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Obituaries for January 21, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Eugene "Twig" Hardin, 67, of Newbern, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011.

He was a retired employee of Dyersburg Fabrics, former manager of Babe Ruth Baseball in Dyersburg, and former member of the Dyersburg Kiwanis Club.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Dyer County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Don Layman officiating.

The family will receive visitors today from 4-7 p.m. at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Christie Hardin Hood of Dothan, Ala.; a stepdaughter, Christie Jones Turner of Kentucky; two stepsons, Keith Jones and Brian Jones, both of Dyersburg; his mother, Helen Beatty Hardin of Dyersburg; two sisters, Linda Harrison and Donna Harris, both of Newbern; two brothers, Tim Hardin and Mike Hardin, both of Newbern; and two grandchildren, Jessica Hardin and Wesley Williams, both of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Davis Hardin; and his father, Elbert Hardin.

Pallbearers will be Joey Harrison, Micah Hardin, Mark Harris, Kevin Richards, Mark Hardin and Mike Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Hardin, Jacob Richards and Kenny Gibbons.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Community Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1002, Dyersburg, TN 38024.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Patsy Vodean Parker, 64, of Mayfield, Ky., formerly of Dyersburg, TN, died Wednesday, January 19.2011 at her residence. She was a Charter member, Secretary and Treasurer of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Maury, KY.

A private family Memorial service will be held at a later date. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Patty Lynn Pruitt and husband Stacy, of Dyersburg; a son, Paul Andrew Frank and wife, Melissa of Dyersburg; seven sisters, Florence Newman of Alexandria, Va., Mary Catherine Guice of Boswell, Ok., Janice Vance of gun barrel City, Tx., Phyllis Brown of Mississippi, Joan Slone of Williamson, W. V., Mae Ruth Walker of Jackson, Ms., and Sue VanHyfte of Lufkin, Tx.; six grandchildren, Robyn Bridgeman, Fallon Bridgeman, Chad Gammons, Kristen Dodson and husband Josh, Robert Frank and fiancée Brittany Gammons, and Mallory Frank; and two great-grandchildren Peyton Thomas and Kenadee Bridgeman; and special friend, Jim Gilliam of Mayfield, Ky.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Kay Brown and a brother, Edward P. Brown.

The family requests memorials be directed to The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, c/o Dorothy Daniels, 3049 Pottertown Road, Maury, Ky., 42071.

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


Murray G. Smith Jr. 86, of Dyersburg, died Monday, January 17, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired brakeman of the Pennsylvania Railroad. After spending his childhood and young adult years in the Millsfield community, he migrated with his wife and children to Chicago, Illinois, where he lived for many years.

During his residency in Illinois, he was a member of Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, where he served as a choir member, Bible Band teacher, and as the Sunday School Superintendent, working diligently for over thirty years alongside the church's late pastor, Elder R. C. Edwards and the current pastor, Elder Samuel Lewis Edwards.

After returning to Tennessee, it was his heart's desire to reunite with the church of his youth, Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he assisted in preaching, teaching, praying, and leading the congregation in song.

Services will be at twelve noon on Sunday at Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3850 Millsfield Highway, Dyersburg, where the burial will also take place. Arrangements are being handled by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 539 East Court Street, Dyersburg.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Lee Smith; three sons, Ervin Smith of Chicago, Frederick Smith of New York, and Murray G. Smith III of Dyersburg; one daughter, Carolyn Smith Goings of Dyersburg; nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Joe Bobby Smith, of Milwaukee, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Josie and Murray G. Smith, Sr.; one sister, Mamie Dodd; two brothers, Calvin and Johnny Smith; and two grandchildren, Michaela and David Welch-Goings.


Rose Ellen Tilford Tillman, 94, of Newbern, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin.

She was a retired teacher for Dyersburg City School System, a member of United Methodist Women Dorcas Circle, Dyersburg Woman's Club, teacher of the Fidelis Class at Newbern First United Methodist Church, Alpha Delta Kappa, Volunteer for: Lifeline Blood Services, Newbern Public Library, Newbern Depot Fundraising Committee and Reelfoot Rural Ministries.

Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newbern First United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Butler and the Rev. Gus Lohrum officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

The family will receive visitors at 5-7 p.m. today at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home and at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Survivors include three daughters, Alice Fisher (Chuck), of Covington, Rosemary Fulwood (Rick) of Newbern and Deborah Heath (Bern) of Durango, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Charles G. Fisher VI, John F. Larkin III, Virginia Ellen Larkin, Margaret "Meg" Ashley Fisher-Grot, Sarah Rose Heath, Bernard Henry Heath III and Rebecca Ann Heath; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Bennett Tilford and Ivy Buskill Tilford.

Pallbearers will be Charles G. "Chuck" Fisher V, Charles G. Fisher VI, John F. Larkin III, Bernard Henry Heath Jr., Richard Keith Fulwood and Robert Grot.

The family request that any memorials be directed to Newbern First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 72, Newbern, TN 38059 or American Diabetes Association, 5583 Murray Road, Suite 200A, Memphis, TN 38119; or Reelfoot Rural Ministries, 6968 Minnick Elbridge Road, Obion, TN 38240 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

You may sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com.


John Spraggins, 78, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Dyersburg Funeral Home.