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Obituaries for May 1, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

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

Shana was born on June 24, 1966 in Dyersburg. She was a 1984 graduate of Dyer County High School. In 1987 she graduated with highest honors from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Education with a focus on chemistry. Shana was a lifelong member of Newbern First United Methodist Church where she previously was chairperson of ACTS and served as the church secretary. She was a member of the Rarity Bay Women's Club in Vonore, Tenn.

A celebration of life service will be held 3 p.m. Friday May 6, 2011 at the Newbern First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gus Lohrum officiating. Visitation will begin at noon. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home of Newbern is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Gary H. Brainerd Jr.; two daughters, Amber Lain May of Newbern and Lea Hayley Brainerd of Chattanooga; a son, Patrick Joseph Tubbs of Jackson, Tenn.; her parents, Jarrell and Billye Thornton of Newbern; two brothers, Jarrell Lain Thornton Jr. of Newbern and Erick Andrew Thornton of Lakeland; five nieces and four nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be donated to Blount Memorial Hospice, 907 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804; NAMI, 3803 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; or Newbern First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 72, Newbern, TN 38059.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com


Kimberly Dawn Little Fagan, 48, of Dyersburg, TN passed away at her home on Thursday, April 28, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Fagan of Dyersburg; sisters, Kristi McCord of Lexington, TN, Keri Crowell of Parsons, TN and Leslie Eley of Lakeland, TN; grandson, Dillon Scott Fagan; parents, Patsy and Eddie Little of Dyersburg and M. David Eley of Cordova; and grandparents, Maxine Neel and Jack and Evelyn Claiborne, all of Dyersburg, Aldon and Dorothy Little of O'Fallon, MO and Joy Neel of Atoka, TN. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, TN. Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd., Bartlett, TN, has charge. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.memphisfuneralhome.net


Sharon Branch, 47, of Dyersburg, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services.


Mary Jones, 71, of East St. Louis, Ill., formerly of Dyersburg, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cosmopolitan Funeral Services.


Joseph Douglas "Jiggs" Tolar, 92, of Ridgely, died Friday, April 29, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Dyersburg Funeral Home.