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Obituaries for May 8, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Deborah "Debbie" Lynn Fields Chesser, age 57, of Dyersburg, formerly of Dresden, died Monday, May 2, 2011 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in Dyersburg.

Funeral services for Mrs. Chesser will be Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Bowlin Funeral Home Chapel in Dresden with burial to follow in Sunset Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Monday from noon until service time at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Chesser is survived by her husband, Robert Chesser of Dyersburg; two sons, John Thomas Wilson of Afghanistan and Charles Eric Wilson of Martin; one sister, Janet Fields Erikson of Mechanicsville, Va.; two stepsons, Robert Jeffery (Jennifer) Chesser of Dyersburg and Charles Edwin Chesser of Jackson; a niece, Sara Erikson of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Pamela Sue Chesser of St. Joseph, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler and Anna Chesser. She was preceded in death by her mother, Radine Smith Fields.


William Thomas "Bill" Cook, age 75, of Tiptonville, passed away Saturday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

He was retired as Facilities Manager at Northwest Correctional Facility.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tiptonville where he was a Deacon and had been a Sunday School teacher.

He was a member of the Harmony Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Cook.

He is survived by one son, Danny Cook and wife, Nanette, of Tiptonville and two grandchildren, Drew Cook and Allison Cook of Tiptonville.

He is survived by one brother, Jack Cook of Portage, IN. and several Brothers-In-Law, Sisters-In-Law, Nieces and Nephews.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Tiptonville First Baptist Church from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be Monday, May 9, 2011 at Tiptonville First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Johnny Chessor officiating.

Interment will follow in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.

The family request that memorials be made to Tiptonville First Baptist Church.

Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jesse Anthony "Tony" Serio, age 83, passed away at his residence on May 7, 2011. Cause of death was head injury due to a fall.

Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Monday, May 10, 2011 at Rehoboth Cemetery. Officiating this service will be Rev. Johnny Michael.

Anthony was born in Camden, Arkansas on June 27, 1927. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1945.

He graduated from Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He received a Master's Degrees from Memphis State College and George Peabody College (Vanderbilt).

As an educator, he taught school in Mt. Holly and Leachville, Arkansas before moving to Holbrook, Arizona. He was in the field of education for 36 years. He also taught college courses at Northern Arizona University, Northland Pioneer College and Eastern Arizona College.

He was also involved in civic organizations. He was a life member of the Lion's Club, and Elk and a Mason. He served on the City of Holbrook planning and zoning for several years.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents Christine Kirkemier Serio and Sam Serio Sr. also, by a brother Sam Serio Jr. and two sisters; Mary Frances Wentz and Tenye May Mizell.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggy Clay Serio and son William Serio of RoEllen, Tennessee, daughter Carla Curran (Kevin) and grandson Sean Curran of Kingman, Arizona. He also had many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetic Association, Memphis, TN Office, 5583 Murray Road, Suite 200A, Memphis, TN 38119 or charity of your choice in his name.

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home of Newbern is in charge of arrangements.


Rickey Gene "Snuffy" Smith, 52, of Friendship, died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Halls Funeral Home.