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Obituaries for April 29, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Services for Preston Gene Adams, 61, will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm at McKenzie Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 29, 2011 from 11: 00 am until service time. Mr. Adams, an expedited delivery driver, died Thursday, April 28, 2011 at his residence. He was born on January 23, 1950 in Dyersburg, TN to Aaron Preston and Pazzetta Steward Adams. He was a member of the Rocking "R" Club in McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his father, a sister Linda Kay Hayes, and a brother Terry Adams.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years Sandra Lea Davis Adams of McKenzie, two daughters Lori Ann Adams of Halls, TN and April Lea McCaslin of McKenzie, two brothers Gene Dewayne Adams of Whiteville, TN and Darrell Eugene Lowery, Jr. of McKenzie, his mother Pazzetta Adams of Dyersburg, one sister Sandra Pruitt of Dyersburg, TN, five brothers Hollis Adams, Earl Dean Adams, Ricky Adams, Billy Adams all of Dyersburg, Donnie Adams of Halls, and 17 grandchildren. McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information please call (731) 352-4848 or visit www.mckenziefuneralhome.com.


Shana Sumars Thornton Brainerd, 44,of Vonore, formally of Newbern, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Newbern First United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon at the Newbern First United Methodist Hospital. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.


George D. Kelsey Jr., 68, of Dyersburg, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at his residence.

He was a retired bus driver for Continental Trailways, a former City of Newbern police officer and a U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home wit the Rev. Jimmy Goodman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery near Obion.

The family will receive visitors at 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Bennett of Dyersburg; a son, David Wayne Kelsey of Tiptonville; two sisters, Christine Evans of Newbern and Dottie Eaves of Obion; two grandchildren, Melissa Kelsey Irvan of Union City and Michelle Miller of Memphis; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Ann Kelsey; and his parents Daisy Rainey Kelsey and George D. Kelsey Sr.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Irvan, Michael Irvan, David Littles, Jim Bennett Jr., Bobby Morton and Glen Evans.

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


Barbie Ogg, of Whiteville, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at the First Assembly of God Church in Whiteville. The family will receive visitors at 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the church.


Leonard Earl Walton Sr., 60 of Dresden, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at his residence.

Funeral services will at 3 p.m. today at Unity General Baptist Church near Dresden. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery. Bowlin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be a 9 a.m. until service time today at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Walton of Dresden; two sons, Leonard (Emily) Walton Jr., and Victor Walton of Dresden; a sister, Brenda Lee Walton of Lenox; three brothers, Bruce Walton, Don Walton, and Daniel Walton, all of Lenox; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Zettie Mae Riley Walton; a daughter, Betty Jean McElroy; a brother, William Walton, Jr.; and a sister, Syble Pilkenton.