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Obituaries for January 25, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jerry Glen Dennison, 78, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Troy, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles.

He was a retired barber, a member of Woodard's Chapel Church, a member of Troy Masonic Lodge, and a U.S. Army veteran serving in Korea.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. James Robert Gunner officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.

Survivors include his wife, Dimple Dennison of Obion; a daughter, Nancy Smith of St. Charles, Mo.; a son, Gary Dennison of Milwaukee, Wis.; a sister, Carolyn Thompson of Newbern; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Euble and Mary Nancy Whitson Dennison; and a brother, Billie Joe Dennison.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Jones, Joshua Tucker, Gary Dennison, Jerry Dennison, Rick Willis and Bill Bard.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome. com


Mrs. Sally Parker Heckethorn, 55, of Dyersburg, TN died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, former Youth Club teacher, Board member of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society, assistant Girl Scout leader and hostess at Methodist Hospital of Dyersburg.

Services will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. David Russell officiating. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Eric Essary, Greg Essary, Craig Feuerstacke, John Heckethorn, Buck Patton III, and Buck Patton IV.

The Heckethorn family will receive visitors Tuesday, January 25th from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Rob Heckethorn, 2 sisters, Patti Lou Parker and Betsy Parker, both of Dyersburg, her dog Neva Jane and her 3 cats, Millie, Sadie and Mr. Goldman.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Betty Smith Parker.

The family requests memorials be directed to Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society, PO Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0223.

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


Lawrence Edward Parnell, Sr., 64, of Bonicord, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired supervisor for Utility Maintenance and a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Friendship.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Warner and Bro. David Southerland officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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 of 42 years, Marilyn Parnell of Bonicord; a daughter, Laura Parnell of Bonicord; two sons, Lawrence Parnell, Jr. and Kenneth Parnell, both of Bonicord; two sisters, Florence Staggs of Hayti, Mo. and Shirley Baker of Trenton; a brother, Ulis Mosier of Ripley; and twelve grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ivy Caton Parnell; and two brothers, Luther Mosier and Nelson Mosier.

Pallbearers will be Buck Nash, Don McCanless, Robert McCanless, Gordon McCanless, Bryan McCanless, Ronnie Shaw, Wayne Laster and Tommy Smith.


Mr. James Smith Putman, 94, retired farmer and President of the Tennessee State Farm Bureau Federation, died Monday, January 24, 2011 at his residence on Spainwood Street.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Wednesday at West 7th St. Church of Christ with Ted Burleson, Jeremy Butt officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 12 noon Thursday at Sudberry Cemetery in Friendship, Tennessee with Jason Sadler officiating. The family will visit with friends Tuesday from 4 - 8 p.m. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the West Seventh Street Church of Christ, 405 West Seventh Street, Columbia, TN 38401 or Columbia Academy, 1101 West Seventh Street, Columbia, TN 38401. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols. com.

A native of the Friendship Community in Dyer County, he was the son of the late James Henderson Putman and Ninnie Bell Putman, also Dyer County natives and attended Friendship High School.

Mr. Putman was a full-time farmer in Dyer County with his father for the first 40 years of his adult life on the farm where he spent his boyhood years. An active member of the Miller's Chapel Church of Christ, he served as an Elder, Church Treasurer and Sunday School teacher.

He was active in Dyer County civic and community affairs, served as President of the County and State 4-H Club Council, 12 years on the County Equalization Board, and a member of the Bank of Friendship Board of Directors since 1964. Elected President of the Dyer County Farm Bureau in 1956, he served in that position for 18 years. He was elected to the Tennessee State Farm Bureau Board at the 1967 State Convention, elected Vice-President in 1972 and was elected State President of the Tennessee Federation at the State Convention in 1973.

His election to the state presidency required that he leave his family farm and move to the State Headquarters located in Columbia in 1974, leaving his son, Jimmy, to continue management of the farm. He served in this position for 13 years, also serving as a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation's Board of Directors for 8 years.

Among his community and civic activities in Maury County include Maury County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Maury County Mental Health Board of Directors, Columbia Academy Board of Directors for 15 years, First Farmers and Merchants National Bank Board of Directors since 1974 and membership in the Columbia Rotary Club.

Mr. Putman also served as a member of the Freed-Hardeman University Board of Directors for 18 years.

He enjoyed his membership and involvement in the activities of the West Seventh Street Church of Christ since making his home in Columbia, and served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Casteel Putman of Columbia; two sisters, Pauline Mount and Charlotte Sweatt, both of Dyer County; two grandsons, Jim (Aimee) Putman and Johnny Putman, both of Dyer County; daughter-in-law Janie Putman of Dyer County; three great grandchildren James Putman, Sarah Putman, Jonathan Putman all of Dyer County; two stepchildren Scott (Jamie) Casteel, Jessica S. (Paul) Fann both of Columbia; and four step grandchildren Ally Casteel, Rachel Fann, Cole Casteel and Preston Casteel.

He was first married in 1933 to Sarah Pirtle Putman who died July 8, 1978. His second wife, Myrtle Nickell Putman, died January 8, 1999. He was also preceded in death by his son James Lewis Putman.

Serving as active pallbearers are Department Heads of the Tennessee State Farm Bureau employed by Mr. Putman as young men during his tenure as President: Dan Wheeler, Julius Johnson, Pettus Read, Bobby Beets, Joe Pearson, John Woolfolk, Charles Curtis, Tim Dodd, Hulet Chaney, Lonnie Roberts, and Dennis Stevens.

Honorary pallbearers include Officers, Directors, employees and members of the Tennessee State Farm Bureau; Elders, Deacons, and members of the Auditorium Class of West Seventh Street Church of Christ; members of the Columbia Rotary Club; Officers, Board of Directors and employees of First Farmers and Merchants National Bank; Board of Directors of Columbia Machine Works; past and present Board of Directors of Columbia Academy and Paul and Freida Wagster.


Corey Hollandsworth, 31, of Obion County, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at his residence.

Services for are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Curry Funeral Home.


Charles A. Wyrick, 90, of Halls, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Fork Cemetery near Halls.