gracie will be buried with family in her childhood home of Dyersburg, TN. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kevin Clay of Stanwood, WA, Dr. John Roberts of Virginia Mason in Seattle, WA, Staff at Merrill Gardens in Stanwood, WA, her angel nurses Lily and Brenda as well as Hospice. Donations may be made to Hospice or the charity of your choice.


Marvin Lynn Gean, 62, of Finley, died Thursday, December 30, 2010 at his residence.

He was a retired truck driver for Dyer County Highway Department, member of Oak Grove Church of Christ and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth Westbrook officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.

The family received visitors from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Molly Gean of Finley; a daughter, Suzanne Jowers and husband, John, of Dyersburg; a son, Scott Gean and his fiancÚ, Carlee Myers, of Finley; three brothers, Leon Gean, Charlie Gean and Mark Gean, all of Dyersburg; and two grandchildren, Mallory Gean Gray and Emma Claire Jowers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Alice Simmons Gean; and two brothers, Joe T. Gean and Billy Gean.

Pallbearers will be Danny Gean, Ryan Gean, Dalton Gean, Jeff Jones, Ronnie Howie and Mike Sentell. Honorary pallbearers will be Employees of the Dyer County Highway Department.


Mildred Louise Konyk, 79, of Bonicord, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at her residence.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Konyk.


Mildred Frances Pitts, 89, of Tiptonville, died Monday, January 3, 2011 at her residence.

She was a retired CNA with Reelfoot Manor Nursing Home and a member of Jones Chapel Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tiptonville Church of Christ with Bro. Wilford Mobley, Bro. Lonnie Grady and Bro. Joel Estes officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Hornbeak. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Survivors include her son, Gerald Pitts and wife, Ursula, of Tiptonville; eight daughters, Betty Bryson of Clarksville, Patsy Wadley, Brenda Mobley and husband, Wilford, Peggy Conner, Callie Estes, Rachel Michael and husband, Timothy, all of Tiptonville, Janie Baker and husband, John, of Hohenwald and Jennie Miller and husband, Pete, of Dyersburg; a half-sister, Jean Pittman of Brighton, TX.; thirty-two grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; twenty great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Eugene Pitts; her parents, William and Mary Lou Cagle Rochelle; three sisters; a half-sister; a half-brother; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; and a great-great-great-grandson.

Pallbearers will be Jason Estes, J.C. Bryson, Jr., Mike Bryson, Joe Bryson, Daniel Mobley and Jonathan Mobley. Honorary pallbearers will be Duke Hayes, Shelby Barker, Bobby Upson, Sherrill Barker, Roy Wilson, Charles Windsor, John Runions and Shelby C. Barker.


Rupert N. "Bubba" Young, 73, of Lenox, died Thursday, December 30, 2010 at his residence.

He was a retired employee of Colonial Rubber works where he worked for over 35 years and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Services were Sunday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Cyndi Harper of Lenox; a son, David Jones of Lenox; four sisters, Doris Ann Timmer of The Villages, Fla., Linda Bland and Brenda Patterson, both of Nauvoo, and Sandy Sanchez of Lenox; four brothers, Luther Young of Finley, Jimmy Ray Young of Dyersburg, Billy Reed Young and William Dale Young, both of Lenox; three grandchildren, Robert Griffin of Newbern, Derek Wales of Dyersburg and Jordan Harper of Tatumville; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Walk Young; and two brothers, Kenneth "Pete" Young and David Young.

Pallbearers will be Robert Griffin, Derek Wales, Jordan Harper, Clint Young, Richard Long and Bill Young.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Charles Hobbs Jr., 73, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

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